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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

‘Why Nigerians Must Consume Locally Produced Sugar’

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The executive secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Dr. Latif Busari, in this interview with Juliana Agbo, reviewed the challenges and the progress made so far in the sugar industry. The NSMP which is the roadmap for the sugar industry is in its 7th year of implementation, how has the journey been so […]

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Huawei H1 Revenue Rises By 23% Despite US Trade Restriction

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Huawei Technologies has announced a 23.2 per cent revenue increase in its first half 2019 financial results to $58.3 billion (CNY401.3 billion) over the same period last year despite trade restrictions from the United States (US) government. Huawei chairman, Liang Hua, who announced the results yesterday, said that the company’s net profit margin for H1 […]

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Democratic debate highlights: Moderates assail 'impossible' liberal agenda

The Democratic Party’s two leading progressives came under fire on Tuesday from a debate stage stuffed with moderates who said their “impossible” proposals and “wish-list economics” risked keeping Republican President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years.


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China, US officials meet for trade talks in Shanghai

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shook hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He before beginning trade talks in Shanghai.
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Indian coffee tycoon's body found, police say

Authorities on Wednesday confirmed they have located the body of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha from near the Netravathi River.
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Katy Perry Facing Multi-Million Dollar Payout

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Pop star Katy Perry is facing a multi-million dollar payout after a jury found her 2013 hit Dark Horse had been copied from a Christian rap song.

The singer-songwriter, 34, denied lifting beats and notes from the 2009 gospel hit Joyful Noise, arguing the claim by rappers Flame and Da’ Truth and beats creator Chike Ojukwu was an attempt to “own basic building blocks of music”.

But a Los Angeles court today found Perry and co-creators of the song, as well as four corporations including Capitol Records, all liable for copyright infringement.

The jury will now consider how much money Perry and her co-defendants must pay to the creators of Joyful Noise.

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Today’s ruling follows on from last year’s high-profile court defeat for singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who were ordered to pay almost $5 million (£4 million) to the family of Marvin Gaye.

The pair were accused of copying their smash-hit Blurred Lines from Gaye’s 1977 track Got To Give It Up, and lost a long-running copyright infringement battle.

Perry, pictured arriving at court, defended the way Dark Horse was created during the trial.

She drew laughter after suggesting she could “perform it for you live” when technical difficulties prevented playback of the song and told the jury it had been written in four hours in a music studio in her Santa Barbara hometown.

She denied co-writers on Dark Horse, Dr Luke and producer Cirkut, had lifted the origins of the track from the internet and said she was drawn to the beat because of “the kind of dark feeling” it inspired.

It was a “moody metaphor like the Trojan horse and the power of a woman and not to cross a woman because that karma is not good for you”, she added. The case focused on the notes and beats of the song rather than the lyrics, leading some watching the trial to believe Perry would not be found liable.

But in a surprise ruling, the jury decided all the creators, including rapper Juicy J who only wrote the rap for the song, should be involved in the payout.

Perry’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, had argued that a ruling against her would leave many singers and songwriters liable to copyright claims in the future.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” she said. Perry was not present when the verdict was delivered.

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Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUSOK) Cut-Off Mark for 2019/2020 Academic Session

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Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUSOK) Cut-Off Mark for 2019/2020 Academic Session

Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, UDUSOK cut off mark for pharmacy, medical laboratory science as well as other courses for the 2019/2020 academic session has been announced. The management of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, (UDUSOK) has announced the admission cut off mark for all courses, 2019/2020 admission exercise. Candidates who scored exactly or above the UDUSOK […]

Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUSOK) Cut-Off Mark for 2019/2020 Academic Session
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ASAP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty To Assault In Sweden

ASAP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to assault in Stockholm.

The US rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, is on trial accused of assaulting a 19-year-old Afghan refugee in the Swedish capital a month ago.

Two members of the 30-year-old’s entourage are also on trial and have pleaded not guilty.

ASAP Rocky and the two other suspects, who’ve been held in prison after a fight that took place on 30 June, claim they were acting in self-defence.

Warning: There are images below showing bloody injuries to a person’s body, which you may find upsetting
The trial – which is in its first day – was delayed starting due to the massive media and fan interest in the case.

There were issues getting in and out of the court and some fans had to be turned away from the public gallery as it quickly filled up.

The prosecution are going through a detailed 522-page preliminary report, which contains extensive photographs of injuries the alleged victim suffered.

The alleged victim, who is not being named by media, has claimed damages of roughly £12,000 (139,700 Swedish Krona).

They allege that ASAP Rocky used a weapon – claiming the injuries are consistent with the use of a bottle or a similar blunt object.

Injuries on the alleged victim’s body – which prosecutors claim are consistent with use of a bottle
A lawyer for one of the rapper’s co-defendants claims he has completely new evidence that he believes will ensure the trio are found not guilty of assault – but would not yet reveal what type of evidence it is.

It’s expected that evidence will be shown to the court on Thursday.

Inside the courtroom
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Sat in the front row, ASAP Rocky has appeared really engaged throughout the hearing.

He’s wearing a green T-shirt – a standard-issue uniform given to suspects detained in Sweden before a trial – and his braids are tied back off his face, so you can see the earpiece he’s using to listen to a translation of the proceedings.

The document that’s being presented to the court includes text messages from some of ASAP Rocky’s friends, graphic photos of the alleged victim’s injuries, and transcripts of conversations witnesses had with the police.

Photographs of the bottle allegedly used during the fight have also been shown.

ASAP Rocky’s mum is in the front row in the gallery, where his supporters and media are sitting.

It’s separated from the main courtroom via a glass screen. She’s being mobbed by journalists as she enters and leaves the courthouse and looks unsettled by the attention.

Just before the court broke for lunch she shared a long hug with one of ASAP Rocky’s other supporters in the gallery.

The trial is scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – although it could finish before then.

Assault causing actual bodily harm carries a maximum prison sentence of two years in Sweden.

ASAP Rocky has been held in custody since 3 July following an alleged assault which took place on 30 June.

His imprisonment has attracted the attention of US President Donald Trump, who said he’d spoken to the Swedish Prime Minister after requests to intervene from Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West.

The prosecutor in charge, Daniel Suneson, previously told Radio 1 Newsbeat he hadn’t spoken to any White House representatives, or any representatives of the Swedish government, while investigating.

President Trump later demanded that Sweden “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM

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Progressives Sanders and Warren come under attack in Democratic debate

Progressive candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren came under fire from more moderate rivals as the second round of Democratic debates began on Tuesday, spotlighting the ideological divide in the party’s crowded presidential field.


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NIMC set to commence enrolment in Saudi Arabia, Germany, others

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THE National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) has concluded plans to extend the National Identification Number (NIN) registration to foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Senegal, Benin Republic, Mali and India.

This, according to the commission, follows the successful deployment of enrolment centres in South Africa, United States of America, United Kingdom, among others.

The enrolment exercise, the commission said, would be conducted in major cities  in the stated countries.

General Manager, Corporate Communications of NIMC, Mr. Abdulhamid Umar, who made this known in Abuja said this was strategic, so as to reach places where Nigerians are highly populated.

He said: “The rollout of additional enrolment centres in these cities is in collaboration with NIMC licensed partners— Dantata Universal Services Nigeria Limited/VFS Global, National e-Authentication/Defcon Systems and Slogani Consults Limited.

“In the Middle East, the commission has concluded plans to start the registration in Saudi Arabia’s two major cities— Jeddah and Riyadh and in Ghana, the exercise will take place in Accra, the country’s capital; Dakar in Senegal, Cotonou and Porto Novo in Benin Republic,” he said.

The commission also stated that the NIN enrolment centre in Germany, will be deployed in Berlin and Frankfurt, Vancouver in Canada, Leicester and London in the United Kingdom and Houston in the United States of America.

He quoted the Director-General of NIMC,  Aliyu Aziz,  as saying that the enrolment of Nigerians in the diaspora was in fulfillment of the NIMC mandate to enrol all Nigerians, legal residents and Nigerians in Diaspora into the National Identity Database (NIDB) and issue them the unique identification number, NIN.

“All licensees are companies that have complied with the requirements for data capture and processing as enshrined in the laws of the respective countries they operate.

“The licensed partners include Biosec Solutions Limited; Slogani Consults Limited; CHAMS Consortium Limited; Defcon Systems Limited/ OIS Services; National eAuthentication Limited/ OIS Services; Thebez Global Resources/ Cox & Kings; Dantata Universal Services/VFS Global; Venn Technology Limited; Kevonne Consults Limited/Iris ID Systems INC.; UGS Technologies Limited/ OrangeHook African Continental/ Carvus; File Solution Limited/ EYE-ID LLC and IRIS Smart Technologies Limited,” he said.

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Biosafety agency, police reinforce collaboration on GMOs

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THE National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) and the Nigeria Police Force have agreed to strengthen their collaboration to safeguard the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country.

This was made known when the director-general and chief executive officer of NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, paid a courtesy visit to the new commissioner of police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command, Bala Ciroma, in Abuja.

Ebegba said he was at the command to acquaint himself with the new commissioner of police and to ensure that “our pre-existing collaboration with the police continues seamlessly to guarantee that our mandate to safeguard the use, handling and transportation of GMOs is carried out effectively.”

He added that the collaboration between NBMA and the Nigeria Police Force comprised joint activities that ensured that illegal GMOs was appropriately confiscated and defaulters legally brought to book as required by the National Biosafety Management Act 2015.

Giving his remarks during the meeting, the commissioner of police gave the assurance that the collaboration between NBMA and the police would be sustained.

He added that it was part of the duty of police to collaborate with regulatory agencies towards ensuring that their mandates were carried out effectively.

“We understand the significance of your agency to Nigeria’s economy and how important your work is to achieving Nigeria’s food security, so we will do as much as possible to assist your responsibilities.

“We will have a better Nigeria when people can go to sleep without hunger,” he said.

NBMA was established in 2015 by an Act of Parliament to ensure adequate level of protection of the  transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology, that might have adverse effects on conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity taking into account risks to human health, animals, plants and the environment.

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Interior ministry partners agencies on expatriate quota processing

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THE Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior,  Georgina Ehuriah, has said that the ministry is partnering key institutions and agencies of the Federal Government to improve on the expatriate quota processing in the country.

She listed some of the agencies to include the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board and the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Ehuriah disclosed this at a one-day stakeholders meeting on expatriate quota administration in Abuja.

According to her, “arrangements have been concluded to electronically link the ministry’s portal with the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Bank with a view to reducing, if not totally eliminating, the incidence of fake quota positions.”

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She added that the process would also eliminate the use of forged documents to process Business Permit and Expatriate Quota.

The permanent secretary said further that the ministry was also collaborating with the Corporate Affairs Commission, the Central Bank of Nigeria, among others, to improve the integrity of the entire expatriate quota process.

She pointed out that the quota played a key role in the economy and is granted to companies to enable them to employ foreigners with specialised skills that are not readily available in the country or are in short supply.

“It fills gaps and overtime, facilitates the transfer of technology to Nigerians and the eventual indigenisation of the positions occupied by the expatriates,” she said.

As part of ongoing reforms in the administration of expatriate quota, Ehuriah said, “approval was recently granted by the appropriate authorities for the re-validation of Expatriate Quota on Permanent Until Reviewed (PUR) status.

“This will enable the ministry to update its records, ascertain proper utilisation by companies and continued eligibility of beneficiaries,” she said.

The permanent secretary said that she had directed that machinery be put in place for the review of the handbook on expatriate quota administration which was last revised in 2004.

She explained that the stakeholders meeting was in furtherance of the ministry’s mandate as it related to the administration and enforcement of the Nigeria Immigration Act, 2015 and Immigration Regulations, 2017.

Speaking earlier, the Associate Director, People Advisory Service, Mr Kayode Faboyede, said that the meeting was the right step in the right direction.

According to him, the automation of the expatriate quota process has made life easier and seamless for stakeholders.

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Shi’ites protest: FCT residents assured of maximum protection

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THE Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Sir Christian Ohaa, has assured Nigerians, especially  residents of the FCT that the unfortunate incident (Shi’ites protest) that claimed the lives of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Usman Umar and Precious Owolabi of Channels TV would not repeat itself.

According to him, “this incident will not repeat itself.  As I speak, all hands are on deck  to prevent a recurrence.

“Security agencies and other relevant agencies will work together to ensure the safety of law-abiding citizens, and those who break the law will face the full weight of the law,” he said.

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Ohaa spoke when he paid condolence visits to the family of DCP Umar, Channels TV and the FCT police command.

“Day-in-day out, our people will make sure that this does not repeat itself because the FCT is housing Mr. President, the Senate, the Chief Justice of the Federation and all diplomats.”

At the FCT police command, he said: “We are saddened by this because  DCP Usman Umar was one of the finest officers the police have produced in this country. We believe that he is in paradise because of his good works .

“You and your men should keep the flag flying, because without the police, Nigeria is in danger. Your officers and the  rank and file should not be discouraged that one of their strongest patriots is gone.”

Responding, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Mr. Adamu Ciroma, appreciated the visit, and promised to take the words of encouragement to the officers and men so that they would continue in the discharge of their duties.

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‘I will ensure Speedy take off of Kwale Industrial Park’

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has assured prospective investors in Kwale Industrial  Park of quick return on investments.

Okowa spoke in Asaba when the management of Temple Energy and GasInvest, consultants to the industrial park project, briefed him on the level of progress made on the project.

According to him, “I am glad that you have made appreciable level of progress in the development of the industrial park; from the analysis given, all is set for investors to come in and I am confident that from the materials available and the conducive environment for industries to thrive, potential investors will get  quick return on their investments.”

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“As a government, I want to reassure you (the consultants) of our commitment to the quick take-off of the industrial park; I want to guarantee that we will be with you every step of the way for the best results to be achieved for our people and our country, Nigeria.”

The governor continued, “based on the numerous benefits derivable from the industrial park which is in line with my administration’s desire for a prosperous and stronger Delta State as our people will be employed and a lot of socio-economic activities will go on across the state, we will continue to do our best for the desired results to be achieved.”

Earlier, Dr David Ige had on behalf of the consultants, informed the governor and members of the state executive council that the Kwale Industrial Park has unique attributes that would attract investors, disclosing that more than 75, 000 jobs would be created when it becomes operational.

Dr Ige, who commended Governor Okowa’s administration for its commitment tothe effective operation of the park, added that there are four gas fields around the park while the biggest gas pipeline in the country, OB 3 passe through the centre of the park.

“The park is meant to exploit the gas resources in Delta State to give it industrial edge. It is a few hours drive to the Warri Port and products can easily be moved to major markets in Onitsha, Lagos and other parts of West Africa; we are already working to have free trade zone status for the park and we are targeting manufacturers of different line of products,” he said.

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Pakistan Cricketer Hasan Ali To Marry Shamia Arzoo

Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali is set to marry an Indian woman, IANS reported Geo News as saying. According to the report, the Pakistani pacer will marry Shamia Arzoo. The report stated the nikkah ceremony will be held on August 20 in Dubai. The report further said Shamia, who works for a private airline, is from Haryana. She studied engineering from England and lives with her parents in Dubai, with some of the family members in New Delhi, said the report. Quoting family sources, Geo News further said that Hasan first met Shamia through a close friend in Dubai.

Hasan, who has played nine Tests and 53 ODIs, played an instrumental role in Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy triumph.

However, his form and stock has plummeted in the past few years. The 25-year-old struggled at the World Cup in England and Wales and was dropped from the playing XI midway in the tournament.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik had married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on April 12, 2010. The couple also have a son named Izhaan Mirza-Malik who was born on October 30, 2018.

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Chinese factory activity contracted again in July, official data indicates

China's official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for July came in at 49.7, according to data from the Chinese statistics bureau.
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Wycombe Sign David Wheeler From QPR

Wycombe Wanderers have signed former Exeter winger David Wheeler on a three-year deal from QPR.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal and goes straight into the squad to face Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the League 1 season at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Chairboys manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “David was an outstanding player in an excellent Exeter City side a couple of years ago, and always caught the eye when he played against us, so we know exactly what he’s all about and I’m delighted to be able to bring him into the fold.

“He’s a goalscoring midfielder who can play in a number of positions, and also a fantastic character to have around the place which is so important to our success.”

Wheeler started out in non-league with Lewes and Staines Town before earning a move into the EFL with Exeter, winning their Player of the Year award in 2016/17 and catching the eye of QPR, who took him into the Championship the following season.

He spent the first half of last season with Portsmouth and the second with MK Dons, scoring the winning goal on the final day of the campaign to clinch promotion to League 1.

Wheeler will wear the number 7 shirt.

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Barcelona-Zenit Nearing Agreement For Malcom

After one season in Spain, Brazilian winger Malcom could soon leave Barcelona to go to Russia. The former Bourdeaux player, who was also close to joining Inter and Roma in the past, is in fact set to sign for Zenit St. Petersburg.

Talks between clubs are ongoing and the parties are nearing an agreement on the transfer of Malcom. The Russian side’s sporting director Javier Ribalta, formerly of Juventus, is in Catalonia to close the deal for the Brazilian, who will soon start a new chapter of his career in the Russian league.

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Apple put an iPhone in everybody's pocket — now its growth depends on devices all over our bodies

The main product category picking up the slack for declining iPhone sales is what Apple calls "wearables" — the category including Apple Watch, AirPods wireless earbuds, and Beats headphones.
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Breaking!!! Davido’s “Blow My Mind” Video Sets New Ground-Breaking Record, Reaches 1 Million Views Within 10 Hours Of Release

Davido has raised streams for Nigerian music videos on YouTube to an entirely new level as his new monster hit-single; “Blow My Mind” featuring American music superstar; Chris Brown hits 1 million views within the space of 10 hours after its release.

“Blow My Mind” which was released last week Friday has been trending heavily among music fans since it dropped, contributing to the excitement and anticipation towards the release of the video.

A lot of music fans have been waiting to confirm whether or not Chris Brown would feature on the video to the song. Breezy however features on the video of the song which was released afternoon of yesterday, showing off his extraordinary dancing skills and blending well with Davido to deliver a blissful music video.

Meanwhile, it would be the first time in the history of Nigerian entertainment, not just music alone that any content dropped by a Nigerian who plies his/her trade within the industry on YouTube would amass 1 million views within half-a-day.

The previous biggest record is 1 million views in 24 hours which has been achieved by a few Nigerian music artiste.

Davido was recently announced the most streamed Nigerian music artiste on YouTube after reaching over 500 million views on the platform. The “Blow My Mind” video would be another one looking to continue his unrivalled streak on the digital music-video platform.

Words also have it that it would be the first time ever Chris Brown would be seen dancing in the rain.

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Samsung says its second-quarter profit fell 56% from a year ago

Samsung Electronics says its operating profit came in at 6.6 trillion Korean won, which was slightly better than the company's guidance.
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U.S. judge tosses Democratic Party lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election

A U.S. judge on Tuesday dismissed a Democratic Party lawsuit arguing that the Russian government, President Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks carried out a conspiracy to influence the 2016 U.S. election.


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China probes small banks' shareholdings as risk worries persist

China is sharpening its scrutiny of small banks' shareholders amid fears that loans from the lenders to big investors could prove a weak point in the country's financial system.
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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Japan's central bank holds policy steady, but says it would ease to meet inflation goal

The Bank of Japan maintained its short-term interest rate target at -0.1% and a pledge to guide 10-year government bond yields around 0%.
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Heritage Bank, Afreximbank, Zamfara Sign $1bn MoU On Agric, Solid Minerals

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Nigeria’s economy is about to experience huge boost, as Heritage Bank Plc, African Export Import Bank and Zamfara State Government at the weekend signed a $1bn Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the areas of mining, agriculture, water resources and others.
The agreement stipulated that Heritage Bank is the banker to the project.
Another financial handler involved in the signing of the MoU was PAC Capital Limited, which is the investment banking arm of PanAfrican Capital Holdings.
Ifie Sekibo, the Managing Director, Heritage Bank, speaking with journalists at the signing of the MoU in Abuja, stated that the win-win collaboration amongst the institutions would promote and fast-track support that help Zamfara explore its unharnessed resources for the benefit of its people and the nation’s economy.
According to him, this bold initiative would help unlock massive opportunities inherent in solid minerals and support efforts on local content promotion, facilitate industrial development and export development.
Sekibo, who was excited for Heritage Bank being involved in the partnership said: “it is a game changer that will drive formidable economic growth for the state government, serve as backbone to the economy through job creation, as well a way of cushioning the present economic situation.”
Prof. Benedict Oramah, President, Board of Director, Afreximbank, said the financial institution was happy to be part of the partnership towards unlocking the abundant opportunities in the state.
He said: “We had a very fruitful meeting with the delegation from Zamfara State led by the governor.
“In Afrexim Bank, we are pleased that the leadership of Zamfara State has a clear vision. They have identified clearly the strengths of their state, the opportunities and what they need to unlock these opportunities.
“They have decided to take their own destiny in their hands, which is actually the foundation of the federal structure that we operate in Nigeria, that states should do all they can to maximise the use of the resources they have for the benefit of their people, so that collectively, we can grow the economy of Nigeria to become more that it is today.
Bello Matawalle, Zamfara State Governor, who commended Heritage Bank for facilitating the funds, noted that the discussion commenced barely two weeks ago in Dubai.
He said that his administration is committed to making the state a full secured state.
“We started this discussion just about two weeks ago when we met with some Afreximbank people in Dubai with the Managing Director of Heritage Bank for which he promised to deliver our message to the bank. Within that week, he contacted him and the Afreximbank President decided to come to Nigeria.
“Zamfara State, as you are all aware, had so many issues before my emergence as the governor, for which reason and to limited time, just a month, God helped us to tackle some of these issues.
“We have started that by engaging the bandits in peace, which they have accepted to lay down their arms. As at today, Mr. President, we have secured the release of over 300 people that are under captivity. The securing of the release of these people was done without any commitment; no single kobo or ransom was paid to the bandits,” he said.

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Oil Prices Drop On Easing Middle East Tensions

Oil prices crashed yesterday after Iran described emergency talks on a multi-party nuclear agreement with a group of signatories as “constructive”, suggesting an easing of tensions in the Middle East.
Brent crude futures were up 23 cents, or 0.4 per cent, at $63.23 a barrel after it rose 1.6 per cent last week, while the US West Texas Intermediate crude was down by 12 cents, or 0.2 per cent, at $56.08 a barrel after it gained 1 per cent last week.
It would be recalled that in an emergency meeting with parties to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal was constructive, but there are unresolved issues and Tehran will continue to reduce its nuclear commitments if Europeans fail to salvage the pact, Abbas Araqchi, the Senior Iranian Nuclear Negotiator, said on Sunday.
“The atmosphere was constructive. Discussions were good. I cannot say that we resolved everything, I can say there are lots of commitments,” Araqchi, told reporters after the meeting in Vienna.
The meeting did not include the United States, which pulled out of the agreement in May 2018 and slapped sanctions back on Iranian oil exports.
Still, tensions remain high around the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil passageway, as Iran refused to release a British-flagged tanker it seized, but granted India consular access to 18 Indian crew members.
Denmark welcomed the British government’s proposal for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the strait.
The United States is also working on a multinational maritime security initiative in the Gulf.
Traders and investors are also focused this week on meetings of major central banks including the US Federal Reserves, which is expected to lower interest rates.
US economic growth slowed less than expected in the second quarter with a boom in consumer spending, strengthening the outlook for oil consumption.
Growth outside the United States is slowing faster due partly to the impact of the US-China trade war.
Senior US and Chinese negotiators are meeting this week for the first time since trade talks broke down in May. A positive outcome may boost crude prices, analysts said

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Protect Poultry Industry Against Smuggling, PAN Tells FG

ABUJA – Following the recent signing of African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the Federal Government to put stringent measures in place to protect over N1trn investments in the poultry sub-sector.
The association also tasked the Federal Government through the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and other security agencies at the borders to work assiduously to forestall Nigeria from being a dumping ground for frozen poultry products imported into the country through various nation’s porous borders.
Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja at the end of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of PAN, Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim, the National President of the Association, called on Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to brace-up to the emerging challenges and step up its anti-smuggling activities across all borders in the country.
vto release the copy of the AfCFTA he signed to the public to enable private sector and critical stakeholders to study the agreement.
While commending the Federal Government for its various initiatives and interventions geared towards improving the poultry industry in Nigeria, he pleaded with the Federal Government to introduce eating of eggs as part of menu of school feeding programme, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), prisons services, Armed Forces and police, among others.
He said: “The NEC appreciates the Federal and State governments on the various policies adopted to strengthen the poultry industry. Such policies include the School Feeding Programme having an egg as part the menu.
“That considering the importance of the poultry industry to the socio economic development of the country in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment generation, and food security, the stakeholders agreed to work together for the progress and unity of the industry.
“NEC observed that there has been increase in poultry investments in the country, and subsequently production has increased. Following from this, PAN implore the Federal Government to incorporate egg and chicken into the School Feeding Programme of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS), Prison Services, Armed Forces and Police and support by the National Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).”
Ibrahim further lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for its provision of various intervention funds at single digit interest rate.
He however pointed out that the medium and small scale poultry farmers were yet to enjoy same.
Ibrahim implored the CBN to consider this category of poultry farmers as well as urging the government through the Joint Tax Board to eliminate all kinds of multiple taxations and Value Added Tax (VAT) on poultry raw materials and products since they were food.
Also speaking, Dr. Onallo Akpa, the Director-General of PAN, said poultry sector had become the most capitalised of the Nigerian agriculture, adding that Nigeria was self-sufficient in poultry production.
Akpa said the poultry sub-sector had created jobs for about 20 millon Nigerians, adding that the poultry industry would continue to grow the economy to ensure food security, self-sufficiency and guarantee national security.

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Hong Kong protesters disrupt train services, causing commuter chaos

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters blocked train services during the early morning rush hour on Tuesday, causing commuter chaos in the latest anti-government campaign to roil the former British colony.
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Let’s Meet In Court, Kogi Gov Tells Deputy

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Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, yesterday described allegation by deputy governor of the state, Chief Simon Achuba that his salaries and entitlement has not been paid since 2017 as false and mischievous claims targeted at embarrassing the state government. Bello expressed his readiness to meet the deputy governor in court over what he also […]

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Wike Condoles With Adamawa Gov Over Father’s Death

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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has commiserated with the Adamawa State governor, Alhaji Ahmadu  Umaru Fintiri over the death of his father, Alhaji Umaru Badami. Wike described the passage of the Father of the Adamawa State governor as an irreparable loss, saying that the late Badami was a great patriot who diligently served the […]

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Tribunal: Masari, Others Close Cases In Katsina

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Governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC yesterday closed their cases in the petition challenging the victory of Masari and APC in the March 9, 2019, governorship poll. The tribunal chairman, Justice Hadiza Ali-Jos, equally adjourned the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the opposition PDP, Yakubu […]

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Nguru Remains Peaceful, Never Attacked By Boko Haram – Abdulahi

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Nguru born philanthropist, businessman and political leader,  Abdullahi Balarabe has denied reports that Nguru town in Yobe State had come under attacks in the past, stating that the town remains one of the most peaceful in Nigeria. Reacting to claims by one indigene of the state that the primary and secondary schools she attended no […]

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UNICEF Upgrades 140 Health Facilities In Adamawa

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The UNICEF has embarked on rehabilitation and upgrading of 140 health facilities to strengthen health care services in Adamawa State. A health specialist, who represented UNICEF Chief of Field Office  for Bauchi Office, Dr Halima Abdu, made this known at the official handover of one of the upgraded facilities, Major Aminu PHC at Dubeli, in […]

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Top Clubs Record Wins In Zenith Bank League

The 2019 Zenith Women Basketball League tipped off at the weekend with top clubs winning their games.

In the Savannah Zone Plateau Rocks, Customs and Nigeria Army have recorded 3-0.

In Abuja Plateau Rocks beat Blackgold 57- 44, Benue Princess 44 -33 and FCT Wings 49-22.

Also in Abuja, Nigerian Customs defeated Nassarawa Amazons 64-28, beat Air Warriors Babes 63-55 and Kanem Queens of Borno 57-20 in their first three games.

Still in the Savannah Zone, Nigerian Army beat Equity Angels 76-22, GT 2000 64-45 and Exousia Angels 57-38.

Twenty seven teams are competing in the leaguewhich is witnessing a new format under the leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Musa Kida.

It is expected that 144 matches will be decided in the four centres at the end of proceedings on August 1.

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2022 W’Cup African Qualifiers To Kick Off In September

LAGOS – The African qualifying series for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicked off on Monday with the first round preliminary draws that held on Monday in Cairo, Egypt.

The first round draw which will produce 14 winners featured the 28 lowest-ranked countries in the continent.

The ties will be played over two legs in September, and then the 14 winners will join the continent’s top-ranked 26 sides, who have been exempted from the initial round of qualifiers. The draw for the next stage will be on a date still to be decided.

The 40 teams will then be split into 10 groups of four for the second qualifying round.

The 10 winners of those groups will then be drawn against each other in home-and-away fixtures, with the five winners qualifying for the World Cup.

In the preliminary stage, Ethiopia will play Lesotho, while Somalia has Zimbabwe to contend with a spot in the second round draw. While Eritrea tackles Namibia, Burundi will take on Tanzania. Djibouti and Eswatini will fight for a slot in the second round draw, even as Botswana will play Malawi.

Gambia and Angola will play for a slot, while two West African teams, Liberia will have Sierra Leone hurdle to contend with. Mauritius and Mozambique will play for a slot with Sao Tome & Principe taking on Guinea Bissau in the preliminary round. South Sudan has E’Guinea to play while Comoros Islands will play 2006 world Cup surprise qualifiers, Togo. Chad and Sudan will battle for a slot with Seychelles having Rwanda as the hurdle to cross.

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R’Madrid Academy Set To Groom Stars

P/HARCOURT – The Real Madrid Football Academy, built by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is now set to groom football stars, following the completion of the facility in Port Harcourt.

The President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad laid the foundation stone on May 28, 2018 after Wike reached agreement with officials of Real Madrid Football Club.

The governor has directed the admission of all the players of Banham Model Primary School Port Harcourt into the Academy when it opens later in the year. Banham Model Primary School won this year’s Channels Television Kids Cup.

Representative of the Ministry of Sports at the Academy Project Site, Mr Allwell Braide, said that the contractor has done well, adding that the football academy was ready, awaiting commissioning by the Rivers State Governor.

Mr Sunday Odungweru said that the Academy would give Rivers youths the opportunity to excel. He said the institution will create the platform for football lovers in the South-South and South-East to interact for the development of the game, which will lead to the emergence of new international stars

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CAF League: Kano Pillars Very Strong Offensively – Kotoko

LAGOS – Asante Kotoko of Ghana, Kano Pillars’ opponent in the first preliminary round of the 2019/2010 CAF Champions League, have said that Pillars are very strong offensively.

Kjetil Zachariassen, coach of Kotoko, said this while analyzing the performances of the Kano based side in their Federation Cup final against Niger Tornadoes where they endured attacks to win the cup 4-3 on penalties.

Zachariassen said that they would be on top of their game if they hoped to knock out the Nigerians out of the continent’s elite competition.

“We are monitoring them as much as we can; they played the Nigerian FA cup final”. Kano Pillars are strong inoffensive but possibly we will be on top of our game because we have been preparing for the past three weeks.

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Bale’s Agent Blames Real For Failed China Deal

Gareth Bale’s proposed transfer to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning broke down because Real Madrid “changed their minds,” his agent Jonathan Barnett has told ESPN FC.

On Sunday, Bernabeu sources told ESPN FC the proposed transfer was called off after the Wales international’s family opted against the move.

However Barnett has blamed Madrid’s hierarchy for the deal falling through — and said that Madrid had given Bale’s camp the green light to negotiate a move, only to go back on that agreement when it was close to being finalised.

Last week ESPN FC learned that Madrid were willing to let Bale move to China on a free transfer — a deal which would have saved the club around €100 million in salary and taxes over the remaining three years of the 30 year old’s contract.

Marca reported on Friday that Bale was to be paid €22m-a-season [after taxes] on a three year contract with Jiangsu, though Barnett has told ESPN FC that story was “fake news.”

Reports have suggested that, when Madrid president Florentino Perez learned that the Chinese Super League club were willing to pay so much money to Bale, he decided that his club could not let such a valuable player leave for nothing.

Jiangsu had already signed Brazilian defender Miranda before adding Croatian forward Ivan Santini on Monday and, with the Chinese transfer window closing on Wednesday, ESPN FC understands there is now no chance of Bale moving there

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Cardi B Misses Daughter’s First Steps

Cardi B missed her daughter’s first steps, According to Contactmusic.net.

The 26-year-old rapper was devastated when she missed the milestone from her little girl Kulture as she was busy with a meet and greet at the show and wasn’t able to take younger sister Hennessy Carolina or her husband Offset’s calls.

Explaining what happened in a series of Instagram stories, she said: ”I’m doing a meet and greet, right? And Hennessy calls me with Kulture, and I’m like, ‘I’m doing a meet and greet right now, I’ma call you guys right back.’ He always witnesses the good s**t! My baby starting to walk already. I can’t take it. I can’t take it!”

Cardi previously admitted she experiences ”mum guilt” when she has to travel with her daughter.

She said: ”I do experience that mom guilt, you know? She’s here, but it makes me sad sometimes because it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, all that traveling.’ I know her sleeping schedule is getting a little messed up … every single time that she gets on an airplane, it’s all good until the landing. She starts crying, and I just be feeling so sad because I know the pain, you know, when your ears pop.

”And sometimes I wake up in the morning and she’s in my bed and I just want to cuddle and [I can’t]. It is getting harder because she knows me. She recognises more now and that’s, like, you can just tell she wants me to be there. Sometimes, when she sees me leaving, she looks up and goes, ‘B***h, where you going?”’

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Gerrard Reveals Why Rangers Player Exit Hasn’t Happened Yet

Steven Gerrard

As quoted by the Daily Record, Steven Gerrard has revealed why Eros Grezda has not left the club this summer, despite him being surplus to requirements for the coming campaign.

Grezda has not been at Ibrox for long at all, but it is clear that he is struggling to make a claim to stay at the club past this summer.

Indeed, he just does not seem good enough to be frank, and that leaves him surely looking for new employment in this window.

According to Gerrard, though, the reason that he hasn’t left yet is down to the fact that the offers that have come in for him are not what the Gers are open to.

He revealed:

“We’ve had two or three loan requests for Eros but they don’t satisfy what we are looking for at the moment.”

It remains to be seen, then, whether or not the right sort of offer comes in for Grezda but it is safe to assume that he’s going to go if the deal suits the club.

It makes sense to try and get as much as we can for him after the outlay we wasted on him but that could be a hard ask.

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Elton John Celebrates 29 Years Of Sobriety

Elton John is celebrating a huge milestone – he is officially 29 years sober, According to  Justjared.com.

“29 years ago today, I was a broken man. I finally summoned up the courage to say 3 words that would change my life: ‘I need help,’” Elton posted on his Instagram account.

He continued, “Thank-you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety. I am eternally grateful.”

Elton also posted a photo of his 29 year chip he received for his sobriety journey.

Congratulations to Elton John on this huge milestone.

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Warren says U.S. should use trade deals to raise global standards

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren told a town hall in Ohio on Monday that if elected to the White House, she would use the leverage of the United States to raise labor and environmental standards via global trade agreements.


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OFFICIAL: Courtois Medical Report

Real Madrid published a medical report on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who sufferes an ankle sprain.

Following the tests carried out by the Real Madrid medical department on our player Thibaut Courtois he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 sprain to his left ankle. His recovery will continue to be assessed.
Source: Realmadrid.com

Courtois could miss at least a month with this injury, which means that Keylor Navas has a good chance to prove his worth and keep the starting spot even after Courtois recovers from his injury.

The Belgian goalkeeper was expected to be the undisputed starter this season but this injury could be problematic down the road. Navas was rumored to be on his way out of the club but he will stay, so Courtois will need to fight hard if he wants to start on a consistent basis.

If Courtois works hard, he could be ready for the start of the season, but Real’s medical staff will not rush him back.

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