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WHO welcomes rotavirus vaccines for use in humanitarian crises

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed the opportunity to make rotavirus vaccine available to more children living in humanitarian crises, saying thanks to a landmark pricing agreement with the manufacturer, GSK.

Court nullifies female disinheritance practice in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Etinan Local Government Area has nullified the practice of denying female children inheritance, saying the practice is unconstitutional.
The Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON) has lamented the rising cost of paper in Nigeria, warning that the situation could worsen unemployment in the country.

Institute laments rising cost of paper in Nigeria

The Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON) has lamented the rising cost of paper in Nigeria, warning that the situation could worsen unemployment in the country.
FILE PHOTO - Dunkin' Donuts coffee packs are pictured alongside other coffee brands on the shelves of a grocery store in Pasadena, California July 25, 2013. REUTERS-Mario Anzuoni

U.S. coffee roasters weigh price increases, cite shipping inflation

Coffee processors in the United States, the world’s largest consumer of the beverage, are reporting significant cost increases in their operations, mostly related to transportation, and expect to raise retail prices soon.
FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have to cut down the costs of their squads by more than 35 million euros ($42.14 million) following new salary limits imposed by La Liga on Tuesday to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid ordered to further tighten belts by La Liga

FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have to cut down the costs of their squads by more than 35 million euros ($42.14 million) following new salary limits imposed by La Liga on Tuesday to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term, in Moscow, Russia February 20, 2021. REUTERS-Maxim Shemetov-File Photo

U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over poisoning of Alexei Navalny

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities over Russia’s attempt to kill opposition figure Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent, senior Biden administration officials said.
FILE PHOTO - Myanmar soldiers from the 77th light infantry division walk along a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar police fire stun grenades as Southeast Asian ministers aim for talks

Myanmar police fired stun grenades to disperse protesters in the city of Yangon on Tuesday, witnesses said, as foreign ministers of neighbouring countries were due to hold talks with the military in an effort to quell deadly violence.
Marketers of cooking gas on Wednesday blamed its increasing prices on massive importation, causing anguish to end users.

Hike in price of cooking gas worries Enugu residents

Residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have expressed worry over the recent hike in the price of cooking gas.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Nigeria’s central bank plans to strengthen Naira, economy through $15 billion Dangote refinery

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has concluded plans to strengthen the Naira, and by extension the nation’s economy through the $15 billion Dangote Refinery.
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Seplat driving sustainability with growing gas business – chief

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, leading indigenous energy company, has identified its fast-growing gas business as a strong catalyst for sustainable development in Nigeria.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said Dangote Refinery would buy Nigeria’s crude oil in Naira and also sell petrol to Nigeria in naira when it commences production.

Dangote refinery to buy Nigerian crude in Naira, sell petrol in Naira

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said Dangote Refinery would buy Nigeria’s crude oil in Naira and also sell petrol to Nigeria in naira when it commences production.

CBN governor: Dangote refinery to sell refined crude to Nigerian government in Naira

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, says arrangement is being made to enable the Dangote Refinery sell refined crude to Nigeria in naira when it commences production.
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OPL 310: Optimum’s default clause termination letter invalid – Lekoil

An oil and gas E&P company with a focus on Nigeria and West Africa, Lekoil, yesterday maintained that a letter written by Optimum Petroleum Development Company, operator of the Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 310, proposing to terminate the Cost and Revenue Sharing Agreement (CRSA) executed for the facility, remains invalid.
FILE PHOTO - Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania U.S., October 5, 2017. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid

Goldman Sachs: Brent crude to reach $75 by September

Analysts at the US bank Goldman Sachs have raised the price forecast of crude oil by $10 per barrel for the second and third quarters of 2021.
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Senator Ubah laments high cost of shipping, seeks abolition of unjustifiable bills

The Senator representing Anambra South and National Leader of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has called on the federal government to urgently checkmate the exorbitant increase and unjustifiable shipping fees charged by shipping companies on Nigerian bound cargoes particularly containers.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate move to stop casualisation of Nigerian graduates

Mr. Akinyelure said the issue of employing graduates as casual workers raised a concern, as “more workers continue to groan under this immoral strategy of cutting costs by employers rendering them inferior to their counterparts in other countries of the world.”
Prosecutors asked an Australian court to set hefty penalties for media firms that pleaded guilty to breaching a 2018 suppression order on reporting of the conviction of former Vatican treasurer George Pell for child sexual assault.

Australia seeks hefty fines from media over breach of gag order in Cardinal Pell...

Prosecutors asked an Australian court to set hefty penalties for media firms that pleaded guilty to breaching a 2018 suppression order on reporting of the conviction of former Vatican treasurer George Pell for child sexual assault.
FILE PHOTO - A man walks by near a cellular tower in the municipality of Guadalupe, Mexico July 6, 2020. REUTERS-Daniel Becerril

Kidnap capital Mexico eyes biometric phone registry, sparking privacy fears

A plan by Mexican lawmakers to put millions of cell phone users’ data in a biometric registry, billed as a tool to fight kidnapping and extortion, has sparked a backlash from telecoms companies and rights groups who warn it could lead to stolen data and higher costs.
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PDP warns APC not to contemplate another fuel price hike

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to perish any thoughts of further increase of fuel price in the country.
An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Mikhail Tereshchenko - TASS - Getty Images

Airlines groan under new coronavirus safety protocols

Recent safety protocols enforced by many countries across the world, particularly those instituted by both the Nigerian and its United Arab Emirates counterpart by way of flight restrictions, are affecting both nations’ carriers economically.
FILE PHOTO - The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2019. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

Amazon sues to block investigation of New York warehouse labor fight

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the New York state attorney general’s office as a preemptive effort to prevent legal action over the company’s handling of COVID-19 conditions at a Staten Island warehouse last spring. Amazon is seeking an injunction preventing the attorney general’s office from trying to exercise “regulatory authority over workplace safety responses to COVID-19 and claims of retaliation against workers who protest working conditions.”

Research: Nigeria records nearly 30,000 tobacco smoking-related deaths

An Abuja-based Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa (CSEA) has reported that a research it conducted had revealed that 28,876 deaths related to tobacco smoking are recorded annually in Nigeria.

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Schalke loanee Ozan Kabak is a doubt for Liverpool’s home game against Fulham on Sunday.

Liverpool’s centre-back crisis worsens as manager confirms Ozan Kabak injury

The 20-year-old has not made an ideal start to life in the Premier League. His debut came against Leicester City, where his mix up with goalkeeper Alisson allowed Jamie Vardy to tap home to put the Foxes 2-1 ahead late on.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan enlists colleagues to mitigate electoral crises in West Africa

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has enlisted the support of other ex-presidents and Prime Ministers in West Africa to mitigate elections-related conflicts to promote peace in the region.
The police in Lagos have arrested a socialite and Instagram celebrity, Mike Eze, aka Pretty Mike, for allegedly facilitating operations at Cubana Nightclub in Victoria Island, Lagos State.

‘Pretty Mike’ arrested over Cubana Club’s coronavirus violation

The police in Lagos have arrested a socialite and Instagram celebrity, Mike Eze, aka Pretty Mike, for allegedly facilitating operations at Cubana Nightclub in Victoria Island, Lagos State.
President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor, with his new rank of four-star General, and the three service chiefs as three-star Generals. Others decorated on Friday by President Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja were Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amoo, Chief of Air Staff.

CDS Irabor: Nigeria will have peace again

Chief of Defense Staff General Lucky Irabor has said that the Nigerian Armed Forces will never in any way leave the peace and security of the nation in the hands of the terrorists.
Multi-awards winning British singer Adele has put to rest the rumours that she is dating rapper and protégé, Skepta.

Adele finalises divorce; shares joint custody of son with ex-husband

English singer-songwriter, Adele, and her former husband, Simon Konecki, have finalised their divorce nearly after two years they are separated.

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The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has intimated that his government would resist any attempt by the incumbent government to subvert the will of Ghanaian electorate.

John Mahama: Ghana electoral chief’s refusal to testify a bad precedent

The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in last year’s elections, John Dramani Mahama, says by the conduct of the current Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC), it is not qualified to superintend over any elections in the country.
Protests have started in Imo State, against Senator Rochas Okorocha representing Imo West Senatorial District, following the controversies that trailed the Okorocha unsealing the government sealed Royal Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi.

Protests in Imo against Senator Okorocha

Protests have started in Imo State, against Senator Rochas Okorocha representing Imo West Senatorial District, following the controversies that trailed the Okorocha unsealing the government sealed Royal Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

Benue governor commends President Buhari’s order against illegal possession of AK47 rifles

Benue’s Gov. Samuel Ortom on Thursday commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his directive to security operatives to shoot on sight, anyone illegally in possession AK47 rifles.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Chinese expatriate kidnapped in Ekiti

The expatriate identified as one of those supervising the construction of Ilupeju-Ire-Igbemo-Ijan road, was said to have been waylaid at Igbemo-Ekiti while driving in a Hilux Van and whisked away to unknown destination by arm-wielding attackers.

Food blockade: Igbo can feed themselves – Union

Following the threat by some Northern Groups to end the supply of food items to the South, the Association of South East Town Union has said the people of the region are capable of feeding themselves.