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NCC highlights role of telecoms in Nigeria’s exit from recession

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has highlighted the role played by the telecommunications sector in lifting the country out of recession in the recently released fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for the fourth quarter of 2020.

US partners NCS on service delivery in Nigerian prisons

The United States has partnered with the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) to enhance efficiency and service delivery of prisons in the nation.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials at the Klerksdorp Hospital in South Africa. Photo by Phill Magakoe - AFP via Getty Images

FDA: Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine effective

The one-dose COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson protects against severe disease and has no serious safety concerns, according to a new analysis published today by the US Food and Drug Administration. The report takes the vaccine one step closer to authorization by the agency, meaning the United States could have a third shot available in a matter of days.

NBS: Nigerians paid more for fuel, diesel in January

The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS says Nigerians paid more for fuel in January 2021 as the price paid by consumers for premium motor spirit (petrol) increased by 12.88%.
Mohamed Bazoum sits at his pollitical party headquarters in Niamey, file. REUTERS-Joe Penney-File Photo

Mohamed Bazoum solidifies lead in Niger’s presidential election runoff

Niger’s ruling party candidate Mohamed Bazoum has solidified his lead in a presidential election runoff meant to usher in the first democratic transition of power in the West African nation, election commission data showed on Tuesday.
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Google wants to give Africans N35 million each for news-business ideas, amid Australian war

Applications have just opened for a new round of a Google-funded scheme to help media organisations in the African region improve their revenues – as tech giants fight it out with Australia about funding news.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look at each other as they deliver joint statements during their meeting in Jerusalem March 9, 2016. REUTERS-Debbie Hill-Pool-File Photo

Israel to debate Iran with Joe Biden ‘below radar’ for now – radio

Israel will address disputes with the United States over Iran “below the radar” for now, a top Israeli broadcaster said on Tuesday, citing sources involved in a strategising session convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain January 7, 2021. Tolga Akmen-Pool via REUTERS

Britain premier says optimistic about fully reopening in June

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that he was very optimistic that all COVID-19 restrictions in England would end on June 21, and added that the government would hold a review into the use of vaccine certificates.
FILE PHOTO - Job seekers stand outside a construction site ahead of the release of the unemployement numbers by Statistics South Africa, in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 23, 2020. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s unemployment rate jumps to new record high

South Africa’s unemployment rate jumped to a record high in the fourth quarter of last year, the statistics agency said on Tuesday, as the economy was further battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NACA: Nigeria among six countries defying coronavirus impact on HIV-AIDS

The National Action for Control of AIDS (NACA) has said that Nigeria and six other countries — Jamaica, Rwanda, Mozambique, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Botswana — are the nations in the world that have shown great resilience in withstanding the Covid-19 impact on HIV-AIDS epidemic.
FILE PHOTO: Iranian lawmakers attend the opening ceremony of Iran's 11th parliament, practicing social distancing as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Tehran, Iran, May 27, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian lawmakers criticise Tehran’s deal with IAEA on snap inspections

Iranian lawmakers protested on Monday against Tehran’s decision to permit “necessary” monitoring by the U.N. nuclear watchdog for up to three months, saying the move broke a law mandating an end to the agency’s snap inspections this week.
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WhatsApp explains what happens if user do not accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp has detailed what will happen to users who don’t accept its new privacy policy in an FAQ on its website. Starting May 15th, its functionality will become more limited, and users will no longer be able to send or read messages from the app. They’ll still be able to receive calls and notifications, but this will only be possible for a “short time.” Speaking to TechCrunch, the company confirmed this period will last a few weeks.

HEDA sues accountant general over details of N173 billion MDAs budget

A Federal high Court in Abuja has been asked to compel the Accountant General of the Federation to release details of the N173 billion released to various Ministries, Departments and parastatals during COVID-19
Oyo governor, Seyi Makinde, says he's opening discussions with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to get a sufficient supply for residents of the state.

Oyo to offset four years workers’ promotion arrears, approves tutor-general for schools

Oyo State government has disclosed that it will offset the promotion arrears of its workforce that have been stagnated for four years, saying that there will be no more disparity in elevation of workers in the State.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he would like to see all children back at school from next month, but admits that things will need to move forward “carefully”.

Labour leader calls for all schools in England to reopen on March 8

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he would like to see all children back at school from next month, but admits that things will need to move forward “carefully”.
FILE PHOTO - Two women walk down Regent Street, one of London's main shopping streets, as Britain continues its third COVID-19 lockdown, in London, Britain, January 17, 2021. REUTERS-Kevin Coombs

Coronavirus data will determine how quickly UK emerges from lockdown – health secretary

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government will need to analyse the data as it slowly unlocks from the national COVID-19 lockdown because it is wary of the impact virus variants from Brazil and South Africa could have.
A medical worker prepares to administer a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as part of a Tel Aviv municipality initiative offering a free drink at a bar to residents getting the shot, in Tel Aviv, Israel February 18, 2021. REUTERS

Israel: Coronavirus infections dropped 95.8% after both Pfizer shots

The rate of COVID-19 infections dropped 95.8% among people who received both shots of Pfizer’s vaccine, Israel’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has advised African countries against the use of Ivermectin for treating COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Africa CDC advises against use of Ivermectin

“Member States are advised against the use of Ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 because there is no conclusive clinical data to support its safety and efficacy. The public is advised to adhere to country-specific guidelines for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19,” it said in a statement Saturday.
Vials of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine are seen at the Del-Pest Central Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2021. Zoltan Balogh-MTI-MTVA-Pool via REUTERS

Ghana approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use

Ghana through the Ministry of Health has authorised the registration and use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.
Doctor Kate Martin (L) prepares dosed of the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine at the vaccination centre set up at St Columba’s church in Sheffield, northern England, on February 20, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF - AFP)

Over 200 million vaccine doses administered globally

More than 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in at least 107 countries and territories, according to an AFP count based on official sources Saturday.
The Newspapers Distribution Association of Nigeria (NDAN) has elected new executives.

Nigerian newspaper distributors elect new executives, want prices reduced to boost readership

Speaking at the swearing-in of the newly elected executive members of the Lagos Island zone, the newly elected Chairman, Godwin Akpan, called on government and media house owners to alleviate their plight.
The IOM says at least 20,000 migrants died since 2014 while trying to reach Europe crossing the Mediterranean, including 161 this year [Alberto Pizzoli-AFP]

Italy’s coastguard searches for survivors after migrant shipwreck

The Italian coastguard has launched a rescue operation after a boat carrying at least 50 migrants and refugees capsized overnight off the coast of Lampedusa.

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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus (right) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with Bernardo Silva. László Balogh-AP

Rio Ferdinand: Only Bayern Munich, PSG can stop Manchester City from winning Champions League

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has disclosed that the only two teams that can stop Manchester City from winning the UEFA Champions League are Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
“This will actually help in strengthening our relationship with Germany,” police spokesman, Frank Mba, said.

Attack on Abia police station: Eight suspects arrested, four killed

The Police Command in Abia has killed four suspects and arrested eight others over the attack on the Abayi Police Station in the early hours of Tuesday in Abia.
According to a statement signed by the commissioner of homeland affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the order comes into effect on April 9.

18 killed as dozens of bandits neutralised in Kaduna

Kaduna state government has said security agencies have reported a sequence of attacks by armed bandits on soft targets in Igabi and Chikun local government areas killing 18 residents.
Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, has described manager Thomas Tuchel as a good motivational strategist.

Edouard Mendy: Thomas Tuchel a ‘motivational strategist’

Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, has described manager Thomas Tuchel as a good motivational strategist.
Prosecutors in Malta charged two men on Wednesday with supplying the bomb used to kill journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Two men charged with supplying bomb that killed Maltese journalist

Prosecutors in Malta charged two men on Wednesday with supplying the bomb used to kill journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Nigerian security operatives in an operation involving the Army, Air force and the Police in Orlu community of Imo State have arrested 20 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, according to PRNigeria.

Orlu: 20 IPOB members arrested as Army confirms killing of four soldiers

Nigerian security operatives in an operation involving the Army, Air force and the Police in Orlu community of Imo State have arrested 20 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, according to PRNigeria.

Edo: 38 convicted for riding tricycles without permit

A mobile Magistrate Court, on Friday, convicted 38 people in Edo State for riding tricycles and bikes without a government permit.
The United States has said more than $6bn has been invested in Nigeria’s HIV-AID control, even as more than one million women and children are currently on HIV treatment through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Kano to conduct compulsory HIV, TB tests for staff of bakeries, food vendors

The Kano State Consumer Protection Council (CPC) yesterday pledged to conduct compulsory HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis tests for staff of restaurants, eateries, bakeries and other food processing companies in the state.

NCC highlights role of telecoms in Nigeria’s exit from recession

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has highlighted the role played by the telecommunications sector in lifting the country out of recession in the recently released fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures for the fourth quarter of 2020.
The Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has advised the Federal Government to always consider its economic policy choices, before taking decision, in order to FastTrack economic growth, its recently launched 2021 Economic Outlook has said.

NESG urges Nigerian government to study, check excesses in crypto-currencies

The Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has called on the Federal Government to carry out comprehensive study on the workings of cryptocurrencies to check financial excesses.