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Coronavirus takes toll on federal roads’ construction in Lagos

The ravaging effect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) was, perhaps, the biggest challenge faced by stakeholders in the road sub sector of the construction industry in 2020.
In response, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government wanted to build up workers’ rights.

Britain denies wanting to reduce workers’ rights post-Brexit

The FT reported here on Thursday that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy was proposing changes focused on ending the 48-hour working week, rules around rest breaks, and not including overtime pay when calculating some holiday pay entitlements, citing people familiar with the plans.

Oil prices edge up on strong China data, U.S. crude oil draw

Oil prices edged higher, on Thursday, after a drawdown in U.S. crude stocks for a fifth straight week and robust data from China showing a surge in imports.
Former Napoli centre-forward Andrea Carnevale has urged Victor Osimhen to be more selfish in order to score more goals.

Napoli confirm Victor Osimhen still positive for coronavirus

Osimhen has only played six times this season, as he injured his shoulder during international duty with Nigeria and then tested positive for COVID-19 after the Christmas holiday.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Pope, Queen Elizabeth join vaccine drive as UK tops 3 million cases

Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, as the UK reported it had surpassed more than three million cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Pope Francis: We have to get vaccinated

Pope Francis and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Saturday became the latest high-profile figures to join the global vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, as the UK reported it had surpassed more than 3 million cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Senator Ojudu: My battle with coronavirus

Ojudu, in a piece tiled ‘My Journey To COVIDOM’ posted on his Facebook wall, said his travail with the virus happened after a decision to travel to Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State to attend the funeral of the father of a close friend in December last year.
FILE PHOTO - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 5, 2021. REUTERS-Blair Gable

Canadian premier warns tough days ahead as officials consider extended coronavirus lockdowns

Canada continues to set new daily records for Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths as officials plead with Canadians to follow public health guidance aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

NCDC says increased testing will help to understand coronavirus burden

The Head of Department, Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, NCDC, Mrs Elsie Ilori, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at a briefing by the Presidential Tasks Force on COVID-19.
Popular British actor, Rowan Atkinson, has said he finds portraying the role, Mr Bean, stressful and exhausting. He has further hinted that he will never play the role again.

Rowan Atkinson: I don’t enjoy playing Mr Bean

Popular British actor, Rowan Atkinson, has said he finds portraying the role, Mr Bean, stressful and exhausting. He has further hinted that he will never play the role again.
There have been numerous reports that APC chieftain and former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is being hospitalised in Paris, France, after coming down with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Asiwaju Tinubu is not treating coronavirus abroad – spokesperson

There have been numerous reports that APC chieftain and former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is being hospitalised in Paris, France, after coming down with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
FILE PHOTO - Pope Francis listens during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia at the Vatican, December 21, 2020. Vatican Media-?Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.-File Photo

Pope criticises people going on holiday to flee coronavirus lockdowns

“They didn’t think about those who were staying at home, of the economic problems of many people who have been hit hard by the lockdown, of the sick people. (They thought) only about going on holiday and having fun,” the pope said.
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz was allowed to return to Belarus last month after being stopped from re-entering the country since August following a holiday in Poland where he called for the resignation of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

Minsk archbishop resigns months after calling for Belarus president’s resignation

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Catholic Archbishop of Minsk, the Vatican said on Sunday, after he spoke out against the Belarus government and violence against protestors.
Lebanon’s hospitals are being overwhelmed by coronavirus cases, medics warn, as infection rates surge following end of year holidays.

Lebanon health workers warn of coronavirus ‘catastrophe’ as cases surge

Lebanon’s hospitals are being overwhelmed by coronavirus cases, medics warn, as infection rates surge following end of year holidays.
People wearing protective masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, pray on the first day of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2021. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

Coronavirus overshadows Japan’s New Year’s Day festivities

New Year’s Day is the biggest holiday in Japan’s calendar, but this year’s festivities have been subdued following record highs in new coronavirus cases nationwide and calls from the government to stay home.
FILE PHOTO - A Sinopharm sign is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang-File Photo

China approves first coronavirus vaccine from Sinopharm

The approval, announced by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council, has come a day after Sinopharm said its vaccine was found to be 79.3 per cent effective in preliminary data from the final round of testing.
SAG-AFTRA has announced that the majority of their productions in California will be on hiatus until early next year. The news comes after the Los Angeles Health Department asked the entertainment industry to pause productions.

Hollywood productions shut down again as Los Angeles coronavirus cases soar

Most Hollywood productions have shut down again until at least mid-January, the movie industry’s acting union announced, as COVID-19 cases soar to record levels in Los Angeles.
Barcelona trained again this Tuesday with a view to the next match against Atletico Madrid. Philippe Coutinho, who took part in Monday's session with the group and completed the training session as normal.

Philippe Coutinho requires surgery in latest blow to Barcelona’s recovery

La Liga outfit Barcelona have confirmed that midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who sustained a lateral meniscus injury on Tuesday, will have to undergo surgery. The medical procedure will potentially leave him sidelined for as long as four months.

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The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, has released the lists of Primary Six Pupils for placement into public Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).

Parents canvass two shifts system in schools to forestall coronavirus spread

A cross-section of Enugu parents, on Saturday, advocated two shifts for academic activities in primary and secondary schools, reduce overcrowding and thus wide-scale transmission of COVID-19 within schools.
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has assured that payment of the N30,000 minimum wage will be resumed this January having been suspended due to the negative effect of the covid-19 pandemic.

Governor Inuwa: Gombe’ll resume payment of N30,000 minimum wage end of January

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has assured that payment of the N30,000 minimum wage will be resumed this January having been suspended due to the negative effect of the covid-19 pandemic.
The new ‘The Village Headmaster’ is expected to start airing in April 2021.

9ice, Jide Kosoko join Akin Lewis, Ibidun Allison, others in ‘The Village Headmaster’

Months after it was announced that the Nigerian Television Authority and Wale Adenuga Productions had embarked on a ground-breaking partnership to revive the iconic TV drama series, ‘The Village Headmaster’, it was recently announced that the recording stage of the first season had been successfully-concluded, and the promotional trailer had started airing across Nigeria.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2019. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni set for sixth term after 35-year rule

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni looked headed for a sixth term as president with election results Saturday placing him firmly ahead of his main rival, who has cried fraud and whose home has been put under heavy guard.
Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu was on taget again for KRC Genk in their Belgian jupiler league clash with Waasland-Beveren on Sunday.

Genk chief: Paul Onuachu good enough to play for Europe top clubs

KRC Genk Sporting director Dimitri De Conde believes Paul Onuachu has the talent to play for any club in the world.