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The State Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, in a statement on Sunday said that planting of fruit trees in schools was also to encourage students to become healthy, productive and maintain a sound environment.

Lagos to establish orchards in 20 schools

The Lagos State Government (LASG) says it will establish fruit orchards in 20 secondary schools across the state.
France’s largest telecoms operator, Orange, is set to make an entry into Nigeria and South Africa.

France telco Orange plans entry into Nigeria

He said, “It could make sense to be in economies such as Nigeria and South Africa. If one considers there are things to do, the time frame I am considering is rather a few months than a few years.”
The logo of French telecoms operator Orange is pictured on a closed retail store in Paris, France, April 17, 2020. REUTERS-Charles Platiau-File Photo

Orange eyes Nigeria, South Africa as possible new markets

Orange, France’s largest telecom operator, believes it would benefit from having a wider footprint in Africa and will give itself a few months to make a possible move, Chief Executive Stephane Richard told Les Echos business newspaper.
Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi

Lagos to create more Islands to curb land scarcity

To further increase land availability for housing and infrastructure development, the Lagos State Government has expressed the desire to continue to create more man-made islands at its waterfront across the State.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave Westchester and the Hudson Valley the green light to reopen starting on Tuesday as the coronavirus death toll dipped below 100 for the first time since the crisis erupted in March.

Coronavirus deaths in New York drop below 100 for first time since March

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave Westchester and the Hudson Valley the green light to reopen starting on Tuesday as the coronavirus death toll dipped below 100 for the first time since the crisis erupted in March.
US President Donald Trump has fired a fresh salvo at the World Health Organization, accusing its chief of siding with China and “politicising” the coronavirus pandemic while repeating his threat to freeze the UN agency’s funding.

US borrows $3 trillion as coronavirus bites harder

The U.S. Treasury announced its borrowing will reach a record $3 trillion in the current quarter, as the coronavirus batters the economy and government spending increased, including through massive stimulus programmes.
More than a billion people remained indoors in India on Sunday during a one-day nationwide curfew aimed at controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus even as positive cases topped 300.

India extends lockdown by two weeks

The nationwide coronavirus lockdown in India will be extended by two weeks after May 4, the government said today.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has distributed 64,000 hybrid economic tree seedlings to communities in Mai’Adua and Zango Local Government Areas of Katsina State.

Nigeria distributes 64,000 economic tree seedlings to communities

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has distributed 64,000 hybrid economic tree seedlings to communities in Mai’Adua and Zango Local Government Areas of Katsina State.
Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia.

French cardinal resigns over failure to report ‘sex abuse’ case

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who failed to report an alleged pedophile priest, the Catholic Church in Lyon said Friday.
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth where the man, the first Australian to die of Covid-19, and his wife were being treated. Paul Kane-Getty Images

78-year-old becomes Australia’s first coronavirus fatality

A 78-year-old man evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan died at a Perth hospital Sunday, becoming Australia’s first fatality from the disease, officials said.
The male hostel of Government Secondary School (GSS) in Gboko area of Benue state was on Wednesday gutted by fire.

Fire razes Benue school hostel

The male hostel of Government Secondary School (GSS) in Gboko area of Benue state was on Wednesday gutted by fire.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Industry chief tells Facebook to adapt to EU

EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday it was for Facebook to adapt to Europe’s standards, not the other way round, as he criticized the U.S. social media giant’s proposed internet rules as insufficient.
As Sydney got much-needed rain on Friday, a powerful tropical cyclone was approaching Australia’s opposite coast.

Fire-hit Australia faces cyclone in west, heavy rain, floods in East

Bush fire-ravaged Australia is bracing for dangerous weather conditions, including heavy rainfall and floods in the east and a severe tropical cyclone in the west.
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - Heavy rains lashed parts of eastern Australian Friday, causing some flooding in Sydney and bringing relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of bush fires in parts of New South Wales state.

Rain brings relief, hope for end to Australia’s fires

Heavy rains lashed parts of eastern Australian Friday, causing some flooding in Sydney and bringing relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of bush fires in parts of New South Wales state.
Cameroon boss Toni Conceicao has stated he and his staff are aiming to win the nation’s sixth Africa Cup of Nations title.

2021 Afcon: Toni Conceicao reveals Cameroon aim to win tourney

Cameroon boss Toni Conceicao has stated he and his staff are aiming to win the nation’s sixth Africa Cup of Nations title.
The Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo has dedicated her Grammy award in the World Best Music Album Category to Nigerian singer Burna Boy.

Burna Boy loses as Angelique Kidjo wins fourth Grammy — full list of winners

Nigerian superstar Afro-fusion artist, Burna Boy, on Monday, lost in his first attempt to win a Grammy award after being nominated in the best world music album category.
Amazon.com Inc and its Ring home security camera unit have been sued by an Alabama homeowner who said the cameras’ defective design leaves purchasers vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Amazon’s Ring cameras are vulnerable to hackers – lawsuit

Amazon.com Inc and its Ring home security camera unit have been sued by an Alabama homeowner who said the cameras’ defective design leaves purchasers vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCT confirms 74 new coronavirus cases

The Federal Capital Territory has confirmed that 74 new cases of coronavirus disease have been detected in Abuja.
The Abia State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Chief (Mrs) Eunice Uzor-Kalu (Odiuko n’mba) on her birthday.

Abia APC congratulates Eunice Kalu on her birthday

The Abia State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Chief (Mrs) Eunice Uzor-Kalu (Odiuko n’mba) on her birthday.
Dr. Bishop Sam Zuga, the newly elected Archbishop of House of Joy ministry, popularly known as Jehovah Field Marshall has given reasons he would rather continue leading Nigeria to the right path by living an exemplary life rather than leading protests

Bishop Zuga: I would rather lead by example, than lead a protest

Dr. Bishop Sam Zuga, the newly elected Archbishop of House of Joy ministry, popularly known as Jehovah Field Marshall has given reasons he would rather continue leading Nigeria to the right path by living an exemplary life rather than leading protests.
Opposition Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera addresses supporters after a court annulled the May 2019 presidential vote that declared Peter Mutharika a winner, in Lilongwe, Malawi, February 4, 2020. REUTERS-Eldson Chagara-File Photo

Malawi’s election cheer dampened by coronavirus surge

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday ordered his inauguration ceremony be scaled down amid a surge of coronavirus cases, dampening excitement around his election win.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard reacts, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Michael Regan-Pool via REUTERS

Frank Lampard: Chelsea must get used to pressure in home stretch

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said his team must embrace the pressure in their remaining Premier League matches as they look to secure a top-four finish and qualify for next season’s Champions League.