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YouTube plans to pay $100 million to creators who use YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor, throughout the next year. The goal is to encourage creators to pick up and continually post to its new service, which doesn’t otherwise give creators a built-in way to make money.

YouTube to pay $100 million to creators using its TikTok competitor

YouTube plans to pay $100 million to creators who use YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor, throughout the next year. The goal is to encourage creators to pick up and continually post to its new service, which doesn’t otherwise give creators a built-in way to make money.
Netflix has announced plans to feature Ikorodu Bois in its Oscar Weekend Film Brand Campaign.

Netflix partners Ikorodu Bois on Oscars film brand campaign

Netflix has announced plans to feature Ikorodu Bois in its Oscar Weekend Film Brand Campaign.
Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was fulsome in his praise of Paul Pogba after last night’s victory at Fulham.

Manchester United boss: No problem with documentary on Paul Pogba’s life

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Paul Pogba will not be affected by the added spotlight of an Amazon Prime documentary on his life, saying the French midfielder is fully focused on helping the team win matches.
FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Haiti arrive to the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migration raises tension in Texas border town

More migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas than Martinez recalls in his 13 years as Val Verde County Sheriff. They wade across the Rio Grande river and into residents’ yards.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director-General of the organization.

Willie Walsh takes over as new IATA chief

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director-General of the organization.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

China sanctions US, Canadian citizens in Xinjiang row

China announced sanctions against two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy body Saturday over their criticism of Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs, but Washington said the tit-for-tat measure would only intensify the spotlight on Xinjiang.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has rejected the recent poor rating of Nigeria in its anti-corruption campaign by Transparency International (TI).

Presidency: President Buhari fully aware of everything happening in Nigeria

The Presidency has assured Nigerians that, contrary to what critics say, President Muhammadu Buhari is fully aware of everything happening across the country.
Israel Adesanya

UFC star Israel Adesanya tenders apology after ‘rape’ comment

UFC star Israel Adesanya has apologized to fellow fighter Kevin Holland after he came under attack for his rape comment.
The Newspapers Distribution Association of Nigeria (NDAN) has elected new executives.

Nigerian media charged not to celebrate criminals, criminality

The role of the media in fostering national unity, cohesion and curbing insecurity came under spotlight in Minna, Niger State weekend, during the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) state chapter press week where most participants harped on the need for the media to stop celebrating criminals and criminality.

Snapchat paying $1 million a day to creators of popular short videos

Since late November, the company has maintained a $1 million daily pool which it pays out to the creators of each day’s top-performing videos on its short-form video service, Spotlight.
Rodrygo looks set to be forced to play for the Real Madrid youth team due to the small quota of non-EU players allowed in squads. Getty - Contributor

Rodrygo hails idol Neymar as ‘an absolute genius’

Rodrygo is making a name for himself with Real Madrid and Brazil, but the 20-year-old remains in awe of those he idolised growing up and considers fellow countryman Neymar to be “an absolute genius”.
YouTube Shorts, the company’s short-form answer to TikTok, is launching in beta in the United States starting today. The short video format has already been available for several months in India, but today marks its debut stateside.

YouTube Shorts arrives in the US to take on TikTok

YouTube Shorts, the company’s short-form answer to TikTok, is launching in beta in the United States starting today. The short video format has already been available for several months in India, but today marks its debut stateside (along with the addition of several new features).
Femi Fani--Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode’s third wife defends him, says former wife constantly threatens to kill four...

Regina-Hanson Amonoo, the third wife of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has defended her husband over allegations of abuse levelled against him by his estranged wife, Precious Chikwendu.
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN)

IWD: ActionAid calls for care-centered approach to women’s welfare

As Nigeria joins rest of the world to commemorate 2021 International Women’s Day, IWD, an International Civil Society Organisation, ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, Monday, called for care-centered approach on women’s welfare.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday explained why its Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, could not personally appear before a National Assembly (NASS) Joint Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigerian women can lead

In the year 2008, I co-edited a book, African Women Can Lead, published by Kachifo Limited under its prestige imprint. The book is a collection of essays and presentations made for three editions of the Development and Leadership Institute (DLI)’s “Women in Politics and Leadership” programme. We chose the book’s title after a rigorous debate by the advisory board of the programme.
Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari

My $1.9 billion in Minnesota bank

Let’s have a comic diversion today from weightier matters of our national life. Because what I want to discuss can only be comic, if not also idiotic and otiose.
Suspect Jamie Vella (C), one of two men accused of having supplied the bomb which killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, wearing full protective clothing as he is currently COVID-19 positive, is escorted out of the back entrance of the law courts after his arraignment in Valletta, Malta, February 24, 2021. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Suspected bombmakers accused of complicity in Malta journalist’s murder

Two men suspected of supplying the bomb that killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia faced formal charges in a late-night court appearance under heavy security by armed police.

Pressure mounts on Moroccan authorities over ‘factory deaths’

Pressure mounts on Moroccan authorities on Wednesday following the death of 28 people after heavy rains flooded a basement factory in the port city of Tangiers on Monday. Earlier, a senior fire official told local media that the victims were trapped with ''no way out'' and drowned. An official response to the tragedy only referred to an ‘’illegal textiles operation’’.
Thomas Tuchel can create a new era at Chelsea if he is given enough time to implement all his ideas and philosophies at Stamford Bridge, according to Michael Ballack.

Thomas Tuchel conducting Chelsea ‘orchestra’ towards wins at any cost

Thomas Tuchel is excited to be conducting the Chelsea “orchestra”, with the new Blues boss looking to win at any cost during his time in England.
Neymar is set to return from injury for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Friday with a view to facing RB Leipzig in a crucial Champions League match next week, the club said.

Neymar: I am motivated by victories not defeats

In the coming days, Neymar will end a rocky few months with some good news: a new four-year Paris Saint-Germain contract worth hundreds of millions, tying him to a place where he finally seems content.
Award-winning global sensation, disc jockey and record executive, DJ Khaled, has been announced as the international host of the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA).

Grammy Award-winning DJ Khaled to host 2021 MAMA

Award-winning global sensation, disc jockey and record executive, DJ Khaled, has been announced as the international host of the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA).
Paul Pogba scores Manchester United’s second goal, cutting inside from the right flank and curling his shot into the far corner with his weaker left foot. Matt Impey-Shutterstock

Dimitar Berbatov: Paul Pogba is becoming Manchester United’s game-changer

Paul Pogba is becoming a “game-changer” for Manchester United, says Dimitar Berbatov, with the France international playing with a smile on his face again as exit talk at Old Trafford begins to fade.

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FILE PHOTO - A picture illustration shows U.S. 100 dollar bank notes taken in Tokyo August 2, 2011. REUTERS-Yuriko Nakao-File Photo

World Bank: Nigeria responsible for over 40 percent diaspora remittances in Sub Saharan Africa

In a statement on Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said remittances to SSA declined by an estimated 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. The decline was almost entirely due to a 27.7 percent decline in remittance flows to Nigeria,

Femi Falana: Southern governors should legalise open grazing ban to prosecute offenders

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged southern governors in the country to back their ban on open grazing with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor: Nigeria’s unity must be on social justice, equity

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for unity in Nigeria in order for the country to overcome its many challenges.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen abduct graduate, one other in Ondo community

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have created tension in Ikaram Akoko, in Akoko North West council area of Ondo State, following the abduction of two residents of the community including a graduate, identified as Gbodi.

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The Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has upheld an Abuja High Court’s decision to reverse the deregistration of Youth Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Appeal court upturns Youth Party’s deregistration

The Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has upheld an Abuja High Court’s decision to reverse the deregistration of Youth Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Nigerian government dissolves research institute’s council amidst graft allegations

The federal government has approved the dissolution of the governing council of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned any attempt to pay the legislators of the 9th National Assembly a whopping sum of 19.8 billion naira as welcome package.

ACF opposes ransom payment to bandits, backs negotiation

Apex northern socio-cultural body, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has expressed reservations about paying money to secure abductees.
Uefa have approved reintegration measures for nine clubs after renouncing their involvement in the European Super League.

UEFA confirm sanctions after nine clubs renounce Super League

AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Inter, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will have 5% of their European competition revenue withheld for one season – following their roles in the breakaway league.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed on Tuesday that the Senate may next week consider the report of an Ad-Hoc Committee on security challenges with a view to finding solutions to Nigeria’s security problems.

Senate in close session with security chiefs, others over insecurity

Senate on Thursday at plenary went into closed session with some heads of security agencies in the country.