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The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has called for reinforcement of the mutual cultural ties that exist between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Federal Government of Nigeria, saying it should be explored for the benefits of both countries.

NCAC chief calls for reinforcement of cultural ties between Nigeria, Bangladesh

The Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has called for reinforcement of the mutual cultural ties that exist between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Federal Government of Nigeria, saying it should be explored for the benefits of both countries.

CSO demands total ban on smoking in Nollywood scenes

As more youths take to smoking cigarettes, a Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, CAPPA, Thursday, demanded total ban on smoking in Nollywood movies as they, directly and indirectly, advertise products of tobacco companies.
The contact, as at Wednesday, have spent thirteen days in the isolation center and, according to the State Health Commissioner, Tomi Coker, they will soon be declared free of the virus.

Tomi Coker: Avoid tobacco, reduce intake of alcohol for good oral health

In commemoration of World Oral Health Day, Ogun State Health Commissioner, Dr Tomi Coker, has advised avoidance of tobacco and reduction in intake of alcohol for good oral health.
The contact, as at Wednesday, have spent thirteen days in the isolation center and, according to the State Health Commissioner, Tomi Coker, they will soon be declared free of the virus.

World Oral Health Day: Ogun creates Directorate of Dental Services

In a bid to increase the accessibility of residents to oral health and ensure a uniformed administration, the Ogun State government has established a Directorate of Dental Services.
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Nigeria rebounds from recession with 0.11% GDP growth

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says Nigeria’s GDP grew by 0.11 per cent in Quarter Four (Q4) 2020, from the 6.11 per cent contraction in Q3, signalling a gradual recovery from recession.

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.

WHO: Cancer cases in Africa doubled in last 20 years

The number of cancer cases in Africa has doubled in the past 20 years, the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Matshidiso Moeti, has said.
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WHO: Cancer cases in Africa hits 846,000

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that cancer cases have more than doubled in the African region, from 338,000 cases reported in 2002 to almost 846,000 cases in 2020.
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Tobacco Control: CAPPA launches TakeApart Nigeria report

Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, CAPPA, on Friday, launched the TakeApart Nigeria report entitled “The Big Tobacco Allies— How tobacco companies use intermediaries to foster their corporate social responsibility initiatives and promote their image in Nigeria”.
Investigators work near the site of an explosion on 2nd Avenue that occurred the day before in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. December 26, 2020. REUTERS-Harrison McClary

U.S. agents search Nashville blast site, seeking clues behind Christmas explosion

Police and federal agents were scouring the charred site of a Christmas Day explosion in Nashville on Saturday, trying to determine how and why a motor home blew up and injured three people in the heart of America’s country music capital.
FILE PHOTO - A vehicle burns near the site of an explosion in the area of Second and Commerce in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. December 25, 2020. Andrew Nelles-Tennessean.com-USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS

Police search for clues behind mysterious motor home blast in Nashville

Police and federal agents in Nashville sought clues on Saturday to determine how and why a motor home was blown to pieces in an apparent bombing on Christmas Day that injured three people and damaged dozens of buildings in the heart of America’s country music capital.
A vehicle burns near the site of an explosion in the area of Second and Commerce in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. December 25, 2020. Andrew Nelles-Tennessean.com-USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS

Investigation underway following Christmas Day explosion in U.S

Investigation is underway in the U.S. state of Tennessee following a massive car explosion in the capital, Nashville, on Christmas morning.

WHO: Eight million people die from smoking every year

At least eight million people die from smoking-induced illnesses every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO launches year-long campaign against tobacco

World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a year-long global campaign against tobacco consumption, targeting 100 million people across 22 countries of the world including Nigeria.
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Malawi farmers protest cannabis license fees

Malawi’s new Cannabis Regulatory Authority this week said the country is ready to become the latest in Africa to produce the plant for medicinal and industrial use.
From left— Singer, Reflex; Nollywood star and ace broadcaster, Jide Alabi; CAPPA’s Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi, and singer, Zadok, at the launch of #SmokeFreeNollywood campaign in Lagos.

CAPPA launches #SmokeFreeNollywood campaign

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has called for adult rating for films with smoking scenes, anti-smoking adverts, anti-smoking health warnings, certified no pay-offs, stop identification of tobacco brands and a total ban on tobacco products placement in the Nigerian movie industry — Nollywood.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was happy to see Leo Messi have minutes in their friendly win against Nastic.

Rakuten extends Barcelona sponsorship

Japanese group Rakuten has agreed to continue as Barcelona’s lead sponsor for one more season, the club announced on Friday.
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WHO: Healthy diet, exercises are pivotal in preventing cardiovascular diseases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Nigeria office has emphasised the importance of healthy diet and exercises in the prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs).
The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector in October stood at 49.4 index points, indicating a reversal of five consecutive months of contraction which started in May. The manufacturing PMI for the month of September

Manufacturing sector records growth in October – survey

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector in October stood at 49.4 index points, indicating a reversal of five consecutive months of contraction which started in May. The manufacturing PMI for the month of September was 46.9 index points.
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.

CBN: Manufacturing sector hits sixth-month contraction

The Purchasing Managers Index for the manufacturing sector which started contracting in May recorded another contraction in October according to the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong was not in attendance for a scheduled court hearing Monday after the death of his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, was announced yesterday. Yonhap

Samsung heir absent from bribery retrial following father’s death

Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong was not in attendance for a scheduled court hearing Monday after the death of his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, was announced yesterday. Yonhap reports that the conglomorate’s de facto leader and presumed heir had asked the Seoul High Court to permit him to attend the funeral.
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 manufacturing sector contracts further

As the Nigerian economy contends with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has further contracted for the fifth consecutive time at 46.9 index points.

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