Friday July 31st, 2015
Friday July 31st, 2015
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Understanding Ikpeazu’s pace in Abia

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Two months after Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu commenced his four-year mandate as the governor of Abia State, the direction of governance in the state appears amazing.

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Wike appoints Prof Didia new RSUST VC

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*Nyesom Wike

PORT HARCOURT— Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has appointed Professor Blessing Didia as new acting Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

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GOV POLL: Era of changing govs at will over in Bayelsa —Alamieyeseigha

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Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, yesterday, said that the era of changing governors at will in the state was over and called on Bayelsans to rally support for Governor Seriake Dickson return bid.

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NCAA gives 14-day ultimatum to debtor airlines on TSC

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Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, yesterday issued a 14-day ultimatum to all debtor airlines to pay up the five per cent Ticket Sales Charge,TSC, and Cargo Sales Charge, CSC, to the authority.

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Shonekan, Ibidapo-Obe, others eulogise Alex Duduyemi’s virtues at book launch

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lagos—EMINENT Nigerians including former head of the defunct Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe; the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, yesterday in Lagos paid glowing tributes to foremost philanthropist and the Asiwaju of Ile-Ife, Chief Oyekunle Alex-Duduyemi describing him as a philanthropist per excellence.

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Retirees sue SPDC for N800m over entitlements 

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File Photo: Aged Pensioners waiting for their entitlement

Seventy-Seven retirees, affected in the batch 2010 retirement exercise of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, Western Division, Delta State, have dragged the company before the National Industrial Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

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Oliseh: Road to Russia 2018 ‘ll be tough

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Newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has warned his countrymen and women not to expect miracles from him, even as he assured that the country can qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Oritsefemi, Olamide in silent feud over Sebee remix

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It was learnt during the week that problem started weeks after Sossi dropped the remix. Sossi and his management were said to have paid Olamide N1.5 million for him to feature in the remix while Oritsefemi was allegedly paid N500,000.

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Synopsis: Tempting Fate

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Tempting Fate

Two brothers, one of deep faith and the other buried in a life of crime have their worlds torn apart when the wrong one goes to jail and the other commits an unforgivable act.

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Highlife is not dead – Chris Ajilo, highlife legend

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Chri Ajilo

Highlife music is not dead. What is happening today is titbits from here and there and then they mix it up and call it something else. But highlife is our traditional music. In other words, the whole of West Africa, nobody can tell me that highlife originates from Ghana, or Cameroon. No, it’s all African music put together and the main thing is the message, the music itself, and the lyrics.

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Ambode orders parastals, agencies to vacate rented apartments

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Ambode; Will he succeed Fashola?

Ambode orders parastals, agencies to vacate rented apartments

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Baba Ganaru takes charge at Pillars

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Kano Pillars FC

Mohammed Baba Ganaru has officially taken the reins as head coach of Nigerian champions, Kano Pillars.

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APC Govs brace up for Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls

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BUHARI MEETS APC GOVS/GOVS-ELECT—Front row from left: Govs Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); AbdulFattah Ahmed (Kwara); Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje (Kano); National Chairman APC; Chief John Odigie Oyegun; Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; President-Elect; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Gov. Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Speaker and Sokoto Governor Elect, Aminu Tambuwal; Kebbi Governor-Elect Senator Abubakar Bagaudu Atiku and Deputy Governor-Elect, Ngeri. Back row: Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno); Muhammad Bundow Jubrilla (Adamawa); Kaduna State Governor-Elect, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Governor Mohammad Abubakar (Bauchi); Plateau State Governor-Elect, Simon Lalong and former Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi when the President-Elect met APC governors and governors-elect, yesterday in Abuja to kick-start the new government as May 29 hand-over date approaches. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.

Governors of All Progressives Congress, APC yesterday said that there were ready for the forth-coming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

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EFCC probes Ondo govt over alleged misappropriation of funds

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INDICATIONS emerged yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, might beam a search light on the finances and expenses of Ondo State government, following a petition over alleged financial misappropriation.

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Residents ‘arrest’ 2 robbers in Ilorin

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Two dare-devil armed robbers were shocked in the wee hours of yesterday as they were overpowered and arrested by brave residents of Iluteju, Ilorin, Kwara State, shortly after dispossessing a resident of N500,000 and a car.

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Transcorp Hilton Abuja shines at World Travel awards

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Etienne Gailliez, General Manager, Transcorp Hilton Abuja with other managers holding the awards

“To win the World Travel Awards in five categories is unprecedented in Nigeria and we are delighted that our efforts at delivering world class experiences consistently to our Guests are recognised and appreciated. It is a fitting reward for the hard work and dedication of our Team Members especially in the past year. The awards are, therefore, dedicated to all our Team Members”, Etienne concluded.

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Evolving technology: The Archos example

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Archos player

One of such companies is Archos. A pioneer in the portable audio and video player market since 1988, Archos now specializes in Android Tablets and Smartphones. Between, 1988 and now, it has been a testament of adapting to succeed. In 2000, Archos launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. In 2013, Archos launched its first generation of Smartphones with the Archos Platinum series.

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Fifth columnists’ activities in military led to death of many officers – Badeh

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FORMER CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ALEX BADEH AND HIS  WIFE MARY BEING PULLED OUT IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (30/7/15).

ABUJA — Immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, yesterday, lamented the activities of fifth columnists in the military which led to the death of many officers and men of the army.

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Delta students vow to shutdown Asaba over unpaid bursaries

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Okowa

ASABA—STUDENTS of Delta State origin under the auspices of National Association of Delta State Students, NADESSTU, have threatened to shut down the capital city of Asaba, if their 2013/2014 bursary was not paid in the next two weeks

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Alleged graft: EFCC grills Chime’s Chief of Staff

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THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun moves to get at the immediate past governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, who is alleged to have misappropriated huge sums belonging to the state during his tenure.

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14-month-old baby rescued from kidnappers

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Members of a vigilante group in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State have rescued a 14-month-old baby boy, Chimnwemeri Uche, allegedly kidnapped by a gang which specialises in the abduction of children within Abia and its environs.

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How Nigeria lost N1.3trn through waivers on rice, other commodities

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ABUJA — The Senate, yesterday, disclosed that Nigeria lost a total of N1.3 trillion to waivers granted on importation of rice and other agricultural commodities between 2011 and 2014.

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Recapitalization: SEC insists on Sept 30 deadline

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Despite the outcry of persistent downturn trend in the nation’s stock market, the Securities and Exchange Commission, SE C said that the deadline for recapitalisation of capital market operators remains September 30, 2015. Director General of the commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, who confided in Vanguard after the second quarter Capital Market Committee, CMC meeting in Laos said “September 30, 2015 is sacrosanct and every operator is expected to meet the minimum capital requirement.

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Farmers raise alarm over Western introduction of deadly organisms in Nigeria

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AN international environmentalist and agriculturist, Dr Vandana Shiva, has raised alarm over the proposed introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, in Nigeria and other African countries, describing it as suicidal. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja organised by Health of Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, Shiva said that Monsanto and other food corporations from the West were out in Africa to make huge profits and enslave African farmers at the expense of their well-being.

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Weaver ants can boost cashew yield, study shows

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Cashew

Cashew nut yields can be boosted by as much as 78% with weaver ants only, and 151% with ants and GF-120 bait sprays, when treatments incorporating the African weaver ant (Oecophylla longinoda) are employed against Béninois insect cashew pests. The researchers carried out their two-year study on a cashew orchard in the Parakou area of Bénin. First they divided the cashew trees into three blocks. Each block was then divided into four treatments, each with 72 trees.

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AAAN proposes 49% foreign stake in Nigeria ad agencies

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The Managing Director of Noah’s Ark, Lanre Adisa made this suggestion at the 42nd Annual General Meeting of AAAN in Oshogbo, Osun state capital, on the topic, Nigeria Advertising: What next?, where said the ad industry reform embarked upon by APCON in 2013 was a good step taken, but argued that the 25 percent foreign stake for foreign agencies was minimal, thus advocated for 49 percent.

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We’ve sent kidnappers, child traffickers out of Abia – CP

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ABIA State Commissioner of Police, Habila Joshak, said, yesterday, that armed robbers and child traffickers have relocated from the state as the police have made their businesses, unprofitable.

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Police arrest 31 robbery suspects in Lagos

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No fewer than 31 suspected armed robbers terrorising residents of Oto-Awori Local Development Area of Lagos State were arrested by anti-robbery policemen attached to Ijanikin Police Station in the past three months.

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Burundi opposition leader takes top parliament job despite months of unrest

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Demonstrators take part in a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term.  AFP PHOTO

Burundi’s main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa was Thursday elected as deputy head of the national parliament, despite having condemned recent elections and supported months of civil unrest. Rwasa, who has denounced the third consecutive term win by President Pierre Nkurunziza, had said earlier this week that he intended to “play the game” in order to try and help find a solution to the country’s political crisis — but has already been branded a “traitor” by other opposition figures.

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Corruption, lack of business ethics in states deter investments – Osinbajo

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Osinbajo resumes in office

Yenagoa—Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, yesterday, said that the absence of business ethics and lack of zero tolerance for corruption among the states of the federation scares away reputable investors and stall growth in the local economies of the states.

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Generator Fumes: Decomposing bodies of 3 siblings discovered in Bayelsa

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The rustic settlement of Emeyal in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State was thrown into confusion on Wednesday, following the discovery of the decomposing bodies of three family members, who died from inhaling generator fumes.

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93 Days: Movie on Ebola gets underway

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

Following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria about a year ago, a movie centred on the true-life story of men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save others from the consequences of the outbreak of the highly dreaded disease is set for production. The movie, ’93 Days’ is a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival.

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