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Again, Nigeria drops in latest FIFA ranking

By Emmanuel Okogba The Super of Nigeria again dropped in the latest FIFA ranking released Thursday as they now occupy the 51st position in the world and 9th in Africa. Super Eagles Last month’s ranking saw the Gernot Rohr led side drop to 50th place and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. The team that was very impressive throughout world cup qualifiers is now the 6th lowest ranked team going to the world cup. Meanwhile world champions Germany retain the first position followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium to make up the five best teams in the world as it remained unchanged from what it was last month. The release also saw Algeria move up six places and back into the top 10 teams in Africa displacing Côte d’Ivoire. TOP 10 teams in Africa Senegal Tunisia Egyp...

Trump threatens to cut off financial aids to UN member nations who vote against Jerusalem recognition

US president, Donald Trump has said that he ‘likes’ envoy Nikki Haley’s warning to UN member states and that he is, indeed, ‘watching their votes’ Donald TrumP threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted on Thursday in favour of the United Nations resolution rejecting his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO Speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, Trump also expressed support for a letter sent by US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in which she warned member states against supporting the resolution. “The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us,” Haley wrot...

El Clasico set to break new grounds with cutting-edge technology

Thirty cameras will be deployed for the blockbuster bout between Real Madrid and Barcelona, and the match broadcast will be produced entirely in 4K-HDR for the first time Saturday’s encounter between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the first Clasico of the 2017/18 campaign produced by Mediapro, will feature the use of technology befitting what is considered to be the greatest fixture in world football. The game’s biggest two clubs go head-to-head at the Santiago Bernabeu in a contest that will be beamed live to followers in 182 countries. The millions of television viewers will be made to feel as if they were at the game themselves thanks to the ground-breaking technology in place for the eagerly anticipated showdown. To ensure that fans don’t miss out on any of the action,...

APC afraid of its lying past, failed present, bleak future – Fayose’s aide

Special Assistant to Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was afraid of what he described as its “lying past, failed present and bleak future.” Fayose Olayinka, who was reacting to a statement from the APC national secretariat, yesterday, accusing him of spreading fake news about the party, said; “Even though I did not circulate any news that is fake against the APC and its clueless government, a political party that got to power by lying to the people and still telling lies to sustain its hold on power does not have moral rights to accuse anyone of lying against it.” The governor’s aide said the APC should rather speak up against the hardship foisted on the people by its government instead of devoting...

Sixteen dead in sauna fire in S. Korea: fire service

Sixteen people were killed and 22 injured when a major blaze broke out at a building housing a sports centre and public bath in the central South Korean city of Jecheon, the fire agency said Thursday. Flames and smoke billow from an eight-storey building after a fire broke out in Jecheon, 120 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on December 21, 2017. Sixteen people died and more than 10 others were injured in a fire that engulfed a commercial building in Jecheon on December 21, Yonhap reported. / AFP PHOTO  “All victims were found at a public sauna in the building,” a spokesman for the National Fire Agency revealed. The post Sixteen dead in sauna fire in S. Korea: fire service appeared first on Vanguard News.

Okowa says, PDP will continue with campaign beyond Jan 6

DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi  Okowa has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will sustain the gains recorded with the massive campaigns mounted in the state ahead of the January 6, 2018 local government elections. Speaking yesterday )when he led leadership of the party to campaign for the Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates of the party at Okpe, Ethiope East and Ukwuani local government areas of Delta State. Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa According to the Governor, the campaign tour which has seen the PDP leadership moving to all the local government headquarters in the state provided an avenue for the party to highlight the achievements of his administration in those local government areas. At Orerokpe, the Governor specifically said, “obviously, from the enthusiasti...

Christmas: ‘The Son of Man’

By Albert Afeso Akanbi I MADE the point that even though Jesus may not necessarily have been born on December 25, the essence of his birth is worth celebrating still. That said, almost every major religion and human ideology on earth today somehow have their own set of beliefs about him. From the laughable -those who argue that he spoke as an infant, to the incredulous –those who argue that he lived to a ripe old age, died and was buried in Kashmir, India or that he was married, immigrated to France and had a child, everyone tends to include Jesus in their narrative of reality. Added to these varying interpretations are many Nigerian Christians for example, who do not have an idea that Jesus, being fully human as he is fully God, may have experienced existence much the same way we experien...

Senate probes alleged wastes in Customs warehouses

By Henry Umoru ABUJA—THE Senate has begun a probe into alleged economic wastes at the Warehouses of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS. It also resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate what it described as ongoing monumental wastes in these areas. The Committee is expected to advise the Senate on the next line of action. NASS Resolution of the Senate was sequel to a motion by Senator Mohammed Hassan, PDP, Yobe South, entitled, “Urgent need to investigate and curtail the ongoing monumental economic waste at the Nigerian Customs Service.” Presenting the notion, Senator Hassan said:  “The Senate notes with great displeasure reports showing that the Nigerian Customs Service currently has in its warehouses loads of seized perishable goods of high economic value. These includes food ...

Getting business loans from the banks (3)

Stanbic IBTC We are now on the third portion of this series on MSMEs’ getting business loans from banks in which we have focused on the offers from Stanbic IBTC Bank. We have discussed just one offer which is what they call SME Overdraft. It should be re-emphasized again that this discussion is by no means exhaustive of all there is in the item or product, meaning that it could serve as basic information while more information could be obtained by visiting the bank. Naira We now turn to what the bank calls, Business Loan for SMEs. The Business Loan provides funds which you can repay over one to five years. You repay the loan in monthly set installments. The bank says this is aimed at working with the business owner to achieve whatever the business plans or goals are. This clearly indicates...

Monkey pox: Over 100 Imo community leaders to lead campaign for immunization

By Chinonso Alozie Owerri—Over hundred community leaders in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo state, yesterday, agreed to lead a campaign for immunization exercise in the state. Monkey-pox disease The event took place at the local government head-quarters, during a sensitization seminar organized   by the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Imo state. According to the NOA’s Assistant Director of Programme, Mrs. Maureen Oparaji, the reason for the grassroots sensitization was because of the rumour of the monkey pox vaccine in the Southeast region, which led to parents refusing their children to be immunized. Her message to the people said: “We have come here to tell our people the truth.We noticed that some months after the rumour that Army people were going to our schools injec...

Reps probe N6trn, $5.5bn non-remittances by NPDC

By Emman Ovuakporie ABUJA—THE House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources, Upstream, yesterday started investigative hearing into the alleged non-remittance of over N6 trillion annual payment and $5.5 billion into the Federation Account by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC. Mr Yusuf Matachi, NPDC Managing Director, in his submission confirmed that the company was owing $1.7 billion, noting that it had signed agreement with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, on payment of $10 million on monthly basis. House of Representatives Contrary to his presentation on the $10 million monthly repayment, the documents submitted by NPDC to the committee showed that: “DPR granted NPDC a payment of $50 million monthly payment ...

Jacob Zuma and the ANC: Are South Africa’s dreams of freedom dead?

One of the most important elections in South Africa’s modern history is taking place as the ruling African National Congress picks a new leader.