Business

We are mobilising relief for flood victims in Edo State, Obaseki assures

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has reassured communities affected by flood in Etsako Central Local Government Area and other parts of the state that government has deployed a team of officials to evaluate the situation and mobilise relief for victims. Obaseki Obaseki who said this on Monday, when he received reports of flooding in some communities in Estako Central, particularly Udaba-Ekperi, Osomghegbe, Ifeku and other villages, said that he has mobilised the Commissioner for Youth and Special Duties; Special Adviser, Special Duties and other assistants from that axis of the state to evaluate the situation and lead preliminary relief efforts to the affected areas. According to him, “It is quite unfortunate that people are being sacked from their homes in these...

Proud Pique a lightning rod in Catalonia chaos

Barcelona star Gerard Pique’s tears of sadness and the vast empty stands as his team reluctantly played were two of the defining images of a violence-scarred independence referendum in Catalonia. Barcelona’s forward from Argentina Lionel Messi (R) celebrates past Barcelona’s defender from Spain Gerard Pique after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match FC Barcelona vs Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO Pique, an outspoken defender of the wealthy northeastern Spanish region’s right to self-determination, had been able to cast his vote in an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid without obstruction on Sunday morning. Others were not so lucky as police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into a...

Restructuring not solution to Nigeria’s challenges – Utomi

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and former presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi, on Monday said restructuring alone would not solve Nigeria’s development challenges. He made the statement while speaking at “The Platform,’’ a national discourse forum organised by the Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos. Utomi said empirical evidence showed no correlation between more resources and development in the country. Pat Utomi He explained that some states with less resources were more developed than some resource-rich states. The APC chieftain, therefore, said that the belief that the states would do better with more resources was a myth. He added that only those states that made the people the core of their governance would develop. Utomi decried the costs of go...

Ticketmaster Sues Brokers for Using Bots to Gain Advantage

Ticketmaster is once again in court in an attempt to do something about brokers who use “bots” to gain an advantage in buying and selling tickets. On Monday, the subsidiary of Live Nation filed suit in California against Prestige Entertainment, Renaissance Ventures and two individuals for allegedly using technology to circumvent the rules and roadblocks put in place to crack down on ticket scalping. The appearance of these targets in a new lawsuit is notable. Earlier this year, Prestige/Renaissance agreed to fund $3.35 million of a $4.2 million settlement made with New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman and abstain from using bots to purchase tickets. “However, Ticketmaster has already uncovered evidence that suggests Renaissance has already breached the agreem...

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Kim Dotcom Case

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom couldn’t get a date with the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, the high court announced that it wouldn’t be reviewing his challenge to the U.S. government’s seizure of tens of millions of dollars in Megaupload assets. Megaupload, once one of the world’s biggest internet sites, was shut down in 2012 when the U.S. government charged its leaders with racketeering and criminal copyright infringement in connection with the distribution of movies, television shows, songs and other copyrighted content. Dotcom is still fighting extradition from New Zealand. In the meantime, prosecutors brought a forfeiture action in 2014 claiming that money held in bank accounts, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property were tied to the &#...

APC names Ngige, others as Nwoye campaign members

Awka – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra on Sunday named Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity as the state chairman of Dr Tony Nwoye 2017 Governorship Campaign Organisation. Ngige The minister of Labour and Productivity is to be assisted by Chief George Muoghalu as vice chairman. More than 50 other persons were named as chairmen and vice chairmen of various directorates of the campaign organisation by the party. Mr Emeka Ibe, the Anambra State Chairman of APC, who announced the membership before inaugurating the committee, charged them to commit their time and resources to the success of Nwoye governorship project. Ibe said that the party has a capable candidate that would make history in the Nov.18 governorship election in the state. NA...

FG plans 10 new rail lines nationwide as new coaches arrive

By Favour NnabugwuPlans are in top gear by the federal government to construct 10 new standard gauge rail lines across the country as the Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhiria said some new coaches had arrived the country. Nigeria’s first high speed rails system which connects federal capital city Abuja and northern commercial capital Kaduna begin commercial operations as President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurates operation on July 27. The 186.5 km standard gauge track built by the China Railway Construction Corporation has double lines. The Abuja-Kaduna route has nine stations and the train can travel at up to 150km per hour. AFP PHOTO Okhiria said that the standard gauge rail lines would cover a travelling distance of over 3,421 kilometres when complete...

Obasanjo makes acting debut in Samuel Ajibola’s comedy skit

Nollywood star Samuel Ajibola has unveiled to the world a behind-the-scenes photo from the widely anticipated episode of ‘Dele Issues’. This episode features the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and is scheduled for release on the 14th of October 2017. Olusegun Obasanjo Samuel Ajibola who is popularly known as Spiff in the sitcom ‘The Johnsons’ made the announcement on social networking site Instagram, he wrote; “I’ve had this picture for Months, but I’ve been looking at this Picture for the past 3 days, knowing I was going to post it up this Morning but not knowing what to write under it as a Caption. Then I woke up this Morning and the first song that came to me was “you raised me up so I can stand on mountains, you raised me up to walk on stormy seas, ...

Insecurity: Army launches Operation Crocodile Smile in S/South, S/West Wednesday

By Joseph ErunkeABUJA-THE Nigerian Army authorities have concluded plans to launch a special operation in the South South and South West this week, coming barely three weeks after it equally launched Operation Python Dance II, in the South East. Army The special operation, code-named:”Operation Crocodile Smile II”, according to army sources, would be launched simultaneously in the two parts of the country on Wednesday. Although the official commencement of the operations, according to a source, is billed for Friday, this week, it was gathered that it would informally kicked start tomorrow (Wednesday). Official announcement of the operations intended to take place simultaneously in the South South and South West, is to be made today, Tuesday, in Abuja, by the Chief of A...

Judicial Malpractice: NJC sets up panel to probe 15 High Court Judges

… 2 CJs under investigation, as Zamfara sacks Judge over N200, 000 bribe By Ikechukwu Nnochiri ABUJA – The National Judicial Council, NJC, has constituted panels to investigate 15 High Court Judges over their alleged involvement in various acts of judicial corruption. Judges Among the judicial officers under probe are two serving Chief Judges. The Council, which is headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, decided to investigate pending petitions against the Judges, at the end of its 83rd Meeting in Abuja. The legal body, in a statement it made available to Vanguard on Monday, said its decision to set-up 15 panels to probe the judges, was informed by Reports of two Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees that looked into 46 Petitions wr...

Jonathan puts Africa in spotlight at Rhodes Forum in Greece

Berlin – The Rhodes Forum opens this week with a strong African presence led by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan headlining a diverse array of high-profile international speakers to discuss and seek practical solutions to major global challenges being faced today. Jonathan A statement issued by Rhodes Forum’s press officer Agnieszka Rzepka stated that Presidents Goodluck Jonathan (Nigeria, 2010-15) and Dioncounda Traore (Mali, 2012-13) will address the opening plenary session on 6 October alongside Oxford University’s Professor of Globalisation and Development, Ian Goldin, a former adviser to Nelson Mandela; Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister of France (2005-07); and Vladimir Yakunin, co-founder and Chairman of the DOC Research Institute, the independent international think t...

Rivers State sets to host Garden City award

By Chris Ochayi ABUJA – Rivers State is ready to experience some glitz and excitement as all is set for the 4th edition of Garden City Advancement Award. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike during the 57th Independence Celebration on Sunday at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt. In 2014, the Garden City Advancement Award was created to identify, celebrate and showcase excellence in the Garden City and have been endorsed by the Rivers state ministry of culture and tourism. The organizers through its principal partner; Mr. Robinson Koyoyo announces the 4th edition of the Garden City Advancement Awards is scheduled to hold on Saturday 28 October, 2017 in Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt. In the words of Mr. Robin...