Monday, December 18, 2017

Fuel Queues Return To Lagos, Persist In Abuja, Others …As Oil Workers Begin Strike Today

Motorist queue for fuel in Abuja... on Sunday Dec 17. Photo: Olatunji Obasa
The lingering petrol scarcity in many parts of the country grew worse on Sunday in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states as many filling stations were shut.

Nigeria Turns The Page On Literary Past

Nigeria is seeing a "thirst for literature" to which publishers are responding, says Lola Shoneyin, organizer of the annual Ake Festival
Mention Nigerian literature and the first names likely to spring to mind are Chinua Achebe, the author of "Things Fall Apart", or the venerable Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.
Nigerian writer Leye Adenle is among a new crop of writers helping to turn the page on the post-colonial era of their esteemed predecessors

Saturday, December 16, 2017

How Will South Africa’s Ruling ANC Conference Work?

Thousands of delegates will gather at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg for the National Conference of the African National Congress (ANC) party
More than 5,200 delegates will head to South Africa's ruling African National Congress elective conference from December 16 to 20 to pick a new leader to replace President Jacob Zuma.

Foreign-Trained Doctors Who Failed MDCN Test Want Registrar Kicked Out

Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria
The standoff between doctors who studied medicine abroad and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, which regulates medical practice in Nigeria, continues unabated.

Friday, December 15, 2017

What The FCC Rollback Of ‘Net Neutrality’ Means To You

After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you?

INEC Registers 21 New Political Parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said 21 associations have fulfilled constitutional requirements for registration as political parties bringing the total number to 67.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two Nigerians Shortlisted For US$1 Million Global Teacher Prize

Mr. Itodo Anthony, shortlisted for Global Teacher Prize Photo credit: Cletus Ukpong
Two Nigerians are among 50 finalists shortlisted for the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

‘Mind-Blowing’ Trial Could Transform Treatment For Haemophilia Sufferers

Jake Omer, 29, who suffers from haemophilia is part of the test group (handout/PA)
A cure for haemophilia is one step closer after “mind-blowing results” from a gene therapy trial.

Northern Leaders List Terms For Restructuring, Want Marshall Plan

The Sultan urged politicians to improve the lives of Nigerians, berating those who merely use the electorate to win votes. He also called on government at all levels to implement programmes that could move the country forward. Photo credit: BellaNaija
South East, South West insist on regional govt Middle Belt Youth Council vows shift in 2019 vote
The North is not intimidated by calls for restructuring of the nation and is ready to discuss the issue if the right cards are put on the table.

US Faces Moment Of Truth On ‘Net Neutrality’

Ahead of a vote by Federal Communications Commission, activists have staged protests arguing that a plan to roll back "net neutrality" rules would kill the open internet
The acrimonious battle over "net neutrality" in America comes to a head Thursday with a US agency set to vote to roll back rules enacted two years earlier aimed at preventing a "two-speed" internet.
Chairman Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission claims his plan to roll back "net neutrality" rules would encourage investment and innovation

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Unfazed By OPEC, Libya And Nigeria Seek To Boost Oil Output

Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria's Minister of State
Less than two weeks after OPEC's decision to extend oil production cuts, Libya and Nigeria - the only two exempt members of the group - are signalling their intent to raise output next year.
Egina FPSO sails to Nigeria: This is according to the company's Egina FPSO Deputy Topside Manager within Total E&P Nigeria who shared a photo of the FPSO taking off from Geoje in Korea.

Slaughtered By Sex, Zambia's ‘Sweet Town’ Survives Ravages Of AIDS

Field officers for the DAPP NGO go hut to hut, village to village, testing locals for the HIV virus, Mazabuka, Zambia November 27, 2017 — Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sugar brought a rush of people and prosperity to the drab highway stop in southern Zambia they now call "Sweet Town" - and with that trade came AIDS.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Thief Who Stole Thousands Helps Gamblers Kick The Habit

"Gambling was my safe place, the place where I felt comfortable, without any stress, away from pressure." INSET Paul Buck Images credit: LinkedIn/Epic Risk Management
Sitting in his prison cell, Paul Buck was determined that something good would come out of a secret addiction that had seen him gamble away millions, attempt suicide and almost destroyed his marriage.

Real Madrid To Face PSG In Last 16 Of The Champions League

Last 16 Of The Champions League Draws Image credit: Eurosport
Real Madrid versus Paris Saint-Germain. Cristiano Ronaldo versus Neymar. Historic achievement versus burning ambition.

Tanzanian President Pardons Child Rapist Musicians; Release Of Child Rapists Condemned

President John Magufuli (in black suit) pardoned the musicians AFP
Two popular singers serving life sentences after being found guilty of raping primary school children have walked free from a Tanzanian prison, having received a presidential pardon.
Nguza Viking (2nd right), and his son Johnson Nguza, (2nd left, waving) at a court appearance in Dar es Salaam in October 2013 Photo credit: Tanzania Media

Sunday, December 10, 2017

India Faces Painful Move To Cleaner Energy

A lack of affordable options to store wind and solar energy means cheap coal is India's mainstay. Hundreds of millions in India are forced to live in the fallout of the dirtiest fuels as the government blames a lack of funds to pay for greener power. Currently, 66% of India's electricity is generated by coal and gas
Subedar Singh bears the scars of India's painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity.
As one of the fastest growing major economies, India needs uninterrupted power to keep factories humming and the economy expanding

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Freezing Conditions Expected For ‘World’s Biggest Sleepout’ To End Homelessness

Yui Mok/PA
Thousands of people will sleep out in freezing conditions in Scotland’s capital to raise money to tackle homelessness.
#SleepInThePark - #Edinburgh Saturday 9th December @SocialBite_ fundraising initiative #homelessness

Pep Guardiola: Jose Mourinho And I Are Twins

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho both have a thirst for winning titles (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
Pep Guardiola claims that he and Jose Mourinho are twins - in the sense they both want to win trophies at least.

25 Years For Tanzanian Ostrich Egg Smugglers

The sale of ostrich eggs is illegal in Tanzania
Two Tanzanian men caught with 16 ostrich eggs were sentenced to 25 years in jail on Friday after being convicted of "economic sabotage".

Friday, December 08, 2017

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis Spills Over Into Nigeria

Cameroon was divided between French and British colonial rulers before independence in 1960
Violence in English-speaking areas of Cameroon over the last year is having a knock-on effect in neighbouring Nigeria, where thousands of refugees are seeking sanctuary.
Cameroon's English-speakers have long protested against what they perceive to be a bias towards their French-speaking compatriots