Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Record US$417M Award In US Lawsuit Linking Baby Powder To Cancer

This undated photo provided by Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., shows Eva Echevarria. A Los Angeles jury on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record US$417 million to Echevarria, a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. (Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. via AP)
A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record US$417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Nigerian Universities Set For More Crises As SSANU, NASU, NAT Meet On Nationwide Strike

Three major non-academic staff unions will decide on Wednesday whether to join the strike by university lecturers, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

What Buhari Told Nigerians (FULL TEXT)

In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, centre, walks upon his arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)
President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians on Monday morning, two days after he returned from London.

Hope, Anxiety As FG Moves To Deregulate Electricity Meter Acquisition — Daily Trust Investigation

The Minister of Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola, last week announced plans to liberalize the acquisition of meters by customers for the 11 electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to check complaints of overbilling.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ruud Gullit Believes Antonio Conte Was Wrong To Text Diego Costa Over Exit

Ruud Gullit
Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit believes current boss Antonio Conte was unwise to text striker Diego Costa to tell him he is no longer needed at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Costa, left, and Antonio Conte

Indian Woman Wins Divorce Over Lack Of Toilet

An Indian urinates on a wall in front of a poster in Hyderabad for the Hindi film "Toilet", about one man's battle to build toilets in his village
An Indian court has given a woman permission to divorce her husband because their home did not have a toilet, forcing her to seek relief outdoors.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

China Cracks Down On Foreign Spending Sprees

The financial crackdown comes amid fears that powerful conglomerates were racking up dangerous debt levels
China is to restrict foreign investments in sports clubs, real estate and entertainment and is banning investment in pornography and "unauthorized" military technology.

Buhari Arrives Nigeria After 103 Days In London

Buhari returns: Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo receives President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja international airport
President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Nigeria Saturday, after nearly four months in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Friday, August 18, 2017

50 Killed As Disease Hits Kogi, Kwara

At least 50 people have been killed in the last three weeks by a yet-to-be ascertained ailment in three communities in Kogi State, the state government announced yesterday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ronaldo-Less Real Complete Super Cup Rout Of Barcelona

Real Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos (3rdR) holds the trophy as he and teammates celebrate their Supercup after winning the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on August 16, 2017. Javier Soriano / AFP
Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win.

Nigeria Police, Judges Highest Bribe-Takers, Says UN Agency

 “Corruption in Nigeria – Bribery: Public Experience and Response” - Part image of report cover
Alleges over ₦400b spent on bribes yearly It is not true, says NBA
From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has come a revelation that about ₦400 billion is spent on bribes each year in Nigeria.

FOR THE RECORD: Building Collapse: 272 Killed In 17 Months

Source: Daily Trust
At least 272 people have been killed in 43 incidents of building collapse across the country in the last 17 months, Daily Trust findings reveal.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

China, India Soldiers Hurl Stones At One Another In Kashmir

In this Sunday, June 17, 2016, photo, an Indian tourist rides on a horse back at the Pangong Lake high up in Ladahak region of India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Indian and Chinese soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another high in the Himalayas in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Indian officials said Wednesday, potentially escalating tensions between two nations already engaged in a lengthy border standoff elsewhere.
In this Sunday, June 17, 2016, photo, Pangong Lake high up in Ladahak region is seen from India side. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nigeria Customs Intercepts University Bus Conveying Indian Hemp

Indian Hemp Photo credit: Kasapa FM
A bus belonging to the Federal University of Agriculture, FUNNAB, Abeokuta has been intercepted and the driver arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Customs for conveying Indian hemp through a border town in Ogun State.

Grace Mugabe Due In South Africa Court Over Alleged Assault

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe is seen as one potential successor to take over from her increasingly frail husband
Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe was to appear in a South African court Tuesday after she allegedly used an extension cord to assault a model who was at a Johannesburg hotel with her two sons.
Alleged assault on Gabriella Engels, 20, on Sunday evening with an electrical extension cord, leaving her with injuries on her forehead and the back of her head.

Sierra Leone Mudslide: '270 Bodies Retrieved', 'Gripped By Grief', Morgue 'Overcrowded With Corpses'

Houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed on Monday. EPA
Rescue workers have so far recovered 270 bodies from the mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the mayor has said, Reuters news agency reports.
The mudslide destroyed homes on the foot of Sugar Loaf mountain. EPA

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: TEN KINGS, TEN ERAS (A Message To People In Power At The Moment)

Martin Firrell public art text for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation performance of Tosca - The Royal Opera House London 2007

By Saint-Olawale Jimoh
This article is not intended to bring anybody's name to disrepute, especially my subject who is a former lawmaker in Ogun State, rather it's meant to re-orientate those in power at the moment who think they'll reign forever. The incident that prompted this piece sticks so vividly to mind as if it happened yesterday and I'm more compelled to share it because I know there are lessons to be learnt.

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE: Nigerian Security Officials Assisted Illegal Chinese Miners — Minister

Some of the illegal miners arrested in Plateau state. Photo credit: PREMIUM TIMES
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, has accused security operatives of aiding and abetting illegal mining activities in Plateau State.
Excavated illegal mining site in Kampani Zurak village in Bashar chiefdom of Wase Local Government Area, Plateau state. Photo credit: PREMIUM TIMES

Recession Cuts Telephone Service Subscriptions By 10M

Photo: Financial Times
NCC explains stoppage of Glo free data promo Prepares sanctions for operators masking calls
Within the last six months of the year, telecommunications operators have lost over 10 million active subscribers.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Local Insurers Lose 90% Of Big Risks To Foreign Firms

• Operators link survival of sector to govt’s policy
The nation’s insurance sector may be far from meeting the local content objectives of the Federal Government as it is currently losing about 90 per cent of the big risks in the economy to foreign underwriters.