Posted on Sat 19 Oct 2019, 05:38 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts his last-minute Brexit deal to a vote in an extraordinary sitting of the British parliament on Saturday, a day of reckoning that could decide the course of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union.

More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 to be the first sovereign country to leave the European project, Johnson will try to win parliament's approval for the divorce treaty he struck in Brussels on Thursday.

Posted on Sat 19 Oct 2019, 04:52 AM

President Muhammadu Buhari says winning the war against drug abuse remains one of the critical elements of the Next Level mandate of his administration.

The President stated this on Friday when he received the report of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA).

He reiterated the commitment of the government to the welfare of the citizenry by fighting the scourge of drug abuse.

Posted on Sat 19 Oct 2019, 04:40 AM

Major European players are joining forces to block Facebook’s proposed digital currency because of the dangers it poses to national sovereignty, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire announced Friday,

The firm opposition from France, Italy and Germany added to the mounting resistance faced by the tech giant’s troubled foray into digital finance.

The Group of 20 economies also warned Friday of “serious” risks of money laundering, fraud and illicit finance posed by Libra, the social media network’s digital currency.

Posted on Fri 18 Oct 2019, 09:28 PM

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will continue to apply monetary policy tools to control the rising inflation.
The CBN made the promise in its 2018 financial stability report signed by its Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele which was released on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that inflation increased to 11.24 per cent in September 2019.

This was disclosed in the latest inflation report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Posted on Fri 18 Oct 2019, 09:20 PM

The deadly Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains an “urgent” global health emergency, The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday at its Emergency Committee meeting.

DRC’s latest Ebola epidemic, which began in August 2018, has killed 2,144 people, making it the second deadliest outbreak of the virus, after the West Africa pandemic of 2014-2016.

“The public health emergency will be maintained for an additional three months”, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference.

Posted on Fri 18 Oct 2019, 09:13 PM

US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk Friday, a historic milestone as NASA prepares to send the first woman to the Moon.

The mission was originally planned for earlier this year but had to be aborted due to a lack of properly fitting spacesuits, leading to allegations of sexism.

“Christina, you may egress the airlock,” spacecraft communicator Stephanie Wilson said as the pair set out to replace a power controller on the International Space Station at 1138 GMT.

Posted on Fri 18 Oct 2019, 08:41 PM

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has arrested nine suspects for cyber crimes in Enugu.

The suspects were arrested on Friday at Mexmemphis Properties and Apartments, Maryland District of the state.

The suspects are, Precious Ibegbulem, Michael Odishi, Ebuka Kenneth, Akabuke Beluolisa, Chibueze Ezeagwu, Nnamdi Maduekwe, Kingsley Orazulike, Linda Chidera and Uche Nwosu were arrested following an intelligence report about their lifestyle and suspected criminal activities.

Posted on Fri 18 Oct 2019, 08:22 PM

The Federal Government has assured victims of Wednesday’s fire incident at the Ochanja Market, Onitsha in Anambra State, of its support towards ameliorating their plights.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq, gave the assurance on Friday in Onitsha when she visited the market to ascertain the level of damage.

Umar-Farouq said she was pained at the level of losses incurred by the traders as well as the damage caused by the inferno.

Posted on Fri 18 Oct 2019, 06:03 PM

Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos), comprising gas-fired and hydro stations said that they could not generate 2,352.5 megawatts of electricity on Wednesday due to unavailability of distribution infrastructure.

This is contained in a daily energy report by the Advisory Power Team, office of the Vice President, a copy of which was obtained by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.

The report also attributed the 2,352 .5 megawatts not generated to high frequency

Posted on Fri 18 Oct 2019, 05:56 PM

An Ebola vaccine has been approved by European drugs regulators on Friday in what is being hailed as a ‘triumph for public health’.

It is now also being reviewed under a fast-track system by regulators in America.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the advancement was a ‘triumph for public health’ that would save many lives.
 
'This vaccine has already saved many lives in the current Ebola outbreak, and the decision by European regulator will help it to eventually save many more,’ the WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

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