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Global initiative against gender-based violence, WanderSafe Accord, launches in Nigeria

In honour of the 30th birthday of the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women and commencement of the UN Women’s ‘16 Days of Activism’, the WanderSafe Accord – a treaty committing international stakeholders to working together to end gender-based was launched and ratified in Sydney, Australia at a ceremony for media, dignitaries and guests including the Acting Ambassador to Australia, Mercy Clements.

The WanderSafe Accord reinforces the tenets outlined in the UN Secretary General’s UNite Campaign to End Violence Against Women to continue to advocate for survivors, assist with access to programs, fund necessary programs and collect data about the efficacy of actions taken to ‘act for equal’. The WanderSafe Accord commits signatories to act on the mandate reinforcing the 17th UN Sustainable Development Goal, Collaboration.

Created by UN Women members, Stephenie Rodriguez and Maria Calibo-Sales, The WanderSafe Accord was conceptualized in a collective initiative with Jozu for Women Inc (a private company), the Nigerian High Commission to Australia, and facilitated by WanderSafe Goodwill Ambassador to Africa, Ms. Inimfon Etuk, to deploy digital safety solutions and tools for at risk women and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Nigeria.

In the initial pilot program, demonstrative of The WanderSafe Accord principles of first signatories, Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF), Project Alert Nigeria, Dorothy Njemanze Foundation, Braveheart Initiative for Youth and Women (BHI), and The Lagos State and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Team are working together to facilitate an Initiative that will document that use and impact of technology to reduce the number of incidences and the severity of domestic and sexual violence over the next ninety days.

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The findings of the Impact Study will be released in February 2022.

To herald the advent of launch of the WanderSafe Accord, and in tandem with the UN’s #16Days of Activism, an online campaign #BeTheBeacon has enlisted more than 100 Global Goodwill Ambassadors who will amplify the key messages of collaboration, the demand to end domestic violence, child brides, rape, intimidation, and the need for men to take part an active and vocal role in taking the UN Women’s #HeforShe Pledge to ‘act for equal’ across social media.
Each one of the Goodwill Ambassadors have signed the Inaugural WanderSafe Accord, a covenant and commitment to continuing to work together to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in the spirit of the 17th UN SDG, Collaboration for the Goals, with an impetus on the WanderSafe Accord being a public declaration that signifies private and public spaces (work spaces, sporting places, retail environments, schools) that pledge to be free of gender based violence and by private citizens promising to work together until generation equality is achieved. More than 1000 people have already expressed an interest in signing the WanderSafe Accord registering at www.theWanderSafeAccord.com

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“We’re grateful to the Nigerian High Commission for their assistance in facilitating this pilot program the enable us to work together to eradiate domestic and sexual violence exacerbated by COVID 19 and the Shadow Pandemic. We can work together to make a difference.”
“It’s time to spotlight the need for an institutional intra-cross border response to the shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls and beyond that amplify the ways in which every citizen can take action in the quest for lasting solutions. As Founder She Forum Africa and Goodwill Ambassador for WanderSafe, I continue to lend my voice to this cause, and delighted with the partnership for the goals,” Ms. Inimfon Etuk.

For more information about the WanderSafe Accord, the Impact initiative for ending violence against women in Nigeria please contact Ms Inimfon Etuk, ini@sheforumafrica.com

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Don’t be political spectators, let your numbers count- Bello

Yahaya Bello of Kogi has called on Nigerian youths to make their numbers count and not be political spectators in the country’s 2023 general elections and democratic processes.

Mr Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to Bello in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja said the governor made this known while speaking at the National Youth Summit/Book Launch in Abuja.

Muhammed said Bello was represented by his Chief of Staff, Jamiu Asuku, at the event titled, “It’s Youth O’clock In Nigeria”.

Bello in his address told the youths that in spite of them representing the largest demography of the nation’s population, their numbers would not count if they refused to participate actively in politics and the 2023 general elections.

“Nigerian youths no longer have any excuse not to take over the nation’s leadership considering the exploits of some young Nigerians in every sector of the nation’s economy.

“Nigeria is waiting for young people to steer the country towards the dreams of its founding fathers because those who gave their lives for the formation of this nation did so at their youthful age.

“Youth no longer have any excuse not to take the lead. We are not just youthful, we are useful and purposeful. This is the time for you to mobilize yourselves and begin an advocacy for youths involvement in governance.

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“Most of you sitting down here are above 30 years of age. At 32, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) was already Head of State. He fought the civil war just for Nigeria survival as an indivisible and united entity.

“General Murtala was also pretty young when he became the Head of State and he also made meaningful contributions to the development of our dear state.

“The youth must begin to see themselves as critical stakeholders whose time has come to take over the leadership of this country.

“Achieving this will remain a tall order if the new song of ‘Youth O’clock’ ends on your lips without concerted effort and commitment to participate in politics and electioneering processes in this country”, Bello said.

Bello said that his political life had been a chronicle of doing what people said could not be done, when he threw his hat into the ring as a young Nigerian to run for governorship of Kogi in 2015.

“A lot of people saw me as a joker and a lot of people thought it was impossible; some called me an outsider because I had no godfather,” he added.

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He said his legacies and achievements in office should not be difficult for anyone to search.

According to him, the clamour for youth takeover of leadership will be encouraged and boosted by the sterling performance of those already in the corridors of power.

He urged young Nigerians already leading to promote themselves, advertise their work, record of performance and achievements.

“In like manner, as we think of 2023 – the question of the next leadership of Nigeria, may I challenge you to deploy your considerable resources of office and influence toward crafting the Nigeria of our dreams.

“The youth O’clock song must be heard in every nook and cranny of this country, it is an advocacy that the youth must take to every corner of this great nation,” he said.

He said political leadership was by the virtue of organisation and alliance and commended the Youth Council of Nigeria for realising that the ‘Youth O’clock’ was actually time for the youths in this country to prepare for leadership.

Bello said it is however not enough to be a member of a political party, urging the youth to make themselves visible by having structures all over the country.

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IMF to grant Zambia financial relief in return for ‘bold’ reforms

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Lagos Government shuts Dowen College over student’s death

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Dortmund ‘praying’ Haaland stays next season, says Riedle

Borussia Dortmund legend Karl-Heinz Riedle says the Bundesliga club is ‘praying’ star striker Erling Haaland stays next season as they fend off interest from the Premier League.

“We’re praying he will stay another year at Borussia Dortmund,” Riedle told international media on Friday.

“It will be very difficult to keep him after this season, but he is a crucial player for us.”

Haaland is set to feature on Saturday when Dortmund, who are second in the title race, host leaders Bayern Munich.

Haaland’s contract runs until 2024 but a release clause, reportedly for 80 million euros ($90 million), is said to become active next year.

Injury ruled him out of Dortmund’s 3-1 defeat at Sporting Lisbon last week which ended their chances of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League this season.

The 21-year-old scored as a substitute on his return from a persistent hip injury last Saturday.

His stunning volley at Wolfsburg was his 50th Bundesliga goal in as many games.

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“It’s quite a miracle he came back so early and you could see the impact he had on the Dortmund team,” Riedle said of Haaland’s cameo.

Dortmund coach Marco Rose expects to again use Haaland off the bench with the towering striker “perhaps not yet ready for 90 minutes” against Bayern.

Despite missing the previous five weeks, Haaland has still managed to score 19 goals for Dortmund and Norway this season.

Manchester United are reportedly among the Premier League clubs chasing Haaland.

Their new interim coach Ralf Rangnick on Friday dismissed reports he would receive a bonus for signing Haaland, but still heaped praise on the Norwegian goal ace.

“Erling is a fantastic forward. I know what he can do, but meanwhile the whole world knows how good he is,” Rangnick quipped.

With an eye on Saturday’s Bundesliga showdown, Riedle says just having Haaland available will be a “big lift for the whole team. You need 11 players in top form to beat Bayern”.

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Haaland scored twice in the opening nine minutes when the clubs met last March before a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick sealed a 4-2 win for Bayern.

Riedle, whose double inspired Dortmund to the 3-1 win over Juventus in the 1997 Champions League final, feels Haaland has a score to settle having had to go off with the match level at 2-2 in Munich.

“He’s really up for this game,” said Riedle.

Record levels of the coronavirus across Germany means Signal Iduna Park — which usually holds 80,000 — will have a maximum crowd of 15,000.

“The atmosphere will still be good,” said Riedle, who works for Dortmund as an international ambassador.

“Due to the problems with covid, it’s better than nothing — the 15,000 will still try to make an atmosphere to help the team.”

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At least 17 suspected Omicron cases after Oslo party

At least 17 people who caught Covid-19 after a Christmas party with more than 100 guests in Oslo last week are suspected of having the Omicron variant, officials said Friday.

The number is likely to grow as sequencing is carried out on other positive tests from partygoers.

“So far, 60 people have tested positive (for Covid) with PCR tests, and four with antigen tests,” the city of Oslo said in a statement.

“Seventeen are probably Omicron, but that has yet to be confirmed. So far, one case is confirmed to be Omicron after sequencing.”

The Oslo cluster comes as fears rise that Omicron, which South Africa reported to the World Health Organization on November 24, could be more transmissible and more resistant to vaccines than other strains.

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Between 100 and 120 people — all of whom were vaccinated, including one who had recently travelled to southern Africa — had gathered on November 26 for a Christmas party organised by their employer.

“All of them had been vaccinated, none of them had symptoms and they had all done self-tests” before attending the dinner, city health official Tine Ravlo told AFP.

“Everything was done in line with regulations and no rules were broken,” she said.

All of those who have tested positive have so far only had mild symptoms such as headaches, sore throats and coughs, Ravlo said.

Suspicions arose that Omicron was present after some of the tests were screened.

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Not all of the tests have been fully analysed through sequencing yet, meaning the number of confirmed cases could grow.

Further results were expected on Friday.

“It is still too early to say whether this event is proof that the Omicron variant is more infectious than the Delta variant,” Preben Aavitsland, a senior official at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, told AFP.

“Super-spreader events also occur with the Delta variant.”

Aavitsland added the outbreak would be the largest of the Omicron variant outside South Africa if the cases were confirmed.

On Thursday, after fears of the suspected cluster emerged, the Norwegian government announced a slew of restrictions in greater Oslo.

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Procurements, postings at Refugee Commission in line with procurement act – NCFRMI

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) says media attack would not distract the management.

The establishment is under the Ministry Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Sampson Ikemitang, Head of Public Relations, in a statement, insists procurement processes and approvals are in line with the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

The spokesman described allegations against the leadership and the Commissioner, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, as baseless and untrue.

Ikemitang highlighted transparency in operations, regarding the assistance and protection of persons of concern (PoCs), as well as in the discharge of mandate.

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Recalling that Sulaiman-Ibrahim assumed duty on June 4, 2021, he said NCFRMI has a Board of Directors charged to regulate its affairs for effective service delivery.

The commission, Ikemitang stressed, remains committed to strengthening its internal framework in line with Public Service Rules (PSR).

“Hence, deployments will continue to be carried out as provided in Chapter 2, Section 5, 020502 (v) of PSR.

“It states that where it is in “…public interest, an officer can be seconded to the service of another government, approved body or recognized international organization,”

The agency clarified that in public service, internal staff posting and transfer of pool staff is a routine matter carried out by relevant authorities.

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Ikemitang said in line with Global Compact on Refugees, NCFRMI will continue to promote civil rights, enhance self-reliance for PoCs, and maintain partnership with local and international bodies.

“HFC Sulaiman-Ibrahim and the new management have designed the strategic roadmap on how to deliver on the commission’s mandate and objectives.

“We shall not allow any distraction but remain focused in discharging our duties professionally and responsibly,” he added.

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Forget Shiba Inu. These 3 cryptos could make you millions – Solana, Ethereum and HUH Token

This year the cryptocurrency market has solidified its place as the future of money. There is no other market in the world where prices have increased by more than 77.5 million per cent in a single year. Shiba Inu’s meme coin accomplished precisely that. If you invested $1,500 in Siba Inu a year ago, it would be worth more than $1 billion today.

However, Shiba Inu has few practical applications, and its price has skyrocketed largely due to hype. A performance of this magnitude on a repeated basis is nearly impossible. As a result, cryptocurrency investors may prefer Ethereum, Solana, or HUH Token.

HUH Token

HUH Token appears to be the most promising cryptocurrency on this list, owing to the fact that it is about to launch, and if Shiba Inu’s success story has taught us anything, it is that you must get in early.

When HUH Token launches on December 6th, there will be $1 million in liquidity locked in. PancakeSwap and Uniswap, two well-known cryptocurrency exchanges, have agreed to list the exciting new coin with a two-year liquidity guarantee of $500,000 being locked into each.

The purpose of the locked liquidity is to increase investor confidence and stability in this token.

To reinforce this sentiment, HUH Token is launching a referral programme. By referring new investors to HUH Token using a unique referral code, you will earn a 10% commission on their initial investment, Binance coin (BNB) or Ethereum (ETH), depending on which exchange you use.. Holders of this code can earn BNB or ETH indefinitely with each new referral.

The HUH Token is currently in presale, and its founders appear hell-bent on replicating Shiba Inu’s meteoric rise and success.

Additionally, it is rumoured that HUH Token has signed on thousands of top social media influencers to promote it.

HUH Token is currently in its presale, offering potential holders the perfect opportunity to buy.

Ethereum
When it comes to value, it’s difficult to find a cryptocurrency with more robust fundamentals and practical features than Ethereum. Utilising Ethereum’s distributed ledger technology, programmers can create their own blockchains. Smart contracts are computer programmes that run automatically in response to predefined conditions. This means that the network may run smart contracts in addition to storing transaction data. This technology underpins decentralised finance (DeFi) applications, which enable bitcoin borrowing, saving, and lending.

Additionally, DeFi services enable a more affordable and inclusive financial system by removing the reliance on intermediaries such as banks through the use of blockchain technology. As a result, there is currently $170 billion in Ethereum DeFi goods locked in, a more than 1,000% increase over November 2020. As a result, the Ethereum blockchain is the most widely used DeFi ecosystem by a wide margin.

There is a cost associated with the operation of DeFi programmes. This means that transaction fees must be paid in the network’s native coin. In other words, as demand for DeFi services increases, the price of the cryptocurrency increases as well.

Solana
Smart contracts and other decentralised applications can run on Solana’s programmable blockchain, similar to Ethereum (dApps). On the other hand, Solana was designed to be faster and more scalable than other platforms, which could result in a significant increase in its popularity in the future.

To appreciate why this is critical, some context is required. Ethereum’s second stage of upgrade will occur in 2022. Increased computing resources are used to distribute the workload in order to increase throughput. The Ethereum network currently supports 30 transactions per second (TPS), but this will increase to 3,000 TPS once the initial phase is complete.

Solana, on the other hand, is capable of managing 50,000 TPS. Solana is now the world’s fastest blockchain, boasting near-instantaneous transaction confirmations and incredible throughput. Scalability increases as a result of the network’s capacity to handle more traffic than competing networks.

Solana’s DeFi products are currently valued at $14.1 billion, making it the third-largest DeFi ecosystem after Ethereum and the Binance Exchange. A surge in the price of Solana may occur if demand for DeFi services increases and Ethereum’s network cannot keep up.

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Avalanche fights Dogecoin and Shiba Inu for top spot – Can HUH Token recreate its success?

This month, Avalanche’s Avax token has performed exceptionally well, fueled by development deals and general optimism about the network’s decentralised financial potential. It is now vying with Dogecoin for a place among the top ten most valuable cryptocurrencies.

HUH Token is hoping to replicate Avax’s success when it launches on the 6th of December. With the pre-sale ending in a few days, could this be the ideal time for them to invest in the next crypto millionaire-making machine?

According to Coinmarketcap, Avax has gained over 100% so far in November, bringing its total market capitalisation to around $29.8 billion, whereas Dogecoin has lost over 11% this month, bringing its total market capitalisation to around $29.5 billion.

Avax was released last year as part of Avalanche’s goal to expand the blockchain’s DeFi capabilities, including smart contracts and other applications to compete with the larger Ethereum network. Avax, like the rest of the crypto complex, has risen this year, but what gave it a boost was its partnership with “Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte.

Avalanche has increased by 37% in the last seven days, while the other top ten cryptocurrencies have decreased. Collaboration with Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and the world’s largest professional services network, was critical in AVAX’s rise to the top ten.

Last Tuesday, Ava Labs, the company behind Avalanche, announced the collaboration with Deloitte to help streamline reimbursement applications for victims of natural disasters.

According to Ava Labs, the new platform provides state and local governments with a decentralised, low-cost, and fully immutable system that empowers grant funders and aid recipients while leveraging blockchain’s transparency to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse.

Most major digital coins have been targeted this month as a result of factors such as the strengthening dollar, new evidence of China’s crackdown on the sector, and the possibility of increased taxes on cryptocurrencies as a result of the new US infrastructure bill.

However, one of the most important takeaways from Avax’s recent success is the importance of getting in on these opportunities early. If a holder had put $100 into Avax when it first launched, they would have made a whopping $26,000. With its pre-sale ending in just a few days, HUH Token could provide holders with an excellent opportunity to get in early.

HUH Token will be available on PancakeSwap and Uniswap. Additionally, in order to make the token more stable and appealing to holders, its creators have announced that $1 million in liquidity will be locked in for two years from its launch.

HUH Token is also launching a referral programme. Holders can refer other people using a unique code and get a 10% commission on that new holder’s initial investment, as Binance (BNB). Holders can earn BNB with each new referral.

HUH Token is also rumoured to have thousands of top social media influencers signed on to promote it, recognising the importance of how communities have driven the majority of the meme cryptocurrencies that have surged to the top of the crypto charts.

The founders of HUH Token appear adamant about replicating the phenomenal success of Dogecoin and Avalanche, with now being the best time to get in on this crypto from the ground up.

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 Website: https://huh.social 
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Police arrest 2 suspected bandits in Niger

The Police in Niger said it has arrested two suspected bandits and recovered 71 cows and 23 sheep which they allegedly stole.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Minna.

He said that on Sept. 30, at about 6 pm, police operatives attached to Gawu-Babangida Division arrested the two male suspects following credible information.

“The suspects were sighted at Izom cattle market with two suspected stolen sheep.

“The sheep were suspected to have been rustled from Zazagha village, Munya Local Government Area of the state, on November 26.”

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The Police spokesman said that the suspects were arrested after an alarm was raised by people of the area.

“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be members of a 10-man gang of bandits who stormed Chibani and Dnalakpe villages via Zazagha and rustled the cattle.

“In the course of the investigation, 71 cows and 23 sheep were recovered from the suspects in the process of moving the cattle from Zazagha forest to Kwali Area of FCT Abuja,” the statement said.

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Abiodun said that effort is ongoing by the police to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.

He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Monday Kuryas, has reassured residents of the state of the command`s commitment to tackle any form of criminality.

Kuryas urged members of the public to always give useful information to the police and other security agencies in state in order to nip crime in the bud.

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FG to launch Virtual Court Sitting facilities – Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, says all is set to launch the pilot nationwide deployment and use of Virtual Court Proceedings in Nigeria’s Correctional Centres.

Malami said this in a statement by Dr Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, on Friday in Abuja.

He said the pilot project facilities will commence with the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja, on December 6.
“Expected at the occasion is the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Controller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Halilu Nababa, as well as members of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion.

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“The Secretary of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, Leticia Ayoola-Daniels, working with the representative of the supporting organization, Mrs Oyinye Ndubuisi of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), are working assiduously to ensure achievement of the laudable project.

“The initiative is one of the strategic interventions by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and indeed the Federal Government towards engendering lasting reforms in the Criminal Justice Sector in Nigeria”.

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He said the ministry, in collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, are expediting engagement with the Nigerian Correctional Centres to make it possible for evidence of suspects in custody to be taken without their physical presence in court to avoid disruptions.

“The development is part of the process to implement the Post-COVID-19 Justice Sector Plan, marshalled out by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation in April 2020.

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NPA expects 20 ships with petroleum products, others at Lagos ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is expecting 20 ships laden with petroleum products and other items from Dec. 3 to Dec. 14.

The NPA made this known in its publication – Shipping Position – made available to newsmen in Lagos on Friday.

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According to the NPA, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.

It said that the ships also contained general cargo, frozen fish, containers, bulk sugar, buckwheat, base oil and petrol.

According to the NPA, three ships have arrived at the ports waiting to berth with general cargo and bulk sugar.

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It added that 22 other ships were discharging buckwheat, general cargo, containers, bulk fertiliser, bulk sugar, soda ash and petrol.

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Lagos State shuts down Dowen College indefinitely

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The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, over the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.,a student of the school.

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Premier League top three set for titanic title battle

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have set a fearsome pace in the Premier League that no other team can live with as a thrilling three-way title race takes shape.

Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are in charge of three of Europe’s hottest sides, with Liverpool, in third place, already seven points clear of fourth-placed West Ham after 14 matches.

AFP Sport looks at how the contenders are shaping up heading into a hectic few weeks of action.

Chelsea – 33 points
The European champions hold a slender one-point advantage over City at the top of the table.

Tuchel admitted his side were lucky to escape with a 2-1 win at Watford on Wednesday but felt Chelsea were due some good fortune after dropping points despite dominating games against Burnley and Manchester United.

The Blues have coped impressively without club-record signing Romelu Lukaku, who has not started a league match since mid-October.

Without the Belgian, goals have had to be shared around — wing-back Reece James is the club’s top scorer so far this season, with five.

The bedrock of Tuchel’s first year in charge at Stamford Bridge has been a rock-solid defence. Chelsea boast the best record in the league, with a miserly six goals conceded in 14 games.

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But they have yet to hit the heights shown by City and Liverpool in spells this season and have benefited from a gentle run of fixtures in recent weeks.

Back-to-back clashes with Liverpool and City in January will be the iron test of their title credentials, while the impact of the Club World Cup in February will leave them playing catch-up in games later in the season.

Man City – 32 points
Only unexpected dropped points at home to Southampton and Crystal Palace have kept the champions from establishing a comfortable lead at the top of the table.

Despite the lack of a recognised striker, City still look like the side to beat as they aim to win a fourth title in five years.

Guardiola’s men have so far saved their best for the big occasion. They dominated in their away trips to Stamford Bridge and Anfield, inflicting Chelsea’s only defeat of the season and feeling they deserved more from a 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

Manchester United were also swept aside with ease at the beginning of a four-game winning streak in the league that looks ominous for the other contenders.

This time last year City turned a slow start into a 21-game winning run in all competitions to storm clear at the top of the table.

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Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish are returning to full fitness and City could even address their striker shortage in January, adding more firepower to their already impressive arsenal.

Liverpool – 31 points
Liverpool have the outstanding player in the league in Mohamed Salah, who took his tally for the season to 19 goals in as many games in all competitions in a 4-1 hammering of Everton on Wednesday.

It was the third consecutive Premier League game in which Liverpool have scored four goals and they have racked up 43 in the competition.

After a series of injuries to key players ruined their title defence last season, the Reds are matching their best form of the Klopp era, which yielded a Champions League triumph in 2019 and a first league title in 30 years in 2020.

However, they are not blessed with the same strength in depth as City and Chelsea and that could show when Salah and Sadio Mane head off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

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The new meaning of money

Money. The fuel that powers the world.

Despite being widely accepted and commonly spoken about, it remains shrouded in mystery. Humans interact with money daily, yet know so little about it. 

Money means different things to different people. Some perceive it as a means of exchange and for others, it is a measure of growth and progress. 

While we may differ on our perception of money and the value we place on it, there are three universal truths about it:

  1. Money is not static. Money constantly moves. Whether you save it in a bank or hide it under your bed, the value of money changes over time. In finance and economics parlance, we express changes in the value of money using concepts such as inflation, NPV, IRR, etc. 
  1. Money is never enough. The very construct of money and our insatiable nature as humans means there is always an intrinsic urge to make more of it. The more money we make, the more we discover ways to spend it, leading to an unending cycle.
  1. Money has a personality. It can be unpredictable and slippery, depending on how it is handled. Our ability to control money determines whether it becomes an accelerator or an inhibitor of growth.

The mobile nature of money means we always need to maintain or grow its value. Because it is never enough, we need to always figure out how to earn more and its personality makes it necessary to control it. To unlock growth, you need to either create opportunities to earn money or borrow it.

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The fulfilment of the above needs and the opportunities they represent is what led to the emergence and evolution of institutions we now know as banks.

The fundamental principles of banking have remained constant over time: store money for person A, lend it to person B, use the profit from it to support person C and the cycle continues. However, the advancement of technology, shifts in socio-economic realities and evolution of human needs have made it increasingly difficult for financial institutions to truly evolve with money and deliver services that adequately address the multidimensional needs of the customer.

For individuals to experience sustainable financial growth, they require the right knowledge and access to intuitive tools that will enable them to understand the fundamentals of money, and how to take control of it. 

Money needs a new meaning and we all need to build better relationships with it.

By fundamentally considering these first principles, we will gain a new set of perspectives around money and apply a different set of approaches, some of which are: 

Money must be easily accessible. Access is at the heart of value creation. Money needs to be able to move between people seamlessly and instantly irrespective of the social and economic status of the sender and recipient. To foster growth for people, the concept of money needs to be inclusive and the barriers that stand in the way of their access to it must be eliminated.

People need to understand money. Everyone needs to understand money. This understanding will help them connect to the fundamentals of it and how it moves. While financial advisers exist, they are more accessible and available to the wealthy customer cluster. Financial insights need to transcend mere obligation to accessible, intuitive and human-centered services. This approach places focus on the growth of the user and ultimately creates value for all.

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Money can be controlled. With understanding comes the ability to make the right financial decisions. If people are empowered with the right tools, they can build habits that enable them to take complete control of their financial life and future. 

Every dealing with money should result in growth. Growth lies at the intersection of access, understanding and control. When financial services are built with humans at their core, they provide a firm foundation upon which people can build to unlock the potential of money as an enabler of growth.

Everyone can be better with money, and this is why we built Eyowo. 

After years of experimenting and discovering the evolving needs of humans around the subject of money, vis-a-vis technology and the state of society; we have built a bank that is inclusive, enables control and unlocks human growth. We have succeeded at giving a new meaning to money and we are on a journey to helping people to build an improved and healthy relationship with it.

We envision a future where this new meaning of money will inspire players in the financial services industry to innovate and enable growth for all.  

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Synagogue Church reopens Sunday, set to begin live service

After 21 months of protracted closure and public suspense on reopening for Church Services at The Synagogue Church Of All Nations SCOAN, life will begin to beam again as from Sunday, December 5, 2021, at its Ikotun-Egbe, Segun Irefin sprawling headquarters in Lagos as its gate would be open for its global members who have all been yearning for the church to begin the usual live service programs.

This was contained in a press statement from the church’s Leadership on Friday.

Late Prophet T B Joshua, the Founder and General Overseer of the Ministry had in March 2020 suspended the regular Sunday Services following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which almost paralyzed the whole world.

Till his passing on June 5 this year, the church remained under lock unlike other churches who had commenced services since last year, saying: “he was yet to hear from God on church reopening, we will only reopen when we receive an instruction to do so from God”.

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There has been a lot of pressure from members globally for the church to resume services after the passing of the prophet. However, the church’s new leadership under Prophetess Mrs Evelyn TBJoshua maintained the position of her late husband that “the reopening of the church for normal Sunday services will only commence with the intimation of the holy spirit”.

They said The SCOAN has its own fair shares of the usual leadership and succession tussles in human affairs, an avoidable situation especially in The SCOAN but for the misguided few disciples, all of whom have now retraced their wrong steps.

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A strong church member, Mr Babs Olorunwa, on the reopening said the church today has been thoroughly reorganized for better performance.

She said: “The hand of God remains very strong upon this church with the few prayer gatherings I witnessed on the church mountain. I tell you categorically, God would never forsake His own. Synagogue Church Of All Nations is alive. Glory be to God.”

They noted that the church’s resumption now is a response to the call of the Holy Spirit that the services begin as a manifestation of God’s anointing towards the glorification of His Mighty Name at this blessed, festive season.

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