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Ndume: When a leader stands alone

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor. How Senator Ali Ndume missed the telltale signs of his imminent removal is a mystery to many. Given his position of influence as the Senate leader, he should have deciphered danger when the rate of phone calls from senators dropped sharply.

FG’s N50b land suit against Anambra: Obiano accused of disobeying Supreme Court order

By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka. A LLOTEES of the land acquired by the Federal Government at Amansea, Awka in Anambra State for the building of a housing estate for federal government workers, have expressed worry over the alleged disobedience of the Anambra State government to the order of the Supreme....

Mo Abudu hosts Wole Soyinka, Abimbola Fashola to private movie screening

The CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu and The Elfike Film Collective hosted Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and former Lagos State First Lady, Abimbola Fashola, to a private screening of “The Wedding Party.” The screening which held at the Filmhouse IMAX Cinema, Lekki, was attended by celebrities....

We don’t want government in entertainment business – Fash-Lanso

What do you have to say about Christmas? I don’t do Christmas; to me every day is the same day. What will I do for my children that I have not done for them before? Where will I take them to that they have not been to before? What will I eat that day that I have not eaten before? If you want to make yourself happy, do and ask for God’s blessings.

Mayor proposes sportsplex behind hall of fame

The complex would have four fields for baseball and softball use, with a center building that would provide concessions on the ground floor and a window-encased top floor for scorekeepers and other tournament officials. "I look forward to giving the mayor an opportunity to speak to the music hall....

Govt. to introduce economic agenda: PM

The Government will soon introduce its economic agenda for the next few years, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. He said this at a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Public Administration to distribute appointment letters to state sector management assistants at Temple Trees.


‘We Helped Julian Moti Escape’ By Douglas Marau HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 20, 2011) - "We helped Julian Moti escape from Papua New Guinea to Solomon Islands from the advice we got from Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and then Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.


Mystery "report" sounds alarm in Canberra. HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, Feb. 9, 2011) - The Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific, Richard Marles, last night, summoned Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, Beraki Jino. This was to convey to the Solomon Islands Government....

Crazy World: A young pesky girl confronts president Uhuru Kenyatta

The naivety of voters in discounting the imperfection of a rich man for president is now unfolding; capitalist bigwigs have held Kenyans hostage since independence. The scion of Kenya’s First Family is now in power, and you can imagine the sparkling conversation at the dinner table in the course of....

Politics: Relief for Jubilee aspirants as Uhuru disbands his campaign team

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing jubilee aspirants during the launch of Jubilee party membership smart-card at Kasarani indoors arena on 13/January/2017. PHOTO BY EDWARD KIPLIMO. Jubilee Party (JP) yesterday formally launched a massive voter listing strategy through a smart card device that will be used to register and track voters.

Congress to complete first step to repealing health law

WASHINGTON — The House is poised to back legislation that is the first — and by far the easiest — step toward gutting President Barack Obama's divisive health care law. Friday's vote would clear the way for a subsequent repeal bill to advance in the Senate without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.

Government holds firm in talks with Uber: transportation minister

TAIPEI -- In a meeting with a Uber executive on Friday, the government stayed firm on having Uber pay local taxes, be covered by insurance and accept regulatory supervision, Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) said. Taiwan, however, will also be glad to discuss the possibility of Uber to....

Melbourne billionaire Marc Besen's long love of art recognised in Australia Day honours

The philanthropy of one of the country's most influential and generous art benefactors has been recognised as part of Australia Day honours. Melbourne-based retailing billionaire Marc Besen was named a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to the visual....

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (January 14)

Business The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (January 14) Passengers at a bus stop in Rangoon. A local consortium is set to start assembling buses at a plant in the commercial capital. / Reuters. By The Irrawaddy 14 January 2017. Bus Production Receives Green Light.

PAC to summon Finance Ministry senior officials post budget

New Delhi [India], Jan. 14 (ANI): The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament will summon senior officials of the Finance Ministry after the budget session. Sources said, this comes as the PAC yesterday refuted the statement given by its own committee Chairperson K.V.

Beijing sets 2017 air pollution goal at more than double WHO's acceptable standard

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing's air quality target for 2017 is more than double the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the mayor announced on Saturday in the wake of weeks of hazardous air pollution in the Chinese capital. "We will work hard to keep PM2.

Open Letter To Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group

Dear Mr President, this is to bring to your attention a troubling development in Rwanda’s business and investment climate. This is, of course, an area in which your organisation regularly showcases Rwanda as a star performer. For example, your 2017 Doing Business Report ranks Rwanda the 2nd best in....

Tory senator fires back at Trudeau’s Senate point man over spending comments

OTTAWA — The chairman of the Senate committee charged with overseeing expense rules is firing back at the Liberal point man in the upper chamber over the level of accountability and transparency with senators’ spending. The sharply worded letter is a rebuke of Peter Harder’s comments in a....

Carbon tax rebates sent to former Albertans 'will be recouped' according to the government

A spokesperson for the Province’s Finance Department is reassuring Albertans that carbon rebates being paid to people out of province will be recouped. Mike Berezowsky admited that some payments have been made to people who have moved away from Alberta because the rebates are based on 2015 tax returns.

Trump open to lifting Russian sanctions

US President-elect Donald Trump has expressed willingness to remove harsh economic sanctions against Russia if it cooperates with the United States in efforts such as counterterrorism, according to a report. Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Friday that he plans to keep sanctions imposed on....

Chicago police violate civil rights: Govt. report

The police department in Chicago, Illinois, routinely uses excessive force and violates the civil rights of residents, particularly those who are black and Hispanic, according to a report by the US government. The report, released by the US Justice Department on Friday, blasted America’s....

KATHLEEN PARKER: Life in prison seems more just end for Dylann Roof

Roof's self-lawyering is still mystifying when he had at his disposal one of the nation's best death-penalty lawyers, David Bruck, who did represent Roof during the guilt phase that ended last month. Bruck was allowed only to advise Roof during the penalty phase, which began last week, but briefly....

Mary Ellen Frakes

Mary Ellen was born April 26, 1926, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Lee and Margaret (Mahood) Page. She grew up in Waterloo and graduated from West High School. She earned her bachelor's degree from Rockford (Ill.) College. She did graduate work as a member of the Little Theatre of The Rockies in Greeley, Colo.

Millions of Indians move from cash to digital payments. But some ask whether it’s safe.

An employee speaks on a mobile phone in front of an image of Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc., at the office of PayTM, a unit of One97 Communications Ltd., in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg) NEW DELHI — Minutes after Indian Prime....

Beijing sets 2017 air pollution goal at more than double WHO's acceptable standard

[BEIJING] Beijing's air quality target for 2017 is more than double the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the mayor announced on Saturday in the wake of weeks of hazardous air pollution in the Chinese capital. "We will work hard to keep PM2.

Chinese leader meets Davos elite as voters revolt

[PARIS] China's president will preach the advent of a new world order in Davos next week before the high priests of globalisation, who are facing an uprising from voters against their orthodoxy of open markets and borders. The annual conclave of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps, grouping....

Government UAE receives condolences for martyrs from world... Shaikh Khalifa received cables from leaders around the globe READ MORE

Shaikh Khalifa received cables from leaders around the globe Al Ka'abi, UAE diplomat Mubarak Al Saedi, and an Afghan translator working at the embassy, were received by a minister and senior officials. Despite the sad news for the families, they are feeling proud and honoured after receiving full support from the UAE's leaders and its people.

Chinese snail noodles exported to United States

NANNING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Rice noodles with snails, a signature dish sold at street stalls in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, are being exported to the United States, a company said. A combination of Han, Miao and Dong cuisine, "luosifen" is made from pickled bamboo, dried turnip,....

Trump policies to distance Argentina from U.S.: observer

by Juan Manuel Nievas. BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Isolationist and protectionist trade policies touted by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump threaten to undo recent advances in bilateral ties with Argentina, according to a political observer. Given Trump's campaign pledges, it's very feasible....

Xi to address Davos forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the first head of state of China to attend the Davos economic forum, will discuss the latest developments in the Chinese economy and introduce a more inclusive plan on globalization during the forum. Xi will attend the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.

Brazilian state declares emergency after suspected yellow fever deaths

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Friday declared a state of emergency after 38 people were suspected to have died of yellow fever. The state has reported 133 suspected cases of yellow fever as of Friday. There were 20 cases that tested positive for the disease.
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