Avoid blood donations from people in Zika areas – WHO

The World Health Organisation on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who had travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus. “With the risk of incidence of new infections of Zika virus in many countries, and the potential linkage of the Zika virus infection with microcephaly and other clinical consequence, it is estimated as an appropriate precautionary measures to defer donors who return from areas with Zika virus outbreak,” the WHO told AFP in a statement. Canada and Britain have already moved to protect their blood supplies. Canadian blood agencies earlier Wednesday announced that anyone who had travelled to a Zika-risk area will be ineligible to give blood for three weeks upon their return....

I have nothing to prove – Adebayor

Crystal Palace’s new signing Emmanuel Adebayor said he has nothing to prove and does not deserve a reputation of being a disruptive influence in the dressing room. According to Reuters, the Togo striker, who joined his fourth Premier League club last week, made his debut in Tuesday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by relegation-threatened Bournemouth. Prior to his move to Palace, the 31-year-old was a free agent after being released by Tottenham in the close season and had played just 17 minutes of top-flight football in a little over a year. “There is a bad reputation about Adebayor. But if you ask every single manager that I have worked under, maybe just one or two would say I am a bad apple in the dressing room,” Adebayor told the Evening Standard newspaper. “I just want to play football and have happy moments again. I do not have anything to prove. I just want to...

CBN extends BVN registration for Nigerians in Diaspora

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN , has extended the Bank Verification Number , BVN, registration exercise for Nigerian Banks’ Customers in the Diaspora to June 30, 2016. According to a circular posted on the banks’ website, Thursday, the decision to extend the deadline which was initially January 31, was as result of low responses from the affected banks’ customers. Customers besiege banks as BVN registration deadlines expires File: Customers besiege banks as BVN registration deadlines expires The apex bank said it discovered from a survey it conducted, that the low responses could be due to inadequate information and lack of accessibility to registration centres in some countries with large Nigerian populations. It therefore, decided to publish detailed addressed of the BVN registration centres in countries of their residence to make it easier for them to comply....

Rihanna to perform at the 2016 BRIT Awards

Rihanna has been confirmed to be a performer at the 2016 BRIT Awards, the awards organizers announced yesterday February 3 via Twitter. The show is scheduled to take place February 24 at London’s O2 Arena and air on ITV. ‘*SURPRISE*” the BRIT Awards account says, ‘@rihanna is performing at #BRITs 2016!!! WE. CANNOT. DEAL. RN. #RihannaBRITs ‘ Other artists confirmed to perform at the 2016 BRIT Awards include The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Adele....

Boroffice warns Mimiko against heavy taxation

The senator representing the Ondo-North senatorial district, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, has advised Governor Olusegun Mimiko against imposing heavy taxes on the people of Ondo State. The senator said in a statement on Tuesday that the government should embark on expanding the tax net and diversifying the tax base of the state instead of an alleged ‘coordinated extortion of impoverished citizens by the imposition of an oppressive pressure through its burdensome tax regime’. Boroffice said this while reacting to the disagreement between the Mimiko-led government and commercial motorcycle riders over the N20,000 per head levy imposed on riders by the government....

Agric to create three million jobs – Minister

TVC E, BUSINESS - The vision of the present administration to diversify the economy through huge investment in Agriculture is gradually coming to reality. This is because minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, Thursday assured Nigerians that the Agricultural sub-sector will create three million sustainable jobs this year. Ogbeh also said that government has concluded arrangements to focus on Agriculture as one of the key sectors for economic diversification as well as the largest contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Minister spoke at his ministry’s 2016 budget defence session in the Senate. He noted that the key initiative for the fiscal year, 2016 in the Agricultural sub=sector is to increase the national food supply to address national food security, to add 20 million metric tons of food annually and to create three million sustainable jobs annually. The ministry, he said, will continue with the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) programme as a...

Ogun warns developers against unapproved plan

TVC E, BUSINESS: Ogun State government has warned property developers against unapproved building plan, saying erring developers will not only pay a fine, the building will also be demolished. It advised property developers to obtain building permit before making any change in the use of land, building and structure or converting same from its approved usage. The Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Bashorun Adetola Adeife, gave the  warning after leading a team to seal some buildings in Ilaro and its environs in Ogun West Senatorial District. He said the era of impunity was over as the government would not fold its arms and watch developers contravene the state’s Urban and Regional Planning law, adding that their actions could turn the environment into slums. ‘’I urge all developers to obtain their permit before embarking on any construction as this would enable the professionals in the Ministry to guide the developers to build in line with...

Elumelu applauds passage of the ‘Electrify Africa Act’

  TVC E, BUSINESS - Founder , Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony O. Elumelu has  commended the United States (U.S.) House of Representatives for the passage of the Electrify Africa Act. The Act creates a framework for a major public-private partnership between the U.S and sub-Saharan African countries to help millions of people gain access to affordable and reliable electricity. It also codifies access to electricity in Africa as a U.S foreign policy priority, thereby preserving President Barack Obama’s Power Africa Initiative for years to come. Launched in 2013, Power Africa is an innovative partnership to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa where more than 600 million people currently lack access. Elumelu through his investment company, Heirs Holdings has been in the forefront of promoting Africa’s power initiatives. In 2013, Heirs Holdings, made a commitment of $2.5 billion investment in the power sector to generate 2,000 megawatts (Mw) of power, about 20 per cent of the initial Power Africa...

TCN records 5, 074.7Mw peak generation

TVC E, BUSINESS - The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Wednesday said it achieved a  new record peak generation of 5074.7megawatts (Mw). A statement endorsed by Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Clement Ezeolisah, said it also recorded the highest maximum daily energy wheeled nationwide of 109,372Mw February 2. TCN said the new peak generation of 5074.7Mw was attained at 9.30pm February 2, while the previous peak generation was 4883.9Mw achieved on November 23 last year. TCN added that the previous highest maximum daily energy wheeled nationwide was 107,142.32MwH recorded on January 26. According to the managing director, System Operation/Market Operation, TCN, Dipak Sarma, the twin peak achievements is attributed to the enhanced cooperation among all the power sector stakeholders and concerted efforts by system operators at the National Control Centre and other stations to ensure that all generated power is wheeled to the distribution companies and that there is no stranded power.    ...

Ibinabo Fiberesima supports Fred Amata for DGN Presidency

As the race to the election continues on who becomes the next President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN). The major contestants have upped their game by soliciting for support from the industry players. Presently the three Nollywood director aspirants who have shown interest in DGN’s presidency are Lancelot Imasuen, Fred Amata and Dickson Iroegbu. Fred Amata however might be having an edge over them as a result of the open declaration of support from his Ex-Ibinabo Fiberesima who is the current President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and also mother to his child-Zino. The president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) earlier this morning took to Instagram to show her support. Her posts in support of Fred also got reactions from some of her colleagues, with actress, Shan George also lending her support....

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