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Somalia: Clerics Warn Women Against Playing Basketball

Somalia: Clerics Warn Women Against Playing Basketball

A group of an influential Somali clerics have warned women against playing basketball, describing it as, “unIslamic” and a “threat to their faith.” The Somali Religious Council (SRC) issued the statement Thursday, as preparations for the national women’s basketball tournament are under way in Garowe, the capital of Puntland. “We warn that the women basketball […]

FRSC Deploys 36,000 Personnel, Ambulances, Patrol Vehicles

FRSC Deploys 36,000 Personnel, Ambulances, Patrol Vehicles

 The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has deployed 36,000 personnel, comprising regular and special marshals, across the country to ensure smooth traffic during the Christmas and New year celebrations. Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the end of year operations, which would last for 28 days from December 19 to […]

Uganda: Umeme Acquires Shs165b Loan For Expansion

Uganda: Umeme Acquires Shs165b Loan For Expansion

Power distributor Umeme has approved additional borrowing of $45m (Shs165b) to further expansion around the country. Daily Monitor understands that the loan was approved as part of an extension of the line of credit offered by International Finance Corporation (IFC), Stanbic Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Umeme had by May 2016 utilised the entire $170m […]

Ethiopia Frees Thousands Of Detainees

Ethiopia Frees Thousands Of Detainees

It’s good news that Ethiopia’s government has announced the release of 9,800 people detained for their participation in anti-government protests. But they represent fewer than half of the 24,000 people detained since a countrywide state of emergency began on October 9. And most never should have been arrested. The state of emergency has had catastrophic […]

Lagosians Besiege Centres To Purchase LASG’s LAKE Rice

Lagosians Besiege Centres To Purchase LASG’s LAKE Rice

The residents of Lagos State yesterday crowded the centres where the state government’s “Lake Rice” is being sold for N12,000 for a 50kg bag and N6,000 for 25kg. The government commenced the sale of the rice on Wednesday in centres across the 57 local governments and local council development areas. Majority of the buyers who […]

World’s Tallest Christmas Tree Unites Sri Lanka

World’s Tallest Christmas Tree Unites Sri Lanka

HD Nanayakkara still remembers how his heart sank when he was told their project was cancelled. It would have set a Guinness World Record as the tallest Christmas tree ever erected – standing at a towering 100 metres. The metal, cone-shaped skeleton was to be dressed with green mesh and adorned with an estimated one […]

Ugandan Girls Taken To Kenya For Female Genital Mutilation

Ugandan Girls Taken To Kenya For Female Genital Mutilation

Karimojong and Sebei communities practicing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) have changed tactics of carrying out the outlawed practice. “The archaic practice has now taken a new twist. Women are cut by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) after giving birth, subjecting them to double jeopardy,” Mr Jacob Wangolo, former MP for Bunyole West, reported to MPs. He […]

Self-Driving Uber Cars Have Been Taken Out Of San Francisco

Self-Driving Uber Cars Have Been Taken Out Of San Francisco

Uber Technologies Inc. has removed its self-driving cars from San Francisco streets after California regulators cracked down on the week-old program because the company had not obtained a permit to test the vehicles. The California Department of Motor Vehicles said on Wednesday it revoked the registration of 16 Uber self-driving cars after a battle with […]

FG Approves 13% Derivation To Kogi and Edo State As Mineral Producing States

FG Approves 13% Derivation To Kogi and Edo State As Mineral Producing States

The federal government has given approval for the implementation of the constitutionally guaranteed 13 per cent derivation from mineral revenues to deserving states. This will lead to fresh revenues for Kogi and Edo States, which produce limestone in large quantities, and other Nigerian states producing non-oil minerals. According to online news medium, The Cable, the […]

South Africa : Doctoral Student Earns Top Prize With Asthma Diagnostic System

South Africa : Doctoral Student Earns Top Prize With Asthma Diagnostic System

An innovative, life-saving, early warning system for asthma sufferers developed by a young South African doctoral student earned him first place at an international competition. Moses Kebalepile, a South African innovator, has walked away with this year’s top prize at the international pitchfest held in Zurich, Switzerland. Moses is a PhD student at the Faculty […]