3-year old boy goes missing in Lagos (Nation)
A three-year-old boy identified as David Ajao has allegedly been abducted by unknown persons.
The boy was reportedly abducted while he was playing with other children in front of his dad’s shop on Dabara Street, Apongbon, Lagos.
It was gathered that the toddler – a nursery one pupil of St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School – was abducted on Saturday, November 14, 2021.
The victim’s mother, Airat Ajao, it was learnt, left David and his older sister Daniella at their dad’s shop before leaving for her own shop. Read more
APM Terminals reduce plastic waste at Lagos Port by over 400,000 bottles annually –Country Manager (Vanguard)
The Country Manager, APM Terminals Nigeria, Mr Klaus Laursen, on Sunday, in Lagos, announced that the terminal was mops up plastic wastes at the Lagos port by more than 400,000 bottles per year.
Laursen, in a statement he signed and issued in Lagos, noted that the terminal marked this year’s reduction of plastic waste through its annual Go Green Initiative.
“Go Green is an awareness building program initiated by the Global Ports Group (GPG), an association of port and terminal operators, collaborating on key Environmental, Health, Safety and Security topics.
“This year, APM Terminal is focused on reducing its plastic footprint by replacing single-use plastic bottled water with re-fill bottles and water dispensers, thereby eliminating an annual waste of 408,800 single-use plastic bottles”, he said. Read more
Sanwo-Olu congratulates 2021 Tony Elumelu Foundation beneficiaries (Punch)
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated the 4,949 beneficiaries selected in the 2021 Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship programme.
The foundation shared the message from the Governor on its Facebook page on Saturday.
Sanwo-Olu also appreciated the founder, Tony Elumelu, for his passion towards supporting African entrepreneurs.
“I want to appreciate the Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an iconic personality, Mr. Tony Elumelu, CON. for the passion he has continued to demonstrate towards supporting young people on the African continents to develop their entrepreneurial skills into thriving business enterprises,” Sanwo-Olu said. Read more
300 Christians in Adamawa to perform pilgrimage to Rome (Tribune)
No fewer than 300 Christians from Adamawa State will perform this year’s Holy pilgrimage to Rome, Tribune Online reports.
The Executive Secretary, Adamawa Christian Welfare Board, Rev. Zidon Love, disclosed this on Sunday while speaking to newsmen in Yola.
He said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the board could not perform the exercise as the Israeli government closed its borders to all foreigners to check the spread of the novel epidemic.
Rev Love added that this year’s pilgrimage will be in Rome and that “only those who filled forms and produced two guarantors will be allowed to travel.” Read more
Nigeria must adopt Science & Tech to overcome food challenge – NABDA DG (Vanguard)
As Nigeria struggles to address the increasing food challenge by its citizens, the director general, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha says the only option left for the country is to adopt science and technology to overcoming the challenge.
Prof. Mustapha made the assertion in his remarks at the 5th edition of OFAB Awards held in Abuja.
He said that primitive agricultural practices are facing only science various challenges and from what we are seeing all over the world, it is only science and technology that could rescue the country with the adoption of mechanised form of agriculture.
He said agricultural biotechnology sector in the country is undergoing a rapid transformation with scientists and researchers working round the clock to improve various crops, adding that some had been made with three crops: Cotton, Cowpea and Maize. Read more
Strike: Railway workers, Transport minister meeting deadlocked (Tribune)
The 3-day warning strike action set for Thursday, 18th of November 2021 by workers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), is set to hold following the failure of a truce meeting held on Saturday between the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the leadership of the two labour unions in the rail sector.
Recall that the two labour unions in the Nigerian rail sector, the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers (NUR) and the Senior Staff Association (SSA) NRC Branch had last Friday issued a 3-day warning strike notice over poor welfare packages for workers.
Speaking to Tribune Online exclusively after the meeting with the Minister of Transportation, the President of the Senior Staff Association (SSA) NRC Branch, Comrade Aliyu Mainasara explained that the request by the Minister of Transportation that the workers suspend their planned strike before he can talk on review of workers welfare were rejected by the workers.
According to Comrade Mainasara, “The meeting with the Minister of Transportation was deadlocked because he was asking us to first inform our members that the strike has been called off before he can discuss with our efforts that have been put into reviewing workers salaries; but we rejected that suggestion. Read more
Buhari leaves Paris for South Africa to Attend Intra-African Trade Fair (ThisDay)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, left Paris, capital of France for Durban, South Africa, on the special invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa, where he will join other African leaders at the official opening of the 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 which takes place on Monday.
The event, holding from November 15 to November 21, is being convened by the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIM) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.
The fair, with the theme, “Building Bridges for a Successful AfCFTA”, is aimed at boosting trade and investment across the African continent.
It also promises to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive across the African continent; bring to fruition the lofty ideas behind the creation of the AfCFTA by providing the platform to further identify and proffer solutions to challenges militating against intra-African trade and; generate market information needed to connect buyers and sellers throughout the continent.
Global businesses including non-African international brands are expected to key into opportunities generated by the fair, thereby attracting for the continent trade and investment deals worth $40billion. Various Nigerian investors are already in Durban to take advantage of the event. Read more
FG tackles housing deficit, builds over 5,000 houses for Nigerians (Sun)
As part of measures to tackle the housing deficit in Nigeria, Federal Government, at weekend, constructed over 5,000 houses across the country.
The houses which have different designs have one, two and three semi-detached bungalows.
There are also one bedroom condominium of block of flats; two bedroom condominium and three bedroom condominium.
Speaking to some editors in Abuja, at the weekend on how Nigerians could acquire them, Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that the forms are already online. Read more
UNILORIN student held for allegedly beating lecturer to coma (Nation)
A 400 level male student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) is in police net for allegedly attacking a female lecturer of the institution.
The student was said to have beaten his victim, one Mrs. Zakariyyah of the department of microbiology, to a coma.
The video of how the student attacked the lecturer went viral on social media at the weekend.
Spokesperson of the Kwara State Police Command Ajayi Okasanmi said the incident had not been reported to the command for investigation. Read more
ISWAP terrorists regrouping around Lake Chad – Senator Ndume (Sun)
Senate Committee chairman on Army, Mohammed Ali Ndume, has revealed that members of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), are regrouping around the Lake Chad Basin in Borno State.
Ndume who represents Borno South in the Senate, also condemned Saturday’s killing of a Brigadier General, Dzarma Zirkusu by ISWAP terrorists around Chibok area of the state.
Ndume described his death as a big blow to the insurgency war, explaining that it was an ambush laid by the terrorists. He said other soldiers were killed in the ambush.
He further revealed that residents around Chibok town, were already relocating since the killing of the General. He said there are fears that the terrorists could attack communities. Read more
Drake apparently spent $1M at strip club night after Astroworld tragedy (NYPost)
One day after rapper Drake performed at the tragic Astroworld festival in Houston — during which nine people were trampled to death — he apparently drowned his sorrows by showering strippers with money, according to social media.
The Canadian rapper left about $1 million on the floor of the Area 29 strip club in Houston, according to Toronto’s BlogTo.
Ecstatic women are seen scooping up the cash in a Nov. 9 social media video posted by the rapper’s friend, DJ Akademiks. When a man prompted them to say, “Thanks, Drake,” all said in unison: “Thanks Drake!”
A since-deleted post from the club obtained by The Sun also noted Drake’s presence, citing his Instagram handle @champagnepapi. Read more
Private funeral for South Africa’s last white leader De Klerk (Guardian)
South Africa’s last apartheid era president FW de Klerk, who died last week, will be cremated at a private funeral on November 21, his office said Sunday.
De Klerk, who helped steer the nation to democracy but never fully owned up to the horrors of the apartheid past, died on Thursday aged 85 after a battle with cancer.
In a statement, the FW de Klerk Foundation said it “wishes to announce that FW de Klerk’s cremation and funeral will take place on Sunday, 21 November”.
“It will be a private ceremony for family members and will not be open to media,” it said. Read more
Queen has sprained back and will miss Remembrance Sunday service at Cenotaph (Independent)
The Queen has sprained her back and is not able to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.
Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch made the decision on Sunday morning “with great regret” and is “disappointed” to miss the event.
It is understood the Queen’s back sprain is unrelated to her doctor’s recent advice to rest.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph. Read more
Sudan: Security forces fire on anti-coup protesters, 1 dead (DW)
Sudanese security forces reportedly used live ammunition on protesters on Saturday, killing one person and injuring a number of others in the central city of Omdurman.
“One protester was killed in Omdurman by the bullets of the putschist military council,” the Central Committee for Sudanese Doctors said in a statement.
Pro-democracy protesters were again on the streets of capital Khartoum and nearby Omdurman on Saturday. They were voicing opposition to the military’s formation of a new ruling council that sidelined the civilian coalition.
Earlier, Reuters news agency reported that security forces chased protesters through Omdurman — situated on the western bank of the Nile, just opposite the capital. Read more
“Mainstream” director Gia Coppola says Andrew Garfield needed ‘no convincing’ to run naked down Hollywood Boulevard (Metro)
For viewers of Gia Coppola’s latest feature film, Mainstream, one particular scene will no doubt stand out – Andrew Garfield running naked down Hollywood Boulevard wearing nothing but a fake penis.
While the prospect of shooting such a scene might send many actors cowering and hiring a body double, the director has revealed it was actually Andrew’s idea to do multiple takes to nail the shot.
Gia told Metro.co.uk: ‘No, surprisingly [he didn’t take much convincing], which was great! I mean, I was the one that was really nervous and scared.
‘I was trying to find ways to make it more tame and put it on a quiet street, but I was like, “it’s not gonna serve the scene, it needs to be outrageous.” Read more
Taylor Swift recalls texting Phoebe Bridgers to ask her to collaborate (NME)
Taylor Swift has recalled the moment she reached out to Phoebe Bridgers to ask her to collaborate on ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’.
Yesterday (November 12) Swift released a re-recording of her 2012 fourth album, which arrived with a series of “From The Vault” bonus tracks.
Bridgers appears on the song ‘Nothing New’, with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton contributing to ‘Run’ and ‘I Bet You Think About Me’ respectively.
During an interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Swift hailed Bridgers as “one of my favourite artists in the world”, adding: “If she sings it, I will listen to it. I just love her voice.” She then explained how her team-up with the ‘Punisher’ musician came about. Read more
Trump tops Biden by 11 points in new Iowa poll (Hill)
Former President Trump leads President Biden by 11 points in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup in Iowa, according to a new poll.
The survey, conducted by Selzer & Co and Des Moines Register/Mediacom, found that 51 percent of likely Iowa voters would support Trump in the 2024 election and 40 percent said they would back Biden.
Four percent of respondents said they would not vote for either of the candidates, and 5 percent said they remain unsure.
Trump won Iowa and its six Electoral College votes in 2020 by 8.2 percentage points. He also won the Hawkeye State in 2016, besting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 9.4 points. Read more
WCQ: Minister salutes Super Eagles, calls for focus against Cape Verde (Leadership)
The minister of youth and sports minister, Sunday Dare, has commended the Super Eagles for their 2-0 win over Liberia in Saturday’s 2022 World Cup qualifier match in Morocco.
Two goals from the penalty spot in each half of the match set the Eagles closer to the final round of the Africa’s World Cup qualifiers.
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Captain Ahmed Musa scored the two goals of the encounter to keep the three time African champions in control of their Group C ahead of the tantalizing final group match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday.
The minister described the victory in Morocco as a moral boost, urging the team to remain focus.
“Winning away from home should boost your morale ahead of the all-important clash against Cape Verde on Tuesday. I congratulate the entire team for the professional performance. Read more
Clippers torch Timberwolves again, Herro gets hot as Heat hold off Jazz (Guardian)
Paul George ignited Los Angeles’ offense by scoring a game-high 23 points as the Clippers won their seventh straight game with a 129-102 NBA victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.
Reggie Jackson added 21 points for the Clippers, who beat the Timberwolves for the third time in 11 days in front of a crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center arena in downtown Los Angeles.
Ivica Zubac and Isaiah Hartenstein both put up double-doubles for the Clippers, who took advantage of a tired Timberwolves team one night after Minnesota clobbered the Los Angeles Lakers on the same court.
Zubac had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Hartenstein tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe had 14 points and nine assists and George also had nine rebounds for the Clippers in the win. Read more
Ondo’s Joy Abiye wins Lagos Women’s Run 2021 (Nation)
Joy Abiye of Ondo State returned a time of 33:41:4 to win the just concluded 10km Lagos Women Run 2021 in Lagos, receiving a cash prize of N1 million.
The event, in its 6th edition, saw no fewer than 50,000 women from all over the world registering for the event, which flagged off at exactly 7.00 am at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, and culminated at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos Island.
Medical checkups were conducted for the athletes before they started, including aerobic warm-ups, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
The front runners began arrived at the finish line at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, to be met by passionate fans and a medical team that whisked them off the track. Read more
Stephen Curry makes NBA history as Golden State Warriors star breaks Ray Allen’s all-time record (DailyMail)
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry wrote himself into NBA’s lore on Friday night as he set a new all-time record for three-pointers made.
The 33-year-old shot 9-of-17 from behind the arc in the Warriors’ 119-93 win at home over the Chicago Bulls, taking his tally of three pointers made in regular season and playoff games to 3,366.
Curry, the reigning NBA scoring champion, entered the game against the Bulls trailing Ray Allen’s all-time record by a single three-pointer and reached the milestone two minutes into the game.
Allen, a two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star, made 3,358 three-pointers over 18 seasons in the league up to his retirement at the end of the 2013-14 season. Read more
Norwich offer manager’s job to Dean Smith after Frank Lampard pulls out (Guardian)
Norwich City have offered the vacant manager’s job to Dean Smith. The Premier League’s bottom club have moved on quickly after Frank Lampard pulled out of the race to succeed Daniel Farke and they believe that Smith is capable of saving them from relegation.
Norwich have held positive talks with the 50-year-old, who could make a swift return to management after his sacking by Aston Villa earlier this week, although the deal is not done yet. Smith, who would be expected to make Craig Shakespeare his No 2, must decide whether he needs time to recharge his batteries following his departure from Villa.
Norwich, who sacked Farke last weekend, will hope to have a new manager in place by the time they host Southampton next Saturday. The Carrow Road club spoke to Lampard on Thursday, but the former Chelsea and Derby manager decided that the job was not for him. Lampard, who has not worked since being sacked by Chelsea last January, did not feel that jumping into a relegation battle would have been right for his career.
That has left Smith as the obvious candidate to replace Farke. Smith, who boasts vast experience of the lower leagues after spells with Brentford and Walsall, has an impressive CV. He was appointed by Villa in October 2018 and made an instant impact, lifting his boyhood club back into the Premier League at the end of his first season. Read more
Micah Richards defends Harry Maguire’s ‘real passion’ after Roy Keane slams ‘embarrassing’ Man United captain (EveningStandard)
Micah Richards has hit out at those criticising Harry Maguire for his celebration after scoring in England’s 5-0 win over Albania.
The Man United captain cupped his ears after opening the scoring for his country, seemingly in reference to the comments he has faced after a difficult spell for his club.
Roy Keane was less than impressed with the celebration, labelling it “embarrassing” and claiming that Maguire has been “a disgrace” over the past few months for Man United.
Maguire has been part of a defence that has conceded four goals to Leicester, five to Liverpool, and two to Man City in recent weeks. Read more
Zinedine Zidane’s conditions for taking Man Utd job as he makes feelings clear (Mirror)
Manchester United have reportedly not approached Zinedine Zidane as the highly-rated manager continues to be linked with the Old Trafford job.
The former Real Madrid boss is one of the leading contenders to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose United future is up in the air.
Zidane is currently out of work after leaving Madrid in the summer and given his track record of winning trophies, he would be a top drawer candidate for United if they part ways with Solskjaer.
But the Red Devils have not entered discussions with the Frenchman, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. Read more