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  •  Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin on Sunday began their 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup campaign with a 3 0 win over visiting AS Douanes of Niger Republic The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match a first leg match in the preliminary round of the competition was played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos Kwara United drew the first blood in the fifth minute when Samson Paul followed up Wasiu Jimoh s rebound effort to tap home at close range The hosts controlled most of the proceedings and were dictating the pace of the game with Issa Gata leading with his mesmerising display in the middle of the pack The centre referee awarded a penalty kick in the 17th minute when a player of AS Douanes was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the goal area Jimoh scored the penalty kick even though the visitors goalkeeper Omar Halidou got the direction But the ball was too fast for him to stop the match s second goal from being recorded in the 18th minute Kwara United maintained their dominance of the match and kept the pressure on for most part of the first 45 minutes With four minutes left on the clock before the break Kwara United added the third goal of the match Gata won possession in the dangerous area before gaining advantage to score with a powerful shot Even though rain affected the flow of the game in the first half the second half was more competitive as the visitors troubled the hosts in the midfield The visitors attempts to reduce the tally was always thwarted by the resilient efforts of the duo of Ayodeji Bamidele and Abiodun Adebayo in the Kwara United defence NAN reports that the return leg match will hold at the G n ral Seyni Kountch Stadion or Stade Municipal in Niamey Niger Republic next Sunday The winners over the two legs will face Moroccan side Berkane who are the current holders of the Confederation Cup title This is Kwara United FC s third appearance in CAF competitions having played in the CAF Cup in the 19992000 and 20062007 seasons Kwara United FC finished fourth in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season and joined Remo Stars to represent Nigeria in the 20222023 Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Confederation Cup: Kwara United beat Niger Republic’s AS Douanes 3-0
     Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin on Sunday began their 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup campaign with a 3 0 win over visiting AS Douanes of Niger Republic The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match a first leg match in the preliminary round of the competition was played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos Kwara United drew the first blood in the fifth minute when Samson Paul followed up Wasiu Jimoh s rebound effort to tap home at close range The hosts controlled most of the proceedings and were dictating the pace of the game with Issa Gata leading with his mesmerising display in the middle of the pack The centre referee awarded a penalty kick in the 17th minute when a player of AS Douanes was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the goal area Jimoh scored the penalty kick even though the visitors goalkeeper Omar Halidou got the direction But the ball was too fast for him to stop the match s second goal from being recorded in the 18th minute Kwara United maintained their dominance of the match and kept the pressure on for most part of the first 45 minutes With four minutes left on the clock before the break Kwara United added the third goal of the match Gata won possession in the dangerous area before gaining advantage to score with a powerful shot Even though rain affected the flow of the game in the first half the second half was more competitive as the visitors troubled the hosts in the midfield The visitors attempts to reduce the tally was always thwarted by the resilient efforts of the duo of Ayodeji Bamidele and Abiodun Adebayo in the Kwara United defence NAN reports that the return leg match will hold at the G n ral Seyni Kountch Stadion or Stade Municipal in Niamey Niger Republic next Sunday The winners over the two legs will face Moroccan side Berkane who are the current holders of the Confederation Cup title This is Kwara United FC s third appearance in CAF competitions having played in the CAF Cup in the 19992000 and 20062007 seasons Kwara United FC finished fourth in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season and joined Remo Stars to represent Nigeria in the 20222023 Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Confederation Cup: Kwara United beat Niger Republic’s AS Douanes 3-0
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    CAF Confederation Cup: Kwara United beat Niger Republic’s AS Douanes 3-0

    Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin on Sunday began their 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over visiting AS Douanes of Niger Republic.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match, a first leg match in the preliminary round of the competition, was played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.

    Kwara United drew the first blood in the fifth minute when Samson Paul followed up Wasiu Jimoh’s rebound effort to tap home at close range.

    The hosts controlled most of the proceedings and were dictating the pace of the game with Issa Gata leading with his mesmerising display in the middle of the pack.

    The centre referee awarded a penalty kick in the 17th minute when a player of AS Douanes was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the goal area.

    Jimoh scored the penalty kick, even though the visitors’ goalkeeper Omar Halidou got the direction.

    But the ball was too fast for him to stop the match’s second goal from being recorded in the 18th minute.

    Kwara United maintained their dominance of the match and kept the pressure on for most part of the first 45 minutes.

    With four minutes left on the clock before the break, Kwara United added the third goal of the match.

    Gata won possession in the dangerous area before gaining advantage to score with a powerful shot.

    Even though rain affected the flow of the game in the first half, the second half was more competitive as the visitors troubled the hosts in the midfield.

    The visitors’ attempts to reduce the tally was always thwarted by the resilient efforts of the duo of Ayodeji Bamidele and Abiodun Adebayo in the Kwara United defence.

    NAN reports that the return leg match will hold at the Général Seyni Kountché Stadion or Stade Municipal in Niamey, Niger Republic next Sunday.

    The winners over the two legs will face Moroccan side Berkane, who are the current holders of the Confederation Cup title.

    This is Kwara United FC’s third appearance in CAF competitions, having played in the CAF Cup in the 19992000 and 20062007 seasons.

    Kwara United FC finished fourth in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, and joined Remo Stars to represent Nigeria in the 20222023 Confederation Cup.(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Tinubu Support Group a political pressure group says Nigeria will witness great transformation if Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is elected as the president in 2023 poll Mr Tosin Adeyanju an official of the group said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday Adeyanju said that Tinubu would ensure growth and development of the country if elected He said that although Nigeria was faced with challenges arising from insecurity youths unemployment and inadequate funding of the education and health sectors there was hope for the country under Tinubu There is a prospect for a new Nigeria amidst her enormous challenges particularly with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his Vice Presidential running mate Sen Kashim Shettima Adeyanju said He said if Tinubu could transform Lagos State into a Mega City and leave behind records that were yet to be beaten he could transform Nigeria to a great nation Tinubu and Shettima have what it takes in terms of intellectual capacity experience expertise and exposure required to paddle the Nigeria ship towards prosperity Nigeria will be great again however there is need for all Nigerians to keep hope alive and to continue praying for the development of the country in the interest of all he added He expressed optimism that Nigeria would be great under a Tinubu presidency going by his antecedence as Lagos State Governor According to him Tinubu s antecedence in Lagos while serving as governor for two terms is a testimony that he could turn around Nigeria s situation for better if elected as the country s next president ABI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ‘ll witness great transformation under Tinubu: Group
     The Tinubu Support Group a political pressure group says Nigeria will witness great transformation if Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is elected as the president in 2023 poll Mr Tosin Adeyanju an official of the group said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday Adeyanju said that Tinubu would ensure growth and development of the country if elected He said that although Nigeria was faced with challenges arising from insecurity youths unemployment and inadequate funding of the education and health sectors there was hope for the country under Tinubu There is a prospect for a new Nigeria amidst her enormous challenges particularly with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his Vice Presidential running mate Sen Kashim Shettima Adeyanju said He said if Tinubu could transform Lagos State into a Mega City and leave behind records that were yet to be beaten he could transform Nigeria to a great nation Tinubu and Shettima have what it takes in terms of intellectual capacity experience expertise and exposure required to paddle the Nigeria ship towards prosperity Nigeria will be great again however there is need for all Nigerians to keep hope alive and to continue praying for the development of the country in the interest of all he added He expressed optimism that Nigeria would be great under a Tinubu presidency going by his antecedence as Lagos State Governor According to him Tinubu s antecedence in Lagos while serving as governor for two terms is a testimony that he could turn around Nigeria s situation for better if elected as the country s next president ABI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ‘ll witness great transformation under Tinubu: Group
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    Nigeria ‘ll witness great transformation under Tinubu: Group

    The Tinubu Support Group, a political pressure group, says Nigeria will witness great transformation if Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is elected as the president in 2023 poll.

    Mr Tosin Adeyanju, an official of the group, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

    Adeyanju said that Tinubu would ensure growth and development of the country if elected.

    He said that although Nigeria was faced with challenges arising from insecurity, youths unemployment and inadequate funding of the education and health sectors, there was hope for the country under Tinubu.

    “There is a prospect for a new Nigeria amidst her enormous challenges, particularly with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his Vice-Presidential running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima,”Adeyanju said.

    He said if Tinubu could transform Lagos State into a Mega City and leave behind records that were yet to be beaten, he could transform Nigeria to a great nation.

    “Tinubu and Shettima have what it takes in terms of intellectual capacity, experience, expertise and exposure required to paddle the Nigeria ship towards prosperity.

    “Nigeria will be great again, however, there is need for all Nigerians to keep hope alive and to continue praying for the development of the country in the interest of all,‘’ he added.

    He expressed optimism that Nigeria would be great under a Tinubu presidency, going by his antecedence as Lagos State Governor.

    According to him, Tinubu’s antecedence in Lagos while serving as governor for two-terms, is a testimony that he could turn around Nigeria’s situation for better if elected as the country’s next president.

    ABI
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  •  The Oba of Benin His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II has commended President Muhammadu Buhari s position in the preservation of cultural ethos and traditional institution in Nigeria Oba Ewuare made the commendation during a private meeting with the Ooni of Ife His imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi j j II and the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero at the weekend in his palace in Benin Edo The Oba recalled failed attempts by cultural imperialists to disrupt the traditions in Africa including Benin Kingdom wherein the invaders looted Benin Bronzes over a century ago He however expressed thanks to God and his forebears that some of the artefacts looted by the invaders and taken away had started returning to their original abode The traditional ruler also acknowledged the president Buhari s role with the support of stakeholders in the preservation of the traditional institution which he said had remained intact Oba Ewuare said When the white man came and tried to disrupt our traditional institution you will all agree with me that they failed So they left our traditional institution intact That is why we are still here They took away our artefacts to remind them of their visit But the artefacts are coming back I want to use this opportunity to thank Mr President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong stance in supporting the culture and the traditional institution Preserving the Culture of Nigeria and so many other things We may not know what His Excellency has done for use Nigerians will know perhaps later Oba Ewuare said Addressing the Benin throne the Ooni while recalling the ancestral ties between Benin Kingdom and Ile Ife in Osun revealed that his mission to Oba of Benin palace was to ask after the welfare of Oba Ewuare II and to extend the best wishes of his people On his part the Emir paid tribute to the Benin throne and promised to sustain the legacies of his forebears as well as straighten the bond of friendship between Benin Kingdom and Kano Emirate www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oba Ewuare hosts Ooni, Emir of Kano, commends Buhari’s cultural exploits 
     The Oba of Benin His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II has commended President Muhammadu Buhari s position in the preservation of cultural ethos and traditional institution in Nigeria Oba Ewuare made the commendation during a private meeting with the Ooni of Ife His imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi j j II and the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero at the weekend in his palace in Benin Edo The Oba recalled failed attempts by cultural imperialists to disrupt the traditions in Africa including Benin Kingdom wherein the invaders looted Benin Bronzes over a century ago He however expressed thanks to God and his forebears that some of the artefacts looted by the invaders and taken away had started returning to their original abode The traditional ruler also acknowledged the president Buhari s role with the support of stakeholders in the preservation of the traditional institution which he said had remained intact Oba Ewuare said When the white man came and tried to disrupt our traditional institution you will all agree with me that they failed So they left our traditional institution intact That is why we are still here They took away our artefacts to remind them of their visit But the artefacts are coming back I want to use this opportunity to thank Mr President Muhammadu Buhari for his strong stance in supporting the culture and the traditional institution Preserving the Culture of Nigeria and so many other things We may not know what His Excellency has done for use Nigerians will know perhaps later Oba Ewuare said Addressing the Benin throne the Ooni while recalling the ancestral ties between Benin Kingdom and Ile Ife in Osun revealed that his mission to Oba of Benin palace was to ask after the welfare of Oba Ewuare II and to extend the best wishes of his people On his part the Emir paid tribute to the Benin throne and promised to sustain the legacies of his forebears as well as straighten the bond of friendship between Benin Kingdom and Kano Emirate www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oba Ewuare hosts Ooni, Emir of Kano, commends Buhari’s cultural exploits 
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    Oba Ewuare hosts Ooni, Emir of Kano, commends Buhari’s cultural exploits 

    The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s position in the preservation of cultural ethos and traditional institution in Nigeria.

    Oba Ewuare made the commendation during a private meeting with the Ooni of Ife, His imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ọjájá II); and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero at the weekend in his palace in Benin, Edo.The Oba recalled failed attempts by cultural imperialists to disrupt the traditions in Africa, including Benin Kingdom wherein the invaders looted Benin Bronzes over a century ago.

    He, however,  expressed thanks to God and his forebears that some of the artefacts looted by the invaders and taken away had started returning to their original abode.

    The traditional ruler also acknowledged the president Buhari’s role with the support of stakeholders in the preservation of the traditional institution, which he said had remained intact.

    Oba Ewuare said, “When the white man came and tried to disrupt our traditional institution, you will all agree with me that they failed.

    So, they left our traditional institution intact.

    That is why we are still here.

    “They took away our artefacts to remind them of their visit.

    But the artefacts are coming back.

    ” I want to use this opportunity to thank Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari for his strong stance in supporting the culture and the traditional institution; Preserving the Culture of Nigeria and so many other things.

    “We may not know what His Excellency has done for use — Nigerians will know perhaps later,” Oba Ewuare said.

    Addressing the Benin throne, the Ooni, while recalling the ancestral ties between Benin Kingdom and Ile Ife in Osun, revealed that his mission to Oba of Benin palace was to ask after the welfare of Oba Ewuare II and to extend the best wishes of his people.

    On his part, the Emir paid tribute to the Benin throne and promised to sustain the legacies of his forebears as well as straighten the bond of friendship between Benin Kingdom and Kano Emirate.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  • Xi congratulates King Charles III on accession to British throne
    Xi congratulates King Charles III on accession to British throne
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    Xi congratulates King Charles III on accession to British throne

  •  Flooding caused by the collapse of a mine dam wall in South Africa s Free State province swept away houses and cars on Sunday the provincial government said The flooding killed one person and injured 40 others who have been taken to hospital for treatment The provincial government said emergency services were evacuating scores of residents from the area Some members of the community were forced to escape with only the clothes on their backs the department was quoted as saying The incident also resulted in a power cut in Jagersfontein as the substation powering it was submerged in mud Officials said they were working to restore power at the earliest yet stressing that it was not possible to provide a clear timeframe for when it could be restored Those injured included one pregnant woman as well as four whose limbs were fractured The search and rescue efforts remained ongoing according to a statement by the government The office of the Free State Premier said a report detailing the circumstances surrounding the incident was being prepared The mine was once owned by global diamond mining giant De Beers The company sold it to Superkolong Consortium in 2010 At the time De Beers said the mine sourced some of the largest gems in the world during the century it operated from 1870 to 1971 The New York based Human Rights Watch HRW said in a report released last July that over 6 000 abandoned mines exist in South Africa posing a threat to the communities around them YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    South Africa mine dam wall collapses, killing 1, injuring 40
     Flooding caused by the collapse of a mine dam wall in South Africa s Free State province swept away houses and cars on Sunday the provincial government said The flooding killed one person and injured 40 others who have been taken to hospital for treatment The provincial government said emergency services were evacuating scores of residents from the area Some members of the community were forced to escape with only the clothes on their backs the department was quoted as saying The incident also resulted in a power cut in Jagersfontein as the substation powering it was submerged in mud Officials said they were working to restore power at the earliest yet stressing that it was not possible to provide a clear timeframe for when it could be restored Those injured included one pregnant woman as well as four whose limbs were fractured The search and rescue efforts remained ongoing according to a statement by the government The office of the Free State Premier said a report detailing the circumstances surrounding the incident was being prepared The mine was once owned by global diamond mining giant De Beers The company sold it to Superkolong Consortium in 2010 At the time De Beers said the mine sourced some of the largest gems in the world during the century it operated from 1870 to 1971 The New York based Human Rights Watch HRW said in a report released last July that over 6 000 abandoned mines exist in South Africa posing a threat to the communities around them YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    South Africa mine dam wall collapses, killing 1, injuring 40
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    South Africa mine dam wall collapses, killing 1, injuring 40

    Flooding caused by the collapse of a mine dam wall in South Africa’s Free State province swept away houses and cars on Sunday, the provincial government said.

    The flooding killed one person and injured 40 others who have been taken to hospital for treatment.

    The provincial government said emergency services were evacuating scores of residents from the area.

    Some members of the community were forced to “escape with only the clothes on their backs,” the department was quoted as saying.

    The incident also resulted in a power cut in Jagersfontein, as the substation powering it was submerged in mud.

    Officials said they were working to restore power at the earliest, yet stressing that it was not possible to provide a clear timeframe for when it could be restored.

    Those injured included one pregnant woman, as well as four whose limbs were fractured.

    The search and rescue efforts remained ongoing, according to a statement by the government.

    The office of the Free State Premier said a report detailing the circumstances surrounding the incident was being prepared.

    The mine was once owned by global diamond mining giant De Beers.

    The company sold it to Superkolong Consortium in 2010. At the time, De Beers said the mine sourced some of the largest gems in the world during the century it operated — from 1870 to 1971. The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released last July that over 6,000 abandoned mines exist in South Africa, posing a threat to the communities around them.

    YEE(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  PA Scottish mourners paid tribute to Britain s queen Elizabeth II by lining the route of her coffin procession in their thousands as she left Balmoral for the last time Silent sombre and respectful well wishers gathered beside country roads bridges and in village and city centres to say goodbye to the woman who was never more at home then when in Scotland By the time the procession reached its destination of Edinburgh s Palace of Holyroodhouse after more than six hours the crowds were 10 deep in places on the famous Royal Mile a famous thoroughfare the queen knew well The queen s children and their spouses Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace In a touching gesture deference to the monarch was still observed with the royal women curtseying and the men bowing their heads As the procession neared its end flowers were thrown in front of the hearse from William Purvis a family run funeral directors based in Scotland and spontaneous applause broke out from sections of the crowds in the Royal Mile At one point as the cortege travelled through Dundee a lone long stemmed flower could be seen on the hearse windscreen and in a rural part of the route farmers paid homage to the queen with tractors lined up in a field The queen did not travel alone during her 180 mile journey Anne and her husband were in a limousine as part of a procession directly behind her First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the queen when her final journey through the Scottish Highlands began just after 10 am 0900 GMT Sturgeon said in a tweet A sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty The Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the final time Today as she makes her journey to Edinburgh Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman The queen s oak coffin draped with the royal standard of Scotland with a wreath of Balmoral flowers on top began its journey from the queen s summer sanctuary in the Highlands and the first settlement it reached was Ballater Locals from Ballater considered the queen a neighbour with the monarch and her family often seen in the village in Royal Deeside which she had visited since childhood and where the monarchy have space to be themselves Hundreds lined the village s main street as the queen s coffin was driven slowly past and behind the well wishers many shops displayed photographs of the queen as a mark of respect The hearse passed Glenmuick Church where the Reverend David Barr rang the church bells 70 times after the queen s death was announced Flowers were thrown into its path by villagers on both sides of the road in Ballater which was sombre and silent The hearse slowed to a fast walking pace and mourners could clearly see the royal standard draped coffin and the wreath featuring flowers from the Balmoral estate including sweet peas one of the queen s favourite flowers dahlias phlox white heather and pine fir Elizabeth Taylor from Aberdeen had tears in her eyes as she considered what she had just seen She said It was very emotional It was respectful and showed what they think of the queen She certainly gave service to this country even up until a few days before her death YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Thousands line Queen’s coffin route to pay final respects in Scotland
     PA Scottish mourners paid tribute to Britain s queen Elizabeth II by lining the route of her coffin procession in their thousands as she left Balmoral for the last time Silent sombre and respectful well wishers gathered beside country roads bridges and in village and city centres to say goodbye to the woman who was never more at home then when in Scotland By the time the procession reached its destination of Edinburgh s Palace of Holyroodhouse after more than six hours the crowds were 10 deep in places on the famous Royal Mile a famous thoroughfare the queen knew well The queen s children and their spouses Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace In a touching gesture deference to the monarch was still observed with the royal women curtseying and the men bowing their heads As the procession neared its end flowers were thrown in front of the hearse from William Purvis a family run funeral directors based in Scotland and spontaneous applause broke out from sections of the crowds in the Royal Mile At one point as the cortege travelled through Dundee a lone long stemmed flower could be seen on the hearse windscreen and in a rural part of the route farmers paid homage to the queen with tractors lined up in a field The queen did not travel alone during her 180 mile journey Anne and her husband were in a limousine as part of a procession directly behind her First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the queen when her final journey through the Scottish Highlands began just after 10 am 0900 GMT Sturgeon said in a tweet A sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty The Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the final time Today as she makes her journey to Edinburgh Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman The queen s oak coffin draped with the royal standard of Scotland with a wreath of Balmoral flowers on top began its journey from the queen s summer sanctuary in the Highlands and the first settlement it reached was Ballater Locals from Ballater considered the queen a neighbour with the monarch and her family often seen in the village in Royal Deeside which she had visited since childhood and where the monarchy have space to be themselves Hundreds lined the village s main street as the queen s coffin was driven slowly past and behind the well wishers many shops displayed photographs of the queen as a mark of respect The hearse passed Glenmuick Church where the Reverend David Barr rang the church bells 70 times after the queen s death was announced Flowers were thrown into its path by villagers on both sides of the road in Ballater which was sombre and silent The hearse slowed to a fast walking pace and mourners could clearly see the royal standard draped coffin and the wreath featuring flowers from the Balmoral estate including sweet peas one of the queen s favourite flowers dahlias phlox white heather and pine fir Elizabeth Taylor from Aberdeen had tears in her eyes as she considered what she had just seen She said It was very emotional It was respectful and showed what they think of the queen She certainly gave service to this country even up until a few days before her death YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Thousands line Queen’s coffin route to pay final respects in Scotland
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    Thousands line Queen’s coffin route to pay final respects in Scotland

    PA ) Scottish mourners paid tribute to Britain’s queen Elizabeth II by lining the route of her coffin procession in their thousands as she left Balmoral for the last time.

    Silent, sombre, and respectful, well-wishers gathered beside country roads, bridges and in village and city centres to say goodbye to the woman who was never more at home then when in Scotland.

    By the time the procession reached its destination of Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse, after more than six hours, the crowds were 10 deep in places on the famous Royal Mile, a famous thoroughfare the queen knew well.

    The queen’s children and their spouses – Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie – watched as soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland carried the coffin into the palace.

    In a touching gesture, deference to the monarch was still observed, with the royal women curtseying and the men bowing their heads.

    As the procession neared its end, flowers were thrown in front of the hearse – from William Purvis, a family run funeral directors based in Scotland – and spontaneous applause broke out from sections of the crowds in the Royal Mile. At one point, as the cortege travelled through Dundee, a lone long-stemmed flower could be seen on the hearse windscreen and in a rural part of the route farmers paid homage to the queen with tractors lined up in a field.

    The queen did not travel alone during her 180-mile journey.

    Anne and her husband were in a limousine as part of a procession directly behind her.

    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the queen when her final journey through the Scottish Highlands began just after 10 am (0900 GMT).

    Sturgeon said in a tweet: “A sad and poignant moment as Her Majesty, The Queen leaves her beloved Balmoral for the final time.

    “Today, as she makes her journey to Edinburgh, Scotland will pay tribute to an extraordinary woman.

    ” The queen’s oak coffin, draped with the royal standard of Scotland with a wreath of Balmoral flowers on top, began its journey from the queen’s summer sanctuary in the Highlands and the first settlement it reached was Ballater.

    Locals from Ballater considered the queen a neighbour with the monarch and her family often seen in the village in Royal Deeside, which she had visited since childhood and where the monarchy have space to be themselves.

    Hundreds lined the village’s main street as the queen’s coffin was driven slowly past, and behind the well-wishers many shops displayed photographs of the queen as a mark of respect.

    The hearse passed Glenmuick Church, where the Reverend David Barr rang the church bells 70 times after the queen’s death was announced.

    Flowers were thrown into its path by villagers on both sides of the road in Ballater, which was sombre and silent.

    The hearse slowed to a fast walking pace and mourners could clearly see the royal standard-draped coffin and the wreath featuring flowers from the Balmoral estate, including sweet peas – one of the queen’s favourite flowers – dahlias, phlox, white heather and pine fir.

    Elizabeth Taylor, from Aberdeen, had tears in her eyes as she considered what she had just seen.

    She said: “It was very emotional.

    It was respectful and showed what they think of the queen.

    “She certainly gave service to this country, even up until a few days before her death.

    ” YEE(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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    Al-Qaeda release book on planning for the Sept. 11 attacks

  •  The Securities and Exchange Commission SEC says operationalising crowdfunding will accelerate financial inclusion agenda of the country and boost Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs This is contained in a statement by the SEC Executive Commissioner Operations Mr Dayo Obisan on Sunday in Abuja Obisan said that crowdfunding could also increase the quantum of investible funds by unlocking the untapped capital in the economy According to him crowdfunding platforms are websites that enable interaction between fundraisers and the crowd He said that crowdfunding had garnered a lot of attention from regulators across jurisdictions because of its potentials to further financial inclusion efforts He said that the commission s rules governing crowdfunding became effective on January 2021 with the main objective of investor safety The executive commissioner described crowdfunding as a new phenomenon growing popularity in the country He noted that the platform was an innovative source of finance that provided MSMEs with start ups This is to raise awareness for Nigerians on crowdfunding as a funding mechanism for start ups and MSMES to enlighten them on experiences and lessons on crowdfunding from other jurisdictions This is to also let the people know that it is an alternative way of investment and financing of businesses It is strongly believed that the capital market has a leading role to play in this regard by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to map out strategies for deepening the market through financial inclusion he said Mrs Elizabeth Howard the President African Crowd Funding Association said that crowdfunding was the use of small amounts of money obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations to fund a project Howard said the small amount obtained from a large number of individuals could also be used to fund a business or personal loan and other needs through online web based platforms NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Crowdfunding to accelerate financial inclusion — SEC
     The Securities and Exchange Commission SEC says operationalising crowdfunding will accelerate financial inclusion agenda of the country and boost Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs This is contained in a statement by the SEC Executive Commissioner Operations Mr Dayo Obisan on Sunday in Abuja Obisan said that crowdfunding could also increase the quantum of investible funds by unlocking the untapped capital in the economy According to him crowdfunding platforms are websites that enable interaction between fundraisers and the crowd He said that crowdfunding had garnered a lot of attention from regulators across jurisdictions because of its potentials to further financial inclusion efforts He said that the commission s rules governing crowdfunding became effective on January 2021 with the main objective of investor safety The executive commissioner described crowdfunding as a new phenomenon growing popularity in the country He noted that the platform was an innovative source of finance that provided MSMEs with start ups This is to raise awareness for Nigerians on crowdfunding as a funding mechanism for start ups and MSMES to enlighten them on experiences and lessons on crowdfunding from other jurisdictions This is to also let the people know that it is an alternative way of investment and financing of businesses It is strongly believed that the capital market has a leading role to play in this regard by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to map out strategies for deepening the market through financial inclusion he said Mrs Elizabeth Howard the President African Crowd Funding Association said that crowdfunding was the use of small amounts of money obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations to fund a project Howard said the small amount obtained from a large number of individuals could also be used to fund a business or personal loan and other needs through online web based platforms NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Crowdfunding to accelerate financial inclusion — SEC
    Economy3 weeks ago

    Crowdfunding to accelerate financial inclusion — SEC

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says operationalising crowdfunding will accelerate financial inclusion agenda of the country and boost Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

    This is contained in a statement by the SEC Executive Commissioner, Operations, Mr Dayo Obisan, on Sunday in Abuja.

    Obisan said that crowdfunding could also increase the quantum of investible funds by unlocking the untapped capital in the economy.

    According to him, crowdfunding platforms are websites that enable interaction between fundraisers and the crowd.

    He said that crowdfunding had garnered a lot of attention from regulators across jurisdictions because of its potentials to further financial inclusion efforts.

    He said that the commission’s rules governing crowdfunding became effective on January 2021, with the main objective of “investor safety”.

    The executive commissioner described crowdfunding as a new phenomenon growing popularity in the country.

    He noted that the platform was an innovative source of finance that provided MSMEs with start-ups.

    ”This is to raise awareness for Nigerians on crowdfunding as a funding mechanism for start-ups and MSMES, to enlighten them on experiences and lessons on crowdfunding from other jurisdictions.

    ”This is to also let the people know that it is an alternative way of investment and financing of businesses.

    “It is strongly believed that the capital market has a leading role to play in this regard by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to map out strategies for deepening the market through financial inclusion,” he said.

    Mrs Elizabeth Howard, the President, African Crowd Funding Association, said that crowdfunding was the use of small amounts of money, obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations to fund a project.

    Howard said the small amount obtained from a large number of individuals could also be used to fund a business or personal loan and other needs through online web based platforms.


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  •  A cocoa company Barry Callebaut Nigeria has unveiled a reward initiative to celebrate farmers with high level of commitment in promoting sustainable cocoa farming in the country The Managing Director of the company Mr Adriaan Verbeke said this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barry Callebaut Nigeria is world s leading manufacturer of high quality chocolate and cocoa products Verbeke said that the company would be offering a premium to cocoa farmers under its Cocoa Horizons programme to improve their livelihood He said that the company would pay an additional premium totaling N26 million under the programme for deliveries of sustainable cocoa beans in Ondo and Cross River states during the 20212022 season Verbeke added that the programme would be extended to other regions of the country This significant initiative is in line with the objectives of our cocoa horizons programme aimed at improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities This is through the promotion of sustainable entrepreneurial farming improved productivity and community development Through the cocoa horizon Barry Callebaut will continue to work closely with local farmers on how to improve their yields shun cocoa farming activities in protected areas and support zero child labour programmes he said Verbeke said that over 1 000 farmers in Akure and Ikom recently participated in awareness raising training courses which addressed critical child labour NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chocolate firm pays N26m to cocoa farmers to improve livelihood
     A cocoa company Barry Callebaut Nigeria has unveiled a reward initiative to celebrate farmers with high level of commitment in promoting sustainable cocoa farming in the country The Managing Director of the company Mr Adriaan Verbeke said this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barry Callebaut Nigeria is world s leading manufacturer of high quality chocolate and cocoa products Verbeke said that the company would be offering a premium to cocoa farmers under its Cocoa Horizons programme to improve their livelihood He said that the company would pay an additional premium totaling N26 million under the programme for deliveries of sustainable cocoa beans in Ondo and Cross River states during the 20212022 season Verbeke added that the programme would be extended to other regions of the country This significant initiative is in line with the objectives of our cocoa horizons programme aimed at improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities This is through the promotion of sustainable entrepreneurial farming improved productivity and community development Through the cocoa horizon Barry Callebaut will continue to work closely with local farmers on how to improve their yields shun cocoa farming activities in protected areas and support zero child labour programmes he said Verbeke said that over 1 000 farmers in Akure and Ikom recently participated in awareness raising training courses which addressed critical child labour NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chocolate firm pays N26m to cocoa farmers to improve livelihood
    General news3 weeks ago

    Chocolate firm pays N26m to cocoa farmers to improve livelihood

    A cocoa company, Barry Callebaut Nigeria, has unveiled a reward initiative to celebrate farmers with high level of commitment in promoting sustainable cocoa farming in the country.

    The Managing Director of the company, Mr Adriaan Verbeke, said this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barry Callebaut Nigeria is world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products.

    Verbeke said that the company would be offering a premium to cocoa farmers under its Cocoa Horizons programme to improve their livelihood.

    He said that the company would pay an additional premium totaling N26 million under the programme for deliveries of sustainable cocoa beans in Ondo and Cross River states during the 20212022 season.

    Verbeke added that the programme would be extended to other regions of the country.

    “This significant initiative is in line with the objectives of our cocoa horizons programme aimed at improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities.

    “This is through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development.

    “Through the cocoa horizon, Barry Callebaut will continue to work closely with local farmers on how to improve their yields, shun cocoa farming activities in protected areas and support “zero child labour” programmes,” he said.

    Verbeke said that over 1,000 farmers in Akure and Ikom recently participated in awareness-raising training courses which addressed critical child labour.


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  •  A Gombe based Non Governmental Organisation NGO Masoyi Foundation has trained 500 women in different trades to create employment and reduce poverty in the state Malam Abba Hassan Founder and President of the organisation made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Sunday He said the beneficiaries had been exposed to catering services tailoring shoe and bag making and cosmetology He said the training was designed to cushion the effects of the harsh economic realities empower youth and women create jobs and enhance wealth creation in the society According to him the foundation has trained over 2 000 women and persons living with disabilities across the 11 local government areas of the state He urged the beneficiaries to register their businesses with cooperative societies to enable them to access loan facilities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group trains 500 Gombe women on skills acquisition
     A Gombe based Non Governmental Organisation NGO Masoyi Foundation has trained 500 women in different trades to create employment and reduce poverty in the state Malam Abba Hassan Founder and President of the organisation made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Sunday He said the beneficiaries had been exposed to catering services tailoring shoe and bag making and cosmetology He said the training was designed to cushion the effects of the harsh economic realities empower youth and women create jobs and enhance wealth creation in the society According to him the foundation has trained over 2 000 women and persons living with disabilities across the 11 local government areas of the state He urged the beneficiaries to register their businesses with cooperative societies to enable them to access loan facilities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group trains 500 Gombe women on skills acquisition
    General news3 weeks ago

    Group trains 500 Gombe women on skills acquisition

    A Gombe based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Masoyi Foundation has trained 500 women in different trades to create employment and reduce poverty in the state.

    Malam Abba Hassan, Founder and President of the organisation made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Sunday.

    He said the beneficiaries had been exposed to catering services, tailoring, shoe and bag making and cosmetology.

    He said the training was designed to cushion the effects of the harsh economic realities, empower youth and women, create jobs and enhance wealth creation in the society.

    According to him, the foundation has trained over 2,000 women and persons living with disabilities across the 11 local government areas of the state.

    He urged the beneficiaries to register their businesses with cooperative societies to enable them to access loan facilities.


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