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  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


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  •  Spectators flock to Iceland volcano
    Spectators flock to Iceland volcano
     Spectators flock to Iceland volcano
    Spectators flock to Iceland volcano
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Spectators flock to Iceland volcano

    Curious onlookers made their way Thursday to the site of a volcano erupting near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik to marvel at the bubbling lava, a day after the fissure appeared in an uninhabited valley.

    The eruption was around 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Reykjavik, near the site of the Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano in southwestern Iceland that spewed magma for six months between March and September 2021.

    While last year’s eruption was easily accessible on foot and drew more than 435,000 tourists, the new eruption is trickier to access, requiring a strenuous 90-minute hilly hike from the closest car park.

    Despite that, more than 1,830 people visited the site on the first day of the eruption, according to the Icelandic Tourist Board, and more visitors were seen trekking to the scene early Thursday.

    The fissure was estimated to be around 360 metres (1,181 feet) long, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said Thursday, with lava fountains about 10-15 metres high.

    The average lava flow in the first hours was estimated at 32 cubic metres per second, according to measurements done Wednesday at 1705 GMT — 3.

    5 hours after the eruption began — by scientists from the Institute of Earth Sciences.

    That is about four or five times more than at the beginning of last year’s eruption.

    “The current eruption is therefore much more powerful,” the Institute wrote in a Facebook post.

    The lava covered an area of about 74,000 square metres, it said.

    By comparison, last year’s six-month eruption saw 150 million cubic metres of lava spilled over 4.

    85 square kilometres.

    Officials had initially urged people to refrain from visiting the site until a danger assessment had been conducted.

    But on Thursday, the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said only that young children should not walk up to the eruption site.

    Gases from a volcanic eruption — especially sulphur dioxide — can be elevated in the immediate vicinity, may pose a danger to health and even be fatal.

    Gas pollution can also be carried by the wind.

    Mount Fagradalsfjall belongs to the Krysuvik volcanic system on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland.

    Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland has 32 volcanic systems currently considered active, the highest number in Europe.

    The country has had an eruption every five years on average.

  •  Iceland volcano erupts near capital
    Iceland volcano erupts near capital
     Iceland volcano erupts near capital
    Iceland volcano erupts near capital
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Iceland volcano erupts near capital

    A volcano erupted in Iceland near the capital Reykjavik on Wednesday, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) said as live images on local media showed lava spewing out of a fissure in the ground.

    [AD] The eruption was some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Reykjavik, near the site of the Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano that erupted for six months in March-September 2021, mesmerising tourists and spectators who flocked to the scene.

    “Eruption has started near Fagradalsfjall.

    Exact location has yet to be confirmed,” the IMO, which monitors seismic activity, wrote on Twitter.

    It later said the eruption started in the valley of “Meradalir, about 1.

    5 km north of Stora Hrut”.

    While there was no ash plume, the IMO said it was “possible that pollution can be detected due to the gas release”.

    No airline flights were currently affected, Iceland’s national airport authority told AFP.

    Mount Fagradalsfjall belongs to the Krysuvik volcanic system on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwestern Iceland.

    Iceland has 32 volcanic systems currently considered active, the highest number in Europe.

    The country has had an eruption every five years on average.

    The vast island near the Arctic Circle straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a crack on the ocean floor separating the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

    The shifting of these plates is in part responsible for Iceland’s intense volcanic activity.

  •  New rules on paid leave for both parents come into force in Denmark
    New rules on paid leave for both parents come into force in Denmark
     New rules on paid leave for both parents come into force in Denmark
    New rules on paid leave for both parents come into force in Denmark
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    New rules on paid leave for both parents come into force in Denmark

    New rules on the sharing of parental leave came into force in Denmark on Tuesday that provides for 11 weeks of paid leave for each parent.

    In addition, there would be 26 weeks that can be shared at will.

    In Denmark, parents are entitled to a total of 48 weeks of paid leave for both of them together.

    Until Tuesday, two were reserved for fathers and 14 for mothers.

    The new arrangement is the result of an agreement that parliament passed by a large majority in March.

    It follows a European Union (EU)’s directive of 2019, in terms which all member states must provide nine weeks of paid leave to each parent.

    Trade unions see the new arrangement as a major step toward improved job opportunities for mothers.

    Iceland, Sweden and Norway served as forerunners of the change.

    To date, Danish mothers have tended to take the largest share of paid parental leave.

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  •  EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
    EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
     EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
    EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    EU approves smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox

    The European Commission approved a monkeypox vaccine after the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency, the Danish drugmaker that developed the vaccine said on Monday.

    "The European Commission has extended the marketing authorization for the company's smallpox vaccine, Imvanex, to include protection against monkeypox," in line with a recommendation from the EU medicines watchdog, Bavarian Nordic said. it's a statement.

    "The approval...is valid in all member states of the European Union, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway."

    On Saturday, the WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak, which has affected almost 16,000 people in 72 countries, a global health emergency, the highest alarm that can be sounded.

    Imvanex has been approved in the EU since 2013 for the prevention of smallpox.

    A potential vaccine for monkeypox was also considered due to the similarity between the monkeypox virus and the smallpox virus.

    Monkeypox is less dangerous and contagious than smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980.

    The first symptoms of monkeypox are fever, headaches, muscle aches, and back pain over the course of five days.

    Later eruptions appear on the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet, followed by lesions, spots and finally scabs.

    An increase in monkeypox infections since early May has been reported outside West and Central African countries, where the disease has long been endemic.

    The EMA carries out a scientific evaluation of medicines and gives a recommendation on whether or not a medicine should be marketed.

    However, under EU law, the EMA does not have the authority to allow marketing in the different EU countries. The European Commission is the body that authorizes and makes a legally binding decision based on the EMA recommendation.

  •  Revenue generation FG lottery operators unveil national game
    Revenue generation: FG, lottery operators unveil national game
     Revenue generation FG lottery operators unveil national game
    Revenue generation: FG, lottery operators unveil national game
    General news4 weeks ago

    Revenue generation: FG, lottery operators unveil national game

    The Federal Government in partnership with Elrae Technologies Company on Monday launched the first ever National Game, meant to enhance revenue generation to sustain the country’s economy.

    The event which attracted lottery stakeholders from the country as well as representatives from other African countries like Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Niger Republic, is to add value to lottery sector and national development.

    The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Sen.

    George Akume, said the idea of the initiative had been planned since the enactment of the National Lottery Act in 2005 and the establishment of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).

    Akume said with the re-establishment of the ministry and his appointment as minister, he and other stakeholders recognized the need to implement the Nigeria National Game (NNG).

    “The most important benefits of the national game is that it translates to significant employment opportunities in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to all MDAs to initiate programmes that generate employment to our teeming youths.

    ” Most concerning is the proliferation of unregulated foreign games in Nigeria and export of revenues due to heavy patronage by Nigerians.

    “It is apparent that Nigeria needs its own national lottery brand, ” he said.

    According to him, stakeholders in the sector agreed that a national game would reposition the domestic lottery industry, better secure Nigerian players, enhance operational performance and deliver greater revenues to the government.

    He added that countries like Iceland with a population of about 1.5 million people and America, established a university solely built and run with proceeds of gaming.

    Also speaking, the Director-General NLRC, Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila, said the project, though had taken long time to manifest, would bring great impact to the national economy.

    “As you know we have a population of over two hundred million, our operators, our agents, players are participating in foreign games, so why can’t we have our own, ” he said.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Awuku, Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) Ghana expressed confidence in the game and readiness to assist Nigeria to achieve its best.

    “As pace-setters of the initiative in the sub-region, we at the National Lottery Authority Ghana are ever ready to lend you all the support you need.

    “NLA will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year with a number of activities to commemorate the event.

    The event will also deliberate on finding solutions to issues confronting the lottery industries in Africa as well as promoting best practices, ” he said.

    While launching the game, Femi  Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives, commended Sen.

    Akume and stakeholders for the initiative.

    He said lottery game was an avenue where government could raise vast sum of money for good courses to improve communities through infrastructural development.

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  •  WEF Afghanistan Pakistan fare worst at global gender gap index
    WEF: Afghanistan, Pakistan fare worst at global gender gap index
     WEF Afghanistan Pakistan fare worst at global gender gap index
    WEF: Afghanistan, Pakistan fare worst at global gender gap index
    Foreign1 month ago

    WEF: Afghanistan, Pakistan fare worst at global gender gap index

    World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday reported that Afghanistan, Pakistan are at the bottom of the global gender gap index for 2022, highlighting the lack of opportunities for women.

    Afghanistan, controlled by a de-facto Taliban government for almost a year, was the last of 146 countries on the index that measures economic participation, educational attainment, health and political survival of women.

    Pakistan, a neighbouring South Asian nation with an equally dismal record of gender parity, was just one step up at 145, the report said.

    Afghanistan and Pakistan are joined by their neighbour Iran among the five worst countries, while conflict-riddled African nations, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad, are also in the same bracket.

    On the top of the list was Iceland with Finland, Norway, New Zealand and Sweden, the report said.

    According to the report, the global gender gap has widened due to pandemic since 2020 and looming fears of a recession.

    At the current rate, it would take 132 more years to achieve gender parity, compared to an estimated 100 years in 2020. (

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  •  Petur Georgesson to Discuss Investment and Energy Mining Nexus at African Energy Week 2022
    Petur Georgesson to Discuss Investment and Energy-Mining Nexus at African Energy Week 2022
     Petur Georgesson to Discuss Investment and Energy Mining Nexus at African Energy Week 2022
    Petur Georgesson to Discuss Investment and Energy-Mining Nexus at African Energy Week 2022
    Africa1 month ago

    Petur Georgesson to Discuss Investment and Energy-Mining Nexus at African Energy Week 2022

    Petur Georgesson, CEO and founder of Technology Metals Market, a global platform that manages investments in critical metals, will come to Cape Town to drive discussions on energy investment and mining and energy integration in Africa at Africa's premier event for the Energy. sector, African Energy Week (AEW) (www.AECWeek.com), which will take place from 18 to 21 October 2022.

    Georgesson has over 22 years of investment management experience within the clean energy, technology and mining sectors. Prior to his current role, Georgesson served as President of the United Nations Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization in Iceland, where he created partnerships between governments, NGOs, the private sector and financial institutions to finance the deployment of renewable energy and improve the sustainability and energy accessibility in developing countries.

    Georgesson currently manages direct investments across the value chain in critical metals such as graphene, lithium, nickel, cobalt and copper, which are used to develop electronic equipment, sensors and energy such as solar systems, energy storage batteries and electric vehicles. . Georgesson's vast experience in the energy and minerals segments will be vital in driving the dialogue on Africa's energy transition and the mining markets that will drive it.

    With the energy transition triggering an increase in demand for mineral resources, an opportunity has arisen for African countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa, which are rich in cobalt, nickel, copper and lithium, to maximize the monetization and exploitation of these resources to drive the adoption of renewable energy and associated economic growth. In line with this, at AEW 2022, Georgesson will discuss the role that Africa can play in advancing the energy transition, both across the continent and internationally.

    “It all starts with African trust. Do not let anyone, foreign investors or African leaders, have the opportunity to exploit the resources for quick profit. The solution to recover a part of the value chain involves understanding the value of that value chain. It means having the confidence to say 'no'. No, we will no longer deliver only raw materials. You want what we have, get ready to add value within Africa. Representatives from ministries from all African nations and active market participants will attend AEW 2022. This is a wonderful time to empower and expand your supply chains and meet your future African partners. Technology Metals Market is supporting the organizing committee to make this event a place where business is done,” Georgesson told the AEC exclusively.

    Georgesson's experience in energy production and investments across four continents will be instrumental at AEW 2022, as stakeholders discuss and develop solutions to drive Africa's energy transition through increased investment and development across the mining space. Under the mandate to make energy poverty history by 2030, AEW 2022 brings the entire energy sector together to have a real discussion about the future of the African energy sector.

    “Rich in natural and mineral resources, Africa is well positioned to drive long-term sustainable economic growth for years to come. By increasing investment in strategic sectors, the continent can supply renewable industries both in Africa and around the world,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of AEC, adding, “AEC is honored to host Petur Georgesson at AEW 2022, where it will drive investments around the world. The continent's mining and energy sectors will be discussed and agreements will be negotiated and signed."

    At AEW 2022, Georgesson will participate in high-level meetings and panel discussions where he will provide insights on investment trends, partner selection and deal signing. Under the theme "Exploring and investing in Africa's energy future while driving an enabling environment", AEW 2022 is committed to having a real discussion about the future of the African energy industry.

  •  A Ibom CJ pardons 6 inmates
    A’Ibom CJ pardons 6 inmates
     A Ibom CJ pardons 6 inmates
    A’Ibom CJ pardons 6 inmates
    General news2 months ago

    A’Ibom CJ pardons 6 inmates

    The Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom, Justice Ekaette Obot, has pardoned six inmates of Ikot Abasi Correctional Centre who have been awaiting trial between two and nine years.

    Obot said this after a facility tour of the centre and attended to their case files in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

    She said the freed inmates had spent more years in prison than the penalty for the offence they were charged with.

    The chief judge urged the inmates to go and turn a new leaf as they might not be lucky to have another chance.

    Among them was a 51-year old father of three, Ufot Udo, who was convicted for rape and has been diagnosed of cardiac failure.

    Udo, a native of Esa Ekpo in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, was pardoned by the chief judge on compassionate ground.

    Also pardoned were 27-year-old David Akpan and 26-year-old, John Uko-Ekong, both from Ikot Abasi who were arrested for allegedly organising what the Police labelled “a system of intimidation called Iceland Confraternity”.

    Others are, David Isaiah, a 32-year-old father of two from Ikot Ekpaw in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area; and Isaac Onoita, 49-year-old native of Adim in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River.

    Isaiah and Onoita were charged for being in possession of stolen bed and foam and had not been taken to court since 2019.

    The chief judge also granted amnesty to Udo Ataha, a 45-year-old native of Asong in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area who was charged for intent to intimidate and had spent 12 months in prison without trial. (

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