Islamiyat Yusuf has won Nigeria’s fourth medal at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday.
Yusuf clinched Bronze medal in women’s weightlifting 64kg event, with 93kg in snatch and 119 in clean and jerk.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Edwin Peter competed in the Men’s -66kg elimination Round of 16 Judo event.
Peter did not advance to the quarterfinals, losing by 10-0 to Northern Ireland’s Nathon Burns.
Nigeria will take part in the semi finals of the Men’s table tennis team event against India.
MultiChoice Nigeria has announced media personality, Victoria Eze, popularly called MizVick, as co-host of the Big Brother Naija “Level Up” Sunday eviction shows.
Busola Tejumola, the Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Tejumola said the announcement came as MizVick, who was popular for hosting the BBNaija weekly recap show, ‘Unlocked’, and the red carpet of the ‘Shine Your Eye’ Reunion show; recently co-hosted the weekend launch show with Ebuka.
“We are creating the ultimate Big Brother Naija experience both within and outside the house.
“With double launch shows, two houses and now two hosts, the game is definitely levelled up.
“The Sunday live shows are the week’s highlights during every season as they see the eviction of at least one housemate,” she said.
Speaking on her announcement as co-host, MizVick said: “It feels really good to be a major part of this season’s Big Brother Naija.
“I am very stoked about the unfiltered conversations I will be having with the evicted housemates in a bid to get the juiciest gist for the fans.
” The seventh season of Big Brother Naija tagged Level Up, has 24 housemates in two houses vying for the ultimate title of BBNaija Level Up winner and the N100 million grand prize.
This season, the show airs on two DStv channels (channel 198 and 199), two GOtv channels (channel 29 and 8) and Showmax.
The fans’ favourite Ninjas are also back to add to the excitement.
Fans can also catch the show anywhere they are across Sub-saharan Africa, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on Showmax.
British Airways parent IAG said Friday it flew back into profit for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic, boosted by a “strong recovery” in demand.
IAG said in a statement that it swung back to net profit of 133 million euros ($135 million) in the second quarter from a loss of 981 million euros a year earlier.
The group had already forecast a return to annual profit after Covid travel curbs were fully lifted.
“In the second quarter, we returned to profit for the first time since the start of the pandemic following a strong recovery in demand across all our airlines,” said chief executive Luis Gallego.
“This result supports our outlook for a full year operating profit.
” There were “no signs” of any weakness in demand, Gallego said.
The airline conglomerate slashed first-half losses to 654 million euros from two billion euros last time around.
IAG had collapsed into annual losses in 2020 and 2021 as Covid ravaged global demand for international air travel, forcing BA and its peers to slash thousands of jobs.
IAG owns various airlines that also include Ireland’s Aer Lingus and Spain’s Iberia and Vueling.
Aviation is still in recovery mode from the deadly Covid pandemic that grounded planes worldwide.
Nevertheless, the outlook for the sector remains fragile due to major disruptions, notably staff shortages.
Airlines and airports are struggling to recruit staff having sacked thousands of workers as the world entered Covid pandemic lockdowns.
“Our industry continues to face historic challenges due to the unprecedented scaling-up in operations, especially in the UK where the operational challenges of Heathrow airport have been acute,” Gallego said.
“We will continue working with the industry to address these issues as aviation emerges from its biggest crisis ever.
” IAG is nevertheless expanding its ageing fleet with fuel-efficient aircraft, positioning itself for recovery.
So far this year, IAG has announced the addition of 50 new Boeing 737s and 59 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
These will help replace more than 60 percent of its short-haul fleet by 2028.
An ex-BBNaija housemate and creative personality, Elozonam Ogbulu, is set to have exclusive conversations with evicted BBNaija Level Up housemates on the first-ever BBNaija eviction vodcast.
A statement from Info Digital Africa (ID Africa), PR consultant to the ongoing BBNaija reality TV show, said that the eviction vodcast was an up close and personal conversation with the evicted housemates, as they share their experiences in Big Brother’s House.
The statement said that the eviction vodcast would take a deep dive into what it was like for them to “bare it all” on the show.
“The first episode will drop in August, with episodes available on DStv Catch Up and Showmax.
“The multi-talented creative personality is no stranger to the show as he was a housemate in the BBNaija “Pepper Dem” season.
“He has gone on to make a name for himself as one of the most creative housemates in the show’s history due to his impressive content, including skits, commercials and microfilms.
“In 2018, he hosted his show “The Cliffhanger”, where he sat down in conversations with young personalities, including some ex-BBNaija housemates,” it said.
In his response, Elozonam said, “I’m excited to be hosting this vodcast and getting the chance to have honest conversations with the evicted housemates.
“As an ex-BBNaija housemate myself, I have an idea of what the experience is like and that knowledge will surely come into play in my conversations with the Level Up housemates.
” According to the statement, the BBNaija experience on Showmax for fans this year is on the next level with lots of BBNaija content.
“The contents include the exclusive talk show BBNaija S7: the Buzz, hosted by media personality, Toke Makinwa, the eviction vodcast, and Secret Diaries, which are short clips from the Diary Room and daily and weekly highlights episodes to download to your phone to watch later.
“For the second year in a row, BBNaija fans across sub-Saharan Africa, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland are enjoying front row access to all the activities in the Big Brother houses on Showmax.
“For more details on the eviction vodcast, BBNaija S7: The Buzz and other Showmax offerings, visit www.
Watch all the BBNaija Level Up activities live on Showmax from as low as ₦1,200 per month on mobile,” it said.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Sudan has received a $100 million contribution from the World Bank to help with critical emergency food and cash livelihoods in Sudan.
In the first direct contribution between the two UN agencies in the country, the Sudan Emergency Safety Nets Project aims to provide cash and food transfers for more than two million people in the poverty-stricken and impoverished nation.
crisis, including internally displaced persons.
“WFP is very grateful to the World Bank for this generous contribution, at a crucial time in Sudan when more and more people don't know where their next meal will come from,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director for Sudan.
Food insecurity The country's economic and political crisis has become more intense due to rising inflation, conflict and displacement.
That has been exacerbated by climate shocks, including droughts and floods, and a poor harvest, all of which have increased food insecurity across Sudan.
As hunger continues to rise at "an alarming rate", a third of the population faces food insecurity, the WFP said.
By September, up to 18 million people, or 40 percent of the population, could fall into hunger, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment released in June. Saving lives In Sudan, WFP is working to help people facing acute hunger while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.
The recently launched project will enable the UN food aid agency to save lives while laying the foundation for a more targeted social safety net system in Sudan by helping the most vulnerable to withstand shocks and building more resilient livelihoods.
“This funding will help mitigate a looming hunger crisis in Sudan and inform future systems of social safety nets for the country's most vulnerable that not only save but change lives,” said Mr Rowe. Shortfall despite generosity The allocation has been provided by the World Bank-managed Sudan Transition and Recovery Support Trust Fund (STARS), with support from the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Italy, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the State and Peacebuilding Fund administered by the World Bank. However, despite the substantial contribution, WFP still needs at least $266 million more through the end of the year to reach more than 10 million vulnerable people a year.
Since the beginning of 2022, WFP has reached 4.8 million people across Sudan with food or cash and nutritional support, school meals and livelihood opportunities.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has received a 100 million dollars contribution from the World Bank to assist with critical emergency cash and food sustenance in Sudan.
In the first-ever direct contribution between the two UN agencies in the country, the Sudan Emergency Safety Nets Project aims to provide cash transfers and food for more than two million people across the impoverished and crisis-wracked nation, including for those internally displaced.
“WFP is extremely grateful to the World Bank for this generous contribution, at a crucial time in Sudan when more and more people do not know where their next meal will come from,” Eddie Rowe, WFP’s Representative and Country Director in Sudan, said.
According to Rowe, the country’s economic and political crisis has grown more intense due to rising inflation, conflict and displacement.
“That’s been exacerbated by climate shocks – including droughts and floods, and a poor harvest – all of which has increased food insecurity throughout Sudan.
’’ As hunger continues to rise at “an alarming rate,” one-third of the population is facing food insecurity, WFP official said.
By September, up to 18 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, could slip into hunger, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment released in June. In Sudan, WFP is working to sustain people facing acute hunger while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.
The newly launched project will enable the UN food relief agency to save lives while laying the foundation for a more targeted social safety net system in Sudan by supporting the most vulnerable to withstand shocks and build more resilient livelihoods for the long term.
“This funding will help to mitigate a looming hunger crisis in Sudan and inform future social safety net systems for the country’s most vulnerable that not only saves but changes lives,” Rowe said.
The allocation has been provided by the World Bank-managed Sudan Transition and Recovery Support Trust Fund (STARS), supported by the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Italy, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the World Bank-administered State and Peacebuilding Fund. Yet, in spite the substantial contribution, WFP still requires at least 266 million dollars more through the end of the year to reach over 10 million vulnerable people year.
Since the beginning of 2022, WFP has reached 4.
8 million people across Sudan with life-saving food or cash and nutrition support, school meals, and livelihood opportunities.
Some parents on Wednesday, called on the Federal Government not to abdicate its responsibility to fund education as the ceaseless strikes de-market the Nigerian universities and certificates.
The parents spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria during the National Day of Protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mr Sam Eze, a parent said the Federal Government had the responsibility to fund education and it should not abdicate that responsibility.
According to him, the excuse for which ASUU has remained on strike is no long tenable; government should sign the renegotiation agreement and implement it as quick as possible.
“It is important for government to fund public education, which is by ensuring that proper infrastructures are put in place in the universities across the country.
“As there are no proper accommodations for the students, no conducive leaning facilities or materials for them to study, among others and now they all at home, this can led to socio vices,’’he said.
Eze, while speaking on the mega protest rally organised by NLC said that the protest was long overdue but that it was commendable.
He added that what the labour had done was to ensure that the Federal Government should take immediate decision on the striking lecturers in our public universities and other tertiary institutions that are on strike.
“Even though the NLC NEC directive to embark on a National protest is coming late, I think the Federal Government has been given another opportunity to redeem itself.
“Also, not just the NLC, other socio forces should join hands with the labour centre to ensure that government funds public education to ensure quality education,” he said.
Also, Mrs Figor Daniel, another parent expressed fear that the Nigerian children might not enjoy quality education in their own country.
“I feel pained that students who are supposed to be in school for the past six months are at home due to the failed agreement reached between the Federal Government and ASUU and other unions in the education sector.
“I have already lost hope and confidence in the Nigerian education system.
It is as if my children can never get any quality education in their own country.
“I always wonder what kind of education that my children are receiving in this country and how they can compete with their peers outside this country,’’ she said.
Daniel, therefore, called on NLC to live up to their responsibility of protecting the rights of workers, who were the parents of the children.
She called on NLC to ensure that there was a harmonised salary structure for workers in the public service.
“If there is a harmonised salary structure, we will not be having this kind of situation that we are into today.
“Because most of those parents that are civil servants that government pays heavily, they have since found other alternatives of getting good education for their children whereas we have not been able to.
“Most of them have sent their children to private universities or abroad but for those that cannot afford it lag behind,’’ she said.
She, therefore, called on the Federal Government to do the needful in ensuring that they wake up on their responsibilities.
“I did not any see reasons why the Federal Government would encourage politicians to pay whooping sum of 100 million for just for a form to contest election in a party.
“Rather such monies can be used to put in our education system and these monies are not more than what the striking lecturers are asking for to be put in the university system,’’ she said.
Also, Mr Julius Emmanuel, a parent also expressed fear on the prolong strike on the education system.
According to him, as a parent, the prolong strike has increase my fears about our educational system; it has also reduce hope for my children.
“It has also made me to feel as if I am not capable to send them abroad to study.
“Right now, so many parents who have the resources have sent their children to countries like Ireland, Canada, among others for quality education.
“That is, away from our failed education system and for the survival of the future of their children, because it appears that the children in Nigeria have no hope,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to act fast in providing quality education for the Nigeria child adding that the country’ certificates no longer have value outside the country.
UN Women ESA Regional Director Dr. Maxime Houinato visited Ethiopia from 11-15 July 2022 to provide strategic guidance to the Ethiopia Country Office, Liaison Office and development partners on the regional priorities and commitments of UN Women.
The mission also aimed to ensure UN Women's partnership with the African Union and relevant UN system partners on the continental agenda of women, peace and security, humanitarian action and women's financial inclusion.
Discussions on strategic entry points and important levers for successful implementation of key global intergovernmental and normative frameworks on gender equality and women's empowerment were among the key specific objectives of the mission.
The mission gave Dr. Maxime the opportunity to share her vision for leadership with UN Women Ethiopia staff and Liaison Offices and solicit senior management views on how best UN Women can leverage partnerships, resources and existing programmatic and organizational frameworks to achieve transformational impact.
at national, regional and continental level.
Dr. Maxime's mission began with a bilateral meeting with the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Ms. Worknesh Mekonnen.
The two discussed changes in the leadership and governance of the UN Women representation in Ethiopia, AU and ECA and the UN Country Team (UNCT) accountability on gender and the potential for inter-agency initiatives.
Dr. Maxime met with development partners who are contributing to the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment work through the UN Women Liaison Office with AU and ECA and the Ethiopia Country Office.
During the meeting, he welcomed their contributions to advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in Ethiopia and encouraged them, wherever possible, to adopt more integrated support across all thematic areas, thereby catalyzing transformative change across all areas of life.
Development partners participating in the meeting included Sweden/AIDS, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, France and the EU.
Dr. Maxime spoke with UNDP Regional Service Center Director, Dr. Stan Nkwain, and Gender Program Advisor and Team Leader, Ms. Odette Kabaya, about joint priorities for collaboration between UN Women and UNDP, and renewed commitment to collaboration.
At the African Union Commission's Directorate for Women, Gender and Youth, she spoke with Prudence N.
Ngwenya, Acting Director, and Dr. Tapiwa Uchizi Nyasulu Rweyemamu, Head of the Women and Gender Policy and Development Division for affirm UN Women's commitment to ongoing collaborations.
Dr. Maxime also had a fruitful meeting with His Excellency Mr. Tagesse Chafo, Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on strategic partnerships and important levers for successful implementation of normative and intergovernmental frameworks.
key global issues on gender equality and empowerment.
The Regional Director also had a bilateral meeting with HE Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma, Minister of State for Political and Economic Diplomacy to discuss UN Women's representation in Ethiopia and thanked the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the unwavering support to UN operations.
women in the country.
At the conclusion of his five-day mission in Ethiopia, the Regional Director witnessed the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mr. Schadrack Dusabe, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Women Country Office in Ethiopia, and H.E. Mr. Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister for Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA).
The MoU includes a joint 4-year framework in support of the implementation of the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Priorities as part of the 10-Year Outlook Plan of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Before the signing, HE the Minister held a bilateral discussion with the UN Women ESA Regional Director on issues of common interest to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in Ethiopia.
In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Dr. Maxime reiterated UN Women's commitment to the Government of Ethiopia and the MoWSA to ensure that gender equality and women's empowerment are realized despite bottlenecks.
natural and man-made.
European Union (EU) member states have reached a political agreement on a 15 per cent voluntary reduction of natural gas demand from the average of 2017-2021, officials announced on Wednesday.
Jozef Sikela, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade, presided over an exceptional EU Council meeting on energy on Tuesday, with the EU preparing for possible gas supply disruptions over the winter.
“Member states agreed to reduce their gas demand by 15 per cent compared to their average consumption in the past five years, between August 1 and March 31, 2023, with measures of their own choice,’’ the European Council said in a statement.
“Possible measures include reducing gas consumed in the electricity sector, measures to encourage fuel switch in industry, national awareness-raising campaign.
“The targeted obligations to reduce heating and cooling and market-based measures such as auctioning between companies.’’ There were several exemptions to the 15 per cent target.
Island states such as Malta, Cyprus and Ireland were exempted since they were not interconnected to the EU’s gas network.
Other derogation include member states that have already exceeded their gas storage filling target and those whose industries are heavily dependent on gas as feed stock and those whose gas consumption has increased by at least eight per cent in the past year compared to the average of the past five years.
A “Union Alert’’ could be activated, either by the European Commission if it perceives a “substantial risk of a severe gas shortage or an exceptionally high gas demand.’’ “If five or more member states that have declared an alert at the national level request the Commission to do so.’’ (
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Sudan received a US$100 million contribution from the World Bank to implement its recently launched Sudan Emergency Safety Nets Project.
This project aims to provide cash and food transfers to more than two million people across Sudan, including internally displaced persons and residents.
“WFP is very grateful to the World Bank for this generous contribution, at a crucial time in Sudan when more and more people don't know where their next meal will come from,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP Representative and Country Director for Sudan.
This is the World Bank's first direct contribution to WFP in Sudan.
This allocation has been provided by the Sudan Recovery and Transition Support Trust Fund (STARS) administered by the World Bank, with support from the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, the Kingdom of Saudi Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Italy, Finland, Spain, Ireland, and the State and Peacebuilding Fund managed by the World Bank. "We also extend our sincere gratitude to all donors who have invested in the STARS fund.
This funding will help mitigate a looming hunger crisis in Sudan and inform future social safety net systems for the country's most vulnerable that they not only save but change lives," concluded Mr. Rowe. Hunger is rising at an alarming rate and every contribution helps WFP support the most vulnerable in Sudan.
Currently, one third of the Sudanese population faces food insecurity.
In September, up to 18 million people, or 40% of the country's population, could fall into hunger, according to the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment published in June. The key drivers of food insecurity in Sudan are the crisis economic and political crisis, inflation, conflict and displacement, climatic shocks, including droughts and floods.
, and a poor harvest in the last agricultural season.
WFP's work in Sudan aims to save the lives of people facing acute hunger while addressing the root causes of food.
This newly launched project will enable WFP to save lives while laying the foundation for a more targeted social safety net system in Sudan, addressing the root causes of food insecurity by helping the most vulnerable to withstand shocks and building livelihoods.
more resilient life in the long term.
Despite this contribution from the World Bank and STARS donors, WFP still requires at least an additional $266 million through the end of 2022 to reach more than 10 million vulnerable people as planned at the beginning of the year.
Since the beginning of the year, WFP has reached 4.8 million people across Sudan with food or cash and nutritional support, school meals and livelihood opportunities.