EU set to fine Google billions over Android

The EU is set to fine US internet giant Google several billion euros this week for freezing out rivals of its Android mobile phone system, sources said, in a ruling that risks fresh tensions with Washington. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is expected to say on Wednesday that Google abused its dominant position in the market by making tie-ups with phone makers like South Korea’s Samsung and China’s Huawei. The long-awaited decision comes as fears of a transatlantic trade war mount due to President Donald Trump’s shock decision to impose tariffs…

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Federal government launches technical support programme for healthcare services

Federal Government, on Tuesday, launched a structured and coherent Technical Support Programme (TSP) that would help the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), to effectively deliver the required technical support to states in the delivery of Primary Health Care (PHC) services. It was also designed to reposition the NPHCDA in driver’s seat to harness resources from both public and private sector stakeholders for improved Universal Health Coverage (UCH). Minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who launched the programme in Abuja, observed that absence of such technical support was responsible…

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Back in Washington, Donald Trump under pressure to reverse course on Russia

President Donald Trump found himself isolated and under pressure to reverse course Tuesday after publicly challenging the US intelligence conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election during his face-to-face with Vladimir Putin. At his inaugural summit with the Russian president in Finland, Trump appeared to accept at face value the strongman’s denial that c interfered in a bid to undermine the Democrat Hillary Clinton — a stance that triggered bipartisan outrage at home. Back in Washington, Trump sounded a defensive note, insisting his meeting with Putin had been “even…

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EFCC re-arraigns ex-Governor Orji Kalu, raises charges to 39 counts

A former Governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu, was on Tuesday re-arraigned at a Federal High Court in Lagos on an amended 39-count bordering on fraud. Kalu, who is now a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is being prosecuted by the Economic an. The anti-graft agency is prosecuting Kalu together with his former Commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo, and a company, Slok Nigeria Ltd., said to be owned by Kalu. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the EFCC had on Oct. 31, 2016, preferred 34…

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Police inspector dismissed for giving information to unauthorised persons

The Police on Tuesday arraigned a 38-year-old man, Adesida Ademola, in an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly ‎giving false information to public officers. Ademola of no fixed address is standing trial on a charge of giving false information to public officers. The prosecutor, Sgt. Samson Osobu, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on July 12, in Ado-Ekiti. Osobu alleged that the defendant, being a serving police inspector, did publish and communicate to unauthorised persons, the information that came to him by virtue of his position….

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2019 Election will be walk over for President Buhari – APC Chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Engr. Kailani Mohammad, in Kaduna has said, all efforts to pull down President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 general elections will not succeed, stressing that, the presidential election will just be a walk over for the incumbent president and the party. Engr. Mohammad who has been a close associate of President Buhari since the days of the All Peoples Party (APP) further averred that greedy and selfish politicians are behind the current insecurity to discredit Buhari’s government. Addressing a press conference…

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Barack Obama: French World Cup victors show triumph of diversity

Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out the African heritage of many players in France’s World Cup-winning football team in a speech paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. Speaking in Johannesburg to mark 100 years since Mandela’s birth, Obama said that embracing diversity “delivers practical benefits since it ensures that a society can draw upon the energy and skills of all people.” “And if you doubt that, just ask the French football team that just won the World Cup — because not all these folks look like Gauls to…

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Warren Buffett donates $3.4 billion to five charities

Warren Buffett has donated roughly 3.4 billion dollars of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to five charities, the billionaire’s largest contribution in his longstanding plan to give away his fortune. Buffett’s 13th annual donation comprised about 17.7 million Class “B” shares of Berkshire, valued at 192 dollars each as of Monday’s market close. The largest block went to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett’s own foundation, named for his late first wife Susan, and charities run by his children Howard, Susan and Peter received the rest. Buffett, 87, has since…

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Nigeria to host 2021 WAFU Cup of Nations

Nigeria have been confirmed as the hosts of the 2021 edition of the WAFU Cup of Nations. According to a report, Nigeria will host the third edition of the competition in September 2021. Senegal will stage the second edition of the competition in September, 2019. The first WAFU tournament, hosted by Fox Sports, was held in September 2017 and saw the host nation Ghana crowned champions in what was a very successful event. The Black Stars defeated Nigeria 4-1 in the final. The West African Union is made up of…

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Ekiti guber: Kayode Fayemi promises workers better welfare

The Ekiti State governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday assured all the workers in the state that his administration would make their welfare a top priority and not pay lip service to it. Fayemi gave the assurance at a news conference held at the party’s secretariat in Ado-Ekiti. He promised to pay all outstanding salaries and assured the civil servants that their subsequent salaries would be paid as and when due. He also promised to turn around the fortunes of Ekiti and set a standard for other governors in the…

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