School children among over 30 injured in Swiss Alps train accident

Thirty-three people, most of them school children, were injured Monday when a train engine collided with carriages full of passengers at a station in the Swiss Alps, police and media reports said. “No one is in critical condition,” said a spokeswoman for the regional police in the Swiss canton of Uri. Around 100 people were onboard when the accident happened shortly before midday, including three school classes counting 65 primary and secondary school students, the Swiss daily Blick reported. Eighteen of those injured were children, it said. The ATS news…

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18 dead in attack on convoy in Egypt’s Sinai: sources

Militants killed 18 people in an attack Monday on a security convoy in Egypt’s North Sinai, where police and troops are battling a jihadist insurgency, security and medical sources said. The interior ministry confirmed an attack around the town of Bir al-Abed had caused deaths and injuries but did not provide a toll. An Islamic State group affiliate based in North Sinai has killed hundreds of soldiers and police in attacks since the military in 2013 ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Monday’s incident took place when a vehicle tried to…

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Buhari decries handling of Paris Club refund by Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with members of the National Council of traditional rulers and decried the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors. The Federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243. 795 billion. The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995-2002. The President, who met with the traditional rulers at the new Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja frowned at the inability…

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Nigeria, Cameroon matches dominate Google searches

Nigeria’s 4-0 first leg win over Cameroon in the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers, dominated searches this week on Google. Google’s spokesman Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade made the announcement in a dispatch to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos. According to Kola-Ogunlade, this week’s top trending search terms on Google range from sports to celebrity news. He said that sports-loving Nigerians got excited over the Eagles’ performance against their counterparts in the qualifiers. The Eagles are now leading their group with 10 points from matches played so far.…

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Stockbrokers canvass easier access to ASeM Board for SMEs

Capital market stakeholders have urged regulators to make the listing requirements for accessing the Alternative Securities Market (ASeM) less stringent to attract more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) participation on the platform, and grow the primary market segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The Alternative Securities Market is a specialised board for emerging businesses: small and mid-sized companies with high growth potential seeking to access the capital market. According to the stakeholders, who spoke in an interview with The Guardian, if listing requirements are made more relaxed for SMEs,…

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Rafael Nadal wins third US Open, 16th Grand Slam title

World number one Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam title and third US Open crown on Sunday by defeating South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. The 31-year-old left-hander captured the top prize of $3.7 million (3.07 million euros) and his second Grand Slam crown of the year after taking his 10th French Open title in June. The world number one, the champion also in New York in 2010 and 2013, added the US title to the record 10th French Open he captured in June. Old rival…

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Reasons why Nigerian gospel music groups break up

As if there’s not enough attention that artists have to give to their music careers or ministry, there’s a whole lot more that needs to be given to a music group. We have seen gospel music groups here in Nigeria and Africa that have started out with so much fire power and vision and some were even seen and tagged as the “ones to watch”, or, “here to stay”, and other captions. Then they break up after just one album, and that is if they get to that, some just…

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WAEC to re-introduce e-marking for tests

In an effort to broaden its scope, the West African Examinations Council International Office (WIO) in Lagos, says it was set to re-introduce electronic marking for its tests. The Head of the Office, Mr Adelowo Maliki, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos. According to him, the marking before now was done with some foreign partners based in the United Kingdom. “We started this electronic marking in 2014 through to 2015, only for us to suspend it in 2016, due to…

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Where’s all the deep connection Christ cares so much about?

“LOVE one another.” It was Christ’s final imperative that has ongoing effect. His command to all believers. Just as He loved His disciples, with perfection of unction, He said we should love each other. Jesus wants us to love each other with such a passion that it transforms us from the inside out. And it would. If only we would do it. If we would only throw ourselves into our real-life relationships. And make of these the very substance of our lives, spurning those other things we spend all our…

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