10 major world events coming up in 2019

PARIS, France – Here are 10 major events taking place around the world in 2019: Brazil's president takes office January 1: Far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro officially starts his 4-year term as president of Brazil after winning October's election. Nigeria votes February 16: Africa's most populous nation and leading economy ........»»

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World Bank projects growth in remittances to PH slowing to 2.8%

The Philippines is expected to remain among the biggest destinations of remittance flows this year even as the World Bank projected slower growth due to the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Middle East.   In its December 2018 Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Outlook report, the Washington-based multilateral lender said the top remittance-receiving countries would be India ($79.5 billion), China ($67.4 billion), the Philippines and Mexico (both $33.7 billion), Egypt ($25.7 billion), and Nigeria ($25.1 billion).   Also among the 10 countries seen receiving the largest remittance flows in 2018 were Pakistan ($20.9 billion), Uk...Keep on reading: World Bank projects growth in remittances to PH slowing to 2.8%.....»»

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Africa’s ‘Grammys’ celebrate hits of the continent

After a 15-year career in banking and marketing, Nigerian Mike Dada was looking for a platform to "communicate the strength of Africa to the rest of the world". He decided to set up Afrima--- the All Africa Music Awards --- Africa's equivalent of the Grammys, whose fourth edition takes place this weekend in Ghana's capital, Accra. In 2014, penniless but passionate about music, he worked with private sponsors in Nigeria and a partner in Kenya. Together, they organized the awards ceremony to "create jobs" and "make Africans proud," he told local media, earning the backing of the African Union. In four years, Afrima has managed to carve out a space as a platform to...Keep on reading: Africa’s ‘Grammys’ celebrate hits of the continent.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 24th, 2018Related News

‘Through Day and Night’ review: Winning, losing, trying

Two disparate ideas turn Veronica Velasco’s Through Night and Day into a film that feels like a complete missed opportunity. Ben (Paolo Contis) gifts his fiancée Jen (Alessandra de Rossi) with a trip to Iceland, her dream destination. At first, the two lovers are enjoying their ........»»

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Nigeria sex-for-marks don charged with corruption

A Nigerian professor accused of demanding sex from a student to boost her marks has been charged with corruption, one of the country's main anti-graft bodies has announced.The woman came for.....»»

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Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0

BRUSSELS (AP) — Michy Batshuayi proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Romelu Lukaku on Thursday when he scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. After 65 minutes of pounding the Iceland defense, captain Eden Hazard found Thomas Meunier on the right and the Paris Saint-Germain winger crossed for Batshuayi to slot the ball home. The second goal was even easier for the on-loan Valencia striker, as he tapped the ball into the net after Hans Vanaken's shot had rebounded to him. Belgium has nine points from three games in Group 2 of League A, three ahead of Switzerland. A draw against the Swiss on Sunday will be enough to take Belgium through to the Final Four in June. Iceland lost all 4 matches and is relegated. Belgium and Iceland were without several first-choice players on Thursday, but the home team showed it has a lot more strength in depth and dominated throughout at an increasingly foggy King Baudouin Stadium. Axel Witsel also became only the third Belgian to win 100 caps......»»

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LOOK: Wil Dasovich, Alodia Gosiengfiao freeze from head to toe in Iceland

While most celebrities prefer to enjoy their vacation by the beach, celebrity couple Wil Dasovich and Alodia Gosiengfiao paid freezing Iceland a visit. Continuing with their European trip, the two had a relaxing time at Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, as seen on their Instagram pages on Saturday, Nov. 10. Dasovich said the place is "hands down [the] best public bathtub" he has ever been to. Gosengfiao revealed she accidentally dropped her phone in the spa's volcanic waters. Nonetheless, the place remains one of her favorite places in the world. It seems the proverb "when it rains, it pours" turned into a reality for the couple. On the same day, Dasovich shared a photo...Keep on reading: LOOK: Wil Dasovich, Alodia Gosiengfiao freeze from head to toe in Iceland.....»»

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Food ads stir questions in Nigeria about gender roles

Food ads stir questions in Nigeria about gender roles.....»»

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175 dead, over 10,000 sickened by cholera

LAGOS, Nigeria — Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday. The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the […].....»»

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Last Monday on my first full day in Iceland, the first snow of the season fell, heralding the start of winter......»»

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Hundreds flee after Boko Haram militant raid in northeast Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria – Hundreds of villagers fled their homes in Nigeria's northeast late on Saturday, November 10, after an attack by Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group, militia officials and witnesses said. No casualties were reported but the raid highlighted fragile security in Nigeria's northeast, where the army is still ........»»

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DFA cautions Filipinos in Nigeria amid violent clashes

DFA cautions Filipinos in Nigeria amid violent clashes.....»»

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10 Filipino seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea

MANILA, Philippines – Suspected pirates kidnapped 10 Filipino seafarers aboard two separate vessels in the Gulf of Guinea, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday, October 31. Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria Shirley Ho Vicario reported this information to Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr ........»»

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12 kidnapped seamen, including 7 Filipinos, freed in Nigeria — DFA

TWELVE seafarers, including seven Filipinos kidnapped in Nigeria in September, were released by their abductors, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday. In a report to Foreign Affairs Secretary...READ MORE The post 12 kidnapped seamen, including 7 Filipinos, freed in Nigeria — DFA appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Filipinos in Nigeria told to stay indoors as violence ensues

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised the more than 100 Filipinos in Abuja, Nigeria to stay indoors due to violent clashes between police and members of the Shiite Muslim movement......»»

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7 Filipino seafarers freed a month after Nigeria abduction

MANILA, Philippines – Kidnappers have released 7 Filipino seafarers who were abducted in Nigeria in September, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced late Tuesday evening, October 30. The DFA welcomes their release, said the agency in a statement around 11 pm on Tuesday. The news ........»»

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WATCH: Paolo Contis, Alessandra De Rossi go on a journey around Iceland in ‘Through Night and Day’ Paolo Contis and Alessandra De Rossi will take you on a journey across Iceland in "Through Night and Day". Contis and De Rossi are lovers Ben and Jen who travel across the country, as seen in the movie's teaser released by Open Minded Ka Ba Media on Tuesday. At one point of the video, Ben asks Jen how many cameras she bought as he pulls her heavy suitcase, with her replying three. "Prenup ngaish-shoot natineh, dapatmaganda yung suot ko (We're shooting for a prenup, my outfit should look good)," Jen said. "Through Night and Day" is the first film pairing Contis and De Rossi. The film is directed by Veronica Velasco,...Keep on reading: WATCH: Paolo Contis, Alessandra De Rossi go on a journey around Iceland in ‘Through Night and Day’.....»»

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Injured Orizu to Akhuetie: I just hope I get a chance to get back at him

In the first round of UAAP Season 81, with Tamaraw center Prince Orizu manning the paint, Far Eastern University beat the University of the Philippines. Orizu expressed that part of his personal motivation in beating UP was to contain close friend Bright Akhuetie. "Bright is like one of my best friends. I just needed to stand my ground because I did not want to be the friend who loses," Orizu said in September during the first round. Both Akhuetie and Orizu hail from Nigeria. They remain good friends despite studying and playing in different UAAP schools. Come the second round, the Fighting Marooons gained a measure of revenge and they now have the Tamaraws' number. Akhuetie was just three assists away from a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. "He played well today, I have to give him credit for that," Orizu commended. However, Orizu was not able to give Akhuetie a challenge because he had to sit out due to a high grade ankle sprain he incurred in their game versus Ateneo de Manila University. "I would love him to be there though. I feel bad for him, I feel bad for the team and I just wish him quick recovery so he can get back and start grinding," Akhuetie said when asked how much he missed playing against his friend. UP may have obtained their revenge over FEU but to Akhuetie, he thinks that his personal revenge to Orizu is yet to be served. "He didn't play, so is it counted? [No, right?] Exactly! He didn't play, but if it is against his school, yeah, but against him, [nope] he didn't play," said Akhuetie. As for Orizu, he just playfully agreed and hoped for another outing, "I just hope I get a chance to get back at him, that's it. That's all I can say about him." FEU and UP are currently tied at fourth place with identical records of five wins and five losses. With that, Orizu will get that "chance" to beat Akhuetie again in case both squads make it to the tough race heading to the Final Four. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 24th, 2018Related News

England hands Spain its first home loss in 15 years

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans were chanting "Ole" at every touch of the ball by their squad, while the home Spanish crowd was jeering its own players. It was only halftime on Monday and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja's first home loss in 15 years. Raheem Sterling scored twice and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, which held on to beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to get back in contention for a spot in the final four of Europe's newest competition. In the other match in League A, Iceland lost to Switzerland 2-1 and was relegated to the second-tier League B. Sterling ended his three-year scoring drought with England with goals on each side of Rashford's strike before the break, leading England to its first win in Spain since 1987. "For a young team, they put in an incredibly mature performance, withstood pressure reasonably well and should all be really proud," England coach Gareth Southgate said. Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. It hadn't lost at home in 38 matches, and had not conceded three goals in a home match since 1991 in a friendly against Hungary. "It shows how tough it is to come here and win and we have done that," England forward Harry Kane said. "We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing." Paco Alcacer scored Spain's first goal early in the second half and Sergio Ramos claimed the second on the final play of the match. "We have to admit we played very badly in the first half," Spain coach Luis Enrique said. "We made a lot of individual mistakes." Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of League A with two more points than England after three matches. Croatia, with a game in hand, was five points behind Spain. Spain could have secured a spot in the last four with a win, while a draw would have ended England's chances of advancing. Only the group winner moves on. Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England's young forwards. The visitors were clinical, scoring on all of their attempts on goal. Spain totaled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it. England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish. It was his first goal for England since 2015, and first ever away from Wembley. "It was a beautiful feeling," Sterling said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn't, but it's my position to score goals so I need to keep that going." Rashford added to the lead in the 30th after a perfect through ball by Kane, entering the area and finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot. Sterling got on the board again from close range after Kane's set-up in a move which started with a nice pass by Ross Barkley over the top of the Spanish defenders. Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country. Ramos' last-minute goal also was a header. RELEGATED ICELAND Iceland needed to beat Switzerland for the first time to avoid relegation but the Swiss got off to a two-goal lead and held on to victory. Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 at home in the team's opener. It moved into a tie with Belgium for first place in Group 2. The Belgians have a game in hand. LOWER LEAGUES In League B, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 at home to take a six-point lead over Austria atop Group 3. In Group 2 of League C, Finland beat Greece 2-0 at home to remain perfect with four wins and a clean sheet after four matches. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the group's other match. Luxembourg defeated San Marino 3-0 to take the lead in Group 2 of League D, ahead of Belarus, which was held by Moldova to 0-0......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 16th, 2018Related News

‘Oil thieves’ perish in pipeline fire

WARRI — At least 30 people were killed when a petrol pipeline caught fire and exploded in southeast Nigeria after a raid by suspected oil thieves, a survivor and officials said on Saturday. The incident happened in the town of Aba on Friday when vandals burst the pipeline operated by the state-run Pipeline and Product […].....»»

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