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Champion Breweries Plc will partner the government of Akwa ibom state to promote conducive learning environment for pupils and students across the state

The Managing Director of Champion Breweries Plc Mr. Patrick Ejidoh stated this when he led other management staff to some selected schools in Uyo where he donated several educational facilities including desks chairs and tables and other items.

He explained that providing conducive learning environment is imperative for children stressing that Government alone cannot shoulder the responsibilities.

The benefiting schools mostly cited within their areas of operations have suffered the dearth of these basic facilities over the years.

Mr. Ejidoh opined that it is imperative for corporate bodies and highly spirited citizens to support the efforts of the State Government in ensuring the advancement of the Educational system of the state.

 According to the Managing Director, “Today we are presenting some desks, tables and chairs for the pupils and teachers to support the schools and improve the learning and teaching condition”.

 We advocate that it should be put into proper use maintained and safeguarded for the betterment of these young children.

 He urged the pupils to be of good behaviour and grow up as good and responsible citizens while charging the teachers to guide and mentor them more proactively noting that it is very challenging to manage children in their formative stage in a country like Nigeria. “If we get it right at this stage the Nigeria will be better” he stated.

 On his own the State Commission for Education Pro. Victor Inoka expressed immense gratitude to the management of Champion Breweries Plc for their kind gesture.

 The commissioner who described the action of the champion breweries as encouraging and timely said it will further enhance the free and qualitative education of the Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration.

 “Governor Emmanuel is ready to partner anybody or group that is ready to invest in Education in our dear state at any level”. The benefitting school should take good care of the facilities provided to enhance better learning and teaching. It is instructive to say here that Governor Emmanuel has zero tolerance to any form of levy or extortion from parents”. Teachers should desist from charging any form of fees by whatever name” he cautioned.

  Prof. Inoka highlighted that the state ministry of Education will support all actions from public spirited individuals towards improving the living standard of Akwa Ibom people.

  Receiving the Desks, chairs and tables on behalf of his school, the Head teacher of St. Athanasus Catholic School Nung Uko Ibesikpo. Mr. Nkereuwem Udo Ekong said, “the facilities you have provided to the school was one of the most challenges that faced the school. But today this has alleviated our sufferings and these chairs have the capacity of taking care of 190 pupils and our children will no more sit on the floor”.

The Head Teacher who stated that the school was established 92 years ago noted that the good gesture from champion breweries was the very first from any private sector.

“I am happy that champion Breweries is that first private sector operator that partnered with government in promoting the educational development in our schools” he said. In the same vein, the Head mistress of Offot Jubilee primary schools Aka Offot Mrs. Esther Asanga said the problem of inadequate school facilities had been quite a challenge to them expressing gratitude to Champion Breweries for their grand gesture towards them.

 Three schools benefited in the first phase, they include,. Saint Athaneous Primary School Nung Ukim, Primary School Aka in Obio Imo Street and Offot Jubilee Primary School Aka Offot all in Uyo capital city with the donation of over 200 desks, chairs and tables to enhance their studying environment.


Source:Akstrending.com

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A small business incubation programme that is supported by by Rand Merchant Investment Holdings is looking for entrepreneurs who aim to disrupt financial services.
 
A total of 16 businesses will be selected to pitch for eight places on the AlphaCode Incubate programme of twelve months. The eight businesses will each get R1 million in grant funding as well as R1 million worth of support including mentorship,  exclusive office space in Sandton, marketing, legal and other business support services as well as access to RMI’s networks.
 
The businesses must be no older than two years and must be 51% black owned and managed.
 
The competition is open to businesses across the financial spectrum including payments, insurance, savings and investments, advisory, data analytics and blockchain.
 
"We want to help take courageous entrepreneurs with seriously disruptive financial services business models to the next level," says AlphaCode head, Dominique Collett.
 
In partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch South Africa and Royal Bafokeng Holdings, AlphaCode Incubate has disbursed R13 million to 15 black-owned businesses over the last three years
 
Entries can be done on the competition website. The first round of applications closes on August 31.
 
 
News24
Published in Business
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:29

WhatsApp finally introduces group video chat

It is now possible to simultaneously video chat with up to four friends on WhatsApp.
 
The company made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday.
 
It said, “Over the last couple of years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today.
 
“You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call.
 
“Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. The feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app.”
 
The new feature launched by WhatsApp where up to four people can speak simultaneously.
 
It is now possible to simultaneously video chat with up to four friends on WhatsApp.
 
The company made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday.
 
It said, “Over the last couple of years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today.
 
“You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call.
 
“Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. The feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app.”
 
The new feature launched by WhatsApp where up to four people can speak simultaneously.
 
 
 
Source: Blog post
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South African ruling African National Congress will push ahead with plans to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, a move likely to unnerve investors.

The ANC had said in May it would “test the argument” that land redistribution without compensation is permitted under current laws, a plan that would have avoided the risky strategy of trying to change the constitution.

The proposal was first adopted in December by the party.

“It has become pertinently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation as demonstrated in the public hearings,” Ramaphosa said in a recorded address to the nation.

“The ANC will through the parliamentary process finalise the proposed amendment to the constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected.”

Most land remains in white hands, making it a potent symbol of lingering inequalities 25 years on from the end of apartheid.

Since white minority rule ended in 1994, the ANC has followed a “willing-seller, willing-buyer” model whereby the government buys white-owned farms for redistribution to blacks. Progress has been slow.

Some investors are concerned that the ANC’s reforms will result in white farmers being stripped of land to the detriment of the economy, although Ramaphosa has repeatedly said any changes will not compromise food security or economic growth.

South Africa’s economy has barely grown in recent years, with the growth outlook remaining much lower than the 5 percent annual growth government is aiming for to make a dent in near-record unemployment.

Data showed on Tuesday that South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 27.2 percent of the labour force in the second quarter from 26.7 percent in the first quarter.

Ramaphosa said the unemployment figures were “quite worrying,” saying the ruling party has told the government to move with urgency to develop and implement a stimulus package to ignite economic growth. Ramaphosa said the measures will, among others, include increasing investment in public infrastructure.

“This stimulus package will be based on existing budgetary resources and the pursuit of new investments, while remaining committed to fiscal prudence,” Ramaphosa said.

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Zimbabwe’s ruling party secured a landslide win in the first parliamentary election of the post-Robert Mugabe era as the opposition and advocacy groups questioned the credibility of the process.

With almost three-quarters of the legislative results tallied, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front won 110 of the 210 directly elected seats in the National Assembly, electoral commission officials said Wednesday. Nelson Chamisa’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance won 40. Another 60 seats will be allocated to women based on the proportion of the vote their party wins.

After a largely peaceful campaign and vote on Monday, the focus now shifts to the credibility of the process and whether the results are accepted, key pillars needed to rebuild the southern African nation after two decades of decline under Mugabe’s rule. The jury is still out on whether the contest was fair, with observers noting a number of flaws and the opposition alleging there’d been a deliberate attempt to frustrate and suppress urban voters.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, the country’s largest group of non-governmental organizations, said the July 30 election “falls short of a credible process.” It cited concerns that the voters’ roll hadn’t been released prior to the poll, about a fifth of results from the presidential ballot weren’t published outside polling stations and that some voters had been “deliberately displaced.”

The MDC also questioned the pace of releasing tallies from the presidential vote. The ruling party’s margin of victory in legislative elections makes Mnangagwa, 75, the favorite in that race, which featured 22 candidates. The outcome will be announced once the counts from all provinces are received and verified, Priscilla Chigumba, the chairwoman of the electoral commission, told reporters. Final results must be released by Aug. 4.

The ZEC “seeks to release results to buy time and reverse the people’s presidential election victory,” Chamisa said on his Twitter account. “The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results.”

All you need to know about Zimbabwe’s elections.

Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who took control of the MDC after the death of its founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai in February, said on Tuesday that based on his party’s own count of unofficial results from more than 90 percent of the 10,985 polling stations, the MDC was “winning resoundingly” and ready to form the next government.

Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu accused individuals and parties of inciting violence by declaring themselves winners before the results were announced.

An observer group from the Southern African Development Community, a regional group, said in preliminary findings that the campaign and vote were generally peaceful and in line with the law, describing it as “a watershed” in the country’s history. Observers from the African Union found that the election was by and large well administered despite some logistical challenges, and the electoral commission was well prepared.

European Union and American observer groups are due to deliver their assessments of the vote later on Wednesday.

The ruling party forced Mugabe to resign in November, when the military briefly seized control of the country, and replaced him with Mnangagwa, his former deputy and spy chief. Whoever wins the vote will have to administer a broke Treasury that’s unable to service its loans or take out new ones, leaving little scope to improve government services, rebuild crumbling transport links and meet a plethora of other election pledges.

“The ability for the new government to kick-start the economy will in a large part depend on to what extent it can mobilize external support for whatever reform program they will embark on,” said Mark Bohlund, an Africa economist at Bloomberg Economics. “There is arguably a strong desire to help Zimbabwe pave its way out the economic disaster of the last decades, but also an understandable suspicion of the real intent of the political and economic elite to change their ways.”

 

Source: Bloomberg

Published in Economy
The Agribusiness Trade Group of the (LCCI) has advised farmers to conduct proper soil-testing before planting so as to engender healthier produce and bumper harvest.
 
Mr Tunji Falade, the Chairman of the group, gave the advice on Tuesday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
 
He said that the group would ensure that its members in the crop unit adhered strictly to the scientific approach of soil examination.
 
Falade said that it was a laid-down procedure for the crop unit members to use the soil-testing apparatus, during their planting season, to know the kinds of soil that were suitable for the cultivation of specific crops.
 
“In the LCCI Agribusiness Group, we have different units like the crop unit; the agro processing; livestock and poultry and the agriculture extension service sub-units.
 
“For our members in the crop unit, for instance, it is part of the laid-down procedures that even before they engage in planting, they do soil testing to ascertain the nutrient level of the soil.
 
“We are a bit more scientific in our approach to soil examination; and that is what we preach to our members, we tell them that the method is very critical.
 
“To do the soil-testing, farmers have to be sure that what they plant is actually suitable for the soil to enable them to get high yield; and that is an area which the crop unit consistently looks at,’’ he said.
 
Falade, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Kingsway Quality Foods International Limited, said that new entrants into agronomy were always advised to practise the soil examination.
 
He also said that spacing of plants was an important factor in efforts to boost productivity.
 
“We also encourage spacing of plants, looking at the calendar; we also tell our members who are new entrants into agronomy that soil examination is very crucial.
 
“As a group, we just do not do things anyhow; we are scientific in our approach and this has helped us tremendously, ’’he added.
 
 
 
Credit: NAN
Published in Agriculture
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has been elected as the new Chairman of the ‏Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
 
Buhari was elected at the just concluded ECOWAS Summit in Lome, Togo on Tuesday.
 
“The announcement was made shortly after a closed session of Heads of State of the Commission,” Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to Buhari on New Media and Engagement said in a tweet on Tuesday.
 
According to him, “President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected the new Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the just concluded ECOWAS Summit in Lome, Togo.
 
“The announcement was made shortly after a closed session of Heads of State of the Commission.”
 
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