Monthly Archives: May 2012

POL SNIPES: Anambra: Home for all oddities

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor The political oddities that have shadowed Anambra State since the advent of democratic rule in 1999 without doubt exceed the political cranks that may have erupted in any of the other states of the federation. Under the tenure of its first fourth republic governor, Dr

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Tobacco giants undermining public health, say UN, WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) yesterday said tobacco giants undermine public health. The WHO, at an event in Geneva, Switzerland to mark the World No Tobacco Day, accused tobacco giants of stalling efforts to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), a global treaty with 175 countries as parties

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Prometheus film review: Depth is an alien concept for Ridley

By Chris Tookey PUBLISHED: 18:39 EST, 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 18:42 EST, 31 May 2012 Prometheus (15) Rating: Like so many now classic horror films, Alien (1979) was critically under-rated and even vilified on its release, as was Sir Ridley Scott’s other venture into sci-fi, Blade Runner (1982). Perhaps that’s why he has taken his time to go back to the future.

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New electricity tariff takes off today

By Oscarline Onwuemenyi, EMMAN OVUAKPORIE & Kunle Kalejaye A NEW electricity tariff regime with potentially grave cost implications for urban dwellers, the rich and commercial concerns commences today. The new tariff regime reduces the cost of electricity for rural consumers who do not use electronics or other heavy equipment. However, more affluent consumers, commercial and industrial consumers would pay significantly higher rates above the N4 per kilowatt hour that would be paid by the very poor.

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Informal workers call for massive investment in critical sectors

By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG FEDERATION of Informal Workers of Nigeria, FIWON, has called for massive investment in the critical sectors of the economy and called on the government to ensure a conducive working environment for workers especially those in the informal sector. The umbrella body for the informal workers in the country specifically demanded investment in decent work place, basic shelter, potable water and storage facilities to provide conducive working environment for them. FIWON, in a statement by its General Secretary, Comrade Gbenga Komolafe, to mark 2012 Democracy Day, lamented that despite the fact that the informal sector constituted over 80 per cent of the Nigerian population contributing over 65 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, their working environment remained makeshift, hazardous and precarious with oppressive regulatory controls

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