US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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Zenith B’ball League: First Bank, Dolphins win again as 1st phase ends

The first phase of the National Women’s Basketball League sponsored by Zenith Bank ended on Monday in Abuja with favorites First Bank and Dolphins maintaining winning streak. A total of 18 teams from various parts of the country took part in the competition which started on April 10 at the Package B Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Abuja. However, three top contenders maintained an unbeaten run so far in the league series which is expected to continue in Kaduna from May 1. First Bank, Dolphins and Customs after…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Abuja airport runway ready today –FAAN

  NCAA: Project 99 per cent completed Airport opens Wednesday   The runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be ready today, two days ahead of the deadline. Managing Director Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma, gave the assurance in Abuja yesterday. “We will be ready April 17, but we are leaving the remaining two days for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). They have to certify that what we have done is in accordance with their standards. “If there is any obseration as a…

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Team Nigeria targets Badminton title in SA

Nigeria’s badminton team to the Africa Badminton Championship in South Africa is confident of emerging champions as hostility begins on Monday (today). The team departed the country at the weekend for the championship scheduled for April 16 to 23 with six players, comprising of four male and two female who will be representing the country in the Mixed Team event as well as Individual Championship. Captain of the team Babalola Gideon who is ranked number one in the country, was confident Nigeria would come out tops in South Africa. “We…

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Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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I’m going hubby shopping (36)

James was furious. He charged towards Alice and suddenly pulled back. He snarled at her, “Who did you call a prostitute? Kiki?” Then, his face transformed from anger to something Alice couldn’t just make out. “Gawd, I love that woman! If she agreed to marry me, I would have kicked you out of the house long ago,” he said. Alice stared at him, mouth agape. “Oh, you’re in love with your brother’s wife? Are they aware? If you had married her, she would still have gone to a real man…

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Money talks: Easter holiday on a budget

This edition, we will explore how to enjoy a fabulous holiday in a harsh economy. Sounds crazy right? While your first instinct in these climes would be to scrooge on whatever naira is indeed coming in, remember that taking time off to relax is equally as important. You can gain much more than you would loose from a holiday because you will refresh and reboot as well as relax enough to face whatever comes after. Recreation and relaxation are so important to your health and eases your blood pressure which…

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