‘IT spending in EMEA to exceed $1trn in 2018’

IT spending in Europe the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) is projected to total $1 trillion in 2018, an increase of 4.9 per cent from estimated spending of $974 billion in 2017, according to the latest forecast by Gartner Inc. In 2017, however, all categories of IT spending in EMEA underperformed global averages. Currency effects played a big part in the weakness in 2017, and will also contribute to the strength forecast in 2018, the report stated. “The U.K. has EMEA’s largest IT market and its decline of 3.1 per…

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Oshonaike hails Oribamishe for YOG ticket

African table tennis queen Funke Oshonaike has hailed youngster Esther Oribamishe who won the African Continental Qualification tournament and booked a ticket to 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Despite missing out on participation at the 2017 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships, Oribamise was in terrific form at the continental qualification event as she beats Egypt’s Marwa Alhodaby in the final in Tunisia on Monday. Victory over Morocco’s Ines Outolla in the last four (11-4, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1) guaranteed a top two finish and the Olympic qualification in the Girls’ Singles…

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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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Trump tax march: Thousands urge president to release finances

    Protests have been taking place in more than 150 locations across the United States to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Trump broke a long-held tradition by not releasing his paperwork during his presidential campaign. His critics want to know who he has been dealing with and if there are any conflicts of interest. At least 21 people were arrested in Berkeley, California, in clashes between Trump opponents and supporters. There is no law requiring presidents to release their tax returns, but Trump has…

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Debt threatens FG’s economic recovery plan

Nigeria’s recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP2017-2020) appears to have been generally well received by industry experts. However, the country’s already high debt service ratio in proportion to income, is raising concerns in some quarters about government’s ability to fund the scheme. TONY CHUKWUNYEM writes   Nearly two years after he assumed office, President Muhammadu Buhari last Wednesday, launched what his administration has tagged the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (NERGP2017-2020). Although the event came about a month after the Ministry of Budget and National Planning posted…

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Varsity don, pregnant woman, six others die in Ebonyi auto crashes

                …seven injured     A Professor with the Federal University, Ndufu- Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Robert Nneli, and seven others, including a pregnant woman, yesterday lost their lives in multiple accidents that occurred along the Ezzamgbo axis of the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway. Nneli, who is the Dean of Studies of Basic Medicine of the University and Human Physiology, was travelling in his Toyota Camry to his hometown in Anambra State, when the incident occurred. It was gathered that the first accident which involved a Camry and truck occurred at…

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Décor ideas for colourful bedroom

Many people simply overlook the fact that their bedroom should be able to take care of them 24/7, rather than catering for them as a chamber of sleep only. Your sleeping quarters should be able to accommodate you with your morning-to-night time routines wholly, and purchasing stylish and reliable bedroom furniture extras is one of the best things to do in this regard. You should not hesitate much in spending on items like storage trunks, casual seating solutions, reading chairs, sofa beds, dressing tables, nightstands and similar items, which can…

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Surprise as Buhari stays away from FEC

Minister: President is hale and hearty   President Muhammadu Buhari was absent from yesterday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja. Buhari, it was gathered, had stayed back at home to attend to other important issues of state. In his stead, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the FEC meeting. The meeting commenced at 11a.m. and ended at about 1:30p.m. Osinbajo and cabinet ministers had assembled in the council chambers, venue of the meeting as usual, waiting for the arrival of President Buhari who did not show up.…

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Growing South-West with Anchors Borrowers’ Programme

Nigerians, by now, should be sufficiently convinced that the economic recession gripping their country for some months is a blessing in disguise. If anything, the recession has re-invented the worldview of the governments both at the federal and state levels on economic issues, infusing into them the creativity and vision meant to lead Nigeria out of woods. For years, Nigerians have been paying lip service to the idea of economy diversification as a means to avoid overdependence on oil resources. This omission has entailed some fatal consequences which ultimately advanced…

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