UK to fly back 7,000 as Thomas Cook repatriation efforts enter second week

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority on Tuesday said 39 flights are scheduled to bring back a further 7,000 people to the country after the Thomas Cook collapse, as the operation enters its second week. So far 115,000 customers of a total of more than 150,000 passengers have returned in the largest peacetime repatriation ‘Operation Matterhorn’, which was launched on September 23, reports Reuters.

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Brazil, Canada, UK, others to partner Ooni on Oduduwa Heritage Museum project

The governments of Brazil and Cuba as well as many international  museum operators in  Canada,  the United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to partner the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on the multi-million naira Oduduwa Heritage Museum project. Oba Ogunwusi, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, added that  the more than N500 million museum would have their permanent  locations  in  in Ile – Ife and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He said  in addition to its permanent bases in Ile Ife…

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UK inflation rises in July

Britain’s inflation rate unexpectedly overshot the Bank of England’s two per cent target on Wednesday, raising the cost of living even before sterling’s slide has had much chance to feed into consumer prices. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said annual consumer price inflation rose to a three-month high of 2.1 per cent in July from 2.0 per cent in June, bucking the average expectation in a Reuters’ poll of economists for a fall to 1.9 per cent. The older measure of retail price inflation – which, this month, will…

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Nigerian-born UK police officer faces sack after Big Brother romance

Police poster girl Khafi Kareem defied her bosses to appear in a series of steamy romps on TV. The PC, who once stood alongside Met Commissioner Cressida Dick to promote female and black recruitment, was told not to take part in Nigeria’s Big Brother. But the 29-year-old had already been granted unpaid leave and joined the show, where she has romped three times with businessman Ekpata Gedoni, 31. Their romance has viewers gripped but she is facing an investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards. One colleague said: “She’s…

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Nigerian-born UK police officer faces sack after Big Brother romance

Police poster girl Khafi Kareem defied her bosses to appear in a series of steamy romps on TV. The PC, who once stood alongside Met Commissioner Cressida Dick to promote female and black recruitment, was told not to take part in Nigeria’s Big Brother. But the 29-year-old had already been granted unpaid leave and joined the show, where she has romped three times with businessman Ekpata Gedoni, 31. Their romance has viewers gripped but she is facing an investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards. One colleague said: “She’s…

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Man guilty of murdering 8 people, including 5 children

A man has been convicted of murdering eight people including five children in a ‘carefully planned’ house fire in 2002. Shahid Mohammed, 37, set the Huddersfield home ablaze after a long-running and bitter dispute with the family. He was investigated by police at the time but skipped bail and fled to Pakistan before a 2003 trial in which several other people were convicted for their involvement. During a four-week trial at Leeds Crown Court, jurors heard the fire at the Chisti family home had followed a grudge which the defendant…

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UK shares lags peers as upbeat retail data boost pound

UK shares lagged their European peers on a trade war relief rally on Thursday, after better-than-expected UK retail data boosted the pound, which acts as an accounting drag on their foreign revenues. The FTSE 100 FTSE closed up 0.5 per cent while the leading euro zone stock index .STOXX50E jumped 1.1 per cent, its best performance in two months. According Reuters News, while analysts had expected a strong spring and summer to come to an end, British shoppers kept up their spending spree in August, despite the end of the…

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Forgery: Don’t harbour Adeosun, PDP tells UK

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the British government to immediately repatriate the former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun who have confessed to have forged her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Exemption Certificate, back to the country. The party also told President Muhammadu Buhari to stop parading himself as “Mr. Integrity” for allegedly aiding Mrs. Adeosun to escape justice. PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the British government should not shield Adeosun from facing the course of justice. It reminded the…

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How alleged yahoo boy swindled Uk lover of £150, 000 – witness

Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court, Lagos yesterday heard how an unemployed young man, Sowunmi Gabriel Oladipo allegedly defrauded a female British National, one Stephanie Metacalfe of £150′ 000. Oladipo, who portrayed himself as both Brian Kinsella and Gabriel Solomon, met Stephanie sometime in June 2014 on an online dating site as Brian (resident in the Brompton United Kingdom) where they chatted and later turned lovers. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Oladipo on a four-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence…

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2019: UK mulls new Sukuk as Brexit boosts Islamic finance

Britain plans to reissue Islamic bonds in 2019, a government official told Reuters, in a sign the country’s exit from the European Union may accelerate plans to develop an Islamic finance industry. In 2014, Britain became the first Western country to issue an Islamic bond or sukuk, raising £200mn ($268mn) from a five-year deal that was 10 times oversubscribed. Officials of British government, according to Gulf Times, said at the time this was a one-off transaction rather than part of a regular programme. But a Treasury spokesperson said the UK…

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