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Lori, George Schappell, world’s oldest conjoined twins, die at 62

Pennsylvania, April 14, 2024 –  Lori and George Schappell, the world’s oldest living conjoined twins have died. The twins passed away on April 7 of undisclosed causes, according to joint obituaries published by Leibensperger Funeral Homes in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. The Schappell twins were born in Pennsylvania on Sept. 18, 1961. The pair, who were 62 years and 202 days old, held the record for the oldest living conjoined twins, according to the Guinness World Records website.   Prior to George Schappell’s coming out as transgender later in 2007, the twins …

My trip with Gov Lawal of Zamfara, others on Air Peace’s flight from Jeddah to Kano

By – Hadiza Oyewumi Lagos, April 13, 2024 – My overall impression during the five and half hours flight was that Nigerians are increasingly appreciating the need to patronise Nigerian flag carriers. In a flight from Jeddah to Kano on Wednesday, April10, 2024, many top Nigerian government functionaries and VIPs were on board the Air Peace flight. It was a pleasant surprise to see several dignitaries and high networth personalities many of who in the past would rather fly Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian, Turkish Airlines or other foreign airlines on …

Financial institutions lost $12bn to cyberattacks in 20 years – IMF

Washington, April 12, 2024 – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says financial institutions lost a total of $12 billion to cyberattacks in the last 20 years. According to its April 2024 Global Financial Stability Report just released, $2.5 billion out of the amount was lost between 2020 and 2024, The IMF expressed concern that the rising incidents of cyberattacks on financial institutions globally could affect confidence in the financial system and destabilize economies. “Financial firms have reported significant direct losses, totaling almost $12 billion since 2004 and $2.5 billion since …

AfDB to partner civil society organisations

Abidjan, April 12, 2024  – African Development Bank (AfDB) says it is solidifying its partnership with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in West Africa. The AfDB said the issue was deliberated during the bank’s recent mission to Ghana. It said the mission focused on advancing an agreement signed between the bank and the West Africa Civil Society Institute in December 2023 on an action plan for 2024. The AfDB said the mission outlined collaboration in CSOs capacity building, resource mobilisation, knowledge management and advocacy. “Immediate initiatives highlighted in the plan include …

Afreximbank to hold 31st Annual Meeting in Bahamas

Nassau (Bahamas), April 11, 2024 – The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Friday signed the Agreement for The Bahamas to host the 31st Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM) and the third edition of the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF). The AAM will be held in Nassau from June 12 to June 14, 2024. Prof. Benedict Oramah, the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank, said: “Afreximbank’s historic decision to hold the 31st Afreximbank Annual Meetings in The Bahamas would be the first time it has been …

Senegal, ECOWAS and Democracy

By Paul Ejime Abuja, April 12, 2024 – When former President Macky Sall shook hands and handed the mantle of leadership to his successor President Bassirou Diomaye Faye, Senegal’s 5th, and youngest, on the 2nd of April 2024, he might have wondered what could have been, the “what ifs” and “if onlys.” After serving as Prime Minister and Speaker/President of the National Assembly under former President Abdoulaye Wade, and then president of the Republic for 12 years, Sall had the golden opportunity to exit power with dignity. But like most …

Fitch cuts China’s ratings outlook on growth risks

Beijing, April 10, 2024 – Fitch cut its outlook on China’s sovereign credit rating to negative on Wednesday, citing risks to public finances as the economy faces increasing uncertainty in its shift to new growth models. The outlook downgrade follows a similar move by Moody’s in December and comes as Beijing ratchets up efforts to spur a feeble post-COVID recovery in the world’s second-largest economy with fiscal and monetary support. “Fitch’s outlook revision reflects the more challenging situation in China’s public finance regarding the double whammy of decelerating growth and …

Nigerian woman completes solo London-Lagos road trip Sunday

Lagos, April 7, 2024 – Nigerian woman, Pelumi Nubi, who began a road trip from London on January 30, 2024, has arrived in Nigeria on Sunday. The 29-year-old was received by Lagos State Government officials on her arrival on Sunday morning at the Nigeria-Benin Republic border. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, the Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Idris Aregbe, received the travel content creator. There were also performances by the state’s cultural troupe. Gboyega Akosile, the Special Adviser …

Afreximbank takes financing roadshow to Liberia to boost trade, investment

Monrovia, April 3, 2024 – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has concluded a three-day roadshow in Liberia in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Liberia, Oakwood Green Africa, Loita Capital Partners International and Havit Inc.. The roadshow was aimed at bolstering Liberia’s efforts to grow trade. This follows a prior edition of the roadshow held in 2023. Eric Monchu Intong, Afreximbank’s Anglophone West Africa Regional Chief Operating Officer, led a high-powered delegation to meet with the newly elected President, H.E. Joseph Boakai and other government officials to …

Paths cleared to get ships past collapsed Baltimore’s key Bridge

Baltimore, April 2, 2024 – Paths are being cleared to get ships past the mangled wreckage at the Key Bridge collapse site to the Port of Baltimore. U.S. Coast Guard Captain David O’Connell, the federal on-scene coordinator for the Unified Response to the bridge collapse, said in an exclusive interview with CBS News two auxiliary channels are planned to open Monday: one along the northeast section of the channel, and one running along the south. The north side would accommodate boats requiring 10 feet of water or less to operate, while the …