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MGA Entertainment Initiates Merger with Zapf Creation AG

LOS ANGELES and RÖDENTAL, Germany, Oct. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MGA Entertainment, Inc. (MGA), one of the world’s largest and fastest growing privately held toy and entertainment companies, announced today that it intends to merge with Zapf Creation AG, Europe’s leading manufacturer of nurturing dolls. Specifically, MGA’s wholly-owned German subsidiary, which is the current direct major shareholder of Zapf Creation AG, has approached Zapf with an invitation to enter into negotiations of a merger agreement. MGA and Zapf Creation AG have had a collaborative business relationship for the sales and distribution of both companies’ brands for nearly 20 years. The merger is expected to close in Spring 2024.

No further details are available at this time; however, the leadership of the companies will work closely to plan the merger and will make appropriate announcements as information becomes available.

About MGA, Entertainment, Inc.
MGA Entertainmentis one of the largest and fastest growing privately held toy and entertainment companies in the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices globally, the company creates innovative, proprietary, and licensed consumer products and entertainment properties, including toys, games, dolls, apparel, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery, sporting goods, movies, and television series. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as L.O.L. Surprise!™, Little Tikes®, Rainbow High™, Bratz®, MGA’s Miniverse™, Fluffie Stuffiez™, Na! Na! Na! Surprise™, Micro Games of America™, BABY born®, and Zapf Creation®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgae.com or check us out at LinkedIn, Threads, Instagram and Facebook.

About Zapf Creation AG
Zapf Creation AG is Europe’s leading manufacturer of nurturing dolls and a global brand supplier of children’s toys. The company develops and sells premium play concepts, as well as play and functional dolls with extensive accessories that are famous all over the world. This also includes an increasing number of products from other toy categories. All Zapf Creation brands share the same high standards of quality, design, safety, and play value. For more information, please visit www.zapf-creation.com.

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eXp Realty Convida Veterano de Imóveis Bryon Ellington para Revolucionar Aprendizagem Voltada para o Agente

Líder premiado em desenvolvimento de negócios e de operações atuará como Diretor de Aprendizagem nesta função recém-criada

BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A eXp Realty®, “the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™” e a principal subsidiária da eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI), anunciou hoje a nomeação de Bryon Ellington como Diretor de Aprendizagem, responsável pelo desenvolvimento de treinamento e coaching personalizado e voltado para agentes.

Ellington, profissional com mais de 20 anos de experiência em imóveis e coaching, traz um vasto conhecimento e experiência para a eXp Realty. Ele se concentrará no desenvolvimento de treinamento voltado para agentes de todos os níveis, estabelecendo um novo padrão de sucesso no setor imobiliário.

“A dedicação de Bryon ao sucesso do agente se alinha perfeitamente aos nossos valores, e ele se destaca por impulsionar o crescimento e novos fluxos de receita”, disse Glenn Sanford, Fundador e CEO da eXp Realty. “Sob sua liderança, a eXp Realty se tornará a principal corretora de treinamento, com foco em oferecer a melhor instrução e recursos para ajudar nossos agentes a se destacarem. Ao longo da sua carreira, Bryon ajudou vários agentes a serem altamente elogiados, a aumentarem suas métricas de produtividade e expandirem seus negócios.”

Ellington dedica-se a ajudar empreendedores do setor imobiliário a conquistar negócios além dos seus sonhos. “Estou muito contente em fazer parte da equipe da eXp Realty e de poder contribuir para sua missão de capacitar os agentes a atingirem todo o seu potencial”, disse ele. Com a eXp, tanto um agente novo como um que lidera uma equipe enorme pode continuar a expandir seus negócios para exceder seus objetivos.”

A impressionante carreira de Ellington inclui funções executivas notáveis, mais recentemente como Diretor de Operações e Diretor de Desenvolvimento da Century 21. Ele também ocupou cargos na Keller Williams, como Diretor de Produtos e na KW Worldwide, como Diretor de Operações da divisão de Franchising Internacional. Além disso, ele atuou como Diretor de Aprendizagem, onde suas realizações lhe renderam a distinção de ganhar o prêmio T125 Top Training Companies da revista Training durante quatro anos consecutivos, além de entrar para o Hall of Fame.

No início da sua carreira, na Anywhere (Realogy), ele criou e liderou com sucesso as divisões de treinamento e coaching para todas as marcas de franquia e operações de propriedade da empresa.

Sobre a eXp World Holdings, Inc.
A eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI) é a holding da eXp Realty®, Virbela® e SUCCESS® Enterprises.

A eXp Realty é a maior empresa imobiliária independente do mundo, com mais de 89.000 agentes nos Estados Unidos, Canadá, Reino Unido, Austrália, África do Sul, Índia, México, Portugal, França, Porto Rico, Brasil, Itália, Hong Kong, Colômbia, Espanha, Israel, Panamá, Alemanha, República Dominicana, Grécia, Nova Zelândia, Chile, Polônia e Dubai além de continuar a crescer em todo o mundo. Como uma empresa de capital aberto, a eXp World Holdings oferece aos profissionais do setor imobiliário a oportunidade única de ganhar prêmios de capital por metas de produção e contribuições para o crescimento geral da empresa. A eXp World Holdings e suas empresas oferecem um conjunto completo de soluções tecnológicas de corretagem e imobiliária, incluindo seu inovador modelo de corretagem residencial e comercial, serviços profissionais, ferramentas colaborativas e desenvolvimento pessoal. A corretora na nuvem tem por base a Virbela, uma plataforma 3D imersiva profundamente social e colaborativa, que permite que os agentes sejam mais conectados e produtivos. A SUCCESS® Enterprises, ancorada pela revista SUCCESS® e seus ativos de mídia, foi fundada em 1897 e é uma marca e publicação líder em desenvolvimento pessoal e profissional.

Para mais informação, visite https://expworldholdings.com.

Declaração de Previsão

As declarações de previsão contidas neste documento, podem incluir expectativas futuras ou outras declarações de previsão que têm por base a atual opinião e suposições da administração que envolvem riscos e incertezas conhecidos e desconhecidos que podem fazer com que os resultados reais sejam substancialmente diferentes dos resultados previstos. As declarações de previsão são válidas apenas a partir da presente data, e a empresa não tem nenhuma obrigação de atualizar ou revisar tais declarações. Tais declarações não são garantias de desempenho futuro. Fatores importantes que podem fazer com que os resultados reais sejam material e adversamente diferentes dos expressos nas declarações de previsão incluem, mudanças nos negócios ou outras condições de mercado; dificuldade de manter o crescimento das despesas em níveis modestos e, ao mesmo tempo, de aumentar a receita; e outros riscos detalhados ocasionalmente nos registros da Comissão de Valores Mobiliários da empresa, incluindo, mas não se limitando ao Relatório Trimestral protocolado mais recentemente no Formulário 10-Q e no Relatório Anual no Formulário 10-K.

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eXp World Holdings, Inc.

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Denise Garcia

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eXp Realty s’appuie sur Bryon Ellington, professionnel chevronné de l’immobilier, pour révolutionner l’apprentissage axé sur les agents

Le leader primé du développement des affaires et des opérations va occuper la fonction de directeur de l’apprentissage dans ce poste nouvellement créé

BELLINGHAM, État de Washington, 09 oct. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eXp Realty®, cabinet de courtage immobilier le plus axé sur les agents de la planète (« the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™ ») et filiale principale d’eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq : EXPI), a annoncé aujourd’hui la nomination de Bryon Ellington au poste de directeur de l’apprentissage, responsable du développement de formations et de coachings personnalisés axés sur les agents.

M. Ellington, professionnel chevronné ayant plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans l’immobilier et le coaching, apporte une mine de connaissances et d’expertise à eXp Realty. Il se concentrera sur le développement de la formation axée sur les agents à chaque niveau, établissant un nouveau standard de réussite dans le secteur de l’immobilier.

« Le dévouement de M. Bryon Ellington envers la réussite des agents s’aligne parfaitement sur nos valeurs, et il excelle dans la stimulation de la croissance et les nouvelles sources de revenus », a déclaré Glenn Sanford, fondateur et PDG d’eXp Realty. « Sous sa direction, eXp Realty va devenir le courtier leader en formation, se concentrant sur l’offre de la meilleure éducation et des meilleures ressources qui aideront nos agents à exceller. Tout au long de sa carrière, M. Bryon Ellington a aidé de nombreux agents à recevoir des distinctions incroyables, à augmenter les indicateurs de productivité et à développer leurs activités. »

La passion de M. Ellington est d’aider les chefs d’entreprise du secteur de l’immobilier à développer leurs activités au-delà de leurs rêves. « Je suis ravi de rejoindre l’équipe d’eXp Realty et de contribuer à sa mission consistant à donner aux agents les moyens d’atteindre leur plein potentiel », a-t-il indiqué. « Que vous soyez un nouvel agent ou que vous dirigiez une vaste équipe, avec eXp, vous pouvez continuer à développer votre entreprise pour dépasser vos objectifs. »

Lors de sa carrière professionnelle impressionnante, M. Ellington a occupé des fonctions de direction remarquables, à savoir le plus récemment celles de directeur de l’exploitation et de directeur du développement chez Century 21. Il a aussi travaillé chez Keller Williams, en tant que directeur des produits et directeur d’exploitation de la division KW Worldwide International Franchising. Par ailleurs, il a occupé le poste de directeur de l’apprentissage, où ses réussites lui ont valu de remporter le prix T125 Top Training Companies du Training Magazine pendant quatre années consécutives, ainsi que d’être intronisé au Temple de la renommée.

Plus tôt dans sa carrière, chez Anywhere (Realogy), il a créé et dirigé avec succès les divisions de formation et de coaching pour toutes les marques de franchise de l’entreprise et ses propres opérations.

À propos d’eXp World Holdings, Inc.
eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq : EXPI) est la société holding d’eXp Realty®, Virbela® et SUCCESS® Enterprises.

eXp Realty est la plus grande société immobilière indépendante dans le monde avec plus de 89 000 agents aux États-Unis, au Canada, au Royaume-Uni, en Australie, en Afrique du Sud, en Inde, au Mexique, au Portugal, en France, à Porto Rico, au Brésil, en Italie, à Hong Kong, en Colombie, en Espagne, en Israël, au Panama, en Allemagne, en République dominicaine, en Grèce, en Nouvelle-Zélande, au Chili, en Pologne et à Dubaï, et elle continue de se développer à l’échelle internationale. En tant que société cotée en bourse, eXp World Holdings fournit aux professionnels immobiliers l’opportunité unique d’obtenir des primes en actions en fonction de leurs objectifs de production et de leur contribution à la croissance globale de l’entreprise. eXp World Holdings et ses entreprises offrent une gamme complète de solutions technologiques en matière de courtage et d’immobilier, y compris son modèle innovant de courtage résidentiel et commercial, ses services professionnels, ses outils de collaboration et le développement personnel. Le service de courtage basé sur le cloud est alimenté par Virbela, une plateforme 3D immersive profondément sociale et collaborative, permettant aux agents d’être plus connectés et productifs. SUCCESS® Enterprises, ancrée par le magazine SUCCESS® et ses propriétés médiatiques connexes, a été créée en 1897 et est une marque ainsi qu’une publication de premier plan dans le domaine du développement personnel et professionnel.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter le site https://expworldholdings.com.

Énoncés prospectifs

Les énoncés contenus dans les présentes peuvent inclure des énoncés de futures attentes et d’autres énoncés prospectifs se basant sur les opinions et suppositions actuelles de la direction et impliquent des risques connus et inconnus ainsi que des incertitudes pouvant causer une différence substantielle entre les résultats, performances ou événements réels et ceux exprimés ou sous-entendus dans ces énoncés. Ces énoncés prospectifs sont valables uniquement à la date indiquée dans les présentes, et la société n’assume aucune obligation de les réviser ou de les mettre à jour. Ces énoncés ne sont pas des garanties de performances futures. Des facteurs importants pouvant causer une différence substantielle et défavorable entre les résultats réels et ceux exprimés dans les énoncés prospectifs comprennent les changements commerciaux ou d’autres conditions du marché ; la difficulté de maintenir la hausse des dépenses à des niveaux modestes tout en augmentant les recettes ; et les autres risques détaillés de temps à autre dans les dépôts de la société auprès de la Securities and Exchange Commission, y compris, sans s’y limiter, le rapport trimestriel le plus récemment déposé sur formulaire 10-Q et le rapport annuel sur formulaire 10-K.

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Angolan Minister defends protection of natural diamonds

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, on Monday in Luanda defended the alignment between natural diamond producing countries to improve the management and protection of this type of precious stones.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting of the Ad-hoc Committee for the Review and Reform of the Kimberley Process Certification System, he stressed the need to better organise, from an environmental and management point of view, to reduce capital and operating costs, as well as to better promote natural diamonds.

“In our specific case, we are adding value to natural diamonds by cutting and polishing them. These are the measures we have to take and, in addition, continue to protect the natural diamond itself, with the producing countries being more aligned,” the Minister said.

Regarding the meeting of the Ad-hoc Committee, he said that it was taking place at a difficult time for the natural diamond industry and also in the face of some situations aimed at promoting synthetic diamonds.

“We need to be more aligned, all the countries that produce natural diamonds, so that we can defend our cause in the face of this whole situation that is going on now,” he said.

“It’s not enough for us to just bemoan the fact that synthetic diamonds are out there. We have to take measures at all levels, both in terms of the environment, money laundering, illegal exploitation of natural diamonds and the way we carry out mining activities,” Diamantino Azevedo emphasised.

He added that it was necessary to improve the way we manage and produce diamonds and to reduce costs in order to adapt to the new situation.

Diamantino Azevedo reaffirmed the Angolan government’s commitment to the United Nations certification mechanism for conflict prevention.

The meeting of the Ad-Hoc Committee for the Review and Reform of the Kimberley Process Certification System is taking place from 9 to 10 October, with representatives from Kimberley Process member countries, industry and civil society.

At this event, the attendants are evaluating the proposals to be presented by the heads of the sub-working groups, as well as taking stock of the activities carried out by these sub-working groups during the first half of this year

Source: Angola Press News Agency

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Angolan referees attend CAF training

The Angolan assistant referees Jerson Emiliano dos Santos and Ivanildo Lopes are part of the list of 64 professionals selected for the preparatory training to take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from September 11 to 16, with the aim to improve their performance at the African Cup of Nations (CAN’2023).

The six-day training session will be given to 32 referees and an equal number of assistant referees , as well as four video referee officials and six technical and physical instructors with a certain amount of experience.

According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the training will include physical, theory and technical tests which will ensure that all referees can be aware of the rules of the game , video assistant referee, among other important issues regarding refereeing activity.

The CAF representative for Refereeing and Football Technology, Noumandiez Desire Doue revealed that they have selected the best professional referees and technical professionals on the continent to ensure the success of the continental tournament.

Angola qualified for the final phase of the Africa Cup of Nations to take place from January 13 to February 11, 2024 in Côte d´Ivoire.

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NUJ condemns alleged assault on NAN Assistant Chief Correspondent by VIO

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Chapel has condemned the alleged assault on Mrs Philomina Attah, an Editor/Assistant Chief Correspondent of the agency by an official of the Director of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, FCT Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO).

This is contained in a letter to the director of the FCT VIO titled “PROTEST LETTER AGAINST ASSAULT OF A NAN JOURNALIST, CAUTION YOUR OFFICERS” dated Oct. 5.

The letter was jointly signed by the Chairman, Collins Yakubu-Hammer and Secretary, Funmilayo Adeyemi respectively and copied to the Minister of FCT and Chairman of NUJ FCT Council.

Others copied are the Chairperson of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) FCT Chapter, Chairperson, Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) FCT Chapter, and the Executive Secretary, National Human Right Commission.

The union expressed sadness over the alleged unprofessional conduct perpetrated by a VIO Officer identified as Officer James, attached to the Idu outpost of the service.

“On Sept. 29, officer James assaulted Attah, an Editor/Assistant Chief Correspondent on her way to work to attend an editorial meeting.

“He stopped her in the middle of the road at the Idu Junction, Abuja and refused to allow her to pull over, claiming her papers had expired, even when it was pasted on her car windscreen that it would expire on Sept. 30, and she had already initiated the renewal process with the service.

“The said officer slapped her, calling her unprintable names. Some few minutes after the humiliation and assault, she got a text message via her phone that her vehicle papers renewal process was successful.

“In as much as the union will not want to press legal charges against the directorate/VIO and the said officer for now, we will appreciate it if you can call your officers to order,” the union said.

The union demanded a written apology by officer James of the Idu outpost of the service.

It also urged the directorate to take disciplinary action against officer James to deter other overzealous staff of the service.

The NAN NUJ pleaded with the director to look into the issue of neatness, civility/decorum, professionalism and sanity of the officers on the road.

“As partners in progress, we will always educate our members to ensure obedience to traffic signs, lights and renewal of vehicle papers as at when due” the union said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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NASS committed to securing Nigeria, says Rep

Rep. Ibrahim Almustapha-Rabah (APC-Sokoto) says the National Assembly is fully committed to securing the country.

Almustapha-Rabah, who represents Rabah/Wurno Federal Constituency spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

” All of us at the National Assembly are working hard on one issue or the other either individually or collectively, the objective is the same, a better and secure Sokoto State and Nigeria.

” We hope these modest efforts and approaches will yield a positive result in the near future.

“ We are therefore on it securely, proactively and we are as always focused and alive to our responsibilities,” he said

Almustapha-Rabah said the problem of insecurity perpetrated by few of the criminally-minded elements amongst the citizens has eaten deep into the fabrics of the country.

He added that insecurity and its associated challenges had already overstretched the delicate communities.

” These communities were hitherto blossoming economic hubs populated by very active, happy and determined people.

” The landscapes were very green, richly endowed and highly fertile, ready for anything to grow for prosperity and wealth creation.

” Our blessed livestock population provides all we need to support not only our basic needs, but even self – help community projects and to, as well, support others,” Almustapha-Rabah said.

He said those beautiful sceneries have faded over the years, the simple reason being that the fertile lands provide a safe haven to miscreants.

Almustapha-Rabah said miscreants freely move with sophisticated weapons, killing, maiming, seizing livestock and kidnapping for ransom.

The lawmaker lamented that the insecurity situation was an act similar to a war of attrition, economic sabotage and annihilation.

” Unfortunately those criminal elements were nurtured by our collective action or inaction in addressing the identified gaps particularly in education and employment generation.

” The street boys, the out of school children, the Almajiris of the last 20 years are the grown up unemployed population we are managing today.

“ Some of them frustrated and hopeless went into drugs and crime, the nexus being failure to address some basic issues of needs and development in the past.”

He asserted that Education, Infrastructure, and Agriculture remain the major drivers of development and must be taken seriously for the state to succeed.

” At our level, there was virtually nothing we had not raised and discussed at the chambers on way and means and how to go about it,” the legislator said.

According to him, it is therefore going to be a mere repetition and a duplication of effort to continually bring up the issue for publicity sake.

“ More often, the resolutions passed by the National Assembly require time and funding to implement.

” We believe the present administration at both the Federal, under President Bola Tinubu and Sokoto State, under Gov. Ahmed Aliyu are committed to redressing the ugly trend.

”They have this zeal more than ever before to support those concerned security agencies to deliver on their constitutional mandates,” Almustapha-Rabah said.

He said that recently, the governor bought operational vehicles to further support the security agencies.

” We on the other hand as your representatives, having identified some of the gaps and the root cause of the problem, are working hard, though silently, to restore our infrastructure,” the lawmaker said.

Almustapha-Rabah listed some of their projects to include the dilapidated 81km Rabah-Bakura road, solar- powered lights, empowerment for women and recent efforts to restock livestock.

“ Efforts to get our children back to school, creating jobs through alternative and second chance opportunities for school drop-outs in the country among others, are our ongoing projects,” he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Pipelines rehabilitation contracts award based on industry norms – NNPC Ltd

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) has clarified that the contracts for pipeline rehabilitation were awarded based on evaluation criteria and in accordance with industry standards.

The management of the NNPC Limited made this known in a statement on Sunday while reacting to reports in some sections of the media alleging underhand dealings in the contract award.

It said the contracts, which were advertised, were awarded based on rigorous evaluation criteria and in line with industry norms.

“The attention of the NNPC Ltd has been drawn to reports in an isolated sections of the media alleging underhand dealings in the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of pipelines across the country.

“It is crucial to provide accurate information to address any misconceptions and ensure transparency in our operations.

“We would like to state categorically that these reports are fallacious and designed to bring the good name of the Company into disrepute.

“NNPC Limited is deeply committed to adhering to the highest standards of transparency and global best practices in all our activities, and this includes our contracting process,” it said.

The NNPC Limited, while re-emphasising its commitment to transparency, said it subjected the selection process to a competitive tender guided by Bureau of Public Procurement standards, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission expertise, and the active involvement of a Transaction Advisor.

It said it also had representations from NEITI and the Ministry of Justice in the project development team and the evaluation exercise.

It listed the composition of Consortium members per lot spread across Nigeria.

“LOT 1: Oilserve Ltd, Chu Kong Steel Pipe Group Company Ltd, Saudi Crown Oilserve.

“LOT 2: MacReady Oil and Gas Services, COBRA Instalicios S.A, Control Y Montajes Industriales and International De Pipelines, Iron Products Industries Ltd, Batelitwin Global Services Ltd, Bauen Empresa Constructora SAU, Sanderton Energy Ltd, The Spanish National Association of Manufacturers.

“LOT 3: A A Rano, Zakhem Construction Nigeria, Bablinks Resources Ltd, VAE Controls S.R.O and LOT 4: MRS Oil and Gas, CPPE Nigeria Ltd

“It is imperative to emphasise that these contracts are Build, Operate and Transfer agreements, and selected partners are to finance the rehabilitation and do not entail the transfer of control of these assets to any particular company,” it said.

It said its objective was to enhance the integrity and functionality of the pipelines to facilitate the efficient transportation of crude oil to refineries and the distribution of its products across the country.

According to the NNPC management, the ownership of these strategic national assets remains with NNPC Limited, and are fully committed to ensuring their continued operation in the interest of over 200 million Nigerians.

It would be recalled that some sections of the media recently alleged that NNPC Ltd had awarded juicy rehabilitation contracts of the nation’s pipelines to four oil companies, including two downstream retailers. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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4 die, 3 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident

Four persons were killed on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday when a luxury bus rammed into a truck.

Three other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries in the accident.

Mrs Florence Okpe, Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun, confirmed the incident in Abeokuta.

She said the truck did not stop after the bus rammed into it while negotiating a bend around “Kara’’ axis on the expressway.

Okpe said also that 21 persons, 13 men and eight women, were involved in the accident.

The corpses were deposited at a morgue in Sagamu in Ogun, while the injured were taken to a nearby hospital, she said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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JUST IN: Court sentences police officer to death for shooting lawyer dead

Justice Ibironke Harrison of a Lagos High Court has sentenced a police officer, Darambi Vandi to death by hanging for shooting dead a Lagos-based lawyer, Mrs Omobolanle Raheem, on the last Christmas Day.

Details shortly….

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NTI, JICA partner on school-based management committee project – DG

The National Teachers’ Institute ( NTI), Kaduna has concluded the necessary arrangements to collaborate with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) project.

The institute’s Director and Chief Executive, Prof. Musa Garba-Maitfasir, explained that the arrangements was the outcome of a recent collaborative meeting between NTI and JICA, held in Abuja.

Earlier at the meeting, Garba-Maitafsir, who had disclosed the support JICA had given the Institute, applauded the Japanese Government through JICA, Nigeria Office.

He reeled out to the JICA officials the efforts of his administration in renovating SMASE hostels at the institute for conduciveness of the participants during training.

Garba-Maitafsirr said that the SMASE project was well accepted in all states of the federation ” because of its positive impact, coupled with trained national trainers , who were trained internationally.”

He assured the Japanese that NTI was well structured and equipped with the needed facilities and resource persons for any collaborative training.

The JICA Nigeria Office Project Adviser , Madam Kona, said they were impressed with NTI for sustaining the Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education project for more than ten years , in spite of the exit of the partner.

” Therefore, as a result of NTI’s commitment, JICA wants to collaborate with NTI on School -Based Management Committee (SBMC) implementation and sustainability for quality education in Nigeria,” she said.

Also, Dr. Armiya’u Malami-Yabo, Special Assistant to the Director and Chief Executive of NTI, informed the JICA officials about the Zambian 2023 Knowledge Co-creation , KCCP training Programme.

He said that it was attended by three SMASE Trainers on ” Enhancement Training of Management in Vocational Training Institutions.”

Justifying the choice of NTI, Armaya’u-Yabo, said that the institute has made an effort in the development plan and implementation of SBMC by UNICEF in Nigeria.

It had also participated in the development of the Whole School Development Plan ( WSDP), as well as trained many teachers and education managers.

According to the report, the concern of the project, among others, is on the competency of teachers for effective teaching and learning processes.

During the discussion, Madam Mayo, the Project Consultant presented the foundational model based on the research conducted on needs assessment for the implementation of SBMC project in Nigerian schools.

The areas of focus in the project are: Leadership, Communication and Support, while it will contribute by building the capacity of Nigerian teachers through NTI on proper implementation of SBMC and its sustainability for quality education.

Meanwhile, JICA has offered NTI two slots for nominated candidates at the Institute to study for a Masters Degree in Africa Business Education, plus six months of internship.

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The meeting, which was held at NTI North-Central Zonal Office , Abuja was also attended by Dr Zama Ismaila-Haliru, Konan Saori, Minami Mayu, Ja’afar Hussaini-Aliyu and Misbahu Adamu-Sani.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Rep. Mathew promoting peaceful coexistence through sports in Kaura constituency

Rep. Donatus Mathew (LP-Kaduna) has promised to promote peace and harmonious relationship through sports in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Mathew, who represents Kaura Federal Constituency made the promise at the opening of a friendly football match between Executive members of Labour Party in Zone 1 and Zone 2, in Kaura LGA on Sunday in Kagoro.

Zone 1 team is made up of executive members from Kadarko, Kaura, Zankan, Manchok and Bondon Wards, while Zone II is made up of executives from Malagum, Kpak, Fada, Agban and Kukum Wards.

The lawmaker explained that the friendly match was to cement a mutual cordial relationship among members of the party and promote peaceful coexistence.

He explained that part of his campaign promise was to ensure a paradigm shift through constituency engagement for quality representation and harmonious relationship among the different people in the area.

He recalled that he equally promised to strengthen unity among the divided people in the LGA with a view to work together for sustainable development.

“This is why sport is key in ensuring peaceful coexistence and love for one another irrespective of ethnic, political, and religious divide.

“We will use sports as an instrument to bring our people together to interact, laugh and have fun, while building talent among the youths, particularly those considering sport as a career,” he said.

Mathew said that sports competitions would be organised from time to time to foster unity among the people as part of a strategy to promote peace.

At the end of the match, Zone 1 emerged victorious with a 1 – 0 win over Zone II.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria