Mining for modernization in the Gulf states
Saudi Arabia is bolstering its efforts to diversify the country’s revenue sources away from liquid gold, also known aspetroleum, to mining actual gold and other minerals. At the end of December, a new mining law will take effect, making it easier and more financially attractive for both local and international stakeholders to invest in the mining sector.The kingdom is trying to attract capital from investors like Qasem al-Ali, a Saudi gold investor based in London, who currently invests in Africa. Initiatives such as the new law have spurred Ali to consider investing in Saudi Arabia’s gold ind...
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Business forum aims to continue ‘tech-for-good revolution’
If states wish to regain the trust of their respective citizens in the post COVID-19 age, transparency must be embraced, a leading British businessman said at the launch of the Israel Impact Economy Forum on Monday.Citing the Procter & Gamble shareholders rebellion, where investors voted against management policy to protest deforestation last month, Global Steering Group chairman Sir Ronald Cohen argued that norms are already changing.Organized by GSG, Social Finance Israel and TechForGood, the online launch event allowed participants to listen to lectures and discussions held by Cohen and Tec...
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Northern Women Advocate For Peace As Insecurity Rises
Women from the 19 northern states of the country have again expressed their displeasure over the growing spate of killings, abductions and violence across the nation.The women, under the auspices of Northern Women Peace Forum, led by their National Coordinator, Hajiya Binta Kuraye, who addressed journalists during the weekend in Abuja immediately after a mini rally, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to act.National Secretary of NWPF, Hajiya Amina Goya, stressed the need for every Nigerian, particularly women, to join hands and put an end to various clashes leading to death of many Nigerians...
Western states call for massive rent relief — and political wins
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The best hope for swift pandemic aid to struggling California tenants and landlords might come from Georgia.State lawmakers from California and three other Western states this week are urging their congressional delegations to step up with $100 billion for rent relief — an achievable goal, they believe, if Democrats win two seats in U.S. Senate elections in Georgia, seize control of the upper chamber, and push a significant stimulus bill through Congress.Assemblymember David Chiu, D-San Francisco, chair of the housing and community development committee, said the federal aid...
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Kidnappers On The Prowl
Kidnappers were on the prowl between Thursday evening and Friday in Ondo, Kogi and Ekiti states where a policeman was killed and a Chinese abducted.In Ondo State, a few hours after the killing of a first class traditional ruler State, armed men suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday night abducted the wife of the Chief of Staff to state governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale.It was gathered that the woman, who was returning from Lagos, was kidnapped in Owena in Idanre Local Government Area of the state.A source disclosed on Friday that the gunmen stopped the vehicle in which the woman and others were t...
Uproar in Senate over 1% VAT compensation for states affected by ENDSARS violence
Ethnic sentiments and interests dominated the debate on compensation for states affected by the violence that erupted during the EndSARS protests at the Senate on Tuesday.Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South) had brought a motion under urgent matter of national importance on the need for the Federal Government to assist the Lagos State Government in rebuilding its infrastructure.In a similar motion, Senator Gershom Bassey (Cross River South), called on the National Assembly to compensate Cross River based on the level of destruction that took place in Calabar, the state capital.Olujimi noted th...
Biden likely to help states increase health care access
President Donald Trump has spent four years trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to bolster the law and give states new tools to expand coverage.Among them: more money and additional guides to help people buy health insurance on the ACA exchanges; support for states that want to allow more people onto Medicaid rather than fewer; and a crackdown on health care plans that don’t offer the minimum benefits required by Obamacare.Unlike the Biden health care idea that has attracted the most attention — the addition of a Medicare-like public option to the...
Power abuse by major states prevents resolving conflicts – Russian FM
By TrendThe resolution of any conflicts should be carried out by the participants themselves based on the principles of international law, and the major power states should create conditions for this instead of imposing solutions from the outside, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said to journalists on the Russia-24 TV channel, Trend reports citing TASS.“We have seen many times that when international players begin to act on the basis of these principles [of the UN Charter], respecting each other’s sovereignty, the principle of non-interference in sovereign affairs and the principle of p...
Australia's two biggest states reunite in emotional scenes on Monday as the border - shut for only the second time in 101 years due to the coronavirus pandemic - reopened and the first flights since July landed in Sydney from Melbourne. It was the first such border closure since 1919 when Australia was battling the Spanish flu. Photo: VCGCopyright Global Times. All rights reserved.Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Soybeans Scarcity Looms Over Poor Harvest
Farmers of soybeans in Benue, Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna states have identified drought as the reason for the poor harvest experienced this year. Although the farmers and other agric experts mentioned other factors, such as high cost of inputs, inability to access fertiliser due to COVID-19 lockdown, etc, they said the long drought experienced in August was the major challenge.Our correspondent in Benue State gathered from a cross section of farmers that the poor harvest might result to scarcity of the crop in the season ahead.Stakeholders are worried that the country may witness a surge in t...