Trump To Make First Trip To Britain In July

United States President, Donald Trump poses with children of press and staff during “Take your Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 26, 2018.
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United States President, Donald Trump, will make a long-awaited visit to Britain on July 13, Downing Street announced on Thursday, his first since taking power in January last year.

The visit had been repeatedly delayed amid a series of diplomatic spats and fears that it could be overshadowed by mass protests.

“The President of the United States will visit the UK on 13 July,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said in a statement, adding Trump would hold bilateral talks with the British leader.

May controversially offered Trump a state visit — which would involve meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace — when she was the first foreign leader to visit him after entering the White House.

The invitation provoked an uproar in Britain, where the US president’s “America First” agenda, including a proposed ban on immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries, is unpopular.

British lawmakers called on May to withdraw the offer, while protesters promised to turn out in record numbers.

The July trip is set to be a working visit, with the US president expected at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11 and 12.

Meanwhile, the offer of a ceremonial state visit remains on the table, according to a Whitehall source.

May has faced repeated calls to withdraw the state visit offer following diplomatic fallouts with the American leader, who has already visited several other European capitals.

Relations turned particularly testy last November after Trump shared three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos posted by far-right group Britain First.

The retweeting caused consternation in Britain and further calls to scrap any visit.

When May condemned Trump for sharing the messages, he tweeted at her “don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom.”

Trump later made a rare apology, saying he did not know the group’s background before sharing.

The US leader was expected in the British capital for the opening of the new American embassy on the banks of the River Thames in a former industrial area that is being regenerated.

But Trump again caused potential offence when he disparaged the neighbourhood and announced that he would not be coming to London.

He cited the reason for the no-show as the decision to sell America’s old embassy in Mayfair for “peanuts” and the new $1.2 billion site as in “an off location” for 1.2 billion dollars.

“Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!” he tweeted.

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Almakura Receives Biometric Screening Report

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe Nasarawa State government has received the final report of the biometric screening exercise of workers and pensioners of the state that it contracted a firm to carry out on the seventh of July, 2014.

It was undertaken to verify the actual number of workers and pensioners of the state.

Mr Tanko Almakura while receiving the report at the government house on Friday expressed belief the submission was timely and assured them it would be implemented immediately.

During the submission, leader of the delegation and consulting firm, Idris Yakubu, who outlined the objective of the exercise to eliminate ghost workers, advises the government to implement the report immediately.

The Governor also applauded the efforts of the consulting firm and believed the submission was timely, especially now that the state had intended to adopt the Treasury Single Account to manages resources and block loopholes.

He promised to implement the final report without wasting any time, as he ordered constituted authorities to act fast in that direction.

The exercise, which is the third and lasted for 18 months has gotten hold of over 1,600 ghost workers and will save the government a huge sum of money annually if implemented.

Kaduna: Yero Releases N800 Million Pensioners’ Entitlements

Kaduna governorState government has paid the retirement benefits worth over N840 Million Naira to 309 retired civil servants; who have served the state meritoriously.

While speaking during the presentation of cheques to the pensioners, Governor Yero noted that, despite the dwindling revenue accruing to Kaduna, the state government has expended over N2 billion for the payment of gratuities of civil servants who retired between January to July, 2014.

The governor also disclosed that his administration has paid a total of N4.7 billion as backlog of retirement benefits for the state civil servants dating back to seven years, and also cleared the backlog of gratuities and death benefits of retirees and deceased staff in the service.

It was a moment of joy for this senior citizens as they filed out to receive their cheques from the governor, most of whom just retired from service last year.

The beneficiaries are batches 5, 6 and 7 of pensioners who were captured in the months of May, June and July, 2014. They filed out to receive the cheques from the state governor in the admiration of their relations and colleagues.

While pledging the commitment of the State government towards ensuring prompt payment of pensions and other retirement benefits, Governor Yero said his administration remained committed to settling all pension liabilities as part of efforts to raise the production capacity of the civil service.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the state government for the payment of their pension and gratuities, and also promised to reciprocate the gesture by voting massively for the governor, who is seeking a re-election for another four year term.

It is expected that the wealth of experience that this pensioners have acquired over the years in service will be an added advantage in terms of initiating viable ventures with the money.

Japan PM To Seek Fresh Mandate For ‘Abenomics’ With Snap Poll

japanJapan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has called an early election, two years ahead of schedule.

At a news briefing, he said he would dissolve parliament later this week and is also delaying a planned but unpopular increase in sales tax.

Mr Abe was elected two years ago with an ambitious plan to revive the economy, but has struggled to do so.

His popularity has fallen but he is expected to win the election, which will take place in mid-December.

Analysts say Mr Abe is looking for a secure mandate ahead of introducing unpopular policies that could see his popularity fall even further.

The prime minister – who returned to power in December 2012 pledging to revive growth with a radical mix of hyper-easy monetary policy, spending and reform – insisted his policies were working and challenged the opposition to come up with an alternative.

“I am aware that critics say ‘Abenomics’ is a failure and not working but I have not heard one concrete idea what to do instead … Are our economic policies mistaken, or correct? Is there another option?” He asked at a televised news conference. “This is the only way to end deflation and revive the economy.”

But Abe pledged that the sales tax rise, needed to fund swelling social security costs and curb Japan’s massive public debt, would be implemented without fail in April 2017.

Abe is seeking to renew his mandate just as doubts about the success of his strategy are deepening.

No election for parliament’s lower house needed to be held until late 2016. But Abe is hoping to cement his grip on power before his support ratings, now below 50 percent in some surveys but still sturdy by Japanese standards, slip further.

His voter support took something of a hit from funding scandals in his cabinet last month, and next year he is expected to tackle unpopular policies such as restarting nuclear reactors that went off-line after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

FRSC Warns Against Fake Licenses And Number Plates

frsc-logoThe Federal Road Safety Corps has warned motorists and drivers against patronizing touts in order not to obtain fake drivers’ license, number plates as it will start arresting those without new number plates from July 1.

The FRSC Secretary from the headquarter in Abuja, Commander Kayode Fanola announced this while briefing journalists on the need to sensitize the public to beware of patronizing touts.

He urged motorists to follow the procedure by patronizing the legally recognized agencies in the issuance of drivers’ licenses and plate numbers to avoid being charged to court. He added that if arrested with the fake documents, it could be likened with having fake Naira notes and international passports.

He therefore noted that the Corps is collaborating with banks to ensure that drivers’ license being presented are verified to detect and arrest offenders, while also urging state governments to consider the issue of the drivers’ license and plate numbers as security concern and not means of generating funds alone.

Comm. Fanola announced that the last day of the month of June 2014, will be the final day for the renewal and obtaining of new number plates and warned motorists to avail themselves of the opportunity to obtain the documents before the deadline.

FG Lost N365 Billion To Oil Theft In July- Ngama

The Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama

The federal government has lost a total of N365 billion to oil theft in the month of July.

The minister, who reeled out by the Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja, attributed other decline to the gross revenue from the oil sector to leakages of pipeline and repair works at major oil facilities in the country.

Dr. Ngama however said that a total of N715 billion is to be distributed to the federal, state and local governments for the month of July.

The gross revenue dropped 42% month-on-month to N497.98 billion ($3.1 billion) in July, because of disruption to oil production caused by thieves hacking into pipelines, the Finance Ministry said Friday.

“The gross revenue of N497.98 billion received for the month was lower than the Naira 863.02 billion received in the previous month,” the ministry said in a statement.

“This was due to continuous theft of crude oil, leakages, pipeline breaks at various terminals, high-pressure compressor failures and repair work.”