By the end of that game, Messi had a gold medal dangling on his neck, his first and presumably last gold medal he would get from the senior World Cup since age at 39 then is likely to make him only a spectator of the 2026 world cup. For it to get to the semi final was a historic record as no African team has ever gone that far in the World Cup. That necessitated the shifting of the World Cup period to November/December, which is less horrendous than the June/July period. Nigeria cannot therefore dream of hosting the World Cup at the senior level. The competition for hosting the World Cup is fierce because it is the biggest football event in the world.
The North Korean military said its response to US-South Korean war drills would be “resolute and overwhelming”, state media reported Monday. The United States and South Korea have warned that such missile launches could culminate in a nuclear test by North Korea. North Korea will respond to all “anti-DPRK war drills” with “sustained, resolute and overwhelming” measures, it said. The North Korean air force also conducted a “large-scale all-out combat sortie operation”, involving 500 planes, according to KCNA. US-South Korea joint drills have long sparked strong reactions from North Korea, which sees them as rehearsals for an invasion.2 months ago The Guardian Nigeria
“Democracy has not helped Africa to attain the goals of development because elected governments have, generally, transformed into oligarchies and autocracies. Noting that poverty will continue to breed alienation, instability, insecurity and terrorism, the international affairs analyst said democracy in Africa has excluded people from core democracy participation. “Nigeria-South Korea relations have undergone significant improvement since 1980 in the areas of trade and economic relations, security and alliance formations, diplomatic and political collaborations, and socio-cultural interconnections. “However, both countries still need to explore closer political, diplomatic and economic ties, as a result of the significant mutual economic interests they share. Nigeria is also a key trading partner of Korea, having displaced South Africa as the Republic of Korea’s largest trading partner in Africa.2 months ago The Guardian Nigeria
Up to 100,000 people descended on Seoul’s popular Itaewon district Saturday night for the first Halloween event without Covid-19 restrictions in three years. “People that were at the back were pushing and pushing because they had no idea what was going on in the front.”How did people die? In documents posted two days before the event, the police said they only planned to have 200 officers present for the Itaewon Halloween event. “Itaewon vendors and government officials should have had more preparations about a massive crowd gathering,” he told YTN news. South Korea’s tech companies including Kakao Talk, and Twitter Korea, have urged users to refrain from sharing graphic images of the disaster.3 months ago The Guardian Nigeria
US President Joe Biden said Sunday he will seek to establish “red lines” in America’s fraught relations with Beijing in high-stakes talks with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The superpower sit-down will come on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia Monday, with leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies holding their biggest gathering since the pandemic. ‘Never been this complex’At a minimum, Biden and his allies want the G20 to make it clear to Putin that nuclear war is unacceptable. At a recent meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Xi said a nuclear war could not be won and should never be fought. “If eventually (the G20) leaders do not produce a communique, that’s that, it’s OK.”2 months ago The Guardian Nigeria
*14 countries reinstate mandatory test on Chinese travellersForeign airlines, yesterday, kicked against gradual return of travel protocols following the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in some parts of the world, especially China. The UK will also require a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test from passengers from China as of January 5, the Department of Health said on Friday. Those travelling from China to Australia will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test from January 5, Australian Health Minister Mark Butler said on Sunday. India has also mandated a COVID-19 negative report for travellers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Japan requires a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival for travellers from mainland China.23 days ago The Guardian Nigeria
North Korea fired a ballistic missile Wednesday, Seoul’s military said, the latest launch from Pyongyang following a record-breaking testing blitz earlier this month. “Strengthening surveillance and vigilance, the South Korean military maintains full preparedness while closely cooperating with the United States,” it added. Earlier this month, North Korea conducted a flurry of launches, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, which Seoul said appeared to have failed. North Korea fired a ballistic missile on September 25, which kicked off a spate of launches, including an intermediate-range ballistic missile which overflew Japan. Even though the joint drills are done for now, it’s unlikely that North Korea will lower tensions,” Park said.2 months ago The Guardian Nigeria
We have a proven production capacity of 2.49mbpd. Nigeria has lost nothing less than 120 million barrels of crude oil from January and September this year amidst revenue crisis. The level of crude oil loss in production translates to $12.6 billion going by crude oil production data obtained from the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC). Industrialization and economic growth thrive on a strong and effective state capacity as the case of thousands of abandoned projects in Nigeria illustrate. This paper has made the point that technological, engineering and industrial capacity advance only with a strong State capacity.2 months ago The Guardian Nigeria