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SARS, Cholera, Sanchez for Mkhitaryan: Your Wednesday briefing

Petrol queues return despite NNPC's sufficiency claims

Fuel scarcity. Photo: Premium Times

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Good morning, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.


The Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education probing the death of three students of Queen’s College, Lagos, has heard that lack of portable water in the institution caused the school to promote students who did not sit for exams.

A former Principal of the school, Dr. Lami Amodu, said this when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Monday.


Marginal rise in Zambia cholera death toll

The water borne disease, whose outbreak was reported in October, has affected more than 3 500 people in the Southern African country.

Government and humanitarian organisations however remain hopeful the further spread of the disease can be curtailed after the establishment of the Cholera Treatment Hospital in the capital Lusaka.

With a total population of over 2 million people, the capital is the epicentre of the deadly outbreak.


Operatives of the police Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, opened fire on a relaxation spot in Dorowa, near the School of Health Technology, Zawan, Jos south local government area of Plateau state, killing one and injuring others.

According to Mr. Stanley, the police “were not provoked.”

“SARS police personnel entered the drinking joint and opened fire on the people, many were shot and taken away by the police. This Morning (Tuesday) we learnt that one of them died.”

Mr. Stanley said SARS have been threatening the residents.


Paris fashion week: Ralph & Russo unveils a fairytale

Christian Dior’s Spring/Summer collection 2018 in Paris. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The aesthetic of Ralph & Russo, the only extant British haute couture house, can be summed up as dresses in which to marry a prince. So while Kylie Minogue sat front row between the supermodels Karlie Kloss and Natalia Vodianova, and despite the actors Lupita Nyong’o, Tracee Ellis Ross and Allison Williams wearing the label on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday evening, the most significant name currently linked with the brand belonged to a certain Meghan Markle, who was nowhere to be seen. Perhaps Markle, who sparked rumours of a Ralph & Russo wedding dress when she chose the brand for her official engagement photo, is one of the brand’s 1.7 million social media followers. If so, she will have seen the show’s finale, an off-white duchess satin gown with a draped bodice, long train encrusted with leaves of Swarovski crystals and lace veil embroidered with silk petals.


The 17.8cm tall HomePod is pitched as a music-first wireless speaker that can be controlled by voice using Apple’s Siri assistant, which can also set timers, reminders, check the weather and control smart home devices.

Apple HomePod finally available to buy, three years after announcing it

“It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalogue and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.


Manchester United got Alexis Sanchez while Arsenal got Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a straight swap, but which of these teams got the better deal?

Firstly, the two unveilings revealed which team was more prepared to receive. Manchester United released a video of Sanchez on a grand piano with the iconic No.7 while Mkhitaryan was spotted looking not so happy with a numberless jersey.


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