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1. Nigerians may celebrate New Year in a blackout – Rep
Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, has expressed the fear that there might be a nationwide blackout over the ongoing industrial action by the National Union of Electricity Employees.
Members of the union had vowed to go on a nationwide strike after the 21-day ultimatum it issued to the Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, expired. The lawmaker representing Enugu said if urgent actions were not taken, Nigerians may end the remaining part of 2019 and celebrate the New Year in a blackout.
This is as the House of Representatives says it will meet with heads of Ministries of Power, Labour and the National Pension Commission to intervene in the industrial action by the NUEE on Thursday.
Okechukwu moved the motion under ‘Matters of Urgent Public Importance’ at plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday.
2. Rwanda scraps tax on sanitary pads
A tax on sanitary pads has been scrapped in Rwanda to make them more affordable, the ministry of gender has announced. Previously, an 18% value-added tax was placed on the pads. Consumers are yet to see if the move will reduce the price of sanitary pads in the shops.
A pack of ten pads currently sells for around 1,000 Rwandan Francs ($1.07; £0.81). Activists say that this cost has made them out of reach for some, which has had a big impact on their lives.
“For many girls and women, especially in rural areas, the cost of the pads is too high. Many still rely on reusable cloth pads” women’s activist Saidath Murorunkwere said.
She added that this is risky because women are more likely to get infections.
3. Harvey Weinstein arrives at court with a walker as bail gets hiked to $2 Million
Harvey Weinstein used a walker as he arrived at a court hearing on his criminal sexual assault case in New York City on Wednesday, while a judge increased the disgraced Hollywood producer’s bail to ensure he will not flee ahead of his trial after he allegedly failed to wear his electronic ankle monitor.
Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to undergo back surgery on Thursday to relieve back pain sustained from a car accident in August, his attorney Donna Rotunno said at the hearing, adding that his legal team insisted he uses a walker, according to reports.
At a hearing last week, Harvey Weinstein did not use a walker but was held up physically by another man as he walked to the court, while another member of his entourage carried a cane for him.
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to charges he raped a woman in a New York hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He could face life in prison if convicted. The producer, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault out of court by dozens of women, has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
4. Trump to target anti-Semitism on US college campuses
US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses, the White House said, a move that critics called anti-Semitic and a violation of free speech rights.
The order will broaden the federal government’s definition of anti-Semitism and instruct it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses, according to unnamed sources speaking to US media. The order was first reported by the New York Times, which said the move would effectively redefine Judaism as a race or nationality.
5. Napoli name former AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor
Napoli has appointed Gennaro Gattuso as the Italian club’s new head coach following the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday. Ancelotti was sacked just hours after taking Napoli into the Champions League last 16 with a 4-0 win over Genk. Gattuso, 41, previously managed AC Milan but left the Serie A club at the end of last season.
“We need to work hard, win back points and come through this tricky period,” said Gattuso. “The aim is to recoup points and get back into the Champions League positions.”
Napoli is seventh in Serie A, eight points off the top four. Gattuso played under Ancelotti at AC Milan and said: “He is like a father to me. He’s always been close to me and supported me. He’s won it all and I still have a lot to prove.”
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