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Syria’s destruction revives a dream of rebuilding Lebanon’s railway

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TRAVELLERS to Lebanon have long bemoaned the state of the country’s roads. Writing in the 1850s, an Irish banker, James Farley, called the route from Beirut to Damascus a “wretched mule path”. The perilous journey over rough mountain passes took four days, as long as you dodged bandits and avoided the winter snow. The mules have gone but the sorry state of the country’s roads persists. Years of political chaos, low investment and more recently the influx of 1.5m Syrian refugees, which has sapped resources, exacerbated the problem. Could a revival of railways save the day? The fate of Lebanon’s rail network tracks the rise and fall of the country’s fortunes. Built by an enterprising French count when Beirut was still ruled by the Ottoman Turks, the first line opened in 1895, cutting the

Liberia gears up for an election

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AS LIBERIA prepares for a general election on October 10th, people are making their preferences known. Some wear T-shirts with the faces of candidates on them. Crowds of exuberant supporters block roads. The country was devastated by civil war for the best part of 14 years until 2003. But aside from a few scuffles, the campaign has been peaceful. People feel excited, not adversarial. Liberia is set to have its first transfer of power from one elected president to another since 1944. It is still not clear who among the 20 candidates will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president, who won a Nobel prize for securing Liberia’s peace. “Continuity” is the message of her Unity Party (UP). Its candidate is Joseph Boakai, Ms Sirleaf’s mild-mannered vice-president, who is seen by many as a saf

Nigerian Breweries, FRSC partner on safety campaign during ember months

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Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc says it has entered into a partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure safety on the highways by discouraging habit of drinking while driving. Mr Kufre Ekanem, the Corporate Affairs Adviser, NB Plc, made this known at a news conference on the campaign tagged: “Don’t Drink and Drive” in Lagos on Thursday. Ekanem said that the partnership was part of the company’s long-term agenda on responsible consumption campaigns. According to him, Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign is a corporate social responsibility initiative designed to improve safety on Nigerian roads by discouraging the habit of drinking while driving. “The campaign is designed to improve safety, especially among the commercial drivers and motorcycle riders, young people with access to c

Nigerian cows produce less milk than cows in other countries – Minister of Agriculture

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said that cows bred in Nigeria top the list of least milk producing cows in the world. The minister made the assertion at the 79th anniversary of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos on Thursday. He said that an average Nigerian cow produces less than one litre of milk per day compared to its counterparts in other countries where they produce as much as 100 litres per day. The minister cited the Netherlands as an example of a country where an average cow produces a minimum of 50 litres of milk per day, while in the United States, a cow’s milk production can rise to over 100 litres per day. Ogbeh said that part of the problem lies with the idea of moving cows from place to place, thus affecting meat and milk production. He stresse

Top Cows’ Milk Producing Countries In The World

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Cow milk is a nutritious liquid and known to be consumed by humankind for centuries. Its consumption had probably started with the domestication of the cow. Nowadays, milk is processed before packaging to ensure that harmful bacteria in the milk are killed. Apart from being popular as a beverage, cows’ milk is used to make a large number of products, including cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, liquid milk, ice cream, whey protein, and many more. In cows’ milk’s raw state, more than 87 percent of its chemical composition is water, while the other 13% consists of such dietary components as butterfat, whey and casein proteins, lactose (milk carbohydrates/sugars), and ash (vitamins and minerals). 10. UK (13.9 billion kilograms) In the United Kingdom, dairy farming has been a well-established prac

Nigeria now second leading producer of Sorghum in the world

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Nigeria’s agricultural production of sorghum has leaped to the second place, now trailing only the United States in annual production. Data obtained from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts world sorghum production at 59.34 million metric tonnes for 2017/2018. Of this number, USA’s output is projected to reach 8.4m metric tonnes while Nigeria is second with 6.4m metric tonnes, and Mexico comes in the third position with 6.0m metric tonnes. According to the USDA data, sorghum production was 63.08 million metric tonnes in 2016. This year’s output of 59.34 million metric tonnes represents a decrease of 3.74 million tonnes or a -5.93% decrease. Sorghum is a local grain that grows predominantly in the semi-arid, savannah and grassland region of Northern Nigeria and othe

Nigerian Beer Festival Kicks-off amid Merrymaking

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The First Nigerian Beer Festival got underway on Monday evening as billed amid an atmosphere of celebration at the Atlantic City Waterfront, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event opens daily with hundreds of fun seekers trooping to the waterfront to enjoy the excitement, fun and entertainment of the carnival. Nigerian Breweries Plc, the foremost brewer in the country, had an impressive display of products from its portfolio to provide enjoyment to consumers. The company has taken the lead in terms of the most visible and exciting branding with its products available for tasting and exhibition. Consumers took the opportunity to sample and enjoy the variety of brands from the brewers’ portfolio. Brands like Heineken, Star, Goldberg, Gulder, 33 Export and others were readily available for the cro