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NBC receives Nigeria Safety Awards for Excellence

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Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), the bottler of Coca-Cola products in Nigeria has received the prestigious Nigeria Safety Awards for Excellence in recognition of the company’s continuous compliance to standards in occupational health and safety. The award presentation ceremony took place at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, amidst selected and credible national health and safety regulatory governmental organisations, professional bodies and stakeholders in matters relating to health and safety of employees in the workplace. Commenting on the award, Legal, Public Affairs and Communications Director, Sade Morgan, reiterated that, “At NBC, utmost priority is given to occupational health and safety in all aspect of our operation. At the core of our integrated annual business plan is

Zimbabwe mulls restricting alcohol sales to curb abuse

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The Government of Zimbabwe is considering restricting the sale of alcohol to certain days, hours and to pregnant women. The Sunday Mail, a Zimbabwe newspaper reported that the policy proposes to bar the sale of alcohol during the week, regulate the number of hours to sell the products and provide guidelines on the consumption of alcohol during special events like parties and weddings on the basis of the venue in which they are held. The policy also proposes to prosecute vehicle drivers found with blood alcohol concentration of above 0.08 per 100ml and merchants found selling the product to pregnant women. The initiative also proposes that any alcohol advertisement should be done not less than 100 metres from a road intersection, school, clinic, hospital, church and old people’s homes. The

Mexico’s FEMSA to sell stake in Heineken

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Mexico’s FEMSA announced on Monday it would sell 5% of a 20% stake it holds in Dutch brewer Heineken NV. The stake is said to be worth about €2.5bn ($3bn). Heineken’s relationship with FEMSA began in 2010 when the Dutch brewer acquired the beer business of FEMSA which gave the Mexican firm a 20% stake in Heineken. L’Arche Green NV, the company through which the Heineken family controls Heineken Holding NV, said it would acquire €200m of the €2.5bn in shares FEMSA was putting up for sale. “The participation of L’Arche Green NV in the share offering by FEMSA underlines the long-term commitment of the Heineken family towards the Heineken Company,” the company said in a statement. FEMSA and Heineken fell out in July following the Dutch brewer’s acquisition of Japanese brewer Kirin’s Brazil bee

Western officials are trying to avert the next war in Iraq

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AS THE jihadists of the so-called Islamic State (IS) retreat, the Arab and Kurdish forces allied against it in Iraq are turning their arms towards each other. Rather than celebrate victory, Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called a referendum on independence for September 25th, not just in his constitutionally recognised autonomous zone but in the vast tracts that his forces seized from IS. Protesting against this threat to Iraq’s integrity, Haider al-Abadi, the country’s president, gathered his commanders at Makhmour, opposite the Kurdish front lines. If the referendum went ahead, Kurdistan “might disappear”, he warned. Hoping to prevent their allies from sparring, Western mediators have stepped in. But as The Economist went to press, Mr Barzani remained committed to h