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America’s culture wars are spreading to hotels

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CHOOSING a hotel for a trip is generally seen as an apolitical decision. In contrast, restaurants and cafes have sometimes taken on an ideological tinge, with conservatives mocking liberals for their latte coffees, and liberals ribbing conservatives for their deep-fried everything and well-done steaks. But for most hotel users, location and good Wi-Fi matter more than the ideology of the owners. In some places that now appears to be changing: a trend turbocharged since the arrival of Donald Trump, an owner of an international hotel brand, in politics.Suddenly the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC—on the same street as the White House and Capitol building—became the most politically-charged building in the city, if not the country. Celebrity chefs scrapped their plans to open

Sona Group to unveil ethanol plant in January 2018

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Barring any unforeseen hiccups, Sona Group, a diversified conglomerate with interests in the beverage industry, biscuits, food and allied products among others said it has set a January 2018 date for the completion of a N3 billion ethanol plant it is constructing. The group hopes to meet local demand of ethanol with a daily production capacity of 120,000 litres, which translates to 43.8 million litres per year. The plant which is located at the company’s facility in Sango-Ota, Ogun State is expected to meet the company’s needs with the remaining being sold to local multinationals such as beverage manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and others. The firm noted that it has also received interest across the West African Coast including Ghana, Togo, Republic of Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Ivory

Beta Glass appoints Seun Oni as a Non-Executive Director

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Beta Glass Plc, the glass bottle and metal crown maker announced on Wednesday the appointment of Seun Oni as an independent non-executive director of the firm. According to a statement by the firm, Ms. Oni is a Senior Finance Executive, with over 25 years professional experience spanning Assurance & Business Advisory and leading Financial strategies and processes in multinational organizations. Ms. Oni started her career in 1991 with PricewaterhouseCoopers and took increasing roles within the firm, including leading multidisciplinary consulting engagements for large scale organizations across various industry segments. She moved into operational management in 1999, joining the Coca-Cola Company as the Budget and Planning Manager for Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and held varied roles of increa...

Heineken launches Premium beer Amstel into the Kenyan Market

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Heineken East Africa on Wednesday introduced Amstel beer into the Kenyan market. Speaking at the event to unveil the brand in Nairobi, Heineken East Africa General Manager, Uche Unigwe said, “The introduction of Amstel was informed by the growing demand by Kenyans for a different brand of quality beer in the market. “This provided a great opportunity for us to expand our portfolio of products thus we brought in Amstel to meet this demand”, he said. The GM noted that Kenyan drinkers now have the option of socializing without sacrifice with a beer that instills the confidence of a premium brand choice without losing taste or image. “We want consumers to question their relationship with their current domestic beer and we are confident they will ‘succumb to the aaah taste’ once they’ve experie

Kano State Government spends N208m to empower Tea Sellers

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje said that his administration has spent N208 million ($573,000) to empower 5,200 tea sellers in the state. The announcement was made on Saturday during an empowerment programme at the Government House, Kano. The governor said that the beneficiaries were selected from 484 wards in the 44 local government areas in the state. He said that the gesture was to help in improving the means of livelihood of the beneficiaries and that of their dependents. “Our government attaches so much importance to empowerment programme because at the end, the beneficiaries will be self-reliant, thereby improving the economic capacity of the state,” he said. The governor gave each of the beneficiaries N40,000 ($110) worth of empowerment packages – beverages, noodles, pasta, m

IDL holds annual distributor’s award; reintroduces Bull Dry Gin, Derok

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Intercontinental Distillers Limited (IDL), a leading spirits company and makers of Chelsea Dry Gin and Veleta Fruit Juice among others held its annual distributor’s award for the year ending October 2017. The award which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State is designed to reward distributors of the company’s products who excelled within the course of the financial year. The event saw Mrs. Yemisi Adewusi, Managing Director, YTT Distribution Limited and wife of popular film maker Gbenga Adewusi emerge the company’s overall best distributor. Emma Ogbata & Sons came in the second place, while Ogbohu Enterprises took the third place position. Speaking at the event, IDL’s Managing Director, Chief Patrick Anegbe highlighted some of the challenges the company faced over the course of the financial y

Kebbi State seeks partnership with FrieslandCampina WAMCO on dairy development

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As part of efforts to boost internally generated funds and improve the lives of its farmers, the Kebbi State Government has sought the assistance of dairy giant FrieslandCampina WAMCO, makers of Peak and Three Crowns milk, to explore the potential for livestock breeding, local sourcing and development in the state. The Governor of Kebbi State, His Excellency Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu paid a courtesy visit to the dairy maker on Thursday, 9th November 2017. During the visit, Governor Bagudu received insight into the company’s operations through a tour of factory facilities and dairy development sites in Oyo state. He was also briefed on the company’s key dairy development activities including artificial insemination, cattle feeding and breeding for high yield milk quantities. In a media

Nigerian Breweries, FRSC kick-off Annual Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign at Lagos Motor Park

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Nigerian Breweries Plc said it will continue to support the annual ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ campaign as part of its contribution to ensuring safe driving on the nation’s roads and keeping road users alive to contribute to the development of the country. The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Johan Doyer, who was represented by the firm’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, made this known in Lagos on Wednesday at a mega rally organized by the company for the DDD campaign at the Ojota New Garage. The rally is the second of three rallies scheduled for the year and is part of activities planned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the DDD campaign organized by Nigerian Breweries in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corp. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ekanem said, “We commence

Toutiao, a Chinese news app that’s making headlines

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WHEN rumours swirled in August that Baidu, a Chinese online-search giant, was buying Toutiao, the scrappy news-aggregation platform reportedly quipped in response that reports had mistaken the buyer for the seller. The firm is proud with good reason. Toutiao’s growth since its launch in 2012 has been stellar: it says it has already drawn 700m users to the personalised newsfeeds on its smartphone app. Its valuation has shot up, to $22bn in its latest funding round (see chart).Toutiao’s parent company, Bytedance, is definitely a buyer now. This month it snapped up Musical.ly, a lip-syncing video platform that has captivated American teens, for a reported $1bn. It looks like a good match. Musical.ly, based in Shanghai, is the first Chinese firm to build an app that has been so admired in the

Flannery unveils his strategy to revive GE

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“NUMBER one, cash is king…number two, communicate…number three, buy or bury the competition.” These rules were laid out by Jack Welch, a brash but brilliant former boss of General Electric (GE). The American industrial conglomerate, founded by Thomas Edison, has operations ranging from health care and aviation to lighting and energy. During Mr Welch’s tenure, from 1981 to 2001, his company’s market value rose from about $15bn to over $400bn. Today, it barely tops $150bn. Having fallen by more than two-fifths this year, GE is the worst-performing stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a composite index that has risen by nearly a fifth since January 1st.Jeffrey Immelt, Mr Welch’s amiable successor, violated all three rules. To be fair, he did steer GE through a sharp downturn in aviation