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JAMB releases mock UTME result

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has released the results of the recent Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Thursday in Lagos said candidates are to check their results online by visiting www.jamb .org.ng with their registration numbers.

Benjamin described the conduct of the examination nationwide as hitch-free.

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A total of 245,753 candidates registered for the mock examination which took place on Monday.

Mock UTME is optional for UTME candidates.

The main UTME is expected to hold from March 9 to March 17

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World’s ‘first’ gold-plated hotel in Vietnam (photos)

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The world’s first self-proclaimed gold-plated hotel is now open for business in Vietnam, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the luxurious structure is now open for business.

The Vietnamese owners insist they have the Midas touch.

The “Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake hotel” cost $200 million to construct with a 24-carat plating across lobbies, an infinity pool and rooms with even cutlery, cups, showerheads and toilet seats receiving the golden treatment.

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Coffee is served in a gold cup and bath time is taken in gilded splendour.

The hotel which sits by Giang Vo Lake in the centre of the Vietnamese capital has 400 rooms and will operate under the American Wyndham Hotels brand.

While expensive for Vietnam, at $250 a night it is not prohibitive for wealthy locals craving a few nights living like Donald Trump, the US President renowned for his love of all things that glitter.

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The hotel wants “ordinary people to the super-rich… to check-in” both physically and on social media, said Nguyen Huu Duong, chairman of Hoa Binh group that owns the hotel. Nguyen Huu Duong, chairman of Hoa Binh group that owns the hotel said;

“We want the ordinary people to the super rich… to check-in. Our group has a factory that can do gold-plated stuff, so the cost for our equipment and furniture here is quite cheap.”

Phillip Park, a South Korean guest said;

“When I arrived here… I felt like a king, you know, the Pharaoh… the king of Egypt.”

The relatively modest construction price tag was achieved by sourcing the gold plating locally — significantly reducing costs.

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EU approves COVID-19 drug Remdesivir

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The European Commission has authorized the use of anti-viral drug remdesivir to treat severe cases of COVID-19.

The announcement was made on Friday, July 3, days after the US effectively stockpiled the world’s entire supply of the antiviral medication. Its approval came after two major US studies showed that remdesivir can reduce the duration of hospital stay for COVID-19 patients.

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EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement;

“Today’s authorisation of a first medicine to treat COVID-19 is an important step forward in the fight against this virus.

“We are granting this authorisation less than a month after the application was submitted, showing clearly the EU’s determination to respond quickly whenever new treatments become available.”

Remdesivir which is the only anti-coronavirus medication to be given the green light in the EU was originally intended as a treatment for Ebola.

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The green light comes on the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency which gave its conditional authorisation last week for the treatment of patients above 12 years of age who are suffering pneumonia and require extra oxygen.

It said its assessment was based mainly based on data from a study sponsored by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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Man, 27, arraigned for allegedly assaulting woman in Benin

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A  man identified as Chris Wealth, on Friday appeared before an Ogbeson Magistrates’ Court in Benin, for allegedly beating up a woman using his fist.

The 27-year-old man, whose address was not provided, was arraigned on a count charge of assault, but he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp Charity Asemota, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 6, at No. 1, Brizo St., off Lucky Way, Benin.

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Asemota said the defendant unlawfully assaulted one Blessing Sunday, by giving her several fist blows on different parts of her body, causing her to sustain injuries.

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She said the offence contravened Section 351 of the Criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. 11 Law of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable in Edo.

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If found guilty, section 351 prescribes one-year jail term for assault.

The Chief Magistrate, Mutairu Oare, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum.
Oare said that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court, and adjourned the case until July 13 for further hearing.

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