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Five things about Nigeria: The superpower with no power

Image copyright AFP More than 84 million Nigerians are geared up to vote on 16 February, but what do you know about Africa’s most-populous nation and largest economy? 1) Afrobeats – one of its greatest exports Nigerian musicians are touring the world and picking up awards at the forefront of the global craze for Afrobeats. This is not to be confused with the late, great Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat (without the s) – Nigeria’s soundtrack to the 1970s and 1980s, which mixed traditional rhythms with funk and jazz. Image copyright Getty…

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Man threatens pub drinkers with power saw in Sale

A man burst into a pub revving a power saw and threatened terrified customers. Andrew Dicken, 37, ran amok in The Bulls Heads on Cross Street, Sale, Greater Manchester, at 00:45 on 9 February. Dicken earlier admitted affray at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 11 March. Source link

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Gavin Williamson: Armed Forces have to be prepared to use hard power

Image copyright AFP/Getty The UK needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use “hard power” or risk being seen as a “paper tiger”, the defence secretary will say. Gavin Williamson will warn in a speech that Britain must stand up to those who “flout international law”. He will also say that the UK has its “greatest opportunity” to redefine its position on the world stage after Brexit. Labour said the military had been “completely undermined” by Tory cuts. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute on Monday, Mr…

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How school yearbooks have the power to destroy lives

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGovernor Northam: I am not the person in that photo There are many ways to bring down an opponent, but up until a few months ago, who would have thought a school yearbook would be quite such an effective tool? But time and time again, old school yearbooks are being dug up and thrown open – revealing treasure troves of comments and pictures the implicated would have preferred remained buried. Just look at the way the words of Supreme Court Judge Brett…

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GE urges speedy fix for power turbine blades, says blade broke in 2015: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Electric Co is advising some buyers of its big power turbines to switch out faulty blades sooner than expected and has disclosed that a blade broke in 2015, according to a presentation reviewed by Reuters and people briefed on the matter. The second blade break, which has not been previously reported, involved an earlier turbine model and was similar to a break last September that severely damaged a turbine in Texas and shut it down for two months of repairs. The defective blade issue affects…

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Edinburgh-based energy supplier Our Power folds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Electricity supplies to Our Power customers are “secure” Edinburgh-based Our Power, which has 38,000 customers, has gone out of business. Its website said the interests of customers would be protected and power supplies were “secure”. The jobs of 70 members of staff at the not-for-profit company are at risk. An administrator is expected to be appointed on 31 January. The Scottish government is thought to have lost nearly £10m in loans to the failed energy supplier. The firm was set up four years ago…

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Venezuela crisis: Russia condemns bid to ‘usurp power’ from Maduro

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands attended a rally in Caracas on Wednesday against President Maduro Russia has condemned foreign powers for backing a Venezuelan opposition leader who declared himself interim president, calling it a bid to “usurp power”. Moscow said that the move violated international law and was a “direct path to bloodshed”. Juan Guaidó declared himself interim leader on Wednesday and was recognised by the US and several other nations. President Nicolás Maduro, who also won support from some countries, has broken off diplomatic relations…

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Climate change: Is nuclear power the answer?

Image copyright Getty Images Nuclear is good for the environment. Nuclear is bad for the environment. Both statements are true. Why is it good? Nuclear power is planned to be a key part of the UK’s energy mix. The key benefit is that it helps keep the lights on while producing hardly any of the CO2 emissions that are heating the climate. CO2 emissions come from traditional ways of creating electricity such as burning gas and coal. And the government is expected to have halted emissions almost completely by 2050,…

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Wylfa: Decision on future of nuclear power station expected

Image copyright Horizon Nuclear Image caption Wylfa Newydd would have a 60-year operational life A decision is expected about whether work to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey will be halted. Japanese media has reported that Hitachi will suspend construction of its £20bn Wylfa Newydd plant – with the board due to meet on Thursday. Wales’ Economy Secretary Ken Skates said he expected an announcement to be made during the morning. Anglesey council said if the project was paused it would be a “tremendous blow” to the north…

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Hotel to operate on battery power in Edinburgh

Image copyright Premier Inn An Edinburgh hotel is claimed to be the first in the UK to be powered by battery. The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park has installed a five-tonne battery. It will charge from the national grid in off-peak periods and power the 200-room site for several hours each day. The 3m3 lithium ion battery will save the hotel £20,000 a year on its energy bill. It is able to power the hotel, including the restaurant, for up to three hours after a two-hour charge. Premier Inn’s…

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