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WhatsApp to Offer In-App Purchases, Cloud Hosting Services

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Facebook Inc FB. O on thursday said its Whatsapp Messaging App would start to offer in-app purchases and hosting services, as it moves to boost revenue from the app while knitting together e-commerce infrastructure across the company

Facebook Inc FB.O on Thursday said that its Whatsapp Messaging App would start to offer in-app purchases and hosting services, as it moves to boost revenue from the app while knitting together e-commerce infrastructure across the company.

The world’s biggest social media company has been trying to boost sales from higher-growth units such as Instagram and WhatsApp, which it bought in 2014 for $19 billion but has been slow to monetize.

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With the changes, This will enable businesses sell products inside WhatsApp via Facebook shops, an online store launched in May to offer a unified shopping experience across Facebook’s apps.

The Company will also enter the cloud computing sector, offering firms who use its customer service messaging tools the ability to store those messages on face book servers.

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Fashion Designer, Alber Elbaz Dies in Paris Aged 59

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Fashion Designer, Alber Elbaz Dies in Paris Aged 59

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Designer Alber Elbaz, who worked at some of France’s best-known fashion houses, has died in Paris aged 59.
His business partner Johann Rupert said Elbaz had died from COVID-19 in Paris, France.
From 2001, Elbaz was Artistic Director at Lanvin, where he was credited with rejuvenating the brand until he was sacked in 2015.
Elbaz who was famously known for “inclusive vision of fashion” revived lanvin by transforming it to focus mainly on women’s fashion.

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His dresses were favored by hollywood actresses, including Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep who wore one of his gowns, in gold lamé, when accepting the Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady in 2012.
He also recently launched his own label, AZ Factory.
He was rewarded with many of the fashion industry’s top prizes, including an award named for his old mentor, Geoffrey Beene.
In 2016, he was made a member of the French legion of honour, the country’s most prestigious fashion award.

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Obiano dethrones 3 traditional rulers, reinstates 5 others

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Obiano dethrones 3

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra has withdrawn the certificates of appointment of three traditional rulers in the state and also reinstated five others.

Chief Greg Obi, Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs announced this on Friday in Awka.

Obi in a statement dated Dec. 17 and entitled: “Update on Suspension of Igwes in Anambra’’ said the governor acted according to the powers vested on him by the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Law, 2007.

He gave the names of the traditional rulers who had their certificates withdrawn as, Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo of Nawfia Town, Igwe Anthony Onyekwere of Owelle and Igwe G. B. C. Mbakwe of Abacha.
The governor announced the lifting of suspension on five traditional rulers including , Igwe Simon Chidibem of Umumbo, Igwe A. N. Onwuneme of Ikenga, Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo of Alor, Igwe Chukwuma Orji of Ezinifite and Igwe S.O. Obiora of Ezira.
Obi said the withdrawal and reinstatement of the certificates were with immediate effect.

According to the statement, the government is also reviewing the suspension slammed on Igwe Kelly Nkeli of Igbariam, Igwe Dr Emeka Iluno of Ifitedunu and Igwe Peter Uyanwa of Ukwulu.

Obi said all the affected traditional rulers have one month to submit the certificates of recognition to the Secretary of the Local Government of their communities from the day of the announcement.

Recall that the Anambra government on August 11, 2020 suspended 12 traditional rulers for alleged gross misconduct.

According to Obi who announced the suspension, during the sanction period, the suspended traditional rulers are required to stop holding court as traditional rulers and to desist from discharging traditional rulers’ functions in their communities or anywhere in the state and beyond.

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F.G. on Plans to Establish National Institute of Traditional Complimentary Alternative Medicine

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The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has inaugurated a 20-Member strong Committee to fine-tune modalities for the establishment of the National Institute

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has inaugurated a 20-Member strong Committee to fine-tune modalities for the establishment of the National Institute of Traditional Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) in Nigeria to be supervised by the University of Benin.

According to the Minister, the onset of COVID-19 drew national attention more than it ever did for Nigerians and the health authorities to think of developing home-grown solution to health challenges.

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Members of the Commitee includes representatives of the Federal ministry of education, the Director of Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, almond others and is chaired by the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi.

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