Lisbon, May 13 (IANS/EFE) Spain will emerge stronger from the economic crisis and will return to prosperity, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said ahead of the Iberian Summit. The crisis has had a "tremendous social impact", Rajoy said in comments e-mailed to Portugal's Lusa news agency. It is "logical and symptomatic of the good health of democracies" that there be a "social response to many of the political measures taken to allow an exit from the crisis on solid and stable foundations", Rajoy said.
Lagos, May 10 (IANS) Former Nigeria national football coach Joseph Ladipo passed away in the southwest city of Ibadan. He was 72.
Lagos, May 10 (IANS) The Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) is looking to replace its aging stars by scouting for talent at the grassroots.
Lisbon, May 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova has reached the quarterfinals of the Portugal Open tennis event beating Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva. Kuznetsova, the world No.45, converted four of her 10 break point opportunities on her way to a smooth 6-4, 6-4 victory Wednesday on clay in the Lisbon suburb of Oeiras. In the quarterfinals, the 27-year-old faces Switzerland's Romina Oprandi, who breezed past Shuai Peng 6-1, 6-3.
Lagos (Nigeria), April 24 (IANS) Boko Haram, a Nigerian rebel group which battled the military over the weekend and left 185 people dead, has become a major challenge for the security forces, pushing the army chief to ask soldiers to be alert and confront the guerrillas who use "unconventional weapons and tactics". At least 185 people were confirmed dead in the weekend crossfire between the military and Boko Haram sect in Baga, a fishing community located in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State.
Lisbon, April 19 (IANS/EFE) Portugal said it planned to cut all public services by 800 million euros ($1.04 billion) and achieve another 500 million euros ($652 million) in savings to meet its deficit target in the wake of a Constitutional Court ruling that threw out several austerity programs. The measures were hammered out during a Council of Ministers meeting that continued into the early morning hours, officials said Thursday.
Lagos, April 17 (IANS) The Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has called on all levels of the government to endeavour to sponsor other sporting activities, besides football.
Lagos, April 17 (IANS) Nigeria's Boxing Board of Control (NBBC) has appealed to the government to grant adequate tax rebates for corporate organisations that sponsor professional boxing in the country. Secretary of the organisation Remi Aboderin said here Wednesday that such gestures would attract corporate sponsors to boxing and other sports
Lisbon, March 16 (IANS/EFE) Portugal's efforts to balance its accounts once again earned the approval of the European Union and International Monetary Fund, which agreed to give the Iberian nation more time to meet deficit-reduction targets. Portuguese Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar made the announcement Friday, saying he was satisfied with the decision by the international lenders to give the country another year to come up with 4 billion euros ($5.2 billion) in spending cuts. The approval by the so-called "troika" of the European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF will allow Portugal to receive its next 2-billion-euro tranche of loans, meaning that 90 percent of a bailout package approved in May 2011 would have been distributed
Faro (Portugal), March 14 (IANS) China finished sixth at the 2013 Algarve Women's Football Cup after a 0-1 defeat against Japan. Unmarked Yuki Ogimi scored with a powerful shot from far post in a lop-sided second half, when China failed to keep in shape in midfield and made defensive errors at the edge of area here Wednesday, reports Xinhua. Japan took the fifth place with one win and two defeats in group stage.