Associated Press/Photo by Julio Cortez

Jobs report brings good news

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/01/19, 10:43 am

U.S. employers added 304,000 jobs to the economy in January, the most in nearly a year, the federal government reported Friday. The gain follows a decade of economic expansion, with the United States seeing added jobs for 100 straight months, the longest such period ever reported. Hiring has accelerated since last summer despite December job growth coming in below predictions.

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Taking flight

Africa | A Nigerian school takes an innovative approach to aviation training 
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/31/19, 12:08 pm

Tomiwa Olatunji sat in a classroom with about a dozen other students, all dressed like pilots in white shirts and navy blue trousers. At the back of the room, a plastic foam model aircraft stood on a table, finished with wirings and wooden parts.

The project was the first for Olatunji and four of his classmates who started at the International College of Aeronautics in Nigeria’s Lagos state in July. The group collaborated on the model’s drawing and construction and on sourcing for the materials around Lagos.

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Perilous journeys

Immigration | As Nigerian immigrants dream of better lives in Europe, aid groups work to curb illegal and risky travel
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/17/19, 04:08 pm

In August 2016, Esther Anthony boarded a 16-seater bus from Benin City, the capital of Edo state, to begin a journey to Italy. She paid an initial deposit of $966 to her smuggler, who assured her of an easy passage into Europe, despite the rumors she had heard to the contrary. 

The irregular migratory route took her through Nigeria’s northern Kano state to Niger, from which she crossed through the Sahara desert into Libya. She planned to continue on to Italy by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

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