Day zero, fuel scarcity, Swansea: Your Tuesday briefing

UN experts ask Kenya to stop Sengwer evictions from forest land

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Good morning, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.

In shocking Facebook posts, several women came out on Friday to complain how security at the national referral hospital is a big concern, especially for mothers whose newborns were in the nursery.

New mothers reside on the ground and third floors of the hospital, while babies are kept at a nursery on third floor.

The new mothers are only allowed to go breastfeed their children in intervals of two hours.

This is despite assurance from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that it has enough products to bring the nation to normalcy in the supply of petrol.

Petrol queues return despite NNPC's sufficiency claims
Fuel scarcity. Photo: Premium Times

A visit to some filling stations in Lagos and Abuja yesterday, showed that scarcity of petrol was far from being over as many petrol stations were shut, while a few sold product above the official pump price of N145 per litre.

Black marketers along some routes sold 10 litres of petrol at N4, 000 against the official pump price of N1, 450.

Zuma asked to declare national disaster as day Zero looms
Voëlvlei Dam (file photo). Photo: Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Monday said that she had written to President Jacob Zuma for a national disaster to be declared after the likelihood of Day Zero was confirmed by the City of Cape Town.

“After the mayor’s announcement, that is where my constitutional responsibilities hit in,” she said.

A home with hidden assets

Tales of the unexpected: a home with hidden assets
Art Deco fantasia: the stepped tiling in the bathroom nearly drove the carpenter to despair.

For many couples, moving into a new home means a series of compromises. There comes a point in the process of blending two tastes when most of us end up sulkily settling for off-white paint. “No, that was never going to happen,” fashion historian Amber Butchart says, surveying the Margate flat she’s just finished refurbishing with boyfriend Rob Flowers. It’s an ode to exuberant colour, pattern and texture – and to a marriage of visual minds.

Alfie Mawson makes a late block to deny Adam Lallana after Roberto Firmino hit the post for Liverpool. Photo: McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

For Liverpool, it is jarring inconsistencies like this that have blighted Jürgen Klopp’s attempt to transition his side into title contenders. Liverpool severely lacked their mojo on a night when they were humbled by Swansea City, the Premier League’s bottom club, whose manager Carlos Carvalhal, said his team had to make do with buying sardines not lobster. A courageous performance to earn only their fifth league win all season dragged Liverpool behind the trawler.

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