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2011-01-27 15:41:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Award winning Director Jeta Amata has collaborated with thirty year veteran and award winning filmmaker Suzanne DeLaurentiis to produce a feature film called Black Gold: Struggle for the Niger Delta. This is a powerful story of murder, greed and corruption in the unsettled Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The film speaks of environmental injustice and the fight over control of the oil resources and its revenue largely generated from this region....

2009-03-25 01:23:46

Last-minute negotiations between Nigerian oil workers unions and government officials headed off a strike, at least temporarily, an official said Tuesday. Bayo Olowoshile, secretary-general of the Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association, told the Voice of America the unions agreed to give the government more time to fulfill its pledge on improving security in the oil fields in the restive Niger Delta. Yes, we will be willing to give the government a little time, Olowoshile said. But a time...

2008-06-19 06:00:15

By Anonymous Environment West African leaders, meeting at a summit convened in the Nigerien capital Niamey, have endorsed a 20-year rescue plan to save the Niger River. The $8.6bn project will involve four five- year programmes to reforest, rehabilitate land, and dredge to remove silt from the 4,200km-long river. The Niger Basin Authority (ABN) commits the nine member nations to preserve the ecosystem of one of Africa's most important rivers and ensure a fair distribution of its waters to...

2006-08-15 16:14:04

By Austin Ekeinde PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two Norwegian and two Ukrainian oil workers being held hostage in Nigeria were freed on Tuesday as the government promised to crack down on a surge in unrest in Africa's largest oil producer. About 16 foreign oil workers have been kidnapped in five separate abductions in the past two weeks in the oil-producing Niger Delta. Nine have been released. "We are going to be firm and say no to violence and hostage-taking. Wherever we find...

2006-08-15 04:45:51

By Tom Ashby ABUJA (Reuters) - The United States embassy in Nigeria said on Tuesday that it had received reports that an American citizen was among oil workers kidnapped in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt. At least five foreign workers -- two Britons, a German, an Irish and Polish -- were snatched by armed men from the Goodfellas nightclub shortly before midnight on Sunday, but authorities still do not have a full list of those abducted. Diplomats said the American may have...

2006-08-14 03:22:24

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Four foreign oil workers were kidnapped by armed men from a bar in Nigeria's southern oil city of Port Harcourt, bar workers said on Monday. News of the kidnappings came just after the release of three Filipino gas workers, who had been taken hostage 10 days ago. Blood stains were visible were on the floor of Goodfellas bar, where the new kidnappings took place just before midnight on Sunday. They are the fifth kidnappings in Africa's top oil...

2006-06-29 07:47:41

By Tom Ashby KEGBARA-DERE, Nigeria (Reuters) - Crude oil seeping from a gnarled steel wellhead forms a lake the size of a soccer field near the Nigerian village of Kegbara-Dere, but these oil fields have not exported a drop in 13 years. The Ogoni tribe kicked Royal Dutch Shell out of this part of the Niger Delta in 1993 protesting that they had received nothing in return for four decades of oil production. Today, the same grievances are fueling a revolt across the entire oil...

2006-06-18 07:52:34

LAGOS (Reuters) - The Nigerian navy has detained an American journalist for taking photographs of an oil facility operated by the local unit of Italy's Agip, a rights group said on Sunday. Ed Kashi of the National Geographic was photographing gas flare at the Obama flow station in Bayelsa state when he was arrested on Friday along with his Nigerian fixer, Dimieari Von Kemedi of Our Niger Delta said. "They said he did not obtain permission to take pictures of the facility and that...

2006-06-10 22:21:41

SEOUL (Reuters) - Five South Korean workers who had been taken hostage by militants in Nigeria returned to Seoul in good health on Sunday following their release on Thursday. The five men, employed by Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co. and Korea Gas Corp., had been kidnapped by armed militants who staged a bloody raid on a natural gas plant in the Niger Delta on Wednesday. The militants freed them after a plea by the jailed leader in whose name the Koreans were abducted. The...

2006-06-04 06:10:48

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Kidnappers in Nigeria have freed the six remaining foreign oil workers they were holding captive after earlier releasing two of the men, a spokesman for the British embassy said on Sunday. Six Britons, one American and one Canadian were seized by gunmen from an oil rig 40 miles off the coast in a night raid on Friday. Two Britons were freed in the early hours of Sunday and the rest several hours later. "The remaining six have been freed. I...


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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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