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Nigeria: Central Bank Raises Red Flag Over Covid-19 Financing - AllAfrica - Top Africa News
The Central Bank of Nigeria has advised all financial institutions to be abreast with emerging risks and other developments while taking proactive steps to address the new and emerging money laundering and terrorism financing.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has advised all financial institutions to be abreast with emerging risks and other developments while taking proactive steps to address the new and emerging money laundering and terrorism financing. The banking sector regulator noted that changes in the trends of business activities and financial transactions precipitated by COVID-19 pandemic had inadvertently led to increase in financial crimes globally. The CBN stated this in a circular titled: "Administrative letters to all banks and other financial institutions," that was signed by its Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, J. M. Gana. Some of the measures it advised included investing in robust data mining and artificial intelligence software to monitor transactions; report suspicious transactions and update alerts protocol in their Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regulations. It explained: "The Nigerian Financial lntelligence Unit (NFIU), as the central repository of suspicious transactions and other financial information, had issued an Advisory based on comprehensive analysis of STRs and other information available to it. The Advisory identified increased financial crimes such as, cybercrimes, frauds, counterfeiting and substandard goods; diversion of public Ends and misuse of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)." Some vulnerabilities and red flags highlighted in the advisory also included e-Commerce merchant with little or no history or internet presence, suddenly receiving multiple payments from unrelated third parties; individual(s) suddenly receiving multiple payment from unrelated third parties; and customer(s) suddenly engaging in the supply or purchase of medical supplies and payment for goods and services associated with known brands, yet the beneficiary is an individual is not a corporate. Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox Success! Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the process, please follow the instructions in the email we just sent you. Error! There was a problem processing your submission. Please try again later. It also stated that banks should expect to see more transactions for medical supplies, equipment and medication; payment for goods or services associated with a known brand, yet beneficiary is an individual not a company; unusual volume of transactions; large and frequent cash withdrawals and deposits as well as immediate disbursement of deposited funds to multiple accounts. "The account signatory also a public/civil servant. Funds transferred from government account to personal account. Non-profit organisatons suddenly receiving donations in favor of Covid-19 patients or victims. "Customers' account with like or no activity suddenly receiving funds from one or more unrelated third parties only for the funds to be transferred to one or more unrelated thirds parties." The central bank also warned banks that NGOs under the guise of paying COVID-19 victims could actually be paying members of a criminal gang or facilitating terrorist financing. Read the original article on This Day.
Nigeria: NNPC's 2019 Audited Financial Report Shows N801.3bn Reduction in Losses - AllAfrica.com
-Report puts corporation on recovery path
-Report puts corporation on recovery path -Says new gas project to generate 2,400MW Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja and Peter Uzoho in Lagos The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has released its 2019 audited financial statement, about five months after publishing its 2018 report, which was the first in its 43-year existence. In the second audited financial statement made public yesterday, the corporation achieved N801.3 billion reduction in its loss profile from a whopping N803 billion in 2018 to N1.7 billion in 2019. This represents a 99.7 percentage cut in its losses. The corporation also said when completed, the Asa North-Ohaji South (ANOH) gas project would be able to fuel power plants to generate approximately 2,400MW of electricity for the country. Some of the national oil company's subsidiaries which posted improved performances included the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC,) which recorded N479 billion profit in 2019 compared to N179 billion in 2018, representing a 167 per cent increase. In addition, the Integrated Data Sciences Limited (IDSL) recorded N23 billion profit in 2019 compared to N154 million in 2018, representing over 14,966 per cent increase while the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) recorded N14.2 billion profit in 2019 compared to N9.3 billion in 2018, representing 52 per cent increase. The PPMC accounts were audited by KPMG Professional Services and Paul Akinade Adebimpe & Co, and as of December 31, 2019, its revenue stood at N32.5 billion compared to N29.5 billion in the previous year. Its profit before tax was N14.7 billion compared to 9.5billion in 2018, while the subsidiary paid N163million in taxes in 2019 as against N158million in 2018. The Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC) had its total asset increase from N221 billion to N361 billion, representing about 63 per cent rise in the company's asset base. Also, NNPC Retail Limited, a subsidiary established in 2002, recorded a profit after tax of N2.6 billion as against N1.9 billion in 2018. Among others, the company is engaged in the sale of refined products in the filling stations run by the corporation. Although some of the corporation's over 20 subsidiaries recorded losses, the general administrative expenses of the national oil company witnessed a 22 per cent decrease from N894 billion in 2018 to N696 billion in 2019. For example, Wheel Insurance Limited, which had one of its directors, Mr. Isiaka Abdulrasaq, resigning in 2019, recorded a loss, as its total comprehensive income for the year fell from $18.1 million in 2018 to $7.3 million in 2019. As expected, the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) recorded a loss before taxation of N46 billion, higher than the N45 billion recorded in 2018, and a total comprehensive loss of N50 billion in the year under review. But despite its loss due to the non-functional state of all the refineries in the country, the company stated that it donated N154 million for community development and assistance during the year under review. The story wasn't different for the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (WRPC), which made a loss before tax of N49.2 billion against N44.4 billion in 2018. The company, however, has continued to retain its employees despite its total redundancy. But the total number of employees reduced from 585 in the previous year to 515 in 2019. It had total revenue of N921million in 2019 as compared to N1.9 billion in 2018. NNPC Health Maintenance Organisation Limited with total revenue of N2.5 billion, however, bounced back from its N6.6 million loss in 2018 to a profit after-tax of N277 million in 2019. In all, while the NNPC Group had a revenue of N4.6 trillion as at December 31, 2019, the corporation had N2.5 trillion but recorded a loss before income tax of N93 billion compared to 2018 when a total loss of N714 billion was recorded. Similarly, the corporation posted a loss before income tax of N107 billion in comparison to N254 billion in 2018. Total comprehensive loss for the group, according to the NNPC audited report, was N20.1 billion in 2019 and N68.9 billion in 2018. But the total loss for the corporation, which was N203 billion in 2018, bounced back to the path of profitability with N16.2 billion income in 2019. The National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) also recorded a profit of N2.8 billion for the year against N1.2 billion in 2018. But it donated N135 million to various organisations in the year under review. As for the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company Limited (NPSC), the company which provides transportation and storage facilities for the distribution of petroleum products, it recorded a loss of N1.3 billion for the year. This, however, represented a reduction when compared to 2018 when the company lost N2.4 billion. Earlier, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the corporation, Mr. Umar Ajiya, had stated that the release of the AFS was in keeping with the management's commitment to transparency and accountability and in consonance with the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) of which it is a partner. He said though the NNPC's refineries had maintained the same level of losses as in 2018, the string of losses would reduce significantly in 2020 due to NNPC cost optimisation drive. The corporation explained that the improved performance in the 2019 financial year was driven mainly by cost optimisation, contracts renegotiation and operational efficiency. "The 2019 AFS goes further to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the principle of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) while the outlook for 2020 looks promising in view of the management's strong drive to prune down running cost and grow revenues," the organisation stated. It recalled that the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, had promised to sustain the publication of the corporation's audited financial statement as part of efforts to deepen transparency and accountability and keep stakeholders abreast of NNPC operations. New Gas Project to Generate 2,400MW of Electricity, Says NNPC The NNPC has also said when completed, the Asa North-Ohaji South (ANOH) gas project will fuel power plants to generate approximately 2,400MW of electricity for the country. The corporation stated that the 600 million standard cubic feet of gas per day project is part of concerted efforts to ramp up gas-to-industries and gas-to-power in the country, noting that it is one of the largest greenfield gas condensate development projects ever undertaken in Nigeria. Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox Success! Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the process, please follow the instructions in the email we just sent you. Error! There was a problem processing your submission. Please try again later. Kyari highlighted the gains of the gas project in a goodwill message at 2020 South-east Gas Utilisation Forum in Owerri, Imo State. A press statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation, Dr. Kennie Obateru, quoted Kyari as also commending the imminent completion of the landmark Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben "OB3" gas pipeline project. He said the OB3 project would help commercialise over two billion cubic feet of gas per day and generate billions in revenue as well as create thousands of employment opportunities for Nigerians. Kyari, represented by the corporation's Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Mr. Yusuf Usman, said NNPC as an enabler organisation has since realised the obvious economic importance of gas. He noted that the corporation has consistently made efforts towards building the right infrastructure and commercial structures, in a bid to deliver value to customers and all stakeholders. He stated that the laudable initiative of the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) aimed at facilitating the optimal use of natural gas to drive industrial and economic growth aligns with President Muhammadu Buhari's aspirations of prioritising gas development for economic growth, power generation and the eventual industrialisation of Nigeria. While saluting the ingenuity and enterprising spirit of South-east industrialists, entrepreneurs and business leaders, he said the business community was well-placed to support the federal government's economic development plan to move Nigeria from being a crude oil export-based economy. Read the original article on This Day.
Nigeria: NNPC Cuts Loss By 99.7% - Report - AllAfrica.com
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has recorded a 99.7 per cent reduction in its loss profile from â¦803billion in 2018 to â¦1.7billion in 2019.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has recorded a 99.7 per cent reduction in its loss profile from 803billion in 2018 to 1.7billion in 2019. NNPC disclosed this in its 2019 Audited Financial Statement (AFS), released by Dr kennie Obateru, spokesman for the corporation, in Abuja, on Thursday. It will be recalled that the corporation in May published its 2018 AFS and assured of quick released of the 2019 report. This, According to NNPC Group Managing Director Malam Mele Kyar was in line with effort to ensure transparency and accountability in its operations. Obateru, quoted the NNPC Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mr Umar Ajiya, as saying that the 2019 AFS was concluded five months after the release of that of 2018. He said that the 2019 report would be published on the Corporation's website for all to see in keeping with the management's commitment to transparency and accountability. This, he added was also in consonance with the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) of which it was a partner. A breakdown of the report disclosed that general administrative expenses also witnessed a 22 per cent dip from 894bn in 2018 to 696bn in 2019. According to Ajiya, majority of the subsidiaries posted improved performance. Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox Success! Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the process, please follow the instructions in the email we just sent you. Error! There was a problem processing your submission. Please try again later. The subsidiaries are the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC) which recorded 479 billion profit in 2019 compared with 179billion in 2018, representing 167 per cent increase. "The Integrated Data Sciences Limited (IDSL) recorded 23billion profit in 2019 compared with 154million in 2018, representing 14966 per cent increase and the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) recorded 14.2billion profit in 2019 compared with the 9.3billion recorded in 2018, representing 52 per cent increase. "Also, the refineries maintained the same level of losses as in 2018 but which will reduce significantly in 2020 due to cost optimisation drive," the CFO said. He further explained that the improved performance in the 2019 financial year was driven mainly by cost optimisation, contracts renegotiation and operational efficiency. "The 2019 AFS goes further to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the principle of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) while the outlook for 2020 looks promising in view of the management's strong drive to prune down running cost and grow revenues," he said. The NNPC Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari, had promised to sustain the publication of the AFS as part of efforts to deepen transparency and accountability and keep stakeholders abreast of the corporation's operations.(NAN) vanguardngr.com Read the original article on Vanguard.
Nigeria: Chivita Celebrates World Juice Day - AllAfrica.com
In commemoration of this year's annual Chivita World Juice Day celebration, Chivita is rallying stakeholders and consumers for support.
In commemoration of this year's annual Chivita World Juice Day celebration, Chivita is rallying stakeholders and consumers for support. Celebrated on October 17, every year, the aim of the event is to foster a juice drinking culture among Nigerians with a view to adopting healthier lifestyles thereby building a healthy nation. According to a statement, experts and nutritionist are focused on how everyone ought to pay close attention to their health and their nutrition and get the right vitamins and minerals to ensure an effective immune system, since the outbreak of the pandemic. "Health-focused brands such as Chivita have been front and centre in these times with its pure fruit juice offerings that are rich in vitamins and minerals," it stated. It pointed out that a recently published World Health Organisation (WHO) report emphasises that, "Adequate fruit and vegetable intake are required to help reduce nutritional deficiencies and increase resistance to infectious disease." Furthermore, research has shown that consumers who take a glass of fruit juice a day enjoy essential benefits such as an effective immune system, improved skin care, lower blood pressure, improved eye function, as fruit juices contain antioxidants which supply the body with much-needed vitamins, it added. According to the Compass 2019 report, Nigeria is one of the countries with the lowest per capita fruit juice consumption in the world, consuming two litres per year as compared to eight litres average for Africa and 20 litres average globally. Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox Success! Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the process, please follow the instructions in the email we just sent you. Error! There was a problem processing your submission. Please try again later. "This is a cause for concern because fruit juice consumption is one of the affordable ways of accessing the right doses of nutrients and minerals necessary for building stronger immunity. "It is in view of this all-important benefit of fruit juice consumption to health that Chivita celebrates the second edition of its Chivita World Juice Day - a follow up to the maiden edition that was launched last year. "The theme for this year's event is: "Fruit Juice: the Smart Secret of Boosting Your Immunity." This theme has become more pertinent especially now when hygiene and a strong immune system is key to keeping healthy," it explained. According to the statement, this year's Chivita World Juice Day was designed as a virtual event and would feature health experts and nutritionists as they provide insights and share their perspectives on how fruit juice consumption can strengthen the body. Read the original article on This Day.
Tunisia/Nigeria: Nigeria, Tunisia Friendly Ends in Stalemate - AllAfrica.com
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were forced to a 1-1 draw by their Tunisian counterparts on Tuesday night in an international friendly played at the Jacques Lemans Arena in the Austrian city of St. Veit a der Glan.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were forced to a 1-1 draw by their Tunisian counterparts on Tuesday night in an international friendly played at the Jacques Lemans Arena in the Austrian city of St. Veit a der Glan. Kelechi Iheanacho had given Nigeria the lead in the 21st minute and could have doubled the advantage nine minutes later when captain Ahmed Musa was brought down in the box by the Tunisian goalkeeper, Faruq Mustapha. The Leicester City forward fluffed the penalty kick awarded and that proved costly as Mohamed Draeger got the equaliser for Tunisia in the dying minutes of the first half. After the lacklustre performance against Algeria, coach Gernot Rohr opted for some changes in the squad to face Tunisia and it translated into a better performance. Captain Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Kevin Apokuguna and Kenneth Omeruo were all handed starting shirts. Though it was the North Africans that dominated the early proceedings, the Super Eagles grew into the game and took charge. Chukwueze with his moves on the right flank and Simon on the left troubled the Tunisia defence but the chances created could not be converted to goals as Nigeria could only boast of the solitary strike from Iheanacho. The Tunisians also had decent chances of their own but Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye who only is making a third appearance for the national team gave an above average performance. Though coach Gernot Rohr would have been happier to beat the Carthage Eagles just like he did in the third place match at AfCON 2019, he would take consolation in the improved performance of his boys. The Franco-German would also be impressed with the positive signs from his new recruits like Kevin Apokuguna, Chidera Ejuke and Cryiel Dessers. With Tuesday's draw, the head to head record between Nigeria and Tunisia stands at six wins each and eight draws. The Super Eagles will hope to return to winning ways when the 2021 AFCON qualifiers resume with the double header against Sierra Leone next month. Read the original article on Premium Times.
Africa: Continent Records 193 More Covid-19 Deaths and 5899 New Infections - AllAfrica - Top Africa News
As of October 13, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries have reached 1,584,693. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 38,302, and recoveries 1,311,339.
As of October 13, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries have reached 1,584,693. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 38,302, and recoveries 1,311,339. South Africa has the most reported cases - 693,359, with deaths numbering 17,863. Other most-affected countries include Morocco (153,761), Egypt (104,648) Ethiopia (85,136), Nigeria (60,430) and Algeria (53,325). The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (world map) using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well national and regional public health departments. For the latest totals, see the AllAfrica clickable map with per-country numbers. Visit the AllAfrica Coronavirus section for more coverage from across the continent. Also see: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization Africa, and African Arguments.
Nigeria: Pinnick Lauded for Picking Tough Opponents for Super Eagles - AllAfrica.com
A retired footballer and Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Sports International, Austin Akpehe has commended the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick for providing the Super Eagles with quality friendly matches.
A retired footballer and Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Sports International, Austin Akpehe has commended the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick for providing the Super Eagles with quality friendly matches. Few hours from now, the three time Africa champions will take to the field against Algeria in Austria in one of the two friendly games lined up for the team. The Super Eagles are also billed to face another tough opponent, Tunisia on Tuesday, October 13, still in Austria. In a chat with Daily Trust, the proprietor of Galaxy Football Academy in China and Nigeria said by choosing strong opponents like Algeria and Tunisia, the NFF president has shown tremendous confidence in his own team. He, therefore, called on Coach Gernot Rohr and his players to justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of the NFF by coming out tops in the two friendly matches. "Pinnick's choice of Cote d'Ivoire and now Algeria and Tunisia shows the man has grown to become confident of his male senior team "Super Eagles. "Most times, big football nations hurriedly choose weak opponents since the results would improve their place on the next FIFA rankings. "Rohr and his young Eagles now have a chance to prove a big point. "They must not fail to justify the president's confidence in them," he said. Akpehe also called on the Super Eagles to take back their pound of flesh from the Desert Foxes in today's encounter. Read the original article on Daily Trust.
Nigeria/Algeria: Friendly - Nigeria, Algeria Clash Gets New Venue - AllAfrica.com
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday confirmed that the venue for the international friendly match between Nigeria and Algeria has been changed.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday confirmed that the venue for the international friendly match between Nigeria and Algeria has been changed. The match, initially scheduled to hold at the Jacques Lemmans Arena, has now been moved to the Worthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt. The NFF confirmed the news in a picture posted on its official Twitter handle @NGSuperEagles. The Worthersee stadium has a 30,000 capacity, compared to the initial venue in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia which holds 2,420 spectators. The reason for the change in match venue has however not been given by the NFF as at the time of filing this report. The Super Eagles and the Desert Foxes have since arrived in Austria and have been training for the high profile friendly. The date and time for the match, scheduled for Friday at 7.30 p.m. (Nigerian time), remain unchanged. The Super Eagles will on Tuesday return to the Jacques Lemmans Arena to face Africa's second-ranked team, Tunisia, also at 7.30 p.m. (Nigerian time). Read the original article on Leadership.
Nigeria: BBNaija Lockdown Winner, Laycon's Allegedly Baby Mama Surfaces - AllAfrica.com
A lady whose name is yet to be confirmed has surfaced on social media allegedly claiming to have a child for the current BBnaija winner, Laycon.
A lady whose name is yet to be confirmed has surfaced on social media allegedly claiming to have a child for the current BBnaija winner, Laycon. In then short Video, the lady alleged that Laycon slept with her after they had both party at a [popular club in Lagos, QILOX, after which she decided to pass the night with Laycon. She claimed that after the "one night stand" Laycon gave her his contact which she found to be not correct when she tried to reach out to him. According to the lady, She started throwing up and having other symptoms of pregnancy a few months after the sexual intercourse occurred between them. She claimed that she decided to voice out when she saw Laycon on the popular BBnaija show. However, In a swift reaction, Laycon handlers led by Nollywood actress Scarlet Gomez have reacted to the viral video by his alleged baby mama that the BBNaija Lockdown winner got her pregnant as false. She said Laycon doesn't know the lady and has never met her. In her words: "We don't know her and laycon has never seen her" Vanguard News Read the original article on Vanguard.
Nigeria: Davido Speaks About His Mother, Says He Sees Her in Chioma His Lover - AllAfrica.com
David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido has revealed that he sees his mother in Chioma his lover.
David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido has revealed that he sees his mother in Chioma his lover. The American-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, record producer and multiple award-winning artiste who made the revelation in an interview with Ebuka on Bounce Radio live Wednesday stated that he was about 10 or 11 years old when his mother died of cardiac arrest on his father's birthday. He said "I was about 10 to 11 years old when she died. She died on my father's birthday. Honestly, it was just cardiac arrest. Even if it was going to happen, I would not have known because I was about 10 or 11 years old. She was not really sick. She used to get sick once in a while but it was nothing serious. "I often say that I see my mother in Chioma. I did not grow up with my mother. I can hardly remember what happened when I was that young." The singer noted that if his mother was still alive, he would have bought her so many diamonds and houses. "One thing I always wish for is that she should have been alive. I would have bought her a lot of diamonds and houses but she knew that I was going to be great. Every Sunday, there was always a party. My mother was from Benin. I think I am more like my mother; I inherited her agility. She helped so many people that to date, I go to some places and people would tell me what my mother did for them. "Before my mother died, I was a mummy's boy because my father was always busy. He was working and always travelling to places like China. I was a mummy's boy; so, imagine her just being taken from me, my best friend, the only person in the world I loved being taken from me without caution," Davido said. Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox Success! Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the process, please follow the instructions in the email we just sent you. Error! There was a problem processing your submission. Please try again later. Speaking on his wedding plans to his fiancee, Chioma, the singer said that the Coronavirus pandemic spoilt his plans. He said, "Honestly, Corona messed plans up because it was meant to be in July. I have decided it would be sometime next year. For now, I want her to work on her business while I work on my album and the kids. I want everything to balance first. He continued, "I have known Chioma for about seven years. We have been dating for about five years. Lati introduced me to Chioma. We went to the same school, Babcock University. We started as friends but I got so used to her and she got so used to me as well. She is a great cook as well." Davido further stated that although it has not been easy making the women in his life happy, as a man, he found a way of maintaining balance in his home as he, 'treats everyone equally.' "At the end of the day, all my kids are equal. Once I have a kid, everybody is equal. Before I had kids, I was obviously friends (with their mothers). Nothing is perfect. I am not going to say that we do not argue or we do not fight, it happens, but the love that we all have for our kids comes first. "Imade and her sister talk almost every week. Their mothers ensure that they speak almost every week. Some days ago, Imade was with Ifeanyi in their grandfather's house. It is not easy, but at the end of the day, as a man, you have to make everybody happy. You just have to be responsible and know what you have to do. Before I engage with anybody I would have known that you are reasonable whether we planned for it or not," he said. Vanguard News Nigeria Read the original article on Vanguard.