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Three Players to leave Barcelona this week [See names]
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Three Players to leave Barcelona this week [See names]

Three Barcelona players are set to leave Camp Nou this week. According to Spanish outlet Sport, the three Barcelona players are Clement Lenglet, Sergino Dest and Samuel Umtiti. The trio will leave Barcelona should suitable bids be put on the table. Barcelona finds themselves in financial turmoil, leaving them in need of selling players, and fast. Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Lenglet, while Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Serie A champions Inter Milan are monitoring Dest. Umtiti has been linked with a move back to French Ligue 1 side Lyon – the club he left to join Barcelona five years ago. Meanwhile, Barcelona desperately needs to improve its financial situation after accumulating more than £1billion in debt amid the Coro...
Maurizio Sarri names player who should win Ballon d’Or this year
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Maurizio Sarri names player who should win Ballon d’Or this year

  Former Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has named midfielder, Jorginho, as the player that deserves to win the Ballon d’ Or this year. Sarri, who coached Jorginho, during his time at Chelsea, believes the Italy international deserves to win the Ballon d’Or because he is so good and intelligent. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to Sport Italia, Sarri said: “He [Jorginho] is so good and intelligent that he makes everything seem easy, rarely anything spectacular remains in your eyes. This is the greatness of him. “Jorginho deserves the Ballon d’Or. Refined player, not everyone understood it.” Jorginho has been impressive for Italy so far at the ongoing Euro 2020.
Barca agree deal to sign Depay on free transfer
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Barca agree deal to sign Depay on free transfer

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of this month. Depay, who joined Lyon from Manchester United in 2017, will sign a two-year contract with the Spanish club as he reunites with former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman. ✍️ @Memphis 💙❤️ #MemphisCuler — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 19, 2021 A club statement read: "FC Barcelona and Memphis Depay have reached an agreement for the player to join the club once his contract with Olympique Lyonnais is at an end. The player will sign a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season." Depay is set to become Barcelona's third free transfer of the summer after ex-Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Er...
He has Six Lungs – Pavard Names Player that Should win Ballon d’Or
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He has Six Lungs – Pavard Names Player that Should win Ballon d’Or

  Bayern Munich defender, Benjamin Pavard, has backed Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante, to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Pavard believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or because the 30-year-old has ‘six lungs’. The 25-year-old and Kante are both teammates with the France national team. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking ahead of France’s Euro 2020 opener against Germany on Tuesday night, Pavard was quoted by Eurosport as saying: “N’Golo is N’Golo. The guy has six lungs. He never stops. “He’s a great guy and he proves he’s one of the best players in the world. I hope we will win the Euros to allow him to win the Ballon d’Or. He has deserved it so much for a few years. “He’s a g...
Afcon Qualifier: Sierra Leone vs Benin to be played behind closed doors
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Afcon Qualifier: Sierra Leone vs Benin to be played behind closed doors

The Leone Stars will square up against the Squirrels without their fans during Monday's make or break Africa Cup of Nations qualifying encounter The Africa Cup of Nations qualification encounter between Sierra Leone and Benin Republic will be played behind closed doors. The Sierra Leone Football Association made a request through the Confederation of Africa Football to allow 30% of fans for Monday’s crunch showdown. However,the hosting Guinean Football Federation turned down the request due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil Supreme Court allows Copa America to go ahead
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Brazil Supreme Court allows Copa America to go ahead

Brazil's Supreme Court ruled Thursday the country can host the Copa America despite the coronavirus pandemic, clearing the way for the troubled football tournament to go ahead in three days. In an extraordinary virtual session, a majority of the high court's 11 justices decided against plaintiffs who argued the South American championships posed an unacceptable health risk. Various judges however ordered the government to take additional safety measures. "It falls to (state governors and mayors) to set the appropriate health protocols and ensure they are respected in order to avoid a 'Copavirus,' with new infections and the emergence of new variants," wrote Justice Carmen Lucia in her ruling. The three cases before the court were the latest - and perhaps the last - edge-of-...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Didier Deschamps Names Player to win Award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Didier Deschamps Names Player to win Award

France manager, Didier Deschamps has backed Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Deschamps believes Kante deserves to win the Ballon d’Or following his excellent performances for Chelsea this season. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Kante produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month. “N’Golo, he doesn’t have the record of a striker. He can score a few goals, but because of what he does, everyone must have watched his last games, especially the Champions League final, N’Golo is also a driving force,” Deschamps told a press conference ahead of Euro 2020. “The Ballon d’Or? He deserve...
COVID19: New doubts cloud Copa America in Brazil
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COVID19: New doubts cloud Copa America in Brazil

New doubts gathered Tuesday over the Copa America five days from kickoff, as Brazil's Supreme Court agreed to consider blocking the troubled tournament and the Brazilian national team's players said they were against holding it. Organisers are battling the odds to pull off the South American football championships this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. It has forced them into a last-minute search for an emergency host country that ended with the controversial choice of Brazil last week. Brazil's Supreme Court said it would rule Thursday on two requests to block the 10-nation tournament, which is scheduled to open Sunday and run through 10 July. Chief Justice Luiz Fux said given the "exceptional nature of the case," he had decided to have the full 11-member court take u...
Pogba Backs Chelsea star to Win this Year’s Ballon d’Or
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Pogba Backs Chelsea star to Win this Year’s Ballon d’Or

  Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, has backed Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Pogba believes Kante deserves the prestigious award after guiding Chelsea to win the Champions League trophy. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. “What I would like to say to the whole world is that the ‘NG’ [N’Golo Kante]we have seen in recent months has always been the same,” Pogba told Eurosport France’s FC Stream Team podcast. “We talk a lot about his performances but he has always been as good as ever. “There was no Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi in the semi-final, so it is good to see the performances of the midfielders or even the defenders. “I said a long time ago that it ...
Queen Elizabeth to meet President Biden at Windsor Castle
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Queen Elizabeth to meet President Biden at Windsor Castle

Britain's leader, Queen Elizabeth will welcome US President, Joe Biden to Windsor Castle on June 13 for their first one-on-one meeting, Buckingham Palace have announced. Elizabeth's meeting with Biden and first lady Jill Biden will come during the President's visit to the United Kingdom for the upcoming G7 summit, his first trip abroad since taking office. It will be the Queen's first major meeting with a world leader since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April, and comes after a year in which most of her in-person engagements were scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the course of her reign, the 95-year-old monarch has met with every US President except Lyndon Johnson. The pair have been in touch in recent months. The Queen sent a private congratula...
Dubai’s Princess Latifa spotted ‘alive’ in new photo months after friends raised alarm that she was being held against her will by her king father
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Dubai’s Princess Latifa spotted ‘alive’ in new photo months after friends raised alarm that she was being held against her will by her king father

Princess Latifa of Dubai appears to still be alive if new pictures released are to be believed. New photographs uploaded to Instagram shows what looks to be Princess Latifa Al Maktoum,  daughter of Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has allegedly been held captive for years against her will. The snap shared by social media account "Shinny Bryn", shows a photo of three women including a smiling Princess Latifa sitting around a table in public. Keen observers also noticed that the photograph appears to have been flipped, based on the mirrored writing appearing on advertising in the background of the image. The photo also shows face masks lying on the table, suggesting it could have been taken during the coronavirus pandemic period. But Sky News rep...
President Buhari Departs for Paris today
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President Buhari Departs for Paris today

President Buhari will today Sunday, May 16, 2021, depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit which will be focused on reviewing the African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, due to increased debt burden on countries. A statement released by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, says the Summit which is to be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, will draw major stakeholders in the global Finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms. Shehu said that during the visit, President Buhari will meet with the French President to discuss growing security threats in Sahel and Lake Chad...
Ex-Ronaldo’s Club Sporting Lisbon Clinch First Portuguese Title
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Ex-Ronaldo’s Club Sporting Lisbon Clinch First Portuguese Title

Sporting Lisbon were crowned champions of Portugal for the first in almost two decades on Tuesday. A 1-0 win over Boavista at their Jose Alvalade Stadium clinched Sporting’s 19th title with the last coming back in 2002. Paulinho’s 36th minute goal put ‘the Lions’ out of reach of outgoing champions Porto at a game played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Lisbon side’s celebrations were delayed 24 hours after Porto kept their chances alive, at least for 24 hours, with a 5-1 rout of lowly Farense on Monday. They took the title in style, with an eight point cushion over the ‘Dragons’ from the north of the country, and boasting an unbeaten record. Despite calls by local authorities to respect social distancing restrictions thousands of fans had begun to...
Doctors Warn Against the Practice of Using Cow Poop as COVID-19 Cure in India
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Doctors Warn Against the Practice of Using Cow Poop as COVID-19 Cure in India

Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow poop as COVID-19 cure because there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases. India has continued to face the world’s most devastating wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 22.66 million cases and 246,116 deaths reported so far.  Experts believe the actual numbers could be five to 10 times higher, and citizens across the country are struggling to find hospital beds, oxygen, or medicines, leaving many to die for lack of treatment. In the state of Gujarat in western India, some believers have been going to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies in cow poop and urine in the hope it will boost their immunity against, or help them recover from  coronavirus. ...
D’banj Leads Nigeria to Motorsport Championships
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D’banj Leads Nigeria to Motorsport Championships

Nigerian artiste, Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, was on Friday unveiled as Captain of the Racing Nigeria Motorsport Team. This is in preparation for the Federation International de l’ Automobile (FIA) World Championships in October. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that D’banj was unveiled at a ceremony in Abuja attended by motorsport personalities like Alhaji Mahdi Mohammed, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara. Ishaku Bamaiyi, President of, Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN), said the unveiling was the first step towards preparing the country’s representatives for the world championships scheduled for Marseille, France. “The first FIA Motorsport Games held in Rome, Italy, in 2019, saw the participation of about 46 countries in the champio...
I have Deontay Wilder’s a**, soul, mojo and balls in my pocket, i own them! – Tyson Fury
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I have Deontay Wilder’s a**, soul, mojo and balls in my pocket, i own them! – Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury believes Deontay Wilder has not yet mentally recovered from their rematch. Back in February 2020, Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round to capture the WBC heavyweight title. Wilder has been out of the ring since the loss to Fury. A planned trilogy was scheduled for July of last year, but then delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fury and his team eventually announced that Wider's rematch clause had expired and they would fight someone else. Wilder then filed a legal action to enforce the rematch clause. The two sides are involved in an ongoing arbitration process, with a decision yet to be made. Fury meanwhile is close to finalizing a deal to face Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world titles. Their fight would li...
Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca
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Rabiot Juve’s Midfielder Attracting Interest From Chelsea, Barca

Chelsea have reportedly joined Barcelona in the race to sign Juventus French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The former PSG star, who has played 41 times in all competitions for the Italian giants this season, would be available for around £17million in the summer transfer window. According to Calciomercato, Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique has already begun negotiations with Barcelona, but Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is also interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge. The 14-cap international, 26, signed for Juventus on a free transfer from Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain side in July 2019. Tuchel said back in 2018: “For me he is a great player and can become a top player,” and although Rabiot was frozen out due to contractual reasons, the German is still keen on a reunion....
Sanwo-Olu Unveils Five-Year Food Sufficiency Road Map For Lagos
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Sanwo-Olu Unveils Five-Year Food Sufficiency Road Map For Lagos

An audacious agricultural growth plan that will enhance food sufficiency in Lagos State has been unveiled by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The five-year food security road map will see a  sustained public and private sectors’ investment in agricultural value chains to give Lagos comparative advantages in the sector and enhance the State’s self-sufficiency in food production from the current 18 per cent up to 40 per cent over the next 60 months. Sanwo-Olu on Thursday at a ceremony organised by the Ministry of Agriculture at the Intercontinental Hotels, Victoria Island, rolled out the agric road map which will be achieved through a three-pronged approach. The adverse impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on food security in Lagos, the Governor said, necessitated an immediate ...
We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez
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We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez

The Real Madrid president is the first chairman of the competition, which has come in for criticism from all sides since its confirmation after midnight on Sunday. "UEFA worked in another format that, firstly, I didn't understand it and secondly, it doesn't produce the necessary income to save football," Perez said on El Chiringuito on Monday night. "When I say save football I mean to save everyone, so that for the next 20 years at least we can live in peace. The situation is very dramatic. We believe this format can save football, like the European Cup saved football in the 50s." Why the Super League? In an attempt to explain the Super League, Florentino addressed clubs' falling revenues, which have been accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic. "The biggest clubs in Engla...
Easter Celebration: President Buhari Felicitates With Christians
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Easter Celebration: President Buhari Felicitates With Christians

President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with Christians on the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration. The President recalls that a year ago, “in most of our major cities, our celebrations were somewhat subdued, as we battled the effect of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. “The restrictions meant that our brethren could not attend traditional church services as they would have wished. I salute their resilience and understanding. “Today, we are able to congregate and worship together, cautiously.” President Buhari deeply acknowledges and appreciates the sacrifices of our doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers, “who have made the difference in saving lives and ensuring the reduction of the spread of the virus. “I thank Nigerians who have religiously adhered to v...
Liverpool Football Club Confirms LeBron James has Joined its Ownership Group
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Liverpool Football Club Confirms LeBron James has Joined its Ownership Group

Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group have confirmed RedBird Capital Partners has invested into the club making Basketball star LeBron James become a part of the Premier League club's ownership group. FSG, which also owns MLB franchise Boston Red Sox, is now valued at at $7.35 billion (£5.32 billion) as part of the deal. The investment brought by RedBird is £543 billion ($749bn) – almost 10 per cent of FSG's value. “Over the years, Fenway Sports Group has been able to attract a dedicated group of executives and partnerships seeking to compete for titles in the most challenging and rewarding landscapes," read a statement from FSG Principal Owner John W. Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon. "Our strategic partnership with Gerry and the entire team at RedBird ...
YouTube star David Dobrik Quits Board of Dispo app he Co-founded after Woman Accused his Associate of Drugging and Raping her
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YouTube star David Dobrik Quits Board of Dispo app he Co-founded after Woman Accused his Associate of Drugging and Raping her

YouTube star, David Dobrik has stepped down as co-founder of the Dispo following a rape allegation about his former associate. Dobrik, with 19 million subscribers, rose to fame through prank videos, sometimes in collaboration with a number of other YouTubers called the Vlog Squad that he regularly posted. During the coronavirus pandemic, he launched his own photo app called Dispo. One woman who appeared in a video on Dobrik’s channel says she was raped by another person (Dobrik's associate) involved during filming. A recent investigation published by Kat Tenbarge at the business news website Insider, detailed the woman’s account of rape in 2018 by a - now former - Vlog Squad member. According to the rape account, published by the Insider, a woman alleged she was raped du...
Buhari, Osinbajo Took Malaria Injections – Pastor Giwa Claims
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Buhari, Osinbajo Took Malaria Injections – Pastor Giwa Claims

The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has dismissed the COVID-19 vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo. Giwa said the COVID-19 vaccines they took were meant to cure malaria. Addressing his members on Sunday, Pastor Giwa urged Nigerians to be watchful. In a statement he forwarded to us, the cleric recalled that he had earlier warned the world in April, 2020, that those who brought coronavirus pandemic were just buying time to prepare for vaccines aimed at shortening the lives of the people. Buhari and Osinbajo had received jabs of the COVID-19 vaccines on live television on Saturday. The President was vaccinated by the Chief Personal Physician to the President, Suhayb Sanusi, while Osinbajo was vac...
Solskjaer Warns Man Utd Fans over Buying new Players
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Solskjaer Warns Man Utd Fans over Buying new Players

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned fans that it may not be business as usual when the summer transfer window opens. Solskjaer feels the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic may hinder the Red Devils from strengthening the squad as they wish to. United had looked to challenge for the Premier League title once again this season, as bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City failed to hit their heights of previous seasons. But City have since embarked on a remarkable 21-match winning streak stretching back to mid-December and now sit 15 points clear of second-placed United ahead of their meeting at the Etihad this weekend. The gap has only amplified calls for United to bolster their squad with new faces at the end of the season. Hi...
Nigerian Govt Gives Update on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines
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Nigerian Govt Gives Update on Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines

  The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has confirmed that Nigeria will on Tuesday, March 2, receive the first batch of the coronavirus vaccines. Mustapha, who is also the chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made the disclosure to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja, NAN reports. “Nigeria is set to receive its first four million shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX. “The vaccines should depart India on March 1, 2021 in the night and arrive Abuja on the 2nd of March, 2021, ” he said. Recall that the Federal government had earlier announced that the first four million doses of the vaccines would arrive the country by the end of February. Mustapha, while evaluating the county’s response to COVID-19 in the past one year said the...
Nigerians To Pay N144,000 For Solar Panels, FG Plans For 5 Million Homes
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Nigerians To Pay N144,000 For Solar Panels, FG Plans For 5 Million Homes

The federal government says Nigerians will have the option to pay to own millions of solar panels it plans for 5 million homes as part of its Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). The ESP was rolled out in 2020 in response to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. To own a solar unit, there will be the option of paying N4,000 monthly for three years. That translates to N144, 000 a unit. This was revealed in a statement issued by the Office of the Vice President on Thursday. It was not immediately clear what the other alternatives would be. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called the programme a “game-changer” in terms of providing jobs and expanding the use of renewable energy in the country. The off-grid project is financed by UBA, Sterling Bank, First Bank a...
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos
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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Gives An Update On COVID-19 In Lagos

Lagos State continues to be the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria . As of the 29th of January 2021, Lagos State had recorded a total of 47,871 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 34,094 have recovered in community, while 9,856 are currently active in community. Over the last 12 months, about 3,988 COVID-related patients have been admitted into the various care centres across the State; with a registered fatality rate of approximately0.63% (301 deaths). TESTING Currently, Lagos State has 21 private and 4 public health laboratories accredited for Covid-19 testing. So far, a total of 316,801 samples have been tested, with 47,871 diagnosed as Positive. The test positivity ratio for January 2021 is 24%, which means that one out of every four tests returns positi...
Joe Biden’s Inauguration In Pictures
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Joe Biden’s Inauguration In Pictures

Washington Biden's inauguration will mark the official start of his four-year term, and due to COVID and security concerns, will go ahead without much of the pomp and fanfare. In pictures: The inauguration of Joe Biden President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office on Wednesday, but it will be a scaled-down inauguration unlike any we've ever seen. The celebrations have been cut back because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Biden's inaugural committee — trying to keep crowds to a minimum — has urged Americans not to travel to Washington, DC. The National Mall will also be closed to the general public because of security concerns related to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol. Usually, thousands of people gather on the Mall to watch the new president being sworn in. T...
COVID-19: Ijede General Hospital Not Shut Down — MG
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COVID-19: Ijede General Hospital Not Shut Down — MG

The General Hospital, Ijede, has refuted the rumour being circulated on social media that the facility has been shut down because its staff have been infected with COVID-19. A statement issued on Friday by the hospital’s medical director/CEO Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole noted that the facility has not been shut down and that all medical staff have been operating 24-hour service even before the beginning of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. She implored the general public, especially residents of Ijede community to disregard the misinformation contained in the viral post, describing it as malicious and deceitful with the sole intent to damage the reputation and integrity of the highly revered facility and its hard-working staff. Bankole also appealed to all i...
Japanese Town Worships Giant Gorilla In Desperate Bid To Scare Off Coronavirus
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Japanese Town Worships Giant Gorilla In Desperate Bid To Scare Off Coronavirus

Villagers in the Japanese town of Chikuzen have gone to drastic measures to confront the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic by building a giant Gorilla as 'an idol to worship' Superstitious locals in a Japanese village have constructed a giant Gorilla made of steel and straw in a desperate big to ward off the coronavirus. Villagers in Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture in the south west of Japan spent two months building the life-like statue – which has eyes which glow red in the night and stands at an impressive 23 feet tall. The structure has been called ‘Giant Straw Scarecrow Gorilla: Proud Gorilla 2020’ and is due to stand watch over the town until the end of the month. After being completed in December 2020, the giant statue has become something of a local attraction – pulling in ...
Biden To Sign Executive Order To Join Paris Club & Rescind Travel Ban
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Biden To Sign Executive Order To Join Paris Club & Rescind Travel Ban

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign roughly a dozen executive orders, including rejoining the Paris climate accord and ending the travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries, on his first day in office, according to a memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain. He'll also sign orders halting evictions and student loan payments during the coronavirus pandemic and issuing a mask mandate on all federal property in an effort to either roll back moves made by the Trump administration or advance policy in a way that was impossible in the current administration. One of Biden's most common campaign trail promises was to tackle an issue on his first day in office -- a pledge he usually made to either contrast himself with President Donald Trump or highlight just how important he bel...
COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians
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COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday. There have been concerns regarding a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But Aliyu said the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown and, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities . “I’m also ca...
Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown
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Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, insisted that the Federal Government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown on Nigeria as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed, who spoke at a conference in Lagos, however, appealed to Nigerians to adhere to all protocols outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The minister said, “On the issue of lockdown, I don’t think there is any time when the Federal Government has said it is going to have a second lockdown. However, the Federal Government is very unhappy that Nigerians are not adhering to the basic Covid-19 protocols of wearing face masks, or practicising social distancing, of washing hands, of ensuring that they do gather in large numbers. “If we do not do ...
Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut
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Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut

Barcelona were close to securing an agreement on Friday for a 122 million euros ($145 million) cut in players’ salaries this season to help offset the financial hole left by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal, announced in a statement by the club, must now be ratified by the players “in the coming days”. The reduction in their wage bill represents a welcome financial lifeline for Barca, hit hard by the loss of gate receipts at the Camp Nou and other effects of Covid-19 prevention measures. Barca’s acting president Carles Tusquets has described the financial situation as “not dramatic, but very worrying”. Tusquets assumed temporary control following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last month. Restoring Barca’s finances will be one of the items on the top of the new p...
Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Weds His Sex Doll In Groundbreaking Ceremony
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Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Weds His Sex Doll In Groundbreaking Ceremony

Yuri Tolochko, from Kazakhstan, popped the question to Margo in December 2019. The wedding was earlier delayed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and an attack on Yuri A bodybuilder has finally married his sex doll after delaying the ceremony for months. Yuri Tolochko, from Kazakhstan, has been living with Margo for a year and a half and says he popped the question back in December 2019. He first met her at a night club, and the pair were due to get married in March this year before the coronavirus pandemic threw the world into turmoil. Yuri earlier told the Daily Star that the ceremony was delayed a second time after he was attacked during a transgender rally in the Kazakh city of Almaty on October 31. However, the pair have finally tied the knot at a ceremony atte...
Young Nigerian Man Becomes Associate Manager At Google
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Young Nigerian Man Becomes Associate Manager At Google

This young Nigerian man, Angel Onuoha, has had a big breakthrough after coronavirus pandemic forced him out of business 7 months ago I was devastated to shut down my startup due to Covid-19 Today I’ve officially accepted an offer @Google as an Associate Product Manager All good things come with time
I was absolutely not surprised Trump got Covid-19′ – US Infectious disease chief, Dr Fauci
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I was absolutely not surprised Trump got Covid-19′ – US Infectious disease chief, Dr Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States' leading infectious disease expert has said he is "absolutely not" surprised President Donald Trump contracted Covid-19 after seeing him surrounded by people not wearing face masks and flouting best public health practices during rallies and meetings with aides.   Fauci, who has gone at odds with Trump regarding the coronavirus pandemic, spoke during an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night.   He  said, "I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded -- no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask."     "When I saw that on TV, I said, 'Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that, that's got to be a problem,'" ...
Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures at the club
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Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures at the club

The man behind Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus has been let go by the club as part of their coronavirus cost-cutting process, according to The Athletic. Jerry Quy, who has dressed up as the friendly green dinosaur at home matches since 1993, is the latest victim of the club's streamlining measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Arsenal announced 55 redundancies in August as the club contended with the financial impact of Covid-19, and the absence of fans on matchdays has now cost Quy his job - for now at least. The Athletic reports the Arsenal mascot will return, but Quy, who even missed his brother's wedding to dress up as the iconic dino at an Arsenal home match, will hang up his suit for the time being. Gunnersaurus is a popular character among Arsenal fans and is ...
Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules
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Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules

Stadiums will be permitted to reopen where local laws permit, though away fans are still not yet able to return Fans will be able to return to UEFA club and international matches starting at next week’s international break, UEFA has announced. Stadiums will be allowed to be filled to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity, and will only reopen where local laws permit. No away fans will be allowed at this stage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made after the trial which saw around 15,000 fans in the stadium for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla. The pilot match was deemed a success despite host city Budapest recording a rise in infection numbers ahead of the event. A UEFA statement further clarified: "Both the admission of fans and the capaci...
US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers
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US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers

The United States government has revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers under an order issued by President Donald Trump accusing some of them of espionage and working for the Chinese communist party, the State Department said Wednesday September 9.   As tensions between Beijing and Washington rose on multiple fronts, Trump, in a May 29 proclamation, declared that some Chinese nationals officially in the United States for study have stolen intellectual property and helped modernize China’s military.   The State Department, on Wednesday September 9 for the first time, has now released first figures on the effects of Trump’s order, stating that more than 1,000 visas have been revoked since June 1 when implementation ...
“Football Without Fans Is Like A Circus Without Clowns”- Cristiano Ronaldo
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“Football Without Fans Is Like A Circus Without Clowns”- Cristiano Ronaldo

 Portugese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has related football without fans to a circus without clowns after he scored in Portugal's 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday night, September 9 due to the absense of fans to celebrate with him. The match against Sweden was played in an empty stadium as the Coronavirus pandemic restricted fans from attending games in most regions across Europe. Ronaldo,who also became the second highest goalscorer in international football with 101 goals after netting two goals against Sweden, described the absense of supporters as a major missing key of the football game. "There is no need to regret, when I do something I like to be whistled because it gives me chills. But health comes first, if the WHO says that these aren't safe conditions, that's it. The m...
First International Flight Lands In Lagos Airport After 5 Months
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First International Flight Lands In Lagos Airport After 5 Months

There was palpable joy on Saturday as the first international flight landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. This is coming after five months of the closure of the Nigerian airspace due to lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. The aircraft operated by Middle East Airlines touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Nation gathered that the plane which took off from Beirut, Lebanon, landed at the airport at exactly 02:27 pm.  
Nationwide Curfew Now 12am To 4am – FG
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Nationwide Curfew Now 12am To 4am – FG

The Federal Government says the nationwide curfew in place in the country to restrict movement amid the coronavirus pandemic is now from 12am to 4am. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday. Aliyu said, “I will first of all start with general movement. We are modifying the curfew to commence from 12 midnight to 4am nationwide, effective from 12:00 tonight. “This does not apply to people on essential services and international travellers that might be returning from abroad.” The PTF, following the lifting of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic, had on May 4, 2020, imposed a nationwide curfew from 6pm to 8am. It later reviewed the timing ...
Indian University Creates Cartoon Characters Of Students For Virtual Graduation
Education

Indian University Creates Cartoon Characters Of Students For Virtual Graduation

Amidst the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, an Indian University has created cartoon characters of its students for their virtual graduation. The avatars of more than 2,000 students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay were awarded their certificates by an avatar of IIT director Subhasis Chaudhuri during a ceremony on Sunday. The unique celebration, designed to abide by coronavirus safey measures, was broadcast on two local TV channels as well as YouTube and Facebook Live, according to a statement from the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB). "The Institute thought it best to arrange such a VR-convocation for the graduating students so as not to put their health at risk but at the same time, not deprive them of the sense of achievement and pride o...
FEC Approves N8.49b For COVID-19 Testing Kits Procurement
Politics

FEC Approves N8.49b For COVID-19 Testing Kits Procurement

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N8.49 billion for the procurement of 12 items for the testing of coronavirus pandemic by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday, gave the approval after considering a memo presented by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on behalf of the centre at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale
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New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale

Juventus new manager, Andrea Pirlo, is reportedly ready to sell at least six players this summer transfer window, as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season, Mirror UK reports. Pirlo was appointed as Juventus new manager over the weekend following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Juventus have seen their revenue streams hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic and will have less money to spend this summer following their Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon. Pirlo has put Aaron Ramsey “among six players” he wants Juventus to sell this summer. Ramsey only moved to the Old Lady last year, but the Welsh international is not wanted by Pirlo, and he is free to find another club this summer. The former Arsenal star is now seen as surplus to requirement...
World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns
Health

World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns

The World Health Organisation has warned of a “new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus pandemic. The warning came on Friday as infections continued to surge in the Americas. Brazil registered more than one million cases. Colombia and Mexico also passed bleak milestones, as their death tolls topped 2,000 and 20,000, respectively. The statistics shows how the virus continues ravaging the Americas and parts of Asia even as Europe starts to ease out of lockdown. The measures imposed to halt the spread of the disease have caused crippling economic damage. WHO however warned against giving in to isolation fatigue. “The world is in a new and dangerous phase”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. “Many people are understandably fed u...
FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance
Health

FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance

Indications emerged Friday that the Federal Government has released the sum of N4.5 billion to 31 Federal Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres across the country to cover hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made this disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents, in company of the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, after they briefed President Muhammadu Buhari, on the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). Ngige expressed optimism that the strike action embarked upon by the Resident Doctors will end soon. The strike which commenced on Monday this week followed instructions by the NARD to its member...
Coronavirus aside, 2020 has been a good year for me – Zlatan Ibile reveals
Celebs

Coronavirus aside, 2020 has been a good year for me – Zlatan Ibile reveals

Popular Nigerian singer and rapper, Zlatan Ibile has revealed that 2020 has been a good year for him. Zlatan Ibile, whose real name is Temidayo Omoniyi Raphael,  admitted that the Coronavirus pandemic has adversely impacted on lives and economies, however, the period brought some changes to him. According to the Zanku Records CEO, he has discovered his true self in 2020. He revealed that 2020 has afforded him the opportunity to team up with talented fast-rising acts who have played very key roles in his upcoming album. Zlatan Ibile made this known on his Instagram page where he shared artwork of his yet-to-be-released new album. We would all agree that this pandemic period of #CoronaVirus has had a great impact on our work, creativity and lifestyle in general but it ha...

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