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COVID19 fourth wave likely to happen in December- Lagos state govt
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COVID19 fourth wave likely to happen in December- Lagos state govt

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has raised the alarm that the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may likely happen in the state in December. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, December 20, Abayomi said passengers coming into the country from high-burden countries might increase the spread of the virus. “Many Nigerians staying abroad will be returning home to celebrate Christmas with their families. Most of these people will be coming from countries where there is a heavy burden of COVID-19 and where we know the virus is changing and mutating. The potential drivers of a fourth wave in Lagos and Nigeria are passengers arriving, especially from heavy-burdened countries in Europe and the United States into Lagos. About 86 per cent of all inbound ...
US Olympian Sunisa Lee ‘pepper sprayed in racist attack’
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US Olympian Sunisa Lee ‘pepper sprayed in racist attack’

US Olympic gymnast Sunisa Lee has claimed she was pepper-sprayed in a racist drive-by attack in Los Angeles. In an interview with Pop Sugar, the gold winner and first US-Hmong Olympian said she and a group of Asian friends were targeted while waiting for a ride. According to her, the incident took place a few weeks ago as she was in LA to film Dancing with the Stars. Attacks on people of Asian descent have risen amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which was first reported in China. Lee, 18, made history by travelling to Tokyo this summer, becoming the first US Olympic athlete from the Hmong ethnic group. The gymnast said she and her friends, all of the Asian descent, were waiting for their Uber after a night out when a car passed with people inside shouting ethnic slurs and tell...
With NIN, identity of any Nigerian on the Internet will be Known -Isa Pantami
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With NIN, identity of any Nigerian on the Internet will be Known -Isa Pantami

Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, has stated what he hopes to achieve with the National Identification Number (NIN). Speaking during the Nigeria International Partnership Forum in Paris, meant to strengthen ties between Nigeria and France in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic he said NIN will ensure that the identity of citizens and legal residents who log into the internet is known. “Some of these initiatives that happen to be the foundation of even our economy is the introduction of the national identification number. Nigeria has joined the global community by making the use of national identification numbers for both citizens and legal residents mandatory,” he said. “This is going to be the foundation of our economy and also the foundation of ou...
Women’s rugby team pose nak3d in calendar photoshoot to raise money for their bankrupt club
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Women’s rugby team pose nak3d in calendar photoshoot to raise money for their bankrupt club

A women's rugby team has stripped off for a naked calendar to raise money for the club after the club's finances were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Carlisle Cougars posed as they performed drills wearing nothing but their socks in a series of risque snaps Vice captain Hannah Farrell, 26, said the experiencing was 'nerve-wracking'  but once they got going the players were happier without their kit. 'To be honest, we have joked about doing a naked calendar for years now, but we just never got round to it. 'We always thought it would be such a laugh, and a great way to raise money for the club, promote women's rugby and celebrate our strong bodies,' she explained. After Covid, the club was shut for a long time, so we thought now's the time to do it, raise m...
Ballon d’ Or: It’s really stupid, doesn’t make any sense – Ex-Chelsea star, Frank slams organizers
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Ballon d’ Or: It’s really stupid, doesn’t make any sense – Ex-Chelsea star, Frank slams organizers

Former Chelsea star, Frank Leboeuf, has slammed Ballon d’Or organizers for their concept of awarding the prestigious prize to individual players in a sport that is regarded as a team effort. Leboeuf compared the Ballon d’Or with awards given to musicians, adding that if an elite musician wins an individual award, his group will not react to it positively. He believes the idea of awarding the Ballon d’Or is really stupid and doesn’t make any sense to him. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out last year due to COVID-19 pandemic. 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or was shortlisted last week, which includes Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and among others. Speaking to ESPN via The Chelsea Chroni...
President Muhammadu Buhari’s full 61st Independence Day speech
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President Muhammadu Buhari’s full 61st Independence Day speech

Read the press statement below... INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY FIRST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2021. Citizens of Nigeria. 1. It is with full gratitude to God that today, we celebrate Nigeria’s sixty first Independence Anniversary. 2.?For 1st of October 1960 to happen, all hands were on deck. East, West, North all came together to celebrate freedom. Today should not only serve as a reminder of the day the British handed over the reins of power to Nigerians, but also unified Nigerians from all ethnic groups, religions and regions. 3.?Today, despite the challenges we face, most Nigerians still maintain the spirit of 1st October. That positive ou...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Emerson names player that Should win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Emerson names player that Should win award

Lyon defender, Emerson Palmieri, has backed Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Emerson, who is currently on loan at Lyon from Chelsea, stated this ahead of the Blues’ Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday. According to him, Jorginho deserves the Ballon d’ Or after winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the Euro 2020. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on which player deserves to win the Ballon d’ Or this year, Emerson told La Gazzetta dello Sport, “Donnarumma [PSG goalkeeper] did great things at AC Milan. “Like me, Jorginho won everything, but he has played at a high level for a couple of seasons. He deserves it [Ballon d’ Or].” ...
Former American s3x symbol, Raquel Welch spotted for the first time in two years
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Former American s3x symbol, Raquel Welch spotted for the first time in two years

81-year-old actress, Raquel Welch who rose to fame as a sex symbol of the 1960s, has been spotted for the first time in over two years. Paparazzi caught Welch stopping by the Heritage Auctions building in Beverly Hills, looking casual in a white top, black pants and platform wedges paired with a straw hat and stylish eyeglasses. She was also wearing a face mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and also appeared to be holding on to her breasts in one of the photos, as she strolled through the 90210. The last time fans heard from Welch was her 2019 interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Post. While chatting with the outlet, the entertainer who made a name for herself in such films as “Bedazzled,” “The Biggest Bundle of Them All” and...
Tennis: Kvitova pulls out of Billie Jean King Cup finals
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Tennis: Kvitova pulls out of Billie Jean King Cup finals

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said on Sunday she would not play the Billie Jean King Cup finals in November as she needs rest. The rebranded Fed Cup tournament will be held on indoor hard courts at the O2 Arena in Prague on November 1-6 after the Czech capital replaced Budapest as the host city earlier this year. “I have told the team captain I wouldn’t play. I’ll play two or three tournaments in the rest of the season and then I need to rest,” said the 31-year-old Czech. “This year has been tough mentally and physically, I’ve had lots of injuries and my body can’t cope with it anymore,” added the world number 10. “Of course, this decision wasn’t easy, but I have to think about myself, I’m not the youngest one,” Kvitova told reporters from the eastern Czech city o...
Covid-19 has flipped life upside down for so many – Prince Harry tells wounded soldiers
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Covid-19 has flipped life upside down for so many – Prince Harry tells wounded soldiers

UK Royal, Prince Harry has revealed his dismay at the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to people's lives after the annual Warrior Games which celebrates injured active duty and veteran US military service members was canceled. The Duke of Sussex, who spent 10 years in the Army, appeared alongside the US First Lady, Jill Biden to co-host a virtual event for the Games. Harry explained that the Warrior Games were the inspiration behind the Invictus Games, which he founded and then first held in London in 2014. Harry was expected to attend the 2021 Warrior Games in Orlando, Florida, but it was cancelled due to coronavirus-related concerns and the Duke wasted no time in explaining how Covid-19 has ‘flipped life upside down for so many’ . Speaking in recognition of those who wo...
Gumi asks Fulanis to get Voters card
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Gumi asks Fulanis to get Voters card

Prominent Islamic cleric, Dr. Ahmad Gumi has called on Fulani ethnic group to ensure they register and obtain voter cards ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country, so they can elect leaders who would provide good governance and protect their interest. The Islamic cleric said this while presenting animals and foodstuffs to the families of Fulani that were affected by insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic, organized by a pastoral group under the aegis of Bilital Marroobe Pastoralists Association of Nigeria (BILMPAN) in Kaduna. Gumi who cautioned herdsmen, particularly those living in the forests against banditry and kidnapping, stated that their bloc votes is very important in the emergence of any credible leader in Kaduna as well as in the country. He said; “If we wan...
Will Smith was paid $40 million to star in King Richard, the new movie about Venus and Serena Williams’ father
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Will Smith was paid $40 million to star in King Richard, the new movie about Venus and Serena Williams’ father

Will Smith was paid $40 million for his role in the upcoming HBO Max biographical drama film, King Richard. The film is based on the true life story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, who coaches his daughters to become two of the most prominent tennis stars in the world. The movie was filmed in Los Angeles during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevented Smith from reprising his role as Deadshot in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. In a recent article by Variety detailing the biggest movie stars salaries for recent projects, it was revealed that Smith's salary for his role in King Richard was $40 million. This figure is noticeably higher than the typical paycheck for a movie star in a big project, which currently sits at around $20 million. ...
We’ve Spent N502.3bn on COVID19 intervention – Finance Minister
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We’ve Spent N502.3bn on COVID19 intervention – Finance Minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has revealed that the Federal government has so far spent N502.3 billion to stabilize the economy after being hit by the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic. The Sun reports that Ahmed made the disclosure while speaking at the national dialogue on COVID-19 economic impact and assessment of national and states’ recovery plans and policy options in Abuja on Tuesday, August 10. According to the Minister, Nigeria was deeply affected by the pandemic because it was recovering from recession before COVID-19 led to an all-time fall of crude oil prices being the economic pillar of the country. According to Ahmed, the key interventions the N502 billion was used for include: the establishment of an N500 billion COVID-19 crisis in...
Lagos State government Denies claims it reduced NYSC doctors’ Salaries rom N75,000 to 15k
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Lagos State government Denies claims it reduced NYSC doctors’ Salaries rom N75,000 to 15k

The Lagos State Government has denied claims it issued directives to reduce the monthly payment of National Youths Service Corps, (NYSC) doctors from N75,000 to N15,000, effective July 2021. According to the State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, such claims are 'false and misleading' Ponle speaking on Sunday, August 1 said: “Lagos State Government has noted the decision of the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) to call out doctors on a strike from Monday, 2nd August 2, 2021. “The decision followed the directive of its National Executive Committee meeting held in Umuahia on 30th July, 2021 “The communique cited, among other grievances, a purported directive from the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Speci...
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CAF Confirms Date, venue for 2022 AFCON draw in Cameroon

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, on Thursday announced that the draw for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, will take place on August 17, 2021, in Cameroon. The draw has been scheduled for the Yaounde Conference Centre at 18h00 GMT. CAF disclosed this in a statement via its website today. Recall that the draw was initially postponed in June 2021 due to logistical relations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFCON 2022 is expected to start on Jan. 9 till Feb. 6 with five host cities confirmed for the biennial competition. “CAF, together with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of Cameroon announce that the draw for the final phase of the 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021, will take place on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at...
 Team Nigeria rock stylish green and white outfits for Olympic Ceremony
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 Team Nigeria rock stylish green and white outfits for Olympic Ceremony

The Olympics Opening Ceremony officially kicked off the Tokyo 2020 Games, which were initially delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the opening ceremony, Team Nigeria showed out in style in stylish green and white outfits and, were led out by flag bearer Odunayo Adekuoroye and captain Aruna Quadri.
FIFA plans to introduce new rules in football including reducing games from 90 minutes to 60 Minutes
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FIFA plans to introduce new rules in football including reducing games from 90 minutes to 60 Minutes

World football governing body, FIFA is considering bringing in a host of controversial changes to the current football system, with a prominent change being games reduced from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. According to Mundo Deportivo, FIFA are looking for ways to improve the game and will be trying out a series of different rules in the ‘Future of Football Cup’ youth tournament that will include Under 19 sides from PSV, AZ Alkmaar, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge. The tournament will feature five new key regulations. Firstly, instead of 90 minutes, games will be made of two 30 minute halves – with the idea of shortened matches believed to have been taken from basketball . In April, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had hinted at shorter games in the European Super League befor...
Ex-world number nine Bacsinszky retires from tennis
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Ex-world number nine Bacsinszky retires from tennis

Timea Bacsinszky, the former world number nine, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, with the 32-year-old Swiss saying it was time to turn the page. Bacsinszky won an Olympic silver medal in the women’s doubles at the Rio 2016 Games, teaming up with Martina Hingis. She has not played since September 2019 in Seoul — her singles career finishing with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat to Kristie Ahn of the United States — and her world ranking had dropped to 517 by the time of her retirement. She suffered a back injury and then the Covid-19 pandemic stopped her momentum when a comeback seemed on the cards. “I am retiring from professional sport today but I will never forget the sparkles I had in my eyes,” she said on Instagram. Bacsinszky’s best Grand Slam performances came at t...
EPL: Tammy Abraham in shock move to Arsenal from Chelsea
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EPL: Tammy Abraham in shock move to Arsenal from Chelsea

Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, is set for a shock move to Arsenal. According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal is interested in signing Abraham this summer. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is keen on bringing Abraham to Emirates if a deal for the England international can be struck. Arsenal will now have to battle West Ham United for Abraham’s signature. Abraham is free to leave Chelsea this summer after falling out of favour under the Blues manager Thomas Tuchel’s squad last season. Chelsea wants to offload the 23-year-old to help fund a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. Chelsea value Abraham at £40 million but it’s uncertain how high Arsenal is willing to bid for the forward in this current climate amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit all the c...
Super Eagles Arrive in US ahead of Mexico clash
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Super Eagles Arrive in US ahead of Mexico clash

  The Super Eagles have arrived in Los Angeles, USA ahead of their international friendly match against Mexico this weekend. The delegation includes 22 players and several officials, including Mohammed Sanusi, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). They will be joined by the NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick. The match is billed for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with a 77,5000- capacity arena expected to be filled up. This will make it the most attended game globally since the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eagles present in camp: Goalkeepers: Stanley Nwabili (Lobi Stars); John Noble (Enyimba FC) Defenders: ; Imoh Obot (Enyimba FC); Tebo Franklin Degaulle (Nasarawa United); Lawal Oriyomi Murtala (Kwara Un...
Donny Van de Beek takes final decision on leaving Man United, chooses next club
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Donny Van de Beek takes final decision on leaving Man United, chooses next club

Manchester United midfielder, Donny Van de Beek, has taken a final decision on leaving Old Trafford this summer. According to the Spanish outlet, Sport, the Netherlands international has expressed his desire to leave Man United with Barcelona his preferred destination of choice. Van de Beek joined Man United in a £35m deal last September but has endured a challenging first year in England. The 24-year-old started just four Premier League matches for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and spent the majority of the 2020/21 season stuck on the substitutes bench. The former Ajax star is now looking to engineer a way out of the club and has offered himself to Barcelona. Barcelona are currently dealing with debts in excess of £862million, having been one of the clubs that have suffere...
CAF Africa Football Body Postpones 2021 AFCON Draw
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CAF Africa Football Body Postpones 2021 AFCON Draw

Africa’s football governing body CAF has postponed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final draw. This was announced in a statement released on CAF’s official website on Sunday. The draw was scheduled for June 25 in Yaounde, the capital city of the tournament’s host country. But on Sunday, CAF said the postponement was due to “logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic” and a new date would be announced in due course. “At the request of CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has agreed to postpone the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 final draw for logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The draw was initially scheduled for 25 June 2021 and a new date will be announced in due course. “CAF continues to work together with ...
“We convey our disappointment” Canada, EU, Ireland, UK, USA release joint statement condemning Twitter ban in Nigeria
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“We convey our disappointment” Canada, EU, Ireland, UK, USA release joint statement condemning Twitter ban in Nigeria

The Diplomatic Missions of Canada, the European Union, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have issued a joint statement in reaction to the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government. On Friday, June 4, two days after Twitter deleted a tweet from the president of Nigeria for violating its rules, the Ministry of Information and Culture announced that the Nigerian government has "indefinitely suspended" Twitter. The Nigerian government also proposed registration requirements for other social media. Canada, UK, USA, Ireland, and the European Union expressed disappointment in a joint statement that reads: "The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of Ameri...
Ballon d’Or: Pat Nevin Names Player to Win award
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Ballon d’Or: Pat Nevin Names Player to Win award

  Chelsea hero, Pat Nevin, has backed N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Nevin 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 COVID-19 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 Saturday night. Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “N’Golo had a bunch of moments that no other player could match, but then he has been doing that week in, week out. “It was a definitive man-of-the-match performance, underlining he would be the first pick for any team, in any period of football history, not ju...
CONMEBOL Confirms new Venue for Copa America 2021
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CONMEBOL Confirms new Venue for Copa America 2021

  South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has announced that the 2021 Copa America will be played in Brazil after original hosts Colombia and Argentina had to pull out of holding the tournament. CONMEBOL made the announcement on Monday, just thirteen days before the tournament is set to begin. Colombia and Argentina had to pull out due to political unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Copa America will begin on June 13 and end on July 11. Meanwhile, Brazil is one of the countries in the world worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with the second-highest death toll of over 460,000 so far and more than 16.5 million cases. Brazil won the Copa America in 2019 after beating Peru 3-1 in the final.
Naira is in the Best Possible Health it can be – Garba Shehu
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Naira is in the Best Possible Health it can be – Garba Shehu

Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu has said that the Naira which appreciated at the importer & exporter (I&E) window by 0.1 percent to N411/$1 but depreciated by 0.4 percent to N495/$1 in the parallel market, is in the best possible health it could be in. The Presidential spokesperson who said this on a Channels Television programme when presented with statistics on how the economy fared in 2015 compared with 2021, maintained that only the Nigerian economy is recording “positive growth” in Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Shehu further stated that whoever questions the capacity of the present government to manage the economy, needs to have themselves re-examined. He said; “If you ask me this question, I will tell you that whoever questions the capacity of the go...
President Biden Signs anti-Asian hate Crimes Legislation amid Surge of Attacks on Asian Americans
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President Biden Signs anti-Asian hate Crimes Legislation amid Surge of Attacks on Asian Americans

US President, Joe Biden on Thursday, May 20, signed into law anti-hate crime legislation in response to the surge of attacks on Asian Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic. The newly enacted law, COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, would establish a position within the Justice Department centered on anti-Asian hate crimes and allocate resources to enhance state and local reporting. Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of Asian descent to hold the office, opened the signing ceremony by thanking lawmakers present for their work including Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who introduced the bill. "To the members of our United States Congress on both sides of the aisle who helped pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, thank you," Harris said firs...
Nancy Pelosi Calls on World Leaders to Boycott China 2022 Olympics
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Nancy Pelosi Calls on World Leaders to Boycott China 2022 Olympics

US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has slammed China’s human rights violations against the Uighurs and other ethnic minorities, calling for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, saying that global leaders who attend would lose their moral authority. US legislators have been increasingly vocal about an Olympic boycott or venue change, lashing out at American corporations for supporting China, arguing their silence about what the US State Department has deemed genocide against Uighur and other ethnic minorities in China was abetting the Chinese government. Pelosi, a Democrat, told a bipartisan congressional hearing on the issue on Tuesday, May 18, that heads of state around the world should shun the games, scheduled for February. Pelosi said she was proposing “a diplomat...
Be Nice To Those You Don’t Need Favors From – Chioma Advises
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Be Nice To Those You Don’t Need Favors From – Chioma Advises

Davido’s 3rd baby mama, Chioma Avril Rowland, has advised her fans and social media users to be nice to people freely without looking for favours from them. According to her, being nice to these people will come with greater rewards and blessings that one was never expecting to receive. She made this known in a post sighted on her Instagram story. Chioma Avril Rowland Chioma’s post reads; “Be nice to those you don’t need favours from. When the reward will come, it will be unbelievable”. Chioma has been trending on social media lately when photos of Davido and an Instagram model, Mya Yafai kissing surfaced on social media. When netizens saw these photos, they slammed Davido for disrespecting his fiance, Chioma. Chioma If readers will recall, Chioma and Davido were expected ...
NTTF National Championships kick off May 18 In Lagos
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NTTF National Championships kick off May 18 In Lagos

The atmosphere synonymous with the Nigeria Open will be re-enacted from May 18 when the 2021 Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) National Championships kick off at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium. The tournament which would serve as another test for the home-based players will be contested by states and clubs across the country from May 18 to 22 in 12 events including veterans above 50 years. According to the prospectus, players are expected to compete for the top prize in team (men and women), singles (men and women), doubles (men and women), doubles, U-21 (men and women), cadet (boys and girls) and veterans singles above 50. NTTF Technical Director who is also the Tournament Director, Adesoji Tayo said the tournament would help to unearth new talent...
Caitlyn Jenner Officially Files Paperwork to Run for Governor of California
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Caitlyn Jenner Officially Files Paperwork to Run for Governor of California

Caitlyn Jenner has filed paperwork to run for governor of California as Gavin Newsom faces a possible recall over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, April 23, the former “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality TV star and Olympic gold medalist released a statement saying she had filed the initial paperwork needed for the run. “I’m in!” Jenner tweeted along with a link to her campaign website. “This isn’t the California we know. This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends,” Jenner said in a statement, referring to Newsom’s pandemic visit to the posh eatery French Laundry. "California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their backgro...
BAFTA Awards 2021: See the full list of winners
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BAFTA Awards 2021: See the full list of winners

The 2021 Bafta Film Awards has finally taken place after being pushed back by months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which held at the Royal Albert Hall with nominees attending virtually, was split over two days, with Saturday’s (10 April) Opening Night ceremony announcing the winners of the technical categories, and Sunday’s (11 April) event revealing the winners of the remaining major awards. A brief tribute was paid to the 99-year-old Prince Philip, BAFTA’s first president, who died last week before the winners were announced. Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” dominated at the BAFTA Film Awards, after winning four prizes, including best film. The Searchlight-produced movie also won for lead actress, cinematography, and director, putting it well ahead of all other films. ...
I Didn’t Know Doctors Were still being Paid N5000 Hazard Allowance Until COVID-19 Pandemic – Ngige
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I Didn’t Know Doctors Were still being Paid N5000 Hazard Allowance Until COVID-19 Pandemic – Ngige

Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige has said that he didn't know that doctors in the country were still being paid N5000 hazard allowance until the COVID-19 pandemic. Recounting how he and two others wrote the circular that brought in payment of hazard allowance to medical doctors in 1991 during an interview on NTA on Wednesday April 8, Ngige said the last time the hazard allowance was reviewed for all medical personnel was in 2009. He also accused the Nigerian Medical Association of abdicating its responsiblity and not making any move to ask for that allowance to be reviewed and adjusted. Ngige said; “The hazard allowance for medical doctors came on board in 1991 under circular 1 of 1991. There were three of us that wrote that circular. I was there as deputy director. “The di...
UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020
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UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020

UEFA has confirmed that five substitutes will be allowed at this year’s Euro 2020, as the football world continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement today, European football’s governing body explained that the decision to allow five subs at the delayed tournament, had been taken as “the rule is already in place for the World Cup qualification matches that will run from March 2021 to March 2022.” “The reasons for the five-substitutions rule remain valid against the background of national and international football calendars affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement continued. UEFA added that the rule would continue to be in place for the Nations League finals in October and its relegation “play-outs” in March next year. The move to incr...
Jeannie Mai and Rapper Jeezy ‘Apply for a Marriage License’ Nearly one year after Announcing Engagement
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Jeannie Mai and Rapper Jeezy ‘Apply for a Marriage License’ Nearly one year after Announcing Engagement

The wedding bells are ringing for celebrity couple Jeannie Mai and Jeezy. According to TMZ, the couple filed for a marriage license in Fulton County, Georgia, on Monday, March 29, meaning they have to tie the knot within six months. The “Real” co-host and the rapper began dating in late 2018 and got engaged in March 2020 after their trip to Vietnam was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Jeannie and Jay were set for a trip to Vietnam this April. What Jeannie didn’t know is that Jay was planning to propose,” her camp told People, noting Jeezy surprised Mai with a quarantine date night in his home filled with Vietnamese food and decor.'' The potential wedding news comes after Jeezy lost his mother Sandra Rose last month. Jeezy's mother's death came months after...
Nigerian Doctors List Conditions to Shelve Planned Strike
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Nigerian Doctors List Conditions to Shelve Planned Strike

The 60-day ultimatum served to the FG by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to press home its demands, expires today, March 31, 2021. The doctors have scheduled a nationwide strike to begin tomorrow, April 1. The doctors listed four demands that must be met by the Federal Government to shelve their planned action. NARD President Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi confirmed slated meetings with Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige and the Senate Committee on Health. The conditions listed by the doctors are: full payment of salaries of all House Officers and Residents on the GIFMIS platform; upward review of hazard allowance from N5, 000 to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and the immediate payment of 2019, balance of 2020...
Court Bars FG from Blocking SIM Cards not Linked to NIN by April
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Court Bars FG from Blocking SIM Cards not Linked to NIN by April

A Federal High Court in Lagos State has barred the Federal Government from blocking SIM cards not linked to National Identity Numbers (NIN), come April. The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy had, through the Nigerian Communications Commission, asked operators to block all SIM cards not linked to NIN by April 9, 2021. This resulted in people disregarding Covid-19 protocols as they trooped to offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to get registered. However, a former second National Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association and human rights lawyer, Mr Monday Ubani, filed an originating motion and asked the court to stop the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) from disconnecting all SIM Cards not linked to NINs, Punch reports. The ...
Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses
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Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses

AFRICA’S COVID-19 vaccination programme got a boost as pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, J&J, announced it will supply up to 400 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union. The supplies will help Africa reach its target of vaccinating at least 60 percent of the population, to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The African Vaccine Acquisition Trust Team, AVATT, has already signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson for the delivery of the vaccine doses. The agreement entails that 55 member states of the AU will take delivery, from the beginning of the third quarter of 2021, up to 200 million doses of the vaccine. Additional 180 million doses will be made available in 2022, making it a combined total of up to 400 million doses of ...
One Year After SCOAN’s Closure, 60% Of Hotels In Ikotun Shut Down
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One Year After SCOAN’s Closure, 60% Of Hotels In Ikotun Shut Down

ONE year after the founder and Senior Pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T.B. Joshua, closed down the church in order to meet the government’s directive on COVID-19 pandemic, hospitality and ancillary services that depend on pilgrims and tourists to the church for their patronage are on the verge of extinction. According to hospitality operators in Ikotun, 60 per cent of the accommodation facilities in the area have shut down sending thousands of workers into the labour market. Even though the SCOAN has put in place all the necessary health precautions in line with the COVID-19 protocols,   Prophet T.B. Joshua has insisted he will only re-open the church when directed by God. However, the continuous closure has caused so much hardship to the hospital...
Holland to Send 200 People on Eight-day Holiday to Greece as an Experiment to See if Tourism is Feasible During Pandemic
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Holland to Send 200 People on Eight-day Holiday to Greece as an Experiment to See if Tourism is Feasible During Pandemic

The Dutch government is planning to send 200 people on holiday to Greece for eight days as an experiment to see if tourism is feasible during the pandemic. About 25,000 people are said to have applied for the free trip and the trial will see travellers enjoy an all-inclusive holiday in Rhodes, costing £342 (€399) per person, BBC reports. During the experiment, hosted by holiday firm Sunweb, the selected holiday-goers will not be allowed to leave the resort and will be expected to quarantine for ten days when they return back to Holland. According to RTL Nieuws, those selected must be aged 18-70 and will all be staying at the Mitsis Grand Hotel in Rhodes where they will be the only guests. In the experiment, which has been given the go-ahead by public health authorities ...
Chadian Lady Nabbed at Abuja Airport with 234 Grams of Heroin Concealed in Private part
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Chadian Lady Nabbed at Abuja Airport with 234 Grams of Heroin Concealed in Private part

A Chadian lady, Vivien Tarmadji, pictured above, has been arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, while trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight 911 enroute Addis Ababa-Italy with 234.35 grams of heroin concealed in her private part. A statement released by the spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi today March 26, states that she was nabbed by vigilant narcotics agents during an outward clearance of the airline at the boarding gate after being scanned. ''Under interrogation, she claimed she was contacted by a man who called her from Italy to collect the drug from one man who delivered the illicit substance to her in a hotel she lodged in Lagos early in the morning before she took her f...
Union Bank Reports 1.2% Rise In Profit After Tax To ₦24.7 Billion In 2020
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Union Bank Reports 1.2% Rise In Profit After Tax To ₦24.7 Billion In 2020

Union Bank has released its audited financial statements for the year ended 31st December 2020. The Bank’s results for the period show sustained growth in key income lines and significantly improved fundamentals notwithstanding a constrained operating environment largely due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Union Bank’s investments in technology and building a progressive work culture over the past eight years enabled a swift response to the pandemic that allowed our workforce to transition to remote working while maintaining the productivity required to deliver this strong set of results in 2020. Bank Financial Highlights: - Profit before tax: up 2.8% to N25.4bn (N24.7bn in FY 2019). - Profit After-tax: up 1.2% to N24.7bn (N24.4bn in FY 2019). - Gross earnings: d...
Nigeria Ranked 16th In FBI Global Cybercrime Victims Report
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Nigeria Ranked 16th In FBI Global Cybercrime Victims Report

Nigeria has been ranked 16th among the countries most affected by internet crime in the world in 2020. In its  latest internet crime report, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Nigeria received 443 complaints relating to internet crime last year. The last times the country featured in the annual reports were in 2016 (19th) and 2015 (3rd). The report stated that victims of such scams globally lost $4.2 billion in 2020, compared to $3.5 billion lost in 2019. The top five crimes reported include phishing, non-payment/non-delivery, extortion, personal data breach and identity theft. Excluding the US, the United Kingdom led among the most affected countries followed by Canada, India, Greece and Australia. South Africa is the only other African country among t...
Two Nigerians Jailed in the UK for fraudulently claiming £500k loan meant for businesses affected by Covid-19
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Two Nigerians Jailed in the UK for fraudulently claiming £500k loan meant for businesses affected by Covid-19

Two Nigerians who exploited the UK Government's Coronavirus Bounce Back loan scheme by using the identities of eight innocent people to fraudulently obtain £489,000 have been jailed. Timilehin Yvette Olasemo, 39, of Bedale Road, Romford, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, March 17, and was sentenced to three years and two months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Olasemo pleaded guilty to the offence on 12 November 2020 at Southwark Crown Court. Co-defendant, Olufumi David Akinneye, 33, of Cowthorpe Road, Lambeth, was sentenced to a total of five years and six months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to money launder and conspiracy to commit fraud after pleading guilty to those offences on 12 November 2020 at Southwark Crown Court. ...
UFC: Details of Kamaru Usman, Masvidal Fight Confirmed
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UFC: Details of Kamaru Usman, Masvidal Fight Confirmed

  The UFC has confirmed it will welcome back fans in a mouth-watering UFC 261 fight on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida, as Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal. UFC boss, Dana White, has yearned for the return of fans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. White has now announced the news on social media. “UFC 261 on April 24 will be in Jacksonville, Florida, with a full house of fans. Full capacity at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena,” he wrote. White has delivered no fewer than three title fights for the return of fans next month, with Usman facing arch-rival Masvidal for the second time in a year. The pair met on Fight Island last summer, with the welterweight champion defending his crown after Gamebred steppe...
LaLiga President Claims they are Ready for Messieaving Barcelona
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LaLiga President Claims they are Ready for Messieaving Barcelona

The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, has assured that he has “prepared well” for the possibility of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona. The Covid-19 pandemic has already damaged the league’s bottom line, with the Blaugranes alone responsible for €1.2 billion (£1.1b/$1.5b) in debt, and the exit of a main attraction like Messi would appear a worrisome moment. But Tebas believes LaLiga is financially secure enough to withstand any harm. “[Messi] couldn’t leave Barcelona because of an agreement in his contract, but as I said about Cristiano [Ronaldo], we also are prepared financially for this moment. “Cristiano leaving Real Madrid was a decision made by the club. I don’t have the right to say anything, but I always prefer to have the best players in La Liga, the same happened with Ne...
FG Considers Fresh Taxes On Petroleum Products, Beverages
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FG Considers Fresh Taxes On Petroleum Products, Beverages

As the Federal Government declared tax reliefs for businesses due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is considering new taxes to generate revenue to fund the 2021 Appropriation Act. The Nigeria Customs Service also proposed the return of a N1.50 levy on every litre of petroleum product bought in the country. Non-alcoholic beverages are also to be taxed like alcoholic drinks and tobacco. Controller-General of the NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), had on Thursday appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Customs to defend the service’s 2020 budgetary performance and 2021 proposal. Ali, who led top officials of the Customs before the committee, made written and oral submissions. The lawmakers also grilled him for about three hours. The Customs boss...
Pope Francis Arrives Baghdad, Iraq, In Historic Papal Visit To The Region
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Pope Francis Arrives Baghdad, Iraq, In Historic Papal Visit To The Region

Pope Francis landed in Iraq on Friday for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is meeting with members of the country's dwindling Christian community, aiming to draw attention to their plight. The trip, which marks the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, also includes meetings with the country's top political and religious officials. It is the pontiff's first trip outside of Italy since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. "I am happy to start trips again and this is a symbolic trip. It's a duty," the Pope told journalists traveling with him on the papal plane. "It has been a martyred land for too long." On Friday, the pontiff held meetings with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Salih. Rows of traditional dancers, none of whom wore masks, greet...
Brazil Legend, Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine
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Brazil Legend, Pele receives COVID-19 vaccine

Brazil football legend, Pele, on Tuesday received his first dose of the COVID-19 and described it as an “unforgettable day”. The 80-year-old revealed this on his social media pages, along with a picture of him receiving the shot. Although Pele did not disclose where the dose was administered, he has been staying at his home in Guaruja, outside Sao Paulo, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Brazil one year ago. “Today is an unforgettable day I received the vaccine! “The pandemic is not over yet. We must keep discipline to preserve lives until many people have taken the vaccine,” Pele said. Less than 4% of Brazil’s population has been vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The country has the second highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, nearing 260,000 victims.
Major Blow as LaLiga Order Barcelona to Reduce Wage Bill by £28million
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Major Blow as LaLiga Order Barcelona to Reduce Wage Bill by £28million

  Liga have ordered Barcelona to reduce their wage bill by £28million, SportsMail reports. Last November, the Catalan club was hit with a sizeable deduction, when it dropped by around £250million in the wake of the financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, claimed at the time that salary cuts were necessary to bring down the “excessive spending”, as supporters are still unable to attend matches. But LaLiga have now ordered Barcelona to reduce their spending on wages even further. They have been asked to bring their budget down from €380m (£328m) to €347m (£300m), a reduction of nine per cent. The Catalan giants are in debt of over €1bn (£864m) and player wages accounted for around 61% of the club’s £940m income before th...

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