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US Capitol Under Lockdown After Security Threat
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US Capitol Under Lockdown After Security Threat

USCP is responding to the North Barricade vehicle access point along Constitution Avenue for reports someone rammed a vehicle into two USCP officers. A suspect is in custody. Both officers are injured. All three have been transported to the hospital. Due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol, the following road closures are in effect: -Constitution Avenue between Second Street NE and First Street NW. -First Street between Constitution Avenue NE and Independence Avenue SE. US Capitol Police The suspect allegedly stepped out of the vehicle armed with a knife and was shot by police, a Capitol official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The suspect and the two officers were hospitalized, police said. They didn’t release more details on t...
Philippines Orders More than 25 Million People into Lockdown Over Easter Celebration after Recording 9838 Covid-19 Cases in Just One day
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Philippines Orders More than 25 Million People into Lockdown Over Easter Celebration after Recording 9838 Covid-19 Cases in Just One day

Citizens of Philippines won't be celebrating Easter in a normal way this year as the country's leader has imposed a strict lockdown in the capital and nearby provinces, spoiling Easter plans for millions in the Catholic dominated country. Over the weekend, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the lockdown after the country reported 9,838 new Covid-19 cases -- the country's highest single day increase. According to the Philippines News Agency, Philippines has reported more than 720,000 coronavirus cases, including 13,170 deaths, making it one of the worst affected countries in Asia. Since February there has been a rise in daily reported cases and the country is now reporting more than 9,000 new cases a day. More than 25 million people across Metro Manila and nearb...
Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City: Fans to Attend Carabao Cup final
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City: Fans to Attend Carabao Cup final

  The EFL are confident fans will be in stadiums for the Carabao Cup Final in April. This follows positive talks over making the game safe for supporters to return. Tottenham and Manchester City meet at Wembley stadium on April 25. The match was initially excluded from a list of events that would welcome a reduced number of spectators during the roadmap out of lockdown. The EFL have since campaigned for what chairman Rick Parry has described as “the pinnacle of the season”. Asked on Sky Sports about fans attending the Final, Parry said recently: “Clearly we are hopeful. We didn’t enter into this season thinking we were going to be without fans. “Of course, the Carabao Cup isn’t a dress rehearsal for us, it’s the pinnacle of the season and a really important ev...
Jennifer Lopez and Fiancee Alex Rodriguez pictured kissing on a balcony days after their rumoured break up
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Jennifer Lopez and Fiancee Alex Rodriguez pictured kissing on a balcony days after their rumoured break up

Looks like all is well in Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez land as the couple were pictured kissing on a balcony in their hotel suite in the Dominican Republic where Jlo is filming. There were reports last week that Jlo and A-Rod had broken up after 4 years together. However, the 51-year-old singer and the 45-year-old former Yankees baseball player denied report of calling off their engagement and going separate ways. The couple said this in a joint statement they released on Saturday March 13, stressing that they are "working through some things." They also described the report as "inaccurate". The pair, who both started dating in 2017 after meeting a decade prior when she was married to Marc Anthony, got engaged in 2019 on the beach when he surprised her with a large dia...
Rita Ora’s Boyfriend Romain Gavras Confirms their Split after Lockdown Forced Them Apart
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Rita Ora’s Boyfriend Romain Gavras Confirms their Split after Lockdown Forced Them Apart

Rita Ora's boyfriend Romain Gavras has confirmed that he has split from the singer after lockdown forced them apart. The British singer and French film director Romain Gavras called time on their relationship after more than six months as a couple after they had found it ­difficult to see each other due to lockdown restrictions. A spokeswoman for Romain, 39, confirmed to MailOnline the relationship has been over for 'months', saying: 'Rita and Romain split up months ago because of difficulties with their respective work commitments. They remain close friends.' Rita and Romain went their separate ways weeks after her Covid rule-breaking 30th birthday party at a Notting Hill restaurant on November 21. The French director, who is based in London,  began dating Rita following h...
BBNaija organizers announces Lockdown highlight
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BBNaija organizers announces Lockdown highlight

Organizers of the Big Brother Naija reality, BBNaija show have announced a highlight of the best moments of the Lockdown edition of the show. According to DSTV NG, starting on the first of March 2021, the highlights of the recently concluded show will be re-broadcasted for viewers to enjoy dicy moments from the show. Sharing the announcement on their official page on Instagram, it wrote; "Say hello to #BBNaijaHighlights  Relive hottest moments from the BBNaija Lockdown...and get ready for the reunion! Starts March 1 / ch.153 & ch.154/ 10pm." Watch the video below ...   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by DStv Nigeria (@dstvnigeria)
Man Runs Off with Girlfriend’s Mother after Birth of his Son
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Man Runs Off with Girlfriend’s Mother after Birth of his Son

A new father has abandoned his newborn child and girlfriend, and ran off with his girlfriend's 44-year-old mother instead. 24-year-old Jess Aldridge told The Sun that she was shocked to find out that her boyfriend and baby daddy was having an affair with her own mother. She revealed that she was betrayed by her partner Ryan Shelton, 29, while she was heavily pregnant and they lived in a support bubble with mum Georgina and her husband Eric. Within weeks of their moving in, the gran-of-six began flirting with Ryan. And, by the time Jess came home with newborn Reuben, they had run off together and moved into a new home 30 miles away. Jess said; “We were stuck together for months in the house during lockdown. It was so hard, especially as Ryan and mum were always being so flirty...
Wanted man picks jail over spending more time on lockdown with his housemates
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Wanted man picks jail over spending more time on lockdown with his housemates

A wanted man gave himself up to police to get away from his housemates during lockdown, an officer has revealed. The suspect, who was wanted on recall to prison, had become so sick of the people he was living with that he told police he would rather be in jail. Initially, the man broke off his tag to avoid being found by police and put back in jail but he soon got tired of being in the outside world yet locked up at home. He soon rang police to say he wanted some "peace and quiet" in jail. He then handed himself in at a West Sussex police station on Wednesday afternoon, Feb 17. Inspector Darren Taylor explained: "(The man) rang us and said he was going to hand himself in a Burgess Hill police station and that he had broken his tag off. "He would rather go back to pris...
Joblessness Made Us go into Kidnapping – Suspects
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Joblessness Made Us go into Kidnapping – Suspects

Two suspects identified as Sunday Chukwu and Chidokwe Efide, arrested by the police for allegedly kidnapping a businesswoman, Maris Ibe, in Delta State, have blamed joblessness for their acts. The suspects were rounded up after collecting N1m ransom to free the victim kidnapped on January 14, 2021, around Ibori Golf Club, Asaba, the state capital. The victim petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, after her release and operatives of the IG’s Intelligence Response Team were deployed in Delta State to hunt down the kidnapper The detectives reportedly recovered three locally-made guns, an axe, 10 unexpended cartridges and a sum of N320,000 from the Suspects. In his statement, 28-year-old Sunday Chukwuka, from Anambra State, said he used to be a farmer and s...
12-Year Old Boy Hangs Himself after Battling Depression During COVID-19 Lockdown
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12-Year Old Boy Hangs Himself after Battling Depression During COVID-19 Lockdown

A 12-year-old boy who felt “sad and lonely” during the coronavirus lockdown hanged himself. Hayden Hunstable, of Aledo, Texas took his life three days before his 13th birthday in April 2020 because he didn’t know how to deal with the isolation and depression when the virus caused a nationwide shutdown, the UK’s Metro reported. The boy’s 9-year-old sister, Kinlee, found him hanged in his bedroom, according to the outlet. His father, Brad recalled the ‘horrific’ moment he found himself trying to save his son’s life on April 17, after his youngest daughter, Kinlee, now aged nine, found Hayden after he took his own life at their home. He said: ‘Covid killed my son. I think Hayden would still be alive today if Covid had never happened. ‘I had no idea he was struggling or ...
”She Was my Girlfriend at the Time”- Kiddwaya Confirms Split from Erica
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”She Was my Girlfriend at the Time”- Kiddwaya Confirms Split from Erica

Former BBNaija lockdown housemate, Kiddwaya has confirmed he and former co-star, Erica have gone their separate ways. The couple met during the reality show in 2020 and kicked off a relationship that many hoped would lead to the altar as they were so close and into each other in the house. However, during an interview with Punch in January 2021, Kiddwaya stated that he was still in search of love. This caused a lot of confusion as he and Erica have been spotted in many places acting like lovers, and they even traveled to Sierra Leone together. His comment caused a lot of reactions as many felt his answer was disrespectful to Erica. However, in a Question and Answer session with his fans on IG, Kiddwaya gave an explanation as to why he gave such an answer. He described Eric...
Dubai shuts all bars and clubs over Covid spike after Brit influencers who flocked there mocked travel ban
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Dubai shuts all bars and clubs over Covid spike after Brit influencers who flocked there mocked travel ban

Dubai is closing all its bars and pubs in February following a Covid spike after British influencers mocked a travel ban. It follows an increase in Covid cases across the UAE, which has attracted social media stars fleeing lockdown UK. Last week, the UAE was added to a 'red list' of countries where travel to the UK is banned. This means all direct flights from the UAE to Britain have been suspended in a bid to stop the new South African variant of Covid-19. People who choose to fly home from Dubai using indirect flights will be forced to self-isolate at home for 10 days or stay in Government arranged hotel quarantine. A spokesman for the Dubai Media Office blamed "a marked increase in the number of violations of precautionary measures" for the shutdown of its bars and cl...
Dubai Closes all Bars and Clubs as Covid-19 Cases Spike after Influencers Flocked to the City
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Dubai Closes all Bars and Clubs as Covid-19 Cases Spike after Influencers Flocked to the City

All bars and clubs in Dubai are to be shut this February following spike in coronavirus cases. This comes after waves of influencers from different countries jetted out to the UAE to avoid pandemic restrictions and travel bans in their countries. Last week, the UK Government added the UAE to a "red list" of countries, meaning all direct flights from Dubai to Britain were suspended. This is in a bid to stop the new South African variant of Covid from further spreading in the UK. The UK government made it clear that those UK citizens and influencers having fun in the sun in Dubai should return home immediately and self-isolate before the ban set in. However, many of those out in Dubai ignored the UK Prime Minister's requests, mocking the UK lockdown and continuing with the...
Wear Your Face Masks to Avoid Another Lockdown – Presidency Warns Nigerians
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Wear Your Face Masks to Avoid Another Lockdown – Presidency Warns Nigerians

The Presidency has warned Nigerians to obey all the COVID19 protocols which include wearing a face mask so as to avoid the government from imposing another lockdown. The warning came via a statement signed and released by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity. The presidency said it is worried by reports of non-compliance with the executive order signed by President Buhari on January 27 that mandates the use of face masks and social distancing. The law stipulates that any defaulter of the COVID19 protocols will be asked to pay a fine or sentenced to 6 months in jail or both. According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the executive order with the best of intentions and not with the motive of punishing citizens. “The Presi...
Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year
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Social Distancing may Have to Remain in Place Until End of Year

Scientists have asked the British government to ensure that social distancing is enforced until the end of the year. Sunday Telegraph reported that restrictions can only be relaxed once the Coronavirus vaccines are at least 85% effective and a ‘high uptake’ of the jab is vital to avoid another deadly wave of the disease.   In the paper which was commissioned by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), a sub-group of the government’s SAGE advisory committee, many scientists are said to believe transmissions will be reduced by around 60%. The report added that even in a best case scenario in which vaccines stop 85 per cent of transmission in those vaccinated, lockdown would have to be kept in place until the end of May to prevent another significant ...
Second Wave: PTF Mulls Lockdown In Lagos, Abuja, Plateau
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Second Wave: PTF Mulls Lockdown In Lagos, Abuja, Plateau

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is considering targeted lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; as well as Lagos and Plateau States. PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, who stated this on Friday, described as alarming, the rising cases of Covid infections recorded in the three urban areas. Muhammed said data showed that urban local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of Covid amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria. According to data by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos (46,935 cases), Abuja (16,470 cases), Plateau (7,801) have recorded the highest number of Covid infections and fatalities in Nigeria in the last eleven months. Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme monitored by The ...
Jubilations As Afe Babalola University Records Scientific Breakthrough On Coronavirus
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Jubilations As Afe Babalola University Records Scientific Breakthrough On Coronavirus

The Chemo-Genomics Research Institute of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, CRIA, in collaboration with the ABUAD Multi-system Hospital, AMSH, have gained new understanding about the reasons humans are more vulnerable to infections by the new variant of COVID-19, popularly known as N501Y SARS-CoV-2 mutant. One of the reasons provided by the bio-medical scientists and researchers, led by Dr. Olaposi Omotuyi, is that the new variant is 80 times more effective at binding to human cells and is characterized by faster human-to-human transmission, more rapid progression of symptoms and death. Since the country is not on total lockdown, the scientists and researchers advised that people should adhere to the laid down non-pharmacologic preventive procedures. The Bio-medical scientists and ...
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...
We Will Impose Fresh Nationwide Lockdown If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise- PTF
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We Will Impose Fresh Nationwide Lockdown If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise- PTF

The Federal Government has said it will be left with no option than to impose a fresh lockdown in the country if the number of COVID-19 infections continues to spike. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVIF-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Friday during a media briefing in Abuja. Aliyu said the rising Coronavirus infections was a source of concern and might require a fresh lockdown. He said, “If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions.” Also, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who spoke earlier, said, “The Presidential Task Force is...
China Locks Down a City of 11 Million people to Contain a Coronavirus flare-up
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China Locks Down a City of 11 Million people to Contain a Coronavirus flare-up

China has locked down a city of 11 million people in its northern province of Hebei, in order to contain the country's worst coronavirus flare-up in months. Residents of Shijiazhuang, a provincial capital close to Beijing, have been barred from leaving the city, as major highways were blocked, train and bus stations closed and flights canceled. The lockdown comes as a total of 117 Covid-19 infections including 67 asymptomatic cases were detected in Shijiazhuang on Wednesday. On Thursday, Shijiazhuang identified another 66 positive cases, according to the Hebei provincial health commission. Since January 2, a total of 304 positive cases have been reported in Hebei,  most of which were in Shijiazhuang, official figures show. At a press conference Thursday night, municipal ...
Teacher Fakes her Own Kidnap in Kwara to Extort N250, 000 From her Father
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Teacher Fakes her Own Kidnap in Kwara to Extort N250, 000 From her Father

The police in Kwara state have arrested a 24-year-old teacher, Medinat Ibrahim,  for allegedly faking her own kidnap just to extort N250, 000 from her father. Medinat, who was paraded alongside two other suspects identified as Amudalat Wahab (30) and Hammed Lekan (28) said she committed the crime to raise money to settle a debt which accrued from the monthly contribution at the private school where she serves as a teacher. She alleged she was maltreated by her stepmother who also caused friction between her and her father, adding that she decided to fake her own kidnap to get money to offset debts she incurred during COVID-19 lockdown.   I teach in a private school where I was paid N15,000. We organised monthly contribution which I collected and invested in a business, b...
Kanye West ‘Sad, but Okay’ as he Waits for Kim Kardashian to Serve him with Divorce Papers
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Kanye West ‘Sad, but Okay’ as he Waits for Kim Kardashian to Serve him with Divorce Papers

Kanye West is reportedly "sad, but okay" over his impending divorce from Kim Kardashian. According to PEOPLE, a source close to the couple says Kim is delaying filing divorce papers to figure out a way to protect their four children during the divorce process. "He knows that she's done. She has had enough, and she told him that she wants some space to figure out her future," a source told PEOPLE, adding that Kanye is waiting to be served with the divorce papers. Kim and Kanye have been living separately for at least a year with Kanye spending the majority of his time in Wyoming while Kim was in Calabasas with their 4 children. Kim began seriously considering filing for divorce months ago during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Kim and Kanye tied the knot on May 24, 2014 after dat...
Erica Nlewedim named one of 100 most influential people in Nigeria
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Erica Nlewedim named one of 100 most influential people in Nigeria

Big Brother Naija Lockdown star, Erica Nlewedim has been named one of the 100 most influential people in Nigeria. The recognition came from the Top Charts Nigeria in its December 2020, Volume 01, Issue 01 publication. Taking to social media, Erica shared the cover page of the publication with her face on it on her InstaStory.
We Don’t Want Another Lockdown – Sanwo-Olu Warns Lagos Residents
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We Don’t Want Another Lockdown – Sanwo-Olu Warns Lagos Residents

Following the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned residents of the state to take the COVID-19 protocols seriously as the state government is not interested in going on another lockdown. Sanwo-Olu made the appeal on his social media handles on Tuesday night, January 5. He wrote on his Instagram handle: "Dear Lagosians, There is urgent need for us to be more circumspect in the way we live, interact and socialize with our friends and family. Many people are ignoring #COVID-19 warnings and guidelines, thereby exposing themselves and others to the virus. We are well into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic which came between November and December 2020. Yesterday, Lagos scarily recorded its highest number of infecti...
Harry Potter Actress, Jessie Cave Reveals Newborn Baby has Covid-19
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Harry Potter Actress, Jessie Cave Reveals Newborn Baby has Covid-19

Harry Potter star, Jessie Cave has revealed her newborn baby has contracted COVID-19. The British actress, who gave birth to her son Tenn in October, posted an image on Instagram on Tuesday of her son in a hospital room, alongside a laptop playing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech announcing a new lockdown in England last night What she wrote in the picture below: The actress played Hogwarts student Brown in the final three "Harry Potter" films, and more recently appeared in the TV series "Trollied."
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 ...
Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)
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Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. According to Johnson the move was necessary to aid the containing of the disease variant, even as Britain ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the vaccine developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca. Johnson on Monday, January 4, said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March. “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic,” he said. Johnson said there were “tough, tough” weeks to come in the fight against COVID-19. Under t...
Scotland Goes into Another Effective National Lockdown Over new Strain of COVID-19
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Scotland Goes into Another Effective National Lockdown Over new Strain of COVID-19

Scotland has announced another effective national lockdown from midnight tonight over the new strain of COVID-19. Scottish government leader Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament there will be a legal requirement for people to stay at home for the rest of January, with schools remaining closed to most pupils until the start of February at the earliest. "It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we face now than I have been at any time since March last year," Ms. Sturgeon said. She announced the decision over the increased transmissibility of a new COVID-19 variant first identified in the UK. "It is essential that we further limit interaction between different households to stem the spread and bring the situation back under control, whi...
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Woman cycles around London without clothes for charity after flatmate’s dare

A woman stripped naked in the cold to cycle ten miles around London for charity.   Kerri Barnes has raised more than £8,000 after braving the cold and cycling on Sunday, Nov 29, wearing nothing but underwear.   Kerri set out to fundraise for mental health charity Mind, having lost a cousin to suicide and seeing the shocking statistics around it.   But the idea of going naked on a bicycle was not exactly her initial idea.     It was not until her housemate joked a naked bike ride was an option that Kerri decided she would give it a go.   Speaking to LADbible, Kerri said: "I really wanted to do something this year to shine a light on raising awareness of suicide prevention and to raise some money for Mind – because they've ju...
UK PM ‘Boris Johnson’ under fire as new lockdown looms for England
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UK PM ‘Boris Johnson’ under fire as new lockdown looms for England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended his belated decision to impose a second coronavirus lockdown as critics claimed he could have saved "thousands" of lives by acting sooner. After persisting for weeks with local and regional restrictions, Johnson announced at the weekend that a new nationwide lockdown would come into force from Thursday and end on 2 December, bringing England into line with other parts of the UK and Europe. Scientific models show that, without immediate action, the number of deaths over the winter months could double those in the first wave earlier this year, and hospitals would soon be overwhelmed, Johnson told the House of Commons. "I am truly sorry for the anguish these measures will impose, particularly for businesses that had just got...
WTO Leadership Race Hits New Hurdle As Geneva Lockdown Returns
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WTO Leadership Race Hits New Hurdle As Geneva Lockdown Returns

The World Trade Organization’s effort to select a new leader next week could be delayed for at least another month because of the rapid spread of Covid-19 in Switzerland. On Sunday Geneva’s cantonal authorities announced strict new lockdown measures amid a surge in infections and hospitalizations in the Swiss city. From Nov. 2 until Nov. 29, the area will prohibit public and private events of more than five people. The development could further disrupt the WTO’s ability to confirm Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the first African and first woman to lead the organization in its 25-year history. While some in-person meetings may become virtual, senior WTO officials are discussing whether to postpone their plan to make a formal decision on Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment at a genera...
Ex-Man City & Liverpool striker Balotelli to sign for a new club “in a few weeks”
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Ex-Man City & Liverpool striker Balotelli to sign for a new club “in a few weeks”

The Italian frontman has been without a club since leaving Brescia at the end of last season, but says he's got a new destination lined up Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has revealed he will sign for a new club "in a few weeks". Balotelli dropped into the free agency pool after being released by Brescia at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. The 30-year-old forward failed to report for training with the Italian club following the coronavirus lockdown, and was publicly criticised for a lack of discipline by his manager.
‘I have to come back better than last season’ – Rashford admits he ‘could have done much more’ for Man Utd in 2019-20
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‘I have to come back better than last season’ – Rashford admits he ‘could have done much more’ for Man Utd in 2019-20

The striker was not completely satisfied with his latest campaign for the Red Devils, despite posting career-best numbers in the final third Marcus Rashford has admitted he "could have done much more" for Manchester United in 2019-20, and that he will "have to come back better" when the new season kicks off. Rashford hit 22 goals across all competitions last term, his highest tally to date for United, to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finish third in the Premier League and reach three semi-finals. However, the England international saw his progress halted when he was sidelined with a back injury in January, and his form dipped significantly upon his return to action post-lockdown.
BBNaija: How Nigerians voted out Wathoni, Brighto, Tolanibaj
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BBNaija: How Nigerians voted out Wathoni, Brighto, Tolanibaj

Details of how Nigerians voted out Tolanbaj, Wathoni and Brighto has emerged. This week, 12 Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemates excluding the current Head of House Ozo and deputy Head of house Nengi were up for possible eviction from the big brother naija show. The trio of Wathoni, Brighto, Tolanibaj have been evicted from the show. They got evicted during the Sunday night eviction show. Ozo was saved from possible eviction after emerging this week; head of house. She chose Nengi as deputy head of house. In Sunday’s eviction, Brighto had the least vote while Neo had the highest with 6.90% Neo – 6.90% Kiddwaya – 6.62% Lucy – 5.41% Wathoni – 3.57% Tolanbaj – 2.75% Brighto – 2.68%
COVID-19: FG Extends Ease of Lockdown for Another Four Weeks
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COVID-19: FG Extends Ease of Lockdown for Another Four Weeks

The Federal Government has announced the extension of the second phase of the eased lockdown for another four weeks. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the Task Force briefing in Abuja on Thursday August 6.  The extension is the third for the second phase.
“School Feeding Programme Gulps N500m During Lockdown” – Sadiya Farouq
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“School Feeding Programme Gulps N500m During Lockdown” – Sadiya Farouq

The Federal Government expended about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (MHADMSD), Sadiya Farouq, announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme. She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive. “It is critical at this juncture to provide details that will help puncture the tissue of lies being peddled in the public space. “The provision of ‘Take Home Rati...
14-year-old Pregnant Girl Commits Suicide in Nasarawa
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14-year-old Pregnant Girl Commits Suicide in Nasarawa

A 14-year-old girl, Anita Haledu Ibrahim, pictured above, has committed suicide over an unwanted pregnancy. The Nation reports that Anita who is a student of Government Science school Andaha near Akwanga, took herbicide to kill herself on Saturday, July 11. According to sources, Anita was impregnated by her boyfriend who she met in Andaha during the COVID-19 lockdown. They became intimate and she got pregnant. Anita informed him she was pregnant with their child and he initially fled the village to Abuja but after her parents made contacts with him, he accepted the pregnancy and also showed interest to marry her. Anita however decided to take her life after her father, Haledu Ibrahim, beat her up over the pregnancy. She took the herbicide on Saturday and was immediately rushed...
Osun Government Eases Lockdown in 4 Local Government Areas
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Osun Government Eases Lockdown in 4 Local Government Areas

The Osun State government on Monday July 13, lifted the lockdown it imposed on 4 local government areas to curb community transmission of the Coronavirus. The local governments are; Ilesha East, Ilesha West, Atakumosa East and Atakumosa West. Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji who made the announcement on Monday evening, said the state government approved the conditional ease of lockdown based on undertakings and assurance received from traditional and religious leaders as well as civil society groups within the axis, that compliance with safety guidelines shall strictly be adhered to.   The Ondo State Government also said it will be enforcing safety protocols, especially the use of nose masks in public places in the affected local governments and...
Arteta Gives Update on Ozil’s Future After 2-1 Defeat at Tottenham
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Arteta Gives Update on Ozil’s Future After 2-1 Defeat at Tottenham

Mesut Ozil’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain, after he was again missing in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Ozil, who has one year left on his deal, had initially been a key man during Arteta’s first months at the Emirates. But since the COVID-19 lockdown and the return to Premier League action last month, the German playmaker has been frozen out. Ozil failed to make the squad for the trip to Manchester City, before being left on the bench at both Brighton and Southampton. He has since been completely absent for five successive games, including the FA Cup quarter-final win at Sheffield United. Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Jose Mourinho’s men this weekend, he was once more asked about Ozil’s situation. “He’s...
FG has agreed to pay salaries of private school teachers owed during the lockdown- Private School owners Association President, Yomi Otubela says
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FG has agreed to pay salaries of private school teachers owed during the lockdown- Private School owners Association President, Yomi Otubela says

The President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Yomi Otubela, says the Federal government has agreed to pay the salaries of private school teachers that are being owed by their school management since the lockdown started in March. A number of private school teachers have come out to cry for help as they have not been paid by their management since March when schools were shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The school management insists they cannot pay salaries since they have also not made money by way of school fees. Speaking on TVC on Monday morning, July 13, Otubela said the association forwarded a proposal to the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, for the government to pay the salaries of the private ...
Two Madagascar Lawmakers Die after Coronavirus Infection
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Two Madagascar Lawmakers Die after Coronavirus Infection

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina on Sunday July 12,  said two lawmakers -- one member of the senate and one deputy -- had died after becoming infected with coronavirus. Eleven other deputies and 14 senators had also tested positive for the virus, Rajoelina said. Madagascar had on July 5 placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in Coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, the presidency announced Sunday. “The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in a statement. No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20. A strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people. The country has recorded 2,573 infec...
Man Utd’s Solskjaer Takes Decision on Pogba’s Future
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Man Utd’s Solskjaer Takes Decision on Pogba’s Future

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wants Paul Pogba to sign a new deal with the club. Pogba has long been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid or former team, Juventus. He admitted last year that he was looking for a “new challenge”. The France midfielder made just eight appearances in all competitions during an injury-hit season before the COVID-19 lockdown. However, the 26-year-old has impressed since the restart. Having recently signed Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay to new deals, Solskjaer is optimistic the club can also secure the long-term future of Pogba, whose current contract is due to expire next year, although United have the option of triggering a one-year extension. “I can’t comment on discussions between players and the ...
UK woman gives birth during lockdown to one of Britain’s biggest babies – weighing the same as a bowling ball (photos)
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UK woman gives birth during lockdown to one of Britain’s biggest babies – weighing the same as a bowling ball (photos)

A UK woman, Emma Fearon, 34, has given birth during lockdown to one of Britain’s biggest babies weighing a whopping 11lb 6oz, approximately the size of a bowling ball. Despite the size of the baby boy, named Atticus James Fearon, the mother required no stitches and only had gas and air as pain relief. Emma isn’t new to giving birth to heavy babies as her firstborn Aria, three, weighed 10lb 8oz at birth, and her second child Amelia, three, was 9lb at birth. According to Emma, she gave birth in a birthing pool using hypnobirthing techniques set up at her home in Thornton-le-moore, Cheshire. Speaking about her delivery, Emma said: ‘I birthed him in a pool with the midwife arriving with only half an hour to spare. ‘I only had a couple of puffs of gas and air and got away wi...
60% of People in the South East Don’t Believe in COVID19- PFT coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu
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60% of People in the South East Don’t Believe in COVID19- PFT coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu

Dr Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, says a survey recently conducted showed that 60% of persons residing in the South East do not believe that COVID19 is an issue they have to worry about or adhere to all the precautionary guidelines. Aliyu said this while speaking at the presidential task force on COVID19 today June 22. ''Nigerians have continued to show persistent and remarkable lack of compliance to COVID19 prevention protocols which is quite worrying. In the cities where the adherence to these protocols were high in the initial two weeks of the ease lockdown, progressively over time, citizens are letting down their guards and this remains of great concern. There is partial to total non-compliance to face mask and physical distancing pro...
How I Convinced Timo Werner to Snub Liverpool for Chelsea – Antonio Rudiger
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How I Convinced Timo Werner to Snub Liverpool for Chelsea – Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, has revealed how he convinced the club’s new signing, Timo Werner, to snub a move to Liverpool for the Blues. Chelsea officially completed the signing of Werner for £53 million from Bundesliga club, RB Leipzig last week, seeing off competition from Liverpool. The 24-year-old striker will link up with the rest of Chelsea’s teammates at Stamford Bridge next month. But Rudiger has now disclosed that he was in constant dialogue with his fellow compatriot throughout the COVID-19 lockdown in a bid to persuade him to join Frank Lampard’s side ahead of Liverpool. “Like everyone, I am very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I am looking forward to working with him,” Rudiger told Chelsea’s website. “I...
Mum Gives Birth During Lockdown to one of Britain’s Biggest Babies
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Mum Gives Birth During Lockdown to one of Britain’s Biggest Babies

A UK woman, Emma Fearon, 34, has given birth during lockdown to one of Britain's biggest babies weighing a whopping 11lb 6oz, approximately the size of a bowling ball. Despite the size of the baby boy, named Atticus James Fearon, the mother required no stitches and only had gas and air as pain relief. Emma isn't new to giving birth to heavy babies as her firstborn Aria, three, weighed 10lb 8oz at birth, and her second child Amelia, three, was 9lb at birth. According to Emma, she gave birth in a birthing pool using hypnobirthing techniques set up at her home in Thornton-le-moore, Cheshire. Speaking about her delivery, Emma said: ‘I birthed him in a pool with the midwife arriving with only half an hour to spare. ‘I only had a couple of puffs of gas and air and got away wi...
Politics

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks on gender-based violence, rape in Nigeria

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said gender-based violence, rape, and sexual assaults are blemishes on the collective humanity and dignity of Nigerians as a people and a nation. Osinbajo expressed his displeasure on Friday in Abuja while addressing a virtual meeting of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on the scourge of rape, sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement said the vice president affirmed that the fight against gender violence would be driven down to the states through the National Economic Council (NEC). “I will continue to use the platform of the National Economic Council to encourage states yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015 and the Child’s Rights Act of 2003 to do s...
Another Professor Dies in Kano
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Another Professor Dies in Kano

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Haruna Wakili of Bayero University Kano is dead. Hajiya Fatima Binta Muhammad, the University Registrar, told newsmen in Kano that the erudite scholar died at the wee hours of Saturday at the National Hospital, Abuja. A Professor of History, specialized in History of Riots, Revolts, Conflicts, Peace studies, Democracy and Good Governance was a former Commissioner of Education in Jigawa. The erudite professor of History who died after a protracted illness was taken to India for medical treatment for six months, and returned to the country during the COVID-19 lockdown window. He was also the former Director, Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training (Mambayya House) . The Registrar disc...
Beyonce and Jay-Z pictured for the first time since lockdown as they exit their private jet with Blue Ivy and their twins for a getaway in the Hamptons
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Beyonce and Jay-Z pictured for the first time since lockdown as they exit their private jet with Blue Ivy and their twins for a getaway in the Hamptons

Power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been pictured for time since the lockdown as they made a family trip to the Hamptons on Friday. The 38-year-old singer and the 50-year-old rap mogul were seen disembarking from their private jet on Long Island's East Hampton with their oldest daughter Blue Ivy, eight, and their twins Rumi and Sir, both three.   The couple had masks on, while members of their entourage went mask-free for the trip. For the trip, Beyonce, who carried Rumi as she made her exit from the jet, was dressed in a baggy gray hoodie, flowing gray striped pants and white sneakers. Her daughter wore a cute pink hoodie with a multi-colored skirt and black high top Pumas.   Jay-Z who stepped off the plane with Sir, rocked a black hoodie and black...
Beyonce and Jay-Z steps out together for the first time since lockdown as they exit their private jet with Blue Ivy and their twins for a getaway in the Hamptons
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Beyonce and Jay-Z steps out together for the first time since lockdown as they exit their private jet with Blue Ivy and their twins for a getaway in the Hamptons

Power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been pictured for time since the lockdown as they made a family trip to the Hamptons on Friday. The 38-year-old singer and the 50-year-old rap mogul were seen disembarking from their private jet on Long Island’s East Hampton with their oldest daughter Blue Ivy, eight, and their twins Rumi and Sir, both three. The couple had masks on, while members of their entourage went mask-free for the trip. For the trip, Beyonce, who carried Rumi as she made her exit from the jet, was dressed in a baggy gray hoodie, flowing gray striped pants and white sneakers. Her daughter wore a cute pink hoodie with a multi-colored skirt and black high top Pumas. Jay-Z who stepped off the plane with Sir, rocked a black hoodie and black sweatpants, white soc...

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