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Pfizer announces Breakthrough in COVID-19 Vaccine for Children aged 5 to 11
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Pfizer announces Breakthrough in COVID-19 Vaccine for Children aged 5 to 11

Pharmaceutical giants, Pfizer on Monday, September 20 announced it had finished carrying out research on its covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer said the younger children who took the kiddie dose vaccine (a smaller does of the vaccine given to adults) developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults The announcement is a major step towards winning official approval for younger children to get vaccinated against the deadly virus. Pfizer in it's Monday statement said it will now seek authorization from the federal Food & Drug Administration. Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer official also said the vaccine proved very safe, with similar or fewer temporary side effects as older kids and grown-ups experience. “I think we rea...
We will keep borrowing. It is for the good of the country – APC tells PDP
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We will keep borrowing. It is for the good of the country – APC tells PDP

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has defended the borrowing of President Buhari, saying taking the foreign facility “is for the good of the country”.   The party said this while responding to the criticism from the PDP over President Buhari's fresh application for a foreign loan. The President on Tuesday sent a letter to the Nigerian Senate seeking approval to borrow $4 billion and €710 million external loans.   Defending the fresh borrowing, the party in a statement signed by the secretary of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, said the borrowings under the APC-led administration were prudently and transparently utilised for the purpose they were secured for.  According to APC, borrowings under...
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...
Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries
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Brazil vs Premier League Row: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp furiously defends club’s refusal to release Brazil players to play for their countries

Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp has come out to explain why the club refused to let their Brazilian players travel to Brazil last week to represent their countries . Brazil on Wednesday, September 8, announced they had instructed FIFA to ban their players from playing in their league's after premier league club's made the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil citing covid-19 concerns. Liverpool players, Alisson Becker and Fabinho might not play for Liverpool against Leeds on Sunday, September 12, following the FIFA ruling but Klopp has now come out to defend the decision not to release the players for international duty with Brazil. Klopp is still in the dark over the availability of his stars ahead of the trip to Elland Road but feels the cl...
100-year-old great-great-grandmother enters Guinness World Record as world’s oldest female competitive powerlifter
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100-year-old great-great-grandmother enters Guinness World Record as world’s oldest female competitive powerlifter

A powerful 100-year-old woman is set to have her name immortalised in the Guinness World Records as one of the oldest powerlifters. Great-great-grandmother Edith Murway-Traina made an impression when she lifted 68kg power life at the age of 98 years and 94 days in 2019, but the record is now officially recognised as she turns 100. Her impressive win will be marked in the 2022 Guinness Book of World Record. The former dance instructor and performer living in Florida took up weightlifting nine years ago when forced to go to the gym by a friend. Edith told the New York Post: "She didn’t want to go by herself. She dragged me kicking and screaming all the way, so that’s more or less how I got there. "I saw all these other ladies lifting weights, and it looked interesting." ...
“More money, more problems” Akon says Micheal K Williams’ death proves the rich and famous struggle more than the poor
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“More money, more problems” Akon says Micheal K Williams’ death proves the rich and famous struggle more than the poor

Akon says the death of his good friend, Michael K. Williams, proves the rich and famous struggle more than the poor. The singer said the actor, who was found dead at home from an apparent drug overdose, is the latest example of how the "facade of success" can send celebrities into a tailspin. Speaking to TMZ on Tuesday, September 7, at Petrossian in Los Angeles, Akon gave an insight into the reason for Williams' death. Akon said: "Dude, the famous and the rich go through more issues than the poor. "You know when they say more money, more problems, that's a real thing." He also talked about how the pandemic has masked real mental health struggles. Akon then warned that drugs and alcohol never solve difficult issues, instead they send people down a dark path that, in Mich...
Loss of revenue: Senate threatens zero allocation to Ministry of Mines
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Loss of revenue: Senate threatens zero allocation to Ministry of Mines

Disappointed by poor performance and continued dwindling revenue, the joint Senate Committee on Finance, National Planning, Gas Resources, Petroleum Upstream and Downstream has summoned o Minister of Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite. The Committee on Friday fixed N15 billion as revenue to be generated by the Mining Cadastre Office in 2022 as against N4 billion it proposed, a condition that will determine approval of annual budget for the agency. Chairman of the joint Committee, Senator Solomon Adeola Olamilekan also sent warning to any revenue generating agency that they will risk zero allocation, if they underperformed. The invitation of the Minister was occasioned by failure of the Director-General of Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (NMCO), Engr Obadiah Nkom to offer satisfac...
Mannion Ready for new Season After Crossing Manchester Divide
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Mannion Ready for new Season After Crossing Manchester Divide

Peter Schmeichel. Carlos Tevez. Abbie McManus. In either the men's or women's game, it's always a slightly controversial decision to switch sides in Manchester, but that is just the move defender Aoife Mannion made this summer. Having signed for Manchester City in 2019 from Birmingham City, Mannion was unable to make her mark on the blue side of the city. A serious ACL injury in October 2019 - just three months and 10 days after joining the club - saw her out of action until February this year, keeping her off the field for 458 days. She made just 11 appearances for City before leaving at the end of her contract last season. "It was a struggle two-fold - just the length of the injury lay-off and also that the rehab straddled the pandemic," Mannion explained ahead of Friday's B...
NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu, Appointed Assistant DG of WHO
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NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu, Appointed Assistant DG of WHO

The Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC has been appointed an Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of Health Emergency Intelligence with effect from November 1, 2021 His appointment was announced in a statement issued by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros. According to the statement, Ihekweazu will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin. “I am please to welcome Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu as an Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021. He will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epide...
Lagos uses 400 Oxygen Cylinders per day for Severe COVID-19 Cases – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos uses 400 Oxygen Cylinders per day for Severe COVID-19 Cases – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor,  Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that the state government is targeting having a capacity of 1000 oxygen cylinders daily as severe COVID-19 patients in the state currently utilise 400 oxygen cylinders per day since the outbreak of the third wave. Sanwo-Olu made the revelation on Monday, August 23, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during a news conference explaining the state's management of the new wave of COVID-19. He said that the 400 oxygen cylinders daily was an increase over the 75 cylinders utilised by severe COVID-19 cases, as at the beginning of the third wave of the virus. Sanwo-Olu said the state government had invested in strengthening the capacity of the Lagos State BioBank to sequence positive cases while increasing the state's oxygen capacity. "...
Pope Francis Urges Everyone to get COVID-19 Vaccines
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Pope Francis Urges Everyone to get COVID-19 Vaccines

Pope Francis has made an urgent appeal to people to get inoculated against COVID-19, saying the vaccines could bring an end to the pandemic. The pontiff made the personal appeal in a filmed public service message that was released online and on television on Wednesday, August 18. “Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from Covid-19,” Pope Francis said in the message, which he made on behalf of the U.S.-based nonprofit group the Ad Council. He said the vaccines “bring hope to end the pandemic, but only if they are available to all and if we collaborate with one another.” The pontiff added that getting vaccinated “is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable.” Church ...
Nigeria begins second phase of COVID-19 vaccination
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Nigeria begins second phase of COVID-19 vaccination

Nigeria has commenced the second phase of vaccination for COVID-19. The phase two, anchored by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) kicked off at the Federal Medical Centre in Jabi, Abuja. The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) has urged citizens to get the jabs as part of preventive measures. The 4,80,000 Moderna doses were donated by the United States Government. The consignment, brought in through COVAX, is part of the 500 million doses President Joe Biden pledged to the global fight until late 2022. African countries will get 25 million portions to boost their efforts against the pandemic. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) earlier approved three vaccines – Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V. Nigeria...
Top 20 UK University in 2022 for your Business education
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Top 20 UK University in 2022 for your Business education

Prof Bill Russell, an Economist and Associate Dean for International in the School of Business, at the University of Dundee, Scotland UK, shares his view of business education and explains why starting your education in January 2022 might be the right thing to do. “Businesses of all sizes and in all industries have been affected in some way during 2020 and 2021 as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. When we move into 2022, and beyond, the way businesses operate internationally, will change, possibly in some ways forever. “Although this will prove challenging for many, it will also offer up a great opportunity for others. And with that, some great opportunities for enthusiastic graduates.” Prof Russell goes on to explain: “Businesses are going to need graduates with a ...
Real Madrid announces legal action against LaLiga president, Tebas, others
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Real Madrid announces legal action against LaLiga president, Tebas, others

Real Madrid has announced legal action against La Liga president Javier Tebas and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. La Liga last week secured a deal worth 2.7 billion euros (3.1 billion dollars) with CVC to boost Spanish clubs amid the coronavirus pandemic, with 90 per cent of the investment earmarked for their use. However, CVC will have a ten per cent stake in a new business, which is being formed with a focus on the league’s commercial ventures. It insisted the agreement doesn’t cover league management or broadcast rights, but Real Madrid and rivals FC Barcelona both announced their opposition to the deal. They claimed audio-visual rights would be affected and they had not been properly consulted. Real Madrid is now going a step further, with a rumoured legal ...
COVID-19: Nigerians urged to embrace e-commerce
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COVID-19: Nigerians urged to embrace e-commerce

Nigerians have been encouraged to look towards the area of e-commerce to assuage the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. An economic expert, Amb. Ubong Brownson who stated this in a media interaction on Tuesday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, urged Nigerians to diversify their streams of income by cashing into online businesses as the third wave of COVID-19 is taking a toll on the economy. The Expert, however, warned them not to fall prey to investing in an online business without products to sell saying that such platforms are mere pyramid schemes or ponzi and would not be sustained. He said “The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. As bad as the pandemic has been and the losses it brought because of the lockdown to some nations economies, it also became an eye-open...
Prince Harry Hilariously Crashes Meghan Markle’s 40th Birthday Video with Melissa McCarthy
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Prince Harry Hilariously Crashes Meghan Markle’s 40th Birthday Video with Melissa McCarthy

Meghan Markle has released a video to mark her 40th birthday. The video, starring the actress Melissa McCarthy, was uploaded to the Archewell website. It features the pair speaking on a video call from their respective homes about doing something special to mark Meghan's birthday. Meghan, seen for the first time since the birth of her daughter two months ago, explains that, for her birthday, she’s asking 40 women to donate 40 minutes of their time to help mentor a woman who is going back into the work force after the pandemic. The project, titled 40x40, involves 40 activists, athletes, artists and world leaders who Meghan has asked to participate by contributing 40 minutes of their time. Among those who have offered to take part are singer Adele, poet Amanda Gorm...
Tokyo Olympics: Guinea pulls out of Games over ‘Resurgence of COVID variants’
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Tokyo Olympics: Guinea pulls out of Games over ‘Resurgence of COVID variants’

Guinea has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, citing a "resurgence of COVID variants". Guinean Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced the pullout of five athletes of the country. "Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 variants, the Government, concerned with preserving the health of Guinean athletes, has decided with regret to cancel Guinea's participation in the Tokyo Olympics," Sow was quoted as saying by insidethegames.com. Wrestler Fatoumata Yarie Camara, judoka Mamadou Samba Bah, swimmers Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah and sprinter Aissata Deen Conte were due to compete for the west African nation at the Olympics. Guinea is not the first country to withdraw from the Games. North Korea had announced in April that it would not attend Tokyo 2020 du...
WHO Predicts 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19 by end of Tokyo Olympics
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WHO Predicts 100,000 Deaths from Covid-19 by end of Tokyo Olympics

The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted 100,000 covid-19 deaths by the end of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, delayed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, finally kicked off today, Wednesday, July 21. Some 11,000 athletes from 200 countries are set to arrive for the Olympics and the number of cases in Japan linked to the Games now stands at 79, according to organizers. Five of them are Olympic Village residents, three of which are athletes. Competitors including US gymnast Kara Eaker, basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson and tennis star Coco Gauff tested positive for Covid prior to arriving in Tokyo, ending their Olympic dreams. However, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urged people n...
Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup
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Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup

  Inter Milan have pulled out of the Florida Cup due to take place this pre-season. This follows Arsenal’s withdrawal on Tuesday. Arsenal announced they would not be flying to America for the tournament due to “a small number of positive COVID tests” at the club. Today, Inter have released a statement confirming they would also be pulling out of the event. It read: “FC Internazionale Milano announce that they will not be travelling to the USA for the Florida Cup due to the current risks involved in international travel as a result of the spread of the pandemic, risks that have already caused Arsenal F.C. to withdraw from participation.” Inter were scheduled to face Arsenal on Sunday and then potentially face the winner of Everton’s match against Millonarios on Ju...
Marcus Rashford defends his charity partnerships over claims he ‘benefited commercially’
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Marcus Rashford defends his charity partnerships over claims he ‘benefited commercially’

Marcus Rashford has defended his off-field partnerships following claims that he profited from his campaigning. The Manchester United and England star earned an MBE for his charitable efforts helping feed children in need throughout the last year-and-a-half. Rashford called out the government on a number of occasions during the pandemic to ensure schoolchildren were given access to meals, which resulted in U-turns and a shift in policy, and he did a huge amount to raise funds for charity. The forward, who was racially abused after missing a penalty in the final of Euro 2020, tweeted on Tuesday night that he had heard political magazine The Spectator was planning to run a story suggesting he has ‘benefitted commercially’ from his charity work and decided to speak against it. ...
Lagos records four COVID-19 related deaths
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Lagos records four COVID-19 related deaths

Lagos State has recorded four COVID-19 related deaths between July 14 and July 17 2021. The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made the disclosure on his Facebook page, said that the deaths increased the state’s COVID-19 related mortality to 363. He, however, did not give additional information about the deceased’s sex or age. According to him, there are currently 1,045 active COVID-19 cases in communities being managed under Home Based Care. He said that 5,455 tests were conducted on the reported dates, out of which 205 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed. “The new infections increased the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 61,026,” Abayomi said. He further said that 55, 617 of the infected people had recovered in communities, while 3,943 had rec...
Brazil’s President Bolsonaro leaves hospital after treatment for blocked intestine
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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro leaves hospital after treatment for blocked intestine

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro has been released from hospital four days after being admitted with serious intestine problems. Bolsonaro, 66, had been suffering persistent hiccups for 10 days and there have been concerns about the leader's health since he was stabbed in the intestines while campaigning in 2018. He was seriously wounded in the attack and lost 40% of his blood. He has had several operations since. After treatment for an obstruction to the intestine,  he promised to be at his office on Monday morning, and on Sunday, July 18 he released a statement saying he was back to work. "Only God can remove me from that chair," Mr Bolsonaro said upon leaving hospital, in reference to the presidency. "I wanted to leave from day one, but they didn't let me. I ho...
Thai Man Padlocks Penis for 2 Weeks out of Boredom
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Thai Man Padlocks Penis for 2 Weeks out of Boredom

A man has suffered a permanently disfigured penis after it was stuck inside a padlock for two whole weeks. His mother also told medics that he “liked putting it though small holes” after his Instruments had swollen due to the pressure on his member. The 38-year-old bachelor from Thailand clamped the metal device around the base of his penis in a bizarre sex act and lost the key. He tried to remove the small padlock but failed so he left it on for more than two weeks. But it soon became infected and the pain became so unbearable that he was raced to hospital in Bangkok. Emergency services arrived at his home on Thursday, with his embarrassed mum telling medics that he didn’t have a girlfriend. She claimed he was “bored’ because he had been stuck at home during the pand...
‘I feel like I had Agoraphobia’ – Kim Kardashian reveals she suffered from anxiety during Pandemic
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‘I feel like I had Agoraphobia’ – Kim Kardashian reveals she suffered from anxiety during Pandemic

Reality Tv star, Kim Kardashian has revealed her ongoing anxiety issues in a newly-released bonus scene from the 20th and final season of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.' Kim, 40, recalled the first time she and her now-estranged husband Kanye West left their $60M mansion during the pandemic for dinner at Nobu Malibu in 2020. 'I was so freaked out. People were trying to come up to Kanye and, like, talk to him and, like, come up to me and ask for photos,' Kim told her younger sister Khloé on the show. 'No, no, no! I don't get even remotely, unless [fans] have a selfie stick and want to do it six feet away. That was, like, high anxiety on another level. I feel like I had agoraphobia, definitely, after my robbery in Paris.' Agoraphobia is the fear of places and situations that m...
Update: Two UK police staff given misconduct notices over Richard Okorogheye search ‘failings’
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Update: Two UK police staff given misconduct notices over Richard Okorogheye search ‘failings’

Two UK police staff members have been served misconduct notices over alleged failings in the investigation into the disappearance of Nigerian student, Richard Okorogheye. Richard, 19, who had sickle cell disease and had been shielding during the pandemic, went missing after leaving his family home in Ladbroke Grove, west London, on March 22 this year. His body was found in a lake in Epping Forest two weeks later. A cause of death has not yet been determined. Richard was last seen in Loughton, Essex, walking towards the forest on CCTV at 12.39am on 23 March. His body was found two miles from where he was last seen and was missing his phone, bag, and shoes - all of which have still not been found. Following complaints made by Richard's mother, Evidence Joel, the IOPC (Th...
Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 4 million
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Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 4 million

More than 4 million people around the world have died of Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University published Thursday, July 8, 2021. Out of the over four million fatalities be, three countries- The US, India and Brazil account for more than a third of all global deaths. The United States, which has the highest number at 606,000, is followed closely by Brazil and India. The milestone comes as new cases and deaths are dropping in the US and Europe, where significant numbers of people have been vaccinated, but countries like Indonesia and Haiti are seeing an uptick in infection rates. The Delta variant, a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus, is also contributing to an increase in cases in some countries. In the US, the Delta va...
Revealed: How Italian bookies survived tough year
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Revealed: How Italian bookies survived tough year

Just like any other business, betting firms underwent unprecedented challenges that were brought about by the outbreak of Covid-19 A triple whammy has hammered the Italian sector if that saying applies to a national market. First, there was a prohibition on all gambling-related marketing, followed by the pandemic's impact and attendant lockdowns, and lastly, to add insult to injury, a tax hike while the virus was still raging. However, the internet sector has shown remarkable resiliency, and recent M&A activity in the industry suggests that future prospects are bright, at least at the top of the tree. It may seem strange that when talking about the status of the Italian internet market in the previous year, the lines of a long-dead popular British legend spring to mind. Nonethel...
Videos: Nigerian man dies in India after he was allegedly held captive and starved for 8 months by his landlord over non-payment of rent
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Videos: Nigerian man dies in India after he was allegedly held captive and starved for 8 months by his landlord over non-payment of rent

A 30-year old Nigerian citizen, Michael Emenike Madueke has died in a hospital after he was found bedridden and malnourished by police in an apartment in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. A Nigerian activist, Kennedy alleged that the deceased, an auto parts dealer died from abuse and starvation after he was held against his wishes for about 8 months in the apartment by his India landlord over non-payment of rent during the pandemic. It was gathered that Michael was evicted from his rental apartment and held in another at SG Impressions, against his wishes, where he was regularly beaten and kept without food. He survived on water alone. “Michael was found only after his brother sent the due amount from home. When his brother in Nigeria transferred Rs. 42000.00 to the landlord (Mr....
Queen Elizabeth loses £10m of income after closing Buckingham palace to visitors due to covid-19
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Queen Elizabeth loses £10m of income after closing Buckingham palace to visitors due to covid-19

Queen Elizabeth II has lost £10million in her finances as a result of the pandemic. Buckingham Palace revealed on Wednesday, June 23, that it had lost just over half its annual income outside of Government funding after closing its gates to visitors.   Income plunged from £20.2million in 2019/20 to £9.4million in 2020/21.   Meanwhile, its property maintenance bill soared from £38.4million to £49.5 million as part of its planned upgrade of the Queen's official residence. The sovereign grant, money given to the monarch by the UK Government which is based on the income surplus from The Crown Estate two years ago, increased by £3.5million to £85.9million during 2020/21. It was comprised of a core element of £51.5million that funds the Queen's official dut...
India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 30 million
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India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 30 million

India has reported more than 30 million Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started last year. Government data showed there were 50,848 infections recorded over a 24-hour period on Wednesday, bringing the total reported cases to 30.02 million. The reported daily death toll was 1,358. The United States is the only country in the world that has reported more cases than India.   The nation suffered a devastating second wave when reported coronavirus cases spiked between February and early May. It left hospitals overwhelmed and medical necessities like oxygen and medicines in short supply.   A highly contagious variant of the coronavirus known as the delta variant was first reported in India and is reportedly partially responsible for the rapid rise in cases there. ...
No booze, no autographs: Tokyo 2020 unveils fan rules with a month to go
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No booze, no autographs: Tokyo 2020 unveils fan rules with a month to go

No alcohol, no hugs, no cheers and no autographs: Tokyo Olympic organisers unveiled tough new rules for spectators at the pandemic Games on Wednesday, as they marked one month until the opening ceremony. Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto warned festivities "will have to be suppressed" to keep the Games safe, and conceded that organisers will need to be "creative" to stoke a party atmosphere. Games chiefs decided on Monday to allow up to 10,000 spectators into competition venues, but Hashimoto warned them not to expect the kind of festival mood currently being enjoyed by football fans at Euro 2020. "In Europe, the venues are filled with celebration," she said. "Unfortunately, we may not be able to do the same." Spectators will need to clear several antivirus requiremen...
Actor James Michael Tyler reveals he has Stage 4 prostate cancer
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Actor James Michael Tyler reveals he has Stage 4 prostate cancer

James Michael Tyler, the American actor best known for playing coffee shop worker Gunther on Friends, has revealed that he has prostate cancer. Tyler was diagnosed back in 2018 but had kept his diagnosis private until a new interview with Today “I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones,” Tyler said. “I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. ... It’s stage four (now). Late-stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.” According to the 59-year-old actor, the illness was noticed during an annual check-up. “I was 56 years old at the time, and they screen for PSA, which is prostate-specific antigen,” Tyler said. “That came back at an extraordinarily high number ... So I knew immediately whe...
UNTH Enugu gets first pharmacy house in Nigeria
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UNTH Enugu gets first pharmacy house in Nigeria

Stakeholders in the health sector have described the pharmacy house being constructed at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, in Enugu State, as historical. DAILY POST reports that the project was attracted by the Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives and member representing Aninri/Awgu/Orji River Federal Constituency, Hon. Toby Okechukwu.Department Okechukwu said at the event that he was moved to attract the project owing to the role played by the UNTH pharmacy department, in the COVID-19 fight. The lawmaker, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony of the pharmacy house, said the department produced good COVID-19 preventive sanitizer in the heat of the pandemic “and it was tested and trusted.” He was optimistic that if given more opportu...
We Are Suffering From Food Insecurity – Kim Jong Un
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We Are Suffering From Food Insecurity – Kim Jong Un

North Korean President Kim Jong-un has officially acknowledged that his country is facing food shortages. He blamed the situation on difficult weather conditions. But the impact of the pandemic and the cessation of imports of goods and humanitarian assistance have seriously worsened the supply for the population. For once, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spoke on Wednesday to officially and publicly express his concern about the food situation in his country, considered tense. During a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, the supreme leader recognized a “series of difficulties”, the result of many “challenges” to be overcome, while recalling that industrial production was experiencing an increase of 2%. In this case, the summer of 2020 was mark...
New York City to Offer $2500 Cash Prize each to 10 Citizens for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine
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New York City to Offer $2500 Cash Prize each to 10 Citizens for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

The city of New York has announced it will be giving out $2500 cash to 10 lucky New Yorkers who get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to New York Mayor, De Blasio’s office, the effort is to encourage more people to get vaccinated. The Mayor's office announced that winners will be picked through a lottery to receive the cash after getting a COVID shot and the cash payments will come in the form of debit cards. According to de Blasio's office the $2500 can “make a massive difference in people’s lives." More than 8.7 million New Yorkers had gotten vaccinated as of Tuesday morning, June 15, to the mayor’s office and New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo has already lifted up major restrictions in the state that was the hotspot for COVID-19 in the US during the pandemic. Mayor...
Lagos ranked Second Least Liveable City in the world 2021, Behind Damascus
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Lagos ranked Second Least Liveable City in the world 2021, Behind Damascus

Lagos City of Nigeria has been ranked the second worst city to live in. Auckland in New Zealand has been named the world's most liveable city in an annual ranking that has been shifted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey ranked 140 cities on factors including stability, infrastructure, education  and access to healthcare but also added the factor of the Coronavirus pandemic which has greatly decided people's choices when choosing places to live in. Due to the pandemic factor, European cities fell while those in Australia, Japan and New Zealand rose up the rankings. These countries that are all islands responded swiftly to thr coronavirus outbreak and were able to minimise cases and loosen restrictions. Damascus just like last year, rem...
Miss Namibia 2021 Gushes Over Her Dad
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Miss Namibia 2021 Gushes Over Her Dad

It has been a couple of days since Chelsi Shikongo made history by being crowned Miss Namibia 2021. In 2020 the pageant was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Miss Namibia 2019 Nadja Breytenbach had to continue fulfilling her duties. Chelsi's endearing traits, beauty, and passion to become a beacon of hope and change the lives of many people have won the hearts of many people. The model was crowned Miss Namibia 2021 on Saturday in a virtual show which was televised on NBC1 and Miss Namibia & NBC social media platforms. Her first runner became Annerie Maré and Michelle Mukuve became the second runner up. Taking to her Instagram post, the beauty queen gushed about her dad saying when he named her Chelsi he knew the day of her crowning would come. "My father knew t...
Kante Opens up on Possibility of Winning Ballon d’Or
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Kante Opens up on Possibility of Winning Ballon d’Or

  Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante, has opened up on winning the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Kante, who produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month, was backed by Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, to win this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Reacting to the development ahead of Euro 2020, Kante told a press conference that the talks of him winning the Ballon d’ Or this year are premature, adding that there is a long way to go. “It is a bit early to talk about it now,” Kante told reporters when asked about winning the Ballon d’Or. “We’re in the middle of the year, there are six months l...
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.
The Game Shows his Followers What he’s packing as he Shares Sizzling photo
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The Game Shows his Followers What he’s packing as he Shares Sizzling photo

The Game decided to bring the heat to Instagram by sharing a sizzling photo of himself. The rapper had on just his briefs and it hugged his nether region, leaving little to the imagination. Though he shared the photo to show how much progress he's made after putting on so much weight during the pandemic, the outline of his male member was what his followers were talking about in the comments.  
Kim Kardashian Failed the Baby bar Exam
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Kim Kardashian Failed the Baby bar Exam

Kim Kardashian, who is training to become a lawyer like her late dad, failed to get a passing grade on the baby bar exam. Kim made it known on a preview of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". Though she failed the exam months ago, it remained a secret, until she opened up in a preview of her family's reality show. Kim said, "If you are doing law school the way I'm doing it, it is a 4-year program instead of your typical 3-year program, and after year 1, you have to take the baby bar. This was actually harder, I hear, than the official bar." Kim scored 474 on the exam but the cut-off mark is 560. Kim's mentor in taking the exam, attorney Jessica Jackson, said, "That is extremely close on a test that most people are not taking in the middle of a pandemic." On April 22, Kim ...
Box Office: ‘F9’ Drives to Mighty $162 Million Debut Overseas
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Box Office: ‘F9’ Drives to Mighty $162 Million Debut Overseas

The latest installment in Universal’s testosterone-fueled franchise kicked off with a massive $162.4 million in eight markets, including China, Korea and Hong Kong. Those ticket sales easily mark the best start for a Hollywood blockbuster since COVID-19 hit. It’s an encouraging start to summer movie season, particularly because revenues weren’t far off from what a “Fast” movie would have generated at the box office in non-pandemic times. “Moviegoers are eager to come back to theaters when the right movie is out there,” Universal’s president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said. “It’s a great movie for the China market,” she adds. “It has a strong fanbase.” Of this weekend’s $162 million bounty, $135 million came from China alone. That ranks as the second...
Full list of winners at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards
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Full list of winners at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place on Sunday night, May 23, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with 500-600 attendees following all pandemic safety protocols. The ceremony, which celebrates chart success was hosted by Nick Jonas. Producer DJ Khaled opened the show with singer-songwriter H.E.R. and rap group Migos, performing their collaboration We Going Crazy. Doja Cat and SZA were also among the early performers with their song Kiss Me More. Canadian singer, The Weeknd led the way in nominations with 16 and won seven awards, including the top male artist. The singer also won the first award handed out on the live telecast, for top Hot 100 artist. Drake, who holds the title for most Billboard Music Award wins of all time, received the Artist of the Decade Awar...
FIFA To Consider Possibility Of Hosting World Cup Every Two Years
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FIFA To Consider Possibility Of Hosting World Cup Every Two Years

FIFA will be considering the possibility of holding the World Cup every two years instead of four, for both the men’s and women’s tournaments. The body will be launching a feasibility study into the ramifications of such a move after a proposal was brought to light by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) at the annual congress. The next edition of the World Cup will be played next year in Qatar while the women’s tournament will go ahead in 2023 in Australia/New Zealand. “We believe the future of football is at a critical juncture. The many issues that football has faced have now been further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. It is important to review how the global game is structured, which should include whether the current four-year cycle remains the optimum basis ...
House of Reps set to Legalize the Use of Indian Hemp for Economic Benefits – Spokesperson Benjamin Okezie Kalu
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House of Reps set to Legalize the Use of Indian Hemp for Economic Benefits – Spokesperson Benjamin Okezie Kalu

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Okezie Kalu, says the lower chamber of the National Assembly is set to legalize the use of Indian Hemp in Nigeria for economic benefit. Kalu announced this at a press conference on the benefits and opportunities of Cannabis in Akure, Ondo state. According to Kalu, the House of Representatives has concluded an arrangement to organize a two-day stakeholders roundtable on the benefits of the weed that will be attended by scientists, medical and pharmaceutical professionals, farmers, insurance companies, executives, and private sector investors, He said the roundtable is scheduled to hold between June 7 and 8. He explained that countries such as South Africa and others are currently reaping high revenue from cannabis which th...
Covid-19: Greece formally opens to tourists
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Covid-19: Greece formally opens to tourists

Greece formally opened to visitors on Saturday, kicking off a summer season it hopes will resurrect its vital tourism industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic. After months of lockdown restrictions, Greece also opened its museums and famed archaeological sites, including the ancient Acropolis, this week. “I feel really alive and good because it has been such a hard and long year because of COVID,” said Victoria Sanchez, a 22-year-old student on holiday from the Czech Republic. “I feel again alive,” she said, as she strolled near the Roman Agora in downtown Athens. Greece has been rolling out vaccines to its islands and hopes to vaccinate most of them by the end of June. The government says vaccines and rapid testing, as well as warmer weather allowing outdoor activities me...
Tielemans Screamer Wins Leicester their First FA Cup
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Tielemans Screamer Wins Leicester their First FA Cup

Youri Tielemans struck a sensational winner to clinch Leicester City their first FA Cup in a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley - with Ben Chilwell's 89th-minute effort ruled out by VAR for offside. It was the biggest gathering of supporters inside a stadium since the coronavirus pandemic began - and they were treated to incredible drama in the 140th FA Cup final. Leicester fans had the perfect view as Tielemans fired a brilliant shot into the top corner of the goal at their end on 63 minutes. It was a goal worthy of winning any final and capped a superb performance from the Belgian. Leicester, who lost key defender Jonny Evans to injury midway through the first half, held on and, 52 years after their last appearance in a FA Cup final, were able to ho...
Covid-19 Pandemic to be ‘Far more Deadly’ this Year, WHO Chief Sends out Strong Warning
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Covid-19 Pandemic to be ‘Far more Deadly’ this Year, WHO Chief Sends out Strong Warning

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a strong warning that the second year of Covid-19 is set to be "far more deadly." Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, (WHO) Director-General issued the warning on Friday, May 14. He stated that “we’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first.” The DG added that trickle-down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting a deadly respiratory virus as COVID-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives. “Vaccine supply remains a key challenge, but this week I’ve been pleased to see leaders & manufacturers working to: share doses with COVAX, make new deals involving tech-transfer and sharing of know-how and call for lifting trade barriers as soon as possible.” Tedros said. Accordin...
U.S. says Fully Vaccinated Americans can Return to Life Without Masks
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U.S. says Fully Vaccinated Americans can Return to Life Without Masks

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has announced that fully vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks in a major step toward returning to pre-life. CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky made the announcement at a White House briefing Thursday, May 13. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stoppeddoing because of the pandemic," Walensky said, announcing the sweeping change. "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing." "We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy," Walensky said. The announcement comes after Walensky faced criticism for th...
Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea moved to Portugal from Turkey
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Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea moved to Portugal from Turkey

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will now be played in Portugal after the UK government and UEFA could not reach an agreement over quarantine exemptions for more than 2,000 VIPs, staff, and media for the match to be played at Wembley. The all-English final between the Premier League clubs was originally scheduled for the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul on May 29, but the devastating Covid outbreak in Turkey forced UEFA to look at alternative venues. The Wembley stadium in England was considered as one of the possible venues, but the UK government has placed the country on its red list for travel, and banned English fans from going. According to Sports Mail, the 50,000-capacity Estadio do Dragao in Porto has now been lined up as the venue for the final...

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