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Squid Game’ star Hoyeon Jung makes history as the first South Korean to cover Vogue magazine
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Squid Game’ star Hoyeon Jung makes history as the first South Korean to cover Vogue magazine

South Korean model-turned “Squid Game” actress, Hoyeon Jung, has made history as the first Korean to land a solo Vogue cover. Hoyeon Jung who is the most-followed Korean actress on Instagram, starred on the Netflix hit as North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok, and is the cover star of the magazine’s February issue. The 27-year-old,  became a global sensation just weeks after the series was released in September as she went from 400,000 to 15 million Instagram followers according to Vogue's cover story. As of Friday, January 7, that number had ballooned to 23.7 million for the “Korea’s Next Top Model” runner-up. “Even if eight people loved me and only two people hated me, I always cried, at home alone,” she told Vogue. “Even now, I struggle with low-self-esteem.” Fo...
Cross River govt harps on need for individual health insurance
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Cross River govt harps on need for individual health insurance

Cross River State government has emphasised the need for residents and indigenes to have health insurance in the state. Commissioner for health in the state, Dr Betta Edu in a New Year message, said the Health Insurance Scheme (CRSHIS) otherwise called Ayadecare is mandated to ensure that people get the same level of healthcare, which will ultimately lead to a healthier workforce and longer life expectancy through a monthly financial subscription. She said health insurance is a safety net because it makes it easier for an enrollee to access routine and preventive health care and provides an insurance plan for enrollees to navigate the confusion of medical billing, high out of pocket expenses that may be catastrophic. Calling for continued caution by people as COVID-19 spreads its ...
The World has become so used to immense tragedies, war and sufferings that we now overlook them in silence – Pope Francis
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The World has become so used to immense tragedies, war and sufferings that we now overlook them in silence – Pope Francis

Leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has warned that the world is becoming so desensitised to crises, war and suffering that people no longer care anymore. In his annual Christmas Day message delivered Saturday, December 25, the pontiff pointed to ongoing turmoil in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as Africa, Europe and Asia. He spoke to thousands of Catholic faithful who were wearing face masks amid Covid precautions. The faithful watched in St Peter's Square at the Vatican as the Pope delivered his Urbi et Orbi address from the balcony of the Basilica. In his address, Pope Francis warned about the social consequences of the pandemic, saying there was "a growing tendency to withdraw... to stop making an effort to encounter others and do things together". He said t...
AFCON 2021: Samuel Eto’o reveals position on cancelling tournament in January
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AFCON 2021: Samuel Eto’o reveals position on cancelling tournament in January

Samuel Eto’o, President of the Cameroon Football Federation, has insisted the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, will surely go ahead amid concerns of cancelling the tournament. The 2021 AFCON will take place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 2022. Recall that the AFCON 2021 was originally billed to take place between June and July 2021 but was postponed till next year due to the pandemic. However, there are uncertainties surrounding the tournament. The most significant opposition comes from Europe, especially in England, where clubs are reluctant to release their top players. The Omicron variant of COVID-19, which is spreading fast, is also a concern. There are reports that the Confederation of African Football, CAF, is considering cancelling this year’s edition...
Covid-19: Christmas travel will Fuel Spread of Omicron – US Health Expert, Dr Fauci Warns
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Covid-19: Christmas travel will Fuel Spread of Omicron – US Health Expert, Dr Fauci Warns

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that Christmas travel will increase the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, even among the fully vaccinated. Dr Fauci, who advises the US government on the pandemic, said the variant was now "raging through the world" even as countries are tightening measures to prevent its spread. "There's no doubt about this, [Omicron] has an extraordinary capability of spreading this Christmas" Dr Anthony Fauci told NBC's Meet the Press programme on Sunday, December 19 when asked about Christmas travel. France and Germany have issued travel restrictions while the Netherlands has imposed a strict lockdown over Christmas. Scientists say the additional covid-19 booster shot could provide around 85% ...
9 games postponed in England [full list]
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9 games postponed in England [full list]

The English Football League, EFL, has confirmed 19 games this weekend have been postponed due to COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreaks at clubs. This is coming less than 24 hours after the Premier League confirmed five games have been called off this weekend and the EFL has now followed suit with a statement on Friday. The statement read, “In total, 19 games have been postponed for this weekend’s round of EFL fixtures due to a rise in COVID-19 cases at Clubs, with rearrangements to be confirmed in due course. “Throughout the pandemic, supporting the health and safety of players, staff and supporters has been the EFL’s primary priority and supporting the wellbeing of the country with the rise of the Omicron variant is vital. “To help protect players, yesterday the EFL moved to im...
US drug regulators permanently allow mail-order abortion pills, say women can receive abortion consultations online
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US drug regulators permanently allow mail-order abortion pills, say women can receive abortion consultations online

US drug regulators have permanently approved the mail-order of abortion pills. During the pandemic, the US made a temporary rule allowing women to get the pills through mail order but the rule has now been made permanent by the US Food and Drug administration (FDA) The decision from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will open abortion access to women in remote places unable to visit clinics to get them in person. But the move will not be allowed in 19  US states that already have rules banning mail-order abortion pills. This also comes as the US supreme court considers overturning the ruling that legalised US abortion. The US Supreme Court is considering 'US drug regulators permanently allow mail-order abortion pills, say w...
Omicron: Premier League Orders all 20 Clubs to Re-impose their Emergency Covid Measures
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Omicron: Premier League Orders all 20 Clubs to Re-impose their Emergency Covid Measures

The Premier League have ordered all 20 clubs to re-impose emergency Covid measures after Tottenham were allowed to postpone their clash with Brighton following an outbreak in their squad. The protocols, which include social distancing, were brought in at the start of the season. Clubs with high vaccination rates had relaxed some of the measures but must now reimpose restrictions to help limit the spread of the Omicron variant. Spurs’ first-team squad has been hit by a Covid outbreak, causing Thursday night’s scheduled Europa Conference League game against Rennes to be postponed. Their Premier League game against Brighton at the Amex on Sunday was also called off. As the pandemic continues to take grip of English football, top-flight officials have sent a memo to all clubs informin...
Adele Bans Unvaccinated Fans from Attending her Upcoming Concerts
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Adele Bans Unvaccinated Fans from Attending her Upcoming Concerts

British music star, Adele has banned unvaccinated fans from attending her upcoming concerts. The mother of one who sent the globe into a frenzy when she announced the 24-date run at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Sin City last month, has added a "hard rule" which might stop many from attending the concert which begins on January 21. A statement on Ticketmaster read;  “The Event Organiser is requiring all attendees of this event to have been fully vaccinated (14 days past final vaccination shot ) AND to have received a negative COVID-19 test within 48-hours of the event. Both proof of vaccination AND proof of negative test within 48-hours of the event is required to enter the event.” The site further stated that at home kits do not qualify as adequate.  Adele last month reveal...
Kirby and Kerr seal FA Cup glory for Chelsea
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Kirby and Kerr seal FA Cup glory for Chelsea

Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr starred as Chelsea completed a belated domestic treble with a 3-0 win over Arsenal in a landmark FA Cup final at Wembley. Kirby's third-minute goal belied the Blues' dominance by half-time but Kerr made up for a series of squandered chances with a second-half double (57, 77) - including a brilliant chip - as Emma Hayes' side claimed the trophy for the first time since 2018 in a 50th anniversary fixture delayed by the pandemic. Hayes declared Kirby and Kerr, who both hit the crossbar, "out of this world," and the damage would have been greater had Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger not pulled off a further string of saves. The Gunners had claimed a statement victory against the defending WSL champions on the opening day of this season but were outclasse...
Kevin De Bruyne to miss three games for Man City after catching Covid-19 while away with Belgium
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Kevin De Bruyne to miss three games for Man City after catching Covid-19 while away with Belgium

Manchester City have announced they will be without Kevin De Bruyne for their next three games as the Belgian midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19. The 30-year-old playmaker has been away on World Cup qualifying duty with Belgium as he helped them book their place at next year’s showpiece in Qatar. Asked for a fitness update ahead of a meeting with Toffees at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola said: "Jack is getting better after the international break. Phil Foden came back with a disturbing knock in his leg but he is getting better. "Unfortunately Kevin got positive from Covid in Belgium so he will be isolated for 10 days. Jack I don’t think so. Phil, we’ll see." Guardiola added on De Bruyne: “Two days ago he told me he got positive. He is here (in England). “Forget ...
Couple vanish after stealing millions in Covid-19 relief funds; Leave goodbye note for their 3 kids
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Couple vanish after stealing millions in Covid-19 relief funds; Leave goodbye note for their 3 kids

Richard Ayvazyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, were facing prison time for their role in a massive covid-19 relief fraud scheme when they cut off their electronic tracking bracelets and fled their California home, abandoning their three teenage children. Not only did they flee their home but they left a note for their three kids aged 13, 15 and 16, the FBI has revealed. "We will be together again one day," it read, according to Ayvazyan's attorney. "This is not a goodbye but a brief break from each other." The FBI has announced that they are still looking for the couple, 3 months after they ran away in August 2021. Prosecutors said they and others carried out a scheme to steal more than $20 million in relief funds intended for small businesses during the pandemic. The ...
Couple who have never met in person get married over Zoom
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Couple who have never met in person get married over Zoom

A couple who have never met in person got married over Zoom. The couple - Ayse, 26, and Darrin, 24 - started a transatlantic relationship during the pandemic. They met online thanks to a Facebook group aimed at pairing up pen pals from around the world. Ayse initially started talking to Kenda, 56, who introduced her son Darrin. She said he was a similar age and would love to chat to someone from the UK – he was based in Detroit, Michigan, US. So the two began chatting as friends in July 2020, but were soon inseparable and spoke on the phone to each other every night. The five-hour time difference didn’t stop them and they quickly became official. Ayse began planning a trip to the States to meet her boyfriend for the first time in July but travel restrictions to t...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award

The 2021 ballon d’Or ceremony comes up in less than 20 days and stakeholders have been picking their favourites to win the most prestigious individual gong. The 2021 award is more highly anticipated than usual majorly because the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the ceremony from happening in 2020. Organizers of the award, France Football has already made available the list of 30 stars contending for the award this year. While Lionel Messi, former Barcelona icon and now Paris Saint-Germain forward is hoping to grab a seventh award, Ronaldo is looking to make it sixth while others like Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, Karim Benzema, among others are all contenders. At this stage, coaches, players and ex-players become like regular fans, backing their favou...
Meghan Markle writes open letter to Congress advocating for paid family leave
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Meghan Markle writes open letter to Congress advocating for paid family leave

Meghan Markle has written an open letter to Congress, advocating for paid family leave in the U.S. The letter was published on the website Paid Leave For All. In the letter, the duchess of Sussex looks back at her own upbringing, how hard her family worked to provide for her growing up and how the pandemic has pushed millions of women out of the workforce. She wrote: "I'm not an elected official, and I'm not a politician. I am, like many, an engaged citizen and a parent. And because you and your congressional colleagues have a role in shaping family outcomes for generations to come, that's why I'm writing to you at this deeply important time—as a mom—to advocate for paid leave. "Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities. At...
America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel rushed to hospital after collapsing at Starbucks
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America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel rushed to hospital after collapsing at Starbucks

65-year-old America's Got Talent judge, Howie Mandel has been rushed to the hospital after collapsing at a Starbucks in Woodland Hills, California on Wednesday October 13. Howie was reportedly a regular at the coffee shop and it was learnt that customers there were shocked when he collapsed. TMZ reported that paramedics were called to help Howie before he was rushed to hospital for checks to be done. The Los Angeles Fire Department also arrived to assist the Canadian comedian and Howie was able to sit up before he was taken to a hospital at Tarzana, California. A source told the outlet that doctors believe he passed out from low blood sugar, but tests are being run. The former “Deal or No Deal” host is known for his germaphobia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and he told ...
Shameless’ actor and Last Comic Standing Alum Ricarlo Flanagan dies at 40 after contracting COVID
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Shameless’ actor and Last Comic Standing Alum Ricarlo Flanagan dies at 40 after contracting COVID

American actor and comedian, Ricarlo Flanagan, whose credits include Shameless, Inscure and Last Comin Standing, has died at the age of 40. Flanagan died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19 several weeks ago, his agent, Stu Golfman of KMR Talent, tells PEOPLE. 'Sadly this pandemic has taken the life of an extremely talented performer and even nicer human being,' his agent, Stu Golfman said in a statement. 'Ricarlo will be greatly missed.' Flanagan addressed his battle with COVID-19 earlier this month on his Twitter page, writing, 'This COVID is no joke. I don't wish this on anybody.' Flanagan's first stormed the world of comedy happened in 2007, when he discovered a flyer on a telephone pole in Ann Arbor, Michigan, advertising for comedy classes. After attending one c...
Facebook admits its engineers made mistake that caused $100m seven-hour outage and not hackers
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Facebook admits its engineers made mistake that caused $100m seven-hour outage and not hackers

Facebook has shut down claims of ' malicious activity' behind the seven-hour blackout that cost the company an estimated $100million in lost revenue. "Configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt," Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Santosh Janardhan wrote in the post. "The underlying cause of this outage also impacted many of the internal tools and systems we use in our day-to-day operations, complicating our attempts to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem," Janardhan added. Facebook said it had "no evidence that user data was c...
Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic
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Public Interest in Women’s Sport rises during Pandemic

Public interest in women's sport has risen during the pandemic, with 21 per cent of UK adults following it more than they did 18 months ago, according to a new report published by Sky Sports and Leaders in Sport. The new research shows that eyeballs are increasingly focused on women's competitions, with a significant rise in the number of men watching and engaging during the pandemic; nearly a quarter of men (24 per cent) say they now follow more women's sport than they did 18 months ago. The report 'Women's Sport: Bouncing Back from the Pandemic?' also reveals some of the causes, with over two-thirds (68 per cent) of those who follow more women's sport stating that their enjoyment of broadcast coverage fuelled their interest. Tracey Crouch MP, chair of the fan-led review into...
Ed Sheeran reportedly paid himself a whopping £21.35 million last year from his company
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Ed Sheeran reportedly paid himself a whopping £21.35 million last year from his company

English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran reportedly paid himself a cool £21.35 million last year from his company Ed Sheeran Limited. According to MailOnline, the payout was more than double the £10 million he paid himself in dividend payouts from the company. Accounts seen by publication revealed that in the last three years the Shape of You singer has made £112.4 million pounds, which includes £31.7 million he made last year. After dividend payouts and other costs are taken into account, Ed still has reserves of £26.6 million in the company. The money does not include Ed's tour earnings but focusses on 'writing recording and production of music'. The report said the company performed so well it had a £4.4 million UK corporation tax bill. It was also stated in the report t...
Woman dies in motorbike Crash days after she Posted ‘Sleep is Gentle Death’
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Woman dies in motorbike Crash days after she Posted ‘Sleep is Gentle Death’

A woman died in a motorbike accident just two days after she wrote "sleep is a gentle death" on Instagram. Russian-born Alina Bagirova had moved to Thailand in search of a new life after the pandemic started. In Thailand, she gave photography workshops, drew and taught yoga. On September 25, she shared a post about death that people now say predicted her death. Just two days later, on September 27, she was fatally injured in a road accident on the island of Koh Samui after she lost control of the motorbike she was riding, according to her friends. No collision with another vehicle had been reported. Her death was announced by her friend, influencer Artur Sita, to his Instagram followers in the early hours of September 28....
Rick Ross agrees to pay ex-girlfriend, Briana Singleton $11,000 per month in child support
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Rick Ross agrees to pay ex-girlfriend, Briana Singleton $11,000 per month in child support

American rapper, Rick Ross has agreed to pay his ex-girlfriend Briana Singleton $11,000 per month in child support. According to TMZ, the rapper is also on board for additional annual payments of up to $3,000 per child for extracurricular expenses if the figure goes past $7,560. A judge in Rick Ross’ paternity case, has reportedly signed off on his agreement to send monthly child support payments for their three kids. Rick Ross’ monthly income is said to sit at $585,000, while Singleton brings in $142. He also agreed to cut a check to Brianna's attorney for $25,000. This is coming after, Briana Singleton filed legal documents in Fayette County, Georgia in May 2020, requesting a hearing for Rick Ross to take a COVID-19 test if he wanted to visit his kids. She claimed Ross hadn’t ...
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....

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