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Nigeria missing as UK releases list of 50 countries it recognizes their COVID vaccine certificates
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Nigeria missing as UK releases list of 50 countries it recognizes their COVID vaccine certificates

The United Kingdom (UK) has released a list of 50 countries it recognises their COVID19 vaccine certificates and Nigeria is conspicuously absent from the list. This means that fully vaccinated Nigerians travelling to the UK still need to self-isolate for 10 days. Nigeria wasn't added on the list despite not being on the UK’s COVID-19 red list. No other African country was on the list. The UK government had said Nigeria is on the ‘amber’ list, which has restrictions for travellers to the UK, irrespective of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID. In a statement on its website, the UK government released a list of over 50 countries with approved COVID-19 vaccination programmes and proof of vaccination for travel to England. “Fully vaccinated residents in other countrie...
FG Suspends Passports of over 2,000 travelers for violating COVID protocol
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FG Suspends Passports of over 2,000 travelers for violating COVID protocol

The Federal government says it has suspended the passports of more than 2,000 in-bound travellers for violating the COVID protocol. Mukhtar Mohammed, national incident manager of the presidential steering committee (PSC), disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, September 27. “Our efforts, in terms of restrictions, have shown that compliance with these measures is actually very low. However, our efforts on compliance at point of entry has been shown to be quite appreciable. Since the anticipation of the third wave, we have strengthened our surveillance system in the airports, seaports, as well as land borders. We have identified certain countries that are very high risk, and provided some level of restriction for passengers arriving from these countries. We have i...
Afghanistan’s girl’s football teams flee across the border to Pakistan wearing burqas
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Afghanistan’s girl’s football teams flee across the border to Pakistan wearing burqas

Members of Afghanistan's national junior girls' football team have fled across the border into Pakistan, officials said Wednesday September 15. This comes a month after the Taliban swept back into power, with members of the Afghan Girls National Youth Football Team reportedly sent into hiding as they feared for their safety. The girls who played for the under-14, under-16 and under-18 teams reportedly crossed the northern land border dressed in burqas, a campaigner said, before they later changed into headscarves. Campaigners told the Independent, the female athletes were at 'immediate risk' due to their association with women's football as reports surfaced of the Taliban searching hotels in an effort to track them down. Afghanistan's new rulers have indicated that wome...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Caf appeals to British government to grant exemption to African players
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Caf appeals to British government to grant exemption to African players

Several African players are at risk of missing next month's international outings due to coronavirus restrictions in England The Confederation of African Football has appealed to the British government to allow African players to travel for next month’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. After Liverpool blocked Mohamed Salah’s invitation to Egypt’s squad, the Premier League announced that other clubs will not release their players to travel to red-list countries due to fears of the coronavirus. However, Fifa responded to the statement with a personal message from President Gianni Infantino to British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich president baffled as to how PSG’s wage bill adheres to Financial Fair Play
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Bayern Munich president baffled as to how PSG’s wage bill adheres to Financial Fair Play

The Ligue 1 giants have had a superstar shopping spree over the transfer window but the Bavarians' boss don't know how they have balanced the books Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer has admitted that he is "still trying to understand" just how Paris Saint-Germain have managed to fit their summer spending inside Financial Fair Play rules. The Ligue 1 giants have enjoyed a superstar shopping spree over the transfer window, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma among the new faces at Parc des Princes. While PSG have managed to secure the majority of them on free transfers, Hainer has now questioned just how the Qatar-backed club have balanced the wage bill amid FFP restrictions.  
Arsenal star Pepe highlights fans’ influence ahead of Chelsea game
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Arsenal star Pepe highlights fans’ influence ahead of Chelsea game

The Gunners are looking forward to playing in front of their supporters in a fully-packed Emirates Stadium on Sunday Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe is relishing the return of fans to the Emirates Stadium for their Premier League encounter against Chelsea. After playing almost all their games behind closed doors last season, Sunday's London derby will be without restrictions for fans. The last time Mikel Arteta’s side played at the Emirates Stadium without an attendance limit was a 1-0 win over West Ham United in March 2020 and Pepe explained how their presence inspires the team to deliver positive results.  
‘Horny’ man almost dies after getting stuck in ex’s window while trying to ‘beg her for romps’
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‘Horny’ man almost dies after getting stuck in ex’s window while trying to ‘beg her for romps’

A man in Ukraine was crushed and almost suffocated to death when he tried to get into his ex-girlfriend's house through her window to beg for sex after she asked him to go away. The former couple were reportedly hanging out at the woman's house when the man began making sexual advances. The woman refused his advances and this led to an argument. The man, who was reportedly drunk, refused to leave the area despite the woman's request, reports The Sun. Despite being asked to leave, the man tried to gain entrance into his ex-girlfriend's house by squeezing through a window but he became stuck. As time passed, the man began suffocating due to restrictions to his airways. Emergency services arrived at the scene where police found the man in extreme difficulties. A poli...
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Europa League 2021/2022 Play-off Draws: All you need to know

The 2021/22 UEFA Europa League play-off draw will take place on 2 August at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw, which features 20 teams, will commence at 13:00 CET. The 20 teams include six teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round champions path, five winners from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round champions path, six teams entering at this stage and three winners from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round the main path. The teams are seeded and drawn in accordance with the Club Competitions Committee principles for guaranteeing that six clubs eliminated from the UEFA Champions League champions path are drawn against each other. The winners of the ten fixtures will join 11 teams given direct entry t...
LG poll: Lagos Orders Restriction of Movement
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LG poll: Lagos Orders Restriction of Movement

The Lagos State Government has announced restriction of movement across the State between the hours of 8am and 3pm on Saturday, 24th July, 2021. The directive was given to enable the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) conduct hitch-free elections into positions of Chairmen and Councillors in all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. A press statement released by the Commissioner of Information, Gbenga Omotoso on Thursday July 22, read; “The restriction is to enable the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) conduct hitch-free elections into positions of Chairmen and Councillors in all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. “The restriction will facilitate the ease of movement of the electorate, e...
Super Eagles Arrive in US ahead of Mexico clash
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Super Eagles Arrive in US ahead of Mexico clash

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

The tournament will run from July 6 to 18 and will see Eswatini and Lesotho kicking off the action at Nelson Mandela Bay Tournament organisers have maintained the 2021 Cosafa Cup will go ahead as planned despite the stricter Covid-19 lockdown regulations enforced in South Africa. According to Cosafa general secretary Sue Destombes, the tournament will proceed as scheduled from July 6 to 18 and will be staged at Nelson Mandela Bay. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Sunday that Level-4 restrictions is back in effect to help curb the rise in numbers of Covid-19 infections, especially in Gauteng.
UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock Resigns after he was caught locking lips with an aide (Photos)
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UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock Resigns after he was caught locking lips with an aide (Photos)

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigned from his position after he broke government coronavirus restrictions during an affair with a close aide. The Sun had published images of the married Cabinet minister locking lips with senior aide Gina Coladangelo, a married mother-of-three in an office in the government’s Department of Health. The outlet said the images were from a leaked CCTV footage from May 6 before the country’s strict regulations were loosened to allow hugs with family members The Health Secretary quit on Saturday amid mounting pressure from Tory colleagues over the images of him kissing and cuddling married mother of three, Gina Coladangelo. "The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is lead...
Fans to Learn Impact of Latest Covid-19 Restrictions
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Fans to Learn Impact of Latest Covid-19 Restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's expected announcement delaying the final stage of easing coronavirus restrictions is likely to have a significant knock-on effect for sports fans. On Monday, the Prime Minister is likely to put on hold for four weeks plans for the lifting of controls - slated for June 21 - amid a surge in cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 first identified in India. That will directly impact Wembley's hosting of the Euro 2020 semi-final and final, Wimbledon and other major events like Formula 1's British Grand Prix and golf's Open Championship. Image:The announcement could directly impact the remainder of the Euro 2020 matches at Wembley Gareth Southgate's side opened up their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Croatia, watched by 22,500 supporters who g...
I’ll keep when twitter ban will be lifted to myself – Buhari
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I’ll keep when twitter ban will be lifted to myself – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari in an interview with Arise TV, refused to disclosed when the suspension of the operation of micro blogging and social networking service, Twitter will be lifted in Nigeria. Buhari when quizzed on when Twitter ban would be lifted, declined to comment, saying he would “keep” the answer to himself. He said; “I will keep that to myself." Recall that the ban has been trailed by mixed reactions. Some defiant Nigerians have continued to bypass the restrictions by using the Virtual Private Networks(VPNs) to access their accounts.
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...
Constitution Review: Sultan of Sokoto calls for unrestricted usage of hijab
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Constitution Review: Sultan of Sokoto calls for unrestricted usage of hijab

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called for use of Hijab by Muslim women without restrictions and in total observance of the freedom of religion in the country. The monarch made the call on Tuesday June 1, at the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the Constitution Review organised by the House of Representatives for Stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara in Birnin Kebbi. Abubakar who is the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), asked why the wearing of the Hijab would be a problem for others who were not using it. He also said other religions should be encouraged to adopt what their religions order them to do. The Sultan said “The most important issue is the issue of religion. Almighty God created us to worship...
Violators of COVID-19 travel advisory will be grounded for one year – FG
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Violators of COVID-19 travel advisory will be grounded for one year – FG

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has warned that Nigerians involved in violation of recent travel advisory for travellers from India Brazil and Turkey will be grounded for one year. Chairman of the Committee and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustaphah gave the warning on Monday May 31, during a PSC media briefing. He said the Federal Government would enforce penalties, including deactivating the travel passports of Nigerian violators. Foreign violators would have their visas revoked and prosecution where applicable, would be an option. Mustapha said; “This is considered a serious infraction and the PSC will proceed to do the following: deactivate the passports of Nigerians involved, for a period of not less than one year; ...
Update: Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be forced into paying Deontay Wilder £5.65m to step-aside
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Update: Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be forced into paying Deontay Wilder £5.65m to step-aside

Boxer, Deontay Wilder could be in for a £5.65million pay day from Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury after a US court ruled in his favour. Fury and Wilder were meant to fight last summer for the third time as stipulated in their contract but Coronavirus restrictions plus Wilder's claim of injury stopped the match from going through. After Fury began negotiations to fight Joshua, Wilder came back asking that his fight contract with Fury be respected and carried out but Fury rejected his proposal saying the contract timing has already expired. Now a court has ruled that the trilogy fight clause in the Deontay's contract with the Gypsy King must be honoured by September 15. The decision will be a major problem for Fury and Joshua who have a 200 million dollars fight scheduled i...
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...
Ex-Ronaldo’s Club Sporting Lisbon Clinch First Portuguese Title
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Ex-Ronaldo’s Club Sporting Lisbon Clinch First Portuguese Title

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

Tennis star, Serena Williams has raised doubts over playing at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer due to the current travel restrictions in place which could prevent her from taking her three-year-old daughter Olympia with her.     The 39-year-old American is the joint-most successful Olympian in tennis history alongside sister Venus having won one gold medal in singles and three in doubles.   But the decision not to allow international visitors to the Games, including family members of athletes, may see her miss the tournament.   Asked whether she would travel to Japan under what will be severe restrictions she cited Olympia in responding: 'I haven't spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself. We're best friends. ...
Be Nice To Those You Don’t Need Favors From – Chioma Advises
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Be Nice To Those You Don’t Need Favors From – Chioma Advises

Davido’s 3rd baby mama, Chioma Avril Rowland, has advised her fans and social media users to be nice to people freely without looking for favours from them. According to her, being nice to these people will come with greater rewards and blessings that one was never expecting to receive. She made this known in a post sighted on her Instagram story. Chioma Avril Rowland Chioma’s post reads; “Be nice to those you don’t need favours from. When the reward will come, it will be unbelievable”. Chioma has been trending on social media lately when photos of Davido and an Instagram model, Mya Yafai kissing surfaced on social media. When netizens saw these photos, they slammed Davido for disrespecting his fiance, Chioma. Chioma If readers will recall, Chioma and Davido were expected ...
Ex-Pornstar Charged with Murdering her 77-year-old Millionaire Husband who Claimed to have Slept with ‘4000 Women’ and Hoped to ‘die’ while having sex
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Ex-Pornstar Charged with Murdering her 77-year-old Millionaire Husband who Claimed to have Slept with ‘4000 Women’ and Hoped to ‘die’ while having sex

An ex-Pornstar, Saki Sudo, 25, has been charged with murdering her spouse, Kosuke Nozaki, 77, who reportedly liked sex so much he was called 'don juan' after notoriously claiming he had bedded 4000 women and also demanded sex three times a day. Business tycoon Kosuke Nozaki, who made his fortune through real estate, agriculture and money lending, married the suspect in February 2018 in the Japanese city Tanabe. He was dead within months, according to Japanese news site Tokyo Reporter. Before his death, Nozaki had brushed off warnings that his ex-porn star wife only married him for his money after she was spotted on lavish shopping trips around the world. He wrote in his memoir: "I am sorry for the 99 per cent of people who wish for this marriage to fall apart, but I...
“Watch 2022, all church restrictions due to Covid will be removed” – Leke Adeboye says Nigerian politicians become strong church members when election is near
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“Watch 2022, all church restrictions due to Covid will be removed” – Leke Adeboye says Nigerian politicians become strong church members when election is near

Pastor Leke Adeboye, son of RCCG General Overseer Pastor E.A. Adeboye, took to Instagram to share his observation about Nigerian politicians and their approach to religion. He said Nigerian politicians only become strong church members when elections are coming. He predicted that as election draws near, he's certain all restrictions placed on church activities due to the coronavirus pandemic will be removed. Read his post below.
Real Madrid Star, Marcelo  Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine
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Real Madrid Star, Marcelo Caught Violating COVID-19 Rules, Faces fine

Real Madrid left-back, Marcelo, faces a fine for breaking the travel restrictions currently in place to halt the spread of COVID-19. This was decided after the Valencian regional government confirmed it had started investigating the Brazilian international on Monday. The confirmation came shortly after Marcelo posted a photo of himself and his family at the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia on social media. The current travel restrictions prohibit a resident in Madrid to leave the Comunidad de Madrid. All entry in the Comunidad Valenciana from other parts of Spain is also forbidden. For the Real Madrid player to take a family photo at a beach in Valencia, he must have done both. Sources in the Valencian government have described Marcelo’s behaviour as showing a lack of sol...
20 Worshippers Wounded as Two Suicide Bombers Target Church in Indonesia on Palm Sunday
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20 Worshippers Wounded as Two Suicide Bombers Target Church in Indonesia on Palm Sunday

Two suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, March 28, wounding about 20 people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week. National police spokesman Inspector General Argo Yuwono said at a press conference in Jakarta that the worshippers suffered from wounds around their necks, chests and legs. Some had blisters on their hands and feet. The explosion occurred when the congregation had been inside the church on the island of Sulawesi, South Sulawesi police spokesman E Zulpan told Reuters. The two suspected suicide bombers are confirmed dead, said Coodinating Minister for Polical, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD. The minister said he has ordered the police and military to increase security in...
Venues for Liverpool, Man Utd away matches in UCL, Europa League confirmed
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Venues for Liverpool, Man Utd away matches in UCL, Europa League confirmed

Liverpool and Manchester United will be free to fly into Spain to take on Real Madrid and Granada in the Champions League and Europa League respectively. SportsMail reports the ban on flights from the UK in Spain is set to be lifted next week. Liverpool played both legs of their Champions League last 16 tie against RB Leipzig on neutral ground at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. United, meanwhile, played their last 32 Europa League away leg last month against another Spanish side, Real Sociedad, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. But the Red Devils will travel to Spain to face Granada, after the country’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his government announced the lifting of the restrictions. The travel ban on arrivals by air and sea from the UK has been in place since Dece...
Liverpool Set To Receive £1.3m Champions League Compensation From RB Leipzig
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Liverpool Set To Receive £1.3m Champions League Compensation From RB Leipzig

Liverpool will receive £1.3m compensation from their Champions League opponents RB Leipzig after being forced to travel to Hungary for their last 16 home leg. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds side take a 2-0 advantage to the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Wednesday evening, a place in the quarter finals and a £9.5m prize on offer for the victors. Restrictions over international travel introduced last month in Germany to curb the spread of Covid-19 meant that the first leg of the tie was also played in the Hungarian capital, with the planned clash at Anfield now taking place at the same venue owing to quarantine measures currently in place in the UK which would mean that Leipzig’s squad and staff would have to quarantine for 14 days before being able to fulfil the fixture. But a Saxony health ...
Solskjaer to Stop Fernandes From Playing for Portugal
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Solskjaer to Stop Fernandes From Playing for Portugal

  Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he could stop Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes from playing for his national team (Portugal) in World Cup qualifiers later this month. Fernandes would be forced to quarantine for ten days should he make the trip to Portugal due to UK government coronavirus restrictions. And that means that the midfielder would miss two key matches for Manchester United. Addressing the press after United’s disappointing 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in London on Wednesday, Solskjaer said: “We’ve not sat down and made a proper call on that one but it doesn’t make sense if you lose your player for 10 days of isolation, of course it doesn’t. “We’re the ones paying the players and from what I understand FIFA has given the rules ...
New Zealand Holds Memorial for 185 Victims of Christchurch Earthquake 10Years After
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New Zealand Holds Memorial for 185 Victims of Christchurch Earthquake 10Years After

New Zealand lowered its flags on Monday Februarty 22, as it marked the 10th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake that killed 185 people. Hundreds of people attended an outdoor service in Christchurch, which continues to rebuild from the magnitude 6.3 quake that destroyed much of its downtown in 2011. According to Reuters, a separate service was also held in the Japanese city of Toyama, home to 12 students who died in the quake. Speaking at the Christchurch ceremony, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured top left) said it was important to remember that 87 of the victims were foreigners and many of their families couldn't be there because of coronavirus travel restrictions. “Our flags fly at half-mast for them today too,” she said. Christchurch ...
Police Officer Caught Kissing Woman he Arrested for Breaching Covid-19 Rules
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Police Officer Caught Kissing Woman he Arrested for Breaching Covid-19 Rules

A police officer has been suspended in Peru after he was caught kissing a woman he arrested and was going to fine for breaching a Covid curfew. In a viral video, the police officer was seen locking lips with the lady as she appeared to bribe him with a kiss to swap the penalty charge after breaking coronavirus restrictions. According to local media, the unnamed officer was forced to temporarily leave his job amid an ongoing investigation carried out by authorities in the Peruvian capital Lima.
China Bans BBC World News From Broadcasting
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China Bans BBC World News From Broadcasting

Authorities in China have banned BBC World News from broadcasting in the country. The news follows a move by Britain's communications regulator to strip the state-run China Global Television Network (CGTN) of its broadcast license in the U.K. last week. The CGTN was also found in breach of British broadcasting regulations last year, for airing the footage of UK citizen, Peter Humphrey 'confessing to a criminal offence' after he was allegedly forced to do so. According to the state news agency Xinhua, China's National Radio and Television Administration said BBC World News "was found to have seriously violated regulations on radio and television management and on overseas satellite television channel management in its China-related reports which went against the requirements that ...
Europa League: Arsenal, Benfica Agree to Change Venue for Games
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Europa League: Arsenal, Benfica Agree to Change Venue for Games

The two legs of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Benfica this month will be played at a neutral venue in Rome, because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to The Evening Standard. The Gunners were initially scheduled to travel to Lisbon on February 18 for the first leg, with Benfica arriving at the Emirates a week later on February 25. However, government rules regarding travel between the UK and Portugal, means that can no longer happen. Arsenal and Benfica have now agreed to move both matches to a neutral venue free of travel restrictions. Mikel Arteta’s men will now travel to Rome instead, with the second leg also expected to be played in the Italian capital, although talks are still ongoing. The venue is likely to be the Stadio Olimpico, home to both Roma an...
Champions League: UEFA Announce new Venue for Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City
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Champions League: UEFA Announce new Venue for Borussia Monchengladbach vs Man City

UEFA has confirmed that the first leg of the Champions League round-of-16 tie between Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City, has been moved from Germany to Budapest due to COVID-19 protocols. The match will still be played on February 24. “UEFA would like to thank Borussia VfL 1900 Monchengladbach and Manchester City FC for their close cooperation and support, as well as the Hungarian Football Federation for their assistance and agreeing to host the match in question,” an official statement read. Liverpool’s Champions League tie against RB Leipzig next week has also been moved from Germany to Budapest. This comes after German authorities refused to give Liverpool an exemption from restrictions limiting travel from the UK, where an aggressive variant of COVID-19 is sp...
Champions League: UEFA Announces New Venue for Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Match
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Champions League: UEFA Announces New Venue for Liverpool vs RB Leipzig Match

UEFA, on Sunday, announced that Liverpool’s Champions League round of 16 away first-leg clash with RB Leipzig has been moved to Budapest. Liverpool and RB Leipzig are set to battle each other on February 16. The Premier League champions were barred from entering Germany due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. However, in a statement on Sunday, the European football governing body confirmed that February 16 first leg “will now take place at Puskas Arena in Budapest. UEFA’s statement read, “UEFA can confirm that the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC will now take place at Puskás Aréna in Budapest. “The date of the match (February 16 2021) and kick-off time (21:00CET) will remain the same. “UEFA would like to thank RB L...
Leon Spinks, Former Heavyweight Champ who Beat Muhammad Ali, Dies Aged 67
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Leon Spinks, Former Heavyweight Champ who Beat Muhammad Ali, Dies Aged 67

Former boxer and heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks, best known for defeating Muhammad Ali in 1978, has died at the age 67. Spinks lost his five-year battle with prostate and other cancers on Friday evening, his publicist announced. "At the time of his passing his wife Brenda Glur Spinks was by his side. Due to Covid restrictions, only a few close friends and other family were present," the statement read. "Leon fought his battle with numerous illnesses resiliently, never losing his trademark smile. Showing true Spinks determination, he never threw in the towel." it added Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Spinks represented the United States during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, as a light heavyweight and won a gold medal. He then faced Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas, Nev...
Dubai Closes all Bars and Clubs as Covid-19 Cases Spike after Influencers Flocked to the City
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Dubai Closes all Bars and Clubs as Covid-19 Cases Spike after Influencers Flocked to the City

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

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

South Africa has introduced new restrictions, including another ban on the sale and distribution of alcohol to help contain the spread of Coronavirus. A night-time curfew has also been imposed, and the wearing of masks outdoors is now compulsory as the country has reported increases of more than 10,000 confirmed cases for several days and the latest daily increase was nearly 13,500. President Cyril Ramaphosa introduced new restrictions while speaking in a nationally televised address on Sunday night, July 12. "In the midst of our national effort to fight against this virus there are a number of people who have taken to organising parties, who have drinking sprees, and some who walk around in crowded spaces without masks," he said. Ramaphosa said top health officials have wa...
Brazil Passes 1 million Coronavirus Cases after 54,771 Tested Positive in one Day
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Brazil Passes 1 million Coronavirus Cases after 54,771 Tested Positive in one Day

Brazil has become the second country in the world after the US to confirm more than one million cases of COVID-19. The health ministry on Friday night reported 54,771 new cases, the highest daily increase in any country since the pandemic began, taking the total to 1,032,913. The officials said about half of increase was due to delayed reporting in three states, including São Paulo In addition, there were more than 1,200 deaths for the fourth consecutive day, taking the total to nearly 49,000. President Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticised for his response to the crisis. The far-right leader has repeatedly clashed with state governors and mayors over their strict restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. His approach has also led to the resignation of two healt...
Beijing Reports Dozens of new COVID-19 Cases Amid Fears of a Second Wave
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Beijing Reports Dozens of new COVID-19 Cases Amid Fears of a Second Wave

Beijing has recorded 36 new locally-transmitted Coronavirus cases, amid fears of a second wave in the Chinese capital. Officials said on Monday June 15, that they traced the cases to a major wholesale food market after almost two infection-free months. Another 36 cases were also recorded on Saturday. The country's Vice Premier Sun Chunlan called on officials to take "decisive measures", warning that the risk of further spread remained high. The general manager of the market has been dismissed, along with other local officials. Three other provinces, Liaoning, Hebei, and Sichuan have also reported confirmed or suspected cases connected to Beijing. According to China's National Health Commission, Beijing recorded one new virus case on Thursday and six on Friday.  On Saturd...
Black Lives Matter Protester Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Black Lives Matter Protester Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A Black Lives Matter protester has tested positive for Coronavirus after attending a rally attended by 10,000 people in Melbourne, sparking fears of second wave of the virus in Australia. The man in his 30s reportedly marched with thousands through the city on Saturday and developed symptoms 24 hours later despite wearing a mask. Health officials fear he may have passed the virus to many others. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the case could be the start of a mass outbreak. 'This realises our worst fears,' he told Sydney radio 2GB. 'Now we could slip back into a second wave like other countries have.' Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was unlikely the man contracted the virus at the protest because it was too soon for him to start showing symptoms...
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No Kissing the Bride as Sri Lanka Lifts Weddings Ban

The Government of Sri Lanka on Friday lifted a ban on wedding receptions as part of an easing of Coronavirus restrictions, with grooms not expected to kiss the bride at least in public. The country is known for holding wedding celebrations with thousands of guests, and the festivities can last for days. But under the new guidelines only100 guests will be allowed at weddings and they must all stay a metre part and wear masks - including the couple. "Guests should not be allowed to kiss, hug or shake hands," said the latest health ministry rules seen by AFP. "Greeting each other should be done without any touching." Sri Lanka first imposed a nationwide curfew on March 20 that ruled out public gatherings, but the restrictions have reportedly been eased in several districts that a...
Australian States Split Over Opening Borders For Domestic Tourism
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Australian States Split Over Opening Borders For Domestic Tourism

Australian state and territory leaders bickered on Thursday over whether to reopen internal borders, a major step to rejuvenating the country’s A$80 billion ($50 billion) domestic tourism industry, as part of measures to ease coronavirus restrictions. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he wants the bulk of all social distancing restrictions removed by July under a three-step plan, as the country continues to report low daily numbers of new COVID-19 infections. But the implementation of the federal plan is down to the leaders of individual state and territories, who come from opposing political parties and disagree on how safe it is to allow unrestricted movement throughout the country. New South Wales (NSW) state, the country’s most populous, has called for all ...
Senegalese Return To Mosques After Restrictions Eased
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Senegalese Return To Mosques After Restrictions Eased

Some Senegalese mosques opened their doors on Friday after the government eased coronavirus restrictions, but others judged the rate of infection too high and stayed shut. Senegalese President Macky Sall said this week that public prayers could resume in the West African country, provided that mosques obey social-distancing rules. More than 90 percent of Senegal is Muslim and most of the faithful follow Sufi brotherhoods, which retain considerable influence in the nation of 16 million people. In the seaside capital Dakar on Friday, according to AFP journalists, thousands of worshippers flocked to Massalikul Jinaan mosque — which is one of West Africa’s largest and belongs to the powerful Mouride brotherhood. Mosque spokesman Mor Daga Sylla told AFP that religious authoritie...
Australia Outlines Three-Step Plan For Easing Restrictions
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Australia Outlines Three-Step Plan For Easing Restrictions

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison is speaking now. He is outlining the steps the country will take to achieve a “Covid-safe economy in July of this year”. Step one will “enable greater connection with friends and family” Things that will be allowed include: Gatherings up to 10 people, and five guests in your own home. Children back in classrooms and in playgrounds in their communities. Recreational activities such as golf, lap swimming and boot camps. Retail and small cafes and restaurants reopening. Interstate recreational travel, starting again. An easing of restrictions for funerals. Step two, Morrison says, “will allow larger size gatherings up to 20 people, including for venues such as cinemas and galleries, more retail openings on sector-based Covid-safe...
Hair Salon Owner Jailed for Defying Lockdown Via Video Conferencing
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Hair Salon Owner Jailed for Defying Lockdown Via Video Conferencing

Shelley Luther, the owner of Salon à la Mode in Dallas has been jailed for a week after she refused to stop operating her business despite Coronavirus restrictions. She was booked in the Dallas County jail on Tuesday afternoon following a video hearing. According to court documents, Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail for violating a temporary restraining order to close her business and fined $500 each to the county's criminal and civil courts for every day the salon remained open. A Dallas inspector and a police officer told the court that they saw clients inside getting haircuts and manicures, according to the Texas Tribune. At the hearing, Luther said she kept the salon open because she needed the money. "I couldn't feed my family, and my stylists couldn't feed...
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Family Return to Turin After Coronavirus Lockdown
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Cristiano Ronaldo and his Family Return to Turin After Coronavirus Lockdown

Cristiano Ronaldo and his family arrived in Italy on Monday night after almost two months in Coronavirus lockdown in his native Portugal. The Juventus striker and his family landed in Turin Airport just after 10.20pm local time and were accompanied by a huge convoy of cars with security presence. The Portuguese star had planned to return a day earlier but his private jet was unable to take off in Spain due to travel restrictions put in place because of Coronavirus. He and his family had to board the G650 Gulfstream in Madeira before enjoying a direct flight back to Turin. His return to Italy came after Juventus called all of their stars back after the Italian government approved clubs returning to training. But Ronaldo and nine other overseas players will spend 14 days in ...
Politicians have no right to stop Serie A restarting, says Lazio sporting director
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Politicians have no right to stop Serie A restarting, says Lazio sporting director

Italian clubs are willing to wait several months before returning to action in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Biancocelesti official says Lazio sporting director Igli Tare says the Italian government has no right to order the football season to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Football teams in Italy were allowed to return to individual training this week as the country moves to ease lockdown restrictions. Although the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) remains hopeful of getting the football season underway again, Sports MinisteVir ncenzo Spadafora warned clubs said there is "no way" football can be played in the near future.
COVID 19 Lockdown: Many Nabbed Hiding Among Rams to Sneak into Kaduna
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COVID 19 Lockdown: Many Nabbed Hiding Among Rams to Sneak into Kaduna

As many Nigerian states continue to observe border restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, people have been finding means to breach the order. Some people who decided to sneak into Kaduna state by hiding among rams in two trucks have been nabbed. In a statement on Thursday, Samuel Aruwan, commissioner of internal security and home affairs in Kaduna, said: “We got information that these lorries had come in from the Kaduna-Kano border and had progressed up to Gwargwaji in Zaria LGA. We then proceeded to nab them further along within the same local government. The passengers were cleverly concealed behind random goods, motorcycles and animals. Thankfully, once again we have got the better of them, and we have turned them back, in compliance with the Kaduna St...

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