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UK PM ‘Boris Johnson’ under fire as new lockdown looms for England
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UK PM ‘Boris Johnson’ under fire as new lockdown looms for England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been pictured for time since the lockdown as they made a family trip to the Hamptons on Friday. The 38-year-old singer and the 50-year-old rap mogul were seen disembarking from their private jet on Long Island’s East Hampton with their oldest daughter Blue Ivy, eight, and their twins Rumi and Sir, both three. The couple had masks on, while members of their entourage went mask-free for the trip. For the trip, Beyonce, who carried Rumi as she made her exit from the jet, was dressed in a baggy gray hoodie, flowing gray striped pants and white sneakers. Her daughter wore a cute pink hoodie with a multi-colored skirt and black high top Pumas. Jay-Z who stepped off the plane with Sir, rocked a black hoodie and black sweatpants, white soc...
Chinese Officials Say Latest COVID-19 Outbreak in Beijing Originated From Europe
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Chinese Officials Say Latest COVID-19 Outbreak in Beijing Originated From Europe

The latest COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing has been reported to be a European strain amid fears of a second wave of the deadly bug. Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official, Zhang Yong revealed this in an article published by the country's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. "According to preliminary genomic and epidemiological study results, the virus is from Europe, but is different from the virus currently spreading in Europe," he said in the government notice on Friday. "It's older than the virus currently spreading in Europe, " he added. For two months, the Chinese capital had not reported any locally transmitted infections until last week, when a fresh cluster of coronavirus cases emerged from a wholesale food market in the city, infecti...
Risk of Contracting Coronavirus is now Higher than Before – PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu
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Risk of Contracting Coronavirus is now Higher than Before – PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu

Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has disclosed that the risk of contracting Coronavirus is now higher than before in Nigeria. Aliyu who revealed this during a PTF briefing in Abuja on Thursday June18, hinged it on relaxation of the lockdown order in different states across the country. He said; “The PTF continues to be very concerned about the issue of compliance. As you are aware, we are here to push for the containment of COVID-19 in the country through data-driven medical advisories. “The fact that we are receiving many reports on the flouting of the guidelines, the hint by individuals, groups and organisations is simply unacceptable. “As I said in the past, COVID-19 is far from over globally, neither is it over in ...
‘I don’t think he deserves a ban’ – Spurs boss Mourinho unhappy with Alli suspension
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‘I don’t think he deserves a ban’ – Spurs boss Mourinho unhappy with Alli suspension

The midfielder has paid the price for an "extremely poorly judged joke", but his manager says others behaved worse during the Covid-19 lockdown Jose Mourinho is frustrated he cannot call on Dele Alli for Tottenham's big clash with Manchester United on Friday. England midfielder Alli must serve a one-match ban for a racially insensitive social media post he made in February, forcing him to miss Spurs' first game since the Premier League returned. A video on Snapchat showed Alli in an airport mocking an Asian man in reference to coronavirus, before the lockdown. Alli said he videoed the man because he was coughing, not because of his ethnicity and admitted he made an "extremely poorly judged joke".
British Pole Dancing Champion, Jess Leanne Norris is Dead
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British Pole Dancing Champion, Jess Leanne Norris is Dead

British pole dancing champion, Jess Leanne Norris has died suddenly at the age of 27 after posting that she was finding the Coronavirus lockdown 'so hard'. Norris, from Bolton in Lancashire, was a two-time winner of Miss Pole Dance UK. The details of how Ms. Norris died have not been revealed, but last year she launched a fundraising drive in aid of mental health charities. The news of her death comes two months after she shared an emotional post on Facebook saying she was finding lockdown 'so so hard' and that a lot of us are feeling 'stressed, lost and lonely' The post on April 4 read: 'I myself am finding this so so hard...it always takes me time to adapt to 'change' mentally as I'm one to need structure to cope with mind!  'A lot of us are all feeling stressed, lost ...
Dangote not a co-owner of Executive Jets Services Ltd
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Dangote not a co-owner of Executive Jets Services Ltd

Dangote has denied allegations that he is a co-owner of Executive Jets Services Ltd, an aviation company whose operating license was recently suspended indefinitely by the Ministry of Aviation after flouting lockdown guidelines for safety when it conveyed an artiste to Abuja for a concert.   A statement by Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Branding and Corporate Communications, Dangote Group refuted claims that Alhaji Aliko Dangote is part owner of Executive Jets Services Ltd and further denied ownership of the Bombardier Challenger 605 with registration number 5N-EXS.   He said, “Our attention has been drawn to an online publication which alleged that our President/CE, Aliko Dangote is a co-owner of the Executive Jets Services Ltd, a private airline based in Lagos. We he...
Naira Marley: ‘It is ridiculous to link me with non-compliant flight’ – Fashola tells Executive Jets chairman
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Naira Marley: ‘It is ridiculous to link me with non-compliant flight’ – Fashola tells Executive Jets chairman

Babatunde Fashola, Minister of works has reacted to the flight saga of mistaken identity with Naira Marley. The Executive Jets Chairman, Sam Iwuajoku, who flew Naira Marley to Abuja for a concert, had apologized to the federal government. The apology came after the federal government on Monday suspended its operations. Iwuajoku, in a letter sent to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the airline airlifted Naira Marley after mixing up his identity with Minister Fashola Babatunde. Reacting, Fashola in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeem Bello, described Iwuajoku’s statement as ridiculous. His statement read: “The attention of the Office of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, has been drawn to a let...
Saka contract a priority for Arsenal, says Arteta
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Saka contract a priority for Arsenal, says Arteta

The teenager has another year left on his current deal and has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United Mikel Arteta has confirmed sorting out a new contract for Bukayo Saka is a priority for Arsenal alongside resolving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future. Saka has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Emirates Stadium and has made 29 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and supplying 10 assists. He impressed as a makeshift left-back in the weeks leading up to the coronavirus lockdown, but is keen to revert to his more natural position on the left wing in the future.
‘Do the right thing’ – Rashford urges government U-turn on free school meals
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‘Do the right thing’ – Rashford urges government U-turn on free school meals

The England international has his sights set on "something much bigger than football" as he looks to persuade the government to change its approach Marcus Rashford has vowed to continue his fight for free school meals, stating combating child poverty is "something much bigger than football". United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday rejected a plea from England international Rashford for children who qualified for the food voucher scheme during the coronavirus lockdown to carry on receiving them after the academic year ends. The Manchester United forward responded by tweeting: "We aren't beaten yet, stand strong for the 200,000 children who haven't had a meal to eat today and keep retweeting #maketheUturn."
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...
Solskjaer to Drop Pogba for Tottenham vs Man Utd Game
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Solskjaer to Drop Pogba for Tottenham vs Man Utd Game

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will leave Paul Pogba on the bench, for this Friday’s Premier League clash at Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Athletic. Pogba has not featured for the Red Devils since Boxing Day, after suffering a foot injury. The Frenchman has made only eight appearances in all competitions this season. Pogba would have to wait to make a return, as Solskjaer is planning to leave him out for United’s first game since March. It is understood that the team has been preparing for the Spurs game without Pogba in the starting XI. Although match fitness might be an issue, United was also enjoying an excellent run of form before lockdown, going 10 games unbeaten across all competitions.
Singer and Painist Arrested For Robbery in Lagos
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Singer and Painist Arrested For Robbery in Lagos

The Rapid Response Squad unit of the Lagos Police Command has arrested 25-year-old Chinonso Michael said to be an Afro hip-hop singer and 22-year-old pianist, Chimelu Victory for robbery. The suspects who were arrested last week Wednesday alongside 5 other suspects at their residence at 4, Modupe Young Thomas Estate in Ajah, said they were pushed into robbery due to the Coronavirus pandemic and hunger. It was gathered that they had on April 10, 2020, ordered a pay on delivery iPhone 11 Pro Max valued at N450,000 from an online platform. After the delivery man identified as Anifowoshe Itunu arrived at a service apartment in Ajah, Chimelu who was the buyer generated a fake alert to the rider first and later, with the connivance of Chinonso escaped from the apartment after they had ...
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Nigerian-born Footballer, Arnaut Danjuma Reveals he Was Mistakenly Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Murder

Nigerian-born footballer, Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, who plays as a winger for Bournemouth, has revealed he was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the UK just days before the Coronavirus lockdown. The 23-year-old who was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a Dutch father and Nigerian mother recalls how he was walking through Bournemouth town centre in order to get some food when police apprehended him. Speaking with The Sun, the Netherlands international said: 'Suddenly there was a police car there and two police officers came out of it. One said, "Put your hands on the fence!" 'I asked, "What did I do?" They said, "Put your hands on the fence, shut up!" 'So I put my hands on the fence and asked again, "What did I do?" They said to wait for the other officers...
Many Countries Begged Nigeria For Food During Lockdown – Fashola
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Many Countries Begged Nigeria For Food During Lockdown – Fashola

The Federal Government has said many neighbouring countries asked Nigeria for food during the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Saturday during an Instagram Live Chat with City People Magazine. The minister, who spoke on the COVID-19 Economic Sustainability Plan recently submitted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said the plan contains diverse measures to fortify the Nigerian economy against any shock brought by the pandemic. Fashola said, “We are looking at constructing roads with more stones, more cement, more iron rods so that more people will be employed. For example, it will take 14 people to build a kilometre of road. So, if you are doing m...
Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha
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Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha

The NPFL and other leagues in the country will remain in a hiatus as gatherings of more than 20 people are still prohibited The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and secretary to the federal government, Boss Mustapha, has revealed football activities in Nigeria will remain shut down. The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended since March following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to the country. The government only recently eased lockdown in three of the most affected states in the country, Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, and limited social gathering to 20 people.
COVID-19: Man Gains Over 100kg Within 5months Of Lockdown In Wuhan
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COVID-19: Man Gains Over 100kg Within 5months Of Lockdown In Wuhan

A 26-year-old man in Wuhan has gained 224 pounds in the space of five months while staying at home to avoid COVID-19, according to the doctors. Mr Zhou had to be rushed to hospital by an ambulance earlier this month after falling critically ill because of the sudden increase in his weight. Mr Zhou, a worker at an internet cafe, stopped leaving home when the city went into lockdown in late January. His family members said he was struggling to move due to his weight. Footage and images released by the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University show medical workers examining Mr Zhou after he was admitted to the hospital on June 1. Mr Zhou was left fighting for his life after being diagnosed with heart failure and respiratory dysfunction. Mr Zhou is set to underg...
Lockdown: We Are Hungry – Private Schools Teachers Cry Out
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Lockdown: We Are Hungry – Private Schools Teachers Cry Out

Teachers of private schools have appealed to the government to assist them with palliatives, saying the prolonged closure of schools as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 is subjecting them to starvation. In a statement signed by their spokesman, Abdul-Ganiyy Raji, and made available to the Tribune Education in Kaduna, the private school teachers said it would be callous of the government to wait for owners and teachers of private schools to start dying of starvation before it comes to their aid. “We cannot afford to keep ignoring the welfare of private schools teachers. Private school teachers are now hungry. “We must remember that private schools survive primarily on earnings from their customers (parents) and we all know that schools have not collected third...
COVID-19: FAAN gives latest update on reopening Nigerian airports
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COVID-19: FAAN gives latest update on reopening Nigerian airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), on Thursday, held a virtual meeting with the management of Munich International Airport, Germany, to share experiences and compare notes on the effects of COVID-19 lockdown on airports. Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, said in a statement that aim of the meeting was to assess the readiness of FAAN to gradually begin operations, following the Federal Government’s directive for reopening of the four regional airports on June 21. The presentation via Skype simulated from Germany and England was tagged: “Rapid Aviation Plan”. Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director of FAAN, said the authority was responding to the guidelines set by NCAA for gradual airport reopening and post COVID-19 operations. ...
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson Get Cozy at their Friend’s Birthday Party
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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson Get Cozy at their Friend’s Birthday Party

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have sparked speculations they’re back together after they were spotted getting cozy at their friend’s birthday party on Tuesday, June 9. NBA star and Tristan Thompson's former teammate Jordan Clarkson shared a video on his Instagram Stories featuring a group of people singing “Happy Birthday” to Savas Oguz. In the video, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 35, and Thompson, 29, stood next to each other with the NBA star placing his arm around her as they held up their phones to record Oguz, 30, blowing out the candles on his cake.   Rumors of their reconciliation began last month when fans began speculating that the Khloe star was pregnant with their second child. But the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” denied the ...
Lockdown Escalated the Number of Rape Cases – Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen
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Lockdown Escalated the Number of Rape Cases – Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen

Pauline Tallen, Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs, has attributed the spike in the number of rape cases to the lockdown. Tallen said this to state house correspondents on Wednesday, June 10 after the Federal Executive Council meeting where she brought up the rape pandemic in the country. She disclosed that an action plan which would involve the judiciary and the media, is being put in place to tackle the rape menace. “There has been an outcry against rape epidemic because of the lockdown. I know we have always had rape in this country but with the lockdown of people in homes because of COVID-19, women and children are locked down with their abusers. The number has escalated three times of what we had seen. There is no state with an exception. The number has reached alarming ...
Boris Johnson Lifts the Sex ban, Frees Millions of Couples to Share Overnight Visits from Saturday
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Boris Johnson Lifts the Sex ban, Frees Millions of Couples to Share Overnight Visits from Saturday

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson has announced that from Saturday single adult households in England will be able to form a "support bubble" with another household. This means they will be able to stay overnight with their partners for the first time since the lockdown began more than 11 weeks ago. The new system of “support bubbles” will also allow single parents and isolated grandparents to go and stay with their children or have their grandchildren to stay at their own homes to help with childcare without any two-metre social distancing. The prime minister also stated that if any members of a bubble come down with coronavirus symptoms, all members of it will have to self-isolate for 14 days as per current advice. Speaking at Number 10's daily press conference, Mr Johnson...
Hollyoaks actress, Rachel Adedeji Quits the Show after 4 Years Amid Racism Row
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Hollyoaks actress, Rachel Adedeji Quits the Show after 4 Years Amid Racism Row

Hollyoaks actress, Rachel Adedeji has quit the show after four years. The British-Nigerian actress, who plays Lisa Loveday on the Channel 4 soap, made the decision to leave the show last year and her exit was filmed shortly before lockdown, The Sun Online reported. Lisa's exit from the village will air in the next two months. A Hollyoaks spokeswoman told The Sun Online: "Rachel made the decision to leave Hollyoaks to pursue other opportunities earlier last year which saddened us at Hollyoaks as she is one of the leading cast members in the show. "However, the notice period did allow the writers time to give Lisa Loveday an extremely gripping exit storyline. "Viewers will see this story play out later this year as her final scenes were filmed shortly before lockdown.” ...
El-Rufai Lifts Lockdown In Kaduna State
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El-Rufai Lifts Lockdown In Kaduna State

My dear people of Kaduna State, I am pleased to proclaim that under the powers vested in me by Section 45 of the Constitution, the Quarantine Act, the Public Health Law f Kaduna State and the Infectious Diseases Regulation issued pursuant to these, the State Government hereby makes the following announcements as Quarantine Order No. 2 of 2020: A. As from tomorrow, Wednesday, 10 June 2020, the Quarantine Order is amended to permit a significant reopening of the state. B. Subject to compliance with safe reopening protocols, the following measures will be in place in the first instance until 30th June 2020, subject to amendment, extension or renewal: i. Restriction of intra-state movement is lifted, subject to a night-time curfew of 8pm to 5am. ii. Businesses can reopen, subje...
Ekiti state sues AGF, Lagos, Ogun over constitutionality of virtual court hearings
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Ekiti state sues AGF, Lagos, Ogun over constitutionality of virtual court hearings

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) have been sued by Ekiti state government alongside the Attorneys General of Lagos and Ogun States following the implementation of virtual court proceedings.   Ekiti state's Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, in the lawsuit which challenged the constitutionality of Malami's directive for Head of Courts at federal and state levels to hold virtual court sittings following the outbreak of Coronavirus, asked the apex court to issue an order striking down the directive as it relates to Virtual or Remote Court sittings.   Ekiti state wants the Supreme Court to determine whether the AGF’s guidelines are not a derogation from the legislative, executive and ju...
West Ham United boss Moyes ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Ngakia exit
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West Ham United boss Moyes ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Ngakia exit

The DR Congolese descent turned down a new contract and he is set to leave the club at the end of the month West Ham United manager David Moyes has described Jeremy Ngakia’s decision to leave the club as a "kick in the teeth". Ngakia, who rose through the ranks at West Ham, was handed his first-team debut in January against Liverpool, and he made three more Premier League appearances before the league was suspended in March due to the coronavirus lockdown. He joined the Hammers at the age of 14 and he is set to seek a new adventure when his contract expires on June 30, after rejecting a new offer which is reportedly worth £5,000-a-week.
Bentaleb: Newcastle United will be ready for Sheffield United clash
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Bentaleb: Newcastle United will be ready for Sheffield United clash

The Algeria international looks forward to playing a part for the Magpies when they resume league action at St. James’ Park later this month Nabil Bentaleb has praised his Newcastle United teammates for their hard work in training ahead of the Premier League restart. The English top-flight will resume action on June 17, more than three months after it was suspended due to coronavirus lockdown and Steve Bruce’s men are scheduled to host Sheffield United at home four days later. Newcastle intensified their preparation with a behind-closed-doors training match at St James' Park on Saturday with the Algerian midfielder scoring a stunning goal from outside the penalty area.
Pastor Chris Blasts Church Leaders Over New Guidelines for Church Reopening
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Pastor Chris Blasts Church Leaders Over New Guidelines for Church Reopening

The founder of the Christ Embassy Church, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has berated church leaders who approved the new guidelines for churches to open for worship. The pastor while speaking on Sunday 6th June, said church leaders who supported the continued lockdown on churches did it out of fear, greed, and jealousy. The man of God said: ”One of the reasons you still have lockdown of churches in several countries right now is not even the government. You will be amazed. It is church organizations that are keeping many churches locked up till now. The so called advisers of government. The government invited certain church leaders, consulting with them whether to open the churches or not to, they advised the government to keep the churches locked because of their own fear, greed an...
Coronavirus: India Overtakes Italy In Cases Amid Easing Of Lockdown
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Coronavirus: India Overtakes Italy In Cases Amid Easing Of Lockdown

India has recorded close to 10,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Italy. The country now has the sixth-highest number of confirmed cases in the world, 236,657. There have been 6,649 deaths. The health system in Mumbai is on the verge of collapse while hospitals in the capital, Delhi, are reportedly running out of space. Meanwhile, shopping centres, places of worship, restaurants and offices will be allowed to reopen from Monday. For weeks, India's relatively low Covid-19 numbers had baffled experts. Despite the dense population, disease and underfunded public hospitals, there was no deluge of infections or fatalities. Although India has the sixth highest number of cases, it is 12th in fatalities, according to statistics from Jo...
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Family Don Fancy Costumes to Celebrate the Third Birthday of his Twins Eva and Mateo
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Cristiano Ronaldo and his Family Don Fancy Costumes to Celebrate the Third Birthday of his Twins Eva and Mateo

Cristiano Ronaldo, his partner Georgina Rodriguez and their kids donned fancy costumes to celebrate the third birthday of twins Eva and Mateo on Friday, June 5. It was a cozy, private event held amid the lockdown and both Cristiano and Georgina shared a photo to Instagram. In the photo, Cristiano, 35, wore an Aladdin costume while Georgina Rodriguez, 26, wore a Power Ranger costume. The Juventus star's eldest son Cristiano Jr, 9, donned an Incredible hulk costume while birthday boy Mateo wore a Spider-Man outfit. The girls, Alana, 2, and birthday girl Eva, 3, wore princess outfits.     "Happy Birthday to my two sweeties Eva and Mateo! We love you to the end of the world," Cristiano captioned the photo.
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Over 100 Girls Raped by their Fathers in Ethiopia “Due to the Lockdown”

Over 100 girls have been raped in Ethiopia by their fathers during the lockdown, authorities said. According to reports from Walta TV, Ethiopia authorities, in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, over 100 girls raped and treated since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic as schools closed and people are advised to stay at home to reduce the spread of the virus. Data from hospitals suggest more than 100 children have been raped – including some by family members, BBC reports. Almaz Abraham, the head of Addis Ababa women and children affairs office reacting to the report, said sexual violence was on the rise as schools had been closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “One-hundred-and-one girls were raped in the past two months after the outbreak of the Covid-1...