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COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians
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COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday. There have been concerns regarding a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But Aliyu said the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown and, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities . “I’m also ca...
Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown
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Second Wave: Lai Mohammed Insists No Fresh Lockdown

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, insisted that the Federal Government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown on Nigeria as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed, who spoke at a conference in Lagos, however, appealed to Nigerians to adhere to all protocols outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The minister said, “On the issue of lockdown, I don’t think there is any time when the Federal Government has said it is going to have a second lockdown. However, the Federal Government is very unhappy that Nigerians are not adhering to the basic Covid-19 protocols of wearing face masks, or practicising social distancing, of washing hands, of ensuring that they do gather in large numbers. “If we do not do ...
Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut
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Barcelona Players Set For €122 Million Salary Cut

Barcelona were close to securing an agreement on Friday for a 122 million euros ($145 million) cut in players’ salaries this season to help offset the financial hole left by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal, announced in a statement by the club, must now be ratified by the players “in the coming days”. The reduction in their wage bill represents a welcome financial lifeline for Barca, hit hard by the loss of gate receipts at the Camp Nou and other effects of Covid-19 prevention measures. Barca’s acting president Carles Tusquets has described the financial situation as “not dramatic, but very worrying”. Tusquets assumed temporary control following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation last month. Restoring Barca’s finances will be one of the items on the top of the new p...
Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Weds His Sex Doll In Groundbreaking Ceremony
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Kazakhstan Bodybuilder Weds His Sex Doll In Groundbreaking Ceremony

Yuri Tolochko, from Kazakhstan, popped the question to Margo in December 2019. The wedding was earlier delayed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and an attack on Yuri A bodybuilder has finally married his sex doll after delaying the ceremony for months. Yuri Tolochko, from Kazakhstan, has been living with Margo for a year and a half and says he popped the question back in December 2019. He first met her at a night club, and the pair were due to get married in March this year before the coronavirus pandemic threw the world into turmoil. Yuri earlier told the Daily Star that the ceremony was delayed a second time after he was attacked during a transgender rally in the Kazakh city of Almaty on October 31. However, the pair have finally tied the knot at a ceremony atte...
Young Nigerian Man Becomes Associate Manager At Google
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Young Nigerian Man Becomes Associate Manager At Google

This young Nigerian man, Angel Onuoha, has had a big breakthrough after coronavirus pandemic forced him out of business 7 months ago I was devastated to shut down my startup due to Covid-19 Today I’ve officially accepted an offer @Google as an Associate Product Manager All good things come with time
I was absolutely not surprised Trump got Covid-19′ – US Infectious disease chief, Dr Fauci
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I was absolutely not surprised Trump got Covid-19′ – US Infectious disease chief, Dr Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States' leading infectious disease expert has said he is "absolutely not" surprised President Donald Trump contracted Covid-19 after seeing him surrounded by people not wearing face masks and flouting best public health practices during rallies and meetings with aides.   Fauci, who has gone at odds with Trump regarding the coronavirus pandemic, spoke during an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night.   He  said, "I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded -- no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask."     "When I saw that on TV, I said, 'Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that, that's got to be a problem,'" ...
Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures at the club
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Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot Gunnersaurus has been axed as part of cost-cutting measures at the club

The man behind Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus has been let go by the club as part of their coronavirus cost-cutting process, according to The Athletic. Jerry Quy, who has dressed up as the friendly green dinosaur at home matches since 1993, is the latest victim of the club's streamlining measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Arsenal announced 55 redundancies in August as the club contended with the financial impact of Covid-19, and the absence of fans on matchdays has now cost Quy his job - for now at least. The Athletic reports the Arsenal mascot will return, but Quy, who even missed his brother's wedding to dress up as the iconic dino at an Arsenal home match, will hang up his suit for the time being. Gunnersaurus is a popular character among Arsenal fans and is ...
Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules
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Fans To Return As UEFA Issues New Rules

Stadiums will be permitted to reopen where local laws permit, though away fans are still not yet able to return Fans will be able to return to UEFA club and international matches starting at next week’s international break, UEFA has announced. Stadiums will be allowed to be filled to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity, and will only reopen where local laws permit. No away fans will be allowed at this stage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made after the trial which saw around 15,000 fans in the stadium for Bayern Munich’s UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla. The pilot match was deemed a success despite host city Budapest recording a rise in infection numbers ahead of the event. A UEFA statement further clarified: "Both the admission of fans and the capaci...
US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers
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US vs China: US revokes visas for 1,000 Chinese students and researchers

The United States government has revoked visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers under an order issued by President Donald Trump accusing some of them of espionage and working for the Chinese communist party, the State Department said Wednesday September 9.   As tensions between Beijing and Washington rose on multiple fronts, Trump, in a May 29 proclamation, declared that some Chinese nationals officially in the United States for study have stolen intellectual property and helped modernize China’s military.   The State Department, on Wednesday September 9 for the first time, has now released first figures on the effects of Trump’s order, stating that more than 1,000 visas have been revoked since June 1 when implementation ...
“Football Without Fans Is Like A Circus Without Clowns”- Cristiano Ronaldo
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“Football Without Fans Is Like A Circus Without Clowns”- Cristiano Ronaldo

 Portugese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has related football without fans to a circus without clowns after he scored in Portugal's 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday night, September 9 due to the absense of fans to celebrate with him. The match against Sweden was played in an empty stadium as the Coronavirus pandemic restricted fans from attending games in most regions across Europe. Ronaldo,who also became the second highest goalscorer in international football with 101 goals after netting two goals against Sweden, described the absense of supporters as a major missing key of the football game. "There is no need to regret, when I do something I like to be whistled because it gives me chills. But health comes first, if the WHO says that these aren't safe conditions, that's it. The m...
First International Flight Lands In Lagos Airport After 5 Months
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First International Flight Lands In Lagos Airport After 5 Months

There was palpable joy on Saturday as the first international flight landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. This is coming after five months of the closure of the Nigerian airspace due to lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. The aircraft operated by Middle East Airlines touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Nation gathered that the plane which took off from Beirut, Lebanon, landed at the airport at exactly 02:27 pm.  
Nationwide Curfew Now 12am To 4am – FG
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Nationwide Curfew Now 12am To 4am – FG

The Federal Government says the nationwide curfew in place in the country to restrict movement amid the coronavirus pandemic is now from 12am to 4am. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday. Aliyu said, “I will first of all start with general movement. We are modifying the curfew to commence from 12 midnight to 4am nationwide, effective from 12:00 tonight. “This does not apply to people on essential services and international travellers that might be returning from abroad.” The PTF, following the lifting of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic, had on May 4, 2020, imposed a nationwide curfew from 6pm to 8am. It later reviewed the timing ...
Indian University Creates Cartoon Characters Of Students For Virtual Graduation
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Indian University Creates Cartoon Characters Of Students For Virtual Graduation

Amidst the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, an Indian University has created cartoon characters of its students for their virtual graduation. The avatars of more than 2,000 students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay were awarded their certificates by an avatar of IIT director Subhasis Chaudhuri during a ceremony on Sunday. The unique celebration, designed to abide by coronavirus safey measures, was broadcast on two local TV channels as well as YouTube and Facebook Live, according to a statement from the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB). "The Institute thought it best to arrange such a VR-convocation for the graduating students so as not to put their health at risk but at the same time, not deprive them of the sense of achievement and pride o...
FEC Approves N8.49b For COVID-19 Testing Kits Procurement
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FEC Approves N8.49b For COVID-19 Testing Kits Procurement

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N8.49 billion for the procurement of 12 items for the testing of coronavirus pandemic by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The virtual council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday, gave the approval after considering a memo presented by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on behalf of the centre at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale
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New Juventus Manager, Andrea Pirlo Puts up Six Players for Sale

Juventus new manager, Andrea Pirlo, is reportedly ready to sell at least six players this summer transfer window, as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season, Mirror UK reports. Pirlo was appointed as Juventus new manager over the weekend following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Juventus have seen their revenue streams hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic and will have less money to spend this summer following their Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon. Pirlo has put Aaron Ramsey “among six players” he wants Juventus to sell this summer. Ramsey only moved to the Old Lady last year, but the Welsh international is not wanted by Pirlo, and he is free to find another club this summer. The former Arsenal star is now seen as surplus to requirement...
World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns
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World in dangerous phase of Coronavirus – WHO warns

The World Health Organisation has warned of a “new and dangerous phase” of the coronavirus pandemic. The warning came on Friday as infections continued to surge in the Americas. Brazil registered more than one million cases. Colombia and Mexico also passed bleak milestones, as their death tolls topped 2,000 and 20,000, respectively. The statistics shows how the virus continues ravaging the Americas and parts of Asia even as Europe starts to ease out of lockdown. The measures imposed to halt the spread of the disease have caused crippling economic damage. WHO however warned against giving in to isolation fatigue. “The world is in a new and dangerous phase”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. “Many people are understandably fed u...
FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance
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FG Releases ₦4.5 Billion To 31 Teaching Hospitals, 9 Billion For Life Insurance

Indications emerged Friday that the Federal Government has released the sum of N4.5 billion to 31 Federal Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres across the country to cover hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made this disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents, in company of the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, after they briefed President Muhammadu Buhari, on the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). Ngige expressed optimism that the strike action embarked upon by the Resident Doctors will end soon. The strike which commenced on Monday this week followed instructions by the NARD to its member...
Coronavirus aside, 2020 has been a good year for me – Zlatan Ibile reveals
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Coronavirus aside, 2020 has been a good year for me – Zlatan Ibile reveals

Popular Nigerian singer and rapper, Zlatan Ibile has revealed that 2020 has been a good year for him. Zlatan Ibile, whose real name is Temidayo Omoniyi Raphael,  admitted that the Coronavirus pandemic has adversely impacted on lives and economies, however, the period brought some changes to him. According to the Zanku Records CEO, he has discovered his true self in 2020. He revealed that 2020 has afforded him the opportunity to team up with talented fast-rising acts who have played very key roles in his upcoming album. Zlatan Ibile made this known on his Instagram page where he shared artwork of his yet-to-be-released new album. We would all agree that this pandemic period of #CoronaVirus has had a great impact on our work, creativity and lifestyle in general but it ha...
‘White People Should Say Sorry for the Way we Have Treated Black People for 400 Years –Pep Guardiola Speaks out Against Racism
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‘White People Should Say Sorry for the Way we Have Treated Black People for 400 Years –Pep Guardiola Speaks out Against Racism

Manchester City football club manager, Pep Guardiola has spoken out on the anti-racism protests being championed all over the world by Black Lives Matter protesters following the police killing of Black American George Floyd last month. Speaking after Manchester City beat Arsenal in the club's first game since the Coronavirus pandemic halted global football, Guardiola admitted being "ashamed of what white people have done to black people". Premier league clubs Sheffield United and Aston Villa took a stand against racism when they kicked off the midweek action, with all players from both sides wearing jerseys displaying "Black Lives Matter" across the back instead of their own names. Sheffield United and Aston Villa took a knee on the pitch just before kick-off in a show of sol...
NARD Nationwide Strike: FG Threatens Actions Against NARD
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NARD Nationwide Strike: FG Threatens Actions Against NARD

The Federal government has threatened to take action against any resident doctor on its payroll who fails to resume work today, June 17. Recall that NARD had embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday due to the Federal Government’s failure to meet demands made by the association. A negotiation meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige with the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the leadership of the Resident doctors, ended in a deadlock on Tuesday after many hours of deliberation. Ngige, during the meeting, stated that health workers are the essential frontline officers during the coronavirus pandemic and have suffered great mishaps across the country. According to him, the major issues have been taken care of, while other minor issues will...
‘We can’t stand still’ – Arteta issues Arsenal transfer warning
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‘We can’t stand still’ – Arteta issues Arsenal transfer warning

The Gunners boss admits he is unsure whether he will be able to bring in the targets he wants this summer Mikel Arteta has warned that Arsenal risk falling further behind their rivals if they ‘stand still’ while others strengthen this summer. The Gunners return to action for the first time in 102 days on Wednesday night when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League. Arteta’s side go into the game sitting ninth in the table, but could move to within two points of fifth with a victory, depending on Sheffield United’s result at Aston Villa earlier in the day. With fifth spot potentially enough to earn a place in next season’s Champions League due to Manchester City’s impending European ban, Arteta is acutely aware of how important the next six weeks w...
I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku
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I’m surprised Naira Marley has not been arrested – Executive Jets CEO, Sam Iwuajoku

The Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jets Services Limited, Sam Iwuajoku has expressed disappointment with the federal government’s “cold feet” in arresting Naira Marley and his crew members for violating the interstate travel ban. In an interview with Premium Times, the airline CEO admitted writing the apology letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He said he wrote the letter which has been trailed by mixed reaction out of anger. Iwuajoku also condemned the indiscriminate movement of any form during the Coronavirus pandemic. He said; “Why will anyone be moving around unnecessarily during a pandemic? Moving around for musical concert at this time is ‘unnecessary movement’. I am wondering why they were not even arrested. “I have been abused by peop...
Major U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who refuse to wear masks during their flights under new rules
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Major U.S. airlines threaten to ban passengers who refuse to wear masks during their flights under new rules

U.S. airlines could ban passengers who refuse to wear face masks when traveling during the Coronavirus pandemic, Airlines for America, the US Aviation industry’s main lobby group has announced. According to the group, masks will be provided to passengers who do not have any. The group added that passengers could have their flying privileges revoked under tougher enforcement policies if they are caught flying without masks. Carriers with stricter policies that could see travel privileges of erring customers revoked include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, and the rules will stay in place for at least the next 60 days. The group also revealed that each carrier will decide the appropri...
20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020
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20 Players Who Are Likely To Win The Ballon D’or 2020

Football is back and we’re immediately at the business end of the season. Domestic leagues will be won and lost over the next couple of weeks and we’re in the latter stages of cup competitions when they eventually resume. It’s all about which teams and which players hit the ground running. While football all around the world was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, many leagues are already back up and running. The Premier League and Serie A will join La Liga and the Bundesliga in returning to action as they conclude the 2019/20 campaign. While we won’t miss out on any club football in those four leagues, we have been robbed of international tournaments in the form of Euro 2020 and Copa America. So how has the coronavirus pandemic affected the race to win the 2020 Bal...
Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery
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Travel Resumes Across Europe Amid Hopes Of Economic Recovery

France, Germany and Switzerland on Monday allowed travel to resume three months after unprecedented restrictions were imposed in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic. France reopened its borders with all EU countries except Spain, where restrictions would remain in place until June 21 in line with a similar decision on the Spanish side. Passengers arriving from Britain would also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days, in line with British restrictions on individuals arriving from France. Borders with non-EU countries remain closed to all but essential travel, except for incoming foreign students who can now head to France. Traffic was reported on a motorway leading to the German-Danish border on Monday, just hours after Copenhagen lifted entry restrictions for German, Norw...
Iker Casillas pulls out of RFEF presidency bid
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Iker Casillas pulls out of RFEF presidency bid

The Real Madrid idol said he may consider running in the future after dropping his challenge to Luis Rubiales on Monday Spain's World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas has announced he has pulled out of the running to be the next president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), citing a need for unity amid the coronavirus pandemic. Real Madrid great Casillas confirmed his intention to stand for the position in February, but his withdrawal means Luis Rubiales is expected to be re-elected unopposed in August. Casillas, who won Euro 2008 and 2012 alongside the 2010 World Cup with Spain, explained via a Twitter post his decision was in part due to "the exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering". "This makes the elections t...
Burna Boy and Rema Nominated for 2020 BET Awards (Full List)
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Burna Boy and Rema Nominated for 2020 BET Awards (Full List)

BET announced on Monday the nominations for the 2020 Awards ceremony, which will also mark its 20th anniversary. The awards celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy.The nominees announced in the Best International Act Award category are: Burna Boy, Innoss'B, Sho Madjozi, Dave, Stormzy, Ninho, and S.Pri Noir. In the category for Viewer's Choice: Best New International Act are : Rema, Sha Sha, Celeste, Young T & Bugsey, Hatik and Stacy. The 2020 BET Awards will air live on June 28 across ViacomCBS networks, including CBS for the first time. The show, which will be a virtual celebration because of the Coronavirus pandemic, will also air on BET and BET HER. See full list below.   Best Female R&B/Pop ArtistBeyonce ...
Oyo State To Open Schools, Mosques And Churches On June 29
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Oyo State To Open Schools, Mosques And Churches On June 29

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state following the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made public after a meeting presided by its chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde. Seyi Makinde also said that Students that are in final year like pry6 ,jss 3 and ss3 will resume on June 23.
Naira Marley Reacts After Nigerians Slam Him For Holding A Concert
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Naira Marley Reacts After Nigerians Slam Him For Holding A Concert

Azeez Fashola, known professionally as Naira Marley, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is known as the president of his controversial fan base, "Marlians". He has reacted to the backlash he received after videos of him performing in a concert during the weekend went viral. Yesterday, Naira Marley was trending after videos of him performing in a concert in Abuja despite the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the nation. Naira Marley who on several occasions has made it known that he doesn’t believe that the coronavirus doesn’t exist was slammed by Nigerians over the concert issue. Recall that Naira Marley earlier this year was indicted in a violation of lockdown regulations for attending Funke Akindele’s husband’s birthday.  
FCT Will Decide Naira Marley’s Penalty – PTF
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FCT Will Decide Naira Marley’s Penalty – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has expressed displeasure over Saturday event held in Abuja despite the ban on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. MCI reports that hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, held a concert at the Jabi Lake Mall on Saturday in contravention of the PTF directive geared towards curbing the spread of the virus. The event, which had a lot of people in attendance, has come under intense criticisms lately. PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, noted during a briefing on Monday that the PTF supports any sanctionagainst the musician. Aliyu, however, stated that the Federal Capital Territory Administration will take the decision on whether to penalise the artiste or not. He said, “With regards to the fate of Naira Marle...
Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu Mourn Senator Osinowo
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Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu Mourn Senator Osinowo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Senator Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, representing Lagos East Senatorial District at the Upper Legislative Chamber of the National Assembly, who passed away on Monday morning at the age of 64 after a brief illness. Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described Senator Osinowo’s death as a rude shock, coming at a time when the State and indeed the entire nation had just started benefiting from his wealth of political and administrative experience. The Governor said Senator Osinowo’s demise had thrown the State into mourning, urging Lagosians, whose interests the late lawmaker represented at the National Assembly to use his death as a reminde...
Manchester United and Sheffield United hold Talks Over Deal for Henderson to Stay at Bramall Lane next Season
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Manchester United and Sheffield United hold Talks Over Deal for Henderson to Stay at Bramall Lane next Season

Chris Wilder is optimistic that an agreement can be reached for the goalkeeper to continue his development with the Blades Sheffield United have held talks with Manchester United over keeping Dean Henderson at Bramall Lane beyond the current season. Henderson has spent the past two campaigns on loan at Bramall Lane and his current agreement is due to expire at the end of June. However, with the season being extended due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Blades have spoken to United regarding a short-term agreement to retain Henderson.
Pope Francis push for end to Libya violence, call on international bodies
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Pope Francis push for end to Libya violence, call on international bodies

Pope Francis on Sunday urged international bodies as well as political and military leaders to stop the violence in Libya and to also end the plight of migrants, refugees and others trapped there. Speaking from a window at his Vatican residence on St Peter’s Square, the pope told the faithful he included his concerns in his prayers over recent days. “I am following the dramatic situation in Libya with great apprehension,” he said. “I urge international bodies and those who have political and military responsibilities to recommence with conviction and resolve the search for a path towards an end to the violence, leading to peace, stability and unity in the country.” The pope also said he prayed for “the thousands of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced...
Messi set another La Liga record in Barcelona win against Real Mallorca
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Messi set another La Liga record in Barcelona win against Real Mallorca

The Argentine star once again stole the show as the Catalans returned to action following the coronavirus pandemic Lionel Messi set another La Liga record on Saturday as Barcelona made a winning return to the pitch. The leaders won 4-0 at Real Mallorca  in their first match since the campaign was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arturo Vidal opened the scoring after just two minutes before Messi set up Martin Braithwaite for his first Barca goal  and then Jordi Alba to make the points safe. Messi then added a fourth in second-half injury time to reach 20 La Liga goals for 2019-20. The Argentina star is the only player to score 20 or more goals in Spain's top flight in 12 consecutive seasons. Messi's strong performance against Mallorca also saw his...
Messi-chasing pitch invader faces stiff punishment after breaking coronavirus guidelines
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Messi-chasing pitch invader faces stiff punishment after breaking coronavirus guidelines

The fan, identified as a French national living in Mallorca, is considered to have committed a 'criminal act' by the governing body La Liga has promised to take legal action against a pitch-invading fan who sought a photo with Lionel Messi during Saturday's clash between Mallorca and Barcelona. The game, Barca's first since La Liga was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March, had reached its 54th minute when the interruption occurred. A young fan decked in a Messi Argentina shirt burst onto the pitch at the Estadio Son Moix and attempted to close in on the superstar before being intercepted and ushered away by security. Such an offence is a blatant breach not just of everyday match regulations but also La Liga's protocol for Covid-19, put in place to...
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...
Akeredolu Announces Tax Cut For Businesses in Ondo To Cushion Effect of COVID-19
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Akeredolu Announces Tax Cut For Businesses in Ondo To Cushion Effect of COVID-19

To cushion the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on businesses in Ondo State, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has announced tax cut, waived fees and other tax relief incentives for taxpayers in the state. The Governor who announced this via his twitter account, said that the implementation of the Hotel, Restaurant and Event Center Consumption Tax due to start on 1st June, 2020 has also been suspended. In his tweets "Our administration took a major step towards cushioning the impact of #COVID19 on our citizens. We have cut taxes and waived fees and have instituted other reliefs to make this period much more easier to bear. #Thread" "The implementation of the Hotel, Restaurant and Event Center Consumption Tax due to start on 1st June, 2020 is suspended in view of the peculia...
Police High Command Keep Mute Over Detention Of Aisha Buhari’s Aides
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Police High Command Keep Mute Over Detention Of Aisha Buhari’s Aides

The Police High Command on Friday night kept mute over the alleged detention of aides of the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari in Abuja The wife of the President had Twitted about the reality of the deadly coronavirus pandemic ravaging the globe and called on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr President and ensured that no one was found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials. She then called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to release her assigned Staff who were still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody. According t...
I Have Lost Staff, Relatives, Friends To COVID-19 – Buhari Warn Nigerians
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I Have Lost Staff, Relatives, Friends To COVID-19 – Buhari Warn Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari, has warned Nigerians to beware of the dangers of coronavirus pandemic, stressing that he has lost a close member of his staff, relatives and friends to the deadly COVID-19. He therefore implored all Nigerians to abide by the approved guidelines and protocols, adding that there is hope to beat the pandemic “if we take individual and collective responsibility.” The President said this in his speech, to mark the nation’s new Democracy Day, which he declared in 2018, in place of May 29, the anniversary of the inauguration of the Fourth Republic, which since 2000 had been marked as Nigeria’s Democracy Day. Buhari noted that the pandemic has no doubt affected the global economy and all known socio-economic systems and brought grief and pain to families that h...
‘The lower leagues are dying’ – Wenger fears for clubs due to coronavirus
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‘The lower leagues are dying’ – Wenger fears for clubs due to coronavirus

The Frenchman believes that the COVID-19 crisis will serve only to make the rich stronger - and he does not think this is healthy Arsene Wenger, FIFA's chief of global football development, has painted a stark picture for many lower league clubs in England, warning that they face a difficult fight for survival due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former Arsenal manager, who attained legendary status with the Gunners after a stint with the north London side that lasted 19 years, is well versed in the make up of English football. Having looked at the situation, Wenger holds no fear for clubs at the top level, but is concerned about those in the EFL system, where wages represent a huge proportion of turnover and clubs rely heavily on matchday income that will be denied to t...
Ronaldo miss penalty as Juventus secure final spot in coppa italia
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Ronaldo miss penalty as Juventus secure final spot in coppa italia

Despite playing against 10 for almost 75 minutes, Juventus could only draw 0-0 with Milan in the first football game in Italy since March. Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty failure did not prove costly for Juventus as they reached the Coppa Italia final on away goals following a 0-0 draw with 10-man Milan in Italian football's return on Friday. The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg of the semi-final at San Siro in February but had to wait four months for the return match at the Allianz Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic leading to the suspension of major sport across the globe in March. Prior to kick-off a minute's silence was held for those who died from COVID-19, before a round of applause for the nation's health workers. Milan had warmed up in 'Black Lives Matter' ...
Former super eagles coach, Samson Siasia gets October date to appeal life ban
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Former super eagles coach, Samson Siasia gets October date to appeal life ban

The ex-Super Eagles star and manager was slapped with a lifetime ban for violating Fifa ethics The date October 6, 2020 has been picked by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to hear Samson Siasia’s appeal in the wake of his Fifa ban. The request was initially billed for March 19, 2020 but this had to be adjourned owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The former Nigeria head coach was banned for life from football after the sport's ruling body found him guilty of agreeing to take bribes to manipulate matches. The 51-year-old was also fined CHF50,000 (£42,000) for breaching Fifa's code of ethics. In a letter to Siasia on Monday from CAS with registration number: CAS 2019/A/6439 Samson Siasia v. Fifa requested that: "Samson Siasia shall pay the total amount of C...
Coronavirus Yet to Reach its Peak – Buhari
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Coronavirus Yet to Reach its Peak – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that that the coronavirus pandemic is yet to reach its peak Buhari warned against laxity in the fight against the pandemic and charged the ECOWAS Commission to come up with an economic recovery plan to help member-states to recover from COVID-19 shock. He spoke on Thursday at a virtual meeting with the President of the Commission, Jean Kassi-Brou. Buhari promised to provide logistic support to enable the sub-region receive and distribute procured and donated medical equipment using Abuja as the hub for the distribution. The Nigerian leader expressed ECOWAS appreciation for the “swift interventions made to the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) and the Africa Centre for Disease Control by the Jack Ma Foundation.” He commended dev...
Cross River Public Schools To Resume June 16 As Government Mass Produces PPE
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Cross River Public Schools To Resume June 16 As Government Mass Produces PPE

All public schools in Cross River State will resume June 16 as the State government plans a special protective measures for children and others. So far the state remains the only state in the county without the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and poised to maintain that standard, the State government is braising the trail again as it has commenced the mass production of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for trial resumption of public schools The State governor, Senator Ben Ayade announced this in a statement made available to some newsmen in Calabar yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita as he (Ayade) unveiled the PPE made at the state owned garment factory. The protective gears, which include face shields and PPE overalls, according to Ayade w...
COVID-19: Ndume Calls For Part-time National Assembly To Save Cost
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COVID-19: Ndume Calls For Part-time National Assembly To Save Cost

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, on Wednesday called for conversion of the National Assembly to a part-time legislature during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to save cost. Ndume who spoke to reporters during an interview in Abuja, however denied calling on the Federal Government to cut the salaries of civil servants in the country. He said that the report which credited the claim to him quoted him out of context. He insisted that Public Servants across the three arms of government “not working full-time” during the present pandemic should no longer be paid 100 per cent of their salaries. “The statement credited to me was not a complete statement and I was quoted out of context,” Ndume said. He added: “When they asked me questions ab...
House of Representatives Pass Revised 2020 Budget of N10.8trn
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House of Representatives Pass Revised 2020 Budget of N10.8trn

The House of Representatives has passed the revised 2020 Federal budget of N10.8 trillion from the initial N10.5 trillion submitted by the president. The Executive had written to the lawmakers for a downward review of the budget from N10.6 trillion to N10.5 trillion based on the global economic realities as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers however increased the budget to N10.8 billion, higher than the initial approved budget. Based on the revised appropriation as passed by the house, statutory transfers also known as the first line charge (a category into which the National Assembly budget falls), was increased from N398 billion (398,505,979,362) to N422 billion (N422,775,979,362). Others are N2.6 trillion for debt service and N2.9 trillion for sinking funds...
Bush, Romney Won’t Support Trump Re-Election
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Bush, Romney Won’t Support Trump Re-Election

Former US President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) will not support President Trump’s reelection, The New York Times reported Saturday. Several Republican leaders are struggling with whether to endorse the sitting president in his reelection campaign, with some are considering endorsing or voting for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Recent events involving Trump’s response to the protests against police treatment of minority populations and the coronavirus pandemic have inspired an urgency among Republicans to decide whether to publicly discuss their voting plans for November, according to the Times. People familiar with George W. Bush’s thinking told the newspaper he will not back the president’s reelection and that his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb ...
“How Can Anybody With A Beating Heart And A Working Mind Still Support Trump” – Hillary Clinton Questions
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“How Can Anybody With A Beating Heart And A Working Mind Still Support Trump” – Hillary Clinton Questions

Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spoke out about her 2016 presidential rival Donald Trump, calling his time in office a “failure” and questioning how anyone could continue to support him. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Ms Clinton lashed out at President Donald Trump, criticising his leadership and characterising him as uncaring and incompetent. “What has been so surprising to me is how he can barely make an effort to rise to the occasion. I truly don’t think he can get out of his own way. Everything always has to be about him,” Ms Clinton said. She said Mr Trump tried to ignore the coronavirus pandemic until he was forced to address it, after which she claims he tried to turn the pandemic response into a “daily rally.” Regarding the murder of George Floyd a...
Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro Threatens To Pull Brazil Away From The WHO
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Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro Threatens To Pull Brazil Away From The WHO

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened Friday to withdraw Brazil from the World Health Organization, following in the footsteps of his US counterpart, Donald Trump, accusing it of “ideological bias.” “I’m telling you right now, the United States left the WHO, and we’re studying that, in the future. Either the WHO works without ideological bias, or we leave, too,” the far-right leader told journalists outside the presidential palace. Sometimes called a “Tropical Trump,” Bolsonaro has followed a similar script to the US president in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, downplaying its severity, criticizing state authorities’ stay-at-home measures and touting the purported effects of the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19. Trump announced a week ago he wa...
Venice Flooded Water As Italian City Is Hit By Unusual High Tide (Pictures)
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Venice Flooded Water As Italian City Is Hit By Unusual High Tide (Pictures)

A quarter of Venice has been submerged by a near-record high tide for June, at a time of year when such flooding is rare. The lagoon city's iconic St Mark's Square was pictured underwater on Thursday night, as a handful of visitors splashed about in the rain. The flooding comes just two days after Italy reopened its borders to tourists in an attempt to salvage its summer season following coronavirus lockdown. It also comes after Venice was hit by flooding three times last year - twice in November and once in December - causing billions in damage. Italy, like most European countries, are desperately trying to restart their lucrative tourism industries even amidst the coronavirus pandemic in an attempt to save jobs. Officials in Venice said the water level reached 116cm - 3f...