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21 Year old Becomes Youngest Female to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days
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21 Year old Becomes Youngest Female to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days

Jasmine Harrison, 21, from the UK, has become the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 3,000-mile (4,800-kilometer) journey from Spain to Antigua. Harrison completed the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Saturday, February 20, in 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes -- a new world record for the youngest female to row solo across any ocean, organizer, Atlantic Campaigns said. Along the way, she had a "near collision with a drilling ship, two capsizes, lots of peanut butter and Nutella consumed," Harrison posted on Twitter. Harrison wrote on her website that she was inspired to take part in the challenge when she saw the 2018 race finish while teaching swimming in the Caribbean. "It wasn't just watching and holding the flares at Ne...
This Shallow-Looking River ‘The Strid At Bolton Abbey’ In UK Is One Of The World Most Dangerous Places
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This Shallow-Looking River ‘The Strid At Bolton Abbey’ In UK Is One Of The World Most Dangerous Places

The Strid at Bolton Abbey, in North Yorkshire, is part of the River Wharfe. A YouTuber claims it is the most dangerous stretch of water anywhere on Earth and has claimed lives One of the most dangerous places in the world is a river in the UK, it has been claimed. The Strid at Bolton Abbey, in North Yorkshire, looks like a calm stretch of water, which is so narrow visitors can jump across it. But missing the jump can kill you, according to YouTuber Tom Scott. He says there are claims falling in the spot, which is a section of the River Wharfe, has a “100% fatality rate”. Despite looking shallow, it is actually “extremely deep”, with powerful river currents. In a video showing the river, he said: “I reckon it is the most dangerous stretch of water anywhere on Earth. "There are...
Nigerian Man, Joel Ele-Ojo Adams Breaks 102-Year-Old UK Record; Receives Queen Of England Honour
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Nigerian Man, Joel Ele-Ojo Adams Breaks 102-Year-Old UK Record; Receives Queen Of England Honour

The year 2021 is seeing Nigerians record outstanding achievements and also getting recognised for those feats. The latest Nigerian to be in this mix is Joel Ele-Ojo Adams. Joel, on Thursday, February 11, will receive from the Queen of England one of the highly respected and prestigious honours in United Kingdom for his amazing contributions and research work that have come in handy for the UK military. The young man, according to Niger Delta Connect, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in He is the first non-British to be commissioned as an Aero-Systems Specialist Engineer to the rank of a Flying Officer in the British Air Force, since the formation of the British Air Force in 1918. Posting about the good news on his Facebook wall on Friday, February 5, the first class graduat...
US, UK Won’t Accept Buratai, Ex-service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Ex-NIIA DG
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US, UK Won’t Accept Buratai, Ex-service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Ex-NIIA DG

Former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has the right to nominate all the service chiefs who were changed last week as non-career ambassadors. Akinterinwa, however, said there was no assurance that countries like the United States and the United Kingdom who had accused the service chiefs of crimes against humanity would accept the former service chiefs as diplomats. He spoke on a PUNCH Online interview on Thursday. Earlier, the Presidency on Thursday said the names of the ex-military commanders were sent to the Senate for confirmation. The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd), Air...
Adekunle Okunuga, Nigerian Doctor Suspended In 2015 For Flogging Son In UK Reinstated
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Adekunle Okunuga, Nigerian Doctor Suspended In 2015 For Flogging Son In UK Reinstated

A Nigerian consultant anaesthetist Adekunle Okunuga based in the United Kingdom has been reinstated following his suspension from work for beating his son. The 59-year-old medical personnel, who was arrested after the incident in June 2014, blamed his cultural upbringing in Nigeria for the act, Daily Mail UK reports. He said corporal punishments are common in Nigeria. Okunuga caned his son for misbehaving in school and made him stand one leg with his arms in the air while he kicked him. He also caned the boy’s open palms with a walking stick. The boy got into trouble in school for not submitting homework, lying to other pupils, using the word ‘rape’ and for stamping in any injured girl during PE lesson. In 2015, Okunuga’s name was ordered to be removed from the medica...
Policemen Sent To Inspect Christ Embassy In UK Get Rhapsody Of Realities
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Policemen Sent To Inspect Christ Embassy In UK Get Rhapsody Of Realities

Some policemen stormed a Christ embassy church in UK to inspect the ongoing service for any breaking of Covid 19 regulations and also to see if the people are behaving appropriately. The Pastor of the church took them round and then shared the gospel with them by giving them the church's publication called Rhapsody of Realities. https://youtu.be/gXj9g7tVGHg
Nigerian Woman Charged To Court For Murdering 4-year-old Son In UK
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Nigerian Woman Charged To Court For Murdering 4-year-old Son In UK

A Nigerian woman has been charged with murdering her four-year-old son in the UK, a court has heard. Oluwakemi Badare, 36, is accused of killing Kingswealth Bayode at her home in Plumstead, south-east London by allegedly drowning him in a bath. The child was reportedly discovered "lifeless" on Sunday, December 27. Badare, who is being held at Bronzefield Prison was represented by a lawyer for the 10-minute administrative hearing at the Old Bailey last week. The court was told that emergency services were called to the address in Invermore Place on Sunday shortly before 8am, where the boy was found dead. Badare was arrested at the scene and taken into custody before being charged. She subsequently appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court on Monday and was remanded in custod...
Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)
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Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. According to Johnson the move was necessary to aid the containing of the disease variant, even as Britain ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the vaccine developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca. Johnson on Monday, January 4, said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March. “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic,” he said. Johnson said there were “tough, tough” weeks to come in the fight against COVID-19. Under t...
UK Approves Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use, First In The World
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UK Approves Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use, First In The World

The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said. “The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the programme would begin early next week. “It is very good news,” Hancock said.
Cavani apologises as racially insensitive social media post being looked into by FA
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Cavani apologises as racially insensitive social media post being looked into by FA

The Manchester United striker wrote and then later deleted a reply on his Instagram page which can be deemed as offensive in some contexts Edinson Cavani has apologised for a social media post which contained a Spanish term which can be interpreted as offensive as the Football Association looked into the Manchester United striker's Instagram story. The Uruguayan posted the reply on his Instagram page on Sunday evening after he had guided Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to victory against Southampton at St Mary’s scoring twice in the second half. The 33-year-old was replying to a friend’s congratulatory message but deleted the post after he was made aware of how the wording could be interpreted in the UK.
UK set to regulate Google and Facebook
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UK set to regulate Google and Facebook

The U.K. government said Friday, Nov 27, that it plans to create a Digital Markets Unit (DMU) to enforce "a new code to govern the behavior of platforms that currently dominate the market, such as Google and Facebook."   The aim is to protect smaller competitors and give consumers more control over personal data.   Under the new code, some of the world’s biggest tech companies may have to be more transparent about the services they provide and how they use consumers’ data. They may also be forced to give consumers a choice over whether to receive personalized advertising, and they won’t be able to place restrictions on customers that make it difficult for them to use rival platforms.   The DMU, which will be part of the Competition and Markets Authority...
Nigeria Approaches UK Over Proposed #Endsars Sanctions
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Nigeria Approaches UK Over Proposed #Endsars Sanctions

The Federal Government, yesterday, said it was in touch with officials of the British government to present its side of the #EndSARS story. This comes after the resolution of the United Kingdom Parliament to impose sanctions on some Nigerian officials over their role in the “violent suppression” of the protests. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, told State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja that it was not within the purview of the legislators to impose restrictions but added that it was necessary to espouse Nigeria’s position for an informed decision. He said: “The UK government has been briefed. There was a UK parliamentarian meeting and the UK government, which acts for the United Kingdom, has also hea...
Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown
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Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown

Member of UK parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20. Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have "murdered" Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK. She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a "transparent investigation and effecting of justice." The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices. https:/...
UK Facilitated Training, Supplied Equipment To SARS – British Minister, James Duddridge
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UK Facilitated Training, Supplied Equipment To SARS – British Minister, James Duddridge

The British Government has said it trained and equipped operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force between 2016 and March 2020. UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, made this known in a letter to a member of the British Parliament, Kate Osamor. The lawmaker had earlier written the UK government over financial and training supports extended to ex-SARS officers. Osamor, who represents Edmonton, and who is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria, had stated that ex-SARS operatives were involved in no fewer than 82 cases of torture, ill-treatment and extra-judicial killings since January 2017. Responding to Osamor’s letter, Duddridge in a letter on Thursday sighted by The PUNCH, said the British Government, through i...
Ex-Man City youth player, Jeremy Wisten “commits suicide” at 17 after being released by the club
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Ex-Man City youth player, Jeremy Wisten “commits suicide” at 17 after being released by the club

Jeremy Wisten has reportedly taken his own life after being released by the club   Witsen, a promising talent born in Malawi and raised in the UK, joined Man City at the U-13 level in February 2016 and was recently released by the club.   According to Malawi24, the 17-year-old was left depressed by the club's decision to release him and he decided to take his life.   Details of his death remain unclear, but Manchester City and senior players at the club including Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte have paid tribute to the former academy player. The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult tim...
#EndSARS: Burna Boy Promotes Petition To Sanction FG In UK
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#EndSARS: Burna Boy Promotes Petition To Sanction FG In UK

Award-winning singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy is promoting a new petition in the United Kingdom to sanction the federal government and public officials for human rights abuses over the #EndSARS movement. The petition on the UK government and parliament website accused the government and the police of violating the rights of agitators protesting against police brutality. It urged the UK to implement sanctions that allow “individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted.” “Deploying sanctions would provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights,” it read. The singer who is currently in the UK urged British citizens and residents, to sign the petition, urging other p...
Endsars Protests: FG Meets US, UK Envoys, Others
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Endsars Protests: FG Meets US, UK Envoys, Others

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is currently meeting with the members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja. The meeting holding at the Tafawa Balewa House headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, is expected to discuss the ongoing #EndSARS protests rocking the country. Those attending the parley include the envoys of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, amongst others. An invitation extended to journalists to cover the briefing was later withdrawn. The nationwide protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings, which started about two weeks ago, have attracted international interest and drawn attention to rights violation by security operatives as well as the government’s lackadaisical attitude to the problem
Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews
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Tariqe Fosu: Ghana new boy hails ‘top-quality’ Partey and Ayews

The attacker reflects on his time with the Blacks Stars for October’s friendlies against Mali and the 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar England-born winger Tariqe Fosu has hailed the quality of new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew after linking up with the trio for the first time on Ghana duty. Born to Ghanaian parents in the UK, the attacker joined up with the Black Stars for October’s international friendlies against Mali and Qatar. He was previously capped by England at youth level.
Nigerian Rapper, Olawale Hassan Jailed For Rape In UK
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Nigerian Rapper, Olawale Hassan Jailed For Rape In UK

A Nigerian rapper based in the United Kingdom , Olawale Hassan popularly known as Goldie 1 , has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a woman. According to bbc . com , the 33-year - old , who lives at Falcon Avenue, Grays, Essex , attacked the victim in Southend in 2017 after claiming he was a music producer , officers said . However , during his trial , he denied the three counts of rape and one charge of assault by penetration . Essex Police has described him as “ manipulative and calculated ” . Detective Constable Victoria De ’ath, of the force, praised the woman , in her 20s , for her “ courage” in reporting the attack . It was gathered that Hassan targeted the woman while she was out with a friend in February 2017. She turned down his requests for her numbe...
Visa Ban: Don’t Disrespect Nigeria, FG Tells US, UK
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Visa Ban: Don’t Disrespect Nigeria, FG Tells US, UK

The Federal Government has frowned on the statements issued by the United States and the United Kingdom on the governorship elections holding in Edo State on Saturday (today) and Ondo State on October 10. It also expressed concern over the visa restrictions imposed by the US on unnamed politicians for alleged involvement in electoral violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship polls. Both US and the UK had vowed sanctions on anyone who perpetrated violence during the Edo and Ondo elections, including imposing visa restrictions and blocking them from accessing their assets and prosecuting them under international law. But reacting to the comments of its western allies on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement stated that it had taken note of their c...
Online Petition For EU, UK Travel Ban On El-Rufai Nears 25,000 Signatures Target
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Online Petition For EU, UK Travel Ban On El-Rufai Nears 25,000 Signatures Target

An online petition calling on the United Kingdom and the European Union to place a travel ban on Kaduna State governor Nasir El-rufai has passed 22,000 signatures of the targetted 25,000 signatures. The petition on change.org seeks the UK and UN action against El-rufai for allegedly promoting genocide and religious and political intolerance. “Nasir El-Rufai is a threat to the peace and security of Nigeria for many reasons,” Reno Omokri, a former Presidential aide, who started the petition said. “There has been an intense escalation of the killings of mostly Christians in Kaduna, and on August 25, 2020, suspected herdsmen abducted seven schoolchildren and their teacher from Prince Academy, in Kaduna. They have not been seen or heard of since then,” Omokri said. The petition ...
UK Threatens Sanctions Against Violence Sponsors In Edo, Ondo Polls
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UK Threatens Sanctions Against Violence Sponsors In Edo, Ondo Polls

The United Kingdom yesterday said it would deploy observers in Edo and Ondo States to monitor the governorship elections, and threatened sanction, including a travel ban to the United Kingdom, against sponsors of violence in the two elections. The UK said the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, had met with the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The decisions of the UK Government were contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the High Commission to Nigeria. The statement said: “As a friend and partner of Nigeria, we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10, respectively. ...
‘Ban El-Rufai’ – Reno Omokri Petitions EU, UK As 11,000 Sign Petition
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‘Ban El-Rufai’ – Reno Omokri Petitions EU, UK As 11,000 Sign Petition

More than 11,000 persons have signed a petition requesting the United Kingdom and the European Union to place visa restrictions on Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai. The governor is reportedly among those on the list of Nigerians banned recently by the US for stoking violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship polls. The petition initiated by a former presidential aide Reno Omokri on Tuesday was addressed to the UK Parliament, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. We can confirm that more than 11,000 have signed the petition as of 4pm Wednesday. Mr Omokri accused El-Rufai of being a threat to the peace and security of Nigeria for many reasons. According to him, on December 3, 2016, the governor admitted that he...
Gedoni Welcomes Khafi With A Passionate Kiss As She Returns To Nigeria From UK
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Gedoni Welcomes Khafi With A Passionate Kiss As She Returns To Nigeria From UK

Big Brother Naija reality TV star Khafi Kareem returned to Nigeria on Wednesday and was given a romantic welcome by her fiancé Gedoni Ekpata also of the Big Brother Naija family. Khafi arrived from the UK during the heavy downpour in Lagos but said in a post on Instastories that nothing was going to stop her from seeing her man. On Twitter, she wrote: “Guess who’s back in Nigeria? Sleep on me at your own risk.” The London policewoman’s return to Nigeria comes more than three months after her younger brother Alexander Kareem, 20, was shot dead while riding a scooter near his family home in Shepherd’s Bush, London. The family are gradually getting their lives back as investigation into Alex’s murder continues. Watch video of Gedoni’s romantic welcome for Khafi here; ...
Fans set to be allowed to return to stadiums from October 1 in the UK
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Fans set to be allowed to return to stadiums from October 1 in the UK

The UK government is set to allow fans return to watch live sport next month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a letter written to a Conservative MP from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the number permitted now is set to be heavily reduced to around 1,000 - 2,500 instead of the initial plans for up to 30 percent of a venue. Nigel Huddleston of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport wrote to fellow Conservative MP and former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to underline the plan to continue to open sporting events for a small number of spectators from October 1. 'I know how important this is for sports clubs for whom paying spectators are vital,' Huddleston wrote to Crouch. 'Subject to public health conditions, we hope to open elite sport fixtures including ...
Thousands Of Rare Alien-Like Sea Creatures Worth £50K Wash Up On UK Beach
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Thousands Of Rare Alien-Like Sea Creatures Worth £50K Wash Up On UK Beach

Thousands of tentacled creatures in shells attached to a large piece of driftwood were fascinating locals who discovered they were Goosenecked Barnacles, a rare specimen considered a delicacy Remarkable pictures and videos show a rare sighting of thousands of bizarre and valuable sea creatures washed up on a beach. Martyn Green and his family, from New Brighton, were on a weekend away near Caernarfon in North Wales when they came across what appeared to be a large piece of driftwood. Attached to the log were thousands of tentacled creatures in shells, which Martyn says is unlike anything he has seen before. He said: "My wife Gemma, she found it. We were walking on the beach and she called us and said 'come back, look at this'. "We went and had a look and it looked like som...
Photos of world’s most expensive sheep purchased for $490,000
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Photos of world’s most expensive sheep purchased for $490,000

A sheep bred by a family in Stockport, UK, has sold for a whopping $490,000 at an auction.   The sheep breed known as Texel is now officially the most expensive sheep in the world.   The Texel sheep named Diamond was sold this week at the Scottish National Texel Sale in Lanark after being bred by Charlie Boden and family from their Mellor Hall farm.     During the auction, the price of the sheep quickly escalated from an opening bid of $9,000  to an eye whooping $490,000.     The animal was finally bought by a three-way partnership between three farmers who have decided to breed the animal together.   The Texel Sheep Society said the previous record was £231,000 paid for a Texel, Deveronvale Perfection, in ...
Chelsea move for young gun Paul Ibahadon after Aston Villa move collapse
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Chelsea move for young gun Paul Ibahadon after Aston Villa move collapse

Chelsea are moving for whizkid Paul Ibahadon. The Birmingham Mail reports that Ibahadon, 15, was due to sign for Aston Villa earlier this season, but that fell through. All Nigeria Soccer claim that international clearance issues prevented it happening then. But now Chelsea are set to show their hand, and have reportedly invited him to the academy for a trial. Ibahadon was born in Italy and was part of the Atalanta academy before a family move to the UK. He is described as "ball-playing central defender who is composed, strong and quick, Ibahadon can also be utilized as a holding midfielder".
‘Beijing Will Strike Back If UK Steps Out Of Line’ – China Warns Britain
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‘Beijing Will Strike Back If UK Steps Out Of Line’ – China Warns Britain

Tensions between China and the UK continue to mount over plans for a new security law in Hong Kong, after Boris Johnson said he would allow Hong Kong residents citizenship in response to China's recent crack down Beijing has warned they will "strike back" against the UK as tensions continue to mount over a new security law. The law, in China, will alter Hong Kong's mini-constitution, or Basic Law, to require its government to enforce measures to be decided later by Chinese leaders. China's ceremonial legislature, the National People's Congress, endorsed a security law for Hong Kong earlier this week that has strained relations with the UK and the US. The law led to Boris Johnson saying he is ready to open the door to nearly three million Hong Kong citizens if China imposes it...
New Zealand ends COVID-Free run with 2 cases from UK
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New Zealand ends COVID-Free run with 2 cases from UK

More details of the two new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand – the first cases there for 24 days. The two women had travelled from the UK and were released from government quarantine and allowed to drive 650km from Auckland to Wellington on compassionate grounds. The country’s health chief, Ashley Bloomfield, said the women had not put the public at risk, however questions will be asked about why they were not tested for Covid-19 before they set out on the trip. After both women tested positive on Monday, one reported that in hindsight, she had been experiencing symptoms but had attributed them to a pre-existing health condition. The New Zealand Herald reports that Bloomfield said that the women’s conditions might have been picked up if the daily health check in managed isolat...
EU Tells UK Post-Brexit Deal Vital During COVID-19 Crisis
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EU Tells UK Post-Brexit Deal Vital During COVID-19 Crisis

EU and UK negotiators will enter a fourth and last scheduled round of talks this week that could determine if a comprehensive new agreement is struck by the year-end deadline. Britain formally left the other 27 EU nations in January but still largely operates as if it were a member of the bloc. It also continues making contributions to the EU budget — a reality that particularly upsets Brexit supporters. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed not to extend the talks past the current deadline — something he must do by the end of June — and the prospects of a broad new deal look bleak. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier told The Sunday Times that London and Brussels could afford to make the economic situation even worse by breaking off their nearly 50-year partnership wit...
Reps Ban Airlines From Canada, UK For Denying Nigeria Landing Rights
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Reps Ban Airlines From Canada, UK For Denying Nigeria Landing Rights

The House of Representatives has said airlines from Canada and UK will no longer be allowed landing rights in Nigeria. The Committee on Aviation said this was in retaliation for denying Nigerian carrier the same rights. The Chairman, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, stated this in a statement issued on Saturday. He explained that the committee reached the decision on Friday at the end of an investigative hearing. Nnaaji said the hearing was on the use of foreign airlines to evacuate stranded Nigerians out of the UAE, UK and USA by Emirates Airline, British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, respectively. The lawmaker declared that their engagement in earlier evacuations undermined the integrity of Nigeria as a leading economy in Africa. He disclosed that the House, via a motion, urged...
British Flairjet to pay N1m penalty for airport violation, says Minister
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British Flairjet to pay N1m penalty for airport violation, says Minister

FlairJet, a British private charter company, which is also an affiliate of Flexjet, is to pay one million naira for violating COVID-19 airport directives in Nigeria. The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure on Sunday via his verified twitter handle. “Flairjet were found to violate our civil aviation regulations IS 1.3.3(a) Table 2(IV) 7(a) and IS 1.3.3 (a) Table 2 (VIII) (4). “The maximum penalty for each is N500, 000. “ We caused them to pay and reported their callous misdemeanour to UK CAA, MFA and the UK High Commission,” the minister said. Recall that the company was recently authorised to conduct humanitarian flights but was caught operating commercial flights. The Federal Government had earlier banned commercial flights from operating into Nig...
Quarantine For Arrivals To UK Expected To Cover Air, Rail, Car And Sea
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Quarantine For Arrivals To UK Expected To Cover Air, Rail, Car And Sea

Enforced quarantine measures at the UK border expected to be unveiled this week are to cover arrivals by sea, car and international rail, as well as air, the Guardian understands. Jamie Grierson, our home affairs correspondent, reports. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, in his address to the nation on 10 May announcing the gradual easing of lockdown measures, served notice that quarantine would be imposed on air passengers arriving in the country. But the plans, which are still being drawn up and are expected to be announced within days, are set to extend to all arrivals into the UK with a number of exemptions, reportedly including hauliers and Covid-19 research scientists. Ministers have suggested travellers will be asked to quarantine for 14 days when they enter the UK, eit...
China Is A Victim And Not A Culprit – Chinese Ambassador To The UK Says Coronavirus Is Not China’s Fault
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China Is A Victim And Not A Culprit – Chinese Ambassador To The UK Says Coronavirus Is Not China’s Fault

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK ha said his country is a “victim” of the coronavirus pandemic, and denied claims of a cover-up. President Trump has repeatedly accused China and the World Health Organisation of hiding information when the virus first came to light and preventing other countries around the world from being prepared. But the top diplomat clamped down claims of a cover-up and denied the FBI’s claim that Chinese hackers targeted US medical institutions researching vaccines. He insisted the COVID-19 outbreak was not China’s fault and promised a “transparent” inquiry into the origin, but “not now”. He told Sky News: “You can’t have this campaign of stigmatising, disinformation and smear against China, as some American politicians are doing.” He added...
UK Celebrates Health Workers With A “Clap For Carers”
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UK Celebrates Health Workers With A “Clap For Carers”

Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, stand in Downing Street, London, to join in the Clap for Carers applause In the UK, people have come out again for their weekly “clap for carers” to celebrate the NHS and other key workers on the coronavirus frontline. They were joined by Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, at Downing Street.
UK Coronavirus Death Toll ‘Passes 40,000’ – By Far The Worst In Europe
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UK Coronavirus Death Toll ‘Passes 40,000’ – By Far The Worst In Europe

The number of Coronavirus deaths in the UK has now passed 40,000, making it by far the worst toll in Europe. The Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday that 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered in England and Wales up to 9 May. Figures from the National Records of Scotland showed 2,795 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 3, while in Northern Ireland, 516 deaths had been registered in the country up to May 6. A further 1,678 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 2 and May 10, according to figures published by NHS England – which, together with the total figure of 38,355 registered deaths, the total official UK death toll now stands at 40,011. The shocking new figures from the Off...
UK Has Failed Woefully In Coronavirus Response – Daddy Freeze
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UK Has Failed Woefully In Coronavirus Response – Daddy Freeze

OAP Daddy Freeze warned Nigeria against emulating the UK and its response to the coronavirus pandemic which is currently ravaging the world. With a death toll of about 40,000 in the UK, Daddy Freeze believes their approach should not be taken by Nigeria which doesn’t even have the level of healthcare facilities they have. Daddy Freeze stated this after Nigeria revealed plans to order the COVID-19 drug which Madagascar claims heal the deadly virus. He tweeted: “When I said this last week on my radio show people quarrelled with me, can you all see it? The UK failed woefully in their response to Covid19, we can not afford to emulate them. They have the health facilities and ventilators that we don’t have. We also do not have their finances”
253 Nigerians Arrive From UK, Taken To Isolation Centers
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253 Nigerians Arrive From UK, Taken To Isolation Centers

The second batch of 253 Nigerians evacuated from the United Kingdom yesterday arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. This came 48 hours after the first batch from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) were brought into the country by Emirates Airlines. The latest returnees were flown into the country on British Airways flight BA9155. The Boeing 747 aircraft with registration Number G-CIVO which conveyed them touched down at 1.45pm. The returnees disembarked from the aircraft after over 30 minutes through a motorised gangway rather than the usual avio-bridge. After the usual temperature screening by officials of the Port Health Services, they were led into luxurious buses which took them to the isolation centers already prepared for them. However, so...
There’s Fresh $319m Abacha Loot In UK, France – US
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There’s Fresh $319m Abacha Loot In UK, France – US

The US embassy in Nigeria on Wednesday May 6, revealed that there is another $319m (N121bn) looted by former military dictator Sani Abacha, in the United Kingdom and France. It is not clear if the money in the UK is linked to Kebbi state Governor Atiku Bagudu, who was a financial adviser to the Abacha family, however the US embassy said there is a separate $167 million in stolen assets in France and another $152 million in the UK which is still subject to litigation. The statement reads in part; “The funds returned last week are distinct and separate from an additional $167m in stolen assets also forfeited in the United Kingdom and France, as well as $152m still in active litigation in the United Kingdom.” Bloomberg reported that the UK is however challenging the repatriati...
COVID-19 Claims Life of Another Nigerian in the UK
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COVID-19 Claims Life of Another Nigerian in the UK

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the life of yet another Nigerian. Immigration lawyer in the UK, Titi Adeyemo, died of the dreaded viral disease on Friday May 1. Her friend and Nigerian motivational speaker, Dayo Olomu, announced her passing on his Facebook page. ''I am so devastated and upset Barrister Titi Adeyemo, a leading immigration lawyer in UK and one of my big sisters in the community who helped me to retrieve my British passport when I discovered that a crook has stolen my identity and obtained a British passport in my name, died of COVID-19 yesterday. I am so shocked and devastated. May the Lord grant her eternal rest and grant her family the fortitude to bear the irresistible loss.'' Olomu wrote on his Facebook page. Quite a number of Nigerians have died of...
UK Records 20,000 Coronavirus Death
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UK Records 20,000 Coronavirus Death

Department of Health in the UK has announced that at least 20,000 people have been confirmed dead to the coronavirus. According to the latest numbers, it indicated that a total of 20,319 deaths in the UK, added by 813 on the previous day. At the daily briefing today, the home secretary said the number is “tragic and terrible milestone”. Last month, it was reported that the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said that deaths below 20,000 would be a “good outcome”. The Home Secretary further said “As the deaths caused by this terrible virus pass another tragic and terrible milestone, the entire nation is grieving.” She advised that “we are not out of the woods yet”.
COVID-19: 900 Britons stranded in Nigeria set to return home
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COVID-19: 900 Britons stranded in Nigeria set to return home

The UK government on Friday said nine Hundred British citizens in Nigeria are set to return home on three flights chartered by the United Kingdom Government. A statement from the British High Commission in Abuja said the flights would take off on April 28, Abuja-London; May 1, Lagos-London and May 5, Lagos-London. Many Britons have been evacuated on arranged flights from Lagos and Abuja airports to London on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Once completed, these additional flights will bring the total number of people flown back to the UK from Nigeria on government charter flights to around 2,000. It stated, “The additional charter flights have been arranged for British travellers and their dependents, whose primary residence is the UK. Priority is given to the most vulnera...
Captain Tom To Become First Centenarian To Claim U.K No 1 Single
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Captain Tom To Become First Centenarian To Claim U.K No 1 Single

Captain Tom Moore, a war veteran becomes the oldest person to score a number one single in the U.K with the cover of “You Will Never Walk Alone” which he sang with Michael Ball as reported by BBC News. Tom’s birthday is next Thursday, the 30th of April, meaning he will still be number one when he turns 100. That will make him the first centenarian to top the charts, having already broken the record for the oldest person to reach number one. Their cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone sold 82,000 copies, with proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together fund knocking the famous singer The Weeknd Off the top of the chart. He thanked the public for buying the single, in his words: We’re in this together, and I am forever grateful for your support. And this just proves ‘you’ll never walk ...
Coronavirus: UK Injects First Patients In Vaccine Trial
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Coronavirus: UK Injects First Patients In Vaccine Trial

The first human trial in Europe of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford. Two volunteers were injected, the first of more than 800 people recruited for the study. Half will receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and half a control vaccine which protects against meningitis but not coronavirus. The design of the trial means volunteers will not know which vaccine they are getting, though doctors will. Elisa Granato, one of the two who received the jab, told the BBC: "I'm a scientist, so I wanted to try to support the scientific process wherever I can." The vaccine was developed in under three months by a team at Oxford University. Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, led the pre-clinical research. "Personally I have a high degree of confidence ...
Flexing Mike: Nigerian Man Arrested In The UK For Shooting From His Balcony
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Flexing Mike: Nigerian Man Arrested In The UK For Shooting From His Balcony

A Nigerian man went viral on social media yesterday for an extremely strange act. The man was streaming live on Instagram as he listened to 2Pac Shakur's music (Hit Em Up), drank alcohol, displayed several weapons including a submachine gun and fired several rounds from his balcony. The man, who was identified as Flexing Mike, a record company executive, was shouting, "Dem dey crase? Dem dey mad? I will disturb the peace of Great Britain today! Call me the f**king cops! I don blow tools everywhere now, dem no fit call the police. How can I shoot all this bullets, police did not come, them dey mad?" Several witnesses down on the street also recorded the incident and posted the videos online. Some people on social media said that the act might be the result of mental illness caused...
UK Not Thinking Of Easing Virus Lockdown Measures Yet, Minister Tells
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UK Not Thinking Of Easing Virus Lockdown Measures Yet, Minister Tells

Britain’s government is not thinking about easing yet the lockdown enacted almost four weeks ago to help control the coronavirus outbreak, a senior minister said on Sunday. “The facts and the advice are clear at the moment that we should not be thinking of lifting of these restrictions yet,” Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told Sky News.
UK Extends Covid-19 Lockdown
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UK Extends Covid-19 Lockdown

Lockdown restrictions in the UK will continue for “at least” another three weeks as it tackles the coronavirus outbreak, Dominic Raab has said. The foreign secretary told the daily No 10 briefing that a review had concluded relaxing the measures now would risk harming public health and the economy. “We still don’t have the infection rate down as far as we need to,” he said. It comes as the UK recorded another 861 coronavirus deaths in hospital, taking the total to 13,729. Strict limits on daily life – such as requiring people to stay at home, shutting many businesses and preventing gatherings of more than two people – were introduced on 23 March, as the government tried to limit the spread of coronavirus. Ministers are required by law to assess whether the rules are work...
No N160,000 Demand From Nigerians In UK For COVID-19 Test – FG
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No N160,000 Demand From Nigerians In UK For COVID-19 Test – FG

NIGERIAN citizens in the United Kingdom (UK) have not been asked to pay for COVID-19 test as a precondition to be airlifted back home, the Federal Government said on Monday. According to the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Nigerians in the UK can either undergo COVID-19 test in either a public or private health facility. The commission said it did not order citizens to pay N160, 000 for test. It also explained said that a Nigerian, who was among the 24 cleared to return home tested positive in Togo. In a statement on Monday, NIDCOM said it is a global practice right that the returnee undergo COVID-19 test and on arrival, the returnee will also be quarantined in the home country for 14 days. It reads: “The attention of has been drawn to a story published by...