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Lin-Manuel Miranda apologises for lack of Afro-Latino actors in new film In The Heights

Lin-Manuel Miranda apologises for lack of Afro-Latino actors in new film In The Heights

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MOVIES
Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologised after his new film In The Heights was criticised for using Afro-Latino actors, with the actor saying the movie 'fell short' Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologised for the lack of Afro-Latino actors in his new film In The Heights. The Hamilton star's latest project is adapted from his 2005 stage show of the same name, which is set in Washington Heights, a mainly Latino neighbourhood in New York. Miranda has been criticised on Twitter for not using Afro-Latino actors. On Monday night he tweeted his apology, saying that his film "fell short" and should have been more diverse. He said: "I started writing In the Heights because I didn't feel seen. And over the past 20 years all I wanted was for us - ALL of us - to feel seen. "I'm seeing the di...
Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes dead after tragic electric scooter hit-and-run

Gone Girl actress Lisa Banes dead after tragic electric scooter hit-and-run

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MOVIES
The film star has passed away after sustaining severe injuries when she was struck by an electric scooter on June 4. Gone Girl star Lisa Banes has died at the age of 65 after a tragic hit-and-run. The talented actress has passed away after suffering severe injuries when she was struck by an electric scooter in New York on June 4. Lisa’s close friends confirmed her death on Monday, after the star sadly lost her fight amid a ‘traumatic brain injury’, writes The Mirror. A representative told Entertainment Tonight: “We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing. “She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family and friends. “We were blessed to have...
Realme GT review: In the flagship fast lane?

Realme GT review: In the flagship fast lane?

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Quick verdict From its striking yellow-colour vegan leather finish, to its impressive performance thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 platform, this Realme is an impressive alt-flagship with an eye-catching asking price. That'll ensure its success, so long as you're ok with so-so cameras - kind of inevitable that something had to give at this level.Read full verdict For Really smooth operation thanks to Qualcomm SD888 processor and well-balanced softwareEye-catching yellow vegan leather finish is a bit of visual funThis much power for the price is the big sell Against Auto-brightness seems shy to raise brightnessMacro camera is throwaway - and general camera performance is this phone's weak areaBattery life not as long-lasting as some competitors (Pocket-lint) - It'...
Digital pre-orders open for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X consoles

Digital pre-orders open for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X consoles

DIGITAL, Entertainment, GAMING
Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X console owners can now pre-order and pre-download the Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator ahead of its release next month. The popular sim/travel video game is available in a Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition, and a Premium Deluxe Edition. The Standard Edition comes with the base game while the Deluxe Edition also comes with an additional five aircraft and enhanced airports that feature a higher level of detail than the others located around the world in-game. Here’s the extra content included in Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe Edition: Additional Aircraft Diamond Aircraft DA40-TDIDiamond Aircraft DV20Textron Aviation Beechcraft Baron G58Textron Aviation Cessna 152 AerobatTextron Aviation Cessna 172 Skyhawk Additional En...
Best iPad 2021: is the iPad Air, Mini or Pro the best for you?

Best iPad 2021: is the iPad Air, Mini or Pro the best for you?

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Our ranking of the best iPads that you can buy right now Our best iPad guide has recently had a new addition in the form of the super-powerful iPad Pro 12.9 (2021). This incredible slate tops our list, but it won’t be the best iPad for everyone. Choosing the right slate for you means knowing not just your budget but also what you want from a tablet. Do you want something compact and portable like the iPad mini (2019)? Something powerful enough for work and high-end gaming, like the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)? Or something affordable like the iPad 10.2 (2020)? For each entry you'll find a specs list, a brief overview, and the main highlights and low points of the slate, so you can quickly see which ones are right for you. And make sure to check back regularly if you want to keep ...
How to uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade to Windows 8.1

How to uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade to Windows 8.1

Computing, DIGITAL, TECHNOLOGY
Windows 10 has been a critical success since its release, but if you need or want to revert to an older version of Windows, you can uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade to Windows 8.1. Though the guide below is written with rolling back to Windows 8.1 in mind, the basic steps work for any Windows operating system going as far back as Windows XP — though we don’t recommend going that far back, as Microsoft ended support for it some time ago. Be aware, too, that new computers (especially tablets) may contain components that weren’t manufactured when older Windows versions like Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 were being sold. ith Microsoft ending support for Windows 8 long ago, you have to fully uninstall Windows 10 to rollback to a previous version. That said, we have an alternat...
Razer Blade 14 is World’s Most Powerful 14-inch Gaming Laptop Yet, Packs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics

Razer Blade 14 is World’s Most Powerful 14-inch Gaming Laptop Yet, Packs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
Razer announced today during their E3 2021, their all-new Razer Blade 14. Powered by an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, paired with a Quad HD 165Hz display, it’s the world’s most compact 14-inch gaming chassis. Other features include per-key Razer Chroma RGB backlighting, immersive THX Spatial Audio for dynamic sound, and an offering of ports to make everyday life easier. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information. This is also the first Razer Blade to utilize an AMD processor, as its 5900HX 8-core, 16-thread processor features a max boost clock of up to 4.6GHz, enabling it to quickly dispatch dense workloads, reduce latency when gaming, and easily process through demanding workloads at breakneck speeds. It can be equipped with up ...
Beats Studio Buds Wireless Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation Unveiled, Here’s an Early Hands-On Review

Beats Studio Buds Wireless Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation Unveiled, Here’s an Early Hands-On Review

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART WATCH, TECHNOLOGY
Beats Studio Buds are a great alternative to AirPods Pro, and these powerful true wireless earbuds deliver high-quality audio experience in a sleek, lightweight yet comfortable design. The earbuds are both sweat- and water-resistant with an IPX4 rating, complete with up to 24 hours of battery life, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency as well as one-touch pairing to both iOS / Android users. Available in Black, White and Red colors, they’re priced at $149.99 each. Read more for an early hands-on review and additional information. Design wise, its ergonomically tilted acoustic nozzle boasts a laser cut micro-vent to ensure pressure relief on the eardrum, while three soft silicone eartip options provide a snug fit. Weighing just 5.1g per earbud, they’re perfect for comfort...
Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds

Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds

COVID-19, HEALTH, USA, World Health Organization
An analysis of health insurance records of almost 2 million coronavirus patients found new issues in nearly a quarter — including those whose Covid infection was mild or asymptomatic. Karla Jefferies, 64, tested positive for Covid-19 in March 2020 and has been bothered by puzzling symptoms ever since. First it was fatigue, fever, and no taste or smell. Then came brain fog, insomnia, a nagging smell of something burning and intermittent ringing in her ears. Credit...Paul Sancya/Associated Press Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sought medical care for post-Covid health problems that they had not been diagnosed with before becoming infected with the coronavirus, according to the largest study to date of long-term symptoms in Covid-19 patients. The study, tracking the health i...
Uganda to receive additional 175,200 AstraZeneca doses

Uganda to receive additional 175,200 AstraZeneca doses

COVID-19, HEALTH, UGANDA, VACCINE, World Health Organization
Uganda will on Wednesday this week receive an additional 175,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the WHO/GAVI led COVAX facility. According to the Ministry of Health spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the vaccines will reach the country at 10: 25 pm. Uganda started vaccinating against COVID-19 in March this year following a donation of 864,000 doses of vaccines from the COVAX facility and another 100,000 from the Indian Government. As of today, 786, 160 people have been vaccinated. See more: New Vision 21,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine go missing at KCCAMinistry of Health has directed Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to account for all the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines it received for the vaccination exercise. Uganda earlier this year received 964,000 vaccine doses...
Kremlin views all measures to step up anti-COVID-19 vaccination in Russia as useful

Kremlin views all measures to step up anti-COVID-19 vaccination in Russia as useful

COVID-19, HEALTH, RUSSIA, VACCINE, World Health Organization
Regions are resorting to measures, which they deem to be necessary, Dmitry Peskov stated MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. A process of the mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus infection in Russia can be stepped up, and all measures in this regard are useful, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Peskov replied in affirmative to a question, whether it was possible to speak about measures aimed at bolstering the public awareness concerning the anti-COVID-19 vaccination in the country. "[Russian] regions are already resorting to such measures, and each region does it in its own way as the presidential decree, which empowered heads of the regions with the special authority in regard to the pandemic, is still in force," Peskov sai...
Tokyo reports 337 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

Tokyo reports 337 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

COVID-19, HEALTH, JAPAN, World Health Organization
A health worker administers the Moderna COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine during the first round of vaccinations for firefighters in Tokyo on June 8. The capital reported 337 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI Tokyo reported 337 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with less than a week before the coronavirus state of emergency covering the capital and other areas is set to expire. The daily caseload in the capital was down slightly from the 369 cases logged last Tuesday and the 471 on June 1. The capital’s average daily tally of new cases in the week to Tuesday stood at 375.9, compared with 408.3 a week earlier. The number of severely ill patients in Tokyo under the metropolitan government’s criteria came to 45, down one from the previous day. Elsewhere, Okinawa Prefecture saw...
POLL | Do you think SA should be placed under tougher lockdown?

POLL | Do you think SA should be placed under tougher lockdown?

COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, South Africa, South African Parliament, World Health Organization
Several medical facilities are reportedly full or nearing capacity as the number of Covid-19 infections rises. An increase in Covid-19 infections has reportedly left medical facilities full or nearing capacity, leading to calls for stricter lockdown measures. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, reported on Monday that 5,552 new Covid-19 cases had been identified in SA, representing an 18.5% positivity rate. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country since the start of the pandemic sits at 1,752,630. TimesLIVE reported on Monday that private hospitals in Gauteng are under severe strain. SA Medical Association (Sama) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee said it is “extremely difficult” to get a bed ...
AstraZeneca’s antibody cocktail fails to protect against coronavirus: Study

AstraZeneca’s antibody cocktail fails to protect against coronavirus: Study

COVID-19, HEALTH, VACCINE, World Health Organization
The European Commission has signed deals for antibody treatments against COVID-19. A study shows the antibody cocktail developed by AstraZeneca doesn't protect against coronavirus | Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images A clinical trial looking at an antibody therapy against COVID-19 developed by British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca yielded negative results, the company announced on Tuesday. AZD7442 — a combination of two different monoclonal antibodies — didn’t achieve a statistically significant reduction in the risk of symptomatic COVID-19 after exposure to the virus, failing the primary study objective. The clinical trial involved 1,121 unvaccinated participants who had been exposed over the previous eight days to someone who tested positive with COVID-19. Two out of three...
Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

Boris Johnson ‘confident’ lockdown restrictions will end in England on 19 July

HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PRIME MINISTER, UK, World Health Organization
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is "confident" that no further delay to the lifting of remaining Covid restrictions in England will be necessary, and will come to an end on 19 July. The Prime Minister confirmed on Monday (14 June) that lockdown measures would remain in place until July - pushed back from 21 June - due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. 'Now is the time to ease off the accelerator' The Prime Minister said 19 July will now be the "terminus date" for the remaining restrictions on social contact. Covid restrictions in England were due to come to an end on 21 June, but this has been pushed back by four weeks to 19 July amid the rise of the Delta variant. Limits on numbers for sports events, pubs and cinemas will remain in place, with nightclubs t...
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to go face-to-face tonight ahead of trilogy fight

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to go face-to-face tonight ahead of trilogy fight

Boxing, GAMES, Sports, USA
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are set to go face-to-face tonight at the first press event for their trilogy fight, scheduled for July 24th. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are expected to meet tonight at the first press conference for thei upcoming trilogy contest, currently slated for the 24th of July. The conference is set to take place in Los Angeles, California, and will kick off at about 9pm BST. Provided both men show up, it will be the first time the pair have met in person since their 2020 rematch. Fury and Wilder have shared the stage at many previous press events for their other two contests. However, there is a sense that tonight may see the two heavyweight giants clash more than ever before. While the rivalry between the Gypsy King and the Bronze Bomber al...
Shelby Houlihan: American middle distance runner blames burrito for positive test

Shelby Houlihan: American middle distance runner blames burrito for positive test

Atheletics, GAMES, Sports, USA
American middle distance runner Shelby Houlihan says she has been banned from athletics for four years after testing positive for a prohibited substance - which she blamed on a burrito. The 28-year-old says she was told in January the anabolic steroid nandrolone had been found in a doping sample. Olympian Houlihan said it may have come from eating a pork burrito, which she said could lead to a false positive for nandrolone, the night before her test. She has denied ever doping. She says she was handed the four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on Friday. "I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed by the very sport that I've loved and poured myself into," Houlihan said in a statement on social media. "I want to be very...
Pro14 becomes United Rugby Championship as South Africa sides join tournament

Pro14 becomes United Rugby Championship as South Africa sides join tournament

EUROPE, Rugby, Sports
The Pro14 will rebrand as the United Rugby Championship (URC) when South Africa's four teams join the competition in 2021-22. Sharks, Stormers, Lions and Bulls will play alongside the 12 existing sides from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in a 16-team league. There will be one division, with end of season play-offs. "We are taking the league to new heights," said URC chief executive Martin Anayi. "Forming the United Rugby Championship will begin to reshape the club rugby world." The South African sides will also be eligible to qualify for European competitions from 2022-23. The four former Super Rugby sides have replaced fellow South African outfits Cheetahs and Southern Kings in the tournament. The final agreement for the new league creates a pathway for SA Rugby...
NBA play-offs: Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers both win to level series

NBA play-offs: Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers both win to level series

Basketball, GAMES, Sports, USA
Trae Young scored 25 points as the Atlanta Hawks held on to win 103-100 at home to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA play-offs. Monday's win levelled their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series at 2-2. The Western Conference semi-final between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz is also level at 2-2. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both scored 31 points as the Clippers beat the top seeds 118-104. The Clippers' Marcus Morris scored 22 of his 24 points during a first half in which the LA side, who lost the first two games in the series, led by as many as 29 points at one stage. Utah trailed 68-44 at half-time but Joe Ingles drained a three-pointer to pull them within 112-102 with just over two minutes left in Los Angeles. But the h...
Team Jumbo-Visma aims for time gain in wind tunnel

Team Jumbo-Visma aims for time gain in wind tunnel

RACING, Sports
The past few months, Team Jumbo-Visma has been busy carrying out various tests in the wind tunnel under the leadership of Head of Performance Mathieu Heijboer. By collecting different types of data, the Dutch team hopes to be at the start of the upcoming races with the best possible knowledge. “We’ve had several test days over the past few months”, Heijboer says. “First of all, we started to experiment with the new Cervélo bikes in November. In the course of time we have done a number of studies with Primoz Roglic, and also Steven Kruijswijk and Tony Martin have visited. We mainly spent a lot of time on the material. Here we are looking for the best set-up of a bike. We’ve collected a lot of data on that.” "It's an endless process of trying to find the perfect combination of materia...
Valtteri Bottas ‘has Williams as only option’ with George Russell swap deal tipped

Valtteri Bottas ‘has Williams as only option’ with George Russell swap deal tipped

Formula 1, GAMES, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Red Bull's chief advisor Helmut Marko believes there could be a straight swap between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's chief advisor Helmut Marko believes Valtteri Bottas has no place to go on the grid if he's axed from Mercedes, unless the 31-year-old does a straight swap with George Russell at Williams. Reports are swirling that Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has already informed Russell’s management that the Brit will replace Bottas next season. Speculation has only intensified as Bottas has clocked his worst start to a season alongside Mercedes yet, not scoring points over the past two races, and slipping down to sixth in the driver standings. The Finn is also yet to have finished higher than third this year, with two retirements to his name, sitting 58 points...
Arsenal, Roma ‘reach stalemate over Granit Xhaka talks’

Arsenal, Roma ‘reach stalemate over Granit Xhaka talks’

AC ROMA, Arsenal, FIFA, Football, ITALIAN SERIE A, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, TRANSFER
Granit Xhaka's proposed move from Arsenal to Roma is reportedly in doubt following a breakdown in talks between the two clubs. The Switzerland international had been widely expected to complete a switch to the Stadio Olimpico this summer, ending a five-season stay with the Gunners. However, it emerged earlier this week that Arsenal had supposedly rejected Roma's latest bid of around £20m for the 28-year-old. Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claims that the two sides have now reached a stalemate in talks, putting any transfer this window in jeopardy. The same report indicates that Roma want Xhaka to pressure Arsenal into agreeing a deal, but the midfielder is currently focused on Switzerland's Euro 2020 campaign
Kenya to reopen its embassy in Somalia

Kenya to reopen its embassy in Somalia

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, Security, Somalia
Kenya will reopen its embassy in Somalia "as soon as possible", Nairobi authorities announced on Monday, responding favorably to a proposal from their neighbour for the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs had sent a letter last weekend to his Kenyan counterpart inviting him to reopen the Kenyan diplomatic representation in Mogadishu, which was closed since December after Somalia broke off diplomatic relations between the two states. The unilateral decision according to Mogadishu came "in response to Kenya's recurrent and blatant political violations against Somalia's sovereignty". The situation led to the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador in Mogadishu while the Somali ambassador in Nairobi was recalled. In a...
Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda, 97, hospitalized amid virus surge

Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda, 97, hospitalized amid virus surge

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Zambia
Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda, 97, has been admitted to hospital, his office announced Monday, as the southern African country battles a surge in COVID-19 cases. Kaunda asked for ``all Zambians and the international community to pray for him as the medical team is doing everything possible to ensure that he recovers,'' according to the statement issued by Kaunda's administrative assistant Rodrick Ngolo. The short statement did not specify the cause of Kaunda's illness, but Zambia is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and the country's founding president was admitted to Maina Soko Medical Center, a treatment center for the disease in the capital, Lusaka. Zambia's 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has risen dramatically over the past two weeks from 1.44 new...
Sudan says open to ‘interim’ dam deal with Ethiopia

Sudan says open to ‘interim’ dam deal with Ethiopia

AFRICA, Climate, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, Nature, PAN AFRICA, Sudan
Sudan will only be willing to strike an interim deal with Ethiopia over its Nile dam on conditions including assurance of further talks, the water minister said Monday. Downstream Egypt and Sudan have been pushing upstream Ethiopia to ink a binding deal over the filling and operation of its mega dam on the Blue Nile that broke ground in 2011. "Given the time constraints, Sudan will accept an interim agreement based on certain conditions which include signing on all the terms that have been already agreed," Water Minister Yasser Abbas told reporters in Khartoum. "There should also be guarantees that negotiations will continue ... and that those talks will be held within a defined timeframe." The minister said the three countries had already "reached consensus" over most tec...
MDFC rebel base captured in Casamance by Senegalese military operation

MDFC rebel base captured in Casamance by Senegalese military operation

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, Security, Senegal, West Africa
Senegal’s army reported Monday that it had captured several rebel posts and camps in Casamance of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) around Badème -- and along the border between the towns of Bagame and Bouniak. The offensive left two army personnel wounded, an officer who stepped on an anti-personnel mine and a soldier who was shot, a local commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu Diogaye Sene, told reporters in Ahinga, a few kilometres from the border. Details of the means used or possible confrontations with the rebels were not shared and he did not say anything about possible losses to the enemy. The military operation launched two weeks prior is to tighten control of the border with Guinea-Bissau to the south. An area separated from the north of Senega...
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi assesses volcanic damage in Goma

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi assesses volcanic damage in Goma

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, CRISIS, DRC, EMERGENCY, PRESIDENT
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi -- accompanied by wife and first lady Denise Nyakéru, paid a visit on Monday to Goma city where the recent volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo devastated the area. The Head of State took time to assess the damage inflicted in and around the city by the volcano's fiery spurts and promised the locals that all houses destroyed by the lava would be rebuilt. "Hello everyone, we cannot help but sympathise with you. I myself and my wife your mother are always by your side and we will never leave you." Victims of the natural disaster said they had the opportunity to share their concerns and grievances with their Congolese leader. Abigael Byenda, a local resident affected by the natural disaster, feels heard but still...
Presidential welcome for ex-Ivorian leader upon his return from exile

Presidential welcome for ex-Ivorian leader upon his return from exile

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, Ivory Coast, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, TRAVEL, West Africa
A welcome fit for a king for the former president of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo. After ten years in exile, Gbagbo will finally return to his home country. Upon his flight's arrival, he will go through the airport's VIP facilities to then be received at the presidential pavilion -- as announced on Monday by the politician's party at a press conference. Assoua Adou, the general secretary of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front political party. "Today I solemnly confirm that President Laurent Gbagbo will arrive in Abidjan on Thursday, June 17 2021 by scheduled flight from Brussels at 3.45 pm at Félix Houphouët-Boigny airport. " Gbagbo has been acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court -- charges he faced after 3000 people lost their in electoral ...
US House to vote to repeal Iraq war authorisation

US House to vote to repeal Iraq war authorisation

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE, POLITICS, Security, USA
Symbolic vote expected later this week as lawmakers and Joe Biden seek to revise and update legal basis for US military action. The United States House of Representatives will vote later this week to repeal the authorisation of war that Congress gave to former President George W Bush in 2002 enabling the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The motion to repeal the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, coming for the first time with support from President Joe Biden, is expected to be taken up in the House on Thursday, CNN reported. The Biden administration said on Monday that the US “has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis” and its repeal “would likely have minimal impact on current military operations”. ...
After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TRAFFIC, TRANSFER, Transport, TRAVEL, UK, USA, WORLD
A deal to end or pause world’s largest corporate trade war will help dozens of industries caught in tit-for-tat tariffs. The dispute between the US and EU dates back to 2004 over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus [File: Edgar Su/Reuters] The United States and Europe are speeding efforts to reach a pact to end a 17-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies but may settle for a prolonged truce in recent tariff wars, people familiar with the matter said. A deal to either end or pause the world’s largest corporate trade dispute would grant relief to dozens of other industries affected by tit-for-tat tariffs that were suspended in March. They face a renewed trade war within weeks if there is no progress. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed the dispute in her first face-to-f...
S Korea holds naval drills amid row over Japan Olympics map

S Korea holds naval drills amid row over Japan Olympics map

CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH KOREA, WORLD
Spat about an Olympics map escalates as South Korea kicks off naval drills near disputed islands and leaders call off planned talks. Seoul and Tokyo have been at odds over the sovereignty of the islets called 'Dokdo' in South Korea and 'Takeshima' in Japan, which lie about halfway between the neighbours in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea [File: Handout via AFP] South Korea’s military began annual drills on Tuesday around a set of islands also claimed by Japan, days after planned talks between the two countries’ leaders were called off amid a spat about an Olympics map. Seoul and Tokyo have been at odds over the sovereignty of the islets called “Dokdo” in South Korea and “Takeshima” in Japan, which lie about halfway between the two countries in the Sea of Japan, also ...
President Kenyatta mourns businessman Chris Kirubi

President Kenyatta mourns businessman Chris Kirubi

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA, Nairobi
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, friends and relatives of businessman Christopher John Kirubi who passed away today. In his message of comfort, the President mourned Mr Kirubi, 80, as a seasoned businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist who founded and successfully ran some of Kenya's largest corporations. "I have received the shocking news of the passing away of my friend Chris Kirubi with a lot sadness. The cruel hand of death has robbed our nation of a patriot whose enterprenuerial spirit, hardwork and determination saw him create some of our country's largest enterprises which offer employment to thousands of our people," the President mourned. Alongside running a successful business empire, the President mourned the late Kirubi a...
South Africa: Presidential Message

South Africa: Presidential Message

AFRICA, African Union, DEMOCRACY, FAMILY, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE, POLITICS, South Africa, South African Parliament
Dear Fellow South African,In two days’ time we commemorate the fateful events of June 16th 1976, when brave young men and women in Soweto and other parts of the country rose up against the iniquity of Bantu Education.On that day and in the days that followed, many lost their lives. They were killed by a callous regime that had little regard for black lives and thought nothing of opening fire on unarmed, uniformed schoolchildren. These events hardened international opinion against the apartheid regime and gave further impetus to the liberation struggle.Young people have always been at the forefront of social protest, from the anti-authoritarian protests in Latin America in the late 1950s to the May 68 movement in France, to the protests across many parts of Africa in the late 1960s.History...
With millions unemployed, gov’ts not worried about inflation

With millions unemployed, gov’ts not worried about inflation

COVID-19, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD
Governments can just keep interest rates low and spending high to support virus-hit economies. One reason why so many policy makers are refusing to panic about inflation is that the world economy is still short so many millions of jobs. The global employment shortfall from the pandemic is predicted by the International Labour Organization to be 75 million this year. Nor does it expect the gap to be closed in 2022, when it reckons the world will still be 23 million jobs short of its pre-Covid path even as economies rebound. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development echoes the warning, saying unemployment will remain above pre-crisis levels in many countries next year. With so many workers still on the sidelines, it should be harder for those in employmen...
Copa America: Argentina held by Chile despite Messi’s brilliance

Copa America: Argentina held by Chile despite Messi’s brilliance

Argentina, Chile, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, SOUTH AMERICA, Sports
Argentinian playmaker frustrated after 1-1 draw with Chile; Paraguay go top of group A following victory over Bolivia. Messi, who turns 34 this month, said ahead of opening game that winning with his national team is 'the biggest dream' of his decorated career [Ricardo Moraes/Reuters] Lionel Messi scored a brilliant free-kick but that was not enough to earn three points for Argentina who were held 1-1 by Chile in their Copa America opener on Monday evening. Before the game at Rio de Janeiro’s Nilton Santos Stadium started, fans were stunned by a touching tribute to Argentina football legend Diego Maradona, who died in November aged 60.Messi, who turns 34 this month, said ahead of the game that winning with his national team is “the biggest dream” of his decorated career, despite ...
US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

China, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, POWER, Security, TENSION, USA, WORLD
The ship was accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey in a ‘routine mission’ A Super Hornet aircraft lands on the flight deck of the US Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan [Courtesy of US Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha Jetzer] A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the US Navy said, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waterway. The carrier is being accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey, the US Navy said on Tuesday.China frequently objects to US military missions in the South China Sea, saying they do not help promote ...
Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion
Community members, leaders slam planned movie for not focusing on the victims of the attack which killed 51 Muslims. . The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the Linwood mosque, where he killed seven more [File: EPA] A planned film about the 2019 Christchurch mosque killings has sparked an intense backlash in New Zealand, with community members and leaders slamming the project for pushing a “white saviour” narrative. The film, “They Are Us”, aims to focus on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the horrific shootings in March 2019 when a white supremacist gunman ran amok at two mosques during Friday prayer, killing 51 and seriously injuring another 40.The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the ...
Novavax COVID vaccine 90 percent effective, study says

Novavax COVID vaccine 90 percent effective, study says

COVID-19, CRISIS, HEALTH, World Health Organization
A late-stage study in the US and Mexico finds Novavax shot effective against COVID-19 and its variants. Vaccine maker Novavax says its shot is highly effective against COVID-19 and also protected against variants in a large, late-stage study in the United States and Mexico, in a major boost to global immunisation efforts. The vaccine was about 90-percent effective overall and preliminary data showed it was safe, the company said on Monday. While demand for COVID-19 shots in the US has dropped dramatically, the need for more vaccines around the world remains critical. The Novavax vaccine, which is easy to store and transport, is expected to play an important role in boosting vaccine supplies in the developing world. That is still months away, however. The company says it...
China denounces G7 statement, says US has ‘sinister intentions’

China denounces G7 statement, says US has ‘sinister intentions’

China, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA, WORLD
Beijing’s fury comes after G7 leaders took China to task over human rights in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang. China has denounced G7 leaders’  joint statement that scolded Beijing over a range of issues as gross interference in the country’s internal affairs and urged the grouping to stop slandering China. China’s embassy in London said on Monday it was strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan that distorted the facts of the situations and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States”. The Group of Seven leaders had taken China to task on Sunday over human rights in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy, and underscored the impor...
NATO to call out China’s behaviour as ‘systemic challenge’

NATO to call out China’s behaviour as ‘systemic challenge’

BREAKING NEWS, EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Bank
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talk as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits before a plenary session at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium Expected statement would mark a first for the Western alliance, which is historically focused on Russia. NATO is expected to formally call out China’s behaviour as a “systemic challenge” in its final summit statement, a first for the alliance historically focused on Russia. Leaders of the Western military alliance meeting in Brussels on Monday, including US President Joe Biden, will condemn China for rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, its opaqueness in modernising its forces and its military cooperation with Russia, according to the document seen by Reuters. h...
Adesanya beats Vettori to defend middleweight title at UFC 263

Adesanya beats Vettori to defend middleweight title at UFC 263

Boxing, GAMES, Kick Boxing, Sports
Israel Adesanya dominated Vettori at UFC 263 Saturday night, earning a unanimous decision to remain undefeated in the middleweight division. The crafty UFC middleweight star left no doubt in the rematch, pummeling Vettori with a flurry of kicks to the head and legs to defend his title. Adesanya (21-1) kept out of reach from Vettori's powerful punches most of the night and used his feet effectively, keeping the Italian fighter off balance. The Nigeria-born New Zealander won 50-45 on all three judges' scorecards in the third full-capacity UFC event. "I'm slowly starting to accept it as a great performance, but right now, I just wanted to punch him in the face more, but credit to him and his boxing coach, I'll say they improved their boxing a bit, so I think they thought tha...
DRC postpones Patrice Lumumba tributes over Covid-19 surge

DRC postpones Patrice Lumumba tributes over Covid-19 surge

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, BELGIUM, CRIME, CRISIS, DRC, PAN AFRICA
As the Health crisis worsens in the country, Democratic Republic of Congo's president Felix Tshisekedi has warned the DRC could face a deadly third wave of Covid-19 contaminations. Drastic measures are set to be announced in the days to come. "The situation of the Covid pandemic is serious. We have seen an upsurge in cases of infection and, unfortunately, in cases of death as well. Our hospitals are saturated," DRC president Felix Tshisekedi said. The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded 3 deaths and 254 new contaminations on Friday, with 210 in capital city Kinshasa alone. "Drastic measures are required to face this increase in infection, which has the potential to be more virulent than the first two waves," Felix Thisekedi added. As a result of the recent surge o...
Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

AFRICA, African Union, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, Security, West Africa
Mali's new transitional prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga set an ambitious roadmap on Sunday towards a return to civilian power in February 2022 The new transitional prime minister in Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, assembled his government for the first time on Sunday. The meeting was to set as priorities for the West African nation, i.e. "the improvement of security, political and institutional reforms" -- plus the organization of highly anticipated credible elections to return civilians to power in February 2022. He takes office at a time when the country has been caught up in jihadist turmoil and violence of all kinds for years. The security crisis goes hand in hand with serious political and social crises. The Malian Prime Minister addressed his government: "We wil...
Zambia: President collapses from dizziness during televised ceremony

Zambia: President collapses from dizziness during televised ceremony

AFRICA, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Zambia
The president of Zambia Edgar Lungu fainted on Sunday during the country’s televised official annual ceremony for the National Defence Forces Day -- which was immediately interrupted following the incident. The 64-year-old head of state -- who is running for re-election in August, suffers from the rare disease achalasia. The condition affects the oesophagus and causes hypoglycaemic attacks Lungu had previously taken ill in and been hospitalised in 2015. Sunday afternoon apparently saw Lungu experience a sudden dizzy spell. Nevertheless, Zambia’s leader has since recovered and continues to perform his duties -- as per the official statement issued by the presidency. Edgar Lungu first took office in 2015 and was maintained his powerful position in a disputed electi...
South African president Ramaphosa “pleased” with G7 vaccines “support”

South African president Ramaphosa “pleased” with G7 vaccines “support”

AFRICA, African Union, G7, G7 SUMMIT, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is happy about the promise made by nations at the G7 meeting in Britain on Sunday -- to donate at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccines to countries in less favourable situations. Although he questioned why only one African nation was invited to attend the summit, the South African leader nevertheless welcomes the pledged assistance that will be beneficial to many countries on the continent. "We brought a message here that we would like to have access to the vaccines as well, so that the people of Africa, from whom only 2% have now been vaccinated as opposed to much higher percentages in the North, should also be vaccinated. "We also raised the issue of giving capacity and capability to countries in the developing economies so that ...
Rally Kazakhstan: LUCIO ALVAREZ AND ROSS BRANCH CLAIM  VICTORIES

Rally Kazakhstan: LUCIO ALVAREZ AND ROSS BRANCH CLAIM VICTORIES

CROSS COUNTRY, FIA, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Cristina Gutierrez and Austin Jones win FIA T3 and T4 sections AKTAU CITY (KAZAKHSTAN): Argentina’s Lucio Alvarez and Botswana’s Ross Branch survived the rigours of the final stage to secure stunning victories in the car and motorcycle categories at Rally Kazakhstan on Sunday. When runaway leader Mathieu Serradori broke his Century CR6 Buggy on the final 267.02km selective section that ran around the Caspian shoreline and deserts to the north of Aktau City, Alvarez and Spanish navigator Armand Monleón were able to guide their Overdrive Racing Toyota Hilux to a memorable career-best win by the margin of 28min 25sec. “We are so happy to finish the Kazakhstan Rally with the win,” said Alvarez. “Today was a fast stage with some difficult navigation, but we did okay. It was an interes...
Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

FIA, GAMES, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month. The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will make his second appearance in a Hyundai WRC car in the championship at the iconic Kenya event (24-27 June), which returns to the championship after a 19-year hiatus. Solberg was set to contest Rally Sardinia earlier this month before having to withdraw from the event after his father contracted COVID-19. As a result, the 19-year-old was forced to quarantine for 14 days in Porto following Rally Portugal, as per the championship’s COVID-19 protocols. Confirmation of Solberg’s second WRC call up for Hyundai comes while the rising star is driving a Hyundai i20 WRC car at the ta...
Katherine Ryan reveals surprise baby news – just two weeks after announcing pregnancy

Katherine Ryan reveals surprise baby news – just two weeks after announcing pregnancy

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, FAMILY, MOVIES, MUSIC
"I have a really good reason why yesterday's podcast is late," comedian Katherine Ryan has joked, sharing a photo of her newborn. Comedian Katherine Ryan has given birth to her second child, just two weeks after announcing her pregnancy. Sharing a photo on her Instagram stories on Monday, the 37-year-old star announced the happy news with the caption: "I have a really good reason why yesterday's podcast is late." Ryan, who hosts the Telling Everybody Everything podcast, is holding the newborn in bed in the picture. She has not revealed the baby's name or gender. Image: Ryan and her partner Bobby Kootstra pictured in 2019. Pic: AP In a second photo, her partner Bobby Kootstra can be seen holding the baby in front of a TV showing the Netherlands v Ukraine Euro 2020 footba...
Spice Girls announce Wannabe 25th anniversary EP featuring previously unreleased song Feed Your Love

Spice Girls announce Wannabe 25th anniversary EP featuring previously unreleased song Feed Your Love

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, USA, Youth
A new EP featuring previously unreleased track Feed Your Love will be released on vinyl and cassette. Spice Girls are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut single Wannabe by giving fans what they really, really want.  To mark a quarter of a century (!) since Emma, Geri, Victoria, Mel C, Mel B charged on to the charts with Wannabe, the group are releasing a new EP titled Wannabe25. The four-track EP features the Wannabe demo and previously unreleased song Feed Your Love, a ballad written with the band's co-writers Richard 'Biff' Stannard and Matt Rowe - plus the track's original radio edit and Junior Vasquez remix.  The EP is available to stream from July 9 and to purchase physically on vinyl and cassette on July 23. The release forms a part of th...
The best fast chargers for your smartphone in 2021

The best fast chargers for your smartphone in 2021

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Fast charging is ideal when you need to power up your iPhone or Android smartphone, and these days, with modern fast chargers, there’s no need to wait around. But what exactly is a fast charger? Most major flagship phones on the market offer fast charging, which boosts the wattage of your smartphone’s battery. A standard USB port sends 5W to a connected device, so fast chargers raise the amount. Modern devices typically offer 15W power bricks while some manufacturers have 50W, 80W, and 100W chargers. The fast chargers on our list include a range of compact options to cover almost any need, including international travel. Nekteck 60W USB-C Wall Charger The NekTeck, with advanced GaN Technology, dramatically improves charging efficiency to over 90% to fully charge a 13-inch Macboo...
Samsung might’ve canceled one of its best new Galaxy phones

Samsung might’ve canceled one of its best new Galaxy phones

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Samsung is widely expected to launch three Galaxy devices of flagship status to replace the Galaxy Note 21, which isn’t coming this year. These are the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 foldables and the more affordable Galaxy S21 FE version. A few recent reports said that the two new foldable phones will be unveiled in early August and hit stores by the end of the month. The next-gen Galaxy smartwatches would arrive in mid-August, according to the same sources.Notably absent from those reports was the Galaxy S21 FE, a device that has usually been featured in various Fold 3 and Flip 3 launch rumors. Separately, stories from South Korea have claimed over the weekend that the more affordable “Fan Edition” phone would be either canceled or delayed, prompting widespread speculation from leak...
Forza Horizon 5 revealed – set in Mexico, features Mercedes-AMG One; coming to Xbox Series X, S Nov 5

Forza Horizon 5 revealed – set in Mexico, features Mercedes-AMG One; coming to Xbox Series X, S Nov 5

Entertainment, GAMING, TEENAGERS, Youth
Fans of the Forza Horizon series got their first look at the next instalment during the 2021 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) over the weekend. Forza Horizon 5 will take players to the arid landscape of Mexico, utilising the next-generation power of Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X and S. The open-world racing game series is known for its diverse environments that gamers can hoon in to their hearts’ desires. This latest instalment, however, pushes the boundaries with what is claimed to be the franchise’s largest game world yet, featuring deserts, rainforests, cities, seaside towns, volcanoes and even a few Mayan ruins thrown in for good measure. These vistas have been built to microscopic detail – down to the individual needles of each cactus, developer Playground Games says. Hel...
Suddenly dumped by Marko: ”Still don’t understand how that could have happened”

Suddenly dumped by Marko: ”Still don’t understand how that could have happened”

Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Jaime Alguersuari made his Formula 1 debut for Toro Rosso in 2009, but succumbed to the huge pressure at Red Bull. The Spaniard, who at the time was the youngest driver to debut in the sport, talks about his time at Toro Rosso, the chance at Lotus and the unfriendly Christian Horner. Halfway through the 2009 Formula 1 season Helmut Marko intervened at Toro Rosso. He deemed Sebastien Bourdais was no longer good enough for the seat at Red Bull's sister team, and Alguersuari was called up for the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was a huge surprise for the Spaniard, who at that time was driving in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.'Yes, but I do want to say that I had a good relationship with him'', Alguersuari replied when asked if Helmut Marko is a difficult person. ''I will always be grateful...
Brazil Opens Copa America With 3-0 Win Against Venezuela

Brazil Opens Copa America With 3-0 Win Against Venezuela

BRAZIL, COPA AMERICA, FIFA, Football, SOUTH AMERICA, Sports, VENEZUELA
Brazil players celebrate 3-0 victory against Venezuela in Copa America opener Brazil opened the 2021 Copa America with a 3-0 win against Venezuela on Sunday, dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match. The Copa America was moved to Brazil with just two weeks notice after co-hosts Colombia were removed due to a wave of civil unrest, and Argentina pulled out because of a COVID-19 surge there. Brazilian defender Marquinhos scored the opening goal midway through the first half when he was fortunate to see his backheel squeeze through a defender’s legs and into the net. Brazilian defender Marquinhos (4) celebrates goal against Venezuela The hosts continued to press and were rewarded in the 64th minute of the second half after a penalty was...
Mo Farah to make final bid for Olympic spot at British Athletics Championships

Mo Farah to make final bid for Olympic spot at British Athletics Championships

Atheletics, EUROPE, GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports, UK
Great Britain’s Sir Mo Farah is aiming to qualify for the Olympics. The four-time Olympic champion still needs to beat the Games qualifying time to go to Tokyo. Sir Mo Farah will make a last-gasp attempt to qualify for the Olympics at the British Athletics Championships. The four-time Olympic champion is yet to hit the qualifying standard for the 10,000m after a failed attempt earlier this month. He needs to beat 27 minutes 28 seconds to stand a chance of defending his title from 2012 and 2016 and will race at the Championships in Manchester on Friday, June 25. Farah clocked 27 mins 50.64 secs at the British 10,000m Championships at the University of Birmingham on June 5 to come eighth in his first 10,000m race since quitting the track to focus on the marathon in 2017 but s...
Denmark players put on a brave face as they train for the first time since star man Christian Eriksen suffered on-pitch cardiac arrest in Euro 2020 opener against Finland

Denmark players put on a brave face as they train for the first time since star man Christian Eriksen suffered on-pitch cardiac arrest in Euro 2020 opener against Finland

Denmark, EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
Danish players trained on Monday for the first time since Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest as Kasper Hjulmand's side put on a brave face following Saturday's distressing scenes in Copenhagen. The former Tottenham midfielder, who now plays for Inter Milan, required 13 minutes of CPR after collapsing just before half-time but was taken to hospital in a stable condition, where he remains. With Eriksen's permission, the Danes elected to resume the game against Finland just two hours after the incident, a move that legend Peter Schmeichel has described as 'ridiculous'. And Hjulmand's side have taken to the training pitch at their base in Elsinore, Denmark, for the first time without their star man. Captain Simon Kjaer, who has won praise for his heroics during the ordeal...
Christian Eriksen breaks silence following on-pitch cardiac arrest at Euro 2020

Christian Eriksen breaks silence following on-pitch cardiac arrest at Euro 2020

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN has issued a statement after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash against Finland. The Inter Milan midfielder required emergency CPR after collapsing at the end of the first half of the game at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen Eriksen received treatment on the pitch while his teammates formed a protective ring around him. Medics were eventually able to receive him though doctors did later confirm he was “gone” for a brief period. The Danish midfielder was transported to a nearby hospital to recover while the game later resumed, with Denmark going down 1-0. It was restarted at the request of Eriksen, who sent a short message to his teammates from hospital to assure them he was fine. According to Denmark coach Kaspe...
Euro 2020: Scotland set to end 23-year wait against Czech Republic; COVID-hit Spain face Sweden

Euro 2020: Scotland set to end 23-year wait against Czech Republic; COVID-hit Spain face Sweden

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
England's neighbours Scotland, playing at the highest level for the first time since the 1998 World Cup, will face the Czech Republic in Glasgow on Monday. England launched their bid for Euro 2020 glory with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday, as Scotland were set to end their 23-year wait to play in a major tournament and COVID-hit Spain prepared to face Sweden. Raheem Sterling scored at a sun-baked Wembley as England won their opening game of a European Championship finals for the first time at the 10th attempt. England's neighbours Scotland, playing at the highest level for the first time since the 1998 World Cup, will face the Czech Republic in Glasgow on Monday, before a new-look Spain get their bid for a record fourth European crown underway without captain Sergio Busquet...
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X mini fridge is real — set to launch in 2021

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X mini fridge is real — set to launch in 2021

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
The Xbox Mini Fridge is 'the world’s most powerful mini fridge'During the Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase, Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X fridge isn't just a meme anymore, and it is set to launch during the holiday season in 2021. Officially named the Xbox Mini Fridge, Microsoft's announcement trailer of "the world’s most powerful mini fridge" pokes fun at the original Xbox Series X world premiere, even stating that it uses “Xbox Velocity Cooling Architecture” to keep those cans chilled. While it probably won't be able to run everything else announced during the E3 showcase, including Starfield, Halo Infinite, and Xbox exclusive Redfall, the mini fridge does look like it can fit up to ten standard cans. It even comes with the Xbox Series X logo, green interiors, and ho...
Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation
The trial of the ousted leader is hearing its first testimony in a junta court. Suu Kyi faces a widening array of charges such as flouting coronavirus rules and "illegally" importing walkie-talkies. The trial of Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi got underway on Monday in the capital Naypyidaw, more than four months after a military coup. Criminal convictions would bar Suu Kyi from running for office. Suu Kyi's prosecution prevented her National League for Democracy (NLD) party from serving a second five-year term following last year's landslide election victory. Army officials have also threatened to dissolve the NLD for alleged involvement in election fraud. hat charges does Suu Kyi face? The 75-year-old stands accused of violating cor...
Bitcoin jumps after Musk says Tesla could use it again

Bitcoin jumps after Musk says Tesla could use it again

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
Bitcoin hit a two-week peak just shy of $40,000 on Monday, after another weekend reacting to tweets from Tesla boss Elon Musk, who fended off criticism over his market influence and said Tesla sold bitcoin but may resume transactions using it. Bitcoin has gyrated to Musk’s views for months since Tesla announced a $1.5 billion bitcoin purchase in February and said it would take the cryptocurrency in payment. He later said the electric car maker would not accept bitcoin due to concerns over how mining the currency requires high energy use and contributes to climate change. “When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions,” Musk said on Twitter on Sunday. Bitcoin rallied more ...
Pandemic-related financial stress causing health problems in NL

Pandemic-related financial stress causing health problems in NL

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
Financial stress due to the coronavirus crisis is causing health problems among Netherlands residents, including anxiety disorders, depression, and insomnia, Wijzer in Geldzaken, an advisory body for the Ministry of Finance, said in a report. The organization warned that the coronavirus health crisis is fueling an economic crisis, that could trigger a new health crisis. "We are already seeing more worries and stress among self-employed workers and flex workers who can work fewer hours," Olaf Simonse of Wijzer in Geldzaken said. He expects a major increase in problematic debts once the government's coronavirus support packages come to an end. The Ministry of Finance therefore believes now is the time to look at how financial stress-related health problems can best be treated, or ...
Wasabi the Pekingese wins US Westminster dog show after standing there as ‘though he was a lion’

Wasabi the Pekingese wins US Westminster dog show after standing there as ‘though he was a lion’

ANIMALS, CONTEST, Entertainment, USA
The flavour of the year at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Wasabi, a Pekingese, rests on the winner's podium with its trophy and ribbons after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Source: Associated Press A Pekingese named Wasabi won best in show today, notching a fifth-ever win for the unmistakable toy breed. A whippet named Bourbon repeated as runner-up. Waddling through a small-but-mighty turn in the ring, Wasabi nabbed US dogdom’s most prestigious prize after winning the big American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019. “He has showmanship. He fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that sparkle, that sets a dog apart,” said Wasabi’s handler, breeder and co-owner, David Fitzpatrick. Show judge Patricia Trotter sa...
Dr Besigye advises on the steps to take and defeat Covid-19”

Dr Besigye advises on the steps to take and defeat Covid-19”

COVID-19, FOOD, HEALTH, HERBAL, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Ugandans have resorted to all measures to survive as health care facilities fail to cope with the rising cases of the Covid-19 pandemic. Politics aside, everyone is now focused on saving life in whichever way they can. Political activist and a medical doctor, Rtd. Col Dr. Warren Kizza Besigye has called for calm amongst the public as endless panic will lure them to make serious regrettable mistakes. “The first advice I would give to anybody who is in trouble of the kind is not to panic, because panic increases your chances of making very serious mistake. I think Ugandans should remain calm. This is something that is manageable,” Besigye emphasized. Reports by the ministry of Health indicate increasing cases of Covid-19 in the wake of it’s second wave. At least 61,977 ha...
Boris Johnson To Hold Downing Street Coronavirus Press Conference

Boris Johnson To Hold Downing Street Coronavirus Press Conference

COVID-19, HEALTH, UK, World Health Organization
The prime minister is expected to announce a delay to the end of England's lockdown at 6pm. Boris Johnson will hold a Downing Street press conference on Monday at 6pm, No.10 has confirmed, where he is expected to announce a delay to the lifting of coronavirus rules in England. The prime minister will be joined by Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer and Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.  Johnson is set to announce the ending of social-distancing rules – which had been slated for June 21 – will be delayed for four weeks to July 19. The move follows warnings from scientists that the rapid spread of the Delta variant first identified in India risks a third wave if it is allowed to spread unchecked. ealth minister Edward Argar said that if the June 21 ...
India reports 70,421 new coronavirus infections, 3,921 deaths in 24 hours

India reports 70,421 new coronavirus infections, 3,921 deaths in 24 hours

COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
India on Monday reported 70,421 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest since March 31, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. This is the seventh consecutive day when India has reported less than 100,000 COVID cases. On June 13, India recorded 80,834 cases. Civic authority marshals fine a motorcyclist for not wearing a face mask in public at Dharavi in Mumbai. AFP The South Asian country's total COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.51 million, while total fatalities are at 374,305, the data showed. India added 3,921 deaths overnight, according to Reuters. India's overall tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 29,510,410. The active cases have come down below 10 lakh. The country has 973,158 active cases presently and h...
Thousands Protest Against Spain’s Pardons for Jailed Catalan Leaders

Thousands Protest Against Spain’s Pardons for Jailed Catalan Leaders

CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PROTESTS, SPAIN, WORLD
Opposition lawmakers from the conservative People's Party (PP), the far-right Vox party and the centrist Ciudadanos joined the rally in Madrid's central Plaza Colon. adrid: Tens of thousands of Spaniards protested in Madrid on Sunday against government plans to pardon 12 Catalan politicians who were convicted over the region’s failed independence bid in 2017, a move the demonstrators see as a threat to national unity. Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo gave the clearest indication yet that the pardons of the Catalan separatists were “close” in an interview published on Sunday with La Vanguardia newspaper, but the issue has bitterly divided Spaniards. Around 63% of Spaniards oppose granting the pardons while some 25% backed it and about 6% were indifferent, according t...
Afrin Hospital Hit in Artillery Attacks

Afrin Hospital Hit in Artillery Attacks

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, SYRIA, TURKEY, WORLD
The first attack struck a residential area while the second hit a hospital shortly after, civil defence sources said. Idlib, Syria: At least 13 people were killed and several wounded in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, local medical sources and Turkey’s government said. The first attack struck a residential area while the second hit a hospital shortly after, civil defence sources said. Video footage on social media showed casualties amid the ruins of the Al Shifa Hospital. Ankara condemned the missile attack that it said was launched by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, though the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed militi...
What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UK, WORLD
The Group of Seven rich nations met this weekend to tackle several issues. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in attend a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool Carbis Bay, England: The Group of Seven rich nations promised to tackle China‘s growing influence, fight climate change, get more COVID-19 jabs to poor countries and keep up th...
Previously unseen area of Windsor Castle gardens revealed – and it’s stunning

Previously unseen area of Windsor Castle gardens revealed – and it’s stunning

Entertainment, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, QUEEN, UK, USA
The Queen hosted President Biden at her residence on Sunday The Queen's historic meeting with US President Joe Biden on Sunday was marked with a new photo of Windsor Castle which was posted shortly before the event. In the image, which was shared by the Royal Family's official Twitter account, a different angle of the residence could be seen from those that are usually shown in photos. Windsor Castle appeared in the distance, with a circular path interspersed with neatly groomed patches of grass and flower borders in green and red in the foreground. Small, triangular bushes decorated the scene with steps close to the frame and a balustrade on the far right side. The accompanying tweet's caption sweetly started with emojis of the UK and U.S flags and read: "Today, The Qu...
UK’s Johnson set to announce delay to end of COVID restrictions

UK’s Johnson set to announce delay to end of COVID restrictions

COVID-19, EUROPE, HEALTH, UK, World Health Organization
A social distancing sign is seen amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Leicester, Britain, May 27, 2021. ritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Monday that the end of COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed following concern about the rapid rise of infections of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Under a roadmap outlined by Johnson back in February, the government signalled all social restrictions imposed to control the spread of the disease would be lifted "no earlier" than June 21, when pubs, clubs and other hospitality venues could fully reopen. But, in recent weeks there has been a fast growth again in the number of new cases caused by the Delta variant, first discovered in India, which health officials believe to be 60% more trans...
Kagole Kivumbi dead

Kagole Kivumbi dead

EAST AFRICA, KAMPALA, Parliament, UGANDA, Uganda Law Society
*Death Announcement* The Judiciary with deep sorrow announces the sudden death of its *immediate former Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the Judiciary, Mr Kagole Expedito Kivumbi*, which has just occurred at Le Memorial Medical Services at Kitiko-Lubowa, Kigo Road. He was admitted at the facility one week ago. The Judiciary is working closely with the family to coordinate the funeral arrangements, and they’ll be communicated subsequently. _*May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace*_
Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, WORLD
Government approved 60-59; Yamina head heckled throughout his Knesset speech; Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid becomes alternate PM; Netanyahu derides new PM and vows: ‘We’ll be back soon’ In a history-making vote, Israel’s 36th government was sworn in at the Knesset on Sunday, installing Yamina chair Naftali Bennett as prime minister and ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years of consecutive rule as premier. MKs voted by a wafer-thin 60-59 in favor of the new government, made up of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Islamist parties that came together to oust Netanyahu and end two years of political deadlock. One MK, Ra’am’s Saeed al-Harumi, abstained from the vote. Three MKs from the predominantly Arab Joint List — Ayman Odeh, Ahmad Tibi and Osama Saadi — stayed out of the chambe...
Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, USA, WORLD
US leader says he looks ‘forward to working’ with premier ‘to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations;’ FM Lapid invited to Washington US President Joe Biden congratulated new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Sunday night on being sworn in as the head of a new government coalition, issuing a statement and immediately following it up with a phone call. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.” US Secretary of State Blin...
New government starts process of taking power after 12 years of Netanyahu

New government starts process of taking power after 12 years of Netanyahu

Asia, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Cabinet to convene at Rivlin’s residence for festive photo; outgoing PM will brief successor but skip traditional toast; Sa’ar concedes challenge in holding new coalition together Illustrative: Then-education minister Naftali Bennett and President Reuven Rivlin at a ceremony announcing the winners of the Wolf Foundation award, at the president residence in Jerusalem, on January 16, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Israel’s new government will meet President Reuven Rivlin for a festive photo on Monday as it begins the process of taking power following 12 years of rule by Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud. The traditional group photo will be one of the last major acts as president for Rivlin, who ends his term on July 9. While the traditional photo at the President’s Residence signifie...
11 fighters said killed in alleged Israeli strikes in Syria

11 fighters said killed in alleged Israeli strikes in Syria

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PALESTINE, POLITICS, WAR, WORLD
Reported strikes in Homs Province in central Syria are the first in the country attributed to Israel in more than a month At least 11 people were reportedly killed overnight Wednesday in Israeli airstrikes in Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a pro-Syrian opposition organization of uncertain funding based in the UK — the government troops and militiamen were killed in Homs Province in central Syria. The monitor’s director, Rami Abdul Rahman, told AFP that “at least seven army soldiers and four National Defence Forces militiamen were killed” in the strikes shortly before midnight, adding that all of the dead were Syrian. May 1, 2020. (Syrian state media SANA) At least 11 people were reportedly killed overnight Wednesday in Israeli airstrikes i...
Covid-19 pain behind the walls

Covid-19 pain behind the walls

COVID-19, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, World Health Organization
Rarely, in recent times, has there been so much bad news coming off every media as there has been this week. Even before last Sunday’s announcement of a partial lockdown, things were not looking good. Covid-19 infection rates were beginning to climb by alarming margins, although we had also seen big drives towards vaccination. Perhaps the vaccination numbers and queues at designated field points were driven by increasing belief that we were indeed sitting on an explosive problem. This week just ending has brought its fair share of troubles. Given just three days to find their way from schools that were closing down and unable to pay an arm and leg for the journey home, students were left stranded as the public transport went off into its own lockdown, confined to district boundarie...
Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, Parliament, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, UGANDA, VICE PRESIDENT
Vice President Jessica Alupo (left) and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the reading of the National Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala last week. PHOTO/PARLIAMENT arliament will sit today to vet the Vice President designate, Ms Jessica Alupo, and the Prime Minister nominee, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, after their appointment last week.Ms Alupo, the former Education minister, replaced Mr Edward Ssekandi, while Ms Nabbanja, the former State Minister for Health in-charge of General Duties, replaced Dr Ruhakana Rugunda. President Museveni said the duo is the best choice to advance his vision for the country.A notice from the Office of Clerk to Parliament to the Members of Parliament signed by Mr Paul Wabwire, the Deputy Clerk (Parliamentary Affairs),  urged all the legisl...
Covid-19: Govt bans pupils from crossing into Kenya

Covid-19: Govt bans pupils from crossing into Kenya

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, CHILDREN, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FAMILY, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
More than 500 pupils have been banned from crossing the border for school in Kenya in a move to combat the spread of Covid-19. The ban was on Wednesday announced by Mr John Achila, the Busia Resident District Commissioner , during a Covid-19 taskforce meeting at the district council hall. Mr Achila, the head of the taskforce, said the restriction is in line with the Presidential directives on the closure of schools in the country following a surge in Covid-19 cases. President Museveni, on Sunday listed 40 directives which, among others, included the immediate closure of all institutions of learning. “The continuous crossing of the border by our children who study in Kenya is in contravention of the presidential directives and is not only a risk in the spread of Covid-19 to...
Rwanda Hands Over to Uganda Intercepted UPDF Soldier

Rwanda Hands Over to Uganda Intercepted UPDF Soldier

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, Rwanda, Security, UGANDA, UPDF
Rwanda on Sunday evening handed over to Ugandan authorities a soldier under the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) who was intercepted on Rwanda soil by Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) patrol on Saturday morning. RDF said that the soldier, identified as Pte. Bukuru Muhuba, who was armed, was arrested in Cyanika Sector, Burera district in the Northern Province. “On 12 June 21, at approximately 1445hrs, an RDF Day patrol intercepted a Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldier identified as Pte Bakuru MUHUBA who was on Rwandan soil in Northern Province, Burera District, Cyanika sector, Kamanyana cell, Majyambere village,” “He was dressed in UPDF camouflage uniform, armed with a Medium Machine Gun (MMG) with its 100 rounds, 01 Binocular, 01 cell phone and his military Identificat...
Young people suffer most in Uganda’s second wave as country grapples with severe vaccine shortages

Young people suffer most in Uganda’s second wave as country grapples with severe vaccine shortages

COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Three men wearing white hazmat suits carry a dark blue body bag into the back of an ambulance parked next to a soccer field in Uganda's main stadium -- the latest victim of the virulent second wave of Covid-19 that has hit the East African country. Usually teeming with soccer fans, the Mandela National Stadium is now a temporary hospital for Covid patients, and although the government says it is meant for patients with mild to moderate cases, the body being removed suggests otherwise. About 90 people are currently being treated there as the country battles a 130% increase in cases in the past two weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) says, plunging the country back into a partial lockdown with barely any vaccines available to offer protection. In the empty rooms around th...
Museveni Kickstarts  the fight against assassins

Museveni Kickstarts the fight against assassins

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Security, UGANDA, UPDF
Gen. Katumba Wamala's attempted Assassination President Museveni became meme fodder on social media once again in his latest reference of deadly assassins as “pigs”. Denouncing trained assassins after a high profile killing is the default position of the Commander in Chief. Those who thought he would use a different response mechanism were left disappointed when Museveni descended in his usual tirade after Gen. Katumba Wamala, Works and Transport Minister, survived a deadly assassination attempt while driving on a narrow road in Kisaasi. His driver and daughter were not as lucky. They died on the spot. Government spokespeople like Ofwono Opondo say the pig reference is a metaphor that has been lost in translation. They also refer to the assassinations as “isolated incidents”. ...
CDF Gen. David Muhoozi appointed Minister

CDF Gen. David Muhoozi appointed Minister

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KAMPALA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, Security, UGANDA, UPDF
Gen David Muhoozi who has been the Chief of Defense Forces (PHOTO/Courtesy). KAMPALA, Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni has taken Gen David Muhoozi out of the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) office and appointed him as the new State Minister for Internal Affairs. Gen Muhoozi has been in the office for only four years after taking over from Gen Katumba Wamala in 2017. The pending approval list by Parliament has seen Gen Muhoozi replacing Mario Kania Obiga who has served in the position for five years. About Gen David Muhoozi He joined the army in 1985 and has served as a defence counsel at the General Court Martial in Makindye before being transferred to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), as Staff Officer General Duties, serving in that role for four years. Ov...
President Kenyatta mourns pioneer Civil servant and diplomat Amb. Dennis Afande

President Kenyatta mourns pioneer Civil servant and diplomat Amb. Dennis Afande

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA
Amb Denis Daudi Afande - Background NAIROBI, 12th June 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family relatives and friends of Kenya's former envoy to Washington DC, Amb. Dennis Daudi Afande who passed away recently. In his message of comfort and encouragement, the President mourned the late Afande as consummate diplomat and pioneer public servant whose long and distinguished service helped lay the foundation of the Kenyan Nation. “As a country, we owe a debt of gratitude to Ambassador Dennis Afande for his role in shaping our nation's foreign policy during his long service as a diplomat. As a pioneer public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Afande helped position Kenya on the global map as a steadfast Republic," the President mourned. Amb....
Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 people from within Saudi Arabia due to Covid, kingdom says

Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 people from within Saudi Arabia due to Covid, kingdom says

INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PILGRIMAGE, Religion, WORLD
Mecca will be off limits to the vast majority of Muslims this year, after Saudi Arabia announced that only a select few, all from within the country, would be allowed to participate in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The religious ceremony, which begins in mid-July, will be limited to 60,000 pilgrims between the ages of 18 to 65 who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the kingdom’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry said in a statement released on Saturday. All participants must either be citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia.  The restrictions reflect Riyadh’s “constant concern for the safety and security of pilgrims, as well as the safety of their countries,” the ministry explained.  All Muslims who can perform Hajj are required to do so at least once in their lifetime, and d...
Shooting in downtown Austin, Texas wounds several people

Shooting in downtown Austin, Texas wounds several people

CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Security, USA, WORLD
At least 13 people were injured when gunfire erupted early on Saturday morning along Sixth Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants. At least 13 people were wounded in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas early, police said, adding the suspected shooter was still at large. Two of the injured are reported to be in a critical condition, Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said in a statement. “I cannot say that there is no further public danger at this point because the suspect is not in custody. It appears at this point to be isolated to this one area," Chacon said. The incident took place at around 01:30 am (0630 GMT) in the Sixth Street Entertainment District area and there were no deaths reported at the time of the briefing, he added. F...
G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

CANADA, France, G7, G7 SUMMIT, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, JAPAN, POLITICS, POWER, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, QUEEN, UK, USA, WORLD
G7 leaders met in Cornwall, in the South of England on Friday (11 June) to discuss the main issues of our time.  They are later today expected to commit to using all their resources in an effort to ensure the devastation caused by a pandemic like Covid-19 is never repeated in a declaration that sets out a series of measures intended to achieve this. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the UK and the US. The Summit is also attended by the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission. Mr Johnson, who is hosting the three-day gathering at the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay, said it was vital to learn from the "mistakes" of the 200...
Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

ADVOCACY, CHILDREN, DIPLOMACY, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UK, USA, WORLD
The Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden have said better care and education for young children is key to rebuilding the UK after lockdown. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne followed by a round table discussion with UK education experts. In a joint opinion piece written for CNN the women said a 'fundamental shift' was needed in the UK and US' approach to educating children.While Mrs Biden has been a teacher for more than 30 years, Kate has shown a passion for early years since becoming a mother to her children George, 7, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady (pictured together) yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception clas...
UK-EU Brexit spat over N Ireland clouds G7 leaders summit

UK-EU Brexit spat over N Ireland clouds G7 leaders summit

EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, Ireland, UK, WORLD
FALMOUTH, England (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday on the sidelines of a G-7 summit, as post-Brexit turbulence strains relations between Britain and the EU. After Britain’s top diplomat accused the EU of taking a “bloody-minded” approach to relations, Johnson also met the bloc’s leaders, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, at the Carbis Bay resort where G-7 leaders are gathering. The two sides are locked in an escalating diplomatic feud over Northern Ireland, the only part of the U.K. that has a land border with the bloc. The EU is angry at British delay in implementing new checks on some goods coming into No...
Hollywood Docket: Disney Gets Favored Turf in ‘Predator’ Rights Fight

Hollywood Docket: Disney Gets Favored Turf in ‘Predator’ Rights Fight

Entertainment, HOLLYWOOD, MOVIES, TEENAGERS
A roundup of entertainment law news including trouble for Ice Cube's lawsuit against Robinhood as well as a plea bargain for ex-MPAA general counsel Steven Fabrizio. Disney’s 20th Century unit will win the first round in an ongoing battle over franchise rights to the 1987 action film Predator. On April 15, two dueling suits were filed. First, in San Francisco, Jim and John Thomas — the brothers who wrote the original screenplay — filed a complaint seeking confirmation of successfully recapturing rights under the termination provision of the Copyright Act. Within hours, in Los Angeles, Disney filed its own complaint seeking to hold on to rights. The case will ultimately turn on the proper method of counting time, but first comes the determination of where the battle will play ...
‘In the Heights’ breaks ground by rejecting old Latino movie tropes

‘In the Heights’ breaks ground by rejecting old Latino movie tropes

Entertainment, HOLLYWOOD, MOVIES, MUSIC
Lin-Manuel Miranda said he and playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes "stuck to our guns" to create dynamic characters often "in the margins" of Hollywood's usual stories. Lin-Manuel Miranda was 19 when he first wrote what he called “a very bad musical” that saw only five notes make it into the final version of "In the Heights," which won four Tony Awards following its Broadway premiere in 2008. Now, after a long trek to get the right studio to produce the film adaptation, the highly anticipated movie premieres Thursday. Like the stage version, it breaks ground because it centers on Latino characters that have long been missing in mainstream films, TV shows and theater productions. "In the Heights" tells the stories of generations of residents and business owners in the predominantl...
‘Lord of the Rings’ Anime Movie in the Works From New Line, Warner Bros. Animation

‘Lord of the Rings’ Anime Movie in the Works From New Line, Warner Bros. Animation

Entertainment, MOVIES
Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, the creators behind Netflix’s Emmy-winning 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' series, are writing 'The War of the Rohirrim,' which is being directed by Kenji Kamiyama. Twenty years after making its first journey into the lands created by J.R.R. Tolkien, New Line is returning to the worlds of The Lord of the Rings. The Warner Bros. movie division, which made the Oscar-winning Rings trilogy and later adapted The Hobbit, has partnered with Warner Bros. Animation to produce an original anime set in Tolkien’s fantasy world, the companies announced Thursday. Titled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, the stand-alone feature will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama, an anime veteran who last directed TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon...
7 things you didn’t know about singer Flavour N’abania

7 things you didn’t know about singer Flavour N’abania

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC, Nigeria
Did you know that Flavour would have become a footballer if he didn't pursue music as a career? Chinedu Okoli popularly known as Flavour N'abania is the subject of Know Your Celebrities this week. In this column, some unknown facts about a celebrity are highlighted. As one of the most popular celebrities in Nigeria, Flavour has been covered a lot by the media with every aspect of his life laid bare. Despite that, Pulse who keenly follows Nigerian celebrity have found out a couple of things you might know about him. 1. Started from church Flavour N'abania used to provide backing vocals for other musicians at SoundCity Communications Band. A huge number of singers and musicians in pop culture (both in America and Nigeria) started from church. Flavour sits on the f...
Seyi Shay tells her side of the story in leaked audio after argument with Tiwa Savage

Seyi Shay tells her side of the story in leaked audio after argument with Tiwa Savage

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MUSIC, Nigeria, TEENAGERS, Youth
The details and origin of the beef between Tiwa Savage and Seyi Shay. In an audio obtained by Pulse Nigeria on June 8, 2021, Seyi Shay narrates her side of the story and made some accusations towards Tiwa Savage. On June 8, 2021, Nigerian stars, Seyi Shay and Tiwa Savage met each other at Tayo Cuts, Triplet Studio, Lekki Phase One. It is a health and beauty salon that specializes in short hair treatment. Savage was there, already getting her hair done while Shay was there to get her hair done for her Idols appearance on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Around 11 am, Shay could already feel the tension as she walked in and saw Tiwa Savage at the salon. Their eyes met and Shay deemed it fit to go say hi to ease the tension. Their mutual presence in the same space was uneasy because of...
Superstar At 10: Wizkid’s prophetic calling card that became a classic

Superstar At 10: Wizkid’s prophetic calling card that became a classic

Entertainment, MUSIC, Nigeria, TEENAGERS, Youth
‘Superstar’ is one of the few undisputed classics that Nigerian music has seen in the last 10 years. In 2008, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar was a boy from small London, Surulere, Lagos when he featured on MI Abaga’s timeless record, ‘Fast Money, Fast Cars.’ Produced by Kraftmatiks, the record was meant to feature DaGrin, but one thing led to another and only Wizkid got featured because Abaga was particular. A Trap record in 2008, ‘Fast Money, Fast Cars’ stole hearts for his empirical view and the beef it started between its maker and then Kennis Music artist, Kelly Handsome. Away from the bigger issues of that time, Wizkid caught people’s attention. His thinned vocal expression showcased his youth and the freshness of his identity and artistry, and people naturally gra...
Rwandair halts direct flights to Uganda over spike in Covid-19 cases

Rwandair halts direct flights to Uganda over spike in Covid-19 cases

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, Rwanda, TRADE, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL, UGANDA
Rwanda’s national flag carrier has indefinitely suspended flights to and from Uganda, as the latter grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections. “Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Uganda, RwandAir announces the suspension of its flights to Entebbe [International Airport] effective June 10, 2021, until further notice,” RwandAir said in a statement late on Thursday. The airline advised affected customers to request a refund or rebook and fly at a later date once flights resume. A record 1,438 new infections were registered in Uganda on Thursday, bringing the cumulative tally to 56,949. The country’s COVID-19 death toll crossed 400 this week, with health authorities blaming the deteriorating situation on citizens’ refusal to comply with safety rules. On Monday, the g...
Private consortium takes over SAA with 51% stake, gov’t has 49%

Private consortium takes over SAA with 51% stake, gov’t has 49%

AFRICA, CRISIS, South Africa, TRADE, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL
South African Airways will now be 51% owned by a private consortium, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced Friday. At a virtual press conference, Gordhan said "The government has agreed that the financial partner will hold 51% of the shares and the government 49%." The Takatso consortium consists of the pan-African investor group Harith Global Partners and the aviation group Global Aviation, Gordhan added. Africa's second-largest airline was placed on a safeguard plan in December 2019 to avoid bankruptcy. In April, the independent administrators in charge of its restructuring declared SAA solvent again. The 635 million euros restructuring plan was followed by a large-scale layoff plan. South Africa’s national airline was heavily indebted and unable to ...
Kenya restores direct flights to Somalia

Kenya restores direct flights to Somalia

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Somalia, Transport, TRAVEL
Kenya on Thursaday lifted a ban on direct flights from Somalia ending a month feud after the suspension of air travel between the two countries. Kenya through its Foreign Minister Said it has “taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia.” Kenya-Somalia diplomatic relations have severed in recent months with the latter blaming Kenya of meddling in its internal political affairs. Somalia on Monday ordered all its diplomats in Kenya to leave within seven days while also ordering Kenyan diplomats to quit within the same period. Somalia has said its southern neighbor is backing Jubbaland state governor Ahmed Madobe, a key foe of President Farmajo. The two ...
54 migrants rescued by Tunisia and await transfer to detention centre

54 migrants rescued by Tunisia and await transfer to detention centre

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, CRIME, CRISIS, EUROPE, LIBYA, TUNISIA, UN, UNHCR
Waiting at Tunisia’s port of El Ketef in Ben Guerdane to be transferred to a detention centre, the 54 undocumented migrants of different African nationalities aged between 15 and 40 years old -- who were rescued Friday while attempting to cross into Europe from Libya on Thursday night, from a sinking boat off the coast of the town near Tunisian waters by the country’s navy. Migrants from neighbouring Libya who have been shipwrecked in the central Mediterranean -- one of the most precarious migration routes, are regularly rescued by Tunisian agents. Information communicated by the United Nations which has counted 1,400 deaths in the Mediterranean last year and over 700 between January 1 and May 21 so far this year. Departures from Libya have risen sharply, with 11,000 departures f...
Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

AFRICA, African Union, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, West Africa
In Mali Friday a new government has been formed. It sees the military -- which staged two coup d’états in nine months, in charge of the West African nation's key ministries. At its head -- albeit facing criticism of his position’s legitimacy, transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta, who was sworn in on Monday. Ministerial positions of defence, security, interior and national reconciliation are all occupied by military personalities -- some of whom held these titles at the time they were also leaders of the August 18 2020 coup that removed then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Namely, Colonel Major Ismaël Wagué who remains the Minister of National Reconciliation and Colonel Sadio Camara -- who is back as Defence Minister after being ousted in late May by the since rece...
Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

AFRICA, ALGERIA, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, GOVERNMENT, NORTHERN AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, SUB SAHARA REGION
Polls opened in Algeria on Saturday for a tense election. It's the first legislative polls since former long time President Bouteflika was forced from office in 2019. His replacement President Tebboune says the vote is to tackle corruption and build a "new Algeria". Some 24 million Algerians are called upon to elect the 407 deputies of the National People's Assembly for a five-year term. Voters will have more than 13,000 candidates to choose from- more than half of them listed as an independent. This is the first time that such a large number of independents have come forward to face contenders endorsed by parties largely discredited and held responsible for the crisis in the country. These newcomers, with a vague affiliation, could establish themselves as a new forc...
Uganda develops five herbal therapeutic products to manage Covid-19

Uganda develops five herbal therapeutic products to manage Covid-19

COVID-19, HEALTH, HERBAL, Nature, UGANDA, World Health Organization
The therapeutics developed by Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute Five herbal therapeutics have been developed by the Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute to assist in the treatment and management of COVID-19 in Uganda. The products include; Warbugia Ugandensis, Cypress oil, Cypress herbal tea, propolis tincture and propolis throat spray. Another product that has been developed is the NCRI-NP syrup that is a concentrated version of the government’s UBV-01N COVID-19 therapeutic that is still undergoing research to determine proper dosages. According to scientists, the products which have been developed using locally grown herbs have been found to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19. “The products were developed alongside the therapeutic trial which aimed ...
COVID-19 second wave: How to safely bring back workforce to office

COVID-19 second wave: How to safely bring back workforce to office

COVID-19, HEALTH, PEOPLE, WORK, WORLD
Recovered employees might need special considerations on resuming work The second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India has started receding and unlock procedure in states where strict restrictions were implemented will start soon. Businesses will reopen and people will go back to their workplaces.   The threat of a third wave of infections is still looming, and as health agencies and experts have predicted, it may be much stronger with new variants affecting the younger population more than the second wave. Immunisation is slowly picking up pace but the current vaccination coverage is not encouraging. India has vaccinated (two doses) only around 3 per cent of its population so far and the rest remain vulnerable to infections. People are still...
Herbal products can help in dealing with COVID-19, if they are made trustworthy

Herbal products can help in dealing with COVID-19, if they are made trustworthy

COVID-19, FOOD, HEALTH, Nature
Herbal products can increase our immune responses; however, we first need authenticity, a proper scientific approach, strict governmental guidelines and proper monitoring of herbal products Currently, human life around the world has been has been endangered due to the vice-like grip of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The pandemic has caused a global health emergency. Rapidly evolving bacterial and viral infections are creating a global menace for humans. Increasing immunity to prevent such infections will help in maintaining optimum health conditions. There are multiple products, both synthetic and natural, that are available in the market for improving the immune system. But choice of multiple immunity booster products can also cause confusion...
Best brain-boosting food for kids

Best brain-boosting food for kids

CHILDREN, FAMILY, FOOD, HEALTH
01/6 - Essential brain foods for kids Right food can help you improve your memory, concentration, and brain function. The brain, like the rest of the body, absorbs nutrients from the food we eat. Therefore, it is very important for kids to consume highly-nutritious food which are brain-boosters. Dietician Vidhi Chawla suggests some: 02/6​ - Oats/oatmeal Oatmeal and oats are excellent sources of energy and "fuel" for the brain. They are high in fibre, which keeps kids satisfied and prevents them from snacking on junk food. They're also high in vitamins E, B complex, and zinc, which help kids' brains function at their best. Use any topping, such as apples, bananas, blueberries, or even almonds over it. 03/6 - FotoJet 04/6 - ​Oily Fish Oily fish is high in o...
Are you following these food safety rules in your kitchen ?

Are you following these food safety rules in your kitchen ?

FOOD, HEALTH, SAFETY
01/9 - ​8 food safety rules no one told you about Are you a cleanliness freak and keep your house neat and clean? Well, it might be clean, but when it comes to the kitchen a double check is important because that is the place where bacteria often develop and it happens due to carelessness in terms of handling food and hygiene levels in the kitchen. According to Smita P Mishra, Founder, Fandoro Technology, “We all have right to safe food and the system needs to produce safe food for the systematic health development of society, economy, and environment at large. Local actions are essential for sustainable development in the food safety world.” Today, as we celebrate World Food Safety Day, let us tell you about some very basic food safety rules that you should take care of in your ki...
Can green tea help cure COVID-19 ?

Can green tea help cure COVID-19 ?

COVID-19, HEALTH
01/4 - Role of green tea in curing COVID-19 As India is battling the gigantic second wave of COVID-19, there are a number of cures, remedies and solutions that pop up on our cellphones on a daily basis. While a number of them are a facade, many actually provide relief to the body while battling the virus. There is no conclusive proof regarding any home remedy curing COVID-19, but the fact remains that many ancient cures can aid your body's immunity which can accelerate your body's recovery speed. According to a new study published in the journal RSC Advances, green tea might play an important role in tackling COVID-19 infection. 02/4 - Findings of the study As India continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, a team of researchers is investigating how green te...
5 Ways Employers Can Support Women’s Mental Health

5 Ways Employers Can Support Women’s Mental Health

CHILDREN, FAMILY, HEALTH, WOMEN, WORK
Covid-19 has profoundly impacted employees’ well-being. Recent employer surveys conducted by McKinsey’s Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare show almost a third of employee respondents have reported anxiety over layoffs or furloughs since the start of the pandemic, 28% have reported burnout, and 21% and 20% have reported stress over childcare and the health of loved ones, respectively. Though employed female respondents have been similarly likely to indicate that returning to work will have a negative impact on their mental health as their male counterparts, they are 12 percentage points more likely to report worry that they’ll have less flexibility to take breaks and set their own schedule upon return. And while most employers are aware that Covid-19 has strained the men...
Health Canada not releasing more than 300k doses of J&J vaccine over possible quality control issue

Health Canada not releasing more than 300k doses of J&J vaccine over possible quality control issue

COVID-19, HEALTH, World Health Organization
This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson and Johnson shows a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. (Cheryl Gerber/Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson via AP, File) TORONTO -- Health Canada says it "will not be releasing" the 310,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses that arrived in the country in April due to a possible quality control issue. In a statement issued on Friday, Health Canada said it has completed its quality review of the shipment and has decided not to distribute them to provinces to "protect the health and safety of Canadians" amid concerns over the Baltimore facility part of the vaccine was produced at. The J&J vaccine doses were previously being held for review after arriving in Canada upon learning that a drug substance ...
WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

WRC teams to be offered strategies for hybrid use in 2022

Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Hybrid systems are expected to be utilised on every stage of World Rally Championship events next year with several strategies on offer to teams, as more details of WRC's hybrid future emerge. Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid Rally1 - Photo by: Toyota Gazoo Racing The WRC will usher in new Rally1 regulations next year which will see all-new faster cars constructed with a plug-in 100kW hybrid system and a much tougher safety cell to protect the driver and co-driver. Introducing hybrid to the WRC has been a key part in ensuring Toyota, Hyundai and Ford, through M-Sport, will remain in the series for the next three years. All three outfits have been testing their new cars, complete with the Compact Dynamics-designed hybrid system, in recent weeks. Teams have been given outlines as to how t...
Manchester City destroy evidence of sneaky tactic which cost Liverpool a Premier League title

Manchester City destroy evidence of sneaky tactic which cost Liverpool a Premier League title

Champions league, CRIME, Football, Liverpool, Manchester City, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, UEFA
City have started the process of laying a new pitch for next season. City's 2-1 win over Liverpool in 2019/20 proved pivotal to their success in an enthralling title race, and the question over a marginal gain remains. Destroyed. Gone. Buried to the confines of history by the very process of being dug up. The evidence of Manchester City's greatest crime is now forever lost in piles of sand and, don't say it, grass. Forget FFP violations and being tarnished with alleged sports-washing, this was the club's most heinous crime. The allegations spread like wildfire, City and Pep Guardiola in deadpan denial and one eternal question: Did they alter the playing surface to suit before their league win over Liverpool on 3 January 2019? "I’m not the greenkeeper!" Guardiola said in res...
Ringside Seat: Shakur Stevenson takes another step toward the top at junior lightweight

Ringside Seat: Shakur Stevenson takes another step toward the top at junior lightweight

Boxing, Sports
LAS VEGAS -- Shakur Stevenson nonchalantly sat on the stage rocking a gray Nike hoodie, black basketball shorts and a New York Yankees hat cocked to one side at his prefight news conference, when his opponent on Saturday -- Jeremiah Nakathila -- said something that made Stevenson quickly turn his head in surprise. Nakathila, a massive underdog for Saturday's main event (ESPN and ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET), said that he plans to surprise everyone by destroying Stevenson and believes he can knock out anyone in the 130-pound division. Stevenson asked him to repeat his statement, and then he interjected. "I'm going to beat the s--- out of him." Some laughs filtered in from the crowd in the Virgin Hotels auditorium Thursday. Nakathila, who has a job as a police officer in his home of Namib...
Premier League clubs involved in Super League fined £22m; face 30-point deduction for joining future breakaways

Premier League clubs involved in Super League fined £22m; face 30-point deduction for joining future breakaways

EUROPE, FIFA, Football, ITALIAN SERIE A, LA LIGA, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, UEFA
The six English clubs that signed up to the breakaway European Super League (ESL) earlier this year have agreed to pay a total of £22 million as part of a settlement with the Premier League, it was announced Wednesday. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham also agreed to accept fines of about £20m each and 30-point deductions if they join a similar unsanctioned competition in the future -- a punishment that would have seen Arsenal and Spurs relegated during the 2019-20 campaign. UEFA also announced on Wednesday that it had put a hold on its disciplinary case against the remaining Super League rebel clubs -- Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid -- who were facing a ban from the Champions League. A statement from the Premier League read: "...
Turkey 0-3 Italy: Ciro Immobile nets as Roberto Mancini’s side start Euro 2020 in style

Turkey 0-3 Italy: Ciro Immobile nets as Roberto Mancini’s side start Euro 2020 in style

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, GAMES, Sports, UEFA
Report as Italy make an early Euro 2020 statement in a thoroughly deserved victory in front of 15,000 fans in Rome Italy beat Turkey 3-0 in Euro 2020's opening match in Rome Italy kicked off Euro 2020 in style with a dominant 3-0 win over Turkey as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne both scored in the Group A opener. Roberto Mancini's side put on an emphatic showing after Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli had opened the tournament singing Italia '90 anthem Nessun Dorma on the pitch pre-match. Turkey managed to frustrate their opponents for 45 minutes but faltered badly after the break as Merih Demiral put through on his net (53) following a tasty Domenico Berardi cross. That opened the game up which suited Italy's aggressive and attack-minded style as Immobile (66) and Insigne (7...
Nuno Espirito Santo: Everton close to appointing former Wolves boss as new manager

Nuno Espirito Santo: Everton close to appointing former Wolves boss as new manager

EUROPE, FIFA, Football, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, TRANSFER, UK
Nuno Espirito Santo close to being appointed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at Goodison Park; Portuguese left Wolves at the end of last season and previously held talks over vacant Crystal Palace managerial position Image: Nuno Espirito Santo left Wolves at the end of last season Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is edging closer to being appointed Everton's new manager. Negotiations over a number of issues including the length of contract are still to be finalised, but the club are hopeful he will be confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor within the next week. Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season after four years in charge, was close to becoming manager of Crystal Palace earlier this month before negotiations broke down. The Portuguese, 47, emerged ...
England’s key decisions before Euro 2020: Will Jack Grealish start? Will Harry Maguire be rushed back?

England’s key decisions before Euro 2020: Will Jack Grealish start? Will Harry Maguire be rushed back?

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
Does Jack Grealish start? What's England's formation against Croatia? What shape will Champions League finalists from Manchester City and Chelsea be in ? What role will Henderson, Maguire play? Image: What role will Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson play in the early stages of the competition? Gareth Southgate will have breathed a sigh of relief when the full-time whistle in Sunday's 1-0 win over Romania meant his England side had come through their final warm-up game unscathed. A full bill of health was the ultimate priority after losing Trent Alexander-Arnold last time out - but the fitness of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire looks set to remain a major talking point at this tournament. Henderson made his long-awaited return to action as a half-time substitute and, whi...
Premier League VAR to use ‘thicker lines’ for offside calls next season

Premier League VAR to use ‘thicker lines’ for offside calls next season

EUROPE, Football, GAMES, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, UEFA
The International Football Association Board [IFAB] - football's lawmakers - does not specify a maximum thickness of lines, under the laws of the game; PGMOL hopes the change will give the benefit back to the attacking team Image: Thicker lines, to be used for VAR decisions on offside, will be introduced in the Premier League next season European Super League: 'Big Six' clubs to pay £22m settlement to Premier League Also decided at the Premier League's AGM was the payment of a combined £22m fine by the six English clubs which secretly agreed to play in a European Super League (ESL). Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have also agreed to an additional £25m fine and a potential 30-point deduction for any similar transgression in the fut...
Jim White leaves Sky Sports News after 23 years

Jim White leaves Sky Sports News after 23 years

BREAKING NEWS, Football, Journalist, Sports
Jim White joined Sky Sports News in 1998; during his two decades with SSN he has interviewed everyone from Sir Alex Ferguson to Pele, being first with breaking news and pioneering SSN's groundbreaking Deadline Day coverage Jim White is leaving Sky Sports News after 23 years to focus on other media challenges. From interviewing Sir Alex Ferguson, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, to the collapse of the European Super League, plus countless deadline day scoops, Jim has always been first with the breaking news. White donned his now-iconic yellow tie on every Transfer Deadline Day to become synonymous with Sky Sports News' coverage. "After 23 fantastic years, it's time to bid farewell to Sky Sports. After much thought and with a heavy heart I leave Sky Sports News - but what a j...
Facebook smartwatch in the works, will have detachable cameras

Facebook smartwatch in the works, will have detachable cameras

Computing, DIGITAL, SMART WATCH, TECHNOLOGY
According to a recent report from The Verge, Facebook is looking to enter the smartwatch market. The social media giant’s first smartwatch offering will reportedly feature two detachable cameras which can be propped up anywhere users see fit to capture photos and videos which can then be shared across the Facebook app suite which includes the Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. The Facebook Watch (tentative name) will bring both front-facing and rear-mounted cameras enclosed in a stainless steel casing. The front-facing shooter is said to be primarily used for video calls while the back module comes with auto-focus and can record up to 1080p content. The watch will also do all the standard health and fitness tracking including heart rate monitoring. Elsewher...
A bunch of iPhone 13 models got certified by the EEC

A bunch of iPhone 13 models got certified by the EEC

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Apple is expected to announce its iPhone 13 series in September but before it can release them on sale they must gain certifications from regulators around the world. That's a long tedious process that so it starts well before the announcement and often produces leaks of various magnitude. One such new certification obtained by the upcoming Apple lineup is by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), which has revealed their model numbers. iPhone 13 model numbers listing on EEC The model numbers listed are: A2628, A2630, A2634, A2635, A2640, A2643 and A2645. All of these devices are running on iOS 14 and that’s as much info as we get from the listing. It’s hard to tell which model number corresponds to which iPhone 13 device at this point. Alleged iPhone 13 screen pr...
Realme’s first tablet and laptop to be unveiled on June 15

Realme’s first tablet and laptop to be unveiled on June 15

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
Realme is having a launch party on June 15 where the Snapdragon 888-powered Realme GT 5G will make its global debut. We also learned that the brand’s first laptop and tablet will also make an appearance during the event which is scheduled for noon GMT. Realme Book leaked shots (Source: Android Authority) According to the press message, the smartphone business of Realme has grown “by leaps and bounds” and now it is time for the brand to bring more “leap-forward products” to more consumer electronics categories. The future laptops and tablets, launched by Realme, will be deeply integrated with Realme smartphones and other products from the AIoT ecosystem to offer fans and customers a seamless user experience. Realme Book leaked shots (Source: Android Authority) Having a ...
Razer announces new Opus X wireless noise-canceling headphones for $100

Razer announces new Opus X wireless noise-canceling headphones for $100

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY, TEENAGERS, Youth
Razer today announced the Opus X pair of wireless headphones featuring active noise-cancelation. Priced at $99, the Opus X are $100 cheaper than the previous Razer Opus. The Opus X feature large 40mm drivers in a circumaural design with large ear pads. You get active noise-cancelation, which uses microphones on the outside of the headphones to detect and cancel out ambient noise. There's also a Quick Attention Mode that lets outside sound in through the speakers. The Opus X feature Bluetooth 5.0 connection. Razer claims a latency of 60ms when using Gaming Mode, although it's not clear what codec the headphones are using, with or without this mode. Compared to the more expensive Opus, the Opus X make a few concessions to reach the lower price. For one, there's no THX brand...
Nokia C20 Plus announced with Android Go, 6.5″ screen, and 4,950 mAh battery

Nokia C20 Plus announced with Android Go, 6.5″ screen, and 4,950 mAh battery

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
HMD Global introduced the Nokia C20 in April, and today the company follows it up with the Plus variant. Like the vanilla C20, the Nokia C20 Plus runs Android 11 (Go Edition) and has a Unisoc SC9863A SoC at the helm. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and you also get a microSD card slot, allowing storage expansion by up to 256GB. The Nokia C20 Plus comes in a one-piece polycarbonate shell with a 3D corrugated design, which the company says makes it strong and sturdy. The smartphone packs a 6.5" HD+ LCD having a waterdrop notch for the 5MP selfie camera, and around the back, you get a circular camera island housing the 8MP primary and 2MP depth units. The Nokia C20 Plus doesn't have a fingerprint reader, but it supports Face Unlock for biometric unlocking. It ...
Our Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 video review is out – our first encounter with HarmonyOS 2.0

Our Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 video review is out – our first encounter with HarmonyOS 2.0

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Our written review of the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 (2021) went live a couple of days ago and in the meantime we finished our video review as well. You might want to watch this one even if you’re not in the marker for a new tablet because this is our first encounter with HarmonyOS 2.0. Huawei is forging its own path here, though as it turns out that path is paved on top of Android 10. And while EMUI is front and center, some features like the desktop mode have gone missing. Also, while Huawei provides alternatives to Google apps and services (e.g. Petal Search, Petal Maps, the AppGallery), some are not so easy to replace. For example, Google’s Widevine L1 DRM is supported, but US-based streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video do not recognize it, so you’re stuck with...
Invest in training that supports CBC, President Kenyatta tells universities

Invest in training that supports CBC, President Kenyatta tells universities

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
NAIROBI, 11th June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked universities to invest in research and training that support Kenya's new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). “The Competence-Based Curriculum is a revolutionary step we took as a country to provide our learners with twenty-first-century practical skills relevant to the needs of the present world,” the President said. President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Aga Khan University-Kenya Charter during a ceremony to award the institution a charter at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County. President Kenyatta, who spoke on Friday in Nairobi when he awarded a charter to the Aga Khan University-Kenya (AKU), also urged universities to concentrate on producing graduates who can ...
This Indian village refused COVID vaccines, fearing a god’s wrath

This Indian village refused COVID vaccines, fearing a god’s wrath

COVID-19, CRISIS, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
In Malana, a village in the Himalayas, the local deity ‘told’ residents not to take the COVID vaccine – until a health worker persuaded them otherwise. On May 22, a team of health workers trekked for about 5km (3.1 miles) on foot to set up a coronavirus vaccination camp in Malana, a remote Himalayan village in northern India’s Himachal Pradesh state. Only 36 people turned up to take the shot in the village with more than 2,200 residents. But even this meagre turnout was a huge victory. Residents of Malana were reluctant to take the vaccine for months because the village council, a religious authority, had stonewalled the inoculation drive claiming the local deity, known as Jagadamani Rishi, had not agreed to it. According to the villagers, it took about five months of ritu...
Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, WORLD
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on after a special session of the Knesset whereby Israeli lawmakers elected a new president, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun Benjamin Netanyahu says he is victim of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy, and speaks in apocalyptic terms about Israel without his leadership. In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special security protection. Netanyahu said he is the victim of a “deep state” conspiracy. He speaks in apocalyptic terms when talking about the country without his leadership. ...
Ilhan Omar hits back at ‘Islamophobic tropes’ by fellow Democrats

Ilhan Omar hits back at ‘Islamophobic tropes’ by fellow Democrats

CRIME, CRISIS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE, Religion, USA, WORLD
The US congresswoman denies she drew ‘a moral comparison’ between the US, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban. US congresswoman Ilhan Omar has hit back after a rare rebuke from her Democratic Party colleagues over her remarks that seemed to place the United States and Israel in the same category as the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and the Afghan armed group Taliban. The Muslim American congresswoman on Monday tweeted: “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban”, drawing bipartisan condemnation and even seeing her accused of “anti-Semitism”. “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she tweeted, along with a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony...
Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Demolishing Palestinian homes for an Israeli religious theme park

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, Israel, JUDAISM, PALESTINE, POWER, Religion, WORLD
More than 100 buildings housing about 1,500 people in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem face demolition. Silwan, Occupied East Jerusalem – Nearly 120 Palestinian families face the destruction of their homes to make way for an Israeli religious theme park where the Israelis believe King David had a garden in biblical times. About 1,500 people living in more than 100 buildings in the al-Bustan area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem are under threat. On Monday, Jerusalem Municipality inspectors, accompanied by Israeli forces, delivered notices to demolish at least 13 of those homes and structures within 21 days, after an Israeli court ruled earlier they had been constructed without building permits. “Stating that the orders were delivered is somewhat ...
Dengue fever cut by 77% in groundbreaking mosquito trial

Dengue fever cut by 77% in groundbreaking mosquito trial

Asia, HEALTH
Aedes albopictus Mosquito. Super macro close up a Mosquito sucking human blood, Results of the three-year study offer hope in the global battle against an illness that sickens millions annually. Dengue fever infections dropped dramatically in an Indonesian study where a bacteria was introduced into disease-carrying mosquitoes, offering hope in the battle against an illness that sickens millions annually around the world. Results of the three-year study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week, found that infecting dengue-carrying mosquitoes with a harmless bacteria called Wolbachia led to a 77 percent drop in human cases. Infections requiring hospitalisation also fell by 86 percent in Wolbachia-treated areas of Yogyakarta, a city on Java island where the exp...
Olympics: Australian swimmer pulls out, citing ‘perverts’

Olympics: Australian swimmer pulls out, citing ‘perverts’

GAMES, OLYMPICS, Sports, SWIMMIMG
Maddie Groves, who won two silvers at the Rio Games in 2016, has withdrawn from Australia's Olympic trials set to start Saturday. She says it should be "a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport." A two-time Olympic silver medal winner announced Thursday she was withdrawing from Australia's swimming trials because of "mysogynistic perverts." Maddie Groves did not elaborate on the allegations. Her announcement comes just ahead of Australia's Olympic trials, due to start on Saturday. Australian swimmer Maddie Groves What did Maddie Groves say? In a series of posts on social media, Maddie Groves said that time was up on people who "exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them." "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport ...
Hong Kong moves to censor films on national security grounds

Hong Kong moves to censor films on national security grounds

Asia, China, Entertainment, MOVIES, MUSIC
Filmmakers will now be vetted to ensure their films do not criticize mainland China. Effective immediately, the move signals a further choking of expression by Beijing. New censorship guidelines go into effect for Hong Kong's film industry Friday as the government there seeks to assist Beijing in rooting out any anti-China sentiment. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced that censorship guidelines on the island had been expanded to cover "any act which may amount to an offense endangering national security." "When considering a film as a whole and its effect on the viewers, the censor should have regard to his duties to prevent and suppress acts or activities endangering national security, and the common responsibility of the people of Hong K...
EU and UK reach fishing deal for 2020-21

EU and UK reach fishing deal for 2020-21

EUROPE, European Council, EUROPEAN UNION, FARMIMG, FISHING, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD
The Council of Europe has approved the UK′s fishing opportunities and deep-sea stocks for 2020 and 2021, as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The European Union has agreed to a fishing deal with the UK that could be worth 333 million pounds ($472 million, €388 million) to Britain over the next two years. The Council of Europe approved the UK′s fishing opportunities and deep-sea stocks for 2020 and 2021 on Friday, as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. The post-Brexit fishing deal aims to provide security to the fishing industry on both sides of the English Channel. It will now be turned into EU legislation
Western governments & businesses are about to feel the heat of Chinese countermeasures against sanctions… and they won’t like it

Western governments & businesses are about to feel the heat of Chinese countermeasures against sanctions… and they won’t like it

China, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, POWER, USA, WORLD
The days when the US and its allies could sanction those they dislike with impunity are over. A new “counter-sanctions” bill from Beijing sets the legal framework to hit them back hard where it hurts, financially and commercially. On Thursday afternoon the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed its new “counter-sanctions” bill, a piece of legislation which, as the name suggests, aims to codify China’s own countermeasures to Western-induced sanctions against its officials and companies, which have been growing in scope.  Although the specific details of the bill are yet to be released, it is known that impacted parties will be able to legally seek compensation. The legislation was originally prepared last year but put on hold in anticipation of ...

Siberian bodybuilder pulls 40-ton Boeing 737-500 plane 15 meters, smashes record set by Russia’s multiple-time ‘Strongest Man’

Entertainment, POWER, TEENAGERS, WORLD RECORD, Youth
A Russian man from Surgut, a city in Siberia, has broken the country’s strength record by pulling a 40-ton Boeing 737-500, beating the old record of a 36-ton plane set last year. He managed to drag it 15 meters in just 39 seconds. Maxim Gametsky, a native of the city 2000km east of Moscow, displayed his brute strength at Surgut’s International Airport on Wednesday. Cheered on by a crowd of onlookers, the bodybuilder took three attempts, with his record being verified by Vasily Grishchenko, the head of the Russian Strongman Federation Gametsky, nicknamed ‘The Siberian Bear,’ is a longtime participant in strength competitions, having won fame as the “Strongest Man of Surgut” and “Strongest Man of the Tyumen Region,” amongst other titles. Speaking to local me...
EA confirms data breach as hackers claim they took FIFA 21 source code, Battlefield engine, and other LOOT

EA confirms data breach as hackers claim they took FIFA 21 source code, Battlefield engine, and other LOOT

Computing, GAMING, Security, TECHNOLOGY
Gaming behemoth Electronic Arts has been hacked. While EA says the thieves did not compromise player data, it has confirmed they made off with the source code for the FIFA 21 game, the Frostbite engine, and other software secrets. The data breach was first reported by VICE’s Motherboard on Thursday, citing posts on “underground hacking forums.” Among the stolen goods are the source code for soccer simulator FIFA 21 and its matchmaking server, and the Frostbite engine, which powers most of EA’s games – including the Battlefield and Madden franchises. EA software development kits (SDKs) are also among some 780 gigabytes of data currently being advertised for sale on the dark web. The software gives “full capability of exploiting on all EA services,” the hackers claimed in messages...
Covid-19: G7 nations expected to pledge 1 billion vaccine doses for world

Covid-19: G7 nations expected to pledge 1 billion vaccine doses for world

COVID-19, EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HEALTH, World Health Organization
The Group of Seven nations is set to commit to sharing at least 1 billion coronavirus shots with the world, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced, with half coming from the US and 100 million from the UK, as US President Joe Biden urges allies to join in speeding the pandemic’s end and bolstering the strategic position of the world's wealthiest democracies. Johnson's announcement on the eve of the G7 leaders' summit in England came hours after Biden committed to donating 500 million Covid-19 vaccine doses and previewed a co-ordinated effort by the advanced economies to make vaccination widely and speedily available everywhere. Toby Melville/APBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden have committed to providing hundreds of millions of vaccine doses...
Ajax goalkeeper Onana’s ban for doping cut to 9 months

Ajax goalkeeper Onana’s ban for doping cut to 9 months

FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
Ajax goalkeeper André Onana had his ban for a positive doping test cut to nine months on Thursday and can resume playing in November. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its judges found Onana was not at significant fault and reduced his one-year ban by UEFA. The ban now ends on Nov. 3. The ruling could see Arsenal step up its reported interest in signing the 25-year-old Onana, who is cleared to play for Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations in January. Onana tested positive last October for furosemide, a banned diuretic often used as a masking agent to hide the presence of other drugs. He said he was feeling unwell and took a pill prescribed for his girlfriend from a packet he mistook for aspirin “because the packaging was almost identical.” Anti-doping rules ...
Kenya’s authority to begin crackdown on unregistered potato dealers

Kenya’s authority to begin crackdown on unregistered potato dealers

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FARMIMG, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE
You might soon get yourself arrested if you are an unregistered dealer in Irish potato in Kenya. Kenya’s government announced Wednesday it has launch a massive crackdown to apprehend unregistered Irish potato dealers countrywide. According to Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, any dealer of the said crop whether they are the transporter, trader, warehouse, collection center, importer, or exporter who is not registered will either pay a fine of Sh5 million or 3 years imprisonment or both. "The Irish potato regulations were gazetted on December 2019 and thus became law. In this regard, there will be a sensitization exercise on June 8, 2021, and thereafter enforcement will start immediately. Be notified therefore that anyone who contravenes the law will be arrested and arraigned in co...
French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

AFRICA, African Union, CRIME, CRISIS, France, MALI, PRESIDENT, TERROR, TERRORISM, WAR, West Africa
A "profound transformation" of the presence in the Sahel of the French military Barkhane forces. This will include the closure of French army bases and the establishing of the international anti-jihadist alliance, as announced on Thursday by the president of France Emmanuel Macron. "We will initiate a profound transformation of our military presence in the Sahel, the modalities and timetable of which will be specified in the coming weeks, I will do so by the end of June, and I will initiate this work in the coming days. "It will involve the transition to a new framework, that is to say, the end of the operation Barkhane, as an external operation for the implementation of an operation of support. "Support of cooperation to the arms of the countries of the region that wish it, a...
Emirates suspends flights from Uganda and Zambia

Emirates suspends flights from Uganda and Zambia

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, COVID-19, CRISIS, Transport, TRAVEL, UGANDA, Zambia
Media statement: In line with UAE government directives, Emirates will be suspending passenger flights from Zambia and Uganda to Dubai, effective 11 June 2021, until further notice. Emirates flights from Dubai to Lusaka, continuing on to Harare and flights from Dubai to Entebbe will continue to operate as normal. Furthermore, passengers who have connected through Zambia and Uganda in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE. UAE Nationals and their first degree relatives, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions accredited by the UAE and the two countries who comply with updated COVID‑19 protocols, as well as delegations and businesspeople who have received prior approvals, will be exempt for travel.‎ Emirates regre...
Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

AFRICA, Central African Republic, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER
Firmin Ngrebada on Thursday resigned as prime minister of the Central African Republic along with his entire cabinet. Ngrebada was made prime minister in February 2019. He had served as President Faustine-Archange Touadera's chief of cabinet before the appointment. He had been one of the main architects of the Khartoum peace agreement in February 2019 between the authorities and armed groups which brought relative stability to the country that has been mired in conflict since 2013. A spokesman for the presidency said Ngrebada could be asked to lead a new government. His resignation comes after strained political and diplomatic ties with former colonial ruler France. Paris announced this week that it was suspending military assistance to Bangui, saying authorities in the...
UN: 350,000 face famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray

UN: 350,000 face famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray

AFRICA, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, FAMILY, FAMINE, PEOPLE, TERRORISM, WAR
A high-level U.N.-led committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions, a U.N. official said late Wednesday. The estimate was presented at a meeting on Monday of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising 18 U.N. and non-U.N. organizations. An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis update conducted in Tigray and the neighbouring zones of Amhara and Afar concluded that over 350,000 people are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) between May and June 2021. That number is expected to rise beyond 400,000 over the next few months if access isn't provided to those areas, said Brian Lander, the World Food Programme's Deputy Director of the Emergenc...
Covid-19 Deaths This Year Have Already Eclipsed 2020’s Toll

Covid-19 Deaths This Year Have Already Eclipsed 2020’s Toll

COVID-19, HEALTH, PEOPLE, WORLD, World Health Organization
As wealthy nations vaccinate, growing death tally underscores worsening divide between rich and poor countries More people have died from Covid-19 already this year than in all of 2020, according to official counts, highlighting how the global pandemic is far from over even as vaccines beat back the virus in wealthy nations. It took less than six months for the globe to record more than 1.88 million Covid-19 deaths this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The university’s count for 2021 edged just ahead of the 2020 death toll on Thursday. These numbers underscore how unevenly the pandemic spread around the globe, often hitting poorer nations later, but before they had access to the vaccines that have benefited Europ...
UGANDA: 14 Dead in one day – Uganda

UGANDA: 14 Dead in one day – Uganda

COVID-19, HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Uganda has registered 14 deaths in just one day, according to data released on June 9, bringing the total number of deaths to 402.  This is the highest number of Covid-19 deaths registered as of last evening. Ministry of Health data shows the country had by Friday morning cumulatively recorded 56,949 Covid-19 cases with at least 784 patients admitted to hospitals across the country. From June 1 to June 10, a total of 38 Covid-19 deaths were registered and over 8,273 confirmed new cases. However, health experts have urged the public to observe Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to avert the spread of the pandemic as most health facilities are full to capacity. Dr Charles Olaro, the director curative services at Ministry of Health, said unlike the first w...
Gov’t substitutes OTT with 12% tax on Data &  Airtime

Gov’t substitutes OTT with 12% tax on Data & Airtime

AFRICA, Entertainment, SMART PHONES, Social Media, TEENAGERS, UGANDA, Youth
The Ministry of Finance has slapped a harmonized excise duty rate of 12% on airtime, value-added services and internet data as substitute for Uganda’s controversially approved Over The Top (OTT) tax. ‘‘Some tax policy interventions to be implemented in FY2021/22 include rationalizing the excise duty regime on telecommunication services,’’ state minister for finance and economic planning,  Mr Amos Lugoloobi told MPs as he presented the 2021/22 national budget tailored towards industrialization for inclusive growth, employment and wealth creation. However, the newly levied taxes that take effect July 1 will exclude access to data for internet portals providing medical and education services. Introduced in 2018, OTT tax sought to regulate access to microblogging a...
Museveni: New cabinet members are loyal, hardworking

Museveni: New cabinet members are loyal, hardworking

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
President Museveni said Thursday that he had appointed capable members to his cabinet early this week after personally following and observing them for a long time, allaying fears that most of them may not perform to the expectation of Ugandans. According to the president, the newly appointed cabinet members are loyal, hardworking and not corrupt. Mr Museveni said, like Christ went for the fishermen, and left out the Pharisees and Sadducees who represented Authority, he had also decided to go for “the Nabbanjas” leaving out the so many “good people” and intellectuals. “When I was compiling my cabinet list, I was operating underground alone. This is one area where I don't need assistance. This is a fantastic and pleasant job. I have to look at religion, region, tribe etc... In...
I studied everybody I nominated to Cabinet – Museveni

I studied everybody I nominated to Cabinet – Museveni

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, Parliament, UGANDA
“I surprised you with my fishermen,” Museveni said attracting laughter from Members of Parliament (MPs) who converged at Kololo ceremonial grounds for the parliamentary third sitting and reading of the national budget today (June 10). President Yoweri Museveni has said that he fully studied everyone he nominated to Cabinet, adding that he surprised many with his appointments.“I surprised you with my fishermen,” Museveni said attracting laughter from Members of Parliament (MPs) who converged at Kololo ceremonial grounds for the parliamentary third sitting and reading of the national budget today (June 10).Ntenjeru North MP, Amos Lugolobi, who is also the newly-appointed finance state minister in charge of planning, read the national budget, before the President addressed the MPs.On June...
MTN water ambulance saves lives in Kiyindi

MTN water ambulance saves lives in Kiyindi

AFRICA, MTN, UGANDA, WOMEN
“An expectant mother in Buvuma hoped for a normal and safe delivery just like any other woman on earth. But for women in Buvuma, it was a matter of life or death. The health centre three on the island surrounded by water can only handle ordinary deliveries. In case of C-sections, the expectant mother would need to be ferried to Kiyindi town council, where she can be operated on. But the only ferry available rides on a schedule; three times a day,” former mayor kiyindi town council Dickson Kasujja Kabuye reminisces. The Kiyindi-Buvuma route currently has one ferry that carries 120 passengers and 8 cars, making three trips each day between Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe district and Kirongo landing site in Buvuma district.  Essentially, there was no emergency medical relief f...
Minister Amos Lugoloobi’s budget speech

Minister Amos Lugoloobi’s budget speech

AFRICA, Bank Of Uganda, Buganda Kingdom, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Banker's association, Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda Law Society, Uganda Olympic Committe, Uganda Police Force, Uganda Red Cross, Uganda Rugby Union, Uganda Super League
Speaker Jacob Oulanyah informs the House that Hon Amos Lugoloobi will present the budget on behalf of the President.Hon Amos Lugoloobi has just been appointed as State Minister for Finance awaiting vetting by the Appointments Committee.  Uganda’s per capita income is increasing steadily. In Financial Year 2015/16 it was US$ 808 and is projected to increase to US$ 932 in Financial Year 2020/21.  Coffee remains the leading agricultural export earning US$ 497.4 million in the Financial Year 2019/20. Dairy exports fetched US$ 204.5 million, while Tea exports earned US$ 71 million in Financial Year 2019/20. Fish exports earnings increased from US$ 121 million to US$ 227 million, over the same period. Minister Lugoloobi says scientific research and innovation is now tr...
President Museveni: Every car, motorcycle to have a digital monitor

President Museveni: Every car, motorcycle to have a digital monitor

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, UGANDA
President Museveni addressing Parliament during budget reading on June 10, 2021 President Museveni Thursday said every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have a digital monitoring device as part of his government’s attempts to contain cases of insecurity in the country, like the recent assassination attempt at Works and Transport minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala. “Every vehicle and motorcycle must have a digital monitor. If you try to remove it, we shall go for you. It will show us where you are at any one time. As soon as there is a crime, we go. I don't want any wasting time in investigations. I have told Gen David Muhoozi (State minister for internal affairs) to check what has happened to that plan. We would not be wasting time on who was there,” Mr Museveni said as he...
Senegal to start manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines

Senegal to start manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines

COVID-19, HEALTH, Senegal, World Health Organization
Senegal has successfully joined the growing list of Africa countries to secure the patent right to manufacture the Covid’19 vaccines next year. The West African country signed a deal on Monday with a Belgian biotech group Univercells to produce the jabs from next year. As the world is rushing to vaccinate billions of people against the pandemic, Africa’s initiative to secure the jabs has been minimal given that only 7 million people have been vaccinated. Senegal joins the likes of Egypt, Morocco and South Africa in the list of African countries that have successfully secured the rights to produce the jabs. Several reports revealed that the UNivercells had signed a letter of intent for collaboration with Institut Pasteur in Senegal in April. Univercell further revealed t...
Young drivers meet Red Bull’s Sebastian Ogier ahead of the WRC Safari Rally

Young drivers meet Red Bull’s Sebastian Ogier ahead of the WRC Safari Rally

Motorsport, RACING, Rally, Sports, WRC
Redbull has unveiled its set of 8 drivers to compete in the upcoming FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar after a 19-year absence. The championship is slated for 24th – 27th June, 2021. Fresh off his WRC victory in Italy, the current Championship points leader Sebastien Ogier spoke about his preparations for the upcoming Safari Rally. He shared inspiration with young rally drivers in Kenya in a virtual meet-up event presented by Red Bull. In addition to Sebastien Ogier, international drivers competing in the Safari backed by Red Bull include 2021 title challengers Elfyn Evans for Toyota GR and Thierry Neuville for Hyundai. Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta for Toyota GR, Kalle Rovanpera for Toyota GR, Dani Sordo for Hyundai and Adrien Fourmaux for M-Sport Ford complete the lineup ...
Borussia Dortmund Feel Manchester United’s Initial Jadon Sancho Offer Too Low

Borussia Dortmund Feel Manchester United’s Initial Jadon Sancho Offer Too Low

BUNDESLIGA, Football, PREMIER LEAGUE, Sports, TRANSFER
Manchester United’s initial offer for Jadon Sancho has been deemed too low by Borussia Dortmund, according to German daily Bild. Sancho wanted to move to Manchester United last summer but the Red Devils refused to meet Dortmund’s €120m valuation of the winger. Manchester United have revived their interest in the England winger again and have been in talks with his representatives over a transfer this summer. Dortmund have lowered their demands but are believed to be holding out for a fee that could go up to €100m before they agree to let Sancho move to Old Trafford. And the first negotiations have taken place directly between Manchester United and Dortmund, though no deal is in place. It has been claimed that the Red Devils’ initial offer has been termed too low by the ...
Floyd Mayweather earned $1.5m per punch in Logan Paul exhibition fight

Floyd Mayweather earned $1.5m per punch in Logan Paul exhibition fight

Boxing, GAMES, Sports
Floyd Mayweather earned north of $60m following his fight against Jake Paul in which the undefeated boxer threw 43 punches as he tried to KO his opponent Floyd Mayweather earned a staggering $1.5million per punch in his exhibition bout with Logan Paul. The retired boxer returned to the ring to take on the YouTube sensation in Miami in a fight that sold one million pay-per-view buys in the United States, Paul surprisingly lasted all eight rounds to hear the final bell with Mayweather unable to knock out his inexperienced opponent despite dominating the contest. The undefeated fighter threw 43 punches during the fight meaning every time he did so he was earning over $1m. Paul's purse is believed to be $14m and so earned $500,000 for each of the 28 punches he threw. ...
Nike Vs Adidas – The Battle Is Still On! But Which One Is Better?

Nike Vs Adidas – The Battle Is Still On! But Which One Is Better?

EURO 2020, EUROPE, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
If you are a frequent traveller and you know the importance of good footwear in your life, you will relate to this article and you would want to come to a conclusion in the end. When you think of sneakers for a trip, I am sure the obvious brands that come to your mind are Adidas and Nike. The Nike vs Adidas debate has been going on for a while now. Let’s put some light on the Adidas and Nike businesses and see who actually surpasses the other in terms of various aspects of performance. Both of them are renowned brands and are the best at what they do. Nike has always been the king of sportswear and sneakers. But, there has been a change in this scenario recently. Let’s dive deep into it and see what changed, our minds or the quality of these brands? And at the end of this Adidas vs...
UEFA orders Ukraine to remove ‘political’ slogan from kit ahead of Euro 2020

UEFA orders Ukraine to remove ‘political’ slogan from kit ahead of Euro 2020

EURO 2020, EUROPE, EUROPEAN UNION, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
European football’s governing body UEFA has instructed the Ukrainian national team to remove the phrase “Glory to the heroes!” from the national team kit on the eve of Euro 2020, due to the slogan's military connotations. Ukraine’s shirt for Euro 2020 was initially emblazoned with a map of Ukraine’s borders including Crimea as well as two slogans. One on the back read “Glory to Ukraine!” while inside the shirt were the words: “Glory to the heroes!” — a military greeting in Ukraine. UEFA initially approved the design but backtracked on Thursday following complaints from the Russian Football Union and instructed Ukraine to remove the slogan on the inside of their shirts. The slogan on the back of the shirt as well as the map emblazoned across the shirt are permitted to remain, ...

French Open: Djokovic, Nadal to meet in semi-finals; Coco Gauff determined to be future star

Sports, TENNIS
The Serb feels he can beat the Spaniard. The 17-year-old lost a hard-fought match to Barbora Krejcikova in the quarters Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will face each other for the 58th time in the upcoming French Open semi-final on Friday. On his way to the last four, Nadal kept Diego Schwartzman at bay and Djokovic pulled off a dramatic victory against world no. 9 Matteo Berrettini, winning 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5. Djokovic was under pressure throughout the game which saw some crowd trouble and a minor injury on his palm. “This match had it all: falls, crowd, break. It was a lot of intensity. I just felt under tension the entire time. The reaction at the end was just me liberating that tension that was building up for the entire match,” said Djokovic. Nadal clearly rules the...

Robson: Russell would be ‘massive loss’ to Williams

CARS, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Williams’ head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson, feels George Russel would be a “massive loss” if he left the team at the end of the season. Robson has previously described Russell as being “very close” to Lewis Hamilton in terms of his talent behind the wheel, and the 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a drive at Mercedes next season if Valtteri Bottas leaves. The young Briton has yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate in his time with Williams so far, only losing out once in F1 – to Bottas by a few hundredths of a second in his one race at Mercedes while Hamilton was sidelined with Covid-19. If Russell’s time at Williams is to come to a close at the end of this season, Robson feels it would make a significant impact on the team. “For me personally, I think he wo...

Mercedes – Bottas went against team simulations for Baku set-up

CARS, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, Sports
Mercedes - Bottas went against team simulations for Baku set-up Mercedes technology director Mike Elliott has revealed Valtteri Bottas' flawed high-downforce configuration at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was the driver's choice.ottas struggled throughout the weekend in Baku, qualifying only 10th before failing to advance through the field and instead falling to 12th by the end of the race to drop to sixth in the F1 drivers' standings. Article continues under video The Finn's difficulties were outlined by team-mate Lewis Hamilton's pace with a low-downforce set-up as the seven-time champion was on course for a podium only to wind up pointless after a late mistake. On the differences between the cars, Elliott responded: “Well, actually the setups were fairly similar, probably...

Infinix is working on a 160W fast-charging adapter

DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Infinix is a Hong Kong-based smartphone company that focuses on developing markets like Nigeria, Egypt, and Indonesia. The manufacturer is know for delivering very solid specs for the price rather than groundbreaking industry innovations, but this might change. XDA-Developers shared a photo of an upcoming Infinix-branded 160W fast charger, intended for use in a future mobile phone. The adapter on the photo sure looks huge, as is to be expected for a brick this powerful. It's unclear when we'll see a phone ready to take advantage of it but it can't be long now. An alternative explanation might be that it's not meant for phones at all. Infinix has already started selling laptops with Windows and while those don't support these rates yet either one with a big graphics cards mig...

Samsung unveils 50MP ISOCELL JN1 camera sensor

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY
Samsung has just introduced its latest camera sensor targeted at smartphones - it is called ISOCELL JN1 and packs 50MP resolution. The size of a single pixel is just 0.64 μm, which is the smallest the Korean company has ever produced, while the entire sensor is 1/2.76” type. The sensor is made for “every smartphone, from mid-range to flagship”. It has ISOCELL 2.0 for advanced pixel isolation and reducing cross-talk. In theory, it should improve light sensitivity and color fidelity with upgraded materials between color filters that don't let light from one pixel leak into the neighboring ones. The ISOCELL JN1 comes with Tetrapixel technology that bins four pixels into one big 1.28μm pixel for bright 12.5 MP images with less noise. This also enables real-time HDR - with two exposu...

Ben Affleck’s ex Jennifer Garner ‘gives Jennifer Lopez seal of approval’ amid Bennifer reunion claims

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, FAMILY, MOVIES, MUSIC
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have reportedly reunited (Picture: Getty) Jennifer Garner has given Jennifer Lopez her ‘seal of approval’ amid rumoured Ben Affleck reunion, it has been claimed. The Batman actor and Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer have sparked intense speculation they have reunited, 17 years after they called time on their romance. The former couple, dubbed Bennifer, have been pictured together but have yet to address the dating rumours. But while they have yet to speak out, Ben’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner – who he shares children Seraphina, Violet and Samuel with, is reportedly happy with their budding relationship. ‘JLo has Jennifer Garner’s seal of approval,’ an insider told Us Weekly. ‘JLo thinks Jennifer is a kind and wonderful person and an amazing mother....

Stacey Solomon And Joe Swash Announce Baby News In Sweetest Way

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, FAMILY, MOVIES, MUSIC
“We are growing another pickle,” the Loose Women star revealed. Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash have announced they are expecting their second child together with a sweet family photo. The Loose Women star revealed she was pregnant on Instagram saying she has “never been so grateful”. She posted a photo with her and Joe’s two-year old son, Rex, and her sons, Leighton and Zachary, from her previous relationships to announce they were expanding their family.  “We are growing another pickle,” the 31-year-old wrote. “We’ve never felt so grateful… I have no words. We didn’t think we would get the chance. https://17a659668df985a62c11507518d2bf6a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html “We love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love From...
World’s highest daily Covid-19 death toll recorded in India after eastern state revises numbers upwards

World’s highest daily Covid-19 death toll recorded in India after eastern state revises numbers upwards

Asia, COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
India has recorded the world’s highest single-day death toll from Covid-19, registering more than 6,000 deaths on Thursday after Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, revised its total fatalities since the start of the pandemic. Thursday’s deaths were the biggest number recorded anywhere in the world since the pandemic began, with the government reporting 6,148 fatalities from the virus. However, the data is heavily distorted by the revised figures from Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. The state’s health department amended its total death toll during the pandemic to more than 9,400 from about 5,400.  The previous highest daily death toll was in the US on February 12, when America’s healthcare authorities recorded 5,444 Covid-19 fatalities amid a deadly second wave. ...

Flying taxi start-up Vertical Aerospace plots $2bn Osmond SPAC merger

DIGITAL, SMART PHONES, TECHNOLOGY, TRAFFIC, Transport, TRAVEL
Stephen Fitzpatrick's Vertical Aerospace is close to agreeing a merger with a SPAC set up by Hugh Osmond, Sky News learns. A British 'flying taxi' company set up by the founder of OVO Energy is in advanced talks about a $2bn 'blank cheque' merger that will see another major British technology company heading for the US public markets. Sky News can exclusively reveal that Vertical Aerospace, which was established by Stephen Fitzpatrick five years ago, is close to sealing a deal with Broadstone Acquisition Corp that will see it become a publicly traded company in New York. City sources said the merger with Broadstone - which was established by the businessman Hugh Osmond last year - could be announced as soon as Thursday. They added that the deal was likely to value Vertical...

Joe Biden revokes Donald Trump’s bid to ban Americans from downloading TikTok

DIGITAL, Entertainment, SMART PHONES, Social Media
Joe Biden's new executive order comes after the Trump administration attempted to ban TikTok last year. President Joe Biden has reversed his predecessor Donald Trump's plans to ban the popular video app TikTok in the US. In a new executive order, Mr Biden revoked the Trump administration's attempt to ban the Chinese-owned app, and has instead ordered a new Commerce Department review into security concerns around data sharing and privacy. The Trump administration tried to ban new downloads of TikTok in August last year and attempted to bar US companies from doing business with ByteDance, the app's parent company in Beijing. Mr Trump also backed a takeover of ByteDance by American company Microsoft. TikTok is estimated to have more than 100 million users in the US and is ...

COVID-19: Vaccines will ‘not be enough’ and humanity must ‘adapt’ to coronavirus, expert warns

COVID-19, HEALTH, World Health Organization
Dr David Nabarro says people must still wear face masks and "minimise" contact with others as virus remains "very dangerous". Vaccines alone will "not be enough" to beat the coronavirus and people will "have to adapt" their lifestyles and keep minimising contact with others to prevent it from spreading, a leading expert has warned. Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation's special envoy on COVID-19, told Sky News's Kay Burley that although "life has to go on", the public should continue wearing face masks and behave "carefully". With the next target date for the relaxation of government restrictions in England still set for 21 June, he said: "I'm trying to again really reiterate that it can't be just about restrictions. The future for humanity is going to require that...

Flamingo Land trip ‘ruined’ as family forced to ‘barge through crowds’

COVID-19, HEALTH, USA, World Health Organization
Michelle Keeton, 46, had booked a half-term holiday to the theme park in Pickering, North Yorkshire for her husband, their two children and her mum, who is disabled A mum claims her family's holiday to a British theme park was ruined by lax policing of Covid regulations. Michelle Keeton, 46, had booked a half-term trip to Pickering for her husband, their two children and her mum, who is disabled. The group had enjoyed trips to the beach and other days out during the week-long holiday, reports ExaminerLive. But the whole reason they had booked to stay in the North Yorkshire town was so they could visit 'Flamingo Land', they said. The family try to make the trip every year and sons Ryan, eight, and Jack, seven, were desperate to return in 2021. Do you have a view on th...

EA and DICE share the Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer

Computing, ELECTRIC, GAMING, TECHNOLOGY, TEENAGERS, Youth
EA / DICE have unleashed the Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer. Alongside the video, put together using 'game engine' footage, a press release outlines the near-future brink of WWIII first-person shooter that EA claims is "set to revolutionize the modern multiplayer sandbox". Key features of the new title are; matches filled with up to 128 players (PC and newest gen consoles), real-time events that reshape the battlefield and tactical combat, plus all-new weapons, vehicles and gadgets. The story behind this dystopian near future game is that while the US and Russia are drawn into all out war due to shortages of food, water and energy, refugee populations spring up 'No Pat Specialists' willing to fight on either side for the perceived benefit of the large number of citizens of various...

Things Women Should Never Ever Talk About

Entertainment, TEENAGERS, WOMEN, Youth
Women are famous for their ability to chat about anything from the current political situation to that guy Molly started dating last week. We, girls, are simply wired that way and want to share our views with like-minded people. That being said, not all things should be revealed to the public. There are secrets you should keep even from your boyfriend and best friend! It won’t disrupt your relationships, on the contrary, we believe it will keep them only healthier. Here are 7 things women should never ever talk about. Sometimes you check on your ex Many girls do it , but it doesn’t mean you should talk about it. Sometimes you’re just curious about your ex’s current date or you want to confirm you made the right choice by leaving him – anyway, keep it a secret from you BF! You...

Prince Edward admits sadness over Harry and Meghan’s feud with royal family; reveals how he deals with it

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, KINGDOM, TEENAGERS, Youth
In a separate interview, Edward had said "Oprah who?" when asked if he has seen Harry and Meghan's tell-all. Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, admitted sadness over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's rift with Buckingham Palace and some senior British royals, and said he found that the best way to deal with the family crisis was to stay away from it. In a sit-down interview with CNN on Thursday, which would have been his father Prince Philip's 100th birthday, the Earl of Wessex was asked about the recent difficult months for the British royal family including Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey where they made a number of allegations against "The Firm." "It's very sad," the 57-year-old said, adding that all the members of the royal family h...

Bitcoin now legal tender in El Salvador, first nation to adopt cryptocurrency

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 15: In this photo illustration model Bitcoins lying on Dollar bills on February 15, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) Central American nation hopes to lower remittance costs and boost investment. On Wednesday, El Salvador’s president signed into law a proposal to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, making the Central American nation the first in the world to officially use the cryptocurrency. The new law says that companies must accept bitcoin as a form of payment, and the government will allow people to pay taxes with it as well. The exchange rate with the dollar will be set by the market, and exchanges from dollars to bitcoin won’t be subject to capital gains tax. The law was passed by a supermajo...

Biden and Johnson hold first meeting, but Northern Ireland casts shadow

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UK, USA, WORLD
While keen to affirm the strength of the long-celebrated partnership in the two leaders’ first face-to-face meeting Thursday, Biden has reportedly ordered US diplomats to scold Johnson over his handling of Brexit and its impact on Northern Ireland. Joe Biden and Boris Johnson will hold their first face-to-face meeting Thursday, during which they will lay the foundations for a new pact, despite Brexit and its consequences in Northern Ireland casting a shadow on the old "special relationship". Biden -- on his first overseas tour as US president -- and the British Prime Minister are set to agree a modern version of the 1941 "Atlantic Charter" signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, that set out post-war goals for democracy, trade and opportunity. But while keen to...

Hamas military delegation in Egypt to negotiate Israel prisoner swap: report

BORDER CROSSING, CRIME, CRISIS, Egypt, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel
A military delegation from Hamas is visiting Egypt for indirect talks with Israeli negotiators over an exchange of prisoners, sources have told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service. A military delegation from Hamas is in Cairo to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Israel, Egyptian sources have told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service. The head of Hamas's political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with the rival Palestinian Fatah movement amid reports that an Israeli security delegation was also present in the Egyptian capital. Sources said that the Hamas military delegation is headed by Marwan Issa, the chief of staff of the Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, the movement's armed wing. They added that Issa’s delegation would negotiate indirectl...

Israeli cyber firm selling mobile phone spyware to Saudi Arabia: report

Computing, DIGITAL, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, WORLD
It is suspected that Saudi Arabia and other states are using such software to spy on dissidents. It has been revealed that a secretive Israeli cyber company is selling offensive hacking technology to Saudi Arabia, according to reports by Haaretz. Quadream, which operates from an unmarked office in Ramat Gan and has a minimal online presence, provides offensive hacking solutions that allow its clients to access mobile phones, collect data stored on the devices, and even use the phones to track and spy on individuals. While many of Quadream’s clients are law enforcement agencies, they have also sold their services to repressive regimes, including Saudi Arabia. It is suspected that countries like Saudi Arabia are using the hacking tools to spy on dissidents. Quadream was f...

Israeli shutdown of health organisation will have ‘catastrophic’ consequences on Palestinians: Amnesty

Asia, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, World Health Organization
FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a temporary Clalit Healthcare Maintenance Organization (HMO) centre, in Herzliya, Israel February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo Amnesty International said the closure of the UHWC office in Ramallah will impact badly on Palestinian communities who rely on their services. The Israeli army's decision to shut down a Palestinian Union of Health Workers Committee (UHWC) office in Ramallah will have catastrophic consequences on the health needs of Palestinians, warned Amnesty International Wednesday. Israeli authorities raided the UHWC headquarters located in Ramallah, occupied West Bank, Wednesday morning, according to a statement released by Amnesty International. Soldiers broke down t...

Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in West Bank raid

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PALESTINE, WORLD
The three men were killed early Thursday when Israeli special forces, dressed in civilian clothing, attempted to detain Palestinians outside the headquarters of the PA Military Intelligence unit in Jenin. Three Palestinians were killed early Thursday by Israeli special forces who were on an arrest mission in the northern West Bank, sources on both sides said. One of the Palestinians killed was suspected of having carried out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers, an Israeli security official said. The other two were members of the Palestinian Authority security forces who witnessed the initial shooting outside the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Military Intelligence unit in Jenin. All three were killed when Israeli special forces, dressed in civili...

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi faces new corruption charge

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, WOMEN, WORLD
Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with corruption by the country's military junta, state media reported Thursday, adding to a raft of legal cases against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.The new charge follows an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission into several accusations leveled at Suu Kyi. It found her "guilty of committing corruption using her rank," the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said. She was charged under the Anti-Corruption Law section 55, and if found guilty could face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.Suu Kyi was overthrown from her position of state counselor and de facto leader of the country when the military seized power in a February 1 coup. She has been held in detention since then and charged with a series of ...

Ohio Doctor Claims Covid-19 Vaccine Magnetizes People, Makes Keys Stick On Forehead

COVID-19, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PEOPLE, VACCINE, World Health Organization
On Wednesday, Ohio lawmakers asked Sherri Tenpenny, DO, for her thoughts about Covid-19 vaccines. And she had a “key” argument against vaccination: that Covid-19 vaccines are actually magnetizing people so that keys can now stick to their foreheads. Tenpenny, an osteopathic doctor and author of the book Saying No to Vaccines: A Resource Guide for All Ages, was testifying for the passage of Ohio House Bill 248. Given the title of her book, take a wild guess as to the stance that she was taking when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine. Sponsored primarily by Ohio State Representative Jennifer Gross (R), Bill 248 bears the name “Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act.” But it has nothing to do with racial or gender discrimination. Instead, the Act aims to “prohibit mandatory vacc...

AstraZeneca COVID vaccine linked with small risk of low blood platelets: Study

COVID-19, CRISIS, HEALTH, PEOPLE, World Health Organization
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, known in India as Covishield, may be associated with a very small risk of developing a blood condition characterised by low platelet counts, according to a nationwide study in the UK. The increased risk of the condition, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), is estimated to be 11 per million doses, similar to figures seen in vaccines for flu, and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), the researchers said. A low number of platelets -- blood cells that help prevent blood loss when vessels are damaged -- can result in no symptoms or can lead to an increased risk of bleeding or, in some cases, clotting, they said. The team, led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, noted that people at most risk from ITP tended to be o...

Queen marks Philip’s 100th birthday by planting Duke of Edinburgh rose

EUROPE, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KING, KINGDOM, PALACE, QUEEN, UK, WORLD
The Queen called the rose ‘lovely’ and said the tribute to her late husband was ‘very kind’ (Picture: PA) The Queen has poignantly marked what would have been Prince Phillip’s 100th birthday by planting a rose named after her late husband. The newly-bred Duke of Edinburgh Rose was planted in the East Terrace Garden of Winsor Castle as a permanent tribute to Philip, where the couple spent their final months in lockdown together. Gifted to the 95-year-old monarch from the Royal Horticultural Society, the deep pink rose was officially named after the duke following his death on April 9. The Queen described the double-flowered rose bush as ‘lovely’ and that the tribute to her husband of 73 years was ‘very kind’. She received the shrub wrapped in brown paper last week by the apt...

Joe Biden Set to Warn Boris Johnson on Northern Ireland as He Arrives in UK for G7 Summit

EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, UK, WORLD
Earlier, as he spoke in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit to be hosted by the UK, Boris Johnson expressed optimism over talks with the European Union on ironing out the Northern Ireland protocol issue, insisted that a compromise was “doable”, and that he was “not worried” about the issue overshadowing the G7. Boris Johnson is reportedly to face pressure from US President Joe Biden on Thursday to resolve the contentious Northern Ireland Protocol issue that has marred ongoing post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the European Union. Biden is set to meet with Johnson in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for 11–13 June and hosted by the UK, which holds the G7 presidency for 2021. The US President flew to the UK on Air Force One, landing at the US airbase at RAF Mildenhall...

President Kenyatta warns leaders fuelling inter-clan conflicts

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE
The Government will not tolerate leaders who fuel inter-clan conflicts and blame it on terrorism, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned.“We intend to fight and we have fought Al-Shabaab. But we do not and will never allow leaders and individuals to use the name of Al-Shabaab to continue inter-clan animosities and conflicts,” the President said.President Kenyatta spoke Wednesday at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County, where he presided over the burning of 5,144 illegal firearms as well as obsolete state-owned small arms and light weapons.The Head of State underlined the importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue, saying the Government is more than happy to engage all Kenyan citizens in such endeavours.“A peaceful Kenya, a united Kenya...

PICTURES: President Uhuru Kenyatta – Destruction of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Security
President Uhuru Kenyatta sets on fire 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. A cache of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons burns after being set on fire by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. President Uhuru Kenyatta looks on as a cache of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons that he set on fire burns at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.

Harrison Ford told youngster he was Indiana Jones’ stunt double while shooting Indy 5

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, MOVIES
Tom Butler·Senior EditorWed, 9 June 2021, 1:45 pm·2-min read Harrison Ford filming in Grosmont, North Yorkshire (North Yorkshire County Council/PA) Harrison Ford told a young fan he is Indiana Jones’s stunt double when the star was spotted on location in North Yorkshire, the boy’s mother has revealed. The 78-year-old actor tipped his famous hat when he was seen in the village of Grosmont, where scenes for the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones series are in production. Ford had emerged from a tunnel in the village – which has a stop on the North Yorks Moors Railway – when eight-year-old Evan Laven noticed him. Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount) The youngster asked if he was Indiana Jones, said his mother Vicki, a deputy hea...

Spice Girls fans outraged as Victoria Beckham launches £80 T-shirts for Pride charity

CELEBRITY, Entertainment, GIRLS, MOVIES, MUSIC, TEENAGERS, Youth
The singer-turned-designer releases a new design each year and after facing criticism in 2020, she's announced that 100% of the proceeds will go to charity this time around. Victoria Beckham has been slammed by Spice Girls fans after launching a Pride T-shirt with a massive price tag of £80. The 47 year old, who recently shared an incredible Spice Girls throwback snap, took to her Instagram to share the new design with her 28.9 million followers, posting a clip of herself with her former bandmates all dressed in the printed T-shirts. The top, modelled by Victoria, Geri Halliwell, 48, Mel C, 47, Mel B, 46, and 45 year old Emma Button, features rainbow-coloured words that read: "proud and wannabe your lover," – referencing their hit 1996 debut single. In the caption, she tol...

Bezos in space: Amazon CEO, brother claim seats on first flight

ASTRONOMY, DIGITAL, SPACE, TECHNOLOGY
Jeff Bezos plans to be on Blue Origin’s inaugural New Shepard rocket flight with his brother, Mark, and the winner of the auction for the final seat. Just weeks after he formally steps down as CEO of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos plans to blast off into outer space. The billionaire founder of space firm Blue Origin announced Monday that he would be one of the passengers on the first crewed flight of its New Shepard rocket on July 20. He will be joined by his brother, Mark Bezos. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of travelling to space,” Bezos, 57, said in a video announcement posted to Instagram. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.” The Bezos brothers will be joined by four other passengers, including ...

Fastly blames software bug for major global internet outage

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, SOFTWARE, TECHNOLOGY
Fastly, the company behind a major global internet outage this week, says the incident was caused by a bug in its software that was triggered when one of its customers changed their settings. Tuesday’s outage raised questions about the reliance of the internet on a few infrastructure companies. Fastly’s issue knocked out high traffic sites including news providers such as the Guardian and New York Times, as well as British government sites, Reddit and Amazon.com. “This outage was broad and severe and we’re truly sorry for the impact to our customers and everyone who relies on them,” the company said in a blog post authored by Nick Rockwell, its senior engineering and infrastructure executive. He said the problem should have been anticipated. Fastly operates a group of serv...

‘Pind California’: US doctor camps with India’s agitating farmers

Asia, DIPLOMACY, FARMIMG, HEALTH, INDIA, PEOPLE, World Health Organization
Cardiologist puts lucrative practice on hold to aid thousands of farmers protesting against new farm laws outside New Delhi. New Delhi, India – When Dr Swaiman Singh, a cardiologist based in the United States, flew to India for a five-day visit last December, little did he know that his short sojourn would turn into a prolonged mission to save hundreds of lives. The 34-year-old doctor, who has been living in New Jersey for the past 24 years, put his lucrative practice on hold to visit his homeland after getting distress calls from relatives in his native village, Pakhoke, in the western state of Punjab. The villagers told him that a close family friend had died after a massive heart attack at Tikri outside New Delhi, one of three main sites where thousands of Indian farmers h...

Man who slapped Macron ‘subscribes to far-right YouTube channels’

CRIME, INTERNATIONAL, Media, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, Security, Social Media, WORLD
French President Emmanuel Macron gets slapped by a member of the public during a visit in Tain-L'Hermitage, France, in this still image taken from video on June 8, 2021. BFMTV/ReutersTV via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS VIDEO WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS IMAGE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. UNPROCESSED VERSION OF THE VIDEO WAS PROVIDED SEPARATELY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. FRANCE OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FRANCE Suspect identified as 28-year-old Damien Tarel slapped the French president during a walkabout, a moment that has gone viral on social media. The man alleged to have slapped French President Emmanuel Macron in the face subscribes to several far-right YouTube channels and is a fan of medieval swordsmanship, media reports and sources c...

Marginalised girls in India fighting child marriage

Asia, CHILDREN, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INDIA, INTERNATIONAL, UN Human RiGHTS, UNICEF, WORLD
More than 1,000 girls in Rajasthan start a movement against child marriages, which saw a spike during the COVID pandemic. Rajasthan, India – “I want to study at least up to 12th standard (grade)” was Saira Bano’s heartfelt cry when her parents started looking for a groom for her in October 2020. It had been a tough year for her parents in their remote northwestern Indian village. Since a nationwide lockdown to check coronavirus was imposed in March 2020, Saira’s father has not been able to find much work. He earned about 1,200 rupees ($17) a week as a labourer in pre-COVID times, which barely kept the family afloat. And when that stopped too, he thought it was better to marry Saira off instead of spending the family’s limited resources on her education. Saira is 17. “We are...

In China, a little-known EV maker is leaving Tesla in the dust

CARS, Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
A China-US JV has outsold every player with its tiny, cheap EV that young women love. Since last July, a little-known automaker in China’s southwest has dominated the world’s largest electric car market, outselling bigger players and even Tesla Inc. almost every month with a tiny, bare-bones EV that starts at just $4,500. The Hongguang Mini is the brainchild of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., a joint venture between SAIC Motor Corp. and Guangxi Automobile Group Co., two state-backed automakers, and U.S. giant General Motors Co. Based in the city of Liuzhou, known for its limestone mountains and river-snail soup, the company — which has sold some 270,000 of the cars within nine months, making it the best-selling EV in China — has even bigger ambitions for the future. It’s aimin...
How Netanyahu jeopardises Israel’s democracy the Trump way

How Netanyahu jeopardises Israel’s democracy the Trump way

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party’s efforts to find defectors among opposition forces the latest example of ‘King Bibi’ and his quest for power. After the fourth election in two years and the ever-more-likely departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister, the situation in Israel is becoming increasingly volatile – and Netanyahu himself is once again pouring fuel on the fire. Netanyahu faces nothing less than the loss of power on Sunday after 12 years in office, but he is not inclined to accept the latest development of a variety of opponents joining hands against him. Instead, he is putting massive pressure on Knesset members so they do not vote for a new government by mobilising his supporters, who have been gathering in front of the houses of lawmaker...
Colonial Pipeline ransom recovers as Bitcoin sinks

Colonial Pipeline ransom recovers as Bitcoin sinks

Computing, DIGITAL, ELECTRIC, TECHNOLOGY
The recovery of nearly all of the Bitcoin ransom paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers is undermining the perception that Bitcoin is beyond the control of any government. Bitcoin slumped to a two-week low, with analysts pointing to a technical breakdown as well as the recovery of Colonial Pipeline Co.’s ransom as evidence that crypto isn’t beyond government control. The largest token tumbled as much as 9.9% to $31,036 in New York trading. The wider Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index fell as much as 15%, with altcoins such as Ether, Litecoin and EOS dropping more. The fact that investigators “could trace the untraceable and seize it might be undermining the libertarian, free-of-government-control case,” said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at Oanda. The implications of that may...
World top vaccine maker stumbled in COVID dose drive

World top vaccine maker stumbled in COVID dose drive

COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
Serum Institute of India was named a top supplier of COVID-19 shots but has been plagued by problems and has failed to deliver. Around the world, from Bangladesh to Nepal to Rwanda, vulnerable hotspots have been grappling with stalled Covid-19 vaccination programs as they run out of doses. Many of those shortages can be traced back to a single company: The Serum Institute of India. The world’s largest vaccine maker, Serum was last year named a top supplier of Covid shots to Covax, the World Health Organization-backed initiative aimed at securing an equitable global rollout. But the Indian company has been dogged by setbacks, from a ban on exports to a factory fire, that have hampered its ability to fill orders. Covax has pledged to send shots to some 92 countries, but has so far ...
Ethiopia election: Will delayed polls mirror those of the past?

Ethiopia election: Will delayed polls mirror those of the past?

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ELECTIONS, Electoral Comission, ETHIOPIA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
24 May 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia --- epa04765092 Male residents queue for the Ethiopian presidential elections at the Bole Subcity polling station in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 May2015. The elections are the first since since the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and it is expected that his successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is certain to stay in office. An estimated 37 million people are thought to vote today. EPA/Solan Kolli --- Image by © Solan Kolli/epa/Corbis Gov’t says June 21 vote will be a break away from previous polls, but critics decry detention of opposition leaders and say process is not free and fair Ethiopia’s election is less than two weeks away but various insecurity and logistical woes, as well as questions over representation, threaten to overshadow...
President Kenyatta receives credentials from new envoys

President Kenyatta receives credentials from new envoys

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
NAIROBI, 9th June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi received credentials from six (6) ambassadors and high commissioners recently posted to Kenya. Half of the envoys will be resident in Kenya while the rest will be based in neighboring Ethiopia. Mrs Giovanna Valverde Stark (Costa Rica), Isatu Bundu (Sierra Leone) and Jeronimo Rosa Joao Chivavi (Mozambique) will be resident in Nairobi. The non-resident envoys are Nestor Alejandro Rosa Navarro (Uruguay), Jainaba Jagne (The Gambia), and Khadijetou Mbareck Fall (Mauritania). The President, who was joined by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau, welcomed the envoys to Nairobi and wished them a successful tour of duty in the country. Ends...
President Kenyatta: Safaricom will help transform Ethiopia’s economy

President Kenyatta: Safaricom will help transform Ethiopia’s economy

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 9th June 2021 (PSCU) — President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Ethiopians that the entry of Kenya's technology giant Safaricom will help transform their country by positively impacting most sectors of the 112 million population economy. Using the example of Safaricom's impact on the Kenyan economy over the years, President Kenyatta lauded Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and his administration for choosing to liberalize the country's telecommunications sector. “Today’s ceremony is the first step in an exciting and rewarding opportunity for Ethiopia. Kenya has seen the great gains and opportunities unleashed by Safaricom across the entirety of our socio-economic landscape. “Ethiopia now stands at the cusp of making even greater strides in Safaricom’s areas of strength...
PICTURES: President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Ethiopia for an Official Visit

PICTURES: President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Ethiopia for an Official Visit

AFRICA, African Union, DIPLOMACY, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for an official visit during which he is scheduled to witness the issuance of a telecommunications license to Safaricom. President Kenyatta, who is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Joe Mucheru (ICT), was received at Bole International Airport by his host, Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed. 
Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

CANADA, CRIME, CRISIS, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion, TERROR, WORLD
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the killing of four members of a Muslim family in Ontario a ‘terrorist attack’. Montreal, Canada – Like so many others have done during the coronavirus pandemic, the Afzaal family was out for an evening walk. But on Sunday, as they waited to cross a street in London, Ontario, they were run down by a driver police say was motivated by anti-Muslim hate. For members of Muslim communities across the country, the Islamophobic attack that killed four people, including a teenage girl, and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy, harkens back to painful memories of a deadly assault on a Quebec mosque more than four years ago. It is also a sign that something is terribly wrong. “The sentiment that I’m hearing across the board, and I think everybody...
Syria says Israeli air attacks targeted Damascus

Syria says Israeli air attacks targeted Damascus

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, Security
Syrian Air defences respond to Israeli missiles targeting south of the capital Damascus, on July 20, 2020. - Israeli strikes south of the Syrian capital wounded seven Syrian soldiers, state media reported, in an attack which a war monitor said hit several positions of regime forces and Iran-backed militias. (Photo by STR / AFP) State news agency reports ‘explosions in Damacus’; war monitor says at least eight pro-government fighters killed. Israeli air attacks struck central Syria late on Tuesday, with state news agency SANA reporting “explosions in Damascus” before adding that its air defences had been activated against the “Israeli aggression”. Israeli planes arrived from Lebanese air space, the news agency added. It did not mention any reports of casualties or damage but ...
CCBA works with Nakasero National Blood Bank to donate blood.

CCBA works with Nakasero National Blood Bank to donate blood.

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Ministry Of Health, Parliament, Social Media, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, WORLD
June 8, 2021. Kampala, Uganda – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) in Uganda along with the National Blood Bank and Kampala Rotary Club, Munyonyo, will be engaging in the annual blood donation drive where Ugandans are encouraged to give blood and help save countless lives across the country.  This drive will raise awareness for the need for regular blood donations, easy access to those donations and timely supply of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products as a key part of health care in Uganda. At the launch on 8th June 2021, it was shared that multiple districts, along with the capital city of Kampala, will be part of this initiative including Fort Portal, Jinja, Masaka and Mbale along with neighbouring towns like Entebbe. Globally, every year leading up to June 14th...
How a medical evacuation exposed Solomon Islands’ China challenge

How a medical evacuation exposed Solomon Islands’ China challenge

Asia, China, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, WORLD
Tensions are mounting after a prominent opponent of the country’s ‘One China’ policy sought treatment in Taiwan. Daniel Suidani, the premier of Malaita – the Solomon Islands’ largest province – is in hospital in Taiwan receiving treatment for a suspected brain tumour. But the influential politician is also under fire from the Pacific nation’s government over a medical evacuation that has underlined the deep divisions over a 2019 decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. Suidani, who has emerged as one of the Solomon Islands’ most prominent China critics since the country ended its 36-year alliance with Taiwan, arrived in Taipei on May 26 in a trip the government has condemned as “unauthorised”. Keep readingChina, Solomon Islands establish diplomatic relat...
Mass deaths in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting – UN Warns

Mass deaths in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting – UN Warns

CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
UN says people fleeing military’s ‘brutal, indiscriminate attacks’ in eastern Kayah are in dire need of food and water. A United Nations rights expert has warned of “mass deaths from starvation, disease and exposure” in eastern Myanmar after “brutal, indiscriminate attacks” by the military forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in Kayah State. In a statement on Wednesday, Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, called for urgent international action, saying attacks by the military – which took power after a February coup – were “threatening the lives of many thousands of men, women and children” in Kayah or Karenni state. “Let me blunt,” Andrews said. “Mass deaths from starvation, disease, and exposure, on a scale we have not yet seen since the Feb...
Uganda-Former Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo  bounces back as Vice President

Uganda-Former Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo bounces back as Vice President

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, Burundi, EALA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Ministry Of Finance,planning and Economic Development, Ministry Of Health, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South African Parliament, Sports, Twitter, UGANDA
I hereby inform the country that By virtue of the Authority given to   the President of Uganda by Articles: 108(2), 108A(1), 113(1) and 114(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint H.E. the Vice President, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Honourable Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers as indicated below: 1.         H.E. the Vice President                      ─         HON. JESSICA ALUPO;                              &nb...
Uganda Cranes final Squad to South Africa named

Uganda Cranes final Squad to South Africa named

Football, GAMES, Sports
International friendly match: 10th June 2021 South Africa Vs Uganda Cranes At Orlando Stadium, Soweto The Uganda Cranes head coach Abdallah Mubiru has named the final team that will travel to South Africa for the up-coming international build up on 10th June 2021 at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto. The final team was confirmed after the last training at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Monday, 7th June 2021. Uganda Cranes training session at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo Abdul Lumala There are 23 players on the team with the South African based legion of goalkeeper Ismael Watenga and Moses Waiswa Ndhondhi joining the team in Soweto. The team flies out tonight aboard Uganda Airlines at 8:40 PM. The leader of delegation is Kalibbala Chrizestom. South Africa host...
England fans urged to ‘drown out the boos’ in new Kick It Out and Football Supporters’ Association campaign

England fans urged to ‘drown out the boos’ in new Kick It Out and Football Supporters’ Association campaign

EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, GAMES, RACISM, Sports, UEFA
Players were once again booed for taking a knee against Romania; FA is also working on a video message to encourage fans to get behind the team on and off the pitch; former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand labels supporters who boo as "ignorant" Fans are being urged to 'drown out the boos' at Wembley in a new Kick It Out and Football Supporters' Association initiative as England begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Sunday. It comes after England boss Gareth Southgate's pleas to respect the anti-discrimination gesture were once again ignored by a small section of fans during the side's final Euro 2020 warm-up game against Romania. Southgate and his players remain defiant they will continue to take a knee and once again reiterated it is a show of unity in the fight against...
Eight rounds in exhibition pay-per-view for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul’s fight

Eight rounds in exhibition pay-per-view for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul’s fight

Boxing, GAMES, Sports
Floyd Mayweather says "he had fun" exchanging blows with Logan Paul during their eight-round exhibition match Sunday." I had fun … He's better than I thought he was," Mayweather said after the fight Sunday, saying Paul knew how to use his weight to his advantage. "He's a tough, rough competitor … I was surprised by him tonight." The pay-per-view event, which was broadcast on Showtime Sunday from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, was deemed a draw. The highly anticipated sporting event didn't go without technical difficulties. Some people said they had trouble streaming the highly publicized fight. "We are aware that some customers have been having trouble accessing tonight's Pay Per View event on SHOWTIME.com," a spokesperson for Showtime told CNN in an email statement on Sunda...
Romelu Lukaku says racism in football is at an ‘all-time high’

Romelu Lukaku says racism in football is at an ‘all-time high’

FIFA, Football, GAMES, RACISM, Sports, UEFA
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku believes racism in football is at an "all-time high" ahead of the start of the European Championships. Lukaku, who is preparing for Belgium's opening game of the Euros against Russia on Saturday, has received racial abuse a number of times throughout his football career, notably when he was the subject of monkey chants from fans in 2019. Today, he thinks abuse towards players is only getting worse. "I think racism in football right now is at the all-time high. Why? Because of social media now as well," Lukaku told CNN Sport. "I understand why people like Thierry Henry are blocking social media because it's easy, you can track somebody down … The social media companies, they have to do more for me." Earlier this year, former Arsenal forward Hen...
‘Black fungus’ and COVID-19: Myths and facts

‘Black fungus’ and COVID-19: Myths and facts

Asia, COVID-19, HEALTH, INDIA, World Health Organization
In India, COVID-19 has led to a surge in cases of a potentially fatal fungal infection called mucormycosis, popularly known as “black fungus.” The infection is every bit as dangerous as the media have portrayed it, but several myths are circulating on social media about potential sources of the infection and its treatment. The human body is not the usual habitat for fungi that belong to the order Mucorales, which includes species typically found in soil, dust, decomposing vegetation, and animal dung. Our immune system is usually more than a match for the fungi, but an “unholy trinity” of diabetes, COVID-19, and steroid treatment can weaken a person’s immunity to such an extent that these microorganisms can gain a foothold. Diabetes not only increases a person’s risk of severe...
COVID-19 Updates: Concerns Develop Over Vaccination Rates

COVID-19 Updates: Concerns Develop Over Vaccination Rates

COVID-19, HEALTH, WORLD, World Health Organization
More than 3.7 million people have died from COVID-19 globally.Over half of U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated.COVID-19 cases remain high in some parts of the world, like India, where few people have been vaccinated. Update on COVID-19 numbers Globally, there have been more than 173 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3.7 million associated deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.The United States has reported more than 33 million confirmed cases and more than 597,000 associated deaths.Currently, more than 170 million people in the United States have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Nearly 139 million people are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. Healthline updates this page on weekdays. For up-to-date information about the virus, go here. 6/7/21 12:20 ...
How Exercise Can Influence What We Eat — and How Much

How Exercise Can Influence What We Eat — and How Much

EXERCISE, FIT, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PEOPLE
Exercise affects our relationship with food in both physical and psychological ways.When starting a new exercise routine, you might believe you can eat more calories than you need, making it difficult to achieve weight loss (if that’s your goal).Health experts say planning meals and being aware of how exercise impacts our appetite and perception of food can make lifestyle changes easier. Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more challenging to exercise as often (or as intensely) as some people did before. In fact, many of us have found ourselves practicing a more sedentary lifestyle, gaining unwanted weight over the past year. But as restrictions ease, a number of us have started thinking how to approach losing weight and embracing exercise in a healthy, mea...
Too Much TV in Your 40s, 50s Can Affect Brain Health: What You Can Do

Too Much TV in Your 40s, 50s Can Affect Brain Health: What You Can Do

HEALTH, TV
The more television you watch in your 40s, 50s, and 60s, the greater your risk of brain health issues in later years. That’s according to researchers who presented three new studies at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2021 last week. The studies used TV watching as a measure of sedentary behavior (i.e., time spent sitting). Brain health was later measured by participants answering questions about their watching habits, completing cognitive tests, and undergoing brain MRI scans. TV watching was measured by how much content was consumed during leisure time: Low TV watching (never or seldom)Moderate (sometimes)High (often/very often) Together, the researchers’ findings suggest that people who self-re...
How Your Smartphone May Be Affecting Your Diet and Your Weight

How Your Smartphone May Be Affecting Your Diet and Your Weight

HEALTH, LIFE STYLE, PEOPLE, SMART PHONES
Screens and teens are a combination parents try to manage for multiple reasons. A study out of South Korea adds one more reason to the list. The study analyzed data of more than 53,000 Korean adolescents from the Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Survey and found that teens who used a smartphone for more than 2 hours per day were significantly more likely to eat more processed foods and fewer fruits and vegetables than teens who put their phones down more often. Additionally, teenagers who spent more than 3 hours per day on a smartphone were significantly more likely to be overweight or obese. “These results do not surprise me considering that screen time is a totally sedentary activity occupying time in which teens could be participating in sports or other physical acti...
French open: Tunisia’s Jabeur knocked out and US’ Gauff shines

French open: Tunisia’s Jabeur knocked out and US’ Gauff shines

GAMES, Sports, TENNIS
Ons Jabeur The Roland Garros dream is over for Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who was the last African left in the French Open. She was knocked out on Monday in two sets by the American Coco Gauff with 6-3, 6-1- all that in just 53 minutes. Jabeur tried to put up a fight but the American dominated from the start. Guaff is just 17 years old and her win against Jabeur now means she is through to her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal and is one of the youngest tennis players to do so. Coco Gauff She is also the youngest American to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam since Venus Williams. "It means a lot to me," Gauff told the media in her post-match press conference. "I have lost in the fourth round a couple of times so it feels good to get over that hurdle. Today I played...
CAF postpones 2022 Africa Cup of Nations draw

CAF postpones 2022 Africa Cup of Nations draw

CAF, Football, GAMES, Sports
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2022 African Cup of Nations Draw due to logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The draw was initially planned for 25 June 2021. CAF confirmed that a new date will be announced in the due course. Already 31 countries have qualified for the next year’s tournament in Cameroon. One team still remains to qualify between Benin and Sierra Leone after their match was rescheduled for this month. The request to postpone the draw was made by the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) citing logistical issues. “At the request of CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has agreed to postpone the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 final draw for logistical reasons related t...
Afro-Cuban fusion dance troupe sensation makes waves on social media!

Afro-Cuban fusion dance troupe sensation makes waves on social media!

AFRICA, Entertainment, Media, MUSIC, Social Media
Cuba, the Caribbean island which gave us the iconic Queen of Salsa and Rumba Afro-Cuban Celia Cruz is seeing the rise of dance troupe Datway -- a group of 16 dancers aged 18 to 32 whose fusion of dance styles with Africa-descended roots i.e. salsa, reggaeton and hip hop is making waves across Facebook and Instagram. Under a tin roof held up by walls covered in graffiti, the members of Datway train from Monday to Friday, shooting their videos on weekends. "Hip hop videos from other countries are always (set) in these very beautiful places," Datway founder Dariel Lopez, aka Chaiky Dari, told AFP. "We always look for places that are... well not ugly, because for us they are not ugly, but real -- those balconies in need of a touch of paint, young people and children who are not v...
U.S. imposes visa restrictions on perpetrators of violence in Cameroon

U.S. imposes visa restrictions on perpetrators of violence in Cameroon

AFRICA, Cameroon, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, POLITICS, TRAVEL, UN Human RiGHTS, USA, West Africa
The United States announced on Monday visa restrictions against "leaders" and "accomplices" of violence in western Cameroon, the scene of a four-year bloody conflict between armed Anglophone groups and the army. The sanctions are aimed at "those who undermine the peaceful resolution of the crisis," the U.S. State Department said in a statement, without naming those targeted by the ban. "We condemn those who undermine the peace by provoking or inciting violence, human rights violations and threats to peacekeepers and humanitarian workers," the U.S. diplomacy added. The statement further read "Washington is deeply concerned about the continuing violence and continues to call on the Cameroonian government and armed separatist groups to end the violence and engage in dialogue wit...
World Oceans Day: What must African oceans do to clean up?

World Oceans Day: What must African oceans do to clean up?

AFRICA, Climate, ECO
Tuesday 8 June marks World Oceans Day, a day to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean. The United Nations says: "World Oceans Day reminds everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet and a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere." Africa is no stranger to man-made disasters in its oceans. In August 2020, the pristine coast in Mauritius turned black after a major oil spill caused by a Japanese ship that ran aground.
Nigerians react to reports of Abubakar Shekau’s death

Nigerians react to reports of Abubakar Shekau’s death

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, Nigeria, TERROR, West Africa
Maiduguri, capital of Borno state in Nigeria's northeast. Borno is a Boko Haram stronghold. From here, the group launched deadly raids on civilian and military installations alike. News of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau's death was welcomed in the city, where people said they hoped to live more peaceful lives. Abubakar Ibrahim Askira, an activist said Shekau's death marked "a new beginning". "It is news that a lot of Nigerians or a lot of African (countries) are waiting to hear," he said. "I am calling on youths to be more vigilant and security conscious. Let's help the security authorities with all the relevant information to vanquish the remaining terrorists now that Shekau is dead," said Muhammed Mustapha, a resident of Maiduguri. The Islamic State West Africa Pro...