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AFCON NFF CONSIDERS APPOINTING EGUAVOEN AS SUPER EAGLES HEAD COACH

AFCON NFF CONSIDERS APPOINTING EGUAVOEN AS SUPER EAGLES HEAD COACH

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The Nigeria Football Federation NFF is considering terminating the contract of Portuguese coach, Jose Peseiro as the Super Eagles head coach and hand Augustine Eguavoen a permanent contract. Eguavoen was appointed to take over in interim capacity following the sacking of Gernot Rohr before the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Read Also:E.Guinea end Sierra Leone’s AFCON journey to sail through The NFF went ahead to appoint Peseiro as head coach, but asked Eguavoen to take charge of the Super Eagles an interim capacity as the Portuguese would take over from him after the AFCON. However, following the performance of the team under the tutelage of Eguavoen, the NFF is considering reneging the contract of Peseiro. NFF Considers Appointing Eguavoen As Super Eagles Head Coach ...
Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug

Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug

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  The world No 1, who was deported from Australia earlier this week after the government canceled his visa in a dispute over a medical exemption relating to his unvaccinated status, bought an 80% stake in QuantBioRes in 2020. Ivan Loncarevic, the company’s chief executive, confirmed the investment to Reuters. He subsequently told the Financial Times that he has not spoken to Djokovic, who has won more than $150m in prize money, since November and that the tennis star is “not anti-vax”. Djokovic flew out of Australia on Sunday after losing a legal challenge to overturn the cancellation of his visa by Alex Hawke, the country’s immigration minister, who said the tennis player’s presence in Australia might risk “civil unrest” as he is a “talisman of anti-vaccination senti...
Preliminary Israeli study shows fourth vaccine not enough to stop omicron

Preliminary Israeli study shows fourth vaccine not enough to stop omicron

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A preliminary study in Israel, believed to be the world's first, found that a fourth COVID-19 vaccine is not enough to prevent omicron infections. © AP-Matt Rourke Preliminary Israeli study shows fourth vaccine not enough to stop omicronGili Regev-Yochay, director of Sheba Medical Center's Infectious Diseases Unit, said the trial studied the effect of the Pfizer booster after two weeks and the Moderna booster after one week, according to Reuters. Regev-Yochay said the increase in antibodies from a fourth shot was "probably not enough for the Omicron." "We know by now that the level of antibodies needed to protect and not to got infected from Omicron is probably too high for the vaccine, even if it's a good vaccine," she added. Sheba Medical Center ran the trial on s...
Jill Biden: I didn’t expect ‘healing role’ as first lady

Jill Biden: I didn’t expect ‘healing role’ as first lady

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Her husband campaigned to help unite the country, but Jill Biden says “healing” a nation wounded by a deadly pandemic, natural and other disasters and deep political polarization is among her chief roles as first lady, too. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - First lady Jill Biden reacts to a question from a reporter at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, in Pearl, Miss., on June 22, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Pool Photo via AP, File)Wrapping up a year in which she saw herself as a key member of President Joe Biden's team, the first lady told The Associated Press that she found herself taking on a role that "I didn't kind of expect, which was like a healing role, because we’ve faced so much as a nation.”© Provided by Associated Press FILE - First lady Jill Bid...
Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa ban could end early, Scott Morrison suggests

Novak Djokovic’s Australia visa ban could end early, Scott Morrison suggests

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Tennis player Novak Djokovic could return to Australia sooner than anticipated following his deportation, the country’s prime minister has suggested. The top men’s player was deported on Sunday after losing a visa battle due to his vaccination status. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Novak Djokovic prepares to take his seat on a plane to Belgrade, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Under Australia’s immigration laws, Djokovic, 34, cannot be granted another visa for three years. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he could be allowed entry sooner under the “right circums...
Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe’s public hospitals

Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe’s public hospitals

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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — A World Health Organization official warned last week of a “closing window of opportunity” for European countries to prevent their health care systems from being overwhelmed as the omicron variant produces near-vertical growth in coronavirus infections. © Provided by Associated Press Nurses care for a COVID-19 patient in the infectious disease ward of the Strasbourg University Hospital, eastern France, Thursday Jan. 13, 2022. The omicron variant is exposing weaknesses at the heart of Europe's public health system. In France and Britain, a sharp rise in coronavirus hospitalizations coupled with staff falling sick has led to a shortage of beds. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)In France, Britain and Spain, nations with comparatively strong national heal...
Omicron becoming dominant variant here

Omicron becoming dominant variant here

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Omicron is gradually becoming the dominant COVID variant in Sri Lanka overtaking the Delta variant, Sri Jayawardhanapura University’s Immunology and Molecular Medicine Department Director Dr.Chandima Jeewandara told the media over the weekend. According to the latest SARS-CoV-2 variant report issued by the Department, 160 new cases of Omicron and 22 new cases of Delta were detected from 182 samples. TOPSHOT - School girls wait at the designated observation area after getting themselves inoculated with the dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus for the 12-15 years age group at an educational institution in Colombo on January 7, 2022. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)“These 182 samples ...
Chinese cities on high COVID-19 alert as peak Lunar New Year travel season starts

Chinese cities on high COVID-19 alert as peak Lunar New Year travel season starts

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Several Chinese cities went on high COVID-19 alert as the Lunar New Year holiday travel season started on Monday, requiring travellers to report their trips days before their arrival, as the Omicron variant reached more areas including Beijing. © Reuters/STRINGER People line up during the fifth round of nucleic acid testing in AnyangAuthorities have warned the highly contagious Omicron adds to the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission as hundreds of millions of people travel around China for the Lunar New Year holiday starting at the end of the month. Cities such as Luoyang in the central China and Jieyang in the south said on Sunday travellers need to report to communities, employers or hotels their trips three days ahead of arrival. The southwestern city ...
Australian Open begins after Djokovic saga

Australian Open begins after Djokovic saga

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The Australian Open finally began at Melbourne Park on Monday after a chaotic and controversial build-up dominated by the visa saga that engulfed world number one Novak Djokovic. © William WEST The Australian Open has finally begun after a chaotic build-up dominated by Novak Djokovic, who lost his court bid to stay in the country Germany's Tatjana Maria struck the first serve of the opening Grand Slam of the year on Rod Laver Arena against Greece's Maria Sakkari, the fifth seed, in the women's singles. Defending champion Naomi Osaka follows her on centre court with 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal concluding the afternoon action on an overcast and cool day, with crowds capped at 50 percent capacity due to coronavirus. World number one Djokovic was supposed to be the headl...
World’s 10 richest men doubled wealth during Covid: report

World’s 10 richest men doubled wealth during Covid: report

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The world's 10 wealthiest men doubled their fortunes during the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic as poverty and inequality soared, a report said on Monday. Oxfam said the men's wealth jumped from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion, at an average rate of $1.3 billion per day, in a briefing published before a virtual mini-summit of world leaders being held under the auspices of the World Economic Forum. © Ozan KOSE Oxfam said the wealth of the world's 10 richest men jumped from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion during the pandemic A confederation of charities that focus on alleviating global poverty, Oxfam said the billionaires' wealth rose more during the pandemic more than it did the previous 14 years, when the world economy was suffering the worst recession since the Wall Stree...