Davido donates N250m to orphanages across Nigeria (Punch)
Award-winning singer, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke on Saturday announced his donation of N250m to orphanages across Nigeria.
According to the singer, the money came from his N100m challenge which raked in N201m in three days.
Making the announcement via his Instagram page, Davido stated that he has decided to add N50m to the donation from fans and colleagues.
In total, Davido is set to support orphanages across Nigeria with a sum of N250m. Read more
COVID-19: Lagos moves to prevent, mitigate fourth wave (Champion)
Lagos State Government has warned of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 infection in the country, identifying; the volume of inbound passengers coming into the State for Christmas and New Year festivities, low vaccination and the anticipated social activities in the festive season as potential triggers.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who disclosed this today at a press briefing on the Lagos State COVID19 response and mass vaccination strategy, noted however that the Lagos State Government is currently implementing strategies to prevent and mitigate a possible fourth wave of COVID19 infection.
He explained that the State government is employing four pronged strategies including; vaccination strategy, testing strategy, management of inbound passengers of interest into the country and managing social events during the festive season to prevent and mitigate a potential fourth wave.
According to him, “we are ramping up the percentage of residents of Lagos vaccinated against COVID-19 from 1.6 % to 30% within one year. We are also improving our testing capacity and adding day two and day seven tests for passengers of interest from all countries. Read more
Lawan applauds unity in 9th Senate, bags achievement in politics award (Leadership)
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has applauded the prevailing atmosphere of unity among his fellow Senator-colleagues, saying that it has made the 9th Senate different from the previous ones.
Lawan said the unity among the Senators of different political persuasions and their focus and determination to work for Nigeria had made the 9th National Assembly to record some successes.
The Senate President spoke on Friday in Lagos at the 2021 award night of the New Telegraph Newspapers where he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement in Politics Award.
Also honoured were some State Governors, Ministers and Lawmakers including Senator Mohammed Sani Musa who received the Most Innovative Senator of the Year 2021 Award. Read more
Railway Workers Suspend Strike (VON)
The Nigerian Union of Railway Workers NURW has suspended its three-day warning strike following resolutions made by concerned authorities.
This was contained in a communiqué of resolutions jointly signed by President General, Senior Staff Association (SSA), Nigerian Railway Corporation, Aliyu Mainasara, President of NUR, Innocent Ajiji and Director Admin/Human Resources, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Dr. Monsurat Omotayo after meetings with the NRC Board in Abuja, the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMOT), NRC management, and the leadership of NURW and SSA in Lagos.
The concerned parties resolved that a committee be set up with immediate effect on the review of the standard condition of service with timeline lasting to January 31, 2022.
It was agreed that the personal data on deceased workers be collected for processing for immediate payment as every worker is already covered by the group life assurance scheme. Read more
FRSC urges motorists to embrace speed limit to reduce road crashes (Guardian)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Delta has urged motorists to embrace speed limits as stipulated by law to promote continuous reduction in road traffic accidents on highways.
The Delta State FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Patrick Okoyeocha, made the call while briefing journalists on Saturday at the ”2021 African Road Safety Day and World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims”.
Okoyeocha said that the “World Day Remembrance of RTC Victims”, which is a week-long event, is usually commemorated annually on the third week of every November.
“The theme for this year’s event is Act for Low Speeds/Act for Low Speed Streets with the slogan `Remember Support Act’. Read more
#EndSARS: NNPP seeks severe punishment for indicted persons, timely compensation for victims (Vanguard)
Relevant authorities have been tasked to thoroughly investigate and ascertain the identity of security personnel indicted by the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Lekki Tollgate #EndSARS brutality with a view to giving appropriate sanctions to the identified personnel.
The New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP which gave the opinion also stressed the need for timely and adequate compensation for victims and or their families.
The Party insisted shooting of unarmed protesters who were waving the country’s flag by security agents is a travesty which should not be left unpunished.
In a statement issued on Friday by Rev. Emmanuel Olorunmagba, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Party, he stated, “The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has called on relevant authorities to ensure thorough investigation into revealing the identity of the soldiers and policemen indicted by the report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Lekki #EndSARS brutality. Read more
Niger government bans sale of motorcycles (DailyTrust)
Niger State Government has banned the sale of motorcycles in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who announced this in a statement on Saturday, said the decision followed the incessant security challenges in some parts of the State and the demands of motorcycles as ransom by bandits and kidnappers.
“The State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has directed the immediate ban on the sales of motorcycles across the State,” the statement read in part.
Matane said the category of motorcycles affected by the ban includes any motorcycles (Bajaj, Boxer, Qiujeng, Honda ACE, Jingchen, etc) with engine capacity from 185 Cubic Centimetres (cc). Read more
Man who guided people across Morecambe Bay for 56 years dies aged 88 (Guardian)
A man who for 56 years guided walkers across the treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay, has died, aged 88.
Cedric Robinson was the longest-serving Queen’s Guide to the Sands, a job created in 1548 during the dissolution of the monasteries, when the reigning monarch inherited an obligation to appoint guides for travellers over the sands of the bay.
For a salary of £15 a year, he steered hundreds of thousands of people away from the quicksands and fast-filling channels of the ever-changing bay, including Prince Phillip and Victoria Wood.
In a tribute, the Guide over Sands Trust said “now Cedric, it is time to rest your sandy feet”. Read more
Mide SF set to take Nigerian music to next level (ThisDay)
Singer Agunbiade Joseph Temidayo, professionally known as Mide SF is out to carve a niche for himself in the Nigerian music industry. The artiste, who has been on steady rise to fame, is not leaving anything behind to pursue his passion for music. But unlike most fast rising musicians who emulate their predecessors, he has chosen to chart his own path to success. The singer, who just released his first official EP titled ‘Soft EP’, with songs like ‘Rollercoaster’, ‘Joro’, ‘Feel Alright’, ‘Overdose’, boasted that he is more talented, organised than Grammy Award winner, Burna Boy, and also spoke of his plan to conquer the Nigerian music scene.
He said, “Soft EP is my first official EP. The idea behind the title is the uniqueness and untouchable nature of my brand; the nature of my talent is unparalleled. Burna Boy ranks among Nigeria’s greatest artistes of this generation. I have watched him and I can tell you he’s talented and has a very strong stage presence. He has showed to this generation that we can through hard-work believe in ourselves and achieve the ultimate goal.
“However, I am not boasting or trying to woo you, I believe in myself and I can tell you that I am better than Burna Boy, just watch out.”
Speaking on how his growing up in Nigeria has helped him to be a better personality and inspired him to fall in love with afro-beat, the Ondo State-born artiste said, “I would say my growing up has greatly influenced me. Growing up in Nigeria, mainstream radio stations were playing either Afrobeat or R&B. There was no other thing, except reggae. The clubs were completely taken over by Afrobeat and R&B from Psquare to D’Banj. I will say that it has really been a lot easier for me to be versatile with my style and writing. I know that if I didn’t have such exposure from a young age, it would have been very difficult for me to write song in Afro-beat.” Read more
In rare meet, Israeli envoy to Bahrain seen talking with Indonesian defense minister (TimesofIsrael)
Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Bahrain spoke with Indonesia’s defense minister in a rare public interaction on Saturday between officials from countries that do not have formal diplomatic ties.
The encounter between Itay Tagner and Prabowo Subianto took place on the sidelines of Bahrain’s annual Manama Dialogue conference.
No details were immediately available regarding the content of the discussion.
US officials told The Times of Israel earlier this year that the Trump administration had Indonesia and Mauritania lined up to be the next Muslim countries to normalize relations with Israel, but ran out of time. Read more
Iran to negotiate with P4+1 rather than US in Vienna talks (MehrNews)
Speaking in an interview with Mehr news agency on Saturday, Abolfazl Amouei, a member of Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that a temporary agreement is not a serious issue for the time being in the Vienna talks.
“What has been published in the American media as a temporary agreement has not yet been seriously brought up by the P4+1 officials,” Amoei said, adding, “We do not negotiate with the Americans and our negotiating side is the P4+1.”
“Iran’s talks with the P4+1 will take place in Vienna on November 29 and the topic of the talks is the removal of anti-Iran sanctions. Without the lifting of sanctions, it is not possible for Iran to return to the JCPOA agreement after ignoring the implementation of paragraphs 26 and 36 of the deal,” he added.
Saying that Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the JCPOA, Amoui stressed, “Iran has taken steps to diminish its commitments in accordance with the JCPOA agreement.” Read more
Rotterdam: At least 7 injured after police fire at protesters during COVID-19 riots (Sky)
At least seven people have been injured – including police – during riots in Rotterdam against COVID-19 restrictions.
It comes as the Netherlands re-imposed some lockdown measures in a bid to curb a fourth wave of the coronavirus.
Police confirmed they fired warning shots after a demonstration broke out on Friday night, with the injuries “related to the fired shots”.
“We fired warning shots and there were also direct shots fired because the situation was life-threatening,” said police spokesperson Patricia Wessels. Read more
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes takes stand in criminal trial (DW)
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes took the stand on Friday to defend herself against charges of defrauding investors and patients about her company.
Holmes has been accused of lying about her company’s diagnostic abilities, including touting technology that could run a series of tests much faster than a conventional laboratory setting using only a few drops of blood.
Holmes’s criminal trial opened in September, with her defense attorney saying Holmes was a hardworking young entrepreneur who underestimated the kind of challenges her company ended up facing.
Removing her blue mask, Holmes said that her work at Theranos led her to believe in the company’s technology. Read more
Mexican authorities find more than 400 migrants in trailers (ABC)
Mexican authorities discovered more than 400 migrants transiting the country in the back of two semi-trailers Friday, not far from where two migrant caravans were more visibly, and slowly, making their way north.
The migrants were held by authorities in a walled yard until federal immigration agents could retrieve them.
“There were more than 400,” said Tonatiuh Hernández Sarmiento, of the Veracruz Human Rights Commission, after visiting the migrants. “Some were very dirty, covered in mud, I imagine because of the conditions of the containers … the overcrowding. I imagine that because of the heat they were really wet.”
There were children, pregnant women and ill people among them, he said. Read more
One dead, two injured in Southern California mall shooting (NYPost)
Three people were shot, one fatally, at a Southern California mall Friday night, according to reports.
Shots were reported at 7:51 p.m. at the shopping center in Victorville, according to the Victor Valley News Group.
EMTs performed CPR on an unresponsive black male outside a Red Robin, before pronouncing him dead at the scene, the outlet reported.
One of the survivors was eight years old and had to be flown from a local hospital to a larger medical center, the Victorville Daily Press reported. Read more
Donald Trump Strongly Hints at 2024 Run as Multiple Polls Show Him Beating Biden (Newsweek)
Former President Donald Trump again strongly suggested that he plans to launch another campaign for the White House in 2024 as multiple recent polls show him beating President Joe Biden.
Biden has seen his poll numbers tank in recent months after he took office in January with an approval rating above 50 percent. As multiple crises have plagued the Biden administration over the past year, latest polls have suggested that Trump would beat the current president if another presidential election were held today.
During a Friday evening interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump was asked about his future political plans after he spent a few minutes attacking Biden’s policies.
“Mr. President, are you the one to save the country after Biden?” Ingraham asked. Read more
Chief of Naval Staff football tourney kicks off today (Nation)
With less than two weeks after it successfully organised the Aisha Bala Mohammed U-15 Football Championship for Boys in Bauchi State, Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON) has turned its attention to the 18th edition of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) U-14 Boys Football Competition as well as the 10th edition of the Naval Officers Wives (NOWA) U-17 Girls football tournament.
The tournament kicks off today Saturday at the old Parade Ground Abuja to end November 27, 2021.
According to a statement by the Federation signed by the National Secretary, Patrick Okpavuerhe, each participating team is expected to come with 20 players who must strictly be under the ages of 14 for boys and 17 for girls as at November 30, 2021 with body weight of 51 kg and maximum height of 1.58m for boys; 60 kg and 1.78m for girls and to be accompanied by three officials, one of whom must be a YSFON official.
The statement further stated that arrival date for all teams is Saturday while screening will hold Sunday starting at 7AM with each player expected to provide three passport photographs for licenses even as it warned against late arrival. Read more
Wor Flags unveil a new banner in support of Eddie Howe and Newcastle United (ChronicleLive)
Newcastle United fan group Wor Flags have unveiled their latest banner to a sold-out St James’ Park – and it’s a special one for new head coach Eddie Howe.
The flag was seen for the first time just before kick-off against Brentford with the message ‘Eddie Howe’s black and white army’ as well as the quote ‘make every day your masterpiece.’
The quote is a famous one from the late US college basketball coach John Wooden who has been an inspirational figure in Howe’s career – and Wor Flags, as they did with the banner which welcomed Miguel Almiron, felt it important to deliver a personal message to Howe.
A spokesman told Chronicle Live: “We do try and bring that personal touch because it means a lot more – that quote, the research, it means much more than the generic things. Read more
Thomas Tuchel insists there is ‘always room for improvement’ despite Chelsea’s dominant display (EveningStandard)
Thomas Tuchel explained why he still cut a frustrated figure on the side-line as Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League.
A 3-0 win against Leicester did not stop the German angrily pacing around his technical area or barking orders at his league leaders.
Goals from Toni Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and substitute Christian Pulisic secured a dominant win for Chelsea – but Tuchel revealed why he was still concerned.
He insisted his players should have killed off Brendan Rodgers’ side earlier – having to wait until Pulisic came off the bench to add a third in the 71st-minute. Read more
Diego Maradona accused of raping woman when she was 17 and blames him for coke habit (DailyStar)
A woman who knew Diego Maradona has accused him of raping her when she was just 17.
Cuban Mavys Alvarez alleges that the sex attack happened as her tearful mum tried to get into the house where she was staying with the soccer legend when he refused to open the door.
Her allegation comes less than a week before the first anniversary of the football icon’s death from heart failure at a rented mansion on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Alvarez had alleged earlier this year that Maradona seduced her when she was just 16 and got her hooked on cocaine. Read more
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton undergoes season-ending knee surgery (Sportsnaut)
Collin Sexton’s fourth NBA season is officially over after just 11 games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers guard underwent season-ending knee surgery on Wednesday in Atlanta, according to an announcement by the team Friday.
Sexton sustained a torn meniscus in his left knee against the New York Knicks on Nov. 7. He ended his season averaging 16 points — second on the team — as well as 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
The Cavaliers, who have been hit hard by injuries lately, have dropped three straight games following a 9-5 start to the campaign. They played their most recent game Thursday against the Golden State Warriors without promising rookie big man Evan Mobley (elbow), starting center Jarrett Allen (illness) and forwards Lauri Markkanen (health and safety protocols) and Cedi Osman (back), in addition to Sexton. Read more
ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev beats Casper Ruud and challenges Novak Djokovic (TennisWorld)
World no. 2 and the defending ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev is through to his second consecutive final at the premium ATP event. Daniil took down a debutant Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 19 minutes, earning his ninth straight victory at the ATP Finals and setting Sunday’s title clash against Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev.
Medvedev defeated Ruud for the third time in as many encounters, winning 15 points more and controlling the pace with a reliable performance behind the initial shot. The Russian dropped ten points in his games, never facing a break point and converting 40% of the return points into three breaks from nine opportunities.
Interestingly, Ruud stayed in touch with Medvedev in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, and Dannil built his victory in the area of the most extended rallies, taking 18 out of 21 points to sail over the finish line and advance into the final.
The Norwegian held at love in the opening game with a forehand down the line winner, and the Russian responded with an ace down the T line in game two to add his name on the scoreboard. Read more
Race 1 of Final World Superbike Round Pushed Back to Sunday due to Terrible Weather in Indonesia (EuroSport)
Race 1 of the final round of the 2021 World Superbike season has been pushed back to Sunday after torrential rain hit the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia.
Riders were able to get through free practice and the Superpole before the rain came, leaving the track in a completely unusable condition.
After some delay the decision was taken to postpone Race 1 to Sunday morning instead, with riders keeping their results from Superpole.
Here is the new schedule for Sunday’s WSBK action.
09:00 Local Time (01:00 GMT) – World SBK 01:00
11:00 LT (03:00 GMT) – World SBK Race 1 (21 Laps)
15:00 LT (07:00 GMT) – World SBK Race 2 (21 Laps) Read more