Death of cyclist in LASUTH: Strike action played major role ― CMD (Vanguard)
The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has explained the circumstances that led to the death of a cyclist, Dr Afolabi Mabogunje, who was rushed to the tertiary hospital after being stabbed by some robbers on Ikorodu road, Lagos, last month.
This is just as it has exonerated itself from blame on Mabogunje’s demise, stating rather, that the strike action embarked by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD caused the delay in blood transfusion
Recall that the 58-year-old information technology consultant was waiting for his co-cyclists at Shodex area, Anthony, on Ikorodu road, at about 5 am, when a robbery gang operating on a motorcycle accosted him. Read more
Woman dies in apartment, missing two-year -old’s body found in canal (Punch)
The remains of a woman identified simply as Ego have been recovered from her apartment on Femi Otunnubi Street, in the Bariga area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Ego, who had been sick for a while, was rushed to a hospital for treatment, but discharged on the same day.
A source told our correspondent that Ego’s health deteriorated.
Her neighbours were reported to have recovered her corpse from her apartment.
A resident, who identified himself only as Abikoya, said Ego was rushed to a hospital on September 18, 2021, before she was found dead in her apartment the next day. Read more
Nigerians to face test, isolation as UK rejects COVID-19 vaccine certificate (Sun)
The United Kingdom has relaxed COVID-19 restriction for 50 countries excluding Nigeria and other African countries.
The measure which came into effect yesterday had countries and territories categorised as either “red” or “rest of the world.” With the new travel rules, the UK has stopped the previous traffic light system of green, amber and red lists. Nigerians entering the UK will be subjected to COVID-19 test and isolation in spite of their COVID-19 vaccine certificate obtained in Nigeria.
A statement published on its website said eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under-18s returning from the over 50 countries and territories not on the red list, can do so without needing to complete a pre-departure test (PDT), a day 8 test or enter a 10-day self-isolation period, making it easier for those travelling, whether that’s to see friends and family, or on business trips.
“Fully vaccinated residents in other countries not yet part of the inbound policy, as well as those partially vaccinated, will still have to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests for day 2 and day 8 after arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days, with the option to test to release after five days. Read more
Start-Rite school produces global scholars in Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam (Tribune)
About 23 students of Start-Rite Schools, Abuja, recently sat for and passed the prestigious Microsoft Office Specialist International Certification examination powered by New Horizons, world’s leading IT training company, the school’s ICT Partner.
Being certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist demonstrates that these students have the skills needed to get the most out of any Office even at a developmental stage. Microsoft Office Specialist expert is a trained professional whose skills are used in a variety of business functions across many different industries.
A Microsoft Office Specialist uses skills to engage in a variety of tasks such as word processing, data entry, power-point presentation and spreadsheet preparation utilising the Microsoft office suite. The specialist is considered an integral part of many businesses as they skilfully use an office suite to perform essential daily duties like written correspondence through MS-word, email programs, analysing data sets. Read more
Why I called Tinubu Mr President in London – Rep Suleja (DailyTrust)
A member of the House of Representatives, Abubakar Lado Suleja (APC,Niger) has opened up on why he referred to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as Mr President during their visit to him in London last week.
Top politicians from across the country, including governors, have been thronging to London to visit Tinubu who has been there for over three months for medical attention.
Last week, during the visit of the Northern Caucus of the House of Representatives to the APC national leader, a lawmaker was heard referring to the former Lagos State governor as Mr President.
Like a wildfire, the video of the visit led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, went viral. Read more
Abuja estate panics as robbers raid Dunamis church, stab guard (Punch)
Fear gripped residents on the District Centre Estate, Phase 4, Kubwa, in the Bwari area council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, following the invasion of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre by suspected robbers on Monday.
The hoodlums were said to have stabbed a security guard, identified only as John, in the stomach and ripped off his intestines.
The gang, numbering over 10, were said to have arrived in the church from the shanties and slums in the neighbourhood.
A source said they demanded money and searched the premises, adding that they became angry when they could not find anything. Read more
Nigerian stock market opens October with N15b gain (Vanguard)
Trading in the domestic stock market resumed on Monday bullish with a gain of 0.05 per cent on investors’ interest in Eterna and 22 others.
Precisely, the benchmark index rose by 21.88 points or 0.05 percent to close at 40,243.05 from 40,221.17 achieved on Thursday.
Accordingly, month-to-date and year-to-date returns stood at 0.1 per cent and 0.1 per cent, respectively.
Similarly, the market capitalisation gained N15 billion to close at N20.970 trillion from N20.955 trillion posted on Thursday. Read more
Court sentences 3 rapists to 62 years jail (DailyTrust)
Hon. Justice E. E. Ita of Calabar Family Court Judicial Division has sentenced three rapists to 62 years imprisonment.
He also slammed them with a cumulative fine of N500,000.
The judge directed that the trio be sent to the correctional centre immediately.
He gave the sentence after the different cases had lingered for some time, according to Barrister James Ibor of the Child Network Protection and Basic Rights Counsel Initiative. Read more
Adele hints release of new album 30 is imminent with social media overhaul (Metro)
Adele has teased that new music is around the corner by changing the layout across all her social media, sending fans into overdrive.
Speculation of a new era has been rife over the past few days, with mysterious billboards and projections of the number 30 popping up all over the world, with many convinced it’s linked to an upcoming album.
Now, Adele has updated her Instagram and Twitter with her new profile picture resembling a bluey grey hue.
The same display background appears on her official website too, where fans can ‘sign up’ to the star’s newsletter. Read more
Brian Houston: Hillsong Church founder denies concealing child abuse (BBC)
The Australian founder of the global Hillsong Church will plead not guilty to charges of concealing child sexual abuse.
Brian Houston, 67, was charged by police in Australia in August following a two-year investigation.
The pastor of the megachurch was based in the US at that time but has since returned to Sydney to face his trial.
It relates to sexual abuse allegedly committed by his late father, Frank Houston, in the 1970s. Read more
Facebook and Instagram ‘coming back online’ after global outage affects millions (Metro)
Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp went down shortly after 4pm on Monday (Picture: Sopa)
Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp went down for hours on Monday as millions of users are believed to have experienced outages worldwide.
The problems began around 4.30pm, with outage monitor Downdetector receiving almost 150,000 reports in just half an hour.
The three services are all run by Facebook, which did not explain the outages but apologised and said it was ‘working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible’.
Some Facebook and Instagram users began to regain partial access to the apps at around 11pm, nearly six hours into the global outage. Read more
Bridgerton’ Emmy winner Marc Pilcher dead at 53 of COVID-19 (NYPost)
Hair and makeup artist Marc Pilcher died of COVID-19 on Sunday at the age of 53. He was double vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions, according to his agency Curtis Brown.
“It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with Covid-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021,” his family told Variety in a statement via Curtis Brown.
Pilcher recently scored the Creative Emmy for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling on Sept. 11 for his work on Netflix’s “Bridgerton.”
The designer had tested negative on several COVID-19 tests in order to make the trip to the ceremony; however, shortly after his return home, he fell sick. Read more
Windows 11 launches with redesigned start menu (BBC)
Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s computer operating system, launches worldwide on Tuesday as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.
Windows chief product officer Panos Panay, told the BBC the latest version was built to be “clean and fresh and simpler” for the user.
He promised that the new operating system would not be an “extreme departure” from what people know.
And even the least tech-savvy users can upgrade easily, he added. Read more
No Time To Die has licence to thrill as Bond movie breaks box office records (Metro)
After a stunning opening weekend performance, No Time To Die has broken box office records both at home in the UK and abroad.
Boasting an £87.7million ($119.1m) international opening in 54 countries, as reported by Variety, this makes the latest James Bond outing – and Daniel Craig’s last as the spy – an overseas pandemic-era record-holder, and that’s without a release in China or the US, which is set for October 8.
It’s also the first film to cross the $100m (£73.7m) threshold without the boost of a Chinese release, although the film was screened in Hong Kong.
After 18 months of delays due to Covid-19, it appears Bond is reigniting the box office just as the industry hoped. Read more
Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli defender and team-mate Victor Osimhen condemn racist abuse suffered at Fiorentina (BBC)
Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly says racist fans must be “kept out of stadiums forever”.
Koulibaly and team-mate Victor Osimhen detailed on social media the racist abuse they received from Fiorentina fans during Sunday’s 2-1 away win.
Nigeria forward Osimhen called for supporters to “understand how disgusting it is to hate an individual because of the colour of their skin”.
Fiorentina also released a statement to condemn the incident. Read more
La Liga: Getafe sack coach Michel (Punch)
Getafe, winless in eight games and bottom of La Liga, on Monday sacked Michel as coach, the club announced.
The Madrid club bagged their first point of the season thanks to a 1-1 draw at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday, but it was not enough to save Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martin del Campo, known as “Michel”. Read more
‘Mohamed Salah better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’, says Chris Sutton (BBC)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah “is the best player in the world” at the moment, says former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton.
Salah’s stunner against Manchester City has been described as “one of the best goals of the Premier League era” by ex-England striker Alan Shearer.
The 29-year-old has scored nine goals in nine games this season.
“At this moment in time, he’s better than [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo,” Sutton said. Read more
Jets star Marcus Maye charged with DUI after alleged car crash (NYPost)
Jets safety Marcus Maye was arrested for DUI in February and is facing charges related to a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to court records.
Maye was charged with driving under the influence, DUI/damage to property and leaving the scene of an accident on Feb. 23. He posted a $1,500 bond. It was Maye’s first DUI arrest, according to the court records. There is a Zoom hearing scheduled for Oct. 20 in the case, according to the court filings.
According to the police report, Maye allegedly hit the left rear of a Volvo while driving on the Florida Turnpike at 7:33 p.m. The police discovered Maye in his black Mercedes SUV on the side of the road to the north of where the Volvo was. Maye’s car had damage to the front right that matched the damage to the Volvo.
The police report states that Maye was “unresponsive when approached and moving side to side.” It also says that he “seemed unaware of what was occurring” and that he did not know he had hit another vehicle. Read more
D’Tigress must start building after Afrobasket success – Nnaji (Punch)
Former D’Tigress coach, Scot Nnaji, says he is not surprised by the team’s success at the recently concluded 2021 Women’s Afrobasket Championships in Cameroon, advising the country to start building for the future.
Nigeria beat Mali 70-59 to claim the top African basketball prize for the third consecutive time after previous wins in Mali (2017) and Senegal (2019).
The team were invisible in all of the matches played in Cameroon and Nnaji says he had no doubt about their capability of winning the championship.
“I wasn’t surprised because compared to the other teams, we had more of the people that have played together and know what it takes to do well at the competition,” Nnaji told The PUNCH. Read more
Sisay Lemma missed out on $25,000 London Marathon bonus thanks to victory wave (Metro)
Sisay Lemma had plenty to celebrate as the winner of the Men’s Elite race at the London Marathon on Sunday, but there will have been a pang of disappointment after missing out on a $25,000 bonus by just two seconds.
The Ethiopian crossed the finishing line in 2:04.01, comfortably clear of Vincent Kipchumba who was 27 seconds behind in second place, allowing the champion to wave to the crowd as he claimed victory.
A completely understandable thing to do, but something he may be regretting as The Guardian reports that there was an extra $25,000 (£18,500) on offer if he had crossed the line in under 2hr 4min, something he would surely have managed if he hadn’t enjoyed the adulation of the crowd in the capital. Read more