I went into BBNaija house to have fun –Tega (DailyTrust)
Tega, an evicted housemate of Big Brother Naija Show, says she went into the house to have fun.
She said this in an interview with Classic FM on Tuesday.
Tega, a married woman, has been under fire since she got evicted from the show on Sunday.
Her romantic relationship with Boma, also a housemate, had triggered a backlash.
Asked what her intention was going into BBNaija House, Tega said, “I went into the house to have fun. It was once in a lifetime opportunity. Read more
Bed occupancy in Lagos COVID-19 centres hits 53% (Punch)
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, says the bed occupancy level in the state’s public and private COVID-19 care centres has increased to 53 per cent.
Abayomi made this known through his Facebook page on Tuesday, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for September 5.
He said that in line with the state’s mitigation strategy, it was increasing the numbers of isolation centres available to treat the pandemic during this third wave.
The commissioner listed the eight care centres as: Infectious Disease Hospital 1, Yaba, Lagos University Teaching Hospital Armour, Paelon, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta.
Others are: INDO, Grover and Gbagada Isolation Centre. Read more
Open grazing ban: Lagos proposes 21-year jail term for armed herders (Sun)
The bill before the Lagos State House of Assembly seeking to ban open grazing of cattle in the state has also prescribed a 21-year-prison term for any herder found bearing arms.
This was contained in an executive bill titled: “Prohibition of Open Cattle Grazing Bill, 202,” currently before the House.
The legislator at a plenary on Monday unanimously condemned the incessant movement of cattle by herdsmen along some major roads and on people’s farms in the state, stressing that trespassing on people’s land would continue to be a threat to the peaceful coexistence in the state and country as a whole.
The lawmakers agreed that grazing cattle openly has led to food shortage as the herdsmen most often move their cattle into people’s thereby destroying their crops and ultimately leading to food shortage. They also added that lives and property worth millions of Naira have been lost due incessant clashes between the herdsmen and farmers, stressing that the only way to end such needless and senseless destruction of lives and property was to ban open grazing of cattle. Read more
Lagos schools to resume Sept 13, says Commissioner (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has said it will resume the year 2021/2021 academic session for public and private schools across the state on Monday, 13th September, 2021.
A statement from the Ministry of Education and made available to The PUNCH on Tuesday morning said the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, explained that the Model Colleges and Upgraded Schools students would resume in batches from Sunday, 19th September, 2021.
Adefisayo maintained that for the boarders in the Model Colleges and Upgraded Schools, the SS2 students seeking placement into SS3 class would resume on Sunday, 19th September, 2021 and revision for this class would run from 20th to 26th September while promotion examination to SS3 class would start from 27th September to 8th October, 2021. Read more
Nigeria opens portal for fellowship programme, targets 200,000 graduates (Guardian)
The Nigerian government has opened the application portal for the Nigeria Jubilee Fellow Programme which targets 200,000 graduates.
Nigeria Jubilee Fellow Programme is aimed at getting work placement for Nigerian graduates who have completed the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
President Muhammadu Buhari last Tuesday said the Nigeria Jubilee Fellow Programme “is expected to create new opportunities for 20,000 graduates annually” will “maximise the opportunities presented – for 12 months, with or without job experience, thereby connecting them with local job opportunities.”Read more
Police arraign 2 teenagers for alleged burglary, theft (Vanguard)
The Police on Tuesday arraigned two teenagers in a Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly breaking into an apartment and stealing electrical wires worth N120,000.
The defendants: Goodwin Lucky, 18, and Matthew Sunday, 17, who reside at Kurudu, Abuja, are facing a five-count charge of joint acts, criminal trespass, housebreaking, mischief and theft.
They, however, denied the allegations levelled against them.
The prosecutor, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the complainant, Makanju Bola, of Kpeyegyi village, Abuja, reported the matter at the Jikwoyi Police Station, on Aug. 8. Read more
NLC begins review of labour laws in Nigeria (Guardian)
Dr Onoho’Omhen Ebhohinhen, Head, Research Department of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says the congress is working on the review of labour laws in Nigeria.
Ebhohinhen disclosed this on Tuesday in a chat with newsmen at a media roundtable and strategy design on civil space for the Power of Voices Partnership Project in Calabar on Tuesday.
He said that the review was to ensure that the labour laws were in conformity with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Ebhohinhen said that the current labour laws had become obsolete and needed to be reviewed to align them with modern realities and to update them to ILO level. Read more
Bandits abduct 18 in Kaduna community (Sun)
Eighteen people have been reportedly abducted by bandits who stormed Keke community in Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State in the early hours of Tuesday, an local source reports.
The eyewitness who gave his name as Ibrahim said the bandits came through a neighbouring community and started shooting sporadically as soon they stormed, ‘our community and they blocked the major road thereby preventing residents to escape and helpers to come in to assist us.
‘The bandits started moving from house to house, chasing the people out of their houses. At the end, we noticed that 18 people were abducted and taken to an unknown destination,’ the eyewitness said.
Ibrahim said most of the victims abducted were women and children, saying ‘we have lodged formal complaint to the police and they have come to survey the area.’ Read more
Chadwick Boseman honoured by Howard University (FarOut)
It’s an ode to Chadwick Boseman’s incredible cultural impact that his death still feels pertinent in popular culture, with fans across the world mourning the life of an incredible figure. Famous for his iconic portrayal of Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, keeping his condition separate from his public life.
Now remembering one year since his passing, Howard University has honoured alumnus Chadwick Boseman by renaming its College of Fine Arts after him. Graduating from the College in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in directing, Boseman had a pivotal hand in the later preservation of the school.
Sharing a time-lapse video showing the installation of new letters to the school’s building, now the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, the College posted the video to Twitter alongside the message, “Yesterday, the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts…An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you Mr. Boseman”. Read more
Marxist nature of Black Lives Matter exposed in new book (DailySignal)
America has spent years fighting communism outside its borders, but now a Marxist threat is growing from within the country, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez says.
Gonzalez, author of BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution, says the Black Lives Matter organisation has encouraged Americans, especially young people, to embrace communist ideology.
In 2020, there “were 633 riots … according to the U.S. Crisis Monitor run out of Princeton [University], and 95% of those riots in which we know the identity of the perpetrator … Black Lives Matter members were included,” Gonzalez says.
Through his book, Gonzalez hopes to “open people’s eyes” to the true nature of Black Lives Matter. Read more
Adam Sandler Jokingly Shares Tweet Telling Los Angeles Lakers To Sign Him (FadeAwayWorld)
Given the popularity of the NBA across the world, it comes as no surprise that some of the biggest celebrities of the world are super fans of the game and the league.
Whether it be musicians like Drake, or actors like Michael B Jordan and Spike Lee, the NBA is at the epicenter of popular culture in today’s world.
But perhaps no celebrity is a bigger fan of the sport than Adam Sandler. The movie star is often sighted at games, enjoying himself. On top of that, much of Sandler’s wardrobe is comprised of long, baggy basketball shorts. Read more
These unhealthy lifestyle choices are behind 90% of heart disease & stroke risk (Fit&Well)
It’s common knowledge that heart disease and strokes is often, but not always, caused by lifestyle choices. One too many burgers, or too much alcohol, or a smoking habit, will certainly damage your health. However, we really didn’t have the scope of how much this was the case until a new study arrived last week from the European Society of Cardiology.
The researchers found “As much as 90% of the risk of a heart attack, stroke, or peripheral arterial disease can be explained by smoking, poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, raised blood lipid levels, diabetes, psychosocial factors, or alcohol”.
Ninety per cent of heart disease, stroke and arterial disease is based on lifestyle choices. That’s the sort of knowledge that makes us want to hit the gym a little more. Read more
UAE to establish 500 national technology companies (GulfNews)
The UAE government on Sunday launched the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network to promote the adoption of advanced technologies in the national industrial sector as part of “Projects of the 50.”
The project, which aims to establish and grow 500 national companies equipped with the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will be key in creating an attractive business environment to meet the needs of local and international investors, support the continuous growth of national industries, improve their competitiveness, and enhance the UAE’s position as a global destination for pioneering future industries with world-class infrastructure and a skilled and technologically advanced workforce.
The network is designed to provide a platform that brings together 15 leading national companies in technology adoption to transfer knowledge, share best practices and train 100 CEOs in the industrial sector on the latest digital trends. Read more
El Salvador becomes first country to adopt Bitcoin as an official currency (Verge)
As of today, Bitcoin is an official currency of El Salvador alongside the US dollar, after the Central American country became the first to adopt the cryptocurrency as legal tender. At three minutes to midnight local time, the country’s populist president Nayid Bukele tweeted that the country was about to “make history” with the move, after previously confirming that it had purchased 400 Bitcoins, the equivalent of around $20.9 million at today’s prices.
Supporters argue the move will make it cheaper and easier for migrants to send money home to El Salvador, which is important given such remittances account for over 24 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to figures from the World Bank reported by CNBC. There are also hopes the move could improve citizens’ access to financial services. The CEO of Strike, a digital finance company that helped with the logistics of the new law, told CNN that over 70 percent of the country’s “active population” do not currently have a bank account.
But there are fears that the adoption of such a historically volatile currency could harm Salvadorans, and risk economic stability. Bitcoin hit a historic high of over $60,000 in April, before losing nearly half its value in a crash later in the summer. The law has contributed to rating agency Moody’s decision to downgrade El Salvador’s debt rating, according to The Financial Times, and the IMF has also warned about its potentially destabilizing effects. Read more
George Russell: Mercedes sign British F1 driver to partner Lewis Hamilton from 2022 (BBC)
George Russell will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes from next season, the team have announced.
The 23-year-old Briton replaces Valtteri Bottas, whose move to Alfa Romeo from 2022 was revealed on Monday.
Russell joins Mercedes after three years at Williams in which he underlined his credentials for a seat in a top team.
Russell said he was “absolutely buzzing” at the move.
“I’m under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge; it’s going to be a steep learning curve.” Read more
Eagles fired up for Cape Verde tie, as Kalu, Ebuehi return negative COVID-19 test results (Vanguard)
Super Eagles had a feel of the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena today as preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Cape Verde hit a crescendo.
The training which lasted 45 minutes had the coaches perfect tactics for the match and during that session, the team bubbled, even more, when reports came in from Nigeria that a second COVID-19 test run on Samuel Kalu and Tyrone Ebuehi had returned negative.
Both players had their initial COVID-19 test results come out positive and the team, in following the COVID-19 protocol fully, had to get the players to isolate while the other 19 players travelled to Cape Verde.
Media Officer of the team, Babafemi Raji explained that it was necessary to take take the appropriate safety steps by having the affected players stay away from the team while waiting for the result of the second test. Read more
Record-breaking Australia beat Vietnam in World Cup qualifying (RFI)
Australia beat Vietnam 1-0 in Hanoi on Tuesday, becoming the first AFC nation to win 10 World Cup qualifiers in a row.
The victory, courtesy of Rhyan Grant’s first-half winner, also left the Socceroos on two wins from two in Group B.
Played behind closed doors because of Covid-19 restrictions, the match at the My Dinh National Stadium was goalless for most of the first half, Graham Arnold’s Australia dominating the ball but coming up against a disciplined Vietnam defence.
Vietnam could have had a penalty in the 27th minute, but VAR ruled Australia defender Grant’s block — of a shot by Nguyen Phong Hong Duy — was not handball. Read more
Brazil football legend Pele recovering after tumor operation (AlJazeera)
Brazilian football great Pele has undergone surgery for a suspected colon tumour and is recovering, the hospital in Sao Paulo treating him announced.
“The tumour was identified during routine cardiovascular and laboratory examinations and the material was sent for pathological analysis,” said the Albert Einstein Hospital on Monday, where Pele has been treated since August 31.
“I thank God for feeling very well,” the 80-year-old wrote on his Instagram page on Monday.
“Fortunately, I’m used to celebrating great victories alongside you.
“I will face this match with a smile on my face, a lot of optimism and joy for living surrounded by the love of my family and friends.” Read more
US Open: Maria Sakkari beats Bianca Andreescu in three and a half hours to reach quarter-finals (BBC)
Maria Sakkari came from a set down to beat Bianca Andreescu in a gruelling encounter and reach her first US Open quarter-final.
The Greek 17th seed beat Canada’s 2019 champion Andreescu 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in a match lasting almost three and a half hours, finishing at 02:15 New York time.
It was the latest ever finish in US Open women’s singles history.
Sakkari will play Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova in the last eight.
“I knew that I lost the first set because I was doing some things wrong. I was not very brave. So I had to change that,” said Sakkari. Read more
Antisemitism in European football: Time to change the chants (DW)
Borussia Dortmund and Feyenoord are actively combating antisemitism among supporters. Their educational approach teaches that fans and independent fan culture are part of the solution, rather than the problem.
“Jews to the gas!”
“Hitler’s coming for you!”
“Auschwitz is your home”
For decades, antisemitic chants have been heard in many of Europe’s football grounds, often met with little to no objection.
In Germany, the term “Jews” is still being used in a derogatory manner, mostly in the lower divisions. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the rivalry between Rotterdam side Feyenoord and Ajax Amsterdam, whose fans are known to identify as the Super Joden, the Super Jews, is still a hotbed for anti-Jewish sentiments. Read more