Lagos dispatch rider dies after ramming into bus (Punch)
A dispatch rider with a delivery company, Q-Link Delivery Services, has been killed after colliding with a commercial bus on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the yet-to-be-identified rider was conveying deliveries to a destination on Tuesday around 11am when he suddenly lost control of the motorcycle and rammed into the commercial bus which was filled with passengers.
A passerby, who gave his name only as Adetokunbo, said the motorcycle immediately caught fire, adding that the dispatch rider was burnt to death.
He said, “A Q-Link dispatch rider was on his way to deliver something but lost control of the motorcycle and rammed into an 18-seater commercial bus on the Third Mainland Bridge. It went up in flames and the man was burnt beyond recognition. Read more
Assembly approves Sanwo-Olu’s request to amend 2021 budget (Guardian)
Lagos State House of Assembly, yesterday, approved the request of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to revise the 2021 Appropriation Law.
Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Gbolahan Yishawu, who read the various sectoral allocations on the floor during plenary, announced the new appropriation law as N1.25 trillion.
According to Yishawu, N513.3 billion was approved for recurrent expenditure from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, while N743.2 billion from the Development Fund was approved for capital expenditure, both for the year ended December 31, 2021.
Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, subsequently read out the recommendations of the committee on the floor of the House and was approved through voice-votes by the lawmakers. Read more
BBNaija’s Tega cries out over being bullied (DailyTrust)
Ex Big Brother Naijahousemate, Tega Dominic, has publicly cried out about being bullied.
Tega took to her Twitter handle to vent against the treatment she has been getting online since she left the Big Brother house.
The former housemate, who said despite not being perfect, she did not expect some of the things she is getting.
She added that she was mentally exhausted with online bullying.
She wrote, “I am not perfect but I am done! Done with the negativity. Done with the online bullying. Done with being judged constantly. I am mentally exhausted!!” Read more
NCC disqualifies Nigerians below 18 years from getting SIM (Punch)
The Nigerian Communications Commission has disqualified anyone below the age of 18 from registering and owning a Subscriber Identity Module in Nigeria.
This is according to the draft copy of the modified Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations published on the commission’s website.
In the modified regulations, NCC limited telecoms subscribers to only include anyone above the age of 18.
“‘Subscriber’ means a person not below the age of 18 years who subscribes to communications services by purchasing a subscription medium or entering into a subscription contract with a licensee.” Read more
Nigeria not among nations on UK government’s COVID-19 red list, FG clarifies (Guardian)
The Federal Government has said Nigeria is not among red-listed countries, whose citizens require mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a supervised UK facility.
The UK government had in a statement on Monday said Nigerians would continue to isolate upon arrival to that country.
Speaking during a COVID-19 vaccination update in Abuja, Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said Nigeria’s status has not changed. “This is similar to our requirement to have travellers from the UK isolate for seven days upon arrival in Nigeria,” he said.
Shuaib noted that the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) is in the process of reviewing requirements and is in touch with the UK government. Read more
Nigeria records 6,746 COVID-19 vaccine side effects cases (Punch)
The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, on Tuesday said 191 serious and 6,555 non-serious adverse effects have so far been recorded in Nigeria since the commencement of COVID-19 vaccination, making a total of 6,746 cases.
Shuaib disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
He, however, added that all affected persons were managed in public facilities and have fully recovered.
He said, “In this phase of the vaccination process, 191 serious and 6,555 non-serious AEFI cases were reported. Read more
INEC insists on Nov 6 Anambra guber poll despite IPOB’s threats (DailyTrust)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State will go on as planned.
There have been fears that the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state may hinder the conduct of the election.
Daily Trust had reported how politicians went into hiding and suspended campaigns as a result of the chaos in the state.
Amid the uncertainty over the election, Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Victor Ayodele Aluko, told Daily Trust on Monday that the emergency Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security meeting would among others deliberate on the way forward for the Anambra election. Read more
Abiodun rewards teachers with cash, house on World Teachers’ Day (Guardian)
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has rewarded the best teachers in the state with cash prizes, ranging from N1 million to N2 million.
The governor equally gifted a semi-detached bungalow to the best overall teacher for the year 2020 in the state.
He, however, disclosed that he had approved the immediate release of engagement letters to successful candidates of the Ogun Teach Programme to relieve the workload of teachers, just as he also noted that he had approved the establishment of the Ogun State Education Intervention Fund (OGSEIF) to achieve improved funding for the education sector of the state.
Abiodun, who also announced the allocation of lands to the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) for the construction of their secretariats in the state, disclosed this at the event organised to celebrate the 2021 World Teachers Day, held at the Obas Complex, Abeokuta. Read more
James Bond’s Lashana Lynch gives kudos to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her character’s ‘Black feminine energy’ (Metro)
No Time To Die breakout star Lashana Lynch has praised the film’s co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge for her deft script work and how it enhanced her character’s ‘Black feminine energy’.
Lashana appears as the first female 00 agent in the James Bond canon – and technically the first female 007, as she has inherited the code name from Bond at the beginning of the latest film.
Phoebe, who has seen great success as the creator of Fleabag, was brought in as one of the movie’s four screenwriters, and the second female to write a Bond script – the first was Johanna Harwood, who received credit for her work on 1962’s Dr No and 1963’s From Russia with Love. Read more
Rare drawings by boxing great Muhammad Ali sell for nearly $1m (BBC)
A rare collection of drawings, sketches and paintings by champion boxer Muhammad Ali has sold at auction for nearly $1m (£733,760).
Some 26 art works went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in New York.
One of the most anticipated works, Sting Like a Bee, sold for $425,000 (£311,853), more than 10 times its pre-sale estimate.
Ali is hailed as one of the greatest ever athletes, activist and poet, but his artistic talents are less known. Read more
Huge “Squid Game” fight breaks out in centre of Paris during opening of store (Metro)
Fans of the Netflix series Squid Game brawled on the streets while trying to get into an official pop-up store
Fans of the Netflix series Squid Game brawled on the streets while trying to get into an official pop-up store (Picture: ViralPress)
Fans of the new Netflix smash hit series Squid Game fought in the street as they queued to get inside an exclusive pop-up store in Paris.
Tempers boiled over as people queued for hours to get a chance to play some of the games featured in the series.
The store was only open for two days from October 3 and proved an instant hit with fans of the Korean-language show which is taking the world by storm.
Footage showed people jostling in line before a brawl breaks out with one man using his motorcycle helmet to beat another man. Read more
Chappelle says DaBaby canceled for offending gays — but not killing man (NYPost)
Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, The Closer, has only just dropped on Netflix, but it’s already making headlines due to a controversial joke made at the expense of rapper DaBaby.
Chappelle, who is well-known for his withering jokes about race and sexuality, quips that killing a black man in the United States is less offensive than upsetting members of the LGBTQ community — and he cites DaBaby’s career downfall as proof.
Back in 2018, DaBaby admitted to fatally shooting a 19-year-old man inside a North Carolina Walmart, claiming he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors soon dropped the case against him before he went on to release two critically acclaimed, chart-topping albums.
However, DaBaby’s career came crashing down in July of this year, when he made a series of homophobic remarks at a concert in Miami. Music festival organizers dropped him from a series of star-studded shows, which prompted him to complain that he had been “canceled.” Read more
Study reveals why some people get Covid toe condition (BBC)
Scientists believe they can explain why some people who catch Covid develop chilblain-like lesions on their toes and even fingers.
Covid toe appears to be a side effect of the body switching into attack mode to fight off the virus.
The researchers say they have pinpointed the parts of the immune system that appear to be involved.
The findings, in the British Journal of Dermatology, may help with treatments to ease the symptoms. Read more
Police called to help untangle 7 baby squirrels after tails got knotted up (Metro)
Police racing out to detangle seven baby squirrels tied together by their tails sure does sound a bit nuts.
But that’s exactly what officers in Michigan did after a 911 call last Friday.
Cops found a ‘scurry of young squirrels’ at the base of a tree after rushing to the scene in Grand Blanc.
Pictures show the animals dangerously fused together after they became stuck shortly after birth. Read more
Russian film team boldly shoot towards space station (BBC)
Russia has taken the lead in a space race with a difference, sending a team to the International Space Station to shoot a feature film ahead of an American crew.
Yulia Peresild, 37, is set to star in the film, directed by Klim Shipenko.
Their Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft took off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, and three hours later docked with the International Space Station.
US actor Tom Cruise and Nasa have also been planning to make a film there. Read more
Rohr owed 8 months salaries (Punch)
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is owed eight months salaries by the Nigeria Football Federation, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Franco-German, who helped qualify the Eagles for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, was last paid in February by his employers.
Rohr, who is reportedly paid $45,000 as monthly salary, pays the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as the fitness and goalkeeper trainers from his wages, it was learnt.
Our correspondent also gathered that Rohr’s delayed salaries would be paid in naira as stipulated in the new two-year contract extension he signed in 2020. Read more
Tyson Fury tells Anthony Joshua to retire from boxing if he loses Oleksandr Usyk rematch (Metro)
Tyson Fury believes Anthony Joshua should retire from boxing if he loses his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles following a comprehensive defeat to Usyk last month.
Speaking immediately after the second loss of his professional career, Joshua was adamant that he wanted to activate his rematch clause with Usyk.
But Fury believes the 31-year-old should step away from the sport if he is beaten by the Ukrainian again. Read more
WCQ: Ugbade warns Eagles against tricky CAR (Punch)
Former Super Eagles defender Nduka Ugbade has warned the Super Eagles, saying the Central Africa Republic can spring surprises if they are not at their best when both sides clash on Thursday in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier.
The three-time African champions began their qualification campaign for the World Cup on a positive after they defeated the Lone Star of Liberia and the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.
The Eagles top the summit of Group C with six points in two games but Ugbade said teams like CAR were capable of stopping the big teams from qualifying for major tournaments.
“We should be careful, do our best by going for the three points at stake against them (CAR),” Ugbade said. Read more
Football Australia to investigate abuse allegations by Matildas players (BBC)
Former Australian women’s football players have alleged a culture of sexual harassment within the sport.
Ex-Matildas striker Lisa de Vanna, 36, told a newspaper she had been subjected to predatory behaviour and propositions from teammates when she was a teenager.
Football Australia said it was not previously aware of the allegations.
But the governing body said it would set up an independent investigation into any formal complaints by Ms De Vanna and other players. Read more
Bukayo Saka and Luke Shaw missing from England training ahead of Andorra clash (Metro)
Bukayo Saka, Luke Shaw, Declan Rice and Ollie Watkins were all absent from England’s training session on Tuesday ahead of the side’s World Cup qualifying clash against Andorra.
James Ward-Prowse was pictured for the first time at St George’s Park after replacing the injured Kalvin Phillips, but the four players in question carried out their own personal programmes in the gym.
According to Sky Sports, the quartet’s absence is not a ‘huge concern’ and Gareth Southgate is confident all 24 members of his squad will be available to feature in Andorra la Vella this weekend.
The report claims it was ‘always a part of the plan’ for Saka, Shaw, Rice and Watkins to work on their fitness away from the main group and skip the Three Lions’ opening session. Read more
Everything goes wrong as Yankees’ season ends in wild-card flop (Metro)
The ace stunk, the offense no-showed and the decision-making was nearly as bad.
Now the Yankees are going home after a 6-2 loss, manhandled by the Red Sox on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game at Fenway Park.
The Yankees’ season, which they often called a roller coaster, ended with a thud thanks to a career-worst postseason performance by Gerrit Cole and a lineup that didn’t give them much of a chance.
After winning their last six games against Boston — including a sweep at Fenway just over a week ago — the Yankees were outclassed Tuesday and it left them staring at another long offseason, their 12th straight without a World Series appearance. Read more