Lagos nurses kick against N20k demand for retirement celebration (Punch)
Some nurses in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State have kicked against the demand of N20,000 from apex nurses in the area as contribution for the retirement celebration of the Directorate Apex, Kudirat Odunoye.
According to the aggrieved nurses, Odunoye allegedly threatened to deal with anyone that did not make the contribution, as she allegedly instructed heads of primary health centres in the LGA to compile the names of defaulters.
The nurses were reportedly mandated to pay the N20,000 between October and November 2021, as the senior officer was scheduled to retire in January 2022.
One of the affected nurses said she was afraid that her job could be under threat.
She said, “Alimosho has a lot of primary health centres. The Apex Director, Kudirat Odunoye, who heads directorates in all the primary health centres in the area, is compelling all nurses to pay N20,000 for her send-off. Read more
Sanwo-Olu establishes security team to enforce BRT, protect transport infrastructure (Vanguard)
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has approved a dedicated security team for the monitoring and enforcement of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and protection of other transport infrastructure in the state.
The Spokesman for Lagos Metropolis Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
Ojelabi said that the approval of the dedicated security team followed incessant damage to transport infrastructure and violation of the BRT lanes which more often impeded the operation of the BRT system.
“The approval granted by the Lagos State Governor that the dedicated team, headed by a Superintendent of Police, would be composed of 70 officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force charged with the protection of existing LAMATA facilities and others currently under construction,” Ojelabi said. Read more
I was under the influence of alcohol when I slept with my neighbour’s daughter – Suspect (DailyTrust)
A 30-year-old man, Sunday Ukeme, arrested for defiling his neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter, has confessed he acted under the influence of alcohol.
The suspect was arrested on October 4, 2021, by detectives of Akodo Police Station, Lagos.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect was accused of sleeping with his neighbour’s daughter.
Ajisebutu said the incident happened in Idaso town, Ibeju Lekki, around 10.23pm on September 20, 2021, after the suspect’s wife left for vigil in one of the churches in the neighbourhood.
He said the victim’s mother had kept her daughter in the custody of the suspect’s wife, one Mary Sunday, when she (victim’s mother) travelled out of the town for three weeks. Read more
Poultry farmer wins Princewill Trust Fund in Rivers (Independent)
It was a happy moment for a River State-based poultry farmer, Mr. Tekena Ovuru, who emerged the winner of the Princewill Trust- Help The Hard Worker competition for the month of September.
The monthly competition was put together by the ‘hard-working team’ of the organisation, with the aim of encouraging hard work and empowering Rivers residents to improve in their businesses rather than relying endlessly on government jobs.
Presenting the cash award of N100, 000 to the winner, the founder of the organization, Prince Tonye Princewill said the aim of the Trust was simply to encourage ‘hard workers’ and move away from the mindset of entitlement. Read more
Formation of national moringa farmers association is necessary – Adebayo (Independent)
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has called for the formation of National Moringa Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria for the purpose of ensuring that moringa is developed into a commercial commodity.
Adebayo, who made the disclosure while speaking while playing host to one of the various moringa associations, Moringa Development Association of Nigeria (MDAN) in his office at the weekend, said no stone would be left unturned in ensuring value addition to moringa to enhance its pricing and value.
He said: “The formation and development of National Moringa Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria will no doubt, open investment opportunities in the areas of production, processing and marketing aspect of the commodity as well as assist in achieving Goal number 12 of the SDG on responsible consumption and production, taking cognisance of many uses that moringa serves. Read more
Bitcoin gains $257.58bn in 11 days, price tops $57,000 (Punch)
Bitcoin has gained $257.58bn in market capitalisation in the first 11 days of October.
BTC closed with a market cap of $824.62bn last month, according to Coinmarketcap.com. It opened trading at $41,551.27 and closed at $43,790.90, with a market volume of $31,141,681,925 on the last trading day in September.
The cryptocurrency has since crossed the $50,000 price, rising to $57,439.17 on Monday as of 7:00 pm Nigerian time. It had a trading volume of $44,025,679,008 and a market cap of $1.08tn.
BTC is making a recovery from the lows of the last four months where it has traded consistently between the $30,000 and $40,000 mark. Since October 5, BTC has traded above the $50,000 mark, maintaining an upward trajectory as the market recovers. Read more
GloTV’s unlimited family content winning over TV audience (Sun)
Globacom’s television content streaming service, GloTV, which was recently rolled out, is fast becoming audience favourite as more and more subscribers are signing up to the service.
The fast-growing interest appears to be stimulated by the bouquet of family friendly entertainment content, including hundreds of live programs, music, documentary, news, original shows, fashion, lifestyle, kiddies interest channels, among others.
The flagship children’s channel on the platform, Lollykids, is an international channel that showcases talented children from around the world from schools, children academies and theatres. The channel provides healthy entertainment and robust education to children of all ages.
Young adults are equally served on GloTv with the captivating content on Trace Urban, which is an exclusive mix of the best international hits and artistes, with a focus on urban music like Rhythm &Blues, Hip Hop, electro pop and dance pop. GloTV’s unlimited family content winning over TV audience. Read more
Florence Ajimobi’s mum for burial Friday (Nation)
The funeral programme of the late Mrs. Victoria Amaka Amudoaghan, mother of Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, wife of the former governor of Oyo State, the late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has been scheduled for Friday.
She died on September 9.
A statement by the family said service of songs will hold on Thursday at Mama’s compound in Ndemili village, Delta State, at 5pm. Burial service holds the following day at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Ndemili, in Ndokwa West Local Government by 10am, while reception follows at Mama’s compound in Ndemili. Read more
Obaseki administration to immortalise Uwaifo (Nation)
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki administration has hinted of plans to immortalise the legendary Highlife musician, Prof. Victor Uwaifo, who will be honoured this week with a state burial.
Chief of Staff Osaigbovo Iyoha disclosed this yesterday at a news conference in Benin, attended by members of the Uwaifo family.
Iyoha said: “In the next couple of days, you will know what the state government is doing, which will be unveiled during the funeral of the music icon.
“A state funeral for the late Sir Uwaifo will begin on Thursday with tributes and vigil mass/service of songs at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
Scarlett Johansson returns to work on Asteroid City set after settling Disney lawsuit (Metro)
Scarlett Johansson has plenty to smile about as she was pictured on the set of Wes Anderson’s new movie, Asteroid City, after settling her Black Widow lawsuit with Disney.
The 36-year-old actress sued Walt Disney Studios earlier this year, alleging the company breached its contract with her by releasing Marvel blockbuster Black Widow on its streaming platform, Disney Plus, rather than having an exclusive theatrical release.
However, the legal dispute has been settled out of court and now the Lucy actress is focused on her new project, which also stars Adrien Brody, Bryan Cranston and Jeff Goldblum.
The stars were pictured working on the mystery project in Madrid, Spain after Bill Murray let the title slip during London Film Festival over the weekend. Read more
Anthony Hopkins to star in “The Father” follow-up film “The Son” (NYPost)
Anthony Hopkins is coming back to the big screen following his Oscar-winning turn in Florian Zeller’s 2020 drama, “The Father.”
Hopkins, 83, has been cast in an undisclosed role in a follow-up film entitled, “The Son,” also directed by Zeller.
Hopkins will join Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Zen McGrath and Vanessa Kirby, Zeller announced Monday.
Production finished up earlier this month in London. Filming is also set to take place in New York and France.
“After our journey on ‘The Father,’ I couldn’t make another film without Anthony,” Zeller said in a statement. “He was the first one to read ‘The Son’s script, as one of its characters was written especially for him. Having him by our side to tell this new story has been an honor, a profound joy and very emotional.” Read more
Interpreter who helped rescue Biden in 2008 leaves Afghanistan (BBC)
An Afghan interpreter who helped rescue then-senator Joe Biden from the harsh Afghanistan countryside has managed to evacuate the region with his family.
In 2008, a blizzard forced the military helicopter carrying Mr Biden and other US lawmakers to land in a snowy valley where they were vulnerable to ambush.
Aman Khalili was among the Afghan employees of the US government that drove the group to safety.
Since August, he had been appealing for help overcoming visa issues to leave. Read more
Gigantic squid ‘larger than a human’ photobombs deep-sea research crew (Metro)
Squids are one of the most mysterious creatures in the ocean, so when one shows up on camera it’s a big deal.
That’s what happened to a team of researchers who set out to explore the depths of the Red Sea last year.
Not only did they find a shipwreck, but their underwater camera was photobombed by a huge squid that appeared larger than a human.
Whilst exploring the remains of the ‘Pella’, which sank in November 2011, the team caught sight of the creature. Read more
Two dead in small plane crash near San Diego (IsraelNationalNews)
At least two people were killed on Monday when a small plane crashed into homes in a residential neighbourhood of Santee in East San Diego County, authorities said, according to CBS8.
Two other people were also injured in the crash, officials confirmed.
The aircraft went down at the corner of Jeremy and Greencastle streets about 12:15 p.m. local time, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Aerial footage showed two homes extensively damaged by fire. Large plumes of black smoke were also seen in the area.
Santee Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Justin Matsushita confirmed Monday afternoon that there were “at least two fatalities” and two other people were transported to local hospitals. The injured parties were conscious when transported but the extent of their injuries was unknown. Read more
Thailand to reopen for some vaccinated visitors on 1 November (BBC)
Thailand plans to end Covid quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk nations from 1 November, officials say.
PM Prayuth Chan-ocha admitted that “this decision comes with some risk” – but it is seen as a key step to revive the country’s collapsed tourism sector.
The 10 nations seen as low risk include the UK, China, Germany and the US.
The country has been recording more than 10,000 positive infections daily since July. Read more
Sir David Attenborough narrates gorgeous animation on protecting ‘indispensable’ nature (Metro)
The benefits of nature are ‘indispensable’ for making human life possible and worth living, Sir David Attenborough says in a new animated film centered on the importance of biodiversity.
The beautifully animated short explains the value of biodiversity – the diversity of life on Earth – as well as the damage humans are doing to nature, and what we can do to reverse the damage that has already been done.
From the Royal Society, the film is narrated by Sir David and has been released at a time when countries are due to discuss efforts to reverse declines in nature at a virtual UN biodiversity conference this week, and ahead of the global Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow later this month. Read more
Oborududu elected into UWW Athletes Commission (Guardian)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics silver medallist, Blessing Oborududu, has been elected into the United World Wrestling (UWW) Athletes Commission as Africa’s sole representative for the next four years (2021 to 2025).
The 10-time African champion polled 90 votes from the 397 athletes, who participated in the election during the 2021 World Championships in Oslo, Norway at the weekend.
The 32-year-old Commonwealth gold medallist will join six other wrestlers from Europe (two), Asia (two), Americas and Oceania in the Athletes Commission.
A statement from the UWW dated October 11, 2021 and signed by its Secretary General, Michel Dusson, said the seven members will conduct a separate election, on a yet-to-be determined date, to choose their chairperson.
“These seven members will now elect the chairperson of the Commission. UWW will contact all commission members for this process,” the statement read in part. Read more
James Harden tests new foul-drawing rules in Nets’ win over 76ers (NYPost)
If you can’t stop them, legislate them.
Going into Monday’s preseason game at the 76ers, James Harden was not only dealing with playing his way into shape after an offseason spent rehabbing, but rule changes to keep players from using unnatural motions to draw fouls. In short, to cut down on his parade to the line, and the epidemic of players emulating him.
Neither seemed to slow Harden, who had 21 points. He and Kevin Durant were the only bright spots in a 115-104 loss to the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. But the fact he looked both spry and unbothered by the Harden Rules were more important than a preseason result. Read more
Havertz & Werner score as slick Germany become first to qualify for World Cup(BBC)
Germany became the first team to join hosts Qatar at the 2022 World Cup with a thumping victory in North Macedonia.
Former England youth international Jamal Musiala opened his account for the Germans, running in on goal and stroking home a confident finish.
Kai Havertz claimed the first goal in the second half, slotting in from Thomas Muller’s unselfish pass.
Timo Werner smashed home the second following Muller’s superb flick and also curled in a delightful third. Read more
Andy Murray defends controversial underarm serve after getting booed at Indian Wells (Metro)
Andy Murray has defended his underarm ace against Carlos Alcarez in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters on Sunday and says he could use it again despite receiving boos at Indian Wells.
The Brit was given an enormous battle against the 18-year-old Spaniard in the desert heat of California, losing the first set but coming through 5-7 6-3 6-2 in just over three hours.
Murray has tipped Alcarez to be a future Slam winner and world number one and the 34-year-old initially struggled to match the teenager.
But, in trademark fashion, he dug in and battled back, though did have to resort to rather desperate measures, pulling out a somewhat controversial underarm serve to win the third game of the second set. Read more
Newcastle United: Amanda Staveley meets Steve Bruce with manager’s future unclear after £305m takeover (BBC)
Newcastle part-owner Amanda Staveley met Steve Bruce at the club’s training ground on Monday with the manager’s future still unclear.
Staveley, who owns 10% of the club, and partner Mehrdad Ghodoussi also met players as the squad began preparations for Newcastle’s game against Tottenham at St James’ Park on Sunday.
A large proportion of fans want Bruce to leave the club.
Newcastle are winless and second from bottom in the Premier League. Read more
Raphael Varane set to miss Leicester City clash as Manchester United are dealt injury blow(Metro)
Raphael Varane is not expected to feature in Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Leicester City after picking up an injury while playing for France, according to reports.
The central defender limped out of Sunday night’s UEFA Nations League final victory over Spain just before half-time and was seen with an ice pack wrapped around his thigh as he watched the remainder of the game from the bench.
Varane had grimaced and pulled up while racing back towards his goal to intercept a cross, briefly trying to continue before sitting down on the pitch and signalling that he had to come off. Read more