Saturday, December 26, 2020

Canada also detects first cases of UK Covid variant

The first two cases of a particularly infectious coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain have been confirmed in Canada, health authorities said today.

“The cases are a couple from Durham with no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts,” the acting chief medical officer for Ontario said in a statement.

The couple has been placed in isolation, according to the statement, the same day that Ontario reimposed a lockdown for several weeks due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Russian female politician beats 12-year-old son to death

A Russian politician has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for beating her 12-year-old son to death with a dumbbell during an argument, reports said Thursday.

Authorities said Galina Morozova, 56, bludgeoned her son, Alexander Parakhnyakov, in March because he had defied her and snuck out to go to a sleepover, according to The Sun.

She then reported the boy missing, playing the frantic mother in public pleas on social media and taking part in searches in the city of Astrakhan, the report said.

Her son’s body was found three months later, encased in concrete in the foundation of his older brother’s house, where police said Morozova buried him.

Egypt hospital fire kills seven Covid-19 patients

A fire at a hospital north of Cairo on Saturday killed seven coronavirus patients, security and judicial sources said.

The blaze in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Obour district, on the outskirts of Cairo, also injured five other people, the sources said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, the sources said, adding prosecutors had launched an investigation into the incident.

Firefighters were dispatched to the facility and stopped the blaze from spreading, local media reported.

Chairman of Netflix-affiliated Chinese gaming company, Lin Qi dies of poison

The chairman of a Netflix-affiliated Chinese gaming company who was poisoned this month has died and a co-worker remains the prime suspect in the shocking case, according to reports.

Yoozoo Group boss Lin Qi -- executive producer of the streaming giant’s adaptation of The Three-Body Problem series of Chinese sci-fi books -- was first hospitalized on December 16.

Chinese media outlets have identified a senior executive at Yoozoo, Xu Yao, as having targeted Lin after an internal dispute within the rising firm.

Now in custody, Xu headed the company’s film and television division and was chosen to oversee all projects related to The Three-Body Problem.

Trump fumes as MAJOR magazines including VOGUE have continued to ignore First Lady Melania

First lady Melania Trump hasn’t been “in Vogue” or other fashion mags -- nearly enough, President Trump said this week.

Not a single major magazine has featured the former model on its cover during her husband’s presidency, prompting the Commander in Chief to vent on Christmas about the lack of attention.

He shared a tweet from Breitbart News on Christmas Day complaining how “the elitist snobs in the fashion press have kept the most elegant First Lady in American history off the covers of their magazines for 4 consecutive years.”

Melania Trump is “the greatest of all time,” Trump added.

Spain confirms first cases of UK Covid strain

Four cases of a coronavirus variant believed to be particularly infectious that recently emerged in Britain have been confirmed in Madrid, the regional government said Saturday, the first cases detected in Spain.

All four cases involved people who recently arrived from the UK, the Madrid regional government’s deputy health chief Antonio Zapatero told a news conference.

“The patients are not seriously ill, we know that this strain is more transmissible, but it does not cause more serious illness,” he said.

“There is no need for alarm,” Zapatero added.

Bobrisky set to undergo N100m transgender surgery to become a woman

Cross dresser, Bobrisky is set to become a woman.

He is obviously not giving up on his long term dream of getting a surgery to become a woman.

He is set to undergo a full surgery to become a woman now.

Bobrisky disclosed this in a social media post he made via his verified Instagram page today, Saturday, December 26.

According to him, a certain Doctor Philip from Colombia would be performing the surgery on him at an estimated cost of $300,000 (over N100million).

Nollywood actress, Etinosa welcomes baby girl

Nollywood actress and comedian Etinosa Idemudia, has welcomed a baby girl.

She shared the good news on her Instagram page this morning writing;

''This year, I received the best gift ever.....The Gift of Motherhood.

I am eternally grateful to God'', she wrote.

Sola Sobowale releases new photos as she turns a year older

Nollywood actress, Sola Sobowale is a year older today. And she released these lovely photos to celebrate her special day.

Captioning the photos, she wrote;

"Today is the day the Lord hath made. 26.12 a King was born. Happy birthday to me."

Simi & Adekunle Gold share adorable family Christmas photos

Nigerian singers Simi and Adejunle Gold have shared beautiful Christmas family photos of their young family.

The “No Longer Beneficial” crooner and her musician hubby, Adekunle Gold, pose with their daughter, Adejare for a photo in matching orange and white pajamas.

This would be Simi and Deja’s first Christmas as mother and daughter, after the couple got married in 2019 and welcomed their baby this year.

Govt announce total closure of Third Mainland Bridge from midnight today

The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos will be totally shut for 72 hours from midnight Saturday, Federal Controller of Works, Olukayode Popoola said.

The closure is to allow for casting of concrete on the expansion joints.

Popoola said that the shutdown will last till midnight on Tuesday.

Repair work on the bridge began late July and was to end in January.

PFN Chairman, Emmanuel Egbo, wife abducted on Christmas day by gunmen

The Kaduna State Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN), Apostle Emmanuel Egoh Bako and his wife, Mrs Cindy Bako, were on Friday evening, 25th December 2020, kidnapped by unknown gunmen at their residence in Albarka Camp, Fadan Kagoma, near Kafanchan in Jema’a local government area.

The state chairman of CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, who confirmed the kidnap of the cleric and his wife to Daily Post said the Christmas celebration came and went with sad dust of abduction of a religious leader with his wife.

Apostle Emmanuel Egoh Bako, according to Rev. Hayab, is the Secretary, Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association

Hayab lamented that the Church has had enough of relentless kidnapping of its members and ransoms being paid before getting their freedom.

Cristiano Ronaldo rated best ever Premier League transfer ahead of Henry, Aguero [Top 20]

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best ever Premier League transfer ahead of Thierry Henry and Eric Cantona.

Ronaldo came out on top in a countdown that the Transfer Show panel chose on a special Christmas Day programme.

The Portugal captain was one of four Manchester United players in the top 10 along with Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney.

United signed Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon for £12m in August 2003. During six seasons at Old Trafford, he won eight major trophies including three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Donald Trump's daughter shares sweet family snaps of Christmas

Donald Trump's daughter shared a cute family photo on Christmas Day which included her dad but his wife Melania was no where to be seen.

Ivanka Trump uploaded the image on Twitter and Instagram which showed her standing beside her husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children.

Arabella, nine, Joseph, seven and four-year-old Theodore are stood in a line next to their proud grandad who sported a beaming smile.

But First Lady Melania is clearly not in the family portrait.

Rita Dominic shares loved-up photos with her man, Fidelis Anosike -- Daily Times publisher

Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic has shared loved up photos with her man, Fidelis Anosike, who is Daily Times publisher.

The actress shared the photos of them in matching outfits on her Instagram page to wish her followers a Merry Christmas. Captioning the photos, she wrote;

''Merry Christmas..❤🥂💋''

I was furious when Orlando Owoh abandoned school for music –Late musician’s mother

100-year-old Mrs Morenike Owomoyela is the mother of the late popular musician, Chief Oladipupo Owomoyela, better known as Orlando Owoh. The centenarian speaks to Peter Dada who visited her in her Owo country home, Ondo State. She spoke about her life, family, and youth days, among other things.

How old are you now?

I am over 100 years old.

What date exactly were you born?

I don’t really know the exact date that I was born but I will be over 100 years because my first son (Orlando) was over 70 years when he died 12 years ago.

Loss of baby: Chrissy Teigen says she won't be pregnant again

Chrissy Teigen admits she's "sad" she'll never be pregnant again.

The former model, 35, and husband John Legend, 41, revealed in an emotional statement in October that the pair had lost their baby son Jack.

And even though they're still navigating their way through the tragedy, Chrissy admits the sadness is still very much inside her as it hit her that she'll never be with child again.

Taking to Instagram, the mum-of-two - who shares daughter Luna and son Miles with John - shared a snap of the way her body looks now, noting that the bump is still there and visible.

Beautiful new photos of Mercy Johnson Okojie and her family

We love!

Comedian Cute Abiola and social media influencer, Adeherself are engaged

Comedian, Cute Abiola and social media influencer, Adeherself are engaged.

This is coming months after their fans suspected they were dating.

The couple got engaged on Friday, December 25, 2020 and they both took to their social media pages respective instagram handles to break the news.

Adeherself who was very excited about the leap into the next phase of their relationship, shared a picture of herself showing off an engagement ring and captioned it, “Best Christmas ever! @cuteabiola”.

Buhari sacrificing Nigerians for northern interest – Kukah

Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Matthew Kukah, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has sacrificed the dreams of Nigerians on the altar of nepotism by allegedly pursuing Northern hegemony.

The bishop also said Nigeria appeared to be heading for darkness under Buhari’s regime, noting that the government must explain the mystery behind the endless bloodletting in the country occasioned by insecurity.

He described Nigeria as a rudderless country where the citizens travelled in a boat devoid of captain or crew and without any maps and destination in sight.

Osun monarch Olufemi Fashade dies at 81

The Owa of Igbajo, Oba Olufemi Fashade has passed on.

He died after an illness at the age of 81.

The late monarch was crowned king of Igbajo in 1990, a town in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun State.

Fashade was born on April 17, 1939, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Ed Sheeran raking in millions despite 'retirement' from music

Ed Sheehan is believed to be richer than Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and The Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards after making over £70 million in the last year.

While fans of the 29-year-old were distraught last year to learn Ed was ‘going into early retirement’, it seems the singer was laughing all the way to the bank.

The star is said to have made £70 million thanks to his 2017-2019 Divide Tour as well as earnings from his music – including his collaborative album, No.6 Collaborations Project featuring fellow musicians including Eminem, 50 Cent and Justin Bieber.

Profits were so lucrative, it is reported that Ed made £200,000 per day thanks to fans stumping up cash to see him live and to buy his music.

Nigeria records 712 new Covid-19 cases, total now 82,747

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 712new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 82,747.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Friday.

“On the 25th of December 2020, 712 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 82747 cases have been confirmed, 70239 cases have been discharged and 1246 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 712 new cases are reported from 20 states- Lagos (388), FCT (77), Kwara (39), Katsina (35), Bauchi (33), Plateau (22), Ogun (18), Akwa Ibom (16), Delta (13), Kaduna (12), Osun (12), Yobe (11), Sokoto (10), Kebbi (8), Enugu (6), Edo (5), Ondo (3), Niger (2), Kano (1), and Oyo (1),” the NCDC said.

I thought #EndSARS protest was against virus –Joshua

Anthony Joshua said he thought the #EndSARs protests which rocked Nigeria in October was a fight against a virus Severe acute respiratory syndrome which also has the SARS acronym.

In an exclusive interview with Punch  correspondent, Joshua said because he had never been a victim of police brutality while in Nigeria, he had never heard of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Joshua joined global stars in supporting the #EndSARS movement after Nigerians had gone to the streets to protest against the activities of SARS whose officers were accused of extrajudicial killings, unlawful detentions, torture, extortion and various forms of abuses.

The boxer said it was after his uncle called his attention to the protests in Nigeria that he had to read more about SARS and Nigeria’s history.

Beautiful Christmas photos of Dbanj and his family


Why we disengaged 2,414 teachers –Kwara Government

Kwara State government has explained why it disengaged 2,414 teachers from the service of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

The teachers’ disengagement was announced in a statement titled, ‘Kwara govt takes stand on 2019 SUBEB workers, offsets pending seven months’ salaries. New employment portal opens January.’

The statement was signed by the Press Secretary, state Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mr Yakub Ali-Agan.

The statement indicted that the sacked teachers were recruited in the twilight of the administration of former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

I won’t commit suicide for being plus size –Eniola Badmus

Actress, Eniola Badmus, has revealed why she responds to people who constantly troll her online because of her size.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, the actress said, “It is not everything I can talk about but sometimes, some things get to me.

 I have developed a tough skin over time but I am also human. When things become overwhelming, I have to express myself and pour out my thoughts. 

Everyone has a threshold on different matters. The way people go about body shaming is hilarious. I did not come into the industry as a skinny girl.

Muslims attend Kaduna Church to celebrate with Christians

Muslims from some parts of northern states, who are residents in Kaduna State, on Friday, attended church service to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas).

They came in a large number to show love, companion to their Christian counterparts.

While at the popular Evangelical and Life Intervention Church, in Kaduna, they sang, danced and celebrated together, the birth of Jesus Christ.

According to them, their coming together was to strengthen cordial relationship as well as peaceful coexistence.

Lagos police bust three robbery suspects terrorising Ikeja

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three robbery suspects terrorising Ikeja area of the State.

The command also said it has beefed up security during the Yuletide period, especially to apprehend traffic robbers.

A statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi on Friday, said the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) during one of the command’s undercover operations around Ikeja Area, arrested three suspected traffic robbers in Agidingbi, Ikeja, at about 11.30pm on Tuesday.

“The suspects, on sighting the RRS operatives, took to their heels but were given a hot chase by the police before they were eventually arrested. During preliminary interrogation, the suspects confessed to have been terrorising and responsible for some traffic robberies and other crimes at Isheri, Ojodu, Berger, Motorways, Agidingbi, Ketu, Alapere and Ogudu,” he said.

Large crowd at Kwankwaso dad’s burial [Photos]

The remains of Alhaji Musa Saleh-Kwankwaso, the father of former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa-Kwankwaso have been buried in Kano.

Sale-Kwankwaso, who until his death was the Makaman Karaye, died in the early hours of Friday, in Kano.

He was 93.

The funeral prayer was led by a renowned Kano-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, who prayed for the repose of the deceased’s soul and for the family to have the fortitude to bear the loss.

NMA raises alarm as COVID-19 kills 20 doctors in one week

The Nigerian Medical Association on Friday raised alarm that the second wave of COVID-19 has been merciless on medical doctors.

Dr. Enema Amodu, FCT NMA chairman told journalists in Abuja that no less than 20 members of the association have lost their lives to the virus in the last one week.

Amodu said the doctors were infected by patients who refused to disclose their true health status when they come for treatment.

He therefore appealed to patients to always reveal their true health status and the symptoms they are experiencing during visits to hospitals and clinics to reduce the risk of infection for medical personnel.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Covid-19: NUC orders universities to stop academic activities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered Vice-Chancellors of universities to stop academic activities amid increasing Covid-19 cases.

Chris Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) signed the circular.

Classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences and seminars are to be put on hold.

Maiyaki directed the universities to remain closed and await further instructions.

Man dies in Anambra LONE CRASH motorcycle accident

A man has been confirmed dead in an accident involving a motorcycle at Awkuzu junction, on Enugu-Onitsha expressway, Anambra State, on Christmas Day.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Friday, said the accident occurred about 12pm.

Kumapayi said the accident was caused by speeding and loss of control.

The FRSC boss said that a total of two male adults were involved in the accident while one of them died.

Tunisia extends five-year state of emergency

The Tunisian presidency on Friday announced a six-month extension of the country’s state of emergency, in place since a 2015 attack on a presidential guard bus claimed by the Islamic State group.

President Kais Saied “decided on the six-month extension of the nationwide state of emergency, from December 26, 2020, to June 23, 2021,” a statement said.

The measure, extended continuously since late 2015, grants exceptional powers to the country’s security forces.

It allows measures to “ensure the control of the press” and for strikes and meetings that “create disorder” to be banned.

Robbers kill airport worker on his way to work around 4.20am

The family of Idowu Olawuyi has been grieving after he was stabbed to death by robbers around Bunkas junction, AIT Road in the Alagbado area of Lagos State.

Punch Metro gathered that the 33-year-old was on his way to work at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, when three robbers waylaid him around 4.20am.

During the attack, it was learnt that the robbers dispossessed Idowu of his valuables and while he was struggling with them, one of the robbers reportedly stabbed him in the chest with a knife.

Idowu’s elder brother, Adedayob said the father of one died at the scene of the attack, adding that his remains were deposited in a mortuary.

Fire guts HAK Air building in Ikeja

The HAK Air building at Sowemimo street, GRA Ikeja was engulfed by fire in the early hours of Friday.

The two-storey building got burnt as a result of the explosion of the static inverter used in the building, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed.

“Investigation conducted suggests that the fire Started from the Static Inverter used for Solar panel in the building.

The agency got to the scene of the incident and put off the fire alongside effort from Lagos Fire Service.

Egypt’s electoral commission head dies of Covid-19

Lashin Ibrahim, Egypt’s head of electoral commission, has died of Covid-19 complications, Dpa reports.

Ibrahim was a deputy chief judge of the country’s top court

State-owned al-Ahram Online revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus 20 days ago.

Ibrahim had been in charge of the National Election Authority since 2017.

I arrived late for first meeting with Femi Otedola as daughter’s boyfriend — Mr Eazi

Singer, Mr Eazi, has revealed that he was late to his first meeting with Femi Otedola where he was to introduce himself as his daughter’s boyfriend.

This was made known in a podcast released on Christmas day by the lovers who have been dating for four years.

According to Mr Eazi, Femi Otedola had to comment about his lateness.

He said, “One thing that I can definitely remember was that my hair was pink or purple, and to be honest, at the time, I only had tracksuits and we were going somewhere. So, I remember I got pants and a shirt, and I had these Gucci shoes. I probably never wore them again after that day.

Police arrest two on Christmas day for stealing [photo]

The police in Ogun state on Friday arrested two men, Francis Obeya and Emmanuel Abah for stealing a motorcycle belonging to their employer.

The suspects were arrested following a distress call received from a Lagos based company at the Police Command’s control room that a dispatch rider with the company was sent to deliver a certain goods to a client but absconded with the goods and the motorcycle.

Information further revealed that the said rider was heading towards Sagamu – Ore road, Ogun state.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a release, said that on the basis of the tip – off, policemen along Sagamu – Ore axis were mobilised to be on lookout for the motorcycle.

Gunmen attack ex-militant leader, Ogunbos' home in Bayelsa

Some yet-to-be identified gunmen have attacked the residence of Eris Paul, a former ex-militant leader also known as Ogunbos, at his country home in Peremabiri Community in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, burning down his mansion. 

According to reports, the attack occurred in the early hours of Friday, Christmas Day. 

It was learnt that armed men stormed the community in speed boats, shooting indiscriminately before setting buildings on fire.

It was learnt that Paul was able to escape without being injured or killed, though narrowly.

Ighalo celebrates Christmas with beautiful family pictures

Former Super Eagles player and Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo has shared adorable photos of himself and his three children on social media.

Christians all over the world always celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on every December 25 which is always a colourful ceremony everywhere on earth.

In the photos shared by the former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo and his children dressed in red attires while posing beside the flowers.

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