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COVID-19: Trumps phones Buhari, promises ventilators
The President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, discussed with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on the telephone.
Apple reportedly delaying production ramp-up for 5G iPhones
Apple is reportedly delaying the manufacturing ramp-up of this year’s crop of new iPhones by a full month.
West Ham, Brighton players return to training grounds
West Ham, Brighton and Arsenal opened their training grounds to players on Monday as Premier League clubs took steps towards a potential re-start.
Provide life insurance for journalists on frontline, NUJ tells FG, stakeholders
The national secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to provide life insurance for journalists, who are on the frontline in the coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
YouTube bans ‘medically unsubstantiated’ content from site
YouTube has started banning content that is in direct contradiction to the World Health Organization’s guidelines as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the United States.
COVID-19 cases in Africa hit 30,000 – WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo says the number of COVID-19 cases in the WHO African Region has increased to over 30,000.
Vaccine group suggests manufacturing coronavirus vaccines even before they are fully tested
It might be necessary to start manufacturing coronavirus vaccines even before they have been fully tested to see if they can protect people from infection, said Richard Hatchett, the CEO of Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
Trump goes into hiding
It looks like President Trump is going into hiding — from the press, that is. Facing an avalanche of controversy over his bizarre comments on sunlight and dangerous comments regarding disinfectants, the President held a record short briefing Friday evening (sans Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx), abruptly ending it after 22 minutes of statements…
I love Nigerian chicken, food – Rohr
In an interview on Instagram recently, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr talked about his time with the national team, signing a new contract and his love for Nigerian delicacies. KELVIN EKERETE monitored the session
Coronavirus: Doctors seek extension of lockdown
Ahead of the imminent review of the lockdown imposed on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the Nigerian Medical Association has advised the Federal Government to again extend the lockdown, which ends on Monday (tomorrow).
Chelsea opt against pay cut, tell players to donate to charity
Chelsea have said they will not impose a pay cut on their first-team squad in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
US journalists seek to help colleagues affected by virus
Journalists from around the U.S. are finding ways to help their colleagues simply pay rent or buy groceries as they face lost or reduced paychecks because of layoffs and furloughs caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Man ‘called in bomb threat’ to get day off
A Florida construction worker called in a bomb threat to a water treatment facility to get a day off work, authorities said.
AprilFoolDay: Don’t add panic to global pains, COVID-19 volunteers warn Nigerians
A group, COVID-19 Incident Volunteers, has warned Nigerians to ignore April Fool Day jokes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Villager fakes death to avoid COVID-19 lockdown
A Kashmiri villager faked his death and travelled more than a hundred miles in an ambulance with four others in a desperate bid to circumvent India’s virus lockdown and return home, police said Wednesday.
Spain death toll hits 9,053 as COVID-19 cases pass 100,000
The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged over 9,000 on Wednesday after a record 864 deaths in 24 hours, with the number of confirmed cases passing the 100,000 mark, the government said.
Cyber security: How attackers impersonate WHO, on COVID-19
Cyber security company, SophosLabs has revealed that email scams associated with coronavirus, COVID-19 have nearly tripled in the past weeks.
Aussie watchdog sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica breach
Australia’s privacy watchdog announced legal action against Facebook Monday for alleged “systematic failures” exposing more than 300,000 Australians to a data breach by Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook says it will ban ads for medical face masks
Facebook is temporarily banning advertisements for medical face masks as part of an effort to prevent use of its platform to exploit people’s concerns about the new coronavirus.
India’s top court strikes down ban on cryptocurrency trading
India’s top court struck down a ban on cryptocurrency trading by the country’s central bank, ending a nearly two-year legal battle to get the virtual currencies reinstated in the country.
California governor declares state of emergency over coronavirus
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus vaccine timeline remains uncertain
A coronavirus vaccine won’t be widely available for a long time, several top pharmaceutical executives said Wednesday.
California governor: 11 passengers and 10 crew members on cruise ship are “symptomatic”
There are 11 passengers and 10 crew members on the Grand Princess cruise ship that are “symptomatic,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference today.
There are now 158 cases of novel coronavirus in US
There are 158 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local governments.
Coronavirus: WHO tracing 65 Italian’s co-passengers
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, has confirmed the World Health Organisation is tracing the passengers who boarded the Turkish Airlines flight with the Italian man who brought coronavirus to the country.
Nicki Minaj’s husband arrested for failing to register as a sex offender
Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty has been arrested by U.S. Marshals for failing to register as a sex offender. Petty was in federal court on Wednesday after turning himself into the Marshals and is set to face a judge later today, according to TMZ.
Twitter tests vanishing tweets to keep up with Snapchat, Facebook
Twitter said Wednesday it is testing a way for users to “think aloud” with tweets that vanish after a day instead of having posts linger.
South Korea declares ‘war’ on coronavirus as cases exceed 5,000
South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared “war” against the coronavirus on Tuesday, as the country reported its biggest daily case increase to date, sending its total past 5,000 — the largest in the world outside China.
Blackmagic, Blaqjerzee get Dapper music distribution boost
Fast-rising digital distribution company, Dapper Music has given a big boost to the latest projects of Nigerian artists, Blackmagic and Blaqjerzee by expanding their digital footprint.
Malaysia now has 36 confirmed corona virus cases
There are seven new cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in Malaysia, bringing the country’s total to 36, Noor Hisham Abdullah, the director general of Health Malaysia, announced on Twitter Tuesday.
Australia confirms 2 new coronavirus cases, bringing total cases to 40
Australia has confirmed two new cases of novel coronavirus in New South Wales, bringing the country’s total to 40, Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
Iran’s coronavirus cases rose past 2,300 on Tuesday. Here’s what’s happening there
One week ago, Iran had fewer than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, Iranian authorities said there were 2,336 confirmed cases, making the Middle Eastern country one of the worst affected in the world.
New seven-kilo gold coin unveiled to celebrate James Bond film
Britain’s Royal Mint on Monday unveiled a seven-kilogram gold coin with the highest face value in its 1,100-year history in honour of the latest James Bond film.
Pope Francis tested for coronavirus after falling ill
Pope Francis has been tested for coronavirus after he fell ill and was forced to cancel a religious retreat near Rome.
Van Dijk laments ‘unacceptable’ end of Liverpool run at Watford
Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk lamented an “unacceptable” display after the team’s run of 44 games without defeat in the Premier League ended with a shock 3-0 loss away to strugglers Watford on Saturday.
Facebook scraps developer conference on coronavirus fears
Facebook canceled its annual F8 Developer Conference over concerns about Covid-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, according to a blog post.
Netflix introduces ‘low data’ AV1 video codec for Android platform
Netflix is rolling out support for the new AV1 video codec in its Android app, which the company claims compresses video 20 percent more efficiently than the VP9 codec it currently uses.
Henderson hails Firmino: ‘The stuff he does is madness
Jordan Henderson has hailed the “outstanding” Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday at Anfield.
Rema is alive, hale and healthy
Rema is hale and healthy!” Those were the words of the manager of Mavin records musician, Rema. The manager whose name is Sean, was responding to questions via WhatsApp chat with this reporter.
Coronavirus forcing tech companies to take preventive steps
Silicon Valley is bracing for the coronavirus outbreak to impact its bottom line as Google closed its offices in China and Apple said its production will be affected.
Breaking: Trump’s travel ban on Nigeria, others callous – US Speaker
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described as callous, President Trump’s addition of Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sudan to the travel ban.
US bans immigration from Nigeria, five other countries
United States President, Donald Trump, on Friday slapped immigration restrictions on citizens of six countries including Nigeria, in addition to the list of nations already targeted by his controversial travel ban.
Gionee unveils M11 mobile phone series
Leading Chinese smartphone company globally known for its long-lasting batteries and superb features, Gionee, has assured of its dedication and passion to continue with the development of innovative devices that would meet up with the specific needs of its teeming customers.
Djokovic romps past Ito into Australian Open round three
Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic weathered a testing second set and breezy conditions to crush Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito and reach the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.
Today in history: Jet Li’s debut film ‘Shaolin Temple’ released
1982 Shaolin Temple” martial arts film released, first Hong Kong feature filmed in China, directed by Chang Hsin Yen, starring Jet Li in his debut role
Theresa Dion mother of singer Celine, dies at 92
Therese Dion, the mother of “Titanic” singer Celine and affectionately known as “Maman Dion” has died at the age of 92, the performer said Friday.
Nigeria’s FG to partner with Dundee university on nano technology
The Federal government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to partner the University of Dundee, Scotland to develop a technical committee that will focus on the study of Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Forensics and Information Communication Technology (ICT) for mutual benefits.
The Rock’ breaks silence on father’s death
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson paid tribute to his late father, Rocky Johnson, on Friday with an emotional letter to the WWE Hall of Famer on Instagram.
Bob Marley Foundation to celebrate reggae legend’s 75th birthday
The Bob Marley Foundation has said that arrangements have been concluded to celebrate the post-humous birthday of Jamaican reggae legend, Bob Marley, on Thursday, February 6, 2020 under the theme, ‘Marley 75: Redemption.’
Australia to lose billions as bushfires deter tourists
Australia will lose billions of dollars in tourism revenue as international visitors cancel trips in droves due to bushfires raging across the country, an industry body forecast Friday.
YouTube steering viewers to climate denial videos: nonprofit
YouTube has driven millions of viewers to climate denial videos, a US advocacy group charged Thursday as it called for stopping “free promotion of misinformation” at the platform.
Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ gets release date
House of the Dragon,” HBO’s straight-to-series prequel to “Game Of Thrones,” is on track for a 2022 debut, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said in an interview with Deadline during TCA.
Japanese starlet Jun Nishikawa Sparks interest in Barcelona
Barcelona are planning to make a move for 17-year-old Japanese starlet Jun Nishikawa, according to reports.
Trump’s impeachment trial begins
The United States Senate has opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.
EPL: Mourinho makes first signing as Tottenham coach
Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes became the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era at Tottenham on Wednesday as the manager bids to revive the club’s Premier League campaign.
Champions-elect Liverpool in a hurry to end 30 years of hurt
A 30-year wait to win a top flight title has been too long for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s men are in a rush to end that drought as soon as possible with the best ever start to a season in Europe’s top five leagues.
William, Harry slam ‘false’ story about their relationship
Princes William and Harry on Monday put on a rare united front to dismiss a “false story” speculating about their relationship, as senior royals meet for talks about the younger brother’s future.
Barcelona replaces Valverde with Quique Setien
Barcelona have replaced their coach Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setien according to a club statement.
Oscars 2020: ‘Joker’ makes history with 11 nominations for comic book movie
The controversial but acclaimed antihero film “Joker” is leading the Oscars pack with a historic 11 nods.
Tesla cars will soon be able to talk
Tesla cars could soon have big mouths — just like their outspoken owners — thanks to an upcoming upgrade that will let the vehicles speak to pedestrians, according to Elon Musk. “Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real,” the eccentric Tesla CEO said on Twitter Saturday, where he shared a…
Dangote renews bid to acquire Arsenal
Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has again renewed his bid to acquire English Premier League side Arsenal when he is done with his present projects.
Updated: Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties to win Spanish Super Cup
Thibaut Courtois proved the hero on Sunday as Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico Madrid in a penalty shoot-out in Saudi Arabia to win their 11th Spanish Super Cup.
How to brand your image
When you walk through the door in any gathering, instantly we can tell a number of things about you. Believe it or not up to 11 assumptions are made regarding your economic level, education level, social position, exposure level and many more. It takes seconds to form a good first impression; it may take a…
Iran’s only female Olympic medalist quits country
Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has said on social media she had left her homeland.
Australia’s largest “megablaze” under control
Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia’s largest “megablaze” under control Monday, as wet weather promised to deliver much-needed respite for countryside ravaged by bushfires.
Ronaldo continues scoring streak as Juve top Serie A
Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his goal-scoring streak to six consecutive league games as Juventus took top spot in Serie A on Sunday with a 2-1 win at Roma, whose defeat was made worse by the cruciate ligament injury of rising star Nicolo Zaniolo.
Barcelona Luis Suarez sidelined for 4 months
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will be out of action for four months after keyhole surgery on his injured right knee, the Spanish champions said on Sunday.
Trump:We are inspired by your courage
US President Donald Trump said Saturday the United States was monitoring Iranian demonstrations closely, warning against any new “massacre” as protests broke out after Tehran admitted to shooting down a passenger plane.
Facebook, eBay crackdown on scammers trading fake reviews
Facebook and eBay pledged Wednesday to more aggressively tackle scammers trading fake and misleading product reviews in new agreements with British regulators.
Twitter will allow users to restrict comments on posts
Twitter plans to fight internet trolls by testing a new feature that allows users to control who can reply to their posts, the company said Wednesday.
Iraq’s top cleric slams U.S., Iran attacks, warns of internal stand-off
A months-long political stand-off in Iraq has created the conditions that allowed recent U.S. and Iranian attacks in the country, argued Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, on Friday.
How data price war hurts telecoms service quality
Data price ‘war’ among telecoms operators is one of the major causes of poor service quality faced by Nigerian subscribers, especially in the download and upload of content.
Meghan returns to Canada amid royal storm
Prince Harry’s wife Meghan has returned to Canada following the couple’s bombshell announcement they were quitting their frontline royal duties, their spokeswoman said Friday.
Twitter to test ways to limit online abuse
Twitter has announced it will test new ways to limit online abuse by offering users control over who can reply to tweets.
Mourinho would’ve loved to manage Liverpool’ ― Thompson
Jose Mourinho “loves nothing better than to upset Liverpool” but would secretly have loved the opportunity to take over at Anfield, claims Phil Thompson.
Buhari affirms commitment to use of IT for service delivery
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration would continue to use technology to deliver desired good to Nigerians.
Apple News hits 100 million users
Apple News has racked up more than 100 million active users, the Silicon Valley giant revealed Wednesday as it works to get its news subscription service off the ground.
How to make it in Bollywood, or die trying
It took a minute for Malhaar Rathod, then an aspiring teenage actress, to realise what the 65-year-old Indian film producer was asking her to do — and to make the decision to walk away.
Developing economies to record 4.1% growth in 2020 – World Bank
The World Bank said on Wednesday that due to growth in the emerging markets, developing economies are expected to experience a 4.1 percent rise in 2020.
FA urged to ‘reconsider’ deal with betting website
The British government has urged the Football Association to “reconsider” its relationship with bookmaker Bet365 as concerns grow over the link between problem gambling and mental health issues.
Huawel thrives even after US blacklisting
In the days after the US government said it would bar Huawei Technologies from buying vital American components, the Chinese company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, pulled together an emergency meeting of his top lieutenants at its headquarters in Shenzhen.
Fisker debuts $37,500 electric SUV with a solar roof
Electric vehicle entrepreneur Henrik Fisker has unveiled his first purportedly mass-market EV, an SUV called the Fisker Ocean, ahead of the 2020 Consumer Electronics show.
France urges Iran to stick with nuclear accord
France urged Tehran Saturday to stick with a landmark nuclear accord at risk of falling apart, the day after Washington killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad.
US, Israeli flags burnt as thousands mourn Iranian general in Tehran
US and Israeli flags were set alight in Iran’s capital Saturday as thousands mourned the loss of top military commander Qasem Soleimani, a day after he was killed by American forces.
Britain warns citizens against travelling to Iraq
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has warned British citizens against travel to Iraq or Iran amid heightened tension following the U.S. airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.
American rapper, Cardi B attacks Trump, considers ‘filing Nigerian citizenship’
American rapper, Cardi B who visited Nigeria last year (2019), December has attacked the actions of the United States President, Donald Trump and said; “I’m filing for my Nigerian citizenship”.
Tech: new anti-snoring device
Millions of people are familiar with it – snoring. The number one annoyance in the bedroom at night. About one in two men and one in four women of middle age or older snores in their sleep. Previously dismissed as just an annoying disturbance of the peace, snoring is now recognized as a serious sleep…
Hillary Clinton appointed chancellor of British university
Queen’s University Belfast, on Thursday, announced the appointment of U.S. politician, Hillary Clinton, as its new Chancellor.
ENDOMETRIOSIS: Women are affected, but we all pay the price
The objective is to elevate your awareness and enrich your knowledge, with the expectation of agitating your curiosity and actively involving you into stemming the tide of this health condition that primarily affects women of child-bearing age, and secondarily, every other person.
Telemundo introduces two new shows January
DStv and GOtv subscribers will begin the new year with two new thrilling shows on Telemundo this January. The shows, ‘Almost Yours’ and ‘Close Enemies’ are joining the Telemundo family on DStv Yanga and GOTV Jolli and will be filled with even more drama, suspense, and comedy than ever before.
Drinking coffee could reduce your chance of developing liver tumour by 50%
A cup of coffee in the morning could have greater benefits than just helping tired workers wake up.
Nigeria to host chess tournament
The Nigeria Chess Federation will be the host of the African Individual Chess Championship in Lagos for 2020.
Dell to let Apple users control iPhones from their laptop
Dell Technologies is trying to make its laptops more attractive to iPhone users. The Texas-based computer maker said on Thursday it is releasing software that will let users mirror their iPhone’s screen on Dell laptops.
Drake delights Top Boy fans as he confirms the Netflix series will return in 2020
Drake has delighted Top Boy fans by confirming the fourth season of the crime drama will return to Netflix in 2020.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to delivering of premature babies – Dentist
Dr Albert Akhidenor, a dentist says it is proven that poor hygiene of pregnant mothers can lead to delivering of premature babies and to low weight baby.
EPL: Kane joins Hull City
Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane has joined Hull City on loan until the end of the season.
China, Russia urge restraints as killing of Iranian general divides U.S. Congress
China and Russia on Friday adviced all sides to cease further escalation after an Iranian military general was killed by the United States.
Electric ship conducts trial operation on Yangtze
A home-grown electric ship on Friday conducted a trial operation in central China on the Yangtze River, China’s longest waterway.
Best and worst diets for 2020, ranked by experts, with a popular one near last
Beans, legumes, pulses – A plant-based diet underpins the health of those who live longest according to experts. Beans, legumes and pulses (such as lentils and chickpeas), compared with any other food, are the most important dietary predictor of longevity. They probably offer the best bang for your nutritional buck than any other food out…
Trump orders killing of key Iranian commander in Baghdad airport strike
President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport that killed Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian military commander, in a “decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad” that was intended to deter “future Iranian attack plans,” the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.
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