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Top Ten Most-affected Countries In The World With The Coronavirus (COVID -19)

One Asian country and seven European countries are among the ten most affected list of countries with coronavirus, while more European countries are witnessing a surge in cases.

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The US has replaced China as the country with the highest coronavirus cases on 26 March.


As the coronavirus reaches more than 170 countries and the WHO declares nCoV as a global pandemic, Pharmaceutical Technology lists the top ten countries affected by COVID-19, by the number of cases.

USA


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Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US increased significantly in the third week of March as testing was made more rapid and overtook China’s on 26 March making the US the most affected country by coronavirus in the world currently, by cases.

The US COVID-19 cases earlier crossed South Korean cases on 19 March, moving beyond 33,500 on 23 March, and surging to more than 50,000 on 24 March, while the death toll crossed 650.

Community spread and delayed testing has been a major concern to Americans as enough test kits are not available across states.

The first coronavirus case in the US was confirmed on 21 January, but the cases surged from the second half of February.

Italy


Coronavirus continues to be severe in Italy, making it the most-affected in Europe as well as outside Asia. Italy has witnessed the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the world. Travel to Italy and Italians travelling to other countries during the outbreak has been traced to have caused COVID-19 spread.

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Once confined to Northern Italy, COVID-19 cases have spread to entire Italy leading to a nation-wide lock-down. The Italian government’s early measures such as closing educational institutions temporarily might have limited the spread, although the aged population continues to be a concern.

Coronavirus deaths in Italy increased by more than nine times in ten days, from 366 on 08 March to more than 5,400 on 23 March and further beyond 10,700 by 29 March. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy crossed 97,000, which is more than those in China.

China


China, including Hong Kong and Macau, is the second-worst affected country by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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China witnessed more than 3,000 deaths and approximately 74% of the global coronavirus cases as of 09 March, which quickly came down to 58% by 13 March and to 40% by 18 March as the number of cases in rest of the world surged and Europe became the new epicentre. Within a week, coronavirus cases in the rest of the world belittled China’s. As of 30 March, Chinese coronavirus cases accounted for just 11% of the global cases.

Hubei is the most-affected province within China and Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei, is the city affected worst by the coronavirus. Hubei has witnessed more than 67,000 coronavirus-positive cases and continues to report deaths, although at a slower rate than before.

The number of cases in China, however, has been on the decline starting March due to the rapid control measures and response by the Chinese government.

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Spain


Spain has overtaken South Korea in the number of coronavirus cases in the third week of March. Since the first coronavirus case confirmed on 01 February, the Spanish COVID-19 nCoV-infected cases got closer to 1,000 in early hours of 09 March and rose sharply to more than 80,000 on 29 March. A minister in Spain has contracted coronavirus, while Princess Maria Teresa died from coronavirus marking the first royal death due to COVID-19.

Spain is currently the second most-affected European country with coronavirus. Spanish coronavirus death toll too has increased sharply to cross 6,800. A nation-wide lock-down has been announced affecting millions of its residents.
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Tourism, a crucial sector for Spain, is expected to face an adverse impact due to the global coronavirus fears. The Spanish government has advised companies to ask employees to work from home to avoid spread.

Germany


Coronavirus cases in Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, have crossed 62,000.

Similar to its neighbour France, Germany too banned public events involving huge crowds in order to prevent spread. Trade fair, The Hannover Messe, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak situation.
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Coronavirus mortality rate in Germany is, however, comparatively lesser at 0.87%, with 541 deaths reported as of 29 March. Meanwhile, German finance minister Thomas Schafer committed suicide, suspectedly because of worries over the state of economic situation in the country due to COVID-19.

France


France, the fourth most-affected European nation by the coronavirus, has overtaken South Korea in the number of COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 nCoV cases in France have crossed 40,000, while the death toll crossed 2,600.
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The French government has banned public gatherings. The popular Louvre Museum in Paris was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The Paris city has reported COVID-19 coronavirus-positive cases, apart from other regions including Amiens, Bordeaux, and Eastern Haute-Savoie.

A worker at Disneyland Paris was reported by Reuters as having contracted the coronavirus. France currently has only a few clusters with coronavirus. The ongoing outbreak remains a concern to the French tourism industry as coronavirus fears are resulting in a drop in visitors.
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Iran


Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to rest of the world, currently has more than 38,000 confirmed cases and has reported more than 2,600 deaths. Iran is suspected to have delayed revealing about the spread of corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases.

A number of countries have traced their coronavirus-infected having contracted the disease during travel to Iran. Many government officials and politicians including MPs in Iran have contracted coronavirus, some of who died.

Amid fears of further coronavirus spread, Iran announced the temporary release of approximately 70,000 prisoners, according to Mizan news agency.
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United Kingdom (UK)


The UK coronavirus cases surged significantly in the third and fourth weeks of March making it one of the top ten countries with coronavirus.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK surged to 5,741 on 23 March and crossed 19,500 on 29 March, while death toll increased sharply to 1,228.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on 27 March.
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Switzerland


Switzerland, a popular tourist destination, is the sixth most affected European country by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Switzerland, whose borders are close to Milan, Italy, crossed 14,800 as on 29 March.

Some of the major cities in Switzerland, such as Geneva and Zurich, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.

Deaths in Switzerland due to coronavirus have reached 300. The Swiss hotel and tourism industries will be affected if the coronavirus situation continues to stay for long.
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Netherlands


The Netherlands overtook South Korea as the tenth most affected country with coronavirus, with the total cases increasing beyond 10,800, close to those in Belgium, and deaths reaching 771.

The coronavirus case in the Netherlands was confirmed on 27 February in a person who visited Lombardy, Italy. The first death due to coronavirus in the Netherlands occurred on 06 March.

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USA now the country with the highest case of Covid – 19 with over 115,000 cases

The US has registered about 1,300 deaths, almost a quarter of them in New York City, where hospitals are overwhelmed.

In China, where the virus was believed to have been transferred from wild animals to humans, the National Health Commission on Friday reported 55 new cases, including 54 it said were imported infections in recent arrivals from overseas.

There were no new cases reported in Wuhan, the provincial capital where the coronavirus is reported to have emerged from late last year.

US coronavirus: New Orleans to be next epicentre, say officials (01:38)
US President Donald Trump, who had until recently insisted on calling the new coronavirus the “Chinese virus”, tweeted on Friday that he and China’s President Xi Jinping had “a very good conversation” and discussed “in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet.”

Economy

The economic damage from the pandemic was growing as a record-shattering 3.3 million US citizens applied for unemployment benefits in a single week – nearly five times the old record, set in 1982.

Job losses have swept across sectors from food services to retail to transportation, as nearly half of the country has closed to non-essential businesses.

“It is staggering. We are only seeing the initial numbers. They will get worse, unfortunately,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, estimating that half a million people in the city would lose work.

But stock markets continued to climb on Friday, with Asian bourses in the green after a third straight day of rises on Wall Street.

Traders have taken heart from the passage through the Senate of a $2 trillion stimulus bill – the largest in US history, which will support the country’s businesses and provide cash payouts to people.

The rescue plan, which is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives on Friday, would initially dispense cheques of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.

Source: Al jazeera

3 Most Wealthiest country

1. Qatar

Qatar is the all richest country in the world it have GDP of $308.6 billion, and it have highest money value it the world this country have low unemployment rate and the case of poverty has not been recorded in years.The country have GNI of $116,799,which makes this country ranking first.

2. China

This country have GNI of $95,304 which makes him second richest country in the world.This countrys GDP is $65.3 billion but this country says that if they have low population then this country can bring more literacy rate in the country.

3. Singapore

This country has GNI of $82,503 which makes it third richest country in the world this country have GDP of $480.0 billion this country this country in small in term of size and population but the development of this country is best it comes in 3rd in terms of development.

Top 10 Nigerian Politicians With Good Records, Worthy For President

The Current situation of Nigeria is caused by Old and Current Political Leaders , Here is the selected List of Top 10 Nigerian Politicians With Good Record, Worthy For Presidential post:

This list below is written based on the following views:

  • Past political records
  • Comments by Nigerians and Non Nigerians.
  • Achievements during last political post
  • Impacts in the society today.

We accept modifications on the lists below , you can always use the comment section to add your own list and please state your reasons and why you think the person you are suggesting is worthy to make the list.

10. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is a Nigerian politician who serves as the Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria, having won election during the 2015 general elections and being re-elected in the 2019 general elections.

9. Femi Fani-Kayode

David Oluwafemi Adewunmi Abdulateef Fani-Kayode is a Nigerian politician, essayist, poet and lawyer. He was a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. He was with the opposition’s All Progressive Congress until June 2014 when he returned to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

8. Ben Murray-Bruce

Benedict Murray-Bruce, OON is a Nigerian business magnate and politician. He is the founder of Silverbird Group. A member of the People’s Democratic Party, he was elected to the Senate of Nigeria in March 2015 where he currently represents the Bayelsa East constituency, in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

7. Jimi Agbaje

Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje, is a Nigerian Pharmacist, and Politician. He was the 2015 PDP’s Lagos State Governorship candidate, but he lost out to the eventually winner Akinwunmi Ambode. He was the 2019 Lagos State gubernatorial election candidate for PDP in the 2019 general elections.

6. Yemi Osinbajo

Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo is a Nigerian politician and a lawyer, who is the current Vice President of Nigeria, in office since 29 May 2015.

5. Akinwunmi Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode was the former Governor of Lagos State. He was a civil servant for 27 years and a financial consultant before running for public office as Governor of Lagos State in 2015.

4. Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is currently the Federal Minister of Works and Housing. He served two terms as Governor of Lagos State from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.

3. Ikedi Ohakim

Ikedi Ohakim is a Nigerian businessman who became governor of Imo State in the South Eastern region in May 2007, standing for the Progressive Peoples Alliance. He later switched to the People’s Democratic Party.

2. Donald Duke

Donald Duke is a Nigerian politician. He was the Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007 and the 2019 Nigeria Presidential candidate for Social Democratic Party, SDP.

1. Peter Obi

Peter Gregory Obi is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was the vice presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the Peoples Democratic Party, and Former Governor of Anambra State.
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Pope Francis Sets Special Day To Honor, Study and Share The Bible


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The newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his word, Pope Francis said.

By papal decree, the third Sunday in Ordinary Time — Jan. 26 this year — is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.”

A day dedicated to the Bible will help the church “experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world,” the pope said in the document establishing the special Sunday observance.

Dioceses and parishes have been invited to respond with creative initiatives, helpful resources and renewed efforts for helping Catholics engage more deeply with the Bible at church and in their lives.


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Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said added emphasis on the importance of the word of God is needed because “the overwhelming majority” of Catholics are not familiar with sacred Scripture. For many, the only time they hear the word of God is when they attend Mass, he told Vatican News Sept. 30, when the papal document, titled “Aperuit Illis,” was published.

“The Bible is the most widely distributed book, but it’s also perhaps the one most covered in dust because it is not held in our hands,” the archbishop said.

With this apostolic letter, the pope “invites us to hold the word of God in our hands every day as much as possible so that it becomes our prayer” and a greater part of one’s lived experience, he said.

In his letter, Pope Francis wrote, “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a yearlong event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers.”


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“We need to develop a closer relationship with sacred Scripture; otherwise, our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut, struck as we are by so many forms of blindness,” he wrote.

Sacred Scripture and the sacraments are inseparable, he wrote. Jesus speaks to everyone with his word in sacred Scripture, he said, and if people “hear his voice and open the doors of our minds and hearts, then he will enter our lives and remain ever with us.”

Pope Francis urged priests to be extra attentive to creating a homily each Sunday that “speaks from the heart” and really helps people understand Scripture “through simple and suitable” language.

The homily “is a pastoral opportunity that should not be wasted,” he wrote. “For many of our faithful, in fact, this is the only opportunity they have to grasp the beauty of God’s word and to see it applied to their daily lives.”

Pope Francis encouraged people to read the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, “Dei Verbum,” and Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation on the Bible, “Verbum Domini,” whose teaching remains “fundamental for our communities.”

The pope also suggested pastors provide parishioners with the Bible, a book of the Gospels or other catechetical resources, “enthrone” the Bible in order to emphasize the honor and sacred nature of the text, bless or commission lectors of the parish and encourage people to read and pay with Scripture every day, especially through “lectio divina.”

“The Bible cannot be just the heritage of some, much less a collection of books for the benefit of a privileged few. It belongs above all to those called to hear its message and to recognize themselves in its words,” the pope wrote.


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“The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division toward unity” as well as come to understand God’s love and become inspired to share it with others, he added.

The celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God also “has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity,” he wrote. The third Sunday in Ordinary Time falls during that part of the year when the church is encouraged to strengthen its bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity.

The document was published on the feast of St. Jerome, patron saint of biblical scholars and doctor of the church, who said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” The title, “Aperuit Illis,” is based on a verse from the Gospel of St. Luke, “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”

The pope said it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth without the Lord who opens people’s minds to his word, yet “without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his church in this world would remain incomprehensible.”

Source Credit: Catholic News Service

Ukrainian Plane Crash Kills 176 people, as They Begin Mourning And Investigations


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The crash of a Ukrainian jetliner that killed 176 people in Iran where many of the victims were from or were headed and raised a host of questions about what went wrong.

But U.S. intelligence officials said there was no immediate evidence it was shot down.
The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S. forces. While the timing of the disaster led some aviation experts to wonder whether it was brought down by a missile, Iranian officials disputed any such suggestion and blamed mechanical trouble.


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“The rumors about the plane are completely false and no military or political expert has confirmed it,” Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, spokesman for the Iranian armed forces, was quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency as saying. He said the rumors were “psychological warfare” by the government’s opponents.

In Washington, a Democrat who attended a classified briefing from Trump administration officials on Capitol Hill — including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and CIA Director Gina Haspel — said the briefers had no intelligence indicating the plane was shot down. The lawmaker spoke on condition of anonymity.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. The crash just before dawn scattered flaming debris and passengers’ belongings across a wide stretch of farmland.

Great Author Elizabeth Wurtzel Dies At 52

Elizabeth Wurtzel, the author whose 1994 memoir “Prozac Nation” ignited conversations about the then-taboo topic of clinical depression, has died. She was 52.

Wurtzel passed away Tuesday in New York City following a battle with metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her brain, her husband Jim Freed told CNN.


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Before memoirs became a literary genre du jour, and before the now-popular confessional style of writing became mainstream, Wurtzel’s “Prozac Nation,” published when she was just 27, created a sensation.

Source: CNN

Top 5 Most Powerful Countries In The World ( Countries That Can Destroy The World )


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To determine the most powerful nations in the world is based on nuclear weapons, financial capacity, geography, logistics capability, industrial capacity, global status, natural resources, military strength, firepower, defence budget etc. Here are some most powerful and strongest Countries in the world.

most powerful nations in the world


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5. France

France has always been a world power since the colonial days. For many centuries, France has been one of the strongest nations in the world and still retain the position to date. France has lots of allies around the world and they also provide military supports for their allies.


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4. India

India has a great population, they have some of the best technologies and India has proven itself to be a powerful nation over the years. India has some collections of advanced weapons and it currently stands at number four of the most powerful nations on earth.


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3. China

China has grown over the years to become one of the most advanced and powerful countries in the world. China has the largest population in the world and one of the biggest economies in the world making it a strong force to reckon with. China takes the third position in the most powerful countries in the world. In recent time, China has positioned itself as a military aircraft manufacturer.


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2. Russia

Russia is also another country to be reckoned with in terms of its military strength and gadgets. Russia is ranked number two in Military firepower and strength. Russia has the largest landmass in the world sharing a border with at least 12 countries.


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1. United States

The United States is the most powerful country on earth in terms of weapons, land strength, Naval forces and technology. They are currently ranked top out of 137 countries with strong military power. The United States has an estimated defence budget of over $700 billion . This is attributed to their influence in the world politics and military supports and also because of their two major rivals China and Russia. The United States has the greatest political influence in the world and they play a major role in international disputes, political matters and matters involving global security.

Drop your suggestions for this countries mentioned above.

President Donald Trump Vows To Hit 52 Sites ‘Very Hard’ If Iran Retaliates

Trump vows to hit 52 sites ‘very hard’ if Iran retaliates for Suleimani killing
As general’s body is returned to Iran, president says targets represent the 52 US hostages taken by Iran in 1979

Donald Trump has threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets in retaliation for the drone strike that killed the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani and an Iraqi militia leader, as The Guardian Reports.


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The US president made the threat in a tweet hours before Suleimani’s body arrived in Iran for burial and ramifications of the killings were reverberating across a nervous region, where many believe the aftermath could spark a new era of bloodletting and instability.

Iranian state television footage showed a tide of mourners packing the streets of the south-west city of Ahvaz early on Sunday to pay their respects and chanting “death to America”. Huge crowds had joined funeral processions in Baghdad and Tehran on Saturday as calls to avenge the Iranian general’s death mounted and the US case for ordering his assassination was increasingly called into question.

Trump tweeted that Iran “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” in response to Suleimani’s death. He said the US had “targeted 52 Iranian sites” and that some were “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD”.

“The USA wants no more threats!” Trump said, adding that the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days after being seized at the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979.

Trump did not identify the sites. The Pentagon referred questions about the matter to the White House, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Trump’s threats breached international law. “Having committed grave breaches of int’l law in Friday’s cowardly assassinations, realdonaldtrump threatens to commit again new breaches,” he tweeted. “Targeting cultural sites is a war crime; – Whether kicking or screaming, end of US malign presence in West Asia has begun.”

Iraq’s parliament is set to meet for an extraordinary session on Sunday where MPs have said they would push for a vote on a resolution requiring the government to request the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. “There is no need for the presence of American forces after defeating Daesh (Isis),” Ammar al-Shibli, a member of the parliamentary legal committee, told Reuters. “We have our own armed forces which are capable of protecting the country.”

Many Iraqis, including opponents of Suleimani, have expressed anger at the US for killing the two men on Iraqi soil and possibly dragging their country into another conflict.

The US justification behind Suleimani’s killing centred on there being an “imminent attack” that he had directed, but this has been challenged in some quarters.


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The New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi tweeted that two sources privy to the information, held by US intelligence officials, described the case as “razor thin”. Her tweets also detail a scramble to discover Suleimani’s whereabouts once the decision to kill him was made.

The White House transmitted on Saturday evening its formal notification to Congress of Friday’s drone strike that killed Suleimani in Iraq. Many Democrats have criticised Trump for failing to seek advance approval or to notify Congress of the attack.

The classified notification was sent under a US law requiring the administration to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action or imminent actions.

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, said in a statement that the White House notification about the attack “prompts serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran”.

It was expected that Suleimani’s body will be taken to Tehran and finally to his home town, Kerman, on Tuesday.

The Guardian

IRAN Raises Red Flag

IRAN today pinpointed 35 “key US targets” for revenge after its top general was assassinated with America expecting retaliation “within weeks”.

Hours later, rockets were fired near the US Embassy in Baghdad and at an airbase housing America.

The chilling flag display is seen as a clear warning the Islamic Republic is ready to fulfil its worrying pledge to strike back at America and Donald Trump.


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Chillingly written across the “war flag” were the words: “Those who want to avenge the blood of Hussein”.

Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolise both blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain.

It was hoisted above the important Jamkaran Mosque which is on the outskirts of the holy city of Qom, about 100 miles south of Tehran

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Almost nine years of civil war in Syria has left more than 380,000 people dead

Almost nine years of civil war in Syria has left more than 380,000 people dead including over 115,000 civilians, a war monitor said in a new toll Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of sources across the country, said they included around 22,000 children and more than 13,000 women.

The conflict flared after unprecedented anti-government protests in the southern city of Daraa on March 15, 2011.


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Demonstrations spread across Syria and were brutally suppressed by the regime, triggering a multi-front armed conflict that has drawn in jihadists and foreign powers.

The conflict has displaced or sent into exile around 13 million Syrians, causing billions of dollars worth of destruction.

The Britain-based Observatory’s last casualty toll on the Syrian conflict, issued in March last year, stood at more than 370,000 dead

Source: Vanguardngr.Com

Dangerous Criminal Escaped Under Police Custody

Limpopo police have arrested a “dangerous criminal” who escaped from the Hoedspruit police station in November.

The police rearrested one of the four dangerous criminals who escaped from Hoedspruit Police Station on November 3, 2019. He was arrested together with another suspect,” said Mojapelo.

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the suspect was one of four escapees and was arrested on Thursday by police in Maake outside Tzaneen.


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He was one of the “dangerous awaiting trial prisoners” who escaped from Hoedspruit police cells, said Mojapelo.

The arrest was made after officers belonging to the Tzaneen Tracking Team received a tip-off about suspects in a house robbery and rape case in the Sekororo Village area, leading them to the suspects and subsequent arrest. During the operation, police recovered two 203 rifles, a 9mm ADP pistol, five 9mm live rounds and four 303 live rounds.

Iran President tells US To Expect Revenge Over Killing Of Their Commander

Iran will revenge killing of commander by US forces – President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran wants the United States to expect his country would revenge the killing of Commander Qasem Soleimani

Soleimani was killed in an airstrike carried out by the US forces in Iraq

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also promises ‘harsh revenge’ over the death of Soleimani The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has expressed anger over the killing of his country’s Quds force commander, Qasem Soleimani, by a United States air strike in Iraq.

President Rouhani said his country will revenge the death of Soleimani as tension continues to build around world over the act by the US. Reuters reports that Rouhani said the death of Soleimani has further invigorated Iran to resist the US.

“Soleimani’s martyrdom will make Iran more decisive to resist America’s expansionism and to defend our Islamic values. “With no doubt, Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take his revenge,” Rouhani said in a statement as reported by Iranian state television.

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Breaking: US Murder Top Iranian Commander, Qasem Soleimani In Baghdad Air Strike

Qasem Soleimani: US kills top Iranian general in Baghdad air strike

Soleimani commanded Iranian military operations in the region
Iran’s most powerful military commander, General Qasem Soleimani, has been killed by a US air strike in Iraq, BBC reports.

The 62-year-old spearheaded Iranian military operations in the Middle East as head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

He was killed at Baghdad airport, along with other Iran-backed militia figures, early on Friday in a strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

Soleimani’s killing marks a major escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Under his leadership, Iran had bolstered Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups, expanded Iran’s military presence in Iraq and Syria and orchestrated Syria’s offensive against rebel groups in the country’s long civil war.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack. He also announced three days of national mourning.

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Soleimani was widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran, behind the Ayatollah Khamenei. His Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reported directly to the ayatollah and he was hailed as a heroic national figure.

But the US has called the commander and the Quds Force terrorists and holds them responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US personnel.

President Trump, who was in Florida at the time of the strike, tweeted an image of the American flag shortly after the news broke.

A statement from the Pentagon – the headquarters of the US Department of Defense – said Soleimani had been “developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region”.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” it added.

BBC News

Legend: Nigeria’s Oldest Surviving Soldier, Pa Adama Aduku Dies At 101

The oldest surviving soldier of the Nigerian Army, Pa Adama Aduku is dead.

The World War II veteran died on Tuesday at age 101. The news of his death was announced on Wednesday by the Nigerian Army on their official Twitter handle, @HQNigerianArmy According to the post by the Nigerian Army, his death was announced by one of his relations on the Whatsapp platform of the Director Defence Information Defence Headquarters news platform early this morning.

Born 1918, to a peasant farmer at Abejukolo-Ife, at Omaha Local Government Area of Kogi State, Aduku joined the army in 1945. Aduku, on December 31, 2018, was presented with an award of excellence by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, given to him by the Nigerian army.

Google Pays Tribute To Late Nigerian Iconic Filmmaker, Amaka Igwe

Today, the Google Doodle is decicated to the late Amaka Igwe.

Amaka Igwe
Google Doogle showing Amala Igwe

Google doodle pays homage to the iconic and award-winning writer, filmmaker and broadcasting executive.


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Uzoamaka ‘Amaka’ Audrey Igwe was born on January 2, 1963, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and passed away after an asthmatic attack in Enugu state on April 28, 2014.

At the time, the filmmaker was working on pre-production preparation for a new Igbo soap before she died.

January 2, 2019, marks the 57th posthumous birthday of the late Amaka Igwe and Google doodle didn’t forget that.

Taiwan’s Top Military Official Died In Helicopter Crash

Taiwan’s army chief is among eight people killed when a military helicopter made an emergency landing in mountainous terrain, officials say.

General Shen Yi-ming and 12 others were on the Black Hawk helicopter when it was forced to land in poor weather near the capital, Taipei, – BBC reports.

Earlier reports said some people had been found alive, with others “trapped under fragments of the helicopter”.

The general was flying to an army base in the north-east of Taiwan.

Several other top military officials were also on the helicopter, reports said.

Taiwan’s air force sent two more Black Hawk helicopters and about 80 soldiers to the scene near Tonghou Creek in Wulai, the official Central News Agency reported.

The helicopter took off from Songshan air base in Taipei at 07:54 local time (23:54 GMT), bound for a military base at Dong’ao in Yilan county for an inspection, Focus Taiwan said.

It made the emergency landing after aviation authorities lost contact with it at 08:22, the defence ministry said.

A search and rescue team tried to get to the scene as quickly as possible but efforts were complicated by the terrain, an official told the BBC.

The US sold 60 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in 2010. It was not immediately clear whether the helicopter in Thursday’s incident was one of them.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who hopes to be returned to power in elections on 11 January, cancelled campaigning on Thursday.

Ms Tsai from the Democratic Progressive party is running against Han Kuo-Yu of the Kuomintang party, which wants closer engagement with China.

Taiwan has been ruled separately since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

But Beijing sees the island as a province to be reunified with China one day – by force if necessary.[1]

British Man Dies In Thailand After Firework Exploded In His Face On New Year’s Eve

British man dies in Thailand after firework exploded in his face on New Year’s Eve.

A British Man, Gary McLaren, 50, was killed while he tried lighting up a firework, he found difficulties in lighting it until it blew up at his face. The gentleman died at the scene shortly after midnight, according to reports.


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Lt Col Somboon Ua-samanmaitree, from the Thai Tourist Police, told the BBC: “Around midnight, Mr McLaren attempted to light up a large firework but it failed to perform at first.
“After that, it all of a sudden exploded and killed him at the scene.”

Mr McLaren’s associates were seen crying at the scene, where a large firework was found and carried for evidence, the Bangkok announce reported.

Police told the BBC that Mr McLaren had visited Thailand before and had arrived a few days prior to New Year’s Eve.

Thrills As Nigerian Army Rescue 165 women, Children From Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army, on Thursday, January 2, announced a major victory in the fight against Boko Haram and Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa’s Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the north eastern part of the country.

The Army said an offensive against the terrorists has resulted in many of them killed, some captured as well as the rescue of 165 women and children in Borno state.

Col Aminu Iliyasu, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army operations, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja adding that the feats were recorded in collaboration with troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJT).


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Iliyasu said the troops of Nigerian Army Super Camp 7 deployed at Bama area of the state killed one terrorist, captured one alive and rescued eight women and six children at Tafana 1, 2 and 3 villages in Bama on December 27, 2019.

According to him, the rescued children were immediately administered with polio vaccines, giving further details, he said the soldiers captured Boko Haram flags, recovered 16 arrows and 32 refilled rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition during the encounter.
The senior Army officer also said that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Super Camp 2 in Damboa, arrested a high profile Boko Haram informant and logistics supplier, whose name was given as Ibrahim Buba.

Two other suspected suspected to be his couriers were also arrested at Shuwari village in Damboa district.
Again, Iliyasu disclosed that troops of the 242 Battalion in Monguno, arrested suspected terrorists’ logistics suppliers, Abubakar Aisami and Modu Baba with food stuff and drugs concealed in a bag of smashed corn powder for delivery to the terrorists.
Furthermore, the Army said its troops of Sector 3 Mobile Team, working with elements of Sector 2 Multi National Joint task Force, recovered and destroyed 15 vehicles belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists in northern Borno.

In this operation, the troops, he said, arrested 75 suspected Boko Haram agents and rescued 147 civilians comprising 79 males and 68 females who had been under their captivity.
While the victims were conveyed to a humanitarian facility in Monguno and thereafter handed over to officials of Borno state emergency management agency, the children among them were administered with polio vaccine.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in Zamfara, Iliyasu stated that the troops of 8 Division killed bandits and recovered one AK 47 rifle loaded with 13 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and rustled animals.

Also of significant note, troops of 1 Division Garrison on 25 December 2019, during security patrols, arrested one Mr Moses Ali with a locally made gun loaded with nine rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition at Ningon Gari in Sanga local government area of Kaduna state.
“The same gallant troops arrested seven suspects during a cordon and search operations conducted at 13 settlements of Kuyeri Mountains along Jere – Kagarko road in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna state,” he said.[1]

Woman Loses Court Battle To Bury Husband Who Died 11 months ago

A woman in Kisumu has lost the rights to bury her husband 11 months after his death, as a court has upheld his wish to be buried at his second wives home.

Mr Silvanus Nyang’wara Mwanja married Ms Siprosa Awino in 1996 but they got separated five years later. They did not have children.
Mr Nyangwara married Ms Grace Were in 1990 and they had five children.
He died in February at Life Care Hospital, where his body has remained to date.

ARGUMENTS

Ms Awino showed up on February 14 to stop Mr Nyang waras burial at his Sinoko home in Bungoma. She later moved the body to Bungoma County Referral Hospital mortuary and then went to court to seek consent to bury him. Senior Resident Magistrate Winfrida Onkunya ruled in June that the man be buried at his second wifes home but Ms Awino filed an appeal at the High Court. Ms Awino said Ms Onkunya misunderstood her husbands wishes on where to be buried as the dead cannot dictate what happens to their bodies.She further argued that the courts decision for the person closest to Mr Nyang’wara to bury him was irrelevant as all the witnesses said he should be buried at his first wifes home in Nyalenda.Ms Awino also said it had not been established, in line with Luo customs, whether her husband had a home in Bungoma.
Ms Were argued that Ms Awino neither checked on nor looked after Mr Nyang wawa since he was diagnosed with cancer.

The court also heard that Mr Nyang wara wished to be buried near a mango tree a few metres at his second wifes home.

His mother and sister agreed that he should be buried in Bungoma.

THE RULING

In his ruling on Thursday, Kisumu High Court Judge Fred Ochieng dismissed Ms Awinos application, saying the magistrates judgment court was fair and thus allowing the first wife to bury Mr Wanja.

“In a nutshell, I find that the judgement rendered was properly served based on analysis on evidences. The appeal fails and is therefore dismissed,” ruled the judge.

Judge Ochieng explained that there is no property in a dead body and that custody and procession belong to the executors until it is laid to rest.

He also said that Mr Nyang’waras, though not legally binding, must be granted.

The judge further noted that the man build two homes in Nyalenda and Bungoma and that he carried an axe, a hoe and a panga as required by Luo customs.

“I find the wish of the deceased to be buried in his home in Bungoma not contrary to the general laws or policies of Kenya and also applicable to persons who subscribe to the Luo customary law.”

The judge, however, granted Ms Awino a seven-day stay order to appeal the ruling.

A Civil Right Leader “Charles Jones” died aged 82

Civil Rights leader Charles Jones has passed away at age 82, WBTV learned Friday morning. Jones was an organizer of the sit-in movement that was carried out in 1960 at Charlotte’s Johnson C.Smith University.

“Charles Jones was a student leader at JCSU who lead a number of sit-ins and even served hard time after an arrest for trespassing while trying to integrate an all-white lunch counter in nearby Rock Hill, SC. He shared his views on the march with our staff,” JCSU posted online with a link of Jones speaking.

Jones is survived by his wife and several children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Nigeria leads Africa in Pollution Related Deaths

Nigeria leads Africa in the total annual number of premature pollution-linked deaths, the 2019 Global Pollution and Health Metrics published earlier in December showed.
The West African country is ranked third in the world behind leader India and China. Nigeria also leads Africa in air pollution-related deaths during the same period but ranked 12th in Africa in terms of combined pollution risk factors.
The report published by Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) measured the global impacts of pollution in air, water and workplace.

A total of 279,318 died in Nigeria in 2017, last year the data published covered: 114,115 died as a result of air pollution while water pollution killed 159,777. Occupational pollution and lead poison were responsible for 2,088 and 3,338 deaths respectively.
India and China, with populations in billions, recorded 2.3 million and 1.8 million deaths respectively.

“The report reminds us all that pollution is a global crisis. It does not matter where you live. Pollution will find you,” says Rachael Kupka, acting Executive Director of GAHP.

Although the report did not specifically mention the regions in Nigeria with the highest death rates, the country has been battling gas flaring in its oil-rich south-south region, where oil exploration has continued to be a tragic blend of blessings and curses.
Oil spillages have destroyed farmlands, contaminated water bodies and limited access to potable water.
And despite Nigerian government promises on many occasions to fight gas flaring in the region and setting multiple deadlines for its stoppage, gas flaring continues to torment the region.

Data published by London-based nonprofit On Our Radar in 2018 showed an uptick in gas flaring.
“The satellite data appears to show a marked increase in radiant heat emitted by gas flares in Nigeria starting late 2017,” Hodgson said.
In the country’s northern region, especially in Zamfara State, lead poisoning is responsible for hundreds of deaths

A team of United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a 2016 report that it found unsafe levels of lead inside most of the homes it visited in Zamfara.

“Water from the community wells also had high levels of lead. Children in both villages had dangerous levels of lead in their blood,” it said.

“In order to tackle pollution, we must prioritize it as an issue that affects us all, integrating it into health planning, and increasing funding to allow more research into pollution, such as monitoring pollution and its effects, and developing ways to control pollution,” says Richard Fuller, Chair of the GAHP Board of Directors.

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Dozens arrested over WhatsApp global child abuse group

Spanish police say they have made a number of arrests across 11 countries in connection with a WhatApp group for images of child sex abuse.

Many of the “extreme” images in the WhatsApp group had been “normalised by most of its members”, according to police.

33 arrests were made in 11 different countries across three continents, with 17 arrests made in Spain. Many of those arrested or being investigated are under 18, including a 15-year-old boy.

Police arrested two individuals in Uruguay, one of whom was a mother who abused her daughter and then shared the images with the group.

man was also arrested for downloading child abuse images and encouraging other members of the group to make contact with young girls.

Disturbingly, urged them to seek out migrants who would be less likely to report abuse to the police.

The group has been under investigation for more than two years by Spain’s National Police following an email tipoff that alerted the force to the group’s existence.

The Spanish police coordinated their investigation with Europol, Interpol, and the Police in Ecuador and Costa Rica. As a result of this cooperation, arrests were also made in the UK, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, India, Italy, France, Pakistan and Syria.

In a statement, the police said the group shared “paedophilic content, sometimes of extreme severity, together with other content that was legal but was not suitable for minors because of their extreme nature.

Police disclosed that members of the group had even created “stickers”, small digital images similar to emoji, of children being abused. The men and boys arrested in Spain came from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds, according to police.

One of the men arrested had fled his home in Italy to Salamanca, when the search was carried out, unaware that it was the Spanish police that had issued the warrant for his arrest.

The investigation will now focus on identifying the children being abused in the images.

Naked Man Arrested for Shouting at Trees

A German man has been arrested after a marriage guidance counsellor advised him to run around naked shouting at trees.

Dieter Braun, 43, from Recklinghausen said the stress release technique had worked perfectly until he was arrested.

He told police that venting his anger on the trees had stopped him shouting at his wife.

If I didnt go to the woods and scream at the trees then my marriage would probably be over, he said.

He added taking his clothes off at the same time made him feel more relaxed.

For me its a type of relaxation therapy. Feeling the breeze on my naked skin really calms me down.

But local police said other visitors to the forest did not find his behaviour relaxing and have now charged him with causing a public nuisance.

A True Story of Campanology

A drunk man who fell asleep and got trapped inside a church rang out SOS in Morse code with the bell. When the man awoke in St Faiths Church in Havant, near Portsmouth, he found the doors locked. Reportedly worried about ghosts, he started ringing out the Morse code for SOS on the church bell, reports Portsmouth Today.

As dusk began to fall, he was still ringing for his life but eventually a local resident realised something was wrong. He alerted two Police Community Support Officers who, in turn, contacted church verger Vicki Mockford who came to the rescue. She said, I was called by police saying someone was using the bell as a sign they were trapped. When we found him inside he told us he went into the church to have a sit down but fell asleep. He told the police he had been drinking which may have made him a bit dozy. He looked quite embarrassed about the whole incident when we found him. Maybe after this he might consider taking up bell ringing as a hobby.

New Regular at the Alexandra Hotel

A new pub landlady got a shock when she discovered one of her regulars is a horse. Jackie Gray recently became landlady at the Alexandra Hotel in Jarrow, Tyneside. She says she got a pleasant surprise when carthorse Peggy joined owner Peter Dolan for a pint. The 12-year-olds tipple is a pint of John Smiths and pickled onion crisps.

Mrs Gray said, When I bought the pub a few weeks ago I heard rumours that one of the regulars was a horse but I didnt quite believe them. It was a hot day when the horse came in and I was shocked at first because I have never run a pub before.

Housemaid Arrested For Poisoning 93-Year-Old Woman

A 19-year-old housemaid from the Republic of Benin had been arrested by the police in Lagos for attempting to kill a 93-year-old woman.

She was alleged to have added a substance suspected to be sniper into Madam Christiana Ogunshina’s tea in their Mende-Maryland residence with a view to killing the nonagenarian.

The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of the foreigner to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect was working for the daughter of the old woman before the incident happened.

Elkana said that the incident happened to Madam Ogunshina last Saturday at 11, Ajayi St., Mende Maryland in Lagos State where she was living with her daughter.

He said that whenever the old woman’s daughter went to work, she would request her maid to stay with her mother upstairs pending her return.

The police images maker said that last Saturday, the maid went upstairs as usual.

The PRO said that while the suspect was seated, the old woman prepared her morning tea, closed the cup for some minutes and left for her room.

Elkana said that as soon as the old woman left the sitting room, the suspect allegedly opened the cup containing the tea and added the substance.

Elkana added that the suspect, however, did not know that the old woman’s personal maid who was working in the kitchen came to the sitting room and saw the suspect adding the substance into the tea.

He said that the old woman’s maid reported what she saw to her madam, while the suspect left the upstairs to their apartment downstairs to wash clothes.

The PRO said that the old woman then ordered her personal maid to empty the cup of its content and wash the cup.

He said that after the maid had emptied the cup, she discovered some substances at the bottom of the cup, which she showed to her madam.

The spokesman said that the old woman invited her eldest son, one Abayomi who perceived the content in the cup and suspected it to be a poisonous substance.

The PRO said, “Abayomi Ayobami reported the case at the Anthony Police Station at about 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“The police visited and searched the house. They arrested the suspect as well as took away the empty cup that contained the poisoned tea before it was poured away to their station.

The suspect confessed to the offence.

“She alleged that the old woman was always shouting at her and that she was tired of her tantrums, so she decided to poison her that day.”

“Hungry” Artist Eats Banana Worth N54m

A banana duct-taped to the wall at a posh art gallery and valued at N54 million ($150,000) has ended up in the stomach of “hungry artist”, David Datuna.

Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan, had bought bananas at a grocery store in Miami, Florida and ducts tapes to Emmanuel gallery wall at Art Basel Miami Beach, a highs profile contemporary art fair.

The single overripe banana ducts taped to the wall, titled comedies went viral last week after Perrotin claimed two editions of the art piece had been sold for $120,000 each.

The gallery and artist then decided to sell the third edition to any interested museum for $150,000.

Unlike dozens of art lovers who have flocked the gallery to take pictures with the artwork, Datuna, a New York-based performance artist, walked up to the ducts taped banana on Saturday, December 7, 2019, peeled it off the wall and ate it, apparently unauthorized.

“Art performance. Hungry Artist,” Datuna said as he ate the banana before he was approached by Peggy Leboeuf, a partner at Perrotin, who questioned him, “Are you kidding?”

“No,” Datuna replied.

The artist was not arrested but his details were taken down and he was immediately asked to leave the fair. Leboeuf said it's unlikely the gallery will press for action against the artist.

“Hungry” Artist Eats Banana Worth N54m
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A banana duct-taped to the wall at a posh art gallery and valued at N54 million ($150,000) has ended up in the stomach of “hungry artist”, David Datuna.

Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan, had bought bananas at a grocery store in Miami, Florida and ducts taped to Emmanuel Perrotin gallery wall at Art Basel Miami Beach, a highs profile contemporary art fair.

The single overripe banana ducts taped to the wall, titled Comedian went viral last week after Perrotin claimed two editions of the art piece had been sold for $120,000 each.

The gallery and artist then decided to sell the third edition to any interested museum for $150,000.

Unlike dozens of art lovers who have flocked the gallery to take pictures with the artwork, Datuna, a New York-based performance artist, walked up to the duct-taped banana on Saturday, December 7, 2019, peeled it off the wall and ate it, apparently unauthorized.

“Art performance. Hungry Artist,” Datuna said as he ate the banana before he was approached by Peggy Leboeuf, a partner at Perrotin, who questioned him, “Are you kidding?”

“No,” Datuna replied.

The artist was not arrested but his details were taken down and he was immediately asked to leave the fair. Leboeuf said it's unlikely the gallery will press for action against the artist.

The banana was replaced minutes later as the work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that allows owners to replace the banana.

Police officers have been deployed to guard the replacement banana, according to the BBC.

Datuna posted a clip of the incident on his Instagram page and described the artwork as “very delicious”.

“I love Maurizio Cattelan artwork and I really love this installation,” his caption read.

He said in another posted video that his action was not about publicity.

Cattelan, the artist behind the banana, made headlines in September 2019 when another one of his artworks, a toilet made entirely from 18-carat-gold, was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England.

The fully functioning toilet, titled “America”, was installed as part of an exhibition and said to be worth around $6 million. Six people have been arrested and questioned in connection to the theft.

The will of an elderly woman

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Walmart. Walmart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Walmart?” Then Ill be sure my daughters visit me twice a week.”

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, cant hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Cant remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my drivers license.

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctors permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
Its scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief.”
Remember: You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing.

Two Old Guys at Dinner

An elderly couple has dinner at another couples house, and after eating, the wives leave the table and go into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one says, Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.

The other man asks, What is the name of the restaurant?

The first man thinks and thinks and finally asks, What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know… The one that’s red and has thorns.

Do you mean a rose?

Yes, that’s the one, replied the man. He then turns towards the kitchen and yells, Rose, whats the name of that restaurant we went to last night?

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Reduces ATM Withdrawal Charges

Nigerians pain from some unexplainable bank charges after transactions will be over from January 2020, This is as the CBN has reduced the fees for ATM card maintenance and electronic transfers.


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The CBN’s new rule is that customers will now be paying N10 for each electronic transfer below N5,000 and N25 for those between N5,000 and N50,000. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released its downward review of charges placed on Nigerians for the maintenance of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) cards and the fees for electronic financial transactions. According to the changes made by the CBN, bank customers will henceforth pay N10 for each electronic transfer below N5,000, and N25 for electronic transfer between N5,000 and N50,000. The new rule, which takes effect from Wednesday, January 1, states that electronic transfer above N50,000 will be at the cost of N50, Vanguard reports. The review of the fees is contained in the apex bank’s lastest guide to charges which also reduced the charges for withdrawals through other bank’s ATMs from N65 to “maximum of N35 after the third withdrawal within the same month.”

Added to this, CBN has removed the Card Maintenance Fee (CAMF) on all cards linked to current accounts, with a maximum of N1 per mille for customer induced debit transactions to third parties and transfers to the customers’ account in another bank on current accounts.

In his explanation, Isaac Okorafor, the CBN’s director of corporate communication, said that the current NIP charges apply to use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), purchase with cash-back will cost N100 per N20,000 withdrawal that eventaully amounts to N60,000 in one day. Okorafor also made it clear that for cards linked to savings account, a maintenance fee has been reduced from N600 per annum to N200. Even more, he said that charges for reactivation or closure of accounts like savings, current and domiciliary have been removed while status enquiry at the request of the customer (like confirmation letter, letter of non-indebtedness and reference letter) will now attract a fee of N500 for each request.


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One of the CBN’s new rules also states that there will be a penalty of N20, 000 for any bank that places arbitrary charges on customers and that the penalty will continue daily unto the said financial institution adheres to the regulation.

In relation to this, the CBN directed banks to enter complaints from customers into the Consumer Complaints Management System (CCMS) and generate a unique reference code for each complaint, adding that failure to do this will attrack a fine of N1,000,000.

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32 year old Nigerian man explains how he killed his 72 year old father

A 32-year-old man, Ibrahim Isiaka, who lives in Alagbaka Area of Ashi in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Thursday narrated how he killed his 72-year-old biological father, Mr. Busari Isiaka.

Isiaka was among the 40 suspects paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Shina Olukolu, at the command’s headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.

The suspects according to Olukolu were arrested based on allegations of kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, conspiracy and cultism.

Isiaka, while speaking said he did not have intention to kill his father, saying he was engaged in a heated argument with his father and in annoyance used his two hands to push his father on the chest from a storey building.

He stated that his father fell on the staircases and died in the process. But he could not articulate why he pushed his father.

“On that day, I went upstairs to meet him. He had dressed up and he was about to leave for an outing. I pushed him. Since I was born, I have not been fighting him. The only thing we used to fight on was the way he used to drink to stupor. But on that day, I just went upstairs and I pushed him. He fell on the staircases and rolled down. My mother is dead. He died many years ago.”

Olukolu, while speaking, maintained that Isiaka was arrested by the police in the state for allegedly killing his 72-year-old biological father, Busari Isiaka.

Olukolu explained that Isiaka purportedly killed his father on November 11, 2019 at about noon and the incident was reported at Ashi Divisional Police Headquarters at about 6p.m on the same day.

He allegedly engaged his father, who was said to be a retired military man, in a fist scuffle, and in the process strangled him. He was said to have called his two brothers, Taoheed Isiaka and Murtala Isiaka , and narrated the ordeal to them.

“His two brothers immediately raced to their father’s house and prepared his corpse for burial without reporting to the police to conceal the heinous crime perpetrated by their brother, Ibrahim Isiaka . Their father, Busari Isiaka, was hurriedly buried the same date.

“Ibrahim Isiaka was thereafter arrested along with his two brothers. He confessed to the commission of the crime while his two brothers also confessed to have buried their father the same day to prevent the police from arresting Ibrahim Isiaka as advised by some people.

Ibrahim’s elder brother, Taoheed, 41, also told journalists that he was not at the scene when the incident occurred, and that their sibling, Murtala, 36, was also not around. But they received a call that Ibrahim and their father were fighting and the old man had died.

“I was at a site when I received a call, and I rushed to my father’s house. On getting, I discovered that it was true that my father had died. So, I informed my father’s younger sibling about the development and he told me that he was at Adeoyo Hospital. About one hour later, he called me that he could not come and that we children of the deceased should organise for his burial.

“Our father was a Muslim and we invited Islamic clerics that conducted a brief funeral service in our house and therefore we buried him within the compound. But somebody we did not know reported the matter to the police and few days after the burial, the three of us were arrested by the police. Apart from Ibrahim, myself and Muritala were arrested because we did not report the matter to the police.

No fewer than five suspected kidnappers that have purportedly terrorised Ibarapa axis of Oyo State and that took part in the kidnap of some lecturers of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology (OYSCATECH), Igbo-Ora were also paraded by the police boss in the state.

Rat Attack India Flight Air Plane

An Air India flight flying from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam was delayed for 12 hours after a rat was spotted in the cabin.

Flight AI-952 was due to depart at 06:10 a.m. on Sunday but after the rat was spotted passengers were told to disembark the plane which did not leave until later in the day at 5.30 p.m. according to the Times of India.

The passengers were told to disembark the plane and pest control proceeded to remove the rat and fumigate the plane before the airline let people back on.

According to aviation news site Simple Flying, the presence of rats on flights is a relatively common reason for delays, due to the fear that they may chew and destroy wires on the plane.

Air India officials confirmed to the Times of India that the plane was delayed as a result of there being a rat on board.

The hour-long flights departure from Rajiv Gandhi International was ultimately delayed until 5:30 p.m, according to The Times of India, almost 12 hours after its scheduled departure.

The flights delay was more than 10 times longer than the flight itself, which covered around 315 miles from the central city of Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam, which is on India’s east coast.

Business Insider was unable to reach Air India for comment by phone or email Wednesday afternoon.

The passengers were asked to disembark the plane after the rodent was spotted and pest control was called in to remove the rat, according to the Deccan Chronicle.

“The rat was located and trapped. Then the aircraft was fumigated,” a representative from Air India told the Deccan Chronicle.

According to aviation news site Simple Flying, the presence of rats on flights is a relatively common reason for delays, due to the fear that they may chew and destroy wires on the plane.

Similar incidents have occurred on planes from Alaska Airlines, Air Berlin and Air Canada.

The rat incident is the second time in recent months that Air India has faced delays caused by animals. In September, an Air India flight was delayed by two hours after a swarm of bees settled on the cockpit window, obscuring pilots vision and attacking staff who tried to remove them.

The flight, from Kolkata in Indias northeast to Agartala, on the border with Bangladesh, had 136 passengers on board, including the Bangladeshi information minister.

Israeli Activist Geulah Cohen pass away at 94

Former MK and Israel Prize Laureate Geulah Cohen passed away on Wednesday evening at the age of 94.

She will be laid to rest on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Cohen served in the Knesset for nearly 20 years as a member of the Likud and Tehiya parties.
In 1942, she joined the Lehi underground movement.

A radio announcer for the group, she was arrested by the British military authorities in 1946 while broadcasting in Tel Aviv. She escaped in May, shortly before her trial, but was recaptured by a group of Arabs.
On June 6, 1946, Cohen was sentenced to seven years in prison after being charged with being in possession of a wireless transmitter, four pistols and revolvers and ammunition. She was imprisoned in Bethlehem, but escaped from jail in 1947 and returned to the underground movement.

She served in the Knesset for almost 19 consecutive years. During her time in the Knesset, she was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and her greatest achievement was the enactment of the “Basic Law on Jerusalem”, which was enacted in 1980 with a sweeping majority.
The law states that “united Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.” Together with Knesset Member Moshe Shamir, Cohen also worked to enact the “Golan Law”.

During the days of the fight against the displacement of the residents of the community of Yamit in the Sinai, she moved to Yamit to assist the residents. Along with MK Edna Solodar she founded the Lobby of MKs for Jonathan Pollard in 1987, and both became the first to visit Pollard and his wife in the US prison and brought up in the Knesset in 1990 the demand to grant them Israeli citizenship – a demand that was answered only five years later.
In December 1994, when the murders increased in the Hevron area, she moved to Kiryat Arba to be with the local residents.

Cohen was also the mother of Likud minister Tzachi Hanegbi.
Prime Minister and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu commented on the death of former MK Geulah Cohen.

“Geulah Cohen’s voice will not go silent. We will always remember her great actions for Israel’s freedom and her dedication and love for the Land of Israel. Sara and I mourn with Tzachi and Randi and the entire family of Geulah, and with the entire house of Israel, over the great loss.”
President Reuven Rivlin eulogized Cohen as well.

“The burning fire of Geulah was extinguished tonight. A warrior for Israel’s freedom who was an inspiration to me and to all of us. Inspiration of power, of dedication, of love for a people for their country. We will walk in the light of this fire in the paths that she paved and in those that were paved through her powers and in her work – in the underground, in the activity for settlement and as a legislator and parliamentarian.”
“Rest in peace, dear Geulah. I embrace your family and send our condolences to them in great sorrow, a true national sorrow,” the president said.

News Credit: IsrealNationalNews.Com

Us President Donald Trump Has Been Impeached

Donald Trump becomes third US president in history to be impeached.

According to the Telegraph, Donald Trump has been impeached by the US House of Representatives, becoming only the third president to suffer the ignominy in American history.

Two articles of impeachment were voted on, splitting almost perfectly along party lines and underscoring the partisan nature of the drive.

The first article, which charged Mr Trump of abuse of power passed with 230 votes to 197. A second article on obstruction of justice is currently being voted on.

Mr Trump was not in Washington for the vote, It handed Mr Trump one of his darkest days in office, with one of the two bodies that make up the US Congress now formally agreeing he should be kicked from the White House.

The final decision will lie with the other, the US Senate, which is set to hold a trial in January about whether he should be convicted and removed from office.

Given the Republicans hold the majority there, that looks unlikely.

Credit: Telegraph

China Officially Launched Its Second But First Domestically-Built Aircraft Carrier

China New Aircraft Carrier Enters Service

On Tuesday 17th of December, 2019 China officially launched and commissioned its second aircraft carrier, but this is the first aircraft carrier built domestically, the Shandong.

China is stepping forward and making military advances as this is the vision of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to strengthen their military and building a world class navy.

Xi presented a Chinese flag and a certificate with the ship’s official name to the ship’s captain and political commissar, according to state-run news agency.

The Shandong is not the first aircraft carrier but the Liaoning which was commissioned 7 years ago, China bought the Liaoning from Ukraine in 1998.

The Shandong is way better than the Liaoning, it has one-third more capacity, offering space for 36 aircraft. That is really large but not compared to the US carriers

US carriers are larger and equipped with more diverse and capable aircraft. The US military also has decades of experience using them, including in combat.

Nigerian Youths Burns Down Church In Ondo State, Nigeria

It have been reported on Wednesday that some angry Nigerian youths burnt down a church in Ondo State, Nigeria.

The violence by the youths was reported to be because of a year old missing boy found buried at the church altar.

That ignite the anger in the youths around the church to burn down the church.

The church by name,Sotitobire Miracle Church” was set ablazed and The founder of the church, Prophet Alpha Babatunde has been taken into the custody of the Department of State Security(DSS) in Akure for further investigation.

Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh Wins as Miss World 2019 Title

That appears to be the case of 23-year-old Toni-Ann Singh from Jamaica who has been crowned the 69th Miss World.

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Miss Jamaica was crowned as the 69th Miss World by her predecessor, Vanessa Ponce de Leon, at ExCel London. The grand final of the show was hosted by Megan Young and Peter Andre.
Miss Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh emerges as Miss World 2019


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The news was met with widespread joy on social media and from the other beauty queens from other parts of the world, especially Miss Nigeria, who could not hide her genuine happiness when Miss Jamaica was announced as the winner.

Miss Nigeria alongside Miss Brazil, Miss India, Miss Jamaica and Miss France were all in the top five spot to cinch the crown but there is no doubt that they are all winners.

Credit: Legit

Nigeria Electricity Workers Stops Electric Strike In Nigeria

Nigeria’s electricity workers suspend strike in Nigeria after announcing the news early this morning on Twitter.

Here is the tweet:

Dear customer, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike. Our offices and payment channels are open for business. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (Eko Disco) shared on its Twitter page on the morning of Thursday, December 12, 2019.


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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NUEE had, on Dec. 11, embarked on an indefinite strike, following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government.

Comrade Joe Ajaero, General Secretary of the NUEE says: “Following the agreement reached between NUEE and representatives of government this morning, on all the issues in contention, the Union wishes to suspend the industrial action it embarked upon to press home these demands. Consequently, members are urged to return to their duty posts while we monitor the implementation of these agreements. We would not hesitate to resume action if the agreements are not implemented.”


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“The parties involved should, without delay, refer the issues to the Ministry of Labour and Employment for mediation rather than embark on another strike that will do the economy more harm,” Olawale said.

Japan Govt Ordered to Pay Damages Over Transgender Toilet Ban

There are no reliable global statistics on the number of people who identify as transgender
There are no reliable global statistics on the number of people who identify as transgender

TOKYO: A Tokyo court on Thursday (Dec 12) ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women’s bathroom at work.

The Tokyo district court ordered the accused to pay 1.3 million yen (US$12,000) in damages,” a court spokesman told AFP.


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“The court also ordered the government to let the official use the women’s bathroom freely, by removing the requirement that she notify female employees she is transgender,” the spokesman said.

The official who joined the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a man and now lives as a woman filed suit in 2015, demanding 16.5 million yen in damages over claims she was banned from using the women’s bathroom, local media said.


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It is believed to be Japan’s first case involving damages over the work environment for transgender people.

The government reportedly argued that it limited the official’s use of the women’s bathroom because it “could not set aside concerns she could harm female staff.”

Presiding judge Takeshi Ebara said the ministry’s decision “was extremely lacking in validity,” according to the Mainichi Shimbun daily.

The judge also said that a comment by the official’s boss suggesting she should revert to a male gender identity “exceeds the limit allowed by the law.”

Source: AFP/nr

Has Xenophobia Completely Stopped Between South Africa And Nigeria

Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Xenophobia can involve perceptions of an ingroup toward an outgroup and can manifest itself in suspicion of the activities of others, and a desire to eliminate their presence to secure a presumed purity and may relate to a fear of losing national, ethnic or racial identity.

Has the xenophobia completely stopped

From the look of things it look’s like the fight has stopped.

South Africa has apologised to Nigeria over a spate of xenophobic attacks which led to a spike in tensions between the two countries. A special envoy from South Africa presented an apology to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari responded to profuse apologies from the South African president, pledging that the relationship between the two countries will be solidified.

How many Dead victims

At least 10 people have been killed in the trouble in South Africa, including two foreign nationals says the South African government , but none of the victims have been identified as Nigerian. From the Investigation they have not found any Nigeria victims.

Further investigation says ” No Nigerians were killed in the violence in South Africa, but Nigerian-owned shops and businesses are believed to have been targeted by the mobs.”

Also,South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa told the BBC that he felt ashamed by the recent violence.

Saudi Arabia Present $272 Billion Budget In Privatization Push

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to spend SR1.02 trillion ($272 billion) next year as the Kingdom embarks on a major privatization push amid a widening budget deficit.

The government’s annual budget released on Monday predicts revenue of SR833 billion in 2020, leaving a projected deficit of SR187 billion — or the equivalent of 6.4 percent of GDP. It anticipates real GDP growth of about 2.3 percent next year.
King Salman announced the figures at a cabinet meeting in Riyadh.

“We are determined to continue implementing economic reforms, diversifying sources of income, including investing the proceeds of Saudi Aramco by the Public Investment Fund, optimizing the use of available resources, empowering the private sector and raising the level of transparency and efficiency of government spending to boost growth and development rates,” he said.

Announcing the budget breakdown, Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said that while spending next year would be less than in 2019, the government would continue its focus on developing the private sector, stressing there would be no increases in taxation.
“Privatization is at the top of the government’s priorities,” he told reporters.
“We will continue to support big projects and will continue to support promising projects,” he said. ” Enabling the private sector is the top priority of Vision 2030. We have more to come and our journey toward Vision 2030 demands it.

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said the government would continue its focus on developing the private sector. (Ahmed Fathi)
The budget takes place against a backdrop of quickening reforms in 2019 and a number of key events from the record initial public offering of Saudi Aramco to the creation of fast track tourism visas.
“We believe that the revenue assumptions in the budget are realistic, both oil and non-oil,” Monica Malik, chief economist at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, told Arab News.
“Despite the planned pullback in government spending, we expected to see a pickup in real non-oil GDP growth as investment activity strengthens. Spending by the PIF will be central for the higher investment activity.

“The finance ministry hosted a visit of international investors to coincide with this year’s budget announcement, underscoring the government’s desire to attract more overseas investment in the slipstream of the world’s biggest IPO. The group included a number of international investment companies, insurers and asset managers, including Goldman Sachs, Mayfair Bank, Etiqa Insurance and Nippon Life Insurance Company among others.
Saudi banks such as SAAB, Samba, NCB, Bank AlJazira and Alinma Bank also attended.
While reducing the Kingdom’s dependence on oil revenues is a key part of the Vision 2030 reform agenda, the commodity remains the principal driver of spending trends for both Saudi Arabia and other Arabian Gulf oil-exporting nations.
They have been coordinating production cuts since 2017 through the OPEC+ group of producers that includes Russia, in an effort to keep the market in balance amid surging output from US shale producers.
Last week the Kingdom spearheaded an agreement between the OPEC+ group of exporters to commit to further output cuts to help avert an oversupply of oil on the global market.
Education gets the lion’s share of government spending in 2020 with some SR193 billion set aside for the sector after more than 500 schools were opened in 2019.
The budget analysis also reveals that most non-oil sectors of the economy posted positive growth rates during the first half of this year with the construction sector recording growth for the first time since 2015.

That helped to reduce the unemployment rate among Saudis at the end of the first half of the year by 0.4 percentage points to 12.3 percent compared to the end of 2018.
US-based IHS Markit analyst Bryan Plamondon, told Arab News: “The 2020 budget highlights rationalized spending, with debt issuance and reserves helping to fill the gap from weaker revenues. We expect the Kingdom’s fiscal account will post wider deficits during 2020–21 as spending on Vision 2030 continues.”

Source: Arab News

The Managing Director of MAERSK, Gildas Tohouo And Wife Are Reportedly Dead

The Managing Director of MAERSK, Gildas Tohouo and his wife are reportedly dead.

They were both stabbed but the wife died and he is still alive and responding to treatment in a hospital in Victoria Island. Those who carried it out are in our custody

Maersk is the world’s biggest shipping company, The husband and wife were locked in different rooms. The late woman was said to have been forced to transfer some money to her attackers after which she was forced to drink acid and suffocated with pillow.

Those who carried out the attack reportedly gained access to the house through an electrician who is currently in police custody.

Although the couple were at Lugard home in Ikoyi, with their three kids, the assailants did not harm them.

Quoting David Williams, Regional Managing Director of Africa for A.P. Moller – Maersk, Smith said: “We are very sorry to confirm that a colleague and his family have been attacked in their residence in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Tragically, the wife of our colleague passed away at the scene. Our colleague is in the hospital, where his condition is critical, but stable. The three children are all safe and accounted for.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes to the family. We will do whatever we can to support them in this tragedy.
“The relatives of the family are in the process of being notified. Relevant authorities are investigating the incident. Maersk is supporting the investigation in every possible way.”

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Chilean Military Plane Went Missing

A military plane with 38 on board has disappeared. The C-130 plane transport aircraft took off from Punta at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT), and operators lost contact soon after 18:00 (21:00).

Among the missing persons are 17 crew members and 21 passengers, who were travelling to provide logistical support. Chile’s air force said a search and rescue operation is under way to recover the plane and those missing.

News agency EFE reports that three of those on board are civilians. The plane was transporting crew members to inspect a floating pipeline that helps keep the base powered, the air force said. The plane left the Chabunco Air Base in Punta Arenas, near Chile’s southern tip, at 4:55 p.m. and lost radio contact at 6:13 p.m.

Gen. Eduardo Mosqueira, an air force commander, told reporters the plane may have attempted to land somewhere.

Chile controls over 1.2 million sq km of Antarctic territory, bordering land claimed by the UK and Argentina. Within this territory it operates nine bases the most of any country in the world.

Paul Volcker, The former US Federal reserve chairman Dead At The Age Of 92

Paul Volcker, the former head of the US central bank who was known for fighting inflation, has died at the age of 92. Appointed chair of the Federal Reserve in 1979, Mr Volcker dramatically raised interest rates to combat inflation.

Mr Volcker’s tenure at the top of the Fed ended in 1987. More recently he had advised former US President Barack Obama on bank regulation following the financial crisis, overseen the return of money to Holocaust victims, and investigated a United Nations oil for food programme.

The move drove the US into recession, but was credited with creating the conditions for long-term growth. It also helped to burnish the bank’s reputation for independence.US Fed chairs through the ages

His life exemplified the highest ideals – integrity, courage, and a commitment to do what was best for all Americans. He also had a reputation for delivering blunt truths. In order to reduce inflation, he warned the US Congress “The standard of living of the average American has to decline”. I don’t think you can escape that.

Born in 1927 in New Jersey, Mr Paul Volcker was educated at Princeton, Harvard and the London School of Economics.

WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook may be banned soon See Reason

Germany’s national competition regulator, The Bundeskartellamt, or Federal Cartel Office (FCO), has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from different sources without voluntary consent. The order applies to data collected by Facebook-owned platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, but also third-party sources that Facebook uses to flesh out its advertising profiles, including those of non-users ( The Verge).

Facebook’s data violation practice has come under intense criticism from privacy campaigners and users who argue that it amounts to Facebook following them around the internet without their consent or even their knowledge (The Independent).

Facebook’s continued privacy invasion has roused concerns from top Governments, including the USA, and the US Senate has invited Zuckerberg to defend Facebook’s privacy invasions at different times.
As if this was not enough, Blackberry also sued Facebook for Patent violations.

Blackberry dragged Facebook to court over WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. Blackberry claims that these apps are infringing its patent. The preliminary verdict of the court is in favour of Blackberry. In its current form, Facebook may no longer offer some of its own apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram in Germany.

Facebook continues to face hard times and may either be restricted from operating in Germany, or banned altogether. This may encourage a chain of bans across other countries especially in Europe, and the USA.

Source credit: Opera.com, Verge, The independent

Russia Has Been Banned For 4 Years Both 2022 World Cup and 2020 Olympics

Russia has been ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban was part of “chronic anti-Russian hysteria”. It is obvious that significant doping problems still exist in Russia, I mean our sporting community.

It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The fact that all these decisions are repeated, often affecting athletes who have already been punished in one way or another, not to mention some other points of course this makes one think that this is part of anti-Russian hysteria which has become chronic.

Wada’s executive committee made the unanimous decision to impose the ban on Russia in a meeting in Lausanne Switzerland, on Monday. It comes after Russia’s Anti Doping Agency (Rusada) was declared non-compliant for manipulating laboratory data handed over to investigators in January 2019.
It had to hand over data to Wada as a condition of its controversial reinstatement in 2018 after a three-year suspension for its vast state-sponsored doping scandal.

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Wada says Rusada has 21 days to appeal against the ban. If it does so, the appeal will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
Wada president Sir Craig Reedie said the decision showed its “determination to act resolutely in the face of the Russian doping crisis”. He also said that “For too long, Russian detracted from clean sport. The blatant breach by the Russian authorities of Rusada’s reinstatement conditions demanded a robust response. That is exactly what has been delivered.

Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.” But Wada vice-president Linda Helleland said the ban was “not enough”.