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Day: August 25, 2020

Lionel Messi hands in Barcelona transfer request
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Lionel Messi hands in Barcelona transfer request

Forward Lionel Messi has asked to leave Spanish giants Barcelona this summer. Lionel Messi, 33, sent a fax to the club on Tuesday saying he wishes to exercise a clause in his contract, allowing him to leave for free with immediate effect. Barca were beaten 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals on 16 August. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner made his debut for Barca in 2004 and has won the Champions League four times. Barcelona, though, believe the clause has now expired and Messi is contracted to the club until 2021 with a 700m euro buy-out clause. The board will meet soon and some consider the only thing that could placate Messi is the resignation of the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and early elections. But the Argentine seems determined t...
Africa to be declared free of polio
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Africa to be declared free of polio

Africa is set to be declared polio-free, a milestone in the global fight against infectious disease amid a pandemic that has diverted some resources away from health programmes not linked to coronavirus. On Tuesday the World Health Organization will announce that Nigeria has been certified free of wild polio, which means the virus has been eradicated from the entire continent. It marks the second time in history that a virus has been eradicated from Africa, since smallpox 40 years ago. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, called it “one of the greatest public health achievements”. The methods used in the fight against polio have been invaluable to Africa’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They include smartphone-enabled tracing, engagement with local trib...
Daughter of Immigrants to Be 1st Black Woman on N.J. Supreme Court
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Daughter of Immigrants to Be 1st Black Woman on N.J. Supreme Court

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, is on track to become the first Black woman to sit on New Jersey’s highest court, serving at a time when the state and the country remain deeply divided over racial and economic injustice. Ms. Pierre-Louis, 39, will also be the only Black judge currently seated on the New Jersey Supreme Court and, as its youngest member, could serve for as many as three decades. A former assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Ms. Pierre-Louis was nominated by Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat, to the post in June, as protesters across the nation, outraged by the death of George Floyd while in police custody, were demanding criminal justice reform. The State Senate’s Democrat-led Judiciary Committee confirmed Ms. Pierre-Lo...
‘Dead’ woman, 20, opens eyes as stunned funeral home staff unzip body bag
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‘Dead’ woman, 20, opens eyes as stunned funeral home staff unzip body bag

Funeral home staff would have started draining Timesha Beauchamp's blood had they not realised the 20-year-old, who has special needs and was found in cardiac arrest at home in suburban Detroit, was still alive it is claimed. A young woman who was mistakenly pronounced dead by paramedics opened her eyes as funeral home staff prepared to embalm her. Undertakers would have started draining Timesha Beauchamp's blood had they not realised she was still alive, a lawyer for her family said. The 20-year-old, who has special needs, is now in a critical condition on a ventilator at a hospital in the US city of Detroit, Michigan. Paramedics were called to the family's home in the suburb of Southfield after Miss Beauchamp, who has undisclosed medical issues, was found unrespons...
Kremlin says no reason for now to investigate Alexei Navalny’s illness
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Kremlin says no reason for now to investigate Alexei Navalny’s illness

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday it saw no need for now to investigate the circumstances leading up to opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s illness and that a German clinic’s initial diagnosis of poisoning was not yet conclusive German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to investigate the suspected poisoning of Navalny and to hold the perpetrators accountable after German doctors found indications of a toxic substance in his body. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the German clinic had not conclusively identified the substance behind Navalny’s illness. He added it was unclear why the German doctors were “rushing” to use the word poisoning. He said that if poisoning was definitely established as a reason, then an investigation would be launc...
Ronaldinho released from house arrest in luxury hotel after five-month ordeal over fake passport
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Ronaldinho released from house arrest in luxury hotel after five-month ordeal over fake passport

Brazilian football star Ronaldinho has been released from house arrest in Paraguay - ending a five-month ordeal that began when he tried to enter the country with a forged passport. The former Barcelona player and his brother Roberto Assis, who is also his business manager, were initially held for a month in jail before paying $1.6m (£1.2m) bail. They subsequently spent four months under house arrest at a luxury hotel in the capital Asuncion. A judge has ordered the pair to pay a $200,000 (£153,000) fine between them. "The precautionary measure of arrest is lifted, there are no more restrictions placed by Paraguayan justice," Judge Gustavo Amarilla said. Advertisement Ronaldinho, who wore a black T-shirt, hat and mask in court, remained expressionless and with arms crossed ...
Hearts defender Robert Addo Sowah predicts victorious season ahead
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Hearts defender Robert Addo Sowah predicts victorious season ahead

Accra Hearts of Oak defender, Robert Addo Sowah said the upcoming season will be an honourable one for the club as he aims to win the ultimate with the Phobians. He has therefore called on fans of the club to just trust the process insisting that they (players), have resolved to go the extra mile to make this a reality. The versatile defender has been a mainstay at the heart of Hearts’ defence in the last couple of years and, have seen his ratings soared since joining the club. He told Hearts media that it’s time we end our trophy drought and believed that the coming season will be one to enjoy for all Phobians as we aim to beat all opposition. “Its time we as players won something of great magnitude for the club especially on the local scene and, we are determined to do just ...
Hearts, Star Assurance sign partnership agreement
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Hearts, Star Assurance sign partnership agreement

Ghana Premier League side Accra Hearts of Oak have signed a partnership agreement with Star Assurance Company Limited ahead of the new season. The club made this announcement on Monday after completing the deal with the insurance company. A club statement said: “We are therefore appealing to all Phobians to patronize products of Star Assurance”. The club is therefore urging their fans interested in buying any of their products, to call any of these numbers 0546121616 or 0501458061 for assistance. Details of the partnership would be given at the official launch of the deal next month in Accra. Star Assuranc Company Limited is a privately owned Insurance Company incorporated in August 1984 and licensed to carry out corporate and retail insurance businesses in Ghana. It com...
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