Sunday, September 19

Day: October 19, 2020

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard questions impact of injury to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
Sports

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard questions impact of injury to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has questioned to what extent Liverpool will be affected by the absence of Virgil van Dijk. Van Dijk will undergo surgery on a damaged anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee having been the victim of an unpunished x-rated challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Saturday's Merseyside derby at Goodison. While Liverpool are reluctant to rule the defender out for the season, the player is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines. The injury leaves Joel Matip and Joe Gomez as Liverpool's only two recognised senior centre-backs, with midfielder Fabinho a makeshift alternative. But while admitting any team would miss Van Dijk, Lampard has suggested the Reds could have the strength in depth to cope with the Dutc...
End Sars protests: Amnesty warns of ‘escalating attacks’
World

End Sars protests: Amnesty warns of ‘escalating attacks’

Rights group Amnesty International has raised concern about "escalating violence" in Nigeria against the #EndSars protest movement. Armed thugs had attacked protesters at the headquarters of the central bank in the capital, Abuja, it said. For their part, police accused people "posing" as protesters of looting weapons, and torching police buildings in southern Edo state. Prisoners were also reported to have escaped from a jail in the state. The protests started about two weeks ago to demand an end to police brutality, with mainly young people using the social media hashtag #EndSars to rally people to demand the closure of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars). The unit, formed during military rule in 1984, was accused of extortion, torture and murder. The prote...
Black Maidens and Princesses breaks camp
Sports

Black Maidens and Princesses breaks camp

The National U-17 (Maidens) and U-20 (Princesses) female teams have today Monday, October 19, 2020 left camp. This follows the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to call off the remaining qualifying matches for the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup. A decision was also earlier taken to postpone qualifying matches for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. In a correspondence addressed to the GFA, CAF stated that: “Reference to the decision already taken by CAF in August 2020 concerning the rescheduling of the U17 Women's World Cup qualifiers due to the current situation of COVID -19 in Africa, we would like to inform you that CAF Competitions Division had a meeting with their  FIFA counterpart to inquire about the dates and Venue of the Final Tournament of FIFA U-17 WWC-...
Citi FM journalist passed away
Entertainment

Citi FM journalist passed away

A journalist with Accra-based Citi FM/TV, Pius Amihere Eduku, has been reported dead. Social media was on Monday morning awash with news of his death after he is said to have battled an undisclosed illness. Until his demise, Mr Eduku was a business reporter and news anchor at the Accra-based media house. Colleagues and friends are still in shock and in denial over his sudden demise. Tributes have since begun pouring in on social media to commiserate with family of the journalist. Source: Citi fm
24 selected for UIPM Sport Community youth festival
Sports

24 selected for UIPM Sport Community youth festival

Twenty-four members of the global UIPM Sports community have been selected to take part in the inaugural Virtual Youth Festival (VYF). After a global response to UIPM’s call to action, two youth athletes will promote the festival as ambassadors while 20 others will take part in the Max Fit exercise contest and two judges will work as International Technical Officials. The participating nations are Egypt, France, Guatemala, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Africa and Uzbekistan. UIPM’s involvement in the VYF follows the creation of two virtual sports events in 2020 - #LaserAllStars and #LaserHomeRun - designed to bring the multi-sports community together online during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. All aspects of the VYF, including medal ceremonies, will take place onlin...
US exceeds 1 million daily air travelers for the first time since March
World

US exceeds 1 million daily air travelers for the first time since March

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US in March, it brought air travel to a near standstill. But US air travel hit an important milestone on Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration announced on Monday. The TSA screened 1,031,505 people on Sunday, marking the first day since March that more than 1 million people took to the skies, a TSA spokesperson said on Twitter . That's only 40% of the roughly 2.6 million people that boarded commercial flights the same day last year, but Sunday's numbers confirm that air travel is creeping back to normal levels at least for now. On any given day in 2019, US airports would have seen around 2 million to 2.7 million travelers, according to data published by the TSA , but the pandemic reduced air travel to ...
Teenage mum charged with killing her 20-month-old daughter through neglect
World

Teenage mum charged with killing her 20-month-old daughter through neglect

A mum has been charged with manslaughter following the death of her infant daughter in Brighton. Verphy Kudi, 18, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates court today after her 20-month-old daughter Asiah became seriously unwell at an address in Islingword Road in December 2019. Asiah was taken to Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton but was confirmed to be dead on arrival. A post-mortem examination and forensic tests found that Asiah's death was the result of neglect. The prosecution follows an investigation by detectives from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team. Kudi is scheduled to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court (Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror) The trial brought by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) follows an investigation by detectives ...
Facebook has blocked 2.2 million ads for breaking its rules on elections ahead of the November vote
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Facebook has blocked 2.2 million ads for breaking its rules on elections ahead of the November vote

Facebook said Monday it had so far taken down 120,000 posts for violating its "voter interference policies" ahead of the US election. It had also rejected 2.2 million ads because the organizations behind them had not yet been authorized to run electoral or political ads, a spokesperson told Business Insider. This violates the platform's rules on ads about social issues, elections, or politics, they said. Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg toldFrench newspaper Journal du Dimanche on Saturday that Facebook had partnered with 70 specialized media outlets, including five in France, to verify information.about:blank Facebook's AI moderators had "made it possible to delete billions of posts and fake accounts, even before they are rep...
Let’s vote for a government that truly cares – Samira
Politics

Let’s vote for a government that truly cares – Samira

Mrs Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady has asked the people of the Volta Region to vote massively for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December election. She said the NPP-led government had fulfilled majority of its campaign promises and initiating lots of programmes that brought development and transformation into the lives of the people, therefore, “let's vote for a government that truly cares.” Mrs Samira Bawumia who made this statement when she paid a working visit to the Zongo Community in Ho, said the Volta region has witnessed massive socio-economic development under the NPP-led administration. The Second Lady said politics was all about development, so it was important to vote for people who championed the development of the country and urged the people to renew the ...
Deputy Minister supports Wellembelle Police with motorbike
News

Deputy Minister supports Wellembelle Police with motorbike

Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister has presented a new motorcycle to the Wellembelle Police to facilitate their work. The Minister also donated an undisclosed amount of money to extend portable water to the Police station to improve the water situation in the area. Mr Issahaku, speaking at a short ceremony to hand over the motorcycle said the donation was done in his personal capacity and not through any form of government’s intervention. He that the gesture was in response to an appeal for help made by the Municipal Police Command to help increase their patrols to check the crime rate in the municipality. “Tumu Police Command wrote to me about two months ago appealing for support in terms of motor-bikes to help in their patrols to make sure...
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