Thursday, July 29

Day: June 4, 2021

Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years in response to Oversight Board ruling
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Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years in response to Oversight Board ruling

Facebook plans to announce Friday that it will no longer automatically give politicians a pass when they break the company’s hate speech rules, a major reversal after years of criticism that it was too deferential to powerful figures during the Trump presidency. Since the 2016 election, the company has applied a test to political speech that weighs the newsworthiness of the content against its propensity to cause harm. Now the company will throw out the first part of the test and will no longer consider newsworthiness as a factor, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking who spoke on the condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to speak publicly. But Facebook doesn’t plan to end the newsworthiness exception entirely. In the cases where an e...
Brianna McNeal: Olympic champion banned for five years for breaking anti-doping rules
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Brianna McNeal: Olympic champion banned for five years for breaking anti-doping rules

Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal has been given a five-year ban from athletics for breaking anti-doping rules. An Athletics Integrity Unit disciplinary tribunal found McNeal guilty of "tampering within the results management process". McNeal, 29, won gold at the 2016 Rio Games and was world champion in 2013. The American has appealed against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). The appeal will be heard before this summer's Tokyo Games and McNeal is still able to compete until the end of the US Olympic Team Trials on 27 June. The judgement was made at the end of April but has only now been released, while the ban is backdated to 15 August 2020. McNeal was provisionally suspended in February, though she said in a social media post ...
Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea manager signs contract extension until 2024
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Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea manager signs contract extension until 2024

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has signed a contract extension until the summer of 2024. Tuchel, 47, signed an initial 18-month deal when he replaced Frank Lampard as Blues boss in January. He led the club to victory in the Champions League final and a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League. "There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation," said Tuchel. Chelsea were ninth in the Premier League and without a win in five games when Tuchel was appointed at the start of the year. The German has won 19 of his 30 games in charge, with five defeats, and led the Blues to a 1-0 victory against Manchester City in Porto on 29 May to secure the club's second Champions League title. The London club also reac...
#GAMASHIEDERBY: Great Olympics host Hearts of Oak
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#GAMASHIEDERBY: Great Olympics host Hearts of Oak

Accra Great Olympics have received a boost ahead of their Premier League game against city rivals Hearts of Oak on Sunday. This follows the decision of the Black Stars technical team to release talisman Gladson Awako for the Ga Mashie derby – a match day 28 fixture scheduled for the Accra Sports stadium. The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup winner has been one of the key figures in the Great Olympics set up featuring in 24 matches in the on-going campaign. Awako, who made his International debut in March against Sao Tome and Principe, is an inspiration to younger ones in the team due to his exemplary leadership quality on the field of play. Great Olympics defeated Hearts of Oak 2-0 in the first round of the League – but the League leaders are on a mission to redeem their image in thi...
#Ashantiderby: Asante Kotoko face Obuasi Ashantigold
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#Ashantiderby: Asante Kotoko face Obuasi Ashantigold

Asante Kotoko will clash with regional rivals and landloards AshantiGold on match day 28 of the Ghana Premier League on Sunday. The Porcupine Warriors host the original owners of the stadium in the Ashantiderby – having moved their home ground from Accra to Obuasi for the second round of the campaign. Asante Kotoko who sits in second place are two points adrift leaders Hearts of Oak but 13 points ahead of the Miners – who are 10th in the table. On player updates, Asante Kotoko will be buoyed by the return of duo Ismail Ganiyu and Razak Abalora from national duty. The two players have been impressive for the Porcupine Warriors this season – but left back Moro Ibrahim will miss the tie - having travelled to Tokyo with the Black Meteors for International friendly matches again...
Phone snatchers stab university student to death
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Phone snatchers stab university student to death

A level 300 student of University of Cross River State, UNICROSS, Calabar campus, identified as Ford Moses Nkasi, has been killed in a tussle with armed robbers. It was gathered that the incident happened near the school’s administrative building, few metres away from the security post, at about 8:pm on Thursday, June 3. According to reports, the student of Visual Art Department witnessed a three-man gang robbing a female student of her smartphone. He was said to have chased after the robbers who attempted to flee the scene after the successfully robbery. Ford, in a bid to retrieve the phone after catching up with the robbers, was stabbed multiple times with a dagger and he bled to death. Sources, who spoke to Cross River Watch, said the student died 20 minutes later while...
Russia scrambles fighter jet to accompany U.S. military plane
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Russia scrambles fighter jet to accompany U.S. military plane

Russia scrambled a MiG-31 fighter jet to accompany a U.S. military plane over the Barents sea on Friday, RIA news agency reported citing a Russian navy statement. Russian military said the U.S. plane was identified as a P-8A Poseidon aircraft and the Russian fighter jet was returned to its base as soon as the U.S. plane made a U-turn and pulled away from the Russian border, according to RIA.
Rocky Dawuni to play World Environment Day concert today
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Rocky Dawuni to play World Environment Day concert today

Ghanaian singer and activist Rocky Dawuni will be featured in the UN’s World Environment Day (WED) virtual concert on 4 June. The event will mark this year’s WED, which is celebrated annually on 5 June. Dawuni, who is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa, will be joined by big international artists such as Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Michael Stipe, Dave Mathews, Jack Johnson as well as leaders from around the world, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, among others. The theme for 2021 is Ecosystem Restoration, and the ocassion will take place in Pakistan. The event will also see the launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration campaign. First held in 1974, WED is among...
Germany Agrees to Pay Namibia Over Genocide, But Is It Enough?
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Germany Agrees to Pay Namibia Over Genocide, But Is It Enough?

Germany has recognised for the first time that it committed genocide in Namibia during its colonial rule more than a century ago and promised financial support worth more than one billion euros (U.S.$1.2 billion) to fund infrastructure projects in the southern African country. German settlers killed thousands of Herero and Nama people between 1904 and 1908, after the ethnic groups rebelled against Berlin's rule in the colony, then called German South West Africa. However, some traditional leaders, who also participated in reparations negotiations, have refused to endorse the agreement reached between Namibian and German authorities, making it difficult for government to forge ahead with the deal. They feel that what is being offered is too little, an insult to their communi...
Liverpool make Alisson Becker and Fabinho contract decision
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Liverpool make Alisson Becker and Fabinho contract decision

Liverpool plan to open new contract talks with both Alisson Becker and Fabinho as soon as the pair return for pre-season training. The Brazilian duo are just over two years away from the expiry of the deals they signed upon arriving at the club in the summer of 2018. And the ECHO understands that the Reds are keen to tie both down to fresh terms before the start of next season. Alisson has kept 57 clean sheets in his 130 appearances for the club since signing from Italian giants AS Roma three years ago. He also became the first goalkeeper in Liverpool 's history to score a goal when he netted a vital headed winner at West Brom last month to keep his team's top-four chase on track. Fabinho, too, played a key role in that late-season push for Champions...
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