S’Africa coronavirus cases exceed 1,000, first two deaths reported

Cases of coronavirus in South Africa passed 1,000 on Friday, the health ministry said, while also reporting its first two deaths on the first day of a three-week, nationwide lockdown. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown, which saw Africa’s most industrialised economy largely shudder to a halt overnight, earlier this week. “This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” the health ministry said in a statement, adding cases had risen to more than 1,000, from 927…

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China ‘removes’ bosses as virus death toll hits 1,000

China has “removed” several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak – as the death toll passed 1,000. The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who lost their jobs. They are the most senior officials to be demoted so far. The deputy director of the local Red Cross was also removed for “dereliction of duty” over “handling of donations”. The two Hubei party officials will be replaced by a national figure – the deputy director of China’s National…

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UK to fly back 7,000 as Thomas Cook repatriation efforts enter second week

Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority on Tuesday said 39 flights are scheduled to bring back a further 7,000 people to the country after the Thomas Cook collapse, as the operation enters its second week. So far 115,000 customers of a total of more than 150,000 passengers have returned in the largest peacetime repatriation ‘Operation Matterhorn’, which was launched on September 23, reports Reuters.

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FA fines Everton defender, Mina, £10,000 for breaking betting rules

Everton’s Yerry Mina has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting breaching Football Association betting rules. Mina, 24, appeared in a TV advert for Colombian betting company Betjuego. In mitigation, Everton said defender Mina’s “command of the English language is limited” and that he did “not understand the information on betting”. The FA said the fine is “appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances”. Mina joined the Toffees from Barcelona in August 2018, reports the BBC. The FA called the case “unusual” and recognised “strong mitigation…

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FA fines Everton defender, Mina, £10,000 for breaking betting rules

Everton’s Yerry Mina has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting breaching Football Association betting rules. Mina, 24, appeared in a TV advert for Colombian betting company Betjuego. In mitigation, Everton said defender Mina’s “command of the English language is limited” and that he did “not understand the information on betting”. The FA said the fine is “appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances”. Mina joined the Toffees from Barcelona in August 2018, reports the BBC. The FA called the case “unusual” and recognised “strong mitigation…

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Trafficker drugs mother, sell four month old baby for N910,000 (PHOTO)

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons(NAPTIP) and  Police have  arrested eight child trafficking syndicates for stealing and selling a three-month-old baby boy in Ebonyi State. The boy who was sold to a woman in Abuja at the cost of Nine Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira(N910,000). NAPTIP Desk Officer in Ebonyi State, Mrs. Florence Onwa while briefing journalists in Abakaliki explained that the baby boy and his seventeen-year-old mother,  Miracle were lured by a family friend known as Mrs. Chinonye Agu from their community Abogodo in Ohaukwu…

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Man arrested for allegedly attempting to commit suicide over N50,000

  Security operatives in Ogun have arrested a man who allegedly attempted to commit suicide over his inability to refund a N50,000 ‘loan. The man was arrested by  the Anti-Vandal Team of  Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogun Command, while he was trying to  hang himself  in a  bush on Ayetoro Road, Abeokuta. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the man had tied a rope to a tree and was about hanging himself when a member of the NSCDC team saw him. The man, a 34-year…

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Thor’s hammer up for sale for £40,000

    You can own the hammer used by Chris Hemsworth in the Thor films – but it’ll set you back £40,000. Fans with that kind of spare cash will be eager to hear that this is the exact same hammer Chris used in the critically-acclaimed 2011 Marvel blockbuster, and may still contain teeny tiny beads of Chris’s sweat (we kid). The item goes on sale at the Prop Store in London on September 26. It’s part of a huge haul of film and entertainment memorabilia the store put up…

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Woman begs police to find son sold for N150,000

A 24-year-old nursing mother, Esther Moses Abraham, whose husband sold their two-year-old son for N150,000 last week, has appealed to the police to locate and bring back her child. Esther said all she wanted now was her son, Elisha. She urged the police to do everything possible to trace her son’s buyer. According to her, since the bizarre discovery she has not been able to sleep well. Speaking with our correspondent at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Calabar, Cross River State, at the weekend, the mother of two…

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Herbalist, others held for selling fake $400,000

Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested a herbalist and two others for allegedly selling fake $400,000 for N20,000. The herbalist, Rabiu Abubakar (36), Sadiq Ibrahim (30) and Hussaini Hassan were arrested in Minna, Niger State, for circulating fake dollars and naira notes. The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Philip Ayuba, said Abubakar and Ibrahim were arrested for circulating fake $400,000. He said: “Abubakar asked his victim to provide N20, 00 which he would eventually double and change to dollars. The victim provided the N20,000 which…

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