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20:59

China reports new unknown disease spreading across Asian country deadlier than COVID-19


Areas in Kazakhstan have seen major spikes in cases of the disease since mid-June. The country’s Health Ministry said it recorded more than 32,000 cases of a previously unknown type of pneumonia between 29 June and 5 July with 451 deaths.

The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan said the country saw 1,772 deaths in the first half of the year some of whom were Chinese nationals.


They describe the illness as an “unknown pneumonia” and, in a warning to Chinese citizens in Kazakhstan, embassy officials said: “The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus.

“The country’s health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus.”

Chinese nationals have been urged to protect themselves in the same way as they have done with coronavirus.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, and has infected more than 12 million people across the world.

It has put most countries in lockdown and forced people to wear face masks, practice social distancing and thoroughly wash their hands often.


Saul Kisikova, health care department chief in Kazakhstan’s capital spoke to the state’s news agency Kazinform.

He said: “Some 300 people diagnosed with pneumonia are being hospitalised every day.”

Ayzhan Esmagambetova, chief sanitary officer, reportedly said the mortality rate from pneumonia has increased in June by four times in Kazakhstan.

The figures were compared to the same time last year.

She said many people who have fallen ill were not diagnosed with COVID-19.

In Kazakhstan, there are 53,021 cases of COVID-19 and 264 deaths from coronavirus

The country went into lockdown on 16 March.


They later lifted many of their restrictions on 11 May.

On Sunday, the country’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev imposed a second round of restrictions after a surge of COVID-19 cases hit Kazakhstan.

On Thursday, 1,962 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Kazakhstan.

This is the country’s highest-single day increase.

President Tokayev said the nation was “in fact facing the second coronavirus wave coupled with a huge uptick in pneumonia cases”.

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs.

In China, there have been 85,399 reported cases of Covid-19. 

express.co.uk
20:58

Alleged $8.5m scam: How Ikenna Kingsley was arrested by EFCC


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revealed how alleged internet fraud kingpin, Onwuzuruike Ikenna Kingsley, was arrested.

EFCC made the revelation on Monday before Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The prosecution presented its first witness, Abbas Suleiman, an Assistant Detective Superintendent (ADS) of the EFCC.

Led in evidence by prosecuting counsel, M. T. Iko, Suleiman told the court how the agency conducted investigations that led to the suspect’s arrest in Umuahia, Abia State.


The official said the defendant was arrested with one Samsung Galaxy phone, one iPhone 11, one black Dell laptop, three Nigerian international passports and one Acura car.

Suleiman recalled that Kingsley was taken to the EFCC Port Harcourt office, “where he volunteered his statement in writing under caution”.

He disclosed that in the course of the investigation, letters questioning his activities were written to Egypt, Thailand and United States Embassies, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Polaris Bank and Ecobank.


The letters marked as Exhibit A1 to E respectively were accepted by the court as evidence.

Kingsley is a native of Umurokoala North LGA of Abia State.

He is being prosecuted on eight-count charges bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, forgery, possession of proceeds and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $8,502,000.

Kingsley allegedly presented himself as one Jeff Sikora, President/CEO of Prime Trust Credit Union Bank in America.

He used the false identity to defraud his victims.


They included an Egyptian defrauded of the sum of $6,500,000.

Kingsley told the victim that he was a beneficiary of inheritance funds in a fixed deposit account in Prime Trust Financial Bank.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the matter to July 16 and 17 for the continuation of trial.

Dailypost
20:54

Body of Glee Naya Rivera recovered from California lake



Glee star Naya Rivera's four-year-old son told investigators that his mother, whose body was found in a Southern California lake on Monday, boosted him back on to the deck of their rented boat before he looked back and saw her disappearing under the water, authorities said.


"She must have mustered enough energy to get her son back on the boat, but not enough to save herself," Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference.


The boy, Josey Hollis Dorsey, was found asleep and alone in a life vest on the drifting pontoon boat about three hours after he and his mother launched on Lake Piru northwest of Los Angeles, setting off a five-day search that ended with the discovery of the body of the 33-year-old floating near the surface early on Monday, authorities said.

The mother and son had gone swimming, which was permitted in that part of the lake, Ayub said. Rivera was not wearing a life vest.

Authorities believe that she drowned accidentally, and that her body was most likely trapped in the vegetation under the lake for several days before floating to the top, Ayub said.


Divers had already thoroughly searched the area where she was eventually found, but shrubbery that had grown wildly in the area, which was recently dry, must have kept her hidden in the murky water.

Family members chatted with Rivera via FaceTime when she was on the boat, and search crews watched those videos for clues to where she might have gone down, Ayub said.

"It has been an extremely difficult time for her family throughout this ordeal," Ayub said "We share in their grief."

Rivera played singing cheerleader Santana Lopez for six seasons from 2009 to 2015 on the Fox television musical-comedy Glee.


She is the third among the major cast members from the show to die in their 30s.

The announcement of her death comes seven years to the day after co-star Cory Monteith died at 31 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin, with the series losing one of its leads while it was still on the air.

Another co-star, Mark Salling, who Rivera dated at one point, killed himself in 2018 at age 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

The vendor who rented the boat to Rivera on July 8 went looking for mother and son when they failed to return on time, and found the boat drifting in the northern end of the lake with the boy on board.


The boy, Rivera's son from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey, was safe and healthy and quickly reunited with family members after he was found, authorities said.

His parents divorced in 2018 after nearly four years of marriage.

The day before her death, Rivera tweeted a photo of herself and Josey with a message that read, "just the two of us."  AP news agency
20:53

Nigerian goalkeeper Maduka Okoye joins Dutch Club, Sparta Rotterdam



Nigerian goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has joined Dutch Club, Sparta Rotterdam on a two-year deal from German side, Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Rotterdam made the announcement in a statement via the Club’s official website on Monday.


“Sparta Rotterdam has strengthened itself, with the exception of the medical examination, with Maduka Okoye,” a club statement read.

“The twenty-year-old goalkeeper comes over from Fortuna Düsseldorf transfer-free and signs for two seasons, with an option for another two years.”

Reacting, Okoye, in a post on his Instagram page, said: “Happy to sign for this great and traditional Club! Can’t wait to get started with the new chapter in my career. Proud to be a Spartan!”.


Okoye was born to a Nigerian father and a German mother.

The 20-year-old started his career at the youth team of Bayer Leverkusen before he joined Fortuna Dusseldorf.

He has only one cap for the Super Eagles so far. Dailypost
20:50

Nations heading in wrong direction with Covid-19 - WHO


The coronavirus pandemic will get "worse and worse" if governments fail to take more decisive action, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

Director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "too many countries [were] headed in the wrong direction".

Cases were rising where proven measures were not adopted or followed, he added.

The Americas are the current epicentre of the pandemic. The US has seen a rise in cases amid tensions between health experts and President Donald Trump.


The US, the worst affected country, has over 3.3 million confirmed cases and more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

At a briefing in Geneva on Monday, Dr Tedros said "mixed messages from leaders" were undermining public trust in attempts to bring the pandemic under control.

"The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this," he said.

Dr Tedros said measures such as social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks in appropriate situations needed to be taken seriously, warning that there would be "no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future".


"If the basics aren't followed, there is only one way this pandemic is going to go," Dr Tedros said, adding: "It's going to get worse and worse and worse."

Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO's emergencies director, said the easing of some lockdown measures in the Americas and the opening up of some areas had led to "intense transmission".

Latin America has confirmed more than 145,000 coronavirus-related deaths, though the number is believed to be higher because of insufficient testing.

Half of the deaths were in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed strict measures to curb the spread of the virus.


Dr Ryan said closing down large regions would have huge economic consequences, but that local lockdowns in specific places might be necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus.

He urged governments to implement clear and "strong" strategies, adding: "Citizens have to understand, and it has to be easy for them to comply."  BBC
20:38

Tips On How To Plan A Destination Wedding




It is undeniable that planning a wedding is a big job how much more a destination wedding? Figuring out the intricacies of planning a destination wedding can be somewhat exhausting as you have your work cut out for you.


 Destination weddings tend to be very beautiful and a dream for many couples but can be quite difficult to achieve if not done right. If you desire to have one, here are helpful tips that can guide your planning:


Location


Once you have gotten the destination of your choice, every other thing begins to fall into place. With the destination sorted out, you can come up with your theme for the wedding as this will also be a guide. You need to visit the location ahead of time so that you are not shocked on the wedding day. If you cannot visit, have a trusted person do so for you.


Research

After you have gotten a location, make sure to do thorough homework about the destination country, their culture, language etc. Make sure to research about their festivals and tourist seasons before picking a date for the wedding especially if you want an intimate affair.



Get a planner

You must get a good planner that has experience in planning destination weddings, especially in your selected destination. It is always best to get a planner through referrals from couples that have benefitted from his or her work as this will save you the stress of doubt. Make sure to meet up with your planner or be well informed of everything that is being done every step of the way.


Budget

Having a destination wedding can be quite expensive due to the numerous things that have to be put in place such as travel plans, accommodation, currency rate etc. You cannot go head-on into planning without a budget as it will only aggravate you when things do not go as planned.



Guests

A destination wedding, no matter how fun, is not something you throw in people's faces. If you are selecting your guest make sure to know if they are willing to travel at that time.


Invitations

Invitations should be sent ahead of time for your guests to be well prepared. 6 months – 1 year is a fair enough time to send out your invites.


Vendors

Make sure to get local vendors in your chosen destination. If you're thinking of getting vendors that are close to you at the moment, especially because it's cheap, consider that it will be more expensive for you to travel with them.



Compromise

At some point, you will need to compromise on some things and cut off some excesses for you to have the wedding you dream of.

At the end of the day, a well planned and executed destination wedding is a beautiful memory that cannot be traded for another. Always remember to be calm, take your time while planning and enjoy your big day. Sugarweddings
01:50

British MMA star, Jahreau is dead




British MMA fighter, Jahreau Shepherd, 30, has tragically died.


The welterweight champion, nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’ is believed to have died suddenly on Saturday, with no cause of death yet confirmed.



Shepherd’s death was confirmed by his MMA promoters ‘the Contenders’ in a tweet via its official Twitter account on Sunday.





“The tweet read “Everyone at Contenders is absolutely devastated to hear of Jahreau Shepherd‘s death.



“Jay, our welterweight champion, was hugely talented and great fun to be around, a big personality with a huge smile and infectious laugh.



“Inside the cage, he was destined for the top – a champion in three different organizations with heavy hands and a warrior’s heart.



“Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this terrible time. Rest in peace, champ.”





Also, MMA commentator, Michael Morgan in a tribute to him via his Twitter account said he was shocked when he received the sad news of Shepherd’s demise.



He said “Absolutely shocked to hear the news this morning.



“A true gentleman inside and outside the cage.





“Rest in peace UKMMA’s Jahreau Shepherd.”



The 30-year-old from London defeated Quinten de Vreught in February to be crowned welterweight champion at Contenders 29.



He was well known for his pace and aggression and was also a member of the London Fight Factory. Dailypost


01:49

Ethiopia to restore toppled UK bust of Emperor Selassie




The Ethiopian embassy in the United Kingdom will restore a bust of the country’s last emperor in a London park. The bust of Haile Selassie was attacked by irate Ethiopians in early July. The Metropolitan Police confirmed the incident and said it was investigating.


The toppled bust stood in the Cannizaro park located in London. Demonstrating youth were angered by events back home following the murder of Oromo artist and activist Hachalu Hundessa, he was gunned down in the capital Addis Ababa.





The deputy head of mission, Ababi Demissie, visited the site and announced late last Friday that: “the Embassy will work with the Ethiopian community and local council to restore the statue.”



Protests broke out in Addis Ababa and across the Oromia region after the killing of Hundessa as gangs engaged each other and security forces. Two people have been arrested for the killing whiles another is on the run.



Mass arrests have also been recorded with the combined death toll standing at 239. Internet was cut the morning after the shooting and at the time of filing this report had yet to be restored.





The Oromo diaspora has been actively campaigning since the murder seeking justice for the murder. In the UK, where a group of youths targeted the bust as a way of protest.



Haile Selassie, born Lij Tafari Makonnen was Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He is revered as the returned messiah of the Bible, among the Jamaica-born Rastafarian movement.



Africa News


01:49

EPL: Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool exit plan, next move




The Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed when he may leave the club and return to Germany.


The German also said it is not clear at the moment whether he stays in football after the Liverpool job.


The former Borussia Dortmund manager says he will manage Liverpool for the next four seasons.





Klopp has spent five years at Liverpool after taking over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015. He has guided the Reds to a Champions League trophy and their very first Premier League title in 30 years.



He signed a new contract at Anfield in December 2019, which tied him to the club until 2024, should he avoid being sacked.



Asked if he was planning on returning to Germany, Klopp told SWR, “Definitely to live, after my career. Most likely even to Mainz.”





On how long he’ll remain at Anfield, he added: “Four years in Liverpool.”


After that he confirmed he may be interested in returning to management, but added he may retire from football.



He said: “In five years the world can look very different again.” Dailypost


01:48

South Africa bans alcohol sales again to combat coronavirus



South Africa has introduced new restrictions, including another ban on alcohol sales, to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

A night-time curfew will also be in place from Monday, and the wearing of masks outdoors is now compulsory.


President Cyril Ramaphosa said the alcohol ban – South Africa’s second this year – would take the pressure off the national healthcare system.




It comes as total infections exceed a quarter of a million.


Deaths resulting from coronavirus have also risen to more than 4,000, and government projections estimate this could rise to 50,000 by the end of the year.



South Africa remains the hardest-hit country on the continent, and earlier this week recorded its highest-ever single-day increase in cases. Nearly half of them were in Gauteng, a province that’s become the outbreak epicenter.


In a public address, Mr. Ramaphosa acknowledged “most” people had taken action to help prevent the spread, but he said there were still some who acted “without any responsibility to respect and protect each other”.


“There are a number of people who have taken to organising parties, who have drinking sprees, and some who walk around crowded spaces without wearing masks,” said the president.




Mr. Ramaphosa said the new measures were being introduced to help the country to weather the storm of coronavirus, and a state of emergency would be extended until 15 August. The night-time ban would be in place from 21:00 to 04:00.


The government has also made 28,000 hospital beds available for Covid-19 patients. But President Ramaphosa said the country still faced a “serious” shortage of more than 12,000 healthcare workers, including nurses, doctors, and physiotherapists.




The alcohol ban comes just weeks after another three-month ban was lifted in an effort to prevent drunken fighting, cut domestic violence, and eliminate weekend binge-drinking prevalent across South Africa.


Doctors and police say the previous ban contributed to a sharp drop in emergency admissions to hospital. But the country’s brewers and winemakers complained they were being driven out of business. AmIn News

01:47

FG commends Air Peace, United Kigndom denies airline landing permit




The British Government has refused to grant Diplomatic Landing Clearance to Air Peace Limited for the purpose of evacuating Nigerians, who are stranded in the United Kingdom.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed this in a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye.



The ministry regretted that as a result of the development, the airlifting of stranded Nigerians, which was earlier scheduled for today (Monday), had now been shifted to Tuesday.





It also noted that instead of the Heathrow Airport as earlier planned, the flight would be taking off from the Gatwick Airport, London.



The Federal Government, however, commended the Chairman, Air Peace Limited, Allen Onyema, and the airlines’ management “for their commitment and patriotism in ensuring that our stranded nationals in the United Kingdom return home safely.”




The government noted that to make the airlifting of the citizens possible, Air Peace had to, following an appeal by the government, engage the services of another airline, Global Air Charter, instead of refunding the fares made by the stranded Nigerians.



“The Federal Government, however, regrets any inconvenience these changes might have caused,” the statement added. Punch


01:21

United State prosecutors investigate Congo president’s son for alleged embezzlement


US prosecutors are investigating the son of the president of the Republic of Congo for alleged embezzlement of several million dollars from the publicly-owned National Society of Petroleum of Congo (SNPC), the NGO Global Witness said.


In Miami, US federal prosecutors “have made arrangements to seize” a luxurious property belonging to Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso, the NGO added in a document.


Global Witness was able to consult the request of US prosecutors dated June 12, and share it with media including AFP.

Sassou Nguesso bought a 325 square-metre penthouse, put up for sale at $2.4 million “with funds he diverted from the SNPC”, according to this document, which traces the route of alleged money laundering.

In 2010, the younger Sassou Nguesso “was appointed by his father (also Sassou Nguesso) as deputy managing director” of the SNPC.

The funds are deemed to have passed through the accounts of shell companies housed in a subsidiary of the Gabonese bank BGFI-Bank.

According to the US public prosecutor, this partner is a “US resident” and “son of an ex-official of the Gabonese government”.


The partner allegedly “used the stolen funds to acquire real estate and luxury items” for Sassou Nguesso (son) and his relatives, “including the Miami property”.

Brazzaville has so far offered “no reaction” to the dissemination of this document, a source within the presidency told AFP.


The family of President Sassou Nguesso is also the subject of an investigation into its involvement in France in the so-called “ill-gotten gains” affair.


On his Facebook page, Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso, 45, describes himself as “philanthropist” and member of the national assembly for the town of Oyo his father’s hometown after having “officiated in the world of oil”.


 His father, 76, first took the presidency in 1979, staying in power until 1992. He returned to the presidency in 1997 and has held the top job ever since.

In 2019, San Marino authorities seized a bank account containing approximatively 19 million euros allegedly deposited by President Nguesso. He is running for reelection in the March 2021 presidential election.

AFP
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