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02:10

Donald Trump’s ex-doctor Harold Bornstein, dies




Harold Bornstein, President Donald Trump’s former personal physician, is dead.

Bornstein’s family announced his death in a statement.

He is survived by wife Melissa (Brown), daughter Alix, and sons, Robyn Bornstein, Joseph Bornstein, Jeremee, and Jackson.

The deceased was Trump’s doctor for more than three decades.

Ahead of the 2016 election, Bornstein stated that the President’s “physical strength and stamina are extraordinary”.

He added that if elected, Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

The American leader later dropped Bornstein after he revealed to The New York Times in 2017 that he prescribed hair loss medication.

Bornstein wondered why people made a big deal out of a drug to grow hair.

“It certainly was not a breach of medical trust to tell somebody they take Propecia to grow their hair. What’s the matter with that?” he told NBC News in 2018. Dailypost
02:10

US filmmaker Tyler Perry to receive honorary statuette at Oscars




US filmmaker Tyler Perry will receive an honorary statuette at this year’s Oscars for his humanitarian work, including efforts to get the entertainment industry safely back to work during the coronavirus pandemic, the Academy announced Thursday.

The Black entertainment mogul has set up a self-contained, 330-acre (133-hectare) production “campus” at a Civil War-era Confederate military base in Atlanta, Georgia, where hundreds have been employed while Covid-19 shuts down productions in Los Angeles and elsewhere. 

Perry has championed greater diversity in Hollywood, produced dozens of films and TV shows starring mainly African American actors, and last year paid funeral costs for victims of police violence including George Floyd. 

“Tyler’s cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a filmmaker,” said David Rubin, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

“He has quietly and steadily focused on humanitarian and social justice causes from the beginning of his career, caring for people who are most often ignored.” 

The 51-year-old Perry — a producer, actor, writer and director — first achieved mainstream US success with his outspoken grandmother character Madea in the 2005 movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” 

A string of Madea films followed, all with Perry in drag in the role of the title character. He has also appeared in movies including “Star Trek” (2009), “Gone Girl” (2014) and “Vice” (2018).

He has also appeared in movies including “Star Trek” (2009), “Gone Girl” (2014) and “Vice” (2018).

His films, TV shows and plays have since made him a household name in the US, especially among African Americans, and he became a billionaire last year, according to Forbes — but he remains relatively little-known abroad. 

Perry was separately honoured at television’s Emmys, which were held virtually in September. 
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has been handed out by the Academy most years since 1957, and last went to “Thelma & Louise” star Geena Davis for her work promoting gender equality in media. 

Other previous winners include Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey and Elizabeth Taylor. 

In recent years, the prize has been awarded at the Academy’s separate Governors Awards ceremony, held in Los Angeles before the Oscars, but that event has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. 

Perry will receive his award at the 93rd Oscars, due to take place April 25, which will also see a second Jean Hersholt award handed to the Motion Picture and Television Fund. 

The MPTF, co-founded by silent era megastar Mary Pickford a century ago, offers financial relief and other services to struggling entertainment industry workers. 

The Academy changed its rules for one year only to allow an institution to receive the honour, for the first time. 

“The organization’s contribution during the pandemic has made a significant impact on the entertainment community, providing social services support to nearly 9,000 industry members in 2020,” the Academy said. 

(AFP)
02:09

Abortion to become legal in Argentina as Chile starts a debate




Argentina is set Thursday to become one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighbouring Chile initiates its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied most women on the continent.

President Alberto Fernandez is scheduled later Thursday to sign a law that was passed by the Senate on December 30 — the final step towards legalization in the country of 45 million people.

Congress passed the bill, backed by women’s rights proponents, despite strong opposition from Evangelical Christians and traditional Roman Catholics and disapproval voiced by Pope Francis.

As a result, Argentina becomes the largest of just four Latin American countries where women can choose to have an abortion, joining Cuba, Uruguay and Guyana.

In Mexico, terminations are allowed only in the state of Oaxaca and in Mexico City.

The continent has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. In El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, it is banned, and women can be sent to jail even for having a miscarriage.

Hundreds of thousands of illegal abortions are performed each year, and thousands of women have died as a result.

In Argentina, terminations were allowed only if the pregnancy was the result of rape or endangered the woman’s life.

Chile restricts abortion to the same circumstances, along with the unavailability of the fetus. Until as recently as 2017, it banned the procedure outright.

Women took to the streets of Santiago on Wednesday to demand access to abortion as debate opened in Chile’s congress on a bill seeking to allow elective abortion until 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The protesters sported green neck scarves like the ones worn by their counterparts in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America rallying for women’s reproductive rights.

The women also performed “A Rapist in your Path”, a song that has become a global anthem against sexual violence. Theguardianng
02:08

US: President Donald Trump’s ban on Twitter angers Germany



German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has sharply criticised Twitter’s decision to ban the outgoing President of the United States, Donald Trump, according to Financial Times.

She described the action as a “problematic” breach of the “fundamental right to free speech”.

Merkel said this through her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, adding that the US government should instead follow Germany’s lead in adopting laws that restrict online incitement.

Twitter first suspended President Trump’s account and has now deleted it completely and this is following last week riots at the Capitol.

The social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and others have also taken actions against the outgoing President accusing him of “repeated and severe” violations of its civic integrity policies.

The Chancellor said free speech was a “fundamental right of vital importance” that could be restricted, “but only in accordance with the laws and within a framework defined by the legislator — not by the decision of the management of social media platforms.”

She said for that reason she found it “problematic” that Mr Trump’s accounts had been indefinitely suspended.

President Donald Trump was impeached on Wednesday at the US House of Representatives having been accused of inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol.

The President, who has just few days in office, became the first US President to be impeached twice having gone through same process in 2019.

President-elect, Joe Biden will be sworn-in on January 20, 2021, to become the 46th President to have ruled America. Dailypost

02:08

Colleges rescind honorary degrees award to Donald Trump




Following the attack on the United States Capitol, several colleges have rescinded the honorary degrees they awarded to President Donald Trump.

Some schools including the Middlebury College also took away degrees awarded to Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, while other schools are facing pressure to do the same, a sign of how institutions and businesses are responding to the January 6 Washington riot that led to the president’s impeachment.

According to Forbes, the board of trustees at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania already voted to rescind the honorary degree it awarded to Trump in 1988.

Hours later, the board of trustees for Wagner University in New York followed suit, voting to strip Trump of the honorary degree it awarded the president in 2004.

University of Pennsylvania alumni are pressuring the school to strip Trump of his bachelor’s degree, which the president earned in 1968, by threatening to withhold donations, though it is much more difficult for a college to revoke an earned degree.

Other schools in line include the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Citadel University and Liberty University.

Punch had earlier reported that democrats mobilised rapidly to remove Trump for the second time after he encouraged his supporters to “march” to the US Capitol and “fight”.

In a violent insurrection, the rioters stormed past outnumbered police, rampaged through and ransacked the building, and interrupted Congress as it was certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.

Vice-President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the vote, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers, were forced to take shelter. Five people died during the unrest including a US Capitol Police officer.

Political leaders across all continents have condemned Trump’s action, with many accusing him of dragging one of the world’s most respected and resilient democracy in the mud.

Silicon Valley companies including Facebook and Twitter have also banned the outgoing president who leaves the White House on January 20. Punch

02:08

Washington on lockdown as security threats mount




The center of Washington was on lockdown Thursday as more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops were being mobilized due to security concerns ahead of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.

Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said the US capital was facing “a major security threat”, one week after supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol to try to block Biden’s confirmation as election winner.

A day after Trump was impeached in Congress for allegedly supporting that attack, more barriers were being erected and razor wire laid Thursday as part of precautions ahead of the January 20 event.

Most of downtown Washington was off limits to traffic, with one journalist comparing it to Baghdad’s high-security “Green Zone.”

The Secret Service, in charge of security, was weighing a likely unprecedented shutdown of the entire National Mall, the grassy spread normally where hundreds of thousands gather to celebrate the inauguration of a new president.

Instead, security officials are warning that extremist Trump supporters, armed and possibly with explosives, pose a dangerous threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week.

In steps not seen since after the September 11, 2001 national alerts, an internal FBI bulletin warned that an armed group planned to “storm” government offices in all 50 states to protest Biden, ABC News reported.

“The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January,” the bulletin added.

The New York Times reported that the FBI has told police departments around the country to stay alert for extremist activity and pass on intelligence.

– Assassination threats –


Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has received death threats.

Peter Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted with Democrats on Wednesday to impeach Trump for supporting “insurrection,” said he and other lawmakers were taking precautions like acquiring body armor.

“I have colleagues who are now traveling with armed escorts out of the fear for their safety,” he told MSNBC. “Our expectation is that someone may try to kill us.”

The potential threat was underscored earlier this week with the discovery that one of those arrested for taking part in the January 6 attack on the Capitol had weapons and ammunition for an assassination-type attack.

Court documents said Cleveland Grover Meredith had two guns, one with a telescopic sight, and around 1,000 rounds.

Another man was arrested with four guns and 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck.

Police are still searching for a man who planted two pipe bombs near the Capitol on June 6.

On Tuesday police in Chicago arrested a man who weeks ago phoned in threats against Biden.

-‘Stay home’-

Officials have urged people to stay home rather than celebrate the inauguration.

Hotels in the center of the US capital city were closing their doors, and Airbnb cancelled reservations for visitors to Washington during the period.

In several states, National Guard were also called out to prepare security for the January 16-20 period.

Washington State, Michigan and others said they were concerned about possible far-right violence.

AFP

02:07

US: Russia warns of ‘scary consequences’ over Donald Trump ban




Russia has warmed that there may be scary consequences after Twitter and other social media platforms removed Donald Trump, the outgoing President of the US.

The country compared the actions of the platforms to a “nuclear blast in cyber space.”

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova said this on Facebook, adding that “It’s not the destruction that’s scary but the consequences.

“A blow has been dealt against democratic values proclaimed by the West.”

Owners of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and even Trump’s favourite social media platform, Twitter suspended his accounts last week following the deadly attack on the US Capitol by the outgoing President’s supporters.

The attack was said to have been Trump’s final push to stop the confirmation of Joe Biden as the November 3 presidential election winner by the Congress.

Twitter has now deleted the President’s account completely, depriving him of his favorite megaphone.

The spokesperson added that Trump’s social media ban was one more reason for American authorities to “take care” of their own country instead of criticizing Russia.

This was in response to US’ concern over a crackdown on independent media in Russia, among other issues. Dailypost
02:07

Donald Trump impeachment: Republicans clash as Senate trial looms




US Republicans in Congress are deeply divided after 10 members split with their party to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third ranking House Republican, is facing calls to resign her party leadership role after her vote to impeach.

The lawmakers who voted against Mr Trump face threats of violence, and have increased security, they say.

It comes as Mr Trump prepares to leave office and faces a trial in the Senate.

The House of Representatives voted by 232 votes to 197 on Wednesday to impeach him for allegedly inciting rioters who stormed the Capitol last week.

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests planned for Washington DC and all 50 US state capitals in the run-up to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday.

Mrs Cheney, a Wyoming congresswoman whose father was vice-president to Republican George W Bush, faced immediate calls to resign after voting to impeach Mr Trump for inciting insurrection against the US government.

"I'm not going anywhere. This is a vote of conscience," said Mrs Cheney, after Mr Trump's conservative defenders in Congress called for her to quit.

"It's one where there are different views in our conference. But our nation is facing an unprecedented, since the Civil War, constitutional crisis," she told reporters on Wednesday, as Trump was impeached for a historic second time.

Another Republican has said he and several colleagues have purchased body armour and have been forced to change their normal routines after receiving threats of violence.

"It's sad that we have to get to that point, but you know our expectation is that someone may try to kill us," Michigan Republican Peter Meijer told MSNBC on Thursday.

"We don't know what's going to happen next. We weren't expecting for the Capitol to get overrun for the first time in 200 years," he said.

"And so in this unprecedented environment with an unprecedented degree of fear, of divisiveness and hatred, we have to account for every scenario." BBC
02:06

In Lagos: Traffic robbers on the rampage




There is palpable fear by road users in Lagos over the upsurge in the operation of traffic robbers who have taken advantage of gridlock caused by road construction workers and tanker drivers along major routes.
 
Chief among the roads where the hoodlums operate are on top of the Apongbon Road bridge, Ikorodu Road, Oshodi-Anthony axis, Oshodi-Isolo expressway, and Mile 2-Ojo expressways, among others.
 
Irrespective of the time of the day, hoodlums have now taken it as a daily activity to attack vehicles and rob the occupants of their belongings. Only a few are often lucky to escape unhurt without losing any valuables whenever they strike. 

During the Yuletide, two journalists working with The Guardian, Stanley Akpunonu and Ngozi Egenuka, were attacked by armed robbers who dispossessed them of their valuables at Cele Bus Stop on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway.
 
The duo said they were beaten with cutlasses by the robbers numbering five, while some others also brandished guns before carting away two Android phones, one iPhone, cash and a laptop, all worth over N300,000.
 
However, the Lagos State Police command has reiterated its commitment to eradicate traffic robberies in the metropolis. The state’s police boss, Hakeem Odumosu, said this yesterday at the command headquarters, Ikeja, while addressing officers, men of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and other operational units who are deployed at strategic places across the state to fight traffic robberies.
 
He emphasised the need to adopt various anti-crime strategies in combating the menace, which must not be allowed to jeopardise the security network of the state. Theguardianng
02:06

EPL: Why I’m struggling at Arsenal – Willian reveals




Arsenal winger, Willian, has revealed why he is struggling at Emirates this season.

Willian joined Arsenal last summer from Chelsea but has yet to recapture his previous stunning form at Stamford Bridge since joining the Gunners in August 2020.

The 32-year-old began brightly with a pair of assists on his Arsenal debut away to Fulham in the Premier League.

However, since Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Craven Cottage back in September, Willian has added just one more assist to his tally and is yet to score a goal for Mikel Arteta’s side, which has led to strong criticism from pundits and supporters.

But the Brazilian is now saying that he’s struggling because it was never easy changing clubs, especially after being at Chelsea for seven years before joining Arsenal.

“Well, it’s never easy changing clubs, especially after being somewhere for so long. I was at Chelsea for seven years before coming to Arsenal, and then you have a new club, new people, a new philosophy,’ Willian told Arsenal’s official matc hday programme.

“Things are different, so I’m still adapting, but I feel good, I have been learning a lot – a new footballing philosophy.

“Everyone is great here. I know I can improve a lot, and of course, my performances on the pitch can be a lot better.”

Asked why he’s so far been unable to produce his best form, Willian replied: “To be honest sometimes it can be difficult to explain.

“The first game was great for me, against Fulham, I felt I had a good performance and gave two assists. And then, I don’t know.

“I am always trying to do my best, sometimes things don’t go the way you want. You have to say it’s a part of football and a part of life. Sometimes you have good moments, other times you have bad moments, you have to learn from that.

“And right now, I know I’m far away from being at my best, but I’m determined to work hard and change this.” Dailypost

02:03

Lagos college of medicine shuts down as staff, students contract COVID-19




The Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) has shut down its campus after some students and officials tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, the institution’s student union said the provost mandated every student to evacuate the hostel and isolate themselves at home for two weeks effective from Friday.

The union said courses and examinations have been put on hold, adding that a communique containing modalities for school resumption will be circulated after the two-week isolation period.

“Owing to the present reality of the Covid19 we are faced with and after an evidence based investigation that some students and College staff have been confirmed positive of the coronavirus, The Provost has mandated that EVERY student should evacuate the hostel and isolate themselves at home for the next 2weeks effective from Friday 15th January. This was a decision made at an emergency academic board meeting,” the statement read.

“The Provost advised that any student with likely/ classical symptoms of the virus should fill a form which shall be sent across board in the shortest time possible and the concerned individuals shall be called upon for testing tomorrow whilst they await the results of their test at home.

“The Provost also reiterated that the college isolation bay shall be set up within this 2 weeks of isolation and complete evacuation of students from the college arena.

“We strongly encourage everyone to STRICTLY adhere to the Covid19 guidelines as stated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in a bid to help mitigate the spread and impact of the deadly virus within and beyond the college arena.”

Lagos, which is the epicentre of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria, has confirmed 37, 852 cases and recorded 260 deaths.

More than 29,000 patients in the state have also recovered from the disease. TheCableng
02:02

Africa: Court dissolves 15-year-old marriage over “witchcraft”




A Customary Court sitting in Mapo in Ibadan, on Thursday dissolved a 15-year-old marriage between a mother of two, Olubunmi Faseyitan, and her husband, Kolawole, over ”witchcraft” suspicion.

President of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, dissolved the marriage after Faseyitan admitted that she asked a witch doctor to ”tie her husband spiritually to milk him dry”.

Delivering judgment, Odunade, said:”men and women intending to get married should seek God’s approval in their relationship before forging ahead”.

He said that he dissolved the union in the interest of peace.

The judge granted custody of the two children to Faseyitan.

The arbitrator ordered Kolawole to pay N6,000 monthly for the children’s upkeep.

Earlier, Faseyitan said:”I never wished death on my husband. All I wanted was to him in bondage and make him sick until he serves his purpose.

”I only told the witch doctor so that people would be convinced that his second wife was responsible for the calamity that befell him.

Earlier, Kolawole, a factory worker prayed for the dissolution of his 15-year-old marriage on grounds that his wife was into black magic.

”I did everything possible to please her. But it was not enough. I abandoned the home to her she confessed to me,” he said.

Hew tendered the recorded conversation between his wife and the alleged witch doctor as exhibit before the court.

(NAN)
02:02

Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid loses, Barcelona to face Athletic Bilbao in final




Real Madrid are out of the Spanish Super Cup, after they lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night.

Raul Garcia scored twice in the first half, to give Athletic a deserved lead at the break.

Although Karim Benzema pulled one back, the holders could not find a second goal to drag the game into extra time.

Athletic had won only one of their previous 22 matches against the LaLiga champions. But beat them for the first time since March 2015 at La Rosaleda on Thursday to hand Marcelino his first victory.

They will now face Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana final.

Barca saw off Real Sociedad on Wednesday night via penalty shoot-out. Dailypost
02:01

Can a woman demand a DNA test from a man? Watch the Trailer for “Tanwa Savage”



TANWA SAVAGE CINEMA MOVIE 

Can a woman demand a DNA test from a man? Watch the Trailer for “Tanwa Savage”


Blue Pictures has released the first official trailer for the upcoming feature film “Tanwa Savage” based on a true-life marriage story.




Synopsis: When a married man goes on an infidelity rampage and ends up impregnating three women of three different tribe & they all end up living in his matrimonial home, the result you get is a SCANDAL!!!!! JANUARY HAS BEEN DECLARED TO BE A MONTH OF SCANDAL!!! TANWA SAVAGE Movie will be showing at the Cinemas from January 22nd! Follow @tanwasavagemovie for more regular updates🎥
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Written, produced and directed by Geshin Salvador, the film stars Bimbo Ademoye, Linda Osifo, Nkechi Blessing, Segun Arinze,  Uzor Arukwe, Timini Egbuson, Joseph Momodu, Maryam Giwa, Kehinde Okunola and Chioma Peters.
Executive Producers: Royal Heritage Entertainment, Guguru Studios and Geshin Salvador. 

Link to watch trailer: https://youtu.be/TG2VHFSAwas

+234 9060002652 | info@gugurumedia.com
02:01

Inspect $9.8, £74,000 in CBN seized from ex-NNPC GMD - EFCC to Court




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to visit the Kano branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to inspect the $9,772,800 and £74,000 cash seized from a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu.

The court is also urged to conduct proceedings in the premises of the bank during the inspection of the money, which formed the subject of counts three and four in the money laundering charge on which Yabuku is being tried before the court.

The requests formed the kernel of an application filed by the EFCC (the prosecuting agency in the case) on November 17, 2020, which its lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar argued on Thursday.

Mohammed said the EFCC kept the money in the custody of the CBN, Kano branch after its operatives allegedly recovered it from Yakubu’s house in Kaduna State.

Yakubu, through his lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN) urged the court to reject the request by the EFCC.

Raji, who also argued his client’s counter-affidavit, urged the court to dismiss the application by the EFCC.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned till February 17, 2021, for a ruling.

The prosecution said EFCC’s operatives, acting on a tip-off, on February 3, 2017, raided Yakubu’s house located on Chikun Road, Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State and recovered the money kept in a fireproof safe.

The EFCC arraigned Yakubu on March 16, 2017, on a six-count charge relating to money laundering offences.

He was among others, accused of failing to make full disclosure of assets, receiving cash without going through a financial institution, which borders on money laundering and intent to avoid a lawful transaction under law, transported at various times to Kaduna, the aggregate sum of $9,772,800 and £74,000.

The prosecution closed its case on October 17, 2018, after calling seven witnesses.

The seventh witness, an operative of the EFCC, Suleiman Mohammed spoke about how his team recovered the $9,772,000 and £74,000 cash in Yabubu’s house in Kaduna, which was later deposited in CBN in Kano.

At the closure of the prosecution’s case, Yakubu made a no-case submission, which Justice Mohammed, in a ruling on May 16, 2019, partially upheld by striking out two of the six counts contained in the charge and ordered Yakubu to enter defence in relation to the remaining four counts.

The judge was of the view that the prosecution failed to prove counts five and six of the charge, in which related to an allegation of unlawful transportation of the money.

“Even though I am tempted to discharge the defendant on counts one to four, I am however constrained to ask the defendant to explain how he came about the monies recovered from his house.

“Fortified with my position, the defendant is hereby ordered to enter his defence in respect of counts one to four,” the judge said in the May 16, 2019 ruling.

Dissatisfied, Yakubu challenged the decision at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which, in a ruling on April 24, 2020, upheld Justice Mohammed’s ruling and proceeded to strike out two more counts – one and two – in the charge.

The Court of Appeal then ordered Yakubu to enter his defence in respect of the remaining two counts – three and four.

Both the prosecution and defence are currently before the Supreme Court, challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal. Thenationonlineng

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