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Facebook to open Lagos office next year

US social media giant Facebook has announced it will be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, next year. It will be its second office on the African continent.According to the company, it will also be its first African office to house a team of expert engineers.Facebook opened an office in Johannesburg in 2015.Its Nigerian office will hire teams working in sales, partnerships, policy and communications. In a statement, Facebook said it hoped its new hub would develop products created by Africans for Africa and the rest of the world. In 2016, the company’s founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Lagos on his first trip to the continent. Since then the company has helped open a tech community hub space in the city. Earlier this year Facebook announced it would be teaming up with telecoms companies to build a 37,000km (23,000-mile) undersea cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa by 2024.

US 2020 Election: Trump calls mail-in voting a 'scam''

US President, Donald Trump, has called mail-in voting a “scam” during a press conference on Friday September 17, blasting the voting system in which states send mail-in ballots directly to voters due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

More than half of all Americans are expected to vote through the mail this presidential election, though over 40 percent of Americans voted by mail in the 2016 and 2012 general elections, according to the Election Assistance Commission.

Several states, including Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, automatically send out mail-in ballots to all state residents for the general election.

But due to the Coronavirus pandemic, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Vermont, and Washington D.C. will automatically mail out ballots to all residents for the 2020 election.

“They’re sending out tens of millions of ballots to everybody, people that didn’t expect them. People are getting inundated with ballots, they’ll be showered with ballots,” Trump said Friday.

“Everybody…

Trailblazing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies; succession battle looms

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a stalwart liberal on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993, died on Friday at age 87, the court said, giving President Donald Trump a chance to expand its conservative majority with a third appointment at a time of deep divisions in America with a presidential election looming.

Ginsburg, a champion of women's rights who became an icon for American liberals, died at her home in Washington of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said in a statement. She was surrounded by her family, it said.

Ginsburg's death could dramatically alter the ideological balance of the court, which already had a 5-4 conservative majority, by moving it further to the right.

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her - a tir…

Rihanna’s fans want her to replace Queen Elizabeth as Barbados’ head of state

Fans of Rihanna have launched a campaign calling for the singer and fashion designer to replace Queen Elizabeth as Barbados’ new head of state after her home nation announced its intention to remove the British monarch and attain the status of a republic as early as next year.

Following Tuesday’s announcement, fans of the Bajan-born singer took to social media to vouch for her for the soon-to-be vacant position.

“Big up Barbados for this,” a fan said. “It’s time for the rightful queen to sit upon her throne @rihanna.”“An important first step to installing Rihanna as the God Empress of Barbados,” said another.Another jokingly claimed: “Rihanna didn’t release new music because she will be queen of Barbados when Queen Elizabeth will be out.”Take a look at more reactions belowI’m calling it now. Rihanna for queen of Barbados! pic.twitter.com/8wv3h9j2eV— Pagan Trelawney GCVOIDGAF (@PaganTrelawney) September 16, 2020Replace her with Rihanna, you cowards!https://t.co/0k7G08RiTg— Christine.py (…

TikTok, WeChat to be banned from U.S. app stores this Sunday

The Department of Commerce has announced that TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the U.S. from Sunday, September 20, amid national security concerns.

In a press release on Friday September 18, the department stated: 'In response to President Trump's Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today's announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.

The following transactions will be prohibited:

    Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constit…

Queen Elizabeth II strips Harvey Weinstein of his CBE after he was jailed for 23 years for rape in New York

The Queen of England has stripped Harvey Weinstein of his 2004 Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire honor (CBE), for contribution to the British film industry, after he was convicted of rape in New York.

The disgraced film producer, 68, was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a US court in February.

A notice in The Gazette, the UK's official public record, today announced the Queen had directed the honour to be 'cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.'
It read: 'The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated January 19 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order.'

Before now, Senior Labour MP Chi Onwurah called for the CBE to be removed from Weinstein, when several women came forward to allege serious sexual …

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fail to make UEFA's Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time

Arch-rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the final shortlist for UEFA's positional awards next month.

The awards will recognise the top performers in each at the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, and both Messi and Ronaldo missed out on the final shortlist due to their devastating Champions League campaign.

It is the first time the Barcelona and Juventus superstars failed to make the final shortlist for their position.

Champions League champions, Bayern Munich dominated the 12-man list with seven players nominated across the four categories.

Bayern's star, Manuel Neuer is up for the best goalkeeper award, against PSG's Keylor Navas and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak.

David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, and Joshua Kimmich dominated the defender list while Thomas Muller and Liverpool-bound Thiago Alcantara are up against Manchester City star, Kevin De Bruyne for best midfielder.

Robert Lewandowski is the favourite to win the UEFA's best forward award …

Uganda police launch manhunt for 215 escaped prisoners after jailbreak

Authorities in Uganda have launched a manhunt to recapture more than 200 prisoners who escaped from jail after stealing weapons and fled to the north-eastern part of the country.

The jailbreak occurred on Wednesday afternoon, September 16, near the army barracks in the district of Moroto in northeast Uganda.

The country's prison commissioner, Johnson Byabashaija told AFP on Thursday September 16, that the inmates overpowered their guards and escaped with weapons in after a shootout.

"The prisoners seized guns from the armoury at a government prison in Moroto, about 460km from Kampala, before dashing for the cover of nearby mountains," said the commissioner.

Barack Obama announces his new memoir, A Promised Land, will be out in November 2020

Former President Barack Obama's long-awaited presidential memoir is coming this November.

The former US President made the book announcement on Instagram on Thursday morning. He said the book will be released on November 17.

The book is titled "A Promised Land - The Presidential Memoirs, Vol. 1."

Sharing a photo of the book, he wrote: "There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one.

"I’ve spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in A Promised Land I’ve tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it, my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made, and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then—and that as a nation we are grappling with still.

"In the book, I’ve also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible hi…

Queen Elizabeth II to be removed as the Head of State in Barbados come 2021

Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic come 2021.

Neymar and four other players banned over PSG brawl as LFP investigates racism allegations

The LFP Disciplinary Committee in France has revealed punishment for the players involved in the mass brawl that overshadowed Paris Saint-Germain's clash with Marseille last weekend.

“98 New Courts And Judges’ Bungalows Being Built” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Government, through the Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund, is constructing ninety-eight (98) Courts and bungalows for Judges in all sixteen (16) Regions of the country.

Kanye West pees on one of his Grammy Awards in a bizarre video

Kanye West shocked fans with a clip of himself peeing on one of his 21 Grammy Awards.
There's no doubt Kim Kardashian's husband, 43, will go down in history as one of the top Grammy award-winners.

Femi Otedola: Nigerian billionaire gifts his daughters 3 Ferarris

Nigerian billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, recently bought Ferrari luxurious cars for his daughter Dj Cuppy and her sisters.