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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala appointed member of South Africa's presidential economic council (photos)

Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been appointed as a member South Africa’s presidential economic advisory council.

The council which is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president, has other members in the council. As part of their functions, members of the council are expected to “ensure greater coherence and consistency in the implementation of economic policy and ensure that government and society in general is better equipped to respond to changing economic circumstances”.

Okonjo-Iweala shared photos from the meeting on Twitter, captioned it

“With President Ramaphosa, members of cabinet, and members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council in Pretoria discussing sources of growth for the South African economy and win-win economic interactions with the continent.”

The council held its second meeting on Friday in Tshwane.

South Africa’s economy is currently in a recession; its second in two years.

Okonjo-Iweala had served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003-2006, 2011-2015) under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan respectively.

I want to crown my success and win the FA Cup with Manchester United - Odion Ighalo

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has revealed he dreams of crowning his six months stay at Manchester United with FA Cup victory.

30 year old Ighalo, who was signed from Shanghai Shenhua on a six months loan, has scored three goals since joining United on the last day of the transfer window.

The now retired Super Eagles striker scored two goals in United's last game against Derby county and now says he wants to win the FA Cup'
“I watched Manchester United in the FA Cup a lot, which was great, and I loved playing in it with Watford.

“Now, I want to go far and win it, if possible, to crown my success here with the team.”

The 2019 AFCON top scorer will hope to replicate his scoring form when United host Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League.

Meanwhile former England head coach Steve McClaren, who was part of the United coaching staff when they won the treble in 1999, was confident that United had found the right number nine in Ighalo .

“Everybody needs a number nine. Everybody needs a target,” McClaren said on Sky Sports.

“There can be runners but there has to be a vocal point, Manchester United didn’t have that.

“Romelu Lukaku went, they’ve tried different things, false nine, it doesn’t work out, but I think with Ighalo it’s perfect because there’s lots of energy around him at the present moment and wouldn’t be surprised to see him play on Sunday.”

Mother under the influence of weed and booze, beheaded her 5 year old daughter because the little girl asked her for cereal

A 27 year old mother, Krystle Villanueva has been jailed for life for beheading her five year-old daughter after the youngster asked for cereal.

Krystle Villanueva on Friday was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the January 2017 killing of 5 year old Giovanna Hernandez in Austin, Texas while she was under the influence of alcohol and weed.

After Villanueva stabbed the little girl to death and decapitated her, she dialed 911 and told the police she’d killed her daughter ‘because she asked for cereal.’ and this attack was after she stabbed her father-in-law in an unprovoked attack, though he managed to escape .

A SWAT team rushed to Villanueva’s home to rescue Giovanna, only to find the mother naked and freshly showered in her front room.

Villanueva who was under the influence of weed and booze at the time of the killings claimed to the police upon arrest that ‘she had been under the delusional belief that her daughter and her father-in-law had been replaced by clones and had to be killed to bring back her real family members.’

She had previously been treated for mental health issues, but investigators have not been able to find a possible reason why she committed the horrific crime, with investigators calling the crime the worst they’d ever investigated.

Hays County Prosecutor Wes Mau said about the killing; ‘A case like this leaves an unforgettable mark on everyone involved, especially the child’s family. ‘Every law enforcement member who worked on this case will forever be traumatized by what Ms Villanueva did to her innocent daughter.

‘I commend all the investigators and officers who endured this horror with calm professionalism so that justice could be done.’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in London tonight as they continue their final round of royal duties.

The couple, who will officially step down as senior members of the royal family on March 31, have been embarking on a series of engagements over the past days.

Prince Harry arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in his dress uniform since he is attending the event in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines. Meghan coordinated with him as she wore a red dress, red shoes and a red purse.

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Married man, 45, on the run after allegedly raping and impregnating 15-year-old house help who has now given birth via CS

A married man is accused of raping and impregnating a 15-year-old house help.

Oresanya Adebayo, 45, is allegedly on the run after a 15-year-old girl, whose name was given simply as Mary, took in after he allegedly raped her.

Mary was working as a house help for a family that lives on the same street as Oresanya when she was raped.

She recently gave birth via CS in Ibadan, Oyo state, and the baby is in good health. However, Mary seems to be suffering from post-natal depression at the moment.

Facebook users who shared photos and update claim Mary is unable to leave the hospital as she's owing the hospital.

Below are more updates.

11-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza qualifies for Olympics

11-year-old Syrian table tennis player,Hend Zaza has qualified for Tokyo 2020 and is set to become one of the youngest Olympians of all time.

Hend Zaza, born in January 1, 2009, qualified to play in Tokyo 2020 after winning last week's West Asia Olympic qualification tournament in Jordan.

She is going to be the youngest athlete to compete at this year's competition, after she defeated Lebanon's 42 year old Mariana Sahakian 4-3 in the women's final in Amman.

"Congratulations, our champion Hend would particiate in the Tokyo Olympics 2020," the Syrian Olympic Committee said on its Facebook page.

Zaza is a few months younger than Sky Brown, the British skateboarder who will turn 12 two weeks before the start of Tokyo 2020.

The youngest Olympic medalist according to records kept by the International Olympic Committee, was Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras.

He won bronze in the team parallel bars at the first modern Games in Athens in 1896, aged 10 years, 218 days.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo declares state of emergency as he confirms 76 cases of coronavirus in the state

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York declared a state of emergency on Saturday after the number of coronavirus patients in New York rose to 76.

During a news conference in Albany, Cuomo said twenty more people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 76.

He also disclosed that there are 11 confirmed cases in New York City, 57 in Westchester County, two in Rockland County, four in Nassau County, and two in Saratoga County including a man who is apparently an Uber driver whotested positive, resulting in more than 40 doctors and others at the hospital treating him to go into self-quarantine.

“You know what’s worse than the virus? The anxiety,” Mr. Cuomo said, noting that most patients would suffer mild or no symptoms.

The declaration of emergency will allow the state to speed up the purchasing of supplies and the hiring of workers to assist local health departments that have been handling the monitoring of thousands of self-quarantined patients, Mr. Cuomo said.

“Somebody has to go knock on their door, once a day,” he said. “This is labor intensive.”

The declaration would also allow officials to skirt purchasing regulations, if necessary, he said.

The total number of confirmed cases across the US is 312, and there have been 17 deaths as of Saturday.
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