CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Fired For Masturbating During Zoom Call With Staff

Author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin just got canned by The New Yorker — the magazine where he’s written for nearly 3 decades — over his faux pas of a Zoom call.

An internal memo from Conde Nast chief Stan Duncan was sent to staffers this week, letting them know that as a result of their investigation — Toobin was no longer affiliated with the company.

As for exactly why they fired him — the email, posted by The Daily Beast, said Conde Nast takes these types of situations seriously, and are committed to maintaining an environment that upholds their standards.

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Four(4) things you didn’t know about Rawlings

Jerry John Rawlings was Ghana’s former head of state and the first president of the 4th Republic.

He was known by many for his “Boom” speeches as well as his charismatic

J.J Rawlings was the founder of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), a party whose ideas lean towards socialism and leftist ideologies.

Below are some quick interesting facts about Jerry John Rawlings you should know

1. President Jerry John Rawlings was an avid football and boxing fan.

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Ex-president Jerry Rawlings was a fan of football and supports the Accra Hearts of Oak footballing club as well as the Ghana Black Stars. He was also friends with several coaches including the late Sam Arday among others. He also loved boxing and was seen at several boxing games.

2. Jerry John Rawlings was a big fan of Micheal Jackson

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The former President was a fan of King of Pop, Micheal Jackson and his music. They both met on few occasions and struck a friendship as revealed by Mr Rawlings when the latter passed away in 2009.

“The world has lost one of its greatest sons. Michael, you made an impact and you changed the whole world in so many ways. Go in peace…. you will be missed!” he wrote.

His all-time favourite songs include “They Don’t Care About Us” and “Heal the World”.

3. Jerry John Rawlings won the “Speed Bird Trophy” in his graduating year

Rawlings visits Italian aircraft carrier Cavour

Flt. Jerry John Rawlings graduated as the best cadet in flying and airmanship in 1969 winning the coveted “Speed Bird Trophy” for his year group.

The rumour mill has it that the trained pilot was able to fly a plane below the Adomi bridge as part of his stunts.

4. Jerry John Rawlings was the Chief of Defence Staff from 1982-1983

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Most people do not know this but Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings was the Chief of Ghana’s Defense staff from November 1982 to August 1983 making him the only CDS to have assumed the highest position of the Land

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Rexford West Unveiled As Ambassador Of BassConnect Africa 2020

Bass Connect Africa which seeks to bring musicians together to learn, share ideas and interact with each other to build a strong empire of bass players and musicians all over the world has unveiled Rexford West as ambassador of this year’s edition of BASSCONNECT AFRICA 2020 with an Instagram / Facebook post by management of RD Bass Consult.

“We are excited to announce our #brand_ambassador for #BassConnect_Africa2020 in Europe @rexford_west . Your support has been unwavering Sir. We appreciate you”

This year’s edition is going to be virtual !🔊🔊🔊 Previous editions of #BassConnect_Africa has been so educative, interactive and life changing! We are building a community🙌🏻. Are you a bass player, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, music lover, mark your calendar because you can’t miss BASSCONNECT AFRICA 2020(THE VIRTUAL EDITION)

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Boeing Hoping To Set up in Ghana to Service Planes in Africa – Yofi Grant

Yofi Grant, Chief executive officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Authority

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre(GIPC) Yofi Grant has hinted of plans by Boeing to establish an office in Ghana.

According to the GIPC boss, the American multinational corporation is looking forward to having an establishment in Ghana to service planes in the sub-Saharan region and Africa as a whole.

Speaking to GhanaWeb on the sidelines of the IEA’s Dialogue with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Thursday, the GIPC boss Yofi Grant told GhanaWeb that Boeing has already engaged Ghana on plans to set up in the country.

“We have had discussions of having an office in Ghana to service planes in the sub-region and also in Africa. Those discussions are ongoing.”

This is part of the numerous moves by foreign corporations to have their feet in the country, he added.

The Republic of Ghana, in November 2019, announced its intention to re-launch an airline starting with 787-9 Dreamliners.

The country signed a memorandum of understanding at the Dubai Air Show covering three of the airplanes valued at $877.5 million according to list prices.

Plans put in place by both parties called for the airline to launch operations in the first quarter of 2020 and take its first three airplanes directly from Boeing.

“There is a growing demand for air travel to and from Ghana, and we believe the advanced 787-9 Dreamliner gives us an efficient and flexible machine to launch a regional network and eventually serve international destinations in the future,” Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister of Aviation said.

Adda says the carrier, to be based in Accra, would establish the capital city as a strategic hub that serves cities across West Africa. Future routes would include destinations in Europe, North America, and Asia and the long-term plan is to open the airline to private investment and operation.

In 2019, the World Investment Report showed that Ghana received the largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) in West Africa beating Nigeria, with $3 billion in investments.

Source: Ghanaweb

Breaking News: Military Airplane Crashes in Kharkiv,Ukraine.

A military plane crashed on the night of Sept. 25 in Kharkiv Oblast in eastern Ukraine, near the town of Chuguyev some 450 kilometers east of Kiev.

Twenty-two people were killed, said by the police

Two passengers were rescued. They suffered serious injuries and were taken to a hospital. The search continues for four more people.

An Antonov An-26 transport aircraft carried students of the Kharkiv Aviation University of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

There were 28 people on the board, 21 of whom were military cadets, according to early reports from the Interior Ministry.

The plane crashed during landing around 9 p.m. and took fire. As of 10 p.m., the fire was put down.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said he will go to the site of the disaster on the following day, Sept. 26.

“A horrible tragedy,” Zelensky wrote on Facebook. “We are immediately starting a government commission to investigate what caused it.”

Chuguev has a military airfield, the 203 Training Aviation Brigade, where young pilots and technicians are deployed to for training. All military pilots in Ukraine are trained at the Kharkiv Aviation Institute, which is located less than 40 kilometers from the crash site.

The Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop military transporter (NATO reporting name Curl) was designed and built in the late 1960s at Kyiv-based Antonov manufacture. It entered service in Soviet Air Forces in 1973, and over 1,400 aircraft of the type were produced.

It is often considered one of Antonov’s most successful designs in the class of military transport aircraft due to its well-proven framework and low operational failure record.

Despite its age, the type is still exploited by numerous militaries around the world, mostly by post-Soviet nations


Coronavirus: Oxford University to resume vaccine trial after pause

Scientist at the Oxford Vaccine Group's facility in Oxford on 24 June 2020

Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University will resume after being paused due to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.

On Tuesday, AstraZeneca said the studies were being paused while it investigated whether the adverse reaction was linked with the vaccine.

But on Saturday, the university said it had been deemed safe to continue.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the news that the trials would resume.

“This pause shows we will always put safety first. We will back our scientists to deliver an effective vaccine as soon as safely possible,” he added.

The university said in a statement that it was “expected” that “some participants will become unwell” in large trials such as this one.

It added that the studies could now resume following the recommendations of an independent safety review committee and the UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

It would not disclose information about the patient’s illness for confidentiality reasons, but the New York Times reported that a volunteer in the UK trial had been diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome that affects the spinal cord and can be caused by viral infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says nearly 180 vaccine candidates are being tested around the world but none has yet completed clinical trials.

Hopes have been high that the vaccine might be one of the first to come on the market, following successful phase 1 and 2 testing.

Its move to Phase 3 testing in recent weeks has involved some 30,000 participants in the US as well as in the UK, Brazil and South Africa. Phase 3 trials in vaccines often involve thousands of participants and can last several years.

The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, told the Downing Street press conference on Wednesday what had happened in the Oxford trial was not unusual.

Risk of ‘losing control’

The news comes after Prof Sir Mark Walport, a member of the government’s scientific advisory group Sage, warned the UK was “on the edge of losing control of the virus”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “You’ve only got to look across the Channel to see what is happening in France and what’s happening in Spain.”

Official figures released on Saturday showed a further 3,497 people have tested positive with the virus in the UK. It is the second day in a row that number of daily reported cases has exceeded 3,000.

It brings the overall number of confirmed cases so far to 365,174. Meanwhile, the government figures revealed that a further nine people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bring the UK death toll to 41,623.

Chart showing confirmed cases in the UK are rising steeply
Chart showing daily UK deaths remain low

Official figures indicate the UK’s coronavirus epidemic is growing again, after the R number – the reproduction rate of the virus – was raised to between 1 and 1.2 for the first time since March.

Meanwhile, daily coronavirus cases in Scotland have reached a four-month high, according to the Scottish government’s latest data.

A total of 221 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since 8 May, when there were 225 positive tests.

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New “rule of six” restrictions intended to halt the rises are due come into force on Monday.

In England indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than six people will be banned, except in certain circumstances such as for work or school. Those breaking the rules could be fined.

In Scotland, socialising will be limited to a maximum of six people inside and outside – but unlike England they must be from two households, and children under 12 are exempt.

In Wales, also from Monday, it will be illegal for more than six people from an extended household to meet indoors – but up to 30 can still meet outdoors.

Localised restrictions for parts of Northern Ireland, including Belfast and Ballymena, are to come into force on Monday, aimed at reducing contacts between people in homes in the affected areas.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove agreed fines might be necessary to ensure people self-isolate when required.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t want to see fines being levied, but even more I do not want to see people behaving in a way that puts the most vulnerable at risk.”

Meet The 29-Year-Old First Nigerian Scientist To Work For NASA

Fadji Maina has become the first scientist from Niger to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

The 29-year-old hydrologist earned her PhD in 2016, and joined the world-famous space agency in the US at the end of last month.

She told the BBC‘s Focus on Africa programme she will use her new job to give back to her country and the continent:

“I will say to them to not give up to keep going because everyone would think people from Niger, or a young girl from Niger, would not be able to do this. But just believe in yourself and find an environment that will support you,” she said.

Ms Maina said she is the only African in Nasa.

“You get used to it also I think we need to have more people coming from different backgrounds to be able to solve the problems that we are looking at – because different people will have different perspectives.”

Source: BBC


Government Proposes Extending Covid-19 Lockdown in Ukraine Until Nov 1

Govt proposes extending coronavirus lockdown in Ukraine until Nov 1

The Cabinet of Ministers has offered to extend the coronavirus quarantine in Ukraine until November 1 due to the worsening of the COVID-19 epidemic situation.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this at a regular conference call chaired by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday, August 25, Ukrinform reports with reference to the press service of the head of state.

“Over the past day, Ukraine recorded more than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases. The Cabinet of Ministers suggests extending the quarantine in the country until November 1,” the PM said.

Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv and Ternopil regions are suffering from the pandemic most of all.

At the same time, Shmyhal said that the total number of people infected with coronavirus in Ukraine since the beginning of the pandemic has exceeded 108,000.

Considering the negative dynamics of the incidence rate, the President supported the need to take preventive measures, in particular, the introduction of a ban on the work of night clubs and concerts.

“However, the quarantine should remain adaptive and not burdensome for entrepreneurs. Small- and medium-sized businesses should be able to properly organize their work in the new conditions,” Zelensky said.

As of August 25, Ukraine reported 108,415 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,658 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours.

19 Year Old Ugandan Student Contest For President.

 A 19-year-old boy has picked presidential nomination papers from the Electoral Commission. Hillary Humphrey Kaweesa, who is in his senior six vacation, and a former student of Mengo Senior secondary school is among the nine people who have so far picked presidential nomination papers ahead of next year’s general elections.

Kaweesa says that he attained three principal passes in the 2019 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations which makes him legible to contest for the presidency. He also says that he hopes to raise the Shs 20 million nomination fees from well-wishers. Among other requirements, aspirants are required to collect 100 signatures from every district to support their nomination.

“I have all the qualifications, am a good leader of course, and a Ugandan citizen. I have always been a counsellor and I have always aspired for big positions. I have been a big dreamer and an achiever. At Mengo generally, I was a class counsellor,” he said.

In 2017, MPs scrapped the presidential age-limit of 75 years. They also lowered the age eligibility for president from 35 to 18 years. Another aspirant Mathew Mutyaba also picked the nomination forms. Mutyaba, who is disabled and a lawyer by profession, says that he is confident of winning the presidency because he has been spiritually called to lead.

“I had a call inside of me after seeing my country the way it is and the way I was led by the spirit because am a God-fearing giant, and I take God to be number one. What has made me to come is that I have seen my fellow Ugandans really, they need to be touched upon, they need to be guided, they need to be helped in order to bring a low person to come to the level whereby he feels good or he appreciates in his or her country. I decided to come because no matter to the physical appearance because of what I am because in our fraternity we have a say that disability is not inability, so I decided to come in order to add on to where the former had reached…” said Mutyaba.

Mutyaba, who is 34 years, says that he has contested in several positions like the local council elections and the parliamentary seat, but lost.

“I have always scored less because the voters did not believe in me after looking at my physical disability forgetting that my inner ability is not like the physical one,” Mutyaba says.

Other aspirants who picked the forms on Wednesday include 46-year-old pastor Henry Byamukama, 41-year-old Christopher Alibankowa a retired military officer, and Simon Peter Serunjoji.

On Tuesday, other aspirants including, Robert Kyagulanyi, the leader from National Unity Platform (NUP) also picked presidential nomination papers. Though Kyagulanyi was not physically present at the Electoral Commission, his nomination papers were picked by Paul Simbwa Kagombe the senior administrative secretary for NUP.Former presidential assistant for special duties and Luwero Woman MP candidate, Elizabeth Lugudde-Katwe alias Dr. Nabatanzi is also among those seeking to unseat President Yoweri Museveni, accusing him of nepotism and corruption.


The national Union of Ghana students (NUGS) Ukraine executives, paid a courtesy visit to the management of Turkish Airline to show appreciation after a successful deal in helping the union with a charted flight evacuating Ghanaian graduate back home on 5th august,2020.

The team also touched on the way they could both collaborate for the interest of Ghanaians and africans in Ukraine .
The management of Turkish airline was so pleased and said” this was unprecedented and assured the team of their collaboration and future assistance.

The evacuation exercise begun about a month and a half ago. Due to the closure of the international borders, the past administration led by Mustapha Abdul Mumin together with the current administration led by Evans Amoateng worked to make this evacuation a success.