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Kenya’s Gor Mahia to play Everton


Kenyan football club Gor Mahia will play English Premier League side Everton at the Goodison Park in the UK in November.

Former Everton player Wayne Rooney(L) and current Everton team players Jonjoe Kenny (C) and Kevin Mirallas (L) with Masaai warriors during Everton’s visit to Tanzania last year.

The 6 November match is part of Kenyan betting firm SportPesa’s sponsorship deal with Everton.

“The historic fixture will kick-off at 7pm and will mark the first occasion an East African club side has contested a match in the UK,” Everton said in a statement.

The match is part of the SportPesa Trophy, which is contested by clubs in Kenya and Tanzania. Winners of the competition play Everton in the final.

Last year, Everton travelled to Tanzania for the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup and played Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Tanzania

The Kenyan betting company is Everton football club’s main sponsor. It also sponsors Torino FC in Italy as well as Hull City and Southampton FC in England.

Since its inception in 2014, it has supported various sporting disciplines and teams at home and abroad.

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Call to end Nigeria’s ‘culture of killing’


A group of Nigerian students at Cambridge University in the UK have held a protest against the recent killings in the central Plateu state.

Authorities say 200 people were killed in three-days of conflict which started last week Thursday.

The students urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “end these killings”, saying that he has a duty to protect the lives of all Nigerians.

“These deaths from herdsmen attacks have become one too many; it has become regularised, it has become a culture, and we say no to that,” a statement from the Cambridge University Nigeria Student Society said.

Reports say fighting began when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them.

A retaliatory attack on Saturday led to more deaths in a conflict that also divide people along political and religious lines.

Source: Morning Call

Ghanaian denied UK visa to save sister’s life


A Ghanaian man has been denied a UK visa which he needed so he could save his sister’s life.

Joseph is a “perfect” stem cell match for Shirley Kordie, who lives in Walsall, England.

She is in desperate need of a transplant due to a rare blood condition, hypoplastic MDS, and will leave her son, Blessing, four, without a mother if she is not treated.

But his visa application was denied due to his “financial circumstances”.

The Home Office has been asked to comment.

By Morning Call

The world’s biggest economies in 2018


The United States has the largest economy in the world at $20.4 trillion, according to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which shows the US economy increased from around $19.4 trillion last year.

China follows, with $14 trillion, which is an increase of more than $2 trillion in comparison to 2017. Japan is in third place with an economy of $5.1 trillion, up from $4.87 trillion a year previously.

European countries round off the top 5

Three European countries take up the next places on the list: Germany is fourth, with a $4.2 trillion economy, the United Kingdom is fifth with $2.94 trillion and France is sixth with $2.93 trillion.

Close behind the UK and France, in seventh, India’s economy is $2.85 trillion, and Italy is in eighth with an economy of $2.18 trillion. Ninth on the list is Brazil, with an economy of more than $2.14 trillion, while Canada is 10th with a $1.8 trillion economy.

The sheer scale of the United States’ economy puts others into perspective. It is larger than the combined economies of numbers four to 10 on the list above. Overall, the global economy is worth an estimated $79.98 trillion, meaning the US accounts for more than one-quarter of the world total.

China and India predicted to surge

However, its dominance looks to be waning. According to data from the World Bank (illustrated by visual capitalist), America’s GDP is expected to grow by 17.9% between 2017 and 2019. China’s, however, is predicted to grow by almost double this, at 35.2%.

China’s digital economy is also experiencing a boom period . It has grown from less than one percent of the global e-commerce market about 10 years ago to 42% today. In comparison, the United States’ share of the market is 24%, down from 35% in 2005.

China’s economy will also eclipse the US economy by 2050, according to a report by professional services firm PwC, which also predicts India will overtake the US.

China, the report says, will have an economy of nearly $58.5 trillion, while India’s will be around $44.1 trillion and America’s will total $34.1 trillion.

Interestingly, Japan ($6.7trn), Germany ($6.1trn), the United Kingdom ($5.3trn) and France ($4.7trn) are expected to fall to eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th in the list, respectively.

These countries will be replaced by Indonesia ($10.5trn), Brazil ($7.5trn), Russia ($7.1trn), and Mexico ($6.8trn), which climb to fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively.

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SOURCE: World Economic Forum

UK leader ‘regrets’ colonial anti-gay laws


British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she “deeply regrets” the UK’s role in introducing anti-gay laws in its former colonies and the “legacy of discrimination, violence and even death that persists today”.

Reuters reports that colonial-era homophobic laws are still used in 37 of the Commonwealth’s 53 member nations.

Mrs May told the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (Chogm) in London to loud applause and cheers:

“I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.”

She said the Commonwealth had agreed to accredit its first organisation for LGBT people since its last meeting and also praised member countries which had recently decriminalised homosexuality.

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​17 year old girl arrested for raping a man at knife-point


A 17-year-old girl faces the possibility of spending the rest of her life in jail for allegedly raping a man at knife point.
A sex-starved 17-year-old girl, Lestina Marie Smith, has been arrested by the police in the United Kingdom for

allegedly raping » a 19-year-old man while holding a knife to her victim’s throat.

UK Metro reports that Smith reportedly committed the crime in Saginaw, Central Michigan, after she held down the man, pulled a knife on him and forced him to have both vaginal and oral sex » with her.

According to the report, the teenager was apparently high on drugs when she committed the crime and is being held without bail in the Saginaw County Jail and could be sentenced to life imprisonment if found guilty.

She was arraigned on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is next due in court on February 3, 2017, for sentencing.

Source: pulse.ng

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​UK to spend about $1m in building new wing for Kirikiri – Nigerian prisons service reacts



The Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, has stated that the United Kingdom government had yet to formally notify it and the Federal Government of its plan to build structures at the Kirikiri Prison in Lagos State.
According to the NPS Spokesman, Francis Enobore, the UK must first discuss the specific terms and conditions of the project with the Federal Government.

Media reports on Friday had indicated that Britain would build a new wing at the Kirikiri Prison in Lagos so that it could transfer Nigerian prisoners in the UK there.

The new 112-bed wing, which will cost £700,000 ($973,000), will be compliant with the United Nations standards.

But Enobore said the UK’s plan would involve an inter-government consultation which would then be communicated to the Controller-General of the NPS.

He said, “No such building can be built without a synergy between the UK and the Nigerian government; the UK cannot do that. There is no way the UK can just jump into Kirikiri and start to build anything.

“Officially, we are not aware of such move. No formal document has reached the service. As far as I know, I have not seen any document showing a formal move by the United Kingdom to build a prison wing in Kirikiri.

“I read about the plan. It is a proposal still being considered in the UK. There is no place where it is mentioned that any formal invitation was given to the Nigerian government.

“The Controller-General will be notified and there will be further plans. It is too early for me to start talking about a project that I have not seen or heard about.”

Source: 247nigerianewsupdate.com