Connect with us

General news

6-year-old model, photographer stun fans in viral pictures

Published

on

Viral creative pictures of a six-year-old model taken by renowned photographer, Segun Adebayo left fans stunned on social media.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adebayo photographed the model, June at Balogun market, Lagos producing artistic pictures that have since gone viral online.

In the pictures, the model is captured against the tweaked backdrop of the busy market and dressed in a MET gala worthy dress and headpiece.

Explaining the inspiration behind the pictures, Adebayo told NAN that the market colours, ambience and the traffic inspired him to create art with the pictures.

He said, “I met June at a training for a run way show ACFR Adaorable kids And she had I plastic sword in hand dressed like a fighter and was acting with Larry Edun and I decided to take a picture of their script-less play.

“It turned out to be a great shot and caught her Moms attention so she invited me over and we both planed the shoot we have today.

“Everything was set but the inspiration came in as soon as I saw the market colors and the broad street and massive traffic,” he said.

NAN reports that commentators on social media were particularly stunned by the composure of the model in the pictures at such a young age.

The model, June is of Nigerian-Dutch descent. Asides schooling, she has been modelling for a while, plays the piano, is an actress and a ballerina.

Here are some reactions to the pictures:

@informal_ifeoma tweeted, “She’s a born model and beautiful; and the photographer is hot.”

@TQinfectious said, “Absolutely gorgeous! Has my whole heart!”

@Theajebutter103 said, “This picture of a girl at Balogun market Nigeria deserves an award. Stunning Piece Of Work From @SegunWealth_”

@Livingart17 wrote, “This blew my mind! Amazing!”

NAN reports that Adebayo who works with acclaimed Tiannah Studios, is well known for his works in fashion, lifestyle, abstract and child photography.

Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi

Foreign

Chateau de Versailles reopens after 82-day lockdown

Published

on

By

People visit the park of the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) on its reopening day near Paris, France, on June 6, 2020. Chateau de Versailles reopened on Saturday after 82-day closure following the lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Defence/Security

COVID-19: NNPC lays foundation for 200-bed hospital in Borno

Published

on

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Saturday laid the foundation for construction of a 200-bed Emergency and Infectious Disease Hospital in Maiduguri.

The NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Mr Mele Kyari, during the ground breaking ceremony, said the project would be executed by the company with support from Total and other oil and gas companies operating in the country.

Kyari said that the second COVID-19 Infectious Disease Hospital was sited in the state because of the already existing challenges aggregated by insecurity.

He said that the NNPC would provide  medical facilities, logistics and support to patients at the completion of the projects.

“It is not really a favour to the state, it is something that really needs to be done, and something we are challenged to do,” the GMD said.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had particularly told NNPC to pay attention to Borno by doing everything possible to make sure that there is energy, security and exploration activities in the state

“And we are focused on delivering on all those,” Kyari said.

Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said it was part of efforts to combat COVID-19 in the country.

Mustapha, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said that the project was designed to compliment and strengthen the country’s national healthcare delivery facilities.

He lamented that COVID-19 has destabilized the social, cultural, religious, economic and the health system.

 

He said that the establishment of the hospital would serve as landmark achievement for the northeast in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The SGF further said that the N21 billion  project, funded by the Federal Government through the NNPC, would be executed in 12 states in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

He reiterated the commitment of the President Task Force on Prevention of COVID-19 toward supporting the state to combat coronavirus.

Mustapha lauded Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno for his achievements inspite of the daunting challenges of insecurity in the state.

 

In his remark, Zulum commended the NNPC and its partners in mitigating the humanitarian crises in the state and supporting its rebuilding efforts.

 

He said: “What we’re seeing today is part of the institutional capacity building measures envisaged by President Muhammadu Buhari and delivered by the NNPC and its  allied organisations in the oil sector”.

 

Zulum said that the selection of Maiduguri in siting the gigantic health outfit was quite apt because of its strategic location within the geopolitical zones and for it being the epicentre of humanitarian crises resulting from insurgency.

The governor said that state was battling with the pandemic of Lassa fever and others even before the advent of the COVID-19.

He recalled that the state had lost about 201 health centres as a result of the destruction of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“As you have seen, about 60 percent of the populations are now residing in the state capital and therefore, these measures will go a along way in reducing congestion in different hospitals,” he said.

 

He assured that the state would give the necessary support to facilitate the timely completion of the projects and the entire utilisation of the services for the benefit of the  people.

 

HMS//

—————–


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

Attachments

>

Continue Reading

Foreign

2 officers in New York state charged with felony assault after shoving elderly protester

Published

on

By

Two police officers in Buffalo of the United States state of New York have been charged with felony assault after a video showed them pushing an elderly protester to the ground earlier this week, local prosecutors said on Saturday.

Robert McCabe, 32, and Aaron Torgalski, 39, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault on Saturday. They were released without bail, according to the Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, who said at a press conference on Saturday that the officers “crossed a line.”

The two officers were removing protesters from the Niagara Square in Buffalo on Thursday after the 8 p.m. curfew, when 75-year-old Martin Gugino approached them alone.

The officers were captured on video pushing Gugino, who then staggered and fell backward with his head hitting the ground. Blood was seen coming from his ear and no officer around came to tend him immediately.

Gugino was sent to hospital and remained in serious condition. The two officers were suspended without pay on Friday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the incident “fundamentally offensive and frightening” at Friday’s briefing.

“You see that video and it disturbs your basic sense of decency and humanity,” said Cuomo. “Why was that necessary? Where is the threat?”

He said he had talked to both Buffalo mayor and Gugino on the phone, adding that the city should consider firing the officers and “look at the situation for possible criminal charges.”

The officers’ suspension has aroused strong opposition from their colleagues, as 57 Buffalo officers withdrew from a volunteer tactical unit, according to local newspaper The Buffalo News on Friday.

McCabe and Torgalski were assigned to the unit established for responding to possible riots in George Floyd protests.

John Evans, president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, told local news channel WIVB-TV that the charges were “totally unwarranted.”

The two officers are due back in court on July 20 for a felony hearing. If convicted, they face up to seven years in prison, according to District Attorney Flynn.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Peaceful protests for George Floyd continue in southern United States

Published

on

By

Peaceful protests continued in southern United States cities on Saturday in the wake of the death of African American George Floyd while detained by police in Minnesota last week.

In the Texas city of Dallas, hundreds of people gathered for a prayer Saturday morning, praying for unity and peace. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson also led a group of ministers to attend a prayer at a church, local media reported.

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Saturday that the curfew banning activities in central Dallas in the past several days has been lifted. The curfew was announced last Sunday when violence and looting happened in the downtown area following a peaceful protest.

“We’ve seen many moving and peaceful protests over the last few days, some of which I joined,” The Dallas Morning News quoted Broadnax as saying. “We heard feedback from residents ready to open and conduct business in central Dallas and we agree it’s time.”

In New Orleans, Louisiana, several hundred people gathered downtown to protest against police brutality. Chanting “No Justice, No Peace,” the group continued marching as rain came down due to the approaching Tropical Storm Cristobal toward the gulf coast.

In the New Mexico city of Albuquerque, a locally-sponsored peaceful gathering named Albuquerque Unidos went on at the city’s Civic Plaza. Protesters held their hands high in honor of George Floyd, local media reported.

Demonstrations spread to cities across the United States after a video went viral of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the mid-western United States state of Minnesota on May 25.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Another large-scale protest held outside United States embassy in Ireland over George Floyd killing

Published

on

By

Thousands of people gathered here on Saturday afternoon outside the United States embassy in Ireland in protest against racism and police brutality in the United States, reported Irish national radio and television broadcaster RTE.

This is the third protest outside the United States embassy in Dublin following the killing of African American George Floyd in the United States city of Minneapolis. Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was handcuffed facing down on a Minneapolis street.

On May 31, a group of around 100 people staged a peaceful protest outside the United States embassy in Ballsbridge, an area in Dublin where many foreign embassies are located while another group of people held a demonstration outside the official residence of the United States ambassador to Ireland, which is located inside Phoenix Park where the Irish president also resides.

One day later, thousands of protesters marched miles from downtown Dublin to the United States embassy where they observed a minute’s silence for George Floyd and demanded justice for him by shouting different slogans, including the desperate words of “I can’t breathe.”

The police brutality against Floyd as well as other African Americans in the United States and the delayed response of the judicial system in dealing with the four policemen involved in the crime have sparked widespread protests both inside and outside the United States.

During the third protest held in Dublin on Saturday, protesters took to their knees on the streets outside the United States embassy to express their anger against police brutality towards George Floyd and demanded a systematic change to the deep-rooted racism existing in the United States as well as in other places.

As Ireland is currently under the COVID-19 regulations, organizers had called for people living within five kilometers of the United States embassy to attend the Saturday protest while trying to persuade participants to follow a two-meter social distancing rule during the demonstration.

They even handed out personal protective equipment to those who took part in the protest, according to the RTE report.

On Thursday, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said while addressing the country’s lower house of the parliament that the world has watched in horror in recent days the events following the killing of George Floyd.

He criticized the United States for the “absence of moral leadership” in dealing with the incident.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Sport

No new positives in Premier League COVID-19 tests

Published

on

The latest round of tests for COVID-19 in the English Premier League (EPL) produced no positives, the league said on Saturday.

A total of 1,195 tests were carried out on Thursday and Friday, the sixth round of tests since players from England’s 20 top flight clubs returned to training.

The previous rounds of testing produced 13 positives.

No Premier League matches have taken place since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has led to more than 50,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally this week based on official sources.

But a restart of the suspended 2019/2020 season is scheduled for June 17.
OLAL

(
Edited By: Olawale Alabi (NAN)
)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Malta accepts over 420 migrants after 40 days at sea

Published

on

By

Malta decided on Saturday night to allow the disembarkation of around 425 migrants who spent more than a month at sea while the country was waiting for solidarity from other European states.

The Maltese government rented the boats, which are usually used to ferry tourists, to continue fulfilling its international obligations to save lives of people in distress at sea.

In a statement issued late on Saturday evening, the government said the decision to allow migrants on all four boats into Malta was taken because the situation on the vessels had deteriorated due to a “commotion” abroad.

Reports earlier in the day suggested that the crew and some 20 security officers on board had to take refuge in the upper level of one of the vessels following what was described as trouble among the migrants on board.

But sources said the situation on board the vessels had deteriorated due to the bad weather that hit the Mediterranean Sea, with force 8 winds and high waves.

“The government is not ready to endanger the lives of the crew and individuals, including Maltese citizens, working with these immigrants due to the lack of action and solidarity by other European states for these migrants to be redistributed among other EU states,” the government said in its statement.

It said its efforts to continue securing a relocation deal was still underway. It promised to fast-track the asylum process for the migrants arriving from countries deemed as safe. Those whose asylum applications are turned down will be returned home within days, the government said.

“This case shows that despite promises of solidarity, no other European countries were willing to share the burden,” it said.

The four boats were 13 nautical miles east of Valletta where they housed the migrants rescued since the end of April. The Maltese government had rented the boats on April 30, May 7, May 22 and May 27 as more migrants were rescued in Maltese waters.

Some groups had been allowed to disembark in Malta as they were mostly children, their parents and pregnant women.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Protests spread across Germany over George Floyd killing in United States

Published

on

By

Tens of thousands of people in Germany demonstrated on Saturday against racism and police brutality following the killing of African American George Floyd in the United States city of Minneapolis.

According to police, around 15,000 participants at Alexanderplatz Square in Berlin alone, but only 1,500 participants had registered for the event, despite the minimal distance order during the COVID-19 pandemic. Police officers said on Twitter that the square was full and asked people to stop arriving.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was handcuffed facing down on a Minneapolis street.

In Germany, many of the demonstrators in black clothes carried banners supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Organizers called for a silent demonstration lasting exactly 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time it took for Floyd to lose consciousness as the police officer knelt on his neck.

Berlin police said they made a number of arrests after a group of demonstrators threw bottles and stones at officers. One officer was injured. In a separate incident, a press photographer was hit in the head by a bottle, police added.

Around 25,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Munich, but according to the police, only 200 people had registered for the event. The meeting area was finally expanded to make more space to allow demonstrators to follow the social distancing order.

In Hamburg, the police said a total of 14,000 people joined the demonstrations in two almost simultaneous rallies at Jungfernstieg and Rathausmarkt, but only around 800 were allowed because of the anti-coronavirus measures.

The Hamburg police had already declared their solidarity before the demonstrations. “We are by your side!” tweeted it before the rallies started. “Racism shouldn’t have a place in our society. We work every day so that everyone in Hamburg can feel safe.”

Other cities like Frankfurt, Mannheim and Stuttgart were also full of demonstrators on Saturday. Calls for “Silent Demos” had been published on the Internet, calling for “No to racism” and “Black Lives Matter.”

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Sport

Hertha Berlin and Borussi Dortmund players kneel in tribute to George Floyd

Published

on

Players of Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin went down on one knee ahead of their Bundesliga game on Saturday.

Their action was a tribute to George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose death in United States police custody has triggered protests around the world.

Both teams gathered around the centre circle and knelt ahead of their league game, which was being played in an empty Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coaches and their staff on the benches also joined in.

Earlier this week the German Football Association (DFB) ruled that players were free to show their support for protests over the death of Floyd.

Several players last week lifted their shirts to show messages in support of the protests.

The DFB said it would take no action against symbols of solidarity with the protests in the United States and across the world.

The protests have been sparked by the May 25 killing of Floyd in Minneapolis after a white officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as fellow officers stood by.
OLAL

(
Edited By: Olawale Alabi (NAN)
)

Continue Reading

Contact US: editor @nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247 @gmail.com

Read Also