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I’m rediscovering my love of men, says talk show host Wendy Williams

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American Talk show host, Wendy Williams has opened up on her ongoing divorce from estranged husband Kevin Hunter, saying that she is rediscovering love of men again.

Williams who reiterated that she is still single made this known during her “Hot Topics’ segment on Tuesday’s show.

The 54-year-old mother of one said she was reclaiming her life and enjoying rediscovering her ‘love of men’ as she spoke on her divorce.

The star also noted that she had the ultimate bachelorette pad high atop of everything with a really good view.

She added that a change from the New Jersey home shared with Hunter has made her to reclaim her life back.

“I am reclaiming my life, I don’t have a boyfriend, but I’m rediscovering my love of men … I do date and I date pretty often”

“I go out a lot because I am a good time girl. I like to have fun; I am right now a young and pretty New York City girl.

“However, I am working on my divorce pleasantly right now.

“As for our son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., he is currently home from college and sees both of his parents,” Williams said.

Williams also addressed photos that emerged over the weekend of her with a man at an NYC fundraiser, stressing that he was not a new boyfriend, but a member of her show security team.

Earlier this year, Williams filed for divorce from Hunter following 21 years of marriage after his mistress allegedly gave birth.

She noted that they share a 19-year-old son Kevin Jr., adding that child support may be an issue in the case.

Wendy is seeking for their marital property to be equitably divided and establish a child support amount.

Meanwhile, Kevin has since responded seeking spousal support and attorney fees from Wendy, the case is still pending.

Wendy got married to Robert Morris her first husband and got separated after five months followed by eighteen months of divorce proceedings.

On November 30, 1997, Williams married her second husband, Kevin Hunter, the marriage was blessed with a son Kevin Hunter Jr. born in 2000.

Williams announced she was living in a sober house due to her past cocaine addiction, her husband and son were the only two who knew about it before the show aired.

On April 11, Williams’ representative confirmed she had filed for divorce from Hunter.

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Wendy receives ‘star’ on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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An American media personality, writer and businesswoman, Wendy has received the 2,677th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the talk show host and radio legend Williams, received her star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday night, accompanied by her son Kelvin Jr.

After receiving the award, the media personality was quoted by E-News, as saying, “the elephant in the room is that I’ve been having a very, very tough year.

“But, slowly but surely, I’m climbing out of the pit and this is one of those monumental days that makes me say, you know, if you don’t believe in yourself who will believe in you?

Sometimes life is a very lonely path and you’ve got to make some hard decisions,” she said.

The talk show host in her speech appreciated her family, fans and her “loyal hard-working staff” at “The Wendy Williams Show,”

Williams also appreciated Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein of Debmar-Mercury, the dispensers of her programme.

She, however, noted that her greatest talk-show inspirations were Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore.

“Jack and Elvis and Mitch and people have said throughout the day … I’m successful because I’ve done things my way. No, not exactly. It’s because I’m a good listener to advice, and if I don’t like the advice, then I do things my way.

“I did not know I would be a talk-show host, but I liked the chit-chat — I’ve always liked the chit-chat.

“When they told me, ‘It’s going to be a live talk show,’ I was frightened — frightened. Doing it by myself, I had no problem with it because most of my career I’ve been by myself.

“Even in a room full of a thousand people, I always feel like the person who doesn’t belong.

“If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry, so I’ll keep it light and laughter-y,” Williams said as she took the stage to accept her honour, choking back tears all the same.

The media personality also said the honour also meant a lot to her 19-year-old son, Kelvin Jr, whom she had with her separated husband, Kelvin Hunter.

“My son is here with me … he’s only 19, he’s only known me as Mom with the microphone, and then Mom in the headlines, and Mom saying out-of-order stuff,” “So, this star means everything.

“Because now he’s got something to look at and say, ‘my mom did it.”

NAN reports that Williams is an American actress, fashion designer, and media personality.

She has hosted the nationally syndicated television talk show “The Wendy Williams Show” since 2008.

She is also a writer and actress and have starred in movies such as Think Like a Man (2012, 2014) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates in 2016.

Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce holds trademark rights to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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My ex fathered a child with another woman – Wendy Williams

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‘I never thought that I would be in this position. I’m a very forgiving person, but there’s one thing that I could never be a part of, and that one thing happened.

‘Kevin has a daughter.’Kevin had a major indiscretion that he will have to deal with for the rest of his life. An indiscretion that I will not deal with,’ according to OK Magazine.

He will always be my family, because we have a 19-year-old son, and we were together for 25 years and married for 21. But there was no vacillating. I’m out.’

Wendy who had moved into a  sober house following the news of her broken marriage said she knew what was about to happen.

‘  I was like, let me go someplace where you’re not allowed to have the whole bottle of wine.

“Cocaine has been off my map for years. I don’t take pills. I wasn’t doing anything off the wagon,’ she explained.

‘My husband was about to have a baby, and I knew that I was about to divorce. I knew that there would be headlines. I had to process it so that once I came out, I came out on top,’ she added.

Wendy Williams filed a petition to divorce her husband of more than 21 years  in April

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TV star Wendy William files for divorce after 22years of marriage

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TV star Wendy William files for divorce after 22years of marriage

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Abuja, April 12, 2019 Media personality, Wendy William has filed

for divorce from her husband Kelvin Hunter after 22 years of marriage

over “irreconcilable differences.

The media personality served him the papers at the studio they both

run together as host and manager under tight security just in case the

situation got out of control which didn’t actually happen, says TMZ

news platform.

The divorce document states a “breakdown” of the marriage over a

period of at least 6 months, requesting the court to determine an

“appropriate amount” of child support to their over 18 years-old son,

Kelvin.

The TV show star has been struggling to keep up with her marriage to

Hunter which has been embroiled with infidelity accusations.

There have been reports of Hunter’s relationship with his mistress,

Sharina Hudson and there have been the rumors of the two of them

welcoming a child together.

Hunter and Hudson have been alleged to be in a relationship for over

10 years. This relationship has affected Williams’s health to a large

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Int’l Nurse Year: Association suspends celebration in solidarity with fight against COVID-19

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A non-profit making organisation, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association-United Kingdom (NNCAUK), says it has suspended the global celebration of International Year of the Nurse and Midwife slated for July due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The group said this in a statement by its President, Ms Wendy Olayiwola-Odutola and Director for International Liason, Mr Peters Omoragbon, which copy was obtained by News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

“The entire world is gripped with the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put a lot of strenuous demands on the entire nursing and medical team as frontline professionals.

“Along with doctors and other medical staff, nurses have been on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus-sharing stories of exhaustion and heroism in the face of a disease that has killed so many.

“As at May 25, according to John Hopkins University, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 5.4 million people and killed over 344,000 worldwide.

“The United Kingdom has recorded more than 36,675 deaths with 257,154 cases and Nigeria with over 8, 000 cases and 223 deaths recorded so far.

“In the light of the above, the NNCAUK, the umbrella association for all Nigerian nurses and midwives in the UK in consultation with the Global Stakeholders at a meeting has painfully decided to suspend the celebration,” she said.

According to her, the event and international scientific training programme slated from July 12 to 19 in Lagos is aimed at commemorating The Year of the Nurse and The Midwife.

The WHO has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of the 200 birth anniversary of the progenitor of the modern-day nursing/midwifery profession, Florence Nightingale.

The Year of the Nurse designation by the WHO highlights the push to increase the global nursing workforce.

“The action to suspend the celebration is in solidarity with the global fight against this dreaded virus in so doing, we would love to admonish every nurse and midwife in Nigeria.

“We admonish every nurse not only as frontline soldiers against the spread of the infection but to also act as agents of attitudinal change to respect all the directives on COVID-19.

“We urge you to respect all the directives that have been put in place by the government, especially as it relates to social distancing and obeying the lockdown order.’’

The officials, however, commiserated with every Nigerian at this trying time, especially as it related to meeting their financial obligations and hoped that the government would provide palliatives to mitigate the hardship.

“To the family of our colleagues and other Nigerians that have died from the infection, we pray God to grant you peace and gratitude to bear your losses.’’

In addition, they urged the health workers to be focused and take the opportunity provided by the association to improve on their skills.

NNCAUK shall continue its virtual engagement with all nurses/midwives in Nigeria with educational and informative programmes.

“We continue to engage them through webinars and social media on fighting the COVID-19,  to celebrate and support our colleagues with skills and knowledge transfer.

NNCAUK with the Nigerian Nurses/Midwives in Diaspora as Global Stakeholders held the inaugural Webinar on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020.

“We registered over 800 participants at the Webinar and 183 live participants with officials of the Federal Ministry of Health.

“We also had participants of officials of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, World Health Organisation, Lagos State Government with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and more than 25 countries were in attendance.

“This will continue on a regular basis,’’ the official assured.

NAN reports that Nurses Charitable Association-UK is a non-profit making organisation incorporated in January 1998 in the UK.

The association represents about 5,000 Nigerian Nurses and Midwives with established chapters nationwide.

The mission of the association is to provide a forum for collective action by Nigerian nurses to investigate, define and determine issues affecting its members.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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COVID-19: UK-based group to train Nigerian nurses, midwives on global best practices

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A non-profit making organisation, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association-United Kingdom (NNCA UK), says it will conduct an online training for Nigerian Nurses and Midwives on global best practices.

The group made the disclosure in a statement issued by its President, Ms Wendy Olayiwola-Odutola and Director for International Liason, Mr Peters Omoragbon, and a copy obtained by News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

 

The group said it would also provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the frontline health workers.

 

Olayiwola-Odutola explained that Nigerian Nurses and Midwives in diaspora and global stakeholders in collaboration with NNCAUK would support their colleagues on COVID-19 and general nursing practice.

 

According to the president, training the nurses and midwives would form part of activities to mark the year 2020 as year of Nurses and Midwives as declared by the World Health Organisation.

 

She, however, said  that the COVID-19 global pandemic had stripped the excitement from many nurses and midwives.

 

“They have risen to the challenge and work, and continue to do so even with limited or adequate equipment; they were putting their lives and those of their families at risk,’’ the officials said.

 

Olayiwola-Odutola pointed out that the group had inaugurated a fund to enable it achieve the feat.

 

NNCAUK is appealing to individuals and corporate organisations  to donate in aid to our efforts to purchase the needed PPE for Nigerian nurses and other healthcare professionals.

 

“The Nurses and Midwives are our heroes as they risk their lives to save others.’’

 

She said that the association had received request from some associations in Nigeria for support.

 

According to her, we have received requests from Nigerian Union of Nursing Students, Leadnurse Africa, Naija Aid to mention but few for financial support.

 

“Please, every donation will go a long way. Tom Moore the British veteran singlehandedly raised more than 10 million pounds  in the support of the National Health Insurance.

 

“You can do more. Support us to support them in Nigeria,’’ the president said.

 

NAN reports that Nurses Charitable Association-UK is a non-profitable organisation incorporated in January 1998 in the UK.

 

The association represents about 5,000 Nigerian Nurses and Midwives with established chapters nationwide.

 

The mission of the association is to provide a forum for collective action by Nigerian nurses to investigate, define and determine issues affecting its members.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Feature: Americans see COVID-19 reshaping way of life

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Marlena, who teaches English at a university in Washington, D.C., has recently moved her classes online as a result of a stay-at-home order aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That might be the future of college, at least for a while,” Marlena told Xinhua.

Indeed, COVID-19 has turned American life on its head, and the way the United States does business, educates its youth and eats is likely to see many changes, as well as innovations.

Some will be temporary, but others may be permanent.

Many schools are now holding classes online. Going forward, schools may hold some classes in person and others virtually, in an effort to ensure social distancing.

That may not be a huge undertaking, as there are already many universities that host all of their classes online — a trend that has been happening for over a decade.

A D.C.-area high school teacher, who only identified himself as Dan, told Xinhua that he has been able to teach from home via online classrooms, but suspects many of his students are rolling out of bed at noon.

“Some of them look like they’re just getting out of bed, they need to shave and comb their hair,” Dan said, adding that such habits are bad for students’ mental and physical health, not to mention their energy levels.

Marlena, however, said online classes may help university students focus better, as they will avoid distractions such as partying, staying out late and dating.

The virus is also leading to logistics innovations. April saw retail sales down a record 16.4 percent amid the virus lockdown. But at the same time, online shopping is at a high point, with Amazon backed up with a surge of orders.

If there is any silver lining, it is that the trend is sparking innovation.

Some companies are testing drone deliveries, as people want to avoid person-to-person contact with workers delivering packages to their doors.

One company, Dive Delivery, told local media that it will launch a trial service for residents of two counties in the state of California. Drones would deliver lightweight packages, such as face masks, directly to subscribers’ backyards.

COVID-19 is also accelerating some trends in corporate America, mainly working from home, which has allowed firms to cut expenses on office space, cleaning services and electricity.

Bloomberg reported Thursday that tech workers in notoriously expensive Silicon Valley are already considering moving to rural states where rent is cheap, as they can maintain their jobs by working from home.

Food is another area the virus is impacting.

Prices of meats, poultry, fish and eggs rose 4.3 percent in April — the biggest spike in decades. That is stretching budgets of millions of Americans who have lost their jobs amid the lockdown.

National burger chain Wendy’s has seen some supply disruptions, but took out a full-page New York Times ad to reassure customers that “some menu items may be in short supply from time to time at some restaurants, (but) we continue to supply fresh beef to all of our restaurants.”

Still, worries about meat supply could speed up a generational shift toward plant protein. Beyond Meat, which makes plant protein into something that customers say tastes just like meat, has seen its stock skyrocket over the past year.

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COVID-19: UK-based association counsels nurses on precautionary measures

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A non-profit organisation, Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association-United Kingdom, has advised Nigerian nurses to take precautionary measures both at work and at home to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The association gave the advice in a statement signed by the President, Ms Wendy Olayiwola-Odutola, and Director for International Liason, Mr Peters Omoragbon, a copy of which was sent to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

The officials said the nurses should be agents of change in the community by supporting and providing the right information to the public regarding COVID-19,

“Public health promotion is our responsibility, look after yourselves and each other; thank you for all you do and what you will do as we journey through this pandemic.

“Please refer to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) official document for your guide.’’

According to them, nurses and midwives are usually the first points of contact at any healthcare setting.

“ We do not underestimate the anxiety this is generating as we go through the process and phases of this pandemic.

“We believe and trust our nurses and midwives will rise to the challenges and beyond.’’

The officials, however, said that the association was in solidarity with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and Federal Ministry of Health.

“We appreciate all our frontline Nigerian Nurses and Midwives who are working during these unprecedented times.

“You will need to adapt to the needs of Nigerian patients against the COVID-19,’’ they added.

NAN reports that Nurses Charitable Association-UK is a non-profitable organisation incorporated in January 1998 in the UK.

The association represents about 5,000 Nigerian nurses and midwives with established chapters nationwide.

The mission of the association is to provide a forum for collective action by Nigerian nurses to investigate, define and determine issues affecting its members.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) marks International Women’s Day in Nigeria with key event

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The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) is hosting a dialogue on 9 March 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria, to mark International Women’s Day and raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Africa.

“We want to discuss meaningful ways to make women benefit from the world’s largest common market for goods and services; and offer a platform for people to connect, share and network,” said Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and CEO.

The aim of the event is to reach regional and pan-African influencers to incite dialogue round generational-equality to entrench a sense of collectivism in working towards actionable solutions for gender equality on the African continent.

International Women’s Day #IWD2020 takes place on 8 March 2020 with the theme: #EachforEqual, which is the premise that an equal world is an enabled world and that equality is not a women’s issue, but a business issue as gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

The theme for the AWIEF IWD day is: A decade of economic emancipation of women in Africa 2020-2030. Ochem explains: “How do we ensure that women and women-owned businesses are elevated by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), political and economic transformation and that the principle of collectivism is amplified and entrenched.”

Partners to AWIEF for this key event include the Embassy of Sweden in Abuja, AGRA, OCP Group, APO Group.

Making history

The AWIEF conference made history in 2019 when it called for the economic empowerment of women to be linked to AfCFTA, at its annual gathering of leading women politicians, businesswomen and entrepreneurs on the continent, 29-30 October 2019, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa.

The initial call was made by renowned economic activist and social entrepreneur, Wendy Luhabe, from the stage on the first day, for radical action and not just conversation, leading to the adoption on Day 2, by the gathering of influential women of a resolution to be delivered to the Chair of the African Union. Said Luhabe, the Founder of Women’s Private Equity Fund and co-founder WINDE: “Women do not get invited when nations are going through transitions. We have to make a space for ourselves.”

The resolution states that: “The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), is a monumental milestone on Africa’s developmental roadmap that must be exploited to the full for intra-Africa trade. It will unleash almost unlimited opportunities, new economies of scale, and income and employment generation through greater market and economic integration.”

Gender inequality persists and women and girls continue to shoulder Africa’s burden of hunger and poverty. 2020 – 2030 is the last decade for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The year 2020 also coincides with several important milestones globally and on the continent on gender equality:

  • Implementation of the AfCFTA, a monumental milestone on Africa’s developmental roadmap, covering a market of more than 1.3 billion people with combined nominal GDP of USD2.5 trillion.
  • Conclusion of the AU’s Decade of African Women.
  • End of the commitment made in AU Agenda 2063 of ensuring 50 percent of women’s representation in decision-making by 2020.
  • Beijing +25 Review and the Generation Equality Forum.

To book for this prestigious event: http://bit.ly/AWIEFIWD20

 

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NASS committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage — Oloriegbe

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Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, says National Assembly (NASS) is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UCH) by supporting a Legal Framework on State Health Insurance Scheme.

UHC is the ability of people and communities to use promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

Oloriegbe made this known at the launch of “Nigeria 2020: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife” on Wednesday at Gwagwalada, FCT, organised by Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association- UK (NNCAUK).

Represented by Mr Tajudeen Arowolo, his Senior Legislative Aide, Oloriegbe said that NASS had passed the National Health Insurance Commission Bill, adding that “we are working to put the country on the path of achieving UHC, which means we do not only need to spend more on health, but to spend better on it.

“Lawmakers have huge task toward ensuring that existing policy on health, such as the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is implemented in such a way that would be of benefit to the poor.

“There had been subsequent appropriation for BHCPF in addition to appropriation for Equity Fund in many states,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Dr Olorunimbe Mamora, Minister for State for Health, said the declaration of 2020 by World Health Organisation (WHO) as Year of Nurses and Midwives was timely.

Mamora, who was represented by Dr Bola Olowu, the Director of Diaspora Department, Federal Ministry of Health, said that the declaration was significant when considered in the context of strengthening nursing and midwifery for efficient UHC.

“To live up to this expectation, members of this noble profession need to carry out detailed self-assessment and chart a more progressive path for the profession,’’ he said.

In her address, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), said Nigerian medical practitioners were the best in the world.

She added that “Nigerians are hardworking, and the best in the world: a country of talented people whether we are here or in Diaspora.”

According to her, medical practitioners both at home and abroad collaborate to contribute their quota to support the efforts of Federal Government.

In his remarks, Mr Faruk Abubakar, the Secretary General/ Registrar, Midwifery Council of Nigeria, said the council was working toward building the capacity of nurses and midwives in the country.

Abubakar said one of the challenges in the profession was the concentration of nurses in cities, while rural areas were abandoned.

He added that the council was working on a policy to recruit indigenes from rural areas and be deployed there to ensure balance in the number of nurses and midwives in the country.

Ms Wendy Olayiwola-Odutola, the President of NNCAUK, said the association would help in building capacity of some selected nurses in the country, starting from the FCT.

Olayiwola said that some members of the association were in Nigeria to exchange knowledge and to transfer skills to their counterpart.

She noted that it was also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of the professionals and also proffer solutions to their challenges.

The theme of the ceremony is “Nurses and Midwives: Time for Turnaround.”

The event was organised by NNCAUK in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, NiDCOM and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

No fewer than 200 nurses and midwifery leaders attended the ceremony.

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

 

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