Author: Emmanuel Chukwuebuka

Onel Hernandez: Norwich City winger and his country’s curious football scene

Onel Hernandez: Norwich City winger and his country’s curious football scene

It is a typically sweltering Saturday morning in central Cuba, and in the sleepy town of Moron, where rickshaw drivers seek shade and pigs are read their last rites amid growling motorbikes, a gentle-faced mother-of-four sits near the town square, phone in hand. Here, in one of the world’s last communist outposts, where access to the internet is both sketchy and restricted, such plazas doubl... »

Coronavirus: How bad is the crisis in US care homes

Coronavirus: How bad is the crisis in US care homes

Elder care homes across the US have been hard-hit by the virus – though the true extent of the severity remains unclear, months in. One thing is certain, however – Covid-19 has yet again highlighted long-standing flaws in America’s health system. When Michael Colwell received the call that his mother-in-law Helen Osucha had passed away at her nursing home in Geneva, Illinois, he ... »

Love and guilt in lockdown: Your stories of getting in touch with an ex

Love and guilt in lockdown: Your stories of getting in touch with an ex

Lockdown has prompted many people to reflect on past relationships that ended badly. Here is a selection of stories sent in by people who read A surprise lockdown apology from my ex (8 June 2020) We forgive each other for the past and now might have a future I was contacted in early May by my ex-girlfriend. A simple “Hi” on WhatsApp. She had taken a gamble that I hadn’t changed m... »

‘You have to take action’: one hospital cleaner’s journey through the pandemic

‘You have to take action’: one hospital cleaner’s journey through the pandemic

woman who had recently returned from China. The woman walked up to the reception desk and outlined her symptoms. She was given a mask, taken to a designated area outside the A&E building and tested for coronavirus. When, three days later, the test came back positive, it confirmed what medical authorities had already suspected: this was London’s first case. That day, Ernesta Nat Cote, a cleaner... »

Mama Boko Haram’: one woman’s extraordinary mission to rescue ‘her boys’ from terrorism

Mama Boko Haram’: one woman’s extraordinary mission to rescue ‘her boys’ from terrorism

  Over the years, Boko Haram had become notorious for kidnapping women and girls. The most infamous instance came in 2014, when its fighters captured 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in the remote village of Chibok. But there were abductions before Chibok, and dozens after. Some of those captured were forced to become suicide bombers, and Boko Haram has used more than 460 female suicid... »

Inside the daring mission to reach the bottom of all Earth’s oceans

Inside the daring mission to reach the bottom of all Earth’s oceans

Victor Vescovo is ready to make history. It’s 12.37pm on Saturday August 24, 2019, and the 53-year-old Texan is about to attempt to pilot his bespoke submersible to the bottom of the Molloy Deep, a nodal basin (one that is unaffected by tidal movements) 5,550 metres deep, located in the Fram Strait, between the Arctic Ocean and the Norwegian and Greenland Seas. To arrive here, 48 crew members and ... »

Military alleges horrific conditions, abuse in pandemic-hit Ontario nursing homes

Military alleges horrific conditions, abuse in pandemic-hit Ontario nursing homes

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Coronavirus: Mental health of NHS staff at long-term risk

Coronavirus: Mental health of NHS staff at long-term risk

NHS staff are at risk of high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder if they don’t get the right support as the coronavirus outbreak subsides, health service adviser Prof Neil Greenberg has said. For now there’s a national focus on health and care workers. Public billboards praise them, millions turn out on the street for a weekly round of applause and volunteers have been rushing to ... »

The day the pirates came

The day the pirates came

For Sudeep Choudhury, work on merchant ships promised adventure and a better life. But a voyage on an oil tanker in West Africa, in dangerous seas far from home, would turn the young graduate’s life upside down. His fate would come to depend on a band of drug-fuelled jungle pirates – and the whims of a mysterious figure called The King. The MT Apecus dropped anchor off Nigeria’s ... »

Stacey Dooley investigates: ‘After my third husband died, they strapped a suicide bomb to me’

Stacey Dooley investigates: ‘After my third husband died, they strapped a suicide bomb to me’

Falmata was just 13 years old when the militant Islamist group Boko Haram arrived in her village in northeastern Nigeria. Gunshots rang out in the early morning air as the insurgents rampaged, killing many of her neighbours. “When we saw them we started running, they chased and caught us,” she says. The fighters kidnapped Falmata and other girls from the village. “We were terrified. We knew that o... »

My mother died as she lived – not wanting to make a fuss’

My mother died as she lived – not wanting to make a fuss’

‘ The writer Howard Jacobson remembers his mother, who died this month, as if she chose to slip away while everyone focused on the pandemic. My mother died on 4 May. Not of Covid-19. Two days before, she complained to my sister of a severe pain in her head, slipped into unconsciousness, and never woke. She was 97. She died in the chair she preferred to her bed. And died pretty much as she ha... »

Coronavirus: Why hasn’t the UK listed loss of smell as a symptom of Covid-19?

Coronavirus: Why hasn’t the UK listed loss of smell as a symptom of Covid-19?

Government advisers have been considering since March whether to include loss of smell among the criteria for deciding whether someone has Covid-19. Evidence that it is one of the symptoms is already strong and some scientists argue this is now an urgent step, as the lockdown is eased. At first Dan, 23, dismissed his stuffy nose as hay fever, but when he couldn’t taste his beans on toast, he... »

Rugby in Colombia: Murder in Medellin & the bet that changed a life 

Rugby in Colombia: Murder in Medellin & the bet that changed a life 

On 17 November 2010, a woman in her early 20s named Andrea was murdered in Medellin, Colombia. On that day Andrea was supposed to pick up her friend Isabel, who was skipping school so they could head out of the city for a few days. But a chance encounter meant Isabel decided not to go with her, and when Andrea was killed – in the wrong place at the wrong time – Isabel was in a differen... »

Coronavirus: The Bolivian orchestra stranded in a German castle

Coronavirus: The Bolivian orchestra stranded in a German castle

The sound of panpipes, flutes and snare drums fills the rehearsal space of the Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos. “The breathing techniques required to play these instruments for a few hours put you in a kind of trance,” says Miguel Cordoba, who plays the siku flute. But as soon as the rehearsal finishes they are all too aware of how their life has changed. Because they are... »

I left my campervan in Argentina’

I left my campervan in Argentina’

Imagine breaking free. You sell your possessions, buy a van, pack it with what you need, and go. For months or years you live a frugal life, going wherever you want. But for thousands who made this dream a reality, coronavirus brought them to a sudden halt, writes Paula Dear, and left them stranded with a van and a vanload of kit on the far side of the world. For Radka and Ivar the plan began to f... »

he long read ‘I don’t want to be seen as a zealot’: what MPs really think about the climate crisis

Westminster. With indoor trees and a good coffee bar, it’s a pleasant place for politicians and their staff to meet, outside their cramped offices. I was there to interview an MP for a research project, hoping to learn more about how MPs understood climate change, and how that shaped their work in parliament. The MP arrived. She was young and, at least on the surface, full of confidence. I explain... »

The hidden toll of lockdown on rainforests

Inside the world’s tropical forests, there are the agents of disease that have the power to bring our way of life to a halt. How we learn to live with these forests will determine our fate, hastening or slowing the onset of future pandemics and the climate crisis. BBC Travel and Future Planet explore two sides of our relationship with forests in two stories; this story is the second, and you can r... »

What do our dreams mean? Share using Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Dreams have fascinated philosophers and artists for centuries. They have been seen as divine messages, a way of unleashing creativity and, since the advent of psychoanalysis in the 19th Century, the key to understanding our unconscious. As so many of us have been experiencing unusually vivid dreams in recent weeks, it seems an opportune moment to explore the way in which they have been understood ... »

Whether you have the voice of a songbird or sound like some ball-bearings in a blender, singing can have some remarkably positive effects.

During a morning shift change at St Marcy Mercy Livonia Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the medical staff were feeling weary. Their surgical floor had been converted into a department for coronavirus patients and spirits were low. Nurse Lori Marie Key was asked if she would sing Amazing Grace for her colleagues during the morning briefing. So she did. As her voice soared, one of her fellow nurses f... »

Coronavirus in Africa: Contained or unrecorded?

Coronavirus pandemic Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that nearly a quarter of a billion Africans could contract coronavirus in the first year of the pandemic, with between 150,000 and 190,000 of them dying. Africa has had less than 100,000 cases so far, but WHO experts believe the continent will have a prolonged outbreak over a few years – and, aid ... »

Why Admiral’s ‘flashy’ England strip now commands respect

  Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES It is 40 years since England’s footballers first took to the field in Admiral’s colourful reinterpretation of the national kit. Derided as garish and tacky, and almost abandoned after just a handful of games, how has it become one of the most-loved football strips? As 90,000 flag-waving fans roared Land of Hope and Glory, the two teams marched on to t... »

Coronavirus doctor’s diary: A super-spreading funeral that led to three deaths

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionPhysical contact is one of the main ways the virus spreads In March, before the lockdown began, the Hussain family held a big funeral in Bradford’s Grand Mosque. Tragically, many mourners fell ill with Covid-19, including the dead man’s son, Mohammed. But while three family members died, Mohammed eventually pulled through, writes Dr John Wright o... »

The way we get through this is together’: the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus

Close Skip to main content The Guardian – Back to home Contribute The long read ‘ Amid this unfolding disaster, we have seen countless acts of kindness and solidarity. It’s this spirit of generosity that will help guide us out of this crisis and into a better future. By Rebecca Solnit Main image: Photograph: Chris Clarke/Guardian Design; mask by May Cottage Thu 14 May 2020 06.00 BSTLas... »

The way we get through this is together’: the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus

protesters with guns in Michigan’s capital demanding an end to lockdown, anti-vaxxer women in a frenzy at California’s capitol, opportunists stockpiling hand sanitiser to resell for profit.   One of the biggest cliches about disasters is that they reveal civilisation as a thin veneer, beneath which lies brutal human nature. From this perspective, the best we can hope for from most people unde... »

Israel swears in unity government after long political crisis

Israel has sworn in a unity government after the longest political crisis in the country’s history, and amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under a power-sharing deal agreed in April, right-wing PM Benjamin Netanyahu will serve for another 18 months. His centrist rival Benny Gantz will serve as deputy PM, before taking over. The two men have agreed to press ahead with a controversial plan to anne... »

How long will coronavirus lockdowns, travel bans last?

At the stroke of midnight on April 8, the skies above China’s Wuhan brightened as towers along both sides of the Yangtze River lit up in tribute to the health workers who helped the city curb a deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus. Cheers of “My Wuhan is back” and “Wuhan, let’s go” rang out on the embankments as bridges and highways opened up for the first tim... »

The kilo is dead. Long live the kilo!

For 130 years, a cylinder made of a platinum-iridium alloy and stored in a suburb of Paris called Saint Cloud has been the official definition of a kilogram, the internationally accepted basic unit of mass. But that will change once and for all on May 20, when for the first time all of the basic units of measurement will be officially defined in terms of  atomic properties and fundamental physics ... »

Livestock a major threat to environment Remedies urgently needed

29 November 2006, Rome – Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions, rearing cattle or driving cars? Surprise! According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation. Says Hennin... »

The New Coronavirus Can Live On Surfaces For 2-3 Days — Here’s How To Clean Them

DONATE Open Navigation Menu Shots THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS The New Coronavirus Can Live On Surfaces For 2-3 Days — Here’s How To Clean Them March 14, 20207:01 AM ET ALLISON AUBREY Twitter When an infected person touches a surface, like a door handle, there’s a risk they leave viruses stuck there that can live on for two to three days. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images How long can... »

The Long and Brutal History of Fake News

missing, and a Franciscan preacher, Bernardino da Feltre, gave a series of sermons claiming that the Jewish community had murdered the child, drained his blood and drunk it to celebrate Passover. The rumors spread fast. Before long da Feltre was claiming that the boy’s body had been found in the basement of a Jewish house. In response, the Prince-Bishop of Trent Johannes IV Hinderbach immediately ... »

German Bundesliga returns: What did football’s new reality look like

Borussia Dortmund thrashed rivals Schalke 4-0 as players celebrated goals by bumping elbows The German Bundesliga restarted on Saturday and gave a glimpse into what the Premier League and other top leagues may look like if they return. South Korea’s K League kicked off last weekend, while some smaller leagues such as Belarus and Nicaragua have never stopped – but this was the first eli... »

Ted Cheeseman: How boxer is fighting back against gambling addiction from ‘rock bottom

‘ ‘You have a million thoughts in the biggest fight of your career. Mine were about money’ In the closing minutes of the biggest fight of his life, Ted Cheeseman wanted to be punched and punished. As the blows smashed against his face and body he was thinking: “Stop me, knock me out.” The tens of thousands of pounds he was being paid to put his unbeaten record on the ... »

Coronavirus: Will we ever shake hands again?

  Around the world, humans are struggling to ignore thousands of years of bio-social convention and avoid touching another. Shaking hands might be one of the hardest customs to lose in the post-pandemic world but there are alternatives, writes James Jeffrey. The humble handshake spans the mundane to the potent, ranging from a simple greeting between strangers who will never meet again, to the... »

Why Admiral’s ‘flashy’ England strip now commands respect

Why Admiral’s ‘flashy’ England strip now commands respect

It is 40 years since England’s footballers first took to the field in Admiral’s colourful reinterpretation of the national kit. Derided as garish and tacky, and almost abandoned after just a handful of games, how has it become one of the most-loved football strips? As 90,000 flag-waving fans roared Land of Hope and Glory, the two teams marched on to the lush Wembley turf in a match the... »

Jorge Masvidal: UFC fighter’s rise from Miami street fighting scene

Jorge Masvidal: UFC fighter’s rise from Miami street fighting scene By Paul Battison BBC Sport Last updated on14 May 202014 May 2020. From the sectionMixed Martial Arts 53 Masvidal began competing in Miami street fights at the age of 14 Jorge Masvidal relaxed and leaned back against the cage wall, his hands placed nonchalantly behind him. He smiled across at his opponent, calm and quiet. It ... »

Decision taken in a haste —Clerics •Umahi lifts ban on religious congregations in Ebonyi

AMIDST daily spike in COVID-19 cases in Northern states, governors in six states in the region on Friday allowed Juma’at service to hold across towns and villages. In Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Jigawa and Zamfara states, the governors have also given churches the go-ahead to hold Sunday service tomorrow. Statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) covering a one-week period ind... »

COVID-19: NCDC reveals why Nigeria may not get vaccine when it becomes available

  The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has admitted the country may not have access to the COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes available. Ihekweazu, speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday, explained that “the market for diagnosis is stood in such a way that access is a big problem for us down her... »

Why Nigeria should avoid Madagascar’s Covid-19

We must try our own formulations first, PSN insists • PDP seeks adoption of local remedies • We are in a hurry to get the homegrown cure, says FG MEDICAL experts in the country, including pharmacists, nurses and laboratory scientists, have opposed the plan by the Federal Government to import a herbal tonic, COVID-Organics (CVO), from Madagascar for the treatment of coronavirus patients in Nigeria.... »

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 193 new Covid-19 infections in the country bringing the total to 5,162.

  1. No conclusion on strange deaths yet – Nigerian govt The Federal Government says there are no conclusions yet with regard to ‘strange’ deaths in Kano State. The Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Thursday, in Abuja at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. No fewer than 150 people were feared dead in the state, prompting investigations... »

COVID-19: NCDC reveals why Nigeria may not get vaccine when it becomes available

  The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has admitted the country may not have access to the COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes available. Ihekweazu, speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday, explained that “the market for diagnosis is stood in such a way that access is a big problem for us down her... »

So can I move home now? Property market latest news

So can I move Updated 14 May 2020 Nick Green Financial Journalist The government has announced that the housing market in England can reopen this week, with some restrictions still in place. Here’s what buyers, sellers, renters and remortgagers need to know. Article by Nick Green. Having been put on hold since the beginning of April, the property market has been given the green light – in England,... »

Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

  NEWS /NIGERIA The 14-day lockdown enforced in the commercial hub, Lagos, neighbouring Ogun and the nation’s capital, Abuja Nigeria implemented a sweeping quarantine for three major states that are home to almost 30 million people in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa’s most populous country. The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun kicks in at 11pm local time... »

Newfoundland and Labrador government sidesteps possible health violations in

N.L. Premier Dwight Ball. -YouTube Screenshot No new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday A A To ensure you have access to important information, we’ve made all COVID-19 public health and government updates free for all readers. Support local journalism in your community by purchasing a membership. Subscribe and pay just $1/week for your first year. ST. JOHN’S — Newfoundland and Labrador leaders wei... »

Canberra mental health patients say they’re avoiding treatment after ‘traumatic’ hospital admissions

  20-year-old Caitlin Amey first began experiencing mental health issues at 13. Since then, she has had multiple admissions.(ABC News: Jake Evans) The first time Caitlin Amey began hearing things, she called the mental health crisis team in a panic. “I was told by someone who was on the line [from the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team] that in order to stop the hallucinations I neede... »

addictions, mental health supports available

  <img class="i-amphtml-blurry-placeholder" src="data:;base64,Stock image NEWS RELEASE SAULT STE. MARIE AND AREA DRUG STRATEGY ************************* The Sault Ste. Marie and Area Drug Strategy would like to send our heartfelt well wishes to our community during this rapidly changing and stressful time. The following is a list of supports available to those struggling wit... »

The Coronavirus Mental Health Crisis Hits Home

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A pediatrician’s advice on kids’ doctor visits, vaccines, mental health and more amid the pandemic

(iStock) By Tanya Altmann  May 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT As a mom of three, I understand that parents are worried about taking their kids anywhere right now, especially to a doctor’s office where they anticipate potentially coming into contact with covid-19. As a pediatrician, I understand your worries, but I’m afraid of children missing out on important well-child visits and the subsequent conseque... »

Health Officer directs residents to use face coverings in indoor public settings, outdoors where social distancing is difficult

Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, along with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, announced a new Health Officer Directive strongly urging face coverings in all indoor public places including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six feet of social distancing is difficult. This ... »

Elizabeth Gardiner: ‘Health and care workers should be free to speak out on PPE’

Elizabeth Gardiner: ‘Health and care workers should be free to speak out on PPE’

recent experience is anything to go by, Boris Johnson’s recent decision to allow people to return to work without clear guidelines in place to limit the chance of people contracting Covid-19 is likely to lead to many speaking out about poor workplace practice. Already, the pandemic has sparked reports of NHS workers being warned, threatened or disciplined for speaking up about the lack of personal... »

5 reasons why you should buy long-term health insurance to secure your finances, health

5 reasons why you should buy long-term health insurance to secure your finances, health

<img class="i-amphtml-blurry-placeholder" src="data:;base64, 5 reasons why you should buy long-term health insurance to secure your finances, health RELATED NEWS SBI General Insurance profit rises 23% y-o-y in 2019-20 COVID-19: Irdai again extends grace period for life insurance policies This Mother’s Day, gift your mother the protection of health and life insurance In India, man... »

How To Maintain Your Mental Health While Working From Home

How To Maintain Your Mental Health While Working From Home

Whether you’ve been based in your home office long before COVID-19 restrictions came upon us or you’re brand new to working out of your house, it’s no secret that there are particular mental health challenges that can arise while doing so. First of all, you’re at home all day. If you don’t live with anyone else, this can mean you’re isolated, and perhaps with little additional stimuli to keep you ... »

What Your Social Media Posts Say About Your Stress Level Right Now

What Your Social Media Posts Say About Your Stress Level Right Now

The mental health of teenagers is most impacted by the pandemic. Increases in addiction and substance use-related content on social media may indicate that the public is self-medicating. Tweets show more negative indicators and trends of mental health in states that are more harshly impacted by COVID-19. All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some ... »

Updating your Opera mini browser

Opera is a free web browser application developed by Opera (formerly Opera Software ASA). of Norway. Windows, macOS and Linux support the desktop version. A mobile version of the web browser is also available. At the end of 2014, Opera stated that 350 million users were using its web browsers. We will show you both the automatic and manual methods for how to update Opera web browser It is always r... »

5 clubs that have surprised everyone this season

5 clubs that have surprised everyone this season

5 clubs that have surprised everyone this season Every season throws up a few surprises. We regularly see teams overachieve and exceed all expectations. While these teams might not have reached the heights of Leicester’s Premier League win in 2015/16, they have crafted special stories nonetheless. We mulled putting Leipzig and Atalanta in this as they are having great seasons, especially in ... »