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Serena williams confirms she will not play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams has confirmed she will skip the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Speaking to reporters a day before the start of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, Williams said on Sunday: “I’m actually not on the Olympic list … not that I’m aware of. And if so, then I shouldn’t be on it.”

She did not reveal why she decided to forgo the delayed summer games.

“There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision,” the 39-year-old American said. “I don’t really want to … I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry.”

She continued: “In the past it’s (Olympics) been a wonderful place for me, but I really haven’t thought about it, so I’m going to keep not thinking about it.”

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The Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23.

She has won four Olympic gold medals over her prestigious career after making her Games debut at Sydney in 2000.

Williams won gold in the doubles at Sydney in 2000 as well as gold in the singles and women’s doubles at London 2012 and another gold at the doubles at Beijing 2008.

Williams will look to win a record-tying 24th major and eighth Wimbledon title when the famous tournament begins on Tuesday when she faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the first round. 

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‘E shock me die as’ Caroline Danjuma and her ex-husband Musa Danjuma get cozy and blow kisses at each other at her birthday dinner

Caroline Danjuma and her ex-husband, Musa Danjuma were seen looking cozy at her birthday dinner yesterday June 26th.

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The mother of three who separated from Musa some years back showed off the limited edition Christian Dior bag he got her as a birthday present and said he spoils her silly. At some point, the former couple blew kisses at each other while holding their daughter.

Does this mean Caroline and Musa are back together?

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‘E shock you? as Maradona’s psychiatrist denies responsibility in the footballer’s death.

Diego Maradona’s psychiatrist who was treating him when he died last November has denied any responsibility for his demise, which an expert panel has blamed on neglect. 

Agustina Cosachov “provided evidence that she did not commit a homicide,” her lawyer said after the 36-year-old was questioned at the San Isidro Prosecutor’s Office outside Buenos Aires.

“There is no suspicion to say that the psychiatric medication (that Cosachov prescribed) and in those doses could have caused a deficiency in the heart,” Vadim Mischanchuk added.

The Argentine football legend who won the 1986 World Cup died of a heart attack at the age of 60, weeks after undergoing brain surgery for a blood clot.

Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz found Maradona dead in bed in a rented house in an exclusive Buenos Aires neighborhood where he was receiving home care.

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Cosachov was questioned for more than six hours at the prosecutor’s office Friday and presented a voluminous letter before leaving. 

“She was a psychiatric doctor,” Mischanchuk had said as they entered the office. “She had nothing to do with the clinical management of the patient.”

The addiction specialist is one of seven the medical professionals under investigation for manslaughter over Maradona’s death in a case that has gripped Argentina.

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According to the investigation record, Cosachov and neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, 39, were the key personnel in charge of Maradona’s care.

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‘I go talk’ ooo… Borno Governor suspends French NGO over shooting training at Maiduguri hotel

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has directed the immediate suspension of ACTED, an international Non-Governmental Organization (iNGO) following discovery that the humanitarian organisation was using a hotel in Maiduguri for training some persons on shooting.

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Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, who announced the Governor’s directive, said the French iNGO was found using toy guns and simulators in training exercises at a hotel located off circular road in Maiduguri on Saturday, June 26. 

Gusau explained that residents near the hotel had reported to officials that they were hearing sounds of gunshots from the hotel, following which government officials reported the matter to GRA Divisional Police Headquarters which oversees the hotel’s location. The police found some toy pistols at the hotel while two trainers, both Nigerians, were at the police station with investigation going on.

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The statement said pending the outcome of police investigation, Governor Zulum has directed sealing of the hotel and suspension of ACTED from any humanitarian activity in Borno State.

Gusau noted that Governor Zulum acknowledges and deeply appreciates the roles of credible iNGOs which have been providing critical humanitarian interventions in different parts of Borno. He assured them of government’s continued cooperation and support while also upholding obedience to prevailing laws, policies and rules guiding all activities and actions across the state. 

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Zeeworld actor Arjun Kapoor turns 36years old on Saturday (June 26) and crosses his mild-thirties milestone.

Arjun kapoor is the nephew of actors Anil kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor. His equation with Anil kapoor is quite friendly and the two always pull each other’s leg whenever they are around each other. Knowing their vivacious personalities, this comes as no surprise.

On this special occasion we will take a look at heartwarming pictures of Arjun and his family members

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He is his dad’s proud grandson, his recent movie ‘Sardar Ka Grandson’ was supposed to be dedicated to his grandmother Nirmal Kapoor. Arjun’s grandmother lives 5km from his home and he described her to be a cool ‘grandmother‘ as she is on instagram as well, unfortunately his grandfather Surinder Kapoor had passed away before his debut film.

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Arjun’s step-sister Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor are very close to his heart as he has seen them grow up. They are Boney kapoor’s daughter from his second marriage with Sridevi. The trio are often seen goofing around and having fun at family functions. Arjun also often teases Khushi Kapoor to be the favourite child of Boney kapoor among all his four children.

Happy birthday to our Zeeworld actor (Arjun kapoor) May God bless your new age.

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Released American journalist says Myanmar military is using torture to hunt down opposition leaders

Nathan Maung, 44, was detained for more than three months in Myanmar before being deported to the United States on June 15. During that time, he said he endured two weeks in a secretive military-run interrogation center in the country’s biggest city Yangon.

Speaking to CNN Business on Wednesday from Washington, DC, Nathan Maung described his time in the facility as “hell” and said he prepared himself to die there, believing the soldiers would kill him.

He is one of more than 6,200 people arrested since Myanmar’s military, led by Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, seized power in a coup on February 1, according to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. The military overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and embarked on a bloody crackdown on dissent and on any perceived opposition to its rule. Mass street protests have been suppressed with deadly force.

Former inmates, lawyers and family members of those held have previously told CNN the detainees have been subjected to torture during interrogation and held out of contact from loved ones. Some — including members of the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) Party — have died while in custody, their bodies showing signs of brutal torture.

CNN Business has reached out to Myanmar’s military for comment.

Despite months of escalating violence, the junta has said it is using restraint against what it called “riotous protesters,” who it accuses of attacking police and harming national security and stability.

Nathan Maung is co-founder and editor in chief of the Myanmar online news site Kamayut Media. He was arrested on March 9 alongside co-founder and news producer Hanthar Nyein, 39, as security forces raided their office.

Though now living in the United States, Nathan Maung said he is “not happy” and feels an overwhelming guilt he was released because of his American citizenship, while his friend and colleague Hanthar Nyein, a Myanmar national, remains incarcerated in the notorious Insein Prison.

“We’ve been through the hell together. So, we should be released together,” Nathan Maung said, his voice cracking with emotion. “I really want him to know that we are not forgetting him. He’s not alone.”

Danny Fenster, another American journalist who was prevented from boarding a flight out of Myanmar on May 24, remains in detention, also in Insein Prison.

Weeks ofhell

Nathan Maung knew something was wrong when a convoy of military trucks full of soldiers pulled up outside Kamayut Media’s office in Yangon. Security forces barged through the door and raided the office, seizing equipment and taking Nathan Maung and Hanthar Nyein with them as they left.

“They sent us to the interrogation center in Mingaladon,” he said, referring to a suburb of Yangon.

There, Nathan Maung said they were beaten, denied water for two days and food for three. They were handcuffed and blindfolded nearly the entire two weeks they were there, he said.

“They started with a blindfold and handcuffs and then started questioning. They kicked our face, hands and shoulder, all the time. For every answer, they beat us. Whatever we answered — whether correctly or incorrectly — they beat us. For three days, non-stop,” he said.

Nathan Maung said the facility had five houses and one big office. Within the buildings, he said, there were four interrogation cells. He said his blindfold was removed on his final day there so he got a look at the room and the buildings

In the room there is a CCTV camera, there’s no bed, only a small table and a chair so you sit all day and night,” he said. “You are blindfolded and there is no time to sleep. They won’t let you. They put the handcuffs in front so you can try and sleep like that, but every five minutes they show up and start the questioning.”

This torture carried on for eight days, during which the detainees would be moved between the houses and cells.

His colleague Hanthar Nyein bore the brunt of the torture, Nathan Maung said.

“Hanthar was badly treated because he was Burmese national. He had to kneel down on the ground for like two days. His skin was burnt with a cigarette,” he said.

Nathan Maung believes the soldiers were pressuring Hanthar Nyein to hand over his phone password, which would give them access to his encrypted communications and phone records with high profile opposition and activist leaders.

For days, Hanthar Nyein held out from revealing the password, offering them false numbers in the hope his phone would automatically lock anyone out of using it. But the final straw came when the guards threatened to rape him.

“Hanthar couldn’t stand for this and so he surrendered his password and they stopped beating,” Nathan Maung said.

Nathan Maung’s phone broke during the arrest. The beatings stopped for him on the fourth day, he said, when the soldiers discovered he was a US citizen.

“They stopped beating me and started asking questions about why the US government sent me and were giving me US funding, if I was working for the CIA — those kind of stupid questions,” he said. “I said no, I’m a journalist, no one gave me money.”

So, the line of interrogation focused instead on his media company Kamayut Media. He said the soldiers asked about budgets and finances. “They are looking for any fundraising or where we got it,” he said.

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Nathan Maung believed he would die in the interrogation cell.

“I thought, if we survived for two days at the beginning, we’ll be alive … but after that then nobody knows,” he said. “When they started giving us drinking water I thought, OK, we won’t die, we’ll live.”

Nathan Maung said he meditated to help get through the mental and physical trauma. “That’s the only thing that saved us from the hell,” he said.

But his ordeal was not over.

After 15 days, Nathan Maung said he was transferred to a detention center adjoining Myanmar’s Insein Prison, an overcrowded penitentiary of about 10,000 inmates that has a reputation for ill-treatment and terrible conditions. For two more weeks, he was kept in a large cell with about 80 other people — all student activists, protesters, and NLD members, he said. Then he was moved to solitary confinement, where he stayed until his release on June 14.

Stopping the junta’s violence

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch reported that many of the thousands of people arbitrarily detained by the military have been subjected to torture, routine beatings and other ill-treatment since the coup.

“Myanmar’s military and police often hold detainees in custody for extended periods, in overcrowded and unhygienic interrogation centers and prisons. Those detained are frequently kept incommunicado, unable to contact relatives or legal counsel,” the organization wrote in the report. It added the victims “described beatings, burnings from lit cigarettes, prolonged stress positions, and gender-based violence.”

Manny Maung, HRW’s Myanmar researcher and no relation to Nathan Maung, said in a statement that since the coup, authorities have been using torture “without fear of repercussions.”

“The sheer brutality of the beatings and abuse shows the lengths to which Myanmar’s military authorities are going to silence anyone opposing the coup,” she said.

Nathan Maung said he believes he was arrested because the military saw him “as an enemy.”

He was one of at least 88 journalists arrested since the military takeover as part of a crackdown on independent media. Many media workers have been forced into exile abroad or have fled to rebel-controlled areas in the jungles. Those who remain in the cities have gone into hiding, and swap safe houses every few days to avoid arrest.

“They tortured me because I believe in democracy and human rights and freedom of expression,” Nathan Maung said.

The military junta has struggled to consolidate its power over the whole country, as it continues to face mass public opposition. Large-scale nationwide protests seen in the months following the takeover were brutally suppressed. In their place, local militia groups have formed to defend towns and villages from military violence and battles between junta forces and armed resistance groups are being waged on multiple fronts around the country.

“Civil war is happening now, it’s already a failed state,” Nathan Maung said.

Nathan Maung said the international community cannot stand by while the junta continues to operate with impunity and lawlessness against its people and called for “aggressive action” against the military.

“We don’t have time to wait and see. There are thousands refugees going to flee to the border, a humanitarian crisis happening now,” he said.

Standing in a park, surrounded by beech trees in Washington, DC — thousands of miles away from the cells, the torture, and the violence — Nathan Maung feels torn, but says he plans to return to Asia and base himself in neighboring Thailand to continue fighting for a democratic Myanmar.

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Sometimes, I dream I really went back to prison, because my body is here but my mind is with my friends, my journalists, my country,” he said.

“All my life, I have been working for a free Burma, as citizen and as a journalist. Until I die, I have to work for that. I have to take care of my people. They deserve democracy and human rights,” he said.

Hong Kong (CNN Business) – Myanmar’s military junta is using torture to extract information from detainees on the whereabouts of senior opposition members and activist leaders, according to an American citizen and journalist who was recently released from a Yangon prison.

Kemp accused the administration of “weaponising the US Department of Justice to carry out their far-left agenda that undermines election integrity and empowers federal government overreach in our democracy.”

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Derek Chauvin gets 25.5 years for George Floyd’s murder.

Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last year, was sentenced Friday to 22 and half years in prison.

Chauvin, in a light gray suit and tie and white shirt, spoke briefly before the sentence was imposed, offering his “condolences to the Floyd family.”

Under Minnesota law, Chauvin will have to serve two-thirds of his sentence, or 15 years — and he will be eligible for supervised release for the remaining seven and a half years.

The sentence exceeds the Minnesota sentencing guideline range of 10 years and eight months to 15 years for the crime. Floyd’s death sparked massive protests across the nation over police brutality.

Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence was not based on emotion or public opinion. He wanted to “acknowledge the deep and tremendous pain that all of the families are feeling, especially the Floyd family,” the judge said.

In a 22 page memorandum, Cahill wrote that two aggravating factors warranted a harsher sentence — that Chauvin “abused his position of trust or authority” and treated Floyd with “particular cruelty.” Chauvin, the judge wrote, treated Floyd “without respect and denied him the dignity owed to all human beings.”

Cahill said the former officer “objectively remained indifferent to Mr. Floyd’s pleas’ even as Mr. Floyd was begging for his life and obviously terrified by the knowledge that he was likely to die.”

Mr. Chauvin’s prolonged restraint of Mr. Floyd was also much longer and more painful than the typical scenario in a second-degree or third-degree murder or second-degree manslaughter case,” the judge wrote.

Chauvin will remain in a restricted housing unit separated from the general population at the Minnesota Correctional Facility- Oak Park Heights “for the time being,” Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald told CNN.

“His ultimate placement is undetermined, but his safety will be our predominate concern when determining final placement,” Fitzgerald said, adding Chauvin has been on administrative segregation status for his “general safety.”

People watch hearing on phone at corner where Floyd was killed

Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death.

Floyd’s final moments, captured on searing cell phone footage by a 17-year-old, illustrated in clear visuals what Black Americans have long said about how the criminal justice system treats Black people. Floyd’s death set off mass protests across the globe as well as incidents of looting and unrest

At the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in Minneapolis, where Floyd took his last breaths, people watched the hearing on mobile phone.

Outside the court complex, Floyd supporters expressed mixed emotions about the prison term.

Floyd’s sister, Bridgett, who founded the George Floyd Memorial Foundation, said in a statement that the sentence “shows that matters of police brutality are finally being taken seriously.”

“However, we have a long way to go and many changes to make before Black and brown people finally feel like they are being treated fairly and humanely by law enforcement in this country,” she added.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump, in a statement, said the “historic sentence” brings the family and country “one step closer to healing by delivering closure and accountability.”

“With Chauvin’s sentence, we take a significant step forward — something that was unimaginable a very short time ago,” he said.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told reporters he hoped “this moment gives us pause and allows us to rededicate ourselves to the real societal change that will move us much further along the road to justice.”

My hope is that he takes the time to learn something about the man whose life he took and about the movement that rose up to call for justice in the wake of George Floyd’s torture and death,” he said of Chauvin. “Today is also an important moment for our country. The outcome of this case is critically important. But by itself, it’s not enough.”

Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, declined to comment.

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After members of Floyd’s family delivered victim impact statements, Chauvin stepped to the lectern beside his lawyer and said, “I want to give my condolences to the Floyd family.” He said pending legal matters prevented him from saying more.

The victim impact statements included an emotional video from Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna, who wore a bow wrapped around her hair.  

“I ask about him all the time,” the little girl said, responding to questions about her dad. 

“I miss you and I love you,” she said when asked what she would tell her father. 

Legally, Chauvin could have faced up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter. The second-degree murder charge said Chauvin assaulted Floyd with his knee, which unintentionally caused Floyd’s death. The third-degree murder charge said Chauvin acted with a “depraved mind,” and the manslaughter charge said his “culpable negligence” caused Floyd’s death.

Chauvin has no prior criminal record, so Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about 12 and a half years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge.

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In this case, state prosecutors asked for a tougher sentence than the recommendations provide, citing five aggravating factors they said applied. Cahill had ruled that four of the five factors were proven beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) Chauvin abused a position of trust and authority, (2) he treated Floyd with particular cruelty, (3) children were present during the offense, and (4) Chauvin committed the crime as a group with the active participation of at least three other people.

Over about three weeks of testimony in court, Minnesota prosecutors repeatedly told jurors to “believe your eyes” and rely on the infamous video of Floyd.

“This case is exactly what you thought when you saw it first, when you saw that video. It is exactly that. You can believe your eyes,” prosecuting attorney Steve Schleicher said in closing arguments. “This wasn’t policing. This was murder

“This case is exactly what you thought when you saw it first, when you saw that video. It is exactly that. You can believe your eyes,” prosecuting attorney Steve Schleicher said in closing arguments. “This wasn’t policing. This was murder.

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Anthony Joshua has become a key shareholder in Love Hemp to help produce CBD products for athletes.

He has signed a three-year deal and will collaborate on a licensed range of CBD products for athletes, Championing the company’s development in its work to position CBD as an internationally recognized, certified products for athletes.

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Joshua is set to fight Oleksandr Usyk in September in London in a defence of his IBF, WBA, and WBO heavy weight titles.

Joshua said:” Love hemp is a great brand with an amazing vision. The ability of CBD to improve people’s everyday lives is undeniable.

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“I have passion for dynamic British businesses, and for wellness, making Love Hemp a perfect brand for me to endorse and become a shareholder in. My work with Love Hemp will allow me to be involved in the company’s aggressive growth strategy as well as developing my own branded wellness focused CBD products.

“Everyone should be able to experience and enjoy the many benefits CBD provides. I looked forward to working with Love Hemp to achieve this goal”.

Tony Calamita, Chief Executive of Love Hemp Group Commented. “We are excited and privileged to welcome Anthony Joshua to the Love Hemp family. His profile in the international sport arena is key to the ongoing of the Love Hemp brand into the amateur and elite sports world”.

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99 people unaccounted for after building collapses near Miami, killing at least one.

We have friends who have family that live in the building. We don’t even know if they are OK, some of them are OK, we don’t know if the rest are OK.

“It’s very shocking, we are shook. It’s not like processing in our minds yet. “Samuel Balkany said.

“We saw this happen, it was by far the most horrific thing that I’ve seen.

We just see a cloud of dust coming our way

Shmuel Balkany was on a walk with his brothers and dog when “we hear a really big rumble, “he told ReliableNewsMedia.

“And we taught that it was a motorcycle like Classic, early in the morning, so we turn around and all we can see was a cloud dust coming our way. We are just like what is going on? So we started rushing towards there. We pull our shirt over our face so we don’t get any dust in our eyes.

A rescuer reached an arm under what looked like a Collapsed wall. Its reinforcing metal bars now pointing skyward, inorder to help the survivor, who was wearing a dark shirt and pajama pants.

The survivor slowly learned over, laying their body over a rescuer’s right shoulder and draping their legs over the bigger person’s chest. The survivor was lowered onto a white stretcher and the team carried the person away.

Shortly after that, at least six stories up, a trio of survivors and what looked like a dog climbed from a balcony into the bucket atop a fire truck’s elevated ladder. The bucket then slowly descended.

Four people were taken to hospitals, and at least seven others were treated at the scene. Jadallah said.

The cause of the Collapse wasn’t immediately known. The building was undergoing roof work, but it’s not known whether this was a factor in the Collapse, Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett Said.

At least one person died in the Collapse.

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency declaration to allow state resources for the disaster response.

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