Jordyn Woods’ is not engaged, 370,000 Nigerians have received the COVID-19 vaccine, Rashford, and Saka out of England qualifiers. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest, which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.
Here is a rundown of five of the hottest news topics…
1. Jordyn Woods’ mum debunks engagement rumors
A massive rock on Jordyn Woods’ finger had social media buzzing that she was engaged to Karl-Anthony Towns. Woods’ mother, who is also her manager, is setting the record straight. Elizabeth Woods told the media the ring seen in Instagram photos is just some flashy bling, and her daughter, Jordyn Woods, is not engaged to Karl-Anthony Towns.
Woods and Towns have been shutting down several rumors recently. Just last week, they both addressed reports that Towns was cheating on the model. Woods tweeted March 18, “So crazy how someone can make fake screenshots and send it to blogs, and y’all believe it.” Towns wrote on Twitter, “So I got the baddest girl in the game, and you think I’m gonna waste my energy with anyone else.”
2. Over 370,000 Nigerians receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Barely three weeks after Nigeria commenced vaccination of its citizens against the COVID-19 virus, over 370,000 people have received the first dose of the vaccine. As of Friday, 374,585 eligible Nigerians have been vaccinated, data released by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) shows.
The data, published on Friday evening, shows that all states, except Kogi, have commenced vaccination against the virus, which has claimed over 2,000 lives in the country. Having received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines in early March, Nigeria commenced vaccination, beginning with healthcare workers who are often at the risk of exposure to infections being the first responders to patients.
3. Paid leave after miscarriage: New Zealand passes pioneering legislation
New Zealand’s parliament has unanimously approved legislation that would give couples who suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth three days’ paid leave, putting the country in the vanguard of those providing such benefits. Ginny Andersen, the Labor member of parliament who drafted the Bill, said she had not been able to find comparable legislation anywhere in the world.
Employers in New Zealand, as in some other countries, had already been required to provide paid leave in the event of a stillbirth, when a fetus is lost after a gestation of 20 weeks or more. The new legislation will expand that leave to anyone who loses a pregnancy at any point, removing any ambiguity. The measure, which was passed on Wednesday, is expected to become law in the coming weeks.
4. Ghana: Cost of living up in Accra
General prices of some essential goods and services have increased in Accra, raising the cost of living amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Traders fear the increase in food items across the major markets in the capital would lead to low patronage. The hikes have affected foodstuff, rent, and other essentials in the country’s capital.
Although the economy had picked up from its sluggish showing at the onset of the pandemic last year, many businesses, especially micro and small enterprises, have suffered the pandemic’s negative impacts, which have affected their disposable incomes.
5. Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka out of England qualifiers
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka have been ruled out of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Poland. Both players missed Thursday’s 5-0 win against San Marino at Wembley. Rashford, 23, joined up with Gareth Southgate’s squad despite carrying a foot injury and will return to United after further assessment.
Saka, 19, had not linked up with the group because of a hamstring injury. Three Lions boss Southgate had been hopeful the pair would be fit to be involved, but it has been decided they will not be fit enough to feature in this round of international fixtures.
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