Harry and Meghan Markle buy a home, Ed Sheeran and wife are expecting a baby, Premier League scraps winter breaks. 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.
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1. Harry and Meghan buy £11m home in Santa Barbara
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly bought an £11m home in the celebrity hotspot of Santa Barbara. The couple had been house-hunting in the US before the coronavirus lockdown after moving there from Canada.
Santa Barbara, on the coast of California, is home to stars including Oprah Winfrey and popstar Ariana Grande, while a host of famous names such as actors Jeff Bridges, Rob Lowe, and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres have been past residents.
Harry and Meghan’s reported new nine-bedroom house, which is said to have cost $14.65m (£11.1m), includes a game room, home theatre, a lift, a gym, and a swimming pool. Alongside the main house, which stands at 14,500 sq ft, there is also a two-bedroom guesthouse and tennis court.
2. Ghana’s population census now next year — Statistical Service
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has now decided to hold the 2020 Population and Housing Census (PHC) next year. According to the GSS, the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the “destabilization of the population” by the political peak season had necessitated the postponement of the census to next year.
The GSS originally fixed March 15 this year for the conduct of the exercise but it was rescheduled twice to May 15 and then to June 28, this year, with the explanation that the June 28 date was to allow for the service to conduct a mapping process and build quality data for the main census exercise. Following the upsurge in the COVID-19 cases in the country, the GSS decided that the exercise would be done at a later date next year.
3. Ed Sheeran and wife are expecting a baby
Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn are expecting a baby this summer after they kept mum about the pregnancy during the coronavirus lockdown. Ed Sheeran — the biggest musician in the world today — and Cherry are said to be “overjoyed” as they are expecting a baby.
It comes after the British singer-songwriter, 29, announced a break from music last Christmas, following two-and-a-half years on the road. Friends revealed he decided to put the time to good use and start a family — with Cherry Seaborn, 28, already in the final stage of her pregnancy.
Reports show that they have not been seen as they have spent much of lockdown at their Suffolk home.
4. Stage 2 load shedding in South Africa will continue on Friday, August 14 – Eskom
South Africa just can’t seem to rid itself of load shedding and amid a lockdown which seems like it’s been around forever, the power cuts hit hard. Following Stage 2 load shedding on Thursday, August 13, Eskom said there’s more to come on Friday. Cherry Seaborn
According to the power utility, returning four generation units to service is just not enough to fully strengthen the grid. Eskom, in an afternoon statement on Thursday, said its maintenance updates were not enough to stave off load shedding.
5. Premier League scraps winter break due to congested 2020-2021 schedule
The Premier League has scrapped its winter break for the 2020-2021 season because of fixture congestion resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming campaign will be five weeks shorter than a standard season because of the late end to 2019-2020 season. Last season, each team had one weekend and one full midweek off in February.
When the break was brought in, the Football Association said it would “greatly benefit club and country” before England’s Euro 2020 campaign. But the tournament was postponed until 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Any hope of a similar break before the rescheduled Euros has been wrecked by the need to cram three domestic competitions – plus European club and international competitions – into the reduced season.
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