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Bayelsa man, 40, found dead in a brothel

The lifeless body of a yet-to-identified man was on Tuesday found in a brothel where he allegedly lodged with a commercial worker in Bayelsa State. DAILY POST gathered that the deceased who is said to be a father of 12 children visited the brothel to meet his regular customer at Tombia-Amassoma Road axis of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. According to residents of the area, the deceased, aged 40, from Delta State, was said to be a stroke patient, before the unfortunate incident. They said he was one of the customers to the commercial sex workers, who left home around 8 am on Tuesday to meet a prostitute, but was later found dead in the quarters. It was also gathered that the lifeless body was found naked in the apartment while all the commercial sex workers bolted away on noticing that the man had died. As at the time of visiting the scene, people living around the area were trying to get the identity of the deceased in order to contact the relative to evacuate the corpse for burial. It was gathered that security operatives have previously raided the brothel and earmarked it as a red-light zone. The commander of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, in Bayelsa State, Mr Tolumobofa Akpoebibo Jonathan, told DAILY POST, at the scene that the deceased is a 40-year-old father of 12 from Delta State. Police spokesman in Bayelsa State, ASP Musa Muhammed, told DAILY POST, that he was trying to reach out to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area to get accurate information about what happened.

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Wordle 1054 Answer: Hints and Clues To Guess Word of the Day on 8 May 2024

Wordle 1054 Level: Wordle has been updated to a new challenging level on 8 May 2024. In order to continue their winning streak, players must complete this level in 6 attempts. The Wordle solution for Wednesday can be a little challenging but with the help of our online hints and clues, you won’t only guess the answer but also earn a daily score.Players are required to know the rules before beginning to play this game. Wordle is the ideal game for you, if you enjoy solving challenging puzzles. Josh Wardle, the game’s inventor, was paid seven figures by The New York Times in 2022 to get the rights of the game. Wordle 1053 Answer for 7 May 2024: Hints and Clues To Guess the Final AnswerIn order to help his partner narrow down the 12,000 five-letter words in the English language to only 2,500, Wardle famously designed the game for her. This allowed her to compile the database of answers. It was also helpful since his name plays on the term “word.”Every day a new level is available for users during the mid-night on the New York Times website or wordlegame.org. To solve the Wordle 1054 level for Wednesday, 8 May 2024, users must go through our online hints and clues listed below because the answer is not an easy term to guess.Follow below hints and clues to guess the answer of Wordle 1054 level on Wednesday, 8 May 2024.The answer starts with the letter ‘P’.The answer ends with the letter ‘S’.There are three vowels I, O, and U in today’s Wordle answer.There is no repeated letter.Terms like sincere, faithful, and devout are the synonyms.Wordle 1051 Answer for Today: Hints, Clues, and Word of the Day for 5 May 2024Spoiler Alert!!!Do not read ahead, if you wish to solve today’s Wordle level on your own.Players who failed to guess the today’s Wordle answer within the 6 attempts must not feel disappointed because we will reveal the solution to them. The answer of Wordle 1054 on Wednesday, 8 May 2024 is:PIOUS(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

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Macklemore floors fans with ‘moving’ pro-Palestine song Hind’s Hall

Macklemore has released a pro-Palestine campaign song (Picture: Didier Messens/Getty Images) Macklemore has released a pro-Palestine song calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The 40-year-old American rapper – real name Ben Haggerty – has posted a campaign song on his social media called Hind’s Hall in which he raps over the top of protest footage and videos of the ongoing destruction in Gaza at the hands of Israel. ‘The people they won’t leave,’ raps the Thrift Shop hitmaker alongside videos of pro-Palestine protests around the world, as he went on to ask: ‘What is threatening about divesting and wanting peace?’ ‘The problem isn’t the protests, it’s what they’re protesting / it goes against what our country is funding,’ the lyrics continue. The rapper then repeats: ‘Block the barricade until Palestine is free.’ Slamming a system ‘designed by white supremacy,’ Macklemore’s video cuts to pictures of big corporations such as McDonald’s, who were previously accused of appearing to support Israel. https://www.instagram.com/p/C6o4830yMvE/ In it, he takes aim at the music industry not speaking out (Picture: Mat Hayward/Getty Images) ‘This generation here is about to cut the strings,’ he continued over harrowing videos of blood-covered children in Gaza, adding that ‘we see the lies’ of those ‘claiming it’s antisemitic to be anti-Zionist. Cutting to a video of President Joe Biden, Macklemore rapped there’s ‘blood’ on his ‘hands’ before confessing he would not be voting for the 81-year-old politician in the upcoming US elections. Macklemore then took aim at the music industry’s ‘silence’ over the destruction in Gaza, saying they are ‘complicit’ in not speaking out against it. The Grammy winner then nodded to Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s rap battle feud, which is being talked about online. ‘I want a ceasefire, f*** a response from Drake,’ he rapped asking: ‘What if you were in Gaza? What if those were your kids?’ Hind’s Hall – the name given to Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall in tribute to a six-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed in Gaza – ends with the words on the screen: ‘Ceasefire now, free Palestine.’ Fans said they had ‘goosebumps’ at the song, and many – alongside music industry names – praised Macklemore for his taking a stand while many chose to stay quiet. ‘Honestly Macklemore’s Hind’s Hall is the most Rage Against the Machine song since Rage Against the Machine,’ musician Tom Morello tweeted, referring to the rock band’s protest songs including Killing in the Name Of. Fans have praised Macklemore for his ceasefire call (Picture: Didier Messens/Getty Images) ‘Macklemore > drake + Kendrick,’ wrote law professor Khaled Beydoun, while user @staph.sam said: ‘This is the diss track we really need.’ @karim_from_haifa said: ‘The silence of the other artists is now even louder. What a masterpiece, how exciting.’ Leali Shalabi commented: ‘goosebumps, this was phenomenal, thank you for using your art to tell the truth.’ Andrea Pico Estrada wrote: ‘Macklemore is right, where are the big names in music? Why the fear? Why the silence? Art and music are the sanctuary of the oppressed, Last I checked we had freedom of speech ? Proud of you brother!’ ‘You are on the right side of history! Thank you for showing us art should be a stance!’ wrote @hanansar_, while Karen Elizabeth added: ‘Amazing to see how he educated himself and hasn’t backed down since.’ Sumerian Records said: ‘this is punk. This is hardcore. this is hiphop.’ The US rapper announced that all proceeds of Hind’s Hall will go to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. Macklemore’s call for a ceasefire comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an operation in Rafah – the border crossing with Egypt which marks the only point Palestinians can flee from Gaza – will go forward. Last night fireworks went off and cheering spread through Gaza as news of a potential ceasefire broke. However within 45 minutes, Israel’s bombardment of Rafah reached some of the most intense levels since its war with Hamas began. Today Israel’s tanks rolled in, destroying an ‘I love Gaza’ sign, and captured the Rafah crossing to Egypt, which has been a ‘lifeline’ for the people of Gaza. Got a story? If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

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Focus on alleviating poverty, preventing migration, says Bastipati Nagaraju

Kurnool: B. Nagaraju, a lecturer-turned-realtor, holds a postgraduate degree in chemistry. He previously served as MPTC of Panchalingala in 2021. TD has chosen him as its MP candidate from Kurnool LS seat, as he belongs to the Kuruva community, which has a dominant presence in the parliamentary constituency.Nagaraju advocates development of Kurnool LS area, while focusing on addressing water scarcity, lack of employment and migration issues. His plans include the construction of irrigation projects like Vedavati and Nagaradona, as well as the establishment of industries and educational institutions to prevent migration and boost local employment opportunities.The TD candidate believes the anti-incumbency votes will work in his favour. He is relying on the support of his community and inherent credibility of the opposition among people.

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Russian plot to kidnap and kill Volodymyr Zelenskyy thwarted, Ukraine's security service says

Ukraine’s security service (SBU) said it has foiled a Russian plot to kidnap and assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and kill other top Ukrainian officials. Two serving colonels from the Ukrainian government’s own protection unit have been arrested in a troubling sign of Russian penetration of Ukraine’s security apparatus. The SBU said the men were part of what it called a “network of agents” that had been working for the Russian security services. Other intended targets in the conspiracy included Vasyl Malyuk, the head of the SBU, and Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov, the chief of Ukraine’s military intelligence agency. The plotters had intended to kill the military spy chief before the Orthodox Easter, which this year fell on 5 May, according to a statement by the SBU. Mr Malyuk said the plot was supposed to be a “gift to Putin before the inauguration” but was “actually a failure of the Russian secret service”. “But we must not forget that the enemy is strong and experienced, and cannot be underestimated. We will continue to work proactively to ensure that every traitor receives a well-deserved court sentence,” he said. Russia has previously been accused of multiple plots to kill Mr Zelenskyy since President Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. But the latest scheme is particularly notable because of the alleged involvement of two colonels in the State Guard of Ukraine, which is tasked with protecting top officials. Read more on Sky News:Ukrainian mother captured by Russia describes ordealWhy won’t Germany provide Ukraine with better weapons? Russia’s intelligence services recruited the men before the full-scale war, the Ukrainian security service said. It claimed that the Russian agents had been trying to find members of the Ukrainian military close to President Zelenskyy’s security detail who would be willing to take him hostage and kill him. A broader plan involved identifying the location of a senior Ukrainian official and targeting the site with a missile strike, followed by a drone attack and then a second missile strike. The SBU said the whole operation was run from Moscow and it published the names of three Russian intelligence officers who were allegedly behind the plot. The two Ukrainian colonels were arrested on suspicion of treason, which carries a life sentence. The head of the SBU said he “personally controlled” the investigation, which “gradually” built up evidence against the two colonels. The SBU said the suspects were part of a network working for the FSB, Russia’s security service, and had also leaked classified information.

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Drake: Shooting at rapper's mansion leaves security guard seriously injured

Police are investigating a shooting at the Toronto mansion of Canadian rapper Drake. A security guard, who had been standing outside the gates of the property, was taken to hospital after being seriously injured in the attack. The shooting happened early on Tuesday morning, soon after 2am local time (7am UK time) near Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue in the affluent Bridle Path neighbourhood. A suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, police said in a post on X. A representative for the Toronto-born five-time Grammy award winner said Drake was not injured, Sky’s partner network NBC News reported. Police said they could not confirm if Drake was at home at the time of the incident. But they were “in contact with his team and they are cooperating”, Inspector Paul Krawczyk said. Police said they were investigating the incident and had not yet established a motive. Canadian broadcaster CBC reported a police source as saying the guard appeared to have been shot in a drive-by attack. It added that according to the initial report, the man suffered a gunshot wound to the upper chest and was unconscious when officers arrived. The victim then underwent surgery in hospital, CBC added. Read more:Travis Scott to play at beleaguered Co-op Live venueFinal Friends episode scripts were leaked by insiderIs ‘Drake’s new track’ actually Drake? Drake, 37, is currently embroiled in a high-profile feud with US rapper Kendrick Lamar. They have both released new diss tracks as the feud between them intensifies with brutal verses dragging in their families. Drake and 36-year-old Lamar – whose fourth album won a Pulitzer Prize – have for years been exchanging thinly veiled barbs. But the flurry of diss tracks shows how their animosity has become more personal and a lot less subtle. Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, is one of the world’s biggest-selling musicians. He has had 13 number one tracks in the US, including God’s Plan, Work featuring Rihanna, and One Dance with WizKid and Kyla. The Hotline Bling performer is Spotify’s most streamed male artist of all time.

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Defence secretary Grant Shapps confirms name of contractor running MoD system hacked by China

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed the name of the contractor running the Ministry of Defence’s payroll system that was hacked by China. Mr Shapps told parliament that SSCL (Shared Services Connected Ltd) is the contractor and their work is being reviewed across government following the cyber attack – which China has denied. Politics Live: ‘Malign actor’ behind MoD hack – but government refuses to name China The cabinet minister initially did not name the company operating the payroll, but told MPs that there is evidence of “potential failings” which “may have made it easier for the malign actor” to gain access to the bank details of service personnel and veterans. In response, Labour’s shadow defence secretary John Healey said the government had “many serious questions to answer”, and went on to claim that “Shared Services Connected Ltd has the MOD contract for core payroll and other business services”. Mr Shapps replied: “He has named the contractor that was involved, I can confirm that’s the correct name, SSCL. “I’ve requested from the Cabinet Office a full review of their work across government as well as within MoD, which is underway.” Sky News revealed last night that the Chinese state had hacked the Armed Forces’ payroll system. China said the accusations are “completely fabricated and malicious slanders”. Names, addresses and bank details of current Army, Royal Navy and RAF personnel and some veterans were exposed by the hack. SSCL is a subsidiary of the Paris-based tech company Sopra Steria. The company is the largest provider of business support services for the government and the UK military, as well as the Metropolitan Police Service. Its website says it provides payroll, HR and pension services to 230,000 military personnel and reservists, and two million veterans, with a “wholly safe and secure service” that is “data protected to the highest levels”. Rishi Sunak earlier refused to name China as the hacker but said Beijing has “fundamentally different values to ours” and it is “acting in a way that is more authoritarian and assertive abroad”. ‘State involvement’ can’t be ruled out In his statement to MPs, Mr Shapps said that “state involvement” cannot be ruled out but also did not name China, saying the details of the suspected culprit can’t be released for national security reasons. Former leader of the Conservative Party Sir Iain Duncan Smith told the Politics Hub with Sophy Ridge “there is a resistance to want to call out what China really is”. He said under the Foreign Influence Registration Scheme “there is the capacity to basically place them in the enhanced tier, which means they are a threat. And I would simply recommend that the government does that pretty quickly”. The decision not to name Beijing was also criticised by former armed forces minister Mark Francois, who called for the government to “stand up” to China. He told the Commons: “This will be very worrying for service personnel, their families and veterans. “And they’ll be disrespected that the government seems to have briefed that it was China overnight and then not had the nerve to confirm that in the House today, because someone rang up from the Foreign Office and said ‘don’t do that’.” Mr Shapps said the government did “everything we could” to avoid news of the hack being leaked before his statement to parliament, and that ministers wanted to prioritise closing the system down and ensuring personnel were paid “before we came to this house”. “We most certainly did not wish to see or brief out the story. Unfortunately, because there are a large number of people potentially impacted it was almost impossible for people not to go and then talk about, and I believe that’s how it’s come into the public domain.” Read More:Ministers look odd as the government isn’t naming Beijing publiclyBeijing poses ‘constant’ threat to Western cybersecurity He added: “We’ve launched a full investigation, drawing on Cabinet Office support and specialist external expertise to examine the potential failings of the contractor and to minimise the risk of similar incidents in the future.” Mr Shapps said up to 272,000 service personnel may have been hit by the data breach and set out an eight-point plan to support and protect those potentially affected. Initial investigations have found no evidence that any data has been removed, but affected armed forces personnel have been alerted as a precaution. The payment network is “an external system completely separate to the MoD’s core network”, Mr Shapps stressed. He apologised “to the men and women who are affected by this”, adding “it should not have happened”. A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London denied the country had anything to do with an MoD hack and said it had made “relevant responses” to accusations on the 25 and 27 March. He accused the UK of politicising cyber security and claimed there was no factual evidence of China hacking the MoD. Sky News has approached SSCL and Sopra Steria for a comment.

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What Zendaya’s hair in “Challengers” doesn’t reflect about real tennis

Hair is personal. The memories of my Ethiopian mother meticulously washing, parting and braiding my hair on a Sunday evening after church are still ever present in my adult mind. My butt still stings from sitting on pillows, attempting to mask the hardwood floors of our living room while she would work for hours, crossing three strands of my curly, long hair. She’d repeat the steps over and over until each braid nearly looked like it was crafted by God’s hands. That’s what hair means to Black women. We all have endless memories of getting our hair done and the people connected to it. This is why hair brings us a sense of community, empowerment and identity. It’s a defining physical characteristic for most people but for some Black women, it’s a way of life. Some of the most high-profile Black women also take great joy in the pageantry and transformation of their hair. Zendaya is one of those women with her ever-changing red carpet looks – even dyeing her hair for her different movies. She was sporting a new blonde ‘do, promoting her new film “Challengers,” and then switched it up for Monday’s Met Gala. “Challengers,” directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by Justin Kuritzkes, centers on Tashi Duncan (Zendaya), a former tennis wunderkind turned pro-tennis coach for her husband Art Donaldson (Mike Faist), who’s trajectory seems promising but is disillusioned with the sport. Their ascension hits a speedbump however when they are faced by her ex-boyfriend and Art’s former best friend, burnout tennis player Patrick Zweig (Josh O’Connor), who’s never lived up to his potential . . . until now, when the two men face off. One of the more fascinating aspects of “Challengers” is the main characters’ hair. Told through a non-linear timeline that oscillates between the past and present, the film uses different wigs, hairstyles and cuts to signify how time has passed for Tashi, Art and Patrick. But what “Challengers” misses with Tashi’s hair is how it is used for the empowerment of Black women in tennis, namely the pioneers of sport like Venus and Serena Williams, gained from their distinct self-expression through their hair. How did this happen? The script had originally been written to acknowledge the importance of Black women in the sport. When outlining Tashi’s character, writer Kuritzkes said to Variety that as soon as he started writing, “Tashi was always a Black woman.” He was inspired to write “Challengers” after watching the infamous 2018 U.S. Open match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. He shared that it felt “ridiculous to create a love triangle set in the tennis world with three American players and not have one of them be a Black woman. Because that is the story of American women’s tennis, if you look at all of the big superstars from the past decade.” Josh O’Connor stars as Patrick and Zendaya as Tashi in “Challengers” (Niko Tavernise / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)However, not much is made of Tashi’s Blackness in the film’s storytelling nor dialogue . . . and even less so on the screen. She exists in a space where she clearly is inspired by the Williams sisters, even though she is not monoracial like them. She is biracial like Osaka, who is Japanese and Haitian. But there are no direct indications to her biracial identity other than seeing her Black father and white mother involved in her life. It is implied that she comes from a working-class background, and tennis is her ticket to making her and “her family millionaires.” Race only peeks through the film’s white lens when former lovers Tashi and Patrick argue about their complicated relationship dynamics, and Tashi spits out with vitriol, “I’m taking such good care of my little white boys.” In an interview with Variety, Zendaya said in that contentious moment with Patrick, “It’s very clear to her that she’s coming into a place of privilege and access that she clearly didn’t grow up with, so she enjoys f**king with [Art and Patrick] about it.” Throughout the movie, Tashi’s proximity to whiteness can be seen through the transformation in her hair. While the film tries to implement Tashi as a symbol of representation of past and current Black female tennis players, its white filmmakers and white hair and makeup team only emphasize her whiteness. Hair and makeup heads Massimo Gattabrusi and Fernanda Perez said they had modeled Tashi’s hair to resemble white female tennis player Maria Sharapova — instead of the Williams sisters, Osaka or even young new star Coco Gauff. As a young rising star, Tashi begins the movie at 18 ready to take on college tennis at Stanford and become a breakout powerhouse. Her hair matches this with a long wavy, dense wig that gets interchanged with her game-day hair, a long, single, tight braid, which Gattabrusi called a “powerful hairdo.” While Perez said they drew inspiration from many different tennis players, “But you can see the braid on Sharapova.” After Tashi’s career-ending injury, she is in a new phase of life so Gattabrusi said she transitions to a mid-length wig which is looser than her already wavy textured hair. This transition is also where Art and Tashi’s burgeoning professional and romantic relationship blossoms and deepens. Finally, in the present day, Art and Tashi are married and seen as a tennis power couple; she has adopted his last name, they have a daughter and her hair is no longer wavy. It is almost fully straightened and sports blonde highlights. “[It] makes her look more mature, more of a mother. And with a different kind of power,” Gattabrusi said. While it can be empowering for Black women to change their hairstyles, color and cut, in Tashi’s case, inadvertently, the closer she gets to the privilege, access and proximity to whiteness, we see her outer state conform to an image of whiteness. Tashi has entered this new powerful phase in her life, wielding control over two white men and their tennis careers. In turn, she loses what made her a force to begin with — her authenticity. Mike Faist stars as Art and Zendaya as Tashi in “Challengers” (Niko Tavernise / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)This sense of authenticity is seen in the Williams sisters’ most memorable hairstyles. From their historic jingling, white beaded braids, to brown microbraids, blonde braids, braid outs, weaves and leave-outs. They’ve done it all-natural, colorful and even pressed out. But they never lost their sense of self-discovery and expression on the court, especially as the first two Black women to break through a predominantly white sport. However, in this very same sport, Tashi never achieves the personal success, esteem and great heights the Williams sisters, Osaka and Guaff have garnered in their careers. It leaves her greedily craving power like it is her life force, one that she drains from her “little white boys” who are drunkenly in love with her. While “Challengers” tries to convince us that Tashi has control and is empowered through her hair, especially her final, blonde straight bob look, it actually depicts that she is experiencing the opposite. She is a woman so desperately trying to gain control, or at least hold onto it — all the while losing what makes her her in the process.

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Hamas official warns of no ceasefire deal if Israeli aggression on Gaza continues

“The ball is in Netanyahu’s court,” he added, saying that the latest ceasefire proposal which Hamas agreed to “represents the minimum that responds to the demands of our people and our resistance.” Israeli forces seized the main border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza earlier on Tuesday, shutting down a vital aid route into the Palestinian enclave that is already on the brink of famine. “The Rafah crossing was and will remain a purely Egyptian-Palestinian crossing,” Hamdan said.

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