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Advice your government, see if they answer you, Burna Boy tells troll


Neighbours call for the arrest of Burna Boy, his father, over disturbance of peacein the estate

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, has informed a Nigerian man that the responsibility of making life better for the common man lies in the hands of the government and not his.

He said this during an exchange with the Twitter user who asked him to go back to his community to do something meaningful for them during this Coronavirus pandemic.

“We don’t need you live here go back to your community and do something meaningful to them during this hard time of corona virus.”, the Twitter user wrote.

Replying the tweet, Burna Boy wrote;

“Even though I do my best for as many as I can (and I urge everyone who can to do the same), the fact that I do it does not mean it’s my job, that is the Government’s Job not mine. So don’t come here to advice me, advice your government and see if they answer you.”

See their exchange below;

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Cleanup starts at 57 sites in Ogoni land – Minister



The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, says no fewer than 57 sites at Ogoni land in Rivers are being cleaned up currently.

Abubakar made the disclosure while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja, saying that he had presented a report on the ministry’s mandate to a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The virtual meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Ogoni cleanup in the past has been a story. Finally, President Buhari came in 2016 and the contract was given out.

“We are currently cleaning 21 plus 36 sites in Ogoni land. All these are impacted areas with hydrocarbon — a very big project.

“The world is watching this project because of the nature of hydrocarbons and what they can cause to the environment and the people living there.’’

The minister said that planting of 25 million trees was also in the fore burner and that the ministry was collaborating with state governments on the project.

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Abubakar said that the Federal Ministry of Environment was one of the implanting ministries of the 774, 000 jobs approved by the president.

“So, those skilled and unskilled laborers are coming through the ministry. About 200, 000 people will be employed plus additional 2,000, who are going to be employed by the erosion department of the ministry.’’

He said that the ministry was also handling waste recycling, describing waste management as a big project.

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Abubakar said that waste management entailed waste reduction, waste recycling, waste re-use, and waste recovery, among others.

According to him, it is no longer fashionable to produce, use, and dispose of waste.

The minister said that his report to FEC also covered efforts being made on erosion control in the South East and the upper North areas of the country.

“We have two programs on erosion control. One is being handled by the department in the ministry of the environment, which is in charge of mostly conventional erosion.

“Then, we have the big one which is being sponsored by the World Bank and we call that Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project.

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Drive-in music concert: Greeks dance, sing, from their cars as they maintain social distancing



Drive-in music concert: Greeks dance, sing, from their cars as they maintain social distancing

Hundreds of Greeks danced and sang from their cars at a drive-in music concert, the first such event since the country banned mass gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Emerging from sunroofs or sitting on the hood of vehicles parked at designated slots in a soccer stadium in the Athens seaside suburb of Glyfada on Tuesday night, spectators enjoyed a free performance by popular Greek singer Natasa Theodoridou.

“I have never done something like this before, it’s a nice experience, a new experience,” spectator Zoe Georgiou told Reuters before the concert.

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The 300 car positions were raffled off from more than 7,000 applications in a lottery. The event was organised by the municipality of Glyfada and was aimed at bringing joy to residents after weeks in lockdown, the mayor said.

“This is an example to all of us that nothing stops, we can do everything if we have patience and positive thoughts,” said Theodoridou on stage.

Greece imposed the lockdown in March and started easing restrictions on May 4. Live concerts, popular during the summer season, are expected to resume from July 15.

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Warner Music strikes a chord as shares pop on Nasdaq debut



Warner Music Group Corp’s WMG.O stock popped 8% on its Nasdaq debut on Wednesday, after the world’s third-largest recording label sold shares in its $1.9-billion initial public offering towards the higher end of its target.

The deal, the biggest U.S. listing so far in 2020, marks a further sign of recovery for the U.S. IPO market, which was hampered in March by plunging stock prices caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We concluded that there was sufficient market momentum. Without ever trying to time the market this looked like a good time to go,” Warner Chief Executive Stephen Cooper said in an interview.

The company increased the offering to 77 million class A shares at $25 per share, valuing it at $12.75 billion. It had initially proposed to sell 70 million shares at a target range of $23-$26 per share.

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The stock opened at $27 and extended gains in early trading to $28.75.

Unusually for an IPO, the entire offering was made up of existing investors selling stock. Billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries owns the vast majority of Warner, having bought the company in 2011 for $3.3 billion.

The IPO equips Warner, which has been acquisitive in recent years, with public stock to potentially make further acquisitions, Cooper said.

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Warner, home to artists including Cardi B, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, postponed the IPO pricing by a day to mark #BlackOutTuesday, a social media event to show support for racial justice.

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Warner has seen a 12% jump in its recorded music streaming revenue for April, fueled by new releases including Grammy-winning artist Dua Lipa’s latest album, “Future Nostalgia.”

The music industry is seen as more resilient to weakness in the broader economy, though Warner has cautioned the outbreak has hurt physical revenue streams and delayed the release of new recordings, movies and television programs.

With in-person meetings impossible due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Warner is the latest company to complete its IPO through a virtual roadshow, the process by which management meets with potential investors in an IPO to rustle up interest.

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Virtual roadshows and the lack of time spent travelling to different cities mean companies have been able to complete their IPOs in as little as four days and with no weekend bridging the time at which it outlines a targeted price and the final price. This shorter roadshow has served as a hedge against volatile financial markets.

Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs are among the underwriters for the IPO.








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