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Jeff Bezos Donates $100 Million Each To A CNN Reporter And Chef

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The world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos, and owner of Amazon has donated the stunning sum of $200m to CNN contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.

He made the announcement on Tuesday, July 21, after flying to the edge of space that he planned to award $100 million each to both men.

Jeff Bezos donates $100 million each to CNN reporter Van Jones and chef Jose Andres for trying to

Bezos said that Jones and Andres were free to do “what they want” with the money.

“They can give it all to their own charity,” Bezos said at a press conference after his trip to space. “Or they can share the wealth. It is up to them.”

Jeff Bezos donates $100 million each to CNN reporter Van Jones and chef Jose Andres for trying to

The money, Bezos said, was tied to a “surprise” philanthropic initiative he wanted to announce called the Courage and Civility Award.

The award aims to honor those who have “demonstrated courage” and tried to be a unifier in a divisive world, Bezos added.

Jeff Bezos donates $100 million each to CNN reporter Van Jones and chef Jose Andres for trying to

“We need unifiers and not vilifiers,” Bezos said. 

“We need people who argue hard and act hard for what they believe. But they do that always with civility and never ad hominem attacks. Unfortunately, we live in a world where this is too often not the case. But we do have role models.”

Jeff Bezos donates $100 million each to CNN reporter Van Jones and chef Jose Andres for trying to

Jones, accepting the award, said that “sometimes dreams come true.”

“You bet on me and I appreciate it,” Jones told Bezos, later adding that it was money for him to “give to others who have a similar spirit.”

Andrés, a chef, who has poured his efforts into feeding those in need around the world, said that the award itself “cannot feed the world on its own.”

“But,” Andrés added, “this is a start of a new chapter for us.”


Anderson Cooper, who was anchoring CNN’s special coverage of Bezos’s trip to space said that the award was “quite a surprise.”


“None of us knew anything about it,” Cooper said.

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Arsenal Sign Ben White For £50M

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Arsenal, Premier League side have signed England defender Ben White from Brighton in a £50m deal.

White, who was a late call-up to England’s squad for Euro 2020 to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, signed a five-year deal with the option of a further year and will wear the No 4 shirt on Friday.

Arsenal saw two bids for the 23-year-old rejected before an agreement was reached with Brighton, who have inserted a sell-on clause.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “Ben was a top target for us and it’s great that we’ve completed his signing. Ben has been educated with two very good clubs, Brighton and Leeds, in recent seasons. He has benefitted well from two very good coaching set-ups and has shown with both Brighton and on loan with Leeds what a strong talent he is.

Arsenal sign defender Ben White from Brighton in ?50m transfer

“Ben is an intelligent defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and his style fits perfectly with us. And of course, he is still young, so his age and profile fits with what we are building here. We are all looking forward to Ben being central to our future long-term plans.

Arsenal’s technical director Edu added: “Ben has been a key target this summer. He has so many qualities which make us so excited he’s joining us. Ben’s a young English player with a great future. He’s very strong defensively, good on the ball with a great passing range. We’re delighted Ben’s signed and we look forward to him growing with us.”

White will immediately join up with his new team-mates ahead of the Mind Series friendly match at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

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Hushpuppi To Be Sentenced In October : US Court

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The sentencing of self-confessed internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, has been slated for October this year. This is according to the United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California.

Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai in July 2020 for a multi-millionaire dollar fraud perpetrated by him and members of his syndicate. This week he pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam, money laundering, among others.

His plea bargain document which was released online this week was signed by Hushpuppi, his lawyer, Loius Shapiro; and Acting United States Attorney, Tracy Wilkison, among others.

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‘Get Ready For Us’ : GRA Tells Oswald’s Teacher Mrs Appiah As They Plan To Chase Her For Gift Tax

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The Ghana Revenue Authority, (GRA), has set its sights on the class teacher who was given the topmost priority on the ‘Our Day’ petition of 9-year-old Oswald to his mother.

Mrs Appiah, a tutor at the Christ Ambassador School in Dansoman, has been described by Oswald as his favourite teacher because she’s really helped him to settle in school.

Therefore, she was going to receive a big bottle of soda drink from the pupil. But fortunes changed after the son-to-mother letter went viral and attracted sponsorship from top companies, beverage brands, educational and financial institutions among others.

It appears the state revenue mobilization agency keenly monitored all the donations made to ensure that the ‘Our Day’ goes beyond a day’s event and has come through with its intentions.

In a post sighted by KUBILIVE, the GRA shared a photo of Oswald and his teacher, Mrs Appiah, on its official Instagram account and indicated that they will be coming after her for gift tax.

Amid laughing emojis, the company joked that it will pardon Oswald because he was too young to commit to taxes, but served notice to the teacher to prep herself to ‘pay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar’ (pun intended).

The post read below.

“The boy is too young for gift tax but somebody should kindly tell Mrs. Appiah to get ready for us ???”, the company captioned the snap.

The move comes against the backdrop of the Revenue Authority going after Naa Dromo, the second daughter of renowned preacher Sam Korankye Ankrah, who received $1million dollars as a wedding gift from some of her friends.

Consequently, the GRA in a letter dated July 15, extended an invitation to Naa Dromo to pay gift tax on the money and for further discussions for defaulting in tax compliance.

However, her father who is the Apostle General of the Royal house Chapel International said the cheque was a dummy, describing it as a “faith cheque”.

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