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Serena Williams Wins First Title Since Childbirth

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Legendary tennis player, Serena Williams has proved that not even childbirth can put any strain on her or bring her form down in the world of tennis.

The proud mother of one has won her first title since becoming a mom. And even more generously, she gifted her cash prize of $43,000 to Australian bushfire relief.

The 38-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017, lifted the trophy at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, after defeating fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4.

Williams, who has now incredibly won titles across four decades after claiming her first in 1999, flung back her head in delight and relief after Pegula hit the ball wide on match point.

“Oh, it feels good!” said Williams, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles. “It’s been a long time. I think you could see the relief on my face.

“It’s pretty satisfying just to get a win in the final.

“That was really important for me, and I just want to build on it. It’s just a step towards the next goal.”

Williams told CNN she “almost died giving birth.” But she remarkably returned to the WTA Tour six months later in March 2018. Her first appearance had been even earlier at an exhibition match the previous December in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Since her comeback, Williams has played some devastating tennis and reached finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in both 2018 and 2019.

But the wait for more silverware has called for Williams to dig deep for self-belief.

“You have to be your biggest cheerleader, especially if you’re feeling you’re not doing everything right — or even if you are doing everything right but things aren’t working out for you,” she added.

Williams now will prepare for the Australian Open, a tournament she has won seven times, which begins on 20 January.

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Apple CEO, Tim Cook Is Now A Billionaire

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Apple CEO, Tim Cook has become a billionaire after the Cupertino-based iPhone maker broke all previous records to become the world’s most valued company at over $1.84 trillion.

According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the net worth of Cook has eclipsed $1-billion mark, officially making him a billionaire.

“Cook owns 847,969 shares directly and took home more than $125 million last year as part of his pay package,” reports the BBC.

The milestone comes 9-years after Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011.

Last week, Apple surpassed Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco to become the world’s most valuable company.

The massive earnings helped Apple shares closed up 10.47 percent to become the world’s most valuable publicly-traded company, surpassing the largest oil producer in the world.

Apple is now closing in on the milestone of being the first company to be valued at $2 trillion. Back in 2018, Apple was also the first US company to cross the $1-trillion mark.

However, Cook still has a long way to meet up with other CEOs on the Bloomberg Billionaires’ list, like Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos ($187 billion), former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates ($121 billion) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ($102 billion).

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Russia Approves First Coronavirus Vaccine; Putin Says His Daughter Received Dose

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President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.

The vaccine still has to complete final trials, raising concerns among some experts at the speed of its approval, but the Russian business conglomerate Sistema has said it expects to put it into mass production by the end of the year.

Russian health workers treating Covid-19 patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, a source told Reuters last month.

Regulatory approval paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population and authorities hope it will allow the economy, which has been battered by fallout from the virus, to return to full capacity.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, hailed the development as a historic “Sputnik moment”, comparable to the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite.

The vaccine will be marketed under the name ‘Sputnik V’ on foreign markets, he said.

Dmitriev said Russia had already received foreign requests for 1 billion doses. International agreements had been secured to produce 500 million doses annually, with the vaccine also expected to be produced in Brazil.

He said clinical trials were expected to start soon in the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.

But only about 10 percent of a clinical trials are successful, and the speed at which Russia has moved, approving a vaccine before the final stages of trials to test safety and efficacy are over, has worried some scientists, who fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.

Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin dismissed those concerns, saying the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.

He said he hoped mass production would start soon.

The vaccine’s approval by the health ministry comes before the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial.

Such trials, which require a certain rate of participants catching the virus to observe the vaccine’s effect, are normally considered essential precursors for a vaccine to receive regulatory approval.

The Moscow-based Association of Clinical Trials Organizations (ACTO), a trade body representing the world’s top drugmakers in Russia this week urged the health ministry to postpone approval until that final trial had been successfully completed.

In a letter to the ministry, it said there were high risks associated with registering a drug before that happened.

“It is during this phase that the main evidence of a vaccine’s efficacy is collected, as well as information on adverse reactions that could appear in certain groups of patients: people with weakened immunity, people with concomitant diseases and so forth,” it said.

Some international experts have also questioned the speed at which Russia approved its vaccine.

“Normally you need a large number of people to be tested before you approve a vaccine,” said Peter Kremsner from the University Hospital in Tuebingen, currently testing CureVac’s Covid-19 vaccine in clinical trials.

“In that respect, I think it’s reckless to do that (approve it) if lots of people haven’t already been tested.”

Duncan Matthews, a professor of intellectual property law at Queen Mary University of London, said news of a potential Covid-19 vaccine was to be welcomed, “but safety must be the priority”.

“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have fast-track approval procedures for emergency humanitarian use and we need to see evidence that Russia is adopting an equally prudent approach,” Matthews said in an emailed comment.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the Covid-19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data.

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Jane Naana Opoku Called Mzbel To Boycott The Case After Nigel Raped Her : Kennedy Agyapong

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The ‘strong’ man Kennedy Ohene ‘Akompreko’ Agyapong has announced his come back to Net 2 TV’s Hot seat program with a serious disclosure about NDC’s newly elected Vice-Presidential Aspirant, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

The Assin Central’s MP, for months, went into a long silence which began to raise eyebrows on social media. Some netizens who have held him up high became worried at his sudden disappearance.

Others were with the thoughts that whenever Kennedy Agyapong vanishes from the public space, then it means he’s up to something. Thus bringing an expose that will shake grounds.

But our guesses this time were very wrong. His disappearance was due to the fact that he was seriously ill. He had contracted the deadly COVID-19 and was in mandatory quarantine for 2 weeks.

Kennedy Agyapong after receiving proper medical care is back on his feet very strong than before. It’s good news anyway for the country.

Looking very healthy at age 60, Kennedy Agyapong, yesterday on Net 2 TV revealed that Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang was the person who fueled Nigel Gaisie in doing all his bad acts.

He again disclosed that it was the Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang who pleaded with Mzbel not to further carry on with any legal action against Nigel Gaisie after he raped her.

According to the maverick politician, because of Nigel’s affiliation to the opposition party, the National Democratic Congress-NDC Jane Naana stood in to fight for him even though he had done something that’s punishable by law.

Whiles speaking on his private owned television station, NET2 TV, the NPP firebrand asserted that Mzbel boycotted a meeting with him on TV because Jane Naana had called to apologized on Nigel’s behalf.

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