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Africa Football: 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Rescheduled



Africa Football: 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Rescheduled





FIFA has confirmed that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon will be played in 2022 due to Covid-19 to meet the expectations of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

FIFA on Tuesday agreed with the CAF’s Executive Committee’s decision that Africa’s flagship football competition be played a year later than earlier planned.

In its last meeting in June, CAF Executive Committee took the decision to postpone the AFCON to 2022 while rescheduling the 2020 African Nations Championship to 2021.

FIFA has now revealed that it has made changes to the international football calendar to ensure that the tournament will be played in January 2022 in the Central African country because of the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exact dates for the tournament would be decided by CAF and the Local Organising Committee in Cameroon.

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AFCON 2021 is the 33rd edition of the event and was originally scheduled to take place from January 9 to February 6.

But, the FIFA Council unanimously approved a set of further changes to the men’s and women’s international match calendars in response to the pandemic which has now affected the timing of the AFCON.

The changes come following a thorough consultation process with the confederations including CAF and football stakeholders.

“The decision was taken to include the new period of January 2022 for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, with the exact dates to be determined at a later stage,” FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday.

African football’s ruling body CAF had been hoping that the tournament, to be hosted in Cameroon, will go ahead as planned in January 2021 but realities on the ground forced the changes by the CAF Executive Committee which now has FIFA’s approval.

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The changes have also given CAF the much needed time to host the 2020 African Nations Championship also in Cameroon perhaps with the dates being changed to 2021.

Football worldwide has been on hold as a result of the pandemic, which has taken nearly 500,000 lives to date.

And with the new realities, CAF changed the timing of the tournament which now falls in line with FIFA’s new calendar.

So far, no team other than host Cameroon has qualified for the competition, with two of the six qualifying games played.

The 48 competing nations have been split into 12 qualifying groups, with the top two in each pool progressing to the finals.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be played in June and July next year but was moved to January and February due to unfavourable weather conditions during the summer in Cameroon.



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks



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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.



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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland



Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.




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