By Siyad Abdigedi
Close to two years, the world is shut, courtesy of Covid-19. A phenomenon not experienced close to a century. The virus that started in China in late 2019, swept across the globe and in no time, we had a sickly world – the Virus was everywhere throwing the world into a panic mode.
The world health organisation issued directives on how to contain the deadly virus that had no cure. Social distancing, wearing of masks and maintaining hygiene were but a few of the directives.
Countries hastened to imposing these measures with some adopting even much tougher actions. While some went into partial lock down others chose a total lock down. By mid-2020 the world was on a stand still.
But one country in East Africa played an island in another world. It went ahead with business as usual as appeals by WHO fell on deaf ears. This was a pandemic and defeating it required a collective effort but the Covid-19 Chief-in -Denial, the late President John Magufuli Pombe led his country the denial way. Turning a blind eye, the president has downplayed the threat of COVID-19 in Tanzania and scoffed at global panic. He urged Tanzanians to put faith in prayer and not the mask. He would, sometimes, sarcastically laugh at the government officials who chose to take precautionary measures of wearing masks.
The late president did not only deny the existence of the virus but had warned the country’s health ministry against rushing into embracing the Covid-19 vaccines promoted by foreign companies and countries.
“You should stand firm. Vaccinations are dangerous. If the White man was able to come up with vaccinations, he should have found a vaccination for AIDS by now, he would have found a vaccination of tuberculosis by now, he would have found a vaccination for malaria by now, he would have found a vaccination for cancer by now,” he said.
Due to this recklessness, Tanzania saw a sharp increase in new infections and deaths. Reports suggest there were large scale deaths but this did not come to surface until key political figures started dying.
As if to send a strong message, Covid-19 took away the life of the Denier-in-chief himself; may his soul rest in peace. However, it’s sad and sickening to see the Tanzanians still continue lying on the cause of the Presidents death.
What after his death?
The death of a president resonates throughout a country. Sometimes the death of a leader is shocking and intense that it leaves an unforgettable memory on citizens.
Tanzania chose to learn the hard way and it surely paid an ultimate price for what it could have simply avoided by heeding to the global advice.
The new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, should move with speed and join the world in combating the pandemic, It is better late than never. She should immediately send the country on a lock down, enforce social distancing, and order for compulsory wearing of masks.
The story of a London woman who lay dead unnoticed for two years
Joyce Vincent was a 38-year-old woman from London with a family and friends. It over two years for people to realize she had died.
Joyce Vincent’s apartment that is on the messy side with piles of unopened mail by the door and a sink full of dishes. There’s a glow from the television playing BBC1 and a pile of wrapped Christmas presents waiting to be sent out.
This was the state of the apartment that belonged to Joyce Vincent when officials from a north London housing association entered it. Vincent was there too. However, she was almost entirely unidentifiable. Her body was mostly decomposed, as she had been dead for just over two years.
Joyce lived in London in a bedsit, a type of social housing in the United Kingdom. The officials who came to her apartment on January 5, 2006 were there to repossess it due to unpaid rent. Though, it’s estimated that she died sometime in December of 2003.
Neighbors didn’t really know her, thus didn’t really notice her absence. The only detectable thing was a bad smell, which they attributed to garbage bins below the apartment.
Joyce was found on the floor, clutching a shopping bag. Because her remains were mostly skeletal, she was only able to be identified through dental records. It also had been too long to determine a cause of death, though police suggested she died of natural causes after a criminal investigation ruled out any foul play. Joyce reportedly had asthma and it’s been speculated that she may have had an attack.
With a cause of death essentially placed, only one question remained: how could someone be dead for two years and no one take notice?
Not that anyone deserves to die and go unnoticed for several years, but it was particularly strange that nobody seemed to know Joyce Vincent had passed away. She was 38 years old, she worked for most of her life, she had family and friends, and wasn’t known to be on drugs or in any legal trouble.
Carol Morley, a filmmaker who read about Joyce in the news, was so perplexed by the story that she decided to make a documentary title Dreams of a Life on it. In doing so, she tracked down people like ex-boyfriends and old colleagues of Joyce who could possibly shed some light on her mysterious death.
Martin Lister had dated Joyce Vincent for three years and kept in touch with her sporadically until 2002. He only learned of her death when he saw Morley’s ad for people connected to Joyce. The revelation shocked him as he told Morely that she was a hard worker who had great jobs.
Lister was also surprised that she had been living in public housing.
“You look back and think, I wish I’d asked more, wish I’d understood more,” he told Morley.
As more people came forward and more details emerged, it seemed that Joyce’s life was shrouded in mystery.
She had worked for the big accounting firm Ernst & Young until she quit in 2001 without giving a reason. Colleagues recalled conflicting stories about her departure. Some said she was traveling with a group of 20 people, others said she had been headhunted for another job.
An article from the Glasgow Herald reported that friends categorised her as someone “who walked out of jobs if she clashed with a colleague, and who moved from one flat to the next all over London. She didn’t answer the phone to her sister and didn’t appear to have her own circle of friends, instead relying on the company of relative strangers who came with the package of a new boyfriend, a colleague, or flatmate.”
It was also revealed that Joyce spent time between her departure from the firm and her death in a home for refugees of domestic violence.
As for family, she was the youngest of five sisters but the only one living in the U.K. Her father worked as a carpenter and her mother died when she was just a child.
Joyce had apparently isolated herself from her family in the years before her death, presumably because of the man she had chosen to date.
While the amount of time that went by after Joyce Vincent’s death continues to be baffling, it’s become clear that the life she seemed to lead didn’t always match up with what was happening beneath the surface.
It’s an ironic and coincidental tale. In the age of social media, where everyone is so connected, the idea that a seemingly average person could remain dead for over two years without anyone raising a question sounds crazy. But at the same time, just as people have a tendency to post their best selves on social media, it’s possible Joyce Vincent did this in real life. Nobody knows what happens behind closed doors.
Joyce Vincent’s story is as sad as it is strange. People like Martin Lister who knew her and found out about her death wished that they’d had stayed in contact and checked in with her more often. It serves as a reminder that person-to-person communication still has its place and is important.
Cristiano Ronaldo has stopped dribbling but Messi hasn’t. Here’s why.
Cristiano Ronaldo, over the years, has made many changes to his approach towards games in recent years and is more of prolific goalscorer.
The Portuguese even admitted he no longer walks onto the pitch wanting to dribble past everyone.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid man was once regarded as one of the fastest players in the world but as age has caught up with him, he is no longer the pacy winger the world witnessed in his early Madrid and Manchester United days.
Ronaldo has a different mentality to Messi. Ronaldo is described by teammates and coaches as borderline insane in how obsessed he is with winning and scoring.
As a result of playing in the UK where skill is less regarded, some natural talent, as well as this abnormal obsession with personal success, we ended up with a player who became a goal-scoring machine. He doesn’t have time to dribble. You can see that efficiency is at the heart of all of his movement and play.
Ronaldo was magnificent in his first season or two. He was skillful. He was magnificent. And probably the most skillful European player ever at that age. Other notable players in that category are Bergkamp, Henry, Figo, Mbappe.
However, with Ferguson as a guide and teammates who only cared about winning, his ‘new style’ made him an automatic choice in the starting team and within a year or two best player in the EPL.
So his dribbling stopped in England. If he does now it’s just to make a small space to shoot or score.
Messi is just a different kettle of fish. He is a South American (skill is highly rated there) and was raised in best academy for producing skillful players in Europe. Therefore his game has a somewhat European efficiency but he retained the South American style.
On a body mechanics level, he is a left footer which makes the angle he dribbles at harder to defend, he is tiny, insanely quick and very strong. Therefore his skill works more or less all the time. He hasn’t ‘needed’ to adapt his game to have success. That’s why he is somewhat one dimensional but for Barcelona with such other great players around he is an immortal.
What is the population of Somalia?
The current population of Somlaia is 16,410,958 as of September 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
Somalia 2020 population is estimated at 15,893,222 people at mid year according to UN data.
The population of this Horn of Africa nation is equivalent to 0.2% of the total world population.
The country ranks number 73 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
Population density is 25 per Km2 (66 people per mi2) while the total land area is 627,340 Km2 (242,217 sq. miles). 48 percent of the population is urban (7,431,038 people in 2020) and the median age in is 16.7 years.
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