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McLaren reign in Monza, Hamilton and Verstappen fail to finish

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It was an eventful race yesterday in Italy, during the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Di Monza circuit. Max Verstappen began on pole ahead of McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. Mercedes’ Valterri Bottas had won the sprint race on Saturday but he was then penalised for an engine change. His teammate, Lewis Hamilton, would begin 4th.

It was a clean start at the beginning of the race, with Daniel Ricciardo overtaking Max Verstappen at turn 1 and only Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi hitting the barriers just after turn 5, after being clipped by Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The race continued with duels from Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris, as Hamilton sort to gain 3rd position and as Bottas continued to gain positions from the back of the grid.

On lap 26, just after Lewis Hamilton was coming from the pits, he and Max Verstappen collided at turn 2 as both drivers tried to get ahead of each other. Max Verstappen ran out of track and hit the kerbs plus Hamilton’s rear tyre, forcing his car to slightly lift and land over Hamilton’s car.

As the race resumed after the safety car, Redbull’s Sergio Perez was handed a 5-second time penalty for exceeding track limits and retaining advantage over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who was later overtaken by a surging Bottas. The Fin also tried to make the move over Sergio Perez but the latter defended his position bravely.

In the end, Daniel Ricciardo took the chequered flag in front of his teammate, as Sergio Perez crossed the line third. He(Perez) was however placed 5th due to his penalty, giving Bottas his podium finish while Leclerc took 4th.

The race winner had the following to say,” I’ll be honest, I don’t think it’s actually sunk in yet. It’s actually probably the first time I’ve been overwhelmed by winning. I think as well because it’s been over three years. Not that this affects me, but I just know that no one would have expected this to happen this year, especially after the first half of the year. If you truly love something and believe in it, then never doubt yourself. Some of the speed bumps along the way make moments like this so much sweeter.”

The results at Monza leave Verstappen in the lead with 5 points ahead of Hamilton as Bottas closes at 3rd while Lando Norris and Ricciardo of McLaren are 4th and 8th respectively in drivers’ championships standings. The next race will be at Sochi in Russia.

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Akothee speaks on her struggles of being a public figure

According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions and went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions

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Being a public figure comes with its own share of challenges that come as a result of high expectations from people who at time forget you are human being too.

Now, singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, in a post on her Instagram account has opened up on the struggles she goes through in her life as a public figure. The hit maker revealed that she is always uneasy when she discovers that she has been noticed when in a public area.

“You all might not understand but allow me to express myself today. I may appear strong but deep down I have been broken so many times. I am a moving damaged goods,” She wrote.

 

Akothee said that being on the limelight might not be as glamorous as majority of the people at times believe and events from her past still give her chills when it comes to meeting her fans.

“I have realized that I have become very sensitive that I don’t even want to leave my house. I don’t like people recognizing me in public and at times I just wished I was just a normal person passing the streets in peace,” she added.

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According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions. She went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions. Akothee admitted that she is always scared to meet her fans to the extent that she gets traumatized before leaving her house or jumping out of her car.

 

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“I am Samuel” film banned

The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi

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The Kenya Film classification board(KFCB) has announced the ban of a “gay” themed documentary on Samuel Asilikwa, a Kenyan. The film was called “I am Samuel” and was directed by Peter Murimi.

In a statement on Thursday, acting KFCB Chief Executive Officer Chris Wambua said that the ban will be in effect because the film is promoting a “gay theme”

“In the course of examining a film titled: I am Samuel, which was submitted to the Board for classification, the Board noted a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer, to promote same-sex marriages as an acceptable way of life,” Wambua said.

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He went on to say that the same-sex relationship is evident in the film through repeated confessions by the gay couple(in the film) that what they feel for each other is normal and should be embraced as a way of life.

Mr. Wambua also announced that any attempts to air the film with the Kenyan territory in now deemed illegal and any to distribute it within the country shall be met with the full force of the law.

“While the Board welcomes local and foreign support to our budding local film industry, such funding should focus on production of content that is aligned with the laws of our country. Films that advocate for same-sex marriages, homosexuality or any outlawed practices shall not be allowed for exhibition, or distribution within the country,” KFCB said.

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The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi. It also shows his experience of rejection from from friends and some family members.

 

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Red Devils cast out of Carabao, Arsenal and Chelsea go through

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Manchester United hosted West Ham United at Old Trafford yesterday, for the third round of the Carabao Cup, just few days after they played against each other in the Premier League at the London Stadium.

Both teams produced a thrilling match that was evident from the start, when Manuel Lanzini scored his first goal against the red devils just under 10 minutes of the game.

Manuel Lanzini celebrates his goal against Man United

The match went on with both teams missing to hit the target, though West Ham were the closest to scoring. Man United sought to strengthen their squad by sending in Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, but West Ham held on to claim their revenge and knock-out Man United off the competition.

Elsewhere in London, Chelsea welcomed Aston Villa to the Stamford Bridge hoping to continue win their winning record so far. Both teams had their chances as Aston Villa had their shot cleared from the line by Reece James.

In the second half, Reece James then turned provider as his neat cross was guided into the back of the net by Timo Werner, to put Chelsea on the front foot.

Timo Werner’s header that put Chelsea in front

Ten Minutes later, Cameron Archer’s header was on point from a Matty Cash cross into the box, to put Aston Villa level with Chelsea.

Cash and Archer after their leveler-goal against Chelsea

None of the teams was able to break the deadlock, sending the game to a penalty kick-off. Misses from Ashley Young and Marvelous Nakamba disadvantaged Aston Villa, as Reece James scored the winning penalty, covering for Ben Chilwell’s earlier off target shot. Chelsea went on to win 4-3, qualifying for the 4th round of the cup tie.

Reece James and Kepa celebrate after the penalty shoot-out

In North London, Arsenal proved too strong for AFC Wimbledon as they scored 3 goals to book themselves into the 4th round of the Carabao Cup. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring through a penalty kick in the 11th minute of the game.

Lacazette celebrates scoring his penalty

He then turned provider as Smith Rowe scored the second goal, in the 77th minute. Edward Nketiah then rounded off the goals moments later, with a wonderful back-heel from a Cedric Soares pass.

Nketiah and Soares celebrate the 3rd goal against Wimbledon

 

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