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Matthew McConaughey says he is against mandating children get vaccinated but got the shot himself

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By Stephen M. Lepore For Dailymail.Com

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey came out against vaccine mandates for children Tuesday – even as the father of three revealed that he has gotten both shots.

McConaughey, 52, said that while he and his wife are both vaccinated, he doesn’t want to mandate the COVID-19 jabs for children, including his kids – aged 13, 11 and 8.

‘I couldn’t mandate having to vaccinate the younger kids. I still want to find out more information,’ McConaughey said.

McConaughey, who continues to flirt with a run for governor of Texas , made his comments after the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer shot for emergency use by children aged 5 to 11.

He told writer Andrew Ross Sorkin Tuesday that vaccinations should be about personal choice.

Actor Matthew McConaughey said that he was against vaccine mandates for younger kids Tuesday

McConaughey added that both he and his wife were vaccinated but he had no plans to vaccinate his three children

McConaughey added that both he and his wife were vaccinated but he had no plans to vaccinate his three children

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer shot for emergency use by children aged 5 to 11.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer shot for emergency use by children aged 5 to 11.

‘I’m vaccinated. My wife’s vaccinated. I didn’t do it because someone told me I had to — [I] chose to do it,’ he said. ‘Do I think that there’s any kind of scam or conspiracy theory? Hell no.’

‘We all got to get off that narrative. There’s not a conspiracy theory on the vaccines,’ he said.

However, he added that ‘right now’ he won’t vaccinate his three children against the virus. 

There have been 680 children under the age 18 who have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic as of November 3, according to the CDC. Many of those had underlying health issues. 

In McConaughey’s home state, 61.9 percent of Texans have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine and 53.8 percent were fully vaccinated. 

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded to McConaughey on CNN later Tuesday, saying that vaccinating children was important because ‘Covid is not harmless’ to them. 

‘Many kids have died. Sadly, hundreds of children. Thousands have been hospitalized, and as a dad of a child who has been hospitalized several years ago for another illness, I would never wish upon any parent they have a child that ends up in the hospital,’ Murthy said.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded to McConaughey Thursday, saying vaccines were important for kids because 'Covid is not harmless' to them

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded to McConaughey Thursday, saying vaccines were important for kids because ‘Covid is not harmless’ to them

McConaughey has been flirting with running against Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) in 2022

McConaughey has been flirting with running against Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) in 2022

Around 67.5 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine

Around 67.5 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine

‘And the vaccines have shown in these trials for children 5 through 11 they are more than 90% effective in protecting our kids from symptomatic infection, and they are remarkably safe as well.’

Around 67.5 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

McConaughey said that his family quarantined fairly extensively during 2020 and made use of a ‘heavy amount’ of tests for the virus.

‘I’m in a position though where I can do that, and I understand that not everyone can do that,’ he said.

McConaughey has not yet said whether he’ll challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022, saying in October he thinks politics is a ‘bag of rats’ and believes his life ‘outside of politics’ is better than it would be if he changed his career path.

Nonetheless, the Dazed and Confused star also gave his thought on the state’s six-week abortion ban which, has launched protests and challenges in the courts.

‘It doesn’t doesn’t seem to open up the room for a sensible choice to be made at the right time,’ he said about the ban, which he felt was ‘overly aggressive.’

‘I believe in this: more responsibility, more personal responsibility to make the right choices. And we got to pick context with each situation, and each person’s situation, each woman’s situation.’

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Lagos Government Seals Off Dowen College As Investigation Into Death Of 12-Year-Old Pupil Begins

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The Lagos State Government, on Sunday, sealed off Dowen College in Lekki over the gruesome death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, who was allegedly tortured by his colleagues for refusing to join a cult.

This was confirmed by Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho, to Punch newspaper.

The death of the 12-year-old has attracted outrage from Nigerians with many demanding justice for the young boy.

Others called on parents to withdraw their children from the school following the incident.

The school in its reaction to the incident claimed that the deceased sustained injuries while playing football and was given immediate medical attention by its resident nurse.

Subsequently, the student complained of having pains in his hip and was attended to again by a doctor and nurse and thereafter taken to his house, the school said.

The victim’s cousin released photos and video evidence, showing Sylvester was bullied and beaten, leading to his death.

A video shared by the family of the boy before his death showed him in pain.
But a video shared by the family of the boy before his death showed Sylvester in pain.

The deceased was also said to have been forced to drink an unknown substance by the bullies.

Father of the late student had alleged that the parents of pupils responsible for torturing his son had made arrangements for them to fly out of the country.

On Saturday, despite the boy’s death, his parents and other family members marked his birthday.

According to them, it was the best way to honour him and keep his memories alive. 

The move by the family caught the attention of Nigerians, who have continued to offer words of support to the victim’s parents over his demise.

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FUTA commissions state-of-the-art cyber security lab

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The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has commissioned its state-of-the-art Cyber Security Laboratory.

The inauguration of the facility was done on the sideline of the 40th anniversary and the 32nd convocation ceremony of the institution held on November 26.

A statement by FUTA spokesperson, Adegbenro Adebanjo, said the laboratory is equipped with 30 desktops computers, two smart televisions, three switches, one projector, one server and one server rack, which has a fiber optic backbone connection.

The laboratory is also equipped with top of the range facilities to collect cyber threats and attack data. The state-of-the-art facilities in the lab also include computers with windows and Linux operating systems installed with contemporary cyber security training software.

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It also has fully installed Visual Studio Code, Oracle Virtual Box, MATLAB, Metasploiltable, DVWA, Kali Linux, Linux Mint, Packet Tacer running on the personal computers, Mr Adebanjo said.

A Professor of Information and Cyber Security at the institution, Kayode Alese, described the lab as the leading Test Bed in Nigeria whose facilities would be used to train the next generation of Cyber security experts.

ALSO READ: FUTA gets approval to run Medicine, Surgery, other medical programmes

The Laboratory, which requires biometric authentication before users can be granted access to the facilities, also houses the Departmental Library where volumes of very recent books and research materials can be accessed, the professor said.

FUTA cyber security lab

Professor Alese said the laboratory came into being through the friends of the Department in collaboration with the University management, and staff of the Department coordinated by the Head of Department Dr Aderonke Thompson. The friends of the Department made generous individual donations and through their companies.

FUTA Vice Chancellor, Joseph Fuwape, while speaking during the commissioning, performed by the Chancellor, the Emir of Katagum, Umar Faruk II, and witnessed by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Godknows Igali, described the laboratory as a Centre of Excellence for both undergraduate and postgraduate students that will enhance teaching, learning and research in Cyber Security studies.

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Bus carrying members of choir is swept away by raging flood in Kenya killing more than 20

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Bus carrying members of choir is swept away by raging flood in Kenya killing more than 20 people

  • More than 20 are dead after a bus got swept away in raging floods in Kenya 
  • The hired yellow school bus was carrying a church choir to a wedding ceremony 
  • It tried to cross an area of murky water but was fully submerged in seconds 

Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead.

The yellow school bus had been hired to take a church choir to a wedding ceremony on Saturday, when it came across a flooded road with rapidly-flowing water.

But with people waiting on the other side of the river to guide the bus across, the vehicle decided to take its chances, and began to drive slowly across the murky water.

In a matter of seconds, most of the bus was submerged

Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead

Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead

However, the incident quickly took a turn when, about three-quarters of the way across the road, the whole bus tipped onto its side, and rapidly began to sink.

In a matter of seconds, most of the bus was submerged. Both passengers and bystanders could be heard shrieking for help, and people rushed to try and get people out.

Ten passengers were rescued from the bus but more than 20 lost their lives.

Rescue divers later recovered 23 bodies from the water.

The incident took place along the Enziu River, around 125 miles east of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi

The incident took place along the Enziu River, around 125 miles east of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi 

Both passengers and bystanders could be heard shrieking for help, and people rushed to try and get people out

Both passengers and bystanders could be heard shrieking for help, and people rushed to try and get people out

Ten passengers were rescued from the bus but more than 20 lost their lives

Ten passengers were rescued from the bus but more than 20 lost their lives

The incident took place along the Enziu River, around 125 miles east of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Charity Ngilu, governor of Kitui County, where the incident happened, said: ‘We have had this terrible, terrible accident that happened here on Saturday morning.

‘The bodies that have already been retrieved right now are over 23. We have more bodies in the bus.’

Deputy President William Ruto was among those to extend his condolences, and also urged motorists to take extra caution on the roads as many parts of Kenya experiencing heavy rain. 

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