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The Block’s Scott Cam has a showdown with Kerrie and Spence

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Shock on The Block: Scott Cam (pictured) has a showdown with Kerrie and Spence and threatens to kick them off after they stormed off the show... before Spence is reduced to tears and reveals his battle with depression

They stormed off The Block on Tuesday’s show, over a drama with their ceiling in their living and dining room.

And on the show on Wednesday, things came to a head for Kerrie and Spence. 

The pair had to decide whether they wanted to stay on the renovation show or not and had a showdown with host Scott Cam, before Spence was brought to tears as he bravely revealed his battle with depression and anxiety. 

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Shock on The Block: Scott Cam (pictured) has a showdown with Kerrie and Spence and threatens to kick them off after they stormed off the show... before Spence is reduced to tears and reveals his battle with depression

Shock on The Block: Scott Cam (pictured) has a showdown with Kerrie and Spence and threatens to kick them off after they stormed off the show... before Spence is reduced to tears and reveals his battle with depression

Shock on The Block: Scott Cam (pictured) has a showdown with Kerrie and Spence and threatens to kick them off after they stormed off the show… before Spence is reduced to tears and reveals his battle with depression

Scott decided to have a meeting with Kerrie and Spence to talk about the issue with their clips for their ceiling, which they had to replace. 

Scott accused them of using a ‘Chinese knockoff’ and told them: ‘You don’t make the rules here.’

He said he was trying to understand the ‘situation’ and said the pair thought they were being ‘stitched up.’

Drama! Scott decided to have a meeting with Kerrie and Spence (pictured) to talk about the issue with their clips for their ceiling, which they had to replace

Drama! Scott decided to have a meeting with Kerrie and Spence (pictured) to talk about the issue with their clips for their ceiling, which they had to replace

Drama! Scott decided to have a meeting with Kerrie and Spence (pictured) to talk about the issue with their clips for their ceiling, which they had to replace

‘It does feel that there is an element of “let’s get some drama,” Kerrie told Scott, sternly. 

Scott asserted: ‘Well we’re not chasing drama, we don’t need to, there is drama all around us. You created it yesterday. I just want you guys to get on board.’

He accused Spence of ‘being judgmental since day one.’ 

Threatening to kick them off, he added: ‘I think you’ve either got to get with the program or get off the program. You’re either on board or not.’

Kerrie then left the meeting and broke down in tears, saying she wanted to ‘move on’ from the clips issue.  

Over it: Kerrie then left the meeting and broke down in tears, saying she wanted to 'move on' from the clips issue

Over it: Kerrie then left the meeting and broke down in tears, saying she wanted to 'move on' from the clips issue

Over it: Kerrie then left the meeting and broke down in tears, saying she wanted to ‘move on’ from the clips issue

Soon after, Spence went to speak to Foreman Dan to get his advice on how to handle the stress of the show, where he broke down in tears. 

Dan – an ex-contestant – told him that at the end of the show, they’ll think it was the best experience. 

Spence then revealed his battle with anxiety and depression, on a piece to camera.

‘I’ve had depression over the years and get a lot of anxiety and that sort of stuff and I’ve been shown coping mechanisms to deal with it…’

Advice: Soon after, Spence went to speak to Foreman Dan to get his advice on how to handle the stress of the show, where he broke down in tears

Advice: Soon after, Spence went to speak to Foreman Dan to get his advice on how to handle the stress of the show, where he broke down in tears

Advice: Soon after, Spence went to speak to Foreman Dan to get his advice on how to handle the stress of the show, where he broke down in tears

‘The thoughts that go through your heads are super dark thoughts. It all builds up and then it’s like snap, I’ve got to get out of here.’

He said the stress of the show has been getting to him and so has the lack of sleep. 

‘Basically you stop thinking. And this happens,’ he said as he cried. 

At the end of the show, Scott then came and visited the pair in their apartment – after they decided to stay on the show – and thanked them for their apology.

He told them he wants them to enjoy The Block as much as they can. 

‘I just want you to know I had your best interests at heart. I want you to get this finished, but I want you to have a good time at the same time,’ Scott said.  

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Government arrests Catholic Bishop for resisting to church’s political party

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Chinese authorities have detained a Catholic Bishop Pietro Shao Zhumin for resisting demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body.

A Catholic news service reports that Bishop Zhumin’s detention was against recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation.

Asia News reported that the bishop dropped out of sight several days ago, but gave no details other than saying he had been subjected to “dozens of days of indoctrination as in the times of the Cultural Revolution,” a reference to Mao Zedong’s radical 1966-76 attack on traditional Chinese culture, religion and the intelligentsia.

Shao was appointed by the pope in 2016 and posted to the southeastern city of Wenzhou, which has a large Christian community.

Officials reached the local religious affairs bureau, a department regulating the Catholic church and police headquarters Friday by phone, but they said they had no knowledge of Shao’s situation and refused to give their names.

Shao’s disappearance follows a breakthrough agreement to give Chinese authority a say over the appointment of bishops that critics called a cave-in to the ruling party just as it is waging a sweeping crackdown on religion.

Others characterised it as an imperfect but much-needed step toward uniting Catholics in the world’s most populous country.

The Vatican has long hoped to bring together China’s 12 million Catholics who are divided between those worshipping in state-sanctioned churches and the underground priests and parishioners loyal to the pope, who are frequently detained and harassed.

Details of the September agreement haven’t been released, although analysts say the Vatican will retain the power to put forward candidates while Beijing will likely have the right to refuse them.

Bill Gates unveils future-toilets in China Such moves are seen as a concession on the Vatican’s part in the face of Beijing’s assertion that it would not allow “foreign forces” to govern the country’s faith groups.

Under president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, the authorities have in recent months cracked down heavily on Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Buddhists in the name of national security and the “Sinosization” of religion.

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How thousands of Africans die each year due to use of fake drugs

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When Moustapha Dieng came down with stomach pains one day last month he did the sensible thing and went to a doctor in his hometown of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital.

The doctor prescribed a malaria treatment but the medicine cost too much for Dieng, a 30-year-old tailor, so he went to an unlicensed street vendor for pills on the cheap.

“It was too expensive at the pharmacy. I was forced to buy street drugs as they are less expensive,” he said.

Within days he was hospitalized – sickened by the very drugs that were supposed to cure him.

Tens of thousands of people in Africa die each year because of fake and counterfeit medication, an E.U.-funded report released on Tuesday said. The drugs are mainly made in China but also in India, Paraguay, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

Almost half the fake and low-quality medicines reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) between 2013 and 2017 were found to be in sub-Saharan Africa, said the report, also backed by Interpol and the Institute for Security Studies.

“Counterfeiters prey on poorer countries more than their richer counterparts, with up to 30 times greater penetration of fakes in the supply chain,” said the report.

Substandard or fake anti-malarials cause the deaths of between 64,000 and 158,000 people per year in sub-Saharan Africa, the report said.

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The counterfeit drug market is worth around $200 billion worldwide annually, WHO says, making it the most lucrative trade of illegally copied goods. Its impact has been devastating.

Nigeria said more than 80 children were killed in 2009 by a teething syrup tainted with a chemical normally used in engine coolant and blamed for causing kidney failure.

For Dieng, the cost can be measured in more than simple suffering. The night in hospital cost him more than double what he would have paid had he bought the drugs the doctor ordered.

“After taking those drugs, the provenance of which we don’t know, he came back with new symptoms … All this had aggravated his condition,” said nurse Jules Raesse, who treated Dieng when he stayed at the clinic last month.

Fake drugs also threaten a thriving pharmaceutical sector in several African countries.

That has helped prompt Ivory Coast – where fake drugs were also sold openly – to crack down on the trade, estimated at $30 billion by Reuters last year.

Ivorian authorities said last month they had seized almost 400 tonnes of fake medicine over the past two years.

Able Ekissi, an inspector at the health ministry, told Reuters the seized goods, had they been sold to consumers, would have represented a loss to the legitimate pharmaceutical industry of more than $170 million.

“They are reputed to be cheaper, but at best they are ineffective and at worst toxic,” Abderrahmane Chakibi, Managing Director of French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi’s sub-Saharan Africa branch.

But in Ivory Coast, many cannot afford to shop in pharmacies, which often only stock expensive drugs imported from France, rather than cheaper generics from places like India.

“When you have no means you are forced to go out onto the street,” said Barakissa Cherik, a pharmacist in Ivory Coast’s lagoon-side commercial capital Abidjan.

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Reasons El-Zakzaky cannot be freed – El- Rufai

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai has provided reasons detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shittes, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, cannot be set free.

El-Rufai said that El-Zakzaky was not being held illegally as widely reported.

Recall that the Shittes leader was arrested in 2015, after a confrontation between members of the group and the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai.

According to the Governor, the IMN leader was detained on the orders of a competent court, being a suspect standing trial for multiple murders and other related criminal offences.

Governor El-Rufai stated this yesterday in Kaduna, when he received management team of The Sun Publishing Limited.

Although there was an order by a Federal High Court in 2016 that he be released, El-Rufai revealed that the said order had no bearing on El-Zakzaky’s current case.

The governor said the state government took time to investigate the Shi’ite leader and discovered that his activities for more than 20 years had caused several killings.

He said having concluded investigation, the state took custody of El-Zakzaky from the DSS and duly charged him with multiple murders.

Explaining the alleged daily expenses of about N3.5 million on El-Zakzaky, he said the money was not on feeding of the Shi’ite leader but on everything related to his protective custody.

El-Rufai said El-Zakzaky is guarded by a detachment of soldiers and DSS operatives who live in the place he is being kept and who are maintained by the state government.

He said, “The N3.5 million monthly feeding on El-Zakzaky is not only about his food, but other expenses on security men attached to him.

“The security men are permanently stationed with him, they surrounded where he is kept.

“He is in custody because he is facing murder charge which is not bailable, among other charges.

“As a government, we decided to proscribe Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) of which El-Zakzaky is the president because it is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

“So, any procession in the name of IMN is illegal, as far as Kaduna State government is concerned.”

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