Emotional tributes flow as Jamal Edwards, 31, dies of a heart attack
British Music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards died in the morning of February 20, 2022, at his mother’s house after playing his last DJ set at a bar the night before, as claimed by his close pals.
Jamal Edwards, founder of the SBTV YouTube channel which helped launch Dave, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, has died at 31 https://t.co/ockxp9QuNP
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 20, 2022
A heartbroken friend told the Mail, ‘The details are still not clear, but we’ve been told it was a heart attack’.
The death of the 31-year-old star came as a shocker when his mother Brenda Edwards released a statement on February 21, 2022, saying she was ‘completely devastated’ and that Jamal was ‘the center of her world’.
Dionne Grant, Senior Manager Publishing – Buzzfeed, tweeted a video of Brenda Edwards singing ‘The greatest love of all’ at her son’s vigil in West London.
— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) February 22, 2022
Crediting Jamal Edwards for his own professional success, Ed Sheeran shared an emotional tribute on Instagram saying, ‘he would not be here without him’ and addressed Edwards as ‘his brother’.
BBC Radio shared his words in a tweet.
He used his light to illuminate others and never asked for anything in return!
– Ed Sheeran's beautiful tribute to Jamal Edwards 🧡 pic.twitter.com/TyfwFwkMQ4
— BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) February 24, 2022
Millions mourned the loss of the YouTube star as they shared their love and thoughts for Edwards and his family on social media.
In a beautiful honour, football fans at Chelsea’s home ground Stamford Bridge started clapping for Jamal Edwards in the 31st minute of Chelsea’s game against Lille.
The whole of Stamford Bridge clapping for @jamaledwards in the 31st minute of Chelsea’s Champions League game against Lille tonight. Beautiful ❤️🙏
— GRM Daily (@GRMDAILY) February 22, 2022
Among the many prominent personalities flooding Twitter with tributes for him were Prince Charles, Idris Alba, Dave, AJ Tracey, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and Former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Former Man City manager Mark Bradford named as the new Bradford Manager until Summer 2024
After more than three years out of football, Mark Hughes who last served as manager of Southampton has been unveiled as the new manager for Bradford City.
📰 BREAKING NEWS | We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Hughes as our new first-team manager – on a deal until the summer of 2024!
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) February 24, 2022
Former boss at Manchester City, Blackburn, and Stoke, Hughes replaced Derek Adams who was sacked earlier this month. Bradford City is currently 15th in England’s fourth tier.
Looking ahead to his first game for the club against Mansfield Town, Hughes spoke at a press conference saying, ‘match days are what I miss the most, the adrenaline of it all. I am really looking forward to Saturday’.
📺 PRESS CONFERENCE | Mark Hughes spoke to the nation's media – for the first time as #BCAFC manager – earlier…
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) February 24, 2022
Official partner of Manchester City Football Club, Marathonbet, shared a clip of a stunning goal by their former manager from his time at the club.
Mark Hughes is the new Bradford manager…
Any excuse to whip this out from his time at City 🚀 pic.twitter.com/JHoqx4FIxy
— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) February 24, 2022
Journalist Aaron Bower noted that Hughes, 58, has never managed a club outside the Premier League and has now taken the role of Manager at Bradford till summer 2024, which itself is a mind-blowing feat.
Mark Hughes is the new Bradford City manager. Hughes has never managed a club outside of the Premier League but has taken the #bcafc job until the summer of 2024. Mind officially blown. Not sure how they've pulled it off. https://t.co/G0Zc53Vmk7
— ᴀᴀʀᴏɴ ʙᴏᴡᴇʀ (@AaronBower) February 24, 2022
The most anticipated game, Elden Ring Released and the Reviews are here
Hailed by many gamers and game reviewers as the best game of all time, Elden Ring was released in the UK on February 25, 2022, building on the strength of its predecessor, Soulborne titles.
Offering many new systems, mechanics, and exciting gameplay moments, it is an action role-playing video game by FromSoftware. The Japanese video game company shared the online manual links for Elden Ring on Twitter.
— FROMSOFTWARE (@fromsoftware_pr) February 24, 2022
The game has been written by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin and Dark Souls game director Hidetaka Miyakazi and was voted by the fan community as the most anticipated game in 2020.
— ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) November 24, 2021
Open Critic, a video game review platform on Twitter, shared the game’s ratings so far as the highest of all time.
With over 90 reviews in so far…
Elden Ring is currently the #1 highest-rated game of all time on OpenCritic
— OpenCritic (@Open_Critic) February 23, 2022
However, amidst the heaps of praise from critics and users alike, the game’s Steam reviews shed light on serious performance issues that many players are reporting. Despite the initial fix in patch 1.02, users continue to leave negative reviews as the game struggles to hit 60 FPS on both PS5 and Xbox Series X.
VG247, UK based top gaming blog, posted about FromSoftware being aware of the issues and that they would be addressed in future patches.
— VG247 (@VG247) February 25, 2022
Fight for Kyiv, as Russia invades Ukraine; PM Boris Johnson says the UK ‘cannot and will not look away’
Russian forces have launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine, crossing borders, striking missiles, and bombing military targets resulting in hundreds of casualties (including civilians) as Russia fights to take control of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
The war has now reached the streets of the capital where fighting continues according to reports. President Volodomyr Zelensky claims the advance of Russian forces has been derailed and has pledged he will not surrender. Meanwhile Russian military claims to have taken control of the south-eastern city of Melitopol.
German Actor and Filmmaker, Patrick Moelleken, shared President Zelensky’s TV address calling it ‘the most moving speech’ he has ever seen in his entire life.
.@ZelenskyyUa's tv address to the Russian (!) people might be the most moving speech that I've ever seen in my entire life. The whole world needs to see, understand and share this crucial Ukrainian message.#StandWithUkraine #Ukraine #Україна #Russia #Россия pic.twitter.com/WoMOgqXTWX
— Patrick Moelleken 🇺🇦 (@PMoelleken) February 24, 2022
President Zelensky has announced that the enemy has marked him as ‘the target no.1’ and his family as ‘target no.2’, but he remains in the country despite the US offering him an evacuation flight, saying, ‘I need ammunition, not a ride’.
The UN says, nearly 1,00,000 Ukrainians have fled the country since the beginning of Moscow’s assault, seeking refuge in Poland, Hungary, and Romania.
As more Ukrainians try to leave the country following Russia’s invasion, the UN reports at least 100,000 people are currently displaced while that number could increase to 4 million. Ukrainians have started seeking refugee in Romania, Hungary, and Poland. https://t.co/h56RxdoT0U
— DW Europe (@dw_europe) February 25, 2022
Meanwhile, many Russian citizens have been protesting the war. Ragip Soylu from London-based online news Middle East Eye shared a video of the size of protests in St Petersburg, Russia.
Look at the size of anti-war protestors in St Petersburg, Russia. Wow pic.twitter.com/dHg9Uwt9RQ
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) February 24, 2022
Prime Minister Boris Johnson recorded an address at Downing Street condemning ‘the appalling, unprovoked attack on Ukraine’ after chairing an emergency Cobra meeting to discuss the UK’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The UK condemns the appalling, unprovoked attack on the people of Ukraine.
Сполучене Королівство засуджує огидну, неспровоковану атаку на народ України. pic.twitter.com/MWyUeNRz7X
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) February 25, 2022
As part of an aggressive response in support of Ukraine, the UK has imposed sweeping sanctions on President Putin, Sergey Lavrov, five Russian banks, more than 100 companies and oligarchs at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s regime, and Belarus.
- The UK has sent military support to the Polish border of Ukraine, defensive military aid to Ukraine, and has trained 22,000 Ukrainian troops through Op Orbital.
- The UK has banned Aeroflot and is calling for an end to Russian involvement in SWIFT.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 26, 2022
While Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed that the UK will not be sending its troops to Ukraine, he said Ukraine would instead be supported to ‘fight every street with every piece of equipment we can get to them’.
Board member of the CFA Armed Forces, Lewis Feilder tweeted that the UK is leading the logistics operation to transport lethal weapons to Ukraine from 28 countries.
The UK is leading the logistics operation to transport lethal weaponry, medical supplies, body armour and communications equipment from 28 countries to Ukraine, after @BWallaceMP chaired a meeting last night of all countries willing to donate.#GlobalBritain 🇬🇧 🇺🇦 https://t.co/QbVpNJAogQ
— Lewis Feilder (@LewisFeilder) February 26, 2022
UK troops have also reached Estonia with military trucks and tanks as part of the UK’s contribution to strengthening NATO’s uplift to Eastern Europe.
Watch as #UK troops move towards #Estonia amid the continued #Russian invasion of #Ukraine. 🇪🇪@BritishArmy personnel, tanks and military equipment from the 1 Royal Welsh battlegroup can be seen travelling to the Baltic state.
— Forces News (@ForcesNews) February 25, 2022
The UK has also voted in favour of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution for condemning Russia, which vetoed the same. Following a tweet by the Spectator Index lists the countries for, against and those who abstained are:
UN Security Council voting on resolution condemning Russia.
– United States
– United Kingdom
– United Arab Emirates
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) February 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Formula 1 has cancelled its upcoming September Grand Prix race in Russia and the UEFA Champions League has moved its 2022 finals from St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France.
Paris will stage the 2022 Champions League final, rather than originally planned hosts Saint Petersburg, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/x45Z4zmKd2
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 25, 2022
As the crisis continues, everyone hopes for an end of the war and restoration of peace and humanity above all else and we will continue to monitor the latest developments.
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