American Police kneels down Infront of Angry protesters and beg for forgiveness on behalf of their colleague. This is a civilized police displaying humanity Infront of the people they are trained to serve.
Africa will be last to get Covid19 vaccine – Researcher
The Executive Director of Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Dr. John Amuasi, says by the time the race for COVID-19 vaccines production ends, Africa will be the last in line to get any vaccine or medicines.
Consequently, he warned, Africa would be the last continent to be considered for vaccination.
He said before the news of any scientific breakthrough gets into public domain, it would have advanced beyond the stage announced to the media.
Speaking at a webinar on ‘Balancing the tripod of a pandemic: The role of government, NGOs and Research Organisations,’ organised by the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium, Amuasi said the picture in Africa concerning the spread of the pandemic had not received special attention because the focus is always on Europe and North America.
“The news is always revolving around North America and Europe. How much of Africa do you hear in the news?
“For Ebola, it was different because they were all pretty safe over there, while the disease raged through Africa.
“I can tell you that the COVID-19 vaccine is also all about North America and Europe. While there are all these talks about access to Africa, we must not kid ourselves.
“We will be the last in line to get any vaccine or medicines. It is just a fact!”
While reiterating that it was not a conspiracy theory, the researcher, who is also a teacher at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, said people should understand that it was the way things work.
“Before news of a potential vaccine or cure gets out there in the public domain, you can be sure that it has gone pretty advanced from where it was coming from. It would have gone far before the rest of the world gets to hear about it.
“When you recognise this, it helps us to approach things in the right perspective.
“This is why many African governments decided to go a bit easy and ease some of the lockdown restrictions,” he said.
CAN issued draft guidelines for reopening of Churches
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has issued draft guidelines for the reopening of churches in the country. This is contained in a statement signed by CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle. The statement said, “We are discussing with the federal government on the re-opening of the churches nationwide. We know the danger of COVID-19 is not over yet but we are thinking that if we engage this method of congregational cry unto God over the pandemic, God would hear our prayers. The government from our discussions wants us to draw up suggested guidelines for worship in keeping with COVID-19 containment requirements and submit for approval.” “Below is a draft which I want you to see and possibly add to, if there is any remaining. “Quick response is important because I and the Sultan of Sokoto would hold a zoom meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation this week. “We hope that latest by the first week in June, we would be back in churches nationwide. The suggested guidelines.
Churches should disinfect their premises first before they are reopened for services.
Churches should provide alcoholic sanitizers, temperature readers, soap and water in their Premises to be supervised by medical professionals in the Church.
Every worshipper must either use soap to wash their hands or apply sanitizers.
The temperature of every worshipper must be taken before admission into the church and people with the high temperature should not be allowed into the church but be advised to go and see their doctors.
Every worshipper must wear facemask.
Social distancing should be observed in the sitting arrangement with one meter gap between two worshippers.
One and a half hour service is enough for a start.
There should be a gap of 25 or 30 minutes between one service and another where there are multiple services to avoid crowd.
Churches can make use of classrooms and multipurpose halls for services where available, especially in big churches in order to accommodate more worshippers at a go. TV circuit and speakers can be used for those who are not inside the main auditorium.
Handshaking and hugging should be avoided before, during and after the service.
Prayers should be offered to God for a speedy end of COVID-19 and quick recovery of all that are afflicted by the pandemic. Prayers should also be offered for those frontline workers for divine protection.
CAN in each state and local government should constitute a committee together with law enforcement agencies in their area to enforce full compliance. Such civilian compliance officials should be given backing by the governments to apprehend those who contravene the worship regulations and hand them over to law enforcement agents.
Churches observing Holy Communion service should use separate cup for each participant.
Thank you for the anticipated prompt response.For the King,
Music stars fix date to lead protest against bad governance in Nigeria
Top Nigerian musician, Tiwa Savage has called on Nigerians to join the music industry in protest against bad governance in the country next week. Taking to her Instagram, Tiwa charged all Nigerians and her fellow colleagues to suspend every other activity on Tuesday, June 2 2020 and join in a protest that would speak up in order to prompt accountability and change in Nigeria.
she wrote: “Music industry black out Tuesday “Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent stop to provoke accountability and change. As gatekeepers of the culture, it is our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss. Join us on Tuesday June 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community. #THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED” The planned protest is coming within the time frame that fellow artistes’ Banky W, MI Abaga and Davido have openly condemned bad governance, the social media bill and electioneering process in the country.
Protest in Benue state as Local government election materials are being diverted
The materials were said to have been moved by staff of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission to the house of one Samson Okwu, member representing Oju/Obi Federal Constituency in the National Assembly under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
An eyewitness at the scene of the protest said, “While everyone stood outside the BESIEC office waiting for the electoral officials to begin the process of identifying their ad-hoc staff, a PDP agent was granted access into the BESIEC office where the electoral materials were kept.”
The witness said the discovery that election materials had been moved to Okwu’s house led to the protest by observers and agents from other parties participating in the elections.
“Top electoral officers are heading to Samson Okwu’s residence for negotiations. The LGA returning officer was trying to make his way out of the BESIEC premises under the pretext of going to take breakfast. He has been prevented from leaving members of the opposition parties present because of concerns he is going to the lawmakers house,” the source added.
Meanwhile, electoral officials have begun the identification of ad hoc staff, who will conduct the exercise in different wards.
Wife of Policeman who Knelt on George Floyd’s Neck Files for Divorce
Wife of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, has filed for divorce, according to her attorneys, ABC News reports.
“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the Sekula Law Office said in a statement. DailyMail
“While Ms Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd on Friday.
More arrests and charges are anticipated, according to Hennepin County Attorney, Michael Freeman.
Video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed to his neck set off widespread protests across the United States this week since his death on Monday.
Many of those protests have turned chaotic and violent in cities like Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta and several others.
Fans around the globe believed in the Twitter post that the couple has welcomed there first baby. With millions of congratulatory message about the new baby. According to a rightfully information the earlier news about the new baby was dissolve and been called fake. He stated both couples and her mother are currently at Abroad, but had not put to bed “Simi is still pregnant but she will give birth any time from now. We are expecting the news at any moment. Her family is with her abroad. She was there before the release of ‘Duduke’ video The couple has always kept part of their private life out of the social media space. Their 2019 wedding was a private affair which was attended by only close family and friends who didn’t share photos or videos of the couple or the wedding ceremony on social media.
FG Set To Pay Idle Youths N20,000 Monthly To Sweep Markets, Clear Gutters
In a bid to curb the high rate of unemployment in the country, the Federal Government has rolled out a scheme which will see unemployed youths in rural areas earning N20,000 per month. The youths will be engaged in the clearing of drainages, sweeping markets, road maintenance, traffic control, and cleaning of public infrastructures like health centres and schools. The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), said this at a news conference on Thursday. Keyamo said the scheme targeted 1,000 youths each from the 774 local governments across the country. The minister said the programme is one of the biggest social intervention schemes to be carried out within a short period of time by any government in the history of Nigeria. The scheme, known as the Special Public Works Programme in the Rural Areas, is domiciled in the National Directorate of Employment for implementation and is expected to take off in October. The minister’s speech read in part, “The pilot programme earlier approved by Mr. President was designed to mitigate lack of job opportunities in the rural areas through a short-term engagement of 1,000 unemployed persons per local government area for a period of three months. “It is a dry season/off-season transient job programme and was originally designed for the rehabilitation/maintenance of public and social infrastructure. Participants were to be paid an allowance of N20,000 monthly and were to be recruited largely from the pool of unskilled persons resident in those rural areas. “This pilot scheme was approved to be implemented in five local government areas in eight states namely: Adamawa, Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Jigawa, Katsina and Kwara. Beneficiaries are engaged in: drainage digging and clearance, irrigation canals clearance, rural feeder road maintenance, maintenance of the Great Green Wall nurseries and orchards in Borno, Jigawa and Katsina states; traffic control, street cleaning, cleaning of public infrastructure like health centres, schools and the likes. A total of 40,000 direct transient jobs were expected to be created in the eight pilot states.” Keyamo said the Special Public Works in the Rural Areas is an employment- intensive technique acquired and adapted by the National Directorate of Employment from one of the capacity-building collaborations with the International Labour Organisation in the late 1980s to the middle of the 1990’s
BREAKING: Former Nigerian President, Obasanjo, Sacks Workers, Refuses To Pay Salaries
In a letter by its Head of Human Resources, Administration and Procurement, Olanike Ogunleye, the management of the OPL said the organisation was overwhelmed by the adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and had found it hard to sustain its workforce.
The letter reads in part, “As you are aware, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a toll on all our business significantly. This has resulted to making some difficult business decisions. Due to this situation, we regret to inform you that your employment will be put on hold till further notice. Olusegun Obasanjo
“You are to hand over all company properties in your possession to the human resource department, who shall do a confirmation of the exit clearance process before your final entitlements (if any) would be paid.”
Before laying the workers off on Friday, the OPL had been owing several months of salaries.
A worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “They have been owing salaries since last year. They will pay one and it’s going to be after 3-4 months that they will pay another one. We have workers collecting less than N30,000 and they refer to those collecting N50, 000 as senior staff and they are still owing.
“This year, they have paid just January salary and half of April salary which was paid on 20th of April.”
Obasanjo was President of Nigeria for eight years from 1999 to 2007.
It was reported by Career Mission Media that the Christian Association Chairman of Nasarawa state; Bishop Masin was kidnapped early this week. The report states that some unknown gunmen invaded the Bishop’s house and kidnapped the CAN Chairman. The Commissioner of police for Nasarawa state said those men were unknown and came with motorcycle to kidnap the chairman. In a statement issued by the National CAN Chairman today, he said; “Since we have no police of our own, we’re trying as much as possible to avoid chaotic situations, We’re placing an immediate demand on the Federal government and the government of Nasarawa state to ensure the immediate release of Bishop Masin before it’s too late.” It was also gathered that the CAN Chairman of Kaduna was kidnapped in same manner and was executed without the government finding or prosecuting the perpetrators.
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the house of representatives to approve a loan of $5.5 billion.
In a letter read during Thursday’s plenary session by Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, Buhari said the funds will be used for the federal government’s priority projects and to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also said part of it will be used to fund the revised 2020 budget, and to support the state governments.
Premier League to Restart on 17 June With Mancity VS Arsenal AND Villa VS Sheffield utd
The Premier League season is set to restart on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United&Man City v Arsenal, the BBC has learned. The matches are the 2games in hand. A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June. Clubs are still discussing the idea at a meeting on Thursday, but it is understood all have agreed in principle at this stage. There are 92 fixtures still to play. The Premier League was suspended on 13 March because of the pandemic&it will be 100 days after Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 9 March that competition will resume, with games now behind closed doors. On Wednesday, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training, having started non-contact training last week. So far 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the league. Premier League players&staff will continue to be tested twice a week, with the capacity increased from 50 to 60 tests per club for the 4th round of testing. Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of 7days. Plans for the 3rd phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training&build-up to competitive games. Liverpool currently sit 25points clear at the top of the table while Bournemouth, Aston Villa&Norwich City are in the relegation places.
Post Covid19 and Education in Nigeria, Traditional learning or E-learning – By Olasunkanmi Hotonu
The development of the educational sector in Nigeria needs to be checked and worked on, before we can talk about the need for traditional learning or e-learning.
In my own opinion, not all schools have the capacity, facility and capability to go full-time into the e-learning aspect of teaching.
I overheard some teachers discussing about this directive of some schools that are doing e-learning classes for their students.
They said that, there’s no class that can be so sweet for a teacher like the traditional learning but mixed with e-learning classes.
One of the teachers added to the point that, e-learning cannot be taken just like that because most private owned schools are still very much keen into the traditional learning and it is more effective for them.
Besides, some are not tech savvy enough to create an e-learning class; talk more of engaging students on such technological platform.
Although, some schools are just incorporating into their curriculums effective computer studies or IT programs. Yet, they are not still fit to take in the e-learning structure.
I will suggest that, education in Nigeria needs upgrade, and we need to fix it from the grassroots — government and private owned schools.
Traditional learning should continue while we make tremendous efforts to bring up sound e-learning classes into the school curriculums. Without that, bringing e-learning after the post Covid-19 with a national law backing it, won’t work in the situation of education in Nigeria.
Educational sector in Nigeria is lacking so much. It is not balanced yet. All schools, both government and private owners are doing what pleases them, leaving the future of the students to be shaky.
Little wonder, very few secondary school student can work effectively with the computer and most of them never has the dream of becoming a teacher.
Truth be said, whether traditional learning or e-learning, we need more highly skilled personnels of good worth who knows more about the growth of education in other countries to mount offices in the educational sector for effective leadership.
Hence, nothing much can be done to avert the menace caused in the educational sector.
Conclusively, let’s not be too forward in making decision on which to use in traditional learning or e-learning. Post Covid-19 shouldn’t be the major reason for this development.
Growth, in the aspect of equipping the teachers and students of the proper use of traditional learning or e-learning should be the priority of the leaders in the educational sector.
With that, other things can fall into the picture and the future of education in Nigeria will be undeniably bright.
Trump orders investigation into George Floyd’s killing
The POTUS, who ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice to expedite the probe, vowed that justice would be served on the matter.
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd.
“I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!” Trump tweeted.
One of the officers was seen in a video kneeling on his neck while he was handcuffed.
“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe… Mama. Mama,” Floyd pleaded, slowly grew silent and motionless, unable to move even as the officers taunted him to “get up and get in the car”.
He was taken to the hospital where he was later declared dead.
After dismissing the four officers involved, Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, expressed outrage as calls rose for them to be prosecuted for murder.
“What I saw was wrong at every level,” he said of the video.
“For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Frey added.
The family of the late Floyd has called for the prosecution of the four officers, stressing that they should be charged with murder.
The death of the black man sparked street protests in the Midwestern US city.
Protesters, many wearing face masks because of the coronavirus outbreak, held signs saying “Justice for George Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter” during a rally near the scene of Monday’s death in custody.
The Federal Government has said it would roll out the course of action for the reopening of schools in the country.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, stated this during a briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.
While congratulating children in the country on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation urged stakeholders to begin to take steps that would aid the reopening of schools.
He said, “I wish to inform Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Education will roll out measures for the self-reopening of schools.
“The Presidential Task Force wishes to use the occasion of this celebration to congratulate our children and assure them, their parents and all stakeholders alike that all hands are on deck to reopen schools at a safe time.
“We, therefore, use this medium to urge states, local governments, proprietors and all other stakeholders to begin to take steps that will facilitate an early and safe reopening.”
COVID-19: Despite Pause Of Trial By WHO, Nigeria To Continue Chloroquine Trial
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has said it would continue the trial of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment despite the announcement of a temporary pause by the World Health Organisation. WHO had on Monday cited safety concerns for the temporary pause of the trial of Hydrochloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Speaking on the continuation of the trial in Nigeria, Director-General of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye, who spoke during an interview on Television Continental on Tuesday, said the drug had proven to be effective for mild case COVID-19 patients. She said, “There is data to prove that Hydroxychloroquine worked for many COVID-19 patients. “Therefore, we would continue our own clinical trials in Nigeria. Hydroxychloroquine has been proved to work at a mild stage. So the potency depends on the severity of the disease in the patient’s body.” She added that the trial should be concluded in three to four months if medical doctors, research scientists, pharmacists, herbal experts work together. Meanwhile, NAFDAC is set to receive the COVID-19 herbal cure from Madagascar for testing. According to the Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, the drug would be handed over to the Ministry of Health, who will send it to NAFDAC for validation and usage. “We will pick it up and send to our research institutes, first to NAFDAC and then to Nigerian Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development,” Ehanire said.
Vaccine trial shows promising results The first COVID-19 vaccine to undergo a clinical trial in China has been found to be safe and able to generate an immune response against the novel coronavirus in humans, based on the results of a preliminary trial, according to research published on Friday night in the medical journal The Lancet. The phase-one clinical trial of the vaccine involving 108 healthy adults, which lasted 28 days, showed promising results, although further trials are required to determine whether the immune response it elicits can effectively protect humans against SARSCoV-2 infection, according to the researchers of the vaccine. “These results represent an important milestone. The trial demonstrates that a single dose of the vaccine produces virus-specific antibodies in 14 days, making it a potential candidate for further investigation,” said Chen Wei from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, a leading researcher in the study. “However, these results should be interpreted cautiously. The challenges in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine are unprecedented, and the ability to trigger these immune responses does not necessarily indicate that the vaccine will protect humans from COVID-19. We are still a long way from this vaccine being available to all.” In the trial, carried out in March in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, about 80 percent of the 108 volunteers had at least one adverse reaction within seven days of vaccination, with the most common reactions being pain, fever and fatigue, but most of the reactions were mild or moderate in severity, according to the study. No serious adverse effects were reported within four weeks of vaccination, the study said. Meanwhile, virus antibodies increased significantly in the volunteers two weeks after they were vaccinated, and the level of the antibodies peaked on the 28th day, according to the study. Despite promising results, the trial had limitations such as its small sample size and limited duration, and further research is required, said the authors of the study. In April, a phase-two clinical trial of the vaccine started in Wuhan, making it the first COVID-19 candidate vaccine worldwide to have entered the second stage of clinical trials, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology. The trial, which involves 500 adults, will test whether the results of the first-phase clinical trial can be replicated, and whether any adverse reactions occur up to six months after vaccination. The results of the trial have yet to be released. Production of effective vaccines has been regarded as a long-term solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, more than 100 candidate COVID-19 vaccines are under research and development worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Following the outbreak, China intensified efforts on the research and development of vaccines for COVID-19. Some other institutes and companies have also made progress in vaccine development. Last week, a candidate vaccine developed by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences was put under clinical trials after gaining approval from China’s top drug regulator. Domestically developed COVID-19 vaccines, once put into use, will be made public goods for the world to ensure their accessibility and affordability in developing countries, President Xi Jinping said at the opening ceremony of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly via video link on Monday. China will intensify investment in the research and development of COVID-19 vaccines, drugs and rapid testing technologies in its efforts to fight the epidemic, Premier Li Keqiang said in the Government Work Report delivered to the third session of the 13th National People’s Congress on Friday. (via China Daily)
House Of Reps Wants Schools Fumigated Before Resumption
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has been requested by the House of Representatives to ensure that all schools in the country, whether public or private are fumigated before they open for school activities.
Adamu Adamu was also urged by the House to reach students in rural areas with online teaching which was recently introduced to keep the students busy.
This was contained in a letter written to the Minister by the Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. Julius Ihonvbere.
There is this tendency to criticise everything and everyone. It is natural to be suspicious but it is better to try and offer solutions to the problem. There is a simple test to know. What kind of person are you? If you drive a car into a traffic snarl? Are you the guy who tries to sort himself out but cutting corners even if it makes the situation worse for everybody? Or the guy who sits in the car and just hopes someone comes in to solve the problem? Or the guy who actively tries to be a solution, either by creating needed space for the entanglement or even alighting from his vehicle to pass traffic where possible? 99.999% of people fall into the former categories. Only 0.001% are leaders who try to solve problems. A moment of reflection beckons on the Nigerian youths and the not-so-youthful too. It is not productive to take a stance that rubbishes every initiative. If you tag every leader as bad from beginning to the end it means you have not reflected enough on the challenges of leadership itself and so you may not or never be ready for leadership or will equally fail if thrust upon you, like the people you criticise. Ditto if you refuse to see anything good in a particular leader no matter what he does. Remember that a dead clock is right, at least twice a day. So no leader is totally bad, and certainly none is totally good. Be careful of being drawn into dogma. Be careful of mild and real cultism, some of which requires that you queue behind the company rhetoric whether oga or right or wrong. This is what happened to many decent people in the Hitler era. They knew it wad wrong and evil to gas the Jews but they dare not say anything. They thus became culprits, with some advancing to become serious mass perpetrators. There was the case of a ‘decent’ German engineer, who didn’t see anything wrong in increasing the capacity of gas chambers to gas 5 thousand more Jews per day… he felt he was just innovating. Where is your conscience when most needed? Are you the type that calls everyone back to their senses when herd mentality takes oveŕ and we all cascade in a destructive direction, blinded by fanaticism and dogmatism? Or are you the type that readily follows the drift without question? If you are the latter then leadership is not in you and you will likely fare worse than those you delight in criticising today. But by and large, the reason I am writing to you today is to ensure you don’t become forever bitter and unaccomplished. I am not accomplished, yet, but i am certainly not bitter. If you don’t see anything good in anyone then you are solidifying the foundations of bitterness. You don’t need that in your life. Give people a chance. And another. Be very slow in writing people off. Many of your leaders had good intentions. Not all of them set out to steal and plunder. For some of them, your cynicism pushed them to the other side. You must break the cycle of bitterness, self-hate, mutual distrust and negativity that has turned Nigeria into what it is today. Do you know most Nigerian leaders now hate the country and especially detest the youth? I know you didn’t create the problem. But you must think of how to solve the problem. I was also inspired to write you, dear Nigerian youth, when I considered that you are most likely unwilling to be a doer. I know that many of you lack resources but that too is debatable. Never wait until everything is set. Everything will never be set. You have to START WHERE YOU ARE, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE, TO DO WHAT YOU CAN DO. This also goes to those who are above 35 and can no longer be considered as youths. It is far better for your health, to try and get in the fray and be part of th3 solution, in your own way, than to be mere perpetual complainants. In fact your complaints take on higher importance and direction when you have tried and failed. Good for you if you succeed but ensure you don’t complicate the problems of your people. Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Gani Fawehinmi were two of the most vociferous and committed critics this country or even the continent ever saw. They saw this fact and never remained mere critics. They formed parties. They contested. They failed to get into office, but they tried and it put them in a better place..it gave them perspective. It also tapered their anger and helped then channel same to where it mattered. Other all time greats like Zik, Awo, Bola Ige, Onabanjo and co, were complainants, for they were columnists and journalists, but at some point they were intelligent enough to know they had to be propelled to become part of the solution So Dear Youth, don’t be boring. Don’t be bitter. Avoid the path of wretechedness. Don’t let them con you to remain a directionless ranter forever. Be focused. Repackage yourself. Don’t be a philistine. Yes, i am not asking you to avail yourself to some highest bidder. Don’t be all about the money. But ensure you are growing. Find a job and do it well. Be valuable. Create a venture and nurture it carefully. Be well presented. Work on your flaws. Be likeable. Be fair. Be kind. Be nice. Life is short. You may just be the one humanity has been waiting for. Perhaps no one else but you can solve the many problems you’ve been complaining bitterly about. Or it may just be a tiny bit that you can handle. It all adds up. Stand up for yourself..stand up for humanity
Laliga can resume week of 8 June- Spanish Prime Minister
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday that LaLiga can resume from its coronavirus lockdown on the week of 8 June.
“The resumption of major professional sporting competitions and in particular LaLiga will be allowed from the week of 8 June,” Sanchez told a press conference.
More than two months after the Covid-19 pandemic halted the season in Spain, players have begun training in small groups as they aim to be as ready as possible for the planned reboot next month.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has said the preferred date for games to resume is Friday, 12 June and Sanchez’s announcement means that plan has been given the green light from the government.
Clubs have 11 games left to play to finish the season, with the proposed final round to be completed by the end of July.
A compressed calendar would mean teams playing matches both in midweek and at weekends while fixtures will be held behind closed doors, with only 197 people allowed to attend, according to a protocol prepared by LaLiga.
Players will also undergo tests for coronavirus the day before games and will have their temperatures taken before being allowed to enter stadiums.
LaLiga’s staggered training programme meant players began working individually at training grounds on 4 May and were able to expand into groups of up to 10 players this week.
The top-flight was first suspended on 12 March after Real Madrid went into quarantine on the same day following the positive test of one of the club’s basketball players.
But Tebas has been adamant the league must restart, having estimated that a cancellation of the season would cost clubs around one billion euros.
France’s Ligue 1 has been cut short, with Paris Saint-Germain declared champions, while the Bundesliga in Germany became the first major European league to resume behind closed doors last weekend.
Tebas has said the chance is low of players infecting each other during games.
“In the match environment, infection is practically impossible because we have carried out a study that we will present that shows the smallest risk is in matches if everyone respects the medical protocol,” Tebas said earlier this month.
“If things are done as they should be, there shouldn’t be any infections. If five infections appear in one club, it would suggest some negligence.”
Lagos Makes More Money Than 26 States Combined- Report
Lagos State has retained its place as Nigeria ’s economic capital, generatinng N 398 . 7bn in 2019 alone . The sum is the equivalent of the combined internally generated revenue by 26 states of the federation . The N 398 .7 bn IGR of Lagos State is more than those of Taraba , Gombe , Kebbi , Ebonyi , Borno , Yobe , Katsina , Ekiti, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Bauchi , Niger , Jigawa, Abia , Zamfara , Imo , Bayelsa, Kogi , Plateau, Benue, Osun , Sokoto, Cross River, Anambra , Oyo and Edo which had a combined N 375 .2 bn . According to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics , the state with the second highest IGR remains Rivers which generated N 140 . 3bn . The Federal Capital Territory which was classified as a state in the report , came third with N 74 .5 bn while Ogun came 4 th with N 70 . 9 bn . The states with the lowest revenue are Taraba , Gombe and Kebbi which generated N 6 . 5bn , N 6 . 8 bn and N 7 . 3 bn respectively. The combined revenue generated internally by the 36 states and the FCT in 2019 was N 1 .33 tn , according to the report .
Covid-19 vaccine could be ready by late June – UK scientists predict
Scientists have predicted that a vaccine for coronavirus could be ready as soon as results of over 10,000 Covid-19 patients who were involved in a clinical trial are ready by late June 2020. The Sun UK reports that if the experts carrying out the trial process are successful, the vaccine could be rolled out immediately. According to the same media, the recovery trial is a scientific evaluation that looks at overall Covid-19 therapy and medications that were administered with the hope of getting the combination that is effective in treating patients.
The deputy chief investigator of the trial at Oxford University, Professor Martin Landray, said they are being meticulous with their process. A picture showing a scientist working in the lab. Photo source: SafetySkills Landry added that a combination of different drugs could be the best way to beat the coronavirus once and for all. It should be noted that among the drugs that have been tested and that could make the final combination are hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir-ritonavir, and tocilizumab. Meanwhile, Purpleworld earlier reported that a dedicated team of local researchers was working on a Covid-19 vaccine with a modification process that can be completed within three weeks to combat Sars-Cov-2 virus and go through a human trial in six months . The team involved in the vaccine development is called Home-grown Esco Aster and they are working with the United States biotechnology company, Vivaldi Biosciences, as they combine proteins from different viruses to find a cure.
The vaccine they are working on is tagged Esco-Aster DeltaCov and was made by putting together antigens from Sars-Cov-2 virus with “backbone” protein from a flu virus.
Dr Nandini Prabhakar, a senior scientist, has said that the use of the “backbone” will speed up the process of finding a vaccine. Another thing worthy of note is that when the vaccine is ready, it can be administered into a patient’s body through a nasal spray, the same way the virus gets into the human body. In other news, a black taxi driver, Trevor Belle, died from coronavirus after a passenger who claimed he had the virus spat on him when they were fighting over £9 (N4,263.55) fare . The 61-year-old driver died from the illness in April at the Royal London Hospital after battling the virus.
COVID-19: Churches, Mosques, Organizations Told To Submit Guidelines As Nigeria Reopens
The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has asked churches, mosques and organizations in Nigeria to submit guidelines for reopening.
Ihekweazu stated this in Abuja at the press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday.
The NCDC boss disclosed that the center received a draft of guidelines on Wednesday by the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association to reopen interstate transportation while curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
He added that as the government prepares to ease more phases of lockdown in coming weeks, organizations should come up with similar guidelines to expedite the process of safely reopening the economy.
Ihekweazu said, “I was happy on Wednesday to receive a new set of draft guidelines by the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association. Those are people that manage the long distance buses that travel across the country, what we call ‘luxury’ buses.
“They drafted their own guidelines for reopening safely and sent it to us for review.
“They are also seeking our advise on the measures they are recommended and how to manage their loading centres, buses and engagements with their customers at the point when we may allow them to reopen.”
He noted that though NCDC has its guidelines and advice, it is willing to engage with leaders of organizations on how to reopen the economy while curbing the spread of COVID-19.
“Every society, organisation, community, be it faith-based, cultural based, professionally based, have been advised to come up with guidelines for themselves.
“We are happy to advise and engage every organisation but this needs to be led and owned by the leaders of those organisations,” the NCDC boss added.
Schools Will Reopen Soon But No Date, Disregard Fake News – FG
THE Federal Government has disclosed that there are plans to soon reopen schools nationwide, saying, however, that this will not be done in two weeks as being speculated in some quarters. Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the clarification on Thursday during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 news conference in Abuja following rumours making the round the Federal Government would reopen schools in the next two weeks. The Federal Government had ordered the indefinite closure of educational institutions nationwide as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. But Nwajiuba while responding to questions from the media on when the government’s plans to reopen to the schools following the easing of the lockdown, said the schools would be reopened when the safety of the school children could be guaranteed. He said the government was wary not to endanger the lives of the school children and further spread of the coronavirus in the society. He added that his ministry is working with other relevant stakeholders and agencies of government to put necessary measure in place that would guarantee the safety of children before the schools are reopened. He said: “We all are seriously interested in reopening and I believe we will reopen soon. But I can’t confirm what your children said that we will reopen in two weeks. “The issue around reopening has nothing to do with the availability of the schools or not. It has to do with national governance. The idea of shutting down the schools has nothing to do with the schools per se. “You heard the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the SGF, keep saying it is a national response. It is a single national response and everything we do flows from that. “When they determine, I’m sure you have seen all the experts here, that there is the measure of safety to which we can expose our children, we will gladly do that. We are watching and we are working with all bodies within and outside the country. “The five countries of West African Examination Council (WAEC) are meeting and I just came out of a meeting with African Union (AU) Ministers of Education, everybody is concerned as you are. We hope to reopen very soon. “This morning, I met with the Ministry of Science and Technology. We are looking at putting a system in place that can disinfect every child as he goes into a school and disinfect him as he goes out. “If we resource our schools properly we can begin to reopen. But we must be able to ensure that the children go in safe and come out safe and not become a conduit for further infection in society.”
Nigerian Soldiers Lay Curses On Chief Of Army Staff, Buratai, After Boko Haram Ambush
Some personnel of the Nigerian Army have laid curses on the country’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, after falling into a Boko Haram trap in the North-East where the war against terrorism is at its fiercest. In a video exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, some soldiers while lamenting their near-death experiences and the loss of their military vehicles and weapons during the ambush by Boko Haram terrorists, accused the Nigerian Army leadership of abandoning them to die in the bush and only sending in jets when the insurgents had dealt them heavy blows. Angered by the situation, the soldiers seen in the video rained curses on Buratai, praying for all manner of evil to befall him.