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Coronavirus – UK: First Bus brings in changes including new ticket payment rules

Coronavirus – UK: First Bus brings in changes including new ticket payment rules

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Travel, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
BRISTOL --- Social distancing measures were trialled on the number 24 buses in Bristol. Passengers travelling on First Bus services have been advised of changes including new preferences on payment and a "ground-breaking counting facility". Stricter measures have been rolled out this week by First West of England to protect passengers and bus drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Although people are still being discouraged from going on public transport, those who rely on it are being asked to adhere to safety precautions. In a statement this afternoon (Wednesday), First said it had installed a "ground-breaking passenger counting facility" to the drivers' ticket machines, which advises them when their bus is at safe capacity and when to turn on the 'sorry bus full' display. ...
Award-winning Canon photographers capture Ramadan in the time of a pandemic

Award-winning Canon photographers capture Ramadan in the time of a pandemic

INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, TECHNOLOGY
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2020/ -- On 23rd April, the holy month of Ramadan began, with Muslims around the world practicing under unique circumstances and adapting to the changes caused by COVID-19. From live-streamed sermons to video calling loved ones for virtual Iftars, this year’s Ramadan is seeing Muslims worldwide forging new ways to connect with family and friends and enjoy the collective tradition that Ramadan provides. To capture this religious practice taking place under lockdown, Canon has partnered with Jordanian Canon Ambassador and two time Pulitzer prize winner, Muhammed Muheisen and Dubai-based photographer Reem Falaknaz - who took part to the Arab Documentary Photography Program - to document their personal experiences of practicing Ramadan during this unpre...
Game Stores donates 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) to fight Covid19 in Uganda

Game Stores donates 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) to fight Covid19 in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the enemy, Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight of the National Response Fund to Covid19, (L) Frederick Olwit, the Game Stores' Store Manager, (Game) and the Secretary and Treasurer to the Fund Mrs Kisaka Dorothy. .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi KMA Updates. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut has received 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) from Frederick Olwit, the Game Stores' Store Manager, which donation goes towards...
BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola to Launch Coke Studio Sessions

BeApp Partners with Coca-Cola to Launch Coke Studio Sessions

AFRICA, Business, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY, united states of america, USA
Katy Perry, Bebe Rexha, DJ Khaled, Steve Aoki and More Kick Off 60 daysof Live Music Streaming for Fans Around the World Katy Perry ATLANTA, USA – BeApp, a new live music streaming platform, and Coca-Cola have announced the launch of Coke Studio Sessions, an exclusive collaboration featuring a diverse line-up of musical performances for fans to enjoy over 60 consecutive days. Live performances from more than 100 artists across the globe, including Katy Perry, Anitta, DJ Khaled, Bebe Rexha, Miguel, Cast of Hamilton and Steve Aoki will begin streaming today to refresh fans one virtual performance at a time and support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Coke Studio Sessions marks the official debut of #BeApp, the social live music streaming platform from t...
Uganda: Speaker Kadaga gifts Muslim fraternity at Parliament

Uganda: Speaker Kadaga gifts Muslim fraternity at Parliament

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala --- As the Muslim fraternity prepares to celebrate Eid Al- Fitr over the weekend, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has called on Muslims to continue praising and worshiping Allah during the remaining days of the Holy month of Ramadan.  She said that fasting in the Quran are the two intercessors for the servants of Allah on the days of resurrection. “Your fasting will give an opportunity for intercessions on your behalf so that your messages reach the Almighty Allah,” she said.Kadaga said this while handing over gift hampers to the Muslim staff of Parliament and journalists under the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association on 20 May 2020.She said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parliament cannot hold the annual Iftr dinner.  “Ramadan cannot be celebrated but the sa...
Mike Tyson shows off a very toned physique after announcing return to the ring

Mike Tyson shows off a very toned physique after announcing return to the ring

celebrity, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Sports, united states of america, USA
Mike Tyson has a brand-new look after losing 140lbs a decade ago. The 53-year-old former professional boxer was shirtless as he threw punches in the air for a new video shared on Weibo which was filmed in the backyard of his home.  The Hangover actor lost weigh by going vegan, he said in 2013: 'When I was training for fights – a lot of meat, cheese, bread. I devoured everything besides pork. I used to eat a lot. As I got older I didn't like the way I was feeling. I had a lot of arthritis, joint problems and I was morbidly obese.' It was his wife who turned him on to going meat free. In this new clip Tyson has sculpted arms, abs and an overall slender frame as he shows off a grey beard. He moves very fast as he throws punches in the air, ducks and then eventually pets his ...
Ecobank Group and Google collaborating to deliver digital solutions tailored for Ecobank’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) customers

Ecobank Group and Google collaborating to deliver digital solutions tailored for Ecobank’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) customers

AFRICA, Banking, Business, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY
Ecobank Group, the pan-African Bank, in collaboration with Google is helping to equip African SMEs with the necessary digital skills to navigate the rapidly evolving business world. The aim is to assist African businesses remain relevant and fulfil their potential by embracing digital capabilities. Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Ecobank’s Group Executive for Commercial Banking said: “As a longstanding pioneer in providing cutting-edge digital solutions for African businesses we are delighted to collaborate with Google to offer timely and relevant solutions, including Google My Business and Google Ad products. These are specifically tailored to meet the needs of our SME customers.” “Our objective is to be the partner of choice for SMEs, by meaningfully supporting their success and grow...
Coronavirus – Africa: Statement on the Launch of United Nations Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: Statement on the Launch of United Nations Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Africa

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UNITED NATIONS
CAIRO, Egypt, May 21, 2020/ -- By The Secretary-General As COVID-19 spreads across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly to the pandemic, and as of now reported cases are lower than feared.  Even so, much hangs in the balance. In recent years Africans have done much to advance the well-being of the continent’s people.  Economic growth has been strong.  The digital revolution has taken hold.  A free trade area has been agreed.  But the pandemic threatens African progress.  It will aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition and vulnerability to disease.  Already, demand for Africa’s commodities, tourism and remittances are declining.  The opening of the trade zone has been pushed back – and millions could be pushe...
Coronavirus – Africa: Commonwealth health ministers agree to share advice and solutions in coronavirus battle

Coronavirus – Africa: Commonwealth health ministers agree to share advice and solutions in coronavirus battle

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
LONDON, United Kingdom --The Commonwealth Health Ministers have agreed to coordinate their response in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Ministers endorsed removing fees for coronavirus tests and treatment, especially for migrants and refugees, as appropriate within national contexts, and creating a voluntary mechanism to share and distribute extra medical supplies including ventilators and testing kits. They agreed on the need for solidarity and cooperation among Commonwealth countries and that close working with the World Health Organization throughout the crisis was vital. This statement was released following the annual Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting held on 14 May. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “We are now participants at an inflection poi...
Coronavirus – Namibia: German Embassy supports families in need

Coronavirus – Namibia: German Embassy supports families in need

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, Germany, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, NAMIBIA
WINDHOEK, Namibia, May 21, 2020/ -- The German Embassy supports families in need with food donations in the informal settlements of Windhoek. A total of approximately 170,000 NAD (8,736.00 EUR) from the micro project fund was made available as an immediate measure. These funds were used to purchase food parcels for 100 single mothers and 100 needy households registered with the Lidar Community Foundation in Katutura. The distributed items include staple foods such as maize meal, flour, pasta, rice, sugar, cooking oil, but also soap and detergent. In addition the single mothers with babies also received baby food and diapers for their children. To comply with the applicable national COVID-19 health & hygiene rules, 2 reusable face masks per household, manufactured by "Aphrodit...
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aerodyne Group to promote unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) tech in 57 Countries

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aerodyne Group to promote unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) tech in 57 Countries

INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, and Aerodyne Group (Aerodyne), an international artificial intelligence (AI)-driven, drone-based managed solutions provider, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signifying a new milestone in the strategic partnership between ICD and Aerodyne to cooperate and work closely together in promoting of unmanned aerial system technology in ICD member countries. The MoU was signed by Ayman Sejiny, the Chief Executive Officer of ICD, and Kamarul A Muhamed, founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of Aerodyne Group. Mr. Sejiny commented his strong support for the partnership, stating: “The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding marks a new st...
Coronavirus – Africa: The United States continues to lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: The United States continues to lead the Global Response to COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 21, 2020/ -- Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. funding and scientific efforts on this front remain a central and coordinated part of the worldwide effort against COVID-19.  Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States continues to lead a global response—building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has committed more than $900 million in State Depart...
Floods – Uganda: People Power Movement donates Shs13.5 million to Kasese flood victims

Floods – Uganda: People Power Movement donates Shs13.5 million to Kasese flood victims

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Bobi Wine through his people power movement handed over a contribution of 13,500,000/= (Thirteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Shillings) to Hon. Winnie Kiiza to assist sisters and brothers who are affected by flooding in Kasese district. "This money was contributed by ourselves as well as comrades in Uganda and abroad. I am very grateful to all of you who have responded to our call and made contributions to this noble cause. To you comrades in Kasese District, we stand with you and pray for you", said Bobi Wine. People Power Movement leader Kyagulanyi Sentamu 'Bobi Wine's addressing the press while Hon. Winnie Kiira looks on Kasese District was affected so bad by the recent floods that left thousands of people homeless, it destroyed property and others lost their lives. "We ...
Coronavirus – Kenya: World Bank Approves $1 Billion Financing for Kenya, to Address COVID-19 Financing Gap and Support Kenya’s Economy

Coronavirus – Kenya: World Bank Approves $1 Billion Financing for Kenya, to Address COVID-19 Financing Gap and Support Kenya’s Economy

AFRICA, Banking, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, KENYA
The World Bank Board of Directors on 20th May 2020 approved a $1 billion budget support operation for Kenya, which helps close the fiscal financing gap, while supporting reforms that help advance the government’s inclusive growth agenda, including in affordable housing and support to farmers’ incomes. The Kenya Inclusive Growth and Fiscal Management Development Policy Financing (DPF), is the second of a two-operation programmatic series aimed at recreating fiscal buffers over the medium term and crowding in private investment. Preparation of this DPF preceded the COVID-19 pandemic, but its approval is timely, since it will help to fill the financing gap generated by the severe, ongoing shock to Kenya’s economy. The DPF thus complements the recently approved Kenya Covid-19 Emergency Res...
Floods – Uganda: Museveni in Kasese to assess impact of floods

Floods – Uganda: Museveni in Kasese to assess impact of floods

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
Kasese --- President Museveni arrived in Kasese yesterday to assess the impact of the recent spate of the floods that hit the district. President Yoweri Museveni was touring what was left of Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese after flash floods washed away buildings, depositing sand and huge boulders on its angry wake downstream, according to the Presidential Press Secretary, Linda Nabusayi statement in a tweet. The president is also expected to meet local leaders in a bid to find a lasting solution to the problem. The situation in Kasese over two weeks ago turned worse when rivers Nyamwamba in Kasese town, Mubuku and Nyamughasana burst their banks to spill water into the nearby communities whereas rolling stones were also on the move on the slopes of Mountain Rwenzori due to ...
Coronavirus – Tunisia: EU Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

Coronavirus – Tunisia: EU Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TUNISIA
EUROPEAN UNION --- On 20th May 2030, the Council adopted a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms and allocated as follows: Albania: €180 millionBosnia-Herzegovina: €250 millionGeorgia: €150 millionJordan: €200 millionKosovo*: €100 millionMoldova: €100 millionMontenegro: €60 millionRepublic of North Macedonia: €160 millionTunisia: €600 millionUkraine: €1200 million. EU assistance will help these jurisdictions cover their immediate financing needs which have increased as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Together with the support from the Intern...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Eddy Kenzo to be repatriated from Ivory Coast

Coronavirus – Uganda: Eddy Kenzo to be repatriated from Ivory Coast

AFRICA, African stars, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, IVORY COAST, Travel, UGANDA
Kampala --- The Ugandan Government has started the process of repatriating superstar Eddy Kenzo. The celebrated Ugandan musician has been stranded in Ivory Coast for months and now government with the help of businessman Balaam Barugahara.This comes after the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kahamba Kuteesa authorised the repartriation of more Ugandans who have been stranded abroad due to Covid-19. Eddy Kenzie performing at his VIP sshow at Serena Hotel last year The first repartriated Ugandans landed in the country on Monday aboard Ethiopian Airlines.Once Kenzo is brought back, he will be quarantined for 14 days.Legislators early this month renewed calls for repatriation of Ugandans stranded abroad following the outbreak of Covid-19.Hon. Anna Adeke Ebaju (Indep., National Fe...
Coronavirus – Egypt: U.S. supports Egypt’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus – Egypt: U.S. supports Egypt’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EGYPT, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
The United States Government, in partnership with the Government of Egypt, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing 51 million Egyptian Pounds (or $3.2 million) to the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Egypt.  This funding will support ERC’s network of 30,000 volunteers and health professionals to conduct community outreach and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as build ERC’s capacity to respond to future crises. U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen stated, “As the entire world battles coronavirus, the United States felt it important to provide special, targeted support to Egypt to fight this pandemic. This support from the American people will assist tens of thousands of Egyptian healthcare professionals ...
Coronavirus: Tunisia launches virus-tracking app

Coronavirus: Tunisia launches virus-tracking app

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY, TUNISIA
TUNIS --- Tunisia on Tuesday launched a contact-tracing mobile phone app that identifies and alerts users who may have had contact with others infected with the new coronavirus. The E7mi application, available on Android and awaiting validation for Apple's iOS, was developed by a Tunisian start-up specialised in digital marketing tools for foreign companies, the health ministry told AFP. Like the French StopCovid application, E7mi -- Arabic for "protect" -- is not based on contacttracing technology developed by Apple or Google. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, Tunisia's Observatory of Emerging Diseases (ONME) contacts other users whose telephones have been detected close to the infected user's device.  "We started in March when we heard about the TraceTogether app i...
Uganda Electoral Commission joins  the fight against  Covid 19 by donating  15,000,000 Million shillings.

Uganda Electoral Commission joins the fight against Covid 19 by donating 15,000,000 Million shillings.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Uganda’s  Electoral body couldn’t be left behind as individuals and other Companies are donating willingly in the fight against  Covid. Uganda’s First Deputy  Prime Minister Rt Hon. Gen (RTD) Moses Ali receiving the UGX 15 Million donation from the Chairman of EC Justice Dr. Simon Byabakama. Left is the Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.  The 50,000 notes were received Uganda’s  First Deputy  Prime Minister Rt Hon. Gen (RTD)in the Presence of  the Political Overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon. Mary Mary Karooro Okurut ,the Chairperson of the Fund Engineer Emmanuel Katongole ,Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, the Administra...