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Coronavirus – Seychelles: Chinese government donates medical materials to Seychelles

Coronavirus – Seychelles: Chinese government donates medical materials to Seychelles

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, May 30, 2020/ -- On 26th May 2020, a batch of protective equipment donated by the Chinese government arrived in Seychelles via Ethiopian Airlines. The donated medical materials include 500 infrared thermometers, which are needed desperately by local schools and institutions, 2,000 medical N95 masks, 10,000 surgical masks, 2,000 disposable protective clothing, 2,000 medical protective goggles, 10,000 disposable sterilized rubber surgical gloves and 10,000 medical isolation shoe covers. China has been consistent in its support to the COVID-19 situation in Seychelles. Previously, Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have provided three batches of medical supplies to Seychelles. On May 8th  2020, the Chinese Embassy in Seychelles also donated a batch of medical m...
Journalist arrested over remarks on Coronavirus

Journalist arrested over remarks on Coronavirus

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KAMPALA, UGANDA --- Popular NBS TV and Bukedde FM radio presenter Hajji Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira was reportedly arrested on allegations of spreading harmful information regarding Coronavirus. Kazibwe,who is also the President of the Uganda Journalists Association is alleged to have landed in trouble with the state security over his live phone intarraction on Bukedde FM’s 'Ekirya atabaala' program with two confirmed COVID19 positive patients undergoing treatment in Gulu Hospital. In the the almost 90 minutes conversation, the two patients who were allegedly truck drivers cast doubt over the truthfulness in their status with regard to the disease. They stressed that inspite of them being confirmed to be positive for Coronavirus,they felt no any signs of sickness. Hajji Bashir Kazibwe...
Prosecutors say justice will be served in George Floyd’s death but do not announce any charges

Prosecutors say justice will be served in George Floyd’s death but do not announce any charges

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Two days after the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer, protesters marched in the streets of at least three major US cities. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed Monday, the second night of protests were marked by looting and buildings on fire as crowds of protesters clashed with police, who fired back with tear gas, according to observations from CNN's team on the scene and police. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who warned Wednesday night of an "extremely dangerous situation" at the protest, urged demonstrators to remain peaceful -- a plea echoed by Floyd's family members. Minneapolis police station burning in flames after protesters put it on fire Early Thursday morning, police said a man was fatally shot near the scene of the protests. One pers...
Woman sacked after calling police on black man

Woman sacked after calling police on black man

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A white woman who called the police after a black man asked her to put her dog on a leash in New York City's Central Park has been fired from her job with an investment firm. Franklin Templeton announced on Twitter on Tuesday it had sacked an employee, "effective immediately". "We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton," the tweet said. Christian Cooper, a bird watcher, asked the woman to leash her dog because he feared it could endanger wildlife. Mr Cooper and the woman, identified as Amy Cooper (no relation) were in a part of Central Park called the Ramble, a popular area for bird watchers where dogs must be leashed at all times, according to the rules. Amy Cooper Mr Cooper said their exchange began when he noticed Ms Cooper's dog "tearing through the...
Betty Bigombe: The woman who befriended a warlord

Betty Bigombe: The woman who befriended a warlord

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When Betty Bigombe was growing up in northern Uganda in the late 1950s, she walked four miles a day to go to school. She knew getting an education was the only way she could change her life and make a contribution to her community. Thirty years later her "contribution" would be to carry the fate of her region on her shoulders as she attempted to negotiate piece with Joseph Kony, the notorious leader of the Lord's Resistance Army. Bigombe was the eighth of 11 children and grew up in a society where polygamy is still practised today. "Without education, I probably would be having 20 children in some rural area, carrying out the daily chores of going to the field to dig, harvest, one baby on your back and another one is crawling - one of the many wives," she says. Betty Bigombe w...
17-Year-Old Girl Who Recorded George Floyd’s Killing Still in shock

17-Year-Old Girl Who Recorded George Floyd’s Killing Still in shock

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On Monday, video of Floyd’s fatal encounter with Minneapolis police, which shortly after led to the firing of four police officers, went viral on social media and through news outlets.  A recording shared by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier brought to light the killing of George Floyd .  In an interview, Frazier spoke about her experience at the scene of Floyd’s death. Darnella Frazier “I watched this man die. I was the one that was recording the whole thing. I’ve seen him die,” Frazier said through tears.  “I posted the video last night, and it just went viral. And everybody’s asking me how do I feel? I don’t know how to feel,” she continued. “‘Cause it’s so sad, bro. This man was literally right here, 8:00 p.m. yesterday.” She said she was walking her cousin to the store w...
International Labour Organization (ILO): More than one in six youth out of work due to COVID-19

International Labour Organization (ILO): More than one in six youth out of work due to COVID-19

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GENEVA, Switzerland, May 29, 2020/ -- More than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while those who remain employed have seen their working hours cut by 23 percent, says the International Labour Organization (ILO). According to the ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work: 4th edition, youth are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and the substantial and rapid increase in youth unemployment seen since February is affecting young women more than young men. The pandemic is inflicting a triple shock on young people. Not only is it destroying their employment, but it is also disrupting education and training, and placing major obstacles in the way of those seeking to enter the labour market or to move between jobs. A...
Coronavirus – Africa: WHO urges caution as countries in Africa ease lockdowns

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO urges caution as countries in Africa ease lockdowns

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BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), May 29, 2020/ -- Three months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in sub-Saharan Africa, the region has made progress in tackling the virus. Many countries implemented lockdowns and key public health measures early and these appear to have helped slow down the spread of the disease. However, there are concerns that if these measures are relaxed too quickly, COVID-19 cases could start increasing rapidly. Thirteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa implemented lockdowns along with other public health and social measures nation-wide, while ten more instigated partial lockdowns in hotspots. Preliminary analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the doubling time – the number of days for case numbers to double in a given country –...
Space X mission called off due to bad weather

Space X mission called off due to bad weather

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fl. — With gray clouds above that did not move away fast enough, a rocket launch that was to be the first to take American astronauts to orbit from American soil in nearly a decade stayed on the ground, disappointing spectators including President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had arrived at the launch site before the mission was called off Launch officials announced at4:17 p.m. Wednesday that rough weather would prevent a SpaceX rocket and capsule from taking off from a Florida launch pad, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley on the first crewed spaceflight to take off from US soil in nearly a decade.There are additional launch windows this Saturday and Sunday, a NAS...
Nancy Pelosi Warns Of Trump’s Declining Mental State: ‘I Don’t Know If He Knows What He’s Doing’

Nancy Pelosi Warns Of Trump’s Declining Mental State: ‘I Don’t Know If He Knows What He’s Doing’

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WASHINGTON, U.S --- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Donald Trump’s latest effort to sow doubt in the mail-in voting process, saying Tuesday that she believes he’s become so unhinged that not even he knows what he’s talking about. “I don’t know what he’s doing, and I don’t know if he knows what he’s doing,” Pelosi said of Trump’s claims that absentee voting is a rigged process. “But what he’s doing is not right.” The House speaker pointed out that despite Trump’s baseless claims, Republicans – not Democrats – have always benefited from mail-in voting. Pelosi said: I don’t know what he’s doing, and I don’t know if he knows what he’s doing. But what he’s doing is not right. The fact is, as a former chair of the California Democratic Party, I can tell you Republicans have alway...
”Black lives matter”, Americans  demand for justice of George Floyd’s death

”Black lives matter”, Americans demand for justice of George Floyd’s death

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Protesters in the United States state of Minnesota on Tuesday filled the Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a white officer before dying at a hospital on Monday.  The gruesome video of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died Monday evening in Minnesota after being handcuffed and pinned down by police, went viral on Tuesday, prompting Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and a multitude of other prominent pro athletes to call for justice on various social media platforms. The hip-hop community is standing in solidarity with and demanding justice for an unarmed Black man who was recently killed at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minn., and a bystander caught it all on vid...
Coronavirus – Africa: Switzerland supports development banks in reducing poverty and dealing with crises

Coronavirus – Africa: Switzerland supports development banks in reducing poverty and dealing with crises

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BERN, Switzerland, May 28, 2020/ -- Switzerland is to contribute CHF 879 million to the coffers of the International Development Association (IDA/World Bank) and of the African Development Fund (ADF) to help fight poverty, promote sustainable development and deal with the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the world’s poorest countries. Switzerland is also contributing CHF 115 million to the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). These decisions were taken by the Federal Council on 27 May. The COVID-19 crisis is threatening to jeopardise the progress made in reducing poverty and improving health and living standards made in recent decades in many developing countries. The multilateral development banks play a major role in managing crises and in combatin...
Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: UAE sends medical aid to D.R.Congo in fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: UAE sends medical aid to D.R.Congo in fight against COVID-19

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 27, 2020/ -- The UAE yesterday sent an aid plane carrying six metric tons of medical supplies to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aid will assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Commenting on the aid delivery, Hazza Mohammed Al Qahtani, UAE Ambassador to Rwanda, remarked, "The provision of aid today by the UAE underscores our deep partnership with the Congo, which forms a significant part of the fight against COVID-19 in Africa." "Countries must join forces to bolster the global campaign against the pandemic, and the UAE is proud to support the thousands of healthcare professionals around the world who are working every day to put an end to this crisis," he added. To date, the UAE...
Israel Rejects Help From China; Embraces US As Close Ally

Israel Rejects Help From China; Embraces US As Close Ally

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According to Israel news Agency; Jerusalem Post; the Israeli government has decided to chose local company IDE technologies to construct the world's largest desalination plant, the government announced on Tuesday, rather than a Chinese company, thus preventing another undesirable showdown with the Trump administration over Chinese participation in major infrastructure projects. The Israeli minister, Benjamin Netanyahu,made it clear to China that Israel does not need their help in constructing the plant. Three groups bid to build Sorek 2, a private-public partnership (PPP) which will be the world’s largest desalination plant when completed in 2023. Among them was Israeli Hutchison Company, an affiliate of the Chinese Hutchison Company based in Hong Kong. The US has asked its allie...
Prime Minister labels Secondary schools reopening date as ‘crucial’

Prime Minister labels Secondary schools reopening date as ‘crucial’

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LONDON, UK --- Secondary schools will begin to reopen from June 15 so students can start preparing for exams next year, the Prime Minister announced on Sunday. Boris Johnson told the daily Downing Street press conference that some primary school pupils will return from June 1 “as planned”, while older students in Years 10 and 12 will begin going back two weeks later. Mr Johnson said the phased return of schools was “crucial” for children, and that all classrooms will be fully reopened by September “at the latest”, despite conceding that social distancing would be a challenge for primary school pupils. Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister Mr Johnson said secondary school students will return to staggered lunch times and smaller classes in an effort to reduce the risk of transmissio...
Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March 15

Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March 15

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“Thank you for your service,” the former vice president said to a well-wisher after paying his respects at the Veterans Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware. Biden’s last public appearance was March 15 when he faced off against his former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders for a debate in a television studio held with no live audience. Since then the 77-year-old has remained in isolation at his home in Wilmington, Delaware in keeping with recommended measures to protect the elderly and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Biden wore a black mask covering his mouth and nose at Monday’s Memorial Day wreath-laying, in contrast with his rival for the US presidency, Donald Trump who has yet to wear a mask in public despite guidance to the contrary from his own health authorities. Biden an...
Austria’s President apologises after he broke a coronavirus-related curfew.

Austria’s President apologises after he broke a coronavirus-related curfew.

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA --- He stayed at a restaurant in the capital, Vienna, beyond the closing time mandated under the country's lockdown measures. Mr Van der Bellen, 76, said he had lost track of the time while speaking with friends at the Italian restaurant in the centre of the city. "I'm sincerely sorry. It was a mistake," he said. "I went out for the first time since the lockdown with two friends and my wife," he wrote on Twitter. "We then lost track of the time while chatting." The president was spotted by police on the outside dining area of the restaurant shortly after midnight on Sunday, local media report. But the government's latest rules say restaurants and cafes, which were allowed to reopen last week, must close no later than 23:00. The restaurant could be fined f...
USA: Two hairstylists potentially exposed 140 people to coronavirus

USA: Two hairstylists potentially exposed 140 people to coronavirus

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Two Missouri hairstylists potentially exposed 140 clients to coronavirus when they worked for up to eight days this month while symptomatic, health officials said. The Springfield-Greene Health Department announced Saturday that a second hairstylist tested positive for coronavirus, and may have exposed 56 clients at the same Great Clips salon. A day earlier, it had said another hairstylist with coronavirus at the same salon potentially exposed 84 customers and seven coworkers. Both stylists had symptoms while at work, officials said. They did not provide details on the symptoms they had or when they tested positive. The case highlights the dangers of community spread in the United States as businesses reopen after weeks of restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus. T...
Sweden’s COVID-19 death toll becomes highest in the world

Sweden’s COVID-19 death toll becomes highest in the world

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Sweden had 6.08 deaths per million inhabitants per day between May 13 and May 20. This is the highest in the world, above the UK, Belgium and the US, which have 5.57, 4.28 and 4.11, respectively. At this stage of the pandemic, the Scandinavian country has the highest mortality rate per capita, according to aFinancial Times trackerwhich uses a seven-day rolling average of new deaths. In recent weeks, as the death toll has fallen significantly in other European countries such as Spain, Italy, France and the UK, Sweden’s has remained stubbornly high. As of Wednesday, 3,831 people had died from COVID-19 in Sweden – a country with a population of 10 million. Denmark, Finland and Norway – which each have about 5m inhabitants – have recorded death tolls of 551, 301 and 233, respectively...
U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

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Kampala, May 22, 2020 – On May 20, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the American people made a commitment of an additional USD 162 million for the global COVID-19 response, bringing the total to date to more than USD 1 billion since the outbreak began. The U.S. Mission in Uganda has provided both technical assistance and more than USD 15 million (UGX 56 Billion) in funding to meet the urgent needs of Uganda’s COVID-19 response. This assistance has been spread across many parts of the health sector to directly support the COVID-19 response as well as to assist the broader health sector in continuing its regular service delivery with the goal of enabling Uganda’s overall health system to maintain stability despite the challenges of COVID-19. For decades, the U.S. Mission has i...