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Standard Chartered donates US$300,000 (Over Ugx 1 billion) for immediate COVID-19 relief efforts in Uganda

Standard Chartered donates US$300,000 (Over Ugx 1 billion) for immediate COVID-19 relief efforts in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, LONDON, UGANDA, UK, WORLD, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda,28 May 2020 – Standard Chartered Uganda has contributed US$300,000 (Ugx 1,110,000,000) to UNICEF programs in Uganda for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Albert Saltson, CEO Standard Chartered Bank, Uganda (R) with Dr. Doreen Mulenga, UNICEF Representative to Uganda.Courtesy Photo via KMA Updates. The donation is part of Standard Chartered PLC’s US$5 million pledge to support emergency relief activities by UNICEF that provide immediate protection and education of vulnerable children across 12 markets in Africa and South Asia, including Uganda. Funding across these markets will focus on activities such as the provision of remote education via TV, radio, online and mobile platforms and child protection measures, including alternative care arrangements and ...
Coronavirus – UK: First Bus brings in changes including new ticket payment rules

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

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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. ...
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

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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...
UK Government Releases Premier League Resume Date

UK Government Releases Premier League Resume Date

ENGLAND, Entertainment, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, Soccer, Sports, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
England government have reportedly given the Premier League 1st of June to resume the current season. The Premier League has been put on hold since March due to the increasing number of cases in the UK, but as per reports, the EPL officials were planning on a "Project Restart" and it seems the government have now given them the green light to resume it season. However, the decision is as it stands, if there are any changes or increase in the pandemic situation in England, then it will be put back on hold but as for now, Chelsea could start playing again behind closed doors and without fans. According to the Daily Express, the government have finally given the Premier League a go ahead to resume football from the 1st of June after much discussions for the past weeks. Unfortunat...
Aled Walters to return to the United Kingdom

Aled Walters to return to the United Kingdom

AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, RUGBY, South Africa, Sports, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Walters said he enjoyed his time with the Springboks and added that he is returning to United Kingdom for personal reasons Aled Walters, who has been the Springboks’ Head of Athletic Performance since 2018, has been released from his contract and will leave South Africa to join an overseas club in June, SA Rugby announced on Tuesday. Aled Walters, has been the Springboks’ Head of Athletic Performance since 2018 Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby, paid tribute to the important contribution Walters has made during his tenure of two years with the Springboks. “It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK,” said Erasmus. “Aled has made ...
Coronavirus – Egypt: The UK and Egypt establish basis for cooperation during COVID-19

Coronavirus – Egypt: The UK and Egypt establish basis for cooperation during COVID-19

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The British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams, has agreed with Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat the key elements of the UK’s engagement with Egypt in the two countries’ shared fight against the Coronavirus. The British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams In a letter addressed to Minister Al-Mashat, the British Ambassador set out the UK’s support for the Ministry’s efforts, in line with its People, Projects, and Purpose framework. Under this framework, the Embassy and British businesses will work together to address the immediate medical needs of both Egypt and the UK. The UK has already provided training to over 250 Egyptian medical staff, equipping them with advanced skills in Intensive Care, Basic Life Support, and Cardiovascular Life Support....
Khashoggi’s widow pleads to Newcastle united not to accept deal from Saudi Arabian Prince

Khashoggi’s widow pleads to Newcastle united not to accept deal from Saudi Arabian Prince

EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, Sports, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
The fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has urged the Premier League to block the takeover of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia. Hatice Cengiz has asked the English Premier League (EPL) to stop the $368m takeover of Newcastle United Football Club by a Saudi Arabian sovereign fund.  In her letter, which she shared on Twitter, Cengiz wrote: "The Premier League should not allow someone like Mohammed bin Salman, who has yet to face any accountability for the murder of my late fiancé, to be so involved in sports in the UK.  Hatice Cengiz with her Late husband Jamal Khashoggi "Doing otherwise will greatly stain the reputation of the Premiere League and the UK.  "Football cannot be allowed to be part of this cover-up.” With a consortium from the Gulf nation...
Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister to return to work

Coronavirus: UK Prime Minister to return to work

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tentatively began his return to work on Tuesday after being hospitalised for coronavirus, as parliament returned and criticism grew over the government's response to the outbreak. Johnson spoke on the phone to US President Donald Trump about the international response to COVID-19, and officials said he would speak to Queen Elizabeth II in the coming days for the first time in three weeks. However, his spokesman said the 55-year-old, who spent several days in intensive care, was not yet "formally doing government work" as he recuperated at his official countryside retreat of Chequers. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab remains in temporary charge and will take prime minister's questions on Wednesday during a semi-virtual session of the House of Com...
Newcastle United takeover deal worth £300m ‘close’

Newcastle United takeover deal worth £300m ‘close’

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A Newcastle United takeover has taken a step closer after new documents show that owner Mike Ashley has entered into a charge agreement with potential buyer Amanda Staveley. According to The Telegraph, sources close to the deal have confirmed that the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of Newcastle has been agreed and a formal announcement that Mike Ashley's ownership of the club has come to an end could now be imminent. Mike Ashley, chief executive of Sports Direct It is understood to be worth £300m. The 31-page charge agreement lodged at Companies House lays the legal groundwork for a potential deal to be completed. The Premier League have also been informed of the potential deal and are understood to have begun the process of carrying out checks under its owners and directors...
UK Prime Minister admitted to hospital due to persistent symptoms of Covid-19

UK Prime Minister admitted to hospital due to persistent symptoms of Covid-19

BRITAIN, CORRUPTION, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital for tests, Downing Street said Sunday, after days of coronavirus symptoms. "On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement, adding that the tests were part of a "precautionary step" due to Johnson's lingering symptoms. Johnson was taken to an unnamed London hospital on Sunday after days of persistent symptoms, during which time he has been self-isolating. Last week No 10 had denied the prime minister was more seriously ill than claimed. Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister Mr Johnson, 55, spent the night in hospital and is having what has been described as a series of "routine tests". In a statement, a Downing ...
Queen Elizabeth to address the UK on Covid-19

Queen Elizabeth to address the UK on Covid-19

BRITAIN, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
The Queen is expected to address the nation on Sunday at 19:00 G.M.T. Her historic televised message, which will be broadcast at 8pm on Sunday, the monarch will acknowledge the pain felt by many families living through this “time of disruption”. Queen Elizabeth II "A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all."In what is described as a “deeply personal” message, she will reflect on her own experience in other difficult times during the address due to be broadcast at 8pm, which was filmed under strict measures to protect the monarch, who will be 94 this month, and others.Speaking about the challenge facing the nation, she will say: “I am speaking to yo...
African Development Bank celebrates milestone with first social bond listing on London Stock Exchange

African Development Bank celebrates milestone with first social bond listing on London Stock Exchange

AFRICA, Banking, Business, ECONOMY, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) “Fight Covid-19” social bond, the largest social bond to date to be issued in the capital markets, listed on London Stock Exchange on Friday 3 April 2020, and is now available through its Sustainable Bond Market. The listing marks an important milestone as the Bank launches its first bond on London Stock Exchange. The over-subscribed transaction, which attracted $4.6 billion of interest in the book and raised an exceptional $3 billion, was launched to alleviate the impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s economies and livelihoods. The three-year maturity bond, garnered interest from central banks and official institutions, bank treasuries and asset managers including Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) investors. Several high-quality E...
UK Prime Minister tests positive for Coronavirus

UK Prime Minister tests positive for Coronavirus

BRITAIN, celebrity, CORONAVIRUS, ENGLAND, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, Politics, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.  Johnson said he had developed mild symptoms and was self-isolating. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am nowself-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response viavideo-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this,"Johnson wrote.Mr. Johnson said that thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, tocommunicate with all his top team to lead the national fight back againstcoronavirus, he will be fine. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus, said Mr. Johnson. In a video, Johnson said he was experiencing a tempera...
Prince Charles tests positive of Covid-19

Prince Charles tests positive of Covid-19

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LONDON -- Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual. A Clarence House spokesman said the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, had also been tested but does not have the virus. The prince's Clarence House office says the 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. The palace says Charles "has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual." Prince Charles A Clarence House spokesman has issued a statement saying; “He has been displaying mild symptom...
Hospitality – COVID-19: Digital Conference to Unite the Hospitality Sector

Hospitality – COVID-19: Digital Conference to Unite the Hospitality Sector

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY, UK, UNITED KINGDOM, united states of america, USA, WORLD
The leading organizer of conferences and forums for the hotel, aviation, and restaurant sector is organizing a complete live conference experience on the internet to bring together industry leaders to discuss the unprecedented economic circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and what the industry can do collectively to rebuild confidence. The virtual conference will take place on April 7th from 10.00–16.00 BST and registration is free of charge for all participants; although an optional donation is requested to selected charities helping out those in the hospitality industry, suffering from the worst effects of the coronavirus. Puneet Chhatwal, CEO, Indian Hotels, said: “With COVID-19 sweeping across the globe, many companies in the hospitality industry are facing an unprec...
The British Health Secretary gives update on new measures announced to tackle coronavirus

The British Health Secretary gives update on new measures announced to tackle coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS, ENGLAND, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, Politics, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
The British Government announced measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic. These included a 'lockdown': citizens should now stay at home apart from essential travel or risk fines and all non-essential shops were to close. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that people should only be leaving their houses for four reasons: to buy foodto exercise once a day alone or with members of the same householdbecause of a medical need or to provide care for a vulnerable personto travel to or from work that cannot be done from home. For work that cannot be done at home, Mr. Hancock recommended a 2-meter gap between employees. The British Health Secretary Matt Hancock The Minister said that any non-essential shops must close and that gatherings of more than two people were not al...
Birmingham City asks players to take a pay cut

Birmingham City asks players to take a pay cut

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Birmingham City has asked their players to take a pay cut in a bid to protect the club's short-term future. According to a report in the national press, players who earn over £6,000 per week at St Andrew's will see their salaries cut in half for the next four months. The salaries are to be paid back in four installments when the EFL season resumes. According to the report, Birmingham has a number of players earning in excess of £6,000 a week, including on-loan Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan, goalkeeper Lee Camp, and striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. Birmingham City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. The outbreak of Covid-19 has suspended all-but-one of Blue’s remaining nine games of 2019-20, the May 2 clash with Derby County the only match scheduled to go ahead. The Telegraph report tha...
The UK to control food supply sharing

The UK to control food supply sharing

CORONAVIRUS, ECONOMY, EUROPE, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Major UK supermarkets are struggling to cope with increased demand, with many introducing rationing over the past few days due to Covid-19. The bill, which is widely expected to be tabled in the UK parliament in the coming days, would let government authorities compel persons in the food supply chain to disclose information relating to their activities. The powers would only apply if persons such as producers of food and drink, intermediaries and suppliers – but not individuals – have failed to provide requested information, or have submitted materially false or misleading information. The authorities can only force disclosure for the purposes of establishing whether food chains are being disrupted or are at risk of disruption, or to establish the nature of existing disrupti...
Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

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Uganda,Kampala: The government should make a deliberate effort towards compiling data for Persons with Albinism (PWA) while carrying out national census, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said. Ugandan Albinos are seen marching 20th Jan,2020.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. She said this will help in planning for the special needs of PWAs like healthcare and education. “Even the local council leaders should make it their responsibility to know the number of persons with albinism in their areas so that we can plan for schools,” Kadaga said. Albinos perform.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Speaker made the call after a fundraising walk aimed at raising funds for  the construction of a rehabilitation centre for PWAs. The event on Monday, 20 January 2020 is part of ...