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THE UK: Haile Selassie Statue former Ethiopian leader destroyed in London park.

THE UK: Haile Selassie Statue former Ethiopian leader destroyed in London park.

Ethiopia, EUROPE, UNITED KINGDOM
A statue of former Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie has been destroyed in a park in Wimbledon, south-west London. Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Cannizaro Park on Tuesday evening. The damage to the bust was carried out by a group of around 100 people, according to an eyewitness. It appears to be linked to unrest in Ethiopia sparked after a popular singer, Hachalu Hundessa, was shot dead earlier this week. Demonstrations following his death saw a statue of royal prince Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael, the father of Selassie, Ethiopia's last emperor, torn down in the eastern city of Harar. Hachalu's songs focused on the rights of Ethiopia's Oromo ethnic group and he had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership ...
CORONAVIRUS: Health experts warn the UK for ‘second wave’

CORONAVIRUS: Health experts warn the UK for ‘second wave’

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, UNITED KINGDOM
K health experts are calling for an urgent review to ensure Britain is properly prepared for the "real risk" of a second wave of coronavirus. MPs have been warned that urgent action is needed to prevent further loss of life and to protect the economy amid growing fears of a renewed outbreak over the winter. The appeal is backed by the presidents of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Surgeons, GPs and Nursing - as well as the chairman of the British Medical Association. It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday the biggest easing to date of the coronavirus lockdown in England. He said the two-metre social distancing rule would be replaced with a "one-metre plus" rule paving the way for pubs, restaurants, hotels and cinemas to begin reopening from ...
Great Lakes Energy Company Hands Over 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

Great Lakes Energy Company Hands Over 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UNITED KINGDOM
Donation handed over on behalf of Kabulasoke Power Project. The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Chairman of the Fund Emmanuel Katongole and Robert Kabushenga, the Vision Group Managing Director and Member of the Fund during the donation at Serena recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.  Kampala. Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) - the investors of Kabulasoke Solar Power Plant, in Kabulasoke, Uganda - has today handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce. The Chairman of the National Respo...
Urban Snail Farm donates 3000 bottles of hand Sanitizers gel worth 30 Million shillings to the government of Uganda (National Task Force) to fight Covid19

Urban Snail Farm donates 3000 bottles of hand Sanitizers gel worth 30 Million shillings to the government of Uganda (National Task Force) to fight Covid19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD, World Health Organization
Urban Snail Farm is an innovative limited company working on a research based project with value addition on Snail products. (R-L) The Presidential Adviser,Administrator and Secretary to the National National Response Fund to Covid19 Mrs Kisaka Dorothy,the Political head to the Fund also Minister in charge of General Duties Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut, Ms Hanifa Karadi,the Executive Director of Urban Snail Farm Mugisha Shilling Lucy during the donation on wednesday.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Founded by Ms Lucy Mugisha Shillingi in 2018 she started off with feasibility studies on snails in West Africa, Europe and Asia. (R-L) The National National Response Fund to Covid19 Political head also Minister in charge of General Duties Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut, Ms Hanifa Karad...
UAP OLD MUTUAL GROUP UGANDA DONATES 100 HOSPITAL BEDS FOR THE NATIONAL REFERRAL HOSPITALS AS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS SUPPORT EFFORTS BY NATIONAL COVID-19 TASKFORCE

UAP OLD MUTUAL GROUP UGANDA DONATES 100 HOSPITAL BEDS FOR THE NATIONAL REFERRAL HOSPITALS AS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS SUPPORT EFFORTS BY NATIONAL COVID-19 TASKFORCE

AFRICA, Business, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD, World Health Organization
In addition to the earlier presented Ush10 Million towards COVID-19 relief efforts in the country, UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda has today handed over to the National COVID-19 Taskforce another contribution of 100 hospital beds worth Ush 100 Million. The beds will be distributed to the various regional referral hospitals to help in the improvement of healthcare during and after the COVID-19 crisis.   UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda Board Chairman Dr William Kalema taking to journalists.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The contribution was presented by representatives of the Board and management of UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda to the Prime Minister of Uganda, the Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda. UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda Board Chairman Dr William Kalema talks to journalists.Photo by...
MTN CLARIFIES ON TAT RULING TO PAY UGX 24,273,771,472 MTN v URA TAT Application No. 8 of 2019.

MTN CLARIFIES ON TAT RULING TO PAY UGX 24,273,771,472 MTN v URA TAT Application No. 8 of 2019.

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, CORRUPTION, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Kampala, Uganda:  In August 2016, URA issued MTN with an assessment of UGX 326,996,917,906 for unpaid taxes arising between the period 2011-2014. By Civil Suit 986 of 2016, MTN challenged the assessment in the High Court and a prolonged reexamination of the available evidence ensued, resulting in a partial consent judgement in June 2018 in favor of MTN, wherein it was agreed that the amount of the assessment was reduced to UGX 24,273,771,472.  This residual amount was subject to the interpretation of a technical issue i.e. whether the taxable value of excise duty on airtime was to be charged on usage or at the point of sale, which was referred to the Tax Appeals Tribunal vide TAT Application 8 of 2019. During the proceedings, both parties conducted further reconciliation a...
SPORTS: Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training

SPORTS: Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training

ENGLAND, Soccer, Sports, UNITED KINGDOM
Players will be able to "train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising unnecessary close contact," a statement said. Discussions continue on plans to resume the season when "conditions allow", it added. Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week for coronavirus. So far eight people have tested positive after 1,744 tests across the league. The third round of results is expected to be released on Wednesday. The decision to return to contact training was agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the Professional Football Association (PFA), the League Managers Association (LMA) and the government. Plans for the third phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training and build-up to competitive games. S...
EUROPE: The UK Prime Minister makes a second Lock down trip, he faces fresh allegations.

EUROPE: The UK Prime Minister makes a second Lock down trip, he faces fresh allegations.

CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EUROPE, UNITED KINGDOM
He and the government had said he acted "reasonably and legally" by driving from London to County Durham while his wife had coronavirus symptoms. Reports say he was seen a second time in the North East, after recovering from his own Covid-19 symptoms and returning to work in London. No 10 said the story is "inaccurate". Ministers said Mr Cummings and his wife had chosen to self-isolate at a property adjacent to other family members in case they needed help with childcare. Speaking to reporters outside his home in London on Saturday, he said he would not be resigning and had done the "right thing" by travelling 260 miles with his wife and young son to be near relatives when she developed Covid-19 symptoms at the end of March. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps justified the a...
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. ...
HEALTH: Anti-Malaria Pills in the UK on trial for Coronavirus.

HEALTH: Anti-Malaria Pills in the UK on trial for Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD
A trial to see whether two anti-malarial drugs could prevent Covid-19 has begun in Brighton and Oxford. Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or a placebo will be given to more than 40,000 healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. All the participants are staff who are in contact with Covid-19 patients. US President Donald Trump was criticised this week The first UK participants in the global trial are being enrolled on Thursday at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. They will be given either hydroxychloroquine or a placebo for three months. At sites in Asia, participants will be given chloroquine or a placebo. These are the first of a planned 25 UK sites, with results expected by the end of the year. ...
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...
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Hands Over COVID-19 Contribution of UGX1.3bn

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Hands Over COVID-19 Contribution of UGX1.3bn

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, ENGLAND, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD
COVID-19 Task Force Receives Three Pick-Ups for Ministry of Health Fleet - May 20, 2020, Kampala - Uganda Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda today handed over its contribution of UGX1.3billion (One Billion, Three Hundred Million Shillings) with three brand new pick-up trucks added to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 fleet. (R-L) Prime Minister and Chair of the National Task Force for COVID-19, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Conrad van Niekerk, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Regional Managing Director in charge of Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana,Melkamu Abebe,General ManagerUganda and Simon Kaheru (Public Affairs & Communications Director).Extreme right is Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut,the over seer of National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister incharge of General Duties.Photo by Ronald...
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...
Coronavirus – Africa: International Rescue Committee (IRC) in response to nearly $7 billion UN appeal

Coronavirus – Africa: International Rescue Committee (IRC) in response to nearly $7 billion UN appeal

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UNITED KINGDOM
As Europe begins to reopen, caseloads continue to mount in places like Somalia, Yemen and Democratic Republic of Congo As the United Nations increases its Humanitarian Response Plan to nearly $7 billion to counter the global public health and humanitarian consequences of COVID-19, David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said: David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee “The UN’s renewed funding appeal of $6.7 billion to continue fighting the common threat of Coronavirus sends a simple message: global action is needed now to avoid the pandemic running rampant in the weakest corners of the world. Last week, the International Rescue Committee issued a dire warning: that 1 billion people could be infected without immed...
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

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EGYPT, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
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....
Bishop Sebuchu donates to fight Covid19 in Uganda.

Bishop Sebuchu donates to fight Covid19 in Uganda.

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED NATIONS, WORLD
Bishop Sebuchu has donated 10 Million following President Yoweri' Museveni's appeal to the rich individuals and Companies to donate in the fight against Covid19. The Political overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 Hon Mary Karooro Okurut (right) with Bishop Sebuchu (middle) on Thursday.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The cheque was handed over to the Political overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 Hon Mary arooro Okurut on Thursday Evenning. The Political overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 Hon Mary Karooro Okurut (right) with Bishop Sebuchu on Thursday.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Bishop Sebuchu of Kampala International Christian Centre (KICC) also donated Maize Flour worth 25 million shillings.He requested that it shou...
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

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
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...