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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

AFRICA, AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, united states of america, USA
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...
Coronavirus – Africa: Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Coronavirus – Africa: Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, united states of america, USA
Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping to mitigate economic devastation around the world. The American people continue to prove they are the most generous humanitarians the world has ever known with today’s commitment of an additional $162 million for COVID-19 response, bringing the total to date to more than $1 billion since the outbreak began. The new funding announced today will continue to support vital interventions in health; water, sanitation, and hygiene; protection; and logistics; while also ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
Belarus: Set to receive its first US oil shipment, in move to wean off Russian supply

Belarus: Set to receive its first US oil shipment, in move to wean off Russian supply

Belarus, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, OIL, united states of america, USA
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the United States will send its first shipment of 80,000 tons of crude oil to Belarus, which has sought alternative oil suppliers after a monthslong pricing dispute with Russia. Pompeo said he believes this newest partnership “strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence.” Russia cut oil supplies to Belarus in January after Belarusian officials disputed 2020 oil prices, along with Russia's proposed increased integration of their economic ties. The 80,000-ton shipment is expected to arrive at the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda in June and from there will sent by rail to Belarus. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said cooperation with the U.S. on oil is "an element of energy security.” Tensions between Belaru...
USA – Trump declares nominees for District judges

USA – Trump declares nominees for District judges

INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
WHITE HOUSE: On 14th May 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate: Danny Lam Nguyen, of the District of Columbia, to serve as an Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Danny Lam Nguyen currently serves as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he prosecutes complex financial fraud crimes.  Mr. Nguyen previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cases involving domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Mr. Nguyen was previously in private practice with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Nguyen served as a law clerk to Judg...
WWE superstar Becky Lynch confirms pregnancy, vacates her Raw Women’s championship tittle to Asuka

WWE superstar Becky Lynch confirms pregnancy, vacates her Raw Women’s championship tittle to Asuka

celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Sports, united states of america, USA
The RAW Women's Champion made an emotional appearance on Monday night to reveal her pregnancy and vacate her title to Asuka.  She came down the ramp with the Women's Money in the Bank briefcase - won by 'The Empress of Tomorrow' - and thanked fans for 'carrying her into history'.  Lynch began to cry as she revealed 'she has to go away for a while before Asuka's music hit and she entered the ring.  Asuka celebrating after learning that she had become the new Raw women's champion Lynch also announced on the show, to the surprise of new champion Asuka, that the briefcase hoisted above the ring during the women's Money in the Bank match at Sunday night's pay-per-view was not for a shot at the title but rather the strap itself. "You go be a warrior," Lynch told Asuka, "because I...
Family of pilot who flew Kobe Bryant and his daughter defend him from claims of negligence by Bryant’s widow

Family of pilot who flew Kobe Bryant and his daughter defend him from claims of negligence by Bryant’s widow

BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
The family of the pilot involved in the fatal helicopter crash that took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna,13, and seven others earlier this year has blamed the passengers for their own deaths.  pilot Ara Zobayan The family of pilot Ara Zobayan in court papers responding to a wrongful death lawsuit brought against the helicopter company by Bryant's widow Vanessa says that injuries or damages suffered by those on board the fatal January 26 crash, 'were directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs.'  That's because the passengers knowingly and voluntarily accepted the risks involved in taking the flight, say the legal documents. 'Any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent were directly caused in full or in par...
China: If We Have to Pay for Coronavirus, U.S. Has to Pay for AIDS, 2008 Financial Crisis

China: If We Have to Pay for Coronavirus, U.S. Has to Pay for AIDS, 2008 Financial Crisis

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
Chinese state media once again floated the prospect of international lawsuits against the United States for supposedly being responsible for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in a column Thursday, adding the 2008 financial crisis and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic to the list. The Global Times and People’s Daily, two of the most prominent Chinese Communist Party English-language mouthpieces, have repeatedly responded to lawsuits against Beijing for actions it took that exacerbated the Chinese coronavirus pandemic with threats of similar lawsuits against the United States. Two American states, Missouri and Mississippi, have filed lawsuits against the Chinese Communist Party in U.S. court for its attempts to hide the outbreak when it began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. In the early days of...
Ugandan scientist wins Shs5.7bn from U.S. govt for groundbreaking eye infections research

Ugandan scientist wins Shs5.7bn from U.S. govt for groundbreaking eye infections research

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america, USA
Prof. Peter Lwigale, a Ugandan scientist based in the U.S. — will collect $1.5 million (about Shs5.7 billion) to fund his research on the treatment of some eye infections. Prof. Lwigale, whose laboratory is based at Rice University, a private research university in Houston, Texas — is studying how a recently identified protein in the cornea aids development, homeostasis and wound healing in the eye. The grant will be provided by the U.S. government through National Institutes of Health, an agency responsible for biomedical and public health research. The researcher will the next four years use the funds to examine nephronectin (Npnt), a protein his lab recently discovered is abundantly expressed in the eye’s extracellular matrix. According to Texas Medical Center, the lab is i...
Coronavirus: Man on verge of finding cure for COVID-19 shot dead in USA

Coronavirus: Man on verge of finding cure for COVID-19 shot dead in USA

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america, USA
Bing Liu, 37, a researcher for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who was on the verge of discovering the cure to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been killed. The late was found dead in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner said. He was shot at the neck and head. It is shocking that as soon as Bing's body was found an hour later Hao Gu, 46, was found dead inside a car less than a mile away. The motive to the death of the two is not known but police believes that their deaths are connected. Investigators believe an unidentified second man, who was found dead in his car, shot and killed Liu in his home before returning to his car and taking his own life. Police believe the men knew each other, but say there is "zero indication t...
Stephen Curry, Doris Burke, Rick Carlisle, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Doc Rivers and Dawn Staley to Participate in Virtual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference Powered by Under Armour on May 15

Stephen Curry, Doris Burke, Rick Carlisle, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Doc Rivers and Dawn Staley to Participate in Virtual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference Powered by Under Armour on May 15

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, INTERNATIONAL, Sports, TECHNOLOGY, united states of america, USA
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to Provide Opening Remarks; Fourth Annual Conference to be Hosted by Jay Bilas and Livestreamed for Free on NBA and Jr. NBA Digital and Social Platforms. The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on May 5 2020, that the fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference powered by Under Armour will feature three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Curt Gowdy Media Award-winning ESPN analyst Doris Burke, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, University of South Carolina women’s head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dawn Staley and LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, among other speakers.   Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors Hosted by Curt Gowdy Me...
Trump announces operation to deport “millions” of immigrants from the US

Trump announces operation to deport “millions” of immigrants from the US

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america, USA
US President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Monday night that Immigration and Customs and Enforcement is preparing to launch mass raids as soon as next week to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants. “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump declared. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.” The announcement is an appeal to his fascistic base, coming just one day before he officially launched his reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida. At the rally Tuesday night, Trump blamed “mass illegal migration,” “vicious gang members” and “sanctuary cities” for threatening the well-being of American citizens. “We are doing things that few others have e...
Coronavirus – Africa: World’s most defiantly joyful song rereleased by UNICEF

Coronavirus – Africa: World’s most defiantly joyful song rereleased by UNICEF

AFRICA, African stars, AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, Entertainment, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MUSIC, UNITED NATIONS, united states of america, USA, WORLD
Mama Africa’s smash-hit “Pata Pata” rerecorded by Angelique Kidjo to to spread information and hope in a time of Coronavirus NEW YORK, United States of America -- Once called the “world’s most defiantly joyful song”, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’ has been rerecorded by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, to spread information and hope in a time of Coronavirus. Without any alteration to chords or syllables, though with several changes to the lyrics, ‘Pata Pata’ will be rereleased by UNICEF across the globe this Thursday, more than 50 years since the international smash hit first took the world by storm. It does so with full copyright approval. Nicknamed ‘Mama Africa’, Miriam Makeba was a South African singer and songwriter. She was a United Nations goodwill ambassador who wo...
Trump and Biden send messages of goodwill to Muslims fasting the month of Ramadan

Trump and Biden send messages of goodwill to Muslims fasting the month of Ramadan

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, united states of america, USA
US President Donald Trump on Thursday wished Muslims across the nation and the world "Ramadan Mubarak," or a blessed Ramadan, saying he prays for those observing the holy month. The President said, "I wish all Muslims, both in the United States and across the world, a blessed and peaceful Ramadan." Trump noted that for millions around the globe, this holy month is an opportunity to renew and strengthen their faith through rigorous fasting, devout prayer, reflective meditation, reading the Quran, and charitable deeds.  These acts are closely aligned with the universal values that the Islamic faith promotes—peace, kindness, and love and respect for others. Trump said that over the past months, we have seen how important the power of prayer can be during challenging times.  "Tod...
Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, REFUGEES, united states of america, USA
President Donald Trump has said he will halt applications of foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the US because of the coronavirus crisis. Trump said on Tuesday that he would order a temporary halt in issuing green cards to prevent people from immigrating to the United States, but he backed away from plans to suspend guest worker programs after business groups exploded in anger at the threat of losing access to foreign labor. Sample US green card He cast his decision to “suspend immigration,” which he first announced on Twitter, as a move to protect American workers and their jobs from foreign competition. More than 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the economic devastation caused by the virus and efforts to contain it. Officials were still working to d...
Coronavirus: Wynn CEO pleads for the reopening of Las Vegas Strip by late May

Coronavirus: Wynn CEO pleads for the reopening of Las Vegas Strip by late May

AMERICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, ECONOMY, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
Matt Maddox, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd, on Sunday called for the Las Vegas Strip to reopen in mid- to late May, as long as a number of health precautions are taken. “Begin with reduced occupancy, physical distancing measures in place, temperature checks and no large gatherings,” Maddox wrote. “We all need to wear a mask.” Matt Maddox, chief executive of Wynn Resorts Ltd He also laid out Wynn´s health and safety guidelines for reopening, which include allowing a maximum of four people to ride in an elevator at one time; and requiring guests to enter the resort through doors that are either propped open, are automated or manually operated by an employee. Casinos and other nonessential businesses in Nevada have been closed since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic....
New York selects Sabrina Ionescu with First Overall Pick in WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®

New York selects Sabrina Ionescu with First Overall Pick in WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®

AMERICA, BASKETBALL, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, united states of america, USA
Ionescu, a three-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the nation’s top point guard, averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists as a senior Ionescu One of Three Oregon Players Drafted in First Round; WNBA Honors Alyssa Altobelli, Kobe and Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester. Unanimous National Player of the Year Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon tonight was selected by the New York Liberty with the first overall pick of WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®, which was held virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ionescu, a three-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the nation’s top point guard, averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and an NCAA-leading 9.1 assists as a senior.  She holds the NCAA record for career triple-doubles and is the only NCAA woman or ...