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AMERICA: Clashes across The US as protesters demand for justice.

AMERICA: Clashes across The US as protesters demand for justice.

AMERICA, CRIME, WORLD
Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. Minnesota's governor said the tragedy of the death of George Floyd in police custody had morphed into "something much different - wanton destruction". New York, Atlanta and other cities have seen violent unrest, while the White House was briefly locked down. An ex-Minneapolis policeman has been charged with murder over the death. Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old Mr Floyd's neck on Monday. He and three other officers have since been sacked. Mr Chauvin, 44, is due to appear in court in Minneapolis for the first time on Monday. Image copyright AFP Image caption A protester throws a fire...
WORLD: ICC permits Ex President Laurent Gbagbo to leave Belgium

WORLD: ICC permits Ex President Laurent Gbagbo to leave Belgium

CRIME, international criminal court, WORLD
The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people. Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago, eight years after the former West African strongman’s arrest and transfer to the Hague-based court. Belgium agreed to host Gbagbo, 73, after he was released in February last year under strict conditions including that he would return to court for a prosecution appeal against his acquittal. An ICC spokesman said Gbagbo could travel provided if the country he was going to agreed to receive him. Gbagbo’s return to Ivory Coast, where his Ivorian Popular Front Part...
ENTERTAINMENT: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death.

ENTERTAINMENT: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death.

Entertainment, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Actor John Boyega has delivered an uncompromising message against racism after fielding praise and backlash for Twitter posts about the subject. The Star Wars actor posted about his hatred of racists on Wednesday following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in the US. He added that "WHITE on BLACK racism" had "ruined the world", which sparked responses about other forms of racism. He later doubled down against "racist white people" in an Instagram live. His initial anger was sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, who was shown in a video groaning "I can't breathe" as a white policeman knelt on his neck. Image copyright AFP Image caption George Floyd's death has sparked protests in the US Boyega tweeted his hatred of racists before replying to a ...
WORLD:  Israel Prime Minister faces trial for Corruption.

WORLD: Israel Prime Minister faces trial for Corruption.

CRIME, ISRAEL, WORLD
Mr Netanyahu, 70, is the first standing leader to face trial in the country's history. He denies accusations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Arrived at the courthouse for a brief hearing, he said the cases were aimed at "toppling him in any way possible". He was sworn back into office as head of a rare unity government a week ago. His political rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to share power following three inconclusive elections in under a year. He has rejected calls by opponents to step down while he fights the cases. The leader of the right-wing Likud party is Israel's longest-serving prime minister, having been in power continuously since 2009. He also served a term in office from 1996-1999. What happened at the court? As he arrived at the Jerusalem District Cour...
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: ‘your hands atleast six times a day’

CORONAVIRUS: ‘your hands atleast six times a day’

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Washing your hands at least six to times a day makes catching infections such as coronavirus much less likely, a study by UK researchers suggests. It looked at data, from 2006-09, on viruses structurally very similar to the deadly pandemic strain circulating now. Coronaviruses are a family of virus that most usually cause mild illness such as the common cold. And all of them, including the pandemic one, can be killed by soap and water. Each winter the Medical Research Council asks people in England whether they have flu-like respiratory symptoms and tests those who do for common cold coronavirus infections. And the study, published in Wellcome Open Research and awaiting peer review, found the 1,663 participants were much less likely to be infected if they washed their hands...
WORLD: Masses in Chile protest over food shortage amid the Coronavirus.

WORLD: Masses in Chile protest over food shortage amid the Coronavirus.

chile, CORONAVIRUS, WORLD
Protesters and police have clashed on the outskirts of the Chilean capital Santiago amid tension over food shortages during lockdown. Local television showed police using tear gas and water cannon to quell unrest on the streets of El Bosque, where poverty is high. President Sebastián Piñera, in a televised address after the protests, pledged to get food to those in need. Chile has more than 46,000 cases of Covid-19 so far, with 478 deaths. A recent surge in cases prompted the national capital to go under a strict and total lockdown this weekend. In a separate development on Monday, dozens of members of Chile's senate and two government ministers went into preventative isolation following recent contact with infected colleagues. Why were there protests? Groups of prote...
HEALTH: The first COVID-19 Vaccine test on humans shows signs of creating immunity.

HEALTH: The first COVID-19 Vaccine test on humans shows signs of creating immunity.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
The first coronavirus vaccine tested on humans appears safe and generated antibodies which stopped the virus replicating, according to early trial results shared on Monday. Eight healthy volunteers saw few adverse effects after taking two doses of the potential vaccine, according to Moderna, its manufacturer based in Massachusetts. It appeared to trigger an immune response - the critical requirement of a working vaccine - producing "neutralising antibodies" in all eight of the patients. The levels of those antibodies were similar to that found in people who caught Covid-19 and then recovered. Dr Tal Zaks, Moderna's chief medical officer, called the result a "first important step", with much more testing needed. Some medical experts urged caution, seeking more data. A secon...
WORLD: Modern & Contemporary African Art Returns to Sotheby’s London.

WORLD: Modern & Contemporary African Art Returns to Sotheby’s London.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, LONDON, WORLD
LONDON, United Kingdom, March 12, 2020/ -- This Spring, following the record-breaking results achieved in October 2019, Sotheby’s auction of Modern and Contemporary African Art (https://bit.ly/2wVm3Sv) will return to London for a fifth consecutive season. Since the inauguration of the series in 2017, Sotheby’s (www.Sothebys.com) sales in the category have achieved more than sixty world records, championing the work of artists across Africa and the wider diaspora, and underscoring a rising global interest in the field. Over 100 works, by artists from 21 countries, will be on view to the public from 21-24 March ahead of the auction on March 25.The sale will be led by a radiant early painting by Nigerian master Ben Enwonwu. Until recently, the enigmatic sitter had been known only a...
CORONAVIRUS: Arsenal Manager Arteta tests positive to the disease.

CORONAVIRUS: Arsenal Manager Arteta tests positive to the disease.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, Soccer, Sports, WORLD
Arsenal managerMikel Artetatested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday night, according to a statement on the club’sofficial website. In the statement,Arsenaldetailed the measures taken to protect those who had been in close contact with Arteta and prevent further spread of the virus: “Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.” The Gunners also believe those who weren’t in contact with Arteta can return to work in a few days. Meanwhile, a deep clean of club f...
BUSINESS: China Exports drop.

BUSINESS: China Exports drop.

Business, China, CORONAVIRUS
Imports from China fell in January, forcing through a drop of Shs6b in Uganda’s import bill from the world’s second largest economy. This is a breakaway from decades of a growing import bill from China, mainly supplemented by other parts of Asia and the Middle East. According to details released by the central bank, Uganda’s trade with leading imports source, China, stood at $108.14m (Shs400b) in the month under review from $109.82m (Shs406b) in December. The drop is expected to worsen due to the threat of Corona virus that is buffeting global markets and trade. In an interview recently, Uganda Revenue Authority Manager Corporate Affairs Ian Rumanyika, told Daily Monitor that whereas they had not assessed the impact of Corona virus, it is expected to cause a drop in the flow of ...
WORLD: All sports events in Italy postponed following the Coronavirus outbreak.

WORLD: All sports events in Italy postponed following the Coronavirus outbreak.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, Sports, WORLD
All sport in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus, the country’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte has announced. This includes Serie A but not Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions. Serie A – Italy’s top flight – had already said all games would be played behind closed doors until 3 April. Conte extended a series of strict quarantine measures, including a ban on public gatherings, to all of Italy. Earlier, Italy’s Olympic committee (CONI) recommended the move to suspend all sport at all levels after hosting a special meeting of sporting federations on Monday. Italy has been the European country worst hit by coronavirus so far, with over 9,000 confirmed cases and more than 450 deaths. “This situatio...
WORLD: Merck Foundation marks International Women’s Day through their Merck More Than a Mother campaign.

WORLD: Merck Foundation marks International Women’s Day through their Merck More Than a Mother campaign.

ASIA, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 7, 2020/ -- Merck Foundation’s ‘Merck More Than A Mother’ aims to empower childless women through access to information, health and change of mindset; Educating Linda aims to empower girls through education. Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany marks the International Women’s Day themed #EachforEqual through their Merck More Than a Mother campaign.  To mark IWD this year, Merck Foundation has also launched “Educating Linda” program to empower girls through education. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother explained, “We at Merck Foundation celebrate Women’s Day every single day! Merck Foundation has been empowering women and girls through...
SPORTS: Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay teardown Manchester City in a Derby at old Trafford.

SPORTS: Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay teardown Manchester City in a Derby at old Trafford.

Soccer, Sports, WORLD
Manchester United completed a Premier League season sweep of rival Manchester City on Sunday and greatly boosted its chances of qualifying for the Champions League with a 2-0 victory. Anthony Martial scored the winner 30 minutes in, and Scott McTominay scored a crazy goal in the 96th minute to stretch the club's unbeaten run to 10 games.  With Chelsea's win over Everton earlier in the day, United managed to secure three important points that keep the team just three points behind the Blues for fourth place. United kept a great run of form going with a convincing performance where the squad out-shot City, 12-7, and allowed Pep Guardiola's team to get just four shots on frame. Both of United's goals should have been prevented by City goalkeeper Ederson, who failed to c...
SPORTS: Real Madrid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

SPORTS: Real Madrid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Soccer, Sports, WORLD
The Spanish giants have been linked with the stopper, who previously played for rival club Atletico Madrid, for several years. Now The Sun report that Los Blancos are readying a £70million bid to try and land the 29-year-old. It’s claimed that the Spain international will move to the Bernabeu to replace current first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. De Gea only signed a new contract at Old Trafford in September 2019 which sees him earn a club-high £375,000-a-week. However, the form of Dean Henderson on loan at Sheffield United means he could return to become the Spaniard’s long-term replacement. De Gea has won the United’s Player of the Year award a record four times since his switch back in 2011. But he has been criticised for a string of errors over the past ...
BUSINESS: Forget gold!, buy the FTSE 250 to retire on

BUSINESS: Forget gold!, buy the FTSE 250 to retire on

Business, WORLD
The gold price is a safe haven investment — a sheltered harbour in stormy waters for investors. Indeed, over the past few weeks, as stock markets around the world have whipsawed, the price of gold has jumped. It traded as high as $1,680 per ounce at the end of February, up from $1,550 at the beginning of the year.  As such, the yellow metal looks like an attractive investment in the current market environment. However, gold isn’t a sensible long term investment.  While the asset might offer stability in falling markets, over the past three decades, it has returned just 4.7% per annum. By comparison, since its inception three and a half decades ago, the FTSE 250 has produced a compound annual return of 12%.  A better buy  These numbers suggest ...
WORLD: Twitter CEO drops Africa trip amid  Coronavirus fears.

WORLD: Twitter CEO drops Africa trip amid Coronavirus fears.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey on Thursday said he is rethinking plans to spend as long as six months in Africa, partly due to concerns over the new-coronavirus epidemic. The news came with Dorsey facing a challenge from an activist investor seeking to oust the social media executive, who is also CEO of the digital payments firm Square. Dorsey unveiled his plan in November, saying in a tweet concluding a visit to several countries: “Africa will define the future… Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020.” On Thursday, a Dorsey statement tweeted from the Twitter Investor Relations account said the plans are in flux. “I had been working on my plans where I’d work decentralized, as my team and I do when we travel, but in light of COVID-1...
HEALTH: Man tells how he escaped the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: Man tells how he escaped the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Connor Reed, a 25-year-old expat from Llandudno in North Wales, has worked in a school in Wuhan, China, for almost a year. In November he became the first British man to catch the coronavirus. From coughs and aches to burning up and spending the night in hospital, here’s how he beat the illness that is sweeping the globe. Day 1 — Monday Nov. 25: I have a cold. I’m sneezing and my eyes are a bit bleary. It isn’t bad enough to keep me off work. I arrived in this country to teach English as a foreign language — but now I’m a manager at a school in Wuhan, the city in central China where I have lived for the past seven months. I speak Mandarin well, and the job is interesting. My cold shouldn’t be very contagious, so I have no qualms about going to work. And I live alone, so I...
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: What will it take to achieve gender equality?

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: What will it take to achieve gender equality?

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, WORLD
ACCRA, Ghana, -- By Rémy Ejel, CEO of Nestlé Central and West Africa (CWA) Ltd. “There should be equality for all – men and women – at all levels, and all ages” was the compelling call from Anna, one of our young female talents at Nestlé CWA Ltd (https://www.Nestle.com/), about gender equality. During our short conversation in the elevator a few weeks ago, I was struck by the composure, determination and focus of this bright graduate trainee when we talked about her current role – and her inspiring ambition to be a CEO herself in the future. On this year’s International Women’s Day (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/), her comment really made me think about what this year’s theme, #EachForEqual, actually means. As a senior leader, not only do I feel a respons...
WORLD: Do you really know what you’re eating?

WORLD: Do you really know what you’re eating?

Business, HEALTH, WORLD
In 2013, the ‘horse meat scandal’ hit parts of Europe with the revelation that horse meat – and other undeclared ingredients including pork – had been found in mislabelled processed ‘beef’ products. The controversy caused a consumer outcry, and resulted in an increased focus on standards and transparency by food safety authorities across a number of countries, as well as a negative impact on customer trust for food producers and retailers. Alongside the fallout from this scandal, an increasing focus on environmental sustainability has led to mounting consumer pressure for traceability across supply chains, with greater public demand for food retailers to provide clear, transparent information about...