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Lazio 2 - Bologna 0

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Lazio went top of Serie A with a 2-0 win over Bologna on Saturday in one of the five weekend top-flight matches which were unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Luis Alberto fired Lazio in front in the 18th minute and set up the second for Joaquin Correa three minutes later as the hosts extended their unbeaten Serie A run to 21 games.
Bologna had two goals disallowed in the second half, one for handball and then one for offside following a VAR review.
Lazio have 62 points from 26 games, two ahead of Juventus whose match at home to third-placed Inter Milan on Sunday was one of five postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

CAN directs churches to provide water, soap, sanitizer to worshippers

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Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has directed churches to make water, soap and hand sanitizers available for worshippers before and after service, beginning from Sunday, as hygienic measures against COVID-19 otherwise known as coronavirus.
It appealed to Nigerians, irrespective of religious and political persuasions, to embrace simple rules of hygiene regularly for safety reasons, even as it asked government to be proactive in order to contain the virus and prevent its spread beyond Lagos where it was first detected.
CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, in a statement released in Abuja, on Saturday, called on politicians and other health care system managers not to politicise the matter but join hands with local and international authorities and partners to ensure the disease does not spread beyond Lagos.
He strongly advocated cooperation and understanding between states and Federal Government, as well as international agencies, particularly the World Health Organization (WH…

Italian coronavirus patient moved to a renovated facility

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Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner of health, says the Italian who tested positive to coronavirus, has been moved to a renovated facility.
The patient quarantined at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, had reportedly complained of excessive heat and mosquitoes and had attempted to escape from the facility on Friday.
But while appearing on a show on Arise Television on Saturday, the commissioner admitted that the patient had complained, but he said he is now comfortable in his new ward.
“I saw him at about 6pm yesterday. He was explaining his condition and we were taking some new data from him,” he said.
“He’s in an isolation room all by himself and we had moved him into a particular room because we were doing a general overhaul of the whole facility because we want to be ready.
“There were some discomforts in terms of heat, but about 9pm we moved him over to the renovated facility which has lots of air conditioners, fans and it’s a 28 bed brand new facility, and he’s there o…

Ortlieb claims first World Cup win in super-G

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Austrian Nina Ortlieb claimed her first alpine skiing World Cup victory in the super-G at La Thuile, Italy, on Saturday.
Ortlieb, 23, daughter of former world and Olympic champion downhiller Patrick Ortlieb, clocked 1min 11.72sec to beat World Cup overall leader Federica Brignone of Italy by one hundredth of a second.
Corinne Suter of Switzerland, who leads the super-G World Cup standings, was third, 0.07sec behind.
Brignone now moves up to 1,378 points in the overall standings, with American Mikaela Shiffrin in second on 1,225, just ahead of Slovakian Petra Vlhova (1,189), with just eight races left in the season.
Shiffrin is currently not racing following the death of her father.

Vincent Kriechmayr wins super-G, Pinturault makes ground on Norwegians

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Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr won Saturday's World Cup super-G as France's Alexis Pinturault made up valuable ground on his two Norwegian rivals in the race for the overall title.
It was a sixth World Cup victory for the 28-year-old Kriechmayr, the world silver medallist timing 1min 33.08sec.
Switzerland's Mauro Caviezel was second, at 0.05sec, with another Austrian, Matthias Mayer, third (+0.08).
The big winner of the day was Pinturault, who finished fourth, 0.24sec off Kriechmayr's pace to bag 50 points that took him to 948pts overall.
Overall leader Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (1,022pts) missed out altogether as he failed to finish the course.
Kilde's teammate Henrik Kristoffersen, second in the race for the large crystal globe, came in 22nd in his first-ever super-G race to bag nine points to sit on 957, now just nine ahead of Pinturault.
The Frenchman will now look to further improve his position when he turns his attention to Sunday's alpine combined -- a disci…

DSS Claims Buhari Ordered Arrest, Unlawful Detention Of Businessman Who Bought SIM Card Previously Used By Daughter, Hanan

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The Department of State Services has said that the unlawful arrest and detention of a young Nigerian businessman based in Asaba, Delta State, Anthony Okolie, was ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okolie was arrested at Asaba and later transferred to the DSS Headquarters in Abuja where he was unlawfully detained for at least 10 weeks for purchasing and using an MTN mobile telephone line previously used but abandoned by Hanan, President Buhari's daughter.
Okolie, through his lawyer, has since sued the DSS, Hanan and MTN for the breach of his fundamental human rights.
He had earlier revealed that DSS officials informed him that Hanan ordered his arrest and that she was contacted three times to back up her claims but failed to show up, prompting the secret police to release the young businessman.
But in twist of events, the DSS has now said that it received official letter of instruction from the Presidency dated July 5, 2019 upon which it acted to arrest Okolie.
In an affidavit …

US will withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 14 months if conditions met

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The United States and NATO would withdraw all troops in Afghanistan within 14 months if the Taliban upheld its commitments, according to a joint statement released by the US and Afghan governments on Saturday. “The Coalition will complete the withdrawal of their remaining forces from Afghanistan within 14 months following the announcement of this joint declaration and the US-Taliban agreement...subject to the Taliban’s fulfillment of its commitments under the US-Taliban agreement,” the statement said. The US would initially reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 8,600 within 135 days of the US-Taliban agreement, which was set to be signed in the Qatari capital of Doha in the afternoon.

Increase prices of face mask, sanitiser go to jail – FG

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The Federal Government has warned that suppliers and retailers using the excuse of
coronavirus case in Nigeria to inflate protective apparel will be prosecuted.
It said sellers of face masks and latex gloves, personal hygiene products like sanitizers and anti-bacterial wipes, have increased prices of the products which are necessary in preventing infection or spread of COVID-19.
Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), on Saturday, said the inordinate practice during national public health concern violates both moral codes and extant law.
Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer, in a statement he signed, noted that abusing citizens’ sensitivity, apprehension, anxiety and vulnerability, especially during emergencies that could adversely affect national security is a violation of law.
It said the commission’s surveillance efforts have revealed that even reputable pharmacies and department stores are engaging in price gouging and manipulating supplies in a man…

Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is instituting changes to the Mass liturgy in response to concerns about the coronavirus

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The changes include the suspension of the distribution of the Precious Blood during the Eucharist, draining and cleaning Holy Water fonts on a regular basis, and exchanging the sign of peace without physical contact, the archdiocese said Friday afternoon in a notice to parishes.
The changes will take effect Saturday and remain in place “until determined otherwise by the Archbishop,” the notice said.
The Precious Blood is the liturgical term for the wine parishioners sip during the Eucharist. They also normally receive a wafer. Parishioners with celiac disease, a condition that bars sufferers from eating gluten, will still be able to receive the wine during the period of suspension.
“The distribution of the Precious Blood for the faithful is suspended, save for those who must receive from the cup due to severe cases of celiac disease,” the notice said. “The faith of the Church teaches that Christ, whole and entire, is received even under only one species.”
Exchanging the sign of peace …

Covid-19 in Nigeria: Catholic Church modifies worship mode in Lagos over coronavirus

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The Catholic Church has approved new worship directives to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Lagos.
It comes after cases were confirmed in Lagos and Ogun.
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Martins, who issued new worship directive stressed that the measures, which affect the church doctrines, became imperative to keep members from contracting and spreading the deadly virus in Lagos considering its metropolitan status.
Part of the measures he reeled out was that handshaking during Mass as Sign of Peace would no longer be allowed for the time being.
“During this season of Lent, in order to reduce the number of gatherings in Church to the barest necessary, we encourage people to do Stations of the Cross privately on Wednesdays while public celebrations will take place only Fridays especially as it is often followed by Mass,” he added.
According to him, receiving of holy Communion in mouth will not be accepted but each member would be given in their palms.
The catholic church al…

Enugu Centenary City Revocation: The Real Facts

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Elder statesman and former Governor of Old Anambra State Chief Jim Nwobodo has waded into the controversy rocking the revocation of a vast estate, the Enugu Centenary City by the State Government. By Clever Advertising He spoke at his country home in Amechi yesterday when members and leaders of the two communities came to inform him of their earlier peaceful demonstration in support of Gov. Ugwuanyi’s decision to revoke the land. The former Governor appealed to Enugu state government and other estate developers to hands off the communal land belonging to Amechi and Obeagu communities in Enugu South local government area. Nwobodo said that the land which was converted to a sprawling estate, named ‘Centenary City’ by the administration of former Governor Sullivan Chime, but recently revoked by the current administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was originally acquired by him as Governor of old Anambra state 40 years ago with the intention of building the permanent site of then Ana…

Recall: Mars Wrigley UK recalls Revels pouches because they may contain small pieces of metal

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Mars Wrigley UK is recalling Revels pouches as they may contain small pieces of metal due to a mechanical breakdown. The possible presence of metal makes this product unsafe to eat.
Product details
Revels
Pack size
101g pouches
Batch code
006C2SLO00 and 006D1SLO00
Best before
31 January 2021
Risk statement
This product may contain pieces of metal which makes the product unsafe to eat.
Action taken by the company
Mars Wrigley UK is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.
Our advice to consumers
If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead, contact Mars Wrigley Consumer Care team on 0800 952 0084, by email at www.mars.co.uk/contactus or by post at FREEPOST MARS WRIGLEY CONFECTIONERY UK LTD to arrange its return for full reimbursement.

Animal Feed Recall: Purina Animal Nutrition Voluntarily Recalling Select Lot Codes of Purina®Rabbit Feed, Purina® Turkey Feed, Country Acres® Rabbit Feed and DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower Feed

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Product Type:
Animal & Veterinary
Pet Food
Reason for Announcement:
Elevated calcium levels
Company Name:
Purina Animal Nutrition
Brand Name:
Purina
Product Description:
Purina® Rabbit Feed, Purina® Turkey Feed, Country Acres® Rabbit Feed and DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower Feed
Company Announcement
Purina Animal Nutrition is initiating a voluntary recall of multiple lots of Purina® Rabbit Feed, Purina® Turkey Feed, Country Acres® Rabbit Feed and DuMOR® Chick Starter/Grower Feed due to elevated calcium levels in the product.
Purina Animal Nutrition received reports from customers claiming the rabbit products may have resulted in poor health and/or mortality. No reports have been received for the chicken or turkey products listed below.
Elevated calcium carbonate levels can cause health issues and potential mortality in rabbits. Continued feeding of these products may result in death as a result of feed refusal. Elevated calcium carbonate levels in young chickens and turkeys can lead t…

Photos: Poor state of the Covid-19 medical facility in Nigeria

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Italian Coronavirus patient attempts to escape Lagos isolation centre

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The coronavirus patient quarantined at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, attempted to escape from the facility on Friday, according to PUNCH .
The patient, an Italian, was confirmed to have the virus on Friday morning, three days after he arrived in the country. He flew in from Milan, Italy, into Lagos before heading to Ogun state where he first showed symptoms of the disease.
The newspaper quoted a health worker at the hospital as saying the patient threatened to escape quarantine over the alleged poor state of the medical facility.
“The patient complained about excessive heat and presence of mosquitoes at the hospital,” the health official reportedly said.
“The patient wanted to run away yesterday (Friday). The Italian man, who seems to be an engineer, was very angry that the room where he was kept was very hot. The only thing demarcating the room from other rooms in the ward is a red and white barricade tape. That is where the Italian man that tested positive to coron…

FDA approves first generic version of $750 Daraprim drug

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first generic version of Daraprim, a drug used to treat a disease resulting from a parasite infection.
Daraprim came under the spotlight after a company once run by "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli bought the rights to the drug and then quickly raised the price from $17.50 per tablet to $750, while also taking steps to ensure there would not be a cheaper generic version of the medicine. (reut.rs/2wewhgy)
The drug is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a disease that causes flu-like symptoms and occurs usually by eating undercooked contaminated meat.
The disease is considered to be the leading cause of death due to food borne illness in the United States, the U.S. health regulator said.
The agency gave the approval to Cerovene Inc for a generic version of Daraprim. (reut.rs/32BVs99)
“Today’s approval is especially important for populations that are more susceptible to toxoplasmosis infections, such as pregnant women and individ…

Actresses walk out of Cesar Awards ceremony as Polanski wins best director

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Several actresses have walked out of the Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris after Roman Polanski, who is facing a historical sex assault claim against him, won best director.
Polanski, 86, whose film An Officer And A Spy also picked up two other awards, was not at the event on Friday evening, saying earlier that he feared for his and his family's safety.
In a statement this week, the French-Polish director said the ceremony was turning into a "public lynching".
Among the actresses who left the venue in protest was Adele Haenel, who last year revealed she had been sexually abused as a child by another director.

Forex Scam: BDC Operator Jailed over N20.6m Fraud

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Justice I.B Gafai of the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State today, February 27, 2020 sentenced a Bureau De Change Operator, Isa Abdukarim, who was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to six months imprisonment. He was prosecuted on a four count charge over N20,650,000.00 (Twenty Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fraud.
In the course of trial, prosecution counsel, Michael Ikechukwu Ani called six witnesses and tendered various exhibits before the court to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.
Justice Gafai, after reviewing the evidence against Abdukarim on February 26, 2020, found him guilty of all the charges against him and convicted him under Section 344 of the Criminal Code, LFN, 2004.
The Judge, while sentencing him to six months imprisonment for being reckless in the handling of the complainant’s money today further ordered the convict to restitute all the monies to the victim in line with Section 321 (a) of the Administ…

Italian hit by Coronavirus unveiled in Lagos

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A faint picture of the Italian man who brought Coronavirus to Nigeria has been unveiled at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital where he is being isolated and treated.
Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who displayed a picture he took with the index case on his twitter handle, said he spoke with the man and assured him that he would be taken care of.
In the photo, the Italian man could be seen faintly discussing with Abayomi from where he is isolated. The commissioner was not wearing a face mask or anything.
According to Abayomi, “I also visited the #COVID19 patient a male Italian national who is isolated at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, where he is been managed by our well trained staff. I spoke to him and assured him of
@followlasg resolve to ensure he gets adequate care #ForAGreaterLagos
“While at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, I took time to inspect the ongoing renovation of the isolation wards. The renovation should be completed in a coup…

Plastic Bags: New York sends plastic bags packing

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Consumerist mecca New York targets its throwaway culture this weekend with a ban on single-use plastic bags that has been years in the making and is still rare in America.
New Yorkers like to see themselves at the forefront of efforts to save the environment but are used to receiving groceries in free plastic bags, often doubled up to ensure sturdiness.
On Sunday (Mar 1), that will change when New York becomes only the third US state to outlaw the non-biodegradable sacks blamed for choking rivers, littering neighborhoods and suffocating wildlife.
Environmental activists welcome the new law but caution that exemptions will weaken its effect, while some small businesses worry the ban might negatively impact their profits.
At the Westside Market in Manhattan, 66-year-old Janice Vrana, who says she has been shopping with a reusable cloth bag for a decade, is delighted "pervasive" plastic sacks are being banished.
"You could drive over them 500 times with a Mack Truck and th…

9 Ways To Be Good

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1. Be kind.
Harriet Lerner, psychologist and author: “Kindness is at the center of what it means to be good. It may require very little from us, or the opposite. It may require words and action, or restraint and silence. Everything that can be said can be said with kindness. Every tough position we have to take can be taken with kindness. No exceptions. Being a good person requires that we work toward that unrealised world where the dignity and integrity of all human beings, all life, are honoured and respected.”
2. Pay attention.
Brother Chan Phap Dung, senior monk, Plum Village: “In the Buddhist tradition, the training starts with learning how to stop and come back to the present moment and enjoy our breathing. We stop to recognise what is happening within us and around us: Our feelings, our thinking, whether our body is relaxed or in tension, who is there in front of us or what are we doing. With repetition, we begin to see and understand ourselves better – and choose to do one thi…

Some Fans Unhappy That Kobe Bryant’s Parents Weren’t Mentioned At Memorial

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Fans are said to be pissed that Kobe’s parents didn’t receive even the slightest acknowledgment. Several took to social media to note that Joe and Pam , as well as Bryant’s sisters, Shahya and Sharia, mentioned during the ceremony, and inquiring minds wants to know why?.
Joe and Pam Bryant were among the close family and friends present at the “Celebration of Life,” honoring the late Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter.
Joe was seen embracing Kobe’s former Laker’s teammates, Shaquille O’Neal, and Derek Fisher. Shaq did acknowledge Kobe’s parents at the memorial but the feed went out for several networks broadcasting the service around that time.
Kobe told ESPN.com in 2016 that he hadn’t spoken to his parents in three years.
They did not attend his jersey retirement ceremony in December 2017, and little is known if they ever reconciled. In June of 2016, Kobe also penned an essay for The Player’s Tribune and said it was a mistake to have his parents manage his career as they did …

Dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong was found to have a “low level” of the deadly virus

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The pooch’s oral and nasal cavities were tested Wednesday, with the results showing a “weak positive” of the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
Health officials are not sure if the dog, which is not exhibiting any symptoms, is actually infected or just carrying the virus in its mouth and nose from “environmental contamination.”
“At present, the [Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department] does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people,” Hong Kong’s government said in a press release.
The dog has been quarantined in an animal shelter that is holding no other animals.
More tests will be administered on the dog, which will remain in quarantine until the results come back negative.
Hong Kong, as of Thursday, had 91 confirmed cases of coronavirus and two deaths from the virus, according to the World Health Organization.

FG to identify, quarantine passengers on plane with Italian - Virologist

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Dr Solomon Chollom, a virologist and medical laboratory scientist with the National Veterinary Research Institute Vom, Plateau State, has called on the Federal Government to identify and quarantine other passengers who had contact with the Italian in the plane or at the airport.
Chollom, told News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), on Friday in Abuja, that the passengers who were onboard the plane that flew in the Italian must be quarantined because the symptoms start showing after three days.
They must be quarantined for 21, he said.
“This is not time to be frivolous with Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) strategies, especially the use of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and use of alcohol-based solutions for disinfection of surfaces.
“Patients presenting with respiratory symptoms should be treated as category A risk individuals.

Ebola drug could also cure coronavirus - Researchers

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This week, coronavirus cases in the UK hit 18, leading to widespread panic about the spread of the virus.
Now, scientists from the University of Alberta have taken a huge step towards developing a treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The researchers have discovered that remdesivir - a drug used to treat Ebola - may also be effective for treating patients infected with coronavirus.
Professor Matthias Gotte, a virologist working on the study, said: “We know the drug works against different coronaviruses, like MERS and SARS, and we know the novel coronavirus is very similar to SARS.
“So I would say I’m cautiously optimistic that the results our team found with remdesivir and MERS will be similar with COVID-19.”
Remedsivir was developed in 2014 as a response to the 2014 West African Ebola virus epidemic.

Covid-19: Recovered coronavirus patients found not to be infectious - official

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Recovered coronavirus patients who were discharged from hospitalization but later tested positive again have been found not to be infectious, an official at China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Friday.
Guo Yanhong, a hospital administration official at the NHC, told reporters at a daily press conference that there is a need to deepen the understanding of the novel virus and improve health tracking and management of recovered coronavirus patients.

Allergy Alert: Lotte Choco Pie Banana recalled over undeclared almond allergen

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Lotte’s Choco Pie Banana has been recalled due to the presence of an undeclared almond allergen.
Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a media release on Friday (Feb 28) that it directed the importer, Sing Long Foodstuff Trading, to recall the product following an alert from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The affected product is the Lotte Choco Pie Banana 12-pack, made in South Korea. It has an expiry date of Nov 4, 2020.
The recall is ongoing, SFA said.
Consumers who have purchased the product and who are allergic to tree nuts such as almonds and other nut products should not consume it, SFA said.
“The presence of this allergen (almonds) does not pose a food safety issue to consumers at large, except for those who are allergic to tree nuts (such as almonds) and nuts products,” it said.
Consumers may contact the importer for enquiries and for exchange or refund of products.

Recall: Coca-Cola European Partners recalls Thums Up Cola because of undeclared celery

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Coca-Cola European Partners is recalling Thums Up Cola because it contains celery which is not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to celery. The recall relates to products with a 18 September 2019 manufacture date.
Product details
Thums Up Cola
Pack size
300ml
Allergens
Celery
Risk statement
Allergen(s): Celery
This product contains celery making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to celery.
Action taken by the company
Coca-Cola European Partners is recalling the above product from customers and has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall. The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tells them what to do if they have bought the products. Please see the attached notice.

Allergy Alert: Choice Products USA, LLC Issues an Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Premier Choice 3 lb. Tub Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ordered Through Online Ordering

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Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for A
nnouncement:
Undeclared milk
Company Name:
Choice Products USA, LLC
Brand Name:
Premier Choice
Product Description:
3 lb. tub Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
Company Announcement
Choice Products USA, LLC of Eau Claire, WI, is recalling 275 - 3lb tubs of Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, because it may contain undeclared milk from milk chocolate chips. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume these products.
3 lb. tub Peanut Butter Cookie Dough was distributed nationwide. The product was purchased through an online ordering system and delivered via fed ex directly to customers. No other products offered through online ordering are affected.
The product was distributed in 3 lb. white plastic tubs with the date code of 19330. The label refers to “Premiere Choice” Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Some containers of the 3lb. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough h…

Hongjin Tan Sentenced for Stealing Trade Secrets Worth $1 Billion

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A former associate scientist was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison in federal court today for stealing proprietary information worth more than $1 billion from his employer, a U.S. petroleum company.
In November 2019, Tan pleaded guilty to theft of a trade secret, unauthorized transmission of a trade secret, and unauthorized possession of a trade secret. From June 2017 until December 2018, Tan was employed as an associate scientist at the petroleum company and was assigned to work in a group with the goal of developing next generation battery technologies for stationary energy storage, specifically flow batteries. In his plea agreement, Tan admitted to intentionally copying and downloading the technologies’ research and development materials without authorization from his employer.
“This investigation and prosecution uncovered another instance of China’s persistent attempts to steal American intellectual property,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. De…

Covid-19 in Nigeria: Italian tests positive

Nigeria has recorded its first case of Coronavirus after an Italian national tested positive to the virus, the Federal Ministry of Health has said
The case was confirmed on Thursday
“The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th February and was transfered to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing,” the Lagos State Ministry of Health also said in a statement.
“#COVID2019 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital @LUTHofficial, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control @NCDCgov.
“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital (Mainland Hospital) in Yaba, Lagos.”
It is the third case of Coronavirus in Africa after Egypt and Algeria had earlier recorded cases of the virus, with the latter also being an Italian who arrive…

Vice president for women and family affairs latest official to test positive for coronavirus

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Iranian VP for women and family affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar has contracted the deadly coronavirus. Three high-ranking officials, including Iran’s Deputy Health Minister, are already infected.
“Ms. Ebtekar showed signs of infection with coronavirus and was tested. The results came back positive,” IRNA quoted a spokesperson for the VP.
Earlier in the day, the head of the parliamentary security and foreign relations commission Mojtaba Zonnour said he has tested positive for the dreaded virus.
Iran is enduring a large coronavirus outbreak – 26 people have died from the disease, while over 245 cases have been confirmed, according to the Health Ministry's spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.

Covid-19 forces postponement of world’s largest furniture fair

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CoronavirusOutbreak forces postponement of world’s largest furniture fair in Milan,
Italy.

Magnini wins appeal against doping ban

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Former two-time world 100m freestyle champion Filippo Magnini of Italy had his four-year doping ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday (Feb 27).
The 38-year-old had been banned in November 2018 by Italy's anti-doping agency (Nado), after which he retired from the sport.
But Lausanne-based CAS found that "there was insufficient evidence to conclude that Filippo Magnini had violated the world anti-doping code".
"I WON. CAS acquitted me from any kind of accusation," said Magnini on Instagram.
"It has always been like this, I have always won races in the last few metres.
"They taught me never to give up. I have always been an athlete and a correct person. I tremble with joy."
An investigation into Magnini and fellow swimmer Michele Santucci was opened after criminal proceedings against a rogue nutritionist, Guido Porcellini.
Porcellini was banned for 30 years by the Italian authorities for trafficking doping products a…

Covid-19: Chinese patient tests negative - LASG

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LASG has said that the Chinese citizen who presented at the Reddington Hospital, Ikeja
ReddingtonLagos yesterday and suspected to have Corona virus has tested negative to the infection.

Standard Chartered annual profit rises 46per cent, misses estimates

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Standard Chartered on Thursday posted a 45.5per cent rise in annual profit, weathering the economic fallout from global trade tensions and political protests in Hong Kong with revenue growth in its main markets.
The bank, which makes the bulk of its revenue in Asia, posted a pretax profit of US$3.71 billion, up from US$2.55 billion in 2018 and slightly below the US$3.94 billion average of analysts' forecasts compiled by the bank.
The bank said it would take longer to achieve its target of a 10per cent return on tangible equity previously targeted for 2021, after flagging in October that the goal had become more difficult amid worsening global economic conditions.

Saudi Arabia halts entry from coronavirus-hit states for Umrah in Mecca, tourism

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Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry for individuals seeking to perform Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca or visiting the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, as well as tourists traveling from countries where the
coronavirus
poses a risk as determined by the Kingdom’s health authorities. The new precautions are “based on the recommendations of the competent health authorities to apply the highest precautionary standards and take proactive preventive measures to prevent the emergence of the coronavirus in the Kingdom and its spread,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Twitter.

Covid-19: CDC declares these 13 facial hairstyles are totally IN for men who don't want to catch the coronavirus

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This is very strange -- and equally concerning -- but the Center for Disease Control released a graphic of which types of facial hair will interfere with potentially life-saving respirators sealing properly on a person's face ... and which ones are A-OK.
Clean-shaven is obviously the safest bet for a respiratory sealing surface ... but soul patches, sideburns, and most mustache styles are also approved by the agency. Yes, this even includes the Hitler 'stache ... AKA the toothbrush.
However, almost all men with beards should probably consider grabbing a razor and doing some work, because the CDC says the hair could get in the way of the respirator’s exhalation valve ... rendering it ineffective.
Of course, any guy who refuses to part with his goatee, horseshoe or villain mustache -- coronavirus be damned -- might still be in the clear ... if they do a little trimming up.
To be clear, the CDC actually developed this "educational tool" back in November 2017 to demonstr…

Ecobank to pay N1.6bn to FIRS - Tribunal

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The Tax Appeal Tribunal, Lagos Zone has declared as illegal, null and void the decision of Ecobank Nigeria Limited to pay N5.54bn as dividend to its shareholders in a year the bank claimed it made no taxable profit and declared losses from its banking operation.
The tribunal reached this decision in its judgement dated February 20, 2020, which it delivered in Appeal No. TAT/LZ/CIT/024/2018.
Consequentially, it said Ecobank must pay at least N1.66bn to the Federal Inland Revenue Service as Company Income Tax for the 2016 financial year that was in dispute.
Ecobank had dragged the FIRS to court over the insistence of the service that the bank must pay in full its excess dividend tax liability of N2.07bn, inclusive of interest and penalty for the 2016 year of assessment.
A statement from the FIRS on Wednesday said Ecobank argued that the dividend it paid out was tax exempt as N4.37bn out of the total sum was “profit from bonds and treasury bills.”
This, the bank, argued was not taxable …

Chinese undergoes coronavirus test in Lagos

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Ten days after some Chinese nationals tested negative to coronavirus in Nigeria, another national of China has undergone test for the disease.
According to Olutunde Lalude, group medical director of Reddington Hospital Group, a Chinese national who arrived in Nigeria seven weeks ago underwent test for coronavirus in Lagos on Wednesday.
Lalude said the man presented himself at the hospital while complaining of fever, one of the symptoms of coronavirus.
He said as a precautionary measure, the man was isolated while health authorities in the state were alerted.
The doctor said the patient was subsequently transferred to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in the state ahead of the results of the tests, which he said would be available on Friday.
He also dismissed the rumour that a coronavirus victim was admitted in the hospital, saying “the risk is thought to be low and so far patient has not been diagnosed with the disease”.
“It has come to the attention of the management of the Reddington…

Soldier goes berserk, shoots four officers dead, kills self

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An unnamed corporal in the Nigerian Army, serving in Borno State, on Wednesday opened fire on four of his colleagues, killing them in the process. He then shot himself dead, the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sagir Musa, said.
Mr Musa, a colonel, said the soldier, who also injured two other soldiers, was serving at the theatre command Operation Lafiya Dole, camp 15, located at Malam Fatori, a border community.
Mr Musa, who disclosed this in a statement shared to the press, said the soldier “went berserk in early hours of 26 February 2020.”
He said the soldier “opened fire killing four of his colleagues before shooting himself”.
“Two of his colleagues were also injured during the incident and are currently in stable condition in our hospital in Maiduguri.
“Efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty. May their gentle souls rest in peace.
“Meanwhile, the investigation into the case has since been instituted to dete…

US Health Authorities are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O103 infections linked to clover sprouts

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CDC is concerned that people who recently ate clover sprouts on a sandwich from a Jimmy John’s restaurant before February 24th could develop an E. coli O103 infection.
Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection:
Talk to your healthcare provider.
Report your illness to your local health department.
Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.
Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before and after preparing food to lower the chance of infecting others.
If you have a leftover sandwich with clover sprouts from a Jimmy John’s restaurant, don’t eat it and throw it away.
Jimmy John’s LLC reported that all of their restaurants stopped serving clover sprouts on February 24, 2020. At this time, clover sprouts should not be available at any Jimmy John’s restaurant. Latest Outbreak Information
Fourteen people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from five states.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from …

Privacy Protection: Over 60,000 Whatsapp groups still accessible online

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​​​​​​​A DW exclusive investigation shows thousands of links to private WhatsApp groups can still be easily found online, despite public outrage which led the company to change its stance and remove them from Google.
WhatsApp links that lead to closed groups can be found with a simple Google search — a major security flaw revealed by DW last week. Following social media outrage, the links were removed from Google’s search results.
Despite the removal, however, publicly-available internet archives are still storing the information, as security researcher Lav Kumar has found out. He gathered and organized over 60,000 unique links, which can still be found on multiple websites.
Of the 1,000 randomly selected links DW tested, 427 were active chat links. Even without actively joining a group, its title, description, image and creator's phone number are available for all. However, upon entering a group, it is possible to also see the phone numbers of up to 256 participants, as well as o…