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FG Orders Workers To Resume Work

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The government in a circular signed by Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, Head of Service of the Federation, said the federal secretariat complexes have been decontaminated while efforts were ongoing to do same in other public offices.
The circular reads, “Further to Mr President’s broadcast on a phased and gradual easing of the lockdown measures occasioned by COVID-19, officers on GL 14 and above and those in essential services are hereby directed to resume work with effect from Monday, 4th of May, 2020 in the first instance.“Offices dare to open three times a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday - and close at 2:00pm on each day.”
The circular further advised affected officers to limit the number of visitors they received and hand washing facilities should be located at every strategic location within their office premises.
They were also urged to make use of face masks with regular washing and sanitising of hands.

Update on Two Previously Announced Voluntary Recalls Related to Ambulatory Infusion Pumps and Sets

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Reason for Announcement:
pumps may not deliver fluid at the accuracy specified in the instructions for use and infusion sets may under-deliver fluids
Company Name:
CME America
Brand Name:
CMEAmerica BodyGuard
Product Description:
Infusion pumps and infusion sets
Company Announcement
CME America, a wholly owned subsidiary of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today issued the following update regarding two previously announced voluntary recalls, one related to all models of CMEAmerica BodyGuard® infusion pumps (FDA Recall Number: Z-1474-2020) and the other related to one of the device's infusion sets (FDA Recall Number: Z-1442-2020).
Both previously announced recalls have now been designated as Class I recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means the FDA believes that there is a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product(s) will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
CME America previousl…

Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy Allergen in Chicken Salad on Croissant Single Item# 43237 and Chicken Sandwich on White Single Item# 43559

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Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Allergens
Reason for Announcement:
Undeclared soy
Company Name:
Condies Foods
Brand Name:
Condies Foods
Product Description:
Chicken salad sandwiches
Company Announcement
Condies Foods of Kearns, UT is recalling 165 units of roll chicken salad on croissant single item# 43237 “USE THRU” 03/6/2020 - 05/6/2020, and sndw chicken sandwich on white single item# 43559 “USE THRU” 03/6/2020 - 05/2/2020. There is a possibility that these may contain undeclared soy allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products: roll chicken salad on croissant single item# 43237 “USE THRU” 03/6/2020 – 05/6/2020, and sndw chicken sandwich on white single item# 43559 “USE THRU” 03/6/2020 - 05/2/2020.
Product was distributed to Coremark Distribution centers that distributed product to 18 stores, Utah state wide.
The product labels look as follows: (see below)
The descrip…

FG to re-open the economy fully in six weeks

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The Federal Government has said that it would gradually re-open the economy in a total of six weeks broken into three tranches of two weeks each.
That’s a gradual ease up every two weeks over the next six weeks.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the 22nd joint national briefing of the ccommittee.
According to him, to underscore the collaborative efforts with state governments, they are encouraged to provide leadership in engaging relevant associations responsible for various sectors like market associations and transport unions for orderly and effective implementation.
“The gradual reopening of the economy will span a total of six weeks broken into three tranches of two weeks each. This phased strategy is designed to reduce the pains of socio-economic disruptions while strengthening our public health response, which would ultimately reduce the recovery…

Half-naked woman photobombs broadcast of Spanish celebrity journalist

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Spanish journalist Alfonso Merlos is in hot water after a beauty wearing only a top walked into the background of an interview he was broadcasting from home. His jilted girlfriend dubbed the sordid affair “shameful.”
Merlos is a journalist, model and celebrity in his native Spain, but now his tangled private life is being torn apart by the Spanish-speaking media.
He was speaking as a guest on journalist Javier Negre’s ‘State of Alarm’ YouTube channel last Friday, when a semi-naked woman casually sauntered into the frame, causing Negre’s jaw to drop.
It gets worse: The woman is not Merlos’s partner, former Big Brother contestant Marta Lopez, but Alexia Rivas, a reporter with Spanish TV show ‘Socialite.’
Quarantined social media users pounced, quickly dubbing the scandal ‘Merlos Place’ – a play on words referencing ‘Melrose Place,’ the American soap opera. Merlos’ modeling shots on Instagram were flooded with insults and jeers, while Twitter and YouTube overflowed with memes.
Lopez – th…

Activist Arrested In Kaduna For ‘Insulting Prophet Muhammad’ On Facebook Receives Death Threats From Imam, Police Officer

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President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala, has started receiving death threats for ‘insulting Prophet Muhammad’ on Facebook, SaharaReporters has gathered.
Bala was arrested by men of the Nigerian Police in Kaduna for blasphemy.
His arrest followed a petition by a group of lawyers to the Kano State Police Commissioner to prosecute him for the act.
Mubarak Bala
One of Bala’s friends, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Wednesday, said a popular Muslim cleric and a policeman both in Kano have both vowed to kill him if found.
He said, “We have spoken to the Police Public Relations Officers in Kaduna and he told us that Mubarak's case was not their case.
“He said the detectives that arrested him were sent from Kano. We pressed to know if they would transfer the case to Force Headquarters in Abuja but he said no, that Mubarak will be transferred to Kano where the complaint was lodged.
“In the past weeks, Mubarak has received several death threats from extremists in Ka…

J.Crew takes up to 60 percent off clothes, shoes and more for sitewide sale

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You’ll be able to stock up on even more J.Crew staples now that the retailer has kicked off its latest flash sale .
During the event, J. Crew is taking up to 60% off a variety of styles, including apparel, shoes and more at irresistible prices.
Plus, you can also get an extra 40% off sale styles with the code SHOPNEW.
And along with the discounts sitewide, all other sale items are discounted up to 76% off their original prices.

WH asks agencies to find out if China, WHO hid coronavirus intel

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The White House has ordered US spy agencies to investigate whether China and the World Health Organization initially covered up what they knew about the nascent coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report.
A specific “tasking” seeking information about the emerging outbreak was sent last week to the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, an official directly familiar with the matter told NBC News .
The CIA received similar instructions, current and former US officials told the network, which reported that the agencies were ordered to comb through a variety of data, including satellite photos and communication intercepts in the effort.
President Trump appeared to allude to the matter during a White House briefing Monday, when he was asked about holding China accountable for the outbreak that has infected more than 3 million people around the world.
“We’re doing very serious investigations,” the president said. “We are not happy with that whole situation, beca…

Bishop advised women to avoid nagging their husbands during the coronavirus lockdown.

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A bishop in Russia has advised women to avoid nagging their husbands during the coronavirus lockdown.
Bishop Panteleimon, who is head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department for charity, was answering questions from viewers during a live YouTube broadcast when one woman asked him how to live in obedience to her husband.
The church official told the woman she should first “stop making comments” to her spouse to avoid creating tension during the Covid-19 lockdown.
He also advised the woman to punish herself if she does make comments by making a promise to God to make 10 bows in the evening, or to not eat chocolate or sit on the internet all day if she does make comments, the Moscow Times reports.
The bishop’s remarks come three years after Russia decided to partially decriminalise domestic violence.
Since 2017, anyone who is violent towards their spouse or child but only causes bruising or bleeding, not broken bones, can be punished by 15 days in jail or a fine of 30,000 rubles (£32…

France, Poland, and Denmark will not allow companies registered in offshore tax havens to access coronavirus bailouts.

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France, Denmark and Poland are refusing to let companies registered in offshore tax havens access financial aid from coronavirus bailout packages. But Ireland, the UK, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have other ideas.
Of the EU-27, France, Poland, and Denmark have so far proposed barring companies that are based, or have subsidiaries, in tax havens from receiving coronavirus-linked bailouts. Italy may soon join them after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio added his voice to calls to tackle tax havens.
Meanwhile, the European Commission confirmed on April 24 that its existing rules allow individual EU countries to block coronavirus aid from going to companies based in tax havens . Tax experts believe such national measures could help boost transparency and moves toward a level playing field in global corporate taxation. "This is an important symbolic first step," said Quentin Parrinello, who works on tax policy for Oxfam.
There is growing pressure on EU companies that get bailout…

US citizens with immigrant spouses should get help

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has sued the federal government over its denial of coronavirus relief payments to U.S. citizens who are married to immigrants without social security numbers.
The lawsuit was filed in Maryland on Tuesday on behalf of six American citizens who were denied coronavirus relief checks because they filed and paid taxes with a spouse who has what’s known as an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or a way for immigrants without legal status to still pay federal taxes, which millions do.
MALDEF says the Treasury Department is violating Americans' First and Fifth Amendments by denying them payment simply because of who they are married to. Congress last month passed a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus. Many Americans had their share deposited into their accounts in the last couple of weeks.
It’s estimated that 2 million U.S. citizens or lawful permanent reside…

Nigeria Records 195 New Coronavirus Cases, Toll Rises To 1532

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195 new cases of #COVID19 reported;
80-Lagos
38-Kano
15-Ogun
15-Bauchi
11-Borno
10-Gombe
9-Sokoto
5-Edo
5-Jigawa
2-Zamfara
1-Rivers
1-Enugu
1-Delta
1-FCT
1-Nasarawa
As at 11:50pm 28th April- 1532 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.
Discharged: 255
Deaths: 44 pic.twitter.com/oPyG4xfoa3
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 28, 2020

Zoom may be vulnerable to foreign spies- DHS

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The feds are concerned that Zoom’s security flaws could make the popular videoconferencing platform vulnerable to foreign spies, a new report says.
An intelligence analysis from the Department of Homeland Security found that Zoom’s explosive growth and its well-known security problems make it a “target-rich environment” for government spy services and other hackers, ABC News reported Tuesday.
“Any organization currently using — or considering using — Zoom should evaluate the risk of its use,” the department warned in the analysis, which was reportedly distributed to law enforcement agencies around the US.
The warning adds to mounting scrutiny of Zoom’s security and privacy amid a massive boom in its user base. Companies, schools and government officials forced to stay home during the coronavirus crisis have flocked to the platform for meetings that can’t be done in person.
Homeland Security experts found that hackers are likely to use new or existing vulnerabilities within Zoom to “co…

Gap takes up to 75 percent off everything for sitewide sale

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If you’ve been looking to add some trendy fashions to your wardrobe, then Gap has the perfect flash sale for you.
The brand is taking up to 75% off sitewide, which means you can score some major savings on apparel, shoes and accessories.
Plus, you can receive an extra 50% off
clearance items with the code PERK.
And all orders of $25 and more will receive free shipping.

CDC extends coronavirus social-distancing guidelines to pets

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling pet owners that their furry family members need to follow the same social-distancing rules as everyone else during the COVID-19 pandemic — including keeping away from their other four-legged friends.
“Treat pets as you would other human family members — do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household,” the agency said in an advisory . “If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.”
The organization is also advising pet owners to avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
The advice comes after reports of animals becoming infected after having contact with a person with the virus.
Last week, two pet cats in New York tested positive for the coronavirus , in the first diagnoses of domestic animals on American soil. And on Monday, a North Carolina pug
became the first dog in the country known to have tested positive …

GSK Consumer Healthcare Recalls Benefiber Healthy Shape Prebiotic Fiber Supplement and Benefiber Prebiotic Fiber Supplement Due to Possible Plastic Contamination from the Bottle Cap

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Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Potential for plastic pieces or shavings
Company Name:
GSK Consumer Healthcare
Brand Name:
Benefiber
Product Description:
Prebiotic Fiber Supplement
Company Announcement
GSK Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling five lots (listed below) of Benefiber Healthy Shape Prebiotic Fiber Supplement powder and Benefiber Prebiotic Fiber Supplement powder due to the potential for green plastic pieces or shavings from bottle caps to be present in the product. There is a potential risk of choking or physical injury to the soft tissues of the mouth or gastrointestinal tract of a consumer using the product who may not see a broken piece or shaving of plastic cap.
These lots were distributed from October 28, 2019 through January 21, 2020 within the United States to retail stores and online retailers nationwide. The recall is limited to the five lots listed below:
Benefiber Healthy Shape Prebiotic Fibe
See image below
As of the date of …

Nigerian Reps seek repatriation of Chinese

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Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Tuesday said they will investigate the legality of Chinese nationals living in Nigeria for possible repatriation to their country.
The Reps made the resolution on Tuesday at their plenary following their return from five-week recess amid outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
The motion was sponsored by 10 lawmakers – Benjamin Kalu, Yusuf Buba, John Dyegh, Babajimi Benson, Tunji Olawuyi, Zakari Galadima, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Nnoli Nnaji, Dennis Idahosa, and Tolu Shadipe.
This followed the poor treatment of Nigerians in China, especially those living in Guangzhou.
During the plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, the lawmakers considered a motion on the “Maltreatment and Institutional Acts of Racial Discrimination against Nigerians Living in China by the Government of China”.
The lawmakers mandated the House Committees on Interior, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring, as well as Commerce, to take up …

CDC compiles new guidelines to help organizations reopen

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Businesses should close break rooms. Restaurants should consider disposable menus and plates. Schools should have students eat lunch in their classrooms.
These are some of the recommendations offered in new federal plans designed to help restaurants, schools, churches and businesses safely reopen as states look to gradually lift their coronavirus restrictions.
The draft guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been sent to Washington but still could be revised before the Trump administration unveils it to the public. The recommendations were obtained from a federal official who was not authorized to release them publicly.
The CDC put together so-called “decision trees” for at least seven types of organizations: schools, camps, childcare centers, religious facilities, mass transit systems, workplaces, and bars/restaurants.
White House officials previously released a three-phase reopening plan for the nation that mentioned schools and other organizations that com…

FG warns states against competing over figures

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The national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, has warned states against seeing figures of COVID-19 cases as a competition among them.
Speaking in Abuja at a briefing of the task force on Monday, Aliyu urged state governments to be transparent about figures of cases.
He said: “COVID-19 numbers is not an issue of competition between states.
“There’s no shame if a state comes out with positive numbers.
“In order to deal with an epidemic, we need to have transparency in numbers and that transparency is linked to the number of tests.
“If you do not know the extent of a problem, you’ll not be able to deal with it.
“So I’m appealing to state governments to please continue to support the state emergency operating centres, the state ministry of health and make sure that everybody who needs to be tested for COVID-19 in any state in the country has that opportunity of having the test done.”
Aliyu also said a number of states still lacked the adequate capacity f…

Cross River, Kogi, Nassarawa and Yobe states have not sent enough samples for test- NCDC

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Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says the agency is not satisfied with the number of samples brought in for testing from states without cases of coronavirus.
Only Cross River, Kogi, Nassarawa and Yobe states have not confirmed cases of the disease in Nigeria as of Monday.
Speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the NCDC DG said there is a lot of capacity to test but the challenge is getting the samples to test.
“Only four states at the moment haven’t reported a case in Nigeria. They are Cross River, Kogi, Nassarawa and Yobe,” he said.
“We have looked at the number of samples collected from these states and we are not satisfied. So, we need to test more. But to test more, we need to collect more and the collection part is the responsibility of the states and their public health teams.
“You can’t hide this. Eventually, it will emerge. It is better we understand what is happening early than le…

Manhattan ER doc commits suicide, shaken by coronavirus onslaught

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The head of the emergency department at a Manhattan hospital committed suicide after spending days on the front lines of the
coronavirus battle, her family said Monday.
“She tried to do her job, and it killed her,’’ Dr. Philip Breen told the New York Times of his physician daughter, Dr. Lorna Breen, who had been medical director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital amid the pandemic.
The battle-weary ER doctor, 49, was only the latest city healthcare worker to take her own life.
Two days earlier, a Bronx EMT witnessing the virus’s ruthless toll fatally shot himself with a gun belonging to his retired NYPD cop dad.
Tragic rookie paramedic John Mondello, 23, worked out of EMS Station 18 in The Bronx, which handles one of the biggest 911 call volumes in the city.
Lorna died Sunday in Charlottesville, Va., where she’d been staying with her family, the father told the Times.
Philip Breen said his daughter had gotten sick with the virus while on the job at one point, but then returned…

Whatsapp update causes number of highly-forwarded messages to plunge

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WhatsApp says that highly-forwarded messages have plunged since it introduced new rules.
Earlier this month, in a major change, the company announced that it would prohibit people sending on "highly-forwarded" messages in an attempt to stop the spread of viral posts.
The new rules mean that if a message has already been sent on in bulk, users have to go to extra effort to forward it on more. If a message has been forwarded enough to get a "highly-forwarded" tag, users can only send it on to one person at a time, rather than five.
Now the company says those new rules have worked, and the number of such messages being forwarded on has dropped 70 per cent since the new features were introduced.
The update was intended partly to address the wide spread of misinformation, and arrived as WhatsApp and other social networks aimed to deal with an influx of false stories and rumours related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump says US 'not happy' and could demand billions in compensation from China

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Donald Trump has claimed China could have stopped the coronavirus before it swept the globe in his first press conference since the 'disinfectant storm'.
The US president said his administration was conducting "serious investigations" into what happened when the outbreak first occurred in Wuhan at the end of last year.
"We are not happy with China," he continued. "We believe it could have been stopped at the source.
"It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn't have spread all over the world."
Responding to a question about reports in Germany that a lawsuit worth billions could be lodged against China, Trump said: "We have ways of doing things a lot easier than that.
"Germany's looking at things, and we're looking at things, and we're talking about a lot more money than Germany's talking about.
"We haven't determined the final amount yet. It's very substantial.
"If you look at the world, I…

Almajiri kids from Kano ‘among new COVID-19 cases in Kaduna’

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Amina Mohammed Baloni, commissioner for health in Kaduna, says Almajiri kids from Kano are part of the five new COVID-19 cases in the state.
The Kano government had said it sent the children to their home states to curb the spread of the disease in the state which has seen a spike in deaths but has repeatedly distanced the loss of lives from COVID-19.
Almajiri, which is practised in northern Nigeria, is a system where kids leave their homes in search of knowledge. But over the years, many have criticised tutors of the children of sending them to the streets to seek alms.
Baloni, who did not give the number of the children who tested positive for COVID-19, said contacts of the new cases were being traced.
“The new cases are among Almajiri who were recently repatriated from Kano. The contacts of the new cases are being traced so that they can be monitored and tested if they meet the case definition,” she said in a statement.
“The new patients have been moved to the Infectious Diseases C…

COVID-19 patient delivered of baby at LUTH

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A COVID-19 patient has been delivered of a baby at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
The hospital broke the news in a tweet on Monday afternoon, saying the mother and child are well and alive.
“A team of LUTH Drs, anaesthetists & nurses delivered a woman with Covid19 of a baby girl this afternoon 40yr old mother & 3.3kg baby are doing fine. Our gratitude go to these gallant men & women & all warriors making d nation proud in d face of this scourge,” the tweet read.

Covid-19: Coronavirus-related ‘inflammatory syndrome’ emerges among UK children: report

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A serious coronavirus-related “inflammatory syndrome” is emerging among young people, according to a new report.
“[Over the] last three weeks, there has been an apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multisystem inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions of the UK,” reads a “significant alert” issued to general practitioners in North London by the UK’s clinical commissioning group.
“There is a growing concern that a [COVID-19]- related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK, or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, infectious pathogen associated with these cases,” continues the letter, which was first obtained by the Health Service Journal.
Those infected experience “overlapping features” of toxic syndrome and atypical Kawasaki Disease — an illness that causes swelling and redness of the blood vessels — “with blood parameters consistent with severe COVID-19 in children,” according to the…

Wuhan hospitals discharge last of coronavirus patients, health official says

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The Chinese city of Wuhan where the
coronavirus first erupted months ago has discharged the last of its COVID-19 patients from hospitals, a health official said over the weekend.
“With the joint efforts of Wuhan and the national medical aid given to Hubei province, all cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan were cleared as of April 26,” said National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng during a press briefing on Sunday afternoon, one day after the final patient was discharged.
The city, where the virus is said to have originated in a wet market in December before spreading across the globe, reported 46,452 coronavirus cases — 56 percent of China’s total.
It also saw 3,869 coronavirus-related deaths — 84 percent of the country’s total.
Remaining cases are recovering at home, officials said.
Wuhan officially ended its more than 10-week lockdown early this month, prompting thousands to scramble to leave the city on planes and trains.

US never wants to rely on foreign supplies again- White House senior adviser

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration was working to bring manufacturing back to the US for various industries as the country works to be better prepared for a global pandemic in the wake of coronavirus.
“The goal is not to make this a political issue and figure out how we can come together to really onshore,” Kushner said during an interview Sunday with Fox News, “What we’ve been doing at the federal government is figuring out how do we aggregate a lot of the different demand in different key industries that are critical for our national security.”
Kushner, who is married to President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, went on to explain how advanced manufacturing plants wound up leaving the US, saying that the federal government was adapting to conditions created by coronavirus to bring those facilities back.
“We’re thinking of ways right now to redo our stockpile given the nature of the hospital system and the medical distribution system and figure out h…

FG delays oil export plans as output cut discussions continue amid market glut

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Nigeria’s state oil company has delayed publishing its future oil export plans as it negotiates with local companies and international majors on who will rein in output in line with an production cut deal by top producers, trading sources said.
“The OPEC+ quota has to be implemented for the new (June export) program as well as revising the May programs already issued,” a Nigerian oil trading source told Reuters.
“May cargoes will get delayed and new June cargoes may be relatively few.”

PM says lockdown must continue on first day back after coronavirus

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The prime minister has addressed the nation outside No 10 for the first time in weeks after his Covid-19 recovery to say that lockdown will not be eased just yet.
Boris Johnson described the virus as an ‘invisible mugger’ and apologised for being away from his desk ‘for much longer than I would’ve liked’. He thanked everyone who has ‘stepped up’ in his absence, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab who has deputised.
‘Once again I want to thank you, the people of this country, for the sheer grit and guts you’ve continued to show,’ he said. ‘Every day I know this virus brings sadness and mourning to households across the land.’
Despite wide speculation that he was set to
start easing lockdown measures on his return, the PM warned that the UK is still at the point of ‘maximum risk’ and understood restrictions are ‘tough’ but they cannot be lifted yet.

Melania Trump celebrates 50th birthday in White House

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Melanie Trump celebrated her 50th birthday in the White House as the country remains in lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The first lady spent her birthday with family at the nation’s capital on Sunday, White House chief of staff Stephanie Grisham told Fox News.
Donald Trump tweeted a Happy Birthday message to his wife on Sunday, writing: ‘Happy Birthday to Melania, our great First Lady!’
The official White House Twitter account also tweeted a congratulatory message to the First Lady with pictures of her travels in her initiatives to support young girls and women in the military.
Ms Trump was born on April 26, 1970 in the former Yugoslavia, which is now Slovenia. She married Donald Trump in 2005 after moving to the US in 1996 for her modeling career. A year after they married, the Trumps had their son, Barren.

Kim Jong-un 'speaks out'

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Kim Jong-un has sent a special thank you message to builders who have been working on a tourism project in a seaside resort, a state newspaper claims.
The report in Rodong Sinmun comes amid wild speculation over the health of the North Korean leader, who is said to have undergone heart surgery on April 12.
State media reported that Kim had thanked workers on the project in the city of Wonsan, where a train believed to be his has been spotted in satellite images amid unverified reports that he is either dead, in a vegetative state or "alive and well".
Kim's whereabouts and the status of his health remain a mystery as he has not been seen in state media reports since April 11, the day before he reportedly had the operation.

NECA demand 60% salary support from FG to save jobs

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Amid the devastating effects of lockdown on economic activities, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) Saturday unveiled Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, a plan that requires the federal government to grant the private sector 60 percent salary support till June 2020.
NECA, a platform for over 3,500 private sector employers, warned that failing to consider the scheme might compel private firms nationwide to take hard business decisions, which it said, could lead to the loss of over millions of jobs in the sector.
NECA’s Director-General, Dr. Timothy Olawale explained the imperative of the scheme among other recommendations the forum highlighted in a report it released on Friday on the effects of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown.
Explaining the scheme during an interview yesterday, Olawale noted that the forum simply requested the federal government “to establish a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, where Government pays up to 60 percent of private sector salaries until…

UNILAG Medical Centre Shut Down After Patient Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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The University of Lagos Medical Centre has temporarily shut down its operation.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the hospital’s management said the decision was as a result of exposure to COVID-19.
The hospital also said it had contacted the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control while its facility has been decontaminated by the Lagos State Government.
The statement reads, “The University of Lagos Management wishes to inform members of the university community and the general public that the UNILAG Medical Centre will be temporarily closed for 14 days with effect from Saturday, April 25, 2020.
“The university has made this necessary decision in order to decontaminate the centre following exposure to an outpatient who was seen at the centre on Monday, April 20, 2020 and immediately referred for COVID-19 testing.
“The Medical Centre was notified of the results on Friday, April 24, 2020 and immediately sought the guidance of the COVID-19 response team and institutional infectious disease e…

Indian woman gang raped after quarantined alone in school: Police

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An Indian woman was allegedly gang raped in a school in the desert state of Rajasthan where she had been quarantined for a night by the police amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, a police official said on Sunday (Apr 26).
The incident occurred last week when the victim, a daily wage earner, sought shelter at a police station after walking alone for miles and losing the way to her native village.
In the absence of a quarantine centre, local police housed her for the night in a school building, where she was allegedly raped by three men.
"Three local men who raped the woman inside the school on Apr 23 have been arrested and sent to jail," Parth Sharma, a deputy superintendent of police in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan and the investigating officer in the case, told Reuters by telephone.
The victim, aged between 40-45 years, said in a statement to the police that she had been walking for several days from Sawai Madhopur before she reached a village where she was ra…

Passengers flying into UK airports set for 14 days of quarantine

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Passengers entering the UK will be forced to go into a 14-day quarantine under new plans being drawn up by UK officials.
Ministers hope the restrictions, which could be implemented next month, will help to prevent a second peak of infections when countries around the world relax border controls and allow travel again.
It comes amid criticism that the UK has failed to impose strict enough travel measures, with more than 15,000 passengers arriving into the country daily , with 200,000 coming from one of the worst-hit nations, Spain.
The UK is still operating an open borders policy, unlike 130 other countries which have closed theirs. Airport bosses have also complained over the relaxed rules, which include a failure to test passengers on arrival to the UK.

'Social distancing measures are going to be with us for some time', - Stand-in PM

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The public must accept “the new normal” of tough restrictions lasting for many months, Dominic Raab says, as he played down an early easing of the lockdown .
“Social distancing measures are going to be with us for some time”, he warned people – a day after the death toll in hospitals topped the grim milestone of 20,000 .
For the first time, the stand-in prime minister – until Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday – did reveal some of the options being considered for when a partial relaxation would be possible.
Schools would be required to separate out pupils, offices allowed to open only with fewer staff and non-essential businesses told to create two-metre gaps between customers.
However, Mr Raab stressed none were likely before ministers “get the virus down”, adding: “We might end up changing our mind once we know the fuller evidence.”
He also declined to say when healthcare workers would finally have sufficient personal protective equipment, admitting: “It is very difficult to sa…

Covid-19 lockdown: Germans protest coronavirus restrictions in Berlin, Stuttgart

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Around 1,000 protesters gathered in the German capital at the Volksbühne theater near the city center. Protesters shouted "I want my life back" and held up signs with slogans such as "Protect constitutional rights." The protesters handed out newspapers questioning the need for lockdown measures and claiming the coronavirus is an attempt to seize power by spreading fear. Police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said permission was granted to distribute the newspaper, but that health authorities had not approved the gathering itself. "During coronavirus times and according to containment regulations, we are obliged to prevent a gathering," Cablitz said. Police, who cordoned off the square directly in front of the building in an effort to prevent crowding, used megaphones to call on attendees to disperse and said they arrested more than 100 people. It was the fourth consecutive Saturday of protests in Berlin. Police said they deployed 180 officers to respond to the l…

Situation in Kano is now terrible – Ganduje laments new cases of COVID-19

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Governor Ganduje of Kano State has said the situation in Kano State was becoming terrible by the day as cases of COVID-19 pandemic continue to increase in the state.
This is as the state took samples of fresh 44 persons for testing, while issue of deaths among the elderly has not been settled.
“But as the situation gets serious, we are surely on top of it, but this requires putting up a testing machine in Kano by the federal government.
Governor Ganduje, however, assured that nobody that tested positive was in serious need of a ventilator; hence the situation is still manageable.
He said in order to punish offenders of the current lockdown, they have established ten mobile courts to try anybody found wanting.
Dr Tijjani Hussain, the State Coordinator COVID-19 Rapids Response, explained that the state NCDC centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital was locked down because the place is currently undergoing a 74 hours fumigation exercise.
Tijjani noted that in the last two days, they rec…

Wanted Person: Suspected Coronavirus Patient Absconds From Ondo Hospital

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There is palpable fear in Ondo State at the moment as a man suspected of having Coronavirus has absconded from the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Complex in ondo town.
The patient, who was admitted at the Accident and Emergency unit of the facility, reportedly took to his heels on Saturday evening.
SaharaReporters gathered that the situation was already causing anxiety among some of the medical practitioners at the hospital, who were on duty at the time of the incident.
A senior consultant, who works at the hospital, confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters.
He noted that though the case was still being suspected, the patient was showing symptoms of the virus.
He said, "The suspected COVID-19 patient is Ehibhanre Hansen, age 26 and was reported to have arrived from Edo State.
"Some of the symptoms presented was nasal discharge, dry cough, body weakness, difficulty in breathing. The patient however, appears stable in face mask and dirty disposable gloves.
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Chinese city bans 'uncivilised' behaviour to improve public hygiene

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The Chinese capital has banned "uncivilised" behaviour such as not covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, the city's government said Sunday (Apr 26), in a new set of regulations to improve public hygiene amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The laws aim to promote "civilised behaviour" in Beijing and relate to combating the pandemic which has infected more than 82,000 in China alone.
Rulebreakers will be slapped with fines for offences including not wearing a mask in public when ill, the municipal government said on its website.
The laws also require public places to set up 1-metre distance markers and to provide communal chopsticks and serving spoons for shared meals.
Citizens must also "dress neatly" in public and not go shirtless – an apparent reference to the so-called "Beijing bikini" practice where men roll T-shirts up to expose their stomachs in hot weather.
The state-run Global Times said the rule equalled a "total ban…

Don't go to nail salons- Atlanta mayor

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms put out a warning today for anyone getting a manicure at the state’s newly reopened salons.
“If you’re getting your nails done right now, please share these noon numbers with your manicurist,” Bottoms tweeted at 1:30 p.m. along with a chart showing the Peach State’s latest stats on coronavirus deaths and infections. She added the hashtag #StayHomeGeorgia.
The numbers show deaths hit 904, an increase of 34 percent over a week ago, and cases reached 22,695, up 28 percent in a week.
Gov. Brian Kemp allowed nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and bowling alleys to open up Friday despite President Trump saying it was too early to lift lock down orders.

Race-car driver lost his home, cars and $13 million in an elaborate scam

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Over the span of a decade, Hong Kong businessman and race-car driver Jacky Yeung invested in buildings, a travel agency and rare-earth mines, to the tune of $20 million, according to court documents. But the only dividend he got? A bruised ego.
Yeung was the target of an elaborate long con that saw him wined and dined from Dubai to the South of France. The scam involved fake government officials, gorgeous blondes and even a motorcade. It was perpetrated by Valentyn Belan, a small-time Ukrainian swindler with big ambitions.
This past October, Belan, 39, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced by a US District Court in New York City to nine years in prison. In a letter to Judge Gregory H. Woods, prosecuting attorney Geoffrey S. Berman wrote that Belan’s “fraud was stunning and brazen in its scope.”
This saga began in Kherson, Ukraine, where Belan managed a so-called marriage agency — essentially a service designed to hook up foreign, often affluent men with potential brides.
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