America Disengages WHO

Trump Says U.S. 'Terminating' Relationship With the World Health Organization Over Its Coronavirus Response Share Play Video President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has “total control” over the global organization. He said Chinese officials “ignored” their reporting obligations to the WHO and pressured the WHO to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered.

UK spring the sunniest since records began, says Met Office

The UK has recorded the sunniest spring since records began in 1929, the Met Office has said. It is also set to be the driest May for 124 years, with official figures on rainfall to be published on Monday. The Met Office recorded more than 573 hours of sunshine this spring so far between 1 March and 27 May, beating the previous record of 555.3 hours in 1948. The sunny weather is set to continue until the end of the month, with temperatures forecast to reach highs of 25C in some parts of the UK this weekend. With the public allowed to spend time outdoors for reasons other than exercise during the lockdown from 13 May, many have flocked to the beach and parks to bask in the sunshine. This month has also seen little rainfall, with Northamptonshire – the driest county so far – recording only 1.5mm of rain during May. As a result, many farmers have seen some cereal crops already suffering from the dry spell. The National Farmers’ Union said: “Continued low rainfall and high temperatures i…

The governor of Minnesota just showed what leadership in a crisis looks like

Early Friday morning, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested while covering the protests that have sprung up in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. It was an appalling violation of the protections afforded journalists while covering a story -- and within an hour or so Jimenez and the crew had been released. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz held a press briefing on the ongoing unrest in his state later Friday. Amid an update on how he would deal with the protests as well as the investigation into Floyd's death, Walz took a moment to address the arrest of Jimenez and his crew. Here's what he said. (It's long but important): "I also want to address an issue and this one is on me and I will own it. Earlier this morning when this mission was carried out, under my direction to r…

Akwa Ibom Inaugurates a New Isolation Centre

The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, today inaugurated  a 300 bed Isolation centre at Ituk Mbang, Uruan LGA of the State.
The beauty of the centre was quite attractive to attention that people had to imagine if an isolation centre could look that beautiful. The governor, having read their minds, noted that the property was designed to contain any further outbreak anytime. In his words,  
"Our administration is committed to the fight against #COVID -19 and other infectious diseases."

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FG to pay jobless youths N20,000 monthly to sweep markets, clear gutters

In a bid to curb the high rate of unemployment in the country, the Federal Government has rolled out a scheme which will see unemployed youths in rural areas earning N20,000 per month, The PUNCH reports.The youths will be engaged in the clearing of drainages, sweeping markets, road maintenance, traffic control, and cleaning of public infrastructures like health centres and schools. The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), said this at a news conference on Thursday.Keyamo said the scheme targeted 1,000 youths each from the 774 local governments across the country.The minister said the programme is one of the biggest social intervention schemes to be carried out within a short period of time by any government in the history of Nigeria.The PUNCH reports that the scheme, known as the Special Public Works Programme in the Rural Areas, is domiciled in the National Directorate of Employment for implementation and is expected to take off in October.The minister’…

Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With Third-Degree Murder and Manslaughter in George Flloyd’s Death

Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer who was videotaped Monday kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while he pleaded “I can’t breath,” has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.In cell phone footage taken Monday by a bystander, Chauvin can be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes while arresting him on charges of trying to pay with a counterfeit bill. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was handcuffed and can be heard saying that he cannot breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead later that night while in police custody.During a press conference on Friday, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington that, in his opinion, Floyd’s death “looked like a murder.”Freeman said the case has moved “extraordinarily quickly,” and said his office has never charged a case in such a short time frame.Footage of Floyd’s arrest has since sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country over the past t…

Buhari’s daughter uses Presidential jet for personal engagement

A debate has been raging on social media following the decision of the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to allow his daughter, Hanan Buhari, to use the Presidential jet. This is despite complaints by Nigerians that the budget of N8.5bn for the Presidential jets in the 2020 budget is too high. Hanan, according to Daily Nigerian, was conveyed by the Presidential jet to attend the Durbar in Bauchi on Thursday.