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Heathrow workers threatened with sack if they reject 'voluntary' pay cuts


Britain's Jewish Chronicle to seek liquidation

Britain's Jewish Chronicle, which describes itself as the world's oldest Jewish newspaper, is to seek liquidation, one of the most high profile media casualties of the coronavirus pandemic that has led to a collapse in advertising spend.
Founded in 1841, the title - often known as the JC - said the liquidation was expected to be finalized in the coming two to three weeks and it would make every effort to continue to publish over that time. "Devastating news for us," said Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle. "I won't be saying anything beyond confirming that the paper will be out as usual next week, and we have every intention of avoiding any interruption," Pollard said. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has hammered marketing budgets, forcing media groups around the world to reduce staffing numbers, cut costs and halt publication of some titles. "Despite the heroic efforts of the editorial and production team at the n…

France coronavirus death toll tops 10,000: Live updates


Did Donald Trump ignore dire coronavirus warnings?

President Donald Trump has denied seeing a memo by a senior US official warning of mass casualties and economic devastation from the new coronavirus, months before the pandemic began inflicting thousands of deaths in the United States.  Trump on Tuesday said he had not seen communications sent by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro in late January warning of the serious threat posed by the coronavirus.

"I read about it maybe a day, two days ago," Trump said when asked about the January 30 memo at a news conference. "It was a recommendation that he had, I think he told certain people on the staff, but it didn't matter. I didn't see it." More:The politics of the coronavirus: Taiwan, China and the WHONew York records deadliest day yet during coronavirus outbreakDoctor's Note: Obesity and the coronavirus risk Navarro, a China hawk, sent a memo on January 30 warning the new coronavirus could create a pandemic and urged a travel ban for China, The…

Ecuador ex-president sentenced to eight years for corruption

Former Ecuador President, Rafael Correa, was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison for corruption while in office, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday.
Correa, who was president from 2007 to 2017 but now lives in exile in Belgium, where his wife was born, was one of 18 people convicted of bribery, the office said on Twitter.
Correa, who has always claimed to be a victim of political persecution and accuses his country’s judges of complicity, hit out at the sentence.
I know the process and what the judges say is a LIE. They’ve proved absolutely NOTHING. Pure false testimony without evidence,” he wrote on Twitter.
He was found guilty of accepting funds from private businesses for his 2013 election campaign in return for state contracts.
Amongst the others sentenced on Tuesday was former Vice-President Jorge Glas, who had already been sentenced to six years in prison in a separate case for accepting a bribe from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
The c…

South Africa’s minister who flouted lockdown rules sent on leave

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday placed on special leave a minister seen lunching at a friend’s house in violation of the coronavirus lockdown.
Ramaphosa has ordered a three-week national lockdown to try to brake the virus, which has infected 1,749 people, killing 13 of them, according to an official tally.
But a picture posted on Instagram on Sunday showed Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams having lunch with five other people at the home of a former deputy minister earlier that day.
“President Ramaphosa has placed the Minister on special leave for two months,” the presidency said in a statement.
Ramaphosa has “accepted the minister’s apology for the violation but was unmoved by mitigating factors she tendered,” it said.
“The nation-wide lockdown calls for absolute compliance on the part of all South Africans,” Ramaphosa was quoted as saying.
“None of us -– not least a member of the national executive -– should un…

Coronavirus deaths near 4,000 —Iran

KiIran on Wednesday reported 121 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing its overall number of fatalities to 3,993. In the past 24 hours, 1,997 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected in Iran, state news agency IRNA quoted health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour as saying.
That put the number of confirmed cases at 64,586, he added.

Iran, which announced its first COVID-19 cases on February 19, is by far the worst hit by the pandemic in the Middle East, according to official tolls.

But there has been speculation abroad that the real number of deaths and infections in the country could be higher.
Jahanpour said that while 3,956 patients were in critical condition, those who recovered had reached 29,812.
The spokesman added that Iran had carried out 220,975 COVID-19 tests to date, according to IRNA.
In a bid to halt COVID-19, Iran has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and imposed inter-city travel bans, while refraining from a lockdown.

US briefing: Trump denounces WHO, NY Covid-19 deaths, Wuhan lifts lockdown

A man waves from the first outbound train leaving Hubei province since the lockdown was ended. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock
Good morning, I’m Mattha Busby with today’s essential stories.
First Thing: your new-look US morning briefing Next week this briefing will look a little bit different, and be called First Thing. You don’t need to do anything: it will still contain everything you need to know as you wake up, and be delivered every weekday morning. But now spring is here, we thought it was a good time to freshen it up, and we hope you like the changes as much as we do.
Trump claims WHO has China bias as Covid-19 memos emerge But we will look at ending funding [to the WHO], because ... everything seems to be very biased toward China,’ said Trump at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Donald Trump has been desperately attempting to find a new scapegoat and shift blame from his role in initially downplaying the dangers of Covid-19 as the…

Rwanda Covid-19 Care is Practical

Responsible food distribution with social distancing to assist lower income households in the #COVID19 era! A great example from #Rwanda where community workers also distribute food and other necessities door-to-door.

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BREAKING: Office of the Accountant General of the Federation on fire in Abuja

The Treasury House which is the office of the Accountant General of the Federation in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is currently burning.

Tribune Online gathered that the fire started from around the third floor, razing the building upwards including the Accountant General’s office and most of the important offices.

Firefighters appeared helpless as they complained that they didn’t come with equipment that could reach the top floors where fire is raging.

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Acting US Navy Secretary Tomas Modly resigns – report

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted his resignation a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's crew, according to a US official and a former senior military official.

The Navy and Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment. On Monday, Modly told the crew of the Roosevelt that their former commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, was either "too naive or too stupid" to be in command or that he intentionally leaked a memo to the media, in which Crozier warned about coronavirus spreading aboard the aircraft carrier and urged action to save his sailors. Late Monday night, Modly apologized in a statement for calling Crozier "stupid" in his earlier remarks.  "Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid. I think, and always believed him to be the opposite," Modly said in his statement. "We …

Wuhan Celebrates the End of Its Coronavirus Lockdown After 76 Long Days

(WUHAN, China) — The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world has ended after 11 weeks: Chinese authorities are allowing residents of Wuhan to once again travel in and out of the sprawling city where the pandemic began.
As of just after midnight Wednesday, the city’s 11 million residents are now permitted to leave without special authorization as long as a mandatory smartphone application powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance shows they are healthy and have not been in recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus.
The occasion was marked with a light show on either side of the broad Yangtze river, with skyscrapers and bridges radiating animated images of health workers aiding patients, along with one displaying the words “heroic city,” a title bestowed on Wuhan by president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping. Along the embankments and bridges, citizens wa…

U.S. evacuates 44,000 Americans from 78 countries

The U.S. Department of State has so far repatriated over 44,000 US citizens from 78 countries since January 29.
The update was given on Tuesday amidst the COVID-19 global crises.
Countries that U.S. citizens are being repatriated from are Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea.
Other countries are Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama.
Also on the list are Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Trinida…

Recist China is Chasing Africans Away from their Country

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Coronavirus: China Supplied Inferior Vaccines to UK

The UK government’s new testing chief has admitted that none of the 3.5 million antibody tests ordered from China are fit for widespread use. Professor John Newton, who was appointed by health secretary Matt Hancock to oversee testing, reportedly said the tests were only able to identify immunity in people who had been severely sick with coronavirus. The tests did not pass the evaluation stage, and he was quoted by The Times as saying they were “not good enough to be worth rolling out in very large scale”. Prof Newton, director of public health improvement for Public Health England (PHE) said three “mega labs” for testing NHS staff was his top priority and did not expect university and commercial labs to be able to help. He said: “We are not relying on lots of people coming forward to help us to achieve what’s required and we shouldn’t get too distracted by that.
“There’s a big, big ask at the moment which is quite specific [on testing NHS staff]. So a lot of these companies who…