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Anambra teachers to resume on Monday

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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has directed all workers in the state to resume work on Monday, May 4. The workers were ordered home by the state government about a month ago as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, obtained by our correspondent on Thursday, the workers were asked to be on their duty posts on Monday. The statement included teachers amongst the category of workers that would resume work on Monday but stressed that primary and secondary school pupils in the area would remain at home. The statement read in part, “The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has directed that civil and public servants in the state, including primary and secondary school teachers resume work on Monday, 4th of May, 2020. “Pupils and students should still remain at home and follow Anambra Teaching On Air through ABS radio, ABS TV and ABS online platforms. “All workers in the state, and ind…

France to sell some of nation’s antique furniture to support hospitals

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France is to sell off some of the nation’s antique furniture to support the country’s hard-pressed hospitals. TheMobilier National, the national furniture collection, is drawing up a list of objects in storage that will be auctioned off in September. It is not yet known exactly what will be sold and officials did not respond to requests for details, but French media reported that about 100 objects dating from the 19th century, particularly from the reign of Louis-Philippe I between 1830 and 1848, will be selected. The sale of “declassified” objects from the national collection is not unknown, but it is reportedly rare for such a large number to come on the market at the same time.
The auction, organised to “contribute to the national effort to support hospitals”, will take place on the Journées du Patrimoine (heritage days) on the weekend of 20-21 September. Proceeds will go to the Foundation for Paris Hospitals and French Hospitals, whose president is the first lady, Brigitte Macron…

Iran death toll from coronavirus rises by 71 to 6,028

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The death toll from the outbreak of the new coronavirus increased by 71 in the past 24 to 6,028, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement on state TV on Thursday. The total number of diagnosed cases of the new coronavirus in Iran, one of the Middle Eastern countries hardest hit by the outbreak, has reached 94,640, he said.
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Italy PM says to ease coronavirus lockdown on basis of local conditions

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday he would gradually relax the country's coronavirus lockdown taking into account differences in contagion levels in different parts of the country. In a speech to parliament, Conte said a new stimulus package to support the economy, due to be presented in a few days, would include 15 billion euros ($16.3 billion) for companies and 25 billion directly for payroll workers and the self-employed. The lockdown imposed on March 9 will be gradually rolled back from May 4 and agreed with local authorities "taking account of the regions where the epidemiological situation is less severe," Conte told the lower house of parliament. However, the prime minister warned regions not to ease restrictions unilaterally, without consultations.
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Spain's coronavirus daily death toll falls to lowest tally in six weeks

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The number of fatalities related to the novel coronavirus recorded overnight in Spain fell to 268, the lowest tally in nearly six weeks, the country's health ministry said on Thursday. The overall death toll rose to 24,543 on Thursday up from 24,275 on the previous day, the ministry said. The number of cases registered in the country rose to 213,435 from 212,917 the day before

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16 Repatriated Almagiris Tested Positive

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The Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, announced this on Thursday in a statement. She explained that the cases were Almajiris who returned to the state from Kano, saying their test results returned positive from the samples of 40 people who took the test. This comes hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said 196 new cases were reported across the country. According to a tweet from the health agency, Kaduna confirmed 17 new infections and the total number of cases in Nigeria has risen to 1,728.
Mohammed-Baloni stressed that the high figure of positive cases with travel history from outside Kaduna has confirmed the government’s concern about the danger of infection from neighbouring states. She clarified that one of the 17 cases announced by the NCDC was a repeat test from a COVID-19 patient and the agency has been informed about it. The commissioner noted that health officials were monitoring suspected cases said to have sneaked into the state …

Israeli researchers discover security flaws in online learning platforms

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Anais, a student at the International Bilingual School (EIB), attends her online lessons in her bedroom in Paris as a lockdown is imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread in France, March 20, 2020. (photo credit: REUTERS/GONZALO FUENTES/FILE PHOTO) Security flaws in the most popular online learning platforms could enable users to steal personal information and steal money, Israeli cyber experts have discovered. Security flaws in the most popular online learning platforms could enable users to steal personal information and steal money, Israeli cyber experts have discovered. The findings published by researchers at Tel Aviv-based Check Point Software come as millions of students and employees worldwide turn to online learning management systems (LMS) to conduct virtual classes. The vulnerabilities were identified by researchers in three WordPress plugins - LearnPress, LearnDash and LifterLMS - which are used to turn WordPress websites into effective learni…

Popular Video Vixen Picture Kodak Electrocuted To Death While Charging Her Phone At Clarence Peters’ Studiou

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The Nigerian entertainment industry has reportedly lost one of its brilliant professional dancer and video vixen. According to multiple reports, a popular video vixen known on social media as LD (Love Divine) or Picture Kodak, has passed on. It was gathered that Kodak died at the home of popular videographer, Clarence Peters, in the evening of April 29, 2020. She was reportedly electrocuted while charging her phone at the studio of Clarence Peters. The dancer is said to have been rushed to a hospital within Omole estate where she was pronounced dead. After reports of her demise hit social media, a number of Nigerian celebrities, including the ones she had worked with, took to social media to mourn the great loss.
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Why We Can’t Publish Names Of Beneficiaries Of COVID-19 Palliatives—Minister

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said it was against the norms to publish the names of individuals that benefitted from government interventions to cushion the effects of the national lockdown. we Farouk spoke on during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19, TheCable reports. The minister said it was against “human dignity” to support Nigerians and then make their names public. She maintained that the government had the record of the beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer programme and COVID-19 palliatives in states, local governments and communities. She said, “We were given 70,000 metric tonnes of grains. As of today, we were able to deploy 9,320 metric tonnes of grains to these three affected areas. That is about 334 trucks. Fifty trucks are almost arriving Kano.” The Nigerian Government says it has sent resources to the 36 states to support poor people.  However, many people in difficult s…

US PPP Expansion Bill in Application

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PPP expansion "Should have been here a week ago, but unfortunately, Nancy Pelosi delayed this... So you know, Nancy Pelosi, she won’t lay off the ice cream but she’s just fine with laying off America’s workers and that’s a shame.” — @PressSec calls the PPP delay "unacceptable." 2:01

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on Chit and Chat with Josey (Part 1)

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Breast Milk Studied As Potential Coronavirus Treatment

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Lactating mothers in some areas in the United States of America are signing up for a study that may lead to the discovery of a treatment for COVID-19, Forbes reports. Breast milk has been gathered for study by Dr. Rebecca Powell, assistant professor of medicine at the Division of Infectious Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Below is what Dr. Rebecca Powell had to say about her research; “The hypotheses is generally that there would be antibodies in the milk against COVID-19 because there is some proportion of antibodies in milk that comes from blood,” “We hope that the antibody levels are high and have protective function. This is important for breastfed babies, obviously, Beyond that, if there are high levels of protective antibodies, those antibodies could be purified and used in treatments in severe cases of COVID-19.” She cautions that she’s not talking about people buying breast milk off the Internet and drinking it. “I don’t recommend anyone to buy bodily …

‘I Could Have Died Despite The Security Around Me’ — El-Rufai Tells His COVID-19 Recovery Story HOMENEWS

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru Ahmad el-Rufai, has revealed how he recovered from the deadly Coronavirus, saying he would have died if not for his doctors, his wive, and the Kaduna state Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe. El-Rufai tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, March 28, 2020, but announced three weeks later he had recovered fom the virus after testing negative twice. According to El-Rufai, the disease is no respecter of persons as he got the virus despite the huge security presence around him. He said he had to obey medical instructions, take his drugs while his phones were seized from him. Speaking about his experience in Kaduna on Wednesday, he said to reporters: ‘I could have died if not for my doctors. I followed their instructions strictly and took my medications. My wives collaborated with Dr Hadiza, the Deputy Governor and seized my phones while in isolation. I was only left with an iPad, the device I used to read and go online. “I can’t exactly say how I contracted …

Turkey: Haftar 'aims to create military dictatorship' in Libya

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Turkey has accused Libya's eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar of seeking to "create a military dictatorship" and vowed to "defend" the government in the capital Tripoli. Haftar's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 United Nations-brokered agreement to unite the country - which Haftar termed "a thing of the past" on Monday - showed his true intentions, Turkey's foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. "With this announcement, Haftar has once again demonstrated that he does not seek a political solution to the crisis in Libya, does not support international efforts in this regard ... and aims to create a military dictatorship in the country," the Turkish foreign ministry said. In April 2019, Haftar launched an offensive to wrest control of the capital from the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). On Monday, after his self-styled Libyan National Army was expelled from several western cities, …

How Buhari’s COVID-19 speech leaked ahead of broadcast

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• Presidency tracks suspect
The speech delivered by Muhammadu Buhari on Monday to update the nation on the ravaging coronavirus and the lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease was leaked hours before its broadcast, The Guardian learnt yesterday. The fake version of the address, which found its way onto official platforms of the State House Press Corps and other social media channels, was filled with errors and information different from what was contained in the one read on national television by the president. The development has sparked the anger of presidency officials who have since commenced an investigation to unravel individuals behind the leakage of the draft speech. Specifically, as the president was about delivering his address to the nation at 8:00 p.m., the version laden with errors was already circulating on social media. For instance, in the draft speech, the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was to be lifted on Saturday May 2, 2020. Bu…