Interstate Movement May Resume On June 21- The personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad has dropped a hint that interstate movement may resume on June 21.
The presidential aide dropped the hint in a post via his Twitter account on Thursday, 4th June where he quoted Dr. Sani Aliyu, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
8 Policemen Killed As ‘Robbers’ Raid Kogi Police Station, Bank – No fewer than 9 persons, including eight policemen were shot dead at Isanlu, Kogi state, in a robbery attack at a branch of first generation bank in the town.
Among those who were killed was the divisional police officer (DPO), two policewomen, and four other police officers.
Buhari Approves Nomination Of Ngozi Iweala As WTO DG – Former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, has passed the test of competence as President Muhammadu Buhari declared her fit for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The development was confirmed on Thursday, Jun 4 in a tweet by President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.
Sanwo-Olu Reveals When Mosques, Churches Will Reopen In Lagos – Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has revealed that from June 19 religious centres will be allowed to open in the state.
The Lagos State governor made this known on Thursday during his daily briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Government House, Marina.
Federal Government Paid N168b Subsidy To Oil Marketers – NLC President – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for allegedly paying over one hundred billion Naira as fuel subsidy.
Naija News learnt the new revelation was given by NLC President Ayuba Wabba who stated this on Wednesday during a meeting with House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
House Of Reps Reject Castration As Punishment For Rapists – The increase in the number of rape reported cases in Nigeria has raised the call for a review in our law and orders.
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists.
Nations must uphold human dignity as virus impacts migrants, refugees: UN Chief – Refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants are among the hardest hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, UN chief Antonio Guterres said, calling on nations to uphold human dignity and respect human rights as travel restrictions and border controls are implemented by governments to control the spread of the virus.
During his new policy brief “Covid-19 and People on the Move”, Secretary General Guterres said Covid-19 continues to devastate lives and livelihoods around the globe — hitting the most vulnerable the hardest.
“This is particularly true for millions of people on the move — such as refugees and internally displaced persons who are forced to flee their homes from violence or disaster, or migrants in precarious situations,” he said. Guterres said the migrants and those displaced face three crises rolled into one — health, socioeconomic and protection crisis. He, however, noted that the Covid-19 crisis is an “opportunity to re-imagine human mobility.”
He stressed that the international community “must uphold human dignity in the face of the pandemic and learn from the handful of countries that have shown how to implement travel restrictions and border controls while fully respecting human rights and international refugee protection principles.” The UN Chief said Covid-19 is at first a health crisis and people on the move can be exposed to the virus in crowded conditions.
UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine – The British Government is hosting a vaccine summit Thursday, hoping to raise billions of dollars to immunise children in developing countries and to discuss how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly.
The event is a pledging conference for the vaccines alliance GAVI, which says the funds will be used to vaccinate about 300 million children in dozens of countries against diseases like malaria, pneumonia and HPV.
GAVI is also expected to start a new “advance market commitment” mechanism that it hopes will enable developing countries to get any effective Covid-19 vaccine when available. The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have urged that “a people’s vaccine” be developed that would be freely available to everyone, calling it a “moral imperative.”
2nd Chinese city orders mass testing after Wuhan – A Chinese city close to the Russian border has ordered the Covid-19 tests for all 2.8 million residents, becoming the second city in the country after Wuhan, the first virus epicentre, conducted mass testing of its entire population, state-media reported on Thursday.
According to the China’s National Health Commission (NHC), one imported case was reported in Guangdong Province on Wednesday.
Also, four new asymptomatic cases were reported in the country. In all, 326 asymptomatic cases, including 245 in Wuhan were under quarantine, it said.
As of Wednesday, the overall confirmed cases in the country reached 83,022.
Among the total, 69 patients were still being treated, 78,319 had been discharged after recovery, and 4,634 people died of the disease, the report said.
Meanwhile, Mudanjiang city in China’s Heilongjiang province bordering Russia has ordered the coronavirus tests for its 2.8 million people, official media here reported.
Study: US braces for big wave of mental illnesses post-Covid – There has been a massive increase in psychological distress among adults in the US during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Young adults aged 18-29 years, adults across ages in low-income households and Hispanics across ages have expressed the highest psychological distress, according to a new survey by Johns Hopkins University.
The survey by researchers at the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University found more than threefold increase in the percentage of US adults who reported symptoms of psychological distress – from 3.9 per cent in 2018 to 13.6 per cent in April 2020.
The percentage of US adults aged 18-29 years who reported psychological distress increased from 3.7 per cent in 2018 to 24 per cent in 2020.
HCQ may not prevent Covid-19 illness if exposed to virus: Study – The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine may not prevent Covid-19 illness or stop novel coronavirus infection when used as preventive medicine within four days after exposure to the virus, according to a study.
Scientists, including those from the McGill University in Canada, assessed whether the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can prevent symptomatic infection after
exposure to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is unknown.
In the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers conducted a randomised placebo-controlled trial across the US and parts of Canada testing HCQ as a preventive medicine, or prophylactic, following potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
“We enrolled adults who had household or occupational exposure to someone with confirmed Covid-19
at a distance of less than 6 feet (ft) for more than 10 minutes while wearing neither a face mask nor an eye shield (high-risk exposure), or while wearing a face mask but no eye shield (moderate-risk exposure),” the scientists wrote
in the study.
Almost 90 per cent of the participants (719 of 821), according to the study, reported a high-risk exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 contact. The researchers then randomly assigned the 821 symptomless participants to receive either a placebo (a fake drug), or HCQ within four days after exposure.
According to the study, the drug treatment involved 800 milligrammes (mg) of HCQ given once, followed by 600 mg in six to eight hours, then 600 mg daily for 4 additional days.
Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu to seek compensation from IWF in unsettled dope case – Two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medallist K Sanjita Chanu is set to demand compensation from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for causing her mental harassment as she still awaits the final verdict on her long-running dope case.
Chanu’s case, which has been marred by several anomalies and administrative goof-ups, has been dragging on since she tested positive for anabolic steroid testosterone in November 2017.
“We thought that the case is over because IWF allowed her to participate in competitions. But recently we applied for the Arjuna award and when we approached the Indian federation they said her case is not over yet. She’s not been cleared for doping,” Chanu’s brother and witness at the hearing Bijen Kumar Khumukcham told PTI.
“We had not thought about asking for compensation earlier but now the case has gone on for too long. Compensation is not only monetary, she has suffered so much in these past years,” he said.
Chanu was put under a provisional suspension for nine months from May 15, 2018 to January 22, 2019 following which she was permitted to compete in tournaments.
However, she still hasn’t been officially cleared as the final decision from the IWF panel is pending.
Chanu, who won gold at the 2014 and 2018 CWGs, decided to seek compensation after she was deemed ineligible for Arjuna awards, which cannot be given to dope-tainted athletes.
“We are gathering information to go about it as soon as we figure it, we will go ahead. We will also go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” he added.
According to Chanu, the delay has robbed her of the opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and tarnished her reputation apart from causing her mental stress. She has also had to bear huge legal costs.
In e-mails addressed to IWF’s Legal Counsel Lilla Sagi and acting president Ursula Papandrea dated May 13 and 21 respectively, Sanjita said the international body has failed in providing an unbiased, truthful and timely result.
“… due to ambiguity of the result, and the total failure of the IWF in giving an unbiased truthful and timely result I am living with an uncertain course of future and missing opportunities, say to be nominated for a prestigious award in my country to name a few,” Chanu wrote.
“The delay has made me miss two major international events (Asian Games 2018 and World Championship 2018), spoilt my chance of Olympic qualifiers. Further, the delay amounts to the mental harassment and tarnishes reputation of an athlete,” she said.
“She hasn’t been cleared so even though she can participate in events, they can at any time say she has tested positive, This is injustice,” Bijen added.
There have been several discrepancies in Chanu’s case.
While sending the dope notification, the IWF had mentioned her sample code 1599000 as the one collected in 2017 but it was 1599176 in the result section. The world body has admitted to committing this administrative mistake.
The result was then sent to a wrong e-mail address as the Doping Control Officer noted the incorrect ID while filling the form.
The documents presented during the hearing also show that USADA sent notifications to the IWLF, WADA and the IWF in January informing about Chanu’s positive result. However, she was not informed by any of them with the IWLF claiming it received no communication.
This meant the Manipuri weightlifter participated in the 2018 CWG, where she finished top of the podium, despite testing positive.
In her letter addressed to WADA Chanu also claimed that “one day before I was informed of the suspension order, a letter was sent to IWF using my forged signature by Indian Weightlifting Federation. The Indian Federation even sent e-mails to IWF without my knowledge, using my Gmail account.”
On receiving the provisional suspension, Chanu got her B sample tested which returned positive.
But there were concerns about this result, too. At first, she was told it would be analysed on June 6 but the procedure took place on August 28.
In addition, the laboratory which took Chanu’s samples, had its accreditation partially suspended recently for a month by WADA.
“The lab at USADA that collected her sample was recently suspended for not following rules and regulations,” Bijen said.
“They have to give a genuine reason why they are delaying the decision. It’s been almost two and a half years and connecting all this, we can easily come to the conclusion that she was wrongfully blamed,” he added.
ICC should wait for a suitable time to host T20 World Cup: Akram – Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram cannot visualise a T20 World Cup happening behind closed doors and believes the ICC should wait for a “suitable time” to host the big-ticket event after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
There is speculation that the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November will be postponed due to the travel restrictions in place for the coronavirus outbreak.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I mean, how could you have a cricket World Cup without spectators,” Akram told ‘The News’ on Thursday.
“A World Cup is all about big crowds, spectators coming from all parts of the globe to support their teams. It’s all about atmosphere and you cannot get it behind closed doors,” he said.
On May 28, the ICC had deferred a decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup till June 10 as it continued exploring contingency plans amid the raging pandemic that has derailed calendars worldwide.
“So I believe that they (ICC) should wait for a more suitable time and once this pandemic subsides and restrictions are eased then we can have a proper World Cup,” he said.
The ICC Cricket Committee has recently recommended a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball but allowed sweat as an interim measure to counter the coronavirus threat. It also did not allow use of artificial substances.
Akram said allowing sweat is not enough and ICC will have to find a “quick fix” to the problem.
“I’m sure fast bowlers won’t like it if they are stopped from using saliva to shine the ball. They are allowing sweat but I can say for sure that it isn’t the same,” he said.
“You shine the ball with saliva and sweat is just something of an add-on, a top-up. Too much use of sweat will leave the cricket ball too wet,” he added.
“I believe that they will need to find a reasonable solution. But I would say that they will need to find a quick fix to this problem.”
Calls have been growing for an alternative to saliva from former and current cricketers including lead India pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Sri Lanka bowlers have also said that they prefer saliva over sweat to shine the ball following their first training session post lockdown.
Malinga is world’s best yorker bowler: Bumrah – India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah has described Lasith Malinga as the “best yorker bowler in the world” and said the veteran Sri Lankan has used his mastery over the delivery for a very long period of time in international cricket.
“Malinga is the best yorker bowler in the world and he used it for such a long period. Of time to the best of his advantage,” Bumrah was quoted as saying in a tweet by his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.
FOR MORE INFO: WWW.WAFFITV.COM, INFO@WAFFITV.COM, +2347068286500, DOWNLOAD WAFFI TV APP FROM GOOGLE PLAYSTORE AND WATCH US LIVE