NEMA Donates Food Items to Benue IDPs

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About 50 trucks worth of food items donated by the National Emergency Management Agency,  NEMA have been distributed to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Benue State,  North Central Nigeria.

Flagging off the distribution, the Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Emmanuel Shior said the food items comprised Maize, Millet and Garri.

Mr. Shior insists that the food items were to be distributed equally to the remaining six official and 22 unofficial IDPs camps in Guma, Logo and Makurdi Local Government Areas of the State.

“We have six official camps and about 22 unofficial Camps. The unofficial camps comprise IDPs within our host communities.

“The food items comprise over 50 trucks of Maize, Millet and Garri that NEMA supplied to Benue SEMA since first week of December, 2018”.


Mr. Shior explained that SEMA took the steps to distribute the items after several attempts to draw the attention of NEMA headquarters and it’s zonal office in Jos failed.

The Executive Secretary says “given the major challenge the IDPs are facing, the State Governor, Samuel Ortom has directed the commencement of distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs”.

He added that it also became expedient for government to flag off the distribution as the food items were at the mercy of rodents and damage due to bad weather.

The distribution of the food items was witnessed by the officials of the sustainable development goals, NEPAD as well as Civil Society Organizations and the media.


Lagos Water Corporation rolls out new payment channels

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Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) says it has rolled out new and easy payment channels of water bills that customers could access from the comfort of their homes.

LWC Managing Director, Muminu Badmus, said in a statement that Lagos residents could now pay water bills on mobile money operators through Firstmonie, Paga and PocketMoni.

“This means that water customers have varieties of payment channels and can make payments at the comforts of their homes, particularly, this period of lockdown in the State.

According to him, the corporation had earlier introduced some payment channels for easy business transaction and bills payments.

“These channels include payment through any bank’s branch across Lagos State .

“Customers can pay using Paydirect or Pay at any bank in Nigeria, through ATM machines,” Badmus explained in the statement.

 

COVID-19: Elton John launches $1mn fund for HIV sufferers

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British music legend Elton John has launched a $ 1 Million coronavirus fund to support HIV sufferers.

Through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the “Candle In the Wind” icon expressed his readiness to support HIV sufferers that might be infected by the deadly virus that has affected over 1 million people and killed nearly 30,000 people worldwide in three months.

For almost 30 years my foundation has prioritized the most vulnerable people to HIV, to end the AIDS epidemic and we’re committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis too,” he said.

Our new COVID-19 emergency fund will help frontline partners to prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalised communities.”

We’re with you, we’re thinking of you, we will not leave anyone behind,” he added.

This initiative comes few days after Sir Elton John organized  coronavirus relief concert called the iHeart Living Room Concert for America that attracted several celebrities.

A total of $8 million was raised in that concert to support the fight against coronavirus in the United States.

 

There is no correlation between 5G and COVID19 – NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says there is no correlation between 5G Technology and COVID-19.

The Commission while reacting to concerns on the health implications of 5G services said Nigeria doesn’t have 5G services yet.

The Director, Public Affairs, NCC,  Dr. Henry Nkemadu said “In  view of the recent development in which misleading materials with no proven evidence being circulated to link Coronavirus or COVID-19 with 5G Technology,  it has become imperative for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to provide the following clarifications;

Firstly, there is no correlation between 5G Technology and COVID-19. 5G is an advancement on today’s 4G technology designed to transform the world positively.

Secondly, there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria at the moment. The NCC back in November 2019 approved trial test for 5G for a period of three (3) months and that the trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned.

The trial among others was to study and observe  any health or security challenges the 5G network might present. Relevant stakeholders including members of the security agencies were invited to participate during the trial.

The NCC will continue to maintain its policy of technology neutrality and will continue to encourage Service providers to deploy the best technology that will meet the needs of the society in a secured and friendly manner. ”

The Commission also answered some Frequently Asked Questions :

1. What is 5G ?

Ans: 5G is a fifth generation of mobile technology which is an improvement of today’s 4G technology with enhanced capabilities. 5G technology provides the platform for new and emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data to improve the way we live and work.

2. Do we have 5G network in Nigeria now?

Ans:  No there is no 5G network in Nigeria at the moment.  What we had was a trial test for 3 months which has since been concluded.

3. When are we expecting  5G in Nigeria?

Ans. No exact time frame but when conditions are right and all doubts are cleared.

4. Do we have spectrum for 5G in Nigeria?

Ans. Yes, particularly the millimetre wave spectrum from 24GHz and above are available.

5. Have we given out 5G spectrum to operators?

Ans. No. It will be auctioned at the appropriate time.

6. Are there 5G deployment around the world?

Ans. Yes, in countries like South Korea,  China,  USA,  Germany and others since middle 2019.

7. Is the Radiation from 5G different from those of 2G, 3G and 4G?

Ans. No, they all belong to the same class of Non-ionizing Radiation.

8.  Who is going to Allocate spectrum for 5G in Nigeria?

Ans. The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) Chaired by the Hon Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has the responsibility for allocating bulk spectrum for various services.

9. Should I be concerned about 5G technology?

Ans. No, nothing to worry about. Safety and human health are top priority in the design and deployment of 5G.

10. What are the benefits of 5G ?

Ans. 5G technology will transform the world by connecting everything with everybody.  It will create millions of jobs,  it will add billions of dollars to the economy (GDP) and can solve some of our problems such as insecurity and improve governance and efficiency in the society.

11. Is 5G causing CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19?

Ans. No, there is no link what so ever between 5G and CORONAVIRUS or COVID-19.

12.  Should I ignore all the negative narratives I am hearing about 5G ?

Ans. No,  but rely on information from world Standards making bodies such as WHO, ITU, IEEE and industry experts for advice when in doubt.

13. Is there Standard limit set for Radiation from mobile devices?

Ans. Yes,  there is Radiation emission limits set by the International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) below which the radiation is considered safe for humans.

14. Are the mobile network operators in Nigeria conforming to the Radiation emissions limits  ?

Ans. Yes,  the NCC has been regularly conducting measurements of Radiation emissions from Base stations across the country and they are all well below the set limits.

15.  Is 5G same as Fibre cable?

Ans. No, fibre cable is a terrestrial technology for broadband that existed for decades while 5G is a new mobile technology for enhanced quality of service as explained in Q1 above.

16.  Are there other sources of Radiation apart from mobile Base stations ?

Ans. Yes, there are other sources of Radiation which include television stations,  radio broadcasts stations,  wifi and so on. They all belong to the class of Radiation considered to be safe for humans when operated below the set limits.

17.  Who owns 5G ?

Ans. 5G is not owned by anybody but collection of technologies, Standards and processes agreed at the international level by Standards making bodies.

18. Has NCC issued licenses for 5G in Nigeria  ?

Ans. No,  NCC has not issued any licence for 5G in Nigeria. NCC is  technology neutral as such we don’t license technology but assigns spectrum to operators for deployment of any service when allocated by NFMC.

19. Why are some operators rolling out fibre during the lockdown period?

Ans. As a result of the lockdown, the amount of voice and data usage has increased by huge amounts and there is need to expand the network to provide optimum quality of service to users sitting at home. Telecom is also critical for information dissemination during the lockdown.

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AY-LIVE Easter show 2020 might go online

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For most lovers of Nigerian comedy, Easter Sunday is a period to savour.

That’s because several comedy shows normally hit Cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Benin, Warri, Jos.

One of such shows is AY-LIVE Easter Sunday show.

But with COVID-19 rolling back all activities in the entertainment industry, the show might not hold.

Or will it?

Well, the show host himself Ayo Makun (AY) says he is exploring hosting this year’s show online.

Had a good time sharing experiences with Ubi Franklin and catching up with some of my followers.

“Another reason why we should do an online edition of ay live on Easter Sunday with a good number of your favourite comedians. let’s see how we can bring laughter and support to those in need during this lockdown,” he added.

One week into lock-down, Toke Makinwa says: “It’s boring”

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As Nigerians in Lagos and other Coronavirus-affected states continue to endure the week-long lockdown, media personality Toke Makinwa is finally feeling “the boredom of being indoors.”

Prior to now, Makinwa has engaged herself in making hilarious videos through the app Tik Tok.

Apparently, the On-Air-Personality is not finding being locked in funny anymore.

But authorities in Lagos have hinted that the lock-down might continue.

How is she putting up with it?

Social distancing has me singing hello from the inside, I’m trying not to lose my mind in Adele’s voice, hope you staying safe?,” she said on her Instagram page.

Imaginary relationship

Many of her fans have wondered if she is in a relationship or is getting married soon.

Makinwa has this to say.

My imagination has me dating Drake; Who you dating in your imagination? Not real life oooo but someone you’ll love to go on a date with,” she quipped.

 

Julia Walters ‘hid’ her cancer status from her daughter

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American actress Julia Walters says she hid her cancer status from her daughter Maisie until she went into remission.

Walters said she hid her health challenge because she did not want anyone worried.

The 70-year old actress battled the disease for 18-months; keeping her off the social radar.

I couldn’t bear the thought of everyone worrying, particularly my daughter,’ she told the Daily Telegraph’s magazine.

I told her I needed to have my appendix removed because there was a problem. I couldn’t say the word “cancer” to her.”

Walters went public in February, confirming she had been given the all-clear, 18 months after being diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer.

She is the recipient of four BAFTA TV Awards, two BAFTA Film Awards and has twice been nominated for the Oscars.

COVID-19: Oyo Governor tests negative, resumes work today

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde says he has tested negative for the coronavirus in a second test and promised to resume work on Monday.

Makinde confirmed this on Sunday night through his twitter handle after he received the result of his second test.

The governor had on March 30 through his twitter handle confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor had since gone into isolation after which his second test result on Sunday confirmed him negative for the virus.

 

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Jazy-Z, Meek Mill send 100k masks to Tennessee prisoners

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As a show of support to tackle the COVID-19 virus, music heroes Jay-Z and Meek Mill have sent 100,000 masks to prisoners.

They donated 40,000 masks to Tennessee, 50,000 to Rikers Island and 5,000 to Parchman respectively.

Jay-Z and Meek Mill did this as part of REFORM Alliance, an organisation set up to reform the criminal justice system by changing laws and policies.

They plan to send the same to other inmates, healthcare workers and correctional officers in multiple states.

Thank you to everyone who helped us get 100k masks into prisons. These masks will help protect incarcerated people & correctional staff in Rikers, the Tennessee DOC, and Parchman Prison from COVID19,” REFORM Alliance said in a statement.

This is a team effort. If you can help us get more personal protective equipment into prisons, comment below or DM us. You can also take action by clicking the link in our bio..Let’s save lives today!”

Health experts have warned in the last few weeks that the American prison system risked being compromised with the possible spread of the Coronavirus across correctional facilities.

So far REFORM has donated 50,000 masks to the Rikers Island jail complex with an additional 2,500 going to a Rikers medical facility.

 

Tiger at the Bronx Zoo tests positive for covid-19

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A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in people, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Service Laboratories.

The big cat is thought to be the first tiger infected with the virus, according to the USDA.

The tiger was tested for the virus after several of the zoo’s lions and tigers started showing signs of respiratory illness, according to the USDA. The agency expects all of the cats are expected to recover.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which manages the zoo, identified the tiger as Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger. The zoo said that Nadia, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions, had developed a dry cough. Since the animals must be put under general anesthesia to receive the test, the attending veterinarian decided not to test the other animals, according to the USDA.

A zoo employee is believed to have spread the virus to the big cats, according to the USDA. The WCS said it has now put in place measures to protect cats from the infection at all of its zoos. The zoo has been temporarily closed since March 16 to help slow the spread of the virus.

“We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,” the WCS said in a statement.

“Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert and interactive with their keepers. It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.”

All of the tigers live at the zoo’s ‘Tiger Mountain’ exhibit, although a male Amur tiger living at the exhibit did not show any symptoms, according to the WCS.

The USDA advises that people with COVID-19 should try to keep away from animals, including their pets, while they’re sick, and to wash their hands if they must care for a pet or be around animals. However, there haven’t been any reports of pets contracting COVID-19 in the United States, according to the USDA.

The tiger appears to be the first animal confirmed to have COVID-19 in the United States. The virus is believed to have been first transmitted to humans from an animal, and some animals have been diagnosed with coronavirus abroad.

 

Borno Govt to resettle 28 displaced communities

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The Borno Government on Sunday said it would resettle 28 displaced communities from Lake Alau back to their homes following the return of relative peace.

Gov. Babagana Zulum disclosed this during a working visit to Alau village near Maiduguri.

Zulum said that his trip to the agrarian communities was to explore how irrigation activities can be restored in order to create means of livelihoods for the people, when they fully returned.

” We are purposely here to look into ways we can bring back irrigation activities along the shores of this lake Alau.

“As we know, 28 communities were displaced, and we will look into the possibility of resettling our brothers and sisters.

“The military is very committed, we will liaise with them to ensure sustained security of lives and property.

“We are looking at the possibility to dig trenches to surround all the communities while the government of Borno state with partner with the security to strengthen protection to build their confidence when they returned.

“Military, police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Civilian JTF and the hunters are very important; we will provide logistics to them but most importantly key into their plans to enable people start their social economic life,” Zulum said.

The governor said that resettling of the IDPs became imperative in view of their growing numbers which remain a burden on the government.

“We have a population of over three million people in Maiduguri. Life without food is not possible. We are aware of the challenges following the outbreak of the COVID-19, but we are having a bigger COVID-19, which is hunger.”

Zulum commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing irrigation equipments to the state, adding that the government will also provide more tools like water pumps and fishing equipment.

NAN reports that the governor also inspected Alau Water Pump, Station and Maiduguri water treatment plant to access the level of rehabilitation carried out in the facilities.

Zulum said he was delighted by the quality of work undertaken by the management and staff of the ministry of water resources.

“I am happy with what I have seen here; you have done a very good job. Sustainable, potable water remains critical to our administration,” Zulum said.

 

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