GVE Projects Limited Provides 24/7 Solar Power to NCDC Isolation Centers

GVE Projects Limited an innovative, indigenous renewable energy solution provider in Sub-Saharan Africa, has deployed an 18KVA solution to power an isolation and treatment facility upgraded and furnished by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) at the Enugu State Medical Diagnostics Centre, Nigeria.

GVE also successfully deployed a 12KVA solar system with 30kWh battery storage solution at the Rivers State COVID-19 Isolation Facility located at the Eleme General Hospital, Ogale, Nchia in April.

Funding for the provision of emergency solar power to these health centers was provided by All On’s N180m COVID-19 Solar Relief Fund launched on March 31, 2020. All On, an impact investing firm funded by Shell, released this fund as part of its efforts towards the national response to contain the pandemic.

GVE CEO, Mr. Ifeanyi Orajaka, said, “As a socially responsible organization, we are happy to provide assistance during this national crisis despite the challenges caused by the lockdown. I salute the selflessness of my colleagues who implemented these projects in strict compliance with necessary health and safety guidelines.”

This effort was accomplished in close collaboration with All On, Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), Clean Technology Hub (CTH), and the Rivers and Enugu State governments.

 

GVE Projects Limited Provides 24/7 Solar Power to NCDC Isolation Centers

 

All On CEO, Dr. Wiebe Boer, said, “In line with our mission, these projects further demonstrate our commitment to supporting relief efforts in the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole during these critical times, and we commend GVE for its professional and timely execution”.

Similar sentiments have been shared by other partners.

SDN Programmes Advisor, Chris Newsom, said, “SDN is pleased to play a facilitation role on the Eleme project. Credit goes to GVE and the Ministry of Health, Rivers State, for connecting efficiently to make this happen swiftly.”

The projects could potentially deliver long term, direct impact to the communities.

Founder/CEO of CTH Ms. Ifeoma Malo, said, “The installation at the Enugu isolation center will greatly mitigate the spread of the virus in the state and environs, by providing uninterrupted electricity to help patient management and support healthcare facilities at the center.”

 

GVE Projects Limited Provides 24/7 Solar Power to NCDC Isolation Centers

 

These solar installations will ensure the provision of uninterrupted power supply at the Rivers and Enugu State COVID-19 isolation facilities.

In addition to these on-going projects, GVE is further collaborating with All On to provide complimentary electricity to 21 healthcare facilities in its mini-grid sites located in rural communities across eight states in Nigeria. This on-going intervention will ensure that over 37,000 residents in rural communities enjoy access to affordable healthcare services over the next six months.

 

GVE Projects Limited Provides 24/7 Solar Power to NCDC Isolation Centers

 

To achieve this feat, GVE is collaborating with other partners including IEEE Smart Village, Jinko Solar, Schneider Electric, Ardova Plc (formerly Forte’ Oil), Tranos to deploy emergency solar solutions at other COVID-19 isolation and testing centers across the country.

Administrator, CACOVID Zouera Youssoufou said: We are impressed by the efficiency with which GVE Projects Limited delivered the solar installation at the CACOVID-funded isolation center in Enugu. These partnerships are a demonstration that it takes all sectors working together to curb the spread of this menace.”

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Subscribers lament slow speed as lockdown raises data use

The COVID-19 lockdown is making telecoms operators laugh all the way to the bank as consumers including religious organisations increase their use of services.

An investigation by The Guardian showed that the Federal Government’s declaration of a sit-at-home order resulted in increase in traffic for both data and voice services. This means service providers, especially Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), are set for a boom in revenue.

Specifically, through the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), the country’s Internet gateway, The Guardian learnt that Internet services through the telecoms operators have seen a 15 per cent spike in traffic in the last four weeks.

But while the operators boasted of increased capacity to manage the traffic, a larger percentage of the country’s 186 million subscribers to telephony services have decried persistent drop calls and snail-speed data services.

Nigeria’s Internet speed, according to Speedtest Global Index, has been low and slow in the last six weeks. Against the global download speed of 30.47mbps, Nigeria recorded 15.53mbps. Also, while the world’s upload speed is 10.73mbps, Nigeria had 7.25mbps.

A subscriber to the four operators in the country, Teslim Alimi, buttressed these claims. He complained that the services have really been very bad lately. “At times, especially between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you can’t just explain it…from drop calls to calls not getting connected. The worst, at times, is depletion of data. I remember buying Airtel’s 3GB, which is N2000 for 30 days but the data finished within a week! I just can’t fathom it.”

Another subscriber, Ngozi Opara, queried why her N1000 1.5GB data from MTN disappeared within three days. “This was supposed to be a 24/7, 30 days offering. I think this COVID-19 period has deepened the fraud perpetrated by operators. Something should be done very fast about this by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),” she said.

The subscribers’ complaints confirmed the details by Speedtest Global Index, which claimed that COVID-19 largely impacted the Internet speed of countries negatively. It revealed that Nigeria’s Internet speed depreciated by minus five per cent (-5%) within this period.

But explaining the spike in Internet traffic, the Chief Executive Officer, IXPN, Muhammed Rudman said operators saw an increase of between 10 and 15 per cent in the last few weeks of the sit-at-home.

According to him, the figures fluctuate, with a larger percentage of the spike seen in urban areas. But to him, “the operators, which have benefited the more, are largely the MNOs, which serve end users directly. These are MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9Mobile.”

Rudman said Internet Service Providers (ISPs), especially the Tier 2 operators, which service corporate bodies and enterprises had not seen any rise in Internet traffic “because companies are not currently operating.Their customers are not at work because of the lockdown.
“Some ISPs, like MTN, have direct end user customers.Ofcourse, they have enterprises they service as well, but they concentrate more on the end users. Others like Spectranet, Internet Solutions, which deal with corporate bodies, are the ones experiencing lull in traffic. For some of them, traffic has dropped. But for those dealing with end users, the traffic has been rising. The 15 per cent is the aggregate increase in traffic monitored by IXPN in the last few weeks.”

He said the spike in traffic would definitely translate to revenue increase for operators because people want to keep their lines of communication active, even if they cannot meet face to face.

While other MNOs shied away from disclosing individual spike in the traffic seen during the last few weeks, 9Mobile was confident. Responding to The Guardian enquiry, Chineze Amanfo, the Lead, Public Relations, 9Mobile, said the telco’s data traffic grew by about 24 per cent within few weeks of the lockdown.

Amanfo said the lockdown influenced the way customers use telecommunications services.Voice traffic dropped as service-related interactions, and the need to make voice calls reduced to the barest.

“However, increased social media interaction, as well as the Work-From-Home (WFH) phenomenon, has spurred data traffic growth across the country. Our data traffic has grown by about 24 per cent,”Amanfo said.

According to her, the firm understands the role high-quality telecommunications services play in the dissemination of information and staying connected, and “we reassure users of our strong commitment to providing fast and reliable services at this time.

“Our recent efforts in expanding our LTE capability across the country will enable us to provide robust broadband services to keep our customers and Nigerians connected with family and friends. Our network is purposely set up with adequate redundancies and buffers to ensure the seamless continuity of services.”

For Ajay Awasthi, Chief Executive Officer, Spectranet, the telco has a fair mix of enterprise, retail 4G LTE and HomeFiber( FTTx) customers. Though there has been a drop in the traffic from enterprise customers, Awasthi said: “We have seen an upsurge in traffic from retail customers. Overall, the data traffic in the network has increased over 30 per cent.

“While this is a happy situation to be in, the sudden increase in traffic poses a challenge in terms of keeping up with the quality of service. In order to ensure that our customers’ experience is not compromised, Spectranet has acted fast and invested significantly to enhance capacities on the access and backhaul network.”

IXPN boss, Muhammed Rudman, had further said he hoped the traffic would rise as more and more people sustained the momentum. He said this was because more people were now seeing opportunities online, working remotely from home, and getting more entertainment at the same time.

According to him, the surge at 15 per cent is still a bit manageable for the ISPs. “However, with trends projected to rise, most ISPs are putting in place facilities to be able to manage all unanticipated surge of traffic. For example, at the exchange point, we have the entire capacity to accommodate all members even if they want to double their capacity 100 per cent. We have the capability to handle the traffic. I believe ISPs are working on that, too,” Rudman added.

The president, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), OlusolaTeniola, said the increased traffic referred to by IXPN was mostly based on new connections and increased connection bandwidths requested at the local peering interfaces.

According to him, this demonstrates that the traffic management and Quality of Service (QoS) are focus points in the industry’s ability to improve the amount of data originating from high usage of OTT apps and other collaborative tools and adoption of virtual e-learning systems from homes generating the requests and some uploads of content and mostly downloads from heavy data content providers offering video and/or live streaming services.

He said the spike in traffic contributed to an increase of usage on the YouTube platform where most live church or mosque programmes were hosted for viewing. “However, the spikes would occur in a particular period on a particular day. The spike during those periods causes congestion in the networks towards the edge of the network (wherever this is physically located),” he noted.

He said the change in consumer behaviour and the ability of consumers to continue purchasing data would limit the height of any spike and the duration.

Corroborating Teniola’s claims on spike through religious activities, Chief Executive Officer, Family Booster Ministry, Pastor Bisi Adewale, said telecom and technology had helped so much in reaching his members.

Adewale, who gathers singles and married people together every last Sunday of the month, said because of the government’s stand on COVID-19, there was no assembly, “but (we) still meet almost everyday now online through technology.”

He said the situation had turned many people to online ministers. “Pastors, who are not social media compliant suddenly become outdated as they could not reach their members.”

Adewale, who revealed that lots of funds had gone into Internet subscription, disclosed that he made use of platforms like Mixlr.com, Zoom.com, Twitter.com, Facebook.com and Instagram.com.

The Special Adviser to Enugu State Governor on ICT Nnaemeka Ani said the impact of the pandemic had been phenomenal, because it had spurred people to work remotely and move online.

“Working remotely, especially from home, means you cut so many expenses, including fueling, transportation, no eating out, rentals, among others. It is less risky.Looking at Enugu, for example.It might be difficult to project how much government must have saved through remote, virtual operations, but for companies, especially SMEs, I will say about 70 per cent reduction in cost, apart from salary and allowances, which are germane,” Ani said.

On the service challenge, the chairman, Association of Licensed Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, said operators were doing their best at ensuring networks were optimal. He said operators were also deploying more capacity to provide higher headroom to cope with demands.

“By and large and so far so good,we thank the subscribers and we thank government for their continuous support and understanding.We appreciate all subscribers for their patronage and consistency. If there were no subscribers, the telecom sector would not exist. The challenges in the telecom industry are not isolated from the larger industry: the issue of power and security, vandalism, theft, right-of-way hike, over-regulation and multiple taxations.

“The problems we face are like those faced by any other sectors of the economy, and we would continue to assure telecom subscribers that these problems are gradually passing, as we continue to work with all stakeholders for better service quality.

It must be mentioned that we need to work together to protect telecoms infrastructure because that is what other sectors rely on, and by extension the economy as a whole. Telecom is infrastructure of infrastructure,” Adebayo said.

Meanwhile, search giant, Google, is making Google Meet, its premium video-conferencing solution, free for everyone, everywhere. Google explained that starting from early May, anyone with an email address could sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to G Suite’s business and education users. These include features like scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including the expanded tiled view.

Vice president of G Suite, Javier Soltero, said: “With the lines blurred between work and home, Google Meet can offer the polish needed for a work meeting, a tiled view for your online birthday party and the security needed for a video call with your doctor.”

According to him, Google has invested years in making Meet a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools, governments and enterprises around the world, and in recent months has accelerated the release of top-requested features to make it even more helpful.

Source: https://guardian.ng/news/subscribers-lament-slow-speed-as-lockdown-raises-data-use/

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Trump says evidence ties China lab to virus, threatens tariffs

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened China with fresh tariffs as he stepped up his attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus crisis, saying he had seen evidence linking a Wuhan lab to the contagion.

The diatribe from the Republican incumbent came as data showed the United States shed more than 30 million jobs in six weeks, as lockdown measures began to bite across the nation.

The gloom in the world’s largest economy found its parallel across the Atlantic, where experts warned of an unprecedented financial catastrophe in Europe.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has so far killed more than 230,000 people and forced more than half of humanity to live under some kind of lockdown, which has crippled economies.

The virus is believed to have originated late last year in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that sold wild animals for human consumption, but speculation has swirled about a top-secret lab in the ground-zero city.

Asked if he had seen anything giving him a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of the outbreak, Trump replied, “Yes, I have.”

Pressed by reporters at the White House for details on what made him so confident, Trump replied: “I cannot tell you that.”

Trump is increasingly making Beijing’s handling of the outbreak a major issue for his November re-election campaign.

When asked about reports that he could cancel US debt obligations to China, Trump said he could “do it differently” and act in “probably a little bit more of a forthright manner.”

“I could do the same thing but even for more money, just putting on tariffs,” he said.

Despite a truce in the long-running trade war between Washington and Beijing reached in January, tariffs are already in place on two-thirds of trade between the economic powers.

Eurozone gloom
European and US markets finished the day in negative territory, as a spate of figures confirmed fears about how the COVID-19 crisis is pulverizing global growth.

The latest jobless claims by another 3.84 million Americans translate into a jarring conclusion roughly nine percent of the US population has filed for unemployment benefits in six weeks.

In the midwestern US state of Michigan, protesters some of them armed stormed the state capitol building, demanding that the Democratic governor remove strict lockdown rules, which they say hurt the economy and represent governmental overreach.

The depressing US jobs data compounded the tough message from European Central Bank Christine Lagarde.

“The euro area is facing an economic contraction of a magnitude and speed that are unprecedented in peacetime,” she warned.

ECB economists expect output in the 19-nation currency club to shrink by “five to 12 percent” this year, she added.

Eurostat figures showed the eurozone economy was estimated to have shrunk by 3.8 percent in the first quarter.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, “will experience the worst recession in the history of the federal republic” founded in 1949 Economy Minister Peter Altmaier warned, predicting it would shrink by a record 6.3 percent.

Drug trial boosts hopes
The coronavirus virus has infected at least 3.2 million people so far, with Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin becoming the latest high-profile figure to test positive as his country’s caseload surged past 100,000.

But there was some reason for cheer.

American scientists reported positive tests for an improved treatment, and with deaths and infections starting to drop in some hotspots, countries looked at the next phase in their plans to lift crippling lockdown measures.

On Thursday, Germany accelerated plans to start lifting its anti-virus lockdown, preparing to ease curbs on public life and reopen religious institutions, museums and zoos having restarted shopping last week.

A decision on when to reopen schools is to come next week.

“It remains absolutely important that we stay disciplined,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In South Korea, where COVID-19 was detected in mid-February, no new infections were reported for the first time, suggesting its aggressive test-and-trace strategy is working.

South Korea’s death toll is around 250 vastly lower than that of Italy, Britain, Spain and France, which have each recorded at least 24,000 fatalities.

The United States tops the table with nearly 63,000 deaths. It recorded more than 2,000 deaths for the third day running Thursday.

Italy, once the world center of the outbreak, said it was hoping to reopen two major airports next week, but — like Spain — plans a cautious reopening.

“We cannot allow the efforts made to be in vain because of rashness at this delicate stage,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

And British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who himself battled COVID-19, said the country was “past the peak” of its outbreak.

‘Clear-cut effect’
Meanwhile, in the first evidence of successful treatment, a US clinical trial of the drug remdesivir showed that patients recovered about 30 percent faster than those on a placebo.

“The data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery,” said Anthony Fauci, the top epidemiologist in the United States.

But it is a treatment, not the much-sought-after vaccine that might allow a full return to normal life.

More than 130 virus therapies are currently being investigated, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations said Thursday.

Most are still in the early stages of testing, but more than 25 clinical trials have begun, IFPMA director Thomas Cueni said.

Source: https://guardian.ng/news/world/trump-says-evidence-ties-china-lab-to-virus-threatens-tariffs/

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U.S. shuns WHO over COVID-19 health technologies, others

The United States (U.S.) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are still at loggerheads as the U.S. has shunned global health leaders, private sector partners and other stakeholders at the unveiling of Access To COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.

The ACT is a global collaboration to accelerate development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

U.S. President, Donald Trump, was absent as European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, French President, Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, among other world leaders participated in a video conference to announce the plan.

Trump had recently criticised the WHO’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and announced the withdrawal of U.S. funding for the organisation.

The WHO disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic had already affected over 2.4 million people and killed over 160,000 globally, just as it is taking a huge toll on families, societies, health systems and economies and for as long as the virus threatens any country; the world would remain at risk.

It said in a statement that while following existing measures to keep social distance, test and track all contacts of people who have tested positive for the virus, there was an urgent need for innovative COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and treatments.

Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global crisis that has been met with an unprecedented global response.

“Research and development have played a central role and since January, WHO has been working with thousands of researchers all over the world to accelerate and track vaccine development – from developing animal models to clinical trial designs and everything in between.

“We’ve also developed diagnostics that are being used all over the world and we’re coordinating a global trial on the safety and efficacy of four therapeutics against COVID-19.

“The world needs these tools and it needs them fast. Today, the WHO is proud to join many partners in launching Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator or the ACT Accelerator.

“This is a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics for COVID-19. Our shared commitment is to ensure all people have access to all the tools to defeat COVID-19.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) yesterday, presented policy options advisory to defeating coronavirus.

It said it has unveiled a support programme tagged “Save Our Private Health Practitioners Initiative” to raise financial and material support in the form of donations of quality Personal Protective Equipment and infection control consumables) amounting to ₦500 million targeted at assisting private healthcare practitioners to contain and manage COVID-19 outbreak.

President NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile and the Secretary-General, Dr. Olumuyiwa P. Odusote, in a joint statement gave stressed the value of social distancing measures, scaling up testing capacity for COVID-19, deployment of critical care infrastructure, strategic deployment and training of human resources for health in COVID-19 pandemic and protection of healthcare workers.

Source: https://guardian.ng/news/u-s-shuns-who-over-covid-19-health-technologies-others/

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Adelakun explains why Rohr ignores NPFL players

Super Eagles Chief Scout, Tunde Adelakun, has revealed that the Nigeria Professional Football League players (NPFL) are not considered when the senior national team coaches invite players to camp because there is no means to assess their performance regularly online.

He said as one of the Super Eagles assistant coaches, it was difficult for him to monitor players in Nigerian league from his base in the United Kingdom because the games do not have visuals online that his team could critically study before recommending players to Rohr.

He noted that his job, which also includes sourcing for credible talented footballers of Nigerian heritage around the world, has yielded fruits in the past four years he has been working with Rohr.

He disclosed that he has 400 players on his data that are ready to play for the Super Eagles in the nearest future and assured Nigerians that he would always give his best to help develop Nigerian football at all levels.

“Scouting for players overseas is easy for me because there is a special software device I use to track Nigerian foreign-based players’ performance online.

“Any Nigerian player that is doing fine in Europe, if I get his contact and data, I use the device to watch his clips and study his performance. After this process, if I am satisfied, I will recommend to Rohr and he will also assess the player before taking the step to approach the player in his base.

“I have tapes and recordings of so many Nigerian players doing well abroad. But the NPFL is a different mater. The league matches are not online, so it is not easy to use the software to watch a particular player’s performance.

“It is not that there are no good players in the Nigerian domestic league, but there needs to be a process to constantly monitor a player’s performance in his club,” he said.

Adelakun revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has started a process that would help home-based players to play for the national team, adding, “I have started talking to LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko to see how we can fashion out means to ensure the best NPFL players get to compete for shirts with their foreign-based counterparts in the senior national team if eventually, Rohr gets his contract back.

“Some of the players I have discovered over the years include Joe Aribo, Tyronne Ebuehi and others. I  am ready to help raise Nigeria football to the highest level if given more opportunity.”

Source: https://guardian.ng/sport/adelakun-explains-why-rohr-ignores-npfl-players/

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Covid-19: After receiving backlash, Trump claims disinfectant ‘injection’ idea was sarcasm (video)

US President, Donald Trump, has come out to deny ever wanting people to ingest disinfectatnts as a Coronavirus cure after facing backlash on Friday for suggesting cleaning products like disinfectants should be ingested and tested as a coronavirus treatment.
On Thursday, during the White House Coronavirus briefing, Trump turned to address members of his coronavirus task force, who had been discussing a government study that showed sunlight and disinfectant kill the virus outside the body.

“I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute,” Mr Trump said

“One minute! And is there a way we can do something by an injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs . . . so it’d be interesting to check that.”

 

Trump’s comments immediately brought swift criticism and outright rejection by the medical community.

 

Reckitt Benckiser, the UK maker of household cleaning products like Lysol, issued a statement on Friday saying “under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route)”.

 

The Clorox Company issued a similar statement, warning “bleach and other disinfectants are not suitable for consumption or injection under any circumstances”.

 

Joe Biden, Trump’s expected challenger in the November 2020 presidential elections, said in a tweet: “UV light? Injecting disinfectant? Here’s an idea, Mr. President: more tests. Now. And protective equipment for actual medical professionals.”

 

Now Trump has now come out to deny ever saying people should take in disinfectants, saying his comments were all sarcasm.

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” Mr Trump said from the Oval Office on Friday. “[Disinfectant] does kill it, and it would kill it on the hands, and it would make it much better.”

 

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Anthony Joshua will face Tyson Fury at start of 2021 or 2020 if Wilder withdraws – Anthony Joshua’s management says

Anthony Joshua’s management has said that the Heavyweight boxing champion could fight WBC Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury, at the start of 2021 or even end of 2020 if Wilder withdraws from his fight with Fury as fans will not want to see preparatory or ‘tune up’ fights when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

 

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Barry Hearn who owns MatchRoom boxing, the Agency that manages Joshua, said he knows Tyson and Joshua would be in favor of fighting each other as soon as possible as both fighters have a lot to gain from the fight.

 

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According to Hearn, he will do all he can to ensure the all-British undisputed decider occurs between Joshua and Fury immediately the pandemic ends..

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WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua has been ordered to fight Kubrat Pulev next while Fury, the WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Champion, is contractually tied into a third fight with Deontay Wilder, who is complaining of a bicep injury. But Pulev and Wilder could step aside and withdraw if they are paid off.
71-year-old Barry Hearn, who is father to the more popular boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, told Betfred: “Anthony Joshua is probably the easiest boxer I have ever worked with, he literally will fight anybody and he is very keen on unifying the titles and Tyson has the missing belt.

“Tyson is not afraid of anyone, at the same time, and he knows if he beats Joshua he will be an even bigger global figure.

“The good news about this pile-up of global sport events is that there will be competition for airtime when sport returns and people will not pay for tick-over contests.

“I think we have an excellent chance of seeing that fight, I would say 50-50 it is this year and, if it is not this year, then it’s 95-5 for early 2021.”
He added: “I am always confident because it is a bg fight and the demand for it is huge but there are complications, as there always are.

“Does Wilder even fight Fury again? I am hearing that he has a slight injury and cannot train until May, does that bring a delay?

“There is a chance, hypothetically if the sport comes back in September and Wilder isn’t ready or doesn’t want the fight, then I think Josh would drop Pulev and go for Fury, because that is the fight he wants more than anything else.”
Hearn said: “Fury surprised me against Wilder but he always surprises me because I usually look at him and think Joshua beats him comfortably. But then Fury just seems to bring out the unexpected.

“I expected Wilder to connect but I don’t think he is technically good at all, he can just punch and that is always an equaliser.
“But Tyson boxed so well and exposed Wilder so much that he bashed him up and took away his desire.

“If all you have is a punch and that is taken away from you, then you cannot win the fight.

“I thought Tyson boxed out of his skin and good luck to the boy.”

Source: https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2020/4/anthony-joshua-will-face-tyson-fury-at-start-of-2021-or-2020-if-wilder-withdraws-anthony-joshuas-management-says.html

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Private hospitals impose restrictions on all patients

The Guild of Medical Directors (GMD) has declared that all patients who attend any private facility nationwide would be deemed COVID-19 positive until proved otherwise.

The patients will also be required to comply with a protocol, which includes temperature check, compulsory hand washing before consultation, use of hand sanitisers and possible temporary isolation.

The move followed the recent exposure of some medical doctors to the virus by patients, who failed to disclose their true travel history.

This was as the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as at 10:40 a.m., Saturday, April 18, announced 49 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 542, with 19 deaths and 166 persons discharged.

According to the breakdown, Lagos has 306, FCT- 81, Kano- 37, Osun- 20, Oyo- 16, Edo- 15, Ogun- 12, Kwara- 9, Katsina- 9, Bauchi- 6, Kaduna- 6, Akwa Ibom- 6, Delta- 4, Ekiti- 3, Ondo- 3, Enugu- 2, Rivers-2, Niger- 2, Benue- 1, and Anambra- 1.

GMD President Prof. Femi Dokun-Babalola, in a statement, regretted that three members had died, not because they wanted to treat COVID-19 patients as speculated but because they inevitably came across the sick persons.

Dokun-Babalolaalso appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health to assist private hospitals with protective kits, saying the COVID-19 crisis does not mean other illnesses have ceased to exist.

He faulted the Federal Government for allegedly creating the impression that private medical practitioners knowingly treat COVID-19 patients for financial reward.

“The impression that private hospitals in Nigeria are keen to treat patients with COVID-19 infection, perhaps for monetary gain, must be dispelled. Permit me to mention that three of our colleagues have already died. Dr. AliyuYakubu, proprietor of Daura Clinics and Medical Centre in Katsina State, Dr. Dominic Essien of San Dominic Hospital in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and Dr. Emeka Chugbo, a well renowned obstetrician who died recently in Lagos.

“The death of Dr. Chugbo is perhaps illustrative of the dilemma faced by private practitioners in Nigeria. He was an obstetrician who carried out a Cesarean Section on a COVID-19 patient and he had no idea the patient was positive. It is clear he would not have undertaken the operation if he had that knowledge.

“At the same time, the patient in question did not display any signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. To Dr. Chugbo, she was just a pregnant patient in distressed labour. The facts of her infection only became known after the surgery was carried out at which point the infection had been passed to our demised colleague.”

The presidency, meanwhile, has directed all State House correspondents and media office staff that covered the burial of the late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari to keep away from the Presidential Villa.

This was contained in a statement yesterday signed by AttahEsa, a deputy director of information, requesting the reporters to work from home for the next 14 days.
Kyari who was buried on Saturday was the most high-profile Nigerian to die of COVID-19.

The presidency further urged the reporters to be careful and observe the measures recommended for preventing the spread of virus.

The move followed a similar restriction placed on senior presidential aides who attended the burial.

The presidency had in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Abuja, scaled down the number of media organisations permitted to cover its activities.

A statement to that effect had read: “In view of the current restriction in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against gathering of not more than 50 persons at the same time at any venue, as well as to be able to maintain social distancing following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become imperative to drastically review down the presence of the over 100 State House Correspondents who usually rendezvous in the Press Briefing Room in the Presidential Villa during this period since all other departments have scaled down the presence of their staff.”

This came as the president, Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, faulted the loss of confidence in public hospitals by Nigeria’s leaders.

He told The Guardian: “Taking the late Abba Kyari to a private hospital is an indication of their lack of confidence in public healthcare facilities, which have been neglected in terms of infrastructure, capacity building of staff, and maintenance. For some, perhaps it is the penchant to feel different or superior to the masses so as not to be ‘equally yoked.’”

On the failure of attendees at the burial to observe social distancing, Sokomba said: “Sure, many stages and acts during the burial left so much to be desired as far as prevention of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases is concerned.

“Regrettably the uncontrolled crowding has increased exposure of many who attended to COVID-19. It has also encouraged the spread of the disease. We hope the relevant agencies will do a diligent tracking of all exposed persons and quarantine and or isolate them where the criteria are met.”

He said further: “The right step for any individual, family and institution bereaved from COVID-19, Lassa fever and other infectious diseases is to contact the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for advice and guidance on safe burial. The NCDC/ State Epidemiology units are meant to have safe burial teams comprised of well-trained professionals including religious clerics who advise and support safe burial service.

“The entire burial was supposed to have been handled by the team, carrying the family and mourners along in keeping with the protocols/guidelines.”

On what punitive measure NARD might recommend for the violations during the burial, Sokomba said: “It is not in our place as NARD to say so.Ours is to educate on health and best practices as regards prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other health challenges. The Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies know better.”

Source: https://guardian.ng/news/private-hospitals-impose-restrictions-on-all-patients/

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Etuhu, Siasia, others’ match-fixing cases bad for Nigeria’s image, says Udeze

In recent times, Nigerian footballers have been enmeshed in match-fixing and other corruption charges either by the world football-governing body, FIFA or some national associations, a situation that has cast doubts on the integrity of players from the country.

A few years ago, former director general of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), Amos Adamu, was banned from all football related activities by FIFA for allegedly demanding gratification before the votes were cast for the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup competitions.

The incident was followed by the one-year ban of former national team coach, Salisu Yusuf, for accepting to receive £1,000 from undercover reporters to include two players in the team he was preparing for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Former Super Eagles’ Coach, Samson Siasia is still struggling to extricate himself from allegations that he accepted to fix matches while negotiating for a job in Australia. Siasia, who was banned for life by FIFA, is still battling to prove his innocence at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

At the weekend, the news broke of a five-year ban for Super Eagles’ 2010 World Cup star, Dickson Etuhu, who was alleged to have attempted to fix a Swedish league match.

These incidents, according to former Super Eagles’ defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has tainted the image of Nigerian football such that players from the country would now be seen as potential match-fixers.

Udeze told The Guardian at the weekend that the negative effects of these incidents would rub off on other Nigerian players, who would now be major suspects wherever there are indiscretions.

Although he advised Etuhu to fight to clear his name if he was convinced of his innocence in the issue, Udeze added, however, that Nigerian players should be more careful with the people they associate with and things they do.

“It is quite unfortunate that Etuhu has been banned from football by the Swedish football Association. The nation has not recovered from Samson Siasia’s life ban for alleged match fixing and now another stain has been added to the dirt of our sleeves.

“Although Siasia is fighting to be cleared from the scandal, which we pray it turns out positive, my fear now is that these incidents have created room for tight scrutiny of Nigerian players by foreign football bodies.

“Nigerian coaches and football administrators should also be mindful of their associations because all eyes will now be on them.

“It is not good that after 20 years of a footballer’s career, he will be tagged a match fixer. Nigerian players have to fight hard to be good ambassadors of the country anywhere they are engaged in the business of football,” he said.

 

Source: https://guardian.ng/sport/etuhu-siasia-others-match-fixing-cases-bad-for-nigerias-image-says-udeze/

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Police station, customary court, DPO residence burnt down by angry youths after a young man was allegedly killed by a policeman in Abia (photos/videos)

There is reportedly an unrest in Ebem community of Ohafia, Abia State following the killing of a young man identified simply as Friday.

 

Friday was reportedly shot dead on Friday night after some policemen got into a fight with a supermarket owner in the community.

 

An eywitness, Mr. Madu Kalu told The Nation that a Police station, a customary court and a DPO residence were burnt down after the incident denegerated into violence.

 

An eyewitness said;

 

 “It started at Ebem-Ohafia where a supermarket owner at the motor park close to the police station and his boys were off-loading wares from a truck around 6:30pm on Friday .

“The supermarket faces the major road in the town. A police patrolling vehicle was said to have brushed the parked truck. The supermarket owner, one Mr. Moses Aki and elderly man, came outside the store to ask the police patrol team why they wanted to spoil his wares.

“One of the police officers slapped him. The man’s grown up children and workers were annoyed by the assault and accosted the police officers. In the scuffle, a policemen shot and killed a worker. That was what sparked the whole unrest.

“So, the community youths of Ebem-Ohafia and other communities decided to go on peaceful protest. the whole place became restive between Friday night and Saturday morning. It then degenerated into violence today.

“The situation was not helped by the news that two indigenes of Abia State had already lost their lives due to the COVID-19 lockdown. So, far a police patrol, police station and customary court at Ebem-Ohafia were all torched.

“The Ohafia police later got reinforcement from Nkporo Police Station but they were also overwhelmed and had to retreat after the team shot and injured a protester. While fleeing, the police team vehicle fell inside a ditch and it was also torched.”

 

Facebook user, Seamo Kay wrote;

 

Police Station burnt Down.
Police Van burnt Down.
High Court burnt Down.
No Joy………..
To Lose a Lovely Son.
Death of No Reason………..
F-Man RIP.
At EBEM Ohafia

Sars Assumed to Come And Bring Peace Just Shot Someone Else From Elu but Not Confirmed Dead.

OutLaw Town……
Guys Now become Above D Law…….

 

Police station, customary court, DPO residence burnt down by angry youths after a young man was allegedly killed by a policeman in Abia (photos/videos)

Police station, customary court, DPO residence burnt down by angry youths after a young man was allegedly killed by a policeman in Abia (photos/videos)

Police station, customary court, DPO residence burnt down by angry youths after a young man was allegedly killed by a policeman in Abia (photos/videos)

Police station, customary court, DPO residence burnt down by angry youths after a young man was allegedly killed by a policeman in Abia (photos/videos)

Police station, customary court, DPO residence burnt down by angry youths after a young man was allegedly killed by a policeman in Abia (photos/videos)

 

Source: https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2020/4/police-station-customary-court-dpo-residence-burnt-down-by-angry-youths-after-a-young-man-was-allegedly-killed-by-a-policeman-in-abia-photosvideos-2.html

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