China reports the most coronavirus deaths in one day as total surpasses 1,000; US confirms 13th case

China reported its highest daily coronavirus death toll Tuesday, the 103 additional fatalities pushing the total past 1,000 and providing a somber warning that the epidemic was accelerating.

All but two of the 1,018 deaths attributed to the outbreak that emerged in December have taken place in mainland China. The virus is continuing to spread into other countries, with almost 500 of the 43,138 now confirmed cases elsewhere. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reported the 13th case in the U.S.

The 103 deaths broke the daily record set one day earlier, when 97 deaths were reported. A team from the World Health Organization arrived in China this week to lay the groundwork for a larger international team that will aid the Chinese effort while learning traits of the outbreak that could aid global efforts, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

13th US case confirmed

The CDC confirmed the 13th coronavirus case Monday. The case, detected in California, involved a patient under a federal quarantine order at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego after recently returning from Wuhan, China.

Wuhan and Hubei province are where the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the virus was discovered in December 2019.

The CDC said it was conducting a thorough contact investigation of the person who has tested positive to determine whether friends, relatives or others are should be deemed high-risk.

About 800 Americans evacuated from Wuhan remain under quarantine.

World coronavirus summit underway

WHO, which declared a global emergency two weeks ago, on Tuesday convened a two-day global forum to encourage international action and fast track new tests, treatments and vaccines aimed at curtailing the outbreak. The forum, meeting in Geneva with some experts attending remotely, includes scientists, researchers from public health agencies, regulatory experts and bioethicists with expertise in research emergencies.

We want you to know that we stand with you in solidarity and we wish you courage, patience, success and good health in these extremely trying circumstances, Ghebreyesu told participants.

Japan may let elderly exit quarantined cruise ship

The Japanese government is considering a plan to allow the elderly and passengers with chronic illnesses to disembark a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama over coronavirus infection fears. A total of 135 of the 3,700 people aboard have tested positive for the virus.

The government had asked about 3,600 passengers and crew members to stay on board during the two-week isolation period through Feb. 19 in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-causing disease. Many passengers have struggled with their prolonged isolation on the ship. About 80% of the 2,666 passengers are 60 or older, with 215 in their 80s and 11 in their 90s, authorities say.

Masahiro Kami, head of the nonprofit Medical Governance Research Institute, said that elderly people with chronic illnesses could suffer rapid aggravations of their health conditions due to stress if confined to cramped cabins.

They will be susceptible to virus infection and risk their lives, Kami told.

WOMAN ARRANGE FIGHT TO DEATH FOR LOVERS

A mum who organised a ‘medieval duel’ to the death see which of her two lovers would win her hand has been jailed for life.

The 35 year old Asta Juskauskiene, left husband Giedruis Juskauskas for Mantas Kvedaras, after meeting the 25-year-old online following his release from a Lithuanian prison for rape. The care worker ended the relationship with Mr Juskauskas, 42, who continued to provide financial support for their daughter. But both men claimed Juskauskiene as their own and she decided to settle the argument with a fight to the death in a pathway in Stratford, east London. Kvedaras stabbed his love rival 35 times to the body and neck on June 17 last year and then bought Juskauskienea pizza to celebrate.   

Juskauskiene had been warned Kvedaras was dangerous but said: ‘I think I will play until I get into trouble. I probably like the risks, dangers.’ She denied but was convicted of conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice after a five-week trial at Kingston Crown Court. Juskauskiene stood expressionless in the dock as Judge Peter Lodder jailed her for life with a minimum term of 24 years Kvederas was sentenced to life with a minimum off 22 and a half years for murder. Juskauskiene was still in a physical relationship with her ex-husband despite their divorce in December 2018 when her lover Kvedaras flew to stay at her east London home. Both men claimed her as their own so she decided to settle the argument with a fight to the death in an alleyway in Stratford – a duel that she meticulously arranged while at home looking after her children, the youngest of which she shared with Mr Juskauskas. Kvedaras, who admitted murder, stabbed his love rival 35 times to his body, chest and neck on June 17 last year, leaving Mr Juskauskas to bleed to death at the scene

NETHERLANDS, SET TO STRENGHTEN LABOUR MIGRATION LAW, SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH NiDCOM.

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations is working out a scheme to make migration regular and legal with special interest in Information and Communication Technology, ICT and Agriculture.

The General Director, Netherlands Institute of International Relations Monika Sie Dhian Ho disclosed this during a visit to the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission,(NIDCOM) Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa on Thursday in Abuja.

The General Director, said the initiative will encourage young graduates from Nigeria to upscale their skills in ICT and Agriculture while in The Netherlands and return home to impact on the country to create jobs and reduce poverty.

Monika Sie Dhian Ho maintains that with the renewed friendship and verve demonstrated by the NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA COMMISSION led by Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the initiative is sure to attract the attention of the EUROPEAN UNION for strategic engagement.

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, welcomed the Mobility Scheme for young adults (graduates) to sharpen their skills and competences in ICT and Agriculture.

The NIDCOM Chairman stressed on the need to make labour migration regular and legal there by reducing the dangers of irregular migrants losing their lives in the desert and the Mediterranean.

Dabiri-Erewa assured the Netherlands that Nigerians in Diaspora Commission will be working with it to involve Nigerian Community in the Netherlands to tap into the opportunity provided by the Institute.

The Netherlands delegation and the Management of NIDCOM are in good stead to ensure the Mobility Scheme strengthen bilateral ties between Nigeria and The Netherlands, opens new opportunities, friendship and people to people contacts.

Video: 15 dies in Kazakhstan air crash

At least 15 people have died after a passenger jet carrying about 100 people from Almaty in Kazakhstan crashed just after take-off on Friday morning, news agency Kazinform reported.

The Fokker 100 aircraft operated by Kazakh airline Bek Air broke through a concrete wall before hitting a two-storey residential building.

Pictures showed ambulances arriving in the snowy area and rescue teams were trying to retrieve those left inside the severely damaged plane.

Paramedics said many passengers had suffered severe head injuries.

Kazakh authorities published a passenger list showing 93 guests on board and 5 crew members, including eight children.

Some 30 people were injured, with 17 of them believed to be in critical condition, officials said. More than 60 people survived, according to the airport where the crash happened.

Russian news agency TASS reported that no one was inside the building the plane collided with.

The plane was flying from Almaty to Nursultan, Kazakhstan’s capital city, which was formerly known as Astana.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took to Twitter to express his condolences and said he had formed a government commission.

Saturday would be a day of national mourning, Tokayev said, according to Kazinform.

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AU PARTNERS NIDCOM, AS IT HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING NEXT YEAR

 

 
To effectively engage the diaspora at the grassroots level, the 
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has announced plans to hold 
its inaugural Town Hall Meeting for Diaspora Focal Point Officers at 
various states of the federation in 2020.

  Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, the Secretary of the Commission, stated this 
when he received Mr. Macaulay Kanu, Chairman, AU 6th Region Canada 
(AU6RC) and Policy Adviser, Diaspora Affairs, African Union (AU).

Bassi, who received the delegation on behalf of Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa 
Chairman/CEO of the Commission,  said their  coming was timely as many 
projects had been lined up for the coming year.

He attributed the excellent feats of many Nigerians abroad to resources, 
skills and talents, as well as, comporting themselves as good Nigerian 
Ambassadors.

According to him, investing back home through Corporate Social 
Responsibility (CSR) projects, medical missions, donations and 
establishing companies, is paramount to  sustainable growth for the 
nation’s economy,

The NiDCOM Secretary added that within six months of its existence, the 
Commission had successfully held many activities  such as third Badagry 
Door of Return ceremony, second Nigerian Diaspora Investment Summit 
(NDIS), Diaspora Day on July 25, and other interventions.

He said that with the prompting from the Commission, many  Nigerian 
states now mark their own respective Diaspora days.

Bassi said that 16 states in Nigeria have Diaspora Focal Points within 
the offices of their respective Governors, with nine states producing 
two Commissioners, three Special Advisers and four Senior Special 
Assistants on Diaspora.

Earlier, Mr. Macauley Kanu expressed his delight on the establishment of 
the Commission, advised on the importance to understand the AU’s 
framework and align with the Continental plan.

The AU Policy Adviser expressed his wish for Nigeria to be a trail 
blazer in diaspora affairs, as some African countries had  invested 
heavily in diaspora related matters.

He expressed the readiness of AU to facilitate states on the best 
diaspora practices, which ranges from research to support system in 
diaspora mapping.

Kanu urged Nigerians to tap into the Decade of People of African 
Descent, a UN event set up to recognise that people of African descent 
represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and 
protected.

The AU6RC Chairman said a pilot project was kick-started to help women 
and youths, saying that the project was adopted by diasporans in Canada 
to form a consortium to strategise and help create jobs for young 
Africans.

He announced that the project will be launched in every African state, 
with a focus on six interventions, known as TRADES which stands for 
“Technology, Retail, Agronomy, Development and 4Es (Education, 
Entrepreneurship, Employment, Engagement) and Skills Development”, that will help to tackle unemployment and boost youth empowerment in Africa.

UN chief express solidarity to Nigerians over killings, abductions of civilians by insurgents in Borno

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres on Tuesday expressed solidarity with the Federal government and Nigerians following reports of killing and abduction of civilians by insurgents in Borno.

Boko Haram on Sunday, at Burimari village between Monguno and Gajiram, mounted a road block where they attacked their victims.

A similar attack occurred at the Babbangida-Gashua-Damaturu axis when suspected fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) Sunday attempted to infiltrate Damaturu, Yobe State.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, in New York, Guterres called for the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports that civilians have been executed, and others abducted, by an armed group in northern Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.

“He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Nigeria.

“The Secretary-General recalls that attacks by a party to an armed conflict that target civilians, aid workers, and civilian infrastructure violate international humanitarian law.

“Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable.

“International human rights law and international humanitarian law must be fully respected, and all civilians in Nigeria must be protected,” the secretary-general said.

BREAKING: Trump makes history as third American president to be impeached

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump was impeached for abuse of power in a historic vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, setting up a Senate trial on removing him from office after three turbulent years.

By a 230 to 197 vote in the Democratic-majority House, the 45th US president became just the third occupant of the White House in American history to be impeached.

Democrats said they had “no choice” but to formally charge the 73-year-old Republican, whose impeachment along stark party lines places an indelible stain on his record while driving a spike ever deeper into the US political divide.

“What is at risk here is the very idea of America,” said Adam Schiff, the lawmaker who led the impeachment inquiry, ahead of the vote.

Trump will now stand trial in the Senate, where his Republicans hold a solid majority and are expected to exonerate him.

The House vote came four months after a whistleblower blew open the scandal of Trump pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate his potential White House challenger in 2020, the veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

After a marathon 10-hour debate, lawmakers also voted 229-198 to approve the second article of impeachment facing Trump — for obstructing the congressional probe into his Ukraine dealings.

Trump spent the first part of the day holed up at the White House, tweeting in frustration, but on Wednesday night the president was on friendlier territory.

In an extraordinary split screen moment, as the House was casting votes to impeach him, thousands of Trump’s most fervent supporters were cheering him at a rally in Michigan where he railed against a “radical left” he said was “consumed with hatred.”

“The Democrats are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the American voter,” Trump said to boos and cheers.

“They’ve been trying to impeach me from day one. They’ve been trying to impeach me from before I ran,” he said.

“Four more years, four more years,” the crowd chanted back.

Despite testimony from 17 officials that Trump leveraged his office for political gain, the president maintained his innocence throughout the impeachment inquiry — denouncing it as an “attempted coup” and an “assault on America.”

Live updates: White House expects impeachment, press secretary says; Trump calls Pelosi and Schiff ‘corrupt politicians

The White House expects the House to follow through with impeachment, press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Friday, as President Trump lashed out anew at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff.

Amid a spate of tweets, Trump called the two California Democrats leading the inquiry “corrupt politicians” and accused them of trying to take down the Republican Party. Trump’s comments came as a new poll showed the country deeply divided over whether he should be removed from office.

Schiff, meanwhile, is planning to release transcripts as early as next week of closed-door depositions in which witnesses have testified about Trump’s efforts to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

80 Nigerians Repatriate as Anambra Prophet visits Indonesia

Anambra born Prophet Chukwuemeka Odumeje’s recent visit to Indonesia is being scrutinized by the Indonesian government as over alleged “display of wealth at the event”. (praying money in church)

The church programme was reportedly organized by some Nigerians living in Jakarta and it allegedly began with the spraying of money which is said to be part of the Anambra-based Pastor’s style of ministration.

The display of wealth has led to the arrest of Nigerians who are reportedly undocumented migrants without a work permit and valid visa.

Report claims over 80 Nigerians have been deported already with more to come, as Landlords in the country have been asked to report undocumented Nigerians living in their property or lose it all to the Indonesian government.

It was learned that the Indonesian government is wondering how undocumented migrants without valid visas or work permits came about such amount of money.

Remarks Delivered By Chief David Sabo Kente On Behalf of The Chairman of the North-East Development Commission

(Maj. Gen. Paul Tarfa) On the Occasion of The One-Day Round Table Review for the North-East Peace Building Initiative in Nigeria. Organized by Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Abuja.

You may recall that the conflict in Nigeria’s North-East provoked by Book
Haram has resulted in widespread displacement, Violence’s of international humanitarian and human rights law, protection risks and a deepening humanitarian crisis.

The prolonged humanitarian crisis has a devastating impact on food security and nutrition in in Nigeria’s Northeast with millions of people in need of emergency food assistance.

However, as the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east spills over
into the lake Chad region in an astronomical magnitude, food security and
the nutrition situation remains extremely fragile across the northeast,
particularly given the high level of aid dependency.

It’s estimated that up to 3 million people are suffer from critical food
insecurity. Almost a million children aged from 6 months to 5 years are
acutely malnourished, with 440,000 facing severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) .

according to the Borno State government some few weeks ago, the state
warehouses over 40,000 orphans, 57,000 wisdows and about 500,000 displaced persons in the most deplorable conditions.

The devastation on infrastructure is unbelievable, as the united Nations UN
has estimated and infrastructure loss of $9 billion dollars. These terrible
statistics remain a huge national and internal concern despite constructive
engagements and join efforts locally and internationally to stem the tide.