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Heat wave: Yobe Govt advises residents

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The Yobe Government has advised residents to adopt safeguard measures against the heat wave (hot season) bei g experienced in the state.

Dr Mohammed Gana, the state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, gave the advice in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Damaturu.

Gana expressed concern over the adverse effect of what he described as the very high temperature and intensive heat in the state.

He therefore advised the public to wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, stay under tree shades and environments with a lot of ventilation where the temperature is low and cool, and cut down on exercise when it is hot.

“If you are not used to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually, and if walking or exercising in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop it.

“Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint,” he added.

Gana also advised residents to drink lot of water and schedule their outdoor activities carefully.

“Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it is coolest.”

He also enjoined parents not to leave children or pets in a hot car.

“Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children and pets are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying,” the commissioner warned.

While advising the public to avoid hot and heavy meals as they add heat to the body, Gana also urged them to stay hydrated by drink more of fluids.

“Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks.

“These actually cause you to lose more body fluid. And also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps,” he said.

He also urged the public, especially during the Ramadan fasting, to restrict activities to early mornings and late evenings when the temperature cools off.

“Drink plenty of fluids after ‘iftar’ (evening meal) and at ‘sahur'(early morning meal) and to take more fruits and vegetables,” the commissioner suggested.

He added that elderly, obsessed and those having background illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and respiratory diseases are advised to be particularly more careful.

Gana also highlighted some manifestations of heat disorders to include hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures, very high body temperature, difficulty in breathing and gasping.

Other disorders according to him are nausea, irritability, dizziness, muscle cramps or weakness, headache, fatigue and thirst.

He however said heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable; though hundreds to thousands of people die every year globally as a result of extreme heat..

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that temperatures in Yobe rises up to 45 and above degrees centigrade, especially within the months of March and May before the onset of the rainy season.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Alleged cheating: Court grants businessman N800,000 bail

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An Upper Area Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Monday, admitted a businessman, Awwal Nasir, to bail in the sum of N800,000 bail for criminal breach of trust, pending report of settlement.

The Judge, Sani Umar, admitted Nasir after he pleaded guilty to the two counts of  breach of trust and cheating preferred against him.

Umar ordered the defendant to produce one reasonable and reliable surety in like sum.

Umar ordered that if the defendant failed to meet the bail conditions, he would  be remanded in police custody.

He adjourned the matter until  July 1, for hearing and report of settlement.

 

Earlier, Nasir said:” I know am owing him and I promise to pay him. I collected the power bike but was not able to pay at the agreed time because I had an accident and was hospitalised for months.

Mr I.A. Aliyu, the Prosecution Counsel, Sadiq Yuguda , told the court that sometime in November 2019,the complainant  sold a Suzuki power bike at the agreed sum of N750,000 to the defendant.

He said that based on the understanding between the two parties the defendant was allowed to test-drive the motorcycle to confirm if it was in good condition at the time of sale.

Aliyu said that the defendant informed the complainant that he had no money to pay but would go home and source for money and come back to pay that same day.

He added that upon the intervention of a mutual friend of both parties, the defendant was allowed to go with the motorcycle without paying the agreed amount.

The prosecution counsel said that the defendant failed to pay the complainant.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Heat wave hits West Bank town of Tubas

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Palestinian children cool off in a pond during a heat wave near the West Bank town of Tubas, May 31, 2020. (Photo by Ayman Nobani/Xinhua)

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Afghan farmer harvests wheat on outskirts of Kunduz city

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A farmer harvests wheat on the outskirts of Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan on May 30, 2020. (Photo by Ajmal Kakar/Xinhua)

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5 vessels laden with fuel, wheat await anchorage at Delta ports – NPA

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says five vessels laden with fuel and Wheat are awaiting anchorage at the Delta Ports.

The NPA made this known in its daily report, Shipping Position, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Warri.

NPA said that the ships were awaiting anchorage at the Escravos, Koko anchorage and the Bennett Island.

It listed the vessels to include: Remi, MT St Ilhaam, MV Shark Island, Ocean Progress and Matrix Pride.

MT St Ilhaam, MV Shark Island, Ocean Progress laden with PMS, Wheat and Gas oil respectively are to discharge inward.

Matrix Pride conveying AGO is to discharge and Remi vessel is awaiting maintenance,” it stated.

It added that three ships laden with PMS and AGO were waiting at the Fair Bouy to discharge inward.

It also said that 17 vessels laden with bitumen, AGO, Containers, Tiles/Float glass among others were being expected at the Delta ports between May 23 and June 6.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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8 men docked for alleged cheating, criminal breach of trust in Abuja

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The Police on Friday, arraigned eight men at a Grade I Area Court in Kubwa for alleged cheating and criminal breach of trust.

The defendants are Abdullahi Lawal 31,  Martins Ameh 51, Alfa Joshua 45,  Abu Ochoche 38, Friday Onoja 35, Adah Olekwu 25, Adams Umar 33 and Edwin Raphael, 40.

The defendants are being tried for alleged criminal breach of trust, cheating, negligent conduct, abetment, dishonest delivery of property and receiving stolen property.

The Prosecutor, John Okpa, told the court that Lawal, a driver at Zeberced Quarry, Kubwa in Abuja, was entrusted with truck loads of stone dust between April and May for delivery at the company’s batching plant at Katampe, Abuja.

Okpa alleged that Lawal and the company’s batching plant security men, Ameh, Joshua, Ochoche, Olekwu and Onoja, however, diverted five of the truck loads of stone dust for sale for their personal gains.

The prosecutor alleged that Umar, who in spite of knowing the said quarry products were stolen, aided and facilitated its sale to Raphael.

He further alleged that Raphael also received the same product knowing it to have been stolen, and added that N50, 000 being proceeds from the illegal transaction was recovered from Lawal, the driver.

He said the offence contravened Sections 313, 196, 325, 317, 349, 346 and 347 of the Penal Code.

The defendants however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The defence counsel, Grace Adegede,  while applying for bail of the defendants, urged the court to grant her request in the most liberal terms.

The Judge, Mr Muhammad Adamu, admitted the defendants to N300, 000 bail each with one reasonable surety in like sum who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

He ordered that the addresses and means of identification of the sureties, be verified by the prosecution counsel and adjourned the case until July 2, for hearing.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Indian researchers attribute mass mortality of bats to heatstroke

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The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) on Friday said the recent sudden mass mortality of bats in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh seems to have been caused due to heatstroke.

Investigations carried out on the samples of the carcases and swabs of the dead mammals have negated coronavirus as the reason behind their sudden deaths.

“Prima-facie it appears the mass mortality of bats has caused due to brain haemorrhage, caused by excessive heat,” IVRI Director R K Singh told Xinhua in a telephonic interview. “The samples have been found COVID-19 negative and further investigation is underway.”

Earlier this week dozens of bats were found dead in the state’s Belghat area of Gorakhpur district, which triggered panic among locals.

According to Singh, no traces of the coronavirus or rabies were found in the dead bats.

“It is internationally accepted that bats have high immunity level and are not affected by any pathogen – virus or bacteria – though they can be carriers of the virus,” he said. “In the samples, we have not found any virus or bacteria load that could be the reason for their deaths.”

Uttar Pradesh earlier this week witnessed a heatwave and the temperature was recorded above 44 degree Celsius in Gorakhpur.

In the neighbouring state of Bihar over 200 carcases of the flying mammals were also found.

The bat deaths have come at a time when India is in the grip of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Farmers harvest wheat in the countryside of Sale, Morocco

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A farmer drives a harvester to harvest wheat in the countryside of Sale, Morocco, on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Chadi/Xinhua)

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Israeli children play in wheat field ahead of Jewish holiday of Shavuot

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An Israeli boy plays in a wheat field ahead of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot in Hafetz Haim, Israel, on May 28, 2020. (JINI via Xinhua)

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Poland to reopen gyms, theaters as over 22,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed

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The Polish government announced on Wednesday further easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions, as the country reported 399 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection over the past 24 hours.

According to the government, starting from Saturday, Poles will no longer have to wear masks outdoors and indoors if the social-distancing rules can be observed. But mask wearing is still required on public transport.

Also starting from Saturday, the limits of customers in shops and restaurants will be lifted, with people still being required to wear mask unless at a restaurant table.

Fitness clubs, cinemas, theaters, and amusement parks, which have remained closed for two months, will be allowed to reopen on June 6, but will have to follow a strict sanitary regime.

Wedding services and family celebrations will be allowed for up to 150 people from June 6 with no face mask requirement.

With 300 to 400 new cases discovered on a daily basis, the curve shows no signs of flattening in Poland. So far, 22,473 people have been infected with the coronavirus and 1,028 patients succumbed to the coronavirus-caused disease.

Silesia, a southern region known for its mining industry, has been hit hardest in the country, with miners especially prone to infection.

JSW, a major coal producer in Poland, has reported nearly 1,700 confirmed cases on its premises alone.

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