U.S. citizen Michael White sentenced in Iranian Court – Agencies
Michael White, a 46-year old U.S. Navy veteran, was arrested in July 2018 while visiting his Iranian girlfriend, the New York Times has reported.
The arrest, the only known one of a U.S. citizen since President Donald Trump took office, was confirmed by Iran only in January.
On Monday, the prosecutor in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Gholamali Sadeqi, said White had been sentenced, the Fars news agency reported.
He said White had been accused of a security-related charge but did not specify if that was what he had been convicted of.
Iranian officials have never said why he was being held.
Trump withdrew from an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme and re-imposed crippling economic sanctions in 2018.
He warned that in 2017 Tehran would face “new and serious consequences’’ unless all unjustly held U.S. citizens were freed.
White’s sentencing comes days after Iran appointed a new head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric who is a protégé of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The appointment is seen as weakening the political influence of President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate.
Also on Monday, an Iranian court handed a new sentence to renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh which her husband said was 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.
Trump’s ex personal attorney Michael Cohen leaves prison for home due to COVID-19 risk
Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, was released on Thursday from a federal prison into home confinement in New York amid concerns he could be exposed to COVID-19.
Cohen, 53, who once proclaimed he “would take a bullet for the president,” was sentenced in 2018 to a three-year federal prison term following guilty pleas to a number of financial and political crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress, said an NPR report.
Video posted by NBC News showed Cohen walking into his New York apartment wearing a white shirt, a dark blazer, a ball cap and a white mask.
Michael R. Bloomberg Acelera a Luta Contra a Pandemia Global Coronavírus
Alguns dias após Mike Bloomberg terlançado um programa para ajudar os mayors Americanos a melhorar o combate contra o coronavírus, a Bloomberg Philanthropies anunciou hoje medidas adicionais e um fundo para combater a pandemia à escala mundial. A nova iniciativa global de 40 milhões de dólares americanos é para acção imediata de prevenção ou abrandamento da propagação do COVID-19 em países vulneráveis e com rendimentos médio e baixo. Bloomberg Philanthropies fará uma parceria com a Organização de Saúde Vital Strategies para dar resposta aos esforços mundiais, juntamente com a Organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS), para apoiar países e cidades de rendimento baixo na resposta à pandemia COVID-19.
Também foi anunciada hoje a primeira reunião virtual A Iniciativa Local de Resposta ao Coronavírus que se realizará quinta feira, 19 de março ás 13h00 ET. Mais de 180 cidades irão juntar-se a especialistas da Escola de Saúde Pública Johns Hopkins Bloomberg e à Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative para receber as informações mais recentes sobre o vírus e acompanhamento para gerir a pandemia de saúde pública. Mike Bloomberg irá dirigir-se aos dirigentes das cidades participantes e irá enfatizar que a tomada de medidas céleres nas próximas semanas poderá bem ser o modelo de resposta para cidades em todo o mundo, A iniciativa da Bloomberg Philanthropies será prosseguida de uma série de reuniões virtuais que irá prover os líderes das cidades com assistência técnica e formação, e a oportunidade de partilhar práticas inovadoras com outros mayors na linha da frente da crise de saúde pública.
A Bloomberg com base nos seus anos como filantropo que investiu mais de 2,5 bilhões de dólares americanos em iniciativas de saúde pública a nível mundial e na sua experiência em liderar crises de saúde pública enquanto mayor da cidade de Nova Iorque incluindo lançar um plano contra a pandemia da gripe na cidade e liderar a cidade durante o surto de gripe suína em 2009 e o surto da Febre do Nilo Ocidental em 2012.
“Milhões de vidas dependem em obter a resposta adequada ao coronavírus – assim como as comunidades económicas e de saúde social por todo o mundo. Temos de abrandar a transmissão do vírus e minimizar o impacto do surto em todos os países,” referiu Michael R. Bloomberg, Fundador da Bloomberg Philanthropies e com três mandatos enquanto mayor da cidade de Nova Iorque. “Enquanto lançamos esta semana a Iniciativa Local de Resposta ao Coronavírus aqui nos EUA, também estamos a fazer mais esforços para prevenir a sua propagação mundialmente, especialmente em África. Pela minha experiência enquanto mayor da cidade de Nova Iorque sei que proporcionar aos profissionais da saúde pública os meios necessários para proteger as pessoas é essencial para salvar vidas – e para ajudar a atenuar os danos económicos e sociais que podem tornar esta crise ainda mais debilitante para as famílias e comunidades.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies fará parceria com o Dr. Tom Frieden, presidente e CEO da Resolve to Save Lives, uma iniciativa da organização da saúde Vital Strategies, em conjunto com a Organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS), para ajudar os países e cidades com rendimento baixo a responder à pandemia COVID-19. Resolve to Save Lives trabalha com países para impedir 100 milhões de mortes e para tornar o mundo mais seguro de epidemias. Dr. Frieden é também membro sénior no Conselho das Relações Externas para a Saúde Mundial. É ex-director dos Centros para Prevenção e Controlo de Doença nos EUA e antigo comissário do Departamento de Saúde da cidade de Nova Iorque (durante os primeiros dois mandatos do Mayor Bloomberg).
Os 40 milhões de dólares americanos da Iniciativa Global de Resposta ao Coronavírus da Bloomberg Philanthropies irão ser usados por todo o mundo em países com rendimento baixo e médio para financiar equipas de resposta rápida que irão ser mobilizadas para prevenir e detectar infecções; preparar os trabalhadores do sector da saúde que estão na linha da frente na prevenção da infecção e no controlo; desenvolver redes laboratoriais para gerir e transportar amostras para laboratórios centrais para diagnósticos de COVID-19; medir a aceitação e impacto de estratégias de contenção tais como o encerramento de escolas e igrejas e a suspensão de aglomeramentos de pessoas através de pesquisas rápidas através do telemóvel; fornecer apoio nas comunicações tais como campanhas de educação pública; e fornecer conhecimento técnico a organizações de saúde regionais e mundiais. A Iniciativa Global de Resposta ao Coronavírus da Bloomberg Philanthropies irá complementar o financiamento recentemente anunciado da The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation com o objectivo de acelerar a resposta ao COVID-19 em países com rendimento baixo-médio.
A Iniciativa Global de Resposta ao Coronavírus terá uma forte incidência em nações Africanas mas também se estenderá além para suportar os mayors e os governos municipais em todo o mundo que fazem parte da Parceria Cidades Saudáveis, fundada em 2017 pela Bloomberg Philanthropies em parceria com a OMS e a Vital Strategies.
A rede das 70 cidades que fazem parte da Parceria Cidades Saudáveis concentra-se em programar intervenções para reduzir as doenças não transmissíveis (DNT) ou ferimentos resultantes de acidentes rodoviários. Os dados do COVID-19 demonstraram que muitos dos que estão em risco são aqueles que já vivem com DNT graves como doença cardíaca e diabetes, e que os fumadores podem ser potencialmente mais susceptíveis de desenvolver e morrer de COVID-19. Esta nova iniciativa basear-se-á em relações e programas existentes com líderes de cidades globais para fornecer informação actualizada e meios de prevenção e mitigação, incluindo aulas da Iniciativa Global de Resposta ao Coronavírus para os mayors Americanos.
A OMS declarou a COVID-19 uma pandemia a semana passada, evidenciando níveis alarmantes de propagação e gravidade e níveis alarmantes de inacção. Desde 16 de março houve mais de 168,000 casos a nível mundial, com 6,610 mortes declaradas. Mais de 3,400 casos de COVID-19 foram diagnosticados nos Estados Unidos, com 68 mortes declaradas. A situação na Região Africana da OMS – foram confirmados 160 casos e registradas 3 mortes – garantindo urgência, uma estratégia abrangente e recursos cruciais para prevenir infecções e salvar vidas.
“Uma crise global na saúde sem precedentes requer solidariedade global sem precedentes,” referiu Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director Geral da OMS. “Agradeço este apoio da Bloomberg Philanthropies à OMS e o esforço na resposta global, que irá ajudar a prevenir infecções e a salvar vidas.”
“Temos uma janela de tempo para trabalhar em parceria com Ministros da Saúde na África subsariana para proteger a sua população de uma doença que pode matar através de ambas as infecções e interrupção dos serviços de saúde,” referiu Dr. Tom Frieden, Presidente e CEO da Resolve do Save Lives, uma iniciativa da organização da saúde Vital Strategies. “Desde o Ébola à Gripe H1N1, sabemos agora mais do que nunca como minimizar o risco de epidemias, especialmente em países de rendimento baixo- médio. Com o apoio do Mayor Bloomberg, podemos ajudar a mitigar os piores efeitos do coronavírus em África.”
“A declaração de hoje move os nossos esforços na luta coronavírus dos EUA para uma escala mundial. Líderes de cidades ou países quer estejam na América ou em países de rendimento baixo e médio onde fazemos muito do nosso trabalho, precisam de apoio urgente para aumentar a preparação para o seu povo,” referiu Dr. Kelly Henning, que lidera o programa de saúde pública na Bloomberg Philanthropies.
“É fundamental que o vírus esteja sob controlo o mais rápido possível.” “Não há tempo a perder,” disse José Luis Castro, Presidente e CEO da Vital Strategies. “Louvamos o Mayor Bloomberg pela sua liderança Filantrópica em assumir esta crise de saúde pública sem precedentes. Com este apoio, a Vital Strategies e a sua iniciativa Resolve to Save Lives irá fazer tudo o que puder para reforçar os esforços dos países para enfrentar a crise e reforçar os sistemas de saúde.”
Distribuído pela African Media Agency (AMA) em nome do Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Sobre a Bloomberg Philanthropies:
Bloomberg Philanthropies investe em mais de 570 cidades e em mais de 160 países em todo o mundo para garantir vidas melhores e mais longas para o maior número de pessoas. A organização concentra-se em cinco áreas chave para criar mudanças duradouras: as Artes, Educação, Meio ambiente, Inovação do Governo e Saúde Pública. Bloomberg Philanthropies inclui todas as doações de Michael R. Bloomberg, incluindo a sua fundação e a sua filantropia assim como os Associados Bloomberg, uma consultoria gratuita que funciona em cidades em todo o mundo. Em 2019 a Bloomberg Philanthropies distribuiu 3.3 bilhões de dólares americanos. Para mais informações, por favor visite bloomberg.org ou siga-nos no Facebook,Instagram, YouTube e Twitter .
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Michael R. Bloomberg Accelerates Fight Against Global Coronavirus Pandemic
Just days after Mike Bloomberg launched a program to help American mayors improve their coronavirus response, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced additional actions and funding to combat the pandemic on a global scale. The new $40 million global initiative will support immediate action to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries. Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with the global health organization Vital Strategies on global response efforts, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), to support lower income countries and cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also announced today, the first virtual convening of The Coronavirus Local Response Initiative will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 1pm ET. More than 180 cities will join experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative to receive the most up-to-date information on the virus and crisis coaching to manage the public health pandemic. Mike Bloomberg will address the participating city leaders and underscore that their rapid actions over the coming weeks could well set the response model for cities around the world. The Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative will be an ongoing series of virtual convenings that will provide city leaders with technical assistance and coaching, and the chance to share emerging practices with other mayors on the frontlines of the public health crisis.
Bloomberg is building on his years as a philanthropist who has invested more than $2.5 billion in public health initiatives globally, and on his experience leading public health crises as mayor of New York City, including launching a pandemic influenza plan for the city, and leading the city through the swine flu outbreak in 2009 and outbreaks of West Nile virus in 2012.
“Millions of lives depend on getting the coronavirus response right – and so does the economic and social health of communities around the world. We need to slow transmission of the virus and minimize the impact of the outbreak in all countries,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies Founder and three-term mayor of New York City. “As we launch the Coronavirus Local Response Initiative this week here in the U.S., we also are creating a new effort to prevent its spread globally, particularly in Africa. I know from my experience as mayor of New York City that giving public health professionals the tools to protect the public is vital to saving lives – and to help mitigate the kind of economic and social damage that could make this crisis even more debilitating for families and communities.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of global health organization Vital Strategies, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), to help lower-income countries and cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resolve to Save Lives works with countries to prevent 100 million deaths and to make the world safer from epidemics. Dr. Frieden is also senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former commissioner of the New York City Health Department (during Mayor Bloomberg’s first two terms.)
The $40 million Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative will work around the world in low and middle income countries to fund rapid response teams that will be deployed to prevent and detect infection; train frontline healthcare workers in infection prevention and control; develop lab networks to manage and transport specimens to central laboratories for COVID-19 diagnosis; measure acceptance and impact of containment strategies such as school and church closures and cancellation of mass gatherings through rapid mobile phone surveys; provide communications support such as public education campaigns; and provide technical expertise to global and regional health organizations. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative will complement the recently announced funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at accelerating the response to COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries.
The Coronavirus Global Response Initiative will have a strong focus on African nations but will also extend beyond to support the mayors and city governments around the world that are part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities, founded in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with WHO and Vital Strategies.
The 70-city Partnership for Healthy Cities network focuses on implementing interventions to reduce noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) or injuries arising from traffic crashes. COVID-19 data has shown that many of those most at risk are those already living with major NCDs like heart disease and diabetes, and that smokers may potentially be more likely to develop and die from COVID-19. This new initiative will build upon existing relationships and programs with global city leaders to provide up-to-date information and tools for prevention and mitigation, including lessons from The Coronavirus Local Response Initiative for American mayors.
The WHO declared a COVID-19 pandemic last week, signaling alarming levels of spread and severity, and alarming levels of inaction. As of March 16 there were more than 168,000 cases globally, with 6,610 deaths reported. More than 3,400 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the United States, with 68 deaths. The situation in WHO’s African Region-160 confirmed cases and 3 deaths have been reported-warrants urgency, a comprehensive strategy and critical resources to prevent infections and save lives.
“An unprecedented global health crisis demands unprecedented global solidarity,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “I appreciate this support from Bloomberg Philanthropies to WHO and the global response effort, which will help to prevent infections and save lives.”
“We have a window of time to partner with Ministries of Health in sub-Saharan Africa to protect their population from a disease that could kill through both infections and disruption of health services,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies. “From Ebola to H1N1, we now know more than ever how to minimize the risk of epidemics, especially in low- and middle-income countries. With Mayor Bloomberg’s support, we can help mitigate the worst effects of coronavirus in Africa.”
“Today’s announcement moves our coronavirus-fighting efforts from a U.S. to a global stage. City and country leaders, whether they are in America or in low- and middle-income countries where we do much of our work, need urgent support to boost preparedness for their people,” said Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads the public health program at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “It is critical that the virus is brought under control as quickly as possible.”
“There is no time to lose,” said José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies. “We applaud Mayor Bloomberg for his Philanthropies’ leadership in taking on this unprecedented public health crisis. With this support, Vital Strategies and its Resolve to Save Lives initiative will do all that it can to bolster countries’ efforts to address the crisis and strengthen health systems.”
Council inducts 34 veterinary doctors from Michael Okpara varsity
The Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) on Thursday inducted 34 doctors from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) in Abia, to practice their profession within and outside Nigeria.
Dr Josiah Kantiyok, the Acting Registrar of the council, while administering the oath of practice on the inductees, urged them to adhere strictly to the code of the profession and avoid ethical misconduct.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the event, which was the seventh oath-taking ceremony of the College of Veterinary Medicine of the institution for the 2018/2019 graduands, took place at the Sen. Pius Anyim Auditorium in the university.
Kantiyo told the inductees that the VCN licence empowered them to practice as veterinary doctors anywhere in the world.
He, however, warned that the council reserved the power to withdraw the licence in the event of any proven case of abuse or misconduct.
“I urge the inductees to be focused and disciplined,” he said, adding that the two virtues would take them to enviable height in the profession.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Francis Otunta, said that the management attached great importance to the training of veterinary doctors in the institution.
Otunta, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Joy Nwabueze, said that the university supported all the programmes and activities of the college geared toward the advancement of research and learning.
He advised the graduands to put their training in the university into optimal use, in the practice of their profession.
“There are various challenges facing animal health and livestock industry in Nigeria. You will be expected to use your training and skills to find solutions to them,’’ Otunta said.
Earlier in his remark, the Dean of the College, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, said that the college had continued to produce graduates, who had turned out to be job creators instead of job seekers.
Responding on behalf of other inductees, the Best Graduating Student, Dr John Ojiako, attributed his success to God and hard work and thanked the lecturers for seeing them through their studies.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Sam Oditah)
VC tasks students on career devt, as Michael Okpara Varsity matriculates 3,532
The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), on Friday, matriculated a total of 3,532 new students.
Prof. Francis Otunta, the Vice Chancellor of the university, while speaking at the institution’s 27th matriculation ceremony, advised the students to lay solid foundation for successful careers.
He said that 3,212 of the students were being inducted into the university’s full-time undergraduate programmes, 204 for part-time undergraduate programmes and 116 others for post-graduate programmes.
Otunta explained that the shortfall in the number of students given admission was as a result of the delisting of some courses in some colleges in the institution.
According to him, it is in compliance with the directive of the National Universities Commission (NUC) that specialised universities should revert to their core mandate.
He said, “It was for this reason that Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike was constrained not to admit students into management science-based courses.
“Unfortunately, most of the departments affected in the delisting exercise were those that were highly subscribed for by candidates in the admission exercise moderated by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).”
Otunta advised the students not to lose sight of the fact that matriculation was only the beginning of a journey that demanded commitment, dedication and discipline to attain the ultimate goal of graduating with different degrees.
He warned them not to engage in cultism, extortion, examination malpractices, sexual harassment and other anti-social behaviours, saying that the university had zero tolerance for such.
While enjoining the students to be patriotic citizens, he said that the problem of the country had been compounded by those fond of boasting of all kinds of degrees but with no character.
“No country makes progress when such people are in the majority,” the vice chancellor said.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Angolan President Lourenço
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Angolan President João Lourenço in Luanda, Angola. Secretary Pompeo and President Lourenço agreed to broaden and deepen the U.S.-Angola bilateral partnership. The Secretary welcomed continued political and economic reforms undertaken by President Lourenço since taking office in 2017, including improving governance and the business environment, while increasing transparency and combating corruption. The Secretary and the President discussed means of boosting commercial ties, the value of U.S. private sector investment, and opportunities presented by the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. The Secretary also noted the importance of combating trafficking in persons. Secretary Pompeo and President Lourenço agreed to continue collaboration on humanitarian demining. On global issues, the two discussed the role of China in Africa.
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Chairman of Sudan Sovereign Council General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with the Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan on February 2, 2020. The two leaders underscored their shared desire to improve Sudan’s active participation in the region and international communities and their commitment to work towards a stronger, healthier U.S.-Sudan bilateral relationship. Secretary Pompeo thanked General al-Burhan for his leadership in normalizing ties with Israel as a result of General al-Burhan’s recent meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda at the invitation of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
Secretary Pompeo invited General al-Burhan to Washington, D.C. to meet with him later in the year.
Remarks by Ambassador Michael Raynor at Girma Yifrashewa’s “Bridging Cultures” Concert
By Ambassador Michael Raynor
Guests and friends,
It’s a great pleasure to join you for a wonderful night of music. Let me start by saying how pleased and grateful the United States Embassy is to be side-by-side with three wonderful co-sponsors in hosting tonight’s event. Ethiopian Airlines, the Skylight Hotel, and ArtsTV have all been fantastic partners, and this evening wouldn’t have been possible without their support.
And of course, this evening truly wouldn’t be possible without the star of the show, an exceptional pianist and composer and a wonderful friend, Mr. Girma Yifrashewa. Many of you are here tonight because you already know how captivating Girma’s music and performances always are. And if tonight’s your first opportunity to hear Girma play, you’re in for an extraordinary revelation.
What makes Girma such a compelling artist is not only that he’s a virtuoso pianist, but that he puts his virtuosity to the service of blending classical and Ethiopian music, and to building bridges between people through shared and transcendent musical experiences. Girma has performed and promoted Ethiopian and classical music, including his own compositions, throughout the African continent and worldwide, with recent tours to Egypt, Mozambique, South Africa, Italy, Germany, and the United States.
Tonight we’re thrilled that he’s here with all of us, in our shared home of Addis Ababa, to perform a program called “Bridging Cultures.” Girma will not only feature his own compositions this evening, but will generously share the spotlight with an important but somewhat forgotten American composer, whose work is undergoing a bit of a rediscovery thanks, in large part, to Girma.
I’m referring to the mid-19th-century American romantic composer and pianist, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Just like Girma, Gottschalk was a virtuoso musician. And just like Girma, Gottschalk was a composer who, as the title of tonight’s program suggests, “bridged cultures.” By blending classical European musical traditions with Caribbean, Creole, and African-American melodies and rhythms, Gottschalk created music that was groundbreaking during his time, and that remains captivating to this day.
And Gottschalk was, himself, a bridge of cultures: the son of a German Jewish father and a French Creole mother. As such, he was a quintessential American, and his music remains quintessentially American as well. But it’s music that we hope will also resonate with an audience from Ethiopia and around the world, and as you hear Girma play Gottschalk tonight, you’ll hear the extraordinary understanding that exists between performer and composer.
Recently, Girma spent an extended sojourn in the United States, in partnership with the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, recording the works of Gottschalk and helping to introduce him to modern-day audiences. We’re enormously grateful to Girma for his commitment to helping the world rediscover a fascinating American composer: a commitment that embodies the broader partnership and understanding that exists between Ethiopia and the United States, and that exemplifies the power of music to bring people together.
In conjunction with Girma’s project, we were pleased to support the production of a new CD entitled The Banjo, which features Girma performing some of Gottschalk’s most significant compositions. We invite each of you to take a complimentary copy of this wonderful CD home with you, as a memento of tonight’s performance. I’ve talked far too long, particularly given that none of you came here to hear me talk at all, but before I stop, I want to take a brief moment to thank and commend the three young musicians who’ll be kicking off our concert tonight.
Having studied piano myself as a kid, many years ago, I definitely didn’t have either the talent or the courage these young people are about to display. And it’s wonderful that each of their performances will be linked, one way or another, to Girma himself, and I’ll let you look at your programs to figure out how. Thank you all for being here this evening. And sincerest thanks, once again, to Girma and our co-sponsors – Ethiopian Airlines, the Skylight Hotel, and ArtsTV – for the wonderful experience we’re about to have. I wish you all a great evening of musical enjoyment.
ICPC inaugurates anti-corruption vanguard at Michael Otedola College of Education
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has inaugurated the Students Anti-Corruption Vanguard (SAV) at the Michael Otedola College of Education, Noforija in Epe area of Lagos State.
Inaugurating the vanguard, the ICPC Commissioner in Lagos Office, Mr Shintema Binga, urged students of the institution to shun all forms of corruption.
Binga was represented by Mrs Mary Omonoyan, the Principal Superintendent, Education Unit of ICPC, Lagos Zonal Office.
He listed various forms of corruption to include: examination malpractices, lateness to class, writing and submitting tests and examination for your friends and begging for marks from lecturers.
According to him, others are falsification of certificates, reports and records, sex for marks, cyber-crime, cultism, lying, stealing and stealing.
He said the anti-graft agency was partnering an NGO, Youth Alive Foundation (YAF), to fight corruption in higher institutions with a view to eliminating it from the society.
“The ICPC conceptualised the formation of SAV in tertiary institutions to operate as agents of corruption prevention by civil actions.
“Students are critical segment of the society and the commission does not miss any opportunity to train them on how to join the fight against corruption.
“For us to have a nation that we can be proud of, students should be involved in the fight against corruption.
“Youths are mostly affected by the negative effects of corruption, and if left unchecked, will destroy their dreams,” Binga said.
He urged students of the institution to report any incident of corruption, advising them to ensure that information provided was precise and consists of necessary details.
“Educate other people on the danger of corruption and ways to curb it.
“Participate in advocacy campaigns against corruption and elect persons of integrity into positions of leadership,” he said.
In his remarks, Provost of the college, Dr Nosirudeen Onibon, urged students to be actively involved in the fight against corruption.
Onibon, represented by Dr Imam Abayomi, the Chief Librarian of the school, advised students to be sincere in their ways of life.
Miss Opeyemi Jimoh, a 200-Level student of Mathematical and Economic, commended the commission for initiating the programme in the college.
Jimoh, a SAV Volunteer, promised to use the vanguard to improve lives of many students in the institution.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 100 students of the institution joined the anti-corruption vanguard.
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye
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- Oyo PCRC lauds Olukolu, ex-Oyo CP
- 1st LD Writethru: UN chief appeals for urgent funds for Yemen
- NSE: All-Share Index rises further by 0.27%
- 8 fresh cases of Ebola confirmed in DRC- WHO
- I’ll stand by you, Buhari tells AfDB President Adesina
- ICT: MainOne, Group partner to support Cote d’Ivoire fight against COVID-19
- Roundup: Kenyans adopt new greeting habits amid COVID-19 pandemic
- APC has done well for South East, says Igbokwe
- UN warns of looming humanitarian crisis in Somalia
- “G7+” still lacks representation: Russian foreign ministry
- 1,826 new COVID-19 cases detected in Qatar, 60,259 in total
- South Sudan’s minister of East African Affairs dies
- Cyprus mulls bringing forward easing of some coronavirus restrictions
- Saudi Arabia reports 1,869 new COVID-19 cases, tally near 90,000
- COVID-19: Katsina govt. relaxes lockdown
- COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt
- 1st LD: Assailant killed, 3 injured in explosion in downtown Kabul
- Ibadan businessman petitions new Oyo CP over alleged rights infringement
- COVID-19: NDDC donates medical equipment, consumables to A’Ibom govt
- Women protest cultists invasion in Rivers community
- Albania should be ready for second wave of COVID-19: PM
- Demand for labor in Germany continues to fall due to COVID-19 pandemic
- FG says cylinder recirculation model will increase cooking gas usage
- Leader of Mongolia’s ruling party calls for synergy to promote national development, interests
- VC harps on national re-orientation to tackle rape cases
- 1st LD: UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,369 as another 324 patients die
- INEC seeks CSOs’ inputs on new policy to guarantee voters’ safety
- Migrants demand “freedom” at Malta’s Marsa detention center
- Majek Fashek: Sunny Neji expresses sadness
- Bank of America pledges $1bn to address racial, economic inequality
- Pfizer to invest up to $500 m in public drug developers
- UK house prices see largest monthly fall in May since 2009: survey
- GDP: Expert urges FG to prioritise mechanised agriculture, electricity to boost growth
- Tinubu mourns Sen. Muniru Muse
- Iraq’s COVID-19 cases exceed 7,000 as daily increase hits new record
- India launches $6.7 bn plan to boost electronics manufacturing
- Kwara Govt tasks officials on appropriate use of immunisation equipment
- Nasarawa Govt. mulls e -procurement
- Feature: Istanbul’s cafe resorts to well-dressed mannequins to ensure social distancing after reopening
- Adesina: United States jostling for power in Africa, says Diaspora Congress
- Gregory varsity student designs hybrid fuel-less power generator — Official
- Sexual abuse: Ekiti Assembly passes bill for child-victims to access compulsory medical treatment
- Britain announces £160m in humanitarian aid to Yemen
- Latvia confirms commitment to EU Eastern Partnership
- Lufthansa introduces mandatory mouth-nose cover rule
- Malawi plans to reopen schools in July
- 2020 farming season:Institute advises farmers to extend planting of crops
- Television subsidy, not sustainable – FG
- France to sign off on €5bn aid for Renault after jobs pledge
- Lockdown: Gov. Ugwuanyi reopens popular Ogbette main market in Enugu
- Mozambican police urge people to observe preventive measures against COVID-19
- Urgent: UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,369 as another 324 patients die
- Somalia confirms 66 new COVID-19 cases as tally hits 2,089
- Russia reserves right to retaliate for nuclear attacks: Putin’s decree
- UN humanitarian chief asks donors to prevent Yemen from falling off precipice
- Taliban rejects UN report alleging continued ties to al-Qaeda
- Fourth batch of humanitarian medical aid from China arrives in Belarus
- SDP denies dissolution of Ondo State Executive
- UN chief appeals for urgent funds for Yemen
- Scientists use DNA to unravel Dead Sea Scrolls puzzle mystery
- Expedite action to bring Omozuwa’s killers to justice, group tasks Police
- Zambia on right track to tackle COVID-19: official
- France donates protective equipment to Lebanese civil defense for fight against COVID-19
- Ghana’s COVID-19 cases rise to 8, 297
- Kenya confirms 72 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 2,093
- COVID- 19: Kwara has not lifted ban on religious activities –Commissioner
- Climate change: AFAN advises members on improved seeds variety
- Saudi pledges $500m at Yemen donor conference
- Sen. Kalu’s release from prison is rule of law in action — NCDD
- COVID-19: Lagos govt says churches, mosques remain shut
- Council demands in-depth probe of Adamawa communal clash
- Expert tasks organisations on shared value initiative to reduce poverty
- Israel’s Netanyahu calls on settler leaders to support Trump plan
- Ondo 2020: Group endorses Kekemeke for APC governorship primaries
- Swine fever virus kills pigs worth N7 bn in Lagos farm-AFAN
- China to continue supporting Indonesia in its fight against COVID-19: ambassador
- CAS inaugurates accommodation complex for NAF in Imo
- CR -SIEC issues certificate of return to elected chairmen, counsellors in C/River
- Singapore reports 544 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, tally at 35,836
- Linkage Assurance assures meeting recapitalistion requirements, amidst COVID-19 impact
- Japan approves safer, easier saliva test for COVID-19
- Interview: Chinese consumers will benefit domestic, global economic recovery after COVID-19, says renowned UK economist
- Urgent: Explosion rocks downtown Kabul
- New CP assumes office in Gombe
- Morocco announces 37 mln USD aid package for drought-hit farmers
- Tech entrepreneur urges MSMEs to sell people’s needs to stay in business
- Yemeni photojournalist killed by masked gunmen in Aden
- Over 600 civilians killed across South Sudan in Q1: UN
- Iran-Russia ties essential to regional stability: Iranian adviser
- Myanmar reports 4 more COVID-19 cases, 232 in total
- 5 police officers shot, wounded in United States protests
- S. Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 35,000
- Philippine gov’t debt shoot to new high in April 2020
- AfDB President visits Aso Villa, meets Buhari
- FG orders investigation of rape, murder, of UniBen student, Jigawa minor
- Ghana to distribute free face masks to protect students from COVID-19
- S. Africa requires GDP growth above 5 percent to recover business sector
- FG makes next level moves on Ibom Deep Water Port procurement- ICRC DG
- Food security: Lagos vegetable farmers seek access to fertiliser at affordable cost
- Gov. Ortom reassures on Tor Tiv palace
- Man, 25, docked over alleged theft of N1.6m cows in OAU
- COVID-19 cases in Belarus exceed 44,000
- Decoupling with China will come at “significant cost” to United States competitiveness: WSJ
- Ogun Assembly passes 2 bills as Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills scale first reading
- Sanwo-Olu delivers 1,576 new homes, promises affordable mortgages
- Ethiopia receives Chinese donation of 520,000 masks, medical supplies
- FG directs senior officers, workers on essential services to resume work
- Police arraign man, 20, over alleged church break-in, stealing
- France enters second phase in easing of cononavirus restrictions
- Alleged falsehood: Court strikes out suit, discharges Dino Melaye
- Zimbabwe police ban people from traveling into city center to curb spread of COVID-19
- COVID-19: Cititrust donates N1m for provision of PPE
- Aviation stakeholders seek review, sustainability measures as airports reopen June 21
- Namibia’s arts industry continues to be hampered by impact of COVID-19
- Portraits of May 2020
- 596 new COVID19 cases reported in UAE, 35,788 in total
- Environmentalist raises concern about effects of climate change
- 2 Turkish journalists injured in United States police raids on protests
- Namibian gov’t condemns brutal killing of African-American citizen in United States
- Delta Commissioner raises alarm over coronavirus patient
- DG nominee vows to ensure transparency in government procurement process in Nasarawa
- PM orders investigation as Australian news crew assaulted by United States police during protest
- Thiago back in Bayern Munich team training
- Reps urge AFDB Board to stop further harassment of Dr Adesina
- Czech PM faces fresh accusations of conflict of interest
- Indonesian security forces nab rebel for allegedly shooting dead foreigner in Papua
- Cititrust donates N1m to NGO to combat COVID-19
- China details measures to boost rural e-commerce
- All lives matter, EU top diplomat says of United States anti-racism protests
- Kenya launches virtual safari campaign to showcase wildlife globally
- Court orders release of Orji Kalu from prison
- Don seeks national re-orienation to stop incessant rape
- COVID-19 Lockdown: Don seeks total relaxation of economic activities
- COVID-19 death toll in Netherlands rises by 5 to reach 5,967
- Lagos licenses 184 money lenders
- Bierhoff suggests playing next UEFA Nations League as mini-tournament
- Senate confirms 37 nominees for appointment in Federal Character Commission
- Killing of unarmed black man in United States condemned in Africa
- Police nab 4 suspected motorcycle thieves in Anambra
- Nepal sees highest daily spike of COVID-19 cases as total surpasses 2,000
- Britain urges China to step back on Hong Kong security law
- Declare state of emergency on sexual violence, Rights activist urges FG
- Russia to reopen museums, cinemas in mid-July
- Admiral Ekwe lauds Navy for successes in National economy
- Nasarawa Assembly urges Gov. Sule to sack SSG over N248.5m unaccounted funds
- Pests: NIHORT counsels tomato farmers
- Anniversary: Zamfara Govt constructs 14 hospitals for women/children
- COVID-19 disrupts health services for noncommunicable diseases — WHO
- Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,242
- Mumbai, grappling with pandemic, braces for Cyclone Nisarga
- Domestic flight operations resume after 2-month suspension in Bangladesh
- Iran says scientist flying home after release from United States jail
- German Govt. debates huge coronavirus stimulus package
- China’s environment improves amid push for green growth
- China’s Guangzhou to host international anti-epidemic supplies expo
- NGBF, NACCIMA sign MoU on industrial development
- COVID-19: NOA moves sensitisation to Imo communities
- Israeli PM says discussing West Bank annexation plan with United States
- Covid-19: NAWOJ distributes food items to widows in Ondo State
- Spotlight: Silver linings of COVID-19 in Singapore
- Table tennis latest sport in Germany to recommence
- District Head plans skills acquisition centre for subjects
- Senate president advocates stiffer penalty for rape
- Jigawa NOA to deepen awareness campaign for prevention of COVID-19
- Archbishop wants children to be law abiding law
- German police investigate after poisoned drinks found in supermarkets
- UNRWA provides food at refugee camp in Gaza City
- Kano State Fire Service saves 73 lives, N704m goods in 1 month
- China vows consistent financial policy to curb housing speculation — Central Bank