The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will not need any interface with its students in teaching and learning by the next 18 years, the Vice Cghancellor, Prof. Prof. Abdalla Adamu, has said.
Adamu told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that by then studies in the university would be totally via online.
He said that all course materials would be provided online by then.
According to him, the future generation known as generation Z
would be then more active online while artificial intelligence would well deployed.
“Looking at today’s situation, many countries, because of coronavirus, have closed down schools and teaching their students online.`
“Online is not something that you can run away from it is something that you embrace.
He said that online studies could be carried out with even mobile phones.
“The phone we use was initially to make calls and send messages, but now it has become a commodity.
”Switch off your phone for 24 hours and tell me how you
will survive; the reason is that it has become more important than food.
”So 18 years from now, we are going to have a generation that is going to be more online,” he said.
He said that as a service provider, NOUN was determined to give out the best, adding “online is where the country is going whether we like it or not, because the prospect is very good.
On alleged malfunctioning of NOUN portal, the vice chancellor said: “We are very sorry that people are complaining about our portal. I apologies if you have challenges, most of which are not the school’s fault.
He blamed the challenges on network issues.
“Before now, the portal was managed by a company, but we got rid of it because we do not believe that our portal should be handled by any other person except ourselves.
He told NAN that NOUN created its own portal and was managing by itself.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ijeoma Popoola
Ghanaian president announces gradual easing of COVID-19 measures to restore socio-economic activities
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced here late Sunday the beginning of a phased easing of the measures instituted in March to combat the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.
The president said in his 10th televised address to the nation on the COVID-19 measures that the gradual easing was expected to bring back the country’s social and economic life.
Akufo-Addo ordered schools to start re-opening from June 15 and called for educational authorities to ensure the appropriate enhanced safety protocols and social distancing adherence.
Restaurants could open with the appropriate safety protocols, he added.
The president also assured that the government would continue to repatriate stranded Ghanaians in other countries and quarantine them on arrival.
As of Monday morning, the West African country has recorded a total of 8,070 confirmed cases with 36 deaths.
Curfew announced in Washington after protests near White House
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Sunday night she was imposing a citywide curfew amid rising tensions between protesters and police outside the White House over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in Minneapolis police custody.
Bowser said in a statement the curfew would last “from 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1.” She had also activated the D.C. National Guard to support the local police.
Sunday marked the third day in a row of protests in the U.S. capital over the death of Floyd. While the clash between protesters and law enforcement officers was less severe than that in other parts of the country, D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham said on Sunday the Metropolitan Police Department still arrested 17 people Saturday night and that 11 police officers were injured during the protests.
Floyd, aged 46, died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” and “please, I can’t breathe.” Chauvin was arrested and charged with three-degree murder and manslaughter earlier on Friday.
Floyd’s plea before his death evoked African Americans‘ painful memories. In 2014, a cellphone recorded an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” when a New York officer held him in a chokehold before his death in police custody. Since then, the plea has become a rallying cry at demonstrations against police misconduct across the country.
La Liga announces fixtures as Spanish season re-start looms large
Organisers La Liga, while announcing this on Sunday, also said Real Madrid will host Eibar on June 14.
The season will however kick back into action with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on June 11.
There will be fixtures for the following seven days, after June 14, with Barca hosting Leganes on June 16 and Real Madrid playing at home to Valencia on June 18.
As in the Bundesliga, all La Liga matches until the end of the season will take place without spectators.
The German competition had earlier in May become the first major European league to start up again after being disrupted by the pandemic.
Barca were leading Real Madrid by two points after 27 matches when the campaign was postponed back in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Organisers have only released scheduling details for the first two rounds of fixtures.
But La Liga chief Javier Tebas confirmed that there will be matches every day of the week until the season is completed on July 19.
Tebas also gave details of a planned tribute to those who have died from the pandemic, whereby fans will be encouraged to make audio recordings of themselves applauding the victims.
It will then be transmitted in the stadium and broadcast on television in the 20th minute of each match.
“Fans make football so special and, as they cannot be in the stadiums, we have created this initiative so they can play a part in the return of the competition and show their support for the heroes of COVID-19,” Tebas said.
“We want them to feel close to their clubs even though they will be in the stadiums making noise. This way, the players will also be able to hear the support of their fans.”
The Spanish top flight is poised to be the second of Europe’s top five leagues to resume after the Bundesliga.
England’s Premier League is re-starting on June 17 and Italy’s Serie A is kicking off again on June 20.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)
New curfews announced throughout Los Angeles area
Los Angeles declared another curfew effective local time 8:00 p.m. Sunday to 5:30 a.m. Monday as the second largest city in the United States braced for another day of unrest and potentially violent protests sparked by death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the order at a press conference Sunday noon after a night of looting and vandalism in the city’s downtown and shopping streets.
Other cities in Southern California, including Santa Ana, Culver City and West Hollywood, which joined Los Angeles in proclaiming an overnight curfew on Saturday, also extended the curfew to local time 5:30 a.m. Monday.
Police continued to arrest people who were looting stores or were on the streets in violation of a city curfew early Sunday morning and hundreds of the members of California National Guard were deployed overnight in Los Angeles downtown to restore the order.
California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County on Saturday night to cope with the unrest, which, with a population of more than 10 million population, is the most populous county in the United States.
The document signed by Newsom attributed the Los Angeles protests to a response to the death of George Floyd.
“On May 25, 2020, George Floyd tragically died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, shortly following his arrest in which an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department kneeled on his neck to detain him during the arrest, and then did not respond to Mr. Floyd‘s requests for help when he stated that he could not breathe,” the document read.
The Consulate General of China in Los Angeles issued a note to Chinese citizens living in the area, reminding them to follow curfew imposed by local authority and skip places where the protests and riots erupted.
Tunisia announces 1 new COVID-19 case
Tunisian Ministry of Health announced on Sunday the detection of one new COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 1,077.
No new case of death has been identified, and the death toll stood at 48 while a total of 960 patients have recovered.
The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case on March 2.
On April 16, China donated a batch of medical aid to Tunisia’s Ministry of National Defense, including facemasks, test kits and medical protective googles.
San Francisco announces curfew for Sunday night after protests
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced on Saturday night a curfew in the city that will last from 8 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday local time with the National Guard on standby.
The measures followed chaos and looting downtown. Stores were damaged and looted in some Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, on Saturday as protests over the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis raged on in the region.
“People are hurting right now. They’re angry. I’m angry. The city and the police will support peaceful protests … We can’t tolerate violence and vandalism. Now is the time to go home,” said Breed in a tweet.
Floyd died shortly after a white police officer used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground by the neck.
The city’s Police Chief Bill Scott said that the police start to see an increased level of violence after nightfall.
“There is destruction, fires, looting downtown around Westfield mall. Some of the essential workers at the 4th/Mission garage were assaulted,” San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney also tweeted.
A Friday night protest in Oakland turned into a riot with dozens of protestors arrested.
Earlier on Saturday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan also announced a city-wide curfew for Saturday and Sunday after protests broke out downtown.
U.S. Seattle announces curfew for weekend after protests
Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan on Saturday announced a city-wide curfew for Satruday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. (2100GMT) to 5:00 a.m. (0900GMT) after protests broke out downtown.
The curfew is intended to prevent violence and widespread property damage, and to prevent the further community spread of COVID-19 through continued gathering in the largest city of Washington state, the announcement said.
According to the announcement, residents and visitors should remain in their residence to the extent possible and should refrain from traveling in and through Seattle during the curfew hours.
“While most of those protests were peaceful, there have been isolated but significant events of violence and destruction. This temporary curfew is intended to preserve the health and safety of our residents by keeping our streets safe and accessible for essential workers and first responders,” said Durkan.
The temporary curfew does not impact people who need to commute to work during these hours, people experiencing homelessness, people in a medical emergency or people in a dangerous situation, first responders, health care workers, and news media. In addition, the curfew does not require businesses to close while it is in effect. It will not alter public transit schedules.
The city does not intend to enforce the curfew, except for violations that result in public health and safety threats including fires, extensive property damage, and violence, the announcement said.
Cuba backs WHO after U.S. announces terminating relationship
The Cuban government declared on Saturday its full support of the World Health Organization (WHO) after the United States announced it is terminating its relationship with the global organization.
Rodriguez said that the decision of the United States to end its relationship with the multilateral organization “reflects the growing isolation” of Washington, adding that the decision is “contrary to multilateralism and undermines international efforts to guarantee health and save lives.”
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his country is “terminating” its relationship with the WHO.
In a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus earlier this month, Trump threatened to permanently cut off the nation’s funding to the WHO and “reconsider our membership” if the international body does not commit to what he called “substantive improvements within the next 30 days.”
Uzbekistan announces tender for construction of three new hydropower plants
Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry has announced invitation to bid for the design and construction of three hydropower plants in southern Kashkadaria region with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ministry said Saturday.
Uzbekistan has received funding from the ADB for the Sustainable Hydropower Project, under which Rabat, Chappasuy and Tamshush hydropower plants on the Aksu River will be built, according to the ministry.
The announcement said that bidding will be held by Uzbekhydroenergy company and it is open to companies from ADB members, which has an annual turnover of 30 million U.S. dollars or above.
The tender process will be governed by ADB rules and applications can be received till July 31 this year, the ministry said.
Uzbekistan has announced early this week a national Low-Carbon Energy Strategy with an aim of deploying up to 30 GW of additional power capacity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in the coming 10 years.
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