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DFL CEO Christian Seifert holds a speech during the 2018 DFL New Year Reception at Thurn & Taxis Palais on January 16, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann-Bongarts-Getty Images

German football ‘must repay trust’ – Bundesliga chief

The boss of the Bundesliga says the German league must repay the trust shown by Angela Merkel’s government if football returns, as expected on May 9, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka scores their second goal. REUTERS-Michael Dalder

German clubs buoyed by potential mid-May season restart

German football clubs are hoping a return to action is on the horizon, even if it means playing in closed stadiums, after the country’s health minister and regional leaders said matches could potentially resume from May 9.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo-Ronald Zak)

Austrian restaurants, churches and some schools to reopen

Austria will further loosen its coronavirus lockdown on May 15 by allowing restaurants and cafes to reopen and religious services to resume, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.
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Queen Elizabeth II marks 94th birthday with no fanfare

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 94th birthday on Tuesday, but the traditional gun salute was called off this year because of the coronavirus crisis.
A woman holds a mobile phone while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 19, 2020. REUTERS-Steven Watt

European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions.
Italy will present a plan this week to ease its lockdown from May 4, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in a post on Facebook.

Italy to gradually ease lockdown from May 4

Conte said that his cabinet is working with various experts to coordinate the so-called “phase 2” when Italy will have to cohabit with the coronavirus. The plan will be done at a
Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has waded again into the controversies surrounding the dramatic spread of COVID-19 and the extreme measures implemented by leaders worldwide to contain it.

Prophet TB Joshua: Hardship virus more dangerous than coronavirus

Prominent Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has again waded into the contentious issue of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, calling on world leaders to reopen the economy.
“At this stage of the crisis we are absolutely focused on sticking to the guidance,” Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak told reporters.

Britain defends coronavirus lockdown amid fears of ‘second peak’

The British government defended the continuation of its near-lockdown on Monday against calls to publish an “exit strategy,” saying it fears a second peak of COVID-19 infections if it eases the lockdown too soon.

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The Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph N Ari, said the Fund is battling criminality and other security challenges in the country using skills acquisition.

ITF denies wrongful appointments, marginalization of Muslims

The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has decried what it described as orchestrated efforts to malign, impugn and whip up negative sentiments against the agency and its functionaries through outright lies and calculated misinformation.
Roadside sellers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, are still in business hawking products in some part of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Roadside sellers hawking petrol in Abuja

Roadside sellers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, are still in business hawking products in some part of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Food blockade: Onitsha industrialist praises AUFCDN for calling off strike

An Onitsha based Industrialist, Chief Alex Chukwura, has praised the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria (AUFCDN), for calling off its nationwide strike.
Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori casting his votes at his Polling unit in Osubi, Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State.

Voters apathy mars Delta council polls

Voters apathy characterized the council election held across the 25 local government areas of Delta State. Newsmen who monitored the elections across the state, report...
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WHO calls for urgent action to ramp-up production of coronavirus vaccines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says urgent action is needed to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines that will be distributed through the global initiative making these medicines accessible to all countries.

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Chinese investment in Australia plummets 61 percent

The Australian National University’s Chinese Investment in Australia Database (CHIIA) recorded just over $780m (A$1bn ; £550m) in investment.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that efforts would be intensified to secure all parts of the country within the next two months.

Senate refers President Buhari’s request to confirm NASRDA, correctional chiefs to relevant committees

The Senate on Wednesday referred President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the confirmation of Dr Halilu Ahmad Shaba as the new Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and Muhammad Usman as Federal Commissioner as well as Haliru Nababa as Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) to its relevant committees for screening.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has placed all the communities in Kabba-Bunu council areas on ‘absolute’ lockdown following the positive testing of two persons in the council area to COVID-19

Kogi governor: I won’t take coronavirus vaccine

Speaking on a live television programme yesterday, Bello said there was nothing medically wrong with him and he won’t allow the people of his state to be used as “guinea pigs,” even as his colleagues in other states are expected to receive shots of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines as from next week.
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NYSC chief: Poor funding hampering skills acquisition programme

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has identified inadequate funding as the major challenge hampering the scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
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Kano governor approves recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, others

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday approved the recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and other allied health workers.