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Nigeria Would Have Been History Without Buhari — Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that Nigerians are ‘glad’ the president ‘came our way’.

In his usual Friday article tagged ‘From the Inside’ posted on Facebook, Mr Adesina wrote in commemoration of the administration’s first year of second term.

He wrote: “Can anybody, no matter how he or she feels, wish away those millions and millions of voters? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Over the hills and the valleys, in clement and inclement weather, they trooped out to vote for the man they loved. And as he marks five years in office today, we are glad he came our way. ‘We?’ Yes, ‘we.’ We are in millions upon millions, even more than went out to vote, as there are many quiet disciples, who didn’t vote, or who didn’t even register to vote.

“President Buhari completes the first year of a second four-year term today. And despite it all, in spite of all the challenges; insecurity, poor economy, deliberate sabotage, poor health at a time, evil wishes from some quarters, foul language, and all sorts, we are glad he is here.

“When he rode triumphantly to power in 2015, the average Nigerian was tired of the state of the country. Massive looting of the treasury by the party in government, and no one was being called to order, because there was no moral will to do it. Terrible insecurity in the country, with at least 17 local governments already annexed in the North-east of the country by insurgents. They had planted flags of a funny type of caliphate, and were sitting in palaces of the emirs, who had shown clean pairs of heels.”

Adesina said that although another recession lurks because of the economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic, “we are still happy Buhari came.”

He added: “I say it again. We’re glad this President came our way. In the height of global health and economic challenges, with revenues already abysmally low, government continues to do the needful. A directive has been given to fund the first phase of the Presidential Power Initiative, being done in collaboration with Siemens of Germany. Work on the Second Niger Bridge is not stalled, road projects are to restart as the economy reopens gradually, and salaries and pensions are being paid. Promise made, and promise being kept.

“We need to count our blessings as a country, instead of dwelling on things that have not been done.”

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EU plans to raise $825 billion for coronavirus relief. Hard-hit countries need help soon

The European Commission has proposed giving hundreds of billions of euros to EU countries that have seen their economies devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented relief effort designed to ensure parts of the bloc aren’t left behind when the recovery comes.

The executive arm of the European Union on Wednesday unveiled a plan that would see it raise €750 billion ($825 billion) on financial markets through its 2021-27 budget. Two-thirds of the money would be distributed to countries via grants, while the remainder would be offered as loans.

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Edo 2020: No Man Can Stop Me From Returning As Gov – Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed confidence in returning as governor of the state in the election slated for September.

Mr Obaseki said on Wednesday during an appearance on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, that he believed he would return the same way he was first elected.

“I am not a violent person. But I am confident that the way I got into power is the same way I will return,” he said.

“God gave me power. If he wants me to return I will continue. No man can stop me. Power comes from God.”

Obaseki will go head to head with the consensus candidate of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for the party’s ticket during its June 22 direct primary.

“It doesn’t matter whether it is direct or indirect primary, I will win because I know what we have done in Edo State,” he said.

Obaseki denied claims that his ambition to return as governor would be hindered by inadequate “resources”.

He said: “I have friends with resources. I worked for eight years behind the scene before I became governor.

“So all that insinuations about using somebody’s resources…I became governor on the platform of the party and I am grateful for it.”

He appealed that there should be no bloodshed over an election.

Ize-Iyamu, however, has the backing of the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who has been in a long battle with Obaseki.

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BREAKING: Trump Orders Investigation Into George Floyd’s Killing, Says ‘Justice Will Be Serve’

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BREAKING: Trump Orders Investigation Into George Floyd’s Killing, Says ‘Justice Will Be Serve’

United States President, Donald Trump, has ordered an investigation into the killing of a middle-aged black man, George Floyd, The PUNCH reports.

He described Floyd’s death as “very sad and tragic” while commiserating with his family on the loss.

The POTUS, who ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice to expedite the probe, vowed that justice would be served on the matter.

“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd.

“I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!” Trump tweeted.

Leakers.ng reports that Floyd died shortly after four police officers assaulted him in Minneapolis, a city in Minnesota.

One of the officers was seen in a video kneeling on his neck while he was handcuffed.

“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe… Mama. Mama,” Floyd pleaded, slowly grew silent and motionless, unable to move even as the officers taunted him to “get up and get in the car”.

He was taken to the hospital where he was later declared dead.

After dismissing the four officers involved, Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, expressed outrage as calls rose for them to be prosecuted for murder.

“What I saw was wrong at every level,” he said of the video.

“For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Frey added.

The family of the late Floyd has called for the prosecution of the four officers, stressing that they should be charged with murder.

The death of the black man sparked street protests in the Midwestern US city.

Protesters, many wearing face masks because of the coronavirus outbreak, held signs saying “Justice for George Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter” during a rally near the scene of Monday’s death in custody.

But beyond the US, blacks all over the world have been outraged by the inhumane treatment as they took to the Social Media to vent their angst over the killing of Floyd which many described as a shadow of racism.

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Boeing let go 6,770 workers Wednesday, part of a reduction of 16,000 jobs it plans to implement in response to reduced demand for air travel during the Covid-19 pandemic

Boeing laid off 6,770 workers Wednesday, part of a plan to reduce 16,000 total jobsbecause of the rapid decrease in air travel during the Covid-19 pandemic.

That brings job cuts at the company to more than 12,000 so far. Boeing had disclosed the 16,000-job reduction target last month. Additional rounds of layoffs are ahead “over the next few months,” said the spokesman.

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Edo 2020: Ize-Iyamu Picks APC Governorship Nomination Form

A former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Wednesday picked the nomination form for the Edo governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

Mr Ize-Iyamu emerged the consensus candidate for a faction of the APC in Edo led by the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday night.

He will be challenging the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, for the party’s ticket during its direct primary slated for June 22.

Edo residents will then head to the polls on September 19.

In a statement by his campaign organisation signed by the Director of Communication and Media, John Mayaki, Ize-Iyamu described his purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms as another stride in the quest to move Edo State forward.

He said: “By obtaining the forms today (Wednesday), we have formally placed our name on the party’s ballot for our internal primary next month (June 22). It is another great stride and we are thankful to the other aspirants who have joined us here today to offer support.

“There have been efforts to cause disunity in our party and pitch people against one another by those who have sadly embraced politics without principles and are openly rebelling against the leadership of our party, because they believe they have absolute powers. It is clear from today’s (Wednesday’s) event that Edo State APC is united and these deviants may have a loud voice, but they do not represent the majority.

“Everyone here may have personal ambitions, but we are bound together by the common desire to fast-track the transformation of our state, through transparent, effective and accountable governance that will improve the living standard and social well-being of our people. We all recognise that this cannot happen, unless we dislodge the present administration that has failed this great party and the people of Edo State.

“An accepted truth is that Edo State needs a government that is alert, proactive and prompt. Not the one that has scant regard for the rule of law and seeks to gain an unfair and undemocratic advantage through the manipulation of serious matters of public health.”

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BREAKING!!! Ize-Iyamu Emerges Edo APC Consensus Candidate

A former governorship flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has emerged the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo.

Mr Ize-Iyamu emerged the consensus candidate on Tuesday night.

The former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG) was unveiled by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, who represents Edo North Senatorial District.

Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo deputy governor, Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon and the current Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.

Ize-Iyamu, a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), was the governorship candidate of the PDP for the 2016 Edo election.

He will now contend with the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, for the party’s ticket at the June 22 direct primary.

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We Will Gladly Receive Ondo Deputy Governor — PDP

The main opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state disclosed that the embattled Ondo Deputy Governor, Ajayi Agboola would be gladly receive into its fold.

The party further disclosed that there was no automatic ticket for the Deputy Governor.

According to report, some Governors brokered a deal with Agboola with a view to fielding him as candidate of the PDP against Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Some sources said the deal was sealed by the National Working Committee of the PDP and facilitated by two PDP governors (from North west and south south respectively).

Reacting to the development, the Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Ondo chapter, Mr. Zadok Akintoye assured all PDP governorship aspirants the party does not have a preferred candidate and would ensure level playing field to all aspirants or intending aspirant.

The statement said no aspirant would be shut out of the process for picking a candidate, saying the party has concluded plans to guaranty free, fair, transparent and all-inclusive primaries as is the established custom of our party.

According to the statement: “Please note that the PDP remains absolutely committed to the principles and ethos of democracy and all intending members are expected to fully register at their ward and also participate in all party activities.

The party acknowledges the right of His Excellency Mr. Agboola Ajayi and of all members of the public wishing to join our fold and would accord all intending members and aspirants a warm reception as we work together to liberate our dear state from the maladministration of the APC government

“We once again assure all aspirants and members of the party that the information as contained in the report is not true neither does it reflect the position of the state and national office.”

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Pressure Mounts On UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Over Refusal To Sack Top Aide

The refusal of British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to sack his top aide identified as Dominic Cummings over allegations that he broke Coronavirus lockdown restrictions has generated heated pressures which continued yesterday.

It is learnt that no fewer than 15 lawmakers from Johnson’s Conservatives have joined calls by the opposition Labour Party and Liberal Democrats as well as health officials and bishops from the Church of England for Cummings to resign or be fired.

According to report, Cummings reportedly broke lockdown travel restrictions more than once and travelled 430 kilometres from London to his parents’ home in County Durham at the end of March while he had coronavirus symptoms, as well as no less than twice in mid-April.

The Press Association (PA) news agency reported that Johnson was later scheduled to host a cabinet meeting on easing of virus restrictions, including proposals to reopen some non-essential businesses.

On Sunday, the prime minister said at a news conference that he had come to the conclusion that Cummings had “followed the instincts of every father and every parent, and I do not mark him down for that.”

However, critics said Cummings alleged behaviour risked undermining the government’s policy.

“If you give the impression there’s one rule for them and one rule for us,you fatally undermine that sense of ‘we’re all in this together’,” Stephen Reicher, a member of the government’s advisory group on behavioural science, told broadcaster ITV.

Conservative lawmaker Paul Maynard said Cummings behaviour was “indefensible,” while Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, tweeted: “The question now is: do we accept being lied to, patronised and treated by a PM as mugs?”

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Court Backs INEC’s Deregistration Of National Unity Party

The de-registration of the National Unity Party (NUP) as a political party in Nigeria by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been lawfully held by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In his judgement, The judge found that INEC validly exercised its powers in Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), when it terminated NUP’s political party status.

He held that the party provided no evidence that it met the criteria for it not to be de-registered.

The judge made the pronouncement on Friday in NUP’s suit filed on February 24, 2020 via a February 21 originating summons.

The suit sought four reliefs including an order nullifying its or any other party’s de-registration by INEC “until election is fully conducted in the 774 local government councils and the 36 states of the Federation.”

The other reliefs included: a declaration that INEC has no power under section 225A of the Constitution “to de-register the Plaintiff as a political party or any other political party for failure to win any of the offices mentioned therein or score certain percent of votes mention therein without the completion of election in the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria and all the states of the federation.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC “from de-registering, sanctioning or taking any other administrative decision” against the NUP as a duly registered political party in Nigeria.

In support of the application, the party filed an 18-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Abigail Audu on January 21, 2020.

Mr. C.K. Eburuo appeared for the plaintiff, while Mr. Emeka Obegolu represented INEC.

Dismissing the plaintiff’s case, Justice Taiwo held, among others, that the Plaintiff failed to prove its case.

“On the violation of section 225A(c) of the Constitution (supra), the Plaintiff has contended that chairmanship and councillorship elections are yet to be conducted in various states and as such it ought not to be de-registered.

“This court finds this untenable as it will be preposterous to interpret the said provisions to be dependent on purported conduct of all local government or area council elections at whatever time it is conducted,” he said.

The court also took judicial notice of the fact that all elections contemplated within the ambit of section 225A of the Constitution have been held since NUP’s registration as a political party.

Furthermore, it noted that local government and councillorship elections have also been held by various states and that in some states where such elections have not yet held, the positions are presently occupied by interim chairmen appointed by the Governor of the states.

“There is nothing before the court to show that the plaintiff, even in the states where elections into local governments have been held, has met the criteria for it not to be de registered.

“Furthermore, the Plaintiff has not shown how the exercise of the power was at variance with the law or ultra vires. The act of de-registration of the Plaintiff is within the vested constitutional powers of the Defendant.

“…I cannot but come to the conclusion that the Plaintiff has failed to prove its case…The reliefs being sought cannot in anyway be granted in the light of the Constitutional provisions under which the suit was brought,” Justice Taiwo held.

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BREAKING!!! Tribunal Affirms Yahaya Bello’s Election

The Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has upheld the election of Governor Yahaya Bello.

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Musa Wada, had filed the petition.

However, ruling on Saturday with a majority of two to one, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation and other electoral malpractices.

The tribunal also awarded a cost of N1 million to be paid by the PDP and Mr Wada to the respondents — the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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BREAKING!!! Former President’s Son Commits Suicide

Alvaro Echeverria Zuno, a son of Mexico’s former president has died.

Alvaro Echeverria Zuno, the son of Luis Echeverria Alvarez, who governed Mexico in the 1970s with an iron fist, killed himself, authorities said Tuesday.

According to report, Alvaro Echeverria Zuno, 71, died on Tuesday morning at his home in the state of Morelos, south of Mexico City, the local prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Former president Echeverria, 98, led the country from 1970-1976 and is considered the main person responsible for Mexico’s “dirty war”, which featured the targeted assassinations and forced disappearance of students, leftist activists, and guerrillas by government agents.

The worst massacres in modern Mexican history took place in October 1968 – 10 days before the opening of the Olympic Games in Mexico City – when ex-president Echeverria was interior minister in the government of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz (1964-1970).

Hundreds of unarmed students and demonstrators – the exact number is still unknown – were slaughtered when soldiers and undercover agents opened fire on protesters at a plaza in the Mexico City neighborhood of Tlatelolco.

In 2006 Echevarria faced genocide charges, but given his age was granted home prison and eventually given conditional freedom.

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Five USA Police officers Shot a victim more than 60 times.

Incase you think Africa has the wack Police ever, Well you might be dreaming or not exposed enough to see realities, As shared by Patience C Williams on facebook, The victim name is Jonas Joseph, He was murdered by 5 police officers in Tampa,FL on April 28th 2020 for a traffic stop, He was shot more than 60 times. Even if he’s a certified criminal, Must the tax payer money be spent so bad? Why waste bullets of such amount on a single human being?

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Meet the girl who died twice

The day Juliet Daly’s heart gave out began a lot of like each other Monday during the isolate.

The 12-year-old from Covington, La., cushioned out of her room in her PJs not long after 7 a.m., ate a half-bowl of Rice Krispies, and jumped on a Zoom call with her 6th grade social investigations class. She had been feeling unwell the entire end of the week with winding stomach torments, retching and a fever of 101.5, yet she was by all accounts recuperating.

The odd thing, she reviewed, was that her lips glanced pale blue in the mirror and she was very worn out. Truth be told, she continued nodding off suddenly. On the love seat. Before her PC. In the shower.

“I thought I was feeling somewhat better,” she stated, “yet I was unable to keep my eyes open.”

With all the news whirling around them about the pandemic, her folks, Sean and Jennifer Daly, had been checking the girl’s ailment intently. She had been sound and didn’t have a hack, brevity of breath or other run of the mill indications of covid-19, so Jennifer, a radiologist, at first presumed an infected appendix, a stomach bug, or maybe this season’s flu virus.

That evening, they took Juliet to the crisis office, where specialists saw a bizarre heavenly body of side effects highlighting an alternate issue. Her pulse was remarkably low, bouncing around during the 40s when it ought to have been between 70 to 120 beats for each moment. What’s more, when they pressed her nails, they turned white and remained white when they ought to have returned to pink.

Juliet was in a sort of harmful stun, and her heart had become so excited it was scarcely pulsating.

It was still moderately from the get-go in the flare-up, April 6, and the clinic hadn’t seen other kids in this condition. In any case, the specialists thought enough about the pathogen’s impacts on grown-ups that they promptly suspected the coronavirus.

‘It is safe to say that she is alive?’

When Jennifer showed up at Ochsner, she didn’t see how she could have beaten her little girl there. She had driven for about an hour in a half circle around Lake Pontchartrain while Juliet had been carried.

“I was crying and going nuts,” she reviewed. When she had the option to snatch a medical caretaker, she dreaded the most exceedingly terrible. “I simply need to know one thing now,” she requested. “Is it accurate to say that she is alive?”

Juliet’s helicopter had been deferred on the grounds that she had coded a subsequent time and, once more, specialists restarted her heart. Be that as it may, when they wheeled her into the pediatric emergency unit the new medical clinic, a portion of her different organs had started fizzling, as well, most likely in light of the fact that the heart couldn’t siphon the oxygen-filled blood they required.

Juliet’s liver and kidneys were in stun. There was blood in her lungs. Her pancreas was kindled.

Pulses are constrained by electrical motivations that movement down the privilege and left parts of the heart at a similar speed. Some place in Juliet’s heart, a square was making the framework go haywire.

A group of pediatric cardiology masters gave Jennifer a name for her little girl’s condition: intense fulminant myocarditis — an abrupt beginning of cardiovascular breakdown, stun or perilous arrhythmias.

The specialists started prescriptions, ordered a heart sidestep machine on the off chance that it was required, and arranged Jennifer for the likelihood that Juliet may require a transplant.

“They didn’t know she was going to make it the primary night,” Jennifer said. “It was a complete bad dream.”

text between Jenifer and Sean, Credit : Washington Post

Messages among Jennifer and Sean Daly on April 10.

In the interim, Juliet’s nasal swabs returned positive for the coronavirus and adenovirus, one reason for the basic virus. The outcomes were confusing in light of the fact that none of the other relatives — Sean, Jennifer or Juliet’s siblings, ages 5 and 16 — had been even a little bit wiped out. However, on the off chance that her condition was post-viral, happening a long time after disease — as researchers progressively suspect in such cases — there were any number of ways she could have been uncovered, since school had still been in meeting and stay-at-home requests had not yet been given.

Since none of Juliet’s family had indications and test packs were hard to come by in the zone, specialists picked not to test them.

In the wake of affirming the coronavirus determination, specialists gave Juliet an immunoglobulin item utilized effectively on Kawasaki patients. They precluded utilizing hydroxychloroquine, the counter malarial touted by President Trump, since they were stressed over cardiovascular symptoms given her effectively delicate heart condition.

As Jennifer sat in the live with full defensive hardware, including a face shield, cover and outfit, she held her little girl’s hand. Just one parent was permitted, so Sean remained at home with the young men.

Unfit to rest, Jennifer began a gathering content visit so she could keep loved ones refreshed. She played Juliet’s main tune — Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger” — promised to be as idealistic as could reasonably be expected and asked.

Recuperation

That first night was torment. Juliet’s heart was beginning and halting, pulsating too quick and afterward excessively moderate, as specialists balanced the meds. Be that as it may, inside 24 hours, inexplicably, she was by all accounts settling. The numbers on her labs for her kidneys and liver were moving the correct way, and the echocardiogram of her heart had improved.

While Jennifer messed with her significant other about Juliet being a substantial sleeper, there were occurrences when her girl woke up and appeared to comprehend her totally.

“We love you,” Jennifer would state. “You will show signs of improvement.”

She discussed an Easter egg chase she would have in the yard with her sibling, Dominic.

Juliet had the option to offer a go-ahead and crush her hand.

“I’m hopeful she is neurologically flawless,” Jennifer messaged to Sean. Her tone was clinical, yet it had been one of her most noticeably terrible feelings of trepidation as a mother

By Thursday, doctors were confident enough in Juliet’s progress that they took her off the ventilator, letting Juliet breathe on her own. She was still on a lot of medications and confused and upset about all the tubes coming out of her body.

Jennifer remembers reassuring her she was safe in the hospital, but that she was still very sick and weak.

Juliet’s reaction wasn’t what she expected: “No Mommy, I’m not weak. I’m strong!”

“The first day of regaining consciousness, I was freaking out. I wanted to go home badly,” Juliet recalled. She said she was terrified of how everyone kept stepping on all her cords, which were tangled and plugged in outside because the nurses wanted to limit how many times they came into her room. The Band-Aid on her neck was “way too sticky for humankind.” And she could taste the saline they were giving her via IV, and it was bad.

Then on April 15, almost as suddenly as she had been admitted nine days before, doctors told Juliet she was well enough to go home.

text between Jenifer and Sean on April 15, Credit: Washington Post

Juliet

Juliet has no memories of when her heart stopped twice, and her parents are grateful for that.

She was discharged on four medications — two for the heart, a blood thinner and one for her pancreas — but bounced back physically in no time. She was able to return to her school’s online classes, in which she’s continuing her streak of As, and has no trouble riding her bike around the neighborhood.

Doctors monitoring her closely say the drugs are temporary and that they are hopeful she’ll make a full recovery. On Friday, she returned to Ochsner for the first time since her hospitalization for a one-month follow-up appointment. Jake Kleinmahon, the pediatric cardiologist who is treating her, said he was thrilled when the echocardiogram of her heart looked “completely normal.” Like other children with myocarditis, she is restricted from competitive sports for six months (Juliet’s parents say that’s not a problem as she doesn’t really like to sweat) but is otherwise free to engage in activities.

“I do not expect her to have any long-term complications or limitations, even though she came in so severely ill,” Kleinmahon said. “She is quite a fighter and such a brave young girl.”

The only odd change, Juliet said, is that she came out of the hospital with a monster craving for bacon, which she didn’t love before. And she no longer wanted doughnuts, which had been among her favorite foods. Such changes in taste are not uncommon after ICU stays, doctors say.

Juliet Daly sits with her father, Sean Daly, and mother, Jennifer Daly, on their front porch April 30 as Jennifer recounts the ordeal of almost losing Juliet to the coronavirus. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

The passionate piece of her recuperation has been additionally testing. Juliet contemplates different children who may get wiped out with a similar condition. She says she would prompt them “not to go nuts an excessive amount of in light of the fact that going nuts exacerbates the situation. Since that is the thing that I did, and that didn’t help by any means.”

She stresses progressively over her loved ones, their future and hers, and the weird universe of infections she knew nothing about previously.

“I have a feeling that I’m somewhat hesitant about my body since I don’t have a clue what will occur straightaway,” she said. “I’m stressed over how there’s a ton of other stuff you can get.”

At a one-month follow-up arrangement, two team individuals who had shipped Juliet pay her an unexpected visit at Ochsner. (Family photograph)

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Court Of Appeal Dismisses Alaibe’s Suit Against Diri

A court of appeal sitting in Owerri has dismissed an appeal filed by Ndutimi Alaibe challenging the emergence of Duoye Diri as the winner of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary election in Bayelsa.

Recall that Duoye Diri now the Governor of Bayelsa state was dragged alongside the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court by Alaibe over what he described as a ‘flawed process’ of the PDP primary.

However, the suit was dismissed by a Federal High Court in Owerri on grounds of lacking merit on March 10, 2020.

An appeal court which Alaibe approached over the high court judgement he was dissatisfied with, affirmed the judgment of the lower court and dismissed the suit for lacking merit on Tuesday May 12.

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Why I’m Staying Away From Politics — Ex- President Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why he is staying away from partisan politics, saying he wants to focus on his non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The former president established the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, which has peace building, national integration and democratic governance as its focus.

Jonathan disclosed that he will support the country and his state through his foundation while addressing party faithfuls at the inauguration of the state executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, on Sunday.

“Don’t be discouraged if you do not see me in most party activities in the state. I decided to appear in this event so that I will not be misunderstood,” he said.

“I’m shifting away from being an effective partisan politician because of my foundation. People who want to partner me feel that if you are a partisan leader in the country, they will eat with you with a long spoon.

“I felt that after serving as President of this country, I should go to some other areas where my services would be required.

“Through that process, I would be able to support the nation and the state in one way or the other.”

Jonathan asked the new PDP state executive council inaugurated by Douye Diri, Bayelsa governor, not to work at “cross purposes” with the governor.

“You have an enormous responsibility before you. You must work with the governor and not at cross purposes,” he said.

“No matter how strong a party is, if the people don’t appreciate you, you would be struggling to have them on your side.

“I know you will work harmoniously with members and carry everyone along.”

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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia Triples VAT Rate, Suspends Monthly Allowance For Citizens

The rate of value-added tax has been increased by three-fold from 5% to 15% in Saudi Arabia.

The government of Saudi Arabia has announced that it would suspend the cost of living allowance from June 1.

Saudi Arabia’s minister of finance and acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammed Aljadaan said on Monday that the measures were necessary to “overcome the unprecedented financial and economic ramifications of the global coronavirus pandemic in the best way possible”.

“These measures are painful but necessary to maintain financial and economic stability over [the] medium to long term… and overcome the unprecedented coronavirus crisis with the least damage possible,” SPA quoted Aljadaan to have said.

“We must reduce budget expenditures sharply. Current actions taken to date to cut spending are not enough, and Saudi public finances will need more control and the journey ahead is long.

“‏The cost-of-living allowance shall be discontinued as of June 2020 and VAT shall increase from 5% to 15% as of July 2020.

“Also, to improve spending efficiency, a ministerial committee has been established to study the financial benefits paid to all employees, contractors and those of similar status who are not subject to civil service law in government ministries, institutions, authorities, centres, and programs, and present its recommendations within 30 days.”

The minister said other measures that would be implemented including “cancelling, extending, or postponing some operational and capital expenditures for some government agencies, as well reducing provisions for major projects” in the 2020 fiscal year.

The Saudi Arabian government introduced VAT in January 2018 to boost non-oil revenue after the crude oil prices dipped sharply in 2015.

In 2019, Saudi Arabia raised $25.6 billion in an initial public offering of shares in Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company.

The share sale is part of the country’s effort to wean off its economy from oil dependence.

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UK Gov’t Extends Lockdown By Another Three Weeks

The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson has announced that the country will be extending the Coronavirus lockdown by three more weeks.

According to reliable statistical figures, the United Kingdom has the second highest confirmed Coronavirus death toll in the world and the highest in Europe.

According to John Hopkins University, the country has reported more than 220,000 recorded cases and 31,000 deaths from the virus as of Sunday, May 10.

Boris Johnson on Sunday said ‘now isn’t the time to lift the lockdown‘ as he unveiled cautious plans to lift restrictions imposed seven weeks ago.

“This is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week,” he said in a televised address.

Johnson, who recently recovered from Coronavirus, said there would be some easing of restrictions from Wednesday, allowing “unlimited exercise”, sport and sunbathing, but only within households. He added that some primary school children could return and shops re-open from June 1. He labelled this first easing of lockdown as Step 1.

“In step two, at the earliest by June 1, after half-term, we believe we may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of shops and to get primary pupils back into school, in stages, beginning with reception (age four to five), year one (age five to six) and year six (10-11),” Johnson daid.

In step three, “at the earliest by July… we will hope to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing”, he added.

Johnson said some public places could re-open from July 1 but warned immigrants and visitors travelling to Britain would face quarantine measures.

He noted that transitioning to each stage is “conditional” and depends on “all of us, the entire country, to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that [rate of infection] down.”

The UK has passed it’s peak death rate but Johnson indicated restrictions could be reimposed, including locally, if there is a surge in cases. ”It would be madness to waste the sacrifices the public had made since the lockdown.”

“We have been through the initial peak but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous,” he added.

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