HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
- UI BANS VISITORS, SQUATTERS IN INSTITUTION AMID SPREAD OF COVID 3RD WAVE.
- GOVERNOR LALONG, CAN WARN PILGRIMS AGAINST ABCONDING HOLY LAND.
- U.S SECRETARY OF STATE DEPUTY IN GENEVA ON CHINA-U.S PEACE TALK.
- ON SPORTS, ANDY MURRAY WITHDRAWS FROM MEN’S SINGLES OVER THIGH STRAIN.
Authority of University of Ibadan, Oyo State has banned all unauthorized visitors and travelers coming to the institution.
Registrar of the Institution, Olubunmi Faluyi, in a statement gave the directive, also advising students against accommodating squatters.
Faluyi, who said the decision was necessary in view of the 3rd wave of coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world, further urged members of the institution to report violators of health safety protocols to appropriate authorities.
It would be recalled that the institution had earlier cancelled physical lectures due to the coronavirus pandemic but later commenced physical lectures for both undergraduate and post-graduate students.
As parts of efforts to curtail spread of delta variant of coronavirus, it banned all unauthorized visitors in the institution.
The Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC has put in place tight security measures to checkmate abscondment of pilgrims in the kingdom of Jordan.
NCPC Executive Secretary, Rev. Yakubu Pam disclosed this at the official flag off of the 2020 Christian pilgrimage to the kingdom of Jordan, at the Yakubu Gowon airport in Barkin Ladi, Plateau state.
Rev. Pam said pilgrimage is not a tourist attraction as many view it, but a spiritual exercise, therefore advising those embarking on the pilgrimage to know that they should engaged in praying not only for themselves but the country as well.
The executive secretary also announced appointment of the can national president, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, to serve as the spiritual leader/father of the trip.
In his speech, the plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong urged the pilgrims to be mindful of their conduct, as this would either open more doors for others to also visit the holy land or close it.
UK/ PANDEMIC RISKS
British government will be exposed to financial risks from its 372 Billion pound pandemic spending for decades.
United Kingdom’s lawmaker’s reports revealed this adding that more than 2 Billion pounds had been spent on unusable protective equipment.
In reports on the response by UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s Government to the Covid-19 pandemic, parliament’s public accounts committee said lessons needed to be learnt before a promised public inquiry due to be held in 2022.
The committee highlighted an estimated loss of 26 Billion pounds through fraud and repayment default from loans handed to businesses to help cope with the pandemic as an example of the ongoing financial risk.
United States Deputy Secretary Of State, Wendy Sherman has arrived for a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva.
U.S. officials said Sherman arrived the venue to tell china in upcoming talks that while Washington welcomes competition, there needs to be a level playing field to ensure ties do not veer into conflict.
The senior officials, briefing reporters ahead of deputy secretary’s talks in Tianjin with Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, Wang Yi tomorrow, Monday, July 26, said the world’s two largest economies needed responsible ways to manage competition.
IRAN/ UN CHIEF REJECTION
Iran has rejected false accusations by the United Nations rights chief on protests over water shortages in the country’s southwest, where at least four people were killed.
Report said Iran’s main oil-producing Region, Khuzestan, has been gripped by drought since March, and with protests erupting but Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said comments by Michelle Bachelet are regrettable.
Iranian media and officials said not less than three people were killed, including a police officer and a protester, accusing opportunists and rioters of shooting at demonstrators and security forces.
Another potential Presidential Contender, Noel Vidaurre has been arrested in Nicaragua as President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on potential opponents in the lead-up to November elections continues.
Police said Vidaurre was put under house arrest and accused of undermining the sovereignty of the country, in the latest of a series of arrests condemned by United States and European Union.
Meanwhile, information has it that not less than seven presidential hopefuls have so far been arrested in a crackdown that began in early June with a police raid on the home of journalist Cristiana Chamorro, daughter of ex-president Violeta Chamorro.
Hundreds of Guatemalans have protested against the ouster of Anti-Graft Fighter, Juan Francisco Sandoval, who fled the country overnight after being stripped of his post.
The protesters were said to have demonstrated outside the presidential palace against Sandoval removal in a move that sparked a global outcry.
Sandoval, who was removed by Guatemala’s attorney general as head of the special prosecutor’s office against impunity, arrived for a news conference in Guatemala City.
The Country’s Human Rights, Ombudsman Jordan Rodas said Sandoval led the Guatemalan Special Prosecutor’s Office against impunity until Friday, July 23 when he fled to the Salvadoran Border in the wee hours.
Britain’s Two-Time Defending Champion, Andy Murray has withdrawn from the men’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics with a minor thigh strain.
Murray made this known in a statement, expressing his disappointment at having to withdraw but, noted that it was based on medical advice.
The 34-year-old will still compete in the doubles but was advised not to compete in both events in japan as he was replaced in the singles draw by Australian Max Purcell.
He regrettably noted that he made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles but affirming that he would focus on playing doubles with Joe Salisburyand Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime on day two.
Not less than 132 people accredited to the summer Tokyo Olympics games have tested positive for Covid-19 since July 1.
The Netherlands Olympic Committee confirmed that among those tested positive was Dutch rowing coach, Josy Verdonkschot, who had since then gone into a 10-day quarantine in japan.
Josy Verdonkschot serves as head coach for several Dutch women’s boats competing at the Tokyo Games.
The news comes after 21-year-old Dutch Single Sculls competitor, Finn Florijn tested positive on July 23, Dutch Rowing Team, as well as Dutch Taekwondo competitor, Reshmie Oogink and Skateboarder Candy Jacobs, tested positive last week.