WORLD NEWS 16-06-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RE-OPENS FIRST DOSE COVID-19 VACCINATION, OPENS UP ON SECOND DOSE.
  • SOUTH AFRICA GOES ON LOCKDOWN AGAIN AS COVID-19 CASES SURGE.
  • COLD WAR TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE AS BIDEN MEETS PUTIN LATER TODAY.
  • ON SPORTS, F.A UNVEILS 2021/2022 EPL FIXTURES.

FG/COVID-19

The federal government has re-opened administration of the first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine in various parts of the country.

Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, gave the hint while fielding questions from reporters in Abuja.

Shuaib therefore announced that anyone between the ages of 18 years and above who are yet to be vaccinated should visit the nearest vaccination site for first dose of the Astrazeneca jab, adding that such persons would be due to receive their second dose of the jab in 12 weeks.

Meanwhile, he called on all Nigerians who have received their first dose to ensure that they receive the second dose between six and 12 weeks from the date the first dose was taken so as to gain full protection against the covid-19 virus.

S’AFRICA/COVID-19

South Africa has again imposed tighter restrictions on public gatherings and alcohol sales as the country records a rapid surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Speaking in a televised address, President Cyril Ramaphosa bemoaned that the new infections threaten health systems in several parts of the country and Covid-related hospital admissions have increased 59 percent over the past two weeks.

The President hinted that in a bid to curtail the surge, the number of people allowed to gather for social and religious events will now be limited to 50 for indoor events and 100 for outdoor events, while the nightly curfew has been extended by an hour from 10pm to 4am.

Report from Johns Hopkins University indicated that South Africa’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases has nearly doubled over the past two weeks from 6.69 new cases per 100 thousand people on May 31 to 12.71 on June 14.

ETHIOPIA/ARAB LEAGUE

Ethiopia has rejected an Arab League resolution which solicited the United Nations’ intervention in a lingering dispute over a massive dam that Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD.

In a final communique released after its meeting in Doha, the Qatari capital, the Arab League had charged the U.N’s Security Council, UNSC, to take necessary measures to launch an active negotiating process between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the dam.

Reacting in a statement, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry pointed out that the Nile waters remain an existential matter for the nation and is also about lifting millions of its people out of abject poverty as well as meeting their energy, water and food security needs.

It would be recalled that the three nations had been close to reaching a U.S-brokered accord last year, but Ethiopia walked out of a signing meeting in Washington, accusing former president, Donald Trump’s administration of siding with Egypt.

SUDAN/CIVIL WAR

Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has issued an alert that the country could be descending into chaos and civil war.

addressing reporters in the federal capital city of Khartoum, Hamdok accused loyalists of the former administration of contributing to the deteriorating security situation witnessed in the country.

The Sudanese Prime Minister however expressed confidence that his administration is doing all within its powers to improve the economy by enacting series of progressive reforms.

However, report indicated that there has been food shortages linked to prolonged conflict and natural disasters like drought and famine which wreaked untold havoc on the country and its communities.

U.S/BIDEN

Issues bordering on the Cold War will take centre stage as United States President, Joe Biden, meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladmir Putin later today.

Both leaders are expected to hold their first meeting in the Swiss city of Geneva, where matters of the Cold War will hover over modern-day U.S concerns that Russia has become a rogue and authoritarian state.

A statement released to the press revealed that up to five hours of talks are planned for the one-day summit, with no break for meals.

Information has it that the choice of Geneva as the duo’s meeting point recalls the cold war summit between U.S president, Ronald Reagan, and Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, in the Swiss city in 1985.

CHINA/COLLUSION

Authorities in China are threatening to make strong responses against foreign forces intervening in Taiwan’s issues.

The threat comes after the Group of Seven wealthy economies issued a joint statement criticizing China on a range of issues and reiterating the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Addressing a news conference on the G7 leaders’s comment, spokesman for China’s Taiwan affairs office, Ma Xiaoguang, accused Taiwan’s government of working with foreign countries to seek formal independence, thereby generating the tensions.

Ma, who frowned at such acts of collusion with foreign powers, pledged that China will never tolerate foreign forces’ attempts to seek independence or wanton intervention in Taiwan issues.

N.KOREA/FOOD

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has raised an alarm that the country is currently facing intense food shortage owing to the coronavirus pandemic, international sanctions and the series of typhoons that rocked the country last year

Kim raised the alarm at a plenary meeting held in Seoul, the federal capital city, to review progress made on major policies and craft measures aimed at resolving various economic issues.

While speaking, the North Korean leader lamented that the food situation in the country is increasingly getting tense as the agricultural sector failed to fulfil its grain production plan due to devastating impacts of the typhoons.

He therefore called for steps to minimize impacts of natural disasters and as well solicited urgent measures to tackle the tense food situation caused by the pandemic and last year’s typhoons.

SPORTS

Fixtures for the 2021/2022 English Premier League, EPL, season have been released.

According to the newly released list, Champions- Manchester City will begin the defense of their title with a mouthwatering trip to Tottenham Hotspur, while Champions League winners, Chelsea, are set to begin with a home game against Crystal Palace.

Also, Arsenal is expected to travel to Newcomers- Brentford, while Manchester United will trade tackles with Leeds United in what promises to be a cracking game at Old Trafford, and Liverpool are away to Norwich City.

In the same vein, Burnley will clash with Brighton; Everton will go toe to toe with Southampton; Leicester City will play Wolverhampton; Newcastle United will go head to head with West Ham United while Watford will take on Aston Villa.

SPORTS 2

Europe’s Football Governing Body, UEFA, has admitted Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona into next season’s Champions League, despite their refusal to pull out of the controversial European Super League, ESL tournament.

In a statement released to journalists, the body confirmed that admission letters have been sent out to all the clubs that will participate in next season’s club competition.

According to the statement, UEFA’s Independent Appeals Body has also suspended disciplinary proceedings against Juve, Barca and Real.

It would be recalled that all big six English clubs, including Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid had announced their exit from the proposed breakaway Super League but the trio stayed glued to the ESL project, despite UEFA’s threat.

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