WORLD NEWS 31-07-21

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PSC WARNS POLITICAL PARTIES AGAINST BREACH OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS.
  • U.S. ISSUES NEW SANCTIONS ON CUBA, THREATENS MORE.
  • FLOODS KILLS OVER 20, DISPLACES THOUSANDS IN ROHINGYA CAMPS IN BANGLADESH.
  • ON SPORTS, BLESSING OKAGBARE SUSPENDED FROM OLYMPICS OVER DRUGS TEST.

APC CONGRESS/PSC CALL

As the All Progressive Congress, APC hold its congresses across Nigeria today, the presidential steering committee on covid-19, PSC has called on all political parties, state governments, independent national electoral commission, INEC and state independent electoral commissions to ensure strict compliance to the covid-19 protocols in the conduct of all political events in Nigeria.

PSC made the call following the recent confirmation of more cases of the delta variant of covid-19 in several states of the federation and the continued rising number of infections as well hospitalization across the country.

The PSC through its chairman, Boss Mustapha, reiterated the significance of the publicized INEC policy on the conduct of political events and the code of conduct for voters and political parties within the context of covid-19.

In his communique, Mustapha who also serves as secretary to the government of the federation cautioned all political parties to institute public health and social measures in all locations where political events will occur.

ONDO/NUJ

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council has appealed to the federal government to make provision for another bailout funds to state governments to ease the economic hardship and offset Workers salaries.

The union made the appeal at its monthly congress held at the pen’s house, Adegbemile Akure, the state capital.

In a conmmunique issued by the congress, the Ondo Journalist also used the medium to congratulate the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredole, San and his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa for the recent victory at the Supreme Court.

They however, charged the governor to maintain the giant strides of his administration now that all legal Hinderances had finally been laid to rest.

The union also charged its members to priotise regular medical checkup so as to remain fit for their civic responsibility.

BIDEN/ CUBAN MEETING.

Current United States Administration has announced new sanctions against Cuba’s National Revolutionary police and its top two officials.

The Biden administration said it is considering a range of additional options including providing internet access to Cubans.

This is coming as U.S looks to increase pressure on the communist government following this month’s protests on the island.

In the latest sanctions announced by the department of the treasury’s office of foreign assets control, it was gathered that the police Nacional Revolcionaria and the agency’s director, Oscar Valcarce as well as deputy director, Eddie Arias, were targeted.

Meanwhile, information has it that the police are part of Cuba’s Interior Ministry, which was already the subject of a blanket designation by the trump administration back in January.

NZ/RACIST’ RAIDS

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has taken a bold step to apologise the early morning immigration raids in the 1970s that singled out people of pacific island descent.

The apology follows a petition to parliament by an Asia Youngman, Benji Timu who is of Samoan, cook island and niuean descent

It has been 50 years since New Zealand’s dawn raids and the 82-year-old father of pacific peoples minister, Aupito William Sio still cannot talk about it.

Sio said how do one talk about something he was made to feel helpless in his home by an authority that was supposed to look after him but ended up serving.

Report said the dawn raids took place in the 1970s, involving people from the pacific islands who had migrated to New Zealand to work in the years following World War II.

ISRAEL/ACCUSATION

Israel has accused Iran of being behind an attack on an oil tanker in which two crew members, a British national and a romanian citizen were killed.

The mv mercer street, operated by a london-based company, zodiac maritime, was off Oman’s coast in the Arabian sea when the incident occurred on July 29.

The company, which belongs to Israeli shipping magnate, Eyal ofer, said it was working to establish what had happened. But Israeli foreign minister, Yair Lapid on his part, blamed Iranian terrorism.

Lapid noted that Iran is not just an israeli problem, therefore warning the world not to be silent, even as details of the attack on the Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned tanker remained unclear.

In the meantime, Iran is yet to comment on the allegations.

TUNISIA/MPS’ ARREST

Tunisia’s President has announced that he would not turn into a dictator as two members of parliament were arrested following his decision to lift their immunity when he seized control of the government.

President Saied removed immunity of the parliament members, leaving any with cases against them vulnerable to arrest.

Report said Tunisia has been thrust into a political crisis by the president’s move to dismiss the prime minister and suspend parliament for 30 days, leading main parties to accuse him of a coup.

Despite all Criticisms, report said the president is still yet to carry out steps that critics said were needed to reassure Tunisians, including appointment of an interim prime minister and a road map to end the emergency measures.

BANGLADESH/FLOOD

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered landslides and flash floods in refugees camps displacing thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Southeastern Bangladesh.

The United Nations and other officials confirmed this and predicted further heavy rainfall.

The district administrator, Mamunur Rashid explained that not less than six Rohingyas, including three children, died in the landslides and flooding while 15 Bangladeshis were killed with more than 200,000 stranded.

Meanwhile, according to report, after fleeing a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in 2017, nearly one million Rohingya live in crowded camps in the border district of cox’s bazar, the world’s largest refugee settlement.

SPORTS

Nigerian Sprinter, Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended for doping hours before the former world championships silver medallist was due to run in today Saturday’s semi-finals of the women’s 100 Metres at the Olympics.

The athletics integrity unit said Okagbare tested positive for human growth hormone in an out-of-competition test on July 19, four days before the olympics opened, prompting a mandatory provisional suspension.

The AIU said results of the test were received by the track and field’s anti-doping body late on Friday, July 30 after Okagbare had already run in the 100 Metres heats on the opening day of track competition at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.

The aiu informed Okagbare of her suspension in the early hours of today, ruling her out of the 100 Metres and likely ending her Olympic campaign.

SPORTS

Nigerian Sprinter, Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended for doping hours before the former world championships silver medallist was due to run in today Saturday’s semi-finals of the women’s 100 Metres at the Olympics.

The athletics integrity unit said Okagbare tested positive for human growth hormone in an out-of-competition test on July 19, four days before the olympics opened, prompting a mandatory provisional suspension.

The AIU said results of the test were received by the track and field’s anti-doping body late on Friday, July 30 after Okagbare had already run in the 100 Metres heats on the opening day of track competition at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.

The aiu informed Okagbare of her suspension in the early hours of today, ruling her out of the 100 Metres and likely ending her Olympic campaign.

SPORTS 2

The most decorated American gymnast, Simone Biles has withdrawn from more Olympics event finals

Biles, who was expected to be one of the headliners of the Tokyo games in a bid for six gold medals, spoke with remarkable Candour about her decision, saying she needed to consider her mental and physical wellbeing.

The U.S gymnast, who continued to wrestle with mental health issues had earlier stunned the Tokyo games when she dropped out of the team competition following a poor opening vault and then decided not to defend her all-around crown.

Confirming the develoment, USA gymnastics, in a statement said after further consultation with medical staff, Simone biles decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars.

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