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COVID-19: impact could see 195 million job losses, says ILO chief

The warning comes almost three weeks after the International Labour Organization (ILO) predicted that 25 million jobs were threatened by the new coronavirus. According to the agency, the latest dire assessment reflects the full or partial lockdown measures affecting almost 2.7 billion workers – four in five of the world’s workforce. Global unemployment already at…

The role of traditional rulers – Sanusi the genius: A case...

Ovonramwen, Oba of Benin   By Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, In the last week edition, I identified the economic and expansion reasons behind the British Colonial Masters’ assault and bastardization of the age-long tradition of great and influential Obas along the Atlantic Coastline. This week, I intend to write on three great Obas whose kingdom…

Microsoft engineer adapts fan-tracking app for COVID-19 use

Microsoft Office. PHOTO: Getty Images A Microsoft engineer who designed an app to track North Dakota State University football fans on their annual trek to Texas for the national championship has taken that concept and applied it to contact tracing for the coronavirus. The Care19 app is meant to help reduce the spread of COVID-19…

Vulnerable Indians need urgent help to cope with COVID-19 pandemic: a...

India’s numbers are still small compared to many other countries, and I think that’s largely due to the early actions taken to screen people coming into the country, to do extensive testing and contact tracing – surveying who may have been in touch with people infected – as well as social distancing and a number…

UN General Assembly: The world’s ‘town hall’ remains open during COVID-19...

That’s the message from Ambassador Mari Skåre, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the UN General Assembly, speaking about how the pandemic has changed working procedures at the world’s most representative body. “When we understood that this was becoming a public health issue here (in New York City) …we reacted quite swiftly and started…

COVID-19 highlights nurses’ vulnerability as backbone to health services worldwide

“Today, we are more deeply grateful than ever to all of you, as you work, round the clock, putting yourselves at risk, to fight the ravages of this pandemic”, the UN chief said, addressing “the nurses, midwives, technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, doctors, drivers, cleaners, administrators and many others - who work, day and night to keep…

First Person: ‘Fate’ of Italian nurse, and countless other health workers,...

Laura Lupi works at a COVID-19 hospital in Teramo in the Abruzzo region of Italy to the east of the capital, Rome. On 6 April, Italy had recorded over 16,500 deaths from the virus, more than any other country in the world. On World Health Day marked annually on 7 April, which this year is focusing…

APC chieftain hails Lagos residents for obeying restriction order

All Progressive Congress A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Lanre Razak, yesterday, commended Lagos residents for complying with the stay at home order. Razak, in a chat with newsmen, stated that their cooperation with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has made his job of combating the Coronavirus easier and effective. According to him, compliance…

Lady Gaga curating global event to boost healthcare workers on coronavirus...

“The World Health Organization is committed to defeating the coronavirus pandemic with science and public health measures, and supporting the health workers who are on the frontlines of the response”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, making Monday’s announcement of the event.  ⭕️ We’re excited to announce One World: #TogetherAtHome, a global broadcast on…

International sport day moves indoors, with plea to stay active during...

With more and more people stuck indoors for most of the day, it can be a struggle to remain physically and mentally healthy. However, the UN health agency (WHO) insists that it is more important than ever, and is achievable, even in small spaces, and without any equipment. There is also a wide range of…

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