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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Gary Neville offers his hotels to health workers and vows not to lay off any staff

Manchester United and England legend, Gary Neville is set to temporarily close his two Manchester hotels, allowing NHS staff free access to the rooms to sleep amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hotel Football, located near Old Trafford, and The Stock Exchange hotel in the city centre are owned by Gary Neville and fellow Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs through their GG Hospitality group and the 49 year old Neville announced the kind act will start from Friday.

Neville has also promised staff at both hotels that no member of staff will be laid off or asked to take unpaid leave over the next few months.

He said: 'I just wanted to update you with some news on GG Hospitality and our two hotels: Hotel Football and the Stock Exchange,' Neville said in a Twitter video.

'We'll be closing both our hotels over the weekend, and in particular on Sunday. It's obviously been a difficult time for the whole of hospitality industry and the most important thing as priority is the health of our staff and our guests.

'We've taken this decision with that foremost in our minds. The second most important thing is our staff and our team members and that they retain their income over the next few months.

'We will not be making anybody redundant or asking anybody to take unpaid leave. We're working now on a package with our staff to ensure their income. They are our most important people and are the lifeblood of our business.

'And the third thing is that over the last week we have been in consultation with the health services in the Greater Manchester area and particularly the Manchester University National Health Services Foundation Trust and our 176 beds will be occupied by National Health Service workers and medical professionals from Friday onwards.

'It's from this moment in time that I think the whole of our industry needs to show solidarity, not just for our staff in these uncertain times but obviously for those who need the accommodation most in the coming months.

'It's something we're delighted to have come into agreement with. It will operate free of charge and our staff will operate the hotels as normal.

''The health workers will be able to stay there without any cost whatsoever in these next few months when they need isolation away from family members who may be affected by what's going on.

''It's obviously very difficult times and we hope that we can grow out of this stronger as a hotel business and beyond. But for the time being stay safe and we wish everybody all the best. he concluded

Coronavirus: FG to cut N1.5trn from 2020 budget

The federal government will be cutting N1.5trn from the N10.59trn 2020 Appropriation Act as confirmed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

Zainab who disclosed this after the federal cabinet meeting yesterday March 18, said the cut from capital expenditure stood at 20 %; while recurrent expenditure would incur 25%.

She said;

“We’ve written every ministry and given them guidelines on how these adjustments will be made to enable us have detailed inputs from the ministries.

“But I can just say that the bulk cut is about N1.5trn, the reduction in the size of the budget. And this includes N457bn from PMS under-recovery.”

Asides revealing that they will place an embargo on recruitment exercise and replacement, Zainab further disclosed that government will continue to pay salaries and not sack workers.

She added;

“On recruitment, there is already an instruction to stop recruitment. What the agencies have been doing is replacement but even that is being suspended. When things improve, we will go back to the issue of recruitment. But for now, our wage bill is already very high.

“The president has directed that salaries and pensions must be paid unfailingly. So, we are not looking at downsizing in anyway. We are maintaining our workforce as it is. But we are just stopping the increase in the size of the nominal roll.”

This is coming after the minister revealed that the coronavirus pandemic might lead to reduction of the 2020 budget which was passed by the National Assembly at $57 per barrel oil benchmark.

'Thanks for always supporting me when I needed it ' - Bobrisky says as he finally shows off his 'boyfriend'

Bobrisky has finally unveiled his boyfriend.

Taking to Instagram this morning to express his gratitude to his man for always showing him support, the popular crossdresser shared a photo of his boyfriend posing in front of a Bentley while backing the camera and then wrote:

'When your boyfriend is lit. Thanks for always supporting me when I needed it. I’m not tagging him here o because of hungry lion.'

Two US Reps, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams test positive for coronavirus

Two US Representatives, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams have become first members of Congress to test positive for coronavirus.

Congressman Diaz-Balart disclosed that he developed symptoms including a fever and headache on Saturday evening in a statement his office released. He urged the public to take the virus "extremely seriously" as he revealed that he is feeling better,

The statement read;

"On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms including a fever and headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

"We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times."

On Wednesday evening, Congressman Ben McAdams also revealed that he's been diagnosed with the virus.

The Utah Democrat said;

“Today I learned that I tested positive. I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine. I’m doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak.”

McAdams also disclosed that he had contact with probably a dozen members of the House and his staff is notifying anyone who might have been close to him. A Republican aide told CNN that the Capitol physician is now in contact with members who might have been exposed by Diaz-Balart and McAdams.

"He works with members that are getting tested ... and he consults with (the members) to map who (they) came into contact with," the aide said, referring to the Capitol physician. "He then reaches out to them and advises self-quarantine."

As of Wednesday, more than 8,500 Americans have been infected with coronavirus and 140 deaths have been recorded in the North American country.

Hit and run truck driver crushes 3 women to death in Rivers state (graphic photos)

A hit and run truck driver in the early hours of Wednesday crushed three women to death at Oyigbo in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The incident occurred at the popular Ukwube market where hundreds of women converted some part of the road as a makeshift stall to display their wares.

According to reports, the incident happened around 5.30am in the morning, when the driver of the truck pulled a reverse gear and rammed its tyres on the victims, killing them on the spot.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly took to his heels after the incident occurred, abandoning the victims.

Spokesperon of the Rivers state Police Command spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, said the police are on the trail of the driver of the vehicle.

One Ufomba Kingsley, however, said that the truck driver was later caught by angry youths and handed over to the police.

Mary Obikoya, the "Miracle Baby" who 3 women claimed as theirs in 1995, is now a graduate - Abike Dabiri reveals

If you watched Newsline on NTA in the 1990s, you'd be conversant with the girl dubbed "Miracle Baby" after 3 women claimed they were her biological mothers.

At the time, Abike Dabiri (now Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa) investigated the story to get to the root after a woman in her mid-60s (Mother 1), named Alhaja Wuraola Abayomi, appeared on Newsline one Sunday night in 1995 with her "baby" to claim she gave birth in her old age.

Another woman, named Folashade Adeyemi (Mother 2), while watching the show, suspected the child was hers because she had seen the woman in the hospital in 1994 when she went to deliver her twins and the woman wasn't pregnant at the time. Mother 2 had lost both children during delivery but she was never allowed to see her children's remains, despite asking the midwife to allow her to see her children's bodies.

Mother 2 went public and an investigation began. During the investigation, a 3rd woman named Kikelomo Obikoya surfaced, claiming the child as hers. She said she had a baby but was told by the same midwife who handled Mother 2's case that her child had died.

Tests revealed that Mother 3 was the child's biological mother but Mother 2 refused to accept the result of the test and the case went to court. Another set of tests were done and Mother 3 was still revealed as the biological mother.

It was discovered that the child, now known as Mary Obikoya, was born in December 1994 and was sold in 1995. Afterwards, the midwife, Mrs Esther Kubari was charged to court while the child was later awarded a scholarship by Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Today, a Twitter user reached out to Dabiri-Erewa to ask about Mary.

The Twitter user wrote: "@abikedabiri Where is Mary Obikoya? A girl you gave hope has today disappeared from our collective national conscience. The last we heard, she was being abused by an evidently unstable mother. If the government could not protect her, we hoped you could. Where is she?"

And Dabiri-Erewa responded: "She just graduated. On my scholarship. She will soon proceed for her NYSC."

Kenyan youths stone man to death after they suspected him of having coronavirus

A group of Kenyan youths have killed a man they suspected had the deadly coronavirus.

The man identified as George Kotini Hezron, was on his way home from a drinking spree in the village of Msambweni in Kwale County when he was attacked on Wednesday at around 9pm

The residents had suspected him of having coronavirus and then attacked him by throwing stones at him before fleeing the scene, according to local media.

Hezron was rushed to Msambweni Subcounty Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Confirming the incident, County police commander Joseph Nthenge said the attackers took advantage of his drunkenness and beat him up, leaving him for dead.

He told Kenyan newspaper The Star: 'Someone reported that the attackers saw the man staggering. They approached him, started an argument and beat him up.

'Kotini met a group of youths and an argument ensued as the youths took advantage of his drunkenness and started accusing him of suffering from coronavirus.'

The Sub-County police boss also disclosed that no arrest has been made but they have launched investigation.

“No arrests have been made but we have launched investigations into the matter,” he said.

Kenya's health ministry has so far confirmed seven cases of coronavirus.

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