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  •   In the name of containing the spread of COVID 19 at home the United States has been pushing ahead with its immigration enforcement agenda deporting thousands of Central Americans including those who have been infected with the deadly virus to their home countries amid the ravaging pandemic With little or even no sanitary measures in place in crowded holding centers or the deportation process Washington s business as usual approach has disregarded a global health crisis and jeopardized the fragile health systems in less developed countries in Central America So far Guatemala Haiti Jamaica and other Latin American countries such as Colombia and Mexico have all reported infected cases in deportees The United States with the world s highest number of infections and deaths is accused of prompting the virus diffusion in its neighboring region XINHUA
    United States deportations imperil Central America’s weak health systems
      In the name of containing the spread of COVID 19 at home the United States has been pushing ahead with its immigration enforcement agenda deporting thousands of Central Americans including those who have been infected with the deadly virus to their home countries amid the ravaging pandemic With little or even no sanitary measures in place in crowded holding centers or the deportation process Washington s business as usual approach has disregarded a global health crisis and jeopardized the fragile health systems in less developed countries in Central America So far Guatemala Haiti Jamaica and other Latin American countries such as Colombia and Mexico have all reported infected cases in deportees The United States with the world s highest number of infections and deaths is accused of prompting the virus diffusion in its neighboring region XINHUA
    United States deportations imperil Central America’s weak health systems
    Foreign2 years ago

    United States deportations imperil Central America’s weak health systems

    In the name of containing the spread of COVID-19 at home, the United States has been pushing ahead with its immigration enforcement agenda, deporting thousands of Central Americans, including those who have been infected with the deadly virus, to their home countries amid the ravaging pandemic. With little or even no sanitary measures in place in crowded holding centers or the deportation process, Washington's business-as-usual approach has disregarded a global health crisis and jeopardized the fragile health systems in less developed countries in Central America. So far, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica and other Latin American countries such as Colombia and Mexico have all reported infected cases in deportees. The United States, with the world's highest number of infections and deaths, is accused of prompting the virus' diffusion in its neighboring region.


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  •  Countries that form the Organization of the African Caribbean and Pacific States on Wednesday called on developed countries to lift sanctions on its members and provide more debt relief to enhance fight against COVID 19 pandemic Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the organization s President in Office cited the growing debt burden and existing economic sanctions among its members as challenges that are aggravating the negative effects of the COVID 19 pandemic The debt of many member states continues to rise Forty four percent of low income and least developed countries LDCs are in debt distress or assessed as being at high risk of external debt distress Kenyatta said in a statement issued in Nairobi after holding a virtual summit of Heads of State and Government Kenyatta noted that the debt of many OACP countries continues to rise saying close to half of the low income and least developed countries have hit debt crisis levels COVID 19 and related global economic shocks will exacerbate this problem he said during the meeting which leaders welcomed the various debt relief measures being rolled out by global lenders but called for more interventions including debt cancelation The meeting also attended by OACPS development partners led by France Norway and Canada expressed dissatisfaction at the recent decision by the EU to list some of its members as high risk nations for money laundering and terrorism financing The countries blacklisted by the EU in May include the Bahamas Barbados Botswana Cambodia Ghana Jamaica Mauritius Mongolia Myanmar Nicaragua Panama and Zimbabwe The leaders said the international community needs to lift the sanctions so as to enable the African nations to apply their resources in mitigating their populations from the adverse socio economic effects of the current health crisis They urged for the lifting of economic sanctions against Sudan and Zimbabwe and called for global solidarity in the fight against COVID 19 They also voiced their support for the World Health Organization During the meeting the leaders resolved to deepen cooperation through South South North South and Triangular Cooperation Kenyatta said diversified partnerships established through these new avenues will help alleviate the health and socioeconomic disruptions caused by COVID 19 At the national level COVID 19 has led to a shrinking of fiscal space while at the international level the pandemic has weakened the pipeline of resources dedicated to development programs he said The leaders agreed to broaden sources of financing COVID 19 response and recovery interventions through public private partnerships as well as through increased access to concessional financing XINHUA
    Developed countries urged to lift sanctions, offer debt relief amid COVID-19
     Countries that form the Organization of the African Caribbean and Pacific States on Wednesday called on developed countries to lift sanctions on its members and provide more debt relief to enhance fight against COVID 19 pandemic Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the organization s President in Office cited the growing debt burden and existing economic sanctions among its members as challenges that are aggravating the negative effects of the COVID 19 pandemic The debt of many member states continues to rise Forty four percent of low income and least developed countries LDCs are in debt distress or assessed as being at high risk of external debt distress Kenyatta said in a statement issued in Nairobi after holding a virtual summit of Heads of State and Government Kenyatta noted that the debt of many OACP countries continues to rise saying close to half of the low income and least developed countries have hit debt crisis levels COVID 19 and related global economic shocks will exacerbate this problem he said during the meeting which leaders welcomed the various debt relief measures being rolled out by global lenders but called for more interventions including debt cancelation The meeting also attended by OACPS development partners led by France Norway and Canada expressed dissatisfaction at the recent decision by the EU to list some of its members as high risk nations for money laundering and terrorism financing The countries blacklisted by the EU in May include the Bahamas Barbados Botswana Cambodia Ghana Jamaica Mauritius Mongolia Myanmar Nicaragua Panama and Zimbabwe The leaders said the international community needs to lift the sanctions so as to enable the African nations to apply their resources in mitigating their populations from the adverse socio economic effects of the current health crisis They urged for the lifting of economic sanctions against Sudan and Zimbabwe and called for global solidarity in the fight against COVID 19 They also voiced their support for the World Health Organization During the meeting the leaders resolved to deepen cooperation through South South North South and Triangular Cooperation Kenyatta said diversified partnerships established through these new avenues will help alleviate the health and socioeconomic disruptions caused by COVID 19 At the national level COVID 19 has led to a shrinking of fiscal space while at the international level the pandemic has weakened the pipeline of resources dedicated to development programs he said The leaders agreed to broaden sources of financing COVID 19 response and recovery interventions through public private partnerships as well as through increased access to concessional financing XINHUA
    Developed countries urged to lift sanctions, offer debt relief amid COVID-19
    Foreign2 years ago

    Developed countries urged to lift sanctions, offer debt relief amid COVID-19

    Countries that form the Organization of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States on Wednesday called on developed countries to lift sanctions on its members and provide more debt relief to enhance fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the organization's President-in-Office, cited the growing debt burden and existing economic sanctions among its members as challenges that are aggravating the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "The debt of many member states continues to rise. Forty four percent of low income and least developed countries (LDCs) are in debt distress or assessed as being at high risk of external debt distress," Kenyatta said in a statement issued in Nairobi after holding a virtual summit of Heads of State and Government.

    Kenyatta noted that the debt of many OACP countries continues to rise saying close to half of the low income and least developed countries have hit debt crisis levels.

    "COVID-19 and related global economic shocks will exacerbate this problem," he said during the meeting which leaders welcomed the various debt relief measures being rolled out by global lenders but called for more interventions including debt cancelation.

    The meeting, also attended by OACPS development partners led by France, Norway and Canada, expressed dissatisfaction at the recent decision by the EU to list some of its members as high-risk nations for money laundering and terrorism financing.

    The countries blacklisted by the EU in May include the Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, Ghana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama and Zimbabwe.

    The leaders said the international community needs to lift the sanctions so as to enable the African nations to apply their resources in mitigating their populations from the adverse socio-economic effects of the current health crisis.

    They urged for the lifting of economic sanctions against Sudan and Zimbabwe and called for global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. They also voiced their support for the World Health Organization.

    During the meeting, the leaders resolved to deepen cooperation through South-South, North-South and Triangular Cooperation.

    Kenyatta said diversified partnerships established through these new avenues will help alleviate the health and socioeconomic disruptions caused by COVID-19.

    "At the national level, COVID-19 has led to a shrinking of fiscal space while at the international level, the pandemic has weakened the pipeline of resources dedicated to development programs," he said.

    The leaders agreed to broaden sources of financing COVID-19 response and recovery interventions through public-private partnerships as well as through increased access to concessional financing.


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  •  Immigration rights activists in Mexico have been outraged by the U S government s routine deportations of undocumented migrants amid the COVID 19 pandemic without taking any health precautions It s outrageous said Ana Laura Lopez founder of advocacy group Deportees United in the Struggle The group has aided deportees who complained of a general lack of adequate health and sanitary measures at U S detention centers and throughout deportation proceedings Lopez told Xinhua In addition deportees found it hard to process needed documents or even buy basic necessities amid the COVID 19 lockdown which ordered many government offices and non essential businesses to close or curtail operations We know what the posture of United States President Donald Trump s administration is inhumane If it was already inhumane before it s worse now it is horribly evident said Lopez Migrant shelters along Mexico s northern border with the United States including the Catholic Church run Nazareth Migrant Shelter in Nuevo Laredo in the northeast state of Tamaulipas have been wary of COVID 19 outbreaks sparked by the ongoing deportations In April 15 migrants at the shelter which borders the U S state of Texas tested positive for the virus piling more woes atop the residents existing concerns recalled Father Marvin Ajic a priest Six of the migrants were Honduran four Mexican three Cuban and one from Guatemala and one Cameroon Among them were minors aged 10 13 and 16 Being isolated was painful for each of them said Ajic adding that it is important to take into consideration mental and psychological health Since 2019 the United States so called Migrant Protection Protocols have allowed it to deport undocumented migrants seeking asylum in Mexico where they await the outcomes of applications A COVID 19 outbreak at the shelter was inevitable given that a large percentage of those arriving had been in prisons in the United States which have been hit hard by the COVID 19 pandemic warned Ajic Other Latin American countries such as Guatemala Colombia Haiti and Jamaica have also reported cases of deportees infected with COVID 19 Some 986 migrants at more than 40 U S detention centers have tested positive for the virus figures from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE agency show To prevent the spread of the outbreak Mexican authorities have geared up to monitor deportees via temperature checks and other measures as many of them return to their communities and rejoin families and friends said Brenda Cardenas head of the state run Tamaulipas Migrant Institute XINHUA
    Immigration rights activists call United States routine deportations amid pandemic “outrageous”
     Immigration rights activists in Mexico have been outraged by the U S government s routine deportations of undocumented migrants amid the COVID 19 pandemic without taking any health precautions It s outrageous said Ana Laura Lopez founder of advocacy group Deportees United in the Struggle The group has aided deportees who complained of a general lack of adequate health and sanitary measures at U S detention centers and throughout deportation proceedings Lopez told Xinhua In addition deportees found it hard to process needed documents or even buy basic necessities amid the COVID 19 lockdown which ordered many government offices and non essential businesses to close or curtail operations We know what the posture of United States President Donald Trump s administration is inhumane If it was already inhumane before it s worse now it is horribly evident said Lopez Migrant shelters along Mexico s northern border with the United States including the Catholic Church run Nazareth Migrant Shelter in Nuevo Laredo in the northeast state of Tamaulipas have been wary of COVID 19 outbreaks sparked by the ongoing deportations In April 15 migrants at the shelter which borders the U S state of Texas tested positive for the virus piling more woes atop the residents existing concerns recalled Father Marvin Ajic a priest Six of the migrants were Honduran four Mexican three Cuban and one from Guatemala and one Cameroon Among them were minors aged 10 13 and 16 Being isolated was painful for each of them said Ajic adding that it is important to take into consideration mental and psychological health Since 2019 the United States so called Migrant Protection Protocols have allowed it to deport undocumented migrants seeking asylum in Mexico where they await the outcomes of applications A COVID 19 outbreak at the shelter was inevitable given that a large percentage of those arriving had been in prisons in the United States which have been hit hard by the COVID 19 pandemic warned Ajic Other Latin American countries such as Guatemala Colombia Haiti and Jamaica have also reported cases of deportees infected with COVID 19 Some 986 migrants at more than 40 U S detention centers have tested positive for the virus figures from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE agency show To prevent the spread of the outbreak Mexican authorities have geared up to monitor deportees via temperature checks and other measures as many of them return to their communities and rejoin families and friends said Brenda Cardenas head of the state run Tamaulipas Migrant Institute XINHUA
    Immigration rights activists call United States routine deportations amid pandemic “outrageous”
    Foreign2 years ago

    Immigration rights activists call United States routine deportations amid pandemic “outrageous”

    Immigration rights activists in Mexico have been outraged by the U.S. government's routine deportations of undocumented migrants amid the COVID-19 pandemic without taking any health precautions.

    It's "outrageous," said Ana Laura Lopez, founder of advocacy group "Deportees United in the Struggle."

    The group has aided deportees who complained of a general lack of adequate health and sanitary measures at U.S. detention centers, and throughout deportation proceedings, Lopez told Xinhua.

    In addition, deportees found it hard to process needed documents or even buy basic necessities amid the COVID-19 lockdown, which ordered many government offices and non-essential businesses to close or curtail operations.

    "We know what the posture of (United States President Donald) Trump's administration is: inhumane. If it was already inhumane before, it's worse now -- it is horribly evident," said Lopez.

    Migrant shelters along Mexico's northern border with the United States, including the Catholic Church-run Nazareth Migrant Shelter in Nuevo Laredo, in the northeast state of Tamaulipas, have been wary of COVID-19 outbreaks sparked by the ongoing deportations.

    In April, 15 migrants at the shelter, which borders the U.S. state of Texas, tested positive for the virus, piling more woes atop the residents' existing concerns, recalled Father Marvin Ajic, a priest.

    Six of the migrants were Honduran, four Mexican, three Cuban, and one from Guatemala and one Cameroon. Among them were minors aged 10, 13 and 16.

    Being isolated "was painful for each of them," said Ajic, adding that "it is important to take into consideration mental and psychological health."

    Since 2019, the United States' so-called Migrant Protection Protocols have allowed it to deport undocumented migrants seeking asylum in Mexico, where they await the outcomes of applications.

    A COVID-19 outbreak at the shelter "was inevitable," given that "a large percentage of those arriving had been in prisons" in the United States, which have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, warned Ajic.

    Other Latin American countries such as Guatemala, Colombia, Haiti and Jamaica have also reported cases of deportees infected with COVID-19.

    Some 986 migrants at more than 40 U.S. detention centers have tested positive for the virus, figures from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency show.

    To prevent the spread of the outbreak, Mexican authorities have geared up to monitor deportees via temperature checks and other measures, as many of them return to their communities and rejoin families and friends, said Brenda Cardenas, head of the state-run Tamaulipas Migrant Institute.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari says global solidarity is the hope for humanity to reverse the devastations of COVID 19 to the human race The president stated this during a virtual meeting tagged High Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID 19 and beyond on Thursday in Abuja He also renewed the appeal for debt cancellation for African countries at the event convened by Canada Jamaica and the Secretary General of the United Nations Buhari called on developed countries and international financial institutions to cancel the debts of needy countries especially in Africa to enable them reverse the devastations of COVID 19 The Nigerian leader also urged major nations to provide free additional resources through an international consensus to assist poor countries fight the coronavirus pandemic The president however cautioned major nations against adopting a me first and every man for himself attitude warning that the consequences for all of us in the 21st century can only be imagined The world has changed through COVID 19 and so must the global financing architecture for development financing and the response to the current pandemic There is an urgent need for weak and needy countries especially those of Africa to receive a fresh reprieve This is a historic plague affecting every corner of the globe In the circumstances the response needed must be global unconditional comprehensive and rapid Debts must be forgiven and cancelled Free additional resources are needed urgently through an international consensus to enable poor countries work to reverse the devastations of COVID 19 to the human race Rising now and standing together in true global solidarity to my mind is the only hope for humanity the best approach to safeguarding the 2030 SDGs and the only way we can build back for more resilient economies and societies The President also used the occasion to apprise the international community on the devastating impact of the pandemic on the Nigerian economy the health sector and efforts by his government to mitigate the crisis For Nigeria the shocks are multiple including the sharp decline in international oil prices which has negatively impacted revenues and growth worsened external and domestic positions and further increased banking sector vulnerabilities resulting in enormous human and economic toll on the country We have been proactive in implementing a number of strong measures including fiscal monetary and structural policies and a multi front response to the health crisis created by COVID 19 which captures all tiers of Government as well as the private sector Our objective is to revert to the government s planned medium term fiscal consolidation path once the crisis is over Our strategy for macroeconomic stability is anchored on our home grown Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP he said Buhari said Nigeria had revised its 2020 budget downwards He said the country had shifted emphasis to response activities towards bridging the critical gaps in the health infrastructures to strengthen national response to COVID 19 and other diseases On demographics and health the President told the meeting that with an estimated population of 200 million and a large segment of economically vulnerable population Nigeria had a high burden of communicable and non communicable diseases This level of disease burden coupled with poverty level and Nigeria s weak system the COVID 19 pandemic is certainly jeopardizing and reversing the gains already made by the Government and its partners including in such other areas as outbreaks of Lassa and yellow fevers and measles he said Nigeria recorded its first confirmed case of COVID 19 on Feb 27 2020 Since then the country has seen a steady increase in the number of cases with 8 733 confirmed cases out of which 2 501 have been discharged and 254 deaths reported across 35 states as at May 27 More than 50 Heads of State and Government as well as heads of international organisations participated in the High Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID 19 and beyond Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    COVID-19: Global solidarity only hope for humanity, says Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari says global solidarity is the hope for humanity to reverse the devastations of COVID 19 to the human race The president stated this during a virtual meeting tagged High Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID 19 and beyond on Thursday in Abuja He also renewed the appeal for debt cancellation for African countries at the event convened by Canada Jamaica and the Secretary General of the United Nations Buhari called on developed countries and international financial institutions to cancel the debts of needy countries especially in Africa to enable them reverse the devastations of COVID 19 The Nigerian leader also urged major nations to provide free additional resources through an international consensus to assist poor countries fight the coronavirus pandemic The president however cautioned major nations against adopting a me first and every man for himself attitude warning that the consequences for all of us in the 21st century can only be imagined The world has changed through COVID 19 and so must the global financing architecture for development financing and the response to the current pandemic There is an urgent need for weak and needy countries especially those of Africa to receive a fresh reprieve This is a historic plague affecting every corner of the globe In the circumstances the response needed must be global unconditional comprehensive and rapid Debts must be forgiven and cancelled Free additional resources are needed urgently through an international consensus to enable poor countries work to reverse the devastations of COVID 19 to the human race Rising now and standing together in true global solidarity to my mind is the only hope for humanity the best approach to safeguarding the 2030 SDGs and the only way we can build back for more resilient economies and societies The President also used the occasion to apprise the international community on the devastating impact of the pandemic on the Nigerian economy the health sector and efforts by his government to mitigate the crisis For Nigeria the shocks are multiple including the sharp decline in international oil prices which has negatively impacted revenues and growth worsened external and domestic positions and further increased banking sector vulnerabilities resulting in enormous human and economic toll on the country We have been proactive in implementing a number of strong measures including fiscal monetary and structural policies and a multi front response to the health crisis created by COVID 19 which captures all tiers of Government as well as the private sector Our objective is to revert to the government s planned medium term fiscal consolidation path once the crisis is over Our strategy for macroeconomic stability is anchored on our home grown Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP he said Buhari said Nigeria had revised its 2020 budget downwards He said the country had shifted emphasis to response activities towards bridging the critical gaps in the health infrastructures to strengthen national response to COVID 19 and other diseases On demographics and health the President told the meeting that with an estimated population of 200 million and a large segment of economically vulnerable population Nigeria had a high burden of communicable and non communicable diseases This level of disease burden coupled with poverty level and Nigeria s weak system the COVID 19 pandemic is certainly jeopardizing and reversing the gains already made by the Government and its partners including in such other areas as outbreaks of Lassa and yellow fevers and measles he said Nigeria recorded its first confirmed case of COVID 19 on Feb 27 2020 Since then the country has seen a steady increase in the number of cases with 8 733 confirmed cases out of which 2 501 have been discharged and 254 deaths reported across 35 states as at May 27 More than 50 Heads of State and Government as well as heads of international organisations participated in the High Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID 19 and beyond Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    COVID-19: Global solidarity only hope for humanity, says Buhari
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    COVID-19: Global solidarity only hope for humanity, says Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says global solidarity is the hope for humanity to reverse the devastations of COVID-19 to the human race.

    The president stated this during a virtual meeting tagged, ”High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and beyond”, on Thursday in Abuja.

    He also renewed the appeal for debt cancellation for African countries at the event convened by Canada, Jamaica and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

    Buhari called on developed countries and international financial institutions to cancel the debts of ”needy countries” especially in Africa to enable them reverse the devastations of COVID-19.

    The Nigerian leader also urged major nations to provide free additional resources through an international consensus to assist poor countries fight the coronavirus pandemic.

    The president, however, cautioned major nations against adopting a ”me first” and ”every man for himself” attitude, warning that “the consequences for all of us in the 21st century can only be imagined’’.

    ”The world has changed through COVID-19 and so must the global financing architecture for development financing and the response to the current pandemic.

    “There is an urgent need for weak and needy countries especially those of Africa, to receive a fresh reprieve.

    ”This is a historic plague affecting every corner of the globe. In the circumstances, the response needed must be global, unconditional, comprehensive and rapid.

    “Debts must be forgiven and cancelled. Free additional resources are needed urgently through an international consensus to enable poor countries work to reverse the devastations of COVID-19 to the human race.

    ”Rising now and standing together in true global solidarity to my mind is the only hope for humanity, the best approach to safeguarding the 2030 SDGs and the only way we can build back for more resilient economies and societies.”

    The President also used the occasion to apprise the international community on the devastating impact of the pandemic on the Nigerian economy, the health sector and efforts by his government to mitigate the crisis.

    For Nigeria, the shocks are multiple, including the sharp decline in international oil prices which has negatively impacted revenues and growth, worsened external and domestic positions, and further increased banking sector vulnerabilities, resulting in enormous human and economic toll on the country.

    ”We have been proactive in implementing a number of strong measures, including fiscal, monetary and structural policies, and a multi-front response to the health crisis created by COVID-19 which captures all tiers of Government as well as the private sector.

    ”Our objective is to revert to the government’s planned medium-term fiscal consolidation path once the crisis is over. Our strategy for macroeconomic stability is anchored on our home-grown Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP),” he said.

    Buhari said Nigeria had revised its 2020 budget downwards.

    He said the country had shifted emphasis to response activities towards bridging the critical gaps in the health infrastructures to strengthen national response to COVID-19 and other diseases.

    On demographics and health, the President told the meeting that with an estimated population of 200 million and a large segment of economically vulnerable population, Nigeria had a high burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

    ”This level of disease burden, coupled with poverty level and Nigeria’s weak system; the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly jeopardizing and reversing the gains already made by the Government and its partners including in such other areas as outbreaks of Lassa and yellow fevers and measles,’’ he said.

    Nigeria recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Feb, 27, 2020.

    Since then, the country has seen a steady increase in the number of cases, with 8,733 confirmed cases, out of which 2,501 have been discharged and 254 deaths reported across 35 states as at May 27.

    More than 50 Heads of State and Government as well as heads of international organisations participated in the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and beyond.



    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday joined world leaders in a virtual summit of the United Nations High Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID 19 and Beyond The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari s participation was at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres The High Level Event is jointly hosted by Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau of Canada and Andrew Holness of Jamaica The event brings together world leaders and international organisations in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate the global response to the economic and human impacts of COVID 19 It also seeks to advance concrete solutions to the development emergency African leaders participating in the virtual meeting which has more than 50 world leaders include the African Union Chair and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as the Presidents of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo and Sierra Leone Julius Bio The Ministers of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama Finance Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed the Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari and the President s two media aides Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu were at the venue of the vitual event Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Buhari joins World leaders in virtual UN dev’t financing summit
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday joined world leaders in a virtual summit of the United Nations High Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID 19 and Beyond The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari s participation was at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres The High Level Event is jointly hosted by Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau of Canada and Andrew Holness of Jamaica The event brings together world leaders and international organisations in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate the global response to the economic and human impacts of COVID 19 It also seeks to advance concrete solutions to the development emergency African leaders participating in the virtual meeting which has more than 50 world leaders include the African Union Chair and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as the Presidents of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo and Sierra Leone Julius Bio The Ministers of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama Finance Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed the Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari and the President s two media aides Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu were at the venue of the vitual event Edited By Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Buhari joins World leaders in virtual UN dev’t financing summit
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    Buhari joins World leaders in virtual UN dev’t financing summit

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday joined world leaders in a virtual summit of the United Nations High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari’s participation was at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres.

    The High-Level Event is jointly hosted by Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau of Canada and Andrew Holness of Jamaica.

    The event brings together world leaders and international organisations in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate the global response to the economic and human impacts of COVID-19.

    It also seeks to advance concrete solutions to the development emergency.

    African leaders participating in the virtual meeting, which has more than 50 world leaders, include the African Union Chair and South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa as well as the Presidents of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and Sierra Leone, Julius Bio.

    The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the President’s two media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu were at the venue of the vitual event.



    Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

  •  The International Monetary Fund IMF on Friday approved Jamaica s request for emergency financial assistance of about 520 million U S dollars to help meet the urgent balance of payments needs stemming from the COVID 19 pandemic Despite the authorities best efforts the pandemic is severely impacting the Jamaican economy as a sudden stop in tourism and falling remittances are generating a sizable balance of payments need Zhang Tao deputy managing director of the IMF said in a statement adding the economic outlook remains subject to an unusually high degree of uncertainty The disbursement under the IMF s Rapid Financing Instrument RFI will strengthen Jamaican reserves and help catalyze additional support from other international financial institutions and development partners Zhang noted Once the crisis abates building on their demonstrated commitment to reform and stability oriented measures the authorities should continue the implementation of their ambitious reform agenda to support the economic recovery and ensure strong and sustainable economic growth he said The Government of Jamaica has declared the entire island as a disaster area and established a special taskforce to coordinate the country s COVID 19 response and recovery efforts according to the IMF XINHUA
    IMF approves 520 mln USD to help Jamaica address COVID-19 impact
     The International Monetary Fund IMF on Friday approved Jamaica s request for emergency financial assistance of about 520 million U S dollars to help meet the urgent balance of payments needs stemming from the COVID 19 pandemic Despite the authorities best efforts the pandemic is severely impacting the Jamaican economy as a sudden stop in tourism and falling remittances are generating a sizable balance of payments need Zhang Tao deputy managing director of the IMF said in a statement adding the economic outlook remains subject to an unusually high degree of uncertainty The disbursement under the IMF s Rapid Financing Instrument RFI will strengthen Jamaican reserves and help catalyze additional support from other international financial institutions and development partners Zhang noted Once the crisis abates building on their demonstrated commitment to reform and stability oriented measures the authorities should continue the implementation of their ambitious reform agenda to support the economic recovery and ensure strong and sustainable economic growth he said The Government of Jamaica has declared the entire island as a disaster area and established a special taskforce to coordinate the country s COVID 19 response and recovery efforts according to the IMF XINHUA
    IMF approves 520 mln USD to help Jamaica address COVID-19 impact
    Foreign2 years ago

    IMF approves 520 mln USD to help Jamaica address COVID-19 impact

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved Jamaica's request for emergency financial assistance of about 520 million U.S. dollars to help meet the urgent balance-of-payments needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Despite the authorities' best efforts, the pandemic is severely impacting the Jamaican economy, as a sudden stop in tourism and falling remittances are generating a sizable balance-of-payments need," Zhang Tao, deputy managing director of the IMF, said in a statement, adding the economic outlook remains subject to "an unusually high degree of uncertainty".

    The disbursement under the IMF's Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) will strengthen Jamaican reserves and help catalyze additional support from other international financial institutions and development partners, Zhang noted.

    "Once the crisis abates, building on their demonstrated commitment to reform and stability-oriented measures, the authorities should continue the implementation of their ambitious reform agenda to support the economic recovery and ensure strong and sustainable economic growth," he said.

    The Government of Jamaica has declared the entire island as a disaster area and established a special taskforce to coordinate the country's COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, according to the IMF.


    (XINHUA)

  •  The U S Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for federal authorities to deport certain immigrants who have committed crimes in a victory for President Donald Trump s administration The court ruled 5 4 with the conservative justices in the majority to uphold a lower court decision It had found a legal permanent resident from Jamaica named Andre Martello Barton ineligible to have his deportation canceled under a U S law that lets some longtime legal residents avoid expulsion Barton was targeted for deportation after criminal convictions in Georgia for drug and gun crimes The decision could affect thousands of immigrants with criminal convictions many for minor offenses who reside legally in the U S The Trump administration argued against Barton s bid to avoid removal Trump s hardline stance on both legal and illegal immigration has been a key feature of his presidency and his 2020 re election campaign He has justified his immigration crackdown in part by citing crimes committed by immigrants Permanent residents selected for deportation may apply to have their removal canceled if they have been living continuously in the U S for at least seven years except if they have committed certain serious felonies At issue in the case was the meaning of a 1996 change known as the stop time rule in U S immigration law This provision disqualifies immigrants who commit certain crimes from this discretionary benefit by stopping the clock on their period of continuous residency The Federal Government had said the rule was triggered in Barton s case because his assault charge would bar his admission into the country even though as of 1996 he had resided in the U S too long to be declared deportable for that crime Barton argued that he could not be found inadmissible because he had already been lawfully admitted Noting that deporting a permanent resident is a wrenching process conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh writing for the majority on Thursday disagreed Removal is particularly difficult when it involves someone such as Barton who has spent most of his life in the United States wrote Kavanaugh appointed to the court by Trump in 2018 Congress made a choice however to authorize removal of non citizens even lawful permanent residents who have committed certain serious crimes In a dissent liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor called the ruling at odds with common sense Sotomayor noted that the immigration judge who heard Barton s case said she would have preferred to grant Barton s bid to avoid deportation noting that he had rehabilitated and that his four children were all U S citizens Barton a car repair shop manager and father of four came to the United States as a teenager with his mother in 1989 He was convicted in Georgia in 1996 of assault and possession of a firearm in an incident in which his friend shot at a house from a car he was driving Barton also was convicted of drug possession in 2007 and 2008 In 2017 immigration authorities decided Barton s deportation could not be canceled because the 1996 assault charges triggered the stop time rule just months before he reached the seven year milestone The Atlanta based 11th U S Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision in 2018 There are more than 13 million lawful U S permanent residents also known as green card holders according to the Department of Homeland Security Of the estimated 1 9 million non citizens the government has deemed deportable based on a criminal convictions most are legal residents or those in the country on temporary visas according to the Migration Policy Institute a research organisation The ruling came a day after another immigration crackdown by Trump who ordered a temporary block on some foreigners from permanent residence in the U S saying he wanted to protect American workers and jobs during the coronavirus pandemic That order is due to last for 60 days and then will be reviewed and possibly extended IAA Edited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    U.S. Supreme Court eases path to deport immigrants for crimes
     The U S Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for federal authorities to deport certain immigrants who have committed crimes in a victory for President Donald Trump s administration The court ruled 5 4 with the conservative justices in the majority to uphold a lower court decision It had found a legal permanent resident from Jamaica named Andre Martello Barton ineligible to have his deportation canceled under a U S law that lets some longtime legal residents avoid expulsion Barton was targeted for deportation after criminal convictions in Georgia for drug and gun crimes The decision could affect thousands of immigrants with criminal convictions many for minor offenses who reside legally in the U S The Trump administration argued against Barton s bid to avoid removal Trump s hardline stance on both legal and illegal immigration has been a key feature of his presidency and his 2020 re election campaign He has justified his immigration crackdown in part by citing crimes committed by immigrants Permanent residents selected for deportation may apply to have their removal canceled if they have been living continuously in the U S for at least seven years except if they have committed certain serious felonies At issue in the case was the meaning of a 1996 change known as the stop time rule in U S immigration law This provision disqualifies immigrants who commit certain crimes from this discretionary benefit by stopping the clock on their period of continuous residency The Federal Government had said the rule was triggered in Barton s case because his assault charge would bar his admission into the country even though as of 1996 he had resided in the U S too long to be declared deportable for that crime Barton argued that he could not be found inadmissible because he had already been lawfully admitted Noting that deporting a permanent resident is a wrenching process conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh writing for the majority on Thursday disagreed Removal is particularly difficult when it involves someone such as Barton who has spent most of his life in the United States wrote Kavanaugh appointed to the court by Trump in 2018 Congress made a choice however to authorize removal of non citizens even lawful permanent residents who have committed certain serious crimes In a dissent liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor called the ruling at odds with common sense Sotomayor noted that the immigration judge who heard Barton s case said she would have preferred to grant Barton s bid to avoid deportation noting that he had rehabilitated and that his four children were all U S citizens Barton a car repair shop manager and father of four came to the United States as a teenager with his mother in 1989 He was convicted in Georgia in 1996 of assault and possession of a firearm in an incident in which his friend shot at a house from a car he was driving Barton also was convicted of drug possession in 2007 and 2008 In 2017 immigration authorities decided Barton s deportation could not be canceled because the 1996 assault charges triggered the stop time rule just months before he reached the seven year milestone The Atlanta based 11th U S Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision in 2018 There are more than 13 million lawful U S permanent residents also known as green card holders according to the Department of Homeland Security Of the estimated 1 9 million non citizens the government has deemed deportable based on a criminal convictions most are legal residents or those in the country on temporary visas according to the Migration Policy Institute a research organisation The ruling came a day after another immigration crackdown by Trump who ordered a temporary block on some foreigners from permanent residence in the U S saying he wanted to protect American workers and jobs during the coronavirus pandemic That order is due to last for 60 days and then will be reviewed and possibly extended IAA Edited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    U.S. Supreme Court eases path to deport immigrants for crimes
    Foreign2 years ago

    U.S. Supreme Court eases path to deport immigrants for crimes

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for federal authorities to deport certain immigrants who have committed crimes in a victory for President Donald Trump’s administration.

    The court ruled 5-4 with the conservative justices in the majority to uphold a lower court decision.

    It had found a legal permanent resident from Jamaica named Andre Martello Barton ineligible to have his deportation canceled under a U.S. law that lets some longtime legal residents avoid expulsion.

    Barton was targeted for deportation after criminal convictions in Georgia for drug and gun crimes.

    The decision could affect thousands of immigrants with criminal convictions many for minor offenses who reside legally in the U.S.

    The Trump administration argued against Barton’s bid to avoid removal. Trump’s hardline stance on both legal and illegal immigration has been a key feature of his presidency and his 2020 re-election campaign.

    He has justified his immigration crackdown in part by citing crimes committed by immigrants.

    Permanent residents selected for deportation may apply to have their removal canceled if they have been living continuously in the U.S. for at least seven years, except if they have committed certain serious felonies.

    At issue in the case was the meaning of a 1996 change – known as the “stop-time rule” – in U.S. immigration law.

    This provision disqualifies immigrants who commit certain crimes from this discretionary benefit by stopping the clock on their period of continuous residency.

    The Federal Government had said the rule was triggered in Barton’s case because his assault charge would bar his admission into the country, even though as of 1996 he had resided in the U.S. too long to be declared deportable for that crime.

    Barton argued that he could not be found inadmissible because he had already been lawfully admitted.

    Noting that deporting a permanent resident is a “wrenching process,” conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, writing for the majority on Thursday, disagreed.

    “Removal is particularly difficult when it involves someone such as Barton who has spent most of his life in the United States,” wrote Kavanaugh, appointed to the court by Trump in 2018.

    “Congress made a choice, however, to authorize removal of non-citizens – even lawful permanent residents – who have committed certain serious crimes.”

    In a dissent, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor called the ruling “at odds with common sense.”

    Sotomayor noted that the immigration judge who heard Barton’s case said she would have preferred to grant Barton’s bid to avoid deportation, noting that he had rehabilitated and that his four children were all U.S. citizens.

    Barton, a car repair shop manager and father of four, came to the United States as a teenager with his mother in 1989.

    He was convicted in Georgia in 1996 of assault and possession of a firearm in an incident in which his friend shot at a house from a car he was driving. Barton also was convicted of drug possession in 2007 and 2008.

    In 2017, immigration authorities decided Barton’s deportation could not be canceled because the 1996 assault charges triggered the stop-time rule, just months before he reached the seven-year milestone.

    The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision in 2018.

    There are more than 13 million lawful U.S. permanent residents, also known as “green card” holders, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

    Of the estimated 1.9 million non-citizens the government has deemed deportable based on a criminal convictions, most are legal residents or those in the country on temporary visas, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a research organisation.

    The ruling came a day after another immigration crackdown by Trump, who ordered a temporary block on some foreigners from permanent residence in the U.S., saying he wanted to protect American workers and jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

    That order is due to last for 60 days and then will be reviewed and possibly extended.

    IAA


    Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

  •  Kelly Rowland Halle Berry and Anthony Anderson are among a host of black celebrities taking on the coronavirus epidemic as the disease continues to disproportionately affect minorities in the U S The actors and singers will take part in television special Saving Our Selves A BET COVID 19 Relief Effort airing on cable channel BET on Wednesday that aims to deliver financial educational and community support directly to the African American community Early data from U S states shows African Americans are dying from coronavirus at higher rates than the population at large highlighting long standing disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care Rowland a founder member of Destiny s Child who will host the event along with Regina Hall and Terrence J said the statistics have made her heart drop We can t have something like this take out our community she said I feel like we ve been through so much Our ancestors have been through so much So we have to get through something like this Rowland said Others participating in Wednesday s special include Chance the Rapper DJ Khaled Charlie Wilson and Fantasia Before U S states imposed strict lockdowns a month ago Rowland was preparing to release an album she s been working on for six years She decided to drop the first single Coffee early last week with hopes of bringing a bit of escapism to people She said the opening bells of Coffee took her back to a favourite spot in Jamaica I was like if it makes me feel like that I wonder what would it do for other people The women that are in this video are just so grounded in their beauty and sexuality and they re so unapologetic about it I was like yeah we need some of that right now Edited By Emmanuel Okara Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Singer Kelly Rowland joins U.S. coronavirus special to aid black community
     Kelly Rowland Halle Berry and Anthony Anderson are among a host of black celebrities taking on the coronavirus epidemic as the disease continues to disproportionately affect minorities in the U S The actors and singers will take part in television special Saving Our Selves A BET COVID 19 Relief Effort airing on cable channel BET on Wednesday that aims to deliver financial educational and community support directly to the African American community Early data from U S states shows African Americans are dying from coronavirus at higher rates than the population at large highlighting long standing disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care Rowland a founder member of Destiny s Child who will host the event along with Regina Hall and Terrence J said the statistics have made her heart drop We can t have something like this take out our community she said I feel like we ve been through so much Our ancestors have been through so much So we have to get through something like this Rowland said Others participating in Wednesday s special include Chance the Rapper DJ Khaled Charlie Wilson and Fantasia Before U S states imposed strict lockdowns a month ago Rowland was preparing to release an album she s been working on for six years She decided to drop the first single Coffee early last week with hopes of bringing a bit of escapism to people She said the opening bells of Coffee took her back to a favourite spot in Jamaica I was like if it makes me feel like that I wonder what would it do for other people The women that are in this video are just so grounded in their beauty and sexuality and they re so unapologetic about it I was like yeah we need some of that right now Edited By Emmanuel Okara Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Singer Kelly Rowland joins U.S. coronavirus special to aid black community
    Entertainment2 years ago

    Singer Kelly Rowland joins U.S. coronavirus special to aid black community

    Kelly Rowland, Halle Berry, and Anthony Anderson are among a host of black celebrities taking on the coronavirus epidemic as the disease continues to disproportionately affect minorities in the U.S.

    The actors and singers will take part in television special “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort,” airing on cable channel BET on Wednesday, that aims to deliver financial, educational and community support directly to the African American community.

    Early data from U.S. states shows African Americans are dying from coronavirus at higher rates than the population at large, highlighting long-standing disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care.

    Rowland, a founder member of Destiny’s Child who will host the event along with Regina Hall and Terrence J., said the statistics have made her heart drop.

    “We can’t have something like this take out our community,” she said. “I feel like we’ve been through so much. Our ancestors have been through so much. So we have to get through something like this,” Rowland said.

    Others participating in Wednesday’s special include Chance the Rapper, DJ Khaled, Charlie Wilson and Fantasia.

    Before U.S. states imposed strict lockdowns a month ago, Rowland was preparing to release an album she’s been working on for six years.

    She decided to drop the first single “Coffee” early last week with hopes of bringing a bit of escapism to people.

    She said the opening bells of “Coffee” took her back to a favourite spot in Jamaica.

    “I was, like, if it makes me feel like that, I wonder what would it do for other people?… The women that are in this video are just so grounded in their beauty and sexuality and they’re so unapologetic about it. I was like, yeah, we need some of that right now.”


    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •  Apple reg www Apple com announced that starting today even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple rsquo s most popular Services The App Store reg Apple Arcade trade Apple Music reg Apple Podcasts reg and iCloud reg are now available in 20 more countries and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries ldquo We rsquo re delighted to bring many of Apple rsquo s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before rdquo said Oliver Schusser Apple rsquo s vice president of Apple Music and International Content ldquo We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps games music and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world rsquo s best creators artists and developers rdquo The App Store Apple Arcade Apple Music Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Cameroon C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabon Libya Morocco Rwanda and Zambia Asia Pacific nbsp Maldives and Myanmar Europe nbsp Bosnia and Herzegovina Georgia Kosovo Montenegro and Serbia Middle East nbsp Afghanistan excluding Apple Music and Iraq Oceania nbsp Nauru excluding Apple Music Tonga and Vanuatu Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Algeria Angola Benin Chad Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Republic of the Congo Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Tanzania and Tunisia Asia Pacific nbsp Bhutan Europe nbsp Croatia Iceland and North Macedonia Latin America and the Caribbean nbsp the Bahamas Guyana Jamaica Montserrat St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Turks and Caicos and Uruguay Middle East nbsp Kuwait Qatar and Yemen Oceania nbsp Solomon Islands The App Store now in 175 countries and regions is the world rsquo s safest and most vibrant app marketplace with over half a billion people visiting each week It is the best place for users to discover new apps and allows developers of all sizes to distribute their apps to customers around the world The App Store features many ways for developers to build their businesses and since it launched in 2008 developers have been creating innovative apps that influence culture and change lives Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive games all playable across iPhone reg iPad reg iPod touch reg Mac reg and Apple TV reg Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world rsquo s most visionary game developers Apple Music is the most complete music experience now available in 167 countries and regions and offering more than 60 million songs nbsp With world class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections and the renowned global radio station Beats 1 Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone iPad Apple Watch reg Apple TV Mac HomePod reg and CarPlay reg and is also available on Android and and other devices New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six month free trial of the service with locally curated playlists including Africa Now Afrobeats Hits Ghana Bounce and more In addition users have access to world class music experts tastemakers and artist led programs from globally celebrated creators including Virgil Abloh Billie Eilish Elton John Pharrell and more Apple Podcasts is the best place to browse and listen to the world rsquo s largest catalog of podcasts now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions iCloud is an essential service that keeps users rsquo personal content safe up to date and available across all their Apple devices allowing them to store a lifetime of photos keep important documents at their fingertips and share and collaborate with ease iCloud backs up iPhone iPad and iPod touch automatically and includes Find My to help locate and secure missing devices With Family Sharing up to six family members can share access to Apple Services including Apple TV Apple Arcade Apple Music iCloud storage as well as individual music movie TV book and app purchases Available in 175 countries and regions iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage and offers affordable 50GB 200GB and 2TB plans For a full list of Apple Media Services availability around the world please visit nbsp Apple Support https apple co 34SAX9d Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984 Today Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone iPad Mac Apple Watch and Apple TV Apple rsquo s five software platforms mdash iOS iPadOS macOS watchOS and tvOS mdash provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store Apple Music Apple Pay and iCloud Apple rsquo s more than 100 000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth and to leaving the world better than we found it
    Apple Services Now Available in More Countries Around the World
     Apple reg www Apple com announced that starting today even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple rsquo s most popular Services The App Store reg Apple Arcade trade Apple Music reg Apple Podcasts reg and iCloud reg are now available in 20 more countries and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries ldquo We rsquo re delighted to bring many of Apple rsquo s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before rdquo said Oliver Schusser Apple rsquo s vice president of Apple Music and International Content ldquo We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps games music and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world rsquo s best creators artists and developers rdquo The App Store Apple Arcade Apple Music Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Cameroon C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabon Libya Morocco Rwanda and Zambia Asia Pacific nbsp Maldives and Myanmar Europe nbsp Bosnia and Herzegovina Georgia Kosovo Montenegro and Serbia Middle East nbsp Afghanistan excluding Apple Music and Iraq Oceania nbsp Nauru excluding Apple Music Tonga and Vanuatu Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Algeria Angola Benin Chad Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Republic of the Congo Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Tanzania and Tunisia Asia Pacific nbsp Bhutan Europe nbsp Croatia Iceland and North Macedonia Latin America and the Caribbean nbsp the Bahamas Guyana Jamaica Montserrat St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Turks and Caicos and Uruguay Middle East nbsp Kuwait Qatar and Yemen Oceania nbsp Solomon Islands The App Store now in 175 countries and regions is the world rsquo s safest and most vibrant app marketplace with over half a billion people visiting each week It is the best place for users to discover new apps and allows developers of all sizes to distribute their apps to customers around the world The App Store features many ways for developers to build their businesses and since it launched in 2008 developers have been creating innovative apps that influence culture and change lives Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive games all playable across iPhone reg iPad reg iPod touch reg Mac reg and Apple TV reg Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world rsquo s most visionary game developers Apple Music is the most complete music experience now available in 167 countries and regions and offering more than 60 million songs nbsp With world class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections and the renowned global radio station Beats 1 Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone iPad Apple Watch reg Apple TV Mac HomePod reg and CarPlay reg and is also available on Android and and other devices New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six month free trial of the service with locally curated playlists including Africa Now Afrobeats Hits Ghana Bounce and more In addition users have access to world class music experts tastemakers and artist led programs from globally celebrated creators including Virgil Abloh Billie Eilish Elton John Pharrell and more Apple Podcasts is the best place to browse and listen to the world rsquo s largest catalog of podcasts now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions iCloud is an essential service that keeps users rsquo personal content safe up to date and available across all their Apple devices allowing them to store a lifetime of photos keep important documents at their fingertips and share and collaborate with ease iCloud backs up iPhone iPad and iPod touch automatically and includes Find My to help locate and secure missing devices With Family Sharing up to six family members can share access to Apple Services including Apple TV Apple Arcade Apple Music iCloud storage as well as individual music movie TV book and app purchases Available in 175 countries and regions iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage and offers affordable 50GB 200GB and 2TB plans For a full list of Apple Media Services availability around the world please visit nbsp Apple Support https apple co 34SAX9d Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984 Today Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone iPad Mac Apple Watch and Apple TV Apple rsquo s five software platforms mdash iOS iPadOS macOS watchOS and tvOS mdash provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store Apple Music Apple Pay and iCloud Apple rsquo s more than 100 000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth and to leaving the world better than we found it
    Apple Services Now Available in More Countries Around the World
    Africa2 years ago

    Apple Services Now Available in More Countries Around the World


    Apple® (www.Apple.com) announced that starting today, even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple’s most popular Services. The App Store®, Apple Arcade™, Apple Music®, Apple Podcasts® and iCloud® are now available in 20 more countries, and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries.

    “We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content. “We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps, games, music and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world’s best creators, artists and developers.”

    The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions:

    • Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda and Zambia.
    • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar.
    • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.
    • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq.
    • Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga and Vanuatu.

    Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions:

    • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Tunisia.
    • Asia-Pacific: Bhutan.
    • Europe: Croatia, Iceland and North Macedonia.
    • Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos and Uruguay.
    • Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen.
    • Oceania: Solomon Islands.

    The App Store, now in 175 countries and regions, is the world’s safest and most vibrant app marketplace, with over half a billion people visiting each week. It is the best place for users to discover new apps and allows developers of all sizes to distribute their apps to customers around the world. The App Store features many ways for developers to build their businesses, and since it launched in 2008, developers have been creating innovative apps that influence culture and change lives.

    Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store, offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive games, all playable across iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® and Apple TV®. Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world’s most visionary game developers.

    Apple Music is the most complete music experience, now available in 167 countries and regions and offering more than 60 million songs.  With world-class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections, and the renowned global radio station Beats 1, Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch®, Apple TV, Mac, HomePod® and CarPlay®, and is also available on Android and and other devices.

    New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six-month free trial of the service, with locally curated playlists including Africa Now, Afrobeats Hits, Ghana Bounce and more. In addition, users have access to world-class music experts, tastemakers, and artist-led programs from globally celebrated creators including Virgil Abloh, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Pharrell, and more.

    Apple Podcasts is the best place to browse and listen to the world’s largest catalog of podcasts, now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions.

    iCloud is an essential service that keeps users’ personal content safe, up to date, and available across all their Apple devices, allowing them to store a lifetime of photos, keep important documents at their fingertips, and share and collaborate with ease. iCloud backs up iPhone, iPad and iPod touch automatically and includes Find My to help locate and secure missing devices. With Family Sharing, up to six family members can share access to Apple Services, including Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, iCloud storage, as well as individual music, movie, TV, book and app purchases. Available in 175 countries and regions, iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage and offers affordable 50GB, 200GB and 2TB plans.

    For a full list of Apple Media Services availability around the world, please visit Apple Support (https://apple.co/34SAX9d).

    Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

  •  Nigeria s Super Falcons have been ranked as the first team in Africa after moving up by one spot to place 38th in the world in the FIFA Women s World Football Ranking In the ranking table for the month of March on the website of world football governing body FIFA on Thursday Nigeria garnered 1 614 points Nigeria placed first in Africa ahead of Cameroon South Africa Ghana Cote D Ivoire who are second third fourth and fifth respectively Zambia are also among several teams to have earned a oca Cola Women s World Ranking boost following a busy start to the year A combination of Women s Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers and several friendly tournaments have caused significant movement across the continents While the Zambians 100th up 6 are this edition s biggest climbers after clinching a spot at the Olympics with a shock triumph over Cameroon they are not the only team ascending the order France 3rd up 1 Brazil 8th up 1 Korea DPR 10th up 1 and Korea Republic 18th up 2 have all edged upwards in the top 20 while both Slovenia 49th up 1 and Jamaica 50th up 1 are now in their highest ever positions In truth these gains are often indebted as much to others struggles as to the rising team s successes Korea DPR have leapfrogged Japan 11th down 1 due to the Nadeshiko suffering three straight losses at the SheBelieves Cup while Slovenia and Jamaica have advanced thanks to Zambia s surprise qualifying defeat of Cameroon 51st down 2 At the very top the USA s 1st unchanged long reign continues after the world champions lifted the SheBelieves Cup on home soil But Germany 2nd unchanged have at least narrowed the gap after impressing at the Algarve Cup and gaining 12 ranking points more than any other top ten team in this edition a report on the website said The global order has also welcomed its newest addition with Gambia 113th increasing the number of teams in the ranking to 159 the second highest number on record Edited By Mufutau Ojo NAN
    FIFA Women’s Ranking: Nigeria now first in Africa
     Nigeria s Super Falcons have been ranked as the first team in Africa after moving up by one spot to place 38th in the world in the FIFA Women s World Football Ranking In the ranking table for the month of March on the website of world football governing body FIFA on Thursday Nigeria garnered 1 614 points Nigeria placed first in Africa ahead of Cameroon South Africa Ghana Cote D Ivoire who are second third fourth and fifth respectively Zambia are also among several teams to have earned a oca Cola Women s World Ranking boost following a busy start to the year A combination of Women s Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers and several friendly tournaments have caused significant movement across the continents While the Zambians 100th up 6 are this edition s biggest climbers after clinching a spot at the Olympics with a shock triumph over Cameroon they are not the only team ascending the order France 3rd up 1 Brazil 8th up 1 Korea DPR 10th up 1 and Korea Republic 18th up 2 have all edged upwards in the top 20 while both Slovenia 49th up 1 and Jamaica 50th up 1 are now in their highest ever positions In truth these gains are often indebted as much to others struggles as to the rising team s successes Korea DPR have leapfrogged Japan 11th down 1 due to the Nadeshiko suffering three straight losses at the SheBelieves Cup while Slovenia and Jamaica have advanced thanks to Zambia s surprise qualifying defeat of Cameroon 51st down 2 At the very top the USA s 1st unchanged long reign continues after the world champions lifted the SheBelieves Cup on home soil But Germany 2nd unchanged have at least narrowed the gap after impressing at the Algarve Cup and gaining 12 ranking points more than any other top ten team in this edition a report on the website said The global order has also welcomed its newest addition with Gambia 113th increasing the number of teams in the ranking to 159 the second highest number on record Edited By Mufutau Ojo NAN
    FIFA Women’s Ranking: Nigeria now first in Africa
    Sport3 years ago

    FIFA Women’s Ranking: Nigeria now first in Africa

    Nigeria’s Super Falcons have been ranked as the first team in Africa after moving up by one spot to place 38th in the world in the FIFA Women’s World Football Ranking.In the ranking table for the month of March on the website of world football governing body FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1,614 points.Nigeria placed first in Africa ahead of Cameroon, South Africa, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire who are second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.Zambia are also among several teams to have earned a oca-Cola Women’s World Ranking boost following a busy start to the year.A combination of Women’s Olympic Football Tournament qualifiers and several friendly tournaments have caused significant movement across the continents.”While the Zambians (100th, up 6) are this edition’s biggest climbers after clinching a spot at the Olympics with a shock triumph over Cameroon, they are not the only team ascending the order.”France (3rd, up 1), Brazil (8th, up 1), Korea DPR (10th, up 1) and Korea Republic (18th, up 2) have all edged upwards in the top 20, while both Slovenia (49th, up 1) and Jamaica (50th, up 1) are now in their highest-ever positions.”In truth, these gains are often indebted as much to others’ struggles as to the rising team’s successes.”Korea DPR have leapfrogged Japan (11th, down 1), due to the Nadeshiko suffering three straight losses at the SheBelieves Cup, while Slovenia and Jamaica have advanced thanks to Zambia’s surprise qualifying defeat of Cameroon (51st, down 2).”At the very top, the USA’s (1st, unchanged) long reign continues after the world champions lifted the SheBelieves Cup on home soil.”But Germany (2nd, unchanged) have at least narrowed the gap after impressing at the Algarve Cup and gaining 12 ranking points – more than any other top-ten team in this edition,” a report on the website said.The global order has also welcomed its newest addition, with Gambia (113th) increasing the number of teams in the ranking to 159 – the second-highest number on record.( Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)