Iraq bans public gatherings on virus fear; travel ban totals 9 countries

first_imgTopics : Fears over the spread of the virus come as Iraq faces a domestic crisis with nearly 500 people killed since Oct. 1 in mass anti-government demonstrations.”All gatherings in public places, for any reason, are banned, and the relevant authorities must take all measures to enforce this,” said Allawi, who heads the government task force handling response to the virus.Coronavirus is believed to have originated in a market selling wildlife in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China. Iraq banned all public gatherings and barred entry by travellers from Kuwait and Bahrain, the health minister said on Wednesday, banning travel to or from a total of nine countries as fears grew over the spread of the coronavirus.Iraqi citizens are now banned from travelling to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Italy, Bahrain, and Kuwait, Health Minister Jaafar Allawi said in a decree seen by Reuters.Allawi also ordered the suspension of schools and university and the closure of cinemas, cafes, clubs, and other public gathering spots nationwide from Feb. 27 to March 7.last_img read more

Chevron names North America E&P unit president

first_imgChevron, the US-based energy major named Steven Green as president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production, effective March 1, 2019.Green, who is currently president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, succeeds Jeff Shellebarger, who is retiring from Chevron after 38 years of service.He will oversee Chevron’s exploration and production activities throughout North America, including the company’s portfolio of assets in Canada, California, the Gulf of Mexico, Pennsylvania and the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. reporting to Jay Johnson, Chevron’s executive vice president, Upstream.Nigel Hearne will succeed Green as president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, effective March 1, 2019.He is currently managing director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit with responsibility for the company’s upstream interests and activities in Australia and New Zealand. In his new capacity, Hearne will oversee nine countries across the Asia-Pacific region.Hearne will also report to Johnson in his new role.last_img read more

NFF Grateful to Ambode for Redeeming N20m Pledge to CHAN EaglesÂ

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) has expressed its gratitude to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, for fulfilling his N20 million pledge to the Super Eagles B team for finishing as runners-up during the last Championship of African Nation (CHAN) in Morocco early this year.The NFF, which was represented by its First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, described Ambode as an amiable Governor, who had done a lot for sports in his state and Nigeria.He stated that he was with the team in Morocco when the governor made the promise and expressed happiness that he had fulfilled the pledge.“We at the NFF are extremely happy that the governor has made good his promise,” he said.He thanked the governor on behalf of the NFF and urged others to emulate his kind gesture.The Lagos State Government on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium fulfilled a pledge of N20 million to the Super Eagles B team that finished second at the Championship of African Nation (CHAN) in Morocco early this year.The Eagles lost 4-0 to Morocco in the finals but were deemed to have done enough to deserve N20million largesse from Lagos State.Receiving the cheque on behalf of his teammates, Ajiboye said the governor’s kind gesture would spur the players to do better in future.“I must commend Governor Ambode for the love he has shown to the team, though I am not surprised that he has redeemed his pledge because he is a sports-loving governor who is doing a lot to motivate athletes,” Ajiboye said. Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Lagos State Spots Commission (LSSC), Dr Kweku Tandoh, who presented the cheque on behalf of the Governor, commended the Eagles for finishing second in Morocco despite the odds.Tandoh stated that the gesture was to appreciate the players for their good run at the tournament and also encourage them to do better in future.“In line with Governor Ambode’s disposition, he made a pledge to the team in Morocco and he is finally releasing the money to the team through the LSSC,” Tandoh noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more