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Nigeria reports first coronavirus death

first_imgNigeria on Monday reported its first death from coronavirus as confirmed cases of infections in Africa’s most populous nation climbed further. “The 1st COVID-19 death in Nigeria has been recorded,” the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control wrote on Twitter.”The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK. He had underlying medical conditions — multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy.” The agency said the confirmed number of infections in Nigeria had now risen to 36, with cases registered in largest city Lagos, the capital Abuja and four other states. Africa has so far registered lower numbers than the rest of the globe with around 1,500 confirmed cases and 50 deaths — but testing has been patchy. Nigeria has closed down all international flights for a month and shut schools and restricted gatherings in a string of regions in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. The country of 190 million people is seen as highly vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases given its weak healthcare system and high population density. Topics :last_img read more

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Family-size home shipshape on Yacht Street

first_imgThe home at 31 Yacht St, Clontarf is up for auction.STROLL to the waterfront from this modern two-storey family home in Clontarf. Mitch and Rochelle Wilson built the home at 31 Yacht St in 2012 after knocking down the original house that stood on the block. Mr Wilson said they bought the “old dump” because it was on a 519sq m corner block close to the sea. “Being close to the water was a big part of it,” he said. “We’d lived in Scarborough previously so we wanted that lifestyle and the accessibility to the city.” The home has an inground pool with glass fencing.Mr Wilson said when they designed the new home, it had to have a nice kitchen, a pool and a layout that was conducive to modern family living. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019On the ground floor there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen as well as a laundry, bathroom and office. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances, soft-close drawers and a butler’s pantry with sink and fridge space. There is also a double-car garage with a workshop and storeroom on the bottom level. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite with dual basin vanity and a double shower. A “nice kitchen” was a must-have when the house was built.The four other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a media room. Back downstairs, the open-plan area opens to the timber deck and fenced inground pool. Mr Wilson said his family especially enjoyed the outdoor space, having barbecues on the deck and spending hours in the pool.“We’ll miss the place,” he said. “This is where our two youngest kids have grown up and we’ve had some really enjoyable moments in the house as a family.” The property is being marketed by Adam Clark-Lynch from Kindred. The home will be auctioned on April 27 at 6pm.last_img read more

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Former UN weapons inspector Blix, Stanford academic Admati to speak at IPE Awards

first_imgHans Blix (pictured), formerly the UN’s most senior weapons inspector in the lead-up to the Iraq War, and Anat Admati, author and professor at Stanford University, are two of the keynote speakers at the 13th IPE Awards seminar in the Netherlands this November.Blix, the highly respected professor of international law and former Swedish foreign minister, will discuss recent global security issues and their impact on global financial markets during his keynote in Noordwijk on 21 November.Admati will be sharing her insights into financial markets regulation in the wake of the crisis, a topic she has written about extensively.Blix was named director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1981, a position he held until 1997, after spending two decades as part of Sweden’s delegation to the UN General Assembly. It was following his 16 years at the IAEA, upon being named executive chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) by UN secretary general Kofi Annan in 2000, that Blix became a household name as a result of his status as the UN’s chief weapons inspector.After stepping aside as head of UNMOVIC in June 2003 in the wake of the Iraq War, Blix spent five years as chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission.Blix, born in Uppsala, studied at the university of his home town, as well as at Columbia University, and received a PhD in law from Cambridge.He spent time as a professor of international law before joining the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1963, eventually being named under-secretary in 1976 and minister for foreign affairs in 1978.Admati’s latest book, ‘The Bankers’ New Clothes’, examines the structural problems facing the global banking system and proposes reforms to increase the percentage of equity banks must hold to 30% of the balance sheet.Co-written by Martin Hellwig, director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, the book was widely praised, including by then-Bank of England governor Mervyn King.In addition to Admati’s academic work, she is also a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.Admati is currently the George GC Parker professor of finance and economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business.Completing her undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she went on to complete her masters and doctorate at Yale University.Register for the IPE European Pension Fund Awards here to hear Dr Blix’s views on global security and the impact on financial markets, and Dr Admati’s latest views on corporate governance and the way forward for the banking industry.For further information, please contact Yvonne Cooke.last_img read more