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Disregard ‘Fake’ UNICEF COVID-19 Messages From Celebrities – Social Media Users Advised

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ACCRA, GHANA, March 30th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed to social media users to disregard information being posted on the novel Coronav!rus by some celebrities including Kalybos, Zynnell Zuh and Jessica Larny with the UNICEF logo.

According to the United Nations Agency, the said information is false and not from UNICEF.

Confirming this to NewsGhana, a Communications Manager from UNICEF indicated that the information is not from the organization, neither is it factual or correct.

Meanwhile UNICEF, according to its Communications Manager never requested or contracted anyone to share such “erroneous posts”.

“UNICEF certainly did not request these people sharing it to post on their profiles. UNICEF did not request anyone to share these erroneous posts. They are not accurate,” it said.

The fake notice with a UNICEF logo dated March 4, 2020, has been circulating on social media in different countries and with these celebrities sharing it to their followers.

Per those “erroneous posts”, these celebrities claim avoiding ice cream and other cold foods can help prevent the onset of the disease.

But according to UNICEF, “the information is of course, wholly untrue. The other frivolous claims, which have been refuted by scientists worldwide, are that any mask prevents its entry because the coronav!rus is a large cell and that drinking hot water and sun exposure will kill the virus.”

Information on UNICEF website, however, explained that “Sharing inaccurate information and attempting to imbue it without authority is dangerous and wrong”.

It is believed that the combined number of followers who may have viewed the said post on Instagram or Facebook accounts is around 2.5 million people.

In Ghana, however social media personalities are therefore urged to remove any mention of the “fake UNICEF notice” and ensure that any information disseminated comes from an official website (www.unicef.org/ghana) and verified sources.

UNICEF, therefore, averred that in this period of panic and confusions, social media followers should also seek formal guidance on COV!D-19 prevention from more educated and accountable news sources.

The misinformation was noticed on the “Adventures of Kalybos” Facebook stories, Richard Asante’s Instagram stories (under user kalybos1) over the past weekend, Zynell Zuh’s Instagram post on March 22 and in a video post on Jessica Larny’s Instagram account on March 17, 2020.

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MEET ALHAJI UMAR FAROUK: The Most Promising Politician In Ghana

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Alhaji Umar Farouk Aliu Mahama is the son of His Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama, Late Former Vice President of the Republic of Ghana (2001-2009). Farouk Aliu Mahama in his professional life is a Certified International Supply Chain Professional. He has rendered a marvelous service to Ghana at Ghana Cocoa Board. He has risen through the ranks at Ghana Cocoa Board to become Deputy Procurement Manager.

Personal Life

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama has two (2) sons, Maltiti Aliu Mahama Jr and Nurudeen Mahama with his wife Ayisha Mahama. As a native Yendi extract, Farouk Aliu Mahama speaks fluent Dagbani, Hausa, Twi and elementary speaker of Ga. He has openly professed his hobby in football and philanthropy.
Early Life, Education and Family

Background

Alhaji Umar Farouk Aliu Mahama was born on 27th April, 1981 to a prominent political family as the son of H.E Alhaji Aliu Mahama and H.E Hajia Ramatu Mahama (Former Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana, 2001-2009). His father was Ghana’s first Muslim Vice-President and the first and only ethnic Dagomba to have risen to that political height.

His paternal grandfather, Zongo Naa Mahama, was the Zongo Chief of Yendi, the traditional capital of Dagbon. Farouk Aliu Mahama’s maternal grandfather, Alhaji Imoro Egala, was Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister in the First Republic(1960-1961) and later Trade and Industries Minister, he was the first black chairman of Ghana Cocoa Board and the founder of People’s National Party, the mother party of People’s National Convention(PNC).

Alhaji Faouk Aliu Mahama started his basic education at Presby Experimental School in Tamale and was later enrolled in the Achimota schools. He proceeded to Prempeh College in Kumasi to undertake his secondary education and later to Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing.

Farouk Aliu Mahama holds a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from the Coventry University in England, the United Kingdom and a Certified International Supply Chain Professional from International Purchashing and Supply Chain Management Institute-USA.

Academic Accolades and Credentials

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama has many academic honors to his credit recognizing his professional performance;

• Cambridge University (Institute of Sustainability Leadership)- High Impact Leadership
• Scottish Qualification Authority in procurement integrity from the Scottish Qualification Authority
• Honors in contract management from Ghana Suppliers Commission
• Harvard Kennedy School- Emerging Leaders
• Certified International Supply Chain Professional-IPSCMI-USA
• Certified International Supply Chain Manager-IPSCMI-USA
• Chartered Procurement Member-MCIPS, UK.
• Honors in Procurement of goods and services from World Bank
• World Bank E-Procurement and Implementation from Government of Ghana.
• New procurement Framework by World Bank
• Institute of Supply Chain Management
• Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration- Bachelor of Science in Marketing
• Coventry University, United Kingdom-Master of Science in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
• Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)-Corporate Award

Awards

• Most Promising Politician, Northern Excellence Awards.
• Rising Star of the year – Northern Business Excellence Awards

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Hippo Attacks On The Rise In Kenya.

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NAIROBI, KENYA, May 29th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ Residents of five counties bordering Lake Victoria are grappling with three calamities, says Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.

He lists Cov!d-19, flooding and backflow of the lake waters that have displaced hundreds of families.

The governor says county leaders in affected areas should work closely with the national government to tackle the problem.

He says the national government has agreed to send its officers from the Ministry of Water to visit areas prone to flooding to address the matter.

“We’re hopeful the officials will come and assess the situation and provide a long-lasting solution to the perennial problems,” Awiti says.

The rising water levels of the lake have also promoted human and wildlife conflicts. Hippos and crocodiles have often attacked families who live near the lake.

As they look for food, the animals meet and attack locals. They trespass people’s homes because their grazing riparian lands are covered with water.

For instance, a crocodile killed residents at Nyandiwa beach in Suba South constituency, while a hippo killed others at Sango-Rota beach in Nyakach constituency.

Since flooding began, Homa Bay and Kisumu counties have recorded eight deaths.

Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathews Owili says the county has been badly hit by floods, with more than 7,196 households displaced to various camps and 1,579 more integrated with communities.

Source: The Star

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South African Churches To Reopen From June

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JOBURG – Wednesday, May 27, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated the coronavirus lockdown rules in the country have been eased now. Churches and Other places of worship can reopen their doors from June but with a limit of 50 people.

South Africa has so far recorded 23,615 people and killed 481.

Some citizens have ruled the decision to be a good one whilst others don’t agree with the president.

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The Crazy Things People Are Betting On In The Absence Of Live Sports

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TOPLINE With most live sports suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, online gamblers have turned to different contests like Russian table tennis and Korean baseball, while also betting on everything from video games and reality television shows to political news and even the weather.

KEY FACTS

  • “[English] darts and esports have had big increases in betting volumes, along with football [soccer] leagues that have kept playing like the Belarusian Premier League,” says Pascal Lemesre, a spokesman for U.K. betting exchange platform Smarkets. “Horse racing remains our most-traded sport and has made up two-thirds of volume since the lockdown began.”
  • Many betting companies, like DraftKings, had to really dig and get creative with new offerings during the pandemic, says Johnny Avello, head of sportsbook for DraftKings. “We went out and found whatever we could… we wanted to keep our customers engaged.”
  • A charity golf match with Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickleson and Tom Brady, for example, has drawn massive interest and could surpass the betting volumes DraftKings saw in last year’s major golf tournaments.
  • Betting on esports has also seen a huge uptick and has really “made its mark,” he says: Virtual NASCAR races proved to be immensely popular, along with daily fantasy for video games like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 
  • There has also been a lot of interest in betting on politics, including who will win the 2020 U.S. presidential election, who Democratic nominee Joe Biden will choose as his vice president and how long UK prime minister Boris Johnson will stay in office. 
  • According to data from Smarkets, almost $2 million has already been traded on the election, with Donald Trump retaining a 5% lead over Joe Biden; Kamala Harris is frontrunner to be Biden’s VP, slightly ahead of Amy Klobuchar.
  • Since the Democratic debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in mid-March, DraftKings has offered free-to-play betting pools around many political events, along with reality television shows like Survivor and Top Chef, and even the weather in certain states.

SURPRISING FACT

Bettors have certainly shown interest in gambling on the outcomes of their favorite TV shows: According to data from BetOnline, there was even a flurry of betting on the final episode of The Last Dance, with odds on things like whether Michael Jordan would cry while being interviewed or how many people would be shown with a cigar in their mouth.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Sportsbooks are seeing huge pent-up demand as some major sports like NASCAR and German Bundesliga soccer start to resume. Soccer, which normally makes up 45% of the Smarkets’ betting volume, fell to 23%, maintained largely by interest in the Belarusian Premier League and Nicaraguan soccer, both of which continued to play games amid the pandemic. With the German Bundesliga resuming last weekend, betting volumes increased 428% compared to the previous round of fixtures before coronavirus, according to Smarkets.

CRUCIAL QUOTE

“When you don’t have all the normal content, customers will migrate,” Avello says. “That’s the positive that’s going to come out of this—we’re always looking for additional content.” 

KEY BACKGROUND

DraftKings reported record betting during the NFL Draft last month—13x the volume from last year—and has also seen strong interest in the recent return of Ultimate Fighting Championship events, the company said. “We got good action on the stuff we did, but now that we’re starting to get back to core events, demand should rise even higher,” Avello predicts. If the NBA and NHL start playoff seasons this summer and the MLB returns, for instance, “it could be one of the bigger summers that we’ve ever had.”

Sergei Klebnikov, Forbes Staff, Markets

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