US to reverse it travel ban on Southern African countries.

The United State of America is considering easing travel restrictions placed on Southern African countries as US infection rates of the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus rise, infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said on Monday (Dec 20).

We likely are going to pull back on that pretty soon because we have enough infection in our own country, Fauci said at the National Press Club. We’re letting in people from other countries that have as much or more infection than the Southern African countries. So likely we are going to look at that very carefully to see if we can pull back.

The United States on Nov 29 barred nearly all foreign nationals if they had been in one of eight southern African countries including South Africa within the last 14 days.

It was not clear when the restrictions might be lifted but travel industry officials said it could happen as soon as this week. The White House did not immediately comment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week started distributing free COVID-19 home test kits to international travellers at several airports. The CDC encourages – but does not mandate – international air travellers to get a new COVID-19 test upon arriving in the United States.

New rules took effect on Dec 6 requiring nearly all people flying to the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel.

The CDC last month ordered airlines to disclose passenger names and other information about those who have recently been in the eight southern African countries.

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Terrorist men invade and kill a monarch according to report in Kaduna state.

According to report, in Magajin Garin Idasu in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Malam Magaji Ibrahim has been shot dead.

Mr. Magaji was killed in an attack which occurred less than 24 hours after 38 people were murdered across Kaduna state. 

A youth leader Ridwan Abdulhadi told Daily Trust that over 70 percent of the people in the village, have fled to ‎safer communities in part of Zaria and Giwa town‎ after the monarch was killed in the attack which occurred on Sunday December 19. 

A resident of the community, ‎Sharehu Idasu the Kaduna monarch was shot when he came out of his residence, calling for help ‎after the bandits invaded the community.

He was shot by the bandits after they invaded Idasu community on Sunday night and stole motorcycles. The deceased came out to call for help but was shot.

The Magajin Garin Idasu who is one of the oldest persons in his community, has been buried according to Islamic rites. 

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President Buhari seems to have run out of ideas in tackling the prevailing security challenges, says Dr. Gloria Puldu.

President of Leah Foundation, Dr. Gloria Puldu has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his failure to address the current killings in North West and other parts of the country.

She noted that President Buhari seems to have run out of ideas in tackling the prevailing security challenges that have claimed hundred of lives across the nation.

Dr. Puldu disclosed this on Monday in Jos during a protest in solidarity with women in North Western Nigeria over the persistent killings in the region.

If we don’t expect anything better from President Muhammadu Buhari, if he is incapable of addressing the current security challenges, then he should give way. If truly Buhari does not have the capacity to handle the security of this country, he should resign, he shouldn’t wait to be impeached, he should resign and leave.

We are all here to stand in solidarity with women in North Western Nigeria who have been crying and protesting against the killings of their children and spouses while their daughters are being rape and abducted by bandits.

The insecurity has engulfed the entire country and all we hear from government is that they are on top of the situation, we are very tired of this situation. What is happening to our girls, what is happening to our women and what is happening to our school children is very pathetic and it is unacceptable.

She called on the International Community to wade into the insecurity in Nigeria as it is women and children that bears the brunt.

We want the entire world to know that Nigeria is still very insecure especially to the United States Government who recently removed Nigeria from the list of particular concern. I don’t see the basis of removing Nigeria from the list when the insecurity is heightening, we want to tell the entire world that we are dying on daily basis and President Buhari is not on top of the situation.

We want to call on the entire women in Nigeria to raise up; do not sit down until you are affected. We should stand up and cry out together in solidarity with other parts of the country, whether it is muslim women that are being killed or it is christian women.

Blood is being shed, human right is being violated, we must speak out against it. We are tired of the whole situation, they should stop killing our men and making us widows, our daughters are raped on daily basis and most of them are still in captivity. Leah is still going to spend another Christmas in captivity, Chibok girls are going to spend 8 years in captivity, enough of this, we are tired.” she stated.

Amb. Rotha Jahota decried the worsening security situation in the country and urged the Federal Government and Northern Governors Forum to take proactive measures to address it.

Government is always telling us that they are on top of security in Nigeria and we have not seen any evidence that it is on top of the situation. Our women are dying and our children are still in captivity and no effort is being made to secure them.

We are out today to cry with out sisters in North West. Most of our women in North West are in the captivity of armed bandits, they don’t want us to call them terrorists, we are tired of hearing armed bandits under the disguise of terrorism. Government should come out with new measure of tackling this insecurity or resign and give way.

Pastor Esther Fahmicit Lagang who lamented the manner in which women and killed and young girls raped and abducted in the North West and North Central called on Federal Government to address the situation.

She called on the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong to think outside the box and come out with new strategy in securing the north from armed bandits.

The group of women who came out holding placards with inscriptions, “No to rape; free Leah Sharibu; stop school abduction; free all our girls; stop the injustice against women, said enough of killings, raping and abduction of women in Nigeria.

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Tragedy: According to a source, over 45 farmers have been killed while others sustained injury in Nasarawa state.

According to a report, 45 farmers have been allegedly killed and 27 injured following the renewed attack by terrorist in Lafia, Obi and Awe local government areas of Nasarawa state.

Oneworldnews learnt that the attack started on Friday morning, December 17, continued up till Sunday night, December 19.

Our reporter who pledged anonymous said up to 5000 farmers across 12 communities have been displaced as a result of the excess attacks.

We also learnt that some of those who sustained injuries are currently receiving treatment at hospitals across Obi, Lafia and Awe local government areas.

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Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a serious condition that occurs in approximately 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies with identical twins that share one placenta.

Definition

Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a serious condition that occurs in approximately 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies with identical twins that share one placenta, also called a monochorionic-diamniotic twin pregnancy. Blood vessel connections within the placenta allow the fetuses to share blood supply and can cause an imbalance in the fetal blood volumes. As a result of unequal blood flow, one twin (the donor twin) pumps blood to the other twin (recipient twin). The condition can cause the recipient twin to make too much urine, which may enlarge the bladder, produce too much amniotic fluid, and in advanced stages, cause heart failure. The donor twin will then have decreased blood volume, low levels of amniotic fluid and urine, and a smaller bladder.

The stages of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome

Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome is organized into five stages:

Stage I: There is an imbalance in amniotic fluid between the twins.

Stage II: The bladder of the donor twin is “absent,” meaning it does not fill with urine and is not visible on an ultrasound exam.

Stage III: The excessive blood flow starts to cause problems with the recipient twin’s circulation. This can be detected through abnormalities in blood-flow patterns, which can be seen on an ultrasound.

Stage IV: The heart of the recipient twin begins to fail because of excessive fluid retention. This can be seen as fluid collections around the abdomen and the chest.

Stage V: One or both twins die from severe TTTS.

For stage I, the pregnancy will be monitored closely. “It can stop progressing beyond stage I

Causes

The placenta is a very active organ and provides babies with oxygen and nutrients during pregnancy. It grows along with the babies. Sometimes, for reasons that are not well understood, the normal flow of blood in the placenta’s blood vessels develops an abnormal pattern. When unborn babies share a placenta, the result can be an imbalance in blood circulation, with one baby receiving too much blood through the umbilical cord and the other receiving too little. It is this imbalance that leads to TTTS.

Risk factors

Being pregnant with identical twins or multiples puts a woman at risk for having a pregnancy complicated by TTTS. However, TTTS is an indiscriminate condition, occurring at random in monochorionic pregnancies.

Symptoms of twin to twin transfusion syndrome

Mothers may experience the following symptoms, all of which are due to the excess amniotic fluid around the recipient twin:

  • Breathlessness
  • Tightness in the abdomen or unusually rapid expansion of abdomen
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Pressure on the stomach
  • Premature contractions

Normal monochorionic diamniotic (identical) twins with a shared placenta and connecting blood vessels

Identical twins with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)

Complications of twin to twin transfusion syndrome

The complications that may occur when your twins have TTTS include:

  • Selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR): A more complicated state of TTTS where one baby may only have a small amount of the placenta
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Premature labor
  • A condition called twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS), where one fetus has a low blood count and the other has high blood count
  • Loss of one or both fetuses

Complications in the recipient twin

With TTTS, the recipient twin is receiving more fluid and their heart is pumping against higher blood pressure. As a result, they are producing too much urine, which causes a significant increase in amniotic fluid. Other potential problems can occur in the recipient twin, including:

  • Heart failure
  • Demise or loss of the twin

Complications in the donor twin

Lacking fluid and blood, the donor twin has less volume and produces less urine, which causes a small amniotic sac. Other complications may occur, including:

  • Weighing less than expected, a complication is known as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) or fetal growth restriction (FGR)
  • Demise or loss of the twin

Twin to twin transfusion syndrome diagnosis

The most important step in evaluating a twin pregnancy for twin-twin transfusion syndrome is to determine whether the twins share a single placenta. An ultrasound examination early in pregnancy (during the first trimester) can best make this distinction.

Other features of TTTS include twins of the same gender, a difference in size between the twins, and a difference in the volume of amniotic fluid surrounding the two fetuses. A detailed sonographic assessment rules out any additional structural anomalies.

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome can also have a huge impact on the cardiovascular system in twins. It is important that twins with TTTS are thoroughly evaluated for heart problems while in utero.

Your evaluation will involve the following exams:

High-resolution ultrasound – An examination to rule out structural abnormalities in the twins. This exam will also confirm placental location and umbilical cord insertions into the placenta, assess amniotic fluid levels in each sac and assess blood flow patterns in specific blood vessels for each twin.

Fetal echocardiogram – A focused ultrasound of each twin’s heart to look for any related heart conditions. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome may cause serious cardiac strain in the recipient twin, resulting in enlargement of the heart and cardiac dysfunction. All twins evaluated for TTTS should undergo a fetal echocardiogram.

Genetic amniocentesis – A procedure in which a small amount of amniotic fluid is removed from the sacs surrounding the fetuses and tested. In some cases, this genetic test may be needed if imaging studies identify structural malformations in addition to TTTS.

Accurate diagnosis is extremely important in distinguishing TTTS from other related anomalies, such as selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR). TTTS and sIUGR can both occur in monochorionic, diamniotic pregnancies, but are differentiated by the lack of polyhydramnios/oligohydramnios in sIUGR. The management of the two conditions are different, and therefore it is important to have a thorough evaluation to determine the most accurate diagnosis.

Treatment options for twin to twin transfusion syndrome

TTTS treatment before birth

The key to twin to twin transfusion syndrome treatment is early diagnosis and intervention. What treatment option will be best for your babies will depend on the stage of the TTTS and your babies’ gestational age at diagnosis. Several options are available, including the following:

Expectant management: This involves continued close ultrasound surveillance throughout the pregnancy. We currently recommend expectant management for most Stage 1 TTTS.

Amnioreduction: This is a procedure that is used to remove excess fluid that has accumulated in the amniotic sac of the recipient twin. The procedure is similar to that of amniocentesis, with the doctor using “real-time” ultrasound images to guide a long, very fine needle into the uterus to withdraw the fluid. We may recommend this intervention for Stage 1 TTTS or when the TTTS is diagnosed later in the pregnancy and fetoscopic laser photocoagulation (see below) is no longer an option.

Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation: This minimally invasive surgery uses a laser to ablate (seal) blood vessels that are contributing to the abnormal flow of blood to the babies (Figures 3-5). Many studies have demonstrated that this procedure for the treatment of twin to twin transfusion syndrome is the most effective therapy for babies with advanced TTTS.

Delivery: If TTTS is discovered later in the pregnancy, delivery of the babies may be the best option.

TTTS treatment after birth

Most babies with TTTS are born prematurely, but our goal will be to have your babies delivered as close to your due date as possible. Babies who are treated with laser ablation are typically delivered around week 31 or 32 of the pregnancy.

We will recommend that your babies be born at one of our specialized mother-baby centers. Children’s Minnesota is one of only a few centers nationwide with the birth center located within the hospital complex. This means that your babies will be born just a few feet down the hall from our newborn intensive care unit (NICU). If necessary, many of the physicians you have already met may be present during or immediately after your babies’ birth so we can care for them right away.

The Singapore Red cross extend alms to Philippines and Malaysia.

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After the flooding incident that occures in Malaysia and Philippines, the Singapore Red Cross has offered a sincere support with the sum of US$100,000 (S$136,772) in humanitarian aid to its counterparts in the affected countries.

The suport funds was shared 50/50 between Malaysian Red Crescent and the Philippine Red Cross, the Singapore Red Cross announced in a media release on Monday (Dec 20). 

The humanitarian organisation is also launching public appeals, with funds raised going towards the relief and recovery of affected communities. 

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The money will be used in areas such as emergency healthcare and first aid assistance, as well as the distribution of items such as tarpaulins, hot meals, clothes and blankets to evacuation centres. 

The Malaysian media has reported that five people had been killed and 41,000 others displaced in flood over the weekend, this incident had affected seven states and one federal territory.

In the Philippines over 300,000 people fled their homes and houses after Typhoon Rai hit last Thursday. the Singapore Red Cross will also support a local organisation to distribute relief items such as water, rice and groceries to 1,000 households across six communities in need of support.

It added that psychological first aid is also provided in evacuation centres to those affected. 

According to report, As of Monday, more than 200 people have lost their lives to natural disaster.

These disasters once again highlight the need for the global community to come together to address the causes of climate change and environmental degradation, said Singapore Red Cross secretary general and chief executive Benjamin William. 

We call for the community’s support this year-end, to share good tidings and to give comfort to our neighbours, whose lives have been upended due to the weather disasters.

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The Singapore Red Cross said it had also activated its Restoring Family Links service to assist Singapore residents in locating members of their immediate family who may have been affected by the disasters.

Those who need assistance in such matters can contact the Singapore Red Cross at rfl@redcross.sg, while details of the public appeal are available on the organisation’s website at  www.redcross.sg.

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Kuwait government said vaccination now mandatory.

The Kuwait government have said they will require anyone who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for nine months to get a booster shot, the government communication centre tweeted on Monday.

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Kuwait government said everyone incoming travellers to their country will be quarantine at home for 10 days unless they receive a negative PCR test for the coronavirus within 72 hours of their arrival the source said..

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China set to review law of women right and interest.

In the mean time and the call for making things right, China’s top law-making body on Monday (Dec 20) debated legislation to give women more protection against gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the society, according to state media.

The standing committee of the country’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, deliberated a draft amendment to the Women’s Rights and Interests Protection Law, state television network CCTV reported this to the world.

The push came as China explores ways to maintain the labour force while its population is set to shrink, and after activist calls for gender equality that have accompanied a fledging #MeToo movement.

Republic of China ranks 107th among 153 countries in the World Economic Forum’s annual ranking on global gender equality. Men dominate top echelons of politics and business. Women made up roughly one-quarter of the parliament and there is just one woman in the 25-member Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party.

Under the new rules, employers would not be allowed to ask female job applicants if they intend to get married or pregnant, or to make them take pregnancy tests, CCTV said.

CCTV is part of the Chinese government’s publicity department and is an official channel in which the party and government releases information. The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the proposed legislation.

It was not clear how quickly the legislation could be passed. The discussion is expected to continue until at least Friday and the draft would not likely be voted on before that.

Under the new rules, employers would be breaking the law if they restrict female staff from getting married or having children, or if they explicitly prioritise male candidates over females.

In the clearest definition yet of sexual harassment in China, the draft amendment stipulates that it is unlawful to subject women against their will to verbal expressions with sexual connotations, inappropriate or unnecessary bodily behaviour, sexually explicit images, or hint at benefits in exchange for intimate relationships or sex.

China’s #MeToo movement took off in 2018 when a college student in Beijing publicly accused her professor of sexual harassment. It spread to non-governmental organisations, media and other industries but faced a recent setback when a court in September ruled against the plaintiff in a high-profile sexual harassment case.

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Bandit on Sunday remand a man who delivered N5 million to them, demands for extra money and motorcycle for his release and 30 others in Niger state.

It was gathered that bandits agreed to collect N5million ransom after much please by community for the release of 55 people, including women and children abducted from Zagzaga community in Munya local government area of the state last month.

It was on Saturday morning, a man from the community was sent as instructed by the bandits to deliver the sum of N5million to them in the bush only to be held back by the bandits who asked the community to pay additional N1million and four motorcycles before he can regain his freedom along the 55 people earlier being held.

But on Sunday night, the unexpected happened as no fewer than 19 of the captives escaped to freedom from the bandits dean, including the man who took the ransom to them, leaving about 37 still being held.

The village head of Zagzaga, Mallam Musa Umoru who confirmed the latest development to Daily Sun on phone, said the bandits after collecting the N5million ransom still asked the community to pay N1million for the man who took the money to them.

We struggled to borrow the money when help could not come from anywhere to raise the N5million which they later agreed, but when we delegated someone to take the money to them, they decided to hold him back and asking us to pay N1million and four motorcycles for his release.

They also said that they will not release the other people again until we pay the N1million before they can release all of them. We have borrowed enough and we don’t know who to meet for help again.

Since this incident happened over a month now, nobody has come to the village here to even identify with us not to talk of helping us. We have sold everything we had labored for to be able to raise this money, and now they are asking for more again”, he lamented.

The village head also confirmed that 19 people including the man who took the ransom money to the bandits, miraculously escaped from the bandits on Sunday night, adding that despite that the bandits insisted that N1million must be paid.

This is in addition to the eight people, four men and four women that had earlier escaped two weeks ago. 19 people managed to escape last night (Sunday) but there is still 37 people with them.

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