The popular US based Author and public influencer Reno Omokri took to his verified tweeter account on 28th April, 2020 to counter the live broadcast by President Buhari. He wrote;
General @MBuhari’s speech was not live. It was recorded. What is the president afraid of? Why cant he have a live briefing and take questions from journalists? He just reads what is handed to him. #CoronaVirus response requires a dialogue, not a monologue. And then he went ahead and called it empty broadcast.
So, today he confirmed his allegation from the interview Buhari’s media adviser, Femi Adeshina had with Tvc News:
Reno tweeted below
In an interview with @TVCnewsng, General @MBuhari’s anodyne spokesman, @FemAdesina said “I signed on the final copy before the broadcast was recorded.”
This vindicates my tweet that Buhari’s broadcast was recorded, not live!
Apple and Google developed a new API for iPhone and Android that would allow app developers to create contact tracing apps for the novel coronavirus. The Apple-Google approach relies on Bluetooth connectivity between devices to determine the risk of exposure of an individual to a person who tested positive to COVID-19.
The object of such apps is for medical systems to be able to perform quick contact tracing and react accordingly. Patients can be isolated earlier and tested for COVID-19 with the help of such apps. But, crucially, participation is voluntary. It’s up to iPhone and Android users to opt-in. When they do, their privacy will be protected, and neither Apple nor Google will collect any data about users. It’ll all stay on their phones.
Several governments in Europe have been working on their own contact tracing app as well, some starting similar initiatives before Apple and Google announced their joint effort. But not all countries went for a privacy-friendly approach. The UK, France, and Germany all wanted Apple and Google to make certain exceptions that would allow these governments to run their own contact tracing app, and collect more user data. Germany announced over the weekend that it’ll drop its requests and instead follow Apple and Google’s guidelines, just as the two tech giants announced new changes for the app that will improve user privacy.
Apple and Google on Friday disclosed various changes to their coronavirus contact tracing initiative, addressing the concerns of privacy advocates.
The initiative is now referred to as “exposure notification” instead of “contact tracing,” a name that better describes the functionality of the app. These apps will notify users of potential exposure, and it’ll be up to the user and authorities to perform the actual contact tracing efforts.
Apple and Google built additional privacy protections in the app to make accidental or intentional identification of users impossible. The keys will be generated randomly, making it impossible for someone to guess them. Bluetooth metadata will be encrypted, and exposure time will be rounded up to five minutes to make it impossible for someone to identify users.
The API will also register the Bluetooth system level to avoid false positives. Bluetooth system travels several tens of feet and can penetrate walls. The farther away you are from someone, the less likely you’d be to get infected, especially if you’re living in different apartments. Without taking into account Bluetooth power levels, the app would still give you a warning.
Germany on Sunday announced that it will no longer pursue its own contact tracing app. Instead, it’ll rely on the Apple-Google approach, Reuters reported. Chancellery Minister Helge Braun and Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a joined statement that the country will go for the “decentralized” approach that Apple and Google are championing.
Pastor David Ford dies of COVID-19 complications David Ford, a beloved Michigan pastor, longtime UPS driver and father of nine who friends say shared an inspiring testimony about beating the new coronavirus, died Tuesday of complications from the disease. He was 59.
Ford, who led the Friendship House of Prayer in Lansing for several years, is now being mourned by his family and many in his community like Lansing Mayor Andy Schor who had already began celebrating his recovery.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Pastor Ford of Friendship House of Prayer. He was a wonderful friend to me and the city of Lansing. I spoke with him just last week and he shared an incredible story as a survivor of COIVD-19. The passing of Pastor Ford is a tremendous loss to the church, to me personally as a friend and to the city of Lansing. My thoughts are with him, his family, his friends and his congregation during this difficult time,” Schor said in a statement on Facebook Thursday.
Schor further told WILX that Ford’s survivor story was quite exceptional.”
“He was telling me he was on a ventilator, breathing fire, in bad shape and laying on ice, but he was able to come through it,” the mayor said. “He wanted to share his story so people will know what it was like to battle this virus and not lose faith.”
Bishop David Maxwell, a ministry colleague, told news station WILX that the late pastor had tested positive for the coronavirus in late March and was admitted to Beaumont Hospital for seven days. He started feeling better and was subsequently discharged to go home.
“He was excited, as ever, looking forward to preaching the Gospel and thankful to be home,” Maxwell said.
On Sunday, however, Ford preached from his home about the resurrection in what would be his final sermon.
Ford’s family told WILX that the pastor started feeling ill again and quickly died.
“It was shocking. I was sad, I was angry, I was upset that my friend who was a leader in Lansing succumbed to this after surviving,” Schor said.
The Lansing mayor remembered Ford’s messages as uplifting.
“You always really felt good about yourself after his service,” he said. “It was loud, fun, informative, and serious.”
Maxwell called him “extraordinary.”
“He was an extraordinary person, a lovable person who harbored no ill will to anyone. His smile was contagious,” the bishop recalled. “His imprint on the hearts and minds in the landscape of our community has not ended. It will continue to go on.”
Ford’s cousin, JoAnn Bell, noted on Facebook that he “was really somebody.”
“Please pray for David’s Wife Cassandra Ford and the Entire Ford Family ……….Our Cousin Pastor David Ford made his Transition yesterday to be with the Lord, he surely earned his wings a long time ago, …however, we just wasn’t ready for him to leave us so soon,” she noted Wednesday. “If you really knew Pastor David Ford, you couldn’t help but LOVE HIM AS WHO HE WAS…. and how he loved the Lord, his wife, his children, and his family and church family, & friends. He could really sing and play that piano/ organ, and preaching under the anointing of God. He was really somebody. Please lift his wife up in prayer as she loved her husband tremendously! My heart is broke into pieces!”
Parishioner Sylvia Hatcher noted on his obituary page Friday that he was “a great pastor.”
“Pastor David Ford was the most gentle, kind, loving person that I’ve known. He was a great pastor and I will miss him very much. He did a lot for the community and he loved the Friendship House of Prayer Baptist Church family. I love him and I will never forget him. My sincere condolences to Cassandra, Davona and the entire Ford family,” she wrote.
Cassandra Ford said even though she was “devastated” by her husband’s death, “I know God is still in control and that is the only this I can hold on to.”