Google says it will invest more than $7 billion in the United States this year and create thousands of jobs, the tech giant’s CEO , Sundar Pichai disclosed on Thursday.
Sundar Pichai , in a statement said, “We plan to invest over $7 billion in offices and data centers across the US and create at least 10,000 new full-time Google jobs in the US this year”.
Ibadan Poly unveils Nigerian made ventilator, automated handwashing machine
The Polytechnic Ibadan, on Thursday unveiled made in Nigeria mechanical ventilator and automated hand washing machine produced by the department of Mechatronics Engineering.
The development, according to the institution, is aimed at combating the COVID-19 disease in the country and other related diseases. The ventilator is an essential equipment in the treatment of coronavirus patients and went through all necessary procedures. It was tested at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) last week.
The research team who carried out the development under the Deanship of Engr. Tijani B.O and the Rectorship of Prof. Adebiyi Kazeem include; Engr. Olaiya Kamourudeen, Mr. Olanlere Oladeji, Mr. Oluokun Tolulope, Engr. Bello Abdulrahaman, Mr. Sanusi Babatunde, Mr. Azeez O.R, Mr. Ajayeoba Israel and a consultant from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, (UCH) Dr. Adebayo Oluwaseun. Interestingly, these students are still undergoing their Ordinary National Diploma (OND).
It was also gathered that the ventilator and hand washing machine housing a dryer, were among the new innovations of the department which has just been accredited to run Higher National Diploma (HND) Programme.
The citadel of learning has equally produced hand sanitizer and face mask which were donated to the Oyo state government in support of the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Rector, Prof. Kazeem Adebiyi, while addressing newsmen shortly after unveiling the devices, informed that the institution In its bid to complement the efforts of the government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, produced mechanical ventilator and smart hand washers.
Adebiyi disclosed that the institution spent about N2,000,000 (Two million naira) to produce the ventilator, noting that the cost will be lesser if it was a mass production process. He lauded the Seyi Makindele led government for releasing grant to the institution which he claimed made it possible for the management to embark on several projects that were long overdue.
He stressed that this was the first time since 2009 that the institution would receive grant from the state government to embark on accreditation process, adding that before now, the management sometimes go as far as taking loans from banks for accreditation.
“We are just using this avenue to appreciate the government for what they have done for us. When we received the letter from NBTE that we passed all our accreditation, we were very joyful. We did accreditation for thirteen programmes and we passed all the thirteen programmes.
“Also, we did three professional accreditation programmes which we passed and that looked like magic to everybody that how were we able to achieve that and then we said, since we have the support of the government.
“When we looked at the records, the last time the institution benefitted from such accreditation grant from government was in 2009 and when the present government came on board, we were bothered because about fifteen to sixteen of our programmes were due for accreditation.
“I said, look, lets go and meet the governor, they asked if I was sure because we have not received anything from them in years, but I insisted that we make a trial.
“The governor approved our request immediately and the grant was used judiciously for various needs; we procured necessary equipments, renovated buildings, secured accreditation for programmes, among others”, the Rector added.
Also commenting, Israel Ajayeoba, a student who was part of the research team, said the mechanical ventilator was designed in a way that it can be adjusted depending on the rate at which the patient needs it.
COVID-19: Facebook launches tools to keep faith-based communities connected
Facebook has launched key resources to help faith groups stay connected and engaged during the current COVID-19 outbreak. The resources include the “Faith on Facebook Resource Hub” and the Faith on Facebook toolkit both providing guidance and step-by-step tips that faith-based groups can use to keep their communities engaged while observing social distancing. The tools are part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts in keeping communities safe, connected and informed during this pandemic.
Some of the tools that faith-based groups can use to connect with their communities during the COVID-19 outbreak include:
- Facebook Pages: Explore how to build an active and engaged audience of faith communities, advice on posting interesting content, as well as creating events and using Groups for discussions.
- Facebook Groups: Groups allow people to come together around a common cause, discussing issues and ideas, posting photos and sharing related content.
- Facebook Events: Host virtual events using Facebook Events to spread the word.
- Utilising WhatsApp: Consider sending bite sized sermons or recordings through the voice note feature on WhatsApp to members, using either the dedicated broadcast list function or creating a New Group list.
- Watch Party: Host a Watch Party for your Group, choosing videos that are relevant to your community and invite members to join and discuss.
- Facebook Live: Stream live stream events and performances on Facebook, utilizing interactive features such as reactions, shares and comments enabling you to further engage your audience.
Commenting, Facebook Africa Regional Director Nunu Ntshingila said, “At a time like this, our mission has never been more relevant, to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. We know that faith leaders across Africa are grappling with the unexpected challenges in serving their members digitally, and we’re committed to providing them with the resources and tools to support them as much as possible”. She added, “Our ultimate goal is to equip faith-based communities with the tools to help them continue faith conversations throughout the pandemic.”
Belarus, Egypt sign $1m contract to make drones
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus on Thursday disclosed that it has signed a $1m contract with Egypt to make drones.
The official said: “We’ve held negotiations with Egyptian partners and have come to terms on a good contract – roughly $1 million – on supplying and setting up an enterprise in Egypt to train specialists and make drones.”