Chinese firm donates medical supplies to Portugal

LISBON, March 30 (Xinhua) — A batch of medical supplies donated by China’s Fosun Group, including 1 million face masks and 200,000 test kits, arrived in Lisbon from China on Monday, according to a press release by the company. The delivery of the essential medical equipment will help the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS) fight…

Half of Britain’s best-loved butterfly species see numbers increase

Hopeful springtime news has arrived – butterfly numbers are rising.  Last year was their most prolific since 1997, with more than half of species seeing a population increase.  The number of red admirals tripled, figures from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme show. There were almost 12 times more painted ladies and more than twice as…

COVID-19: Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities

By Olarewaju Kola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday announced a lockdown of major cities worst hit by the novel coronavirus. Addressing the nation, Buhari ordered a ban on social and economic activities and gatherings of people in the capital Abuja, the commercial hub Lagos, Ogun state and surrounding cities to stem the…

BBC Suggests Utility Bill Levy as Possible Licence Fee Replacement

The BBC is throwing ideas out there that address how it might survive should the licence fee get axed in the future, and one idea emerging as a front runner is the addition of a levy to an existing utility bill. Because some other countries fund their state broadcasters this way and it makes payment…

Israel reports 448 more COVID-19 cases, 4,695 in total

JERUSALEM, March 30 (Xinhua) — A total of 448 people in Israel tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,695, the Israeli Ministry of Health said. It said the death toll of the virus in the country has hit 16, adding of the 527 patients being treated in…