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COVID-19: Private school owners seek revolving loan

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Private School owners have appealed to the Federal Government to facilitate a revolving loan scheme for them at a reduced interest rate to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

They made the appeal under the aegis of the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON).

In a letter, APSON urged that the loan should be with a single-digit interest rate and provide at least a five -year interest-free moratorium.

It also requested for a stimulus package for private school teachers to enable them and their immediate families to survive the economic hardship caused by COVID-19.

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The letter addressed to the Minister of Education was entitled: “Request for Stimulus Package for Private School Owners and Teachers”.

The letter was signed by Dr. Godly E. Opukeme, National President of the association, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Marafa, National Secretary, and Bishop Emmanuel Elakhe, National Director of administration.

The association said that the appeal became necessary due to disruptions and redundancies caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and indefinite closure of non-essential businesses including private and public schools.

“The plights of teachers in private schools – secondary, primary, and kindergarten – have been exacerbated by the inability of most proprietors to meet their financial obligations.

“Private school owners which are the second largest employer of labor in Nigeria’s private sector remain irrevocably committed to the Nigerian project.

“Private teachers unlike their counterparts in the public sector who enjoy seamless allowances and monthly emoluments have been subjected to public ridicule arising from failure to pick up accumulated bills since the outbreak of the pandemic.

“If our request is considered, such a stimulus package will, therefore, help private school owners to overcome the challenges and keep their teachers in the business, pay annual renewal fees, dues, rates, and rent,” APCON said.

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COVID-19: South Africa reopens restaurants as cases rise

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“I am breathing again,” sighs Kanto Razafimandimby, on her first night out since South Africa reopened its restaurants and casinos as part of a gradual loosening of lockdown, even as the number of coronaviruses continues to rise.

“It really feels like my freedom is back,” said the 27-year-old dining with three friends at Verdicchio Restaurant and Wine Cellar in northern Johannesburg suburb of Fourways.

Saturday marked the 100th day of lockdown for South Africa, which has imposed some of the strictest stay-at-home measures in the world since March 27 in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Nevertheless, the number of infections is rising daily by the thousands and the country now has the highest number of cases on the continent — 177,124, including 2,952 deaths.

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Professor sacked for saying ‘slavery was not genocide’

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Canterbury Christ Church University has bowed to pressure from students and labour unions to sack Historian David Starkey after the visiting professor claimed in an interview that ‘slavery was not genocide’ because ‘so many damn blacks live in Africa and Britain.’

The 75-year-old academic who is a visiting professor at the university made the comments during an online interview with Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes for YouTube channel Reasoned UK.

During the interview, Starkey said:

“Slavery was not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or in Britain, would there? An awful lot of them survived and again there’s no point in arguing against globalisation or Western civilisation. They are all products of it, we are all products of it.

“The honest teaching of the British Empire is to say, quite simply, it is the first key stage of our globalisation. It is probably the most important moment in human history and it is still with us.”

The interview sparked a backlash online, even British-Nigerian historian David Olusoga reacted, tweeting,

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‘This is truly disgusting. And by the same ridiculous, twisted logic the Holocaust would not be counted as a genocide.’

The university has now put out a statement announcing the professor’s sack while apologizing to students and staff of the school.

In a statement today Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam College said:

“The Master has accepted Dr David Starkey’s resignation of his honorary fellowship with immediate effect.

“Fitzwilliam prides itself in leading the way in Cambridge in opening access to higher education for under-represented groups. Our student and academic bodies are diverse and welcoming to all. We do not tolerate racism.

“Honorary fellows have the same responsibility as all members of our college to uphold our values.”

Vice-chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Professor Rama has also apologised.

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He said:

“Widely reported comments by historian David Starkey during a recent online interview are, in our view, completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our university and community. We have therefore terminated, with immediate effect, Dr Starkey’s visiting professorship.

“I would like to say sorry to colleagues and students who will have been offended and upset by such comments of this appalling nature, and in particular in these challenging and difficult times for us all.”

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My husband throws condoms used on his girlfriend in my face, wife tells court

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A 60-year-old Zambian woman has told the court that she would reconcile with her 89-year-old husband if only he undergoes an HIV test.

According to the woman, her husband throws used condoms in her face whenever he came back from having sex with other women.

“My 89-yr-old husband throws the condoms that he uses on his girlfriend in my face and tells me that I am a worthless person,” she said.

According to the Zambia Observer, the woman identified as Astridah Bwale testified that her 89-yr-old  husband, Rodrick Mwale told her that she stinks and that there were beautiful women out there who were better than her.

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She told the court that she never saw her husband’s salary and he does not buy food for the family.

Astridah alleged that Rodrick only spent money on his girlfriends.

The plaintiff narrated that her husband got his retirement package without her knowledge and that she had no idea how he used the money.

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She also complained that Rodrick had in the last four years been sleeping at his girlfriend’s house and that it was the reason that they did not have sex.

The plaintiff also said that she and her family lived in a house without a roof due to the failure by the defendant to buy roofing sheets.

She told the court that she was willing to reconcile with her 89-yr-old husband as long as he agrees to go for an HIV test.

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Problems between the couple who had nine children started in 1988 after her husband found a job.

Testifying earlier,  Rodrick told the court that problems in their marriage started in 2015 after his wife stopped washing for him.

He told the court that his wife also started starving him sexually and that the two have never had sex since 2015.

Ganerton senior presiding magistrate Nsama Banda reconciled the couple and ordered them to go for an HIV test.

 

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