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We will not turn a blind eye to racism, Pope Francis reacts to George Floyd’s death

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We cannot turn a blind eye to racism, Pope Francis reacts to George Floyd's death

The head of Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis, has finally reacted to the death of George Floyd.

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism,” the pontiff said on Wednesday, June 3, in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by US police that has sparked nationwide protests.

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The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, however, condemned the violence that followed George Floyd’s death as “self-destructive and self-defeating.

He said: “Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”

Pope Francis said he was praying for Floyd and “all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism.”

Since Floyd’s death, protests have been held in cities across the country and some of them turned violent.

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Covid-19: Only private schools that meet laid down conditions will resume- Ekiti govt

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The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Foluso Daramola, on Wednesday said only Private schools that meet conditions and criteria laid down by the State Government would reopen for academic activities in July.

Daramola said this in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Assistant Director of Information, Mr Kunle Adeniyi, in Ado-Ekiti.

The commissioner, represented by the Technical Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr Bimpe Aderiye, said this during a meeting in Ado-Ekiti with the Proprietors of Private Schools across the state.

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He said that the schools must have at least two infrared thermometers to ascertain the temperature levels of both teachers and pupils.

Daramola said that the schools must show evidence of the fumigation of their school environment, maintaining social distancing and the other COVID-19 protocol directives at any given time.

”The Ministry will work in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Human Services, to train focal persons for each school on how to manage students with high temperature and handle suspected cases of Coronavirus infection.

”The state government has constituted a 21-member committee to monitor the COVID-19 pre- and post-school resumption in the state to ascertain the level of compliance,” he said.

In his reaction, the President of Private School Owners in the State, Rev. Williams Olufemi, said the association would support the state government in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti.

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Olufemi however, appealed to the state government to incorporate members of his association into the COVID-19 committee of the Ministry of Education.

He said this would make it easy to identify and locate all the private schools in the state to enable the government to monitor them effectively.

Present at the meeting were the Chairman Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Mr Kayode Babade, his counterpart from Teaching Service Commission, Chief Babatunde Abegunde, representatives from SUBEB, and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr James Owolabi.

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Gideon Bakare: RCCG sacks Pastor for attempting adultery

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The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has sacked one of its pastors, Gideon Bakare, who was caught on camera for attempting adultery.

In a statement on Wednesday by its spokesman, Olaitan Olubiyi, the church said a viral video that showed Bakare in a compromising position with a wife of a member of the church’s branch in Akure, Ondo state capital, is disturbing and distasteful.

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Olubiyi noted that the church has excommunicated Bakare and relieved him of all ministerial duties for putting the church in a bad light.

“The Redeemed Christian Church of God has excommunicated Mr Gideon Bakare and relieved him of all ministerial duties in the Mission,” the statement read.

“Bakare, who was an Assistant Pastor in the Church was recently accused of an attempted act of adultery with a woman in her matrimonial home in Akure, Ondo State.

“The Church dissociated itself from such an immoral act of Mr Bakare and described it as being completely contrary to the core values, doctrines, beliefs and practices of the RCCG and the undiluted word of God.

“The Church, after reviewing the report of her investigation, noted that by his conduct, Bakare has not only tainted his personal reputation but has portrayed the Church in a bad light.

”Mr Bakare has therefore been directed to return all official items in his custody and stay off all associated connections with the Mission with immediate effect.”

 

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Namibia to ground national carrier’s license over cash hole

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Cash-strapped Air Namibia will have its planes grounded at midnight on Wednesday after it failed to secure enough funding to remain solvent, voiding its air licence, the transport authority said.

The airline, which operates 10 aircraft on continental and one international route, with a staff of close to 800, requires around 8 billion Namibian dollars ($469 million) to stay afloat, but only received a tenth of that in last month’s budget.

“This is scarcely 12% of the amount stated as needed by the management of the airline,” the head of the Transport Commission, Eldorette Harmse, said in a statement.

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The withdrawal of its air licence means it is prohibited from operating commercial flights. It will however be permitted to undertake humanitarian evacuation and repatriation flights under its non-scheduled air services licence, which is valid for the duration of the State of Emergency due to the coronavirus.

The firm’s financial woes pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic which has ravaged air travel around the world due to the stand-still in tourism. It has failed to produce financial statements in recent years, a requirement of Namibia’s Air Services Act.[nL8N2E95IM]

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In January it faced serious allegations around safety, operations, and its finances, contained in an audit report published by German airline Lufthansa. It has yet to resolve those issues.

Air Namibia also owes its main creditor, the now-defunct Belgian company ChallengeAir SA, 12.3 million euros ($13.88 million). The European firm has applied to the Namibian High Court to have the carrier liquidated.

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In addition to its Windhoek-Frankfurt offering, the carrier operates busy regional routes to Cape Town, Luanda and Harare, attracting buying interest from bigger carriers like Ethopian Airlines, Lufthansa and South African Airways, according to local media reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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