Australasia Covid19 

The Salvation Army International – Salvation Army in the Solomon Islands Responds to Cyclone and Coronavirus

The Solomon Islands have yet to record a case of COVID-19, but stringent disease control measures are nonetheless affecting islanders particularly those of limited means. The coronavirus restrictions come in the wake of devastation wrought by Cyclone Harold in April, affecting many homes and livelihoods. The Salvation Army has been working with community leaders and partners in the Burns Creek settlement in East Honiara to ensure food security and mitigate against a rise in crime. The COVID-19 restrictions closed the market stalls around Honiara and community chiefs expressed ‘deep concern’…

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Financial Services 

Niger Delta Ministry Ex-finance Director Sentenced To Prison For Embezzling N60m

A former Director of Finance of the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Mr Ayinla Abibu, has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment for embezzling N60m belonging to the government. Hon Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, who presided over the case, also ordered the forfeiture of two plots of land in Kubwa and Bwari in Abuja. Abibu was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission for embezzling the money through the use of a front company, Zeocat Nigeria Limited, in March 2014. The ICPC…

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Australasia Covid19 

New Zealand criminals to be deported after months in coronavirus lockdown

Up to 30 New Zealand criminals are set to be deported as early as Tuesday after months in coronavirus lockdown and will be flown to a secret location for a 14-day quarantine period. The issue of deportations has been a source of tension between successive prime ministers on both sides of the Tasman, with New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern publicly taking her counterpart Scott Morrison to task over the practice earlier this year. Ms Ardern said it was “corrosive” to the relationship between the two countries, amid concerns some of…

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Asia Covid19 

U.S. bases in Japan locked down as coronavirus outbreak blamed on July 4th parties – CBS News

Officials in Okinawa on Monday said at least 94 U.S. service members at bases on the Japanese island have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising long-standing tension between the local population and the American military. The surge represents the biggest number of cases the U.S. military has reported in Asia since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and local officials are skeptical that U.S. virus containment policies are sufficient. More than half of the roughly 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based in Okinawa. Three U.S. bases in Okinawa have confirmed…

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Asia Covid19 

A billionaire Punjabi charters repatriation mission for workers, tourists stuck in UAE

A billionaire Punjabi in Dubai has taken charity to new heights by virtually launching chartered flights to bring distressed compatriots back. Philanthropist Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi is now a messiah for workers and tourists who have been stuck in the UAE due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. This week a first batch of 177 people returned to Chandigarh and reunited with their families. Three more flights have been lined up this month; four in August. “We are arranging free charter flights mainly to repatriate low-income workers who have lost their jobs…

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