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R. Kelly witness says she saw singer's sexual activity, was also pressed to write apology letter

By Tyler CliffordNEW YORK (Reuters) -A former assistant to R. Kelly testified on Friday she once saw him engage in sexual activity with one...

Smart Employee Benefits Inc. Corporate Update

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Sept. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smart Employee Benefits Inc. (“SEB” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SEB) is pleased to announce the following updates: Restricted Share UnitsThe Company has granted share-based compensation to its independent directors. Pursuant to the Company’s Omnibus Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), it has granted Restricted Share Units (“RSUs”) to […]

Granite REIT Declares Distribution for September 2021

TORONTO — Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (“Granite”) (TSX: GRT.UN / NYSE: GRP.U) announced today that its board of trustees has declared a distribution of CAD $0.250 per stapled unit for the month of September 2021. The distribution will be paid by Granite on October 15, 2021 to stapled unitholders of record at the close […]

Biden to convene virtual virus summit on fringe of UN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will convene a virtual COVID-19 summit on Wednesday on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly aimed at...

Insecurity: Clergyman urges unity among Nigerians

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, has urged Nigerians to embrace peace, stay resolute and be more united in spite of the socio-economic challenges in the country, saying “Some of the challenges that we bear have been imposed on us by bad leadership, bad governance and corruption”. Martins stated this at the ‘Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross and investiture of Papal Chaplains, Knights and Medalists’, held recently at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos. The feast of exaltation of the holy cross is an annual celebration of the Catholic Church held on September 14, which signifies the sacrifices of Jesus Christ Calvary. “The Holy Cross is the cross by which God brings salvation to mankind,” said Martins. Read Also: Church urges Nigerian Christians to be Christlike, refrain from vices The archbishop said these were difficult times for Nigerians. According to him, it seems Nigerians are carrying more crosses now than ever because of the present socio-economic challenges. “So, we can only ask that in spite of our challenges, we should never lose focus of who we are as a people – a people that should be united more than we are now. So, we want to challenge those who lead us to try and see what can be done to lift the challenges Nigerians are facing now,” said Martins. The homily, Pascal Nwazeapu of Divine Mercy, Catholic Church, Lekki, said a true Christian disciple does not retire from the service of the church. According to him, the success of the church lies not in the four walls of the church; but in the marketplace. Nwazeapu in a homily titled, ‘The Holy Cross of Jesus: a call to mission’, stated that the death of Jesus and resurrection changed the course of history. “Our redemption cost Jesus his life,” he said. He stated further that the real challenge before the church today was how to take control of the seven mountains that control and direct human activities.

Anambra airport begins commercial flights November – SSG

The Anambra State government has said that commercial flights will begin at the Anambra international passenger and cargo airport, Umueri in November. Secretary to the state government (SSG), Solo Chukwulobelu disclosed this in Awka on Friday, during the Anambra PFN day; a celebration of all members of pentecostal churches in the state, under the auspices of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). Chukwulobelu said: “In the next two months, the national president of PFN will not have to fly to Anambra through Asaba or Enugu, he will have to fly down to Anambra directly, through the Umueri international passenger and cargo airport. We will be looking forward to receiving him during that visit.” He said “we are happy with what the PFN is doing today. We are happy with the prayers offered so far by Bishop Wale Oke. I heard him offer prayers for Anambra State and the forthcoming election.” Read Also: Obiano lands at Anambra Airport from America, vows Soludo is next governor “The people of God must feel the impact of governance. No one who is not a believer will be allowed to take governance in Anambra State. The next governor must be a builder, a restorer and a believer.” Reacting, the candidate of APGA, Soludo said: “I have known Wale Oke from the time I was in government, during the Obasanjo era. He always comes around at the Villa to officiate service then. “I listened to your prayers that the state will be governed by the faithful and I say Amen to it. I’m one of you. Your prayer that the next governor of Anambra State must be a believer, restorer and a builder is noted, and I want to say that I’m a part of you, and I support the prayer.”

Int’l air passengers to present permit to travel certificate – FG

The Federal Government says arriving and departing passengers must present a Permit to Travel Certificate or QR Code and a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within three days (72 hours) of departure. In a recent document signed by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation/chairman, presidential steering committee on COVID-19, it states that prior to boarding, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure. Airlines have been directed not to board passengers with non-PCR COVID-19 tests (such as antigen/or antibody tests), a positive COVID-19 PCR test result or tests performed beyond 72 hours. The document also states that passengers must present a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code – generated from the Nigeria International Travel Portal on completion of a health questionnaire, uploading of a negative COVID-19 PCR result and schedule of PCR test at day-7 of arrival in Nigeria. Read Also: Board passengers without evidence of payment for PCR test – NCAA COVID-19 PCR test “Passengers failing to show a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code will not be allowed to board. Airlines that board passengers without any of the two documents (a negative COVID-19 PCR test done not more than 72 hours prior to boarding and a Permit to Travel Certificate/QR code), shall be sanctioned as follows: “Passengers, who are non-Nigerians, will be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at cost to the airline; passengers who are Nigerians or holders of permanent resident permit will be allowed entry, but subjected to the procedure outlined in Section,” the document states. The document also states that passengers arriving with forged (fake) COVID-19 PCR results shall be referred for prosecution as airlines will be fined $3,500 per passenger for failure to comply with any of the pre-boarding requirements; and airlines who consistently fail to comply with the above requirements may be banned from coming to Nigeria. “At the time of boarding, travellers will be required to undergo temperature screening and asked about COVID-19 symptoms. Passengers with temperature 38C and other COVID-19 related signs and symptoms shall not be allowed to board the flight,” it adds. For arriving passengers, they are required to strictly adhere to instructions given by port health services at the arrival terminal as passengers who fail to adhere to instructions will be sanctioned by relevant security personnel. All passengers arriving in Nigeria will be required to go through the routine port health screening and present electronic or print-out evidence of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test and the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code and present their international passports for clearance through the Nigerian Immigration Service System’s Migrants Identification Data Analysis System (MIDAS). Arriving passengers are to proceed on mandatory 7 days self-isolation/quarantine in their selected in-country destination as passengers are advised to avoid physical interaction with friends, family, colleagues, and other members of the public. “Passengers should check their emails/text messages regularly for updates regarding the arrangement for their repeat COVID-19 PCR test from the laboratory of their choice,” the document states. During this period the passenger may be contacted by the COVID-19 Response team to ascertain state of isolation, day-7 testing appointment and health status and must show up at the laboratory/sample collection centres on the 7th day of arrival and pay the applicable fees for the COVID-19 PCR test. “Samples will be taken, and a COVID-19 PCR test done. The selected private laboratory will send a reminder text message, email, or phone call to the passenger a day before the appointment.”

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