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Nigeria’s richest pastor to launch a new airline

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Super-rich Nigerian televangelist Bishop David Oyedepo (right, in gray jacket) sorrounded by aides and supplicants.

Super-rich Nigerian televangelist Bishop David Oyedepo (right, in gray jacket) sorrounded by aides and supplicants.

Nigeria’s richest pastor and self-styled bishop, David Oyedepo, has made a glistening addition to his business empire by floating an airline called Dominion Air. Oyedepo, who a few years ago ignited debate on flamboyant Christianity by acquiring his fourth private jet, is the owner of Dominion Publishing House, Covenant University and an elite secondary school called Faith Academy.

Listed by Forbes as Nigeria’s wealthiest pastor with a net worth of $150 million, David Oyedepo is a preacher and founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, more popularly known as Winners’ Chapel. Besides his four private jets, Forbes also mentioned the preacher’s luxury homes in London and the United States.

Sources within the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the agency charged with business registration in Nigeria, confirmed the registration of Dominion Air with David Oyedepo as its chairman. Another source within a Lagos-based insurance firm known to handle most of Oyedepo’s businesses said the airline project had been in the works for six years and was only made a reality this year.

The broker who balked at putting figures to the number of aircraft so far purchased authoritatively said none of them is on lease.

If Oyedepo’s entry into the airline business is creating exciting buzz in Nigeria’s stock exchange, the same cannot be said with the Christian community, especially the Pentecostal congregations, where the so-called men of God have been criticised for alienating their poor followers with their flamboyant lifestyle.

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According to Lawrence Ofili, a member of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), the social movement that staged days of protest over this year’s controversial fuel price hike, Nigerian pastors are increasingly acting like politicians who put themselves first before the people.

“Pastor Oyedepo by his choice of businesses has severally demonstrated a disconnect between himself and hundreds of thousands of poor Christians who he claims to have come to deliver. About 90 per cent of public schools in this country were built by early Christian missionaries; today Oyedepo has Covenant University but it is for children of millionaires,” says Mr Ofili.

“Even with the high school called Faith Academy, I am aware that most children in his congregation dream to be educated there but their parents who probably pay tithes and offerings cannot afford the school fees. His Faith Tabernacle accommodates 50,000 worshippers every Sunday; how many of them are going to fly Dominion Air? Honestly this project is not for the poor. He should have settled for mechanised farming to engage unemployed men and women.”

Source: http://www.africareview.com/News/Nigerian+tycoon+pastor+launches+airline/-/979180/1372562/-/prfta8z/-/

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Immigration changes mean many migrant nurses can’t stay in UK.

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From 6 April 2012, migrants from outside the EU earning less than £35,000 will not be allowed to settle in the UK.

Critics have accused ministers of risking patient health in favour of a “crude” immigration policy after government documents revealed that almost half of the migrant nurses will be forced to leave the UK under the new immigration rules.

A new UK government impact assessment reveals the change will cut the number of NHS nurses by “hundreds or low thousands” and cost the economy up to £433 million over the next 10 years as people leave.

The impact assessment stated: “We estimate 48 percent of migrant nurses, 37 percent of primary school teachers, 35 percent of IT/software professionals and 9 percent of secondary teachers would be excluded.” However, the assessment claims that the loss of the migrant nurses will not have a “significant impact” on the ability of the 698,000-strong nurse workforce in the country to carry out their duties.

But Gail Adams, head of nursing at the union Unison, claimed the losses would come on top of a current shortage of trained nursing staff and at a time when many nurses in what is a relatively elderly workforce will be moving into retirement.

“The government should think again about these restrictions on overseas nurses. They have cut the number of nurse training places by 20 per cent over the last two years, which means we will not have enough qualified nurses to cover those coming up to retirement,” Adams said. “These crude restrictions will make matters worse and create skill shortages in the future. The quality of care will obviously suffer if hospitals cannot recruit the nurses they need to ensure a safe ratio of nurses to patients.”

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Source: http://www.workpermit.com/news/2012-03-28/uk/immigration-changes-mean-many-migrant-nurses-wont-be-able-to-stay-in-uk.htm

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Nairobi has the fastest-growing luxury real estate prices on the planet

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The world’s luxury residential property markets fluctuated in 2011, with some, like Miami and London, recording major gains and others, like Singapore and Sydney, falling significantly.

But the city with the highest rate of growth in luxury real estate prices in 2010 wasn’t a Chinese boomtown or European safe haven, but Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, according to a new wealth report from Knight Frank and Citi Private Wealth.

The study found that prices for high-end real estate in Nairobi jumped 25 percent in 2011. And the Kenyan Coast recorded the second highest growth, with a price jump of 20 percent. Miami came in third, with a price increase of 19.1 percent for luxury real estate, according to the study.

Ironically, some of the largest price drops were in places with the strongest economic growth, likely due to the ongoing impact of the financial crisis and the end of price booms in Asia.

So why the record growth in Nairobi? The report, which calls the increase “startling,” explains:

Safe haven” isn’t necessarily a phrase many people would use to describe the country in a global context, but compared with many of its neighbours it is just that, according to Ben Woodhams, Managing Director of Knight Frank Kenya.

He says that Kenya’s rapid economic development is attracting domestic and international private equity, with particular growth in remittances flowing from Kenya’s increasingly affluent diaspora.

However, recent events such as the kidnapping of tourists staying on the north coast and a sharp rise in interest rates to almost 25% also highlight the potential vulnerability of some emerging prime markets.

These are the 20 places where luxury residential real estate prices increased the most in 2011:

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US writers to honour Ngugi waThiong’o

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Prof Ngugi wa Thiong'o who is set to be honored by a group of US black writers in New York over the weekend.

Prof Ngugi wa Thiong'o who is set to be honored by a group of US black writers in New York over the weekend.

Jambonewspot.com-Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o is set to be honoured at this year’s National Black Writers Conference (NBWC), to be held in New York.

Mr Ngugi who is a distinguished professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine, will be presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Award during  the event which will take place on March 29, 2012 through April 1, 2012 at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York.

The writers are holding their 11th annual conference and this year’s theme is “The Impact of Migration, Popular Culture, and the Natural Environment in the Literature of Black Writers.”

Each conference has built upon the previous one celebrating outstanding Black writers through the world.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a recipient of eight honorary doctorates, a fellow of the Modern Language Association, and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The National Black Writers’ Conference examines the historical representation of the literature of Black writers and the representation of new and future directions for contemporary and emerging literary voices.

The  Conference has addressed the themes of stereotypes in Black literature, the direction of Black literature, the renaissance in Black literature, access and expanding conversations on race,identity, history and genre.

Ngugi is currently working on the second book of  his memoirs: In the House of the Interpreter.

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Kenya authorities shoot dead 6 suspected poachers

Posted by Administrator on March 28, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya Wildlife Service rangers shot and killed three suspected poachers in a national park in the latest in a series of poacher killings amid a rise in elephant deaths, an official said Wednesday.

KWS spokesman Paul Udoto said the organization has “re-energized” its efforts to stop the poaching of wildlife, especially elephants, who are hunted for their ivory tusks.

Rangers shot and killed three suspected poachers on Tuesday in Tsavo East National Park. Last week rangers shot and killed another three suspected poachers near Mount Kenya.

Udoto said six KWS rangers have died in the line of duty since December, a record high in such a short period. Udoto said the ranger deaths will not be in vain and KWS is determined to make poaching “a high-cost, low-benefit activity.”

“We are determined to give them their day in court, but these people are heavily armed and are determined to kill not only our wildlife but our rangers,” he said.

A recent fire on Mount Kenya, the country’s tallest mountain, revealed how poachers are resorting to dangerous techniques to kill elephants.

Robert Njue, a KWS official in charge mountain conservation, said the fires which consumed 10 percent of Mount Kenya’s forest were likely started by poachers to create a diversion from their illegal attacks on animals.

Wildlife activists say illegal ivory smuggling in Africa increased after the 2007 temporary lifting of a ban by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. It allowed a one-off sale by African countries that had stockpiles of ivory from elephants that had died naturally or problem elephants killed by wildlife officials

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe were granted a one-time exemption from a global ivory ban because of their thriving elephant herds.

Patrick Omondi, an elephant expert at KWS, blames China’s growing footprint in Africa for the recent surge of elephant deaths.

Omondi said there has been an increase in poaching in Africa as a result of the sales, which spurred a demand for ivory tusks in China and some countries in Southeast Asia where they are smuggled to make ivory ornaments.

In 2007, Kenya lost only 47 elephants to poaching, Omondi said. In 2008 — the year the sale took place — Kenya lost 145 elephants. In 2009, 271 elephants were killed and 187 were killed in 2010. Kenya lost 278 elephants last year.

The elephant populations of many African countries were being decimated until a global ban on the ivory trade was implemented in 1989. Since then the elephant population of Kenya is estimated to have grown to 37,000 this year, from 16,000 in 1989. The increased number is still lower than the estimated 167,000 elephants that roamed Kenya in 1973.

Kenya’s elephants are an important tourist draw and fall in the category of star wildlife attractions in the country known as the big five. The other four are leopards, lions, rhinos and buffalo.

Source: http://www.boston.com/news/world/africa/articles/2012/03/28/kenya_authorities_shoot_dead_6_suspected_poachers/

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Neema Gospel Church- Ladies Annual Retreat-April 27th-29th 2012

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Many sex workers in Kenya are married, new report reveals

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The government says it recognizes the need to create safe access to HIV services for often marginalized high-risk groups like sex workers (file photo)

The government says it recognizes the need to create safe access to HIV services for often marginalized high-risk groups like sex workers (file photo)

NAIROBI, 27 March 2012 (PlusNews) – A new survey of commercial sex work in Kenya, the first to include male sex workers, has revealed that 40 percent of female and male commercial sex workers are in marriages or stable unions.

According to the survey by the National AIDS and Sexually transmitted infections Control Programme (NASCOP), the World Bank, Kenya Prisons and Canada’s University of Manitoba, there are an estimated 200,000 commercial sex workers in Kenya, 15,000 of whom are men.
The study, which covered all the country’s urban areas with the exception of North Eastern Province, found that Rift Valley and Nairobi provinces had the biggest number of sex workers.

“[A] majority of the male commercial sex workers have sex with men, and this puts them at greater risk because anal sex, as is already known, is a catalyst for the spread of HIV, and because of the stigma involved, many do not seek services like HIV testing,” said Nicholas Muraguri, head of NASCOP.

Muraguri said the high number of married commercial sex workers could accelerate the spread of HIV within marriage – statistics show that people in stable sexual partnerships account for 44 percent of new HIV infections.

“Their spouses or girlfriends or boyfriends do not know they are engaged in commercial sex work, which puts marriages and stable unions at even greater risk of HIV,” he pointed out.

The survey did not asses the level of condom use between sex workers and their clients, but Muraguri told IRIN/PlusNews initial studies had shown that “The level of condom use between them [sex workers] and their clients is just slightly above 50 percent, which is worrying. Sex workers tend not to use condoms with their regular clients.”

According to the Kenya HIV Prevention Response and Modes of Transmission Analysis, 2009, commercial sex workers and their clients together contribute 14 percent of all new HIV infections, while men who have sex with men and prisons account for 15.2 percent.
The Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan 2009-13 identifies the most at-risk populations as key drivers of new HIV infections, making up one-third of all new cases.

Muraguri said the government has recognized the need to create safe access to HIV services for often marginalized high-risk groups.
“These are groups that continue to operate secretively because there are no safe conditions for them,” he said. “We must provide this [access] either within the law or through change in societal mentality to ensure they receive services to save them and the general population.”

Source: http://www.plusnews.org/Report/95173/KENYA-Many-sex-workers-are-married-new-report-reveals

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