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Mount Etna: New 4.8-magnitude earthquake hits Sicily

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A 4.8-magnitude earthquake has hit Sicily around Europe’s most active volcano Mount Etna, injuring at least two people, Italian media report.

Some buildings were reportedly damaged in what was the latest in dozens of tremors since Etna erupted on Monday.

Volcanic ash had earlier covered nearby villages, and flights to and from Catania airport had to be halted temporarily.

People on the mountainside were told to escape quickly.

The earthquake struck at 03:19 local time (02:19 GMT) on Wednesday near the municipality of Viagrande.

Pictures of damaged buildings have been posted on social media.

Italian media report panic among local residents, many of whom run out into the streets.

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There were also reports of buildings shaking in Catania, a city of more than 300,000 people.

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Man in court for robbing hawker in broad daylight – Nairobi News

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A youthful man suspected to be a member of about six gangsters who attacked a hawker and robbed him of his mobile phone worth Sh42,000 and a silver chain valued at Sh15,000 has been charged with robbery with violence.

Kelvin Abuga Auma alias Rio was accused of robbing Kelvin Mwangi Warui in Mathare slums, off Juja Road on May 19, 2020 jointly with others charged earlier, while armed with a knife.

Warui was selling face masks in the area when he was ambushed by about six men known to him who beat him up and threatened to stab him with a knife.

He identified Auma as one his assailants. Auma’s accomplices have been charged and granted Sh300,000 bond with one surety.

The accused denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Merissa Opondo of the Makadara Law Courts and was granted similar bond terms without the option of cash bail.

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The suspect had pleaded for leniency asking for a cash bail. He claimed to be raising his siblings left behind by their mother.

But the magistrate said there have been cases of suspects who absconded court after being released on cash bail.

The case against Auma will be consolidated with that of his accomplices on September 22, 2020 when the hearing begins.

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Raila makes unpublicized return from Dubai aboard luxurious UAE-operated private jet » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – Orange Democratic Movement Party Leader Raila Odinga jetted back to the country Sunday evening after a three-week medical visit in Dubai where he underwent a minor surgery for an undisclosed condition.

Odinga was flown back to Nairobi aboard a luxurious Airbus A318 owned and operated by United Arab Emirates-based Constellation Aviation Services.

Although details of his touchdown at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport remain scantly, the jet carrying the former Prime Minister departed the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai at 6.13pm local time, according to Flightradar24.com.

The plane which boasts of a luxurious lounge, VIP dining area, private office and a boardroom first arrived in the country from Lusaka Zambia on Wednesday, July 8 and picked ODM Deputy Party Leader Hassan Joho and House Minority Whip Junet Mohamed.

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The aircraft departed Nairobi for Dubai on Thursday where Joho and Mohamed visited Odinga ahead of his return to the country.

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Broke private schools forced out of business by Covid-19 – Nairobi News

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More than 100 private schools might not resume learning when schools reopen in January 2021.

The Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) on Sunday said that most administrators of the schools have decried lack of finances to keep the schools going due to the Covid-19 pandemic and are shutting down completely.

The closure will force parents into searching for alternative schools for their children.

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Hundreds of employees working in private schools have also been forced to take salary cuts, ordered to take unpaid leave or laid off.

While focus has mainly been on teachers, the auxiliary staff that includes drivers, cooks, cleaners, watchmen, caregivers and finance staff have also lost their livelihoods as their services are no longer required with the learners away from school.

It is estimated that private schools directly employ about 300,000 people.

KPSA Chairperson Mutheu Kasanga said most private institutions are struggling to meet operational costs and now want the government to step in financially.

“We are not asking for free money, we are asking to be put where we can borrow at an affordable rates and repay it to help litigate this factor, just like other sectors who have been given relief and support,” Kasanga said.

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Last week, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said he was concerned that private schools are now demanding payment of fees from parents and that certain schools and parents have been haggling over the re-opening of schools and schools fees.

Statistics from the Ministry of Education shows the number of private primary schools in the country rose from 7,742 in 2014 to 16,594 last year. On the other hand, the number of public primary schools increased by only 1,728 in the same period.

Kenya’s academic year runs from January to November. Final year exams, which usually taken in October and November, have also been cancelled.

Magoha said students would repeat a year as schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school calendar had begun.

But colleges and universities are set to reopen in September if they abide by strict guidelines.

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