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Bristow Helicopters fires 100 pilots, engineers over coronavirus effect on operations

Bristow Helicopters has announced the sack of about 100 pilots and engineers following the devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations and finances. The announcement comes barely 24 hours after Air Peace announced the sack of about 70 pilots citing the pandemic’s effect on its finances.
More than 2,200 firefighters were battling a blaze that was burning out of control Monday in southern California, threatening thousands of people and homes east of Los Angeles.

Firefighters struggle to contain blaze in southern California

More than 2,200 firefighters were battling a blaze that was burning out of control Monday in southern California, threatening thousands of people and homes east of Los Angeles.

Navy launches operation Okun Alafia II to curb maritime criminalities

The Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has flagged off Exercise Okun Alafia II, a Yoruba word for Calm Water, to address insecurity in the maritime environment within its area of command, spanning Lagos up to 200 nautical miles of the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Former Glee star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after emergency teams said the effort to find her has now been classed as a search and recovery operation.

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This compelled the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Mr. Edward Kallon, to suspend all air expedition in the area for a week.

UN suspends air services in North East over attack on helicopter

The helicopter had planned to pick some aid workers in Damasak to Maiduguri on Friday when it aborted its plan as it was shot at by some members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem September 18, 2019. RONEN ZVULUN- REUTERS

Israeli premier warns Bashar al-Assad to keep out Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday he would be “risking the future” of his regime if he allowed Iran to be entrenched militarily in his country.
There were signs Monday that the coronavirus pandemic was easing significantly in some parts of Europe but getting worse in India and Russia.

Pandemic eases in parts of Europe but worsens in India

There were signs Monday that the coronavirus pandemic was easing significantly in some parts of Europe but getting worse in India and Russia.
Citing sources inside the Greek Defense Ministry, Greek Reporter said that a Royal Canadian Navy CH-124 Sea King helicopter crashed in the Ionian Sea on Wednesday.

Royal Canadian chopper goes missing near Ionian Sea

A NATO Chopper reportedly belonging to the Royal Canadian Navy has crashed in the Ionian Sea southeast of Italy, according to unspecified sources in the Greek Ministry of Defense.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, says restriction measures like social distancing, and wearing of face masks need to continue during the period of Ramadan, which is around the corner.

Nigeria: Why we haven’t been conducting massive coronavirus community testing

The Federal Government said yesterday that Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, was not conducting enough test because it was best to do the test when a patient is symptomatic.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a decision on whether to extend the nationwide shutdown and state of national emergency, declared in late March, will be made on April 20.

New Zealand, Australia: Too early to ease coronavirus restrictions

Officials in New Zealand and Australia, hailed globally for their early signs of success in combating the spread of the coronavirus, said on Monday it is too soon to start easing social distancing rules or reopening their economies.
Nyesom Wike

Rivers: Why we are against Carveton’s operations

The Rivers State Government at the weekend explained that its actions against the Carveton Helicopters was mainly to protect the health of residents against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who stated this yesterday during the daily briefing of the Taskforce, added that the federal government would also put in place measures to control the movement of nomadic herdsmen who go across the border in search of greener pastures for their cattle.

Coronavirus: Nigerian government mulls extension of lockdown

The Federal Government has vowed to secure the release of two pilots of Caverton Helicopters arrested in Port Harcourt Rivers State and remanded in a state facility by a Magistrate Court.
A Port Harcourt Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday remanded two pilots with Caverton Helicopters, Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari, in a correctional centre for allegedly disobeying the Executive Order of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Minister: Caverton helicopters pilots will soon be released

The two pilots of Caverton Helicopters being held in Port Harcourt will be released soon and will not be prosecuted or convicted.
The Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Barinada Mpigi, has said that Carveton Helicopters violated Rivers State laws by flying into Port-Harcourt in disregard for laws to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

Carveton helicopters: Rivers senator backs governor

The Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Barinada Mpigi, has said that Carveton Helicopters violated Rivers State laws by flying into Port-Harcourt in disregard for laws to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State.
Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who stated this yesterday during the daily briefing of the Taskforce, added that the federal government would also put in place measures to control the movement of nomadic herdsmen who go across the border in search of greener pastures for their cattle.

Nigeria warns states against relaxing coronavirus regulations

Some state governments recently met with religious leaders and relaxed their regulations with respect to having a gathering of not less than 30 or even 20 people gathered in a place at any given time.
Residents of parts of Port Harcourt were forced off the streets on Tuesday by security personnel as Gov. Nyesom Wike imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in parts of the state.

Rivers governor dares federal government, declares Carveton helicopters ‘persona non grata’

The Rivers State Government has shut down Carveton Helicopters in the state for endangering the lives of Rivers people over what it tagged as “suspicious operation of the company in the state.”
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Agusta 109 Power Helicopters

Insurgency: Nigerian Airforce deploys fighter helicopters to Kaduna, Niger

The Nigerian Air Force says it has deployed its newly acquired fighter aircraft to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna and some parts of Niger state to flush out bandits from their hideouts inside the forests.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said the military will be re-professionalized and re-equipped to meet the growing exigencies of security in the country, assuring Nigerians that the promise of ending terrorism would be realised.

President Buhari: We will re-professionalize, re-equip military

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said the military will be re-professionalized and re-equipped to meet the growing exigencies of security in the country, assuring Nigerians that the promise of ending terrorism would be realised.

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Bristow Helicopters fires 100 pilots, engineers over coronavirus effect on operations

Bristow Helicopters has announced the sack of about 100 pilots and engineers following the devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic on its operations and finances. The announcement comes barely 24 hours after Air Peace announced the sack of about 70 pilots citing the pandemic’s effect on its finances.
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Okwesilieze Nwodo: We will join Nnamdi Kanu to fight for Biafra if South East...

Following the call by an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassi, for Igbo presidency in 2023, the former national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, has declared that Ndigbo would join Nnamdi Kanu, to seek Biafra secession from Nigeria if South-East does not produce the president of the country in 2023.