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The Majority Leader in Ghana’s Parliament and the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensa, has given the assurance that the country will bounce back strong once the coronavirus pandemic passes.

He has also explained the government’s decision to absorb water bills in the wake o the virus.

“Don’t forget that the country will have to bounce back after all these things”, he said, “so you will want to see which recourse will not will not inflict a mortal wound on the economy”, as he hinted that the government is also considering absorbing electricity bills for all Ghanaians as part of the way of fighting the Covid-19 virus.

Earlier the Suame lawmaker hinted that the government had intended to absorb electricity bills or reduce the tariff in the country which was announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa-Addo previously.

“This has been on the table and the cabinet was considering it over the past two weeks”,
Osei Kyei Mensa said. “But a determination will be made and, of course, you would have to look at the circumstances and standing of the country, the national purse now before you make any decision”.

The president earlier announced that the government will absorb water bills of Ghanaians for the next three months to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

 

After inviting President Muhammadu Buhari to this year’s COP26 climate change summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was said to be hugely disappointed after it had to be cancelled due to the worldwide coronavirus epidemic.

 

He (Johnson) was very interested in investing Nigeria’s clean energy sector after the UK won the bid to host COP26 (the 26th Conference of the Parties) having entered into a partnership with European counterparts Italy.

 

A United Nations environmental gathering, which was set to take place in Glasgow, in Scotland, later this year, it was designed to produce a worldwide response to the climate emergency

 

After winning the hosting bid, the UK was set to hold the main COP26 summit, with – as part of the agreement - Italy due to hold preparatory event; which includes a youth event.

 

Prime Minister Johnson’s invited President Buhari follows the recent UK-Africa Investment Summit, in London.

 

The UK’s nominated COP26 president, Claire Perry, said: “The world’s leaders were due to gather to discuss how we can tackle the climate change on a global scale.

 

“And, with it being one of the UK’s most sustainable cities, there was nowhere better than Glasgow – with its great track record for hosting highly successful, high-profile international events like this”.

 

Currently, Nigeria’s’ gross power supply is generating just over 7,000MW – way below the much-required 40,000MW required for the general, every day needs of the country.

 

The west-African country is, however, leading the way into movements to introduce cleaner energy, as they are encouraged to look into wind, solar and recycled waste although getting investment to pursuit those lines is said to be a big struggle.

 

With it being the largest in the world, the United Kingdom’s total off-shore wind power capacity stands at 8,183MW – a third of Europe’s total off-shore resource.

 

It equates to three-times the UK’s electricity needs.

 

On-shore, the UK’s total number for wind turbine power equals 13,532MW.

 

In excess of 30,000 delegates were expected at the Scottish Events Campus for the 26th Conference of the Parties.

 

With CO26 now postponed, revised plans will be set out to reschedule COP26.

After inviting President Muhammed Buhara to the COP26 climate change summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be interested in investing Nigeria’s clean energy sector.

 

The UK won the bid to host COP26 (the 26th Conference of the Parties) after entering into a partnership with Italy.

 

A United Nations environmental gathering, set to take place in Glasgow, in Scotland, later this year, is designed to produce a worldwide response to the climate emergency

 

After winning the hosting bid, the UK is set to hold the main COP26 summit, with – as part of the agreement - Italy due to hold preparatory event; which includes a youth event.

 

Prime Minister Johnson’s invite to President Buhara follows the recent UK-Africa Investment Summit, in London.

 

The UK’s nominated COP26 president, Claire Perry, said: “The world’s leaders are due to gather to discuss how we can tackle the climate change on a global scale.

 

“And, with it being one of the UK’s most sustainable cities, where better than Glasgow – with its great track record for hosting highly successful, high-profile international events like this”.

 

Currently, Nigeria’s’ gross power supply is generating just over 7,000MW – way below the much-required 40,000MW required for the general, every day needs of the country.

 

The west-African country is, however, leading the way into movements to introduce cleaner energy, as they are encouraged to look into wind, solar and recycled waste although getting investment to pursuit those lines is said to be a big struggle.

 

With it being the largest in the world, the United Kingdom’s total off-shore wind power capacity stands at 8,183MW – a third of Europe’s total off-shore resource.

 

It equates to three-times the UK’s electricity needs.

 

On-shore, the UK’s total number for wind turbine power equals 13,532MW.

 

In excess of 30,000 delegates are expected, all permitting, at the Scottish Events Campus for the 26th Conference of the Parties.

Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims from around the world who are planning to take part in the Hajji pilgrimage to delay booking amid uncertainty over the covid-19 epidemic.

 

Hajj minister Mohammed Banten said the kingdom was concerned about the safety of pilgrims and urged people to “wait before concluding contracts”.

 

In excess of 2million people were expected to travel to Mecca and Medina this July and August for the annual gathering.

 

Muslims who are physically able must undertake the Hajji once in a lifetime.

 

The yellow, blue and green colours of St. Vincent & The Grenadines were hard to miss on Ariapita Avenue in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago during the recent cultural promotion put on by the SVG Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) at T&T’s 2020 Carnival.

 

At the event, representatives of the CDC as well as Vincentian Soca artistes were present to interact with attendees and passers-by on the popular T&T nightlife strip and to a TV audience through a live regional broadcast via entertainment network Synergy TV.

 

This initiative gave the CDC contingent an opportunity to educate the masses about the various festivals and cultural activities due for 2020 on the destination of St. Vincent & The Grenadines which include ‘Vincymas’, ‘Union Island Easterval’, ‘Bequia Easter Regatta’ and ‘Bequia Music Festival’.

 

Additionally, attendees at the Ariapita Avenue extravaganza had a chance to view video presentations on the upcoming festivals and were treated to pulsating performances by top Vincy artistes.

 

Performing at the Synergy TV event were proud SVG ambassador and 2019 T&T Roach Champion Skinny Fabulous, Hance John, Casper G and 2019 Vincymas Road March Winner, Luta.

 

CDC board members as well as other executives who represented Pan, Calypso and other facets of Vincentian culture revelled in the opportunity to promote St. Vincent’s one of a kind festivals set to the backdrop of T&T’s exciting Carnival season.

 

The representatives collectively shared their pleasure at being in Trinidad & Tobago and invited its citizens as well as other tourists and festival lovers to come experience the splendour of SVG and all that it has to offer in this fun-filled year.

 

The 2020 Vincymas festivities was due to happen from June 26th to July 7th.

 

 

Four outstanding young people have won Commonwealth Youth Awards for innovative projects that are delivering sustainable development in their countries.

The awards recognise exceptional contributions by young people whose ventures are helping their countries achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The regional award winners are:

  • Africa and Europe: Brian Galabuzi Kakembo, Uganda, turning plastics into eco-friendly briquettes (focus on SDG 8: decent work and economic growth)
  • Asia: Hafiz Usama Tanveer, Pakistan, bringing clean water to poor communities (focus on SDG 6: clean water and sanitation)
  • The Caribbean and Canada: Sowmyan Jegatheesan, Canada, providing one-stop information to prevent human-wildlife conflict (focus on SDG 15: life on land);
  • The Pacific: Sagufta Salma, Fiji, transforming waste into sustainable furniture (focus on SDG 12: responsible consumption and production).

More than 500 award nominations were received from 40 countries. From these, a pan-Commonwealth judging panel selected sixteen finalists. The awards were presented during a gathering at Commonwealth headquarters in London. Recipients received a £3,000 grant for their projects.

2020 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year

As well as the Africa and Europe prize Galabuzi Brian Kakembo of Uganda scooped the overall prize of 2020 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year for his work on transforming biodegradable plastics and organic waste into eco-friendly charcoal briquettes.

Growing up in a poor community, he set up an enterprise to educate women and young people to turn waste into wealth. He has reached more than 800 women and young people, and 600 of them now make and sell briquettes in Uganda.

Brian said: “I want the world to see that unemployed youth is not a problem but an untapped resource that can be trained and supported to bring about a social change.”

Asia Winner

Hafiz, from Pakistan, has created water purification kits to improve access to clean water in poor communities and refugee camps to help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases. He has reached more than 11,000 people including victims of the Kerala flooding that occurred in the past two years.

 

He said: “This award is an encouragement to continue on this trajectory to reach more people and to make water non-exclusive.” 

The Caribbean and Canada Winner

Canada’s Sowmyan wants the world to make informed decisions when it comes to protecting wildlife from the effects of climate change.

He has developed one of the world’s largest online information hubs to help communities build resilience by better understanding climate activities, migration patterns and human-wildlife conflict.

He said: “The business-as-usual practice has led to the endangering of so many species. We must change our course, understand the evidence and make informed decisions to protect our wildlife from changing climate.”

The Pacific Winner

Sagufta from Fiji turns waste material into sustainable furniture and home accessories. She says a lack of access to proper waste disposal in Fiji drove her to establish her enterprise, which has now upcycled more than 1,000 tons of waste.

She mainly employs single mothers so they can support their families. She said: “This award will help me create more awareness around sustainable living and empower more women to work in a field that is largely dominated by men.”

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who presented the awards, said: “For the awards this year, we received nominations from more than 40 Commonwealth countries. Considering them made us aware of a vast range of impressive innovations.

“There were projects for delivering tech-powered learning, to provide clean water and sanitation, and for waste management.

“The entries remind us that there is no lack of ingenuity or ideas. What we tend to lack are mechanisms to support and fund the young innovators who have the imagination and creativity we need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

“So the Commonwealth Youth Awards are a searchlight picking out some of the best examples of who we are and what we can do as a family of nations.”

During the awards ceremony, presentations on the work being done by finalists to deliver sustainable development were made to diplomats, officials and civil society representative from Commonwealth countries.

 

Celebrations and events were held around the world on Monday, 9 March to mark Commonwealth Day.

This year’s event was centred around the theme ‘Delivering a Common Future’, highlighting how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals - such as protecting natural resources and boosting trade.

Events to mark the occasion took place across five continents with the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens enjoying flag parades, church services, poetry mornings, dance performances and much more.

Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, released a message to mark the occasion.

She touches on the theme of connectivity, mentioning how “advances in technology and modern media have now enabled many more people to witness and enjoy – with remarkable immediacy – the experience of Commonwealth connection, in areas such as education, medicine and conservation.”

She ended by saying: “On this Commonwealth Day I hope that the people and countries of the Commonwealth will be inspired by all that we share, and move forward with fresh resolve to enhance the Commonwealth’s influence for good in our world.”

The Queen joined Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at Westminster Abbey for a multi-faith service to celebrate the day.

Highlights included performances from West-End star, Alexandra Burke; and multi-platinum, multi-award winning singer-songwriter, Craig David.

World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua also spoke at the service.

  

In her message the Secretary-General said: “Our great strength as a family of nations, and of peoples growing together organically, is our ability to evolve and adjust to changing circumstances – whether in the field of human rights, democracy or trade.”

She added: “An impressive example of how our member countries come together to pool knowledge and resources which deliver transformational change through innovation is the Commonwealth Blue Charter.

“It provides a dynamic framework within which our member countries commit to working together on ocean health and to use marine resources in sustainable ways.”

 

The Commonwealth has welcomed its 54th family member after Maldives' application for re-admission was approved.The Commonwealth has welcomed its 54th family member after Maldives' application for re-admission was approved.

The small island nation officially re-joined the Commonwealth on February 1, marking the end of a process that began in December 2018, when President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wrote to the Commonwealth Secretary-General expressing the country’s interest in re-joining.

After due diligence, which included country assessment and consultations in accordance with the rules and procedures agreed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Kampala in 2007, Maldives has been re-admitted.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, said: “I warmly congratulate Maldives on its successful application. We are delighted to welcome the country and its people back to the Commonwealth.

“The reform process underway in Maldives aligns with the values and principles of the Commonwealth and we encourage the nation to continue on this path.

“Commonwealth members were pleased to note these developments and are happy once again to count Maldives as a member of the family.

“Together we will support Maldives to realise its ambitions.”

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said: “As a young democracy, the Commonwealth’s foundational values of the promotion of democracy, human rights, good governance, multilateralism and world peace remain relevant to us more than ever.

“We gratefully acknowledge the support and help of the Commonwealth to the Maldivian democratic movement, and we look forward to the support of fellow member states to ensure the long term entrenchment of these values in our society.”

The assessment included two site visits to the country followed by positive feedback given by a Commonwealth Observer Group which was present for the Parliamentary Elections in April 2019.

Members subsequently agreed to invite Maldives to submit a formal application, which it did in December last year. The country presented evidence of functioning democratic processes as well as popular support for re-joining. The Secretary-General then consulted with all 53 Commonwealth members and received no objections.

The country will now be part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda on June 22-28.

Its Ambassador to the UK now becomes its High Commissioner, signifying Commonwealth membership.

Maldives originally joined the Commonwealth in 1982, and withdrew its membership in 2016.

The Secretary-General will reassure Caribbean leaders that the Commonwealth will keep fighting for bold climate action on the global stage.

She will attend the inter-sessional conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Barbados this week as a special guest. Of 15 CARICOM members, 12 are in the Commonwealth.

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will highlight that despite ambitious pledges, countries are receiving limited funds to improve response to climate change.

She will also focus on how the climate crisis is destabilising economic growth leading to food insecurity, stressed resources and impaired livelihoods across the Commonwealth.

As of February 2019, less than a quarter of the $26 billion deposited for climate action has been disbursed, according to Climate Funds Update.

Patricia Scotland will brief Caribbean leaders on the current Commonwealth initiatives helping the region tackle the effects of climate change and external shocks such as disasters and financial crises. Examples are:

  • The Commonwealth has helped five Caribbean countries access more than $27 million in funds to deal with climate change;
  • All Caribbean member countries use the Commonwealth debt management software to manage their public and publicly guaranteed debt;
  • The Commonwealth supported The Bahamas and Barbados to seek $550,000 each from UN-India fund. The Bahamian project will promote long-term public debt sustainability, which is crucial to achieving development goals. The Barbadian project will help more local suppliers engage with the supply of goods and services
  • A forthcoming Commonwealth portal gives small states 24-hour access to information on key financing options such as loans to better manage the impacts of disasters; and
  • A proposed Universal Vulnerability Index to build a global consensus on defining and assessing countries’ net vulnerability to economic and environmental shocks.

She said: “The Caribbean is increasingly bearing the brunt of frequent, long-lasting and intense weather patterns. This means that business-as-usual is no longer an option if the region’s beautiful islands and vibrant communities are to flourish and prosper for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.”

Last October, the Secretary-General visited The Bahamas after a category five storm Hurricane Dorian devastated many of the nation’s islands. The storm claimed 73 lives and caused $3.4 billion in damage.

She added: “In Abaco, I met life-loving people who once had so much to look forward to yet had little left but debris.

“We owe it to these people forced to flee their homes and those who lost their entire life savings in a matter of seconds. We cannot afford to wait any longer to tackle the climate crisis.

“We will use every platform at every occasion to galvanise support for our small island developing states. We must step up urgent global action around the world to keep global warming under 1.5°C. The future of the region relies on this collective action.”

During her visit, Patricia Scotland will listen to Caribbean leaders and strategise with them as to how the Commonwealth can mobilise more tailored and practical assistance to the region.

She said: “The Commonwealth has been engaged with CARICOM from the beginning. Our partnership spans over 46 years working together on socio-economic issues and delivering initiatives to advance development in member countries.”

Secretary-General Scotland will also meet with Caribbean leaders, high commissioners and envoys of the international community.

As we entered a new decade of prominence, starts with the countdown to the next NIMOGSA (Nigeria Model Green States Awards) Environmental Awards in Nigeria which was established in 2010 as an annual campaign and awards. They are facilitating yet another ground-breaking event in 2020. The Awards are aimed at recognising policymakers, leaders and individuals that have shown proactive concerns in upholding the best and acceptable environmental practice methods. Practices that are liable to project Nigeria as a responsive environmental champion in the 21st century.

This experience will foster a convivial atmosphere for peace and unity. Sustainability Icons and Pioneers are periodically recognized and rewarded by a panel of judges during months of selection from nominees. This year's event will be at an Eco-glamorous green carpet location.

THE AIMS OF NIMOGSA GREEN AWARDS

* Encourage the efficient use of natural resources in the country.

* To improve environmental issues; policies and performance.

* To enhance the availability of governance through the competitiveness of organisations, agencies and the private sector

* To support the wider goals of UN environmental policies on sustainable development and cleaner nation.

* To create a safer, cleaner world.

The NIMOGSA Awards is Nigeria's leading environmental and sustainability award ceremony. Some of the previous winners include Lagos State, Edo State, Katsina State, Etisalat, Super Solar, Finetek, Kia Motors and many others.

The next edition will be held in March 2020 in Abuja, Nigeria and will be televised.

The primary aim of the NIMOGSA Awards is to facilitate the development of strong policies towards green issues, better environmental care and showcase the social relevance of keeping and safeguarding our communities.

NIMOGSA cordially invites environmentalist and green conservationists to submit their details and nominations for consideration not later than 20th January 2020. Final Nominations will be announced in February 2020.

Speaking about the Award, Ms Mary E Adikwu-Manzo, founder of NIMOGSA, said, “As part of Nigeria's 60th year of independence; this award ceremony will help bring to the forefront the issue of global warming and climate change which requires the attention of all mindful and meaningful people, towards creating a greener, healthier environment. We hope that this award ceremony creates an atmosphere where the people can unite more and exchange ideas, on initiatives that will help reduce our carbon footprint as a Nation".

As in previous events, NIMOGSA 2020 promises to be interesting, green and engrossing, as it celebrates rewarding environmental projects that demonstrate great vision, policies with positive impact, environmental guardianship and national spirit across the country.

The organisers also briefed Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs on the strategic position and roles played by women in the country as well as the youths in combating damages to their environment and becoming ambassadors.

Updates will be provided via the NIMOGSA social media platforms, as well as through other accredited media partners, organisations and stakeholders. For partnership enquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.mef.org.ng

2020 CATEGORIES ARE:

1. Eco-Friendly Buildings/Infrastructure Project of the year

2. Eco-Friendly Business of the year

3. Carbon Reduction Project of the year

4. Eco-Friendly Media of the year

5. Employee Engagement and Behavioural Change Initiative of the year

6. Energy Efficiency Project of the year

7. Environmental Management Leader of the year

8. Green Investor of the year

9. Green Product Innovation of the year

10. Emerging Sustainability Youth initiative of the year

11. State Sustainability and Community Project of the year

12. Water Management and Efficiency

13. Good Road Network and Transportation

14. Waste and Resource Management Initiative of the year.

15. Conservation of Wildlife Projects of the year

16. Pollution Emission Reduction Project Initiative of the year

17. Lifetime Achievement Award of the year

18. Online Media Blogger on Green Conservation of the Year

19. Best Educational Project of the year

20. Adherence to Environmental protection Policies of the year.

21. Media Reporter/Executive on Environmental Issues of the year

22. Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year

MEF as an NGO is a founding partner of the NIMOGSA (which recognised outstanding individuals and organisations for their contributions to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable developments), School Green Projects which support innovative, school green educational programmes, small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurs who integrate social and environmental benefits into their activities and entrepreneurial models.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters may sue the Metropolitan Police after the protest ban was ruled illegal by the high court, said Dr Rupert Read, a spokesperson for XR and a lecturer at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The ruling that was handed down said the section 14 order imposed on XR protesters last month was unlawful.

Dr Read, a reader in philosophy in UEA’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, is also a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion.

He said: “The ruling emphasises that assembly for peaceful purposes is not a crime.

“We are in an emergency. The right to peacefully assemble is therefore more crucial than ever. This judgement vindicates that right.”

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed who last year made peace with their bitter enemy, Eritrea.

Named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Dr Abiy was rewarded for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation" in a deal which ended a 20-year military stalemate following their border war between 1998 and 2000.

With a total of 301 candidates being nominated for the prestigious award, including 223 individuals and 78 organisations, there was great speculation over who would win the prize, with climate activist Greta Thunberg widely tipped as the favourite.

Abiy Ahmed became prime minister of the east African country in April 2018, when he almost immediately introduced massive liberalising reforms as he shook up what was a tightly controlled nation.

He freed thousands of opposition activists from jail and allowed exiled dissidents to return home. Most importantly, he signed the peace deal with Eritrea.

But his reforms also lifted the lid on Ethiopia's ethnic tensions, and the resulting violence forced some 2.5 million people from their homes.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said. That Dr Abiy was honoured for his "decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea".

Continuing, they said: "The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions".

He will receive the award in the Norwegian capital in December.

In a speech during the United Nations General Assembly, United States President Donald Trump announced a “global call to protect religious freedom.”

His speech was the first time that a sitting US President has ever spoken on the issue of religious freedom at the UN.

“Religious freedom is a fundamental right that all countries are called to protect,” said Kelsey Zorzi, ADF International’s Director of Global Religious Freedom and President of the UN’s NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

“The President’s speech was an important and historic moment precisely because religious freedom is too often ignored or downplayed at the UN. At a time when persecution is on the rise and over 80% of the world’s population lives in countries with high restrictions on religious freedom, every country should make securing religious freedom a high priority.”

The goal of President Trump’s speech was to highlight and broaden international support for religious freedom. He spoke of increasing attacks on houses of worship and religious sites.

Over 150 foreign leaders, faith leaders, victims of persecution, and religious freedom activists attended for the President’s speech.

Vice President Mike Pence also gave an opening remark.

Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Religious freedom has become a central pillar of US foreign policy. In July 2019, the State Department hosted over 100 foreign delegations and 1000 civil society members during its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.

President Trump also met with more than 30 victims of persecution in the Oval Office at that time. He was expected to raise the issue with multiple heads of state in bilateral discussions during high-level week at the UN General Assembly.

The United States also hosted side events on the mass detention of Uyghur Muslims in China, and on the links between religious freedom and economic development.

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) opened in New York, on September 17, 2019.

Seventeen social care students from the University of Wolverhampton were on a trip of a lifetime to China to learn about and experience a range of social care settings in China.

The students, on Social Care, Public Health, Social Work and Health and Psychology courses, were hosted by Beijing Union University (BUU) as they found out about Chinese culture from an historical and contemporary context and the legal and policy context of social care there, in comparison with the UK.

Whilst there, they also visited sites including the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Senior Lecturer in Social Care, at the University, Dr Martin Partridge, said: “This study tour to Beijing was very successful. Beijing Union University (BUU) was our host University where students experienced mixing with Chinese students while staying in student accommodation.

“Students were able to gain an understanding of the culture while learning about many aspects of social care and health. Both the lectures and the tour visits were enjoyed by all and evening activities such as KTV-karaoke was a chance to relax and have a bit of fun.”

It was reported that filmmaker, Tyler Perry, used his own private jet to transport relief supplies to the Bahamas to help the thousands who were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

The writer, actor, director and producer, who, himself, owns a 25-acre island in the Bahamas, was also said to have seven people, including children and a pregnant woman, rescued to receive medical attention.

The Category 5 storm, which destroyed homes and properties, was said to have claimed some 50-plus civilians, with anywhere of up to 70,000 people who became homeless.

Noted for films and TV shows including; ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’, was so moved by the plight of the people of the Abaco Islands that he posted on his Instagram feed;

“To all the incredible people of the Bahamas who have welcomed me and called me an adoptive son, I want you to know that I am watching closely, and as soon as I can, I will be there to do whatever I can to help you rebuild stronger and better. You’re not only in my heart and my prayers, you’re in my blood. God bless you. Stay Bahamas strong. The sun will shine again [sic]”.

After posting the message, Perry, 50 - who Forbes list as the highest paid man in entertainment - sent his Gulfstream III jet plane made several trips, carrying necessities such as water, juice, diapers, sleeping bags, hygiene products, and much more.

Having initially lost contact the Vikram lander module from the Indian Moon mission was finally located on the lunar surface.

The Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 (Sanskrit for ‘Moon Vehicle) was due to land in the lunar South Pole region, but the space agency lost touch with it on Saturday as it made its final approach to deploy a rover to search for signs of water.

After a lengthy in-depth search, ISRO (Indian Space and Research Organisation) chair, K. Sivan, was quoted as saying that cameras from the Moon mission's orbiter had located the lander. He added that: “It must have been a hard landing.”

The lunar rover was supposed to help scientists better understand the origin and evolution of the Moon through studying the area's topography and minerals.

This was India's second mission – the first lunar mission in 2008 (Chandrayaan-1) did not land on the Moon, but it did detect ice in the frigid shadows of craters at the lunar poles.

A successful landing would have made India just the fourth country to land a vessel on the lunar surface, and only the third to operate a robotic rover there.

The space agency said the lander’s descent was normal until 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) from the lunar surface.

The roughly $140m Chandrayaan-2 mission was intended to study permanently shadowed moon craters that are thought to contain water deposits that were confirmed by the Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008.