Malawi loses a fine scientist in Ethiopia: Simutowe dies of cardiac arrest | Malawi Nyasa Times

A well known Malawian scientist Franklin Peter Simtowe has passed away  in Ethiopia, it has been learnt.

Dr. Franklin Peter Simtowe

Born in Chitipa District in 1971, Simtowe held a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn and Hohenheim in Germany.

His professional career spans over 25 years of socio-economics research in many international research institutes and organizations including most recently as Africa Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the Sasakawa Global 2000 based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;.

He also had a stint as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Africa Rice Center (WARDA) based in Cotonou, Benin.

Narrating Simtowe’s death, Malawi’s Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia Mr Sagawa said that Simtowe collapsed in his office at Sasakawa Global 2000 in the afternoon of Friday, 9th October 2020 and is believed to have died on the spot.

He was rushed to Yared hospital in Addis Ababa where

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Christian school worker loses sacking claim for posting about LGBT lessons

A school worker who claimed she was sacked because of her Christian beliefs is to appeal after losing her employment tribunal case.

Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire, last year after sharing Facebook posts criticising plans to teach LGBT relationships in primary schools.

The mother-of-two, from Fairford, shared and commented on posts which raised concerns about relationship education at her son’s Church of England primary school.

Students were to learn about the No Outsiders in Our School programme, which is a series of books teaching the Equality Act in primary schools.

Mrs Higgs, who was posting on Facebook under her maiden name, shared two posts in October 2018 to around 100 friends.

One of the posts referred to “brainwashing our children” and added: “Children will be taught that all relationships are equally valid and ‘normal’, so that same sex marriage is exactly

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Ethiopia Loses Its “Champion of Human Rights”

There is no doubt about it; Ethiopia has lost its foremost and most reputed champion of human rights. Professor Mesfin Wolde Mariam was a champion of human rights par excellence, a man who strictly lived what he preached and introduced a new standard of human rights protection in the country. This has been seconded by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in his message of condolences to the family and people of Ethiopia in general. A man who believed in the principle that only ideas must be the determinants in any political debates or controversies, dismissing any option of violence. Freedom of thought and expression were the trademarks of the late Professor Mesfin who tireless preached these principles to anyone who headed the country’s establishment.

Ever since his acquaintance and inspiration by India’s Mahatma Ghandi’s philosophy of non violence in protests during his higher education mission in India, Professor Mesfin has always

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Special education teacher at William Cullen Bryant High School loses morale when no students show up for in-person learning

WOODSIDE, Queens (WABC) — A special education teacher took video of his empty classroom after none of his nine students showed up for first period.

The video was taken at William Cullen Bryant High School on Thursday — the first day of in-person learning for middle school and high school students in New York City in nearly seven months.

“We’re off to a very, very rough start,” the teacher said. “My morale has dramatically decreased since I got here.”

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The teacher said more kids did show up online for remote learning.

“On a positive note, my babies are roaming the school and I get to see them for the first time in 6 months,” he wrote alongside the video.

Attendance did improve somewhat for his later classes when he had six out of eight, four out of 10, and

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