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Former U.S. police officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for George Floyd’s murder.

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza

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Former U.S. police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced yesterday to 270 months, or 22.5 years in prison, for the murder of African American George Floyd last year in Minneapolis, Minnesota state.

Chauvin “is the first white officer in Minnesota to face prison time for the killing of a Black man,” according to Minnesota Public Radio.

“We need to recognize the pain of the Floyd family,” Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said in court. The sentence was just and not based on emotion or sympathy, the judge noted.

Members of Floyd’s family were present in the courtroom for the hearing.

Chauvin, who was found guilty of murdering Floyd by a jury in April, said he refused to give a formal statement in court due to “additional legal matters,” but expressed his condolences to the Floyd family.

In his earlier ruling, Cahill concluded that Chauvin abused his “position of trust and authority” as a police officer and displayed “particular cruelty” when he knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes during his arrest. Floyd was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter as well as third-degree murder in April.

Floyd’s death sparked weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism last summer.

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Malé City Council to initiate public consultation meetings.

Ahmed Thahir

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Malé City Mayor Dr. Mohammed Muizzu has stated that the Malé City Council would be meeting with its residents starting tonight.

While speaking at the current press conference, Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu stated that though the council intends to consult the public on key issues, such meetings has not been possible so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but given the current laxation in COVID-19 curbing measurements, the city council would be meeting with the residents.

He also stated that though tonight’s meetings would be focused on the Galolhu ward, residents from the other wards of the city are also welcome to join. Tonight’s meeting focusing on the residents of Galolhu ward will be held at 20:15 at the Galolhu City Park.

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Disagreement rises between the Fenaka MD and STO MD.

Ahmed Thahir

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Managing Directors of two major state-owned companies, STO and Fenaka have been disputing on social media. The disagreement is in relation with an issue between the two companies regarding the several millions of Rufiyaa taken on credit.

Speaking to the media, the Managing Director of STO, Hussain Amru claimed that Fenaka has failed to make payment for the oil provided by STO to Fenaka in order to provide electricity to the islands. Thereby currently electricity is being provided for the islands by STO for free.

The Managing Director of Fenaka have denied these claims and have responded that Fenaka have already paid more than MVR 1.8 billion to STO.

Both the directors are members of the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP). MDP holds the majority in the ruling coalition. However, there is division amongst the party members as they have been split into two fractions. Managing Director of STO Hussein Amru is reportedly backing the former President Mohamed Nasheed while the Managing Director of Fenaka, Saeed favors incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

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Education Ministry releases Academic New Year Guideline.

Ahmed Thahir

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Ministry of Education has publicized guidelines to be followed with the commencement of the new Academic year on 10th of August. The school sessions are to be held for the same time period as prior the COVID-19 pandemic. However, students and teachers are required to follow new rules and guidelines to ensure the health safety of the students and teachers.

Some of the noted points on the guideline are as follows:

  • Classrooms need to be well ventilated
  • Social distance maintained during teaching and arranging of the class
  • Students to be sitting 3 ft apart in airconditioned classes
  • All teachers and students arriving from abroad to provide a negative PCR test done no longer than 5 to 6 days from return date.
  • All teachers and students arriving from islands under monitoring to provide a negative PCR test done no longer than 5 to 6 days from return date.

Students that falls under the high-risk category have been urged to wear face shields in addition to a face mask.

Ministry have stated extracurricular activities will only start after all students above 12 years are vaccinated.

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