Summer has come suddenly in many parts of the country, with temperatures shooting into the early 30s in recent days after a cool, wet spring. Temperatures are set to remain in the early to mid 30s – above the seasonal average – throughout the weekend. READ ALSO:The heatwave is triggered by warm currents of air moving up from North Africa, picking up humidity as they cross the Mediterranean and creating sultry conditions in southern Europe. 2019 is proving a year of extreme weather for Italy, with an exceptionally warm winter followed by freak storms, floods and even hail in early June. Parts of northern Italy have seen heavy rain, thunder and hailstorms as recently as this week.
June 12, 2019 09:00 UTC
Morocco has attached particular importance to strengthening ties with Latin and Central American countries winning precious support for its national Sahara cause and bolstering trade and investments. The recent visit to Saint-Dominique by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita stands as a reflection of a win-win partnership that Morocco has been building across the Atlantic. During the visit, the Moroccan minister signed two agreements with his Dominican counterpart Miguel Vargas Maldonado, opening promising prospects for bilateral trade and investments. In the same vein, Salvador was the latest in a series of Latin American countries that pulled the rug from under the feet of the Algerian-backed Polisario separatist front. The foreign ministry of the Latin American country announced earlier this month that it is reviewing its recognition of the Polisario separatists as part of an upgrade of its foreign policy.
June 12, 2019 09:00 UTC
For this year's tournament, there are 17 local-based players in the Bafana Bafana team, while Zimbabwe boasts 14 from SA's top-flight and some from the National First Division (NFD) in their final 23-man squad. Uganda are expected to have Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns and Allen Kateregga, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Maritzburg United from Cape Town City. Other PSL players likely to be in Egypt playing for their countries include Madagascan international Andriamirado "Dax" Andrianarimanana, who's in the books of Kaizer Chiefs. There is a heartbreak for Kenyan defender Brian Onyango (Maritzburg United), who's out of the tournament with an injury. In the last edition in 2017, which Bafana didn't qualify for, there were 13 PSL players at the tournament.
June 12, 2019 07:18 UTC
Coretrax unveils drill pipe cleaning tool to reduce rig-time cost and riskCreated: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 06:01Wellbore clean-up and abandonment specialist Coretrax has launched drill pipe cleaning tool, the CX-Ball, which aims to save more than 11 days of rig-time cost and risk and eliminate the need for costly equipment or hazardous manual handlingBased on an average time saving of eight minutes per ball, this in total has saved 278 hours of rig-time, equivalent to 11.58 days since the product was launched in 2014. “The CX-Ball essentially embodies the concept of marginal gains,” said John Fraser, global business development director with Coretrax. “The simplicity of the tool allows easy and quick deployment and reduced time in the ‘red zone’. This allows it to be easily and accurately deployed by a launch tube directly into the drill pipe. The high parting stretch ratio of the foam ball allows it to pass through small restrictions undamaged as it is pumped downhole.
June 12, 2019 06:45 UTC
Burundi Swallows draws with Algeria 1-1 in an international friendly match played at Al Sadd’s stadium in Qatar. Baghdad Bounedjah opened the scoring for Algeria Desert Foxes in the 68th minute of the tie after a goalless first half. Cedric Amissi scored for Burundi side to equalize with the Desert Foxes and leave the North African side stunned after Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi turned the ball into his own net in the 75th minutes of the match. The draw means that Algeria, the North Africans remained unbeaten against Burundi, having won three times of their previous four meetings and drawn one. Burundi Swallows have been drawn in Group B together with Nigeria, Guinea, and Madagascar, while Algeria are placed in Group C alongside Senegal, Kenya, and Tanzania.
June 12, 2019 06:22 UTC
Violence mars new term of Nigeria presidentfrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, NigeriaABUJA, (CAJ News) – WIDESPREAD violence has ushered in the new term of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria. His second term comes amid political aggression, some of it by soldiers and police officers. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Buhari should take concrete steps to address the extensive political violence, and to ensure accountability for human rights abuses by soldiers and police as he begins his new term. “The lack of meaningful progress in addressing the prevalent political violence, as well as lack of accountability for rights abuses, marked Buhari’s first term in office,” said Anietie Ewang, Nigeria researcher at HRW. “Buhari should put these issues at the front and center of his second term agenda and urgently take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights,” Ewang said.
June 12, 2019 06:11 UTC
European low-cost juggernaut Ryanair Holdings plans to grow its Mediterranean presence after agreeing to buy Maltese start-up Malta Air and transfer across six Boeing 737s. Media reports suggested the Maltese government retains a “golden share’’ in the start-up giving it a veto on major changes. The switch of the six B737s based in Malta to the new acquisition will mean 200 Malta-based crew will move to local contracts paying Maltese taxes. Ryanair also plans to move more than 50 Ryanair aircraft from France, Italy and Germany to the Maltese registry in coming years. The deal was welcomed by Malta’s Tourism Minister, Konrad Kizzi.
June 12, 2019 05:15 UTC
The world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade, according to the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI). Measuring peace in a complex world, the Institute for Economics & Peace ranked 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness, covering 99.7% of the global population. The results revealed that the global level of peace deteriorated by 0.27% between 2017 and 2018, marking the fourth successive year of a gradual, sustained fall in peacefulness. Nevertheless, a few notable countries continue to lead the way to a more peaceful future. Ultimately, if the least peaceful countries had grown at the same rate as highly peaceful countries, the global economy would be nearly US$14 trillion larger.
June 12, 2019 01:30 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-12 10:56:12|Editor: Shi YinglunVideo Player CloseArtists perform the theater play "The Raft" in Beirut, Lebanon, on June 11, 2019. Eight performers from Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia and other African and Arab countries performed the theater play "The Raft," which tells a story about refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa and Middle East countries into Europe. (Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)
June 11, 2019 22:07 UTC
It was meeting more than two months after the forces of Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to seize Tripoli, seat of the UN-recognized government. Germany told the council that arms supplies delivered in violation of a UN embargo were the main obstacle to ending the fighting in Tripoli and resuming political talks. “It is time to redouble our efforts, to assume our responsibility and … find ways to finally implement the arms embargo effectively,” he told the council. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has urged European countries to send warships back to the Mediterranean to help enforce the embargo. Hundreds of people have died and tens of thousands have been displaced in the offensive on Tripoli, while diplomatic efforts to resume political talks have remained deadlocked.
June 11, 2019 21:56 UTC
JOHANNESBURG — Naim Sliti converted a penalty to give Tunisia a 2-1 away win over Croatia on Tuesday in a warm-up match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on June 21 in Egypt. Bruno Petkovic leveled two minutes into the second half and Sliti netted from a 70th-minute spot-kick to lift Tunisian morale ahead of the African tournament. Tunisia, whose lone Cup of Nations title came in 2004 when they were hosts, are in Group E with Angola, Mali and debutants Mauritania. Both goals came in the second half with Baghdad Bounedjah, scorer of 39 goals for his Qatari club last season, putting Algeria ahead and goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi conceding an own-goal. Stephane Sessegnon scored direct from a free-kick during the opening half to earn Benin a 1-0 win over fellow qualifiers Guinea in Moroccan city Marrakech.
June 11, 2019 21:56 UTC
A rescue boat carrying around 75 migrants, most of them from Bangladesh, has been stuck off Tunisia for 12 days after authorities refused to let them disembark, the Red Crescent said on Tuesday. The Egyptian boat rescued the migrants in Tunisian waters, but authorities in the governorate of Medinine say its migrant centers are too overcrowded to allow them to come ashore, leaving the vessel 25 km from the coastal city of Zarzis. Red Crescent official Mongi Slim said doctors had reached the boat to provide some medical help, but others had repeatedly refused any aid. “After 12 days at sea, the migrants are in a bad condition,” he told Reuters. At least 65 migrants drowned last month when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya hoping to reach Europe.
June 11, 2019 20:48 UTC
Central Africa stands to benefit the most from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), data from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) shows. Hanan Morsy, Director of Research at the Bank, revealed the findings at the launch of one of the Bank’s flagship reports in Malabo, where the African Development Bank is hosting its Annual Meetings. More than 2,000 ministers, government officials, development partners and civil society representatives have gathered in the island capital to discuss Africa’s development agenda. APOMedia Contact:Gershwin WanneburgCommunication OfficerCommunication and External Relations DepartmentAfrican Development BankEmail: email@example.comAbout the African Development Bank Group:The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF).
June 11, 2019 20:26 UTC
Shipping & Logistics Ethiopian Airlines launches three weekly JFK flightsAn Ethiopian Airlines plane at the JKIA in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMGEthiopian Airlines has launched three weekly flights to John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York at a time when Kenya Airways plans to increase its frequency to seven days a week on the route. The airline, which will make a stopover in Abidjan, currently operates four weekly flights to Newark in New York, via Lome. With the new JFK flight route, Ethiopian Airlines will now be serving 24 weekly flights between Africa and North America. Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ started the New York route last year in October and it was banking on it to rake in more revenue.
June 11, 2019 19:07 UTC