Magazines Keep new rail, highway projects out of Laikipia wildlife corridors, says studyOngoing construction works of the standard gauge railway. FILE PHOTO | NMG NMGA government-sanctioned environmental impact study for the 2,000 kilometre Lamu-South Sudan-Ethiopia infrastructure Project has recommended exclusion of Laikipia and Isiolo regions to protect wildlife corridors. “The planned railway and highway projects with their associated urbanisation infrastructure could transform Isiolo’s hinterlands into a vibrant resort city disrupting the traditional elephant corridors in Isiolo, Ngaremara and Kipsing Gap. Seek alternative land in Igembe North or Kula Mawe regions which is close to the vast water-rich Tana River catchment area,” says the report. Repco Associates, under the leadership of Michael Wairau, says that LAPSSET’s designers could consider moving it upwards into the fast growing Samburu County.
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERMoscow has recently dispatched an estimated 22-member special forces unit to a base in western Egypt on the country’s border with Libya, a move that can exacerbate the ongoing U.S. concerns about Russia’s interference there, reports Reuters. Unnamed Egyptian sources noted that, in February, Russia used a base in Egypt, in the east in Marsa Matrouh. The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States has observed what appeared to be Russian special operations forces and drones at Sidi Barrani, about 60 miles (100 km) from the Egypt-Libya border. “They’re working to influence that decision.”“It is pretty clear the Egyptians are facilitating Russian engagement in Libya by allowing them to use these bases. Reuters reports that the Kremlin’s defense ministry has declined to provide details on Kremlin’s incursion into Egypt, denying the presence of any Russian troops on Egyptian soil.
Egypt: Russian troops in Egypt, near Libya border to help Haftar retake control of oil sitesThe North Africa Journal – 14 March 2017 – An unidentified number of Russian troops is reported to have been deployed in an Egyptian airbase near the Libyan border. Various media outlets say the Russian presence was to bring support to the Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who has been long been supported by Egypt. Haftar has suffered a loss early March, losing control over oil site in Ras Lanuf, Sidra and Ben Jawad (so-called Oil Crescent) to a militia group called the Benghazi Defense Brigade. Only to regain control on March 14. Despite the Russian denial, Haftar’s regain of control was likely to have happened with the support of the Russian troops.
News Small-scale farmers could earn Sh15bn if memo is adoptedFarmers harvest maize from their home garden in North Kapuonja village of Kisumu West last year. FILE PHOTO | NMGSmallholder farmers could earn up to Sh15 billion annually if a Ministry of Agriculture memo to the Cabinet requiring 30 per cent of public institutions’ produce procurement be directly reserved for farmers is adopted. The ministry says the Cabinet memo is intended to link small-scale farmers to the market through obligating all government agencies to buy their food supplies directly from them. Currently, the Public Procurement and Disposal (Preference and Reservations) Regulations 2011 stipulates that the youth, women and persons with disabilities be given a certain percentage of all government tenders. The study shows that for every one acre of maize planted by small scale farmers, only 0.72 per cent of the seeds used are hybrid.
Mr Eazi is the artist connecting the sounds of Nigeria and Ghana like no one else right now. Signed to Wizkid‘s Starboy label, his latest mixtape Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos has him buzzing on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the fastest rising new stars of in the afrobeats scene. The Ghanaian-based Nigerian singer and songwriter played a special special Ghana at 60 Independence concert at New York City over the weekend, his first major stop on his North American tour. The freezing cold didn’t stop fans filling the PlayStation Theater to see Mr Eazi live in action.
The strategically located country on the Horn of Africa is the home of the coffee bean for a very good reason. Nobody doubts that there are numerous external factors at work which are exacerbating food insecurity on the Horn of Africa. The next hunger crisis is comingThis current hunger crisis, like previous ones, will pass. But in a few years time, there will be another hunger crisis. There is a myth in circulation which says that hunger in Africa is a climate phenomenon.
Special Operation Forces from the US and Morocco wrapped up the joint military exercises centring on advanced communication and medical skills during Operation Flintlock 2017. The exercises took place in Tifnit training base in Morocco’s southern zone area of operations with the participation of US experts and more than 2,000 military personnel from 24 African and Western nations, US Africa Command said on its website. The training is Africa’s largest special operations forces exercise aiming to enhance responses to violent extremist organizations and other regional threats, the same source said. The exercise was supervised by a pair of Military Information Support Operations (MISO) instructors from Special Operations Command with the sponsorship of US Africa Command and led by US Special Operations Command Africa. Previous training sessions with the Moroccan special operations forces provided familiarization with a piece of equipment, known as the “Next Generation Loudspeaker System,” the US Africa Command added.
The European Union (EU) has denounced “restrictive measures imposed on bilateral trade” without prior consultation with the EU, says a report released on the occasion of 10th session of Algeria-EU Association Council convened Monday in Brussels. In January 2016, Algerian authorities required import licenses for certain European products such as cars, cement and concrete. These “protectionist measures, taken without prior consultation with the EU, have been added to the already existing restrictions and obstacles to trade and investment”, stresses the EU document. Algeria took such measures following the fall in oil prices, which resulted in huge loss in revenues and deepened trade deficit of the North African country, member of the OPEC cartel. Though the legal framework criminalizes a large range of corruption offenses, corruption with impunity remains widespread in the country.
Tunisian coast guards have seized 31.5 kg of pure cocaine off Tunisia’s Mediterranean coasts, probably coming from Italy, an official of the coast guard told media on Monday. Two men manning a speedboat off Tunisian coast were chased Sunday evening near Bon cape. The coast guards hunted them after the men displayed suspicious movements. It is the first time such a quantity of cocaine is seized in the North African country. The official pointed out a new phenomenon taking place for 18 month now, namely ‘arrival on Tunisian coasts of speedboats from Italy trafficking in drugs and cigarettes but also in human beings’.
Rapper and producer Oddisee has released his latest studio album The Iceberg. Oddisee, who was born Amir Mohamed el Khalifa in Washington D.C., dropped the project towards the end of last month. The album is political, as much of Oddisee’s previous work has been, touching on economic inequality, consumerism, race, xenophobia, and sexism. Much of Iceberg feels like an outstretched a hand, one offering understanding, a call for reflection and critical thinking. But as the performance date neared, Oddisee was informed that he was being pulled from the bill for his controversial music.
Amec Foster Wheeler announce take over by Wood Group worth £2.2bnTuesday, 14 March 2017 07:56The head offices of Wood Group on Altens industrial estate, Aberdeen, United Kingdom. (Image source: geograph.org)Amec Foster Wheeler has agreed on a takeover by Wood Group worth £2.2bn (US$2.68bn)In a deal that will bring together two of the United Kingdom's largest energy service companies, Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler have agreed on a multi-billion dollar takeover deal. Wood Group hope that they can cut around £110mn (US$134mn) in costs from the combined business. On 14 March, the shares in Amec Foster Wheeler increased by 14.7 per cent to GDP 5.61 (US$6.82) per share. The share price of Wood Group also grew by 4.4 per cent to GDP 7.85 (US$9.54) per share.
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERWASHINGTON, D.C. — Russia’s involvement in war-ravaged Libya “is very concerning,” the top American commander in Africa told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “They’re working to influence that decision.”Currently, the security situation in Libya is “very fractured,” declared Gen. Waldhauser. We must maintain pressure on the ISIS Libya network and concurrently support Libya’s efforts to reestablish legitimate and unified government. The top U.S. general in Africa acknowledged that high-ranking officials from both sides — those in favor and against the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli — have visited Russia. Also, this week it’s reported in the open press, [Prime Minister Fayez al-] Sarraj from the Government of National Accord has also visited Russia,” said Gen. Waldhauser.
Economy & Politics Higher diesel prices drive up costs for transportersA worker at a petrol station in Eldoret town adjusts fuel prices upwards on August 15, 2016. Public transport and farmers will continue bearing the brunt of rising fuel costs after the price of diesel jumped the most for two months in a row. Wave of inflationThe higher costs look set to erode the purchasing power of motorists, push up operating costs for transporters and farmers, who could then pass the additional costs on to consumers, triggering a wave of inflation. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which adjusts fuel prices every month, said the new prices were driven by the fact that the consignment to be consumed this month was bought when global oil prices had increased. Petroleum prices vary across Kenya due to transport costs that reflect how far a location is from Mombasa port where imported consignments land and are stored.
FROM MAGAZINE: Interview with Jonathan Clark, Regional Director - Africa, CargoluxIn 1970, Cargolux started operations from its home base at Luxembourg Airport with a handful of Canadair CL-44 freighters. Africa, being a major trade partner for Europe, the Luxembourg-based cargo airline has been expanding its presence in the continent. Jonathan Clark, Regional Director - Africa, Cargolux, speaks to Twinkle Sahita, on how the year 2016 has been for Cargolux, expansion plans and on key initiatives to remain one of the top cargo airlines in the region. Last year, it was quite a low especially in the import freight in West Africa and Southern Africa. We are looking for Central Africa and may be one or two destinations over the next two or three years in Central Africa.
The Devil thrives on liesTrue Gospel by SAVIOUS-PARKER KWINIKATHE devil’s primary mission on earth is wrapped up in three things – STEALING, KILLING and DESTROYING. The devil knows his best weapon – LIES! The devil thrives on such lies to confuse your relationship, unity of people, church, country, continent and let alone the entire world. Again, we see the devil using LIES to unleash unjustifiable war on Libya using falsehoods. But because the devil was armed with LIES so as to KILL and DESTROY, the entire world was again deceived by the wicked one.