South Shields is basking in higher temperatures than traditional hot spots such as Turkey, North Africa and the French Riviera. Today's expected high of 27C on South Tyneside is predicted to drop as low as 16C tomorrow with rain returning on Wednesday. Among the places South Shields is hotter than on Monday are Casablanca, in Morocco, Antalya, in Turkey, and Nice, on the French Riviera. Yet we still can't compare with Seville, in the south of Spain, and Sharm-el-Sheikh, in Egypt, where temperatures have reached a whopping 41C. Your South Shields sunshine pictures
June 19, 2017 13:52 UTC
Sweltering Sunderland is enjoying temperatures as warm as hot spots in Turkey and North Africa. But enjoy it while it lasts - because it won't stay this way too long. Today's expected high of 27C on Wearside is predicted to drop as low as 16C tomorrow with rain returning on Wednesday. Among the places Sunderland is matching on Monday is Casablanca, in Morocco, and Antalya, in Turkey. Yet we still can't compare with Seville, in the south of Spain, and Sharm-el-Sheikh, in Egypt, where temperatures have reached a whopping 41C.
June 19, 2017 13:30 UTC
As South Africa slides into recession, and households have less and less to spend, the number one supermarket group Shoprite is adopting an unlikely strategy: it’s pushing upmarket. Shoprite CEO Pieter Engelbrecht told Reuters that affluent areas and customers were where he saw growth in the maturing South African market. The mainly discount retail group is executing this strategic shift by expanding its higher-end Checkers chain of stores. Engelbrecht took the reins of Shoprite in February from Whitey Basson, who had led the group for 37 years. When asked by Reuters about Shoprite’s push into upmarket convenience food, Woolworths told Reuters that it had an “incredibly valuable emotional connection” with its customers.
June 19, 2017 12:45 UTC
DEA, the Hamburg-based E&P firm owned by Russia-backed Luxembourg-based fund LetterOne, has opened up in Brazil. It announced June 19 that Christoph Schlichter has been appointed DEA general manager for Brazil. DEA said it plans to take part in future bidding rounds in order to acquire licenses, and to analyse opportunities for farm-ins to existing (offshore) licenses there. Subsequently he was in charge of DEA operations across North Africa, becoming DEA general manager in Libya and Algeria in February 2016. German utility RWE completed its divestment of upstream firm DEA to LetterOne in March 2015.
June 19, 2017 11:37 UTC
Africa’s Great Green Wall, or more formally The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, is the intriguing but misleading name of an enormously ambitious and worthwhile initiative to improve life and resilience in the drylands that surround the Sahara. The idea of a Great Green Wall has come a long way since its inception. The development objective is important – an estimated 232-million people live in the general area of the Great Green Wall. Thus, the Great Green Wall is no longer a wall. Unrealistic ambitionsA simple analysis gives a clear indication of how difficult it will be to realise the Great Green Wall within agreed timelines.
June 19, 2017 10:41 UTC
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiles during a meeting with Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini in Helsinki on Tuesday May 31, 2016. The Algerian foreign minister, for his part, underlined the importance of negotiations in settling regional conflicts. Meanwhile, diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors topped the discussions of Zarif in Algeria. The Iranian foreign minister said that fighting extremism “must be a priority for everyone”. Asharq Al-Awsat Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities.
June 19, 2017 10:18 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from BRICS nations called for the use of “preventative diplomacy” to tackle the situation on the Korean Peninsula, according to a communique on Monday. The ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met in Beijing for a two-day conference that ended on Monday. “The foreign ministers support the use of political and diplomatic means to resolve disputes in Libya and on the Korean Peninsula, and the promotion of preventative diplomacy built on common consensus,” the communique said, according to a version posted on the Chinese foreign ministry website. Addressing the ministers after the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that BRICS cooperation was entering a “golden decade”. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests and its vow to develop a nuclear-tipped weapon capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.
June 19, 2017 09:45 UTC
Ghana and Scotland to cooperate on oil and gas developmentMonday, 19 June 2017 06:52The success of North Sea oil production could benefit Ghana. (Image Source: Berardo62/Flickr)With the Ghana Summit as a backdrop, the Scottish Oil and Gas Trade Mission will be in Accra next week to forge new links between Scottish businesses and Ghanaian partnersThe mission leaders will seek to shore up local partnerships and access the Ghanaian market by linking up with Scottish oil and gas companies. With years of oil and gas expertise behind them, the Scottish mission leaders believe they are well-placed to do mutually beneficial business in oil and gas with the West African country. "With the cost in the North Sea now averaging $15 per barrel, Scotland holds the position of the most competitive oil and gas industries in the world," Monaghan said. "Awareness of the need to address local content and local participation issues is high," he said.
June 19, 2017 06:45 UTC
Head of the Tunisian government, Youssef Chahed, is paying on June 18-19 an official visit to Morocco where he will attend the 19th session of the Moroccan-Tunisian High Joint Committee. Leading a delegation comprising several Tunisian cabinet members, Chahed will hold talk with his Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani on a set of issues of mutual concern. In May 2014, a visit by King Mohammed VI to Tunis was a milestone in the two countries’ relations. During the visit, the first by the Moroccan Monarch to Tunisia in the wake of the Arab Spring, King Mohammed VI gave an address at the Tunisian parliament and co-chaired with the then Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki the signing ceremony of 23 cooperation agreements. The agreements cover various areas of cooperation, including diplomacy, culture, industry, scientific and technological research, human rights, tourism, finance, banking, security, environment…
June 18, 2017 18:45 UTC
Former Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Youth in Elche, Alejandro Diaz, was recently arrested and placed on custody on pedophile charges involving minors from the camps of Tindouf. Morocco’s news agency reported that Diaz raped minors coming from the Tindouf camps. The agency, quoting police sources, said that investigators found online conversations in which Diaz admitted having underage sex with a boy from the Polisario-run camps who was spending the summer holidays in Spain. Following his arrest, Diaz was dismissed from the presidency of the youth Council in Elch and excluded from the Socialist youth as well as the Valencia section of the socialist labor Party. The police is still investigating where Diaz assaulted other victims who came from the Tindouf camps on a summer exchange program in Spain.
June 18, 2017 18:45 UTC
CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is banning imports of Egyptian strawberries due to pesticide residues, said Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, the head of Egypt’s Agriculture Export Council, the latest such ban to hit Egypt as it struggles to revive its economy. He added that strawberries represent 5-10 percent of the country’s total agricultural exports. Since a currency float in November, which roughly cut the pound’s value in half, Egyptian exports have been welcomed in new markets due to their increased competitiveness. A series of bans of Egyptian exports however has hurt the image of an import-dependent country seeking to step up exports and curb imports in an effort to narrow its trade deficit. Russia temporarily banned imports of Egyptian fruit and vegetables at the end of last year shortly after a Hepatitis A scare in North America was linked to frozen Egyptian strawberries.
June 18, 2017 12:22 UTC
News Boost to Rivatex as India grants Sh3 billion for machine upgradeEldoret-based firm operating below capacity due to acute shortage of raw materials. FILE PHOTO | NMGThe Eldoret-based Rift Valley Textile Mills (Rivatex EA) has received Sh3.016 billion from the Indian Government to facilitate technology transfer and upgrade. “High cost of power is making it difficult for investors in the textile industry to break even. Stakeholders want the deal with Moi University reviewed, arguing that it has failed to meet the set targets. Some the company’s facilities have been converted by Moi University to offer aviation courses.
June 18, 2017 06:56 UTC
Moroccan scientist Adnane Remmal has put Morocco on the global pharmaceutical map through his development of an antibiotic booster drug that combines antibiotics with anti-bacterial properties of local plants. The discovery earned him recently the recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO), which granted him its European Inventor Award 2017. Professor Remmal developed an antibiotic booster drug that leverages the natural medicinal properties of plants along with the proven microbe-killing abilities of traditional antibiotics. Remmal found that essential oils can be used to boost the effectiveness of antibiotics through combining antibiotics with anti-bacterial properties of local plants. “I wished to plant the seed of scientific research in Morocco, which was considered a desert in this field,” Remmal was quoted in a EPO statement as saying.
June 17, 2017 18:45 UTC
Seven Moroccans lost their lives in the devastating fire at the Grenfell Tower, a 24-story London apartment building, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Following identification of the victims, King Mohammed VI gave directives to Moroccan authorities to take care of the repatriation of the corpses. London police said that at least 58 people are presumed dead in the blaze. The Police said it is undertaking investigation into the blaze to look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people “if there is evidence”. The cladding used has a polyethylene core, which is more flammable, and cheaper, than an alternative made with a mineral core; similar cladding was found in high-rise buildings that caught fire in France, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia.
June 17, 2017 16:41 UTC
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to make a two-day official visit to three North African countries to discuss latest regional developments and mutual relations. Zarif is to kick off his visit to Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday. He added that the top Iranian diplomat plans to hold talks with foreign ministers and heads of state of the three countries. Different foreign-backed terrorist groups have been wreaking havoc in Syria since 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.
June 17, 2017 13:30 UTC