The noose is tightening around the Polisario and their mentor Algeria in their scheme to use international fora as a platform to spread anti-Moroccan propaganda. The decision by Russian embassy in Algiers to deny the Polisario delegation visas to take part in the World Festival of Youth and Students (Oct 14-22) has dealt a heavy blow to the Tindouf-based separatists. The decision raised question marks in Algeria, which offers its passports as well as financial and diplomatic backing to Polisario propaganda globally. The World Festival of Youth and Students has for long been used by separatists and their proponents as a venue to spread anti-Moroccan propaganda. The opening ceremony of the World Festival of Youth and Students took place in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday, with President Vladimir Putin saying that the event will gather 30,000 people from 180 countries, making it the most representative in history.
October 16, 2017 13:18 UTC
All units of Kuehne + Nagel record significant market share gain in first nine months of 2017October 16, 2017: In the first nine months of 2017, the Kuehne + Nagel Group’s growth momentum accelerated sequentially in the quarters. Kuehne + Nagel also achieved double-digit growth in the Latin America trades. In the third quarter Kuehne + Nagel improved margins through further automation of internal processes, economies of scale and efficient cost management. Air FreightIn the first nine months of the year, Kuehne + Nagel increased volumes by 19 percent (+180,000 tons), growing more than twice as fast as the market. Trillvane, the Kenyan perishables logistics company acquired in July 2017, has been part of the Kuehne + Nagel Group since September 2017.
October 16, 2017 12:56 UTC
Counties Food security threat as L. Victoria's Nile Perch, Dagaa stocks drop over pollutionFish mongers clean catch from Lake Victoria. Rising pollution in Lake Victoria has contributed to a drop in the popular Nile Perch and Dagaa fish stocks, signalling a new threat to food security. FILE PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NMGRising pollution in Lake Victoria has contributed to a drop in the popular Nile Perch and Dagaa fish stocks, signalling a new threat to food security. It notes that the popular fish stocks have dropped because the water is increasingly not supportive of breeding or habitation. In Tanzania the Nile Perch stock dropped from 651,353 tonnes in September 2014 to 417,936 tonnes in August 2016.
October 16, 2017 12:33 UTC
On top of that, we have strong winds to contend with today, reaching 70mph in exposed areas. Credit: Flamingo / @FlamingoBathMeasurements from the surface air quality network show no evidence of significant dust concentrations in the air at the surface. Just imagine waking up to those skies some two hundred years ago; you might have thought something very bad was going to happen! Credit: ITV West CountryThe view of the sun from Marshfield in Bristol. Credit: Lee Tattam / @Baldylocks180When the sun still looked Credit: Sharon Derrick / @Sharon_DerrickThe view from Calne, Wiltshire.
October 16, 2017 12:00 UTC
Did you wake up to a ghostly red sun today or witness a strange red hue to the sky on your lunch break or as you left work? Many people in England reported the phenomenon on Monday morning - and it appears to have been caused by Hurricane Ophelia. The unusual phenomenon has been seen across the country, starting in the west of the country before sweeping across to the Capital. Many posted pictures of the bizarre sighting on social media, wondering if it is a sign of the oncoming storm. Some areas have been forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun.
October 16, 2017 11:10 UTC
Morocco’s central bank (Bank Al-Maghrib ) has agreed to extend its investment agreement for the benefit of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT) until 2022 in support of IMF’s concessional lending to low-income member countries. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), as Trustee of PRGT, has amended its 2012 investment agreement with Bank Al-Maghrib, through which Morocco committed to provide a subsidy contribution of SDR 1.1 million to the PRGT. To achieve this goal, the investment agreement with Morocco was extended on October 13 by up to five years. This amendment, effective starting October 13, 2017, constitutes the first PRGT investment agreement that takes int account the new investment strategy for PRGT assets approved by the IMF Board in March this year. This regime will facilitate integration in the global economy by preserving competitiveness and reinforcing the capacity to absorb external shocks”, said the IMF.
October 16, 2017 11:03 UTC
Intervate, a T-Systems company which specialises in digital transformation solutions, has been relaunched with a new brand identity and solution offering as part of a renewed innovation focus. The latest development stems from a recent partnership between Intervate's parent company, T-systems, and Microsoft, to strengthen both organisations' offerings to the market. Intervate says, "The new brand aims to reaffirm Intervate's philosophy of 'anything's possible' while aligning the brand more closely with that of parent company, T-Systems South Africa." This will strengthen and extend our Microsoft offering while T-Systems' customers can tap into Intervate's user-centric, innovation-driven portfolio of offerings. "In Africa Azure has only announced its offering for South Africa, so we will start with that as our initial focus.
October 16, 2017 10:18 UTC
People in Manchester are now tweeting pictures of the sky and in particular the sun which has a red glow to it. Usually winds would veer and fresher (=clearer) Atlantic air would come in behind a cold front - but this won't happen until later today. As fresher air moves in later today, expect the colouration to gradually fade. The sky cleared in the afternoon over Manchester but around mid-day it was at its most sepia-looking. Met Office forecaster Grahame Madge said the former hurricane is pulling air and dust up from southern Europe and Africa.
October 16, 2017 10:14 UTC
Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO Group (www.APO-opa.com) says: “The study confirms what we've been observing for some time, not only in MENA region but also in Sub-Saharan Africa. APO Group intends to go even further. News video is a growing trend and this is just the beginning,” concluded the founder and CEO of APO Group. Learn more about Video Newswire®: http://www.APO-opa.com/services.phpDistributed by APO on behalf of APO Group. FOR MORE INFORMATIONAïssatou Diallo | [email protected] | +41 22 534 96 97ABOUT APO GROUPFounded in 2007, APO Group (http://www.APO-opa.com) is a leading media relations' consulting firm in Africa and Middle East.
October 16, 2017 07:52 UTC
While any one of those African countries could be her native homeland — her heart belongs to South Africa. Back to AfricaWinfrey took 50 of her employees from the United States (US) and hired another 50 in South Africa to join her on a mission she dubbed, Christmas Kindness. READ MORE: The Education Of Oprah WinfreyWinfrey made many trips to South Africa in preparation for the grand opening. When that started to cause problems for them because they were then known as the ‘Oprah Kids’, I placed them and one of the caretakers in a former Bed & Breakfast I purchased just for them.”Now adults, all but one of the ‘Oprah Kids’ has finished college. The teachers were post-apartheid South Africa but were raised during apartheid.
October 16, 2017 06:45 UTC
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – HEAVY rains and flooding have left about 100 000 people homeless in the unstable Sudan. Children already bearing the brunt of the conflict are worst affected,constituting 52 000 of the displaced civilians in Gezira, Kassala, Sennar,North Kordofan, South Darfur, West Darfur and White Nile. In conflict-prone Sudan, heavy rains and floods constitute a seasonalthreat putting children’s lives at risk of epidemics. Malnutrition, lack of improved water sources, open defecation and frequent human mobility are some of the main catalysts. Donors have contributed more than US$ 27 million (R365 million) toalleviate the plight of children, which is only 39 percent of requiredfunds.
October 16, 2017 05:48 UTC
What happens when President Zuma, a chess player misses the plot? As a chess player, President Jacob Zuma should know that his campaign for ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is leaning toward very bad. What’s more surprising is how President Zuma is continuously exposing both his King and Queen with each passing day. Towards the 2007 Polokwane ANC elections President Zuma was facing 783 charges and had escaped with a whisker a rape trial. Ten years later, President Zuma finds himself in the same position and this time he is playing the same card that Mbeki played and lost.
October 16, 2017 05:48 UTC
Samura Kamara has a distinguished public service record after serving as Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, and then Finance Minister, and subsequently Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone. It was during his tenure as Finance Minister in the Koroma administration that the country recorded double digits economic growth. Samura Kamara is an economist by profession and was born in Kamalo, Bombali District, in the North of Sierra Leone on April 30, 1951. Sierra Leone will soon go to the polls to choose its next president and government, and the two main political parties are already lining up their flagbearers. No matter how the SLPP paints itself green, the chances of winning an election in Sierra Leone is nil.
October 15, 2017 18:45 UTC
In Egypt there aren’t any ski lifts on the mountains, or even the pyramids, but earlier this year it opened the first indoor snow centre in Africa, Ski Egypt, built by the company behind Ski Dubai, so you can now hit the Egyptian snow slopes 365 days a year. North Africa’s largest ski centre is Oukaïmeden in Morocco, located a relatively easy trip from Marrakech. Over the border in Algeria there’s a ski area called Chréa located not far from the capital Algiers. With over 7,000 tons (6,350 tonnes) of snow indoors, Ski Egypt, which opened last March, is the first indoor ski resort in the whole of Africa, not just North Africa. If you want to read more about skiing in Africa, read our piece on Lesotho’s ski offerings here.
October 15, 2017 13:52 UTC
'The Outhouse The Film 1985-1997,' about a fabled punk house outside LawrenceFilmmaker Brad Norman has spent the last few years collecting memories about the Outhouse, the fabled house of punk music set in the cornfields outside Lawrence, Kan. in the late 80s, early 90s.
October 15, 2017 13:07 UTC