Society Let’s restore Nairobi’s rural landscape beautyAn estate in Nairobi. For centuries, rural landscapes have maintained a balance between human activity and their environment. This has a twofold effect in rural areas and, while some areas are being abandoned, others are suffering from human pressure. There is no semblance of a rural landscape left. These rural landscapes were recognised and conserved more than 100 years ago by the city fathers, creating an environment which is unique to Nairobi.
April 18, 2019 18:30 UTC
All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and party state chairmen from the North Central geo-political zone on Thursday endorsed the two candidates of the party for the leadership positions of the 9th National Assembly. Plateau State Governor, Rt Hon. Simon Lalong disclosed this to newsmen after a closed-door meeting of stakeholders from the zone at the Plateau State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja. R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with APC Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan. State APC Chairmen in attendance were Engr.
April 18, 2019 18:22 UTC
The U.N.’s Libya envoy warned Thursday of “a widening conflagration” in the North African country, saying international divisions had encouraged strongman Khalifa Haftar to launch his assault on Tripoli. With both sides dug in, Tripoli this week witnessed its heaviest fighting since Haftar launched his offensive, including what the UN described as “indiscriminate rocket fire on a high-density neighborhood” of Tripoli. Haftar’s offensive has again highlighted those divisions. Britain has put forward a draft resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire and de-escalation, but Russia objected to clauses that criticized Haftar’s offensive as a threat to Libya’s stability. The revised text did not single out Haftar’s forces, but instead expressed “grave concern at military activity” near Tripoli, “including the launching of a military offensive by the LNA.
April 18, 2019 18:00 UTC
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April 18, 2019 17:26 UTC
The international Committee for support of the Palestinian people has commended the decision of King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, to allocate a substantial financial grant to restore and upgrade some areas within the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, in occupied Jerusalem. The committee issued a statement to thank the King of Morocco for his initiative and his commitments as the chairman of the Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. On Wednesday, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that King Mohammed VI has decided to grant a “substantial financial subvention” as a contribution from Morocco to the refurbishment and renovation of some areas of Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings. The King’s initiative came three days after a fire broke out at the Dome of the Rock compound in Jerusalem. Based in Rabat, the international Committee for support of the Palestinian people is an offshoot of the Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organization.
April 18, 2019 16:52 UTC
We generally associate the word “oratorio” with weighty musical works on Christian subjects by Baroque composers like J.S. “An oratorio is a musical piece with sung lyrics and also spoken words, so I think any Jewish service is a type of oratorio,” Jacobsen said. While Jacobsen wrote the music, the libretto was written by Coleman, who studied up on Ladino for this project. “And I’ve wanted to explore Ladino music and culture specifically.”When the grant (his third from the S.F. I am tying it directly to what is happening today.”Emanu-El was his first choice of venues for the world premiere.
April 18, 2019 16:52 UTC
“After the very first successes of the Libyan National Army two weeks ago, we are witnessing a military deadlock,” he said. Russia has sought to block any language that criticised Haftar’s offensive as a threat to Libya’s stability. Britain has put forward a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation but Russia put up its concerns over language that criticized Haftar’s offensive. Diplomats said the United States appeared to be dragging its feet in pushing for a quick adoption of the draft resolution. By AFP________________________________On the same topic:– Unity government issues arrest warrant for Haftar– How the Internet and new media are worsening the crisis in Libya
April 18, 2019 16:30 UTC
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April 18, 2019 16:30 UTC
A bundle of screenshots supposedly from a cancelled version of Left 4 Dead 3 have been leaked by the Valve News Network. The game was apparently cancelled in 2013, but it would have been set in North Africa and using a new version of the Source Engine. There have been rumours of a third Left 4 Dead game for years but it's never been officially confirmed by developer Valve. The idea of a Left 4 Dead set outside of the US is an exciting one, particularly as so much zombie fiction is set in America. While this Left 4 Dead game may have been cancelled, we can still look forward to Back 4 Blood, the new zombie shooter from Turtle Rock, the original creators of Left 4 Dead.
April 18, 2019 16:18 UTC
Ivanka Trump, daughter and senior advisor to her father, US President Donald Trump, Wednesday committed to back with $2 million the fund for women in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa industry as she visited a cocoa farm outside the Ivorian capital. Ivanka Trump visited Cayat cooperative based around the towns of Adzopé and Yakassé-Attobrou in the South East of Côte d’Ivoire. She tasted raw cocoa and was informed about the hard work of women in the Western African’s cocoa industry. “Thanks for allowing us to highlight a best-in-class example,” Ivanka Trump said after touring the farm. Before coming to Côte d’Ivoire, Ivanka Trump visited Ethiopia to promote her father’s $50 million initiative enacted in February and that seeks to encourage women’s employment in developing countries.
April 18, 2019 16:07 UTC
The ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) and the Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN) have signed a partnership agreement to promote renewable energy within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). According to the Lomé-based financial institution, the objective of the partnership is to encourage private investment in renewable energy production in the West African region. This multilateral and public-private partnership was signed by EBID’s Chairman, Bashir Mamman Ifo, and PFAN’s General Coordinator, Peter Storey within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The expansion of renewable energy could improve electricity supply in the 15-nation Economic Community, where the access rate is 52%, with an average of 80 hours of power cuts per month. Last year, the community secured a financial backing from the US government, to build $1bn worth of renewable energy projects in the region.
April 18, 2019 15:56 UTC
These departures “stirred echoes of the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this decade”. The protesters have since won further concessions from the military council that has taken over, including the removal of former defence minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf as head of the council. There is “understandable euphoria” on the streets of Khartoum, says the FT, but “the experience of countries that went through the Arab Spring suggests that severe dangers lie ahead”. People worry that the military is merely “conducting an elaborate piece of political theatre to give the appearance of… change”. Bashir’s “disastrous” policies have “left the country in crushing debt and in need of aid and debt relief”.
April 18, 2019 15:33 UTC
PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) released its Q1 2019 results on April 17, 2019, followed by a conference call with analysts. We have summarized the key announcements in our interactive dashboard – How did PepsiCo fare in Q1 2019 and what is the outlook for the full year? Operating margins increased marginally in Q1 2019 due to net revenue growth and productivity savings, partially offset by certain operating cost increases. Lower volume was driven by a 4% decline in carbonated soft drink volume, partially offset by 1% volume increase in non-carbonated beverage. Operating margin was marginally lower in Q1 2019 compared to Q1 2018 due to higher commodity costs and increased advertising and marketing expenditure.
April 18, 2019 15:22 UTC
“The solution in Libya is political and not military”, he stressed, calling the international community to act to end the cycle of violence in his country. For Morocco, he said, the political process offers the best solution to the Libyan crisis, which is endangering stability in the whole region. Troops of General Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of Eastern Libya, have launched lately military offensive to take control of the Libyan capital city of Tripoli. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had condemned the military escalation and ongoing fighting in and around Tripoli. He urged all parties to engage in immediate dialogue to reach a political solution, affirming that there is no military solution to the Libya conflict.
April 18, 2019 15:11 UTC