Morocco at the Afcon: The complete package or worrying flaws? He also has a point to prove, having failed to leave his mark at the World Cup. It’s a far cry from the numbers he was producing before and during the last Nations Cup, when he managed just one goal in 15 consecutive appearances. Some post-match thoughts on Morocco after their World Cup elimination at the hands of on Wednesday. Can the Atlas Lions get North Africa's first World Cup points on the board vs. Portugal?
June 14, 2019 17:26 UTC
Diplomats from the United States and the African Union have intensified pressure on Sudan’s Transitional Military Council that is currently trying to resolve a standoff with protesters. The diplomatic push comes after the umbrella body for Sudanese protest groups, the Forces for Freedom and Change, said it will only restart talks with the ruling junta in the presence of a third party. He said head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had not “learned from the lessons of history”. Several parts of the capital city suffered electricity cuts early on Thursday, while internet services remained erratic. Washington and the AU, who have consistently pushed for civilian-led rule following Bashir’s ouster, stepped up efforts to find a solution Thursday.
June 14, 2019 17:03 UTC
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Egyptian capital Cairo is poised to host the FinTech Conference "Seamless North Africa 2019" for the second consecutive year, organised by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) under the auspices of the Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and with the participation of the most renowned international and local experts in the field of financial technology, e-payments, and e-commerce. The conference is held in collaboration with the Council of Arab Economic Unity and the League of Arab States, and is co-organised by the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI). The conference will discuss the challenges that face Egypt's emerging FinTech eco-system, in the areas of microfinance, microcredit, cross-border payments, remittances, data analysis, artificial intelligence for retail banking, cybersecurity. General manager Fintech and innovation, Rasha Negm, added that 'The conference will incorporate several panel discussions, interviews, presentations, and workshops revolving around the latest trends and innovations in financial technology. An exhibition of more than 50 leading technology and innovative solution providers will be held during the conference, which avails an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in the Fintech field.'
June 14, 2019 17:03 UTC
“Thieves, you have pillaged the country,” the crowds of protesters marching in Algiers chanted. Although the army chief has ordered anti-corruption investigations in the country, according to observers, he has not won favour with the demonstrators who are also calling for his departure. “Gaid Salah to the (rubbish) bin,” protesters chanted on Friday, according to footage posted online by local journalists. The mountainous Kabylie region east of Algiers is home to the largest Berber community in Algeria who have long suffered marginalisation. It was not immediately clear, however, how many protesters took to the streets nationwide as official figures were unavailable.
June 14, 2019 16:52 UTC
84 SHARES 1.6k VIEWS Facebook TwitterA new scientific study warns that global sea levels are rising faster than previously predicted. According to earlier predictions elaborated in a report published in 2013 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sea levels were expected to rise by between 20 inches and 39 inches by the year 2100. Based on their findings, they estimated the future global sea level rise according to low and high temperature rises. In a best-case scenario where global temperatures rise by only two degrees Celsius, sea levels are predicted to rise by between 10 inches and 32 inches by 2100. But when factoring in thermal expansion and the contribution played by the melting ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica, the scientists warn that the increase of sea levels could even exceed 6.5 feet.
June 14, 2019 16:41 UTC
The captains of Africa’s banking industry were recognised for their contributions to banking excellence at the 2019 edition of the African Banker Awards held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday evening. The Awards, held annually on the fringes of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank have established themselves as ‘the Oscars of African banking’. Afreximbank won Bank of the Year and the Trade and Development Bank’s (TDB) President, Ethiopian Admassu Tadesse, won African Banker of the Year. The African Banker Icon went to Mitchell Elegbe, founder of Interswitch, the payments service provider. South African banks dominated the investment banking and deals of the year categories.
June 14, 2019 16:41 UTC
Senegal have retained their position as Africa’s highest ranked team according to the latest Fifa rankings issued on Friday. The West African nation moved up one place to be ranked 22nd in the world three places ahead of their nearest rivals on the continent, Tunisia. Bafana Bafana moved up one place in the rankings to claim 73rd spot which makes them the second lowest ranked team in their Africa Cup of Nations group ahead of Namibia. Also in Group D at the 2019 Afcon will be the Ivory Coast who share 62nd spot with Mali. Afcon hosts Egypt are ranked 58th in the World but are favoured to be among the semi-finalists at the Biennial continental showpiece.
June 14, 2019 16:30 UTC
An Egyptian security official, who attended the conference, made the statement. For example in May 2015, President Sissi warned of the possibility of state collapse in Egypt. He claimed that the Egyptian state has countered 21,000 rumours in the period of three month. For example, in June 2017, Sissi warned of the “rumours” being spread by the “The People of Evil” criticizing the performance of the government. Thus, this ideology is both a driver and enabler of repression, creating the condition for it to thrive, pushing Egypt deeper in its slide to autocracy.
June 14, 2019 15:56 UTC
Forces loyal to UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) who have been wounded while defending Tripoli against east-based military commander’s military offensive on the capital, will be treated in Italy, following discussions between GNA’s Head and the ambassador of the EU country. GNA leader Faiez Serraj discussed Thursday with Italian ambassador Giuseppe Buccino, medical treatment procedures in Italian hospitals for fighters under the GNA military command, local media Libya Observer reports. The GNA since early April has been defending the Libyan capital against east-based self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar. Italy, a staunch GNA ally has condemned the military campaign, which has caused the death of over 600 people and inflicted injuries of hundreds of people including civilians. Haftar in April vowed to forge ahead with the offensive despite the holy month of Ramadan, as he likened the campaign to a holy war.
June 14, 2019 14:26 UTC
Marrakech security forces in coordination with internal security directorate (DGSN) have arrested a Dutch national suspected for foreign passport forgery. The man, 48, indulged in proposing fake foreign passports to his clients. He even received 100,000 Dirhams ($10,350) for the service, according to the DGSN. The inspection of the suspect’s apartment enabled the seizure of electronic appliances, digital equipment and material for the forgery, as well as plain magnetic cards used in the criminal act. The DGSN said the investigation will dig deeper in the case to uncover various accomplices.
June 14, 2019 14:15 UTC
Archaeologists excavated human remains and analyzed bone samples from a working class cemetery in the ancient Roman city of Portus. Photo by Portus ProjectJune 14 (UPI) -- When times were good, the dockworkers of Portus, the maritime port of Imperial Rome, enjoyed a surprisingly diversified diet. But new analysis of ancient animal and human remains -- detailed in the journal Antiquity this week -- suggests the diets of the city's working class shifted as Rome fell into decline. By studying the chemical signals in the bones of ancient Portus residents, scientists can better understand how the region's shifting politics affected people's daily lives. "The carbon and nitrogen isotopic values of collagen is linked to the types of protein that they consume in their diet -- animal, fish or plant," O'Connell said.
June 14, 2019 13:52 UTC
Seized by the Taliban, the Minaret of Jam could end up like the Bamiyan Buddhas. The latest work of art to end up in Taliban control is the Minaret of Jam (picture 1), in the unstable province of Ghor. In 2002, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site, along with the surrounding the archaeological site, which has been looted over the years, Thomas said. In addition to the Taliban’s cultural devastation, Afghanistan’s cultural heritage has also suffered from official neglect. The tower’s collapse is the latest example of the neglect Afghanistan’s cultural and artistic heritage faces, which, amid wars, looting and remoteness, is at risk of biting the dust of history.
June 14, 2019 13:52 UTC
At a time when calls are being made for women to be treated with dignity and respect, a Kenyan member of parliament has allegedly assaulted a female colleague for not giving money to his constituency. Rashid Kassim, MP for Wajir East in north-eastern Kenya, reportedly slapped Fatuma Gedi, who sits on the budget committee, in the parliament building car park in the capital, Nairobi on Thursday. Wajir East MP Rashid Amin is on the spot for allegedly assaulting Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi at Parliament buildings. ALL WOMEN MPs walk out of Budget speech sitting of Parliament to protest the assault of Wajir Woman Representative. Kassim is yet to comment on the incident, meanwhile, here’s a video of how the women MPs protested outside parliament:
June 14, 2019 13:30 UTC
Until yesterday when #BlueForSudan started on social media, only packets of people said or did anything about the Sudan crisis. #BlueForSudan is putting Sudan on people’s radars and stories about Sudan have gained momentum online however the people of Sudan tried to get the world’s attention long before yesterday. Compared to the world’s response to crisis and misfortunes in other places, Sudan could have benefited from a much quicker response. The international community has been slow in our response to the Sudan crisis. They deserved it, especially in this age where our collective voices on social media can accomplish a lot.
June 14, 2019 13:18 UTC