Malawi Govt Rejects Electoral Reforms Bill - Opposition Wants to Tackle Rigging

Government members of parliament managed to hold the opposition from passing the Electoral reforms bill. Government chief whip Henry Mussa also argued that the Malawi Law Commission was tackling the very same issues. Why don't you be patient and allow the Malawi Law Commission to do its job?" Mussa said MP Dimba was shown a time table on Wednesday on how Law Commission are proceeding with these reforms. Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu asked for patience on the electoral reforms process which he said would be completed on March 31, 2017.

February 17, 2017 09:56 UTC

Five globally important archaeological sites in Africa

From Great Zimbabwe to Nubian pyramids along the Nile River, Africa, as the Cradle of Humankind, holds many of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. Brand South Africa reporterThe number of unearthed archaeological sites across Africa has given the world insights into the history of the continent and the world. From pyramids in the north, to cryptic stone cities and ancient civilisations further south, these sites offer many mysteries as they do answers. At the largest of the sites, at Sine Ngayene, Senegal, evidence of iron smelting and quarries was unearthed. See Using Brand South Africa material.

February 17, 2017 09:47 UTC

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco: officials

A Moroccan flag flies behind the border fence between Morocco and Spain's North African territory of Ceuta (AFP Photo/Jorge Guerrero)Madrid (AFP) - Hundreds of migrants stormed into Spain's North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco early Friday, the emergency services and police said, adding that some were injured in the process. "The Civil Guard at Ceuta estimates that 500 people could have succeeded in entering the town," the emergency services said on Twitter. The emergency services said on Twitter that the Spanish Red Cross extended assistance to some 400 people. Ceuta and Melilla, another Spanish territory in North Africa, have the European Union's only land borders with Africa. They are entry points for African migrants seeking a better life in Europe, who get there by climbing the border fence, swimming along the coast or by hiding in vehicles.

February 17, 2017 09:37 UTC

Nigeria: How 126 NGOs Make Life Easy, Difficult in Maiduguri

Photo: Daily TrustThe presence of NGOs in Maiduguri also means more money for the Keke NAPEP riders. "These workers of NGOs trooping into Maiduguri have been able to turn around life generally. I have a list of 126 NGOs in Borno state," Shettima said. "The concern about funding and accountability of NGOs is complex ,especially when an NGO operates in a different country like Nigeria. Why can't we have same in Borno state?," he demanded.

February 17, 2017 09:18 UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram Insurgents Attack NAF Helicopter Conveying Medics

Abuja — Boko Haram terrorists yesterday confronted men of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), attacking its helicopter conveying medics on outreach programme in Gwoza area of Borno State. The Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, confirmed the incident, stating that "a NAF helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza yesterday came under attack by members of the Boko Haram terrorist. Famuyiwa explained: "The helicopter had departed from Maiduguri en route the venue of the two-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by the insurgents. According to him, "Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of Boko Haram terrorists were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful. "NAF has been conducting medical outreach in the North-east as part of its humanitarian support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

February 17, 2017 09:11 UTC



Nigeria: NEC Orders CBN to Review Exchange Rate

Abuja — The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday expressed concern over the exchange rate and directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to quickly facilitate an urgent review of the current forex policy‎ in the country. Naira currently exchanges for N510 to the dollar at the parallel market, while CBN official rate remains at N305.50 to the dollar. According to the deputy governor, the decision to review the forex policy followed a submission to the council by the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele. "The CBN governor urged Nigerians to exercise patience as the apex bank continues to take steps that will stabilise the market. Members of the NSIA are (North-East), Mrs. Halima Buba as Non-executive Director; (North West), Mr. Bello Maccido, Non-executive Director; (North Central), Lois Laraba Machunga-Disu, Non-Executive Director; (South West), Mr. Babajide Zetilin as Non-Executive Director; (South East) Mr. Urum Kalu Eze, a Non-Executive Director; and (South-South), Mr. Abue Ighodalo, legal practitioner with 10 years post-qualification experience.

February 17, 2017 09:00 UTC

Nigeria: Deji of Akureland - Another Oba Fighting Chieftaincy Battles

Why is the traditional ruler of Akure, the Deji, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, fighting many battles at the same time? To make it official, a letter has been forwarded by the Oba to Ilohehika to acquit him of the renaming of his title. The Oloba of Oba-Ile and Chairman of Akure North Local Government Chieftaincy Committee, Oba Joseph Oluwadare Agunbiade and Isinigbo. Oba Agunbiade called on security agencies to prevent the looming communal violence if the plan of the Oba is allowed to suffice. The Oloba who is now the Chairman of Akure North Local Government Chieftaincy Committee, His Royal Highness, Oba Joseph Oluwadare Agunbiade, NOT the Deji of Akure whose chieftaincy domain is Akure South Local Government".

February 17, 2017 09:00 UTC

Storm Dineo kills at least seven people in Mozambique

Tropical storm Dineo has killed seven people in Mozambique since it hit the eastern coast on Wednesday, the government disaster centre said on Thursday. Mozambique's emergency operational centre said in a statement about 130,000 people living in the Inhambane province, 500 km north of the capital Maputo, had been affected by the storm. About 20,000 homes were destroyed by heavy rains and fierce winds. The government said the situation was less severe in Gaza, which borders South Africa, but that there were fears of flooding in the area. (Reporting by Manuel Mucari; Editng by Angus MacSwan; Writing by Mfuneko Toyana)

February 17, 2017 08:53 UTC

Red Cross assists hundreds of migrants who entered Spain

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February 17, 2017 08:51 UTC

Hundreds of migrants storm fence to enter Spain from Morocco

Photo: AFPHundreds of migrants smashed their way into Spain's North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco early Friday and some were injured doing so, the emergency services and police said. "The Civil Guard at Ceuta estimates that 500 people could have succeeded in entering the town," the emergency services said on Twitter. The Civil Guard, or paramilitary police, meanwhile told AFP that "several hundreds" had crossed over and many of them were hurt along with members of the security forces. The emergency services said on Twitter that the Spanish Red Cross extended assistance to some 400 people. The enclave has been ringed by a double wire fence that is eight kilometres (five miles) long.

February 17, 2017 08:50 UTC

Hundreds of migrants cross Spanish border, clash with police

Migrants sit on the ground next to Spanish police officers after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Migrants sit on the ground next to Spanish police officers after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants sit on the ground after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants sit on the ground after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants react after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

February 17, 2017 08:49 UTC

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco

Hundreds of migrants stormed into Spain’s North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco early Friday, the emergency services and police said, adding that some were injured in the process. “The Civil Guard at Ceuta estimates that 500 people could have succeeded in entering the town,” the emergency services said on Twitter. The emergency services said on Twitter that the Spanish Red Cross extended assistance to some 400 people. Ceuta and Melilla, another Spanish territory in North Africa, have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa. The enclave has been ringed by a double wire fence that is eight kilometres (five miles) long.

February 17, 2017 08:48 UTC

5 startups graduate Cairo university fintech accelerator

The first cohort of the American University of Cairo’s (AUC) Venture Lab Fintech Accelerator graduated this week, with participants pitching and showcasing their solutions at a Demo Day. The AUC Venture Lab Fintech Accelerator was launched in July 2016, through a partnership between AUC and the Commercial International Bank of Egypt (CIB). The 12-week programme for fintech startups aims to create a platform to bridge the gap between the financial services sector and the emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem, and to encourage new startups in the fintech space. The Accelerator is based on the aim of increasing the impact of fintech startups on the Egyptian economy. “The Fintech Accelerator is just the beginning of a long journey, during which we have laid the foundation of an ongoing, genuine collaboration model between CIB and the entrepreneurship field.

February 17, 2017 08:37 UTC

Almost 500 migrants smash through border fence into Spain

(AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants sit on the ground after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants sit on the ground after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants sit on the ground after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants react after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron)Migrants react after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

February 17, 2017 08:37 UTC

Nigeria: Osinbajo, Governors Appoint Six Board Members for NSIA As Agency Gets Fresh $250 Million

The National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday approved the nomination of six Nigerians for appointment into the board of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). The body also approved the injection of a fresh $250 million capital into the Sovereign Wealth Fund. Established by an Act of the National Assembly in May 2011, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority manages Nigeria's Sovereign Wealth Fund. - NSIA outlook, among others, are as follows:-NSIA plans to increase domestic infrastructure investment in 2017 as there are compelling opportunities in the environment. -Council, while adopting the report of the NSIA, decided to inject a fresh $250 million into the SWF sourced from the ECA.

February 17, 2017 08:33 UTC



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