Ghana Summit Opening Ceremony: Big ambitions for oil and gas in Ghana and Equatorial GuineaFriday, 23 June 2017 06:12Comfort Aniagyei, finance director, spoke on behalf of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. "It is an issue of life and death - if we sit and watch how the oil price is changing, development in our country [will stall] ... [we cannot] sit and wait for the oil price to go up." In terms of gas development, Mr Obiang Lima said that the future of gas transportation is LNG and, in particular, floating projects. With FLNG, he said that Equatorial Guinea is "a little country but, like Napoleon, we like to do big things." Eyeing the success of Ghana as a model for Equatorial Guinea, Mr Obiang Lima said he was at the Ghana Summit to "pick the brains of Ghana".
June 23, 2017 09:33 UTC
Last year saw 6,726 migrants attempt to enter Spain by seaMORE than 400 migrants have been rescued off the coast of southern Spain in the past week. According to rescue services, coast guards rescued 414 migrants from 16 boats as the Mediterranean route from north Africa to Spain becomes increasingly popular. The number of migrants travelling the route has increased three-fold in the first four months of this year compared to last year. The rescued migrants were taken to Almeria, Malaga, Tarifa, Cartagena and Spain’s north African enclave Ceuta. Last year saw 6,726 migrants attempt to enter Spain by sea, according to the Spanish Coastguard.
June 23, 2017 09:33 UTC
But even the foregoing, did not prepare me for its application to join the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS, when it knows, it is not a 'West African State'. The ECOWAS Treaty states explicitly that "The aims of the Community are to promote co-operation and integration, leading to the establishment of an economic union in West Africa". Or will our leaders redraw the world map to relocate Morocco to West Africa? For 42 years, it has defied the ruling of the International Court of Justice IJC, recognising the right of Western Sahara to independence. For 35 years, it has blocked the United Nations decision to hold a referendum in Western Sahara.
June 23, 2017 09:00 UTC
People across Lincolnshire may have woken up this morning to find their cars covered in a mysterious red dust. But what has caused this layer of muck to be deposited on your car bonnets, roofs and windscreens? This sand then travels for thousands of miles high up in the atmosphere before it is deposited in rain. Now, as the heatwave comes to an end and the city sees some light rain it brings with it the Saharan sand. The Sahara Desert is the world’s largest hot desert spanning a number of African countries including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Sudan.
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New Port of Ghoubet opens for operationsJun 23, 2017: Djibouti has opened the new $64 million Port, Port of Ghoubet. The ports authority opened another port, Tadjourah, on June 15 to export potash, which is used to make fertiliser. Tadjourah was built at the cost of $90 million and has a capacity to handle 4 million tonnes of potash a year. In May, Djibouti launched the Doraleh Multipurpose Port, which can handle 8 million tonnes a year, including container traffic and bulk cargo. Djibouti mainly handles goods from Asia, representing nearly 60 percent of traffic, the port authority says.
press releaseNorth West Provincial Government accepts the High Court rulingNorth West Provincial Government has noted the outcome of the application for a review on the bail application of the two farm workers in Coligny who are accused of killing Matlhomola Moshoeu (16). The North West High Court has today set aside the State's application for leave to appeal the decision of the Coligny Magistrate's Court, which granted bail to Pieter Doorewaard (26) and Philip Schutte (34) a bail of R5 000 each. According to the accused Moshoeu was stealing sunflowers on April 20 when they caught him and drove with him to the local police station. They claimed Moshoeu allegedly jumped off their bakkie and broke his neck while some eyewitnesses claim he was allegedly pushed off the bakkie. Issued by: North West Provincial Government
June 23, 2017 08:15 UTC
Germany’s biggest oil and gas company Wintershall says it is looking into a plan to collaborate with Russia’s energy giant Gazprom over projects in Iran. “Our partnership with Gazprom is based on trust, so we are open for possible joint projects,” Wieland told Rambler News website. The announcement came as Iran is recently shown an extended favor to Gazprom, as well as other Russian energy firms. The country’s Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in late May that the Islamic Republic had signed a basic agreement with Gazprom over the development of three major gas projects. In his interview with Rambler News, Wieland further emphasized that Iran was part of Wintershall’s strategy for targeting key regions.
June 23, 2017 06:56 UTC
Founded in 2015 in Malaysia, iflix has rapidly expanded across southeast Asia, the Middle East and North African markets. With piracy rampant across African content markets, iflix’s value proposition is its wide range of high quality content for “essentially the price of a single pirated DVD,” Andre de Wet, head of iflix Africa, tells Quartz. As smartphone and internet penetration deepens across the continent, iflix is betting on being ready for changes in how Africans consume video content. Looking to latch on the popularity of Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry across the continent, iflix has purchased “up to 1,000 hours” of exclusive Nollywood content. Sign up for the Quartz Africa Weekly Brief — the most important and interesting news from across the continent, in your inbox.
June 23, 2017 06:56 UTC
The new World Drug Report 2017, released on Thursday, traces the routes by which heroin, cocaine and other drug trafficking is conducted while illustrating some of the links to armed jihadist organizations and their operations. The report, issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), shows Ghana and Nigeria among the most frequently mentioned countries of origin in Africa for cocaine trafficking when identified after a seizure of a drug shipment took place. Routes through West Africa originating in South America are clearly marked. “Individual commanders of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad (MUJAO) in West Africa, which broke away from Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, seem at present to be directly involved in drug trafficking.”Boko Haram is implicated in smuggling heroin and cocaine across West Africa as well. The report also includes an interactive map to explore where drug consumption is prevalent for nine different classes of drugs.
June 23, 2017 04:30 UTC
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) welcomed Morocco’s decision to let in a group of Syrian refugees who were abandoned in the desert border by Algerian authorities since 17 April. “UNHCR welcomes the decision by the Kingdom of Morocco to admit a group of Syrian refugees stranded in difficult circumstances at the country’s border with Algeria,” the UN Refugee Agency said in a statement released Thursday. The UN Agency described Morocco’s admittance of Syrian refugees as a “humanitarian gesture” in keeping with its traditions of hospitality. EuroMed Rights NGO also welcomed Morocco’s initiative, expressing its relief as the solving of this situation had lasted too long. The UNHCR official hailed Morocco for having succeeded in developing an adequate legal framework guaranteeing the right to asylum.
June 23, 2017 04:07 UTC
Wydad Casablanca of Morocco rewarded 80 000 supporters jammed into the Stade Mohamed V with a 2-0 triumph over Al Ahly of Egypt that got them back into Caf Champions League title contention. GOAL HERO: Wydad Casablanca's Fabrice Ondama (in the red) scored his team's opening goal during their Caf Champions League match against Al-Ahly. The Moroccans won 2-0 to get back in title contention.Picture: EPAGOAL HERO: Wydad Casablanca's Fabrice Ondama (in the red) scored his team's opening goal during their Caf Champions League match against Al-Ahly. Ahly remain top of the table with seven points, but only on goals scored from Zanaco of Zambia. Etoile Sahel of Tunisia lead with seven points, Merrikh and Ferroviario have four and another Sudanese club, Al Hilal, three.
June 23, 2017 04:07 UTC
The youngest crown prince in living memory represents a broader youth revolution in Saudi Arabia. Prince Mohammed is likely to be among his country’s youngest kings with a potential for his rule to last half a century. Saudi Arabia is going through arguably the biggest changes since the kingdom’s founding in 1932. His father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was one of the most powerful Saudi envoys to Washington and later was in charge of intelligence. While other kings have sought to help and encourage their children, "this was the most blatant act of nepotism ever in Saudi Arabia," said Khoury.
June 23, 2017 03:51 UTC
The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), an offshoot of Morocco’s domestic intelligence agency, arrested four members of a terrorist cell loyal to the Islamic State before they moved to action. The cell was dismantled in the Atlantic city of Essaouira, the interior ministry said in a statement, noting that the suspected terrorists are accused of plotting terrorist attacks on tourist sites in Essaouira. The arrested individuals also schemed to “broaden the scope of their terrorist operations to other cities of the kingdom,” it said. Weapons were seized during the operation as well as electrical gadgets and a manuscript in which the arrested individuals pledge allegiance to IS and declare “jihad” on Morocco, which they call the province of the Maghreb Al Aqsa. Morocco has been leading a proactive security approach aiming at averting terrorist attacks and busting terrorist cells before they move to action.
June 23, 2017 01:41 UTC
Algeria’s social media networks woke up to a shameful and outrageous campaign targeting sub-Saharan migrants after the launch of a racist hashtag in Arabic saying “No to Africans in Algeria”. The Algerian twitter was awash with racist calls for “cleaning Africans off Algerian cities,” and forcing them out of Algerian borders. “We Algerians are exposed to the risk of HIV contamination and other sexually transmitted diseases because of these migrants,” he shamefully said last December. Last December, Algerian authorities rounded up more than 1400 sub-Saharan migrants in Algiers and deported them 1900 km southwards to the desert city of Tamanrasset, from which they were deported to Niger. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UNHCR have all called repeatedly on Algeria to guarantee protection to migrants on its soil and halt its discriminatory policies towards them.
June 23, 2017 01:41 UTC