Creating a culture for digital civility by starting at the grassroots

In fact, South Africa is one of the worst countries when it comes to the level of civility across various online interactions. Microsoft is challenging people around the world to embrace “digital civility” through the Digital Civility pledge, which formed part of the recent Safer Internet Day (7 February). Teaching civility along with calculusFurthermore, because we live in a digital culture, citizenship skills that encompass a child’s full life must be a priority. In South Africa, the non-profit organisation Bridge2Africa, is one of the companies aiming to do this locally. By Angela Schaerer, Teacher Engagement Lead for Microsoft South Africa« Interview: Underwriter Laboratories’s Steven Jackets discusses The Future of Authetication Creatives invited to register for #CreativeHack2017 »

March 16, 2017 07:07 UTC

Ashley Mason seals his spot on Middle East & North Africa Tour

Ashley Mason claimed his Middle East & North Africa Tour (MENA) card when he successfully negotiated the 54-hole qualifying school at El Jadida in Morocco. Mason said: "Unfortunately I was ill when I arrived and was unable to play the first practice round. The MENA Tour is in two halves with a total of 15 events. "I will miss the first half, which starts this week in Casablanca, but plan to play in the second-half events later in the season. "Before that, I will compete in the EuroPro Tour Final qualifying school early next month for which I am eligible.

March 16, 2017 06:00 UTC

Morocco: King Mohammed VI fires Prime Minister Benkirane

Morocco: King Mohammed VI fires Prime Minister BenkiraneThe North Africa Journal – March 15, 2017 – The Moroccan King, Mohamed VI has reportedly sacked Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and is preparing to appoint a replacement from within Benkirane’s party, the moderate Islamist PJD. The firing of Benkirane is the result of his inability to form a coalition government, that would have included ministers from other parties, as required by Moroccan law. Morocco has been without a functioning executive branch for nearly six months, following the parliamentary elections that saw the PJD win the biggest number of seats in parliament. As per Moroccan law, Mohammed has to appoint another member of PJD to form the cabinet. The next PJD Prime Minister is likely going to be more in line with the politicians who are close to the monarchy, even though Benkirane himself was no so autonomous from the monarchy in his policies.

March 15, 2017 22:41 UTC

Turkish chocolates seek to capitalize on MENA's sweet tooth

I opened it and saw Ülker labels, the leading Turkish biscuit and chocolate producer. "Something savory would be good," I thought, but then saw that all the biscuits were sweet. The factory has 6 assembly lines in total, out of which two produce biscuits while three are used for wafer production and one for chocolates. The factory has a range of 15 different products in three different categories: biscuits, wafers, and chocolate. As well as hygienic raw material storage with a cooling mechanism, the factory also has a shipment storage that ensures a separate temperature for biscuits and chocolate products.

March 15, 2017 21:45 UTC

Press Releases: North Africa Regional Counterterrorism Workshop Held in Valletta, Malta

By Newsroom America Feeds atMedia NoteOffice of the SpokespersonWashington, DCMarch 15, 2017The State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, in partnership with the National Counterterrorism Center and the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), hosted a regional workshop of counterterrorism practitioners from North Africa at the U.S. Embassy and International Institute of Justice in Valletta, Malta on March 14-15. The workshop advanced U.S. efforts to defeat ISIS by increasing cooperation with and between the North African governments on issues relating to ISIS’s external operations and foreign terrorist fighters. Participants included investigators, prosecutors, police commissioners, border security officials, and policy makers who shared expertise on law enforcement, border security, and counterterrorism finance methods and tools. Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia, as well as the European Union, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom participated in the workshop. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.

March 15, 2017 19:30 UTC

Sound Energy Confirms Gas Potential in Eastern Morocco

Sound Energy confirmed gas discoveries while drilling its third TE-8 gas well in the Tendrara license area in eastern Morocco. The news comes after the company announced recent success at the company’s first two Tendrara wells (TE-6 and TE-7). These gas discoveries put Morocco on track to become a player in the gas market. The wells discovered by Sound Energy are expected to be pumping gas by 2019. Last December, Sound Energy PLC won regulatory approval from Moroccan authorities to take control of 75% interest in the Sidi Mokhtar onshore licenses.

March 15, 2017 17:03 UTC

Time, Money Running out for Algeria- Stratfor Warns

In a detailed report, Statfor, a US firm specialising in geopolitical risk analysis, warns of the unravelling of Algeria as the country continues to delay reforms to diversify its economy away from oil and gas. These solutions, notes Stratfor, tackle only the symptoms and do little to relieve Algeria from dependence on raw resources. Algerian authorities have shown little enthusiasm for reforming regulatory laws relating to investment promotion, underscores Stratfor. The underdeveloped banking sector is another major impediment to economic reforms in Algeria, notes Stratfor, giving the example of the unpropitious conditions. “They are only delaying the inevitable,” notes Stratfor, which warns of an impending unravelling of Algeria if reforms are not undertaken to reform its economy.

March 15, 2017 17:03 UTC

King Mohammed VI Winds up African Tour on High Note

The latest African tour made by King Mohammed VI has yielded impressive results. King Mohammed VI embarked on this tour immediately after the North African Kingdom rejoined the African Union, a move, which will give a new momentum to South-South cooperation, based on win-win partnerships. During this tour, Morocco sealed at least 75 cooperation agreements with these African countries covering a variety of sectors. The two leaders visited a vocational training complex funded by the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development; and undertook a number of measures to strengthen religious ties between the two countries. In addition to donating 10,000 copies of the Quran to the Secretary General of Religious Affairs in Guinea, the King launched the construction of the “Mohammed VI Mosque,” and met with imams who were part of the first class of Guinean imams to receive training at the Mohammed VI Institute in Rabat.

March 15, 2017 16:52 UTC

ISIS-GS begins expansion of terror into North Africa

The three attacks, which included a September assault on a border post in Burkina Faso, and two in October, with another attack in Burkina Faso and on a prison in Niger, occurred prior to the Islamic State officially recognizing the ISIS-GS. After recognition, the ISIS-GS was also suspected of carrying out a December attack on a military convoy in Burkina Faso, killing 12 soldiers. "The instability in Libya and North Africa may be the most significant, near-term threat to U.S. and allies' interests on the continent," Gen. Waldhauser said. TRUNEWS copy, TRUNEWS analysisPlease contact TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall with any news tips related to this story. Email: | Twitter: @realEdwardSzall DOWNLOAD THE TRUNEWS MOBILE APP on Apple and Google Play!

March 15, 2017 15:45 UTC

Mineral players support Tanzania ban on exports

Economy & Politics Mineral players support Tanzania ban on exportsGold mine processing ore at Meremeta in Tanzania. FILE PHOTO | NMGThe Tanzania Chamber of Energy and Minerals (TCEM) said Wednesday that the government’s ban on gold and copper concentrate exports is good, but noted that it should have been conducted in phases. TCEM Executive Secretary Gerald Mturi told The Citizen that the chamber fully supported the ban since it was in line with the industrialisation strategy spearheaded by the government. “The TCME is committed to continue working with the government on these and other issues that affect the mining industry,” Mr Mturi said. He added that there was also no request for the deadline on the ban to be extended.

March 15, 2017 12:33 UTC

Alran appointed SAP Francophone Africa MD

Alran appointed SAP Francophone Africa MDBy SAVIOUS KWINIKAJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SAP Africa, an entity of the global software corporation, has appointed industry veteran, Frédéric Alran, as its new Managing Director for Francophone Africa. Alran will be responsible for driving SAP’s business and accelerating digital transformation in the company’s customer base in West and Central Africa as well as the Maghreb region, north of the continent. SAP Africa Managing Director, Brett Parker, says Alran, has been an integral part of the company’s success in French-speaking regions. Alran, who was born in France, joined SAP in 2004 and was appointed as SAP Manager of Francophone Switzerland in 2013. He brings 20 years of experience in software sales, teambuilding and customer relations expertise to the SAP Francophone Africa team.

March 15, 2017 12:22 UTC

Islamic State Expands Into North Africa

A relatively new group known as the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has stepped up terrorist attacks in the swath of north Africa known as the Sahel. The Islamic State suffered setbacks in Libya, where it had controlled key parts of the largely ungoverned state. Warner said ISIS-GS appears better organized than two other new ISIS affiliates in Africa: the Islamic State in Somalia, in northern Somalia, and the southern Islamic State of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. "Indeed, over the past year-plus, three new Islamic State affiliates have gained prominence in sub-Saharan Africa." The Islamic State conducted similar prison attacks in Iraq prior to taking over large portions of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

March 15, 2017 09:11 UTC

North Africa's Steadiest Country Is Quietly Unraveling

(Stratfor)ForecastLosing money fast amid low energy prices and declining output, the Algerian government will work to trim its expenses. Algeria will look to foreign investors for help in overhauling its energy sector, making incremental progress toward liberalizing its economy in the process. Declining output in Algeria's own energy sector over the past decade has only made matters worse. Part of the problem is that restructuring the energy industry would threaten the patronage networks that have been built up around Algerian oil and natural gas giant Sonatrach. The country's new constitution, which was updated early last year, also includes several clauses designed to open the Algerian economy to external funding.

March 15, 2017 09:00 UTC

How to apply for the 3rd African Entrepreneurship Awards

Applications have opened for the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Awards, which offers US$1 million in prizes and access to mentoring and support to selected early-stage businesses. The African Entrepreneurship Awards, run by BMCE Bank of Africa, are open to entrepreneurs which existing businesses or business ideas. The goal is to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in becoming job creators. Applicants must be citizens of an African country, and a minimum of 18 years old as of October 1, 2017. Business proposals must include a technological component, and be for profit. The African Entrepreneurship Awards are looking for applicants in the fields of education, environment and “uncharted”, which denotes a high-impact business venturing into unexplored territory or untested markets.

March 15, 2017 08:15 UTC

KAA plans airport charges review ahead of US direct flights

Magazines KAA plans airport charges review ahead of US direct flightsThe Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) international arrivals terminal in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG NMGThe Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is set to review its charges — part of efforts to drive down aviation prices as the country prepares for direct flight to the US. KAA managing director Jonny Andersen said the move, which will make Kenya’s airport charges among the most competitive in East Africa, will encourage direct exports and boost tourist arrivals. We expect this to resume soon once we clear the paperwork,” Mr Andersen said when he toured the Eldoret International Airport last Saturday. The Eldoret International Airport has five international cargo flights touching down every week.

March 15, 2017 06:56 UTC

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