Backsliding on the part of Western powers, and the rise of autocrat-friendly China, have created an atmosphere in Africa that emboldens generals and military cliques to seize power. After decolonisation, competitive elections remained rare for decades in Africa, while military coups emerged as the leading method by which power changed hands. Meanwhile, with the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States and other Western powers recommitted themselves to upholding democracy. Backsliding on the part of Western powers, and the rise of autocrat-friendly China, have created an atmosphere that emboldens generals and military cliques to seize power. The US and other Western powers, however, prevaricated, concerned about the undemocratic change of power but happy to see Morsi go.
December 03, 2021 23:42 UTC
inflationary pressures“I do not think anyone in Nigeria needs persuading of the need for urgent action on the environment. Desertification in the north, floods in the centre, pollution and erosion on the coast are enough evidence. For Nigeria, climate change is not about the perils of tomorrow, but what is happening today,” President Muhammadu Buhari said during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in October. And today means Nigerians are finding it increasingly hard to afford basic food items.
December 03, 2021 23:31 UTC
Ethiopia said Thursday it was closing secondary schools for a week to allow students help in harvesting crop fields left behind by civilians who enlisted in the military. Last week, Abiy himself joined the frontline to oversee operations against the rebels. The army has since retaken several key towns and cities across Amhara and Afar regions, including Lalibela, the site of UN World Heritage site which had been occupied by rebels for months. September to February are a major crop harvesting season in Ethiopia. But in the Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions, fighting has disrupted farming prompting warnings of serious food shortages.
December 03, 2021 23:18 UTC
Does the decision by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to pull out of the Cambo oilfield mark the end of oil and gas investment in the North Sea? However, it may be more realistic to see Shell’s act as a first victory in a longer war to keep hydrocarbons in the ground. Campaigners say that there are dozens more offshore oil and gas fields coming up for approval in the next three years. The counter argument is that abandoning the North Sea will cost the UK jobs. If the world achieves net zero emissions, it will not mean the end of oil and gas.
December 03, 2021 23:06 UTC
The Fort Collins man arrested over the summer in a fraud case that brought in more than $350,000 has pleaded guilty to two charges against him and was sentenced to nine years in prison. Lorenzo Castaneda, 33 of Fort Collins, was arrested in late May as a result of an investigation conducted in cooperation with the interagency Northern Colorado Economic Crime Task Force. According to previous reporting, the “scheme” run by Castaneda brought in $352,000 by targeting two Northern Colorado restaurants and a California company that makes order and payment systems for restaurants. The investigation found that the payment system company had been breached by someone in Northern Colorado who was processing fraudulent credit card sales through the order and payment system company’s point-of-sale system. By March, 275 transactions totaling just under $352,000 were processed through 19 different credit cards, according to a previous release on the investigation.
December 03, 2021 22:29 UTC
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December 03, 2021 22:29 UTC
The Nkwanta North District Chief Executive (DCE), William NawugmaKidignang, has outlined his vision to transform the district to attract investors. He said that the situation at Sibi had been a persistent one demanding stakeholders' action to solve the problem. He said "the challenges they go through in terms of water are very serious and the community cries every day for help. Mr. Kidignangunderscored the need to re-develop the Kpassa market to help make it more attractive. He said that "Kpassa market is one of the biggest and most attractive in the Oti Region.
December 03, 2021 22:19 UTC
Given the financial prejudice to Shell if the seismic surveys were delayed, the “balance of convenience” was in the company’s favour, the judge ruled. Africa Insight Wake up to the essential with the Editor's picks. Sign up Also receive offers from The Africa Report Also receive offers from The Africa Report's partners SUCCESS ERRORThe applicants argued the use of blasting for the exploration will destroy ecosystems, and hamper livelihoods earned through fishing and tourism. The environmental groups will discuss whether to seek leave to appeal. Bottom LineAwards of costs for environmental suits raises the risks for those seeking to challenge against new South African oil and gas exploration.
December 03, 2021 22:17 UTC
SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Two Bulgarian military planes landed in North Macedonia Friday to return the remains of 45 people killed in a bus crash in Bulgaria last month to their families for burial. The bus had been carrying 52 people, mostly from North Macedonia and including 12 children, and the accident occurred as it was returning from a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 23. North Macedonia's authorities had planned a procession to honor the dead in the capital Skopje. Seven people survived the crash: five citizens of North Macedonia, one Serb and one Belgian. Authorities in North Macedonia have revoked the license for the travel company that organized the trip.
December 03, 2021 22:05 UTC
An Orange Farm, South Africa, resident receives her jab against COVID-19 Friday Dec. 3, 2021 at the Orange Farm multipurpose center. South Africa has accelerated its vaccination campaign a week after the discovery of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. New COVID-19 cases in South Africa have burgeoned from about 200 a day in mid-November to more than 16,000 on Friday. Little is known about the new variant, but the spike in South Africa suggests it might be more contagious, said Moyo, the scientist who may have been the first to identify the new variant, though researchers in neighboring South Africa were close on his heels. While more than three dozen countries worldwide have reported omicron infections, the numbers so far are small outside of South Africa.
December 03, 2021 21:53 UTC
Nigerian fintech startup Flex Finance, a mobile ecosystem that helps MSMEs and solo entrepreneurs better manage and track their daily business expenses and finances, has raised a six-figure US dollar pre-seed funding round to support its growth. Flex allows businesses to digitise their daily operations via a simple, accessible mobile platform. The startup has just closed a six-figure pre-seed funding round from Gumroad CEO Sahil Lavingia, LoftyInc Capital Management, Berrywood Capital, Paradox Capital, Kairos Angels, Brett Kopf, Julian Shapiro, Maneesh Arora and others. Flex previously raised US$200,000 in undiluted funding from Accion Venture Lab, The MasterCard Foundation, and Catalyst Fund. Flex officially launched its automated spend management platform in March, and has since onboarded hundreds of businesses.
December 03, 2021 21:40 UTC
Press enquiries:+41 61 280 8477[email protected]Ref: 39/2021The Financial Stability Board (FSB) Regional Consultative Group (RCG) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) met today in virtual format. Members also discussed the challenges in assessing climate-related financial risks and the implications of such risks for economies in the MENA region. Typically, each Regional Consultative Group meets twice each year. It brings together national authorities responsible for financial stability in 24 countries and jurisdictions, international financial institutions, sector-specific international groupings of regulators and supervisors, and committees of central bank experts. The FSB also conducts outreach with approximately 70 other jurisdictions through its six Regional Consultative Groups.
December 03, 2021 21:24 UTC
NORTH JACKSON, Ohio (WKBN) – It was an unusual night Tuesday for local law enforcement, to say the least. Body camera and dashboard video from that evening show horses that wandered onto Mahoning Avenue. The horses escaped from a farm in North Jackson and were found wandering in the road near Carter Lumber on Mahoning Avenue. Voice of dispatcher: “There is an individual from the rescue for the animals. I believe she’s headed to 1330’s location now.”Before long, the trooper walked the horse out to the road and kept it moving until a trailer arrived.
December 03, 2021 21:23 UTC
From health to education to affordable energy, Palestinian startups are shaping their society. In this vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem, Palestinian startups are no exception. To overcome those hurdles and to ensure wider access to health providers, Palestinian startups are developing creative strategies that have the potential to reshape the Palestinian medical landscape. Exploring new solutions through technologyEmpowered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Palestinian entrepreneurs have been exploring uncharted areas with original solutions. The Palestinian startup landscape is still in its infancy compared to the rest of the region, though it’s maturing fast.
December 03, 2021 21:17 UTC
Ethiopia Airlines has announced that it has finalised preparations for the launch of Zambia's National Carrier in a joint venture with Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC). The airline in a statement said it has 45 per cent stake in the joint venture while Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC) retains 55 percent, the shareholders have contributed $30 million in capital towards the establishment of the airline. The new Zambia Airways (ZN) is to join African sky with its initial domestic flight from Lusaka to Ndola on December 1, 2021 and it will operate at a frequency of six and five times a week to Ndola and Livingstone, respectively. Other domestic routes to Mfuwe and Solwezi will follow before introducing regional destinations, to Johannesburg and Harare, to its network within the first quarter of 2022. Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam remarked: "The strategic equity partnership in the launching of Zambia's national carrier is part of our Vision 2025 multiple hub strategy in Africa.
December 03, 2021 21:10 UTC