Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party founder Julius Malema addressed a packed 56,000-capacity Moses Mabhida Stadium in the coastal city of Durban as he launched the party's election manifesto to the delight of supporters. EFF party supporters Saturday, clad in red party regalia, including T-shirts with Malema's likeness, went into a frenzy as he entered the stadium, singing struggle songs and liberation slogans. A former ANC youth leader who was expelled from the party, Malema is now among the ruling party's staunchest critics. He's an outspoken lawmaker who has become a thorn in the side of the ANC and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The EFF garnered 10% of the national vote in the country's 2019 elections to become the third largest opposition party.
February 10, 2024 22:55 UTC
With investments exceeding SR64 million ($17 million) in the Saudi market, its farms in Sarawat Mountain cultivate a remarkable 550 million roses annually. Scattered across Taif are over 910 Taif rose farms, complemented by approximately 70 factories and laboratories dedicated to extracting and producing over 80 sought-after derivatives that enjoy widespread popularity in the markets. Khaled Al-Kamal, an agricultural expert and Taif rose connoisseur, is a seventh-generation enthusiast as he comes from a family with a long-lasting interest in the Taif rose. This produces three distinct products: non-concentrated rose water, concentrated rose water known as “bridal water,” and the world’s most expensive rose attar. Al-Kamal added that the Taif rose flowers for a period ranging from 40 to 50 days.
February 10, 2024 19:56 UTC
February 10, (THEWILL) – Tottenham Hotspur pulled off a dramatic 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, thanks to a stoppage-time winner from substitute Brennan Johnson. The late goal lifts Spurs into the top four after their thrilling English Premier League clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. With Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi absent due to dental surgery, assistant Andrea Maldera took charge of the visitors. Inspired substitutions from Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou turned the match on its head after the interval. The dramatic victory lifts Tottenham above Aston Villa into fourth position in the EPL table.
February 10, 2024 18:53 UTC
But it holds special appeal for Chinese companies, which once dominated Bitcoin mining but have struggled to compete with local rivals in Texas, the current hub. China’s reign as the epicenter of Bitcoin mining came to an abrupt end in 2021, when the government banned it. In the written reply, he used terms like “high-performance computing” and “data mining” instead of Bitcoin mining. Encouraged by China’s rising stature in Africa, Chinese Bitcoin miners are also starting to look at countries like Angola and Nigeria, said Xu. “The Chinese miners don’t have any problems building sites in Africa,” he said.
February 10, 2024 16:09 UTC
February 10, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has sanctioned eleven Distribution Companies (DisCos) over failure to comply with the capping of estimated bills for unmetered customers. Abuja Disco, for instance, overbilled its customers without meters to the tune of N17.874bn, while Eko Disco over-billed its unmetered customers by N13.137bn. Port Harcourt Disco overbilled its customers without meters by N14.187bn, as Kaduna Disco overbilled its customers by N1.145bn. Credit adjustment to customers: Discos are to issue credit adjustments to all over-billed unmetered customers for the period January to September 2023 by the March 2024 billing cycle. Regulatory sanctions: The commission shall deduct a sum of N10,505,286,072 from the annual allowed revenues of the 11 Discos during the next tariff review to deter future non-compliance with the energy caps approved by the commission.”
February 10, 2024 16:08 UTC
On February 7, 2024, it was announced that Parliament was expected to approve an executive reshuffle, including the appointment of a successor to Deputy PM Demeke. Reshuffle advocates perceive the changes as a routine and calculated maneuver on the part of the Prime Minister to reinvigorate the government amidst internal strife and diplomatic strains. He criticized the cabinet reshuffle as a purely political maneuver aimed at maintaining a power balance for the Prime Minister, with individuals coming and going without any substantial policy alterations. Rahel and Girma argue the cabinet reshuffling constitutes a significant responsibility of the Prime Minister, and the recent events align with that duty. Kibrom Berhe is the president of the Baytona Tigray Party.
February 10, 2024 14:43 UTC
An Ethiopian-Israeli immigrant who's been a harsh critic of the Biden administration's border policies is hoping to replace former GOP Rep. George Santos in a closely watched special election. The two candidates, who will go head-to-head in a special election on Tuesday, traded barbs during a debate this week when asked about a number of topics – including immigration and abortion. Pilip called out her opponent for "causing the border crisis," saying that when Suozzi was in Congress with the Democratic majority, the border was "opened" by the Biden administration. A Siena College poll conducted for Newsday from Feb. 3 to Feb. 6 showed Suozzi leading Pilip 48% to 44% among likely voters. The special election is slated to take place on Feb. 13.
February 10, 2024 14:36 UTC
ADDIS ABABA – “Tsehai”, the first-ever aircraft made in Ethiopia in the 1930s, has returned home more than eight decades after it was taken to Italy. The aircraft, named after the daughter of Emperor Haile Selassie I Tsehai, arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Friday evening. The plane carrying “Tsehai” was welcomed by Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew, Addis Ababa city mayor Adanech Abiebie, and Italy’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Agostino Palese. Its repatriation comes after the Italian government handed over the aircraft to Ethiopian authorities during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Rome last week. Following its return home decades later Friday, Ethiopians can now visit “Tsehai” at the Adwa Victory Museum which will be inaugurated on Sunday.
February 10, 2024 14:34 UTC
The Catwalk initiative is an annual celebration in honor of the declaration last year by the UN designating Feb. 10 as the International Day of the Arabian Leopard. “This announcement is significant as it marks the first time the UN has designated an international day of recognition for a mammal, big cat or subspecies. “And it is the first time that an international day established by the UN was led by Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/36RLFLxeMI — Saudi Embassy in New Delhi (@KSAembassyIND) February 10, 2024The Saudi Embassy in Switzerland also joined the event, writing on X: “It’s time for the catwalk! The Catwalk initiative received support from various government entities, including the ministries of interior; municipal, rural affairs and housing; foreign affairs; environment, water and agriculture; education; and sport.
February 10, 2024 13:42 UTC
RIYADH: A women’s representation from the Indian Armed Forces, which was part of the government’s empowerment initiatives and took part in the World Defense Show in Riyadh, has praised the transformation in the Kingdom, which includes females being admitted into the Saudi defense forces. India sent a three-member delegation of women officers, each of them a holder of a frontline role in the forces, to take part in the event. Annu Prakash (navy) represented the Indian armed forces at seminars during the WDS. (We are) glad to see women in Saudi Arabia being part of various services, joining Saudi defense forces. Her journey illustrated the crucial role women play in safeguarding India’s vast coastline and ensuring regional stability.
February 10, 2024 13:24 UTC
February 10, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian women’s national basketball team has qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics, clinching back-to-back appearances at the prestigious global sporting event. The team made its debut at the 2004 Athens Games and then returned in 2020 for the Tokyo Olympics after a 16-year absence. While Nigeria came up short of winning any Olympic matches in Japan, Paris presents an opportunity to improve on past performances. In clinching consecutive Olympic berths, Nigeria joins the company of perennial women’s basketball powers, the United States, Australia and Spain. Nigeria came tantalisingly close to winning its first ever Olympic match in Tokyo, giving fans hope that a maiden victory in Paris is within reach.
February 10, 2024 13:19 UTC
During my interactions with European individuals, I have encountered individuals who meticulously plan activities nearly a year in advance. “Let me check my agenda” is a phrase commonly heard from them when discussing any form of planning. Fearful of rapidly changing circumstances, individuals either refrain from making major decisions altogether or hastily make ill-advised choices. Volatile situations breed resentment among the population and serve as catalysts for chaos and riots, eroding trust in the process. Therefore, when making decisions that impact a large segment of the population, thorough and meticulous planning should be prioritized.
February 10, 2024 13:11 UTC
Kenyan runner, Bernard Sang has emerged as the winner of the 2024 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Gatekeepers News reports that the 32-year-old defeated about 80 others in the 9th edition of the race on Saturday after clocking a time of 02:16:49 to win the 42km race and clinch the $50,000 prize money. The Kenyans won the marathon in 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021. Similarly, 25-year-old Ethiopian, Kebene Chala, was the first woman to cross the finish line. The 42km race, which was scheduled between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. began at the National Stadium in Surulere and ended at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island.
February 10, 2024 13:05 UTC
A Kenyan marathoner, Bernard Sang, on Saturday won the Access Bank 2024 Lagos City Marathon. In the 9th running of the event on Saturday morning, Sang defeated over eighty other top marathoners to win the 42-km race. He took home the $50,000 grand prize, reports Persecondnews. Sang, who took part in 2023 as well, came in third. The male and female race winners advanced to the marathon competition at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
February 10, 2024 12:42 UTC
Ethiopian Enterprise Development announced significant achievements in the past six months of the fiscal year, including the establishment of 1,493 small and medium industries, securing USD 17 million in exports, and generating 74,000 jobs. These accomplishments exceeded initial targets, with the enterprise providing a loan of Birr 3.4 billion, surpassing the planned 2.9 billion Birr. Industries, particularly in sectors like garments, leather products, and agro-processing, showed promising export potential. Efforts were made to enhance production capacity, financial capabilities, and industrial linkages, alongside initiatives to promote immediate production in medium-level enterprises. Source: The Ethiopian Herald
February 10, 2024 11:14 UTC