History has been made at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), with the appointment of Dr. Vera Songwe, a Cameroonian citizen, as the Executive Secretary of the Addis Ababa based Think Tank. Dr. Songwe becomes the first woman to head the very important UN organization in Africa. Dr. Songwe’s appointment by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, was announced Thursday April 13, 2017. Dr. Songwe is taking over the reins of the organisation at a very critical stage of the ECA, following the departure of the immediate past Executive-Secretary, Dr. Carlos Lopes who served from 2012 to 2016. Dr. Songwe’s professional journey began when she joined the World Bank Group in 1998 as a Young Professional. She worked in the Middle East and North Africa region covering Morocco and Tunisia in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) unit. She later joined the East Asia and Pacific region, PREM unit where she played several roles including Regional PRSP Coordinator, and Country Sector Coordinator and Senior Economist for the Philippines. She has also worked in Cambodia and in Mongolia as Country Economist managing different World Bank programmes and the economic and growth policy dialogue...More
Approximately 380 different chemicals have been isolated from cocoa, many of them with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, unprocessed cacao beans are so high in polyphenols and therefore so bitter that they are essentially inedible. Fermenting and processing the beans into cocoa removes anywhere from 10 to 100 percent of the polyphenols, depending on the process used. That's why, when consuming cocoa for health purposes, it is important to look for the darkest and least processed variety possible. The antioxidant chemicals in cocoa are believed to be responsible for many of its remarkable health effects. In fact, cocoa has a higher antioxidant activity than either red wine or green tea!... More
In Africa, women have always played an important role in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, be it in production or marketing of the fish landed or produced through aquaculture. Lately African women have started to express their potential into value addition and innovations in the sector. A brief on three such exceptional women follows. Kasazi (Kay) studied at the University of Namibia (2003) in Windhoek and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Management. In 2014 in collaboration with a group of women involved in fish trade, Kay undertake to add value and innovate by producing new fish products.The group known as the Kafue Women’s Fish Processing Association (KWFPA) produces fish sausages, fish crackers, fish samosas and mini pies amongst others. Furthermore, the group is involved in sensitizing local women, schools and customers at the mini markets on the nutritional value of fish and its health benefits. Kay won the 1st prize at the SmartFish Award in February 2016 and the Zambia Women of the Year award in March 2016. She is now set on expanding her business and exports her products to other areas within the continent from her home base in Zambia...More
Le public de la capitale Yaoundé peut assister dès ce jour, 20 avril 2017, à une exposition toute spéciale : celle de véhicules qui seront bientôt assemblés au Cameroun, plus précisément dans la ville de Kribi. En effet, 20 engins flambant neufs, des berlines, camionnettes, minibus, 4x4 et autres tracteurs, sortis du port de Douala hier, ont pris la direction de Yaoundé. Leur marque, « Cameroon Auto ». Le nom de l’entreprise, « Cameroon Automotive Holding Company ». De fait, si les premiers modèles partis de Douala pour la capitale hier viennent de Chine, ils sont en quelque sorte les échantillons de ce qui devrait se produire à Kribi..More
Bamenda heats up to receive more than 5,000 athletes for the State Universities.The University of Buea delegation arrived Bamenda to a heroic welcome as athletes from the most prestigious anglophone university are pumped-up to improve their ranking in the Cameroon University Games. In a dispatch of the University of Buea delegation, the Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Nalova Lyonga enjoined the athletes to be disciplined, loyal and competitive to make the University proud and demonstrate that the missions of the University are beyond teaching and learning. "UB is a sports University", she said. The mammoth delegation from the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) had already arrived in good time for acclimatization and on the spot preparation to improve on their chances. The Cameroon University games are held annually, as a sports jamboree in which all Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning in the country send in their best athletes to compete in diverse team sport and single events. The University of Bamenda is hosting the event for its first time, and there are expectations this will help the infant university to invest in much needed infrastructure. The University of Yaounde 1, the University of Douala, University of Yaounde 2 and the national Institute of Sports in Yaounde have over the years dominated the games racking up all the gold medals. The Municipality of Bamenda and Bambili are poised to cash in on the economic benefits that accompany the University games. Bambili has taken a face lift and the University of Bamenda shall on April 22, 2017 at the official launch of the games unveil its brand new sports infrastructure. The Vice-Chancellor of the University had earlier called on her staff to make the region proud, showcase their best and ignore detractors gunning to ruin the image of the University and the region.
The British mercenary Simon Mann has been freed from jail in Equatorial Guinea, government officials in the west African state told the Guardian. The Old Etonian mercenary, who was serving a 34-year sentence for his involvement in a 2004 coup attempt, was met by his brother and sister outside the notorious Black Beach prison in the capital, Malabo, according to the head of the supreme court, José Olo Obono. "He has left the jail and is with his brother and sister," Olo Obono said. According to an eyewitness at Black Beach: "He was very emotional. There were diplomats waiting for him and speeches were made. Mr Mann said that he was very grateful to the president of the country for the pardon he had been given. "He said that he was happy that the coup had not worked out in the end."
Internet blip into the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon have been reinstated. This comes following instructions from the President of the Republic to the Minister of Telecommunication and the mobile telephony service providers. The two regions have been in blackout since January 2017 when the national government responded to maintain law and order following reported abuses of communication services by citizenry in the regions. More than 500 persons had been arrested in the regions, some speedily tried and incarcerated for sending threatening messages and doctored images of violence. Following the reinstatement, officials in the Ministry of Communication have called for judicious use of the internet, civic responsibility and respect for law and order. Cameroon's cyber-criminal team is currently hard at work burrowing online to scoop bytes of forensic evidence to use against suspects fomenting trouble. Though an asset, the internet in the country had been bedeviled by its unintended consequences, ranging from economic to political crimes. The return to internet communication is expected to be a boost to rural dwellers, cocoa and livestock farmers marooned in rural areas who use such services to search for market information and for other productive effort in the agrarian landscape.
La Cameroon Airlines Corporation (Camair-Co), compagnie aérienne nationale, devient dès ce mercredi, 19 avril 2017, le propriétaire de deux aéronefs Boeing 737-700 NG, précédemment loués auprès de Aviation Capital Group (ACG). La cérémonie officielle de remise des documents consacrant l’acquisition définitive de ces avions a lieu ce jour dès 10 h à l’hôtel Hilton de Yaoundé. Elle est placée sous le haut patronage du Premier ministre, chef du gouvernement, Philemon Yang, et la présidence effective du ministre des Transports, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o. L’information est contenue dans un communiqué publié hier dans les colonnes de CT par le directeur général de la Camair-Co, Ernest Dikoum. On imagine la joie qui anime les dirigeants de la compagnie, laquelle est aujourd’hui dans la posture d’un ancien locataire devenu propriétaire. Indéniablement, c’est un grand moment de soulagement pour la Camair-Co qui a dû dépenser environ 19 milliards de F CFA pour la location de ces avions pendant cinq ans (2011-2016). Il n’était pas évident, compte tenu de la situation difficile dans laquelle se trouvait l’entreprise, d’honorer régulièrement à bonne date les charges locatives de ces deux avions. Les pénalités étant prévues en cas de défaillance. Cette acquisition soulage par conséquent la trésorerie de la Camair-Co qui pourra mieux maîtriser ses charges...Lire la suite
A former Rwandan priest has been arrested in Yaounde by the Cameroonian authorities on a warrant from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Hormisdas Nsengimana, 47, is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in relation to the mass killing of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994. He is alleged to have played a leading role in the killing of Tutsis in Butare province...Guilty of genocide.."The chamber finds you guilty of genocide and extermination and sentences you to a single term of 15 years in prison," Andresia Vaz, the chief judge, said, reading the verdict of the three-member panel...The arrest came as a former defence investigator at the tribunal was transferred to the tribunal's jail in Arusha, Tanzania , following a flight from Belgium....More
A Roman Catholic priest who stole £50,000 from his parish after falling in love with his housekeeper and lavishing gifts on her family has been spared jail. Father John Reid quadrupled spending when he took charge of St Cuthbert's Church in Chester-le-Street, County Durham and started stealing money donated from kind-hearted church goers. The portly, white-haired 70-year-old priest but spent £1,200 on a canteen of William Turner cutlery, was a member of the Sunday Times Wine Club and spent £80 on oysters and smoked salmon while holidaying in Scotland...More
By Evaristus Ngome The supposedly Right Reverend Fonki Samuel Forba Samuel has been summoned to the Buea High court. The charges levied against him are grave with combined imprisonment terms that amount to about 40 Years! According to a junior legal staff at the Prosecutor’s office, “there is ample evidence of him preaching political hate from the pulpit.” According to a Pentecostal pastor, Apostle Paul Mokube of the Evangelical Ministry, “it is unaccepted that pastors take such postures and positions in state affairs. Let me remind him that in Rwanda, Pastors and Priests are in jail for their role during the genocide.” The supposedly man of small-god is reported to have stooped into the abyss of human oral expression disgraceful to his pastoral robes. The government bench and state prosecutors, are reported, “armed with recorded tapes of his abysmal garbage, signed memos to his pastors and principals, as well as signed joint communiques with Roman Catholic Bishops all which had nothing to do with pastoral work but with fomenting political trouble, inciting the public to violence and escrowing parents of tuition fees from the numerous colleges and schools he controls. The long arm of the law has finally caught up with Fonki Forba Samuel. In a desperate SMS to his Presbyterian pastors, co-conspirators and accomplices, the frightened man of small-god wrote: “Dear All, I have been summoned at the Buea High Court on Monday 24th of April 2017. The Summon is in my name. We need your prayers. Signed: Moderator PCC.”
It’s often been said that “necessity is the mother of all invention”. That certainly rings true for African entrepreneurs. Many of their business ideas are born in a situation of scarcity. Entrepreneurs are often the only people with enough courage and creativity to find a solution. The lack of resources is what makes their journey into business quite taxing, which often makes theirs a harder battle to win than businesses elsewhere. Some of Africa’s entrepreneurs lack basic infrastructure such as water and electricity, others struggle to convince banks to grant them loans or credit. And, when they eventually overcome these initial barriers, there are additional challenges such as finding well-designed premises from which to operate, hiring skilled staff and sourcing readily available inputs to produce their goods. The fact that they are able to rise above these limitations is a testament to their ingenuity and fortitude. However, struggling to get things done shouldn’t be the definitive marker of entrepreneurship on the African continent. Something needs to give. Through our weekly television programme Africa Business Report, on BBC World News, we have met numerous entrepreneurs. The majority are young and ambitious self-starters who have defied convention to start an enterprise. Most of those who have had their stories broadcast on BBC World News are thriving despite their businesses being at an embryonic stage. While they are bold and sometimes colourful in their personalities, they clearly have a long way to go in making the transition from small to big business. Yet their stories are fascinating...More
Government Intensifies Efforts, Unveils ICT-based Miscreants and Judge Them
By Guy Edimo Zang
Cameroon’s cyber security and terrorism task force is 600% busy. Since its inception and installation of its regional bureaus the teams have never been busy as in the last six months. The Cyber-Security teams for both the South West and North West regions meet twice in a week to assess field information, update evidence and map out strategy for improving cyber-forensic evidence gathering. The task force comprises of military elements across the different agencies of the Police, Gendarmerie, the Army and the BIR - Brigade Intervention Rapid.
Recent intensification of efforts come on the hills of labour union actions by teachers and lawyers in the English speaking regions of Cameroon which quickly transformed into a threatening-terror and civil insecurity on the lives and property of ordinary citizens. The emerging Anglophone cyber-criminals use popular platforms like emails, facebook, twitter and other internet-based blogs to propagate hate-speech, unleash verbal threats, propagate outright lies and misinformation, raise-funds for insurrection, recruit for violent and civil disobedience, as well as trick the public to donate to social courses. Some of these criminal actions which are punishable in both national and international law are now being documented in Cameroon. Some evidence is easy to collate as some criminals reveal their true identity out of bravado, ignorance or stupidity. Others are outright novices excited to be known as heroes or heroines challenging an African government. Some telephone and threaten persons using their real numbers, others attempt to hide their identity. But with advances in cyber-security, their identities are easily uncovered.
Making a success of your business is all about the right mental attitude... Why do so few businesses grow into substantial companies? Successful entrepreneurs around the world tell us that the difference between a business that has stopped growing and one that keeps expanding is far less to do with the activity itself than the attitude of the entrepreneur. Back in the early 19th century, Sir Walter Scott, one of the great British writers and a very astute observer of human nature, came to the same conclusion: “Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.” The top business schools agree with him. The most important aspect of running a business is the mental attitude of the boss, rather than systems and procedures, they say, and this is what most of them set out to deliver. What is mental attitude? It is a combination of many aspects: how you see yourself, how much you are affected by the attitude of others to you and their expectation of you; self-imposed glass ceilings; and habits you have acquired over the years....More
Figure très populaire au Cameroun dans le monde politique. Joshua Oshi est avant tout un opérateur économique qui contribue au quotidien au développement du Cameroun. Doué d’une intelligence particulière, en bon polyglotte (maîtrise du français, l’anglais, l’allemand et plusieurs langues locales du Cameroun), il impressionne par son aisance linguistique. Le monde de l’aviation et de l’aéronautique n’a aucun secret pour lui car il exerce dans le domaine depuis près de 30 ans. En effet, Joshua Osih est à la tête de 2 entreprises opérant dans le domaine : Camport PLC et Africain Travel management. Au-delà de la politique, son parcours entrepreneurial suscite de l’intérêt...Lire la suite
A three-hour drive from South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg, lies Senekal, a farm in the Free State Province. The first thing that catches my eye is not exactly what I’d imagined. A young lady sporting the popular mohawk haircut is on a tractor, doing the farm rounds. Trendy and vibrant, 34-year-old Dimakatso Nono abandoned a lucrative career in Johannesburg’s financial services industry and became a farmer five years ago. She tells me she wanted to do something more meaningful with her potential and decided to take to the farm. Dimakatso manages over 2000 acres of farmland, which is owned by her father. As cool as the change of lifestyle has been, it has not been easy for her. The recent drought in South Africa has taken its toll on the farm. There was no apple production because of the heat, and sowing maize and sunflower also could not be carried out. The losses were huge and Dimakatso had to let go of some of the farm workers...More
The beautiful coastal city of Limbe in the South West region of Cameroon is booming with carnival atmosphere. The city's annual festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) kicked of on Saturday, April 8, 2017. According the Government Delegate to the City, Mr Andrew Motanga Mojimba, this is a great occassion for Limbe. In fact, 'it is not everyday that one gets the chance to attend a festival in the warm and beautiful beach town of Limbe', screamed a tourist. 'The Limbe Festival of Arts and Culture is just that golden opportunity for you to be in Limbe.' The festival showcased the cultural affluence of the creative and talented Cameroonian people in all its facets. The most spectacular aspect of this cultural jamboree is its inclusive nature as it provides room for exhibitions from all parts of our colourful and richly blessed Cameroon, united in its diversity. This year, the ambiance of the event has enhanced by its international dimension as it is graced by participation from other African countries like Nigeria, Togo, Benin and others. Highlights of the event have included a competitive canoe race, the great marathon, energetic and exciting tradition dances, breathtaking arts and cultural exhibitions, rib-cracking tug of war and the famous traditional wrestling. Another activity with a wow effect was the guided tour to Limbe's breathtaking islands and visits to the city's fascinating touristic sites, on Tuesday, April 11, in a modern boat cruise along the coastline of Limbe into its west coast town of Idenau. In its third year, the displays have been an improvement of the past, kicking off with an ecumenical service, food fair, artist animation, Miss Limbe Night, works of arts display, poetry and drama arts, singing competition. Side events included an evaluation of Cleanest Quarter Competition, Bimbia slave trade village revisited as a potential tourist site, a marathon, and football competition. Limbe rocks!
Presbyterian Moderator Lies to Public in CRTV Interview
By John Ndiba
"For the sake of Cameroon. For the sake of the fatherland. For the sake of Posterity, this man should be arrested, Rev Fonki Samuel Forba should be jailed. I no longer go to church, because of the hate this man spews and the leeway he has given his pastors to preach divisiveness from the pulpit of Presbyterian Churches in Anglophone Cameroon," screamed an anonymous christian. The man of god, who is accused to have invested in voodooism, bribery and influence peddling to be elected Moderator, has come under heat and fire from all quarters, including his Christians, following a series of political pronouncements he is reported to have made since November 21, 2016 regarding the form of the Cameroon state. Neither a politician nor a role-model to his flock, the Moderator has dribbled Cameroon's government as the manager of schools and colleges attended by toddlers and teens for whom he has locked out of school to serve his diabolical agenda. Rumours are rife in Buea for his imminent arrest.
The Vatican has defrocked Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic following an investigation into his sexual abuse of boys. He is the highest-yet ranking official of the Church to be so punished. The former Archbishop, now just Josef Wesolowski, has two months to appeal his dismissal and laicization. He is no longer a priest of the Church. Following his period of appeal, during which he may or may not choose to fight the decision, he will face a criminal trial under the Vatican City State tribunal. If convicted, he will face a jail term. The Vatican has recently updated its laws to punish with criminal penalties those who sexually abuse children and says it will take measures to ensure that Wesolowski does not flee justice. Pope Francis has instituted a zero-tolerance crackdown on clergy who abuse children, saying they would not have any special privileges and that even high-ranking offenders would be severely and swiftly punished...More
The step-by-step process that one successful entrepreneur used to build a seven-figure business in just one year.
In 2014, a friend of mine arrived at dinner wearing these big, bright, ugly, orange-lensed safety glasses. I thought he was playing a joke on me. We weren’t in a five-star restaurant, but people were dressed nicely and his look was out of place. Eventually, I had to ask, “What’s up with the safety glasses?” He explained that his lenses were made to block out artificial blue light. Devices like cell phones emit this blue light that affects the level of melatonin your body produces, a chemical that helps us sleep at night. Essentially, he said, blue light tricks your body into thinking its daytime. Like a bolt of lightning, it all made sense. More
Warrants of Arrest and Court Charges Readied for Bishops
By Polycarp Ashu
Bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province who serve as proprietors for thousands of schools and colleges in the English Speaking Regions of Cameroon are on alert as the state prepares for their incarceration. Court papers have already been served to the Arch Bishop of Bamenda and his co-conspirators. The religious proprietors of confessional schools are reported to have connived with forces of evil to frustrate education and schooling as well as abuse the right to education of children for whom they hard already received tuition money from their parents as well as government's fiscal support to meet their education as a public good component for the State of Cameroon. However, the Bishops inline with the political aspiration of their mentor Christian Cardinal Wirgan Tumi have shut out learners from accessing their school grounds. The court summon and imminent arrests, perhaps a release on bail, come on the heels of the President Biya's private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Thursday, March 23, 2017. In a recent radio announcement on CRTV Regional Station of Buea, all retired Warders and Prison Superintendents have been summoned. According to a source, this is an indication of government's mobilisation for thousands of imminent arrests and skilled manpower is being sought. The Entrepreneur NewsOnline received scanned emailed copies of Court Warrants for the Bishops in the North West region with significant charges. These court documents are attached below.
There is some good news for the chocolate lovers out there: a new study carried out by researchers from Northern Arizona University reveals that the intake of dark chocolate with at least 60 percent cacao could be the key to improving attention and alertness and get you through the afternoon slump. "Chocolate is indeed a stimulant and it activates the brain in a really special way," said Dr. Larry Stevens, a professor of psychological sciences at Northern Arizona University. "It can increase brain characteristics of attention, and it also significantly affects blood pressure levels."...More
The airline emerged top in the ranking of punctuality of flights. All Kenya Airways’ flights departing from the airport were 100% punctual, while 90 per cent of those arriving were on time. This is the best rank that the airline has attained over the last 12 months. The closest it has come to during this period is the second position. Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Titus Naikuni welcomed the achievement, stating that: “At Kenya Airways, we are committed to ensuring that we deliver a world class experience to our guests while also that all their flights depart and arrive on time,” Dr. Naikuni added. Overall, 71 per cent of arrivals by all airlines into London Heathrow International Airport were on time while 75 per cent of the departures were punctual. The other African airlines in the Heathrow International Airport’s punctuality rankings include South African Airways at position 33, Air Mauritius at 27th, Egypt Air at 73rd, Ethiopian Airlines at 44th, Tunisair at 80th and Libyan Airlines at 81th. On a daily basis, London Heathrow International Airport handles an average of 1,288 flights and 191,200 passengers. About 80 airlines fly into and out London Heathrow. Kenya Airways flies seven times a week between its hub at JKIA in Nairobi and London’s Heathrow International Airport.//KQ PRESS release
African fashion is trending across the globe. With the rise of internationally acclaimed fashion houses such as Vivian Westwood and Burberry using African prints and textiles in their collections, what was once seen as traditionally African has now become global. In West Africa they call it Ankara, in East Africa they call it Kanga, and in southern Africa they call it Chitenje. Designers across the continent have begun to diversify the use of these fabrics over the years to create their own unique styles. In Malawi, the small Northern Region town of Mzuzu has become a mecca for Malawian designers to gain the ‘chitenje experience’ without having to travel far. Following the Mzuzu Fashion Week in 2015, numerous designers now flock to the city in order to find affordable fabrics that are imported from across the continent. You can find Ankara wax materials from West Africa, kangas from East Africa, wax chitenjes from Zambia and many more. Continue reading
Bright-eyed and clever, a young girl from a small village in Malawi shares her wish for a better life. From her confines, up early in the morning, cleaning and cooking, eating last, marrying young, she has little chance for school, much less a future with a career. “Because I’m a girl, I have dreams,” she says thoughtfully. “When I grow up, I want to be a doctor, a judge or maybe a scientist.” With an education, she concludes, she could help her sisters and friends. “And together we could show everybody how girls make the community stronger and richer! “Give me a chance,” she says disarmingly, “and I’ll take it from there.” The three-minute video, produced by Plan International, a UK-based global advocacy group on children, tells the story of the near-insurmountable challenges facing school-age girls in the world’s poorest regions, including many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Her story mirrors that of millions of girls around the world whose prospects are severely limited because they cannot finish school...More
Government Evaluates Path Covered, Presents Prospects
“Distinguished Journalists, I have invited you to today’s press conference for us to discuss on the decentralization process in our country, particularly since its constitutionalisation on 18 January 1996.
I would therefore like to extend a warm welcome to you all. Please allow me to start with the background of the concept of decentralization to be sure that we are all at the same level of understanding and appreciation of the information I am about to share with you. As a matter of fact, with regard to decentralization, it is agreed that it is a way to organize and manage public affairs, whereby the State transfers special powers and allocates appropriate means to Regional and Local Authorities.
It is worth adding that this decentralization can be done at the territorial or purely economic level. Let me briefly recall that this mode of organization and administration of the State originates from the deep history of Cameroon, notably in the years following the end of the First World War with the institution of the mandate system under the auspices of the League of Nations, and then the Trusteeship with the advent of the United Nations. This period was marked by the gradual municipalization of the Cameroonian territory governed by the “Indirect Rule” principle in the western part of the country hitherto administered by Great Britain and attached to Nigeria while the eastern part administered by France which was more focused on the integration of local populations into the French administration...More
Going beyond the rhetoric, should access to education be legally protected and addressed as a human right under international law? Education is increasingly highlighted as fundamental to the advancement of societies as well as essential to opportunity for individuals. Both the opportunity but also the right are too frequently unequal and arbitrarily secured....To what degree is education protected/promoted and can be even more explicitly defined a human right under current and/or future international treaties/conventions? Grave violations of most human rights are incorporated into the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court adopted in 1998, (where I was negotiator, drafter and signatory on behalf of Bosnia & Herzegovina). Since 1998, the Rome Statute has been under constant discussion, review and, on key considerations, has been amended. If state governments, regimes, leaders and/or non-state actors deny access to education and/or persecute students and/or teachers, should any of these actions give rise to prosecution under international law including before the International Criminal Court? Further, should education be protected without discrimination as to race, ethnicity, religion, age, as well as gender....More
According to the Indian Express, an unidentified man that the newspaper said is a soldier can be heard saying through a public address system, “Those who throw stones will meet the same fate.” Reached for a response, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, the Srinagar-based spokesman of the Ministry of Defence told The Wire, “The contents of the video are being verified and investigated.” The use of civilians as human shields is a common though reviled practice of the Israeli Defence Forces in the occupied Palestinian territories but this is the first time that visual evidence has emerged suggesting that the Indian army too has adopted a similar method of dealing with militant threats or hostile crowds...More
Mr. Thompson, a native of Maryland in the United States, retired to Ghana 11 years ago. He first visited the West African country on a tour in 2000. “I fell in love with Ghana and its people,” he recalled, during an interview with Africa Renewal. “It was good seeing black people, my people, in charge of the country (Ghana).” That trip took him to many attractions across the country, including the Cape Coast Castle from where centuries ago millions of Africans walked through the infamous “Door of No Return” into slave ships bound for plantations in the Americas and the Caribbean, never to set foot in their homelands again. But for their descendants like Mr. Thompson’s, the sign that hangs on that infamous door today reads: “Door of Return”. “I was so ready to turn my back on the United States,” he says, adding: “We did so much for the US, yet they don’t want to see us as first-class citizens.” ...More
Selon le chronogramme, les travaux de la construction du barrage hydroélectrique de Memve’ele devraient être achevés en juin 2017. La récente réunion des responsables du projet était centrée sur la reception dudit barrage. Dieudonné Bisso et ses collaborateurs ont passé en revue les contours de la mise en service effective et définitive du barrage. L’ouvrage devra aboutir à une offre additionnelle énergétique à même de renforcer le réseau interconnecté-Sud de ses 211 MW d’électricité. A ce jour, les travaux de construction du barrage hydroélectrique de Memve’ele sont évalués à 96%. L’ultime étape restante est l’achèvement des voies internes, longues de 17 kilomètres, et la finition de l’usine de production proprement dite. Sur le site, les ingénieurs chinois et camerounais s’attèlent à boucler les installations des 3e et 4e turbines de 52 MW chacune. Ces techniciens procèdent aussi à la construction de la ligne d’évacuation de l’énergie produite à Yaoundé en passant par Ebolowa, et au bitumage de la route Nyabizan-Meyo-Centre, avoisinant les 95 kilomètres. Bientôt, l’électricité produite à Memve’ele fera le bonheur des populations d’Ebolowa, région du Sud Cameroun, au regard de la célérité imprimée aux travaux. Dieudonné Zra//CRTV
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency following twin church bombings by the Islamic State group that killed dozens on Palm Sunday, the deadliest attacks on the minority in recent memory. The attacks in the Nile Delta cities of Tanta and Alexandria followed a Cairo church bombing in December and came weeks before a planned visit by Catholic Pope Francis intended to show support for Egypt's Christian minority. Sisi declared the "three-month" state of emergency, which he must present to parliament within a week, during a defiant speech warning that the war against the jihadists "will be long and painful". The first bombing at the Mar Girgis church in Tanta city north of Cairo killed 27 people, the health ministry said. Emergency services had scrambled to the scene when another blast rocked St Mark's church in Alexandria where Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been leading a Palm Sunday service...More
Erdogan denounced the coup attempt as “treachery” but said he was carrying out his functions and would keep on working “to the end.” “What is being perpetrated is a treason and a rebellion. They will pay a heavy price for this act of treason,” a defiant Erdogan said at the airport. “We will not leave our country to occupiers.” By Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim declared the situation was “completely under control.” Erdogan blamed Diaspora Pennsylvania-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, his archenemy who he has always accused of seeking to overthrow him. Read more
Politics is a team sport. It’s a basic truth of republican government — one that was even written into the nation’s founding document. The signers of the Declaration of Independence all agreed to “pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” In short, they would stand together or hang separately, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin. The stakes were high and they knew they had to rely on each other. Still, every team has its stars and in politics that is the president. After years in the political wilderness, Republicans have honed their skills as an opposition party to a fine edge, but their electoral success requires that they govern. With control of both houses of Congress and the White House, Republicans need to close the gap between theory and practice quickly...More
What happens when everything falls apart and you lose it all? These very successful entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles, who have all started from scratch more than once, explain what they would do next if they lost it all again.
1. Cover rent, then start another business. I’d hop into a promising business and start selling because that’s what I’m good at. The minute my rent was covered, I would start a business. It wouldn’t make much of a difference if it were a hot dog stand on the corner or a technology startup, as long as I believed wholeheartedly in the product. More
"Billionaire and oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija is another woman who has broken several glass ceilings in Nigeria and abroad and made it to the 2015 Forbes’ list of world billionaires. She is the manager of Famfa Oil Ltd, a company she founded in 1991 that has the rights to explore oil and gas on the lucrative Abgami oilfield in Nigeria. Like Ms. Wade, Ms. Alakija’s first big break came when she won over the fashion industry with her couture label, Supreme Stiches, using local Nigerian fabrics. In her rise to the top, Ms. Alakija inspired and mentored a new generation of designers from her homeland. But despite evidence that women’s employment is vital to driving economic growth and development, gaps still exist with nearly half of women’s productive potential globally under-utilized or unutilized, says the World Bank. In the words of Bank President Jim Yong Kim, “Investing in women’s employment is not only the right thing to do – it’s essential for business.”...More
Evidence that opulence has found a new home in Africa can be seen across the continent. According to New World Wealth, a consultancy based in the UK and South Africa, there are about 165,000 very wealthy individuals in Africa with a combined net wealth holdings of more than $660 billion. This equates to roughly 28% of total individual wealth held on the continent. From 2000 to 2013, Africa’s very wealthy individuals increased by more than 150% compared to the worldwide growth rate of 73%. In 2013, South Africa topped the list with 48,800 dollar millionaires, followed by Egypt with 23,000, Nigeria with 15,900 and Kenya with 9,000. The significant rise in the number of dollar millionaires has not been among the usual African economic giants alone.... As the number of dollar millionaires in Africa increases, global companies in the luxury and fashion industry are entering the new consumer markets. In the recent past, sports car maker Porsche, French luxury goods conglomerates LVMH and Louis Vuitton, Italian fashion and leather goods brand Gucci and Danish jewelry brand Pandora, among others, have set up shop in several African countries...More
"When Putin took power in the winter of 1999-2000, his country was defenseless. It was bankrupt. It was being carved up by its new kleptocratic elites, in collusion with its old imperial rivals, the Americans. Putin changed that. "In the first decade of this century, he did what Kemal Ataturk had done in Turkey in the 1920s. Out of a crumbling empire, he resurrected a national-state, and gave it coherence and purpose. He disciplined his country's plutocrats. He restored its military strength. And he refused, with ever blunter rhetoric, to accept for Russia a subservient role in an American-run world system drawn up by foreign politicians and business leaders. His voters credit him with having saved his country." ... More
Close behind poverty follows tradition. And perhaps the strongest tradition of all is the idea that sons should be educated because they will be the breadwinners of their own future families, and the supporters of their aging parents. A girl's work, though it may be longer and harder, is considered less likely to bring in monetary income. And in cultures where marriage means that a daughter becomes part of her husband's family, the incentive to educate girls is weaker still. Yet when asked, many poor families will say that they want their daughters to be educated. Many girls stay home, not because parents are poor or culturally intransigent, but because they do not believe that the kind of education on offer is appropriate for their daughters or because they feel the risks are too great. Those risks are real. Girls are sexually harassed, sometimes raped, by their fellow students, or their teachers, or sometimes by strangers as they walk to school. Girls get pregnant. And these sexual pressures and vulnerability are central to low enrolment and retention rates for girls in the classrooms of many countries...More