Africa: Time is Running Out - Paris Mayor Hidalgo on Climate Breakdown


[C40 Cities] We are facing a climate emergency, and a growing number of people around the world, particularly young people, are treating it as such. Just last month 7.6 million climate protestors took to the streets of the world's cities for one of the largest global protests, on any topic, ever. This week, Extinction Rebellion is building on that momentum with peaceful protest and nonviolent action. 

Nigeria seeks anti-sexual harassment law after BBC #SexForGrades film

BBC News Africa  

The bill follows a BBC film that exposed alleged sexual misconduct at universities in West Africa.

Merck Intensifies Research Initiatives To Fight Schistosomiasis


Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced that, as part of its integrated Schistosomiasis Elimination Program, it is intensifying the Research & Development efforts

President & CEO Of Africa Finance Corporation Joins Aker Energy’s Board Of Directors


Aker Energy AS (“Aker Energy”) and Africa Finance Corporation (“AFC” or “the Corporation”) today announced the appointment of Mr. Samaila Zubairu as Vice Chairman of Aker Energy Board of Directors.

It’s Coder October! Four Easy Ways You Can Learn How To Code During The Fifth Annual Africa Code Week


Coding has become the universal language of the future and holds the key to unlocking a brighter future for millions of youth across Africa.

Will Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

This Is Africa  

Today the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced. Many Africans have held out hope, that Ngugi wa Thiong'o would bring the prize home.

Zimbabwe: Deadly Landmines Threaten the Lives of Villagers


[New Zimbabwe] Hundreds of primary school going children at Kaitano Primary School in Mudzi, Mashonaland East province are still at risk of stepping on deadly minefields on their way to and from school 40 years after they were planted.

Africa: Children Must Not Fall Off the 2030 Development Agenda


[Thomson Reuters Foundation] I had kept a vacant chair in the front row of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony at Oslo in 2014. That chair represented millions of children who are languishing in slavery, exploitation and violence in our modern world.

South Africa: We Did the Sums On Country's Mental Health Spend. They're Not Pretty


[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has taken steps towards strengthening mental health care in the last 20 years. These include reforming the Mental Health Care Act 2002 and developing a National Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Plan 2013-2020.

Zimbabwe: University Re-Instates Suspended Medical Doctors


[New Zimbabwe] University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Wednesday bowed to pressure from medical associations and lifted it's suspension and dismissal of senior doctors, Bothwell Mbuwayesango and David Chimuka.

Zimbabwe: Prosecutor General's Appointment Challenge Finally Kicks Off


[New Zimbabwe] A Harare lawyer's Constitutional Court (ConCourt) bid to force President Emmerson Mnangagwa's appointment of Kumbirai Hodzi as Prosecutor General has finally kicked off Wednesday.

Zimbabwe: Electricity Price Shoots Up By Over 300%


[New Zimbabwe] The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has given greenlight to State power supplier Zesa to increase electricity tariffs by over 400%.

South Africa: Old Mutual Strikes Back At Peter Moyo


[Daily Maverick] In court papers, Old Mutual said axed CEO Peter Moyo has 'actively sought to undermine' the ability of Old Mutual's 13-non-executive directors (or board members) to 'carry out their corporate governance functions'. Moyo has done so publicly, thus the insurance group believes he should not be reinstated.

Kenya: Wealth of State Officers to Be Made Public - Bill


[Nation] The wealth of top State officials -- including the President and his deputy -- will be made public under a proposed law that seeks to make Kenyans aware of public servants' riches.

South Africa: Students Loath to Report Sexual Harassment


[Daily Maverick] This year the Commission for Gender Equality released a report on gender and sexual harassment policies in four higher education institutions and the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology. While policies are being drafted to make campuses more proactive, it is apparent that students often do not feel comfortable reporting sexual harassment.

South Africa: Country's WEF Ranking Advances While Business Confidence Rises


[Daily Maverick] Domestic business confidence rose in September off 34-year lows, while South Africa's 'competitiveness' ranking by the World Economic Forum also moved up a few notches. While this is surely welcome, both data sets come off such low thresholds that improvements hardly signal a significant turnaround.

Kenya: Day 10 - Divers Narrow Search Area for Bodies in Ocean


[Nation] The search for a woman and her daughter who plunged into the Indian Ocean 10 days ago has been narrowed to a 300-meters radius, which the authorities says is promising.

Kenya: New Rules on Church Donations as Catholics Wage War on Graft


[Nation] Before gifting any religious leader of the Catholic Church, you should write a letter of acknowledgment, but know that records will be kept for amounts exceeding Sh50,000.

Arsenal boosts Rwanda's tourism (Travel)


Known for its tragic past, Rwanda is once again in the spotlight as a small East African country that attracts more than one and a half million tourists from all over the world every year. And to attract more people, the country of a thousand hills with their green landscapes has opted for sports. It is sponsoring the jersey of the prestigious Arsenal football club, with an attractive slogan “Visit Rwanda” in order to attract more visitors and double the income from tourism.The mention “visit Rwanda” now appears on the left sleeve of all Arsenal teams’ jerseys, including those of young people and women. In an interview, Arsenal’s director Vinai Venkatesham said that Arsenal FC is one of the most watched teams in the world, and its jersey is seen 35 million times a day around the world, a real marketing coup, for Rwandan tourism, which aims to be more competitive. The agreement even provides that Arsenal players should travel to Rwanda where training camps will be organized to promote the development of this great sport. And to introduce it, two Arsenal legends Lauren Mayer and Alex Scott made a special trip to Rwanda last month during the Kwita Izina ceremony, dedicated to the naming of gorillas. And of course, Rwandan President Paul Kagame is a real Arsenal fan, and his various tweets reveal his love for this great club in England, which certainly explains this choice! But what is the impact of this partnership on tourism in Rwanda? Kigali’s decision to sponsor Arsenal FC, for an estimated amount of US$40 million over three years, was controversial at the time. On social networks, critics pointed directly at the Rwandan president saying, “Paul Kagame leaves his country to give astronomical sums to Arsenal when Rwandan orphans are so poor that they cannot afford a ball to play football”.But in response to these criticisms, the Rwandan presidency had indicated that this campaign is financed by tourism revenues and, in addition, the country has more or less made a return on what it has invested and that it expects much more. The Rwanda Development Council already estimates the value of tourism benefits at 20% higher than the $40 million invested in Arsenal jerseys.

Nigeria: EFCC Recovers N65 Million From Zamfara INEC Office - Official


[Premium Times] The Sokoto zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday carried out an operation at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Zamfara State leading to the recovery of N65,548, 000 (Sixty-five Million, Five Hundred and Forty-eight Thousand Naira).

Kenya: Somalia Air Traffic Complaint Baffles Govt


[Nation] Kenya was last evening miffed about Somalia's reported filing of a complaint at the UN aviation agency claiming Nairobi had violated Mogadishu's airspace, though the aircraft in question belonged to the Horn of Africa country.

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