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Sancho reveals George Floyd’s message against Paderborn

Sancho reveals George Floyd’s message against Paderborn

Sports
Jadon Sancho revealed a message in the support of the cause for George Floyd after he scored for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn. The 20-year-old former Manchester City player scored the game’s – and his team’s – second goal during his side’s game on Sunday evening when they beat Paderborn 6-1. Achraf Hakimi also did the same when he scored his team’s fifth. He then took off his Dortmund shirt to reveal the slogan ‘JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD’ on a t-shirt worn underneath. Incredible. English phenomenon Jadon Sancho rips off his shirt after scoring for Dortmund and pays tribute to George Floyd with this handwritten message. A London-born star playing in Germany but his mind is on the tragedy in Minnesota. The world is watching 🇬🇧🇩🇪🇺🇸🙌 pic.twitter.com/RTkXCgHldy— roge...
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation Signs COVID-19 Emergency Food Package Relief Program for Republic of Kyrgyzstan

International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation Signs COVID-19 Emergency Food Package Relief Program for Republic of Kyrgyzstan

INTERNATIONAL
JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 1, 2020/ -- The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), has signed an agreement to support the provision of a food relief program for the most vulnerable people in Kyrgyzstan during the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The agreement, which has been agreed in coordination with of the Kyrgyzstan Government, will allow the ITFC partner, Micro Credit Company M Bulak of Kyrgyzstan, to implement the humanitarian intervention. The support will provide immediate relief to around 2,000 families who are most affected by the health and economic consequences of the pandemic and is the latest in a series of ITFC interventions, in alignment with the Islamic Development Bank Group ‘3Rs Response Package’. Commenting on the g...
MTN Uganda Appoints new Chief Finance Officer

MTN Uganda Appoints new Chief Finance Officer

TECHNOLOGY
KAMPALA, UGANDA ---- MTN Uganda appointed Andrew Bugembe as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bugembe started work on April 1, replacing Mike Blackburn who retired early this year having served as the Telecom’s CFO since 2011. In his position, Mr Bugembe is part of the dynamic leadership team of MTN Uganda that boasts of 16 members, four of whom are women. Andrew Bugembe , the new Chief Financial Officer, MTN Uganda After being away from Uganda for almost 10 years, Mr Bugembe is happy to join a great, experienced and strong management team back home at MTN Uganda. He looks forward to leading the Finance division and contributing to MTN Uganda’s future success as the country embarks on this thrilling Digital journey that the telecom is committed to deliver.Mr. Bugembe b...
President Kenyatta mourns Mzee Arthur Angatia

President Kenyatta mourns Mzee Arthur Angatia

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 1st June 2020, — President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of Mzee Arthur Simon Angatia who died on Saturday. Mzee Angatia is the father of Lugari Member of Parliament Ayub Savula Angatia. In his message, the President described the late Mzee Angatia as a brilliant and hard working community leader, and a firm believer in the power of education and entrepreneurship. “Mzee Arthur Angatia was a known and highly respected community leader especially in Western Kenya. He was a firm believer in education and entrepreneurship, and valued hard work as demonstrated by the way he ran his businesses,” the President eulogised.  The President remembered Mzee Angatia as a man of God who served his community as a minister of...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Borno launches COVID-19 heroes’ campaign

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Borno launches COVID-19 heroes’ campaign

CORONAVIRUS
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 1, 2020/ -- As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak in north-east Nigeria, Borno State, WHO in collaboration with partners, has launched a campaign tagged “COVID-19 Heroes Campaign”, to recognize and designate survivors as heroes and heroines. Launching the initiative on 29 May 2020 in Maiduguri, the Borno state Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19 Response, Alhaji Usman Umar Kadafur said that the campaign aims to demystify and de-stigmatize COVID-19 survivors by declaring them heroes and heroines of a disease that has claimed 25 lives in Borno. As at 28 May there are 257 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Borno and 8915 in Nigeria. “In Borno state, where insurgency has caused enormous internal displacements for m...
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. will Speak at Africa.com Webinar on Crisis Management for African Business Leaders

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. will Speak at Africa.com Webinar on Crisis Management for African Business Leaders

Business
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 1, 2020/ -- The 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr., will provide opening remarks for the largest-ever gathering of senior African business leaders. The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. served President Barack Obama from 2009-2015, and is currently a partner at Covington & Burling, LLP. The panel, “Law and Crisis Management: Working with Lawyers in Business, Government, and Society to Manage the Challenges of COVID-19” will also feature: Moderator: David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law SchoolGerald Abila, Founder and Executive Director, BarefootLawMyma Belo-Osagie, Co-Founder, Udo Udoma B...
Parliament passes a Bill regulating mobile money

Parliament passes a Bill regulating mobile money

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- On 29th May 2020, the Parliament of Uganda passed the National Payment Systems Bill, 2019, that will among others regulate and provide for the safety and efficiency of payment systems and issuance of electronic money. The Bill presented to the House by State Minister for Finance, Hon. David Bahati on Thursday, 14th November 20l9 seeks to create a comprehensive payment system law in Uganda. According to a report on the Bill by the Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the absence of a national payment systems law has created uncertainty in the market regarding licensing of payment systems service providers who are not financial institutions. These include among others telecom companies providing mobile money services as well as mobile applica...
Speaker directs Committee on pledges to sports stars

Speaker directs Committee on pledges to sports stars

Sports
Kampala, Uganda --- Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed the House Committee of Education and Sports to follow up Government pledges made to various personalities that bring glory to Uganda through sports. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of parliament of Uganda Kadaga said that some sports personalities had been neglected yet at one time they won medals for the country. In her communication during the plenary sitting of Wednesday 27 May 2020, Kadaga said that sports personalities live and eventually pass on in a sad state of affairs yet they should be receiving monthly benefits as was directed by the President. “I’ve met various sports personalities who have made various contributions and brought glory and presented a positive image for this country. The legendary football...
HAPPENING IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK

HAPPENING IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK

AFRICA
Sunday, 31 May 2020 – On Tuesday, the National Council of Provinces will hold its first virtual sitting to consider the 2020 Division of Revenue Bill. The Bill provides for equitable division of funds raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government for a particular financial year. Minister of Finance Mr Tito Mboweni tabled the Bill, when he delivered the 2020 Budget Speech to Parliament in February, and it was passed by the National Assembly on 18 March. On Thursday, the Women’s Charter Review Sessions move to the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality in the Northern Cape. The sessions are being held to assess progress in implementing the 1994 Women’s Charter for Effective Equality. Sessions are planned for all five Northern Cape District Municip...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Another Vice-president tests positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Another Vice-president tests positive for COVID-19

AFRICA
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN --- South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Igga becomes the third Vice President to contract the contagious disease in a span of two weeks, or at least go public about the status. Igga, Vice President in charge of the economic cluster, announced his test result while speaking on state television in Juba on Saturday. James Wani Igga, South Sudan Vice President in charge of the economic cluster “My samples were taken for testing some few days ago and today it has been found positive,” Igga said. Last Wednesday, Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi also revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. A fortnight ago, Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny also confirmed that thei...
Coronavirus: Rwanda records her first death of COVID-19

Coronavirus: Rwanda records her first death of COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
Rwanda on Saturday recorded its first coronavirus related death after a 65-year-old truck driver passed away at the specialised Covid-19 facility in Kigali. The country’s Ministry of Health says the deceased was residing in a neighbouring country but opted to return to Rwanda after developing serious respiratory complications.  “After seriously falling ill, the patient decided to return to his home country,” the ministry wrote without specifying the country. “He received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility but unfortunately passed away due to severe respiratory complications,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Health wrote. Further, another 4 positive cases were confirmed from the 1,368 samples tested on Saturday - rising the national total caseload to 359. Thr...
Lil Wayne Ripped For His Response To George Floyd Killing

Lil Wayne Ripped For His Response To George Floyd Killing

INTERNATIONAL
Lil Wayne’s comments following the death of George Floyd have fans calling for the rapper to be canceled. His remarks about placing the ‘blame’ on ‘ourselves’ came during an IG Live with Fat Joe. Fans are outraged after Lil Wayne addressedGeorge Floyd in an Instagram Live with Fat Joe, suggesting that activists are also to blame for his tragic death — not just the police. “We have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody, or a certain race, or everybody with a badge… And if we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.” Wayne said he believes that continued police violence against people of color may come from a lack of action after initial protesting. “Some people pu...
Senegal: African Development Bank (AfDB) approves 88 million euros emergency budget support for COVID-19 response

Senegal: African Development Bank (AfDB) approves 88 million euros emergency budget support for COVID-19 response

HEALTH
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, May 31, 2020/ -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Friday approved a loan of 88 million euros to Senegal, hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic, in support of the costs of its national COVID-19 Economic and Social Resilience Program. The financing, which falls under the Bank’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Facility, will provide the nation with an emergency budget support program (PUARC) aiming to address the health, social and economic impacts of the crisis. The operation will target support measures providing relief to the most vulnerable households, while safeguarding jobs and enabling businesses to quickly resume. The operation will help strengthen the health contingency action plan through support to patient case management and care ...
Nigeria Rugby Football Federation donates Food Palliatives to Players

Nigeria Rugby Football Federation donates Food Palliatives to Players

Sports
LAGOS, Nigeria, May 31, 2020/ -- Federation president; Kelechukwu Mbagwu said palliatives became necessary due to the difficulties players are passing through in the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Liason Officer of the Ministry of Youth & Sports; Ikana Mbora presented the palliatives to players at the National Stadium in Lagos.  NRFF Players Representative and Board Member; Gbenga Adeniran says the support will go to the most vulnerable players across all the active clubs across the country starting with Lagos teams today. "As you know, there are seven active Rugby clubs in Lagos competing in the National League. Many of the players are not working while few of the players that are working are not earning a lot. We are providing these food packages to players to help them thr...
The “High 5s”: A strategic vision and results that are transforming Africa

The “High 5s”: A strategic vision and results that are transforming Africa

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, May 31, 2020/ -- For the past ten years, Africa has recorded some of the world’s strongest rates of economic growth. At the same time, many African economies continue to function at well below their full potential. Structural transformation is needed to create more jobs, reduce poverty and accomplish sustainable development objectives. The African Development Bank’s High 5 priority areas are intended to support African countries’ achievement of the SDGS. They are: Feed Africa; Light up Africa; Industrialise Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the people of Africa.   Atta Abdul, Fatima-Zahra, Shuaibu, and Daniel are the faces of a continent that is being transformed. By betting on Africa’s youth, the Bank is banking on the future t...
Coronavirus – Africa: International Organization for Migration (IOM), European Union (EU) Bolster Response to Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Returning Migrants Across West and Central Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: International Organization for Migration (IOM), European Union (EU) Bolster Response to Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Returning Migrants Across West and Central Africa

AFRICA
DAKAR, Senegal, May 31, 2020/ -- The suspension of “non-essential activities” to limit the spread of COVID-19 in West and Central Africa has had a heavy socio-economic impact on some 34,000 returning migrants. Many already have set up microbusinesses as part of their reintegration assistance under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.    To measure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on returning migrants assisted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa launched a needs assessment survey in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, and Senegal – with a sample of 100 returnees in each country.   The data gathered reveal that 89 per cent of beneficiaries reported their f...
AMISOM condemns abduction and killing of health workers and a civilian at Gololey Health Facility in Balcad District

AMISOM condemns abduction and killing of health workers and a civilian at Gololey Health Facility in Balcad District

AFRICA
Mogadishu, 31st May, 2020 - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) condemns the abduction and deliberate killing of seven health workers and a civilian at a local health centre in Gololey village in the Balcad District of HirShabelle State on May 28, 2020. According to local reports, at about 13:00hrs on May 27, 2020, armed men in military uniform abducted seven health workers and a civilian from Gololey Health Facility. Eight bullet-ridden bodies were subsequently thrown on the main road in the area the following day.  As Somalia continues to face the challenge of COVID-19 pandemic, health workers continue to provide much needed quality health care. They are putting their lives on the line to save others in very difficult circumstances. “I am shocked by the senseless...
Be innovative, Speaker advises Cavendish graduates

Be innovative, Speaker advises Cavendish graduates

AFRICA
KAMPALA, UGANDA --- The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has urged graduates of Cavendish University Uganda to be more innovative and work on improving import substitution.Kadaga, who was officiating at the university’s 9th graduation ceremony held at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, appealed to graduates to think outside the box and be more innovative as they have been given a chance to graduate unlike their colleagues. “Certainly today is the new normal. When I arrived I felt the absence of the big numbers of graduands, their parents, flower sellers and the inevitable photographers that would have been at this graduation,” she said adding that “You that are here have qualified yourselves for greater things; you need to work towards adding value.”The university’s 1st virtual graduati...
Wife of Ex – Officer who murdered George Floyd files for dissolution of her marriage

Wife of Ex – Officer who murdered George Floyd files for dissolution of her marriage

INTERNATIONAL
A former Minneapolis police officer has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of an unarmed black man in custody. Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old George Floyd's neck on Monday. He and three other officers have been sacked. The fired officer has been charged with murder and manslaughter. Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman said Mr Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He said he "anticipates charges" for the three other officers but would not offer more details. Derek Chauvin pinning on ground George Floyd with a knee Days of looting and arson in the Minnesota city have boiled over into nationwide protests. The case has reignited US anger over police killings of bla...
Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: No parent should worry about a child getting an avoidable disease

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: No parent should worry about a child getting an avoidable disease

AFRICA
HARARE, Zimbabwe, May 30, 2020/ -- The following opinion piece was written by Melanie Robinson, UK Ambassador to Zimbabwe and published in the local private-owned Sunday newspaper - The Standard. "When my daughter was six weeks old, she was exposed to measles. I was in the UK at the time, where coverage rates for routine childhood vaccinations like measles and polio are high. Still, not everyone follows Public Health England advice to get their child immunised against these debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases. Too young for her first vaccination, my child was exposed to measles through another child whose parents had decided not to get their child immunised". "My fear was compounded by the memory of a school friend. She caught measles aged 1 - not in the UK, I should add. That...