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SOUTH AFRICA: From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021

SOUTH AFRICA: From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRESS CONFERENCE, South Africa
Dear Fellow South African,Yesterday, we joined with people across the world in marking Nelson Mandela Day through acts of service and generosity.But this Nelson Mandela Day was different to previous years. It took place in the aftermath of a week in which parts of our country were gripped by violence and mayhem.It was a week in which we were confronted by deeply unsettling images of desolate owners standing outside the shells of what was once a thriving business; of looted shops and warehouses; of burning trucks and buildings and streets strewn with debris; of anxious citizens barricading their communities; and of snaking queues of people lining up to buy food.Despite this, we observed Nelson Mandela Day not as country on its knees, but as a people who collectively embody the spirit of Ne...
Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, COVID-19, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, TRADE
Participants said India and Africa should boost efforts to improve access to medicines, including vaccines and other essential drugs to tackle Covid-19 and future pandemics ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 19, 2021/ -- The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a stronger partnership between India and Africa with potential benefits to both as they build back sustainably after the crisis, experts attending the 16th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership (https://bit.ly/3rgmnDG) affirmed.Speaking at the virtual event’s opening, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India External Affairs Minister said the two sides must reinforce collaboration in public health, digital delivery, capacity building, and the green economy - “our goals must be to use these new tools and prac...
Education Platform MPOWER Financing Raises $100 Million in Equity to Support Studying Abroad

Education Platform MPOWER Financing Raises $100 Million in Equity to Support Studying Abroad

ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL, TEENAGERS, Youth
The funding will fuel the company’s mission to make a North American education accessible to high-promise students from around the worldWASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, July 19, 2021/ -- MPOWER Financing (www.MPOWERFinancing.com) the leading provider (http://bit.ly/3xPerLT) of education loans to high-promise students around the world, today announced that it has raised an equity investment of US$100 million. The funding underscores investors’ confidence in MPOWER’s position as the leading lender for students aspiring to study abroad.Founded in 2014 by Emmanuel (Manu) Smadja, MPOWER Financing aims to democratize education by reducing financial barriers for high-promise students from around the world. MPOWER’s loans are approved instantly and are granted at competitive interest ra...
It takes a whole village: the need of a multiple approach to assist survivors of sexual violence

It takes a whole village: the need of a multiple approach to assist survivors of sexual violence

ADVOCACY, CONGO, DRC, HEALTH, VIOLANCE, WOMEN
In light of the magnitude and the impact of the sexual violence in the country, MSF calls on the Congolese authorities and their partners to act now Salamabila is a city of 71,000 inhabitants in the mining region of the province of Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The prevalence of sexual violence is alarming: on average, 120 to 150 patients who have suffered this type of violence come to MSF every month. However, it can be even more devastating. In March alone, 221 people came for consultation. To assist these people who suffer a lot of stigma, an innovative decentralized program was implemented by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): 18 reproductive health agents work directly in communities to identify and welcome people who have experienced this type ...
How Obamacare Has Lowered Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses

How Obamacare Has Lowered Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses

ADVOCACY, HEALTH, Health Workers, USA
Experts say the Affordable Care Act has slowed the increases in what people pay for prescription drugs and other healthcare services. Aleksandar Nakic/Getty Images Researchers say the Affordable Care Act has helped ease the out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare services.Prescription drug prices are among the medical expenses that have been substantially affected.Experts note that the expansion of Medicaid programs has also helped. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has substantially increased health insurance coverage in the United States. It also seems to have helped reduce the amount of money Americans have had to pull out of their wallet to pay for healthcare, a new studyTrusted Source finds. Dr. Sara Collins, vice president for heal...
F1 launches scholarship and internship programs to improve diversity

F1 launches scholarship and internship programs to improve diversity

ADVOCACY, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, Sports
Just a day after the Hamilton Commission revealed its recommendations to improve the representation of Black people in F1, the sport has unveiled a raft of scholarship, internship and apprenticeship plans to improve diversity within its vast community. Formula 1's initiative builds on its #WeRaceAsOne campaign launched in 2020 and the formation of a foundation personally funded by former F1 non-executive chairman Chase Carey dedicated to financing primarily engineering-focused scholarships in the sport for underrepresented students. Overall, F1 has put three programs on their rails with the support and commitment of all ten teams. The first initiative will provide engineering scholarships for 10 students from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, women, and th...
Hamilton Commission makes 10 recommendations in first report on representation of black people in motorsport

Hamilton Commission makes 10 recommendations in first report on representation of black people in motorsport

ADVOCACY, FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, RACISM, Sports
The Hamilton Commission, the initiative set-up by seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to increase representation of Black people in UK motorsport, has released its first report into the issue, which includes 10 recommendations for change. The Mercedes driver – who is the first Black superstar in F1 history – launched the new research partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering last June with the aim of making motorsport “as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in”. The catalyst was when Hamilton was looking at an end of season photo in 2019 and noticed there was a lack of representation. After 10 months of research, the Commission found that wider societal issues were affecting Black students’ opportunities within engineering, as well as...
TB Joshua: I can’t be friends with all ministers of God – Oyedepo

TB Joshua: I can’t be friends with all ministers of God – Oyedepo

ADVOCACY, Born Again Christians, Entertainment, Religion
General Overseer of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has said he loves all Ministers of God but cannot be friends with every one of them. “I love Jesus and I am telling you by the Holy Ghost, do not be the enemy of your destiny. Act smart and walk in the truth. I love all ministers but I am not a friend to every minister. No I cannot be,” Oyedepo said. Oyedepo said this at a time when popular ministers of God were called out for not attending the burial of Prophet T.B Joshua, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. The clergyman, while preaching in his church, advised his members to be wary of who they associate with as it can make or mar their destiny. ”People who scorn your God can’t add value to your life. There are people you mu...
Prince William condemns racist abuse aimed at England players after Euro 2020 final

Prince William condemns racist abuse aimed at England players after Euro 2020 final

ADVOCACY, CELEBRITY, Entertainment, RACISM
The Duke of Cambridge is President of The FA The Duke of Cambridge has condemned the racist abuse aimed at England players after Sunday night's Euro 2020 final. In a personal tweet Prince William, who is President of the Football Association, wrote: "I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night's match. It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behaviour. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable. W." The Duke was in attendance at the final with wife Kate and their eldest child, Prince George. It comes after the Football Association released a statement after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were subjected to racial abuse on social media following England's defeat in ...
Families receive first Ethiopian crash $500 million Boeing settlement

Families receive first Ethiopian crash $500 million Boeing settlement

ACCIDENT, ADVOCACY, AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, Transport, TRAVEL
In 2019, the Ethiopian Airlines jet headed for Nairobi, killing all 149 onboard including 32 Kenyans. In Summary The payment comes barely a few months after Kenyan families agreed to drop the caseRibbeck Law Chartered, which represents more than 90 clients made the announcement after at least three years of litigation. L-R:Ribbeck Law Chartered Founding Partner Manuel von Ribbeck , Igeria & Ngugi Advocates Head of Litigation David Njoroge and Global Managing Director of Ribbeck Law Chartered’s Air Disasters Global Insurance Claims Deon Botha. Ribbeck Law Chartered is representing most of the victims of Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes against Boeing/COURTESY Families of victims of the two 737 Boeing Max crashes that killed 346 people in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019 have ...
Disaster Risk Management: AfDB Grants Sudan $8.56 Million

Disaster Risk Management: AfDB Grants Sudan $8.56 Million

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Development Bank, Disaster Preparedness, Sudan
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a grant of $8.56 million from the   African Development Fund to implement the Africa Disaster Risk Financing Programme (ADRiFi) in Sudan. The project will enhance the nation’s resilience and response to climate shocks by improving the management of climate disaster risks. The five-year (2022 to 2026) project, to be implemented at a total cost of $13.02 million, includes contributions from the Government of Sudan as well as in-kind contribution from the African Risk Capacity. Through ADRiFi, Sudan will strengthen its capacity to evaluate climate-related risks and costs and elaborate subsequent adaptation measures to strengthen resilience and allow a timely response delivery to beneficiaries impacted by drou...
British parliament to debate Kanu’s arrest, repatriation to Nigeria Wednesday

British parliament to debate Kanu’s arrest, repatriation to Nigeria Wednesday

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, Nigeria, POLITICS, West Africa
The British Parliament will on Wednesday begin a debate on the arrest and subsequent repatriation of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to Nigeria. In the schedule of activities posted on its website Tuesday, the parliament said it would discuss Kenya’s role in the arrest of the separatist leader. The document revealed that a Member of the Parliament from Liverpool, Lord Alton, would raise the issue at the House of Lords. Alton, according to the schedule, will also query the British government on Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria. The IPOB leader was arrested by security agents on June 27. The separatist group and Kanu’s family had accused the Kenyan government of facilitating the activist’s arrest and his subsequent handover to the Nigerian aut...
Women protest ‘rape culture and impunity’ in Senegal

Women protest ‘rape culture and impunity’ in Senegal

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, PROTESTS, Senegal, UN Women, West Africa, WOMEN
‘We are here to make the culture of rape stop, for justice to do its work’ say women after a series of high-profile rape cases in the country Sitting in a circle, brandishing placards and wearing purple T-shirts reading ‘Justice for Louise’, several dozen Senegalese feminists gathered in Dakar's Place de la Nation on Saturday to protest what they called a culture of rape and impunity in the country. The women, and some men, were demanding justice for a 15-year-old girl, known as  ‘Louise’, who was allegedly raped by the 19-year-old son of a celebrity journalist in May. A video of the incident was widely seen after being posted online.  The victim’s mother lodged a complaint, but police were slow to act. Worried about a potential cover-up, activists launched the digi...
Inzikuru on verge of losing home govt gifted her with

Inzikuru on verge of losing home govt gifted her with

ADVOCACY, Atheletics, Sports, WOMEN
The last time Dorcus Inzikuru competed as a professional athlete was at the Brighton Marathon in 2013. At the time, the 'Arua Gazelle' as Inzikuru was famously known, was trying to reinvent herself into a long-distance runner. She was no longer performing well in the middle-distance races that she had made her forte. In 2005, aged 23, Inzikuru became the first woman to win the 3,000 metres steeplechase gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She followed this up with success in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, held in New Delhi, India. However, despite a decorated athletics career that made Inzikuru a household name, even in retirement she just has not stopped ‘running’, to secure a good life. In recent times, Inzikuru has been r...
President Uhuru Kenyatta during opening session of Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris

President Uhuru Kenyatta during opening session of Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, France, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS
President Uhuru Kenyatta has today joined World Leaders during a panel discussion at the opening session of Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris, France. GEF is a global gender equality gathering convened by UN Women and co-hosted by Mexico and France. President Kenyatta, who is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), James Macharia (Infrastructure), and Prof Margaret Kobia (Gender), is in Paris on a two-day Official Visit during which he is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
Erdogan defends Turkey’s withdrawal from violence against women treaty

Erdogan defends Turkey’s withdrawal from violence against women treaty

ADVOCACY, EUROPE, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TURKEY, UN Women, WOMEN
Turkey officially withdrew on Thursday from an international treaty to prevent violence against women, enacting a decision that drew condemnation from many Turks and Western allies when President Tayyip Erdogan announced it in March. Thousands were set to protest across Turkey, where a court appeal to halt the withdrawal was rejected this week. "We will continue our struggle," Canan Gullu, president of the Federation of Turkish Women's Associations, said on Wednesday. "Turkey is shooting itself in the foot with this decision." She said that since March, women and other vulnerable groups had been more reluctant to ask for help and less likely to receive it, with COVID-19 fuelled economic difficulties causing a dramatic increase in violence against them. The Istanbul Convent...
What is the best face mask to protect from COVID-19?

What is the best face mask to protect from COVID-19?

ADVOCACY, COVID-19, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, World Health Organization
FFP3 (filtering face piece 3) respiratory masks, known in the U.S. as N99, can reduce transmission of COVID-19 by up to 100 percent, according to a study conducted on hospital wards The data, which were collected in 2020 and have not yet been peer-reviewed, indicated there was a significantly larger chance of hospital staff wearing standard-issue surgical masks catching the virus. A previous study showed the different filtration rates of masks. The study by the Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust prompted calls for hospital workers in the UK to be issued with the higher standard face covering. National Guidance currently recommends that healthcare professionals should wear surgical masks, with the exception of a few limited situations.  How...
China Blasts Japan After Official Sounds Beijing Threat ‘Wake Up’ Call

China Blasts Japan After Official Sounds Beijing Threat ‘Wake Up’ Call

ADVOCACY, China, DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, POLITICS, TAIWAN
Beijing said it filed a diplomatic complaint with Tokyo after its deputy defense minister said Japan and the U.S. needed to "wake up" to the security threat posed by China and "protect Taiwan as a democratic country." Japan's State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama made the comments at a Hudson Institute event on Monday, in which he sounded the alarm about Chinese and Russian military collaboration, and the resultant threat to the Indo-Pacific region. At a press conference Tuesday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin described the official's remarks as "erroneous." He said Beijing had "lodged solemn representations" with Tokyo over Nakayama's use of the word "country." Without naming the Japanese Defense Ministry's second in command, Wang said the officia...
Government to use Local Herb to treat COVID 19 viral infections

Government to use Local Herb to treat COVID 19 viral infections

ADVOCACY, COVID-19, HEALTH, HERBAL, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA
National Drug Authority (NDA) has approved the use of Covidex, a local herbal medicine as a supporting treatment for viral infections, including Covid-19. Addressing journalists at media centre in Kampala Tuesday, the NDA executive director, Mr David Nahamya said after various assessment and inspection of the factory manufacturing the herbal medicine, they have approved its use to support treatment of viral infections. "After engagements, the innovators have removed unsubstantiated claims that the product treats and prevents Covid-19 and revised it to supportive treatment in management of viral infections. NDA has granted Covidex an approval based on initial assessment, published literature and safety studies conducted by the innovator," Mr Nahamya announced. The product...
President Kenyatta advocates for democratization of multilateral organizations

President Kenyatta advocates for democratization of multilateral organizations

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, TURKEY
ANTALYA, Turkey, 18th June 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for the democratization of multilateral organizations so as to ensure inclusivity in decision-making. The President, who spoke Friday at an interactive session on governance at the ongoing Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey, said changing how multilateral institutions such as the United Nations are managed will help in quicker resolution of global challenges such as Covid-19. President Uhuru Kenyatta joins Heads of State and Government during the a  leaders' panel Q&A on  "Governance: New Approaches for Global Solution" at the  Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) at the NEST - Antalya, Turkey. “It will really depend on us being able to change the global governance system. The manner in which the UN Security ...