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Plane dumps fuel over schools near Los Angeles airport

Plane dumps fuel over schools near Los Angeles airport

AFRICA
A passenger plane has dumped fuel over several schools as it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport. At least 60 people, many of them children, were treated for skin irritation and breathing problems. Fuel may be dumped in emergency landings, but only over designated areas and at a high altitude, aviation rules stipulate. The Delta Airlines flight returned to the airport due to an engine issue. Delta confirmed in a statement that the passenger plane had released fuel to reduce its landing weight. The children and adults treated following the dumping incident were connected with at least six local schools. All the injuries are said to be minor. At Park Elementary School in Cudahy, some 16 miles (26km) east of the airport, two classes of chil...

Presentation of the letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Zambia

AFRICA
Ambassador Mizuuchi expressed his determination to do his best for further strengthening and enhancing the friendly and cordial relationship between Japan and ZambiaLUSAKA, Zambia, January 14, 2020/ -- On December 12th 2019, Ambassador of Japan Mr. MIZUUCHI Ryuta presented the letter of credence to His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia.At the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Mizuuchi expressed his determination to do his best for further strengthening and enhancing the friendly and cordial relationship between Japan and Zambia.President Lungu thanked Japan’s continued cooperation in areas such as education, healeth, water and sanitation, energy, refugee welfare and resettlement, agriculture, infrastructure and private sector development, ...
Nearly 1,000 migrants returned to Libya in the first two weeks of 2020: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Nearly 1,000 migrants returned to Libya in the first two weeks of 2020: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

AFRICA
Over 1,000 other migrants who have registered for IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme are still trapped in Libya due to the security situationGENEVA, Switzerland, January 14, 2020/ --  At least 953 migrants, among them 136 women and 85 children, have been returned to Libyan shores in the first two weeks of 2020. Most were disembarked in Tripoli and all were taken to detention centres. NGO search and rescue vessels reported having rescued 237 others. These returned migrants are among the more than 1,000 who have left Libya by sea since 1 January, driven in part by the heaviest clashes Tripoli has seen since hostilities began nine months ago.Migrants who spoke to International Organization for Migration (IOM) staff at disembarkation points in Libya said that the ...
PRESS RELEASE High Commissioner, Shri Sanjiv Kohli, met the Tanzanian Business leaders of Indian origin in Zanzibar on 13th January 2020

PRESS RELEASE High Commissioner, Shri Sanjiv Kohli, met the Tanzanian Business leaders of Indian origin in Zanzibar on 13th January 2020

AFRICA
HC informed them of the improvement in Ease of doing business with India, and pro-Investor environmentDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, January 14, 2020/ -- High Commissioner, Shri Sanjiv Kohli, met Tanzanian Business leaders of Indian origin on 13th January 2020 in Zanzibar. HC informed them of the improvement in Ease of doing business with India, and pro-Investor environment. HC urged the Tanzanian business persons to stay in touch with the CGI, Zanzibar or HCI, Dar es Salaam for facilitation of any information they might need regarding business and investment opportunities.

The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Joint Special Representative visits El Geneina in West Darfur following intercommunal clashes

AFRICA
The JSR expressed his deep regret at the damage that affected the campZALINGEI, Sudan, January 14, 2020/ -- On 13 January, UNAMID Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM), Jeremiah Mamabolo visited the deserted Krinding camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in El Geneina town in West Darfur State, to assess the extent of damage during the recent intercommunal clashes that resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries as well as mass displacement amongst the civilian population in the area.The JSR expressed his deep regret at the damage that affected the camp “We deeply regret such egregious acts of violence and this camp stands witness on the level of destruction and displacement that resulted from this incident.” JSR Mamabolo said.“We hope that such...
UNAIDS chief lauds President Museveni for role in aids fight Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

UNAIDS chief lauds President Museveni for role in aids fight Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

AFRICA, UGANDA
STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: The Executive Director of UNAIDs, Winnie Byanyima, has thanked President Museveni for his immense contribution in the HIV/Aids fight. At a meeting at State House Entebbe today (Tuesday), Byanyima saluted and congratulated the President for his efforts in fighting HIV /AIDS and driving the awareness campaign in the country. Byanyima, giving an overview of the state of affairs in the HIV/Aids fight, told the President that efforts should be placed on messages of prevention if the war against the pandemic is to won. "Prevention has not had much attention. It needs to be boosted. For example there are medicines that can be taken when at high risk of infection. Not enough people know about this," she said. She added that focus could also be placed on specific groups that ...
Speaker Muturi seeks to intensify Parliamentary ties with Serbian Counterpart

Speaker Muturi seeks to intensify Parliamentary ties with Serbian Counterpart

AFRICA, KENYA
The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin Muturi and his counterpart in Belgrade, H.E. Mrs. Maja Gojkovic have agreed to intensify ties between their respective legislatures, in a move that will see the commencement of collaboration linking their respective Parliamentary Committees, and exchange of ideas between the Parliamentary staff from the two Assemblies. Speaking when the two held bilateral talks at the National Assembly House in Belgrade, Speaker Muturi underscored the need for the two countries-who have long held strong bilateral ties, to further entrench their relationship in a quest to advance cooperation in all areas of their common interest. This he noted, will serve to strengthen their traditionally good bilateral relations characterised by...
MP Kafuuzi Misses Out as New Ministers Swear in

MP Kafuuzi Misses Out as New Ministers Swear in

AFRICA
Kafuuzi’s ministerial appointment was on January 03, 2020 questioned by the Parliamentary Appointments Committee for lack of the mandatory 7year experience. It is said that Kafuuzi stopped renewing his practicing license as an advocate in 2016 when he was elected as MP Newly appointed ministers have on Monday taken oath in a swearing-in ceremony held at State House, Entebbe. The ceremony that was presided by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe in the presence of President Yoweri Museveni and other delegates saw 7 new ministers take an oath. The ministers that were sworn in are; Judith Nabakooba, Minister for ICT, Peter Ogwang, State Minister for ICT, Raphael Magyezi, Minister for Local Government, State Minister for Health (General Duties) Robinah Nabbanja, Hamson Obua, St...
Zimbabwe wants more Chinese investment, currency support

Zimbabwe wants more Chinese investment, currency support

AFRICA, ZIMBABWE
HARARE – Zimbabwe is hungry for more Chinese investment and is looking to shore up its currency by leaning on the Chinese currency, in addition to submitting proposals for project funding under the Asian giant’s Belt and Road Initiative. Following a visit to Harare by China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, Zimbabwe has tabled proposals for funding a further six economic projects. “The six projects are in pursuit of capitalising on China’s Belt and Road Initiative across Africa, and it will help boost the economy, especially at this time when we are seeing investment bottlenecks from the traditional Western source markets,” said a Zimbabwe government official, who was part of a committee working on the projects. He added: “China is willing to come to the party, a...
ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES FROM STATE HOUSE MOMBASA 14TH JANUARY 2020

ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES FROM STATE HOUSE MOMBASA 14TH JANUARY 2020

AFRICA, KENYA
ellow Kenyans, As our Children settle back in school after the December holidays, and as all 2019 KCPE candidates report to their respective Secondary Schools – in the Second year of 100% Transition, I again convey my best wishes for the New Year. Today, I will spell out the areas that my administration intends to focus on over the next few months. The primary thrust of that strategy is economic. I want the economy to be a more important focus than politics. And this is because our practice throughout our history has been to pursue the political kingdom as opposed to the economic kingdom.  But that focus has been wrong. It is the reason we still have remnants of poverty despite the years of progress we have made. Political Power pursued for its own sake will...
South Africa: ‘They Just Started Dropping’ – Heroes Tell of Dramatic Scramble After People Collapse in Cape Town

South Africa: ‘They Just Started Dropping’ – Heroes Tell of Dramatic Scramble After People Collapse in Cape Town

AFRICA
Cape Town's Sulailah Murphy was taking a short break outside the shop she and her husband own on Wetton Road in Ottery when people suddenly started collapsing on the pavement on Monday. "Suddenly, they just started dropping," said Murphy who ran to help. She added a vehicle had been handing out food and drinks earlier to people along the road when the events unfolded. "Suddenly, they just started dropping. They downed the liquid and they dropped, one after the other," Murphy said. Kaashief Bassadien, a customer at their shop Southern Boards, said it was chaos as people were collapsing all along the road. "There were about 12 people," he said of the number originally affected by varying degrees of breathing difficulties and vomiting. "I was running up and down the s...
Kenya: Uhuru Moves Ministers in New Cabinet Reshuffle

Kenya: Uhuru Moves Ministers in New Cabinet Reshuffle

AFRICA
President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired two men from his Cabinet in new changes announced in Mombasa. During his State of the Nation Address in Mombasa on Tuesday, the President dropped Mr Kiunjuri as Agriculture Cabinet secretary and replaced Mr Henry Rotich as the National Treasury boss. While the president did not make any reference to the two in his speech, he appointed Mr Munya to replace Mr Kiunjuri and confirmed acting Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani. The President also moved CSs Rachel Omamo to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sicily Kariuki to Water ministry, Peter Munya to Agriculture, Monica Juma to Defence and confirmed Ukur Yattani as the National Treasury CS. NOMINATIONS President Kenyatta also made new nominations to the Cabinet as follows: Mut...
US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

AFRICA
The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said resources "could be reduced and then shifted, either to increase readiness of the force in the continental US or shifted to" the Pacific. As he flew in for talks with NATO counterparts in Brussels, Milley said Defence Secretary Mark Esper, had not made up his mind what changes to make. "We're developing options for the secretary to consider, and we are developing those options in coordination with our allies and partners," he said. The announcement follows President Donald Trump's call last week for ...
Haftar leaves Russia without signing Libya peace deal

Haftar leaves Russia without signing Libya peace deal

AFRICA
The Libyan military strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar has left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement with the UN-backed Libyan government, the Russian foreign ministry has confirmed. Russian and Turkish intermediaries spent Monday trying to persuade Gen Haftar and the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Serraj, to end nine-months of fighting in Libya. Mr Serraj signed but Gen Haftar asked for a delay until Tuesday morning so that he could look over details of the proposed truce. His forces have been besieging the capital, Tripoli, which remains in government hands.
Kenyan teachers threaten to flee after school attack

Kenyan teachers threaten to flee after school attack

AFRICA
A teachers' union in Kenya has threatened to evacuate its members from an area where three teachers were killed on Monday morning if the government does not improve security. The deadly attack happened in Kamuthe in Garissa county. A telecommunications mast and a police camp were also targeted. The teachers who died were not from the area. The Secretary General of the Kenya National Union Teachers (Knut), Wilson Sossion,is quoted in the Standard newspaper as saying that deploying teachers from other parts of Kenya to work in the region near the attack "was not the right thing at all". The government has promised to restore security after the threat, the Daily Nation newspaper reports. No-one has said they carried out the attack but the Islamist al-Shabab militants...
Whites nominees dominate the Oscars by 19 out of 20

Whites nominees dominate the Oscars by 19 out of 20

AFRICA
Nineteen of the 20 acting nominees for the Oscars this year are white - the highest number since the outcry in 2015 and 2016 known as #OscarsSoWhite. The one exception is British-Nigerian actor Cynthia Erivo. She made her name on Broadway and is now nominated for playing slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet. Erivo has two nominations: one for best lead actress and the other in the best original song category, in the same film. The Oscar nominations come a week after the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) announced an all-white line-up of acting nominations. Erivo cancelled her scheduled performance at the Baftas following the all-white nominations list. If Erivo does win the Oscar, she will become only the second black person to w...
Two shot dead in Guinea protests

Two shot dead in Guinea protests

AFRICA
wo protesters have been shot dead by security forces in Guinea, on the first day of open-ended protests against President Alpha Condé's suspected plan to amend the constitution so he can serve a third term. Several members of the coalition of politicians and activists that called the demonstrations were arrested. One protester - a student - was killed in the capital, Conakry. A second youth died in the northern city of Labé. Conakry was largely deserted on Monday, with businesses, schools and markets staying closed but correspondents say it is unclear how long the population will be willing to heed calls to shut down the city. Previous demonstrations against Mr Condé have been broken up by security forces leading to at least 20 deaths.
Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
By Ronald Kabuubi/Kma updates. Ladies hate revealing their age on birthday events but Ms Halima Namakula (middle) is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently.Right is Rechal K and Reft is Rema Namakula. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates This was  not the case for Uganda's Veteran Musician Halima Namakula. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates Infact, she was very happy for it as she organized her 60th birth with young artistes of this new generation together. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Nantume during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates At the event held  at her home at Zebra House Kansanga in Kampala...
Africa’s leading Energy Law Group, announces new Managing Director, Zion Adeoye

Africa’s leading Energy Law Group, announces new Managing Director, Zion Adeoye

AFRICA
Zion will be based at our Johannesburg headquarters and takes up post with immediate effect JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 13, 2020/ -- Zion Adeoye has been named Managing Director of Centurion Law Group Adeoye, an oil and gas specialist with a focus on energy law and finance has played a significant role at the firm in the last few years as key advisor on over 25 oil and gas investments, in 12 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also played key roles in the reform of oil and gas legislation across Africa, from the various efforts at amending the Petroleum Act and related legislations in Nigeria, to the development of local content regulations in South Sudan.“Centurion has seen formidable increase in energy deals on the African continent - owing to our growing cli...