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Trade, conservation top agenda as President Kenyatta hosts UK’s Dominic Raab

Trade, conservation top agenda as President Kenyatta hosts UK’s Dominic Raab

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, POLITICS, UGANDA, UK, WORLD
Nairobi, 20th January 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi met visiting United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab who paid him a courtesy call. - President Uhuru Kenyatta with United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Hon. Dominic Raab during a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. The President and the Secretary of State discussed a wide array of subjects key among them the strengthening Kenya-UK commercial ties following the trade deal signed late last year between the two countries. President Uhuru Kenyatta with United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Hon. Dominic Raab during a courtesy call at State House,...
Kenya is determined to conclude trade deal with the US, President Kenyatta says

Kenya is determined to conclude trade deal with the US, President Kenyatta says

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, USA, WORLD
NAIROBI, 19 January 2021 President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated Kenya’s determination to conclude ongoing negotiations with the United States of America and sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  President Kenyatta with outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter,Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo at State House, Nairobi. The President gave the assurance Tuesday afternoon when he bade farewell to outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter who paid him a courtesy visit at State House, Nairobi. The Head of State said the FTA will build on the successes achieved under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by ushering in better and bigger trade opportunities and prospects for Kenya. President Kenyatta with outgoing U...
Hajjar: New project to be designed for enhanced dates sector production chain competitiveness and hence increased exports and jobs

Hajjar: New project to be designed for enhanced dates sector production chain competitiveness and hence increased exports and jobs

AFRICA, Buganda Kingdom, Busoga Kingdom, Egypt, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
 First ever international virtual exhibition for Madinah dates organised under Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS)JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, January 19, 2021/ -- Under the patronage of HRH Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Governor of the Madinah Province, the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG), the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), will organize, in the period 6-8/6/1442 (19-21/1/2021), the "International Virtual Exhibition for Madinah Dates" under the Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS), which is supervised by ITFC.The virtual exhibition aims to promote trade and investment in ...
Standard Chartered Bank calls upon the general public to disregard recruitment posts / communications that don’t originate directly from them

Standard Chartered Bank calls upon the general public to disregard recruitment posts / communications that don’t originate directly from them

AFRICA, Banking World, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, Housing Finance Bank, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Standard Chartered Bank, UGANDA, United Bank For Africa
Kampala – 19 January 2021: Our attention has been drawn to another group of unscrupulous persons hiring for the post of “Data Entry” job openings at Standard Chartered Bank and requiring candidates to pay monies for Covid 19 tests which are apparently sent to the recruiting persons. While we intermittently advertise several employment and development opportunities within Standard Chartered as and when they fall vacant, the alleged placements are not one of them. We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer with a robust recruitment and resourcing policy and approach. This is to therefore inform the general public that such employment communications that circulate on social media or through other forums or platforms, not owned or originating from Standard Chartered Bank’...
GSK and Novartis announce collaboration to support scientific research into genetic diversity in Africa

GSK and Novartis announce collaboration to support scientific research into genetic diversity in Africa

AFRICA, Business, EALA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, London, UN Human RiGHTS, WORLD
Combined funding commitment of GBP 2.8 million (USD 3.6 million) over five yearsBASEL, Switzerland, January 19, 2021/ -- Project Africa GRADIENT calls on local researchers to submit proposals exploring the link between genetic diversity and response to malaria and tuberculosis drugs in African patients; combined funding commitment of GBP 2.8 million (USD 3.6 million) over five years; researchers based at universities, science councils and other public research organizations across Africa are invited to express ‘intent to submit’ by March 1, 2021.GSK and Novartis (www.Novartis.com) today announced the launch of a collaboration to support high-quality scientific research investigating the link between genetic diversity across different regions in Africa and its potential impact on response ...
Odeya Rush: 10 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About The Israeli Actress

Odeya Rush: 10 Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About The Israeli Actress

Entertainment, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES
1. Who is Odeya Rush? Source: Instagram She is an Israeli actress and model known for her roles in The Giver and Lady Birds. Odeya shortens her screen name, and her real last name is Rushinek. 2. When was Odeya Rush born? Source: Instagram Odeya was born on May 12, 1997, making her 23 years-old. 3. Where was Odeya Rush born? Source: Instagram Odeya was born in Haifa, Israel. Her family moved to the Birmingham, Alabama when she was 9, and then later moving to New Jersey. In 2013 the family moved once again to L.A 4. Odeya Rush could only speak Hebrew Source: Instagram When Odeya moved from Israel to Alabama, she could only speak Hebrew. In Birmingham, she attended a Jewish day school and learned English. 5. Odeya Rush has 6 brothers Source: Instagram ...
The MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMA) is here!

The MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMA) is here!

AFRICA, Entertainment, ETHIOPIA, Ghana, Guinea, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Ivory Coast, KENYA, Lesotho, LIBYA, Nairobi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, TANZANIA, UGANDA, West Africa
MTV Africa and MTV Base announced the return of the continental flagship award show in 2021. The Iconic MTV Base celebration, MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), which showcases the ultimate in African culture, music, and creativity, will be held in a re-imagined virtual format in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa on February 20th 2021. The MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130). The repeat show will also be aired on BET Africa, BET International and MTV channels across multiple continents as a one-hour MAMA-themed MTV World Stage feature. The ultimate celebration of local African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2021, in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, recognizes and rewards mu...
27 Girls From The 90’s Everyone Had A Crush On.

27 Girls From The 90’s Everyone Had A Crush On.

Entertainment, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES
We can't believe 1990s began over thirty years ago! This fun-filled decade had beautiful actresses that everyone seemed to know and love. It's guaranteed you had a monster crush on AT LEAST 3 of the girls in this article. As you get to the end of the article, you will notice that some things actually do get better with age. Tiffani Thiessen Famous For: Saved by the BellAge Now: 46 Tiffani Thiessen became America’s Sweatheart while playing Kelly Kapowski on the NBC sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” She then went on to portray Valerie Malone on “Beverly Hills, 90210” for four seasons. Tiffani Thiessen Now “ “I shop for clothes constantly. I do so much shopping. I should go to Shoppers Anonymous.” -Tiffani Thiessen She continued on appearing in various TV shows until she ...
COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, IGAD SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA
U.S. Embassy in Greetings friends and colleagues, My name is Natalie E. Brown, and I am the recently arrived U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. I am delighted to be here in Uganda, but only wish I could send New Year's wishes under better circumstances. As the New Year begins and the desire to resume normal activities increases, I wish you strength and restraint. I know that doesn't sound very festive, but we have hung on this long, and relief is coming, although not yet within reach for most of us. Strength and restraint will allow us to keep ourselves safe, protect those we love, and demonstrate the tenacity and courage we all need as COVID infections surge and new and more infectious strains of the virus have emerged. Rather than sending a traditional New Year's greeting, I ...
Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Parliament, UGANDA, Uganda Law Society, UN Human RiGHTS, WORLD
on U.S. Concern Over Denying Ugandan CSOs Access to Their Bank Accounts U.S. Embassy Kampala January 9, 2021 Kampala, Uganda The U.S. government remains concerned over disturbing signs that civic space is closing.  With the election only days away, restrictions on civil society organizations (CSOs), delayed accreditation of domestic observers by the Electoral Commission, and interference with non-partisan voter education programming funded by Uganda’s international democratic partners have raised serious concerns about Uganda’s preparedness for a transparent, inclusive election.  Today we remain particularly concerned over how Ugandan institutions continue to block the bank accounts of several reputable and well-known CSOs, on questionable bases, preventing the...
Why The Desk Chair Can make Any Difference In Production In place Of Work Setting

Why The Desk Chair Can make Any Difference In Production In place Of Work Setting

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EAC Election Observation Mission to the 2021 Uganda General Election launched  in Kampala.

EAC Election Observation Mission to the 2021 Uganda General Election launched in Kampala.

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Kenyan Parliament, Nairobi, Parliament, POLITICS, Sudan, UGANDA, Uganda Law Society, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA, World Bank
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 10th January, 2021: The East African Community Election Observer Mission to the Uganda General Election to be held on 14th January, 2021 has been formally launched.   H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye (middle).Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Speaking during the launch of the mission at a Kampala hotel, the Head of the Mission, H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, who is also a former president of the Republic of Burundi, said that the Community attaches great importance to the promotion of democracy, which will in turn guarantee political stability in the entire region.  H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye addressing the Observers.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. “Further to the invitation of the Electoral Commission of Uganda, the...
‘No reason for RB Leipzig to be nervous’ – Nagelsmann not interested in taking over as Dortmund coach

‘No reason for RB Leipzig to be nervous’ – Nagelsmann not interested in taking over as Dortmund coach

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES
The 33-year-old has denied there is any chance of him swapping his current post for the one at Signal Iduna Park Julian Nagelsmann has no intention of swapping RB Leipzig for Borussia Dortmund despite being suggested as a permanent successor to Lucien Favre.  Leipzig boss Nagelsmann is considered one of the most promising coaches in European football and led his team to the Champions League semi-finals last season.  The 33-year-old, who has a contract at the Red Bull Arena until 2023, has been touted as a candidate to take over Dortmund next season, with Edin Terzic having replaced Favre on an interim basis in December.  However, former Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann insists there is no need for anyone associated with Leipzig to worry about what...
MAMA KAMPALA 2021: B2C, WINNIE NWAGI, PALLASO, JOHN BLAQ, SLICK STUART AND ROJA IN THE RACE FOR LISTENERS’ CHOICE AWARD

MAMA KAMPALA 2021: B2C, WINNIE NWAGI, PALLASO, JOHN BLAQ, SLICK STUART AND ROJA IN THE RACE FOR LISTENERS’ CHOICE AWARD

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES
UGANDAN ARTISTS GO HEAD TO HEAD WITH OTHER TOP AFRICAN ACTS FOR THE LISTENERS’ CHOICE AWARD CATEGORY Kampala, 6 January 2021:  One lucky Ugandan artist is set to compete against 19 other African musicians for the coveted Listeners’ Choice award at the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 that will be hosted virtually in partnership with Uganda, the Pearl of Africa on 20 February 2021. The Listeners’ Choice award is a very popular, fan-focused category that gives music lovers across Africa an opportunity to vote for one nominee to represent their country at the MAMAs. Winners from each country will be added to the official Listeners’ Choice nominee category, which will include 20 finalists who will be voted for by the continent on the MAMA website. Music lovers...
No Cameras at the Polling Stations-Uganda Electoral Commission Chairmain

No Cameras at the Polling Stations-Uganda Electoral Commission Chairmain

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, Uganda Law Society, Uganda Red Cross, WORLD
We shall not allow Cameras at the Polling Stations.We shall also not allow selfies in these places.But, Those with Cameras can take Photos outside these ringed fences. The Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Dr Simon Byabakama;Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Dr Simon Byabakama said this at the Official Dispatch of Polling Materials for Special Interest Groups, Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 2021 on wednesday at their warehouse Stores in Banda,Kampala.  The Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Dr Simon Byabakama with him team flag off the electoral materials.;Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.  _Wednesday 6th January 2021_  As you are aware, the Electoral Commission, commenced on packing of polling m...
Universal Music Group announces Strategic Leadership Appointments within Africa

Universal Music Group announces Strategic Leadership Appointments within Africa

AFRICA, Entertainment, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Uganda Banker's association, WORLD
Sipho Dlamini promoted to CEO, Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; Elouise Kelly appointed COO, Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; Chinedu Okeke named MD, Universal Music NigeriaJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 4, 2021/ -- Universal Music Group (UMG) (www.UniversalMusic.com), the world leader in music entertainment, today strengthened its position as the leading music company in Africa by announcing a strategic expansion of its Sub-Saharan Africa leadership team. These appointments underscore UMG’s ongoing commitment to support and grow Africa’s domestic music ecosystems, while also creating new opportunities for African talent to reach new audiences globally.UMG’s holistic approach to expanding operations across the continent, opening new divisions i...
What happens to the African Energy Industry if Western Lenders cut off Loans for Fossil Fuel Projects? (By NJ Ayuk)

What happens to the African Energy Industry if Western Lenders cut off Loans for Fossil Fuel Projects? (By NJ Ayuk)

AFRICA, Business, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, South Africa
  OPINION PIECEWhat happens to the African Energy Industry if Western Lenders cut off Loans for Fossil Fuel Projects? (By NJ Ayuk)A little more than a year ago, in November 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) declared its intention to phase out funding for fossil fuelsJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 4, 2021/ -- By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber (http://EnergyChamber.org)A little more than a year ago, in November 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) declared its intention to phase out funding for fossil fuels. Specifically, it said that it would no longer grant loans for projects involving crude oil, natural gas, and coal as of January 1, 2022 (with a scant few exceptions for gas projects that meet rigorous environmental criteria).In making this annou...
Arsenal scored twice in each half to earn a third straight Premier League victory, beating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at The Hawthorns.{PICTORIAL}

Arsenal scored twice in each half to earn a third straight Premier League victory, beating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at The Hawthorns.{PICTORIAL}

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The Arsenal players celebrate a third consecutive Premier League victory after the final whistle Arsenal's fourth goal of the evening is scored by Alexandre Lacazette, who converted Kieran Tierney's cross into the roof of the net Alexandre Lacazette is all smiles having scored for a third consecutive Premier League match Alexandre Lacazette reacts quickest to a loose ball to extend Arsenal's lead to three Alexandre Lacazette dribbles the ball past West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone Dara O'Shea clears his lines in the early stages of the second half The West Brom substitutes do their best to keep warm during the half-time interval Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang holds off West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips Callum Robinson shields the ball from Pablo Mari Bu...
United Nations, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations

United Nations, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES
The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have reiterated their commitment to continue to support Sudan consolidate peace as the AU-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in the country’s Darfur region ends its operations on Thursday.  In a joint statement on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres and Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat also called on all Sudanese actors to ensure the safe and orderly drawdown of African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) over the next six months and the ensuing period of liquidation.  “The establishment of this unique hybrid mission was a historic undertaking, through which both organizations and a number of troop and police contributing countries and donors have been engaged ...
ELECTORAL COMMISSION BEGINS ACCREDITATION OF OBSERVERS FOR 2020/2021 ELECTIONS

ELECTORAL COMMISSION BEGINS ACCREDITATION OF OBSERVERS FOR 2020/2021 ELECTIONS

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NUP, POLITICS, UGANDA, WORLD
 Kampala,UgandaThe Electoral Commission has started accrediting national and international Election Observers for the 2021 General Elections.According to the Chairperson of the Accreditation Committee, who is also Deputy Chairperson, Electoral Commission, Hajat Aisha Lubega, the EC Accreditation Centre, based at Serena Kampala Hotel, was officially opened on 22nd December 2020, and will receive and process approved applications up to Monday 11th January 2021.Section 16 (1) (a) of the Electoral Commission Act, gives the Commission powers to accredit representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, media and any other duly registered institutions to observe electoral activities.At least forty-nine (49) national and international organisations, diplomatic missions and regio...