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Today’s Future markets

Today’s Future markets

AFRICA, Asia, EUROPEAN UNION, USA, WORLD, World Bank
Americas NameTime (EDT)Future DateLastNet ChangeOpenHighLowDM1:IND Dow Jones mini4/16/2021Jun 202134,081.00+158.0033,940.0034,144.0033,880.00ES1:IND S&P 500 mini4/16/2021Jun 20214,176.30+13.804,162.754,183.504,154.25NQ1:IND NASDAQ 100 mini4/16/2021Jun 202114,029.50+15.5014,002.0014,059.5013,952.75IS1:IND Mexican IPC4/16/2021Jun 202148,564.00+189.0048,495.0048,830.0048,255.00SCT1:IND S&P/TSX Composite4/16/2021Jun 202119,280.00+30.00------PT1:IND S&P/TSX 604/16/2021Jun 20211,148.40+1.201,146.001,149.901,144.40BZ1:IND Ibovespa4/16/2021Jun 2021121,630.00+562.00121,205.00121,855.00120,620.00LB1:IND IBrX-504/16/2021Jun 202120,358.00+52.0020,335.0020,335.0020,325.00 Europe, Middle East & Africa NameTime (EDT)Future DateLastNet ChangeOpenHighLowVG1:IND Euro STOXX 504/16/2...
Today’s Currency markets

Today’s Currency markets

AFRICA, Asia, EUROPEAN UNION, USA, WORLD, World Bank
CurrencyValueChangeNet ChangeTime (EDT)EUR-USD1.19830.0016+0.13%4/16/2021USD-JPY108.80000.0400+0.04%4/16/2021GBP-USD1.38320.0045+0.33%4/16/2021AUD-USD0.7734-0.0018-0.23%4/16/2021USD-CAD1.2508-0.0035-0.28%4/16/2021USD-CHF0.9201-0.0025-0.27%4/16/2021EUR-JPY130.36000.2100+0.16%4/16/2021EUR-GBP0.8658-0.0025-0.29%4/16/2021USD-HKD7.77130.0040+0.05%4/16/2021EUR-CHF1.1026-0.0011-0.10%4/16/2021USD-KRW1,116.1300-1.2700-0.11%4/16/2021
Museveni Government fires back at Biden administration over US visa ban saying it’s cheap blackmail

Museveni Government fires back at Biden administration over US visa ban saying it’s cheap blackmail

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, POLITICS, UGANDA, USA
President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo has castigated the US government’s decision to impose a visa ban on Ugandan officials accused of undermining democracy. On April 16, President Joe Biden administration’s Antony Blinken announced travel restrictions against Ugandans. But secretary Blinken didn’t mention names of those against who the restrictions would work. Reacting to the visa ban, Opondo described the visa ban as “cheap blackmail.” The government spokesperson has urged Washington to list the affected officials and detail the crimes they committed. “Without mentioning the specific officials by name, title, incidents and offences this so-called visa ban is neither here nor there,” said Opondo.
Top Museveni security chiefs, Ministers reportedly on travel ban list after US announced visa restrictions.

Top Museveni security chiefs, Ministers reportedly on travel ban list after US announced visa restrictions.

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, CRIME, POLITICS, UGANDA, USA
US secretary of state Antony Blinken on April 16 announced visa restrictions against Ugandans accused of ‘undermining democracy’ and engaging in pre and post-election human rights violations. But Blinken didn’t mention names of those affected by the travel ban and attendant restrictions. These were: OFFICIALS LIKELY TO FACE US SANCTIONS Gen Peter Elwelu, the Commander of Land ForcesMaj Gen James Birungi, former Commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC)Maj Gen Don William Nabaasa, former Commander of the Special Forces CommandMaj Gen Abel Kandiho, the commandant of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI)Maj Gen Steven Sabiiti Muzeyi, former Deputy Inspector of General of PoliceFrank Mwesigwa, Commissioner of PoliceCol Chris Serunjogi Ddamulira, the Director of Crime ...
Million Trees National Initiative Uganda (MTNi-Ug) launches it’s green activities in Rukungiri District at Rukungiri District Headquarters

Million Trees National Initiative Uganda (MTNi-Ug) launches it’s green activities in Rukungiri District at Rukungiri District Headquarters

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Mr Byamungu Elias (CAO Rukungiri District) Vs Dr Semakura Jibril Owomugisha (CEO MTNi-Ug) while receiving the MTNi-Ug Forest Development Plan For Rukungiri District For the Period of 2019 to 2029. MTNi-Ug is abroad based Organization that also improve Household income, Food Security and Agro-industrialization by donating short term plants like Vegetable seeds, Organic fertilizers and pesticides to peasants, Fruit plant Seedlings for Agroforestry in Uganda. District leaders lead by Chief Administrative Officer Mr Byamungu Elias, Ass. RDC, Production Officer, all in place for the launch Mr Byamungu Elias (CAO Rukungiri District) Vs Dr Semakura Jibril Owomugisha (CEO MTNi-Ug) growing a Fruit tree at Rukungiri District Headquarters. Million Trees National Initiative Uganda (MTNi-Ug) ...
US Actor Joseph Siravo dies aged 64

US Actor Joseph Siravo dies aged 64

BREAKING NEWS, Entertainment, USA
US actor Joseph Siravo, who played Tony Soprano's father Johnny in the TV drama The Sopranos, has died aged 64. Siravo also featured in the Tony Award-winning stage musical Jersey Boys, as well as The People v OJ Simpson - part of the American Crime Story TV series. The Sopranos ran for six seasons from 1999 to 2007, winning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Siravo's character appeared in flashbacks to the sixties as Tony's father, with whom he had a troubled relationship. Born and raised in the US capital Washington DC, Siravo made his on-screen debut in the 1993 film Carlito's Way. A star of screen and stage, he put in more than 2,000 performances as the character Gyp DeCarlo in the first national tour of the musical Jersey Boys from 2006 onwards. Siravo often fou...
Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

Entertainment, INTERNATIONAL, USA
DMX, the iconic hip-hop artist behind the songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Party Up (Up in Here)” whose distinctively gruff voice and thoughtful messages in his rhymes made him one of rap’s biggest stars, has died, according to a family statement Friday. He was 50. The Grammy-nominated performer died after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to a statement from the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died. He was rushed there from his home April 2. His family's statement said DMX, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, died with relatives by his side after several days on life support.“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him,” the family said, adding that his music “ins...
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh dies  at the age of 99

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh dies at the age of 99

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EALA, EAST AFRICA, European Council, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Manchester City, Manchester United, Parliament, UGANDA, UK, USA, WORLD, World Health Organization
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who served as consort to his wife Queen Elizabeth II for more than 60 years, has died at the age of 99. Key points: Born in Greece to royalty, he escaped political turmoil as a babyPrince Philip became Queen Elizabeth II's trusted adviser and father to her childrenHe was a patron of more than 800 organisations and a staunch supporter of the armed servicesProne to gaffes, he sometimes became a target for media ridicule The duke had suffered failing health in recent years, and retired from royal duties in 2017. On March 16 he had been released from London's King Edward VII hospital, after being admitted a month before as a "precautionary measure". A statement from Buckingham Palace at the time of his admission said he had been sent to...
President Kenyatta unveils Shs.4bn Gov’t weaponry factory in Ruiru

President Kenyatta unveils Shs.4bn Gov’t weaponry factory in Ruiru

AFRICA, Arms, EALA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, UN Human RiGHTS, USA, WORLD
RUIRU, KIAMBU COUNTY, 8th April 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta today opened a new Government small arms factory in Ruiru, Kiambu County. President Uhuru Kenyatta during the commissioning of the Small Arms Factory at the National Security Industries at Ruiru, Kiambu County. The Shs 4 billion factory, with a single-shift annual production capacity 12,000 assault rifles, is part of a broad multi-agency natonal security industries strategy. The factory draws 60 percent of its input from local sources. President Uhuru Kenyatta during the commissioning of the Small Arms Factory at the National Security Industries at Ruiru, Kiambu County. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the President said Kenya seeks to enhance her self-reliance in security through local production of equi...
PRESIDENT MUSEVENI MEETS AKON IN RWAKITURA

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI MEETS AKON IN RWAKITURA

AFRICA, Central African Republic, EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, South Africa, UGANDA, USA, West Africa
This is unique! There are only about two other places gifted that much-Museveni Mama Janet Museveni and I told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude-Yoweri Museveni Mama Janet Museveni and I told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude-Yoweri Museveni Mama Janet Museveni and I told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the best tourism destination, known for its fantastic weather, considering that we are right on the Equator but with a high altitude-Yoweri Museveni Mama Janet Museveni and I told Akon and his wife that Uganda is the ...
Press release: Activism and commitments to accelerate gender equality mark conclusion of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City

Press release: Activism and commitments to accelerate gender equality mark conclusion of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City

INTERNATIONAL, LIBYA, UN, UN Women, USA
Mexico City, Mexico, 31 March 2021 – The Generation Equality Forum Mexico concluded today with the unveiling of an Action Coalition blueprint and of new catalytic commitments for gender equality. These set the stage to pass the Forum’s torch to its next step in Paris on 30 June, which will be a major commitment-making moment. Youth and civil society leaders also launched a 2026 vision and a common feminist pathway. This progress was made possible by a vibrant intergenerational coalition of actors representing governments, civil society, feminist and youth organizations, the private sector, philanthropy, and international organizations. The Forum in Mexico City, 29-31 March, engaged an estimated 10,000 people, including over 250 speakers from 85 countries to reinvigorate action and move...

Large container ship remains stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal, backing up hundreds of vessels and disrupting global trade

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, USA
The Ever Given, which measures slightly taller than the Empire State Building in New York City, was still stuck in the Suez Canal as of March 26 with many estimating it could be stuck well into the following week. It initially became stuck on March 23, and various efforts to refloat the massive container ship have so far been unsuccessful. The ship is causing a growing traffic jam of vessels as well as a mounting effect on global trade. The Suez Canal links the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and shipping lanes to Asia, making it one of the most important waterways in the world.
South sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit mourns his Tanzanian Counterpart John Pombe Magufuli

South sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit mourns his Tanzanian Counterpart John Pombe Magufuli

AFRICA, Diplomats, EALA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, European Council, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Nairobi, POLITICS, South Africa, South Sudan, TANZANIA, UGANDA, USA, USA, WORLD, World Health Organization, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Juba,South Sudan 18th March 2021, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued a statement on the passing on of H.E. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. In his Statement to the media, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that the People of Republic of South Sudan are deeply saddened and grieving with their brothers and sisters in the United Republic of Tanzania. South Sudanese President H.E Salvar Kiir.Courtesy Photo H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared three days of mourning across South Sudan and instructed all the Government institutions and our diplomatic missions abroad to fly their flags half-mast during this period beginning from today in his honour to the Late H.E. President John Pombe Magufuli. H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit...
Dollar General earnings at 2.62 USD, Accenture earnings at 2.03 USD, Irish Trade Surplus Narrows in January, US Initial Jobless Claims Set to Fall to 1-Year Low, South Africa Building Permits Fall in January

Dollar General earnings at 2.62 USD, Accenture earnings at 2.03 USD, Irish Trade Surplus Narrows in January, US Initial Jobless Claims Set to Fall to 1-Year Low, South Africa Building Permits Fall in January

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, USA, WORLD, World Bank
Dollar General earnings at 2.62 USDDollar General (DG) released earnings per share at 2.62 USD, compared to market expectations of 2.72 USD.Accenture earnings at 2.03 USDAccenture (ACN) released earnings per share at 2.03 USD, compared to market expectations of 1.89 USD.Irish Trade Surplus Narrows in JanuaryIreland's trade surplus narrowed to EUR 7.5 billion in January 2021 from EUR 7.9 billion in the corresponding month of the previous year. Exports shrank 12 percent to EUR 13.2 billion, mainly due to lower sales in organic chemicals (-20 percent); food & live animals (-16 percent); and in office machines & automatic data processing machines (-38 percent). Meantime, imports plunged 20 percent to EUR 5.7 billion, due to lower purchases of other transport equipment, including aircr...
Fed to Publish New Economic Forecasts, Japanese Yen Refreshes 9-Month Lows, Australian Dollar Falls, Malaysia Stocks Stay in the Red

Fed to Publish New Economic Forecasts, Japanese Yen Refreshes 9-Month Lows, Australian Dollar Falls, Malaysia Stocks Stay in the Red

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, USA, WORLD, World Bank
United StatesInterest RateFed to Publish New Economic ForecastsWhile the Federal Reserve is expected to leave monetary policy unchanged when it concludes its two-day meeting today more attention will be given to a new set of quarterly economic projections. The macroeconomic scenario has improved compared to January as coronavirus infections slowed, vaccination rollout accelerated and the $1.9 trillion stimulus package has been signed into law, prompting a surge in inflation expectations and a bond sell-off. If inflation is seen overshooting the 2% target for a long period and if the so-called 'dot plot' continues to point to record low rates until at least 2023, policymakers may consider tightening earlier. The press conference will also be in the spotlight as Jerome Powell is expected to...
FTSE 100 Hits 9-Week High, Palladium Hits 12-month High, Sensex Falls For 3rd Day, S&P 500 CFD hits All-time High, Hungary Construction Output Rises the Most in Over 1 Year, Croatia Consumer Prices Rebound in February

FTSE 100 Hits 9-Week High, Palladium Hits 12-month High, Sensex Falls For 3rd Day, S&P 500 CFD hits All-time High, Hungary Construction Output Rises the Most in Over 1 Year, Croatia Consumer Prices Rebound in February

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, USA, WORLD, World Bank
FTSE 100 Hits 9-Week HighThe FTSE 100 touched 6,805 on Tuesday for the first time since January 12th, amid optimism surrounding UK's economic recovery due to the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions and the continued success of the vaccination rollout programme. Meanwhile, investor focus shifts to the Federal Reserve policy meeting starting today with policymakers seen unveiling their views on a recent pick-up in inflation and rising bond yields. Among single stocks, shares of AstraZeneca rallied, despite several EU member states halting their rollouts of its vaccine, after the company announced an agreement with the US to supply up to half a million extra doses of its experimental antibody-based COVID-19 combination therapy.Palladium Hits 12-month HighPalladium increased to a 12-month hig...