Sunday 22 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/26/13)
LUANDA, November 26, 2013 (AFP) - Angola's government on Tuesday denied it had banned Islam and close mosques in the country, after speculation that sparked outrage among Muslims worldwide. "There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion," said Manuel Fernando, director of the National Institute for Religious Affairs, part of the ministry of culture. "There is no official position that targets the destruction or closure of places of worship, whichever they are," Fernando told AFP. Reports that Angola, a traditionally devout Catholic nation, would crack down on Muslims had drawn condemnation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and others. In Egypt, mufti Shawqi Allam said such a move would be "a provocation not only to Angolan...
(AL Jazeera 11/26/13)
Angolan police have fired teargas and warning shots to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrating in the capital against the disappearance and possible murder of two anti-government activists. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA party accused the main UNITA opposition group this week of promoting "chaos" with its plans for nationwide rallies to tap into public anger at the two disappearances. We met as planned at 0900 GMT near the Santana cemetery but an hour and a half later police charged on us, using teargas, anti-riot and mounted police and dogs. Prosecutors said last week that Isaias Cassule and Antonio Alves Camulingui, who were involved in organising protests by former presidential guards to demand payment of wage arrears, had been...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/26/13)
ACCRA Tue Nov 26, 2013(Reuters) - Pan-African lender Ecobank has sued a top executive who left the company this month, naming him in a civil complaint in Togo as the author of an anonymous email accusing Chief Executive Thierry Tanoh of mismanagement. The executive, David Lawson, denied to Ecobank that he wrote the email and said he had been unfairly dismissed. He accused Ecobank executives including Tanoh of hacking his phone and email account in a fruitless search for evidence against him. The company denies wrongdoing. The row comes as Ecobank tries to shore up confidence in its governance after a Nigerian industry watchdog began investigating the way it reported financial results. The bank's chairman quit last month, saying it...
(Awoko 11/26/13)
All over the world we all think and believe that democracy, as a model of governance development and statecraft, is the best. Granted. Now wait don’t throw your argument right in my face yet! There was this story about our Salone Independence Talks in the Queen’s land way out there at Lancaster House. A paramount chief representative put up his hands and asked this question: When will it end? At the time everybody looked perturbed and ended up laughing at what they thought was a ludicrous question asked out of sheer naivety. Well 52 years on, I am actually asking the question: When will democracy end? Definitely when all the tenets of Democracy are never realized, we will be looking...
(Daily Maverick 11/26/13)
A recent discussion on South Africa's Talk Radio 702 put the practice of eating human placenta on the table (ahem). Whilst there are reports of some people doing it out of curiosity, a host of new mothers say they choose to eat their placenta for health reasons, claiming it speeds their recovery, increases milk production and prevents postnatal depression. Placenta pizza anyone? This was the initial gist of a discussion hosted by Jenny Crwys-Williams on South Africa’s Talk Radio 702 last week. Crwys-Williams read an account by new father and writer for Lifehacker Australia, Chris Jager, who cooked his wife’s placenta and then topped his pizza with it. He did this “for the express purpose” of writing an article about...
(Voice of America 11/26/13)
LONDON — Progress in the battle against AIDS is widely divergent in different African countries, so much so that to talk about “AIDS in Africa” as one epidemic needing a single approach has become an anachronism, campaigners said on Tuesday. In an analysis of the state of the global fight against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS, the advocacy group ONE said that while some African countries had reached a “tipping point” against the disease, others lag far behind. More than 35 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, which causes AIDS. Of that 35 million, 25 million are in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet within Africa, rates of HIV and AIDS vary widely. “Our analysis shows major distinctions between leaders...
(Daily Maverick 11/26/13)
Do twelve Africans die of hunger every minute? A senior food and nutrition adviser to Nepad, the African Union development programme, made the claim recently. But the available data suggests the claim is exaggerated. A senior food and nutrition adviser to Nepad, the development arm of the African Union, has claimed that twelve people die of hunger every minute in Africa. If true it would mean that 94,000 people - enough to fill the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg – are dying of hunger every five-and-a-half days. During an interview on SABC’s Morning Live programme which focused on “food insecurity” and widespread malnutrition in Africa, Boitshepo Giyose said: “[A]bout 300-million Africans are undernourished. That is simply unacceptable…Twelve people die of hunger...
(Bloomberg 11/26/13)
Naspers Ltd. (NPN), Africa’s largest media company, said first-half profit fell 25 percent while a plan to increase its investment will hurt earnings and cash flow in the full year. Net income declined to 3.1 billion rand ($310 million) in the six months through September from 4.15 billion rand a year earlier, the Cape Town-based company said in a statement today. Revenue rose 28 percent to 28.8 billion rand. “We expect development spend to exceed 7 billion rand for the full financial year,” Naspers said. “As this investment is largely made through the income statement, it will have a dampening effect on both earnings and cash flows in the second half of the current financial year and, cumulatively, for the...
(Angola Press 11/25/13)
L'Ambassade de la République d'Angola aux Pays-Bas a demandé, à La Haye, à la Direction de la Chaîne de télévision "PowNews", de présenter, dans une semaine, des excuses publiques pour les dommages causés à la Chancellerie d'Angola par un journaliste de cette chaîne de télévision néerlandaise. Dans un communiqué, l'Ambassade d'Angola a averti qu’au cas contraire, elle sera contrainte de recourir à des organismes nationaux et internationaux compétents, afin de défendre ses droits et sa dignité violée. A rappeler qu'après les événements de mercredi dernier devant l'Ambassade de l'Angola aux Pays-Bas, l'Ambassadeur Luis de Almeida, dans un geste d'apaisement, avait rencontré vendredi le directeur de cette station de télévision, Dominique Wessie.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/25/13)
LUANDA---(Reuters) - Angolan security forces shot and killed an opposition activist on Saturday, hours ahead of protests across the country where police detained 292 people. The killing comes after a tense week during which President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA party accused the main opposition party UNITA of promoting "chaos" with its protests against the kidnap and possible murder of two activists in May 2012. Police said presidential guards shot Manuel Ganga, one of eight members of Angola's second-biggest opposition party CASA-CE detained in the early hours of Saturday for putting up protest posters, after he tried to flee. "During the transfer of the group to a police station, one of them (Ganga) jumped off the vehicle and an officer...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/25/13)
LUANDA(Reuters) - Angolan police fired teargas and warning shots on Saturday to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrating in the capital against the disappearance and possible murder of two anti-government activists. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' MPLA party accused the main UNITA opposition group this week of promoting "chaos" with its plans for nationwide rallies to tap into public anger in Africa's number two oil producer at the two disappearances. Prosecutors said last week that Isaias Cassule and Antonio Alves Camulingui, who were involved in organizing protests by former presidential guards to demand payment of wage arrears, had been kidnapped and possibly murdered in May 2012. Angola's Interior Ministry advised UNITA on Friday to cancel the rallies as they would...
(Bloomberg 11/25/13)
Total SA (FP) will decide whether to proceed with the Kaombo oil project offshore Angola by mid-2014, the same time as it plans to start pumping from the CLOV fields that may help push the country ahead of Nigeria as Africa’s largest crude producer. Feasibility studies are under way for the 600-million-barrel Kaombo site in Block 32, which is expected to produce 200,000 barrels a day after its scheduled start by mid-2017, Jean-Michel Lavergne, the local unit’s general manager, told reporters yesterday in Porto Amboim, Angola, 260 kilometers (162 miles) south of the capital, Luanda. He was leading a tour of the first floating production, storage and offloading vessel to be finished in Angola with local labor. The $10 billion...
(AFP (eng) 11/25/13)
JERUSALEM, (AFP) - The Israeli cabinet approved Sunday measures aimed at deporting thousands of Africans who illegally entered the country and who are perceived by it as a threat to its Jewish character. A statement from the prime minister's office said that beyond the measures, which include a crackdown on employers and financial incentives for home-bound Africans, the interior ministry has drafted a bill that would enable to detain illegal migrants for one year without trial. The new bill, which will be brought before parliament on Monday for an initial hearing and vote, was formulated after a previous law from 2012 allowing the three-year detainment without trial of illegals was overturned by Israel's supreme court in September. According to the...
(National Mirror Online 11/25/13)
In spite of the abundance of raw materials at its threshold, industrialisation in Africa, especially in Nigeria has been facing serious challenges with the continued unbridled importation of goods going on around the continent. To tackle the challenges, stakeholders are of the belief that total ban on importation of some goods would go a long way in bringing back the industries. Away from the stereotype that labour unions are mainly concerned with agitations, strikes and protests, the recently trilateral conference involving three major labour unions-the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ghana Trade Union Congress and South Africa Trade Union, gave a glimpse of their resourcefulness in addressing socio-economic issues pervading the African continent. The conference, with the theme, “Working Class Solidarity for...
(Voice of America 11/23/13)
JOHANNESBURG — Angola's main opposition party is calling for a mass demonstration Saturday to protest the abduction, torture and killing of two activists last year. Human Rights Watch has obtained what they say are authentic leaked documents implicating officials in the killing and is calling for the government to hold the officials accountable. Angola has been simmering politically for the last two years, as the nation has seen a series of mostly small-scale protests against President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who has ruled since 1979. The country's top opposition party is hoping to turn up the heat on the president, following allegations that government forces were responsible for the disappearance and death of two political activists. The Union for the...
(Bloomberg 11/23/13)
UBS AG (UBSN), the world’s biggest wealth manager, is targeting millionaire clients in oil-rich Nigeria and Angola as Swiss rival Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) withdraws from some African markets. “The amount of people on the continent that fall within our wealth-management bracket is increasing every day,” Sean Bennett, the Johannesburg-based managing director of UBS in sub-Saharan Africa, said in a Nov. 20 interview. “There’s still tons of opportunities still relatively untapped.” UBS is vying with Swiss banks from Julius Baer Group Ltd. to Pictet & Cie. for emerging market millionaires as a global crackdown on tax evasion forces European and American clients to withdraw funds. While Bennett sees potential to woo super-rich customers in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and...
(AL Jazeera 11/22/13)
The third Africa-Arab summit has concluded with leaders expressing their commitment to tackling terrorism and a call for closer economic cooperation.The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah, host of this year's event, said on Wednesday, “we have a long way and hard work ahead, requiring doubled efforts, and vigorous follow up, to match the high expectations and various challenges." The Kuwait Declaration presented at the end of the two-day summit said "the leaders call for stronger ties to combat terrorism by criminalising ransom payments to terrorists and confronting transnational crime." The declaration also called for accelerating economic integration in the Arab world, which includes oil-rich Gulf States and investment-thirsty African states. Kuwait, the largest investor from the...
(Voice of America 11/22/13)
A study conducted by Results for Development Institute (R4D), revealed that out-of-school children of primary age significantly impact the economic growth of developing countries. The Washington-based NGO conducted the study in response to what they said is a worrying trend in global education. They found that there are 57 million children of primary school age who are not enrolled – with most living in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Milan Thomas, a program associate for R4D, stated although promising strides have been made in reducing the number of out of school children, progress has slowed down in recent years. “The benefits associated with primary education are really undisputed at this point because there are countless studies showing that children who...
(Bloomberg 11/21/13)
Ankur Varma, third officer on the oil tanker M/V Cotton, opened his cabin door at five minutes to midnight on July 14 to find two men pointing AK-47s at him. “They just pushed me into the cabin with the guns in my chest and they told me to stay silent,” Varma said in a phone interview from India. “They were threatening, they were showing the guns, pointing at us. They took everything -- everything that we had -- including clothes, toiletries, electronics.” Porters offload goods from a foreign vessel in the sea port in Mogadishu, Somalia. They also took the ship’s cargo. The Maltese-flagged vessel was carrying about 10,000 tons of fuel oil belonging to France’s largest oil company when...
(Voice of America 11/20/13)
The President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says members of the group will start a one-week annual meeting beginning Wednesday at The Hague. The Assembly of States Parties is a body that administers management oversight over the ICC. Ambassador Tiina Intelmann says high on the agenda will be a discussion on the immunity from prosecution of sitting heads of state. It’s an important issue to some members who say current leaders should not be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. “This year we will focus on how the court addresses and helps victims, also on the issue of cooperation and also on complementarity,” said Intelmann. “African states parties have asked...

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