Sunday 21 January 2018
(APA 08/29/17)
The Defense Minister rubbishing the claim of an assassination plan by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah and political activities dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. Defense Minister Brownie Samukai says the prevalence of lying by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah demonstrates its irresponsibility to lead and urged Liberians not to entrust such political party with state power. Addressing journalists at his Barclay Training Center office in central Monrovia on Monday, Samukai rubbished the recent allegation made by the CDC of an assassination plan as well as the ill health of the Vice President. Samukai said it would be sad for the Liberian people to consider that sitting Liberian government officials...
(APA 08/29/17)
The meeting of ministers with President Muhammadu Buhari on the economy and the planned sale of super jet fighters to Nigeria by the United States are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, her Budget and National Planning counterpart, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to deliberate on the state of the nation’s economy, was the headline of the Leadership newspaper. It also reported that the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) on Monday commenced the demolition of 57 distressed buildings across the metropolis in a move to stem the tide of collapsed buildings...
(Egyptian Streets 08/28/17)
El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is set to take place from the 22 to 29 September in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of El Gouna. Egyptian business tycoon Naguib Sawiris shared his ambitions behind launching the festival to “put itself on the international map”, during the press conference of the festival on Sunday. “I love cinema, which is the primary motive behind starting this [festival]. Another reason is that I felt El-Gouna needs to be put on the map in cinema. It could be similar to Cannes, which was a touristic destination that became one of the top spots in the international film scene with its film festival,” he said. Among the Egyptian stars who attended the press conference...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on Sunday transferred 13 chartaceous securities and currencies to China, with some dating back to late Qing dynasty (1644-1911). At a ceremony held at the Egyptian National Museum in Cairo, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said these historical relics had been confiscated before being trafficked outside the country, adding that Egypt has been committed to fighting any kind of relic smuggling, including foreign relics. The securities and currencies includes a 20-yuan banknote issued by China's Central Soviet Area in the early 1930s and a banknote issued in 1900. Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo said the transfer is an important part of bilateral cooperation, as well as a specific move to jointly protect antiquities. At...
(Alarabiya.net 08/28/17)
Egypt on Sunday returned antique coins and bonds that were smuggled into the country from Iraq and China. The coins and bonds were returned to the Iraqi and Chinese embassies in Cairo by the Ministry of State of Antiquities during a ceremony held in the Egyptian museum. Ahmed Al-Rawi, the head of the Antiquities Units at Egyptian ports, said the antiques were handed over in accordance with the UNESCO agreement which Egypt joined in 1972 and in accordance with bilateral agreements which obligate Egypt to seize foreign antiques if smuggled into its territories and show them to the relevant embassy to check whether they are on the heritage list and protect them. In June, relevant authorizes seized 44 coins that...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
After a ride on Kenya's newly-launched Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Nairobi Railway Museum guide Daniel Shikoli felt an urge to tell visitors what it meant for the country to run a new, modern rail link after a century-long hiatus in rail projects. Like Shikoli, Kenyans have good reason -- and ample opportunities -- to be excited. A trip by the Chinese-built SGR linking the port city of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi takes less than five hours for an otherwise tedious journey either by road or by a colonial-era railway. Kenya Railways currently operates one daily service from Nairobi to Mombasa and another from Mombasa to Nairobi and is looking into the possibility of increasing the frequency of trains. "It's...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/17)
Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities inaugurated Friday the Rommel Cave Museum in the country's seaside province of Matrouh after a 10-year closure for restorations. The event was attended by Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany and the governor of Matrouh Province, the ministry said in a press statement. Rommel Cave is a natural cave cut in a rocky cliff since the Roman times with an entrance and exit on the Mediterranean. German General Erwin Rommel used it in World War II as a central command base. Anany said in a speech that the opening of the Rommel Cave Museum highlights the aim of the ministry to promote tourism through creating new attractions as well as increasing awareness among Egyptians in general. "The Rommel...
(The Citizen 08/25/17)
The unit will also investigate staff members who have undisclosed or unauthorised interests in companies that have done business with the public broadcaster. President Jacob Zuma has given the greenlight for the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate any wrongdoing at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), his office said on Friday. The proclamation, signed by Zuma, gives the SIU the authority to investigate irregularities and criminality relating to the procurement of “goods, works or services or on behalf of the SABC from various companies or service providers and payment made in respect thereof in a manner that was not fair, transparent, competitive and equitable or cost effective”. In terms of the proclamation, the SIU is also empowered to probe...
(APA 08/25/17)
The Liberia Revenue installing Baggage Scanning machines and the election outfit recruiting 28,367 poll staffs dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Friday. The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is training its customs officers assigned at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) to fully prepare them to operate two electronic baggage scanners donated to the LRA by the UNDP. The equipment will facilitate the clearance of arriving passengers’ baggage at the country’s only international airport. The Inquirer newspaper published this story on its back page under the caption: LRA Installs Scanning Machines At RIA. The National Elections Commission (NEC) has begun the recruitment of 28,367 competent poll staffs for the upcoming presidential and legislative elections. Addressing a news conference on Thursday, NEC...
(Daily Post 08/24/17)
Veteran Nollywood actress, Eucharia Anunobi has confirmed the news of the death of his son Raymond. The news of the death of the 15-year-old boy broke earlier on Tuesday. Raymond, who happened to be her only child died from Sickle Cell Anaemia, a sickness he was reportedly born with. Speaking with reporters on the child’s death, the actress said, “My son has gone to our place of origin to be with our daddy Jesus, waiting for me when I eventually go there at the fullness of time. “God knows best. “Thank you, I appreciate it.” By John Owen Nwachukwu
(Ghana Web 08/22/17)
Prosperity Gospel Award winner Nayaah is back to steal the ears, hearts of her fans. Catching the attention of most of her hearers from the tender age of ten, Nayaah is set to lift spirits from earth to suspend listeners into the realm of glory during worship. She is yet to release her latest single on September 8, 2017 titled, "You are the Pillar". In Nayaah's life, she has proved more purpose and continuity despite the many challenges she has faced. The blessings just keep on flowing. Dominating Ghana, Africa, and taking Nigera by storm, it is no suprise Nayaah brought a whirlwind of success from the east as she began to minister in the U.K. "These songs are addictive",...
(Ghana Web 08/22/17)
Henceforth, Nigerians will not be hearing Davido’s ‘If’, ‘Fall,’ and three other Nigerian hit songs on their airwaves, Citi Showbiz has learnt. According naijaloaded.com.ng, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Broadcasting Corporation has banned Davido’s two hit songs, Olamide’s ‘Wo’ and ‘Wavy Level,’ and ‘Living Things’ by 9ice. This comes a few days after the Federal Ministry of Health had openly aired it displeasure about visuals to ‘Wo.’ In its own opinion, the video portrays a bad message that encourages second-hand smoking. Taking to its Twitter account, the ministry revealed that ‘Wo’ which featured a line where Olamide mentions cigarettes, contravenes Nigeria’s laws on Tobacco advertising, promotion & sponsorship. The risks from this include cancers, respiratory & cardiovascular...
(APA 08/22/17)
The alarm raised by a political group that Weah is an American citizen and the arrest of the man, who murdered his wife in Bong County dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. Following the successful Coalition for Democratic Change campaign over the weekend, the National Movement to Support Boakai (NAMBO) on Monday announced that it has discovered that the Standard Bearer of the CDC, George Weah, holds an American passport as an American and therefore is not qualified to contest for political office in Liberia. Chapter 22 of the Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia prohibits Liberian citizens from dual citizenship or engaging in certain acts in foreign countries such as joining the armed forces or voting in...
(APA 08/22/17)
The fear of bank depositing public in the face of two collapsed giant banks and others on Tuesday catches the attention of the press in Accra. The Business Week newspaper discusses the aftermath of the takeover of the GCB Bank of two prominent Ghanaian Banks, GT Bank and UT Bank for failure to meet Bank of Ghana's stipulated reserves. The paper states that due to the compulsory takeover of the two banks, depositors have started to worry because they do not know if their banks are in line for compulsory takeover or not. It recounted how some two other banks had earlier been liquidated in the year 2000 following the introduction of a new policy and adds that the phenomenon...
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Zambian Photographer Chellah Tukuta Rancen was awarded the African Photographer of the year and the Lens Awards in Nigeria. He had this to say on social media: ” This is the beginning of hard work and am happy to have represented my country Mother Zambia at Continental level. I would love to dedicate this award to the woman who has seen me work my nose out Chanda Chibs, to my lovely and beautiful daughter Malumbo Joy Grace Tukuta, My mother Blesta Mpundu Mulenga who always told me one day I will be great, Yonah my new son adopted, to our leaders both in the ruling and opposition parties and above all to our current president Edgar Chagwa Lungu and to...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The following are news highlights in Ethiopia's major media outlets on Monday. -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that his government would support the private sector to improve its efficiency and productivity. During the 3rd national government-private sector consultation forum held on Saturday, the Premier said the government would contribute share for the development of the sector. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Lesotho's King Letsie III will arrive in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia on Monday for a four-day state visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. (Ethiopian News Agency/ENA) -- Qatar Chamber held a meeting with an Ethiopian government delegation on Saturday to review and enhance trade ties between the two countries. (Fana Broadcasting Corporate/FBC)
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The following are news highlights in Zambia's major media outlets on Monday. -- Trade between Zambia and the European Union (EU) stood at 142.26 million euros in the first quarter of this year representing a decrease from the 187.79 million euros recorded during the same period last year. The EU imported goods worth 59.6 million euros from Zambia and exported goods worth 82.66 million euros during the first quarter of the year, according to figures released by the EU office in Zambia. (Times of Zambia) -- Zambia has signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on gender and development aimed at promoting 50-50 gender parity in political and decision-making positions. President Edgar Lungu signed the protocol during the just-ended...
(Ghana Web 08/18/17)
Award-winning songwriter, Martin King Arthur, known in the music scene as Kofi Kinaata, has disclosed that he is hoping for the opportunity to have collaboration with renowned Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy. He disclosed that he sees Stonebwoy as a dancehall artiste with a vision and a good track record, hence his decision to do feature him in one of his upcoming songs. Speaking on Hitz FM in Accra, Kofi Kinaata stated that he is currently looking up to Stonebwoy to give him the green light. The ‘Susuka’ hitmaker mentioned that collaborating with Stonebwoy would definitely push further his musical career to another level. “I have not worked with a lot of people. I would want to work with Stonebwoy. He...
(Fox News 08/17/17)
Experts have unearthed three tombs that date back 2,000 years at the site of an ancient city in the Nile Valley. Egypt's antiquities ministry said that archaeologists discovered the tombs from the Ptolemaic Period. The discovery was made in the province of Minya, south of Cairo, in an area known as al-Kamin al-Sahrawi. In a August 15 Facebook post, the ministry explained that excavators unearthed a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes as well as clay fragments that date the tomb to between Egypt’s 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period. The area was likely a “great cemetery,” according to Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, head of the ministry’s Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector. Ashmawy described the latest discoveries as “very important,”...
(The Independent 08/16/17)
First discovery of female and child remains at al-Kamin al-Sarwahi site points to wider use of tomb network than previously thought. Three tombs dating back 2,000 years have been newly discovered in southern Egypt, the ministry of antiquities has said. The finds were uncovered in al-Kamin al-Sarwahi in Minya province, hidden down deep burial shafts. After careful excavations, in one tomb four sarcophagi were found which had been carved with human faces. Another contained six burial holes, including a child’s. “These tombs were part of a large cemetery for a large city and not a military garrison as some suggest,” lead archaeologist Ali al-Bakry said, citing bones and other evidence which pointed to the presence of “men, women and children...

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