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Hamdok says he plans to make Sudanese economy productive

August 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Newly appointed Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok Saturday said he plans to implement structural reforms in the Sudanese economy to transform it from an economy of consumption and imports to a productive one, adding that this economi
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Hamdok says he plans to make Sudanese economy productive

August 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Newly appointed Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok Saturday said he plans to implement structural reforms in the Sudanese economy to transform it from an economy of consumption and imports to a productive one, adding that this economic growth cannot be achieved without ending the war first. Hamdok who worked for more than 30 years outside the country in regional and international economic and development institutions made his statements in his first interview with (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_DISPLAY, Protest & Activism

Disburse peace deal funds, IGAD asks S. Sudan's Kiir

August 24, 2019 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has asked South Sudan President Salva Kiir to ensure that the balance of the pledged $100 million is disbursed to expedite the implementation of the revitalized peace agr
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Disburse peace deal funds, IGAD asks S. Sudan's Kiir

August 24, 2019 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has asked South Sudan President Salva Kiir to ensure that the balance of the pledged $100 million is disbursed to expedite the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement. The regional bloc, in a statement, urged Juba “to be transparent and put in place accountability mechanisms in the use of funds for the implementation of the peace agreement.” South Sudan government had earlier pledged to release (...) - News / Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), South Sudan, South Sudan Peace Implementation

China signs two cooperation agreements with S. Sudan

August 24, 2019 (JUBA) - China on Friday signed a couple of technical collaboration agreements with South Sudan, one of which involves establishing 47 drilling boreholes in the East African nation. The Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, Hua Ning was quoted s
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China signs two cooperation agreements with S. Sudan

August 24, 2019 (JUBA) - China on Friday signed a couple of technical collaboration agreements with South Sudan, one of which involves establishing 47 drilling boreholes in the East African nation. The Chinese ambassador to South Sudan, Hua Ning was quoted saying clean water and medical services would be provided to millions of South Sudanese citizens under the newly signed contracts. "I am very honored to sign two cooperative projects between China and South Sudan, one is bore holes (...) - News / South Sudan, China, Diplomacy - International Relations

Johnson seeks to push Trump at fractious G7

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Sunday seek to persuade President Donald Trump to offer flexibility on trade and also win concessions from the EU on Brexit, at a G7 summit hosted by France marked by stark divisions. Johnson was to hold his long-
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Johnson seeks to push Trump at fractious G7

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Sunday seek to persuade President Donald Trump to offer flexibility on trade and also win concessions from the EU on Brexit, at a G7 summit hosted by France marked by stark divisions. Johnson was to hold his long-awaited first face-to-face meeting as premier with Trump in the southern French resort of Biarritz and also at midday talk with EU Council President Donald Tusk after a bitter verbal spat the day earlier. Host President Emmanuel Macron wants to make the three-day meeting of the Group of Seven nations that started Saturday, an example for international forums but the first day was marked by EU leaders rounding on Trump on trade. In a radical break from previous meetings of the elite club, there is to be no final statement haggled over in late night talks. Macron also invited several world leaders from outside the G7 such as India's Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The Basque resort of Biarritz, which at this time of year usually teems with surfers, sunbathers and tourists, has been turned into a fortress for the event with over 13,000 police on duty and its gleaming beaches out of bounds to the public. An anti-capitalism demonstration in nearby Bayonne turned ugly Saturday when the crowd of several hundred tried to get through police barricades and was repelled with water cannon and tear gas. - 'Considerable barriers' - On Sunday, all eyes will be on Johnson as he makes his biggest international appearance since taking office in July on a pledge to deliver Britain's exit from the European Union and return the self confidence of his nation. In the lead-up to the talks, Johnson appeared at pains to distance himself from Trump after facing accusations in the past of being too cosy with the American leader. He urged Trump to remove the «considerable barriers» for UK companies seeking to export to the American market, saying they risked impeding a free-trade deal after Brexit. Johnson pointed to a string of UK products -- ranging from shower trays to Britain's beloved pork pies -- that he said were not allowed on the American market. «We intend to seize those opportunities but they are going to require our American friends to compromise and to open up their approach, because currently there are too many restrictions,» he said. In another comment that could rile the Americans, he said that US digital giants like Facebook and Google needed to be taxed «fairly and properly» on their revenues. Johnson also sounded the alarm over Trump's escalating trade struggle with China. Johnson's talks with Tusk later in the day could prove to be prickly after the pair exchanged barbs on Saturday over who would be to blame if Britain left the European Union without a deal. «I still hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr 'No Deal',» Tusk told reporters in Biarritz. Johnson retorted it was up to the EU to «get rid of» the so-called Irish backstop, a provision guaranteeing that border checks will not return between Ireland, an EU member, and Britain's Northern Ireland. - 'Very special guest' - G7 summits, gathering Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, were once a meeting of like-minded allies. But they've become a diplomatic battlefield under Trump. In an attempt to break the ice, Macron deployed the charms of French cuisine on Saturday, treating Trump to an unscheduled lunch as soon as he arrived on Air Force One. Speaking to reporters in fluent English, Macron called Trump «a very special guest» and aides later said that the two men had found some common ground, notably on the Iran nuclear crisis. G7 chiefs are also hoping to soothe tensions over Iran's nuclear programme and persuade Trump to ease his policy of «maximum pressure», for example by lifting sanctions on Iranian oil sales to China and India. Macron is also pushing for action against fires in the Amazon rainforest, despite Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's angry response to what he sees as outside interference. © Agence France-Presse

Maia Luxury Resort earns the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa has been certified with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label as a responsible hotel with well- established sustainability practices. The resort received the certification from the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports &
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Maia Luxury Resort earns the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa has been certified with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label as a responsible hotel with well- established sustainability practices. The resort received the certification from the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Didier Dogley, in a short ceremony on Tuesday. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is the 21st hotel to be certified and according to the minister, 74 percent of large hotels in Seychelles are now SSTL certified. “This shows that more and more of our operators are recognising the need and importance of sustainable operations and they are embracing the ministry’s efforts to make of our industry a sustainable one which can contribute to the sustainable development of our country,” said the minister. The general manager of the resort, Lionel Ferrari, said that “more visitors are looking for certified hotels and other tourism products and it is becoming a necessity for hotels to meet this need in order to increase visitor experience and satisfaction.” The resort received the certification from the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Didier Dogley, in a short ceremony on Tuesday. (Tourism Department) Photo License: CC-BY  Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is an exclusive resort conceived as a relaxing, private sanctuary with 30 rustic-style villas and an outstanding Balinese-style spa. It is set on a granite headland at Anse Louis beach on the southwest coast of the main island, Mahe. The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label launched in 2012 has seen a growing interest over the last two years as hotels become more aware of the necessity and benefits of sustainable practices.    Dogley said that the ministry will “continue to work with our medium and smaller accommodation establishments to get them on board so that they too can experience the benefits of being a responsible tourism business.” Applicable to hotels of all sizes in Seychelles, the label is designed to encourage more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business. It works on a point-based system and hotels have to satisfy 24 “must” criteria, and depending on their sizes, hotels have to score additional points in each of eight theme areas: management, waste, water, energy, staff, conservation, community and guests. The tourism department has developed the label so as to be able to certify not only hotels but tour operators, Destination Management Companies, the boating-yachting sector and restaurants. These certifications will be launched at the end of 2019. Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, relies largely on tourism which is the top contributor to its economy.

East Africa: East Africa Gets First ICT Centre of Excellence

[New Times] With the launch, Friday of a Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA) in Arusha Tanzania, East African Community (EAC) member states have expressed optimism that the region will soon turn into an ICT hub.
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East Africa: East Africa Gets First ICT Centre of Excellence

[New Times] With the launch, Friday of a Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa (CENIT@EA) in Arusha Tanzania, East African Community (EAC) member states have expressed optimism that the region will soon turn into an ICT hub.

West Africa: Two Million Children in Robbed of an Education Due to Conflict

[IPS] Johannesburg -Fourteen-year-old Fanta lives in a tent in a settlement in Zamaï, a village in the Far North Region of Cameroon with her mother and two brothers. They came here more than a year ago after her father and elder brother were murdered and he
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West Africa: Two Million Children in Robbed of an Education Due to Conflict

[IPS] Johannesburg -Fourteen-year-old Fanta lives in a tent in a settlement in Zamaï, a village in the Far North Region of Cameroon with her mother and two brothers. They came here more than a year ago after her father and elder brother were murdered and her elder sister abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram.

Nigeria: How Judicial Officials Extort Lawyers in Lagos Courts

[Daily Trust] Lagos -A real estate firm (name withheld) based in Ojodu in Ikeja Local Government of Lagos State, recently secured a judgement at an Ogba Magistrate's Court on a disputed shop at Alausa-Ikeja.
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Nigeria: How Judicial Officials Extort Lawyers in Lagos Courts

[Daily Trust] Lagos -A real estate firm (name withheld) based in Ojodu in Ikeja Local Government of Lagos State, recently secured a judgement at an Ogba Magistrate's Court on a disputed shop at Alausa-Ikeja.

He attracted friends across political spectrum: Sonia Gandhi writes to Arun Jaitley's wife

«Arun Jaitley was a person who attracted friends and admirers across the political spectrum and all walks of life,» said Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Sangeeta Jaitley, Arun Jaitley's wife. «Words are of little consolation at this time of grie
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He attracted friends across political spectrum: Sonia Gandhi writes to Arun Jaitley's wife

«Arun Jaitley was a person who attracted friends and admirers across the political spectrum and all walks of life,» said Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Sangeeta Jaitley, Arun Jaitley's wife. «Words are of little consolation at this time of grief, but I wanted you, and your son and daughter to know that I share your pain. May Arun Ji find eternal peace,» she wrote.

He does love missiles! Smiling Kim tests N. Korea’s ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher’ (PHOTOS)

The successful test of a new “super-large multiple rocket launcher” was nothing short of a “miracle” performed by North Korean scientists, Pyongyang said, as Kim Jong-un vows to continue missile launches so pleasing to his sight. Read Full Article at
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He does love missiles! Smiling Kim tests N. Korea’s ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher’ (PHOTOS)

The successful test of a new “super-large multiple rocket launcher” was nothing short of a “miracle” performed by North Korean scientists, Pyongyang said, as Kim Jong-un vows to continue missile launches so pleasing to his sight. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Honor for entire India!’ Modi scores two state awards on Persian Gulf tour (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been honored with two prestigious state awards in a single day from monarchs in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Honor for entire India!’ Modi scores two state awards on Persian Gulf tour (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been honored with two prestigious state awards in a single day from monarchs in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Read Full Article at RT.com

Two ‘Israeli suicide drones’ crash & explode in Beirut, Lebanon’s Hezbollah claims

An explosion rocked the Lebanese capital just as Israel was bombing ‘Iranian targets’ in Syria. The blast was the result of an ‘Israeli drone attack’ in which one UAV crashed and another prematurely exploded, Hezbollah claims. Read Full Article at RT.
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Two ‘Israeli suicide drones’ crash & explode in Beirut, Lebanon’s Hezbollah claims

An explosion rocked the Lebanese capital just as Israel was bombing ‘Iranian targets’ in Syria. The blast was the result of an ‘Israeli drone attack’ in which one UAV crashed and another prematurely exploded, Hezbollah claims. Read Full Article at RT.com

Singaporeans can weather world uncertainties by training and upgrading of skills: Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE - The world economy is facing challenging times, but Singaporeans will be able to weather the storm with the right tools and mindset, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a dinner for his constituents on Saturday (Aug 24). «Last week, at th
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Singaporeans can weather world uncertainties by training and upgrading of skills: Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE - The world economy is facing challenging times, but Singaporeans will be able to weather the storm with the right tools and mindset, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a dinner for his constituents on Saturday (Aug 24). «Last week, at the National Day Rally, I talked about the economy and how conditions are difficult because of uncertainties in the world and how that's affecting us,» said PM Lee at the Teck Ghee National Day Celebration Dinner. «And how we will be able to respond, not just with stimulus, not just with relief packages, but also with training, with upgrading, and with transformation of companies.» He emphasised the importance of workers learning new skills to stay relevant in a changing economy, and older workers continuing to receive new training.

Singapore watching for fragmentation of global system in US-China trade war: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE - Among the various challenges facing Singapore, the ongoing US-China trade war was foremost on the minds of many participants at a public forum held on Saturday (Aug 24). But it is no longer just a trade row, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan
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Singapore watching for fragmentation of global system in US-China trade war: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE - Among the various challenges facing Singapore, the ongoing US-China trade war was foremost on the minds of many participants at a public forum held on Saturday (Aug 24). But it is no longer just a trade row, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, who chaired the session, and there are many competing interests between the two powers - such as in technology and currency - which Singapore is keeping an eye on. «We are concerned with how the global trading system, the global digital economic system is coming together, or is being fragmented,» Mr Chan said at a dialogue organised by Government feedback unit Reach and Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese broadsheet Lianhe Zaobao. «Because for Singapore, we need to make preparations for the worst case scenario whereby if the world fragments - be it in the trade, production, or digital space- we will have to ask ourselves, how can we overcome these challenges and play a constructive role, a positive part in this,» he added.

Police investigate 115 scammers after five-day operation

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating 115 people for their suspected involvement in scams after a five-day operation last week. The suspects are believed to be involved in 214 cases of scams, mostly in the area of e-commerce. The total amount cheated was
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Police investigate 115 scammers after five-day operation

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating 115 people for their suspected involvement in scams after a five-day operation last week. The suspects are believed to be involved in 214 cases of scams, mostly in the area of e-commerce. The total amount cheated was more than $253,000, police said on Saturday (Aug 24). The 64 men and 51 women, aged between 14 and 52, are being investigated for cheating or money laundering. The operation was carried out from Aug 19 to 23 by officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and seven police land divisions. Anyone found guilty of cheating may be fined and jailed for up to 10 years.

Britain’s Prince Andrew issues new statement to ‘clarify’ his ties to Epstein

The prince said that “at no stage” did he suspect disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of criminal behavior. 
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Britain’s Prince Andrew issues new statement to ‘clarify’ his ties to Epstein

The prince said that “at no stage” did he suspect disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of criminal behavior. 

As U.S.-Taliban deal nears, Afghanistan’s Ghani hardens resolve to hold elections on time

The president rejects concerns about security, including the fact that insurgent threats will keep 2,000 out of 7,400 polling places closed.
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As U.S.-Taliban deal nears, Afghanistan’s Ghani hardens resolve to hold elections on time

The president rejects concerns about security, including the fact that insurgent threats will keep 2,000 out of 7,400 polling places closed.

In South Korea, schools are bringing video games into the classroom

High schools and universities offer esports as an academic discipline, a plan being copied around the world. It’s helping give some students a sense of achievement and self-worth. 
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In South Korea, schools are bringing video games into the classroom

High schools and universities offer esports as an academic discipline, a plan being copied around the world. It’s helping give some students a sense of achievement and self-worth. 

South Africa seizes Air Tanzania passenger jet

Aug. 24 (UPI) -- South African authorities seized an Airbus passenger jet operated by Air Tanzania, forcing the state-run airline to cancel a flight to Dar es Salaam.
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South Africa seizes Air Tanzania passenger jet

Aug. 24 (UPI) -- South African authorities seized an Airbus passenger jet operated by Air Tanzania, forcing the state-run airline to cancel a flight to Dar es Salaam.

Uganda Airlines takes to the sky

As revived national carrier Uganda Airlines prepares to take to the skies officially on Wednesday, for the first time in nearly 18 years, its most booked route out of its four initial destinations is Mogadishu.
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Uganda Airlines takes to the sky

As revived national carrier Uganda Airlines prepares to take to the skies officially on Wednesday, for the first time in nearly 18 years, its most booked route out of its four initial destinations is Mogadishu.

Djibouti beats about-turn in UN Security Council seat race

The Djiboutian government on Thursday appeared to rescind its earlier decision to respect the African Union’s vote to endorse Kenya’s candidature for the UN Security Council seat, signalling lack of faith in a process it took part in three times.
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Djibouti beats about-turn in UN Security Council seat race

The Djiboutian government on Thursday appeared to rescind its earlier decision to respect the African Union’s vote to endorse Kenya’s candidature for the UN Security Council seat, signalling lack of faith in a process it took part in three times.

Good governance crucial for public service improvement — Muhara

Government has emphasized that good governance is crucial for the promotion of efficient and effective management and administration of the public service. Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara made the remarks in Lilongwe on Friday during the comme
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Good governance crucial for public service improvement — Muhara

Government has emphasized that good governance is crucial for the promotion of efficient and effective management and administration of the public service. Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara made the remarks in Lilongwe on Friday during the commemoration of the Africa Public Service Day. He said public officers work in the public interest which […] The post Good governance crucial for public service improvement — Muhara appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

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