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Anglophone Crisis: Kah Walla Slams Gov’t For Intransigence

By Basil K Mbuye The President of the Cameroon People’s Party, CPP, Edith Kah Walla, has slammed the Government for its poor handling of the Anglophone Crisis and has also proposed a way out in restoring peace in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. In
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Anglophone Crisis: Kah Walla Slams Gov’t For Intransigence

By Basil K Mbuye The President of the Cameroon People’s Party, CPP, Edith Kah Walla, has slammed the Government for its poor handling of the Anglophone Crisis and has also proposed a way out in restoring peace in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. In an open letter to Cameroonians and to President Paul Biya, the CPP President speaks about the extradition of Ayuk Tabe and other Anglophone leaders from Nigeria to Cameroon – a move she described as “international kidnapping” by the Biya regime, because international norms were not respected. She bemoans the death of civilians and armed forces, the illegal imprisonment, the burning of villages and also the alarming rate of refugees, which, according to her, is now between 15,000 and 45,000 refugees. “The attacks of the armed groups are multiplying every day; the reprisals of the armed forces entail the loss of innocent lives and the destruction of villages. The social and economic effects of these are disastrous. No Cameroonian is exempted. We are all paying and will continue to pay for decades, the price of irresponsible governance that has driven our country to this point. What can we do? Today, we ask you to join your voice and call on the two groups that commit acts of violence in our country and endanger the lives of Cameroonians,” Kah Walla states. She also blames the Biya regime for being responsible for the situation the country finds itself in now. “You are the only group responsible for the situation in our country. Thirty-five years ago, a prosperous and peaceful country was handed to you. For three decades you have led us on the path of poverty and growing conflict. Today, we are on the brink of war, pure and simple. It is time for it to stop. As a plan, you must take immediate steps to ensure that our country does not collapse completely,” she averred. She called on Biya to resign and not to take the country “… further into the war.” According to Kah Walla, for calm to return to Cameroon, a number of things must be done. While criticising the arrest of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and other Anglophone leaders, she advises the State to: “Immediately ensure that these leaders have access to their families and lawyers,” for it is their right guaranteed by the Cameroonian law. “Your continuous violation of the law creates tension and panic among their followers. This situation will lead to further conflicts and bloodshed if it is not repaired immediately,” she advises. The CPP President also urged the State to release all arrested in connection to the on-going crisis in the two Anglophone Regions for they are ” illegally deprived of their basic rights as citizens by denying them a legal process and for subjecting them to torture and inhuman conditions of detention.” Advice To Different Armed Groups In NW, SW Kah Walla advises the different armed groups in the Anglophone Regions to know that their actions are also hurting the same Anglophone people they are fighting for. This, she calls on them to; “agree on the need to end discrimination and to ensure that Anglophones enjoy all their rights as citizens. There is no doubt that the State of Cameroon has consistently used a disproportionate force during the past year in the Southwest and Northwest Regions; “It is clear that the Government of Cameroon has systematically targeted civilians and punished masses of innocent people for crimes committed by a few; There is no doubt that your decision to use violence to fight for your rights has punished and continued to endanger the lives of the Anglophones you fight for,” she observed. She ended her letter by calling on; “all English speakers, be they separatists, federalists or even those who are attached to the current centralised model, to agree on the need to end discrimination and to ensure that Anglophones enjoy all their rights as citizens.”

How Soldiers Looted In Ambo-Batibo: Victims’ Tragic Tales

By Chris Mbunwe Wednesday, January 31, is the day and month that a Batibo man in Momo Division of the Northwest will hardly forget. On this day, soldiers who were chasing a bike and gunman who, as early as 8am, went round town shooting in the air and chantin
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How Soldiers Looted In Ambo-Batibo: Victims’ Tragic Tales

By Chris Mbunwe Wednesday, January 31, is the day and month that a Batibo man in Momo Division of the Northwest will hardly forget. On this day, soldiers who were chasing a bike and gunman who, as early as 8am, went round town shooting in the air and chanting “Ambazonia Oye! Ambazonia Oye, our new country Oye!” and his mystical disappearance when he reached Ambo village, left the soldiers confused and they started venting their anger on the unarmed population. For fear of being arrested, young men and women disappeared into bushes. The whole of Batibo Commercial street was deserted. In order to steal freely, the soldiers went on the rampage, firing guns in the air and the villagers disappeared into the bushes nearby and watched helplessly as their shops, private homes were being broken into, ransacked inside-out and goods carted away in their military vehicles. Over FCFA 4 million, was stolen from stores and goods estimated at FCFA 7 million, carried away by soldiers. When this reporter met the soldiers at the brigade, some of them were still feeding on their booty; bread, smoked meat, fresh meat from restaurants, biscuits, sardines, assorted can foods. Anyone who resisted or tried to prevent the soldiers’ access to stores around was severely beaten. Victims Recount Tragic Tales One of the victims, Mary Ngati, 70, a Widow who is barely eking out life through the sale of food, recounted that the soldiers stormed her home and carted away food and money. “My husband died a year ago and we have been managing this business for a living. Unfortunately for us, this morning, soldiers from nowhere came chasing us out of our homes, shops, and where they could not gain access they smashed the door open and took every franc collected. We sold food for FCFA 24,000, and they carried it away with smoked meat, foot trotters etc.” The CWF Treasurer of Presbyterian Church Ambo, Bridget Mbah, bemoaned the grabbing of church money by soldiers: “The money I brought from Church yesterday and today, about FCFA 125,000, have all been carried away by the soldiers who forced opened my bedroom and went straight for the mattress.” Another victim, Grace Aboh, 67, said: “the soldiers shattered all the louvers of our new house. We were still planning to move into the newly constructed house. I cannot estimate the cost of destruction and the amount cannot be below FCFA 500,000” According to Alfred Tah, whose finger was shattered by a gunshot, the solders got him well beaten because their gunshot aimed at him, didn’t get the target. Hear him: “a bullet aimed at me failed to get me on the right spot, but it shattered my finger. When they forced the door open and got into my bedroom, the soldier shot at me but I immediately fell on the floor and prostrated. He got me up and started beating me with a plank, calling me an ‘Odeishi’. My FCFA 700,000, android phones, whiskies and many things I had in my shop were carted away”. Not even the physically challenged were spared from the military brutality as Milani Anoh, a physically impaired was also assaulted: “I am a disabled and I have only this hair dressing saloon that the military have destroyed for my livelihood. Right now I am so depressed.” Eleve Atout, who is yet another victim who was tortured and fleeced of FCFA 300.000, had this to say: “My finger was shot and I was helpless as the soldiers molested me and collected FCFA 300,000 from my store.” To Divine Mbah, a businessman in Batibo, “It has been a very sad day. All the laptops and other electronics that were in my shop, as well as FCFA 250,000, have been carried away by the uniform men.” The story is not different from that of Ebenezer Nyambod Fon, who was arrested, thoroughly thrashed by the soldiers, his wallet containing FCFA 51500, was seized and he was later released to meet his mates in the bushes. Other victims, Magaret Tendong and her sister, Bridget Anye said the door into their house was smashed and the soldiers ransacked the bed rooms and carted away an unspecified amount of money and jewels. Meanwhile, Grace Nduuh, a bar attendant said the soldiers broke into her off- license and drank some beer and soft drinks to their satisfaction. “The worst thing they did was to break the bottles of beer since they could not carry them away.” However, life has returned to normal in Ambo – Batibo, after the havoc caused by the soldiers.

Gendarmes Murder Suspects After Torturing, Sharing Video Online

By Andrew Nsoseka A video making rounds on the social media, showing Gendarme officers torturing suspected aiders or orchestrators of attacks on officers has reportedly ended with the brutal assassination of the suspects. The video, whose setting could not b
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Gendarmes Murder Suspects After Torturing, Sharing Video Online

By Andrew Nsoseka A video making rounds on the social media, showing Gendarme officers torturing suspected aiders or orchestrators of attacks on officers has reportedly ended with the brutal assassination of the suspects. The video, whose setting could not be deduced, except for the mention of Fundong by one of the suspects under torture, is trending on the social media. Gendarme officers in the video, whose faces were not shown, except for half of their uniformed bodies, could be seen questioning and torturing two handcuffed men. The victims, one of whom was referred to as Samson, dressed in a red T-Shirt and red shorts, wearing dreadlocks, was on the floor with broken and bleeding limbs, beside numerous little brown wrapped papers containing some substance which he (Samson) confessed was tobacco that he sells, but are suspected to have aided or had knowledge about attacks on gendarme officers. In the video, the said Samson was tortured and interrogated on the role he plays in the attacks of gendarme officers and the whereabouts of their guns. The said gun was seemingly not found in the place where he was captured.Several times; he refused any knowledge of the attacks of gendarmes. He also refused ever having or using a gun. He said all he knows and does is selling ‘tobacco’ which were carted from his house and brought out to where he was tortured. His grilling was accompanied by cries in agony as he was being flogged and maimed. Throughout the video, the said Samson denied accusations levelled against him, as he spoke with a mouthful of blood oozing out as a result of the torture being administered on him. In the video another suspect dressed in a red dress and Jean trousers, whose name wasn’t mentioned throughout the video, was shown, answering questions and giving details on the said attacks on gendarmes. He confessed that he knew about the attack and did not participate in it. He went further to say that Samson, the other suspect also had knowledge about the attack and that those who attacked the Gendarmes were four in number. In his own version, Samson’s co-suspect said Samson had earlier boasted that if shot, the bullets wouldn’t penetrate him, because he had a traditionally made talisman that makes him bullet proof. As he narrated his own version with guns pointed over his head, blood in the mouth and streams of clotted blood that ran from his nostrils to his body, he made confessions that tend to incriminate his co-suspect. Also in the video, several gendarmerie officers could be seen, making frantic efforts to videotape the whole process and also threatening to shoot the suspects, if they didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear. The video is preceded by a photograph of the dead suspects, lying in their pool of blood. The gory pictures of the dead twosome has surfaced amongst the pictures circulating on the social media, asking people to identify and take the corpses for burial as they had been abandoned at the Bamenda Regional hospital. It is alleged that the corpses, said to be five in number, cannot be kept in the morgue because of their very bad state. Reports also say the corpses were brought tothe hospital byseven Gendarmes from Belo, a village that came under heavy military assault recently.

Anglophone Crisis Makes Chiefs To Stop Wearing Caps

By Maxcel Fokwen Scores of traditional rulers across Meme Division, Southwest Region, now go about their daily engagements without caps on their heads. This phenomenon is seen as a move to avoid potential attacks and threats to life. The traditional rulers kn
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Anglophone Crisis Makes Chiefs To Stop Wearing Caps

By Maxcel Fokwen Scores of traditional rulers across Meme Division, Southwest Region, now go about their daily engagements without caps on their heads. This phenomenon is seen as a move to avoid potential attacks and threats to life. The traditional rulers known to put on caps that stand them out even in public gatherings now go around the metropolis of Kumba void of their royal caps. Most of them don’t put on any other cap. Their heads are now exposed like ordinary citizens. It looks like some form of camouflage from the Chiefs to fit into the society owing to the commotion and confusion set into Meme from recent developments of the Anglophone Crisis. There is also the noticeableabsence of other royal items worn on the neck and hands. These are no longer part of the daily dress code of Chiefs. Their traditional brooms have also vanished. In the last two weeks, it hasbeen rare to spot a Meme Chief putting on traditional beads. Things associated with tradition or royalty, externally, are absent. A member of the Bakundu Chiefs Conference that The Post approached on the new development, said it is part of individual security measures. The traditional ruler who opened up to The Post on condition of anonymity said: “Things have gone out of hand. We didn’t expect this …. When people, for no reason, begin to target custodians of tradition, then, it means something has gone out of place in the society. Even enemies of some traditional rulers may want to use this current crisis to settle personal scores. So, we are all aware of these things. You see what happened to our colleague of Ngongo … it is sickening,” the traditional ruler lamented. Another Chief interviewed said the war has been shifted into the camp of the Chiefs with threatening messages. “With one Chief already killed, there is no room for jokes,” he averred. Asked if the traditional rulers cannot use charms to fight back, the Chief said the situation is still under consideration. The royal father said, among them, there are Chiefs with powers but they are just being cautious not to enter a realm where the damage might be regrettable. Our sources said, at the moment, even some calibre of politicians are not needed besides traditional rulers. Genesis Of Cap-less Chiefs Fright ripped through the traditional rulers after unknown gunmen assassinated Chief Johannes Ekebe Niongo of Ngongo Village on January 12. Text messages threatening other Chiefs reportedly worsened the situation. A meeting of Meme Chiefs during which a formal petition was expected to be addressed to the appropriate Government quarters over the security of traditional rulers suffered an indefinite postponement. The Post learnt that it is for the same security reason that the meeting suffered an indefinite deferment.

2018 Presidential Polls: Can Akere Muna Finally Break Anti-Opposition Coalition Jinx?

By Joe Dinga Pefok For over two decades, opposition political parties in Cameroon have been unable to create a strong coalition that can challenge President Biya’s ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, in any election. However, a couple of w
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2018 Presidential Polls: Can Akere Muna Finally Break Anti-Opposition Coalition Jinx?

By Joe Dinga Pefok For over two decades, opposition political parties in Cameroon have been unable to create a strong coalition that can challenge President Biya’s ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, in any election. However, a couple of weeks after Barrister Akere Muna created the Platform for a New Republic in Yaounde to rally support for his 2018 Presidential candidature, many Cameroonians think that the anti-opposition coalition jinx may finally be broken. The President of the Platform is Jacques Maboula Mboya, Mayor of Yabassi in Nkam Division, Littoral Region, while the Secretary General is Alice Sadio, leader of Alliance of Progressive Forces, AFP. The Treasurer of the platform is Chretien Tabetsing, a former SDF militant, who challenged Fru Ndi at the party’s 1999 Elective National Convention in Yaounde, for the post of National Chairman. Even though he was humiliated with a crushing defeat in the election, Tabetsing has bounced back in the political arena. Besides Akere Muna’s movement, a number of political parties and civil society groups that participated at the Yaounde in-camera meeting, excluding the UPC faction, signed a convention that created the political platform. The political parties that created the New Republic are: ‘Front Populaire pour la Developement’, FPD, with headquarter in Ngaoundere, and ‘Parti National des Patriotes Camerounais’, PNPC, with ‘headquarter’ in Bertoua. Others like ‘Bloc pour la Reconstruction de Independence Economique du Cameroun’, BRIC, with ‘headquarter’ in Yaounde, only leapt to the political limelight in 2011. This was when the former General Manager of the National Investment Fund, Esther Dang, struck a deal with the leader of the party and used it for her failed presidential bid. After the 2011 presidential, the party went into oblivion and only resurfaced at the Yaounde meeting. Even the UPC faction led by Habiba Issa that attended the Yaounde meeting is not among the UPC factions that can pull a sizable number of militants. In fact, the only well known name in the political platform to support Akere Muna’s 2018 Presidential bid is Alice Sadio’s AFP. AFP is a party that is close to the Munas. Barrister Ben Muna is a former leader of the AFP. But AFP has never won even one of the 350 councils in Cameroon. Mayor Of Yabassi Meanwhile, there is much talk about the support of the Mayor of Yabassi, Jacque Maboula Mboya, to Akere Muna. Mboya, an old friend of Akere Muna, until his recent declaration of support to Akere Muna’s candidature was a militant of the CPDM. In 2013, CPDM officials, elite and militants in Yabassi were bitterly divided following a controversy created by the CPDM Central Committee Secretariat to impose a list for the Municipal Elections in Yabassi. The list was strongly rejected by many local CPDM officials, elite and militants and vowed to vote against the imposed list. Unfortunately there was no opposition party like the SDF, UPC, MLDC, CPP or MP in Yabassi then to exploit the situation. It was then that Mboya quickly negotiated with the leader of ‘L’Union pour la Fraternité et la Prosperité’, UFP, Oliver Bile, to put up a UFP list for the municipal election in Yabassi. Before then, the party did not even exist in Yabassi. During the election campaign, Mboya and his team pledged their support to President Biya, but said they were against the imposed list. With such campaigns, the disgruntled CPDM militants of Yabassi voted for the UFP list and Mboya became Mayor. But on October 1, 2017, Mboya took part in the CPDM rally and public march in Douala that was organised by the Littoral CPDM Coordinator, Laurent Esso. He was even one of the personalities chosen by Esso to deliver a talk at the occasion. With such political double standard, many doubt if Mboya can really dump the Biya regime for Akere Muna. But many sympathisers of the New Republic are upbeat that Mboya can galvanise a lot of support, given his position as Yabassi Mayor. Force Of Platform Members Meanwhile, many political commentators are asking what each member of the New Republic can bring to the table in terms of support for Akere’s presidential bid. The problem has further been compounded by the fact that no political party West of the Mungo was present at the Yaounde meeting. But members of the platform argued that what happened in Yaounde was just the launching ceremony and that moves were underway to get more political parties and civil society organisations on board. But political analysts are unanimous that the problem is not the number of political parties that Akere can get will on the platform, but rather the weight of the parties. There are over 300 such political parties in Cameroon today, though the facts on the field show there are less than 10 political parties that really exist in the country. The rest in reality exist only on paper. Akere Muna As Presidential Material There is no doubt that the senior and brilliant international legal counsel, Akere Muna, who is also a former President of the Cameroon Bar Council, and is as well perfectly bilingual, has a CV that indisputably qualifies him as good presidential material for Cameroon. He is a distinguished personality, well known at the international scene. But the fact is that CVs don’t win presidential elections anywhere in the world; not even in the United States, France, Britain, Germany or Canada. What matters most is the […]

Infighting, Anglophone Crisis Maintain Nfon Mukete As SWECC President

By Maxcel Fokwen Infighting among traditional rulers of Fako and the lingering Anglophone Crisis have given Cameroon’s eldest Senator,Nfon V EMukete, a firm grip on the Southwest Chiefs’ Conference, SWECC,stool. The Paramount ruler of the Bafaws is also e
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Infighting, Anglophone Crisis Maintain Nfon Mukete As SWECC President

By Maxcel Fokwen Infighting among traditional rulers of Fako and the lingering Anglophone Crisis have given Cameroon’s eldest Senator,Nfon V EMukete, a firm grip on the Southwest Chiefs’ Conference, SWECC,stool. The Paramount ruler of the Bafaws is also enjoying a mandate prolongation as Meme Chiefs’Conference President. Nfon Mukete’s Mandate at the helm of SWECC had long expired. A meeting that would have seen the putting in place of a new bureau headed by a Fako Chief inLimbe in 2017, ran into riots. Confusion within the ranks of the Fako Chiefs as to who is the right choice to head SWECC forced the then Fako Senior Divisional Officer, SDO,George Zang III,to ban the meeting. Since then the fractures in Fako are yet to be healed. In the wake of the infighting, a new development erupted suggesting that the SWECC stool could be shifted to Manyu, while Fako cleans its house. This move earned a rebuttal from Some Fako Chiefs. Months after Chief Johnson Njombe of Wokaka emerged on a contested ticked as the Fako candidate for SWECC. Njombe unilaterally declared himself SWECC President –elect. Since then, there has been no reaction from Mukete-led executive. Last December, both Nfon Mukete and Chief Njombe were part of a Regional administrative and Security Coordination meeting held at the Kumba City Council Chambers. The Post could not figure out if both traditional rules were invited in the name of their Chiefdoms or SWECC ticket. Recent military and separatists activities in Manyu seem to have given the option of moving the stool to Manyu a decent burial. Officially, the Bafaw patriarch still occupies the SWECC presidency. The turn of events prints an atmosphere that will not accommodate any general assembly of Southwest Chiefs anytime soon. Meme Chiefs Postpone Election At the level of Meme,Nfon Mukete still calls the shots. The present security situations directly involving even chiefs indicate that, the statesman may still keep the leadership of the Meme Chiefs for some time. Nfon Mukete leads here on a ticket of Bafaw Chiefs. He may have handed over in December. But a meeting convened for an elective general assembly of Meme Chiefs on Wednesday December 6, 2017, ended in a fiasco. Back then, traditional rulers rejected a verbal authorisation from the Meme Prefect’s cabinet to hold a meeting. On Friday January 19, another Elective General Assembly of the Meme Chiefs suffered an indefinite postponement. The Post garnered that, Meme Chiefs’Conference Scribe, Chief Eseme Mbonji Etongwe, sent last minute text messages to his peers, announcing the indefinite postponement of the elective conclave. It is reported that the current atmosphere in Meme triggered the indefinite postponement of the meeting. Even at this, many see the delay as a blessing for the controversial Bakundu Chiefs’ Conference to put things in order and get a unique candidate to succeed the Nfon.

Deal reached for Syrian army to enter Afrin, claims Kurdish official

A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds fighting off an ongoing Turkish offensive on Afrin is reportedly on the cards again. An adviser to the Kurdish administration told Reuters Syrian troops might be at the border in two days. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Deal reached for Syrian army to enter Afrin, claims Kurdish official

A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds fighting off an ongoing Turkish offensive on Afrin is reportedly on the cards again. An adviser to the Kurdish administration told Reuters Syrian troops might be at the border in two days. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘Wicked practice’: EU pushes Balkans to choose either West or Russia, says Lavrov

EU’s demands for the Balkan states to choose between the West or Russia are counterproductive and only increase tensions on the European continent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Serbia’s Beta news agency. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘Wicked practice’: EU pushes Balkans to choose either West or Russia, says Lavrov

EU’s demands for the Balkan states to choose between the West or Russia are counterproductive and only increase tensions on the European continent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Serbia’s Beta news agency. Read Full Article at RT.com

5.9 magnitude quake shakes Oaxaca, Mexico — USGS

A powerful 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca, with shockwaves hitting the country's capital Mexico City. Read Full Article at RT.com
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5.9 magnitude quake shakes Oaxaca, Mexico — USGS

A powerful 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca, with shockwaves hitting the country's capital Mexico City. Read Full Article at RT.com

US must leave the area it controls in Southern Syria — Lavrov (WATCH LIVE)

US troops must immediately shut down their zone of control in Southern Syria in the area of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking at Valdai Club conference on Middle East in Moscow. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US must leave the area it controls in Southern Syria — Lavrov (WATCH LIVE)

US troops must immediately shut down their zone of control in Southern Syria in the area of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking at Valdai Club conference on Middle East in Moscow. Read Full Article at RT.com

Indian woman posing as man marries two other women for dowry

Krishna Sen, a woman from India’s Uttar Pradesh state who posed as a man for over 4 years, was recently arrested for marrying two women and harassing them for dowry.
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Indian woman posing as man marries two other women for dowry

Krishna Sen, a woman from India’s Uttar Pradesh state who posed as a man for over 4 years, was recently arrested for marrying two women and harassing them for dowry.

Students threaten court action over law school admissions LI

A group calling itself the Concerned Law Students has threatened to seek redress at the Supreme Court if Parliament fails to withdraw the controversial Legal Profession Regulation.
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Students threaten court action over law school admissions LI

A group calling itself the Concerned Law Students has threatened to seek redress at the Supreme Court if Parliament fails to withdraw the controversial Legal Profession Regulation.

Journalists holding on to state cars to be shamed, prosecuted

The Director in charge of Transport and Logistics at the Flagstaff House has said journalists keeping and using state cars would soon be named, shamed and prosecuted.
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Journalists holding on to state cars to be shamed, prosecuted

The Director in charge of Transport and Logistics at the Flagstaff House has said journalists keeping and using state cars would soon be named, shamed and prosecuted.

Liverpool's Ings inspired by tireless Firmino

Liverpool forward Danny Ings has praised hard-working strike partner Roberto Firmino, with the 25-year-old saying he had improved after studying the Brazilian's relentless style of play.
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Liverpool's Ings inspired by tireless Firmino

Liverpool forward Danny Ings has praised hard-working strike partner Roberto Firmino, with the 25-year-old saying he had improved after studying the Brazilian's relentless style of play.

Kim Dotcom: «Let Me Assure You, The DNC Hack Wasn’t Even A Hack»

Kim Dotcom has once again chimed in on the DNC hack, following a Sunday morning tweet from President Trump clarifying his previous comments on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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Kim Dotcom: «Let Me Assure You, The DNC Hack Wasn’t Even A Hack»

Kim Dotcom has once again chimed in on the DNC hack, following a Sunday morning tweet from President Trump clarifying his previous comments on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Today's front pages - February 19, 2018

The following are the top stories in national newspapers on Monday. Times of Malta says the blaze that killed 35-year-old Gordon Spiteri on Sunday was probably caused by an electric heater. In another story, it says the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “ass
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Today's front pages - February 19, 2018

The following are the top stories in national newspapers on Monday. Times of Malta says the blaze that killed 35-year-old Gordon Spiteri on Sunday was probably caused by an electric heater. In another story, it says the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. The Malta Independent says Malta Industrial Parks has assured the Żejtun mayor that only 48,000 square meters were planned for the extension of Bulebel’s industrial development. In-Nazzjon says Opposition leader Adrian Delia will on Monday request the Courts to declare the agreement with Vitals null. Read: Delia to file court case to “get hospitals back” L-Orizzont says Air Malta will start operating flights from Sicily and Sardinia to London.

French jobs market turns corner, but skills mismatch a concern

France’s unemployment rate dropped below nine per cent for the first time since 2009, adding weight to efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to liberalise a rigid labour market that remains hamstrung by a skills mismatch. The rate fell to 8.9 per cent in th
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French jobs market turns corner, but skills mismatch a concern

France’s unemployment rate dropped below nine per cent for the first time since 2009, adding weight to efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to liberalise a rigid labour market that remains hamstrung by a skills mismatch. The rate fell to 8.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year from 9.6 per cent in the previous three months, national statistics office INSEE said last week. That drop was the steepest since the 2008 financial crisis, suggesting a clear break below the levels of around 10 per cent of the last few years as an economic recovery in the eurozone gathers pace. Around four months after, as his first major policy initiative as president, Macron changed labour rules to gave firms increased flexibility to hire and fire staff, the French economy is creating jobs at its fastest rate since 2007, INSEE said last week. Whether unemployment can fall much further without additional reforms is far from certain, however. “I think it’s too soon to say that Macron’s reforms are having a positive impact, but it’s clear that stronger activity and a more positive business environment are boosting employment,” Economist Diego Iscaro of IHS Markit said. Surveys have showed business...

'Hold your horses' - Muscat's message to possible successors

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” on Sunday that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. Speaking during a political activity in Qormi, Dr Muscat insisted that although he would stic
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'Hold your horses' - Muscat's message to possible successors

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s “assurance” on Sunday that he still had a lot of work to do has been read as a hint to possible successors to hold their horses. Speaking during a political activity in Qormi, Dr Muscat insisted that although he would stick to his plan to only serve two terms in office, he was not going anywhere anytime soon. Party sources said this was being interpreted internally as a message to hold off to those who thought it was time to start the race to replace him. “The message is ‘I am not going anywhere yet’ so hold off,” one party source said. Dr Muscat’s remarks came a week after a radio interview in which he insisted he would stick to his decision to leave the helm of the party after winning two general elections. Sources said that shortly after the interview was published, the PL was buzzing with rumours that Dr Muscat had unofficially blown the whistle for the start of a leadership succession race. “The feeling within the party over the past few days has been that those who fancy they have chances at the leadership can start actively campaigning, rather than doing so in back rooms and in hushed voices,” the sources said.

Iranian rescue teams 'find site of plane crash'

Search and rescue teams have reached the site of the Iran plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, the country's Press TV has reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went do
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Iranian rescue teams 'find site of plane crash'

Search and rescue teams have reached the site of the Iran plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, the country's Press TV has reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down on Sunday in foggy weather, crashing into Mount Dena in southern Iran. The TV says search teams reached the crash site before dawn on Monday. The station said the weather had improved, and broadcast footage of a helicopter joining the search. Aseman Airlines said all on board Flight EP3704 were killed, including six crew members. The crash was yet another fatal aviation disaster for Iran, which for years was barred from buying necessary aeroplane parts due to Western sanctions over its contested nuclear programme.

Film company shines light on taboo subjects

Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got together with a co
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Film company shines light on taboo subjects

Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got together with a common dream – to turn their love of film into something tangible. Determined to make this happen, these free spirits combined their talents and stepped into their own world of film-making, creating Three Generations Down (TGD). The team’s stand-out production right now is Cancer Warriors. “We are investigating the power of natural and physical therapies over traditional chemotherapy in a breakthrough programme set up and designed by our very own Donatello Pisani, who is a pharmacist, master coach and author working with local cancer patients. The results have been mind-blowing. There actually is a way to help combat cancer and we’re capturing every moment. It’s going to be spell-binding,” says founder Mike Tabone, also a medical doctor. The TGD team never stops. It currently has two short films in post-production: Colour, which won the 2017 ICA Festival award, and Get Out, a short that delves into supernatural...

Saudi youth urged to consider franchising as serious option

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959100RIYADH: Young entrepreneurs intending to set up small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should go into franchising, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) advised recen
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Saudi youth urged to consider franchising as serious option

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959100RIYADH: Young entrepreneurs intending to set up small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should go into franchising, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) advised recently. Franchising is a form of business by which the owner (franchisor) of a product, service or method obtains distribution through affiliated dealers (franchisees). Mohamed Almajaal, a member of RCCI’s board of trustees, said that SMEs contribute about 21 percent to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product and constitute about 53 percent of the manpower in the labor market. However, he said that studies indicate that the survival rate among SMEs is 67 percent for the first three years and 94 percent among those who went into franchising. Talking to Arab News, Almajaal said: “If they have a good or special idea which they believe in, they could compete. But they must go into franchising, which is a practical tool to expand.” However, he added that the franchisee should know the franchising system and should not embark on business without knowing about it 90-100 percent. “He should know the core of the franchising business. He should know the problems to be encountered and how to solve these,” he said. Almajaal said young entrepreneurs may face initial challenges in marketing and accounting but the franchisor provides the system. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi businessSMEssmall and medium enterprises (SMEs)related_nodes: Saudi Arabia’s parallel market to help boost SMEs’ growth: ReportNew Saudi ‘fund of funds’ aims to help SMEsSMEs underrepresented around the globe: Report

OIC to attend event on media’s role in combating terrorism

Author: Arab NewsMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959400RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is participating in the international conference on the role of media in combating terrorism in Cotonou, the capital city of Benin, We
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OIC to attend event on media’s role in combating terrorism

Author: Arab NewsMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619190959400RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is participating in the international conference on the role of media in combating terrorism in Cotonou, the capital city of Benin, West Africa, on Monday and Tuesday. The OIC will highlight its efforts in addressing terrorism and Islamophobia, including campaigns on social media, creating a journalists’ guide for covering terrorism and holding seminars on countering Islamophobia in Western media. The theme of the conference is “Media for World Harmony: Role of Media in Combating Terrorism and Islamophobia.” “This is an annual meeting and conference by one of OIC’s affiliate institutions,” Maha Akeel, OIC director of Information Department, told Arab News on Sunday. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaOrganization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)related_nodes: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation to hold forum in London to counter IslamophobiaOrganization of Islamic Cooperation panel condemns Israeli violence in JerusalemOrganization of Islamic Cooperation welcomes choice of new crown prince

Oil and gas sector is key to increasing number of women in workforce: Report

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619070957900RIYADH: Oil and gas is the sector that could lead the change to increasing female participation in the workforce, said the author of a new report launched on Saturday night. Th
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Oil and gas sector is key to increasing number of women in workforce: Report

Author: Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.Mon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619070957900RIYADH: Oil and gas is the sector that could lead the change to increasing female participation in the workforce, said the author of a new report launched on Saturday night. The Canadian Embassy hosted the launch of the report, “Energy: Driving force behind increasing female participation in the Gulf?” The report is the result of collaboration between the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets and the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. The author, Bina Hussein, was at the launch to discuss the report. “The embassy is proud to launch the report in the Kingdom since promoting women’s economic empowerment and participation is one of Canada’s top priorities,” Aliya Mawani, head of the political and economic section, told Arab News. The report was launched earlier in Abu Dhabi. The report also covers Qatar, the UAE, and Kuwait. Asked why Oman and Bahrain are not included, Hussein said countries were chosen on the basis of proven oil reserves, being major exporters, and stated intentions to implement reforms that could lead to major societal change. Khlood A. Aldukheil, a well-known figure in the financial community, served as the moderator. She is the managing director of the Aldukheil Financial Group and the first Saudi woman to attain a CFA designation. Talking about her report, Hussein said: “Energy is such an integral part of these Gulf economies that it has become part of the diversification process — and if there is one sector that could lead the change to increase female participation in the workforce, the oil and gas sector is it,” she said. She said with reforms plans, the governments of the selected GCC countries are attempting to bring about similar changes in their economies, without necessarily decreasing the government’s influence or stake in the economies, and keeping the culture and traditions intact. The report notes the progress in the Kingdom in expanding women’s rights in recent years and that statistically, women tend to be better educated than men. During the question-and-answer session, everyone agreed the focus should not be just on getting more women into the energy sector, but into positions of leadership and influence in that sector. Ata Subaity, a Shoura Council member, asked Hussein why she chose the subject when it is known that not many women, if any, are involved in the energy sector. Hussein, also the associate director with the Global Energy Center, said it was because it is the backbone of the Saudi economy. Princess Madawi bint Fahad Alfarhan Al-Saud, honorary president of Nafeh Charitable Society, said: “We have to bear in mind that many Saudi women have worked in the engineering sector for several years and some of them worked in jobs not available to men, such as in trams at the Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University.” She added the “Vision 2030 plan has made the legal systems safer for Saudi women to work in the energy sector.” Nujood K. Almulla, a 24-year-old mechanical engineer, said: “The report on the role of women in the energy sector is both critical and timely, given the present circumstances in the Kingdom, including the projects that it has embarked upon.” She said she feels self-fulfillment in working as energy systems analyst at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, “given the fact that the energy sector is the backbone of the economy.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi oilgulf oilGCCrelated_nodes: Saudi oil minister talks of need to strengthen links on Iraq visitSaudi oil minister calls for more work to cut global oil inventoryGCC oil ministers plan Qatar talks

Saudi Arabia, India renew pledge to boost economic ties

Author: GHAZANFAR ALI KHANMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619160958800RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and India have renewed pledges to boost bilateral economic, investment and trade cooperation following talks between King Salman and Indian Finance Minister A
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Saudi Arabia, India renew pledge to boost economic ties

Author: GHAZANFAR ALI KHANMon, 2018-02-19 03:00ID: 1518985619160958800RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and India have renewed pledges to boost bilateral economic, investment and trade cooperation following talks between King Salman and Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at Al-Yamamah Palace on Sunday. “King Salman and the Indian minister discussed bilateral relations and ways of developing and enhancing them in various fields,” said an SPA report. Jaitley also attended a meeting with a large number of top-notch Saudi businessmen at the Council of Saudi Chamber (CSC), where he was received by Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, CSC chairman. “The progressively growing cooperation between the Kingdom and India in the fields of trade and commerce; and how to strengthen trade ties; figured prominently in the meeting,” said a CSC statement. Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth-largest trading partner besides being a major energy supplier to India. The volume of two-way trade between the two countries exceeded $25 billion in 2016-17. Dr. Saud M. Al-Sati, the Saudi ambassador to India, told Arab News: “The Saudi-India Joint Ministerial Commission’s (JMC) meeting will be held here on Monday.” The JMC, in which many top Saudi and Indian officials will participate, will chalk out a plan to cooperate with each other for economic development, he added. This 12th JMC will be co-chaired by Dr. Majed Al-Qasabi from the Saudi side and Jaitley for India. The meeting will focus on enhancing bilateral cooperation, knowledge exchange and economic ties between the two countries. Saudi Arabia and India enjoy cordial and friendly relations and have forged closer strategic ties. The visit of King Salman to India, as crown prince in 2014, further deepened the relations between the two countries. Moreover, the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2016 is seen as a turning point in the growing engagement between the Kingdom and India. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaIndiaSaudi economyIndia economySaudi-Indiarelated_nodes: India is ‘guest of honor’ at Saudi Arabia’s Janadriyah festivalSaudi-Indian heritage captivates imaginationKing’s intervention indicates warmth in Saudi-India tiesPremier’s visit will add new dimension to Saudi-India links

How to support Saudi designers — wear their art on your sleeve

Author: NADA HAMEEDMon, 2018-02-19 04:00ID: 1518990025471289500JEDDAH: Some art hangs on your wall. Some art sits on a plinth. Saudi entrepreneur Baha’a Gazzaz had a better idea — art you can wear.The result of his brainwave is Spark, a design p
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How to support Saudi designers — wear their art on your sleeve

Author: NADA HAMEEDMon, 2018-02-19 04:00ID: 1518990025471289500JEDDAH: Some art hangs on your wall. Some art sits on a plinth. Saudi entrepreneur Baha’a Gazzaz had a better idea — art you can wear.The result of his brainwave is Spark, a design platform and online marketplace that allows artists to have their creations printed on everything from T-shirts and hoodies to bags and cushions, and then sold to fashion-conscious customers who value something just a little bit different.“I was inspired in 2012 when I was at a life and style exhibition, I walked in and all I found was products made straight from designers,” Gazzaz, 34, told Arab News.“I went to Hong Kong and did some research on design-related exhibitions and selling creative products, then I came home to Saudi Arabia and started to contact companies to market the products.“But then I thought, I need to be more professional, so I built my own website. What I wanted was to bring these creative arts to Saudi Arabia by building a store with a diversity of products.”Spark now has 24,000 items on sale — not to mention 50,000 followers on Instagram. “The majority of our artists are Saudi, including the calligrapher Shaker Kashgari, but we have artists from other GCC countries, Turkey, Sweden, Mexico and the US,” Gazzaz said.All the products are made in Jeddah, and the Spark delivery team can then send them anywhere in the world.The benefit to the artists is not only that they’re paid for each item sold, but their work reaches a worldwide audience.The Spark website contains a biography of each artist, and web links to more of their work. “Artists have their own URL that enables them to share their art with others,” Gazzaz explained. “When we scan an item through our bar-code system and a customer pays for it, the artist is notified immediately.“Whenever anyone buys a product, 15 percent goes to the artist who designed it. This is how we give credit to designers and bring them value.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & Culture

'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its «proxies» in Syria, saying he would not allow them to «put a noose of terror around our neck». Calling it «a message to the tyran
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'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its «proxies» in Syria, saying he would not allow them to «put a noose of terror around our neck». Calling it «a message to the tyrants of Tehran», he warned in a speech at the Munich Security Conference: «Do not test Israel's resolve.» His fiery comments came as tensions between the arch enemies have mounted after clashes involving Syrian forces this month, sparked by Israel's downing of what it called an Iranian drone sent from Syria. With a theatrical flourish, Netanyahu brandished a rectangular piece of dark green metal at the podium. ...

New campaign in Seychelles markets neighbouring Reunion Island as a holiday destination

A first campaign has been launched in Seychelles to entice locals to visit the neighbouring island of Reunion – a French department in the Indian Ocean. The campaign - Discover Reunion Island - is being done through the local media, brochures, banners as w
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New campaign in Seychelles markets neighbouring Reunion Island as a holiday destination

A first campaign has been launched in Seychelles to entice locals to visit the neighbouring island of Reunion – a French department in the Indian Ocean. The campaign - Discover Reunion Island - is being done through the local media, brochures, banners as well with big posters on public buses. Marketing executive for Reunion in Seychelles, Daphnee Zahary, said that the promotion is being led by the Indian Ocean market office of the Reunion Tourism Board. “We know that Seychellois love travelling. The Reunion Island is really close to Seychelles but unfortunately, it is not really popular yet,” said Zahary, who is based at the Seychelles Tourism Board. ...

Children’s crusade: Teen survivors of Florida shooting plan anti-gun march on DC

Students who survived the shooting rampage at Stoneman Douglas High School are urging children and parents to join them in a massive new protest. They will march on Washington, DC, to call for more gun control. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Children’s crusade: Teen survivors of Florida shooting plan anti-gun march on DC

Students who survived the shooting rampage at Stoneman Douglas High School are urging children and parents to join them in a massive new protest. They will march on Washington, DC, to call for more gun control. Read Full Article at RT.com

Kvitova takes Qatar title to clinch top 10 return

Petra Kvitova fought back from a set down against Garbine Muguruza on Sunday to win the Qatar Open, a victory which will take her back into the world's top 10.
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Kvitova takes Qatar title to clinch top 10 return

Petra Kvitova fought back from a set down against Garbine Muguruza on Sunday to win the Qatar Open, a victory which will take her back into the world's top 10.

'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics

Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he «never dreamed» possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics.
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'Love is love': Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics

Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he «never dreamed» possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics.

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