NIGERIA -- MTN Nigeria has paid the whole $1.6 billion fine it received in 2015 for not deactivating 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards. The operator has indeed paid the NGN55 billion, which is the sixth and last tranche of these payments started in 2016.

 

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will introduce new banknotes, Patrick Njoroge (photo), the governor, announced last weekend.

Fayez al-Sarraj

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LIBYA -- The national unity government (GNA) has threatened to suspend the activities of 40 European firms among them Total and Siemens operating in the country.

Government’s political will is to ensure the tough enforcement of the implementation of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Former Congolese President Joseph Kabila wanted his successor, Felix Tshisekedi, to appoint Albert Yuma, a Kabila ally and chairman of state mining company Gecamines, as prime minister, but Tshisekedi refused, sources familiar with the matter said.

President George Manneh Weah. (Photo: Executive Mansion)

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LIBERIA - The President, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, has signed into law two major legal instruments, the Kamara Abdullah Kamara (KAK) Act of Press Freedom and the Act to name certain Roads and Bridges within the Republic of Liberia.

The eCommerce Africa Conference and Exhibition, delivered by DHL, is hosted by South African conferencing company, Kinetic
SOUTH AFRICA –  DHL Express (www.DHL.com) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has announced that the company has once again signed on as lead sponsor for the 2019 DHL eCommerce Africa Conference and Exhibition, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Center on the 19thand 20thof March 2019. 

 

The Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Manuel Sager presented Water Management at the agency's annual press conference held recently as the agency's priority for 2019 and its main focus on international cooperation for 2021–2024.


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[Nation] Kenya has an adequate supply of two syrups used to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS, the Health ministry has said, noting the stock will last until December 2019.

[VOA] A new report finds nearly half of all people in the Central African Republic are suffering acute food shortages. The latest assessment by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, a joint effort by eight U.N. and International non-governmental organizations, finds more than 1.8 million people in C.A.R. are facing an emergency food crisis.

[Monitor] Bulambuli -Residents of Buginyanya Sub-county in Bulambuli District have accused the health workers attached to Buginyanya Health Centre III of extorting money from them when they visit the facility for Hepatitis B vaccination.

[Botswana Daily News] Kachikau -Government ministries have been urged to have maintenance budgets in place to prevent the dilapidation of facilities, which come at a lot of costs.

[Swazi Media] Nurses in Swaziland/eSwatini have given government four weeks to solve the drugs shortage crisis in the kingdom or they will call a nationwide strike.

[Nation] It's every mother's desire to give birth to a healthy baby. But this is not always fulfilled as some babies are born with conditions that can be life threatening.

[Vanguard] In its determined efforts to generate revenue for its members, the foremost body representing musicians in Nigeria, NUM is organising a workshop on the sale of music on the internet. Apart from the normal selling of music in the market, selling it in the internet means worldwide sales, translating into huge revenue gains.

[Botswana Daily News] Francistown -Gomolemo Motse, the new kid on the block in the music industry, has released a single entitled Came back, which has been ranked number one by ITunes.

[Cameroon Tribune] The concert in Yaounde on June 16, 2019 was an opportunity to meditate on the stories behind these timeless songs.

[Ghanaian Times] Patrons of good gospel music will again be led to the throne room of grace at this year's edition of Praise Reloaded Worship Concert at the Perez Dome, at Dzorwulu in Accra.

[SudaNow] Ayman Mao is the rapper and leading singer of the Sudanese December 2018 Revolution. His songs fueled the Revolution, documented its acts and have been converted into mottos repeated by the revolutionists during the five month peak of their push for change.

[Premium Times] Mavin Record's newest signee, Rema, has made history as the first Nigerian artist to debut five top songs on Apple Music.

[Nation] Top university managers and lecturers risk losing jobs as the government begins drastic reforms in higher education that will see some institutions shut down or merged with others.

[New Dawn] The name Dale Gbotoe is synonymous to education in Liberia. Mt. Gbotoe is the Head of National Office (HNO) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), a regional examination body that groups Liberia, Sierra Lone, Ghana, Nigeria and The Gambia.

[Botswana Daily News] Selibe Phikwe -US Ambassador to Botswana Mr Craig Cloud recently launched the English Access Micro-scholarship Programme that aims at, among others, making students better leaders.

[Premium Times] The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has called for an embargo on the establishment of new public and private universities in the country.

[UN News] More than 80 per cent of schools in the English-speaking North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon are closed, as the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate due to the three-year conflict between the Government and armed groups, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, reported on Friday.

[Ghanaian Times] The National Chief Imam Dr Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has applauded the Ghana National Scholarship Beneficiaries Association (GNASBA) for their tireless efforts in promoting sanitation and afforestation in the country as well as donating to support Muslim communities.

[Citizen] Arusha -The troubled Snow Crest Hotel, once a leading outfit in the safari capital, is under siege again.

[New Era] After protracted liberation struggle, apartheid colonial rule came to an end and those of us who were in exile fighting against colonial oppression happily returned to our motherland.

[Government of Seychelles] President Danny Faure has assented to the Seychelles Tourism Board (Amendment) Act, 2019, which was approved by the National Assembly on 14th May, 2019, and received by the President for assent on 19th of June, 2019. It was assented to on the same day.

[Zimbabwe Independent] Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) declared a dividend for the first time in 13 years following a successful restructuring of its balance sheet and resolving most of the issues that have dogged the company for years. In the first five months of 2019, the company's revenue grew revenue by 131% to $25,6 million from $11,1 million spurred by an increase in foreign currency business received across all the company's hotels. Business reporters Melody Chikono and Cloudine Matola (ZI) caught up with RTG CEO Tendai Madzi

[Observer] Deputy Finance Minister, Augustus J. Flomo, exchanges notes with AfDB Director General for West Africa Region, Akin-Olugbade, shortly after the signing ceremony.

[New Dawn] Opinion leaders and citizens of Margibi County have hailed President George Manneh Weah for the appointment of Bishop John Allan Klayee as Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA).

In his novel about a Holocaust scholar, Yishai Sarid is critical of Israeli remembrance culture. In an interview with DW, he speaks about Auschwitz and the pornography of evil.

More than two months after the devastating fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, reconstruction details remain unclear. The French National Assembly has the issue on its agenda again.

Muslim women have pushed back against a ban on burkinis at a public pool, provoking a firm response from the far right. National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said the all-encompassing swimsuit has "no place in France."

How do conspiracy theories take hold, and why are these 'alternative facts' so hard to counter? American cultural historian Michael Butter explains that conspiracies also reflect deeper societal insecurities.

In a country with a highly subsidized culture scene, Germany's Rheingau Music Festival stands out — it doesn't depend on public funding. The managing director explains how that works.

Will young people protesting around the world to demand action on the climate crisis be the vanguard of a new movement to tackle overconsumption and our throw-away society? One expert is optimistic.

[Govt of Liberia] Monrovia -The President of the Republic, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, who is also 'Feminist-in-Chief' of the nation, has been rallying support for the defense and protection of the rights of women and girls in Liberia.

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[Observer] President George Weah, who is also 'Feminist-in-Chief' of the nation, has been rallying support for the defense and protection of the rights of women and girls, an Executive Mansion release has said.

[Govt of SA] Briefing of Systemic Investigation Report of Shelters that accommodate victims of violence

[New Times] In November 2006, over 100 feminist activists from Africa and the diaspora convened in Accra, Ghana for The African Feminist Forum to reflect on a collective basis and chart ways to strengthen and grow the feminist movement on the continent.

[Capital FM] Kisumu -National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has announced plans to re-introduce the elusive Bill on two-thirds gender rule that flopped for a record fourth time in February.

Climate protesters have left the Garzweiler coal mine a day after around 1,000 activists broke through police lines and occupied the site. They were highlighting what they say is Germany's inaction on climate change.

Brussels and Berlin frequently point out that refugees have human rights, but the reality in neighboring Balkan states looks different. That is cynical, says Norbert Mappes-Niediek.

Maritime security firms have seen demand soar following the attacks on oil tankers on June 13. But defending ships from allegedly involved state-backed forces such as Iran's Revolutionary Guard may not be easy.

In March 2019, German-born Cebio Soukou won his first cap for Benin. Now he's about to represent his father's homeland at the Africa Cup of Nations, where he's expecting an exciting tournament – and the title.

The 16 defendants stand accused of "attempting to overthrow the government" and organizing protests in 2013. If convicted, they could receive life sentences without the chance for parole.

In his novel about a Holocaust scholar, Yishai Sarid is critical of Israeli remembrance culture. In an interview with DW, he speaks about Auschwitz and the pornography of evil.

[VOA] Mauritania's ruling party candidate Mohammed Ould Ghazouani has won an absolute majority of votes in the country's presidential election, the electoral commission said Sunday.

[Premium Times] At least 25,794 people were killed in various attacks during the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari between May 2015 and May 2019, a report analysed by PREMIUM TIMES indicates.

[Deutsche Welle] Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has won Mauritiania's presidential election with an absolute majority. It was the first time Mauritanians voted to elect a successor to a democratically elected president in the West African state.

[Deutsche Welle] It's been 50 years since Somalia last conducted a "one-person one-vote" election. With the support of the African Union the electoral commission is hoping for polls in 2020. But there is still much that needs to be done.

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Today, Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC) are to receive proposals from the Ethiopian mediation to solve the current political crisis in the country.

[New Republic] Liberia went up into flames for over a decade, 250,000 people lost their lives and properties were destroyed, when a bloody civil war engulfed the country in 1989. But the country's peace and stability which is barely 16 years old has continuously been threatened by negative comments from former key players in the Liberian civil conflict.

Maritime security firms have seen demand soar following the attacks on oil tankers on June 13. But defending ships from allegedly involved state-backed forces such as Iran's Revolutionary Guard may not be easy.

The East Mediterranean gas project is often described as an explosive geopolitical initiative that's not without a number of hidden agendas. Sergio Matalucci looks at what's behind the current debates in the region.

The US move to reimpose sanctions on Iran and choke off the last remaining sources of Tehran's oil revenue has crippled the Iranian economy. For many ordinary Iranians, it's becoming increasingly hard to get by.

[News24Wire] South Africa is 60 000 police officials away from achieving United Nations standards, according to Minister of Police Bheki Cele.

[Monitor] The China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) ministerial summit, dubbed the 'coordinators' meeting', kicks off tomorrow (Monday) in the Chinese capital, Beijing. According to the Chinese Foreign Affairs ministry, officials from 53 African countries, including Uganda, have confirmed attendance.

[Monitor] Kampala -The third CRJ-900 bombardier aircraft is expected in the country next month while the forth will arrive in September, Works and Transport Minister Monica Azuba, has said.

In March 2019, German-born Cebio Soukou won his first cap for Benin. Now he's about to represent his father's homeland at the Africa Cup of Nations, where he's expecting an exciting tournament – and the title.

Sweden beat Canada in Paris to set up a Women's World Cup quarterfinal clash against Germany. Three things stood out from Sweden's Round of 16 win that Germany should be wary of ahead of their showdown.

Mali made sure that Mauritania's moment of history didn't turn into victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. Earlier, in sweltering heat, the Ivory Coast showed their superiority against a stubborn South Africa team.

[News24Wire] Lord's -Proteas captain Faf du Plessis acknowledges that his side's results at the 2019 World Cup have become "embarrassing".

[News24Wire] Lord's -South Africa's 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign is now well and truly, mathematically and definitively, over.

[Cameroon Tribune] End of training by the Indomitable Lions in Ismailia. The players are moving back to their hotel. No interview and pictures from the media men. But the Team Press has promised to make public the programme by the end of the day..

[New Times] The Eastern black rhinos follow a batch of others, which were brought to Rwanda from South Africa in 2017.

[Namibian] PRIME minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the government's drought relief programme is only meant to benefit destitute and vulnerable communities.

[Government of Mauritius] The Inter-Country Quality Node on Early Childhood Development (ICQN-ECD) of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) launched a first Leadership Capacity Building Workshop on Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED), this morning, at Aanari Hotel in Flic-en-Flac. The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun and other personalities were present.

[Ghanaian Times] The Oti Regional Minister, Nana Kwasi Owusu Yeboah, has appealed to the chiefs and people of the region to support the cause of developing the area as government is set to roll out a comprehensive and sustainable development plan for the region.

[New Times] Rwanda is one of the few countries in the world that have been approached by Campaign for Nature, a global initiative working to raise awareness of threats facing natural resources, to serve as a champion or model nation on biodiversity protection.

[CAJ News] Chiredzi -STREET children menacing major towns and cities in Zimbabwe are set for a new lease of life after the transformation of one of the oldest refugee centres into a rehabilitation centre.

[This Day] Ilorin -The Kwara State Government has said it is seeking to benefit from the N200 billion intervention fund of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that had been set aside to promote entrepreneurship.

[VOA] A group of South African teenagers has assembled a four-seater airplane and is flying it across the continent. Aviation experts say this a significant feat, one that will inspire teens who want to be pilots, engineers or anything else.

[Exquitec Education Technology] Exquitec Educational Technology hosted a problem based project for children in the city of Ijebu-Ode , tagged The Ijebu-Ode Future City Challenge.The project required for them to identify a need/problem in the city of Ijebu-Ode, proffer a solution and build a prototype of the solution using recyclable/waste materials gotten from their immediate environment. Imagining and creating a city of Ijebu-Ode in the future.

[Daily Trust] A ten-year boy, Oluwafayokunmi Olurinola has won a kid tech competition with a plastic road prototype he designed to solve problem of bad roads.

[The Herald] Government has been lauded for allowing innovation in the digital payments space as this allows the digital economy to flourish and help policy makers to come up with right policies.

[Namibia Economist] The reigning Miss Namibia, Selma Kamanya, and her foundation InnoNation, plan to host a panel discussion on the topic Cyber Bullying and Social Media Mitigation as a Corporate Social Initiative sponsored by the Namibia Diamond Trading Company.

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