As the world marked World AIDS day on Tuesday, South Africa’s vice president, David Mabuza, sounded a warning about the continued increase in HIV infections in the country. Some 7.6 million people live with the virus, and in particular, HIV cases are on the rise among girls aged 10 to 14 years old.
Manufacturing Buyer is changing
The world markets for manufacturers and online eCommerce has and is radically changing. Where today’s buyers of manufactured goods are rapidly adopting the newer approaches, they are adopting a much faster and more effective shopping path for manufactured goods, especially in developing counties.
Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke this Monday with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, as well as with Presidents Alberto Fernández of Argentina, Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. Mr. Biden thanked the four leaders for congratulating him on his electoral victory.
A senior US administration official said on, Sunday that Jared Kushner, senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, will meet within the next few days, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi city of NEOM and with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha.
Lesiba Mothupi has gone through a lot of struggles from a very young age, his willpower has helped him to overcome it and run a million dollar business institution.
Lesiba Mothupi was born in the year 1997 in a town named Polokwane, South Africa. Mothupi has two siblings and he is the middle one. At a very young age he had to shift to a new place named Lephalale. Lesiba says, “I was never the smartest in my class. At the age of 14 I lived in a garage with my mom and two siblings and the age of 14 years old I got into entrepreneurship with a friend selling sweets and chips.”
At least 43 farm laborers were brutally murdered on Saturday by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram who literally slaughtered them in the state of Borno, in northeastern Nigeria. “It is no doubt the [ work ] of Boko Haram who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers,” said Kolo, who helped transport the victims.
Getting in one last bit of work before the long weekend, the US Census Bureau released its Monthly Advance Economic Indicators Report for October on the day before Thanksgiving. Advance wholesale inventories were up for the month of October, by 0.9%. The August to September percentage change was revised from up, 0.4% to up 0.7%.
Pope Francis today formally appointed 13 new cardinals drawn from four continents and eight countries, in a ceremony marked with strict adherent to coronavirus pandemic spread restrictions hence only a small crowd was allowed to grace it with the venue of the event, St. Peter’s Basilica practically empty.
A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent was killed in Somalia, US officials reported. The death comes one month after the announcement of a possible US withdrawal from the country. As reported by the New York Times , on November 25, the deceased officer was a member of the CIA’s paramilitary division, Special Activities Center.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reaffirmed on Friday that his duty as the Ethiopian head of government is to “maintain order” in the country after meeting with African Union (AU) envoys on the conflict in Tigray. Abiy ordered the army to attack the rebel-held region in northern Ethiopia.
Burkina Faso’s incumbent President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, was re-elected to another five year term on Thursday, according to the National Independent Electoral Commission. The Commission announced he had been re-elected in the first round. He promised in a speech to commit to a “permanent dialogue” to build a better country.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revealed today that he had ordered the country’s army to attack Tigray, a region in the northern part of the country, following the expiration of a 72-hour ultimatum for the surrender of regional leaders. The Prime Minister’s order means that the army now can launch a full-fledged war on the regional capital of Mekelle.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has rejected the growing international calls for dialogue and a halt to deadly fighting in the Tigray region, calling it “interference.” Instead, he says his country will handle the conflict on its own. Abiy, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year, insists on calling the conflict a “law enforcement operation.”
This weekend Russian Ministry of the Foreign Affairs announced the new sanctions against 25 British nationals. The 25 individuals will also be banned from travel to Russia. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry “the UK was guided by far-fetched and absurd pretexts when imposing sanctions against the Russians.”
The Russian Ministry of Economic Development announced new draft law pertaining the simplified procedure for the foreign nationals to obtain Russian residential permit. It should be noted, Ukrainian nationals can obtain Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure already without the need of the investment.
Late last month, sports equipment company Under Armour announced it was cutting ties with some 2,000 retailers over the next two years. In doing so, Under Armour would focus on building up its direct-to-consumer business. Promo Marketing reported a more than 50% growth in Under Armour’s e-commerce business during the third quarter, with a 17% increase in direct-to-consumer sales.
A prominent Egyptian human rights organization said that security forces arrested a senior member on Wednesday. The arrest came three days after its administrative director was arrested on charges that include joining a terrorist group. The arrest on Monday came after senior diplomats visited the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the latest Ebola outbreak Wednesday in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The outbreak, declared on June 1, infected 130 people and caused 55 deaths in the province of Équateur. It was the eleventh outbreak to hit the country.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday warned that the three-day deadline given for Tigray’s rebel forces to surrender had expired. Prime Minister Ahmed’s statement paves the way for a military onslaught by the Ethiopian government in Mekelle, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Tigray.
This year has been challenging shaping the trajectory around the world. The winner of the US presidential election will have vested interest in the US influence around the globe, including on the African continent. Currently, there is an attempt of the global geopolitical redistribution.
The French forces have claimed to have killed a militant who has been on the United Nations sanctions list. Bah Ag Moussa, was a top commander of the al-Qaeda linked militant group, Group to Support Islam and Muslim (GSIM). He is believed to be responsible for attacks on security forces in Mali.
Ghana’s former President, Jerry Rawlings, has died, his party said in a statement Thursday. Rawlings, a long-serving Ghanaian President, who led the West African state for two decades, died at the age of 73 in a hospital in the nation’s capital, Accra. He had been battling an undisclosed illness.
Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu left the German embassy in Dar es Salaam for Brussels with the help of Western diplomats. He told the media that he is being threatened following his move to challenge President John Pombe Magufuli in the country’s recently concluded presidential elections.
You probably never dreamed you’d be in search of a job during a global pandemic. Talk about challenges, right? Okay, before you get down and think your chances just slid to the floor, let’s look at what you can do to make the most of your time, and how you can land that next job interview.
One of the first things to consider is how you present yourself to others. Have you evaluated your personal brand lately? What makes you a valuable candidate to prospective employers? How will you stand out in a crowded marketplace? What transferable skills do you have? What are your strengths and how can you amplify them? Consider what courses are available to help you stay competitive in your industry. By evaluating your personal brand, you’ll get an overarching view of how potential employers see you.
Ace Magashule, the secretary-general of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), was slammed with an arrest warrant on Tuesday for alleged involvement in corruption. The announcement was made by South African prosecutors, who were investigating high corruption in the country.
Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara has declared that he is ready to have a dialogue with opposition leaders in an effort to forge the country ahead. President Ouattara invited the head of opposition Henry Konan Bedie for a meeting. He was speaking during the final announcement of the election results by the constitutional council.
More than 3,000 Ivorians who fled the October 31 election-related violence in Côte d’Ivoire sought refuge in neighboring Liberia, a source from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today. About 40 people have so far been killed since August in Côte d’Ivoire in acts of violence related to the presidential elections.
One of Rwanda’s top genocide suspects will have his pre-trial hearing on Wednesday in The Hague, Netherlands. The ruling was made by a United Nations tribunal. Felicien Kabuga faces charges on crimes against humanity in the 1994 genocide. The charges include genocide, complicity in genocide, and incitement to commit genocide.
On Monday, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) began in Tunisia, with the participation of 75 personalities from various Libyan parties, and in the presence of the Tunisian President, Qais Said. The Tunisian President emphasized that this step was “for the sake of peace.”
The Ivorian top opposition leader has been arrested for creating a parallel government after President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory. The former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan who served under President Gbagbo between 2000-2003 was arrested on Saturday after the prosecutor revealed on Friday that he was being sought by police.
Guinea’s top court has approved Alpha Conde’s victory in the August 18 polls. This will be Conde’s third term in office that will consist of six years and by all indications the opposition can no longer appeal against the ruling. It rejected the accusation of fraud against him by the opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo. He urged leaders to put aside their personal interests and differences.
Libya’s Government of National Accord of Tripoli (GNA), announced on Saturday that it had found five other mass graves containing at least 17 corpses in the western city of Tarhuna, 80 km to the southeast of Tripoli. The discovery has raised the total number of bodies recently exhumed from mass graves found in the area to 112.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed “the total rejection of terrorist acts in all their forms, and the refusal to link any religion to acts of violence and extremism, and not to prejudice religious symbols,” while French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that his country respects and appreciates all religions, stressing that French Muslims are a part of France.
Necessity is often the mother of investment. The Great Lockdown, itself made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, has caused the disruption of many sectors of the economy, a tidal wave of business closings, and even the collapse of entire industries. However, as is often the case in economic downturns, it’s not all bad news.
Eleven teachers who had been kidnapped in the troubled North West Region of Cameroon have been released. The local religious leaders confirmed their release, saying that the separatists yielded to pressure after locals stormed their camps demanding the release of the teachers.
Guinea’s top opposition leader, Cellou Dalein Diallo, has appealed against President Alpha Conde’s victory in the October 18 elections. His lawyer, Alseny Aissata Diallo, said that the appeal was filed because they have enough evidence showing that the elections were marred by irregularities.
At least 54 people have been killed by gunmen in Gawa Qanqa village, in Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Officials revealed that homes were set on fire during the terrible attack. The assailants are said to have dragged the victims from their home to a school where they were killed.
The Harvard economist Dani Rodrik has written that a country’s economic development is virtually synonymous with its ability to produce manufactured goods for export. As countries adopt this export model it allows, for example, companies in Nigeria to compete internationally and gradually raise productivity through investment in capital and skills: “Industrialising has been a key escalator that has enabled rapid growth.”
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the Hezbollah terrorist group against attacking Israeli army positions. This is while on a visit to northern Israel, where the IDF Lethal Arrow drill is taking place. The annual exercise simulates attacks on terror groups that continue to threaten the nation.
Over 20 civilians were killed in an attack on a village in an eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The area’s local authorities said the militant group known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)was behind the attack but the ADF hasn’t claimed responsibility for the attack.
Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has broken his silence and called for dialogue to avoid a “disaster” in the country as it heads to polls on Saturday. An issue worrying observers is the fact that the country has already recorded 30 deaths in pre-election clashes. There is a tense atmosphere in the country prior to the vote.
French authorities have detained a man suspected of having contacted the perpetrator of Thursday’s attack in Nice, France, which killed three people at a local Catholic church. As per preliminary investigations, the 47-year-old man is suspected of having kept in touch with the attacker, and was taken into police custody on Thursday night.
Quite a number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have strongly condemned Thursday’s terror attack in a church in Nice, southern France, and disassociated it from the values of Islam. Each country put out a statement through their Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a preliminary report on data pertaining to wholesale inventory for the month of September. Wholesale inventory in the United States was shown to have decreased by 0.1% in September. This is compared to a 0.3% increase in August, which itself was revised from 0.4%.
In helping fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the international humanitarian organization, UNICEF, has embarked on distributing disinfectants and installing hand-washing facilities in many schools across Kenya. The organization is also partnering with the nation’s Ministry of Education in a ‘Back to School’ campaign.