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          Le Consulat, Lisbon + Taberna das Flores – an impressive restrained soirée   
 
 The bar area

Yesterday evening turned out to nicely restrained starting at the new Le Consulat Hotel in Central Lisbon and opened at the end of May. It is a French venture involving François Blot and Valérie Guérend. François hails from Honfleur in Normandy but has close family links to wine in both South West France and North Africa. Le Consulat used to be the Brazilian Consulate, hence of course the name. 

I met François and Valerie last evening. If I had known his surname was Blot I would have asked if he was, by any chance, related to Jacky Blot of Bourgueil, Monlouis and Vouvray fame.

François and Valerie have, I think, made two smart appointments. Portuguese wine expert and the chief apostle of Adegga, André Ribeirinho, has been hired to look after the wine side, while the brilliant chef André Magalhães (Taberna das Flores) will soon opening their restaurant to be called Taberna Fina. 


 Through to the wine bar area 

 Menu and view from Le Consulat (No 22) 
over the Plaça Luís de Camões

 View over the Plaça Luís de Camões
(above and below)


 
Couple by window 






André Magalhães Taberna Fina 
          Mengapa Yahudi?   

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?

Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
Semakan Oleh : Mohd Taha Hassan

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampuri semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian. Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit.

Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular. Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia). Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa? Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi? Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel. Washington mengetahui bahawa jika PM Ehud Olmert sedar akan wujudnya bahawa bumi ini adalah rata, maka AIPAC akan mengadakan Kongres yang ke 109 untuk meluluskan resolusi bagi memberi ucapan tahniah pada satu pertemuan yang akan diadakan bersama Olmert.

William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi. Teka, apakah kepercayaan yang beliau miliki?

So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.

Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.

Mempengaruhi

Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa? Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.

PEMENANG NOBEL YAHUDI

Daripada lingkungan 12 juta orang Yahudi, hanya 0,2 % sahaja populasi dunia. ( 2 setiap dari 1000 orang)



Literature

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1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
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1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

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1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
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Chemistry

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1910 - Otto Wallach
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2004 - Irwin Rose
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Economics

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1994 - John Harsanyi
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2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
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1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
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1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
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1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
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1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
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1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
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1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
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1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
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2002 - Sydney Brenner
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2006 - Roger Kornberg
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Physics

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1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
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1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
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1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
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2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg
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2005 - Roy Glauber


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          Starbucks profit surges in Europe, Middle East and Africa despite Brexit slowdown   
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          SMU Summer English Camp   

SMU (SangMyeong University) Summer English Camp / Seoul Club Summer English Camp is looking for experienced teachers to join our fun camp!

 

Camp Date: Seoul Club July 17 ~ 4 Aug, 2017 / SMU July 24 ~ Aug. 4, 2017

Orientation: July 15 & July 19

Working hour : 08:50 am ~ 6:00 pm

Teaching hour : Mon ~ Fri (9:20 am ~ 4:35 pm)

Location: Seoul Club (Jangchoong-dong, Seoul) / SMU (SangMyeong Univ., Seoul)

Nationality: U.S, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa only

Pay will be dependent on prior experience.

 

If you are interested, Please send a resume with a photo!

 

Contact: English camp Manager Azi Kim (010-4940-9412 / thetiul@naver.com)


          Majola, McIntosh pocketed more than two thirds of IPL bonus   
Former Cricket South Africa official Colin Beggs has alleged that CEO Gerald Majola and former COO Don McIntosh pocketed more than two thirds of the c...
          GMAT Sentence Correction (SC) | Re: RATT Race: The West African lungfish uses their   
souvik101990 wrote:

Solution to problem #1: West African Lungfish
Correct answer: C

(A) Incorrect
Singular vs. Plural: The word fish can be both singular and plural. In the original sentence, the singular verb uses signals that the word lungfish is singular, but the plural pronouns their and they signal that the word lungfish is plural. Both can’t be true at the same time, so the original sentence is incorrect.
Modifier: The adverbial modifier surviving long periods of dormancy logically follows from the lungfish’s

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          Will Sub-Saharan Africa’s population hit 10 billion? 15 billion?   
Over at VDARE.com, a demographer points out that all my scary graphs lately have been based on the U.N. Population Division’s optimistic-sounding “medium fertility variant” in which total fertility rates magically converge toward 1.85 babies per woman by the end of the century. But what if Africans just go on doing what comes natural? The correspondent […]
          UN: “Migrants. 244 million are on the move. Migration is INEVITABLE. NECESSARY. DESIRABLE.” So lie back and think of England.   
Here’s a more than subliminally phallic commercial put out by the UN Migration Agency instructing Europeans that they must open wide for African mass immigration. Lie back and think of England and it won’t hurt that bad. Just close your eyes  and tell yourself: “It’s INEVITABLE. NECESSARY. DESIRABLE.” And maybe you’ll start to like it. Remember, it’s not rape if […]
          The Resurgence of Matt Kemp: How He Went from $160M Bust to Potential All-Star   

ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.

The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.

His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.

He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.

At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.

Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.

But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.

There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."

He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.

But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.

His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.

And the Braves organization loves him.

"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."

The difference?

It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.

"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.

"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.

"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."


Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.

He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.

The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.

Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.

"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."

He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.

"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."

Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.

"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."

He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.

He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.

"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."

Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.

"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."

The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.

Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.

Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.

"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."


The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:

Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.

Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.

Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.

Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.

"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."

In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.

His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.


2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.

"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"

Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."

"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...

"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."

Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.

"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."

The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.

"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."

With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.

But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.

"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.

Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."

When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.

"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."

Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."

"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."

Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.

"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."

When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.

"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."


Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.

Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.

"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."

The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.

How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.

But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.

"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."

Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.

"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.

"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"

Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.

"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory.  If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.

"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."

There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.

"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."

 

Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.

Read more NL East news on BleacherReport.com


          Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits   
NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings ... but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events. "Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. It will be fun — we promise! Find your closest NetSquared group Upcoming Tech for Good Events This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Africa The targets need to be linked like so: --> Jump to events in North America or go international with events in Africa and Middle East Asia and Pacific Rim Europe and United Kingdom Central and South America ## North America ## Africa ## Europe ## Asia and Pacific Rim --> North America Monday, July 3, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Wednesday, July 5, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Thursday, July 6, 2017 San Francisco, California: Tech for Good Monthly Mixer Friday, July 07, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Tips and Tools to Doll Up Your Data | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Naples, Florida: How to use Technology to Communicate and Manage Volunteers Vancouver, British Columbia: Full Spectrum Civic Engagement Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Nonprofit Organizations, Civic Data, and Civic Faith Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix: QuickBooks Made Easy Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Los Angeles, California: Summer Social Phoenix, Arizona: Data Management: What Nonprofits Need to Know San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Monday, July 17, 2017 Kitchener, Ontario: Mail Management Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Westmoreland Marietta, Georgia: Easy SEO Fixes for Your Nonprofit Jasper, Indiana: Social Media Wednesday, July 19, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Portland, Oregon: QuickBooks Made Easy Thursday, July 20, 2017 Seattle, Washington: QuickBooks Made Easy Friday, July 21, 2017 San Francisco, California: Mobile Apps for Change Demo Day at the Salvation Army Monday, July 24, 2017 Nanaimo, British Columbia: "Free Money" (Microsoft Volume Licensing and Google for Nonprofits) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Buffalo, New York: Why Nonprofits Should Use TechSoup and NetSquared Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, July 26, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Friday, July 28, 2017 Seattle, Washington: Roundtable for New Nonprofit Executives Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Naples, Florida: Tech4Good SWFL Meeting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Allegheny Wednesday, August 2, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Phoenix, Arizona: Defining and Targeting Your Audience: Marketing for Nonprofits Thursday, August 3, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio: How to Remarket to Website Visitors via Facebook and Twitter Monday, August 7, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Ottawa, Ontario: Review Progress on Data Analysis Projects Wednesday, August 9, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Los Angeles, California: Web Accessibility: Designing Inclusive User Experiences Friday, August 11, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Optimizing Your Communications for Mobile | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Wednesday, August 16, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: The Internet of Things: You Only Live Twice? Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, August 23, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Asia and Pacific Rim Saturday, July 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: Strategy of Data Collection for Nonprofits Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Jakarta, Indonesia: YouTube for Nonprofits Africa and Middle East Saturday, July 1, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Monday, July 3, 2017 Beirut, Lebanon: Lebanon's Digital Big Bang — An AltCity Info Session Friday, July 7, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, July 8, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, July 14, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 15, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 21, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 22, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, July 28, 2017 Port Harcourt, Nigeria: Creating Apps and Other Tech Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, July 29, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: WhatsApp for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Sunday, July 30, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Friday, August 4, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Saturday, August 5, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Bamenda, Cameroon: How to Create Digital Stories Friday, August 11, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 12, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 18, 2017 Mukono, Uganda Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 19, 2017 Bunda, Tanzania: Microsoft Cloud Computing Friday, August 25, 2017 Mukono, Uganda: Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Kibiribiri Primary School Second Term 2017 Solar Mobile Computer Training Meetup for Saint John Kaama Primary Saturday, August 26, 2017 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members Sunday, August 27, 2017 Pangani, Tanzania: Social Media Surgery: Instagram for Farmers and Livestock Keepers Europe and United Kingdom Saturday, July 1, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2017 Monday, July 3, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Leith Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Saint-Étienne , France: Rencontres Professionnelles du Logiciel Libre Monday, July 10, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Data Analysis for Nonprofits Tuesday, July 11, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: User Research and Service Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Tech for Good — Law and Justice Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Bath, United Kingdom: Design for All — Technology for Everyone, Accessibility, and User Experience Thursday, July 20, 2017 Milngavie, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Milngavie Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Dublin, Ireland: Design Thinking For Good: IBM Health Corps Tuesday, August 1, 2017 West Bridgford, United Kingdom: Organisation Design — Lunch and Learn for Nottinghamshire County Council Staff Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Cambridge, United Kingdom: Social Media Surgery — Hands-on Help with Social Media Monday, August 14, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom: Summer Tech for Good Social Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Paudex, Switzerland: RdV4-0.ch: 2. Objets Connectés — IoT Renens, Switzerland: OpenLab: Visite du Fablab de Renens Thursday, August 31, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom: One Digital Meetup Edinburgh Image : Michele Mateus / CC BY Siobhan Aspinall with Umbrella at The Digital Nonprofit 201 : Elijah van der Giessen via Michele Mateus / CC BY-NC 2.0 --> spanhidden
          Fresh and New !   

Hard work pays !
Hey hope all is well cause for me i am kicking it strong blessed God for Life!

So Paps and i had been working Our ass off recently to make life easy for us and Our little Prince !
And becus of the hard work we Dont have to Much time to chill out there during the sunny whether ! I work from in the morning to 3 and once i return home Paps is off and when he leave i take shower ,play with My baby for a while ,feed him and put him to bed then i take a power nap to get My energy back .So we spent most of Our days home and besides Paps jr Will soon start moving around which mean he need space thats why we decided to update Our house with feed New stuff .

Stay healthy ,eat healthy and live healthy !
This is Actually the third time we have changed furnitures! And we have waste a lot of cash but not to worry because once there is life there is possiblity for everything !
Thanks to those of you who Love My design ! I cant wait to bild My massion in africa and design it like a palace(wildest dream) Anyway that is Actually a bedsoffa so you turn it into a bed and sleep on it !

I Know few of you Are like she back after ages Hahaha yall miss me right !! (Wahala diva)
I have too Much geeess oooh My thoat itching but not today lol and the true is i am not sure whether i am back to start bloggin as alway, i am free from work today and i am up early this morning doing nothing and that is why i find Myself here !

I Will try to gees yall before the day end Dont think i can hold it longer now i have to paid attention to My Fine baby .
Stayblessed /ladydiva .


          Father Goals !   

My babies Are looking Classic and shit haha!

Paps be like Kanye West is getting out of his Car with his son and paparazzi is taking pics Hahaha yall see My trouble lol this nigga is making him self to feel special he wish he was Kanye west !lol


Anyways yesterday Paps got us a car because the struggle is about to start ! As i stated in My last video i got a job which means i have to stop My Mama ledighet and started working !! Yessss ! I Found it a bit boring sleeping My ass off till 14:00 most days why i can be out there counting hours!


So i made up My mind and decided to work ! I Know it wont be easy beening a Young mother and working at the same but Will try My best , all and everything for My baby (Pamodou Morris Fatty Jr)i need to build mansions for him(Inshalla)


Paps is working in the evening so i had to work in the morning ! The car was needed for them (Mina boys!Papss) to drop me off and pick me up from work !
Yall may probably be thinking that i could take to bus , i would have but i am very bad at catching busses lol i live like 10 second to the bus station but i always missed the buses and perphars that is because i am a African !(we Are noted for not Knowing time! 2. I have to take selfies before i step out Hahah beside Our working place is a bit far from where we live , I finsh at 15:00 and Paps starts at 15:30 ! So getting a Car is one of the easiest way to Lessing Our bruden!!!!

THe is not brand New because it it just for us to get around but it is up to standard and Pretty Much cool for My little family and guess what i choosed it ! I did not had time to take a proper picture of it because i was busy tryin to get Myself a computer yesterday too but i might use My camera to snap some pictures later!

Right now we are at Paps 's mother house cause Paps little sister was straving to see Pap jr so we had to bring him to her ! The good thing about coming here is ....... i do not have to wake  up at night to take care of Paps jr because His Grandma  usually takes Over but the sad part is i Do not hold or play with My baby alot cause his anuty ,uncles and grandma Dont allow me to !

Poor me !! I Am here laying down and My babyboo pap jr is not close to me ! I missed his small feet that his use to kick Mama face i missed his morning smile and i missed him telling me his dreams Hahah he always wake up with a smile and start Talking so concluded that he be telling me his dreams !Yessss

So amma let yalll be for now see ya soon

am about to Go and grab My baby

Staybless/

Lady diva


          African Friend - 3/1 to 13/8   
Win or Each Way - 14:45 MAIDEN STAKES 5f 21y - WINDSOR
          Carnet politique 4   
Samedi Ah, la miséricorde des sacrées nuits du Ramadhan ! Démonstration, à l’APN, Abdelmadjid Tebboune annonce en soirée que le président Abdelaziz Bouteflika a «donné instruction pour organiser une session spéciale du bac pour les élèves exclus de la dernière session du bac pour raison de retard». En plus de constituer un désaveu à la logique que voulait imposer la ministre de l’Education, Nouria Benghabrit, cette magnanimité présidentielle a provoqué une onde de choc : certains demandent même d’instaurer une session de rattrapage pour tout et pour rien. Comme le site satirique El Manchar qui annonce que «Bouteflika ordonne l’organisation d’une seconde session du Ramadhan pour les non-jeûneurs qui pour des raisons religieuses ou idéologiques ont refusé de jeûner pendant le le mois sacré, mais aussi les musulmans qui, distraits, ont mangé ou bu après al imsaak».   Tebboune toujours : le PM annonce aussi la prochaine installation d’une «commission nationale consultative» pour l’examen du dossier du soutien destiné aux catégories démunies de la société, chargée de l’élaboration des lois et mesures à même de permettre le ciblage des personnes ouvrant droit au soutien de l’Etat dans le cadre des efforts visant à consacrer le caractère social de l’Etat. Pour résumer, consulter certains pour savoir à qui on maintient les subventions. Parler à qui ? A ceux que le gouvernement choisira. Pas plus. Dimanche C’est l’Aïd, la fête, les bisous, les gâteaux et les gastros ! Débats éternels sur le taux de commerçants qui ont ouvert, avec, en toute honnêteté, un mieux par rapport aux années écoulées (à Alger cela dit). Mais il y avait autre chose à célébrer aussi en ce jour : la mémoire de Matoub Lounès ! Chez lui, à Taourirt Moussa, ils étaient des milliers, selon nos collègues de Kabylie, venus rendre hommage au Rebelle, assassiné le 25 juin 1998. Cette semaine a son cortège des hommages et des douleurs : Matoub le 25, Boudiaf le 29 ! Des assassinats qui, au-delà des enquêtes ou des commissions, des récits des uns et des autres, restent comme des points de fixation des tensions entre peuple et gouvernants. Au-delà de l’obsession légitime de la vérité, s’impose la volonté de juger un système volatile et impuni, incapable de s’autocritiquer, incapable de produire de l’avenir. Lundi Des youyous et d’inutiles feux d’artifice en préparation. Le taux de réussite à l’examen du Brevet d’enseignement moyen (BEM) (session juin 2017) a atteint 56,33% au niveau national. Mais pour le ministère de l’Education, ce taux est quand même jugé «relativement faible». A la Chaîne III de la radio étatique, Samia Mezaïb, directrice de l’évaluation et de la prospection au ministère de l’Education, a expliqué que la faiblesse relative des réussites résulte du cumul de plusieurs facteurs, dont celui des programmes élaborés «dans l’urgence», ainsi que la formation des enseignants qui n’a pas toujours été à la hauteur des dispositions de la nouvelle réforme de l’enseignement. La responsable pointe également les manquements en termes de formation en mathématiques chez les enseignants. Au moins, nous avons un secteur qui s’évalue et fait dans l’autocritique. C’est déjà ça, même sous le 4e mandat !   Mardi Il y a quelque chose de gênant chez Mme Saïda Benhabylès, présidente du Croissant-Rouge algérien. Quand elle se déplace pour visiter des migrants installés dans un campement à Alger-Est, elle tente de prononcer de grands discours («L’Algérie est en train de gérer avec courage les erreurs stratégiques des grandes puissances qui sont à l’origine de nombreux drames humanitaires»), et elle rentre dans le mur de la propagande infantile en disant que la campagne haineuse est orchestrée pour «salir l’image de l’Algérie» ! A part quelques groupuscules d’extrême droite en Europe et des débiles droitiers en France, qui vous cherche la petite bête ? Des Algériens, stupides et intolérants, il en existe : faudra leur parler à eux et non pas nous bassiner encore et encore avec «l’image de l’Algérie». Car, entre nous, qui fait le plus mal à l’image du pays ? N’est-ce pas le régime et ses petits voyous satellitaires ? L’occasion ici, par ailleurs, de rappeler l’engagement de Tebboune sur la régularisation des migrants (car c’est de cela qu’il s’agit, sauf erreur d’interprétation de sa déclaration vendredi soir à l’APN) : cela représenterait un symbole magnifique de notre solidarité obligatoire avec nos amis migrants, tous les migrants, tous les étrangers sur cette terre d’Algérie que nos martyrs ont rêvé fraternelle.   Mercredi Abdelmadjid Tebboune, nostalgique des années où le cinéma algérien twistait avec le succès mondial, a une belle idée : relancer l’industrie cinématographique algérienne. «Il y avait une industrie (cinématographique), nous allons la reprendre, l’Algérie était leader à l’échelle arabe et africaine dans le domaine du cinéma (…) Nous avons toutes les compétences et ressources humaines, il manque juste quelques moyens matériels qui seront remis aux mains de la famille du cinéma», a déclaré Tebboune. Alors quelques remarques, surtout concernant le dernier point en parlant des «quelques moyens matériels» : surtout ne donnez rien à personne alors que le secteur de la culture est miné par une effroyable corruption, où seuls les amis du ministère des hauteurs des Anassers sont les seuls bénéficiaires. Ceux, véritables héritiers du grand cinéma innovant et combatif algérien, ceux qui raflent des prix ailleurs et du mépris des bureaucrates ici, ceux-là sont hors radar des systèmes de rapine, heureusement, de la culture officielle qui bouffe des milliards pour de creux biopics ou de la propagande ! Si vous voulez relancer le cinéma, Monsieur Tebboune, faut s’occuper sérieusement des brutes et des truands. Jeudi «Ni la démagogie, ni les basses manœuvres n’ont pu empêcher la déconfiture d’un régime maintenu coûte que coûte, au mépris de toutes les aspirations et de tous les espoirs du peuple algérien. L’élimination de Ben Bella démontre en outre la justesse de nos positions. Mais le changement intervenu à Alger ne peut nous satisfaire. C’est tout le système qui était condamné et qui doit disparaître. Le mécontentement légitime des masses algériennes et leurs revendications constantes montrent que jamais elles n’accepteront comme solution à leurs problèmes la perpétuation du benbellisme même sans Ben Bella. La catastrophe économique exige une transformation totale des structures et des méthodes existantes. Nous irons tout droit à une dictature forcenée ou à une ‘‘congolisation’’ désastreuse si des solutions politiques ne sont pas dégagées dans les plus brefs délais ; il ne peut y avoir de demi-solutions, il faut que l’Algérie ait à sa tête un véritable pouvoir révolutionnaire et socialiste, issu des masses laborieuses, capable de promouvoir une politique hardie et réaliste et de parer aux urgences les plus flagrantes». Mohamed Boudiaf, déclaration après le coup d’Etat militaire du colonel Mohamed Boukharouba du 19 juin 1965.
          6/30/2017: BUSINESS NEWS: Over 50% of customers want to know if apps using their data   
More than half of consumers , 53 per cent, say it is “extremely important” that they know an app or service is using their personal data, a new survey has found. The survey of 6,500 people in Europe, China, Africa and the US revealed 75 per cent of...
          Analysis: "Bad" foreign firms drive U.S. manufacturing jobs revival   

By Lesley Wroughton and Howard Schneider

SPARTANBURG/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Years before Donald Trump began promising to bring back good manufacturing jobs by getting tough with U.S. trade partners, such jobs have already been on the rise, largely thanks to foreign companies now cast as villains in Trump's narrative.

Reuters analysis of federal jobs data shows that out of 656,000 new manufacturing jobs created between 2010 and 2014, two thirds can be attributed to foreign direct investment.

More recent jobs numbers are not yet available, but over $700 billion in foreign capital has poured in over the last two years bringing total foreign investment to $3.7 trillion at the end of 2016, a world record. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2sWkzTB)

Now foreign companies that have spent billions of dollars on U.S. factories and local leaders who host them worry that global supply networks that back those investments will fray if Trump makes good on his pledge to roll back trade liberalization.

The U.S. president has threatened to tear up North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and slap higher tariffs on nations that run trade surpluses with the United States, such as Germany or China. The administration is also discussing tighter immigration rules and more security screening of investment.

The tough message helped sway swing northeastern and Midwestern Rust Belt states Trump's way in the 2016 election, but puts him at odds with companies and local leaders in the south, which has driven the recent growth in manufacturing jobs.

The southern states have voted for Trump, but have also spent decades wooing foreign companies with flexible labor laws, financial incentives and investment in ports, roads and other infrastructure.

POSTER CHILD AND WHIPPING BOY

The courtship has spawned new auto plants from Kentucky to Georgia, and a new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Few places highlight the gap between Trump's rhetoric and local aspirations better than Spartanburg in South Carolina.

German carmaker BMW has invested here $8 billion in a 1.2 million square foot (11.15 hectares) assembly plant, which has become the largest single exporter of cars by value from the United States.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican and Trump supporter, credits the German automaker for putting his state on the global investment map.

"The presence of this company changed everything in the trajectory of our state," McMaster said on Monday at an event unveiling BMW's newest X3 sports utility vehicle.

Its Chief Executive Harald Krueger said the carmaker would invest additional $600 million in Spartanburg over the next four years, adding 1,000 jobs to the 9,000-strong workforce, and spend further $200 million on employee training and education.

But the poster child of South Carolina's success also doubles as a whipping boy. In January, BMW's plans to build a plant in Mexico drew Trump's ire and last month the U.S. president was quoted as saying Germany was "very bad" on trade and selling too many cars in the United States.

And even as the company highlights its contribution to the U.S. economy and the benefits of free trade, it is hedging its bets by preparing for a possible protectionist backlash.

Outside of the spotlight, BMW is retooling factories in South Africa and China to build volume models like the X3 SUV, reducing its dependence on Spartanburg.

“We have a big footprint here, and we are flexible enough," Oliver Zipse, BMW's board member responsible for manufacturing, told Reuters. "We will build the X3 not only in Spartanburg, we will split it into South Africa and then to China, so we will have some flexibility to produce cars somewhere else,” he said.

“If something happens at the political level - which we don’t know yet - we are able to have a flexible response.”

The Trump administration has said it welcomes foreign investment and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who spoke at an opening of a new Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> plant in South Carolina, said such projects showed that "America is becoming an even stronger destination for global businesses looking to grow.”

The southern U.S. states owe much of their success to coastal port authorities and cities that have invested heavily to make their channels and docks fit for shipments to and from China and Mexico.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has often clashed with Trump, said protectionism would undermine those accomplishments and hurt American workers.

DOOMSDAY SCENARIO

"Negotiate a trade agreement with Europe, modernize NAFTA, don't tear it up," Graham told Reuters at the BMW factory. "We're going in the wrong direction. We need more trade agreements, not less."

Graham noted how low-cost competition from China and Mexico destroyed South Carolina's once thriving textile industry and how the state reinvented itself as a manufacturing hub, bringing the likes of BMW or French tire maker Michelin .

The now humming port city of Charleston has a similar story to tell. When a major navy base shut down in the 1990s wiping out 20,000 jobs, local officials worked to bring foreign manufacturers, which now employ around 10,000 in the three counties around the city and more is set to come.

Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler AG , is adding 1,300 jobs so it can make its Sprinter van here rather than merely assemble it with imported parts, which also means more business for local suppliers.

Up the road, Volvo Car Group, part of Chinese conglomerate Geely, is due to open its first North American plant next year with a target workforce of 2,000.

Local development officials expect more jobs and investment to come, but worry that some steps discussed by the Trump administration could have a chilling effect.

Claire Gibbons, director of global marketing at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said the proposed new tariffs, tougher immigration rules and stricter reviews of foreign investment projects would amount to a "doomsday scenario" for the region.

"This is an education opportunity for us all, for the people making the decisions that don't understand the ramifications."

(1 euro = $1.1350)

(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Munich. Editing by David Chance and Tomasz Janowski)


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Publicado el 29 de Mayo del 2015 por gabriel africano

          The African Refugee Crisis and Smugglers of Humanity   
The African refugee crisis is manifest in the Niger town of Agadez, where an increasing wave of migration has birthed a growing people smuggling industry.
          El gran sueño africano   

Con la llegada del verano, volvemos a asistir a los repetidos y a veces trágicos asaltos contra las murallas alambradas de Melilla, llevados a cabo –con sofisticadas técnicas y artimañas de asedio medieval– por disciplinadas columnas de jóvenes subsaharianos. En otras zonas (Canarias, la isla italiana de Lampedusa, las costas de Sicilia, de Grecia, de Chipre, de Malta y la isla francesa de Mayotte, cerca de Madagascar), los “invasores” llegan casi siempre a las playas de noche –cuando no zozobran–,, en silenciosas embarcaciones...

etiquetas: africa, materias primas, emigracion, ignacio ramonet, monde diplomatique

» noticia original (www.monde-diplomatique.es)


          African Governments Lead the Way on Data Revolution   

Millions to benefit from commitments that include: data-led agriculture plans to build food resilience and security, a birth registration drive using SMS and web to widen access to healthcare and...

(PRWeb June 29, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/07/prweb14473188.htm


          Personal sin experiencia para Academia DEALERS - THE MILLIONAIRES GROUP S.A.S - Bogotá, Cundinamarca   
Empresa multinacional sudafricana ubicada al norte de la ciudad de Bogota, requiere de manera urgente jovenes entre los 18 a 25 años de edad para recibir un... $950.000 al mes
De Indeed - Mon, 22 May 2017 16:37:47 GMT - Ver todos: empleos en Bogotá, Cundinamarca
          VIDEO: Stanley Enow Ft. Mr Eazi – Adore You (Official Video)   

Stanley Enow – Adore You ft. Mr Eazi. Motherland Empire is back again with thrilling vibes as it releases it’s very anticipated musical collaboration by African Music Sensation, StanleyEnow Feat...

The post VIDEO: Stanley Enow Ft. Mr Eazi – Adore You (Official Video) appeared first on Naijakit.


          MUSIC PREMIERE: Aramide & Adina – Truth   

Award-wining Nigerian, Afro-Soul Queen, Aramide ups the ante by linking up with Ghanaian-South African, Afro-pop star, Adina, to release a new song today, titled ‘Truth’. Recorded during her recently completed...

The post MUSIC PREMIERE: Aramide & Adina – Truth appeared first on Naijakit.


          VIDEO: Viktoh – Body Bad (Official Video)   

YBNL Nation very talented recording artist Viktoh is here to thrill fans with the visuals for his latest single titled Body Bad. The Visuals features a lot of sexy African...

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          Huawei Marine Selected for Cameroon-Brazil Subsea cable   
Huawei Marine, the joint venture between Huawei Technologies and UK-based Global Marine Systems, announced it has been contracted by China Unicom and Cameroon government-owned infrastructure operator Camtel to construct the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL), marking the official commencement of the SAIL cable system implementation phase.

Funded with investment from China Unicom and Camtel, the SAIL system will link Cameroon and Brazil and span around 6,000 km. The cable system will comprise 4 fibre pairs and offer a design capacity of 32 Tbit/s based on Huawei Marine’s advanced 100 Gbit/s technology.

The SAIL system will be the first direct access cable to connect Africa and South America, and on completion is designed to provide a reliable, high-quality intercontinental communications infrastructure between the two developing regions.



  • Huawei Marine originally announced that it had been commissioned to construct the Cameroon-Brazil cable system, initially called Cameroon-Brazil Cable System (CBCS), in October 2015.
  • Also in 2015, Huawei Marine announced it had started marine installation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS), Cameroon's first wholly-owned submarine cable and part funded by the Cameroon government. Spanning around 1,100 km, the NCSCS directly connects Kribi in Cameroon with Lagos in Nigeria and will deliver 12.8 Tbit/s of capacity.
  • Camtel states that to date it has deployed more than 8,000 km of fibre that connects the ten regional chief towns in Cameroon, as well as around 60 divisional/sub-divisional chief towns and hundreds of rural communities; it also provides connectivity to CEMAC region countries including Chad. The company is aiming to build a network spanning over 20,000 km.


          China Telecom and Orange Business Services Target IoT   
China Telecom and Orange Business Services announced the extension of their strategic partnership into the IoT space during the launch event of eSurfing on the Silk Road, IoT with the World in Shanghai, China, with the new cooperation designed to enable the companies to serve enterprise customers via a combined footprint across three continents.

Through the expanded agreement, multinational customers of China Telecom and Orange will be able to deploy IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) services across each other's networks.

China Telecom enterprise customers with outbound IoT businesses can deploy their assets and offerings on the Orange networks in Europe and Africa, while Orange's global enterprise customers can access the Chinese market utilising China Telecom's IoT network resources and business capabilities. In addition, both partners propose a global solution to address local IoT connectivity requirements leveraging eUICC capabilities and the commonly deployed Device Connectivity Platform from Ericsson.

China Telecom and Orange plan to cooperate commercially and technically to create new service models designed to address global IoT opportunities. Under the agreement, Orange will become one of China Telecom's preferred partners for connectivity in Europe and Africa, while China Telecom will support Orange in delivering connectivity in China.

The agreement also encompasses joint exploration of the potential for enhancing existing IoT capabilities and the application of new technologies such as mobile IoT in the global market.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Deng Xiao Feng, MD of global business department of China Telecom, said, "China is one of the fastest growing markets for IoT applications, China Telecom is working with Orange to push for the building of an advanced IoT solution to capture global IoT opportunities… China Telecom (and) Orange will address the increasing IoT demand and… support enterprise customers with the IoT Open Platform".


          South Africa leads the Advanced Wound Care market in Middle-East and Africa.   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, April 21, 2017 ) Market Data Forecast recently published a report on the “Middle-East and Africa Advanced Wound Care ” which estimates the market to grow from USD 494.7 million from 2016 to USD 604.9 million by 2021 with a CAGR of 4.1% in the forecast period 2016-2021. For full...
          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   

Happy Fourth, Los Angeles! May your buns be firm and your apple pie sweet. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of important culture news and dog videos:

A visceral border experience

Mexican film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has created a VR experience...


          Plastic Headgear Market, Trends, Size and Forecasts   

Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, “Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/25/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a new report titled, "Global Plastic Headgear Market to 2017 - Market Size, Growth and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries" which is a useful piece of information for the global players in the plastic headgear market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis on the market trends, size, forecast and growth of the overall plastic headgear market.

Browse complete report at:
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Report provides the market share of plastic headgears in the overall global market and further segments the plastic headgear market on the basis of product. The product segment includes Safety headgear and other headgears of plastic.

Analysis in the report is based on 2006-2012 market data and the report forecasts the global market till the year 2017, which provides insightful market information for the investors, sales, marketing & product managers and analysts in an accessible and well presented format.

The report covers the following topics:

-Global Market size
-Market growth rate
-Market segmentation on the basis of products
-Growth rate of each product segment
-Market forecasts

See similar report: Spirit Markets in the Top 5 European Countries to 2018 - Market Size, Trends, and Forecasts
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Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

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          Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

Get detailed report at: http://www.reportsandintelligence.com/vaccines-global-package-market

These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

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          Harlem’s Rev. Al Sharpton At The 2017 Face List Awards Hosted By Ama K. Abebrese   

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Award-winning Ghanaian-British actress Ama K. Abebrese (left) will be hosting the 2017 FACE List Awards in New York City on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. Dubbed the pan-African achievement honors, The Continue Reading →

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          Typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the FIFA World Cup.    
I don't really follow soccer*. So I don't know much about soccer. But I follow a lot of Indian soccer fans. I view them with mild amusement mixed with scientific curiosity. I study them. I try to find patterns in their bizarrely enthusiastic behavior. And I love doing pop-socio and pop-psych analysis of their behavior and their attitudes towards a game where India ranks even lower than countries smaller than my apartment building in Pune.

So I present here a typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the upcoming World Cup. The typology is arranged according to which country they support or bet on to lift the cup.

BRAZIL: This one is a no-brainer really, so let's get it out of the way. Everyone loves Brazil. It's a country that has won the cup the most often. They always have some of the best players, a style of play which is considered exciting, and wear really eye-catching yellow-and-green colors. So even someone with or without the most rudimentary knowledge of the game feels comfortable saying "Brazil of course!" when someone asks "Which team do you support?" It's like picking the Patriots at the beginning of the NFL season.

But it goes beyond just how good the team is on average (here comes the pop-socio and pop-psych). Brazil is "nice". Brazil is "safe". Other than soccer, what is Brazil associated with? Carnivals, pretty people, beaches, being part of the fashionable BRIC block, and again, carnivals. If countries were brands, Brazil would be like Linux - not really that relevant to your life but easy to love. It's the kind of country that if you visit as an Indian, you expect to love.

So might as well support them. Plus they are the hosts this time. Western media is being mean to them just like they were mean to India in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. They have messy social inequality issues just like us. Yes, Brazil is safe to support.

BEST 2 EUROPEAN UNION TEAMS: At any given time, at least 2 of the 3 objectively best teams in the world are from the EU. So the self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" soccer fan from India will be telling anyone willing to listen that one of those two teams is SURE to win. One of the two is always ALWAYS Germany. And the other is some country whose economy Germany has bailed out or will be bailing out soon. Right now it's Spain. A decade ago, it was France. In between, Italy took a break from electing Caligula-esque Prime Ministers to occupy that spot.

So Germany and "Another EU country" are the best bets for Indian soccer pundits who want to set themselves apart from the bandwagon Brazil supporters and maintain a chance for gloating when the dust settles.

ARGENTINA: Ah, Argentina! The most bizarre underdog-favorite combinations in the history of sport. I say this because some of my friends who support Argentina are genuinely convinced that Argentina is THE best team, regardless of the FIFA rankings. These verbose justifications start with "Messi is...." and then meander into incomprehensibility. Other friends supporting Argentina are steadfast about the team's underdog tag. "I always support an underdog, yaar!"

The media helps in whipping up support for Argentina too, given that Argentina is to FIFA what Notre Dame is to college football in America. Every damn year when the college football starts, there will be pundits in the media saying "OH NOTRE DAME HAS A FINE FINE TEAM THIS YEAR!". Most years, they stay in the rankings for three weeks before dropping out. Once in a couple of decades, in the vein of a stopped clock being right twice a day, Notre Dame will indeed have a great season. And then the pundits preen. And Hollywood makes an atrociously weepy movie starring a hobbit. But I ramble.    

So it goes with Argentina. Call it the continuing halo effect of bad boy Maradona. Or maybe the current halo effect of some guy named Messi who's done diddly-squat in two World Cups, but apparently does great in domestic soccer matches in Europe.

HOLLAND: The Dutch team is for true-blue underdog supporters. Again, I don't know much about soccer. But from what I am told, this team has choked more times than the South African cricket team, the 1990s Buffalo Bills, and Ivan Lendl combined. Which makes them particularly alluring for people who just love supporting an underdog in the faint hope that they will be proven right. Last time, these fans were rewarded by having to wait as long as the finals to have their hearts broken.

But still, for these folks, it is HUP HOLLAND HUP. A friend of mine says that the bright orange jerseys appeal to the latent Hindutva tendencies in some Indian fans, but we'll put a pin in that for now.

ANOTHER EU TEAM: The previous four categories take care of 90% of Indian soccer fans. Which brings us to self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" fans of the game who don't like being lumped with the conventional wisdom. They need to cogently claim that a different underdog is actually going to take home the cup, but the heathen masses are too blinded by media tropes to see it. So they pick a team which is ranked somewhere from 4th to 8th in the FIFA rankings and which has a player they have watched in one of the domestic soccer leagues from Europe.

"Of course it'll be Portugal yaar! That Cristiano Ronaldo I tell you...."

For the last 3 World Cups, the top choice for these people has been Portugal, thanks to this Ronaldo fella. Never mind that he and his team have shown the poor judgment of associating themselves with the New York Jets to practice for the World Cup. That anyone can think that a guy who voluntarily decided to learn something from Rex Ryan has any chance of winning anything shows how little soccer fans know about real football. But I troll. And I digress.

When it's not Portugal, it is some other European country that yes, Germany will also have to bail out.  

ENGLAND: Don't ask me why. Seriously don't. I know very little about soccer but even I know enough to know that the chances of England winning the cup are only negligibly higher than an Indian winning the Olympic 100 meter gold. And yet a few Indians will be steadfast in their support of England.

One guy I knew used to base his support on the supposedly "under-appreciated talents" of David Beckham. This was before Beckham became known as the guy who sells underwear on giant hoardings in Times Square. These days, I suspect the support for England is driven by the fact that so many Indians spend so much money on low quality made-in-Bangladesh jerseys of teams from the EPL, that they feel obliged to go all the way.

But seriously Indian supporters of England soccer, what are the chances that an England cricket team will win an ICC title AND a notionally English guy will win the Wimbledon AND England will win the FIFA World Cup, all within 5 years?

USA: The only Indians who support the US are a) Indians who live in the US, and b) follow only cricket and/or American sports. Yes, this includes me, ok? The rest of the time, we are happy with our WillowTV subscription, our NFL fantasy football leagues, out March madness brackets, our opinions on LeBron and the Heat, our love or hate for the Yankees or the Red Sox. We look at MLS ads and go "lulz". We see European soccer matches on our cable guide menu and go "WTF?".

But then once every four years, this damn World Cup thing comes along. And everyone is talking about it. Not just CNN, who will usually talk about the most vapid things. So what do we do?

USA! USA! USA!

We google furiously to find out who our players are. We try to figure out what the hell "Group of Death" means. We practice our pronunciation of Klinsmann. And we set a countdown clock to the start of the NFL season.

* "SOCCER? IT'S FOOTBALL BRO!!!" you say? Read this.  

          The Indian Collective Conscience's Blind Spot for Racism/Discrimination   
A 2009 issue The latest issue of Outlook has this cringe-inducing article by Diepiriye Kuku, an African American (and presumably gay) PhD student in Delhi. There's nothing new about stories of discrimination faced by Africans or African-Americans or North-East Indians in major Indian cities. These instances are real and shameful. But for me, the most hard-hitting portion was not the one where Kuku describes the specific instances of discrimination he's faced (as shameful as they were), but this

Outside of specific anchors of discourse such as Reservations, there is no consensus that discrimination is a redeemable social ill. This is the real issue with discrimination in India: her own citizens suffer and we are only encouraged to ignore situations that make us all feel powerless. Be it the mute-witnesses seeing racial difference for the first time, kids learning racism from their folks, or the blacks and northeasterners who feel victimised by the public, few operate from a position that believes in change.
Bingo! Kuku has put in words an issue I have been discussing with friends for several years now.

When I tweeted this story, I got a few responses which said "yes, but Indians are also discriminated against in the West" and "Blacks face discrimination even in America, not just India" and "Discrimination is a universal human trait, so why single out India?" That last bit is valid. Discrimination or xenophobia is indeed a universal trait. We have all heard of people discriminating against outsiders or minorities all over the world. India is definitely not unique in that regard.

Where India is unique.....well I shouldn't say unique....but different from societies at least in the West, is the way its collective conscience views racism, or more broadly discrimination against those belonging to groups that aren't part of the "mainstream". We have a major blind spot there.

In the West, yes, everyday there are instances of discrimination on the basis of race and sexuality. But in the West, the collective conscience, or the social discourse recognizes that this is wrong. People use the term "politically correct" like a pejorative. But in the West, it is not considered politically correct by the society to come out and say that some races are inferior. Or that gays are inferior or abominations. Yes, some nutcases say that but in the West, the mainstream collective opinion holds the ideal of equality very dear.

That is largely missing in India. There is no general understanding that saying someone is inferior based on their race or sexuality is wrong. It does exist, in some degree, when it comes to caste. While casteism is still prevalent in India in various forms, the general collective discourse recognizes that saying certain castes are inferior is wrong. The opponents of racism using "merit" is often a code for implied inferiority, but even the use of that code is a "thank heavens for small mercies" byproduct of that Indian collective conscience as least recognizing casteism as wrong.

But when it comes to racism or homophobia, the Indian collective conscience still has a blind spot. Most Indians feel no compunctions in saying that a particular race is inferior or that gays are "unnatural" or "sick" or "disgusting". We humans may never be able to completely rid ourselves of xenophobia and discrimination, the way we may never be able to rid ourselves of murder and rape. But we can take a step in the right direction by at least getting our collective consciences to recognize that xenophobia or discrimination is wrong, just the way murder and rape.

India is yet to take that step. It is lagging behind the West by some decades. The West's conscience wasn't always enlightened. Before the 60s, it was perfectly acceptable to say in public that blacks are inferior and so should be segregated. Even until the 70s and early 80s, it was perfectly acceptable in the West to treat gays as abominations or mutations. But that isn't the case now. The Western conscience has moved and continues to move in the right direction.

I hope India's collective conscience does too. And soon.



          Why EPL is Soccer and not Football: The Definitive Answer   
I have been in America for 6 years now, and will most likely spend my life here. Like almost all Americans, I refer to what is played in the NFL as football, and what is played in the EPL as soccer.

I don't like soccer. Have never liked soccer. Even as a kid growing up in India, decades before I even heard of the Superbowl or NFL, I found soccer an extremely boring sport. But this post is not about why soccer is so boring. This post isn't about the banality of a "sport" that features 90 minutes of ambling around, kicking around a ball, and scoring on an average just 1-2 times during the whole excruciating period. This post isn't about a sport where it is not considered shameful to feign injuries, where convincing playacting wins games, and where referees seem even more willfully clueless than the fake referees in WWE pro wrestling. This post isn't about the utterly fallacious argument "Soccer is the #1 sport in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome", that could also be extended to say "denying women rights and dignity is a practice prevalent in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome".

No, this post is about the name nonsense. You know, what the "real" football is. That what's played in EPL is the only sport that can and should be called football. That churlish notion is what this post is about.

In my academic, professional, and personal life, I have gotten to know about a dozen or so Europeans and a couple of South Americans well enough to call them friends. I have had countless conversations with them, over the course of which, I have referred to Europe and South America's favorite sport as "soccer" and not "football". No eyelids were batted. No corrections were demanded. No moronic "Call it football!!!" suggestions were made. I am sure all of them think of the sport as football. But they were normal people who had better things to do in life than split hairs over the name of a game. 

But I have lost count of the number of Indians who have, rather rudely and ignorantly, interrupted me or corrected me with the occasional use of profanity, and demanded that I not call the sport soccer. As they say, the newest converts are the most extremist. And most Indians who follow soccer are the archetypal new convert extremists. India is currently ranked 165 in FIFA rankings. Snowmen have a better chance of surviving months long cruises in hell than India does of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in this century. India's club soccer landscape is so dismal, that a documentary about it would look like Dystopian science fiction set in sub-Saharan Africa. I'm sure the bottled water budget of the newest IPL cricket team, the Pune Warriors, is more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India. Forget cricket, which is the king of sports in India. I'm sure that the revenue from the sales of Manchester United jerseys in Bombay is way more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India.

Despite the abysmal ranking and the tragic club scene, India has millions and millions of soccer fans! Or, as their hubris would force me to say, "football" fans. Now a non-Indian might wonder, how is it that a billion-strong country with millions of soccer fans is ranked lower than countries that don't even have populations close to a million? Why don't these Indian fans of the game go and watch local club soccer, support their teams, affect change and improve the fate of soccer?

The answer is simple. An overwhelming majority of self-proclaimed soccer fans in India are not really "fans" of the "sport" the way most people elsewhere are fans of sports. Scratch the surface and you'll realize that Indian soccer fans couldn't care less about the actual sport. They're just taken in by the aura surrounding the brands that European soccer has managed to cultivate and export. It's more about basking in the borrowed glory of Manchester United, Barcelona, etc. by paying ridiculous amounts of money to buy their jerseys and hats. Most Indian soccer fans couldn't tell you the difference between a banana kick and a banana split, or explain the offside rule. But they could identify the colors, logos, and brand endorsements of the top European club teams, and could tell you the keyboard shortcut to type Barca (the way any English-speaking person would type it) as Barça with that weird tail under the C to convince themselves they really know their stuff.

Well, they don't. Some do. A very few do. But most moneyed upper middle class Indians are just latching on to clubs from random European cities they couldn't even pinpoint on the map because they don't realize how completely they have been taken in by well-crafted marketing campaigns. These Indians spend more than a slum dweller's annual food budget on overpriced (but usually made in Bangladesh) jerseys, display logos on their facebook and twitter accounts, and go by nicknames like "gooner" as an expression of their utterly shallow new-convert extremism. Little wonder then, that despite dozens of European soccer clubs playing the game, 99% of Indian fans swear by one of 3 mega brands - Manchester United, Barcelona (sorry, Barça), and Arsenal.

And these Indian soccer fans are at the forefront of ignoring civility and rudely telling someone "y u call it soccer da? Call it football no macha!" and "LULWUT? y u watch rugby/NFL/AFL da? Dem no be football ra. Dey be hand-egg ra!" And of course, lazily forwarding this oh-so-cliched hand-egg picture; perfectly representative of Indian soccer fans' sporting ignorance and tendency to bask in borrowed glory - they can't even come up with their own clever rebuttals! But their ego grows a few precious microns as they do all this.

So then, which sport can stake claim to the name football? There's a short answer and a long answer. The short answer - Meh, who cares? A rose by any other name and suchlike. To give you an analogy, at any given moment, I can't tell you if I'll call India's biggest metropolis Bombay or Mumbai. I am Marathi, and in that language, we call it Mumbai. But I also grew up when the city's "official" name was Bombay and that's what we called it when speaking in English. In my mind, the names are synonymous. But there are a bunch of  folks as self-important, deluded, and rude as Indian soccer fans who can't abide by that. If they live in Shivaji Park or Goregaon, making someone say Mumbai instead of Bombay is the greatest Maratha achievement since the Battle of Wadgaon. If they live in South Bombay, making someone say Bombay instead of Mumbai is the greatest act of civil disobedience since the Salt Satyagraha. But the real answer, the short answer is - Meh, who cares?

The long answer is this. About soccer/football I mean, not that Bombay/Mumbai boondoggle. Rude soccer fans for some reason think of "soccer" as a word the Americans coined, and "football" as the pure true holy name that the noble Brits gave the sport. The long answer is vastly different. The answer steeped in history and etymology, not fallacious vapid logical shortcuts. Indian soccer fans simplistically say, as that hand-egg cliche denotes, that soccer is a game involving kicking a ball with the foot. NFL/Rugby/AFL involve carrying the ball by hands. Hence, FIFA/EPL is the "real" football. Done. Proved. Settled. QED. Elementary, my dear Watson!

Ah, Watson! Sherlock Holmes! Perfect segue!

Have you read the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter? Not one of my favorites, but useful here. Published in 1904. The captain of the Cambridge rugby team asks Holmes to locate a missing player on the eve of a crucial match against Oxford. In that story, the sport is referred to as just "football", sans any qualifiers on three separate occasions. It is also referred to once....only once as "rugger" (as opposed to.....soccer? But more on that in a while). And as rugby, zero times.

So in the la-di-dah home of the sport, England, as a story written by one of the most famous English writers ever suggests, "football" was a term used to referred to rugby. The fact is, "football" was a generic name for a bunch of different sports, including rugby, gridiron football, soccer etc. Football was not exclusively identified even in England as the sport that is now played in the EPL. And although there isn't complete consensus on this, most scholars agree that the term "football" comes, not from kicking the ball with the foot, but the fact that the sport was played on foot. So rugby was football and soccer was football.

In fact the name soccer also originated in England (not in America!) - soccer originates from Association, because that variant of football was called association football. So soccer is the name the English came up with to explicitly distinguish the EPL/FIFA type from other types of football in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Across the pond in United States, once English colonies, they played mainly English sports in the 18th and 19th century. In fact, cricket was very popular before the civil war, and a team of top cricketers from England toured North America in 1859 and played in front of packed stands in Philadelphia, Hoboken, Rochester, Hamilton, and Montreal. But my cricket-loving mind digresses.

The point is, they played a lot of English sports in America those days. Including football - different types of football. If you look at the history of football, the basic point seems to be tolerance for variations. Why go into history? Even today, rugby union is markedly different from rugby league. So that kind of football, where you are on foot but carry the ball in your hands, got tinkered with in America as well. That tinkering led to what I think makes American Football so awesome - the forward pass. The pioneers were colleges who played each other in the 19th century. Finally in the early 1900s, an innovation on the scale of what IPL seemed in 2007, was made. The first ever Rose Bowl (known then as the East-West Football Game) was played between Stanford University and University of Michigan in Pasadena in 1902. That is, two years before Doyle wrote his story about the missing three-quarter.

So we can see that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the term "football" was used in America to describe what is now played in the NFL, and by AC Doyle to describe what we know as rugby. I am sure there are also instances of people using "football" back then to refer to what is now played in the EPL. I didn't look it up. Even reading about soccer makes me sleepy. But I am sure people used football to refer to soccer as well. That's the point. It was a generic term.

The 20th century progressed and progressed fast. For socio-cultural reasons I'd rather not go into, the football that became most popular in Europe and elsewhere was the variation that involved kicking the ball around. The football that became the most popular in America and somewhat popular in Europe (under the name Rugby) was the variation where you hold the ball in your hands and run. They're all football.

Except!

Well, the thing is, it's the Europeans who invented a different name for their kicking game - soccer. FIFA governs a sport that has two names, like the Bengali bhalo naam and daak naam if you will. Both names coined by the Brits. In America or in Canada, "gridiron" football was just called football. If you're in America, football is what's played in the NFL and Canadian football is what's played in the CFL. If you're in Canada, football is what's played in the CFL and American football is what's played in the NFL. By rights, Aussies should call AFL football too, but they call it "footy", maybe for the same bizarre reason they call barbecue "Barbie". Americans didn't need a second name for their favorite game the way Europeans needed it for their favorite game. Europeans who were into soccer were probably the ancestors of Indian soccer fans, insecure and unsure, and so came up with two names.


Why do I refer to the game in the EPL by the name soccer? In the immortal words of George Mallory, "because it's there!" The name soccer is out there, put out there by Europeans, and is understood worldwide as referring to the game that involves pretending to be hurt while taking leisurely strolls, once in a while prodding the ball into a disgruntled-looking net.

So why is the sport played in EPL/FIFA soccer and not football? Because if someone says football, it could mean one of several things. But if someone says soccer, it means only one game. The game where the highest trophy shouldn't be called Golden Boot, but Golden Actor Holding His Shin Pretending To Be Hurt.


          Hari Tatya by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
It's been a couple of years since I translated anything by PuLa. While considering different options about what to translate next, Hari Tatya stood out as a particular appealing candidate. He is so universally identifiable. Hari Tatya - the eccentric but genial family friend with one foot firmly in the distant past that all kids have encountered growing up. Your Hari Tatya might not have been interested in history. Maybe he was into politics, or science, or even astrology. But that does not take away from the HariTatyaness of all Hari Tatyas.
Usual caveats apply - I cannot even pretend to be a good enough translator to keep most of PuLa's magic intact. But even a fraction of the essence of the character sketch should make it readable. And I have changed or omitted some references to make the essay accessible. And used contemporary phrases and expressions.

A couple of days ago, I heard someone use the phrase "irrefutable proof", and I was suddenly reminded of Hari Tatya. I had heard him say "I have irrefutable proof of this!!" hundreds of times during the course of my childhood in Mumbai. So had everyone else who knew him. So much so, that my grandma's nickname for Hari Tatya was "Mr. Irrefutable Proof". 

There was nothing surprising about his penchant for that phrase, because he is always making claims that can't be justified without irrefutable proof. The guy refuses to inhabit the present. And describes the past as if he can see it unfolding in front of his eyes. He's been like that for as long as I can remember. Obviously, I can't remember the first time I saw him. But I am sure he remembers it vividly.

"Purushottam! Come on, son! How can you not remember? It was a Saturday. Late in the afternoon. How can you not remember?"

That's how he's sure to chide me for forgetting the details of my birth.

The remarkable thing about Hari Tatya was how informally he addressed everyone, be they younger or older than him. He is the only person I ever knew who spoke to my generally feared and respected grandpa like an old chum. Of course, we knew him as grandpa's friend. But he was obviously several years younger. Because he generally treated grandpa with respect and veneration. In his own way. He never used the respectful pronoun as is the norm when speaking to elders in India. But whenever grandpa entered the room,  Hari Tatya would sit up straight. Maybe because grandpa gave him some pocket money to tide him over every month. And often provided him with seed funding for his latest entrepreneurial venture.   

No one in the family can remember exactly when this creature named Hari Tatya became a part of our extended household. My grandfather was a very generous man, and a friend to anyone who tried to be his friend. So it was difficult to predict exactly how many people he'd bring home any given evening to have dinner with the family. Of course, in those days of the big joint family, the occasional dinner guest or two didn't really bother those minding the kitchen. In those days, rice, dal, and flour for a meal were measured not by cupfuls, but by fistfuls. The dinner table was populated by not just immediate family, but also uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins once, twice, several times removed. There was also the occasional son or daughter of a family friend studying in the city, in addition to ABC's brother-in-law and XYZ's neighbor's son-in-law. So at pretty much any meal, there were always a few unexpected guests present. I don't recall many evenings when our joint family of 12 had less than 25 plates laid out for dinner.

My grandma seemed to me like Annapoorna (the goddess of nourishment) reincarnated. Her hands were blessed with some magical touch that imparted rich flavor even on a glass of water she served. So you can imagine how tasty and welcoming any dinner table she laid out was. Hari Tatya joined our family by turning up at one such dinner table. After that, he kept turning up. He was there with us at joyous occasions. He was with us at sad moments. 

But all those years, even as I grew up and looked different every year, Hari Tatya always looked the same. A simple cotton shirt, modest dhoti, and a rarely-washed Gandhi cap. We kids referred to his style of wearing the cap as "Compass Fashion". If his nose pointed east, then the two ends of his cap seemed to align with the North-South axis, like a compass needle.   

I never had any idea what Hari Tatya did for a living. I only knew that grandpa kept helping him start some "promising new business" every few months. Grandpa had always had a dream of owning and running his own business. But his stable and respected position in society, the steady income his job brought him, and the large family depending on that income, made taking any big risks all but impossible. So he lived his entrepreneurial dream vicariously through Hari Tatya by funding Hari Tatya's ambitious albeit modestly scaled business ideas. 

I remember one monsoon season when grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling umbrellas. For the next couple of years, everyone in the family got a new umbrella for free in the first week of June. But I doubt Hari Tatya's umbrella business was profitable any longer than an umbrella mushroom's lifespan. It seemed like grandpa was more devoted to making the umbrella business succeed. I remember he would come home from work in the evening every day and hand Hari Tatya a sheet of paper,

"Here are orders for some umbrellas. Be sure to deliver them to these addresses right away."

Then we kids would accompany Hari Tatya, brand new umbrellas stacked on our heads, making deliveries to customers that grandpa has managed to canvas during his day job. We kids usually didn't move a muscle for anyone else. We'd disappear if anyone else tried to give us a chore. But for Hari Tatya, we didn't mind looking ridiculous walking the streets with those umbrellas on our heads. We loved his company so much, we'd have walked on coals with umbrellas on our heads if he had asked us to.

Hari Tatya told us absorbing stories and taught us fascinating poems and shlokas as we accompanied him. That too at the top of his voice while walking on the street without any regard to passers by. I remember an anecdote from one of our umbrella sorties. We were all walking with those umbrellas stacked on our heads. Hari Tatya told us to put the umbrellas down, and join him on a stone bench on a street square, and regaled us with the story of Sant Ramdas.

He had a truly unique narrative style. As a result of that narrative style, for many years, we kids were under the impression that Hari Tatya, Sant Ramdas, Moropant, Sant Tukaram, Vaman Pandit, Shivaji Maharaj etc. all once lived together in the same neighborhood. Because no matter how far back in the past the event he was narrating had occurred, he effortlessly injected himself into the proceedings. The way he recounted those stories convinced us that he had seen it all unfold in front of his eyes.

"Kids, I tell you, this Ramdas, even as a kid, was quite the character! He would run away and hide somewhere. We'd keep searching, keep seeking, but couldn't find him! His mother would ask us - have you seen my little Narayan anywhere? We'd say, sorry ma'am, we have no idea. Poor woman, she'd keep looking for him all over the village."

"Once she asked the village chief - have you seen my Narayan anywhere? The village chief had the habit of pouncing on any opportunity to be arrogant. He said - Narayan? Which Narayan? There are hundreds of Narayans in this village! Mother said - Please help me, sir. My Narayan. Narayan Thosar. Have you seen him?"

"Poor lady. There were tears in her eyes. And with good reason. Tell me Purushottam, if you go missing some day. And your mother is looking for you everywhere. Won't she tear up? Tell me, Purushottam! Won't she??"

Hari Tatya would narrate this story with so much pathos, that all our eyes would moisten up as well. Then we'd start walking again to make sure the umbrellas were delivered on time. But as our hands held the umbrellas on our heads, our shirt sleeves would be busy wiping our tearful eyes as Hari Tatya continued with Sant Ramdas a.k.a Narayan Thosar's story.

"Narayan's mother was terrified! Fair good-looking little boy. I tell you guys, this Narayan looked so beautiful as a child. Positively radiant.  Plus he'd just had his threading ceremony, and wore a pearl earring. She was aghast - did those Muslim invaders kidnap him to convert him to Islam??? Oh my god!!!"

"And kids, I tell you....those damned Muslim invaders in those days....they weren't decent like Muslims we know today. No! They were just so damn #$%%*&^$#......"

And he'd unleash a barrage of expletives that any other adult would've deemed inappropriate for our supposedly innocent young ears. Maybe it's because of these expletives he let loose so readily, but to our pre-pubescent minds, Hari Tatya seemed like the epitome of valor and courage. 

"So then, hours ticked by. And soon it was afternoon. Still no sign of Narayan! Mother ran home and spread her arms in front of Lord Ram's idol. Ah, how beautiful that idol was, kids, believe me! So divine...."

And Hari Tatya folded his hands to pay respects to that imaginary idol of Lord Ram floating in the air in front of him. We all were still carrying umbrellas. But still, we did our best to twist our arms and pay our respects to the imaginary idol too.

"She said - Goddess Sita, please find me my Narayan, and I will give you an offering of my best clothes and a coconut! Mother said that, and opened the closet to take out her best clothes to offer to the goddess. And lo! Narayan was sitting in the closet!"

"Mother wailed in delight - NAAARAAYANAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!"

And Hari Tatya yelled so loudly, that everyone around us on the street stopped whatever they were doing and started staring at us.

"Mother took Narayan in her arms and said - My son, I have been looking for you all over the village. What are you doing here? .... Do you know Purushottam, what Narayan's response was?"

I shook my head.

"Yeah, well, it's difficult for you to know. How would you know? An innocent little child like you can't even imagine what the future Sant Ramdas said. Narayan said...get this, kids.... Narayan said - Mother, I was pondering the fate of the world"

"That's what he said - I was pondering the fate of the world."

Hari Tatya finished the story. He blew his nose. Then he wiped his eyes with his shirt sleeves. All us little umbrella carriers, or chhatrapatis, had no idea what to do next. Hari Tatya regained control of his demeanor and said,

"Just think Purushottam.... he was about your age. And what did he say? I was pondering the fate of the world! Unbelievable! Simply divine! Tell me Purushottam, do you have such a boy in your class? A boy who will hide in the closet? And say - I was pondering the fate of the world?? Is there? Tell me!"

I meekly shook my head.

"Yeah! So that was Ramdas! Saintly right from his childhood. I have irrefutable proof of this. He went on to become Ramdas Swami.... Sant Ramdas. But just because he was a Sant, don't think he was a softie. You should've seen him flex his muscles. The way his biceps sprang up, almost jumping out of his skin, I tell you! All he had to do was bend his arm ever so slightly, and his bicep would spring up. If you struck his bicep with an iron bar, the iron bar would bend! But Sant Ramdas would barely notice the blow. Barely...."

Hari Tatya kept staring into nothingness for a couple of minutes as if he had just seen Sant Ramdas in the flesh. He smiled a little and gradually shook his head in admiration. 

Then suddenly, as if waking up from a dream, he shook his shoulders. And in a voice completely devoid of the narration-specific baritone,  he said,

"Umm....Purushottam....tell me...Nerulkar...Nerulkar is the guy who lives around the corner from the grocery store, right? How many umbrellas has he ordered? Three, right? Let me check..."

Hari Tatya fished out the sheet from his pocket, verified the order, and led our umbrella-bearing procession to the Nerulkar residence. 

No one in that procession had yet truly returned to the present, to the real world. One kid was visualizing the full scale and strength of Sant Ramdas' legendary biceps. Another was wondering how a well-built 10 year could fit inside a 17th century closet in a poor Brahmin family's house. Yet another was promising himself that when he grew up, he'd work out so intensely that an iron bar would bend when struck on his biceps. With all these anachronistic thoughts in our minds, dreamy expressions on our faces, and umbrellas on our heads, we were helping Hari Tatya run his business.

It goes without saying that the umbrella business didn't last long. None of Hari Tatya's businesses did. The reason was obvious to me. Hari Tatya aspired to run those businesses. But his passion and dedication towards running them was nothing compared to the passion and dedication grandpa had for those businesses. But grandpa's passion and dedication was moot, since he couldn't practically quit his job. And Hari Tatya, who was supposed to run the business, usually inhabited a completely different reality.

Later, grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling agarbattis (incense sticks). So Hari Tatya started walking around with a big bag of agarbattis hanging from his neck. Grandpa and Hari Tatya would discuss the sales of the day every evening. Often, it'd turn out that Hari Tatya had taken 1 rupee from a customer for an agarbatti pack worth 75 paise, and returned 50 paise instead of 25 paise. And on most days, the bag hanging from his neck was as full in the evening as it had been in the morning. 

But still, after all these discussions, on his way out, Hari Tatya would open the door and happily yell at us kids,

"Jai Jai Raghuveer Samartha!" 

That's a line from the Dasbodh - Sant Ramdas' treatise on spiritual and practical matters. It is particularly known among Marathi people for its guidance on practical matters, a ready reckoner for success, if you will. Hari Tatya was a man who kept quoting that practical treatise at every possible opportunity, but remained utterly and truly impractical. He never reached an appointment on time, never left an appointment on time.

Grandpa and Hari Tatya clearly loved each other, cared for each other. But they also spent several nights arguing with each other. Random corners of various rooms in our house were stacked with unsold inventory from Hari Tatya's failed ventures - from umbrellas to agarbattis to books to backpacks. Once in a while, when we eavesdropped on the arguments, what Hari Tatya said was oddly but somehow appropriately unrelated to the business at hand and more relevant to arcane Maratha history,

"Dude, I have irrefutable proof of this! Come with me to Maval right now! I can literally see where that horse Krishna's hooves landed!" 

And truly, Hari Tatya could probably see where those hooves has landed centuries ago. I often wonder if Hari Tatya's default existence was in the distant past, in the golden age of the Maratha empire. The odd occasion when he acknowledged the 20th century was probably like a dream to him.

"So there we all were. Standing in the royal court with Shivaji Maharaj on the throne. And they brought in the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. Oh wow! She was absolutely gorgeous! A true beauty if I ever saw one! And as the victorious king, Shivaji Maharaj had the right to have his way with her. She was his for the taking. She was so damn beautiful, I tell you guys! And her flawless milky white complexion! She was at least 6 times as fair as this girl Yami everyone thinks is so fair. And I'm not making this up, boys. I have irrefutable proof of this!"

When I was a kid, our neighbor Yami Gokhale was the benchmark of fair complexion. She had the whitest skin we ever saw. The Gokhales were the only Konknastha Brahmin family in our neighborhood, and Konknastha Brahmins are reputed to have fair/white skins. The rest of us were mainly Deshpande-Kulkarni types with wheatish-to-dark skins. Hari Tatya himself was as dark as the iron pillar in Delhi. So when he said "6 times as fair as this girl Yami", we had genuine trouble imagining how fair the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor must have been. But Hari Tatya had no trouble embellishing his story.

"We were all standing there, staring, admiring her beauty. Maharaj himself was stunned by her beauty..... tell me kids.... Maharaj who???"

We had all memorized the answer to this question thanks to several prior lessons from Hari Tatya,

"GoBrahminPratipalakKshatriyaKulavatansaChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaj!!!"

We kids yelled out the official complete title for Shivaji as if we were orderlies in the Maratha court of the 1600s. When we said this correctly, Hari Tatya regally looked at us with an expression of pride and humility, as if he were Shivaji himself!

"Well done, boys! So anyway....where was I?"

"6 times as fair as Yami" one of us piped up.

"Okay, you idiot. Who was 6 times as fair as Yami?"

"The wife of Kalyan's vanquished governor."

"WIFE????????" Hari Tatya screeched.

We all took a step back.

"You idiot! Where did his wife come from? There in Kalyan, the vanquished governor is splayed out dying, yelling YA ALLAH! YA ALLAH!"

And Hari Tatya laid down on the ground with his limbs flailing in the air, invoking the Koranic almighty.

"He is dying! His wife is next to him, crying! The one they brought to Shivaji Maharaj's court was his beautiful daughter-in-law!" 

"6 times as fair as..."

"YES!" Hari Tatya thundered, "Will you stop obsessing over Yami, for crying out loud?"

The boy looked away and Hari Tatya continued,

"So we were all staring at this exquisite beauty that was the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. And Maharaj was looking at her too. Oh, and how handsome Maharaj himself looked, I tell you, boys! Eyes like an eagle. Sharp straight nose. Thick flowing beard. Rich well-defined sideburns....."

Whenever Hari Tatya narrated a story about Shivaji Maharaj, this effusive description of his appearance was bound to turn up sooner rather than later. As soon as Hari Tatya mentioned the sideburns, we'd complete the remaining description -

"...the regal crown on his head, the divine Bhavani sword at his waist, a pearl necklace hanging against his chest, a tilak on his forehead....."

When we completed this description, Hari Tatya looked at us all with an expression of genuine bliss and satisfaction.

"Well done, boys!" Hari Tatya nodded and continued, "So Maharaj said to the beauty - betaa, pardaa nikaalo, darney ki koi baat nahin (Child, take off your veil. There is no need to be afraid.)"

All of us had heard the story of the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor dozens of times. But every time, this particular line was delivered in Hindi for some reason.

"So that beauty raised her veil. Maharaj looked at her. And said - Wow! Goddess Bhavani has made you extremely beautiful!"

Because of Hari Tatya's numerous renditions of this story, all us kids grew up assuming that the job of making someone beautiful had been assigned to Goddess Bhavani. In fact, we were so convinced of it, that for many years afterwards, whenever I saw a beautiful woman, I'd think to myself - Goddess Bhavani has done a good job on her!

"Maharaj then said - If my mother had been as good looking as you, then maybe I too would have been good looking! Hearing this, I swear you Purushottam, that lady was so touched, tears started flowing from her eyes. Then Maharaj gave her a sari as a gift, and respectfully sent her back to Kalyan, untouched and unmolested. That's how wise and decent our Maharaj was!"

Just as Hari Tatya finished narrating the story, grandpa showed up. Suddenly, Hari Tatya's demeanor changed, and he earnestly said,

"Listen Purushottam, tomorrow morning, we must leave really early to sell those agarbattis, understand? Later on, the streets get so crowded, that it's difficult to move about!"

Of course, all us kids understood the sudden change in Hari Tatya. In fact, we had an unspoken arrangement with him, in which, if we saw grandpa approaching, we would quietly tell Hari Tatya about it.

This arrangement worked great when we were kids. But kids don't always stay kids. They grow up.

We grew up too. Lost our wide-eyes innocence, and developed a healthy sense of cynicism and sarcasm. We went from revering Hari Tatya to poking fun at Hari Tatya. Once we started making fun of the guy, we realized that grandma had been doing it for ages. If he occasionally turned up late for dinner, grandma would say,

"Oh, you still haven't had dinner, Hari Tatya?? When you didn't show up at the usual time, I thought Shivaji Maharaj insisted you stay over at his palace for dinner!"

Hari Tatya would say nothing.

"Or maybe at Peshwa Bajirao's table tonight.... in a silver plate!"

I don't think the ridicule mattered to Hari Tatya. In fact, I am sure that in his mind, he really had dined with Shivaji Maharaj thousands of times. Once he entered the idyllic world of the past, he completely immersed himself in it. 

Once, our entire family went to Pune for a function. Hari Tatya came with us. For him, Pune, steeped in Maratha history, was Valhalla. Not only did he come with us, but he took all us kids for several walks around the city all week, and all but recounted the history associated with every tiny rock we encountered.

When Hari Tatya took us to the bare spartan innards of the historic Peshwa palace Shanivaarvaada, he told us the story of Peshwa Narayanrao's murder. And of course, he ran around the place yelling,

"UNCLE!! SAVE ME!! UNCLE!! SAVE ME!!"

Be it the reign of Shivaji or the reign of Peshwas, this man was always there. 'How was Hari Tatya present at every historic event related to the Maratha empire in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century?' - was a question we never asked ourselves when we were children. And when we grew up, although we poked a little fun at him, we never asked him that uncomfortable question to force him to confront the fact that his fantasy world was just that - a fantasy.

Hari Tatya led us through the streets of Pune, reliving several processions full of elephants and horses. His eyes had apparently seen the first ever public Ganpati, in Kasba. He didn't just know the details of everything that went on at Lal Mahal; he could even identify the window from which Shaistekhan was hanging when he lost his fingers to Shivaji's sword. 

"And the bugger went to the Mughal emperor Delhi and greeted him with his chopped up fingers!" Hari Tatya told us with ill-concealed glee, "The emperor said to Shaistekhan - Sir Uncle, where are your fingers? Khan said to the emperor - that bastard Shivaji, that rat of the hills, he cut them off! Imagine that! This no-good Shaistekhan called Maharaj a bastard! That damn #$%%@#$$#@@@..."

Hari Tatya, in the presence of us kids, fired at Shaistekhan a colorful expletive of such unbridled hostility, that if the Khan had heard it, he would've presented his hands to Hari Tatya and said, "if you want, cut off my remaining fingers, but please, stop with the profanity!"   

Hari Tatya often turned up when least expected. Similarly, he often disappeared when least expected. On Chaturthi (a holy night for Marathis), if Hari Tatya didn't show up for dinner, even grandma would wonder,

"Where the heck is Hari Tatya? Has he gone to Panipat to wage another ill-advised war?"

Hari Tatya was sorely missed on every holy occasion that he didn't show up, solely for his flair at leading aarti (public prayer). He knew hundreds of of aartis. He seemed to know by heart the aarti for every god and goddess in the Hindu pantheon. When a shirtless Hari Tatya, with tilak on his forehead would start the aarti of the Dashaavtaars in his booming voice, everyone's hands instinctively came together in devotion. And when I say his voice boomed, I mean it! Even the person holding the pooja plate would put it down, probably worried about it vibrating because of the voice.

"AAAARTI SAPREM JAIJAI VITTHAL PARABRAHMAAAA....PHAKTA SANKATI NANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA...."

When that "AAAAA" started, all us kids would have bets on who could keep going the longest without stopping for breath.

"PAACHAVE AVATAAR PARICHE DAADHI TISTHASI.....SAHAVAA AVATAAAR..."

By the time he was halfway through the 10 avatars, Hari Tatya's own delirious avatar was worth marveling over. We kids would get caught up in the fervor too. Whenever Hari Tatya became engrossed in the aarti, his right eye developed an odd squint. On such occasions, we kids would turn our back on the holy idols and stare at the divine Hari Tatya instead.

"PINDYA PATAKAA...VAISHNAV NAACHATI..."

At this line, he'd spin on the spot a couple of times. We kids would spin too.

"CHANDRABHAAGE MADHYE SNAAN KARITI"

I can still picture the imaginary dip he would take in the imaginary holy river at this line.

Towards the end of the aarti, his voice got even louder at the DEVAAAA.... and of course, all us kids would join in. That was the only moment in the whole year when we had a license to scream as loudly as we wanted. That's what made Hari Tatya so special to us kids - in his company, we could be what we wished we could be all the time.

Today, after remembering Hari Tatya after all these years, I can't help but get a little choked up. Dozens of people of all ages, appearances, and backgrounds came to visit grandpa when I was growing up. I can remember some of them well, can't even picture the faces of many others. But no one was as memorable as Hari Tatya.

When Hari Tatya walked into the compound of our house, he'd first stop and talk to us kids playing in the yard, and only then go greet the adults. He was popular not only among the kids in my family, but also other kids in the neighborhood, who had no compunctions in calling out his name when they saw him,

"Hariii Taatyaaaaaa!"

Hari Tatya would acknowledge the kid who had called out his name and do his best to entertain. He'd pretend to jump up and down like a monkey, make funny faces, march around like a drummer boy until everyone was laughing. He'd stop whatever he was doing to entertain kids.

Sometimes he'd do this when he was walking with grandpa, engaged in some serious discussion about their latest business venture. Grandpa would discover that he was talking to fresh air, and Hari Tatya had stopped several steps back to make faces at some kid. On such occasions, grandpa scolded him in public, asked him to behave like a grown-up.

But grandpa did love Hari Tatya a lot, like a brother. I never fully understood why the bond between them was so strong, because you couldn't find two men more unlike each other. But the bond was strong. If grandma made some special dessert, grandpa would always remind her to set some aside for Hari Tatya. Not that grandma needed any reminders. She cared about him too. Often she'd tell other women in the kitchen to make sure there's enough food set aside for "that old crow Hari Tatya" in case he dropped by.

Hari Tatya resembled a crow in many ways. When he moved his gaze, he moved not just his eyes, but even his neck, like a crow does. His eyes had a slight squint, like crow's eyes. But his squinted gaze had seen a lot of things that others with a normal gaze missed. He had seen Shivaji's coronation, the third battle of Panipat, the Buradi Ghat skirmish...

"Even if we die, we'll keep fighting on!" Hari Tatya, down on the ground in our front yard with  limbs flailing, hollered Dattaji Shinde's dying words.

Even today when I read Dattaji's tragic death, I see him as Hari Tatya in my front yard. Over the years Hari Tatya got me intimately acquainted with Shivaji, Tanaji, Tukaram, and everyone of any importance in Maratha history.

I never really liked history lessons at school, nor did I fully understand them. School history was infested with dates that had to be memorized. Hari Tatya's history wasn't tangled in the cobwebs of distant dates; it was as alive as he was. And he brought it to life for me.

As a child when I made my first trip to Pune, I was surprised not to see Shivaji or Sambhaji Maharaj there. When the train passed through the Sahyadris, I hoped to catch the glimpse of the Marathi army crossing the hills in full battle gear. Hari Tatya's refusal to think of history in past tense had rubbed of on me. His tendency to inject himself into any event and narrate in first person made it seem like all those events had occurred just before Hari Tatya came to our house.

People often personify History when they say things like "History will remember", "History will note", "History tell us", and so on. Today I realize that the "I" in Hari Tatya's stories was never meant to be Hari Tatya himself, but that personification of History.

"All us soldiers on Sinhagad were terrified by the enemy's swollen ranks, and started running away from battle, when Suryaji stood in our way. WAIT, he shouted at us, I HAVE CUT OFF THE ROPES THAT WE USED TO CLIMB UP. Well, what could we do? There was no way to run. So we turned around and joined the battle again. A sword through an enemy's throat, a spear through another's stomach, we kept going!"

"Tanaji had already been martyred. Shelarmama was wounded, but still fighting. I tell you, Purushottam, I have never seen a man bleed as much as Shelarmama did that night. His clothes were completely red. But oh, when he finally landed a blow on that Udaybhaan.... that was all it tok. Udaybhaan was flat on his back. Soon the tide turned, and we had won. We lit up the signal torches. Shivaji Maharaj saw our signal and reached Sinhagad in an hour."

"When he learned that Tanaji had died, Maharaj started bawling like a baby! Like a baby, I tell you! He said in a broken voice - "I got my gad (fort) back, but I lost my sinha (lion)". Oh, the plaintive voice when he said it, I swear to you Purushottam, I couldn't bear to hear it. I had never and have never since heard Maharaj sound like that. And I have irrefutable proof of this. Not making it up. Even the stones on Sinhagad melted at the intensity of Maharaj's sorrow. That's how Maharaj was. Which Maharaj?"

"GoBrahminPratipalak........" we'd break into our well-rehearsed chant.

As time went by, my childhood too became history. Most of the elders in the family passed away. The house also aged. Maintaining the yard became too much of a hassle, so it was tiled. The little flower garden was gone, as were grandpa, grandma, and dad. I lost touch with most other members of the family as well. There was no way to always keep in touch with Hari Tatya.

Once in a while, the clock turns back, and in the broken glasses of the old house's windows, I see countless reflections from my childhood. Occasionally the scent of an agarbatti, or the first drop of rain on a new umbrella makes me think of Hari Tatya. And his voice starts echoing in my head.

That man, no relation of mine, gave me more than most of my close relatives ever did. He'd take us kids high in the open skies of fantasy on his wings of history. Bring to life everyone from history. He made sure that the roots of the tiny saplings that were our childhoods were buried deep in a glorious past. Hari Tatya never gave us snacks or candy that money could buy, but instilled in us a sense of pride for our heritage that no treasure in the world can.

He strengthened our tiny wrists with the character of the past. I never realized it then, but can see the true value of his efforts now. Those wrists don't always turn the way they are supposed to. But Hari Tatya instilled in us the confidence that if need be, they can turn the course of history.

Now Hari Tatya himself is part of history. Old age made him a shadow of his former self. It was much later, during his last and eventually fatal bout of illness, that I learned Hari Tatya had a grown-up son. He worked in some trading firm in East Africa.

In those final days, when I went to meet him, I couldn't bear to look at what old age had done to him. He was almost fully blind. As he laid there looking weak, his shriveled body didn't even cover half the bed. I sat next to him.

"Hari Tatya, it's me Purushottam."

"Oh Purushotam! Great!" he smiled in the direction of my voice, "As you can see, I am now Surdas! So how have you been? You're in Delhi these days, right?"

"Yes."

"Ah, never got to see Delhi."

"Why don't you come with me?"

"There's no use now. I may be able to visit Delhi, but won't be able to see it, which is the whole point. No, I'll just admire it in my mind."

Hari Tatya felt silent. I felt tempted to gather all my childhood friends, including the 1/6th fair Yami Gokhale, and holler,

"GoBrahminPratipalakKshatriyaKulavatansaChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaj!!!"

Maybe it would have brought life back to his eyes, put some meat on his bones, and maybe he'd have said,

"I tell you, Purushottam! We were all standing there dumbfounded in the court at Delhi. And Sadashivrao Bhau was chipping away at the golden throne! With his bare hands! Pieces of gold flying all around, as the rest of us watched, unable to move!"

Come to think of it, Hari Tatya didn't need to see Delhi for all this. Whatever he had seen of history, he hadn't seen with the eyes he lost to old age. I spent several hours with him and left, aware that this might be the last time I get to meet him.

A few days later, Hari Tatya's obituary appeared in the newspaper with the cliched salutations and praises - affectionate, kind, loved by all, etc etc. As I read the obituary, I realized it didn't even come close to capturing the essence of the man. It was the first and last printed record my old childhood friend, who usually lived in the distant past, having any contact with the present. All it did was offer "irrefutable proof" that a man called Hari Tatya had existed in our times.
  

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          At least 22 people killed as rival militias clash in Central African Republic   
At least 22 people have been killed in three days of fighting in a town in southeastern Central African Republic between rival armed militias, a member of parliament from the area and a local journalist said on Friday.
          Zoo Miami announces birth of 4 warthogs   

Zoo Miami announced Friday the birth of four warthogs.

The baby warthogs, three males and one female, were born June 20. 

Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill said in a news release that Friday was the first time zoo staff were able to temporarily separate the mother from her newborns for a few minutes to successfully perform a neonatal exam on each of the warthogs. 

The exam confirmed the warthogs' sex and indicated that they each appear to be healthy and developing well.

Magill said the 3-year-old mother is from the Indianapolis Zoo and the 3-year-old father is from San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The warthogs are the first offspring for both parents, and it is the second successful birth of warthogs at Zoo Miami.

The first occurred in 1995.

Magill said the mother warthog will "remain off exhibit with her piglets for several days to ensure that they have bonded properly and are well acclimated to their surroundings prior to going on public display."

Warthogs, made famous by Pumba in Disney's "The Lion King," are found in much of sub-Saharan Africa.

The animals are not naturally aggressive, but are able to protect themselves with large, powerful tusks, which they typically use to tear up the ground in search of roots and grubs and to establish dominance between them.

 

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          African beauty to shine from Under the Trees   

From natural hair styles to in­spirational ethnic jewelry to the prints, cut and colours of fabrics, African fashion has woven itself into the hearts of the mainstream. For many people, African style has become a state of mind, embody­ing beauty and purpose, evoking spiritual strength and inspiring a sense of individuality. Qurux Af­rica 3, a fashion show organised by the Emancipation Support Com­mittee (ESC), is fast becoming a must-attend fashion event, and it is on this Sunday, Under the Trees at the Hotel Normandie, from 4 pm.
 
Executive director Zakiya Uzoma Wadada says of the show: “With 25 years of commitment to the develop­ment of the African consciousness in T&T, we see this show as an opportu­nity to reach our brothers and sisters, allowing them to see themselves in the best possible light.”
 
Entertainment company Fashion Focus has been working alongside the ESCT to manage and produce the Qurux Africa show for the past two years. Fashion Focus is known for its annual production of the Fashion Con­vention and Fashion Magazine.
 
The Qurux Africa 3 production in­cludes a 31st anniversary celebratory presentation entitled Thanksgiving by Robert Young of The Cloth, and a high­ly anticipated presentation by The Lost Tribe, directed by Valmiki Maharaj.
 
Special local designers will include Andre Lovelace of The Nubian Expe­rience, Deron Attzs Designs, Donna Pemberton, Afrikan Ark Jewelry by Johan Mohamed and Mahogany Stuff.
 
The event will also showcase the latest Ghanian fashion with design­ers Josephine Hayford of Haylooks and Faustina Ansong. Both designers have participated in the Emancipation Festival for many years and continue to provide the latest in African fashion right here in Trinidad.
 
After the production patrons can purchase their favourite outfits di­rectly from the designers at pop-up booths. Traditional accessories such as headwraps, jewelry, handbags and craft will also be on sale.
 
Michael Christopher, lead consult­ant for Qurux Africa, says, “One of the main goals of Fashion Focus is to create an innovative angle on the presenta­tion of fashion, one that is more fluid, dynamic and engaging. Shows like this allow the patron to enjoy a show, select items that appeal to them and purchase items at the pop-up shop. There will be a variety of styles—evening wear, business, and casual wear—both male and female, and even a kids’ line.”
 
Patrons are invited to come out from 4 pm for the cocktail reception, fol­lowed by the African and African-in­spired presentations.
 
This year’s event will feature a pho­to-booth. Door prizes will be presented throughout the show. Headline model, Athaliah Samuel (Miss T&T 2012) is pleased to be associated with the pro­duction.
 
The Emancipation Support Com­mittee of T&T celebrates its 25th an­niversary this year. The organisation says it is committed to education, development and personal identity.
 
MORE INFO
Limited early bird tickets are avail­able at the Emancipation House in Maraval. Tickets cost $250 for general seating and $300 for Special Reserved seating. For more information on the event and ticket sales, contact the ESCTT Secretar­iat at 628-5008 or info@emanci­pationtt.org, visit the website at www.emancipationtt.com or follow the ESCTT on Facebook at “Eman­cipation Support Committee-ESC”.
 


          Warner: Why is US Soccer absolved?   

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has told The Times that the Garcia report into corruption around the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids is “not even worth the paper it has been written on” and questioned why U.S. Soccer was absolved after he and Sepp Blatter met President Barack Obama.

The report, produced by American lawyer Michael J. Garcia in 2014 but only released in full this week, said the England 2018 World Cup bid team was found to have “accommodated or at least attempted to satisfy the improper request”of executive committee members, including Warner, ahead of the voting in 2010.

The United States’ effort to host the 2022 World Cup, meanwhile, was found to have generally followed FIFA’s bidding rules.

Warner, who was arrested and charged as part of the FBI’s probe into money-laundering in 2015 and then banned from taking part in any football-related activity for life, told the English newspaper in an email that he continues to “sleep very soundly” following the report’s release.

He wrote in an email: “For me the report is not even worth the paper it has been written on and of course not the whopping fee paid for it either. As it relates to me personally, I continue to sleep very soundly at nights for nothing in the report implicates me personally in any sleaze.”

The investigation found that Warner had requested England 2018 to find his “adopted son” Richard Sebro, a man with no obvious football credentials, a job with Tottenham, then at Wembley, before moving to Aston Villa.

Other favours granted to Warner were the waiving of a £168,000 debt owed to the Football Association by the Jamaican Football Federation and the sponsorship of a £36,000 Caribbean Football Union gala dinner.

Undisclosed “favours and benefits” were also granted by the FA to a team Warner owned — Joe Public Football Club.

Warner told The Times that all the requests he made to the English FA were “for other persons or entities and never for my family or me.”

He also questioned the decision to absolve the U.S. bidding team, citing a visit that he and then FIFA president Blatter had made to the Oval Office in 2009.

He wrote: “I have also taken note that the American investigator has absolved the US Soccer Federation and I ask myself how come? Was this not the same USSF that facilitated a visit to the White House for Sepp and me to meet Obama? How do you characterise that?

“Was this not the same USSF that arranged for [then Confederation of African Football president Issa] Hayatou and his Ex Co members to do the same? But then again this is the US that I guess determines if you fall, live or die.”

Meanwhile, the Serious Fraud Office in the United Kingdom is analysing the Garcia report.

The decisions to award Russia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 edition have been dogged by allegations of bribery and corruption since they were made in December 2010.

An SFO spokesperson said: “The SFO is reviewing the Garcia Report. We can make no further comment at this stage.”

Confirmation of the SFO’s interest comes 20 months after its director, David Green, told MPs of potential money-laundering offences, including a payment of 500,000 Australian dollars (£295,000) made by the Australia 2022 bid committee to former CONCACAF president Warner, which may have gone through London.

At the time, Green, who was giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said the SFO “cannot touch FIFA with the Bribery Act as things stand” as it became law in July 2011 and most of the World Cup allegations took place before then.

In October 2015, the SFO had a team of five going through more than 1,600 documents provided by the FA relating to England’s failed 2018 bid.

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          Now, Windies Women beaten by India   

TAUNTON, England –

Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.

Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.

At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.

India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.

In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.

The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.

And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest.

But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.

When Raj mis-hit a full toss from off-spinner Matthews to Fletcher at mid-off in the 34th over, Mandhana combined with Mona Meshram (18 not out) in an unbroken 45-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India to their second straight win.

They lie second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point – along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.

Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.

Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over.

Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.

The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma.

With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.

Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.

In between, Merissa Aguilleira missed a charge at Yadav and was smartly stumped for six at 80 for four in the 28th over. When Kaur removed both Kyshona Knight (5) and Chedean Nation (12), the Windies were in strife at 121 for seven but Daley and then Fletcher arrived to rescue the innings.

The left-handed Daley struck five fours off 37 balls while the brave Fletcher faced just 23 deliveries and cracked five fours – three of which came in the final over off Kaur which leaked 18 runs.

West Indies have little time to turn their form around as they take on South Africa in Leicester on Sunday. (CMC)


          Pepin Distributing Company CEO and Family Members Plan to Conquer...   

Tom Pepin and four of his daughters are preparing to climb the tallest mountain in Africa; raising funds for Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute.

(PRWeb June 29, 2017)

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          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          Can Trump Succeed Where Reagan Failed?   
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

People with family members who were killed by undocumented immigrants meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on June 29, 2017.

On Thursday, the House passed the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which proposes to withhold federal funding from localities that refuse to cooperate with Trump administration immigration measures aimed at criminal noncitizens and other undocumented people. The bill would also allow individuals and close family members of individuals who are victims of felonies committed by undocumented immigrants who have been released from local or state custody against the advice of federal authorities to file suit against states.

The day before, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, called on Congress to work on bipartisan immigration and criminal justice law reforms, adding that cities could use more federal assistance to fight terrorism and crime, and provide mental illness, substance abuse, and reentry programs.

Landrieu said in a letter to House members that local leaders do not want their law enforcement officers involved in federal immigration detention activities, nor do they want to be put in legal jeopardy for possible violations of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizures. (A related bill known as Kate’s Law would establish new mandatory minimum prison terms for deported criminals who return to the United States.)

The sanctuary cities battle, like so many of Trump’s hastily conceived and poorly executed policies, appears headed for another showdown, either when the bills arrive in the Senate, or, in the unlikely event that the upper chamber drums up the 60 votes needed to approve them, almost certainly in the courts.

While the Trumpian turmoil is new, past presidents’ attempts to compel localities to comply with federal policies have met with mixed success. A new report, “Reagan vs. Cities: The 20th Century Battle Over South African Apartheid & Lessons for the Trump Era,” from Jobs to Move America and the Center for Media and Democracy, details the 40th president’s efforts to stamp out the U.S. anti-apartheid movement by several means, including denying federal funds to cities and states that took actions against companies that did business in South Africa.

The report explores the mixed outcomes for two cities that sought to stand their ground against this federal overreach. In 1984, the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the backing of the Justice Department, threatened New York City with the loss of transportation dollars unless the city revoked a local ordinance preventing city officials from contracting with businesses that operated in South Africa or used materials from the country. Although Mayor Ed Koch complained all the way up to President Ronald Reagan, the feisty New Yorker finally backed down, declined to take the matter to the courts, and finally reworked the measure to satisfy federal officials and preserve the city’s federal funding.

Two years later, Baltimore, which had crafted a local ordinance requiring city pension funds to divest $1.1 billion from entities that did business with South Africa, also came under fire. The trustees of the pensions funds and the funds’ beneficiaries (who feared significant financial losses in the short timeframe the funds had to comply with the divestment ordinance) joined forces to take the city to court.

The State Department and the National Security Council submitted briefs supporting the trustees and beneficiaries. But Baltimore ultimately prevailed in the state courts, and the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case. By 1991, nearly 100 cities in 28 states had taken a variety of actions against companies doing business in South Africa.

Although an early attempt by Trump to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities was roundly criticized as unconstitutional (the president aimed to usurp powers granted to Congress) and ultimately blocked by a federal judge, Republicans in Congress have stepped up to take their turn at the issue. Federal courts likely will have the final word on whether the federal government can compel states to assist in immigration enforcement activities or whether such provisions infringe on state powers.

Congress can indeed attach conditions to funding, especially if the funding is related to a specific purpose like law enforcement. Since the Supreme Court has indicated its willingness to consider wider immigration questions like those posed by the administration’s travel ban, it is unlikely that the high court would decline to weigh in, as it did in the Baltimore pension funds question.

Like the anti-apartheid activists, sanctuary cities supporters may find that public response to the crisis may compel different responses from Washington. Grassroots efforts to protect undocumented people have sprouted up all over the country; nearly 650 of the country’s more than 3,000 counties have placed limitations on local law enforcement assistance to federal immigration detention efforts.

But the support for such measures is far from solid in the country at large. Lawmakers in more than 30 states have introduced bills to curb cities’ abilities to weigh in on immigration enforcement. A new Gallup poll shows that Americans’ interests in decreasing the numbers of immigrants admitted to the country have not shifted dramatically.

The “Reagan vs. Cities” report also notes that in addition to cutting off federal funds and other measures, Trump’s tactics include “a public relations strategy aimed at vilifying opponents.” The court of public opinion, however, isn’t always malleable. Reagan may have been the “great communicator,” but he was mostly unable to compel cities and states to abandon divestment and other economic strategies aimed at crippling South African apartheid. Trump, if anything, is more of a great alienator than communicator, who will ultimately run up against the numerical impossibility of deporting millions of undocumented people.


          Comment on Healing Sessions for the Creative Heart & Spirit by Marcelle   
I'm from South Africa and spent two years in LA studying at film school, during what felt like one of the hardest times of my life, and there have been some rather intense times. Despite being in such a huge concrete jungle, the immensity of aloneness and deep old trauma pain surfaced leaving me unable to cope. Im not one to resort to anti-depressants and it was by luck that I was referred to Carol. From the start there was never a time constraint and she opened her heart and world to me as if I was family. The shamanic energetic work we did together literally pulled out illusion, pain, trauma, negative beliefs and patterns and the fears that kept me from moving forward. I say together because my body responded so well to Carol. It knew that she was there to heal and what came up for me to share with her to remove was always so very clear, leaving me afterwards renewed with energy and clarity after the completion of the deep states we both went in too. It was a privilege to have access to Carol when stuff surfaced. Ive traveled the world far and wide and because of my traumatised past ive been on a deep journey of healing much of my life.. I deeply vouch for Carol- She is a powerful shamanic earth healer with a heart so huge, you know you have arrived home.. Thank you Carol-- I miss you:)
          African criminal alien convicted of obstructing ICE deportation attempts   

ALEXANDRIA, La. – A Sierra Leone man previously convicted of felony assault in Maryland was convicted Tuesday on two additional felony counts for resisting his removal from the United States. Sheku Kumalah, 31, faces up to four years in federal prison at sentencing for obstructing his removal. According to court documents, U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

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          Washington Has Been At War For 16 Years: Why?   
For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford its Social Security and Medicare obligations or to fund a national health More
          Two Black Man Films   
Both of these award-winning new releases are exclusively acted by Black Americans and could be seen as slices of African American life. Each focuses on the life of a man, the life of an individual that’s offered to us with such a high level of acting that the black in the story disappears. I have More
          Review: Alain Mabanckou’s “Black Moses”   
Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was known as the Negro Moses because of his plans to take African-Americans back to Africa. Garvey’s life (he was born in Jamaica) and his attempts to start a shipping line to repatriate American Negroes is a sad story of hopes squashed because of Garvey’s limited skills for implementing his plan—plus the More
          Owner of Frederick Douglass property incorporates Baltimore history, African-American artwork to continue abolitionist's legacy   

After years of living away from his native Baltimore, Gregory Morton was looking for a hometown haven. Little did he know that his search would lead to a property so filled with history that he would be proud to share it with the world.

Today, home for the 35-year-old Morton is 524 S. Dallas St....


          Paul Simon - Graceland    
Il rock ha combattuto molte battaglie. Di certo ne ha vinta una, quella contro l’apartheid in Sudafrica. Una battaglia che ha combattuto appoggiando in ogni momento Nelson Mandela e l’African National Congress, sostenendo la lotta con migliaia di concerti e manifestazioni in tutto il mondo, e con alcuni dischi memorabili. Quando Paul Simon incise “Graceland” l’apartheid era ancora in vigore. Simon ruppe l’embargo che isolava il regime di Pretoria dal resto del mondo e andò a suonare con i migliori musicisti sudafricani, realizzando uno dei più memorabili album che la storia del rock abbia mai visto, canzoni profondamente americane che incontravano i ritmi e le armonie dell’Africa. Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo raccontano come nacque quello straordinario disco nel nuovo appuntamento di “Lezioni di Rock”.
          Mercy Aigbe, Tonto Dikeh, Others Join Olori Wuraola To Campaign Against Domestic Violence   
Her Majesty, Wuraola Zaynab Otiti Ogunwusi, the Olori of the Ooni of Ife has championed the cause to put an end to the scourge of s*xual and domestic violence against women. The Olori is seeking to end this scourge using the #1in3Africa campaign, a movement to help put a stop to domestic violence against women. […]
          Music: Dotman ft. Mr. Eazi – Afro Girl   
Fresh from his successful joint U.K tour with Mr. Eazi; Dotman releases a new single “Afro Girl”, interestingly the record features his tour-mate Mr. Eazi. “Afro Girl” arrives after the mega success of his last single “My Woman”, which has gained over 1 million views on YouTube. This massive collaboration celebrates girls across the African […]
          Omnishambles   

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.

But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:

After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.

More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.

David Roberts at Vox tries to come to grips with what the hell is wrong with the man, and why it’s so hard to figure it out:

Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.

CFI Los Angeles chief Jim Underdown recoils at the utter plausibility of The Handmaid’s Tale, and laments that the star of the TV version, Elizabeth Moss, is herself a Scientologist:

What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.   

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.

Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:

This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.  

Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:

I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now. 

Just in case you’re wondering, NASA denies the allegation. Well, of course they would. Pfft.

In Bizarro America, aka Canada, a new survey shows that the electorate would prefer an atheist, gay, or transgender prime minister over an evangelical Christian. 

CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”

South Africa will no longer have single-religion public schools. (A group lobbying for this change, the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie, has the greatest acronym ever: OGOD.) 

Australian homeopathics company Brauer is being investigated for promoting an ebook that advocates the use of homeopathy to treat babies and toddlers.  

Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago. 

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          Tamera Mowry   

birthday : 1978-07-06
nick : Thing 2
birthname : Tamera Darvette Mowry
sign : Cancer
hometown : Gelhausen, West Germany

Introduction

Tamera Mowry is a clone of her sister, Tia Mowry. She was created as a part of the WB's now defunct genetics division which ended in the late 1970s.

Life Story

See: Tia Mowry

Just kidding! Not really, but if you're too lazy to click, here goes...

Tamera was born in Gelhausen, West Germany. Her parents are Darlene Flowers, who managed her children's careers and also worked as a security guard, and Timothy Mowry, who was in the armed services and later became a police officer in California.Her mother is African American and her father is Italian-American; the two met in high school in Miami and both joined the military. She is older than her twin sister, Tia, (by two minutes), brother Tavior Mowry and brother Tahj Mowry, who starred in television's "Smart Guy." Her family is "close-knit" and "deeply religious", as ...

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          New wave of extinctions predicted for vital food species - Environmental News Network - Spotlight   
Poaching, illegal fishing and deforestation are threatening more than quarter of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, according to a report by the WWF  (World Wide Fund for Nature) — and the consequences are not just environmental.The report states that 18 out of the 50 threatened sites are in Latin American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama and Peru. It also says the number could be higher because the illegal extraction of species in the region — a business with annual profits of almost US$ 2 billion — is not as well studied as it is in Africa or Asia.
          Lodge Chef - Recruit for Africa - Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal   
ASAPTo apply for the Lodge Chef | northern KZN | Private Game Reserve, send you CV with recent photograph and contactable referencesONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES... R9 000 a month
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          Diesel Mechanic - Alelan Recruitment Services - Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal   
Code 14 License needed. 5 Years Experience post trade test. Code 14 license. Breakdown Vehicle supplied....
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          #TeamTrifocus Brand Ambassador: Jacques Fagan   

Jacques Fagan is no unknown name in the South African fitness industry. He is a previous WBFF pro and #TeamTrifocus brand ambassador. He owns his own fitness studio. Jacques has one of the best physiques in the fitness indstury and is one of the most professional athletes around. We catch up with him to find out more about his […]

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          Financial Controller - Alelan Recruitment Services - Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal   
Registered CIMA CA ACCA Accountant. 10 Years of Experience. Supervising and participating in the preparation of Financial Statements and Reports....
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          Grow and care for Geraniums (Pelargoniums)   
Grow and care for Geraniums (Pelargoniums) The geranium was introduced into Europe from South Africa towards the beginning of the 17th century; today it is one of the most popular of flowers. It is native to South Africa, Australia and Turkey, but is now widely grown in the temperate areas of the world. Of the several sub-divisions of the genus […]
          Oxfam welcomes independent process to address community grievances in Uganda land dispute   

Oxfam has welcomed the announcement of an independent process to resolve complaints from communities who were evicted from their land without compensation to make way for two forestry plantations in Uganda.

The Office of the Compliance Adviser/Ombudsman (CAO) handles complaints from communities affected by investments made by the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). It has confirmed that it will launch an independent process to find a resolution to the dispute involving the UK’s New Forests Company (NFC). The IFC has invested in an agribusiness fund, Agri-Vie, which has an equity stake in and seat on the board of NFC.

Oxfam has been calling for an independent investigation since September when it published its research into the evictions in Mubende and Kiboga districts, based on extensive consultations with hundreds of individuals from the affected communities. The CAO has accepted the eligibility of the complaints that were filed by Ugandan communities and co-signed by Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance. This is the first step in a process which Oxfam believes could secure redress for the communities, who have lost their homes and the land they relied on for their livelihoods.

The CAO process aims to find a negotiated resolution between the complainants, the company and any others relevant to the process. NFC has already confirmed that it will participate in this process.

Oxfam Chief Executive Barbara Stocking said: “This is an important step towards giving a voice to the thousands of people left destitute. We hope it will lead to securing the redress they deserve.

“We welcome New Forests Company’s commitment to participate in this process and look forward to finding a resolution as soon as possible.”

Oxfam’s focus on this case is part of the international agency’s GROW campaign, which aims to secure a future for everyone to have enough to eat. Oxfam is concerned about the accelerated rush for land, especially in Africa, and the lack of effective international rules to protect the poorest people who depend on the land for food.

In the next stage of the CAO process, up to six months will be spent on clarifying the issues and concerns raised by the complainants and gathering information on how others involved see the situation. This will help the CAO and all relevant parties to determine whether and how they might be able to resolve the issues. The CAO will then publish a report containing its assessment of the situation, which will describe the proposed course of action that has been agreed by all.

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What are land grabs and why is Oxfam trying to stop them?

Oxfam's campaign to fix the global food system

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We welcome New Forests Company’s commitment to participate in this process and look forward to finding a resolution as soon as possible.
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Complaint letters were sent to the CAO from the affected communities in Kiboga and Mubende on December 20, outlining the adverse social impacts related to the NFC operations. Both Oxfam and the Uganda Land Alliance were co-signatories. To view the letters, visit: http://www.cao-ombudsman.org

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For more information, contact Lucy Brinicombe, +44(0)1865 472192 / +44 (0)7786 110054 / lbrinicombe@oxfam.org.uk

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          “Making A Song with Radio And Weasel Was A Privilege” – PJ Powers   

South African legendary PJ Powers is in the country for her highly anticipated ‘Jabulani charity concert’ slated for this Friday at Kampala Serena Hotel. Ahead of the show, ‘Girl up Uganda’ who are the organizers held a press conference at Serena Hotel gardens earlier today where the ‘Jabulani’ musician addressed journalists. Among the questions the […]

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          Oxfam warns that modern day land rush is forcing thousands into greater poverty   

Oxfam calls for British company to investigate the forced eviction of more than 20,000 Ugandans to make way for its plantations

Oxfam today launches a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.

In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany. (1)

Oxfam warns this modern day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit. However, many of the deals are in fact ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living on the land are ignored, leaving them homeless and without land to grow enough food to eat and make a living.

This is likely to get worse as the increasing demand for food, the gathering pace of climate change, water scarcity and non-food crops like biofuels compete for land. Already, nearly three billion people live in areas where demand for water outstrips supply.

Land grabs: devastating vulnerable communities

Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said: “The unprecedented pace of land deals and the increased competition for land is leaving many of the world’s poorest people worse off. In the scramble for more land, investors are ignoring the people who currently live on the land and depend on it to survive.”

Oxfam’s report profiles the devastating effect land grabs in Uganda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Honduras and Guatemala are having on vulnerable communities. The report is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which aims to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat. Women, who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some poor countries, are usually most vulnerable as they have weaker land rights.

In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people have lost their homes and land to make way for a British timber company, the New Forests Company. Many evictees told Oxfam how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school. There were court orders in force which named the company but eye-witnesses say that company workers took part in some of the evictions anyway. NFC denies that it was involved in any evictions. (2)

Evicted without consultation or compensation

Christine, a farmer in her mid 40s, who lived in Kiboga district before the Uganda land grab said: “All our plantations were cut down – we lost the banana and cassava. We lost everything we had. The company’s casual laborers would attack us – they beat and threatened people. Even now they won’t let us back in to look for the things we left behind. I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.”

Hobbs said: “The Uganda case clearly shows how land grabs are slipping through the net of existing safeguards which are intended to ensure the protection of vulnerable people. Thousands of people are suffering because they have been evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation.

“The New Forests Company describes itself as an ethical company, adhering to international standards. It needs to investigate these claims urgently. It’s not acceptable for companies to blame governments. They must respect the needs and rights of poor communities affected by their investment.”

Prioritize existing land use rights

Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organizations to prioritize putting a stop to land grabbing by fixing the current policies and regulations which all too often fail to ensure that, when investors negotiate deals, local people are consulted, treated fairly, and that all relevant international standards are respected. These include the World Bank's International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.

Governments should avoid pandering to investors’ wishes, and prioritize existing land use rights – not just where legal land title or formal ownership rights are held. Governments should recognize that women have equal rights over land and ensure that all agricultural investments benefit local communities who rely on the land to survive. While governments and companies get their house in order to stop future land grabbing, there is an urgent need to remedy the damage done by existing land grabs, including in the case of the Uganda international investment.

Flawed biofuels policies

Perverse incentives such as the flawed biofuels targets, like the EU’s target of obtaining 10 per cent of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, should be scrapped to curb the rush on land to meet biofuel demand.

Meanwhile, the UN’s Committee on Food Security in Rome could take an important first step when it meets in Rome next month, by adopting credible pro-poor, pro-women guidelines on land tenure.

Hobbs said: “Land investment should be good news for people in poverty but the frenetic scramble for land risks putting development in reverse. We need urgent global action so that local people with relatively little do not lose everything for the benefit of a few, and to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat.”

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I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.
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Farmer from Kiboga district, Uganda
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  1. This data is compiled by the Land Matrix Partnership, a coalition of academic, research and non-governmental organisations. The 227 million figure is based on information on land deals over 200 hectares from a whole range of different sources including government reports, academic research, company websites, media reports and the few contracts that are available. The coalition is currently cross checking the records of land deals it has identified.  It is calling for increased transparency among companies and governments so that the true scale of the problem can be accurately understood.
    The Land Matrix Partnership includes the International Land Coalition, the universities of Bern and Hamburg, the French research institute CIRAD, the German agency for technical cooperation, GIZ and Oxfam.
  2. The evictions took place between 2006 and 2010. One High Court order was granted on 24 August 2009 and remained valid until 18 March 2010. The other was granted on 19 June 2009 and remained in force until 2 October 2009. Both were to restrain evictions by the company.
    The New Forests Company stated that the majority of local residents had no legal right to the land, that they had left peacefully and that the process was the sole responsibility of the Ugandan National Forestry Authority.  It told Oxfam that it had brought jobs and amenities to local communities and that its activities had been approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council and International Finance Corporation.

Useful figures:

  • The global economy, which is expected to triple in size by 2050, will demand ever more scarce natural and agricultural resources
  • Palm oil has become the world’s most consumed edible oil and can be found in up to half of all packaged food and hygiene products. Production is expected to double by 2050, increasing the land area under cultivation worldwide by 24 million hectares – six times the size of the Netherlands
  • In Guatemala, eight per cent of farmers account for 78 per cent of the land in production. Of the smallholders who control the remaining land, just eight per cent are women.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is calling for global action to fix a broken food system where 925 million people already go hungry every day. This could get worse in the face of dwindling natural resources, like land, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility. Find out how we can help prevent this from getting worse at www.oxfam.org/grow

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Tricia O'Rourke, tricia.orourke@oxfaminternational.org, +44 1865 339157 or +44 7876 397915

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          The New Forests Company and its Uganda plantations: Oxfam Case Study   

London-based New Forests Company (NFC) would seem to be the design blueprint of how a young modern company should conduct a major land investment in Africa in a responsible way. Oxfam’s investigations reveal, however, that serious allegations by people who were evicted from land to make way for NFC’s operations remain unresolved. How will the company respond?

Today, the people evicted from the land are desperate, having been driven into poverty and landlessness. In some instances they say they were subjected to violence and their property, crops, and livestock destroyed. They say they were not properly consulted, have been offered no adequate compensation, and have received no alternative land.

Oxfam believes that the affected communities in Kiboga and Mubende deserve to have their case heard and to see justice done.

In Oxfam’s view, NFC and its financial backers must be held to account for the lost
livelihoods and shattered lives of families evicted from the land they farmed. Oxfam is
calling on NFC and its investors to:

  • Hold a full investigation into the events in Kiboga and Mubende, and make the terms of reference for the investigation and its findings, public;
  • Commit to a transparent and accountable process to provide justice for the affected communities and, in consultation with affected communities and local and national authorities, ensure the provision of alternative land and compensation for lost homes, crops, livestock, and livelihoods;
  • Provide damages for any abuses found to have been suffered by affected communities; 
  • Where failures are found, commit to reform their policies, standards, and procedures, so that such abuses can never happen again.
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Uganda land case update, 8 July 2013

In September 2011, Oxfam profiled a land deal in Uganda in which villagers were being evicted to make way for timber plantations. Read an update about the case.

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          Intel Launches $4.5 Million HBCU Grant Program to Keep African American Students in STEM   
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          Global FPSO Industry Outlook Q2 2017 - Brazil Continues to Dominate with Most Planned Project Starts   
 

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2.8. FPSO Industry, Europe 19
2.8.1. Recent Developments in the European FPSO Industry 20
2.8.2. Tenders and Contracts 22
2.9. FPSO Industry, Middle East 24
2.9.1. Recent Developments in the Middle Eastern FPSO Industry 25
2.9.2. Tenders and Contracts 26
2.10. FPSO Industry, North America 27
2.10.1. Recent Developments in the North American FPSO Industry 28
2.10.2. Tenders and Contracts 29
2.11. FPSO Industry, Oceania 31
2.11.1. Recent Developments in the Oceania FPSO Industry 32
2.11.2. Tenders and Contracts 33
2.12. FPSO Industry, South America 35
2.12.1. Recent Developments in the South American FPSO Industry 36
2.12.2. Tenders and Contracts 37
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          Black Vegans Rock! Tips, Resources, and Inspiration   

Black Vegans Rock! Tips, Resources, and Inspiration

The African-American vegan community is booming. Are you ready to join? Don't miss these great vegan resources.

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          Culture - Two Sevens Clash (40th Anniversary Edition) (2017)   

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Title: Two Sevens Clash (40th Anniversary Edition)
Year Of Release: 1977/2017
Label: VP Music Group, Inc
Genre: Reggae, Roots/Lovers Rock
Quality: MP3 CBR, 320 kbps
Total Time: 1:25:52
Total Size: 196 MB
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One of the masterpieces of the roots era, no album better defines its time and place than Two Sevens Clash, which encompasses both the religious fervor of its day and the rich sounds of contemporary Jamaica. Avowed Rastafarians, Culture had formed in 1976, and cut two singles before beginning work on their debut album with producers the Mighty Two (aka Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson). Their second single, "Two Sevens Clash," would title the album and provide its focal point. The song swept across the island like a wildfire, its power fed by the apocalyptic fever that held the island in its clutches throughout late 1976 and into 1977. (Rastafarians believed the apocalypse would begin when the two sevens clashed, with July 7, 1977, when the four sevens clashed, the most fearsome date of concern.) However, the song itself was fearless, celebrating the impending apocalypse, while simultaneously reminding listeners of a series of prophesies by Marcus Garvey and twinning them to the island's current state. For those of true faith, the end of the world did not spell doom, but release from the misery of life into the eternal and heavenly arms of Jah. Thus, Clash is filled with a sense of joy mixed with deep spirituality, and a belief that historical injustice was soon to be righted. The music, provided by the Revolutionaries, perfectly complements the lyrics' ultimate optimism, and is quite distinct from most dread albums of the period.
Although definitely rootsy, Culture had a lighter sound than most of their contemporaries. Not for them the radical anger of Black Uhuru, the fire of Burning Spear (although Hill's singsong delivery was obviously influenced by Winston Rodney), nor even the hymnal devotion of the Abyssinians. In fact, Clash is one of the most eclectic albums of the day, a wondrous blend of styles and sounds. Often the vocal trio works in a totally different style from the band, as on "Calling Rasta Far I," where the close harmonies, dread-based but African-tinged, entwine around a straight reggae backing. Several of the songs are rocksteady-esque with a rootsy rhythm, most notably the infectious "See Them Come"; others are performed in a rockers style, with "I'm Alone in the Wilderness" an exquisite blend of guitar and vocal harmonies. One of the best tracks, "Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion," is a superb hybrid of roots, rocksteady, and burbling electro wizardry; its roaring lion (created who knows how) is a brilliant piece of musical theater. "Natty Dread Take Over" twines together roots rhythms, close harmonies, and big-band swing, while even funk and hints of calypso put in appearances elsewhere on the album. Inevitably, the roots genre was defined by its minor-key melodies, filled with a sense of melancholy, and emphasized by most groups' lyrics. But for a brief moment, roots possibilities were endless. Sadly, no other group followed Culture's lead, and even the trio itself did not take advantage of it, especially after parting ways with Gibbs. When Culture re-emerged in the mid-'80s, they swiftly moved into a reggae lite/world music mode a world apart from where they started. Thus, Clash remains forever in a class all its own. [Shanachie issued a 30th anniversary edition of the album in 2007 that adds expanded liner notes and five extra tracks made up of dubs and 12" mixes.]
Tracklist:
01. Culture - Calling Rasta for I
02. Culture - I'm Alone in the Wilderness
03. Culture - Pirate Days
04. Culture - Two Sevens Clash
05. Culture - I'm Not Ashamed
06. Culture - Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion
07. Culture - Black Starliner Must Come
08. Culture - Jah Pretty Face
09. Culture - See Them a Come
10. Culture - Natty Dread Taking Over
11. Culture - Two Sevens Clash Prophecy Revealed (feat. Mr. Bojangles)
12. The Mighty Two - Fulfillment
13. Culture - I'm Not Ashamed Under Tight Wraps (feat. I Roy)
14. The Mighty Two - I Am Not Ashamed (Version)
15. Culture - See Them a Come Mask Mi Mask (feat. Prince Weedy)
16. Culture - Informer
17. The Mighty Two - Informer (Version)
18. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - State of Emergncy
19. Shorty the President - Natty Pass His GCE
20. Culture - Natty Dread Taking Over Invasion (feat. I-Roy)
21. Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Natty Gone Clear
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          Afric Simone - Everybody Calls Me Crazy (1981) [Vinyl]   

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Artist: Afric Simone
Title: Everybody Calls Me Crazy
Year Of Release: 1981
Label: Disques Espérance [ESP 7507]
Genre: Disco, Pop, Soul
Quality: FLAC (*tracks)
24 Bit/96 kHz
Total Time: 00:40:04
Total Size: 936 mb (+5%rec.)
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Tracks:
A1 Marria 3:14
A2 Holiday 3:08
A3 Argentina 3:07
A4 Julia 3:02
A5 Amiga Morena 3:51
A6 Rock Lady 3:39
B1 Barracuda 3:19
B2 Everybody Calls Me Crazy 3:30
B3 Stop Disco 3:43
B4 Dame la Mano 3:22
B5 Africa 5:45
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          Jean-Luc Ponty - No Absolute Time (1993)   

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Artist: Jean-Luc Ponty
Title: No Absolute Time
Year Of Release: 1993
Label: SPV Records
Genre: Jazz / World
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue, log, scans) / MP3
Total Time: 56:36 min
Total Size: 344 MB / 155 MB
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Tracklist:
01. No Absolute Time [5:42]
02. Savannah [9:19]
03. Lost Illusions [5:03]
04. Dance Of The Spirits [4:59]
05. Forever Together [5:46]
06. Caracas [3:53]
07. The African Spirit [4:58]
08. Speak Out [6:23]
09. Blue Mambo [6:13]
10. The Child In You [4:35]

A switch back to Atlantic finds Jean-Luc Ponty continuing to dabble in West African waters while re-establishing his earlier solid base in repeating sequenced patterns. The electronics are back, for Ponty splits his time between the electric violin and various synthesizers and sequencers while Abdou M'Boup and Sydney Thiam add African percussion, which often takes a back seat to the electronics as the rhythmic basis for the music. This time, though, the material Ponty has composed isn't as compelling as it had been in the past; at times, Ponty sounds like he is very competently treading water (though "Blue Mambo" has a compelling groove). Yet despite all of the changes Ponty has put himself through, his music still has a Continental elegance that cannot be mistaken for that of anyone else. -- Richard S. Ginell

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          Event Remembers First Black Law Student at UVA, UVA Law   
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          Re: jacob chavis   
Hi,

I don't think there is any significanse to Regiment 98. I think they used military divisions like most states use county names.

However it IS significant that you found African Americans on an 1850 Census. They must have been free African Americans. If they were slaves they wouldn't have appeared on a Census until 1870.

1860 Mecklenburg Co. VA
Jacob Chavaus, b. VA 52, wheelright
Martha, b. VA, 45
George, b. VA, 25, wagoner
Rebecca, b. VA, 23, domestic
Sarah, b. VA, 18, domestic
Charles, b. VA, 20, under wheelright
Henretta, b. VA, 15
Jacob, b. VA, 13
Griffin, b. VA, 10
Alex, b. VA, 8
Enenor, b. VA, 25
James, b. VA, 28, farm laborer

1870 Boydton, Meckenburg, VA
Jacob Chaves, b. VA, 60, farmer
Martha, b. VA, 56
Rebecca, b. VA, 33
Sarah, b. VA, 26
Henrietta, b. VA, 25
Griffin, b. VA, 19, farm hand

I don't find Jacob and Martha in the 1880 Census and assume they died. Deaths 1853-1896 are available from the Library of Virginia-Archives Dept.

The South Central Virginia Genealogical Society, www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vascvgs/library.htm has cemetery inventories.

I'd also contact the Mecklenburg County Historical Society
P.O. Box 872
Clarksville 23927
and ask if they have a local death index, inventoried obituaries and cemeteries.

The Library of Virginia, www.lva.virginia.gov/public/local/results_all.asp?CountyID=V... has county records on microfilm; Free Negro & Slave Records, Register Free Negroies 1809-1865, marriages, etc. Your local, public library can borrow the microfilm via inter-library loan.

You can also ask the Library if they'll lookup records and mail copies to you. Successful Searching!
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          Three new luxury SUVs to land in South Africa this year   

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          The year of gin: Trains, hotels and festivals dedicated to our juniper-loving hearts   

All aboard the gin train!

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          Cactus Plant Green Coral. Unique wavy shape and deep green color! Looks like it should be growing under water! by SucculentBeauties   

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The Euphorbia Flanaganii Cristata Cactus is a slender, wavy, columnar cactus a "medusoid" plant, forming a central basal "caudex" with "arms" arising from the basal area. This is an unusual cristate which produces green wave like growth with green spines. Native to South Africa. Protect from frost to prevent scarring. Very drought tolerant. Create your own terrarium or centerpiece using ever-popular cacti, or buy in bulk to use these as wedding or party favors--discounts are available for quantity purchases, just convo me for more info.

Cacti plants are among the hardiest, most drought-tolerant in the world and very easy to maintain, as long as they are planted in a porous cactus/succulent soil, given proper drainage, daily bright light, water thoroughly when soil is dry.

You will receive 1 well-established, rooted plant, from a 3.5 inch pot, sent bareroot and packaged with great care. It will be shipped via USPS Priority mail.

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          Hanover HopStop:   
Group 28 thumb Sat, Feb 03 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Multicultural Dance with Soyeya African Dance Troupe and Middle Eastern Dance Group
Location: Hopkins Center 204 Alumni Hall

          Moroccan Spiced Carrot Dip {Recipe}   
Bring the flavors of North Africa to the table with this easy and flavorful dip.
          Reliance Jio unveils new Asia-Africa-Europe submarine cable system   
AAE-1 will pass through the critical hubs, serving the increasing demand for video centric data bandwidth supporting all types of communications.
          South Africa's Naspers says unit successfully prices billion bond   
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          Kony 2012 Campaign Catches Eyes Of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga   

Campaign aims to bring African militia leader Joseph Kony to justice for war crimes and for enlisting children as soldiers.
By Gil Kaufman

<P>A campaign to stop the nearly 30-year, brutal rule of African militia leader Joseph Kony became a viral sensation this week. <a href="http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com" target="_blank">"Kony 2012,"</a> started by the group Invisible Children, aims to make Kony's face so famous that authorities will finally be able to arrest him and try him for his crimes. </P><P> </P><P>A 30-minute <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc" target="_blank">documentary</a> released on Monday is one of the keys to the campaign, and as of Thursday it had gotten more than 26 million views. The video details the atrocities carried out by Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army. The campaign appears to be working, as at one point on Wednesday, Invisible Children and #stopkony were trending higher on Twitter than Peyton Manning or the new iPad. </P><P> </P><P>Since 1987, human rights officials say Kony has forcefully abducted more than 60,000 children to be soldiers in his army and reportedly raped, mutilated and killed civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and displaced more than 2 million people. The leader is wanted for committing atrocities by the International Criminal Court and is being hunted down by 100 U.S. Special Forces advisers and local troops in four Central African nations, according to the <a href="http://bit.ly/AyrDyz"><I>Associated Press.</I></a> </P><P> </P><P>Kony 2012 is an effort to capture Kony and disarm the LRA before a reported window of opportunity closes. One way it plans to do that is by encouraging users to directly message a variety of stars to make use of their Twitter ubiquity to get the word out. Among those listed on the site are: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, along with a number of major policymakers. </P><P> </P><P>When users click on the celebs' photos, a tweet pops up that reads: Help us end #LRA violence. Visit kony2012.com to find out why and how. @timtebow Join us for #KONY2012. </P><P> </P><P><a href="http://act.mtv.com/posts/invisible-children-video-joseph-kony/">Get More on Invisible Children at ACT.MTV.com.</a></p>

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          Combating Poverty - an Overview of the Africa-China Think-Tank Forum in Addis Ababa   
[Daily News] There was a very interesting and thought provoking meeting of intellectuals joined by media men and women from thirty countries in Africa held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa last week.
          The Two Faces of Migration in Ethiopia   
[Ethiopian Herald] I can't help wondering about the double face of migration in Ethiopia. On one side, Ethiopia is the biggest host of refugees in the African continent and the fifth in the world. On the other side, Ethiopia is a source of illegal migrants to the Middle East, Europe and Southern Africa. These facts seem to stand in opposition.
          Prime Minister to Attend Nepad, Arei Meetings in Ethiopia   
[New Era] Windhoek -Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will lead a delegation of cabinet ministers and senior government officials to the 29th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly in Ethiopia, the presidential spokesperson Albertus Aochamub confirmed yesterday.
          Credico South Africa Celebrate as Credico United Soar to Success   

As sales and marketing agency Credico South Africa celebrate the success of its Soccer team Credico United, the company has looked into the relationship between sport and business success, and how the...

(PRWeb June 30, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/credico-south-africa/soccer-success/prweb14472480.htm


          Fire from the rock by Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)   
In 1957, Sylvia Patterson's life--that of a normal African American teenager--is disrupted by the impending integration of Little Rock's Central High when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school. Includes author's note and related websites.
          One Network Enterprises and Imperial Logistics Partner to Achieve Supply Chain Excellence   

One Network Enterprises, a leading provider of demand-driven supply chain solutions in the cloud, announced today that it was selected as a strategic partner by IMPERIAL Logistics, a member company of application solution specialist e-Logics. The partnership enables the introduction of Africa’s first Demand Driven Value Network (DDVN) platform.

(PRWeb January 10, 2012)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9089775.htm


          Oficial: Seydou Doumbia no Sporting   
O marfinense, Seydou Doumbia, de 29 anos é oficialmente jogador do Sporting para a próxima temporada. O jogador é cedido pelo AS Roma  por 1 época mas o SCP fica com opção de compra. Doumbia vem reforçar o ataque leonino. Bem-Vindo ao Sporting Doumbia!!
É oficial. Quando já ninguém acreditava que seria possível Doumbia torna-se no mais recente reforço do SCP garantindo-o em regime de empréstimo por uma temporada.
O internacional marfinense chegou a ser dado como perdido mas chega a Alvalade para reforçar, e de que maneira, o ataque leonino: Bas Dost, Doumbia, Alan Ruiz, Podence, etc. O SCP tem opção de compra, não divulgada, pelo atleta. No entanto fala-se em 3 M€ de opção e de 1,5 M€ de salário anual.

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NOME: Seydou Doumbia
NASCIMENTO: 1987-12-31(29 ANOS)
PAÍS DE NASCIMENTO: Costa do Marfim
NACIONALIDADE: Costa do Marfim
NATURALIDADE: Abidjan
INTERNACIONALIZAÇÕES A: 36 Jogos / 7 Golos
PÉ PREFERENCIAL: Direito
ALTURA: 1,79 cm
PESO: 73 kg
POSIÇÃO: Avançado (Ponta de Lança) / Avançado (Extremo Direito)
CLUBE ACTUAL: FC Basel - Suíça 
VALOR: 6 M€

Em 16/17, o portentoso avançado africano esteve emprestado aos suíços do Basileia onde marcou  21 golos em 34 golos!! Nos anos anteriores a ter sido contratado pela AS Roma (2014) ao CSKA por 14 Milhões de euros também tinha deixado um rasto de golos: 

-08/09-Young Boys-40 jogos /25 golos
-09/10-Young Boys-38/32
-09/10-CSKA-22/19
-10/11-CSKA-3/0
-11/12-CSKA-51/33
-12/13-CSKA-9/4
-13/14-CSKA-27/20
-14/15-Roma-4/2
-14/15-CSKA-20/11
-15/16-Newcastle-4/0
-15/16-CSKA-21/11
-16/17-FC Basileia-34/21

Portanto, Doumbia pode-se dizer que só não pegou em Itália e em Inglaterra onde também não ficou muito tempo. Na Suiça e na Rússia é sobejamente conhecido. 
Para mim esta é mesmo uma grande contratação por parte do SCP. E mesmo que não seja para entrar já na equipa ou até que não seja titular, o seu poderio será uma mais valia quando entrar. No entanto estou convencido de que ou Alan Ruiz mexe aquelas pernas ou Doumbia será mesmo titular da equipa. 
E quem de nós não se lembra de Doumbia? 
O avançado da Costa do Marfim marcou ao Sporting quando jogava no CSKA de Moscovo no play-off de acesso á Liga dos Campeões de 15/16 e um dos golos até foi com a mão colocou-nos fora dessa competição! Pois bem, agora terá a hipótese de rectificar tudo isso marcando pelo SCP e qualificando-nos para  fase de grupos dessa competição. 
Como caracteristicas do atleta eu destacaria a sua velocidade, capacidade de finalização, a sua mobilidade e a técnica. Doumbia será uma opção valente a Bas Dost mas sabendo jogar entre linhas aposto nele também para 2º avançado. 
De referir que o Basileia tinha opção de compra pelo avançado só que não quis dispensar 6 Milhões de euros preferindo Wolsfwinkel dando 5 Milhões!!?? No fim fazem-se as contas.
Bem-Vindo ao Sporting, Doumbia!

Se ainda não seguem AmorSporting podem começar desde já. Obrigado. 
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          4 South African Lifestyle Brands Worth Your Rand (And Dollars)   
Last month, I was treated to a 10-day trip to South Africa and was blown away by the landscape, the culture, and the crafts. Everywhere we looked there were artisans, particularly along the Ribolla Route  in Polykwane, but what inspired me most was the abundance of men and women turning their crafts into independent businesses. At []
          Planul de investiții al UE pentru combaterea cauzelor primare ale migrației a fost aprobat   
Un acord informal privind o schemă UE care vizează mobilizarea a 44 de miliarde de euro în investiții în sectorul privat din Africa a fost încheiat cu miniștrii statelor membre.
          Imprese e Territorio News - Da dipendente in Africa a imprenditore a Gallarate. E oggi, in Africa, ci vado per vendere - Economia - Varese News   
Giuseppe Provasoli è il fondatore della Gi.Emme.Pi., azienda specializzata in presse da stiro e per la termoadesivazione destinate ai settori tessile e automotive
          Ramsey Lewis – Live Performance At UPenn   
Jazz musician Ramsey Lewis, UPenn's Center for Africana Studies, and Professor Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. presented the Spring 2010 Artist in Residence.
          DLA expands in Africa with acquisitions in Senegal and Tunisia   
DLA Piper continues to increase its presence in Africa with two recent acquisitions.

The firm has acquired Tunisian firm El Ajeri Lawyers, a full service firm that focuses on eight sectors, including media, transport, banking, insurance and energy. DLA has also acquired Dakar-based GENI & KEBE, a 27-strong firm that specializes in litigation and arbitration.

DLA paris co-managing partner Michel Frieh said the acquisitions will help the firm improve its presence across Africa.

          Space Patrol 193   
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Ear Candy for those equip't with ears! Rapture-Ready! Hot tracks from the US, UK, South Africa, Italy, Nigeria, and Turkey... all in barely under an hour! Holy cow! This episode won't be broadcast at Luxuriamusic.com for months... perhaps years! What's your pleasure? Funk? Latin Soul? Psych? Freakbeat? Oh, it's here, bay-bee! The full illustrated Playlist is at http://axenhammer.com/spacepatrol/sp193/ . Enjoy! Luxuriamusic: http://luxuriamusic.com (live streaming music, chat and webcam) Space Patrol blog: http://spacepatrol.blogspot.com (none of the above!)
          Renowned African-American Author Pens 3rd Novel   

The author wrote a very moving account which revolves around the life of an African king who goes to war and loses, falling from the throne to utter failure in the eyes of his countrymen. Only because of the love of his queen does he manage to survive. Such a charming and highly emotional story could arouse the reader's imagination. “If Only…” is a very touching story that could leave the readers reading for more. The story surrounds romantic and familial love together with the love of...

Read the full story at http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=209811


          Life, Above All   
"Life, Above All" is a emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz ("Mapantsula", "Paris, je t'aime"), it is based on the international award winning novel "Chanda's Secrets" by Allan Stratton.
          Conselho de Segurança da ONU elogia nova missão para região do Sahel   
O Conselho de Segurança das Nações Unidas saudou a implantação pelo chamado Grupo dos Cinco (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chade, Mali, Mauritânia e Níger – de uma força conjunta para combater a ameaça de terrorismo, bem como os desafios colocados pelo crime organizado transnacional na região africana de Sahel. No total, 4,9 milhões de pessoas estão deslocadas em decorrência de conflitos.
          Comment on South Africa’s Best Boutique Hotels by Sendhamarai   
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          Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim to expand Carrefour in Middle East with Geant stores buy   

Majid Al Futtaim, a holding company which also owns and operates shopping centres in the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement it had acquired Geant franchise owner Retail Arabia from BMA International.

The value of the deal, which also includes four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain, was not disclosed.

All 30 stores will be rebranded under the Carrefour brand by the end of 2017 and existing employees will be retained. The deal covered the stores only and did not include Geant franchising rights.

The acquisition increases the number of Majid Al Futtaim Carrefour-operated outlets to 80 in the UAE, 11 in Bahrain and 8 in Kuwait.

Perella Weinberg Partners advised Majid Al Futtaim on the transaction.

source: www.reuters.com


          Caalamka Midowga Africa oo ka hadlay Xiisada Qatar iyo xulafada Sacuudiga u dhaxeysa…   
Guddoomiyaha Midowga Afrika ahna Madaxweynaha dalka Guinea Alpha Conde ayaa ka hadlay xiisada u dhaxeysa Dowladda Qadar iyo qaar ka tirsan dalalka Carbeed, Wuxuuna sheegay

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Après trois jours d'intenses travaux, les rideaux sont tombés sur la 9ème édition du Forum Africain pour le carbone qui a réuni à Cotonou au Bénin du 28 au 30 Juin 2017 plus de 600 participants venus d'Afrique et du monde. Au cours des trois jours ...

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          9ème édition du Forum Africain pour le Carbone: les engagements … – BENIN WEB TV   

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Après trois jours d'intenses travaux, les rideaux sont tombés sur la 9ème édition du Forum Africain pour le carbone qui a réuni à Cotonou au Bénin du 28 au 30 Juin 2017 plus de 600 participants venus d'Afrique et du monde. Au cours des trois jours ...

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Sprzedam Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Tenere z długą historią, opisaną poniżej (moje pierwsze poważne moto) Pisałem chaotycznie i z głowy, jeśli jesteś zainteresowany, pytaj śmiało o wszystko!

Drogie MotoMirki, zbieram się od dłuższego czasu do wystawienia na sprzedaż mojego motocykla, ale ciągle nie mogę znaleźć czasu na pełen opis jego historii i stanu. Pomyślałem, żeby zacząć od tego miejsca, napiszę dość chaotycznie, ale jeśli ktoś będzie zainteresowany, odpowiem na wszystkie pytania jak na spowiedzi ( ͡º ͜ʖ͡º)
Więc tak, mam na sprzedanie najlepsze turystyczne enduro na całym świecie (⌐ ͡■ ͜ʖ ͡■) Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Tenere z 1993 r. Kupiłem go w grudniu 2015 r., przeszedł duży przegląd przed sezonem 2016, ponieważ miałem bardzo ambitne plany i sprzęt szykowałem na wiele sezonów. Zrobione między innymi: łańcuszek rozrządu, ustawiony gaźnik, uszczelka pod deklami, płyny, oleje, klocki, filtry, opony - wszystko, co tylko było potrzeba. Był to mój trzeci sezon, lecz pierwszy na własnym motocyklu, więc wszystko było tip top, nie ma u mnie inaczej.
Zacząłem jeździć, pierwszy wyjazd za granicę - Ukraina. Zaliczyłem pierwszą glebę pod operą lwowską - ulewa straszna, środek nocy, poślizgnąłem się na torach tramwajowych. Skutek - krzywe śruby od kierownicy (mocno podwyższona), pęknięty gmol, przerdzewiały od środka i wgnieciony przez niego bak. Wszystko szczelne, trasa ok. 3 tys. km zaliczona, najlepszy wyjazd w życiu. Po powrocie od razu moto do mechanika, bo nie miałem sam czasu. Okazało się, że gmol skrzywił lekko sanki silnika (ten element dokręcany do ramy zasadniczej). Jak się to zdjęło, to się okazało, że rama zasadnicza też pękła na ok. 3 cm w dość standardowym dla tego modelu miejscu (gleba z pełnymi kuframi jednak zrobiła swoje). Tak więc kolejny duży serwis - całe moto rozebrane, pospawana rama, wzmocniona, pomalowana, przy okazji wpadł nowy napęd (wzmacniany), nowe gmole i coś jeszcze, mam wszystko spisane (pełna historia ze zdjęciami każdego remontu oczywiście - pierwsze moto w życiu w końcu). Po tym drugim serwisie już żaden zagraniczny wyjazd do 25 sierpnia się nie odbył z braku czasu, ale po Polsce wyszło idealnie 10 tys. km. Feralnego 25 sierpnia, przy moim "nalocie" 10 030 km. zdarzył się wypadek - przy 85 km/h uderzyliśmy (z moim najlepszym na świecie #rozowypasek w sarnę, a właściwie ona w nas. Upadek na lewą stronę, na szczęście w nic nie uderzyliśmy, ale mój obojczyk się poddał - karetka, SOR, ortopedia, gips. Mojemu plecaczkowi na szczęście nic groźnego się nie stało (ciuchy za podwójną wartość motocykla jednak się na coś zdały).
Od września 2016 do maja 2017 był czas na naprawę sprzętu, zniszczenia nie były duże. Wymienione zostało: półka z nowym łożyskiem, nowe rury lagów, nowa kierownica, wyprostowane maszynowo wieżyczki kierownicy (na tokarce nie biły, więc raczej proste), nowy wąż do chłodnicy (przecięty przez owiewkę) i sporo innych dupereli (zostawiłem te części, mam masę zdjęć, można ocenić rozmiar zniszczeń). Miałem czas na odnalezienie w sobie pasji do majsterkowania, więc zacząłem go traktować jako projekt - zrobiłem przy nim wszystko, co zawsze chciałem. Na przykład dwie przednie lampy na H4, a nie H1/H4, gorzej niż w traktorze, bezpiecznik na samochodowy, nowe kierunki oryginał Yamaha, czysty układ chłodzenia, termostat, nowy stelaż bagażnika (aluminium łatwo pęka - poprawiłem i założyłem bez naprężeń), i wiele innych.
Niestety, po kilku jazdach w tym roku razem z moim plecaczkiem stwierdziliśmy, że to już nie jest to - strach z tyłu głowy siedzi i nie możemy się go pozbyć, odstresowanie na motocyklu już nie jest możliwe. Stąd decyzja o sprzedaży.
Postaram się w kilku punktach jeszcze coś dopisać, ale na pewno pomijam z połowę:
- wydech przerobiony przez jakiegoś forumowicza - najlepiej brzmiące XTZ jakie słyszałem, na prawdę;
- kanapa przerobiona na forum AfricaTwin chyba - wielu znajomych twierdzi, że bajka, ja nie mam porównania, ale 800 km. dziennie bez problemu;
- napęd podciągnięty raz od założenia, smarowany co każda jazda
- klocki nowe przód i tył, najlepsze jakie są dostępne, wszystko mam zapisane
- opony mają najechane może z 3 tys. nie więcej, Metzeler Karoo 3, nowe dętki itp
- dwa światła H4 na przód, nie jest to ksenon, ale wreszcie coś widać
- olej zmieniony już trzeci raz, więc wychodzi co 3 - 4 tyś w sumie. Troszkę brał pełnego syntetyka, więc teraz Motul blend i jest dobrze, nie kopci itp.
- łańcuszek zmieniony, gaźniki zrobione, luzy zaworowe zrobione;
- przód zawieszenie właściwie nowe, półka też zrobiona, kierownica też;
- wiązka elektryczna przejrzana cała, na konektorach (nie lutowana, temat rzeka, ja uważam tak), akumulator super, felerny regulator zmieniony już dawno na poprawiony, więc pozbawiony jakichkolwiek wad konstrukcyjnych;

Dodaję masę części, potrzebne czy nie, mam wszystko, stare lagi, drugą kanapę, lampę, błotnik niski (jest założony wysoki), dekiel jakiś zapasowy, dętki, opony "na sztukę" w razie czego, stelaż metalowy pod dwa kufry metalowe, bardzo porządne, centralny kufer plastikowy... pół garażu.

Podsumowując: po plastikach widać wiek motocykla, są popękane ale wzmocnione włóknem - spełniają swoją rolę, nic mi więcej nie trzeba od nich, bak dalej jest wgnieciony, ale szczelny,oleju troszkę weźmie, ale jutro wsiadłbym i pojechał do Maroka bez zastanowienia. Zdarzyło mi się nim chyba najwięcej 160 km/h na autostradzie przez ok. 10 min, nie ściąga, nie wpada w shimmy, ale to żadna frajda - między 90 a 110 km/h to jego specjalność i tak też 98% swojego życia spędził. Teren - bardzo lekki, to nie mój klimat, więc twarde drogi leśne to był maks.

Cena: 8.500 zł do negocjacji, dla MotoMirka, jeśli ma służyć, 8000 zł i pełny bak bez straty czasu na zbędne dyskusje!
#motocykle #motomirko #sprzedam
          Sustainable Development Innovations Added to African Knowledge Hub   
In collaboration with the South African Government’s Department of Science and Technology, the SA SD KH has added its first cohort of African sustainable development innovations. The first cohort of innovations includes a number of innovations that respond to SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation). The SA SD KH was launched with a view to linking development partners with relevant and potentially transformative African evidence.
          Formation de relais pour lutter contre la tuberculose au Fouladou   
Formation de relais pour stimuler la réponse communautaire C’est sous l’égide de Africare sous récipiendaire de Plan internationale dans le cadre du projet accélération de lutte contre la tuberculose en charge du volet communautaire avec le financement du Fonds mondial Round 10 . Pour kolda 14 relais ont bénéficié d’un renforcement de capacité sur la […]
          Event: Symposium on Progress towards SDG 7   
This symposium, on 'Progress towards SDG 7 and its Interlinkages with other SDGs in support of First Review of SDG 7 during the 2018 High-Level Political Forum,' is part of a series of meetings and symposia organized by the UN System in 2017 and 2018, in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, to contribute to the first global review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, which will take place during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF). These proposed events will provide a platform to discuss major issues related to progress on SDG 7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, such as health, education, gender, food, water, humanitarian response and climate change. Each symposium is expected to highlight a few of these interlinkages to allow in-depth discussions. Taken together, they will provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange among Member States and the UN system for advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including through supporting the preparations of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), especially towards HLPF 2018. A synthesis from the discussions from these events this year will be prepared to provide inputs to a Preparatory Meeting in support of the global review of SDG 7, to be held on 7-8 December 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.
          KOLDA : Lancement du projet « Cellal e Kisal »pour améliorer la santé du couple mère-enfant   
Amref health africa et Handicap International unissent leurs efforts pour améliorer la santé maternelle néonatale et infantile dans la région de Kolda. C’est à travers le projet « Cellal et Kisal » qui vient de faire l’objet d’un atelier de lancement ce jeudi 27 avril dans la capitale du Fouladou. Ce projet innovant financé à plus d’ « un […]
          CAMP DE CHIRURGIE A KOLDA : une trentaine d’enfants soignés gratuitement par Amref   
Amref Health Africa vient d’organiser,  un camp de chirurgie pédiatrique, au centre hospitalier régional de Kolda. Ce camp a permis de « prendre en charge gratuitement une trentaine d’enfants  », a indiqué Dr Dior Ndiaye chirurgienne pédiatrique à l’hôpital pour enfants de Diamniadio qui a pris part à cette initiative. A l’en croire, les bénéficiaires de […]
          La RADDHO, en guerre contre les mariages et grossesses précoces à Kolda   
La Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO) et le Royaume Uni font cause commune pour combattre les mariages et les grossesses précoces au Fouladou. Une vaste campagne de sensibilisation est en cours pour contribuer à l’éradication de ce phénomène qui constitue la principale cause des déperditions scolaires chez les jeunes filles […]
          Comment on Ask a Librarian: How do smaller libraries work together to get economies of scale? by Felix Rop   
Thanks for the information, the suggestions given can be applied in Africa where Libraries are under funded
          Ex-State Street executive pleads guilty in U.S. fraud case   
A former State Street Corp executive pleaded guilty on Wednesday in connection with what U.S. prosecutors said was a scheme to defraud six clients through secret commissions on billions of dollars worth of trades. Edward Pennings, a former senior managing director in State Street's London office, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and securities fraud, prosecutors said. Pennings is one of three former State Street executives to face U.S. charges in connection with the probe. The Boston-based bank in January to agree to pay $64.6 million to resolve related U.S. criminal and civil investigations. A lawyer for Pennings, who lives in Britain, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A second former executive, Richard Boomgaardt, who lives in Britain and was head of State Street's transition management desk for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is expected to plead guilty on July 12, according to court records. The
          Zwane meets with Anglo Gold Ashanti after retrenchments announcement   
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Friday instructed the Minerals and Petroleum Board to verify whether the information provided by Anglo Gold Ashanti that it plans to retrench over 8 000 workers took into consideration industry commitments to save jobs. This comes after AngloGold Ashanti said on Wednesday that it had started a consultation process with employees to retrench 8 500 workers at its South African operations. AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations, employs about 28 000 people, including contractors.
          3D printing could improve mining uptime and productivity   
Forward-thinking mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale, three-dimensional (3D) printing of equipment used in mines could make operations more cost effective and reduce the frustrations of equipment downtime, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm Wipro South Africa energy and natural resources director Louise Steenekamp. “By 3D printing the spare parts and replaceable components that complex mine machinery requires . . . operators can gain greater control over the supply chain and ensure smooth running of . . . equipment.” She avers that the current methods of producing tooling and components are often time consuming, expensive, wasteful and rely too much on third-party equipment manufacturers. “[Further], mines have to bear the brunt of excess inventory, warehousing and storage costs, as well as the logistical costs of urgently transporting parts.”
          Local miners leverage existing infrastructure to extend operations   
As a result of financial constraints, South African gold miners are looking to exploit their existing infrastructure to mine licensed blocks adjacent to existing operations, says mining engineering consultancy Ukwazi Mining. Ukwazi underground engineer Hans Dippenaar notes that, in this way, miners will be able to increase production and revenue without amassing large capital expenditure costs, highlighting that the consultancy is working on such a project for gold miner Harmony Gold.
          Political, currency instability strengthens the case for gold   
The volatile geopolitical environment and its effects on currency markets have strengthened the appeal of gold as an investment option and rand hedge for South Africans, says gold investment firm SA Bullion. SA Bullion MD Hilton Davies advises that local retail and institutional investors “seize the moment” and invest in gold, as global economic and political developments have aligned to deliver potentially outstanding returns on gold investment.
          AngloGold restructures local operations to ensure viability   
South African gold miner AngloGold Ashanti is making significant investments internationally, while trying to ensure its South African operations are still viable. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer speaks to Creamer Media's Sashnee Moodley about the developments.
          Reeling from Horrifying GOP Health Care Bills? Just wait till you lose your Voting Rights, just around the corner.    
While everyone is still wondering how Republicans could ever seriously fix their health care bills that drop 22 to 23 million Americans with a few more insane amendments, voting rights is about to take a huge hit:
The Republican presidential tactic of crippling agencies you don't like by putting either the incompetent or the actively hostile in charge of them (continues) ... Kris Kobach, the godfather of the national movement to suppress the votes of people the GOP would prefer not to exercise the franchise (was) named as vice-chairman of his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a snipe hunt the only apparent purpose of which is maintaining the fiction that masses of people, many of them brown, are gaming our elections. 
Here's the most damning news that might just alert us to specific Republican governors who take the bait:
Kobach wrote a letter to his fellow secretaries of state that left many jaws on the floor. From The Kansas City Star: In a Wednesday letter, Kobach asked the Connecticut secretary of state's office to provide the commission with all publicly available voter roll data, including the full names of all registered voters along with their addresses, dates of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history and other personal information ... he sent similar letters to election officials in every state. 

Quite simply, any secretary of state who complies with this request is either too stupid to hold the job, or is in sympathy with Kobach's goal of whitewashing the electorate.  Alex Padilla, the Secretary of State for California, said, "California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President's Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections."

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill was a bit more discreet: "The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach's history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this commission."
BREAKING: Scott Walker gives up voter information to Trump's big government demands. Hey, we just had a recount too. All is well?

Wisconsin elections officials said Friday that they'll sell some voter information to a presidential commission investigating election fraud. Administrator Mike Haas issued a statement Friday saying data is available for purchase and the commission must release it to buyers, adding that the commission routinely sells the information to political parties, candidates and researchers. The commission would charge the presidential panel $12,500 for the data.
Having done a lot of research on "the right to vote," I found that despite the guarantee in the 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments...with help from the Voting Rights Act (now destroyed by activist conservative Justices), voting seems to be the least defended squishy right ever. In fact, I could make the argument that women and African Americans were definitely given the right to vote, but anyone else including white guys...nope.

What if Obama did this? Always the best test against hypocritical Republican policy:
As Vanita Gupta points out in that same K.C. Star report, if someone in the Obama administration had made this request, at the very least, there would be a full week of howler monkeys screaming about federalism from every perch in every conservative think-tank in the jungle. At the most, there would be hearing after hearing about the Obama administration's plan to seed thousands of the president's fellow Kenyans in every crucial precinct in Ohio and Florida. What's more important, though, is that the national campaign to roll back voting rights now has reached the highest levels of government, with the blessing of the president* and the president*-in-waiting. This is the final step backwards across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

          Recommended Reading   
I compiled a list of books I've recently read and feel would appeal to middle and high school students. Each of the books includes themes conducive to classroom discussions.

Except when marked with an asterisk, all titles are available in audio format from the Las Vegas Clark County Public Library District (see LVCCLD link when applicable). To access these materials, you must have a current public library card and know your PIN. For more information about procuring a library card, click here. To use eAudio books from the public library, you will need to download OverDrive Media Console (a free software package) to your computer. Instructions and more information about accessing eMedia are available here.

Except for Candy Shop War and Leepike Ridge, all remaining books with asterisks are available at Audible. Note that there is a charge to purchase audiobooks from Audible. Different from the public library, however, the purchaser becomes the book's owner.


Recommended Book Options


Young Adult Science Fiction
  • Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson, Mary E.): Jenna Fox awakens after a coma having forgotten her life before her accident. She explores her past life through video, but is often met with reluctance to talk about her operation with others. This science fiction mystery explores issues related to bioethics. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Elsewhere (Zevin, Gabrielle): Elsewhere is the story of a girl who died. Upon doing so, she arrived at a place called “Elsewhere” where all the people had lived lives on Earth and were now dead. Most of the people were a lot older than her (she died in her teens). A unique feature of Elsewhere is that you grow older instead of younger while there. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Hunger Games (Collins, Suzanne): The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The premise underlying the plot is that a corrupt “Capitol” controls 12 districts. To keep the districts under control, the Capitol sponsors The Hunger Games each year. Two children from each district are selected to participate, and only one participant from the 24 survives the Games. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Little Brother (Doctorow, Cory): Cory Doctorow truly practices what he preaches! In a book about high-tech, high-action stunts in the midst of terrorist activity in the U.S., Doctorow discusses the importance of freedom of information. Likewise, he made his book available for free online using a Creative Commons license. [Warning: This book includes mature themes likely to be inappropriate for use in school environments.] [LVCCLD eAudio]
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Patterson, James): This is the first book of a series by the acclaimed James Patterson. The main character is Maximum Ride, a headstrong teenage girl who grew up in a science lab. She and her “flock of bird kids” were all genetically manipulated pre-birth, resulting in the presence of wings. As such, all the children are able to fly. The book follows Maximum Ride and her flock as they escape from the lab and learn to live on their own. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Maze Runner (Dashner, James): This is an action-packed thriller! Every month for several years, one boy has been delivered into the “Glade.” All the boys remember their names, but none remember anything else about their past. In a strange turn of events, the day after Thomas (the main character) arrives, a girl arrives. Thomas tries to learn about the society the boys created before his arrival and learns of the maze, their possible escape route, that encompasses their community. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Neptune's Children (Dobkin, Bonnie): Dobkin’s book, Neptune’s Children, begins with a bioterrorist attack on all adults around the world. All individuals over age 13 die instantly, leaving all children behind to fend for themselves. Those children left behind in a theme park (similar to Disneyland), create a working society while facing potential and real threats. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Twilight (Meyer, Stephenie): This epic series takes place in Washington state. The main character, Bella, meets a young man, Edward, who intrigues her and ultimately becomes the object of her affection. Bella learns that Edward is a vampire and struggles with love and longevity. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *Uglies (Westerfield, Scott): This series (including Pretties, Specials, and Extras) by Scott Westerfield begins with Uglies, a book about a utopian society that spawned from modern America. All children are called “uglies” until their 16th birthdays on which they receive an operation that makes them pretty. Once pretty, they move to a location where they can play and party all the time. Some uglies, though, question if being pretty is all there is to life. [Audible]
  • *Unwind (Shusterman, Neal): Imagine if parents could choose to have their teenagers “unwound,” have their body parts separated and given to save the lives of others. It’s the perfect solution for harvesting human organs… isn’t it? [Audible]
Young Adult Fantasy
  • *The Candy Shop War (Mull, Brandon):Imagine a world where eating candy could give you special powers. Mull masterfully juxtaposes good and evil amidst a fantasy of vivid characters. The book may sound like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Harry Potter, but it truly is a story of its own.
  • Eragon (Paolini, Christopher):16-year-old Christopher Paolini wrote this epic tale (Eragon is the first book in a series) just after graduating from high school. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Fablehaven (Mull, Brandon): When a boy and girl go to spend time with their grandfather, they learn there is more to his mysterious life than originally imagined. The area surrounding his home is a haven for fabulous creatures of all kinds—some good, and some bad. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Inkheart (Funke, Cornelia): In this three-book tale, Funke creates a world where books are reality become intertwined. Some of her characters have the unique ability to “read” characters and items “out” of books. In one unfortunate time, the father in the story accidentally read his wife into a book; he’s also read some antagonistic characters out of the book. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • Fallen Angels (Meyers, Walter Dean): Fallen Angels is realistic historical fiction about serving in the Vietnam War. The main character is African-American, adding to the issues of race conflict occurring during the war. [Warning: Telling the story of men and women serving on the front lines, the book does not “candy-coat” the violence, language, and other everyday happenings of the U.S. soldiers.] [LVCCLD CD]
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Beah, Ishmael): A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is the true autobiographical of Ishmael Beah, a boy who served as a soldier in Sierra Leone. After his hometown was attacked by rebels, he spent months searching for his family before being recruited into guerrilla warfare. He is later reformed when living in a UNICEF refugee camp. [Warning: This book contains graphic violence.] [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition (Mortensen, Greg): Mortensen is described as a man who is single-handedly creating peaceful relationships between those in the Middle East and in the United States. This book tells his story—from mountain climbing failure to sacrificial living. After returning from a failed attempt to ascend K2, he commits to build a school for the girls in one of Pakistan’s outermost regions. He kept his promise, and continues to change the world with his relentless efforts. [Audible]
Young Adult Historical Fiction
  • Elijah of Buxton (Curtis, Christopher Paul): This book tells the story of a small town in Canada. Buxton is where escaped slaves from the United States find refuge. They welcome those former slaves who have made the long, painful journey from the South. The story takes a turn when Elijah, just a boy, heads back to the United States to complete a chore. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Realistic Fiction
  • Hatchet (Paulsen, Gary): This Newberry-award winner tells of a boy who becomes an inhabitant of the wilderness when the plane in which he is flying goes down and the pilot dies in the crash. The main character must learn to survive in the Canadian wild. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *Leepike Ridge (Wilson, N.D.): This action-filled story of realistic fiction is a fun read. When the main character finds himself in a hidden cave under Leepike Ridge, he learns about life outside the mainstream.
  • Smiles to Go (Spinelli, Jerry): This is a coming-of-age story for boys who question who they are, where they fit in the universe, and their relationships with girls. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Grisham, John): This is John Grisham’s first children’s book. Theodore Boone lives with his parents, both of whom are lawyers. He loves the law and spends all his free time in the courthouse. As such, he is the resident expert on the law at his school, and he regularly advises his classmates on legal matters. He eve becomes entwined in a case of his own! This is a great book to learn about the U.S. legal system. [LVCCLD CD]
Adult Historical Fiction
  • Sarah's Key (de Rosnay, Tatiana): de Rosnay juxtaposes the past and present when her protagonist, a journalist, accepts the opportunity to write a story about French involvement in the Nazi round-up of Jewish families in Paris in 1942. While the journalist’s story unfolds, Sarah’s story unfolds. Sarah’s story is about cruelty and loss at the hand of the French police as they did the bidding of the Nazi’s. It is also about human compassion and remembrance. [LVCCLD eAudio]
Adult Realistic Fiction
  • The Life of Pi (Martel, Yann): Martel tells the tale of a boy from India. His family owns a zoo, but is selling their animals to a U.S. zoo due to financial hardships. During their sea voyage, there is an accident and the boy, Pi, ends up aboard a small rescue boat along with a tiger and several other animals. He tells of their mutual survival tactics and leaves the reader questioning reality. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Adult Non-Fiction
  • *The Horse Boy (Isaacson, Rupert): Isaacson wrote this biography about his son, a boy afflicted with autism. In an attempt to help their son, Isaacson and his wife trekked through Mongolia with the intent to meet shamans who could assist their child. Their journey took them to the outer-most parts of Mongolia, even to the “Reindeer People.” This is a heartwarming tale the of the efforts parents will make to assist their children and ways that seeing the world differently can help us all see better. [Audible]
  • Strength in What Remains (Kidder, Tracy): A medical student in Africa finds himself constantly trying to escape war and war-torn environments as he traverses through his home country of Burundi and into and out of Rwanda. He eventually makes his way to the United States where he faces trials of a homeless immigrant in a foreign land. [LVCCLD eAudio]
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (Krakauer, Jon): Pat Tillman, former NFL player, lost his life during the U.S. Gulf War. Krakauer describes the events leading to his NFL and military careers and the circumstances surrounding his death in combat. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *The Last American Man (Gilbert, Elizabeth): Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, writes the biography of Eustice Conway, a true man of the American Wilderness. Born in the 1960s, Eustice took his homemade teepee and left home as a teenager to live off the land. Gilbert tells of his trek along the Appalachian Trail, his record-setting horse-journey across America, and his lifelong passion to bring Americans to a greater appreciation and respect of nature. [Audible]

          In Kenya’s drylands, education is an insurance policy, but only for some   

Livestock is so central to the economy, food, and status of pastoralists in Kenya’s northern drylands that formal education has traditionally taken second place to the role children play in tending to cows, goats, and sheep.

But with climate change increasingly seen as imperiling livelihoods, many pastoralists are now taking the longer view and regard education as a sort of insurance policy. And yet the severity of the current drought affecting much of east Africa, coupled with a long interruption in the provision of free meals, has led to a drop in school attendance.

“The drought has become too harsh,” said Atiir Lokwawi, a 42-year-old mother who lives in the village of Kalokutanyang, in Kenya’s Turkana County. “Animals are dying in huge numbers. We restock, but before we stabilise, drought comes and takes away our investment.”

Lokwawi’s husband travelled to Uganda to graze most of the family’s herd. Of the 40 goats he left behind, 35 have died because of the drought.

“It is good if at least one child goes to school,” said Lokwawi. “Educating our children is also another way to earn money – animals alone cannot help us survive,” she said, explaining that of her seven children, only one, a 15-year-old girl, is currently attending school.

“It will take time for our children to go to school and get jobs, but at least there is hope that, someday, someone will be there for us.”

To help make ends meet, Lokwawi makes charcoal and attends evening classes at a local mobile school.

“I burn charcoal to invest in my daughter’s education. The government pays for her fees, but I have to buy her books, pen, and uniforms. She is my hope, my only family hope,” said Lokwawi, adding that she would like her daughter to become a doctor.

Another of her daughters was married off, bringing the family a substantial dowry of livestock. But most of these animals also perished.

Teaching adaptation

Christine Tukei, a teacher at Kalokutanyang’s mobile primary school, said education for pastoralists “needs to go beyond the [national] curriculum.

“It needs to add value and incorporate their lifestyle. It is vital to help communities prepare for and respond to impacts of climate change while promoting a sustainable way of life.”

The mobile school has about 100 students: roughly two thirds youths aged between nine and 17, and one third adults aged between 35 and 42.

Classes take place between 8 and 10 pm, as during daytime the children are usually tending to livestock herds while the adults make and sell charcoal.

The ravages of the drought have led Tukei to add adaptation strategies to what she teaches.

“We discuss the importance of early destocking, minimising herds to manageable levels; the importance of investing in education; and alternative businesses. I also teach about preserving meat with salt as they slaughter some animals and store for food; and about good health and sanitation,” she explained.

Disastrous drought

The current drought, which started in 2016 and which the Kenyan government deems a national emergency, has dried up water resources in half of the country’s 47 counties, leaving an estimated three million people lacking access to clean water, according to OCHA, the UN’s emergency aid coordination body.

“Recurrent droughts have destroyed livelihoods, triggered local conflicts over scare resources and eroded the ability of communities to cope,” OCHA said, noting that prices of staple food had risen considerably.

The drought has sent rates of global acute malnutrition soaring: in Turkana North sub-county, the rate is 30.7 percent, more than double the emergency threshold.

Across Kenya, up to 3.5 million people are expected to need food assistance in August, up from 2.6 million in February, according to the UN’s World Food Programme.

Large numbers of livestock deaths have been reported in Turkana County, as well as in the counties of Marsabit, Samburu, and Mandera.

As well as Kenya, drought is ravaging Ethiopia and Kenya. In these three countries, the education of some six million children has been disrupted, according to OCHA.

A Turkana boy herds his family's cows in Kenya
Wendy Stone/IRIN
Many children in Turkana tend livestock rather than attend school

Low enrolment

Although the national introduction of free primary education in 2003 led to an increase in school attendance across Kenya, enrolment rates in dryland counties such as Turkana remain much lower than the rest of the country.

And of those who enroll in the first year of school, barely one in five stick it out through the eighth year, with dropouts attributed to early marriage and the need to look after livestock.

Even though going to school can lead to improved agriculture, better health, improved community relations, and better management of natural resources, “the culture [here] does not allow the community to attach much premium on education,” Muthengi Muvea, the director of education in the sub-county of Turkana Central, told IRIN.

“A high number of pastoralists are not willing to wait for over 20 years to see returns on their investment, while a child has immediate returns such as dowry for girls and herding for boys,” he explained.

According to Muvea, at any given time, at least 40 percent of children who are supposed to be in school in Turkana County are not.

This is attributed to: parents migrating during drought in search of pasture and water; inadequate infrastructure; understaffing in schools; and the parents’ general unwillingness to enroll their children in school.

“January 2017 saw enrollment [in Turkana] drop by over 9,200 from the 2016 third term,” said Jesse Nyongesa, of the Ministry of Education.

Matters were made worse in the first few months of 2017 by an interruption in the provision of free school meals across much of the country, although these meals – provided since 1980 by WFP and the Kenyan government and now benefiting 1.5 million children at an annual cost of four billion shillings ($39 million) – resumed in May.

“During drought, the meal the children get in school is the only meal they are likely to get for the day,” said Matthew Epetet, the head teacher of a primary school in the Turkana Central village of Lochwa.

“It’s critical to attaining food security in this part of the country. Unless it's assured, the rate of retention is low, especially for the junior classes.”

Since it launched a Home-Grown School Meals programme in 2009, the government of Kenya has gradually increased its role in feeding school children. HGSM now benefits twice as many children as WFP’s contribution and is set to feed all by 2019.

Under the programme, food is bought from nearby farmers, thereby stimulating the local economy while encouraging children to attend school.

The interruption of free school meals, combined with the migration of parents in search of water and pasture, led attendance at the school to fall by more than half, said Epetet.

“From a total of 585 students, only 257 students are attending class now,” he said. “Among the 103 girls enrolled in school, about 37 are no longer in school. The pre-primary pupils have already stopped coming to school.”

The head teacher explained that the recent start of oil exploration in Turkana’s Lokichar Basin had been another factor in falling attendance.

“Fifteen boys have dropped out of school to work as motorcycle riders within Lokichar,” he said. “Some are seeking manuals job from those employed in oil exploration companies such as fetching water.”

Muvea believes it will take time before education fully improves the welfare of the community and contributes to a meaningful, sustainable manner of resilience.

“It's about perception,” asserted Muvea. “School becomes necessary during drought emergencies because of food access. The way pastoralists perceive education has to change if it is to play a fundamental role in strengthening their resilience.”

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(TOP PHOTO: Break time at Karoge Primary School. Sophie Mbugua/IRIN)

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          L’Europe souhaite l’élargissement de toutes ses côtes, aux bateaux humanitaires acheminant des migrants.   

 La Commission européenne a soutenu jeudi la proposition de l’Italie d’autoriser les navires humanitaires prenant en charge les migrants venus des côtes africaines à s’amarrer dans les ports d’autres pays de l’UE. La veille, Rome avait demandé à ses partenaires européens de l’aide pour faire face à la crise migratoire, menaçant de fermer ses ports aux navires de sauvetage. « Nous soutiendrons l’Italie lors des discussions sur la coopération des Etats sur le débarquement des migrants », a déclaré la porte-parole du commissaire européen aux questions migratoires. Relocalisation des réfugiés: L’Europe pourrait lancer des procédures contre les pays membres Ces discussions seront à l’ordre du jour d’une réunion entre les ministres de l’Intérieur des 28 la semaine prochaine à Tallinn, en Estonie. « Sur le plan politique, la situation est mauvaise pour l’Italie. Si le nombre d’arrivants continue d’augmenter, Rome va se retrouver dans une situation délicate », a expliqué un diplomate européen. « Il n’existe pas de solution simple. Je ne pense pas que les autres (Etats) se réjouiront à l’idée d’accueillir ces navires dans leurs ports », a-t-il ajouté. Les ports de Barcelone et de Marseille seraient envisagés pour accueillir les navires humanitaires, a dit la Commission. Une source diplomatique française a dit qu’il [...]

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          Akin to oscine houses solitary    
I just had to come up in from my curtilage and exchange letters this article astir one of the songbirds that I admiration to see all year. The Oak Titmouse (also well-known as the Plain Titmouse until the taxonomic group was slot into the Oak Titmouse and the Juniper Titmouse in 1997) is a joy to scrutinize. These ducks are exceptionally immediate and hardly of all time hang on inactive tremendously long. They worship to fly downfield to the sunflower kernel feeder, clutch a kernel valid quick, later fly aft up into the upper branches of the oak tree and thump the nut get underway patch retentive it near their feet resistant the limb to get to the meat.The Oak Titmouse is a small, 5 3/4 linear unit tall, brown-tinged grey vertebrate next to a wee clustering or line. They unfilmed period of time bulging on the Pacific incline from rebel Oregon southward finished California west of the Sierra Nevada to Baja California. They prefer widen woodlands of warm, dry oak and oak-pine at low to mid-elevations. It will catnap in tree cavities, overrun leaves or birdhouses. When roosting in foliage, the titmouse chooses a branchlet enclosed by unkempt plant organ or an group of late true pine needles, simulating a roost in a hole. They will pronto form in birdhouses hugely akin to oscine houses solitary beside a 1 1/4 in approach.Titmice profile pairs or slim groups, but do not fashion king-sized flocks. They may weave mixed-species flocks after the breeding period for hunting. The Oak Titmouse family unit for being and pairs watch over year-round territories that can be 2 to 5 demesne in vastness. They eat insects and spiders (and we gardeners be keen on them for that), and are sometimes seen contractable insects in midair! They will too give somebody a lift berries, acorns and whatever seeds. They be passionate about helianthus seeds. They will pasturage on foliage, twigs, branches, shorts and on occasion on the ground. They are attracted to feeders with suet, peanut dairy product and helianthus seeds.Post ads:12V 55AH SLA Battery for Pride Mobility Scooter - 2PK / 12V 55AH SLA Battery replaces UPS12-170 UB12550 22NF - 2PK / 30-3012 Part 30-3012 - Cannula Endometrial Biopsy / 3B Scientific African torso unisex 16 parts / 4.0 X Headband Loupes Magnifier Dental Surgical Medical / 5653560 / 8 8Pc Glue Stick Case Pack 96 8 8Pc Glue Stick Case Pack / About Time, Whey Isolate Protein Unflavourd, 2.0 Lb (Pack / Acticoat Burn Dressing by Smith & Nephew Incorporated - / Aj Siris Sicara Cosmetic Bags - Case Pack 11 SKU-PAS903927 / ALECO Bulk Rolls of Strips / Amputee Wheelchair Surface Gel RIGHT / Antelope Professional Hair Cutting Scissors Shear D026030M / APPLICATOR, COTTON TIP, PLASTIC, 3",STERILE ( APPLICATOR, / Aqualight 24 T - 5 Ho Double Lamp Strip By BND / B848/PB 8 LITE 48" BATHROOM FIX 6PK SUNLITE 6 PK / Bar Soap, Lemon Verbena , 8 oz ( Value Bulk Multi-pack) / Bewitched Monofilament Lace Wig by Raquel Welch / Boswellin Extract 300mg - 60 - Capsule (MULTI-PACK)The Oak Titmouse is one of my favourite geese to ticker in my own yard. If you can get a pair to descent in your yard or on your chattels you will adulation them too!
          Pride Month Playlist: Listening to Queer and Trans Artists Across the African Planet   
During LGBT Pride Month, Afropop has been celebrating queer and trans musicians throughout the African diaspora. This year, we’ve put together a playlist of some of the hottest and most influential artists who show us what it really means to ... Read more »
          Comment on Bafana Cage Listless Eagles In Uyo by Super Eagles Apologise For Bafana Bafana Defeat   
[…] Super Eagles have apologised to the still shocked fans after their 2-0 loss to South Africa in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) […]
          Comment on TB Joshua Delivers South African ‘Snake’ Pastor (Video) by Snake Pastor Makes Shocking Revelation About TB Joshua   
[…] Prophet TB Joshua has, however, not said anything about the recent revelation of Mnguni whom he allegedly delivered of wrong biblical belief on Sunday. […]
          Ongoing recruitment at Malaria Consortium   

Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations, which is dedicated to the comprehensive control of malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa [...]

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          Comment on AIT Owner, Dokpesi, Forms New Political Party by APDA Is Illegal, Don't Register It, AD Tells INEC   
[…] Plc, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM, Raymond Dokpesi, on Monday launched the […]
          Jobs in Lagos and Abuja at The Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)   

Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) is the umbrella organization for applied epidemiology training, programs in Africa. It oversees the Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory) Training Programs [...]

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          Nursing Vacancies in Lagos at Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS)   

Health Initiatives for Safety and Stability in Africa (HIFASS), is a non-profit organization registered in 2007 in Nigeria with a core objective of expanding quality [...]

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          IT Security Officer Job at Stanbic IBTC Bank   

Stanbic IBTC Bank is a leading African banking group focused on emerging markets globally. It has been a mainstay of South Africa’s financial system for [...]

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          Google hires former Intel exec as VP of Diversity   
Google has a new VP of Diversity. Danielle Mastrangel Brown, a former VP and Chief of Diversity & Inclusion at Intel, will begin at Google on July. Brown had been with Intel for 8 years, and leaves them with a workforce that is almost a quarter female. We can only hope she has the same luck with Google. Google's pledged to improve its diversity time and time again over the last three years, but in their blog post this week they admit there's still plenty to be done. The hire of Brown is only a part of their renewed efforts. Google recently launched a engineering residency program for Howard University aimed at raising the number of technical African American Googlers from the 1% it is today. The blog post is also littered with anecdotes about diversity and the strength it brigns the company, but the one that sticks out the most to this humble blogger is the statement that the Really Blue Pixel came from creative lead Alberto Villarreal's history with Mexico City. ...
          In Benin, small savings and loans groups drive rural women’s empowerment   
English

Across rural Africa, women farmers are benefiting from Savings and Loans Groups to grow their businesses. Some 40 per cent of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality grantees in Africa are now using this methodology, leading to better nutrition, business development and sustainable land management outcomes. The Miguéze’ programme, for example, has impacted 2,780 people, and women are emerging as leaders and role models.

Date: 30 June 2017


          Zambia Economic Brief: Reaping Richer Returns from Public Expenditure in Agriculture   
English
HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Economic growth is forecast to strengthen to 4.1% in 2017, 4.5% in 2018, and 4.7% in 2019.

          The Internet of everything water   
English

Imagine a world where your spice cabinet reminds you to buy salt, or your cell phone sends a text message about the amount of water left in your water tank. These are the wonders of the Internet of things (IoT).

It has been over a decade since Kevin Ashton, co–founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Auto-ID Center (now Auto-ID Labs), coined the term Internet of Things to describe the network and communication of physical objects that have an IP address for the Internet.


          Africa’s digital rise hooked on innovation   
English

When the world was changing from mechanical and analogue technology to digital electronics four decades ago, Africa was nowhere on the scene.

Fast-forward to the present, and Africa has largely been able to catch up with other regions in mobile phone use and Internet access, successfully sidestepping the era of desktop computers and landlines.

The key to Africa’s achieving its own digital revolution has been innovation at every step, with engineers adapting technology to suit the specific needs and dynamics of the continent instead of the other way around.


          Paris Agreement on climate change: One year later, how is Africa faring?   
English

Since December 2015, when 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change, several countries in Africa have begun implementing climate resilience activities that will allow them to better absorb and adapt to harsh climatic changes.


          Gambia’s democracy survives political turbulence   
English

As the results of The Gambia’s presidential election trickled in last December, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh realised his power was slipping away. Indeed, final results showed that a newcomer, 51-year-old businessman Adama Barrow, had garnered 45.5% of total votes, while Mr. Jammeh received 36.6%. 


          ICC: Beyond the threats of withdrawal   
English

Sometime last year, three African countries—Burundi, the Gambia and South Africa—signalled their intention to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). There was fear that more countries would follow.

After years of criticisms, it appeared as if aggrieved African countries would be making good on their repeated threats to leave the court.


          Pension funds, insurance companies as key drivers of regional integration   
English

Capital markets, where money from savers is put into long-term investments, can contribute significantly to socio-economic development if they invest in productive projects and enterprises. But small size and market illiquidity can undercut this process.


          Conservationists take aim at poachers   
English

As the rate of animal poaching continues to rise, conservationists have begun calling for stronger laws and deterrents to wildlife crimes.

African governments and non-governmental organizations are starting to take wildlife crimes as seriously as other transnational crimes such as drug smuggling and human trafficking. In recent years countries have strengthened anti-poaching laws and stepped up prosecutions.


          Monster – Onyx Concept G6 Bodykit am Mercedes GLE C292   

Vergesst den A.R.T. tuning GLE, und vergesst auch den Hamann GLE – hier kommt einer der mindestens das Format des Prior Design PDG800X hat. Die Jungs von ONXY Concept, mit Sitz in London sowie den USA, haben vor einigen Monaten das ONYX G6 CONCEPT fertiggestellt und das Team von RACE! SOUTH AFRICA hat einen GLE mit den Bauteilen ausgestattet. Unserer Meinung …

Der Beitrag Monster – Onyx Concept G6 Bodykit am Mercedes GLE C292 erschien zuerst auf tuningblog.eu - Magazin.


          Denmark’s Larsen Meeting Challenge of Multiple Lane Conditions To Retain Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Lead   

In a tournament that puts a premium on a player’s ability to adjust to vastly different lane conditions, third-round leader Thomas Larsen of Denmark feels he’s as prepared as he can be to meet the challenges of competing in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open.

After three rounds bowled on three different PBA lane condition patterns, the two-time PBA Tour and four-time European Bowling Tour winner, leads a field of 33 players who advanced to Friday’s final round at the FireLake Bowling Center with a 5,398 24-game pinfall (224.9 average).

The players advancing to the fourth round will be put to the test on the 44-foot Oklahoma Open lane condition and will battle to be among the top nine who will advance to the live ESPN stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday at noon CDT (1 p.m. ET) at the Grand Casino Hotel Event Center in Shawnee.

Larsen bowled eight-game pinfall totals of 1,826 on the 32-foot Wolf pattern lane condition in the first round, 1,793 on the 40-foot Bear pattern in the second round and 1,779 on the 52-foot Badger pattern in Thursday’s third round with games of 223, 190, 246, 200, 244, 219, 219 and 238.

“It was another successful day today,” said the 27-year-old Larsen who led after the second round. “You never know what will happen when you’re bowling on a completely new lane condition but I was ready for the challenge.

“I used a lot of balls again today in the round,” he continued. “Just like in yesterday’s round I used several balls and had to make changes in my ball speed and hand position at the release – the changes were just different today.”

Larsen is trying for his first PBA Tour title on U.S. soil. His Tour titles came in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Open and 2014 Kuwait International Open.

Larsen holds a 45-pin lead over 18-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in second with a 5,353 pinfall. Three-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., is third with 5,346.

Trey Ford III, the 16-year-old PBA member from Bartlesville, Okla., advanced to the fourth round with a 10th-place 5,199 pinfall total. He bowled games of 234, 218, 235, 163, 213, 183, 236 and 206 in the third round.

“I’m a little surprised how well I’m doing because when I practiced on these conditions at home I didn’t do that well,” said the high school sophomore who uses the unique two-handed delivery. “Generally, I feel comfortable making the adjustments I need to make – I’m just trying to learn as much as I can.

“If I have a bad game or get a split, I just have to remember that there are more opportunities and more bowling to go.”

Ford has been a PBA member since age 13 and has three top-10 finishes in PBA regional competition with a best of sixth.

Saturday’s stepladder round will feature players who qualified fifth through ninth with the winner advancing to the no. 5 qualifying position to join the tournament’s top four qualifiers for Sunday’s stepladder final.

Friday’s final qualifying round will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning at 9:30 EDT (8:30 CT). For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

GRAND CASINO HOTEL & RESORT PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

Third Round (after 24 games. Top 33 players advance to Friday’s fourth round)

1, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,398.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,353.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5,346.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,277.
5, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 5,274.
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 5,266.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5,243.
8, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,213.
9, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,203.
10, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 5,199.
11, Sam Cooley, Australia, 5,187.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,158.
13, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,157.
14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,150.
15, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,139.
16, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5,127.
16, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 5,127.
18, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,116.
19, Dom Barrett, England, 5,088.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,087.
21, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,085.
22, Stuart Williams, England, 5,083.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,081.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,071.
25, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,064.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,061.
27, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,057.
28, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,045.
29, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,030.
30, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,019.
31, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,014.
32, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,999.
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,998.

Did not advance
34, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,993.
35, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 4,991.
36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,979.
37, Dylan Burns, Lawrence, Kan., 4,975.
38, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,965.
39, Richie Teece, England, 4,963.
40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,951.
41, (tie) DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 4,947.
43, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,944.
44, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,943.
45, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,932.
47, J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 4,927.
48, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,923.
49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4,917.
50, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 4,916.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,904.
52, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 4,901.
53, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 4,879.
54, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,876.
55, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 4,875.
56, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,873.
57, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 4,870.
58, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,868.
59, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,867.
60, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 4,860.
61, (tie) Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and James Cantere, Oklahoma City, 4,858.
64, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,851.
65, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,844.
66, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4,841.
67, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,812.
68, Brian LeClair, Athens, NY, 4,792.
69, Osama Hassan, Bahrain, 4,789.
70, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,783.
71, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 4,780.
72, Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 4,761.
73, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 4,737.
74, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4,735.
75, Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 4,732.
76, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 4,708.
77, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 4,660.
78, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 4,655.
79, (tie) Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 4,654.
81, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 4,575.
82, Kenneth Bland Jr., Jacksonville, Texas, 4,549.
83, Omar Rashid, Bahrain, 4,522.
84, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,376.
85, Tyson Branagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 4,358.
86, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 4,304.
87, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 4,296.
88, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 4,058.
89, Jose Rosero, Ecuador, 4,009.
90, Yebgueni Velez, Ecuador, 3,885.

300 games (1) – Walter Ray Williams Jr.


          Comment on Nine-Point Plan to Surviving the Downgrade by New Landlords Need Experienced Agents | News & Advice | Immoafrica.net   
[…] “Already we see more homeowners relocating within South Africa in search of work or taking up offshore contracts to remain employed,” says Greg Harris, CEO of Chas Everitt Property Rentals, “and we expect this trend to accelerate as South Africa begins to feel the unpleasant economic effects of its junk status.” […]
          The Outbreak That Wasn’t: Liberia’s “Post-Ebola” Moment   
Ever since WHO declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in West Africa in June 2016, the world has wondered when (not if) they would see Ebola again. In May 2017, the virus reemerged from its secret jungle lair, but not before a brief panic in Liberia just a few weeks prior that would briefly […]
          Algérie : une catastrophe annoncée   
ALGER-LA-NUIT-
Bernard Lugan, historien africaniste, écrivain, ex-professeur (en disgrâce) à l’Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr ♦ Les perspectives apparaissent bien sombres pour l’Algérie : même si le prix du pétrole remontait, les maux profonds et structurels dont souffre le pays ne disparaîtraient pas pour autant. La crise que traverse aujourd’hui l’Algérie est plus grave que celle de 1986, quand l’effondrement du prix ...
          Soccer Rivals Ghana And U.S. Go At It Once More, This Time At The Rent   

The United States men's soccer team finally beat Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After Ghana eliminated the Americans in 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa, the U.S. struck back for its first win against the soccer-loving African country in the opening group game.

Clint Dempsey scored...


          AIMS Rwanda Graduation 2017   
The African institute for mathematical Sciences Rwanda Centre graduated its first ever cohort of students at a graduation ceremony held at the AIMS center in Kigali, Rwanda on 22nd June  2017 Forty-four students from 10 African countries, namely; Cameroon, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Sudan, Burundi, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania received their Master’s of Science in Mathematical Sciences ...
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          Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief   
Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might. Do Chimpanzees Have Spiritual Experiences?; How “Big Gods” Transformed Human History; An Evolutionary Biologist Searches for God; What Bliss Looks Like In Your Brain.
          ОБЗОР НОВИНОК 49 НЕДЕЛИ 2011года.   
1/35 MASTER BOX #3598 - LRDG in Northen Africa Цена: 57 грн. Хорошее качество литья.  Отсутствие утяжин и следов от толкателей. Все лица у фигурок разные. Набор для сборки шести фигур диверсантов службы LRDG (Long Range Desert Group)и одной фигуры Вьетнамца в масштабе 1/35, новинка Днепропетровского производителя стендовых моделей копий MASTER BOX. 1/35 MASTER BOX #3599 - Patroling. Vietnam War Цена: 68 грн. Хорошее качество литья.  Отсутствие утяжин и следов от толкателей. Все лица у фигурок разные. Набор для сборки четырех фигур патрульных США и одной фигуры Вьетнамца в масштабе 1/35, новинка Днепропетровского производителя стендовых моделей копий MASTER BOX. 1/72 AMODEL #72172 - Сборная пластиковая модель вертолета Миля Ми-10 / Mil Mi-10 Цена: 359 грн. О модели : Набор для сборки мастшабной модели копии советского вертолета МИЛ МИ-10 в масштабе 1/72 от украинской фирмы AMODEL. О прототипе : Ми-10 (Harke по классификации НАТО, обозначение ростовского-на-дону завода — «изделие 60») — военный транспортный вертолёт (летающий кран), развитие Ми-6. Разработан в 1961—1964 годах, принят на вооружение в 1963 году. Серийно производился на Ростовском вертолётном заводе. 1/72 AMODEL #72160-01 - Антонов Ан-24T / Antonov An-24T Phoenix Aviation Цена: 319 грн. Рейтинг товара: Качество литья: Простота сборки: Соответствие оригиналу: О модели : Набор для сборки мастшабной модели копии советского самолета АН-24 в масштабе 1/72 от украинской фирмы AMODEL. О прототипе : Ан-24 (по кодификации НАТО: Coke — «Кока») — пассажирский турбовинтовой самолёт для линий малой и средней протяжённости. Дальность полёта: 2000 км. Крейсерская скорость: 450 км/ч. Максимальная взлётная масса: 21 т. Оснащён двумя турбовинтовыми двигателями АИ-24 2 серии, АИ-24Т (Ивченко) с воздушным винтом АВ-72, АВ-72Т изменяемого шага. Ан-24 выпускался с 1959 по 1979 год. Было выпущено более 1000 таких самолётов, более 300 эксплуатируются. 1/72 AMODEL #72131 - МИЛ МИ 6. ПОЗДНИЙ Цена: 305 грн. О модели : Набор для сборки мастшабной модели копии советского вертолета МИЛ МИ-6 в масштабе 1/72 от украинской фирмы AMODEL. О прототипе : Ми-6 (по классификации НАТО — Hook) — тяжёлый военный транспортный вертолёт. Первый полёт состоялся 5 июня 1957 года. Строился с 1964 года на Ростовском вертолётном заводе крупной серией как в военном, так и в народохозяйственном вариантах. На этом вертолёте лётчик-испытатель Н. Б. Лешин установил мировой рекорд скорости, который был отмечен Вертолётным Обществом США. Два мировых рекорда при испытании вертолёта Ми-6 были установлены лётчиком-испытателем Б. К. Галицким. ВЕСЬ АССОРТИМЕНТ AMODEL 1/35 ZVEZDA #3618 - Советские санитары / Soviet Medical Personnel WWII Цена: 59 грн. Отличное продолжение серии миниатюр 1/35. Высочайшая детализация достигнута благодаря технологии 3D- моделирования. В годы Великой Отечественной войны советские медики возвращали в строй более 72% раненных солдат.Если эти проценты представить в абсолютных цифрах, то получится 17 млн. человек! В три раза больше, чем численность всей Красной Армии в 1941 году. Во многом столь успешный результат был достигнут благодаря самоотверженной работе санитаров, санинструкторов и военфельдшеров непосредственно на поле боя, ведь чем скорее удавалось доставить солдата сначала на сборный пункт первичной медицинской обработки, а потом и в госпиталь, тем больше было у него шансов выжить. 1/72 ZVEZDA #6158 - 88-мм зенитное орудие FLAK 36/37 / German Heavy Anti AirCraft Gun Flak 36/37 Товар 603 из 603 категории 1/72 БТТ Цена: 59 грн. Рейтинг товара: Качество литья: Простота сборки: Соответствие оригиналу: Набор, который будет интересен и моделистам и игрокам. Качество от мирового лидера. Фигурки состоят из нескольких деталей, что дает возможно придать лучшую детализацию моделям. Все фигурки могут быть установлены на отрядной подставке для игры, а для коллекционеров и моделистов фигурки могут быть установлены на индивидуальные подставки. Набор состоит из четырех уникальных фигур, каждая из которых имеет свой индивидуальный внешний вид. Немецкое зенитное орудие Flak 8.8 считается одним из лучших орудий Второй мировой войны. Оно использовалось не только против воздушных целей, но и в качестве противотанкового орудия. Flak 8.8 послужило основой, при создании новых немецких танков и по праву считалось самым мощным танковым орудием. В игре ArtofTactic тяжелая зенитка Flak 8.8 будет отличным оборонительным орудием, которое будет долгое время сдерживать противника и будет хорошим противовесом самым мощным танкам. 1/144 AMODEL #1456 - Антонов Ан-14 / Antonov An-14 Цена: 89 грн. О модели: Набор для сборки мастшабной модели копии советского самолета АН-14 "пчелка" в масштабе 1/144 от украинской фирмы AMODEL. 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          We All Bleed Red - A Brigid Guest Post   

There is one word which may serve as a rule of
 practice for all one's life - reciprocity. 
 ~Confucius

They were in the kitchen, Pepper, my dog from childhood, asleep on a rug in the living room.  Mom was drying the last of the dishes while Dad sipped at a cup of coffee as he helped, talking that talk of parents that for kids is equally without interest and yet comforting.  It's not what they are talking about or who (though our ears are always perked up for words like "inoculation" "liver and onions" and "parent-teacher").  It was simply that steady hum that is life continuing as we know it.  It was where Big Bro and I could play on the floor with our small cars and legos under the sheltering shadow of much taller people, listening to their voices without hearing, not knowing that they would give their lives for us, but perhaps sensing it somehow.

Evenings were pretty much always the same, after dinner, we kids would clear the table, Dad would help Mom get things ready to wash and then they'd chat and laugh while the chores were done and we had a little quiet playtime or finished a homework assignment. It was simply an evening at home, the routine of chores, the tick of the clock, the sound of the chime that indicated bedtime, as if the clock cleared its throat like a parent's not so subtle reminder.  All of these simple actions being part of the foundation of family that helped us to hold and protect each other.

Then the phone rang. "It's the hospital",  Mom says, but no one looks anxious.  For it is a call for my Dad, who has a fairly rare blood type, of which some is needed.  He washes up, kisses my Mom and leaves.  He doesn't talk much about it, but over a course of a life, there were many such calls, and pins he proudly wore that showed how many gallons of blood from his veins that found their way to someone in need.  Later, when his medications were such he couldn't donate, he volunteered to be a driver for the local blood bank, collecting the blood they packed in special coolers at this rural gathering point and driving it into the city an hour or so away in his own car to be delivered to the hospital.  He got some sort of small stipend for it, enough to cover gas and a meal,  but that was all.  But that's not why he did it.

It was giving up something of himself, something we all have to give.
I'd like to say I took up the cause but I did not. As a  kid, I thought about being a medical doctor.  I loved science; had no problems dissecting Mr. Toad (though the teacher did NOT buy in on the slightly eaten, glossy lemon drop placed in the abdominal cavity as a "new organ!").  Then came the day I actually had to stick a classmate's finger with a sterilized need in a junior high science class.  Couldn't do it.  I could NOT stick a sharp object into a living thing. I couldn't watch someone else do it. Yet, a lifetime later, I'm reading the barbaric language of injury and affronts, the sights of which would sear the eyeballs of the naive and I regularly work up close and personal with the empty forms of those who have departed this mortal plane, often with violence.

But I still hate needles in living flesh of any kind, and adulthood didn't cure my fear of that. I hate shots.  I'd had enough of them to go visit strange places where the local insects might carry me off.  Then I was not able to donate for some time as I'd visited such places.  As for blood, well, I'd seen way too much of it spilled and I sort of wanted to keep all of mine.

It was just something I knew I should do, but couldn't get past my fear.  I recognized that sort of thinking in women I knew that expressed interest in learning to shoot for self-defense but said they were "afraid", not afraid of the firearm actually, but the unknown.  Like my fear of needles, they create a sort space around their fear, a "blasted heath" like that in Shakespeare's Macbeth, where nothing lives but toads, hot brass, and ghostly warnings.  It takes a life changing event, or perhaps just someone you trust, to get you past that zone to face your fear, where you often find yourself embracing it.
For me it was some folks I trusted with my back, some Marines I worked with.  They'd been stateside long enough they could donate blood again and asked me to go with them.  I thought about it. I could check all the boxes "no" on the form regarding participating in Naked Twister in Calcutta and it was years since I'd consumed fried Guinea Pig in Peru (OK, probably not disqualifying but it should be).  I've been dissed by a CF700 engine, been shot at, eaten battered rodent, had my underwear stolen out of a tent in Africa (don't ask) and been around sploody things that could turn me into a flesh and bone hula skirt.  But I was afraid of needles.

It didn't help that one of the biggest of my posse, a large wall of muscle on legs with a buzz cut, damn near fainted at the start of the procedure.  He said later it didn't hurt, but when the needle went in he went all Tactical Raggedy Andy on us.

But everyone else was fine and he was right, it didn't really hurt, and after they would give me cookies AND juice.  As always I was treated with the utmost of warmth and care and genuinely thanked.  I've got O positive blood.  Folks like me can only receive O blood, where other blood types have more options.  So if it's in short supply someone is going to have a bad day.  So I go back, three or four times a year.
Not everyone can donate, a few (though not many) healthy individuals, can have reactions to it that make them briefly very dizzy and sick.  Others have disqualifying conditions, medications or exposure to people and places that have put them at risk to donate for now. The screening you get with your little mini-physical prior to donating will make it quite clear if you can donate or not now, and even if you can't, you will be thanked for trying and sent on your way with a smile and some cookies.

But I urge you, if you have not donated, consider it.  With the increased numbers of complex treatment such as chemotherapy, organ transplants and heart surgeries, which require large amounts of blood, supplies can get dangerously low.  They may have to fetch 120 units of blood for one liver transplant.
I don't even look away now on the days that bag fills up with that pint. To my eyes,  it's not blood in the sense of bloodshed, of loss.  It's simply the shape of a need being met, filling the bag with a movement like warm molasses, flowing out of my body into that vessel, til it lays full and motionless, a compelling shape, completely without life, yet profoundly full of it.

Somewhere soon, there will be another form, a parent, spouse, daughter, brother, laying in the shadow of a hospital room, listening to the comforting talk of their family around them, without hearing the words.  They wait for that gift of healing. Fighting for that chance to receive it.  Even the most egregiously injured fight, veins coursing with the blood that remains, from which they ARE, and without which, emptied of all but dark sleep, they are NOT.
Any of us could, one day, need blood. We think that as we go about our routine lives that we'll be safe.  We take our vitamins, drive cars with air bags, and don't have an attack of selective Tourettes with the guy with 12  skull and dagger tattoos and the chainsaw that decided he wanted one of our trees for firewood.  But we're not.  Safety, viewed as such, is a lie. The things that we think are safe just those things that we've repeated so many times, so many days, over and over again that the sharp margins have worn away and there's nothing in the conduct of them that says "you know, just because I've done this a hundred times doesn't mean I won't die doing it today."

You may one day be that person in that hospital that needs blood.  So think about it and make that call, bloodmobiles can visit even the smallest of communities and a quick search engine query can find your nearest donation facility.

In my wallet is my Blood Donor Card,  showing my O positive status should I need to be a recipient.  Like my Concealed Carry Card, it's something I bear, not as a burden, but as a way I can protect a life, one small action at a time.

Be safe out there.

 - Brigid
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          Executive Administrative Assistant Jobs at KEMRI Kenya 2017   
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          Propos ambigüs de Zuma sur la Rd-Congo : le PSN de Rudy Mandio saisit le Parlement sud-africain   


Les propos ambigus du Président controversé de l’Afrique du Sud, Jacob Zuma, un Président vomi et honni des Sud-Africains suite à sa megestion, démesures et feuilletons des corruptions depuis qu’il a été porté à la tête de la nation Arc-en-ciel, continuent à alimenter les débats dans la sphère politique Rd-Congolais, surtout dans le rang de l’opposition, dont certains ténors accusent Zuma, de soutenir le régime de l’illégal et illégitime Président Joseph Kabila qui ne cesse de multiplier les stratégies machiavéliques pour se maintenir à la tête de la Rd-Congo, bien que fin mandat depuis le 19 décembre 2016.



Plusieurs partis d’opposition, parmi lesquels le PSN-Peuple au service de la Nation du très dynamique Rudy Mandio, très bien implanté en Afrique du Sud tout comme en Rd-Congo, ont fustigé les propos déshonorants du kleptomane Président sud-africain, affirmant à l’issue de son entretien avec Joseph Kabila«Qu’en Rd-Congo tout va bien». Le PSN,via son secrétaire général, Basile Kanda, a au cours d’une entrevue avec des reporters de C-NEWS, qualifié d’indignes et déshonorants les propos de Jacob Zuma.



D’après Basile Kanda,Zuma a raté l’occasion de se taire en soutenant l’inconstitutionnel président Joseph Kabila et son régime. Les propos flatteurs de Zuma est une insulte grave aux millions de Rd-Congolais qui croupissent dans la misère. Misère et crise politique, nées de la mauvaise foi et volonté de l’imposteur Joseph Kabila de n’avoir pas organisé les élections. Pour ce faire, le PSN a introduit une lettre d’indignation au Parlement sud-africain afin que celui-ci s’imprègne de la situation chaotique qui sévit en Rd-Congo, orchestrée par l’imposteur Joseph Kabila. La lettre du PSN au Parlement sud-africain, à en croire Basile Kanda, est déjà sur la table de la présidente du Parlement sud-africain, avant qu’elle ne soit transférée à qui de droit.
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30/06/2017 - Le Conseil d'administration du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé le nouveau Document de stratégie pays 2017-2021 pour la Tunisie. Ce document décrit le contenu du partenariat entre la BAD et la Tunisie pour les cinq (5) ans à venir.

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29/06/2017 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) in conjunction with UNFCCC and West African Development Bank (BOAD) convened the ECOWAS Green Investment Round Table on 21 June 2017 at AfDB Headquarters, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, aimed at catalyzing and launching a program of work initiatives that promote private sector finance and investment opportunities in the energy sector in West Africa region. Specifically, the meeting focused on catalyzing green investments to meet objectives of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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          Download: Davido ft. R. Kelly – IF (Remix) (Audio/Mp3)   

Download: Davido ft. R. Kelly – IF (Remix) (Audio/Mp3)   The monster Remix to IF, the biggest African tune in 2017 so far by Davido featuring living legend R. Kelly is finally here. Sometime last month, Sony Music act, Davido revealed that legendary American R&B singer, R. Kelly made a remix to his mega-smash, “IF“. The

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          Look Away, Look Away....   

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

For us living in the US, our poet reminds us, imperial atrocities are at worst collateral damage, and most often invisible. Only when they come into sight need we look away.... look away...

 

Look Away, Look Away....

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Rumbling bellies, parched throats,
numb Mother, stunned Father
crawl on scraped knees,
bleeding hands across
gold foil fragments of
diploma seals;
Across shards
of glass, pulverized
appliances, crushed
sheetrock, smoldering
furniture, shattered
North African dreams
and Mideast mornings;
They claw frantically
with laser precision
to muffled cries of
Their toddler

Their infant’s dead—
Say bonnet, booty and
bloody baby blanket,
where the window was—
Mothers Of All Bombs
do this to Other
Peoples’ Babies named
‘Collateral Damage—’
To pre-teens with poster-
plastered walls, and floors
mined with soccer shoes
and balls, below bookshelves
armed with sports stars,
magic tricks and insects

No hand-wringing, heart-
wrenching mili-second
mechanical sympathy,
like families with
nannies, playdates,
Thousand dollar strollers get

Every Tuesday—for
8 years—you trained
Yourselves to “…Look away…”
Orgasmic as your
Hero unleashed
Hellfire Missiles on
suspicious farmers

You’d “…Look away…”
Mesmerized by
Madison Avenue marketing:
“Yes, we can” and
Bottle Jim Jones Juice and
Deliver regime “Change
you can believe in:”
Massacres making
Washington and
Wall Street warlords more money

You’d “…Look away…”
Wet, cold Wiki-leaked
Reality irrelevant
in your rush to
“Feel the Bern,” climb the
Hill—tread denial—blind
behind Capitalist Hill’s latest liar
Spiking war profiteers’ shares

To beautiful
“Bombs bursting in air…
and rockets red glare” and
Hear campaign chants,
“Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs!”

 

Oh, how magnificent
it must feel to
“…Look away, look away…”

Raymond Nat Turner is an acclaimed poet and performance artist. Find much more of his work at http://ursurgejazz.com


          Turkish Cargo commences cargo flights to Johannesburg and Madagascar   
Turkish Cargo has launched its scheduled cargo flights to Johannesburg, the biggest industrial and commercial center in South Africa, and Madagascar,

          Ali Farka Touré Band at Café Béguin for the Belgian National Day (Ven 21 Juil 2017)   
FR/ "Ali Farka Touré Band" est l'orchestre de feu Ali Farka Touré (1939-2006). Il se compose de musiciens qui ont fait plusieurs fois le tour du monde et partagé plusieurs scènes avec l'enfant de Niafunké. Depuis le décès de Ali Farka Touré, ses musiciens étaient dispersés entre Tombouctou et Bamako... Dans l'esprit de faire revivre les oeuvres de ce grand homme de la culture africaine, ses musiciens ont décidé de se remettre ensemble pour pérenniser le répertoire du bluesman de Niafunké. Sous la baguette magique de Oumar Barou Diallo (chef d'orchestre) et la complicité de la Fondation Ali Farka Touré, le groupe va vous
          SA & Jake White's 2007 Rugby World Cup DESTINY   
Go Bokke... Go..!

And boy, didn't they do just that.

What a fantastic picture of John Smit, his team and President Thabo Mbeki with the 2007 Rugby World Cup hoisted high above their smiling heads.


For me, this is a great story of focused strategy and planning on the part of ONE man - Jake White..!

There is absolutely no doubt that Jake visualised this moment four years ago when appointed to the role of South Africa's National Rugby Coach.

He knew what he needed to do - build up a team of committed professionals who would be ready to take on the best in the world in 2007... and set about doing it.

Was it easy? Hell, no! Everything bad about political interference and internal politics in sport was thrown at Jake. Yet, he never wavered on his quest. He knew what he needed to do, and did it.

Not for one moment do I discount the incredible commitment of his players. They were the ones to put their bodies on the line. But, for me, it was Jake White who gave them the support of consistent selection to build up their experience and confidence as players who could take on anyone and win.

John Smit, as captain, was critical to Jake White's plans - he became the solid rock around which the team was built. And, I think that he is only going to get better as both a player and a leader..!

Move over, Sean Fitzpatrick... your successor has arrived.

Well done all... DESTINY smiles on those who prepare for it.

Regards

Trevor Nel - 011 - 705-2790

          Thank-You's, Compliments & Testimonials   
This from one of my old promo pages from a few years ago ago (perhaps good to keep these things on record I suppose):

Trevor Nel - S.A.'s Leading CHANGE-AGENT
Personal - Business - Community
Proven Developer of Multi-Million Rand Projects
'He WALKS His TALK'

How does one measure one's success in life..? Simple... you don't... you go out there and do the best YOU can in your chosen endeavours to please YOU... and let other people give you their measure of your success by their thank-you's... if they really want to... :-)

If you go out looking for compliments you are likely to be disappointed. If you go out looking to achieve your own happiness in life with integrity... the compliments come flowing in.

Each year Trevor has had the wonderful privilege of receiving many 100's of unsolicited thank-you letters from folks grateful for the impact he has had on their lives.

As Trevor travels the country... sharing his own Personal, Business and Community experiences and views on Success... he shares a quick selection of some of the thank-you messages on file to show you how people feel when YOU take the time to make a difference in their lives.

Thank-you's are FOOD for the soul... ;-)

Personal

1. Hi Trevor, It's good to have you back! It feels like you are the heartbeat of business and you shine a BIG bright light making this world look like a dream place of opportunity and possibility, all packed neatly into your emails ... a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling! Just by the way, one can feel your heart and it feels good to have someone around who cares and keeps being the good shepherd. Thanks and God bless... Debbie

2. Hi Trevor, Welcome Back from the Fairest Cape – my home town. Your holiday brought back many good memories for me. That’s going to be my destination next year during the festive season – for an AWESOME break with friends and family! It’s always good to hear from you as you write such uplifting and informative e-mails. Here’s wishing you and your family a GREAT YEAR, FILLED WITH NEW CHALLENGES AND SUCCESS. Kindest regards, Rene Ring

3. Trevor, Just to echo the mails at the bottom. You are superb and it has been one of my finest pleasures getting to meet you and Tony. As I said this morning, the energy you exude is phenomenal and your integrity goes without saying - it is of the highest quality. Lynda Fussell

Business

1. Hi Trevor, Thank you for the infomation you're sending us. As I mentioned before, my life and that of my family has changed due to your inspiration and the articles I have been receiving. I am still using the process of sharing this idea with friends and those I meet. Thank you Martin

2. Trevor, "Just" a compliment and thanks. I have spent the last 2 hours reading your book 'Another Great Day In Africa' and your web links galore..etc,etc,etc. Really amazing how much you have produced in what appears such a short time. Commitment and dedication to the idea keeps it going. Fantastic that your efforts can be made so easily and readily available to the entire world! Thank you, George Savage

3. Hi Trevor, Just a short note to say thanks once again for last Friday at our Business Forum. Jean sent me an e-mail in appreciation, and I quote: '...met sprekers soos Trevor, raak mens weer bewus van die belangrikheid om jouself te omring met positiewe mense. Trevor het daarin geslaag om weer die lekker van die lewe, en die lekker van besigheid, te bevestig. Dra asseblief my waardering aan Trevor en die span oor'. Enough said! Groetnis Chris

4. Trevor, Thanks! You and your group are the most professional team I have ever seen. I'm am so excited to have the chance to work with you. Thanks for your Leadership, Eddie Terranova

5. Hi Trevor, Juvio is one of those fantastic business opportunities that present themselves only on very rare occasions. I am fully committed to do whatever it takes - I like your analogy of R1 million in the bank - that is my goal for 12 months down the line. The incredible support provided by you and the team makes this business a winner in all respects. My heartfelt thanks for the opportunity and the support. Many thanks and kind regards... Vic Burrows

6. Thanks Trev... for ALL of the background efforts as well as the time you put in for all of us. Viv Brown

7. Dear Trevor, Having spoken to Eunice yesterday and having heard of the success she has enjoyed from INNER Circle, I realise that I cannot afford to miss a meeting, neither can any other business person. Janis Bryden

8. Well done Trevor, the pending visit from Steve is amazing, little old South Africa has got someone's attention... you must be very proud of what you have started in a short time frame. Who thought INNER Circle would have resulted in this! Good stuff big guy!! Iain Johnstone

9. Hi Trevor, I would like to first of all say thank you for inspiring me to take the final leap of faith and start my own business. Thank you very much. Ursula Gouws

Community - (a good few 100 on file this year alone :-)

1. Testimonial:, Trevor Nel began the "Lonehill Security Project" in July of 2000. He witnessed one of South Africa's most violent terror attacks which has resulted in one of S.A.'s most successful stories to-date. He decided to take on a 3000 strong community of residents in Lonehill to rise up and fight fire with fire. Residents still stand amazed at the results Trevor has achieved and the buy-in he has attained from the most radically negative and apathetic who today stand as allies in a most noticeable synergy. We all acknowledge the tremendous efforts put in by this one individual and today Trevor is a household name. Tony Henry - Chairman - Lonehill Residents Association 2001

2. Testimonial:, I have had the pleasure of working with Trevor for over 4 years from mid-2000 to the end of 2004 in my capacity as co-director and, for the last three years, Chairman of the Lonehill Residents’ Association. The LRA has achieved results that are world-class in pulling together a community to manage its security and environment to a level with little or no peer. In under 5 years, the LRA has gone from a fairly typical residents’ association with little formal structure and limited means to an operation that now manages R1m a month, a security provider with some 230 people directly employed on the project, a full-time Estate Manager with a team of five gardeners, and a full-time administration service provider managing the infrastructure. A great deal of the credit for these achievements goes to the efforts of Trevor, whose vision and marketing dynamism have been major factors in driving the project forward. Trevor is clear and determined in his goals, and not one to let controversy slow him down. Chris Crozier - Chairman - Lonehill Residents Association 2002 - 2005

3. Hi Trevor, This note to wish you and all your family all the best through the coming year. I also was extremely pleased to see that everything was still intact back home and I would like to express my appreciation for what has been done by you and the rest of the team in keeping Lonehill the place where I want to continue living. Kind regards John Siddall

4. Subject: Grateful - Trevor, my best wishes and thanks for your good care - Charbonnel : Costa Rica Consulate (Lonehill)

5. Dear Trevor, I would like to applaud your dedication to the cause and thank you for your untiring efforts to get the entire Lonehill community on board. Where would we be without you. My very best Christmas wishes to you and the LRA. Yours gratefully, Jennifer Clinton

6. Dear Trevor, I would like to wish you a very happy end-of-year and all the best for 2003. You have been such an inspiration to all of us throughout this year and I am sure there have been hard times for you but we really, really appreciate all your hard work and effort. Keep your spirits up. Kind Regards Cindy and Tony Maddison

7. Dear Trevor, Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I hope next year brings you lots of good things. Thank-you so much for all you, Fidelity and the LRA have done for us Lonehill residents. Sandra Hughes

8. Trevor, I appreciate all the hard work and effort that you put into the Lonehill Security Action Group - thank you. (Letter Shortened) My unreserved good wishes to all 'Lonehillers', and God Bless all of you. Sincerely, Moyra Webster.

9. Trevor, As always - well done on your amazing efforts! I know that to keep up the momentum takes a huge effort. I would like to suggest that all residents who receive your emails, print 3 or 4 copies each and deliver them to their nearest non-contributing neighbours, every single week!. This way we can reach a larger number of these residents. Jen Atkins

10. Dear Trevor, It is really quite daunting to read in your latest bulletin that you are now into the last few months of your commitment to Lonehill. Three years ago you made an undertaking and you have surely delivered "tenfold" in the face of much mindless apathy and resistance. You have rattled many cages and created some antagonisms ... but you have kept the whole process moving forward.

I know that you have created a structure which will endure. Lonehill residents will realise, in the years ahead, how much they owe to you and your "key" group of volunteers, all of whom are busy men with little time to spare. When the LRA is finally set-up to administer and control the activities of the village the residents will have a real asset in their hands. An asset which will continue to improve the values of their homes and businesses, and the quality of their lives in this lovely suburb.

It is just astounding how long and difficult it has been to get across the idea of all working together for the general good. I was sad to note the comments of the Chairperson of Pilgrims Rest Chamber of Tourism ... " one positive aspect of the murder is that the entire community has for the first time all been working together to improve the security and infrastructure of the village" !! What a tragedy that it should need such a terrible thing to happen to make people THINK. We had a wake-up call three years ago... have our non-contributors forgotten ??

I must not write any more ... I'm sure you've heard it all ....and sometimes come close to despair. I started off to say how much all that you and your colleagues have done is appreciated by the "thinking" locals and I finish with warmest good wishes for a Blessed Christmas, and Health, Peace, Good Fortune and Happiness to you all in the New Year.
From Bill and Gina Parr

PS Wishing you and your family a magic and blessed Christmas. May the New Year bring you all the joy, and peace that you so rightly deserve. You are a "giant" of a man, may the Lord continue to bless you and give you the strength you need. Love, Gina.

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Trevor adds this quick message and contact number:

'Hope you get just as inspired to make a difference in other people's lives as I do.'

Regards
Trevor Nel - (int. 2711) 705-2790 - growth@global.co.za
          About The EDITOR   
Extracted from first issue Vol.1 - printed April/May1992

Trevor K. Nel, Founder and Managing Director of Growth Holdings (Pty) Ltd, is one of those rare and unique individuals who has paid his dues in experience.

By the tender young age of 35 he had progressed from failure in matric and University drop-out to part-time lifeguard, to employee, to manager, to small business entrepreneur, to Franchisee, to Franchisor, to Director of Companies, (Private and Listed).

Highly regarded as a public speaker ranging from Share Market Investment to Motivation Techniques and Entrepreneurial Business Skills, Trevor has the extraordinary capability of rousing people of all levels to respond to his message.

His many achievements include being:

- an Exec. Board Member of the South African Franchise Assoc.;
- running 10 Comrades Marathons;
- paddling 10 Duzi Canoe Marathons;
- swimming 15 Midmar Mile Marathons;
- the 2nd person to attain 10 gruelling Natal Iron Man finishes;
- playing Provincial (Natal) and S.A. Universities Waterpolo
- developer of many business concepts & Dir. of Companies.

These and many other interesting extra-mural activities - like taking up the plight of minority shareholders versus the might of S.A.’s heavyweight Financial Institutions and winning - have laid a foundation of experience, determination and drive, which all readers can trust and aspire to.
          VALKYRIE   

Valkyrie opens with a Colonel Stauffenberg in Africa, penning in a journal his thoughts about World War II, and how he feels Hitler is destroying Germany. Stauffenberg states he took an oath to swear allegiance to Hitler, but feels he owes more to Germany. Shortly thereafter, the camp in Africa is attacked and Stauffenberg is badly injured, losing one of his eyes, his right hand, and two fingers from his left hand.

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          Some Soccer News for Jun 28, 2017   
It's Day 179 of 2017.


Earlier today I post du Nord Futbol's MNUFC mid-season grades, and a few mid-season awards.

dN

Six people from the police services have been charged with crimes in connection to the 1989 disaster at the Hillsborough stadium in England that left 96 dead, mostly Liverpool supporters. By David Conn for the Guardian.

dN

Minnesota United

Big news - Brent Kallman out of Thursday's game with a knee injury, suffered against Vancouver:

  • Abu Danladi also out with a thigh injury.

The story is out, although the team has yet to confirm, that MNUFC has signed 22 year old Scottish midfielder Sam Nicholson from Hearts. By Jeff Rueter for ESPNFC.
  • He will be available to play when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Schedule:
-Thu Jun 29
New York City v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on My29
-Tue Jul 4
Minnesota v Columbus - 6:00pm CT on My29

dN

US Open Cup - Round of 16

Dallas advanced to the Quarterfinals for an incredible 16th time.

Some really good looking games coming up tonight, including 1 showing on ESPN.

Schedule/Results:
-Tue Jun 27
Dallas 3-1 Colorado Rapids
-Wed Jun 28
Cincinnati v Chicago Fire - 7:00pm CT on ESPN
Houston Dynamo v Sporting Kansas City
New England Revolution v DC United
New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union
Miami v Atlanta United
San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy v Sacramento Republic
-Quarterfinals game will be played between Jul 7 and 16.

dN

Sauce: du Nord Music Mix Vol 128 (download + extract)

dN

MLS

An explanation from the San Jose Earthquakes bossman for the firing of head coach Dom Kinnear. By Robert Jonas for Center Line Soccer.

DC United has a plan to make their presence felt in a much bigger way in the nations capitol. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

A look at the philosophy behind the successful Dallas academy system. By Noah Davis for B/R.

Atlanta United has bumped Seattle from the top of the average attendance standings! 46,698 per game so far. By JuliaKate Culpepper for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Week 18 schedule/results:
(10 Games)
Thu Jun 29
New York City v Minnesota
-Fri Jun 30
Salt Lake v Orlando
-Sat Jul 1
Chicago v Vancouver
Dallas v Toronto
Kansas City v Portland
Montreal v DC
Columbus v Atlanta
Colorado v Houston
San Jose v LA
-Sun Jul 2
Philadelphia v New England

dN



dN

USMNT

Eight years ago at the Confederations Cup in South Africa Bob Bradley coached the USA to a monumental upset of World Cup holders Spain. It was a coaching master class. By Steve Davis for Four Four Two.

dN

Canadian Championship - Final Schedule/Results:

Drama, excitement, anger, controversy. It was all there!
Tied from Leg 1, Montreal took the lead on a great goal by Ballou Tabla in the 36th minute. Who else but Sebastian Giovinco retaliated for Tornto. So with the game still tied late in the 2nd Leg it was Giovinco again 5 minutes into stoppage time that ended the series with a very dramatic winner.


Results:
2nd Leg
-Tue Jun 27
Toronto 2-1 Montreal - Tor wins championship 3-2 on aggregate.

dN

CONFEDERATIONS CUP - Semifinals:

Two great match ups in the Semis:
  • Today - Euro Champ v S Amer Champ
  • Tomorrow - N Amer Champ v World Cup Champ

I have never seen a goalkeeper save all 3 shots he faced in a shootout after extra time ends tied. Claudio Bravo did it for Chile today. On to the Final.

Schedule/Results:
-Wed Jun 28
Portugal 0-0 Chile - Chi adv 3-0 in Shots From The Mark.
-Thu Jun 29
Germany v Mexico - 1:00pm CT on FS2

FINAL schedule
-Sun Jul 2
Chile v ??? - 12:pm CT on FS1

dN

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          Hamburger Africain Sauce Oignon I Special Ramadan 2017   

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          Young Anglicans in Malawi raise money for people with disabilities   
[Anglican Communion News Service] Members of an Anglican youth group in Blantyre, Malawi, have donated medical equipment, including a wheelchair, to two boys in need in the African country. Victor January, who is 12 and has difficulties walking, received the medically recommended wheelchair as a replacement for his previously unsuitable one. A boy with albinism, […]
          African diocese awards stoves to winners of plastic artwork contest   
[Anglican Communion News Service] Environmentally friendly stoves were the prize on offer in the southern Africa country of Swaziland to winners of an Anglican diocese artwork competition that threw up the challenge of making mats out of plastic waste. Bishop of Swaziland Ellinah Wamukoya launched the plastic artwork competition for the Mother’s Union with the objective […]
          “Driving While Black” and Racial Fear: An Interview with Pastor Jimi Calhoun   
Last week, three trials involving African American men shot and killed by police officers concluded with no guilty verdicts. Each of the incidents began with traffic stops and the shootings were caught on video. The outcry of anger and fear in the African American community is high. Do we who are white ever ask ourselves [Read More...]
          GANADO Advocates sponsors Aeropodium’s Malta Business Aviation Conference   
The Malta Business Aviation conference, organised by Aeropodium on the 16th of June, brought together manufacturers, operators and other business aviation professionals from all over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to analyse current market trends and explore aspects affecting the future of the industry. Organised in Malta for six consecutive years, the conference [...]
          UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on June 30   

(Adds company news, futures)

June 30 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15points at 7,335 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futuresdown 0.14 percent ahead of the cash market open.

* TRINITY MIRROR: British newspaper group Trinity Mirror Plc said onFriday it expected half-year and full-year adjusted results in line with itsexpectations.

* OLD MUTUAL: The chief executive of Old Mutual's U.S. fund arm isstanding down, the Anglo-South African financial services firm said on Friday asit prepares to break itself into four parts.

* MEC FOSTER/JOHN WOOD: Oil services company Amec Foster Wheeler Plc, which is being bought by peer John Wood Group Plc, said onThursday it had decided to retain its European nuclear unit and sell its NorthAmerican business.

* WPP: WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, said on Thursdaythat some of its operations continued to be affected by a ransomware attack thatwent around the world earlier in the week, but that services were graduallybeing restored.

* HURRICANE ENERGY: Hurricane Energy plans to raise $520 million fortest drilling at its Lancaster oilfield in the North Sea, a major milestone forthe project that could breathe new life into the ageing offshorebasin.

* OIL: Crude oil futures on Friday were on track for their biggest weeklygain since mid-May, ending five weeks of losses with prices underpinned by adecline in U.S. output.

* GOLD: Gold held steady on Friday, supported by a plunging dollar anddeclining stocks but hawkish comments from major central banks suggesting ashift toward tighter monetary policies kept the bullion shy of majorgains.

* COPPER: London copper was steady near the key level of $6,000 a tonne onFriday and looked set to rack up a 7-percent gain in the first half of the year,with prices supported by a weaker dollar and brighter factory growthChina.

* The UK blue chip index ended 0.5 percent lower on Thursday, caught up in abroad slide driven by concerns over central banks potentially tightening policy.

* For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on: cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets

TODAY'S UK PAPERS

> Financial Times

> Other business headlinesMultimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for:* 3000 Xtra : visit http://topnews.session.rservices.com* For Top News : http://topnews.reuters.com(Reporting by Harish Bhaskar)


          'I don't feel safe': African American man quits job after finding noose at work while management dismissed his concerns   
An African American man in Louisiana quit his job after management dismissed his concerns over finding a noose strung up near his break area. Jason Allen from New Orleans discovered the noose after arriving to work at the Kearney Companies in Baton Rouge. "The first thing I thought and came to mind was slavery and black people being hung and intimidation," the machine operator told BRProud.com. The general manager is reported to have laughed when he mentioned the noose. "He got out of his company truck laughing and smiling saying someone has a sick sense of humor," Allen said. It's illegal to publicly display a hangman's noose in the state of Louisiana. Allen and colleagues contacted authorities over the incident. If caught, the perpetrator could face a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
          Inequalities in malaria research funding in sub-Saharan Africa   
A quarter of countries in sub-Saharan Africa receive very little funding for research into malaria despite having high malaria-related death rates.
              
#PREACH 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 ________________________________________________________Yes, television host/personality and our FAVORITE #BadGirl #TanishaThomas went all the way in on the #LHH franchise and its creator #MonaScottYoung. ________________________________________________________During a livestream with her fans on social media, Thomas discussed her recent disapproval with reality star #joselinehernandez from series' #Atlanta leg, stemming from the #puertoricanprincess' recent remarks directed at costar #StevieJ and his children. (see previous post) ________________________________________________________The Brooklyn beauty even went on to reveal why she personally has an issue with the show's creator Mona Scott Young--as she calls for more positive and uplifting content for African American women. ________________________________________________________As much as we love the colorful tales of ratchetry on tv we must admit she makes sense! What are your thoughts? ________________________________________________________#BlackQueens #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock #lhhatl #nappyhead #badgirlsclub #remyma #cardib #kmichelle #kelliebrew
          Editorial Comment: A good day for Zimbabwe sport   
YESTERDAY was a very good day for Zimbabwean sport with the national cricket team breaking records to beat Sri Lanka in an ODI in Galle while the Warriors hammered Seychelles to qualify for the knock-out phase of the COSAFA Castle Cup in South Africa. We join the rest of the nation in celebrating the victories...
          Rural economies key to Africa’s future   
Stephen Mpofu Correspondent When some Zimbabweans, whatever their number, rend the air at sniper shots being fired to try to demobilise Command Agriculture – the exciting new instalment in our country’s agrarian revolution – the context of their anguish must be understood, and appreciated, by people both at home and abroad for one critical reason....
          Onafhankelijkheid   
LOMMEL - Op deze dag in 1960 werd Congo onafhankelijk. Om tijdens de voorafgaande onderhandelingen in Brussel de delegaties te entertainen werd de populaire band Grand Kallé et l’African Jazz (...)
          Catching You Up   
Tonight is graduation, my first child ever. I've got four more down the pike! It's been interesting to figure out how we do all this and to sort of set a precedent for how we celebrate this milestone in our family. There's still such a flurry of activity in spite of tonight being the main event. So, here's a quick catch up! And here's to being caught up on my blog before summer begins!

Today we will give away our last little baby kitten. What joy they've brought us. I've decided to go out with a bang. I am taking that kitten to school on the last day. And I'm going to carry it around the entire day. This one sleeps all the time. She can sleep through the awards program and the talent show and the hallways and the yearbook signing. And at 12noon, I'll put her in the welcoming arms of the cutest little 6th grade Korean gal you've ever seen. 

We were invited to Ethiopia's Republic Day, as I have taught the Ambassador's son. He's a delight to teach, attended my Bible class, and is basically Michael Jackson junior. It was a fun event. And the Ambassador told us that he was honored that we respected his country enough to attend, even when school events are so full right now. He also told me his son is on Facebook too much! We were glad we went. 

Firstborn went on her five day senior trip to Marmaris, Turkey, (Aegean coast) and a short trip over to Rhodes, Greece. It was everything we prayed it would be. Good conversations, relationships deepened, and a fun way to end her years at Oasis. 

Apparently Jack Sparrow captained their ship. 

And the goodbyes have started. It's really hard to describe the last few days of school at Oasis. The depth of friendship these kids find is staggering. So many of them are in and out of countries and positions in the world. So, they all seem to bypass the surface and really offer themselves as friends. But then, those friends leave. It's the hardest part about being here. All my kids have experienced loss on this level, but it seems Miss Middler's class has had it the worst. All these kids were crying and hugging. I said, "Let me get one last picture of you." Aren't they beautiful? I count 12 countries represented from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. 

CC and I stay pretty busy during upcoming graduations, but this year we've got our own kiddo walking the stage and taking a hard-earned diploma. This is the first year in our theater, so we did a little to fix it up. He and I went up Sunday afternoon to turn an old salvaged (giant) curtain into a banner that stretched across the stage. 


And yesterday was the day the kids get yearbooks and sign them. Then we watched a fun video from the senior trip, and they read their Last Will and Testament. Miss V read a letter to them that she wrote, "If we had one more day..." 

By the end, she was in tears. The kids stormed the stage to hug her. 

And now you're caught up! And I'm going to go apply some waterproof mascara for the big day! 

          One Direction: 'We are 100% committed to staying in the band'   

The members of One Direction have reiterated their commitment to the band.

The group are now a four-piece after singer Zayn Malik left the group in an attempt to live a more normal life.

Speaking to The Sun, Louis Tomlinson said that the remaining four members will still put their all into the boyband.

He said: "All four of us are 100% committed to staying in One Direction and we want to thank the fans for being so incredible during this time. 

"We have so much more we still want to achieve. Our gigs in South Africa were some of the biggest the country has ever seen, so it's exciting for us to keep breaking records for British music worldwide."

Despite the departure of Malik, One Direction have already started planning the follow-up to their 2014 album 'FOUR'.

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          UN refugee agency 'extremely worried' about renewed violence in Central African Republic   
The United Nations refugee agency has voiced concern over a flow of people fleeing renewed violence in some parts of the Central African Republic, a country that has already seen a half million people internally displaced and another half million taking refuge in neighbouring countries.
          Africa's week in pictures: 23-29 June 2017   
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
           African American films through 1959: A comprehensive illustrated filmography    
Grieveson, Lee (1999) African American films through 1959: A comprehensive illustrated filmography. Review of: African American films through 1959: A comprehensive illustrated filmography by Richards, Larry. Journal of American Studies, 33 (3). pp. 550-551. ISSN 0021-8758. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)
          Cameroun : les conséquences du retour du FMI sur l’investissement public et les programmes sociaux   
En difficulté, le Cameroun bénéficie d'une aide du FMI de 666,2 millions de dollars assortie d'un
ajustement peu douloureux. Le Fonds lui demande de moins emprunter et de mieux choisir ses investissements.
Avec un budget et des réserves mis à mal par la chute des cours du pétrole et par ses efforts militaires contre Boko Haram, le Cameroun s’est vu accorder, lundi 26 juin, par le Conseil d’administration du Fonds monétaire internationale (FMI) un prêt de 666,2 millions de dollars, dont 171,3 millions immédiatement disponibles, au titre de la « Facilité élargie de crédit ». Il est le deuxième pays de la CEMAC après le Gabon a bénéficié d’une telle aide.
En contrepartie, il s’est engagé à mener à bien un programme d’ajustement sur trois ans pour stopper le doublement de sa dette publique depuis 2012 et reconstituer des réserves tombées de 6 mois d’importations en 2015 à 3,7 mois fin 2016.
La médication ne sera pas trop sévère, car le Cameroun se trouve dans une situation moins critique que ses partenaires de la CEMAC (Centrafrique, Gabon, Guinée équatoriale, République du Congo, Tchad). En effet, sa gestion a été plus prudente et son économie est la plus diversifiée de la région.
Du côté des recettes supplémentaires souhaitables pour réduire le déficit budgétaire, on notera que le gouvernement a décidé déjà en 2017 la création d’une taxe sur les séjours hôteliers, le rétablissement de la taxe spéciale sur les produits pétroliers et l’élargissement du champ d’application de la taxe sur les jeux de hasard.

La CAN, les fonctionnaires et les dépenses sociales épargnés

Du côté des réductions de dépenses, les Camerounais apprécieront que la Coupe africaine des Nations (CAN) de 2019 organisée chez eux ne soit pas concernée, ces projets ayant déjà trouvé un financement et étant pour la plupart déjà très avancés. Les effectifs et les salaires de la fonction publique ne seront pas touchés, car ceux-ci demeurent raisonnables. En effet, la masse salariale représente 5,4 % du produit intérieur brut (PIB), alors qu’elle atteint 10 % du PIB en moyenne en Afrique subsaharienne.
Le FMI encourage même un accroissement des dépenses sociales prioritaires, ainsi que l’élaboration d’une stratégie de protection sociale. Un projet de filets sociaux soutenu par la Banque mondiale donne déjà de bons résultats et pourrait être mis à l’échelle : le projet couvre déjà 25 000 familles parmi les plus pauvres, y compris dans l’extrême nord du pays.

De gros efforts sur les investissements publics

Le gros de l’effort portera sur les investissements publics que le FMI souhaite mieux ciblés. Le problème du Cameroun est qu’il emprunte plus vite qu’il n’exécute ses projets. Conséquence, ses emprunts inutilisés qui attendent une réalisation représentent 20 % du PIB, soit environ 6 milliards de dollars !
Pas question de stopper les différents barrages en construction ou le port de Kribi par exemple, mais le Cameroun va ralentir ses emprunts et se consacrer à la dépense des prêts déjà réalisés. La liste des infrastructures prioritaires sera arrêtée dans les lois de finances annuelles.
Le 30 juin, ce sera au tour du Tchad, qui est le pays le plus malade de la CEMAC et déjà sous programme d’assistance, de se voir attribuer un prêt par le Fonds pour surmonter la crise qui a asséché toutes ses réserves.
Source: Jeune Afrique



          L'Afrique fera face à un déficit de 50 millions d'emplois d'ici 2040 (Institut Tony Blair)    
L'Afrique fera face à un déficit de 50 millions d'emplois d'ici 2040 (Institut Tony Blair) 
Selon une analyse de l'Institut Tony Blair qui s’est appuyé sur le rapport de la Banque mondiale sur les
dividendes démographiques en Afrique, d’ici 2040, le continent pourrait faire face à une crise de chômage massif. 50 sur 773 millions des personnes qui seront sur le marché de l’emploi, risquent de se retrouver au chômage.
« A moins d'agir, l'Afrique fera face à un déficit de 50 millions d'emplois, d'ici à 2040. Cela devrait sonner comme une alerte. Ce chiffre aura non seulement des conséquences profondes pour l'ensemble du continent et de ses populations, mais l'impact sur l'économie mondiale pourrait être catastrophique.», a expliqué Jim Murphy, ancien chef du parti travailliste écossais et actuellement conseiller au sein de l’institut.
Le rapport intitulé «Market-based sector development is essential to inclusive growth in Africa », pointe du doigt les politiques désastreuses de certains pays. Il suspecte également une mauvaise coordination des aides au développement qui ne cadrent pas avec les réalités du continent, en particulier des pays bénéficiaires.
« Les donateurs internationaux doivent adopter une approche plus coordonnée, en tenant compte des besoins spécifiques à chaque pays, en les aidant à développer leur économie et à créer des emplois.», ajoute le conseiller.
Enfin, l’institut appelle les pays africains à emboiter le pas au Botswana, à l'Ethiopie et l'île Maurice qui ont réalisé d'importants progrès au cours des dernières décennies, en raison de la présence des autorités politiques aux côtés du secteur privé et des partenaires au développement.
Fiacre E. Kakpo
Agence Ecofin



           A Small-Town in Africa - Kenyan Journal - Waugh    
Gurnah, Abdulrazak S (1994) A Small-Town in Africa - Kenyan Journal - Waugh. Times Literary Supplement, (4752). p. 26. ISSN 0307-661X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)
          La BAD appelle à l’augmentation du crédit aux micros, petites et moyennes entreprises, à 135 milliards $   
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La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) appelle les institutions financières à accroître les prêts et à fournir
des instruments de financement plus diversifiés et innovants aux micros, petites et moyennes entreprises africaines.
Selon l’institution financière panafricaine, les établissements de crédit financier doivent augmenter leurs prêts à plus de 135 milliards $ pour faire face à la demande des micros, des petites et moyennes entreprises (MPME). Le dynamisme entrepreneurial africain est actuellement à un tournant important. En effet, comme l’explique le président de la BAD, Akinwumi Adesina (photo), environ 80% des Africains considèrent l'esprit d'entreprise comme une bonne opportunité de carrière. Ceci témoigne de la montée de la culture entrepreneuriale africaine mais qui demeure dirigée vers les secteurs où la productivité reste faible.
« Les nouvelles stratégies d'industrialisation devraient se concentrer sur le dynamisme et le ciblage des entreprises privées en croissance rapide du continent qui ont le potentiel de créer des emplois de qualité », a notamment souhaité le président de la BAD.
Dans un discours marquant la journée internationale des MPME, il a révélé que les entreprises générant le plus d'emplois dans le secteur formel en Afrique sont celles de moins de 20 employés et moins de cinq ans d'expérience. Adesina a déclaré que l’institution qu’il dirige collaborait également avec la Banque européenne d'investissement et la Commission européenne pour aider à créer et développer 1 500 entreprises innovantes, tout en créant 25 000 emplois directs et 100 000 emplois indirects en Afrique.
Fiacre E. Kakpo
Agence Ecofin



           Kenya : premier pays africain à bénéficier du nouveau médicament contre le SIDA    
Le Kenya est le premier pays africain à commencer à utiliser un nouveau médicament générique
contre le SIDA – un médicament susceptible d’améliorer et de prolonger la vie des personnes qui souffrent d’effets secondaires graves et de résistance à d’autres traitements, rapporte l’agence de presse Reuters.
Dolutegravir (DTG), qui a été approuvé pour la première fois aux États-Unis en 2013, est administré à 20 000 patients au Kenya avant d’être lancé cette année au Nigeria et en Ouganda avec le soutien de l’initiative mondiale pour la santé de l’ONUSIDA.
Une patiente kenyane, Doughtiest Ogutu, qui a commencé à prendre le médicament au début de cette année en raison de la résistance à d’autres traitements, affirme qu’elle a retrouvé son appétit et se sent beaucoup mieux.
« J’avais constamment des cauchemars et pas d’appétit. Mon appétit est revenu… Mon corps réagit bien au médicament ». Mademoiselle Ogutu, qui vit avec le VIH depuis près de 15 ans, a déclaré que sa charge virale – la quantité de VIH dans son sang – a chuté de 450 000 à 40 000 depuis qu’elle a commencé à prendre le Dolutegravir.
ONUSIDA effectue des démarches pour mettre rapidement ce médicament sur le marché et pour réduire les coûts de fabrication en permettant aux entreprises génériques d’accéder aux brevets d’une petite redevance et de les produire à bon marché pour les pays en développement.

Selon le Programme national de lutte contre le SIDA et les MST, environ 1,5 million de Kenyans sont séropositifs, avec plus des deux tiers sous traitement.
Source: afrikmag.com




          Champions Trophy loss won’t matter: Elgar on England Tests    
Dean Elgar will lead South Africa against England Lions in a three-day practice match before four-Test series next month
          Comment les cours de l’or ou du diamant « stimulent » les guerres africaines   
« La probabilité d’un conflit par zone et par an est d’environ 6 %, mais dans les zones où des mines sont actives, elle s’élève à 14 % » (Photo: diamant de 17 carats, mine de Petra Diamonds, Cullinan, en Afrique du Sud).
Le rôle des ressources minières dans les conflits militaires sur le continent africain a provoqué
beaucoup de spéculation scientifique, politique et médiatique. Il a même fourni un sujet pour le film Blood Diamond (2006, avec Leonardo DiCaprio).
Mais si le lien entre ressources minérales et conflits peut paraître évident, il ne suffit pas de constater que certaines régions du monde sont à la fois dotées de ressources et déchirées par des conflits. Ces régions pourraient avoir d’autres caractéristiques qui les rendent perméables à la violence. Et si l’idée que les « diamants de guerre » sont un moteur de violence est également séduisante, nous sommes loin de comprendre pourquoi l’envie de diamants est davantage capable d’induire des conflits armés que la convoitise de voitures de sport ou de villas sur la Côte d’Azur.
Une étude, qui vient d’être publiée par trois chercheurs français et un chercheur suisse dans la prestigieuse American Economic Review, nous permet de comprendre bien mieux comment les ressources peuvent stimuler le conflit (« This Mine is Mine ! How Minerals Fuel Conflicts in Africa », Nicolas Berman, Mathieu Couttenier, Dominic Roehner et Mathias Thoenig, American Economic Review, 2017, n107/6).
L’influence des fluctuations de prix Les auteurs ont construit une base de données qui apparie l’historique détaillée de conflits géolocalisés dans une grille de carrés de 55 kilomètres sur le continent africain entre 1997 et 2010, à des informations sur la localisation de mines qui produisent un total de quatorze ressources minérales différentes. La probabilité d’un conflit par zone et par an est d’environ 6 %, mais dans les zones où des mines sont actives, elle s’élève à 14 %.
Cette corrélation entre l’activité minière et les conflits est frappante, mais elle n’est pas concluante : elle pourrait être le résultat d’autres facteurs non observables, ou d’une causalité...
Source: lemonde.fr



          France : BNP Paribas accusée de « complicité de génocide » au Rwanda   
Deux plaintes viennent d'être déposées devant la justice française avec un objectif commun : faire la
lumière sur le rôle de la France dans le génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda. L'une, déposée par trois associations, vise la BNP Paribas ; l'autre, portée par l'association Survie, cible des responsables politiques français en poste à l'époque.
Deux nouveaux fronts judiciaires viennent de s’ouvrir en France dans la bataille mémorielle sur les responsabilités de Paris dans le génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda en 1994. Une première plainte contre X avec constitution de partie civile a été déposée par l’association Survie, ce mercredi 28 juin. Elle vise « les responsables politiques et militaires français » de l’époque soupçonnés d’avoir fourni des armes au régime rwandais, avant et pendant le génocide de 1994.
« Nous avions déjà porté plainte en 2015, mais cette plainte avait été rejetée, au motif, notamment, que des ministres ne peuvent être jugés que par la Cour de Justice de la République. Le Parquet avait alors considéré que la plainte ne visait que les ministres et le président de la République d’alors, mais il y a en fait énormément d’autres responsabilités qui sont à rechercher dans les cabinets ministériels ou chez les responsables militaires », explique Thomas Borrel, porte-parole de Survie. « Cette fois, en nous constituant partie civile, nous espérons bien pousser le Parquet à ouvrir une instruction », pointe-t-il.

Des armes livrées malgré l’embargo

La seconde plainte a été déposée le même jour par Sherpa, le Collectif des parties civiles pour le Rwanda et Ibuka France. Selon ces associations, BNP Paribas se serait rendu coupable de « complicité de génocide, complicités de crimes de guerre et de complicité de crimes contre l’Humanité » en permettant, en plein génocide, le financement de l’achat d’un important stock d’armes par le gouvernement rwandais, alors qu’un embargo avait été décrété par les Nations unies le 17 mai 1994.
Les ONG pointent du doigt la Banque nationale de Paris − devenue depuis la BNP Paribas −, qui selon elles auraient autorisé deux transferts depuis le compte détenu chez elle par la Banque nationale du Rwanda vers un compte au nom de Petrus Willem Ehlers dans la banque suisse UBP. Des fonds qui, selon Sherpa, auraient permis à Théoneste Bagosora – surnommé le « cerveau du génocide » et condamné à 35 ans de prison en appel en 2011 – d’acheter 80 tonnes d’armes, kalachnikovs et munitions, livrées les 16 et 20 juin 1994 à Goma, au Zaïre (actuelle RDC), avant d’être transportées vers le Rwanda voisin. Une livraison confirmée par le colonel Bagosora lors de son procès devant le tribunal international pour le Rwanda, qui a précisé que ces armes avaient servi à « aller donner un coup de main à Kigali ».

Une vente d’arme scellée aux Seychelles

Les transferts visés par la plainte contre BNP Paribas portent sur un montant global de 1,3 millions de dollars (soit l’équivalent de 1,1 millions d’euros). Le bénéficiaire, le Sud-Africain Petrus Willem Ehlers, dirige alors la société Delta Aero qui sert d’intermédiaire dans des ventes d’armes.
La vente d’arme a été finalisée aux Seychelles le 17 juin 1994, entre le vendeur d’armes sud-africain et le colonel rwandais Théoneste Bagosora. Celui-ci, bénéficiant de complicités, fournit un faux certificat de destination finale, afin de contourner l’embargo pesant sur le Rwanda en faisant croire que le contrat a été passé par le Zaïre.
Le simple fait que le montant soit si élevé, en provenance de la Banque nationale du Rwanda, aurait dû, à l’époque, alerter la BNP
« À l’époque, nous étions en plein embargo de l’ONU. Les ordres de virements de la Banque nationale du Rwanda auraient dû être particulièrement surveillés. D’autres banques ont d’ailleurs gelé les fonds de la BNR, notamment la banque Bruxelles Lambert. Le simple fait que le montant soit si élevé, en provenance de la Banque nationale du Rwanda, aurait dû, à l’époque, alerter la BNP », estime Marie-Laure Guislain, directrice du contentieux au sein de Sherpa. Sur la dimension pénale de la plainte, elle précise que la complicité de génocide ne suppose pas « d’intention génocidaire », mais « d’avoir su que l’acte allait servir à la commission d’un génocide ».

Une affaire connue depuis 1995

Pour l’instant, la BNP Paribas ne fait aucun commentaire. « Nous avons appris le dépôt de cette plainte par voie médiatique, nous ne disposons pas des éléments suffisants pour la commenter », se contente de répondre à Jeune Afrique Olivier Durbize, responsable de la communication du géant bancaire français.
L’affaire est pourtant ancienne. « Les questions de trafic d’armes malgré l’embargo ont été levées dès 1995 par Human Rights Watch, ce qui avait débouché sur la mise en place d’une commission d’enquête de l’ONU », souligne Jacques Morel, auteur de La France au cœur du génocide des Tutsi (éd. L’Esprit frappeur). Les deux versements visés par la plainte contre BNP Paribas, tout comme le nom de l’intermédiaire sud-africain, figurent d’ailleurs en toutes lettres dans le rapport de la Commission internationale d’enquête des Nations unies sur les livraisons d’armes illicites dans la région des Grands Lacs, remis en 1998 à Kofi Annan. À l’époque, la commission avait noté que le ministère français des Affaires étrangères, sollicité sur ce dossier, n’avait pas donné suite.

Une offensive pas concertée

Ces deux plaintes déposées à Paris interviennent alors que la revue XXI vient tout juste de publier un témoignage inédit sur la livraison d’armes au régime génocidaire rwandais par la France. « Au cours de l’opération Turquoise, ordre avait été donné de réarmer les Hutus qui franchissaient la frontière », y affirme notamment un haut fonctionnaire français qui a eu accès aux archives classées secret défense. « J’ai reçu l’instruction de charger les conteneurs d’armes sur ces camions, qui les ont emmenés ensuite au Zaïre pour les remettre aux forces gouvernementales rwandaises», déclarait déjà à Jeune Afrique, en avril 2014, un officier français, Guillaume Ancel, qui était capitaine au sein de l’opération Turquoise.
Les différents protagonistes assurent que l’initiative n’a pas été coordonnée. « Nous n’avons appris la volonté de Sherpa de déposer plainte contre BNP Paribas qu’en début de semaine », explique ainsi Thomas Borrel. Du côté de Sherpa, on assure également que la coïncidence n’est pas calculée. « Ce que cette plainte veut aussi montrer aux nouveaux élus, c’est l’importance de la loi sur le devoir de vigilance », insiste Marie-Laure Guislain, de Sherpa. Quelques semaines seulement après son arrivée à l’Élysée, Emmanuel Macron est désormais prévenu : les plaies laissées béantes en France par le génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda ne sont pas encore refermées.
Source: Jeune Afrique



          La qualité des politiciens d'un pays dépend de l'éducation du peuple lui-même. L'exemple de la Suisse ! de Jean-Paul Pougala   
L’image contient peut-être : 5 personnes, personnes souriantes, personnes debout et costume
La qualité des politiciens d'un pays dépend de l'éducation du peuple lui-même. L'exemple de la
Suisse !
de Jean-Paul Pougala
Chaque fois que je publie un texte montrant les limites de notre système politique et économique en Afrique, il y a toujours des gens qui vont intervenir avec une phrase qui devient comme un refrain :
"Si nous avions des politiciens courageux, honnêtes et non corrompus, les choses iraient mieux en Afrique"
Non, je ne crois sincèrement pas qu'un pays prospère dépend des politiciens sincères et honnêtes. En regardant l'exemple de la Suisse, je reste très convaincu que c'est le contraire qui est valable et que c'est le peuple honnête qui exprime des politiciens honnêtes. C'est un peuple travailleur qui va générer des politiciens travailleurs.
Cet après-midi du mercredi 28 Juin 2017, je me suis venu ici à Bernes qui est la capitale de la Suisse (et non Genève comme les gens pensent par erreur). Je voulais rencontrer mon député et savoir comment les choses marchent récemment.
Ces photos que j'ai réalisées montrent ce que devrait être le siège des institutions : la vraie maison du peuple.
En effet, devant le parlement de la Confédération Helvétique, j'ai vu les familles avec les enfants partis de toute la Suisse pour m'ont-ils dit : "rendre visite à leurs politiciens". J'y ai vu des enfants jouer avec les jets d'eau du parlement, j'ai rencontré des personnes très sereines et fières de leur pays. J'ai même vu une dame qui n'avait pas trouvé mieux que de mettre sa serviette par terre devant le parlement pour faire dormir son gamin d'environ 5 ans.
Parce qu'ici, personne ne lui demanderait de s'en aller. Il n'y a ni vigile, encore moins la police pour filtrer l'entrée. Sinon, quel palais du peuple ce serait ? Et donc , personne à l'horizon pour demander à cette dame de faire dormir son fils ailleurs.
Dans la cour du Parlement, j'ai pu jouer aux échecs, qu'on a mis là pour accueillir le peuple de passage.
J'ai fini par voir mon député dans une atmosphère festive. Les Suisses sont vraiment cool ! Je me suis écrié.
Mais comment cela est-il possible ici et non ailleurs en France, en Allemagne, aux Royaume Uni ou au Cameroun d'où je viens ?
Pourquoi les suisses sont-ils si honnêtes et expriment aussi des dirigeants autant honnêtes ? C'est la réponse à ces 2 questions que je suis venu chercher ici.
J'ai eu un début de réponse juste devant le parlement, par la présence d'un immeuble somptueux en réfection : le siège de la Banque Centrale Suisse. Les Suisses ont compris très tôt qu'il n'y a pas de liberté sans le contrôle de la monnaie. Voilà pourquoi pour eux, le siège de la Banque Centrale ne pouvait pas être ailleurs que devant le siège des confédéraux qui prennent les décisions.
En plus, ici la démocratie est participative : tous les partis politiques sont au pouvoir, chacun en fonction de son poids électoral. Il n'existe donc pas de parti d'opposition en Suisse.
Pour finir, ici, la politique n'est pas une profession. Vous servez votre pays pour 5 ans et passez la main aux autres. Il n'y a donc pas le temps pour devenir un corrompu. Il n'y pas de voiture de fonction, pas de garde du corps. Chaque politicien doit gouter sur sa propre peau, le degré de l'insécurité dans le pays. Et donc d'agir en conséquence. Ceci est impensable dans la France ou l'Italie voisines.
Pour finir, avec tout ça, je n'ai toujours pas répondu à mes 2 questions que j'ai apportées avec moi : pourquoi un peuple si honnête ? et pourquoi une administration si honnête ?
Et si tout cela n'était au final qu'une question d'argent ?
Ici, le salaire médian (50% de ceux qui gagnent plus et 50% de ceux qui gagnent moins) est de 5100 euros (3.345.090 FCFA) alors que les fonctionnaires suisses sont les administrateurs publics les mieux payés au monde, avec un salaire moyen de 7300 euros bruts soit 4.788.070 FCFA
Avec cela il est facile de comprendre que si chaque fonctionnaire camerounais devait toucher en moyenne autour de 5 millions de FCFA chaque mois de salaire, il y a longtemps qu'on ne parlerait plus de corruption.
Je ne veux nullement justifier les comportements déviants de nos fonctionnaires corrompus, puisque moi-même j'en suis victime au quotidien. Mais je veux juste comprendre comme économiste comment sortir de cette galère. Et je n'ai pas trouvé mieux que de venir ici à Berne. Alors que le FMi et la Banque Mondiale avaient contraint dans les années 90 à diviser le salaire des fonctionnaires camerounais par 2 laissant intact le niveau des prix de tous les produits et services, il était évident que cela devait déclencher la vague de corruption que nous connaissons aujourd'hui. Et ce n'est pas la Banque Mondiale qu'il faut blâmer, mais nous mêmes qui ne produisons pas suffisamment de richesses et devons recourir à la mendicité internationale même pour faire fonctionner nos institutions. Ce qui n'est pas le cas des suisses qui ne dépendent de personnes, puisqu'ils travaillent très dur pour mériter leurs salaires et tenir leur pays hors d'atteinte des prédateurs internationaux.
Tout cela n'est-ce pas le mérite des bons politiciens ? Pas du tout !
Dimanche 18 Mai 2014, les suisses sont appelés à un référendum pour proposant d'augmenter le salaire minimum actuel (SMIC) de 3.300 € (2.164.470 FCFA) qui fait de la Suisse le pays avec les plus haut salaire au monde à 4000 € (2.623.600 FCFA). Résultat de ce référendum voulu par les partis politiques : 76% des Suisses ont dit NON aux politiciens donnant raison aux Patrons Suisses qui avaient demandé à la population de ne pas voter OUI.
Dans quel pays du monde vous verrez des populations voter à une telle majorité de 76% pour refuser que les Patrons leur augmentent les salaires ?
C'est la preuve qu'un pays pour bien fonctionner n'a pas forcément besoin de bons politiciens, mais d'un peuple bien éduqué et conscient des enjeux pour ne pas être manipulé. Dans ces conditions, un pays peut bien avoir les plus cancres politiciens du monde et continuer à bien fonctionner.
L'argument des Patrons suisses était qu'ils ont réussi à instaurer un modèle qui marche bien et dans lequel ils ont le taux de chômage le plus bas de toute l'Europe, autour de 3%. Et les populations ont dit NON aux politiciens pour donner raison aux employeurs, considérés ailleurs en France ou en Allemagne comme des ennemis du peuple à abattre.
Quelle leçon pour l'Afrique ?
Dans ce pays, on parle 4 langues officielles. Personne n'imaginerait ici comme au Cameroun que les Italophones vont créer des problèmes d'autonomie pour se rapprocher plus d'Italie. Ici ceux qui parlent français ne veulent pas qu'on les appelle les francophones comme on le fait fièrement en Afrique, mais des Romands. Ils sont fiers d'eux-mêmes et la diversité linguistique est plutôt vécue comme une chance, comme une richesse et non un objet de division.
Au moment où j'écris ces lignes, les bouquets de télévisions françaises offrent même gratuitement toutes les chaines arabes, asiatique que personne ou presque ne regarde en France, mais évitent soigneusement d'incorporer les chaines de télévision Suisse. Il ne faut pas que les populations françaises découvrent au quotidien qu'il existe un autre modèle où le peuple n'est pas pris en otage, mais peut imposer sa vision dans les choix des hommes politiques.
Pour information, vu de Suisse, le parlement français ne sert strictement à rien. Affirmer cela, semble une boutade. Mais aucun député français ne peut proposer de lois. Les députés en France ont deux fonctions : 1) se limiter à analyser et voter les lois proposées par l'exécutif et 2) contrôler l'action du gouvernement.
Et avec les Macron Boys et Macron Girls, qui ne pensaient jamais de faire la politique, pensez-vous que les nouveaux députés français pourront retoucher quoi que ce soit venant de leur champion Macron ?
Le pire dans tout ça est que c'est cette mafia politique érigée en "Bonne Gouvernance" qu'on a exportée en Afrique. Et le cirque fonctionne plutôt bien labas. Chacun monte au créneau pour crier très fort et répéter la partition que le système a écrit pour lui depuis Paris ou depuis Londres.
Et c'est bien parce que j'aime ce modèle Suisse que j'ai juré ne jamais faire de la politique au Cameroun ou en Italie malgré les multiples sollicitations dans mon pays d'origine comme dans celui d'adoption.
Je préfère me concentrer dans ce que je retiens prioritaire : conscientiser au maximum les peuples africains afin qu'ils soient aussi bien formés et éduqués que les suisses pour être ensuite capables de prétendre de leurs politiciens des résultats à la hauteur de leurs ambitions.
Mais comment éduquer un peuple sans commencer par lui enseigner la valeur du travail ? S
i les patrons suisses sont si contents d'offrir à leurs employés les salaires les plus élevés au monde, c'est parce que cela ne pénalise en rien la rentabilité des entreprises suisses. Au contraire, les employés suisses sont aussi réputés les plus travailleurs au monde avec une des meilleurs qualifications en absolu dans les domaines aussi pointus comme l'horlogerie. Et c'est ce qui rend compétitives les entreprises de ce pays malgré le niveau de salaire élevé.
L'Afrique ne peut pas se permettre une telle liberté de salaire sans au préalable produire suffisamment de richesses. Et dans ce pays, l'agriculture est au coeur de la souveraineté de la Nation. Les suisses sont convaincus que si tu ne peux pas te nourrir toi-même, tôt ou tard, tu deviendras esclave de celui qui te donne à manger.
Voilà pourquoi, même si ici le prix du kg de viande est le plus cher de la planète, pour rien au monde, ils ne veulent en importer de moins cher des voisins. Comme quoi pour construire la prospérité de tout pays, il faut commencer par chausser les bottes. Et c'est à cette éducation que je me suis engagé avec mes formations pour les futurs industriels africains dont la dernière s'est terminée à Paris dimanche 25 Juin 2017 dernier et la prochaine à Yaoundé au mois d'Août prochains. La chose n'est pas aussi facile comme je l'avais imaginée, mais on progresse année après année dans l'endurance et les difficultés. Et les résultats même maigres, sont plus que satisfaisants.
Peut-être que je ne pourrais pas remporter mon paris d'enseigner la valeur du travail dur depuis la terre aux africains, mais l'exemple de la Suisse en matière de démocratie participative m'inspire beaucoup dans ma contribution à la construction d'une autre société plus juste pour l'Afrique de demain, basée sur la priorité des créations de richesses comme préalable à toute politique. Et nous avons suffisamment de bonnes terres pour y arriver.
Mon vibrant souhait est que demain ce soit ces jeunes qui ont su se retrousser les manches pour créer de la richesse depuis la plantations, qui accèdent aux fonctions politiques avec des thèmes de campagne électorale, finalement centrés sur les bilans de chacun dans sa propre vie antérieure, avant de prétendre faire des miracles pour le peuple.
Mon modèle est calqué de celui suisse où la politique ne doit plus devenir une profession ou le lot de consolation des plus médiocres d'entre nous qui n'ont pas pu exceller ailleurs. Je veux opposer en campagne électorale, mes jeunes qui pourront vanter le bilan leurs actions de Patrons, de donner du travail à 100 personnes grâce auquel de nombreuses familles vivent, à un autre qui viendrait juste brandir ses diplômes de docteur en doctorat de la science politique. Je suis convaincu qu'il n'y aurait pas match, mais un vrai K.O. entre mon jeune avec sa mitrailleuse et l'Agrégé, spécialiste du bavardage avec sa flèche poétique.
Jean-Paul Pougala
Berne, le 29 Juin 2017



          RDC : le dialogue se poursuit entre Macron et Kabila    
Emmanuel Macron n’a pas perdu de temps pour prendre contact avec Joseph Kabila.

Comme Jeune Afrique l’avait révélé, le président français Emmanuel Macron a téléphoné à son homologue congolais Joseph Kabila, le 28 mai, afin de remercier les autorités de Kinshasa d’être intervenues dans la libération d’un otage français. Le dialogue s’est poursuivi depuis : le 20 juin, à Lubumbashi, Kabila a reçu une délégation française, composée de Franck Paris, le conseiller Afrique de l’Élysée, et de Rémi Maréchaux, le directeur Afrique du Quai d’Orsay. Accompagnés d’Alain Rémy, l’ambassadeur de France en RD Congo, de Néhémie Mwilanya Wilondja, directeur de cabinet du président congolais, et de Léonard She Okitundu, vice-Premier ministre et ministre des Affaires étrangères, ils ont fait l’aller-retour dans la journée depuis la capitale, à bord d’un avion spécialement affrété par le gouvernement. Selon une source diplomatique congolaise, l’entretien, « très cordial », a duré près de deux heures.
Source: Jeune Afrique



          ENQUÊTE: PROCÈS SUR BIEN MAL ACQUIS: L'ONG SHERPA, N'EST PAS CE QUE LES "PANAFRICANISTES" NOUS FONT CROIRE. vient de traduire en justice, une des grandes Banques françaises. Voici pourquoi?   
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SHERPA, N'EST PAS CE QUE LES "PANAFRICANISTES" NOUS FONT CROIRE.
SHERPA, association luttant contre les crimes économiques, vient de traduire en justice, une des grandes banques françaises, pour complicité de génocide au Rwanda. Cette banque aurait, pendant le génocide contre les tutsi, financé les achats d'armes qui ont permis de massacrer les Tutsi et les Hutu modérés, alors que le Rwanda fût en ce temps là sous embargo
C'est le lieu d'envoyer un camouflet à ceux qui intoxiquent les africains, que cette ONG, qui fait saisir les Biens de certains dirigeants africains seraient le bras armé de l'Etat français. Ces manipulateurs des consciences, oublient de dire, que SHERPA a plus de dossiers contre la France que ceux des africains. Quelques exemples :
SHERPA poursuit Sarkozy pour financement illicite venant de Lybie .
SHERPA poursuit TOTAL, pour des malversations financières en Birmanie.
SHERPA poursuit Bollore pour exploitation des ouvriers au Cameroun.
SHERPA poursuit le cimentier LAFARGE, pour financement de terrorisme en Syrie. ....etc.
Organiser les tables rondes rien que pour faire croire que C est l'Etat Français qui veut nuire à Obiang, Bongo, et Sassou, relève d'une malhonnête intellectuelle.
Par  Jules Marie Kemajou



          Les investisseurs français en Afrique attendent d’Emmanuel Macron un vrai « virage africain »   
Une vue du Plateau, le quartier des affaires d’Abidjan, en mai 2016.
Ce que les Chinois, les Turcs, les Indiens réussissent à faire, pourquoi les entreprises françaises ne le feraient-elles pas ? demande Etienne Giros.

La France vit un bouleversement politique d’une ampleur surprenante. Sous l’impulsion d’un président de 39 ans, un large renouvellement du personnel politique va de pair avec un écroulement des partis traditionnels et l’émergence d’une nouvelle majorité. Les relations avec l’Afrique seront évidemment impactées par ce mouvement. A cette occasion, qu’il soit permis aux entreprises françaises investies en Afrique de mettre en avant quelques principes qui sont autant de convictions fortes et qui devraient guider la future politique de la France.


Avant tout, il s’agit d’être conscient que le développement de l’Afrique est une priorité absolue. Pour le continent lui-même d’abord, confronté à des défis gigantesques : la pauvreté, la population sans cesse croissante, l’emploi, le manque d’infrastructures. Le développement est la seule manière de lutter contre les flux migratoires (dramatiquement illustrés par la forte poussée de la migration subsaharienne ces derniers jours), le terrorisme qui se nourrit de la pauvreté, et l’explosion démographique. Il y a urgence, et bien que ce ne soit pas une préoccupation première de l’opinion, c’est une question qui nous concerne directement en France et en Europe. C’est donc une vision politique qu’il faut avoir. Angela Merkel l’a bien compris, en plaçant l’Afrique au centre des objectifs du prochain G20.

Ensuite, être convaincu que l’Afrique est une chance formidable pour la France et ses entreprises. Ce continent est maintenant totalement ouvert à la mondialisation, et nos positions de 2030 se construisent aujourd’hui. Ce que les Chinois, les Turcs, les Indiens réussissent à faire, pourquoi les entreprises françaises ne le feraient-elles pas ? Nos avantages concurrentiels sont déterminants : nous partageons la langue, le droit commercial, la monnaie, et surtout une proximité ancienne et profonde avec le continent. Investissons dans ces pays amis, et nous soutiendrons notre propre croissance. Sans parler de l’influence que cela confère à la France, encore considérée de ce fait comme une puissance qui compte.

La fin de la Françafrique

La politique africaine de la France doit miser sur l’entreprise, française ou africaine, pour atteindre les objectifs du développement. C’est en bonne voie, grâce à l’arrivée sur le marché africain de nouveaux acteurs français, issus de la diaspora ou du digital, et un nouveau discours et positionnement des Français. La fin de la Françafrique et des rentes de situations est actée. C’est pourquoi il faut encore davantage contribuer à améliorer l’état de droit et le climat des affaires, favoriser le cofinancement et le soutien à l’investissement privé, simplifier les procédures administratives de gestion de projets, et toujours et encore encourager les entreprises.

Au final, il nous faut instaurer un esprit collectif qui marque la forte détermination de notre pays à développer ses positions en Afrique. Un système où les pouvoirs publics, les entreprises et les organismes financiers jouent totalement collectif et partagent la même ambition, comme d’autres pays africains ou européens savent parfaitement le faire. De bonnes initiatives ont déjà été prises en ce sens, par exemple le renforcement de Bpifrance, de Business France ou de l’Agence française de développement (AFD), mais il faut sérieusement accélérer le mouvement et jouer plus vite et plus agilement, pour que Paris s’impose comme le hub incontournable pour l’Afrique.
Voilà quelques axes qui pourraient fonder une relance de nos positions en Afrique, et qui traduiraient l’enjeu que ce continent représente pour nous, mais aussi l’espoir et la confiance que nous plaçons en lui.

Source: lemonde.fr



          Neill Blomkamp shakes up the system with Oats Studios   

In 2009, director Neill Blomkamp burst onto the movie scene with the critically and commercially adored District 9. Based on his 2005 short Alive in Joburg, District 9 proved a pretty damn good opening gambit for the South Africa-born director … getting a Best Picture Oscar nomination never hurts.


          Iraq: New Abuse, Execution Reports of Men Fleeing Mosul   

A member of Iraqi security forces stands on the turret of an armoured vehicle along a highway near west of Mosul, Iraq, June 22, 2017. 

© 2017 Reuters
 
(Beirut) – Allegations are emerging of Iraqi forces beating and unlawfully killing men and boys fleeing Mosul in the final phase of the battle against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today.

Four witnesses told Human Rights Watch that they saw Iraqi forces beat unarmed men and boys fleeing the fighting within the last seven days, and said they also obtained information about Iraqi forces executing unarmed men during this time period.

“As Iraqi forces are poised to retake the entire city of Mosul, allegations of unlawful killings and beatings significantly raise concerns for the civilians there who have been living under ISIS control,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Iraqi forces are promising liberation, but they need to find out what’s happening now and stop any abuse.”

One witness said that three Emergency Response Division and Iraqi Security Force (ISF) members on a key route for civilians fleeing the city boasted to him that they were executing captured unarmed men who were thought to be ISIS-affiliated instead of detaining them. The Emergency Response Division and ISF fighters, stationed three kilometers from the heaviest fighting in the Old City, said they made an exception for elderly men, the witness said.

Two other witnesses said they saw Iraqi uniformed soldiers pick at least six men and boys out of crowds of fleeing civilians at a checkpoint, beat them, and drive them away. They said they saw soldiers pick out another man, beat him, and then move him into a building they were using as a base. One of the witnesses said that soldiers later said they had killed him.

“I have heard of countless abuses and executions in this battle,” one witness said. “But what’s changed is that in this final phase fighters are no longer hiding what they are doing and are comfortable allowing us to witness the abuses first-hand.”

The same witness said that earlier this week, he heard three screams coming from a building being used by the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), after which fighters from the unit ushered him away. That afternoon in another neighborhood of west Mosul, the witness saw two CTS fighters take down the corpse of an alleged ISIS fighter that had been strung up to an electrical pole, and stone the body before taking a few photos of each other posing with it.

That night, he said, a CTS fighter also showed him a video of a severely beaten man who the fighter said was an ISIS prisoner. In the video the CTS fighter shoots and kills the unarmed detainee, he said.

In the days before, the man said he saw five Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint pick out at least 10 men over a period of an hour, beat them, and drag them toward a building the soldiers were using as a base. He said that one of the men the soldiers were beating was wounded and that he had arrived with his family from a front-line field hospital. The witness said that as he was leaving the area he saw the soldiers single out more and more men, beat them and take them away, but lost count of how many.

An article published in a Swedish outlet on June 28, 2017, by a Swedish journalist who was on the front-line says that a Federal Police officer boasted about decapitating at least 50 men with knives and beating others, with fellow officers watching, cheering, and sometimes filming. The article said the Federal Police backed up these claims with photos and videos.

Throughout the operation to retake Mosul, Human Rights Watch has documented Iraqi forces detaining and holding thousands of men and boys in inhumane conditions without charge, and in some cases torturing and executing them, under the guise of a screening them for ISIS-affiliation. In May 2016, Iraqi forces retook the city of Fallujah from ISIS, but in the operation committed horrific abuses, including executions, torture, and the disappearance of over 600 men whose bodies have yet to be found.

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns regarding allegations of ill-treatment, torture, and executions numerous times in meetings with Iraqi officials in Baghdad as well as with representatives from US-led coalition member countries. Human Rights Watch does not know of a single transparent investigation into abuses by Iraqi armed forces, any instances of commanders being held accountable for abuse, or any victims of abuse receiving compensation.

Iraqi criminal justice authorities should investigate all alleged crimes, including unlawful killings and mutilation of corpses, committed by any party in the conflict in a prompt, transparent, and effective manner, up to the highest levels of responsibility. Those found criminally responsible should be appropriately prosecuted. Extrajudicial executions and torture during an armed conflict are war crimes. Despoiling dead bodies and other outrages on personal dignity are violations of the laws of armed conflict and may amount to war crimes.

“Reports of unlawful executions and beatings by Iraqi soldiers should be enough to raise concern among the highest ranks in Baghdad and among members of the international coalition combatting ISIS,” Fakih said. “Iraqi officials should translate that concern into accountability for war crimes.”


          'Challenging the narrative' of African art   
The Angolan artists being encouraged to move away from traditional depictions of African society.
          Skype   
There is an older Sister in Port Elizabeth, South Africa that I have been corresponding with for some time now that has it and is wondering if any Sisters here are on it and would like to correspond. If so, let me know and I can give you her e-mail address so you can set things up.
          Skype   
There is an older Sister in Port Elizabeth, South Africa that I have been corresponding with for some time now that has it and is wondering if any Sisters here are on it and would like to correspond. If so, let me know and I can give you her e-mail address so you can set things up.
          Last Weekend's NAACP Centennial Celebration Looked Back — and Forward   


As Memphis prepares for a 4th of July weekend, members and guests of the Memphis chapter of the NAACP are still savoring some moments last weekend from the organization’s centennial anniversary luncheon — particularly from keynoters Melissa Harris-Perry, former MSNBC host and Wake Forest professor, and Harold Ford Jr., the onetime Memphis congressman who now works on Wall Street and keeps his hand in politically, also on MSNBC.

There were notable things happening before keynoters Harris-Perry and Ford took their star turns, of course. Local NAACP president Deidre Malone and MC Mearl Purvis kept things moving from the dais, and a series of local dignitaries, including Ford’s successor, current 9th District congressman Steve Cohen and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, had some trenchant things to say — Cohen about the perils of the Trump presidency, Strickland about the need to boost African Americans’ share of local business opportunities.

Arguably, though, the best crowd reaction early on was to remarks by longtime civil rights activist Jocelyn Wurzburg, who (along with Shannon Brown and Roquita Coleman-Williams) was one of three official co-chairs for the event, held at the East Memphis Hilton last Saturday and devoted to the theme “Reflecting on the Past, Remaining Focused on the Future: 100 Years of Civil Rights and Human Rights Advocacy.”

Wurzburg, recipient of numerous citations and the person for whom Tennessee Human Rights Commission's annual Civil Rights Legacy award was named, conflated two tales. The first was about being embarrassed in her early youth when her mother, without asking, signed her up as a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy; the second detailed her response, during a visit to New Orleans, when a resident of that city lamented Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s recent removal of Confederate memorials, including a statue of Robert E. Lee.

The New Orleans native insisted that Lee had been done an injustice, in that the Civil War, in which he led a Southern army, had not been done on behalf of slavery. Wurzburg countered that, “as a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy, I can assure you it was.”

Harris-Perry, utilizing her erstwhile media chops, would wow the NAACP audience with a deceptively stream-of-consciousness rendition, including flamboyant hand-and-arm gestures, of what was actually a tightly organized dramatic presentation, aptly illustrated by a series of slides.

And along with her mastery of the medium (two actually; that of television and that of the lecture hall) came several provocative messages. One was both powerful and original: Taking off from her declaration that America had elected a president who was both “a racist and a pussy-grabber,” she formulated a convincing argument that racial domination, in its various forms, had depended on a distinctly physical domination of black women.

Slavery, which had involved the calculated and merciless separation of children from their mothers, had continued “through us,” Harris-Perry declared. To maintain the current stratified social system, she suggested, “Black women have to give birth,” and thereby to yield up to others “not only the product of our labor but our labor….The people who run this joint are pussy-grabbers.” That, she said, was “the reality of our wombs.”

Noting the incidence of black domestic servants in her paternal ancestry visi-a-vis the fact that her mother’s side was white and relatively privileged, Harris-Perry identified strongly with the former and with the idea of building “from the bottom,” a moral that she said would apply both to the advancement of the NAACP and the redevelopment of a dilapidated Democratic Party. “You always have to start with the least of these, literally, Jesus said. If you start at the top, you will miss so much. If you start at the bottom, you will miss nothing.”

Harris-Perry was the proverbial Hard Act to Follow, but Ford, who came next and last, managed to do just fine.

Professing that he was “glad to be home,” the former 9th District Congressman (who came within an ace of winning a Senate seat as a Democrat in 2006) executed an artful segue from Harris-Perry. Elaborating on the theme of “the power of women,” he recalled the importance of women teachers in his early education, extolled the helpful role played by “women in this district” in the development of his political career, and did some verbal doting on his 4 ½-year-old daughter Georgia.

Ford then shifted to the subject of change and to what he saw as a geometrically increasing demand for it in the society of today, treating the abrupt shift by American voters to Obama in 2008 and, even more precipitously, to Trump in 2016 as a case in point. The silver lining was the fact, as he saw it, that yet another political shift in a wholly different direction could happen, and relatively quickly.

“People want change, and they want it now,” he said, noting the pell-mell transformations of public technology, like the ever-escalating rise in photography via cell phone. He recalled being told two years ago that, within five years from that point, “97 percent of all the pictures in the world” would have been taken.

Ford closed on a note of optimism: “We’ve got to be daring and not afraid of change.” He quoted Babe Ruth to the effect that “Yesterday’s home runs do not win tomorrow’s ball games.”



          Mondonville. Les écoles exposent à la médiathèque   
Depuis le 6 juin et jusqu'au 1er juillet la médiathèque expose les créations faites par les enfants des écoles de la commune, particulièrement celles qui composent les parcours artistiques qui font partie du partenariat avec la médiathèque, comme la «différence» ou «un voyage imaginaire autour du monde». Parmi elles, les masques africains ou des parterres à fleurs des maternelles, l'arbre à mains différentes, des arbres à paroles des plus...
          africa says hi   
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          NVIDIA: Startup to Poach Poachers Using Intelligent Drones   
Across the African savanna, 25,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are killed by poachers each year, according to some estimates. At this rate, they’ll be extinct within two decades. To combat this crisis, Neurala, a Boston-based startup, is bringing stealth, speed and scale to the fight in the form of deep learning-powered drones. By putting intelligent […]
          Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday   

Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday

Date: June 30, 2017

Many women achieve greatness, but few become “Immortal.” Assia Djebar was the first woman from the Maghreb to be given the "Immortal" title, as a member of the Académie Française.

Born Fatima-Zohra Imalayene on this date in 1936, the Algerian novelist, translator, and filmmaker used the pen name Assia Djebar. She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to the country’s top literary university, the Ecole Normale Superieure. Djebar published her first book at 21; by the time she was 30, she had written 4 novels in French. She quickly became one of North Africa's most influential writers.

A feminist, Djebar wrote about women's independence and encouraged Algerian women to forge their own paths and find their unique voices. She believed that education was the key to giving women a voice in society, and in 1962 began teaching history at the University of Algiers. Her work inspired many women to express themselves freely.

Today’s Doodle reflects a scene from the first chapter of Djebar’s novel Fantasia, in which she explores the history of Algeria through her experiences as a young girl.  

Location: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates

Tags: Birthday, writer, novelist, Literature


          African Energy Partners listing on JSE   
From DION HENRICK in Cape Town CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – THE African drum will beat on Friday as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange celebrates the listing of African Energy Partners (AEP) Limited as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The listing of the black empowerment group, on the JSE’s AltX (alternative public equity exchange for […]
          'The solution here is almost impossible to find' - Marcus Horan and Eddie O'Sullivan lament timing of Rassie Erasmus exit   
Two-time Heineken Cup winner Marcus Horan and former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan have lamented the timing of Rassie Erasmus' exit from Munster with the South African set to depart from the province at the end of December.
          WADA revokes accreditation of two drug-testing laboratories   
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revoked the accreditation of the drug-testing laboratories in Kazakhstan's Almaty and Bloemfontein in South Africa.
          Confirmed: Rassie Erasmus to leave Munster for Springbok Director of Rugby role   
Munster have today confirmed that Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber will leave the province at the end of December to return to South Africa.
          A These True Or False Revivals? Is It A Real Move Of God Or Of Demons? (B115)   
Sis. Marie is in the house and she will be featuring a broadcast entitled - TRUE or FALSE REVIVALS?  Is what's being presenting as REVIVAL is a true move of the Spirit or a counterfeit of Satan and the work of Demons? Tune in as Sis. Marie shares much riveting audio and Radio Reformer take your calls and answer your questions.  JACKASS CHURCH BISHOPS and NEHUSHTAN CHURCH BISHOPS - Two books that expose the Joint College of African-American Bishops.  Order your PDF copy of JACKASS CHURCH BISHOPS and NEHUSHTAN CHURCH BISHOPS at www.paganbishops.com. E-mail us at reformationexpress@gmail.com to submit your broadcast comments.  Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JackassBishops and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JACKASSBISHOPS/view_public_for=1236468026409859
          Black Girls are viewed as Less innocent than White Girls   
Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network discusses a new study that states Black Girls are viewed as Less innocent than White Girls!  He also does a Preview of his Online Course - "Ancient Kemet, The Moors & The Maafa: Understanding The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade What They Didn't Teach You In School" taught by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network.  REGISTER TODAY: Next Class is Friday, June 30th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST - REGISTER FOR THE LIVE ONLINE COURSE - "Ancient Kemet, The Moors & The Maafa: Understanding The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade What They Didn’t Teach You In School” with Michael Imhotep, talk show host, researcher, lecturer and founder of The African History Network.  Register for our 12 Hour, 6 Week Online Course.  This course is only $40.  All Sessions Are Recorded and can be viewed anytime. Register here https://theafricanhistorynetworkschool.learnworlds.com/public-course?courseid=section3fridaysunderstandingthetransatlanticslavetrade
          Tahir RBG- Vanguards For RBG Culture   
Tahir RBG- Vanguards For RBG Culture Peace and Black Power Family, Welcome to another episode of Do Tha Knowledge Radio. The place where Knowledge is Born. I am your host Knowledge Born Allah. This is our Liberation Friday episode and we are honored to have an opportunity to have a st down with righteous African Liberator IFA Priest African Lifestyle Advocate who comes to us in the divine name of Tahir RBG. This warrior has agreed to share his undertanding  with the family on various topics surrounding our culture as it relates to Hip Hop 2nd Annual Black Power Awards and much more. Call in live this Friday 6-30-17 7PM EST to phone number 515-605-9360 and press 1 with your questions or comments. Here is the link listen remotely: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dothaknowledgeradio/2017/06/30/tahir-rbg-vanguards-for-rbg-culture
          Washington Speaks with Imam Musa Muslim Abuwi , Tafsir   
7-8 pm The African American Community needs to have this conversation now. Imam Musa’s new book will be a very good starting point, as we prepare to confront the conservative tide in the political arena. Although Booker T. Washington was a conservative in many ways, at the heart of his agenda was human compassion. As a child he hauled buckets of water to his fellow slaves to save them from falling out beneath the scorching sun from heat exhaustion. He had to anticipate their need for water and deliver it to them quickly, as he later anticipated the need of our people for a God-conscious educational program that would lift us up as a people and give us economic equality and global respect. Imam Musa is Booker T Washington Senior Great-grandson 8-9 pm Tafsir of imam muhammmad
          Marruecos destruye la cultura y la memoria saharaui. Ponencia de Bahia Awah sobre “culturicidio” de la ocupación marroquí en el Sahara Occidental   
Fuente: Contramutis / 29 de junio de 2017
AL.- Marruecos lleva a cabo en el Sáhara Occidental desde 1976, cuando invadió el territorio, un proceso de destrucción de la cultura y la memoria saharaui,  según denunció el antropólogo y escritor  Bahia MH Awah en el curso de verano “Miradas saharauis”, de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
El escritor saharaui dijo que nos encontramos ante un “culturicidio”,  un genocidio cultural con el que se pretende eliminar el patrimonio material e inmaterial saharaui: “Desde que Marruecos ocupó la excolonia española se han cometido barbaridades contra la cultura saharaui”, para que desaparezca la identidad de un pueblo, sus valores y rasgos históricos, transmitidos por generaciones de saharauis.
Explicó que la cultura saharaui no es marroquí, es afro árabe influida por un siglo de convivencia con la española. Así, la vestimenta, salvo el turbante, es africana: “La darrá de los hombres  y la melfa de las mujeres no son árabes, son africanas; igual que nuestra música, la danza, el tambor, los cuentos, la narrativa; estos ingrediente culturales antropológicos definen nuestra cultura, son la identidad de una sociedad hasaní”.
En este ataque a la cultura saharaui se encuentra la lengua de los saharauis, el hasanía -un híbrido de las africanas zenaga o senhaya, wólof y el árabe- “diferente totalmente de la marroquí, que se impone a los niños en los colegios, donde se obliga a cantar el himno nacional marroquí y decir palabras o giros que en hasanía tienen otro significado, hasta el punto de que no pueden pronunciarse delante de los padres o personas mayores”. El hasanía  se habla en el Sáhara Occidental y en Mauritania.
Las autoridades marroquíes en su lucha contra el hasania, en opinión de Bahia Awah,  no construyeron universidades en el Sáhara Occidental y de esta forma los jóvenes saharauis tienen que ir al norte de Marruecos, donde están “en una jungla” en la que domina la legua marroquí y hay drogas, para que se desvinculen y deshacer su  cultura.
Otros aspectos sometidos a esta “violación cultural” son las  tradiciones y costumbres de la sociedad saharaui, entre las que el profesor Awah citó el bautizo, con sus protocolos particulares, o la forma de construir los nombres y apellidos: “No se pueden utilizar determinados nombres,  como Lala, que para los marroquíes es una princesa o una mujer, Mulay, el príncipe, o Sidi, mi amo, mientras que en el Sáhara Occidental este nombre es tan corriente como Antonio en España”.
Marruecos, afirmó,  ha destruido “la nomenclatura de construcción de los apellidos saharauis”: “Nosotros decimos Mohamed Uld Brahim y ellos el nexo Uld lo eliminan e imponen un apellido que puede ser el nombre de un barril, de una roca, de una región…”. Citó el caso de  Sukeina Mint Yedehlu Uld Esid, una presa desaparecida durante 13 años  que ahora se llama Sukeina El Idrisi, con un apellido desvinculado de  la familia.
Un ejemplo significativo de ataque a los símbolos de la identidad nacional saharaui fue la prohibición, en marzo de 2013,  de instalar jaimas en las ciudades, suburbios o  playas, o la campaña de eliminación de los santuarios o puntos de culto saharauis conocidos como “lemsid”, una pequeña extensión de arena rodeada de piedras donde acuden los saharauis a orar y debatir, que también se utiliza como un espacio donde los niños y niñas aprenden a leer, escribir y recitar versículos del Corán,  “una humilde mezquita al aire libre, abierta a todos”.
Bahia MH Awah dijo que la persecución cultural alcanzó también al español, pero que después de 42 años Marruecos ha empezado a cambiar de estrategia para apoderase de la segunda lengua de los saharauis. Para ello han abierto una biblioteca en El Aaiún y como dijo en la televisión local Sidi Mohamed Falah, un saharaui “traidor” que trabaja para Marruecos, firmar con el Instituto Cervantes es conseguir un reconocimiento de la marroquinidad del Sáhara Occidental.
En esta misma línea de cambio de estrategia se incluye la reciente traducción al hasanía de “El principito”, de Antoine de Saint-Exupery, edición considerada por los saharauis como una labor de sabotaje cultural que intenta presentar el hasanía como un idioma marroquí, igual que están haciendo con los cuentos saharauis, su narrativa oral, diciendo que forma parte “del gran mosaico cultural de Marruecos”.
Como casos relevantes de destrucción del Patrimonio material histórico saharaui, Bahia Awah citó los restos de la mezquita de Smara, en la que no se invierte y que se cae piedra a piedra, o los edificios de la época colonial española: el fuerte de Dajla, un símbolo histórico colonial, que fue derruido en 2009 pese a una campaña internacional para impedirlo.
Pretendieron hacer lo mismo con la iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen, también en Dajla (antigua Villa Cisneros), de la que llegaron a derruir una pequeña parte, pero Mohamed Fadel Semlali entró con su silla de ruedas y lo frenó: “Ahora este activista protege el patrimonio, pero no a través del Gobierno español ni de organizaciones españolas, lo hace con la intervención del Vaticano”. También reseñó la destrucción y el expolio de rocas con grabados rupestres del paleolítico y neolítico, y la eliminación de la acacia saharaui.

          Curso de verano URJC #MiradasSaharauis Jornada del jueves 29 junio. Cooperación universitaria con el Sahara Occidental   
"La ayuda humanitaria es un paliativo hasta que los saharauis ejerzan su derecho". Primer Ministro Saharaui Taleb Omar
Fuente y fotos. Diario La Realidad Saharaui, DLRS; SPS
Madrid. Jueves 29 de junio
Diario La Realidad Saharaui, DLRS tomando como fuente el corresponsal de la agencia nacional saharaui SPS, Abderrahaman Abdelkader recoge el cuarto día del curso de verano sobre el Sahara Occidental en su ciclo de conferencias "Miradas saharauis: derecho, cultura, sociedad y política" organizado en la capital española Madrid, entre el 26 y el 30 de junio por la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Esta jornada del jueves 29 se ha dedicado a la ayuda humanitaria; cooperación al desarrollo y cooperación universitaria.
SPS destacó que el primer ministro y miembro del SN del Frente Polisario, Abdelkader Taleb Omar, aprovechó el evento para puntualizar que "los saharauis pueden autofinanciarse con sus recursos naturales, si la comunidad internacional ayude en la aplicación de la sentencia del Tribunal Europeo y sigue el ejemplo de Sudáfrica" mientras afirma que "Marruecos ingresa unos cinco mil millones de dólares a sus arcas gracias al expolio de los recursos naturales saharauis".
El primer ministro aclaró que los esfuerzos destinados a la búsqueda de fondos para la ayuda humanitaria, se podrían ahorrar si se aplica el derecho internacional que "resolvería el conflicto y con ello el drama humanitario". "Se trata de refugiados políticos a la espera de ejercer su derecho a la autodeterminación, y no refugiados de hambrunas o catástrofes naturales", zanjó el primer ministro, que matizó que "la ayuda humanitaria es un paliativo hasta que los saharauis ejerzan su derecho".
En la misma línea, el representante del Ministerio de Cooperación en España, Mohamed Embarek Jalil, enumeró los sectores críticos que necesitan una urgente inyección de fondos. "La salud, educación, agua y saneamiento y equipamiento, sufren la disminución de financiación y de proyectos", por ello, dice Mohamed Embarek, "hace falta una acción urgente con el fin de rescatar dichos sectores vitales para la población refugiada".
El responsable saharaui, reiteró los llamamientos de la Media Luna Roja Saharaui y el Programa Mundial de Alimentos, de la necesidad de incrementar las ayudas a los refugiados saharauis, tal y como recomendó el Secretario General de NNUU en su informe y el Consejo de Seguridad en su última resolución sobre el conflicto.  Y recordó que el problema añadido a la acción humanitaria en los campamentos, es el hecho que "los proyectos son anuales y por ello, requieren la aprobación de los presupuestos de los donantes.  Eso impide prevenir".
El rector de la Universidad de Tifariti Jatari Ahmudi, expuso -en el marco de su ponencia "Cooperación universitaria-, el proceso de evolución de su institución y el tipo de actividades que efectúa. "Trabajamos para formar las futuras generaciones saharauis, y para ello trabajamos conjuntamente a través de convenios de cooperación con más de 46 universidades en todo el mundo", dijo el Rector, quien subrayó la necesidad de "ir de los acuerdos macro a acciones más concretas sobre el terreno".
Jatari Ahmudi destacó los resultados que se están consiguiendo gracias a la cooperación universitaria, y cita como ejemplos "intercambio académico, becas y cursos de capacitación para los saharauis", sin olvidar "la gran aportación de la academia en cuanto a la sensibilización del público en general".
En este sentido, el profesor honorario de la Universidad  de Tifariti, el antropólogo Juan Carlos Gimeno, resaltó la importancia de la acción en el ámbito universitario y la necesidad de "construir una universidad que responde las necesidades del pueblo saharaui".
El académico español, sugirió también la importancia de iniciar unas campañas de boicot académico de las universidades marroquíes en España.
Aparte de las autoridades saharauis, al acto asistieron agentes de cooperación, responsables de la universidad anfitriona, alumnos y miembros de la familia académica madrileña.
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Tuits Oficina de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos @DDHumanosURJC 
 Curso de Verano “Miradas Saharauis”: Cooperación Universitaria en el Sahara Occidental:
"Están en riesgo la vida de 22.000 niños y mujeres saharauis que sufren desnutrición por la disminución de los recursos humanitarios" (Nino Mohamed Embarek, Encargado Oficina Cooperación Saharaui en España)
"La población saharaui necesita ayuda urgente para prevenir una situación de emergencia humanitaria en los próximos meses"
"Los refugiados saharauis lo son por defender su libertad. La c. internacional deben resolver nuestra situación"
"La acción sudafricana reteniendo un barco marroquí cargado de fosfato de territorios  del Sáhara es un ejemplo a seguir”
"Mientras que la parte política no se consigue, hay que seguir trabajando en la parte humanitaria"

          Black Cop Accidentally Shot Like He Was ‘An Ordinary Black Guy On The Street’ – Majority Report   

In this Majority Report clip, we discuss an incident in St. Louis during which a police chase happened to end right outside of an off-duty African American police officer’s home. The officer exited his home with his service weapon to help, and although two officers initially told him to get down, they recognized him and

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          Centrafrique: au moins 22 morts lors des affrontements intercommunautaires à Zemio   
Au moins 22 personnes ont été tuées lors des affrontements intercommunautaires, déclenchés depuis mercredi dernier dans la ville centrafricaine de Zemio (sud-est), a fait savoir vendredi un député du pays.
          La jeunesse africaine, un atout démographique à exploiter (PAPIER GENERAL)   
Le premier forum panafricain de la jeunesse, qui se tient dans la capitale tchadienne sous l'égide de l'Union africaine, planche sur les problèmes de la jeunesse du continent qui constitue un dividende démographique dont il faut tirer véritablement profit.
          Des responsables africains s'engagent à impulser un dynamise des financements climat pour le continent   
Les ministres africains en charge de l'environnement et du plan et leurs partenaires techniques et financiers, se sont engagés vendredi à Cotonou, à travailler au développement d'un partenariat public-privé robuste et dynamique pour la mise en place des financements climat pour le continent.
          Les forces de l'UA et de la Somalie reprennent une ville clé dans le sud de la Somalie   
Les forces somaliennes et celles de la Mission de l'Union africaine en Somalie (AMISOM) ont repris vendredi la ville de Janale et d'autres zones clés de la main du groupe terroriste Al-Shabaab, suite à une bataille féroce dans la région du Bas-Shabelle, au sud de la Somalie.
          Top Tracks of 2012   

2012 was not a bad year, music-wise. Though I have been extremely busy and my blog suffered. Which does not mean I did not have time to listen to music, on the contrary. Here is a very random, subjective selection of tunes that were frequent guests in my player. The list should consist of twice as many items, and it includes more hyped "crowd-pleasers" and obvious choices than usual, probably due to the fact that 2012 delivered plenty of them. As for the new trends - We are Trapped and Techno is Back.
                                Happy New Year, May the Good Music Be With You.

 DOKTOR KRANK'S TOP TRACKS OF 2012 


1. Kanye West – Mercy  (RL Grime & Salva Remix)
      The best remix and track of the year.

Kanye West - Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix) by SALVA

2. TNGHT – Higher Ground (TNGHT EP / Warp)
     Close tie with RL Grime’s and Salva’s refix of Mercy in my ranking of the best ‘party’ tune of 2012.  Their performance at Tauron Festival in Katowice was legendary.



3. Krampfhaft – I Needed You (Om Unit remix) (Rwina Records)
Two of my favorite producers on the electronic scene represented in one of the biggest anthems of 2012. A true masterpiece!!

Krampfhaft - I Needed You (Om Unit Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD by Om Unit

4. G Jones – Alias (Boeboe Remix) (Mirage EP / Saturate! Records)
      ARghhhhh! This remix is hot hot hot and G Jones is THE brightest star currently shining on the Saturate! firmament. He offers a unique futuristic trap / juke / experimental electronica blend that works just perfectly at home and in da club! (Read the review of Mirage EP here)


5. Eprom – Regis Chillbin (Metahuman / Rwina Records) 
 If you haven’t heard this tune played at the party, the party probably sucked or there were no hipsters around :)))) In my personal ranking, the best Eprom’s tune since Humanoid.

A EPROM - Regis Chillbin [RWINALP001S] by Rwina Records

6. Fancy Mike – VVVV, 1997 (Mary B. James album/King Deluxe) 
Beautiful cinematic music. I wish there were more artists like Fancy Mike around.
  
7. Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage   (His He She & She / Hinge Finger)
Mega-hyped tune that every DJ I know wanted to play which, surprise surprise, deserves all the hype. Off-kilter, stomping techno beat with horror samples and totally fucking awesome and addictive bassline. KILLER!

Blawan - Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage by Beegie_B

8. Oneone – Magic Comb (Memory 9 remix) (Short Story EP/Saturate! Records)
Short Story EP by oneone (Gergő Galambos) hailing from Budapest is another great release on Saturate! Enchanting.
 
9. Gent & Jawns – Turn Up (Mad Decent) 
Trap anthem with trancey build-ups :) promoted by Diplo’s Mad Decent. Heavy party roller.

Gent & Jawns - TURNUP **FREE DOWNLOAD** by Gent & Jawns

10. Sinjin Hawke – Crystal Dust (The Lights EP/Pelican Fly)
   BANGER which can be put next to TNGHT’s ‘Higher Ground’ as the hardest kicking party tune of 2012 !!! And this is just one side of the versatile work of this very promising young producer. The entire EP is full of gems.



11. Pixelord – Been Lookin (Supaplex EP/ Civil Music)     
Pixelord in top form ! Party smasher.




12. RL Grime – Grapes Alla Vodka (Grapes EP / WEDIDIT)
Crunky trap monster of a track !! Check the entire EP as it includes equally wicked remixes by Salva, Shlohmo, Groundislava and LOL Boys. Easily one of the best releases this year!


13. Teielte – Selcouth (Liquid Molly remix) (Wooden Love EP/U Know Me Records)
Banger from the best Polish release this year. (Read a review of this EP on my blog )


14. Illum Sphere – Agent White (Kidkanevil Agent Black Remix) (Illum Sphere Remixed/Fat City)
   Kidkanevil refixing one of my personal best tracks ever - Illum Sphere's Agent White, with breaks and all :)



15. ENiGMA DUBz – We Make It Work! Ft. Trilla & Screama (for40records)
  Serious head-nodding grime biznisssss!

Enigma Dubz Featuring Trilla & Screama - We Make It Work (Firin Squad ChoiceFM 17/11/2012) by four40records

16. A Thousand Years – No light (Farmers in Fields of Stars/King Deluxe)
  Moody house tune

17. Andy Stott – Lost and Found (Luxury Problems/Modern Love)
   My favorite track from an interesting, if a bit over-hyped, Luxury Problems. Trap techno or what? Anyway, Andy Stott’s music creates a unique listening experience, painting soundscapes with slowed down techno beat and muted bass. Plus his treatment of the voice of his former piano teacher is simply excellent .




18. Daniel Drumz – Not This Time (Sleepless State of Mind EP/U Know Me Records)
    My favorite track from another perfect release by a Polish producer Daniel Drumz. More Polish power coming from U Know Me Records. Impeccable production skills, great synths and unique, futuristic sound. World quality music to say the least.


19. Liar – Origami Bound (Undance / Farver Music)
     Sad and beautiful techno love song.


20. M.I.A. - Bad Girls (Surkin remix).
     I love the original, and Surkin's remix stands out from the host of inevitable refixes of M.I.A.'s hit. This tune helps A LOT when driving a car in the traffic jam :)

MIA - BAD GIRLS (SURKIN RMX) by MIAuk

21. Ptr1 – Remote Kind of Sadness (Carte Blanche EP)
    Polish producer PTR1 unraveling an absolutely enchanting bass story. I love his emotional and touching sound landscapes


22. H-SIK – Gallerry (Cocody EP/ Error Broadcast)

     Grimey, jukey ghetto beast by an African artist - Herve Sika.
23. Madrid - Ima Work (Soundcloud)
    This is how they roll in their trap swag.

Ima Work by MΔDRID

24. Kidsuke – Tiny Concrete Block (Kidsuke / Project Mooncircle)
     Beautiful beatz in this little tiny gem by Kidsuke (Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe), the most promising collab of 2012.

Kidsuke (kidkanevil x Daisuke Tanabe) - Tiny Concrete Block by kidkanevil

25. Future f T.I. - Magic (Starkey Remix) (Street Bass Bootlegs 2 / Seclusiasis)
Street Bass is the brand that never disappoints and Starkey delivers as usual 
          Top Summer Trax   

A selection of tunes on heavy rotation in my player this summer.

1. KANYE WEST - Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix) 
    Best remix this year so far!! HEAVY! 

2. TNGHT – Higher Ground [Warp & Lucky Me
    MAD MAD SCIENTISTS Lunice and HudMo!

3. PTR1 – Remote Kind of Sadness (Carte Blanche EP)
    Polish producer PTR1 unraveling another absolutely enchanting bass story. I love his
    emotional and touching sound landscapes. 

4. MINOO - All the World (Pixelord remix) (Mad-Hop)
    Another interesting producer from Poland in an amazingly brave and ear-catching 8-bit remix
    by the Russian Lord of all Pixels. SICKNESS!!! 

5. MADRID - Ima Work [Soundcloud]
   In general, Trap is not my thing, but as with every genre (fad?) there are some gems to be
   found. Ima Work by Madrid is one of them. Slow and soooooo heavy. Me like a lot.

6. M.I.A. – Bad Girls (Surkin remix) 
    The original still rulez but Surkin’s remix is not bad at all, at all.

7. LITTLE BOOTS – Every Night I say a prayer (Screamin' D-Man Jukey Juke Remix) [ft. Screamin' Rachael] [Trax Records] 
    Little Boots flipping the script, turning Chicago house into Pop Juke par excellence. I love
    Little Boots.

8. H-SIK – Gallerry (Cocody EP) [ Error Broadcast]
   Grimey, jukey ghetto monster by an African artist living in Europe, Herve Sika. You better
   memorize this name.

9. GATO PRETO - È Duro feat. B'Crazy (MkC Remix)
    Bass-laden kuduro / tropical bomb. 

10. FUTURE f. T.I. - Magic (Starkey Remix) (Street Bass Bootlegs 2) [Seclusiasis]
      Street Bass is the brand that never disappoints and Starkey delivers as usual.

11. OM UNIT – Lightworkers Call (feat Kromestar) (Aeolian EP) [Civil Music]
      One of my favorite producers in a bass-laden masterpiece.

12. GENYS & PIOTRUS PAN - Keep It Tight (Mondayjazz Workers #1)
      Berlin-based Polish / Lithuanian collaboration with great synths and proper bass.

13. SLUGABED – Mountains come out of the sky (Arp 101 remix) [NINJA TUNE] 
     Amazing remix by Arp 101 of the beautiful track from the latest Slugabed’s LP.

14. LOS RAKAS - Pimpin Smokin Dro ft E40 (Bleep Bloop Remix)
     Nice trap beat in this one, Bay Area reprazent.

15. AQUADROP – See ya (changed timbre edit) (Synthesized Landscapes From the Future) [Seclusiasis]    
     Aron Airaghi, hailing from Milan, Italy in a smashing, ass kicking edit on Seclusiasis. Check
    the entire EP. This guy knows how to handle mainly analog gear.

16. DARUDE – Sandstorm (Slugabed remix)
     Only Slugabed could do such a remix and succeed.

17. BOK BOK - RIZ MC - Dark Hearts (Bok Bok Remix) [Night Slugs]
     Proper grime instrumental shit.

18. DUB PHIZIX VS SOUTH RAKKAS CREW - Under Mi Marka Sensi (Urban Knights Remix)
     Growling bass and lots lots of good dub! Killer.

19. MONKY – Emanuel (Hotel Infinity) [Robox Neotech]
     Robots also listen to good music during their leisure.

20. LORN – Weigh Me Down (Ask the Dust) [Ninja Tune]
     Painful, melancholic but beautiful trip deep inside yourself. Nobody does this better than
     Lorn.

          7/6/2017: Die Week: LELIKE   
Die South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), wat 1 300 kajuitbemanningslede van die Suid-afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL) verteenwoordig, kritiseer die regering se gebrek aan optrede op navorsingsverslae wat meer as R1,8 miljard se tenderonreëlmatighede...
          Dust Above the Red Sea   
This arid part of Africa sees frequent dust plumes.
          Ice T Net Worth   

Tracy Lauren Marrow was born on 16 February 1958, in Newark, New Jersey USA, of part-Creole(mother) and African-American descent. To audiences known by his stage name of Ice-T, he is a rap artist, film and record producer, actor, film score composer, as well as a voice actor, perhaps best known for co-founding the heavy metal …

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          Comment on One Troubling Thing About Coach Taggart by duckbill   
Shall we identify the elephant in the room? Taggert is African American, many of his recruits are African American. Taggert was an excellent student when he was in college, so he can not just talk the talk, but has walked the walk. I suspect his personal relationship with his players will be a huge influence. In addition, I think the parents of his players trust taggert to look out after their boys/men. In my opinion his relationships with the players and their family will be huge. As I recall it was McNeals' mother that would not let her son go to USF because she wanted him to get out of the local culture. Eugene was seen as a better environment, so McNeal wound up as a Duck. Relationships matter.
           In African Schools, Malaria Control Reduces Anemia Risk   
Malaria is typically found in tropical and subtropical climates where the parasites can live. WHO estimates that about 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria.
          South Africa Women vs West Indies Women, 12th Match   
South Africa Women will take on West Indies Women in 12th Match of Women’s World Cup 2017 on Sunday (02 July) at Grace Road, Leicester. Fixture: South Africa Women vs West Indies Women, 12th Match/ SAW vs WIW Time/Date: 03:00...
          Mobile Game Publisher GameMine Partners With Leading South African Mobile Carrier Vodacom   

Vodacom partners mobile gaming subscription service, GameMineLOS ANGELES, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GameMine Inc., a US-based mobile game publisher, announced today it has entered into a strategic partnership with South African mobile carrier, Vodacom Group. The partnership will provide GameMine's diverse range of subscription-based mobile...



          Worcestershire's Joe Clarke in field as England Lions and South Africa frustrated by weather at New Road   
Only 20 overs were possible today on the first day of the three-day match at New Road.
          VIDEO | Wizkid Ft. Drake – Come Closer (Unreleased Version)   

Download Wizkid Ft. Drake – Come Closer (Unreleased Version) : Wizkid’s unreleased version of ‘Come Closer’ music video just surfaced online and we have it right here, exclusively for you. This unreleased version is more African and with some rich costumes. Be the judge as you watch the flick. If you are expecting to see […]

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          Weekend Art Events: June 30-July 2 (Big Band, Opera, Reggae & More)   
A post shared by Brooklyn Historical Society (@brooklynhistory) on May 18, 2017 at 8:50am PDT July is here! School’s out for the summer and Independence Day is fast approaching. If you’re not headed to the beach or a barbecue, you can check out the International African Arts Festival—it’s happening all weekend long at Commodore Barry […]
          Drop in number of Black children placed in care heralded as good start   

The number of Black children placed in foster or group home care in Toronto dropped by about 8 per cent last year, as the city’s largest child-protection agency began an “organizational rethink” to address anti-Black racism within its ranks.

Of the 541 children removed from their families due to neglect or abuse in 2016-17, about 37 per cent — or 202 — had at least one parent who was Black, according the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. That is down from about 45 per cent of the 617 kids taken into care the previous year.

However, the rate at which Black children are being taken into care is still four times higher than the percentage of Black children in Toronto’s overall population.

Just 8.2 per cent of Toronto’s population under age 18 is Black.

“Through the efforts of our staff, we are seeing a noticeable decline in the numbers of Black youth being admitted to care as we are doing more to support families in their communities,” says the society’s annual report, released last week.

The decrease is a result of the society’s efforts to be more conscious and thoughtful about its interactions with the Black community, said the society’s CEO David Rivard.

Front-line staff are offering more support to Black families so their children can remain at home. And when that isn’t possible, the society is placing children with extended family and friends on an informal and formal basis, so they can remain connected to their community, Rivard said in an interview.

“There has been an active look at the placement and the length of time Black youth are in our system,” he said.

The shift was sparked, in part, by an ongoing Star investigation of Ontario’s child protection system that found a disproportionate number of Black children in the Toronto area are being removed from their families by children’s aid societies.

In August 2015, almost a year after the Star’s first report, the Toronto society became the first in the province to release its race-based data. Last summer, all societies pledged to collect and publicly report race-based data as part of a provincial push to address the overrepresentation of Black children in foster and group home care, a problem that has been raised by the Black community for more than a decade.

The collection and public reporting of race-based data has since been enshrined in law as part of new provincial child protection legislation passed in June.

During an interview last fall on Flow 93.5, Toronto’s only Black-owned radio station, Rivard admitted the child welfare system “including our own agency, has a long legacy of oppression and systemic racism.”

The society is committed to “removing systemic barriers, eliminating discrimination and putting in place the right organizational structures,” Rivard and board chair Sheila Jarvis say in the society’s 2016-17 annual report.

On an individual level, volunteers, board members and senior and front-line staff need to “deepen our knowledge and understanding of intersecting oppressions and racism, reflect upon our position of power and privilege, and check our personal assumptions toward those marginalized communities,” they add.

A committee of 14 leaders from Toronto’s African Canadian community was appointed last fall to advise the society’s board of directors. Advisory committee meetings are held quarterly and both Rivard and Chief Operating Officer Mahesh Prajapat attend.

“Just having the advisory committee there and actively involved certainly has had an impact, I think, in how we are dealing with the Black community,” Rivard said.

Prajapat, who was hired from Peel CAS two years ago to lead the transformation, said the society “is really trying to flip the system on its head.”

More Black staff are being hired and the society is switching its focus from protecting children from their families to helping families protect their own children, he said.

Staff are being asked to examine assumptions, biases and stereotypes when dealing with Black families, said Nicole Bonnie, who was hired last fall as director of diversity and inclusion.

And the society is having “courageous conversations” with school boards and police who are the largest source of referrals to children’s aid, Bonnie said.

“We’re not saying it’s a perfectly well-oiled machine,” she said. “But we are on the journey. And we are committed in a different way.”

Quammie Williams, a board member with Young and Potential Fathers, an agency hired by the society to work with fathers whose children are in the system, said the drop in Black kids taken into care last year is a positive development.

“I think they have definitely made some strides and should be encouraged. But we have to remain vigilant,” said Williams whose agency operates Ujima House, believed to be the first father-focused parenting centre in the country.

“We are happy to collaborate with them,” he said. “But we need more collaboration among more organizations serving our community.”

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto is also working to improve services to African Canadian families, said Executive Director Janice Robinson.

According to its 2016-17 annual report, 31 per cent of investigations involve Black children and 37 per cent are admitted into care. Just 9 per cent of Catholic children in the GTA are Black. They are working with Toronto children’s aid to get more comparable data.

“We are working closely with Black community partners to deliver more culturally appropriate services,” said Dionne Martin, strategic lead for the agency’s African descent service priority program. A pilot project with the African Canadian Community Services, a new agency lead by Margaret Parsons, head of the African Canadian Legal Clinic, is scheduled to begin in the fall, she said.


          Fifty Shades of Decadence, One Shade of ISIS   
The “Islamic State” has gone full Genghis Khan during the past week — beheading 21 Christians on a beach in Libya, incinerating 45 hapless souls in a northern Iraqi town, linking up with Boko Haram in Central Africa, establishing cordial ties with al-Qaeda, and watching contentedly as apostles of jihad inflicted death in Denmark. From its […]
          Wipro and IDC donate ICT laboratories to 2 schools   
(Telecompaper) Wipro has provided two ICT laboratories to two schools in South Africa's Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, in partnership with South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)...
          Hans Wink   
Friday's Fabulous Flyer


Hans Wink

Han's Wink was born in East Germany in 1966, under the communist regime. He grew up in Magdeburg, East Germany, where life was anything but easy for him. His difficult childhood included the divorce of his parents, an abusive stepfather, and problems with school. Searching for a better life, he escaped through the Iron Curtain for freedom in the West, and found his way to America, where he now lives in Miami, Florida, and Mexico. 

While everyone faces life challenges, being born behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany, at the height of the cold war, was a challenge of another kind. Han's knew he wasn’t going anywhere fast when he was forced out of vocational school at 16 for his “behavior unbecoming of a young communist.” He thought his only hope in a successful life would be to one day take over his father’s tailor shop. The only thing that kept him going was "a series of cheap romances fueled by even cheaper liquor." Sadly, before his 18th birthday his father died and his step-mother slammed the door in his face. Sometime thereafter he escaped to America. 


As a young man living in Miami Han's said that he, "Ran the gamut of the American experience, from tumultuous relationships to drugs and vice." In the year 2000 he escaped once again, but this time  it was from "The love of my life after a devastating breakup. This was a tragic fall that would have shattered me to pieces if not for the door that opened to a new profession—aviation!"



Once that aviation bug hit, Hans was destined to succeed when he became a commercial pilot. His path in life was anything but traditional. He flew from one challenge to the next, but when he earned his wings something change. He not only saved his life, but began saving countless other lives as he flew worldwide in air-ambulance missions. In 2009 he accepted a three-year contract with the United Nations to fly officials to the hot spots of Africa and Asia. Observing UN operations in war zones such as Libya and Afghanistan compelled Hans to write about his encounters. But he said his main objective was always to, "Reconnect with my alienated children."



Captain Hans Wink holds airline certifications for both Europe and the US. In addition to the military operations under UN mandate, he has flown both VIP and medical emergency response teams on a worldwide scale. The cultural and social differences he has encountered, and the pain and suffering he's lived and observed is what has formed his personality, his philosophy, and his approach toward living. Which brings us to his book: IN MID-AIR.

Hans graciously mailed me a copy, and what a great read this is. I have been at the ocean all week, and have been busy playing with the kids, but two nights ago when the little ones were all in bed, and the big kids ended the games for the night, I climbed into a bathtub and began to read. I stayed so long in the tub that I turned my water cold, then continued reading well into the night that turned into the morning. Last night was no different. Hans chose autobiographical narrative nonfiction to combine the dramas of his personal life with his experience traveling the world. What a fascinating story this is. 




"IN MID-AIR is the unbelievably true story of a rebellious teenager locked in an authoritarian regime. A coming of age drama of what it took to overcome his childhood and family, the Berlin Wall, culture shock, language barriers and a love so passionate that it nearly destroyed him. It is the story of a fairy-tale marriage, a beautiful family and a horrific divorce. It it’s about accepting defeat, yet never giving up and never losing hope. It’s about setting your goals high, starting over as many times as you have to and working hard to achieve those goals. The sky is literally the limit."


"IN MID-AIR is for anyone facing a challenge in life, 
for anyone who needs a little inspiration 
to help them get up, brush themselves off 
and get going again."

Now that Captain Hans has flown air-ambulance and diplomatic missions around the world for over two decades, you can say he’s been around the block a few times. His autobiography also includes some of his observations, seen from air bases in Afghanistan and Africa, and from his two homelands – Germany and the US.

There is action police interrogations, border guards and jail cells, to car chases, fights, and jet landings in war zones. IN MID-AIR is absolutely an extraordinary autobiography that will lift you you up and won’t let you down.



You can Find Hans at: 

Twitter: @hans_wink


Now... it's time for me to continue reading! From what I've read so far, you will not be disappointed! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 




          Politica - Immigrazione: il fallimento del capitalismo occidentale (EdoardoPisani)   
Dal sito senzapelisullatastiera.blogspot.it, EdoardoPisani scrive nella categoria Politica che: Tutti gli interventi che si stanno prevedendo per controllare l'immigrazione dal medio oriente e dal contente africano sono un'ulteriore dimostrazione del fallimento del capitalismo.
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          Cultura - Quali sono le lingue più diffuse nel continente africano? (CourseFindersItalia)   
CourseFindersItalia scrive nella categoria Cultura che: In un continente così vasto e etnicamente frammentato, la costellazione linguistica è vastissima. Inoltre, quelle che conosciamo sono con molta probabilità soltanto una parte delle molteplici lingue
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          This One-Pan North African-Spiced Chicken with Roasted Carrots Recipe Is An Amazing Diet-Friendly Dish   
One-Pan North African-Spiced Chicken With Roasted Carrots
Brent Herrig
Directions: 
Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add ancho chili, caraway, coriander, cumin, and peppercorns. Cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes, shaking skillet often. Let cool.
Use a spice grinder or mortal and pestle to finely grind chili and seeds. Combine the spice mixture with salt, and rub it evenly over chicken.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, swirling to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add chicken and cook until browned, turning once, about 10 minutes.
Remove chicken from skillet, and set aside on a plate. Add carrots and 1-2 tbsp orange juice to skillet, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the pan. Place chicken back in skillet, and transfer to oven; roast about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 180°F and carrots are just tender.
Drizzle remaining orange juice over chicken and carrots. Sprinkle with orange zest and cilantro just before serving. Remove skin if desired.

          5 Whole30 Recipes You'll Love    

          Guinea Bissau: Fresh Talks to End 2-Year Deadlock   
[RFI] Guinea-Bissau's President Jose Mario Vaz was scheduled to meet political parties on Thursday to try to put an end to the country's political crisis. He's been given three months by the West African Economic Community (Ecowas) to find a solution.
          Africa: Mali Study Finds Simple Malaria Intervention Boosts Students' Performance   
[VOA] New research suggests that the ability of children in Africa to perform well in school could be dramatically improved through the provision of basic malaria education and treatment.
          Nigeria: Education, Good Governance Will Enhance African Trade - Obasanjo   
[Guardian] Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says that basic education and good governance will enhance intra-African trade.
          Essential Arts & Culture: Visceral border art, a 'guileless' Wilshire Grand, must-see African sculpture   
Happy Fourth, Los Angeles! May your buns be firm and your apple pie sweet. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of important culture news and dog videos:

A visceral border experience

Mexican film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has created a VR experience... Reported by L.A. Times 57 minutes ago.
          Towards "Silencing the Guns by the Year 2020": a Call for Clear and Tangible Measures for Addressing Impunity for Conflict-related Violations in Africa   
Publisher: Amnesty International - Document type: Regional Reports
          US-Atombomber trainieren über dem Operationsgebiet Europa    
Guten Abend,
ich war wieder mal gehandicappt. Diesmal mit einer Augenentzündung im linken Auge (dem Nahsichtauge). Mit dem Fernsichtauge lässt sich auch mit Brille nicht gut arbeiten. Konnte es mit Hausmitteln so weit eindämmen, dass es nicht mehr rinnt, nicht mehr juckt, nicht mehr schmerzt, sondern nur noch feuerrot ist, was mich doch ein bisschen zur Vorsicht zwingt. Weiß nicht woher es kam - wohl eine Kombination von der Holzarbeit (was mit Staub verbunden ist), zu viel Arbeit am PC mit all den Störungen (Hacker?), der Kälte und dem permanenten Wind.
Nun gut, ein Freund legte mir ans Herz, euch ebenfalls auf den Artikel der Luftpost aufmerksam zu machen:

US-Atombomber trainieren über dem Operationsgebiet Europa

Nach Fairford in Großbritannien verlegte strategische US-Atombomber trainieren über dem Operationsgebiet Europa für den finalen Atomkrieg.

Von Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, 02.06.17 RAF Fairford Atombomber des Typs B-52H Stratofortress von der Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana und rund 800 Soldaten des Global Strike Command der U.S. Air Force
(des für den weltweiten Atomwaffen-Einsatz zuständigen Kommandos, sind am 2. Juni auf dem Flugplatz Fairford der RoyalAir Force / RAF in Großbritannien eingetroffen und sollen von dort aus an einer ganzen Reihe gemeinsamer Manöver
mit NATO-Verbündeten und Partnern teilnehmen. 

Hier weiterlesen.

Wen sich das nicht anhört, als wäre alles schon fest beschlossen und das Paket fix und fertig geschnürt. Nur die Deutschen scheinen noch nichts zu bemerken. Naja, Kaiserslautern gibt es ja schon seit 70 Jahren und nie ist etwas passiert. Nicht bei uns, dafür umso mehr draußen in der Welt mit ein paar Millionen Toten, Millionen Krüppeln - Kinder, Frauen, alte Menschen - ungezählte Städte, Dörfer, Monumente und Äcker und Landschaften sind zerbombt und unbewohnbar, aber das ist nicht unser Bier, und die Flüchtlinge auch nicht. Die sollen hingehen, wo der Pfeffer wächst.

Allerdings ist eins TODsicher: Wenn's losgeht, dann knallt es zuerst dort in der Pfalz. Keiner wird sagen können: Wenn wir das gewusst hätten! Nee, die meisten werden dazu auch nicht mehr kommen. 

Und hier ist ein zweiter Artikel von unserem gemeinsamen Freund aus Kamerun, Professor Jean-Paul Pougala, den der unentwegte Friedenskämpe und Freund Klaus Madersbacher aus Tirol wunderbar übersetzt hat:  

Die Lügen hinter dem Krieg des Westens gegen Libyen

und

Sind diejenigen, die die Demokratie exportieren wollen, selbst Demokraten? 

Da stehen eine ganze Reihe Dinge drin, die selbst mir noch unbekannt waren, obwohl ich mich seit Jahrzehnten mit Afrika beschäftige. Es soll nur keiner hier glauben, dass die Menschen dort so blöd sind und nicht merken, dass sie von seit Jahrhunderten bestohlen, belogen und brutalst unterdrückt werden.

Zum Weiterlesen auf die Quelle drücken.

Quelle - källa - source

 


          Timetable in Israel for Aliyah Flight from South Africa 22-24/4   
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          Photos from the Welcoming Ceremony for South African Olim at the Kotel   
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          Welcoming Ceremony for South African Olim at the Kotel   
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          Hypokalemic myopathy “A Possible complication of clay eating   
Hypokalemic myopathy “A Possible complication of clay eating Moagi, Mantoa Elizabeth 1 BACKGROUND (geophagia/pica) Pica is a tendency to ingest nonnutritive substances eg. chalk, paper, wood, coal etc. The American Psychiatric Association in its diagnostic and statistical Manual defines Pica as persistent eating of non-nutritive substances that is inappropriate for developmental level, occurs outside culturally sanctioned practice and, if observed during the course of another mental disorder, is sufficiently severe to warrant independent attention. The term pica comes from the Latin word magpie- a bird known for its indiscriminating eating habits. The deliberate consumption of earth, soil or clay is known as geophagia which is the commonest form of pica. Hippocrates is credited with the oldest description of this ancient practice. An ancient Roman textbook, De Medicina, compiled by Celsus during the rein of Emperor Tiberius (13 – 37 AD), mentions earth eating as one of the reasons for bad skin colour. It is a practice that continues to exist in modern times, the full extent however, remains unrealized most probably due to underreporting. Geophagia has been practiced at some stage, virtually world wide eg. America (north & south), Asia, Australia, Britain, India, various parts of Africa. The epidemiology however, is still unknown due to the lack of studies in this regard. Thesis(M Med(Neurology))--University of Limpopo(Medunsa Campus),2009.
          LibVibe - 17 January 2008   
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  • Canadian librarian tells LibVibe - and you - about his new adventure, from Africa
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On library computers, porn is a regular sight (1, 2, 3); Carbon dioxide leak forces library evacuation; Strains and joys color mergers between libraries and tech units; Library patron carjacked; Libraries balance patrons, homeless; Peruse the world's best public library; Librarian wins Newberry Award (1, 2); Librarian off to Tanzania for horticulture project (interview, print).


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          Ariane 5 rocket tallies 80th straight success with on-target satellite launch   
Two geostationary communications satellites rode an Ariane 5 rocket into orbit Wednesday from a launch pad in French Guiana, embarking on missions to broadcast television across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, link European air travelers with Wi-Fi, and relay video and data signals across India.
          Ancient teeth show our ancestors coped as the climate changed   
Oxford researchers have found that human ancestors were able to cope with changes in their environment as the climate varied. They developed a new method to measure climate in Africa millions of years ago, using an unexpected source: the fossilised teeth of large mammals. A view of the Lake Turkana environment as it exists today [Credit: AdamPG, WikiCommons]Hominins lived in Africa from about 7 million years ago, and were the...

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          Mokoena jumps to bronze in ‘crazy’ Catalonia Open   

By Mark Etheridge Beijing Olympics silver medallist Khotso Mokoena picked up bronze in the long jump at the Catalonia Open meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday. One of only two South Africans in action, Mokoena rued windy conditions he rated as totally unsuitable for long jump. He leapt 7.53 behind Morocco’s Yahya Berrabah (7.75) and […]

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          High-riding Moolman-Pasio tackles Giro d’Italia   

South Africa’s two-time Olympian, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, competes in the 2017 Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, which gets under way from Friday and ends on 9 July. This high profile event is the only Grand Tour in women’s cycling and starts with an 11.5-kilometre Team Time Trial. Moolman-Pasio has proven that passion, hard work and dedication does […]

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          Gold and bronze for Bruintjies and Erasmus   

By Mark Etheridge Led by Olympian Henricho Bruintjies, more track medals came the way of South Africa’s athletes at the Meeting de Nancy in France this week. Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus and Wenda Nel were the three South Africans doing duty, and there was a gold and bronze medal for the first two mentioned. Bruintjies […]

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          SA youngsters off to Wimbledon   

A dream has become come true for 22 scholars after they jetted off to London this week to attend the greatest tennis event on earth, the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. The pupils make up the Under-19 and U15 South African High Schools tennis team, who were capped at a ceremony at OR Tambo International Airport by […]

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          Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016 - Letter N   
Disney World Vacation:
  Planning, Prepping, Packing and Postponing a trip of a lifetime and things I learned along the way.

Top 10 Must-Dos at Animal Kingdom:
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Nature VS Fantasy: the two parks I am really excited about visiting are Animal Kingdom and Epcot.

I love to tour zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums. Sounds like Animal Kingdom will be a fantastic combination of all three. What a thrill to be up close to all the wonderful animals (over 1,000) that reside there. According to the guide books, the enclosures are built to bring the animals up close to the tourists but still maintain a peaceful setting for the inhabitants. If I get to see giraffes in Africa and tigers in Asia, I'll be set. Maybe some lions, too.
If you have 1 day in Epcot at Walt Disney World, here's our plan for doing rides, eating, and enjoying the park. This strategy guide contains tips, and daily itinerary!:
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Epcot would be special, too. It is compared to the 1964 New York World's Fair. I visited the Fair several times as a teenager and it was a memorable experience. Probably the best memory was the idea that some day you would be able to see the other person when you would talk on the phone. What a fantasy. I remember thinking that you would always have to look your best when you answered your phone otherwise someone would see you in your pajamas and curlers. Now a days, my sister and I FaceTalk all the time and who cares how we look, we are just happy to see each other.

Epcot, has two sections, one called Future World, where science, technology and industry meet to educate and amaze. Sounds like an all day tour.The other section is World Showcase, with a collection of pavilions highlighting 14 countries. I remember this was great at the World's Fair.

What I am most interested in is how the Disney creators have mixed all the Fantasy in with the Real, how they mesh and enhance each other. I wish we had more than a day each to do these Parks.

 

          On This Day in Math - June 30   

You know we all became mathematicians for the same reason: 
we were lazy. 
Max Rosenlicht

The 181st day of the year; 181 is the 9th palindromic prime number.

and the 181-digit palindromic number made up of all 7's except for the center being 181 (7777...7718177...77777) is a palindromic prime with a palindromic prime decimal length.

181 is the both the difference and the sum of consecutive squares:
\( 181 = 91^2 – 90^2 = 9^2 + 10^2 \)

 Every natural number greater than 181 can be written as sum of cubes of the first two primes. (students might be asked to find all examples of numbers less than 181 that can be written in this fashion, such as 35= 23 + 33)



EVENTS
1686 The Royal Society made the decision to publish De Historia Piscium, a lavishly-illustrated history of fishes by John Ray and Francis Willughby. The books was beautiful, but turned out to be such a poor seller that the Society almost went bankrupt. At one point Edmond Halley's salary could not be paid during the same period when he was trying to get Newton to complete his epic masterpiece, The Principia. Fortunately for science, Halley accepted a deal for something like one-hundred copies of the fish book, and then mostly funded the publication of Newton's classic himself over the next year. I don't know if Halley ever managed to sell any of the De Historia Piscium that he took in lieu of salary. *PB old notes.

1737 John Harrison, after positive results on the test of his first sea-clock, receives the first money awarded by the Board of Longitude (23 years after the Act to create the Board). Harrison received 500 Pounds, 250 Pounds to be paid immediately, and another 250 Pounds after completing a second clock that passes testing at sea. *Derek Howse, Britain's Board of Longitude: The Finances 1714-1828

1742 Euler replied (see June 7 post) in a letter dated 30 June 1742, and reminded Goldbach of an earlier conversation they had ("...so Ew vormals mit mir communicirt haben.."), in which Goldbach remarked his original (and not marginal) conjecture followed from the following statement, “Every even integer greater than 2 can be written as the sum of two primes,” which is thus also a conjecture of Goldbach. In the letter dated 30 June 1742, Euler stated:“Dass ... ein jeder numerus par eine summa duorum primorum sey, halte ich für ein ganz gewisses theorema, ungeachtet ich dasselbe necht demonstriren kann.” ("every even integer is a sum of two primes. I regard this as a completely certain theorem, although I cannot prove it.")*Wik
As of this date, no one else has proved it either. It is one of the oldest open questions in mathematics.

1812 Congress authorized the President of the US to issue interest bearing Treasury Notes for the first time in history.  The interest was fixed at "five and two-fifths per centum a year."  *Kane, Famous First Facts (students might calculate the present value of a $100 investment on that date compounded to the present)

1808 Humphry Davy announced he had separated the element boron. However, working independently, French chemist, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac had announced* the same accomplishment nine days ealier, on 21 Jun 1808.  *TIS

1860 Oxford evolution debate took place at the Oxford University Museum on 30 June 1860, seven months after the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Several prominent British scientists and philosophers participated, including Thomas Henry Huxley, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, Benjamin Brodie, Joseph Dalton Hooker and Robert FitzRoy.
The debate is best remembered today for a heated exchange in which Wilberforce supposedly asked Huxley whether it was through his grandfather or his grandmother that he claimed his descent from a monkey. Huxley is said to have replied that he would not be ashamed to have a monkey for his ancestor, but he would be ashamed to be connected with a man who used his great gifts to obscure the truth *Wik

1894 Tower Bridge opens, In 1886, the foundation stone of the Tower Bridge in London, England was laid (over a time capsule) by the Prince of Wales. The need to cross the River Thames at this point had become increasingly urgent for many years, and finally the necessary Act was passed in 1885. The bridge, designed by Mr. Wolfe Barry, CB, was completed at a cost of about £1,000,000. To permit the passage of tall ships between the towers, two bascule spans, each of 100-ft length, are raised. The side spans to the towers are of the more familiar suspension type. Pedestrians can traverse a high-level footway nearly at the top of the towers, even when the bridge is raised. It was officially opened 30 Jun 1894, by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, on behalf of Queen *TIS

1905 Albert Einstein's paper, "On the electrodynamics of moving bodies" (special relativity) is received at the Journal Annalen der Physik.
"Einstein develops the special theory of relativity in this paper. His concern, as he makes clear in the introduction, is that then current electrodynamics harbors a state of rest, the ether state of rest, and the theory gives very different accounts of electrodynamic processes at rest or moving in the ether. But experiments in electrodynamics and optic have provided no way to determine which is the ether state of rest of all inertial state of motion. Einstein shows that Maxwell-Lorentz electrodynamics has in fact always obeyed a principle of relativity of inertial motion. We just failed to notice it since we tacitly thought that space and time had Newtonian properties, not those of special relativity. " *John D Norton, Einstein, 1905, Pitt.edu

1908 A Comet(?) explodes above Tunguska, Siberia. *VFR In 1908, at around 7:15 am, northwest of Lake Baikal, Russia, a huge fireball nearly as bright as the Sun was seen crossing the sky. Minutes later, there was a huge flash and a shock wave felt up to 650 km (400 mi) away. Over Tunguska, a meteorite over 50-m diameter, travelling at over 25 km per second (60,000 mph) penetrated Earth's atmosphere, heated to about 10,000 ºC and detonated 6 to10 km above the ground. The blast released the energy of 10-50 Megatons of TNT, destroying 2,200 sq km of forest leaving no trace of life. The Tunguska rock came out of the Taurid Meteor storm that crosses Earth's orbit twice a year. The first scientific expedition for which records survive was made by Russian mineralogist Leonid Kulik in 1927. *TIS

1945 The first distribution of John von Neumann's First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, containing the first published description of the logical design of a computer with stored-program and instruction data stored in the same address space within the memory (von Neumann architecture)*Wik

1946 ENIAC formally accepted by the government. See 2 October 1955*VFR

In 1948, the transistor was demonstrated by its inventors, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, scientists at the Bell Telephone Laboratory in Murray Hill, NJ.* It was a simple, tiny device utilizing the electronic semiconducting properties of a germanium wafer. The transistor represented a significant advance in technology. As it was developed over the next few years, it was incorporated into electronic equipment as a functional replacment for the vacuum tube. Such use of transistors provided great savings in space and electrical power consumption. This made possible the small portable, battery-powered transistor radios which were sold to the public by late 1954.*TIS

1954 Solar eclipse in Britain. The about 3 minutes totality was visible in the Faroes and the southern line was crossing the northernmost Shetland. Many people in England do remember this eclipse and is often mistaken as total for those who saw a large partial eclipse. The eclipse track traveled across Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Byelorussia, and Russia. *NSEC

1955 Sperry Rand formed. In 1955 Sperry acquired Remington Rand and renamed itself Sperry Rand. Acquiring then Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation and Engineering Research Associates along with Remington Rand, the company developed the successful UNIVAC computer series and signed a valuable cross-licensing deal with IBM. *Wik

1972 The International Time Bureau adds the first leap second to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). *Wik

1973     
A group of scientist boarded a prototype French Concorde airplane to chase a solar eclipse. The eclipse promised a luxurious view if you stood at the right place on the planet: a maximum of 7 minutes and 4 seconds as the moon passed over the Sahara Desert. It would be just 28 seconds short of the longest possible eclipse viewable from Earth; in the preceding several hundred years, there had only been one eclipse longer than this one, and there would not be a longer total solar eclipse until June 2150. Not satisfied with one of the longest eclpises in recent history, the group managed to negotiate a viewing flight on the still in testing Concorde. Closing in at maximum velocity, Concorde would swoop down from the north and intercept the shadow of the moon over northwest Africa. Traveling together at almost the same speed, Concorde would essentially race the solar eclipse across the surface of the planet, giving astronomers an unprecedented opportunity to study the various phenomena made possible by an eclipse. In one flight, Concorde had given astronomers more eclipse observing time than all the previous expeditions last century—generating three articles in Nature and a wealth of new data. *Motherboard


2011 Mr Ballew finally hung up his spurs and rode off into the sunset with his sweetheart, Jeannie.






2015 A Leap second is added to the clock in the last second before 8pm, so there will be a minute with 61 seconds. Between 1972 and 2012, a leap second has been inserted about every 18 months, on average. However, the spacing is quite irregular and apparently increasing: there were no leap seconds in the seven-year interval between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2005, but there were nine leap seconds in the eight years 1972–1979. *Wik


BIRTHS

1748  Dominique Cassini (30 June 1748 – 18 October 1845)  was a French mathematician and surveyor who worked on his father's map of France.  He was the son of César-François Cassini de Thury and was born at the Paris Observatory. In 1784 he succeeded his father as director of the observatory; but his plans for its restoration and re-equipment were wrecked in 1793 by the animosity of the National Assembly. His position having become intolerable, he resigned on September 6, and was thrown into prison in 1794, but released after seven months. He then withdrew to Thury, where he died fifty-one years later.
He published in 1770 an account of a voyage to America in 1768, undertaken as the commissary of the French Academy of Sciences with a view to testing Pierre Le Roy’s watches at sea. A memoir in which he described the operations superintended by him in 1787 for connecting the observatories of Paris and Greenwich by longitude-determinations appeared in 1791. He visited England for the purposes of the work, and saw William Herschel at Slough. He completed his father’s map of France, which was published by the Academy of Sciences in 1793. It served as the basis for the Atlas National (1791), showing France in departments.
Cassini’s Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire de l’observatoire de Paris (1810) embodied portions of an extensive work, the prospectus of which he had submitted to the Academy of Sciences in 1774. The volume included his Eloges of several academicians, and the autobiography of his great-grandfather, Giovanni Cassini.*Wik

1791  Félix Savart (June 30, 1791, Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes – March 16, 1841, Paris) became a professor at Collège de France in 1836 and was the co-originator of the Biot-Savart Law, along with Jean-Baptiste Biot. Together, they worked on the theory of magnetism and electrical currents. Their law was developed about 1820. The Biot-Savart Law relates magnetic fields to the currents which are their sources. Félix Savart also studied acoustics. He developed the Savart wheel which produces sound at specific graduated frequencies using rotating disks.
Félix Savart is the namesake of the unit of measurement for musical intervals, the savart, though it was actually invented by Joseph Sauveur.*Wik

1856 Cargill Knott (June 30, 1856 – October 26, 1922) born. He graduated from Edinburgh University and was then an assistant in the Physics department. With Barclay and Fraser he was one of the writers who originally proposed the founding of the EMS. He went to the Imperial University in Tokyo as Professor. He returned to a lectureship in Edinburgh and eventually became a Reader in Applied Mathematics. He became Secretary and Treasurer of the EMS in 1883 and President in 1893 and 1918.*SAU

1880 Birthdate of Rudolf Fueter (30 June 1880 in Basel; 9 August 1950 in Brunnen) who worked with functions with non-commutative variables and also in number theory. *SAU


DEATHS

1660 William Oughtred, (5 March 1575 – 30 June 1660) inventor of the slide rule (1621) and a staunch royalist, died in a transport of joy on hearing the news of the restoration of Charles II. Augustus De Morgan later remarked, “It should be added, by way of excuse, that he was eighty-six years old.” *VFR an Episcopal minister who invented the earliest form of the slide rule, two identical linear or circular logarithmic scales held together and adjusted by hand. Improvements involving the familiar inner rule with tongue-in-groove linear construction came later. He introduced the familiar multiplication sign x in a 1631 textbook, along with the first use of the abbreviations sin, cos and tan.*TIS

1919 John William Strutt 3rd Baron of Rayleigh (of Terling Place)(12 November 1842 – 30 June 1919) was an English physical scientist who made fundamental discoveries in the fields of acoustics and optics that are basic to the theory of wave propagation in fluids. He received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1904 for his investigations into the densities of the most important gases and his successful isolation of argon, an inert atmospheric gas.*TIS




Credits
*CHM=Computer History Museum
*FFF=Kane, Famous First Facts
*NSEC= NASA Solar Eclipse Calendar
*RMAT= The Renaissance Mathematicus, Thony Christie
*SAU=St Andrews Univ. Math History
*TIA = Today in Astronomy
*TIS= Today in Science History
*VFR = V Frederick Rickey, USMA
*Wik = Wikipedia
          ARGENTINA´S 100-YEAR BOND CANNOT DEFY EM PLAYBOOK FOREVER / THE FINANCIAL TIMES   

Argentina’s 100-year bond cannot defy EM playbook forever

If the Fed is proved right on growth and inflation, then EM assets are likely to suffer

by: Jonathan Wheatley



Gauchos: saddle up. Argentina, one of the world’s most notorious serial defaulters, came to market on Monday with a 100-year sovereign bond, and investors snapped it up with all the macho bravado of the legendary horsemen of the pampas.

Really? A dollar-denominated bond that pays back 100 years from now, from a junk-rated country that has barely managed to stay solvent for more than half that time in its entire history as a creditor?

While there is certainly an investment case for taking part, several analysts warn that this issue is a classic sign of a market getting ahead of itself.

The point, though, is not the 100 years. The complexities of bond maths mean that, once maturities go beyond 30 years, the investment case barely changes. Barring default, with a yield of nearly 8 per cent, the bond will repay investors in full in about 12 years, all else (such as inflation) being equal — and that’s leaving aside its resale value. Many investors will have much shorter horizons.
In a world starved of yield, the 7.91 per cent on offer proved to be quite a pull and the bond attracted orders of $9.75bn for the $2.75bn issued. “People are looking out over the next 12 to 24 months and see a pretty positive outlook [for Argentina],” says David Robbins, head of emerging markets at TCW in New York. “Duration in high yield is something they are more comfortable with.” Argentina, he notes, is in effect selling equity in its economic recovery.

With so much else priced to perfection on global markets, this may seem to go with the territory. But others warn that we have been here before.

Sérgio Trigo Paz, head of emerging market fixed income portfolio management at BlackRock, says the rationale and the pricing are all good. But, he adds: “When you put it into perspective, it gives you a sense of déjà vu.”

Argentina’s is not the only noteworthy sale this week. Russia reportedly attracted demand of more than $6bn for 10-year and 30-year eurobonds expected to be priced later on Tuesday at yields of about 4.25 per cent and 5.25 per cent respectively.

This is happening just as the US Federal Reserve has embarked on “quantitative tightening”, raising interest rates last week for the second time this year and preparing markets for an announcement on how it will begin shrinking its supersized balance sheet later in the year.

It is not hard to see parallels between today and 2013, when the Fed announced the approaching end of quantitative easing just as investors were piling with enthusiasm into a series of high-profile eurobond issues by African governments. Some of those went badly wrong as investors fled emerging markets in the subsequent “taper tantrum”.

Investors may feel Argentina is less vulnerable this year to the dangers of “original sin” — issuing debt in dollars that must be serviced from revenues in your own, potentially weakening currency.

Last year’s dollar strength has faded and the peso has weakened against it by only about 1.5 per cent this year.

While a repeat of the taper tantrum is not expected, Mr Trigo Paz is among those warning that we are nevertheless at an inflection point.

He sees two scenarios. In one, the Fed is right about inflation and rates will continue to rise.

This would turn the Argentine bond into “a bad experience”. In the other, markets are right, US inflation and payrolls will disappoint and we will be back in a low rate environment, which will be good for the bonds — until deflation rears its head again, hurting the Argentine economy and its ability to pay.

In the meantime, he says, there is a “Goldilocks” middle ground in which investors can suck up an 8 per cent coupon. Beyond that: “It doesn’t look good either way — which is why you get an inflection point.”

Jim Barrineau, co-head of EM debt at Schroders, agrees. “Issuance like this will be the most volatile when the market cracks,” he says. “You do well until you don’t.”

At bottom, the question is whether the strong flows into EM assets this year, more than $35bn into EM bond funds alone, will continue to cushion investors from upsets down the road. It may be that the sheer quantity of money in search of yield will overpower events.

“You’re getting a ton of inflows, including passive inflows, compression of yields and compression of default risk,” says Mr Barrineau. “And people need to put money to work.”

However, he added: “History shows in EM that this type of environment doesn’t last for ever.

“This is the type of thing that when the tide turns is just poised to underperform. We’d rather pass on issues that appear to be the product of a frothy market.”

          Sunuker Fm présente votre Emission « Waxtaane Sunu Réew » avec Seydina Omar Ba. Une Chronique pour donner du sens à l’actualité de la semaine ! EPISODE 4   
Sunuker Fm présente votre Emission « Waxtaane Sunu Réew » avec Seydina Omar Ba. Une Chronique pour donner du sens à l’actualité de la semaine ! EPISODE 4 Tous les Jeudi à partir de 18h GMT (20hr en France) En LIVE sur Sunuker Fm (Sunuker.com ): La Première Radio Africaine A Los Angeles. Ce Jeudii à partir […]
          Solomon Kane, de Michael J. Bassett (2009)   
TÍTULO ORIGINAL: Solomon Kane
AÑO: 2009
DURACIÓN: 104 min.
PAÍS: Reino Unido
DIRECTOR: Michael J. Bassett
GUIÓN: Michael J. Bassett (Personajes: Robert E. Howard)
MÚSICA: Klaus Badelt
FOTOGRAFÍA: Dan Laustsen
REPARTO: James Purefoy, Max Von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alice Krige, Mackenzie Crook, Ryan James, Kenny Mitchell, Stewart Moore, Mark O'Neal
PRODUCTORA: Coproducción Reino Unido-Francia-República Checa; Davis-Films / International Production Company / Wandering Star Pictures
WEB OFICIAL: http://www.solomonkane.com

Valoración: 6.

La literatura pulp tuvo su mayor apogeo en los Estados Unidos, allá por las décadas de los años 30, 40 y 50, en revistas tan míticas como Weird Tales, Amazing Stories o Black Mask, que gozaron de un gran tirón popular. Autores tan conocidos como H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard o L. Ron Hubbard, narraron en ellas historias detectivescas, westerns, relatos de ciencia ficción o de fantasía heroíca, género este último en el que Robert E. Howard demostró un talento muy particular. Narrador sin par y casi un erudito en historia antigua, de su pluma han surgido héroes mundialmente conocidos como Conan de Cimmeria, Sonja La Ronja o el picto Bran Mak Morn, entre muchos otros. Solomon Kane, un puritano espadachín del siglo XVI, es uno de los menos conocidos del genio de Texas, ahora adaptado para el cine por Michael J. Bassett, lamentablemente con no muy buena fortuna.

Solomon Kane, tras toparse con un esbirro del diablo, da por término a sus fechorías como corsario en tierras africanas y se recluye por propia voluntad en un monasterio, entregándose a una vida contemplativa en la que poder expiar sus inumerables pecados. Tras verse obligado a abandonar su retiro espiritual por la misma iglesia, decide volver a las tierras de su padre, al condado de Devonshire en el sudoeste de Inglaterra. Los parajes de su niñez se hallan ahora bajo el terror de un misterioso hechicero llamado Machali.

Exceptuando la primera entrega de Conan, aquella muy digna cinta dirigida por John Milius y producida por Dino de Laurentis, en la que un jovencito Arnold Schwarzenegger daba espadazos al ritmo de la prodigiosa banda sonora compuesta por Basil Poledouris, a Robert E. Howard nunca le ha ido bien con el invento de los hermanos Lumiere. Esta no es la excepción, por dos poderosas razones: la pésima en mi opinión, dirección artística y lo pobre del guión.

Uno de los encantos del personaje, que Howard supo manejar sobre el papel, fué siempre lo brumoso de su pasado, un pasado que intuimos es la semilla del fanatismo de sus actos, en su lucha sin cuartel contra las fuerzas del mal. Michael J. Basett, incomprensiblemente, decide poner fin a esta "laguna" y se lanza a contarnos sin ninguna necesidad porqué Solomon Kane se lia a espadazos contra demonios y hechiceros, en una Inglaterra que no sabemos muy bien si es Mordor o efectivamente, la albión del siglo XVI, gracias al afán por ensuciar escenarios, vestiduras, personas y figurantes, en una de las direcciones artísticas más torpes que he visto en mucho tiempo.

El guión, que firma el propio director, ligeramente inspirado en escenas dispersas de los relatos cortos del personaje, es un batiburrillo de escenas inconexas, previsibles, con antagonistas que aparecen brevemente y mal, que remata con un climax que no consigue dar el do de pecho.

El reparto hace lo que puede, destacando el gran Max Von Sidow en el papel de padre de Solomon (que ya apareció por cierto en el Conan de Milius con un papel no muy distinto a este) y James Purefoy, que protagoniza la cinta con algún que otro mohín de hombre sufrido. Tambien anda por ahi Pete Postlethwaite, que siempre luce.

En fin, un producto de serie B que, aunque termina entreteniendo, nunca mereció el bueno de Solomon Kane. Con este precedente, tiemblo solo de pensar en lo que nos espera con la Red Sonja de Robert Rodriguez o la adaptación de las aventuras de Bran Mak Morn, que aún no cuenta con director.

          Mosquito-killing fungi engineered with spider and scorpion toxins could help fight malaria   
Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In some of the hardest-hit areas in sub-Saharan Africa, the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite have become resistant to traditional chemical insecticides, complicating efforts to...
          Witchweed-destructive by nature   
Scientists in Japan have designed a synthetic molecule that gives new insight into how a destructive weed might be detecting its host crops.  The parasitic plant Striga, also known as witchweed, poses a major threat to food security, affecting 100 million people in Africa alone and...
          First malaria vaccine to be introduced in Africa   
It kills hundreds of thousands a year and infects many millions more across the globe, but no place bears the brunt of malaria like Africa.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 90 percent of 2015\'s malaria cases occurred in Africa, as did 92 percent of malaria deaths. It is...
          Afrique de l'Ouest: Le Conseil des Ministres de l'UEMOA scrutent les conditions d'une croissance accélérée   
[allAfrica] La situation économique et monétaire de l'Union au 31 mars 2017 est l'un des points saillants soumis à l'appréciation du Conseil des Ministres de l'UEMOA lors de sa session de ce vendredi 30 juin 2017. Des analyses seront faites sur la base d'un contexte marqué par une activité économique de l'Union qui a avait enregistré un taux de croissance de 6,7% en 2016 après 6,3% en 2015. Des mesures sont ainsi attendu
          Afrique: Commerce - Plus de dix mille entrepreneurs chinois sur le sol africain   
[Les Dépêches de Brazzaville] L'estimation est du cabinet de conseil américain, Mc Kinsey, qui traduit de manière claire une véritable percée de la Chine en Afrique. A en croire ce nouveau rapport sur le phénomène chinois en Afrique, aucune étude passée n'a pu révéler exactement l'importance et la diversification de l'implication économique chinoise dans la région.
          Maroc: Africa Design Award 2017 - Six laureats couronnés   
[Lejecos.com] Une semaine après la clôture du concours de design Africa Design Award 2017, fondé en 2014 par le designer Hicham Lahlou, six lauréats ont été couronnés lors de la soirée de Gala organisée à Rabat.
          Afrique: Deuxième édition de l'Africa Start-up Tour - Abidjan accueille l'événement   
[Lejecos.com] Le rendez-vous panafricain des innovateurs et entrepreneurs africains aura lieu du 6 au 9 Juillet à Abidjan Plateau à la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie d'Abidjan.
          Afrique: Hicham Lahlou, fondateur de l'Africa Design Days - «Il faut former les jeunes africains et leur proposer des métiers nouveaux... »   
[Lejecos.com] Figure emblématique du Design nouvelle génération, il fait partie depuis deux décennies des signatures du design mondial et de la création. Il est une personnalité reconnue sur le continent Africain, continent dont il représente fièrement. Hachim Lahlou a fondé le projet Africa design days/award en 2014 et le dirige en tant que leader du design africain. Par ailleurs, il vient de recevoir la distinction de Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des L
          Sénégal: La BAD veut connecter 75 millions de foyers à l'électricité d'ici à dix ans   
[APS] Dakar -La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) veut connecter, d'ici à 10 ans, 75 millions de foyers africains à l'électricité en travaillant avec les autres acteurs du secteur et les bailleurs de fonds, a annoncé son vice-président chargé de l'énergie, Amadou Hott.
          World: General Assembly Approves Appropriation of $6.8 Billion for 14 Peacekeeping Operations in 2017/18   
Source: UN General Assembly
Country: Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Western Sahara, World

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-FIRST, 89TH MEETING (AM)
GA/11927 30 JUNE 2017

Approving the appropriation of $6.80 billion for 14 peacekeeping operations for the 2017/18 fiscal period, the General Assembly today adopted 21 resolutions and one decision contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary). (See Press Release GA/AB/4239.)

Appropriating funds for peacekeeping operations from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, the Assembly adopted resolutions on missions in Abyei, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Golan, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

All texts were adopted without a vote, with the exception of the resolution setting out budgetary arrangements for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which it adopted by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

The Assembly also adopted related drafts on the support account for peacekeeping operations, and financing for the account; on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment; and on the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, and Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda.

As well, it adopted a resolution on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, by which it requested the Secretary-General to immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Also adopted was a text on the United Nations financial reports and audited financial statements on peacekeeping missions, as well as the Board of Auditors’ reports on them.

Finally, the Assembly adopted a draft decision by which it deferred, until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session, consideration of reports from the Secretary-General, and related reports from the Advisory Committee, regarding closed peacekeeping missions.

Action on Draft Resolutions

The Assembly took action on the draft resolutions contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), which were introduced by Committee Rapporteur Diana Lee (Singapore).

First, it adopted a resolution contained in the budget Committee’s report on financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (document A/71/702/Add.1), accepting the financial report and audited financial statements of United Nations peacekeeping operations for the period ending 30 June 2016. It endorsed the recommendations in the corresponding reports of the Board and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and asked the Secretary-General to ensure their full implementation. It went on to ask the Secretary-General to indicate an expected time frame for implementation, and to give, in his next report, a full explanation for delays in implementation of the Board’s outstanding recommendations, the root causes of recurring issues and measures to be taken.

It then turned to the report on administrative and budgetary aspects of financing peacekeeping operations (document A/71/708/Add.1), adopting five resolutions contained therein.

First, it adopted resolution I on the financing of the Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, by which it approved the amount of $33 million for the maintenance of the Centre for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Then it adopted resolution II on the financing of the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, by which the Assembly would approve the cost estimates for the Base in the amount of $81 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Next, it adopted resolution III on the support account for peacekeeping operations. By its terms, the Assembly decided to approve the support account requirements of $325.80 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $25.04 million for the enterprise resource planning project, $821,500 for information and systems security and $868,500 for the global service delivery model. It also approved the requirement of 1,357 continuing and 3 new temporary posts, as well as the abolishment, redeployment, reassignment and reclassification of posts, as set out in annex I of the text; and 77 continuing and 3 new general temporary assistance positions and 59 person-months, as set out in annex II, as well as related post and non-post requirements.

The Assembly went on to adopt resolution IV on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment. By doing so, it took note of the report of the 2017 Working Group on Contingent-Owned Equipment and the report of the Secretary-General. It also endorsed the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report of the ACABQ.

Finally, it adopted resolution V on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. By its terms, the Assembly welcomed the Secretary-General’s determination to fully implement the United Nations policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as his determination to fully enforce the newly promulgated policy of whistle-blower protection. It requested that he immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Turning to reports on peacekeeping missions, the Assembly first adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) (document A/71/945), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNISFA the amount of $285.12 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $266.70 million for the maintenance of the Force, $13.49 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $3.38 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $1.56 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Turning to a report on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) (document A/71/946), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Mission $943.77 million from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $882.80 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $44.65 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $11.16 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $5.16 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (document A/71/715/Add.1). By its terms, the Assembly, recalling Security Council resolution 2284 (2016) extending the mission mandate for a final period until 30 June 2017, decided that, for Member States that had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Operation, shall be credited with their respective share of $65.22 million, comprising the unencumbered balance of $48.68 million and $16.54 million of other revenue in respect of the financial period ending 30 June 2016.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (document A/71/947). By its terms, it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNFICYP $57.41 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $54.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $2.73 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $682,900 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, it adopted a report on financing of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (document A/71/948), appropriating to the Special Account for MONUSCO $1.22 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $1.14 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $57.74 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $14.44 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.67 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution contained in the Committee’s report on financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document A/71/933) by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for that Mission $5.69 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, including $4.55 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.14 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, the Assembly adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (document A/71/950), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMIK $40.29 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $37.90 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $1.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $479,200 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (document A/71/951). By its terms, it appropriated to the Special Account for UNMIL $116.95 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $110.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $5.56 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.91 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The Assembly also adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) (document A/71/952), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINUSMA $1.12 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.05 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $53.00 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $13.25 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.12 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Under its agenda item on financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, the Assembly took action on resolutions contained in two reports.

It first adopted a draft on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (document A/71/953), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Force the amount of $61.30 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $57.65 million for the maintenance of UNDOF, $2.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $729,100 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The representative of Syria said his delegation had joined consensus on the resolutions on United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. However, it believed that it was Israel’s responsibility to pay for those Missions.

The Assembly then turned to a resolution contained in the report on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/71/954).

By a recorded vote of 85 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with 53 abstentions, the Assembly adopted preambular paragraph 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13.

Taking action on the draft resolution as a whole, the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

By its terms, the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNIFIL the amount of $513.53 million, for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $483.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $24.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.11 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Also by the draft, the Assembly expressed deep concern that Israel had not complied with previous resolutions on UNIFIL, and requested that the Secretary-General take the measures necessary to ensure the full implementation of their relevant paragraphs.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (document A/71/955), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMISS $1.14 billion for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.07 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $54.16 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $13.54 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.26 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted the resolution in the report on financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (document A/71/956), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINURSO $55.59 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $52.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $2.63 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $657,600 for the United Nations Logistics Base and $303,800 for the Regional Service Centre.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (document A/71/957), by which it appropriated to the Special Account for UNAMID $33.56 million for the period of 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $24.58 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.15 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $2.84 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Taking up the report on financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009) (document A/71/958), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) $622.19 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $582.00 million for the maintenance of the Office, $29.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $7.36 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $3.40 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Finally, acting on the Committee’s report on review of the efficiency of the administration and financial functioning of the United Nations (document A/71/717/Add.2), the Assembly deferred until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session consideration of the reports of the Secretary-General and the ACABQ on closed peacekeeping missions.


          Somalia: Public Statement by Chair of Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict   
Source: UN Security Council
Country: Somalia

SC/12896

30 JUNE 2017

At its 63rd meeting, on 18 April, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, in connection with the examination of the fourth report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Somalia (document S/2016/1098), agreed to address the following messages through a public statement issued by the Chair of the Working Group.

To all the parties to the armed conflict in Somalia, including the Somali National Army, Somali regional security forces, clan militias and, in particular, the armed groups operating in Somalia, including Al‑Shabaab and Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jamaʽa:

(a) Strongly condemning all violations and abuses committed against children in Somalia and their increase since 2015 and urging all parties to the conflict to immediately end and prevent all violations of applicable international law involving the recruitment and use of children, abduction, killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access and to comply with their obligations under international law;

(b) Calling upon the parties to further implement all previous conclusions of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict in Somalia (documents S/AC.51/2007/14, S/AC.51/2008/14 and S/AC.51/2011/2);

(c) Welcoming the efforts made by the Federal Government of Somalia since the previous conclusions of the Working Group and calling upon the Government to swiftly and fully implement the two action plans signed in 2012, including by releasing immediately and without preconditions all children from their ranks and through the criminalization of the recruitment and use of children, the issuance of command orders prohibiting and sanctioning the recruitment and use of children and other violations and abuses against children in armed conflict, the establishment of age assessment mechanisms in their recruitment process and the screening of troops;

(d) Also welcoming the ratification by the Federal Government of Somalia of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, strongly encouraging the Government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the involvement of children in armed conflict and urging federal and regional authorities to swiftly align federal or regional legislation with the international obligations of Somalia under the Convention;

(e) Strongly urging all armed groups, in particular Al-Shabaab, to immediately and without preconditions release all children associated with them and end and prevent further recruitment and use of children, including re-recruitment of children who have been released;

(f) Expressing deep concern about the high number of children killed or maimed, as a direct or indirect result of hostilities between parties to the armed conflict and of incidents of indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population, including those involving aerial bombardment, and calling upon all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the principles of distinction and proportionality enshrined therein;

(g) Expressing grave concern about the high number of cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence perpetrated against children and urging all parties to the armed conflict to take immediate and specific measures to put an end to and prevent the perpetration of rape and other forms of sexual violence against children by members of their respective groups;

(h) Calling upon all parties to the armed conflict to comply with applicable international law and to respect the civilian character of schools and hospitals, including their personnel, and to end and prevent attacks or threats of attacks against those institutions and their personnel, as well as the military use of schools and hospitals, in violation of applicable international law;

(i) Urging armed groups, in particular Al-Shabaab, to cease the abduction of children and all violations and abuses committed against abducted children and to immediately release without preconditions all abducted children in their captivity to relevant civilian child protection actors;

(j) Calling upon all parties to the armed conflict to allow and facilitate full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to children, respect the exclusively humanitarian nature and impartiality of humanitarian aid and respect the work of all United Nations humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian actors, without distinction;

(k) Expressing grave concern about the detention of children on national security charges in violation of applicable international law, as well as about the use of detained children as spies in intelligence operations and counter-terrorism activities, and urging the Federal Government of Somalia to comply with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular that the deprivation of liberty of children should be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period and be guided by the best interests of the child;

(l) Welcoming the willingness of the Federal Government of Somalia to address these issues and urging it to fulfil its commitments under the Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles), which it has endorsed, and the standard operating procedures for the reception and handover of children separated from armed groups signed by the Federal Government of Somalia, including by treating children associated with armed groups primarily as victims;

(m) Encouraging the Federal Government of Somalia to focus on sustainable reintegration opportunities for children affected by armed conflict, including the sensitization of communities to avoid the stigmatization of these children, while taking into account the specific needs of boys and girls, as well as of children with disabilities, orphans and unaccompanied children;

(n) Welcoming the fact that, on 5 October 2016, 26 of 64 children detained since March 2016 for their alleged association with Al-Shabaab were released by the Puntland authorities and handed over to the United Nations, while condemning the sentencing to death and heavy prison sentences of children for their alleged association with Al-Shabaab, in violation of their obligations under international law;

(o) Urging the Puntland authorities to review the heavy prison sentences against the children remaining in detention for their alleged association with Al‑Shabaab in accordance with applicable international law and to continue to work with the United Nations to support swift reintegration and reunification with their families in their regions of origin and rehabilitation;

(p) Calling upon all non-State armed groups to publicly express their commitment and take active steps to end and prevent all violations and abuses committed against children and to enter into dialogue with the United Nations to prepare, adopt and implement without delay action plans to end and prevent violations and abuses against children in line with Security Council resolutions 1539 (2004), 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009), 1998 (2011) and 2225 (2015);

(q) Expressing deep concern over the lack of accountability for violations and abuses committed against children and calling for an end to impunity by ensuring that all perpetrators of violations and abuses are swiftly brought to justice and held accountable, including through timely and systematic investigation and prosecution;

(r) Welcoming the commitments made by the African Union and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to peace and security in Somalia and to the protection of children affected by armed conflict in Somalia and urging the African Union and troop-contributing countries to take all necessary measures to end and prevent violations and abuses against children, including fully implementing the Force Commander’s directive on the protection of children’s rights and complying with the standing operating procedures on the handover of children formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups signed by the Federal Government of Somalia, and to ensure accountability for perpetrators by undertaking prompt, thorough and transparent independent investigations of any allegations of violations and abuses committed by their troops;

(s) Recalling that the Security Council, in its resolution 2317 (2016), recalled the financial and travel measures imposed by resolution 2002 (2011), which apply to individuals and entities designated by the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea in accordance with paragraph 43 of resolution 2093 (2013), for actions that threaten the peace, stability or security of Somalia, such as:

(i) Recruitment or use of children in armed conflict in Somalia by political or military leaders in violation of applicable international law;

(ii) Violation of applicable international law in Somalia involving the targeting of civilians, including children and women in situations of armed conflict, including killing and maiming, sexual and gender-based violence, attacks on schools and hospitals, and abduction and forced displacement;

(iii) Obstruction of the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Somalia or access to or the distribution of humanitarian assistance in Somalia;

(t) Expressing the readiness of the Working Group to communicate to the Security Council and to the Committee pertinent information with a view to assisting them in the imposition of targeted measures on perpetrators.

To community and religious leaders:

(a) Emphasizing their important role in enhancing the protection of children in armed conflict;

(b) Urging them to publicly condemn and continue to advocate ending and preventing violations and abuses against children, in particular those involving the recruitment and use of children, rape and other forms of sexual violence against children, abductions, attacks and threats of attacks against schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access.


          World: Global Weather Hazards Summary, June 30 - July 6, 2017   
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Belize, Benin, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, World

Heavy rainfall continues over Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

          Somalia: Diaspora returnees and locals resolve to work together in rebuilding Somalia   
Source: African Union Mission in Somalia
Country: Somalia

Mogadishu, 30 June 2017 – A symposium bringing together Somali diaspora returnees and homeland communities ended yesterday with a call for regular dialogue to strengthen relations with between the two groups.

Participants at the two-day meeting said it was important for diaspora returnees and locals to dialogue regularly to understand each other and iron out the false perceptions that exist among them.

The symposium also agreed to embark on awareness campaigns to highlight the importance of peaceful coexistence and the need for stronger partnerships in rebuilding the country after decades of conflict.

The recommendations were read by Naima Aden Elmi, the Chairperson of Save Somali Youth Organization (SASOYO), at the end of the symposium which was attended by government officials, members of the civil society, businesspersons, women and youth among others.

“We have agreed to set up committees in our subsequent sessions. Both sides will be represented in these committees which will be tasked with taking forward the process so that we deepen collaboration and we arrive at a common objective,” Ms. Naima stated at the end of the symposium organized by the Department of Diaspora in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SASOYO with support from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Ms. Naima added; “the outcome of the workshop exceeded our expectations and we intend to hold more discussions as requested by the delegates so that we accomplish the tasks ahead. This will be an ongoing programme.”

Muna Hassan Mohamed, a local participant, hailed the workshop, saying it provided both groups the opportunity to engage and resolve their differences.

“It was an important workshop in that it brought together diaspora returnees and the locals. The engagements were amicable as the diaspora returnees and their local counterparts held discussions so as to get to understand each other,” Ms. Muna stated.

Nuzaiba Abdullahi Ali, also a local participant, echoed Ms. Muna’s sentiments, saying the groups learned important lessons from each other.

During the discussions it was revealed that individuals born and raised in the country view themselves as having more rights than their counterparts returning home from the diaspora, while the latter believe they are better placed to contribute to the peace and stability of the country, owing to their superior education, experience and exposure.

The locals have also accused the diaspora returnees of taking up the plum jobs in government leaving them marginalized.

Mohamed Mohamoud Sheik, one of the diaspora returnees, however noted that the differences can be resolved through dialogue and appreciating the role each group plays in rebuilding Somalia.

“I think it is a really good point that we have reached to understand each other. I think more events like this will help further integrate the locals and the diaspora returnees. It is a matter of just talking to each other,” Mr. Mohamed observed.

Nimco Ahmed, another diaspora returnee, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the symposium and called for similar meetings to be held in the federal states.

“I would definitely like this kind of consultations to continue because not everyone was here both today and yesterday. There is a larger section of the society within the regions and towns who probably have these concerns as well. So we should definitely broaden these consultations,” Ms. Nimco stated.

Prof Abdilatif Egeh, an academician, asked the participants who were mainly youth to find solutions to the challenges facing Somalia.

“The majority of people here are youth and you will benefit from this country especially if solutions to the challenges facing Somalia come from you. There’s a famous saying that when we pull together we can achieve more (united we stand). I urge you to maintain that position,” Prof Egeh told the participants.

AMISOM Political Officer, Dr. Walters Samah, said the African Union Mission will continue supporting initiatives aimed at stabilising and unifying Somalia.

“One of the reasons AMISOM is supporting this great initiative is because cooperation and partnership between Somali Diaspora Returnees and Homeland community is critical for the stability and long-term development of Somalia,” Dr. Walters said.


          World: Missing Out on Small is Beautiful: The EU’s failure to deliver on policy commitments to support smallholder agriculture in developing countries (Briefing paper)   
Source: Oxfam
Country: Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, World, Yemen

With the world on the brink of an unprecedented four famines, donor countries must urgently step up efforts to tackle the structural causes of hunger and poverty. Food security and sustainable agriculture are among the European Union’s key priorities for development cooperation. The EU is committed to longterm solutions, including empowering smallholders, in particular women, and supporting environmentally sustainable approaches in agriculture. In practice, however, its development aid to the agricultural sector does not live up to its commitments. An Oxfam analysis of more than 7,500 EU-funded projects reveals a significant lack of transparency in reporting, casting doubt on the accountability of the EU’s aid. Based on the reported data, only a small portion of the EU’s agricultural development aid complies with the aim of targeting small-scale producers and women. Funding is also biased towards industrial and export crops and countries of strategic interest, at the expense of smallholders and countries most in need.

1 INTRODUCTION

In 2017, less than 10 years after the 2007–08 food price crisis, the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines. Famine has already been declared in South Sudan, while Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia are also facing the risk of mass starvation.

These are just four of the dozens of countries confronting acute and widespread food insecurity.1 Globally, an estimated 795 million people – one in nine worldwide – are still going hungry.2 The reasons for this are many, including high food prices, low agricultural productivity, abnormal weather patterns and conflict. Yet the scale of food insecurity points to deeper problems in the global food system that have never been adequately tackled. Social and economic exclusion, structural poverty, lack of access to productive resources such as land, and imbalances in power are consigning millions of people to hunger.

There is significant agreement on the need for greater commitment to address the longterm structural causes of food insecurity – and solutions are known. Empowering smallholders and supporting their efficient and environmentally sustainable approaches to agriculture is a proven long-term solution to reducing hunger and poverty and tackling power imbalances and inequalities. At least 475 million small-scale farms worldwide support around two billion people, and investing in the sector is known to have immense potential for reducing poverty. Women play a potentially transformative role in agricultural development, but they continue to face social, cultural and economic constraints that limit their potential in the sector.

European Union policy makers are aware of both the challenges and the solutions. The role of agriculture was recognized as being crucial for poverty reduction in the 2005 European Consensus on Development. Responding to some of the most severe global food price crises from 2007 onwards, the EU launched the €1bn Food Facility, with a specific focus on small-scale producers, in 2009 and the Food Security Policy Framework (FSPF) in 2010. Through the FSPF, the EU committed to a rights-based approach to support small-scale food producers, gender mainstreaming and ecologically sustainable approaches. Since then, it has made further policy commitments to reinforce priorities established in 2010; an Implementation Plan has been produced, and the European Commission has compiled consolidated EU-wide biennial progress reports since 2014. The new European Consensus on Development, adopted in May 2017, reiterates the central importance of smallholder farmers.

However, Oxfam’s analysis of the EU’s official development assistance (ODA) for agriculture reveals that its investments do not match its policy priorities. On average, the EU’s financial support for the three priority areas of smallholders, gender equality in agriculture and ecological sustainability is strikingly low. An analysis of preimplementation project data shows that less than one-quarter of EU aid for agriculture explicitly targets small-scale producers. Only 2–3 percent of EU funding promotes gender equality in agriculture, while ecological sustainability is largely missed out in planning documents altogether. Furthermore, with the exception of just one year, EU ODA has consistently supported industrial and export crops with significantly higher budgets than food crops.

Finally, Oxfam’s analysis of EU development funding for agriculture suggests that ODA is being instrumentalized to support EU foreign policy goals instead of responding to the actual needs of the most marginalized people. There is a clear bias towards supporting potential candidates for EU membership and the European neighbourhood regions, to the detriment of poorer regions elsewhere. For instance, the EU spends 3.6 times as much agricultural development aid in Europe as in sub-Sahara Africa.


          Ethiopia: Resilience in Ethiopia and Somaliland: Impact evaluation of the reconstruction project ‘Development of Enabling Conditions for Pastoralist and Agro-Pastoralist Communities’   
Source: Oxfam
Country: Ethiopia, Somalia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Oxfam GB’s Global Performance Framework is part of the organisation’s effort to better understand and communicate its effectiveness, as well as enhance learning across the organisation. Under this Framework, a small number of completed or mature projects are selected at random each year for an evaluation of their impact, known as an ‘Effectiveness Review’. One key focus is on the extent they have promoted change in relation to relevant Oxfam GB global outcome indicators.

During the 2015/16 financial year, one of the projects that was randomly selected for an Effectiveness Review was the Reconstruction Project: ‘Contributing to the Development of Enabling Conditions for Human Security for Vulnerable Pastoralist and Agro-Pastoralist Communities’. Oxfam carried out this project in partnership with several organisations, including Ogden Welfare and Development Association (OWDA), Community Development Service Association (CDSA), Somaliland Pastoral Forum (SOLPAF), Candlelight, Himilo Relief and Development Association (HIRDA), and The Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCO). The project activities, which began in July 2012 and finished in June 2016, were focused in the Somali region of Ethiopia and the Galbeed and Togdheer regions of Somaliland (see Figure 1.1).

The project was designed to build the resilience of project participants to drought, conflict, and other shocks and stresses, through a series of activities working at different scales. The project worked directly to improve pastoralists’ and agro-pastoralists’ ability to thrive in spite of drought and conflict by rehabilitating sources of water and grazing land and by managing livestock disease. The project also aimed to support alternative income-generating activities among women and the youth by providing training and supporting savings/credit groups. Finally, the project tried to increase the voice and representation of marginalised groups in key decisionmaking forums.

EVALUATION APPROACH

This Effectiveness Review used a quasi-experimental evaluation design to assess the impact of the activities among the households whose members directly participated in women’s savings and credit groups that were formed by the project and through which many of the project activities were channelled. This involved comparing those households that participated in the project to a group of comparison households, which were similar to the project participants. The Effectiveness Review can only fully identify household-level effects of the project. Communitylevel effects are partially identified in the evaluation, but given the potential spillovers of the community-level activities into the comparison group, it is impossible to capture their full impacts. Activities operating at a higher level, including the project’s advocacy work in key decision-making forums, are not included in this evaluation.

This Effectiveness Review focused on 10 project villages, across two woredas (districts) of Ethiopia and one region of Somaliland. In these project communities, all households that participated in the women’s credit and savings groups that were formed and supported by the project were targeted for interview. The project participants were identified using beneficiary lists that were maintained by the project partner organisations. For the comparison, 14 villages were identified in woredas/regions that were similar to the project communities in our sample in terms of a number of key characteristics, including the dominant livelihood strategies employed by community members, the distance of the community from main roads, and the distance of the community from the Ethiopia-Somaliland border. Within the comparison communities, households were identified using exactly the same protocol that was used to establish the women’s savings and credit groups in the first place, namely through focus groups conducted with the village elders that sought out households that were poor, female-headed, and had demonstrated the potential to establish a non-farm household business.

At the analysis stage, the statistical tools of propensity-score matching and multivariate regression were used to control for apparent baseline differences between the households in the project and comparison communities, to increase confidence when making estimates of the project’s impact.
The primary aim of the Effectiveness Review was to investigate the project’s impact on building resilience to shocks and stresses. This was assessed by identifying 36 characteristics that were thought to be associated with resilience, for which data could be collected in the household survey. These characteristics were formulated under Oxfam GB’s multidimensional framework for measuring resilience, and developed through discussions with project staff and focus groups conducted in local communities. In general, these indicators were chosen to focus on the intermediate steps between project activities and final well-being outcomes, although some measures of project outputs were included. It should also be noted that we sought to generate a mix of indicators that were connected to the project’s Logic Model and those that were not. A full list of indicators and a summary of the results for each is shown in Table 1.


          Somalia: WFP VAM Food Security Analysis - East Africa: The 2017 Season - A Humanitarian Crisis Looms   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Horn of Africa region is again under drier than average conditions after experiencing a severe drought during the last growing season of Oct-Dec 2016.

  • Severe rainfall deficits are observed across Somalia, Kenya and SE Ethiopia, leading to delayed starts to the growing season, poor vegetation cover and low water resources. Significant impacts on crop production and pasture development are now very likely.

  • The situation looks increasingly similar to the record droughts of 2010-2011 and potentially worse in coastal Kenya. Somalia, currently at risk of famine, will continue to experience further deterioration.

  • Drier than average conditions in place since mid-2016 are continuing to affect large areas across East Africa including NE Uganda (Karamoja), SW Ethiopia and eastern South Sudan.

  • The region as a whole badly needs widespread above average rains throughout May and beyond to avoid significant negative impacts at an even greater scale.


          Somalia: WFP VAM Food Security Analysis - East Africa: The 2017 Season - Crisis Rather Than Disaster   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Despite improved rains since late April, the delayed start of the season and severe early dryness will result in poor crop production, degraded pasture and low water availability for human and livestock consumption.

  • The food security situation of the extremely vulnerable households is expected to further deteriorate. Pastoralists in central Somalia, SE Ethiopia and western Kenya are of particular concern.

  • Somalia, Kenya and SE Ethiopia have now endured three consecutive droughts, including one of the most severe on record in Oct-Dec 2016.

  • Central South Sudan, Sudan, NW Ethiopia and Eritrea have experienced abundant rainfall resulting in robust early vegetation growth and early start of the growing season.


          World: Challenges and opportunities across NATO's South: Migration, trafficking, extremism, and instability, Volume 1 I Number 3 I Spring 2017   
Source: OPEN Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN)
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

Executive Summary

NATO and its partners, as a part of discussions related to the Alliance’s efforts to promote peace and security in its broader neighbourhood, have increasingly focused on NATOs’ “Southern Flank.” In the following report, the authors argue that this primarily military term is likely to be off-putting to many current or would-be NATO partners, such as foreign ministries, international organisations, and civilian stakeholders, hindering the goals of “projecting stability” and risking a near-exclusive focus on threats and risks. Furthermore, this report demonstrates how the term “Southern Flank” does not fully capture NATO’s challenges. For example, issues like trafficking and migration originate in far-flung areas including West Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia, which may not be part of the Southern Flank as current conceived by NATO. In suggesting the use of a less heavily value-laden and military-centric term like the “Greater South”, the authors point out that challenges emanating from the Greater South also present opportunities to Alliance states that may bolster NATO’s strategic objectives.

The following observations and findings are based on a review of the pertinent literature from academics, research institutions, governments, and various international organisations (IOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs). They also emerge in part from the authors’ combined twenty years of research experience working on and researching issues ranging from civil-military interaction to post-crisis stabilisation and humanitarian action in contexts as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Lebanon, Somalia Syria and Yemen for governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, NATO’s former Civil-Military Fusion Centre and others.

Challenges and Opportunities in NATO’s Greater South

Some of the most immediately pressing challenges emanating from the Greater South include migration and trafficking in drugs, guns, persons as well as conflict and violent extremism. These inter-related issues thrive amidst corruption and low state capacity, prevent economic growth, and facilitate instability and extremism. This report explores these challenges and demonstrates (i) their intersecting nature; (ii) how typical approaches to addressing these issues, including increased border control and military responses, can displace the challenge and plant the seeds of future instability elsewhere; and (iii) that the various challenges facing NATO may be reconceptualised as opportunities rather than purely as threats.

With regard to migration, in 2015, 1.2 million people applied for asylum in Europe, 66.2% of whom were male according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This may pose social stability challenges not only in assimilation and cultural differences relating to gender relations but also in the fact that most young, male migrants, many of whom are single, will be jobless for a year or two following arrival. However, with approximately 84% of incoming migrants under 34 years old, the host economy may ultimately benefit economically from migration. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for instance, estimates annual output to increase by 0.1% in the EU and 0.3% in Germany by the end of 2017.


          NBC4 to feature Homer Lawson Post #653   
The African-American Legion Post 653, also named the Homer Lawson Post, and the story behind its name will be featured Monday as part of the Red, White and Boom coverage from NBC4. Mike Jackson with NBC4 featured Washington Court House in February as part of the celebration of Black History Month. They learned about the […]
          Tyler Perry to Play Pioneering Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux in HBO Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)   
HBO is developing a biopic of pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that has Tyler Perry on board to star. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are shepherding the project for Sony Pictures TV through their Storyline Entertainment banner. Perry is set to executive produce with Zadan and Meron but does not plan to direct. Charles Murray,... Read more »
          Report: Adam Silver urged Bucks to consider Danny Ferry for GM   
Ferry's Hawks tenure ended after he used African pejoratively to describe Luol Deng
          1624 - Thomas Shapiro: Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future   

When Mitch McConnell promised to fight to expand health care and not destroy it.

Thomas Shapiro, the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University and author of, “Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future", explains the trend towards stalled social mobility in America. The intersection with the widening racial wealth gap. Intergenerational wealth and race. The estate tax and structural inequality. The absurdity and danger of cutting the estate tax. Housing policy and wealth generation. Social Security and the exclusion of African Americans. Schools, property taxes and inequality and the myth of understanding generational wealth and how we deluded ourselves about how wealth is generated and why all American families need assets and social protection.

On The Fun Half: Trump throws tantrum aimed at Morning Joe on Twitter. Sarah Huckabee does more hopeless spinning. Dana Loesch with a bizarre NRA ad and a trip down conspiracy theory lane. African American off duty cop killed and the bigger picture of policing and the African American community and your calls and IMs.


          Black woman set to make polo history in top-tier event   
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 19-year-old from Philadelphia is set to become the first African-American woman to play in a top-tier U.S. polo eve…
          Rugby Union: Pro12 discussing South African additions   
South African franchises the Southern Kings and Cheetahs are set to join the Pro12 next season when they are cut from Super Rugby.
          NAFASI ZA KAZI COMESA , JULY 2017   
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional grouping of...
          NAFASI ZA KAZI EAST AFRICA TELEVISION LTD   
EAST AFRICA TELEVISION LTD, the number one youth channel that has grown to a...
          Visiting Pencils of Promise in Laos!   
Earlier this year, somewhere after Bali and before South Africa, I stopped over in Laos to see the Pencils of Promise Laos office. While I had a chance to visit Guatemala in 2013, I’ve never been to any of their other communities. Since, I was in the midst of a Southeast Asia jaunt, I thought...  continue reading > 
          Yellow African Daisies   
Yellow African Daisies
Four beautiful yellow African daisies in different stages of development.
          African American Times, NZ/AU Academic Fraud, Israel Clinical Trials, More: Thursday Buzz, June 29, 2017   
NEW RESOURCES Public Now: Montgomery County Public Libraries Announces Digital Collection of Local African American Newspaper. This is Montgomery County, Maryland. “Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) announced that seven years of the […]
          Will Sub-Saharan Africa's Population Hit 10 Billion? 15 Billion?   
Over at VDARE.com, a demographer points out that all my scary graphs lately have been based on the U.N. Population Division's optimistic-sounding "medium fertility variant" in which total fertility rates magically converge toward 1.85 babies per woman by the end of the century. But what if Africans just go on doing what comes natural? The...
          UN: "Migrants. 244 Million Are on the Move. Migration Is INEVITABLE. NECESSARY. DESIRABLE." So Lie Back and Think of England.   
Here's a more than subliminally phallic commercial put out by the UN Migration Agency instructing Europeans that they must open wide for African mass Lie back and think of England and it won't hurt that bad. Just close your eyes and tell yourself: "It's INEVITABLE. NECESSARY. DESIRABLE." And maybe you'll start to like it. Remember,...
          Diamond Platinumz, Denies Sleeping With Salome Video Vixen Hamisa Mobeto   
Diamond Platinumz, Denies Sleeping With Salome Video Vixen Hamisa Mobeto
Diamond Platinumz, Denies Sleeping With Salome Video Vixen Hamisa Mobeto
The Diamond Platinumz, Hamisa Mobeto Sex Rumours has, for months, been a hot Internet topic among East African netizens. Diamond Platinumz has now openly denied ever having a relationship, sexual intercourse or impregnating the Tanzanian supermodel. The rumours beg...
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          Kenya Becomes First African Country To Use Latest Generic AIDS Drug   
Kenya Becomes First African Country To Use Latest Generic AIDS Drug
Kenya Becomes First African Country To Use Latest Generic AIDS Drug
Kenya has become the first country in Africa to begin the use of a generic of the latest AIDS drug, Dolutegravir (DTA). Dolutegravir with the brand name Tivicay was first approved in 2013 by America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since then, other...
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          Kenya Ranked The Third Most Innovative Country In Sub-Saharan Africa   
Kenya Ranked The Third Most Innovative Country In Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya Ranked The Third Most Innovative Country In Sub-Saharan Africa
In a new ranking looking at the most innovative country in the world, Kenya has been ranked number three in Sub-Saharan Africa. The East African giant comes in behind South Africa and Mauritius. The ranking is according to the Global Innovative Index 2017...
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          Jews and South African History   
Jews from Lithuania went to South Africa between 1880 and 1940. Many Jews became dentists and came to England.South African Jews were prominent in fighting for racial equality. MandelaIn South Africa
          An Oddbins Adventure: Chenin Man, Buttered Coffee and Spider Pig   

The below is an adventure, what began as a buying trip to South Africa and turned into a true love of the region, the people, the culture and of course the wine! Working for Oddbins is unique in that we are a tiny buying team (just 3 of us), which requires a very involved approach where listing a new wine is more than it seems. It's a new partnership and during my journey I tasted some wonderful wines but also met some truly fantastic people. So, my story is of course about the wine but perhaps more importantly, about the people behind them.

It began with a challenge to revitalize the range, followed by a tasting in our London boardroom, it wouldn't do; I knew that I had to go to South Africa to experience the region and taste the wines in their natural habitat, alongside the people that made them, to get it right. In what seemed like a whirlwind, I touched down in Cape Town just a few weeks later! I remember landing and thinking to myself 'Okay, you're here. Now what?'

I had a lot of ground to cover, from Constantia to Swartland, out to Hemel en Aarde to Greyton in just a 10 day period. I hadn't been to SA before and I was alone with no comfort of a travel buddy, at least at this point...but things have a funny way of working themselves out and as I walked into arrivals there was a man holding a sign with my name on it. This was my first encounter with who I would come to call the 'legendary Campbell Roost' Zoom Safe Trips and Tours. At this time he was simply a ride from the airport to the hotel. I had no idea he would become such a significant part of my trip. From the get go I went to hop in the back seat, but Campbell was having none of it,"in the front with me", he said. And that would be my seat for the remainder of the trip, next to Campbell, not just my driver, but my tour guide, wake-up call, lunch buddy and friend.

There was no better way to start day one (ease into it) than at the serene Stellenbosch farm owned by the legendary Ken Forrester - The Chenin Man! Ken has been making wine for many years and his speciality is Chenin Blanc, which aged to leesy and textured, but for me it is the purity and quality of the 'Petit Chenin' that I loved - no oak, just straight up quality fruit and varietal character - bring on the crunchy apple, honey and linalool! During the visit I wandered down to Ken's barrel room to take a look around. In the back corner was a barrel with 'Roussanne' written on the face...'what is that?'. I love Roussanne, a native white Rhône grape. It's rare to see it completely on its own, especially from South Africa, and rarer to see it done right. Slightly hesitant, I tasted it and was wowed! At this point it was only sold via Ken's farm in SA, but it was so good I had to bring it back and share with the fellow wine lovers in the UK.

Rouossanne Wine

Now that I'm warmed up and have had a few sips of Chenin, it's time for a different experience...I hopped back in the car with Campbell and set off to stop no.2. Through the green, mountainous terrain of Stellenbosch and out into Swartland. It looks more like a desert, but has some super gnarly bush vines! We pulled up to a small farm house and made our way up the driveway. I was met with a curious glance that implied 'who the heck are you?''Jenny', I said, anticipating the questions. He tried to act like he hadn't totally forgotten that I was coming, and what a better way to do that than offer up a plastic cup of a new vermouth they were producing (ok, I can roll with this). Pretty soon though, we were laughing about it along with the fact there is a cheap brand of wine called 'Oddbins' sold in Checkers (the local supermarket) that doesn't have the best reputation for representing winemakers and he had thought that was who I represented! (Note to self - say Oddbins UK moving forward). A few minutes later, the man behind the establishment showed up - Adi! We went to chat in the cellar which was a stark contrast to Ken's place. It contained open top fermenters with all sorts of interesting things bubbling and was being watched over carefully by a big picture of a 60's pin up girl. Adi offered me an espresso - 'do you take butter?' [Huh?]. I truly thought he was taking the piss. A sort of 'let's mess with the tourist' kinda thing, but then he simply plopped a dollop in his own cup - not my cup of Joe please. I later asked Campbell if he had an answer for me. Nope! But he did laugh (mystery to be solved - if you have the answer, feel free to tweet me @oddbinsbuyers). Anyway, I tasted some awesome wines...watch this space!

Wine Blog

Next on the list is Miles Mossop! Miles' story is a good depiction of what's happening in the SA wine scene at the moment. He started at one of the more established estates, making wine for Tokara and was allowed to vinify a small amount under his own label each year as a bit of a side project (quite common). The culmination of this is three awesome wines, yes, awesome. As a couple of months before my visit, Miles has moved on from Tokara, hopefully giving him even more time to focus on what's not a side project anymore. These wines are seriously wonderful. Saskia - an oaky, leesy white Rhône blend, Max - a rich and juicy Bordeaux blend and 'The Introduction', an old vine barrel fermented Chenin from the Swartland.

Introduction Wine

Okay - it's impossible to go through every stop, even the ones with some of the more memorable wines, but at this point I've been in SA for a few days now and I'm slowly settling in and Campbell is definitely helping. On day three, he is waiting downstairs with a cup of coffee, settling into his routine of reading the morning paper in the lobby whilst I'm usually 5-10 minutes late. We hop in the car and we're off again, this time to meet one of the sweetest and most talented people I've met, Adam Mason. Adam is the brainchild behind Mulderbosch Wines and again, has a side project.

The wine is called Marvelous! Finding wines in the UK sub £10 on the shelf that are REAL, crafted wines is difficult. Many a time they are shipped over in large tanks and bottled here. Marvelous is Adam's baby and these are small volume parcels of grapes taken from sites that best suit each varietal, blended to create three seriously delicious wines - a Red Bordeaux blend, a Red Rhône blend and a wonderful White Rhône blend. Also from Adam, and two of my favourites, are his Yardstick Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - the Pinot is juicy, silky and fruit driven and instantly appealing, and the Chardonnay is toasty and rich. Adam is coming over in October to do tastings in the stores. Watch our Twitter feed for when he will be at your local Oddbins.

Adam Mason

Next stop! Not another farm though, this was a different approach. A way to cover more ground and soak up a bit of the culture. Campbell and I were off to Publik - a wine bar in Cape Town run by Dave and Dave (both Dave's actually make wine). They are all about getting the weird and wonderful into the bar and showcasing some of the interesting projects that are happening in the region. While some are awesome, some are a work in progress and some are downright scary, but that was the fun of it and either way it's great to see so much innovation. Over a plate of Charcuterie including Biltong, we tasted through a line up of wines. Part way through, Dave put this bottle down in front of me, with a totally serious and straight face - 'try my wine!'. So, I too kept a straight face, staring at the red headed man affectionately cradling a baby pig! The rosé was simple, charming and quite appealing, but was the UK market ready for Spider Pig to make an appearance on their dinner table? That was up for debate! Either way, the night turned into a great evening and eventually the story of THE Spider Pig was revealed, which made me like the wine even more, but that is a story for another day...The same evening, I came across Samantha O'Keefe's 'Lismore' from Greyton. Sam is an amazing lady and basically pioneered the region way up in the mountains. She is making a Rhône style Viognier, a Syrah that will blow your mind and has just added a Pinot Noir. I tasted these and was so impressed that I rescheduled my trip and Campbell and I drove two hours out to Greyton to meet Sam the next day. Her wines will be arriving into Oddbins in September.

Pig and Lismore Wine

Next up - Alex Dale from Radford (Winery of Good Hope). This guy is a true talent and the range is fantastic. We already work with Alex but I popped by for a lovely lunch with some of the vineyard staff anyway (this is a daily routine - stop, chat, live and enjoy - we could learn a thing or two!). He introduced me to Gus, his brother who grew up making wine in Burgundy. Gus is now working at Paul Roos on a tiny (literally tiny, just 3000 bottles) project, which I only found out about after I tasted and fell in love with his wine. These wines are very old world in style. The white, Paul Roos Die Skoolshoof is a co-fermented blend of Chardonnay/Chenin - really hands off winemaking here that is made in a Burgundy style - it is nutty, roasty, oaky and mineral and a gorgeous and wonderful red Bordeaux blend, the Paul Roos Die Filantroop which is a rustic and earthy Shiraz blend. A true boutique wine, which to top it all off, gives the proceeds back to provide education for the farm workers families. When the wines were listed in Oddbins there was so much pride amongst all the workers, which is exactly what it's all about.

Paul Roos Wines

When the trip came to an end, I was sad to go, and I was very humbled by my experiences and the wonderful people I had met. I received a text message 1 day after landing from Campbell Roost making sure I had made it home safely (enough said).

Meet Jim!

Meet Jim

Days later, I was in one of my local branches and got to chatting to a customer named Jim who is from Johannesburg, about my trip and the wines. Jim and his buddies had signed up to ride the Prudential 100 miles to raise money for children's education in South Africa - www.bokamosotrust.org.uk. He tells me a bit more about the Bokamoso Trust and I am in awe and touched (yes, Buyers do have hearts!). Jim bought himself a few bottles of Paul Roos and in the spur of the moment, I told him that Oddbins would sponsor his team in their ride (oops, how do I sell this to the powers that be on Monday?!). He was surprised and cheekily asked if in addition to the money for the charity, his team could have wines for the ride - my answer was no. Oddbins doesn't do cycling and drinking! But we did agree that they'd get a case of South African wines for AFTER the race. In addition to the £500 being donated by Oddbins on their behalf to the charity, for every 10 minutes Jim shaves off his goal time, the charity will get an extra £50. The ride takes place on July 30th and you can follow Jim's journey @oddbins #OnYaBikeSA


          6 ιστορικές μανίες που κατέλαβαν την κοινωνία και μετά εξαφανίστηκαν   
Οι άνθρωποι σκέφτονται σε αγέλες. Τρελαίνονται κατά κοπάδια, ενώ ανακτούν τις αισθήσεις τους μόνοι και σιγά-σιγά”, είχε γράψει ο Charles Mackay το 1841 στο “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”, κάτι που παραμένει επίκαιρο όσων αφορά τις μαζικές μανίες και τη συμπεριφορά του
πλήθους... Η νοοτροπία του όχλου εξηγεί τις μανίες και τις παράξενες συμπεριφορές που θα δείτε παρακάτω και που εξαφανίστηκαν όσο γρήγορα εμφανίστηκαν. 1. Η θανατηφόρα χορευτική του Μεσαίωνα Το 1374, χιλιάδες χωρικοί γύρω από τον Ρήνο είχαν κυριευτείτε από μια θανατηφόρα μάστιγα —μια χορευτική μάστιγα που ονομάζεται χορομανία (choreomania). Οι χωρικοί κατά εκατοντάδες έβγαιναν στους δρόμους πηδώντας και ουρλιάζοντας ενώ άκουγαν μια μουσική … που κανένας άλλος δεν μπορούσε να ακούσει. Δεν έτρωγαν, δεν κοιμόντουσαν και απλά χόρευαν, πολλές φορές και για μέρες ολόκληρες μέχρι τελικής πτώσης. Όπως ξαφνικά εμφανίστηκε έτσι ξαφνικά χάθηκε. Μέχρι τον Ιούλιο του 1518, στο Στρασβούργο, όταν κάποια Frau Troffea έπιασε πάλι τον τόνο και χόρευε για μέρες μέχρι τελικής πτώσης. Μέσα σε μια εβδομάδα, ενώθηκαν μαζί της ακόμα 34 άνθρωποι και μέχρι το τέλος του μήνα είχαν γίνει 400. Δεκάδες έχασαν τη ζωή τους, αφού χόρευαν μέχρι που έπαθαν καρδιακές προσβολές, εγκεφαλικά επεισόδια και εξάντληση. Και, ακριβώς όπως και πριν, η μανία χάθηκα και πάλι. Τι συνέβη λοιπόν; Οι ιστορικοί, οι ψυχολόγοι και οι επιστήμονες προσπάθησαν να λύσουν το μυστήριο του χορού. Για λίγο, η επικρατούσα θεωρία ήταν ότι ήταν ένα ψυχωτικό επεισόδιο που πυροδοτήθηκε από την κατανάλωση ψωμιού που είχε μύκητες, μια μούχλα που αναπτύσσεται στα στελέχη της υγρής σίκαλης. Όταν καταναλωθεί, μπορεί να προκαλέσει σπασμούς, τρέμουλο και παραλήρημα. Αλλά ο John Waller, ένας καθηγητής ιστορίας στο Πολιτειακό Πανεπιστήμιο του Μίσιγκαν, διαφωνεί: Σύμφωνα με τους σύγχρονους υπολογισμούς και των δύο συμβάντων, οι συμμετέχοντες χόρευαν, χωρίς σπασμούς. Όσο αφορά την άλλη δημοφιλή θεωρεία, ότι τα θύματα ήταν μέρος μιας αιρετικής λατρείας του χορού, ο Waller αναφέρει πως δεν υπάρχει τίποτα που να προτείνει ότι ήθελαν να χορέψουν. Ο Waller έχει διαφορετική θεωρεία. Αυτή η μάστιγα ήταν μια μαζική ψυχογενής ασθένεια, που πυροδοτήθηκε από τον ευσεβή φόβο και την κατάθλιψη. Και οι δύο μανίες προηγήθηκαν περιόδων με καταστροφικούς λιμούς, άσχημων καλλιεργειών, δραματικών πλημμυρών καθώς και κάθε είδους βιβλικών καταστροφών. Το άγχος, ο φόβος, η κατάθλιψη, και η δεισιδαιμονία, ειδικότερα, η πεποίθηση ότι ο Θεός έστελνε τις πληγές για να διώξει όσους έπεφταν σε αυτό το είδος ακούσιας κατάστασης έκστασης. Οι μάστιγες του χορού ήταν κάποιος τρόπος για να καλέσουν τον Άγιο Vitus, έναν πρώιμο Χριστιανό μάρτυρα που τον τιμούσαν με γιορτές και χορούς. Ένα άτομο να ξεκινούσε τον χορό και όλοι οι άλλοι θα ακολουθούσαν. Το Στρασβούργο δεν ήταν η τελευταία πόλη που χτύπησε η μάστιγα. Το πιο πρόσφατο περιστατικό εμφανίστηκε στα 1840 στη Μαδαγασκάρη, όπου ο κόσμος χόρευε σαν να ήταν δαιμονισμένος. Αλλά αυτή η επιδημία φαίνεται να είναι ριζωμένη σε ένα συγκεκριμένο πολιτιστικό περιβάλλον. 2. Η επιδημία γέλιου της Τανγκανίκα το 1962 Όλα ξεκίνησαν με ένα αστείο. Αλλά όταν 95 μαθητές και ένα σχολείο θηλέων στην Τανγκανίκα -σημερινή Τανζανία- χτυπήθηκαν από την μάστιγα του γέλιου, αναγκάζοντας το σχολείο να κλείσει για δυο μήνες, δεν ήταν και τόσο αστείο πλέον. Η επιδημία ξεκίνησε στις 30 Ιανουαρίου του 1962, σε ένα ιεραποστολικό σχολείο θηλέων σε ένα μικρό χωριό στην περιοχή Bukoba της Τανγκανίκα, σύμφωνα με μια αναφορά του 1963 του Central African Medical Journal. Ξεκίνησε από ένα ανεξέλεγκτο γέλιο μεταξύ τριών μαθητών που μετατράπηκε σε γοερό κλάμα από άγχος και φόβο μην κυνηγηθούν, και σε μερικές περιπτώσεις, σε βίαια συμπεριφορά όταν τους συγκρατούσαν. Τα συμπτώματα εξαπλώθηκαν γρήγορα στο σχολείο, προφανώς μέσω της επαφής με κάποιον που έπασχε ήδη. Η αρχή ήταν ξαφνική και μπορούσε να διαρκέσει από μερικές ώρες ως και 16 ημέρες. Το σχολείο έκλεισε αναγκαστικά τον όταν επηρεάστηκαν πάνω από τους μισούς μαθητές -95 από 159. Και τότε, 10 ημέρες μετά το κλείσιμο, η ασθένεια εμφανίστηκε σε ένα χωριό 55 μίλια μακριά. Πολλά από τα άρρωστα κορίτσια ήταν από το χωριό και μάλλον πήγαν εκεί ενώ ήταν κλειστό το σχολείο. 217 άνθρωποι επλήγησαν στο χωριό τον Απρίλιο και το Μάιο. Η μάστιγα έπειτα εξαπλώθηκε και στην ύπαιθρο. Κάθε φορά, η υπαίτια ήταν κάποια κοπέλα από το σχολείο ή κάποια που είχε έρθει σε επαφή με μια από τις κοπέλες. Αλλά όπως γίνεται σε κάθε περίπτωση ψυχογενών ασθενειών, δεν υπήρχε τίποτε κακό στους προσβληθέντες. Δεν είχαν πυρετό ή σπασμούς και το αίμα τους δεν παρήγαγε τίποτα ενδιαφέρον. Οι θεωρίες ότι ήταν θύματα κάποιου ψυχοτρόπου μύκητα δεν στέκει καθώς δεν είχαν άλλα συμπτώματα. 3. Dromomania ή Παθολογικός Τουρισμός Στους περισσότερους αρέσει να κάνουν ταξίδια κάπου-κάπου. Μερικοί, όμως, δεν σταματούν ποτέ! Η “Dromomania” είναι η ανεξέλεγκτη ορμή για ταξίδια, ένας παθολογικός τουρισμός και ήταν σε ακμή στη Γαλλία από το 1886 μέχρι και 1909. O άνθρωπος που εξήγησε τη “dromomania” ήταν κάποιος Jean-Albert Dadas από το Μπορντό. Ο Dadas εισήχθη στο Νοσοκομείο Saint-Andre στο Μπορντό το 1886 και ενώ μόλις είχε γυρίσει από ένα επικό ταξίδι. Ήταν εξουθενωμένος αλλά και μπερδεμένος. Δεν θυμόταν που είχε πάει και τι είχε κάνει. Ένας γιατρός στο νοσοκομείο κατάφερε να ενώσει τα κομμάτια της ιστορίας του Dadas και να την υποβάλλει σε ένα ιατρικό περιοδικό με τον τίτλο “Les alienes voyageurs” (Οι Τρελοί Ταξιδιώτες). Τα ασταμάτητα ταξίδια του Dadas ξεκίνησαν όταν κατατάχτηκε στον Γαλλικό στρατό το 1881 στη Μονς. Από εκεί, πήγε στην Πράγα, μετά Βερολίνο, και κατέληξε στη Μόσχα. Στη Μόσχα, συνελήφθη -μόλις είχε δολοφονηθεί ένας τσάρος και μπέρδεψαν τον Dadas αυτόν που το έκανε— και τον εξόρισαν να πάει με τα πόδια στην Τουρκία. Μάλλον αυτό ήταν που τον μπέρδεψε. Στην Κωνσταντινούπολη, σώθηκε από το Γαλλικό προξενείο και τον έστειλαν στη Βιέννη. Η ιστορία του Dadas ενέπνευσε πολλές ακόμα περιπτώσεις “dromomania” στη Γαλλία της εποχής. Και παρ’ όλου που δεν ήταν επιδημία ζητούνταν ευρέως στον ιατρικό κύκλο. Φαίνεται πως σταμάτησε γύρω στα 1909, όταν άρχισαν οι “alienists” (οι πρώτοι ψυχολόγοι) άρχισαν να την ερευνούν. 4. Koro ή Genital Retraction Syndrome Ακόμη ένα “σύνδρομο μέσα σε στενά όρια πολιτισμού”, το koro είναι ο παράλογος φόβος κάποιου πως τα γενετικά του όργανα θα συρρικνωθούν ή θα μπουν στο κορμί του. Πολλοί είναι αυτοί που υποφέρουν απ’ αυτή την υστερική επιδημία από το 300 π.Χ. Είναι ιδιαίτερα διαδεδομένη στην Αφρική και την Ασία και συνήθως συνοδεύεται από απίστευτη ανησυχία και φόβο για επικείμενο θάνατο ή έλλειψη σεξουαλικής επιθυμίας. Μια από τις πιο πρόσφατες επιδημίες koro ή Genital Retraction Syndrome, όπως αναφέρεται στην ιατρική, ήταν το 1967 στη Σιγκαπούρη, όταν πάνω από 1000 άντρες προσπάθησαν να εξορκίσουν τη συρρίκνωση με σφιγκτήρες και μανταλάκια. Και οι γυναίκες υποφέρουν από αυτήν την υστερία, φοβούμενες πως εξαφανίζονται τα στήθη ή οι ρώγες τους. Όμως, το koro χτυπάει πιο συχνά τους άντρες σε κοινωνίες όπου η αναπαραγωγική τους ικανότητα παίζει μεγάλο ρόλο. Η κινέζικη ιατρική κατηγορεί τα θηλυκά αλεπουδίσια πνεύματα ενώ στην Αφρική θεωρούνταν αποτέλεσμα μαγείας. 5. Motor Hysteria Ο Μεσαίωνας ήταν βαρετός και ήταν ακόμη χειρότερα για τις γυναίκες που ζούσαν απρόθυμα σε μοναστήρια. Ιστορικές αναφορές δείχνουν πως τα γυναικεία μοναστήρια ήταν γεμάτα με “motor hysteria”, ένα είδος μαζικής ψυχογενής νόσου κατά την οποία κάποιες γυναίκες παρουσιάζουν σημάδια δαιμονικής κατοχής, άλλες ήταν έκφυλες και σε ένα μοναστήρι νιαούριζαν σαν γάτες και προσπαθούσαν να ακονίσουν τα νύχια τους στα δέντρα. Η περίοδος αυτή κράτησε περίπου 300 χρόνια -ξεκίνησε το 1400- και επηρέασε όλη την Ευρώπη. Η τελευταία επιδημία ήταν και η πιο θανατηφόρα. Το 1749, μια γυναίκα σε ένα μοναστήρι στη Γερμανία αποκεφαλίστηκε με την υποψία ότι ήταν μάγισσα μετά από ένα επεισόδιο μαζικής λιποθυμίας, αφρών να βγαίνουν από το στόμα και ουρλιαχτών. Συνήθως, όμως, αυτά τα επεισόδια έληγαν με ένα εξορκισμό. Οι γυναίκες που στέλνονταν σε μοναστήρια δεν πήγαιναν οικειοθελώς και τα μοναστήρια ήταν δύσκολα και άγρια μέρη. Η αυστηρή προσήλωση στην πνευματική βελτίωση δεν ήταν για όλους, και το άγχος και οι στερήσεις που αντιμετώπιζαν αυτές οι γυναίκες τις ανάγκαζε να παίξουν. Όταν το έκαναν αναπαριστούσαν καταστάσεις ατόμων που ήταν δαιμονισμένοι. 6. Η “Μαζική ψυχογενής νόσος” των σύγχρονων έφηβων Τον Ιανουάριο του 2012, δημοσιεύματα ανέφεραν ότι μια ομάδα από έφηβες έπασχαν από ένα είδος σύσπασης και λεκτικής συμπεριφορά που συνήθως παρουσιάζεται από τους ασθενείς με Σύνδρομο Tourette. Το σύνδρομο Τουρέτ (Tourette syndrome) ή διαταραχή Τουρέτ είναι μια κληρονομική νευροψυχιατρική διαταραχή που εμφανίζεται κατά την παιδική ηλικία και χαρακτηρίζεται από την εμφάνιση πολλαπλών φυσικών (κινητικών) και τουλάχιστον ενός φωνητικού τικ.

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          Fascinating Photos Collected From History   

Hitler declares war on the United States – December 11, 1941   Great story from Ken Burn’s documentary ‘The War’ about Hitler’s ambition   Anti-Apartheid protesters sprayed with a water cannon shooting purple dye to mark the demonstrators for arrest. South Africa, 1989   Robert F. Kennedy’s wife, Ethel, attempts to comfort him as lay […]

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          Unknown, foreign bidder sets $3B sights on Morocco's Only Oil Refiner   
An unnamed bidder has set its sights on Morocco's one and only oil refiner amid growing pressure from creditors, including the North African nation's own government.
          Algeria Inks Solar Plant Deal With Italy's Eni   
As part of a continuing effort to broaden the country's energy and financial base, Algeria has announced that it has signed an agreement to build a solar power plan in the North African nation.
          Morocco, Portugal Team For Energy Development   
Two of the most assertive renewable development countries in their respective continents are teaming up to support further energy development in Africa.
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  • An Iranian city may have tied the record for the world's hottest recorded temperature as the Persian Gulf region remains stuck in an intense heat wave.
  • Meanwhile the climate action plan for the G20 summit has been weakened to mollify Donald Trump, though the Trump administration seems likely to reject or ignore the agreement anyway.
  • In the U.S., the economic effects of climate change are likely to be worse in the southeast than elsewhere in the country.
  • Even though greenhouse gas emissions have stabilized, carbon in the atmosphere is still rising, which raises the question of whether natural carbon sinks will continue to respond as we expect.
  • Budget cuts threaten progress in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. 
  • The public can now comment on the review of national marine monuments and sanctuaries. Leave comments here.
  • While marginal agricultural land offers the best opportunity for restoring butterfly populations (especially the Monarch), planting native plants is necessary in all landscape types, including suburban and urban ones.
  • After part of a coastal cliff collapsed in southwestern England in the 19th century, a remaining piece became an isolated haven for rare plants.
  • An intensive logging campaign is destroying the Białowieża forest in Poland, which has long been recognized as a key biodiversity hotspot.
  • The PennEast pipeline project, which would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania through western New Jersey, is stalled after its parent company did not submit required information for its application.
  • More Humpback Whales will be in New Jersey and New York waters this summer because of the rise in Atlantic Menhaden close to shore.

          Why South Africa returns to its darkest moment??   
In June 1961,African national congress (ANC)the current Republic of southouse Africa ‘s governing social democratic political party ‘s executive, considered Nelson Mandela ‘s suggestion on the use of violent tactics and agreed that those members who wished to involve them in Mandela ‘s campaign would not be stopped from doing so, and this let to...
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          The Little Rock millage question: taxation without representation?   
Frustration with the state's takeover of Little Rock schools scrambles the usual political lines on an upcoming millage election.

On May 9, residents of the Little Rock School District will vote on a ballot measure that would allow the district to make facilities improvements totaling $160 million, if approved. According to LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore, the measure is not a new tax, since it would not raise the rate of 46.4 mills now levied on property owners. Instead, by refinancing debt on an existing bond, the district would push back the expiration date of a portion (12.4 mills) of the current tax rate by 14 years, from 2033 to 2047. The LRSD says the projects to be funded by this extension of debt would include construction of a new high school in long-neglected Southwest Little Rock, major renovations to the McClellan High School campus and improvements to almost every school building in the district, from roof replacements to air conditioner upgrades to new windows. The work could begin as early as this summer, with some efforts completed in time for the 2017-18 school year.

So why are many public school advocates — including the city's most visible African-American civic leaders — urging a "no" vote on May 9?

In a word, distrust. Since January 2015, when the district was taken over by a 5-4 vote of the state Board of Education, the LRSD has been governed not by a locally elected school board, but by Arkansas's education commissioner, Johnny Key, a gubernatorial appointee. The proximate reason for the takeover was low student performance at six schools (out of the district's 48 campuses) that were deemed to be in "academic distress" based on test scores over a three-year period. But many in Little Rock saw other reasons for the state's actions: a racially motivated animus toward the majority-black local school board, which was dissolved by the January 2015 state board vote, and a desire to promote privately operated charter schools at the expense of public ones. For those critical of the takeover, the past two years have only confirmed these suspicions.

Two charter operators in Little Rock, eStem Public Charter Schools and LISA Academy, are dramatically expanding and will likely draw many students away from the LRSD in the coming years — perhaps thousands. The state board authorized their expansion plans in March 2016 over the vocal protests of the district's erstwhile superintendent, Baker Kurrus, who was fired by Commissioner Key shortly thereafter. Kurrus had served just one year on the job, having been hired by Key in 2015. Then, in the 2017 legislative session, the Republican majority created a new law that will soon allow charters to force districts to sell or lease school buildings deemed "unused or underutilized." The LRSD will close two buil