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Monday, April 16th, 2018


KENYA to remove obstacles to mobile money, UGANDA to add obstacles to mobile money

Remove remaining obstacles to mobile money interoperability DAILY NATION – The innovative telecoms interoperability will add allure to an already lucrative industry. Most people will understand the word ‘international’ as coined from the words ‘inter’ (across) and ‘national’ (of nations). In like manner, ‘inter’ and ‘operate’ are joined to form the term ‘interoperate’ (operate across networks), hence ‘interoperability’. In mobile money parlance, that means the ability of a telco’s subscriber to receive and/or deposit money from any network directly into their mobile wallets. Until last week, a customer would receiveRead More

LEARNING ENGLISH: Merriam-Webster word play SALACIOUS, Den of Thieves and ‘Lowlifes’

Photo: Hazel Estrada AP: Tabloid Spiked ‘Salacious’ Trump Tip Salacious spasmodically leapt to the forefront of our lookups on April 12th, 2018, after the word was employed widely across a variety of media, in reference to rumors concerning Donald Trump and the National Enquirer. The word is a synonym of ‘lascivious’ and ‘lecherous.’ $30,000 rumor? Tabloid paid for, spiked, salacious Trump tip— (headline) Associated Press (, 12 Apr. 2018 We define salacious as “arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination” or “lecherous, lustful.” The word may be traced to theRead More

SYRIA: France to strip Assad of Legion of Honor

AP – France has decided to strip Syrian President Bashar Assad of his Legion of Honor. The French presidential office said Monday that a disciplinary procedure has been initiated to deny Assad one of France’s highest honours. Assad was awarded the highest rank of the Legion of Honor by former French President Jacques Chirac during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in 2001. The move to strip him of the award comes days after France took part in allied missile strikes against Syrian military targets aimed at punishing Assad forRead More

TANZANIA: Floods kill at least 9 dead in Dar ES Salaam

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – At least nine people in Tanzania’s commercial capital died after heavy rains flooded homes and roads, authorities said on Monday. Police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told journalists the people died as a result of heavy rainfall over the past three days. Television footage showed residents seeking shelter on rooftops. Authorities ordered schools to be closed for two days starting on Tuesday to assess infrastructure damage. Dar es Salaam, a coastal city of 5 million, suffers from frequent floods due to poor public drainage systems and unplannedRead More

New Online: Unique Collection of Censored Japanese Books

New Online: Unique Collection of Censored Japanese Books By Wendi Maloney Published April 16, 2018 at 03:19PM This is a guest post by Benny Seda-Galarza of the Library’s Communications Office. “Kanikōsen” (“The Crab Cannery Ship”) by Takiji Kobayashi (1903–33) is one of the most famous works of Japanese proletarian literature. On the cover of this copy, the censor’s comments indicate the page numbers of passages that were selected for deletion and note concerns about protecting “public peace and order.” The Library’s Asian Division has digitized an archive comprising more thanRead More

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa vows to attract $100 Billion investment into South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg Ramaphosa Vows to ‘Hunt’ $100 Billion in South Africa Investment  BLOOMBERG – South Africa to hold investment conference in fourth quarter; President Ramaphosa names four envoys to drum up investment. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is spearheading a drive to attract $100 billion in new investment as he seeks to kick-start an economy that looks to be on the rebound following years of stagnation. The investment push Ramaphosa announced Monday is the latest sign that he intends following through on pledges to create jobs and address yearsRead More

CANADA: Trudeau to join Macron in meddling in Africa – will send Canadian troops, helicopters to Mali

CBC – Trudeau talks Mali peacekeeping mission with Macron. Canada is planning to send six military helicopters to Mali later this year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada’s decision to take part in the ongoing UN peacekeeping effort in Mali. Trudeau made the remarks alongside Emmanuel Macron following a meeting in Paris with the French president, who has made the African country a priority for his government. French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Elysee Palace in Paris today. Trudeau is on aRead More

UGANDA: Why Museveni’s regime has removed Buganda off the map – plausible explanation

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 MUSEVENI IS TO NATIONALIZE ALL LAND IN UGANDA CHANGE OF GUARDS – During the recent retreat of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries at Museveni’s Indoctrination Institute in Kyankwanzi, Museveni forced them to adopt a resolution that enables the regime to compulsorily acquire private land for investment, public works and investment. It was resolved that the necessary legal framework be expeditiously put in place to cater for the necessary amendments and other relevant laws.  The whole country is as usual rising alarm bells but as usual Museveni isRead More

ZIMBABWE: Nurses go on strike over pay

HARARE (Reuters) – Nurses in Zimbabwe went on strike on Monday to press the government to pay them allowances and to protest a flawed system for grading salaries, a nurses union said. The strike left public hospitals understaffed and follows a month-long walkout by junior doctors that ended on April 2. The strike poses a problem for President Emmerson Mnangagwa who wants to revive a sluggish economy ahead of elections set for July in which he faces a revitalized opposition Movement for Democratic Change party led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa.Read More

UGANDA: Opposition useless Cecilia Ogwal attacks gays instead of real enemy Museveni

Ogwal tells youth to reject gays, lesbians KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – African youth must reject foreign cultures and traditions including homosexuality as they prepare to take up leadership positions on the continent, Parliamentary Commissioner Cecilia Atim Ogwal has said. Speaking at the opening of the 4th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) Youth Parliament, Hon. Ogwal warned that accepting the foreign cultures would be selling the future of Africa. “If you have started this [homosexuality], it’s not too late to stop it and preach to others to stop it [homosexuality],” said OgwalRead More