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Wednesday, April 18th, 2018


SOUTH SUDAN shuts BBC stations ‘over unpaid bill’

The BBC says it has an audience of 400,000 in South Sudan The authorities in South Sudan have shut down the BBC’s FM relay stations in the capital, Juba, and in Wau. A top South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) official, Magok Chilim, said the BBC had ignored requests to “pay arrears”, despite a reminder in January. He threatened to sue the BBC should the broadcaster not pay its bill. In a statement, the BBC said it regretted SSBC’s decision to stop broadcasting “its news services to an audience of moreRead More

BUSINESS: Sri Lanka gives China port for failure to pay debt

China’s $1 Billion White Elephant Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port spurs worries in India, Japan.  Operator China Merchants is ‘hell bent’ on turning it around. BLOOMBERG – This port cost China $1 billion but goes largely unused. @iainmarlow explains why #tictocnews Each year roughly 60,000 ships vital to the global economy sail through the Indian Ocean past a Chinese-operated port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Almost none of them stop to unload cargo. The eight-year-old Hambantota port — with almost no container traffic and trampled fences that elephants traverseRead More

DRCONGO: Kabila sacks 256 judges for “not having law degrees”

In 2009, President Kabila sacked more than 90 judges accused of taking bribes [Kenny Katombe/Reuters] AL JAZEERA – Justice minister says President Kabila sacked the judges for not having law degrees or because of corruption. More than 250 judges have been sacked in the Democratic Republic of Congo for not having a law degree, and corruption allegations. President Joseph Kabila “sanctioned more than 200 individuals who do not fulfil the conditions to function as magistrates”, Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said on public television on Monday. Local media reported thatRead More

UGANDA: Thriving slave trade in Arab countries – 16 Ugandans have committed suicide in UAE – MPs

KAMPALA (NTV) – Members of Parliament have revealed that there is a thriving slave market in the Middle East. Members of the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee recently returned from a visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where they found that at least 16 Ugandans have committed suicide this year due to frustration with the conditions in which they are forced to live and work. Ugandan girls sold to UAE as sex slaves KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Legislators have expressed disappointment over what they called “slavery and traffickingRead More

UGANDA: World Bank slashes Shs46bln funding for Jinja based Hotel Tourism Institute

As a key sector, tourism should be given special attention. The institute is a good addition in terms of professionalising the sector. PHOTO BY EDGAR R BATTE KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) – The Ministry of Tourism has said the World Bank has reduced funding for construction of the Jinja based Hotel and Tourism Training from the initial $13m (Shs46.2b) to $7m (Shs25.2b).  Addressing journalists in Kampala, Ephraim Kamuntu the Tourism minister, said together with the Work Bank funded Competitive Enterprise Development Programme (CEDP) they expect the ground breaking ceremony for the construction worksRead More

SOMALIA: What’s triggering tension between Somalia and the UAE? – VIDEO

The United Arab Emirates is ending a military training programme in Somalia and closing a hospital it ran in Mogadishu. Somalia has been in conflict for much of the past 25 years. But the Horn of Africa nation has been showing recent signs of recovery, and that has generated interest from many countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Gulf nation has been conducting a military training programme in the country and running a hospital in the capital, Mogadishu. But, the UAE’s government has now abruptly ended its involvement on both thoseRead More

CUBA hikes salaries for doctors and nurses – 2014 story

Feb 8, 2013 – A nurse checks a patient’s blood pressure at the Dr. Gustavo Lima Aldereguía Hospital in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Cuba is giving its hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announced Friday. (AP) Cuba hikes salaries for doctors, nurses to as much as $67 a month Published March 21, 2014 HAVANA (AP) – Cuba is giving hundreds of thousands of medical workers raises that in some cases exceed 100 percent, official media on the island announcedRead More

CUBA: Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, selected as next president replacing Raul Castro

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba, the centerpiece of an effort to ensure that the country’s single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it. The virtually certain unanimous approval of the National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family in the country’s highest government office for the first time in nearly six decades. The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, designated by the constitutionRead More

ZIMBABWE: Govt fires 16,000 striking nurses

Zimbabwe fires 16,000 striking nurses for ‘politically motivated’ move HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe said it had sacked 16,000 striking nurses as the new government seeks to keep a lid on labor unrest in the build-up to the first elections since the fall of Robert Mugabe. The nurses walked out on Monday over unpaid allowances and other issues, leaving hospitals understaffed. The action came days after junior doctors wrapped up a month-long walkout over pay and working conditions. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga accused the nurses of staging a “politically motivated” walkoutRead More

UGANDA denies plan to deploy in Yemen

KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) – An Egyptian news website has reported that Uganda is planning to deploy 8,000 soldiers in Yemen to bridge an anticipated gap to be left by the impending withdraw of Sudanese troops from the Saudi-led coalition. Arabi21 reported that the United Arab Emirates was in talks with Uganda to reinforce its military operations in Yemen following continued pressure on President Omar al- Bashir to withdraw Sudanese troops because of increasing casualties inflicted on them by the Iranian- backed Houthi fighters. However, government yesterday dismissed the reports, sayingRead More