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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018


USA: Shooter at large, Florida high school

TALAHASSEE DEMOCRAT – BREAKING AND DEVELOPING STORY PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they’re responding to a shooting at a Florida high school and the school has been locked down. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has told news outlets the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. According to its official Twitter account, the shooter is still at large. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were wounded. Coral Springs Police said on their Twitter account Wednesday that the school is locked down and that students andRead More

UGANDA: Finland company Patria admits mistake in death of businessman

HELSINKI TIMES – Patria made mistakes in case of businessman found dead in Uganda, admits CEO. Olli Isotalo, the CEO of Patria, has admitted to YLE that the state-owned defence manufacturer made mistakes in giving a businessman a permission to market its products in Uganda. The Finnish businessman’s ties to the defence manufacturer were exposed after he was found dead in a hotel room in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in early February. The man had been given a permission to market the products of Patria in Uganda and MozambiqueRead More

#MeToo: Should you date a co-worker?

What is the etiquette for dating a coworker in the age of #MeToo? By Jeanine Joy (THE LADDERS) The etiquette for dating a coworker in light of the #MeToo movement isn’t any different than the way it should have been handled prior to the #MeToo movement. If coworker romantic relationships had been handled the way they should, there would be no need for a #MeToo movement because abuses would not have happened in the first place. First and foremost, understand your company’s policy about dating other employees. Employers can limit the abilityRead More

SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma says “I will be out”

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa’s leadership crisis (all times local): 3:05 p.m. South African President Jacob Zuma says “I will be out” if parliament votes against him in a motion of no confidence set for Thursday. Zuma’s comment in a live interview on state broadcaster SABC suggests that he will not obey a ruling party order to leave office by the end of Wednesday. The ruling African National Congress says it will move to oust Zuma in a parliamentary vote if he does not quit voluntarily. ZumaRead More

NIGERIA: Traffickers curse women who don’t become European prostitutes

SPUTNIK – Some women who come to Europe from Africa are allegedly forced into prostitution because they fear a deadly curse human traffickers had inflicted on them. Some women who come to Europe from Africa are allegedly forced into prostitution because they fear a deadly curse human traffickers had inflicted on them. Female migrants arriving in Europe from Nigeria are forced to become prostitutes because they believe they are jinxed and fear that they’ll die if they not obey, according to web portal Swissinfo. The stories of many Nigerian prostitutes in Europe are typical. They were recruited by human traffickers in their homeRead More

UGANDA: govt to introduce free for all national medical insurance

Where will the money for Uganda’s National Medical Insurance scheme come from? There is concern over whether the government can get Ugandans on a free medical insurance scheme just by raising taxes. There is concern over whether the government can get Ugandans on a free medical insurance scheme just by raising taxes. This is doubtful according to some insurance players who claim that elsewhere in the world, these sort of projects go beyond just political aspirations.

USA: Shooting near NSA Maryland headquarters, 3 wounded, suspect in custody

SPUTNIK – A shooting outside the US National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland wounded three people. The shooting reportedly took place after a car rammed a barrier around NSA building. According to ABC News, at least three people were shot and wounded, and one person is now in custody. The investigation into the attack is currently underway. Responding to the attack, the FBI Baltimore office stated that FBI was sending personnel to respond the shooting incident. “The FBI is aware of the incident at Fort Meade and weRead More

OXFAM: Minnie Driver quits after sex scandal

“Oxfam’s corporate partners, including Mark & Spencer, Heathrow Airport and Waterstones, are asking questions. Visa, for example, which developed a partnership with Oxfam to help distribute funds to people hit by natural disaster, said it is watching closely.” LONDON (CBC) – Actress Minnie Driver has resigned from her role as an Oxfam celebrity ambassador and corporate backers demanded accountability as the aid organization sought to address allegations that senior staff members working in crisis zones paid for sex among the desperate people the group was meant to serve. The starRead More

UGANDA: Why investors choose Peru and not, erm, Uganda?

DAILY MAVERICK – Why would investors seeking healthy returns and a stable environment choose Uganda over other locations around the world with similar potential? Latin America is equally blessed with a wealth of natural resources. They too have had their fair share of “colourful” leadership, but some countries have moved on, and for the better. By GREG MILLS and LYAL WHITE. Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda, recently provided an insight into why his country will struggle to develop under his geritocracy. “We have some of the highest grade iron oreRead More

SOUTH AFRICA: Jacob Zuma, man of no character

DAILY MAVERICK – A person’s real character always emerges under pressure, and Zuma is certainly this country’s ground zero right now. And everything that the people of South Africa could learn about Zuma’s character over the years, and especially now, is that he doesn’t have one. He claimed he loved his South Africa, but he did everything in his power to ruin the country he “led” for so many years. He allowed the Guptas, and many more like them, to run roughshod over the South African people, ruining millions of livesRead More