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Friday, February 7th, 2020

 

Uganda Parliament extends Chris Obore’s forced leave indefinitely

Chris Obore – Image may be subject to copyright Written by URN for THE OBSERVER The clerk to parliament Jane Kibirige has extended indefinitely the forced leave of parliament’s director of communications and public affairs Chris Obore. Obore’s trouble with parliament started in March 2019 when Kibirige notified him that the Inspectorate of Government (IG) had conducted investigations noting that his 2015 recruitment at parliament was irregular. According to the IG, Obore did not have the requisite qualifications for the job at the time of his recruitment. According to theRead More


No handshakes at major European technology trade fair

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, attendees walk past a display for 5G services from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. Chinese smartphone brand Huawei says it will attend the industry’s biggest global event this month in Barcelona while more companies reported losses due to China’s efforts to contain a disease outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) No handshakes at meet and greet? Tech show adapts to virus LONDON (Associated Press) — A major European technology trade fair has a low-tech idea for reducingRead More


Wikipedia’s Article of the Day February 8, 2020: Baden-Powell House

Image may be subject to copyright Baden-Powell House is a Scouting hostel and conference centre in South Kensington, London. Built as a tribute to Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, it is owned by The Scout Association. The house was designed in 1956 in the modern architectural style by Ralph Tubbs, whose works included the Dome of Discovery, the highlight of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Olave Baden-Powell laid the foundation stone in 1959, and the building was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1961. A granite statue of Baden-Powell,Read More


Trump ousts officials who testified in impeachment inquiry

FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. President Donald Trump has ousted Sondland, who gave damaging testimony in impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — Taking swift and harsh action against those who crossed him, President Donald Trump on Friday ousted two governmentRead More


ENERGY: Oil report for February 7, 2020

Oil Falls Again As OPEC+ Hits Rut By OILPRICE COM Oil prices fell back again on Friday, with WTI declining to $50 and Brent dipping below $55. Plans by OPEC+ to swiftly agree to deeper production cuts ran into some trouble. The coronavirus also continues to disrupt oil and gas markets. OPEC committee recommends 600,000 bpd in cuts; Russia hesitates. The OPEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) met this week and recommended the group cut production by another 600,000 bpd in response to the coronavirus. But Russia played spoiler, asking for more timeRead More


Trump fires aide who testified against him in impeachment

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council who testified during the impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, walks down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Aide who testified against Trump escorted out of White House WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — The decorated soldier and national security aideRead More


Pelosi shreds Trump’s speech. Right there on the podium (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — And then she tore up the speech. PUBLISHED: February 5, 2020 No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his State of the Union address than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped the paper it was printed on in two. Right there, on camera, behind Trump’s back. AsRead More


Trump fires aide who testified against him in impeachment

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council who testified during the impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, walks down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Aide who testified against Trump escorted out of White House WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — The decorated soldier and national security aideRead More


French soldiers kill more than 30 Islamist militants in Mali: army

PARIS (Reuters) – French soldiers killed more than 30 Islamist militants in Mali in three separate operations on Thursday and Friday targeting al Qaeda and Islamic State-linked groups, France’s armed forces said. France, the former colonial power in a number of West African countries, has about 4,500 soldiers in the region in its counter-terrorism taskforce Operation Barkhane. The United Nations has a 13,000-strong peacekeeping operation in Mali. In the Gourma region, soldiers of the French Barkhane force killed about 20 militants and destroyed several vehicles, while in the Liptako region,Read More


Warning: Chinese authoritarianism is hazardous to your health

A woman wears a mask to protect herself from a coronavirus contagion, in Guangzhou, China, on Thursday. (Alex Plavevski/PA-EFE/Shutterstock) By Chen Guangcheng, WASHINGTONPOST Feb. 6, 2020 at 4:04 p.m. AST Chen Guangcheng is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, and is a distinguished senior fellow in human rights at the Witherspoon Institute. The Chinese Communist Party has once again proved that authoritarianism is dangerous — not just for human rights but also for public health. ConfrontedRead More