Saturday, 13 April 2019

Council secures shut down of local house of horrors

ClosedWednesday 10 April 2019
A property in Dagenham, which has for quite some time been a source of worry and complaints from local businesses and residents, has finally been shut down after the council resorted to court action. 
Over a period of time, local residents and shop owners reported issues to the council after they witnessed ongoing criminal and anti-social behaviour at 24A Whalebone Lane, Dagenham with evidence to suggest that the property was linked to prostitution, drug dealing, begging and other anti-social behaviour.
Following a joint operation between the council and the Police, a Closure Order was obtained at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Tuesday 2 April meaning that the council could close the property for three months, keeping out the occupier and others who had been using it for inappropriate behaviour. Any person that breaks the order will be arrested, and following a conviction, will be given a prison sentence or fined.
The property is owned by a charitable organisation who will now take back possession of the property.

“The property closure sends out a crystal clear message: we won’t tolerate criminal and anti-social behaviour in Barking and Dagenham and if you do it, we will come after you."

Reacting to the news, Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: “This is an excellent result and I’m really pleased that the courts have finally deemed it fit to shut down this building. The criminal behaviour taking place was completely unacceptable and had a really negative effect on local residents and businesses in this area. 
“The property closure sends out a crystal clear message: we won’t tolerate criminal and anti-social behaviour in Barking and Dagenham and if you do it, we will come after you.
“I would like to appeal to our residents that when such things are reported to us, the process from investigation, court proceedings to a final judgement could take anything from six months and upwards. So bear with us, we will get the desired result in the end.” 

Friday, 15 March 2019

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Thursday, 7 March 2019

 March 2019, 12-2pm
ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
WOMEN SPEAK OUT AT THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE
Hosted by Global Women’s Strike.  Contact for interviews: 0207 482 2496/07958152171 @WomenStrike   Co-hosted by: women in Extinction Rebellion
Women from a wide range of groups and issues will be speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand to bring all the injustices out of the shadows. 

All women, children and non-binary people welcome.

They include: All African Women’s Group; Black Women’s Rape Action Project; Disabled People Against Cuts; End Deportations; English Collective of Prostitutes; women in Decolonising Our Minds; women in Extinction Rebellion; Fiightback; Kensington Labour Women’s Forum; Legal Action for Women; Lesbians & Gays Support the Migrants; Mental Health Resistance Network; Movement for an Adoption Apology; Nanas Against Fracking; Psychotherapy & Counselling Union; Queer Strike; Save Our Hospitals; Scottish Kinship Carers Alliance; Single Mothers’ Self Defence; Support Not Separation Coalition; Windrush Action member; Vital Forces; WinVisible (women with disabilities); Women Against Rape; Women of Colour in the Global Women’s Strike; Women for Justice & Peace in Sri Lanka.

Organiser Nina Lopez says:
Together we oppose the hostile environment against mothers, especially single mothers, and our children, and against all who are being devalued, impoverished, made destitute, evicted, “socially cleansed” out of our cities, denied justice and resources against rape and domestic violence, criminalised, exploited, detained, deported, poisoned and killed by pollution and climate change.  We are tired of being discriminated against because we are women of colour, disabled, immigrant, asylum seekers, or do not conform with our gender or what is expected of us. We are tired of caring for everyone but getting no respect and no reward.  

Ian Hodson, president of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union, has sent a powerful message of support to our event:
The BFAWU sends congratulations to those who have organised today’s events …standing up for those whose voices would not be heard…to say racism in all its forms must never be tolerated.
…you let those who have been deported or are under the threat of deportation know that it was not done in our name and that we stand with you.  We will not allow thecriminalisation of those seeking asylum … We will shine a light and expose the cruelty that is being perpetrated on human beings in our name.
Like everyone standing here today we demand an end to the state taking children from their mothers. We stand in support with you today against poverty and agree with the call of Global Women’s Strike that all carers should be paid a real living wage, and that the insecurity that comes from zero-hour contracts and the precarious nature that forces so many into destitution must be ended.

Payday men’s network and Decolonising Our Minds are supporting the women’s strike withSNACKS & FILMS at SOAS Junior Common Room, WC1H OXG from 2.30 to 5.30pm. Films include Journey with the Revolution and Enter the Oil Workers which the GWS made about the Bolivarian Revolution, and The Revolution Will not be Televised.   All welcome.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Until the appointment, Mr. Osuji had, since 2010, served as Senior Manager heading the internal audit function of the Bank which operated at the unit level.
Mr. Osuji joined Afreximbank from Masters Energy Ltd, Nigeria, where he was Assistant General Manager, Internal Audit, until 2010. Prior to that, he had served as Head, Investigation and Business Risk Monitoring Unit, at Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank), Nigeria, between 2000 and 2010, and as Trainee (staff Accountant), Senior Accountant to Audit Supervisor, at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) Nigeria, from 1994 to 2000.
The new director received a Master of Science in economics from Enugu State University of Technology, Nigeria, in 2005, and an MBA from University of Lagos in 2000. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, received in 1992.
Mr. Osuji was elected Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in 2013 and holds a Certified Risk Analyst certification which he received from the International Academy of Business and Financial Management in 2013. He attended the Advanced High-Performance Leadership programme at IMD in Switzerland in 2018.
In his new position, Mr. Osuji is responsible for leading the design and implementation of Afreximbank’s Internal Audit Services strategic direction and overseeing the management of change initiatives in monitoring and evaluation of risk controls in the Bank.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019



The U.S. government applauds Maldives’ commitment to advance justice sector reform, good governance, rule of law, transparent public financial management, anti-corruption, growth of civil society, responsible infrastructure development, and education. We welcome the opportunity to deepen engagement with Maldives in support of common priorities and a shared vision for the Indian Ocean region, and today announced the intent to work with Congress to provide $9.75 million in new funding for public financial management, rule of law, governance, civil society strengthening, and vocational training. To date, our expanded outreach and assistance to Maldives encompasses:
Governance
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury collaboration with the Government of Maldives to initiate assistance on debt strategy and domestic debt management.
  • Initiation of a USAID program-based budgeting pilot with Maldives’ Ministry of Finance to promote public financial management best practices.
Development
  • Initiation of a Development Objectives Assistance Agreement to facilitate sustained collaboration between Maldives and USAID.
  • USAID-administered civil society youth and women’s economic and social empowerment programs.
  • Continued USAID programming to improve management of coral reef ecosystems and build Maldives’ economic, social, and environmental resilience.
Security
  • $7 million to support maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and military professionalization.
  • Conclusion of a memorandum of agreement on the implementation of a $2 million program to enhance aviation security in Maldives.
  • Ongoing upgrades to passenger screening systems at Maldivian ports of entry.
Rule of Law
  • Deployment of a U.S. Department of Justice short-term legal advisor to support capacity building at Maldivian criminal justice institutions.
  • Deployment of a U.S. Department of the Treasury team to assess Maldives’ technical assistance needs related to combatting financial crimes.
Education
  • Ongoing panels, film screenings, workshops, and volunteer activities through the American Center in Malé that encourage Maldivian youth to develop their entrepreneurship skills and engage on community issues, including environmental concerns.
  • Plans for five International Visitor Leadership Program exchanges in the next year.

Monday, 18 February 2019


Addis Ababa, February 15, 2019 – During the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, signed on Monday, a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of the Republic of Congo to structure and mobilize financing for the expansion of one of its gas-fired power plants, the Centrale Électrique du Congo.
The project entails expanding the plant’s capacity from the current 300 MW to 450 MW in the short term, and possibly to 900 MW by 2027.
Africa50 will conduct a review of the power plant, including technical, financial and legal aspects, using its project development and financial expertise to ensure the project’s bankability and investment readiness, in collaboration with the existing shareholders. At a later stage Africa50 may invest in the project along with partners, including other development finance institutions and private sector lenders.
Speaking during a courtesy call by Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobissé before the signing, His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo, commended Africa50 for its engagement and pledged his full support for the project. “We are pleased to see African experts coming back to continent to join institutions such as Africa50 that can drive the transformational change envisioned in the AU’s Agenda 2063”, he said, adding that one of his priorities is to build regional networks to foster trade and economic development.  
Responding, Alain Ebobisse reiterated Africa50’s commitment to expanding Congo’s power generation capacity through sustainable, efficient, and expeditious project development.
This agreement comes shortly after the signing of an MOU between the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa50, and the African Development Bank to develop and fund a road-rail bridge linking Kinshasa and Brazzaville

Saturday, 16 February 2019

02/15/2019 12:16 PM EST

Readout
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 15, 2019



The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with major Nigerian presidential candidates President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in advance of the country’s February 16 presidential election. The Secretary noted the deep and long-standing partnership between the United States and Nigeria, Africa’s most-populous democracy and largest economy. He underscored U.S. support for the Nigerian goal of free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections that reflect the will of the Nigerian people. He welcomed both candidates’ signing of a peace pledge and public commitment to renounce violence and to accept the results of a credible process. The Secretary noted the conduct of the elections is critical for the future of democracy in Nigeria and across Africa.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

licking On Terrorist Propaganda Even Once Could Mean 15 Years In Prison

Anyone who views terrorist propaganda once online can be jailed for up to 15 years under new laws that have sparked human rights concerns. MPs had urged the government to scrap plans to criminalise viewing “information useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”, which goes further than much-used laws that made physically collecting, downloading or disseminating the material illegal. A United Nations inspector accused the government of straying towards “thought crime” with the proposal, which originally stated that people would have to access propaganda “on three or more different occasions” to commit a terror offence. But the benchmark was removed from the draft law, meaning a single click is now illegal.

Security officials have told The Independent that discretion will be exercised and the law will help prosecute extremists in cases where other offences cannot be proven, or to prevent radicalization. A report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights said the offence “is a breach of the right to receive information and risks criminalising legitimate research and curiosity”.

The new law was introduced as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act, which received royal assent this week. Max Hill QC, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and current Director of Public Prosecutions, told the committee he found lengthy prison sentences “difficult to countenance when nothing is to be done with the material” last year.

Read more: Lizzie Dearden, Independent, https://is.gd/SqWaei

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Wednesday, 30 January 2019




RAIS WA JAMHURI YA MUUNGANO WA TANZANIA MHE.DKT.MAGUFULI AWAAPISHA MAJAJI 6 WA MAHAKAMA YA RUFANI NA MAJAJI 15 WA MAHAKAMA KUU TANZANIA. IKULU JIJINI DAR ES SALAAM. JANUARI 29,2019

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Through the third and last quarters of 2018, CSR-in-Action, with the support of FOSTER II (Facility for Oil Sector Transformation), embarked on research to review best practice methods for curbing conflict and establishing peace and sustainable development in oil-rich communities.

This particular paper is the first in the research journey, and it x-rays the conflict management strategies adopted by several oil-rich countries across the world. It juxtaposes the strategies employed by oil companies in Nigeria with those of the analysed countries, namely: Peru, Ghana, Russia and Canada. The key stakeholders (oil companies, government, host communities/indigenous peoples and civil society organisations) in the oil sectors of the analysed countries were assessed and their behaviours described to determine strategies that may work in Nigeria.

Click below to read the full version of the report of a Comparative Analysis of Methods Used to Address Conflict.

Saturday, 26 January 2019