Friday, 15 March 2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

 March 2019, 12-2pm
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.


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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • $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.
  • 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

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,

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Wednesday, 30 January 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

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

“Ultimately, I wanted to create a project that people from my generation could vibe out to, and think back on to the good ‘ol days when life was simple and more joyful.”—AC3Beats on his new instrumental album, Nostalgia
Nostalgia is the musical equivalent of a big, warm hug delivered through the talents of Pomona, CA native AC3Beats, who to date has worked with the likes of Curren$y, Chuuwee, and Kevin Gates. But on here, the focus remains solely on his skills behind the boards as he shares 17 meticulously crafted instrumentals he created in his home studio. It all results in a project that will make you reminisce on those carefree times when all you worried about was what game you were going to play next.
Listeners will catch those vibes instantly because Nostalgia gets off to a strong start with a keys-heavy headnodder, “Backyard Memories,” and never lets up. The West Coast producer then proceeds to work his way through a sonic palette that showcases his versatility. He delivers jazzy Boom bap on joints like “One - Nine - Nine - Three” and “Awesome,” and then dives into melodic trap on “Sunsets” and “Ice Princess.” And for his fellow gamers, AC3 beautifully sampled The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the title track while also flipping a familiar tune from Super Mario 64 on the aptly titled “SuperAC3World.”
What’s most impressive, however, is how he does this without losing a sense of cohesion. In wanting to create an album “for people to chill and vibe to, rap and dab to, or simply just relax and enjoy some dope beats,” AC3 accomplished that and much more. Again, it’s all about that warm hug of, well, Nostalgia that permeates this project, and it’s a good vibe that’s simply inescapable on here.
Nostalgia becomes available through all major digital streaming platforms on Jan 04, via Below System Records.