Africa Boxing Sports World 

Joshua confident of beating Mexican heavyweight Ruiz

Anthony Joshua says he chose to “reinvent” himself after defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr and feels “different” going into Saturday’s rematch. Joshua, who lost his three world heavyweight titles to Ruiz on 1 June, says he has decided to “check” his approach after a first defeat. “There is fire in the belly,” the Briton told BBC Sport in Saudi Arabia before the fight at the Diriyah Arena. “There are things I have had to do to take me to the next level. “I am confident I can be victorious and…

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FROM THE FIELD: India’s plastic waste revolution

Waste collectors, or ragpickers as they are known more colloquially in the cities of Bhopal and Indore, in Madhya Pradesh state, are being encouraged to hand over plastic waste to local collection centres.   Single-use plastics, which would have ended up in landfill sites, are now being used to fuel cement furnaces and build roads, providing an additional income source for the ragpickers.  Unsplash/Ridham Nagralawala The project, under the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by UNDP, has been so successful that it has been extended across…

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Political solution ‘long overdue’ to protect the children of eastern Ukraine

Eastern Ukraine has become one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth, despite recent developments aimed to protect the rights of girls and boys affected by more than five-year-long conflict. In late February 2014, a political crisis in Ukraine turned to violent confrontation as Russia annexed Crimea and a full-scale conflict between Government forces and separatists in the country’s east broke out. According to Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, it is “unconscionable” that children there continue to “go to schools with bullet holes and bomb…

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Africa Libya North Africa World 

Women, children among those killed in Libyan airstrikes

Women and children dominate the death toll from the latest air strikes that took place in southern Libya. Libyan officials say at least 16 people were killed in two air attacks within 72 hours with government blaming forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar. The Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Libya’s capital, Tripoli gave further details saying at least five children were killed. 10 others were also reported wounded from the attack that took place on Sunday during an air raid in Al-Swani, a residential area south of…

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Africa Business Nigeria West Africa World 

Dangote has world’s largest crude distillation equipment

Dangote has announced that it has taken delivery of the “world’s largest single train crude distillation column” at its Oil Refinery in Nigeria. The company said in a statement on Sunday that “this magnificent engineering masterpiece weighs 2250 MT (excluding internal trays); 112.5 m long; 14m wide and 13.75m tall and can fractionally distill 650,000 Barrels Per Stream Day.” In 2018 Aliko Dangote signed a $650 million loan facility with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). The loan facility was meant to fund Dangote’s oil refinery project in Nigeria. Dangote industries…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghanaians are angry for paying too much for mobile data

Ghanaians are outraged by a sudden surge in mobile data rates this month from major telecom companies like MTN, operating in the West African nation. With latest introduced rates, consumers of companies like MTN will have to pay almost $4 for 1G of mobile data. In a country where incomes or earnings of ordinary people are very low, that is extremely expensive for some and could cut many offline. A recent report by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) revealed that Ghana was among some middle-income countries that pay higher…

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Africa Business Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s new banknotes spark confusion over relevance

Ghana’s economy has over the last decade been on a roller coaster with signs of positivity and growth; decreasing inflation and subtle macro-economic stability at times. A recent four year deal with the International Monetary Fund was to ensure that the country resets its economic fundamentals and build on that. But one major thing has been a challenge for the economy; its currency the cedi. Often a tool for political propaganda, successive governments have supervised a more than 300 percent depreciation of the local currency after a re-denomination exercise in…

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Africa Featured West Africa World 

Burkina Faso: Gunmen open fire inside church, kill at least 14

Gunmen in Burkina Faso on Sunday opened fire on worshipers at a church killing at least 14 people. Local media reported that the victims were attending a service at a church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country. According to a local government statement, many people also sustained injuries in the attack. There are no details of the motive behind the attack yet. AFP news agency reported that that the gunmen carried out the attack, “executing the faithful including the pastor and children”. Burkina Faso for months now…

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Africa North Africa World 

Dozens killed after bus fell off cliff in Tunisia

Tunisian officials have said that at least 26 people were killed and 18 more injured when a bus fell off a cliff on Sunday. The bus fell into a ravine in the country’s north, while heading from Tunis to the picturesque mountain town of Ain Draham. The mountain town, near the Algerian border is well known as a popular autumn destination for tourists. The interior ministry said the bus with 43 people on board was travelling through the Ain Snoussi region at the time of the accident. Tunisia’s health ministry…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Top private security firm G4S joins ‘Ghana Club 100’

G4S Security Services, a leading private security services provider was awarded and recognized as one of the prestigious companies into the Ghana Club 100. G4S was ranked 71st best company in Ghana. The event was organized by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) on the theme “Sustainable Agriculture; The Bedrock of Ghana’s Industrialization Drive”. The Ghana Club 100 (GC100) is an annual compilation of the top 100 companies in Ghana to give due recognition to successful businesses in Ghana. The 2019 edition of the annual Ghana Club 100 Awards came…

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