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#Jamaica plans to seek reparations from Britain over slavery

Jamaica plans to ask Britain for compensation for the Atlantic slave trade in the former British colony, a senior government official said, under a petition that could seek billions of pounds in reparations.Jamaica was a centre of the slave trade, with the Spanish, then the British, forcibly transporting Africans to work on plantations of sugar cane, bananas and other crops that created fortunes for many of their owners.An estimated 600,000 Africans were shipped to toil in Jamaica, according to the National Library of Jamaica.Britain prohibited trade in slaves in its empire in 1807 but did not formally abolish the practice of slavery until 1834.The reparations petition is based on a private motion by Jamaican lawmaker Mike Henry, who said it was worth some 7.6 billion pounds, a sum he estimated is roughly equivalent in today’s terms to what Britain paid to the slaveholders.

South Africa.

#African Union condemns violence in South Africa

The African Union Commission has condemned the deadly violence in South Africa following the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma.  The Chairperson of the African Union AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, in a statement called for an urgent restoration of order, peace and stability in the country in full respect of the rule of law stressing that failure to do so can have grave impacts not only in the country but the region as a whole.Protests against the jailing of former President Zuma have in the last few days morphed into a surge of violence that has resulted in the deaths of civilians and appalling scenes of the looting of public and private property, destruction of infrastructure, including the suspension of essential services in Kwazulu-Natal, Gauteng and other parts of South Africa.

Nigeria.

#Outrage as U.S. pundit mocks names of Nigeria’s basketball players after historic win over Team USA

American sports pundit Stephen A. Smith is being criticized for mocking the names of Nigeria’s basketball players while he was speaking about the USA’s loss to Nigeria in a friendly on Sunday. An exhibition game ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Nigeria’s senior basketball team D’Tigers scored a historic win over the United States of America, which had basketball stars like Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant of the NBA.The team were praised by many people who said they had made Nigeria and Africa proud. But sports pundit Stephen A. Smith, in his popular talk show ‘First Take’, said that the United States had “no excuse to lose to Nigeria… some dude named Gabe Nnamdi who goes by Gabe Vincent, Caleb Ogada, uh… Namu- or however the hell you pronounce his name.”

Tanzania

#Finding Ways for Humans, Wildlife to Co-Exist in the Serengeti

Tanzania’s Serengeti District in the Mara Region is leading with incidences of human and wildlife conflicts involving elephants, lions and local communities, according to wildlife officials. The Tanzanian  government is doing everything possible to find lasting solutions for the problem which exists in over 81 district councils across the country. Payouts to families affected by attacks by wild animals has been done in the past but  is not a lasting solution to the problem. Wildlife officials have stated the  best solution is the establishment of a land use plan and controlling livestock from entering wildlife protected areas. Citizens are currently being educated and taught skills on how to apply simple techniques to prevent human and wildlife conflict,  focusing on techniques that are cheap and have quick positive results with a direction of making people live with wild animals without any harm on both.

 

Seychelles

#6 Sri Lankan Vessels Intercepted in Seychellois Waters for Illegal Fishing in Last 12 Months

Seychelles is considering destroying Sri Lankan vessels illegally fishing in Seychellois waters in the future following a half dozen incidents over the last year, authorities said Tuesday.Six  vessels registered in Sri Lanka or with Sri Lankan crew were caught in Seychelles over the last year.Among the six vessels, two have already been convicted, one was released as there was insufficient evidence for prosecution and three are still in court. For the court cases of the three vessels, one of the captains has been charged for illegal fishing while investigation is ongoing for the others and their crew are in remand. Based on information gathered by different agencies both local and international and from local fishermen there is a strong possibility that more vessels are fishing illegally in the Seychelles’ waters.

East Africa

#DR Congo and Burundi ink deal on trade and security

East African neighbours Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo have announced a joint plan to combat armed groups and foster economic growth. The presidents of both nations signed a series of agreements in Kinshasa on security and also infrastructure, with plans for a railway to connect the nation’s major cities and boost trade.No cost and deadline were made public today for the projects but a joint commission of experts who will oversee its progress was announced.

Tuesday’s visit to Kinshasa was the first made by Burundi’s President Évariste Ndayishimiye since he took power a year ago, following the sudden death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza.

South Sudan

#South Sudan’s first local telecom launches operations

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit on Monday launched the first-ever locally-owned mobile telecom operator.The Digitel Network, the third telco in the country, is expected to fast-track connectivity of areas previously not served by foreign-owned telecom firms.In his remarks, President Kiir said his government is committed to bringing mobile services to remote areas. He noted that South Sudan needs to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of digital technology.This equipment will help increase digital literacy programmes for the next generation ICT-driven economy. 

The President noted that the launch of Digital demonstrates the commitment of South Sudanese to develop their country, adding that since 2011 the government has been working hard to attract foreign investors.

Diaspora

#UK agonises after racial abuse of African England football stars following Euro 2020 Defeat

African players in the England team have been subjected to a storm of online racist abuse after their defeat in the final of Euro 2020..Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19, were the targets of the abuse after they missed spot-kicks in a penalty shootout with Italy which settled Sunday’s final after the game finished as a 1-1 draw.The comments have prompted a police investigation and wide condemnation, although critics accused some ministers of hypocrisy for refusing to support a high-profile anti-racist stance the players had made during the tournament.The England team had earned praise during the Euros but once the team lost in the final many of the so called funs immediately turned toxic and racist only towards the African England players.Funny thing is that England has a multi-racial team make-up made of mostly immigrants and only few players actually being originally from England.

 

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