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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Kenya: U.S.-Kenya Deal to Boost Over 2,000 Small Companies
Nairobi - A partnership between Kenya and the US promises to see over 2,0000 small businesses in Nairobi, Mombasa and Vihiga counties venture into the expansive American market by December next year.,

According to an MoU, Kenyan SMEs look forward to exporting fruits, fish, coffee, leather products, curios, textile and artifacts.

The expected entry of Kenyan enterprises into the US market is the culmination of a partnership between the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and the Centre of International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an American-based organisation affiliated to the US Chamber of Commerce.

The deal will see the KNCCI chapters of Nairobi, Mombasa and Vihiga improve their governance, financial resources and service to members through training, technical assistance and small grants to enable them produce quality products. allAfrica

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:30:58 GMT


Nigeria: Ghost Companies Lift N1.1 Trillion Crude Oil
Some indigenous companies not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have lifted Nigerian crude oil grades valued at U.S.$3.5 billion (about N1.1 trillion) in the last 10 months, an investigation by Daily Trust on Sunday has shown.,

A four-month enquiry into Nigerian and global corporate registries by our reporter showed that the repeated failure by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to provide clear and accurate identity of some companies it awarded multi-million dollar oil lifting contracts this year is helping these companies to escape public scrutiny.

This is even as the corporation prepares for another round of award, as it had, in late October, issued a tender seeking companies to engage in the lifting of Nigerian crude oil grades for the 2018/2019 term.

The main problem started on January 3, 2017 when the NNPC announced 39 successful winners for its crude lifting contract that would run for 12 months. The announcement was followed by a release of the names of the winners to newsmen and in a post on its official website.

The names of the 18 beneficiary Nigerian companies were simply given as Prudent Energy; Setana Energy; Emo oil; Bono; Optima Energy; Shoreline Limited; AMG Petroenergy; A. A. Rano; Cassiva Energy and Arkleen Oil and Gas Limited. Others are North West Petroleum; Brittania-U; Hyde Energy; Eterna Oil and Gas; Masters Energy; MRS Oil and Gas; Sahara Energy and Oando.

Part of the mandatory pre-qualification requirement for the Nigerian companies that applied for the contract as requested by the NNPC was evidence of company registration issued by the CAC.

Daily Trust on Sunday wrote to the CAC seeking information on the registration statuses of the 18 indigenous companies that won the contract. But the commission replied that it had no evidence of the registration of seven of the 18 companies.

It listed AMG Petroenergy Limited, Brittania-U, Cassiva Energy, Hyde Energy, Masters Energy and Bono Energy Nigeria Limited as companies that didn't exist on its database.

"If you have any document to support their registration, you may wish to forward them to us to enable us investigate further," CAC's reply dated September 26, 2017 and signed by Terver Ayua-Jor stated.

The name of the last company in the CAC response letter was misspelled as Savana Energy instead of Sahara Energy as requested by this newspaper.

"That shows that the company is not registered, the name does not exist," said an Abuja-based lawyer with experience in companies' registration.

"You cannot build something on nothing," the lawyer, who did not want to be named, said about the legal implication of a company not being registered, adding that Section 30, subsection 1 (a) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) states that the CAC cannot register companies with identical names.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated August 9, 2017 to the NNPC asking for the authentic names of the 18 indigenous companies as well as their crude oil entitlements, has not been replied by the corporation as at the time of filing this report. allAfrica

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:29:33 GMT


Nearly 8,000 Tunisians enter Italy under irregular migration in 2017
TUNIS - Around 7,988 Tunisian irregular migrants have been able to enter Italian territory in 2017, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) announced Saturday.,

The figure from January to November this year sees an increase starting from June, and reached a peak of 17 times more than that of the same period of 2016.

The FTDES also reported that between 1,560 and 2,190 Tunisians were repatriated from Europe throughout 33 weeks of this year, mainly from Italy, France and Germany.

According to FTDES, about 307 non-regulatory migration operations were intercepted by the Tunisian authorities from Jan. 1 to Dec. 12, 2017, including 253 operations during the second half of the year.

Altogether 3,424 irregular migrants were arrested, and 129 organizers of irregular migration were intercepted. Women represent 5 percent of those involved.

About 75 percent of the irregular migrants find it difficult to obtain employment in their country of origin, FTDES said. Xinhua

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:25:38 GMT


Moroccan parliament speaker to visit China
RABAT - Speaker of the Moroccan House of Advisors (upper house of the parliament) Hakim Benchamass will visit China on Monday, local media reported.,

Benchamass will be accompanied during this visit by the heads of two Moroccan regions, namely Mohand Laenser, president of Fes-Boulemane, and Brahim Moujahid, president of Khenifra, Le360.ma news site said.

The Moroccan delegation aims at learning from China experience in territorial management and regionalization.

The delegation is expected to meet Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, and visit the city of Tianjin. Xinhua

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:24:34 GMT


Cholera claims 20 lives in Zambian capital as infected cases reach 760
LUSAKA - At least 20 people have died of cholera in the Zambian capital of Lusaka since the outbreak of the waterborne disease in the country in October, health authorities said on Saturday.,

Twenty-nine new cases of cholera were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 760 since the outbreak of the disease in Zambia, the Ministry of Health said.

Only 57 patients are currently receiving treatment in hospitals although most of them have already been treated and discharged, said Stanslous Ngosa, head of the Communications and External Relations in the ministry.

Ngosa added that the ministry has continued with control measures aimed at preventing the spread of the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the further spread of the waterborne disease with the coming of the rainy season.

The health ministry, in collaboration with other departments, has banned the sale of ready-to-eat foodstuffs on the streets in an effort to curb the epidemic.

Cholera mainly occurred in the densely populated slums in Chipata and Kanyama sub-districts of Zambia while isolated cases have also been reported in other parts of the country. Xinhua

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:22:42 GMT


Former Egyptian PM apologises to detained supporters
Cairo - Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafik apologised on Saturday to supporters who were arrested this week and called on authorities to resolve the situation.,

Police arrested three members of Shafik’s Egyptian National Movement on Wednesday and charged them with spreading false information harmful to national security, two security sources told Reuters.

Shafik, a former prime minister and ex-air force commander who is seen as the most serious potential challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in an election due early next year, apologised for the trouble caused to the detainees and their families.

“I call on the relevant authorities to clarify the situation quickly, for it is dangerous,” Shafik said on his Twitter account.

President Sisi, a former military chief, is seen by many Egyptians as the only person able to provide stability after years of turmoil that followed the 2011 uprising that ousted veteran leader Hosni Mubarak.

Shafik recently returned from exile in the United Arab Emirates to where he fled in 2012 after a narrow electoral defeat to Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mursi was removed from office in a military takeover led by Sisi in 2013.

Two weeks ago, Shafik said he was still deciding whether or not to run for the presidency in 2018. Africanews

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:20:44 GMT


S. African industry minister urges preparation to embrace 4th industrial revolution
JOHANNESBURG - South African Minister of Trade and Industry on Sunday called for South Africa and Africa to embrace 4th industrial revolution in order to remain relevant in the digital age.,

Rob Davies was speaking at the Progressive Business Forum on the sidelines of the ANC annual conference taking place in Johannesburg. He said the digital disruption will affect South Africa and Africa in many ways and called on the continent to prepare for it and embrace it.

"We are going to see disruptive change at the center of the value chain, future data management companies firms would be at the apex of the value chain. That is what we are beginning to see happening in our industries but South Africa is not yet at the cutting edge of it," said Davies.

He said this is evident in the artificial intelligence and robotics and would affect the production, manufacturing and services industries. He said this would render some of the employees redundant and calls for further skilling of some of the employees.

Davies mentioned that people would need to have another post education qualification in the ICT besides their engineering ones to be employable in some industries.

The minister said Africa should learn from China's industrialization. "We can learn a lot from how China did it as a significant player -- China's state control and nurturing of technology which made them globally competitive."

He also stated that Africa should move away from being the exporters of primary mining resources and agricultural products and importers of refined and finished products. There should be infrastructure put in place to support the 4th industrial revolution like broadband and public policy framework. Xinhua

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:19:23 GMT


Nigerian oil union calls for strike after talks hit deadlock
ABUJA - A major Nigerian oil union said on Saturday it would launch a strike from Monday after talks aimed at resolving a dispute with domestic oil and gas companies reached a deadlock. ,

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), whose members mainly work in the upstream oil industry, is clashing with the companies over the laying off of union members.

The strike could hit Nigeria’s oil production and dent exports, as they did in December last year during a PENGASSAN action against ExxonMobil.

“PENGASSAN has commenced mobilisation for the strike,” a spokeswoman for the union said.

The dispute arose after domestic oil and gas companies and marginal field operators laid off union members. Marginal fields refer to discoveries made by oil majors during exploration of larger acreage but which have been left for others to develop.

PENGASSAN has asked the government to force the management of those companies to recall their laid off workers. The union said the firms ordered “mass” lay offs but has not given figures.

Oil output from Nigeria, Africa’s largest crude exporter, has been volatile over the past two years due to militant attacks, pipeline theft and sabotage and industrial action. Reuters

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:16:18 GMT


Libyan coast guard rescues more than 250 migrants trying to reach Italy
TRIPOLI - Libya’s coastal guard has rescued more than 250 illegal migrants trying to leave the North African country in small boats bound for Italy, officials said on Saturday. ,

Libya’s western shores are the main departure point for migrants mainly from sub-Saharan countries fleeing poverty and conflict trying to reach Europe.

Arrivals to Italy have fallen by two-thirds since July from the same period last year after officials working for the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, Italy’s partner, managed to cut back human smuggling in the city of Sabratha west of the capital.

That has pushed the trade further east, with the coast guard intercepting several boats off the coast near Qaraboulli and Zliten, two towns located east of Tripoli.

“The naval forces’ Ibn Ouf vessel rescued (on Friday) illegal migrants including women, children and men ... they are from different sub-Saharan and Arab countries,” Coast Guard Captain Abdulhadi Fakhal told Reuters.

“They were rescued off Qaraboulli and Zliten towns ... and they are about 250 to 270 persons,” Fakhal said.

Libya has plunged into chaos since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising. A U.N.-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli has been trying to gain control of territory. Reuters

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:15:18 GMT


South Africa: 'Fierce and formidable' Dlamini-Zuma eyes South Africa's presidency
JOHANNESBURG - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a fierce campaigner against racial inequality whose hostility to big business has rattled investors in South Africa. She is also one of two front runners to be the country’s next president. ,

The 68-year-old is vying to succeed her ex-husband, President Jacob Zuma, as leader of the ruling African National Congress at a party vote this weekend, an outcome that would make her favourite for the presidency after a parliamentary election due in 2019.

A medical doctor and former chair of the Commission of the African Union, a pan-continental grouping, Dlamini-Zuma has pledged during her campaign to “radically” tackle the racial inequality that persists in South Africa 23 years after the end of white minority rule.

Backers of her main rival, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, say she is peddling populist rhetoric and would rule in the mould of her former husband, whose decade in power has been plagued by corruption scandals. Dlamini-Zuma declined to be interviewed for this story. Reuters

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:08:19 GMT