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Tendai Biti books seized by ‘fascist state’ in Zimbabwe

2019-03-15 15:56:23

A consignment of books co-authored by Motion for Democratic Change MP Tendai Biti has allegedly been seized by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) in Zimbabwe. 

Biti co-authored the guide, Democracy Works, with former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Dr Greg Mills from the Brenthurst Basis and Jeffrey Herbst, president of the American Jewish College.

He tweeted on Thursday night time that 18 copies of the guide had been dispatched by its publishers to Zimbabwe early in January.

“We had been ridiculously requested to pay obligation, which we did. Now the president’s workplace, a euphemism for the CIO, has kidnapped these books. Who does this?” he tweeted.

The books had been despatched from Johannesburg to Harare by publishers Pan Macmillan by the courier firm DHL. DHL first contacted Biti to tell him that he needed to pay obligation on the books, which was unusual to him, however he obliged.

He was then contacted by the one that was supposed to gather the books who mentioned they’d been seized and had been on the president’s workplace.

“I used to be advised to go to the airport to type it out, however I have never gone as a result of I am not going to permit myself to be inconvenienced by a fascist state,” Biti advised Information24.

Terry Morris, managing director of Pan Macmillan, mentioned he was very anxious concerning the books being seized.

“This guide is a optimistic commentary on the ability of democracy to make sure financial progress and political stability and is a vital guide for residents to have the ability to entry and browse. Freedom to learn, focus on and debate are elementary pillars of democracy that must be protected and celebrated.” 

Learn an extract from Democracy Works: Why democracy is indivisible from African growth

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Civilian deaths mount as US drone strikes in Somalia escalate – Amnesty – NEWPAPER24

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Civilian deaths mount as US drone strikes in Somalia escalate – Amnesty

2019-03-21 06:09:27

US forces have “dramatically elevated” the variety of air strikes in Somalia with a number of civilians killed by the highly effective missiles, Amnesty Worldwide mentioned on Wednesday, experiences denied by the army.

Amnesty calculates that there have been greater than 100 strikes by US drones and manned plane up to now two years, greater than the variety of US airstrikes in Yemen and Libya mixed throughout the identical interval.

Researchers who investigated 5 airstrikes intimately reported no less than 14 civilians had been killed – elevating fears the whole lifeless within the scores of assaults could also be far larger – despite the fact that the US army insists there have been no civilian deaths.

“The assaults seem to have violated worldwide humanitarian legislation, and a few might quantity to conflict crimes,” Amnesty mentioned within the report, titled “The Hidden US Conflict in Somalia”.

The examine is predicated on 150 interviews together with witnesses, members of the family of these killed and safety consultants.

Their experiences had been corroborated by satellite tv for pc imagery, pictures of the deep craters of the explosions, in addition to munition fragments collected from the websites.

US strikes, which included missiles fired by manned plane in addition to drones, focused Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked insurgents, Al-Shabaab.

The US army mentioned it had carried out 110 airstrikes in Somalia since June 2017, killing 800 folks. But it surely insisted they’d all been authentic targets as members of Al-Shabaab, and that the Amnesty report was incorrect.

“Since June 2017, AFRICOM performed 110 airstrikes in Somalia, eliminating greater than 800 terrorists,” US Africa Command mentioned in an announcement, including that “our assessments discovered that no AFRICOM airstrike resulted in any civilian casualty or harm”.

AFRICOM added that it was “within the curiosity of the terrorist group al-Shabaab to untruthfully declare civilian casualties”.

Amnesty mentioned it had carried out detailed investigations into 5 assaults, the place they discovered that no less than 14 civilians had been killed.

“The civilian dying toll we have uncovered in only a handful of strikes suggests the shroud of secrecy surrounding the US function in Somalia’s conflict is definitely a smokescreen for impunity,” mentioned Brian Castner, Amnesty’s army skilled.

“Our findings immediately contradict the US army’s mantra of zero civilian casualties in Somalia.”

The findings had been proven to AFRICOM however the US army denied civilians had been killed, Amnesty mentioned.

US strikes in Somalia surged in April 2017, after US President Donald Trump declared southern Somalia an “space of lively hostilities”, Amnesty mentioned.

In accordance with Amnesty, US forces carried out 34 strikes in 2017 following Trump’s declaration, greater than in all of the earlier 5 years since 2012 mixed.

In 2018, the variety of strikes rose to 47 whereas there have been 24 already within the first two months of 2019 alone.

The Shabaab have been waging an insurgency in opposition to Somalia’s foreign-backed authorities for over a decade, and whereas it has misplaced floor, continues to stage lethal assaults within the nation in addition to neighbouring nations reminiscent of Kenya.

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Girls’s World Cup: Cameroon set for aggressive assessments – NEWPAPER24

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2019-03-21 15:05:24

Cameroon clinched third place on the 2018 Girls’s Africa Cup of Nations to earn a spot on the World Cup

Cameroon will play its first worldwide video games because the 2018 Girls’s Africa Cup of Nations at a match in China subsequent month.

The four-nation occasion will see the Indomitable Lionesses step up their preparations for the June’s World Cup in France.

They’ll Croatia on Four April earlier than taking up the winners of the China and Russia recreation within the last three days later.

“After a number of months of coaching it’s going to be nice to gauge our stage and see how aggressive our staff might be” Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa informed Newpaper24 Sport.

The squad are presently at a coaching camp on the Caf Centre of Excellence in Yaounde.

“In our second camp, we had 30 gamers and now we have now 26,” the 46-year-old coach defined.

“We determined to depart out eight gamers and we have introduced in 4 new ones. Such a match shall be an avenue to see how the gamers react psychologically in a troublesome recreation and beneath strain.

“The groups we’ll be taking part in are aggressive and I am glad we will lastly put to apply what we have been devising for months.”

Regardless of the common coaching camps because the Lionesses clinched third place on the Nations Cup and a spot on the World Cup their recreation time has been restricted to taking part in newbie sides and males’s youth groups.

The Cameroon Soccer Federation (Fecafoot) are decided to supply the Lionesses improved preparations forward of the World Cup in France.

“Other than the China match, there shall be a coaching camp in Spain in Could,” Fecafoot’s communications director Parfait Siki informed Newpaper24 Sport

“We have held fruitful talks with the Spanish federation and a recreation between each groups is on the playing cards.

“We’re speaking to different prime groups and if issues go on effectively, coach Djeumfa’s staff will have the ability to play many extra video games earlier than they journey to France for the match”

Cameroon would be the second African staff to compete in China this 12 months after the reigning African champions Nigeria performed in an analogous occasion January.

The Tremendous Falcons misplaced 0-Three to China earlier than beating Romania 4-1 to complete third within the occasion.

At their second World Cup the Cameroonians will face Canada, New Zealand and Netherlands in Group E.

Throughout their maiden look on the World Cup in 2015 in Canada, the Cameroonians exited the competitors within the spherical of 16 as they misplaced 1-Zero to China.

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Volvo so as to add in-car sensors to stop drunk driving – NEWPAPER24

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Volvo so as to add in-car sensors to stop drunk driving

2019-03-20 14:36:20


GOTHENBURG – Swedish automaker Volvo hopes to strengthen its status for safety-first driving by putting in cameras and sensors in its vehicles from the early 2020s, monitoring drivers for indicators of being drunk or distracted and intervening to stop accidents.

READ: Volvo unveils driverless electrical bus in Singapore 

The protection options, detailed at a briefing in Gothenburg on Wednesday which fleshed out plans outlined earlier this month, mark one other step by Volvo in direction of its pledge to get rid of passenger fatalities by 2020.

Volvo, which within the 1950s was the primary carmaker to introduce the three-point seatbelt, had mentioned on March four it could introduce a 180 km per hour velocity restrict on all new autos.

Volvo mentioned the cameras and sensors might be put in on all fashions constructed on its SPA2 platform for bigger vehicles such because the XC90 SUV, on which its driverless vehicles may also be constructed, beginning within the early a part of the following decade.

Intervention if the motive force is discovered to be drunk, drained or distracted by checking a cell phone – among the many greatest elements in accidents – may contain limiting the automotive’s velocity, alerting the Volvo on Name help service, or slowing down and parking the automotive, it mentioned.

READ: Tesla will get $520m funding for first Chinese language plant 

Improvement of know-how that will assist such manoeuvres has accelerated prior to now yr because the trade more and more focuses on electrical and autonomous vehicles.

Volvo Chief Government Hakan Samuelsson advised journalists the know-how developments meant carmakers had the accountability to tackle the position of Large Brother to make sure security on roads.

Whereas the technique meant Volvo, owned by China’s Geely, would possibly lose some clients eager on excessive speeds, it additionally opened alternatives to win dad and mom who needed to purchase the most secure automotive to hold their kids, he mentioned.

Volvo additionally mentioned it could introduce Care Key, permitting a Volvo purchaser to set a velocity restrict for themselves or earlier than lending the automotive to youthful or inexperienced drivers, as normal on all its vehicles from 2021.

READ: Toyota remembers greater than 700,000 autos in SA

Samuelsson mentioned Volvo was speaking to insurers to supply beneficial phrases to what it termed as “membership max 180” clients who had been utilizing the security options.

“If we are able to encourage and assist higher behaviour with know-how that helps drivers to remain out of bother, that ought to logically even have a optimistic influence on insurance coverage premiums,” Samuelsson mentioned.

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