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Breaking: Former president Compaoré sentenced to life over Sankara’s murder

Burkinabe prosecutors sought a 30-year sentence for Compaoré over Sankara’s murder but a Ouagadougou court sentenced him to life in prison on Wednesday.

Former president Blaise Compaoré was sentenced to life in prison over Sankara murder on W. The ednesdayverdict comes 6 months after the trial of 14 accused (including Compaoré) in the assassination of Burkina Faso’s revered Pan-African leader started.

In addition to Compaoré, the are two sentenced to life in prison. Hyacinthe Kafando is suspected of having led the commando that murdered Thomas Sankara and the commander of Compaoré’s guard at the time of the events. As well as General Gilbert Diendéré, one of the army leaders in the 1987 putsch according to Africanews

Blaise Compaoré is in exile in Ivory Coast since his fall whereas Hyacinth Kafando’s whereabouts are unknown since 2016.

The three men were convicted of an “attack on state security”. Blaise Compaoré and Gilbert Diendéré were also found guilty of “complicity in murder” and Hyacinthe Kafando, suspected of having led the commando that killed Thomas Sankara, of “murder”.

They have fifteen days to appeal these heavy sentences.

Long awaited verdict

Prosecutors had asked the military court to find Mr Compaoré guilty in absentia of an “attack on state security”, “concealment of a corpse” and “complicity in a murder”, accusing him of being the main sponsor behind the killing of Sankara and 12 of his colleagues.

The judges went beyond the demands of the military prosecutor’s office, which had asked for 30 years in prison for Compaoré and Kafando and 20 years for Diendéré.

Eight other defendants were sentenced to between three and 20 years in prison. Three defendants were acquitted.

The verdict was greeted by applause in the courtroom. This historic trial opened in October 2021, 34 years after the death of Sankara, a pan-African icon, assassinated in a coup that brought Blaise Compaoré to power.

His lawyers had from the beginning denounced “a political trial” before “a court of exception”, considering that the procedure “is worthless”. Mr. Compaoré was suspected of being the mastermind of the assassination of his former comrade-in-arms and friend who came to power in a putsch in 1983, which he has always denied.

No “revenge”

Most of the 12 defendants present, including General Diendéré, pleaded not guilty and the lawyers for the Sankara family regretted that none of them had confessed or repented. “No one! We ask the court to give justice to the families. We don’t want revenge, we just want justice,” said one of them, Prosper Farama.

Thomas Sankara, who came to power in a coup in 1983, was killed along with twelve of his companions by a commando during a meeting at the headquarters of the National Council of the Revolution (CNR) in Ouagadougou. He was 37 years old.

The death of Thomas Sankara, who wanted to “decolonize consciousness” and disrupt the world order by standing up for the poor and oppressed, has been a taboo subject during the 27-year rule of Mr. Compaoré, who was forced out after a popular uprising in 2014.

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Revealing Africa Afresh- ADM

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AIM Dubai-2022

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The Annual Investment Meeting Opens Up New Horizons for Global Economic Growth on March 29th, 2022


Dubai – February 10, 2022, The Annual Investment Meeting will make history once again from 29 to 31 March 2022 at the Dubai Exhibition Center, EXPO 2020, Dubai, in a new edition that aspires to empower the recovery of global economic growth.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, the global investment event is held under the theme of “Investments in Sustainable Innovation for a Thriving Future”.

“AIM’s forthcoming edition, AIM 2022, will focus mainly on endorsing and boosting investments towards sustainability and innovation through the conference’s 6 pillars: FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT FDI, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES SMEs, FOREIGN PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT FPI, STARTUPS, FUTURE CITIES, and the 50 PROJECTS INITIATIVE, said Mr. Dawood Al Shezawi, President of the Annual Investment Meeting.

The FDI Pillar will enable participants to discover new investment opportunities in the global market, thereby, increasing FDI, while promoting economic growth.

The SMEs Pillar will recognize enterprises’ contributions to the global economy and empower them – emphasizing the need to create conducive environments that empower UAE’s entrepreneurs, allowing them to possess the necessary competency to achieve growth and progress.

The Foreign Portfolio Investors FPI Pillar will enable investors to diversify their portfolios, establish contacts with local organizations, and gain access to investment flows.

The Startups Pillar will help investors find new investment opportunities while helping entrepreneurs acquire venture capital and seed funding for their startups.

The Future Cities Pillar will rally up the governments and investors’ support to maximize the potential of innovation, technologies, and smart city solutions, while also recognizing smart city solutions providers from across the globe for their outstanding projects that are aligned to achieve increased operational efficiency & productivity, sustainability, and economic growth.

The 50 Projects Initiatives Pillar focuses on supporting the UAE’s ‘Projects of the 50’ initiative that covers numerous key sectors including Economy, Entrepreneurship, Advanced Skills, Digital Economy, Space, and Advanced Technologies. The 50 projects represent a series of long-term development and economic initiatives designed to accelerate the UAE’s development and establish the nation as a hub for talent and investment.

The AIM 2022 comprises a broad array of features and activities that give real value to all participants and stakeholders of the conference, including AIM Pre-conference Workshop & Seminar, AIM 2022 Conference, AIM 2022 Exhibition, AIM 2022 Innovation Showcase, Startup Hackathon,  Startup Live Pitching Sessions, Site Visits, B2B, G2B, & G2G Meetings, Exclusive Breakfast, High-level Networking Lunch, Gala Dinner, AIM Global 2022 Investment Awards, AIM 2022 Startup Pitch Competition, and AIM 2022 Future City Awards, among other features.

With the Annual Investment Meeting’s 6 Pillars providing value to all the event’s participants, therefore, attending AIM is imperative for all stakeholders of the global investment landscape.

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Achieving AU Agenda 2063

Mr. Mabingwe Ngom

“Africa’s Year of Nutrition 2022 is Opportune and Timely”-Mr.Mabingwe

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),  welcomes the vision behind the African Union (AU) theme for 2022: ‘Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: strengthening Agro-Food Systems, Health and Social Protection Systems for the Acceleration of Human, Social and Economic Capital Development’.

World hunger has been on the rise since 2015 and saw a dramatic increase as a result of COVID-19. The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says the number of food-insecure people rose by 318 million in 2020, 86 million of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence of food insecurity – 66 per cent of the population.

Malnutrition is linked to poverty, low levels of education and poor access to health, including reproductive health services and family planning. The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study has demonstrated a direct link between poor nutrition and economic development, estimating that countries lose between 2 to 16 per cent of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) because of childhood stunting. These challenges threaten the realisation of the AU’s Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’. Food security is essential to achieve the continent’s long-term goals.

With the 2022 theme, the AU highlights the paramount importance of adequate nutrition for health and wellbeing, stimulating human capital development and the socio-economic potential of individuals, families and communities.

2022 presents an opportunity to invest more effectively in nutrition and accelerate the march towards people-driven development that harnesses the power of women and youth. As the continent with the youngest population in the world, Africa can experience a ‘demographic dividend’, as seen in Asian Tiger countries, when the economically active population became larger than the dependent population, leading to increased growth and prosperity. When food security improves, health, well-being and productivity follow, increasing the likelihood of achieving a demographic dividend.

Nutrition and food security are a springboard for a positive health outcome and sustainable economic development. The impetus, driven by the top level of Africa’s governance, will improve the nutrition of millions of young people, who will become more productive as a result, as well as further reduce maternal deaths; thousands of pregnant women die each year from severe iron-deficiency anaemia.

Nutrition and food security programs will also transform the lives of more than a third of Africa’s population under the age of five years and these will, in turn, curb the enormous losses caused by malnutrition on the continent’s GDP.

Timely, integrated interventions

The focus on nutrition is timely, when according to the Ecological Threat Report 2021, climate change and demographic growth are driving increased food insecurity across the globe, with two ‘hotspots’ on the continent – southern Africa (from Angola to Madagascar) and the Sahel-Horn of Africa – both regions with weak socio-economic resilience, extreme ecological risk and a rapidly growing population.

By reinforcing the connection between nutrition and other key priority areas, this year’s theme is further evidence of the AU’s determination to tackle development challenges through integration.

Collaboration is key

There is a powerful multiplier effect when partnerships are built to upscale successful interventions. 2022 is an opportunity for new generation partnerships and UNFPA is committed to working closely with the AU and other partners to act to achieve priorities and implement the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the UN SDGs, as detailed in the UNFPA publication ‘GOAL 17: Partnership: UNFPA’s approach for the transformation of Africa and the world’.

 Good nutrition is fundamental in securing the Africa we want. Throughout this Africa’s Year of Nutrition, the UNFPA calls on the international community to support the AU and the efforts of His Majesty King Letsie III, the AU Nutrition Champion, to invest in African solutions that eradicate food insecurity on the continent.

For more information about the UNFPA visit www.unfpa.org

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Prioritizing Patients Health Worldwide

Canon-Reap Solutions unveil ground-breaking Products

…..As life-in-person Arab Health Exhibition ends in Dubai

Story: Mohammed ABU, ADM, ACCRA.                  

Canon in partnership with Reap Solutions during the Arab Health Exhibition showcased the prestigious output of its Laser and inkjet products along with its third party Dicom solution, Canon Central & North Africa announced recently in Dubai.

The exceptional production printing products and solutions can further support healthcare and medical professionals in delivering optimum health opportunities for patients through uncompromised performance, comfort and safety features.

Strengthening its commitment to put the patient’s health at the heart of everything that’s done, the company’s ground-breaking products such as the imagePROGRAF TX-2100 printer built with an award-winning blue-film technology which was on display the announcement said, has the potential to revolutionize radiology printing in Egypt.

It is the company’s endeavor to provide radiology and medical professionals with solutions that can augment their efforts in contributing to the health and well-being of patients worldwide.

In an effort to work hand-in-hand with academic and industry partners to create market-leading solutions, the announcement added, Canon invited forty-five leading doctors from Egypt and garnered attendance from one hundred and fifty visitors from Africa, Middle East and India with a potential for distribution.

Other products, it added, showcased at the exhibition include Canon BLM50 and BLM35 Production Booklet makers that provide modular in-line booklet making solution for creating high-quality professional saddle-stitch and square fold booklets of up to 200 pages and are designed for centralized reprographic departments and commercial printers.

The imagePRESS C710 printer that offers production grade features at a budget friendly investment remained a popular choice amongst the visitors, it further added.

“At Canon, our aim has always been to put the customer need at the heart of everything that we do and provide intelligent solutions that meet not only the current but also future market demands ensuring results are achieved faster for better diagnosis process along with increased clinical confidence from the medical professionals. One of our products on display was the ultra-popular wide format printer TX-2100, that was earlier distributed to around hundred physicians and doctors across Egypt last year with the help of Reap Solutions.

Through this printer, our visions has been to ensure that the patient’s journey right from onboarding to diagnosis to actual medi-care remains transparent thereby elevating the level of confidence between the patients and doctors. As the pandemic has taught us, our solutions now need to be quick, safe, easy to decipher, environment-friendly and must allow for distance treatments if needed. With our state-of-the-art printing products, the results can be shared in best quality along with the lowest size on any application, to facilitate diagnosis from distance if needed. This creates a win-win situation for both patients and doctors, allowing convenience whilst ensuring safety,” commented Somesh Adukia, MD – Canon Central and North Africa.

Strengthening its commitment to put the patient’s health at the heart of everything that’s done, the company put on display its ground-breaking products such as the imagePROGRAF TX-2100 printer built with an award-winning blue-film technology that packs the potential to revolutionize radiology printing in Egypt.

In an effort to work hand-in-hand with academic and industry partners to create market-leading solutions, Canon invited forty-five leading doctors from Egypt and garnered attendance from one hundred and fifty visitors from Africa, Middle East and India with a potential for distribution. Other products showcased at the exhibition include Canon BLM50 and BLM35 Production Booklet makers that provide modular in-line booklet making solution for creating high-quality professional saddle-stitch and square fold booklets of up to 200 pages and are designed for centralized reprographic departments and commercial printers. The imagePRESS C710 printer that offers production grade features at a budget friendly investment remained a popular choice amongst the visitors.

The 24-inch multipurpose TX-2100 printer, with smart software and flexible borderless printing features also boasts innovative features such as hot swap ink tanks and an automatic media detecting system that can facilitate production workflows with full pigment ink and a water-resistant media option.

Canon and Reap Solutions further announced of their plans to prolong their partnership in an attempt to cover more opportunities within the medical sector and take the tried and tested products to newer territories. The company executives hinted at geographical expansion as well as product expansion with the aid of doctors and medical fraternity across different locations worldwide.

Ahmed El Okr, CEO of Reap Solutions remarked, “Last year has been a banner year for us at Reap Solutions as we have been able to provide radiologists, physicians, doctors and patients with unconventional printing solutions and reports that have proven to be vastly beneficial especially during the pandemic. Our know-how of the industry as well as our distribution landscape across different geographies gave us an upper hand in ensuring the right printing solutions were made available to doctors and healthcare professionals during the testing times of the pandemic.

“Furthermore, our association with Canon allowed us to explore innovative solutions that give doctors, physicians and medical professionals the opportunity to revert back to the basics i.e. printing on paper yet with the edge of film-like quality. One of the most crucial benefits of the printers was demonstrated in the Chest CT-scans for ribs, as it allows to scan in 3D and print in color, thus highly upgrading the quality to its previous counter-part method of laser printing. The radiology doctors unlike physicians require high printing quality as well as adjustments that can take their diagnostic process up a notch, thus Canon’s imagePROGRAF TX Series printers equipped with a 5-color LUCIA TD Pigment ink system capable of producing fine lines and sharp text, even on non-inkjet coated paper made the right fit for this job.”

“Additionally, the reports are now resistant to water, light, tears, rips or any kind of fading thereby allowing for a long-lasting archival system. Our solution breaks the barrier for report archival which can be crucial in significant cost and time savings for medical practitioners. Documentation of medical records is vital to advance diagnosis process, thus having the ability to archive reports for years is now essential. Canon’s blue-film technology incorporated printers come with all these benefits thereby making these products a pre-requisite for optimum healthcare. I am extremely grateful to Canon for supporting Reap Solutions right from the beginning even in the initial trial and testing phases and I am affirmative that together, we will bring a positive wave of change across the medical fraternity.”

Having received an overwhelming response at the Arab Health Exhibition, the announcement said, Canon and Reap Solutions will continue their partnership and are currently working with doctors, healthcare professionals in a bid to continuously enhance and evolve their solutions to meet the ongoing demands of the industry. Basis the success of Canon’s imagePROGRAF TX-2100 in optimizing the identification and diagnosis process for medical workers and doctors, the company plans to expand its product line that can drive valuable outcomes to positively impact medical professionals in enhancing their patients’ future.

Speaking on the matter, Somesh Adukia said, “We appreciate all the efforts done by the Reap team in taking our products to the market, their support has been a key contributor in ensuring that our innovative ideas reach the right minds at the right time. We will continue to work together to introduce new products as well as acquire newer territories that can benefit from these cutting-edge solutions.

“We are extremely proud of the difference we have been able to create in easing a patient’s journey through advanced and high-quality radiology reports that are also environment friendly. The extensive interest shown at our booth at Arab Health Exhibition by visitors that include leading doctors from across the African region is a testimony to the superior level of support our products can provide in assisting medical practitioners. Together with Reap Solutions, we are committed to building a brighter future for all with our state-of-the-art printing products.”

 

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Need for Meaningful Message of Sustainability

Photojournalism to the rescue 

Story: Mohammed ABU, ADM, Accra

Fiona Shields, head of photography at Guardian News and Media Group and one of the Judges of the Canon sponsored “MOMENTS THAT MATTER” photographic competition says that, the power of photojournalism in sparking a positive change is undeniable and as such photographers have a great responsibility that comes with this power and so must industry leaders.

Competitions like “Moments that Matter” Fiona said, provide an opportunity for photographers to evaluate and submit their work which is then further amplified by editors who will be keen to place their stories in publications around the globe.

So what may start as a mere photograph in one part for the world she observed, may very well become the topic of discussion for the entire world tomorrow, that’s the power of photography.

The point of this award, Fiona said, is to highlight meaningful images that can spark the passion for sustainability and call people to action.

She also noted, that beyond simply presenting the problem, photographers of today need to engage their audiences and establish means of visual communication that are direct and not abstract.

“For instance, we found if we published images of polar bears on melting ice-caps, people were not necessarily moved as they didn’t think the problem was affecting them, whilst in reality climate crisis affects all. In order to drive home our message, we seek out images that have the potential to stir a conversation in people’s mind further generating engagement by highlighting the relatability factor”

Telling authentic stories with a humanitarian angle through images that allow people to walk in the shoes of your subject thereby elevating emotions and accentuating that connectivity aspect, Fiona noted, is a recipe for meaning.

“Posing questions to your audiences such as “what if this was your child?” or “imagine being here!” are simple yet utterly powerful ways to not only incite a reaction but to invoke those deeper feelings that make an individual even consider taking an action…that’s where truly meaningful engaged photojournalism lies” she intimated.

Photography, Fiona said, certainly acts as a catalyst to motivate action and inspire change; however a vital component of creating this broader conversation lies in offering solutions.

As important as it is to engage people with thoughtfully captured images, it is also helpful to offer solutions to the problem to avoid being bearers of solely grim news.

” Photography as an art can induce emotion, endearment, and passion striking a chord with the audience. Finding new and original ways to reach people is the foundation of any good photograph especially in the context of sustainability.

“While the whole world has drawn attention towards the subject of sustainability, photographers can really dig deep into this arena with powerful visual communication to bring a unique but relatable perspective”, Fiona underscored.

Our aim through ‘Moments that Matter’ Fiona said, is to provide an opportunity to harness the power of visual storytelling and motivate meaningful change.

“We are looking for photographs that capture moments and make sense of a complex scene with well-crafted framing that masters the art of expression. While quality and originality certainly influence visual outcomes, a key ingredient is a photographer’s ability to connect to a story, gaining the trust and preserving the dignity of the people/situation they are documenting.

“In fact, many photographers actually spend days or weeks just comprehending an overall scenario, understanding the context and gaining trust of their subject before ever lifting their cameras to take a picture. And of course, having a good eye for aesthetics helps to set the context whilst doing justice to the situation at hand” Fiona intimated.

Fiona recounting the early days of her career, discloses, “My encounter with the world of photography began as a journalism student. I found my passion and skills lay in the creative arena of visual expression rather than verbal expression, so led by my talents rather than an aspiration to write I entered the world of photography”.

In my experience, learning the art of seeing, evaluating and identifying a good image is as important as the craft of photography itself. What’s fascinating is that as a photo editor your talents are different to those of a photographer – who truth be told, are often too close to their work to be able to see it objectively.

“As a photo-editor, you view the work through the eyes of a reader understanding the dynamics of the image with the overall story much like a jigsaw puzzle, while the photographer sees only a part, the editor’s role is to assemble the whole puzzle” she further noted.

 

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Who/What did we say Goodbye to in Africa in 2021? By Dr. Y

2021 was no doubt a tough year the world over, with a continued global pandemic, stressed economies, and much more. What a year! Africa said goodbye to quite a few people, events, and more. Below are a selection of 10 events of 2021. I am sure that I have left quite a few out…

  1. John Magufuli_2
    President John Magufuli of Tanzania

    In March, President John Magufuli of Tanzania changed dimensions. It was heartbreaking to see someone who had done so much for his country go away so suddenly. Nicknamed the “bulldozer” he had a reputation to be incorruptible [So Long to President John Magufuli of Tanzania: The Bulldozer], and under his leadership Tanzania saw growth and development. Magufuli was focused on Tanzania’s economic success and sought to implement ambitious projects that would lift more of his people out of povertyUnder his reign, he expanded free education, and rural electrificationTanzania was one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, thanks to his hard work [President John Magufuli in His Own Words].

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    King Goodwill Zwelithini (Source: sahistory.org.za)

    In March, King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu people of South Africa passed away. He had been king of the Zulu for over 50 years, since 1968 when he had succeeded his father, King Cyprian Bhekuzulu. Over these 50 years, he saw his country change from the apartheid regime to the Rainbow nation. At the time of his passing, the King’s Great Wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini was appointed as interim leader of the Zulu Nation under the title of queen regent from March 2021 to April 2021, when she passed away suddenly. King Goodwill Zwelithini was succeeded by his son King Misuzulu Zulu.

  3. In June, the very popular Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua departed from this planet. He was a legendary charismatic pastor who was visited by presidents, and people from around the world; it is said that his church was Nigeria’s biggest tourist attraction.
  4. Kenneth Kaunda
    Kenneth Kaunda

    In June also, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, first president of Zambia joined his ancestors. At 97 years old, he was one of Africa’s last surviving liberation leaders. To a generation of Africans, he epitomized the Africa struggle for independence. Affectionately known as Mzee, Kaunda worked tirelessly towards the freedom of the whole of Southern Africa from white rule; he supported the fight of other countries against repressive, racist regimes in South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and Southern Rhodesia (Why the name: Zimbabwe?). It took several years, but his support never faltered.

  5. In September, Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya of the Bamun people of Cameroon perished at the hands of the virus which has paralyzed the planet. He was the 19th reigning monarch of the Bamun Kingdom in the Western province of Cameroon. He had succeeded to his father, the sultan Seidou Njimoluh Njoya in 1992. He has been succeeded by his son Nabil Mbombo Njoya. At 28, Nabil Njoya is now the 20th in the Nchare Yen dynasty of the Bamun people.
  6. In November, F.W. De Klerk, former president of South Africa, and last president of the Apartheid era, passed away. He is known for releasing Nelson Mandela from prison, after 27 years, disassembling the apartheid system, and sharing the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela.
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    Flag of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis started bringing tears to our hearts… Not sure how to explain the Nobel Peace prize given to Ethiopia’s prime minister Ahmed Abiy in 2019, when I see him choosing the war path instead of peace now. He is presiding over a protracted civil war that by many accounts bears the hallmarks of genocide. This leads to skepticism towards these “prizes” handed over by the “international” community. It has been over a year now that Abiy ordered a military offensive in the northern Tigray region with the promise to have it resolved quickly. Thousands are now dead, 2 million people displaced, and much more.

  8. Mozambique_Flag
    Flag of Mozambique

    Loss of peace in Mozambique. Last year, I told you about this amazing oil fields and precious minerals found in Mozambique, and all of sudden the presence of Islamic insurgencies [seriously?… Islamic insurgencies… I think these people probably take us for idiots] starting there right after Total signed one of the biggest contracts ever for over $14 Billions, and the united nations of thieves [seriously check it out, banks for Japan, EU, France, India, US, etc…] descended on the country [Who/What did we say goodbye to in Africa in 2020?].

  9. King Kêfa Sagbadjou Glèlè, monarch of the once-powerful Dahomey kingdom, in the country of Benin, has joined his ancestors. Bear in mind that King Kêfa descended from the Agoli-Agbo line, the one installed (not the rightful bearers of the traditions) by the French after King Behanzin was deported to Martinique and then Algeria.
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    Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Source: The Namibian)

    Just the day after Christmas, we learned that Desmond Tutu, the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner and iconic anti-apartheid fighter was deceased on December 26. As the tributes pour in from around the world, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said, Tutu had “inspired a generation of African leaders who embraced his non-violent approaches in the liberation struggle.” At 90, Archbishop Tutu had lived a long fruitful life, battle-tested by life under apartheid. The plans include two days of lying in state before an official state funeral on 1 January in Cape Town.

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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry announces new cabinet

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Thursday announced members of his new Cabinet, four months after he took the leadership of the country following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

Henry, while introducing the new cabinet said the government will create a safe and stable environment for organising popular consultations on the adoption of a new constitution according to PMNews

Henry selected ministers of foreign affairs, economy, justice, education and health.

The proposed cabinet includes Jean Victor Jeneus, who will replace Claude Joseph serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship.

Joseph briefly occupied the post of the country’s prime minister after the death of Moise

The changes in the government are part of the agreement between Henry and the Haitian opposition that previously demanded the resignation of Moise.

The prime minister expressed confidence that the new cabinet will reach a positive outcome, despite the hard work ahead.

In recent years, Haiti has experienced severe government and security crises marked by fuel shortages, gang-related violence, numerous kidnappings, food insecurity, and the migration of thousands of people.

The situation was further exacerbated by the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise on July 7

 

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Sister Wildanie Cupidon wins Global Humanitarian Excellence Award 2021.

Sister Wildanie Cupidon has won the GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN EXCELLENCE AWARD 2021 which is constituted for the peculiar people in a year only.

The award was bestowed on her at the occasion of the death anniversary of St. Mother Teresa and International day of Charity through the Award Committee of URF World Records and URB..

This was confirmed and announced by Wildanie Cupidon in a chat with African Development Magazine.

” This award is the recognition of my loyal humanitarian service, dedications with a great heart to spread the Love, Peace, Humanity, and Harmony in the Society and around the world in International level.”. she said.

Sister Wildanie Cupidon devoted her life to the poor and downtrodden after receiving her consecration as consecrated Virgin.

She founded Wildanie Cupidon foundation n 2009 with the aim of uplifting the homeless, the sick, and the orphaned around the world. Today, she is a world-renowned social activist. She is also the Foundress of the missionary brothers and sisters of our Lady of Victory with the dedication to work in the abandoned area where people are scared.

Congratulations !!!

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Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms

Facebook Inc(FB.O) will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week.

The social media company, which allows more critical commentary of public figures than of private individuals, is changing its approach on the harassment of journalists and “human rights defenders,” who it says are in the public eye due to their work rather than their public personas.

Facebook is under wide-ranging scrutiny from global lawmakers and regulators over its content moderation practices and harms linked to its platforms, with internal documents leaked by a whistleblower forming the basis for a U.S. Senate hearing last week.

How Facebook, which has about 2.8 billion monthly active users, treats public figures and content posted by or about those figures has been an area of intense debate. In recent weeks, the company’s “cross-check” system, which the Wall Street Journal reported has the effect of exempting some high-profile users from usual Facebook rules, has been in the spotlight.

Facebook also differentiates between public figures and private individuals in the protections it affords around online discussion: for instance, users are generally allowed to call for the death of a celebrity in discussions on the platform, as long as they do not tag or directly mention the celebrity. They cannot call for the death of a private individual, or now a journalist, under Facebook’s policies.

The company declined to share a list of other involuntary public figures but said they are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Earlier this year, Facebook said it would remove content celebrating, praising or mocking George Floyd’s death, because he was deemed an involuntary public figure.

Facebook’s Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis said the company was also expanding the types of attacks that it would not allow on public figures on its sites, as part of an effort to reduce attacks disproportionately faced by women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

Facebook will no longer allow severe and unwanted sexualizing content, derogatory sexualized photoshopped images or drawings, or direct negative attacks on a person’s appearance, for example, in comments on a public figure’s profile.

Reuters
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