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Experts Tease Out Kingpin Role Of Digitization For Africa’s Revenue Harvest

Digitization has been variously described as pivotal in ramping-up revenue collection for financing Africa’s development. This convergence of views characterized discussions at one of the plenary debates of the 38th meeting of the Committee of Experts of the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, taking place in Marrakech, Morocco. Convened to critically discuss and share experiences around the theme: “Fiscal policy, trade and the private sector in a digital era: a strategy for Africa,” the experts mainly evoked questions of speed and productivity, governance, timeliness and cybersecurity associated…

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Rescue Teams Rush To Save Hundreds Trapped By Mozambique Cyclone

Aid workers scrambled to save hundreds trapped by floods around the Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, after a powerful cyclone killed hundreds of people and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa. Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique’s port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) last Thursday, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi, flattening buildings and putting the lives of millions at risk. At least 200 people have died in Mozambique and 98 in Zimbabwe, but the death toll is…

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New Zealand Begins Burial Of Mosques Attack Victims

The bodies of two victims from New Zealand’s mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch’s Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday – the first burials of the 50 victims. Wrapped in white cloth, the bodies were laid to face Mecca, and after jenazah (funeral) prayers, were carried towards their freshly dug graves. “Seeing the body lowered down, it was a very emotional time for me,” said Gulshad Ali, who had travelled from Auckland to attend the funeral. Several mounds…

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Death Toll In Mozambique Cyclone, Floods Hits Over 1000

The number of people killed in a powerful storm and preceding floods in Mozambique could exceed 1,000, the president said on Monday, putting the potential death toll greatly more than current figures. Eighty-four deaths have been confirmed so far in Mozambique as a result of Cyclone Idai, which has also left a trail of death and destruction across Zimbabwe and Malawi, with vast areas of land flooded, roads destroyed and communication wiped out. Speaking on Radio Mocambique, President Filipe Nyusi said he had flown over the affected region, where two…

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Snr Catholic Priest, Cardinal Pell, Bags 6yrs Jail For Child Sex Abuse

…….in Australia Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday for sexually abusing two choir boys in Melbourne in the 1990s, and will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life. County Court of Victoria Chief Judge Peter Kidd, who handed down the sentence in a live television broadcast, said there was a real possibility that at age 77, Pell could spend the rest of his life in prison. Pell, a former top adviser to Pope Francis, is the most senior Catholic to…

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Trump Grounds Boeing 737 Max In US, Shares Tumble

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the United States is grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes effective immediately, following other nations after a deadly crash last weekend in Ethiopia. Trump made the announcement on Boeing (BA) planes at a briefing on drug trafficking, saying the accident was “tragic.” Boeing shares turned lower after Trump’s announcement. Trump said he discussed the grounding with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and acting Federal Aviation Administration administrator Daniel Elwell. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the U.S. is grounding Boeing…

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More Trouble For Boeing 737 MAX As US Pilots Report Problems

As United States authorities continued to resist pressure Wednesday to ground the Boeing 737 MAX following the latest deadly crash, reports from American pilots surfaced who reported issues with the plane late last year. At least four pilots made reports following the October crash of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia shortly after takeoff, all complaining that the aircraft suddenly pitched downward, according to documents reviewed on a flight safety database. The incidents seem to involve the flight stabilization system designed to prevent the aircraft from stalling, the “MCAS,” which…

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Air Turbulence Injures 30 On Turkish Airline’s Flight To New York

Severe turbulence left 30 people injured and many passengers fearing for their lives on a Turkish Airline flight from Istanbul to New York. Dozens of ambulances were called to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport after those on board the flight were tossed around the plane cabin during the unanticipated episode around 45 minutes before landing. Injuries included a broken leg, and cuts and bruises, with one passenger reporting blood smeared on the overhead luggage compartment. Passengers said the turbulence was not announced and some people were not wearing their seatbelts…

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Condemnation Trails British Govt Over Death Of IS Bride Baby

A decision by Britain to strip a teenage girl of her citizenship after she joined Islamic State in Syria was described as a “stain on the conscience” of the government on Saturday after her three-week old baby died. Shamima Begum was stripped of her citizenship on security grounds last month, leaving her in a detention camp in Syria where her baby died, the third of the 19-year-old’s infant children to die since she traveled to Syria in 2015. The opposition Labour party said the move to leave an innocent child…

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ECA Chief Says World Loses Trillions To Gender Inequality

The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, has said that world’s economy loses due to gender inequality. Speaking at the launch of the Global Health 50/50 2019 Report – titled Equality Works – in Addis Ababa on the eve of the International Women’s Day, she said the world’s economy loses USD 160 trillion in wealth due to gender inequality. Songwe said: “When you have women in positions of leadership, business does better and there’s more innovation, more value creation and more profit,” She said political…

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