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OPEC+ Compliance With Oil Cuts In March Largely Due To Saudi Arabia – IEA

The alliance of the OPEC+ oil producers was able to achieve the 113 per cent oil cuts agreement reached last month largely due to Saudi Arabia’s voluntary additional cut of 1 million barrels a day (mbd), a report said. The International Energy Agency (IEA) which disclosed this in its monthly Oil Market Report on Wednesday, said “Saudi Arabia maintained its extra reduction in supply for a second month in a row. “That kept overall OPEC+ compliance with supply cuts at a robust 113 per cent during March. “Russia ramped up,…

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Prince Philip’s Funeral Scheduled For April 17, Says Buckingham Palace

The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will be held at Windsor on April 17, with no public access nor public procession beforehand, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Saturday. The event is to be a “ceremonial royal funeral”, rather than a state funeral, which “very much reflects the duke’s wishes”, a palace spokesman said. A national minute’s silence will be observed as the funeral begins at 15:00 BST at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor. Members of the public will not be allowed to attend as the proceedings have been…

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Kenyan Firm Seeks To Return COVID Vaccine To Russia

A private company that imported the Sputnik V vaccine to Kenya is seeking to re-export it back to Russia. This comes a week after the health ministry banned the importation, distribution and administration of Covid-19 vaccines by private entities. Dominic Kariuki, the deputy director of the country’s drug authority, says the firm has written to them seeking to re-export the vaccine. “The company is now in the process of officially applying. The letter of intent has already been given to the pharmacy and poisons board,” Mr Kariuki told members of…

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Road Accidents Claim 235 In South Africa During Easter Holiday

South Africa recorded 235 deaths on its roads during the Easter holiday, figures released by the Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday showed. “According to the preliminary figures, 189 crashes were recorded, resulting in 235 fatalities nationwide,” said the minister. Compared with 2019, “the number of crashes has been reduced by 2.1 per cent while fatalities have been reduced by 9.6 percent. This is despite the growth in population size and the vehicle population,” he said. “Our relative success can be attributed to early preparation with education and awareness campaigns…

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IMF Extends Debt Relief For 28 Low-Income Countries

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT). This is according to a statement issued by the fund in Washington D.C. on Monday. It said that the approval followed two prior tranches approved on April 13 and Oct. 2, 2020. The CCRT provides grants for debt service relief to countries hit by catastrophic events, including public health disasters such as COVID-19. According to the fund, the…

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Ethiopian Plane Lands In Wrong Airport

………Zambian Authorities Begin Probe Ethiopian Airlines says it’s co-operating with the Zambian authorities in an investigation after one of its cargo planes mistakenly landed at an airport still under construction near the capital, Lusaka. Zambian air traffic controllers at the intended airport, 15 kilometres (9 miles) away, were quoted as telling the pilot that they couldn’t see his aircraft when he informed them he was about to land. “When he was about to land he was communicating with the radar, and they told him: ‘We can’t see you,” the transport…

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Singapore To Accept COVID-19 Digital Travel Certificate From May

Singapore will, from May, accept visitors who use a mobile travel pass containing digital certificates for COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Its aviation regulator said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to adopt the initiative. Singapore will accept the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mobile travel pass for pre-departure checks, where travellers can get clearance to fly to and enter Singapore by showing a smartphone application containing their data from accredited laboratories. The pass was successfully tested by Singapore Airlines. More than 20 carriers, including Emirates, Qatar Airways and Malaysia…

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Easter: Don’t Lose Hope In Coronavirus Times – Pope

Pope Francis called on the faithful at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, not to lose hope in the protracted coronavirus crisis. “In the hour of darkness when humanity is grappling with the pandemic and other ills, Christians need to take to heart the Easter message of the angel not to be afraid,’’ the 84-year-old head of the Catholic Church said in St Peter’s Basilica. One message of Easter, he said, is that it is always possible to start anew. “Even from the shambles of human history, God has created…

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Kenya Becomes 2nd African Country To Roll Out 5G

Mobile network operator Safaricom has launched a 5G network in Kenya. This makes it the second country in Africa to roll out the technology to customers, according to GSMA, an organization representing mobile network operators worldwide. The company is trialling the technology in four towns, and expects to expand it to nine over the next year. Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa described the launch last week as “a major milestone for the country.”  The telco is implementing the project using technology from the Finnish company Nokia and the Chinese company Huawei. GSMA defines…

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Finance Minister Emerges Tanzania’s New Vice President

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday appointed Minister for Finance and Planning Philip Mpango as the country’s Vice-President. The appointment of Mpango as Vice-President was unanimously approved by the parliament sitting in the capital Dodoma. Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai announced that Mpango got 363 votes from all the Members of Parliament who were present in the House chamber. Speaking shortly before parliament endorsed him, Mpango said the best way to honor the late President Magufuli was to oversee what he had stood for, including sound management…

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