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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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The government has said General Asamnew Tsige masterminded gun attacks that killed four people including the national army’s chief of staff and Amhara’s state president on Saturday night.

“The main people behind the failed coup are still at large and the security forces are hunting them,” the prime minister’s press secretary, Negussu Tilahun, said.

Army chief of staff Seare Mekonnen and a retired officer were shot by Seare’s bodyguard at his residence in the national capital Addis Ababa, the prime minister’s office said

Amhara state president Ambachew Mekonnen and an adviser were killed in the region’s main city Bahir Dar, it added.

 

Access to the internet appeared to be blocked across Ethiopia on Monday, users reported.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has pushed through sweeping changes since coming to power in April, making peace with Eritrea, reining in the security services, releasing political prisoners and lifting bans on some outlawed separatist groups.

The changes have won him widespread international praise.

But the premier’s shake-up of the military and intelligence services has earned him powerful enemies at home, while his government is struggling to contain powerful figures in Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups fighting the federal government and each other for greater influence and resources.

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The prime minister’s spokesman said the situation was calm in both Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar on Monday.

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However, by last week it had plunged 60% against the U.S. dollar and some Zimbabweans complain that many goods and services are still priced in foreign currencies, mainly the dollar and the rand.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s rand firmed early on Monday, adding to the previous session’s gains as sentiment toward emerging markets overall was soothed by softening interest rate outlooks in the United States and Eurozone.

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Just a single win seven matches has left them with an embarrassing early elimination that will likely have repercussions for many in the team.

The post mortem on the tournament will now begin with South Africa having two games still to play, with question-marks over team selection, tactics and a lack of intensity that contradicts their team ethos of bringing ‘Protea Fire’ to the pitch.

There has not been one singular area to point a finger of blame, the truth is the side have struggled badly with the bat, been inconsistent with the ball and too sloppy in the field, missing chances at crucial junctures.

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Marginal failure might have been accepted, but there will now be public pressure to make changes.

South Africa entered the tournament ranked number three in the world in One-Day Internationals, having won their last five series in the 50-over format.

But those statistics need deeper analysis. Victory in Sri Lanka 12 months ago was the highlight of that run, and was followed by home wins over desperately poor Zimbabwe, inconsistent Pakistan and the Sri Lankans again, this time a crushing 5-0 success.

There was also a 2-1 away win in Australia, but that came against an under-strength home team still reeling from the fallout of the sandpaper-gate controversy.

 

“We need to be realistic, when the team left South Africa it was with only a bit of hope of winning the tournament,” former South Africa batsman and 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten told reporters.

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Ethiopia's army chief, top regional officials killed in northern coup attempt
ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia's army chief of staff and the regional president of the northern state of Amhara were killed in two related attacks when a general tried to seize control of Amhara in an attempted coup, the prime minister?s office said on Sunday.,

Amhara state president Ambachew Mekonnen and his advisor were shot dead and the state’s attorney general was wounded in Amhara’s capital of Bahir Dar on Saturday evening, according to a statement from the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

 

In a separate but related attack the same night, Ethiopia’s army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen and another retired general were shot dead in Seare’s home in Addis Ababa by his bodyguard.

 

Abiy’s office named Amhara state security head General Asamnew Tsige as responsible for the foiled coup, without giving details of his whereabouts. Asamnew was released from prison last year, having been given an amnesty for a similar coup attempt, according to media reports.

 

Abiy took office just over a year ago and embarked on unprecedented reforms in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country and one of its fastest-growing economies.

 

But the premier’s shake-up of the military and intelligence services has earned him powerful enemies, while his government is struggling to contain growing ethnic violence, including in Amhara.

 

The shooting in Bahir Dar occurred when the state president - an ally of Abiy - was holding a meeting to decide how to rein in the open recruitment of ethnic militias by Asamnew, one Addis-based official told Reuters.

 

A week earlier, Asamnew had openly advised the Amhara people, Ethiopia’s second largest ethnic group, to arm themselves in preparation for fighting against other groups, in a video spread on Facebook and seen by a Reuters reporter.

 

Bahir Dar residents said there was at least four hours of gunfire on Saturday evening and some roads had been closed off.

 

Abiy donned military fatigues to announce the attempted coup on state television on Saturday evening.

 

Early on Sunday, Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, the head of special forces in Amhara, told state television that “most of the people who attempted the coup have been arrested, although there are a few still at large.”

 

He did not give details about Asamnew.

 

STRUGGLE FOR REFORMS

Since coming to power, Abiy has released political prisoners, removed bans on political parties and prosecuted officials accused of gross human rights abuses, but his government is battling ethnic bloodshed once held in check by the state’s iron grip.

 

Now some of Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups are disputing the boundaries of the country’s nine federal states, or arguing that they too should have regional governments, claims that threaten the dominance of other groups.

 

“He (Abiy) seems to be dismantling the EPRDF (ruling coalition) and is entertaining thoughts of altering the architecture of federalism, but he hasn’t given any clear direction he’s heading in,” said Matt Bryden, the head of regional thinktank Sahan Research.

 

“That uncertainty is creating a lot of competition and ... driving a lot of the friction and violence.”

 

Abiy had also changed many senior security officials when he came to power, Bryden noted, creating more uncertainty that allowed armed groups that would once have been quashed to flourish. Seare was the third chief of staff Abiy had appointed.

 

Abiy’s changes have not gone unchallenged. A year ago, he survived a grenade attack that killed two people at his rally.

 

In October, hundreds of soldiers marched on his palace demanding more pay. He defused the situation by doing push ups with them but later said they were trying to derail reforms.

 

The internet was down across Ethiopia on Sunday, although there was no government statement on the matter. Authorities have cut off the internet several times previously for security and other reasons.

 

Ethiopia is due to hold a national parliamentary election next year, although the board of the electoral board warned earlier this month that they were behind schedule and that instability and displacement could cause a problem for polling. Several opposition groups have called for the elections to be held on time anyway. Reuters

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Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:25:18 GMT


Sudan protest hub: Ethiopia's proposal accepted, but protests ensue
The weekend has been marred by series of violence with demonstrators burning tires again in Omdurman, not far from the capital Khartoum. ,

The protesters are not relenting on their demands to see the military exit and power handed over to a civilian authority.

 

Earlier on Saturday, they said they were ready to follow Ethiopia’s proposed path to a smooth political transition.

 

“We accept the proposal presented by the mediator, it covers all aspects of the transition period and the need to establish an acceptable and adequate atmosphere in order to relaunch the political process”, said protest leader,Babiker Faisal.

 

The leaders of the protest have been organizing night rallies in recent times to revive the mobilization.

 

Mobilization of protesters remains a challenge as the Military Council shut down Internet access, particularly 4G in the country. Africanews

 

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Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:32:21 GMT


South Africa's MultiChoice looks to lay off more than 2,000 workers
JOHANNESBURG - South African pay-television firm MultiChoice Group is planning to lay off more than 2,000 workers in South Africa in a shake-up of its customer care service, the company said on Friday. ,

MultiChoice, which competes with Netflix in online streaming via Showmax, said in a statement it is launching a consultation process to cut 2,194 positions in MultiChoice South Africa’s customer care call centers and walk-in centers.

 

“This has not been an easy decision to make but, in a business driven by advancing technologies, we must continue to drive efficiencies yet be agile enough to adapt to evolving customer needs,” MultiChoice Group Chief Executive Calvo Mawela said.

 

“We must act decisively to align to the change in customer behavior and competition from over-the-top services,” he added, referring to video services that stream directly over the internet.

 

“If we don’t reposition now, we run the risk of being completely misaligned and we put everyone’s jobs at risk.”

 

Under the Labour Relations Act, the consultation process will take 60 days.

 

Over the past three years, MultiChoice has seen a steady decline in the number of customer telephone calls and e-mails into its call centers and walk-ins to its customer service centers, the company said.

 

In contrast, self-service digital channels have continued to grow, now accounting for 70% of all its customer service contacts.

 

“The company is also in an environment where it will rely more on technology than people,” it said.

 

Job cuts are politically sensitive in South Africa, where the unemployment rate is more than 27 percent.

 

In his state of the nation address on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the unemployment rate among the youth a “national crisis” that demands urgent, innovative and coordinated solutions.

 

MultiChoice said it will make new roles available for multi-skilled workers with the “expertise, skills and technological prowess to enhance the customer experience”.

 

As part of a support program agreed with unions and other employee representatives, the firm will offer voluntary severance packages, wellness support and financial planning, it said.

 

It will also continue paying for the current studies of MultiChoice bursary-funded employees, and some other benefits.

 

However the Information Communication and Technology Union (ICTU) said in a statement it had not been officially informed of the action, “which makes the process unlawful”.

 

“The employer has timed Friday to make announcement, which shows some cowardice tendencies of not dealing with the consequences of their actions,” it said, adding that it will seek an urgent engagement with MultiChoice.

 

Shares in the company closed nearly 2% stronger at 134 rand prior to the announcement. Reuters

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Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:30:26 GMT


West African task force says troops killed 42 Islamic State fighters near Lake Chad
ABUJA - West African troops killed 42 suspected Islamic State fighters in a battle in the Lake Chad region on June 21, the heaviest death toll suffered by the insurgents in the last six months, a regional military task force said in a statement. ,

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) comprising troops from countries bordering the lake - said one of its soldiers was killed and 10 others were injured.

 

In an apparent reference to the same clashes, Islamic State said its fighters had killed 15 soldiers in fighting on June 21 at Garno, a town in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state near Lake Chad. It said a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device but did not refer to any of its fighters having been killed.

 

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) was formed in 2016 when a faction of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Islamic State. The insurgency has affected countries that border Lake Chad - Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, as well as islands on the lake itself.

 

The MNJTF said in a statement issued on Saturday that “42 terrorists (were) neutralized” during fighting on and around a Lake Chad island called Doron Naira. It said it meant it had “inflicted the heaviest loss in 6 months on ISWAP”.

 

Islamic State, in a statement issued through its Amaq news agency, said: “Fifteen African coalition soldiers were killed and others injured when Islamic State fighters attacked them.”

 

The insurgency, which began in northeast Nigeria, has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced about 2 million since 2009. Reuters

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Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:24:08 GMT