Only two of the more than 70 candidates running for president in the upcoming February 16 elections have a real shot at winning in Nigeria, home to the largest democracy in Africa, according to various reports. Over the weekend, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) described 76-year-old incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari (pictured) from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 72-year-old Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as the “two principal candidates” in the country’s crowded field of presidential aspirants, noting:Muhammadu Buhari. A former general who ran a military government in the 1980s, Buhari leads the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Plagued by health issues, he has spent much of his current term abroad for medical treatment. Buhari’s focus has been on defeating a resurgent Boko Haram, dealing with an economic downturn amid a slow recovery of global oil prices, … [Read more...] about Meet Nigeria’s Top Two Presidential Contenders, Vying for Power in a Sea of 70 Candidates
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PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 November 2018 Andy Warren Toto Nsiala, pictured in action against Queens Park Rangers. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM © Copyright Stephen Waller Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week. Toto Nsiala and Jon Nolan joined Ipswich Town from Shrewsbury in the summer. Picture: ITFCThe 26-year-old followed former Ipswich boss Paul Hurst from Shrewsbury in the summer but, after a promising start, has not featured since his former boss’s departure.While he’s not able to make an impact on the field, his contribution off it is arguably more significant as he gives a percentage of his income to an orphanage in his home country of DR Congo.Nsiala is not your average footballer. He’s not a fan of the spotlight that comes with the professional game and, if he had it his way, his … [Read more...] about Nsiala is more than just a footballer… his time in Vietnam offered a new perspective on life
THE Ebola virus claimed more than 11,000 lives when it swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in an outbreak beginning in December 2013. Now the disease has reared its ugly head once again in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sparking fears of a pandemic. Here's what we know. Where is the latest outbreak of Ebola? Dozens of people have been killed by an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the second outbreak so far this year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced in October 2018 that 118 people had died from the illness and a further 188 people had contracted the virus. Despite the sobering numbers, WHO has praised the DRC for "doing an outstanding job in an extremely difficult situation". Director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they were at a "critical point" in the outbreak after introducing experimental treament to sufferers. Nine neighbouring countries have been put on alert following the outbreak. Fifty-two patients had received an … [Read more...] about What is the Ebola virus, how bad is the latest outbreak in the DR of Congo and what are the symptoms?
This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Bill and Melinda Gates take Pollyannaish view of Rwanda and rest of world Bill and Melinda Gates’ programs for contraception availability Concerns grow about an approaching global financial crisis Today’s major news from Europe: Meghan Markle closes a car door Bill and Melinda Gates take Pollyannaish view of Rwanda and rest of world Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, may be ideologically on the left, but it is hard to criticize someone who is taking a global view for the good of mankind, and is spending his own money to try to solve world problems like poverty and HIV aids. I met Bill Gates a few times during my past as a Senior Technology Editor and technology journalist. I found him to be a brilliant man at both marketing and technology. I recall digging into the code and functionality of Windows 95 when it came out in 1995 and being extremely impressed that so complex a product could work so well and in … [Read more...] about World View: Bill and Melinda Gates Take Pollyannaish View of Rwanda and Rest of World
This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Myanmar (Burma) and China agree to build China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) Myanmar signs ‘debt trap’ agreement with China in response to Rohingya genocide censure Myanmar (Burma) and China agree to build China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) This month, Myanmar (Burma) signed a series of memos of understanding (MOUs) for joint construction with China to build the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The CMEC will focus on 12 areas including basic infrastructure, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, transport, finance, human resource development, and telecommunications. According to the CMEC proposal, construction will begin with 24 projects costing $2 billion at the beginning, increasing later. The corridor will start from Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province. It will continue for 1,700-kilometers, through Myanmar’s … [Read more...] about World View: Myanmar Signs ‘Debt Trap’ Agreement with China in Response to Rohingya Genocide Censure