Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts

Friday, July 5, 2019

Harry And Meghan To Christen Baby Archie On Saturday

Harry And Meghan To Christen Baby Archie On Saturday

Harry and Meghan to Christen baby Archie on Saturday


Duchess of Sussex Meghan and  Prince Harry will christen their baby son at Windsor Castle this weekend, but it’s not yet known whether they have chosen Serena  Williams to be a godparent.


A statement from Buckingham Palace read: ”Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6 July.


”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton.


”The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”

(Contactmusic.net)
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California
The strongest earthquake in 20 years has shaken Southern California and parts of Nevada on the July 4th holiday, causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicentre.

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 am in the Mojave Desert, about 240 kilometres northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California.
Some people were hit by falling objects and two house fires were reported in the town of 28,000.

Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said 15 patients were evacuated from the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital as a precaution because of some structural issues.

Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden said that utility workers were assessing broken gas lines and turning off gas where necessary.
The local senior centre was holding a July 4th event when the quake hit and everyone made it out shaken up but without injuries, she said.
Oh, my goodness, there’s another one right now,” Breeden said on live television as an aftershock struck.

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Kern County. The declaration means that the state will help the county and municipalities in it with emergency aid and recovery efforts.
California Highway Patrol Lt. John Williams says officials have found cracks on several roads in the county, but overpasses and underpasses are in good shape.

A series of aftershocks included a 4.5 magnitude tremor, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology’s seismology lab, said the earthquake was the strongest since a 7.1 quake struck in the area on October 16, 1999.

Jones said vigorous aftershocks were occurring but that they were striking in a remote sparsely populated area.

People from Las Vegas to the Pacific Coast reported feeling a rolling motion and took to social media to report it.

Glenn Pomeroy, the head of California’s Earthquake Authority, said the earthquake is “an important reminder that all of California is earthquake country.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Vietnam, EU Sign Landmark Free Trade Deal

Vietnam, EU Sign Landmark Free Trade Deal

Vietnam, EU sign landmark free trade deal

The European Union signed a landmark free trade deal with Vietnam on Sunday, the first of its kind with a developing country in Asia.

The agreement, paving the way for tariff reductions on 99 per cen of goods between the bloc and the Southeast Asian country, the countries  announced the deal in a statement.

It still needs the approval of the European Parliament, which is not given as some lawmakers are concerned about Vietnam’s human rights record.

The European Union has described the EU Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) as “the most ambitious free trade agreement ever concluded with a developing country”.
































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Friday, June 21, 2019

Unemployed South Africans Turn To Coding For New Jobs

Unemployed South Africans Turn To Coding For New Jobs

Unemployed South Africans turn to coding for new jobs
Unemployed South Africans are turning to coding as the country is facing a severe shortage of computer skills leaving major sectors such as financial institutions struggling to recruit employees with critical skills.

Two thirds of the populations bulk aged between 15 and 34 are unemployed, creating a national crisis according to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Technology seems like the option to create more jobs as opposed to making it worse as usual-.

“I’d say coding is important because we are evolving in a technological world whereby, you get to build anything. So if you starting a business and you need a website you might pay a lot of money for a website. So if you know how to code, you can build your own website which will be less. It gives you a chance whereby you get jobs easier, you get hired easier because a lot of companies now are involving in technology because of the 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution),” said Skinny Shugo Kgwedi, Software programmer and Geekulcha community.


Unemployed South Africans are turning to coding as the country is facing a severe shortage of computer skills.

WeThinkCode_ academy in Johannesburg is training students with no qualifications or background to develop websites, programs and apps. The institution is working with donors most being big financial organizations that sponsor the students and later provide them with internship placements to train and get mentorship.  

It is election day in Mauritania this Saturday [The Morning Call]
“Well we’ve seen that if you’re able to successfully train one skilled developer, that impact that individual has is on 10 to 15 other individuals in that person’s environment because they’re creating employment, they’re bringing more efficiency into the workplace, they’re creating more profitable businesses enabling companies to employ even more people. So the impact that one skilled developer has is on 15 other individuals.

If we’re able to produce an extra 100,000 skilled developers across the country we have 1.5 million people that can be employed in the country,” said Yossi Hasson,Co-Founder, WeThinkCode.

Getting young South Africans to learn coding is hard; high data prices and with only four our of ten public schools have computer labs according to South African Institute of Race Relations.
Tunisia PM Elected Leader Of New Party Ahead Of Nov. 2019 Polls

Tunisia PM Elected Leader Of New Party Ahead Of Nov. 2019 Polls

Tunisia PM elected leader of new party ahead of Nov. 2019 polls

Tunisia’s secular Tahya Tounes party, founded this year, elected Prime Minister Youssef Chahed as its president on Sunday, confirming expectations of his leadership months before parliamentary and presidential elections.


The new party was formed in January after months of wrangling within ruling coalition party Nidaa Tounes, resulting in the resignation of dozens of leaders.

The fragile coalition, which also includes the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, is struggling to pass economic reforms demanded by foreign lenders.

Tahya Tounes party (Long Live Tunisia) includes ministers in the government of Chahed and dozens of lawmakers. The party said it is seeking a comfortable win in the next elections to pursue stalled economic reforms.

Elections are due by the end of this year, with Ennahda, Tunisia’s largest party, favoured to win, according to polls.

Chahed will continue as Prime minister until the next elections and will not resign, political sources said.

The North African country has been hailed as the Arab Spring’s only democratic success because protests toppled autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 without triggering the kind of violent upheavals seen in Syria and Libya.


But nine cabinets since then have failed to resolve Tunisia’s economic problems, including high inflation and unemployment. Impatience is rising among lenders such as the International Monetary Fund, who have kept the country afloat.

(Reuters)
Seven Killed In Baghdad Blast At Shi'ite Mosque - Police

Seven Killed In Baghdad Blast At Shi'ite Mosque - Police

A bomb blast killed seven people at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in eastern Baghdad on Friday and wounded more than 20, police sources said.
https://www.euronews.com › seven-... Seven killed in Baghdad blast at Shi'ite mosque - police sources | Euronews

The explosion took place in the Baladiyat neighborhood. A senior police source said that either a suicide belt or improvised explosive device had been used in the attack, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The source said the death toll was expected to rise with many of those wounded in serious condition.

It was a rare attack on a Shi’ite place of worship in the Iraqi capital.

Sunni extremists carried out high-profile bombings of Iraqi Shi’ite sites during the worst of the country’s sectarian violence after the U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Baghdad’s security improved significantly with the defeat of Islamic State in 2017 and bomb attacks of any kind in the city have been rare since then.

(Reuters/Pmnewsnigeria)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

U.S To Start Mass Deportation Next Week

U.S To Start Mass Deportation Next Week

U.S To Start Mass Deportation Next Week

The United States' President Donald Trump said in a tweet that US immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major US cities.

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump wrote, referring to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

Large-scale ICE enforcement operations are typically kept secret to avoid tipping off targets. In 2018, Trump and other senior officials threatened the mayor of Oakland, California, with criminal prosecution for alerting city residents that immigration raids were in the works.

Trump and his senior immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, have been prodding Homeland Security officials to arrest and remove thousands of family members whose deportation orders were expedited by the Justice Department this year as part of a plan known as the “rocket docket.”
(Stuff.co.nz)