Africa leads with plastic ban

As of July 2018, one hundred and twenty-seven (127) out of 192 countries reviewed (about 66%) have adopted some form of legislation to regulate plastic bags. Of this number, 37 African nations have initiated progressive reforms regulating plastic bags, according to a report [Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations] by the United Nations Environment Programme. Of the 127 countries with some form of plastic bag legislation, ninety-one (91) countries, representing about 72 percent (72%), have some type of ban or restriction…

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O.J. Simpson’s Former Manager Claims Simpson Bragged About Encounter With Kris Jenner

Literal and figurative gross human being O.J. Simpson is back in the news for his proximity and harm done to a white woman. According to Page Six, Simpson’s former manager Norman Pardo, a man fine with being in the news for his relationship with a man who definitely probably murdered his wife and her friend, Simpson claimed he “f—ed that B until I broke her” in a hot tub in the ’90s. The “her” in the NFL Hall of Famer’s crass admission was Kris Jenner, then Kris Kardashian. According to…

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South Africa signs Carbon Tax Act into law

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa According to the National Treasury, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Carbon Tax Act into law to take effect effect from June 1. “Climate change represents one of the biggest challenges facing humankind, and the primary objective of the carbon tax is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a sustainable, cost effective, and affordable manner. Government has outlined its strong commitment to play its part in global efforts to mitigate GHG emissions as outlined in the National Climate Change Response Policy (NCCRP) of 2011…

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South African Carbon Tax Finally Becomes Law

South Africa’s long-delayed carbon tax has been enshrined in law, the Treasury said on Sunday, as one of the continent’s worst polluters transitions to lower emissions in its efforts to meet agreements on global climate change. The tax was first mooted in 2010 but has been postponed at least three times after mining companies, steelmakers and state-owned power utility Eskom said it would erode profit and push up electricity prices. The first phase of the tax is from 1 June to December 2022, with a tax rate of R120 ($8.34)…

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AUTO REVIEW: 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Eclipse Cross had an EPA rating of 25 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. By Frank S. Washington, AboutThatCar.com, NNPA Newswire Contributor DETROIT – The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse is a no-nonsense crossover designed to handle day-to-day driving needs. Its angular styling was eye catching. There was the three-bar grille and 18-inch alloy wheels. It was powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that made 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It was mated to a continuously variable transmission or CVT that was…

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Ethiopian map of Africa wipes off Somalia, merges Congos: Twitter reacts

An African map posted on the official website of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs generated a lot of backlash over the weekend after it was pointed out that it had co-opted Somalia as part of Ethiopian territory. One of the first persons to note the anomaly was Somali journalist with Voice of America, VOA; Harun Maruf whose post of the photo on Twitter attracted widespread condemnation from Somalis. Can you spot Somalia on this map? https://t.co/qHO1HQXlQm pic.twitter.com/KVZs9A9iD0 — Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) May 26, 2019 It wasn’t long before the said…

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Zimbabwe exporters keeping $900 mln in offshore banks – treasury official

HARARE (Reuters) – A Zimbabwean treasury official accused exporters on Monday of keeping $900 million of their earnings in offshore banks – money that he said should be repatriated to ease dollar shortages and help stabilise the exchange rate. The southern African nation is gripped by a severe dollar crunch which has triggered shortages of fuel and medicine. The local currency has fallen, sending prices of basic goods soaring. George Guvamatanga, permanent secretary for ministry of finance told a parliamentary committee that $500 million out of last year’s $4.3 billion…

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Africa: ‘The Common Destiny of Cuba and Africa Is to Be United’

interviewBy Samuel Getachew Angel Villa is Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the African Union. Since the early 1990s he has worked in various positions at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a diplomat, he has served his country as Second Secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Namibia; Minister Counsellor, Cuban Embassy in South Africa and Ambassador of Cuba to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Here he reflects with Samuel Getachew of The Reporter on Ethio-Cuban relations, long-term vision of Cuba within Africa and other pertinent matters. Excerpts: The Reporter: You…

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Botswana: Elephants Reduced to a Political Football As Botswana Brings Back Hunting

analysis Botswana has reinstated trophy hunting after a 5-year moratorium on the practice. In the wake of evidently declining wildlife numbers, former president Ian Khama imposed the ban in early 2014. Elephant numbers had plummeted by 15% in the preceding decade. The hunting industry had been granted a total quota of between 420 and 800 elephants a year during that time. Evidence of abuse was prolific and communities were not benefiting from the fees that hunters were paying. Over the past five years Botswana has earned a reputation as the…

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