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Home Secretary toughens up on immigration By Alan Oakley

Details of the Government’s longanticipated Immigration Bill have been announced by Home Secretary Theresa May and roundly criticised by professional medical associations, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

The Bill, which is expected to become law in spring 2014, subject to approval by MPs, will include measures to allow the UK to “deport foreign criminals first and hear their appeal later” when there is “no risk of serious irreversible harm”. It would also force private landlords to interrogate tenants about their immigration status and restrict access to bank accounts for people in the country without permission. Mrs May appeared on various television and news programmes to publicise the Bill which she says will “make it harder for people who are here illegally to stay here”. At the same time, Mrs May says that the UK will “continue to welcome the brightest and best migrants who want to contribute to our economy and society and play by the rules”. The Bill coincides with separate visits to the Far East by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Mayor of London Boris Johnson to encourage Chinese investment and tourism entail-

ing a loosening of visa restrictions for Chinese nationals and even extending to a 24-hour ‘super priority visa’ available from next year. Before he was elected Prime Minister in 2010, David Cameron promised to cut net immigration to the UK to “tens of thousands”, interpreted as below 100,000 a year by 2015 from its then level of around 250,000 per year. Figures show that the level of immigration in the year to December 2012 was 176,000. Mrs May says that the government will continue to introduce policies aimed at cutting numbers of legal immigrants. Many of the provisions of the new Immigration Bill, however, are aimed not at legal immigrants but at those who are living in the UK illegally. There are no official estimates of the number of illegal immigrants in the UK. A 2009 study by the London School of Economics produced an estimate of 618,000 but the Migration Watch pressure group said this under-estimated the number of people who had overstayed, typically on visitor visas or Tier 4 student visas, and the true figure was more like 1.1 million. While these people feature prominently in Government rhetoric, it should be noted that they represent a small minority of visa applicants. The vast majority of those entering the Country leave when their visas expire.

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The National Audit Office (NAO) published its report on “Supporting UK exporters overseas”. Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire said: “The NAO report sets out what the FCO and UKTI are doing to meet the Government’s ambition to double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020, as part of our broader determination to refocus our efforts towards growth. “We believe that the FCO has a vital role in helping British business to succeed in the global race, from supporting our exporters overseas to pressing for open markets around the world. The report highlights steps we have already taken, from targeting more resources at priority markets, to increasing commercial training for staff. “But there is always more we can do, and we welcome recommendations as to how we might improve our performance. We will be looking closely at these and working with UKTI to deliver the best possible contribution to British export success.” Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, said:“We are working hard to achieve our ambition of doubling exports to £1 trillion and getting 100,000 more UK companies exporting by shifting the focus of our staff, working in the UK and in embassies around the world, towards targeting high-value opportunities.

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Justice Minister Shailesh Vara urges BAME lawyers to take up career in the judiciary

In his first engagement as Justice Minister, Shailesh Vara addressed an audience of black, Asian and minority ethnic young lawyers interested in a career in the judiciary.

As part of Black History Month, Vara offered encouragement and said that while progress had clearly been made in recruiting judges from different communities and backgrounds, he is fully committed to the work that is still to be done.

Opening the event at the Law Society, he said that with the right support and leadership, real strides can be made towards ensuring long term change in seeing a judiciary that better reflects the society it serves. The event was hosted by the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx, aimed at BAME lawyers who are interested in a career in the judiciary. Justice Minister Shailesh Vara said: “I am the son of a carpenter, and came to the UK as a 4 year old unable to speak English. I am incredibly proud to not only have had a career as a City lawyer but also to be the UK’s first Gujarati MP, and now Government minister. “I am confident that we can achieve the Government’s aspiration to see a diverse and socially mobile legal profession, and a judiciary that is representative of the society it serves. I look forward to working closely with the judiciary, Judicial Appointments Commission and legal profession on increasing diversity at all levels.”

Home Secretary toughens up on immigration Continued from front page

The Immigration Bill proposes the following measures to make life harder for illegal residents: *A requirement for landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants *A requirement for banks to check that prospective account holders are not named on a government database of known immigration offenders before they can open an account *An increase in the level of penalties for those who enter into sham marriages in order to acquire UK residency/citizenship A restriction on the ability of immigration detainees to apply repeatedly for bail if they have previously been refused it *The removal of thirteen of seventeen possible grounds of appeal against a decision to deport, thereby making it much harder to overturn a decision. Mrs May hopes to halve the number of appeals against deportation from 70,000 annually to 35,000. *New powers to check driving licence applicants’ immigration status *A change in the law so that illegal immigrants or criminal offenders can be deported before their appeal against deportation is heard. They will be entitled to appeal from elsewhere and return if successful Mrs May told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the Bill would create a ‘hostile environment for illegal immigrants’.

An organisation representing private and public sector landlords said the measures would “make it much harder for non-British people to access housing even when they have a legal right to live in the UK”. Gavin Smart, director of policy and practice at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Checking immigration status is complicated so landlords may shy away from letting to anyone who appears not to be British.” Health tourism The Bill will also introduce new measures aimed at ensuring that migrants pay for services that they use in the UK. The bill will provide for A health levy for people in the UK on temporary residence visas such as Tier 4 student visas and Tier 2 skilled worker visas Measures to crack down on ‘health tourism’. Mrs May told The Today Programme that those in the country who are not resident in the UK will have to pay for their healthcare. She said that this was necessary because of the “concern people have about people not contributing”. When new Today Programme presenter Michelle Husain put it to Mrs May that health tourism accounted for only 0.06% of the UK’s National Health Service budget and asked whether the system for collecting fees from foreign nationals might not cost more to implement than it would raise, Mrs May replied that it was “a point of principle”. But Dr Paquita de

Zuluetta a GP who has worked in East London for over 30 years, said that the number of foreigners accessing healthcare was small. Most waited over three years to visit a doctor. She said that to prevent them from seeing a GP would be likely to have a negative impact on public health because of the possibility that immigrants might transmit infectious diseases such as tuberculosis to the general population if they failed to get treatment. She added that it would also be likely to cost the NHS money, not save it if, rather than getting treatment for minor complaints, immigrants allowed their symptoms to fester untreated before presenting themselves at an accident and emergency unit while gravely ill. The British Medical Association (BMA) is also critical of the plans. Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chairman of the BMA’s GPs committee, told BBC Radio 5live there is already a system in place for hospitals to recover the cost of treating patients who are ineligible for NHS care. “Clearly that could be improved, but introducing a system for general practice could be a bureaucratic nightmare,” he said, adding: “The reality is people don’t come to the UK to use the NHS, they’re more likely to come to work in the NHS.” Simon Walker, of the Institute of Directors, warned that some of the government’s rhetoric was starting to make the UK “look unwelcoming and hostile to the people on whom our export markets depend”.


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Anti-Slavery Day – Government introduce initiatives as precursor to legislation Friday, 18 October, marks AntiSlavery Day. Figures show that the top ten source countries for trafficking are Nigeria, Vietnam, Albania, Romania, China, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania and the UK. Earlier this year, the Department of Health launched new training and guidance designed to make it easier for NHS staff to spot and give help to people who have been illegally trafficked. Produced in conjunction with leading women’s charity Platform 51 and a steering group of health professionals, these tools help doctors, nurses and other health workers to be better equipped to spot the signs of trafficking and to know what to do if they think a patient might be a victim. Tell-tale signs could include someone who is afraid to speak to a doctor or nurse, or reluctant to explain how an injury occurred. A victim may also be vague when explaining where they live, work or go to school or be with someone who insists on speaking for them. In many cases, victims need treatment for health problems, so NHS staff are uniquely placed to spot, treat and support victims of trafficking. If medical staff have concerns about a possible victim, and need more advice, they can contact the Salvation Army who offer a wide range of support, which includes securing accommodation, counselling and assistance with asylum applications or voluntary repatriation.

Last year, 1,186 potential victims of trafficking were identified through the UK’s victim support framework the National Referral Mechanism. This is an increase of 25 per cent compared to 2011 – but due to difficulties in recognising victims it is likely many more could be helped. Victims of human trafficking can be men, women or children, who are often brought from abroad against their will. Most are then forced to work or are sexually exploited. Foreign nationals make up the majority of those who are trafficked but UK residents can also be trafficked around the country and abroad. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has asked Frank Field MP, in his role as vicechair of the Human Trafficking Foundation and as a member of the Advisory Council to the Centre for Social Justice, to lead an urgent public debate about practical and effective ways of ending modern slavery in the UK. The evidence sessions will be hosted by the Centre for Social Justice over the next two months, while the Human Trafficking Foundation has agreed to bring in key witnesses from abroad to help draw on best practice. The findings will feed into a draft Modern Slavery Bill that the government intends to publish this session for pre-legislative scrutiny. The aim is to introduce a Bill next session that could be passed and on the statute books by the end of this Parliament. Home Secretary Theresa May said:

Top source countries for 2012 based on referrals to the National Referral Mechanism. “We must all work together if we are to end the scourge of modern slavery and the organised criminal gangs behind it. Consolidating and strengthening our legislation is an important start. “I want Parliament to have the opportunity to properly scrutinise a draft Bill. I also want to ensure those with first hand knowledge and expertise are given the opportunity to inform the Bill’s development. “I am grateful to Frank Field and the Centre for Social Justice for undertaking this work and know they share my determination to rid modern Britain of the evil of slavery.”

Frank Field MP said: “It takes, in my experience, at least 10 years for a major report to be translated into legislation. To counter modern day slavery, the government has cut that timescale to under 10 months. Here is a crucial issue around which all parties can unite, in a way that is both fully probing and anxious to see this bill onto the statute book. “We now have an opportunity to make slavery history in this country. I hope the public will give much support to politicians of all parties, as well as to those voluntary bodies countering modern slavery, to seize this extraordinary opportunity.”

Geleta adds: “The 2013 World Disasters Report examines the potential of technology to improve humanitarian operations and increase peoples’ resilience to disasters. It also looks at the risks and unintended consequences of this influx of technology, and provides recommendations on how to maximize the opportunities, while minimizing the risks. Ultimately what matters is not technology, but how it is used to save and improve peoples’ lives.”

Deaths from disasters in 2012 were 90 per cent below the average for the decade. The number of disaster events is also amongst the lowest of the decade. However, 2012 was still recorded as the fifth most expensive of the last 10 years in terms of disaster costs. In all, there were 552 disaster events costing just under 158 billion US dollars. The most expensive disaster was Hurricane Sandy, which cost 50 billion US dollars and the deadliest was Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, which killed 1,901. Floods accounted for 53 per cent of the 139 million affected by disasters in 2012, with the most severe taking place in China in April and June.

Technology can save lives in emergencies says Red Cross Lack of access to information and technology has a major impact on people’s ability to prepare for, survive and recover from disasters, says the 2013 World Disasters Report released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

This year’s World Disasters Report focuses on technology and the future of humanitarian action. Written by over 40 humanitarians and academics, the report emphasizes that during the first critical hours after an emergency, most lives saved are actually saved by local people. Yet many of these first responders don’t have access to basic life-saving information and tools, such as early warning systems and basic connectivity and network infrastructure. While “new technologies are greatly increasing disaster-affected communities’ capacity for self-help”, the report acknowledges that access to these technologies is “deeply unequal”. This inequality, called the “digital divide” throughout the report, is prominent in the most disaster-prone countries around the world. “Although the overall number of people affected by disasters decreased in 2012, the number of people affected in the poorest

countries increased, with over 31.7 million people affected,” states Patrick Vinck of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and editor of the 2013 World Disasters Report. “They are also often the ones with the least access to technology.” The report goes on to caution that as humanitarian agencies increasingly turn to new technologies as a source of information about disaster-affected communities’ needs, they run the risk of only listening to those who are connected, and excluding those who are not. Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the IFRC, explains: “We hope that governments and affected people in disaster-prone countries can take advantage of innovations such as weather prediction software, satellite imagery and mass alert systems, increasing their resilience to disasters and their ability to recover quickly when they do happen. Typhoon Bopha affected 6.3 million people in the Philippines, and thousands of lives were saved because 99 per cent of the population have access to a mobile phone and could receive early warnings and information on staying safe.” The report urges the private sector, humanitarian organizations, governments and local communities to partner together to ensure access to technology for these populations and responders.

2012 disaster data: Fewer deaths from disasters than in the last 10 years The Report also features its annual summary of disaster information. 2012 saw the lowest number of deaths and people affected by disasters in the last 10 years.

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African governance index promises positive change for the future

Sudanese-British telecommunications entrepreneur Dr Mohamed Ibrahim founded the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London in 2006. Since 2010, the Foundation’s Ibrahim Index of African Governance has ranked the performance of all African countries*.

The seventh Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released this week, confirms that overall governance continues to improve at the continental level. The countries that have experienced overall governance improvement since 2000 are today home to 94% of people living on the African continent.

Since 2000, the strongest improvements at continental level are registered in the categories of Human Development, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and, to a lesser extent, Participation & Human Rights. Meanwhile the Safety & Rule of Law category has declined worryingly, showing year-on-year declines since 2010. The IIAG shows a growing diversity in governance results on the continent. There is a widening span in performance between the best and worst governed countries; increasingly noticeable differences between the performance across different categories; and conflicting trends within the categories. Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said: “Neither Afro-pessimism nor Afro-optimism do justice to modern Africa. This is now the age of Afro-realism - an honest outlook on our continent. It’s about a celebration of its achievements but also a pragmatic acknowledgement of the challenges that lie ahead.” Diverging results in the Safety & Rule of Law category The Safety & Rule of Law category has shown diverging trends between its subcategories. While the National Security sub-category continues to show progress, with Cross-Border Tensions being the largest improving indicator, the Personal Safety sub-category has seen concerning declines, with four of the five indicators sitting in the ten most deteriorated indicator group. Personal Safety has also shown the largest sub-category level deterioration since 2000. While the Accountability sub-category has improved slightly since 2000, especially in the Corruption & Bureaucracy indicator, the Rule of Law sub-category has declined. “In this continent, where two thirds of the population is now under 25, these diverging trends within the Safety & Rule of Law category are concerning. They may sound 4

a warning signal, with the new century seeing fewer regional conflicts but increased domestic social unrest,” said Hadeel Ibrahim, Founding Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Complexity underpins the IIAG scores The 2013 IIAG reflects the growing complexity of the African landscape. The challenge is how to secure sustainable progress. More than ever, equitable allocation of resources must be a priority for policy and decision making. Commitment to, and balance in each of the four IIAG categories–Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development, is critical to secure improvement in the long-term. The continental average of 51.6 for overall governance conceals the widening span in performance between the African countries, with the top performing country, Mauritius, scoring 82.9 while Somalia, the poorest performing country, registers the lowest country score at 8.0. Between 2000 and 2012, the range of scores between the best and worst performers, at the overall governance level as well as at a category level, has widened. This is most evident in the Sustainable Economic Opportunity category. Salim Ahmed Salim, Chairperson of the Ibrahim Prize Committee said: “The widening range of the governance results, especially within some sub-regions, stresses the growing need for more cohesion and solidarity. This will be critical to African unity.”

Specific dynamics

Success stories Five post-conflict countries - Liberia, Angola, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Burundi - top the league of the table for most improved performers since 2000. Two countries, Angola and Rwanda, have, remarkably, shown year-on-year improvement in overall governance, coming from their lowest point in 2000 and reaching their highest peak yet in 2012. However, both of these countries have room for continued improvement, with Rwanda ranking 15th in overall governance, and Angola ranking 39th (out of 52 countries). At country level The top ten performers over the years have remained relatively stable, with eight countries managing to remain in this grouping since 2000 (Mauritius, Botswana, Cape Verde, South Africa, Seychelles, Namibia,

Tunisia and Ghana). Meanwhile, the bottom ten have displayed more fluctuation in and out of the grouping. Six countries (Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Central African Republic, DRC and Somalia) have constantly remained in the bottom ten in all years between 2000 and 2012. Since 2000, seven countries have managed to pull themselves out of the bottom ten, four of which are post-conflict countries (Angola, Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone). At sub-category level Since 2000, 11 out of the 14 sub-categories have shown improvement: Accountability, National Security, Participation, Gender, Public Management, Business Environment, Infrastructure, Rural Sector, Welfare, Education, and Health. Meanwhile notable deterioration has been registered in the Rule of Law, Personal Safety, and Rights sub-categories. At indicator level Since 2000, of the 94 indicators included in the IIAG, the ten most improved are Antiretroviral Treatment Provision, Ratio of External Debt Service to Exports, Digital Connectivity, Core International Human Rights Conventions, Cross-Border Tensions, Legislation on Violence Against Women, Immunisation (Measles & DPT), Women in Parliament, Primary School Completion and Child Mortality. The ten most deteriorated indicators are Human Rights, Freedom of Expression, Violent Crime, Social Unrest, Human Trafficking, Domestic Armed Conflict, Transfers of Power, Soundness of Banks, Safety of the Person and Workers’ Rights. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) Established in 2007, the IIAG is the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data on governance in Africa. Compiled in partnership with experts from a number of the continent’s institutions, it provides an annual assessment of governance in fiftytwo African countries. Data used in the compilation of the 2013 IIAG are from 2000 – 2012. The IIAG provides a framework for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of public goods and services, and policy outcomes, across Africa. The IIAG provides a tool with which to govern, highlighting continental, regional, national and thematic governance results. The data are classified within four categories: Safety & Rule of Law, Participation & Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. The IIAG is compiled using many international and African sources. A full list of sources and a summary of the IIAG’s methodology can be found at http://www. moibrahimfoundation.org/iiag-methodology/ The Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan are not yet included in the IIAG due to a lack of sufficient disaggregated data.

Rank and Country

Score /100

1. Mauritius

82.9

2. Botswana

77.6

5.6

4. Seychelles

75

5.5

3.Cape Verde 5.South Africa

76.7 71.3

13-Year Change 7.3 6

0.6

6.Namibia

69.5

2.3

8. Tunisia

66

4.4

7. Ghana

9. Lesotho

10. Senegal

11. San Tome and Principe

66.8 61.9 61

59.9

5.3 7.7 4.3 3.2

12. Zambia

59.6

8.6

14. Morocco

58

5.1

13. Benin

15. Rwanda 16. Malawi

17. Tanzania 18. Uganda 19. Egypt

20. Mozambique

58.7 57.8 56.9 56.9 56 55

54.8

2.5 10.9 5.2 1.4 5.5 0.4 2.3

21. Kenya

53.6

1.5

23. Burkina Faso

53

1.2

22. Gambia

53.6

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24. Gabon

52.8

6.4

26. Swaziland

50.8

4.3

25 Algeria. 27. Mali

28. Niger

29. Liberia

30. Djibouti

52.5 50.7 50.4 50.3 48.2

31. Sierra Leone 48 32. Comoros

47.8

34. Mauritania

47.3

33. Ethiopia

35. Cameroon 36. Togo

37. Madagascar

47.6 47

45.8 45.7

1.3 0

7.6

24.8 1.7

14.8 6.9 5.1 0.7 5.2 8.2

-11.7

38. Libya

45.3

-0.4

40. Burundi

43.8

8.8

39.Angola

41.Nigeria

42. Guinea 43. Congo 44. Cote d’Ivoire

44.5 43.4 43.2

43

40.9

18.1 0.8 6.2

8

1.8

45..Equatorial Guinea

40.9

8.8

46. Guinea Bissau

37.1

-1.8

48. Chad

35.4 33

1.5

32.7

3.8

47. Zimbabwe 49. C.A.R 50. Etriea 51. D. R.C

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31.9 31.3 8

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News Employment Allowance boost for business - bill introduced to Parliament

Prime Minister David Cameron

From April 2014, the National Insurance Contributions Bill will deliver a £2,000 a year tax cut for businesses and charities. As the National Insurance Contributions Bill is introduced to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister visited small businesses in the East of England to hear about the issues that matter to them and highlight what the government is doing to support them. The Bill contains legislation for the Employment Allowance which, from April 2014, will give businesses and charities a £2,000 tax cut off their National Insurance Contributions bill. Benefiting up to 1.25 million businesses, this action taken by the government will result in around 450,000 businesses – or one third of all employers – being taken out of paying National Insurance Contributions altogether. The Employment Allowance will be of greater benefit to small businesses, as it

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will reduce their National Insurance Contributions bill the most. Over 90% of the benefit of this allowance will go to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This will also mean that businesses will be able to employ four adults or ten 18-20 year-olds full-time on the National Minimum Wage without paying any employer National Insurance contributions at all. PM sets out further action to tackle late payments to small business The government is also aware that late payment continues to be a big problem for many of our small and medium sized businesses with 85% saying that they have experienced this over the last two years. In further action taken by the government to target this issue, the Prime Minister is also announcing that the government will be launching a consultation on tackling late payment later this year where we will be calling for views on a range of questions including: How we can encourage greater oversight and responsibility for payment policies at senior management and board level. What can be done to increase transparency around which companies are good payers and which ones are not. How the Prompt Payment Code can be strengthened, and whether there is more that can be done to hold companies to account against it. Whether more can be done to enforce existing legislation, including the provisions on payment terms – for instance the prohibition of ‘grossly unfair’ payment terms.

What can be done to encourage more companies to make use of their existing statutory right to interest for late payments. Whether there is a case for further legislation or penalties. Whether government can do more to help SMEs to help themselves, including through new technologies and services like electronic invoicing and mobile payments. On Employment Allowance, Prime Minister David Cameron said: As I said earlier this month, it’s businesses that get wages in people’s pockets, food on their tables, hope for their families and success for our country. Small business and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy and this government is firmly on their side. An ambitious and thriving small business sector is vital for steering the economic recovery in the right direction and helping us to succeed in the global race. We are determined to do everything we can to ensure that our small firms can be successful and prosperous and people can fulfil their aspirations. The Employment Allowance, which will benefit up to 1.25 million businesses and result in around 450,000 businesses seeing their employers’ National Insurance contribution payments stop completely, is another example of the action that this government is taking to back small businesses and help people get on. Last week, we helped people get on the housing ladder and own shares. This week, we’re helping small businesses start and expand. This government is one hundred percent backing people who work hard and want to get on in life. And we’re going to

finish the job we started”. On tackling late payment, Prime Minister David Cameron said: It’s not right that suppliers are not getting paid on time for the work they do and the services they provide and I know that late payment can have devastating effects on our small and medium sized businesses. I am determined to make Britain the best place to start, grow and do business and to back people who want to work hard and get on. The government has already taken steps to help address this issue but I am clear that more needs to be done to build a business culture across all sectors of the economy that sees the fair, prompt and reliable payment of suppliers become a core corporate responsibility which is taken seriously at the most senior levels. Katja Hall, CBI Chief Policy Director, said: Late payment is a serious issue for all businesses but particularly for smaller firms, as cash flow is their life blood. Businesses already have a number of routes for recourse if they are paid late, but the reality is that few choose to act on late payment for fear of fall out with their customers. The CBI backs the Prompt Payment Code but there are also other ways of addressing late payment – for example some suppliers will choose to work with customers through supply chain finance agreements. As the voice of small, medium and large businesses, the CBI welcomes this consultation and looks forward to working closely with government to improve payment terms in the UK.


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M23 rebels exploit gold smuggling networks

A member of the M23 rebellion

The Enough Project has released a groundbreaking new report that documents the conflict gold smuggling network of the Eastern Congo-based M23 rebels.

The report, “Striking Gold: How M23 and its Allies are Infiltrating Congo’s Gold Trade,” reveals how M23 is involved in the lucrative gold trade in eastern Congo,

which is worth approximately $500 million per year overall. Instead of controlling mines directly, M23 has built alliances with other armed groups in gold-rich areas and expanded its contacts with influential traders in Uganda, Burundi, and Congo to trade gold. The report calls on U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold, the U.N. Security Council, U.N. Envoy Mary Robinson, and jewelry retailers to take concrete measures to limit the documented paths of conflict gold to international markets. “Striking Gold identifies four main gold exporters whose business operations enable M23 and other armed groups to profit from the gold trade, according to UN experts reports and Enough Project research. The report also names militia leaders, including M23 commander Sultani Makenga, who play a key role in the illicit trade. Makenga has built on the networks of former M23 co-commander Bosco Ntaganda and has extended alliances that cut across otherwise hostile ethnic and political divisions.

Ruben de Koning, co-author of the report, says, “Some of the major official gold exporters in Uganda and Burundi indirectly purchase smuggled gold from M23 and allied armed groups in violation of the U.N. arms embargo, and without exercising any due diligence on the origin of their gold. Sanctions against these individual exporters, as opposed to companies, would help prevent sanctioned owners from merely reinventing themselves under a new company name in order to continue operations. U.S. and U.N. sanctions would make it harder for M23 and other armed groups to finance their struggle, and compel others to start mitigating such risk.” Sasha Lezhnev, Senior Policy Analyst at the Enough Project, says, “M23’s deadly gold may be entering our jewelry stores or banks, which make up 80 percent of the global gold market. The U.S. government and jewelers can help stem this problem at its root. U.S. envoy Russ Feingold should press Congo, Rwanda, and the Great Lakes region to finalize their certification system to weed

out conflict gold. Jewelers must also step up efforts to build a clean gold trade in Congo by joining public-private alliances and tech company projects like ‘Solutions for Hope.’” M23 allies have consolidated control over mines, particularly those in Walikale and Lubero territories in North Kivu province and in Ituri district in Orientale province. The growing revenues have enriched those who perpetrate atrocities and crimes against humanity in the region. M23 and its allies have also secured cross-border transit routes for smuggling to Bujumbura, Burundi, and Kampala, Uganda, both important regional hubs for international gold markets. De Koning adds, “The ball is in the court of the U.S. government and U.N. Security Council to sanction these known exporters. Responsibility also lies with the downstream gold industry to conduct proper due diligence and invest in a clean gold trade in Congo.”

Korean millionaires to invest in South Sudan

Oil production in South Sudan

South Sudan will soon witness a number of investors from Korea coming willingly to invest in diverse natural resources in the country. The government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has already embarked on serious discussions on how these millionaires will be handled when they arrive in the country. The head of Korean mission in Uganda, Park Jong Dae confirmed that the millionaires will arrive as soon as the 8

necessary arrangements are completed. He said South Sudan has a promising investment potential and the Korean millionaires are interested to invest there. He also said he will be leaving shortly for Juba to see how the Korean peace keepers can introduce new programs to improve its developmental service to South Sudan. The envoy disclosed all this after a meeting with the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, while in Kampala.


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Ombatse militia killed by Nig. Army By Peter Olorunnisomo

Nigerian Army personnel Troops deployed to Lafia, Nasarawa State capital to quell the incessant uprisings in the state have killed five persons believed to be members of the outlawed Ombatse militia group. They were also said to have recovered 60 AK47 riffles and 100 machetes from the group in the Obi Local Government area of the state. It was gathered that the soldiers acted on a tip-off following which they attacked Tudun Adabu, a settlement in the local government council area at the weekend. Members of the group were said to be holding a meeting at the time. The 60 AK47 riffles and 100 machetes seized from Ombatse group were kept in

a mud house in Ankgwan Amidu in Obi where the militia men had earlier launched an attack on a community in Tudu Adabu area. A military source also told Daily Independent that a top government official was equally arrested at one of the numerous military checkpoints in the state with firearms in his vehicle. The name of the official could not be given for security reasons. Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Information and Security, Baba Ibaku, in an interview with Daily Independent in Lafia recently accused the Special Adviser to Governor Tanko AlMakura on Revenue, Shehu Usman Sandaji, of harbouring arms and sponsoring thugs against the state legislators. Ibaku was reacting to the attack on the Assembly members by thugs alleged to have been sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the same vein, Legal Adviser to the proscribed Ombatse group, Zamani Alumaga, while testifying at the commission of inquiry set up by the Governor to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of security operatives recently alleged that the Governor was harbouring gun runners in his government. Another report from Benin said two wives of a prominent Edo businessman and

Reprisals may threaten attack on Nigerians in G/Bissau

The attack on Nigerians reported in Guinea Bissau may not have passed away without the Federal Government reviewing the implications of the act. The latest in line of consideration has come from the Senate where the diplomatic implication of the event is receiving attention. Signals portend that a diplomatic row may ensue between Guinea Bissau and Nigeria with the possibility of retaliation over the recent attacks not ruled out of the advise perimeter to government about the neighbouring country.

The Senate Committee , chairman on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mathew Nwagwu, disclosed this in Abuja, on Monday. He however, added that the Federal Government had sent a powerful delegation to Guinea Bissau to meet with the authorities of the country over the attacks. It is also known that the government of Guinea Bissau has tendered apologies to Nigeria over the attacks which also had the Nigeria’s mission affected. He made this known while addressing journalists after his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri, in his office. Apparently irked over the development, the Minister expressed the need for the Ni-

gerian government to carry out reprisal, as a result of the incident. This is usually because an attack on the diplomatic mission overseas is considered an attack on the country. “I think it is time to really show our neighbours and our brothers in Africa that we (Nigeria) can bite, by showing our anger and disapproval of what has happened in rare times, otherwise, our people would be taken for granted and would be slapped, left and right. “At the moment, I am aware that our government has sent a high powered delegation to that country to meet with authorities to get to all the facts on ground and then, give the government of Guinea Bissau some of our feelings and decides how this matter can be resolved. “I cannot say all the details here but now our team is already in Guinea Bissau working with our Ambassador. They will be briefed on what happened and then, Nigeria will present its conditions for amicable resolution of this problem,” he said. Nwagwu said the Federal Government would either demand restitution or other conditions from Guinea Bissau, to enable it to know the next line of action. He described the attack as unfortunate, barbaric, unexpected and unwarranted, as Nigeria had its peace keeping forces in Guinea Bissau, to aid its stability.

philanthropist, Dr. Iyayi Efianayi, were on Sunday morning kidnapped by six armed men on their way to church. According to Julius Onaghise, Public Relations Manager, Iyayi Group of Companies, the two women – Grace Iyayi (72 years) and Christiana Iyayi (65 years) – were abducted by the hoodlums along Boundary Road near Ogbetuo Avenue junction, GRA, Benin City. The two elderly women, Onaghise added, were in the same car with another lady in the passenger’s seat and a driver. Unknown to them the two vehicles behind them (a Toyota Sienna bus and a Toyota Corolla car) were carrying kidnappers who were trailing them. Immediately they got to Ogbetuo Avenue junction, the Sienna bus overtook and blocked their car while the Corolla was also used to block the car from behind. Four armed men alighted from the two vehicles, pointed their guns at the driver and the lady in the front seat, and then ordered them to open the doors of the car. The two elderly ladies were pulled out of their cars into the Sienna bus and they sped away. The Toyota Corolla, which ostensibly must have been stolen for the operation, was abandoned at the spot. Up to press time last night, the kidnappers have not made any contact with the

victims’ family members. Their phones were also switched off. Meanwhile, Essien Cobham, father of Cross River State Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, who was kidnapped early morning on Friday in Creek Town, Odukpani Local Government area of the state, has regained his freedom. Indications that the man has been freed became clear on Monday when the Deputy Governor arrived his office for the day’s job to greetings of “congratulations” from his aides and staff in his office. A source said Cobham arrived home around 12 midnight. Also from Kaduna came a report that a bank and a police station were attacked by suspected armed gunmen at Makarfi Local Government area of the state. This is coming barely one month after gunmen attacked three commercial banks in Saminaka, Lere Local Government area. Eyewitnesses said in the latest incident, the gunmen numbering over 30 engaged security operatives who swiftly moved in a counter attack to stop the robbery operation. Kaduna Police Commissioner, Femi Adenaike, told Daily Independent that armed policemen in Armoured Personnel Carrier were deployed to rescue the victims.

Goodluck sues EITI over stolen crude Nigeria has called, through President Goodluck Jonathan, on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to collaborate with the Federal Government in every way possible to help ensure that refineries outside the country that receive stolen crude oil from Nigerians are identified and appropriately sanctioned.

Mr. President stated this while speaking in audience with the chairperson of EITI, Ms Claire Short, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, last Monday. He solicited the support of the EITI to do more in supporting the Federal Government efforts to stop the exportation of stolen crude oil from Nigeria. “The efforts of EITI in criminalising ‘blood diamonds’ from African mines have helped in curtailing that illegal business. I urge you to also support Nigeria, as we confront the forces stealing Nigerian crude oil. “The theft of crude oil from Nigeria involves the collusion of foreigners and the stolen crude is refined abroad. EITI can use its mechanisms to help us track down the thieves and those who receive

the stolen crude oil.” The President noted that Africa was losing a lot through leakages in the mining and extractive industry and therefore urged Ms Short and her colleagues at EITI to help in ending the exploitation of Africans and African nations by multinational companies engaged in the extraction of the continent’s natural resources. President Jonathan further stated that in keeping with the Federal Government’s commitment to giving the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) necessary support and freedom to discharge its duties, he would inaugurate an expanded interministerial committee next week. He said this was to ensure greater synergy in NEITI’s investigations and to facilitate the implementation of its recommendations for greater probity in Nigeria’s oil industry. Jonathan commended EITI’s efforts to discourage exploitation and corruption in extractive industries across the world and assured Ms Short and her team that Nigeria would continue to strive for even greater openness and transparency in its oil and mining sectors. 9


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Aregbesola defends schools merger programme Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has debunked insinuations in certain quarters that the ongoing education reforms in the state are aimed at obliterating the heritage and changing the identities of the affected schools. Aregbesola said the school re-classification of government hinges on total reengineering of the state education sector to make it functional so as to be able to produce a total man. The governor said contrary to insinuation in some quarters that the identity, heritage and tradition of some institutions are at risk of being distorted or totally changed, his administration has no plan, either in the immediate or remote period of time, to change any school’s tradition. The governor, who spoke in Osogbo, yesterday, at this year’s World Global Hand Washing Day Celebration, said government would not relent in its effort at providing the best education system for

the state. He reiterated that government would retain identity and heritage of the schools regardless of their previous inclination. He said: “Let me state categorically that our administration has no intention whatsoever to change the character, heritage and the identity of any school. “A good example, which is not far to seek, is the recently completed school in Alekuwodo. We have retained the name of the school, Salvation Army Middle School. “I don’t think that anybody, even the founder of the school, would be dissatisfied with what we have done to that school.” Aregbesola averred that the example of Salvation Army Middle School, which name is retained by government, was a testimonial that all the negative campaigns by some individuals amounted to sheer hypocrisy and pure lies calculated to derail the good policy of government. Meantime, Aregbesola, has called on all adherents of Islam to live in peace and

exhibit religious tolerance towards people of other faiths. This is contained in a message the governor sent to Muslims across the country on the occasion of this year’s Eid el-Kabir celebration.

Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said what the nation needed at this critical moment were peace, security and cooperation among the diverse people of the country. Culled from Vanguard Newspaper Nigeria.

From left, State of Osun Deputy, who doubles as commissioner of education, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; Governor Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sheriafat; speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salami and Chairman, O-School, Alhaji Lai Oyeduntan, during the official Commssioning of Salvation Army Middle School, Alekuwodo, Osogbo and flag off of the new school system (Re-classification) in the State of Osun.

Photos: Taofeeq Adejare

From right, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his deputy, who doubles as commissioner of education, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; the Atatoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun and others, during the official Commissioning of Salvation Army Middle School, Alekuwodo, Osogbo and flag off of the new school system (Re-classification) in the State of Osun.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola addressing students, during the official Commissioning of Salvation Army Middle School, Alekuwodo, Osogbo.

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Domincan Republic

Hispanolans clamour for dividing wall

Protests about Israel’s alleged unjust treatment of Eritrean refugees are commonplace on the streets of Tel-Aviv

The island of Hispaniola was first formally divided between French colonials in the west and Spanish in the east by the 1697 Treaty of Ryswick

Legislators from Dominican Republic’s border provinces are proposing that their government join Haiti’s initiative to build a wall to separate the two countries, as the

latter is doing at the community of Carrizal, Elías Piña (west), and extend the dividing line between the island’s two nations.

Sweden

Sweden names first female archbishop

Haiti’s government is building a wall at the border to control the entry of, and collect taxes on merchandise from Dominican Republic, whose lawmakers have suggested extending the construction so the government can control illegal migration. Barahona province senator Eddy Mateo said the work by Haiti is an opportunity for both countries to agree to build a wall to define a border line dating back to 1929 and ratified by the 1936 Treaty. He said conflicts between Dominicans and Haitians often lead to attacks on agents assigned to the border. “It’s now time to reach a bilateral understanding between the two sides to put an end to that situation, Dominican Republic must demand respect because [of] shenanigans and blackmailing by the Haitian Government and its authorities and we must protect with blood and guts what has cost us so much sacrifice to achieve our independence.”

Independencia province senator Juan Orlando Mercedes said the Government should first investigate the real reason behind the wall’s construction, because the relations between the two countries have been satisfactory. He said, however, that this is a good opportunity for the Dominican Republic government to support the wall. He advocates a wall with five gates, one at each border province, and a wide highway along the wall to strictly control the illegal migration he affirms takes place every day at the border. For Pedernales senator Dionis Sánchez, the wall poses an opportunity to clearly define the situation between the two nations. “I’d like to know the opinion of international organisations that permanently live condemning us and that Haiti has erected a wall unilaterally without consulting the Government, I would like to know their opinion.”

Brazil

Inmates threathen World Cup of Terror from behind bars

First Capital Command has been held responsible for a number of atrocities in reprisal for clamp-downs on the activities of criminal syndicates

Antje Jackelén has stated she does not believe in the virgin birth

The Church of Sweden has elected the country’s first female archbishop, adding to the growing number of female church leaders around the world.

The Lutheran church says Antje Jackelén, 58, secured 55.9 per cent of the votes among 325 members of local church boards. While the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t allow the ordination of women, it is not uncommon

among some Protestant churches. The church of Norway is led by a woman, Helga Haugland Byfuglien, and the Episcopal Church of the United States is headed by Katharine Jefferts Schori. Jackelén, who was born in Germany, studied at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and has been the bishop of the city of Lund in southern Sweden since 2007.

Brazil’s powerful PCC crime syndicate has threatened to launch terror-style attacks during the World Cup and presidential polls next year, the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo reported on Tuesday.

The so-called First Command of the Capital, which operates from jails in Sao Paulo state, vowed to unleash a “World Cup of terror” if its chiefs are transferred and isolated in other prisons. O Estado’s report followed its revelation last week of details of an extensive report by Sao Paulo state prosecutors on PCC ac-

tivities. “The threats extend to 2014, when they are promising a ‘World Cup of terror’ and attacks during the presidential elections,” it warned. The First Capital Command is one of Brazil’s most notorious organized crime groups. Controlled by jailed crime kingpins, the group is allegedly behind several waves of attacks on police, government buildings, banks and public buses. Assaults and counterattacks by police in the slums have killed more than 1000 people.

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Gowon calls on Nigerian youth to By Milton Tella Former military head of state General Yakubu Gowon has urged young Nigerians to see the challenges of nation building as theirs whether they are home or abroad. Gowon made his appeal in London while receiving an award from the beneficiaries of President Goodluck Jonathan’s foreign postgraduate scholarship scheme for exceptional National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) participants in 2011. The event was organized by beneficiaries of the National Youth Service Corps scheme, which was pioneered by General Gowon’s administration. Speaking at the NYSC awards presentation ceremony at the Nigeria High Commission in London, Gen. Gowon stated that the youth “must aspire to lead and correct all the ills they see in Nigeria today”. “You are the hope of Nigeria to drive the nation to the expected level”. Gowon said: “Nigeria still has potentials to be a great country and achieve tremendous development with the right leadership and urged Nigerians to hold

their leaders to account “by demanding that those in charge should do things better.” General Gowon, who received an award as the initiator of the NYSC programme, said the scheme contributed immensely in cementing the unity, cohesion and understanding of the country by its participants. Nigeria’s high commissioner to the UK, Dr Dalhatu Tafida described Gen. Gowon as an “exemplary leader” who ruled when Nigeria without amassing wealth but “ended up penniless, without a house in Nigeria or abroad”. He recently purchased a house outside London, which is nothing elaborate. Chairman, Planning Committee of the NYSC Honours Awards, Mr. Justin Adah Udie said the scheme was a “fulcrum of national unity in Nigeria and a vehicle for youth inclusion in nation building” and thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for recognising the talents and achievements of its youth and instituting the NYSC Honours Award.

General Yakubu Gowon acknowledging his award

Photo Credit: Bukola Grace Dr Dalhatu Tafida Nigeria’s High Commissioner displaying his award

Ambassador Kayode Lawal presenting award to one of the recipients Adaeze daughtre of Senator Ahmadu Ali

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Chief Oladimeji and Mrs with a cross section of other guests

Cross section of other guests

Ahmed Inusa Minister/Head of Chancery presenting to a representative of one of the recipients

Some of the Planning Committee members of the NYSC Honours Awards

Some of the Planning Committee members of the NYSC Honours Awards

Mr Adeloye Chief Librarian and Ahmed Inusa Minister/Head of Chancery

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CRIME

Crack dealing pensioner jailed Police appeal after violent robbery

Alvin Ricketts

A pensioner who would leave his sheltered housing to deal crack on the streets of Soho has been jailed.

Alvin Ricketts, 74, [19.05.39] of Mayfield Avenue N12 changed his plea to guilty when he appeared before Southwark Crown Court for trial yesterday, Monday 14 October 2013. Ricketts pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying crack cocaine. He was jailed for two years and nine months for each count, to run concurrent. A five year ASBO was also handed down. A charge of supplying crack cocaine and a charge of supplying heroin are to lie on file.

Ricketts is one of 38 drug dealers convicted and jailed for more than 70 years in total under Operation Rense - a major sustained crackdown on drug and associated crime in Soho. The extensive intelligence-led operation was undertaken by Westminster officers into the supply of class A and B drugs in and around Soho. The senior officer leading the operation, Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth, said: “Alvin Ricketts was one of a group of drug dealers arrested as part of Operation Rense who congregated in Soho. “Ricketts was truly brazen in his offending, wearing a variety of quite flamboyant hats, dinner scarves and other outfits that made him stand out. “The 74-year-old would regularly travel from his sheltered housing accommodation to sell class A drugs in the heart of the West End and his conviction and sentence should again be a stark warning to others that Westminster Police are absolutely committed to tackling drug-related crime in all its forms.” Operation Rense builds on the success of Operation Jolt, which was carried out in May 2012 and resulted in the successful arrest and convictions of 30 drug dealers, jailed for a total of 100 years.

Officers are appealing after up to ten men entered the Glen & Co Cash & Carry in River Road, Barking, at approximately 10.20hrs, Monday, 14 October, armed with metal bars and at least one sledgehammer attempting to steal items from the premises. The man and his wife - who are coowners of the business - tried to prevent the robbery and an altercation took place. The suspects then ran from the store followed by the man. Officers believe he was then pushed in front of a moving lorry. He was pronounced dead at the scene by London Ambulance Service (LAS) at approximately 11.10hrs. The driver stopped at the scene. He was not arrested. Although formal identification has not taken place, we are satisfied the deceased is Shammi Atwal, a father-oftwo from Chigwell. We await details on his age but he is believed to be in his 40s. A post-mortem examination will take place on a date to be confirmed.

The victim’s 37-year-old wife suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. She did not require hospital treatment. The suspects are described as white males. Inquiries are underway into how they fled the scene. The investigation is being carried out by officers from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC). Detective Chief Inspector Neale Baldock said: “This was a man trying to stop thieves robbing his business. “He acted bravely in defence of his wife and managed to chase the robbers from his premises only for him to be pushed in front of a moving lorry. “People in the community know who committed this appalling and cowardly crime and I would urge them to contact my officers.” There have been no arrests. Anyone who was in the area at the time or who has information about this incident is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8345 1570 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Murderer and rapist jailed for 33 years

Marvin Samuels

A man who murdered his estranged partner hours after carrying out a brutal stranger rape has today, Monday 14 October, been jailed for 33 years.

Marvin Samuels, 31 (12.8.81) of Conduit Way NW10 was sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 33 years.

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He had been found guilty on Tuesday 8 October of the murder of Sharlana Diedrick, in Harlesden. He had previously pleaded guilty to raping a 42-year-old woman. He was found not guilty of her attempted murder - but had admitted GBH at an earlier hearing. Investigating officer Detective Inspector Simon Pickford, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said upon conviction: “This has been a shocking case. Samuels has proven himself a violent predatory rapist and a murderer. “He targeted a woman simply walking her dog, dragged her into woods, stripped her naked and then raped and savagely beat her. She will bear the mental scars of what happened for the rest of her life. She was so traumatised she has never been able to give us a full account of what happened. “Samuels then returned to his estranged partner, the mother of his child, and just hours later had stabbed her to death, inflicting 14 separate wounds. “He deserves to be behind bars for many years to come and I’m pleased his claim of mental health issues was rejected by the jury.” Police were called at 23:10hrs on Saturday 29 September 2012 to reports of a

seriously injured woman in a car parked in Wyborne Way, NW10. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the woman, 32-year-old Sharlana Diedrick, from Watford, was taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. Samuels was arrested after giving himself up at Wembley police station the following day. In police interview he admitted attacking her and said he would have stabbed her more if he hadn’t hurt his hand. Samuels and Sharlana had been in a volatile on-off relationship since 2007. On 29 September Samuels went to Sharlana’s home in Watford. She then drove him back to Wembley but they argued in the car, partly over their young son, and he stabbed her 14 times with a kitchen knife. Sharlana had no idea that earlier that day Samuels had raped, beaten and strangled a stranger at the Welsh Harp Reservoir area of Kilburn, NW2. The victim’s husband became concerned when she didn’t return home from walking

her dog at around 17:00hrs. Samuels had cycled to the area to “clear his head” and targeted her as she walked her dog. He dragged her deep into the woods and attacked her. DNA conclusively linked Samuels to the rape.

Police appeal for information in violent robbery Detectives from Waltham Forest are appealing for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed and attacked an 18-year-old woman. Shortly after 14:00hrs the woman, who is autistic, was walking through the underpass at Billet Roundabout on her way to visit her grandmother. As she was walking, a man on a bicycle approached her and demanded her property. She told him to go away but he refused, and his behaviour escalated to violence. He punched her a number of times in the head before wrenching her bag off her and cycling off in an unknown direction. Detectives are releasing CCTV images of him as part of an appeal to the public to help to identify him. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team on 07833 058767 or call Crimestoppers.


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Babyface & Braxton cut themed duets album

Love, Marriage & Divorce hits the shelves in plenty of time for Christmas

Toni Braxton’s divorce may have only been finalised in July 2013, but she is already gearing up to release a new album that focuses on the topic. The album, titled “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” will be a collaboration between Braxton and R&B singer Babyface, and is set to hit stores on December 3. The R&B powerhouses have revealed the movie-like cover for the album, which navigates the ups and downs of a relationship.

Braxton’s divorce from ex-husband Keri Lewis may have been a source of inspiration for the album, as they only split recently. They married in 2001, and they have two sons together. Babyface, whose real name is Kenneth Edmonds, may also have brought his familiarity with divorce to the album, as he split from ex-wife Tracey Edmonds in 2007 after 13 years of marriage. It’s been 21 years since the Grammywinning diva and legendary producer worked together on 1992′s “Give U My Heart” off the Boomerang soundtrack. “I think because Babyface and I have both gone through divorces, we can relate and we can collaborate together on this topic and make it so others who have gone through this situation can relate,” Toni told Essence magazine. Babyface’s last album release was Playlist in 2007, while Braxton’s previous album was Pulse in 2010. Love, Marriage & Divorce features the single “Hurt You,” the video for which premiered last week.

Rihanna’s $22m holiday home . . . at home

Honest opinion leaves Drake tour with no Future

Drake (above) seems to have taken offence at Future’s honest critique of his latest album

Hip-hop wouldn’t be hip-hop without the obligatory feuds, so it’s no real surprise that a new one seems to have erupted.

Just days away from the “Would You Like a Tour?” launch, Drake has kicked Future off his US tour, sparking off rumours that Future, in turn, is suing Drake for $1.5 million. According to pagesix.com, Drake demanded that the “Honest” rapper be removed from his tour after reading an interview on Billboard.com, in which he criticised Drake’s album Nothing Was the Same. Future was quoted as saying: “Drake

made an album that is full of hits but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do.” The story was later removed after Future’s managers claimed that his quotes were off the record and taken out of context. However, Drake was so angry that he immediately demanded Future be pulled from the tour. “He told his agent either Future gets fired, or he’ll fire him,” a source told Page Six. Future was fired, but brought back following negotiations late last week. However, he pulled out for good over the weekend after Drake’s camp demanded he make financial concessions. Future, who was set to earn about $40,000 per show, is set to file a lawsuit this week against Drake for lost wages amounting to around $1.5 million. Representatives for both Drake and Future had no comment. A representative for Billboard told Page Six: “We regret that miscommunication surrounding Future’s recent visit, one that seemed clear to us was on the record, may have caused any trouble for the artist.” Future was set to join Drake and Miguel on the 39-city “Would You Like a Tour?” trek, which kicks off Friday in Pittsburgh.

A search for One Sandy Lane turned up this property, one of eight, which translates to Ri-Ri just paid $22m to occasionally visit an estate!

Singer Rihanna has splashed out $22 million on a villa in Barbados, so that she can spend more time with her family.

The 25-year-old, who is currently on her Diamonds world tour, bought a palatial waterfront villa at One Sandy Lane, where Simon Cowell also owns a home, according to the New York Post. Rihanna purchased the 10,000square-foot pad just down the beach from the famous, five-star Sandy Lane Hotel. It had been on the market for $21.8 million. Rihanna - real name Robyn Fenty - returns home every year for the holidays and remains close to her family. “Rihanna bought the house after renting it for her family last year,” a source said. One Sandy Lane boasts five bedrooms and baths, a grand lobby with a sweeping spiral staircase, multiple verandas with sea views, a large pool, private gym and a 24-hour concierge and security service operated by the Sandy

Lane Hotel staff. Rumours that her mother told her she could have saved $22 million and had her old room back are probably made up. Last week, the New York Post revealed that RiRi is also planning to buy a place in New York. She discreetly viewed Manhattan apartments when she was in town last month for her tour dates and Fashion Week, and her manager, Jay Brown, has taken over the search. A source told us, “The plan is that when her tour is over in November, she’ll move here”. Meanwhile, Rihanna has moved out of her $12 million Pacific Palisades mansion plagued by trespassers, stalkers and attempted burglaries. She hired a crew to take all of her stuff out of the property last week after a trespasser was arrested there for third time in recent months. A source close to the star told TMZ. com that she hasn’t been at the house since August but plans to rent another house in LA even though she’ll spend most of her time in New York 15


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Gospel By Michael Adekoya

WHERE TO FIND HELP IN TIME OF NEED

“...O our God, won’t You stop them? We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 2Chro. 20:12.

Dear Reader, have you ever been in what appeared to be an impossible situation? Have you ever desperately needed something, but it seemed you would never have it? Have you ever thought you had missed it and there was no future for you again? Have you ever thought there could be no second chance for you? Is this where you are right now? Maybe you are now thinking there is no way for you out of that unemployment, out of that sin, out of that bondage, out of that sickness, out of that defeat, out of that hardship, out of that failure, out of that drug, alcohol or sex addiction, out of that lack, out of that single life and loneliness. Well, if you’ve ever felt that way or feeling that way now, then I have Good News for you! You need to know that God can answer prayer and can turn situations around. He can turn people around and when necessary and even, He can even change the course of nature. It has always been said, “If you are swept off your feet, it’s time to get on your knees.” Considering this statement, one example that immediately comes to mind is King Jehoshaphat of Judah. Here was a man who had begun to lead the people back

to worshiping the true and living God during his era. Suddenly a warning comes: “King Jehoshaphat, your enemies are gathered to attack you.” My friend, listen! Spiritual warfare always surrounds the birth of something miraculous. If you don’t know this, Satan will ambush you and grind you to a halt. When God begins to move in you, in your home, family, career, divine assignment, ministry, community, city, nation or in His church, you’ll see the difference in people. The Bible says Jehoshaphat at was alarmed just like anyone of us will do when the enemy launched an attack on his divine assignment. But what is important is what he did with his alarm, fear, panic, concern, worries and anxiety. The Bible says immediately he gathered the people together and prayed and said to the Lord God, “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12). My friend, that’s the key! When you are overwhelmed, worried, struggling, afraid, confused or in need for a solution, who and where do you turn to? When Micah was in deep sorrow for Israel’s sins and his heart was very heavy, he said, “I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7) Today, many people look elsewhere, except unto God, for solution, protection or provision. Listen to what David said, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills

Are you looking for a church? ­­

Not settled in any particular congregation? Perhaps now is the time to pray about it If you are not yet saved try one of the following: Jubilee International Churchmeets at 2,30pm on Sundays at Kings Avenue, school, park hill. London SW4. Part of Jubilee International Churches worldwide. For information, you may call (020)8697 3354 New Wine Christian Church- 11am holds meeting at Ringcross Tennants club, Lough Road, Holloway, N7. a member of the Icthus fellowship

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worldwide. For more information call 020 7609 959 or 07957 757 663. Praise Tabernacle- 10:30am holds meetings at 620 Western Avenue (A40), park royal Business centre, opposite Warner Bros. Cinema Complex, W3. part of The Redeemed Christian Church of God. For information you may call 020 8993 3010 New Life Christian Centre 10.30am & 6.00pm. meetings at Cairo New Road, Croydon. The church has

from where comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1) And concerning you whose eyes are upon God, like Jehoshaphat, David went further to say, “He (God) will not let you stumble; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your protective shade. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall keep you and preserve you from all evil; He watches over your life. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” (Psalm 121:2-8) My friend, did you hear that? When your focus is on God, He keeps watching over you as you come and go, both now and forever. My friend, I can testify to the truth that the eyes of the Lord are always on the righteous, and His

ears are open to their cry... When the righteous cry out to Him, He hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. ..Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him or her out of them all. (Psa 34:15-19). Because Jehoshaphat’s eyes were upon God, He cried unto Him. In answer to his prayer, Jahaziel was moved by the Spirit of God to speak from the midst of the congregation and gave the Lord’s answer: “You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, stay connected and focused, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord who is with you….Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chron 20:17). Listen! When your eyes are on God and you truly pray to Him (not to foreign god) He answers (read Jer 33:3) Here is a picture of a vulnerable king and his people who

a bible school, primary, is involved in extensive mission work in Eastern Europe, Italy and India. For information you may call 020 8680 7671 Ruach Ministries - holds meeting at 9am, 11am and 6pm. For information you may call 020 8678 6888 International Central Gospel church - Battersea chapel, holds meetings on Sundays from 2.00pm. . For information you may call 020 8684 4934 Jesus Arena International- Sunday service at 11.00am at Broadwater farm centre, Adams road N17 The Bible Life Church UK- They meet on Sunday mornings at 2.30pm at St Giles Centre, Camberwell

Church Street, London SE5 Christ Apostolic church (Full Gospel & Pentecostal) Surrey Docks District 163 Ilderton Rd South Bermondsey London SE16 2UT. Tel. 020 7252 2086. Time of worship: Sunday English service 9- 11.30am. Yoruba service 11.30 -2.30pm. Prophetic counselling: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 12noon- 5pm, Saturday only 5- 7pm. Holy Cross Church InternationalSunday 10.am- 1 pm at Crown House 71-73 Nathan way London SE28 0BQ Tel: 07904 234 126, 07809 381 886 Times of service:Bible study: Thursdays 8pm. Night Vigil: Friday Forthnightly 12am

don’t know what to do when they were faced with a seemingly impossible situation but who are completely dependent upon God. It is a great picture of what to do in time of need. God answered the prayer of the king and dramatically altered his circumstances by destroying his enemies. My friend, you can turn to the same true and living God today in prayer in desperate circumstances, and He will hear your cry. The Bible says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psa 46:1) He is but do you believe? Do you have intimate relationship with Him? If not, today is your day of salvation. The Bible says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Roman 10:9-10). That’s what you need to do to begin your relationship with Him and be at the centre of His help. One word, idea, connection or revelation from Him is enough to sort you out. He is the Saviour, Healer, Deliverer, Provider, Prince of Peace, Counsellor, Defender of the weak, Blesser, Lifter, and Connector! He is the only One who is secured enough to keep you secured. Unless He builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless He watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. I can testify to that! Remain blessed! Sunday Service: Sundays 10am - 1pm Winners Chapel London- part of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, at Unit B1 Galleywall Trading Estate, South Bermondsey, London SE16 3PB meets Sunday 7am & 9am and 11am and Wednesdays at 7pm. For details call 020 7237 7894 CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH GRAVESEND, ST. AIDAIN’S CHURCH, ST. AIDAN’S WAY, GRAVESEND, KENT, DA12 4AG TEL. 01474 355 841, 07956 38 38 70 TIME OF WORSHIP: Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30pm to 9:00pm Friday, Night Vigil: 9pm to 11pm Sunday Worship: 12:30pm to 3:00pm


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Africa Newsround

Ethiopia

Terrorists blown up by own bomb

Two Somali nationals have been killed in Ethiopia when a bomb they were making detonated in their home in Addis Ababa.

The two men, who Ethiopian authorities speculate may have been planning to target a football match, were in Ethiopia illegally, according to Ethiopia’s Minister of Information Redwan Hussein. “Who sent them is not yet known, no one has claimed responsibility for that and which incident, which event they were looking to explode is not yet known,” Redwan said, adding that investigations are under way. Neighbouring Kenya has been a frequent target of attacks by AlQaeda-linked Al-Shebab rebels, who have demanded that Kenyan troops leave Somalia. Last month, at least 67 people were killed during a four-day siege carried out by Al-Shebab gunmen

who ambushed the upmarket Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Ethiopia, which shares a long border with Somalia, sent troops into the country in 2011 to help African Union and Somali defence forces fight AlShebab extremists. Redwan said several “terrorism plots” had been foiled on Ethiopian soil in the past, including a plan to target an AU summit in 2010, and added that security in the country remains tight. AU forces have been in Somalia fighting Al-Shebab since 2007 and have pushed the Islamists out of all major towns, including the capital Mogadishu and the key port town of Kismayo. AlShebab still control swathes of rural areas in the south. Last week, the AU announced it would beef up its forces by 35 percent, bringing the total number of men on the ground to 23,966. Some Ethiopian

Kenya

Indecent assault of parishioner’s child, priest held

A Catholic priest has been charged with defiling and indecently assaulting the 14-year-old daughter of one of his congregation. The priest had attended the child’s home to administer prayers on Saturday (October 12). When he arrived, the victim was there with some other children. He is alleged to have taken advantage of the absence of adult supervision to commit the assault after sending the

other children away. The victim told her mother upon her return, which led to the priest’s arrest and arraignment before Kisii Resident Magistrate, Lucy Kaittany. He has denied the allegation. The Court acceded to an application by prosecutor Chief Inspector John Osukuku to have the suspect held in custody until October 16 to allow the investigating officer attached to Rioma Police Station to investigate.

Madagascar

Body on beach to be exhumed amid murder accusations Police in Madagascar plan to exhume for autopsy the body of a boy whose death sparked the lynching of two Europeans and a local man accused of killing him.

The lynch mob was incited by rumours the two European men had sexually abused, killed and mutilated the boy, who was found dead on a beach on the

tourist island of Nosy Be. But the exact circumstances of the boy’s death at the start of October have never been clearly established. “The gendarmerie has requested an autopsy. The family has accepted this and it is now for the forensic doctor to take over,” said police deputy commander Guy Bobin Randriamaro.

Minister of Information Redwan Hussein believes the bombers intended to target the crowd at a football match

troops started pulling out of Somali this year, but following the attacks in Nairobi, the Addis Ababa government

said it has no plans to withdraw its forces from Somalia.

Ghana

Man caught with 13-year-old detained

The pair were caught in a washroom at Independence Square in Accra

An unemployed 23-year-old is awaiting trial at an Accra circuit court for having sex with a 13year-old girl in a washroom at Accra’s Independence Square.

Richard Okeke, a Nigerian living in Tudu, a suburb of Accra, allegedly lured the victim when she was on her way to Kantanmanso, another Accra suburb. A security guard who arrived at the scene arrested both the accused and the alleged victim. Okeke, who admitted the offence, but later pleaded not guilty of defilement, has been remanded in custody to re-appear before the court in November. On October 2013, at about 6:30 a.m., the victim left home to collect

money from her father at Kantanmanso for her upkeep. According to the prosecutor, Detective Inspector Kofi Atimbere, Okeke met the victim on the way, gave her GH¢2.00, and later lured her into one of the washrooms at the Independence Square where they had sex. The security guard caught them in the act whilst patrolling, carried out the arrest and reported the incident to the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU). “The police medical report form was issued, and police accompanied [the] victim to the hospital for examination, treatment and report. The accused admitted the offence in his caution statement,” the prosecutor stated. 17


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African artist Special Interview Travelmusic

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London Nollywood: Interview with Nelson Spyk to the other and found myself where I am today. Q: Your latest film, Strive 2 Survive is set to come out later this year. Can you tell us a bit about what to expect? A: It’s about three London prostitutes in loving relationships. You’ll have to watch it to find out more. Q: Apart from photography and movie making, rumour has it you’ve dabbled a little into music as well. A: (Laughs!) I do actually have a music video I made last year. You can find it on YouTube. It’s called “Always On My Mind”

Popular London- based Nollywood producer Nelson Spyk has been in the film-making industry for over 10 years now. He was nominated in 3 categories for this year’s BEFTA awards. Q: Tell us a bit more about LondonNollywood. A: LondoNollywood is my company name. The whole concept of LondoNollywood is ‘for us by us’. We have a new gen-

eration of Nigerian actors here in London. The challenges faced by Nigerians in the UK are different from those of Nigerians in Nigeria. Q: How long have you been in the business for, and what brought into the art? A: I’ve been in the business for about 12 years. I’ve always had a keen interest in music. This led me to meet a number of very creative people. All parts of the entertainment business are intertwined; so as I bounced from one branch of the industry

Q: You were on the BBC Radio 1 and 1 Xtra panel for TV & Film Meet & Greet Q&A for Creative Industry. What did you advise young upcoming directors, producers and actors? A: Follow your dreams but do not expect to make enough money to live off of right away. If you love your job, it wouldn’t matter how much money you make. But if you dislike what you do, it could be so very frustrating. Q: Anything else you’d like to share with us, Nelson? A: LondoNollywood has released two films this season. You should go see them.

Ikpaya Nigerian Itsekiri movie making waves When entries were complied for different categories in African Film Awards 2013, a vintage and hilarious Nollywood movie caught the attention of the film critics. It is the work of one of the new generation of UK Nollywood movie producers. Ikpaya is directed and produced by George Kelly Toghanro in the UK. It is produced to mark the commemoration of the 25th Coronation Anniversary of the current Olu of Warri, Oyo Ekoro of Ogiame

Onye Ozi premieres in London 18

Atuwatse 11 which held in April 2012. Ikpaya is the first of the series of ethnic Itsekiri films to be shot to reflect the rich historical and socio-cultural heritage of the Itsekiri tribe. The movie is a celebration of diverse tribe in multi ethnic Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. Ikpaya is sequential to the producer’s Romance storyline of Heavy Mama (his debut); full of intrigue, suspense and breath taking episodes taking us through a broken relationship in Nigeria leading to a new found love in London. The plot revolves around obstacle of a jealous and devious

Onye Ozi, is a first-of-its-kind Nigerian language film; set in London, performed exclusively in the Igbo language (by Nigerian and British actors) and subtitled in English. Ace comedian/Nollywood actor Okey Bakassi plays the lead. The film introduces screen newcomer, model turned actress Ngozi Thompson Igwebike in a leading role, with other new ac-

LONDON NA WA!!! is a hilariously funny Nollywood movie set in London. In this film, LondoNollywood Director Nelson Spyk brings together some of the best creative talents in the UK. It is set to be one of the best Nollywood comedies produced in the UK.

SHAMEFUL DECEIT is a socially conscious tale that explores the pressure of dealing with society’s judgmental views on controversial, yet extremely personal circumstances within a marriage. Theodora Ibekwe is the executive producer on this one and also stars in it. Both films premiered in London during the summer.

George Buwa, Julie Coker, Preston Toghanro, a cast member and Theodora Ibekwe strong character step mother (Duduyemi) plotting to prevent the marriage by hiring hit men. The cast features veteran such as: Julie Coker (television star and news caster,

beauty Queen and former Miss Western Nigeria of the sixties), popular face on UK Nollywood Theodora Ibekwe, Preston Toghanro and George Buwa trained lawyer and actor

tors including British lawyer turned actor Stephen Moriaty filling other roles in a film that is considered a surprising follow up to Obi Emelonye’s hugely successful 2012 blockbuster, Last Flight to Abuja. Onye Ozi tells the story of Metumaribe (Okey Bakassi) fresh into London with high expectations and a two-year plan to return to Nigeria a rich man. However, life in London with his new ‘wife’ Mkpurunma (Ngozi Igwebike) is not going to plan.

On one fateful night, TJ an old English man (Stephen Moriaty) is chased by masked men and shot in front of his eyes. As Metu attempts to help the dying man, he hands Metu an envelope and whispers a message as he takes his last breath. From that point on, Metu becomes involved in a psychological but hilarious adventure that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.


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Celebration of African Cinema returns to London

A still from the controversial South African movie Of Good Report

Film Africa London’s annual celebration of African cinema - returns for a third year with a line-up of over 60 films from across the continent screening at six major venues across London from 1-10 November 2013.

The festival launches with the controversial new film, Of Good Report, from South African director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka. Briefly banned from showing at the Durban International Film Festival on account of its provocative, Lolitainspired subject matter, Of Good Report is a thrilling, devilishly comic and supremely assured work from one of Africa’s most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

Film Africa 2013 also includes a new strand, 3 x 3, featuring three films from major names in African cinema. We will profile the work of Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, who has cemented his reputation as one of the most respected auteurs in world cinema in the last two decades. His latest film, the charming and consistently surprising Grisgris (our Closing Night film), will be screened alongside two of his other major works, Dry Season and A Screaming Man. Other directors featured in the 3 x 3 strand are award-winning Franco-Senegalese visionary Alain Gomis, who will present all three of his feature films in person; and the supremely talented experimental filmmaker and actor Mati Diop, niece of

legendary Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety, whose film Touki Bouki, we are also screening in celebration of its 40 year anniversary. On 5 November, Film Africa presents Bonfires and Revolutions: an evening of politics and protest in African cinema. We will screen a programme of films exploring the legacy and impact of revolutions and social change across the continent, including the astonishing documentary Babylon by a trio of first-time directors from Tunisia, and which follows the refugee crisis in Libya. Among other highlights, this special programme also includes Something Necessary, Kenyan director Judy Kibinge’s powerful and sensitively observed film about the postelection violence in Kenya in 2007. Organised by the Royal African Society, the UK’s prime Africa organisation, Film Africa 2013 will also feature a vibrant programme of live events including music performances, directorial masterclasses and intimate Q&As with directors and other FREE special events for families and young people. Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society says: “The Royal African Society (RAS) is delighted to bring you Film Africa 2013. The films in this year’s festival continue to reveal new images of Africa – wealthy, global and dynamic; still full of challenges, but brimming with confidence. These films go beneath the

surface of the headlines to tell stories of ordinary and extraordinary life in Africa.” Film Africa 2013 also celebrates Nigeria’s vibrant film industry with Coming of age: Celebrating 21 years of Nollywood, featuring special full length screenings of classics Living in Bondage and Osuofia in London. The festival will also feature an industry forum on The Business of Film in Africa. Other festival highlights include a programme of innovative short films in competition for the Baobab Award. The winning film will be selected by a panel of industry experts comprised of Kate Gerova, Artistic Director of Birds Eye View film festival, Nick Denes, Co-Director of the Palestinian Film Foundation, and awardwinning director Yaba Badoe. Visiting filmmakers include: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Alain Gomis, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Judy Kibinge, Dimeji Ajibola, Sami Tlili, Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun, Pieter van der Houwen, Mensa Ansah (of FOKN Bois), Harry Freeland, Katrine Kjaer and Michael Adeyemi. Suzy Gillett, Film Africa Curator, says: “Film Africa is thrilled to welcome some of the top directors of their generation to London to present their films. Our wideranging programme, which includes 25 UK premiers, brings together the best cinema from across the continent, blending contemporary, classic, and experimental fiction and documentary films.”

Lami premieres ‘Baby’ video filmed in London The video you’ve all been waiting for is finally here from our number one Soul Sista Lami, the upbeat and fun track ‘Baby’ will have you dancing and reminiscing on summertime when the weather is mighty fine and “loving is easy”.

good man in her life, who treats her

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London while Lami shouts out her love

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husband “Mr Labs”, to celebrate the 19


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Arts

Theatre, Shows and Musicals By Ryan Holmes

Macbeth Now- 13th October

Lenny Henry as Troy and Tanya Moodie as Rose

When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown. 21 New Globe Walk, London, Greater London SE1 9DT

The Ladykillers Now- October 25th

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Now- November 16th

Always first in line to play the ass, David Walliams hee-haws crowd-pleasingly as donkey-headed Bottom in this sultry reimagining of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, mingling with Sheridan Smith’s lusty Titania and a string of exceptionally chiselled fairies. Set against the backdrop of fairyland’s glistening moon, Shakespeare’s tale of mischief and misplaced devotion is adeptly retold by a talented cast, whose comedic skills bring pace and energy to director Michael Grandage’s turbocharged interpretation. The high octane drama, mirth and calamity of this heady ‘Midsummer Night’ are riotously unpicked as Gavin Fowler’s naughty fairy, Puck, stirs up a love-fuelled frenzy on stage. Noel Coward Theatre. St Martin’s Lane London, WC2N 4AU

Chimerica Now-October 19th

Chimerica is a fragile web of shifting human relationships, which are sometimes severed by corporate greed, state cruelty, or individual selfishness, but achieve moments of connection which transcend their inhospitable environment. It’s staged with a film-like fluidity and flair by brilliant director Lyndsey Turner and designer Es Devlin inside a spinning cube, whose sides open to reveal the squalid Beijing flat of Zhang Lin, Joe’s kindly Beijing contact and friend, and the office of his genial, morally compromised New York newspaper editor. But the only things that are black and white here are Joe’s photographs of China, which are projected all over the set as newspaper contact sheets, crossed out or reframed by the editor’s red pen – a subtle reminder that 20

a photograph is an opinion, not a simple record of the truth. Harold Pinter Theatre,6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

The 39 Steps Now- March 2014

When Hitchcock adapted Buchan’s ‘The 39 Steps’, however, he introduced a love interest in a version which Buchan later conceded was better than his own. In this stage version, Patrick Barlow has continued the honourable tradition of mucking around with Buchan’s original, keeping the love interest (now elegantly played by new cast member Rachel Pickup) and adding a whirligig of self-conscious theatrical effects in a production where four actors evoke everyone from lingerie salesmen to a housekeeper who screams like a steamtrain.. The Criterion,218-223 Piccadilly, London, SW1Y 4XA

Pride Now-November 9th

Set in both 1958 and 2008, ‘The Pride’ sees what appears to be the same love triangle play out in two very different eras. In 1958, closeted married man Philip (Harry Hadden-Paton) grapples violently with his feelings for writer Oliver (Al Weaver), while his fragile wife Sylvia (Hayley Atwell) looks on in impotent despair. And in 2008, the three seem to have been given their time again in a more liberated age… Yet they’re not happy – promiscuous journalist Oliver has scewed up his relationship with straight-laced Philip, and Oliver’s chronic neediness is seriously bringing his BFF Sylvia down. Trafalgar Studios,14 Whitehall SW1A 2DY

‘The Ladykillers’ is back in town. Now on its third cast of bumbling, murderous crims, it’s as anarchic and free-wheeling as anything you’ll see on a West End stage. Graham Linehan’s script takes the setup of the 1955 Ealing comedy, in which five crooks hole-up in a little old lady’s lopsided house to plan a robbery, and cranks up the contrast. The gags come faster, the killings are crueller and there’s a delicate knowingness to the dialogue that never oversteps the mark. Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

One Man, Two Guvnors Now-March 2014

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Haymarket Theatre,18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT

Much Ado About NothingNow-November 30th

Age is the theme and the big talking point at the Old Vic as it plays host to two great theatre pros in Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy. Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones are Benedick and Beatrice: reluctant older lovers, grouchily bickering their way into each other’s hearts. The play is reimagined in a Britain of old too. It’s 1944, and we get a wartime view of the country that perhaps only ever existed in our imaginations. A land of

comedy policemen, dashingly handsome GIs and naughty boy scouts – it conjures up images of a particular kind of British sitcom or BBC radio play, a sort of ‘Archers’ does Shakespeare. 103 The Cut, Waterloo Rd, London SE1 8NB

Lutz Bacher: Black Beauty Now- November 17th

Get ready to be manipulated by an eclectic display of works by the elusive American artist for her first major UK show. Varying degrees of black will dominate with tons of coal slag being emptied into the lower gallery for ‘Black Beauty’ along with pulsating astrotuf in ‘Black Magic’. Accompanying these is an audio of the Shakespearean character, Puck from ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ that adds an enchantingly devious tone to the premise of Bacher’s exhibition. ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Crowning Glory

A new play by Somalia Seaton

17 Oct - 9 Nov 2013

“In a world saturated with images of unrealistic and unobtainable beauty, how do women see themselves?” Join our all-female cast of fun and feisty modern women as they share the trials and tribulations of their hair, and try to uncover what true beauty means. This current, funny and thought-provoking show will undoubtedly get you talking. Come along with friends or family and take part in the conversation!

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

African Market 27th October

Open The Gate is proudly hosting their unique alternative fair, The African Market, featuring a selection of the most talented designers from Africa and inspired by African cultures. The African Market showcases original & ethical fashion, accessories, jewellery, shoes as well as Arts & Crafts, homeware, natural beauty products, books, music, arts and more. Local & international charities are also represented, promoting their actions and raising awareness but also funds by selling goods Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, SpitalfieldsLondon E1 6EW

The Scottsboro Boys 18 Oct - 23 Oct

Young Vic Nominated for a remarkable 12 Tony Awards, the legendary creators of Cabaret and Chicago bring their bold and exhilarating musical to the Young Vic for its UK premiere.


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Arts

The myths, legends, and the Tales from Africa By Peter Olorunnisomo

Several cultures the world over have developed social constructs with which their world view, beliefs, mores, culture, and ethos are passed on. These are reflected in the stories, poetry, cultures of tales and ancestral histories, worship, and the rules which society accepts to order roles and functions. As simple as the encouragement to throw a coin into a pool, fountain, or a particular river is believed to bring about god fortune. In some instances, one is required to make a wish to occasion the manifestation of an expectation. There are a host of river-bed or river-side shrines of this type all over Africa of which much has been written in poetry, oral literature, and contained in myths just as much as you will have in the Greek or Roman mythologies. Christopher Okigbo, arguably one of Africa’s iconic poets, uses the opening lines ‘Beside you I stand Mother Idoto’. Just as Francis Selormey portrays this in his work, The Narrow Path, when his hero embarks on a fortune-searching journey into the city from the coastal society of Keita. But a very clear proof of this wealth of traditional knowledge and culture which served as a major means to influencing socio-cultural education and accepted behaviours is the use of animals in African folklore. Depending on the culture, one is likely to find shifts in methodology but it all boils down to the use of non-written or better still oral literature.

Perhaps the greatest beauty of this form of literature is the affinity it teaches between man and all other creatures. The understanding of harmony among all creatures, the role of man amongst them, the interdependence that is prescribed for peace and the unravelling and explication of incidences and phenomenon reinforces the concept of universality and the dichotomy between the created and the creator and the links that exist specifying goodwill. That was the instrument of the character of the tortoise known in various languages but Ijapa in Yoruba language and another Ananse (spider) among the Ashantis of Ghana. These characters have had a lot of their natural traits explained in the realisa-

tion of their virtues or vices such that they are real and credible figures of teaching morals in the traditional school of what is accepted or rejected in society. Children are the first pupils and every altruism etched into the impressionable minds. So while Ijapa becomes a ready villain of considerable wit and wile, he is yet loved and admired for the being that he is and the positivity of his essence. Ananse’s size is so little compared to what he is able to do yet there is greater understanding of his nature without any ‘westernised’ study of its biology. So myths are created and stories abound in hundreds about the exploits of the tortoise and the spider across cultural plains

enough to dwarf any television drama series when compiled. But more significant is the teaching and forming aspects of this traditional method of tutelage which shapes the minds and attitudes of peoples quite early in their lives to conform with the elemental and super-elemental universe that Man has to steward. Can any difference therefore be between that excellent age and now? The age of technology idn this regard has done next to nothing but ‘desecrate’ the beauty and natural candour of that period by hypocritical blackmail and condemnation. In its stead is a replication, in principle, of what was with technologically-tainted concepts and names coated with every façade of the ‘educated’ in a mad rush through decay, vice, and destruction. Ijapa’s exploits are similitudes of what is now known as the Ninja turtles and the use of wit, intelligence etc are replaced by technological creations less of wit and more of skill, less of nature and more of artificiality, less of simplicity and more of complexity, among many other comparisons. The world of the natural still holds its allure and key for the harmonious survival of the human race. It is not just about the purity of nature which the ‘green campaign’ sings but also a ‘return to Eden’ for which the world of literature is the best propaganda machine starting from paradise in Africa.

Poet of the Week: Jared Angira

The Kenyan poet Jared Angira was born in 1947 and studied commerce at the University of Nairobi where he was also the editor of the journal Busara. He has spent much of his working life in the Kenyan civil service, and published seven volumes of poetry, which include Juices (1970), Silent Voices (1972), Soft Corals (1973), Cascades (1979), The Years Go By (1980), and Tides of Time: Selected Poems (1996). He was once hailed by Wole Soyinka and lauded by Ezenwa-Ohaeto as “one of the most exciting poets in Africa.” As with many of his contemporary African poets, he has not received the critical acclaim many think he deserves. Deeply meditative, Angira’s work is deceptively simple and his choice of words may occasionally seem at odds with the gravity of his subject. As a Marxist poet—he once proclaimed: “Karl Marx is my teacher; Pablo Neruda my class prefect (when I am in the classroom) and my captain (when I am on the battlefield)”— his poetry evinces a critical concern with

Jared Angira social injustice in post-independence society. Like his fellow Kenyan, Ngugi wa Thiongo, he is very critical of political and social developments in Kenya. NO COFFIN, NO GRAVE He was buried without a coffin without a grave the scavengers performed the post-mortem in the open mortuary

without sterilized knives in front of the night club stuttering rifles put up the gun salute of the day that was a state burial anyway the car knelt the red plate wept, wrapped itself in blood its master’s the diary revealed to the sea

the rain anchored there at last isn’t our flag red, black, and white? so he wrapped himself well who could signal yellow when we had to leave politics to the experts and brood on books brood on hunger and schoolgirls grumble under the black pot sleep under torn mosquito net and let lice lick our intestines the lord of the bar, money speaks madam woman magnet, money speaks madam we only cover the stinking darkness of the cave of our mouths and ask our father who is in hell to judge him the quick and the good Well, his dairy, submarine of the Third World War showed he wished to be buried in a gold-laden coffin like a VIP under the jacaranda tree beside his palace a shelter for his grave and much beer for the funeral party anyway one noisy pupil suggested we bring tractors and plough the land. 21


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Early cancer diagnosis increases chances of survival

New ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ national campaign launched to increase early diagnoses of bladder and kidney cancer & save lives Receiving an early diagnosis increases the chance of survival for the 16,600 people who are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer every year in England.

A new NHS Be Clear on Cancer campaign launches today, to drive awareness of blood in urine as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers, and encourage people to visit their doctor if they spot the symptom, even just the once. One of the reasons people do not receive an early diagnosis is believed to be the public’s lack of awareness of the key symptoms. Blood in urine – even if it appears just the once – could be a symptom of both bladder and kidney cancer. However, new figures show that the public don’t recognise the seriousness of the sign – almost a third (30 per cent) of people would wait and see if they spotted blood in their urine again before taking any action, which could delay their diagnosis. It is also believed that within African and Caribbean communities there are cultural and religious reasons that can prevent peo-

ple from seeing their doctor early. There is often a strong fear of cancer, a perception that cancer is an incurable disease that quickly leads to death. There can also be a tendency to self-diagnose and treat symptoms with herbal remedies. But finding it early makes it more treatable so if your notice blood in your urine tell your doctor straight away. Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England said: “Early diagnosis and treatment of bladder and kidney cancer can save lives. We need to overcome the barriers preventing people presenting early to their doctors so that we can save more lives across all communities.” “Our message is clear – as soon as you spot blood in your urine, visit the doctor. It’s probably nothing serious but it could also be a sign of something else that needs treatment, so don’t ignore the symptoms or put off a trip to the doctor.” Visible blood in urine is a key symptom in around eight in ten bladder cancers and over half of kidney cancers.

However, when the public was asked to name cancer signs and symptoms, only a third (33 per cent) of people mention unexplained bleeding. Dr Frank Chinegwundoh, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust said: “As a Consultant Urological Surgeon I see several patients each week who have passed blood in their urine. They are alarmed at what is something out of the ordinary. We run certain straightforward tests quickly and can often provide reassurance that nothing serious is wrong. However, where bladder or kidney cancer is found, it is a relief to all concerned to be able to say this has been caught early and

so the outlook is very good.” “Even if just the once, blood in the urine needs an urgent visit to the doctor.” Blood in your urine is the most common symptom for both types of cancer. Other bladder cancer symptoms include needing to urinate very often or very suddenly and/or pain while urinating. Other kidney cancer symptoms include a pain below the ribs that doesn’t go away or a lump in your stomach. The Be Clear on Cancer campaign will run on TV, print and radio from 15 October until 20 November.

health centre, which is now struggling to operate. Only about 20 of the 80-strong staff have returned. Just two of the six doctors are back and only one of the six midwives has resumed duty. “Up to now people still think that the centre is not functional,” Maiga told IRIN. In the south, meanwhile, medical services had been strained by the waves of displaced people seeking refuge from the conflict. Repairing or rebuilding the health centres and returning medical staff to the north are top priorities. In July, Mali’s government began offering cash to lure civil servants back north, targeting some 300 workers who were offered US $500 each for transport and resettlement. But insecurity remains a problem. Clashes erupted recently in Kidal between the separatist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and government troops. The MNLA is largely in control of Kidal region; the group had seized territory in the north after the 2012 government ouster before being uprooted by the hardline Islamist rebels. The effects of the conflict have overwhelmed Mali’s already weak public health system. Pre-conflict figures indi-

cate that the country had one doctor for every 8,528 people and one midwife for every 17,122 people, compared to the recommended doctor-patient ratio of 1:1,000 and the recommended midwifepatient ratio of 1:5,000, according to WHO. Healthcare disruptions caused by the conflict, including the flight of medical staff, contributed to epidemics of cholera, malaria and measles in late 2012 and the start of 2013, experts say. “The weaknesses of the health system, especially in the Sahel countries, which face recurrent humanitarian crises, cannot help prevent health crises,” said Ibrahima Socé Fall, the WHO representative in Mali. “We have spoken about malnutrition for decades, but the response is still not sufficient,” he told IRIN. “Measles is a recurrent epidemic. Crises occur amidst weakened health systems that worsen the [health] consequences. “It is important that while restoring the health sector, the aim should not be to return it to the pre-conflict status, but to build it back better,” he said. Other experts have called for reforms in the medical supply system, which they say is plagued by recurrent disruptions.

Hospital recovery still slow in Mali

Woman and child receiving treatment in a Mali hospital

Rows of shutter-less windows line the administration corridor at a referral health centre in Mali’s northern city of Gao. The centre’s equipment was looted and its staff fled during the nine-month-long Islamist rebel occupation that followed the country’s March 2012 coup; services have just barely resumed.

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French forces in January, but recovery of the sector has been slow. Nearly half of Gao’s 69 health centres were completely or partially damaged during the Islamist occupation. In the ancient city of Timbuktu, 45 percent of health structures were entirely or partly destroyed, and 70 percent were damaged in the northeastern Kidal region, says the World Health Organization (WHO). “We lost everything. The centre was systematically pillaged and ransacked. Equipment, vehicles and supplies were looted, and the staff fled,” said Amadou Maiga, the head of the Gao referral


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Culture: The Somali may also own a herd of breeding and milking camels. The more camels a man has, the greater his prestige. The men and boys enjoy taking care of the prized camels. The Somali consider themselves warriors. Sometimes the men leave the women in charge of the herds, so that they might train to become more effective fighters. They are a very individualistic people, sharply divided by clans. Fights often occur between the clans, resulting in many deaths. There are four major Somali clan groups. The two largest are the Somaal and the Sab. The Somaal are primarily nomadic shepherds. The Sab usually settle in com-

Somali Maidens

The most accepted theory of the origin of mankind in the scientific community is that mankind began in East Africa, specifically in Ethiopia/Eritrea as fossil and other evidence shows. Prehistoric cave paintings and other evidence in the Horn show that the natives in the area have had the same features and traditional lifestyles as they have lived during prehistoric times. If you want to read up on this read “Out of Africa theory”, “Lucy fossil”, and “Laas Gaal cave painting”. Therefore, the first humans likely looked like the very people who looked like today’s Somalis, Eritreans, Ethiopians, and Djiboutis and they also lived in that area.

According to the findings of the study that was posted, 80% of the genes of Horn of Africans are indigenous and found only among themselves. The 15% Eurasian genes can be disputed, as some genes found in Eurasians are prominent among Horn of Africans, it is plausible that those genes originated among Horn of Africans and their presence in Eurasian is a trace of their African heritage. Same goes for the 5% other sub-Saharan ancestry. So the idea that Somalis and other Horn of Africans are mixed is not correct. Also, Somalis are known for being the most homogeneous people in Africa and in the world. Somalis are one ethnic group, share one religion, one language, one country, and one common ancestor (Samale). It is believed that the common ancestor of Samale migrated from the highlands of Ethiopia. Somalis are traditionally a nomadic people so it’s believable that long before the prehistoric paintings on the cave of Laas Gaal in Somalia were ever made, that Samale - possibly a nomadic man who came from a nomadic Ethiopian tribe - mi22

grated to Somalia. That’s the origin of Somalis. We’re a very ancient people, one of the oldest in the world. So as to why we look the way we do - it’s not because we’re mixed as I’ve already stated. If you ever look at the hundreds of various African ethnic groups in sub-Sahara Africa, you will find that our features are quite diverse. Look up the Wodaabe, Fula/Fulani, Tuareg, Khoisan, and many other groups who have features that vary from the stereotypical features of Africans, you will see that Africans are quite diverse and that the stereotypes of African features are based on a few African ethnic groups and even among those groups, their features and skin tones can also vary. They usually look different from African-Americans because African-Americans are a different ethnic groups. They are usually a mix of various West African ethnic groups and have some white and/or Native heritage as well. The West African ethnic groups that African-Americans are mostly descended from have a different and distinct look from Horn of Africans. However, Horn of Africans’ look is not unique to only them. The look is present in certain West and Central African ethnic groups The Somali share a common language, adhere to a single faith, and share a cultural heritage that is an integral part of their nomadic lifestyle. Their name is derived from the words, “so maal,” which literally mean, “Go milk a beast for yourself!” To the Somali, this is actually a rough expression of hospitality. The Somali first appeared in the Horn of Africa around 1200 and began expanding westward and southward about 150 years later. They converted to Islam around 1550, under the influence of Arab traders that had settled along the coast of presentday Somalia. By 1650, they had moved into Ethiopia. Somali society is based on the nuclear family, consisting of a husband, wife, and children. A typical family owns a herd of sheep or goats, which the women and girls care for, and a few burden camels. Some

Some traditional Somali objects

munities and live as farmers or craftsmen. The nomads live in portable huts made of wooden branches covered with grass mats. The wife has her own hut, and the huts of related families are arranged in a circle with cattle pens in the middle. Making the home is the woman’s responsibil-

A traditional dance in the village

Culture ity. The huts are easily collapsible so that they can be loaded on pack animals and moved along with the herds. There is usually less than four inches of rainfall a year, so many times a Somali’s life is dictated by his ability to find water. The nomad’s diet used to consist only of milk and milk products. Now it includes maize meal, rice, meat, and wild fruits. The more settled Somali farmers live in permanent, round huts that are six to nine feet high. They have a more varied diet, which includes maize, sorghum, cowpeas, beans, rice, eggs, poultry, bananas, dates, mangoes, and tea. Having an abundant supply of food is a status symbol among the clans. Each family periodically holds banquets for their relatives and friends. A family’s prestige is determined by the frequency of its feasts, the number of people invited, and the quality and quantity of food served. Somali’s enjoy telling stories and learning history through their poetry. Many times they will chant folk tales on walks in the evening. Most Somali wear brightly colored cloths draped over their bodies like togas. Some men also wear a kilt-like skirt. Although the Somali are nearly all Shafiite Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. They achieve “ecstasy” by chanting or taking narcotics. In the cities, boys steal food and then sell it to support their drug habit. The standard Islamic prayers are usually observed; however, Somali women have never worn the required veils. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad, a religious expert, for blessings, charms, and advice in worldly matters. They believe in a supreme male “sky god.” They perform rainmaking rituals, abstain from eating pork or fish, and make animal sacrifices. They also have a ritual bonfire at the solar new year. They believe in spirit possession and in spirits that live in trees, water sources, and on hilltops.


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News France in demand again as Central Africa crisis deepens France, whose troops this year halted an Islamist assault towards Mali’s capital, is now in demand from another of its former African colonies. “Let’s make up with the mother that feeds us! President Hollande we want your help!” read one banner as cheering locals welcomed France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, to Central African Republic at the weekend. Plunged into chaos since mostly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in the mostly Christian country in March, the nation is facing sectarian violence, malnutrition and a near total collapse of state rule. Fearing their plight has been eclipsed internationally by conflicts in Syria and Mali, some see France as their best hope. “We’ve seen coups before, but nothing like this,” said local Bangui journalist Steve Niko. “In Mali the population suffered in one area, but here we’re suffering everywhere. It’s like our crisis has been forgotten.” The landlocked nation is rich with minerals ranging from uranium to diamonds.

But decades of instability and official corruption have meant those potential riches have been little exploited and have far less been of help to the population. As violence including murder and rape drives more than 440,000 people from their homes, there are just seven surgeons in a country of 4.6 million people to deal with bullet and machete injuries and one in 10 children die at birth. “The Seleka rebels came with weapons, hurt us, burnt our houses and then there were reprisals from Christian militias,” said a woman called Dore at one hospital in Bangui, recounting how she fled hundreds of kilometres on foot with three children all under the age of six. Long seen by many in Central African Republic as meddling in its affairs after independence in 1960, France has intervened in the past, for example when it supported Bozize in 2006 against an earlier incarnation of northern rebels. But official French policy now is for a more “hands-off” stance in such conflicts. Paris is all the more reluctant to be left to deal with another African hotspot after it felt allies such as the United States were hesitant to help it in Mali.

First evidence of comet hitting earth

Nonetheless, its current 400-strong contingent secure the airport and patrol districts where French interests lie, a move that in itself has worked to deter potential looters. Fabius has announced a troop increase by year-end once the U.N. Security Council votes in December on a resolution to strengthen a U.N. mission. Sources said it could increase the total French force to between 700-1,200. “It wouldn’t be an intervention in the classical sense of the word,” Fabius said. “We’re not going to send parachutists, but there needs to be a presence because the state has been completely unseated.” An African Union force soon to number 2,600 and composed of forces from neighbouring states including Chad, Gabon, Congo Republic and Cameroon has deployed as part of the 3,600-strong U.N. mission known by the acronym MISCA. But beyond the capital and the main commercial corridor to Cameroon, the force has not had the military means or financial muscle to venture further afield. In addition, local officials and people resent its largest contingent, Chad, which many accuse of having interfered in its

affairs and of being too lenient with exrebels. ”If we lead an operation and the Chadians are involved it’s a fiasco. We need a clear MISCA mandate with France,” said a French-trained Central African Republic military official, who declined to be identified. As with the hospitals, resources are a problem. The official said just five vehicles were available to 2,500 gendarmes, a role based on the French model mixing police and army functions. “We don’t know what’s happening just a few kilometres from Bangui and in the northeast it’s even more dangerous. It’s a no go area. We have the will, but not the means,” the official said. While order has largely returned to the capital, fed by a picturesque river and surrounded by rolling hills, rule of law is largely absent barely 200 km (130 miles) outside. For now the country is ruled by former rebel leader Michel Djotodia - the first Muslim to run the country - who has vowed to stand down once elections are held at the start of 2015.

Belgian bluff works in catching Somalian pirates

An artists impression of what it might of looked like as the comet entered Earths atmosphere

A team of South African scientists and international collaborators has discovered the first evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, “raining down a shock-wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path”, Johannesburg’s Wits University announced on Tuesday. According to the university, the discovery “has not only provided the first definitive proof of a comet striking Earth, millions of years ago, but it could also help us to unlock, in the future, the secrets of the formation of our solar system”. The research, which will be published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, was conducted by a collaboration of geoscientists, physicists and astronomers including lead author Professor Jan Kramers of the University of Johannesburg, Professor David Block of Wits University, Dr 24

Marco Andreoli of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, and Chris Harris of the University of Cape Town. “Comets always visit our skies - they’re these dirty snowballs of ice mixed with dust - but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth,” Block said in a statement. According to the researchers, the comet entered Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt about 28-million years ago. As it entered the atmosphere, it exploded, heating up the sand beneath it to a temperature of about 2 000 degrees Celsius, resulting in the formation of a huge amount of yellow silica glass which lies scattered over a 6 000 square kilometre area in the Sahara. “Comets contain the very secrets to unlocking the formation of our solar system, and this discovery gives us an unprecedented opportunity to study comet material first hand,” said Block.

Pirates aboard the MV Faina, which was hijacked in 2009

Police in Brussels say they have caught a leading Somali pirate in a rather unusual sting. The supposed swashbuckler was lured onto European soil with false promises of cooperating on a piracy documentary.

Belgian authorities said on Monday that they had arrested suspected Somali pirate Abdi Hassan, more commonly known as Afweyne, and an alleged accomplice, after fooling them into coming to the country voluntarily.

Prosecutor Johan Delmulle said that Hassan and Mohamed Aden traveled to Belgium under the impression that they would be expert advisers on a film about high-seas crime. This documentary was the stuff of fiction. Delmulle said Hassan was charged with membership in a criminal organization and more specificially with hijacking a Belgian dredger called the “Pompei” in 2009 and kidnapping its crew of nine. After two months, the ship was released in exchange for a ransom.


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News Floods and locust infestations leave Madagascar hungry

Locusts and floods caused major issues

Faravavy, 32, lives in the middle of an arid plain 150km south of Betioke in southern Madagascar. She tries to support herself and her three children by cultivating maize, red beans and manioc, but is unable to grow enough to generate an income or even to feed her family year-round. “We never have any crops to sell. We eat

everything we produce,” she told IRIN. During the lean season, which runs from October to March - when new crops are planted but not yet harvested - Faravavy and her youngest children go out to the forest to dig up roots. “It’s hard. You have to dig deep to get them out, and they taste very bad if the rains haven’t come yet. I leave at seven in the morning and come back in the afternoon, and we just have enough to eat in the evening. Then the next day, we go again.”

Faravavy’s village, Ankazomanga, used to be close to the forest, but as more trees have been cut down, villagers have had to walk farther and farther to find food. “When I was small, we lived better than my kids do now,” she said. “There was rain and always enough to eat.” Erratic weather and a locust plague have taken a toll on Madagascar’s rice and maize harvests this year, leaving as many as 4 million people - 28 percent of households - in rural areas food insecure, according to a recent World Food Program (WFP)/Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. A further 9.6 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity. The joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission, conducted in June and July by WFP and FAO, attributed the poor agricultural season to a combination of factors including flooding caused by Cyclone Haruna earlier this year, followed by a period of poor rains. This is what happened in Ankazomanga. “Our fields were flooded in February when cyclone Haruna came. Since then, there has been no more rain,” Faravavy said.

“We used to harvest 15 carts full of manioc. This year, we barely filled up one,” she added, pointing to a small pile of manioc roots drying on her roof. “There, that’s it. That’s all we harvested this year.” According to the WFP/FAO report, rice production declined by 21 percent this year, resulting in a significant national rice deficit. Maize production is also down and an estimated 28,000 metric tons of maize will need to be imported to meet domestic needs. FAO, together with the government, has started a three-year campaign to combat the ongoing locust plague through aerial surveys that will help map locust populations and through the spraying of more than two million hectares of infested land with pesticides. WFP and FAO also have programmes in the south to help alleviate the food crisis. These include the provision of food assistance; food-for-work programmes; support to farmers to increase the production of staple crops such as rice, maize and tubers; and the promotion of short-cycle crop varieties adapted to local climatic conditions.

Acid attacker hands himself into police

The accused as he hands himself in to the local authorities

The most wanted man by police in Soroti over an acid attack on his girlfriend, Andrew Francis Obirai, has handed himself to police early this morning.

Obirai was subsequently detained and is set to appear in court later today, according to the district police commander, Joab Wabwire. “We have prepared his file and we have preferred charges of attempted murder against him,” DPC Wabire told the press in police.

Obirai is accused of pouring acid on the face of his girlfriend, Dorothy Atim, a sales executive with Vision Group in September before he went on the run. Atim is admitted at Mulago referral hospital where she is getting treatment. When police paraded Obirai before the press, he turned violent and nearly fought journalists until police intervened. “These people have been writing negative stories about me why do you allow them to take my pictures?” Obirai shouted as the DPC held him shielding him from grabbing the camera of New Vision Journalist 25


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Special Investigative Report

The UK pandemic of husband-selling The Buwas struck us with the humility of their beginnings, the oneness of their operation, the singleness of their purpose and the utter commitment to trust and partnership. They did acknowledge that these ingredients have been the mainstay of their unity, strength in marriage, success, and longetivity and joys. Drawing lessons from these, the trend of discussion generally drifted into the realm of marital relationships; its core values according to Christianity and culture and the wind of change bastardising the institution of marriage and destroying families among the ethnic minorities and particularly the African community in the UK. Unfortunately, it was recognised that the same institutions which should protect the marriage system have also become those exploiting the institution in a ‘survival’ rat race that would readily and stealthily decapacitate partnership qualities in marriage and using the appeal of the instruments of the English law to reposition themselves (women) as weak that they may be empowered socio-economically against the husband who they once swore to love and cherish ‘till death do us part. We gave in to the fact that their success did not just rest with the educational and community services they rendered but also that the greatest success was the beauty of their marital relationship.

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A few weeks ago we carried the success story of the Buwas on our special interview column. Here they look at another issue of social decay in the Diaspora with African Voice

Follow us on the discussion below: African Voice... What would you say about the role your marital life played in your success story as an advice to couples in London? Mr Buwa: I think when you are both focused on the same goals and you share the same things then you are not likely to have doubts about what the other is doing because there would always be proof even without question, and communication will always be strong. But when we came to London, what I am seeing and what I am hearing about a woman and a man is terrible. I hear this is because of having ‘paper’, once a woman struggles to have a paper or stay, because of getting accommodation, the husband becomes nothing; I begin to have fears about the kind of life our people are living because of material things. I am shocked about all these as I learn that it is not applicable to one, not two, but all over the place. African Voice: What would you have to say to married couples, particularly husbands who are here concerning marriage? Mr Buwa: My advice to men and particularly husbands is to put God first in marriage. Once the blessing is there and you recognise it, you hold it tight. If I give my story, it may seem unbelievable but God is aware of it. But we work in different places and financially, how we spend money is not from different pockets. That is why I said may be working towards one goal. I’ll tell you something: we have a bank where, after getting married, eating together, spending together, we put whatever is left It is my only jacket: my first coat, whether from her work place or mine into. That bank is my jacket pocket. The day I receive my salary, it is that coat that will let her know. Once the money is there she takes what she wants and one kobo I will not remove. When her salary comes as well, it goes straight into the same pocket. That was how we started even till when I was made a senior manger in Volkswagen. Even when we were being paid through the bank. What I am saying is that we were not hiding our finances from one another. That openness started right from the day I knew her and it is still there till today. As we are in London, if we are going for shopping, all the money is with her. We may agree on what to buy or how much of it and she pays and we are used to it. If I need to go out and need cash, I simply ask her for the cash I need. She is one of the two signatories to our account

but she doesn’t sign the cheques. This is because we are not in competition and also the fact that most of what we use cheques for fall within my area of work in our establishment. Yet no one doubts what the other is doing. So if some of us can still do the same – exhibit trust, I doubt if there will be breakage in marriage. It is not a matter of using all the money to build a house in your village and then ask what of mine just as it is not a matter of saying that we visit your mother today and therefore what of mine? We taker each other’s families as ours. Her (madam’s) father stayed with us and before he departed the world entrusted all her siblings to me. And I didn’t have to shack that responsibility because we take each other’s family as one. These are what I think I can tell my married friends: openness, pursue the goal(s) and by the grace of God, they will achieve it. Once there is deceit, problems will come and the foundation is broken. And then and up till today my wife is the one who will give whatever we have to give (in an envelope) to my younger ones Mrs. Buwa: I think the first thing is to marry for love. After love, respect and honour your husband. You see Sarah loves Abraham to the extent that she refers to him as ‘my Lord’. All through Genesis, Sarah reverenced Abraham as her ‘Lord’. For myself and my husband, I don’t look at him as my husband. He is a father to me. We hardly stay without ourselves and we are never bored and we are never tired of ourselves. We won’t go out and leave each other behind. We have that chemistry that is even more than twins. He is a father, a brother, and he’s been there for me as both. Then

he is there as friend, an intimate friend. I think that is what marriage should be; to the woman. African Voice: How do we resolve a situation where competition sets in? Mrs. Buwa: This is because they went into the marriage for a purpose and not for love. I went into our marriage with all, and nothing. I gave everything. I told you our bank then was his coat. I was working and so he was. He comes and puts his there, I come and put mine there. God blesses it and we never lacked, we never borrowed. We were happy with whatever we had. I started as a junior clerk. My husband didn’t even tell you everything. He trained me. I came to his house with school certificate (ordinary levels). That is why I said he is father not only to his children but also to me. I and my husband can be here for 365 days and just be amusing one another. I asked a woman here about what the bible says: ‘what does it profit you if you have the whole world ...’ now we are comfortable and live well in our own house. But we started out in one room! I married him in one room. And we didn’t have anything then. So you imagine if I have left him then and now money comes to make him comfortable what pleasure would I have sitting here in London alone. What will be the joy in being single even if I can travel all round the world, and have millions, and live in any hotel but be single? There would be no happiness. The only happiness I have after God is my husband. Not even the children. They are all gone. And they have their chil-


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wives in ethnic minority communities “The only happiness I have after God is my husband. Not even the children. They are all gone. And they have their children who are our grand children...and we find pleasure in supporting them and monitoring them too. So how do you survive without a man? Some women will say after God its their children. My children are who they are today because of the input of their father. If my children are second, who will be here with me now? And so I respect and regard him...this is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue” dren who are our grand children. And we find pleasure in supporting them and monitoring them too. So how do you survive without a man? Some women will say after God is their children. My children are who they are today because of the input of their father. If my children are second, who will be here with me now? And so I respect and regard him. This is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue. Mr. Buwa: One thing I see with the situation here now is that I think you need to educate them. It is worse with the new ones (about-to-marry) coming. You want to marry and you say you will bring a wife from home. Immediately you marry someone who is of average social standing in Lagos or anywhere and you bring that girl here, and you allow her to have interaction with others here, she will be brain-washed. She will be told that women own the country and shouldn’t allow any man to control you. Once you have one child, you will be given a house, you will be given this. I think that’s where things begin to go wrong. Then they reason that they can’t depend on you, the husband any more, and government will pay them this or that. But is that the reason for marriage. It has become the abuse of it. You people should be doing something about this. African Voice: Well, we are doing all we can and that is also why we are speaking to you to join voice with our endeavours in this campaign. Mrs. Buwa: Perhaps what you should do is to look for those earlier generations

of women who started this trend and have gained wealth and everything they wanted: go into their lives and motivate them to speak and confirm if that life is of any benefit to them. Let them come and speak to the younger ones who need to be corrected. They suffer loneliness later in life and try to live on their children. Another advice I would love to give is to try not to change your partner. Rather try to change yourself to suit your partner. You should try to adjust yourself, especially the wife. That is why you should reverence your husband as he is older and you need to respect him and change yourself as you went into the marriage with a sense of sacrifice for the future. How do you change a man who snores? You don’t leave the room for him and move to the next room but you find a way to adapt to that or accommodate that. Everything you think is not ok, try to enjoy or endure it. Your husband is accommodating you and he is not seeing your fault because of love so why should you see his own fault. It means the love is not there.

to reports reaching us. Mrs. Buwa: What you should do is to look for these people who have had these experiences and also make them come forward and speak about these issues through your medium. Do you have a comment or story about this problem? What are the causes, how it can be solved, or a true life story of your experi-

ences? Do you want to teach other people: husbands or wives a lesson from your experiences? Please send us your comments at no more than 150 words (with or without a short photo image of you) or your story altogether. We will keep your confidentiality and use fictitious names in protecting those affected by your story. Send by –email to africanvoicenews@gmail.com and mark it Husband-selling wives debate

Mr. Buwa: You should try to keep on working against this. Do not be discouraged. Perhaps the churches too should be brought into the matter to play a role. African Voice: In fact statistics show that the situation is even more serious in churches and the ratio is 50:50 within and outside the church. It is even known that some churches are also instrumental to such situations. While not all churches or their leaders can be accused of these, the women have also been known to become adamant and would not listen according

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Former Senegal Coach is dead Bruno Metsu, the Frenchman who coached Senegal in a remarkable run to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, has died. He was 59.

Lille, for whom Metsu played from 197981 and coached in 1992-93, did not give a cause of death, but media reports said he died early Tuesday following a battle with cancer. “It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Bruno Metsu,” Lille said. “Lille, its president Michel Seydoux, and all the players and staff at the club, as well as the fans, offer their sincere condolences to his loved ones.” Metsu’s most memorable achievement as a coach came at the 2002 World Cup, where his Senegal team beat defending champion France 1-0 on its tournament debut, one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. The West African team, in what remains its only appearance at the tournament, went on to beat Sweden to reach the quarterfinals before losing to Turkey, becoming only the second African team to reach the last eight at the World Cup. Reflecting the great affection Senegalese people had for Metsu, the country’s president, Macky Sall, offered condolences to his family and said the Frenchman with his unmistakable long, wavy hair helped to write “the most beautiful pages” so far in Senegal football history. His former players also praised his popular management style. “More than a coach, he was a big brother for us. What I liked about him was that when we had to work, we worked, when it was time to have a laugh, we laughed,” Senegal striker Souleymane Camara told L’Equipe. “His team speech before the France game ... I still talk about it to my friends. He managed to motivate us so much that we couldn’t lose. He knew how to find the right words. He also showed us some

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footage of the atmosphere surrounding the national team, so that we would surpass ourselves.” Former Senegal midfielder Khalilou Fadiga, a key player in the 2002 World Cup team, wrote “I have lost a brother” on Twitter. Earlier that year, Senegal also reached the African Cup of Nations final, where it lost on penalty kicks to Cameroon. “A thought for those close to Bruno Metsu, a man and a coach who successfully exported the values of French football,” the French Football Federation said. Metsu spent his last years as a coach in the Middle East with spells in charge of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar national teams, as well as club sides Al-Gharafa in Qatar and Al Wasl in the UAE, where he replaced Diego Maradona.

Earlier in his career, he also coached Valenciennes, Sedan and Valence before taking charge of Guinea, and then Senegal

remembered the fun-loving Metsu with fondness. “We played together for two seasons. I

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from 2000-02. Claude Le Roy, a close friend of Metsu’s who also coached Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana, said Metsu “fought like a lion.” “It’s terrible for him, for Viviane (his wife) and the kids. I’m thinking about them in particular,” Le Roy told L’Equipe. “We had a lot of adventures together. I will remember his magnificent smile and his love of life.” Former Lille teammate Stephane Plancque

was younger than him, I knew about him already from his reputation,” Plancque said. “We quickly became close, and were roommates for away games. He was a great guy.” David Friio, a former midfielder who played for Valence and now works as a scout in France for Manchester United, also paid his respects. “He helped me at a time nobody cared and I will never forget that,” Friio tweeted.


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Ghana set for Brazil after Egypt thumping

Asamoah Gyan was a major threat to the Egypt defence finishing with two goals

Ghana hold the aces to qualify to Brazil 2014 World Cup after clobbering Egypt 6-1 on Tuesday in Kumasi thanks to Asamoah Gyan’s brace. The Al Ain striker opened the scoring after five minutes when he collected a pass from Abdul Majeed Waris and drifted wide to slam in at the far post with a powerful shot. The Black Stars were dangerous on the break and the vibrancy about their play didn’t take long to yield dividends. Waris was heavily checked by Wael Gomaa and the Russia-based player used the outside of his foot to lay a pass to Gyan. Egypt were by this time on the ropes and could barely threaten Ghana’s back line which had new faces Rashid Sumaila and Jerry Akaminko as centre-backs.

Ghana then doubled their lead courtesy a Wael Gomaa own goal but the credit goes to Michael Essien whose wayward pass across the face of goal took a deflection. Andre Ayew did all the work with a meandering dribble before releasing Essien on the right who weaved his way inside the area but delayed in pulling the trigger. The Chelsea ace’s attempt to lay pass found the legs of Gomaa who directed it into the net. Egypt will not go down quietly after 33 minutes, the Pharoahs came out of one of scary attack when Mohammed AbouTreika’s free-kick was headed wide by Mohammed Naguib. Then the seven-time African champions pulled one back through Abou-Treika after Rashid Sumaila brought down in the 41st minute

But the Black Stars regained their twogoal advantage when Waris headed in Sulley Muntari’s free-kick two minutes later. Ghana went into the break with their heads high but were wary about Egypt’s backlash in the second half. The script was unchanged and captain Gyan grabbed his second goal of the match with a feeble header on Muntari’s mis-kicked volley. Goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy was completely beaten and had no answer to that effort. The gloves man picked up an injury and was substituted by Ahmed El Shenawy. Ghana were still not satisfied and piled on the pressure. Waris was the architect this time round when he burrowed into the box and was brought down by El Shenawy. Referee Bouchaib EL Ahrach to the spot for a penalty-the second in the match-and Muntari slotted home majestically. The match was over as a contest but the Black Stars were still hungry for more goals. Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah shuffled his cards and brought on Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Astu and Emmanuel AgyemanBadu for Gyan, Ayew and Muntari. Atsu climbed off the bench and powered in the sixth goal after cutting in from the right and unleashing a low grounder . Ghana have one foot in Brazil and only a miracle can deny them a third successive World Cup finals ahead of the return leg in Cairo on 19 November.

Al-Jazeera to sue Egypt TV over w/cup

Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera Sports TV network said it will take legal action against Egyptian state television for broadcasting Tuesday’s Egypt-Ghana match in the first leg of the World Cup playoff, a right exclusive to Al-Jazeera.

Egypt’s state TV broadcast the match on two local channels without prior announcement or approval from Al-Jazeera as tensions continue to rise between the Qatariowned network and Egypt’s government. Al-Jazeera announced through its channels that it will prosecute Egyptian television for infringing on its rights. D uring the match, Al-Jazeera repeatedly broadcast a message declaring that Egyptian TV does not have the right to broadcast the game. Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) head Essam El-Amir told AlAhram’s Arabic news website that broad-

casting the match was the “right decision” and Egyptian TV would “air any matches it wants.” He added that he would have respected the rules governing the match’s broadcast if Al-Jazeera had respected the “financial rights of [Egyptian TV] when it took advantage of its broadcast units at Rabaa.” The ERTU said on Tuesday it filed a report with Egypt’s prosecutor-general accusing Al-Jazeera of “using Egypt’s state-TV live-broadcast vehicles for 41 days” at the now-dispersed Islamist Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp, demanding LE200 million in compensation. Egyptian authorities and Al-Jazeera have been at loggerheads following accusations against the Qatari network of blatantly unprofessional news coverage in favour of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, his supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood from which he hails.

: Essam Al-Amir

The authorities recently closed down AlJazeera offices and arrested several of its Cairo-based staffers, charging them with license violations. In addition, a Cairo court in September ordered Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, the channel’s sector in Egypt, be taken off air. However, the channel continues to broadcast its programmes.

Nigeria to face Italy in London

Nigeria will play Italy in a friendly in London on November 18, officials have announced.

The African champions plan to begin in earnest their preparations for the 2014 World Cup and this match will be one of such warm-up games. Both teams last clashed at a Round of 16 1994 World Cup with the Azzuris running away 2-1 winners in dramatic fashion. In a statement in Addis Ababa on Sunday, moments after the Super Eagles secured a 2-1 win over Ethiopia to put a firm leg in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and their match agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport, announced: “We are pleased to confirm a top international friendly match, against world’s number four, Italy, on the 18th November, 2013 at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. “The match will kick off at 7.45pm.” This game will be two days after the Eagles have hosted Ethiopia in the return leg World Cup playoff in Calabar.

Scolari - We toiled to beat Zambia Zambia were a difficult side to beat said Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after Tuesday’s 2-0 friendly win in Beijing.

The 2012 African champions held out against the five-time World champions in the first half that finished at the Birds Nest Stadium in the Chinese capital. However,2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil pressed to secure their wins via two stunning set pieces after the hour mark from an Oscar free kick and Dede header in the 61st and 65th minutes respectively. “They made it difficult for us because they were very competitive,” Scolari said. “We are satisfied with this result but I am sure Zambia too. “They are a great team who work for each other.” The game was Zambia coach Patrice Beaumelle’s first game in charge since taking over from Herve Renard who quit a fortnight ago to take charge of struggling French Ligue 1 club Sochaux.

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Zambia issues arrest warrant for 3 football internationals

Kalusha Bwalya, Zambia FA President

By Peter Olorunnisomo Zambian authorities have issued arrest warrants for three international players for missing the 2-0 defeat against Brazil in a friendly match in China.

It would appear that the long ‘silent feud’ that usually played up between players, their well-paying clubs, and national service has again reared its head. Usually, it always conflicts arising from whose interest will be best served and the players having to make such decisions when their clubs enjoy national prominence and are well-funded. The national call challenges that of the club and in a few cases the interests of the palyers who usually play up to this

on grounds of lack of care. However, while the issue is yet to be established regarding what happened, it is clear that Zambia is prepared to wield the big stick against the players who also play for the mineral rich TP Mazembe of DR Congo. DR Congo club TP Mazembe insisted Rainford Kalaba, Stoppila Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala were injured, leading to a dispute with the Zambian FA and the involvement of the Zambian government. After examining the players in Lusaka, the Zambian FA said they should still travel to Beijing, but Mazembe requested their return.

That led to the intervention of the Zambian government, who took away the players’ passports so they could not go back to their club in Lubumbashi. However, the players managed to cross the border between the countries and are believed to be back in DR Congo. The Zambian FA has written to football’s world governing body Fifa, complaining that Mazembe did not release their players as they are required to do for international dates. Zambia lost the match in Beijing thanks to goals from Oscar and Dede in the countries’ first ever meeting. The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations cham-

pions were playing their first game under 35-year-old interim coach Patrice Beaumelle, who took over eight days ago after Herve Renard left the job. Zambia failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup having been eliminated from qualifying at the group stage.

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