North America 

Border crisis: Two women arrested for smuggling more than $3 million worth of meth in from Mexico

Law Enforcement presence has been dramatically increased in and around ports of entry into the United States since President Trump was elected. President Trump makes his views very clear on the matter of border security for many reasons – not the least of which is the amount of drugs being brought in from Mexico.  Here’s a prime example of why. On August 4th, US Customs and Border Protection arrested two women for transporting over $3 million worth of methamphetamine into the country. The Office of Field Operations of the United…

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Africa Government Manufacturing 

Manufacturing sector in Nigeria and the reality of a “new normal”

Across the globe, there is a pervading awareness that things will never be the same in the post-pandemic era. Already, some business ventures that were once considered the ‘crème’ of the global economy have taken serious hits in unimaginable measures, and some of the little ones which were regarded as below the rung, are fast rising to match up. With the new social rules in place, some businesses have come to the sad realisation that they may have to remain closed for much longer than they expected. Even for those…

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Covid19 Europe 

Train Travel in Italy Post COVID-19 – An American in Rome

Italy is much quieter this year, but Italians are having a fairly normal summer all things considered. With daily cases hovering around 250 for the country, and mask wearing mandatory in all indoor environments, the borders have opened to EU and Schengen area visitors. This means that trains are running around the country, but some things have changed for Italian trains because of coronavirus. But travel from other countries, even those approved by the EU, is limited and we don’t know when it will be possible for all to travel…

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Government Utilities 

Nigeria exports power to Niger, Togo and Benin so they won’t dam the waters that feed our major power plants – Presidency

The Presidency has explained why the federal government exports power to Niger, Togo and Benin. Reacting to report of the country’s borders being on persistent blackout despite the continous export of electricity to other countries on credit, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu described the claim as “hyperbolic and terribly misleading.” He noted that 90 percent of the electricity generated in the country was distributed and consumed by Nigerians. According to Garba Shehu, the last review in 2019 revealed that the amount of credit extended to Niger, Benin, and Togo stood at $69 million. The…

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Covid19 North America 

COVID-19 exposing Canada’s dependency on temporary foreign workers in the agri-food sector

Edible mushrooms are a cash crop for Canada’s agricultural capitalists, and the multimillion-dollar industry is tied to high foreign demand. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the domestic mushroom industry has faced a 30 to 50 percent loss in production that has forced the closure of many farms, and placed the health and status of the majority of the industry’s foreign workers at risk. Nearly 200,000 tons of mushrooms are produced in Canada annually, according to Statistics Canada. The province of Ontario accounts for half of national mushroom…

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