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 Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Kenya Airways Suspends Operations in 8 African Countries, Blames COVID-19

Kenya Airways (KQ) has suspended operations in eight African routes, after experiencing a deep downturn, which it attributes to the COVID19 Pandemic. In a statement to newsrooms, KQ said that the drastic decline in revenues has had a debilitating effect on the airline’s ability to continue operations. “The immediate outlook of the industry is not promising. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects that air travel will most likely take 2-3 years to recover to 2019 levels,” said KQ. Among the routes that have been suspended include Nairobi – Luanda,…

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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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Financial Services 

Nigerian Lawmakers Uncover Clause In Loan Deal Conceding Nigeria’s Sovereignty To China

Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have uncovered clauses in a loan collected by the Nigerian Government from China that concedes the country’s sovereignty to the Asian country. Chairman of the House Committee on Treaties, Protocol and Agreements, Ossai Nicholas Ossai, raised the alarm while probing loans received by the government. The committee noted that the clauses in Article 8(1) of the commercial loan agreement signed between Nigeria and Export-Import Bank of China allegedly concedes sovereignty of Nigeria to China in the $400m loan for the Nigeria National Information and…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Morocco Closes 7 Livestock Markets for Breaching COVID-19 Preventive Measures

A joint press release from ministries of interior and agriculture announced that authorities have closed seven livestock markets across Morocco for failing to comply with sanitary measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision comes after photos and videos circulating online exposed breaches and violations in livestock souks (markets) across Morocco as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to increase. The statement said the ministries decided to close the livestock souks on the basis of observations and recommendations from the local markets monitoring commissions, in accordance with the…

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