George Weah sworn in as Liberia President

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Liberia is ready for kickoff, take off if you like. The West African nation today, January 22, swears in one history maker as the other bows out.

George Manneh Weah will become its president – the first African footballer to achieve that feat while Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first democratically female president will leave office after over a decade in charge.

Weah won presidential elections last year to emerge the successor to Sirleaf beating then vice president Joseph Boakai twice in a space of three months.

In the first round of voting in October 2017, Weah came top but failed to garner the necessary votes. He went into a runoff with Boakai in December and emerged winner with over 60% of votes cast. This will be Liberia’s first democratic handover of executive power in decades.

 

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Ugandan coach drops two players ahead of Africa Nations Championship

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Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has dropped two players from his squad ahead of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.
Ahmed Hussein, the Uganda FA spokesman, said on Wednesday morning that after the two international friendly games against Guinea and Congo Brazzaville, the coach decided to drop Tom Masiko and Mustapha Kizza.
“The final 23-man squad is now complete, while the two players will fly back to Uganda after camping with the team in Rabat, Morocco since last week,” added Hussein.
In the first friendly match Uganda Cranes tied Guinea 1-1 and lost 1-0 on Tuesday night to Congo Brazzaville. Coach Desabre said that after the two build-up games, he has now found the patterns for the team and will continue to prepare in the few days before their opening game against Zambia on Jan. 14.
The Jan. 13-Feb. 4 tournament features 16 teams grouped in four pools. Uganda, bundled with Zambia, Namibia and Cote d’Ivoire in Group B, will be based in the town of Marrakech.
Defending champions DR Congo failed to qualify for the championship.
Although each of the 16 qualified teams will pocket 175,000 U.S. dollars, the winners will smile away with 1.25 million dollars, the runner-up 700,000 dollars, semifinalists 400,000 dollars, and quarter-finalists 300,000 dollars.
Squad:
Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan, Saidi Keni, Nicholas Wakiro Wadada, Joseph Nsubuga, Timothy Awanyi, Mustapha Mujuzi, Bernard Muwanga, Isaac Muleme, Aggrey Madoi, Milton Karisa, Paul Mucureezi, Allan Kyambadde, Seif Batte, Rahmat Senfuka, Taddeo Lwanga, Abubaker Kasule, Moses Waisswa, Ibrahim Saddam Juma, Muzamir Mutyaba, Shaban Muhammad, Derrick Nsibambi, Nelson Senkatuka

Source: Xinhua

18 killed, 239 injured in South Africa passenger train crash

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A passenger train slammed into a truck in South Africa’s Free State province on Thursday, killing 18 people and injuring 239 others.
The Emergency Services confirmed that the Shosholoza Meyl Train 37012 was traveling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, when it hit a truck at Jeneva level crossing between Henneman and Kroonstad in Free State province.
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said the derailment left 18 people burned to death and 239 injured.
Firefighters and medical personnel have rushed to the scene to help the victims.
Footages sent by passengers from the scene shows a number of carriages laid on the ground and engulfed in flames.

Source: Xinhua

SuperSport launched new app

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Content discovery made easier for SuperSport fans through the newly launched app, designed to provide users with a fresh, modern experience. Navigation has been refined with all the standards like, live scoring, fixtures, results, tables, news and short-form video highlights.

The main difference is that SuperSport’s live channel streaming is now hosted at the DStv Now app, to ensure the breadth of DStv’s channel offerings is contained on a single platform. This will deliver the best viewing experience as DStv Now has been optimally set up to provide the best support and stability for live streaming.
Users of the SuperSport app will be automatically redirected to the DStv Now app if they are seeking live sports streaming. Log-in requirements remain the same as before with users needing to use their DStv log-in details, which require their smart-card number.
Navigation is simple in DStv Now, with users simply having to click on the drop-down menu to “live TV” and then locate their preferred channel. Content is free on the apps, but data charges apply.

Source: nextvafrica.com/supersport-launched-new-app

 

Zimbabwe Vice Presidents Sworn In

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Retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi were on Thursday sworn in as Zimbabwe’s co-vice presidents.
The two were sworn in by Chief Justice Luke Malaba at a ceremony at State House following their appointment by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa took over from former president Robert Mugabe last month and has vowed to resuscitate the economy, fight corruption and create jobs for the people.
Chiwenga led the military intervention that led to the resignation of Mugabe last month, and is among military leaders that have been appointed into government positions by Mnangagwa.
Others are former air force chief Perrence Shiri who is now lands and agriculture minister and retired major general Sibusiso Moyo, now foreign affairs minister.

Source: Xinhua

Zambian gov’t pledges commitment to growth of film industry

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The Zambian government on Wednesday reassured stakeholders of its commitment to the growth of the film industry.
Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said the government will ensure that it works with all stakeholders in the implementation of a recently approved film policy, adding that the industry has in the past been neglected due to lack of a policy to guide its operations.
The filming sector, she said, could not continue to be silent in the economic affairs of the country because of its huge potential to effectively contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The spokesperson, who is also information and broadcasting minister, was speaking when she met a delegation from Ster-Kinekor, one of the local firms promoting the film industry, according to a statement released by her office.
She further pledged that the government will continue to create an enabling environment that will facilitate the growth of the film industry and appealed to stakeholders to support the successful implementation of the film policy.
Wanda Matandela, the managing director of Ster-Kinekor, said the firm was ready to work with the government and other stakeholders in successfully implementing the film policy which he said was key in the development process of the industry.
He said there is need for Zambian film makers to work hard and produce content that will appeal to the international market in order for the industry to grow.

Source: Xinhua

Libya keen to resume normal ties with African countries: PM

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Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said Wednesday that improved conditions in Libya will contribute to the return of normal relations between Libya and African countries.
Serraj made his remarks here during a meeting with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
According to the media office of the prime minister, the meeting discussed bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries against illegal immigration, where the two officials agreed for coordination directly and through the African Union.
“The two officials stressed the importance of the decisions of the Euro-African summit in Abidjan, and the joint action to dismantle smuggling and human trafficking networks,” the office said in a statement.
Onyeama and Serraj agreed to repatriate illegal Nigerian immigrants from Libya, the statement confirmed.
“The two officials also discussed economic cooperation. The prime minister welcomed the proposal of organizing an economic forum for businessmen and economic experts in both countries,” the statement revealed.
Due to the insecurity and chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Gaddafi’s regime, Libya became a departure point for illegal immigrants, mostly Africans, wanting to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores.
An official of the International Organization for Migration on Tuesday told Xinhua that more than 19,000 illegal immigrants have been voluntarily departed from Libya in 2017.

Source:Xinhua