Daily Archives: June 8, 2018

African Football Corp. Announces Strategic Alliance With The Guinea-Bissau Football Federation

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — American company, African Football Corp. (AFC) announced a new strategic alliance with the National Football Federation of the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, promoting new opportunities within the country’s public and private sectors.  This historic deal will mark the first time an African FIFA member Federation outsources its operations to an American firm specialized in the promotion and business development of sports teams. The partnership is expected to move the national team from its current 104th FIFA ranking to the Top 50 within a four-year period.

The deal between African Football Corp. and the government from Guinea-Bissau will last 10 years, allowing the company ample time to curate and develop the country’s new team. The partnership will provide the Guinea-Bissau Federation with the private sourced funding required to operate and improve the team’s current global ranking.

The agreement was made official with the signing of President of the Guinea-Bissau Football Federation, Manuel Irenio Lopes Nascimento and President CEO of African Football Corp., Oscar A. Faria.

The signing of the agreement represents a big step forward for football in Guinea-Bissau, but also for the entire African region,” stated Mr. Lopes Nascimento. “This alliance acts as a springboard for future generations as a way to cultivate the talent that exists in the country by training with athletes at the local and regional levels, while generating new development opportunities for children of all ages, and strengthening the capabilities of young football players in Africa.”

African Football Corp. will play an all-encompassing role in the team’s management, by acting as the federation’s commercial agent, business developer, and agent for the national team’s players. By overseeing the team’s operation, it will help the athletes achieve the best deals possible with top teams across Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

African Football Corp. President and CEO, Oscar Faria, said: “We are very pleased with this strategic alliance bridging the public and private sectors in Guinea-Bissau. We believe in the country’s capability to provide the world’s football leagues with world class talent, while catapulting Africa as a football powerhouse. I am confident that this deal will be the first of many and I look forward to counting with other African federations that will join us in this journey.”

As football fanatics worldwide prepare for the Russia 2018 World Cup, slated to begin on June 14, 2018, African Football Corp. will begin working with the local talent found in Guinea-Bissau to hopefully prepare them for the 2022 games.

About African Football Corp.
African Football Corp. is an American company lead by a multidisciplinary team from all walks of life with two things in common, business experience and passion for Football.

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CAR Violence Spills into Cameroon

Robberies and kidnappings are on the rise in eastern Cameroon, as violence from the neighboring Central African Republic spills across the border. Armed groups from the C.A.R. have been stealing supplies and taking dozens of people hostage for ransom.

Iya Gabdo, a cattle rancher, says armed men took him hostage three weeks ago after he could not pay the $5,000 they demanded. Gabdo says many of his peers were also kidnapped that day.

He says the only available water for the hostages was from doubtful sources, and they were hardly served a meal a day. He says most of the hostages are now sick, either because they did not bathe or because they drank dirty water.

The military freed Gabdo this past week, returning him and 13 others to the town of Ngaoui. The military said one hostage was killed in the rescue and several were wounded. Several armed men also were killed.

Ngaoui hosts one of the largest cattle markets on Cameroon’s border with the C.A.R. The market was reduced to a shadow of itself four years ago when armed groups started crossing the border to attack and kidnap Cameroonian cattle ranchers and business people for ransom, or to steal their property.

On several occasions, Cameroon sealed the border.

In 2016, business resumed in border areas when new C.A.R. President Faustin-Archange Touadera promised to bring peace to the troubled nation. But last year, the United Nations reported that fresh fighting involving armed groups in the C.A.R. was leading to new waves of bloodshed and displacement.

Kildadi Taguieke Boukar, governor of the Adamawa region of Cameroon, says that since the fighting erupted again, there have been increasing attacks in Cameroon’s territory.

“They kidnapped the chief of Akundere and they asked him a ransom of a hundred million CFA [$180,000],” Boukar said. “So, I want to invite the population to continue cooperating, giving the information to the forces of law and order, to the administration. And I think, I do hope we are going to put an end to this type of banditry.”

The C.A.R. descended into chaos after longtime leader Francois Bozize was overthrown in 2013 by a predominantly Muslim rebel alliance called the Seleka. Christian militias called the anti-Balaka emerged in response, accelerating a cycle of sectarian violence.

Last month, the C.A.R.’s minister of humanitarian activities visited Cameroon and said violence continues in her country because it is hard to control the circulation of arms, or to bring the various armed factions together for true dialogue.

Source: Voice of America

South African Fossils Rewrite Early History of Life on Land

Fossils of two amphibians that lived within the Antarctic circle 360 million years ago are forcing scientists to rethink the origins of land vertebrates, including where these pioneers first appeared and the climatic conditions that spawned them.

Scientists said on Thursday they have unearthed partial remains of primitive Devonian Period amphibians named Tutusius umlambo and Umzantsia amazana at a site called Waterloo Farm near Grahamstown, South Africa.

While the fossils are fragmentary, the researchers said Tutusius and Umzantsia most likely shared the four-legged, alligator-crossed-with-a-fish body plan of the earliest amphibians, eating small fish while in the water and perhaps small invertebrates while on land.

Umzantsia was about 28 inches long (70 cm) with a long, slender lower jaw, apparently armed with small pointed teeth.

Tutusius, known from a single shoulder girdle bone, was about a yard (meter) long. It was named in honor of South African Anglican cleric and human rights activist Desmond Tutu.

They were among the early wave of tetrapods, a group including all land-living vertebrates. The first tetrapods evolved from fish during the Devonian. Until now, it had been thought that this evolution revolution occurred in warm climes because the fossils of all the earliest-known amphibians, as well as their fish forerunners, had been found in places that were tropical or subtropical at the time.

Africa during the Devonian was part of a super-continent called Gondwana that also encompassed South America, India, Australia and Antarctica. The Waterloo Farm site was within the Arctic circle.

“So we now know that tetrapods, by the end of the Devonian, lived all over the world, from the tropics to the Antarctic circle,” said paleontologist Robert Gess, based at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown as part of the South African Center of Excellence in Palaeosciences, centered at the University of the Witwatersrand.

“So it’s possible that they originated anywhere and that they could have moved onto land anywhere. It really broadens the scope of possibilities,” Gess added.

The Waterloo Farm site was a river-mouth environment, a tidal estuary opening onto the sea, and likely had a cold climate akin to northern Norway’s Atlantic coast, said paleontologist Per Ahlberg of the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

“There would certainly have been several months of winter darkness, as well as midnight sun in the summer,” Ahlberg said, adding that it probably snowed in wintertime.

The research was published in the journal Science.

Source: Voice of America

GHANA PLANS TO BEC OME AFRICA’S PETROLEUM PRODUCTS HUB

ACCRA– Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has underlined Ghana’s vision of developing key petroleum infrastructure to make it the hub of refined petroleum products within West Africa and the continent as a whole.

The Petroleum Hub project would accelerate the growth of the country’s petroleum downstream sub-sector and make it a major player in the economy, and consequently ensure the development of sustainable value addition, wealth creation and progress of the industry, he added in a keynote address to the 2nd Ghana International Petroleum Conference here Thursday. The conference is being held under the theme, ”Realising the vision of a petroleum hub”.

”The Petroleum Hub project will increase the presence of major international oil trading and storage companies, create regional trading champions and encourage joint ventures between local and international companies for knowledge transfer and wealth creation,” Dr Bawumia said.

The four-day event, organized by the Energy Ministry and Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, in collaboration with the National Petroleum Authority and Association of Oil Marketing Companies, has brought together key stakeholders in the petroleum downstream sector, including policy-makers, regulators and oil service providers, to deliberate on policies and trends in the sector, as well as discuss pertinent issues affecting the industry in the bid to guide decision-making.

The participants are expected to come out with some recommendations to help resolve challenges in the petroleum downstream and chart the way forward.

Bawumia said the government planned to develop the country’s petroleum downstream with the goal of ensuring that crude oil produced locally was refined to add value as well as enhancing the petrochemical industry for accelerated national development.

He added that the concept of a Petroleum Hub was one of the government’s strategic anchor initiatives that would serve as the next pillar of growth for the Ghanaian economy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICA’S TREASURY BLASTS OPPOSITION PARTY FOR IGNORANCE OF DEPT PROCESSES

PRETORIA– South Africa’s National Treasury, in a departure from its usual diplomacy, has issued a hard hitting statement against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after the opposition party accused a senior Treasury official of undermining black ministers and officials.

The EFF had also accused Ismail Momoniat, a Deputy Director-General in charge of Tax and Financial Sector Policy, of micro-managing Treasury entities as well as legislative processes.

The National Treasury has come out guns blazing, calling the EFF ignorant of how the department operates. It says there is no official at Treasury who is making decisions over the head of the Director-General or the Finance Minister.

The department said in its statement here Thursday that it was a figment of the EFF’s imagination that Momoniat had usurped the powers of the Minister, the Director-General and other fellow Deputy Directors General.

The National Treasury said the EFF was abusing parliamentary privilege in attacking Treasury staff and that it “treats with utmost contempt EFF claims that Momoniat drives an agenda against black people”.

Meanwhile, the ruling, the African National Congress (ANC) has criticised EFF Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu, for the manner in which he treated Momoniat during a Parliamentary committee meeting this week, saying Shivambu’s comments are “racist and a narrow nationalist diatribe which must be treated with the utmost contempt.”

Parliament’s Finance Portfolio Committee has also condemned Shivambu’s comments and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has described Shivambu’s comments as racist and politically reckless.

We think that Mr Shivambu needs to find a way of taking forward his struggle and issues with Treasury in a way that is appropriate with Parliament and which is consistent with our Constitution, said Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Director Neeshan Bolton.

In response, the EFF dismissed the claims, saying the message from the party’s deputy president, Shivambu, was distorted. It argued that Shivambu’s utterance was only to question Momonait’s domination of all reports from Treasury. The party says it will not take back what Shivambu said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK