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One person has died after a plane crashed north of the capital, Pretoria, according to a private emergency medical service. The plane crash-landed near Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria on Tuesday evening, as rescue crews rushed to the scene.
Witnesses described seeing a black smoke coming from the engine of a low-flying plane as it attempted to make a landing.
One of our sources has told us that engine failure is the suspected cause of the incident. A photo of the plane shared by AvGeek on Twitter supports this. Shortly after takeoff, the left engine looked to be encountering some serious difficulties.

 

 

Earlier, reports emerged that 20 people had been injured after a plane, marked Martin’s Air Charter, crashed at the airport.

Images of the deadly crash soon emerged on social media, with users posting pictures of the wreckage at the scene.

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UK PM Theresa May’s statement on Brexit talks after EU rejects her proposals- Full Text

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Following is British Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement on Brexit talks.
It was supplied by Downing Street and checked against delivery.
“Yesterday, I was in Salzburg for talks with European leaders. I have always said that these negotiations would be tough – and they were always bound to be toughest in the final straight.
“While both sides want a deal, we have to face up to the fact that – despite the progress we have made – there are two big issues where we remain a long way apart.
The first is our economic relationship after we have left.
Here, the EU is still only offering us two options.
The first option would involve the UK staying in the European Economic Area and a customs union with the EU.
In plain English, this would mean we’d still have to abide by all the EU rules, uncontrolled immigration from the EU would continue and we couldn’t do the trade deals we want with other countries.
That would make a mockery of the referendum we had two years ago.
The second option would be a basic free trade agreement for Great Britain that would introduce checks at the Great Britain/EU border. But even worse, Northern Ireland would effectively remain in the Customs Union and parts of the Single Market, permanently separated economically from the rest of the UK by a border down the Irish Sea.
Parliament has already – unanimously – rejected this idea.
Creating any form of customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would not respect that Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom, in line with the principle of consent, as set out clearly in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.
It is something I will never agree to – indeed, in my judgment it is something no British Prime Minister would ever agree to. If the EU believe I will, they are making a fundamental mistake.
Anything which fails to respect the referendum or which effectively divides our country in two would be a bad deal and I have always said no deal is better than a bad deal.
But I have also been clear that the best outcome is for the UK to leave with a deal. That is why, following months of intensive work and detailed discussions, we proposed a third option for our future economic relationship, based on the frictionless trade in goods. That is the best way to protect jobs here and in the EU and to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, while respecting the referendum result and the integrity of the United Kingdom.
Yesterday Donald Tusk said our proposals would undermine the single market. He didn’t explain how in any detail or make any counter-proposal. So we are at an impasse.
The second issue is connected to the first. We both agree that the Withdrawal Agreement needs to include a backstop to ensure that if there’s a delay in implementing our new relationship, there still won’t be a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
But the EU is proposing to achieve this by effectively keeping Northern Ireland in the Customs Union.
As I have already said, that is unacceptable. We will never agree to it. It would mean breaking up our country.
We will set out our alternative that preserves the integrity of the UK. And it will be in line with the commitments we made back in December – including the commitment that no new regulatory barriers should be created between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK unless the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly agree.
As I told EU leaders, neither side should demand the unacceptable of the other.
We cannot accept anything that threatens the integrity of our union, just as they cannot accept anything that threatens the integrity of theirs.
We cannot accept anything that does not respect the result of the referendum, just as they cannot accept anything that is not in the interest of their citizens.
Throughout this process, I have treated the EU with nothing but respect. The UK expects the same. A good relationship at the end of this process depends on it.
At this late stage in the negotiations, it is not acceptable to simply reject the other side’s proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals.
So we now need to hear from the EU what the real issues are and what their alternative is so that we can discuss them. Until we do, we cannot make progress.
In the meantime, we must and will continue the work of preparing ourselves for no deal.
In particular, I want to clarify our approach to two issues.
First, there are over 3 million EU citizens living in the UK who will be understandably worried about what the outcome of yesterday’s summit means for their future.
I want to be clear with you that even in the event of no deal your rights will be protected. You are our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues. We want you to stay.
Second, I want to reassure the people of Northern Ireland that in the event of no deal we will do everything in our power to prevent a return to a hard border.
Let me also say this.
The referendum was the largest democratic exercise this country has ever undergone. To deny its legitimacy or frustrate its result threatens public trust in our democracy.
That is why for over two years I have worked day and night to deliver a deal that sees the UK leave the EU. I have worked to bring people with me even when that has not always seemed possible.
No one wants a good deal more than me.
But the EU should be clear: I will not overturn the result of the referendum. Nor will I break up my country.
We need serious engagement on resolving the two big problems in the negotiations. We stand ready.”

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Pope: those exploiting foreigners for profit will pay on Judgment Day

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No one can remain indifferent to the way minority groups are increasingly the object of so much fear, scorn and hatred, Pope Francis has said.
He added that those who profit from exploiting foreigners or people in precarious situations and those who contribute to today’s new forms of slavery will one day have to answer to God for the choices they have made.
The Pope’s remarks came in a written speech he handed to participants attending a conference on “Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration.” The gathering was jointly hosted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the Geneva-based World Council of Churches in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
In his speech, the Pope noted how “feelings of suspicion, fear, contempt and even hatred” were on the rise against individuals or groups who have been judged to be “different” based on their ethnicity, national origin or religious affiliation, and, as such were being considered “not sufficiently worthy of being fully part” of a community’s life.
These feelings, he added, “all too often inspire real acts of intolerance, discrimination or exclusion” and can gravely harm people’s dignity and rights.
Unfortunately, he said, the same attitudes also can be seen in the world of politics when people “give in to the temptation of exploiting the fears and objective difficulties of some groups and use misleading promises for short-sighted electoral interests.”
The seriousness of these situations “can leave no one indifferent,” he said. “We are all called to cultivate and promote the respect of the dignity intrinsic to every human person.”
Families and educators, he said, must show what sharing, welcoming and solidarity look like.
The media, he said, have a particular “duty to put themselves at the service of truth” and make sure the information they share fosters “a culture of encounter and openness to others, in mutual respect for diversity.”
Religious leaders must all share God-given ethical values and principles that uphold the dignity of life, respect human dignity and foster solidarity, he said.
However, the Pope sent a clear warning to those who benefit economically from “the climate of distrust toward foreigners” by using undocumented workers and feeding a system of job insecurity and exploitation.
These people should look deeply into their own conscience, he said, “knowing that one day they will have to answer to God for the choices they made.”
Conference participants later released a final message calling on Christians to reject xenophobia and racism as attitudes incompatible with Gospel values.
“Racism is a sin, in both its personal and systemic expressions, radically incompatible with the Christian faith,” the statement said. “People of faith must condemn racism because it denies human dignity and the mutual belonging to the one human family and defaces the image of God in every human being.”
Participants also affirmed the right of people fleeing from armed conflict, persecution or natural disaster to seek asylum in another nation, and “we invoke respect for the rights for all people on the move, regardless of their status,” said the statement.
Turning to the issue of populist nationalism, the message said, “Claiming to protect Christian values or communities by shutting out those who seek safe refuge from violence and suffering is unacceptable, and undermines Christian witness in the world, and raises up national boundaries as idols.”
The participants pledged to will work together for the “transformation of unjust structures and systems” and to strive to promote a culture of “encounter and dialogue, recognising God in the face of migrants.”

These people should look into their own conscience ‘knowing that one day they will have to answer to God’

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Episcopalis communio: what does the Pope’s new document mean for the Church?

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Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Constitution on Tuesday morning, which introduces significant reforms to the structure of the Synod of Bishops. Titled Episcopalis communio — “Episcopal communion” — the document is composed of a six-page introduction articulated in ten numbered sections, and a 27-article dispositive part.
The introduction talks a good deal about collegiality, broad consultation with all the faithful of every state of life in the Church, and the general spirit of synodal collaboration:

  • Although in its composition it appears as an essentially episcopal organism, the Synod does not therefore live separately from the rest of the faithful. On the contrary, it is an instrument apt to give voice to the whole People of God, precisely through the Bishops, who are constituted by God as, “authentic guardians, interpreters and witnesses of the faith of the whole Church,” showing itself from Assembly to Assembly to be an eloquent expression of synodality as “[a] constitutive dimension of the Church.”

In effect, however, the reforms Pope Francis introduced on Tuesday may create a situation in which the bishops gathered in synod assembly act at least as much as filters, as they do channels for the voice of the faithful.
The role of the General Secretary appears greatly increased and his powers expanded, along with those of the General Secretariat. These expanded powers especially regard the steering of Synod Assemblies, from their early organisation, through the sessions, to the drafting and approval of final documents — all of which come to be part of the Synod Assembly proper.
Though the Synod of Bishops remains a consultative body, the new law envisions a sort of elision of the body’s teaching authority with that of the Roman Pontiff. Article 18 § 2 reads, “If expressly approved by the Roman Pontiff, the final document participates in the ordinary Magisterium of the Successor to Peter.”
Lawyers will quibble over just what sort of elision that is, as they will also discuss the nature of and extent the participation any document thus approved has in Papal teaching authority.
The old saying tells us that the proof of the pudding is in the eating of it. Applied to current circumstances, this means that we need to wait and see how the Synod of Bishops actually operates under its new paper dispositions.
If the new document makes anything clear, it is that Francis — whose “synodal” approach to governance has been the subject of much discussion — meant what he said when he told the participants in the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that “synodality” means being with Peter, and that “being with Peter” means being under him. How “synodal” is the Church Francis envisions? One short answer might be: as synodal as Peter says it is.

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South African Court Legalizes Cannabis

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South Africa’s highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places.

Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “weed are free now” when the constitutional court gave its landmark ruling.
In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana for private consumption.

It has not yet commented on the ruling, which is binding.
In April Zimbabwe became the second country in Africa, after Lesotho, to legalise the use of marijuana for medical use.
Three South African cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using cannabis brought the case, saying the ban “intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres”.
In his judgement, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said: “it will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption.”

The judges did not specify the quantity of cannabis a person can use or have in private.
It will, however, remain illegal to use cannabis in public, and to sell and supply it.
The cannabis development council of South Africa welcomed the ruling, and called on the government to drop charges against people found in possession of the drug.

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UN General Assembly Opens In New York

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Activities for the 73rd session of the United Nations general assembly began on Tuesday at the headquarters in New York.

Among the issues to be deliberated on by the assembly are the global fight against tuberculosis, comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, among others.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to address the assembly at the first high-level general debate on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018.

The theme for the general debate is “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People”: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies”.
The assembly debate is expected to last for nine working days
The United Nations in a tweet thanked twitter for launching the Unga Hastag as world leaders head to New York for the general assembly
The killing of the Red Cross aid worker is also expected to feature in discussions at the session especially the address of the UN secretary general.

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Kofi Annan’s quest for a better Africa

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Tributes to Kofi Annan on his extraordinary accomplishments as UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006 have poured in since he passed away on 18 August. They have been well-deserved. His achievements are towering.
I am honoured to have called him a friend and to have worked alongside him, learned from him, and been inspired by him. He became my boss in 1997, having replaced Boutros Boutros Ghali at the helm of the UN. Two years prior, Ghali had appointed me as a UN Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). I held that post until 2005, so Kofi’s tenure at the UN and mine overlapped for a decade. We worked together closely during that time and stayed in contact afterwards.
Throughout my association with Kofi, I was convinced that, in his quest for a more peaceful world, he was driven by the desire to see a prosperous Africa. That desire drove his emphasis on halving poverty by 2015, the ultimate objective of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which set aggressive and unprecedented benchmarks for progress.
Kofi also pushed for a doubling of development financing from rich to poorer countries. Determined to improve health conditions in the developing world, he established the Global Fund in 2002 to mobilise billions of dollars to combat AIDS and slow the HIV pandemic as well as treat other infectious diseases. Equally important were his recognition that gender equality was a moral imperative and the key to a more prosperous Africa, his passion to reform agriculture to help Africa feed itself, and his efforts to bring greater transparency to Africa’s relations with the developed world.

 

As Kofi Annan receives a three-day state funeral in Ghana, we should take the opportunity to celebrate and remember his vision and optimism.

As head of the ECA, I had the good fortune to work with Kofi on many issues around the turn of the century. He was my inspiration for several initiatives – including the African Peer Review Mechanism and the New Partnership for African Development – the ECA spearheaded in collaboration with African leaders. As a result of our collaboration, I came to observe first-hand the abundant charisma, style, and sincerity that accorded Kofi so much respect and admiration worldwide.
For example, in 1998, Kofi and a few African leaders joined more than 1,000 participants at a conference the ECA convened in Addis Ababa. The meeting focused on the role of African women in economic development. During a panel with the African leaders, the discussion turned to the issue of ministerial quotas for women. One leader responded that when selecting his own appointments, he believed foremost “in competence” and “not necessarily women.”
Kofi responded before anyone else had a chance: “I am sure some of the men in your Cabinet turn out to be incompetent,” he said. “Why don’t you give women a chance? They have a right to be incompetent too.”
The audience exploded in applause.
I last visited Kofi four months ago in Geneva. I presented him with the manuscript of a book soon to be published. It recounts the lessons of African development over the last five decades, and I asked Kofi if he would provide a foreword. He readily agreed, sending his two-page contribution a few weeks later. He used the occasion to articulate two factors that will shape the future of Africa.
Firstly, he wrote that Africa’s transformation will “require many things, especially sound leadership”. But he warned against the “litany of selfish, dangerous, or destructive leaders that have greatly exacerbated the many challenges that independent Africa faced”. Instead, he wrote, “strong and capable states that manage their resources well, provide visionary leadership, and reject authoritarianism and corruption are the ones best placed to make lasting gains”.
Secondly, he reiterated his belief that the drivers of these gains will be Africa’s growing youth population. “Throughout my career I have always been struck by the energy, talent and appetite for knowledge of the continent’s youth,” he wrote. “They want to create a better and more just world, and I am convinced they have the ambition and tools, especially through new forms of technology, to do so.”
As the Financial Times noted after his death, Kofi Annan often said that he was never going to stop being an optimist because if he did, it meant he had given up. And he was never going to give up. Yet, as he once told me: “Optimism should not be mistaken for romanticism; rather it is tempered by realism even as we strive continuously for improvements in the human condition”.
As we mourn his passing, we should celebrate his life and remember him as he lived: as a kind and remarkable man, a visionary leader and humanitarian, and a proud and inspiring African who strove continuously for an end to poverty and a prosperous Africa.


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Russia is the latest world power eyeing the Horn of Africa

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Russia is joining the list of nations intent on establishing their foothold in the Red Sea. In a meeting with Eritrean leaders on Friday (Aug. 31), foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced plans to establish a “logistics center” at a port in the East African nation. Moscow didn’t specify the location or the timetable of the project but said it was aimed at boosting bilateral trade and infrastructural investment between the two nations.
The latest declaration underscores Russia’s efforts to renew its ties with African states and boost its cultural, political, and economic influence. Russia is stepping in even as the US retreats from Africa under Trump and China deepens its reach. In March, Lavrov undertook a week-long tour of Africa, visiting Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. During his visit, he signed agreements to establish economic zones, explore opportunities in accessing minerals including diamonds and platinum, and enhance military and technical cooperation.

In the Central African Republic, the Kremlin is also supplying weapons and security advice to the embattled government. Three Russian journalists probing these ties were recently killed 180 kilometers (112 miles) northeast of the capital, Bangui. Moscow is also holding a poetry competition in CAR which would send the winners to a holiday in a camp in Russian-annexed Crimea.

The choice to set up base in Eritrea is calculated, given the nation’s strategic location in the Horn of Africa. Its Assab and Massawa ports have been at the center of the changing power dynamics in the region. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who are part of the coalition fighting in Yemen, have used the Assab port for logistics purposes and as a detention facility.
After decades sparring with landlocked Ethiopia, a recent rapprochement also means Addis Ababa is looking to utilize and invest in Eritrea’s seaports. As a nation coming out of isolation, Asmara also hopes to use its significant geographic position as a leverage to attract global investment, says Omar S. Mahmood, a researcher with the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa. Leaders from nations including Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Japan, and Germany have all visited the country in recent weeks. Asmara, Omar added, “is making up for lost time.”
Russia’s arrival in Eritrea will, however, mean a crowded Horn of Africa. Neighboring Djibouti, the third smallest country in mainland Africa, is home to various European, Asian, and American military bases. And there’s growing friction there too: in May, the Pentagon accused China of using military-grade lasers to distract its fighter pilots in the country.


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AFRICAN UNION PEACE COMMITTEE : PRESS RELEASE OF THE 26TH MEETING OF THE MILITARY OPERATIONS COORDINATION COMMITTEE (MOCC)

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The Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) held its 26th Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 27 August 2018. The Chiefs of Defense Forces/Staff (CDF/S) or designated representatives of AMSIOM Troop/Police Contributing Countries (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda) attended the meeting. The Somalia National Security Advisor (NSA) and the CDF attended the MOCC. The Head of UNSOS attended the meeting as well as representatives from partner organizations and countries (European Union, United Kingdom and United States of America).

The meeting was chaired by the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, in light of the 25th MOCC meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the AU-UN Joint Review conducted in May 2018, the UNSCR 2431 (30 July 2018), the ongoing Operational Readiness Assessment (ORA) of AMISOM to be completed by 15 September 2018 and the upcoming Review of the AMISOM CONOPS scheduled for October 2018.
Participants received briefings from the AMISOM Special Representative, the Force Commander (FC) and the Ag. Police Commissioner (PC). The SRCC made a presentation on the political and security situation while the FC and Ag. PC presented the progress made on the implementation of the Somalia Transition plan (STP) including the 3 Pilot projects in terms of force generation as well as allocated resources. The ongoing AMISOM Operational Readiness Assessment (ORA) was also presented. AMISOM further briefed the meeting on possible options for the reconfiguration of AMISOM in view of the Feb 2019 drawdown, the re-sectorisation of AMISOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) as well as AMISOM’s role in mentoring of the SNA. The Somalia NSA briefed on the progress made by FGS including the inclusive politics in Somalia, the reconciliation efforts and the constitutional review process. The CDF of Somalia briefed the meeting on the steps taken by FGS to implement the Pilot Phase 1 of the STP. As part of the joint planning, the meeting instructed AMISOM to work closely with the FGS to ensure that SNA troops generated for phase 1 operations are assembled and their operational readiness assessed.
Noting the progress made by AMISOM in Somalia and the steps taken by the SNSF, the MOCC emphasized that the transfer of security responsibility from AMISOM to SNSF is dependent on enhancing SNSF capacity. Additionally, the MOCC noted the progress made by the Joint Somalia-AU Taskforce in the enhancement of AU’s political and technical support to Somalia and to ensure a proper handover process. The meeting called for greater attention to the political risks of the transition and called for collective effort to bring coherence to partner support to the transition. For effective implementation of the UNSCR 2431, the MOCC observed the need for enhanced capacities and capabilities for AMISOM and SNSF to allow effective joint operations in support of the Transition plan.
On the ongoing ORA, the Meeting noted the progress made and urged for synergy and coordination between all stakeholders. The meeting further urged consultation with TCCs/PCCs and looks forward to the final report to be submitted to the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) for consideration.
On training the SNSF, the meeting noted the progress made by the AMISOM police component in support of the SNP. In this regard, the MOCC urged SNA to identify its training requirements and submit to AU which will coordinate with TCCs and other stakeholders for consideration. The Meeting further noted that the combat mentoring of SNA requires additional capacities and capabilities to enhance the combat readiness of the SNA troops in a coordinated and coherent manner.
On the AMISOM drawdown of 1000 troops by 28 February 2019, the meeting considered the modalities and implications of the drawdown pending the outcome of the ORA. In the meantime, the meeting urged AMISOM to have quick wins in support of the STP and to study the implications of the drawdown in terms of reconfiguration of the forces, the collapsing/reduction of the number of Forward Operating Bases (FOBs), handover of FOBs to SNA and related issues.

On the reconfiguration of AMISOM, the Meeting affirmed the need for establishment of an AMISOM Mobile Force under the command and control of the FC with increased military ground and air capabilities. The meeting further noted that the AMISOM civilian component is being enhanced to deploy in strategic locations of AMISOM’s Area of Responsibility and to focus its effort in support of the political and stabilization process in Somalia, the Somalia Transition Plan, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States and other stakeholders.
On the Re sectorisation of AMISOM AOR, the MOCC agreed to maintain the current sector boundaries and urged AU and TCCs to continue the consultations which outcome will be reflected in the review of the CONOPS. In the meantime, the meeting urged AU in coordination with TCCs and other AU member states to generate qualified and experienced staff officers for the establishment of multinational Sector Headquarters.
Finally, the MOCC encouraged the AU in coordination with the TCCs/PCCs and other stakeholders to start the CONPOS review process immediately to be completed by 31 October 2018.

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UK PM, German Chancellor To Visit Nigeria

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British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is expected in Nigeria this week and will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on her first visit to Africa.

German chancellor Angela Merkel is also expected in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the government of the United Kingdom, she’ll be the first British Prime Minister to visit sub-Saharan Africa since 2013. She’ll also visit Kenya and South Africa.

She will meet President Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, august 29, and also spend some time in Lagos where she is expected to visit victims of modern slavery.
May’s central message during her visit will be focused on a renewed partnership between the uk and Africa, which will seek to maximise shared opportunities and tackle common challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace – from the Sahara to South Africa, according to the statement.
She will also use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region. Nigeria has been dealing with the insurgency of terrorist group, Boko Haram, for nine years.
Ahead of her visit, she noted that Africa will play a transformative role in the global economy, making it important to the world to ensure a “more prosperous, growing and trading Africa”.

She said, “Africa stands right on the cusp of playing a transformative role in the global economy, and as longstanding partners this trip is a unique opportunity at a unique time for the UK to set out our ambition to work even closer together.
“A more prosperous, growing and trading Africa is in all of our interests and its incredible potential will only be realised through a concerted partnership between governments, global institutions and business.
“As we prepare to leave the European Union, now is the time for the UK to deepen and strengthen its global partnerships. This week I am looking forward to discussing how we can do that alongside Africa to help deliver important investment and jobs as well as continue to work together to maintain stability and security.
“I am proud to be leading this ambitious trip to Africa and to become the first UK prime minister in over 30 years to visit Kenya.”

The prime minister will be joined by a business delegation made up of 29 representatives from UK business – half of which are SMES – from across all regions of the UK and its devolved administrations.
Delegates include the London stock exchange, Cardiff-based cooling technology firm, sure chill, solar tech provider, North Umbria energy from North Tyneside, London-based start-up, farm.ink, who have created a knowledge-sharing mobile platform for farmers, Northern Irish Agri-Tech leader, Devenish nutrition, and the world-renowned Scotch Whisky Association and midlands manufacturing giant JCB.

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Catholic students have better self-discipline, US study finds

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The study said religion can mould hearts and minds in ways that typical methods of discipline cannot
A recent study by the University of California Santa Barbara has found that a Catholic education helps to improve students’ self-discipline.
According to associate professor Michael Gottfried’s and doctoral student Jacob Kirksey’s findings, Catholic schools are better at instilling traits of self-discipline in their students than US public schools and other private schools.
Their study focused on answering two questions. One: Are children in Catholic elementary schools more self-disciplined than comparable students in other schools, as measured by their likelihood to engage in verbal and physical confrontations and control their tempers? And two: Is the relationship between Catholic school attendance and self-discipline stronger in certain subsets of students?
Analysis of nationally representative data collected by two Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies conducted in 1999 and 2011, examining child development, school readiness and early school experiences, uncovered three key findings: Students in Catholic schools are less likely to engage in disruptive behaviour than their peers in other schools; students in Catholic schools displayed greater self-control than other students; and finally, regardless of demographics, students in Catholic schools showed greater self-discipline that students in other private schools.
The study’s data set was drawn from two cohorts, comprising 15,000 – 17,000 kindergarteners who attended public schools and 1,000 – 2,000 who attended non-public schools, of which close to 50 per cent attended a Catholic school.
As part of their process, the authors attempted to construct a plausible control group but were forced to account for the fact that parents often made a conscious decision to send their children to Catholic schools and that, therefore, there may be unobservable differences between Catholic and other private school students which could bias the study.
Despite this, the authors felt confident enough to come to several conclusions. “Since Catholic school doctrine emphasizes the development of self-discipline, it seems likely that Catholic schools devote more time and attention to fostering it,” they wrote. “If other schools took self-discipline as seriously as Catholic schools do, they would likely have to spend less time, energy and political capital on penalizing students for negative behaviours.”
“The most obvious feature that Catholic schools and similar faith-based schools have in common is their focus on religion — including such specifically Judeo-Christian values as humility, obedience, kindness, tolerance, self-sacrifice and perseverance,” the authors added.
“Perhaps students are more likely to internalize such values when they know they are loved not only by their teachers but by their Creator . Religion can mould hearts and minds in ways that suspensions, restorative justice and Positive Behavioural Intervention and Supports can’t begin to match.”

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