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Kids Company Oversight Bars Trustee...

An MP Committee judged the oversight of former charity Kids Company was too weak. It was weak enough that the Charity Commission may consider barring ...

Mosquito-Borne Diseases Plague Braz...

Health Minister Marcelo Castro Claims the Brazilian Health ministry had developed new testing kits that would help to quickly identify the three virus...

African Economic Predictions For 20...

African journalists send their letters to UK news network BBC. Columnists said that Islamist group conflicts, the upcoming African elections and stron...

Law Society Condemns Plan To Raise ...

Chancellor George Osborne's plan to raise the small claims court's compensation amount from £1000 to £5000 would allow the small claims process to han...

Kids Company Oversight Bars Trustees From Leading Future Charities

An MP Committee judged the oversight of former charity Kids Company was too weak. It was weak enough that the Charity Commission may consider barring its trustees from leading charities in the future.

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According to Chairman of the House of Commons Public Administration Committee, the Kids Company blunder is a huge number of failures of governance and control at every level including all its trustees, auditors, inspectors, regulators and even government.

Chairman of the Trustees and Former BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob was condemned for his failures.

The charity suffered immense losses in finances with questionable numbers for clients. Favoured clients having more support than the others indicated favouritism and hints of corruption.

In November 2014, the charity turned away a donor who wished to give significant support that would help develop the charity’s infrastructure. This was during a time of a £4 million deficit. However, the charity judged the donor lacked ‘emotional authenticity’ and was not “genuinely philanthropic”.

Some workers reported “inappropriate relationships between key workers and clients”. Some untrained key workers lacked ideas about boundaries. Safegauarding practices had also been questioned by some workers in the last three years.

The Ofsted, the CQC or the local government, does not supervise Kids Company.

A BBC documentary would air on Wednesday to illustrate these issues.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases Plague Brazil

Health Minister Marcelo Castro Claims the Brazilian Health ministry had developed new testing kits that would help to quickly identify the three viruses brought by mosquitoes in Brazil.

Brazil is currently facing a large outbreak of Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. Zika is a disease linked to many birth defects in the country, including microencephaly common in poor north-eastern Brazilian states.

The development of the testing kits, according to Castro, would help researchers develop a vaccine as soon as possible.

Brazilian households are advised to clear stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.

Brazil had seen fewer than 150 cases of microencephaly in 2014. From October 2015, microencephaly cases have sprung up by 3,530.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Friday alert advising pregnant women to avoid travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquito-borne diseases originate.

The travel alert applies to Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Martinique, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

African Economic Predictions For 2016 As Per Journalists

African journalists send their letters to UK news network BBC. Columnists said that Islamist group conflicts, the upcoming African elections and stronger economic ties with China will dominate headlines and local discussions.

Filmmaker and Journalist Farai Sevenzo said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigerian forces had driven the Islamist group Boko Haram away from the country and is now “a shadow of its former self”.

Buhari’s definition, according to Sevenzo, will only come as “a scant comfort to the people of the northeast.” However, thousands are still displaced, including the missing Chibok girls, which the government has yet to find.

Boko Haram is well-known for disrupting schools in different towns and villages in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, disrupting the education of millions of African children.

Meanwhile, elections in Gambia will see a war against witches if certain candidates win. Yaya Jammeh, who intends to declare the Gambian Republic an Islamic state in the proper sense, will cement his 22 years as leader if he wins the elections.

Zimbabwean Leader Robert Mugabe is to enter his 36th year as leader of Zimbabwe.

Harare, intends to forge stronger economic ties with China. The Chinese renminbi has become the currency of trade between the two countries. However the West is looking at the deal as enslaving Zimbabwe as a Chinese colony.

President Mugabe said he intends to “look East” to China for his economic policies.

Law Society Condemns Plan To Raise Small Claims Court For Personal Injury

Chancellor George Osborne’s plan to raise the small claims court’s compensation amount from £1000 to £5000 would allow the small claims process to handle all types of minor soft tissue injuries from car accidents. The UK Law Society slammed the proposal.

According to Law Society President Jonathan Smithers, it would only undermine victims from getting compensation from defending insurers, who have access to resources to obtain to legal advice.

He said:

“The Law Society is gravely concerned that these proposals will completely undermine the right of ordinary citizens to receive full and proper compensation from those that have injured them through negligence. These proposals will stop people obtaining legal advice for all personal injury claims below £5,000 and stop people claiming for often debilitating injuries arising from road traffic accidents if these injuries are considered minor.

“This is a fivefold increase in the present level of cases currently within the small claims procedure, benefiting those who have negligently harmed people and will result in more people trying to work their way through a complex court system without any legal advice. People recovering from their injuries will have to bring claims as litigants in person (without any legal advice) and this can be very unfair because those defending the claims can often afford to pay for legal advice. This therefore undermines ordinary people’s ability to access justice. Especially if defendants simply deny liability forcing people to fight through the courts without legal help.

“Personal injury claims, even lower value claims, can include serious injuries arising from the fault of an employer or other road traffic accidents where legal rights can be very complex and the injuries caused debilitating. A new limit of £5000 will mean personal injuries including facial scarring would be considered as ‘small claims’. This is totally unacceptable.

David Cameron Accused Of Rushing Airstrikes Vote For Political Convenience

UK Prime Minister David Cameron may be rushing the airstrikes vote through parliament. After Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn granted a free vote to extend military action from Iraq to Syria, Cameron intends to have majority of the MPs vote on the Syrian airstrikes, which he would present in the Commons for a second time.

Cameron said there is a growing support across Parliament to act against the Islamic State (IS). He said the terrorist headquarters is in Syria and recognising the border instead of dealing with IS, who does not consider the border, would mean a loss of an national interest and an opportunity to do the right thing.

Jeremy Corbyn said Cameron was opportunistic and had “bulldozed” his way using the issue as a matter of national security for “political convenience.”

Cameron had also refused a two-day debate, leading Corbyn to say Cameron understood the debate was not in his favour at this point. He encouraged the Prime Minister to stop the rush to war and allow a full discussion of the issues in Parliament.

Corbyn made it clear that the Labour party will oppose military action on all fronts.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Philip Hammond expressed his confidence that the vote can secure a majority.

How IS Proves Terrorism Has No Religion

Social media reacted with disgust as news anchors only reported in troves about the Paris bombing attacks by IS rather than report on the previous-day bombing in Beirut or other horrors experienced by villages, towns and cities under IS control.

As high western officials deem the attacks to be an attempt to dismantle western civilisation. However, even Muslims in the Middle East and IS-captured territories report killings of religious minorities or forced conversion.

Yazidi Attacks

One well-known IS attack against Middle East was its assault on Iraq’s Yazidis. As it forced the refuge of thousands of Yazidis, others, including Muslims, Christians and Alawites of Iraq had abandoned their own homes to avoid the hostilities.

It would be unwise to say the Islamic State attacks in Paris are an attack to western culture. Even the Muslims suffer, but it is downplayed because the western culture proves to have the upper hand in broadcast media.

Cultural Divisions

The IS sees the world with divisions whereas the world sees civilisation as a shared, global value. However, many westerners do so as well, indicating that the attacks are targeted to their own culture. The West sees its own civilisation as a shared global value, the IS does, Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Puritanism does, Syria’s Assad despite his brutality does.

This is the challenge of globalisation for the world today.

Thief Shooting Caught On Camera

A video from a security camera shows the shooting of a hardware store robber despite being disarmed and on the ground. The video showed a police constable shooting the man several times as he is wounded.

Prior to the shooting, the man had kicked the suspect multiple times after being shot. Other members of the unit had also joined in.

The African Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) promised to deliver action against the other policemen for failing to stop the shooting or assisting the dying man.

Charged With Murder

The police constable who shot the 32-year-old Khulekani Mpanza can face murder charges. However, as of yet, not one of the police officers from Krugersdorp had been arrested.

The police clearly acted on a tip-off while waiting in a van distant from the crime scene.

Mpanza tried to rob a hardware store in the suburban town last month. Police said he shot against the police van first.

The Krugersdorp police said they would suspend the police officers upon the confirmation from IPID before proceeding.

Police Lt. General Lesetja Mothiba said police officers who acted unlawfully would be prosecuted.

 

Brazil’s Economy Continues To Spiral

Economists are calling Brazil’s latest recession shock the worst economic depression it has had since the 1990s. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff deals with accusations of manipulation and red tape in terms of paralytic policies disabling the growth and expansion of plenty of companies in the country.

Analysts from Itau Unibanco Holding sees Brazil’s economy to go down about 3 per cent more in 2015. Industry experts are signalling the biggest Brazilian economic crisis in history.

Credit-Fuelled Growth

Manufacturers have cut down production levels with dwindling product demands. The recession is threatening the country’s economic model and has hampered consumer spending.

The credit-fuelled growth was accompanied with a higher inflation rate at 10 per cent. Brazil’s own economic trouble is powered by its own budget deficit. Currently, Brazil’s credit status is junk according to Standard & Poor’s

Huge Job Cuts

Economic troubles become apparent as a higher unemployment rate surfaces.

Smaller automakers established in the country are filing for bankruptcy. Analysts fear a lower GDP as a result.

Meanwhile, car manufacturing giant Ford had laid off thousands of employees after a shortage of orders. In Sau Paulo, analysts speculate as many as 20,000 employees were laid off every month. They said it was at its worst phase of economic growth since the 2008 financial crisis.

Pope Francis Dislikes Rome Mayor

There’s something about Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino that the Roman Catholic leader dislikes. While Pope Francis had laughed with US President Barack Obama, conversed with Filipino Leaders during his Philippines visit earlier this year and even talked in a civilised manner with Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Ignazio Marino does not fit in the Pope’s bill.

On his flight home from Philadelphia, United States, Pope Francis said he did not invite Mayor Ignazio Marino to Cuba. Upon saying, he did not play down his agitation.

No One Invited Him

Pope Francis added that he did not invite the mayor. The organisers had made it clear that they didn’t invite Marino.

It would seem Ignazio Marino had struck a dissonant cord with the Pope.

Marino is accused of being inefficient with his job following the deteriorating city of Rome and the increasing infiltration of Mafia ranks in government offices. Earlier this year, Italian government representatives replaced Marino’s officials in several offices due to Mafia affiliations.

Evidence

Evidence

Marino is further placed in the Pope’s scrutiny when an Italian radio programme made a prank call to the high-ranking Vatican official Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia wherein he said Marino wanted to take advantage of the situation where Marino had “crashed the party” to win public favour during the Cuban visit.

Paglia had made it clear that Marino had insisted to see the Pope repeatedly for a confession or a conversation, to which the Pope repeatedly denied his requests.

China’s President Square Off With Chinese CEOs Over Importance Of Tech

Chinese President Xi Jinping is to visit the United States for the first time next week, making it his first state visit. However, before he talks to US President Barack Obama, Xi is to talk with China’s most powerful CEOs and their US counterparts to talk about technology and its importance to government, economy, intellectual property and more.

The Paulson Institute in Seattle will serve as the venue. Most Chinese participants are from its tech and Internet sectors. Almost every US tech brand CEO will be present. However, highly-present companies in China and the US, including National Petroleum, Waltermart and Exxon, would not be attending the event.

Tech companies want to straighten out Xi Jinping’s view on cyber security issues, namely bringing China vulnerable. However, it may also talk about the possibility of improving government, stimulating economy and allowing individual rights to flourish through technology.

The complete list of attendees include the following:

Jack Ma          Alibaba            Internet

Lu Guanqiu     Wanxiang        Automotive

Ma Huateng    Tencent           Internet

Yang Yuanqin Lenovo            Computer hardware

Wang Yusuo   ENN Energy Holdings            Natural gas

Ma Zehua        COSCO          Shipping

Guan Qin        CSCEC           Construction

Wan Long        Shuanghui Group        Meat processing

Tian Guoli        Bank of China Banking

Jiang Jianqing Industrial and Commercial Bank of China     Banking

Pan Gang        Yili Group        Dairy

Robin Li           Baidu   Internet

Liang Haishan Haier Group    Electronics home appliances

Wang Jinshu   Yuhuang Chemical     Chemicals

Li Qiang           Tianjin Pipe Group      Steel pipe making

Mary Barra      General Motors           Automotive

Jeff Bezos       Amazon           Internet

Warren Buffett            Berkshire Hathaway   Conglomerate

John Chambers          Cisco Systems Inc.     Networking equipment

Tim Cook        Apple Inc.        Consumer electronics

Dave Cote       Honeywell       Conglomerate

Bob Iger          The Walt Disney Company    Mass media & Entertainment

Ellen Kullman  DuPont            Chemicals

Andrew Liveris            The Dow Chemical Company            Chemicals

Satya Nadella Microsoft         Computer software

Indra Nooyi     PepsiCo          Beverages

Dennis Muilenberg      The Boeing Company Aerospace

Tom Pritzker   Hyatt Hotels Corporation        Hospitality

Ginni Rometty IBM Corporation         Computer hardware

Howard Schultz          Starbucks        Coffee

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China’s Economic Troubles Reflect Heavily On Africa

Africa’s economic policymakers must endure more tests with global turbulence.

The collapse of oil and metals prices definitely had a significant impact on Nigeria and Angola’s economies. The two countries had crude exports as their top products. South Africa, on the other hand is the continent’s top mining destination. China’s weakening economy could also mean weaker African currencies in the increasing market volatility.

China had overtaken the United States as Africa’s largest single trade partner in 2009. China is Africa’s major client for mineral exports and is its major investor in constructor infrastructure projects. It is also the source of cheap government financing for projects.

China’s slowdown might mean big trouble for Africa. With Chinese sovereign wealth investment or part sovereign wealth fund invested projects in Africa, it could mean huge withdrawals in projects as the capital becomes more discreet, seeking greater profits from Africa-based projects.

The uncertainty would also place their current African investments to higher scopes. However, analysts still believe that China would grow Africa’s economy with the increasing interests of private investors.

For non-oil exporting countries in Africa, the collapse in crude prices were a saving grace. However currency depreciation affects inflation and the costs of imports. With external risks increased and public debt rations reaching critical levels, it could mean a play-down for investors.

Mexican Press Calls On President To End Press Violence

International writers and artists including Paul Auster, Alfonso Cuaron, Salman Rushdie and Sergio Ramirez had sent a letter to Mexicn President Enrique Pena Nieto to urge him to stop the violence against journalists in Mexico. US’ PEN International Chapter posted the letter on their website and more than 500 journalists, writers and creative artists all over the world had signed the petition.

The letter referred to the murders of Ruben Espinosa and four women including human rights activist Nadia Vera on July 31 in Mexico City.

Espinosa was a photojournalist and his murder was the latest in the “long series of outrages against the press, and it took place in a city that was considered one of the last safe places in the country for reporters to work. There would now seem to be no safe haven for the profession,” said the letter.

Espinosa moved to Mexico City after he received threats in the Gulf State of Veracruz.

The Mexican National Human Rights Commission or CDNH had found evidence pointing to the involvement of government officials in many of the journalist attacks in the last few years.

 

Middle East Swept By Intense Heat Wave

Iran’s City of Bandar Mahshahr had seen mercury levels rise from unacceptable 46C to intense temperatures that feel more like 73C. Countries in the Middle East are suffering intense heat waves due to the Persian Gulf, according to experts.

AccuWeather Meterorologist Anthony Sagliani explained how the Persian Gulf caused the heat wave.

“Around the Persian Gulf, where water temperatures are in the lower to middle 90s [30s C], the extreme heat combines with incredibly high humidity to produce astounding apparent temperatures.”

In Iraq, temperatures in Baghdad had reached above 50C this week up to 52C. The government had implemented a four-day holiday beginning on Thursday with plenty of residents encouraged to drink plenty of water and never leave their homes unless necessary.

Iraq, a country that lacks resorts and new travel restrictions disallowing anyone to escape from the country’s generous heat has a large population at risk of heat wave sicknesses.

Plenty of children and adults swim in rivers and irrigation canals. Shopping malls have maximised their air-conditioning units to help lower temperatures. AC systems are troublesome for most Iraqi households due to consistent electricity and water cuts.

China Bounces Back With a Surprise 7% GDP

China’s stock market turmoil became one of the world’s biggest news as it may extremely affect the world global economy should stocks continue to slip. However, the re-set economic numbers were defeated as China showed a GDP increase by 7%.

Analysts predicted that China’s economy would dip from 7% in the first quarter down to 6.8%. China’s Bureau of Statistics claimed on Wednesday morning said the government had met its target for 2015 to have its GDP grow around 7%.

“The national economy has been running within proper range and the major indicators picking up steadily, showing moderate but stable and sound momentum of development,” China’s National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement.

Not all analysts have been impressed with the numbers. Analysts continued the argue that the numbers may have been manipulated and that Beijing’s statistics could not be trusted. Beijing had earlier been criticised for its conduct during the stock market slip.

China’s growth the previous year had fallen to 7.4%, the lowest it has had since 1990.

Chinese Chief Economist For UBS said the Chinese Stock Market crash did not deter the Chinese stock market and said that the planned reform of the Chinese government was still right on track.

Greek Prime Minister Proposes Two-Year Plan For Greek Bailout To EU

Hours before the decisive deadline of Greece as Euro-Greece talks had broken down in the last few weeks. The proposal, however, has not yet received any EU feedback as of yet. Meanwhile, as the deadline looms, Greek banks have closed its banks to avoid the collapse of the Euro.

Meanwhile, EU countries have cast votes on whether Greece should remain in the Euro. However, Tsipras, resting the vote of yes or no for the EU bailout austerities on a Sunday referendum in Greece, has confined the EU to honour the Greek referendum.

Pro-EU groups have pushed for the new austerity measures. According to the Greek Chamber of Commerce, the country is “familiar” with the austerities that Greece can handle it rather than commit “national suicide.”

Tsipras said in a letter addressed to the Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem that Greece is fully committed to servicing its external debt but highlights that “securing the viability of the Greek economy, growth and social cohesion” is included.

It still remains unclear whether the Greek government will agree to the EU’s tough policies. However, EU countries have yet to show any indication that they would be flexible for Greece.

Tiburtina Railway Station With 100 New Migrants, Pressure Builds For Rome

Officials are currently trying to channel a water tap into a makeshift refugee camp near Tiburtina Railway Station, signifying the increasing pressure for Rome to help the migrants.

Originally coming from no-jurisdiction areas after France increased Italian border security, the 100 migrants staying in tents in the shadow of the station served as their home.

The Italian Red Cross and local authorities provided these as support after the growing number of migrants began gathering at the train station.

According to Red Cross Director for Poverty Reduction Alessandro Radicchi

“They’re here because they’ve closed the border; people wanted to go elsewhere in Europe but now the border’s been blocked. This isn’t just a problem today, this is a problem in general.”

France’s increased security checks had left many closed off from heading to France towards their journey. Most of the migrants were asylum seekers. They are required to travel to Northern Europe to avoid the checks.

The government and Red Cross sponsored refugee camps have beds and toilets.

Some of the migrants in Italy and Rome have come as far as Syria and Eriteria.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for EU Regulation Changes to help Asylum seekers find the right place to register.

Camera Drone Slices Off Enrique Iglesia’s Fingers During Tijuana Show

In a bullfighting ring in Tijuana, 40-year-old singer Enrique Iglesias grabs a camera drone used to take photos of his 12,000 audiences during his Sex and Love World Tour.

However, accident was abound as the Latin star had his hands injured during the attempt to catch it onstage.

Despite bleeding, Iglesias comes back to the stage and finishes his concert while his hands were bleeding through the dressing.

According to his representative, Iglesias’ actions were usual during some nights when he grabs the drone to give his audience a point of view shot.

The representative said that during the instance, something went wrong and he had an accident.

Iglesias remained on stage for 30 more minutes until he was given preliminary first aid via ambulance and flown to LA for treatment.

The singer is due to perform more shows in Mexico the following month before he heads to Spain, Monaco and Turkey.

Showing bizarre love and passion for his Mexican fans, Iglesias drew a heart over his shirt using the blood from his fingers.

How the United States Failed To Undermine Russia

Russia had always been the United States’ number one rival when it came to economic development. Particularly, Russian President Vladimir Putin was the number one obstacle in the United States political interest.

Adizes Institute President Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes had spoken to a Harvard professor specialising in American foreign policy that the forming of a political alliance between Russia, China and Germany is the number one fear of the United States. According to Adizes, it might just be what is happening in the world today.

The Russian economic situation is quite difficult due to the western sanctions and the lower price of oil. However, Russians have always survived hardships.

Most Russian believe Putin, despite his crudeness and his iron will, is a hero for Russians despite conquering Crimea against the ideals of the United States.

China had also made deals with Russia and are slowly developing their relationship together with the BRICS Bank. Russia may also use China’s payment infrastructure.

Germany’s economy, interdependent with Russia, is the last thing that needs to happen to realise the American Nightmare. Germany is also geographically close to Russia than to the United States. Meanwhile, The US has Germany as its junior partner.

Meanwhile Germany can be treated as an equal partner should it decide to join Russia as an ally.

Despite Tragedies, Africa Remains Mum on Mediterranean Crisis

The tragedy that killed about 500 African migrants near the coast of Malta and Italy had left the world scathed with the realisation that something needs to be done. But of all the affected countries, the source of immigrants remain silent for some reason.

African Journalist Ghanaian Elizabeth Ohene treads deeper into the reason why African leaders have remained silent about the death of migrants.

She said at the southern part of Africa, Black South Africans discriminate against black African immigrants from African countries. They want these immigrants to return to their countries.

Ghana’s High Commissioner said that she had received threats of burning down her High Commission Office in Accra.

On the northern African area, young Africans are struggling to survive in the Mediterranean as they drowned by the side of Europe.

Comments came from The African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. However, Elizabeth Ohene said that Dlamini-Zuma’s comments were “low-sprited”.

Aside from her, there was no comment from any other foreign ministry in Africa.

Ohene said that Africa must pay attention to the events unfolding in the North. She said that Africa is unlikely to be silent about these issues. However, she pointed out that it is possible Africa has felt the shame that the African youth feels about the hopelessness of their country.

Cuban President Praises US For Removing It From Terrorist List

US President Barack Obama had removed Cuba from the US State Department list of potential terrorist backers. Cuban President Raul Castro met the president during the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Obama said in his statement that Cuba has “not provided any support for militant groups or known terrorist groups in the last six months” and it had given indication it would not do so in the next few years.

The move comes after the two countries had normalised ties.

Cuba Head Diplomat for the United States Josefina Vidal said:

“The Cuban government recognised the fair decision made by the president of the United States to eliminate Cuba from a list that it never should have been included on, especially considering our country has been the victim of hundreds of acts of terrorism that have cost 3,478 lives and maimed 2,099 citizens.”

The Cuban public welcomed the move, finally “breathing and joyous” that the United States does not view them as “terrorists” but rather supporters of peace and tranquillity.

Cuba landed itself in the list in 1982 after the US believed them to have supported and promoted armed revolution by organisations that used terrorism.