‘Agoa 2.0’ to underpin US-Africa growth

first_img14 August 2013The United States will be looking to work with African experts and leaders on forging an improved “Agoa 2.0” ahead of the planned renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, US Trade Representative Michael Froman told a two-day forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.Agoa, which enables 39 eligible sub-Saharan African countries to export most products duty-free to the United States, has seen total African exports to the US more than quadruple, and US exports to sub-Saharan Africa more than triple, since its inception in 2000.Stressing that Agoa “remains at the heart of our strategy for increasing US-Africa trade and investment”, Froman told the gathering of US and African government, business and civil society representatives that US President Barack Obama had made it clear that his administration wanted a “seamless” renewal of Agoa before the expiry of its current version in 2015.At the same time, he said, Agoa needed to be reviewed and reshaped to take account of shifts in global trade relations and a changing, growing Africa.“We need to lay the foundation for Agoa 2.0, informed by the lessons of the past 13 years, reflecting the changes in the global trading system, and driven by the ideas of today and tomorrow.”Agoa, Froman said, could act as a stepladder to Africa’s further growth and development by helping the continent to fit into global value chains, increase value-added production, and avoid bad policies and common pitfalls, such as “rigid localization requirements that serve as barriers to trade and hinder the development of competitive industries”.Tariffs were only part of the story, Froman said, noting that there were a range of other factors that affected the ability of African firms and farms to provide goods in the quantity and quality and at a price that would make the continent competitive.“We will want to talk about why the costs of getting goods to market are higher here than anywhere else in the world and what we can do, through trade facilitation, customs harmonization, infrastructure development and other measures to address that.”South African Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, also addressing this week’s forum, said Agoa should be developed into a programme that supported African integration more directly.“This is where we need to be innovative in defining mechanisms that support Africa’s integration,” Thabethe said, adding that larger, more integrated African markets would underpin growth and development in Africa, which in turn would encourage growth in US trade and investment to Africa.Froman said that the US secretaries of commerce, energy and treasury were expected to travel to Africa in the coming months to discuss the expansion and deepening of US-African economic ties.“And when the President convenes African leaders in Washington in 2014, I look forward to reporting back on our plans for Agoa renewal and, beyond that, a clear vision of the future of US-African economic relations.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Amazon MP3 Store Legitimizes DoubleTwist Darknet

first_imgThe blogosphere is abuzz with news of doubleTwist music community’s latest iTunes-esque music store release. While many continue to weigh in on the merits of the Amazon MP3-powered store, we shouldn’t lose sight of what this actually represents. The Amazon partnership legitimizes and monetizes a startup company that is still arguably a darknet file sharing service. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Hacker “DVD Jon” Lech Johansen launched doubleTwist in 2008 to circumvent restrictive DRM and provide multi-device compatibility. Often when media player companies strive for “device compatibility” they are already compatible with most major devices and are simply looking to sync with the iPhone. The iPhone has proven elusive due to Apple’s device encryption tactics. While companies like Songbird have built iPhone workarounds, DoubleTwist actually offers iPhone syncing directly from the player. In an effort to juxtapose its open format stance against Apple’s proprietary file silos, doubleTwist launched the above video with the tag line “doubleTwist offers choice”. In other words, when you download a file through doubleTwist’s new Amazon store, you are given the choice to load it on to any device you own. While the store is a great new feature, it will be interesting to see if users choose to purchase more or if they simply continue to share files amongst each other. While it’s true that you can drag and drop into the device of their choice, you can also drag and drop files into your friend’s folders as well as share files on Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. To check out the desktop store and service, download the Mac version here. The Windows version is expected to be released in the near future. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups dana oshirolast_img read more

Turkish award for activist who survived assault by coal mafia

first_imgMeghalaya-based rights activist Agnes Kharshiing, who survived an assault by the coal mafia almost a year ago, received the 11th International Hrant Dink Award along with Turkish activist against male violence Nebahat Akkoç.The two activists were presented the award that commemorates the memory of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed in 2007, in Istanbul on Sunday.Since 2009, the Hrant Dink Award is presented every year to individuals, organisations or groups that work for a world free from discrimination, racism and violence, and who take personal risks for achieving those ideals, break the stereotypes and use the language of peace and by doing so give inspiration and hope to others.The award committee said Ms. Kharshiing, 59, was chosen for “defending the rights of the poor, women, children and disadvantaged groups where she lives as well as for environmental rights”. Ms. Akkoç, based in Turkey’s Anatolia, was awarded for “working to raise awareness about women’s rights and to struggle against male violence”.‘Chasing trucks’Often referred to as the “woman who chases trucks ferrying illegally-mined coal”, Ms. Kharshiing and her associate Amita Sangma were on November 8, 2018, assaulted by a mob during one of their many “surveillance” trips to Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, a district rich in coal and limestone. About 40 people — mostly men involved in the banned rat-hole coal mining and illegal coal trade — ambushed their vehicle, dragged them out and hit them with blunt weapons. They were left to die in a wooded patch.While Ms. Sangma managed to crawl out and call for help, Ms. Kharshiing lay unconscious when the police arrived. The two were shifted to a super-specialty hospital on the outskirts of Meghalaya’s capital Shillong.Ms. Kharshiing was in coma for more than a week and was discharged from hospital after three months. She has been under medication and police protection since.“People should raise their voices, help the vulnerable and support them when their human rights are violated,” Ms. Kharshiing said while receiving her award. “It is only this way that humanity can overcome hate. There are so many things that we can do together to bring peace to the world and fill the hearts of children with love, not fear.”last_img read more

Title race is wide open says Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that this season’s title race will be far more difficult for his team compared to last season.Manchester City won the league last season with an unprecedented 100 points – 19 more points than second-placed rivals Manchester United.With just nine matches played so far this season, it’s looking far more competitive, with the top five teams separated by two points.Speaking to the press ahead of Monday’s mouth-watering game at Tottenham Hotspur, Guardiola urged his players need to fight harder if they are want to make history by becoming the first team to retain the Premier League title in a decade.“I don’t have doubt about that,” Guardiola said – via Manchester City Official Website.“Two points difference in five, six teams. It’s strong.“You see line-up for Tottenham. Tottenham are always there.“They can’t invest because they build an incredible stadium but it’s a top side.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Last season we did really well in both games, but they are a top team.”Guardiola then praised Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical ability as both teams prepare to face off at Wembley on Monday night.“They play with five at back, sometimes diamond, sometimes 4-2-3-1. They can use it and change again.“When you know a team does the same thing, it’s easier to control it. They sometimes play Son with Dele Alli, they can change it. You have to be prepared for that. Tactically they are very well prepared.“When we see their game at Inter in Champions League, they were not worse than opponent. I say they were better. But the competition is special. The numbers are the numbers.“It’s one of the teams I like the most to watch, I learn when I see them.“They have a young team, good keeper, striker, everything to be there [at the top].”last_img read more

Food borne diseases up in Caribbean Bahamians warned not to eat corned

first_img Related Items:#cornedbeefbanned, #donoteatcornbeef, #foodbornediseasesupinCaribbean, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 30, 2017 – Nassau – As Bahamians residents are continuing to be urged not to eat corned beef until there is an all clear given, the Caribbean Public Health Agency held a food borne diseases or FBDs workshop in Trinidad and Tobago.Participants are now challenged to “use the WHO Food-borne Disease Surveillance Manual to individually assess their country’s current ability to combat and prevent FBDs.   They will also create action plans to identify areas of priority for national surveillance and the resources required to enhance food safety.”It was said that FBDs are up significantly in the region.  The workshop was held from March 21-24.#MagneticMediaNews#cornedbeefbanned#donoteatcornbeef#foodbornediseasesupinCaribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Protest halts MidCity traffic on El Cajon BLVD

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man protesting the local housing problem on top of a Mid-City billboard this evening closed all traffic of El Cajon Boulevard in both directions. San Diego Police responded to a call of a man on top of a billboard at Euclid Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard around 7 p.m. Police shut down the stretch between Euclid Avenue and 47th Street. The street was re-opened around 9 p.m. The man was not arrested and is not facing charges as of now. Protest halts Mid-City traffic on El Cajon BLVD. Updated: 9:54 PM August 19, 2018 Posted: August 19, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

More than 1500 tickets for Escooter accidents issued in 2018

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- According to the San Diego police department, more than 1,500 citations were issued for scooter-related accidents within an 8 month period in 2018. This is a 14,000% increase than in 2017.Police say a majority of tickets handed out were due to accidents in which the people involved were not wearing helmets.Many doctors who treat scooter accidents are urging law makers to heavily enforce helmet laws in areas where e-scooters are often used. More than 1,500 tickets for E-scooter accidents issued in 2018center_img Posted: February 3, 2019 Updated: 6:40 PM February 3, 2019last_img read more

NTSB To Investigate In Alaska After Deadly Midair Collision

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska Tuesday to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes. Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies with 9 mph (14 kph) southeast winds. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today’s accident. Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved,” Princess Cruises said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Taquan Air, operator of the Otter, said the company had suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash. Local emergency responders worked with state and federal agencies and good Samaritan vessels to help rescue and recover victims. Eleven people were inside Taquan’s single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down as it returned from Misty Fjords National Monument, which is part of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest. Ten people were taken to a Ketchikan hospital. Three people who died were among five people aboard the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, according to Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens. It’s unclear which plane carried the fourth victim, whose body was recovered during a Monday night search, Rios said. The floatplanes collided under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email to The Associated Press. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water. “We are devastated by today’s incident and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families,” Taquan said in a statement. Four people were killed after the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said. Two others were missing, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman. The Washington, D.C.-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon, agency spokesman Peter Knudson said. He said board member Jennifer Homendy also is traveling with the so-called “Go Team,” which investigates major accidents.center_img The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. Photo courtesy of  Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP “It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government, said Monday evening. Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told the AP that the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident Monday. She said the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there weren’t any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip. In June 2015, a pilot and eight passengers died when a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter operated by Promech Air Inc. crashed into mountainous terrain about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from Ketchikan. The NTSB later determined that pilot error and lack of a formal safety program were behind the crash. The ship left Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday. It’s not the first time a major plane crash has occurred near Ketchikan, a popular tourist destination. All patients were in fair or good condition, according to Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. The passengers were from the cruise ship Royal Princess and were on sightseeing flights, one of which was operated by flightseeing company Taquan Air.last_img read more