President of Tanzania meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of Tanzania, who is in the UAE, met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

President of Tanzania meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed

During the meeting, which was held at the Al Shati Palace, the sides discussed their friendship and ways to further their cooperation, notably in investment, economic and development areas. They also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.

UAE's successful hosting of Expo 2020 Dubai, sustainability solutions and innovations shown by various nations, and the significance of Expo for experts, specialists, and decision-makers to address common challenges in the UAE were discussed. 

During her visit, President Hassan expressed her appreciation for the warmth of the welcome and hospitality she received, stressing how keen her country is to strengthen its relations with the UAE in all crucial areas, most notably in investment, economy, commerce, and sustainable development. In addition, she praised the support provided by the UAE to Tanzania for development and humanitarian aid.

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed thanked Tanzania for supporting the UAE and condemning the recent Houthi attacks against the country. In attendance at the meeting were Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Special Affairs Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; and other officials.

776.5K NFTs representing OVRlands minted on Polygon in six days

MENA Newswire: OVR has been the biggest gas burner on Polygon L2 in the last six days; 776.5k NFTs representing OVRLands were minted to 26.8k owner's addresses. No more Merkle Proof intermediated ownership for OVRLands. The ownership of OVR platform assets is now completely decentralized and independent from OVR's company. OVRLand is freely tradable on both OpenSea and the OVRLand Decentralized Marketplace. Currently, OVR has a significantly larger owners community than other Metaverse platforms like Decentraland and Sandbox.

776.5K NFTs representing OVRlands minted on Polygon in six days

The configuration of the OVR ecosystem is now the following: the ownership layer for OVRLand NFT has fully migrated to Polygon, while the OVR tokens are cross-chained between Ethereum, Polygon, and BSC. Such a configuration maximizes the liquidity for the OVR token while minimizing the gas costs for all of the OVRLand related transactions.

But this is just the beginning; polygon migration and the minting of OVRLand NFTs will allow for a flourishing decentralized economy built on the OVR platform. During this quarter, renting smart contracts and OVRMaps NFT integration will be released, allowing for monetization of the OVRLand layer. Polygon Low gas fees will also enable 3D assets marketplaces, direct-to-avatar sales of digital clothes and skins, micropayments inside experiences, and much more.

OVR is a World Scale, open-source, AR platform powered by Ethereum. OVR makes it possible for users provided with a mobile device or smart glasses to live interactive augmented reality experiences customised in the real world. OVR can be defined as a new standard in augmented reality experiences by placing itself as the first content browser where the user does not choose the contents but the world submits the possible experiences based on its geographical position. OVR adopts the open source philosophy, meaning that the entire OVR community contributes to its growth, thus making the platform independent of its creators.

Zimbabwe borders reopen for fully vaccinated travelers

All ports of entry to Zimbabwe have been reopened to fully vaccinated travelers with valid COVID-19 PCR test certificates following convincing progress in the containment of the virus. Cabinet agreed to the reopening of land ports after a prolonged closure brought about by the need to control the spread of the virus. Prior to the announcement, borders were opened for commercial activity with the airports catering for other non-commercial activities including returning residents.

Zimbabwe borders reopen for fully vaccinated travelers

Speaking after the recent cabinet meeting, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said, "In view of the continued decline in new cases and deaths coupled with a declining testing positivity rate that is indicating that the community transmission has gone down, all ports of entry be: reopened but ensuring that all the recommended COVID-19 prevention measures are adhered to.

"All persons entering Zimbabwe must have undergone a valid COVID-19 PCR test not more than 48 hours from the time of their departure for Zimbabwe, and fully vaccinated. Those who have received a booster vaccine shot have an entry advantage. Despite the continued decline in the number of new cases and deaths reported per day, strict enforcement of all Covid-19 regulations coupled with strengthened risk communication on the pandemic must continue since the pandemic is not yet over."

Zimbabwe has also managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Since the resumption of classes this month no learner has tested positive for the virus while only one teacher in the country has tested positive. Minister Mutsvangwa said there were sufficient stocks of vaccines and urged those that had not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of the national vaccination programme. She also encouraged people to go for booster shots.

Government has committed to release more money to respond to the virus and Minister Mutsvangwa gave an update on the continued response to the global pandemic. "Provinces should take advantage of the reopening of schools to ramp up vaccinations for those who are 16 years and above. The Ministry of Health and Child Care came up with vaccination targets per month for each province in order to help ramp up vaccination as well as urgently identify and address any challenges in a timely manner.

In order to recover $1.1 billion, Tshwane cuts power supplies

In an effort to ensure that they are paid what they are owed for providing services, Tshwane - which includes Pretoria, where President Ramaphosa's offices are - has launched a campaign to collect revenue by disconnecting water and electricity to government offices, diplomatic missions, and commercial properties. There are arrears of R17 billion (approximately $1,125,730,140) owed to the city.

In order to recover $1.1 billion, Tshwane cuts power supplies

"Pay your bill or you'll end up in the dark," the City told residents on social media, moments before it disconnected electricity at the 5-star Sheraton Hotel. The city claims that the Sheraton Hotel owes R23 million. As of now, no one is immune to the impact of this unprecedented local government campaign, with the city cutting off electricity at the offices of the South African National Defence Force.

"When we say No Fear, No Favor, we mean it. We are at the SANDF Navy headquarters to cut electricity, and they owe us R3,197,428,81 in property rates." There are a number of companies owing the city a large sum, including the Department of Infrastructure Development, which owes R260 million. South African Women's Federation offices were without power because the organization owes about R5 million in arrears.

Meanwhile, the state-owned arms manufacturer Denel has just settled their R2.2 million debt. Some businesses have approached the courts to interdict the municipality from cutting services. However, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance Alderman Peter Sutton has dismissed as false, rumors that all the cases are being taken to court and the city is losing.

The City of Tshwane aims to recover up to R5 billion from its debtors by the end of February 2022 by going door-to-door to collect on unpaid bills. It also emphasized that the debt-collection campaign is not going to be a once-off hence they are prepared to defend the disconnections that will be implemented at every turn. Pretoria businesses, residents, government entities and government departments, owe the City over R17 billion.

Motorists across Nigeria fuming at fuel shortage caused by dirty petrol

The Nigerian government says it has found an unsafe quantity of methanol in petrol imported into the country and has cited that as a reason for the latest round of fuel shortage that has led to long queues in Abuja and other major cities. Nigerians have taken to social media to complain about damage to their cars after buying what they describe as dirty petrol at filling stations.

Motorists across Nigeria fuming at fuel shortage caused by dirty petrol

Nigerians especially in Abuja and Lagos have endured an erratic supply of fuel for nearly a year now, with filling stations operating at reduced capacity despite the government's repeated claims it has enough stocks. The crisis started in 2021 after the government announced its plan to remove fuel subsidy. Marketers, who the regulators accuse of hoarding the product, have refused to resume normal operations even after the suspension of the subsidy removal plan.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has assured Nigerians that it has intensified efforts at increasing the supply of petrol into the market. NNPC has named four companies responsible for importing bad petrol into the country which has led to an acute shortage of the product across the country.

The companies, the importing vessels and the product origin were listed as: MT Bow Pioneer LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium, Emadeb/Hyde/AY Maikifi/Brittania-U Consortium, MT Tom Hilde - LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium, Oando MT Elka Apollon - LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium, and Duke Oil MT Nord Gainer-LITASCO Terminal, Antwerp-Belgium. Duke Oil is a subsidiary of the NNPC Limited.

Cyclones wreak havoc in Southern Africa, food scarcity projected

Tropical Cyclone Batsirai has moved further southward away from Zimbabwe, the country's meteorological department reported. According to the government, six more tropical cyclones are expected to hit Zimbabwe before the end of the rainy season in April. 

Cyclones wreak havoc in Southern Africa, food scarcity projected

In Madagascar, the death toll from Cyclone Batsirai rose to 92, the state disaster relief agency has said, as information continued to filter in from areas of the country that were badly affected. Batsirai, Southern Africa's second biggest cyclone this year, was forecast to dissipate further as it exits Madagascar and should not pose a serious risk to Mozambique, said the weather department.

Speaking at a recently concluded summit of African leaders, South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the continent was experiencing the worst impacts of phenomena associated with global warming such as droughts, floods and cyclones.

Meanwhile like other countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar has been hit by flash floods which have the potential to threaten food security. The Southern African nations are reeling from the effects of Tropical Storm Ana and Batsirai which have battered communities destroying not only crops and animals but causing fatalities too.

Parts of Southern, Western, Eastern, Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces are currently experiencing flash floods which are causing untold misery on the affected communities. While the cost of rebuilding will take years, the immediate impact of the flash floods ravaging communities will be seen through food insecurity and malnutrition.

Families that would ordinarily fend for themselves are now entirely depending on the Government, well-wishers, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the international community to provide for them basic items such as food, tents and beddings. This is because heavy rainfall in recent days had triggered a devastating flash flood which in some places destroyed the nearly ready-to-harvest annual crops and resulted in significant income loss of local dwellers.

Despite the handouts the inhabitants are receiving from the authorities, the long term effects of floods will be felt as the residents count the cost of loss of crops such as maize, rice, cassava, sorghum and millet which they had already planted.

According to estimates by the World Food Programme (WFP) in the last decade alone; floods have affected nearly one billion people worldwide. Floods are the most common natural disaster and are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change, with short and long-term impacts on the health and livelihoods of communities.

COVID-19 cases across Africa cross 11 million, while death toll mounts to 242K

As of February 9, 2022, confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 55 African countries reached 11,004,889 while over 218,397,031 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached 242,151 and 9,946,755 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases  3,626,014 and  96,289 people died. 

COVID-19 cases across Africa cross 11 million, while death toll mounts to 242K

Other most-affected countries are Morocco (1,149,582), Tunisia (950,575), Ethiopia (466,840), Libya (456,276), Egypt (444,117)  and Kenya (322,214). The statistics are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University using data from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well as national and regional public health department.

Meanwhile, Sub-Saharan Africa still has fewer vaccines for its people. Delivering more inoculations to the region deserves top priority. Amongst the major hurdles to overcome is the poor trade and logistics infrastructure across Africa. The World Bank's Logistics Performance Index, a good proxy for transport and distribution logistics, puts Africa at 2.5 on average. The score ranges from 1 to 5, the highest score being an indicator of better performance.

Africa's score trails all major regions of the world in six key categories of logistics performance, including timeliness and tracking. For more than a decade, its negative impact on the region's trade has been well documented. For instance, delays at customs are estimated to add 10 percent to the cost of imported goods, which is higher than the average impact of tariffs in some cases.

Senegal win Africa Cup 2021; Egypt put on spirited display

After having waited a long time in its history, Senegal also spent a lot of time on the lawn of the Olembé stadium in Yaoundé (Cameroon) to win its first continental title (4-2). Senegal dominated without scoring a goal with a penalty missed by Sadio Mané in the 4th minute of play, Saliou Ciss having been brought down in the penalty area of ​​Egypt.

Senegal win Africa Cup 2021; Egypt put on spirited display

Despite this missed penalty, Senegal continued its pressure and Ismaila Sarr after getting rid of the left back, center for anyone in the axis of the goal. Three times, in the 12th, 18th and 23rd minute. The only Egyptian opportunity was the work of Mohamed Salah who broke through the Senegalese defense, to take a which was deflected by Edouard Mendy for a corner.

Senegal continued to dominate but remained powerless when it came to making the final move. As in the first period, the Egyptians had their chance with Marwan Mehany alone in the Senegalese penalty area, and he headed over the crossbar in the 73rd minute. The score was locked at 0-0 after the end of regulation time, the South African referee, Victor Gomes sent the players back to overtime. During the first period of extra time, two Senegalese chances came about in the form of, Bamba Dieng who put a header which was deflected for a corner by the Egyptian goalkeeper in the 110th minute.

Overall the Egyptian team had put on a spirited display in reaching the final of the Africa Cup. After 120 minutes of play, the game went into a penalty shootout, an exercise which the Egyptian team succeeded in  consecutively in recent games against Côte d'Ivoire (eighth final) and Cameroon (semi-final) which were all won by the Egyptian team.

Finally, it was Senegal who won 4-2, Bouna Sarr being the only one to miss his chance with the Lions. Sadio Mané, who missed his penalty earlier, was among those who scored.  On the side of the Egyptians Mohamed Abdel Meneam and Mohanad Ahmed Abdelmoneim missed their shots at the goal.

Porsche launches refined and exclusive Cayenne Platinum editions

Porsche is launching a new Platinum Edition of selected Cayenne models. This special-edition of the SUV is characterized by exclusive coordinated design elements in a satin Platinum paint finish as well as by extra standard equipment. The result is a particularly stylish appearance coupled with an attractive price. Platinum Editions of the Cayenne, Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne S are available, as well as the corresponding Coupé variants.

Porsche launches refined and exclusive Cayenne Platinum editions

The refined and exclusive appearance of the Cayenne Platinum Edition is characterized by numerous model-specific details in satin-finish Platinum. The inlays in the slats of the air intakes at the front, the Porsche lettering integrated in the LED rear light strip, the model designation at the rear and the standard 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, which are reserved exclusively for the Platinum Edition, are all painted in this color. 

Sport tailpipes and side window trims in black further emphasize the sporty, elegant look of the special series. Matching solid colors in white and black, metallic paint finishes in Jet Black, Carrara White, Mahogany, Moonlight Blue and the special color Crayon are available.  In the stylishly designed interior, Crayon seat belts and brushed aluminum door entry sills with the ‘Platinum Edition’ logo add a special touch, as do the textured aluminum interior package and silver-colored trims. 

The Cayenne Platinum Edition also comes with extended equipment as standard. This includes LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), the panoramic roof system, privacy glass, a Bose®, surround-sound system, ambient lighting, eight-way leather sports seats, the Porsche Crest on the front and rear headrests, and an analogue clock on the dashboard. 

Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur also offers a wide range of refinement options for the interior and exterior - from selective changes to extensive modifications. The Platinum Edition of the Cayenne is available to order now, with deliveries starting in Germany in May 2022.
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