Elevating Affordable Housing Investments In Emerging Markets With Green Building

Peridot Parkland Estate becomes the first post-construction project to receive EDGE Advanced in Nigeria. VICTOR, New York, May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — International provider of affordable housing solutions, EchoStone, recently completed a community of 252 houses, Peridot Parkland Estate. This affordable housing community is the first in Nigeria, and among the first in Africa, to […]

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Lesotho’s New Prime Minister’s Reign is Underway

Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro is beginning his first full day on the job Thursday, a day after being sworn in at the palace in the capital city of Maseru. Majoro, the 59-year-old former finance minister, said his immediate focus is keeping the country safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing poverty and unemployment in the small country surrounded by South Africa. Majoro also expects to bring stability to Lesotho, which has been at unrest over the troubles of his predecessor. Majoro replaces 80-year-old Thomas Thabane, who resigned abruptly on…

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Fear of COVID-19 Slows Trucking in East Africa

KAMPALA, UGANDA – In East Africa, long-distance truckers are suspected of carrying the dreaded coronavirus along with their cargo. So for weeks, trucks have stalled at border crossings — with trucks sometimes stretching back hundreds deep at some points — as governments restrict access and implement mandatory COVID-19 testing to protect their residents. “They are calling us ‘corona.’ We are not corona, and we have certificates on the vehicles, but they are still calling us corona. Why?” asked Muhammed Ali, a Tanzanian trucker halted last week at Uganda’s Mirama Hills…

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COVID-19 Diaries: Pandemic Postpones My Big, Traditional Sudanese Wedding

KHARTOUM – A typical wedding in Sudan has thousands of guests, and the celebration may continue for several long nights in some parts of the country. At a traditional wedding party, the groom wears a white outfit called a jalabiya and the bride wears a red traditional outfit called a toub with golden accessories. The ceremony, or jertig, is based on clothing and traditions that have been traced to Nubian pharaohs. The night is a time for tribal dances and celebrations. These weddings are my favorite days, so when my…

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Tagoe-Quarcoo, Ghana’s football all-rounder

She has seen it all – Player, Referee and now Coach. Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo belongs to the rare league of persons to have had a taste of almost all the facets of football. An avid sportswoman, she played football to the highest level capping it with an appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999 in USA. It was Ghana’s first ever participation at the global championship and she prides herself in being a member of that golden generation. She was also a member of the Black Queens squad that…

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Gambia cancels season due to COVID-19

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) has declared financial support to clubs from the COVID-19 Relief Fund after declaring the 2019/20 football season “null and void” due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Real de Banjul who were top of the first division league, after 14 round of matches, would be accorded the opportunity to play in next season’s CAF Champions League while second placed Gambia Armed Forces will be the Gambia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives. The GFF also confirmed on Thursday, 21 May, that there would be “no winners, no promotions and…

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South Sudan annuls season due to COVID-19

South Sudan has become the latest CAF Member Association to call an end to its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has currently caused a stoppage to sports events all over the world. An emergency committee meeting that was also attended by the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) Board of Directors and chaired by president Francis Amin arrived at the decision after wide consultations. The decision was taken based on Article 81 of the SSFA Statutes. According to the SSFA, there will be no promotion or relegation across all…

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Burundi league re-starts, Tanzania set for June 1 resumption

Burundi’s Primus Ligue became the first African league to re-start as the world of sports begins to slowly pick up the ruins from the stoppages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The league restarted on Thursday with a match between Musongati and Athletico Olympic. The match, staged at the Stade Ingoma in Gitaga ended in a 3-3 draw with full attendance including the president of the Burundi Football Federation. The result saw Musongati move to 54 points, just one behind leaders Le Messager Ngozi. The catch-up fixture now sees all teams…

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