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GUSS General Meeting
Date:
Sunday January 28th, 2018
Time:
14:00 - 17:00 hours
Place:
Visbyringen 6
Rinkeby
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Monday, January 22nd
Daily Interbank FX Rates
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4.4198
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Sterling
6.3329
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5.4144
5.4192
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0.5508
0.5511
Naira 69.03 69.10
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Visit the African shops in Stockholm
Killer worms from the Americas destroying crops in Africa: Africa has been invaded on quiet wings. First they landed by ship in the west. Then they spread across the continent, wreaking havoc as they went. Now, two years later, the invaders are worrying officials in almost every sub-Saharan country. It’s not the French, British or even the Chinese. This time it’s a simple American moth, the voracious fall armyworm, that has marched through Africa’s fields and is threatening to cause a food crisis. When just a hungry caterpillar, the fall armyworm will happily munch on more than 80 plant species. But its favourite is maize—the staple for more than 200m sub-Saharan Africans. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that sub-Saharan Africa has about 35m hectares of maize grown by smallholders, and that almost all of it is now infested or at risk of infestation. Read the rest...  
  The fallworm is originally from the Americas but farmers there have beaten them with genetically modified plants and pesticides
     

H&M stores stormed in Africa over 'monkey in the jungle' sweatshirt ad: Members of a South African opposition party stormed into some H&M stores across the country on Saturday to protest a promotional image of a black child wearing a sweatshirt with the words “Coolest monkey in the jungle.” Local media reports said the Economic Freedom Fighters urged shopping malls to evict the Swedish clothing retailer, which has apologized after an outcry in other countries. People have called the image racist and inappropriate. Television footage showed clothing in one of the South African stores scattered everywhere. H&M in South Africa says it had removed the sweatshirt from sale. “We have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry,” a message on its South African website says. EFF leader Julius Malema said he doesn’t regret taking the action Saturday, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported.

 
  H&M has apologized and removed this advertising image of a black model in a sweatshirt with the words “Coolest monkey in the jungle.’’
     
Ethiopia to release all political prisoners: Ethiopia's prime minister has announced the release of all political prisoners and the closure of a notorious detention centre which allegedly used torture to extract confessions. Hailemariam Desalegn told a press conference charges would also be dropped for those still awaiting trial. The move is designed to allow political dialogue, he said. Ethiopia is accused by human rights groups of using mass arrests and detention to stifle opposition. The country declared a state of emergency in 2016, following a year of protest calling for political and economic reforms, which prompted a crackdown. Mr Hailemariam's announcement included the closure of Maekelawi - a detention facility at the centre of the torture allegations, which have been denied by the government. According to Ethiopian newspaper the Addis Standard, the prison will become a "modern museum". A new detention centre will be opened, Mr Hailemariam said, which would comply with international standards. It is unclear exactly what prompted the decisions, which came after days of consultations within the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). However, the Addis Standard links it to two days of action across social media at the end of December, raising awareness of the plight of political prisoners. (BBC online)
     
Africa’s chiefs are more trusted than its politicians: An Afrobarometer survey of 36 African countries in 2014-15 found that 61% of people trusted local chiefs. Among state institutions, only the army was trusted more. Faith in ancient power structures has increased as people have grown more wary of modern and democratic institutions and politicians. One reason is because the state is often absent. It is far quicker and cheaper to ask a chief than a far-off court to dispense justice. And because he is local, his ruling may be better informed. Some chiefs also fund health care and education. "The power of the chiefs has increased because they provide things the state does not", says George Bob-Milliar of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Read the rest...  
  Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, Okyenhene (King of Akyem Abuakwa). Senior chiefs in Ghana earn 1,000 ghc montly from the state
     
     
     
     
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