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Category : {Sports}

Sports Betting in Africa Debunked

Thursday 14 March 2019, afrik-news.com

Many assume Africa is a continent delayed in the field of technology. Some have even assumed that wildlife is in every resident’s backyard. The truth behind this topic is that Africa is one of the hottest tourist destinations making certain countries within Africa more advanced than one could ever imagine.

Unfortunately not all African countries have developed ahead of current times, but one thing is certain, the majority of African countries have access to Wi-Fi so if sports betting is your favourite pastime, you may not be able to access land based sports betting halls but you will have access to at least one sports betting website online.

Since the recent introduction of online sports betting, many countries have adopted the popular form of wagering on popular sports online. Not every country has been legally permitted to do so however and this has led to numerous illegal establishments being developed both online and offline in terms of underground land based establishments. If you do visit South Africa however, you will find there have been recent developments within the online gambling industry which have introduced sports books as a gambling alternative for avid sporting fans.

Popular Sports Betting Events

One of the biggest sporting events to generate the most online traffic to sports betting bookies is soccer. Soccer events generate the most traction and during season, online punters have been known to be actively involved in bets with in-play options.

Current Online Sports Betting In Africa

According to reliable sources, online sports betting in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa has been projected to be over $37 billion and this was a statistic from last year 2018. The multi-million dollar industry is now being fuelled by mobile platforms encouraging users to access their favourite sports online while making bets. The majority of internet users in Africa are mobile users, which has had a rather conflicted effect on the people of the nation as mobile service providers have taken advantage and charge excessive rates for data and cellular services across Africa.

Regardless, both mobile and land based sports betting establishments have thrived over the recent years and the current situation is just looking promising for the government, it is incredibly lucrative.

Leading Sports in Online Sports Betting Africa

As online sports betting is one of the most popular forms of betting in Africa it is a common question, usually asked amongst foreigners, where the money lies and what the most popular sports are to bet on. As mentioned above, soccer is by far one of the most popular sports to wager on, thereafter it is rugby, horseracing and golf.

Although Africa holds an unexpected market for the world of online sports betting, the continent’s online gambling market is growing at an expedient rate and times are keeping up with the trends. You may not find lions in some resident’s backyard but you could potentially find a rugby or soccer field. African citizens love their sports more than Americans love their barbeques!

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Category : {Economics}

Could china be intentionally choking Africa with debt ?

Friday 8 March 2019, The redaction

For a few years now, the Chinese government have been lending billions of US dollars to help African countries in their infrastructure building projects. According to a report by the World Bank, 18 countries are currently at “high risk of debt distress”. These African countries show no apparent capacity to repay their debt but China is still lending, thereby increasing its influence on the continent.

Why are Chinese’s loans so loved by African leaders?

Asking why African leaders have developed such a sharp taste for Chinese debt is a relevant question. Reportedly, getting loans from institutions like the IMF, the World Bank and Paris Club is considered slow and burdensome. The Chinese, however, seem to attach fewer conditions to their loans, which are relatively less burdensome.

Furthermore, the current state of these borrowing countries shows a high demand of infrastructure project, modernization of transport, etc. As such China’s offer is irresistible. But the long-term consequences can be quite unbearable.

Furthermore, one of the reasons that makes China’s offer so irresistible to African countries is that these easy loans meet the high demand of the developing nations for infrastructure projects, modernization of transport, etc. With these loans, they also launch various programs to lend money in order to help start and improve local business. However, in case China stops lending, access to loans for local business is still possible on platforms like Moneybanker.fr.

Is china helping or tying Africa up ?

According to a 2015 report presented by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI), 17 African countries are said to be potentially unable to repay their loans. Among them are Zambia, Djibouti who, according to the 2017 figures, owe respectively about 75% and 77% of their external debt to China.

As for now, 18 African countries are considered to be at “high risk of debt distress”. Their debt-to- GDP ratios have exceeded 50%. It makes no doubt that these nations will have a hard time repaying their debts. And the Chinese government must be aware of that fact. So what is the goal behind? What are their real motives for lending so much to poor countries?

What is the real motive behind the Chinese loans?

After the unforgettable episodes with Europeans countries, Africa is now playing a new scenario of excessive loans with China. The figures are daunting. Africa currently owes about 417 US dollars to China. And to add to the surprise, about 67 USD will still be invested in this year 2019.

Though the projects which call for such loans are capital to the development of those countries, there are reasons to think that Africa is diving into a sea of debt and will, soon enough drown.

Rex Tillerson, former US Secretary of State asserted that these loans to Africa not only "encouraged dependency” and “endangered its natural resources". China is expanding its influence of the continent. Very soon, they will have a total control on the raw materials, on the major economic deals etc. Not only will that endanger the European influence, but it is decreasing Africa’s future power of negotiation.

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Category : {Sports}

Could Africa Host The 2030 World Cup?

Thursday 18 October 2018, afrik-news.com

It was a blow to African football fans this past summer when North America won its bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The event will take place primarily in the United States, but will also have matches hosted in Mexico and Canada, making for a vast spread and a great deal of variety among host cities.

This seems to be fitting given that 2026 will mark the first time the tournament expands to 48 teams. Hosting more teams requires a bit more space, at least in theory, and there is some logic to the idea of putting the Cup in a part of the world with countless tournament-ready stadiums and a reliable infrastructure.

Nevertheless, with Morocco the other finalist for 2026, the decision naturally disappointed anyone who would have liked to see the Cup return to Africa, where it was last held in 2010 (in South Africa). Now, these same people will have to wait at least 12 years, with 2030 marking the next World Cup that doesn’t yet have a home.

Over the next couple of years, we’ll likely start to see a picture painted of the frontrunners for this event. Football inspires endless speculation and debate on matters such as these, and in the modern sport, with technology moving faster than ever, betting markets too are constantly updated and refined. That means that when we start to see regular odds listings for 2030 - and rest assured, the Cup will have its own betting market - we can likely trust them as a fairly reliable indicator of which bid is in the lead. For now however, it’s still a little bit early for that, and we’re left more with speculation.

So far as we know at this point, there are three serious prospective bids for the 2030 World Cup.

One is from England, and by the sound of things Ireland would be a joint host. This essentially means we’d be in for a British Isles World Cup, presumably with England and Ireland qualifying automatically as hosts - and potentially Wales and Scotland as well. It would be an appealing bid, particularly after London did such a memorable job of hosting the Olympics in 2012, and also given that England - one of the top countries in the world as far as pure football adoration goes - last hosted way back in 1966. On the other hand, it’s a little bit difficult to imagine FIFA awarding a second consecutive Cup to a predominantly caucasian Western nation, after the North American tournament in 2026.

Another bid will come from Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay. This is already being viewed as a particularly formidable bid, to the point that some British publications have suggested it may be impossible to beat for the English/Irish bid. The main reason for the perceived strength of the bid is that 2030 will mark 100 years exactly since the first World Cup, which happens to have been held in Uruguay. There’s a lot of poetry there that the FIFA committee may find it hard to ignore, particularly given the sporting and diplomatic clout of the three nations in question. Argentina and Uruguay in particular are legitimate powerhouses on the world stage, and while the Cup certainly doesn’t have to go to a such a nation (as proven in South Africa, Russia, and Qatar), there’s always an allure to the idea.

And then there’s the African bid, which at this point appears to be getting the least attention of the three. The bid will come from Morocco again, though this time it will be aided by Tunisia and Algeria for what would effectively be a North African World Cup. There’s a nice balance to the idea as it would be exactly 20 years after South Africa hosted, and there is sometimes a feeling that a nation that misses out in one year deserves another chance soon thereafter. It’s certainly not a bid to be overlooked.

Again, at this point there seems to be a bit more chatter about the other bids, and the South American one in particular. But Africa, and specifically Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, will have a shot at it.

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Category : {Discovering}

Why it is important for communities to celebrate local art

Thursday 19 July 2018, afrik-news.com

Communities play an important role in the art industry, especially when it comes to supporting and nurturing African art. Once a community is supportive of an artist, the artist will find their success increasing and their notoriety improving. Not only will the arts flourish, but the community will also see an increase in their tourist economy and in their overall morale. Below are just some of the reasons why it is important for communities to support local art.

It can help to fuel the economy

In communities with tight economic situations, artists often struggle to sell their work to individuals and often battle to support themselves because of the costs involved with creating the art.

Local art is affordable, and it is easier for communities to support an artist or artists because of this affordability. The economy will improve and the awareness of the artists’ work will also burgeon. As a community, if you support local creativity you will be showing the world how important their art is and you will be allowing them to continue to create stunning artworks that resonate with the community.

Art fairs are good for local merchants

While the focus of an art fair should be on the art and the artists, these events are also highly beneficial for local merchants. This is because attendees of events such as African art fairs spend money on food items, curios, parking and even babysitters.

People who live outside the country of the art fair are likely to spend twice as much as locals, which is great news for merchants who rely on such events to increase their revenue. Communities rely on the custom of visitors and locals to keep their merchants up and running, which is why it is so important to support artists and art fairs.

Art has a social impact

Art has always been an industry that strives to send a message to the world, whether overtly or subtly. This is most seen in African art by artists such as Mary Sibande, whose art focuses on ‘Sophie’ an alter-ego who is a domestic worker dreaming of freedom from this role.

Art such as Sibande’s can help to initiate social change within a community, as it helps to address issues that people might be feeling within that community. Issues such as racism, corruption, political upheaval and so forth are often examined in modern art and if a community supports this art, they will be helping to make the world more aware of the issues they face on a daily basis.

The youth’s engagement will increase

Including young people as meaningful contributors to the social and economic aspects of the community is important in building their engagement in helping to solve problems that community members face.

Engaging the youth should not fall onto the shoulders of parents and schools alone but on community projects such as organising art fairs or evenings where children are taught how to paint and sculpt by local artists. Supporting the arts will give children, teenagers and young adults an exciting and unique outlet and artists will be given a new source of income.

It helps to drive tourism

Tourism is what communities thrive on, and supporting local art is one of the best ways to drive tourism into your community. If you look at the newly opened Zeitz MOCAA art museum in Cape Town, South Africa you will see just how many people have stopped to visit it, both locals and those from foreign countries. African art is highly popular among tourists to the continent, so it is important that communities support and showcase the local art of their area. People from other countries will be educated on the culture of the community too. It is a fantastic opportunity to garner more income to the community, so why not organise an exhibition of a local artist and invite the whole community, and encourage everyone to invite as many outside people as possible to increase awareness and improve the tourism industry.

The art is original

Supporting local African art or local art in general means that your community will be able to get to know the artist, what their creative process is and the story behind their work. You will find that original art has much more meaning to it than mass-produced pieces, which also increases its value in the eyes of buyers and art lovers alike.

The lovingly crafted, hand-made pieces of art created by local artists are more special than something that has been created in a factory and supporting these artists make them a part of the community. There is also a sense of exclusivity to the purchase, something which will help to make the pieces more interesting to foreign buyers.

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Category : {Discovering}

Dust from Africa makes America’s Sky Hazy: What it Means for You

Monday 9 July 2018, afrik-news.com

How far do you think can sands go? Well, it turns out, it can even travel hundreds of thousands of miles easily. Sands from the deserts of Sahara have suspended thousand miles up in the sky and are carried over to hover in America. So, in the past few weeks the sky in America has changed its colour and the wind has gone dustier.

A Look at What NASA Says

According to NASA’s reports, since the end of June wind has started blowing from Africa’s Sahara Desert. It has travelled more than 5000 miles, across the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Sure, online betting is fun but being aware of going on what’s around you is important as well. It is what will make you a more responsible individual who can make the planet a better place.

Florida and Sands: An Ongoing Tale

Every year during the summers, Florida experiences a gush of dusty wind. It comes from a far off land in the Africa.

Over millions of tons of dust gets picked up from the deserts of Africa and is carried across the Atlantic Ocean, upsettingmostly the air quality in North and South America. Usually Florida is the most affected area. However, this year the band of dust has spread wider, affecting the south and southwest of America also. According to one of the reports, this year the tropical Atlantic has experienced one of the dustiest week in 15 years.

This immense dust does not pose much of a threat to anyone except to people with dust allergies. It restricts the outdoor activities of those suffering from health issues like respiratory problems and asthma. The other aspect that might be considered as a problem is the hazy skies. However some photographers enjoy the misty effect of the sunset and sunrise that present them with immense photography scope. Nature lovers like me also relishes the picturesque beauty of the scattered lights during sunset.

Though this plume of dust lingers over America all throughout the summer on a regular interval, it doesn’t cause any other damage than the one already discussed.

Understanding the Benefits

On the other hand, the benefits reaped out of this sand brown dust is more deep rooted than one can fathom. With thorough research, University of Miami has confirmed that the suspended dust has positive impact on the temperature in North and South America. It cools the ocean temperature by absorbing and dispersing the solar radiation over the tropical Atlantic. This in turn, suppresses the energy required to form hurricanes.

North America and Dusts

If you are wondering how little things can make a great amount of difference, this is another definitive proof for you.

The dusty winds have another very significant role to play in favor of America. Each year, a millions of tons of Saharan dust forms sediment on the Amazon River Basin, where it replenishes nutrients in the rainforest that have become depleted by tropical rains. For thousands of years, this African dust has been helping in fertilization of the Everglades.

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Category : {Sports}

World Cup 2018: Argentina Issues Apology for Printing a Guide that Talks About Seducing Russian Women!

Friday 18 May 2018, afrik-news.com

Now, there have been a number of controversies in the lead up to the World Cup 2018. It was first whether Russia would be able to complete its stadiums on time. Then, the question was how the country would manage the influx of millions of tourists for the event. The one controversy that people didn’t really expect to happen was one where the Argentinean Football Association (AFA) introduced a Russia guide for its travelers – which included, among other travel tips, ideas to seduce Russian women!

Yes, you heard that right!

While they could argue that it was for fun, we cannot overlook the fact that sports entertainment doesn’t really mean that. In fact, nowhere, even in if you take a look at other sports nations, like sports entertainment South Africa, is this what you can call acceptable practice.

The Argentine Football Association have been under a lot of fire since the publication of the Year 2018 FIFA World Cup manual which included advice on wooing Russian women. Since then, the AFA has apologized for the remarks.

The association issued a statement that said that they regretted having this development overshadowing the other educational activities they were offering, and apologized to anyone who had been hurt by the publication. Additionally, the statement said that the article in question did not endorse the thoughts of the Argentine Football Association or its president Claudio Tapia by any means.

What Did the Material Talk About ?

The manual in question included a course titled, "Language and Russian culture", where one course dealt with why it was important to not think about women as objects.

And while that sounds good, a tip in the chapter told readers how one could improve their chances with a Russian girl, which sparked the controversy. The course, organized by AFA, did have a lot of useful information for the country’s tourists, but this was definitely not one of them.

The remark was called a printing mistake and treated as so in the official statement as well. The statement as well read that after an investigation, it was found out that the material was printed by mistake. The association further stated that, due to human errors, the printing happened, though the material in itself was never a part of the course. What Happens Now ?

After the apology statement, the material has been removed from the publication and distributed again amongst the players. In order to further apologize for the controversy, the president of the Argentine football Association Claudio Tapia visited the cultural Institute Russia house in Buenos Aires.

Ever since the controversy, the sports entertainment world has been religiously covering the news and the progress it has made over the week. The tournament kicks off in Moscow on June 14. It has been estimated that over 40000 Argentines have bought tickets for the matches. The country has won the World Cup twice and will be facing Iceland, Nigeria, and Croatia this year.

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News in brief

South Africa: Lonmin offers premium 140 euros for minors

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Lonmin, the third largest producer of platinum, made ​​a gesture to persuade the miners on striking to return to work after five weeks of social conflict. The British company has proposed Tuesday a premium of 140 euros to its employees over 98 euros salary increase proposed last week. This pay increase was rejected by minors. Since August 10, minors of Marikana go on strike to protest against the security and demand a to their boss to triple their incomes from 400 to 1200 euros monthly. This social movement has taken a dramatic turn Thursday, Aug. 16 when South African police opened fire on the strikers killing 34 of them

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New news item

Tuesday 18 September 2012

An Egyptian soldier was killed Sunday in clashes with gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula, according to a spokesman for the Egyptian army, state television reported. The soldier was fatally wounded during an exchange of fire between security forces and militants in the northern Sinai. According to officials of the security services, he succumbed to his injuries after being transferred to a hospital in Cairo.

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New news item

Monday 17 September 2012

Damara and Sibut, two cities located respectively 75 km and 185 km from Bangui, the CAR capital, were stormed Saturday by unidentified armed group reports the BBC. Suspicion would be for a dissident wing of the Chadian rebellion Popular Front for Unity (RPF). reports the BBC.

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Lightning kills several school children in Burundi

Friday 18 February 2011

According to reports from Burundi’s national radio, several people, including 12 school going children and a teacher, were killed and some seriously injured, when lighting struck two provinces on Wednesday, 16 February. The affected provinces include the central region province of Karuzi, where most of the fatal cases were reported, and Bubanza province in the western region. October last year, AFP reported that: "Three people were killed by lightning... as heavy rains pounded the hills of Murambi and Kiganda (southern Burundi), where at least 37 homes were destroyed". A few days earlier, in the same month of October, a lightning incident caused the death of an Anglican priest and three of his church members during mass in southern Burundi.

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Uganda: Bahati defends gay rights death penalty bill

Friday 11 December 2009

Uganda MP Bahati accused of calling for a “gay death penalty” says he has been misrepresented and is only trying to criminalize child abusers. David Bahati says the new offence of “aggravated homosexuality” is a penalty against “defilement” of under-18s. He claims there has been distortion in the media and that the death penalty is aimed solely at homosexuals “who defile a kid less than 18 years old,” notes BBC.

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Angola: President dos Santos to postpone presidential vote

Friday 11 December 2009

According to VOA, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has announced the country’s first post-war presidential election will likely be delayed for another three years. The leader, who had previously said the vote would take place in 2009, says he wants his MPLA party to complete the mandate it won in last year’s parliamentary elections.

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Nigeria: Ex-Minister El-Rugai tracked down by Nigeria

Friday 11 December 2009

A Nigerian court has issued an arrest warrant for a senior member of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration charged with abuse of office and criminal conspiracy, reports Angola Press. Authorities have planned to ask Interpol for help in tracking down Nasir El-Rugai, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory under Obasanjo from 2003-2007, after he failed to show up to any of his court hearings in the past seven months.

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Somalia: Pirate patrol need to extend range

Friday 11 December 2009

British admiral in charge of the European Union fleet watching out for Somali pirates wants to extend its patrol area, the Press Association has revealed. Rear Admiral Peter Hudson said his flotilla’s range needed to increase because pirates were launching attacks up to 1,000 miles off the coast, nearer India tha Africa. The EU Naval Force currently deploys up to seven warships, covering a sea area said to be 10 times the size of Germany.

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Zimbabwe: ZANU-PH holds first party congress

Friday 11 December 2009

According to Al Jazeera, Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF party has met for its first party congress since the formation of a unity government with its rival, the Movement for Democratic Change. Thousands of Zanu PF members are expected to attend the two-day event in Harare. Deligates are hoping to revitalize the party in the wake of last year’s post-election standoff that pushed it into a power-sharing deal with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), lef by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

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Kenya: 3.8 million starve as famine persists

Friday 11 December 2009

More than 3.8 million Kenyans are currently facing hunger as drought in the Eastern African country persists, writes All Africa. As a result, the team coordinating the emergency intervention program launched in August, the Crisis Response Centre, has recommended in a report that more funds should be raised. The report says areas at high risk of becoming a humanitarian emergency include the greater Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir and most parts of Rana River districts.

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