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  •   The Creative Africa Nexus Weekend CANEX WKND 2022 https www CANEX Africa taking place from 25 27 November 2022 in Abidjan C te d Ivoire will feature international superstar Idris Elba The actor is scheduled for the When giants speak Fireside Chat on Saturday 26 November among other activities Idris Elba will bring his wealth of experience and insights into the global film industry as part of the CANEX WKND programme which includes panel discussions Fireside Chats Masterclasses and Live performances With roots in Sierra Leone and Ghana Elba represents the astounding success of people of African descent within the global entertainment industry He joins a list of over 100 top speakers from Africa and the diaspora representing a range of creative sectors who have confirmed their participation in Africa s most sought after gathering of creatives Elba is an award winning actor musician filmmaker and philanthropist well known for roles such as Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire and DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther for which he won a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor Organised by African Export Import Bank Afreximbank in partnership with the Government of C te d Ivoire CANEX WKND is a major milestone in the Bank s implementation of its Creative Africa Nexus CANEX programme a multi faceted intervention aimed at supporting and developing Africa s rapidly growing creative and cultural industries Afreximbank has identified the African diaspora as an essential component of the CANEX programme CANEX WKND will also feature some of Africa and the diaspora s top creative names experts brands and thought leaders that will include Prof Bruce Onobrakpeya Nigeria Didier Drogba Retired Professional Footballer C te d Ivoire Alex Okosi Managing Director of EMEA Emerging Markets at YouTube Nigeria Elvis Adidiema Director Sony Music for French speaking Africa Congo Abdul Karim Abdullah Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Culture Management Group CMG and Afrochella Festival Ghana Magali Ohouens Modern Art Specialist amp Exhibition Coordinator at C cile Fakhoury Gallery C te d Ivoire Armando Cabral Founder and Creative Director Armando Cabral Portugal and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author Nigeria amongst others Sessions are open to all registered CANEX WKND delegates along with all Masterclasses that commence on Thursday 24 November For more information and to register for free go to www CANEX Africa
    Idris Elba to Join in Conversation at the Creative Africa Nexus Weekend in Abidjan
      The Creative Africa Nexus Weekend CANEX WKND 2022 https www CANEX Africa taking place from 25 27 November 2022 in Abidjan C te d Ivoire will feature international superstar Idris Elba The actor is scheduled for the When giants speak Fireside Chat on Saturday 26 November among other activities Idris Elba will bring his wealth of experience and insights into the global film industry as part of the CANEX WKND programme which includes panel discussions Fireside Chats Masterclasses and Live performances With roots in Sierra Leone and Ghana Elba represents the astounding success of people of African descent within the global entertainment industry He joins a list of over 100 top speakers from Africa and the diaspora representing a range of creative sectors who have confirmed their participation in Africa s most sought after gathering of creatives Elba is an award winning actor musician filmmaker and philanthropist well known for roles such as Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire and DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther for which he won a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor Organised by African Export Import Bank Afreximbank in partnership with the Government of C te d Ivoire CANEX WKND is a major milestone in the Bank s implementation of its Creative Africa Nexus CANEX programme a multi faceted intervention aimed at supporting and developing Africa s rapidly growing creative and cultural industries Afreximbank has identified the African diaspora as an essential component of the CANEX programme CANEX WKND will also feature some of Africa and the diaspora s top creative names experts brands and thought leaders that will include Prof Bruce Onobrakpeya Nigeria Didier Drogba Retired Professional Footballer C te d Ivoire Alex Okosi Managing Director of EMEA Emerging Markets at YouTube Nigeria Elvis Adidiema Director Sony Music for French speaking Africa Congo Abdul Karim Abdullah Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Culture Management Group CMG and Afrochella Festival Ghana Magali Ohouens Modern Art Specialist amp Exhibition Coordinator at C cile Fakhoury Gallery C te d Ivoire Armando Cabral Founder and Creative Director Armando Cabral Portugal and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author Nigeria amongst others Sessions are open to all registered CANEX WKND delegates along with all Masterclasses that commence on Thursday 24 November For more information and to register for free go to www CANEX Africa
    Idris Elba to Join in Conversation at the Creative Africa Nexus Weekend in Abidjan
    Africa5 days ago

    Idris Elba to Join in Conversation at the Creative Africa Nexus Weekend in Abidjan

    The Creative Africa Nexus Weekend (CANEX WKND 2022) (https://www.CANEX.Africa), taking place from 25 – 27 November 2022 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, will feature international superstar Idris Elba. The actor is scheduled for the “When giants speak” Fireside Chat on Saturday 26 November, among other activities.

    Idris Elba will bring his wealth of experience and insights into the global film industry as part of the CANEX WKND programme, which includes panel discussions, Fireside Chats, Masterclasses and Live performances.

    With roots in Sierra Leone and Ghana, Elba represents the astounding success of people of African descent within the global entertainment industry.

    He joins a list of over 100 top speakers from Africa and the diaspora, representing a range of creative sectors, who have confirmed their participation in Africa's most sought-after gathering of creatives.

    Elba is an award winning actor, musician, filmmaker and philanthropist, well-known for roles such as Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, and DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, for which he won a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor.

    Organised by African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) in partnership with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, CANEX WKND is a major milestone in the Bank's implementation of its Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) programme; a multi-faceted intervention aimed at supporting and developing Africa’s rapidly growing creative and cultural industries.

    Afreximbank has identified the African diaspora as an essential component of the CANEX programme.

    CANEX WKND will also feature some of Africa and the diaspora’s top creative names, experts, brands, and thought leaders that will include:Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigeria) Didier Drogba, Retired Professional Footballer (Côte d'Ivoire) Alex Okosi, Managing Director of EMEA Emerging Markets at YouTube (Nigeria) Elvis Adidiema, Director, Sony Music for French-speaking Africa (Congo) Abdul-Karim Abdullah, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Culture Management Group (CMG) and Afrochella Festival (Ghana) Magali Ohouens, Modern Art Specialist & Exhibition Coordinator at Cécile Fakhoury Gallery (Côte d’Ivoire) Armando Cabral, Founder and Creative Director, Armando Cabral (Portugal) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author (Nigeria), amongst others.

    Sessions are open to all registered CANEX WKND delegates along with all Masterclasses that commence on Thursday 24 November.

    For more information and to register for free go to www.CANEX.Africa.

  •  PA As a backlash grows to the re appointment of a senior minister in the British government the governing Conservative Party chairman has argued that she deserves a second chance Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was right to give Suella Braverman a shot at redemption six days after she was forced out by Liz Truss over a security breach Mr Sunak s attempt to unite the Tories is under strain with Mr Zahawi s predecessor Sir Jake Berry alleging multiple breaches of the Ministerial Code An allegation of Ms Braverman having been investigated by Government officials after the leaking of a story involving the security services also emerged Mr Sunak brought her back into the Cabinet as Home Secretary despite her resignation after she was caught sending a Tory backbencher a sensitive document from a personal email account Mr Zahawi defended her reappointment arguing that she admitted the mistake and resigned immediately a characterisation disputed by officials She fell on her sword she didn t try to ride it out and try to hang on to her job he told BBC Radio 4 s Today programme This Prime Minister looked at the details of this case and he believes in second chances and he s giving Suella Braverman a second chance I believe in redemption as I m sure many of your listeners would do as well Allies of the minister dubbed Leaky Sue insisted a suggestion that MI5 will give her lessons on what information she can and cannot share to prevent another breach was nonsense Meanwhile the Mail reported that she had been investigated by a unit within the Cabinet office over a leak about the Government s plan to seek an injunction against the BBC The newspaper said no conclusive evidence of the identity of the leaker behind a story about plans to bar the identification of a spy accused of terrorising his ex partner was found But it said MI5 played a role in the inquiry after the leak at the time Ms Braverman was attorney general sparked concern in the Security Service Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper who has demanded an official inquiry into Ms Braverman said These are extremely serious allegations There needs to be an urgent investigation into the Home Secretary s security breaches including these new allegations while she was attorney general The Prime Minister needs to say whether he knew about these allegations when he re appointed her Ignoring warnings about security risks when appointing a Home Secretary is highly irresponsible and dangerous PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    British minister deserves ‘second chance’ despite backlash
     PA As a backlash grows to the re appointment of a senior minister in the British government the governing Conservative Party chairman has argued that she deserves a second chance Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was right to give Suella Braverman a shot at redemption six days after she was forced out by Liz Truss over a security breach Mr Sunak s attempt to unite the Tories is under strain with Mr Zahawi s predecessor Sir Jake Berry alleging multiple breaches of the Ministerial Code An allegation of Ms Braverman having been investigated by Government officials after the leaking of a story involving the security services also emerged Mr Sunak brought her back into the Cabinet as Home Secretary despite her resignation after she was caught sending a Tory backbencher a sensitive document from a personal email account Mr Zahawi defended her reappointment arguing that she admitted the mistake and resigned immediately a characterisation disputed by officials She fell on her sword she didn t try to ride it out and try to hang on to her job he told BBC Radio 4 s Today programme This Prime Minister looked at the details of this case and he believes in second chances and he s giving Suella Braverman a second chance I believe in redemption as I m sure many of your listeners would do as well Allies of the minister dubbed Leaky Sue insisted a suggestion that MI5 will give her lessons on what information she can and cannot share to prevent another breach was nonsense Meanwhile the Mail reported that she had been investigated by a unit within the Cabinet office over a leak about the Government s plan to seek an injunction against the BBC The newspaper said no conclusive evidence of the identity of the leaker behind a story about plans to bar the identification of a spy accused of terrorising his ex partner was found But it said MI5 played a role in the inquiry after the leak at the time Ms Braverman was attorney general sparked concern in the Security Service Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper who has demanded an official inquiry into Ms Braverman said These are extremely serious allegations There needs to be an urgent investigation into the Home Secretary s security breaches including these new allegations while she was attorney general The Prime Minister needs to say whether he knew about these allegations when he re appointed her Ignoring warnings about security risks when appointing a Home Secretary is highly irresponsible and dangerous PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    British minister deserves ‘second chance’ despite backlash
    Foreign1 month ago

    British minister deserves ‘second chance’ despite backlash

    PA ) As a backlash grows to the re-appointment of a senior minister in the British government, the governing Conservative Party chairman has argued that she deserves a “second chance.

    ” Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was right to give Suella Braverman a shot at “redemption” six days after she was forced out by Liz Truss over a security breach.

    Mr Sunak’s attempt to unite the Tories is under strain, with Mr Zahawi’s predecessor, Sir Jake Berry, alleging “multiple breaches” of the Ministerial Code. An allegation of Ms Braverman having been investigated by Government officials after the leaking of a story involving the security services also emerged.

    Mr Sunak brought her back into the Cabinet as Home Secretary despite her resignation after she was caught sending a Tory backbencher a sensitive document from a personal email account.

    Mr Zahawi defended her reappointment, arguing that she admitted the “mistake” and resigned “immediately”, a characterisation disputed by officials.

    “She fell on her sword, she didn’t try to ride it out and try to hang on to her job,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

    “This Prime Minister looked at the details of this case and he believes in second chances and he’s giving Suella Braverman a second chance.

    I believe in redemption, as I’m sure many of your listeners would do as well.

    ” Allies of the minister dubbed “Leaky Sue” insisted a suggestion that MI5 will give her lessons on what information she can and cannot share to prevent another breach was “nonsense”.

    Meanwhile, the Mail reported that she had been investigated by a unit within the Cabinet office over a leak about the Government’s plan to seek an injunction against the BBC.

    The newspaper said no “conclusive evidence” of the identity of the leaker behind a story about plans to bar the identification of a spy accused of terrorising his ex-partner was found.

    But it said MI5 played a role in the inquiry after the leak at the time Ms Braverman was attorney general sparked “concern” in the Security Service.

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper, who has demanded an official inquiry into Ms Braverman, said: “These are extremely serious allegations.

    “There needs to be an urgent investigation into the Home Secretary’s security breaches including these new allegations while she was attorney general.

    “The Prime Minister needs to say whether he knew about these allegations when he re-appointed her.

    Ignoring warnings about security risks when appointing a Home Secretary is highly irresponsible and dangerous.

    ” (PA ) YEE(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  PA Estonia has called on Britain s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to commit to raising defence spending Mr Sunak has not matched a pledge by his predecessor Liz Truss to boost defence spending from 2 per cent to 3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product GDP by 2030 having previously described such targets as arbitary When asked in a BBC interview if NATO countries should aim to spend 3 per cent of GDP on defence Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said Absolutely He also said Russia s invasion of Ukraine was a game changer Autocrats are investing in weapons he added They believe in the power of arms To defend our values the rules based order we need also to invest in the weapons he said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace who survived Sunak s reshuffle in the same role would be on resignation watch if the government backtracks on the defence spending commitment Reinsalu also asked the UK not to cut troop numbers in Estonia saying we love UK soldiers and we want more It came after the government was criticised by opposition parties earlier this month for appearing to be shamelessly walking away from Estonia amid reports almost 700 British troops deployed to the country were being withdrawn without any planned replacements Are we successors of Chamberlain or Churchill Mr Reinsalu asked the BBC referring to the late prime ministers Sunak on Tuesday evening held his first call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky pledging the UK s steadfast support for his country a Downing Street spokesperson said The spokesperson added The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom s support for Ukraine would be as strong as ever under his premiership and President Zelensky could count on his Government to stand in continued solidarity PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NATO ally Estonia urges Sunak to increase Britain’s defence spending
     PA Estonia has called on Britain s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to commit to raising defence spending Mr Sunak has not matched a pledge by his predecessor Liz Truss to boost defence spending from 2 per cent to 3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product GDP by 2030 having previously described such targets as arbitary When asked in a BBC interview if NATO countries should aim to spend 3 per cent of GDP on defence Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said Absolutely He also said Russia s invasion of Ukraine was a game changer Autocrats are investing in weapons he added They believe in the power of arms To defend our values the rules based order we need also to invest in the weapons he said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace who survived Sunak s reshuffle in the same role would be on resignation watch if the government backtracks on the defence spending commitment Reinsalu also asked the UK not to cut troop numbers in Estonia saying we love UK soldiers and we want more It came after the government was criticised by opposition parties earlier this month for appearing to be shamelessly walking away from Estonia amid reports almost 700 British troops deployed to the country were being withdrawn without any planned replacements Are we successors of Chamberlain or Churchill Mr Reinsalu asked the BBC referring to the late prime ministers Sunak on Tuesday evening held his first call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky pledging the UK s steadfast support for his country a Downing Street spokesperson said The spokesperson added The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom s support for Ukraine would be as strong as ever under his premiership and President Zelensky could count on his Government to stand in continued solidarity PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NATO ally Estonia urges Sunak to increase Britain’s defence spending
    Foreign1 month ago

    NATO ally Estonia urges Sunak to increase Britain’s defence spending

    PA ) Estonia has called on Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to commit to raising defence spending.

    Mr Sunak has not matched a pledge by his predecessor Liz Truss to boost defence spending from 2 per cent to 3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2030, having previously described such targets as “arbitary”.

    When asked in a BBC interview if NATO countries should aim to spend 3 per cent of GDP on defence, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said: “Absolutely.

    ” He also said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a “game-changer”.

    “Autocrats are investing in weapons,” he added.

    “They believe in (the) power of arms.

    ” “To defend our values – the rules-based order – we need also to invest in the weapons,” he said.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who survived Sunak’s reshuffle in the same role, would be on resignation watch if the government backtracks on the defence spending commitment.

    Reinsalu also asked the UK not to cut troop numbers in Estonia, saying “we love UK soldiers” and “we want more”.

    It came after the government was criticised by opposition parties earlier this month for appearing to be “shamelessly walking away” from Estonia, amid reports almost 700 British troops deployed to the country were being withdrawn without any planned replacements.

    “Are we successors of Chamberlain or Churchill?

    ” Mr Reinsalu asked the BBC, referring to the late prime ministers.

    Sunak on Tuesday evening held his first call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky, pledging the UK’s “steadfast support” for his country, a Downing Street spokesperson said.

    The spokesperson added: “The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom’s support for Ukraine would be as strong as ever under his premiership, and President Zelensky could count on his Government to stand in continued solidarity.

    ” (PA ) YEE == (
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain s next prime minister after his rival Boris Johnson quit the race admitting that he could no longer unite their party following one of the most turbulent periods in British political history Sunak the 42 year old former finance minister could be named leader as soon as Monday to replace Liz Truss becoming Britain s third prime minister in less than two months The multi millionaire former hedge fund boss will face one of the most daunting set of challenges tasked with rebuilding Britain s fiscal reputation through deep spending cuts as it slides into a recession dragged down by surging energy food and mortgage rates He will also preside over a party that has bounced from one crisis to the next in recent months badly split along ideological lines and a country that is growing increasingly angry at the conduct of its politicians The United Kingdom is a great country but we face a profound economic crisis Sunak said in a statement declaring his candidacy on Sunday First he must defeat the last candidate in the contest Penny Mordaunt who is fighting to secure the support of 100 lawmakers to get on to Monday s ballot Penny Mordaunt fighting to secure the support of 100 lawmakers to get on to Monday s ballot Mordaunt who is leader of parliament s House of Commons has so far received the backing of around 25 politicians More than 150 have backed Sunak Should she fail to hit the threshold Sunak would become prime minister If she makes it onto the ballot the party s members will select the winner on Friday He s not taking anything for granted at all interior minister Grant Shapps a supporter of Sunak told BBC television He s speaking to colleagues throughout this morning And of course we ll be hoping to attract sufficient numbers to ensure that this can be put to bed Shapps added Citi economist Benjamin Nabarro said he was sceptical that the government had the legitimacy to manage the current economic challenges Its first task will be to present a budget expected on Oct 31 to plug a black hole in the public finances Political machinations over the weekend point to a party beset with divisions With party unity and legitimacy conspicuously threadbare we expect a structural credibility gap to remain Nabarro said Investors have at least been given some reassurance that Johnson will not be fighting for the leadership again The former prime minister forced out of office by a ministerial rebellion earlier this year following a series of scandals had raced home from a holiday in the Caribbean to see if he could enter the ballot He said on Sunday night that while he had secured sufficient support he realised that he could not govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has realised he could not govern effectively without a united Conservative party in parliament Johnson has loomed large over British politics for years He led his party to a landslide election victory in 2019 but was forced out of Downing Street less than three years later following a string of scandals Boris has bottled it the Metro newspaper said on its front page as many lawmakers questioned whether he had actually secured the backing of the necessary 100 lawmakers By Sunday just more than 50 said publicly they would vote for Johnson Many of Johnson s supporters had previously accused Sunak of betrayal after he quit as finance minister in the summer triggering the rebellion that forced Johnson out Sunak first came to national attention when aged 39 he became finance minister under Johnson just as the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in Britain developing a furlough scheme to support millions of people through multiple lockdowns If chosen the former Goldman Sachs analyst would be the United Kingdom s first prime minister of Indian origin His family migrated to Britain in the 1960s a period when many people from Britain s former colonies arrived to help rebuild the country after the Second World War After graduating from Oxford University he later went to Stanford University where he met his wife Akshata Murthy whose father is Indian billionaire N R Narayana Murthy founder of outsourcing giant Infosys Ltd He also worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sunak looks set to become next UK PM after Johnson quits race
     Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain s next prime minister after his rival Boris Johnson quit the race admitting that he could no longer unite their party following one of the most turbulent periods in British political history Sunak the 42 year old former finance minister could be named leader as soon as Monday to replace Liz Truss becoming Britain s third prime minister in less than two months The multi millionaire former hedge fund boss will face one of the most daunting set of challenges tasked with rebuilding Britain s fiscal reputation through deep spending cuts as it slides into a recession dragged down by surging energy food and mortgage rates He will also preside over a party that has bounced from one crisis to the next in recent months badly split along ideological lines and a country that is growing increasingly angry at the conduct of its politicians The United Kingdom is a great country but we face a profound economic crisis Sunak said in a statement declaring his candidacy on Sunday First he must defeat the last candidate in the contest Penny Mordaunt who is fighting to secure the support of 100 lawmakers to get on to Monday s ballot Penny Mordaunt fighting to secure the support of 100 lawmakers to get on to Monday s ballot Mordaunt who is leader of parliament s House of Commons has so far received the backing of around 25 politicians More than 150 have backed Sunak Should she fail to hit the threshold Sunak would become prime minister If she makes it onto the ballot the party s members will select the winner on Friday He s not taking anything for granted at all interior minister Grant Shapps a supporter of Sunak told BBC television He s speaking to colleagues throughout this morning And of course we ll be hoping to attract sufficient numbers to ensure that this can be put to bed Shapps added Citi economist Benjamin Nabarro said he was sceptical that the government had the legitimacy to manage the current economic challenges Its first task will be to present a budget expected on Oct 31 to plug a black hole in the public finances Political machinations over the weekend point to a party beset with divisions With party unity and legitimacy conspicuously threadbare we expect a structural credibility gap to remain Nabarro said Investors have at least been given some reassurance that Johnson will not be fighting for the leadership again The former prime minister forced out of office by a ministerial rebellion earlier this year following a series of scandals had raced home from a holiday in the Caribbean to see if he could enter the ballot He said on Sunday night that while he had secured sufficient support he realised that he could not govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has realised he could not govern effectively without a united Conservative party in parliament Johnson has loomed large over British politics for years He led his party to a landslide election victory in 2019 but was forced out of Downing Street less than three years later following a string of scandals Boris has bottled it the Metro newspaper said on its front page as many lawmakers questioned whether he had actually secured the backing of the necessary 100 lawmakers By Sunday just more than 50 said publicly they would vote for Johnson Many of Johnson s supporters had previously accused Sunak of betrayal after he quit as finance minister in the summer triggering the rebellion that forced Johnson out Sunak first came to national attention when aged 39 he became finance minister under Johnson just as the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in Britain developing a furlough scheme to support millions of people through multiple lockdowns If chosen the former Goldman Sachs analyst would be the United Kingdom s first prime minister of Indian origin His family migrated to Britain in the 1960s a period when many people from Britain s former colonies arrived to help rebuild the country after the Second World War After graduating from Oxford University he later went to Stanford University where he met his wife Akshata Murthy whose father is Indian billionaire N R Narayana Murthy founder of outsourcing giant Infosys Ltd He also worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sunak looks set to become next UK PM after Johnson quits race
    Foreign1 month ago

    Sunak looks set to become next UK PM after Johnson quits race

    Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain’s next prime minister after his rival Boris Johnson quit the race, admitting that he could no longer unite their party following one of the most turbulent periods in British political history.

    Sunak, the 42-year-old former finance minister, could be named leader as soon as Monday to replace Liz Truss, becoming Britain’s third prime minister in less than two months.

    The multi-millionaire former hedge fund boss will face one of the most daunting set of challenges, tasked with rebuilding Britain’s fiscal reputation through deep spending cuts as it slides into a recession, dragged down by surging energy, food, and mortgage rates.

    He will also preside over a party that has bounced from one crisis to the next in recent months, badly split along ideological lines and a country that is growing increasingly angry at the conduct of its politicians.

    “The United Kingdom is a great country but we face a profound economic crisis,” Sunak said in a statement declaring his candidacy on Sunday.

    First he must defeat the last candidate in the contest, Penny Mordaunt, who is fighting to secure the support of 100 lawmakers to get on to Monday’s ballot.

    Penny Mordaunt, fighting to secure the support of 100 lawmakers to get on to Monday’s ballot.

    Mordaunt, who is leader of parliament’s House of Commons, has so far received the backing of around 25 politicians.

    More than 150 have backed Sunak.

    Should she fail to hit the threshold, Sunak would become prime minister.

    If she makes it onto the ballot, the party’s members will select the winner on Friday.

    “He’s not taking anything for granted at all,” interior minister Grant Shapps, a supporter of Sunak, told BBC television.

    “He’s speaking to colleagues throughout this morning.

    “And of course, we’ll be hoping to attract sufficient numbers to ensure that this can be put to bed,” Shapps added.

    Citi economist Benjamin Nabarro said he was sceptical that the government had the legitimacy to manage the current economic challenges.

    Its first task will be to present a budget, expected on Oct. 31, to plug a black hole in the public finances.

    “Political machinations over the weekend point to a party beset with divisions.

    “With party unity and legitimacy conspicuously threadbare, we expect a structural credibility gap to remain,” Nabarro said.

    Investors have at least been given some reassurance that Johnson will not be fighting for the leadership again.

    The former prime minister – forced out of office by a ministerial rebellion earlier this year following a series of scandals – had raced home from a holiday in the Caribbean to see if he could enter the ballot.

    He said on Sunday night that while he had secured sufficient support, he realised that he could not govern effectively “unless you have a united party in parliament”.

    Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has realised he could not govern effectively without a united Conservative party in parliament.

    Johnson has loomed large over British politics for years.

    He led his party to a landslide election victory in 2019 but was forced out of Downing Street less than three years later following a string of scandals.

    “Boris has bottled it,” the Metro newspaper said on its front page as many lawmakers questioned whether he had actually secured the backing of the necessary 100 lawmakers.

    By Sunday just more than 50 said publicly they would vote for Johnson.

    Many of Johnson’s supporters had previously accused Sunak of betrayal after he quit as finance minister in the summer, triggering the rebellion that forced Johnson out Sunak first came to national attention when, aged 39, he became finance minister under Johnson just as the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in Britain, developing a furlough scheme to support millions of people through multiple lockdowns.

    If chosen, the former Goldman Sachs analyst would be the United Kingdom’s first prime minister of Indian origin.

    His family migrated to Britain in the 1960s, a period when many people from Britain’s former colonies arrived to help rebuild the country after the Second World War. After graduating from Oxford University, he later went to Stanford University where he met his wife Akshata Murthy, whose father is Indian billionaire N.

    R.

    Narayana Murthy, founder of outsourcing giant Infosys Ltd. He also worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst.

    YEE == (
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Boris Becker s lawyer has said that the three time Wimbledon champion was doing well given the circumstances as he approached six months in a British prison over bankruptcy offences Lawyer Christian Oliver Moser also told dpa it was yet to be decided whether Becker would be extradited to his native Germany after serving his term behind bars The Southwark Crown Court sentenced the former world number one tennis player on April 29 to two and a half years of imprisonment for hiding 2 5 million pounds 3 14 million dollars worth of assets Also loans to avoid paying his debts after being declared bankrupt in 2017 Becker 54 is now at Huntercombe prison an institution for foreign nationals which has a lower security level than the Wandsworth prison where he spent the first weeks Our client Boris Becker is still doing well given the circumstances and he fits constructively into everyday prison life his German lawyer Moser said He said Becker could make phone calls and communicate with the outside world at any time But he did not want to go into further details such as whether Becker was doing sport there or other activities citing privacy reasons It remained unclear whether Becker could leave the prison next year as the verdict said he should serve half of the sentence with the remaining 15 months on probation It was also unclear whether he can stay in the UK Becker has been living in London for 10 years but doesn t have British citizenship He worked as BBC pundit at Wimbledon in the past The Home Office has only said that every foreigner who has been sentenced to a prison term in Britain could face extradition Moser said it was unclear at the moment whether and possibly when he would be extradited to Germany and added that there are no concrete plans about his future private residence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Boris Becker ‘doing well, given circumstances’ in prison – Lawyer
     Boris Becker s lawyer has said that the three time Wimbledon champion was doing well given the circumstances as he approached six months in a British prison over bankruptcy offences Lawyer Christian Oliver Moser also told dpa it was yet to be decided whether Becker would be extradited to his native Germany after serving his term behind bars The Southwark Crown Court sentenced the former world number one tennis player on April 29 to two and a half years of imprisonment for hiding 2 5 million pounds 3 14 million dollars worth of assets Also loans to avoid paying his debts after being declared bankrupt in 2017 Becker 54 is now at Huntercombe prison an institution for foreign nationals which has a lower security level than the Wandsworth prison where he spent the first weeks Our client Boris Becker is still doing well given the circumstances and he fits constructively into everyday prison life his German lawyer Moser said He said Becker could make phone calls and communicate with the outside world at any time But he did not want to go into further details such as whether Becker was doing sport there or other activities citing privacy reasons It remained unclear whether Becker could leave the prison next year as the verdict said he should serve half of the sentence with the remaining 15 months on probation It was also unclear whether he can stay in the UK Becker has been living in London for 10 years but doesn t have British citizenship He worked as BBC pundit at Wimbledon in the past The Home Office has only said that every foreigner who has been sentenced to a prison term in Britain could face extradition Moser said it was unclear at the moment whether and possibly when he would be extradited to Germany and added that there are no concrete plans about his future private residence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Boris Becker ‘doing well, given circumstances’ in prison – Lawyer
    Foreign1 month ago

    Boris Becker ‘doing well, given circumstances’ in prison – Lawyer

    Boris Becker’s lawyer has said that the three-time Wimbledon champion was doing well, given the circumstances as he approached six months in a British prison over bankruptcy offences.

    Lawyer Christian-Oliver Moser also told dpa it was yet to be decided whether Becker would be extradited to his native Germany after serving his term behind bars.

    The Southwark Crown Court sentenced the former world number one tennis player on April 29 to two-and-a-half years of imprisonment for hiding 2.5 million pounds (3.14 million dollars) worth of assets.

    Also loans to avoid paying his debts after being declared bankrupt in 2017. Becker, 54, is now at Huntercombe prison, an institution for foreign nationals which has a lower security level than the Wandsworth prison where he spent the first weeks.

    “Our client, Boris Becker, is still doing well given the circumstances and he fits constructively into everyday prison life,’’ his German lawyer Moser said.

    He said Becker could make phone calls and communicate with the outside world at any time.

    But he did not want to go into further details such as whether Becker was doing sport there or other activities, citing privacy reasons.

    It remained unclear whether Becker could leave the prison next year as the verdict said he should serve half of the sentence with the remaining 15 months on probation.

    It was also unclear whether he can stay in the UK.

    Becker has been living in London for 10 years but doesn’t have British citizenship.

    He worked as BBC pundit at Wimbledon in the past.

    The Home Office has only said that every foreigner who has been sentenced to a prison term in Britain could face extradition.

    Moser said it was unclear at the moment whether and possibly when he would be extradited to Germany and added that “there are no concrete plans about his future private residence.


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  •  PA Rishi Sunak has gained a valuable ally in his likely bid to become Britain s next prime minister as Boris Johnson backers were challenged over claims he has reached the magic number required to secure a spot on the Conservative ballot paper In a blow to Johnson s potential campaign to seek a second stint in the office International Trade Secretary and former leadership contender Kemi Badenoch threw her weight behind the ex chancellor Sunak insisting now is not the time for nostalgia for the cavalier elan of 2019 While she admitted she had on occasion been a member of the Boris Johnson fan club she said the Tories are not organising a popularity contest and stressed the party is not a vehicle for any one individual s personal ambitions It comes as Johnson has returned to Britain to plot a bid to rerun for the top job in a move that has divided opinion among Conservative lawmakers including his former allies He arrived at London s Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning with his family after breaking off a holiday in the Dominican Republic in the wake of Prime Minister Liz Truss s dramatic resignation on Thursday He was rumoured to be planning talks with Sunak on Saturday possibly face to face Sir James Duddridge a Johnson ally claimed the ex PM had the backing of the 100 nominations by Conservative MPs needed by Monday to enter the contest to become leader of the party and therefore the next prime minister But Sunak supporter Richard Holden cast doubt on this suggestion arguing the equivalent public declarations had not yet manifested because they don t exist Sir Robert Syms another Sunak backer wrote on Twitter If Boris has 100 in the bag why is his campaign putting out pics of him begging for votes In spite of being the only candidate to declare so far Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt is lagging behind on public support from MPs with just 21 to Johnson s 43 and Sunak s 110 according to a PA news agency tally Setting out her plan to unite the party and the country in The Express she warned the Tories have let ourselves become distracted by internal disputes Mordaunt used her pitch to stress the need to make Brexit work focus on the potential of all our citizens and defend our Union and its territorial integrity pledging her support for reforming the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol with the EU International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch meanwhile suggested Sunak would bring a disciplined approach to government citing his fiscal conservativism and stressing that right now being able to say no is what we need She said everyone in the party will need to make sacrifices to prove to people the Conservatives can unite For her this means refraining from a second leadership bid she said while some will have to forsake a job in government under their preferred candidate so that others can be brought into the tent Johnson s potential reinstatement has divided opinion even among his allies in the parliamentary party including his former deputy prime minister and foreign secretary Dominic Raab Appearing on the broadcast round on Saturday Raab said we cannot go backwards and pointed out the ex PM faces a probe into his actions over partygate the scandal surrounding parties held by Conservative government officials while the country had tough Coronavirus restrictions in place Raab backed Sunak saying he was very confident he would stand He told BBC Breakfast I think the critical issue here is going to be the economy Rishi had the right plan in the summer and I think it is the right plan now YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rishi Sunak gains valuable ally in likely bid to be next British PM
     PA Rishi Sunak has gained a valuable ally in his likely bid to become Britain s next prime minister as Boris Johnson backers were challenged over claims he has reached the magic number required to secure a spot on the Conservative ballot paper In a blow to Johnson s potential campaign to seek a second stint in the office International Trade Secretary and former leadership contender Kemi Badenoch threw her weight behind the ex chancellor Sunak insisting now is not the time for nostalgia for the cavalier elan of 2019 While she admitted she had on occasion been a member of the Boris Johnson fan club she said the Tories are not organising a popularity contest and stressed the party is not a vehicle for any one individual s personal ambitions It comes as Johnson has returned to Britain to plot a bid to rerun for the top job in a move that has divided opinion among Conservative lawmakers including his former allies He arrived at London s Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning with his family after breaking off a holiday in the Dominican Republic in the wake of Prime Minister Liz Truss s dramatic resignation on Thursday He was rumoured to be planning talks with Sunak on Saturday possibly face to face Sir James Duddridge a Johnson ally claimed the ex PM had the backing of the 100 nominations by Conservative MPs needed by Monday to enter the contest to become leader of the party and therefore the next prime minister But Sunak supporter Richard Holden cast doubt on this suggestion arguing the equivalent public declarations had not yet manifested because they don t exist Sir Robert Syms another Sunak backer wrote on Twitter If Boris has 100 in the bag why is his campaign putting out pics of him begging for votes In spite of being the only candidate to declare so far Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt is lagging behind on public support from MPs with just 21 to Johnson s 43 and Sunak s 110 according to a PA news agency tally Setting out her plan to unite the party and the country in The Express she warned the Tories have let ourselves become distracted by internal disputes Mordaunt used her pitch to stress the need to make Brexit work focus on the potential of all our citizens and defend our Union and its territorial integrity pledging her support for reforming the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol with the EU International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch meanwhile suggested Sunak would bring a disciplined approach to government citing his fiscal conservativism and stressing that right now being able to say no is what we need She said everyone in the party will need to make sacrifices to prove to people the Conservatives can unite For her this means refraining from a second leadership bid she said while some will have to forsake a job in government under their preferred candidate so that others can be brought into the tent Johnson s potential reinstatement has divided opinion even among his allies in the parliamentary party including his former deputy prime minister and foreign secretary Dominic Raab Appearing on the broadcast round on Saturday Raab said we cannot go backwards and pointed out the ex PM faces a probe into his actions over partygate the scandal surrounding parties held by Conservative government officials while the country had tough Coronavirus restrictions in place Raab backed Sunak saying he was very confident he would stand He told BBC Breakfast I think the critical issue here is going to be the economy Rishi had the right plan in the summer and I think it is the right plan now YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Rishi Sunak gains valuable ally in likely bid to be next British PM
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    Rishi Sunak gains valuable ally in likely bid to be next British PM

    PA ) Rishi Sunak has gained a valuable ally in his likely bid to become Britain’s next prime minister as Boris Johnson backers were challenged over claims he has reached the magic number required to secure a spot on the Conservative ballot paper.

    In a blow to Johnson’s potential campaign to seek a second stint in the office, International Trade Secretary and former leadership contender Kemi Badenoch threw her weight behind the ex-chancellor Sunak, insisting now is not the time for “nostalgia for the cavalier elan of 2019.” While she admitted she had “on occasion” been a member of “the Boris Johnson fan club,” she said the Tories are not “organising a popularity contest,” and stressed the party is “not a vehicle for any one individual’s personal ambitions.

    ” It comes as Johnson has returned to Britain to plot a bid to rerun for the top job in a move that has divided opinion among Conservative lawmakers, including his former allies.

    He arrived at London’s Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning with his family after breaking off a holiday in the Dominican Republic in the wake of Prime Minister Liz Truss’s dramatic resignation on Thursday.

    He was rumoured to be planning talks with Sunak on Saturday – possibly face to face.

    Sir James Duddridge, a Johnson ally, claimed the ex-PM had the backing of the 100 nominations by Conservative MPs needed by Monday to enter the contest to become leader of the party and therefore the next prime minister.

    But Sunak supporter Richard Holden cast doubt on this suggestion, arguing the equivalent public declarations had not yet manifested “because they don’t exist.

    ” Sir Robert Syms, another Sunak backer, wrote on Twitter: “If Boris has 100 in the bag why is his campaign putting out pics of him begging for votes?

    ” In spite of being the only candidate to declare so far, Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt is lagging behind on public support from MPs, with just 21 to Johnson’s 43 and Sunak’s 110, according to a PA news agency tally.

    Setting out her plan to “unite the party and the country” in The Express, she warned the Tories have “let ourselves become distracted by internal disputes.

    ” Mordaunt used her pitch to stress the need to “make Brexit work,” “focus on the potential of all our citizens” and “defend our Union and its territorial integrity,” pledging her support for reforming the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol with the EU.

    International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, meanwhile, suggested Sunak would bring a “disciplined approach” to government, citing his “fiscal conservativism” and stressing that “right now, being able to say no is what we need.

    ” She said everyone in the party will need to make “sacrifices” to prove to people the Conservatives can “unite.

    ” For her, this means refraining from a second leadership bid, she said, while some will have to forsake a job in government under their preferred candidate “so that others can be brought into the tent.

    ” Johnson’s potential reinstatement has divided opinion even among his allies in the parliamentary party, including his former deputy prime minister and foreign secretary Dominic Raab. Appearing on the broadcast round on Saturday, Raab said “we cannot go backwards” and pointed out the ex-PM faces a probe into his actions over partygate – the scandal surrounding parties held by Conservative government officials while the country had tough Coronavirus restrictions in place.

    Raab backed Sunak, saying he was “very confident” he would stand.

    He told BBC Breakfast: “I think the critical issue here is going to be the economy.

    Rishi had the right plan in the summer and I think it is the right plan now.

    ” YEE(
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  •  Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak on Friday were leading the potential contenders to replace British Prime Minister Liz Truss with candidates canvassing support to become Conservative Party leader in a fast tracked contest After Truss quit on Thursday ending her six weeks in power those who want to replace her were trying to find the 100 votes from Conservative lawmakers needed to run in a contest that the party hoped would reset its ailing fortunes With the Conservatives all but facing a wipeout in the next national election according to opinion polls the race is on to become the fifth British premiere in six years The winner would be announced on either Monday or Friday next week In what would be an extraordinary comeback Johnson who was ousted by lawmakers just over three months ago was running high up the ranks alongside Sunak to be crowned the next prime minister I think he s got that proven track record to turn around things He can turn it around again And I m sure my colleagues hear that message loud and clear Conservative lawmaker Paul Bristow said of Johnson on LBC radio Boris Johnson can win the next general election he said Johnson who left office comparing himself to a Roman dictator brought into power twice to fend off crises might face difficulty in reaching the 100 votes after his three year tenure was blighted by scandals and allegations of misconduct One of his former advisers who no longer spoke to Johnson and requested not to be identified said he was unlikely to reach the target haven alienated dozens of Conservatives during his scandal ridden tenure The Financial Times newspaper which called for a new election said a Boris comeback would be farcical Will Walden who also previously worked for Johnson said the former prime minister was returning from holiday and was taking soundings The country needs a grown up serious leader Boris had his chance let s move on I suspect that is not what the Tory party will do they may well re elect him he told the BBC Business minister Jacob Rees Mogg said he was backing Boris tweeting his support with the hashtag Borisorbust The contest began on Thursday hours after Truss stood in front of her Downing Street office to say she could not go on Sunak the former Goldman Sachs analyst who became finance minister just as the COVID 19 pandemic arrived in Europe and was runner up to Truss in the previous leadership contest this summer was a favourite with bookmakers followed by Johnson Running in third was Penny Mordaunt a former defence minister popular with party members None had formally declared their candidacy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak lead race to be UK’s next prime minister
     Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak on Friday were leading the potential contenders to replace British Prime Minister Liz Truss with candidates canvassing support to become Conservative Party leader in a fast tracked contest After Truss quit on Thursday ending her six weeks in power those who want to replace her were trying to find the 100 votes from Conservative lawmakers needed to run in a contest that the party hoped would reset its ailing fortunes With the Conservatives all but facing a wipeout in the next national election according to opinion polls the race is on to become the fifth British premiere in six years The winner would be announced on either Monday or Friday next week In what would be an extraordinary comeback Johnson who was ousted by lawmakers just over three months ago was running high up the ranks alongside Sunak to be crowned the next prime minister I think he s got that proven track record to turn around things He can turn it around again And I m sure my colleagues hear that message loud and clear Conservative lawmaker Paul Bristow said of Johnson on LBC radio Boris Johnson can win the next general election he said Johnson who left office comparing himself to a Roman dictator brought into power twice to fend off crises might face difficulty in reaching the 100 votes after his three year tenure was blighted by scandals and allegations of misconduct One of his former advisers who no longer spoke to Johnson and requested not to be identified said he was unlikely to reach the target haven alienated dozens of Conservatives during his scandal ridden tenure The Financial Times newspaper which called for a new election said a Boris comeback would be farcical Will Walden who also previously worked for Johnson said the former prime minister was returning from holiday and was taking soundings The country needs a grown up serious leader Boris had his chance let s move on I suspect that is not what the Tory party will do they may well re elect him he told the BBC Business minister Jacob Rees Mogg said he was backing Boris tweeting his support with the hashtag Borisorbust The contest began on Thursday hours after Truss stood in front of her Downing Street office to say she could not go on Sunak the former Goldman Sachs analyst who became finance minister just as the COVID 19 pandemic arrived in Europe and was runner up to Truss in the previous leadership contest this summer was a favourite with bookmakers followed by Johnson Running in third was Penny Mordaunt a former defence minister popular with party members None had formally declared their candidacy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak lead race to be UK’s next prime minister
    Foreign1 month ago

    Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak lead race to be UK’s next prime minister

    Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak on Friday were leading the potential contenders to replace British Prime Minister Liz Truss with candidates canvassing support to become Conservative Party leader in a fast-tracked contest.

    After Truss quit on Thursday, ending her six weeks in power, those who want to replace her were trying to find the 100 votes from Conservative lawmakers needed to run in a contest that the party hoped would reset its ailing fortunes.

    With the Conservatives all but facing a wipeout in the next national election, according to opinion polls, the race is on to become the fifth British premiere in six years.

    The winner would be announced on either Monday or Friday next week.

    In what would be an extraordinary comeback, Johnson, who was ousted by lawmakers just over three months ago, was running high up the ranks alongside Sunak to be crowned the next prime minister.

    “I think he’s got that proven track record to turn around things.

    He can turn it around again.

    And I’m sure my colleagues hear that message loud and clear,” Conservative lawmaker Paul Bristow said of Johnson on LBC radio.

    “Boris Johnson can win the next general election,” he said.

    Johnson, who left office comparing himself to a Roman dictator brought into power twice to fend off crises, might face difficulty in reaching the 100 votes after his three-year tenure was blighted by scandals and allegations of misconduct.

    One of his former advisers, who no longer spoke  to Johnson and requested not to be identified, said he was unlikely to reach the target, haven alienated dozens of Conservatives during his scandal-ridden tenure.

    The Financial Times newspaper, which called for a new election, said a Boris comeback would be “farcical”.

    Will Walden, who also previously worked for Johnson, said the former prime minister was returning from holiday and was taking soundings.

    “The country needs a grown-up, serious leader.

    Boris had his chance, let’s move on.

    I suspect that is not what the Tory party will do, they may well re-elect him,” he told the BBC.

    Business minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was backing Boris, tweeting his support with the hashtag ‘#Borisorbust’.

    The contest began on Thursday, hours after Truss stood in front of her Downing Street office to say she could not go on.

    Sunak, the former Goldman Sachs analyst who became finance minister just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Europe and was runner-up to Truss in the previous leadership contest this summer, was a favourite with bookmakers, followed by Johnson.

    Running in third was Penny Mordaunt, a former defence minister popular with party members.

    None had formally declared their candidacy.


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  •  Britain s Ministry of Defence MoD has warned of recruitment schemes headhunting former British military pilots to train members of the Chinese Army The BBC reports up to 30 former pilots were believed to have trained in China s People s Liberation Army The pilots are reported to have served across the British military and not just in the Royal Air Force The MoD has issued an intelligence alert warning pilots against taking part In a statement the MoD said it was attempting to stop the recruitment of both former and serving pilots We are taking decisive steps to stop Chinese recruitment schemes attempting to headhunt serving and former UK Armed Forces pilots to train People s Liberation Army personnel in the People s Republic of China All serving and former personnel are already subject to the Official Secrets Act and we are reviewing the use of confidentiality contracts and non disclosure agreements across Defence While the new National Security Bill will create additional tools to tackle contemporary security challenges including this one MoD spokesperson said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Britain trying to stop recruitment of pilots to train Chinese army
     Britain s Ministry of Defence MoD has warned of recruitment schemes headhunting former British military pilots to train members of the Chinese Army The BBC reports up to 30 former pilots were believed to have trained in China s People s Liberation Army The pilots are reported to have served across the British military and not just in the Royal Air Force The MoD has issued an intelligence alert warning pilots against taking part In a statement the MoD said it was attempting to stop the recruitment of both former and serving pilots We are taking decisive steps to stop Chinese recruitment schemes attempting to headhunt serving and former UK Armed Forces pilots to train People s Liberation Army personnel in the People s Republic of China All serving and former personnel are already subject to the Official Secrets Act and we are reviewing the use of confidentiality contracts and non disclosure agreements across Defence While the new National Security Bill will create additional tools to tackle contemporary security challenges including this one MoD spokesperson said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Britain trying to stop recruitment of pilots to train Chinese army
    Foreign1 month ago

    Britain trying to stop recruitment of pilots to train Chinese army

    Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has warned of recruitment schemes headhunting former British military pilots to train members of the Chinese Army. The BBC reports up to 30 former pilots were believed to have trained in China’s People’s Liberation Army. The pilots are reported to have served across the British military and not just in the Royal Air Force.

    The MoD has issued an intelligence alert warning pilots against taking part.

    In a statement, the MoD said it was attempting to stop the recruitment of both former and serving pilots.

    “We are taking decisive steps to stop Chinese recruitment schemes attempting to headhunt serving and former UK Armed Forces pilots to train People’s Liberation Army personnel in the People’s Republic of China.

    “All serving and former personnel are already subject to the Official Secrets Act, and we are reviewing the use of confidentiality contracts and non-disclosure agreements across Defence.

    “While the new National Security Bill will create additional tools to tackle contemporary security challenges including this one,’’ MoD spokesperson said.


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  •   The Africa Hospitality Investment Forum AHIF has revealed an impressive list of speakers for its 2022 conference The program features several government ministers the president of Morocco s tourism development agency the president and CEO of Royal Air Maroc and a battery of Africa s most influential hospitality industry executives with the power to transform destinations The event will also facilitate an investment site visit by invitation to Guelmim which Wanderlust has described as the gateway to the Sahara and one of Morocco s best kept secrets The conference program will bring around sixty top executives investors bankers government officials consultants and other experts on stage to discuss all the major issues affecting hotel development and operation in Africa in general and Morocco specifically Highlights include Daniel Silke one of Africa s most charismatic political and economic commentators discussing investment incentives with Fatim Zahra Ammor Moroccan Minister of Tourism Mohcine Jazouli Minister Delegate i c Investment and Mohammed Abdeljalil Minister of Transport and Logistics It also explores the global economic outlook with Pat Thaker Chief Economist at the Rajan Datar Economist Intelligence Unit Presenter BBC Travel Show and BBC World News interviewing Abdelhamid Addou CEO Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc Nick van Marken a leading hotel consultant interviewing Haitham Mattar Regional General Manager IHG Hotels Resorts and Jochem Jan Sleiffer Regional President Hilton about the future of hospitality An exploration of Africa s best domestic tourism and hotel development opportunities with Hilton Louvre Marriott and Radisson Development Directors A Case Study looking at the regeneration of The Casablanca and Rabat CBD with Youssef Chraibi Managing Partner MAGESPRO Africa and Ewan Cameron Director Africa Westmont Hospitality Rajan Datar Interviewing Amos Wekesa Founder and CEO Great Lakes Safaris A panel discussion moderated by Wayne Godwin of JL L with the directors of four major African hotel investors Kasada Capital Management Millat Investments City Blue Hotels and Risma The CEOs of Louvre Hotels Pierre Fr d ric Roulot and PropCo Selina Saurabh Chawla being questioned by Nick van Marken about the lessons Recent Learners Africa s Hotel Performance in Numbers with Thomas Emmanuel Senior Director STR Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and Chairman of APO Group discussing the power of mega events for hotel development with Amadou Gallo Fall NBA SVP President Basketball Africa League Jason Jennings Group COO Event Horizon and Robins Tchale Watchou CEO Vivendi Sports Sessions on branding construction costs contingency planning destination development employment franchising hotel design trends hotel development channel leadership mixed use projects fundraising resorts scene planning rivers supply chain management sustainability new technologies and much much more Imad Barrakad President and CEO of SMIT said Agadir and the entire southern coast of Morocco have seen great progress in recent years thanks to the guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI as well as all the people who support and believe in the success of this venture I look forward to welcoming the global investment community to Taghazout very soon to show them the success story of Taghazout and all the potential and benefits the region has to offer Matthew Weihs CEO of The Bench which organizes AHIF said I am optimistic that this year s AHIF will generate a large number of new deals for the following reasons We are meeting in person for the first time in three years we are visiting a destination that offers exceptional potential not only the gateway to the Sahara but miles of pristine coastline looking west over the ocean we are being welcomed by a country that truly understands the value of tourism we have a high concentration of major players with the firepower to transform a location and we have an event format that will facilitate an exceptional amount of productive networking in both relaxed and formal settings Delegates attending this year s AHIF November 2 4 at the luxurious Fairmont Taghazout Bay a five star resort near Agadir are encouraged to enjoy the resort over the weekend as The Bench the event organizer is offering post event weekend packages that include golf surfing yoga and other activities to entice delegates to bring their members and expand their connections in a very friendly environment
    Big guns point at Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF)
      The Africa Hospitality Investment Forum AHIF has revealed an impressive list of speakers for its 2022 conference The program features several government ministers the president of Morocco s tourism development agency the president and CEO of Royal Air Maroc and a battery of Africa s most influential hospitality industry executives with the power to transform destinations The event will also facilitate an investment site visit by invitation to Guelmim which Wanderlust has described as the gateway to the Sahara and one of Morocco s best kept secrets The conference program will bring around sixty top executives investors bankers government officials consultants and other experts on stage to discuss all the major issues affecting hotel development and operation in Africa in general and Morocco specifically Highlights include Daniel Silke one of Africa s most charismatic political and economic commentators discussing investment incentives with Fatim Zahra Ammor Moroccan Minister of Tourism Mohcine Jazouli Minister Delegate i c Investment and Mohammed Abdeljalil Minister of Transport and Logistics It also explores the global economic outlook with Pat Thaker Chief Economist at the Rajan Datar Economist Intelligence Unit Presenter BBC Travel Show and BBC World News interviewing Abdelhamid Addou CEO Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc Nick van Marken a leading hotel consultant interviewing Haitham Mattar Regional General Manager IHG Hotels Resorts and Jochem Jan Sleiffer Regional President Hilton about the future of hospitality An exploration of Africa s best domestic tourism and hotel development opportunities with Hilton Louvre Marriott and Radisson Development Directors A Case Study looking at the regeneration of The Casablanca and Rabat CBD with Youssef Chraibi Managing Partner MAGESPRO Africa and Ewan Cameron Director Africa Westmont Hospitality Rajan Datar Interviewing Amos Wekesa Founder and CEO Great Lakes Safaris A panel discussion moderated by Wayne Godwin of JL L with the directors of four major African hotel investors Kasada Capital Management Millat Investments City Blue Hotels and Risma The CEOs of Louvre Hotels Pierre Fr d ric Roulot and PropCo Selina Saurabh Chawla being questioned by Nick van Marken about the lessons Recent Learners Africa s Hotel Performance in Numbers with Thomas Emmanuel Senior Director STR Nicolas Pompigne Mognard Founder and Chairman of APO Group discussing the power of mega events for hotel development with Amadou Gallo Fall NBA SVP President Basketball Africa League Jason Jennings Group COO Event Horizon and Robins Tchale Watchou CEO Vivendi Sports Sessions on branding construction costs contingency planning destination development employment franchising hotel design trends hotel development channel leadership mixed use projects fundraising resorts scene planning rivers supply chain management sustainability new technologies and much much more Imad Barrakad President and CEO of SMIT said Agadir and the entire southern coast of Morocco have seen great progress in recent years thanks to the guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI as well as all the people who support and believe in the success of this venture I look forward to welcoming the global investment community to Taghazout very soon to show them the success story of Taghazout and all the potential and benefits the region has to offer Matthew Weihs CEO of The Bench which organizes AHIF said I am optimistic that this year s AHIF will generate a large number of new deals for the following reasons We are meeting in person for the first time in three years we are visiting a destination that offers exceptional potential not only the gateway to the Sahara but miles of pristine coastline looking west over the ocean we are being welcomed by a country that truly understands the value of tourism we have a high concentration of major players with the firepower to transform a location and we have an event format that will facilitate an exceptional amount of productive networking in both relaxed and formal settings Delegates attending this year s AHIF November 2 4 at the luxurious Fairmont Taghazout Bay a five star resort near Agadir are encouraged to enjoy the resort over the weekend as The Bench the event organizer is offering post event weekend packages that include golf surfing yoga and other activities to entice delegates to bring their members and expand their connections in a very friendly environment
    Big guns point at Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF)
    Africa2 months ago

    Big guns point at Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF)

    The Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) has revealed an impressive list of speakers for its 2022 conference.

    The program features several government ministers, the president of Morocco's tourism development agency, the president and CEO of Royal Air Maroc and a battery of Africa's most influential hospitality industry executives with the power to transform destinations.

    The event will also facilitate an investment site visit by invitation to Guelmim, which Wanderlust has described as the "gateway to the Sahara" and "one of Morocco's best-kept secrets."

    The conference program will bring around sixty top executives, investors, bankers, government officials, consultants and other experts on stage to discuss all the major issues affecting hotel development and operation in Africa in general, and Morocco specifically.

    .

    Highlights include: Daniel Silke, one of Africa's most charismatic political and economic commentators, discussing investment incentives with Fatim-Zahra Ammor, Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Mohcine Jazouli, Minister Delegate i/c Investment, and Mohammed Abdeljalil, Minister of Transport and Logistics.

    .

    It also explores the global economic outlook with Pat Thaker, Chief Economist at the Rajan Datar Economist Intelligence Unit, Presenter, BBC Travel Show and BBC World News, interviewing Abdelhamid Addou, CEO, Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc Nick van Marken, a leading hotel consultant, interviewing Haitham Mattar, Regional General Manager, IHG Hotels & Resorts, and Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, Regional President, Hilton, about the future of hospitality An exploration of Africa's best domestic tourism and hotel development opportunities with Hilton, Louvre, Marriott and Radisson Development Directors A Case Study, looking at the regeneration of The Casablanca and Rabat CBD, with Youssef Chraibi, Managing Partner, MAGESPRO Africa and Ewan Cameron, Director - Africa, Westmont Hospitality Rajan Datar, Interviewing Amos Wekesa, Founder and CEO, Great Lakes Safaris A panel discussion moderated by Wayne Godwin of JL L with the directors of four major African hotel investors, Kasada Capital Management, Millat Investments, City Blue Hotels and Risma The CEOs of Louvre Hotels, Pierre-Frédéric Roulot and PropCo Selina, Saurabh Chawla, being questioned by Nick van Marken about the lessons Recent Learners Africa's Hotel Performance in Numbers, with Thomas Emmanuel, Senior Director, STR Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and Chairman of APO Group discussing the power of mega-events for hotel development, with Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA SVP, President, Basketball Africa League, Jason Jennings, Group COO, Event Horizon and Robins Tchale-Watchou, CEO, Vivendi Sports Sessions on branding, construction costs, contingency planning, destination development, employment, franchising, hotel design trends , hotel development channel, leadership, mixed-use projects, fundraising, resorts, scene planning rivers, supply chain management, sustainability, new technologies and much, much more.

    Imad Barrakad, President and CEO of SMIT, said: "Agadir and the entire southern coast of Morocco have seen great progress in recent years thanks to the guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, as well as all the people who support and believe in the success of this venture.

    I look forward to welcoming the global investment community to Taghazout very soon to show them the success story of Taghazout and all the potential and benefits the region has to offer.” Matthew Weihs, CEO of The Bench , which organizes AHIF, said: "I am optimistic that this year's AHIF will generate a large number of new deals, for the following reasons.

    We are meeting in person for the first time in three years; we are visiting a destination that offers exceptional potential, not only the gateway to the Sahara but miles of pristine coastline looking west over the ocean we are being welcomed by a country that truly understands the value of tourism we have a high concentration of major players with the firepower to transform a location; and we have an event format that will facilitate an exceptional amount of productive networking in both relaxed and formal settings.” Delegates attending this year's AHIF (November 2-4, at the luxurious Fairmont Taghazout Bay, a five-star resort near Agadir) are encouraged to enjoy the resort over the weekend, as The Bench , the event organizer, is offering post-event weekend packages that include golf, surfing, yoga and other activities to entice delegates to bring their members and expand their connections in a very friendly environment.

  •  The Director of Sardauna a drama play Prof Ahmed Yerima has urged politicians to always emulate the good virtues of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto Yerima made the call on Monday night while speaking with newsmen shortly after the play was staged in Abuja The play Sardauna which was written and directed by Yerima is produced by Duke of Shomolu Productions a Lagos based theatrical shows producing outfit The play depicts the life and times of the late Premier of the Northern Region He said the late Sardauna stood for rebuilding trust and fostering unity He made sacrifices for the progress and development of the country His works are important to the country especially now that we are going towards the 2023 electio Sardauna becomes very important and very relevant because most of the Gamji philosophy which we discussed in the play are those theories you will find and even the north continues to think about Also while a lot has been written about him nothing much has been written about his wife Hajiya Afusatu I needed the situation that will give it a new touch a new life that will interest the people They know him as a politician but what did he do What I did was to go into Islamic junction and say what happened to you How do you prepare for the other world That was how the story came he said He said that there were recordings aired by the BBC that misrepresented the late Sardauna If we were to judge him how do we judge him And I think that history becomes very important because for me history equally provides a lot of material The family were also helpful What we first did we sent them the script and they read it and made one or two corrections and now said okay go ahead Yerima said Also speaking Mr Joseph Edgar the Producer of the play and the Executive Chairman Duke of Shomolu Productions said that the play was used as a strong vehicle to demonstrate the contributions of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello to the national unity and development You can see what is happening in the country where people are beginning to ask for competence This is our own contribution to tell historical story of great iconic Nigerian who fought for Nigeria s unity using theatre as a strong vehicle Edgar said In his remarks Alhaji Abubakar Umar the Director General Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation described the late Sir Ahmadu Bello as an embodiment of all virtues It is difficult in one moment to say everything about the Sardauna because Sardauna is an embodiment of all the good virtues that you can think of During the first republic when he lived his life he sowed a seed of good governance which up till now we are not be able to replicate he said Also Alhaji Husein Agaie the President Northern Youths Council of Nigeria described late Sardauna as an Iroko tree that is useful to the society Sir Ahmadu Bello left a great legacy which should be an inspiration for Northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole Many people are beneficiaries of late Sir Ahmadu Bello in terms of education diplomatic relationship and westernisation between Nigeria and British government also speaking Sen Shehu Sani said the late Sardauna of Sokoto lived an exemplary life He lived a life of dignity honour integrity and selfless service to humanity What has been done today it is something that is commendable I believe that every Nigerian who is lucky to watch this drama will be able to know the sketch and depth of the gravity of what happened just after the independence of Nigeria The political class of today have a lot to learn with what has happened in the past When history is replaying it teaches us lessons and when we use such lessons it prevents us from repeating those mistakes Sani said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Election: Emulate Sir Ahmadu Bello’s leadership qualities, don tells politicians
     The Director of Sardauna a drama play Prof Ahmed Yerima has urged politicians to always emulate the good virtues of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto Yerima made the call on Monday night while speaking with newsmen shortly after the play was staged in Abuja The play Sardauna which was written and directed by Yerima is produced by Duke of Shomolu Productions a Lagos based theatrical shows producing outfit The play depicts the life and times of the late Premier of the Northern Region He said the late Sardauna stood for rebuilding trust and fostering unity He made sacrifices for the progress and development of the country His works are important to the country especially now that we are going towards the 2023 electio Sardauna becomes very important and very relevant because most of the Gamji philosophy which we discussed in the play are those theories you will find and even the north continues to think about Also while a lot has been written about him nothing much has been written about his wife Hajiya Afusatu I needed the situation that will give it a new touch a new life that will interest the people They know him as a politician but what did he do What I did was to go into Islamic junction and say what happened to you How do you prepare for the other world That was how the story came he said He said that there were recordings aired by the BBC that misrepresented the late Sardauna If we were to judge him how do we judge him And I think that history becomes very important because for me history equally provides a lot of material The family were also helpful What we first did we sent them the script and they read it and made one or two corrections and now said okay go ahead Yerima said Also speaking Mr Joseph Edgar the Producer of the play and the Executive Chairman Duke of Shomolu Productions said that the play was used as a strong vehicle to demonstrate the contributions of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello to the national unity and development You can see what is happening in the country where people are beginning to ask for competence This is our own contribution to tell historical story of great iconic Nigerian who fought for Nigeria s unity using theatre as a strong vehicle Edgar said In his remarks Alhaji Abubakar Umar the Director General Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation described the late Sir Ahmadu Bello as an embodiment of all virtues It is difficult in one moment to say everything about the Sardauna because Sardauna is an embodiment of all the good virtues that you can think of During the first republic when he lived his life he sowed a seed of good governance which up till now we are not be able to replicate he said Also Alhaji Husein Agaie the President Northern Youths Council of Nigeria described late Sardauna as an Iroko tree that is useful to the society Sir Ahmadu Bello left a great legacy which should be an inspiration for Northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole Many people are beneficiaries of late Sir Ahmadu Bello in terms of education diplomatic relationship and westernisation between Nigeria and British government also speaking Sen Shehu Sani said the late Sardauna of Sokoto lived an exemplary life He lived a life of dignity honour integrity and selfless service to humanity What has been done today it is something that is commendable I believe that every Nigerian who is lucky to watch this drama will be able to know the sketch and depth of the gravity of what happened just after the independence of Nigeria The political class of today have a lot to learn with what has happened in the past When history is replaying it teaches us lessons and when we use such lessons it prevents us from repeating those mistakes Sani said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Election: Emulate Sir Ahmadu Bello’s leadership qualities, don tells politicians
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    2023 Election: Emulate Sir Ahmadu Bello’s leadership qualities, don tells politicians

    The Director of ‘Sardauna’, a drama play, Prof. Ahmed Yerima has urged politicians to always emulate the good virtues of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto.

    Yerima made the call on Monday night while speaking with newsmen shortly after the play  was staged in Abuja.

    The play, ‘Sardauna’, which was written and directed by Yerima, is produced by Duke of Shomolu Productions, a Lagos-based theatrical shows producing outfit.

    The play depicts the life and times of  the late Premier of the Northern Region.

    He said the late Sardauna stood for rebuilding trust and fostering unity.

    He made sacrifices for the progress and development of the country.

    “His works  are important to the country especially now that we are going towards the 2023 electio.

    “Sardauna becomes very important and very relevant because most of the Gamji philosophy which we discussed in the play are those theories you will find and even the north continues to think about.

    ”Also, while a lot has been written about him, nothing much has been written about his wife, Hajiya Afusatu.

    I needed the situation that will give it a new touch, a new life that will interest the people.

    “They know him as a politician but what did he do?

    What I did was to go into Islamic junction and say what happened to you?

    How do you prepare for the other world?

    That was how the story came,” he said.

    He said that there were recordings aired by the BBC that misrepresented the  late Sardauna.

    ”If we were to judge him, how do we judge him?

    And I think that history becomes very important because for me history equally provides a lot of material.

    “The family were also helpful.

    What we first did we sent them the script and they read it and made one or two corrections and now said okay go ahead,” Yerima said.

    Also speaking, Mr Joseph Edgar, the Producer of the play and the Executive Chairman, Duke of Shomolu Productions said that the play was used as a strong vehicle to demonstrate the contributions of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello to the national unity and development.

    “You can see what is happening in the country where people are beginning to ask for competence.

    “This is our own contribution to tell historical story of great iconic Nigerian who fought for Nigeria’s unity, using theatre as a strong vehicle,” Edgar said.

    In his remarks, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, the Director-General, Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, described the late Sir Ahmadu Bello as an embodiment of all virtues.

    “It is difficult in one moment to say everything about the Sardauna because Sardauna is an embodiment of all the good virtues that you can think of.

    “During the first republic when he lived his life, he sowed a seed of good governance which up till now we are not be able to replicate,” he said.

    Also, Alhaji Husein Agaie, the President, Northern Youths Council of Nigeria, described late Sardauna as an ”Iroko” tree that is useful to the society.

    “Sir Ahmadu Bello left a great legacy which should be an inspiration for Northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole.

    “Many people are beneficiaries of late Sir Ahmadu Bello in terms of education, diplomatic relationship and westernisation between Nigeria and British government.

    also speaking, Sen. Shehu Sani said the  late Sardauna of Sokoto lived an exemplary life.

    ”He lived a life of dignity, honour, integrity and selfless service to humanity.

    “What has been done today it is something that is commendable.

    “I believe that every Nigerian who is lucky to watch this drama will be able to know the sketch and depth of the gravity of what happened just after the independence of Nigeria.

    “The political class of today have a lot to learn with what has happened in the past.

    “When history is replaying, it teaches us lessons and when we use such lessons, it prevents us from repeating those mistakes,” Sani said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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