June 8, 2018

South African company apologises for sexist beer campaign

South African company apologises for sexist beer campaign Image copyright Vale Bru Image caption The company says it takes full "accountability for our actions and we plan on making things right" A South African company has apologised for the branding of its new range of craft beers, which sparked an outcry, especially among women. Vale Bru ran a marketing campaign for the beers with names such as Filthy Brunette‚ Easy Blonde‚ Raven Porra and Ripe Redhead. Easy Blonde came with the tagline: "All your friends have already had her". After being criticised for being sexist, the company promised to remove the labels and names. Africa Live: More on this and other other stories Qatar Airways apologises for sexist remark Bank chief sorry for 'menopausal' gaffe The social media campaign advertised Filthy Brunette as: "When gushing and moist are used to describe something‚ then you know." While the Raven Porra was described as, "a porter with the best head in town". According to ..
June 7, 2018

UN sanctions top people smugglers in Libya in global first

UN sanctions top people smugglers in Libya in global first Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants have attempted to reach Europe through Libya The UN Security Council has sanctioned six leaders of human trafficking networks operating in Libya - the first time traffickers have been added to an international sanctions list. The blacklisted six are four Libyans, including the head of a regional coast guard unit, and two Eritrean nationals. Smugglers have taken advantage of insecurity in Libya to move hundreds of thousands of migrants by sea to Europe. Many migrants are trapped in detention centres and beaten by traffickers. The sanctions - a global travel ban and an assets freeze - were the result of an internationally-backed Dutch proposal. The proposal was initially presented on 1 May but held up by Russia, which sought to examine the evidence against the six men. The unprecedented sanctions follow widespread outrage at the end of 2017 a..
June 7, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 1-7 June 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 1-7 June 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption A hopeful dog scavenges in plastic waste at the Kibarani dump site in Kenya's coastal city, Mombasa, on Sunday ahead of UN World Environment Day. Image copyright AFP Image caption On Friday, the Kenyan police band parades in Kisumu for Madaraka day celebrations - the annual commemoration of Kenya's passage to self-rule. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At the Nigeria-England World Cup friendly a day later, a fan flaunts his hat from the new Nigeria football kit, which sold out within 24 hours. Image copyright Télévision Tunisienne 1 Image caption Tunisia admitted to the BBC on Tuesday that their goalkeeper had twice faked injury in World Cup warm-up matches so that his tired teammates could break their Ramadan fast with dates and water. Image copyright AFP Image caption Clownfish swim am..
June 7, 2018

Ghana dissolves football association amid corruption claims

Ghana dissolves football association amid corruption claims Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfrican referees filmed taking cash Ghana has dissolved its national football association after its president was filmed apparently accepting a "cash gift". Kwesi Nyantakyi was pictured taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman keen to invest in Ghanaian football. He has not commented on the allegations. Sports Minister Isaac Asiama said the association had been "dissolved with immediate effect", GhanaWeb reported. Correspondents say the undercover investigation by controversial journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas has raised questions about the nature of football in Africa. African officials filmed taking cashHis documentary, entitled When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm, was handed to authorities last month and publicly screened for the first time on Wednesday. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kwesi Nyantakyi was one..
June 7, 2018

2018 Budget revision tops agenda of 23rd meeting of the AFC

Mrs Finda Koroma and Kadangha Bariki Limbiyè Lome, 1 June 2018. The Chairperson of the Administration and Finance Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Togo’s Ambassador Kadangha Bariki Limbiyé, whose country currently holds the chairmanship of ECOWAS urged Member States’ delegations to review the Commission’s 2018 budget to enable it realise its objectives. Making this appeal on Friday 1st June 2018 in Lomé, Togo at the opening of the 23rd Ordinary Meeting of the AFC, Mr Limbiyé pointed out the main objective of the meeting which is the mid-year review of the approved 2018 budget, and making technical amendments therein in line with developments in the regional organisation. These include, in particular, the decision taken in the margins of the African Union Summit by ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on 27 January 2018, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to maintain the status quo of a 15-member Statutory Appointees Commission in place of a 9-member body as..
June 7, 2018

South Africa’s Henri van Breda given life for axe murder of family

South Africa's Henri van Breda given life for axe murder of family Image copyright EPA Image caption Henri van Breda was 20 years old when he killed his family A South African man who murdered his parents and brother with an axe has been sentenced to life in prison. Henri van Breda, 23, was also given 15 years for the attempted murder of his teenage sister, Marli, during the frenzied January 2015 attack. Sitting in the High Court, Judge Siraj Desai said the "cold-blooded murders" had been carried out with "excessive and gratuitous violence". Van Breda's defence lawyer says he intends to appeal. The man who killed his family with an axeThe case has horrified South Africans, with one paramedic telling the court the scene in the family's upmarket Stellenbosch home was the worst thing he had seen in a career spanning almost four decades. Van Breda, then just 20, used an axe to slaughter his father, Martin, 54, his mother, Teresa, 55, and older brother Rudi, 22, as they slep..
June 6, 2018

Ethiopia offers Eritrea chance to end Africa’s longest war

Ethiopia offers Eritrea chance to end Africa's longest war Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia says it will withdraw its troops from the Badme region, as Eritrea has long demanded Ethiopia's surprise announcement that it will abide by a 2002 border ruling raises the prospect of a final end to what was Africa's deadliest border war and peace with its long-time rival, Eritrea. Tens of thousands of people were killed in the two-year conflict and Eritrea remains on a war footing, demanding that Ethiopia withdraws from the "occupied territory". How genuine is this peace offer?It seems pretty genuine. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signalled in his inauguration speech in April that a major policy shift could be in the offing - he called on Eritrea to resolve their differences, saying the two neighbours were "not only intertwined in interests but also in blood". Now, the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has announced it will ful..
June 6, 2018

Scores of Ethiopians drown off Yemen coast

Scores of Ethiopian migrants drown off Yemen's coast Image copyright IOM Image caption Survivors say at least 100 people were on the boat At least 46 migrants trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen have drowned when their boat capsized, UN officials say. Another 16 people are missing after the vessel overturned in rough seas off Yemen's coast, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Survivors say the smuggler's boat was carrying at least 100 people who had left the port of Bosaso to find work in Yemen and other Gulf countries. All the migrants were Ethiopian nationals, reports say. Are migrants paying price as EU targets smugglers? Can jobs in Ethiopia keep Eritrean refugees out of Europe? The IOM says the boat capsized in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday morning. Among the victims were 37 men and nine women. A number of passengers on board the crammed vessel were without life jackets, survivors say. "Over 7,000 poor migrants take this perilous journey ev..
June 6, 2018

Ghana and Nigeria top abortion pill searches

100 Women: The modern face of the 'DIY abortion' Image copyright Getty Images Global online searches for abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade, BBC analysis of Google searches shows. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp groups, women are increasingly turning to technology to sidestep legal barriers to abortion. This is the modern face of the so-called "DIY abortion". Countries with the strictest laws, where abortion is allowed only to save a woman's life or banned altogether, have over 10 times higher search interest in abortion pill Misoprostol compared to countries with no restrictions, BBC analysis shows. There are two main methods of inducing abortion; surgical and medical. A medical abortion typically involves taking a combination of pills, Misoprostol and Mifeprostone, to induce..
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