Gabbay’s a gamble
ON JULY 10th Israel’s Labour Party elected as leader one of its newest members: Avi Gabbay, who joined only six months ago. He represents a leap into the unknown for Labour, which was once Israel’s party of government but has not been in power for 16 years. It has changed leaders eight times since then.
Mr Gabbay is the former chief executive of Bezek, Israel’s largest telecoms firm. He entered politics in 2014, helping to found Kulanu, a centrist party, and served for a year as environment minister (though he failed to be elected to parliament). He resigned in May 2016, denouncing the coalition’s rightward shift, and joined Labour. Last week he came second in the first round of its leadership election, beating Isaac Herzog, the leader for the past four years, into th
Welcome to South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA’S crime lords can be audacious. This month they waited until the country’s top security officials were busy preparing for a briefing on rampant crime at Johannesburg’s international airport, then struck again, hijacking a truck loaded with valuable cargo as it left the gates. The incident was the latest of many. In a particularly brazen heist in March, gunmen impersonating police officers stole 20.7m rand ($1.5m) as the bags of money were being loaded onto a flight to London. A few weeks later, thieves attacked a cash-laden van on a busy highway near the airport, blowing it open with explosives. This dramatic episode was caught on video.
After years of steady decline, serious crime is on the rise in South Africa. Aggravated robbery has jumped by 31%
DOWNLOADING a movie, legally or not, is prohibitively slow in Ethiopia, thanks to glacial internet speeds. Bootleg DVDs are everywhere, but even so it can be hard to find a reasonable-quality version of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Only one cinema in Addis Ababa, the capital, screens foreign hits. Resourceful pirates spy an opportunity.
Last year yellow ATM-style kiosks began to spring up around Addis Ababa. The brainchild of three Ethiopian science graduates and their software company, Swift Media, the Chinese-built kiosks allow customers to transfer any of 6,000 pirated foreign movies or 500 music albums onto a USB stick they insert for as little as 10 cents per file. The kiosks are located in large malls in full view of authorities, who show no interest in shutting them down.
Entertainment artiste Kcee has joined the Anambra state gubernatorial race. It appears Kcee is not the only young person interested in politics as it can be recalled that actor Yul Edochie last month also made his interest in the Anambra Gubernato ...Powered by WPeMatico
Osun West Senatorial bye-election has come and gone, not unexpectedly, with its twists and turns; sounds and bites. Victors have since July 8, 2017 been counting their blessings while losers have also been unrelenting in licking their wounds with thr ...Powered by WPeMatico
The Senator (Dr) Ifeamyi Arthur Okowa-led government in Delta State said its willing to partner with the Association of Community Newspapers of Nigeria (ACNPN) for better understanding of the government activities, programmes and policies to enable t ...Powered by WPeMatico
Do you still wonder why Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has dedicated most part of the last few days attempting some puerile snide on the personality of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha? It is not one of those demon inspired excesses of the serially corrup ...Powered by WPeMatico
The Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has sent a message of condolence to the state Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on the death of his mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola. A statement issued by the State PDP chairman, Hon. Soji Adag ...Powered by WPeMatico
Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has counseled the Igbos to focus on more realisable objective of presidency than dissipate energy on the pursuit of Biafra as a country. For Kalu, the agitation for Biafra country by the Igbos ca ...Powered by WPeMatico
Peoples Democratic Party caretaker committee chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has been reportedly involved in an auto crash. According to a report by Premium Times, a vehicle conveying the National Chairman of the Peoples Makarfi, was involved in a ...Powered by WPeMatico