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Fighting Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Through the resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly declared 26 June the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The aim is to create awareness of the danger of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and put action and cooperation in place to achieve a drug-free society. Simply put, drug abuse means using illegal drugs or prescription or over-the-counter medicines in excessive amount or for other purposes than they are intended to be used….

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Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb”: The Issues of Translation, Fragmentation and Identity

It came like a flashy thunderbolt, drizzling gently over my stunned and weakly mesmerised soul. Truly hypnotised in the bliss of perfect pleasure, you may say. Alas, it was somehow difficult to attribute the source of the impromptu intoxicating ecstasy – the inauguration of President Joe Biden of the USA, despite all Mafiosi-like unconstitutional attempts to stop the legitimate constitutional process? Or those powerful poetic lines from amazing Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she recited at President…

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South Africa Riots: Reminiscent of the USA Insurrection?

Observers of the political situation in South Africa have reacted with shock at the recent violence that has engulfed the country, sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. As of Thursday, more than 212 people have lost their lives, and at least 800 retail shops looted in KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Zuma’s home province, with an estimated $1bn (£720m) worth of stock stolen, according to the official report. Facing food shortages after days of widespread riots and looting, the…

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Paul Gicheru case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Pre-Trial Chamber A (Article 70) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has on 15 July 2021, confirmed the charges of offences against the administration of justice against Paul Gicheru and committed him to trial. Pre-Trial Chamber A, composed of Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, based its decision on the evidence and submissions presented by the Prosecutor and the Defence.   The Chamber found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Gicheru committed, as a co-perpetrator,…

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South Sudan’s 10th Independence Anniversary: Actions speak louder than words

The latest pledge from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to end any form of war in his country would have been received globally with much enthusiasm and hope some years ago. Today, such a promise, which President Kiir made during his speech to mark the country’s 10th anniversary (did I hear you call it a “lost decade”?) of its independence, is hardly breaking news. It is not just because the reality on the ground hardly matches the rhetoric; the…

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Abd-Al-Rahman case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Today, 9 July 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) unanimously, issued a decision confirming all the charges brought by the Prosecutor against Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber.  Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane, found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is responsible for 31 counts of…

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Cyber Attacks: Prevention and the use of technology to enhance business security

The technological revolution has changed the way we do business. No matter the size of your business, technology plays a crucial role in achieving your profit objectives. Technological advancement comes with business efficiency; firms effectively communicate with their customers, understand cash flows, carry out effective marketing, advertising, research, and many other roles. However, the advent of technological development comes with security threats.  Modern-day companies use computers, printers, scanners, servers, switches, access points, routers and other software tools to streamline…

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Al Hassan case: Appeals Chamber confirms the decision on possible re-characterisation of alleged facts

Today, 1 July 2021, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) delivered its judgment unanimously confirming the decision of Trial Chamber X of 17 December 2020 entitled “Decision on application for notice of possibility of variation of legal characterisation pursuant to Regulation 55(2) of the Regulations of the Court” in the case the Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud. Presiding Judge in this appeal, Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez…

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Rice, Beans and Fried Sweet Potatoes with Beef-Tomato Stew.

  Cuisine:   Rice, Beans and Fried Sweet Potatoes with Beef-Tomato Stew. Country: Nigeria       Ingredients (for 4 people): 400g Basmati rice, 300g black-eyed beans, 500g beef,  600g potatoes, 1kg tomatoes, two onions, five tablespoons olive oil, one pepper, garlic, water, salt, bouillon.   Preparation time: 20 minutes        Cooking time: 65 minutes                     Preparation method: 1. Cut the beef, wash and cook it for 40…

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Breaking News: ex-President Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison

South Africa’s Court has sentenced the country’s former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison.   The Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, found him guilty of contempt of court, following the refusal of the former president to appear before it to answer charges related to corruption allegations against him during his presidency.  Mr Zuma’s time as president, which ended in 2018, was eclipsed by corruption allegations and scandals, including rape accusations and allegedly conniving with politicians…

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Kids’ Corner: Common foods that can choke children

Arguably, it is the joy of every parent to see their child happy and healthy. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), a baby needs to be fed on the mother’s breast milk a minimum of 6 months before the child can start feeding on solid food.  How can you know that your baby is ready for solid food? Child experts mentioned sure signs such as when the child starts holding the head in a steady and upright…

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