The JDC Archives invites you to a webinar: “Images of Moroccan Jews and Perceptions of American Jews, 1942-1954.”Dr. Michal Ben Ya’akov is a Speigel Fellow of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University. Her current project at the JDC Archives continues previous research on JDC activities in Morocco during World War II and explores the perceptions of American Jews regarding North African Jews. JDC has been instrumental in providing aid to the Jewish communities of North Africa since World War II. In the aftermath of World War II, JDC’s fieldworkers worked with the local communities in areas of health, education and welfare. However, the picture of JDC activities in North Africa is not complete without examining the attitudes and perceptions of American Jews regarding this work.
June 03, 2020 14:15 UTC
press releaseConsumers urged to inspect hand sanitizers and disinfectants before they purchaseWith an influx of hand sanitizers and disinfectants manufactures hitting the markets during the coronavirus outbreak, the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) through Consumer Affairs Office together with National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) advice consumers to thoroughly examine Hand Sanitizers and Disinfectants before purchasing to ensure compliance with the health standards. Consumers are urged to always check and verify if the product has the following information when purchasing hand sanitizers and disinfectants:The manufacturer's details and full physical address must be reflected on the product for traceability. Information regarding the application and directions for using sanitizers and that these products do not pose any harm to consumers. Consumers who purchased unsafe products can report such defects with our Office. Consumers who have complaints regarding non-compliant hand sanitizers and disinfectants are urged to contact the North West Consumer Affairs Office at (018) 387 7700 firstname.lastname@example.org or NRCS at (012) 482 8700 / email@example.com.
June 03, 2020 13:18 UTC
The global food supply chain, as well as demand for agricultural products, faces an unprecedented threat from the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the key wheat producers such as Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan also imposed some restrictions which led to rising prices in April. “Putting export restriction in the 2020-21 season [by major producers] is quite unlikely. The spread of coronavirus among the workers in the food supply chain has been posing a major risk. However, unlike many other sectors, the agriculture segment so far has proved relatively resilient, with supply of major cereals and oilseeds at comfortable levels.
June 03, 2020 13:07 UTC
CNBC Africa provides content from APO Group as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. CNBC Africa is not responsible for the content provided by APO Group. Download logoThe total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the North West Province as of Tuesday, 02 June 2020 is 271, an increase of 84 from previously reported cases. The increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in mines is a concern to the Department, MEC Madoda Sambatha said. Issued by: Northern Cape HealthDistributed by APO Group on behalf of South African Government.
June 03, 2020 12:40 UTC
The evolution of the number of COVID-19 cases indicates that the most impacted countries in Africa include Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria. On cargo operations, there is currently a shortage of cargo capacity in Africa due to the need for carriage of medical equipment and essential goods. In the wake of this lack of capacity and rising prices, AFRAA is assisting its members to adapt in a bid to keep supply chains operational. While the rate of infections in other continents is beginning to ease off, in Africa the rate of infections is still on the rise. However, the recovery rate in Africa is higher, with an average death rate of 9% compared to the global rate of 19%.
June 03, 2020 12:22 UTC
Afloat tracked a Chinese heavy-lift vessel loaded with a project cargo of straddle-carriers which sailed from Oran, Algeria in north Africa and arrived in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. On arrival of Da Ji, the heavy-lift vessel was met by a pair of tugs within the port's fairway and close to the entrance. The tug Beaufort operated by Dublin Port Company led Da Ji by the bow while Giano took a position astern of the heavy-lift carrier. A counterpart of the Dublin operation is ICG's Belfast Container Terminal which is the sole such terminal at Belfast Harbour which is under a services concession agreement with Belfast Harbour Commissioners (BHC). In recent years such a development took place albeit at another leased terminal within Dublin Port's estate.
June 03, 2020 12:03 UTC
European apple stocks are quite small this year, so current prices are quite high and stable. The rapidly expanding presence of summer fruits - such as watermelons and stone fruit - has probably had an impact on the international apple market. "Sales of apples have obviously fallen in the last two weeks," says Michael Sparer (right), South Tyrolean trade broker and owner of the fruit agency of the same name. Sparer: "Although apples are currently traded at quite high prices, compared to summer fruits, prices are still rather in the low range." This high sales level then continued until the third week of May."
June 03, 2020 12:00 UTC
The Decolonization processThe process of the decolonization of Western Sahara dates back to the Spanish colonial era (1884-1976). King Hassan II mistook his estimation of occupying Western Sahara when he said that it would last only one week. Yes, Western Sahara is rich in natural resources, but they cannot be exploited without the consent of its generous people. Nevertheless, the people of Western Sahara were able to exist and establish their state despite heavy sacrifices and hard conditions. Yes, Western Sahara is rich in natural resources, but they cannot be exploited without the consent of its generous people.
June 03, 2020 11:59 UTC
The North West education department says it is confident that schools will open for pupils to return on Monday, although it cannot rule out any Covid-19 cases. The department said this is despite a school being shut after a principal tested positive for the coronavirus. In a statement on Wednesday, the provincial department said the 56-year-old principal reported he was unwell and consulted a doctor on Monday. He was then tested for the virus after showing symptoms, and the results returned positive on Tuesday. Reacting to the situation, North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela said: "As the department, we are very much shocked to learn about [this] news.
June 03, 2020 11:48 UTC
International magazine Global Finance recently released this year’s edition of the annual ranking of top-performing banks and other providers of financial services across the world, which has become a trusted standard of excellence for the global financial community. With input from industry analysts, corporate executives, and technology experts, this year’s winners were selected based on the performances of the banks over the period from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Published mid-May, the World’s Best Banks Awards 2020 honors winners in more than 150 countries and seven global regions – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and Western Europe. In Africa, 34 banks made the ranking. Here is a breakdown of the winners by sub-region and country on the continent.
June 03, 2020 11:26 UTC
Spain’s justice system has inflicted a new blow to the Polisario separatist front by prohibiting the display of its pennant in public buildings. The Spanish Supreme Court, the country’s highest judicial body, has vetoed the use, occasional or permanent, of “unofficial” flags or any political expression inside and outside public buildings. The court’s decision constitutes a new setback for the polisario, which is losing more and more ground in Spain. The Spanish stand is in line with the guidelines and state policy adopted by the Spanish government on the Sahara issue. He did not make any reference to the Polisario or to its self-determination referendum thesis.
June 03, 2020 10:18 UTC
Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) has completed the conversion of a Falcon 900B from passenger configuration to full cargo in record time. The conversion, involving a company-owned aircraft, took eight days from reception of the order to approval by French Civil Aviation authorities, granted under a fast-track exemption. The project entailed stripping passenger seats and furnishings and installing equipment to stow and secure freight. No major modifications to access doors or other systems were undertaken and the conversion is readily reversible back to passenger configuration. The modification involved customer service, engineering and operating teams from DFS as well as test and certification resources from Dassault Aviation.
The Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) extended a new loan facility worth $59 million (Dh217m) to Tunisia to strengthen the country’s financial position in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has hit the global economy, which is set to slide into a deep recession this year. The pandemic has particularly hit tourism-reliant countries like Tunisia, which have had to close its borders to contain the virus. The North African country's economy is forecast to shrink up to 4.3 per cent this year, the steepest drop since its independence in 1956 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund said in April. Last month, the organisation disbursed a $38m loan to Jordan to support the country's economic reforms.
This brief provides key messages and actions for governments, WFP offices and partners to strengthen linkages between school feeding programmes and social protection to maximize the benefits of National School Feeding Programmes (NSFPs) as safety nets in the region. School feeding programmes represent one of the largest safety nets in countries across the region – measured in terms of coverage – in the broader framework of national social protection policy and programmes. Social protection aims primarily to protect members of society from shocks and stresses over the lifecycle – school feeding can support the early part of that. Many countries in WFP’s Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia & Eastern Europe region are considering social protection reform and exploring options to improve coverage and adequacy of national programmes. This brief outlines how strengthening linkages between school feeding programmes and social protection can maximize the benefits of National School Feeding Programmes (NSFPs) as powerful safety nets contributing to the development of human capital.
Standard Chartered Bank earlier this week announced the appointment of Abbas Husain as the new Regional Head of Corporate Finance in charge of Africa and the Middle East. Husain has nearly 24 years of banking experience, out of which he has spent 17 years at Standard Chartered Bank where he had reportedly led one of the largest and most successful Project & Export Finance teams. He has received many awards, including the Dealmaker of the Year by EMEA Finance for Europe, the Middle East & Africa in 2017. Under his leadership, the MENAP Project Finance business has been recognized industry-wide as the Best Project Finance House in the region over the last few years. As we navigate the current COVID-19 crisis, Abbas will play a crucial role in supporting our clients across Africa and the Middle East during this challenging period.”
June 03, 2020 07:52 UTC