Mauritania and Senegal renew fishing agreement after two year silence [Business Africa]

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Senegal-Mauritania fishing agreement*

Two and a half years after the end of their last fishing agreement, Dakar and Nouakchott concluded at the beginning of July to a new convention allowing Senegalese fishermen to work in Mauritania.
They will be allowed to fish 50,000 tonnes of small pelagic fish per year and use a maximum of 400 boats.
In exchange, Mauritanians will receive the equivalent of 10 euros for one tonne of small pelagic animals caught, essentially to cover the costs of the procedure to control the quantities caught.
On the Mauritanian coast, it is a relief for these Senegalese fishermen.

Ghana’s cedi depreciates against dollar

Ghana’s local currency, the cedi has hit a record low for the year after reaching 4.85 pesewas to one United States dollar.
The fast depreciation of the cedi has raised concerns among business owners in the country, who are calling on the relevant authorities to address the rapid depreciation of the local currency against major currencies.
The drop is mainly affecting importers who have to issue more cedis for the dollar and other major trading currencies.

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Africa prevails in the OPEC in member numbers [Business Africa]

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Today Africa prevails in the OPEC, at least in member numbers.

The Republic of Congo is the latest to join OPEC after Equatorial Guinea last year and Gabon in 2016, expanding the number of countries from the continent to seven, compared with six from the Middle East.
With less than a million barrels of oil pumped by these three new members combined, experts hope it will be an opportunity for the continent to have a voice and influence one of the largest organizations in the world.
Guillaume Doane, CEO and co-founder of Africa Oil & Power joined us on this episode of Business Africa.

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The questionable trophy hunting [Travel]

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Africa as a continent is known for many things, and one of the factors that endear the continent to the rest of the world is the presence of wildlife that is allowed to flourish.
In fact, for many tourists, one of the reasons they visit Africa is to interact with the wildlife allowed to roam free in the grassy plains of many countries in the continent.
Widely regarded as the place where human life originated, Africa is home to many of the world’s best-loved and most fascinating animals, as well as to some of its most endangered. Yet it’s also home to many familiar species.

Before wildlife were thought of as a driver for the tourism industry, they were first considered as food, or sometimes game for the wealthier folk who needed a past time. In the last few decades though, there has been a shift in consciousness and a better appreciation for wildlife.

It is true that Trophy hunting is legal in South Africa, as well as in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia
But all around the world today, wildlife are getting more and more sacred. But, there is still the scourge of poaching which is a big problem for wildlife tourism.

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An Iceberg The Size Of Lower Manhattan Just Broke Off Greenland

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Source: Earther.com Iceberg calving events are among the more epic spectacles on the planet. But rarely have humans been lucky enough to see them happen in real time, much less capture one on camera. A team of New York University (NYU) researchers has now done just that, capturing video footage of a four-mile long iceberg snapping

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Are The Russia-Gate Fanatics Crazy, Or Just Cynical?

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The kookification of the “mainstream” continues, with none other than Jonathan Chait – the most conventional sort of boring corporate liberal – producing an unhinged diatribe purporting to prove that Donald Trump has been a Russian agent since 1987 – and that his path to the presidency was paved by his Russian handlers, who were planning it all along. And not to be outdone, formerly rational person Marcy Wheeler, whose investigations as “emptywheel” won her some renown, is now claiming that she not only has definitive proof of Trump’s collusion with the Kremlin, but that, as a result, she was forced to turn one of her sources into the FBI for some vague cloak-and-dagger-ish reason.

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Walmart Patents Surveillance Tool That Can Eavesdrop on Workers and Customers

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The audio surveillance system Walmart designed is composed of several sensors that can collect all kinds of audio data, including beeps and the rustling of paper bags. Any data it gathers can be used to assess an employee’s performance — for instance, the sounds items make when they’re placed inside a bag can tell the company how efficient someone is at bagging purchases.

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911 Cover Up: Syracuse’s Smullen Shifts Story on Service to Saudis

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The director of a national security studies program at Syracuse University has given conflicting statements about his work for the Saudi embassy in Washington. Interviewed last month about the seeming conflict of interest with his duties at Syracuse, where he leads instruction of U.S. national security officials, Smullen repeatedly asserted he had not yet been asked to do anything for the kingdom.

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CFTC Approves Record $30 Million Award For JP Morgan Whistle-Blower

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The CFTC has finally approved what is expected to be the largest award in the history of its whistle-blower-awards program: According to Bloomberg, the commission has authorized a $30 million award for information about JP Morgan neglecting to inform its wealthy asset-management clients about conflicts of interest involving the bank's investment recommendations.

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Precedent Set as Court Orders Gov't to Pay for Medical Pot Instead of Opioids for Worker's Comp

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In a major victory for medicinal cannabis rights, a New Jersey workers’ compensation judge has ordered a Freehold Township to pay for an injured worker’s medical marijuana, despite an insurance carrier’s objections stemming from the drug’s status Schedule 1 status as a controlled substance under federal law. People will no longer be forced to rely solely on opioids for the treatment of pain.

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Low Doses of Pesticides Make It Harder for Bees to Find Flowers

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A review of a decade of research of the impact of pesticides on bees found that even low doses commonly used in agriculture hurt the bees' learning and memory, a Royal Holloway, University of London press release reported. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of Applied Ecology, found the bees' ability to remember floral scents was harmed even by pesticides not covered by Europe's recent ban on neonicotinoids.

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Yemen’s Houthis Down Saudi Jet as It Returned From a Bombing Run

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On Thursday morning, Yemen’s Air Defense Force shot down an aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led coalition with a surface-to-air missile after it took part in airstrikes against residential villages in northern Saada. The Saudi-led coalition confirmed that it lost a Tornado fighter jet, but claims the aircraft fell due to a technical issue and that the pilot survived the crash.

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Cops Bulldoze Unarmed Man to Death Because they Suspected Him of Growing Marijuana

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Pennsylvania State Troopers are under fire this week following a deadly officer-involved incident Monday whereby a man was killed by a bulldozer commandeered by one of their officers. Gregory Longenecker (51) was run over by the bulldozer and killed as the PA State Trooper and the dozer operated by the PA Game Commission were supposedly attempting to flush him out.

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Black Tennessee Farmers Allege Seed Company Sold Them Defective Seeds to Run Them Out of Business

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Several African-American farmers from Memphis, Tennessee are suing a seed company they claim intentionally sold them defective soybean seeds in a bid to put them out of business. According to a class action lawsuit filed by the farmers, the Stine Seed Company – the largest privately-owned seed company in the world – intentionally sold the farmers dysfunctional seeds at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show held last March and the farmers have asserted that the scheme was racially-motivated and intended to reduce the number of African-American farmers in the industry.

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