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In many cases African Presidents, Ministers and state officials leave
behind poorly funded health services and structures, which most of their citizens have to rely on, to attend well equipped and expensive hospitals abroad. They are not only mostly overcharged for their unwise decisions but help create badly needed jobs for other economies.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari leaves the capital Abuja for a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom - his fourth since he came to power in 2015. At any given moment when you expect things to get better; you witness the worse form of the same old practices, by those who made the most noise… What is the problem of Africans and their leaders?

Not many people were offered the opportunity to shake Vladimir Putin's hand at his swearing-in ceremony. The leader of the Russian Orthodox church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, was there to congratulate the Russian President. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also waited to offer his boss his hand. But he had to wait in turn behind the former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder.

In a sign of the closeness between Schröder and Putin, the former Chancellor was placed in the first row at the ceremony, which was attended by some 5,000 people. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had to make do with a seat behind him.

Putin won the Russian election with 77 percent of the vote in the election in March. The OSCE criticized the overly controlled legal and political environment that the vote took pace in. He will not be allowed to run for office again at the next elections in 2024, according to Russian law as it currently stands. 

Putin has now been leader of the world’s largest country for 19 years and political scientists describe the political system he has built as a “one man network” in which people only have the president to thank for their positions of authority.

And right in among the handful of Russians at the top of Moscow's power table is Schröder, who led Germany from 1998 to 2005 as head of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD).

Schröder built up a close friendship with Putin while he was still in power and took up a job at a subsidiary of Russian state-owned gas company, Gazprom, almost as soon as he was voted out of office. Since 2017 he has been head of the executive board at Rosneft, the state oil company, showing his growing influence in Moscow.

Schröder wasn’t the only prominent German at the swearing-in ceremony, though. Matthias Warnig, a former officer in the feared East German Stasi, waited behind him for the chance to shake Putin by the hand.

Despite his dubious past, Warnig is CEO of Nord Stream AG, the company that is building gas pipelines from Russia to Germany. The first of those pipelines has already been built. But construction on Nord Stream 2 faces stiff resistance from the EU and states in Eastern Europe. East European countries fear the pipeline will make Germany too dependent on Russian gas.

In a further signal on Monday that Moscow sees Germany as its key interlocutor in the west, the Kremlin announced within minutes of the end of the ceremony that Chancellor Angela Merkel would be coming to Moscow on an official visit.

Merkel’s visit comes at a time of high tension between Nato and Russia. Key Nato powers accuse Russia of breaches of international law, including supporting chemicals weapons use in Syria and using a nerve agent to attempt to kill a former spy in the UK.

Putin for his part has charged the US with following an ever more aggressive foreign policy which is aimed at toppling his regime.

The prominent positioning of German guests at Monday's ceremony and Merkel's visit both seem to indicate that Putin sees Germany as the key to breaking the ice on the Siberian frost which has crept over East-West relations.

Germany is after all the only foreign country Russia's strongman knows well as he was stationed near Dresden as a Cold War intelligence agent and speaks excellent German.

But that doesn’t always make relations with Berlin straightforward. While the German public are often more reluctant to follow a hawkish line towards Moscow than the British or US electorates, Schröder has been heavily criticized back home for his cosiness with the Kremlin.

And although Merkel has put more time and patience into maintaining a dialogue with Moscow than any other western leader, she was also the main architect of EU sanctions after Putin annexed the Crimea in 2014.

Moreover, Germany’s new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has taken a considerably tougher line on Moscow than his predecessors. “Russia is unfortunately acting ever more aggressively,” he said in an interview with Spiegel, before directly blaming Moscow for “the first chemical weapon attack on European soil since the end of the Second World War."

Like Schröder, Mass is a member of the SPD, the party that invented the concept of Ostpolitik (normalization of relations with the USSR) in the 1960s. Putin might have the ear of some in the older SPD generation, but he still has much to do to convince those in power in Germany to follow suit.
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Germany's centre-left Social Democrats on Sunday elected Andrea Nahles, a combative and outspoken former labour minister, as the first woman leader of the 155-year-old party.
Known for her lectern-thumping speeches and occasional outbursts of child-like humour, the 47-year-old single mother joins Chancellor Angela Merkel at the top of German politics -- and as the woman who may one day seek her job.
"We're breaking through the glass ceiling in the SPD," said Nahles at the delegates' meeting in the city of Wiesbaden. "And the ceiling will stay open."
Well-connected within her party, Nahles, a former leader of its Jusos youth wing, won 66 percent of the vote, beating Simone Lange, 41, an ex-policewoman and mayor of the city of Flensburg.
The less than stellar result against an outsider reflected lingering resentment within the party against the decision, strongly promoted by Nahles, to once more govern as junior partners to Merkel's conservatives.
Electing a female leader is "a sign of progress that was long overdue," said the SPD's outgoing interim leader, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who called it "a historic moment". In the lead-up to the vote, well-wishers had ironically expressed hope that Nahles would do worse than her predecessor Martin Schulz.
A repeat of his 100-percent party backing last year amid a euphoric "Schulz hype" would be seen as a bad omen given that in the end, he scored just 20.5 percent in the September 2017 general election, the party's worst post-war result.

While Schulz's roller-coaster ride in German politics has shuddered to a halt, the task of revitalising the dispirited SPD now falls to Nahles.
A survey last week by Infratest dimap found that 47 percent of respondents doubted that the party veteran is the right person to lead a "renewal", while just one third expressed confidence.
The challenge for her labour party now will be to at once govern responsibly with Merkel, and convince its dwindling band of working-class voters that it is still their champion.
Nahles vowed that the SPD will fight for social justice and welfare, declaring that "solidarity is what is most lacking in the globalised, neoliberal, turbo-digitalised world".
She pledged a fight for decent wages as technology destroys traditional jobs, and a pro-EU foreign policy that also emphasises pacifism and international cooperation.
Nahles, from the party's left wing, scored some landmark successes under the previous Merkel coalition government, notably in introducing a minimum wage.
When voters declined to reward the SPD for such gains, the party initially vowed a muscular fight from the opposition benches.
Nahles at the time summed up the SPD's combative spirit against the Merkel government with a street brawler's phrase, telling journalists that "from tomorrow we'll smack 'em in the face".
When it turned out the SPD would likely rejoin Merkel after all, but drive a tough bargain in the process, she used a kindergarten taunt that loosely translates as "na-na na-na boo-boo".
It was not out of style for Nahles, who once mocked Merkel's party in the Bundestag with a slightly off-key rendition of the reality-denying theme song of Swedish children's book hero Pippi Longstocking.
While some find such performances grating, few underestimate Nahles, who, like Merkel, is considered a sharp strategist, hard worker and bareknuckle political operator.
When she invigorated her party with a passionate speech in January, the tabloid-style Bild daily paid her the questionable compliment of being "the only real guy" in the SPD.
Nahles, the daughter of a bricklayer, hails from a small village in the rural Eifel region where she still lives in her great-grandparents' farmhouse with her young daughter.
A church-going Roman Catholic, she has described herself as a conservative at heart, albeit one who fights for working-class people.
Nahles wrote in her high school yearbook that one day she wanted to be "either a housewife or chancellor".
She founded her party's first chapter in her home village and, while studying German language and literature, joined the SPD youth wing, which she headed from age 25.
In her career since, she has been a key figure in several crucial power plays and fought former chancellor Gerhard Schröder's Agenda 2010 welfare cuts, telling him she had no time for "political machos".
Most recently she sidelined the two men who had dominated the SPD, Schulz and former foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel. Both are now watching German politics from the parliamentary backbenches.

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The KidsRadio project aims at strengthening the self-confidence of children and young adults.  It is designed to offer the participants a platform where they can learn how to be radio presenters. It is a way to help them decide early on what they wish to pursue in life.

The ultimate goal is for one or two extraordinary talented kids to have their own radio program at Radio TopAfric. The program is design for kids and young adults between the ages of 10 -15, who want to run a radio program and become stars of tomorrow. It will also teach them how to blog as well.

The program which will  accommodate about 10 participants. Workshop training will take place only on the weekends. The workshop begins on Saturday,  the 5th of May 2018,  will only last for 90 minutes from 3pm – 4.30pm KIDSRADIO REGISTRATION
The workshop is led by Georgina Fakunmoju,  a broadcast journalist who currently works for NDR in Hamburg. Focused primarily on producing TV pieces for Northern Germany, she has also published radio and online stories for a variety media outlets.
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Module 1: Research & Interview:
A: We teach them how to research topics and personalities via the internet prior to hosting an interview or prior to doing a live show on radio.
B: We also teach them how to find topics of interest.
C: We teach them how to work in groups and also how to ask the right questions? 

Module 2: Promo & Equipment
A: We teach them how to promote themselves through social media
B: We teach them how to handle the Microphone and equipment

Module 3: Record live show & Blog
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(WASHINGTON) — After privately assuring senators that his company will do better, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is undergoing a two-day congressional inquisition that will be very public — and possibly pivotal for the massive social networking company he created.

Zuckerberg visited with senators in closed-door meetings Monday, previewing the public apology he plans to give Congress on Tuesday after revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, gathered personal information from 87 million users to try to influence elections.

He’s apologized many times already, to users and the public, but it is the first time in his career that he has gone before Congress. Zuckerberg will testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday and before a House panel on Wednesday.

In the hearings, Zuckerberg will not only try to restore public trust in his company but also stave off federal regulation that some lawmakers have floated. In prepared testimony released Monday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he is expected to deliver Wednesday, Zuckerberg apologizes for fake news, hate speech, a lack of data privacy and Russian social media interference in the 2016 elections.

“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,” he says in the remarks. “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”

After resisting previous calls to testify, Zuckerberg agreed to come to Capitol Hill this month after reports surfaced — and the company confirmed — that Cambridge Analytica had gathered Facebook users’ data. In the remarks, Zuckerberg said his company has a responsibility to make sure what happened with Cambridge Analytica doesn’t happen again.

Zuckerberg is also expected to be asked about Russia’s use of U.S. social media during the 2016 elections — a subject of several congressional investigations and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference.

In the statement, Zuckerberg addresses Russian election interference and acknowledges, as he has in the past, that the company was too slow to respond and that it’s “working hard to get better.” The company has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that’s accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election.

“We will continue working with the government to understand the full extent of Russian interference, and we will do our part not only to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, but also to give everyone a voice and to be a force for good in democracy everywhere,” Zuckerberg continues.

In the testimony, Zuckerberg acknowledges that the questioning will likely be hostile.

“We face a number of important issues around privacy, safety, and democracy, and you will rightfully have some hard questions for me to answer,” Zuckerberg says.

The prepared remarks do not reveal new information about how data was shared or what Facebook will do. In addition to saying he is sorry, Zuckerberg outlines the steps the company has taken to restrict outsiders’ access to people’s personal information. He also says the company is investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before the company moved to prevent such access in 2014 — something that came too late in the Cambridge Analytica case.

Zuckerberg met Monday with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce panel. Nelson said afterward that Zuckerberg was “forthright and honest to the degree he could” be in the private, one-on-one meeting.

Nelson said he believes Zuckerberg is taking the congressional hearings seriously “because he knows there is going to be a hard look at regulation.”

Democrats like Nelson have argued that federal laws might be necessary to ensure user privacy. Republicans so far have shown little appetite for such regulation, but that could change if there are future privacy scandals or Democrats gain control of Congress in this November’s elections.

“I think he understands that regulation could be right around the corner,” Nelson said.

Zuckerberg was also scheduled to meet with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., ahead of Tuesday’s hearing.

Separately, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Monday that the company is establishing an independent election research commission that will look into the effects of social media on elections and democracy. He said the commission will work with foundations across the U.S. to set up a committee of academic experts who will come up with research topics and select independent researchers to study them.

Moving to a different country is an exciting yet daunting process. Make sure you jump through all the right hoops in Germany by following these tips.

  1. Get a visa if you need one

Citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland

If you come from the EU, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), or Switzerland, you do not need to have a visa to live and work in Germany. You are not required to have a short stay visa for stays of under three months, and you do not need a residence permit for stays exceeding three months.

Citizens of third countries

If you come from a third country (a country outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland), you need to apply for a visa before you arrive in Germany. But people from certain third countries are exempt from this step if they are staying for up to three months within a six-month period - like the United States, Canada and Australia. Check whether you are exempt here.

There are two main types of visa for citizens of third countries. The first is the short stay Schengen Visa which is issued to people intending to stay for less than three months. The second is the longer stay residence permit which is given to people who plan to stay for more than three months.

SEE ALSO: How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)

Both types should be applied for at your home country's German embassy before you come to Germany. The application fee is currently set at €60.

To obtain a short stay Schengen visa, you must meet all of the following four requirements. Firstly, the purpose of the trip must be “plausible and comprehensible”. Secondly, you must be able to finance your living and travel costs from your own income. Thirdly, you must be prepared to leave the Schengen area before the visa expires. Lastly, you must provide evidence of travel health insurance which is valid for the whole Schengen area and has a minimum coverage of €30,000.

To obtain a longer stay residence permit, you will need to show proof of your ability to finance your living. You must also fulfil one of the following six requirements: If you would like to get training in Germany, if you would like to work in Germany, if you are entitled to stay in Germany for humanitarian or political reasons, if you are immigrating to Germany for family reasons, if you are a foreign national or formerly German and would like to return to Germany, or if you have a permanent residence permit in another EU member state, you could be eligible for this type of visa.

It takes a few months to process the application for a longer stay residence permit, so make sure you apply early so that your permit arrives on time.

MUST READ: The easiest visas to get as an American in Germany

  1. Find some accommodation

If you want to get a permit to stay long-term as someone from a third country, you'll need a place to live and you'll need to be registered at that address. Sites like wg-gesucht.de, immobilienscout24.de, and immowelt.de are helpful for finding a WG (a shared flat) or a flat to yourself. If you would like to rent a flat which is already furnished, make sure you include the term "möbliert" in your search. 

When you send off applications for flats, you will generally need to provide a copy of your passport, proof of your salary (i.e. three payslips), and a maybe even letter from your previous landlord/landlady to confirm that you don't owe any money to him/her. Be prepared to send off something like 40 emails to different landlords and receive numerous rejections in response until you are successful.

Make sure you know what you're paying for. “Kaltmiete” is the basic rent which does not include water, electricity, heating or rubbish collection, whereas “Warmmiete” is all-inclusive. There are often several “Nebenkosten” (additional costs). Also, you are normally required to pay a “Kaution” (deposit) to the value of two or three months' worth of rent.

MUST READ: 6 things to know about renting in Germany

  1. Register your residence (“Anmeldung”)

Within two weeks of arriving in Germany, everyone needs to register their residence here. This can be done at the registry office (the "Bürgeramt", the “Einwohnermeldeamt”, or the “Kreisverwaltungsreferat” if you're in Munich). Busy offices will require you to make an appointment as they get booked up very quickly. If you drop in without making an appointment, be prepared to wait a while. At quieter offices, you may be able to just walk in and get an appointment there and then.

Make sure you take your ID, passport and rental contract with you. In Berlin, new regulations state that you will also need to provide a document from your landlord to confirm that you have moved in. This document needs to contain the name and address of the landlord, the date that you moved in, and your name. At the registry office, you will be required to fill in a form and confirm your identity in person.

At the end of the registration process, you will be issued with a registration certificate (the “Anmeldebestätigung”). Keep this safe - you will need it as your proof of address when you open a bank account, for example.

  1. Get an EU Blue Card if you're eligible

The EU Blue Card is a residence permit issued by an EU member state to professionals from non-EU/EEA countries which will provide better access to the job market in Germany. There are two prerequisites to being issued with a card. Firstly, you need a university degree, and secondly you must show evidence of a binding job offer with a salary of at least €49,600 per year. (In the fields of mathematics, IT, natural sciences, medicine or engineering, your salary must be at least €38,888.)

The card is initially valid for up to four years, but this can be extended. After 33 months of working in Germany, holders of an EU Blue Card can be granted a permanent settlement permit.

  1. Open a bank account

Two of the most basic account types are the "Girokonto" (basic current account) and the "Sparbuchkonto" (savings account). To open a bank account, you will need to provide a form of ID (for example your passport) and also your registration certificate (the “Anmeldebestätigung”). You will be required to confirm your identity in person.

The most widely used German banks are Sparkasse, Kommerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Volksbank and Postbank. Banks which only offer an online service and do not have physical branches are Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) and Comdirect.

  1. Set up your phone

Make sure you call your phone provider before you get to Germany to activate roaming and check the charges for using your phone here. Using roaming can get pricey, so it may be cheaper to buy a prepaid SIM card once you get here. Vodafone, Lebara, T-Mobile, E-Plus and 02 are the some of the largest providers in Germany.

Source: Thelocal.com

 

 

Let me start by introducing myself, my name is Nadine Corine a.k.a NaCo and I am a German woman who has a lot of love for the great continent of Africa.
Over the years, I have been fortunate to mingle with different Africans from different parts of Africa with different cultures, traditions, religions, and characters here in Germany.
These different experiences and encounters have immensely affected my life as well as my way of thinking, both positively and negatively.
So I pose this question: Why do Africans destroy the hard work of their own brothers and sisters? Why can’t they appreciate rather than depreciate each other’s sweat and labour? In today’s slang, why do Africans hate on each other?
Nowadays the term “hater” or "hate on" refers to someone who is jealous of an individual or jealous of another person’s work, achievement, success, business, relationship, money, and the list goes on.

Whenever an African in Germany decides to make a difference within the Community by either establishing an event or business, the other Africans don’t support it or try to destroy it.
I have personally witnessed this trend of non brotherliness amongst the community I so very much love. Why can’t they all just get along and support each other? Why do they fight one another? Backbite each other? Gossip about nonsense. But most especially, why do they deliberately destroy each other’s hard work.
A lot of African brothers have opened clubs, restaurants, and even held events, shows, and concerts only for it to be destroyed or not supported by other African brothers.
The African Brother believes that he knows how to organize or establish better than the guy who is currently doing it. So rather than supporting or helping the current guy who has already established the activity, he would rather prefer to start something else from the ground up.

I have seen this trend fail too many times and I urge my African friends to help one another. Don’t discriminate against each other, just work with each other. You all have one thing in common; you are Africans and are all from one ancestor. You are just like a big family with one mum and one dad.

Don’t destroy each other, help each other. There is power in numbers. When you all come together and stand together, you can move mountains.
God didn’t create you to fight each other; he created you to help each other.
So I urge all African brothers to unite and work together.

Nadine Corine -/Bremen

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to introduce one of our energetic radio presenters at Topafric Radio, nineteen year old Christian Kenou. Christian studied media at the Media school of Hamburg, Germany. He co-hosts the show called “Hot List” with Bola every Monday between 6pm – 8pm German time.

Christian is a very energetic young man with the ability to be the life of any party. He has the genuinely to effortlessly entertain you endlessly. He is like the energizer bunny; he keeps going and going and going.

He loves listening to rap music, boxing, jogging, cooking and most especially dancing.
He aspires to be a big and popular radio host with the passion to bring the best out of up and coming artists in and around Germany.

Watch out for him because the sky is the limit for this very important.

Ricky Ross (Topafric)

Russia will expel four German diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to Berlin ordering four Russian agents to leave Germany over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain, the German foreign minister said on Friday
"This decision by Moscow is not a surprise," said German foreign minister Heiko Maas in a statement. Germany joined the US and other EU nations in expelling Russian envoys to show support for Britain which has blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack on its soil.
The Russian foreign ministry on Friday afternoon summoned the heads of missions from 23 countries -- almost all of them European Union member states -- to tell them that some of their diplomats had to leave.
   
The diplomats from France, Canada, Germany, Australia and other countries were earlier seen arriving at the Russian foreign ministry in flagged official cars.
   
France, Germany and Poland each said that Russia was expelling four of their diplomats. Among the other countries that had similarly been told to pull their envoys were the Netherlands, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland, Lithuania and Norway.
Thirteen Ukrainian diplomats should also leave Russia.
   
The moves came in retaliation for the coordinated expulsion of Russian diplomats by Britain and its allies over a nerve agent attack against former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.
   
"This is certainly not a surprise," Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said through a spokeswoman, referring to Moscow's expulsion of two of the country's diplomats.
   
Blok called upon Russia to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into the attack by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
   
The Russian foreign ministry also gave Britain a month to cut the number of diplomatic staff in Russia to the same number Russia has in Britain.
   
In Britain, the government called the latest developments "regrettable" but remained adamant that Russia was in the wrong.
   
"This doesn't change the facts of the matter: the attempted assassination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable," a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said.
Russia also said it reserved the right to respond to the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats by Belgium, Hungary, Georgia and Montenegro.
   
In the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin presided over a meeting of the country's Security Council which discussed the most recent retaliatory steps against Britain and its allies.
   
The Kremlin insisted it was not Russia that had started the diplomatic war with the West.
   
"Russia did not unleash any diplomatic war," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "Russia never initiated any exchange of sanctions."
   
On Thursday, Moscow had announced that it would expel 60 US diplomats and close the US consulate in Saint Petersburg after the expulsion of its own diplomats and the closure of one of its US consulates.
   
In all, more than 150 Russian diplomats have been ordered out of the US, EU members, NATO countries and other nations which are accusing Russia of being involved in the Skripal poisoning.
   
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow would respond with "tit-for-tat" measures, but they might "not only" be symmetrical.
'Get out of here'
On the streets in Saint Petersburg, passersby said they welcomed the decision to shut down the US consulate general in the city.
   
"This is great news," said Viktor Glushko, 60. "It is about time. Relations will not get worse because they were never good and we will get by without them."
   
Another man shouted: "Get out of here!" as he passed by the US consulate where staff were seen loading plastic sacks into vehicles Friday.
   
In Washington, the State Department said Thursday there was no justification for the Russian move and that the United States "reserves the right to respond".
   
"It's clear from the list provided to us that the Russian Federation is not interested in a dialogue on issues that matter to our two countries," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said of the expelled diplomats.
   
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Russia's expulsion of US diplomats marked a "further deterioration" in relations.
Yulia 'improving rapidly'
The hospital where Skripal and his daughter are being treated said Thursday that Yulia, 33, was "improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition", while 66-year-old Sergei remained in a critical but stable condition.
   
Britain has said it is "highly likely" that Russia was responsible for the attack using the Novichok nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, but Russia has angrily denied any involvement.
   
Russia said 58 diplomats from the US embassy in Moscow and two from the consulate in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg have to leave Russia by next Thursday.
The US consulate general in Saint Petersburg will have to be vacated by Saturday.
   
Moscow warned that it could take further measures in response if Washington "continued hostile actions" against the Russian embassy and consulates.
   
After the poisoning, Britain reacted by announcing it would expel 23 Russian diplomats, suspend high-level diplomatic contact with Moscow and not send any members of the royal family to the 2018 football World Cup hosted by Russia.
   
Russia then responded by closing a British consulate in Saint Petersburg and the British Council educational and cultural organisation.
Source: Thelocal.com

Mr Azo guy aka DJ Azote did his 35th birthday bash Saturday 31.08.13 at “Umdenkbar” a renowned club in Hamburg. The party was well organized, but as we all know, our black community have their own Watch ”African Time”. People started coming in at 1 o’clock.

The club atmosphere was very nice, the ambiance was also beautiful. As you know the title of the event was Afro ladies night but it turned out to be a multicultural event. There were people from Italy, Ivory Coast, Turkey, Cameroon, Togo etc…All the ladies were looking beautiful as usual.

Dj Madman also spinned  that day, he played the best and finest in Afrobeats and everyone danced and danced till mama came calling.

Azo’s Birthday bash was a success and we all had fun

Written by Christian Kenou & Ajibola Kolawole

Africans have a serious problem of always being late and it is hindering us from moving forward. It is a cause for concern. In some cases it is fashionable to be late but definitely not a fashion to boast or brag about. Being late is the character of a lazy, un-organized and discombobulated individual.

This has fast become a part of our entire community and desperately needs to be addressed. Is it life threatening? The answer is NO. Is it a habitual problem? YES. Does it benefit us as a community? I say “Absolutely NOT”.

Sometimes it is referred to as “African Time” but I will label it a disease and name it “Africans Always Late Syndrome” (AALS).

This disease runs widely through the African community. Do I hear a guilty laugh? Are you one of those that fall in the 90% group diagnosed with this syndrome?

Think about it …

How many times did you wake up at 6am (giving yourself an extra hour) to get ready for work and did not leave your house until 7:55am despite the fact that you have to be at work at 8am?

How many times did you ever have the pleasure of seeing the bride and groom actually arrive on time to their own wedding ceremony?

How many times did you ever make it on time to your doctor’s appointment?

How many times did you tell a friend or date that you were on your way when you know damn well that you still needed to hit the shower?

How many times have you shown up for party two or more hours later than the time it was scheduled to begin?

How many flights have you missed and convinced yourself it was traffic when you know you could have planned better?

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. This is not to you Africans who are almost always on time but I can bet that your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend or wife, brother or sister should be reading this article. Yes, I mean the one who runs late to almost every event.

AALS (African Always Late Syndrome) poses a potential problem in our African community and hinders our growth in a society where time is money.

Imagine not being chosen for a lead position at your job because you are always 2 minutes late for work. You think people don’t notice? They do.

Imagine always coming late to church. You think it’s cool to make a grand entrance? Not in the eyes of the Almighty God!

You just might be late for your own salvation and miss your opportunity into the Promised Land.

Imagine arriving late on your first date with a friend or someone of interest. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

How about that job interview? Being late could easily ruin your chances.

What we owe each other is respect

We cannot keep expecting that everyone else will be late to a function. No matter how you see it, it is a bad habit. We need to reflect within ourselves in order to fix this problem of time and lateness and not dwell on the fact that Africans are always late so it’s acceptable, because it is not.

I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting on people so I don’t make them wait on me. This is about respecting someone else’s time.

If you say you will meet someone at 3pm, be there at 3pm. If you show up at 3:30pm, then you show no respect for the other person’s time.
They could have been doing something else other than waiting for you.

In a worst case scenario, if you try your best to be punctual and circumstances simply don’t permit you to be on time, then call the waiting party and be honest as to where you are as well as when you think you might arrive. That is showing respect.

It is time we realize that little things such as AALS (Africans Always Late Syndrome) can lead to bigger issues that might not be solvable. I will like to challenge all of you reading my point of view to go to your next event on time. Do not be late.

I’m sure many other people will like to learn about your on-time experience so drop a comment below

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The mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Schulz said that the African asylum seekers have no future and perspective in Hamburg.

Now Pastor Sieghard Wilm (47) from St Pauli church, who has granted about 70 men Asylum in his church, took to his own initiative and started making a St Pauli ID cards for the Asylum seekers. The ID cards are supposed to function as an alternative to a passport.

One of the asylum seekers, with the cards told NDR “one day, six of us were at St Pauli and the police controlled us, but when we showed them our St Pauli cards they left us alone”. One can say that the cards are indeed effective, but Hamburg’s police spokesman said “the pseudo-identity cards are of no relevance to the police, and they can never replace a passport”.  So the question now is who is fooling who?  

Can’t Asylum Seekers be treated as normal human beings and with some dignity?

We from TopAfric say that no HUMAN BEING is Illegal!

Written by Kolawole Ajibola

Hamburger Sparkasse (HASPA) a prominent bank situated in Hamburg, Germany, donated the sum of 2.000 € (Two thousand euros) to IMIC e.V on the 14th of November 2013.

The donation from Haspa was given to Mrs. Sylvaina Gerlich, Chairlady of IMIC, by Mr. Andreas Meyer during an award ceremony at the Walddörfer sports club. Mrs. Bettina Behrens, leader of the branch located at Bramfelder chaussee 493 was also present.

This donation originated from the lottery-savings Sparkasse customers. Customers can win up to 50.000€ with a 1,00€ input every month. The lottery costs five euros and four euros gets saved from there. 25cents is donated to a good non-profit organizations such as Brakula, Freiwilligenboerse, and IMIC.

With 2,5million euros collected, over 100 non-profit organizations in Hamburg benefit from this lottery system every year. Each organization is recommended by a Haspa branch.

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The number of qualified professionals in Germany from countries such as India and China is on the rise, according to a media report published on Tuesday. The Rheinische Post (RP) states in its report that about one in four specialists (22.8 percent) who come to Germany with the EU Blue Card are from India, followed by people from China, Russia, Ukraine and Syria.

At the end of 2016, 97,865 Indians were living in Germany, according to the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR). This figure was drastically lower nearly a decade ago; the number of Indians in Germany was only 42,495 in 2007.

READ ALSO: The five most common challenges Indians face in Germany

Since the EU Blue Card - a residence permit issued by an EU member state to professionals from non-EU/EEA countries - was introduced in 2013, the number of cards issued as work permits in Germany to people from various countries has steadily been on the increase.

In the first half of 2017 alone 11,023 cards were issued across the Bundesrepublik, RP reports, referencing data from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

In 2016, this figure was 17,362 - an significant increase from a total of 11,290 cards handed out in 2013.

In order to be issued with a card, a person needs to fill two prerequisites: possession of a university degree and evidence of a binding job offer with an annual salary of at least €49,600. In the fields of mathematics, IT, natural sciences, medicine or engineering, one’s salary must be at least €38,888.

The card is initially valid for up to four years, but this can be extended. After 33 months of working in Germany, holders of an EU Blue Card can be granted a permanent settlement permit. Though this can be reduced to just 21 months with a B1 German language certificate.

 

Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs. A United Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet for a hungry world. It ranks high in nutritional value and gets good grades for protecting the environment: edible insects.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets. A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects. Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs.

While most edible insects are gathered in forests, the UN says mechanisation can boost insect-farming production. Currently most insect farming serves niche markets such as China.

Mirror

 

The weekend of April 12th - 14th 2013, African Day was celebrated in a sub division called Hohenhorst, (a suburb in Hamburg, Germany) There were lots of activities for both parents and kids.  Among the activities was soccer competition for kids, art drawing, cooking and sale of artifacts.

The soccer game featured a mini-African cup competition which all the kids participated in and enormously enjoyed.  It showed them team spirit and everybody who played was a winner. A Hip Hop dance crew also performed during the half time soccer game. Deyon Martins further energized the crowd with his Afro-Pop music.  The kids were dancing and celebrating to his wonderful tunes.

The end of the Friday show featured a viewing of an African movie called No Time To Die.  Everybody who attended watched the film. The Saturday program started with a fashion show which featured clothes from different regions of Africa. The presenter, Elizabeth Boateng, described the clothes being displayed

Then there were opening speeches from actress, Dayan Kodu, and Irene Appiah, from the Board of Education in Hamburg.  After which was a short film called Uwe & Uwe. The Saturday show also featured West African drumming, Kora guitar playing by Saliou and the group Djante Bi. They presented spectacular dance choreograph/ music from Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Guinea. The Djante Bi group consists of four drummers and six dancers from Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea, Togo, Ghana and Germany.  The audience was elated

 During the musical break, there was African food, Jewellery display, and snacks. 

The end of Saturday show saw DJ Arthur performing different beats such as Azonto, Highlife, Reggae and Afro beats.   Over all it was a wonderful and successful show.  The organizers deserve two thumbs up.

Article by Paulina and Maame

 

London will celebrate the biggest and most spectacular ‘African Beauty Pageant’ show this year. ‘MISS FACE OF AFRICA EU 2013’, heralds the “BIGGEST” African cultural event this DECADE, will be buzzing with the:
→ Feistiest Looks
→ A Runway full of Attitude
→ Amazing Hair & Character
→ An ignited stage of Talent
→ Fashion and Headline Performances
With a long list of recognisable faces all across the globe in Music, Comedy and Dance, to captivate our audience and raise an awareness of world poverty, but the most important of all, ‘FACE OF AFRICA EU’ aims to command a place in the hearts and minds of the audience and communities, about the significance of “How a few coins to Charity, is a mighty achievement to Poverty”—Tuesday October 15th 2013 indigO2 at The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Tube: North Greenwich Doors open at 17.00 Gmt.

This entertaining event will showcase the hottest Afro trends, designers and bring together inspiration and innovation under one roof, meeting the needs of even the most discerning audience. Miss Face of Africa platform conveys nothing less than a seductive stage of cultural magnificence, which complements the relationship between body & garment by combining a seductive outlook on beauty & culture. This is a remarkable events that will bring together organizations from various sectors including governmental, non-governmental, private, international and bilateral organizations under one roof with highly competitive and professional advantages; thereby serving as the platform for an open and wide-ranging media/beauty opportunities. With quality candidates, face-to-face interviews, and first-rate facilities of networking possibilities, just a few of the benefits that will be offered at the event. This will be a stunning occasion to experience.

For Ticket please visit
Axs: www.axs.com 08448 24 48 24
Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 844 000
Ticketline: www.ticketline.co.uk 0871 424 4444
Seetickets: www.seetickets.com 0871 230 1097
Tickets also available at The O2 main box office.

Many migraine sufferers lie down in the dark when they get an attack - and while they're there the best thing to do is have sex, German neurologists have discovered.  A bit of careful copulation can do wonders for those in the throes of a migraine attack - and it even works when a person is alone - said scientists at Münster University, North Rhine-Westphalia.

Writing in the scientific journal Cephalagia (headache), they said symptoms were eased for 60 percent of those who had sex at the same time as a migraine. This was a better rate than for many other kinds of headache, their research showed.

Die Welt newspaper cited the report saying the scientists had surveyed 350 headache sufferers for their work.

For migraine sufferers – which make up 14 percent of German women and eight percent of German men – researchers found sex to be a particularly effective cure as 60 percent said it helped with the pain. Thirty three percent said that sex made their headache worse.

Cluster headache victims were, the paper said, less likely to benefit from sex as the researchers found only 37 percent felt better afterwards. In fact, around half said they felt much worse if they had sex while their head was hurting.

The German Society for Neurology says migraines are the most common neurological malady in the country. Non-sexual exercise, relaxation techniques and regular daily routine have all also been shown to help.

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Hamburger Sparkasse (HASPA) a prominent bank situated in Hamburg, Germany, donated the sum of 2.000 € (Two thousand euros) to IMIC e.V on the 14th of November 2013.

The donation from Haspa was given to Mrs. Sylvaina Gerlich, Chairlady of IMIC, by Mr. Andreas Meyer during an award ceremony at the Walddörfer sports club. Mrs. Bettina Behrens, leader of the branch located at Bramfelder chaussee 493 was also present.

This donation originated from the lottery-savings Sparkasse customers. Customers can win up to 50.000€ with a 1,00€ input every month. The lottery costs five euros and four euros gets saved from there. 25cents is donated to a good non-profit organizations such as Brakula, Freiwilligenboerse, and IMIC.

With 2,5million euros collected, over 100 non-profit organizations in Hamburg benefit from this lottery system every year. Each organization is recommended by a Haspa branch.

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And the winner of the 2017 Miss World pageant is...Miss India Manushi Chhillar. Stephanie Hill, Miss England, was the first runner up and Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona was second runner up in the 67th Miss World contest.  It is estimated 126 women from all around the globe took part in the pageant which occurred in the Sanya, China. But only one lucky lady could walk away with the crown, which eventually went to a 20-year-old medical student from Haryana, India.

Stephanie Del Valle, the last year's Miss World winner from Puerto Rico, presented the honor at the Sanya City Arena.  The big win for Miss India comes after the country's 17-year dry spell in the pageant. In 2000, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra won the crown.The TV and film star took to Twitter to congratulate Chhillar, writing, "And we have a successor!Congratulations @ManushiChhillar on becoming #MissWorld2017. cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it. Bravo."

Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title. Reita Faria was the first, claimingt the title back in 1966. Film star Aishwariya Rai Bachchan won in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Chopra in 2000. During the final five question and answer section, Chhillar was asked which profession she believes deserved the highest salary.

According to Economic Times, she said, "I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it's not always about cash but I feel it's the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life." She added, "All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary."

We bet her mom liked that one! Check out more moments from the 2017 World Pageant...

Globe Trotters
Contestants perform in colorful ensembles at the final of the 67th Miss World Competition in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, Nov. 18, 2017.
Glitter Girls
The contestants pose in glittering ensembles during the 67th Miss World contest final in Sanya.
Miss Mexico
Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona walked on stage during the 67th Miss World contest in Sanya, on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Nov. 18, 2017.
by Meg Swertlow

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