Thursday, 18 October 2018

[South Africa] 50,000 jobs sustained through the WPC Programme.

The Chief Director of Space affairs at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Ms Nomfuneko Majaja says that the Workplace Challenge Programme (WPC) has led to the sustaining of more than 50 000 jobs and creating a further 250 since it was founded. Majaja pronounced on this remarkable milestone during the 20-year anniversary celebrations of the Workplace Challenge Programme which took place in Botshabelo, Free State. 

The WPC Programme is a joint initiative of the dti and Productivity South Africa (Productivity SA) that is implemented over a 24-month period with the aim to encouraging and supporting negotiated workplace change to improve productivity and job creation. 

Majaja further mentioned that enterprises that had participated in the WPC programme had been collectively funded to the tune of R151 million and had generated more than R1.88 billion in total turnover.

By Pie Kamau.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Trump tells AP he won't accept blame if GOP loses House.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped Republican candidates.

In a wide-ranging interview three weeks before Election Day, Trump told The Associated Press he senses voter enthusiasm rivaling 2016 and he expressed cautious optimism that his most loyal supporters will vote even when he is not on the ballot. He dismissed suggestions that he might take responsibility, as his predecessor did, for midterm losses or view the outcome as a referendum on his presidency.

"No, I think I'm helping people," Trump said. "I don't believe anybody's ever had this kind of an impact."

Full story at Yahoo News.
By Catherine Lucey, Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Here's Why The Next 48 Hours Are Crucial For Brexit Talks.


Pizza, parliamentary protests and private meetings.

It’s crunch time for the Prime Minister and not just because pizza is involved.

With just a day to go until crucial EU talks on Wednesday, a few of members of Theresa May’s Cabinet secretly convened before Tuesday’s full cabinet meeting.

Here’s an update on the current Brexit situation.

Pizza, anyone?

A third of May’s senior ministers gathered in a so-called ‘Pizza Club’ led by Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom on Monday.

By Isabel Togoh.
Full story at The Huffington Post.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Baldwin urges 'overthrow' of Trump government via voting.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin followed up his latest parody portrayal of President Donald Trump with a serious call Sunday night for voters to use the Nov. 6 midterm elections to peacefully "overthrow" the government.

After reprising his role as Trump on "Saturday Night Live," Baldwin flew to New Hampshire, where he was the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual fall fundraising dinner.

"The way we implement change in America is through elections. We change governments here at home in an orderly and formal way," he said. "In that orderly and formal way and lawful way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump."

By Holly Ramer.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Friday, 12 October 2018

2019 Elections: Nigerians must choose from candidates that can pass integrity test -APC.

Mr Yekini Nabena, the APC Acting National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

The All Progressives Congress(APC) has re-emphasised its position that Nigerian electorate must have opportunity to choose from candidates that could pass the integrity and anti-corruption test in 2019 general elections.

Mr Yekini Nabena, the APC Acting National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Nabena said that the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) cannot avoid corruption, integrity test for its candidates.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Ramaphosa's stimulus package shows power is finely balanced in the ANC.

President Cyril Ramaphosa's economic stimulus package
shows that he and his political allies are
in charge of economic policy.
(Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)

The economic stimulus package announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa shows that he and his political allies are, contrary to much analysis in recent months, in charge of economic policy.

Ramaphosa insists that it is a ‘bold’ attempt to initiate economic change which will particularly benefit youth, women and small businesses. It rests partly, he adds, on ‘significant regulatory reform’.

But the package is more interesting for what it says about the politics of economic decision-making in the ANC than for its likely impact on the economy.

Certainly, it does not signal readiness by Ramaphosa and his allies to use their power to introduce much-needed reforms. In an article in the financial press explaining the thinking behind the package, Ramaphosa acknowledged that it rested not on new ideas but on trying to get the government to do what it has already said it will do. 

He wrote that it was “tempting to unleash novel policy directions” but it was far more important “to build a track record of successful implementation.”

By Steven Friedman.
Full story at Mail & Guardian.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

5 Interesting Supreme Court Cases Kavanaugh Could Decide This Term.

After a whirlwind of testimonies, investigations and protests leading up to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Saturday, the embattled justice now begins his lifetime position ruling on the country’s most contentious cases. 

While President Donald Trump’s pick for the highest court in the land has been scrutinized over how he’ll vote on issues relating to reproductive rights, climate change and other hot-button issues, the cases Kavanaugh is scheduled or likely to hear this term will give Americans their first insight into how far he’ll swing the court to the right now that swing voter Justice Anthony Kennedy is out of the picture.

Here are five interesting cases in which Kavanaugh could be the deciding vote.

By Lydia O’Connor.
Full story at Yahoo News.