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  • Berlin Film Festival: Indigenous voices in the spotlight

    Posted 2018-02-22 10:56:56 by: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Stories showcased at this year's Berlin Film Festival explore the effects of colonisation, nuclear weapons, and climate ...

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  • Ethiopia reveals details of 6-month state of emergency

    Posted 2018-02-22 10:52:56 by: Mahammad A. Tafida

    State television says government has shed more light on six-month state of emergency order issued last ...

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  • Ford removes Raj Nair for 'inappropriate behaviour'

    Posted 2018-02-22 10:52:20 by: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Ford removed North American chief Raj Nair amid allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" by the executive, the US car industry giant announced Wednesday. Ford did not disclose details but said a review "determined certain behaviour by Nair was inconsistent with the company's code of conduct". Nair joined Ford in 1987 and held numerous senior posts for the second-largest US automaker prior to being tapped to lead the North American unit in June 2017. He also held the title of executive vice president. "We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration," said Ford chief executive Jim Hackett in a statement. "Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values." Nair expressed regret in the press release. "I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviours consistent with the principles that the Company and I have always espoused," Nair said. Nair was the latest US executive to be removed amid a renewed focus on corporate behaviour and on the treatment of women including high-profile cases of sexual harassment an inappropriate conduct by leading personalities in media and business. The new climate sparked the "me too" movement where women have come forward to reveal incidents of misbehaviour, forcing companies to rethink their policies and take reports seriously. Hackett, in December, sent an open letter to Ford employees apologizing after a lengthy New York Times expose found pervasive harassment and mistreatment of women at two Ford factories dating back to the 1990s. Michelle Krebs, an analyst at Autotrader, said the expulsion of Nair, a "rising star," comes at a "particularly bad time" for Ford. "Investors and analysts have been unhappy with the seeming lack of a clear direction for Ford, especially in terms of future mobility services. The stock price has fallen," Krebs said. "The pressure is on Jim Hackett, ...

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  • Cape Town's 'Day Zero' pushed to July

    Posted 2018-02-22 10:45:58 by: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Officials say reduced consumption has helped pushed back the date which was set at June a week ...

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  • Corbyn: 'No more' politicians serving bankers

    Posted 2018-02-22 10:44:02 by: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Britain's financial sector will be "the servant of industry not the masters of all" if the opposition Labour Party gets into power, its leader said on Tuesday, accusing bankers of taking the economy hostage. Corbyn, a socialist who has won over many voters with promises to renationalise services and increase public spending, has long-targeted London's lucrative financial sector, saying politicians have been in thrall to moneymakers for too long. In a speech to a manufacturers' conference, Corbyn renewed his pledge to "reprogram" Britain's economy if he wins power in an election not due until 2022. He said a Labour government would give businesses clarity over by repeating its stance on agreeing on a customs union with the European Union. "For a generation, instead of finance serving industry, politicians have served finance. We've seen where that ends: the productive economy, our public services and people's lives being held hostage by a small number of too-big-to-fail banks and casino financial institutions," he said. "I simply say 'no more.' The next Labour government will be the first in 40 years to stand up for the real economy ... We will take decisions and decisive action to make finance the servant of industry not the masters of all." Big business has been cautious towards , with financial services company Morgan Stanley warning investors that Corbyn winning power was a bigger political risk than Brexit. But they have also started engaging with the party, and Corbyn's deputy, Labour's finance policy adviser John McDonnell, took his message that capitalism was living on borrowed time to the global elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. Any deep mutual understanding looks far off for now. TheCityUK, Britain's most powerful financial lobby, claimed the sector brought to the country, not only to London. It said the finance industry had created 2.2 million jobs and paid more than 87 billion pounds ($120bn) in tax towards funding public ...

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  • World leaders abandoning human rights: Amnesty

    Posted 2018-02-22 10:34:49 by: Mahammad A. Tafida

    Regressive policies and hateful rhetoric by leaders such as Trump, Putin, and Xi undermining rights worldwide: ...

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  • Syria: Who controls what?

    Posted 2018-02-22 10:33:28 by: Mahammad A. Tafida

    A map of the Syrian civil war that shows who controls what after years of ...

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