10 Xmas Eve Day Reads

My Xmas Eve Day reads: • Aftershock: Even if Trump isn’t the direct cause of the next recession, he’s likely to make it so, so much worse.  (Washington Post) see also Presidents play with fire when they brag about the stock market (CNN) • Paul Samuelson’s Secret (Economic Principals) • ‘Canada’s Warren Buffett’ Drives His Own Pickup Truck (Bloomberg) • Buying… […]

Zambia: Chiefs Want President Lungu to Lobby AU Over Child Marriages

[Times of Zambia] FOUR Traditional leaders on ending Early Child Marriages and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) have asked President Lungu to lobby the African Union (AU) and partners to scale up resources for the implementation of African Traditional Leaders’ action plan to address the vices. source https://allafrica.com/stories/201812240681.html

Nigeria: For Love of the Game – Using Football to Educate Nigerians About the Dangers of Irregular Migration

[IPS] Benin City -Hundreds of desperate young Nigerians die yearly in the Sahara Desert or at sea while making irregular journeys to Europe. The desperation to reach Europe at all cost, irrespective of the risks, is a major social problem in Africa’s most populous country. source https://allafrica.com/stories/201812240621.html

Uganda: Police On High Alert As Terror Group Targets Their Installations

[Monitor] As the Christmas and New Year festive season gains momentum, Police have asked all its officers across the country to raise their level of alertness and vigilance to avert a detected premeditated attack on police headquarters, stations, installations and barracks. source https://allafrica.com/stories/201812240619.html

Indonesia hunts for survivors as volcano tsunami toll nears 400

Indonesian military and rescue teams fanned out across a stretch of coastline on Monday, hoping to find survivors of a tsunami triggered by a landslide from a volcano that killed at least 373 people. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-tsunami/indonesia-hunts-for-survivors-as-volcano-tsunami-toll-nears-400-idUSKCN1ON02S?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

10 Ways Neurodiverse People Can Survive and Thrive During The Holidays

There’s pressure on everyone during the holidays and that pressure can be stressful. It’s like “be happy or else,” which doesn’t work for anyone. Here’s some ideas for having holidays… source https://blogs.psychcentral.com/aspergers-nld/2018/12/10-ways-neurodiverse-people-can-survive-and-thrive-during-the-holidays/

Turkish-backed rebels reinforce around Manbij as U.S. prepares pull-out

Turkish-backed Syrian forces have reinforced the area around the town of Manbij, a rebel spokesman said on Monday, as they prepare for a withdrawal of U.S. troops following Washington’s surprise decision to pull out of Syria. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-backed-rebels-reinforce-around-manbij-as-u-s-prepares-pull-out-idUSKCN1ON0I4?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Why Hong Kong rejected Taiwanese singer Freddy Lim’s visa application

Hong Kong’s immigration authority rejected a Taiwanese singer and pro-independence lawmaker’s visa application because he did not meet the criteria – including that he did not have the “special skill, knowledge or experience” needed to work in the city. Freddy Lim Tshiong-tso, lead singer of heavy metal band Chthonic, had been invited to perform on […]

‘Substandard work is still safe’ on Hong Kong’s Sha Tin-Central link, says MTR Corp

Hong Kong’s transport giant has played down the safety failures being unearthed daily at the city’s most expensive rail project ever, as it tried to scotch suggestions that it should rip up newly built platforms and start again. Reporting progress on the investigation by the MTR Corporation on the Sha Tin-Central link at Hung Hom […]