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Republicans laud Trump, fear left-wing takeover, as RNC opens | News



The Republican Party began its presidential nominating convention on Monday praising President Donald Trump as a hero and the political saviour of a nation they see under threat from a dangerously radical Democratic Party.

A parade of Republican speakers angrily cast the upcoming election as an extreme choice between Trump, defender of the American way of life, and a “rotten cabal” of left-wing activists who would destroy the United States.

“It’s almost as if this election is shaping up to be church, work and school versus rioting, looting and vandalism, or in the words of Biden and the Democrats, ‘peaceful protesting’,” Donald Trump Jr, the president’s son, said.

“If you’re looking for hope, look to the man who did what the failed Obama-Biden Administration never could do, and built the greatest economy our country had ever seen,” Trump Jr said.

“And President Trump will do it again,” he said, one of the very few references on the night to the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating economic effect.

The convention began in Charlotte, North Carolina, and continued via pre-taped video feed from Washington, DC, in a hybrid convention limited by safety concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Nikki Haley, the Trump administration’s former ambassador to the UN said Trump has pursued an “America first” agenda in international affairs.

“Obama and Biden let North Korea threaten America. President Trump rejected that weakness, and we passed the toughest sanctions on North Korea in history,” Haley said.

“Obama and Biden let Iran get away with murder and literally sent them a plane full of cash. President Trump did the right thing and ripped up the Iran nuclear deal,” Haley said.

“Obama and Biden led the United Nations to denounce our friend and ally, Israel. President Trump moved our embassy to Jerusalem – and when the UN tried to condemn us, I was proud to cast the American veto,” she said.

Speakers in the Republican programme warned repeatedly about an alleged socialist agenda behind the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the national chair of the “Trump Victory Finance Committee” and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, delivers a pre-recorded speech to the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention. [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

“They want to destroy this country and everything we have fought for and hold near and dear,” said Kimberly Guilfoyle, a conservative television personality and girlfriend of Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.

“They want to enslave you to the liberal, weak, dependent ideology to the point where you will not recognise yourself,” Guilfoyle said.

“This is an election about a party that wants to burn the foundations of our country to the ground and a party that wants to rebuild and protect our great nation,” said Representative Steve Scalise, a leading Republican member of the US House of Representatives.

Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the US Senate, described Trump’s policy agenda for creating jobs through opportunity zones, school choice and tax cuts for small businesses.

Tim Scotts speaks at Republican convention

Trump supporter US Senator Tim Scott recounted growing up in a poor Black family on a tobacco farm and running in a majority White district to win his seat in Congress [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

“We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news, racially, economically and culturally-polarising news,” Scott said. “The truth is, our nation’s arc always bends back towards fairness.”

“Make no mistake. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want a cultural revolution, a fundamentally different America. If we let them, they will turn our country into a socialist utopia,” he said.

Repeatedly, speakers sought to characterise the Black Lives Matters protesters as radicals and a dangerous mob and claimed – falsely – that Biden’s Democrats want to defund the police. Biden has explictly rejected calls by some Black Lives Matter protesters to defund police.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the white St. Louis suburban couple who waved semi-automatic guns at marching protesters delivered pre-taped remarks in support of Trump.

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Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey aimed firearms at protesters, including a man who holds a video camera and microphone, in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 28, 2020. [File: Lawrence Bryant/Reuters]

“These radicals are not content with marching in the streets. They want to walk the halls of Congress. They want power,” said Mark McCloskey.

Democrats “want policies to abolish the suburbs” with introduction of “low quality, low income housing”, warned Patricia McCloskey.

“Make no mistake, no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” she claimed.

The McCloskeys have been charged by a St. Louis city prosecutor with unlawful use of a weapon.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey

Patricia and Mark McCloskey, who confronted protesters outside their home while holding weapons spoke at the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention [Republican National Convention/Handout via Reuters]

Trump spoke earlier in the day at the convention in Charlotte after Republican delegates voted to renominate him as the Republican Party’s candidate for president.

Trump complained that North Carolina’s governor, a Democrat, had refused to ease restrictions on the size of public gatherings in order to allow the planned convention of 2,550 delegates to go ahead.

“You know these Democrat governors – they love to shut down until after the election is over because they want to make our numbers look as bad as possible for the economy,” Trump said in a rambling 50-minute speech in which he mischaracterised Biden’s agenda.

The US has recorded the most cases and deaths from coronavirus in the world. As the convention concluded its first day, the country had confirmed more than 5.7 million cases and 177,248 deaths from the disease.

New York fraud probe

The convention began on a day when the New York state attorney general, a Democrat, revealed an ongoing civil fraud investigation of the president’s business, the Trump Organization.

Attorney General Letitia James filed papers in state court in New York City seeking enforcement of subpoenas for documents and testimony from witnesses including Eric Trump, the president’s son.

New York is investigating whether the Trump Organization and the president inflated the value of real estate and other assets in order to secure loans for Trump’s Seven Springs mansion on a 230-acre property north of New York City.

The state is collecting information about several other Trump-related properties, including the Trump National Golf Club near Los Angeles, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and an office building on Wall Street in Manhattan, New York, according to the court filing.

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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million



Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

Source: Billionaires Africa

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe




A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.

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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News




Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.

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