Uganda risks losing up to US$218.3m in export revenue due to desert locusts invasion

By Ronald Musoke, The Independent Uganda risks losing up to US$218.3 million in export revenue if the desert locusts are not halted in the coming weeks, according to the agriculture ministry. East Africa’s third largest economy earns billions of shillings from maize, cotton, coffee, fruits, vegetables and simsim exports.  In 2018, Uganda earned US$106.8 million in maize exports, followed with cotton (US$44.3 million), fruits and vegetables (US$40.6 million) and simsim (US$26.6 million). Agriculture minister Vincent Ssempijja said Uganda is…

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IOC closely monitoring Coronavirus situation ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

  Maravi Express International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked all its national associations’ athletes to continue preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games following fears of the deadly Coronavirus that has hard-hit China and most parts of the Eastern world. A press statement from the IOC Executive Board says a joint task force was created in mid-February, involving the IOC, Tokyo 2020 organisers, the government of Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO) in monitoring the situation on the ground….

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Gabadinho denied twice by excellent saves as Kaizer Chiefs edge Pirates to open seven-point lead

  SuperSport.com Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was on top form to inspire his team to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday. The victory moved the Amakhosi seven points clear atop the league standings, while the Buccaneers remain third after seeing their six-game winning streak in the league come to an abrupt end. The Nigeria international pulled off a great save to deny the…

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FIFA chief Infantino says open to changes in offside law

  SuperSport.com World football governing body, FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is open to changes to the offside law to help address problems that have arisen since the introduction of VAR video reviews. Football’s law-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB), is expected to meet on Saturday and discuss VAR and the offside law, although no proposal has been tabled for a concrete law change. Frustration in England’s Premier League with VAR ruling out goals for tiny margins…

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FIFA set to limit number of loan deals

  By Muambo Edward, kick442.com The world football governing body, FIFA has announced that the new laws governing loan deals for players will soon be effective. FIFA has announced a-three-year plan to enforce its new regulations that will govern the transfer of players. The entire transfers system has been revisited by FIFA and particular attention was paid on the modalities and number of loan deals authorized in a season for any club. Clubs will be limited to eight arrivals…

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Gabadinho one of highly rated ahead of Soweto derby showdown between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs

  By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s international Gabadinho Mhango is amongst four players who have been high rated as players to watch in Saturday’s showdown between arch rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in what is the biggest Soweto derby. The Absa Premiership match, that kick-off at 3:30pm CAT at FNB Stadium, is being touted as one of the best in recent memory and the other three players mentioned as players to watch are Pirates’ Wayne Sandilands and Chiefs’ Samir…

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International response needed to combat East Africa’s locust outbreak

China.org.cn The locust outbreak plaguing East Africa calls for a concerted international response as the most dreaded insects devour millions of hectares of vegetation in their cross-border migration, exacerbating the already fragile food security situation in the region. The desert locust, which can travel 150 km in a single day, is deemed the most devastating of locusts.  A small swarm covering one square km can eat the same amount of food as 35,000 people in a day, said the…

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Former Egypt president Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91

BBC News Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak — ousted by the military in 2011 — has died in Cairo at the age of 91, Egyptian state news confirmed on Tuesday Al-Watan website reported that Mubarak, who underwent surgery in late January and was photographed with his grandson as he recovered, died at a military hospital. On Saturday, however, Mubarak’s son Alaa said that the former president remained in intensive care.  Mubarak spent three decades in office before a popular…

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Real Madrid spoil Gareth Bale’s move to China

SuperSport.com Real Madrid’s last-minute decision to insist on a transfer fee ended the club’s hopes of offloading Welsh winger Gareth Bale to Jiangsu Suning, the Chinese Super League side’s head coach Cosmin Olaroiu said. Bale, who joined Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-record fee of 100 million euros, was heavily linked with a move to Jiangsu throughout last year’s summer transfer window after falling down the pecking order at the La Liga side under Zinedine Zidane….

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Gabadinho, his coach win monthly Absa Premiership accolades

By SuperSport Orlando Pirates’ in-form striker Gabadinho Mhango and his coach Josef Zinnbauer and scooped the South African Absa Premiership Player and Coach of the Month awards for January 2020. The Buccaneers went unbeaten throughout January thanks, partly, to the six goals in five matches from striker Gabadinho. The Malawian kicked off the month with a hattrick away to Polokwane City and then secured wins over champions Sundowns and Highlands Park respectively.  His terrific scoring form in January has…

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