Côte d’Ivoire will pay thousands of soldiers 15 million CFA francs (25,782 dollars) each as part of buy-outs aimed at reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military, documents showed on Monday.
Africa’s fastest growing economy in 2016, Côte d’Ivoire was hit earlier this year by successive uprisings by low-ranking troops.
The costly bonuses paid to end the unrest helped balloon the budget deficit this year, and the episode tarnished its image as one of the continent’s rising economic stars.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said it would grant financial subsidy of $500,000 to all five African representatives at the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The continental football governing body said the decision was taken by its Executive Committee and other stakeholders on the sidelines of the 2018 FIFA World Cup draws in Moscow on Friday.
“At its last meeting held on Nov. 16 in Rabat, Morocco the CAF Executive Committee decided to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the CAF First Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi,” the continental football body said in a statement on Friday.
The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Nigerian government to pay $75, 000 to the family of a deceased cadet of the Nigerian army, Elshadai Kwasu, for alleged violation of the deceased right to life.
The deceased, a 19-year-old military cadet, died during the conduct of a waterman-ship training in April 2015.
Following his death, the late cadet’s father, Danladi Kwasu, approached the court to demand the invocation of relevant sections of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the grounds of alleged violation of his child’s right to life.
Three budding writers will have an opportunity to win $14,000 each and also get mentorship as the Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellowship has commenced the 2018 edition of the usually keenly contested competition.
BuzzFeed is a leading independent digital media and tech company which delivers news and entertainment content to a global audience. It has offices in 18 cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo.
A statement by its Executive Editor, Culture, Karolina Waclawiak on its website, said this year’s competition will give selected budding writers adequate support, mentorship and the required experience to take the next step in their respective careers.
The organisers also said the four-month program is intended to assist such writers break free from hindrances that has kept them locked out from vast opportunities present in the global media terrain.
Seattle-based online retailer Amazon.com announced Thursday that it is seeking a second North American headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs.
In a statement, the company founded and run by billionaire Jeff Bezos said its “HQ2” would cost about $5 billion to build and operate.
The company, which is currently soliciting bids for the project, said it would prioritize metropolitan areas with more than one million people and that it was encouraging interested communities to think “big” and “creatively” about possible locations.
Amazon said HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon — not a satellite office. It said it expects to hire new teams and executives in HQ2, and will also let existing senior leaders across the company decide whether to locate their teams.