The Solution Is Removing Gender Bar...

Private equity for women is one way to help the country remove the barriers of unfair pay in the existing "gender gap" in the country according to ana...

Donald Trump Could End Trans-Pacifi...

Analysts fear that economic instability might arrive in the United States after US President Donald Trump announced he could end the TransPacific Part...

Boris Johnson To Meet With Donald T...

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to meet in New York US President Elect Donald Trump's team marking their first contact between a UK minister and...

Aleppo Rebels Plead For Ceasefire A...

Syrian regime military forces have systematically ousted Syrian opposition rebel forces off of Aleppo as the battered opposition was pleading for a fi...

The Solution Is Removing Gender Barriers Through Private Equity In South Africa

Private equity for women is one way to help the country remove the barriers of unfair pay in the existing “gender gap” in the country according to analysts. Africa has more women in “power” positions in corporate companies such as CEOs, board roles and executive committee roles. However, their influence is still dwindling and gender equity is still far away from completion.

According to Aubrey Hruby and Joanne Yoo of Financial Times, the Private Equity Women Investor Network estimates about 150 women in senior corporate roles is not enough — the number must be improved to help speed up the acquisition of institutional capital for female entrepreneurs and investors.

The African Development Bank reports that women carry about 12. per cent of board directorships — a figure lower than actual female representation in the Fortune Global 200. Kenyan women dominate corporate boards but only because state laws force businesses to ensure boards are two-thirds single-gender.

Hruby and Yoo write that to create positive changes in gender equity African governments must be willing to train and mentor to remove the “unqualified women in Africa” excuse — one that is used plenty by most corporations. The two writes that investors must devote resources to develop “emerging and diverse managers in Africa’s new markets.

Donald Trump Could End Trans-Pacific Partnership Established By Obama Administration

Analysts fear that economic instability might arrive in the United States after US President Donald Trump announced he could end the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) established in Asia where Australia economies could suffer as the US plays its hand against China. The latter is Australia’s biggest trading partner with exports of over $100bn.


According to Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Convenor Patricia Ranald, the current US President is using trade agreements to urge countries to the US’ interests. However, the cancellation of the Transpacific Partnership is a counter-action as the deal has greatly benefitted the United States and “reduced foreign government barriers” for the American National Association of Manufacturers to place stakes in Asia where they could establish better market share.


The TPP had helped reduce fee barriers that exist between countries involved in the agreement and allows free trade between countries through pre-determined agreements on rules regarding import and export of goods. The disappearance of the TPP would mean China would have to pick up the slack. Unfortunately, China’s sluggish economy and immense red tape may not play to its advantage. Once the TPP disappears, so will the United States.

Boris Johnson To Meet With Donald Trump In New York

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to meet in New York US President Elect Donald Trump’s team marking their first contact between a UK minister and the new US administration. The Foreign Secretary is to meet Jared Kusner and new White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Johnson is to discuss a “special relationship” between the two governments once Donald Trump takes office this January and after the UK leaves the European Union in a few years.

Before Johnson, two Chiefs of Staff of Prime Minister Theresa May had met the Trump team. Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy both met the closest advisers and senior congressional leaders of Donald Trump. Trump has described Britain as “a very special ally.” The UK Prime Minister found it difficult to comment on national television about Donald Trump’s comments regarding women.

May’s answer made clear that she does not approve of Trump’s commentaries regarding women but he “has apologised for it” and that “the relationship that the UK has with the United States is about something much bigger than the relationship between two individuals as president and prime minister.”

Johnson will first meet congressional leaders such as Paul Ryan, Bob Corker and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Meanwhile, former CEO of ExxonMobil and now US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be absent given protocol regarding his new public position and his confirmation for the position.

Aleppo Rebels Plead For Ceasefire After Assad Forces Take Major City

Syrian regime military forces have systematically ousted Syrian opposition rebel forces off of Aleppo as the battered opposition was pleading for a five-day ceasefire to allow civilian evacuation in the area. The takeover is the most significant the Syrian Regime has ever had from Aleppo as it places the Rebel faction to the place where their siege began.

Both sides are keen to retake Aleppo as locals and fighters contend with Iraqi and Hezbollah groups in support for the Syrian Regime. The loyalist forces have now taken over 75% of Eastern Aleppo with officers claiming they could take over the city within a week.

Opposition leaders refused demands that they abandon Aleppo as they are the only ones who can guarantee the safety of civilians left behind in the city. The opposition said that Aleppo has witnssed a “war of extermination against its civilian population.” The opposition leaders said that hundreds of innocent men have been detained and women have been raped in revenge by Syrian forces.

Syrian regime military forces have systematically ousted Syrian opposition rebel forces off of Aleppo as the battered opposition was pleading for a five-day ceasefire to allow civilian evacuation in the area. The takeover is the most significant the Syrian Regime has ever had from Aleppo as it places the Rebel faction to the place where their siege began.

Both sides are keen to retake Aleppo as locals and fighters contend with Iraqi and Hezbollah groups in support for the Syrian Regime. The loyalist forces have now taken over 75% of Eastern Aleppo with officers claiming they could take over the city within a week.

Opposition leaders refused demands that they abandon Aleppo as they are the only ones who can guarantee the safety of civilians left behind in the city.

The Similarities of Personal Injury and Work Accident Guidelines

Anyone who suffers from an injury in the workplace the company should provide medical and financial assistance immediately. A failure to do so would mean violating employee protection laws. But a failure to recognise that a company’s equipment, property and other tools are at fault is another point of contest that the company must fulfil their responsibilities.

Personal injury and  work accident injury claims are similar in nature as the negligence of another person, company or organisation had led to your injuries. While medical and financial assistance may suffice in most cases, the inability to work or live a normal life due to the injury victims suffered negligent parties would often overlook intentionally unless a professional points it out.

Compensation solicitors such as www.accidentatworkclaims.co make it a point that victims will get the proper recompense they deserve by looking at all details from the initial medical check-ups to the actual operation and investigating whether the fault is indeed due to the following:

Slip, trip and fall (the lack of warning signs for hazardous environments)

Faulty, mismanaged or unmaintained equipment

High-risk occupations without proper equipment, facilities and other details reducing the hazard of performing the tasks.

If you consult with your compensation solicitor today you could determine whether you have a valid claim against a negligent individual, company or organisation.

Google Set To Regain Tech Crown

In order to defeat Amazon and Apple’s latest devices, Google has revealed its new smarpthones. Presented by Google Director of Product Management Sabrina Ellis, the Google Pixel Phone is just the start of the tech aggression shown by the company.

On Tuesday, the tech giant announced and showed the world its move to create its own hardware powered on Android — its world-famous operating system supplied to other manufacturers including Samsung and HTC.

According to Google, it can design software and hardware to work seamlessly together — something its rival Apple had done in the last 15 years.

The Google Pixel Phones will be on sale with a starting price of $650 (£590).

This could also mean a serious Android rival for Android-powered Samsung, the South Korean manufacturing company being the best at integrating the OS with their hardware.

However, Google’s own journey through the tech world may have it create rivalries with Samsung and other manufacturers it has worked with that create Android gadgets. But Google said in a statement it is still focused on creating better relationships with other manufacturers of android devices.

Aside from the Pixel Phone, Google also revealed Daydream View, a VR headset that could rival current giant Oculus Rift.

Tuition Hike Protests Disrupt Classrooms, Almost Erupt in Violence

South African Universities including the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have closed after violent tuition hikes found suggested violent actions in different areas of their schools.

The protests came in after the government had announced a possible 8% tuition fee hike for universities.

Universities have closed just as students were preparing for their end-of-term exams. Meanwhile, several large schools have reported vandalism against university property. Security staff and protester skirmishes have run throughout campuses.

In one university, authorities have found homemade molotov cocktails and other firebombs in the area.

Protesting students barged into classes Monday at the University of Johannesburg, prompting Selleo’s lecturer to cancel class. Now, says the 21-year-old accounting student, she’s mad — at the protesters.

“As someone who’s about to finish their degree now, and then this strike affects them, they fail or then something happens, then they have to repeat the modules next year,” she said as she stood outside the university gates Monday.

Students inside the movement say they won’t let up until their demands are met.

Jafta Kolisang, a 28-year-old student getting a master’s degree in history, has been lurking outside the gates of the University of the Witwatersrand since he was suspended in June for participating in protests earlier this year.

“I don’t regret it,” he said. “I’m doing it for black students. Yes, myself, I’ve been in similar situations. When I completed my matric [high school diploma], I couldn’t go study because I didn’t have money. So we can’t have that cycle of, I mean, that is violence itself.”

His friend Josh Nel, who is white, is majoring in political philosophy and delivered a dialectic on why he supports the movement. He says he thinks the government should tax the super-wealthy to fund tuition.

“This is a long-overdue movement challenging the very economic foundations that continue to justify and perpetuate the super-exploitation of black labor by white capital,” Nel said.

Kurdish-Held Parts of Syria Hit By Blasts

About five explosions had hit government-controlled areas in Syria. A city held by Kurdish militia in Syria were also hit by one of the explosions. Several people had been killed according to Syria’s official state media.

Another explosion rocked a road outside Damascus in the state-held cities of Homs and Tartous. However, there has yet to be a link between the series of explosions.

No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

According to the London-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian activists report a death toll of 32 including several Syrian regime military members. They estimate the number to rise by a full report after the week.

The Syrian State News said that the first explosion was a car bomb. The second one was a suicide belt that was detonated just moments after the first explosion.

The blasts hit during Tartous’s Summer Festival. Its beaches recently featured in a government tourism video circulated on social media inviting people to visit Syria’s Mediterranean coastline.

A car bomb struck the city of Homs at the Bab Tadmur roundabout at the entrance to the al-Zahra neighbourhood, killing three people, state media said.

The Observatory said the Homs explosion hit an army checkpoint and two officers were killed.

Oculus Rift To Arrive in the UK In September

New technologies often arrive in September and for many VR enthusiasts and gamers in the United Kingdom, the Oculus Rift VR is officially available by September.

By September 20 2016, the Facebook-owned company would bring its product to UK retailers. The product would pitch in at £550 a set.

The stores may offer online and door-to-door deliveries, which often take months or can get it off the shelves in retail.

Amazon.co.uk, John Lewis, Curry’s PC World, GAME and even department stores such as Harrods would be stocking these units.

If you’re not yet about to purchase, you could head to a nearby shop or centre where you could experience the Oculus Rift VR experience such as Crytek’s the Climb or a narrative such as the Elijah Wood-narrated VR film Henry

If you are to buy an Oculus Rift, you have to have a VR-ready computer.

You’ll need a minimum of an Intel i5-4590 (so a mid-2014 chip), 8GB of RAM, three USB 3 and at least one USB 2 port, Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer and an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 graphics card.

For Mac users, the bad news is that there is no use of a support for Rift just yet. But developer kits are working on a Mac version to date.

North Korea Launches Missiles To Japanese Waters

According to US Strategic Command two presumed Rodong missiles have been fired simultaneously on Wednesday. The missiles have landed on the Sea of Japan reports said.

Reports also showed that one of the missiles exploded immediately after its launch while the second one landed into the Sea of Japan as it passed over North Korea.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that it “strongly condemns” the missile launch as it showed the North’s intentions to launch missiles attacks on South Korea and neighbouring countries. The Japanese Defence Ministry said the missile landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the 200-nautical-mile offshore area which has sovereign rights for exploring and exploiting resources.

Japanese media reported it was the first North Korean missile that has splashed down in Japan’s EEZ.

“It imposes a serious threat to Japan’s security and it is unforgivable act of violence toward Japan’s security,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Previously, several North Korean rockets have gone above Japan. Pyongyang is assumed to have disguised the launches as satellite launches while Washington, Seoul and Tokyo said there were disguised tests of missile technology.

North Korea had soon sent mid-range missiles known as Musudan traveling about 870 miles above the Japanese peninsula.

North Korea routinely conducts weapons tests, but the latest launch came after North Korea warned of unspecified “physical counter-actions” against a US plan to deploy an advanced missile defence system in South Korea by the end of next year.

Seoul and Washington officials said they need the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, system to better cope with what they call North Korea’s increasing military threats.