:: Habari Duniani


Weird brews around the World.

Snake wine, Vietnam

The history of snake wine starts in China but has spread throughout South-east Asia and is especially popular in Vietnam, where poisonous snakes are infused in rice wine (their venom is rendered harmless by the alcohol). It’s drunk by brave locals, Instagramming tourists and is also said to be a male health tonic (yes, in all ways). If animal cruelty isn’t an issue for you, there’s Le Mat (known as “Snake Village”) in Hanoi, where you can pick out a live snake, have it slaughtered to order and are then served a flight of drinks infused with its blood, gall bladder juice and heart.

Baby mice wine, China

China’s renowned for its interesting foods, but this one takes the biscuit: wine infused with dead mice – only babies, though, because ones with fur would be disgusting. It’s not common, but can still be found in southern China, where it’s usually used as a health tonic rather than straight up booze. (For straight up booze, try snake wine.)


Matokeo ya Kidato cha Sita yametangazwa rasmi na Baraza la Mitihani la Taifa (NECTA).

MATOKEO YA KIDATO CHA SITA

A LEVEL RESULTS 2015 ACSEE

ACSEE 2015 EXAMINATION RESULTS

Zimbabwe’s bond notes might have eased some of the country’s liquidity challenges, but the World Bank warned the country’s financial markets were too small to absorb the government’s $1billion (R13bn) overdraft with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.
The World Bank said yesterday that “replacing this overdraft with treasury bills and a domestic bond would further constrain the supply of credit” to the private sector.
Further increases in the overdraft to finance the 2017 budget, which was expected to notch up another deficit, would increase the money supply and intensify inflationary pressures, the bank said.

“The bond notes have increased the cash supply, boosting liquidity and attenuating deflationary pressures. However, further issues of bond notes will need to be carefully monitored to contain inflationary pressures,” the World Bank said.
Zimbabwe is battling cash shortages, which the bond notes have failed to fix, with banks still witnessing long queues for cash and ATMs running out of banknotes.
This is expected to further stifle economic growth.

However, the World Bank expects Zimbabwe’s economy to grow by 2.8percent this year, with growth likely to be boosted by a recovery in agriculture.
It said the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth last year was sluggish.
Mining, another key sector, had performed well, but still faced challenges, especially with royalties still high amid a difficult operating environment.
Zimbabwe’s mining industry is home to units of Anglo Platinum, Sibanye Gold, Impala Platinum, Metallon Gold, among other resource groups.
“The cost of doing business in the sector remains high due to an outdated capital stock, a difficult business climate, and high royalty rates relative to other countries,” the report said.
It further highlighted that President Robert Mugabe’s government should remain committed to “the transparent, credible, and consistent application of its indigenization policy” which would be crucial “to attract and retain investment” in the mining sector.

The country’s financial services sector, in which Barclays, Standard Chartered, Standard Bank and Nedbank have units, experienced a dramatic increase in government debt between 2015 and this year, which was negatively affecting the private sector.

The 2016 fiscal deficit that Zimbabwe notched up had “largely exhausted the government’s access to financing and limited the resources available” for the 2017 and subsequent budgets.

Foreign exchange rationing was expected to continue in Zimbabwe but the World Bank insisted that structural reforms, including improvements in the business climate, remained vital to Zimbabwe’s economic development.

Tanzania’s President met with Barrick Gold Corp. Executive Chairman John Thornton in an effort to resolve an impasse between the government and Acacia Mining Plc, of which Barrick is a majority shareholder.
Barrick Gold Corp. Executive Chairman with Tanzania President
Barrick Gold Corp. Executive Chairman with Tanzania President
“As the negotiations have yet to commence, no agreements have been reached,” Acacia said in a statement Wednesday. “The negotiations will seek a resolution that is in the best interests of all stakeholders.”

Earlier, Tanzania’s presidency said Thornton had already had an initial meeting with President John Magufuli in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and that Barrick is willing to reimburse money that’s owed to the government. Magufuli has accused Acacia of failing to pay billions of dollars of taxes. Acacia surged as much as 11 percent in London.

“Thornton said his company is ready to hold talks with Tanzania that will consider the interests of both sides and is ready to pay all the money it’s expected to pay Tanzania,” Magufuli’s office said. The government welcomes such talks and will establish a panel of experts to negotiate how the company will pay the money and how it will conduct future operations in the country, according to the statement.
Barrick confirmed the meeting but not the details of what, if anything, had been agreed.
Barrick Gold Corp. Executive Chairman with Tanzania President
The meeting took place two days after the Tanzanian leader accused Acacia of operating illegally and demanded it remit unpaid taxes. The accusation followed an audit of the country’s mineral exports over the past 19 years that found mining companies failed to remit taxes of as much as 108.5 trillion shillings ($48.5 billion) since 1998.

Toronto-based Barrick, which owns 64 percent of Acacia, also agreed on Wednesday to help Tanzania build a smelter, according to the presidency’s statement, which didn’t provide further details.

“The meeting was constructive and open, with the parties agreeing to enter into negotiations to seek a resolution that is in the best interests of all stakeholders, including Tanzania, Barrick, and Acacia,” Barrick said in a statement Wednesday.

London. At least six people have been confirmed killed in a huge fire that ripped through a west London tower block, but police expect the death toll to rise.

In a statement at 11.30am, Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days. Many others are receiving medical care."
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said "questions need to be answered as soon as possible".
Up to 600 people are believed to have been inside Grenfell Tower's 120 flats when the blaze tore through the 24-storey building in the early hours.
Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.
Firefighters rescued many people and are still trying to put the fire out in the 24-storey block 12 hours on.

Police say there may still be people in the building who are unaccounted for. Residents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some throwing children from windows and others jumping from upper floors. Some were reported to have attempted to use bin bags as makeshift parachutes.
More than 200 firefighters were called to the block on the Lancaster West Estate, in north Kensington, at about 1.15am. Several firefighters also suffered minor injuries in the blaze.
In a sign of hope, survivors were still reportedly being pulled from the block nine hours after the blaze started.

As an investigation into the cause of the fire began, residents reported that fire alarms had not sounded and that they were told to "stay put" in their flats and "put a wet towel down by the door.
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