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Weird!! US Govt approves selling of human fresh meat in New York restaurant

US Govt approves selling of human fresh meat in New York

NEW YORK-(MaraviPost)-A newly opened restaurant within the city limits is boasting the nation’s first license to serve human flesh on the menu.

The restaurant, simply called SKIN, received a license after petitioning the state and federal governments over laws against cannibalism.

“As a species, we are at the top of the food chain, and the only meat left to tackle was other humans,” said SKIN owner Mario Dorcy, a 4-star Michelin chef.

“We battled long and hard to be able to serve human meat in our restaurant, and the government finally conceded that were were in the right.”

Dorcy says that he has been fighting cannibal ordinance laws for over 10 years, and was finally given the green-light after he promised that the meat that was used would only come from people who had donated their bodies specifically to his restaurant, knowing full well that they would be eaten.

“We have to keep meticulous records, and there is a lot of paperwork someone has to fill out before they die, and before they can be eaten,” said Dorcy.

“We do pay handsomely for body donations, though, and the money can be used for anything, since funeral expenses become zero when you donate your body to be eaten.”

Dorcy says that there are plenty of dishes on the menu that do not include human meat, but those leery of the process should not order at all.

“Just like on those packages of candies with allergy warnings that say ‘the machines also are used to make items with nuts,’ our utensils are also used to cook human meat,” said Dorcy. “So don’t come in if you’re not down with what we do.”

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Le Congrès américain adopte une résolution soutenant Hong Kong face à Pékin

Publié le 21.11.2019 à 01h50 par AFP

Le Congrès américain a adopté mercredi à une écrasante majorité une résolution soutenant les « droits humains et la démocratie » à Hong Kong face à Pékin et menaçant de suspendre le statut économique spécial accordé par Washington à l’ancienne colonie britannique.

Le texte doit encore être signé par Donald Trump pour être promulgué. La Maison Blanche n’a pas formulé de menace de veto et le président devrait l’approuver, selon une source proche du dossier.

Ce vote intervient en pleines négociations ardues entre les deux premières puissances économiques mondiales pour sortir de leur guerre commerciale.

La Chambre des représentants a approuvé mercredi la résolution par 417 voix contre une, après son adoption à l’unanimité au Sénat mardi. Ce vote avait provoqué la colère de Pékin, la Chine menaçant de représailles en cas d’adoption définitive.

« L’Amérique est avec vous et l’Amérique vous soutiendra toujours », a lancé dans l’hémicycle aux Hongkongais un élu de la minorité républicaine à la Chambre, Michael McCaul, dénonçant la « brutalité » de la Chine.

Le Congrès a également approuvé une mesure qui interdirait la vente à la police hongkongaise de gaz lacrymogène, balles en caoutchouc et autres équipements destinés à réprimer les manifestations: à l’unanimité au Sénat et, à la Chambre, par 417 voix sur 435 parlementaires, sans aucun vote contre.

« J’exhorte le président à signer cette loi décisive aussi vite que possible », a réagi le sénateur républicain Marco Rubio, l’un des plus grands défenseurs du texte.

Mardi, le porte-parole de la diplomatie chinoise, Geng Shuang, avait affirmé que l’objectif des Etats-Unis n’était autre que « de soutenir les extrémistes et les éléments anti-chinois violents qui tentent de semer le chaos à Hong Kong ».

« Toute tentative visant à saper la prospérité et la stabilité de Hong Kong et à entraver le développement de la Chine est vouée à l’échec », avait assuré le vice-ministre des Affaires étrangères, Ma Zhaoxu, cité par la diplomatie chinoise.

Avant le vote définitif au Congrès, Pékin avait déjà convoqué mercredi le chargé d’affaires par intérim de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis, William Klein, pour « une protestation solennelle » et « s’élever » contre ce texte.

M. Klein avait alors fait part de la « vive inquiétude » de Washington concernant la situation à Hong Kong, a indiqué à l’AFP un porte-parole de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis.

– Contre les « extraditions extrajudiciaires » –

Hong Kong est lié à Washington par un statut économique spécial qui permet au territoire d’être exonéré des restrictions s’appliquant à la Chine continentale.

Le texte conditionne le maintien de ce statut spécial à la validation annuelle par le département d’Etat d’une situation jugée convenable en matière de respect des droits de la part des autorités hongkongaises.

Il s’agirait de se pencher notamment sur « l’autonomie dans la prise de décision de son gouvernement en ce qui concerne les droits humains, le respect des lois et les demandes d’extradition, le suffrage universel, l’indépendance de la justice, les fonctions de la police et des forces de sécurité, le contrôle des exportations et le respect des sanctions ».

Le texte prévoit également des sanctions pour toute « personne étrangère » qui se rendrait, notamment, responsable « d’extradition extrajudiciaire » ou violerait les droits humains à Hong Kong.

Ce texte prévoit en outre de demander à l’exécutif américain qu’il « développe une stratégie afin de protéger les Américains et d’autres à Hong Kong face aux transfèrements ou enlèvements vers la Chine ».

Le mouvement de contestation a débuté à Hong Kong en juin à la suite du rejet d’un projet de loi visant à autoriser les extraditions vers la Chine continentale.

Celui-ci a depuis été suspendu, mais les manifestants ont élargi leurs revendications. Ils exigent le suffrage universel complet pour les élections hongkongaises, ainsi qu’une enquête indépendante sur les violences policières.


Exposed!!eSwatini’s King Mswati age, children, wives, siblings, education, and fancy cars

MBABANE-(MaraviPost)-The famous King Mswati III is now the head of the Swazi Royal Family as well as King of eSwatini.

Rising to power at an early age, he has since remained a venerable head of the monarch, which he inherited directly from his father.

Like his predecessors, the king remains an emblem of polygamy in the land.

How old is King Mswati of Swaziland? Who are King Mswati’s wives and children? Keep reading to find out

King Mswati age

Image: instagram.com, @coskunaral

King Mswati III leads a posh lifestyle and is never afraid of displaying the same amid local protests and criticisms from the international community.

King Mswati III is the last in the continent, having absolute powers to choose senior officials in his government.

For instance, he has unchallenged authority to appoint his prime minister and other influential officials within his kingdom.

Such a high concentration of power continues to raise concerns even as the civilization machete continues to slice off traditional structures of leadership across the world.

King Mswati profile

  • King Mswati name: Makhosetive Ngwenyama Mswati III Dlamini,
  • Date of birth: 19th of April, 1968
  • Place of birth: Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, Manzini, Swaziland
  • King Mswati age: 51 years old
  • King Mswati father: Sobhuza II
  • King Mswati mother: Ntfombi Tfwala
  • Partners: 15 wives as of 2019
  • Children: 35 children
  • House: Dlamini Royal House
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Profession: King of Swaziland
  • Years active: September 1983 to present
  • Famous for: Youngest ruling monarch in the world at that time in 1986 when he rose to power at the age of 18
  • King Mswati Twitter: @Real_KingMswati

King Mswati biography

King Mswati age, children, wives, siblings, education, buys rolls royce, house and wealth
Image: instagram.com, @guardiannigeria

It is no doubt that King Mswati III is a powerful man in the land given that the eSwatini kingdom runs without a parliament support system.

However, for the king to make decisions, he must liaise with other officials in power.

His reign stretches to more than three decades, a period within which he has boldly survived his best and worst of times as a rule in eSwatini.

Early years

The young Makhosetive received an excellent upbringing, given that he was born into a royal family.

He is son to the longest-serving king in the contemporary history of ESwatini. Sobhuza II was a powerful man who ruled for more than eight decades, acquiring more than 125 wives. Makhosetive was born shortly before the country gained its independence from colonialists.

King Mswati education and qualifications

Makhosetive attended Masundwini for his primary education before proceeding to Lozitha Palace School.

He later completed his primary schooling at Phondo Royal Residence after sitting for his Swaziland Primary Certificate examination in 1982.

His distinguished intelligence earned him first-class qualifications with merits in both English and Mathematics.

His interest in Royal Guard saw him become a cadet in the Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Force (USDF).

When Makhosetive’s father succumbed in 1982, queen Dzeliwe Shongwe and Queen Ntfombi Tfwala served as regents as he completed his studies at Sherborne School (International College) in the UK.

At his father’s time of death, Mswati III was a 14-year-old prince. Makhosetive returned to his home country and soon after assumed throne as king.

King Mswati wives in order

How many wives does King Mswati have 2018? Below is a list of notable king Mswati III wives.

  1. Inkhosikati LaMatsebula (The Great Wife)
  2. Inkhosikati LaMotsa ‘La Madone’
  3. Inkhosikati Sibonelo Mngomezulu LaMbikiza (1986)
  4. Inkhosikati Carol Dlamini LaNganganza
  5. Inkhosikati Putsoana LaHwala
  6. Delisa Magwaza
  7. Inkhosikati Senteni LaMasango (2000)
  8. Inkhosikati Angela LaGija (2002)
  9. Inkhosikati Nontsetselo LaMagongo (2002)
  10. Zena SorayaMahlangu (2002)
  11. Inkhosikati Noliqhwa Ayanda LaNtentesa (2005)
  12. Inkhosikati Nothando LaDube (2005)
  13. Inkhosikati Phindile Nkambule (2007)
  14. Sindiswa Dlamini, “The Liphovela (2013)
  15. Siphelele Mashwama (2017)

King Mswati III children

Some of his children are:

  1. Sikhanyiso Dlamini -Son
  2. Lindaninkosi Dlamini- Son
  3. Tiyandza Dlamini- Daughter
  4. Temtsimba Dlamini- Daughter
  5. Saziwangaye Dlamini- Son
  6. Makhosothando Dlamini- Daughter
  7. Sibahle Dlamini- Daughter
  8. Bandzile Dlamini- Son
  9. Majaha Dlamini- Son
  10. Temaswati Dlamini- Daughter
  11. Sakhizwe Dlamini- Daughter
  12. Mcwasho Dlamini- Son

King Mswati siblings

Mswati III’s dad had over 200 children including:

  1. Princess Lindiwe Dlamini- Sister
  2. Senior Prince Mguciso Dlamini- Brother
  3. Prince Mbuyisa Dlamini- Brother
  4. Princess Sebentile Dlamini- Sister
  5. Queen Mantfombi Dlamini- Sister
  6. Prince Mahlaba Dlamini- Brother
  7. Prince Maguga Dlamini- Brother
  8. Prince Khuzulwandle Dlamini- Brother
  9. Prince Mangaliso Dlamini- Brother
  10. Prince Phiwokwakhe Dlamini- Brother
  11. Princess Tsandzile Dlamini- Sister
  12. Prince David Dlamini- Brother
  13. Prince Hlangusemphi Dlamini- Brother
  14. Prince Lonkhokhela Dlamini- Brother
  15. Thumbumuzi Dlamini- Brother

King Mswati wealth

King Mswati wealth
Image: instagram.com, @worldsroyals

How rich is the king of Swaziland? King Mswati is now outspoken on mainstream media channels for all the wrong reasons.

His long-held reputation as ruler recently came into question after he imported luxurious cruises for his 15 wives.

King Mswati wives and relatives are the envy of town since the ruler bought for them 19 classy Rolls-Royces and tens of BMWs, all at a whopping cost of £13 million.

His importation of extravagance comes barely five years since his household budget of US $61 million caught the public eye. The famed King Mswati never seems to take a break from controversies.

King Mswati III of eSwatini owns 2 private jets. He got a $13.2 million private jet as his 50th birthday gift in 2018.

He owns a $625,000 Rolls Royce, a $500,000 Maybach 62, a Bmw X6 and 20 Mercedes Benz S600 Pullman.

View image on Twitter
View image on Twitter
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Statesmen, including the opposition, Pudemo, have taken the first lead in accusing King Mswati of abandoning them and depriving the impoverished kingdom of its resources.

The outcry has also caught attention of the international community, with many individuals throwing shade at his leadership.

His move to import luxury cars has seen civil servants protesting for higher pay even as they struggle with a deteriorated economy.

Mswati’s record-breaking toll of wives continues to spark a wave of interest among his rivals. Many are particularly displeased with the posh life he is leading with his queens at the expense of his poverty-stricken subjects.

There is no official King Mswati Instagram but you will find several images of the ruler when you search him on any social media platform.

King Mswati is a long-serving ruler in eSwatinilong, making him an influential leader in the South African monarchy.

While some people love his tactical leadership skills, others remain opposed to his public display of luxury while his countrymen are struggling with low pay and rising costs of living.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU_1yO3i–o

Source: briefly.co.za

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Cracks in DPP rages on: Kutsaira wages war against Chimulirenji for central region’s supremacy

Binton Kutsaira wages war against Chimulirenji

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Cracks in governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) seems immensely rooting as fight among top gurus rages on.

This is due to succession challenge the party has labored into ahead of 2024 election as incumbent President Peter Muthalika is expected not to stand again.

Confirmed reports from very reliable sources in DPP reveals that Binton Kutsaira has been assigned to finish off the Veep in the central region and he is currently engaged in silent recruitment process.

Kutsaira has a group of people assigned to frustrate the vice president Everton Chimulirenji during public events in central region as well as other regions.

The battle for 2024 is real and Kutsaira is ear marked to be Nankhumwa’s running mate.

The committee is being led by Mike Chitenje AKA Bangwe 1 and followed by Kapute Deputy regional treasure, Malimba Director of Youth central, Ignatius Tembo from Mchinji and Shaban M’bwana and in Dedza they have just recruited another guy called Nyamunyamu.

The main role of the group is to organize people to follow and attend the Veep’s events and boo him when addressing people.

The plan is that this will prove that the Veep doesn’t command the region and he is not the people’s man.

This is part of the 2024 project.

There was no immediate reaction from both VP Chilimulirenji office and Kutsaila over the matter.

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Cracks in DPP rages on: Kutsaira wages war against Chimulirenje for central region’s supremacy

Binton Kutsaira wages war against Chimulirenji

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Cracks in governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) seems immensely rooting as fight among top gurus rages on.

This is due to succession challenge the party has labored into ahead of 2024 election as incumbent President Peter Muthalika is expected not to stand again.

Confirmed reports from very reliable sources in DPP reveals that Binton Kutsaira has been assigned to finish off the Veep in the central region and he is currently engaged in silent recruitment process.

Kutsaira has a group of people assigned to frustrate the vice president Everton Chimulirenji during public events in central region as well as other regions.

The battle for 2024 is real and Kutsaira is ear marked to be Nankhumwa’s running mate.

The committee is being led by Mike Chitenje AKA Bangwe 1 and followed by Kapute Deputy regional treasure, Mahimba Director of Youth central, Ignatius Tembo from Mchinji and Shaban M’bwana and in Dedza they have just recruited another guy called Nyamunyamu.

The main role of the group is to organize people to follow and attend the Veep’s events and boo him when addressing people.

The plan is that this will prove that the Veep doesn’t command the region and he is not the people’s man.

This is part of the 2024 project.

There was no immediate reaction from both VP Chilimulirenji office and Kutsaila over the matter.

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NICE Trust appeals for peace, co-existence amid political tension in Malawi

NICE Trust Executive Director, Olen Mwalubunju

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-National Initiative for Civic education (NICE) Trust on Wednesday launched a peace building campaign aimed at bringing back peace in the country.

NICE Trust Executive Director, Olen Mwalubunju told reporters in the capital Lilongwe that since the 21 May Elections, there has been tension across the country and in view of that NICE decided to launch the campaign to help in bringing order to the country.

He called upon all Malawians to welcome and accept the court ruling in peace and follow the law if there will be concerns.

He said The campaign will help to sensitize the nation on Skills in peace building so that there should be peaceful coexistence in the country.

Mwalubunju appealed to Traditional leaders, political leaders, religious leaders among others to contribute to restoring peace and social cohesion among Malawians.

He urged the Police to maintain peace and order and provide security in the country professionally and by taking action if anyone breaks the law without fear or favour so that peace can prevail in the country.

He then called upon Malawians to Join hands with the trust in order to ensure that peace prevails in the country

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US’ Illinois woman arrested for ripping her boyfriend’s daughter intestines to death

US’ Illinois woman arrested for ripping her boyfriend’s daughter intestines to death

By Angella Semu

ILLINOIS-(MaraviPost)-American woman, Cynthia Baker, 41, has been found guilty of murder after kicking her boyfriends daughter to death.

Baker battered eight-year-old, Rica at her home in Illinois by punching her for “entertainment” and treated her as a “punching bag”.

In one of the clips of evidence presented before court, Baker is seen using a twisted ‘discipline’ method on Rica – who was seen naked while struggling to hold two cans in her arms, which are stretched far apart.

Evidence has also revealed that few days before her death, Rica suffered intestinal perforation as a result of being kicked by her mother until her intestines ripped and she could no longer walk.

Forensic pathologist Dr John Denton found the youngster had more than 50 injuries across he body.

Court had found Baker guilty of first degree murder, aggravated battery, three counts of domestic battery and endangering the life of a child and she awaits for the sentence.

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Rise in civilian casualties from landmines in 2018 mars ban success

Strong global mine ban norm marred by improvised mines trend and high civilian casualties raising alarm as states meet in Oslo to agree mine-free 2025 actions

Mine Ban Success

Only one state not party to the Mine Ban Treaty—Myanmar—and a small number of non-state armed groups used landmines in 2018 according to Landmine Monitor 2019.

The findings point to the resounding success of the treaty since it entered into force 20 years ago and to the global stigma against use of the weapon. Today there are 164 States Party to the Mine Ban Treaty and a de-facto moratorium on the production and use of the weapon among most countries in the world. “The 20-year record of the Treaty is more than impressive. We believe it is the most successful disarmament and humanitarian treaty ever. It has created a strong stigma against the weapon that affects even those who have not joined, and it has made a tremendous difference on the ground in mine-affected communities. It has saved tens or even hundreds of thousands of lives, limbs, and livelihoods,” said Human Rights Watch Arms Division Director and Monitor Ban Policy Contributor, Steve Goose.

Troubling Casualty Trend

As the global mine ban norm progresses, an upswing in casualty rates since 2015 marks a disturbing trend. The Monitor reports that 2018 was the fourth year in a row with exceptionally high numbers of recorded casualties due to landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). This includes improvised types that act as antipersonnel mines (also called improvised mines), cluster munition remnants, and other ERW.

In 2018, Landmine Monitor recorded 6,897 people killed or injured by mines and ERW. Armed conflict and large-scale violence, particularly in Afghanistan, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Syria, and Ukraine, heavily influenced the high level of casualties recorded.

Accurate data gathering for active conflicts, however, remains challenging and casualties almost certainly exceeded those reported. “The continued high casualty rates in 2018 following years of life-saving Treaty success is a call to action as States meet next week for the twenty-year Review Conference in Oslo,” said Monitor Victim Assistance Specialist, Loren Persi.

Startlingly, the 2018 casualty total was nearly double the lowest number of annual casualties recorded by Landmine Monitor—3,457 casualties in 2013. For the third consecutive year, the highest number of annual casualties recorded was caused by improvised mines (3,789), while 2018 also marked the most improvised mine casualties recorded to date. “The Mine Ban Treaty has shown incredible impact in stigmatizing the weapon among states and thus reducing casualties, however the rising casualty trend related to nonstate armed group use of improvised mines means we must refocus mine action efforts including mine risk education (MRE),” said ICBL-CMC Director Hector Guerra.

As in previous years, the vast majority of recorded landmine/ERW casualties during the 2018–2019 reporting period were civilians (71%) where their status was known.
Children accounted for 54% of all civilian casualties where their status was known. The child casualty rate represents a 12% increase over the past two reporting years according to the Landmine Monitor 2019 report.

The Monitor has recorded more than 130,000 mine/ERW casualties since its global tracking began in 1999, including some 90,000 survivors.

Support for Mine Action

Donors and affected states contributed nearly US$700 million in combined international and national support for mine action in 2018. This represents a decrease in combined support of some $95 million compared with 2017, while international support decreased by approximately $53 million. This is still the second-highest combined total for international and national mine action funding ever reported by the Monitor. This funding was concentrated in five states—Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Croatia, and Lao PDR—which received 55% of all international support for mine action.

Similarly, while international donor support for victim assistance in 2018 increased by $17 million overall, half of all dedicated victim assistance funding went to just four countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria, the Monitor report found. A continuous decline was recorded for most other recipients, jeopardizing the sustainability of essential programs, despite the life-long needs of victims.

Contamination and Clearance

Fifty-nine states and other areas are contaminated by antipersonnel mines as of October 2019 according to Landmine Monitor 2019 data. Contamination includes new use of antipersonnel mines reported in States Parties Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Yemen in 2018.

Massive antipersonnel mine contamination (defined by ICBL-CMC as more than 100km²) is believed to exist in States Parties Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Croatia, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey, and Yemen. One state not party, Azerbaijan, and one other area, Western Sahara, are also believed to have extensive contamination.

In the face of this challenge, mine clearance continued to progress in 2018 with at least 140km² of land reported clear of landmines. Over the past five years (2014–2018), overall clearance of landmines among States Parties is estimated to total some 800km², with at least 661,491 landmines destroyed, according to the 2019 Monitor report.

Non-technical and technical surveys by States Parties have contributed greatly to releasing significant amounts of land, over the last five years.

Mine-Free

Thirty-one States Parties, one state not party, and one other area have completed clearance of all mined areas on their territory since the Mine Ban Treaty entered into force in 1999, saving countless lives. Five of those—Algeria, Burundi, Mauritania, Montenegro, and Mozambique—have achieved mine-free status within the last five years.

As of October 2019, 27 States Parties have deadlines to meet their Article 5 mine clearance obligations, before and no later than 2025. 2025 is the aspirational target set by States Parties at the Maputo Review Conference in 2014, for global completion of mine clearance obligations. Four States Parties have deadlines after 2025: Croatia (2026), Iraq (2028), Palestine (2028), and Sri Lanka (2028).

Victim Assistance

In 2018–2019, despite ongoing efforts, most States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty with significant numbers of mine victims lacked suitable resources and practices to fulfill the commitments made in the 2014–2019 Maputo Action Plan.

In most States Parties, some efforts to improve the quality and quantity of health and physical rehabilitation programs for survivors were undertaken according to Landmine Monitor 2019. Nevertheless, the need for assisting victims remain great. “Significant gaps remain in access to employment, training, and other income-generation support activities in many of the States Parties where opportunities for livelihoods are most needed,” said Victim Assistance Specialist, Loren Persi.

Stockpile Destruction

States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty have destroyed more than 55 million stockpiled antipersonnel mines since the Treaty came into force, including more than 1.4 million destroyed in 2018. One state—Oman—completed the destruction of its landmine stockpile in September 2018.

In 1999, all states collectively (both treaty signatories and non-signatories) stockpiled about 160 million antipersonnel mines. Today, the global total of stockpiled antipersonnel mines could be less than 50 million.

Production and Transfer

Forty-one states have ceased production of antipersonnel mines according to the 2019 Monitor report, including four that are not party to the Mine Ban Treaty—Egypt, Israel, Nepal, and the US—demonstrating the strength of the global mine ban norm. However 11 states have yet to disavow future production and are therefore identified by the Monitor as landmine producers.

Landmine Monitor 2019 identifies NSAGs as producing improvised landmines in Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Yemen during the reporting period, including mass production of victim-activated IEDs (improvised mines) by Houthi forces in Yemen during the period 2018–2019. There is no evidence, according to the Monitor, of state-to-state transfers of antipersonnel mines over the past 20 years and at least nine states not party to the ban have formal moratoriums on the export of antipersonnel mines.

As countries continue to work to clear mine-contaminated land, the Monitor identifies much that remains to be done, including support for the rights and needs of landmine survivors and their communities.

Countries both within and without the regime are contributing significant resources toward mine clearance and other mine action activities, affirming the impact that this first humanitarian disarmament treaty continues to have after more than two decades.

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About the Monitor:

Landmine Monitor 2019 is released by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in advance of the Fourth Review Conference taking place 25–29 November. Detailed country-specific information is available in online country profiles, while the chapters in the report provide global analysis and findings. The report focuses on calendar year 2018, with information included into November 2019 in some cases. This is the twentyfirst annual Landmine Monitor report.
Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor is the research arm of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines – Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC). The ICBL was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eradicate landmines. The Monitor is coordinated by a Monitoring and Research Committee comprised of ICBL-CMC expert staff, research team leaders, and representatives of five non-governmental organizations: DanChurchAid, Danish Demining Group, Human Rights Watch, Humanity & Inclusion, and Mines Action Canada.

Links:

• Landmine Monitor 2019 landing page, including new maps – http://bit.ly/LandMineMonitor19

• ICBL – www.icbl.org

• Mine Ban Treaty – www.apminebanconvention.org

• Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Twitter – twitter.com/MineMonitor

• ICBL Twitter – twitter.com/minefreeworld

• ICBL Facebook – www.facebook.com/pg/minefreeworld/

For more information, a full copy of the report, related graphics, or to schedule an interview, contact:

• Jared Bloch, Advocacy and Communications Manager, (CET), Mobile/WhatsApp +41 (0) 78-683-4407 or email media@icblcmc.org


FIFA President Infantiano to visit Malawi

FIFA President Infantiano to visit Malawi

MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-The World Football Governing body, FIFA, President, Gianni Infantiano, is expected to visit the country on Wednesday 27 November, 2019.

Whilst in the country, the FIFA President will, among other things, appreciate the strides the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has made so far, in improving soccer .

Gianni Infantiano is a Swiss-Italian national who was elected as president on 26th February, 2016 during an extraordinary session of the FIFA Congress.

He replaced Sepp Blatter who served as FIFA President for over three terms.

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Nation Publications and Times Media Group told to Desist from negative journalism

Blantyre, November 20, 2019 (MaraviPost): Minister of
Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology, Mark Botomani has
advised Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Times Media Group to stop
publication of fake and negative news but rather focus on developmental
stories.

Botomani made the call Wednesday during his first
familiarization tour to the two institutions since his appointment as minister
for Information.

The minister said the media plays a crucial role in
advancing developmental agenda of the country by among others, encouraging the
citizenry to effectively participate in activities that will accelerate
development.

He said continuous consumption of fake and negative news
changes people’s mind-set and in the long run, derails development.

“Media houses must at all cost strive to be objective, fair and factual. My plea to the two institutions and of course all media houses is that they should always resist fake and negative stories,” said Botomani.

The minister said it is time for media houses to run away
from the traditional phenomenon where bad news makes a story and adopt
developmental as well as advocacy approaches.

The Minister said the tour was an important undertaking as
it accorded him an opportunity to better understand operations of media houses
and learn some of the challenges faced and, where possible, provide a solution.

“Many issues came out during our interaction and some
of them are heavy tax on materials used in producing newspapers, dwindling
buying powers of the daily papers and lack of adverts. As a minister
responsible, I have assured them that my door is open and I have taken note of
their concerns,” he said.

Botomani has since promised to continue providing policy direction to media houses in the country and ensure that they operate in a safer and conducive environment.

The minister also promised to fight for the
operationalization of the Access to Information (ATI) law which he described as
an important tool for journalists.

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology, Mark Botomani has advised Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Times Media Group to stop publication of fake and negative news but rather focus on developmental stories.

“Above everything, let me commend the two media houses
for providing a suitable platform to Malawians and for effectively playing the
watchdog role. The Media has also assisted in enhancing development,”
Botomani explained.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Nation Publications Limited,
Alfred Ntonga, hailed the minister for the visit and assured him that as a
media house, they will continue to be objective, fair and factual in their
reporting.

Ntonga said fake news and negative reporting has no place at
the institution and reporters are fully aware of what they are supposed to
report on which he said must be research based.

“Nation publication always strives for fairness where
all parties are given a chance to be heard. Other than that, we also rigorously
guide the information that goes into our stories and we don’t defend
errors,” said Ntonga.

He added, “We will however consider the observations
made by the minister and suffice to say, as Nation newspaper, we already have
desks such as advocacy, development and investigative desks that we think
compliments to governments efforts.”

Editor in Chief for Times Media Group, George Kasakula
concurred with Ntonga saying the media house will ensure objectivity, fairness
and facture in its presentation of news.

“It is always encouraging for a minister to visit us and we
discussed a number of challenges that am sure will be addressed,” Kasakula
said.

Among other areas, Botomani visited newsrooms, newspaper
production centres and offices for various officers.

Reported by Solister Mogha, Malawi News Agency

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