Almost everyone knows Shykh Seraj in Bangladesh, where farming offers a lifeline to most of its 140 million people, half of whom live on less than one U.S. Dollar a day.He teaches impoverished farmers how to better work their fields and rise above grinding poverty.A decade ago the journalist, interested in agriculture, launched a TV show and YouTube channel, more recently, focusing on farmers and giving solutions for their problems.“Every day there is new reports, new techniques, and new crops.”
The heavy downpour witnessed in Tanzania’s commercial capital has led to the loss of at least nine lives after rains flooded homes and roads.While speaking to journalists on Monday, Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa noted that the people died as a result of heavy rainfall over the past three daysTelevision footage has since showed residents seeking shelter on rooftops. Authorities have ordered schools to be closed for two days starting on Tuesday to assess infrastructure damage.Dar es Salaam, a coastal city of 5 million, suffers from frequent floods due to poor public drainage systems and unplanned housing settlements.The state-run meteorological agency said seasonal rains were expected to continue until May.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry attend a signing ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing, China, May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/PoolChina and Burkina Faso formally established diplomatic relations on Saturday, after the West African nation severed ties with self-ruled Taiwan, in another victory for Beijing as it keeps up the pressure on Taipei.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry sign documents establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing,China, May 26,2018.REUTERS/Thomas PeterThe deal was signed by the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry at a state guest house in Beijing in front of reporters.Taiwan now has only one diplomatic ally left in Africa – the kingdom of Swaziland – and formal relations with just 18 countries worldwide, many of them poor nations in Central America and the Pacific such as Belize and Nauru.Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue.Taiwan has accused China of luring its friends away with offers of generous aid packages. China denies this, and says Taiwan is a part of China with no right to formal diplomatic ties with any other country.
Sprinter, Aziz Zakari is re-looking his future on the tracks after a disappointing outing at the Beijing Olympics.Returning from a two-year ban for drugs, Aziz could only manage the heats in the 100m and 200m events and says it is perhaps time to give younger athletes the opportunity to shine for the nation.The 35-year-old told Joy Sports Ernest Koranteng that there are a couple of up and coming athletes who deserve attention and support to put in their bid for Ghana, stressing that authorities need to focus on proper home grooming for athletes.“This is the best time for Ghana to start looking at the young ones to start preparation for the next four years. Ghana has new tracks, about four or five and the young ones are there, they have to start encouraging them, helping them with financials and transportation that will encourage them to put their efforts towards the next Olympics.”Aziz recalled that the likes of Emmanuel Tuffour did a lot to encourage him while he was yet young, coming home to compete in nationals. He said Ghana must look to grow her athletes in Ghana, a factor he said was working very well for Jamaica whose athletes are encouraged and supported to train at home.Story by Isaac Yeboah