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1. SA president cuts short foreign trip over power crisis
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is returning home early from a trip to Egypt to deal with the “electricity crisis”, a statement from his office says.
The flooding of power stations after heavy rains has exacerbated electricity shortages, which are having an impact on the economy. The cuts have halted gold and diamond production at some leading mines.
On his return on Wednesday, Mr Ramaphosa will be “briefed on plans to mitigate and resolve the current electricity crisis affecting most of the country”. He will also visit areas affected by flooding.
State-run power company Eskom said 6,000 megawatts of electricity – roughly 10% of the grid – was being switched off. It said flooding at a coal mine and power station had disrupted supplies to homes and businesses. Eskom is saddled with huge debts and is struggling to renew its ageing infrastructure.
2. Buhari names Adamu as new AMCON chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Edward Adamu as the new Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria. This was contained in a letter sent to the Senate by the President on Tuesday.
The development has therefore brought to an end, the one year tenure of Dr Muiz Banire who was appointed the chairman of the agency in 2018.
Buhari in his letter dated December 9, 2019, and read at plenary by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said it was in accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria Act, 2010.
3. Cuba Gooding Jr. accused of sexual abuse by 7 more women
Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing more allegations of sexual abuse. In a new court filing dated November 18, sexual misconduct accusations from seven additional women, including unwanted touching, groping and kissing without consent, were raised against Cuba Gooding Jr. in his current New York case. According to the documents, prosecutors have asked the court to allow the allegations to be used at trial to serve as evidence of Gooding’s intent and “the lack of absence or mistake,” according to the documents.
In October, prosecutors admitted 12 “Molineux witnesses,” known as such because they are uncharged acts. The judge will rule in January on whether to allow or disallow all the uncharged allegations into the case against him.
In a superseding indictment filed in October, Cuba Gooding Jr. was indicted on three counts of forcible touching and three counts of sexual abuse in the third degree regarding three alleged incidents in New York City in 2018 and 2019. Gooding has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
4. US bars ex-Saudi diplomat from entering the US over Khashoggi murder
The United States on Tuesday barred from entering the country Mohammed al-Otaibi, who served as the Saudi consul general in Istanbul when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in his consulate in 2018, the US State Department said.
“The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a heinous, unacceptable crime,” the State Department said in a statement, adding that it continued to urge the Saudi government to conduct a “full, fair and transparent” trial to hold accountable those responsible for the journalist’s death.
Khashoggi was a US resident and a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), and his killing inside the Saudi consulate in October 2018 caused worldwide outrage.
5. Vitor Pereira out of running for Everton manager’s job
Vitor Pereira says he has pulled out of the running to become the new Everton manager. The Shanghai SIPG coach was high on the Toffees’ list to succeed the sacked Marco Silva on a permanent basis. Duncan Ferguson is currently in caretaker charge.
“It’s an honour and I’m grateful to be considered by a club I have so much respect for but I am still the coach of SIPG and SIPG is a club close to my heart,” Pereira told the media.
“It means that at this moment I’m not in a position to make any other commitments. I need time to think and plan my future by looking at the options I have.“
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