Cyclone batters Mozambique coastal city

Tropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambique’s coastal city of Beira leaving its 530,000 residents cut off from the outside world on Friday after power cables were downed and communications severed. “There is no communication with Beira. Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed,” an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management told AFP. “There was no tsunami-type storm but Beira and Chinde (400 kilometres, 250 miles northeast of Beira on the coast) were badly hit.” Another official, Pedro Armando Alberto Virgula, in Chinde, said a hospital and seven schools there lost their roofs and four houses were destroyed. Virgula … Continue reading Cyclone batters Mozambique coastal city

Nigeria: NIMC Begins Diaspora Enrolment in South Africa

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is to commence enrolment of Nigerian adults and children in South Africa into the National Identity Database (NIDB) for the issuance of the National Identification Number (NIN). The inauguration of the diaspora enrolment in … Continue reading Nigeria: NIMC Begins Diaspora Enrolment in South Africa

Togo subsidises off-grid solar panels to ease access to electricity

Togo began offering subsidies to its citizens to cover the cost of off-grid solar power systems on Friday in a move that if replicated elsewhere in Africa, could help accelerate the adoption of the green technology across the energy-starved continent. … Continue reading Togo subsidises off-grid solar panels to ease access to electricity

Snow, ice, rain bringing weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people in the US

A massive storm marching across the nation Tuesday promises heavy snow, crippling ice and torrential rain to more than 200 million Americans over the next few days. Parts of 39 of the 48 contiguous United States will be touched by the massive … Continue reading Snow, ice, rain bringing weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people in the US

Chemical Bank to acquire TCF in $3.6 billion deal that creates Midwest powerhouse

Chemical Financial Corp.’s $3.6 billion all-stock deal acquisition of TCF Financial Corp. to operate under the TCF Bank brand name will make it the largest midcap bank in the Midwest — and may require a bigger downtown Detroit headquarters. “I … Continue reading Chemical Bank to acquire TCF in $3.6 billion deal that creates Midwest powerhouse