Daily Archives: February 2, 2020

JETEX INAUGURATES NORTH AFRICA’S FIRST VIP TERMINAL IN MARRAKECH

 With African business aviation witnessing phenomenal growth, Jetex is assuming a more dominant role in the region.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jetex, an award-winning global leader in executive aviation, announces the opening of its latest VIP Terminal at Marrakech Menara Airport, introducing a new world-class facility in the Moroccan market.

Since first establishing its presence in Morocco as a fixed-base operator (FBO) in 2016, the company has already brought the signature Jetex experience to Casablanca, Agadir and Rabat. The new flagship Jetex VIP Terminal in Marrakech brings the company’s total number of African locations to 16, including six FBOs.

Each year, Morocco sees more than 10,000 private jet movements, making it one of the most important markets in Africa, while the Middle East and North African region is expected to see around 175,000 business aircraft movements in 2020.

“We anticipate private aviation in Africa to continue its rapid growth. We want Jetex to help usher in that growth and better serve the market’s increasing needs. It is an honor for us to establish the first VIP Terminal of its kind in North Africa and we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Government of Morocco,” said Mr. Adel Mardini, Founder and CEO of Jetex.

Since 2009, Jetex has redefined the FBO concept and evolved it into a tailor-made luxury travel experience aimed at the most discerning travelers.

The Jetex VIP Terminal is an exclusive space spanning 1,000 square meters, offering a moment of calm and serenity as well as the promise of an exceptional travel experience. The terminal’s private and confidential feel is a haven for customers wishing to enjoy a genuine moment of relaxation in tranquil surroundings, while the Jetex Experience Team takes care of any travel formalities and special requests.

Furnished with designer pieces by Zaha Hadid, the modern facility is complemented by 25,000 square meters of aircraft parking and remains open 24/7 for the utmost convenience of private jet travelers.

Jetex celebrated the momentous event with a gala reception hosted at the new facility with the distinguished presence of Moroccan authorities.

About Jetex:

An award-winning global leader in executive aviation, Jetex is recognized for delivering flexible, best-in-class trip support solutions to customers worldwide. Jetex provides exceptional FBO, aircraft fueling, ground handling and global trip planning. The company caters to both owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel. To find out more about Jetex, visit www.jetex.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Malawi Police Closes Roads During Election Case Verdict

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Police in Malawi have announced the closure Monday of roads leading to the High Court in the capital, Lilongwe, where judges of the country’s Constitutional Court are expected to deliver the verdict in a case challenging a vote last year that reelected incumbent President Peter Mutharika.

Saulos Chilima, leader of the opposition United Transformation Movement party, and Lazarus Chakwera, leader of Malawi Congress Party, are seeking nullification of the May presidential vote. They say the elections were fraught with irregularities that saw Malawi Electoral Commission rig the vote in Mutharika’s favor. Some residents feel the closing the roads infringes on their rights.

Police say the roads will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The aim is to facilitate smooth delivery of the judgment by the Constitutional Court, expected to start at 9 a.m.

James Kadadzera, spokesperson for the Malawi National Police, told VOA that no uncleared person will be allowed within 150 meters of the High Court premises.

We are also informing those that have been accredited by the high court to carry their IDs, their accreditation cards. And all those that haven’t been accredited, we are asking them to listen to the judgment in their respective homes as well as their respective offices, he said.

However, some, like Chipiliro Phiri, said the arrangement will make it hard to get to work.

My God, it’s so frustrating. I didn’t expect this from the police. They say it’s not a public holiday tomorrow. So how are we supposed to get to work? This is not the way to go. They were just supposed to just tightening the security, not just closing the roads, said Phiri.

Political analyst Sherriff Kaisi, a political science lecturer at Blantyre International University, supports the police action.

It’s very, very justifiable because you know when you are arranging security, all the security arms, they do that basing on the situation. Probably violence can erupt from those who can be defeated and even by those who have won. So this is why we see security is very tight, said Kaisi.

Malawi has seen series of post-election demonstrations since the announcement of the election results in June.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition has been leading protests that turned violent at times, with looting, damage to property, and injuries.

The nationwide demonstrations were aimed at forcing the resignation of the head of the Malawi Electoral Commission, Jane Ansah, for allegedly presiding over a flawed electoral process fraught with irregularities.

However, Ansah maintained that she could only resign after the court verdict.

The Monday verdict would come a few days after Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested and charged businessman Thom Mpinganjira in Blantyre for attempting to bribe five judges working on the verdict.

According to Anti-Corruption Bureau documents, Mpinganjira, who runs a bank, offered the judges more than $130,000 to rule in favor of Mutharika and the Malawi Electoral Commission, the defendants in the case.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition representatives told reporters Saturday in Lilongwe that their trust is now in the judiciary, and they asked Malawians to observe the rule of law after the verdict.

Luke Tembo represents the Human Rights Defenders Coalition.

As HRDC we have a lot of confidence and trust in our judicial system. And believe that our honorable judges will deliver a just verdict on this watershed case, he said.

This week, leaders of the opposition political parties and ruling party signed a pact to ensure peace during and after the verdict.

Several international organizations, including United Nations and the Southern African Development Community, have also issued statements calling on Malawians to maintain peace after the Monday court verdict.

Source: Voice of America

Hunger in Central Sahel Rising at Alarming Rate as Conflict Intensifies

GENEVA – The World Food Program warns millions of people in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso do not have enough to eat and are in desperate and immediate need of food aid.

A recent U.N. food assessment in the Central Sahel finds 3.3 million people are going hungry, a rise of nearly 1 million since last year. World Food Program spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs warns this alarming situation is expected to worsen without sustained humanitarian support.

“The number of food-insecure people is expected to double as the June lean season gets underway, pushing 4.8 million people into hunger, up from 2.4 million in 2019,” she said.

Hunger is wreaking havoc on the nutritional status of people in these countries. The U.N. Children’s fund reports more than 700,000 children under 5 suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition.

The United Nations reports nearly a million people in the region have been displaced by conflict, which is devastating agriculture and rural economies. Many people are fleeing in search of food and grazing land for their cattle.

Byrs tells VOA people are resorting to extreme measures to survive.

“They skip meals. They sell their asset,” she said. “In some conflict-affected areas, some people have a lot of difficulty to find something to eat.

WFP is working to scale up its humanitarian operation to assist 2 million people across the three Sahelian countries. It is urgently appealing for $227 million to provide life-saving food aid over the next six months. Money also will be used for education, nutrition, and health, and to shore up livelihoods.

Source: Voice of America

Hunger in Central Sahel Rising at Alarming Rate as Conflict Intensifies

GENEVA – The World Food Program warns millions of people in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso do not have enough to eat and are in desperate and immediate need of food aid.

A recent U.N. food assessment in the Central Sahel finds 3.3 million people are going hungry, a rise of nearly 1 million since last year. World Food Program spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs warns this alarming situation is expected to worsen without sustained humanitarian support.

“The number of food-insecure people is expected to double as the June lean season gets underway, pushing 4.8 million people into hunger, up from 2.4 million in 2019,” she said.

Hunger is wreaking havoc on the nutritional status of people in these countries. The U.N. Children’s fund reports more than 700,000 children under 5 suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition.

The United Nations reports nearly a million people in the region have been displaced by conflict, which is devastating agriculture and rural economies. Many people are fleeing in search of food and grazing land for their cattle.

Byrs tells VOA people are resorting to extreme measures to survive.

“They skip meals. They sell their asset,” she said. “In some conflict-affected areas, some people have a lot of difficulty to find something to eat.

WFP is working to scale up its humanitarian operation to assist 2 million people across the three Sahelian countries. It is urgently appealing for $227 million to provide life-saving food aid over the next six months. Money also will be used for education, nutrition, and health, and to shore up livelihoods.

Source: Voice of America