Richard’s NBCSN Predictor Premier League Predictions: Wins for Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City

Boxing day premier league score predictions

Liverpool Vs. Newcastle

virgil van dijk scores against Wolves

Liverpool will continue its excellent form coupled with buoyancy from man city recent shortcomings. My prediction is Liverpool will win it at home 3-0. Allison continues to be rock solid and I don’t see Newcastle attackers slotting anything past him.

Leicester City Vs. Manchester City

Man City players with heads dropped against Crystal Palace

Liverpool’s boss has confirmed that just as any other fans could hardly see Man City weaknesses at the start of the season, but recent defeats have signaled a few holes opposition teams will look to exploit. My prediction is that Manchester City will again drop points at the King Power stadium, and the game will finish Man City 2 – 2 Leicester.

Brighton Vs. Arsenal

The Gunners injury crisis continue to be a nightmare for the far exceeding expectations Unai Emery, and the Spaniard will look to use makeshifts players in his defense, but the attacking force will prove too much for the ever fighting Brighton side. My prediction is the Gunners will win it 2-1.

In my other boxing day predictions, Chelsea will drop points at Watford F.C and drop to fifth in the table, while Southampton will continue their since the appointment of their new manager.

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Almost everything going on in East African Countries: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda is bad for the economy

economy rwanda

The big picture: Rwanda-Burundi relations are at an all time low. Uganda’s Museveni has lent his parental hand to try to fix the tensions; two civilians in Rwanda have reportedly been killed by attacks from Congo.  Kenya has hit a roadblock amid economic distress in face of rising debt.

The still growing central banks in the region and foreign aid most can’t come to the rescue

Eastern Africa banks have recently been marked by growing strength in depth. Banque of Kigali secured 15th position in East Africa Business Magazine survey last year with core capital of $28 m; and despite almost doubling the value of its capital base in this year’s table to $54 m, Rwanda’s biggest bank now ranks just 20th. Ethiopia’s Dashen Bank needed $82m to take 15th place for 2011.
Unsurprisingly, Kenya has the most banks in our table; its six entrants demonstrate that the country has one of the most competitive banking sectors on the African continent.

The point is these banks are still very small in capital.

Bottom line:

The economy in the region isn’t imminently coming to a recession, but the fragile nature of security in the region is always a cause for concern. Good decision and policy making has seen consistent economic growths with Tanzania and Rwanda at the helm of it all. Security and stability are needed to maintain the great momentum.

Rwandans giving to Kenya approx. $80 Million through Banking.

Kenya Ripping Benefits of East African Community membership.

A few years ago, EAC ( East African Community) made it easy for business to expand beyond borders; Kenyan banking titans seem to have taken the opportunity with both hands. The East African reports that “Rwanda is now the most profitable market for Kenyan bank subsidiaries in the region, overtaking Tanzania where the lenders face a challenging business environment.” It further reports that 29% of all the banking profits from abroad comes from Rwanda; that is a significant ROI given the relative small size of the population in Rwanda compared to neighboring countries like Uganda and Tanzania.

The kenyan banks that have branches in Rwanda include but not limited to Equity Bank, KCB Group, I&M,  and  CBA. The later is owned Uhuru Kenyatta. The family spend nearly $10 million to acquire Crane Bank Rwanda.

Rwanda overtakes Tanzania — which was the best performing market in 2016. It is understood that Rwanda has 55 subsidiaries of Kenyan banks.

Theme in Africa: Don’t oppose your dictator president. Music Legend Bobi Wine Charged with Treason

A Ugandan pop star-turned-politician who opposes the country’s longtime president was charged with treason in a civilian court on Thursday, minutes after a military court dropped weapons charges.

The new charge was expected to bring fresh outrage from Ugandans and global musicians after Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, alleged he had been severely beaten while in detention. The government denies the claim.

Mr Ssentamu has emerged as an influential critic of president Yoweri Museveni, especially among youth, after winning a parliament seat last year.

The 36-year-old had been charged last week with illegal possession of firearms for his alleged role in an incident in which Mr Museveni’s motorcade was pelted with stones.

A military court freed him on Thursday but the politician was re-arrested by police and taken to a magistrates’ court.

Mr Ssentamu limped during his appearance in military court and appeared to cry as he rubbed his eyes. A colleague wrapped the national flag about his shoulders. He sat in the dock in magistrates’ court as his lawyers said he was unable to stand on his own.

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The pop star-turned-politician, centre, leaves shortly after being sworn in as a member of parliament in Kampala (AP)

Lawyers for Mr Ssentamu asked the magistrate to order his remand to a health facility. The magistrate ruled that Mr Ssentamu should be allowed access to his own doctors. He was remanded until 30 August.

 

He had been arrested with four other opposition politicians, three of whom also face treason charges. A fifth has been hospitalised with injures allegedly sustained during detention.

Mr Ssentamu’s appearance on Thursday was the first time he had been seen in public since his detention. He clenched his fists and greeted supporters.

In recent days Uganda’s government has faced mounting pressure at home and abroad to free him. Security forces have violently put down street protests demanding his release.

On Thursday, other opposition figures expressed concern about being targeted by security forces. “Every way out of my home is barricaded since very early today,” Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential challenger who has been jailed many times, tweeted.

Protesters set a bonfire on a street to demand the release of Bobi Wine

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima later said Mr Besigye was arrested when he tried to force his way out.

Police were also deployed, under what the spokesman called “preventive arrest,” at the homes of certain Ugandans after receiving intelligence that some “wanted to engage in criminal activities”.

The best countries to start a technology startup in Africa

It is not far along ago when starting a tech company in Africa was only a dream; but, every great birth of a kingdom starts with a dream. Africa is seeing a rebirth of its entrepreneur spirit highlighted by an unprecedented engagement in business by the African youth. One can boldly confirm that there are at least ten new tech startups in each African country. In this article, five top countries that are facilitating doing business as young entrepreneurs will be discussed by emphasizing on relevant point and also by elaborating what’s required to start a tech company. The writing will be coated by sharing with you success stories in the new tech hub, Africa. Below are the top five countries.

  1. Rwanda:

Rwanda’s recent performance in the “Doing Business Rankings” has been exemplary, something that has drawn attention from international tech companies and investors alike. Improvements have been made across the board, facilitating the conduct of financial and economic services. The 2013 World Bank Doing Business Report has ranked Rwanda 52nd out of 185 countries. This broad improvements has also seen the major tech companies such as MTN to grow dramatically. This has also given a green light to the youth which is chasing prosperity. Just 21 years ago, this same youth was used to massacre a million neighbors and friends. Nowadays, the same youth is involved in business and technology; HeHe Ltd, Gogo Ltd are perfect examples of tech startups build by the Rwandan youth. The structure of the Rwanda Development Board allows whoever who once to start a business to get licenses in a few hours online; constant conferences have also served as catalyst for the already hungry for prosperity Rwandan youth.

   2.Botswana

Since independence, Botswana’s economy has had one of the fastest growth rates per capita in the world. Diamond and precious metal mining are vital to the Batswana economy, but the government is working to diversify their industries. Botswana has made importing and exporting faster, according to the 2013 “Ease of Doing Business” report

   3. Namibia

The most important sectors in Namibia are mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. According to the World Bank, “Namibia has made getting electricity easier.” Namibia however dropped the most number of places in the top ten African countries in the index. Namibia fell six places – it is now the 87th easiest place in the world to do business

    2.  Mauritius

Although the Mauritius’ economy is mainly based on tourism, textiles, sugar, and financial services, it has recently added many other important sectors such as information technology and renewable energy. According to the 2013 “Ease of Doing Business” report, Mauritius made property transfers faster and has improved access to credit information. Since 2012, the country has moved five places up on the index – it is now the 19th easiest place in the world to do business.

  1. South Africa

In South Africa, tourism, auto manufacturing, information and communication technology development, and mining are the key industries. According to the World Bank, South Africa has reduced the time and the number of documents required to export and import through its ongoing customs modernization program

Not surprisingly, the most attractive places for starting a tech company are the best places to do business in general.

Can Rwanda be more Than a Pretend Economic Power?

THE VISIT to one of the smallest nations in the heart of Africa dusts off an old bromide: Rwanda has a great future–and always will. This lash, green, county-size country seemingly made enormous strides after going through a disastrous political dégringolade that led to Genocide in 1994, and all the crisis to follow in the aftermath. Inflation was halted, and antibusiness regulations were eased. Combined with the global trade boom of the last decade, these measures sent Rwanda’s economy roaring ahead, and the country’s GDP exponentially climbing over the last few decades. It looks as though Rwanda has made the leap to developing status and is, in terms of the size of its economy growth, ready to surge past neighboring countries as Burundi and DRC. It is been proved that Rwanda is showing positive signs of competing in the global market.

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Source: World Bank

As I have recently spoken in an assay about Foreign aid to Africa, nations that change their mentality of waiting for aid, but focus on growing markets and trade eventually start to grow their economies. Rwanda is now the most competitive place to do business in East Africa and 3rd in Africa.  Rwanda is now politically stable with well-functioning institutions, rule of law and zero tolerance for corruption.  It has an 8% average year-on-year GDP growth, stable inflation and exchange rate. These impressive achievements by Rwanda are driven by a clear vision for growth through private investment set out by President Kagame. He has held incentive meetings around the world calling for investments in Rwanda, and he’s adopted a culture of cutting foreign aids little by little with a goal of making Rwanda self-sufficient.

President Kagame, assumed office on 24 March 2000, largely prevailed compared to other candidates to win a second term. The big question was whether he’d turn away from the statist policies that have long plagued and crippled Rwanda’s economy or place his country firmly on the road to the perdition of likes of Burundi and DRC, where stagnation, shrinking political freedom, populist demagoguery and corruption were the norm.

If some wants Rwanda to become a global economic powerhouse rather than an oversize backwater, that person is Paul Kagame. When you online to the World Bank’s annual study and ranking of 189 economies, Doing Business, which measures “the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.” Rwanda rates excellently, with an overall ranking of 3rd on the African continent. Four categories stand out in which Rwanda wins.

 

– Starting a business.

Starting a business has never been simpler or faster. To register a local enterprise or a foreign subsidiary, the Rwandan Development Board (RDB) provides a quick and efficient registration service allowing to have a business incorporated within 6 hours. The process involves simultaneously obtaining the certificate of incorporation (business registration), Tax Identification Number (tax registration) and the Social Security registration for employee pension submission.

– Dealing with construction permits.

Thanks to Kigali’s new online Construction Permit Management Information System (MIS)—implemented with the support of the World Bank Group’s Rwanda Investment Climate Program in partnership with Investment Climate Facility for Africa. The technology makes acquisition of construction permits faster, simpler, and easier by automating the procedures for application processing and review. In addition, it improves the management information provided to the Kigali’s construction one stop center and Department of Urban Planning.

– Registering property.

– Paying taxes.

Of course, one should mention the socio-economic changes that are apparent due to the acculturation. The globalization of our planet has seen Rwandan kids going to schools abroad and for instance the Huffington post recently said, “Rwanda Could Be The Next Silicon Valley: But it Needs Youth to Help it Get There”. There’s power in youth of Rwanda. Tech Startups, nonprofit foundations and nationwide economic projects are being risen by the Rwandan Youth.

 

Skyscraper Boom in the African Cleanest City is Mouthwatering

Kigali Skyscrapers

Kigali’s Skyscrapers in construction

 

Africa’s cleanest city, Kigali, is seeing its skyline being transformed at the fastest pace ever by Asian developers building governmental towers. Despite concerns that too many are going up, there are excitements among the citizens about the future of the capital of Rwanda

Companies including The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Gasabo Investment Company and Fair Construction Limited have flocked to build high-rises in Kigali as lifestyles change and the nation moves towards a sustainable economic raise. Several buildings taller than 20 meters are being planned or built, the most on record, according to the Government.

The level of building is unprecedented.

Overseas developers are responding to a shift away from the great Rwandese dream of a life centered on backyards and tall brick fence. They’re also reacting to ever-increasing demand for new, centrally located apartments from buyers seeking to escape their own faltering housing market and improve their quality of life.

About 30,000 apartments are in planning or construction across all of Kigali by Gasabo Investment Company, according to the official website of the enterprise.

Kigali is Irresistible.

The City’s master plan shows how the skylines will be implemented in the City. Apartments will have the greatest views, and the population will not resist to shift from the rural area to the capital.

 

Should Other Countries Hit Back to the United States As Rwanda Did?

A patient in Africa is treated for Ebola

Not long ago, I was chatting with my American friends, and it came to my observation that most Americans think of Africa as a country rather than as continent. In fact, it is somewhat egregious to see that the United States has decided to screen everybody who comes from the Continent for Ebola as if Africa is one village. This behavior sums up how the idea of Africa has always been treated as one nation. The rich, diverse, and big continent of Africa shouldn’t be treated as if it is a small and poor country that the rest of the world has always tried to ignore. Therefore, I am encouraging all other nations of Africa to screen for Ebola US Citizens who visit the continent. This is not because of some blind pessimism, but because there has been cases of Ebola in the States. Some people may find not feel the need of screening for US visitors. But this doesn’t disappoint.

What disappoint the most is that the US will not tolerate whoever enters its boarder while coming from Africa. In fact, a few weeks ago, kids from Rwanda were denied to go in class in New Jersey, not because they had Ebola symptoms, but because they were simply from Africa. This idea struck my mind, and it made me realize that until Africans start to speak out for themselves, they were be oppressed. Africans need to stand out and defend their dignity. What is shameful is that Rwanda, a country in East Africa, had made a strong decision of screening travelers from Nations with Ebola cases, but unsurprisingly, after that some people found this decision to be schadenfreude, that decision was lifted.

Rwanda lifts its screening of Ebola cases. (Twitter screenshot)

Rwanda lifts its screening of Ebola cases. (Twitter screenshot)

Rwanda might have its personal reasons to stop screenings of US and Spain citizens, but few will deny that it is a moral obligation for one to protect him or her self from contamination. If HIV is a bed bug pain, Ebola is a lion bite pain–interesting analogy, but the bottom point is that it is absolutely ok to do everything possible to protect yourself from the Ebola outbreak. Africans nations should not act under fear of loss of aid, and other similar international attachments. Therefore I am calling African countries to start screening people who visit them. I prefer antiseptic over aseptic. The Ebola outbreak should be stopped.