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Africa’s Natural Gas has Europe calling on the Continent

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By Dana Malcolm

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August 5, 2022 – As Russia cuts them off, Europe may turn to Africa for natural gas but some say the move is hypocritical.

The use of gas to power Europe is one of the major contributors to climate change globally and the region is poised to lose nearly half of its gas supply as Russia turns the taps down.

Strapped for time before supplies run out the countries have made no major push to secure renewable sources of energy instead they plan to stop the gap with gas from Africa, the US and Canada.

The climate action promises made in recent months loom over their heads even as more deals for fossil fuels are struck.

Individual states and the EU are rushing to get gas from the continent in a familiar scramble. Algeria, Senegal, Angola, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria have all reached deals with the EU or specific countries to supply gas.

Africa has about 3 percent of the globe’s untapped natural gas and there are already several pipelines that ship gas to Europe, but the rekindled interest and the sheer volume to be exported has left a bad taste in some mouths.

One Senegalese expert calls them hypocrites.

Mamadou Fall Kane, Deputy Secretary of Senegal’s Natural Resource Management Agency said, “You see the hypocrisy—Right now, Europe is really knocking on our door.”

Less than half of Sub Saharan Africa has access to reliable electricity so quick deals to send away more of the precious gas puts the continent in an even more precarious position.

Additionally there is the ever present issue of the environment.  Activists warn that potential increases in gas shipments further damage the continent already suffering from major desertification.

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Morgan Heritage Member dies

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Rashaed Esson

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#MorganHeritage#PeterMorgan, February 26th, 2024 – Peter Morgan, member of the Grammy Winning Jamaican Reggae Band Morgan Heritage, died on Sunday February 25th at the age of 46. His family made the announcement on Instagram, however the cause of his death was not mentioned. Morgan Heritage, an all family group, children to Jamaican reggae artist Denroy Morgan, was known for hits like “She’s Still loving me.”

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Jamaica Local Govt Elections held

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#LocalGovElections, February 26th, 2024 – Jamaica’s long awaited local government elections were held today February 26th, after being postponed on several occasions since November of 2020. Reports indicate that just over two million Jamaicans are eligible to vote and that the electoral system was well prepared with a total of 6,726 polling stations in 2,148 locations across the island, open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Voters selected from 496 nominated candidates across the island. The date for results is yet to be announced

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Ariel Henry to Finalize Agreement with Kenya for Multinational Force – Could Bring Political Tensions.

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Kenya#ArielHenry, February 26th, 2024 – Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry is flying to Nairobi Kenya on Tuesday February 27th, to finalize the paperwork with Kenyan authorities for the deployment of the multinational force. However, the legitimacy of anything he agrees to or signs is already being questioned because Haiti currently has no parliament and Henry should have demitted office since February 7.  

 

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