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Flavour, Grammy-award winner Commissioner Gordon to headline African Music concert in New York

The star-studded event, according to the organisers, will be held at Sound of Brazil, 204 Varick street, New York City on November, 3rd, 2021.

The event, as revealed by the organiser was borne out of a strong desire to celebrate the best of African music on global stage while also creating a memorable end to a rather tough year.

Other African stars to feature in the show are Ghanaian Prince Bright, Isaac Katalay from Congo and Sierra Leone budding star, Ajay Coker.
Also expected to be in attendance include, American record producer and Multi-Grammy award winner Commissioner Gordon Williams, some top music executives and several UN officials.

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Queen Elizabeth ‘is spending millions privately funding Prince Andrew’s fight against Virginia Giuffre sex assault lawsuit’

The Queen is reportedly spending millions of pounds funding Prince Andrew’s fight against sex abuse allegations.

The Duke of York is being sued in New York by Virginia Giuffre, now 38, who claims he sexually abused her on three separate occasions when she was 17 in London, New York and on billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island.

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Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency as the remnants of the storm caused massive flooding in New York City

Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency as the remnants of the storm caused massive flooding in New York City.

Storm Ida hit the US states of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, moving northeast, bringing heavy rain and warnings of flying debris injuries as authorities rushed to close airports and declare a state of emergency.

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China starts blocking paid after school tutoring by public-school teachers

China’s Ministry of Education said on Wednesday that it had begun implementing a campaign to stop paid after school tutoring services provided by teachers working for public primary and middle schools. China issued sweeping rules last week that bar for-profit after-school tutoring in core school subjects, in an effort to boost the birth rate by lowering family living costs.


The policy also restricts foreign investment in the sector. The ministry said in a statement on its website that it would also tackle teachers illegally receiving bribes, and show “zero tolerance” towards teachers who “teach only after classes but not during classes”.

The new rules threaten to decimate China’s $120 billion private tutoring industry and triggered a heavy sell off in shares of tutoring companies traded in Hong Kong and New York, including New Oriental Education & Technology Group and Koolearn Technology Holding Ltd.
Under the new rules, all institutions offering
tutoring on the school curriculum will be
registered as non-profit organisations.

Former Samoa PM concedes election defeat, ends political instability

CANBERRA (Reuters) -The former prime minister of Samoa on Monday ended months of political instability by conceding defeat in an election held in April that ended his 22 years in power.

Samoa descended into chaos earlier this year after then Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi refused to give way after losing a parliamentary election to former deputy prime minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

Samoa’s Court of Appeal ruled last week that a makeshift swearing in ceremony was legal, officially installing Mataafa as the country’s first female prime minister and her Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) Party in power.

“FAST here is the government,” Tuilaepa said in a speech pasted on Facebook.

The concession followed regional pressure to honour the court ruling, including from Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison amid concerns about ongoing tension.

“It’s definitely a relief to see this saga finally reach a peaceful conclusion,” said Jonathan Pryke, Director, Pacific Islands Program at the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank.

“It is also the start of a new era of Samoan politics where the new ruling government faces a robust opposition within the parliamentary chamber for the first time in decades.”

Mataafa said on Saturday her government would formally take office on Tuesday.

Samoa, which relies on subsistence farming along with tourism and fish and coconut product exports, has had to depend on foreign aid and is heavily indebted to China, which offered to back a port development by the previous government.

Fiame told Reuters in May she would shelve the Beijing-backed port development, calling the $100 million project excessive for a small country already deep in debt.

Reporting by Colin Packham

People working in a Restaurant are quitting in the middle of their shifts

Joshuah Morton, 36, has worked as a server at a Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Phoenix, Arizona for about four years. Morton is diabetic, and has a four-year-old son with an immune deficiency. When the pandemic hit, he stopped working, fearing for their health. But by October he was ready to return to work.

“Sitting at home all the time was getting depressing,” he said. And of course, the money was an incentive.

Back then, Morton noticed that the restaurant was having a had time bringing employees back. Once it started bringing new people on board, many of those caved under the pressure.

“People are just walking out in the middle of shifts,” Morton said. “[Hostesses who] seat the tables, the dishwashers, the bussers … they’ll walk out,” he said.

Morton understands why people might quit. After waiting to be seated, customers arrive at their tables “already angry, already wanting to complain about things,” he said. A few weeks ago one employee started to cry because a customer was so mean to her.

On top of all that, there are for more takeout orders than there used to be. “It’s almost like we’re running double the restaurant, comparatively, with half the staff.” Darden, the owner of Cheddar’s, did not respond to a request for comment.

Morton has contemplated quitting himself.

“I don’t think there’s any server who hasn’t been tempted to quit,” he said. “Especially right now.”

But for now, he’s getting what he needs from Cheddar’s. Darden is “by far one of the better” employers he’s had, Morton said. Darden recently raised wages for employees, and offers health benefits, which are especially important given Morton’s medical costs. Morton is also going to school for biochemistry, so the flexible hours are important to him. “That’s the big reason why I’m here,” he said. “It’s hard to find a job where I can work 30 hours a week, and still make $35,000 a year.” That salary, along with the rent he collects from his brother, is enough to support himself, his wife and their son. “I don’t know what else I would do.”

‘People are just walking out in the middle of shifts’: What it’s like to work in a restaurant right now

Going out to eat might feel a little different these days. Maybe you’re waiting longer for a table, even though the restaurant doesn’t appear full. Or maybe your service is slower, and your server seems anxious.

That’s because restaurants across the United States are understaffed, and jobs that were already stressful have gotten even more difficult.

Workers interviewed by Business reporters said they’re struggling in the short-staffed environment. Servers are stepping into other roles as overworked back-of-the-house employees quit, and sometimes seeing their tips ebb as they scramble to keep up with the new responsibilities. Fed-up colleagues sometimes quit in the middle of their shifts.

They’re in this situation because during the pandemic, many workers were laid off, as safety measures required some restaurants to close dining entirely. Eventually, when restaurants started re-hiring, they found a smaller pool of potential employees. Some moved away, others found new jobs in other industries. Some are still staying home to care for children or other dependents. Some, fed up with what are often low wages for the arduous work, vowed never to return.

In an attempt to woo those still interested in restaurant jobs, some employers have raised wages or increased perks. The extras may help, but they can’t fix the fact that when restaurants are understaffed, those coming in have to pick up a lot of extra slack.

Some are planning to stick it out, while others wonder if it’s time for them to exit the industry themselves.