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President John Magufuli will today be the guest of honour during a special ceremony to receive Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that will be leased to Air Tanzania Corporation Limited (ATCL).

Information Services Department sent an invitation to media houses indicating that the Dreamliner is scheduled to land at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

The aircraft, which is valued at $224.6 million, is one of the four newly procured planes by the government. This is the fourth aircraft to be procured by the government.

According to Boeing, the 787 Dreamliner is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features.

In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 Dreamliner will provide Air Tanzania with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 to 25 per cent less fuel and with 20 to 25 per cent fewer emissions than the other airplanes that were used before.

 

Source: The Citizen

Published in Travel & Tourism
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday, adding to divisions over Brexit that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
 
May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation and would name a replacement soon.
 
Johnson, one of the best-known and most flamboyant members of the government, quit just hours after the resignation late Sunday of Brexit Secretary David Davis, the government's top Brexit official.
 
Davis said he could not support May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU, which he said gave "too much away, too easily".
 
There was no immediate statement from Johnson, another loud pro-Brexit voice within May's divided government.
 
If Davis's resignation rattled May, Johnson's shook the foundations of her government.
 
The resignations came just days after May announced she had finally united her quarrelsome government behind her plan for a divorce deal with the EU.
 
Less than nine months remain until Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, and the EU has warned Britain repeatedly that time is running out to seal a divorce deal.
 
Britain and the EU hope to reach broad agreement by October so that EU national parliaments can ratify a deal before Britain leaves. That timetable looks increasingly optimistic, but European Commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said the EU was available "available 24/7".
 
Schinas said the bloc "will continue to negotiate in good will, bona fide, with Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK government negotiators in order to reach a deal."
 
Steve Baker, a junior Brexit minister also resigned. May appointed staunchly pro-Brexit lawmaker Dominic Raab as the country's new Brexit secretary.
 
Before Johnson quit, May's official spokesperson, James Slack, said Britain wanted to "move forward at pace" in the negotiations.
 
"There is now a new secretary of state and we look forward to moving on," he said.
 
During a 12-hour meeting on Friday, May's fractious Cabinet — including Davis — finally agreed on a plan for future trade ties with the EU.
 
The plan seeks to keep the UK and the EU in a free-trade zone for goods, and commits Britain to maintaining the same rules as the bloc for goods and agricultural products.
 
Some Brexit-supporting lawmakers are angry at the proposals, saying they will keep Britain tethered to the bloc and unable to change its rules to strike new trade deals around the world.
 
In a resignation letter, Davis said the "'common rule book' policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense."
 
Davis also said that May's plan "would be a risk at least of delivering a poor outcome".
 
His departure was hailed by pro-Brexit Conservative lawmakers, who have long considered May too prone to compromise with the EU. They believe the proposals breach several of the "red lines" the government has set out, including a commitment to leave the bloc's tariff-free customs union.
 
Some euroskeptic lawmakers dream of replacing May with a staunch Brexiteer, such as Johnson, who in the past has disagreed publicly with his boss.
 
Davis said he did not want his resignation to become a rallying cry for May's ouster.
 
"I like Theresa May, I think she's a good prime minister," Davis said.
 
Davis did not urge other ministers to resign, saying he was in a unique position because the Brexit secretary's job is to sell the government's policy.
 
"I'd have to deliver this. I'd have to do something I didn't believe in," he told the BBC. "That's not a tenable position. ... Others don't have that same responsibility."
 
Under Conservative Party rules, a confidence vote in a leader can be triggered if 48 Conservative lawmakers request one.
 
But leading pro-Brexit legislator Jacob Rees-Mogg said "I don't think a no-confidence vote is immediately in the offing." He urged May to abandon her plans and take a tougher line with Brussels.
 
"Friday's announcement was turning red lines into a white flag, and David Davis has made that so clear in his resignation letter," Rees-Mogg said.
 
Source: The Business Gazette
Published in World
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos has realized about N8.6 billion from intercepted contrabands and duty received on imported goods in the last six months.
Giving a breakdown of the earnings, Public Relations Officer, FOU, Jerry Attah said the duty paid value (DPV) of various intercepted contraband stood at N8.6 billion, while about N405.2 billion was realized from duty payments and demand notices on vehicles and general goods that tried to cut corners from seaports, airport and border stations through wrong classification, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the government coffers.
 
Attah said about 596 different seizures were made between January and June 2018, as a result of its strengthened its anti-smuggling operations. He stated: “107 suspects were arrested in connection with 596 different seizures comprising 34,652 foreign parboiled rice (equivalent to 58 trailers); 167 units of exotic vehicles (Toyota Prado/Lexus; bullet proof), Toyota C-HR , Toyota Camry LE, Toyota Prado(s), Toyota Hilux, Ford F150, Pajero Jeeps, Mercedes Benz ranging from 2015-2018 models respectively); 8,987 cartons frozen poultry products, 4,586 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 3,463 cartons of different pharmaceutical/medicaments, 370 parcels/98 sacks of Indian hemp weighing 1,350kg, and various general merchandise.
 
“Remarkable among the seizures within this period, was the interception of 460 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 12, 264 kg and 218 elephant tusks, making it the highest seizure of such endangered species in the history of Federal Operations Unit Zone A,” he stated, adding that the seized pangolin and elephant tusk are valued at N2.7 billion with two Chinese national as suspects.
 
Commenting on the seizures, Comptroller Mohammed Uba said: “In order to ensure full implementation of the Government policy banning the importation of rice through land borders, we re-strategized our operational modalities and beam our searchlight at the creek, water side, and at various locations in southwest zone and hence the reason for the massive rice seizure within the months under review. We will continue to make sure smugglers within our areas of jurisdiction count their losses until they repent from sabotaging our economy”
 
Uba reiterated that even though smuggling is a global phenomenon that cannot be eradicated entirely, all hands must be on deck so that it could be reduced to its barest minimum. He commended the officers/men who have put their lives on the line making these seizures; most especially the over 58 trailers load of rice knowing fully well it’s a big battle at the creek.
 
He also charged his officers/men to be professional and diligent in performing their statutory responsibilities; most especially in the area of anti-smuggling operations by making sure all revenue linkages are blocked and encouraged them to keep thwarting the antics of those dare devil smugglers who used different methods for smuggling.
 
 
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