• Telstra network is down across Australia

    Telstra network is down across Australia

      If you have a Telstra mobile service and you notice that it is not working, don’t panic, it’ s not your device, it’s Telstra.  Hundreds of people are reporting that Telstra’s mobile network is down across Australia. Telstra has twitted and advised that : “We are aware of an issue currently affecting mobile voice and data nationally. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and thank customers for their patience,” a statement from Telstra reads.   […]

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  • Young, wild and free! Our young ones have interesting things to say

    Young, wild and free! Our young ones have interesting things to say

    African-Australian teenagers are growing up in a very challenging environment. Many of them say that it is often difficult for them to be able to balance the expectations of the two cultures they find themselves in, namely the African culture that their parents often want to instil on them and the Australian culture that their peers and the rest of the society invite them to adopt.    These young Afro-Australians say they are young wild and free   The clash […]

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  • 20 Schools in Melbourne evacuated fearing shootings and bomb attacks.

    20 Schools in Melbourne evacuated fearing shootings and bomb attacks.

      Approximately 20 schools have been either evacuated or placed in lockdown following a wave of suspicious phone calls  threatening shootings and/or bombings early this week. The affected schools have had to implement their emergency management plans and notify parents, according to Deputy Premier James Merlino who held a press conference together with Victoria Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.   Victoria Police Chief Commissioner speaks to the media about threatening calls (Photo source: Herald Sun) The Deputy Premier has called the people behind […]

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  • Victoria Police top cop speaks to AMA about African communities.

        The newly appointed Victoria’s top cop, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, recently  granted an interview to AMA at his Flinders Street Office in Melbourne CBD. Mr Ashton, who has been on the job for only six months responded to over a dozen questions from AMA’s Clyde Sharady and discussed  several issues affecting Victoria Police’s work in the community broadly, as well as its work and engagement with Victoria’s African community in particular. Social cohesion Chief Commission Ashton says that he has […]

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  • What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

    What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

      After the celebrations and the demonstrations related to Australia day, it’s time for some reflection. What does Australia day mean for us African-Australians, as members of new and emerging communities in this great nation of Australia? Are we “True blue” Aussies? Can we even claim to be ‘true blue Aussies? May be ‘True blue black” Aussies?   Two African-Australian celebrate Australia Day (Photo: www.sgtalk.org)   The first surprising thing about this Australia day is that almost no prominent African-Australian community leader around the […]

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  • These four young Africans want to change how we ship goods to Africa.

    These four young Africans want to change how we ship goods to Africa.

    Shipmate founders. (Photo source : techpoint.ng)   Four young Africans have come up with a great business idea that is about to change how you ship goods from overseas to Africa. As more and more Africans in the diaspora travel between their new homes and their countries of origin, this presents an opportunity to transport goods to Africa and deliver them in a fast and secure way.     Four young Africans based in the US have seen this as an […]

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  • Telstra network is down across Australia
  • Young, wild and free! Our young ones have interesting things to say
  • 20 Schools in Melbourne evacuated fearing shootings and bomb attacks.
  • Victoria Police top cop speaks to AMA about African communities.
  • What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?
  • These four young Africans want to change how we ship goods to Africa.
 

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  • Telstra network is down across Australia

    Telstra network is down across Australia

      If you have a Telstra mobile service and you notice that it is not working, don’t panic, it’ s not your device, it’s Telstra.  Hundreds of people are reporting that Telstra’s mobile network is down across Australia. Telstra has twitted and advised that : “We are aware of an issue currently affecting mobile voice and data nationally. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and thank customers for their patience,” a statement from Telstra reads.   […]

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  • Young, wild and free! Our young ones have interesting things to say

    Young, wild and free! Our young ones have interesting things to say

    African-Australian teenagers are growing up in a very challenging environment. Many of them say that it is often difficult for them to be able to balance the expectations of the two cultures they find themselves in, namely the African culture that their parents often want to instil on them and the Australian culture that their peers and the rest of the society invite them to adopt.    These young Afro-Australians say they are young wild and free   The clash […]

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  • 20 Schools in Melbourne evacuated fearing shootings and bomb attacks.

    20 Schools in Melbourne evacuated fearing shootings and bomb attacks.

      Approximately 20 schools have been either evacuated or placed in lockdown following a wave of suspicious phone calls  threatening shootings and/or bombings early this week. The affected schools have had to implement their emergency management plans and notify parents, according to Deputy Premier James Merlino who held a press conference together with Victoria Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.   Victoria Police Chief Commissioner speaks to the media about threatening calls (Photo source: Herald Sun) The Deputy Premier has called the people behind […]

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  • Victoria Police top cop speaks to AMA about African communities.

    Victoria Police top cop speaks to AMA about African communities.

        The newly appointed Victoria’s top cop, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, recently  granted an interview to AMA at his Flinders Street Office in Melbourne CBD. Mr Ashton, who has been on the job for only six months responded to over a dozen questions from AMA’s Clyde Sharady and discussed  several issues affecting Victoria Police’s work in the community broadly, as well as its work and engagement with Victoria’s African community in particular. Social cohesion Chief Commission Ashton says that he has […]

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  • What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

    What do African-Australians think of Australia day? True blue Afro-Aussies?

      After the celebrations and the demonstrations related to Australia day, it’s time for some reflection. What does Australia day mean for us African-Australians, as members of new and emerging communities in this great nation of Australia? Are we “True blue” Aussies? Can we even claim to be ‘true blue Aussies? May be ‘True blue black” Aussies?   Two African-Australian celebrate Australia Day (Photo: www.sgtalk.org)   The first surprising thing about this Australia day is that almost no prominent African-Australian community leader around the […]

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  • These four young Africans want to change how we ship goods to Africa.

    These four young Africans want to change how we ship goods to Africa.

    Shipmate founders. (Photo source : techpoint.ng)   Four young Africans have come up with a great business idea that is about to change how you ship goods from overseas to Africa. As more and more Africans in the diaspora travel between their new homes and their countries of origin, this presents an opportunity to transport goods to Africa and deliver them in a fast and secure way.     Four young Africans based in the US have seen this as an […]

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  • This proud son of Africa delivers a memorable Australia Day speech in Sydney. Read the full transcript on AMA

    This proud son of Africa delivers a memorable Australia Day speech in Sydney. Read the full transcript on AMA

      Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, past and present, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. Ten years ago, Clover Moore, the lord mayor of Sydney, talked at the National Maritime Museum. She said: today, as we mark the beginning of Refugee Week, it is important to remember that all non‐Indigenous Australians are immigrants to this land.’ She continued, ‘From the perspective of thousands of years of Aboriginal custodianship, the rest of us […]

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  • 30 websites that will make you smarter. A must read for anyone interested in personal development.

    30 websites that will make you smarter. A must read for anyone interested in personal development.

        Lolly Daskal from “Leadership Within”, recently compiled a list of wonderful websites that help improve knowledge and provide learning skills in a variety of areas.  Lolly laments that “most of us spend some amount of time–sometimes a lot!–online. Instead of chasing after provocative headlines and weird old tricks, why not spend time on sites that will make you smarter in life, shrewder in business, and wiser in leadership?”     Lolly presents 30 of the best sites for professional […]

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  • Opportunities available for young African-Australians to step into the employment market

    Opportunities available for young African-Australians to step into the employment market

      A program aiming to tackle youth unemployment in Melbourne’s West is now offering internship opportunities to young people to gain additional skills and support to enter the competitive job market. The Youth internship program is being organised by the Maribyrnong and Monee Valley local learning employment networks (MMVLLEN).    Young African Australian awarded  for excellence (Photo Source USQ)   Successful interns will be provided with opportunities to get an insight into the youth sector and manage a small project, with a focus […]

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  • The tragic death of a Liberian-Australian boy is a sad story with  many ramifications. Find out why

    The tragic death of a Liberian-Australian boy is a sad story with many ramifications. Find out why

        The recent death of a 24-year-old young African boy in Adelaide raises a lot of questions in the community. The boy’s girlfriend, Antoinette Jacobson, a young Liberian-Australian teenager, has been charged for the death. Both the victim and the accused were young people who came to Australia in search for a better life. Now, one life is gone and the other is changed for ever, for the worse, not for the better.  James Gaye killed in Mansfield Park […]

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  • An African-Australian man stabbed to death in Adelaide and a woman charged for the murder

    An African-Australian man stabbed to death in Adelaide and a woman charged for the murder

    A 24 year old African-Australian man was killed yesterday in Mansfield Park, Adelaide, after he was stabbed in the chest. A Liberian-born teenaged girl aged 18 has been charged in relation to the death and SA police is still investigating the matter.   Community members in shock (photo: The advertiser)   AMA understands both the victim and the accused are Australians from a Liberian background. They knew each other and were in a relationship, which started only a couple of months ago. Neighbours and community members […]

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  • This African-Australian is changing peoples’ lives with water, but it’s not just any water…

    This African-Australian is changing peoples’ lives with water, but it’s not just any water…

    Food is important in life, so is water, and the two go together. Medical experts agree that both the quality and the quantity of the water we drink have a direct impact on our overall health. Hydration specialist, John Ngatia says: “people often say that you are what you eat, but because 80% of our body is water, I would rather say that you are actually what you drink”.   Most people underestimate the importance of water in helping to maintain good […]

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  • See how Africa is changing: a Ghanaian entrepreneur launches a new car and a Malawi preacher buys his third private jet

    See how Africa is changing: a Ghanaian entrepreneur launches a new car and a Malawi preacher buys his third private jet

        We all know that Africa is rising as a global economic power. The year 2016 is starting with great stories that provide a perfect illustration of the positive transformation of the continent of Africa and we have selected a couple of these stories for you.      Firstly, Ghana is to start selling its own “made in Ghana” vehicles. After Nigeria, Ghana is the second African country where a local entrepreneur launches a new line of cars made locally and for his own […]

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  • Here is why you may not get a home loan next time you need one. More African families affected.

    Here is why you may not get a home loan next time you need one. More African families affected.

    5 Jan 2016   The four major banks are tightening their mortgage lending requirements by  enforcing new loan standards that significantly reduce the borrowing capacity of Australian families applying for home loans, according to mortgagee broker homeloanexpets.com.au.    The new lending policies that have started being implemented a few months ago have considerably reduced the amount of money these big banks are prepared to lend to homebuyers. A family with a combined income of $120,000 per year  applying for a loan to purchase an […]

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  • African family escapes fire but loses home on the first day of 2016

    African family escapes fire but loses home on the first day of 2016

    Two African families sharing a home in Perth, WA  were lucky to escape a fire that tore through their property in the early hours of 1 January 2016. A passerby noticed the smoke and knocked at the Ellenbrook home, enabling  15 people who were sleeping inside to escape from the fire unharmed.   Family home destroyed by fire. (Photo Channel 9 News) The two family lost everything and did not have insurance for their home. The Ellenbrook community and the neighbours have […]

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  • Water safety education needed in the community in the wake of the tragic death of two young African kids in Adelaide

    Water safety education needed in the community in the wake of the tragic death of two young African kids in Adelaide

    After the drowning of two African kids in Adelaide, there is an obvious need to educate the community on beach/water safety to help prevent further tragic deaths of our young children. Beach going is an essential element of the Australian culture, but for migrant families who may be coming from landlocked countries or simply have little or no swimming experience, it can be a very dangerous exercise.   Water safety includes educating both parents and children on what needs to be […]

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  • Two African children drowned at  Glenelg Beach in Adelaide

    Two African children drowned at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide

    The Adelaide-based newspaper The Advertiser is reporting that two young children aged 11 have drowned at the Glenelg beach in Adelaide. The seaside tragedy took place yesterday evening at around 6PM. AMA understands that these children are from an African (Burundi) background and were spending time at the beach with friends and family to cool off a very hot day in Adelaide. Three other children were involved in the incident, but they were successfully rescued by paramedics.  Distraught family and […]

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  • Youth violence in the community: do Victoria police and the media have a role to play?

    Youth violence in the community: do Victoria police and the media have a role to play?

    Over the last couple of weeks two violent incidents occurred involving members of the African community in Melbourne. The first one took place in Seaford on the side of a Basketball game, approximately ten days ago and the later one occurred outside a Carlton nightclub, just a few days ago. AMA understands that both incidents involved mostly young Australians from a South Sudanese background. The incidents were widely reported by mainstream media around the country with almost every television channel and […]

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  • African entrepreneurs help fight youth unemployment in Australia

    African entrepreneurs help fight youth unemployment in Australia

    Entrepreneurship is on the rise within African-Australian communities. Traditionally, African migrants business ventures have been limited to small restaurants, grocery shops, beauty salons and import and export businesses. However, over recent years there appears to be a marked increase in number and type of businesses that Africans are involved in. In Melbourne and many other capital cities of Australia the story is the same, Africans are opening new businesses in different industry including childcare, healthcare , travel agencies, as well […]

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  • Family Day Care business bonanza changing African-Australian families

    Family Day Care business bonanza changing African-Australian families

    There are a lot of positive changes that are happening within African-communities, but none seems as powerful as the business opportunities available through the Family Day Care (FDC) scheme. Over the last couple of years, the number of FDC businesses owned and run by Africans has simply skyrocketed.  You only have to visit places such as Footscray where there is a concentration of African businesses to see this change. At the Footscray business Mall, we counted over fifteen FDC offices […]

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  • The King whose regime killed the highest number of Africans in the history of colonialism

    The King whose regime killed the highest number of Africans in the history of colonialism

    King Leopold II reigned in Belgium between 1835 -1909. His reign was the longest for any monarch in the history of his country, but also one of the most brutal colonial regime in recorded history. Many Australians may not know much about King Leopold II. He was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State (current Democratic Republic of the Congo-DRC) in central Africa.                               […]

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