WhatsApp Is Finally Making It Easier To Send Messages To Unsaved Numbers

Tapping on an unsaved number that has been sent on a chat will open an in-app menu that allows users to chat with the person if they are on WhatsApp.

hatsApp is one of the most commonly-used instant messaging app in the whole world. Many of us these days have most of our communication on WhatsApp and the company keeps bringing in new features and updates to make that experience easier and more enjoyable. Now, WhatsApp seems to be working on what may be the solution to one of the biggest problems on the instant messaging app. According to a report from WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, the company is working on letting users text those numbers that are not saved on their smartphones.

WhatsApp does not allow us to send messages to numbers that aren’t saved on our smartphones. However, the WhatsApp beta for Android version shows that the company is working on a solution for this. The report shows that tapping on an unsaved number that has been sent on a chat will open an in-app menu that allows users to chat with the person if they are on WhatsApp. The in-app menu also allows users to call these unsaved numbers and give them an option to save the contact. Android Authority verified the report, saying that the beta version they are running shows the said in-app menu.

Currently, tapping on a number that was sent to you on WhatsApp opens the phone’s dialer app. The new method, while being a big change towards allowing you to text unsaved contacts, isn’t perfect yet. It will still require the unsaved number to be on your WhatsApp.

The Meta-owned instant messaging platform was also recently reported to be putting a new limit on message forwards. Both the Android and iOS beta versions of WhatsApp showed an upcoming feature that will not let users forward a message to more than one group at a time. If a user tries to forward an already forwarded message to another group, they will be met with an alert that says “Forwarded messages can only be sent to one group chat.”



Bad news: Scotland a ‘high-priority’ target for Putin in any world war 😲

Defence experts also believe that independence from the UK could make the country a ‘gift’ for Russia

Defence experts claim that Scotland would become a high-priority target for Russia if a Third World War was to break out. A new paper from the Royal United Services Institute also claims that Scotland’s independence could make it a “gift” for Vladimir Putin, who it states is revisiting Russia’s Cold War “Bastion” defence policy, as reported in The Times – a strategy that targeted land and critical defence sites in Scotland to establish military control over the North Atlantic.

The paper goes on to suggest that Scotland’s growing importance for Nato defence comes “at precisely the moment when the prospect of Scotland voting to leave the UK has never looked greater” and refers to the United Kingdom’s break-up as “a wildcard for High North security”. It is understood that some within Nato are opposed to Scotland gaining membership if the country lobbies for the expensive and disruptive removal of nuclear submarines.

But RUSI argued that a Scottish defence force could thrive if the SNP abandons its demand for disarmament. The report stated: “Despite what Scotland may be able to offer to maritime security in the High North, it would be naive to think that an independent Scotland’s integration into the North Atlantic and High North defence and security architecture would be entirely seamless.

“In both a Nato and an EU context, Holyrood would need to be wary of the reputational damage that could be caused by taking any action that could be perceived as an attempt to ‘weaponise’ tensions over Faslane and Coulport to try to extract political or economic concessions from Westminster. Such a dispute would be a gift to Russia and other adversaries looking to exacerbate divisions in Europe over defence and security.”

The HMS Vigilant submarine is pictured in 2019 at Faslane - the HM Naval Base in Clyde. It carries the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent and defence experts believe Russia is trying to track submarines that leave the base
The HMS Vigilant submarine is pictured in 2019 at Faslane – the HM Naval Base in Clyde. It carries the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent and defence experts believe Russia is trying to track submarines that leave the base (Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

The paper, written by Duncan Depledge, a lecturer in geopolitics and security at Loughborough University, and Andreas Osthagen, a senior research fellow at Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, is based on interviews with serving and retired military personnel, politicians and defence experts. It is believed Russia will launch incursions into Scotland’s newly independent maritime and airspace to test the strengths of its defences.

Experts already harbour concerns that Russia is attempting to track UK submarines as they leave the Faslane naval base in Clyde. The UK, meanwhile, are expected to put the High North – a region encompassing the Arctic Circle and North Atlantic – at the centre of UK security priorities.

The paper’s authors also note that Scotland was the target of the first Nazi air raid on the UK when Rosyth was bombed in October 1939. They said: “Several Nato allies — Norway in particular — have been increasingly alarmed about the apparent revitalisation of Russia’s ‘Bastion’ defence strategy, which extends throughout much of the High North, reaching at least as far south as the Shetland Islands, if not to the Orkney Islands as well.”

The “Bastion” policy’s objective is to secure control over parts of northern Norway to open a route to the North Atlantic and deny access for Nato to the land controlled by Greenland, Iceland and the UK. The Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence, a multinational defence advisory organisation accredited by Nato, warned: “In the unlikely event of an armed conflict between Russia and Nato, striking and occupying operations should be expected from Russian joint forces, especially on vital infrastructure and military forces.” It said Faslane and Scottish airbases “would likely be on a high priority target list” under the strategy.

RUSI has also suggested that China has been attempting to purchase assets in Iceland, Norway and Greenland and warned that could be with the aim of establishing “a future military presence”. It warned independence might also mean Scotland needing to balance defence spending against top priorities such as benefits, education and health, saying: “The difficult and protracted negotiations between Westminster and Brussels that have followed Brexit since 2016 should serve as a warning to anyone who believes that Scexit would be a straightforward matter to resolve…the greatest danger will emerge if either Holyrood or Westminster attempts to overplay its hand.”

Stewart McDonald, the SNP defence spokesman
Stewart McDonald, the SNP defence spokesman (Image:

The SNP is aware that a messy break-up would open up a Nato security gap in the High North, and UK leaders also know a fledgling new state would struggle to defend itself. Stewart McDonald, the SNP defence spokesman, welcomed RUSI’s case for building “a close bilateral security relationship between Edinburgh and London, approaching security and defence policy in the mature way”.

He said: “While our neighbours in the rest of the UK would count among Scotland’s closest allies, an independent and non-nuclear Scotland would build its security posture around the twin pillars of EU and Nato membership — continuing our long tradition of contributing to regional security in the High North and sharing the burden of its collective defence.”

International Football

Arsenal football player Thomas Partey converts to Islam

Ghanaian player Thomas Partey, who plays for the Arsenal football club, announced that he has converted to Islam.

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Azhari, an imam, preacher and researcher in Sharia sciences in London, announced that the Ghanaian player took his Shahada at a mosque in London and declared his conversion to Islam.

Partey joined Arsenal about two years ago from Atletico Madrid for a sum of £45 million.

The 29-year-old footballer previously played on loan from Atletico Madrid to Mallorca and Almeria. He is known for intercepting balls from his opponents and his powerful long-range shots.

Partey has played 188 matches with Atletico Madrid, during which he scored 16 goals and 12 assists. He has played about 40 international matches with Ghana and participated in three Africa Cup of Nations.


Tanzanian News

Tanzania’s female pilot becomes anti-poaching champion

As the world marks International Women’s Day on March 8, soft-spoken Anna Titus Laroya deserves a pat on her back for one reason. She is the only female pilot flying an anti-poaching patrol aircraft in Tanzania’s game reserves, national parks and the renowned Ngorongoro conservation area authority.

Captain Anna Titus Laroya’s name deserves to be inscribed in Tanzania’s list of heroines as the east African nation joins other nations across the globe in commemorating International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

“From 2010 when I started flying to date, I have accumulated more than 1,600 flying hours,” Laroya told Xinhua ahead of International Women’s Day to be marked next Tuesday.

Laroya said she flies a Cessna 182 aircraft which is a typical plane used for aerial animal census and aerial wildlife anti-poaching patrols.

She said depending on the objective of a specific animal census, most animal census are conducted in all protected areas in the country, including game reserves, national parks and the Ngorongoro conservation area authority.

“It was my childhood dream to be a pilot,” said Laroya, an employee of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) headquartered in the Tanzania’s northern tourist city of Arusha.

The female pilot said currently she is doing aerial patrols at the Ngorongoro conservation area authority where she has been seconded to work with the conservation authority.

Previously, Laroya conducted anti-poaching patrols in almost all the country’s game reserves, including Selous, Rungwa, Ugalla, Moyowosi, Kigosi, Maswa, Biharamulo and Burigi.

“Balancing family life and flying schedules requires a committed and supportive partner as most of our work is field work,” she said, “when I am at work I am a pilot and when I am home I am a wife and a mother. Differentiating and not mixing the two makes my life simple and easier.”

“Being the only female pilot in the wildlife sector does not really bother me much because I just do what I am required to do like any other pilot who is doing the same type of flights,” said Laroya.

She said she looks forward to continuing flying for conservation and continue making an impact in conserving wildlife resources in Tanzania.

“Through my work I would also like to continue inspiring more young women to pursue their dreams and become who they want to be in life,” she said.


African News

Africa’s ‘Happiest’ Countries Revealed

The World Happiness Report, now in its 10th year, is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data. Researchers ranked the countries after analyzing data over three years. They looked at several categories including gross domestic product per capita, social safety nets, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity of the population, and perceptions of internal and external corruption levels.

Mauritius ranked number one on the continent at 52 on the log. Libya ranked 86 in the world, is second in Africa. Other top 20 countries in Africa include Ivory Coast (88), Cameroon (89), Senegal (90), South Africa (91), Gambia (93), Ghana(93), Niger (94), Algeria (96), Gambia(96), Liberia (97), Benin (97), Congo (99), Morocco (100), Guinea (100), Mozambique (101), Cameroon (102), Burkina Faso (111) and Nigeria (118).

Nigeria has been ranked the 118th happiest country in the world, 2 spots lower than its position last year, indicating the country’s declining perception on key indicators. 

Afghanistan ranked as the unhappiest country in the world, with Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Botswana rounding out the bottom five.

For the fifth year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world, with Denmark coming in second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.


Tanzanian News

Tanzania: Exiled opposition leader Tundu Lissu says he’ll return home ‘in days’

Firebrand Tanzanian opposition leader Tundu Lissu says he will return home “in weeks”, following an apparent rapprochement with the leadership of President Samia Suluhu.

Mr Lissu, who survived an assassination attempt in 2017 in Dodoma, lives in self-imposed exile in Belgium.

Speaking on a Tanzanian television channel at the weekend, Mr Lissu said he would return home soon because he was optimistic that President Suluhu would assure him of his safety.

The Chadema vice-chairman, who has spent most of his time in Belgium since 2017, showered praise on the President for taking the nation in the right direction.

“As for now, we are no longer counting years before I return home. We are not counting months. We are not counting weeks,” said Mr Lissu.

In his meeting with Ms Suluhu in Brussels last month, Mr Lissu requested her to publicly assure him of his security, noting that those involved in the assassination attempt were still unknown and no one had been arrested.


“President Samia promised to work on my issue (security assurance) and I am positive she will do so,” he said. “She has a lot to do on her table. I don’t think she has ignored my request.”

He said the President was a good listener and there was every sign that she is committed to building a country that respects the principles of democracy and justice.

Earlier this month, the government released Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe and his three co-accused, who had been on remand for eight months and facing economic crimes and terrorism-related charges, which critics held were trumped up.

Mr Mbowe’s release followed separate talks by religious leaders and Mr Lissu with the President, urging her to use her influence to end the case against him.

Read: Religious leaders want Mbowe case dropped

Also read: Mbowe free after Tanzania’s DPP drops terror case

In his meeting with President Suluhu, Mr Lissu also raised concerns about his fate and that of other opposition politicians who fled Tanzania to seek asylum abroad in the past few years.

Mr Lissu also commended the President for helping him get a new passport after losing his old one in Germany.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel in Tanzania’s politics, thanks to President Hassan’s U-turn in the way she is handling things,” said Mr Lissu.

But he said that for the president to keep the momentum going, she needs support from opposition political parties.

“She has started well, but she still has a long way to go for her to do better. She needs our support,” said Mr Lissu, noting that a new constitution will be a solution to the challenges related to the lack of good governance.


African News Uncategorized

DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi seeks treatment in Belgium

FILE PHOTO: Felix Tshisekedi, leader of Congolese main opposition party the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)and Presidential candidate, attends an election event in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, has been in Belgium since last weekend for health reasons, his office says.

“The President is currently in Belgium for treatment of a herniated disc. The Head of State took the opportunity to carry out his annual medical check-up, and he is doing well.

“After a few days of rest with his family and private visits, the President will return to Kinshasa very soon,” the presidency announced.

The announcement comes after several Belgian media outlets claimed that Mr Tshisekedi had undergone heart surgery, while others claimed he left Kinshasa on Saturday “in a critical health condition”.

To reassure the Congolese citizens and dispel speculations that the President was gravely ill, the office has published photos of the head of state, smiling alongside his doctors.



Tanzania: court today sets free the leader of the main opposition CHADEMA party Freeman Mbowe and 3 others, following prosecution side’s nolle prosequi

A Tanzanian court today set free the leader of the main opposition CHADEMA party @freemanmbowetz after 8 months in prison and 3 others, following the decision of the prosecution side to enter nolle prosequi, a formal notice of abandonment of prosecution of the case

Tanzanian News

Tanzania: Court today sets free leader of main opposition Chadema, Freeman Mbowe, and 3 others, following State’s nolle prosequi request


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