| Africatime
Monday 24 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and heart problems -- proving increasing deadly on the continent. A World Health Organisation (WHO) survey released Tuesday showed that most Africans had at least one risk factor for developing one of these diseases, such as smoking, a lack of exercise,...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/16)
Amnesty International Sunday urged Algeria to adopt a law on the right to asylum and to open an investigation into the deportation of sub-Saharan migrants from the country this month. "The authorities should decriminalise irregular immigration, adopt a law on (the right to) asylum and fight racism against sub-Saharans in the country," the group's Algeria office said in a statement in French. A draft law on the right to asylum has been in the works for five years, Amnesty said. The statement comes after Algeria on Saturday defended its treatment of a group of around 260 Malian migrants rounded up and deported
(Algérie Presse service 12/16/16)
President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has conducted a partial reshuffle among walis (governors), announced Thursday the Presidency of the Republic in a communiqué. "In accordance with the provisions of article 92 of the Constitution, his Excellency President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has conducted a partial reshuffle among walis," said the source. List of appointed walis: - Hattab Mohamed, wali of Bejaia. - Dziri Toufik, wali of Bechar. - Hadjar Mohamed, wali de Skikda. - Hachani Tahar, wali of Sidi Bel-Abbes.
(Algérie Presse service 12/16/16)
Algeria and Saudi Arabia signed Tuesday, in Riyadh, a memorandum of understanding in trade cooperation as part of the official visit paid by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal to Saudi Arabia. This agreement was signed, on the Algerian side, by Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel and Minister of Commerce and Investment Majed Al-Kassabi, on the Saudi side. The agreement focuses mainly on the protection of consumers and the control of the quality of goods and services as part of commercial exchanges between the two countries. Trading between the two countries reached US$619 million in 2015. Algerian imports exceeded US$612 million while Algeria's exports to this country didn't exceed US$7 million. The discussions between the two...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(Agence Ecofin 12/14/16)
Land title issuance has begun in Azazga, in the Tizi-Ouzou wilaya, 100km East of Algiers, El Watan reports. The operation is carried out by the land conservation office. “Cadastre operations were conducted a year ago and related documents were exposed for a month, last June, at APC’s office in Azazga. The final stage, which the issuance of land title was launched a few weeks back and concern all parts of the local district,” the website added. The news is a refreshing breath of air for locals who have for long been fighting over lands. It should also take some load off courts which have so far been struggling to rule in the land matters without legal evidence. Souha Touré
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
Trouble is stirring in the remote sands of disputed Western Sahara in an area near the Mauritanian border where moves by the pro-independence Polisario Front have riled Morocco. The Algiers-backed Polisario has set up a new military post in the Guerguerat district on the Atlantic coast, within a stone's throw of Moroccan soldiers. In pictures posted online, its leader Brahim Ghali, in military fatigues and sporting a white moustache, is seen reviewing his troops with all-terrain vehicles parked in the dunes behind.
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
A surge of violence in Cameroon's two English-speaking regions, both longtime opposition bastions, has spotlighted the simmering anger of the anglophone minority as the nation heads for a key presidential election. Angry protesters torched the national flag and hoisted a separatist one in its place in northwest Bamenda last week, where "at least two" people were killed in clashes with the police, authorities said. The opposition alleged four people had been killed and a police station was set ablaze in the second clash in the city between police and protesters in just over two weeks.
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/16)
A British-Algerian journalist died Sunday after having staged a hunger strike to protest a two-year jail term for offending Algeria's president in a poem posted online, his lawyer said. "I can confirm the death of the journalist Mohamed Tamalt in Bab el-Oued hospital after a hunger strike of more than three months and a three-month coma" that followed, Amine Sidhoum said on Facebook. The prison service, in a statement said Tamalt had died of a lung infection for which he was receiving treatment since it was detected on December 4.
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(Xinhuanet 12/08/16)
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika held talks with visiting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Wednesday and both sides agreed to enhance cooperation, the official APS news agency reported. The talks covered a wide range of issues, including ways to establish a smart bilateral partnership, Michel told reporters after the meeting. Both sides discussed illegal migration, which Michel said "can be addressed with mutual respect and pragmatism." The meeting was also attended by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and Foreign Minister Remtane Lamamra. Earlier on Wednesday, the Belgian official met with his Algerian counterpart. The pair held a joint press conference, vowing to give a new impetus to bilateral cooperation. "We have had dense and intense exchanges on important issues," Michel...
(AFP (eng) 12/08/16)
Algerian singer Mohamed Tahar Fergani, considered a master of the Arab-Andalusian musical genre, has died aged 88, Algerian media said on Thursday. Fergani, whose career spanned seven decades, was renowned as a leading performer of malouf -- a traditional Arab music style that originated around Seville during the Medieval period and which was popularised throughout North Africa. Born in Constantine in northeast Algeria, Fergani, the son of a famous singer, initially practised traditional oriental music in the Egyptian style.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
The apparent lack of interest in intra-African trade has taken center stage at an ongoing African investment forum in the Algerian capital, Algiers. The Algerian prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal who raised the issued said trade within the continent has not seen any significant progress over the past decade even though trade between the continent and America and Europe was at 40 and 60 percent respectively. “More than 80 percent of African exports” Sellal said were to countries outside the continent. “It is time for Africa to win in the international court as a strong and dynamic team,” he urged. The Algerian premiere also called on African businessmen to “seek growth in the business space, through win-win partnerships” noting that even...
(Xinhuanet 12/05/16)
Algerian counter-terrorism units on Sunday dismantled a handmade bomb found at a school in the southwest province of Bechar, local media reported. According to Ennahar TV, the bomb as discovered by the pupils in a toilet around midday, and they notified the school administration, who called the police. The source indicated that the school was immediately evacuated, while explosives squad were deployed and safely disarmed the bomb. Detectives have opened an investigation to find out the origin of the bomb and who placed it in that school.
(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
African stars Yaya Toure of Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City and Sadio Mane of Liverpool suffered English Premier League misery at the weekend. Ivorian Toure came off the bench as City fell 3-1 at home to leaders Chelsea, five days after he was charged with drink driving. Algerian Mahrez was substituted in an embarrassing 2-1 defeat for Leicester at Sunderland while Senegalese Mane scored before being taken off as Liverpool crumbled to a shock 4-3 loss at Bournemouth. ENGLAND YAYA TOURE (Manchester City) The Ivory Coast midfielder endured a frustrating end to a bad week as City were beaten 3-1 by title rivals Chelsea. Toure came on as a 76th-minute substitute with City trailing 2-1 and was unable...