Thursday 25 May 2017
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
West Ham are to appeal the controversial sending-off of Sofiane Feghouli, a spokesman for the Premier League club told Press Association Sport on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Algerian international winger was given a straight red card by referee Mike Dean for a tackle on Phil Jones after just quarter of an hour of Monday's Premier League match with Manchester United. United ended up scoring two second-half goals to win 2-0. The decision incensed Hammers manager Slaven Bilic and the club have moved to have it reversed. "The FA have been informed of our intention to appeal," a club spokesman told PA.
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman. The country, which has been on the frontline of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa, is pushing for an agreement with Niger and a renewed deal with Tunisia to facilitate returns. "We have saved many lives but we cannot accept rule-breaking. We need to speed up deportations," Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, the country's former interior minister, said in an interview with La Stampa daily. He was "working to tie up agreements which will reduce arrivals and prevent departures" from the coast of North Africa, he said after a record...
(Agence Ecofin 01/03/17)
Mohammed Bouderbali, the wali of the Kabyle wilaya, announced that proceedings would be initiated since only 27% of investment projects in the Tizi-Ouzou activity zones are effectively online. The proceedings, which aim to retrieve the unused areas, are a stepping stone towards sanitizing industrial lands in the region. “Out of 593 projects planned across 16 zones of activity of the wilaya, and whose developers received land plots, only 159 are effective. To tackle this situation which slows investment at the local level, the wilaya has initiated lawsuits to retrieve the lands awarded or sold
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are nothing new. The new part is that Steamaco's technology automates the regulation of electricity. So, if the system detects there will be a surge in demand for electricity, for example on a Saturday night when people want to start playing...
(AFP (eng) 01/01/17)
West Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli and defender Carl Medjani have been dropped as new Algeria coach Georges Leekens unveiled his 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Feghouli has scored 11 goals in 42 appearances for Algeria including a goal in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which helped his country advance to the last 16. The 27-year-old, a reported target by French club Marseille, has however played a peripheral role for West Ham since his arrival in England last summer. Medjani, 31, who has 54 caps and plays in Spain for Leganes, is absent for the first time since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian economist Nonso Obikili, who researches Nigerian and sub-Saharan economic trends for Economic Research Southern Africa, told VOA. He says 2016 has been hard on African commodity giants as oil prices fell to lows not seen since the global financial crisis...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
Algeria has adopted a 2017 budget that will see taxes raised to compensate for falling revenues from its key oil sector, officials said on Wednesday. The budget, signed by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is calculated on an oil price of $50 per barrel. Oil is the main source of revenue for the North African country. The budget announced Wednesday outlines raises in value-added tax and duty on alcohol and tobacco, petrol-based products as well as real estate and stamp duties. The budget forecasts an income of $51 billion (46 billion euros) and spending of $63 billion (56 billion euros). Despite cuts, it will spend $14 billion (13 billion euros) on welfare including subsidies on basic products, housing and health care support...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
French border police intercepted 45 African migrants who were trying to enter the country from Italy and arrested the two smugglers involved, local prosecutors said Wednesday. Travelling in two vans, 25 migrants in the first vehicle were stopped while 20 in the second breached a checkpoint at Montgenevre in southeastern France, before later being found. According to the prosecutor's office, the migrants were returned to the border and the two smugglers are to be tried in Italy.
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Nearly 55,000 people accused of committing "terrorist offences" have faced legal proceedings in Algeria since the country's devastating civil war in the 1990s, the justice minister has said. It was the first such revelation by the authorities, which use the term "terrorists" for armed Islamists active in Algeria where the civil war killed 200,000 people. The brutal conflict broke out between armed Islamist groups and security forces after the army cancelled a 1992 election that Islamist politicians were poised to win. It ended when Algerians voted in a referendum in September 2005 to approve a reconciliation deal
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Its lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa. The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin, environmentalists say. With financing coming from American, European and Asian agri-businesses, palm bunches are cultivated then cut from trees and sent to factories where oil is extracted by hot pressing. But the production process accelerates deforestation, contributes to climate change and threatens fauna and flora in vulnerable areas, opponents argue. However the companies say that palm oil is not only less expensive than soya or sunflower oil but requires much less land to...
(AFP (eng) 12/27/16)
Nearly 55,000 people accused of committing "terrorist offences" have faced legal proceedings in Algeria since the country's devastating civil war in the 1990s, the justice minister has said. It was the first such revelation by the authorities, which use the term "terrorists" for armed Islamists active in Algeria where the civil war killed 200,000 people. The brutal conflict broke out between armed Islamist groups and security forces after the army cancelled a 1992 election that Islamist politicians were poised to win. It ended when Algerians voted in a referendum in September 2005 to approve a reconciliation deal that led to 15,000 Islamists being pardoned in exchange for surrendering. Justice Minister Tayeb Louh told parliament on Monday his ministry had set...
(The Herald Online 12/27/16)
The end of 2016 provides an opportunity to take stock of Africa’s recent economic performance and future prospects. It’s been a tumultuous year for some African countries largely due to a commodities crisis and a global economic slowdown.Yet there were still pockets of good growth which displayed the huge potential of the African continent. And 2017 looks to be the year the countries hardest hit by the crisis seek to recover from the economic reversals of the past few years. Since the start of the new millennium average economic growth across Africa has been stronger than the global growth rate. Growth across the continent averaged 5 percent. This fuelled the “Africa Rising” narrative that permeated public discourse. Among the growth...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/24/16)
A record 5,000 migrants are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea this year, following two shipwrecks on Thursday in which some 100 people, mainly West Africans, were feared dead, aid agencies said on Friday. Two overcrowded inflatable dinghies capsized in the Strait of Sicily after leaving Libya for Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said. "Those two incidents together appear to be the numbers that would bring this year's total up to over to 5,000 (deaths), which is a new high that we have reported during this crisis," IOM spokesman Joel Millman told a Geneva briefing. The Italian coast guard rescued survivors and had recovered eight bodies so far, he said...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast empty darkness, the stars are impossibly bright and clear. And it is the stars that have lured a Canadian-backed project to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope, with the potential to unlock the deepest secrets of the universe. For...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/16)
Selma saunters on her stilt-like legs, batting thick lashes as she extends a blackish tongue -- as long as an arm -- to grab pellets offered by an awed tourist. The giraffe is after all, eating for two. Her pregnancy is good news for one of the rarest giraffe species, protected at the Giraffe Centre in the Kenyan capital, but experts warn the outlook for the rest of the world's tallest land mammals is far gloomier. While it is hoped the shocking news that the gentle giants of the African savannah are facing extinction will spur action, conservationists largely have their hands tied as many giraffe live in Africa's most conflict-torn regions. Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy and finance body points out that signs of an expansionary fiscal stance under the Trump administration coupled with spending cuts to accommodate increased infrastructure expenditure are likely to lead to the decrease in aid. "Aid is one of the main...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
Guinean illegal immigrants kicked out of Algeria told AFP Tuesday that dire detention conditions in the north African country left at least two of their group dead, describing hellish experiences at the hands of Algerian police. Around 280 people returned to Guinea's capital Conakry on Monday after a two-week return journey via Mali, becoming the latest west African migrants to accuse the Algerian police of abusing them. "We were treated very badly in Algeria," said their ad-hoc spokesman Aboubacar Sylla, who is in his 30s. "We were rounded up like chickens at our workplaces or while sleeping and forced to head to south Algeria, before being locked in mini-containers where
(Agence Ecofin 12/20/16)
Some Japanese car makers are about to open in Algeria assembly units for utility cars and trucks, Japan’s ambassador to Algeria told the press, during a business club meeting regrouping investors from both nations. “Japan is really interested in investing in Algeria, in several of its sectors of activities. We already have car manufacturers such as Nissan and Suzuki who project to build car assembly units in Algeria, waiting only for the approval of Algerian authorities to proceed,” said Masawa Fujiwara. The diplomat added that Toyota was also interested in establishing an assembly unit in the country, via Hino Motors, its subsidiary which makes only buses and trucks.
(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