| Africatime
Sunday 22 January 2017
(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Liverpool defender Joel Matip has been cleared to return to action with the Premier League club after FIFA resolved the Cameroon international's status on Friday. Matip recently claimed he had retired from international football and did not want to play for Cameroon despite their attempts to call him up for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. As a result of the confusion over his availability, Matip was withdrawn from Liverpool's squad from their last two matches against Manchester United and Plymouth while the club sought clarity on his eligibility. But the Reds confirmed world governing body FIFA had told them there was no case against the centre-back, meaning he can now be considered for selection...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
In Cameroon, internet connections appear to have been cut in the major towns of the country’s two English-speaking regions. The action comes as a months-long strike by local lawyers and teachers intensifies. Agbor Gideon owns a shop that provides internet services to students and researchers at the University of Bamenda in the northwest region of Cameroon. He says his suppliers disconnected internet connection to his neighborhood Tuesday. "They are stepping on our rights. They are stepping on the rights of the people to use internet because it blocks so many things," said Gideon. "There are people whose businesses are based on the internet so it is going to add to the hardship." The northwest is one of two English speaking...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
In Cameroon, a months-long strike by English-speaking professionals has snowballed into a movement calling for greater autonomy or even, some say, independence for Anglophone parts of the country. The government, however, opposes such talk, and tensions continue to mount. A group of seven youths forced a soldier in Ekona, a town in the southwest region, to acknowledge the existence of two banned groups, the Southern Cameroon National Council, or SCNC, and the more recently created Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium,...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Cameroon closed in on the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Guinea-Bissau 2-1 on Wednesday while hosts Gabon were left still waiting for a win despite another goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Indomitable Lions came from behind to defeat Guinea-Bissau with Sebastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu netting after Piqueti's contender for goal of the tournament had given the debutants the lead. Cameroon now know a draw against Gabon in their final Group A game on Sunday will secure them a place in the last eight after a build-up to the finals marred by the refusal of several
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Defender Michael Ngadeu smashed in the winning goal as Cameroon came from behind to beat minnows Guinea-Bissau 2-1 at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Guinea-Bissau had gone in front in the Group A game in Libreville when Piqueti produced a contender for goal of the tournament in the 13th minute. But the Indomitable Lions, four-time winners of the continental trophy, produced two fine goals of their own to turn things around in the second period at the Stade...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday he could not understand why 'retired' Cameroon defender Joel Matip was currently unavailable to the Reds because of the African Nations Cup. Klopp had to pull Matip out of Sunday's Premier League draw with Manchester United because of a confusion over the player's international status. Both Matip and Liverpool believe the 25-year-old -- who has not played for Cameroon since September 2015 -- has retired from international football. Yet he was still named in...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
FIFA warned Liverpool on Monday they cannot play Joel Matip unless Africa Cup of Nations participants Cameroon give the Premier League title-chasers permission. The key central defender missed Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday amid a disagreement over his international status and he could be unavailable for the next month. Matip last year announced he no longer wished to be considered for selection by Cameroon and was not named in their Africa Cup of Nations squad. But the...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Joel Matip missed Liverpool's Premier League game at Manchester United on Sunday because his club are still awaiting clearance from FIFA following his retirement from international football with Cameroon. Matip, 25, announced he no longer wished to be considered for selection by Cameroon last year and was not named in their Africa Cup of Nations squad. But even though he has returned to fitness after an ankle problem, Liverpool cannot play him because they are waiting for world governing body FIFA to provide clarity on his eligibility. "Liverpool Football Club can confirm Joel Matip has been withdrawn from selection for today's
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
CAF executive committee member Ahmad Ahmad said Friday he will challenge long-serving Issa Hayatou in March for the presidency of the African football body. Cameroonian Hayatou, 70, has run CAF since succeeding Sudanese Abdel Halim Muhammad in 1988 and is seeking an eighth four-year term. The CAF confirmed in Libreville meanwhile that Hayatou was standing for a new term through to 2021. Ahmad, the Madagascar Football Association president, told reporters in Libreville that his candidacy had been accepted. "My candidacy for the position of Confederation of African Football president has been approved," he said. Ahmad is in the Gabonese capital ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
The UN Security Council is planning a visit in the coming weeks to Nigeria and two other countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency which has sparked one of the world's biggest humanitarian crises. British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the 15 envoys are hoping to visit northeast Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad which along with Niger are facing growing hardship, with nearly 11 million people in need of food aid. "Underneath that suffering is the threat of Boko Haram, so that...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted...
(AFP (eng) 01/11/17)
Cameroonian authorities on Tuesday freed 21 young protesters arrested during deadly clashes, hoping to calm growing protests by the English-speaking minority who complain they are treated as second-class citizens. Schools and courts have been shut in Cameroon's two anglophone regions since November after teachers and lawyers went on strike in protest at what they say is the marginalisation of their community. The English-speaking regions, in the northwest and southwest, are longtime bastions of opposition to President Paul Biya and a recent surge in unrest comes ahead of a crucial presidential election next year
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Protests in Cameroon's two English-speaking regions, longtime opposition bastions, brought several cities to a standstill on Monday as shops and schools closed and residents stayed home, residents said. In Bamenda, the epicentre of the minority anglophone community, a teacher contacted by phone told AFP the city "is completely dead." On the main commercial avenue, "the shops are closed. The schools haven't reopened" as scheduled after the Christmas holidays, said the teacher who requested anonymity. "There's no trouble but the people are staying home," he said. The so-called 'dead city' protests were
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Benjamin Moukandjo insists he feels no pressure taking over the Cameroon captaincy as the forward prepares to lead a diminished squad into the Africa Cup of Nations this weekend. The 28-year-old striker with French Ligue 1 strugglers Lorient was handed the armband by the Indomitable Lions' coach Hugo Broos and has since seen established stars such as Liverpool defender Joel Matip and Schalke striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting choose to dodge the tournament in Gabon. Now Moukandjo finds himself as one...
(International Business Times 01/10/17)
Strike part of ongoing civil unrest against use of French in schools and courts and perceived marginalisation. Cameroon's English-speaking cities of Bamenda and Buea are "on lock-down" due to a strike started on 9 January. Schools which were due to reopen remained closed, and businesses were shuttered after leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, (Cacsc) called for "Operation Ghost Town". The strike is in protest against perceived marginalisation and the use of French in courts and schools in...

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