Sunday 21 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(APA 08/03/17)
The warning to the election outfit and President Sirleaf pledging to campaign for female legislative candidates dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Thursday. The local NGO, Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), has called on the National Elections Commission to execute all phases of the electoral process in a transparent manner in order to instill confidence in the overall electoral process. Addressing a press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday, the Chairman of the ECC, Oscar Bloh, commended the NEC for releasing a summary of the final registration figures with names, gender, age, districts and locations, but wondered whether this listing addressed the issue of some missing names and photos linked to the Provisional Registration Roll (PRR). Bloh called on the NEC...
(APA 08/03/17)
The move by Ghana's Auditor-General (A-G) to prosecute some corrupt public officials dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday. The Daily Graphic says, "A-G goes wild, chases looters of public funds", adding that the Audit Service of Ghana has made a commitment to chase after people who have stolen public funds. The Ghanaian Times and the Heritage state that the A-G has announced it would be chasing 11 public officials, who have looted public funds. The A-G, Mr. Daniel Yaw Domevo, told journalists in Accra that a "Certificate of Disallowance and Surcharge" have been issued to four (4) individuals found to have embezzled public funds already. He assured that his outfit is doing its work to help make public...
(Ghana Web 08/01/17)
One of Ghana’s lawmakers, Frimpong Yaw Addo, has challenged movie makers based in Kumasi (Kumawood) to reinvent themselves to suit the current trend, rather than continuing with the duel on storylines that are most a time “outdated”. Hon. Yaw Addo, who serves as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Manso-Adubia constituency in the Ashanti Region, believes producers of Kumawood movies are yet to embrace modernisation – yen.com.gh reports! In his view, the local movie industry will only grow when film makers begin to try new ways which are in line with 21st-century happenings. “They need to move on and produce movies with contemporary ideas and story lines. But the contemporary issues being discussed today in movies is as good as...
(APA 08/01/17)
The killing of Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Information Communication Technology manager, grabbed the headlines of major dailies on Tuesday. “FBI may join hunt for Msando's killers,” screamed the headline of the Daily Nation which reported that America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s Scotland Yard may be drafted into the investigation to unmask the killers of election technology manager Christopher Chege Msando. “US ambassador Robert F. Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey condemned the killing and said they welcomed the government’s commitment to investigate the crime, adding: “We have offered our assistance in the investigation,” reported the daily. “Who killed Msando? Chebukati demands,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that six days to the polls, police...
(Voice of America 08/01/17)
South Africa entered an economic recession in June, and the country’s unemployment rate is fast approaching 30 percent, according to the government statistics agency. But for the sellers of secondhand books, business has never been better. Eric Nofal, who has been selling used books for almost 30 years, shows a customer around his store in Johannesburg. He says he recently faced “intense” competition before launching his fifth bookshop in the city. “My ex-wife also wanted to open up a shop in this area, but I beat her to the punch, so she is a bit [angry] with me, actually!,” he admitted. Nofal adds "I am making money and it is going into my third month and that is pretty good...
(Ghana Web 07/28/17)
The government of Ghana has laid down plans to build an ultra-modern music recording studio for musicians in the country, Citi Showbiz has learnt. According to the President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, the government is concerned about the low quality of music production in the country, hence the decision to set up a studio that meets international standards. “The government will set up an ultra-modern music studio so that after individual producers have done the basic programming, they can go to there to master them,” he said. He said in tandem with this, the government will take some Ghanaian music producers abroad for training to broaden their scope in music production. “One of the things this...
(AfricaNews 07/28/17)
Gambian president Adama Barrow on Thursday held his second meeting with the media after six-months in office. According to the 52-year-old who beat former strongman Yahya Jammeh in December 2016 polls, the meeting was to better engage the media after decades of crackdown by the former regime. Reports from the engagement saw the president addressing a series of issues fielded by journalists, questions ranged from the economy, human rights, education, health, judicial reforms and other topical issues. The press is already free. And at the moment all radios, newspapers are all free. It's at the top of our priority list. We will reverse those media laws and in practice we are already doing it. That's the most important thing. In...
(APA 07/24/17)
The first edition of Culture and Traditional Music Urban Festival of Burkina Faso (FEMUB) will take place from October 12 to 15, the committee organization announced. According to the organizers, the event will take place in partnership with Radio France International (RFI), the governorate of Hauts Bassins and the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso. “The festival will be followed by a great culinary fair called “Grand Prix Farafina sia mousso dambé,” reports said. Several prizes will be awarded, including the Farafina Dambé Prize worth 1 million for the ethnic groups of Burkina Faso, the RFI Colors Tropical Award for Dozos traditional hunters and the Grand Prix Farafina Syamousso Dambé for the culinary fair. To this must be added the Grand Prix Sotigui...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/17)
Senegalese rapper and DJ Louis Bernard Diedhiou was just a young teenager on the day in 2001 when his love of megastar musician Youssou N'Dour nearly killed him. Hailing from Casamance, a southern region of Senegal that has suffered on-off conflict for more than three decades, Diedhiou was shaking branches for mangoes to sell so he could buy an N'Dour concert ticket. But he stepped on a mine, a legacy of long-running conflict between the Senegalese army and separatist rebels of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), in an accident that could have left him dependent on his family for life. "The mine got me in both legs and both hands," he recalled. "I couldn't go back to...
(Nyasa Times 07/21/17)
In a quest to familiarize musicians with how works of their union, the Musicians union of Malawi (MUM) is holding a two-day conference for its central chapter in Lilongwe. The workshop, funded by the Swedish Musician Union (SMF) began July 19 at Simama hotel in Lilongwe. In attendance are both secular and gospel artists who are being given insight on important topics that were tackled at a training that took place on 12-16th June at Lingadzi where 20 participants attended. One of the presenters, Rudo Chakwera highlighted struggles of a union, importance of a unity and benefits of fostering a democratic union. Chakwera went on to give the participants a practical exercise to assess whether democracy is practiced in MUM;...
(Ghana Web 07/20/17)
The former British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin is known for possibly being the most socially interactive diplomat the country has ever had. He has been the face of trolls, sharp and sometimes heated debates with Ghanaian, given his very vocal opinions on the issues in Ghana. While some have called him out for being too ‘nosy’ when it comes to Ghanaian issues, others have been impressed with his dedication to being as open, opinionated and interactive with Ghanaians on social media, as possible. Jon Benjamin is therefore familiar with the popular names in the media circles, forming cheerful acquaintances with most of them. On Tuesday, at the maiden press briefing with the President at the Flagstaff house, one...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
A Tunisian court has banned the US film "Wonder Woman" which stars an Israeli actress, more than a month after it had been scheduled to open at cinemas in the Arab state, a legal source said Wednesday. Lebanon has also banned Wonder Woman, on the grounds of a long-standing boycott of Israel. The film was to have been screened at two venues in Tunis in early June but the showings were "suspended" following a complaint from the nationalist Al-Chaab party. The court finally decided to impose the ban last Friday, prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti said, although the verdict was only disclosed to the media this week without a reason given for the judgement. Al-Chaab demanded the film be banned because...
(Ghana Web 07/18/17)
Nana Tonardo, a friend of Deloris Frimpong-Manso and a star of Delays’ Afia Schwarzenegger TV series has stated that Delay jumps from one hotel to another seeking for white men. Deloris Frimpong-Manso and Nana Tonardo’s friendship has come to an end–following a message Delay posted on Instagram, claiming she takes nobodies like Tornado and turn them into somebodies. Tonardo who is an actor on Delay’s Afia Schwarzenegger TV Series has thrown shots at Delay, rubbishing Delay’s claims and going on to say she brags a lot when she really has nothing. In an interview with OKAY FM, Tornado slammed Delay–saying Delay did not do anything for him and that for all the 6 years they worked together, Delay didn’t even...
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
Nigeria’s information minister has warned against the production of music videos and films outside the country. Lai Mohammed said over the weekend that the government cannot allow Nigerians to produce local content in foreign countries which inversely affects the local job market. “This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said during a visit to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON). “We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria … It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm...
(Ghana Web 07/17/17)
After starring in Delay’s ‘Afia Schwarzenegger’ TV Series for 6 years, Nana Tornado has called it quits labelling the producer, fake, disloyal and a cheat. According to the actor, he was never remunerated despite his hard work in making the show very popular. Although he enjoyed putting smiles on the faces of fans, he regrets dealing with Delay because she has been very ungrateful and annoyingly bossy. Speaking to JDK and Mimi Kay on Radio XYZ, Nana Tornado recounted sending a strong message to Delay asking her to correct an erroneous statement she had made suggesting that she picks people from ‘nowhere’ and make them stars. “When I actually saw this thing on the internet, I sent Deloris a message...
(APA 07/17/17)
The warning on ministries and agencies against clandestine recruitment and the Presidency’s insistence on the confirmation of appointment of anti-graft boss are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Sun newspaper said the Presidency has blown the whistle on illegal, large scale and indiscriminate clandestine recruitments in federal ministries, department and agencies (MDAs). The PM News said the Presidency has reiterated its stance that certain federal appointments should not require the Senate’s confirmation. To this end, it is set to seek Supreme Court opinion on this. It said the refusal by the Senate to confirm the appointment of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, had more to do with politics...
(APA 07/17/17)
Opposition Chief Raila Odinga battles to seal rigging loopholes, Magufuli effect and security forces preparedness to deal with mass protests, grabbed the attention of major Kenya dailies on Monday. “Raila battles to seal ‘rigging’ loopholes,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that OPPOSITION chief Raila Odinga is going all out to seal all possible rigging loopholes he believes could deny him “a third victory” in a do-or-die rematch with President Uhuru Kenyatta. “In what is probably his last stab at the top job, Raila has engaged in an unrelenting, aggressive and complex in-and-out of court battle to eliminate all possible electoral theft, 21 days to the epic August 8 polls,” reported the daily. “The Magufuli effect: Shifting regional politics,”...
(APA 07/17/17)
The arrest of 15 suspected cop killers dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Monday. The Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times and others said after an attack on two police officers at Abeka Lapaz, a suburb in Accra, which led to the death of one Constable Daniel Owusu, the police have arrested 15 people in an operation to arrest the killers. The suspects include a 27-year old female and some other Nigerian nationals. The Greater Accra Regional Police Command on Sunday undertook different exercises to arrest people suspected to be linked with a shooting incident that led to the shooting of two officers, resulting in the death of one. The Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III, said...
(RFI(EN) 07/17/17)
French police cancelled a concert by a Congolese singer on Saturday after violent protests around the venue by opponents of Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila. Paris's police service said they had called off the event after "unacceptable" overcrowding by demonstrators around the Olympia music venue ahead of a planned performance by Heritier Watanabe - who is viewed as being close to Kabila. Three people were arrested after a car was set on fire on a street near the venue, according to a police statement. Authorities had earlier banned protesters from gathering due to a "risk of upsetting public order." A lawyer for the venue told AFP that they had asked police to call off the concert "due to...

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