Saturday 24 June 2017
(Capitalfm Business 06/13/13)
Eight members of an Eritrean opposition movement have been arrested in Sudan’s border region, a leader of the exile group said on Wednesday. They were detained on Saturday around Kassala town, said a leader of the Eritrean Islamic Reform Movement, who asked not to be named. He said all the detainees are members of the group’s military wing and include its chief, Abu Abbas. Sudanese state security agents surrounded their homes and took them away, the activist said. “Since then there has been no contact with their families. We are worried about them,” he said. A United Nations expert said last week that the “dire” human rights situation in Eritrea is leaving its citizens no option but to flee. Sheila...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Shabait 06/10/13)
Reports indicated that extensive livestock vaccination campaigns have been conducted in Debarwa and Mai-Aini sub-zones targeting internal and external parasites. Accordingly, the campaign in Debarwa area, in which higher awareness of farmers was witnessed, involved 31 stations. Mr. Andebirhan Gebreyesus from the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in Debarwa sub-zone disclosed that more than 82,000 livestock have been immunized, and called on farmers to do away with unwarranted use of medicines. Mr. Woldeab Bekuretsion, Administrator of Adi-Logo area, said that such accomplishment would have remarkable impact in raising productivity in the domain of dairy, and called for the consistency of the initiative. Meanwhile, it is believed that more than 90% of livestock in Mai-Aini sub-zone have been immunized through the recent campaign,...
(Shabait 06/10/13)
In the celebrations they conducted in connection with 22nd Independence Day, Eritrean community members in Lausanne, Switzerland, expressed readiness to back up national development programs. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sileshi Idris, Head of PFDJ in that country, indicated that the Eritrean people have paid heavy sacrifice to bring independence and safeguarding sovereignty, and that to date they are heavily engaged in efforts to see developed and investment center Eritrea. Likewise, Bereket Woldeyohannes, Head of the office of the Eritrean Embassy in Switzerland, gave extensive explanation on the investment opportunities provided by the Government for nationals and called on citizens to use the opportunity by investing in the Homeland. The event in which the nationals expressed their commitment to stand...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Hrw 06/07/13)
The Eritrean government remains among the worst human rights violators in the world. The report of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea confirms the patterns of abuses that Human Rights Watch and other independent observers have documented over the past 15 years. As the Rapporteur noted, there is a "blatant disrespect for human rights in Eritrea" that requires "fundamental reform." Eritrea will receive its Universal Periodic Review this year and, sadly, the concerns raised in 2009 remain all too relevant. No effort has been made by the government of Eritrea to address the concerns raised by states during the last UPR. International humanitarian and human rights organizations have almost no access to Eritrea and the country has no independent media or...
(Shabait 06/07/13)
Asmara — The National General Examination was conducted yesterday and today nationwide and in the Eritrean community schools in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Kifle Mekonen, head of national examinations at the Ministry of Education, disclosed that more than 60,000 candidates comprising day and evening students, as well as EDF members sat for the examination in 332 testing centers, including those in Saudi Arabia. He went on to indicate that females constitute 45% of the total number, and expressed appreciation for the active participation of parents, teachers and students in the process. Accordingly, the examination witnessed appreciable self-confidence on the part of students. Among students, Tedros Habtetsion, Senae Adem, Siham Jemal and Seid Jabir said that they made ample...
(News24 06/07/13)
Geneva - Brutal government repression in Eritrea, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, is leaving its citizens with no option but to flee, a UN expert said on Wednesday. "The human rights situation in Eritrea is dire," Sheila Keetharuth told reporters in Geneva, where the UN's top human rights body was debating the situation, noting that thousands have fled despite a shoot-to-kill policy for those trying to cross into neighbouring Ethiopia or Sudan. Keetharuth, the UN's first special rapporteur on the rights situation in the autocratic Horn of Africa country, called on the international community to engage directly with Eritrean authorities and urged African nations especially to explore how they might be able to help improve the situation. But...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Asmarino Independent 06/07/13)
Kicking the Eritrean consul out of Canada won't stop expats here from being shaken down for money by the long arm of the Eritrean government, say Winnipeg human rights activists. "This is a half-hearted measure," said Ghirmay Yeibio. The Eritrean consul was acting on instructions from a regime notorious for human rights violations and sanctioned by the UN for supporting a terrorist organization, said Yeibio. "He's just the messenger." Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Wednesday Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael, consul and head of the Eritrean Consulate General in Toronto must leave Canada by June 5. "Canada has repeatedly made clear to Eritrea to respect international sanctions and Canadian law," a foreign affairs press release said. "The Eritrean government is...
(Shabait 06/06/13)
During a tour he made in Mendefera sub-zone, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, called on farmers to reinforce soil and water conservation undertakings. He investigated the accomplishments made through popular undertakings as regards soil and water conservation in Ginabale and Dandre-Genet villages, besides the farm of an exemplary farmer, Mr. Yosef Berhane, in Laelai-Adi-Zarna. Moreover, Mr. Mekonen Fisehaye, from the Ministry’s branch in the sub-zone, gave briefings in the course of the Minister’s visit. Reports indicated that the exemplary farmer engaged in livestock production and fattening, as well as poultry farming has constructed a micro-dam at an expenditure of 1 million Nakfa. Mr. Fasil Kiflai, who has been following up the construction of the micro-dam, expressed appreciation for...
(Shabait 06/06/13)
Eritrean community members in the Us cities of Dallas and Columbus, as well as Munich, Germany, celebrated the 22nd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal. In the celebrations in Dallas and Columbus which adequately depicted national values and witnessed significant participation of youths and children, the community members reiterated their pledge of backing national development endeavors. Moreover, the nationals said that the event is being celebrated at a time when external conspiracies have ended up in fiasco, and that the development accomplishments being registered in the Homeland have been portrayed through the activities staged in the celebration. Meanwhile, the Eritrean community members in Munich city expressed appreciation for the national development drive which is focused on ensuring social justice, and...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(Shabait 06/05/13)
Asmara — The inhabitants of Dandiere-Genet, Mendefera sub-zone, said that the new pond in the village has ensured remarkable water supply for humans and livestock. It is to be recalled that the inhabitants recently expanded the scope of the pond on the basis of integrating their financial and labor resources. Among the inhabitants, Mr. Abraham Teklehaimanot and Isaias Debesai stated that the community is thus far engaged in popular ventures targeting enrichment of water resources and raising food production capacity. Mr. Mekonen Fisehaye, soil and water conservation expert in the sub-zone, disclosed that the ongoing undertaking involved renovation of two ponds, restoring erosion-hit slopes, as well as construction of terraces and water catchment walls. Moreover, the community-led task is expected...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(Shabait 06/04/13)
Asmara, 4 June 2013 – Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and Crown Prince Sheik Tamim bin Hamid Al-Thani, as well as the country’s Premier and Foreign Minister, Sheik Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani respectively sent messages of congratulations to the people and Government of Eritrea in connection with the 22nd anniversary of Independence Day. In his message to President Isaias Afwerki on behalf of the people and Government of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani wished President Isaias good health as well as peace and prosperity to the Eritrean people. Likewise, President Karolos Papoulias of Greece and the Chairman of the Pakistan National Assembly, Dr. Fehmida Mirza , sent messages of congratulation to the people and Government of Eritrea.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/04/13)
An unidentified country has agreed to take in Eritrean illegal immigrants living in Israel, according to Israeli court documents. Humanitarian agencies say many of the 60,000 African migrants who have walked into Israel from Egypt should be considered for asylum. Israel regards most of them as illegal job-seekers, and a national debate on deporting them has stirred strong emotions in a Jewish state founded by war refugees and immigrants. At a Supreme Court hearing on Sunday on the legality of detaining asylum-seekers who entered Israel surreptitiously, a government lawyer said a deal to resettle “infiltrators from Eritrea” had been reached with a country she did not identify. Israeli government officials declined to comment, but local media speculated that the statement...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...

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