Tuesday 12 December 2017
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Haaretz 06/18/13)
More than 1,400 African migrants held in Israeli detention facilities have filed asylum requests to date. Until two weeks ago, state hadn't responded to any, but since it started, it has rejected every claim. Israel has rejected 17 asylum requests by African migrants being held in detention facilities over the past two weeks. Not a single request for asylum has been granted since the state began processing asylum seekers' claims two weeks ago. The vast majority of the 17 rejected requests appear to have been filed by Eritrean citizens who either evaded military service there or left the country illegally. The claimants were informed by the interior minister's advisory committee on refugee affairs that they do not meet the criteria...
(Shabait 06/18/13)
Asmara — The Ministry of Health indicated that it is exerting endeavors towards enhancing service quality on the basis of human resource development. Mr. Yemane Haile, Acting head of policy and planning as well as human resource development in the Ministry, pointed out that the Associate Nursing Schools in Barentu, Mendefera and Ginda have been graduating more than 200 youths with certificate annually with a view to furthering health service outreach in remote areas. He further disclosed that such graduates are provided with opportunities to upgrade their academic portfolio to diploma and Bachelor's Degree levels, while more than 150 staff members have studied Nursing and Management based on distance learning. Accordingly, the Ministry is in a position to nurture health...
(AFP (eng) 06/18/13)
This month somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa the one millionth baby will be born without HIV to a mother who suffers from the disease, thanks in large part to a decade-old US aid program. It is yet another remarkable step in the long fight against HIV and AIDS, as the United States and its global partners work towards what they call an AIDS-free generation, which just a decade ago would have been unimaginable. Mother-to-baby transmission has long been a source of concern among governments and organizations working to control the spread of HIV. But more effective anti-retroviral drugs and regimens are now dramatically cutting the chances of an infected mother passing on the disease to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding...
(Shabait 06/18/13)
Massawa — The Federations' branches in the Northern Red Sea region have called for integrated efforts towards nurturing competitive sportspersons. They made the call at a joint assessment meeting that witnessed participation of sportspersons and sub-zonal Administrators. The participants of the meeting scrutinized the work accomplishments in various sports domains over the past 4 years, conducted an in-depth discussion and put forth views pertaining to several issues. In a report he presented on the occasion, Mr. Hisabu Gebresilasie, sports commissioner in the region, pointed out that the Federations have so far registered remarkable accomplishments in their respective domains, especially pursuing sports management, coaching, children's football and construction of beach volleyball fields, among others. In the same vein, the National Sports...
(Shabait 06/18/13)
Hagaz — The inhabitants of Hagaz sub-zone said that they have finalized preparations for rain-fed farming. Among the inhabitants, Mr. Mohammed Afa Abdalla, Mr. Ahmed Saleh Ibrahim, Mr. Osman Mohammed-Nur and Mr. Zeru Girmai disclosed that the task was accomplished on the basis of integrated community-based undertaking. They further expressed readiness to sustain the initiative involving implementation of soil and water conservation techniques, and called on the local Administration to continue collaborating with them. Mr. Kidane Kibrom, head of the Agriculture Ministry's branch in the sub-zone, indicated that the accomplishment was made through carrying out a 5-month undertaking involving 3 working sessions a week. Subsequently, terraces have been built on more than 1,000 hectares, in addition to the construction of...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/17/13)
The United Nations Human Rights Council condemns Eritrea as the situation of freedom of expression and human rights has continued to deteriorate in Eritrea since the adoption of the last resolution by the Council in July 2012. The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on June 14, 2013 adopted by consensus a resolution in which it renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea for a period of one year and strongly condemned the continued widespread and systematic violations of human rights committed by the Eritrean authorities. Yet the government of Eritrea has consistently refused to cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea. As a concerned member State, Eritrea again refuted today's resolution...
(Sudan Tribune 06/17/13)
Addis Ababa — Ethiopian-based Eritrean opposition group, the Eritrean Islamic Reform Movement, on Saturday reiterated allegations that Sudanese authorities have arrested eight of its leading members. The group's leader in Addis Ababa, Mohamed Nur, told Sudan Tribune that the movement's members and leaders were detained on 8 June from their homes in Kassala town. Nur said they were detained after Sudanese security forces raided their homes early on Saturday at about 7:30am [local time]. "We have no Idea why they were arrested and we don't know where they are being held", he said. Abdel-Gadir Mohamed, the group's military wing chief, was among those arrested, the opposition official further said. It is not yet clear why the members were detained, but...
(Shabait 06/17/13)
Asmara — Eritrean community members in Jeddah and its environ conducted on 13 June 6th regular congress. During the meeting Mr. Abdurahman Osman, General Council of Eritrean Embassy in Jeddah, explained that community strength would only be realized through active participation of members, and called on members to strive more efforts for the development of the community. The participants on their part, after thoroughly discussing on the reports presented, conducted extensive discussion and elected central community members for two years term. The Eritrean community in Jeddah and its environ was established in 1995 and involves in preserving Eritrean value and culture as well as participating in solving problems that members could face.
(Shabait 06/17/13)
Asmara — The Public Transport branch in the Central region stated that all villages have become beneficiaries of transport service following the import of new buses and opening of a number of new routes. Mr. Kibrom Segid, managing director of the branch office, pointed out that new routes were opened from Asmara to Arbe-Rebue, Beleza, Wekerti, Weki and Guritat villages last year, and that the current beneficiary villages of the new transport service reached 16. He further indicated that more than 70 buses and 25 minibuses are dispatched for rural transport by the office on daily basis, and thus serving more than 180 people a day. Among the inhabitants, Ms. Askalu Beyene, Mr. Amanuel Ande, Ms. Liya Negasi, Mr. Semere...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(Shabait 06/14/13)
Asmara, 14 June 2013 – Presidents Isaias Afwerki and Field Marshal Omar Hassan Al-Beshir yesterday held the first round of talks at the State House focusing on fostering bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest to both countries. In line with the prevailing strong ties and cooperation, the two leaders conducted in-depth discussion pertaining to the reinforcement of programs that would give higher impetus to the existing bilateral cooperation in the domains of trade, transport, tourism, education and health. Moreover, they agreed to further deepen and strengthen the on-going cooperation between the neighboring Eritrean and Sudanese regions under the guidance and follow-up of both leaders. Meanwhile, President Omar Hassan Al-Beshir and members of his delegation today attended prayer service at...
(Shabait 06/14/13)
Massawa — A total of 203 youths have become beneficiaries of diverse training programs in the Northern Red Sea region. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mr. Ahmed Jaefer, head of the NUEYS branch in the region, stated that the Union has been enhancing integrated endeavors towards nurturing dynamic youths, and said that the youth should step up participation in national development programs. Likewise, Mr. Dejen Gebru, head of the Union's branch in Massawa sub-zone, pointed out that the training involved basics of computer, electricity, music and hairdressing. A representative of the trainees expressed her colleagues' readiness to develop the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their respective careers. In closing remarks, Mr. Kibrom Andemichael, Managing Director of the region,...
(Sudan Tribune 06/13/13)
Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir begins on Thursday a three-day visit to Asmara where he will hold meetings with the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki over bilateral relations between the two neighbours. According to the Sudanese presidency Bashir’s delegation includes his presidency’ affairs minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, foreign affairs minister Ali Karti and the director of intelligence and security services Mohamed Atta. "The two leaders will discuss the path of bilateral relations and ways to enhance joint cooperation between the two countries", reported the state news agency SUNA on Wednesday. This week, Al-Ayam newspaper disclosed that Afwerki had refused to allow SPLM-N rebels to open a new front against Bashir’s regime in eastern Sudan from his western border. The independent daily reported...
(Africatime 06/13/13)
HITSATS, Ethiopia, June 13 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has opened a new camp in northern Ethiopia to house the increasing number of Eritrean refugees entering the country. A total 776 Eritrean refugees have already been transferred to Hitsats Camp, which can house up to 20,000 refugees. "This is a big step forward in the protection of Eritrean refugees in this area," said Michael Owor, head of UNHCR's sub-office in Shire, which has erected 200 family tents and dug a communal well to handle the arrival of the new refugees at the camp on land provided by the Ethiopian government. The government has also set up a temporary medical clinic and reception facilities for arriving refugees. So far this...
(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...

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