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(AFP (eng) 10/30/14)
Members of the west African community in New York complained Wednesday that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola. Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October 8 of the disease in a Texas hospital. Two nurses who treated him became infected, though recovered, and a US doctor who returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea was diagnosed with the virus last week. In the face of public panic, some US states and the Pentagon have imposed quarantine rules for people returning from Ebola-afflicted countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/14)
East Africa's Serengeti and Maasai Mara safari parks are as far if not further from the Ebola outbreak in the west of the continent than much of Europe which supplies the tourists, but you'd hardly guess that from the slump in bookings. In Tanzania and Kenya, tour operators say tented camps and luxury lodges where lion and elephant saunter past are surviving on visitors who have not yet written off the whole continent because of an outbreak that struck 5,000 km away. "The probability of dying from a tree falling on your head is probably higher than going on a...
(Voice of America 10/30/14)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is due to meet with European Union leaders and give an address Thursday in Brussels calling for more resources to combat the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,900 people in West Africa. The stop in Belgium follows her visits in the past week to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the vast majority of the nearly 14,000 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have occurred. She met Wednesday with...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying...
(The Associated Press 10/29/14)
In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control. International aid workers who recently visited Meliandou say nothing is normal anymore and that families have been ripped apart by the devastating toll of the virus. The first known victim of the current outbreak was 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno, who lived in the picturesque forest village with his parents and three sisters, including 4-year-old...
(BBC News Africa 10/29/14)
The US has praised Ebola-hit West African nations and foreign donors for their efforts in tackling the outbreak. America's UN envoy Samantha Power, on a visit to the region, said Liberia and Sierra Leone had hugely increased the number of safe burials - one of the main ways the virus is transmitted. Ms Power said international aid was helping to combat the disease, and urged donors to continue to help. The disease has killed roughly 5,000 people in the region...
(AFP (eng) 10/29/14)
Straining to hear the radio held to his ear, Wesley Wudea gestures for his grandchildren to be silent as he picks up rare tips on Ebola prevention in his own language. In Liberia, at the centre of the west African outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca. "They don't mainly understand the words (radio stations) used in English. Some people...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/14)
World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim made an impassioned plea Tuesday for thousands more medics to help fight the Ebola epidemic in west Africa, saying it was a global crisis that needed a global response. Kim also warned against knee-jerk panic in response to the highly contagious virus which has killed nearly 5,000 people in the outbreak centred in west Africa. "This is not an African crisis... it is a global crisis," said Kim, who is visiting Ethiopia along with...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/14)
A Cuban man working in Guinea to help battle the killer Ebola virus has died of malaria, the west African nation said on Monday. Jorge Juan Guerra Rodriguez, 60, was working as an administrator with a team of Cuban medical personnel sent to west Africa this month to stem the spread of the virus. He died of cerebral malaria on Sunday, the Guinean government's Ebola response coordinator Sakoba Keita and Cuban officials told AFP. "He will be buried here in...
(The Associated Press 10/28/14)
An Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are being isolated at the base in Italy upon returning from serving in West Africa to help with the Ebola fight. The general and his staff were met by Italian security officials wearing full hazardous materials suits when they arrived in Vicenza, Italy, over the weekend, a senior military official said Monday. Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander who led the U.S. response in Liberia, and the members of his...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(Voice of America 10/27/14)
The first batch of Cuban doctors has arrived in the Guinean capital - as part of the international assistance plan to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This first contingent of Cuban doctors is comprised mainly of epidemiologists - who are establishing testing laboratories in various hot zones. Their arrival comes as Guinea is experiencing a new surge in Ebola cases, after briefly starting to get the virus under control back in August. Guinea has reported more than...
(Voice of America 10/27/14)
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is calling attention to the need for a greater response to the Ebola outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. Samantha Power posted on Twitter early Monday after spending a day in Guinea that the "scale of need is staggering" and that the "most basic resources will help save lives." She is on a multi-stop tour this week of the worst-hit countries, including Sierra Leone and Liberia. Power also highlighted...
(Ventures-Africa 10/27/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – In the past 6 weeks, at least four potential nuclear deals have been initiated in three African countries. Understandably, the power situation on the continent has reached a tipping point where the private and public sector are making persistent efforts to boost power production in a sustainable fashion; and nuclear energy is gaining prominence among their list of options. South Africa, which already has one operational nuclear plant, has initiated two nuclear deals, one with Russia and...
(African Brains 10/25/14)
Pretoria – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the urgent need to accelerate focused investment in research in Africa. This as the world is grappling with containing the virus that is devastating West Africa, with a death toll standing at over 4 000 currently. Most of the victims are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Speaking at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) celebration of 60 years of peace and...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
European Union leaders agreed Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said. "EU will increase financial help to 1.0 billion euros to fight Ebola in West Africa," Van Rompuy tweeted on the second day of an EU leaders' summit in Brussels. The 28 member states and the European Commission have already pledged nearly 600 million euros to pay for medical staff and facilities...
(AFP 10/24/14)
L'Union européenne va porter son aide financière pour combattre Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest à un milliard d'euros, a annoncé vendredi le président du Conseil européen, Herman Van Rompuy. Le cap du milliard avait été fixé par le Premier ministre britannique, David Cameron, alors que la contribution européenne s'établissait jusqu'à présent autour de 600 millions d'euros. Selon la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel, les dirigeants européens devaient aussi s'entendre sur "combien de personnel" l'Europe est en mesure de déployer dans les...
(The Guardian 10/24/14)
Research in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal suggests current efforts will not bring the outbreak under control. The international response to the Ebola epidemic in west Africa is too slow and providing too few beds for the sick to stop the soaring number of cases and deaths, scientists say. A paper in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal models the response in Montserrado, Liberia, against the spread of the virus and warns that current efforts will not bring the outbreak...
(Business Day Online 10/24/14)
The rally in African debt markets has come to an abrupt halt as countries in the west of the continent battle to contain the spread of Ebola. Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has seen prices fall for its dollar-denominated government debt, pushing the yield up from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent in the space of about a week the Financial Times reports. Ghana has deferred the sale of a local currency bond scheduled...

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(Voice of America 10/30/14)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is due to meet with European Union leaders and give an address Thursday in Brussels calling for more resources to combat the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,900 people in West Africa. The stop in Belgium follows her visits in the past week to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the vast majority of the nearly 14,000 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have occurred. She met Wednesday with the chief of the U.N.'s Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Anthony Banbury, at the mission's headquarters in Accra, Ghana, where the two toured an aid warehouse and gave an update on response efforts. Banbury said...
(The Associated Press 10/29/14)
In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control. International aid workers who recently visited Meliandou say nothing is normal anymore and that families have been ripped apart by the devastating toll of the virus. The first known victim of the current outbreak was 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno, who lived in the picturesque forest village with his parents and three sisters, including 4-year-old Philomene. According to the World Health Organization, the boy fell sick last December with a mysterious illness that caused fever,...
(BBC News Africa 10/29/14)
The US has praised Ebola-hit West African nations and foreign donors for their efforts in tackling the outbreak. America's UN envoy Samantha Power, on a visit to the region, said Liberia and Sierra Leone had hugely increased the number of safe burials - one of the main ways the virus is transmitted. Ms Power said international aid was helping to combat the disease, and urged donors to continue to help. The disease has killed roughly 5,000 people in the region...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/14)
World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim made an impassioned plea Tuesday for thousands more medics to help fight the Ebola epidemic in west Africa, saying it was a global crisis that needed a global response. Kim also warned against knee-jerk panic in response to the highly contagious virus which has killed nearly 5,000 people in the outbreak centred in west Africa. "This is not an African crisis... it is a global crisis," said Kim, who is visiting Ethiopia along with...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/14)
A Cuban man working in Guinea to help battle the killer Ebola virus has died of malaria, the west African nation said on Monday. Jorge Juan Guerra Rodriguez, 60, was working as an administrator with a team of Cuban medical personnel sent to west Africa this month to stem the spread of the virus. He died of cerebral malaria on Sunday, the Guinean government's Ebola response coordinator Sakoba Keita and Cuban officials told AFP. "He will be buried here in...
(The Associated Press 10/28/14)
An Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are being isolated at the base in Italy upon returning from serving in West Africa to help with the Ebola fight. The general and his staff were met by Italian security officials wearing full hazardous materials suits when they arrived in Vicenza, Italy, over the weekend, a senior military official said Monday. Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the commander who led the U.S. response in Liberia, and the members of his...
(Voice of America 10/27/14)
The first batch of Cuban doctors has arrived in the Guinean capital - as part of the international assistance plan to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This first contingent of Cuban doctors is comprised mainly of epidemiologists - who are establishing testing laboratories in various hot zones. Their arrival comes as Guinea is experiencing a new surge in Ebola cases, after briefly starting to get the virus under control back in August. Guinea has reported more than...
(Voice of America 10/27/14)
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is calling attention to the need for a greater response to the Ebola outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. Samantha Power posted on Twitter early Monday after spending a day in Guinea that the "scale of need is staggering" and that the "most basic resources will help save lives." She is on a multi-stop tour this week of the worst-hit countries, including Sierra Leone and Liberia. Power also highlighted...
(African Brains 10/25/14)
Pretoria – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the urgent need to accelerate focused investment in research in Africa. This as the world is grappling with containing the virus that is devastating West Africa, with a death toll standing at over 4 000 currently. Most of the victims are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Speaking at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) celebration of 60 years of peace and...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
European Union leaders agreed Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said. "EU will increase financial help to 1.0 billion euros to fight Ebola in West Africa," Van Rompuy tweeted on the second day of an EU leaders' summit in Brussels. The 28 member states and the European Commission have already pledged nearly 600 million euros to pay for medical staff and facilities...
(AFP 10/24/14)
L'Union européenne va porter son aide financière pour combattre Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest à un milliard d'euros, a annoncé vendredi le président du Conseil européen, Herman Van Rompuy. Le cap du milliard avait été fixé par le Premier ministre britannique, David Cameron, alors que la contribution européenne s'établissait jusqu'à présent autour de 600 millions d'euros. Selon la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel, les dirigeants européens devaient aussi s'entendre sur "combien de personnel" l'Europe est en mesure de déployer dans les...
(The Guardian 10/24/14)
Research in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal suggests current efforts will not bring the outbreak under control. The international response to the Ebola epidemic in west Africa is too slow and providing too few beds for the sick to stop the soaring number of cases and deaths, scientists say. A paper in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal models the response in Montserrado, Liberia, against the spread of the virus and warns that current efforts will not bring the outbreak...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
African nations will send more than 1,000 health workers to Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the head of the African Union Commission said Thursday. "Several African member states have pledged to send in a number of health workers to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, including DR Congo which will send around 1,000 workers in three groups," Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told reporters in Freetown. "Though we are awaiting other responses, East Africa has responded and pledged more than 600 health workers,"...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
The families of every Guinean health worker who has died in the Ebola outbreak will be compensated for their loss with $10,000 (7,800 euros), the government said Wednesday. A total of 42 families are currently eligible for the payout, said Sakoba Keita, the minister in charge of the government's Ebola response in Guinea, one of three countries most affected by the outbreak. The figure includes the eight members of an Ebola education team who were killed last month when they...
(The Guardian 10/23/14)
Fears are growing that the economic impact of the Ebola crisis could lead to unrest and political crises in west African countries. Farmers in Liberia are too frightened to work together in their fields, fertilisers and seeds are stuck on the other side of closed borders, markets are almost empty, people have less money because jobs that involve physical contact with others are disappearing, and prices for everything from cassava to palm oil are rising. It’s a devastating chain reaction...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/22/14)
The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
The Ebola epidemic will take at least four months to contain even if all necessary steps are taken, the global head of the Red Cross said Wednesday, warning of "the price for inaction". The deadliest-ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever has claimed more than 4,500 lives in West Africa, and experts warn the rate of infections could reach 10,000 a week by early December. There is no licensed vaccine or cure for Ebola, which has also spread in several isolated...
(BBC News Africa 10/22/14)
The World Health Organisation is set to hold emergency talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting will assess the efforts so far to control the virus, which continues to spread in the worst affected countries in West Africa. New rules in the US require travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to arrive at one of five airports. Meanwhile a curfew has been imposed in a town in Sierra Leone after two people were shot dead in riots on...
(AL Jazeera 10/22/14)
A Cuban medical team is set to arrive in Liberia to help tackle the spread of the Ebola virus, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. The ministry said a 52-member team comprising doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, intensive care doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, pediatricians, intensive care nurses, anesthetists and licensed nurses will arrive in the capital on Wednesday. The statement said the ministry was informed of the medical team's imminent arrival by Jorge Fernando Lefebre Nicolas, Cuban ambassador to Liberia. The ambassador said the arrival signalled his government's strong solidarity with Liberia.
(The Associated Press 10/21/14)
Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either underway or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December. If the vaccines are declared safe,...

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(AFP (eng) 10/30/14)
East Africa's Serengeti and Maasai Mara safari parks are as far if not further from the Ebola outbreak in the west of the continent than much of Europe which supplies the tourists, but you'd hardly guess that from the slump in bookings. In Tanzania and Kenya, tour operators say tented camps and luxury lodges where lion and elephant saunter past are surviving on visitors who have not yet written off the whole continent because of an outbreak that struck 5,000 km away. "The probability of dying from a tree falling on your head is probably higher than going on a safari in the Serengeti and catching Ebola," said John Corse of Nomad Tanzania, one of...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying to do is bringing together the support available from a number of US agencies. But in a sense really it’s...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(Ventures-Africa 10/27/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – In the past 6 weeks, at least four potential nuclear deals have been initiated in three African countries. Understandably, the power situation on the continent has reached a tipping point where the private and public sector are making persistent efforts to boost power production in a sustainable fashion; and nuclear energy is gaining prominence among their list of options. South Africa, which already has one operational nuclear plant, has initiated two nuclear deals, one with Russia and...
(Business Day Online 10/24/14)
The rally in African debt markets has come to an abrupt halt as countries in the west of the continent battle to contain the spread of Ebola. Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has seen prices fall for its dollar-denominated government debt, pushing the yield up from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent in the space of about a week the Financial Times reports. Ghana has deferred the sale of a local currency bond scheduled...
(Ventures-Africa 10/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The first ever African Women in Real Estate Network is set to increase participation and opportunities for women in the sector, according to Ruth Obih, CEO of 3Invest, a service real estate consulting and investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Referred to with the acronym A.W.I.R.E., the network was launched at the recently concluded Real Estate Unite, arguably the largest gathering of real estate professionals in Africa. “If we in the real estate are committed to our...
(SouthAfrica.info 10/23/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate. Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating...
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(Cnbc Africa 10/21/14)
The group warned that the overall positive outlook being overshadowed by pockets of acute difficulty in a few countries. “In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is exacting a heavy human and economic toll. In addition, the security situation continues to be difficult in some countries, including the Central African Republic and South Sudan,” said the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report also said, in a few other countries activity was facing headwinds from domestic policies. “In South...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/14)
Food prices have climbed by an average of 24 percent across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, forcing some families to reduce their intake to one meal a day, a World Food Program spokeswoman said Friday. The sobering news was offset somewhat by reports Friday that the outbreak has been contained in Senegal and that four people suspected of infection have tested negative in Spain. The food-producing regions of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
Air Cote d’Ivoire will resume flights to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia later this month, making it easier for aid workers to travel to the countries worst hit by Ebola after most carriers scrapped their routes. The airline partly owned by Air France-KLM (AF) will fly to Guinea from Oct. 20, spokeswoman Ruth Domagni said by phone from Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital. The carrier will offer services to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone from Oct. 26,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/14)
The president of Guinea, one of the West African nations hard-hit by the Ebola crisis, met Friday with IMF Director Christine Lagarde, who promised the organization was "ready to do more if needed." The virus, which emerged in Guinea at the start of the year, has infected around 1,300 Guineans, killing 768 of them. Global aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Thursday a surge of Ebola cases in Guinea had pushed its treatment unit in the capital Conakry near...
(Business Day 10/11/14)
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the agriculture sector is viewed by many countries as a way to: Diversify their economies away from...
(Bloomberg 10/10/14)
West African countries are almost powerless to prevent illegal fishing that is depleting stocks and robbing states of revenue, according to a fisheries expert who is visiting the region. “In most West African countries, surveillance and monitoring is almost zero, most African countries don’t even have a single vessel, or even a small craft,” Professor Daniel Pauly, a fisheries specialist from University of British Columbia, said by phone from the Namibian town of Swakopmund. An inability to enforce quotas results...

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(AFP (eng) 10/30/14)
Members of the west African community in New York complained Wednesday that their children were being bullied at school and businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola. Panic has gripped many Americans since a Liberian citizen brought the killer virus into the country and died on October 8 of the disease in a Texas hospital. Two nurses who treated him became infected, though recovered, and a US doctor who returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea was diagnosed with the virus last week. In the face of public panic, some US states and the Pentagon have imposed quarantine rules for people returning from Ebola-afflicted countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November, before the emergence of the qualified teams. The top two finishers from each of the seven groups, plus the best...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/14)
Guinea and Sierra Leone will host 2015 Africa Cup of Nations matchday 3 qualifiers in Morocco and Cameroon because of the Ebola epidemic, the organisers said Wednesday. A Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said Guinea would play Ghana on October 11 at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca. Guinea defeated Togo at the same venue this month in a previous Group E home match. Sierra Leone will face Group D leaders Cameroon on October 10 at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
KAMPALA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's national football team, Cranes on Wednesday stopped Guinea 2-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier. South African based professional Geoffrey Massa netted a brace in the Group E match played at the 42,500-seater Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Massa put the home side 1-0 up after 21 minutes when he capitalized on a Godfrey Walusimbi cross to finish at close range. The Guinea team battled back strongly but failed to penetrate the...
(Voice of America 09/05/14)
Nearly 200 experts on Ebola are meeting in Switzerland to discuss possible cures and vaccines for the deadly disease, as the number of cases in West Africa continues to rise. The World Health Organization says the two-day conference in Geneva is to review recent developments in possible treatments for Ebola and identify the most important actions that need to be taken. On Thursday, the gathering’s opening day, the WHO called for drug companies and regulatory agencies to collaborate in speeding...
(CNN 09/05/14)
(CNN) -- Tests of an experimental Ebola vaccine began this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa. On Thursday, a third volunteer will receive a dose of the vaccine. The first volunteer, a 39-year-old woman, received a dose Tuesday; the second volunteer, a 27-year-old woman, received her dose Wednesday. Seven more will be given the vaccine next week. The NIH hopes to have 20 volunteers enrolled and...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(The Associated Press 08/11/14)
LOME, Togo (AP) — Fearful Togo officials have asked the African soccer confederation to move a game out of Ebola-affected Guinea as the outbreak of the deadly disease threatens to badly disrupt the African Cup's final qualifying round. Games involving Sierra Leone are already under scrutiny after that country said it would not host any soccer matches until further notice because of Ebola. The Togo soccer federation's request refers to its first game of the final group stage in Guinea...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...
(AFP (eng) 04/02/14)
GENEVA, April 2, 2014 (AFP) - Five new cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been recorded in Guinea in the past 24 hours, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The total number of suspected and confirmed cases of one of the deadliest viruses known to man has risen to 127 in the country, with 83 people now known to have died, the UN's public health agency said. No treatment or vaccine is available for the virus, and the UN...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
Guinea national football team coach, Michel Dussuyer, has called up 22 players to camp in preparation for an international friendly match against Iran on 5 March in Teheran. Iran will play in the 2014 World Cup to be hosted by Brazil. The Guinean delegation will leave Conakry on Saturday for a training stint in German before flying to the Iranian capital, Teheran. Followed is the list of 22 players invited, most of them based abroad: Goalkeepers: Abdoul Aziz Kéita (ASK)...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(PANA 02/19/14)
Conakry, Guinea - Guinean national football team coach Michel Dussuyer, whose contract ended on 31 Dec. 2013, has been given an 18-month extension with the objective of qualifying the team for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco, PANA reported Tuesday. The extension came despite a string of poor results by the coach, including his failure to qualify Guinea for this year African Nations Championship in South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Also, the Sily...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...

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(AFP (eng) 10/29/14)
Straining to hear the radio held to his ear, Wesley Wudea gestures for his grandchildren to be silent as he picks up rare tips on Ebola prevention in his own language. In Liberia, at the centre of the west African outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca. "They don't mainly understand the words (radio stations) used in English. Some people don't even understand a single English word," says the 61-year-old, in his own stumbling attempt at his country's official language. Wudea is rare among his countrymen, for only an estimated 20 percent of the population...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 10/30/14)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is due to meet with European Union leaders and give an address Thursday in Brussels calling for more resources to combat the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,900 people in West Africa. The stop in Belgium follows her visits in the past week to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the vast majority of the nearly 14,000 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have occurred. She met Wednesday with the chief of the U.N.'s Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Anthony Banbury, at the mission's headquarters in Accra, Ghana, where the two toured an aid warehouse and gave an update on response efforts. Banbury said...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying to do is bringing together the support available from a number of US agencies. But in a sense really it’s...
(BBC News Africa 10/29/14)
The US has praised Ebola-hit West African nations and foreign donors for their efforts in tackling the outbreak. America's UN envoy Samantha Power, on a visit to the region, said Liberia and Sierra Leone had hugely increased the number of safe burials - one of the main ways the virus is transmitted. Ms Power said international aid was helping to combat the disease, and urged donors to continue to help. The disease has killed roughly 5,000 people in the region...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(Voice of America 10/27/14)
The first batch of Cuban doctors has arrived in the Guinean capital - as part of the international assistance plan to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This first contingent of Cuban doctors is comprised mainly of epidemiologists - who are establishing testing laboratories in various hot zones. Their arrival comes as Guinea is experiencing a new surge in Ebola cases, after briefly starting to get the virus under control back in August. Guinea has reported more than...
(Voice of America 10/27/14)
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is calling attention to the need for a greater response to the Ebola outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa. Samantha Power posted on Twitter early Monday after spending a day in Guinea that the "scale of need is staggering" and that the "most basic resources will help save lives." She is on a multi-stop tour this week of the worst-hit countries, including Sierra Leone and Liberia. Power also highlighted...
(Ventures-Africa 10/27/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – In the past 6 weeks, at least four potential nuclear deals have been initiated in three African countries. Understandably, the power situation on the continent has reached a tipping point where the private and public sector are making persistent efforts to boost power production in a sustainable fashion; and nuclear energy is gaining prominence among their list of options. South Africa, which already has one operational nuclear plant, has initiated two nuclear deals, one with Russia and...
(The Guardian 10/24/14)
Research in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal suggests current efforts will not bring the outbreak under control. The international response to the Ebola epidemic in west Africa is too slow and providing too few beds for the sick to stop the soaring number of cases and deaths, scientists say. A paper in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal models the response in Montserrado, Liberia, against the spread of the virus and warns that current efforts will not bring the outbreak...
(The Guardian 10/23/14)
Fears are growing that the economic impact of the Ebola crisis could lead to unrest and political crises in west African countries. Farmers in Liberia are too frightened to work together in their fields, fertilisers and seeds are stuck on the other side of closed borders, markets are almost empty, people have less money because jobs that involve physical contact with others are disappearing, and prices for everything from cassava to palm oil are rising. It’s a devastating chain reaction...
(Ventures-Africa 10/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The first ever African Women in Real Estate Network is set to increase participation and opportunities for women in the sector, according to Ruth Obih, CEO of 3Invest, a service real estate consulting and investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Referred to with the acronym A.W.I.R.E., the network was launched at the recently concluded Real Estate Unite, arguably the largest gathering of real estate professionals in Africa. “If we in the real estate are committed to our...
(BBC News Africa 10/22/14)
The World Health Organisation is set to hold emergency talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting will assess the efforts so far to control the virus, which continues to spread in the worst affected countries in West Africa. New rules in the US require travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to arrive at one of five airports. Meanwhile a curfew has been imposed in a town in Sierra Leone after two people were shot dead in riots on...
(AL Jazeera 10/22/14)
A Cuban medical team is set to arrive in Liberia to help tackle the spread of the Ebola virus, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. The ministry said a 52-member team comprising doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, intensive care doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, pediatricians, intensive care nurses, anesthetists and licensed nurses will arrive in the capital on Wednesday. The statement said the ministry was informed of the medical team's imminent arrival by Jorge Fernando Lefebre Nicolas, Cuban ambassador to Liberia. The ambassador said the arrival signalled his government's strong solidarity with Liberia.
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(Cnbc Africa 10/21/14)
The group warned that the overall positive outlook being overshadowed by pockets of acute difficulty in a few countries. “In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is exacting a heavy human and economic toll. In addition, the security situation continues to be difficult in some countries, including the Central African Republic and South Sudan,” said the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report also said, in a few other countries activity was facing headwinds from domestic policies. “In South...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
Air Cote d’Ivoire will resume flights to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia later this month, making it easier for aid workers to travel to the countries worst hit by Ebola after most carriers scrapped their routes. The airline partly owned by Air France-KLM (AF) will fly to Guinea from Oct. 20, spokeswoman Ruth Domagni said by phone from Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital. The carrier will offer services to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone from Oct. 26,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(The Wall Street Journal 10/16/14)
The Head of the American Military’s 101st Airborne Division Takes Over Operations This Weekend. After almost a month in Liberia, U.S. troops have completed construction on a 25-bed medical facility to treat health-care workers who come into contact with Ebola and are running five mobile labs that expedite tests for the deadly virus. The Pentagon effort against Ebola will enter its next phase this weekend, when the head of the American military’s 101st Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, arrives...

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