| Africatime
Sunday 26 April 2015
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa and Nigeria, where about nine-in-ten have a cell phone.” Mobile phone penetration in South Africa and Nigeria, in fact, rivals that of the U.S., where 89 percent of American adults own a cell phone. Over...
(Bloomberg 04/25/15)
United Nations officials criticized the European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea for emphasizing border protection without a comprehensive plan to resettle refugees. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday pledged to send naval patrols to disrupt trafficking networks and destroy vessels before they’re used by traffickers. They also tripled their annual funding for the bloc’s Mediterranean border patrol and assistance measures to 120 million euros ($130 million). “Destroying boats is only a very short-sighted solution” to combating smugglers who “continue to skillfully adapt, as long as there is a market to exploit,” Francois Crépeau and Maria Grazia, UN experts on migrants’ rights and human trafficking, said in a statement Friday. The emergency funding increase may...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
CONAKRY— Guinean security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the opposition stronghold of Labe on Thursday, beating one man to death, the government said. "His friends got away but he was captured and beaten in the heat of the moment," said Moustapha Naite, deputy government spokesman. "He didn't survive his injuries and is dead." The demonstrators, protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the West African country, erected makeshift barricades in Labe, several hundred kilometers northeast of Conakry, and threw rocks at police who responded with tear gas.
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/15)
(Reuters) - Guinean security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in the opposition stronghold of Labe on Thursday, beating one man to death, the government said. "His friends got away but he was captured and beaten in the heat of the moment. He didn't survive his injuries and is dead," said Moustapha Naite, deputy government spokesman. The demonstrators, protesting against a delay in holding local elections in the west African country, erected makeshift barricades in Labe, several hundred kilometers northeast of...
(AFP 04/23/15)
More than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak began and more than 10,800 have died, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The UN health body also warned that the decline in confirmed cases appeared to have stagnated, urging increased efforts to stop transmission of the deadly virus. In all, 26,079 people have contracted the disease over the past 16 months, and 10,823 of them have died, almost all of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. After tearing through the three countries like wildfire, the spread of the virus has slowed to a crawl.
(Voice of America 04/23/15)
CONAKRY— Political tensions are heating up in Guinea again — this time over the government’s decision to postpone local elections until 2016. The opposition says it will keep protesting despite renewed calls for dialogue. Guineans say they are tired of all the discord. Protesters clashed with security forces Monday during what authorities said was an unauthorized demonstration in Conakry. At least three people were wounded. An unknown number were arrested. Hundreds arrested during a demonstration last week have been sentenced to two to five month’s imprisonment. One person was killed.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
CONAKRY, April (Xinhua) -- A court in Guinea on Tuesday sentenced 11 men to life imprisonment for killing eight members of an anti-Ebola team in the southeastern village of Womey last September, a judicial source said. The 11 were also fined 137,000 U.S. dollars which will be used as compensation to the families of the victims. Fifteen other accused persons were acquitted by court for lack of sufficient evidence. Forty-two other people cited in this criminal case had not yet...
(Voice of America 04/23/15)
CONAKRY— A court in Guinea has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for murdering a team educating locals about the risks of Ebola in a remote part of the West African country last year, a state prosecutor said on Wednesday. The bodies of eight people were discovered in September in Womey, a village near the city of Nzerekore around 1,000 km (620 miles) southeast of the capital Conakry. Some had been hacked to death with machetes or had their...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said. The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa. All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days. Scientists cautioned that the drug's efficacy has not been proven in humans. At present, there are no treatments or vaccines for Ebola...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) - - The African Union (AU) has commended the latest financial support worth 950 million U.S. dollars in the fight against Ebola. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, commended the latest financial support bequeathed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in the fight against Ebola, said a statement from AU on Thursday. The funds, 300 million dollars from AfDB and 650 million dollars from WBG, will be used...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ACCRA, April (Xinhua) -- For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self- sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH) , said the Post-2015 development agenda should focus on sanitation, equally as it focuses on water. WA-WASH is an initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Ghana, Niger and Burkina Faso. Boukerrou...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitment to deepening partnership in the area of peace and security. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
JAKARTA, April (Xinhua) -- Leaders from Asian and African nations met here on Wednesday for an Asian-African summit under the theme of "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity." Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening speech, called for a new world economic order for the emerging economies. The management of the global economy could not be left only to the three international financial institutions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank,...
(AFP 04/22/15)
Eleven people have been sentenced to life in prison in Guinea for murdering eight Ebola workers, while another 15 have been acquitted, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday. The victims, including local health officials and journalists, went missing after their delegation came under attack from angry locals during an outreach visit to the southern town of Womey in September last year. Eight bodies were recovered from the septic tank of a nearby primary school two days after the attack. "We...
(Voice of America 04/22/15)
LONDON— Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections. The project, led by British scientists with West African and Saudi Arabian collaboration, hopes to encourage laboratories around the world to use the live data - updated as new cases emerge - to find new ways to diagnose and treat the killer diseases, and ideally, ultimately, prevent them.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/15)
(Reuters) - Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era's non-aligned movement. Among the leaders listening were...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/21/15)
(Reuters) - At least five people were wounded by gunfire in Guinea's capital Conakry on Monday during violent opposition protests against the timing of elections, an opposition leader and a witness said. As early as 10.00 p.m. ET on Monday, some opposition supporters erected barricades and burned tyres on the streets of the seaside capital while youths fought street battles with the police and gendarmes. According to the opposition, at least three people have been killed and 50 injured in the protests which began last week.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/21/15)
(Reuters) - The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes on Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable. The Pulitzer for Public Service, announced at Columbia University, went to Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier for its series on domestic violence. The Pulitzers honor extraordinary work in U.S. journalism, literature, drama and other areas and bring welcome attention...