| Africatime
Monday 30 March 2015
(Voice of America 03/28/15)
Ebola is an ancient virus that evolved over thousands of years in the Congo Basin. It occurs naturally among a number of different species in the wild. From time to time, humans come in contact with animals that harbor Ebola, setting into motion an animal-to-human transmission chain that causes an epidemic. The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society wants to know more about which animals harbor the virus so efforts can be made to halt the encroachments of Ebola into the human population.
(Xinhuanet 03/28/15)
LUSAKA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- Africa's trading bloc said it has resolved about 80 percent of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) restricting trade, a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday said. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) said 385 out of 476 NTBs identified as most restrictive to trade in the region through an online reporting system have been resolved while seven were considered non-actionable, according to a statement released by the bloc's public relations officer Mwangi Gakunga. "Currently, eight categories of NTBs have been identified as most restrictive to trade in the region.
(The New York Times 03/28/15)
The faded plaque to the right of the door said “Jochannan, Yosef B.,” but visitors to this nursing home on the northern edge of the Bronx knew the frail 96-year-old inside by another name: Dr. Ben. As a sign of respect, many would also bend down on one knee. The room was covered in mementos from a life spent between continents, weaving together the threads of the African diaspora: honors and awards, photos of Egyptian statues, kente cloth, a mug...
(Bloomberg 03/27/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Two Ebola vaccines under development by drugmakers will move into final-stage testing, the U.S. National Institutes of Health said, after an analysis of mid-stage trials was deemed successful. One vaccine is from a partnership between the NIH and GlaxoSmithKline Plc, and the second is made by NewLink Genetics Corp. and Merck & Co. Their effectiveness in stopping infections of the deadly disease is being tested in West Africa, where an outbreak has killed more than 10,000 people. About...
(Voice of America 03/27/15)
Scientists are developing an Ebola vaccine for apes that’s designed to protect humans from future outbreaks. While still a number of years off, researchers say the vaccine offers a “win-win” solution for both species, that are sickened and die of Ebola. The handling and consumption of bushmeat -- meat from wild, non-domesticated animals - is a common occurrence in Africa, particularly in the Congo Basin. It's believed meat from an ape infected by the Ebola virus first passed the deadly...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
ADDIS ABABA, March (Xinhua) -- Intra-regional trade in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has increased dramatically but a lot needs to be done to achieve more with focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs), noted Officials. Speaking at the 34th session of the Council of Ministers of COMESA on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the officials of the sub-region also underlined the need to ensure value addition of products in member countries for more...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
NEW DELHI, March (Xinhua) -- India will hold a five-day " India-Africa Summit" later this year, where nearly 1,000 delegates will be invited, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. The summit will begin on October 26, and leaders from some 54 countries are expected to attend, the External Affairs Ministry officials said on Wednesday evening. The meeting between the heads of state and government will take place on October 29 and bilateral meetings are being scheduled on October 30,...
(The Guardian 03/27/15)
African elephants could be extinct in the wild within a few decades, experts have warned at a major conservation summit in Botswana that has highlighted an alarming decline in numbers due to poaching for ivory. The Africa Elephant Summit, held at a tourist resort in Kasane, gathered delegates from about 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including China – which is accused of fuelling the illegal poaching trade. “This species could be extinct in our lifetime, within one or...
(Voice of America 03/26/15)
Ebola appears to do its damage worse in young children than it does in adults, killing 90 percent of children under the age of one who become infected, a new study has found. The joint study by the World Health Organization and Imperial College London found that, although infection rates are lower in children than adults, babies and toddlers who get the disease have a far slimmer chance of survival. The virus, which causes haemorrhagic fever and induces internal and external bleeding, is killing 90 percent of infants in the current outbreak and around 80 percent of children ages between one to four years, the scientists found.
(Bloomberg 03/26/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Japan has invested more in project financing in Africa than China as Asian nations continue to strengthen their economic influence on the continent, according to Linklaters LLP. Japanese investors accounted for $3.5 billion of the $4.2 billion of project funds that Asian nations poured into Africa last year to improve roads, water and sanitation and build oil and gas pipelines, according to the London-based law firm. “Japan now ranks as the most active Asian project finance sponsor in...
(Xinhuanet 03/25/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- African nations on Tuesday were urged to strengthen their national regulatory infrastructures for the nuclear energy to benefit the continent and its people. The call came at the time when a number of African countries are embarking into harnessing uranium energy to promote nuclear technologies for peaceful use.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/25/15)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently,...
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
CONAKRY— March 23 marks one year since the World Health Organization declared an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. More than a year after the first Ebola case was discovered in southeastern Guinea’s forest region, the number of new reported cases continues to increase. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there have now been more than 3,400 cases in Guinea since the outbreak began, and nearly 25,000 overall in West Africa. The WHO says the week ending March 15 saw 95 new cases in Guinea, the highest weekly number since the end of last year. "
(Voice of America 03/24/15)
GENEVA— On the first anniversary of the worst Ebola outbreak in history, a leading medical group is decrying the missed opportunities for preventing this deadly disease from spinning out of control in West Africa. In a bit of soul searching, Doctors Without Borders has issued a critical analysis of the global response to this crisis. The report spares no one. Everyone comes in for criticism, including the authors of the study. The report by Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, is based on interviews with staff involved in the organization’s Ebola intervention.
(This Day Live 03/24/15)
In view of the Saturday presidential election in Nigeria, Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States and Ghanaian President, John Draman Mahama, on Monday called for free, fair and credible election. Mahama made the call, when he met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. According to the Ghanaian president, ECOWAS was interested in the conduct of a peaceful and credible election in the country. “I am...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
MURANG'A, Kenya, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Seated round the table and with chopsticks in their hands, Kenyan students living in suburb slums chatted animatedly while enjoying breakfast before Chinese class. The students are from the Mathare slums in Nairobi, and like many other poor kids living in slums of the capital Nairobi, they had to struggle for a chance of education. "But that was before the Chinese came," said Sharon Mwangi, a pioneer student at Beijing MCEDO School and will...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
KASANE, Botswana, March 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese official has said that China will make more efforts on the fields of management, law enforcement, education and capacity building to help African countries battle elephant poaching. Meng Xianlin, executive director-general of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Import and Export Management Office of China, made the remarks Monday after the African Elephant Summit in Kasane, Northern Botswana. China has also strengthened law enforcement, Meng said after the meeting, adding that...
(BBC News Africa 03/23/15)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the UN Ebola mission has told the BBC. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the UN had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting “arrogantly”. A year after the outbreak was officially declared, the virus has killed more than 10,000 people. The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says a “global coalition of inaction” led to tragic consequences. Looking back over the year, the charity...
(Xinhuanet 03/23/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- With the Ebola epidemic still haunting West Africa, China has delivered four rounds of humanitarian aid with a combined value of more than 120 million U. S. dollars and sent hundreds of medical workers to the "frontline" since the breakout in April 2014. Here are key dates in China's anti-Ebola aid in Africa since the breakout in 2014: In May, China sent the first batch of relief goods, mostly for disease prevention, control and treatment, to...
(Independent Online 03/23/15)
Direct marketing retailer HomeChoice seems to be making headway with growing business in Africa with plans to open its Pan-African office in Mauritius this year. The group which sells homeware merchandise, personal electronics and loan products, said on Friday that it planned to offer innovative retail and financial services products to the growing African middle class. “Expansion into the rest of Africa presents a major growth opportunity for the business in the medium to long term. “A solid platform for...

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