| Africatime
Sunday 23 November 2014
(BBC News Africa 11/22/14)
France's President Francois Hollande has said he will travel to the West African country of Guinea, one of the worst affected by the Ebola epidemic. His visit next Friday will be the first made to the country by a non-African leader since the outbreak began. Mr Hollande will meet with Guinean President Alpha Conde and visit a field hospital set up by French doctors. Meanwhile Liberian police said all public beaches would be closed from 29 November because of the virus's spread. Public rallies and demonstrations were also banned, though an exception was made for those related to the ongoing mid-term senate election campaign. It is hoped that these measures will reduce the transmission of...
(BBC News Africa 11/22/14)
The deadly Ebola outbreak can be ended "by the middle of next year" if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. But he warned that although the rate of new cases was slowing in parts of West Africa, Mali - where six people have died - was now of deep concern. And the head of the UN Ebola mission, Anthony Banbury, said the world was "far away" from beating the virus. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been worst hit by the Ebola outbreak. Dr Rodier, WHO on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea: "Overall...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/14)
Nairobi — Mobile phones and other technological innovations can be "game changers" in securing children's rights, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said at the launch of its first crowd-sourced report on Thursday. UNICEF's flagship annual report State of the World's Children showcases cutting-edge innovations for children, from urine-powered generators to mobile phone-generated birth certificates, and invites readers to share their own ideas. "There are innovative minds and people all over the world that are coming up with solutions that can be game changers in terms of helping children to stay alive and realise their full potential," Jaya Murthy, UNICEF's Uganda spokesman, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
(The Associated Press 11/21/14)
It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi van in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the minibus taxi during its 265-kilometer (165-mile) trek from central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou. Four Red...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/21/14)
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators warned investors of stock scams tied to West Africa's Ebola outbreak and suspended trading in four small companies that they said have made unverifiable claims about products to prevent or treat the deadly virus. The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday it had suspended trading in over-the-counter stocks of New York-based Bravo Enterprises Ltd, California-based Immunotech Laboratories Inc and Wholehealth Products Inc, as well as Canada-based Myriad Interactive Media Inc. The SEC cited...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/21/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday. People from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States as of Thursday may apply for protection from deportation, as well as for work permits, for 18 months, said a Department of Homeland Security official. After 18 months, the Secretary of...
(Daily Nation 11/21/14)
Pan-African lawmakers are now pushing for the establishment of a standby force to enhance rapid response to deal with conflicts in the region. The move came as Somali MPs at the Pan-African Parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Kenyan forces and other Amisom forces from Somalia. An independent force, they said, would reduce the level of suspicion between the countries in conflict and the countries contributing the peace-keeping forces to regional organs such as the Amisom.
(The Associated Press 11/20/14)
The head of the World Health Organization refused Wednesday to respond to criticism about the U.N. agency's performance in containing the Ebola outbreak, saying the focus now should be on helping countries contain it. Dr. Margaret Chan said the agency would review how the whole world — and the WHO in particular — managed the outbreak "and there will be time for sharing information in a transparent and accountable manner." "But at this point in time, it is important for...
(Voice of America 11/20/14)
WASHINGTON— Ending the current scourge of Ebola in West Africa will require a more rapid response, better regional coordination of resources and better local distribution of skills and supplies so patients can be treated in their own communities. Limiting future outbreaks will require strengthening infrastructures, especially in the most affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/14)
Ebola-ravaged Guinea joined Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana and DR Congo in qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday but defending champions Nigeria crashed out. As qualifying concluded the Nigerians were held to a 2-2 draw by already qualified South Africa on home turf in Uyo to finish out of contention in third in Group A. Congo, 1-0 winners over Sudan, secured the runners-up berth, and their finals ticket. The last spot was grabbed by the Democratic Republic...
(Voice of America 11/20/14)
LONDON— The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the Ebola outbreak will cost the sub-Saharan Africa economy about $3 billion to $4 billion, well below a previously outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. But some economists paint a gloomier picture, warning the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Fields of potatoes stretch to the horizon in Timbi-Madina, central Guinea. But the farmers there have no idea if they will be able to sell their crop. The Ebola...
(Voice of America 11/20/14)
Ending the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa will require better regional coordination of resources, skills and supplies, along with timely diagnosis and treatment. That’s the message of a town hall meeting on the disease, sponsored by Voice of America. Several experts discussed the urgency in identifying and treating Ebola. Dr. Malonga Miatudila helped identify the disease in 1976. Over the past 40 years, he said, there have been 25 outbreaks, none lasting more than three months. Dr. Miatudila...
(PANA 11/20/14)
The African Union (AU) has sought China’s support towards its push for the inclusion of trade and industrialization agenda in the future UN plan to fight poverty, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at talks with visiting Chinese officials. AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl, said at the start of a China-Africa poverty eradication meeting Tuesday that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped some countries to achieve growth, the gains were too small and they...
(PANA 11/20/14)
Paris, France - The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment on Sunday night of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of 'president for life'. It also puts an end to the seizure of power through constitutional amendment, Philippe Missassou, a lawyer and analyst of Franco-African relations, said in Paris, PANA reported on Wednesday. 'What happened in recent days in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) will have a domino...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/14)
Alpha Conde, the president of Guinea, was stunned. In front of him, Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, had just called for an increase in the country's budget deficit so that it could battle Ebola -- a complete reversal from the Fund's orthodox view that deficits must be closed. "The IMF doesn't say that very often," Lagarde admitted later. "It is good to increase the fiscal deficit when it's a matter of curing the people." Conde,...
(Voice of America 11/19/14)
CONAKRY, GUINEA— Guinea’s Ministry of Justice said its investigation into the September killings of Ebola awareness health workers and a journalist in a southeastern village is moving swiftly, with a trial expected by year's end. The murders of the eight people in the village of Wome sent shock waves of concern through Guinea and the international community that the already-difficult fight against Ebola was going to be that much harder. The team of health workers and a journalist were brutally...
(BBC News Africa 11/19/14)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a programme to increase production of experimental Ebola treatments in Guinea and other affected countries. The programme will focus on treatments derived from the blood of survivors. The foundation also said the grant would be used to evaluate new experimental drugs. More than 5,000 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak - almost all of them in West Africa. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for the Ebola virus.
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
WASHINGTON, Nov. (Xinhua)-- The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors on Tuesday approved a grant of 285 million U.S. dollars to finance the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. The grant is part of the nearly 1 billion dollars of financing previously announced by the World Bank for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The additional financing will enable the three countries to deploy additional national and international health workers, scale up community-based care and community engagement...
(UN.org 11/19/14)
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected a fifth judge to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) - the principal judicial organ of the UN - following the election of four judges earlier this month. After voting this afternoon in the Assembly and the Council, which met independently from but concurrently with each other, Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica was elected to a nine-year term on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Eastern and Southern Africa has made great strides in protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence, yet necessary laws, legal systems and enforcement mechanisms are still lacking throughout the region, said a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expert. In an interview with Xinhua, Cornelius Williams, child protection advisor with UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, said almost all countries in the region today have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child...

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