| Africatime
Saturday 01 November 2014
(The Associated Press 10/31/14)
The head of Africa's continental body did not get to an Ebola-hit country until last week — months after alarm bells first rang and nearly 5,000 deaths later. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely that — promises. No African countries are on the United Nations list of contributors to fight the epidemic. The E-word did not even figure on the agenda of a session on peace and security at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa last week — more than a month after the U.N. Security Council declared the Ebola outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." Angry legislators from Sierra Leone and Liberia got up to protest. "They said...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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