| Africatime
Monday 22 December 2014
(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
More than 7,500 people have now died from the Ebola virus, as the number of cases climbs towards 20,000, the World Health Organization said Monday. The UN health agency reported that as of December 20, 19,340 people had been infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that 7,518 of them had died. The death toll in other countries remained the same: six in Mali, one in the United States and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October. Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free of Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths. - Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone, which has overtaken Liberia as the...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
Guinea's president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram. Alpha Conde's comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast Nigeria on December 14, in a chillingly similar event to the April abduction in Chibok of more than 200 school girls. "If there is a problem in one country, if we don't put out the fire it will spread to the other countries," Conde told TV5 Monde television in a Sunday interview. "We hope that we will become aware of this and put an end to the danger of Boko Haram. "Today it spreads to Cameroon,...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies left healthcare systems in the African countries worst affected by Ebola underfunded and lacking doctors, and hampered a coordinated response to the outbreak, researchers said Monday. Links between the IMF and the rapid spread of the disease were examined by researchers from Cambridge University's sociology department, with colleagues from Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They found IMF programmes held back the development of effective health systems in Guinea, Liberia...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17.
(The Guardian 12/22/14)
Global Witness not obliged to surrender personal information gathered during investigation into Simandou mine. An attempt to use data protection regulations to force a campaign group to hand over personal information relating to a billion-dollar mining deal has been defeated. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ruled that Global Witness does not need to surrender material gathered in the course of its investigation into the Simandou ore mines in Guinea, west Africa. The decision is believed to be the first...
(Vision Guinée 12/22/14)
Les élèves et étudiants reprendront bientôt le chemin de l’école. En raison d’Ebola, la rentrée des classes initialement prévue le 3 octobre 2014 a été retardée. Le chef de l’Etat a assuré dans un entretien à la chaîne TV5 Monde et à RFI que les classes seront rouvertes début janvier. elevesLe retard accusé dans l’ouverture des classe est une mesure de préoccupation, a déclaré Alpha Condé, au micro de nos confrères, reconnaissant au début, ‘’on n’a pas tout à fait...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(AFP (eng) 12/20/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in the Guinean capital Conakry on Saturday on the last day of his tour of west African countries hit by the world's worst outbreak of Ebola. The UN chief was greeted at the airport by Guinea's foreign and health ministers Francois Louceny Fall and Remy Lamah. Several officials involved in the drive to end the epidemic in Guinea were also on hand at the airport. Ban, who did not speak to reporters, was to...
(Caj News Africa 12/20/14)
Lagos — The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)has restated its commitment to addressing the continent's infrastructure challenges. This follows the leading investment grade rated multilateral development finance institution, announced the close of a US$ 300 million dual tranche club facility arranged by a number of initial mandated lead arrangers. Among these are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Deutsche Bank AG, FirstRand Bank Limited, Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Standard Chartered Bank. The completion of the fund raising was simultaneously announced in Lagos and the United Kingdom.
(PANA 12/20/14)
Africa’s food safety - The 2nd Pan African Workshop convened to review progress made on the implementation of Codex Alimentarius standards-internationally agreed upon food standards, to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in Africa, is underway in Kampala, Uganda. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) African region said in a dispatch to PANA here Thursday that participants at the workshop, including African Union (AU) policy makers, noted that food-borne diseases impacted negatively on the continent’s economy. “Codex Alimentarius is about safe, good food for everyone – everywhere.
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic. Ban, who flew in from Ghana, where the UN Ebola mission is headquartered, was welcomed on arrival in Monrovia by Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai will full military honours. Ban will also travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali, where the UN is leading the response to the health...
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its...
(Bloomberg 12/18/14)
Vale SA lost a bid to dismiss Rio Tinto Plc (RIO)’s suit alleging it conspired with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and his BSG Resources Ltd. to steal rights to the world’s biggest untapped iron-ore deposit by bribing officials in Guinea. Rio Tinto accused Vale of passing confidential information it obtained during discussions the two companies had about Vale buying a stake in the Guinea property to Steinmetz and BSGR. Steinmetz, BSGR and Vale used that information to advance their own...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday. Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said. The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of international efforts to beat back the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which has left more than 6,800...
(AL Jazeera 12/17/14)
Almost 200 Ethiopian health workers have arrived in West Africa to bolster the response to Ebola, a disease that has ravaged weak health care systems and killed more than 300 medical staff. The African Union (AU) said in a tweet that the Ethiopian government sent a total of 187 personnel to the region without giving a breakdown of how many would go to which countries. The campaign, getting to zero before Christmas, continues. We are still having between five to...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 12/17/14)
Security – France's Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said here Monday that he was pleased by the commitment of African countries to fight insecurity on the continent and he reaffirmed his country’s readiness to accompany them in that war. 'Today, the first actors of insecurity in Africa are African States, the African armies and African organizations. In all African crises, it is the voice of the African Union which is heard. In all peacekeeping operations deployed in Africa, I realize that it is African contingents who do most of the job,' he said.
(AFP (eng) 12/16/14)
Guinea's capital Conakry has followed Sierra Leone's example in banning public Christmas and New Year celebrations to combat the spread of the Ebola virus. Only about 10 percent of Guinea's predominantly Muslim population is Christian. But like elsewhere in Africa most people join in year-end celebrations, whatever their beliefs. "Large-scale gatherings in public places are suspended for the moment," Conakry governor Soriba Sorel Camara announced in a statement. "Beaches will remain closed" and firecrackers and fireworks are also banned, he...

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