| Africatime
Saturday 07 March 2015
(Vanguard 03/06/15)
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs during the week released recommendations on how U.S. trade policy could advance food security in Africa and position American businesses to tap a burgeoning African agriculture and food market, which is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030. The report, Grow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for U.S.-Africa Trade Relations, presents evidence that an effort by the United States focused on bolstering regional trade and harmonizing food standards and regulations across countries would drive economic growth while improving the availability and affordability of nutritious foods throughout Africa.
(AFP (eng) 03/05/15)
The first large-scale trial of an Ebola vaccine will begin in Guinea at the weekend, the World Health Organization said Thursday, weeks after a similar test kicked off in neighbouring Liberia. The Phase III testing of the vaccine -- one of two that are in the most advanced stages of development -- aims to ensure it provides protection against the virus that has killed some 9,800 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, and the WHO has endorsed rushing potential ones through trials in a bid to stem the epidemic. Researchers have said that it remains unknown what level of immune response is needed to protect humans from Ebola, which causes...
(Bloomberg 03/05/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Standard Bank Group Ltd. gained the most in six years in Johannesburg trading after it reported profit boosted by expansion in Africa, lower bad debts and curbs on costs. Standard Bank rose as much as 6.6 percent, the biggest intraday advance since April 2009. Full-year net income climbed to 17.9 billion rand ($1.52 billion) from 16.2 billion rand a year earlier, the bank said in a statement on Thursday.
(BBC News Africa 03/05/15)
The effort to build a synchrotron in Africa is gaining momentum, its leading proponent has told a US conference. Prof Herman Winick said a key meeting of scientists and officials has been scheduled for November. A synchrotron is a big accelerator that produces powerful X-rays for research; apart from Antarctica, Africa remains the only continent without one. The effort will be modelled on a Middle East synchrotron which resulted from a landmark international collaboration. Prof Winick, an eminent physicist from...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/04/15)
A charred kapok tree and around a dozen graves scattered amongst the mud brick houses of Meliandou are painful reminders of the toll Ebola has taken on this village in southeast Guinea. Scientists traced the source of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola to two-year-old Emile Ouamouno, who they believe contracted the disease while playing near the tree, home to hundreds of bats that may have been hosting the deadly virus. The boy's father, Etienne Ouamouno, said Emile fell ill in...
(BBC News Africa 03/04/15)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called for a "Marshall Plan" for the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa. She was referring to the massive US aid programme for Europe launched after World War Two. Her comments came after Sierra Leone was immediately granted more than $80m (£52m) to help end the Ebola outbreak and recover from its effects. The IMF has pledged a $187m financial aid package for Sierra Leone. Nearly $5bn has been pledged internationally to the Ebola effort, but less than half of the help has materialised.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/04/15)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The three West African states hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak asked for help from donors on Tuesday to repair the damage to their economies now that the epidemic seems to be waning. Leaders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone voiced confidence at a major international conference on the Ebola outbreak in Brussels that they were winning the battle but said they must remain focused on stamping out new infections.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/04/15)
MELIANDOU, Guinea (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charred kapok tree and around a dozen graves scattered amongst the mud brick houses of Meliandou are painful reminders of the toll Ebola has taken on this village in southeast Guinea. Scientists traced the source of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola to two-year-old Emile Ouamouno, who they believe contracted the disease while playing near the tree, home to hundreds of bats that may have been hosting the deadly virus. The boy's father, Etienne...
(Xinhuanet 03/04/15)
UNITED NATIONS, March (Xinhua) -- The "priority" for the UN Security Council in March will be its four-day visit to Africa, followed by the renewal of the UN mission in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and a meeting on children in armed conflict, the council president for this month told reporters here Tuesday. "The first council priority for our presidency will be the council mission to Africa next week," said Ambassador Francois Delattre, France's permanent representative to the United...
(Voice of America 03/04/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The Southern African nations of Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia are three of the four recipients of the top award for African governance. The region has had its fair share of revolutions and crises, but is consistently ranked high in indices of good governance, and has managed to move ahead despite its challenges. The winners of the multi-million-dollar Mo Ibrahim Foundation African leadership prize are Namibia’s soon-to-depart President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano and Botswana President Festus Mogae. The only other winner has come from the tiny, remote West African island nation of Cape Verde.
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
ACCRA, March (Xinhua) -- A senior UN Official has lauded China for playing an "instrumental" and "tremendous" role in the fight against Ebola in the three most-affected west African countries. Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, spokeswoman of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, said China's contribution had been "the most sustained campaign and assistance" in the battle. "The Chinese contribution has been very instrumental because they came in not only with funding but they also sent medical personnel," she told Xinhua in...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- A UN-backed wildlife project on Monday urged the international community to be serious about organized wildlife crime, the threat of which, it said, has been on the rise to wild species. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) said wildlife and forest crime today has transformed into one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities alongside drug trafficking, arms, and trafficking in human beings. "Beyond immediate environmental impacts, the illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenues," GRASP said in a statement received in Nairobi.
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Forensic experts from Sub-Saharan Africa on Monday sounded alarm over a spike in violence and sophisticated crime that threatens stability and development. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for health James Macharia told a conference in Nairobi that African countries have witnessed an upsurge in violence, terrorism, rape and cross border crimes. "Africa is reeling from many disasters; rape cases, domestic violence, mass deaths in terrorist attacks and motor vehicle accidents. This calls for strengthening of our forensic capacity...
(Ips News 03/02/15)
Johannesburg — The most persistent myth about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that they are necessary to feed a growing global population. Highly effective marketing campaigns have drilled it into our heads that GMOs will produce more food on less land in an environmentally friendly manner. The mantra has been repeated so often that it is considered to be truth. Now this mantra has come to Africa, sung by the United States administration and multinational corporations like Monsanto, seeking to...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
Nairobi — The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters, experts...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
BAMAKO Fri Feb 27, 2015 (Reuters) - Mali said three of its nationals were killed in a village near the Guinean border during a violent skirmish between miners over a gold discovery. Guinean miners armed with guns and knives killed them in the village of Sanafara, about 100 kilometers west of the capital, according to a Malian government statement. "The provisional death toll is three and several Malians injured," said the statement late on Thursday, describing an incident the day...
(Voice of America 02/27/15)
GENEVA— An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of an Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic's course, the World Health Organization said on Friday. All three worst-hit countries in West Africa - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - aim to conduct phase III final-stage clinical trials of experimental vaccines. Liberia is already testing both the GlaxoSmithKlineand Merck-NewLink vaccines, while Sierra Leone and Guinea are due to announce plans soon.
(Xinhuanet 02/27/15)
MONROVIA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) has invited African countries for a high level conference in Brussels to review current efforts of fighting Ebola and place a plan to help Liberia and the other African countries to recover from the hit of the disease. An emailed EU statement reaching Xinhua on Thursday said the presidents and ministers of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Togo as well as representatives of the African Union Commission, the UN, the Economic Community of...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory,...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
CONAKRY, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Guinea and its health partners have initiated a massive awareness campaign dubbed "All Against Ebola," that will be carried out in the capital and other interior towns to ensure eradication of the virus, official sources said Wednesday. The campaign comes just two weeks before the deadline of the "Zero Ebola in 60 days plan" that was initiated by Guinean authorities. "A single case of dangerous burial can cause ten new cases. We are aware that...

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