| Africatime
Saturday 31 January 2015
(AFP (eng) 01/31/15)
Guinea's place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals may have ultimately been won in a hotel meeting room, but that they got there at all was in large part down to Ibrahima Traore. Traore was not present when Amara Dabo, the financial director of Guinea's sports ministry, picked out the winning ball to take the Syli Nationale through to a last-eight tie against Ghana at Mali's expense in a drawing of lots at the Malabo Hilton on Thursday. But the 26-year-old winger was a constant menace for Guinea's opponents during the group stage in Equatorial Guinea, thriving on the responsibility that has come with being the stand-in captain in Michel Dussuyer's side. In the...
(CNN 01/30/15)
(CNN)There was nothing to separate Guinea and Mali after the group stage at the African Cup of Nations so lots had to be drawn to decide which team would progress to the quarterfinals. On this occasion, luck favored Guinea, one of the nations in west Africa ravaged by the Ebola virus. It was a rare -- the last time lots were drawn at the continental tournament was in 1988 -- and unfair way to settle second place in Group D according to both managers but ultimately it's Guinea boss Michel Dussuyer and his team that will face Ghana on Sunday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Two balls, numbered '2' for second place and '3' for third place, were placed in a...
(CNN 01/30/15)
 
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(CNN)The number of new Ebola cases reported in the three worst-hit countries fell to its lowest level since late June, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had a combined total of 99 new cases for the week ending January 25, the WHO said. The total breaks down to 65 in Sierra Leone, 30 in Guinea and four in Liberia. The number of cases continued to fall in Liberia and Sierra Leone, WHO said, but Guinea's...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. "People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit. "I urge all leaders,...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/30/15)
ADDIS ABABA Fri Jan 30, 2015 (Reuters) - Ninety-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's most divisive figures, ascended to the rotating chairmanship of the African Union (AU) on Friday, casting a shadow over the continental body's relations with the West. The only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980 assumed the largely ceremonial role when he was handed the AU flag and gavel at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In his acceptance...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
Guinea qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in bizarre fashion on Thursday after a drawing of lots was required to separate them and Mali. They will go through to a quarter-final on Sunday in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo against Group C winners Ghana while unfortunate Mali go home. The surreal event took place during a meeting of the tournament Organising Committee at a hotel in Malabo and was attended by AFP. A representative of each team was sent...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday. "The number of cases is decreasing week by week and getting to zero in many places... but we still see occasional flare-ups and we still see some surprises with new cases out of our contact lists," Nabarro told AFP. "That means that the epidemic is not contained yet," he said...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The coaches of Mali and Guinea Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. A 1-1 draw in Mongomo between the west African countries left them joint runners-up behind Ivory Coast in Group D, level on points, goal difference and goals scored. Who advances to face Ghana in the quarter-finals will be decided Thursday at 1500 GMT by drawing lots in a Malabo hotel. Two balls, with the name of one team inside...
(CNN 01/29/15)
(CNN)Ivory Coast reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations with a narrow victory over Cameroon -- but Guinea and Mali now face a drawing of lots on Thursday. The two teams drew 1-1 in Mongomo and cannot be separated by their head-to-head records, goal difference or goals scored. Instead, a random draw will decide which team goes through to play Ghana on Sunday. All four teams could have faced the drawing of lots had there been no...
(BBC News Africa 01/29/15)
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a draw in Mongomo. Modibo Maiga's header from Abdoulay Diaby's cross in the second half left Mali and Guinea with identical records, having drawn each of their games 1-1. The drawing of lots has been postponed until Thursday, having originally been pencilled in for Wednesday evening. Guinea had taken the lead when Kevin Constant coolly dinked home a penalty given for handball by Salif Coulibaly...
(BBC News Africa 01/29/15)
Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated. Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious. More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea. They are tracking how the virus is changing and trying to establish whether it's able to jump more easily from person to person.
(Voice of America 01/29/15)
One of the Ebola vaccines about to enter testing in Liberia may not be as potent as researchers had hoped, according to a new study, raising questions about how well it will prevent infection. The vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, is one of two in a large-scale clinical trial expected to begin in the next two weeks. Merck produced the other vaccine. Earlier studies had found that one dose of the GSK vaccine would protect monkeys from Ebola. However, in the...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified...
(AFP (eng) 01/28/15)
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Tuesday that the world remains "dangerously unprepared" for deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa. "The Ebola outbreak has been devastating in terms of lives lost and the loss of economic growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone," Kim said in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington. "We need to make sure that we get to zero cases in this Ebola outbreak. "At the same time,...
(PANA 01/28/15)
The Ebola outbreak is “clearly” retreating throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said 'Never again should the world be caught by surprise,” the WHO head told a special meeting on Ebola Sunday, the UN press. Speaking in Geneva to the UN agency's Special Session of the Executive Board on Ebola, WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, emphasized the importance of maintaining momentum in the fight against the deadly virus.
(BBC News Africa 01/28/15)
The world is "dangerously unprepared" for future deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of the World Bank has warned. Jim Yong Kim, speaking in Washington, said it was vital that governments, corporations, aid agencies and insurance companies worked together to prepare for future outbreaks. He said they needed to learn lessons from the Ebola crisis. More than 8,500 people have died, most in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. "The Ebola outbreak has been devastating in...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
The deadly Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa is waning, as a medical aid agency fighting the outbreak said the number of new cases arriving at its treatment centers is in decline. There are about 50 patients in centers run by Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, the group said in a statement. MSF runs eight Ebola treatment centers in West Africa, and estimates that it has treated about a quarter of the more than 20,000 cases since the outbreak...

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