| Africatime
Friday 01 August 2014
(AFP (eng) 08/01/14)
Guinea police arrested four people on Thursday over a stampede at a seafront rap concert that left 34 people dead, including 11 children, a judicial source told AFP. The victims were trampled at a beach in the capital Conakry as thousands surged to the narrow exits at the end of a performance by rap group “Instinct Killers” marking the close of the Muslim holy month of Ramadaan on Tuesday. A death toll of 33 was raised by hospital authorities after another concert-goer died of head injuries overnight. The judicial source told AFP an investigation launched after the accident
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/14)
ArcelorMittal , the world's largest steelmaker, said on Friday it had signed deals to purchase stakes in an iron ore project in Guinea as it pushes to raise its mining output and leverage its existing presence in the region. ArcelorMittal said in a statement that it would buy a 43.5-percent stake in Euronimba Limited from Billiton Guinea, a unit of BHP Billiton , and a 13-percent stake from Compagnie Francaise de Mines et Metaux, a unit of Areva . Euronimba holds a 95-percent indirect interest in the Mount Nimba iron ore project, a deposit with an estimated 935 million tonnes...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/14)
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued a travel advisory against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to curb the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has claimed more than 700 lives. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said his agency will send an additional 50 disease experts to assist with efforts to contain the highly deadly virus, in what he called "the largest, most complex outbreak that we...
(BBC News Africa 08/01/14)
The head of the World Health Organization and leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a new $100m (£59m; 75m euro) response plan. They are meeting in Guinea to launch the initiative to tackle a virus which has claimed 729 lives. Sierra Leone has declared an emergency after 233 people died there. Ebola spreads by contact with infected blood, bodily fluids, organs - or contaminated environments. Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/14)
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization is launching a $100 million response plan to combat an "unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West Africa that has killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February, the U.N. agency said on Thursday. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will meet in Conakry, Guinea on Friday with the presidents of affected West African nations, it said in a statement. "The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and...
(The Wall Street Journal 08/01/14)
Children as Young as 10 Killed as Large Crowd Tried to Exit Concert Through Small Gate. Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday. The victims included children as young as 10, and most bodies brought to an overflowing morgue in the capital were still dressed in bathing suits and swim trunks. Some had bled from...
(Voice of America 08/01/14)
Three West African countries hard-hit by the Ebola epidemic are meeting Friday in Guinea’s capital, Conakry. On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a $100 million response plan to combat the "unprecedented" level of the outbreak. WHO also said the number of cases had risen to 1,323, with 729 deaths. Mustapha Naite, Guinea’s Minister for Youth Employment, said Presidents Alpha Conde of Guinea, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone will discuss how best...
(BBC News Africa 08/01/14)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading faster than efforts to control it, World Health Organization (WHO) head Margaret Chan has said. She told a summit of regional leaders that failure to contain it could be "catastrophic" in terms of lives lost. But she said the virus, which has claimed 729 lives in four West African countries since February, could be stopped if well managed. Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected. Ebola explained in 60 seconds It...
(Bloomberg 08/01/14)
LONDON, (Reuters) - For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it is not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes - like humans - use planes, bikes and taxis to spread. So far, authorities have taken no action to limit international travel in the region. The airlines association IATA said on Thursday that the World Health Organisation is not recommending any such restrictions or frontier closures. The risk of the virus moving to other...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/14)
DAKAR (Reuters) - The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to 729, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, after 57 deaths were reported between July 24 and 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The WHO also said Nigerian authorities had so far identified 59 people who had come into contact with a U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week after traveling from Liberia, via Togo and Ghana.
(Ips News 08/01/14)
Washington — As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa's most pressing human rights violations.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/14)
CONAKRY Wed Jul, 2014 (Reuters) - At least 34 people, including several children, were killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry, medical sources said on Wednesday. Hundreds of people gathered at the Donka hospital in predominantly Muslim Guinea's capital to visit the injured and identify the dead. A Reuters reporter saw the bodies of three children among the dead, while witnesses put the number at around 10. "There are...
(CNN 07/31/14)
(CNN) -- Hundreds dead. Many more infected. Pervasive fear and denial, challenging authorities in west Africa who are trying to assess and address the Ebola crisis. And it's only getting worse. That's what government and humanitarian officials said Wednesday, as they struggled to corral an outbreak that has crippled parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and stirred palpable concerns that it will spread around the region and the world. "The matter has reached a crisis point," Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told CNN's Richard Quest. "... The dire prognosis is that it will get worse before it gets better."
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(AL Jazeera 07/31/14)
Global medical charity Doctors Without Borders has given warning that the Ebola crisis in West Africa is "unprecedented, absolutely out of control", as states across the world took steps to prevent its spread. Bart Janssens, the charity's director of operations, warned there was no overarching vision of how to tackle the outbreak, in an interview with Belgium's La Libre Belgique newspaper. "This epidemic ... can only get worse, because it is still spreading, above all in Liberia and Sierra Leone,...
(BBC News Africa 07/30/14)
At least 34 people have reportedly died in a stampede in Guinea, during a concert marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The president's office declared a week of national mourning for what it called a "tragic drama" at the concert by the Guinean rap group Instinct Killers. Dozens of people were injured, said police sources quoted by AFP. The concert took place on Tuesday evening on a beach in Ratoma, a northern suburb of the capital Conakry. A medical source at Donka hospital in the capital told Reuters that the number of injured continued to rise.
(AFP (eng) 07/30/14)
At least 33 people, including 11 children, died in a stampede at a rap concert on a beach in the Guinean capital Conakry, police said on Wednesday, raising the overnight toll by nine. Police said the victims were trampled underfoot on Rogbane beach, in a northern suburb, as thousands surged to the exits after popular rap group "Instinct Killers" headlined a show on Tuesday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
CONAKRY Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - At least 34 people, including several children, were killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry, medical sources said on Wednesday. Hundreds of people gathered at the Donka hospital in the capital to visit the injured and identify the dead. A Reuters reporter saw the bodies of three children among the dead. Witnesses put the number at around ten. "There are currently 34...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he would hold a top-level government meeting to discuss the outbreak of the highly-infectious Ebola virus across West Africa which he warned posed a threat to Britain. "It is a threat. It is something we need to respond to," Hammond told BBC TV. Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February, according to the World...

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