| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(APA 12/21/16)
Liberia's Ministry of Youth and Sports has received a grant of US$10 million to empower more than 15, 000 youths from across the 15 counties under its Youth Opportunity Project (YOP) which is expected to last for the next five years. Making the disclosure to reporters at his office in Monrovia Wednesday, Youth & Sports Minister Saah Charles N’Tow said the money is a loan agreement signed between the Liberian government, through his ministry and the World Bank in September. Minister N’Tow pointed out that unlike other youth empowerment programs like the “Youth Empowerment Program” (YEP) organized by the Ministry, which basically provides skills training, YOP is focusing on “livelihood opportunity” for less fortunate youths. According to him, the project...
(APA 12/21/16)
The launching of civic voter education by the electoral commission and the setting ablaze of an Immigration Bureau vehicle dominate the headlines in the Wednesday editions of Liberian newspapers. As the 2017 presidential and legislative elections draw closer, the National Elections Commission (NEC) Tuesday launched a nationwide civic voter education. In remarks at the launching ceremony, NEC Chairman Counselor Jerome Korkoyah disclosed that the Commission has trained 438 civic educators and 219 gender mobilizers across the country. He said the NEC expects to register 2.5 million Liberians as eligible voters for the 2017 polls. The Inquirer published this story as its front page banner headline, while the Daily Observer and News newspapers published it on their front pages. The Inquirer...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy and finance body points out that signs of an expansionary fiscal stance under the Trump administration coupled with spending cuts to accommodate increased infrastructure expenditure are likely to lead to the decrease in aid. "Aid is one of the main...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and heart problems -- proving increasing deadly on the continent. A World Health Organisation (WHO) survey released Tuesday showed that most Africans had at least one risk factor for developing one of these diseases, such as smoking, a lack of exercise,...
(Bloomberg 12/17/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commissioned a hydropower plant that was destroyed 26 years ago during a civil war as the West African nation seeks to more than triple generation capacity before the end of 2017. The Mount Coffee plant is supplying 22 megawatts of power, adding to the 38 megawatts the country generates from thermal facilities. Upon full completion next year, the hydroplant will generate 88 megawatts. Liberia seeks to lift its capacity to 200 megawatts in the next 12 months through solar and other renewable energy projects, Johnson Sirleaf said Thursday at the commissioning of the Mount Coffee plant, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of the capital, Monrovia.
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Tuesday no deal was yet on the table for Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to leave power, saying an agreement would take longer than a day of talks. "We come to help Gambians find their way through a transition. That's not something that can happen in one day. It's something that one has to work on," said Sirleaf, who was acting as the head of a delegation of four West African heads of state visiting the country. The Liberian leader said Jammeh had "expressed some concerns" on the same day his party filed a petition with the country's Supreme Court in an attempt to void a recent election that declared opposition leader Adama Barrow the...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(APA 12/13/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has on Sunday dedicated a Memorial Bell and Peace Tower carved out of parts of AK-47 rifles that were used during the civil war in Liberia, which she described as a of peace. Speaking at the dedication ceremony in Lower Montserrado County in northwestern Liberia, she said the Peace Tower symbolizes 13 consecutive years of peace and an end of the war. She said the bell reminds people of what God has done; a bell that enables people to be disciplined; and a bell that rings aloud a promise of the future.
(APA 12/13/16)
Several West African leaders have arrived in Gambia to urge the country's leader to respect elections that voted him out of power after 22 years. President Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat but late last week announced he was rejecting the Dec. 1 vote results. He alleges voting irregularities. Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is heading the meetings with Jammeh on Tuesday. Other leaders include Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Ghana President John Mahama, who also was just voted from office. The West African regional bloc has warned that Gambia could be plunged into violence if Jammeh doesn't respect a peaceful transition. The United States and other countries have called on Jammeh, whose government has...
(APA 12/13/16)
A three-day ECOWAS cross-border health conference on epidemic-prone diseases has opened in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Monday. The conference focuses on strengthening regional disease surveillance and response steps of ECOWAS member countries. Speaking during the opening ceremony, Liberia’s Assistant Minister for Curative Services, Dr. Catherine Cooper, said Liberia is delighted to have been selected to host such an important meeting on cross-border approach to address epidemics. She said Liberia has realized that epidemics have no border, and as such it is important for countries in the region to collaborate and strategize in combating and preventing diseases. According to Dr. Cooper, the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Union clearly indicates that no country can succeed in fighting any outbreak...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
Liberia's government has asked the United Nations to extend its peacekeeping mission in the west African country for another year, until the next president takes office. "Liberia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lewis Brown, on behalf of his Government, is proposing one year for the extension of the United Nation's Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)," the president's office said in a press release sent to AFP on Thursday. Liberians will be going to the polls next year to elect a new president, as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ends her second and final term. Government forces and rebel groups raped, maimed and massacred hundreds of thousands of people during two conflicts between 1989 and 2003. UN peacekeepers, first deployed in October 2003,...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(APA 12/08/16)
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow, has disclosed that the commission is in a partnership discussion in charting preparedness measures that will deal with challenges posed by Ebola should it occur again in the region. She was speaking Wednesday at a ceremony in Monrovia during which she presented US$70,000 to Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell for the acquisition of food and non-food items for surviving victims of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The report is a result of recommendations by the technical team of the commission for urgent provision of relief materials, including food and non-food items, for survivors of victims of EVD. It would be recalled that Ebola claimed the...
(APA 12/08/16)
Experts from the European Union have arrived in Liberia to help train Liberian fisheries inspectors and monitoring personnel, APA learns here Thursday. The two-day capacity building event which commenced in Monrovia on Thursday According to a statement issued here by the organizers, representatives of the European Commission, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EPCA), the Spanish Fishing Monitoring Center, the Liberian Fishing Monitoring Center and the Liberia Bureau of National Fisheries, will participate in the training. Upon the request of Liberia, the training will focus on remote tracking of tuna vessels. Participants will reinforce their knowledge of vessel monitoring tools such as the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the satellite-based Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). The training has been organized within the...
(APA 12/08/16)
The Liberian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassel, is urging Liberian women to join political parties to contest the 2017 presidential and legislative elections. Speaking at a three-day Liberian Women’s Manifesto Framework Conference in Monrovia which ends Thursday, Minister Cassel stated that it will not be wise for female candidates to contest as independent candidates, noting that contesting on political party tickets will boost their chances of winning the elections. She noted that Liberian women always support their male counterparts in political party activities to win legislative elections, but are not recognized for key positions in these parties. She observed that none of the 22 political parties accredited by the National Elections Commission (NEC) has a...
(APA 12/08/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to the government and people of Tanzania on the occasion of their 55th Independence Anniversary. December 9, popularly known as Siku ya Unuru, is celebrated each year in Tanzania as its Independence Day. A former German colony then known as Tanganyika, in 1918, it became a British mandated territory when the German colonisers were chased away during the First World War. On December 9, 1961, Tanganyika got its freedom from British rule. Later in 1964, it merged with the island of Zanzibar to become the United Republic of Tanzania. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, President Sirleaf, in her message to the President of Tanzania, Mr. John Pombe Magufuli, on...
(APA 12/08/16)
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Trade Liberalization in the ECOWAS sub-region is the necessary first step towards economic integration. According to a presidential mansion statement issued on Thursday in Monrovia, President Sirleaf made the statement on Wednesday, when she met a delegation of ECOWAS Task Force on Trade Liberalization Scheme at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia and received updates on the team's assessment mission. She praised the delegation for the assessment conducted as well as providing the necessary updates. She indicated that the assessment by the Task Force is appreciated by the government and people of Liberia. According to the statement, the assessment mission focused on reinforcing economic integration in West Africa as well as the need for...

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