Monday 25 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(APA 09/18/17)
APA - Nouakchott (Mauritania)- The National Front for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), which groups the generality of the Mauritanian opposition has warned of an impending “disaster” that could strike the rural areas thanks to prolonged dry spells during the rainy season. “There is a catastrophe threatening our rural areas today, farmers and herders included” FNDU warned in a statement issued in Nouakchott. “The country has experienced a great delay in the rainy season this year and witnessed an alarming deficit...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(APA 09/15/17)
Mauritanian Minister of Culture and Crafts, Mohamed Lemine Ould Cheikh has sought to justify the expulsion of a team of US human rights activists, claiming their presence slated for September 8 to 15, was in violation of his country’s law. Expelled by the Mauritanian authorities on Friday through the Oumutounsi Airport in Nouakchott, the US activists had “a program that espouses sectarianism in Mauritanian society” Cheikh who also doubles as government spokesman told a press conference in Nouakchott on Thursday. A dozen US activists have announced their wish to inquire about the efforts made to eradicate slavery
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way...
(Alakhbar 09/14/17)
ALAKHBAR (Nouakchott) - L’ex-président de l’assemblée nationale mauritanienne et chef du parti APP, Messoud Ould Belkheir, a appelé ses compatriotes au boycott de la Chine et de l'Inde qu’il accuse de soutenir "les exactions commises par le régime birman contre les Rohingyas". « J’appelle les Mauritaniens a boycotter la Chine maudite », a dit Messaoud qui était accueilli ce mercredi l’aéroport de Nouakchott après un séjour médical aux Emirats arabes unis. L’ex président de l’assemblée nationale mauritanienne a également exprimé...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for...
(APA 09/06/17)
APA-Nouakchott (Mauritania) - Ten people were killed on Monday night in a violent storm with rain in the vicinity of Boghe village (320 kilometers south from Nouakchott) on the Mauritanian shore of the Senegal River, local sources reported. Some 26 people were injured in the storm, due in part to the collapse of mud and wattle structures. About ten people were evacuated to the Aleg hospital (the capital of the region) for intensive care, while the others were treated on...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of...
(Agence Ecofin 08/31/17)
Presently, 3,740 hectares are used in Mauritania for vegetable production, against 2,500ha previously, thus nearly 50% more. This was disclosed by the general secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ahmedou Bouh. 3 740 hectares. The official who was expressing himself during a workshop to validate the national strategy for the development of vegetable farms held jointly by the ministry of agriculture and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said the increase aligns with the government’s plans to boost...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change. China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, a coalition of financing institutions, smart grid providers and core manufacturers, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation with Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). "Africa has the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it," said Seyni...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy,...
(APA 08/28/17)
APA-Nouakchott (Mauritania) - Heavy rains on Saturday evening have disrupted traffic in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, making it difficult for pedestrians and motorists to find their way around the city. Most of the city’s roundabouts are inundated as a result of unrelenting rainfall ranging from 15 to 37 mm depending on the area. There were traffic jams and even breakdowns of vehicles in the middle of the water. Pedestrians did their best to negotiate their way around the city, avoiding...

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