| Africatime
Thursday 18 September 2014
(AL Jazeera 09/18/14)
Liberia's president has called on the world to do more to end a spiralling Ebola outbreak that has crippled her country. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday described US President Barack Obama's commitment to ramp up efforts against the virus as "significant" but said she hopes it will only be the beginning. "This disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem. The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis.' "We hope this decision by the United States will spur the rest of the international community into action,'' Sirleaf said in a written statement read out by Information Minister Lewis Brown at a press conference. Obama announced on Tuesday that...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
GENEVA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos on Tuesday called for a quick response to avoid the humanitarian crisis in Ebola affected countries. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, She warned Ebola could be a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected. Noting that Liberia and Sierra Leone have emerged from humanitarian crisis less than a decade ago and Guinea has been through a period of political instability, she said the Ebola outbreak poses a serious threat for these countries to recover from conflicts. She said the capacities to deliver the necessities of daily...
(Voice of America 09/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on containing the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa.The Council, which deals with threats to international peace and security, has previously discussed only one other public health crisis - HIV AIDS. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports nearly 5,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever-like illness in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with Liberia being at the epicenter of the outbreak...
(Ipp media 09/18/14)
Weak meteorological management systems in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries undermine weather disaster predictions leaving the region vulnerable to natural catastrophes. To address the challenge, Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA) has developed mitigation strategies that will lead to improved forecast. Speaking at the opening of the 8th MASA Annual General Meeting (AGM-VIII), Acting Arusha Regional Commissioner Jowika Kasunga said, the low quality management systems currently in use leave the region susceptible to natural disasters. He acknowledged that...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Travel bans to Ebola-hit West African countries have undermined the fight against the pandemic that has claimed 2500 lives, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Wednesday. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Luis Sambo, regretted that countries defied international health regulations to impose a travel ban to the pandemic hotspots. "Travel restrictions to countries affected by Ebola have compromised the deployment of emergency assistance, including personnel and essential commodities," Sambo told a regional ministerial summit...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
WASHINGTON, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Ebola virus that has become rampant in West Africa will enormously hurt fragile economic growth of the three hard-hit nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone if it goes unchecked, the World Bank Group (WBG) warned Wednesday. The World Bank said this year, the economic growth rate in Guinea will fall to 2.4 percent from 4.5 percent; for Sierra Leone, to 8 percent from 11.3 percent; and for Liberia, to 2.5 percent from 5.9 percent...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
KIGALI, Sep. (Xinhua) -- Business and government leaders at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Kigali declared Africa is open for business on Wednesday, at the conclusion of the three-day meeting. Speaking at the closing session, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González said the conference, first time held in Africa, reflected the reality of global trade. "We have seen the dynamism and synergies of South-South partners at this WEDF, including from China, India, Brazil and Turkey who...
(PANA 09/18/14)
Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Despite overall progress in developing countries as a whole, large differences remain across regions, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report, published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), says. The region has been afflicted by conflict and natural disasters, and more than one in four people remain undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa – the highest prevalence of all the regions.
(AFP 09/17/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo still has a long way to go to meet its pledges under a peace deal agreed last year, 10 Congolese NGOs said on Wednesday. The accord, signed in February 2013 along with 10 other African countries, aimed to bring peace to DR Congo's eastern region after a series of wars with foreign-backed insurgents. Under the UN-brokered deal, Kinshasa agreed to reform its security forces, judiciary and democratic system after almost three months of talks with regional leaders. Congolese rebel group M23 agreed to lay down arms in November last year after a 20-month insurgency, raising hopes for peace
(Voice of America 09/17/14)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is "taking the lead" in efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He told reporters Tuesday that he and World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan will outline an international plan on Thursday during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The council is due to vote the same day on a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on member states to quickly send aid, field hospitals and health workers to...
(BBC News Africa 09/17/14)
President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Mr Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities. Ebola has killed 2,461 people this year, about half of those infected, the World Health Organization said. The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
(Reuters) - The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion response to keep its spread within the "tens of thousands" of cases, United Nations officials said on Tuesday. The virus has killed 2,461 people, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus, and the toll has doubled in the last month, World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said. "Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we're facing is unparalleled in modern times," Aylward told a news conference in Geneva. "We don't know where the numbers are going on this."
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council could adopt a resolution later this week to expand the global response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by calling on countries to lift travel restrictions and provide urgent assistance, including field hospitals and staff. The draft U.N. resolution on Ebola, circulated to council members and obtained by Reuters, calls on U.N. member states, particularly in the region, "to lift general travel and border restrictions ... that contribute to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. "The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better," Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "But, right now, the world still...
(Standard Digital 09/17/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts against Ebola, saying the global reaction to the deadly disease would not have been the same if it had happened in Europe or America. Speaking during a round table discussion panel of high level delegates comprising of Heads of States and leaders of Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Kenyatta said time has come for African leaders to look for homegrown solutions to the continent's problem. He said the global response to...
(Ipp media 09/17/14)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florie Liser today will discuss the outcomes of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit including commitments and progress on trade and economic growth. A report from US Embassy to Tanzania that was made available to The Guardian yesterday say the discussion will be held via telephonic press conference. It will reflect on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington DC on August 4th to 6th this year to discuss various issues relating to investment in African countries, peace keeping, democracy and governance, health issues, areas to partners with African countries.
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) said on Monday that it is giving pre-deployment briefing to volunteers under its operation support to Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The first batch of 30 volunteers to be deployed in Liberia are receiving the briefing at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa and they are expected to depart the headquarters on Wednesday. AU is sending a team of health workers and other specialists to tackle the Ebola Virus...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
PRETORIA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday kicked off an emergency summit in South Africa's Pretoria to find solutions to political stalemate in Lesotho. The gathering is the second of its kind after Lesotho's military staged an attempted "coup" last month, forcing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee to South Africa and paralyzing the government. In his opening remarks, South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics,...
(KBC 09/16/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts against Ebola, saying the global reaction to the pestilence would not have been the same if it had happened in Europe or America. Speaking during a round table discussion panel of high level delegates comprising of Heads of States and leaders of Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Kenyatta said time has come for African leaders to look for homegrown solutions to the continent’s problem. He said the global response to Ebola...
(IRIN 09/16/14)
Addis Ababa — Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. It says these farmers are now facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change. Farmers are already contending with an increase in average temperatures, with further increases of between 1.5 and...

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