Tuesday 24 April 2018
(Ips News 01/03/14)
For the few plant breeders in Africa like Vivian Oduro, working for an international research institution is an obvious choice, with prestige and benefits any agricultural scientist would find hard to decline. But Oduro - a sweet potato breeder - is staying put. She will use her expertise in Africa for the farmers with whom she now shares a special bond because she understands their challenges intimately. A PhD student at the prestigious West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) in the Ghanaian capital, Oduro is part of a group of new thinkers in crop breeding who see fresh opportunities in Africa. "Working overseas is attractive, but so is Africa when you understand what needs to be done," Oduro told...
(UKzambians 01/02/14)
The China-Africa Development Fund, the nation’s largest equity fund focused on African investments, will raise another $2 billion in 2014 to boost the continent’s agricultural and steel sectors and upgrade its industrial development. Chi Jianxin, president of the fund, said China has been looking to invest in different ways in Africa instead of focusing only on building infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, ports and cement plants. The fund became operational in 2007, with a target of raising $5 billion. It raised an initial $1 billion, with a second tranche of $2 billion being contributed by the China Development Bank in 2012. “With a large number of young workers and abundant natural resources, African countries have good opportunities to capitalize...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/02/14)
ROME Thu Jan 2, 2014 (Reuters) - The Italian navy has rescued 233 mostly African migrants from a 10 meter (yard) boat in Mediterranean waters south of Sicily as the immigration crisis that killed hundreds in shipwrecks in 2013 showed no signs of letting up in the new year. The navy picked them up in choppy seas late on Wednesday and was ferrying them on Thursday to a port near Syracuse on Sicily's eastern coast, a statement said. On board were men and women from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia and Mali as well as from Pakistan, the navy said. Sea arrivals to Italy from Northern Africa more than tripled in 2013, fuelled by refugees from Syria's civil war and political...
(Voice of America 01/02/14)
Researchers had developed the first non-invasive method of detecting malaria infection using a laser beam scanner. The painless test appears to be 100 percent accurate and does not require using any blood.Currently, the gold standard of malaria testing is examining a blood smear under the microscope for evidence of the deadly parasite. A diagnosis requires trained technicians, expensive equipment and time, things that are not always available in poorer and more remote parts of the world. But so-called "vapor nanobubble" technology would eliminate the need to draw any blood. It only requires an individual to place a finger on a laser device, according to Dmitri Lopotko, a researcher with the department of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice University in...
(Dw-World 01/02/14)
After crossing numerous hurdles to reach Europe, many refugees from Africa think their arrival on European soil is the end to their struggles. They soon realise that many more challenges still lie ahead. 20 year-old Sara Mohamed sits in a class with ten other young refugees. Today's lesson is German. Wearing a long, dark headscarf, Sara jokes, laughs heartily and gives the correct answer to questions posed by the teacher. Looking at her, you would not know what she has been through to be in Germany today. At the age of 15 Sara left her home country Somalia to embark on a long and dangerous journey. "I was very young and it was very hard for me but it is...
(AL Jazeera 12/31/13)
The African Union has threatened targeted sanctions against those inciting the violence in South Sudan and hampering international efforts to negotiate an end to the two-week outburst of fighting that risks drawing in the wider region. At a meeting in Gambia in West Africa, the AU said late on Monday it was dismayed by the bloodletting that has already killed more than a thousand people in the world's youngest country. "(Council) expresses its intention to take appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against all those who incite violence, including along ethnic lines, continue hostilities (and) undermine the envisaged inclusive dialogue," the AU's Peace and Security Council said. On Tuesday South Sudanese troops fought rebels believed to be loyal to former Vice...
(BBC News Africa 12/30/13)
Hundreds of Chadians fled violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday, joining thousands who have left in the past week. Chadians living in the CAR have been accused by some of backing anti-government rebels called the Seleka. Similar accusations have been made about the Chadian contingent of the African peacekeeping force in the CAR. The CAR has been wracked by violence since March when the Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize. The conflict has become increasingly sectarian in tone, with the mostly Muslim Seleka militia clashing with Christian groups. Some Muslim Central Africans are reported to be among those fleeing the country. The African Union has sent nearly 4,000 troops to CAR while France, the former colonial power,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of those reporters were killed while...
(The Star 12/30/13)
Africa has much to boast about these days. Crude clichés of a continent blighted by disease, poverty and bloodshed are steadily giving way to a far more promising narrative. In the face of a global economic slump, for instance, Africa keeps company with the world leaders in growth and investment. Meanwhile, democracy continues to spread - though admittedly, not without its setbacks. Economic and political advancement doesn't happen in a vacuum. It requires stability - that pivotal ingredient whose absence held Africa back for so long. When there is good governance, there is less war, and positive things generally follow - development, justice, and prosperity. Usually, they move forward in unison. Conflict is the single biggest driver of extreme poverty...
(UN.org 12/30/13)
The General Assembly today wrapped up its work for the main part of the 68th session by approving a budget of $5.5 billion for the United Nations to carry out its vital work over the next two years. The 193-member body approved the budget for the biennium 2014-2015 by consensus, acting on the recommendation of its committee dealing with administrative and budgetary matters, known as the Fifth Committee, which concluded its work earlier today. "The new budget is lower than the one for the previous biennium, reflecting our shared wish for a fiscally responsible Secretariat," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message delivered to the Assembly meeting by his Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra, following the decision. "We will continue...
(Usa Today 12/28/13)
U.S. military quick-reaction forces put in the field after the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consular compound in Benghazi, Libya, have been in the middle of this month's evacuation of Americans from strife-torn South Sudan. Based in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, soldiers in the Army force first left for South Sudan on Dec. 14 to evacuate diplomats at the embassy in the capital of Juba. Meanwhile, Marines stationed at an air base in Moron, Spain, have deployed to Djibouti and Uganda to help in the evacuations. These moves follow the unsuccessful evacuation attempt of U.S. nationals by a Djibouti-based Navy SEAL team on Dec. 21. Four SEALs were wounded in the evacuation attempt when their V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft came...
(BBC News Africa 12/27/13)
Dozens of people have been killed, including six peacekeepers from Chad, in the latest violence in the Central African Republic, officials say. The peacekeepers were attacked by a Christian militia known as anti-balaka in the capital Bangui on Wednesday. At least 40 other people have also died since Wednesday, Red Cross officials said. African Union (AU) and French troops are battling to end a Christian-Muslim conflict that has engulfed CAR. The AU has nearly 4,000 troops in CAR. France, the former colonial power, has also deployed 1,600 soldiers to help restore order. Militias from the Christian and Muslim groups have been involved in attacks and counter-attacks since Michel Djotodia installed himself as the country's first Muslim ruler in March, ousting...
(Voice of America 12/27/13)
BANGUI — Six Chadian peacekeepers were killed by militia in the capital of Central African Republic during hours of sporadic fighting on Wednesday, a spokesman for the African Union peacekeeping mission (MISCA) said. The Chadians were attacked by “anti-balaka” militia in the Gabongo neighborhood of Bangui, near the airport, MISCA spokesman Eloi Yao told Reuters. Five of them were killed immediately on Wednesday during fighting in Bangui which displaced hundreds of people. The violence eased on Thursday as French peacekeepers took up positions on main roads near the airport and in troubled neighborhoods, though sporadic shooting was reported. “The number of Chadian soldiers killed has risen to six because one of them died from his wounds this morning,” Yao said...
(BBC News Africa 12/27/13)
The entire contents of a former prep school in north Yorkshire is being shipped out to a school in Africa. Furniture, books and a billiard table are among the items donated by the independent school, which closed in the summer but wants to remain anonymous. The 40ft (12m) shipping container is being sent out to pupils in Lawra in Ghana by Wiltshire based charity, Action Through Enterprise (ATE). Sarah Gardner, from ATE, said: "We've been given everything - it's amazing." ATE, which was set up by Ms Gardner, runs a number of schemes in the rural upper west region of Ghana. Action Through Enterprise (ATE) The equipment is for a new teaching block at Karbo Primary School. One of its...
(Sudan Tribune 12/26/13)
(Khartoum) – Chadian president Idris Deby defended his Sudanese counterpart Omer Al-Bashir saying he is not responsible of war crimes and atrocities committed in Darfur region. Speaking in a meeting with Darfurians leaders from the Zaghawa ethnic group in Khartoum on Tuesday Deby said Darfur people are accountable of "gusts and havoc" that hit the western Sudan region during the past ten years. "The major responsibility of destruction (in Darfur) is yours", he said in Arabic with Darfurian accent, adding "do not say that Bashir did or the (Sudanese) army did. But you Darfurians who started (the conflict) and you’re accountable of the displacement of civilians and refugees", he stressed. The president Deby was reacting to a Darfurian leader who...
(AFP (eng) 12/26/13)
BANGUI, December 26, 2013 (AFP) - Five peacekeepers from Chad have been killed in clashes in the Central African Republic capital, the force's spokesman told AFP on Thursday. The circumstances of the deaths in Bangui on Wednesday were unclear, Eloi Yao said. "Yesterday the city was in total chaos and this chaos lasted until the end of the night, today we are trying to understand what happened," he said. The Chadian contingent of the African Union peacekeeping force has been accused of siding with a mostly Muslim former rebel group in the strife-torn majority Christian country. Heavy arms fire erupted in the capital Bangui on Wednesday, triggering panic among residents and prompting a French force to deploy tanks near the...
(Tchadactuel 12/26/13)
Le Collectif de Solidarité avec les Luttes Sociales et Politiques en Afrique se mobilise depuis 2009 à Paris dans le sens d’un soutien aux démocrates africains et dans le sens d’une réforme profonde de la politique française.Il constitue un espace de réflexion collective de plaidoyer et d’échanges entre partis politiques et associations, de France et d’Afrique.Aussi, le dossier d’information « Tchad 2013 : la réhabilitation impossible d’un dictateur notoire » s’attache à décrire à la fois les caractéristiques de la dictature tchadienne, et la relation entre les Etats français et tchadien. Depuis l’arrivée d’Idriss Déby au pouvoir, le Tchad a connu de nombreuses rébellions. De nombreux massacres ont été commis par l’armée tchadienne et en particulier par la Garde républicaine...
( 12/26/13)
Tel Aviv — Hundreds of African migrants and human rights activists marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on 21 December to protest the Israeli government's policy of detaining irregular migrants, the majority of them asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan. The protest came less than a week after a demonstration in Jerusalem by about 150 asylum seekers who had walked out of a new so-called open facility in Israel's southern Negev desert, known as Holot. The protestors hoped to meet with Minister of the Interior Gideon Sa'ar, an avid supporter of Israel's strict "anti-infiltration" measures, but were arrested soon after reaching Jerusalem. Holot was opened in response to a September 2013 Supreme Court ruling, which struck down an amendment...
(Voice of America 12/26/13)
More than 140 passengers from five African countries have been stranded at Brussels International Airport since early Thursday. They were to have departed late Tuesday from Chicago aboard a United Airlines plane with a planned three-hour stop in Brussels. But, their Chicago flight was delayed and they missed their connecting flight on Brussels Airlines. The carrier told them the next available flight is Friday. United told VOA “some passengers did miss their connections on other airlines to their final destinations, and our team in Brussels is doing everything it can to help the passengers make alternate accommodations as soon as possible.” Daniel Dogba, a Liberian who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and one of the stranded passengers, said all 142...
(UN.org 12/26/13)
Three Rome-based United Nations agencies are teaming up on a $2.7 million project to tackle the problem of food losses in developing countries, beginning with pilot programmes in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Globally, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes - enough food to feed 2 billion people - according to a joint news release by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The three-year project by the agencies is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and focuses on food losses in developing countries, which can...

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