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EXCLUSIVE: President Kenyatta’s ninth state address on the coronavirus pandemic

EXCLUSIVE: President Kenyatta’s ninth state address on the coronavirus pandemic

AFRICA
Fellow Kenyans, When I last addressed you on the 6th of June this year, the nation was confronted with a dilemma of TWO RIGHTS over the COVID-19 crisis. The two dominant positions were whether to re-open the country or not.   One side of the divide presented an economic argument.  They wanted us to re-open the country and save the economy. They argued that COVID was a health crisis alright; but it was also an economic crisis at the core.  If we take care of the economics of Corona, they argued, the health crisis will be easier to manage; more so with the necessary protocols in place. The opposite side tabled a compelling case against re-opening the country on the 6th of June, 2020.  Made up of medical scientists and researchers, this group of experts argued...
Konnect Africa offers Broadband Internet Connection to all Isolation Centers in Sokoto State, Nigeria to fight against Covid-19

Konnect Africa offers Broadband Internet Connection to all Isolation Centers in Sokoto State, Nigeria to fight against Covid-19

TECHNOLOGY
SOKOTO, Nigeria, July 7, 2020/ -- Konnect, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) (www.Eutelsat.com), pursues its ambition to connect the entire African continent to very high speed Internet, and more particularly in this context of the current health crisis. Konnect has recently proposed to offer broadband internet connection to isolation centers to fight against Covid-19 in Sokoto, a north-western state in Nigeria, where it will enable the real-time connection of centers, leading to an effective coordination of medical services and improved the care offer thanks to telemedicine. With this offer, Konnect joins the fight of several African governments to combat Covid-19 by allowing access to care for the greatest number of people. Each isolation center will ...
African Development Bank appoints new Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development

African Development Bank appoints new Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 7, 2020/ -- The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) is pleased to announce the appointment of Wambui Gichuri as Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 5 July 2020. Wambui joined the African Development Bank Group in 2018 as Director, Water Development and Sanitation. She currently oversees the Bank’s water sector program of over $ 4.5 billion covering 44 countries and multinational projects. Wambui Gichuri, Acting Vice President- Agriculture, Human and Social Development at AFDB Wambui supervises two divisions: the Water Development, Coordination and Partnerships, and Water Security and Sanitation divisions, as well as the African Water Facility divisions, a project preparation facility. She also leads the ...
BUA Cement set to establish Ultramodern 3million Cement Plant, 50mw Power Plant in Adamawa

BUA Cement set to establish Ultramodern 3million Cement Plant, 50mw Power Plant in Adamawa

AFRICA
LAGOS, Nigeria, July 7, 2020/ -- BUA Cement (www.BUAgroup.com), One of West Africa’s largest Cement companies has announced that it is set to establish a three million metric tonnes cement plant and 50 megawatts power plant in Guyuk and Lamurde local governments of Adamawa state in the North Easter region of Nigeria. This was revealed when the Chairman of BUA, Abdul Samad Rabiu led the BUA Cement Management team on a courtesy call to the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in the Government House, Yola. Speaking during the visit, Abdul Samad Rabiu said preliminary findings show that the two local governments of Guyuk and Lamurde are reputed to have good quality of limestone deposits and BUA Cement is ready to begin the investment in the state. He added that the BUA will use ne...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Blade Nzimande on funding awards to South Africa Coronavirus COVID-19 testing ability

Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Blade Nzimande on funding awards to South Africa Coronavirus COVID-19 testing ability

CORONAVIRUS
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 7, 2020/ -- The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), a DSI entity made seven funding awards to local companies, organisations and researchers in order to ramp up the country's ability to produce locally developed reagents and test kits for COVID-19. The awards are valued at about R18 million with the funding recipients set to commence with their responsibility immediately with approximately six months to begin production. “South Africa currently sources these reagents from international companies, but increasing global demand, fluctuating exchange rates and limited transport options are affecting the supply – resulting in an urgent need to sou...
Former Benue State’s First Lady Yemisi Suswam and Nigerian Hair Entrepreneur Akunna Nwala-Akano Covers Pleasures Magazine July/August 2020 Issue

Former Benue State’s First Lady Yemisi Suswam and Nigerian Hair Entrepreneur Akunna Nwala-Akano Covers Pleasures Magazine July/August 2020 Issue

AFRICA
ABUJA, Nigeria, July 7, 2020/ -- It is time once again to unearth the July/August 2020 edition of your favourite Pan-African Entrepreneurial magazine PLEASURES Magazine (https://PleasuresMagazine.com.ng/). This edition presents an exclusive story on how Female entrepreneurs are shaping Nigeria’s economic future, across a variety of industries, as they are creating successful businesses and contributing towards the economy and leaving their mark in the most impressive way as emerging leaders. It features a special highlight on the former First Lady of Benue state, Arch Yemisi Suswam, an Architect by profession and CEO of All Purpose Shelters Limited. And a cursory look into Africa’s booming business of cosmetologists and beauty products especially hair products, an industry that is expe...
Islamic Development Bank Group to respond to COVID-19 with USD 2.3 Billion package and to launch three supportive and robust initiatives in partnership with UAE Ministry of Economy and AIM

Islamic Development Bank Group to respond to COVID-19 with USD 2.3 Billion package and to launch three supportive and robust initiatives in partnership with UAE Ministry of Economy and AIM

INTERNATIONAL
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 7, 2020/ -- A crowd of over 1000+ engaged participants comprising of exceptional entities, seasonal practitioners, Government officials, individual investors, business associations, entrepreneurs, Multilateral and financial institutions, Chairmen, Presidents & CEOs of local/international companies, Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Investment promotion agencies, came together to celebrate in the IsDB Group (https://www.IsDB.org/) Private Sector Action Response to COVID-19 webinar and launching new online initiatives by Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB Group ) Private Sector Entities in partnership with UAE Ministry of Economy and AIM. The webinar was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajjar, President of Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB Gro...
African Energy Chamber Hopeful for a Quick Resolution of Disagreements Over Fuel Shortages in Tanzania

African Energy Chamber Hopeful for a Quick Resolution of Disagreements Over Fuel Shortages in Tanzania

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 7, 2020/ -- The African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/) expresses its concerns over the alleged arrest and detention of three energy executives in Tanzania last week. Total Tanzania’s Managing Director Jean-Francois Schoepp, Puma Supply Manager Adam Eliewinga and Oryx’s representative August Dominick were arrested for questioning and taken into custody while attending a consultative meeting between oil marketers and the Energy and Water Regulatory Authority (Ewura) in Dar es Salaam.  The African Energy Chamber is calling for the respect of the rule of law, and asking that they be afforded all due processes as required by Tanzanian law. Given how critical these times are the ongoing economic crisis across the continent because of the Covid-19...
Merck Foundation joins hands with African First Ladies to improve cancer care in Africa through providing one, two- and three-year Oncology fellowship and master degree for more than 80 doctors from 26 countries

Merck Foundation joins hands with African First Ladies to improve cancer care in Africa through providing one, two- and three-year Oncology fellowship and master degree for more than 80 doctors from 26 countries

AFRICA, HEALTH
MONROVIA, Liberia, July 7, 2020/ -- Merck Foundation (https://www.Merck-Foundation.com/), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health, continue to provide one, two- and three-year Oncology Fellowship and Master degree for African doctors through their Cancer Access Program with the aim to increase the limited number of Oncologists across the continent. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans emphasized, “Our strategy is to develop a Multidisciplinary Oncology Care team in each country such as; Medical, Surgery, Pediatric, Gynecology, Radiation Oncologists, Nursing, Pathologist and Radiology Technician. As an African woman, I am proud that we are making history in Africa ...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso resumes Polio Vaccination Campaigns under strict COVID-19 prevention measures

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso resumes Polio Vaccination Campaigns under strict COVID-19 prevention measures

HEALTH
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 7, 2020/ -- Yesterday, Burkina Faso concluded a four-day mass polio immunization campaign, vaccinating 174 304 children under five years of age in two districts of the country’s Centre-East region, while observing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures. The campaign is the first to be conducted since the government suspended all mass immunization on 27 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with the physical distancing guidelines to curb transmission of the virus. As immunization campaigns resume, World Health Organization (WHO) teams at both regional and country offices have developed guidance for countries and frontline workers to ensure their safety and that of the children and their families. All vaccinators and he...
Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite coronavirus

Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite coronavirus

Entertainment
BAALBEK, Lebanon — Lebanon on Sunday hosted its annual music festival in the ancient northeastern city of Baalbek without an audience for the first time, a move organizers dubbed “an act of cultural resilience” to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the country’s unprecedented economic meltdown. Held amid soaring Roman columns, the Baalbek International Festival was founded in 1956. This year, it’s being broadcast on local and regional TV stations and livestreamed on social media in an effort to spread “unity and hope.” “We could not have an audience, since it is impossible to bring 2,000-3,000 people to Baalbek amid the coronavirus precautions, so we decided to bring Baalbek into people’s homes,” Nayla de Freige, the festival’s president, told the local LBC TV station. The conc...
Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications

Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications

Entertainment
NEW YORK — Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as “Waitress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. He was 41. Cordero died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai hospital after more than 90 days in the hospital, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. “God has another angel in heaven now,” she posted on Instagram. “Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband.” Cordero entered the emergency room on March 30 and had a succession of health setbacks, including mini-strokes, bl...
protocols agree on to resume NHL, NHLPA season

protocols agree on to resume NHL, NHLPA season

Sports
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association agreed Sunday on protocols to resume the season, a major step toward the return of hockey this summer. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press there was an agreement on protocols for training camps and games and the sides are still negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement, which is crucial to the process. A person with knowledge of the situation said the return-to-play protocols would only go into effect if each side votes to approve the full package of the CBA extension and return-to-play agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because CBA talks are still ongoing. To complete a return, two-thirds of the league’s board of governors and majorities of the players’ executive committee and full ...
Australia to shut state border as Melbourne infections surge

Australia to shut state border as Melbourne infections surge

INTERNATIONAL
MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian authorities were preparing to close the border between the country’s two largest states, as the country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, recorded two deaths and its highest-ever daily increase in infections on Monday. The border between the states of New South Wales — home to Sydney — and Victoria — home to Melbourne — is due to be shut late Tuesday. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was a critic of states that closed their borders to her state when Sydney had Australia’s largest number of coronavirus cases. But she said she changed her stance because the situation in Melbourne was unprecedented and indicated the pandemic was in a new phase. The overwhelming majority of new infections detected in Melbourne in recent weeks were from com...
Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

Czech volunteers develop functioning lung ventilator in days

HEALTH
PRAGUE — Tomas Kapler knew nothing about ventilators — he’s an online business consultant, not an engineer or a medical technician. But when he saw that shortages of the vital machines had imperiled critically ill COVID-19 patients in northern Italy, he was moved to action. “It was a disturbing feeling for me that because of a lack of equipment the doctors had to decide whether a person gets a chance to live,” Kapler said. “That seemed so horrific to me that it was an impulse to do something.” And so he did. “I just said to myself: ‘Can we simply make the ventilators?’” he said. Working around the clock, he brought together a team of 30 Czechs to develop a fully functional ventilator — Corovent. And they did it in a matter of days. Kapler is a member of an informal group of v...
India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps amid border standoff

TECHNOLOGY
NEW DELHI — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying the company was working to comply with an India government ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. While service in India was suspended, the ban was largely symbolic since the apps can’t be automatically erased from devices where they’ve already been downloaded. The move was a response to a border clash with China where 20 Indian soldiers died earlier this month, digital experts said. “They want to send a message. This is a decision based on a geopolitical situation,” said digital rights activist Nikhil Pahwa. Indian protesters have been calling for a boycott of Chinese goods since the June 15 confrontation in the remote Karakoram mountain b...
Pakistan minister tests positive for coronavirus

Pakistan minister tests positive for coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Minister of State for Health Zafar Mirza tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest high profile government minister to contract the virus. Foreign Minister Moahmood Qureshi announced Friday that he too tested positive for the virus. The two men say their symptoms are mild. In a tweet on Monday, Mirza said he is self-isolating. Pakistan has recorded 231,813 infections and 4,762 deaths. Prime Minister Imran Khan has refused to impose strict lockdowns, easing many restrictions, but ordering people to wear masks and social distance, though most people, especially among the poor and in the congested cities are not able to keep their distance. The government has sealed hundreds of markets throughout the country where large numbers of infections have been...
Israel successfully launch a new spy satellite in orbit

Israel successfully launch a new spy satellite in orbit

TECHNOLOGY
JERUSALEM — Israel’s Defense Ministry announced the successful launch of a new spy satellite early on Monday that would help the country monitor Iran’s nuclear activity as its foreign minister hinted that Israel may have been behind a fire that damaged an Iranian nuclear site last week. The “Ofek 16” satellite gives Israel what officials described as an additional tool in keeping tabs on many threats from across the region, joining a fleet of Israeli spy satellites that have been launched over the past two decades. While officials did not identify specific threats, arch-enemy Iran, which Israel accuses of trying to develop nuclear weapons, is first among them. The launch came a day after Iran finally acknowledged that a mysterious fire last week damaged a new centrifuge assembly ce...
Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter

Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter

TECHNOLOGY
CHICAGO — A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial injustice. These groups, which now boast a collective audience of more than 1 million members, are still thriving after most states started lifting virus restrictions. And many have expanded their focus. One group transformed itself last month from “Reopen California” to “California Patriots Pro Law & Order,” with recent posts mocking Black Lives Matter or changing the slogan to “White Lives Matter.” Members have used profane slurs to refer to Black people a...
Africa airspace resumes to operate despite a spike in COVID-19 cases

Africa airspace resumes to operate despite a spike in COVID-19 cases

CORONAVIRUS
JOHANNESBURG — As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A few tested positive. Then, between June 24 and 30, the country’s confirmed cases shot from 11 to 81. Now the Indian Ocean nation has delayed reopening for commercial flights for its lucrative tourism industry until Aug. 1, if all goes well. African nations face a difficult choice as infections are rapidly rising: Welcome the international flights that originally brought COVID-19 to the ill-prepared continent, or further hurt their economies and restrict a lifeline for badly needed hum...