UAE makes Avani Barbarons Resort Available to Seychelles

SEYCHELLES, 04 April 2020 

Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the ‘Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort’ will be made available to the Government of Seychelles to be used by the Department of Health as a facility to accommodate their  health personnel and supporting frontline service members, in the efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to our weekly brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help member states, Africa CDC has begun to share a weekly brief detailing the latest changes in scientific knowledge and public health policy changes, as well as updates to the latest guidance from WHO and others.

SOUTH AFRICA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that his government had made missteps in efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, but the lockdown was needed to lessen the disease from spreading among the people.

WorldStage Newsonline – The Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) have urged the Federal Government to intervene in the heavy import duties they used to pay for imported meters.

The Rwandan Ministry of Education is considering the recruitment of 7,200 teachers to support the development of a 12 year basic-education especially in remote rural areas as schools are set to reopen in September, an official source confirmed Tuesday to APA in Kigali.

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According to Dr Irenée Ndayambaje, the Director General of the Rwanda Education Board, the recruitment intends to bridge the student-teacher ratio which stands at 59:1 in primary and 29:1 in secondary schools.

The new joint military and police operation tagged “Operation Accord” to root out bandits in some northern states and the new upward review of electricity tariff are the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers recently.

Namibia has been hit by an outbreak of red locusts in the central part of the country, a senior official announced recently.

Morocco's economy is expected to contract by 5.2 percent in 2020, followed by a rebound of 4.2 percent in 2021, according to predictions by the central bank.

Angola expects to implement a USD 400 million two-phase project in the clean energy segment, funded by the World Bank and the French Development Agency

(Togo First) - Togo’s ministry of culture, tourism, and leisure will rehabilitate the Kara hotel in the northern part of the country.


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[Nairobi News] Four Kenyan short films have been selected in the just concluded Ladima Foundation which had in partnership with the DW Akademie announced a short film competition for African women content creators and filmmakers on life during the Covid-19 pandemic.

[Nation] Week 16 saw the highest number of new cases reported in a day and the lowest number of recoveries registered in a month.

[Daily Trust] The Yoruba culture, in which I was raised, is famous for instilling in children, the need to respect elders.

[Nairobi News] Civil society organisations supporting legalization of abortion have defended Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika from attacks by some religious leaders and other ant-abortion proponents who have criticised her after she tabled the Reproductive Health Bill.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 309 new coronavirus cases raising the cumulative number of infections registered in the country since March to 7,886.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The country's coronavirus case fatality rate has fallen to 2.03 per cent marking the lowest rate recorded since the outbreak of the contagion which the World Health Organization has labeled as potentially endemic.

[New Zimbabwe] AFTER Van Choga broke his silence and issued a press statement on Facebook, dancehall chanter Seh Calaz has terminated the hilarious artiste's contract with the Yala Nation record label with immediate effect.

[New Era] Mentos Goagoseb Namibia's rising producer, also known as Dj Dozza, is a young and ambitious businessman with a strong passion for music.

[Sony Music Entertainment] Johannesburg -Crowned "a new kind of global pop star" by The New York Times, award-winning South African rap disruptor Sho Madjozi officially signs to Epic Records--as announced today. She joins the label's esteemed roster as the only South African act in North America.

[Namibian] Germany-based musician Genesa Handrick is back in the country to release her upcoming album 'Sadu !Aroma Ta' (Because of You).

[The Herald] Rising traditional mbira artiste, Mazarure - real name Renson Madzamba - says preparations for the launch of his first album are now at an advanced stage.

[Nairobi News] Former Taita Taveta Women Representative Joyce Lay seems to have found a new career as a musician.

[Daily Trust] An insurance and asset management firm, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc has supported children education in Nigeria through Children's Day Challenge tagged AXAKidsRock.

[Nation] Tutors at all the technical training colleges (TTC) in the country will undergo Covid-19 tests before they reopen, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said.

[Govt of SA] Proudly South African this week launches its new Buy Local consumer education campaign that will live on various platforms and which includes a tv commercial that will start flighting ‪on 3 July, 2020‬.

[Cameroon Tribune] This was revealed during the daily press briefing yesterday July 1, given that pupils and students have begun writing official examinations.

[Concord] Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone has on Tuesday, June 30th, awarded scholarships to 20 University/College Students and awarded grants to 90 needy students.

[Foroyaa] The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) has informed lawmakers in Banjul on Wednesday that mass promotion will continue across the grades despite the setback the global Covid-19 pandemic posed to the education system.

[Nairobi News] Kenyans with long-term Schengen visas will be allowed to enter European Union countries as the block prepares to reopen its external borders.

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angolan minister of Culture, Tourism and Environment Adjany Costa and United States ambassador to Angola, Nina Maria Fite, analysed Thursday the cooperation in culture, tourism and environment sector.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Tourism Industry has so far lost Sh80 billion in revenue, since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in mid-March this year.

[Shabelle] Domestic flights in Somalia are set to resume on 5th July, in line with the partial easing of lockdown restrictions in parts of the country.

[Nation] The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has reviewed its park entry fee downwards for both Kenyans and international visitors. The move is aimed at resuscitating the tourism sector, which has been badly hit by travel restrictions both local and international.

[Dalsan Radio] The Somali government announced on Thursday that domestic flights which were suspended due to COVID-19 will resume operations from next Sunday.

No easy task: The house in Braunau, Austria where Adolf Hitler was born is to be remade into a police station. How to deal with Nazi-tainted buildings?

The Dalai Lama releases his first music album on his 85th birthday, July 6. The Tibetan spiritual leader has a message about the 'real source of happiness.'

Among the hundreds of film scores he composed were Spaghetti Western classics of the 1960s, such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." The Oscar-winning maestro also wrote music for Quentin Tarantino films, and many more.

For many years, cuckoo clocks and cherry cakes have been successful in advertising the Black Forest worldwide. But tourists from Asia are staying away this summer. New concepts are needed.

Hijacking racist hashtags or flooding US police apps with fancams, K-pop fans have made headlines. But the K-pop industry itself is surprisingly apolitical.

Classical music is a largely European, even Eurocentric art form. Yet there are largely neglected composers with African roots worth getting familiar with.

[SAPS] A 34-year-old man seen in a video going viral, violently assaulting a woman, has appeared before the Kwamhlanga Magistrates' Court yesterday, 03 July 2020, on three counts of assault with an intention to cause grievous bodily harm. The suspect who has been identified as Thomas Jabu Manana, a teacher at a local high school in Kwamhlanga, is alleged to have severely inflicted wounds to a 24-year-old mother of his child on Thursday, 02 July 2020.

[Public Agenda] Stakeholders including the "Champions of Change" in the Wa Municipality have deliberated on the need to harmonize and gazette community child protection by-laws to ensure girls are well protected against any form of abuse.

[Govt of SA] Gender Commission calls for a move from rhetoric statements to action in curbing the scourge against GBV

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[Daily News] CRDB Bank has cut women loans interest rates by over 40 percent through "Malkia/ Queen Account," a move that will ease repayment burden and increase their wellbeing.

[Namibian] THE Landless People's Movement says the ongoing discussions about the legalisation of abortion must include other social issues to find solutions for the root cause of abortion.

No easy task: The house in Braunau, Austria where Adolf Hitler was born is to be remade into a police station. How to deal with Nazi-tainted buildings?

Fans haven't been allowed to attend games since the Bundesliga was suspended in March. It restarted in May but without supporters. The new proposals will have to follow strict guidelines, such as reduced capacity.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives have criticized the European Union's decision to drop its special envoy for religious freedom. A leading Jewish figure called it "the wrong signal for Europe."

Whether in France, Ireland or Germany, Green parties are gaining ground in Europe. Even when they don't make inroads into national governments, the planet wins, writes DW's James Jackson.

Leroy Sane is returning to Germany after spending four seasons in the Premier League, but could his international teammate Kai Havertz be heading in the opposite direction? DW has the latest transfer news and rumors.

Dozens of people are now confirmed or presumed dead amid floods and landslides triggered by torrential downpours on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. The bad conditions are hampering search and rescue operations.

[Nyasa Times] Newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera was set to be inaugurated this Monday at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe during a ceremony which would have also marked 56th Malawi Independence Celebration have been cancelled amidst threat of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic due to rapid increase of virus cases the country has so far registered.

[East African] Mogadishu -- China has criticised a bid by Taiwan to establish diplomatic relations with Somaliland, the breakaway region of Somalia that announced its independence nearly 30 years ago.

[Swazi Media] All 18 cabinet ministers in Swaziland (eSwatini) have been ordered into isolation after one of them tested positive for coronavirus.

[Govt of SA] Statement by the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga on the state of readiness for the return of the second cohort of grades back to school

[Daily Trust] Ado-Ekiti -- Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, says Sen. Dayo Adeyeye and a presidential aide, Babafemi Ojudu, are not his enemies despite the attacks being launched against him by some leaders of the APC.

[Daily Trust] Benin -- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it accepted Governor Godwin Obaseki as its candidate because of his financial discipline in managing the state's resources.

Germany's finance minister wants to beef up the nation's financial regulator in the wake of the Wirecard scandal. The finance watchdog admitted its ineffectiveness in preventing the auditing disaster.

The recent border skirmish between the two Asian giants, the deadliest in decades, over the disputed border in the Himalayas could lead to an economic fallout and more protectionist tendencies in India, experts say.

[New Zimbabwe] MOST women living in remote mining areas are failing to access contraceptives due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, which have limited members of the public's travel.

[Zimbabwe Standard] Zimbabwe is an underdeveloped country that is suffering from the last few years due to the destructive condition of its economy. If we take a brief review of the last few years of the Zimbabwean economy then it can be seen that the main source of income of the country is its agricultural output which is also has decreased by 51%.

[Daily Trust] The Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Engr. Sarki Auwalu, in this interview speaks on the current volatility in the global oil market and the ongoing bidding rounds for marginal oilfields, the Gas Network Transportation Code and other initiatives being undertaken by the department to grow nation's oil and gas industry.

[Daily Trust] In the First Republic, Kaduna town was capital of Northern Region.

Fans haven't been allowed to attend games since the Bundesliga was suspended in March. It restarted in May but without supporters. The new proposals will have to follow strict guidelines, such as reduced capacity.

Leroy Sane is returning to Germany after spending four seasons in the Premier League, but could his international teammate Kai Havertz be heading in the opposite direction? DW has the latest transfer news and rumors.

The German Cup final may have brought down the curtain on Kai Havertz’s time at Bayer Leverkusen, the club that has raised him. So what next for Germany’s brightest young star and the club he looks set to leave behind?

Following a season of few highs and lots of lows, Bremen are trying to save their 40-year relationship with Germany's top flight and avoid adding to a growing trend. On Monday in Heidenheim, they have one final chance.

[Daily Trust] Players of Katsina United are presently smiling to the banks as the Governor of the state, Aminu Bello Masari has fully settled the backlog of salaries owed them since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

[Daily Trust] A former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles coach, John Obuh has warned players in the Nigerian Professional Football League against desperation to play professional football abroad.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism says following the mysterious deaths of elephants in the areas around Seronga since March to date, 275 elephant carcasses have been verified against the 356 reported by the international media. In a press release, the ministry says investigations into the elephant deaths are still ongoing and have so far revealed no evidence of poaching.

[CSJNews] Dr Francis Makiya making a presentation on the magnitude of unsafe abortion in Malawi during the training

[GroundUp] R50,000 worth of food and six computers stolen from Sizanani Caregivers

[New Frame] Wandile Sihlobo's words about his passion for agricultural development in rural areas ring hollow at a close reading of his new book. It is a bidding for Big Agriculture and its supposed land reform answers.

[New Dawn] The Deputy Mission Director at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ms. Rebekah Eubanks has said that extending a helping hand to the poor and vulnerable in Liberia makes good development policy.

[UNEP] The Government of Ghana has launched the process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in efforts to build nationwide resilience to climate change impacts. The project is the first of its kind in Ghana to use future climate projections to plan over large timescales, up to the year 2080.

[Daily News] TECHNOLOGICAL advancement and innovation are rapidly transforming the digital payment ecosystem in Tanzania.

[Namibian] A  young software developer at Walvis Bay has rolled out an initiative that would reduce physical contact at retail shops with Covid-19 registers and improve contact tracing.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Five Batswana have received funding for Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) Third Call COVID-19 Challenge.

[Daily Maverick] On Tuesday, all eyes were on the Eastern Cape. Nelson Mandela Bay is expecting a surge in new infections just as it reaches capacity in most of its hospitals. Meanwhile, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize opened a new field hospital. Activists in the province have managed to distribute information about Covid-19 in isiXhosa to 200 villages via WhatsApp. The country's first clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine was launched, while Parliament was bustling with Q&A sessions.

[Botswana Daily News] Serowe -Response by innovators and entrepreneurs to the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic has not gone unnoticed.

[Daily News] THE Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will spend 750m/- on improving innovation and technology of 70 finalists at this year's national competition for science, technology and innovation.

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