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.

(Ecofin Agency) - The United States announced the freezing of $130 million worth of aid to Ethiopia. The measure is to pressure the country as part of the negotiations for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

(Togo First) - Togo will try to raise 25 billion FCFA on the regional financial market by September 11.


“(Business in Cameroon) - Ibom Air currently deploys a fleet of five 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets,” an article published on Forbes on August 4, informed.

For the 2020 crop year, the operational teams of Bolloré Transport & Logistics have processed 10,575 tonnes, or 940 TEU, of mangos via air and maritime transport.


SWITZERLAND – Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Switzerland, Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councillor and Norman Gobbi the president of the Ticino cantonal council will open the new Ceneri Base Tunnel, and will officially hand it over to the operator Swiss railways, SBB on 4 September.

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.


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[Nation] Kenya's Covid-19 deaths have risen exponentially in the past two weeks, a trend that has health officials worried.

[WHO] Dakar -- Senegal's Institut Pasteur was one of only two laboratories in Africa able to test for COVID-19 at the onset of the pandemic in early 2020. The institution's director, Dr Amadou Sall, speaks about the efforts Senegal has made to strengthen testing as well as the challenges faced.

[Daily Maverick] The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to a number of urban projects that provide opportunities to build community. Among those that are seeding hope and neighbourhood connection are projects that involve gardens and bicycles.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The health ministry announced 276 more coronavirus cases on Monday picked from 2,162 samples analyzed over a period of 24 hours.

[Vanguard] The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) weekend banned all products manufactured by Mars Remedies PVT Limited, India over falsification of Ciprofloxacin Tablets BP 500mg with NAFDAC registration number NO C4-0498 for Pinnacle Health Pharmaceutical Ltd.

[Nairobi News] Kenya on Monday recorded her highest Covid-19 deaths as 18 patients succumbed to the virus overnight bringing the country's death toll to 920.

[FrontPageAfrica] Accra -- Princess Barrolle, the Liberian-born Afro-Beat/Reggae, and Soul singer are upbeat about the launch of her upcoming album, Desire, a project two years in the making that showcases her vocal range as a solid artist and performer.

[263Chat] Controversial musician Soul Jah Love (real name Soul Musaka) has come to for his counterpart, Jah Master's rescue following the latter's fall out with music lovers.

[New Zimbabwe] Popular Zim hip-hop musician, Mgcini Calvin Nhliziyo, better known as "That Luveve boy" has died.

[Nairobi News] Deputy President William Ruto is set to feature in the video of remix to Gengetone music group Wakali Wao's titled 'Mboka ni Mboka.

[Cameroon Tribune] He spits fire in his recent hit titled "Njansang" whose video was released October 11, 2020.

[New Dawn] One of the Liberia'sinternational artists based in Australia,Kolando Baby Zulu, popularly known as 'Kzee-Bigname' urges local musicians here to produce songs or music that portrays Liberian culture.

[Daily News] IN attempts to improve Science teaching and address the subject shortage of teachers in some schools, Magare Company in Mwanza through its managing director has agreed to employ six teachers for a local public school.

[Nation] Public schools heads want the Ministry of Education to direct parents to pay school fees for their children who reported back a week ago, saying majority of learners did not pay for second term.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Senior Pastor of the historic Providence Baptist Church in Liberia, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr. has been elected as the new President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary And Educational Convention (LBMEC).

[Vanguard] Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has directed schools in Ibadan to resume normal academic activities from Monday.

[Premium Times] The directive followed a review of the situation in the Ibadan metropolis as earlier promised by Gov Makinde

[GroundUp] Over 470,000 children at 1,010 Western Cape schools depend on the National School Nutrition Programme for food.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- October 2020 Viettel Tanzania Public Limited Trading as Halotel is still celebrating five years of its service since it started its operations in Tanzania. For all that time, the company has managed to achieve its goals to the maximum, which includes increasing of number for its subscribers.

[MAP] Brussels -- Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced that it will resume operating flights to Morocco for the 2020/2021 winter season.

[The Point] His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia has confirmed the appointment of the acting Director General (DG) of The Gambia Tourism Board (GTBOARD), Abubacarr S. Camara to director general.

[Daily Trust] The CEO of Hillview Travels Ltd, Aliyu B. Malabu, in this exclusive interview speaks to why he wants to revive Mambilla Air. He also spoke on the state of Nigeria's aviation industry, and doubted the feasibility of having a national carrier in the lifetime of this government.

[New Times] Rwanda has made it to the Forbes' list of top 20 best destinations to travel to in 2021.

[Ghanaian Times] The Minority in Parliament is questioning the circumstances under which Frontiers Health Services Limited was awarded the contract to test passengers for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Kotoka International Airport.

Ferhat Bouda is a photographer on a mission. His goal: to preserve Berber culture and celebrate its strong women. His images are as impressive as his life.

Swiss photographers Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer spent months traveling across the US taking pictures of people from all walks of life.

Photos collected by Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, are on display in an exhibition in Cologne, shedding a new light on her character.

From weightlifting teen girls in Egypt to the saga of a Russian clown, there's a lot on offer during the 2020 edition of the documentary film festival.

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An attack on artefacts on Berlin's Museum Island has shocked museums worldwide. How can the protection of such artworks be improved, and how many more safety measures do they need?

[New Dawn] A Liberian female, Ms. Estella M.S. Browne has cautioned youths in the country, particularly young girls to wake up and add values to their lives.

[African Union] The Special Envoy of the African Union Chairperson on Women, Peace and Security has followed closely recent tragic developments in Nigeria and wishes to echo the concerns expressed by the Chairperson of the African Commission, His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, and second the call made by the Nigeria Chapter of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN).

[Daily Maverick] Despite a lot of noise and policy reform, South Africa remains one of the cruelest countries for women in the world. But we need to press on.

[Swazi Media] Swaziland Gender Links is to host a two-day summit and launch a Women in Local Economic Development network (WLED).

[Nation] Women leaders, among them Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, have thrown their weight behind the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, but called for a clear implementation matrix to the gender equality proposals outlined.

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Belarusian factory workers, students and pensioners have taken to the streets in a nationwide strike. President Alexander Lukashenko remains defiant after 11 weeks of mass protests.

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Ferhat Bouda is a photographer on a mission. His goal: to preserve Berber culture and celebrate its strong women. His images are as impressive as his life.

Swiss photographers Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer spent months traveling across the US taking pictures of people from all walks of life.

Photos collected by Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, are on display in an exhibition in Cologne, shedding a new light on her character.

An artificial beach strip in Manila Bay has environmentalists up in arms. Scientists warn its dolomite sand could harm people's health and marine wildlife.

[Nation] Mogadishu -- The Lower House of Somalia's Federal Parliament has approved the new Cabinet formed by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble last Monday.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Chadema presidential candidate Tundu Lissu claimed yesterday there were vote-rigging plans on the October 28 polls meant to deny the opposition victory across all the electoral levels.

[Daily Trust] The Federal Government has warned that the nation risks resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic due to the large gatherings of the #EndSARS protests and the violence that followed.

[This Day] The federal government has urged those who took away medicines and vaccines stored in its warehouses across the country to return them to avoid harmful effects.

[Seychelles News Agency] Seychelles' newly elected leader, Wavel Ramkawalan, was sworn in as the country's fifth president in a ceremony at State House in the country's capital on Monday.

[Nation] Leaders and members of the public from across the country have gathered at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi for the official unveiling of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

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Growing civil unrest across Thailand could deal a big blow to its economy, already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. A cursory glance through Thailand's history with its many coups only amplifies those concerns.

One in three German cars are sold in China. The world's largest car market is increasingly developing into a lifeline for manufacturers during the coronavirus pandemic. But this also creates risks.

[] The trilateral negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will resume on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, following a seven-week break.

[Monitor] All public leaders have been directed to register and declare their wealth through the Inspectorate of Government (IG)'s online declaration system.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -- Days after President Donald Trump accused Ethiopia of breaking a deal he had negotiated over Egypt's rights to water from the Nile, the African Union is kick-starting renewed trilateral talks on the issue between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Orange-Liberia has extended its sponsorship with the Liberia Football Association (LFA) for three years valued at nearly one million United States dollars (US$1 million).

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Defending Liberia Football Association Second Division Champions Barrack Young Controller have completed the signing of Watanga FC young defender Henry Sakama.

[Nairobi News] Harambee Stars head coach Jacob "Ghost" Mulee has named his squad for the upcoming back-to-back 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (AFCON) against Comoros scheduled for next month.

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[allAfrica] Cape Town -- Every year since Senzo Meyiwa's death, a new lead surfaces, pointing to possible arrests.

[Namibian] DRIKUS Coetzee and Michelle Vorster took the main honours at Namibia's premier cycling race, the Tour de Windhoek over the weekend.

[UNEP] Burkina Faso country is implementing several multilateral environmental agreements - including the National Economic and Social Development Plan (2016-2020), which envisages "strong, sustainable and inclusive economic growth." But transformational change is no small feat. In 2019, Burkina Faso ranked 141 out of 162 countries in terms of progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

[Daily News] Sustainable Development Goals are a set of international development goals in plan from 2015 to 2030 that was adopted by the UN Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015 building on the success of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

[ANGOP] Lubango -- At least 225 rural schools will be set up later this month in th e provinces of Huila, Namibe and Cunene, with a view to increasing the resilience of peasant families and helping to improve agricultural production.

[Observer] As we commemorate the 75th Birth Anniversary of the United Nations on October 24, 2020, we know that the United Nations was founded to bring peace to the world. Peace to the world can come only when there is Justice for All. In the midst of the prevailing violence globally, especially in West Africa, let us become motivated to end poverty so that it can no longer be used as a pretext for violence, including Civil War.

[The Conversation Africa] Nigeria has an estimated population of about 206 million, making it the seventh most populous country in the world. The country's population is projected to increase to 263 million in 2030 and 401 million in 2050 when it will become the third most populous country in the world.

[New Times] Rwanda has launched an ambitious Rwf31.9 billion landscape restoration project that will restore the natural forests of Amayaga in Rwanda's Southern Province and benefit 1.3 million Rwandans.

[Nation] I had the distinct honour of playing some role in the decoupling of Safaricom from Telkom Kenya.

[This Day] Country Manager, Dimension Data Nigeria, Olugbenga Olabiyi, speaks on the company's recent rebranding and its commitment to drive the Nigerian enterprise market through enhanced customers' experience. Excerpts:

[Nairobi News] President Uhuru Kenyatta praised a 26-year-old Kenyan innovator who earned global recognition with his invention of smart hand gloves capable of converting sign language movements into audio speech.

[Govt of SA] South Africa is to establish a Platinum Valley that will serve as an industrial cluster bringing various hydrogen applications in the country together to form an integrated hydrogen ecosystem. The initiative is part of the government's economic recovery plans.

[Govt of SA] Platinum Valley project to pull SA's hydrogen initiatives into one ecosystem

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