African authors are not too well known in Switzerland especially the female authors as I have learned, even by the people who have a general interest in Africa or business in/with Africa.

To circumvent liquidation, proactive engagement with creditors at the early stages of financial distress is imperative
It is well documented that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on businesses. Commerce in most sectors is fighting to keep their doors open, grappling with creditors to avoid winding up proceedings and its far-reaching implications.

The fight against plastic pollution is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the use of disposable masks, gloves and other protective equipment soars, but UN agencies and partners insist that, if effective measures are put into place, the amount of plastics discarded every year can be significantly cut, or even eliminated.

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1) Pollution driven by huge increase in mask sales

The promotion of mask wearing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19 has led to an extraordinary increase in the production of disposable masks: the UN trade body, UNCTAD, estimates that global sales will total some $166 billion this year, up from around $800 million in 2019.

Carly Beischer

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When Carly Beischer, Director of Sales and Partnerships for Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), first started attending university, she had a clear career path in mind – and it didn’t have anything to do with fashion. Instead, she studied history and had planned on building a career around law.

Dr. John Nkengasong and Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil

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Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other factors, Africa has been spared the worst of the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on other parts of the globe and was predicted to do here too.

Tamer Farouk  

Opinion

As the pandemic continues to influence how organisations operate and behave, African businesses need to adapt its workforce and technology considerations

Achare Takor

Opinion

In response the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Cameroon decided on a number of fiscal measures to support Cameroonian businesses and households

With every industrial revolution comes shifts to social, economic, environmental and political systems, paving the way for transformative changes in the way we live and work.

(Modern Ghana) The First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) Maxwell Opoku-Afari has disclosed that government adopted a “whatever it takes” stance to minimize the impact of the pandemic on Ghana's economy.

(Ecofin Agency) - Mobile operator Hormuud Telecom plans to increase its 4G telecom coverage to 100% by 2023. Ahmed Mohamud Yuusuf, the company's chief executive officer, announced the program last  8 July.

The contract for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail tracks has been cancelled and set to be re-awarded.

DJIBOUTI) – The Government of the Republic of Djibouti has approved, during the Council of  Ministers convened on 11 July, a draft law defining the terms and conditions for the total or partial transfers of shares in state-owned capital in public enterprises.


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[allAfrica] As of July 29 confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 6,582,281 while over 41,897,630 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.

[New Zimbabwe] INTERSEX persons in the country have alleged they are being discriminated against in the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme.

[Namibian] SEVERAL people who died from the novel coronavirus in recent weeks were reported to have underlying ailments.

[Daily News] REGIONAL authorities here have embarked on public campaigns to build awareness on the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine. The campaigns aimed at removing the myth spread by some people that over the imported vaccines. Social media have been mainly used as a platform to generate and spread misinformation.

[DW] President Samia Suluhu Hassan has belatedly kicked off Tanzania's COVID-19 vaccination campaign. But the East Africa country still has a long path ahead if it wants beat the coronavirus.

[Nation] Over 10,000 people in Nyeri have not received their second dose of the covid-19 vaccine even as the number of infections in the county continue to rise.

[East African] As most African countries battle third and fourth waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of music lovers will be converging at the Zone Kinama Stadium in Bujumbura July 30-31 for the Marahaba Music Expo.

[Namibian] IT HAS been more than a year ago since Top Score ambassador and musician, My Nigger Get Rich gave us a coronavirus prayer song, which reached nearly 10 000 views on Youtube.

[Nyasa Times] Sand Music Festival says patrons should gear up for an exciting festival come October 1 as it is set to unveil the main headliner for this year's event.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- A Liberian Afro-Pop artist famously known as F.E.J is back with a new single. Based in the US, F.E.J has been off the musical scene for over six years.Post Views: 3

[Nation] Performing artists are now banking on the political truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to eliminate exploitative industry brokers.

[New Zimbabwe] MUSIC superstar Jah Prayzah is set to perform at the multi-billion dollar Dubai Expo 2020.

[Foroyaa] Stakeholders of the Gambia Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) on Tuesday 27th July 2021, met to discuss ways for its development in the Gambia.

[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has disputed misleading reports and misinformation regarding the circular it distributed last week on educators who are not vaccinated.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The world's attention is turning to the gap in worldwide education provision today as the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Summit opens.

[Cameroon Tribune] The Minister of Secondary Education,Nalova Lyonga, launched the scriptscoring exercise in Buea on Tuesday July 27,2021 and was also bearer of a motivational package for examiners.

[New Dawn] Liberia's 174th Independence Day Orator, University of Liberia President, Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson, Jr., stresses a dire need to increase budgetary support for education, including early childhood, primary, secondary, technical, vocational, and tertiary institutions across Liberia.

[This Day] Abuja -- The Federal goverment and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will meet tomorrow, Friday to iron out issues relating to the allegations raised by the lecturers regarding non-implementation of their agreement with the government last December.

[This Day] Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos Terminal Two (MMA2), operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), has won the award of the MostT COVID-19 Compliant Terminal instituted by the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC).

[New Dawn] At Liberia's 174th Independence Day celebration, President George Manneh Weah dedicated a crucial Japanese - built road linking important commercial corridors of Monrovia, saying the "Japan Freeway," formerly Somalia Drive, will bring much-needed relief to people who have long struggled with unending traffic congestion.

[VOA] Harare -- Zimbabwe is opening popular tourism destination Victoria Falls to visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, in a move welcomed by the country's suffering tourism industry.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas has described as compromising and endangering the lives of citizens and incalculable loss of goods and properties the continuous bad road conditions along the main corridors leading to South-eastern Liberia.

[Egypt Online] Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs Ghada Shalaby confirmed that the ministry is paying a great attention to the tourist experiment tourists witness during their visits to Egypt.

[New Era] The tourism industry fears a bumpy road still lies ahead of them, despite relatively favourable protocols, which encourage international tourists to visit the country.

Wagner fans go to great lengths to attend the Bayreuth event. The composer himself contributed to building the myth surrounding his opera festival.

"Black Widow" star Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney over its streaming release of the film, which she claimed deprived her of potential earnings and breached her contract. Disney say she pocketed $20 million to date.

The festival opened with an electrifying staging of Richard Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," with singer Asmik Grigorian and conductor Oksana Lyniv outshining the men.

A giant puppet of a young refugee girl is part of "The Walk," an art initiative that will travel 8,000 kilometers in support of refugees. It will also stop in Germany.

The composer wrote antisemitic essays, but some Jewish artists played a special role in his life. Wagner's relationship with Jews remains a topic of debate.

The move marks the first ever UNESCO recognition of Jewish cultural heritage in Germany. A stretch of the Roman military border, the Limes, also received recognition.

[Vanguard] All is now set for the 21st Regular Council Meeting on Women Development which will hold in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital from August 22-27, 2021and organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs.

[Daily Maverick] After the University of Cape Town said it wouldn't cancel its open lecture with acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who faced a backlash after being accused of transphobia, the university's Students' Representative Council hosted its own webinar.

[New Era] The Omusati region will host a prayer day against crime, gender-based violence and also the deadly Covid-19 pandemic tomorrow afternoon.

[Daily Maverick] The majority of pregnant women in South Africa will still have to wait for a Covid-19 jab. Chris Bateman takes a look at what we do and do not know about Covid-19 and its impact on pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant, and when it is safest for such women to get vaccinated.

[Daily News] IN the wake of rise in gender based violence, President Hussein Ali Mwinyi has issued new directives to the government executives to make self-assessment on how they reinforce efforts to free the Island of the scourge.

[Daily News] THE public has been advised to develop comprehensive interventions for prevention and responses to sexual harassment and other gender-based violence in public places.

The giant container ship finally arrived at its destination more than four months after being stuck for six days in the waterway that links Europe with Asia.

Australia's largest city has been hit hard by a major outbreak of the highly contagious delta variant in recent weeks. Despite strict lockdown measures, the spread of the virus has continued.

Wagner fans go to great lengths to attend the Bayreuth event. The composer himself contributed to building the myth surrounding his opera festival.

Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks' positive coronavirus test sent shock waves through the Tokyo Olympics. The case has put the pandemic center stage as infections in Japan's capital hit a record high.

Experts say India has "a lot of catching up to do" in the domain of technological advancement, such as artificial intelligence. The country faces security challenges from multiple fronts, including China and Pakistan.

Three men accused of forming a far-right criminal organization that spread antisemitic content have appeared in a German court.

[Daily Trust] The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, has predicted more devastating floods from the end of August to early October.

[This Day] Abuja -- President Muhammadu Buhari has given an assurance that Nigeria's budget for the education sector would be increased by 50 per cent in the 2022 and 2023 Appropriation Bills.

[Daily Maverick] A WhatsApp group has emerged as the focal point for the eight days of riots and looting that claimed more than 300 lives and ripped R50bn out of a struggling economy.

[Daily News] PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan yesterday launched a state-of-the-art Infectious Disease Centre (IDC) at Lugalo Military Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

[allAfrica] Doris is a 75-year-old woman from Kayaba informal settlement in Nairobi. As with most families in the settlement, her house is a single dilapidated room with mud walls, a corrugated iron roof, and dirt floors. There is no clean running water, and she shares a public latrine with her neighbors. Doris, not her real name, lives with her late daughter's six children, two of whom have mental health conditions.

[Premium Times] U.S. Department of State described its relationship with Nigeria as "among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa"

[This Day] The UK Government has launched a consultation on new trading rules that will help countries like Nigeria grow their trade and build back better businesses and help British businesses and consumers at the same time.

[Nation] Jobless Kenyan nurses and other health workers will get a chance to work in the UK as part of a new scheme requested by Kenya, and set to be launched Thursday, Nation has learnt.

[GroundUp] People in Nelson Mandela Bay have for the past week been relying on water being trucked in. The city has been in a dire situation as dam levels remain low.

[Monitor] The costs of managing and treating Covid-19 cases has left Arua Regional Referral hospital with arrears amounting to Shs796 million, Daily Monitor has learnt.

[Monitor] The compensation of persons affected by the East Africa Crude Oil pipeline (EACOP) project hangs in balance due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has limited travels and gatherings, Daily Monitor has learnt.

[Namibian] DIAMOND mining conglomerate De Beers sold diamonds worth N$7,5 billion between June and July this year.

Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks' positive coronavirus test sent shock waves through the Tokyo Olympics. The case has put the pandemic center stage as infections in Japan's capital hit a record high.

They may not have won a medal, but in setting an example for the future Germany’s female gymnasts are at the top of their game. Athletes should enjoy the freedom to wear what they want, writes DW's Dagmar Engel.

American swimmer Ryan Murphy said the 200m backstroke final was "probably not clean" after losing his Olympic title to Russian Evgeny Rylov. The 26-year-old, however, backtracked when asked to clairfy his comments.

[The Herald] ZIMBABWE'S golfer Scott Vincent, who is hoping for the best at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, says he is ready for the big challenge.

[Nation] In Tokyo

[Nation] Malkia Strikers put up yet another improved performance in their 3-0 to World champions Serbian in their Pool A match at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday morning.

[Egypt Online] Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aati said cooperation with South Sudan contributes to achieving the goals of sustainable development via carrying out developmental projects that aim at improving the living standards of the people.

[Nation] Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are among the major health and development challenges of the 21st Century. They inflict pain on the socioeconomic fabric of, particularly low- and middle-income countries. Amid the fight to curb the spread of Covid-19, Kenya cannot afford to ignore the increasing burden of NCDs.

[Nation] Uwezo Fund is one of the social protection agencies established by the government to support the vulnerable segments of society and eradicate poverty and hunger. Its specific goal is to offer finance to groups of youth, women and persons with disabilities to enable them to get into business and earn an income to improve their economic condition.

[Nation] Kenya is two steps closer to adopting genetically modified maize after researchers submitted their filed trial report to the Ministry of Agriculture.

[Namibian] NAMIBIA'S bio-economy strategy will soon be submitted to the National Council on Science, Research and Technology (NCSRT) for approval.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Managing Director of the National Transit Authority (NTA), Mr. Herbie McCauley, has regretted and apologized for the incident which led to the paralyzing of normal operations of public transportation service across the country due to a go-slow action staged by aggrieved employees and contractors of the NTA.

[Nation] A 29-year-old man in Webuye has built an aeroplane-themed motorcycle that he wants to use as he travels in parts of Western Kenya to spread messages of peace ahead of the 2022 elections.

[UCT] Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), has been named among 22 rising black biotech leaders in the Timmerman Report, published in the United States (US). Professor Chibale is the only Africa‑based scientist included in the group.

[IPS] Kigali, Rwanda -- Rwanda is trying to reduce post-harvest loss by relying on new technologies to increase the amount of food available for consumption and help smallholder farmers confront some challenges caused by the overproduction of staple crops.

[This Day] Abuja -- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for the nation's judiciary to embrace technology and innovation for the evolution of the profession and national development.

[USAID] On Tuesday, July 20, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new funding to create research and innovation centers in Liberia and Guatemala. Subject to availability of funds, USAID plans to provide $30 million over the next five years for this initiative. In Liberia, the center will use research and build training capacity to address health system challenges. In Guatemala, a series of centers will focus on economic growth innovations, entrepreneurship, training, and capacity buildin

[spotlight] The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has not only revealed the systemic weaknesses in healthcare infrastructure in many places but also that the developing world remains far too reliant on rich countries to discover, develop, manufacture and supply the rest of us with vaccines and medicines.

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