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.

Initiative builds on current efforts to disseminate health messages through the joint WHO-ITU BeHe@lthy BeMobile initiative
SWITZERLAND: The World Health Organization (WHO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)​, are set to work with telecommunication companies to text people directly on their mobile phones with vital health messaging to help protect them from COVID-19. These text messages will reach billions of people that aren’t able to connect to the internet for information.

(Ecofin Agency) - The Central Bank of Ghana (BoG) has postponed the implementation of the minimum capital requirement for electronic payment service providers to 31 December 2020. The measure, which was scheduled for 30 June at the latest, was reviewed due to the impacts of the current Covid-19 on economies and investments.

(Ecofin Agency) - West Africa recorded $10.2 billion in private equity transactions between 2014 and 2019, ahead of all other African regions. Overall, the continent had 1,046 PE transactions over the period for an amount of $25.3 billion, according to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).

NIGERIA: Ringier Africa Digital Publishing  (RADP.Africa), an Africa’s media groups is unifying its assets across the continent  to form one integrated media company under the name  Pulse.

TOGO: Ecobank Group, the pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter the 3rd edition of  the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The Fintech Challenge gives African start-ups the opportunity to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially  partner with Ecobank to roll-out  their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets in Africa as well as France.

(Ecofin Agency) Ivan G. Brown, the Director-General of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), has recently -signed the country's Act of Accession to the Memorandum of Understanding on Basic Principles for the Implementation of Free-Roaming as part of the ECOWAS Roaming Reduction Initiative. This was in Conakry, at the premises of the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Arpt) of Guinea, which currently coordinates the free-roaming initiative in the region.

(Togo First) - At the end of 2019, the property registration process in Togo took only five days on the average, against eight at the beginning of the same year, recent data from the national land registration office shows.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday slammed remarks made by South Africa's last apartheid-era leader, F.W. De Klerk, saying it was "treasonous" to deny race segregation was a crime against humanity.


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[The Herald] Almost half of Zimbabwe's confirmed Covid-19 patients have now fully recovered with more shrugging off the last of their infection almost every day, but medical experts warn that this is no reason to be complacent.

[Nation] With plans afoot to reopen the country after months of a dusk-to-dawn curfew and containment measures, the spotlight turns to the informal settlements in Nairobi, which could be a ticking time bomb.

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe has realised a spike in wildlife poaching as the wildlife management authority has redirected efforts towards combating the spread of Covid-19 during the current lockdown period, a top lobby has said.

[Daily Maverick] Less than a week after former president Jacob Zuma pegged the country's judiciary alongside that of the apartheid state, the former president is attempting to direct when his corruption trial should be heard.

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) says it shares the same concerns with the government to save the 2020 academic year, but students will only return to class if assured the learning institutions will adhere to World Health Organisation (WHO) Covid-19 guidelines.

[New Frame] An elderly nurse who specialised in community-based HIV care for decades says a coronavirus-stricken society needs practical responses that have compassion at their core.

[Nairobi News] Kenyan singer King Kaka has revealed the pressure he was under following the release of his political song Wajinga Nyinyi earlier this year.

[Nairobi News] Singer Sanaipei Tande has revived her music career with a new song that is already a banger.

[News24Wire] Die Heuwels Fantasties are back with a new album.

[Nairobi News] Sauti Sol's fifth studio album Midnight Train is set to be released on June 5.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Liberians are proudly italicizing the maternal linage of American Idol 2020 winner when posting to their various social media profiles. But are they prepared to grant Just Sam citizenship? Ask thousands of Liberians in Monrovia and you'll get a resounding exclamatory YES!

[Ghanaian Times] Renowned gospel evangelist cum gospel artiste, Solomon Yidana, has urged musicians in the church to reduce the singing of English songs and inculcate the habit of singing more local songs.

[UN News] In Malawi, where children with albinism face attacks, and even ritual killings, going to school can expose them to life-threatening dangers. The UN is helping to make schools safer for these vulnerable students.

[Daily News] VODACOM Tanzania is working with schools and relevant educational institutions to zero rate sites that have a wide reach to support learners during the time to access free digital education.

[News24Wire] The Gauteng Department of Education's online application process to place pupils in Grade 1 and 8 for the 2021 academic year is set to open on 25 June.

[The Herald] At least 14 schools are set to be constructed and registered in the Nyaminyami district of Kariba under Government's Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).

[The Herald] Great Zimbabwe University has become the first Zimbabwean university to get a broadcasting licence to operate its "GZU Campus Radio" station that will help it reach out to its students.

[News24Wire] Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says she understands the anxieties, concerns and fears around Covid-19 ahead of the phased reopening of schools on 1 June.

[Nation] The proposal to have the National Metropolitan Services (NMS) allocated Sh27.9 billion in the 2020/21 financial year has raised questions with a parliamentary committee summoning Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani over the source of the funding.

[Daily News] Great Lakes that is why stakeholders proposed Mwanza Region to be destination area for exposing tourism abundant attraction found in Lake Zone Circuit together with Tabora and Kigoma Regions.

[L'Express] The Mauritian tourism industry showed signs of a crisis even before the current COVID situation. The growth of international air arrivals was starting to stagnate, and hotel groups were struggling to remain competitive.

[News24Wire] In a statement released on Saturday, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation announced the repatriation of 29 musicians and artists who were stranded in Turkey.

[Seychelles News Agency] As restrictions are lifted on the island nation and life slowly resumes to some degree of normality, tourism establishments are trying to attract a new audience: Seychellois residents.

[Daily News] THE Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) is at an advanced stage of completing major constructions and renovations of some of its Crater's infrastructures to accommodate more tourists, who are expected to jet in next month.

The German government will vote on whether to lift its travel warning on 31 European countries by June 15. Italy's foreign minister said the day that borders open again would be like another 'D-Day' for European tourism.

Holidays are his profession: Publisher Michael Müller is one of the co-creators of a series of individual travel guides in Germany. We asked him what the prospects for summer holidays in 2020 might be.

Did the US intelligence agency, and not the German rock band Scorpions, compose the power ballad "Wind of Change" to help topple the Communist Bloc? A podcast by New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe looks into it.

To mark Germany's Diversity Day on May 26, DW spoke to people who feel overlooked and excluded — especially amid a global pandemic.

[New Era] Novelist, scriptwriter and motivational speaker Johannes Shikulo released his second book, entitled 'The bitterness of life'.

Germany is showing a more relaxed side in the coronavirus era of working at home. Etiquette has taken a back seat as Zoom shows how the country lives — sometimes by accident.

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwean-born South Africa based hip hop artist Jimmy Maleta has added his name to a growing list of global artists who have released inspirational songs during the difficult period the entire world is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

[Ghanaian Times] Families have been urged to guard against domestic violence, especially gender-based forms as they observe the stay home restrictions imposed by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19.

[Ghanaian Times] Market women and commercial vehicle operators within the Ablekuma North municipality have been urged to observe the various Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol to help mitigate its spread.

[Africa Renewal] The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is having a profound impact on economic activity across the world, and increasingly is some of the most vulnerable economies. As the pandemic continues to fuel global disruption, emerging research indicates that women's productive and economic lives will be disproportionately affected. The compounded economic effects of the ongoing crisis are felt especially by women because they generally earn less, hold insecure und more unpaid jobs, consequently making them less resilient

[Capital FM] Nairobi -While coronavirus pandemic has impacted nearly all sectors of the economy globally, horticulture remains among the worst hit in Kenya with reduced demand for flowers which has seen several farms across the country reduce their workforce by more than 50 percent.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., ETA BETA Omega Chapter says the first quarter of 2020 has been quite exciting for both the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Beta Omega (HBO) Chapter and the communities and partners they serve.

Sex workers have put forward their own coronavirus "hygiene concept" as they call for a resumption of services. Being called "super spreaders" is offensive and misinformed, they say.

The coronavirus has exposed the fragility of our societies and is a chance to build a more sustainable future, says transformation expert Maja Göpel.

A video showing the daily abuse women face online in Germany, was broadcast live on prime time TV — and then went viral. Men were left "shocked" by what they saw, women are wondering whether it will change anything.

The German government will vote on whether to lift its travel warning on 31 European countries by June 15. Italy's foreign minister said the day that borders open again would be like another 'D-Day' for European tourism.

Latin America's largest airline is the latest carrier to fall prey to the virus that has massively disrupted air travel. Latam Air counts US airline Delta Air Lines and Qatar Airways among its prominent shareholders.

A 95-year-old World War II veteran in Ghana has walked more than 3 kilometers a day for the past week, in an effort to raise money for African health care workers on the front line fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

[New Zimbabwe] Late Reverend and Zanu founder, Ndabaningi Sithole is set to be honoured with a foundation to be launched in his name on July 20 this year.

[This Day] Abuja -Lawyers are divided over President Muhammadu Buhari's Executive Order No 10 of 2020, compelling the enforcement of financial autonomy for the legislature and the judiciary in the 36 states of the federation as enshrined in Section 121 (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

[New Zimbabwe] Sacked Zanu-PF youth leader, Godfrey Tsenengamu has launched his Front for Economic Emancipation in Zimbabwe (FEEZ) pressure group he says will champion the fight for empowerment among poor locals.

[The Herald] Harare Regional Magistrate Mrs Sandra Mupindu is today expected to deliver judgment in the matter for three Tobacco Sales Limited bosses who were acquitted in 2014 in a case which they were being accused of selling a farm for US$600 000 after it had been gazetted by Government for acquisition under the land reform programme.

[New Zimbabwe] Opposition ZAPU Sunday commemorated the 1st anniversary of the death of its leader, Dumiso Dabengwa with party incumbent Isaac Mabuka saying the late politician died a bitter man after his ambitions of seeing genuine freedom among Zimbabweans had not yet been realised.

[New Zimbabwe] Thokozani Khupe's MDC-T has enough muscle to thrash both Zanu PF and Nelson Chamisa's MDC Alliance in by-elections expected soon following the recall of four MDC Alliance MPs.

Latin America's largest airline is the latest carrier to fall prey to the virus that has massively disrupted air travel. Latam Air counts US airline Delta Air Lines and Qatar Airways among its prominent shareholders.

Globalized supply chains have accelerated growth over the past decades but are proving fragile in the current pandemic. As companies assess the new risks emerging from globalization, safe supply is moving center stage.

Two virus outbreaks have now been traced to Amazon warehouses in Germany. The company says it has introduced over one hundred new safety measures, which a major workers’ union says is still too little, too late.

Europe's biggest low budget airline has said a €9 billion government rescue package for the German flag carrier amounts to an "illegal subsidy." Ryanair's CEO said Lufthansa is "addicted to state aid."

The package includes an increase to the state subsidies given to motivate potential buyers of new electric and hybrid cars. The plan also includes a state loan worth €5 billion for troubled carmaker Renault.

[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabweans have urged African leaders to up their game in terms of improving political and economic problems which have hallmarked their rule since the continent was freed from colonial oppression.

Bayern Munich took a huge stride towards an eighth straight Bundesliga title after victory at title rivals Borussia Dortmund. The game's only goal was an inspired moment just before half time by Joshua Kimmich.

Bayern Munich's victory against Borussia Dortmund means an eighth straight Bundesliga title beckons for the Bavarians. While they deserve the plaudits, this was another missed opportunity for Dortmund.

[Nairobi News] Covid-19 has changed how most people and organizations with a lot of work now being done from home. The sports industry has also changed with athletes mostly working out from through online platforms like Zoom.

[SNA] Khartoum -The tops of the Sudanese Derby, Al Hilal and Al Merikh, football clubs took the fourth place in equal, fifty- fifty of the Arab Derbies, with Saudi Arabia, in the ranking of the most powerful Arab clubs, rival and public attendance.

[The Herald] It's likely to be a long time before tennis players are back on the court for some serious competition because of the coronavirus pandemic and ACE Academy head coach Martin Dzuwa says they will be focusing their energies on improving their players until such a time the situation is back to normal.

[Daily News] YOUNG Africans yesterday disclosed that Assistant Coach Boniface Mkwasa will be in charge of the team as Head Coach, Luc Eymael is not coming soon due to Covid-19 lockdown in Belgium.

[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -In the middle of Kakungu community lays a blossoming small forest of acacias trees.

[Nation] Conservation efforts in Taita-Taveta County will receive a major boost after the government announced that it has set aside Sh1 billion for sustainable management of natural resources in 160 community conservancies countrywide.

[Government of Mauritius] The cooperative sector has identified three main priorities, namely increase the local production and consumption of food and other goods, generate employment and wealth creation, to revamp itself and ensure the socioeconomic progress of Mauritius in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Dream Volunteerism (DV), a youth organization, has donated food and disinfectants along with nosemasks to several care homes, including Love A Child Orphanage, Amazing Grace Orphanage, and Mission of Hope for the Disables. DV also extended its helping hands to several elders within the Fendall and the FDA Communities.

[FrontPageAfrica] Caldwell -Not many people are lucky to reach 70, 80 or 90 years. But great-grandmother, Winnie Hodge Howe is blessed to have celebrated her 100 birth anniversary on May 14, 2020.

[Ghanaian Times] Some residents at Madina Zongo Junction in the Greater Accra region have appealed the Department of Social Welfare to take custody of child street beggars in the area to shield them from contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19)

[Monitor] As Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc worldwide, many scientists are looking for possible solutions to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the infection.

[South African Cultural Observatory] This research sought to examine the nexus between digital technologies, innovation, intellectual property, and diversity in the cultural and creative industries (CCIs). It is part of an international collaboration between the SA Cultural Observatory and researchers at the UK's Coventry and Newcastle Universities.

[This Day] The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has launched BrentPlus, a series of initiatives that will stimulate innovation in the oil and gas industry and ancillary sectors in Nigeria and create a platform for local creation of digital technologies.

[New Times] A quick tour in a room full of computer-guided fabrication tools, like laser cutters and mills for carving materials, gives one a glimpse into the future of technology and possibilities that could be created if innovators are empowered.

[allAfrica] Mwea Ngurubani County, Kenya -Mary Rigo has been a spinach and tomato farmer for the past decade a few minute's drive from here in Kirinyaga county, where she owns a two-acre farm about one hundred kilometres (just over 60 miles) northwest of Nairobi, Kenya's capital.

[The Herald] Young innovators under the banner SMBLO, have launched digital learning management system that enables schools to educate their students online.

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