June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.
Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.
Health Ministry spokesman Sorbor George told reporters late Tuesday that the eighth patient died at a hospital in the county's capital of Greenville.
Five other victims of the yet-to-be identified illness have been hospitalized, George added.
On Tuesday, local media reported that all the victims suffered severe stomach pain before succumbing to death, adding that health authorities in the county had already isolated all those who had contact with the dead.
The Health Ministry said blood specimens from the deceased had been sent to a medical laboratory to ascertain the cause of their death and identify the disease itself.
Also on Tuesday, an emergency meeting of health officials was called to discuss "the strange deaths."
The ministry said that a press conference will be held on Wednesday to publish government intervention plans.
Liberia was in 2014 struck by Ebola, which claimed about 4,500 lives in the country alone. Xinhua
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:21:21 GMT RD Congo: UN relief agency launches 64.5 mln USD appeal UNITED NATIONS - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday launched an appeal of 64.5 million U.S. dollars for the Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.,
An estimated 1 million people have been displaced by the violence that erupted in Kasai Central in August 2016 and rippled across neighbouring provinces, leading to civilian deaths, gross human right violations and disruption of livelihoods and education for thousands of children, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
"The appeal launched today will provide water, food, health services and basic household items, as well as protection services to minors, women who have suffered sexual violence and other civilians who have been victims of violence," Dujarric said at the daily UN news briefing. Xinhua
The international landscape and the situation in China and Africa may keep on changing, but the importance and necessity of continuously building and improving the China-Africa community of shared future will never change, Liu told the opening session of a China-South Africa high-level dialogue on thought.
Noting that China is the biggest developing country in the world and Africa is the continent with the largest number of developing countries, she said that when China and Africa properly manage their respective internal affairs, they are actually making the biggest contribution to the world and mankind.
Liu called for more efforts to push forward the building of the China-Africa community of shared future and promote the building of a community of shared future for all mankind.
She also urged comprehensive and effective steps to be taken to implement the outcomes of the Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
While striving for its own development, China will also endeavor to help Africa realize sustainable development and achieve win-win cooperation and common development, she said.
China will actively safeguard the common interests of the international community, in particular those of developing countries, and promote exchanges and dialogue between world civilizations so as to build a beautiful homeland for all mankind, she said.
The China-South Africa high-level dialogue on thought was jointly organized by the China Public Diplomacy Association and the South African foreign ministry.
More than 400 participants, including South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, foreign ambassadors as well as scholars and representatives from China and Africa, attended the dialogue. Xinhua
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:27:34 GMT Libya calls on Russia to help end domestic conflict TRIPOLI - Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Tuesday asked Russia to help end its domestic conflict when meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.,
Bogdanov said his visit to Tripoli is "a continuation of Serraj's visit to Russia and to develop mechanisms to implement what was agreed upon during that visit."
"We have promised your excellency the return of cooperative relations between the two countries and we will honor this pledge," Bogdanov told Serraj during the meeting.
Serraj welcomed Russian investments in Libya in the fields of energy, railroads, and infrastructure.
Serraj expressed hope for Russia "to use its international status to help lift the arms embargo on libya."
He also called on Russia to help stop the ongoing armed conflict in southern Libya. Xinhua
The special envoy made the remarks at the opening of a seminar organized on the B&R Initiative in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
Welcoming the initiative, the special envoy said he is looking forward to the expected effects of the initiative.
"The B&R is a project that will affect millions of people, and it will be one of the most important issues of the 21st century," he said, adding that the comprehensive approach of China means that the aspirations and development strategies of all countries involved will be considered and included in the initiative.
Speaking on the occasion, La Yifan, Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia, said that the seminar was organized as part of preparation for an upcoming B&R Initiative forum scheduled for mid-May in Beijing, China.
The ambassador noted that the forum in Beijing would review the achievements made since the announcement of the initiative and would deliberate on the way forward.
La noted that China has already set aside 40 billion U.S. dollars through the Silk Road Fund for the initiative, and 30 billion dollars through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Ethiopia was among the first in the continent to show interest in the China-initiated B&R. The East African nation will rely heavily on infrastructure investment to transform its low-income agrarian economy to a medium-income, export-oriented economy by 2030.
Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hirut Zemene, hailed the Ethio-China overall partnership, and cooperation in infrastructure development in particular, such as the Addis Ababa light rail and the Ethio-Djibouti rail projects.
She had high expectations for the B&R Initiative, expressing belief in the initiative's capacity to affect structural transformation in Ethiopia and across Africa.
While the trade aspects of the initiative have been given high hopes, some stressed that the soft power of the initiative should also not be ignored.
Melaku Mulalem, head of the Foreign Policy Analysis Department, at the Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute (EFRSS), said that as China-Africa trade volume is expected to reach 400 billion U.S. dollars by 2020, there will be a need for skilled manpower to handle the changes.
China gives 10,000 scholarships annually to African students, which, according to Mulalem, is not enough.
Mindful of the gap, China established in April 2016 an Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development (ISSCD) under the prestigious Peking University.
ISSCD is an educational program for officials of developing nations with an aim of helping them make a difference in their home countries after their studies. Currently, 48 students are enrolled in the institute.
"China should make aware to both African officials and citizens of the goals of the B&R Initiative, engage with civil society organizations, as well as form joint silk road think tanks to better inform people of the initiative's objectives," said Mulalem. Xinhua
Addressing the opening ceremony of a China-South Africa high-level dialogue on thought, Liu recalled Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Africa four years ago.
Liu said that during that visit, Xi pointed out that China and Africa have always been a community of shared future, and that similar historical experiences, common development tasks and shared strategic interests have bound the two sides together.
The vice premier added that during her current visit to South Africa, she gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of Xi's remarks.
China and South Africa are far away from each other in distance, but the friendship between the two peoples boasts a long history and is growing ever stronger, she said.
Liu noted that the Chinese people firmly supported the just cause of the South African and African people against apartheid and the two sides formed a deep bond of solidarity and mutual support in the process.
Also on Tuesday, the Chinese vice premier paid a visit to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria and donated medical equipment to the hospital.
Founded in 1890, the Steve Biko Academic Hospital was named after South African national hero Steve Biko. It is the only comprehensive medical and academic hospital in South Africa. Xinhua
Given the severity of famine facing South Sudan, China has also decided to provide 8,750 tons of food through bilateral channels to assist the country, said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN at a Security Council meeting.
Since July last year, the security, economic and humanitarian situation has worsened markedly and no part of the country is immune from conflict, David Shearer, special representative of UN Secretary-General in South Sudan briefed the council earlier.
After hearing Shearer's briefing, Wu said that "the political settlement is the only way out for the issue of South Sudan."
He called on the international community to contribute to efforts for all parties in South Sudan to abandon military means, cease hostilities and immediately get back to the track of political settlement.
Wu also said "it is important for the Security Council to send out more positive and enthusiastic messages."
He said the council must encourage all parties in South Sudan to actively engage in the dialogue process to stay committed to peace, stability, and development.
"The international community must provide timely and effective assistance, to assist South Sudanese people to overcome their current difficulties," he added.
South Sudan has been shattered by a civil war that broke out in December 2013. A peace deal signed in August 2015 led to the formation of a transitional unity government in April but was again devastated by fresh violence in July 2016.
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed, with more than 2 million displaced and another 4.6 million left severely food insecure since December 2013. Xinhua
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:45:04 GMT Guinea: Riots hit major bauxite mining hub CONAKRY - Riots have paralysed a major bauxite mining hub in Guinea, Africa's top producer, as residents erected barricades and burned tyres to protest against high pollution levels and power cuts, government and company officials said on Tuesday. ,
The unrest broke out on Monday night in the city of Boke, home to mining companies Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB) and Companie Bauxite de Guinee (CBG) which each export around 15 million tonnes of the aluminium ore annually.
"It's a problem with electricity that aggravated the situation. We are working on finding a solution to the problem," said Saadou Nimaga, secretary general at Guinea's Mines Ministry.
A police source said anti-riot police had been sent to rein in the protests on Tuesday. Mining activity has fuelled tensions in cities such as Boke, where much of the population remains poor and unemployed despite Guinea's mineral riches.
The West African nation possesses about a third of the world's bauxite reserves.
A senior company official, who asked not to be named, said the riots had caused a slowdown of activities at CBG, which is 49 percent owned by the Guinean state and the remainder by Alcoa, Rio Tinto Alcan and Dadco.
Representatives for SMB were not immediately available for comment. The company is owned by Chinese firms Winning Shipping Ltd and Shandong Weiqiao along with UMS International Ltd and Guinea. The Chinese firms did not respond to requests for comment.
"It's nearly the whole city that has risen up against the pollution and power cuts," said another mining company official who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the press.
Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the unrest had no direct connection to the operations of Chinese companies on the ground. Reuters
"The charge of treason is only triable in the High Court. The law does not place power in the subordinate court to quash the indictment. The motion to quash the treason charge is untenable," magistrate Greenwell Malumani said in a ruling before a packed court room. Reuters
South Africa, which has the continent's only nuclear power station, has asked power utility Eskom to procure an additional 9,600 megawatts (MW) of new capacity as it diversifies its energy mix away from ageing coal-fired plants.
The expansion plan is opposed by environmental and clean-energy groups, while some economists have said the country's ailing economy cannot afford to build new nuclear plants whose costs are estimated around 1 trillion rand ($76 billion).
Judge Lee Bozalek said any request for proposal or request for information to kickstart the procurement process was set aside as well as a deal to cooperate with Russia on the plan.
"The minister's decision on or about 10 June 2015 to table the Russian IGA before parliament... is unconstitutional and unlawful and it is reviewed and set aside," he said.
In late 2014, then energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson signed an Intergovernmental Agreement, with Russia state nuclear company Rosatom, saying the countries would cooperate in reactors with total installed capacity of up to 9,600 MW.
It was not immediately clear whether the government would appeal the ruling.
Both Eskom and the Department of Energy declined to comment on the ruling. Reuters
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:28:50 GMT
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