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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.
The Republic of Angola
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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.

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La desigualdad, las ciudades densamente pobladas, las legiones de trabajadores informales y los débiles sistemas de atención médica han socavado los esfuerzos gubernamentales de combate a la pandemia.

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:10:40 GMT

Virus Gains Steam Across Latin America
Inequality, densely packed cities, legions of informal workers and weak health care systems have undermined efforts to fight the pandemic, as some governments have fumbled the response.

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:28:35 GMT

Los gobiernos hablan, el crimen dispone
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Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:10 GMT

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Cómo evitar que las cárceles de América Latina se conviertan en una incubadora del coronavirus
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Thu, 21 May 2020 14:41:29 GMT

Nayib Bukele, el joven presidente que prometió cambiar El Salvador, gobierna con mano dura
El mandatario ganó las elecciones al presentarse como un líder transformador que haría avanzar al país. Sus críticos dicen que ahora, al apoyarse en el ejército, se parece a los autócratas del pasado.

Wed, 06 May 2020 18:49:09 GMT

Young Leader Vowed Change in El Salvador but Wields Same Heavy Hand
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Murder Rates Were Staggering. The Virus Has Brought Some Quiet, for Now.
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South African refinery explosion kills two, injures seven
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Two people were killed on Thursday in an explosion at Astron Energy’s 100,000 barrel per day refinery in Cape Town, the company said as it promised a full investigation.,


The Western Cape’s emergency medical services said one man and one woman died at the scene, while seven people sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital.


“This is a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected,” Astron Energy’s chief executive Jonathan Molapo said in a statement.


Astron Energy, which is majority owned by commodities trader Glencore, said the fire at South Africa’s third-biggest crude oil refinery started at around 4 a.m. (0200 GMT).


“We will conduct a full investigation of the incident,” Molapo said, adding there was no immediate threat to fuel supplies nor surrounding communities.


Astron said two of the seven workers injured in the blast remain in hospital.


The Milnerton plant, which was restarting after undergoing extended maintenance, was shut down after the fire.


“At first I thought it was thunder, but it was just like one big rumble and you could feel the vibrations,” Felix Holm, who lives some 500 metres away from the refinery, told Reuters.


The refinery, which Glencore acquired as part of an almost $1 billion deal with Chevron, this year completed a 400 million rand ($23 million) upgrade to produce very low sulphur fuel for ships docking in Cape Town port.


The shutdown comes at a crucial time for South Africa as it reopens after a coronavirus lockdown. Industry body SAPIA said in May that the country was facing a diesel shortage due to a spike in demand as restrictions on movement eased.


Africa’s most industrialised economy is a net importer of crude and petroleum products.





Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:18:40 GMT

Botswana investigating mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants
GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday.,


The dead elephants were first spotted months ago in the Okavango Panhandle region, and the authorities say they have since been trying to discover the cause. Poaching has been ruled out as the cause of death, as the carcasses were found intact.


“Three laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada have been identified to process the samples taken from the dead elephants,” the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism said in a statement.


In a report prepared for the government and seen by Reuters, Elephants Without Borders (EWB), a conservation organisation, said that its aerial surveys showed that elephants of all ages appeared to be dying. The group counted 169 dead elephants on May 25, and another 187 on June 14, according to the report.


The directors of EWB did not immediately respond to phone calls or text messages seeking comment on the report.


“Several live elephants that we observed appeared to be weak, lethargic and emaciated. Some elephants appeared disorientated, had difficulty walking, showed signs of partial paralysis or a limp,” the report said.


“One elephant was observed walking in circles, unable to change direction although being encouraged by other herd members.”


The report said urgent action was needed to establish if the deaths were caused by disease or poisoning.


Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching, but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent’s elephants, has seen numbers grow to 130,000 from 80,000 in the late 1990s.


However, they are seen as a nuisance by some farmers, whose crops have been destroyed.


President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on big game hunting in May last year but the hunting season failed to take off in April as global travel restrictions meant hunters from many coronavirus-hit countries could not enter Botswana.



Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:14:16 GMT

Africa does not have manifold undetected coronavirus infections-WHO
DAKAR (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) does not think there are manifold undetected coronavirus infections in Africa with people dying unreported, the regional director of the organisation said on Thursday.,


“We think that there is a certain underestimation of cases,” Matshidiso Moeti told a news conference, adding that the WHO was working with countries to improve their surveillance.


Africa has reported 416,063 confirmed coronavirus cases with 10,297 deaths, while 196,944 patients have recovered, according to a Reuters tally based on government statistics and WHO data.



Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:09:38 GMT

Sierra Leone doctors' strike leaves COVID-19 patients stranded
Freetown (Reuters) - Doctors treating COVID-19 patients in Sierra Leone went on strike on Thursday over unpaid bonuses, leaving patients in some of the main treatment centres without care, healthworkers said.,

The strike marks an escalation in a row between doctors and government over what doctors say is a misuse of funds for the coronavirus response in the small West African country, and a lack of protection and compensation for healthworkers.


Doctors say that they were promised hazard pay for their work during the outbreak, but that the pay has not come.


Government officials could not be reached for comment.


A spokesman for the coronavirus response team previously told Reuters the government was carrying out an audit of health workers to verify who was directly involved in the response.


Since the outbreak began, around 20 percent of Sierra Leone’s total coronavirus expenditure, or nearly $850,000, went to procuring 30 new SUVs and 230 motorbikes for the Emergency Operations Center, Office of National Security, police force, and military, according to procurement reports released by Sierra Leone’s finance ministry on May 22.


The only medical equipment listed on that procurement report was eight ventilators, which cost the finance ministry approximately $85,285.


Meanwhile, the health ministry’s COVID-19 situation reports routinely describe a lack of funds to pay for contact tracers. Doctors complain of a lack of protective equipment like gloves, masks and coveralls vital to prevent infections spreading from patients to hospital staff.


Of the some 1,500 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sierra Leone, 160 have been health workers. The country’s ranks of medical staff were already hit hard during an Ebola outbreak from 2014-16 that killed 250 medical workers out of a total of only around 4,000.



“No patient showing COVID-like symptoms will be treated by any doctor until we have the support we need,” said S.K. Jusu, the head doctor at Fourah Bay College, a school whose dormitories have been transformed into the country’s largest COVID-19 treatment centre on a hill overlooking the capital Freetown.


No new patients were being accepted on Thursday because the five doctors at the 200-bed facility were all on strike, leaving community health workers and nurses to care for the sick. There were no critically ill patients on site, Jusu said.


Jusu and other staff acknowledged that this could lead to a rise in cases in the community.


“It is going to be a hell of a problem if this thing isn’t quickly resolved,” said senior community health officer Kiya Conteh who was coordinating lunch deliveries for patients. “Our people need treatment. If they’re not treated here, what can we expect them to do?”


Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:05:55 GMT

Attackers on motorbikes kill at least 27 Malian villagers, local officials say
BAMAKO (Reuters) - At least 27 civilians were killed when unidentified armed men on motorbikes attacked ethnic Dogon farming villages in central Mali on Wednesday, local authorities said.,


The attackers targeted the villages of Gouari, Djindo and Fangadougou in the Mopti region, which has seen dozens of tit-for-tat ethnic massacres as well as jihadist raids over the past few years.


Officials in the area told Reuters they believed the attacks were carried out by jihadists, who often say they are defending Fulani herders against rival Dogon farmers.


In Gouari, “quite a lot of armed men attacked the village, firing at people. Fifteen bodies were buried this morning. There are also wounded. They attacked Djindo first,” a local official said by phone on Thursday, requesting anonymity for security reasons.


The attackers killed 11 villagers in Djindo and one in nearby Fangadougou, a second official said, also on condition he not be named.


Reuters could not independently verify the reports. No group has claimed responsibility for the violence, which took place in an area around 30 km (19 miles) from the border with Burkina Faso.


A spokesman for the Malian army could not be reached for comment. The army has been criticised by rights groups and residents for failing to protect civilians in central Mali.


Mali has been in crisis since 2012 when al Qaeda-linked militants seized its desert north. French forces intervened the following year to drive them back, but militants linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State have since regrouped and extended their operations into Burkina Faso and Niger.


The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), a consultancy that tracks political violence, says it recorded nearly 300 civilian fatalities in Mali in the first three months of 2020, a 90% increase over the previous quarter.


Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:02:17 GMT

Six hurt in scuffles with security forces at Ethiopian singer's funeral
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Six people were injured on Thursday in scuffles between Ethiopian security forces and mourners trying to attend the funeral of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, whose killing earlier this week sparked protests that killed more than 80 people, a witness said.,

Residents reported soldiers, federal police and regional police lining the roads and police firing in the air to deter mourners from entering the stadium in the town of Ambo.


Sporadic gunfire continued after the short service, four residents said. One said he had seen a protester shot in the leg. A visitor at Ambo hospital said he saw six wounded people had been admitted. Another resident said roadblocks had been set up around town and he could not get home.


All asked not to be named to prevent reprisals. Police did not immediately return calls seeking comment.


At the stadium, a live broadcast showed sparse numbers of people. The slain singer’s wife, Santu Demisew Diro, gave a short speech after mourners laid wreaths.


“Haacaaluu is not dead. He will remain in my heart and the hearts of millions of Oromo people forever,” she said, referring to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group. “I request a monument erected in his memory in Addis where his blood was spilt.”


The popular Ethiopian singer, 36, was shot dead in the capital Addis Ababa on Monday by unknown gunmen and was laid to rest later at a church in Ambo, his home town about 100 km (60 miles) west of Addis. He leaves behind three daughters, the youngest a month old.



“It is very sad that his body is accompanied by only a few people and security forces are keeping many others away,” one of Haacaaluu’s relatives told Reuters.


One Ambo resident told Reuters he was determined to attend the service because the electricity had gone out in his house so he could not watch it on television.


“He is our hero, we have to pay him our respects,” said lab technician Mamush Dabala by phone as he got ready to go out. He said he could hear gunshots, but was going anyway.


Haacaaluu’s songs provided a soundtrack to a generation of Oromo protesters whose three years of anti-government demonstrations finally forced the unprecedented resignation of the prime minister in 2018 and the appointment of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.


The Oromo have long complained of exclusion from political power. In recent months, some Oromo activists who initially supported Abiy have become more critical, accusing him of not protecting the interests of the Oromo people.


The singer’s killing sparked protests in the capital and surrounding Oromiya region that have killed more than 80 people so far.


On Wednesday, Haacaaluu’s uncle was killed during a scuffle between police and a crowed outside the singer’s house, the regional police commissioner told state media.


The singer’s death has reverberated across the Ethiopian diaspora. The governor of the U.S. state of Minnesota, which hosts a large number of Oromo people, tweeted his condolences.


“Hachalu Hundessa showed that music could change hearts and minds across the world,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, using an alternative spelling of the singer’s name.




Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:00:18 GMT

Ghana minister resigns after breaching coronavirus measures
ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah has resigned for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after testing positive for the virus, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Friday.,


“This follows the admission by the deputy minister of his breach of the COVID-19 protocols, when, as a person certified to be positive of the virus, he visited a registration centre in his constituency before the period of self-isolation was complete,” the statement said.


The West African nation has recorded one of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the continent since the outbreak at 18,134, with 117 deaths. Last month, Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu tested positive for the virus.




Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:54:58 GMT

Nigeria to allow travel between states outside curfew hours from July 1
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will allow travel between states outside curfew hours from July 1, an official from the presidential task force on the new coronavirus said on Monday.,


Interstate movement has been restricted to essential services for several weeks. A national daily curfew is in place from 10pm to 4am local time.



Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:20:14 GMT

Lesotho's former first lady granted bail in murder case
MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho’s former first lady, charged with the murder of her love rival, was granted bail on Monday, despite objections from the police that she might use it to escape. ,

Maesaiah Thabane, wife of former prime minister Thomas Thabane, was arrested at the start of this month, after an appeal court revoked her bail on suspicion that procedure was not followed correctly when it was granted.


Forty-three-year-old Maesaiah Thabane has been charged with ordering the killing of his then wife Lipolelo Thabane, who was shot dead near her home in Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, in June, 2017.


She denies any involvement.


When police tried to question her earlier this year, she left the mountainous kingdom for neighbouring South Africa.


“The petitioner has fled before and is likely to do so again. She is also very dangerous and has resources she can use to hire hitmen to interfere and eliminate the witnesses,” Lesotho’s Deputy Police Commissioner Paseka Mokete said in his objection to the decision.


Lipolelo was estranged from Thomas Thabane at the time of the murder. He became prime minister two days after the killing and he married Maesaiah a month later. He is also a suspect but denies any involvement and has yet to be formally charged.


Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:17:28 GMT

Burundi's new cabinet includes two under Western sanctions over rights abuses
NAIROBI (Reuters) - New Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye unveiled a 15-member cabinet including two ministers who are under U.S. or European sanctions over their alleged role in violently crushing street protests.,

Ndayishimiye, 52, a retired army general, won last month’s presidential election as the ruling party’s candidate, defeating six opposition contenders. He had been due to take office in August, but the death of predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza earlier this month brought the succession forward.


The new cabinet unveiled late on Sunday includes prime minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, who has been under U.S. sanctions since 2015 over his alleged role in violations of human rights and repression of dissent during violence sparked by Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office.


Critics accused Nkurunziza of violating a constitutional limit of two five-year terms per president. He denied wrongdoing.


Gervais Ndirakobuca, who is also on the U.S. sanctions list, was appointed as interior minister.


Neither the government, nor Bunyoni and Ndirakuboca, were immediately available for comment.


Bunyoni, an influential figure in the ruling CNDD-FDD party, was one of the key allies of Nkurunziza, serving as security minister during the violent crackdown on unrest in 2015.


The United Nations has said in recent years that under Nkurunziza’s rule, members of the state security forces and the ruling party’s youth wing routinely gang-raped, tortured and killed political opponents.


The East African nation of 11 million people is one of the world’s poorest countries. It became an international pariah after Nkurunziza stamped out protests triggered by his decision to run for a third term in 2015.


Donors cut off funding while Nkurunziza shut down the U.N. human rights office and withdrew Burundi’s membership in the International Criminal Court.



Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:14:18 GMT