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Senegalese FA protests French travel ban for players

Senegal’s football federation has called on its French-based players to be released for upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, calling the league’s ban on internationals travelling outside the European Union “discriminatory”. The French football league (LFP) announced this week that its clubs will bar non-European players for playing for their country later this month to...

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France recommends AstraZeneca jab for over-55s only

France’s health regulator recommended Friday that only people aged 55 and over should be given AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine due to reports of blood clots, while giving the green light to resume its use after a brief suspension. It said the recommendation was based on the fact that the reported blood clots, which prompted the vaccine’s
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Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa specialist NileDutch

Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa specialist NileDutchThe acquisition considerably strengthens the position of Hapag-Lloyd (www.Hapag-Lloyd.com) in the African market; customers to benefit from an even denser network. Today, Hapag-Lloyd and NileDutch signed a buy and sell agreement whereby Hapag-Lloyd acquires all the shares of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments BV (NileDutch). With over 40 years of expertise, NileDutch is a leading provider of container services to and from West Africa. The company is present in 85 sites around the world and has 16 offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Singapore, China, Angola, Congo and Cameroon. With 10 liner services, around 35,000 TEUs of transport capacity and a container fleet of around 80,000 TEUs, the company connects Europe, Asia and Latin America to West Africa and from South. Based in Rotterdam, NileDutch has some 350 employees worldwide with particular expertise in the African market. “Africa is an important strategic growth market for Hapag-Lloyd. The […]

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France suspends AstraZeneca Covid jabs

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that France was suspending the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, pending a review of its safety by the European Medicines Agency. “The decision has been made… to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution, hoping that we can resume it quickly if the judgement of […] Read Full Story

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First green energy project in Burkina Faso for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

First green energy project in Burkina Faso for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company Emerging Africa Infrastructure FundBurkina Faso, a West African country, will acquire a new large-scale renewable energy plant, it was announced today, 15e March. Located some 250 km southeast of the country’s capital, Ouagadougou, near the town of Pâ, the new solar power plant will supply all the electricity it produces to Burkina Faso’s national electricity company, La Société Burkina Faso National Electricity Authority (SONABEL). The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), is lending the project developer, Urbasolar SAS, 80% of the capital required for the construction of the new 30 MW facility. The EAIF is the only lender of the project, providing 29 million euros of the 35.4 million euros of estimated development costs. Financial close (the transfer of funds from lender to borrower) is scheduled for the second quarter of the year. Paromita Chatterjee, director of investments at EAIF managers, Ninety One, says; “Harnessing […]

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France To Evacuate Around 100 COVID-19 Patients From Paris

  France’s government said Sunday it plans to evacuate around 100 Covid-19 patients from intensive care units in the Paris region this week as hospitals struggle to keep up with a surge in cases. With the transfers, officials hope to avoid a new lockdown for the roughly 12 million people in and around the capital … Continue reading France To Evacuate Around 100 COVID-19 Patients From Paris Read Full Story

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BREAKING: WorldQuant University gets DEAC accreditation

BREAKING: WorldQuant University gets DEAC accreditationThe WorldQuant University has been granted institutional accreditation by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The university believe that the accreditation will enable WorldQuant University to expand access to its online and entirely free offerings to more students across the globe. WorldQuant University (WQU), a not-for-profit advancing global education in data sciences, today announced it has been granted accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a national accreditor of distance education institutions that is formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This milestone recognizes WQU’s work to provide a robust platform and offerings focused on increasing access to global education and data science skills for the future. Accreditation will enable WQU to provide its online and entirely free offerings, including an MSc in Financial Engineering and a continuing education Applied Data Science Module, to more candidates, including in the United States. WQU was built to make high-quality education […]

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France sees ‘no need’ to suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine

France will continue to use AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine, the health minister said on Thursday, after a number of European nations halted administering the jabs due to concerns over blood clots. After Denmark, Iceland and Norway suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations and Italy halted a batch of the jabs, Olivier Veran said he had consulted with the French
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Champions: football for gender equality in Africa

Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (March 9, 2021)FIFA (www.FIFA.com), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the NGO Plan International France are joining forces to launch the Champions program in Togo, Guinea and Benin. The goal? Empower girls and promote gender equality through football. To empower women and girls and fight against the discriminatory practices and attitudes they face, FIFA and AFD are funding the Champions program, led by the NGO Plan International France. Its aim is to promote leadership among girls and promote gender equality through football in a safe environment, especially at school. The various projects of the Championnes program are under development in Benin, Togo and Guinea. Expected results include capacity building and confidence building in 5,390 girls by empowering them to work together towards a common goal. Girls and women, aged 12 to 24, will have the opportunity to play football in renovated and well-equipped facilities, allowing both sexes to share space in a […]

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Call for an independent investigation into the death of Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo

Call for an independent investigation into the death of Rwandan singer Kizito MihigoOpen letter to all Commonwealth Heads of Government NEW YORK, United States, March 8, 2021, – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – Civil society organizations around the world are calling on the Rwandan authorities to allow an independent, impartial and effective investigation into the death in the custody of Kizito Mihigo, a popular gospel singer and peace activist. As your governments celebrate Commonwealth Day today and prepare to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali in June, we are writing to ask you to engage with your Rwandan government counterparts in support of this call. On February 14, 2020, the Rwanda Bureau of Investigation (RIB) confirmed that Mihigo had been arrested near the border, accused of attempting to cross into Burundi illegally, joining “terrorist” and corruption groups, as well as violating the terms of his release. in prison in 2018. A few days later, on February 17, […]

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COVID-19 vaccines sold for $ 1,200 cryptocurrency in black markets – Kaspersky Researchers

COVID-19 vaccines sold for $ 1,200 cryptocurrency in black markets – Kaspersky ResearchersLAGOS, Nigeria, March 4, 2021/APO Group/ — The whole world is currently undergoing one of the largest and most complex vaccination campaigns in history, and, unsurprisingly, con artists and black market vendors have been keen to profit from this process. Researchers at Kaspersky (https://africa.Kaspersky.com) looked at 15 different markets on the Darknet and found advertisements for three main COVID vaccines: Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Moderna. There were also vendors advertising unverified “COVID19” vaccines. The majority of sellers were from France, Germany, the UK, and the US, and prices per dose ranged from $ 250 to $ 1,200, with an average cost of around $ 500. Communications are carried out through encrypted messaging apps such as Wickr and Telegram, while payments are requested in the form of cryptocurrency, primarily Bitcoin. The majority of these underground sellers have made between 100 and 500 transactions, indicating that they have made sales, but what […]

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Zion Williamson and Ja Morant lead 2021 NBA Rising All-Star roster

Zion Williamson and Ja Morant lead 2021 NBA Rising All-Star rosterTwo-time Kia NBA (www.NBA.com) Reigning Rookies of the Month LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton join Williamson and Morant on US team roster; RJ Barrett (Canada) and Rui Hachimura (Japan) Headline World Team Roster. NBA All-Star Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Kia NBA Rookie of the Year 2019-2020 Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies topped the list of 20 players selected by the NBA assistant coaches for the 2021 NBA Rising Stars rosters, which were revealed today on NBA Top Shot (https://bit.ly/3bgwNNb). NBA Rising Stars, the league’s annual showcase for top young talent during NBA All-Star, will not be played this year due to the limitation of All-Star events to one night. To recognize deserving players, the NBA has kept the custom of having league assistant coaches vote for the Rising Stars rosters, which include 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States (American team) and […]

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Former French President Sarkozy Jailed For Corruption

  Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and handed a three-year prison sentence, in a ruling that deals a major blow to any lingering political ambitions. The jail sentence includes two years suspended and the remaining year can be served at home with an electronic bracelet, the court ruled, … Continue reading Former French President Sarkozy Jailed For Corruption Read Full Story

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Clarke enjoys the Royal Bernard Drome Classic title defense

Clarke enjoys the Royal Bernard Drome Classic title defenseSimon Clarke will lead the charge for Team Qhubeka ASSOS (www.TeamQhubeka.com) in two races in France this weekend, which will include a strong defense of his title at the Royal Bernard Drome Classic on Sunday. The Australian picked up a sensational victory beating Warren Barguil and Vincenzo Nibali, in very difficult conditions in 2020, and says he believes preparations have gone well as he considers the next 179km race. This will be preceded by the Classic Faun-Ardèche (171.1 km) on Saturday, a race that includes nearly 3000m of vertical drop and has Rémi Cavagna as the title holder. Clarke’s experience will be complemented by the inclusion of Fabio Aru, Robert Power alongside Kilian Frankiny, who had a very good race in Ardèche in 2019. The lineup is complemented by a young but very exciting trio of Connor Brown, Mauro Schmid and Karel Vacek who will play very important supporting roles […]

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