October 17, 2019

Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country’s north-west

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From BBC An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s north-western territory of Bikoro. There are two confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the affected area and 17 deaths where it is suspected, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The incident comes more than a year after an outbreak in […]

31 allegations of sexual abuse in 3 months, United Nations reports

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AFP From Deccan Chronicle UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has made fighting sexual abuse by peacekeepers and UN staff a priority of his tenure. United Nations:  The United Nations reported 31 new allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in three months Friday, with nearly half of those involving staff or partner organizations of the UN refugee […]

Cayman Islands: Sustainability 0f Offshore: Using Cayman for investment into Africa

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Article by Lisa Akiri, Harneys From Mondaq The use of offshore is an integral part of African financing. Offshore vehicles are used for a variety of structures including bond issuances, listing, loan financing, JVs and PE structures. Investors in and out of Africa have an appetite for using offshore in various transactions because they understand […]

Litigation funders hit with sanctions in $180 million case v. Cigna

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By Alison Frankel From Reuters (Reuters) – Litigation funding is an opaque industry. Sure, extremely large funds like Burford Capital, Bentham IMF and Gerchen Keller put out occasional press releases to announce new capital or quarterly results. Once in a while, as in the burgeoning European litigation over Volkswagen’s clean-diesel cars, a big litigation fund […]

Jamaica’s Gov’t lifts ban on individuals from Ebola-hit countries

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From Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Government of Jamaica has lifted its ban on individuals entering the island from countries affected by Ebola, with immediate effect. According to a release from the security ministry today, the decision was made recently by Cabinet, and was guided by recent indications received from the World Health Organization […]

Can the blood of Ebola survivors create a cure?

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From Fox News For months, Vanderbilt University researcher Dr. James Crowe has been desperately seeking access to the blood of U.S. Ebola survivors, hoping to extract the proteins that helped them overcome the deadly virus for use in new, potent drugs. His efforts finally paid off in mid-November with a donation from Dr. Rick Sacra, […]

UN says Ebola-hit nations at risk of hunger

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From Aljazeera Up to one million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone face starvation due to border closures and quarantines. Up to one million people are at risk of going hungry in West African nations battling the Ebola virus due to border closures, quarantines and crop losses, UN food agencies have said. The deadly […]

More on Ebola preparedness from Cayman Islands Ministry of Health

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Although there are no reported cases of Ebola neither in Cayman Islands nor in the Caribbean, local medical personnel and the Ministry of Health are continuing preparations for the unlikely event of an Ebola (EVD) patient requiring care. Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), met with the Hon. Osbourne […]

The State of the Ebola crisis

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By Ashley Kindergan From The Finacialist For the first time since Ebola surfaced in Uganda in 1976, an outbreak has exploded beyond rural Africa to reach eight countries, including the U.S. and Spain. For all its notoriety, the most serious Ebola outbreak to date was the one in 2000, and it only infected 425 people. […]

African business leaders raise millions for Ebola crisis fund

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From Caribbean360 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tuesday November 11, 2014 – Against the backdrop of thousands of deaths as Ebola continues its rampage in West Africa, some of the continent’s leading businessmen have established a crisis fund to help the countries worst hit by the deadly virus. At a pledge meeting held over the weekend in […]