July 28, 2021

Africa faces steepest COVID−19 surge yet

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Brazzaville, 24 June 2021 – Africa is facing a fast-surging third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, with cases spreading more rapidly and projected to soon overtake the peak of the second wave the continent witnessed at the start of 2021. COVID-19 cases have risen for five consecutive weeks since the onset of the third wave on 3 […]

Africa urgently needs 20 million second doses of COVID−19 vaccine

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Brazzaville, 27 May 2021 – Africa needs at least 20 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the next six weeks to get second doses to all who received a first dose within the 8—12-week interval between doses recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).  A single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine gives around 70% protection […]

Risk of COVID−19 surge threatens Africa’s health facilities

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Brazzaville, 3 June 2021 – As the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases increases, African countries must urgently boost critical care capacity to prevent health facilities from being overwhelmed. This comes as vaccine shipments to the continent grind to a near halt.  Weak observance of preventive measures, increased population movement and interaction as well as […]

Prabir Purkayastha: The West is practicing Vaccine Apartheid at a global level

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For rich countries, the billions of dollars of vaccine market for Big Pharma far outweigh the benefits of saving millions of lives. By Prabir Purkayastha / Globetrotter More than an eighth of the world’s population living in rich countries—the United States, Canada, the UK, and the EU—have access to more than 50 percent of the […]

Jamaican leader calls for a war on corruption at ACP Summit

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From NAN News Americas, NEW YORK, NY., Tues. Dec. 10, 2019: A Caribbean leader attending the 9th Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), group of nations summit in Nairobi, Kenya, is calling for a total war on corruption. Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, who is attending the summit from the CARICOM region along with Prime Minister of […]

Are top publishers the next big players in hyperlocal news?

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By Chaymae Samir From Reuters Community While publishers are racing to target millennials and Gen Z through digital, an opportunity may exist in hyperlocal with a purpose. Studies and articles on hyperlocal news outlets are full of examples of underperforming business models and failed ventures. Looking today at what was once named ‘’the future of journalism’’ […]

The UWI Vice-Chancellor leads mission to The Bahamas

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Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. Friday, September 13, 2019—Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, was visibly moved as he opened his Forum on the Hurricane Response in The Bahamas on Friday, September 13, 2019. Calling it a ‘zone of vulnerability and devastation’, he addressed the enormity of devastation, the […]

Tropical Trouble: Imelda to drench Texas Coast, Humberto heads for Bermuda, Depression forms in Atlantic

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By Bob Henson From Weather Underground Mid-September is behaving very much in line with the climatological peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic, as the National Hurricane Center launched advisories on several new systems in the space of just two hours at midday Tuesday. Of most immediate concern to the United States is Tropical Storm […]

The Pybus philosophy in Windies cricket

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From The University of the West Indies The CLR James Cricket Research Centre, Cave Hill, Barbados. Friday, September 6, 2019—Two photographs in as many days tell the story of the future of West Indies cricket. The first captures Floyd Reifer, West Indies interim cricket coach, in conversation with Jamaican Dr Glen Mills, the world’s best […]

Fusarium wilt of banana and plantain: A threat to the regional economies and food security

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From OECS Fusarium wilt of bananas, commonly known as Panama disease, is a destructive soil borne fungus that poses a threat to the production of all banana and plantain crops. Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 has reappeared and is now a priority pest threatening the region’s banana industry with serious economic, livelihood and food security […]