NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s business
community on Monday urged the political class to embark on a
dialogue and reconciliation process in order to end
post-election jitters that could adversely impact on the
Speaking at a media briefing in
Nairobi, local investors challenged leaders from both sides of
the political divide to demonstrate patriotism and unite the
country in the wake of sporadic riots triggered by the
announcement of presidential election results last Friday.
“Electoral contests like sports
produce winners and losers. Those who lost should concede
gracefully or pursue constitutional avenues in case of any
grievances,” said Dr Kiprono Kittony, Chairman of Kenya National
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI).
He was flanked by dozens of
local business leaders who endorsed a common pact to advance
peace and national cohesion in the wake of hotly contested
Kenyans trooped to the polling
stations in large numbers on Aug. 8 to elect a new president,
lawmakers, county governors and members of local assemblies.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was
re-elected for a second term after trouncing his rival Raila
Odinga from the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) in one
of the most hotly contested presidential elections in recent
Kenyatta garnered 8.20 million
or 54.27 percent of the total votes cast in the Aug. 8 polls
while Odinga trailed with 6.76 million or 44.7 percent of total
The announcement of
presidential results on Friday night by the chairman of the
electoral body triggered sporadic riots in perceived opposition
strongholds in Nairobi slums and western Kenya towns.
A violent standoff between
police and opposition supporters in Nairobi’s informal
settlements of Mathare and Kibera as well as western Kenyan town
of Kisumu led to several casualties.
Calm has been restored in the
areas that experienced post-poll riots thanks to intensive
patrols by police and intervention of opposition leaders who
urged their supporters to maintain peace.
The business community pledged
to engage all levels of government and the political class to
ensure that peace is sustained countrywide after conclusion of
hotly contested elections.
“We are ready to play a key
part in our country’s journey towards middle income status. We
will continue to work with the government in accelerating job
creation, empowering our youth and promoting large and small
enterprises,” Kittony said.
He added that local investors
have rallied behind President Kenyatta’s call for national
healing during his acceptance speech.
AU calls for restraint from
actions that heighten post-election tensions in Kenya
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The African Union (AU) has called on all the
concerned to refrain from any action or statement that can
further heighten post-election tensions in Kenya.
The AU Commission called for
respect of the rule of law following the official announcement
of the final results of the presidential election held on August
8 in the East African nation, said the statement from the
pan-African bloc later Saturday.
The Chairperson of the AU
Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, takes note of the official
announcement of the final results of the presidential election
in Kenya on August 11 by the Independent Electoral and
Boundaries Commission following the General Elections on 8
August, which were deemed credible and transparent by all
observer missions, including the one deployed by the AU, said
He has called on all those who
wish to challenge the results to do so through the channels
provided for by the law.
The Chairperson is very
concerned by the outbreak of violence in certain counties,
leading to the loss of life and the destruction of property,
according to the statement. “Recourse to violence is totally
He has also stressed the need
for the security agencies to respect fundamental human rights
and refrain from the excessive use of force in their efforts to
maintain law and order.
Kenyan police say only 6
killed in post election chaos
By David Musyoka NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police on Sunday dismissed
reports that over 100 people have been killed in the past two
days following the release of presidential election results in
which incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won.
Police spokesman George Kinoti
said only six people were killed in Nairobi and Kisumu in
Western Kenya in which armed criminals attacked police officers
attempting to effect arrest, resulting in the killing of the
“We are also aware of a very
sad and unfortunate incident in which a nine-year old girl was
shot dead while in their houses in Mathare, in Nairobi by
unknown persons,” Kinoti said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
He said two criminals were shot
dead while breaking into a supermarket in Nairobi’s Ruaraka
estate. “When challenged to surrender, they attacked the law
enforcement officers with machetes with intent to harm them,”
He said a third person was
killed in Starehe residential estate in Nairobi while in a group
of 25 armed with assorted crude weapons breaking into private
houses after charging at police officers.
Kinoti said two other criminals
were fatally neutralized after a gang of six broke into a shop
in a residential estate in Nairobi. “As police pursued them,
they fired at the police officers who fired back in defence,”
The police spokesman said the
sixth person was killed in the lakeside Western city of Kisumu
when a criminal was shot after a large riotous mob blocked a
road and barricaded it with bonfires and stones and attacked
motorists and pedestrians.
“The police officers attempted
to effect the arrest were also attacked,” Kinoti said, noting
that another dead body was discovered alongside a road with
fresh wounds in a slum in Nairobi but circumstances of the
killing remains unknown.
“We wish to inform the public
that we are investigating a number of individuals suspected of
incitement to violence, either directly or through intemperate
social media postings with a view of effecting arrest for
prosecution before the court of law,” Kinoti said.
“We urge all Kenyans to avoid
re-circulating photos that are not verified as real. They are
being used to incite and undermine our security. The police are
prepared professionally to protect lives and property from
violent rioters,” he said.
The statement comes after the
opposition coalition said Saturday at least 100 people were
killed by the police responding to protests which erupted after
the announcement of the presidential election results on Friday.
However, state-funded Kenya
National Commission on Human Rights said 24 people have been
killed across the country from police brutality since Aug. 8.
2 injured in grenade attack in
northern Ethiopia: police
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Two civilians were injured in a grenade attack
Saturday night in Bahir Dar city, capital city of Amhara
regional state in northern Ethiopia, police said Monday.
Police are on the manhunt for
the suspects of the grenade attack, and has already managed to
apprehend 5 suspects on another grenade attack that occurred in
the city early this month, said Walelign Dagnew, Head of Bahir
Dar city Police Department.
Four other suspects who are
suspected of planning bomb attacks in the city have also been
apprehended, according to Bahir Dar Police Department.
The spate of grenade attacks
comes in the tense first anniversary of clashes between
Ethiopian security forces and protesters that left several
On August 7, 2016 protesters
from the Amhara ethnic group amassed in the streets of Bahir
Dar. The protesters who were venting anger at perceived
political and economic disfranchisement engaged in deadly
clashes with security forces that left several people dead.
Since then, a series of bomb
attacks which Ethiopian government blames on “terrorists” and
several strike actions have hit business hard in the normally
busy streets of Bahir Dar city.
At least 8 feared dead after
boat capsizes in Kenya’s coast
LAMU, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
At least eight people are feared dead on Monday
after a passenger boat heading to Kenya’s Lamu capsized
following heavy tides in the Indian Ocean.
Lamu County Commissioner Joseph
Kanyi said one person who is a local politician was been rescued
“One body has been retrieved
from the boat. The boat was carrying 11 family members when it
capsized within Kizingitini last night,” Kanyi told Xinhua by
Algerian troops seize 40
weapons on border with Mali
ALGIERS, (Xinhua) --
As many as 40 weapons and amounts of ammunition
have been discovered on Sunday by the Algerian army on the
border with Mali, Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The army troops were patrolling
in the southernmost locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, near the
border with Mali, before they discovered a bunker containing a
massive amount of weapons and ammunition, according to the
The weapons included two RPG-2
rocket launchers, four RPK machine guns, two FMPK machine guns,
four PKT machine guns, 14 Kalashnikov machine guns, seven
Seminov semi-automatic rifles and seven repeating rifles, said
This is not the first time that
Algerian troops found weapon bunkers along southern and
Located in a region plagued by
unprecedented security and political instability, Algeria faces
ongoing terrorist threats.
The North African nation
deployed tens of thousands of troops on eastern and southern
borders to thwart potential intrusion of militants and arms,
amid instability reigning in Mali and civil war hitting Libya.
2 Algerian nationals
released after 14 years in prison in Iraq
ALGIERS, (Xinhua) --
Two Algerian nationals, who were detained for 14
years in Iraq over terrorism charges, have been handed over on
Sunday to the Algerian chancery in Baghdad, said Algerian
Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Imprisoned because of entering
Iraq illegally, the two Algerians are to return home as soon as
possible, said the source.
This happy ending has been
reached, following the efforts of the head of Algerian diplomacy
Abdelkader Messahel during his last visit to Baghdad as he
discussed with Iraqi authorities the issue of Algerian detainees
However, five other Algerians
are still detained in Iraq, as they are facing charges of
belonging to terrorist groups.
In December 2012, 10 Iraqis and
one Algerian national were executed as they were found guilty of
terrorist activities on Iraqi soil. By then, Algiers summoned
Iraqi diplomats to complain of “lack of cooperation by the Iraqi
authorities concerning the issue of Algerian nationals held in
Since then, the release of
Algerian prisoners held in Iraq has become “a priority” for the
Algerian diplomacy and has been “on top agenda of meetings at
various levels with Iraqi officials,” noted the Foreign
Ministry, which has been accused by NGOs of having “turned its
back” to its nationals held in Iraq.
China congratulates Kenyatta
on re-election as Kenyan president
BEIJING, (Xinhua) --
China congratulates Uhuru Kenyatta on being
re-elected as Kenya’s President, a foreign ministry spokesperson
said on Monday.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
was formally declared winner of the country’s presidential
election on Friday night, after Independent Electoral and
Boundary Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced
that Kenyatta had garnered 8.20 million votes, or 54.27 percent
of the total votes cast.
“We respect the choice made by
the Kenyan people,” spokesperson Hua Chunying said Monday at a
daily press briefing, extending congratulations to Kenyatta.
China and Kenya are good
friends, partners and brothers, and China stands ready to
strengthen cooperation and boost bilateral ties with the Kenyan
side, she said.
Gunmen kill at least 17 in
Burkina Faso restaurant
OUAGADOUGOU, (Xinhua) -- A
group of gunmen attacked a Turkish restaurant in the center of
the capital Burkina Faso on Sunday evening, leaving at least 17
dead and eight others injured, according to a government
Authorities said the shooting
broke out at the restaurant located on the Nkrumah Avenue in
downtown Ouagadougou around 9 p.m. local time (2100 GMT).
Security forces were dispatched to the scene and blocked the
Policemen were then engaged in a firefight with the attackers.
Nearby residents were quoted by local reports as saying that
gunshots and explosions were continuously heard.p The
nationalities of the dead remain unclear, the statement said.
Police asked citizens to calm down and stay home, especially not
to go to the city center. Up till now, the blockade has not been
January, 2016, terrorists attacked Splendid Hotel, a luxury
hotel and restaurant in the same neighborhood, causing around 30
deaths. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb afterwards claimed
responsibility for the incident on a website titled “Jihad.”
landlocked nation in West Africa, Burkina Faso has suffered
several attacks in recent years.
die from drowning in Algeria’s holiday season
-- More than 170 people died from drowning in Algeria since
early July, the Civil Defense Ministry of the northern African
Arab country said here Sunday.
ministry said 102 of the victims drowned near beaches while
another 70 people drowned in domestic reservoirs. Most of the
deaths occurred in unguarded areas.
toll is the highest in recent years, and the government has
dispatched life guards over 60,000 person-times to beach
resorts, stemming the occurrence of a large number of dangerous
August are the holiday season in Algeria. Millions of Algerians
would spend their holidays on the northern Mediterranean coast
to avoid intense heat.
Algeria is hit by a rare heatwave this year, and the number of
holidaymakers has reached a historic high. In order to improve
people’s safety awareness, the government posted warnings in
media and banned swimming at dangerous areas before the official
summer season started.
Sudan rebels say have recaptured stronghold from gov’t troops
Elamu JUBA, (Xinhua) -- South Sudanese rebels said Sunday they
have retaken Pagak headquarters which fell recently in the hands
of government troops.
Deputy spokesperson of Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in
opposition (SPLA-IO) rebels, allied to former First Vice
President Riek Machar, told Xinhua from hideout that they are
now in charge of Pagak near the Ethiopian border.
we are in control of Pagak. Since Friday at about 10 a.m.,” Lam
Paul Gabriel revealed. The strategic rebel headquarters fell to
government troops on Thursday forcing thousands of civilians to
flee across the border, and SPLA-IO had vowed to recapture it.
the moment, our orders are to stay put and act in self defense
only. We don’t know when that will change, but if it does
change, I assure you even Juba will be a walkover,” Gabriel
Efforts to contact government spokesman Col. Dickson Gatluak for
comment were futile as his phone was switched off.
Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 after political
dispute between President Kiir and his former deputy Machar led
to fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to
Kiir against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.
2015 peace agreement to end the violence was again violated in
July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the
capital forcing Machar to flee into exile.
conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced
millions that have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
Head of Egypt’s railway authority resigns over fatal crash
-- The Egyptian transport minister accepted on Sunday the
resignation of the country’s railway authority chief over the
recent deadly train crash that killed at least 49, the Egyptian
state TV reported.
resignation comes two days after two trains crashed on Friday
afternoon, leaving at least 49 passengers dead and over 130
wounded in the coastal city of Alexandria north of the capital
Following a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail in Cairo
on Sunday, Transport Minister Hesham Arafat also announced that
his ministry is about to conclude a deal with the Italian
government to buy 1,000 train carriages, 100 of which will be
made in Italy and the rest will be manufactured in Egypt.
Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi urged in a
meeting with Arafat to accelerate the development process of the
country’s railway network to avoid deadly train crashes.
mid June, Egypt signed a 575-million-U.S. dollar agreement with
U.S. giant company General Electric (GE) to provide the country
with 100 multi-use locomotives.
to the deal, GE will also provide 15 years of technical support
and spare parts for the new locomotives as well as 81 other
present trains. It will also offer a training program for more
than 275 Egyptian engineers and technicians from the railway
shipment of 25 locomotives is expected to arrive in Egypt in
accidents killed and wounded hundreds in Egypt over the past few
years, the deadliest was in 2002 when 350 passengers were killed
after fire broke out in a train coming from Upper Egypt.
Another train tragedy hit the country in November 2012, when a
train hit a school bus at a crossing barrier area in Upper
Egypt’s Assiut province, killing over 50 children.
Argentinian hunter trampled to death by elephant in Namibia
(Xinhua) -- An Argentinian professional hunter was trampled to
death by an elephant Saturday, police in Namibia said.
also identified the professional hunter as Jose Monzalvez aged
Police confirmed the incident Sunday, saying that Monzalvez had
a hunting permit.
Monzalvez, who worked for an oil company in Brazil, the police
said, was part of a group of trophy hunters - two Argentinians
and three Namibians tracking down a herd of elephants in the
Kalkfeld area about 260 kilometers from Windhoek, the Namibian
According to the police, the elephant that trampled Monzalvez
saw the hunters from a distance and chased them.
Monzalvez was, unfortunately, unable to escape, the police said.
declares Somalia free of polio, urges continued vigilance
and Hashi MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) -- The UN World Health
Organization (WHO) Sunday said it had not recorded any case of
polio disease in Somalia in the last three years, declaring the
country polio free.
said the country recorded the last case of polio in 2014 in the
central part of the country but has since then remained free of
the paralyzing disease.
health agency however warned Somalia remained vulnerable,
calling for continued vaccination campaign.
head of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean which covers Somalia Dr.
Mohamed Fiqi said in Mogadishu that massive vaccination
campaigns and commitment from government and international
actors had ensured the polio virus did not recur in the Horn of
“Today we celebrate a major milestone, however we must remember
our work is not yet finished. As the world edges closer to
eradicating polio, keeping alert in countries that have high
risk of polio importation like Somalia is more of priority than
ever,” Fiqi said.
we move forward, the polio programme in Somalia needs to
continue to work to maintain and improve the level of population
immunity against polio through target vaccination campaign and
strengthening of the routine immunization services and
infrastructure,” Fiqi added.
declaration by WHO keeps Somalia outside the last group of
countries which still record cases of polio in the world.
Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the remaining countries
where polio is still being recorded. The WHO chief warned
Somalia remains at risk of importation of the virus from these
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo praised efforts to
rid his country of the polio disease which he noted had
subjected many children into suffering.
were found for the past three years and no child was affected by
this disease. Many of our children have suffered from polio for
eradicate polio was a big success and it was collective effort
and commitment by many young men and women who sacrificed their
lives,” President Farmaajo observed.
year polio-free celebration comes amidst the worst outbreak of
measles the country has seen in years.
also still responding to an outbreak of acute watery
diarrhoea/cholera, which began in January 2017. Polio systems
and networks are being used in both interventions.
“Polio infrastructure has been critical in responding to these
other serious outbreaks,” said Fikri.
online game helps patients manage diabetes: study
WASHINGTON, (Xinhua) -- A team-based online game designed to
improve diabetes self-management appears to be effective in
helping patients lower their hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a key
measure of diabetes control, according to results of a
randomized controlled trial.
reduction is similar to what would be expected from a patient
that starts a new diabetes drug, according to results published
this week in the U.S. journal Diabetes Care.
study, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the
Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System enrolled 456 Veteran
Affairs diabetes patients from the eastern U.S., all of whom
took oral diabetes medications but had inadequate glucose
were randomly assigned to the team-based online game, known as
diabetes self-management education (DSME), while the other half
were assigned to a civics education game to serve as a control
The DSME game presents a player with a multiple-choice question
related to glucose management, exercise, long-term diabetes
complications, medication adherence and nutrition.
also included detailed explanations for the answers, a
“take-home message” and references.
Participants were sent two questions every Tuesday and Thursday
by email or mobile app.
answering the question, they were immediately presented with the
correct answer and an explanation, and the same question would
be sent again around four weeks later to reinforce the concept.
Participants earned “points” for correctly answered questions
and were assigned to teams based on their geographic region, and
individual and team scores were posted on leader boards to
foster a sense of competition and community.
game took place over a six-month period and levels of HbA1c, a
common measure of long-term blood glucose control, were tested
at enrollment, six months and 12 months after the launch of the
diabetes game participants had significant reductions in HbA1c
levels—a drop of 0.74 percent compared to 0.44 percent for the
who had the highest HbA1c levels before the game began saw the
most dramatic drops in HbA1c over the 12 month period, it found.
“Among the subgroup of patients with uncontrolled diabetes, we
saw a reduction in HbA1c levels that you would expect to see
when a patient starts a new diabetes medication,” said
corresponding author B. Price Kerfoot, an associate professor of
surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital who is on faculty at
the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.
“Although their blood glucose levels were still above the target
range, this was a strong step in the right direction, and
resulted in a sustained and meaningful improvement in blood
glucose control,” Kerfoot said. “This game represents a small
time commitment for patients, but potentially a big impact for
of qualified staff thwarts Zanzibar’s tourism industry: report
Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar
archipelago is currently facing a serious shortage of qualified
workers, the situation that forces tour operators to hire
foreigners, to do the hospitality jobs, according to a new
report released Sunday.
report, which was commissioned by Zanzibar Association of
Tourism Investors (ZATI), cited lack of adequate numbers of
skilled people as one of the serious challenges thwarting
tourism development in the Indian Ocean Islands.
by Tanzania’s business, advocacy, and dialogue facility, BEST
Dialogue, the report noted that to devise and develop a skilled
workforce in Zanzibar, there is a need to define national skills
run, the report suggested the need for skills development to be
embedded in the education and training sector,.
called for the workplace skills training programme, more
internships, apprenticeship training and calls for recognition
of prior learned skills.
According to the report, over 60 percent of foreign workers in
Zanzibar is in the tourism sector, largely due to insufficient
supply of skills from the local labor market (in terms of
quality and quantity) for the industry. This is an indication
that there is a great need to develop a local workforce to be
able to handle tourism business operations in the Isles.
skills are needed for Zanzibar to remain competitive and tackle
the new tourist demands,” said Seif Miskry, ZATI chairman.
described tourism sector, as a labour intensive, employs a
multiplicity of skills - accountants, hairdressers, tour guides
and trackers and so on, thus it is one of the quickest ways to
generate many jobs within a short period.
why stakeholders in the public and private sector must come
together and agree on the way forward in developing adequate and
quality human resource for the tourism sector in Zanzibar,” he
commissioned “Skills Analysis for Zanzibar Tourism Industry”
after noting most of the members of the association faced skills
gaps, detrimental to their drive to grow the business.
hospitality industry has been experiencing a skills shortage...
where it’s hard to find and recruit quality employees with the
right skill and can stay for the long term,” said Miskry.
government and the private sector have been working together in
a number of initiatives to make Zanzibar top destination of the
Indian Ocean tourism, as outlined in the Zanzibar Tourism
According to Miskry, this can be realized and it will have a
huge impact on the people and Zanzibar economy, thus it’s only
prudent to ensure the local youth are adequately skilled to take
the industry to the next level.
believe that our tourist attractions are world-class but the
economy is not fully benefiting from their potential because of
some hurdles, which if addressed, will be a game changer,” noted ZATI Chairman.
Miskry said it was paramount for Zanzibar to invest more in
tourism education and training, while at the same time ensuring
that public policies are made to stimulate travel and tourism
job creation. To that effect, ZATI plans in the near future to
hold a public private dialogue on seeking a lasting solution to
the problem of lack of adequate skilled labour force for the
Pay TV subscriptions in Kenya soar in wake of digital migration
-- Kenya’s migration to digital TV has maintained an upward
trajectory, registering tremendous growth as subscription to pay
Kenyan households have taken up pay TV services since the
country made the switch in February 2015, latest data from
Communication Authority of Kenya for the period January to March
million households in the East African country have migrated to
digital TV, the regulator’s data showed, up from about a million
when the country shifted to digital migration.
number, 3.7 million households are using pay TV, a big boost in
a nation where the services were deemed as for the rich.
Set-top-boxes makes up for the remainder of the households that
cumulative number of digital free-to-air set-top boxes purchased
as at the end of the quarter under review increased to 725,205
from 722,196 representing an insignificant growth of 0.4 percent
while pay TV rose to 3.7 million from 3.5 million,” said the
Currently, there are about six pay TV service providers in Kenya
both via satellite and internet, with the number having grown
from three before the big switch. These are DStv, GoTV, Showmax,
Startimes, Azam TV and Zuku TV.
Subscription fees range from 4 U.S. dollars a month to 60
dollars a month, with the charges having come down due to fierce
competition among the service providers.
in the number of pay TV subscriptions in Kenya could be
attributed to increased coverage of signal following digital
free-to-air TV signal which is unavailable in some parts of the
country, especially those in remote places, pay TV signal is
nearly everywhere across the nation.
percent of Kenya’s population now receive TV signal up from half
the number when there was analogue signal, according to the
digital migration, viewers have an array of channels to watch
even as the number of free-to-air channels declined in the
period under review.
“As at the
end of the quarter under review, the number of free-to-air TV
channels on the digital terrestrial platform stood at 60 down
from 66 recorded in the preceding quarter.
decline is attributed to financial constraints experienced by
some of the content providers,” said the authority.
besides the free-to-air channels, TV viewers can now select what
pay TV service providers to subscribe to based on their content,
with some taking up services from more than one company.“I
have subscribed to two pay TV companies. One offers satellite
services from which I view local and international news
channels, including the English Premier League while the other
is an internet-based movie channel. I am happy with both,”
Duncan Omollo, a senior banker in Nairobi, said Monday.
noted that the sale of set-top-boxes in Kenya has seemingly
stagnated as compared to uptake of pay TV because of the
introduction of digital TV sets in the East African nation.
“Several manufacturers are currently selling the TV sets in
Kenya from 200 dollars to 800 dollars as the old models are
phased out. Households are therefore opting to buy the new
gadgets than purchasing a TV and then a set-top-box separately
as it makes no economic sense,” said Bernard Mwaso, a consultant
with Edell IT Solutions in Nairobi.
Free-to-air set-top-boxes are currently going for an average of
35 dollars in the East African nation from about 50 dollars
before the switch.
people getting the free-to-air TV signal without the
set-top-box, households are therefore going for pay TV, which is
a sort of value addition,” said Mwaso.
pledges to support Tanzania in ending teenage pregnancies
SALAAM, (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
on Sunday pledged to support the government of Tanzania in
ending teenage pregnancies that resulted in the increasing tidal
wave of girls’ dropouts from schools.
“Teenage pregnancies is a major roadblock towards Tanzania’s
socio-economic development,”said Hashina Begum, an official from
the UNFPA speaking in the political capital Dodoma during the
commemoration of International Youth Day.
very determined to continue cooperating with the government and
other relevant stakeholders in controlling causes that lead to
teenage pregnancies in Tanzania,” she said.
from the Tanzania Bureau of Statistics showed that about 21
percent of Tanzanian girls aged between 15 and 19 have given
teenage pregnancies could be curbed by imparting the young
generation with sound sexual and reproductive education as well
as providing them with better health services.
pregnancies stand tall among major challenges that derail
socio-economic development in many African countries, including
Tanzania,” she said.
it was prudent for the government of Tanzania to focus more
attention in the fight against teenage pregnancies.
underscored the need for the government to ensure young people
took part in political, economic and social issues in their
communities and the country in general.
will enable them make informed choices regarding their bodies,
sexuality and reproduction without discrimination, violence or
coercion,” said the UNFPA official.
said the UNFPA will continue cooperating with the government to
empower young people in the country by giving them tools to
become even more influential and productive actors in the
PM to visit Sudan to boost bilateral ties
(Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will
visit Sudan on Tuesday to boost bilateral ties, Sudanese
presidential press office said Sunday.
“Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is to arrive in
the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday, leading a high-level
delegation on a three-day visit,” said the presidential press
office in a statement.
Desalegn would hold talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
to review means of enhancing bilateral ties and to hold talks on
regional and international issues of mutual concern, according
to the statement.
added that Desalegn is also scheduled to meet with Sudan’s Prime
Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh and Vice-President Hassabo Mohamed
Ethiopian prime minister would be accompanied by a number of
government ministers and officials.
Desalegn’s visit program includes giving a lecture on the Horn
of Africa at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum and attending a
cultural night besides visiting some industrial establishments
April, Sudan and Ethiopia declared a comprehensive cooperation
between them in security, military, political, economic, social
and cultural fields.
president calls for change to Muslim marriage decree
-- Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Sunday asked the
government to end a decree that bans Muslim women from marrying
ask the Minister of Justice to review the ‘circular’ because we
have some Tunisian women married to foreigners,” Essebsi said
during a ceremony at the Palace of Carthage on the occasion of
Tunisian Women’s Day.
Tunisian Constitution allows this kind of modification,” Essebsi
said in the presence of the Head of the Government Youssef
Chahed and Minister of Justice Ghazi Jeribi.
president also said that his country is seeking to establish
equality between men and women in inheritance.
commission was created, which will have as prerogative to see
how can be put in place the equality in the inheritance,” said
his speech, Essebsi said he favored the candidacy of a woman in
the presidential election in 2019, given that Tunisian women are
everywhere on the administrative hierarchy and in most of the
senior decision-making positions of the country.
granted women the right to vote in 1957.
reaffirms opposition after Dalai Lama’s cancellation of Botswana
-- China on Monday reaffirmed its resolute opposition to the
Dalai Lama’s anti-China separatist activities in any country,
even though he had called off a planned trip to Botswana.
reported the Dalai Lama canceled the plan in mid August due to
health problems. In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China’s position remains firm.
attaches great importance to relations and friendly cooperation
with Botswana, and hopes bilateral ties will maintain positive
and healthy development, Hua told a press briefing.
sharp rise in trade volume with China
-- The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and China recorded
5.178 billion dollars from January to June 2017, state news
agency MENA reported on Monday.
China’s exports to Egypt decreased by 20.79 percent on a
year-on-year basis to 4.518 billion dollars, MENA cited the
latest statistics released by the Chinese General Administration
of Customs as saying.
Chinese imports from Egypt increased by 298.37 percent to reach
660 million dollars, it added.
the volume of trade exchange between Egypt and China amounted to
928 million dollars.
imports from Egypt upped by 181.69 percent on annual basis to
80.58 million dollars, while exports dropped by 17.83 percent to
reach 847 million dollars.
ranked 52nd in list of China’s largest trading
exchange rate maintains stability at Egypt’s banks
-- The dollar exchange rate stood at EGP 17.74 for buying and
EGP 17.84 for selling at the National Bank of Egypt on Monday,
state news agency MENA reported.
dollar exchange rate stood at EGP 17.75 for buying and EGP 17.85
for selling at the Commercial International Bank (CIB).
At Banque Misr, the dollar rate recorded EGP 17.73 for buying and
EGP 17.83 for selling, while at Banque du Caire it recorded EGP
17.70 for buying and EGP 17.80 for selling.
U.S. dollar rate at Bank of Alexandria and Al Baraka Islamic
Bank was EGP 17.72 for buying and EGP 17.82 for selling.
Manangoi uppers in men’s 1500m at World Championships
-- Kenya showed their dominance in men’s 1500m as Elijah Motonei
Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot recorded a one-two finish at IAAF
World Championships here on Sunday.
Manangoi clocked 3 minutes 33.61 seconds, overshadowing his
Kenyan compatriot by 0.38 second.
Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen bagged the bronze medal in 3:34.53.
men’s 1500m at IAAF World Championships
-- Following are the results of men’s 1500m at IAAF World
Championships here on Sunday:
Motonei Manangoi, Kenya, 3 minutes 33.61 seconds
Timothy Cheruiyot, Kenya, 3:33.99
Ingebrigtsen, Norway, 3:34.53
Mechaal, Spain, 3:34.71
Holusa, Czech Republic, 3:34.89
Mikhou, Bahrain, 3:35.81
Lewandowski, Poland, 3:36.02
Nicholas Willis, New Zealand, 3:36.82
women’s 5000m at IAAF World Championships
LONDON, (Xinhua) --
Following are the results of women’s 5000m at IAAF World
Championships here on Sunday:
Onsando Obiri, Kenya, 14 minutes 34.86 seconds
Ayana, Ethiopia, 14:40.35
Hassan, Netherlands, 14:42.73
Senbere Teferi, Ethiopia, 14:47.45
Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi, Kenya, 14:48.74
Muir, Britain, 14:52.07
Chepkirui Kiprotich, Kenya, 14:54.05
Krumins, Netherlands, 14:58.33
crowned in women’s 5000m at World Championships
(Xinhua) -- Olympic silver medalist Hellen Onsando Obiri of
Kenya won the gold medal of women’s 5000m at IAAF World
Championships here on Sunday.
Obiri made a decisive sprint in
the final 200m to pull away from Ethiopian Almaz Ayana and
finish the race with 14 minutes and 34.86 seconds.
Ayana took away the silver with
her season best of 14:40.35. The bronze medal went to Sifan
Hassan of the Netherlands in 14:42.73.
champion Semenya storms to 800m gold at worlds
(Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa made
a strong comeback in the final straight lane to take away
women’s 800m gold medal at IAAF World Championships here on
Semanya, still third after the
curve, got past Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba and
Ajee Wilson in the final 100 meters, finishing the race with a
world leading time of one minute and 55.16 seconds.
Niyonsaba ranked second with 1
minute and 55.92 seconds, while Wilson finished third in
trying, Usain Bolt tells younger generation
(Xinhua) -- Iconic Usain Bolt hopes the younger generation can
receive a message from his legendary experience—anything is
possible if one works hard.
Retiring Jamaican “lightning”
Bolt put on one last appearance on Sunday, the final day of the
London World Championships as the 100m and 200m world record
holder went on a lap of honor in a specially arranged farewell
ceremony in front of the sell-out spectators.
The 11-time world champion and
8-time Olympic gold medalist made a final signature
arrow-shooting stance and then left the track for good.
“I’ve proven that by working
hard, anything is possible. For me, I was sitting down today and
doing an interview. My motto is anything is possible,” said the
“It shows that everyone should
continue trying. I personally feel this is a good message to
send to youngsters to push on. If I can leave that to the
younger generation, then that’s a good legacy to leave,” Bolt
told a packed news conference.
The end of Bolt’s career was
far from perfect, a bronze in the 100m and he didn’t make the
finish line of his last race, the 4x100m relay as he had to limp
off the track with injury.
“One championship doesn’t
change what I’ve done. After losing the 100m someone said to me,
‘Muhamnmed Ali lost his last fight so don’t be too stressed.’ I
have shown my credentials throughout my career so losing my last
race isn’t going to change what I’ve done in my sport,” said
Bolt said right now he had no
plan for the future and just wanted to do things he was
previously couldn’t as an athlete, such as “have a party and
have a drink”.
But no matter what he will do
in the future, Bolt said he would not return to run again.
“I have seen too many people
retire and come back and just make it worse, shame themselves.
So I personally won’t. I won’t be those stars to come back,” he
After the lap of honor, Bolt
received a framed part of the London track from London mayor
Sadiq Khan and Sebastian Coe, head of the ruling body IAAF, who
often speaks highly of the legendary runner.
“As I said earlier, what we are
going to miss Usain Bolt isn’t just the three Olympic Games, the
clutch of world records or medals. He is an athlete with an
opinion and view. He fills the room and interests you guys,”
said Coe before the final session on Sunday. “We need more
athletes with accessibility instead of looking nervously at
agents and handlers.”
Bolt’s fellow athletes also
paid tribute to him.
“He has created so many legends
on the track and stays a legend in my heart. I don’t believe
anyone can surpass him,” said Chinese ace sprinter Su Bingtian
who was the first Asian man to qualify for the 100m world
championships final in 2015.
“Usain Bolt’s name will always
live on,” said Bolt’s relay team-member Omar McLeod.
Long-time rival Justin Gatlin,
who grabbed the 100m gold medal from Bolt in London, was
convinced he would return.
“You can’t let this
championships define what he’s done in the past. He has done
amazing things. He’s still the man,” the 35-year-old said.
“I’m going to win my million
dollars. He is coming back in a couple of years. He’ll be ready;
he has a passion for the sport. He loves the fans and they love
him. He loves the sport too much to walk away. He’s a showman.”
and Tobago rally past Untied States for men’s 400m relay world
(Xinhua) -- Trinidad and Tobago rallied past United States in
the last baton to win men’s 4x400m relay at IAAF World
Championships here on Sunday.
Lalonde Gordon, Trinidad and
Tobago’s last leg, came back in the straight lane to first cross
the finish line with a world leading time of 2 minutes and 58.12
United States were positioned
second with 0.49 second adrift. Britain ranked third in