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780,000 Africans killed by air pollution yearly

Air pollution accounts for about 780,000 deaths in Africa every year, according to a modelling study by researchers at NASA. The research has been hailed as a major breakthrough given the struggle over the years to determine extent of air pollution on the continent and its effects of health of people. In the new study, researchers used satellite data and models of atmospheric chemistry and health to fill in some of the data gaps. The study found that a majority of deaths recorded in Africa is attributable to poor air…

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News24.com | Former Scorpions boss lands big job monitoring Russian telecoms firm

The former Scorpions head, Leonard McCarthy, has been selected for a top job monitoring a leading Russian telecoms company. Leonard McCarthy, the former integrity vice president at the World Bank, has been selected as the monitor for Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) as part of the Russian telecoms company’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement. MTS, Russia’s leading telecommunications operator and digital services provider, paid $850 million (about R13 billion) and agreed to a three-year monitorship in March to settle charges brought by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange…

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With security improving in DR Congo’s Kasai, thousands of refugees head home from Angola

We are working with the Angolan and DR Congo governments to ensure security and assistance for the 8,500 refugees returning home. https://t.co/JJjOZyfl1s — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 23, 2019 “More than a thousand refugees have already crossed into DRC and many others are moving towards the border with DRC’s Kasai region,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva on Friday. The deadly clashes in the Kasai region between armed groups and DRC forces in 2017 had…

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Nigeria: Lagos environment agency appoints the first female head

In a bid to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for residents of Nigerian’s commercial city, Lagos, a Public Health practitioner, Dolapo Ayokunle Fasawe has been appointed as the new head of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA). LASEPA is the environmental regulator for Lagos State in charge of assisting the public and private organizations, industries, businesses, and non-governmental organizations to achieve compliance by providing environment-friendly solutions to varied environmental challenges. In a press statement by the Chief Public Affairs Officer LASEPA, Bola Ajao, the appointment of Fasawe as…

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Sport24.co.za | Australia on brink of retaining Ashes after England’s woes

Leeds – Josh Hazlewood took five wickets as England were bowled out for just 67 on the second day of the third Test at Headingley on Friday to leave Australia on the verge of retaining the Ashes. SCORECARD | The Ashes, 3rd Test – Day 2 This was England’s lowest Ashes total since 1948 and the fourth time in 18 months they had been dismissed for under a hundred in a Test – a record unmatched by any other side in the same period. Fast bowler Hazlewood took 5-30 in an…

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South Africa’s endangered crane population on the rise

South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane, has been on the endangered species list for years, but a recent aerial survey shows a decades-long conservation effort is bringing the bird back from the brink of extinction. Every year, South African conservationists fly in transect patterns across the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to determine how well the birds are doing. “We cover over 25,000 square kilometres over 5 days and we therefore determine a minimum population size of all three of our crane species Wattled Cranes, Grey Crowned Cranes and South…

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CECAFA U-15 tourney in Eritrea: East Africa sweeps all semi-final slots

Matches are underway in Eritrean capital Asmara which is hosting the Council for East and Central African Football Associations, CECAFA, under 15 championships. Per the calculations of Group A, Kenya and Tanzania have qualified for the semi finals. Kenya bagged 10 points to top the group whiles Burundi came second with seven points. Rwanda and Uganda have qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament after Day 8 fixtures were dispatched. Uganda had the easiest task of beating South Sudan by 5 – 0 whiles Rwanda managed a slim 2 –…

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South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence

“Civilians with whom we spoke still raised numerous concerns that they feel are barriers to sustainable peace,” said Yasmin Sooka, Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Sudan, reporting from Juba on the panel’s seventh field mission, currently under way through 29 August and which includes South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The UN Commission on Human Rights in Sudan (from left) Yasmin Sooka, Chair, Andrew Clapham and Barney Afako (2018), by UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan /Twitter screen grab During their visit, the three…

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School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire

In a new report detailing threats of violence against schools across the region and issues as a ‘Child Alert’, the UN agency warned that a generation of children risks being denied the right to learn.  “Nearly two million children are out of school due to conflict, so it is not an easy number,” UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Muzoon Almellehan, told journalists in Geneva. “It is important to highlight those challenges, to highlight the struggle of those people. They need us, they need our attention.”  From Burkina Faso to Nigeria, more than 9,200 schools shut   Data gathered by UNICEF…

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Jubbaland vote: Somali govt rejects process, Kenya celebrates Modobe

The Kenyan government has officially congratulated winner of the controversial Jubbaland regional state elections in Somalia on Thursday. A statement issued on Friday (August 23) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs whiles congratulating Ahmed Mohamed Islam ‘Madobe’ also hailed what it said was peaceful and credible elections. The statement comes barely 24-hours after the Federal Government of Somalia, FGS; as expected rejected the outcome of the elections. Mogadishu described the vote as a “self-appointed” process and that it was not in line with electoral process set out by the Ministry…

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