Uganda Closes Schools to Fight Ebola, New Cases Fall

Uganda closed schools nationwide on Friday to curb the spread of Ebola, despite the health minister insisting to AFP that new cases had declined.
The directive to close schools two weeks before the end of term was announced earlier this month following the deaths of eight children from the highly contagious disease.
But in recent weeks, the number of new infections registered in the capital, Kampala, and the epicenters of Mubende and Kassanda has declined, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told AFP.
“The major breakthrough in this fight against Ebola for Uganda is that the communities have realized that Ebola is deadly and it kills,” she said.

“We encourage the population to remain alert and cooperate with the health teams if we are to win this battle and there are signs Uganda is winning,” she added.
Uganda’s WHO office said Thursday that as of November 22, no case had been declared for nine days in Kamapala, 10 days in Mubende and 12 days in Kassanda.
The outbreak has claimed 55 lives out of 141 known cases, according to Ugandan authorities, who have imposed lockdowns in Mubende and Kassanda.
The measures include a dusk-to-dawn curfew, a ban on personal travel and the closure of markets, bars and churches.
At a school in Kampala, one parent told AFP he was relieved to take his child home.
“I think this early closure was really necessary, because of the situation, the Ebola situation in the country,” said banker Joab Baryayaka. “We trust they are safer with us than staying at school, where we cannot guarantee the situation.”
Since the outbreak was declared in Mubende on September 20, the disease has spread across the East African nation.
President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly ruled out imposing nationwide COVID-like restrictions.
According to WHO criteria, an outbreak of the disease ends when there are no new cases for 42 consecutive days — twice the incubation period of the disease.
The strain now circulating is known as the Sudan Ebola virus, for which there is no vaccine, although several would-be jabs are heading toward clinical trials.
Ebola is spread through bodily fluids. Common symptoms are fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.
Outbreaks are difficult to contain, especially in urban environments.

Source: Voice Of America

Statement on Kawanda Murder by shooting

The territorial Police at Kawempe are investigating a murder by shooting that happened today Friday at about 9am at Kawanda Senior Secondary School in Nakisangye Zone, Nabweru Division in Wakiso.
The Victim has been identified as Waligo Ronald, 38 a resident of Kirinya Bigo Kawanda in wakiso who was allegedly shot by a suspected UPDF driver identified as Ssali Abdul.
It is alleged that the duo got a misunderstanding when Ssali was driving a updf vehicle leaving the school premises after picking one of the students in senior three.
Preliminary investigations into the matter indicate that Abdul was leaving the school when he met a number of motorcycles and cars at the gate. The road being narrow, this prompted him to squeeze on the side where the deceased had parked.
This caused an altercation after Waligo complained to the driver of being squeezed which attracted a big group of riders that also condemned his action .
This prompted the driver to enter his vehicle where he picked an AK47 rifle shooting at the victim. He died instantly and the driver sped off from the crime scene.
We have been able to identify the vehicle with the help of CCTV cameras. The number plate of the said vehicle has been identified by the Police as H4DF 1939.
The Police was invited at the scene where they noted that the deceased was shot on left shoulder and the bullet came out from the right shoulder something that killed him instantly at the scene his body was conveyed to city mortuary Mulago for Postmortem , we also recovered a motorcycle Bajaj Boxer UEG 721c that belongs to the deceased at the scene of crime .
The territorial Police at Kampala Metropolitan will liase with the UPDF to help identify the driver for statement recording and Prosecution.
More details will be availed as soon as Possible .

Source: Uganda Police Force

Global Wildlife Summit Approves Shark Protections

Delegates at a global summit on trade in endangered species on Friday approved a plan to protect 54 more shark species, a move that could drastically reduce the lucrative and cruel shark fin trade.
Members of the requiem shark and the hammerhead shark families will now have their trade tightly controlled under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The binding resolutions were adopted by consensus on the final day of the two-week meeting by delegates from 183 countries and the European Union.
“Proposal 37 approved,” Shirley Binder, Panamanian delegate and head of the plenary, said of the requiem shark proposal, after Japan failed to get the blue shark removed from the measure.
The proposal regarding the hammerhead shark passed without debate.
Binder earlier told AFP the “historic decision” would mean up to 90 percent of sharks in the market would now be protected.
The insatiable appetite in Asia for shark fins, which make their way onto dinner tables in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, has spurred their trade.
Despite being described as almost tasteless and gelatinous, shark fin soup is viewed as a delicacy and is enjoyed by the very wealthy, often at weddings and expensive banquets.
Shark fins, representing a market of about $500 million per year, can sell for about $1,000 a kilogram (2.2 pounds).
“This will be remembered as the day we turned the tide to prevent the extinction of the world’s sharks and rays,” said Luke Warwick, director of shark protection for the NGO Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The shark species will now be listed on what is known as CITES Appendix II, which is for species that may not yet be threatened with extinction but may become so unless trade in them is closely controlled.
“The crucial next step will be to implement these listings and ensure they result in stronger fisheries management and trade measures as soon as possible,” Warwick said.
From villain to darling
Sharks have long been seen as the villain of the seas they have occupied for more than 400 million years, drawing horror with their depiction in films such as “Jaws” and occasional attacks on humans.
However, these ancient predators have undergone an image makeover in recent years as conservationists have highlighted the crucial role they play in regulating the ocean ecosystem.
Joaquin de la Torre of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) told AFP that more than 100 million sharks are killed every year.
“Sharks and rays are the most threatened species, more even than elephants and big cats,” he said.
With many shark species taking more than 10 years to reach sexual maturity, and having a low fertility rate, the constant hunting of the species has decimated their numbers.
In many parts of the world, fishermen lop the shark’s fins off at sea, tossing the shark back into the ocean for a cruel death by suffocation or blood loss.
The efforts by conservationists led to a turning point in 2013, when CITES imposed the first trade restrictions on some shark species.
Delegates have been considering 52 proposals to change the protection levels of more than 600 species.
They also approved new protections for the guitarfish ray, crocodiles, frogs and some turtle species.
“Many of the proposals adopted here reflect there is ongoing overexploitation and unsustainable trade, and escalating illegal trade, and some are due to complex interactions of other threats reducing species populations in the wild, including climate change, disease, infrastructure development and habitat loss,” said Susan Liberman of WCS.
CITES, which came into force in 1975, has set international trade rules for more than 36,000 wild species. Its signatories include 183 countries and the European Union.

Source: Voice Of America

Africa and the Caribbean face similar climate challenges, Dominica gears itself to meet global warming

Roseau, Nov. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The recent  COP27 gathering brought together nations from across the world to tackle climate challenges facing the world. While a lot has been said about the commitments made by leaders of first-world countries such as president Joe Biden of the United States, many developing countries still face challenges similar to what they had before the gathering.

Biden announced that the US is supporting the Global Shield, a G7 initiative to better protect vulnerable countries in Africa and the Caribbean from climate-related losses and to quickly respond to climate-related damages by expanding access to risk-based insurance. The G7-led Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment is said to be working to meet the critical infrastructure needs in low- and middle-income countries with a specific focus on climate.

While the COP27 agreement to set up a fund for loss and damage caused by extreme weather condition is a great milestone in the joint effort to increase climate resilience, developing countries have been pursuing such a facility for decades. As yet, no agreement has been reached as to how the fund will be set up, how it will be funded, and who or which countries will fund it.

Developing nations have also been lobbying for a reform of the World Bank and other publicly funded finance institutions which are seen to be failing to provide developing nations with funding to help adapt to the climate crisis and to help cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2009 wealthier countries agreed that at least 100bn US dollars a year would be provided to developing countries by 2020 from public and private sources, to help these counties with their climate efforts. However, this target remains unmet.

The U.S. is the second-largest CO2 emitter after China, and the largest historically. In 2019, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totalled 6,558 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents – a two percent increase since 1990, while Dominica represented 0% of the global share of CO2 emissions in the same period according to Worldometer.

In a recent open letter by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, posted during the run-up to COP27, he refers to what the U.N. secretary general has called “a climate of mistrust” that envelops our world. He wrote, “First, rich countries should direct a greater share of funding to developing nations’ adaptation to the effects of climate change. Most financing currently flows toward mitigation projects, such as renewable energy projects, that reduce emissions. While such projects have their uses, far more money needs to go to helping Africa adapt to the effects of climate change — which seems only fair for a continent that produces less than 3 percent of global emissions.”

Caribbean nations like Dominica face similar challenges. As a small island state that has not been causing global warming to any levels near those of developed nations, Dominica is disproportionately suffering the consequences of adapting to massive changes in weather conditions.

Instead of relying on the financial assistance of foreign countries, Dominica serves as a good example of a Small Developing Island State (SIDS) that has been using funds received through its very successful citizenship by investment (CBI) programme to support climate resilience and green energy programmes.

According to the UN, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of 38 UN Member States and 20 Non-UN Members/Associate Members of United Nations regional commissions that face unique social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.

While COP27 nations have agreed to phase down the use of coal, the same as during COP26, the Commonwealth of Dominica already obtains 28% of its energy requirements from renewable energy sources such as hydropower and wind. In March 2019, the World Bank approved a US$27 million project to support the construction of a 7MW small geothermal power plant in the Rosseau Valley area of Dominica, which aims to increase the share of renewables, diversify the country’s energy matrix, and identify a clear road map for private sector investment in geothermal development.

“The Geothermal Power Plant shows Dominica’s commitment toward resilience. Projects like the geothermal plant are putting the Nature Isle ahead of the world in combatting climate change while relieving the nation of its reliance on imported fossil fuels,” said Micha Rose Emmett, CEO of the world’s leading government advisory and marketing firm, CS Global Partners.

The country’s funding efforts have focused on upgrading and expanding its road network, including the adjustment of bridges to make them higher to allow for overflow of water and debris, building resilience capabilities in the local housing sector, and upgrading healthcare facilities and hospitals. Funds are also directed to supporting climate resilience programmes in agriculture, education, reforestation, community preparedness training and food security.

Dominica’s CBI programme is one of the best in the world, ranking as the number one programme of its kind for five consecutive years by the CBI Index. This is a ranking system published by the Financial Times’s Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine. With a minimum investment of 100,000 US dollars per single applicant, successful applicants obtain citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country. Dominica also offers increased global mobility and visa-free access to over 80 countries worldwide, with close proximity to the north American markets for those with business interests. Successful applicants maintain the right to hold dual citizenship and citizenship can be passed on to future generations.  Applicants can choose to invest by either making a substantial contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) or have the option to purchase government-approved property for a minimum of 200,000 US dollars that must be held for a minimum of three years.

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La Conférence sur l’innovation et le développement a eu lieu à Nankin à l’occasion du 120e anniversaire de l’université d’agriculture de Nankin

NANKIN, Chine, 25 novembre 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Après douze décennies d’excellence en constante progression, l’université d’agriculture de Nankin (la NAU) a célébré son 120e anniversaire lors de la Conférence sur l’innovation et le développement qui s’est tenue le 20 novembre dans son centre sportif. Chen Ligen, Secrétaire du Comité du Parti de l’université d’agriculture de Nankin, a présidé la conférence, et le président Chen Fadi y a prononcé un discours. D’anciens élèves, des étudiants et des partenaires de tous horizons ont regardé la diffusion en direct de la conférence sur la plateforme web à l’occasion du 120e anniversaire de l’université d’agriculture de Nankin.

Innovation and Development Conference of Nanjing Agricultural University's 120th anniversary

Depuis longtemps, l’université d’agriculture de Nankin insiste pour s’ouvrir et promouvoir la coopération et les échanges internationaux dans les domaines de l’éducation, de la science, de la technologie et des talents. Elle a noué des partenariats étroits avec plus de 170 universités et instituts dans plus de 50 pays et régions du monde. Gary S. May, président du campus Davis de l’université de Californie, a déclaré dans un message vidéo que UCDavis et la NAU avaient entretenu un partenariat de longue durée et conjointement mis en œuvre le concept pédagogique de « santé mondiale » dans les domaines de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et de la santé animale. Il s’est réjoui de la coopération future entre les deux universités au profit de l’humanité et de contribuer davantage à la santé humaine dans le monde.

Chen Fadi a déclaré qu’au cours des 120 dernières années, l’université d’agriculture de Nankin avait tenu le rythme et pris fermement position pour le peuple en prenant l’initiative de promouvoir la vertu par l’éducation. La NAU a connu de brillants succès et été à l’origine de nombreuses premières fois pour la Chine.

Chen Ligen a déclaré que la NAU avait réalisé 120 ans d’efforts. À l’aube d’un nouveau départ et d’un nouveau voyage, la NAU s’acquittera pleinement de sa tâche fondamentale consistant à promouvoir la vertu par l’éducation, et prendra pour mission de renforcer et de revitaliser l’agriculture, d’accélérer la construction d’une université agricole d’envergure internationale. Elle contribuera à la modernisation de l’agriculture nationale dans les zones rurales et à la revitalisation des campagnes dans leur ensemble en adoptant une attitude et un état d’esprit positifs.

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Hisense ouvre son premier showroom B2B en Afrique du Sud

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 24 novembre 2022/PRNewswire/ — Hisense, l’une des principales marques mondiales d’appareils électroménagers et d’électronique grand public, a annoncé l’ouverture de son premier showroom B2B en Afrique du Sud.

Situé à Johannesburg, le showroom servira de salle d’exposition pour présenter les offres d’Hisense pour son segment B2B, telles que les affichages commerciaux, les appareils médicaux d’échographie et les solutions pour les villes intelligentes. Les différents produits et solutions d’affichage numérique d’Hisense, son système de régulation du trafic intelligent, ses appareils médicaux, ainsi que ses téléviseurs laser, ses téléviseurs ULED et ses réfrigérateurs intelligents seront également exposés dans la salle d’exposition.

« De nombreuses personnes en Afrique du Sud connaissent Hisense grâce à ses produits électroménagers ; cependant, ces dernières années, Hisense a également connu un développement rapide dans son segment B2B en transformant continuellement ses produits et sa chaîne industrielle vers le haut de gamme et la haute technologie, » a déclaré Patrick, directeur marketing de Hisense.

L’un des pôles d’activité du segment B2B d’Hisense, celui de l’affichage commercial, qui a connu une croissance significative en 2021, présentera plusieurs de ses produits et solutions au showroom, notamment les tableaux numériques interactifs, les panneaux de signalisation numérique, les murs vidéo, les murs LED, et la signalisation extérieure.

Les visiteurs pourront également en apprendre davantage sur les offres d’Hisense en matière de transport intelligent. Hisense est sur le terrain depuis plus de 20 ans et a étendu ses activités dans de nombreux pays et régions du monde, notamment en Afrique du Sud, en Afrique de l’Ouest, aux Émirats arabes unis, en Indonésie, en Thaïlande, au Vietnam, en Slovénie et en Serbie, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns. Il a également contribué à de nombreux projets importants dans le monde, notamment un système d’autobus intelligent à Addis-Abeba, la capitale de l’Éthiopie, et un projet pilote de construction de transport intelligent à Doha.

Fort des décennies d’expertise d’Hisense dans les domaines du traitement d’images, du traitement de l’information et de la technologie d’interaction, Hisense Medical a développé avec succès certains produits essentiels tels que l’échographe Hisense HD60 à haute résolution de pointe. Hisense a obtenu une licence de l’Autorité sud-africaine de réglementation des produits de santé (SAHPRA) pour l’appareil en janvier 2022.

L’investissement continu d’Hisense dans l’innovation et les décennies d’expertise accumulées dans la fabrication d’appareils électroménagers et d’électronique grand public lui ont permis de devenir non seulement une marque B2C, mais aussi une entreprise mondiale qui peut fournir des solutions compressives à des partenaires commerciaux du monde entier dans plus de secteurs. Considérant le segment B2B comme déterminant pour le développement de l’entreprise, Hisense est impatient de nouer des partenariats stratégiques avec davantage de partenaires commerciaux en Afrique du Sud et au-delà.

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