Hon. Lifaka Sponsors 300 Girls, Fortifies CPDM Fief

Five stops-over took the Vice Speaker round her Fako West Constituency last week. Ending her “thank you” tour of the Fako West constituency last week, the Vice Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, paid memorable home-comings to Idenau, Maumu, Bonjongo, Lysoka, and Bonavada in the South West Regional capital, Buea. At each stop-over, she addressed huge crowds, dished out money and gifts, and received ovations from the people. Particularly at the Bonjongo Court Area, Lifaka’s home-village, she was acknowledged with enormous joy for the multitude of community…

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’14,000 Cameroonians Suffer From Cancer’ [interview]

Professor Doh Anderson, Executive Secretary General, National Cancer Control Committee, talks on the danger and prevalence of cancer in Cameroon. How serious is the cancer threat in Cameroon? Cancer is a major health problem all over the world. We have urged the population and authorities to look at the disease and help in its control. I am pleased because top personalities like the Director General of World Health Organisation, the Secretary General of the United Nations are all talking about the ravages caused by cancer. Cancer is causing the death…

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66 UB Medical Doctors to Graduate in July

The candidates who constitute the second batch of medical students from the University of Buea successfully defended their thesis recently. The University of Buea will soon graduate its second batch of medicine students. To this effect, some 66 would-be doctors have concluded their defense of thesis exercise at the Bomaka campus B site of the Faculty of Health Sciences. The students who have spent seven years in training were supervised by renowned Medicine Professors from other sister universities across the country, amongst them former Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, Prof.…

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Yaounde Hosts African Epidemiologists Next Week

Organisers of the third conference of the African Epidemiological Association held a press conference on May 28, 2014, in Yaounde. Against a backdrop of the resurgence of poliomyelitis and cholera as well as the persistence of seasonal malaria and maternal mortality, amongst others, over 300 experts and participants will meet in Yaounde from 4 to 6 June 2014 for the Third Conference of the African Epidemiological Association, under the patronage of Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health. The conference will hold on the theme, “Practice of Epidemiology in Africa: Stakes, Challenges…

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Assamela Viable Database Now Available

The National Technical Committee of the National Observatory met on May 28, 2014. Members of the National Technical Committee for the putting in place of a national observatory to keep track of the exploitation, processing and export of endangered wood specie, assamela, have rounded off their work and forwarded the final report to the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife for action. Going by the report presented by the project’s assistant coordinator, Mbarga Narcisse Lambert, Cameroon now has a database on the production and processing of assamela wood as well as…

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PAMOL Donates Motorbikes to Fight Insecurity

PAMOL has donated four motorbikes to help the Ndian authorities contain the disturbing phenomenon of insecurity in the division. While handing over the motorbikes to the Senior Divisional Officer of Ndian, Babila Akaou, recently, the PAMOL Interim General Manager, Mekanya Charles, stressed that the bikes are to ease the fight against criminality in the Division. He said the PAMOL administration has a lot of concern for the population reason why the company deemed it necessary to donate the four bikes so as to ease circulation in the area. The beneficiaries…

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Building More Mini-Dairy Processing Plants Ordered [press release]

“The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Mr. Philemon YANG, on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 as from 10:00 a.m. in the main building of his Office, chaired an important Cabinet Meeting. In attendance were the Vice-Prime Minister, Ministers of State, Ministers, Ministers-Delegate and Secretaries of State. Two statements featured on the agenda, namely: 1. A statement by the Minister for Water Resources and Energy on: “Assessment of the implementation of the Lom Pangar Hydro Development Project 2. A statement by the Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries on: “The implementation…

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PM Instructs Speed Up of Road Projects [press release]

Below is the press release following the 16th session of the National Road Board of May 27, 2014. The Prime Minister, Head of Government, Mr YANG Philemon, Chairman of the National Road Board (CONAROUTE), today Tuesday, 27 May 2014 as from 11:00 a.m., chaired the 16th session of the Board in the main building of his Office. In attendance, apart from his close aides, were the statutory members of the Board as well as specially invited personalities including the Government Delegates to the Bamenda and Ebolowa City Councils. The session…

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’Festicoffee’ 2014 Activities Hold in 21 Localities

Coffee-tasting is taking centre stage within and without the country ahead of the official opening ceremony on May 30, 2014. Some inhabitants in 21 localities in Cameroon and those of some capitals of eight other African countries like Abidjan, Bangui, Lagos, Libreville, Antananarivo, Freetown, Lome and Monrovia are into coffee tasting and serious brainwork on how to revamp the sector to occupy its yesteryear’s pride of place position in the countries’ socio-economic development. This is within the framework of the second edition of the international coffee festival, “Festicoffee.” While waiting…

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World Cup-Preparation – Eto’o Resumes Training With Cameroon

After a quick visit at Barcelona yesterday to consult a knee specialist, Samuel Eto’o shut down since the beginning of the training camp of Cameroon in Austria, has taken the path of workouts Wednesday . But the Chelsea striker continues train away from the group. Led by fitness trainer Uwe Vetter, Eto’o multiplies runs. “We were given a program to follow and we hope that all will be well before the World Cup,” he said as he return from Spain. Having picked a knee injury during the season, the former…

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World Cup 2014 – Cameroon, Achille Webo Feels Better!

Finally, more fear than harm. Achille Webo who left on a shoulder injury on Monday in the first warm-up game of Cameroon against Macedonia (2-0), feel better. The Fenerbahce striker has trained this morning. Scans conducted on his shoulder have revealed nothing serious. This is one less worry for the staff of the Indomitable Lions facing many injuries among their backbones. Aureacutelien Chedjou, Jean Armel Kana-Biyik and Charles Itandje mean the concern of the whole Cameroon. Star player Samuel Eto’o is making a trip to Barcelona this Tuesday to get…

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2014 Fifa World Cup – Group a Preview – Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon [analysis]

We kick off our series of World Cup previews, wearing African specs, with a look at Group A. Cameroon have a mountain to climb if they hope to emerge from the group stages, but for those who want to reach for some sort of hope, we’ve found you some. Rally round, sports fans. It’s that time once every four years when even those with just a passing interest in kickball get excited about men putting foot to a ball. Yes, even Americans will be zoning in on this soccer feast…

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Keisuke Honda, ‘The False Nine’

Having excelled during the last FIFA World Cup and the recent AFC Asian Cup, CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda has quickly established his place as the team’s new leader, filling the void left by Hidetoshi Nakata and Shunsuke Nakamura. Described as a ‘false nine’ Keisuke Honda plays as an attacking midfielder, but he can equally play as a second striker or a deep-lying playmaker. He is also known for his free-kicks, dribbling and ability as a dead ball specialist. Honda scored the only goal in Japan’s World Cup match against…

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ARMP Launches War Against Bad Practices

The public contracts sector in Cameroon is one of those sectors where corruption is ranked very high and officials are not taking it lying down. The Public contract Regulatory Agency -ARMP North West has embarked on a Campaign to bring corruption to its lowest minimum. A meeting to launch the Rapid Result Initiative-RRI took place last recently at the conference of that Agency in the region. In attendance were tender board members of government structures like MIDENO, CDENO, University of Bamenda, Upper Nun Valley Development Authority-UNVDA and the Regional Delegation…

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Human Rights Commission Inspects Prisons

The inspection mission in Yaounde concerns detention centres and the Kondengui Prison. Officials of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms led by its Chairperson, Dr Divine Chemuta Banda yesterday, May 26, 2014 started a five-day inspection visits to the Kondengui Prison, detention cells at the Court of First Instance and High Court in Yaounde and the detention cell at the Secretariat of State for Defence to discuss with officials, assess detention conditions and finally make recommendations to government. The main objectives of the inspection visits are to promote…

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Prof. Koulla-Shiro Receives WHO Award

She was rewarded for her research in microbiology, transmissible diseases and HIVAIDS at the 67th World Assembly on Public Health. Cameroonian-born Prof. Sinata Koulla-Shiro received the WHO Award for Public Health during the 67th World Assembly on Public Health on Thursday May 22, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. She won the “Dr. Lee Jong-Wook Prize for Public Health” jointly with the Czech Society of Cardiology. Prof. Sinata Koulla-Shiro, who is also the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health since 2012, was rewarded for her works in microbiology, transmissible diseases…

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Herakles Farms’ Illegal Timber – a Plot Against Cameroon’s Forests and the Voluntary Partnership Agreement With the European Union [press release]

In a report published today, Greenpeace Africa reveals how the American company Herakles Farms, using a front company, may have colluded with Cameroon’s Minister of Forests to illegally obtain a logging permit inside the land concession it was granted in 2013. Herakles Farms is now preparing to export illegal timber to China. In January of this year, Minister Ngole Philip Ngwese granted a 2,500 ha logging permit (vente de coupe ndeg 11-02-10) to a little-known company called Uniprovince. The vente de coupe is inside of Herakles Farms’ land concession in…

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Security Challenges Preoccupy SDF Party At 24

The National Chairman, John Fru Ndi, led anniversary celebrations in Nkambe, Donga Mantung Division of the North West Region. The SDF is 24 and the leading opposition party is sounding off about years of work towards achieving genuine democracy in Cameroon. Created on May 26, 1990 with slogans that promote the vision of power to the people and equal opportunities, the SDF is still grappling with challenges and speed brakes to emerge as the ruling party. It is against this backdrop that the SDF National Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi…

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Herakles Farms – Champions of Illegal Deforestation? [press release]

The lead up to this years soccer World Cup is already dominating international news. Meanwhile, Greenpeace has been closely monitoring another world-wide phenomenon: illegal deforestation. One American private equity firm cum faux sustainable palm oil company, Herakles Farms, has particularly caught our scout’s eye by compiling a g CV of illegal acts and forest destruction. Let’s re-cap the last few years and highlight what makes them such a great threat on the world stage this summer. Herakles Farms laid solid team foundations by signing an illegal contract with the Cameroon…

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An Army That Reassures! [editorial]

In these difficult moments when a loom of threat is lingering dangerously over the fatherland, there is every reason to expect even more from our armed forces, even stretching beyond human limits. The Boko Haram insurgency is virtually at our doorsteps with repeated incursions into the national territory resulting, in several instances with what can aptly be referred to as military losses. In Kousseri some three weeks ago, an armed band came into town, almost without resistance, to ensure the release of a captured member of the gang during an…

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African Stakeholders Strategise in Yaounde

Over 30 senior officers from 10 ECCAS countries started meeting in Yaounde on May 26, 2014. The trend of events in Africa marked by the upsurge in insecurity and instability has prompted the International School for Security Forces (EIFORCES) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to tackle the threat with tact and professionalism. Over 30 senior officers, comprising gendarmes and police, alongside planners and decision-makers started meeting in Yaounde yesterday May 26, 2014, to receive high-level training on multidimensional peace operations. The Secretary of State in the…

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16 Days Ahead of World Cup, Samuel Eto’o Suffers a Knee Pain!

Serenity does not really reign in the den of the Indomitable Lions currently at training camp in Austria. While Jean Armel Kana – Biyik and Aureacuteline Chedjou have still not trained due to injuries they picked from their clubs, big concern around the star of the team. Samuel Eto’o drags with a knee pain that prevents him from training properly. Absent from the first warm-up match of Cameroon on Monday against Macedonia, the Chelsea striker is announced in Barcelona on Tuesday for treatment. “Samuel Eto’o Fils, captain of the Indomitable…

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Underprivileged Mutengene Students Awarded Scholarships

The sum of FCFA 500,000 was shared to some 15 needy, but deserving students to cover their tuition fees for the next academic year. As students wrapped up the 2013 academic year in Cameroon over the weekend, some 15 students of the Government Bilingual High School Mutengene wore broad smiles Saturday May 24, as they have been granted scholarships for the 20142015 academic year by a Mutengene-based civil society organization, United Action for the Underprivileged Foundation. The 15 students drawn from both the Anglophone and Francophone sections of the school…

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Commentary – Scrupulous Respect of Engagements [column]

Electric energy supply constitutes one, if not, the most important priority in the drive towards emergence come the year 2035. With an annual national demand situated at between six and seven per cent which incidentally, is not marched by increase in supply, there is every reason to consider electric supply as one of the country’s major issues at stake. The arrival of the British firm, Actis, to take over shares owned by AES SONEL in electricity supply and its subsidiaries Kribi Power Development Company (KPDC) and Dibamba Power Development Company…

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Official Examinations – Common Entrance Exam Results Released

South West Region scores 88.06 percentage pass in the exam which is the yardstick for pupils wishing to pursue secondary education. Results of the 2014 Common Entrance Examination to select pupils for Secondary Education have been released. Of the 19,628 candidates who took the examination in the South West Region, 17.284 were declared successful. Making the results public on May 23, 2014 in Buea, the new South West Regional Delegate for Basic Education, Ebai Maurice, noted that the entire Region scored an 88.06 percentage pass this year improving from last…

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