La tournée de services à l’étranger de l’initiative La ceinture et la route de XCMG est lancée à Xuzhou

XUZHOU, Chine, le 29 mai 2015 /PRNewswire/ — La tournée de services à l’étranger de l’initiative La ceinture et la route de XCMG a pris officiellement officiellement la route cet après-midi à Xuzhou. Vingt-sept ambassadeurs et conseillers commerciaux de dix-huit pays qui font partie de l’initiative La ceinture et la route ont participé au lancement. Photo – […]

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XCMG’s Belt and Road Initiative overseas service tour launches in Xuzhou

XUZHOU, China, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG’s Belt and Road Initiative overseas service tour officially set out this afternoon in Xuzhou. 27 ambassadors and commercial counsellors from 18 countries that are a part of the Belt and Road Initiative attended the launch. Photo – The overseas service tour is the first major scale tour […]

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APR Energy signe un contrat de 35MW de deux ans pour nouvelle production énergétique au Botswana

– Porte la puissance installée de la société pour BPC à 105MW JACKSONVILLE, Floride, 28 mai 2015 / PRNewswire – APR Energy (LSE : APR) a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir signé un contrat avec Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), le service public d’électricité nationale, pour fournir 35MW de nouvelle production énergétique pour une durée de deux ans. Logo – […]

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ICC Upholds Simone Gbagbo’s Trial At the Hague

The decision rejects government’s appeal to try the former first lady at home. The International Criminal Court on Wednesday rejected Cocircte d’Ivoire appeal to try former first lady Simone Gbagbo at home, upholding a previous order to have her transferred to The Hague for prosecution, France 24 reported yesterday May 28, 2015. “The Appeals Chamber rejects the… grounds of appeal… and deems it appropriate to confirm the (trial chamber’s) decision,” Polish judge Piotr Hofmanski is quoted as saying. The reports say the world’s only permanent independent body to try the…

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All Hands On Deck [opinion]

Womenfolk in the country and the world over will this Sunday, May 31, 2015, celebrate Mothers’ Day. The event comes at a time mothers are facing great challenges. There is no gainsaying that the lot of Cameroonian professional women has improved significantly in the past 50 years. From the pre- and immediate post-independence era when most of them were elementary school teachers or nurses, today’s Cameroonian female professionals stand tall among their male colleagues. Among them are magistrates, justices, barristers at law, university lecturers, journalists, senior police, military and prison…

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Sangmelima Referral Hospital Is Operational!

Work is going on full circle at the Category 2 health structure in the South Region. Work is almost complete at the Sangmelima Regional Hospital, SRH, in the Dja and Lobo Division of the South Region. Construction on the six-hectare land in the forest of Bitom neighbourhood was launched on December 13, 2007, and was due 18 months. As time elapsed, nothing seemed to be happening. The wait became longer, with tempers flaring. Misunderstanding stole the show, with accusations and counter accusations between the contractors and the construction committee. But…

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Private Health Insurance Takes Roots

The country’s pioneer mutual health initiatives today count over 21,000 subscribers and over FCFA 90 million in premiums in 2014. Quality health care at low cost is the slogan and vision on many lips in the North West Region. The first of its kind in the country, the initiative, which began in 2004, is an inspiration and alternative to many who cannot afford the high cost of handling their health issues with poverty to blame. In effect, mutual health organisations or cooperatives for quality and low cost services promoted by…

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Patient Population On Steady Increase

The patient population of the Sangmelima Referral Hospital is growing. When the foundation stone launching construction work for the Sangmelima Referral Hospital, SRH, was laid on December 13, 2007, the wish of potential patients in the Dja and Lobo Division, the entire South Region, Yaounde and Douala alongside neighbouring Equatorial Guinea, Congo, and Gabon was to have it complete at the end of an 18-month timeframe so as to mitigate their sufferings. However, the wait was long. From December 13, 2007, it took over seven years for the health structure…

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African Stakeholders Seek Management Solutions

The Third Conference on African Management is underway in Douala. Stakeholders from the management sector from across Africa are seeking to better analyse the decisions of African leaders. With theme, “Using management to serve Africa,” the Third Conference on African Management, SAM, holding from May 28-30, 2015, will afford participants a clearer picture in proffering managerial solutions to the issues. These include poverty, armed conflicts, diseases, injustice, corruption, good governance and the state of law, decentralisation and proximity cooperation. Others are relations between Africa and economic institutions and international financiers,…

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Bitom Undergoes Transformation

The Sangmelima Referral Hospital has brought light and life to the host village. Bitom is a village in Sangmelima in the Dja and Lobo Division of the South Region. It is situated some 3.5 km from town. The village is proud to host the Sangmelima Referral Hospital. The pride comes with the hospital’s socio-economic impact. Bitom villagers before only heard about township yellow cabs from friends or family relations that were privileged to travel out of the village. The story is now different with many of them with businesses in…

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Maintenance – Where the Shoe Might Pinch!

The stake is now to see that the over FCFA 20 billion buried in constructing and equipping the SRH does not waste in poor maintenance. Technology, scientists say, is time dependent. As it changes, with regard, to hospitals, so do maintenance requirements. With many developments coming to light every day, health care facilities must be prepared to accommodate whatever the future holds. This message seems to have fallen on responsive ears as the management of the Sangmelima Referral Hospital, SRH, in the Dja and Lobo Division of the South Region,…

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Douala Medical Centre Closed Over Alleged Mismanagement

Patients have been transferred to the New Bell Hospital for further medical attention. The Douala II Sub-divisional Medical Centre, CMA, has been closed down following orders from the Mayor of Douala II Council, Denise Fampou. It is alleged that the medical centre was closed following mismanagement by the Chief Medical Doctor. Patients of the medical centre were immediately transferred to the New Bell Hospital for further treatment while those who were about to be discharged went back home. At the premises yesterday May 28, 2015, private security guards acting on…

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Fire Gulps a Dozen Shops in Great Soppo

A three-year-old baby is thought to be the cause of the inferno on May 26, 2015. The inhabitants of Buea, particularly the Great Soppo neighbourhood, were in great distress due to the fire outbreak that occurred near the famous ‘Moki Garage’ on May 26, 2015, at about 8.45 am. Two General Certificate of Education, GCE candidates testified having lost their acceptance slips to the fire. They are to sit the examination that begins on Monday, June, 1, 2015. The fire burnt down two apartment blocks and a dozen shops, though…

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’The Scheme Has Improved Health Governance’ [interview]

Dr Fondoh Richard Mbarika, Administrator of the North West Fund for Health Promotion, revisits the evolution of mutual health schemes in the region in the past 11 years. What inspired the inception of Mutual Health Organisations in the North West Region? Mutual health organisations are easily traced to Germany, the mother of the initiative. That easily explains why it is the German International Cooperation (GIZ) that introduced the idea in the North West Region. The outfit, which is now promoted by the North West Regional Fund for Health Promotion, is…

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Mining Sector – Imperative Need for Infrastructure … .

Experts say multifarious setbacks exist which if lifted could catapult the economy to a boom. The second Cameroon International Mining Conference and Exhibition, CIMEC, is pulling crowds at the Yaounde Conference Centre with investors sizing up opportunities, government showcasing the country’s potential and students getting abreast with the sector’s realities. The three-day international fair ends today May 29, 2015. Though Cameroon, experts say, is Africa’s miniature with huge mineral reserves, the sector is still to blossom, owing to its multifaceted setbacks. Infrastructure Mining is a very peculiar sector where certain…

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Strengthening the Fight Against Illicit Tobacco Trade

The 28th edition of the World No Tobacco Day was celebrated in Cameroon on May 28, 2015. Tobacco kills one out of two smokers and 6 million people per year in the world. In Cameroon, 66,000 people die of the effects of tobacco every year. According to World Report on Tobacco Consumption among adults (GATS) 2013, Cameroon has more than one million active adult smokers and the situation keeps increasing. The illicit trade in tobacco products, which makes it more accessible, contributes to the ravaging effects. It is against this…

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Sahel displaced now more than 3.5 million, agencies warn

28 May 2015

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Drought has affected residents of the Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania, in the Sahel region of Africa. Photo: WFP/Justin Smith

The number of people who have fled their homes in Africa’s Sahel region has reached over 3.5 million, more than doubling in the past 16 months, UN aid experts warned Thursday.

Armed groups are now a major driver of the problem, which has created huge difficulties for struggling host communities.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Chronic emergencies such as lack of food have traditionally made life extraordinarily difficult for millions of people in Africa’s Sahel region.

But in the last 16 months it’s fighting inside and outside the nine-country zone that’s made their problems much worse.

Here’s Robert Piper, senior UN humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel:

“We’re watching hundreds of thousands of people cross borders or even within their own countries but moving into communities to seek sanctuary that are themselves extraordinarily vulnerable…many people move with their animals so there’s this very dangerous dynamic of displacement into acute vulnerability.”

In north-east Nigeria, violence linked to Boko Haram militants has forced people into neighbouring countries such as Niger and Cameroon.

The new Nigerian government’s pledge to drive out Boko Haram is good news, Piper said, although the “euphoria” linked to president Muhammudu Buhari’s election has not yet helped those in need.

In northern Mali, Piper said the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA has lost 49 personnel to attacks since it began in mid-2013, making access for humanitarian workers harder and more expensive.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations

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APR Energy Signs Two-Year, 35MW Contract for New Power Generation in Botswana

– Brings company’s installed capacity for BPC to 105MW JACKSONVILLE, Florida, May 27, 2015 / PRNewswire – APR Energy (LSE: APR) announced today that it has signed a contract with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), the national electric utility, to provide 35MW of new power generation for a two-year term. Logo – APR Energy will […]

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2015 African Day – Women in the Forefront

Commemorative activities at the Ministry of External Relations on May 26, 2015 were chaired by Dr. Joseph Dione Ngute. The role of women in the development of Africa came under focus at this year’s celebrations of the African Day placed under the theme “2015: Year of Empowerment of Women and development in view of implementing 2063 Agenda of Africa”. The theme according to the Minister Delegate in the Ministry of External Relations in charge of the Commonwealth, Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute falls in line with the 20th anniversary of the…

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63,000 Children Targeted for Polio Vaccination

Health teams will launch the second round of polio vaccination in Nyalla, Douala on Friday, May 19, 2015. Though Cameroon has been declared a non-polio exporting country, some regions, Littoral inclusive, are yet to attain the objectives of less than 5 per cent non-vaccinated children. Reason why the polio immunisation campaign has to be carried out till the objective is attained. During a press conference yesterday, May 27, 2015, on the second round of immunisation for 2015, Dr. Jacques Georges Otti, said statistics from the last exercise indicated that 6…

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Electorates Questions Senators’ Role

Senators of the South West Region met with their electorates in Limbe on May 26, 2015 as they began a tour of all six divisional headquarters of the region. For the first time since their election to office on 14 April, 2013, the Senators of the South West Region have begun meeting their electorate consisting of Mayors and Councilors of the 31 Councils in the Region. They are carrying along some donations to the various Councils including push-trucks, spray cans for farmers, computers, and other necessary equipment. Explaining the purpose…

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