President of Gabon Destitute Wife Files for Divorce … In L.A.

The President of Gabon in West Africa has 2 wives with very different lives … one who lives in the presidential palace and the other who’s on welfare. Guess who’s unhappy and wants a divorce?
President Ali Bongo Ondimba lived in L.A. when his dad was the president. He met a woman named Inge in 1991 and married her 3 years later. They had 3 kids and lived lavishly … private jets, mansions, cooks, the works [Related video above]. In fact, in 2006, Inge was featured on a VH1 show — ‘Really Rich Real Estate?’ — where she bid $25 mil on a Malibu mansion.

But then Ali’s dad died and he became President of Gabon, which required him to move back to his homeland. Inge followed him but claims her life was a nightmare. She says witch doctors convinced her husband she was crazy and as a result she was beaten, mutilated and kidnapped.

Inge escaped and came back to L.A. Ali got married to another woman and Inge says he completely cut her off financially. Inge says she hasn’t received a dime since 2008.

Fast forward to September 2015 … Inge, who says she’s living on welfare, filed for divorce. In the legal docs — obtained by TMZ — Inge says she and her 16-year-old son are living on $524 a month in public assistance.

She’s asking for full custody and spousal support.

There’s an obvious dilemma — California courts are going to have a problem getting jurisdiction over the president of an African country.
But Ali may have a problem, too. He married a much younger woman, Sylvia Valentin, and it looks like polygamy may be an issue.


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ScanEagle to be delivered to Cameroon [+video]

Insitu has received three export contracts for its ScanEagle unmanned air vehicle that will see it deliver the system to Cameroon, Kenya and Pakistan.

ScanEagle System — Insitu
ScanEagle System — Insitu

ScanEagle_UAV_catapult_launcher_2005-04-16Under the USA’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, Cameroon and Kenya will receive one ScanEagle system each by September 2016, through deals worth $9.39 million and $9.86 million respectively, the US Department of Defense announced on 29 September.

The acquisitions for Cameroon and Kenya will include 50% of the work on each contract being carried out in-country, and will see the delivery of analogue medium wave infra-red ScanEagle UAVs, launch and recovery equipment, ground control stations, Insitu video exploitation systems and ground support equipment for the governments, says the contract notice.

Kenya will additionally acquire one mark 4 launcher, two full mission training devices and spares kits.

The details on Pakistan’s $15.2 million order are less clear, with the US DoD simply saying that hardware and technical data will be delivered to the Pakistani government under the FMS programme by August 2016. It adds that 90% of the work will be carried out in the USA and the remaining 10% in country.

Additionally, Insitu has been awarded an $8.7 million contract by the US Naval Air Systems Command to provide spares for the RQ-21A Blackjack UAV, support marine expeditionary unit deployments, and squadron readiness training.


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Reflecting on Lessons Learned from Ebola Outbreak

As the UN celebrates the official launch of the post-2015 agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals and world leaders start laying out their views in the UN General Debate, much of this week in New York is about looking forward. But on the sidelines of the main events focused on the SDGs, peacekeeping, violent extremism and the Syrian crisis, many are using this week as an opportunity to look back at the past year. Namely, a year after the West African Ebola outbreak reached its peak, many are discussing what went wrong and how to better prepare for the next epidemic.

With more than 28,000 estimated cases and over 11,000 deaths, there is no doubt that the West African Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. Although the outbreak mainly impacted the three West African states of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, cases were ultimately reported in nine other countries including Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, the US and most of Western Europe. The outbreak, which the World Health Organization and international public health community were slow to recognize as Ebola, severely strained the resources of the local and international health system and highlighted how dangerous epidemics can be if they are not managed properly.

In July, a report by an independent panel of experts found that the WHO was not only slow to respond to the outbreak, but lacked the institutional culture to respond adequately once it was clear how devastating the outbreak would be. In some ways the report only confirmed what many public health experts and commentators suspected as the Ebola outbreak raged on. But rather than placing blame, the report and the discussions around it also give the WHO and its member states the opportunity to reform, hopefully ensuring that everyone involved will be better prepared the next time a complex international epidemic occurs.

As Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Secreary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, pointed out to UN Dispatch earlier this week, epidemics always seem to come as a surprise, no matter what the warning signs are. Specific aspects of West Africa such as cultural practices around death, the close proximity of rural forested areas to heavily populated urban cities and the fragile nature of the national health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone may have made the outbreak worse, but the inability of the international community to prepare and respond rapidly also contributed to the devastation. Changing this culture of reaction, rather than prevention, is a key part of being ready for the next epidemic, no matter where it comes.

But this change will require more than just reports and high level recommendations. Much of the discussion around the SDGs this past week has been about how the 17 goals adopted are formulated in such a way to require all actors and stakeholders involved to “break out of their silos” and work together across multiple disciplinary fields. Emergency health response and epidemiology are no different, where far more cooperation is needed not just local, national and international levels of government, but among aid workers, health care workers, scientists and community leaders.

In retrospect, it is easy to see how the lack of communication compounded the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It took nearly three months before the mysterious disease popping up across Guinea was identified as Ebola, mainly because local and international health care workers didn’t think that Ebola could occur in West Africa as previous outbreaks were limited to Uganda and the DRC. Yet in the years leading up to the outbreak, scientists found Ebola antibodies in bats throughout the Upper Guinean forests that extend from Guinea to Ghana. The antibodies are an indication that the bats – believed to act as reservoirs and carriers of Ebola – had come into contact with the virus. Since 2005 when antibody testing became common, the presence of the antibodies have been associated with outbreaks among humans as the more carriers of the virus are around, the more likely a person will come into contact with them and be infected. But because this information largely stayed in academic literature, those responsible for identifying and responding to the disease had no idea that Ebola was a strong possibility.

But there are lessons that can be learned from this. Breaking down walls between different disciplines can help everyone be ready for the next epidemic, increasing response time and improving containment. Many of the meetings happening this week aim to create this new culture of cooperation and interaction, making sure that the next epidemic that comes around, we will all be ready.



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Central African Countries and International Partners Launch Initiative to Prevent Tree Loss, Boost Incomes in Rainforest facing Increased Deforestation

29 Sep 2015

Representatives of six African nations, the Federal Republic of Brazil and four European countries, the European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and specialized UN agencies, announced today an unprecedented initiative to halt deforestation and forest degradation.

The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) brings new urgency to efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. The Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Republic of Gabon, Federal Republic of Brazil, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of France, and United Kingdom of Great Britain Northern Ireland, and European Union, recognize that environmental sustainability is critical to reduce poverty, ensure better resilience and contribute to inclusive sustainable growth.

“Tonight Central African governments stand ready to confirm their commitment through high-level investment frameworks spanning all the sectors behind the loss of forests while development partners commit to further financial resources and the alignment of their assistance,“ said Ms. Helen Clark Administrator of UNDP.

CAFI calls for the six African countries to devise national investment plans—supported by the highest levels of government and across government sectors—that tackle the complex factors leading to deforestation. 

“The DRC welcomes the establishment of the CAFI initiative which provides an essential platform for dialogue and coordination of funding (…), with its investment plan, DRC aims to generate two major impacts: emissions reductions and co-benefits in terms of sustainable development and poverty reduction.”, said  Mr. Henri Yav Mulang the DRC Minister of Finance.

Donors are coordinating their efforts through a multi-donor trust fund, managed by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTFO). Through the Fund and parallel support, donors will be able to deliver multi-year, country-based development funding more efficiently and predictable.

Ms. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, explained the rationale behind the Fund: “It will bridge a huge funding gap and concentrate financial assistance in a region that thus far has not benefited from the same amount of funding as other forested regions.”

Central Africa’s rainforest is second only in size to the Amazon and a source of food and incomes for millions of people. They also shelter diverse plants and animals, including gorillas, bonobos and the iconic okapi. The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the largest swathe of forest in the region, but large stretches cover Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo.

Addressing issues concerning unsustainable agriculture, wood energy use, forestry and infrastructure development will be the main challenges, but development partners were hopeful that the region stands at a turning point.

Mr Etienne Massard, Secretary General of the Gabonese Presidency, congratulated “the Government of Norway and the other donors that have come together to launch CAFI. This initiative has the potential to make a real contribution to improved forest management and preservation in Equatorial African. Gabon looks forward to working with other countries in the region through this initiative, to share its advances in land use planning, monitoring of forest trends using satellite technology and forest carbon inventory.”

The agreement prioritizes long-term solutions that reap results over short-term, one-time actions. Norway is the first country to pledge funds to CAFI – up to $47 million dollars per year through 2020 — to support the initiative

“Achieving sustainable economic and social development is a prerequisite for combating deforestation in Central Africa. These vast and unique rainforests are of great value to the region, the world and to our common future and survival. I am excited that Central African countries are eager to take on the challenge of preserving these forests, while improving the lives of people living there. Norway is ready to support these efforts,” Mrs. Tine Sundtoft, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, said.

The Initiative will not only benefit from the trust fund but also from ongoing support from other donors. In addition, the Federal Republic of Brazil is joining this initiative to support capacity building, knowledge sharing and expertise in the implementation of policies that may contribute to fulfilling the objectives set by CAFI. All the development actors joining the Initiative recognize the importance of coordinating their support to the Central African countries in their efforts to combat deforestation and forest degradation.

“Forests are part of the solution to the climate challenge, both for adaptation and mitigation. We can not succeed at COP21 without large-scale action to protect forests in the world, in Africa but also in Latin America and Asia. Addressing the challenge of financing for REDD +, CAFI seeks to provide a lasting solution to the protection of forests in the Congo Basin,” said Ms. Annick Girardin, French Minister for Development and Francophony

This innovative and financially unprecedented Initiative is an encouraging step towards the goals of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, in December. Partners encourage additional donors to join the Initiative in the lead to the Paris climate talks and beyond.

Contact Information

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UNDP Communications Analyst

Tel.: +1 (212) 906 5516

Addis Ababa

(Ms) Sandra Macharia

UNDP Regional Communications Adviser

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: +251 115 170 852


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Cameroon: New bus company to start operating in Yaoundé

(Business in Cameroon) – The Town hall of the urban community of Yaoundé will launch in the next months a new bus company, government daily says. The newspaper added that “Le Bus Co SA” was the firm’s name.

A name which resembles that of the actual Bus company serving the city, “Le Bus”, a joint-venture between a group of Cameroonian institutions, including the Yaoundé urban community, and American investors who transferred their assets to two economic operators from Zimbabwe and South Africa.

For years, the Le Bus transport company has been on a down slope. Proof to this is that the company had a 50-buses fleet during its golden age but is now reduced to just 10 buses; buses which could be parked any time from now due to the lack of replacement parts.

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Des propriétés du clan Nguesso saisies près de Paris

AFP | Les juges en charge de l’enquête dite des “biens mal acquis” ont saisi plusieurs propriétés en banlieue parisienne, soupçonnant un neveu du président congolais Denis Sassou Nguesso d’en être le véritable propriétaire.

sassouLes juges en charge de l’enquête dite des “biens mal acquis” ont saisi plusieurs propriétés, a-t-on appris le mardi 29 septembre. Ils avaient ordonné, le 15 août, la saisine de deux demeures en banlieue parisienne, l’une à Courbevoie (Hauts-de-Seine) et l’autre, la villa Suzette, une propriété de près de 500 mètres carrés au Vézinet (Yvelines). Ils sont persuadés que “leur véritable propriétaire”, dissimulé derrière des sociétés-écrans, est Wilfrid Nguesso, neveu du président congolais Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Tout comme le Gabonais Omar Bongo, décédé en 2009, et son homologue de Guinée équatoriale, Teodoro Obiang, le président du Congo et sa famille sont visés depuis 2009 par une enquête sur leur patrimoine français. Elle a été déclenchée par une plainte de l’association Transparency International qui le soupçonnait “d’avoir détourné, à son profit et au profit de sa famille et de son clan, une partie substantielle de la rente pétrolière” de ce pays d’Afrique centrale.

La justice avait déjà saisi une quinzaine de véhicules de luxe en février à Neuilly-sur-Seine chez des membres de sa famille.

Saisie emblématique

La villa Suzette a été achetée en 1983 à 450 000 euros par Valentin Ambendet, frère du président congolais, décédé en 2004. D’importants travaux avoisinant les 3 à 4 millions d’euros y ont été réalisés entre 2002 et 2005. “Une partie d’entre eux ont été financés par des sociétés dont le bénéficiaire économique est Wilfrid Nguesso”, affirme une source proche du dossier.

“Cette saisie est emblématique. De fortes présomptions laissent penser que Denis Sassou Nguesso et son épouse ont longtemps bénéficié de la jouissance de ce bien”, relève la source.

L’écheveau de sociétés est complexe, mais les enquêteurs s’appuient notamment sur des signalements de la cellule anti-blanchiment de Bercy, Tracfin. Pour William Bourdon, avocat de l’association Transparency International France, “les investigations ont mis en évidence des circuits de financements frauduleux. L’enquête sur le clan Sassou Nguesso va maintenant s’accélérer”.

Sollicité, l’avocat parisien de la République du Congo, Me Jean-Pierre Versini-Campinchi, n’était pas disponible dans l’immédiat pour commenter ces informations.

Âgé de 72 ans, Denis Sassou Nguesso, qui cumule plus de 30 ans au pouvoir en République du Congo, a annoncé le 22 septembre vouloir soumettre à référendum une nouvelle Constitution qui lui permettrait de briguer un nouveau mandat.

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Pourquoi le maquis scolaire prospère

Quasi-fraudes, légèretés et circonstances extraordinaires expliquent la clandestinité.

Blottie sous le bas-côté du boulevard qui ouvre Douala à l’est, l’école « Les tourterelles » est orpheline. Sa fondatrice est décédée, il y a quelque temps, et elle se débrouille pour survivre à cette disparition.

Problème : elle ne devrait pas être ouverte cette année scolaire, conformément à un arrêté pris le 14 juillet dernier par la ministre de l’Education de base, Hadidja Alim Youssouf, et publié le 10 septembre dans la presse. Logée derrière un pâté d’autres constructions, l’école accueille pourtant quelques dizaines d’élèves qui achèvent leur deuxième semaine de classe depuis la rentrée scolaire du 7 septembre 2015.

Les responsables de cet établissement n’ont cependant pas l’allure de vouloir se cacher. Ignace Nemagou, enseignant et membre de la direction, confesse qu’il y a une pièce qui manque au dossier soumis aux autorités. Il faudrait désigner par écrit un successeur à la défunte fondatrice. Mais, il se trouve que les héritiers dispersés de par le pays et le monde ne se sont pas encore exécutés. En attendant, l’affaire vit entre présence effective dans les salles de cours et inscription sur une liste rouge.

Dans ce quartier populaire de New Town où elle est nouvellement installée, l’école a effectivement pignon sur une rue secondaire et parfaitement praticable. Les murs de « karabots » (planches de bois légers) fraîchement repeints à la chaux montrent bien qu’on est dans une zone de parents d’élèves aux petites bourses. De fait, d’ailleurs, c’est souvent dans les parties les plus défavorisées de Douala, là où les fraudeurs peuvent se cacher facilement, que l’on recense les écoles interdites par l’arrêté ministériel : Boko, Ndogpassi, Ndobo, Bonaloka, Mambanda, etc.

L’accès à l’école ou la crèche dénommée « Germinale » à Ndogpassi l’illustre. Il faut crapahuter dans les rues défoncées derrière le commissariat du 14e arrondissement pour trouver la villa qui se transforme en établissement scolaire. Au milieu d’une dizaine de bambins, l’air méfiant, maîtresses et directeur.

Quelques semaines avant, et c’est sous ce nom que les riverains le désignent encore, c’était l’école Lotus d’Ananda Marga, n°2 sur la liste des hors-la-loi. « Germinale » est-elle une école reconnue ? Une crèche plutôt, répond le patron. Ses pensionnaires sont néanmoins suffisamment grands pour être inscrits en section d’initiation à la lecture. Ils portent d’ailleurs des cartables…

Les changements de nom, s’ils ne cachent pas forcément la fraude, sont réguliers. Les déménagements aussi. L’école interdite d’activités, Zina International, est officiellement domiciliée au lieu-dit Carrefour Agip, à Bépanda.

Il faut pourtant remonter six kilomètres plus haut ses campus de Bonabassem et Deido, pour voir ses nouveaux murs plutôt fréquentés. Dans la zone grise où elle se trouve (Zina serait victime d’une erreur), l’école a entrepris des démarches de correction. D’autres aussi, indiquent des sources à l’inspection de l’Education de Base et au secrétariat à l’Education pour l’enseignement privé laïc. Une rectification post-investissement pour certains.

Qu’un fondateur construise les premières salles de classe avant même de savoir quelles sont les règles en la matière, « cela est arrivé », témoigne Elise Henriette Essame, délégué régional de l’Education de Base pour le Littoral.

Ce qui amène beaucoup à chercher des chemins de traverse, à pousser la porte des officiels, « alors qu’ils n’en ont pas besoin ». Son expertise dans le domaine lui permet d’affirmer que l’absence d’information pèse lourd dans l’action de ces entrepreneurs insouciants. Tant qu’il y en a récemment qui ont dû être rappelés à l’ordre par écrit sur des choses simples comme l’obligation d’avoir le baccalauréat pour créer un établissement scolaire.

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Afrobasket dames 2015: Cameroun, Gabon, Mali, Sénégal en quarts

Egypte-Cameroun, Mozambique-Nigeria, Gabon-Angola et Sénégal-Mali sont les affiches des quarts de finale du Championnat d’Afrique des nations féminin de basket-ball (Afrobasket dames 2015), qui auront lieu le 1er octobre 2015 à Yaoundé.

Les Guinéennes et les Algériennes (groupe B) ont été éliminées après d’ultimes revers respectifs contre les Angolaises (89-47) et les Nigérianes (79-49), ce 29 septembre. Dans le groupe A, ce sont les Ougandaises et les Sud-Africaines qui ont été sorties de cet Afrobasket dames 2015.


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Chadian firm Geyser SA opens new branch in Cameroon

(Business in Cameroon) – Chadian firm Geyser SA, which has a FCFA 400 million capital, just opened a branch in Garoua, located in Cameroon’s Northern region. At his head is Lucien Wenguelale Tchouameni.

The company, in grouping with Sotcocog (also Chadian) recently won a contract worth 33.3 billion FCFA, for the rehabilitation of irrigated zones and that of the Maga & Logone and Mayo Vrick dikes, in Cameroon’s Extreme North.

The contract was awarded as part of the PULCI, which in French corresponds to Urgent Project to Fight Flooding, in Cameroon’s North. Works included in the project should protect 10,000 acres of rice fields from flooding. These fields presently host around 78,000 rice farmers trained by Society for expansion and modernization of rice-farming in Yagoua (Semry in French).

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Lauren: What we did was remarkable

Coincidence has a way of rearing its head in football. For Lauren, the 2000 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament was full of chance occurrences and twists of fate. A redemptive semi-final spot-kick, a final against the country where he was raised, which ended in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw – all moments packed with personal significance.

Combined, they saw Lauren and his team-mates become the first Cameroonians to win Olympic gold, in any discipline, the importance of which was not lost on him. “It was not only for me as an individual, but also for the country,” Lauren said in an exclusive interview with “The people were suffering a lot. The happiness it brought the population made me proud.”

A promising if unspectacular opening 3-2 victory against Kuwait, in which Lauren scored the crucial third, was followed by 1-1 draws against USA and the Czech Republic, with the Arsenal man scoring his side’s only goal against the Europeans. The Africans progressed to play some unforgettable knockout matches.

In the quarter-finals, they faced Brazil. “In any tournament they are going to be one of the favourites,” Lauren said. “You meet some players who really assume their role and duties and Patrick Mboma is the kind of guy who enjoys taking charge of the situation. When he saw the free-kick he went straight away to pick up the ball and scored a brilliant goal.”

Ronaldinho equalised deep into stoppage time to send a thrilling game, in which Geremi and Aaron Nguimbat received their marching orders, into extra time. “The kind of spirit we showed is why Cameroon are known as the [Indomitable] Lions,” Lauren said. “We just didn’t give up.”

Substitute Modeste Mbami embodied that spirit, thumping home a golden goal to send the nine men through. That meant a semi-final against Chile, against whom Lauren had history. Six minutes into his FIFA World Cup™ debut in 1998, he had been sent off against La Roja.

With the score level at 1-1 in the Sydney 2000 semi-final, and a minute left on the clock, Cameroon were awarded a penalty kick. There was only going to be one man to take it. “I felt that it was my moment, for me to reverse the situation,” Lauren recalled. “I went straight to the ball. I didn’t think about anything else at all, just scoring. It was firstly for myself, secondly for the fans and thirdly for the whole of Cameroon.”

It showed African teams were not just there to appear. It helped people respect us more.

Lauren on Cameroon’s Olympic triumph

Born in Cameroon after his family fled former Spanish colony Equatorial Guinea, Lauren was raised in Spain having moved to Seville aged three. That made the final against his adopted homeland an emotional experience. “I had some quite conflicting feelings,” Lauren recalled. “I feel Spanish but Cameroonian as well. To see people who I had played with at the youth academy in Sevilla like Jose Mari or [Carlos] Marchena, it was a strange feeling.”

It was an inauspicious start for Les Lions Indomptables, a 20-year-old Xavi scored a wonderfully-placed free-kick after just 75 seconds. Then the Spaniards were awarded a penalty in the fourth minute. It was Angulo versus 16-year-old goalkeeper Idriss Kameni.

“He was so young but he had so much confidence,” Lauren remembered. “He also had a legend there coaching him in [former Cameroon goalkeeper] Thomas Nkono. Kameni became the extension of Nkono on the pitch.”

Kameni saved. The European side eventually doubled their advantage moments before the interval. A fortuitous Amaya own goal saw Cameroon back into the finale, with Samuel Eto’o firing the Africans level just before the hour-mark. 2-2 after 90 minutes, as it had been in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria six months previously. As in Lagos in February, it was to be penalties after a scoreless extra time.

“There were a lot of fans who had spent all their savings to see this game, so we could not disappoint them,” Lauren said. “What we did was remarkable. There was no fear that we couldn’t win at half-time, even at 2-0 down.”

Three perfect penalties by Mboma, Eto’o and Geremi were followed by a miss for the luckless Spaniard Amaya. Cameroon’s No12 was next. “The pressure is always there, but it’s about confidence,” Lauren said. “If I had any doubts that I might have missed I wouldn’t have stepped forward for the penalty.”

He scored, placing his penalty in the same spot he had against Chile. David Albelda responded in kind but Pierre Wome’s decisive kick secured gold. Nearly 105,000 inside Stadium Australia in Sydney had witnessed history.

What next? Four of that Spanish squad – Carles Puyol, Xavi, Carlos Marchena and Joan Capdevilla – would lift the World Cup, in Cameroon’s continent, in 2010. Cameroon retained their Cup of Nations crown in 2002, on penalties, with Lauren again scoring in the shootout. Half of the Cameroonian Sydney 2000 squad would also head to the 2002 World Cup, where the Lions lost their indomitability, exiting at the group stage. But, for Lauren, the Sydney victory displayed African presence in the latter stages of major tournaments is far from coincidental.

“It showed African teams were not just there to appear,” Lauren concluded. “It helped people respect us more, just like Cameroon did [at the World Cup] in 1990. Slowly, we see African teams gaining more respect, like with Ghana reaching the [World Cup] quarter-final [in 2010].”


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Central African Forest Initiative launched

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the launch of the new Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) in New York

29 September 2015, Rome/New York – FAO welcomed today the launch of a new Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) aimed at supporting the implementation of essential reforms and enhance investments to effectively address the drivers of deforestation in Central Africa.

Launched on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, the initiative is a partnership of six Central African countries, donors and international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and FAO.

The participating Central African countries are Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo.

Under the initiative, they will develop investment frameworks to support the sustainable use and conservation of their forest resources which play a vital role in climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation in the region.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva hailed the Central African countries for their commitment to address forest-related issues in an integrated way.

“FAO is motivated by the genuine commitment of the Central African countries,” he said. “We welcome the partnership involving North-South and South-South Cooperation.”

“FAO is very pleased to bring to CAFI its technical capacity, and to support joint efforts to ensure a vibrant future for forests and forest-dependent communities,” Graziano da Silva said.

Integrated approach

Central Africa is home to the second largest tropical rainforest area in the world with over 240 million hectares (ha). Despite the fact that the annual rate of natural forest loss is declining in Africa, the region still records the highest forest losses on the planet. The FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment, published earlier this month, revealed an annual loss of about 3.1 million ha of natural forests in Africa in the last five years.

Central African governments face tough challenges to address poverty, food security and climate change which put pressure on their tropical forests. Policy and governance reforms in the region are advancing, but efforts to conserve and sustainably use forests are still fragmented and underfinanced.

The six countries called on the international community to provide the necessary support.

Resource partners supporting this initiative include the European Union, France, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

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PublicisLive to produce the Next Einstein Forum – Global Gatherings for The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences entrusts PublicisLive with the production of the Next Einstein Forum – Global Gatherings GENEVA, Sept. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PublicisLive, the Geneva-based events division of Publicis Groupe, has signed a long-term contract with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) to organize the first three editions of the […]

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Public Interest Registry Appoints Dorcas Muthoni to Enset’s Board of Directors

Internet Hall of Fame Inductee to Serve Two-Year Term RESTON, Virginia, Sept. 30, 2015 / PRNewswire — Public Interest Registry — the not-for-profit manager of .org, .ngo and .ong — today announced the appointment of Dorcas Muthoni to the board of directors of nonprofit domain registrar Enset, a subsidiary organization. Muthoni, a member of the […]

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Anti-Gay Sentiment Arises During the UN General Assembly [analysis]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights during a High-Level Core Group event on Sep. 29, noting his experiences in working with governments to eliminate LGBTI-discriminatory policies. “Sometimes I am successful and other times I am not but I will continue to fight until all LGBT people can…

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Helen Clark: Speech at the launch of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI)

29 Sep 2015

It is a pleasure to be here tonight at this important event to launch the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI).

Last week, after many months of negotiations between UN Member States, the post-2015 sustainable development agenda was adopted. The agreed “Agenda 2030” is ambitious and visionary, with goals and targets aimed at achieving many challenges: inclusive growth, decent work, gender equality, water and sanitation, access to energy, and environmental sustainability.

One of the major challenges in way of that agenda is climate change. In taking on that challenge, conserving the world’s forests will play a critical role. Forests absorb carbon dioxide and they make an important contribution to the global fight against climate change.

There are also many other ecosystem services flowing from them which contribute to human development:

* They provide precious drinking water and protect watersheds;

* They build soils and support fisheries;

* They harbour incredible biodiversity, and are home to wildlife and plants found nowhere else on earth.

The Congo Basin is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, and its soil is exceptionally endowed with natural resources. Its forests are coming under increasing pressure and must be protected. Throughout human history, our forests have given way to

other land uses – particularly to agriculture – but extractive industries take their toll too.

Bold new initiatives are needed to turn that old model of development on its head. The Central African Forest Initiative is one of those initiative.

The initiative is open to six countries with high forest cover in the Congo Basin – Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea.

The good news is that protecting forests from deforestation and degradation can lead to development benefits in the form of employment, enhanced food security, and better protection of land rights.

At UNDP, we are fully committed to supporting initiatives like CAFI, which not only aim to protect forests but also

help communities advance their development objectives. The trust and strong relationships developed over the course of establishing this excellent partnership will continue to determine the quality of its results and impacts over time.

This initiative is not the first attempt in the region; it builds on years of dialogue and action through a number of initiatives like the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), the Congo Basin Forest Fund, and the Joint Declaration of Durban. CAFI will complement these initiatives.

Tonight, we are here as a sign of our commitment to support the Central African governments in their efforts to invest in their forests – to contribute to their sustainable development needs and to contribute to global climate mitigation efforts.

To advance and capitalize commitments made tonight and efforts to protect the second largest tropical forest basin, we have created a dedicated Multi-Partner Trust Fund. This Fund will bridge a funding gap, and will focus new investment in a region which thus far has not benefited from the same amount of funding as other forested regions.

I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all the countries represented here tonight for your leadership, vision, and financial contribution to this innovative and critically important initiative.

The timing of this launch is just right. As UN Member States turn their attention to implementation of the “Agenda 2030”, and with a global climate agreement scheduled to be finalized in Paris at the end of the year, keeping up the momentum on forest conservation is essential. We hope that the commitments manifested here tonight will boost action with multiple wins – for the climate, for inclusive development, and for economic growth.

UNDP is honoured and proud to stand with the governments of Central Africa in this process. I particularly wish to recognize the support of Norway, the European Commission, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Brazil. We look forward to working with our multilateral partners, the World Bank and the FAO to advance our efforts. Not only will successfully tackling deforestation in the Congo Basin greatly benefit this region, but it is also of huge importance for our world as a whole.

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42 victimes enregistrées parmi les Pèlerins camerounais à la Mecque

Selon les autorités consulaires camerounaises, les recherches sont de plus en plus difficiles.

« La situation a beaucoup évolué en mal ». Le diagnostic est sans équivoque de la part d’Issa Oumarou.

Joint mardi soir pour faire le point de la situation des victimes camerounaises après la gigantesque bousculade survenue la semaine dernière à Mina près de la Mecque en Arabie saoudite, le consul général du Cameroun à Djeddah souligne une augmentation du nombre de victimes camerounaises après les nombreuses recherches menées par les autorités diplomatiques, consulaires et la délégation camerounaise.

« Hier soir, (lundi, Ndlr) nous avons recensé 42 morts », fait-il savoir.

Le diplomate camerounais souligne que la situation la plus préoccupante à l’heure actuelle est celle des personnes qui sont toujours portées disparues. Selon le consul général du Cameroun, au-delà des recherches qui continuent d’être effectuées sur le terrain pour retrouver d’éventuels survivants, des réunions de crise se tiennent tous les soirs pour faire le point de la situation.

En plus des victimes signalées, il indique que 55 personnes sont toujours portées disparues alors qu’un pèlerin camerounais se trouve interné dans un établissement hospitalier en Arabie saoudite.

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Téléphonie mobile: le gouvernement interdit la vente ambulante des puces

L’interdiction est précisée dans un décret signé du Premier ministre datant du 03 septembre 2015. Selon ce texte, les abonnés retardataires ont jusqu’au 03 novembre pour se faire identifier

On en parlait déjà au mois d’août dernier, lorsque les entreprises de téléphonie mobile au Cameroun (Orange, MTN, Camtel, Nexttel) lançaient une nouvelle opération d’identification de leurs abonnés. «L’opération rentre dans le cadre des mesures prises par les pouvoirs publics, en vue d’assurer la sécurité des personnes et des biens au Cameroun», expliquait alors le ministère des Postes et Télécommunication dans un communiqué.

Aucune date limite officielle pour cette identification n’avait été donnée jusqu’à la publication du décret signé du Premier ministre le 03 septembre 2015. Ledit décret donne 60 jours, c’est-à-dire deux mois à partir de sa date de signature, aux retardataires, pour se faire identifier. Passée la date limite, soit le 03 novembre 2015, «les abonnés qui n’ont pas eu à se faire identifier correctement verront leurs puces désactivées.

Autrement dit, ils ne seront plus accessibles dans le réseau. La réactivité ne sera possible que s’ils se rapprochent de l’opérateur de téléphonie chez qui ils sont clients», prévient le sous-directeur des systèmes d’information à l’Agence de régulation des télécommunications (ART), Thomas Marcellin Manyanye, dans une interview publiée par le quotidien national ce mardi.

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Communication for development at Unity Palace

The President of the Republic His Excellency Paul BIYA and Stéphane FOUKS, a communication consultant with a wide range of experience, have been discussing ways and means to promote financial and industrial development in Cameroon. The discussions took place at Unity Palace on Tuesday 29 September during an audience granted by the Head of State to the French business mogul.

Stéphane FOUKS, who is Vice-President of Havas, came to Unity Palace shortly after mid-day for the audience with President Paul BIYA that lasted over one hour. Speaking to the press immediately afterwards, he declared that communication for development was the focus of the discussions he had with the President of the Republic.

Stéphane FOUKS was optimistic about the economic prospects of Cameroon, which he said needed to be explained to financial and industrial investors who do not yet know about the many economic opportunities existing in Cameroon, which has a wide variety of natural and mineral resources.

In this light, the erudite communicator said plans were underway to organise an investor conference in Cameroon next year which will bring the investors and financial community to Cameroon for a first-hand view of the potentials available. The motivation of the international business community was the best way to accelerate the economic development of Cameroon, and Stéphane FOUKS was disposed to accompany the country in this endeavour.

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Le Cameroun confie sa communication sur les incitations à l ‘ investissement au français Havas

Le chef de l’Etat camerounais, Paul Biya, a reçu mardi en audience le vice-président de l’agence de communication Havas (groupe Bolloré), président exécutif de Havas Worldwide et président de Havas Worldwide France, Stéphane Fouks pour un entretien portant sur la communication sur le développement économique et les marchés financiers, a constaté APA sur place.

Au sortir de ce tête à tête de plus d’une heure, le communicant a confié à la presse que les échanges avaient porté sur la stratégie de rentabilisation des atouts économiques du pays dont Havas est appelé à faire la promotion à l’international.

Il a annoncé, pour début 2016, l’organisation d’une conférence internationale pour donner à voir, aux investisseurs, les succès et les projets du Cameroun en matière économique, et affirmé que son groupe allait proposer à ce pays un «programme complet» de communication dans ce sens.

Ce forum, a-t-il précisé, devrait aussi permettre d’accélérer le développement économique du Cameroun, «de faire passer à l’acte les investisseurs internationaux, les investisseurs financiers ou industriels qui viendraient porter des projets de développement sur l’agriculture, les matières premières et sur l’industrie».

En avril 2010, rappelle-t-on, le président Biya avait déjà reçu en audience M. Fouks afin de l’accompagner dans sa quête de rayonnement à l’international, mais aussi pour le suivi de la Conférence internationale «Africa 21» tenue quelques mois plus tôt à Yaoundé, la capitale du pays et qui avait notamment planché sur les nouveaux défis politiques et économiques du continent, en pleine célébration du Cinquantenaire de l’indépendance.

Il avait, à l’occasion, déjà affirmé qu’il souhaitait inciter les opérateurs économiques étrangers à venir investir dans au Cameroun.

Des sources introduites avaient aussi affirmé que Paul Biya et son hôte avaient, surtout, évoqué non seulement la communication autour de l’élection présidentielle de l’année suivante mais surtout les répercussions politiques et médiatiques de la plainte déposée par des compatriotes en France contre le président camerounais, accusé de «biens mal acquis».

L’on note que Stéphane Fouks fait partie des communicants du palais présidentiel camerounais depuis le début des années 90, ayant régulièrement accompagné Paul Biya dans ses campagnes, aussi bien sur le champ politique que médiatique


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Cameroon advance to Quarter-Finals undefeated

YAOUNDE (AfroBasket Women 2015) – Cameroon extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 78-51 victory over South Africa.

Ramses Lonlack propelled Cameroon with a team-high 18 points, while Elle Moutlatse led South Africa with 13points.

With the win, the AfroBasket Women 2015 hosts, advance to the Quarter-Finals where they will take on Egypt.

Turning Point – South Africa competed for most of the first quarter as they trailed 12-11, forcing Cameroon coach Alain Zedond to bring his star players off the bench. But even with Lonlack, Priscilla Mbiandja and Astride Gano on floor, South Africa resisted, tying the contest at 16 midway through the second quarter. Cameroon then used a 8-0 run, and Kimathi Toboti team’s run out of gas trailing 39-19 at the break.

Stats Don’t Lie: South Africa were unable to protect their perimeter defense, allowing Lonlack to make all her 3 three-pointers, but perhaps the biggest difference was Cameroon’s bench who outscored South Africa’s 50-18.

Game Hero: Lonlack, the game-changer, epitomises Cameroon tenacity in the championship. She came off the bench making 7 of her 10 field-goal shooting.

Bottom Line: Cameroon’s tendency for slow start to the game continued as they haven’t taken a comfortable control of the game until the second quarter. South Africa closed their Group Phase campaign with their highest scoring mark (51) so far: “Each and every game we got better. There are a lot of positives that we can take from this game, and we’ll make sure we continue competing this way moving forward,” said Toboti in a post-game press conference.


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Innovation: une machine à découper l’« okok » (Eru)

L’invention de Pierre Ayissi Nnanga, baptisée « Kostals », a été récemment présenté à Yaoundé va contribuer à la réduction des pertes post-récolte et à la satisfaction de la demande croissante.

C’est bien connu, l’okok est une feuille aux multiples vertus. Pour en optimiser son exploitation, Pierre Ayissi Nnanga, coordonnateur du Programme d’appui à la promotion de la culture d’okok (Papco) du ministère de l’Agriculture et du Développement rural (Minader), a mis sur pied une machine à découper ce légume. Baptisée « Kostal », cette machine a été présenté au public récemment à Yaoundé, dans l’enceinte du Minader.

Il a fallu environ huit mois et un peu plus de 6 millions de F (octroyés par le Minader) à Pierre Ayissi Nnanga pour fabriquer le Kostal. Car d’après lui, il fallait penser au moindre détail. « L’utilisation offre plusieurs options. On peut soit choisir la quantité d’okok à avoir, soit décider des dimensions à donner aux feuilles découpées », a-t-il expliqué. Deux matières ont servi à la fabrication de l’appareil, notamment l’inox sur laquelle les feuilles passent et l’acier. Il mesure deux mètres de longueur pour une hauteur de 1,5 mètre et permet d’obtenir environ une tonne de feuilles découpées en une heure.

L’idée de mettre sur pied une machine à découper l’okok provient de la nécessité de faciliter la découpe des feuilles et la conservation. En effet, d’énormes quantités de légumes s’abîment du fait des mauvaises techniques de manipulation et de conservation. De ce fait, les producteurs n’arrivent plus à satisfaire la demande de plus en plus croissante. « Outre le découpage des feuilles, nous procédons aussi au séchage par rayons solaires qui a l’avantage de maintenir la couleur et la saveur, contrairement aux séchoirs mécaniques », explique Pierre Ayissi Nnanga.

Pour l’heure, seul un prototype du Kostal est disponible au siège du Papco. Pour obtenir un exemplaire, les industriels et les coopératives spécialisées dans la production et la transformation d’Okok peuvent passer une commande auprès du fabricant, moyennant 10 millions de F. Toutefois, le Papco se dit prêt à satisfaire aux grandes commandes de quantités de feuilles séchées. Mais dans l’avenir, Pierre Ayissi Nnanga compte concevoir de petits modèles du Kostal destinés aux marchés et même aux ménages.

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Cameroun : bientôt une compagnie de navigation rivale à Camair-Co

Au cours d’un protocole d’entente pour la création au Cameroun de la Camra Regional Airlines, le président de cette nouvelle compagnie canadienne, Jay Vom Vadiveloo, avait signé officiellement un contrat avec le secrétaire général des services du Premier ministre, Louis Paul Motaze à Yaoundé.

Cette nouvelle compagnie canadienne vient de publier dans son site son réseau de navigation dans le ciel camerounais plus précisément à Bafoussam, Bamenda, Batouri Bertoua, Douala, Garoua, Maroua, Ngaoundéré et Yaoundé. Par ailleurs, elle envisage aussi de servir d’autres villes hors du Cameroun, comme Bangui, Lagos, Libreville, Malabo, et N’djamena.

Dans ledit protocole, le Cameroun s’était engagé à apporter les facilités d’ordre administratif nécessaires à l’accomplissement des objectifs de cette compagnie, notamment la collaboration avec les Aéroports du Cameroun, l’accès à l’aéroport de Yaoundé-Ville.

L’objectif du lancement de cette compagnie étrangère est donnée comme pour mettre fin aux jours de Camair-Co, à qui le gouvernement exige un audit dont on ne précise pas les contours. Selon un spécialiste de navigation, « un audit même fait dans les règles de l’art et avec célérité, ne rendra pas sa copie avant six mois. Pendant ce temps, la compagnie est plombée. Son concurrent désigné, Camra Regional Airlines, peut aisément s’installer à Douala et prendre son envol ».

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Camlait a investi 3 milliards FCfa dans une usine de production de yaourts à base de soja

(Investir au Cameroun) – Avec la concurrence qui se fait de plus en plus rude sur le marché du yaourt au Cameroun, avec l’arrivée des entreprises telles que Dolait ou encore Royal Crown, la Société camerounaise des produits laitiers (Camlait) a décidé de diversifier ses produits, en ajoutant à sa gamme de yaourts des variétés faites à base de soja. Pour ce faire, a-t-on appris dans le magazine télévisé Réussite, l’entreprise a dû investir 3 milliards de francs Cfa dans une usine adaptée.

«La croissance (la demande en yaourts augmente de 25% par an, Ndlr) est telle que les concurrents s’installent dans la durée. Nous sommes obligés d’explorer d’autres axes de croissance pour pouvoir résister dans ce marché», affirme Paulin Toukam Zuko, le PDG de Camlait, qui révèle par ailleurs que les coûts de production du yaourt à base de soja sont de 50% inférieurs à celui fait à base de lait.

La dernière trouvaille de Camlait est d’autant plus stratégique que, apprend-on, cette entreprise agro-alimentaire ambitionne désormais de réaliser 65% de son chiffre d’affaires avec ces produits à base de soja. Ce d’autant que cette dernière matière première est produite localement, alors que le lait, lui, est importé à grands frais.

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