Financial relief for Botswana league players

Botswana has announced plans to cushion players from the country’s top two divsions from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they will offer a subsidized salary stipend to players for the next three months. Each of the 16 clubs in the Elite League will have a roster of 25 players who will be entitled to a stipend of P2,500 (205 USD) while the second tier players will receive P1,500 (123 USD) for the months of April to June. The announcement was made by the Minister of Youth Empowerment,…

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Kenya Researchers Explore Herbal COVID-19 Cure

NAIROBI – Kenya has stepped up efforts to find a local treatment for COVID-19. The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), East Africa’s leading medical research facility, is testing the efficacy of an herbal medicine known as Zedupex. The search for both a cure and a vaccine for the coronavirus has intensified around the globe, including in Kenya, as medical researchers race to find the elusive remedy. Dr. Festus Tolo of Kenya’s Medical Research Institute is the lead scientist tasked with finding out whether an herbal-based drug will be effective against…

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Herbal Cures for COVID-19 Spreading in Tanzania Despite No Evidence They Work

DAR ES SALAAM – In Tanzania, there has been a surge of claims for herbal cures for the coronavirus. Despite endorsements by some public officials, medical experts warn that no treatments should be taken at face value until scientifically tested. At her farm on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Mwajuma Saidi collects peppers, mango leaves, and other ingredients to steam and prepare what she believes is a cure for COVID-19. Her granddaughters are taking it, too, even though they are not sick. Mwajuma says they just do it as…

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Kenya Church Leader Takes Services to Worshippers Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Kenya’s ban on church services because of social distancing restrictions to slow the coronavirus pandemic, is not stopping one church leader from spreading the Gospel. The Rev. Paul Macharia from All Saints’ Cathedral in Kiambu County heads the service, dubbed “B2B” for “balcony to balcony.” Each Sunday he hits the road delivering his sermons to scores of people in apartment buildings. Macharia relishes the reception he has received, telling the Associated Press it would not be possible if people didn’t invite his mobile church into their communities. “It has been…

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World Bank approves record $500 million to battle locust swarms in Africa

The World Bank approved a record $500 million in grants and low-interest loans to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight swarms of desert locusts that are eating their way across vast swaths of crops and rangelands. Four of the hardest-hit countries – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – will receive $160 million immediately, Holger Kray, a senior World Bank official, said. He said Yemen, Somalia and other affected countries could tap funds as needed. “The Horn of Africa finds itself at the epicenter of the worst locust…

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New Studies Warn of Dangers From Hydroxychloroquine, Falling Vaccination Rates

A malaria drug that U.S. President Donald Trump says he has been taking to avoid contracting COVID-19 has been linked to increased risk of death in patients with the disease, according to a study published in a prominent medical journal. The study, published Friday in The Lancet, monitored more than 96,000 COVID-19 hospital patients. It found that people treated with hydroxychloroquine, or the related drug chloroquine, were more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat that could cause sudden death. Trump began touting the use of the malaria drug as a…

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African referees launch #Stayfit campaign against COVID-19

With the suspension of competitions since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, African match officials have launched #Stayfit campaign to maintain their fitness levels during this difficult period. In a 6:45 minutes video, a section of Referees and Assistants Referees highlight the importance of physical activities and movements in boosting one’s health status, and the fight against COVID-19 in addition to observing the preventive measures outlined by health authorities. The match officials are seen engaged in physical exercises either in the gym or at home as they brace up for…

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