Medical Oxygen Scarce in Africa, Latin America Amid Virus

DAKAR, SENEGAL – A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic and doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths. It takes about 12 weeks to install a hospital oxygen plant and even less time to convert industrial oxygen manufacturing systems into a medical-grade network. But in Brazil and Nigeria, as well as in less-populous nations, decisions to fully address inadequate supplies only started being made last month,…

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US Restoration of Foreign Aid to Ethiopia Signals New Course

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration reversed a policy that had linked foreign aid to Ethiopia to its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hydropower project signaling a decided change in U.S. relations with Ethiopia, analysts say. “It is a fairly predictable move, as the Trump administration aid freeze had not achieved anything other than further antagonizing the Ethiopians,” William Davison, International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Ethiopia told VOA. Former President Donald Trump cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia in September 2020 saying it would be withheld until the country…

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184,000 Displaced in West Darfur Need Food, Shelter

WASHINGTON – More than 180,000 people who were displaced during recent fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region are in dire need of food, shelter and other assistance according to the International Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). The Switzerland-based organization called on Sudan’s transitional government to work with its humanitarian partners to provide relief for the displaced, implement provisions of the October 2020 peace agreement, which calls for resettling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and address the root causes of violence in Darfur. Over a span of three days in mid-January, nearly 184,000 people…

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Hennessy Becomes the NBA’s First Global Spirits Partner

– Multiyear Partnership Expansion Makes Hennessy the “Official Spirit of the NBA” Worldwide– COGNAC, France, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Hennessy, the world’s best-selling cognac, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced a global expansion of their partnership, making Hennessy the “Official Spirit of the NBA” worldwide.  The multiyear agreement, which marks the league’s first-ever […]

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