archives : June 2009

     

Ethiopia
Speaking at the Ethiopian parliament on Wednesday, as he presented the airlines’ eight-month performance report, Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said that after an agreement signed between the Ethiopian flag carrier and Bombardier Aerospace to purchase eight Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners in November 2008, four additional aircrafts, Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop, have been ordered to strengthen its local fleet. - Thursday 4 June 2009


South africa
A large neon digital counter in the bustling walkways of Oliver Tambo International Airport at Johannesburg reminds visitors that the FIFA World Cup 2010 is just less than four hundred days away. Even as one floatsdown M1 freeway towards the misty central business district [CBD], scores of billboards scream the message of South Africa’s readiness to host the world’s most expensive soccer show piece. But that is only as far as the promise lasts –the advertising billboards. - Wednesday 3 June 2009


South africa - Zimbabwe
A high level of greed by Zimbabwe hoteliers has cost the bankrupt country a rare chance of cashing in on the 2010 World Cup soccer fiesta after Fifa representatives abandoned hotels for charging exorbitant rates of up to US$3 000 per night, it emegerd last night. - Wednesday 3 June 2009


Kenya - Somalia
Thousands of Somalians are fleeing to Kenya in search of peace and regular life, as fighting in the capital city of Mogadishu continue to unsettle the local people. The intense fighting between Islamist guerrillas and pro-government forces has continued to devastate Mogadishu civilians who have run to Kenya, only to face another human rights horror. But is Kenya really a place to run to? - Wednesday 3 June 2009


Egypt
The Egyptian authorities Tuesday announced that a first case of A (H1N1) influenza has been detected on their territory. A young girl from the United States is said to be carrying the virus. This case is also the first in Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the world could be approaching its first flu pandemic of the twenty-first century. - Wednesday 3 June 2009


Zimbabwe
The United Nations has warned that Zimbabwe risks plunging political turmoil and violence if fresh elections are held in 24 months time as the country’s political parties compete for power. - Wednesday 3 June 2009


South africa - Zimbabwe
South African authorities have recovered 61 bodies of illegal gold miners who died at the weekend at a disused gold mine. Tom Smith, head of Harmony’s operations in the Free State is quoted saying "Today [Tuesday] we found 25 more bodies," - Tuesday 2 June 2009


Egypt - United States
“Arriving in the States, I had the feeling of being thrown into an ocean. The ocean was full of knowledge, culture, and opportunities, and the choice was clear: I could either learn to swim or sink,” says scientist Ahmed Zewail in his book Voyage Through Time: Walks of Life to the Nobel Prize (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2003). - Tuesday 2 June 2009


Panafrica
Sixty-two percent of Africans favour democracy, according to a survey by Afrobarometer, an independent polling institute that has focused on the perception of democratic trends on the continent since 1999. The results show sub-Saharan Africa’s development perception with respect to political systems. - Tuesday 2 June 2009


Nigeria - United Kingdom
British hostage, Matthew Maguire who is currently under captivity in the Nigerian Niger Delta, has declared himself an activist and an advocate for change in the oil-rich region. In view of his commitment to the cause of change, Maguire has declined an offer of his release. - Tuesday 2 June 2009

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