archives : January 2010


Zimbabwe - International
Human Rights activists have for once applauded the Zimbabwe government for blocking the auctioning of more than 300 000 carats of what is termed as “blood diamonds” at Harare International Airport on Thursday. - Friday 8 January 2010

Africa’s prestigious football tournament – Orange Africa Cup of Nations- roars into life this Sunday in Angola with the host aiming to make a meaningful impression. The biennial showpiece is the 27th edition and runs from January 10 -31. - Friday 8 January 2010

The controversial anti-gay bill which was recently tabled in Uganda’s parliament could soon be withdrawn by Uganda’s government. According to Uganda’s minister of state for investment, Aston Kajara, the proposed bill has already started affecting foreign investment. - Friday 8 January 2010

Among the first leading IT companies to have invested in Africa, Hewlett-Packard (HP) is convinced that to benefit from the continent’s full potential the Brain Drain phenomenon that characterises slow development has to be tackled in a manner that guarantees sustainable development. HP’s African Brain Gain Initiative (BGI), in conjunction with UNESCO, aims to ensure that African brains remain in Africa or work closer to home. The BGI seeks to consolidate professional collaboration between universities, researchers, professors, teachers, students, etc, both home and abroad, via a virtual network known as the grid and cloud computer technique. The BGI is one of many initiatives undertaken by HP on the African continent. Interview with Rainer Koch, Hewlett-Packard Managing Director for Africa. - Friday 8 January 2010

A dispute between the Niger Delta communities of Nigeria and government officials over who must manage the ten percent of oil revenues promised them by the Nigerian government in a peace process that brought an end to rebel activities in the oil-rich region, threatens to reignite civil unrest in the region. - Friday 8 January 2010

The time for kick off is nearing. Let’s see who the contenders are: who’s going to win and who’s not, who’s going to upset a few teams… January 10-31, Angola is THE place to be for football fans! - Friday 8 January 2010

Angola 2010 African Cup of Nations match Calendar featuring:

Group A: Angola, Mali, Malawi, Algeria
Group B: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo
Group C: Egypt, Nigeria, Mozambique, Benin
Groupe D: Cameroon, Gabon, Zambia, Tunisia

- Thursday 7 January 2010

Panafrica - Nigeria - United States
Nigeria’s emergence on the US State Sponsored Terrorism list has not gone without official criticisms and ultimatums from Africa’s most populous state. Claims over a possibly "rushed" United States directive, in the wake of a terrorist attempt on a plane carrying 284 people, have been rife. What influenced this crucial decision that affects a country of 150 million people? Was the decision only influenced by the mad act of one British educated and radicalized Nigerian? - Thursday 7 January 2010

Panafrica - United States
For the past fourteen years, since Tiger Woods made his first major mark as a professional golfer, he has impressed millions of people as one of the world’s most talented superstars. His love and dedication to work have won him several championship titles. In concert with what seemed like a squeaky clean image, he struck numerous first class endorsement deals, lending his name to a number of high quality products that yielded great returns for their producers. Nonetheless, one thing that sharply distinguished Woods from most of his contemporaries in the world of super stars is his resolve to keep his private life private – an attitude highly admired in the past but lately subject to questioning – following his extramarital scandal. - Thursday 7 January 2010

Big names, big games. For three weeks, between January 10 and 31, Angola hosts the biggest sporting event of the continent: the African Cup of Nations. - Thursday 7 January 2010

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