archives : January 2010


Madagascar - Mozambique - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe leader, President Mugabe, is reportedly pushing for his military intervention in Madagascar to topple its president - Andry Rajoelina. - Thursday 14 January 2010

The Nigerian constitutional rule of law has been respected, against fears of tribal politics, as Judge appoints Nigeria’s vice president, Goodluck Jonathan, to be in charge of the country, in the absence of the allegedly recuperating president, Umaru Yar’Adua. - Thursday 14 January 2010

A magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, badly hitting the South-West of Port-au-Prince and causing several thousands of deaths according to the Haitian authorities. One million of the 9 million Haitians live in the worst affected areas. No official death toll has been established yet, but the Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive fears that up to 100,000, or even more, could have been killed. International rescuers from the U.S., Venezuela, Spain, Japan, Belgium, Russia, China, Brazil, Germany, Dominican Republic, Panama, the U.K., etc have started arriving on the Island. - Thursday 14 January 2010

Caribbean islands - Haiti
An unprecedented disaster struck Haiti January 12, 2010 At 16:53 local time, 21h53 universal time. A magnitude 7 earthquake, with its epicentre located a few kilometers from Port-au-Prince, has literally destroyed a greater part of the capital, and caused enormous damage to the island. - Wednesday 13 January 2010

Mauritania - Italy
More food and more access to food for the hungry in East-Central Mauritania, the country’s most vulnerable region. This is the goal of the food security agreement signed in Nouakchott by Minister Franco Frattini and his Mauritanian colleague Naha Mint Mouknass. - Wednesday 13 January 2010

Panafrica - Ethiopia - China
A 100 000 000 (one hundred million) Renminbi Yuan (USD14,645,576.89) grant agreement on economic and technical cooperation was signed today between the People’s Republic of China the African Union Commission. The grant will be used for implementing the project of the Conference Center of the African Union, which is being constructed in Addis Ababa by the Chinese government. At the same time, a letter of understanding for the clearing of underground obstructions and site leveling of the project by the Chinese side was also signed. - Wednesday 13 January 2010

South africa - United States
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the swearing in of Jeff Borns as mission director to South Africa. Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Earl Gast presided over the event and administered the oath to Borns. - Wednesday 13 January 2010

Panafrica - United States
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSK)(NASDAQ:CMCSA), one of the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications services, has promoted Hank Fore to Regional Vice President of the Oregon/SW Washington region. Fore will report directly to Comcast West Division President Steve White and will oversee all aspects of Comcast’s video, high-speed Internet and telephone operations from Longview, WA to Eugene, OR, serving more than 600,000 customers and managing about 2,100 employees. Fore begins his new role immediately and will be based in the company’s Beaverton, Oregon office. - Wednesday 13 January 2010

South africa - United Kingdom
UK-based businessman Avi Lasarow has confirmed that he and his company Trimega Laboratories will remain invested in South Africa after his victory at the Cape High Court against local business partner Ashely Uys - Wednesday 13 January 2010

Panafrica - United States
This July will see the return of singer/producer and actress Mary J. Blige to the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, set for July 2, 3 and 4 in New Orleans. Not only will the Queen of Hip-Hop soul and nine-time Grammy winner serve as one of the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL’s headliners, this year she will also take on the role as the festival’s official spokesperson in the months leading up to the annual weekend of entertainment and empowerment. Blige has performed eight times at ESSENCE (last in 2008), where she’ll be part of a line-up featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most influential speakers, artists, authors and leaders. - Wednesday 13 January 2010

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