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Covid-19: Nigeria reopening isolation centers amid jump in cases

A resurgence of coronavirus cases in West Africa is hitting the region hard, inundating cemeteries where funeral numbers are rising and hospitals where beds are becoming scarce.

Those visible shifts are also pushing a reluctant population to seek out the vaccines in larger numbers at a time when shipments of doses are arriving from multiple sources after nearly grinding to a halt in recent months.

Shortages and delays have caused Africa’s 54 countries to fall far behind wealthier nations in their COVID-19 vaccine rollouts.

Some 82 million doses have arrived on the continent, though that is just 10% of the number needed.

More shipments are finally rolling in.

Nigeria has just received a little over four million doses of the Moderna vaccine donated by the United States.

Africa’s most populous country, with more than 210 million people, Nigeria is also set to receive more than 29 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines purchased by the government through the African Union.

But there is still work to be done to get the word out on the benefits of vaccination, with many still wary of getting shots as conspiracy theories spread online.

Nigeria’s virus cumulative case count recently topped 174-thousand.

The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nigeria has more than tripled over the past two weeks from 140 to 460, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Isolation centers that were closed after a previous surge are being reopened in anticipation of a large number of patients, according to the Nigeria Centres for Disease Control.

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Fourth industrial revolution will be driven by technology – Raila

ODM party leader Raila Odinga speaks during the launch of Investera Plus Africa, August 3, 2021. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

ODM leader Raila Odinga has said industrialisation will be driven by technology and not the bottom-up economic model.

Speaking during the launch of the one-stop-shop digital platform for business information dubbed Investera Plus Africa, Raila urged leaders to invest in infrastructure.

“I believe the fourth industrial revolution will be driven by technology and not telling people about wheelbarrows. We need to embrace the idea of Investera Plus Africa,’’ said Odinga.

Deputy President William Ruto has been popularising the bottom-up economic model, which has drawn criticism from many people among them Amani National Congress party leader Musalaia Mudavadi.

Kenya is focused on the fourth industrial revolution through automation of traditional manufacturing practices, using smart technology.

Among the government’s target is the development of the iron and steel industry through the establishment of an integrated steel mill.

Development of small and medium enterprise (SME) parks, industrial and technology parks, and industrial manufacturing clusters are also other ways. Raila, who is Africa Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development, emphasised the need for the country to invest more in infrastructure for meaningful development.

“As you know, infrastructure is crucial to any development and helps open up a country for investment and development. One way of solving a country’s problems is therefore investing in infrastructure,’’ he said. He blamed unequal international trade volumes, saying Europe has 70 per cent, intra-Asia (50), South America (25) and Africa (15) due to lack of infrastructure.

“That’s why I am fighting so hard to fast-track some of the intercontinental infrastructure development like highways, railway lines, information communication technology links, open air space among others,’’ said Odinga.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

He said the recently launched African Union’s African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which creates a market of 1.3 billion people, will not be successful if infrastructure issue is not dealt with. Raila also called upon the government to create policies and laws that protect interests of local business people against manipulation by foreign firms.

“It is laudable that Investera Plus Africa has come with capital and technology to partner with people here. However, there must be certain regulations to protect the interests of our people so that our people are not used as vehicles to create a monopoly here and in the end, profits are repatriated to pay their shareholders back home. Let them come and make profits but not at the expense of our people,’’ said Raila.”

He cited United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Dubai, which he said have laws that are helping the country achieve such. “So why can’t we also come up with such laws that protect the interests of our people?” posed Raila.

He said many young people who come up with innovations are poor because their ideas are stolen by foreign firms.

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi welcomed Raila during the launch of the United Arabs Emirates-based company in Nairobi.

Also present were Chief Administrative Secretary for Industrialisation trade and development David Osiany, Principal Secretary, ICT, Jerome Ochieng and his housing counterpart, Charles Hinga.

‘‘We have some of the brightest minds and hardworking people in the world and our ideas have been taken away because maybe we don’t have money but ideas and visions are money. We must stop this drain now. In other countries, they protect it by having 51 per cent of shareholding. We must have laws that allow 51 per cent of local ownership,’’ said Wanjigi.

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Fourth industrial revolution will be driven by technology – Raila

ODM party leader Raila Odinga speaks during the launch of Investera Plus Africa, August 3, 2021. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

ODM leader Raila Odinga has said industrialisation will be driven by technology and not the bottom-up economic model.

Speaking during the launch of the one-stop-shop digital platform for business information dubbed Investera Plus Africa, Raila urged leaders to invest in infrastructure.

“I believe the fourth industrial revolution will be driven by technology and not telling people about wheelbarrows. We need to embrace the idea of Investera Plus Africa,’’ said Odinga.

Deputy President William Ruto has been popularising the bottom-up economic model, which has drawn criticism from many people among them Amani National Congress party leader Musalaia Mudavadi.

Kenya is focused on the fourth industrial revolution through automation of traditional manufacturing practices, using smart technology.

Among the government’s target is the development of the iron and steel industry through the establishment of an integrated steel mill.

Development of small and medium enterprise (SME) parks, industrial and technology parks, and industrial manufacturing clusters are also other ways. Raila, who is Africa Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development, emphasised the need for the country to invest more in infrastructure for meaningful development.

“As you know, infrastructure is crucial to any development and helps open up a country for investment and development. One way of solving a country’s problems is therefore investing in infrastructure,’’ he said. He blamed unequal international trade volumes, saying Europe has 70 per cent, intra-Asia (50), South America (25) and Africa (15) due to lack of infrastructure.

“That’s why I am fighting so hard to fast-track some of the intercontinental infrastructure development like highways, railway lines, information communication technology links, open air space among others,’’ said Odinga.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

He said the recently launched African Union’s African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which creates a market of 1.3 billion people, will not be successful if infrastructure issue is not dealt with. Raila also called upon the government to create policies and laws that protect interests of local business people against manipulation by foreign firms.

“It is laudable that Investera Plus Africa has come with capital and technology to partner with people here. However, there must be certain regulations to protect the interests of our people so that our people are not used as vehicles to create a monopoly here and in the end, profits are repatriated to pay their shareholders back home. Let them come and make profits but not at the expense of our people,’’ said Raila.”

He cited United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Dubai, which he said have laws that are helping the country achieve such. “So why can’t we also come up with such laws that protect the interests of our people?” posed Raila.

He said many young people who come up with innovations are poor because their ideas are stolen by foreign firms.

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi welcomed Raila during the launch of the United Arabs Emirates-based company in Nairobi.

Also present were Chief Administrative Secretary for Industrialisation trade and development David Osiany, Principal Secretary, ICT, Jerome Ochieng and his housing counterpart, Charles Hinga.

‘‘We have some of the brightest minds and hardworking people in the world and our ideas have been taken away because maybe we don’t have money but ideas and visions are money. We must stop this drain now. In other countries, they protect it by having 51 per cent of shareholding. We must have laws that allow 51 per cent of local ownership,’’ said Wanjigi.

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Lockheed Martin Tapped For Aegis CSEA | UK And Kenya Sign Defense Agreement | DoS Approved Javelin Sale To Thailand

Americas

Lockheed Martin won a $108.8 million modification for AEGIS combat system engineering agent (CSEA) efforts for the design, development, integration, test and delivery of Advanced Capability Build 20. The Aegis combat system uses powerful computers and radar to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. More than 100 Aegis-equipped ships have been deployed in five navies worldwide. Aegis, not an acronym, refers to the shield of the mythical Greek God Zeus. Work will take place in Moorestown, New Jersey. Expected completion date will be in December 2021.

The US Air Force has successfully demonstrated that the F-16’s Electronic Warfare System can receive software updates with new Mission Data File while airborne. The test was carried out during a recent Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base. The jet downloaded the data file using an existing Beyond Line of Sight satellite communication system. It was processed by a custom-developed Center Display Unit software, and load into the ALQ-213 Countermeasures Signal Processor.

Middle East & Africa

The UK and Kenya have signed a new Defence Cooperation Agreement to tackle the shared threat from Al-Shabaab. According to the UK Ministry of Defense, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Defence Dr Monica Juma signed the deal. British troops currently help to train over 1,100 Kenyan soldiers every year before they deploy to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to fight Al-Shabaab and the British Army and Kenya Defence Force (KDF) conduct around five joint training exercises every year, involving around 750 Kenyan and 5,000 British troops.

Europe

The UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) today awarded BAE Systems approximately $348.77million to progress the design and development of Tempest, the UK’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The contract, signed by BAE Systems, officially marks the start of the programme’s concept and assessment phase. The programme is being delivered by Team Tempest – combining the expertise of the UK MOD, BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA UK and Rolls-Royce. Working with international partners, the team is leading progress towards a UK-led internationally collaborative Future Combat Air System.

The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Portland has completed first-of-class sea acceptance trials (SATs) of Ultra Electronics’ Sonar 2150 bow-mounted medium-frequency sonar. Trials took place over multiple days at sea, detecting and tracking a target and proving its passive and active performance.

Asia-Pacific

The US State Department approved a potential sale of 300 Javelin FGM-148 Missiles to Thailand accounts for another estimated $83.5 million. Thailand’s request would include 300 Javelin missiles, as well as 50 Command Launch Units, plus associated technical support and training. Thailand wants to use the Javelin to replace the 106mm Recoilless Rifles that the Royal Thai Army was given back during the Vietnam War; doing so will improve the country’s anti-tank capability and help with interoperability, according to the DSCA statement.

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Security Council calls for cooperation with UNAMID’s liquidation process


UNAMID officially handed over the Mission's team site in Tine, North Darfur, to the Government of Sudan, on 19 October 2017 (UNAMID Photo


August 2, 2021 (KHARTOUM) – The Security Council Monday called for the cooperation of the Sudanese government and armed groups to terminate the UNAMID’s liquidation process.

“The Council reiterated its call on Sudan’s Government — as well as the Juba Peace Agreement signatories and non-signatory armed opposition movements — to cooperate fully with the United Nations and the African Union during UNAMID’s liquidation phase,” reads a presidential statement adopted on Monday.

The statement comes after a briefing on 27 July by the UN Operational Support Department head about the ongoing liquidation of one of the UN’s largest peacekeeping operations from 2008 to 2020 in Sudan’s Darfur.

In his oral report, Atul Khare spoke about the disruption of UNAMID movements — and in some cases, harassment of United Nations personnel and looting.

Darfur armed groups that recently returned from Libya are accused of undisciplined behaviour with the civilians and event recently attacked a police station to release their members.

However, their leaders often deny or speak about isolated attacks.

The presidential statement drafted by the Indian ambassador who chairs the Council for August also recognized the improvement of the security situation in some areas in Darfur.

However, it stressed the need for continued consolidation of peace and security including the swift formation of the joint protection forces. In addition, it encouraged further steps to promote and protect women’s rights and their full, equal and meaningful participation in all social, political and economic aspects of life.

Khare has to present a new report about the UNAMID’s liquidation no later than 31 October.

The liquidation period of the UN assets and equipment in Darfur will continue until the end of June 2022.

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Security Council calls for cooperation with UNAMID’s liquidation process


UNAMID officially handed over the Mission's team site in Tine, North Darfur, to the Government of Sudan, on 19 October 2017 (UNAMID Photo


August 2, 2021 (KHARTOUM) – The Security Council Monday called for the cooperation of the Sudanese government and armed groups to terminate the UNAMID’s liquidation process.

“The Council reiterated its call on Sudan’s Government — as well as the Juba Peace Agreement signatories and non-signatory armed opposition movements — to cooperate fully with the United Nations and the African Union during UNAMID’s liquidation phase,” reads a presidential statement adopted on Monday.

The statement comes after a briefing on 27 July by the UN Operational Support Department head about the ongoing liquidation of one of the UN’s largest peacekeeping operations from 2008 to 2020 in Sudan’s Darfur.

In his oral report, Atul Khare spoke about the disruption of UNAMID movements — and in some cases, harassment of United Nations personnel and looting.

Darfur armed groups that recently returned from Libya are accused of undisciplined behaviour with the civilians and event recently attacked a police station to release their members.

However, their leaders often deny or speak about isolated attacks.

The presidential statement drafted by the Indian ambassador who chairs the Council for August also recognized the improvement of the security situation in some areas in Darfur.

However, it stressed the need for continued consolidation of peace and security including the swift formation of the joint protection forces. In addition, it encouraged further steps to promote and protect women’s rights and their full, equal and meaningful participation in all social, political and economic aspects of life.

Khare has to present a new report about the UNAMID’s liquidation no later than 31 October.

The liquidation period of the UN assets and equipment in Darfur will continue until the end of June 2022.

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Tanzania begins nationwide Covid vaccination roll out

Tanzanians have started arriving at one of its 550 vaccination centres to receive their Covid jabs as a nationwide campaign gets under way.

The country, which is facing a third wave of the pandemic, has received a million doses of the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the US under the Covax scheme.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who got her injection last week, said Tanzania has placed another order for the vaccine through the African Union as part of its plan to initially target more than 60% of the population.

The start of this campaign comes at a time when the public opinion is divided over the safety of the vaccines

President Samia, who has shifted the country away from the Covid scepticism of her predecessor, has urged Tanzania to come out and get the jab.

The country was one of the last on the continent to receive any vaccines. – BBC

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Tanzania begins nationwide Covid vaccination roll out

Tanzanians have started arriving at one of its 550 vaccination centres to receive their Covid jabs as a nationwide campaign gets under way.

The country, which is facing a third wave of the pandemic, has received a million doses of the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the US under the Covax scheme.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who got her injection last week, said Tanzania has placed another order for the vaccine through the African Union as part of its plan to initially target more than 60% of the population.

The start of this campaign comes at a time when the public opinion is divided over the safety of the vaccines

President Samia, who has shifted the country away from the Covid scepticism of her predecessor, has urged Tanzania to come out and get the jab.

The country was one of the last on the continent to receive any vaccines. – BBC

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Tanzania begins nationwide Covid vaccination roll out

Tanzanians have started arriving at one of its 550 vaccination centres to receive their Covid jabs as a nationwide campaign gets under way.

The country, which is facing a third wave of the pandemic, has received a million doses of the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the US under the Covax scheme.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who got her injection last week, said Tanzania has placed another order for the vaccine through the African Union as part of its plan to initially target more than 60% of the population.

The start of this campaign comes at a time when the public opinion is divided over the safety of the vaccines

President Samia, who has shifted the country away from the Covid scepticism of her predecessor, has urged Tanzania to come out and get the jab.

The country was one of the last on the continent to receive any vaccines. – BBC

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Hollywood to the Himalayas, One Woman’s Astounding Journey of Healing and Transformation

Hollywood to the Himalayas, One Woman’s Astounding Journey of Healing and Transformation – African Union News Today – EIN Presswire

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