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Febnuary 2016 Edition


Twelve female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field as recipients of the 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Fellowships.

The organisers said this year there were applications from 19 countries, adding that this was testament to the increasing awareness of the programme and our commitment to advancing women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The recipients of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships of 10,000 Euros each are:

Rasheedat Mahamood (Nigeria) - University of Johannesburg, South Africa  
Zebib Yunus- iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa
Jandeli Niemand- University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The recipients of the Doctoral Fellowships of 5,000 euros each are:

Nomvano Mketo - University of Johannesburg, South Africa  
Gaelle Kafira KO - Laboratory for Solar Energy and Energy Savings (LESEE), Burkina Faso
Shobna Sawry- University of Witwatersrand, Institute of Reproductive Health and HIV, South Africa
Majidah Hamid-Adiamoh - Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia and the University of Lagos, Nigeria
Jinal Bhiman - University of Witwatersrand,  South Africa
Olubokola Adenubi (Nigeria) - University of Pretoria, South Africa
Olotu Ifeoluwa (Nigeria) - University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Danielle Twilley - University of Pretoria, South Africa
Edith Chepkorir - International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya

The scientific research areas covered by this year's fellows were varied and included studies in the fields of life and engineering sciences, food and water security as well as health.

New and emerging areas include laser science, nanotechnology, renewable energy and climate change science, it said, adding that these research studies were aimed at addressing the new sustainable development goals and building a sustainable future and planet


Chinese Foreign Affairs minister Wang Yi said that his country would continue strengthening its cooperation with Africa and work closely with African countries in the fight against terrorism and extremism, Egyptian news agency MENA reported.

Speaking to diplomats and journalists at the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, Wang said that new measures for improving cooperation in all fields, particularly in industrialization, food security and health, will be announced during the China-Africa summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"China's assistance to Africa will not be accompanied by political conditions," he said, underlining that this position would not be influenced by foreign criticisms with regard to China's policy in Africa.

He expressed confidence in the capacity of the Chinese people and African peoples to break with all those attempting to oppose that cooperation for hidden interests, alluding to the United States and other Western countries trying to block China's penetration into the African continent.

He explained that Chinese-African cooperation would not take the path used by traditional forces towards Africa and that it would not be achieved to the detriment of the interests of the continent or be harmful to the environment in Africa.

"The next summit will convey a strong message to the international community on the importance with which China regards Africa and on its respect and support to the continent," he concluded.


On the 50th anniversary of the iconic, award-winning motion picture, Born Free, the Born Free Foundation and Born Free declared '2016 The Year of the Lion'.

Elsa, the lioness, captured the hearts and minds of a worldwide audience in the 1966 classic film Born Free - but, today, the international wildlife charity that bears its name sounds the alarm over the future of lions.

"Experts believe their numbers have plummeted to fewer than 20,000 across Africa as their habitat dwindles and becomes more fragmented; as horrific retaliatory killings are perpetrated; and as hundreds of lions are slaughtered each year by trophy hunters in the name of ‘sport’.

Lions across West, Central, and East Africa have declined by 60% or more over the past 20 years, and in West Africa, they have been declared 'Critically Endangered'. 50 years ago, wild lion numbers were in excess of 100,000.

According to wildlife conservationists, more than a dozen African countries are already thought to have lost their lion populations, and the international demand for lion bones and body parts is further exacerbating this downward spiral.

From 2003 to 2012, more than 24,000 lion specimens were declared to have been exported from 102 countries, including 19 lion range states - countries where lions still roam naturally in the wild.

In 2016, the spotlight will be on lions at the meeting of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), convening in Johannesburg, South Africa in September.

More than 180 countries from around the world will debate, and possibly decide, the future level of protection afforded to lions. Born Free is calling for an end to commercial trade and an up-listing of African lions to CITES Appendix I (highest priority).

The Foundation said that there would be special screenings, events, news, and information online throughout 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the film.


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 Africa News

  • Gambian women speak out against govt head tie directive

  •  U.N. commends Nigeria for fighting terrorism and corruption

  • 47 candidates to contest Benin's presidential election

  • Ghana defends presence of former Guantanamo detainees

  • Zambians abroad applaud President on dual citizenship

  • Mbeki allegedly offered Zuma US$1m to step down

 Dutch News

  • Dutch population to reach 17

  • million

  • Warning: Callers pose as Judiciary Employees

  • Appointment of new Dutch ambassadors in Africa

  • Reduced fee for civic integration examination abroad

  • Many Dutch university lecturers have bad English

  • Only 35% of long-term refugees have a full time job

    Belgium News

    • Many Belgians battling alcohol problems

    • New charge for polluting cars in Antwerp

    • What's new in Belgium?

    • Hackers stole 1.7 million euro from Dexia

    • "Asylum seekers may have to wait a year"

    • Miss Belgium 2016

     Sports News 

    • Ghana's Otto Addo’s coaching role in Denmark

    • Antalyaspor ends Samuel Eto'o's coaching stint

    • Congo takes on French coach Pierre Lechantre

    • Gassama named Gambia 'Person of the Year 2015'

    • 31 elite runners for Lagos City Marathon

    • Top 10 Greatest African Boxers of All Time

    • ..And More

    Other News

    • Barbados to get rid of the Queen as their head of state

    • Parents struggle with children’s digital time

    • Signs you are going to live to 100

    • ... And More 

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