Black Panther stars head to South Africa

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While we are sure Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address this evening will be gripping viewing, we suspect it may be somewhat overshadowed by another event.

The stars of the much-anticipated Black Panther film are due to descend on Johannesburg this evening for its South African premiere.

Among those walking the red carpet will be Kenya’s Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, best-known for her role in hit show The Walking Dead.

And it seems they are just as excited to head for South Africa as South Africa is to see them

The film is expected to roll out worldwide in mid-February. The premiere in Kenya will be on Tuesday, February 13 and in South Africa, on Friday, February 16.

Movie enthusiasts in Europe attended the premiere last week on Thursday at London’s Eventim Apollo and it was absolutely amazing. Why? First, because the actors of the film were present plus a number of other celebrities.

The best part is what those who attended wore to the event. The stars and even the fans.

Black Panther is seen as a very important film for children to watch because it informs them that black people can be heroes too.

And the Black Panther soundtrack is also out.

Click on this link to watch the video

Source: BBC

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Ebony confirmed dead in a car crash

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Twenty-year-old Dancehall star, Ebony Reigns, has been confirmed dead in a car crash at Mankranso in the Ashanti Region.
Ebony, real name Priscilla Opoku-Kwarteng, was returning from Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region when the Jeep she was travelling in crashed into a VIP bus on Thursday evening, according to police.
Ebony was travelling with three other people, and two of them have also been confirmed dead. The two include a young lady, Ebony’s assistant, and a man in military uniform believed to be a soldier.
The driver of the Jeep survived the crash, but is currently unconscious and receiving treatment, according to police.
The Divisional Commander of Mankranso, DSP John Adusei, confirmed the accident to Citi News narrating that Ebony was on her way from Sunyani where, “at the intersection of the road between the Nsuta and Bechem junction, [her car] collided with a VIP bus which was also coming from Kumasi towards the Sunyani direction.”
“…so three of them passed on. Now the bodies are at Mankranso. We have a morgue here so we have deposited the bodies over here,” DSP John Adusei added.
No causalities have been recorded from the VIP bus.

Ebony’s passing comes on the back of a stellar 2017 where she rose to superstardom in Ghanaian popular culture.
The singer was discovered by renowned music entrepreneur Bullet of Ruff n Smooth fame in 2015, when she sent in a demo. She was signed to Bullet’s Rufftown record label a day after.
Known for her risqué onstage acts and vivacious performances, Ebony captivated Ghanaians with her hit singles which included Maame Hwԑ, Kupe, Poison and Sponsor.
She was widely tipped to be the Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards in April 2018.

Source: Citifm

Hepatitis E Kills a Third Person in Namibia

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HEPATITIS E has claimed its third victim, some two months since the disease outbreak was declared in Windhoek late last year. This was confirmed to The Namibian last week by Lilliane Kahuika, an epidemiologist with the health ministry. The victim was a woman who died a day after giving birth on 25 January, but her baby survived.

The Namibian reported last month that two pregnant women also died from hepatitis E-related illnesses in December and early January.
This brings the number of deaths attributed to the disease to three since the outbreak late last year.
So far, all those who have died from the disease were post-partum women.
“All the three victims were women, and all of them died shortly after giving birth […] in the post-partum period. The third one died a day after giving birth,” Kahuika said, adding that they were still waiting for the test results of samples from the victim to confirm the details. Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by ingesting faecal contaminated water and environmental contamination due to poor sanitation.

The number of hepatitis E-related cases has also increased to over 553, with about 314 males and 239 females affected. Five patients are currently admitted at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital and the Windhoek Central Hospital, including one post-partum mother.
According to the latest statistics provided by the health ministry, the disease is highly concentrated in the informal settlements, with Havana being the most-affected area, accounting for about 280 of the total cases, followed by Goreangab with 144 cases recorded. The statistics also indicated that over 2 500 households have been reached and provided with health education and water purification tablets to date.
Some of the findings indicate that about 62% of the community in the affected areas of Havana and Goreangab use open defecation, 89% use communal taps, and 1% use a public source like a river or stream to draw water for consumption.

Cases of hepatitis E-related illnesses have also been confirmed elsewhere in the country. One example was reported in the Oshikoto region, two in Oshana and four cases in the Omusati region. Despite numerous efforts from various interested parties to contain the disease, the health ministry stated that transmission continues due to limited access to safe water and proper sanitation.
Limited resources to scale up the response to cases likewise remains a challenge. Currently, the ministry sends samples to a South African laboratory for genotyping.
The ministry has since received assistance and funding support from various local and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Population Fund and many others.
The health ministry’s spokesperson, Manga Libita, on Friday said the ministry has also established national, regional and district “task force committees” with the support of the Namibia field epidemiology and laboratory training programme to coordinate outbreak response activities, and conduct active searches and referrals to health facilities for treatment.

“An integrated response under a multi-sectoral approach is being implemented ensuring strong coordination, effective surveillance as well as quality case management,” she said.
The ministry is also conducting social mobilisation and health education programmes to ensure “increasing access to safe water and adequate sanitation facilities to the population at risk”.
The City of Windhoek has since pledged to clean up the informal settlements, and improve sanitation to contain the spread of the disease.
Mary-Anne Kahitu, the city’s health inspector, this week said about 116 new toilets would be constructed during the current financial year, and within the next four months.

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Fidel Castro’s son ‘takes own life’

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The 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, has died in Havana after taking his own life, according to state media.

He was found on Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.

Popularly known as “Fidelito”, he was first born son of the former president, who died in November 2016.

Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist and an adviser to the Council of the State of Cuba.

He trained in science in the former Soviet Union, and served as vice president of the Academy of Sciences and Scientific Adviser of the State Council.

“Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,” Cuba’s official newspaper Granma reported.

Source: http://bbc.com/

Gitmo 2 leaving Ghana

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It is turning out that the two suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists from Yemen, who were deported to Ghana from the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay on the orders of former President Barack Obama, have agreed to leave the country.

They reportedly reached an agreement with the government of Ghana to send them to a third unnamed country.

Charles Owiredu, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who made the disclosure on Joy FM, said the two supposed Al-Qaeda terrorists – Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby – had informed the Akufo-Addo administration to send them to a different country, and added that the negotiations regarding their preferred country had been ongoing.

“So of course, we sought their consent before these negotiations were done,” the deputy minister said.

“Per the laws, the 1951 Convention and 1957 Protocol on Refugees, you would need their consent.

“And so now, you have their consent and they say when you find a country we are ready to leave….. Not as easy as you put. They are aware that government is in negotiation with a third country for them to exit.”

Minority attacks

Last week, the agreement between the erstwhile Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) government and the Obama administration to repatriate the terror suspects to Ghana resurfaced when the two-year deal expired.

The opposition NDC, which caused the mess whilst in government, had turned around to put pressure on the NPP administration to decide the fate of the two detainees.

In the ensuing heat, it emerged that the Mahama administration attempted to change the names of the suspected terrorists and ended up issuing them with Ghanaian passports, which DAILY GUIDE sources say will expire in August 2018.

They were also given wives, allowing them to integrate into the Ghanaian society.

Refugee status

Majority leader in parliament and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, said on radio last week that the Mahama administration surreptitiously granted the two – who according to US authorities, were Osama Bin Laden’s foot soldiers – refugee status before the expiry of the two-year agreement.

He said one of them is married to a Moroccan but had vowed never to go to the Maghreb country for reasons best know to him.

$300,000

The majority leader further said that per the agreement, the over $300,000 released by the Obama administration to Ghana under the deal covered the terrorists up to the end of the two-year deal signed.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah Bonsu added that with the expiration of the agreement, the people of Ghana are the ones footing the bills for the two guys, who the US security intelligence said are dangerous.

He said then Foreign Minister Hannah Tetteh had created the impression in parliament that the so-called deal was subject to renewal after two years – which elapsed about two weeks ago – although the same Mahama administration had secretly undermined the two-year agreement and granted them refugee status.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the NDC government, before altering the agreement, did not even have the courtesy to include it in the handing over notes to the NPP government during the transition in early 2017.

Supreme Court ruling

Last year, the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the admission of the two suspected terrorists into the country by the Mahama administration.

A seven-member panel, presided over by Chief Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, by a 6 -1 majority decision, said the two were illegally staying in the country since the then government allowed them into the country without prior approval by parliament; and the consequential order of the court was that the NPP government should within three months submit the agreement for parliamentary consideration and approval or in default, repatriate the two ex-detainees.

Source: http://dailyguideafrica.com/

George Weah sworn in as Liberia President

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Liberia is ready for kickoff, take off if you like. The West African nation today, January 22, swears in one history maker as the other bows out.

George Manneh Weah will become its president – the first African footballer to achieve that feat while Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first democratically female president will leave office after over a decade in charge.

Weah won presidential elections last year to emerge the successor to Sirleaf beating then vice president Joseph Boakai twice in a space of three months.

In the first round of voting in October 2017, Weah came top but failed to garner the necessary votes. He went into a runoff with Boakai in December and emerged winner with over 60% of votes cast. This will be Liberia’s first democratic handover of executive power in decades.

 

Ugandan coach drops two players ahead of Africa Nations Championship

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Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has dropped two players from his squad ahead of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.
Ahmed Hussein, the Uganda FA spokesman, said on Wednesday morning that after the two international friendly games against Guinea and Congo Brazzaville, the coach decided to drop Tom Masiko and Mustapha Kizza.
“The final 23-man squad is now complete, while the two players will fly back to Uganda after camping with the team in Rabat, Morocco since last week,” added Hussein.
In the first friendly match Uganda Cranes tied Guinea 1-1 and lost 1-0 on Tuesday night to Congo Brazzaville. Coach Desabre said that after the two build-up games, he has now found the patterns for the team and will continue to prepare in the few days before their opening game against Zambia on Jan. 14.
The Jan. 13-Feb. 4 tournament features 16 teams grouped in four pools. Uganda, bundled with Zambia, Namibia and Cote d’Ivoire in Group B, will be based in the town of Marrakech.
Defending champions DR Congo failed to qualify for the championship.
Although each of the 16 qualified teams will pocket 175,000 U.S. dollars, the winners will smile away with 1.25 million dollars, the runner-up 700,000 dollars, semifinalists 400,000 dollars, and quarter-finalists 300,000 dollars.
Squad:
Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan, Saidi Keni, Nicholas Wakiro Wadada, Joseph Nsubuga, Timothy Awanyi, Mustapha Mujuzi, Bernard Muwanga, Isaac Muleme, Aggrey Madoi, Milton Karisa, Paul Mucureezi, Allan Kyambadde, Seif Batte, Rahmat Senfuka, Taddeo Lwanga, Abubaker Kasule, Moses Waisswa, Ibrahim Saddam Juma, Muzamir Mutyaba, Shaban Muhammad, Derrick Nsibambi, Nelson Senkatuka

Source: Xinhua

18 killed, 239 injured in South Africa passenger train crash

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A passenger train slammed into a truck in South Africa’s Free State province on Thursday, killing 18 people and injuring 239 others.
The Emergency Services confirmed that the Shosholoza Meyl Train 37012 was traveling from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, when it hit a truck at Jeneva level crossing between Henneman and Kroonstad in Free State province.
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said the derailment left 18 people burned to death and 239 injured.
Firefighters and medical personnel have rushed to the scene to help the victims.
Footages sent by passengers from the scene shows a number of carriages laid on the ground and engulfed in flames.

Source: Xinhua

SuperSport launched new app

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Content discovery made easier for SuperSport fans through the newly launched app, designed to provide users with a fresh, modern experience. Navigation has been refined with all the standards like, live scoring, fixtures, results, tables, news and short-form video highlights.

The main difference is that SuperSport’s live channel streaming is now hosted at the DStv Now app, to ensure the breadth of DStv’s channel offerings is contained on a single platform. This will deliver the best viewing experience as DStv Now has been optimally set up to provide the best support and stability for live streaming.
Users of the SuperSport app will be automatically redirected to the DStv Now app if they are seeking live sports streaming. Log-in requirements remain the same as before with users needing to use their DStv log-in details, which require their smart-card number.
Navigation is simple in DStv Now, with users simply having to click on the drop-down menu to “live TV” and then locate their preferred channel. Content is free on the apps, but data charges apply.

Source: nextvafrica.com/supersport-launched-new-app

 

Zimbabwe Vice Presidents Sworn In

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Retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi were on Thursday sworn in as Zimbabwe’s co-vice presidents.
The two were sworn in by Chief Justice Luke Malaba at a ceremony at State House following their appointment by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa took over from former president Robert Mugabe last month and has vowed to resuscitate the economy, fight corruption and create jobs for the people.
Chiwenga led the military intervention that led to the resignation of Mugabe last month, and is among military leaders that have been appointed into government positions by Mnangagwa.
Others are former air force chief Perrence Shiri who is now lands and agriculture minister and retired major general Sibusiso Moyo, now foreign affairs minister.

Source: Xinhua