Niger and Libya both squandered gilt-edged chances as they ground out a goalless stalemate in Group B of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in the Cameroon city of Douala on Sunday. Libya goalkeeper Ahmed Azzaqa also produced some fantastic saves to keep his side in the match and keep alive their hopes of advancing from the tricky group. Coach Zoran Filippovic switched his tactics from their conservative first-half display by throwing more men forward which put the Niger defence under pressure from the restart. Moments later Azagga produced another fine save by diving to tip playmaker Darankoum’s curled free-kick from the edge of the box. Niger will hope to improve on their finishing when they take on Congo in their next group game on Thursday while Libya will face DR Congo in the first match of the day.
January 17, 2021 23:22 UTC
Ellina Mhlanga, Harare BureauFOLLOWING the announcement of Morocco as hosts for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, Zifa technical director Wilson Mutekede says planning has to start now to ensure they have a competitive side. The announcement by the Confederation of African Football last Friday is good news for women’s football after the 2020 tournament was cancelled and it is probably a boost to the North African country’s efforts to promote women’s football. “Women’s football really needs time in terms of players. The Young Mighty Warriors were involved in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers before they were called off. Prior to the cancellation of last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, CAF had made a positive step to expand the women’s tournament from eight to 12 teams.
January 17, 2021 22:32 UTC
HOUSTON – For the past few days, drivers in the Houston area have been using their windshield washer fluid a bit more than usual because their vehicles have been covered in a thin layer of dust. It turns out, that dust is the result of strong winds stirring up a dust storm north of Texas, which moved across the state during the weekend. There is some lingering suspended dust particles across the area that has also entered into the Gulf of Mexico from a dust storm that moved across the Texas panhandle yesterday. #txwx pic.twitter.com/uS6wXJzQBd — NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) January 16, 2021Overnight tonight, satellite imagery is able to detect a dust plume from a dust storm that occurred across Texas today due to strong winds. That is when upper-level winds carry dust from the North Africa desert across the globe and deposit in the Western Hemisphere.
January 17, 2021 22:30 UTC
After the overthrow of the enigmatic Muammar al-Gaddafi nearly ten whole years ago, Libya has fallen off the cusp of self-determination that many countries, African and otherwise envied. Although this part of North Africa had no access to such an essential resource as the Nile, it had no less been populated for at least two millennia before the Phoenicians invaded. The tribes he classified as Maurusioi are those now described as ancient Berber. Soon enough, by the Punic Wars of the 3rd century before the common era, the whole of the northwest of Africa was referred to as Libya owing to how the Carthaginians spelled Libu. When Italy colonized modern Libya in 1911, the Europeans stuck with the name.
January 17, 2021 21:11 UTC
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday reiterated his country’s support of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). El-Sisi made the pledge in a meeting with the AfCFTA Secretary General Secretary General, Wamkele Mene, who is on an official visit to the North African country. The AfCFTA’s operational phase was launched at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU), which was held from 7 – 8 July 2019. The free trade area is expected to create a market for over a billion people, with a GDP of approximately US$2.6 trillion. Various leaders have hailed the AfCFTA, terming it a game changer in Africa’s trade sector.
January 17, 2021 16:18 UTC
The remarks were made by Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, during a virtual dialogue, held Thursday. Hilale also surveyed the continuous efforts made by Morocco’s successive kings to protect Moroccan Jews by preserving their rights and cultural identity. “This exceptional history of coexistence is the reason why Morocco is home to the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world. He also highlighted the Royal initiatives to rehabilitate Jewish cemeteries, districts, and synagogues in Morocco, as well as the restoration of the Moroccan Jewish heritage in its entirety. “Today, the vast majority of Moroccan Jews live in Israel, where they constitute the second largest Jewish community, with a population of about one million,” the ambassador noted.
January 17, 2021 13:41 UTC
press releaseMusu Bakoto Sawo, a Gambian changemaker and tireless women rights advocate, has emerged winner of the 2020 Daily Trust African of the Year award. He congratulated her for emerging the winner of the prestigious Daily Trust African of the Year Award for 2020. Congolese medical doctor, Denis Mukwege is the first African of the Year award winner in 2008. The award winner is selected by a seven-member pan-African committee chaired by His Excellency, Dr. Mogae. CEO, DAILY TRUST.
January 17, 2021 12:56 UTC
Tunis, Jan 17 (AP) Police used tear gas to disperse violent protests led by disgruntled youths in several Tunisian cities overnight, including in the capital of Tunis and in the seaside city of Sousse. Tunisians in general are angry that the North African country is on the verge of bankruptcy and has dire public services. Police swooped in as shops and banks were looted and vandalized, arresting “dozens” of youths, according to state news agency TAP. Videos circulating on social media showed dramatic chases down alleys between groups of young people and the police who used tear gas to disperse them. According to the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights, more than 1,000 demonstrations took place in November alone.
January 17, 2021 11:26 UTC
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January 17, 2021 08:26 UTC
Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Societe Marhaba Beach to open a 332-key property, Hilton Skanes Monastir Beach Resort, in Tunisia. The upper-upscale scheme by Hilton Hotels & Resorts will be part of the Palm Lake Monastir retail, entertainment and residential development on the Tunisian coast. An exciting new scheme for North AfricaOn opening, Hilton Skanes Monastir Beach Resort will offer premier accommodation with views across the Gulf of Hammamet in a location that’s within easy reach of Monastir and Sousse. The new resort will be just two kilometres from Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport, which offers seasonal flights to a number of countries across Europe. Hilton is also currently developing two properties in the country’s capital Tunis for its DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Hotels & Resorts brands.
January 17, 2021 06:56 UTC
The PeninsulaDoha: HSBC has ambitious plans for growth in its business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT), where a rebound in GDP and international trade will position the region as one of the fastest growing in the world over the coming decade. As the nine markets in which the bank operates in the region bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, HSBC expects economic growth and international trade in MENAT to outpace the global average and create a raft of new opportunities across the bank’s customer spectrum. “HSBC has ambitious plans for growth in MENAT, which is positioned to be one of the fastest growing regions of the world over the coming decade,” Martin Tricaud, HSBC Group CEO for MENAT and Deputy Chairman of HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd, said. Trade growth could follow a similar path. Abdul Hakeem Mostafawi, CEO in Qatar said: “We are experiencing a sense of optimism for growth in Qatar.
January 17, 2021 02:48 UTC
According to the ministry, the total number of cases rose to 17,501 and the number of deaths to 166. - - - -BEIRUT-- Lebanon registered on Saturday 5,872 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 249,158. - - - -TUNIS -- Tunisian Health Ministry on Saturday night reported 2,166 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 177,231. - - - -JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 6,815 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number in the country to 541,864. - - - -OTTAWA -- Canada's COVID-19 cases surpassed 700,000 on Saturday morning, with the total hitting 700,988, including 17,847 deaths, according to CTV.
January 17, 2021 00:33 UTC
Matt Hecht) 59th Presidential Inauguration support U.S. Rob Donovic) Lt. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, visits National Guard servicemembers on duty near the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 12th, 2021. Morgan R. Whitehouse)Members of the Tennessee National Guard unload equipment from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, upon arrival to Joint Base Andrews, Md. 59th Presidential Inauguration support The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial stands over the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2021. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Tony Whitehead; Army Command Sgt.
January 16, 2021 21:45 UTC
GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers reached a boat carrying over 30 migrants and brought them safely to the Canary Islands, but not in time to save one child who reportedly died at sea. Rescuers said the small boat was discovered late Friday some 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Gran Canaria island. The survivors said a 9-year-old boy had died during the journey and they had tossed his body overboard. Some 23,000 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands in 2020, up from some 3,000 in 2019, according to Spain's Interior Ministry. The people taking the boats are understood to be fleeing poverty, violence or other circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic, in African countries and elsewhere.
January 16, 2021 20:37 UTC
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that business environment can be improved by improving accountability system, enhancing institutional coordination and improving civil service and professional and competitive environment. In a report entitled ‘Economic Governance Reforms to Support Inclusive Growth’, the IMF has stated that Pakistan has reduced the period for obtaining permits required for construction through reforms of the business laws. “Pakistan is one of the countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, where time period has reduced because of the measures taken for the development of the construction sector,” according to the IMF report. Citing the example of Pakistan, the IMF has said that the country has increased tax revenues by giving incentives to tax collectors. Over the past decade, it has added, developing countries have taken a number of steps to improve business environment and regulations, which have increased the provision of business facilities.
January 16, 2021 15:56 UTC