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U.S. citizens should take note of the information on the Ebola Virus Disease and the new screening process provided below.The Department of Homeland Security requires that all persons traveling to the United States from the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali must enter the U.S. through New York's Kennedy, Newark’s Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airports and undergo EVD screening.
Passengers traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali who were not originally passing through one of these airports must rebook their flights to make entry through one of the listed airports.
Due to an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the west African nations of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control has issued Health Travel Warnings for those three countries advising against nonessential travel and has provided guidance to reduce the potential for spread of EVD. Please note that a CDC Level 2 Travel Alert has been issued for Mali. The Department of State has issued Travel Warnings for Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The CDC has provided interim guidance to public health authorities, airlines, and other partners for evaluating risk of exposure of persons coming from countries affected by Ebola. Please note that neither the Bureau of Consular Affairs nor the Embassy deals with quarantine issues and cannot prevent a U.S. citizen from being quarantined should local health authorities require it. For questions about quarantine, please visit the CDC website that addresses quarantine and isolation issues.
The Department of State has also issued a Travel Alert for parts of West Africa because of EVD. Click here to read the Alert.
For additional information about how the Ebola Virus is impacting travel to affected countries, please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Travel and Ebola Expand All Where can I find more information about Ebola? How is the Ebola outbreak impacting travel to affected countries? Where can I find the Travel Notices?
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In response to the concerns voiced by the YALI Network, experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, were invited to participate in a Facebook #YALICHAT to help verify the facts and dispel the rumors about Ebola. More than 100 questions and comments came in from across Africa. Here is a summary of the chat.
Joel N. expressed his concerns about the dangers of Ebola and asked how the United States is assisting African nations in battling the infection.
CDC: More than 60 CDC staff are deployed in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone to assist with the outbreak response efforts. CDC staff are helping with surveillance, contact tracing, database management, and health education. And back at our headquarters in the U.S., about 500 additional CDC staff are providing assistance. CDC and the U.S. government will continue to take active steps to respond to the rapidly changing situation in West Africa.
Alhadhuir N. in the island nation of Comoros asked the CDC experts, how can a person avoid this sickness?
CDC: To help protect yourself from Ebola, you should do the following: 1) Practice good hygiene. 2) Avoid contact with body fluids: blood, feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen 3) Avoid burial rituals that require handling the body of a person who died from Ebola. 4) Avoid contact with nonhuman primates and bats, as well as body fluids and raw meat from these animals.
Ebola is also spread through direct contact with objects that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water. In general, it is not spread through food.
Anyone who is sick with Ebola can spread the virus, and will present these symptoms: fever greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F; additional symptoms, such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage are also common.Jackson B. in the Democratic Republic of Congo asked what can be done to prevent the disease in areas where many people are already sick?
CDC: The most effective way to stop the current Ebola outbreak is to find Ebola patients, isolate and care for them, and trace their contacts. Also, people need to be educated about safe burial practices, and we must make sure that healthcare workers strictly follow infection control procedures in hospitals. This is how all previous Ebola outbreaks have been stopped.
CDC advises that people monitor their health for 21 days if they were in an area with an Ebola outbreak.
Claudio V. wrote from Mozambique: does it have cure?
CDC: Thank you for this important question, Claudio. There is no vaccine or medicine (e.g., antiviral drug) that has been proven effective against Ebola. But there are many candidates in development. Three companies that have Ebola treatments in development are Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. (ZMapp), Tekmira, and Biocryst Pharmaceuticals. In addition, a company called Newlink is working on a possible vaccine.
[Editor’s Note: Two U.S. missionaries who contracted the virus in Africa were flown home for treatment and were apparently cured of the disease with ZMapp treatment.]
Takawira D. in Zimbabwe had a follow up question about ZMapp: How long are we going to wait before the experimental drug that healed the two Americans is made available to Africans?
CDC: ZMapp is still in an experimental stage, so the manufacturer reports that there is a very limited supply and that they don’t yet have the capacity to manufacture large quantities of this treatment. So it cannot be purchased and is not available for general use.
The two American aid workers sick with Ebola received ZMapp because it was privately arranged by Samaritan’s Purse, the private humanitarian organization that employed one of these two aid workers. The U.S. government did not procure, transport, approve, or administer the ZMapp treatment.
So far there is no vaccine or medicine that has been proven to be effective against Ebola. But there are many candidates in development. Three companies that have Ebola treatments in development are Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. (ZMapp), Tekmira, and Biocryst Pharmaceuticals. In addition, a company called Newlink is working on a possible vaccine.
[Editor’s Note: By U.S. law, a pharmaceutical company must conduct a complex series of trials, field tests and data analysis before a federal agency approves the drug for the marketplace. The manufacturer has not yet completed that process with ZMAPP.
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Tourist Visa Canada
Canada has much to offer visitors. It borders on three oceans, has towering mountains, countless lakes and a friendly cosmopolitan culture. Under the Tourist Visitor visa, foreigners can come and visit Canada for a short duration of time. This visa allows applicants to come and visit Canada along with their dependent children. Applicants must intend to come to Canada to visit and refrain from engaging in work or study and respect the terms of their entry to Canada. Join more than 5 million people who visit Canada each year and explore the many touristic opportunities this great country has to offer.
Although this visa does not entitle applicants to work in Canada, it does offer them the chance to experience Canada's diverse geographic and cultural landscape for themselves.
Tourist Visa Basic Requirements
Applicants from designated countries are required to obtain Temporary Resident visa (TRV) prior to their arrival to Canada. Applicants not from a visa-exempt country seeking to visit Canada for tourism can apply for a Tourist visa.
Currently, nationals from the following designated countries do not require a Visitor visa to visit Canada:
Currently, nationals from the following designated countries do not require a Tourist visa to visit Canada:
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,Hong Kong (British National or Special Administrative Region passport holders), Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia (Republic of), Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom (including British Overseas citizens who are re-admissible and citizens of some British Dependant Territories), the United States (includes permanent residents), and Western Samoa.
Other conditions for eligibility also apply. All visitors must possess a valid passport, have sufficient funds for the duration of their intended stay, respect the terms of their entry to Canada, and ensure that they are criminally and medically admissible to enter Canada. Some visitors may be required to undergo a medical examination. Finally, having a letter of invitation from a Canadian friend or relative can be useful.
Tourist Visa Entitlements
As a visitor, tourists are free to travel anywhere throughout Canada and visit family, friends and experience Canada's many attractions. They may also register for short courses relating to courses of areas of general interest and self-improvement or to learn English or French. During their stay, visitors can meet with prospective employers or recruiters and seek out exciting employment opportunities, explore world-class schools and educational institutions to pursue further studies, and investigate options for extending their stay in Canada.
Visitors can also take advantage of the many world-renowned festivals, cultural and artistic events which take place throughout the year, as well as explore the majestic landscapes and many natural wonders which find a home in Canada, making it truly unique.
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How can you become a millionaire overnight?
and what is the fastest way to become a millionaire?
At the time of writing this post I am a 20 something years old self made millionaire. Being one of those who have done it fast i can surely tell you how to become a millionaire overnight. (see my book How i did it)
The answer to this question is very simple
You can never become a millionaire overnight. I hate to deliver bad news but the first thing you must do in order to become a millionaire is to develop the millionaire mentality and believing that its possible to become a millionaire overnight is a way of thinking that is very far from this millionaire mentality.
Why you can't become a millionaire overnight
If you want to become a millionaire then certainly you would want to follow a solid plan that will work. Becoming a millionaire overnight cant happen except by depending on a coincidence like for example attempting to win the lottery. After all you don't want to base your financial future and dreams on coincidences right?
The only sure way to become a millionaire is to do it slowly but surely. By the way slowly here doesn't mean in 10 years or even 5. If you were dedicated and worked hard enough you might be able to become a millionaire in 2 or 3 years.
The first thing you must do in order to really become a millionaire is to forget about irrational idea of wanting it to happen overnight.
So how can you become a millionaire (not overnight)
Self made millionaires have the millionaire mentality: You would never become a millionaire before you can think like one. Once you acquire the same mindset of millionaires becoming one would be a matter of time. Yes it wont happen overnight but in the end it will happen
Self made millionaires believe in themselves: Because you can't become a millionaire overnight you must have a strong belief in yourself in order to keep moving towards your goal until you achieve it. Life is full of obstacles and unless you believe in yourself the first few obstacles will stop you
Self made millionaires aren't helpless: A helpless person is a one who claims that he can't do a certain thing because he lacks a certain skill while a non helpless person is the one who learns a missing skill whenever he finds that he needs it along the way. If you want to become a millionaire then you must learn how to deal with helplessness.
Self made millionaires are patient: Self made millionaires are patient and they understand that they can't become millionaires overnight. Because they don't think that way they don't depend on chances and always find a good long term plan they can follow to reach their financial goals
Becoming a millionaire is possible provided that you give up irrational ideas such as doing it overnight.
I didn't only study psychology for 10 years but i also completed my MBA and became a dot com millionaire, The information you just read can dramatically increase your chance of increasing your wealth and of becoming reach. The book How I did it was written by Me and it explains how I managed to make a website that generates thousands of dollars/month in less than 2 years without paying a penny and that made me yet another dot com millionaire
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Users in many countries are experiencing extremely slow internet connection since past few days, thanks to an major undersea sub-continental cable cut. The most affected countries include India, Pakistan and Egypt where internet connectivity to content hosted in Europe and US is almost unaccessible due to slow speeds. Egyptian navy has arrested three divers sabotaging the SEA-ME-WE 4 undersea cable - one of the major data traffic route connecting Asia and Europe with 14 countries, running from France to Malaysia and linking Italy, north Africa, the middle east and the south Asia. The damage to this major data pipe with reportedly two others have cause severe internet speed degradation for users in India, especially for customers of BSNL, MTNL, Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications and are supposed to be disrupted for the next 20-30 days. While the extent of full damage and situation is still being assessed, Rajesh Chharia, president at Association of Internet Service Providers of India explained : "Currently, internet and data usage are low because of the festive season. India will feel the impact from Monday when offices and businesses come back. Telcos have diverted all traffic from the Atlantic route to the Pacific, but our connectivity to the latter route is not sufficient to cater to all of India's traffic.
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Half the fun of being single is being able to play the field and getting to know various types of guys before finding your perfect match. If you're still on the hunt for Mr. Right, before you find him, we've listed five guys you should make a play for before you put your single girl days behind you.
If you've ever seen Kate Hudson's star turn in Almost Famous, you can understand the appeal of catching the eye of a musician (not to mention her real-life attraction to rockers). Whether it's the drummer in a band you just saw play live or the cute guy strumming an acoustic guitar at your local open mic night, having a rock star (or wannabe rock star) boyfriend will definitely shake up your love life. You'll be out all night and asleep all day, meet interesting people and get your fill of live music. The novelty will wear off eventually but being "with the band" – at least for a while – is a worthwhile dating experience.
THE YOUNGER GUY
Despite not usually being long-term relationship potential, the younger guy can be fun to date in the short term. If you've been so focused on your career lately that your social life seems to have evaporated, or if you've just come out of a serious relationship that went south, dating a younger guy can give you a new lease on life. He's enthusiastic, eager to please and he likes to have a good time – meaning having him around will be good for your ego and your libido! You may get annoyed with his immaturity as time goes on, but as long as you're enjoying yourself, we say go for it.
THE OLDER GUY
There's just something mysterious and sexy about dating an older guy. You might be cringing at Scarlett Johansson's recent romance with the much-older Sean Penn, but your age gap doesn't need to be quite so large. Even someone 10 or 12 years your senior will have that much more life experience to share. Older guys are usually pretty excited to have a younger woman on their arm (and in their bed), so you'll be treated like a princess. Plus older single guys usually have good jobs, nice apartments and a fairly high level of taste so you know that date will be more than ordering pizza and renting a movie.
THE RICH GUY
Every woman deserves a little pampering and dating a guy with a fat bank account has its perks. He will live in a great neighborhood and his apartment will be full of all the things you only wish you could afford to buy. After a few months, you'll realize he's never home and works ridiculous hours making all that fabulous money, but at the beginning he'll treat you to lavish meals at expensive restaurants, weekends away and little gifts you'd never be able to buy for yourself.
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THE ODD GUY OUT
It's important to experience what it's like to date someone you would never normally go for. The quirky guy, the nerd, the shy intellectual – whomever you set your sights on, hooking up with a guy that goes against what you usually find attractive is an interesting dating rite of passage. Maybe it's just a fling or maybe you're with him for a few months, but the point is to step outside your comfort zone – if only for a little while.
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During my first week as the United States’ Secretary of State, I had the honor of meeting with a group of courageous women from Burma. Two were former political prisoners, and although they had all endured incredible hardship in their lives, each of them was committed to moving forward - providing education and training to girls, finding jobs for the unemployed and advocating for greater participation in civil society. I have no doubt that they will continue to be powerful agents of change, bringing progress to their communities and their country in the years to come.
It’s opportunities like this that remind us why it is so vital that the United States continues to work with governments, organizations and individuals around the world to protect and advance the rights of women and girls. After all, just like in our own country, the world's most pressing economic, social and political problems simply cannot be solved without the full participation of women.
According to the World Economic Forum, countries where men and women are closer to enjoying equal rights are far more economically competitive than those where the gender gap has left women and girls with limited or no access to medical care, education, elected office, and the marketplace. Similarly, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that if women farmers had the same access to seeds, fertilizer, and technology as men do, they could reduce the number of undernourished people in the world by 100 million to 150 million.
Yet in too many societies and too many homes, women and girls are still undervalued, denied opportunities to go to school, and forced to marry as children. Too many lives have been lost or altered forever by gender-based violence. As the father of two daughters, I cannot imagine the pain suffered by the parents of the young woman known as “Nirbhaya,” the 23-year old medical student murdered on a New Delhi bus simply for being a woman, or the anguish felt by the parents of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by extremists as she too rode on a bus, simply for wanting to go to school. But I am inspired by Malala’s undaunted commitment to her cause, by Nirbhaya’s determination, while dying, to bring her assailants to justice, and by their fathers’ courage in speaking out on behalf of their daughters and women everywhere.
No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind. This is why the United States believes gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity, stability, and peace, and why investing in women and girls worldwide is critical to advancing U.S. foreign policy.
We invest in the training and mentoring of women entrepreneurs so they can not only lift up their own families, but also help their countries’ economies grow. We invest in girls’ education so that they can escape forced early marriage, break the cycle of poverty, and develop into community leaders and engaged citizens. Increasing girls’ and women’s education and their access to resources also improves the health and education of the next generation.
We work with partners around the world to boost maternal health, strengthen female farmers, and prevent and address gender-based violence because all societies benefit when women are healthy, safe, and can contribute their labor, leadership and creativity to the global economy. U.S. diplomats everywhere work to integrate women fully into peace negotiations and security efforts because bringing women’s experiences, concerns and insights to the table can help prevent future conflict and build more lasting peace.
Today, International Women’s Day, is a day of celebration. It is also a day when each of us must recommit to ending the inequality that prevents progress in every corner of the globe. We can and we must commit to this so that each of our daughters can ride the bus to school without fear, all of our sisters can fulfill their tremendous potential, and every woman and girl can live up to her full potential.
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Cheeks Inn Business Ideas
BBCC will be a company that will be under the same roofing as cheeks inn pub but will be operational within 9am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays. BBCC staff will be responsible for sales and repairs of computers, wireless internet provider, gaming (rentals), and sales of smart technology with networking cables installations. The office will be operational on the top decked area in the BBCC office building located in residence m473/6 in Madina Babayara, on the first link road.
Cheeks Inn will be a local pub that will be operational within the hours of 7pm to 2am Mondays to Thursdays but 9am to 3am from Fridays to Sundays.
will also sell alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with a tilapia joint,
chicken with chips package with vegetables on demand, and on special events a
DSTV entertainment area.
This multipurpose conglomerate will be managed by me Rauf Eli Tsikata and I will be responsible for the sales in the IT department specifically computer sales and repairs and employee recruitments.
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The 37-year-old will be officially presented as a PSG player on Thursday afternoon and will begin training with the club in the next fortnight. Beckham has been without a club since leaving MLS side LA Galaxy in December and has been training with Arsenal. The former England captain had firm offers from 12 different clubs but has opted for Ligue 1's big spenders.
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Despite recently announcing he was to permanently base his family in London, Beckham always said he would make a decision on his next move based on "footballing reasons". PSG have spent more than £200m in the last 18 months, and are managed by Carlo Ancelotti - who was in charge of AC Milan during Beckham's loan spell there. They are also still in this season's Champions League and will face Spanish side Valencia in the last 16. The Paris club are currently top of Ligue 1 and already have a squad that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Beckham, who made a record 115 outfield appearances for England, was part of the Manchester United side that famously beat Bayern Munich to win the 1999 Champions League. He left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2003, before agreeing his move to LA Galaxy in January 2007 and making his debut for the club in August in that year. He attracted criticism from some Galaxy fans after agreeing loan moves to AC Milan in 2009 and 2010 which meant missing some of the MLS season. And he brought an end to his five-and-half-year spell in the United States on 2 December after winning the MLS Cup for the second time. At PSG, Beckham will be hoping to win a league title in a fourth country, having already enjoyed success at Manchester United and Real Madrid in Europe before moving to Major League Soccer. Beckham had been close to joining PSG last January but opted to stay in California for one more season. PSG have been the highest-spending club in Europe in the past year and will officially present Beckham as their player at 16:00 GMT. Beckham was undergoing a medical at Pitie-Salptriere Hospital in Paris on Thursday afternoon.
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The United States is urging Ghanaians to accept the results of Ghana’s recent elections, even though the main opposition challenger for president has not conceded defeat, Agence France-Presse reported.
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According to Ghana’s election commission, 50.7 percent of voters cast their ballots for incumbent president John Dramani Mahama while slightly less than 48 percent of voters chose challenger Nana Akufo-Addo, who came in second, Voice of America reported. Mahama needed to win at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off.
However, Akufo-Addo’s party alleges that electoral workers conspired to rig the votes, Reuters reported. Hundreds of NPP supporters protested in front of the election commission building on Sunday until the police broke up the demonstration with tear gas.
According to VOA:
Akufo-Addo said Monday that his New Patriotic Party is compiling data from polling stations before deciding on how to precede.
International observers described the vote as transparent and peaceful, VOA reported.
"The United States congratulates President John Dramani Mahama and the people of Ghana for the successful election on December 7," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement, the AFP reported.
"This is the sixth successful presidential and parliamentary election since 1992, and further demonstrates the people of Ghana's commitment to democracy and the rule of law,” he continued. “The United States encourages all parties to accept the results and to use the appropriate legal processes to resolve any electoral disputes."
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10. You trust her
You have had difficulty trusting women your whole life. Then one day, you realize that you can trust the woman standing beside you. For the first time in your life, you don't think twice about opening up about personal matters or letting her take care of important objects; you know that you can turn your back to her and not worry. You even want to introduce her to your friends and family.
9. She gets along with your friends
She meets your friends one by one, and you get the eerie impression that she likes them and could actually get along with them. Better yet, she understands and encourages you to spend time with them and have your own life.
8. She has fun with your crazy family
You cringe at the thought of her meeting grandpa Joe and hearing about his sordid tales... but when the big day comes, you realize that she actually finds his stories funny. She seems to care for your parents and likes your siblings. She loves your friends and family.
7. You forget your friends
You always chose hanging out with the boys first and the girlfriend second, only now, playing pool and having some drinks with your buds isn't as interesting as it used to be. You prefer to see her and pass up the friends.
6. You forget about your ex
You've been thinking about the ex-girlfriend for some time now, until you meet the goddess that is her. From the time you first laid eyes on her, you seem to have finally turned a new page. You still look at other women, but it's just "looking".
5. You get mad when others debase her
Whether it's your friends, family or some stranger, you get irritated when people say mean things about your woman. You contemplate smashing their skulls, but opt to make them eat their words instead.
4. Chemical balance
You have so much chemistry oozing between the two of you that you have no choice but to give into temptation. She is on your mind at all times, and every time you go shopping alone, you end up buying her something. You can stare at one another and not say anything for hours; you have achieved "the comfortable silence".
3. You ask yourself where she has been all your life
She wants to know all about you -- the good and the bad -- and is not turned off by the latter. You envision yourself married to her and wonder what your kids would look like. While this thought would have made you nauseous years ago, it now brings a smile to your face.
2. You treat her
Your idea of cooking may have been delivery or microwave meals, but suddenly you'd love to fix up a five-course meal for her, serve her, wine and dine her, and then take her in your arms. You were once a cheapskate, but now spend all your discretionary income on her. You even clean your pad when you know she's coming over.
1. You find yourself unable to concentrate
Being productive at work has become increasingly difficult, listening attentively in class is a daunting task, and all you can think about is when you will see her next. As pathetic as it may be, you cannot wait to see her again, and you even consider calling her to let her know just that.
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(CNN) -- Taken at face value, a Barack Obama presidency should be a big deal for Africa.
On Election Day I attended an all-nighter organized in Lagos by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to celebrate America's democracy. Two large screens relayed CNN's coverage while a succession of speakers -- including a recently re-elected Nigerian governor -- took to the stage to reflect on America and its democratic ideals.
Outside the hall sat a mock polling booth, where guests filled a ballot paper and dropped it in a box, watched over by life-size cardboard cut-outs of the two contenders.
In the early hours of the morning the results were tallied and announced. Obama took 219 Nigerian votes, to Mitt Romney's 30.
A friend standing with me when the results were announced couldn't help wondering aloud who those 30 people were who had chosen Romney over Obama.
As I pointed out in a recent CNN piece, Nigerians, like the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, have an "instinctive fondness" for Mr. Obama, and for an obvious reason: he is a "son" of the continent -- his father was born in Kenya; his grandmother still lives there.
Just before I left the event, a friend observed that he still hadn't found a single Nigerian who could point to any reason why they were rooting for Obama, beyond his African roots.
That obsession with Obama appears to obscure the fact that his predecessor -- the white, Republican George W. Bush -- demonstrated a more obvious commitment to the continent during his first presidential term.
In 2003, a few months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Bush signed into law a bill establishing the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in fulfilment of a promise made during his State of the Union Address earlier that year.
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Under the terms of the plan, Bush pledged $15 billion towards fighting HIV/AIDS. In 2008 he renewed the commitment for another five years.
Before him, President Bill Clinton -- honored by the Congressional Black Caucus, months after he left office, as America's "first Black President" -- created the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a landmark piece of legislation that opened up American markets to African countries.
Obama, on the other hand, has demonstrated what has been interpreted as a studied detachment towards sub-Saharan Africa. His only visit in his first four years, to Ghana in 2009, lasted less than 24 hours.
Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith, Director of the Lagos-based Centre for Public Policy Analysis, argues that Obama is in a "conflicted position" -- compelled to exercise caution in his engagement with Africa "for fear that such a position will become ammunition in the hands of the lunatic right, Tea Party types and those who insist he is not an American and is really a Muslim."
But if the affection of the continent towards Mr. Obama -- at an all time high in 2008 when he first took office -- has cooled in the last few years (ostensibly as a response to his perceived nonchalance), his re-election appears to have reawakened the enthusiasm.
"We look forward to the deepening of relations between our two countries during your second term in office," Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said in a congratulatory message. From Nigeria came a message by a presidential spokesperson, saying "President Jonathan looks forward to continuing to build on Nigeria and Africa's developmental collaboration with the United States in the next four years."
With the pressure of re-election now gone, Smith says "the second term would be a more opportune time for Obama to work with Africa."
While Michelle Obama visited the continent in 2011, the least that many Africans will be expecting from Obama during his second term would be a powerfully symbolic visit of his own to Africa.
But that trip, if it ever happens, would be the easiest of the Africa-focused tasks in the Oval Office in-tray. And it would also do little to clarify the monumental complexity of dealing with a rapidly changing African landscape.
For one, there's China's aggressive engagement with the continent, which appears to be happening at the expense of countries like America.
In 2009, Obama's first year in office, China overtook America as Africa's largest trading partner. America's discomfiture with that state of affairs bubbled to the surface most recently last August, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a visit to Senegal, lamented that "the days of having outsiders come and extract the wealth of Africa for themselves, leaving nothing or very little behind, should be over in the 21st century."
There is also the aftermath of the Arab Spring. The murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya is evidence of how much things have changed in the region in the last two years.
And then there is the rise of extremist Islam in West Africa. In January 2009, Hillary Clinton told a U.S. Senate committee that "combating al Qaeda's efforts to seek safe havens in failed states in the Horn of Africa" would be a key part of America's Africa policy.
The years since then have seen the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, and of extremists in Northern Mali.
Last June, the White House unveiled a new sub-Saharan Africa strategy built around four "objectives": Democracy, Trade & Investment, Peace & Security, and Development. But it remains to be seen whether Obama will unveil an Africa project on a scale comparable to AGOA and PEPFAR.
Not that he is obliged to, anyway.
And with the American economy still in dire straits, and requiring full time attention, he is unlikely to get much backslapping at home for expending his energy on matters that have no direct bearing on America's near future.
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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the first responders and the people of Ghana during this tragedy," a statement issued by the Embassy said. It said the Embassy had provided a 40 KV mobile generator with two 250 watts metal highlight lights to assist National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) personnel in their continuing efforts to locate and extract the remaining victims of the collapsed building. Nine people have so far been confirmed dead in Wednesday morning's disaster when the five-storey building collapsed. Mr Prince Billy Anaglate, Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Fire Service (GNFS), said 76 people had been rescued from the ruins of the building.
Meanwhile, a nine-man Israeli rescue mission yesterday joined the Ghanaian team at the disaster site to assist in locating and extracting any remaining survivors. The team, whose plane landed at 13:37 hours yesterday, was briefed by some Ghanaian officials at the site.
President John Dramani Mahama accepted an offer from Israel to help locate and extract any remaining survivors in the collapsed Melcom shopping mall disaster. A statement yesterday signed by Mr John Jinapor, Presidential Spokesperson, said the Israeli team would be working in close collaboration with the detachment from the Field Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Army currently at the site.
The rescue team includes the Field Engineer Regiment, GNFS, NADMO and other emergency institutions, including the Ghana Police and the National Ambulance Service.
Mr. Jinapor said the team would make an initial assessment of the site using special equipment and sniffer dogs that would help identify the locations of possible survivors or corpses. An additional team of about 150 with additional equipment including field hospitals, concrete cutters among others are on standby to move to Ghana should the initial assessment deem it necessary.
President Mahama on Wednesday suspended his campaign tour to the Upper East Region and flew to Accra following news of the collapsed building. Candidates of the other parties have also suspended their campaigns.
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Former president J.A Kufour is calling on the EC to create a fair and balanced atmosphere for the conduct of election 2012.
The Electoral Commission has come under a barrage of criticism from various interest groups including leading opposition party members, over the decision to create 45 new constitutions ahead of the December elections.
Members of the Minority in Parliament on Monday walked out during deliberations on the first of the mandatory 21 sitting days required for the maturation of the Legislative Instrument (L.I77) giving legal backing for the creation of the new constituencies.
Addressing a cross-section of the youth from around the country at a three day workshop organized by his foundation, the J.A Kufour Foundation in collaboration with the International Republic Institute, Mr. Kufour noted that any lack of fairness to parties contesting in the 2012 elections, could spark unnecessary tension and violent acts for the country.
The former President noted that “the national constitution says the Electoral Commission must be independent of the Executive, independent of the legislature and independent everybody. So the referee will there as somebody who is there to see to the success of the process from the beginning to the end".
“If we will have peaceful elections this year, it will depend on how the referee conducts itself above all”, Mr. Kufuor stressed.
He urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunities the Foundation presents to them, and learn more about leadership in order to influence their peers on campuses in other parts of the country.
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Tuareg silver is the most luxurious jewelry worn in most West African countries. Many Tuareg people who can afford to wear it will save it for only the most special occasions. The Tuareg people of the Sahara wear jewelry made out of this silver as an indicator of wealth, position, and origin. The highly esteemed Tuareg silversmiths create a wide array of jewelry objects that all tie together using the traditional berber markings that you will see on most of the Tuareg jewelry sold at Africa Imports. These etchings are clean cut, concise, geometrical and repeated over and over again through all of the Tuareg silver. In much of Islamic culture, realistic images are considered to be sacrilegious; hence the geometric patterns. The markings stand for ancient blessings of good fortune and symbols of protection for the wearer. This jewelry is so sophisticated and stylish, yet so full of African meaning. Tuareg silver itself is an alloy of silver and copper, which gives it a brilliant golden tone. This is not a sterling silver, and is sometimes made from silver dollars that have been melted. Click on the Tuareg Silver picture above to see all of Africa Imports Tuareg jewelry.
|Posted by Bertybredty@hotmail.com on January 13, 2012 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
While most of the time email does not convey your emotions, particularly humor, it somehow seems to transmit anger--even when you don't intend it to come through. So, take a deep breath and wait until the anger subsides before responding to any business situation.
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