Nigeria approves new incentives to boost teachers morale

London, Jan. 21, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has announced series of incentives to boost the moral of its teachers and attract more people to the teaching profession A Nigerian teacher, Nigerian government has approved new incentives to boost teachers morale (Guardian Nigeria Image)Under the new deal, Nigerian teachers will begin to enjoy special allowances, like rural posting … Continue reading “Nigeria approves new incentives to boost teachers morale”

With a raft of Executive Orders, Biden reverses Muslim travel, returns US to WHO, Paris Agreement

London, Jan. 21, 2021 (AltAfrica)-With a raft of Executive Orders, US President Joe Biden Wednesday reversed several unpopular policies from former President Donald Trump, including what became known as the “Muslim ban”. US President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. (Reuters) Among the … Continue reading “With a raft of Executive Orders, Biden reverses Muslim travel, returns US to WHO, Paris Agreement”

AU vaccine: African countries to pay $3- $10 per dose

London, Jan. 21, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Under the AU led vaccine initiative, Nigeria and other African countries will have to pay between $3 to $10 per COVID-19 vaccine dose to access 270 million shots secured by the African Union. AU vaccine plan proposes up to $10 per dose for Nigeria, others (WHO Africa Image)This is according to a proposal … Continue reading “AU vaccine: African countries to pay $3- $10 per dose”

AU vaccine: African countries to pay between $3- $10 per dose

London, Jan. 21, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Under the AU led vaccine initiative, Nigeria and other African countries will have to pay between $3 to $10 per COVID-19 vaccine dose to access 270 million shots secured by the African Union. AU vaccine plan proposes up to $10 per dose for Nigeria, others (WHO Africa Image)This is according to a proposal … Continue reading “AU vaccine: African countries to pay between $3- $10 per dose”

Rwanda blacklists graduates from 3 private varsities over poor academic standard

London, Jan. 21, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Rwanda says graduates from three private universities in the country are academically substandard and warned public institutions against hiring them Some graduates of Cavendish University which Rwanda claimed is not accredited in the country (Cavendish University )According to the Ministry of Public Service, “these graduates will have to repeat some specific … Continue reading “Rwanda blacklists graduates from 3 private varsities over poor academic standard”

Egypt increased penalty for FGM to 20 years in prison

London, Jan. 21, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Practitioners and violators of FGM Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt will now spend 20 years in prison instead of the previous maximum of seven year This is because the Egyptian Cabinet approved on Wednesday legal amendments toughening the penalty for female genital mutilation Egypt Cabinet approves bill increasing penalty for FGM … Continue reading “Egypt increased penalty for FGM to 20 years in prison”

America returns to world stage, decency as Biden becomes 46th US president

London, Jan. 20, 2021-(AltAfrica)-Joe Biden’s life of resilience in the face of unbearable loss takes a new meaning as he’s sworn-in as the 46th president of United States and undoubtedly, the leader who returns his country to the world of decency and clear the mess of the last four years Joe Biden becomes America’s 46th … Continue reading “America returns to world stage, decency as Biden becomes 46th US president”

Uganda suspends ex-Archbishop after cheating on wife with a married woman

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The Anglican Church in Uganda has suspended its former Archbishop, Stanley Ntagali, from conducting priestly duties or representing the church until further notice over adultery. Archbishop Stanley Ntagali suspended from church duties after cheating on wife with a married woman. Ntagali who retired last year as Archbishop of Church of Uganda … Continue reading “Uganda suspends ex-Archbishop after cheating on wife with a married woman”

Sibusiso Moyo becomes third Zimbabwean minister to die of covid-19

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Sibusiso Moyo, Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs  and  International Trade Minister has succumbed to Covid-19 on Wednesday as the country battles to contain a spike in cases.  Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Sibusiso Moyo, Harare, 12 January 2020. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI/MAVERICK) Sibusiso Moyo known for announcing the military intervention in 2017 that … Continue reading “Sibusiso Moyo becomes third Zimbabwean minister to die of covid-19”

Biden is first American president to be inaugurated on a rare palindrome date: That won’t happen again for 1,000 years

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Wednesday will inaugurate the first string of palindrome dates this year, beginning with 1-20-21 and ending with 1-29-21.  Next stop: Washington, D.C. pic.twitter.com/oW0C4LQVBf— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 19, 2021 It will also mark the first Inauguration Day in American history that falls on a rare seven-digit palindrome date, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. The next one isn’t for … Continue reading “Biden is first American president to be inaugurated on a rare palindrome date: That won’t happen again for 1,000 years”

Dozen U.S. National Guard officers removed from Biden inauguration duty over bias for right-wing extremism

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A dozen members of the U.S. National Guard have been removed from duty helping secure the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden after vetting, which included screening for potential ties to right-wing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. As confirmed by both GEN. Daniel Hokanson, @ChiefNGB , and Mr Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant … Continue reading “Dozen U.S. National Guard officers removed from Biden inauguration duty over bias for right-wing extremism”

Dozen U.S. National Guard officers removed from Biden inauguration duty over links to right-wing extremism

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A dozen members of the U.S. National Guard have been removed from duty helping secure the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden after vetting, which included screening for potential ties to right-wing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. As confirmed by both GEN. Daniel Hokanson, @ChiefNGB , and Mr Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant … Continue reading “Dozen U.S. National Guard officers removed from Biden inauguration duty over links to right-wing extremism”

Nigeria begins cash transfer to one million vulnerable citizens

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has begun a Cash Transfer scheme to one million urban-poor Nigerians whose livelihoods have been affected by the Coronavirus disease. About one million vulnerable Nigerian are to benefit from cash transfer by the Nigerian government to cushion the effects of coronavirus (FRCN)The scheme tagged Rapid Response Register, RRR, is … Continue reading “Nigeria begins cash transfer to one million vulnerable citizens”

Nigeria begins cash transfer to one million vulnerable citizens

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has begun a Cash Transfer scheme to one million urban-poor Nigerians whose livelihoods have been affected by the Coronavirus disease. About one million vulnerable Nigerian are to benefit from cash transfer by the Nigerian government to cushion the effects of coronavirus (FRCN)The scheme tagged Rapid Response Register, RRR, is … Continue reading “Nigeria begins cash transfer to one million vulnerable citizens”

Doctor explains how best to treat covid-19 symptoms at home

London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAafrica)-Once you test positive for COVID-19, what should you do next? Doctors say staying on top of any changes in your symptoms and taking the proper precautions is a good start, but doctors who have been treating patients’ recovery at home say there are other things you can do to boost … Continue reading “Doctor explains how best to treat covid-19 symptoms at home”

18 family members get COVID-19 after Xmas gathering in Pennsylvania

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-in Pennsylvania, eighteen members of the same family have tested positive for coronavirus following a huge Christmas party which went ahead despite one woman having a scratchy cough. Some members of the 18 family who contracted COVID-19 after Xmas gathering in Pennsylvania (Stephen Reynolds, right, is still in hospital with Covid … Continue reading “18 family members get COVID-19 after Xmas gathering in Pennsylvania”

California removes over 330,000 doses of Moderna vaccine after severe allergic reactions

London, Jan.19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-California has removed over 330,000 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine from circulation after six healthcare workers experienced severe allergic reactions after being vaccinated. California pauses Covid-19 vaccine vaccination from Moderna over severe allergic reactions (Moderna Twitter)Health officials in California are telling medical providers across the state not to administer doses from … Continue reading “California removes over 330,000 doses of Moderna vaccine after severe allergic reactions”

Joe Biden says travel bans on UK, EU will stay despite Trump order

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Spokeswoman for US President-elect Joe Biden’s says the US will maintain travel bans on the UK, much of the EU and Brazil – despite an order from President Donald Trump to lift them. Joe Biden says travel bans on UK, EU will stay despite Trump order (Reuters)The White House decreed on … Continue reading “Joe Biden says travel bans on UK, EU will stay despite Trump order”

Nigeria in talks to produce licensed covid-19 vaccine locally, releases $26m as take-off grant

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria  is exploring the option of local production of covid-19 vaccine under licensed agreement and has held discussions with a producer. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire announced the release of the sum of N10billion ($26.2b) to support domestic vaccine production under licensed agreement with an unknown producerConsequently, Nigerian government … Continue reading “Nigeria in talks to produce licensed covid-19 vaccine locally, releases $26m as take-off grant”

Zambia launches crackdown on unlicensed covid-19 drugs

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Scores of unlicensed covid-19 drugs have flooded the market in Zambia to the concern of the authorities who worried that such could significantly damaged the health of the people and slow down the fight against the pandemic Zambia launches crackdown on unlicensed COVID-19 drugs in wide circulation in the country (BBC … Continue reading “Zambia launches crackdown on unlicensed covid-19 drugs”

Nigeria opens discussion for licensed production of covid vaccine, releases $26m as take-off grant

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria  is exploring the option of local production of covid-19 vaccine under licensed agreement and has held discussions with a producer. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire announced the release of the sum of N10billion ($26.2b) to support domestic vaccine production under licensed agreement with an unknown producerConsequently, Nigerian government … Continue reading “Nigeria opens discussion for licensed production of covid vaccine, releases $26m as take-off grant”

Rwanda places capital, Kigali in second lockdown, ends free covid-19 treatment

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Rwandan capital, Kigali is back in total lockdown from Tuesday, the second of its kind after the one that covered March and April 2020. Covid-19: Rwandan capital, Kigali placed under second total lockdown as cases surge (The New Times Image) The decision plunge Kigali into second lockdown was taken on Monday … Continue reading “Rwanda places capital, Kigali in second lockdown, ends free covid-19 treatment”

Frontline Chinese medical doctors arrive Ghana to help combat surging coronavirus cases

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-China has deployed medical doctors as part of a frontline medical team to Ghana to help the West African country curb the spread of COVID-19, dailymailgh.com has learnt. A member of the Chinese medical team in Ghana hands over medical supplies to an official at the LEKMA Hospital, in order to support … Continue reading “Frontline Chinese medical doctors arrive Ghana to help combat surging coronavirus cases”

Zambia launches crackdown on unlicensed COVID-19 medicines

London, Jan. 19, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Scores of unlicensed covid-19 medicine have flooded the market in Zambia to the concern of the authorities who worried that such could significantly damaged the health of the people and slow down the fight against the pandemic Zambia launches crackdown on unlicensed COVID-19 medicines consequently, the Zambian government on Monday mandated … Continue reading “Zambia launches crackdown on unlicensed COVID-19 medicines”

Nigeria announces new ambassadors to UK, US, others

London, Jan. 18, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Posting for new Nigerian ambassadors has been approved by the Nigerian HE George Oguntade during an interview with Alternativeafrica.com in London. Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade will be replaced by a former Minister of Mines and Steel, Sarafat Ishola,(Copyright: AltAfrica)The incumbent Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade … Continue reading “Nigeria announces new ambassadors to UK, US, others”

A third of covid-19 patients readmitted to hospital with heart problem-Study

London, Jan. 18, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Nearly a third of COVID-19 patients who needed hospital treatment in Britain were readmitted within 140 days, a study suggests. A medical worker wearing PPE is pictured with a patient (Sky News)Researchers studied 47,780 people who had been in hospital with coronavirus in hospitals in England and found evidence to suggest those who … Continue reading “A third of covid-19 patients readmitted to hospital with heart problem-Study”

A third of covid-19 patients were readmitted to hospital with heart problem-Study

London, Jan. 18, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Nearly a third of COVID-19 patients who needed hospital treatment in Britain were readmitted within 140 days, a study suggests. A medical worker wearing PPE is pictured with a patient (Sky News)Researchers studied 47,780 people who had been in hospital with coronavirus in hospitals in England and found evidence to suggest those who … Continue reading “A third of covid-19 patients were readmitted to hospital with heart problem-Study”

Egypt signs agreement for $23 billion first high-speed electric train

London, Jan. 18, 2021 (AltAfrica)– Egypt says high speed electric train is the solution to its transportation problem and has signed a memorandum of understanding with Germany’s Siemens for the construction of a high-speed electric train line linking Egypt’s eastern and northern coasts. Egypt signs agreement for $23 billion first high-speed electric train Ahram Online … Continue reading “Egypt signs agreement for $23 billion first high-speed electric train”

Doctor shares shocking image of Covid-19 damaged lung after scan

London, Jan. 18, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A trauma surgeon has said post-Covid lungs are more damaged than the worst smoker’s lungs she has come across. Scans showing different kinds of lung damage (Image: Doctor shares shocking image of Covid-19 patient’s lung ‘worse than any smokers ‘CBS News) Brittany Bankhead-Kendall shared a scan of three sets of lungs … Continue reading “Doctor shares shocking image of Covid-19 damaged lung after scan”

Joe Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants

London, Jan. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties. Jubilant US president-elect to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants Biden … Continue reading “Joe Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants”

EU impressed with Museveni victory despite allegations of fraud

London, Jan. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-European Union, EU and Museveni Yoweri Ugandan rolling leader appear to have finally struct an accord after Uganda’s electoral commission said Saturday that President Yoweri Museveni won a sixth five-year term, extending his rule to four decades But top opposition challenger Bobi Wine dismissed “cooked-up, fraudulent results” and officials struggled to … Continue reading “EU impressed with Museveni victory despite allegations of fraud”

Ghanaian Pastor murders daughter over witchcraft’ allegations, secretly buries her at cemetery

London, Jan. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A Ghanaian Pastor with the Heavens Kingdom Palace Ministry International in Accra,Boakye Gideon has been arrested by the Police Command in the Bono East Region for killing his 9-year-old daughter, he accused of being a witch. Pastor Boakye Gideon with the deceased daughter. He has been arrested by Nkoranza Police Command … Continue reading “Ghanaian Pastor murders daughter over witchcraft’ allegations, secretly buries her at cemetery”

Guinea president, Alpha Conde becomes first African leader to receive Covid-19 jab

London, Jan. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-82-year-old president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, has become the first African leader to be vaccinated with covid-19 jab FILE: Guinea’s President Alpha Conde at the Elysee Palace in Paris on 22 November 2017. He has become the first African leader to be vaccinated with covid-19 jab Picture: AFP. Alpha Conde, received … Continue reading “Guinea president, Alpha Conde becomes first African leader to receive Covid-19 jab”

Guinea president, Alpha Conde becomes first African leader to receive Covid-19 jab

London, Jan. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-82-year-old president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, has become the first African leader to be vaccinated with covid-19 jab FILE: Guinea’s President Alpha Conde at the Elysee Palace in Paris on 22 November 2017. He has become the first African leader to be vaccinated with covid-19 jab Picture: AFP. Alpha Conde, received … Continue reading “Guinea president, Alpha Conde becomes first African leader to receive Covid-19 jab”

Ghanaian Pastor murders daughter over witchcraft’ allegations, secretly buries her at cemetery

London, Jan. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A Ghanaian Pastor with the Heavens Kingdom Palace Ministry International in Accra,Boakye Gideon has been arrested by the Police Command in the Bono East Region for killing his 9-year-old daughter, he accused of being a witch. Pastor Boakye Gideon with the deceased daughter. He has been arrested by Nkoranza Police Command … Continue reading “Ghanaian Pastor murders daughter over witchcraft’ allegations, secretly buries her at cemetery”

UK bans potentially deadly Chinese hand sanitiser containing toxic substance

London, Jan. 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A hand sanitiser has been urgently recalled after it was found to contain a highly toxic and banned substance. Trading Standards have recalled a Chinese hand sanitiser previously listed on eBay and Ali Baba as it contained methanol, a banned substance which can cause blindness and death Trading Standards has issued … Continue reading “UK bans potentially deadly Chinese hand sanitiser containing toxic substance”

Trump administration carries out 13th, final execution

 London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden — an opponent of the federal death penalty. Dustin Higgs, convicted in the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge in 1996, was … Continue reading “Trump administration carries out 13th, final execution”

Arsenal, Mesut Ozil ‘reach deal to terminate his £350k-a-week contract

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Arsenal and Mesut Ozil have reportedly reached an agreement in principle to terminate the midfielder’s £350,000-a-week contract. LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, … Continue reading “Arsenal, Mesut Ozil ‘reach deal to terminate his £350k-a-week contract”

Difficult Goodbye: Removal vans pack the remnants of Trump, the Emperor of decadence

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Removal vans have been spotted in White House to signal the beginning of a difficult goodbye, and a stack reminder that no condition is permanent Difficult goodbye. The end of a turbulent era. Donald Trump waves A day after Donald Trump made history by being impeached for a second time and … Continue reading “Difficult Goodbye: Removal vans pack the remnants of Trump, the Emperor of decadence”

UK closes all travel corridors over rising covid cases

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The UK is to close all travel corridors from Monday morning to “protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains” of Covid, the PM Boris Johnson has announced All travel corridors in UK are being scrapped from 4am Monday in an attempt to curb coronavirus cases. Travellers will need … Continue reading “UK closes all travel corridors over rising covid cases”

Morocco honours Donald Trump, Jared Kushner

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-US President Donald Trump reportedly received Morocco’s highest award today for peace efforts enabling Rabat and Tel Aviv to restore relations. US President Donald Trump hosting Morocco’s ambassador to the US, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui (MWN)Reuters quoted a senior White House official, saying that Morocco’s Ambassador to the US  Princess Lalla Joumala presented … Continue reading “Morocco honours Donald Trump, Jared Kushner”

Morocco honours Donald Trump, Jared Kushner

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-US President Donald Trump reportedly received Morocco’s highest award today for peace efforts enabling Rabat and Tel Aviv to restore relations. US President Donald Trump hosting Morocco’s ambassador to the US, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui (MWN)Reuters quoted a senior White House official, saying that Morocco’s Ambassador to the US  Princess Lalla Joumala presented … Continue reading “Morocco honours Donald Trump, Jared Kushner”

Stem cells from umbilical cord show promise in severe covid-19 therapy-Report

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord tissue could help treat ARDS in COVID-19 patients, according to results of a Phase I/IIa clinical trial published by University of Miami researchers. Researchers have long proposed freezing parts of human umbilical cord, among other things, to obtain stem cells. Unlike conserved umbilical blood, the perivascular … Continue reading “Stem cells from umbilical cord show promise in severe covid-19 therapy-Report”

Stem cells from umbilical cord show promise in severe covid-19 therapy-Report

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord tissue could help treat ARDS in COVID-19 patients, according to results of a Phase I/IIa clinical trial published by University of Miami researchers. Researchers have long proposed freezing parts of human umbilical cord, among other things, to obtain stem cells. Unlike conserved umbilical blood, the perivascular … Continue reading “Stem cells from umbilical cord show promise in severe covid-19 therapy-Report”

Be warned, ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Ice cream has been found to have been contaminated with COVID-19 in China after three samples tested positive for the virus. The batch of ice cream was made with raw materials including milk powder from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine. Pic: AP Anti-epidemic authorities in north China‘s Tianjin Municipality … Continue reading “Be warned, ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China”

Be warned, ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China

London, Jan. 16, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Ice cream has been found to have been contaminated with COVID-19 in China after three samples tested positive for the virus. The batch of ice cream was made with raw materials including milk powder from New Zealand and whey powder imported from Ukraine. Pic: AP Anti-epidemic authorities in north China‘s Tianjin Municipality … Continue reading “Be warned, ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China”

No change in horizon in Uganda as “lord Museveni” takes early election lead, rival alleges fraud

London, Jan. 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Uganda presidential election has produced no surprises. Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni  took an early lead in Uganda’s presidential election according to preliminary results on Friday, though his main rival said there had been widespread fraud and his supporters had the right to protest. There appears to be no change in horizon … Continue reading “No change in horizon in Uganda as “lord Museveni” takes early election lead, rival alleges fraud”

UK opens largest temporary mortuary as high covid deaths continue

London, Jan. 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The UK’s largest temporary mortuary is preparing to open to cope with rising coronavirus deaths, while another set up in a former aircraft hangar during the first wave of the pandemic is now in use for the first time. UK to open largest temporary mortuary next week as high covid deaths … Continue reading “UK opens largest temporary mortuary as high covid deaths continue”

Capitol Riot Fallout: Colleges Rescind Honorary Degrees Awarded To Trump

London, Jan. 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Donald Trump has been granted five honorary degrees in his lifetime – from Lehigh University in 1988, from Wagner College in 2004, from Robert Gordon University in Scotland in 2010, and from Liberty University, which granted honorary degrees to Mr. Trump on two occasions – 2012 and 2017. President Donald Trump and Jerry Falwell, then President of Liberty University, at … Continue reading “Capitol Riot Fallout: Colleges Rescind Honorary Degrees Awarded To Trump”

Coated tongue becoming more widespread as coronavirus symptom-Expert

London, Jan. 15, 2021 (AltAfrica)-More people in Britain who have coated tongue have later tested positive to coronavirus. An expert has told the public to look out for this ‘strange symptom coated tongue and unusual mouth ulcers because they could be a sign that you need to self-isolate. Epidemiologist Tim Spector said he is seeing … Continue reading “Coated tongue becoming more widespread as coronavirus symptom-Expert”