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Spiritual Ebola’s Gospel Concert On 11/1 Hosted By Lobo And Zinnah Tags: Local News Ebola Liberia Lobo Marwieh

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Blessed are those that lost their lives, family members, and loved ones to the deadly Ebola virus. “May God have mercy upon them, and bless those that are ill with this virus.” And this called has enabled both Ms. Zinnay Barclay And Mr. Lobo Marwieh to have a “special” and a “spiritual” worship concert against Ebola.

 


The African church, Friends In Jesus International Church Of The Nazarene, named champion among other organizations against Ebola in Africa in California’s capital, Sacramento, by BEEAFRICAN.COM , invitation for a true and powerful spiritual Ebola gospel concert –which will feature African gospel singers around the region, will be held on November 1st 2014 —located at 8115 Elder Creek RD, Sacramento, CA 95824 —and Sunday service time is 11:30am - 1:30pm PT. And FREE admission.

Min. Lobo Marwieh and Ms. Zinnay Barclay are the host for this great concert —”aim to glorify God, the almighty and powerful, to spare our people. . . . And in Jesus Christ, our people are blessed,” the concert committees recite a prayer; both Mr. Lobo Marwieh, the grandson of the late archbishop Marwieh who was renowned for his peacekeeping role during Liberia’s 14 years of civil war, and Ms. Zinnay Barclay are the African church 14 years anniversary honorees, including Mother Padmore, for being the church “presto” members.

Below is the information for the Ebola concert.

Source: lartink@beeafrican.info

'Africa Must Win FIFA World Cup by 2063' - Dr. Dlamini Zuma to Issa Hayatou
Category: African Sports
Tags: News Sports Football Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

“By 2063 Africa should have won the FIFA World Cup at least once: not just host, but won”, African Union Commission Chairperson H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said to Mr. Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) when they met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 18 September 2014.

The CAF President paid a courtesy call on the AUC Chairperson ahead of CAF’s annual Executive Committee meeting holding at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Hayatou thanked the AUC Chairperson for hosting the meeting during which CAF will decide on the host nations for AFCON 2019 and 2021.

Having attracted massive attendance from national delegations including very high level representatives from the five countries vying to host, the AU has become both Africa’s political and football capital during these days, Mr. Hayatou said.

“CAF has a special place not only in the AU, but also in the continent. The organization enables our young people to do sports, while demonstrating their great talents. Most importantly the games embody enormous capacity to enhance our integration and social cohesion”, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said while welcoming the CAF President and his delegation to feel at home at the AU headquarters.

Dr. Dlamini Zuma took the opportunity of the meeting to brief CAF on Africa’s development and transformation agenda. Focusing on Agenda 2063, she invited CAF, like many others have been doing, to also reflect and contribute its ideas on the Africa it would like to see in 2063.

Teasing out some popular aspirations emerging from national consultations in contribution to Agenda 2063, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said the youths would like to have common African curricula so that they can study and work anywhere on the continent; The businesspeople would like to have an African passport to freely travel around the continent without the hurdles of applying for visas; the women would like to have more access to land and modern inputs to carry out agricultural activities. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also said Africa would like to connect its capitals with high speed trains, provide broadband connections to every village, build modern transport infrastructure; make renewable energy abundantly available and more.

The AUC Chairperson and CAF President also discussed the situation of the Ebola epidemic as well as other issues of development and peace that the continent is currently faced with.

“Listening to you and hearing your thoughts, we know Africa is in good hands. Africa is on the right path. I can assure you of CAF’s presence and support in dealing with all these key continental issues”, the CAF President said, while re-assuring the AUC Chairperson that Africa is doing everything possible to not only continue hosting the World Cup, but to also win it even before 2063.

 

Source: AU

Students’ business plans at Africa Works Conference
Category: Business
Tags: Business Africa Education Students

On 16 October, Nuffic will host a session on ‘Linking knowledge from business to business’ at the Africa Works! Conference in Leiden. During the session African professionals, currently studying in the Netherlands, will pitch innovative business plans that involve collaboration between Dutch and African organisations.

Africa Works! brings together the target group of Nuffic’s capacity building programmes NFP and NICHE, professionals from Africa, and Netherlands’ businesses seeking partners on the African continent.

Aim of the Nuffic session

The aim of our session is to highlight the importance of human capacity development in forging sustainable partnerships with Africa. We will also show how the Nuffic programmes, as well as the Living Labs instrument, offer opportunities to establish such partnerships between private business, knowledge institutions and government agencies.

Session components

A number of African professionals, currently studying in the Netherlands with NFP or NICHE funding, will present their innovative business plans that involve collaboration between Dutch and African organisations. We are expecting proposals in the field of water and food security.

The students will present their business plans in front of an audience and to a panel of experts. The panel will comment on each of the proposals and eventually will select the three best plans. The winner will get a prize.

The panel will consist of experts in assessing business plans and representatives from financial institutions, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and a company operating in Africa.

After the pitches the students, panellists, and audience will get the opportunity to actively get in touch with each other.

Join us

The workshop Linking knowlegde from business to business takes place on the first conference day from 14.00 to 16.00 hrs. You can attend by registering for the conference (and for the workshop specifically). If you need more information, please contact Ad Boeren of Birgitte Vos from Nuffic using our contact form.

Source: nuffic

Angelina Jolie To Directs 'Africa' The Movie Tags: Movies News

Angelina Jolie is doubling down on directing and continuing to pursue her overseas interests while doing so: The globe-trotting actress, humanitarian and filmmaker has signed on to helm "Africa," a sweeping drama about the famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle against ivory poachers. Skydance Productions made the announcement Friday.

Featuring a script by Eric Roth, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Forrest Gump," "Africa" marks the latest in a string of high-profile directing gigs for Jolie, who for all her stardom remains a relatively unproven filmmaker: To date, her only released feature has been the little-seen Bosnian war drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

That will all change soon enough, as Jolie's "Unbroken," a biopic about the Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, is scheduled for release on Christmas Day. The Universal release is regarded as a potential Oscar contender, but it's also something of a wild card. Few have seen the film, which hasn't played at any festivals.

Jolie certainly has Universal's confidence — the studio also signed on for her subsequent directorial effort "By the Sea," a relationship drama she wrote and will costar in with husband Brad Pitt. That movie is up next, with "Africa" potentially to follow."

"Africa" also further underscores that Jolie has been able to attract choice collaborators. There's Roth, who in addition to "Gump" has earned Oscar nominations for co-writing "The Insider," "Munich" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Also on board is the acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has been nominated for 11 Oscars though somehow never won (he also shot "Unbroken").

Along with directing, Jolie will also serve as a producer on "Africa," with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters.

"I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life," Jolie said in a statement, "and was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man's footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him."

Source: LAtime

Tackling Gaps On Africa’s Maps Tags: News Africa Maps

DONATING to disasters used to mean writing a cheque to Oxfam or the Red Cross. In the internet age, however, citizens from all over the world are donating their time to the Ebola crisis by going online to build maps for relief workers.

Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives.

Roads or paths to remote villages through deep forest in West Africa, bridges and river crossings, school buildings that can be used as temporary clinics, an open field for a helicopter landing — all these are visible from satellite imagery and provide critical information for delivering aid.

However, these details never made it onto official maps in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — countries too poor to worry about whether there are accurate Google Maps loaded onto smartphones.

So when the Ebola epidemic erupted earlier this year, Doctors without Borders, the American Red Cross and other groups on the ground found that unreliable maps made fighting the spread of the deadly virus much more difficult. They could not trace the likely vectors of transmission because they did not know the patterns of peoples’ daily lives, and they could not plan effective aid delivery.

Enter the collaborative Ebola project by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

OpenStreetMap is a project to create a free, open map of the world, built by volunteers through GPS surveying, aerial imagery and public sources of geographical data.

Taking that concept a step further, HOT connects the OpenStreetMap community with humanitarian players on the ground to fill in the gaps on maps for disaster and crisis zones.

About 1,200 volunteers so far have logged onto HOT’s website, clicked on a map quadrant and traced in the rich geographic details visible from satellites.

A quick tutorial guides volunteers through the work, which is similar to using a software programme such as Adobe Photoshop. By using the satellite imagery to add details such as population density and connecting paths between communities, remote map makers give humanitarian groups vital tools for planning their ground campaign in combatting a disease that has claimed more than 2,400 lives.

"They will print out the maps poster sized and pin them on the wall to plan their work, how to distribute supplies," said Pierre Beland, a retired economist living near Montreal, Canada, who has turned his computer knowledge to map making.

For Andrew Buck, an unemployed computer scientist who logs on daily from his home in Fargo, North Dakota, the work transports him a continent away.

"You are acutely aware and start to get a sense of being in that place and learn about how people live, their farms, the fields, where the kids play soccer, the schools, and connections to the next village," Mr Buck said.

The volunteer cartographers have recorded 7-million data points so far and still have large swathes undone. By comparison, Typhoon Haiyan was 4.5-million data entries, and Haiti only 1.3-million, Mr Buck and Mr Beland said.

Source: Reuters

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