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via wionews10/26/2020

India sends aid to four African countries to deal with COVID-19 crisis - WION

India will be sending food aid to four central African countries of Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea. The 270 MT aid is to help these countries deal with the COVID pandemic and also natural calamities.  Ministry of External Affairs release said, "strong bonds of friendship and brotherly relations between India and countries in Africa have been forged and strengthened over several centuries."

via mbcpathway10/25/2020

Believers in Madagascar partner to craft Bible stories in local dialects - The Pathway

In the last ten years, believers in southwest Madagascar have crafted over 100 local dialect Bible stories that are now told over the radio each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Missionaries secured a weekly 20-minute radio segment for the stories when COVID-19 prevented churches from meeting in person.

via alkhaleejtoday.co10/21/2020

Gehad Grisha to officiate Ivory Coast-Madagascar AFCON qualifier - AlKhaleej Today

CAF have selected Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha to officiate the upcoming 2021 AFCON qualifier between Ivory Coast and Madagascar. The fixture was initially supposed to take place earlier this year but was delayed by CAF due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ivory Coast and Madagascar are set to meet twice in the upcoming international break next […] The post Gehad Grisha...

via thelancet10/19/2020

GeneXpert for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in LMICs - The Lancet

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), most countries were struggling with early detection of SARS-CoV-2 and subsequent rapid case management and contact tracing. Inadequate access to diagnostic testing and health-care facilities, which is particularly pronounced in resource-poor settings such as Madagascar, is substantially impeding COVID-19 control efforts. In this low-income country, approximately 12 million people (over half of the population) live in rural areas with poor access to primary health services and even less access to specific diagnostic services, such as SARS-CoV-2 testing.

via altenergymag10/12/2020

Solar-powered technology to level the playing field for women and girls in world's poorest countries - AltEnergyMag

Today, the Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund has awarded 20 organisations, including several from the UK, a total of £2.9 million of funding for innovative, solar-powered appliance technology projects that will help to level the playing field whilst addressing the climate emergency in some of the world's poorest countries.

via news.mongabay10/08/2020

Our most read conservation stories for September 2020 -

Mongabay continued to see growth in readership in September, with traffic across our websites rising 25% over last September to 10.97 million pageviews. We’ve already surpassed 2019’s readership (110 million versus 101 million) with three months still left to go in 2020. Note: the traffic data presented below is only for the month of September […]

via politicallore10/03/2020

Madagascar opens first herbal medicine factory -

Madagascar companies are ready to conquer the African continent through the manufacture of herbal medicine, said the island President at the opening ceremony launched the Indian Ocean island nation's first non-chemical herbal medicine factory. Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar's president, believes that the first non-chemical herbal medicine factory is able to boost the production of COVID-19 preventive drugs

via republicworld10/25/2020

International Diplomats Day: Officials across the globe call for a universal celebration - Republic World - Republic World

Stay informed with today’s latest news from India & around the world. Get all the breaking news & current Indian news on politics, sports and entertainment only on Republic World. We provide the most in-depth coverage of top national news with timely breaking of all the recent news on politics, sports & entertainment

via theverge10/23/2020

YouTubers’ #TeamTrees campaign overcame big hurdles in its first year - The Verge

YouTubers’ #TeamTrees campaign raised more than $22 million dollars to plant more than 22 million trees globally. In the year since the campaign launched, the Arbor Day Foundation has figured out how to keep on planting despite the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires making its work harder in 2020.

via fodors10/15/2020

How a Combination of Partial Lockdown and Misinformation Has Hindered Cameroon's COVID Response - Fodor's Travel

As Cameroon makes the hard choices between its health and its economy, it may have rushed to claim victory over COVID. The disease causes more damage among the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions; over 60% of Cameroon’s population is under 25, something many forget to mention when they talk about progress. It’s the same lack of knowledge and clarity that will continue to mask challenges like the lack of personal protective equipment that nurses, doctors, cleaners, and patients desperately need.

via indcatholicnews10/13/2020

Christian leaders worldwide urge IMF and World Bank to cancel debts - Independent Catholic News

More than 140 senior Church leaders representing millions of Christians around the world have signed a letter urging the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to cancel debts for developing countries fighting the coronavirus pandemic.The letter - signed by cardinals, archbis...

via news.mongabay10/09/2020

Madagascar's top court criticizes government handling of mining project -

A year ago, Base Resources, an Australian mining firm, seemed to be nearing the “go” phase of a large mineral sands project in southwest Madagascar. Although some local people opposed the project, the company appeared to have its permits and construction plans in order, and it forecast shipping out the first batches of ilmenite, a […]

via salisburypost10/08/2020

ICFSH Fall Conference among upcoming Hood Theological Seminary events - Salisbury Post - Salisbury Post

The International Center for Faith, Science and History at Hood Theological Seminary presents its Fall Conference with a Virtual Webinar, “The Intersectionality of Science and Religion” Friday, October 16, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Fall Conference begins with a Keynote Address by Former NC Governor Jim Martin, author of Revelation Through Science. […]

via blogs.worldbank.org09/30/2020

Coordination, synergy leads to immediate help for Malagasy to cope with COVID-19 - World Bank Group

It is Saturday at 7 am in Antananarivo. Little by little, the big courtyard of the technical high school of Alarobia fills up. Beneficiaries of the Tosika Fameno, an unconditional cash transfer program, line up in single file and wait to be received at the cash desks. Identity ca

via iaea.org10/23/2020

African National Liaison Officers Discuss IAEA's Technical Cooperation Priorities, COVID-19 Assistance to Africa - International Atomic Energy Agency

National Liaison Officers (NLOs) from across Africa met virtually on 6 and 7 October to exchange experiences and to discuss pertinent issues related to the development of the 2022-2023 TC programme, as well as to the implementation of the ongoing TC programme in the Africa region against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

via vanguardngr10/20/2020

COVID-19: Madagascar lifts state of health emergency - Vanguard

The Madagascan government announced on Sunday, the end of the state of health emergency which was introduced due to the (COVID-19) pandemic. According the president Andry Rajoelina, the country had 96% recovery rate. He attributed the recovery to some of the measures taken like the distribution of more than seven million doses of Covid-Organics distributedRead More

via eurekalert.org10/15/2020

New study: Forests are still underrated as allies to curb rural poverty - EurekAlert

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the mounting threat of climate change, forests and trees are vital for the rural poor in countries around the world. However, the poor are rarely able to capture the bulk of benefits from forests. A global science assessment analyses how forests can realize their potential to reduce poverty in a fair and lasting manner.

via seychellesnewsagency10/12/2020

Air Seychelles to operate one-off combined flights to Madagascar and Mauritius - Seychelles News Agency

Air Seychelles will operate a one-off combined flights to Madagascar and Mauritius starting from Thursday, October 15 to provide nationals of the two island nations the opportunity to go home, the airline said on Monday. The flight -- HM1755 -- will leave Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, on Thursday at 9:00 a.


The Grand Tour season 4: Jeremy Clarkson confirms a Scotland special has finished filming - Express

THE GRAND TOUR season four has been put on hold in 2020 following the first special Seamen's premiere on Amazon Prime last year. And although the second episode of the season is still yet to receive a release date, Jeremy Clarkson revealed on his Instagram he's just finished filming another special.

via news.stonybrook.edu10/07/2020

A Faculty Perspective on How 2020 Will Change Us | | SBU News - Stony Brook News

2020's competing headlines of a global pandemic, an economic downturn and a reinvigorated movement for racial and social equality all have broad implications, with every field of study dealing not only with current outcomes, but also with long-range impacts. We asked 10 Stony Brook faculty how the year's events have already affected their disciplines, what other challenges they're facing and what they need to do to meet those challenges in the next five years. AFRICANA STUDIES Zebulon Miletsky, associate professor, Department of Africana Studies While it is true COVID-19 has affected us with a rapidity that feels like it must be unprecedented, it is not without precedent. We know that the influenza pandemic of 1918 decimated communities, and much like that time, there was a great deal of activism that followed it. The truth is that we find ourselves at a profound crossroads as a nation today. Many are speaking actively of a new Civil War, and the violence that accompanied the