Saturday, February 15, 2020

Fire at Haitian Orphanage Kills 15 Babies and Toddlers

 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -  Officials say a fire swept through a Haitian children's home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children. A child-care worker at the home told The Associated Press that the fire began around 9 p.m. Thursday and firefighters took about 90 minutes to arrive. She said the orphanage had been using candles for light due to problems with its generator. Late Friday afternoon, police raided another home also run by the Church of Bible Understanding and took away several dozen children in a bus over protests from employees. The Associated Press has reported on a long-standing series of problems at children's homes run by the group.


Saturday, February 08, 2020

Africa Braces for Coronavirus

Crowded hospital in Uganda
LUSAKA, Zambia — At a Chinese-run hospital in Zambia, some employees watched as people who recently returned from China showed up with coughs but were not placed in isolation. A doctor tending to those patients has stopped coming to work, and health workers have been ordered not to speak publicly about the new virus that has killed hundreds around the world.
The virus that has spread through much of China has yet to be confirmed in Africa, but global health authorities are increasingly worried about the threat to the continent where an estimated 1 million Chinese now live, as some health workers on the ground warn they are not ready to handle an outbreak.
Countries are racing to take precautions as hundreds of travelers arrive from China every day. Safeguards include stronger surveillance at ports of entry and improved quarantine and testing measures across Africa, home to 1.2 billion people and some of the world’s weakest systems for detecting and treating disease
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Ethiopian Airlines Cuts flights to China

Ethiopian Airlines Plene

Globally, coronavirus has claimed 725 lives with almost all deaths occurring in mainland China. The disease has also been detected in 24 other countries, most times involving people who traveled to China. While to date there have been no confirmed cases in Africa, the risk of an outbreak remains high.
Amidst rising criticism of Ethiopian Airlines’ continued flights to and from China, the airline has cut down its February weekly flights from Addis to Beijing, Chengdu, Guanzhou and Shanghai by 33%. It has also changed its aircrafts on the Addis to Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai routes from Boeing 777 and A350 to Boeing 787-8 resulting in a 20%-45% change in capacity on the different flights.
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Saturday, February 01, 2020

Tanzania Government Not Officially Notified about U.S. Travel Ban

Map of Tanzania

Tanzania says has not been officially notified about U.S. Travel Ban

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania said on Saturday it had not been officially notified by the United States about a travel ban after it was targeted alongside five other countries by President Donald Trump’s expanded travel restrictions on Friday.

Of the six new countries slapped with travel restrictions, four are African nations and three have Muslim-majority populations.

“We don’t have official communication from the U.S. government. We haven’t received a formal diplomatic communication, which is the official way of communicating between governments,” Emmanuel Buhohela, spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs, told Reuters.

U.S. Democrats and immigration advocates have accused the Trump administration of seeking to expand its original 2017 ban that targeted Muslim-majority countries and of disproportionately focusing on African countries.

Tanzania also has a sizeable Muslim population.

Under the new travel restrictions, the United States will stop issuing “diversity visas” to Tanzanian nationals. The visas are available by lottery for applicants from countries with low rates of immigration.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Tanzania Added to Trump's Travel Ban

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration on Friday announced an expansion of the travel ban -- one of the President's signature policies, which has been derided by critics as an attempt to ban Muslims from the US -- to include six new countries.
Immigration restrictions will be imposed on: Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar (known as Burma), with exceptions for immigrants who have helped the US.
The latest iteration comes three years after President Donald Trump -- in one of his first moves in office -- signed the first travel ban, which caused chaos at airports and eventually landed at the Supreme Court. The announcement also comes at the end of a major week for Trump with the signing of the USMCA trade deal and expected acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.
The updated ban has already sparked controversy over its targeting of African countries with lawmakers and advocates calling the changes discriminatory and without merit.
    The administration has argued that the travel ban is vital to national security and ensures countries meet US security needs, by requiring a certain level of identity management and information sharing requirements.
    In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the third version of the travel ban after the previous iterations were challenged in court. The current policy restricts entry from seven countries to varying degrees: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with Venezuela and North Korea.
    Restrictions on those countries will remain in place, the official said. Chad was removed from the list last April after the White House said the country improved security measures.
    Unlike the original ban, the new restrictions only include categories of immigration visa applicants. Specifically, all immigrants from Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria will be banned from the US. However, only green card lotteries will be restricted from Sudan and Tanzania, said a DHS official Friday.

    Saturday, January 04, 2020

    Sundance Film Festival Diversity!

    I hope that this move will help with the quality of films that make it. The Sundance Film Festival will have a more diverse set or critics!  

    Sundance Film Festival aims for more Movie Critic Diversity

      SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -  A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative's second year. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 51 journalists were selected this year out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive travel stipends provided in the program. More than 80% are minority journalists. Most of the chosen writers are women. About half are LGBTQ and a quarter are people with disabilities. Sundance officials created the Press Inclusion Program in 2018 after a study found two-thirds of movie critics were white men. The festival runs Jan. 23-Feb. 2.

    Thursday, January 02, 2020

    Tanzia - Bibi Jeredina Paulo Suka Haule

    Ninasikitika kutangaza kifo cha ndugu yangu, Bibi Jeredina Paulo Suka Haule, kilichotekea, Janauri 1, 2020, huko kijijini, Ilela, Manda, Tanzania. Alikuwa mama Mzazi wa Stephen Challe na Burton Challe.

    Bibi Suka amekwisha lazwa katika nyumba yake ya milele. Mwenyezi Mungu ailaze roho yake mahala pema mbinguni. Amen.

    Bibi Jeredina Paulo Suka Haule
    October 28, 1928 to January 1, 2020

    Mimi na Bibi Suka (mwenye ndoo)  kijijini Ilela mwaka 2009

    Bibi Suka na baadhi ya wajukuu wake mwaka 2014

    Misa ya Kumwombea Bibi Suka Kanisa Anglikana Ilela