Liberia: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:43 am AFKI Original
This past weekend saw another round of AFCON qualifying taking place across the continent to decide the teams that will emerge on Gabon for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and there were many surprise results amongst the list of fixtures. Here we look back at a few of the matches that took place […]
Kevin Mwanza, 7:13 am
The World Health Organization (WHO) has for the second time this year declared Liberia free of Ebola, a deadly disease that killed thousands in three west African countries since it broke out more than a year ago. West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were ravaged by an outbreak of the Ebola virus that killed nearly 11,000 people since march 2014.
Dana Sanchez, 10:25 am
As China’s economy slows down, demand for African resources is dwindling. Zambia and South Africa rank No. 1 and No. 2 respectively as being most exposed to China’s economic slowdown, according to London research firm Fathom Consulting. Sierra Leone, Angola and Liberia, are particularly vulnerable to China’s decreasing demand for commodities. Zambia is exposed to withdrawals of Chinese foreign direct investment.
Dana Sanchez, 7:49 pm
An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work. Developed by the Canadian government, the vaccine has since been licensed to New Jersey-based Merck & Co. but has not yet been approved by regulators. “If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, cirector-general of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the study.
Dana Sanchez, 2:44 pm
More women own businesses than men in the U.S.-African immigrant communities of Minneapolis–Saint Paul — and women also vote more than men — according to a new study. Immigrants from 25 African countries call the Twin Cities home, making the area the ninth-largest African migrant community in the U.S. Their economic buying power and growing entrepreneurship are attracting research funding.
Dana Sanchez, 11:43 am
Clinical trials for Ebola vaccines have recently been thwarted by a drop in case numbers. Drug companies have been struggling to recruit volunteers with enough exposure to Ebola to prove whether their vaccines are preventing infection. Development of these and other vaccines was accelerated in response to outbreaks in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people died. Liberia, declared Ebola-free in May, had a sixth new case confirmed Tuesday.
Dana Sanchez, 12:16 pm
In the trade-not-aid environment, developed countries like the U.S. often question the ability of African countries to spend aid efficiently. How well are African countries doing when it comes to collecting taxes? It all depends on the data. Economists use tax-to-GDP ratios to measure how much a country’s tax revenue stimulates its economy. The higher the ratio, the more a country is increasing growth and decreasing aid dependence. These are 10 African countries with the highest tax-to-GDP ratios.
Julia Austin, 2:12 pm
Acacia is found in South Africa, Madagascar and many parts of Africa. It’s often used in aromatherapy essential oils as well as candies and soft drinks because of its glue-like properties. Organic products use acacia as a natural alternative to chemical binders. If the world understands the invaluable properties of these healing plants from ancient African cultures, maybe we’ll do a better job preserving them.
Staff, 12:25 pm
Africans and members of the African diaspora are using Twitter to challenge stereotypes about the continent with a hashtag that started trending after its June 23 kickoff. A Twitter user asked followers to showcase the beauty of Africa. “I got involved because growing up I was made to feel ashamed of my homeland, with negative images that paint Africa as a desolate continent,” the 22- year-old said.
Dana Sanchez, 10:14 am
Benin now has expanded broadband Internet access via submarine cable launched by French telecommunications giant Orange and the ACE submarine cable consortium. This furthers Orange’s goal to expand widespread Internet access in African countries where it does business. The 17,000-kilometer cable now serves 18 countries including 13 in Africa.
- Real Estate