SeunRNMarch 31, 2018


Two people were killed and two injured in a suspected gun attack on Wednesday evening by militant Islamists against an emblematic hotel in Mali’s Dogon region.

Papa Napo, the owner of Hotel La Falaise at Bandiagara, told the BBC six gunmen arrived on three motorbikes at about 20:00 local time (21:00 BST) and opened fire.

”They shot a national guardsman at the door. He died later. The attackers fired in all directions. They did not say anything but we believe they were Islamists. My brother and one female member of staff were shot in the feet as they tried to escape,” he said.

”The national guards, who are always in front of the hotel, killed one of the attackers. They prevented the Islamists from taking the body away with them,” he added.

The family-run hotel had no guests at the time of the attack. It opened in 2006 and is well-known to tourists who used to visit Dogon Country in large numbers.

UN troops have been struggling to end conflict in Mali
The area in central Mali is a Unesco World Heritage site, famous for its villages embedded in sheer cliffs.

The attack happened just three days after Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga passed through Bandiagara on a national tour.

Until the outbreak of conflict in Mali in 2012, Dogon Country depended on tourism. It now has high unemployment.

In the past 18 months, as violence has spread to central Mali, there have been increasing reports of young men joining self-defence militias to take on militant Islamist fighters.

SeunRNMarch 31, 2018


Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper has caused outrage on social media over a tone-deaf appeal for women to send in stories of sexual violence in exchange for the chance to win a “luxury bottle of wine”.

More than one in five women aged 15-49 have experienced domestic or sexual violence in Uganda, according to a government report published last year.

But the newspaper says a recent report indicates a much higher number: 51% of Ugandan women will reportedly experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Earlier this month, a Ugandan MP was criticised for saying on national television that “as a man, you need to discipline your wife.

“You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.”

The Daily Monitor has since apologised for “any misunderstanding” caused by their tweet and deleted it.

SeunRNMarch 31, 2018


Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria

The strain of listeria found in a factory is particularly virulent

A class action lawsuit has been filed against a South African food company following an outbreak of the listeria disease.

One of Tiger Brand’s factories has been linked to the outbreak which has killed more than 180 people since the beginning of last year.

The disease has been traced to certain types of processed meats.

More than 900 people have been infected with listeria, which causes high temperatures, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The United Nations says this outbreak is believed to be the largest ever worldwide.

SeunRNMarch 31, 2018


A fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militia aims his weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government near the Wetia military air base, as they fight for control of the area some 170 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli on December 29, 2014AFP
Libya has been mostly lawless since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011
Gunmen have seized the mayor of Libya’s capital, Abdelraouf Beitelmal, in a night-time raid on his home.

Sources close to the family told the BBC the gunmen shot at the house, and beat up the mayor’s son with the butt of a Kalashnikov.

In a statement, Tripoli’s municipality said it was suspending its work in protest over “abduction”, adding that such incidents “threaten the establishment of the state and its civilian life”,

But the head of the investigations Bureau at the Prosecutor General’s office, Sediq AlSour, told the BBC that the mayor is in custody and is being interrogated.

He declined to elaborate on the reason, saying his office is not responsible for what he called the mayor’s detention.

The incident underlines the continuing confusion and instability in Libya.



SeunRNMarch 31, 2018


Two slave owners in Mauritania have been jailed in a country where slavery remains widespread but convictions rare, activists say.

The sentences of 10 and 20 years are said to be the toughest-ever for the crime in the West African country.

Slavery was outlawed in 1981 but 1% of the population are still living in bondage, human rights groups say.

Black people of certain ethnic groups are often enslaved as domestic workers by lighter-skinned Mauritanians.

The country has jailed more anti-slavery activists than slave owners, rights groups say.

This is just so sad. Cus I really think we are better than this smh.

SeunRNMarch 30, 2018


Illegal workers have invaded the farm of former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe to mine for gold.

Reporters from the Zimbabwean newspaper Newsday found them uprooting lemon trees, digging shafts and loading gold ore into lorries.

After unsuccessfully confronting them on Thursday, Mrs Mugabe reported the matter to the police.

The farm is in Mazowe, where she had forcefully evicted villagers in 2015 – while her husband was still in power.

SeunRNMarch 30, 2018


Adult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease and develop risk factors like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol earlier in life compared to the general population, a German study suggests.
Researchers studied 951 adults, ages 23 to 48, who had been diagnosed with cancer when they were less than 15 years old.

The study team looked at lab tests for risk factors for heart disease, and also for conditions like heart failure, stroke and heart attacks. Along with the cancer survivors, they studied more than 15,000 similar people who didn’t have malignancies as children.

Overall, the cancer survivors were 38 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and 26 percent more likely to have high cholesterol, the study found. Cancer survivors also developed high blood pressure an average of six years earlier than other people, and developed high cholesterol eight years sooner.

About 4.5 percent of the childhood cancer survivors had cardiovascular diseases like heart failure and blood clots in the deep veins of the legs, and most cases occurred before age 40, almost eight years sooner than the people without cancer.

“Adult survivors cannot change that they had exposure to cancer therapies that increased their risk of premature cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. John Groarke, author of an editorial accompanying the study and a researcher at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
“So they must be very vigilant not to add additional risk through smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle or uncontrolled hypertension,” Groarke said by email. Cardiovascular disease is second only to malignancies as the most common cause of death and serious illness for cancer survivors.
Previous research has linked cancer chemotherapies known as anthracyclines to weakening of the heart muscle. Research has also tied some radiation therapy to cardiac rhythm disorders and structural damage in arteries and heart valves.

In the current study, participants had been diagnosed with cancer when they were 6 years old on average, and they were typically about 34 years old at the time of the follow-up lab tests to look for signs of heart disease.
Leukemia was the most common cancer diagnosis, followed by central nervous system tumors, lymphoma and kidney tumors.

Half of them underwent both chemotherapy and radiation, while 37 percent had chemo alone and 3 percent had only radiation.
Cancer survivors were no more likely than other people in the study to have diabetes or obesity, two risk factors for heart disease.
There were very few cases of heart attack and stroke, which may be because the cancer survivors were still relatively young, researchers note in the European Heart Journal.

The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how childhood cancer or its treatments might directly cause heart disease later in life.

Still, the findings add to a large and growing body of evidence that suggests childhood cancer survivors need to worry about their heart health at a much younger age than other people, said lead study author Dr. Joerg Faber of the University Children’s Hospital in Mainz, Germany.

Beyond eating right, exercising and avoiding cigarettes, childhood cancer survivors also need to focus on heart health as part of their routine medical care, Faber said by email.

In particular, they need to get screened. Most patients identified as having high blood pressure and high cholesterol by lab tests done for the study had no idea they were living with these conditions, Faber noted.

“Early systematic screening, particularly focusing on blood pressure and lipid profile measurements, might be suggested in all childhood cancer survivors,” Faber added. “This might help prevent long-term cardiovascular (complications).”

SeunRNMarch 30, 2018


The Federal Government has approved N90 billion for the development of special economic zones across the country.

The action is a component of government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this in Lagos, at the flag off of the Lekki Deep Seaport, noting that the approval was given to fasten economic development.

Buhari who was represented by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, said that the Lekki deep seaport project is a landmark project as it targets 4.7 million containers annually when in full operation.

According to him, the government expects that with the project will influence the generation of about 170,000 direct and indirect jobs in the economy.

The Federal Government expects substantial revenue from the project.

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