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Tanzania to Auction 30 Wildlife Hunting Blocks

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The Tanzanian government has invited interested bidders as it auctions 30 “tourist hunting blocks” within game reserves and other areas.

“The Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) invites applications from qualified applicants for the allocation of Tourist Hunting Blocks through electronic auctioning,” the authority says on its website.

Tawa has set out requirements for companies interested in the blocks, including being registered “within Tanzania intending to engage in hunting of animals”, as well having at least one director with five years of experience in wildlife-based business and conservation in the country.

“Eligible hunting companies can be allocated up to five hunting blocks each, which shall be of different categories. Auctioning will commence on 8 February 2021 and will last for seven consecutive days” the authority says.

Some of the hunting blocks are located within the Selous Game Reserve ecosystem, which is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Tourism is one of the key pillars of Tanzanian economy.

The government initially placed 26 hunting blocks on an online auctioning platform in 2019 in order to enhance transparency and curb corruption.

Last year’s auction was reportedly shelved after the government was unable to sell many of the blocks in previous auctions

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Mali Woman Gives Birth To Nine Babies: Government

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A Malian woman gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco on Tuesday and all nine babies are “doing well”, her government said, although Moroccan authorities had yet to confirm what would be an extremely rare case.

 Mali’s government flew 25-year-old Halima Cisse, a woman from the north of the poor West African state, to Morocco for better care on March 30. She was initially believed to have been carrying septuplets.

 

Cases of women successfully carrying septuplets to term are rare — and nonuplets even rarer.

 

Moroccan health ministry spokesman Rachid Koudhari said he had no knowledge of such a multiple birth having taken place in one of the country’s hospitals.

 

But Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that Cisse had given birth to five girls and four boys by Caesarean section.

 

“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” Mali’s Health Minister Fanta Siby told AFP, adding that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco.

 

They are due to return home in several weeks’ time, she added.

 

Doctors had been concerned about Cisse’s health, according to local press reports, as well as her babies’ chances of survival.

 

Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that ultrasound examinations conducted in both Mali and Morocco had suggested that Cisse was carrying seven babies.

 

Siby offered her congratulations to “the medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy”.

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Ghana Begins Digital Verification of COVID-19 Test Results

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Ghana has become the first country in the Economic Community of West African States to deploy a system for digital verification of COVID-19 PCR test results.

 

 

The system, which is based on the African Union Trusted Travel and ECOWAS BIOMARS standard, is being implemented by the Ministry of Health through the Ghana Health Service.

 

This is expected to provide an ease of verification prior to travel and upon arriving in the country, and also help stop the circulation of fake test results which could damage the country’s effort against the spread of COVID-19 through imported cases.

 

A statement issued by the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, revealed that the technology platform is powered jointly by the Ghana Health Service and the PanaBIOS Consortium.

 

According to the statement, “All travellers, Airlines and Diplomatic Missions, Port Health, COVID-19 testing laboratories and all other relevant stakeholders in Ghana are informed that only test results or certificates bearing Trusted Travel or BIOMARS codes will be considered valid for travel out of Ghana from 21st April 2021.

 

“Travellers arriving in the country must use a tool made available through the UNDP-supported Global Haven partnership ( PCR test results certificate verification) for Covid-19

 

 

“All travellers are strongly encouraged to sign up for accounts with the same e-mail address and mobile numbers they provided to the laboratories during testing.”

 

 

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Jubilation As Uganda Switches On Internet After Days

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Jubilation As Uganda Switches On Internet After Days

 

It was jubilation galore on Monday, as Uganda switched on the internet after it had shut it down before it’s presidential election.

 

The internet was switched off o. January 13 following fears that it would be used to spread messages of hate and violence amid the country’s general elections held on January 14.

Ofwono Opondo, government spokesman told Xinhua by telephone that the internet had been switched on after data collected indicated that there would be no violence.

 

“Internet was switched off because people wanted to spread messages of hate and violence, as well as discredit the integrity of our elections,” Opondo said.

“We think now people have come to terms with the results.

 

“However, we remain on alert,” he added.

 

On January 13, a day before the country went for presidential and parliamentary elections the internet was switched off.

 

“Whatever was done was done for the good of the country.

 

“The opposition was affected and the ruling party was also affected. Even the general public was affected,” Opondo said.

 

Although the internet is now on, social media is still blocked.

 

In the Thursday election, incumbent President Yoweri Museveni won with 58.64 per cent of the tallied votes while his closest rival Robert Kyagulanyi got 34.83 per cent.

The presidential race attracted 11 candidates.

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