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Alcon Highlights.

The Super Eagles beat Guinea Bissau 2-0 in yesterday’s game as Egypt booked their spot in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Sudan 1-0.Egypt qualified for the knockout stage in second place in Group D behind Nigeria. 

Today’s matches are:

Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea.

Ivory Coast Vs Algeria

Gambia vs Tunisia

Mali vs Mauritania 

May the best team win.

Mali

Mali bans German military planes from airspace, forces diversion.

Mali’s authorities banned a German military plane with 75 troops on board from overflying the country. The transport plane was on its way from a German air base to a logistics hub in Niamey in Niger when it was told it could not enter Mali’s airspace. Germany has deployed some 1,200 troops to Mali and has to decide by the end of May whether to extend the military mission which is supplied via the logistics base in Niamey.Berlin has voiced concern over the latest developments in Mali after the arrival of private military contractors of the Russian Wagner Group and the interim authorities’ failure to hold democratic elections next month as agreed following a 2020 military coup.The European Union has announced that it will impose sanctions on Mali in line with measures already taken by the ECOWAS grouping of West African states. Decisions are likely by the end of January.

Kenya

Kenya launches the first locally designed electric bus in Africa.

A Kenyan company that designs, develops and deploys electric vehicles tailored for the African has just introduced the first all-electric bus in the country as well as the first African designed electric bus ever. This is the first major step in the company’s vision to provide a locally designed and developed electric bus that can be mass-produced for the pan-African market by 2023.

The bus is designed and developed in-house with local engineering talent, while at the same time utilizing local manufacturing partners. Furthermore, the bus will be significantly lower cost than importing fully built electric buses. Plus, it also has superior performance compared to its diesel counterpart.The deployment of the buses will initially be in peri-urban areas around Nairobi Metropolitan, paired with a business model that enables operators to save from day one. Along with the bus deployment, several charging points will be installed from Opibus’ already existing range of products. These chargers will be a mix of AC (slow) and DC (fast) chargers, using the fast charger, the electric bus will be fully charged within an hour enabling seamless operations.

Africa Wide

Oracle opens a data center to provide cloud services across Africa.

Oracle has opened a data center in South Africa to provide local cloud services across Africa for the first time, joining the likes of Microsoft and Amazon in setting up facilities in the southernmost country on the continent.Africa will be the U.S. company’s 37th “cloud region” – an area that allows customers to get faster access from a local data centre, in this case in Johannesburg.Oracle is racing to open at least 44 cloud regions this year as it plans to catch up with cloud computing rivals such as Microsoft , Amazon and Google .Increased demand for faster computing from African banks and telecom firms has attracted big cloud operators into the largely untapped market, with Microsoft the first to launch data centers in South Africa, followed by Amazon and Huawei.

Madagascar 

Heavy rains in Madagascar cause flooding in the capital, 10 dead.

Heavy rains in Madagascar have flooded parts of the capital city, Antananarivo, killing 10 people and making more than 12,000 homeless.With the rains continuing and a possible cyclone approaching the Indian Ocean island, officials warned of potential landslides in the capital city, which is built on steep hills.President Andry Rajoelina has called an emergency meeting over the flooding crisis, his office announced.At least 2,400 residences in the capital are flooded and low-lying areas of the city are in deep water, officials said. Six houses in higher parts of the city have collapsed because of the rains.Three gymnasiums in the city are being used to house displaced families and others are sheltering in schools and local government offices.

Mozambique

Poaching boss jailed for 30 years in Mozambique.

A court in Mozambique has sentenced the leader of a poaching gang to 30 years in prison.Judges in Maputo Province found Admiro Chauque guilty of illegal possession of weapons, and numerous poaching offenses in southern Mozambique, as well as in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.He was arrested trying to poach rhinos in May last year.There is a strong demand for rhino horn in China and Vietnam.The court also gave a nine-year sentence to a man who was caught laying traps to catch animals in Maputo National Park.In recent years the judiciary in Mozambique has imposed heavy penalties on poachers and people transporting the protected animals.

South Africa 

South African president launches vaccine manufacturing plant.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened a new vaccine manufacturing facility that he says will boost the country’s capacity to make its own inoculations for diseases including COVID-19.The plant in Cape Town a partnership between a Multinational biotechnology firm, the government and South African universities will help improve Africa’s ability to produce vaccines, Ramaphosa stated.The new plant aims to reach a goal of producing 1 billion vaccines annually by 2025. South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare already assembles the J&J COVID-19 vaccine in a factory in Gqebera.Another vaccine production plant in South Africa is operated by the Biovac Institute in Cape Town in a partnership with Pfizer-BioNTech to produce 100 million of its vaccine doses annually.Ramaphosa said Africa has secured 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the African Union’s vaccine acquisition task team, but the continent needs more.

Ethiopia

Ethiopians revel in Jesus’ baptism festival.

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians have been celebrating the festival of Timket, or Epiphany, which commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.Worshippers gathered at the Fasilides Bath, a sacred site just outside the city of Gondar.For the Timket festival the bath is filled with water so the baptism can be re-enacted.

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