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Liberia: Simba Essel Energy to Conduct Airborne Surveys Across Its Liberia Block

Simba Essel Energy (CVE: SMB) says Bell Geospace will conduct an airborne survey across Simba’s exploration block in Liberia. Partner Essel Group Middle East (EGME) inked the deal, which will see Bell fly surveys across 2,962 sq. km of the onshore coastal strip of Liberia lying within the known extent of the Roberts-Bassa basin.

“We are very pleased to once again work with Bell Geospace and look forward to beginning the next stage in the development of our Liberian hydrocarbon reconnaissance permit,” said Hassan Hassan, managing director of operations at Simba Essel Energy.

Acquiring FTG (full-tensor gravity gradiometry) data over the onshore/shallow water will provide valuable data which will be critical in planning the future seismic program. he added.

The survey flights will start during the last quarter 2017 and early 2018. Simba has active onshore production-sharing contract in Kenya, final negotiations for a new production-sharing contract in Guinea, a new hydrocarbon reconnaissance permit in Liberia, and production-sharing contracts under negotiations in Chad and Ghana.


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Liberia: ‘VP Boakai Should Have Driven to Southeast’ – Alexander Cummings

Monrovia — Looking to cement his argument about the need to improve road conditions in Southeast Liberia, Alexander Cummings, Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress, is throwing jabs at Vice President Joseph Boakia’s decision to fly into the area where he is currently on a campaign tour of one of the most challenging parts of Liberia.

“I respect our Vice President. I know vice President Boakai actually quite well, and I mean no disrespect to him. But if you don’t experience what your people experience, I’m not sure if there is a strong incentive to fix it.”

“And so, I drove deliberately; I could have flown, but I wanted to experience the road condition that our people face every day.”

Speaking in an interview with the VOA James Butty, Mr. Cummings told the Voice of America Monday that while he has a lot of respect for the Vice President, one of his rival in next month’s Presidential race, he was taken aback by his decision to travel the southeast by air.

No Incentives to Fix

“I respect our vice President. I know vice President Boakai actually quite well, and I mean no disrespect to him; but if you don’t experience what your people experience, I’m not sure if there is a strong incentive to fix it,” the ANC’s standard bearer said.

Much of Liberia’s southeast has been plagued with bad road conditions posing serious problems and challenges for motorists and passengers.

Farmers in areas such as Rivercess, Sinoe and Grand Kru have difficulties transporting food stuff to markets, especially during the heart of the rainy season when most areas become a no-way-zone for commuters.

The issue is becoming a major discussion point in the Presidential race with many of the twenty candidates likely to be kept from campaigning in the southeast due to bad roads during the rainy season.

Mr. Cummings has made roads and infrastructural development a cornerstone of his presidency if elected.

“It does matter to me that the Southeast is cutoff from the rest of Liberia,” he told FrontPageAfrica recently.

Earlier this year, a team of European Union officials traveled to the south-eastern counties of Liberia between February 16 and 24 in a bid to get a comprehensive view of the challenges faced by the population of these counties.

While the World Bank and other development partners have made interventions in other parts of the country linking areas like the Buchanan highway, Ganta and Gbarnga, Bong County, boosting economic development in those areas, residents in the southeastern counties of Rivercess, Sinoe and Grand Kru have not been so lucky.

Under the current government, the Suakoko Highway runs through Ganta, a commercial hub in Nimba County, leading to the Guinea border.

Ganta, a transit point for commuters to and from southeastern Liberia, Ivory Coast and Guinea is booming due to the improved road conditions.

The World Bank and multi-donor trust fund for infrastructure, including the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF), was put into place to muster support for Liberia’s damaged infrastructure.

The LRFT is supported by contributions from the European Union, and the governments of Great Britain, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Germany, and the World Bank.

The LRTF is administered by the World Bank and supervised by an Oversight Committee comprising the Government of Liberia, contributing donors, and the World Bank.

The World Bank and LRTF partners have committed around $400 million to ongoing transport projects in Liberia.

These projects, collectively managed as a program, have financed the rehabilitation of over 500 kilometers of paved roads, representing about 60% of total paved network of roads in Liberia.

In July 2013, President Sirleaf dedicated an 80.8km stretch of road from Cotton Tree to Buchanan City in Grand Bassa County reduced travel from the capital to Buchanan from five hours to roughly two hours.

The newly paved asphalt road from Gbarnga, Bong County to Ganta in Nimba County has also made the two cities major destinations for events out of the capital.

In March this year, the President broke grounds for phase II of the Fish Town -Harper road project.

The project which is now under the auspices of the Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme (MRU/RDTFP) has five key components and will last for 36 months plus a one- year defect liability period.

The five components include road development and mitigation of negative environmental impacts, related development and women’s empowerment, transportation facilitation, institutional support and programme management.”

“With phase I already on-going between Harper City and Karloken and at 37 percent completion level, phase II commences at Karloken and ends at Fish Town in River Gee County.

But while some in roads are being made, Mr. Cummings is hopeful that a victory for him in the upcoming race will help address what many say is a neglected portion of Liberia as he took aim at Vice President Boakai for ignoring the plight of many in the area by flying over the problem.

‘I Drove Deliberately’

“I drove deliberately; I could have flown, but I wanted to experience the road condition that our people face every day.”

On the way back the ANC leader, who launched his campaign in southeastern Liberia and campaigned by road throughout the region, said, difficulties on the roads enabled him to hear from voters in the area.

“I got stuck between Tappita and Saclepea for over four hours in the mud.”

“And I think that as national leaders, it behooves us to experience what our people experience.”

“And so I think our vice President Boakai should have driven down and experience what our people experience every day as opposed to flying into the southeast.”

In his VOA interview, Mr. Cummings also pledged that if elected, he will provide credit to help Liberian businesses grow and charged that his presidency will focus on primary health care because it impacts majority of Liberians.

Mr. Cummings says he will cut what he calls waste in government like excessive trips by government officials and the purchase of expensive vehicles and will not take a salary as President.

Instead, he says he will allocate his salary to the fight against corruption in Liberia.

Mr. Cummings has also pledged to cut what he calls waste in government like excessive trips by government officials and the purchase of expensive vehicles to help pay for his programs. “I think there is a lot of waste in government.”

“We spent money on a lot of things. I think we should reduce the number of people that travel – the class of travel.”

“I believe united states government senior officials, ambassadors’ travel in coach when they travel on official business.”

High Salaries; Poor Country

Mr. Cummings said it is unfair for ministers and legislators to travel in first class when the rest of the country is in dire straits.

“We need to change that. That’s money we can save. The number of cars we buy. I think we can reduce the number, but even the kinds. Take the Toyota family of cars.”

“You have Toyota land cruiser. You can buy a land cruiser for 80 and 100 thousand dollars or you can buy one for US$40,000. They are all land cruisers, all reliable.

“We need to be buying $40,000 land cruisers, take that difference and invest in these things.”

“So, there’s waste. Then there’s this thing called corruption. You know it has been the brain of our country because these are the things we can control.”

He added that while Liberia is regularly ranked among the poorest countries in the world, the country’s legislators are among the richest countries in the world.

“Our legislators today make more than Americans pay their senators and their representatives, and we all know America is one of the richest countries in the world. That cannot be right.”

“You cannot have 103 people – 73 representatives and 30 senators out of a budget of $600 million take around US$40 million.”

“What’s left for the rest of us? So, we have to work with the legislators to reduce their salaries so we can use that money to redistribute to pay teachers, healthcare workers, to pay Police people, and other civil service workers, to pay them more.”

“Liberians have to put pressure on their legislators to reduce their salaries. And it’s only fair and equitable to do that.”

Eight-Man CAF Inspection Team Arrives

By Cellestine Olilo

An eight-person delegation from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) is expected in Kenya on Monday for the third and final inspection of the five stadiums earmarked to host the African Nations Championship (Chan) in January next year.

The clearance visit begins on Tuesday and ends with a press conference on Saturday, and it will once again be led by Caf’s second vice-president Omari Selemani who was in the country last week to assess the country’s political and security situation following the September 1 Supreme Court decision that nullified the presidential elections.

Selemani, who is also a member of the Fifa Council, endorsed the political situation and issued a green light to Caf advising them to proceed with the inspection tour which had been shelved indefinitely for fear of the inspectors’ personal safety.

The Democratic Republic of Congo Football Association President will be accompanied by Caf’s tournaments director Mohammed El Shawarby, IT director Tarek El Deeb, competitions deputy director Khaled Nassar, service deputy director Abdel Razek, media manager Mohammed Thabet, and marketing and TV assistant Amira Amin.

The eight-day clearance tour will be Kenya’s moment of reckoning, as the inspectors are expected to issue a verdict about whether the Chan hosting rights will remain in Kenya or not.

Construction work in each of the five stadia began two weeks ago, and the Chan local organising committee will have a difficult time retaining the faith of the African football chiefs with regards to hosting the 16-nations competition.

Apart from the slow pace of construction work, the order for fresh presidential elections has included more difficulties to the country’s prospects, as the country’s top brass is now heavily immersed in politics.

Football Kenya Federation chief executive officer Robert Muthomi, however, said measures have been put in place to ensure construction work within the stadia continues without interference.

“We don’t foresee any challenges because the work has already began and the stadiums are now with the contractors. No activities will be allowed inside the venues so the timelines we are working with remain the same,” he said.

Should Caf find Kenya incapable of hosting the 12-team tournament, the country will automatically be disqualified from the competition, and this could be followed by a lengthy ban and/or a hefty fine.

Already, the qualification process of the tournament has been completed, with 14 nations having qualified so far.

Congo, Libya, Morocco, Cameroon, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Namibia have all qualified for the tournament that is scheduled to take place from January 11 to February 2.

Rwanda Eye 2nd Win in Afrobasket

By Richard Bishumba

Rwanda will face hosts Tunisia on Saturday evening looking to make it two wins in a row in Group C at the ongoing African Basketball Championships. Rwanda registered the first win in the opening game against Equatorial Guinea on Friday.

The 29th Afrobasket Championship for Men started Friday and will run through September 16 in Senegal and Tunisia.

Moise Mutokambali’s team had to overcome an 11-7 deficit in the first quarter to demolish debutants Equatorial Guinea (75-55). Rwanda recovered from a shaky start to claim the second quarter 16-13 to go into the half-time break with a narrow 24-23 deficit.

Led by centre Kami Kabange, who ended with a game high 20 points, Rwanda dominated the third and fourth quarters 20-17 and 32-14 respectively.

Hamza Ruhezamihigo scored 13 points and added a game high 10 rebounds, while Olivier Shyaka and Kenneth Gasana contributed 11 and 9 points respectively. Cedric Mansare topped Guinea’s scoring list with 18 points.

Mutokambali’s men return to action today against the hosts Tunisia, one of the best basketball playing nations in Africa.

Victory for Rwanda would all but guarantee a ticket to the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere on Friday, Mali defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo 87-82 in Group A in Tunis, while Mozambique lost 47-75 to Zone V giants and title favourites, Egypt in Group D, in a game played in Dakar, Senegal.

Group A and C game are being hosted in Tunisia while Group B and D are playing their preliminary round games in Senegal. The knockout stage games all the way to the final will be hosted in Tunisia.


Group C

Guinea Vs Cameroon 2pm ST-Sports Focus

Tunisia Vs Rwanda 7pm ST-Sports Premium

Friday’s selected results

Group A

DR Congo 82-87 Mali

Group C

Guinea 55-75 Rwanda

Group D

Mozambique 4-5 Egypt


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Nigeria: Med-View Boosts Operation With Boeing 777 Aircraft

By Wole Oyebade

Med-View airline recently took delivery of Boeing 777-200ER aircraft to boost its international routes network.

The aircraft, with registration number CS-TFM, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Monday night and received by jubilant airline and airport staffers.

The modern generation aircraft will be positioned this Sunday to service the Lagos-London route.

Spokesperson of the airline, Oyibotha Obuke, confirmed that the aircraft is configured to sit a total of 326 passengers. Among them are 24 (flat bed seat) business class and 302 economy class seats. The aircraft is also installed with In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) on each seat of both classes of the cabin.

Since its debut on the Lagos-London route on November 20, 2015, the airline operated with B767 and later B747, which is now being replaced with B777 aircraft.

Speaking at a brief reception, Med-View Airline Chief Operating Officer/Accountable Manager, Lookman Animashaun, said the deployment of the B777 on London route is part of the airline strategy to rebrand its international operations, especially the London route.

He said the airline will soon commence operations to West African Francophone countries- Abidjan (Cote’d’ Ivoire), Conakry (Guinea) and Dakar (Senegal).

The COO disclosed that Dubai will be added to the airline route network in November.


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Rwanda Faces Equatorial Guinea in Group C Opener

By Richard Bishumba

The 24th edition of the FIBA Africa Basketball Championships (Afrobasket) for Men gets underway today and will run through September 16 in Senegal and Tunisia.

For the first time, Africa’s biggest basketball tournament will have two host countries. Senegal will host Group B and Group D games, while Group A and Group C will play in Tunisia as well as all knock-outs from the last 8 stage.

Rwanda will be seeking to start on a high when they face debutants Equatorial Guinea in Group C opening game, starting at 2:30pm Rwandan time.

Elsewhere in the same group, hosts Tunisia will be up against Cameroon, at 6pm.

Making a fifth appearance at the continent’s flagship basketball competition, Mutokambali’s team has set a target of making it to the knock -out stages.

Rwanda has never gone past group stages since the debut appearance in 2007, in Angola.

The national team trained together for four weeks at Amahoro Indoor Stadium before traveling to Sousse, Tunisia on August 26 for final preparations and they also played three warm-up games, winning one and losing two.

The team concluded their preparations on Tuesday night before heading to Tunis on Wednesday morning to fight for a spot in the quarter-finals of the 10-day continental showpiece.

“We need to start the competition on a high; victory against Guinea would instill more confidence in players going into the next games. We’ve had good preparations and I think we are ready to give our best to achieve our goals,” Mutokambali told Times Sport on Thursday.

Asked about his opponents, Guinea, the 36-year-old trainer said ,” Guinea is a good team and is very physical. I have had a chance to watch videos of some of their games and studied their style very well, so we know what to expect in Friday’s game.”

Out of the 13 players on Mutokambali’s squad in Tunis, seven were on the team that featured at the 2013 edition in Ivory Coast where Rwanda finished in 10th place.

How does Guinea compare to Rwanda?

While Rwanda is making her fifth appearance at the finals tournament, their opponents Equatorial Guinea are making their debut.

Equatorial Guinea joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in 1994 while Rwanda was affiliated, in 1973.

On the debut appearance in 2007, Rwanda finished 12th out of 16 countries, managing only one win out of 7 games. The two countries have never met before in any basketball competition.


Preliminary round

Group A

DR Congo vs Mali 11am ST-Sports Focus

Nigeria vs Cote D’Ivoire 7:30pm ST-Sports Premium

Group B

CAR vs Morocco 3pm ST-Sports Premium

Angola vs Uganda 9pm ST-Sports Focus

Group C

Guinea vs Rwanda 1:30pm ST-Sports Focus

Tunisia vs Cameroon 5pm ST-Sports Premium

Group D

Mozambique vs Egypt 11:30am ST-Sports Premium

Senegal vs South Africa 6:30pm ST-Sports Focus

Liberia: Liberia Chairs Post Ebola Conference in Guinea

By Omari Jackson

The Steering Committee of the West African Consortium (WAC) on Ebola Vaccines, Therapeutics, Diagnostics and Survivor Care has announced the start of a three-day conference in Conakry, Guinea September 7-9. The conference, which will be held under the theme “Post-Ebola Health Challenges in West Africa,” aims to create a forum for scientists, researchers, ethicists, community members, policymakers, and research-related stakeholders to come together to discuss and develop common positions on post-EVD related medical, ethical, psychosocial, and community issues.

The conference format will include cross-cutting presentations from international organizations, symposia and panel discussions from the sub-region, and key policy and scientific presentations that will feed into a joint communique, as a call to action, at the end of the conference. The sub-regional collaboration was established in 2015 by the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, namely Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to seek collaboration and cooperation on vaccine and therapeutic clinical trials through a multi-country regional strategy. “We have been resolute in our decision to establish this sub-regional body on clinical research, Ebola virus vaccines and therapeutics as well as other emerging and re-emerging diseases,” notes Dr. Moses Massaquoi, chair of WAC representing Liberia. “Our ardent hope is that our governments provide us the necessary support and the political will for the implementation of this common and important duty in fostering clinical research for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases,” he added.

The conference is expected to share best practices and preliminary findings on efforts to identify and address post-EVD health-related challenges in the sub-region. Members of the three most affected countries and collaborating partners of the consortium are also expected to make presentations on EVD research activities with an emphasis on current topics relevant to clinical research in the region. Presentations will address four thematic areas: 1) Improving Clinical Care and Addressing Stigma and Policy-Related Issues of Survivors; 2) Advancing Vaccines, Therapeutics, and Diagnostics for Emerging Infectious Diseases; 3) Strengthening Research Collaboration, Capacity Building, and Community Empowerment; and 4) Strengthening Collaboration on “One Health” Strategy on the Global Health Security Agenda in the West Africa sub-region.

Key stakeholders include the U. S. National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Joint Liberia-U.S. Clinical Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL); the Mano River Union (MRU); the West African Health Organization (WAHO); the West African Taskforce for the Control of Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (WATER); the World Health Organization (WHO); the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM); the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); and the Ministries of Health (MoHs) of the three countries involved, among others. As a result, the scientific leaderships of these countries underscore the need for sub-regional and regional collaboration to control and end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as to identify and seek solutions to mitigate post-EVD related sequels. “Although the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak paid a very high premium, they have contributed significantly to clinical research on drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests,” notes Professor Mandy Kader Konde, co-chair of WAC representing Guinea. “They were able to show that findings from health research studies have significant impacts on strengthening the response to emerging infectious diseases as well as the global health security agenda. We are hopeful that this forum of scientists will foster discussions that will lead to the creation of a framework to promote and sustain capacity building to mitigate future outbreaks and manage post-Ebola health challenges among survivors,” he added.

According to the WAC leadership, regional collaboration adds value to the research capacity of each member state of the consortium and strengthens clinical research platforms in the sub-region. They believe that this is the preferred strategy to address problems of the weakened health system and improve long term global health security. Dr. Alie Wurie, co-chair from Sierra Leone, expressed satisfaction over the level of support and collaboration WAC continues to receive from donors, partners and the various Ministries of Health. “We are hopeful that this forum of scientists will allow enough discussion on the real post-Ebola health challenges, but above all to create the framework for a sustainable capacity building of young researchers to see how research can continue to be useful for improving the health of communities,” he added.


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Afrobasket – Rwanda to Face DRC in Final Warm-Up Game

Rwanda will face neighbours, Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday afternoon in the third and final warm-up game ahead of the FIBA Afrobasket Championships for Men in Tunisia.

Moise Mutokambali’s team have already lost two warm-up games against Central African Republic and Mali on Thursday and Sunday respectively.

This year’s African Basketball Championships is scheduled for September 6-16 in Senegal and Tunisia.

Rwanda lost 48-73 to Central African Republic before suffering a narrow 67-68 defeat at the hands of Mali on Sunday evening in Sousse, Tunisia.

On Sunday, Rwanda led by 66-64 going into the last 9 seconds of the game, but they failed to manage late pressure from the West Africans.

IPRC-Kigali’s Steven Havugintwari was Rwanda’s top scorer with 18 points; Kami Kabange contributed 16 points, while Canada-based Hamza Ruhezamihigo added another 14 points.

“Generally, we played well. It’s unfortunate that we failed to manage the final 9 seconds. The defeat is a big lesson of what we should work on before the Afrobasket starts,” Mutokambali said in a post-game interview.

He added that, “We are now shifting focus on the DRC match on Tuesday, a team that has the same style of play as Cameroon. It’s going to be a good test and a good platform for our foreign-based players, who just joined us here.”

Rwanda has been drawn in Group C alongside Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the hosts Tunisia.

In the meantime, all the four foreign-based players finally arrived in Tunisia and all featured in Sunday’s game against Mali. Those include; Patrice Twagirayezu, Kenneth Wilson Gasana, Dan Manzi and Adonis Rwabigwi.

Rwanda will start her quest for Afrobasket glory facing Guinea on September 8; play the second game against Tunisia on Sept. 9 before rounding off the group stages against Cameroon the next day.

Group A and C matches as well all knock-out stages will be hosted by Tunisia while Senegal will be home to Group B and D matches.

The 29th edition of Afrobasket finals is the last edition that the competition is held biennially. The next edition will be held in 2021, making it a once in four years’ event.

Rwanda has made it to the finals of Africa’s biggest and most prestigious basketball competition on five occasions in the last six editions since making her debut appearance in 2007, in Angola.


Rwanda vs DR Congo 4pm


Mali 68-67 Rwanda


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Africa: Migrants Find Work as Beekeepers in Italy

analysisBy Ricci Shryock

Alessandria — A group in Italy is training migrants — mostly from sub-Saharan Africa — as beekeepers, then pairing them with honey producers who need employees. Aid groups say new efforts by European leaders to stem the flow of migrants from Africa ignores the fact that Europe needs these workers. According to Oxfam, Italy alone will need 1.6 million migrants over the next 10 years.

Back in his native Senegal, the only interaction Abdul Adan ever had with bees was when one stung his mouth while he was eating fresh honey. That day, his mouth was so swollen that he didn’t leave his home in Senegal’s Casamance region. Years later as a migrant worker in Alessandria, Italy, Adan is so comfortable with the insects that he does not even use gloves as he handles their hives and inspects their progress.

“I’m looking to see if the queen is here or not,” he said, as he uses his bare hands to look for the yellow dot that indicates the queen he placed in the hive a week before. “If there was the queen, she would have started laying eggs, but I don’t see any eggs.”

Adan is part of a project called Bee My Job, in which the Italian Cambalache Association trains migrants and refugees as beekeepers and finds work for them in Italy’s agribusiness industry. The association’s president, Mara Alacqua, says they have hosted and trained 107 people — mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa — since launching in 2014.

“Our beds are always full,” she said. “Every time a person leaves the project, and so we have a spare place, that place is covered straight away just within two days’ time.”

The migrants also take language classes as part of the program. Today, Adan is fluent in Italian and, despite his initial fears, he has become one of the most successful trainees.

“The first day that Mara asked me to do the work, I couldn’t sleep,” he said. “I said I have never done bee work, I was really scared that the bees would sting me and people would laugh and look at me, but afterward I figured and said I will learn, and maybe one day I can do it in my country.”

Nearly 95,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Italy this year, though in the past two months, numbers have dropped by more than 50 percent compared to last year. Experts attribute the decrease to a more aggressive approach by the Libyan coast guard to turn boats back — and Libya’s increased support from the European Union. While in Libya, Adan says he was held hostage and tortured, and then forced into slave labor before escaping on a boat to Italy.

“To do work with bees, it’s not a work that is hard,” Adan said. “I already passed through stages that are harder than working with bees. If I tell you the Libyans who took us for work, you know how much we had to eat? One piece of bread a day. And we worked hard.”

A need for migrants

Amid ongoing efforts to stem the flow, Oxfam says European leaders are ignoring the need for migrants. According to the UK-based aid group, Italy alone will need an estimated 1.6 million workers over the next decade to sustain its welfare and pension plans.

Francesco Panella, a beekeeper for more than 40 years and president of Bee Life EU, agrees that migrant workers are good for Italy.

“In reality, we have a problem in our country,” he said. “On one side, there is a huge problem with unemployment; but the other issue, it’s not at all easy to find workers for agriculture. So, in reality, Italian agriculture is based on the work of foreigners. The world changes. It’s a world of movement, movement of people.”

In a room filled with crates used to harvest honey, Panella is quick to philosophize about migration, human compassion and more. He adds that both his children are immigrants. One works in the U.S. and the other in the U.K., and his grandfather contemplated migrating to Argentina after World War II in search of opportunities. He said he keeps all these things in mind when employing migrant workers, such as Isamel Soumarhoro, from Guinea.

Soumarhoro has worked in Panella’s beekeeping operations since 2015.

“What makes me happy is the moment when I take out the honey to take back to the house, because it’s a work that is a little difficult. You see, in 2015 when I arrived, there was more honey and the employees were happy,” Soumarhoro said.

According to Panella, one of the main threats to the program is the negative impact climate change and pesticides are having on honey production. Italy’s honey production this year is down 70 percent from normal harvests, he said. Most of the migrants hope the work continues, though they struggle being so far from home.

Every morning, Abdul Adan takes a 20-minute train ride to Alessandria, Italy, where he works with bee hives and in an organic garden to sell produce, Aug. 22, 2017. “I feel very lonely, very very,” he says.

“I feel very lonely, very very,” Adan said. “Sometimes when I think of my family, it makes me want to go back home, but that’s the story of immigration. I am looking for some means. Maybe one day I go back to my country, or one day I can bring my family. No one knows what the future holds.”

For the migrants, they hope the honey business can make tomorrow at least a bit sweeter.

Afrobasket 2017 – Rwanda’s Coach Mutokambali Wary of Tunisia

By Richard Bishumba

Rwanda national team head coach Moise Mutokambali has admitted that his team hosts Tunisia pose the biggest challenge to his team’s hopes of toping Group C at the upcoming FIBA Afrobasket Championships slated for September 6-16.

For the first time, Africa’s biggest basketball tournament will have two host countries. Senegal will host Group B and Group D games, while Group A and Group C will play in Tunisia as well as all knock-outs from the last 8 stage.

Mutokambali’s team left the country on August 26 to enhance their preparations in in Sousse. Rwanda returns to Afrobasket finals after missing the 2015 edition and will be seeking to go past group stages for the first time since the debut appearance in 2007.

“We have had better preparations compared to previous years. We want to also do better than we ever did before-our primary goal to go past the group stages,” Mutokambali told Sunday Sport.

Making their fifth appearance at the continent’s flagship competition, Rwanda has been drawn in Group C alongside Cameroon, hosts Tunisia and debutants Equatorial Guinea.

Mutokambali noted that, “Tunisia is the team to beat in our pool. Guinea and Cameroon are countries with no known basketball history in Africa; however, anything can happen in such competitions, we won’t underrate any opponent.”

Rwanda played a warm-up match against Central Africa Republic on Thursday night, which Mutokambali’s men won 73-48.

According to reports from Tunisia, three players namely; Kenneth Wilson Gasana, Dan Manzi and Adonis Rwabigwi are yet to join the team in camp. Rwanda will start the bid against Equatorial Guinea on September 6.


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