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World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

World confab on rising temperatures begins calls for focus on Africa!

| November 8, 2016

(GIN)—Marrakesh, home to mosques, palaces and gardens, will be going green for COP 22, the international follow-up to last year’s historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. World leaders will be gathering there for the next 11 days to advance the landmark agreement, where an unprecedented number of countries agreed to limit the increase in average […]

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Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

| November 10, 2015

(GIN) —It came in with a bat, wreaked havoc throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone, but finally, two years since the outbreak, Ebola is on its way to becoming a distant memory. At a public event this past weekend, Anders Nordstrom, country director of the World Health Organization, confirmed that 42 days had […]

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‘Genois Wilson, Firefighter’ book goes to Detroit

‘Genois Wilson, Firefighter’ book goes to Detroit

| October 13, 2015

70 copies set for donation to Detroit Public Schools Special to Frost Illustrated DETROIT—Genois Wilson, Firefighter: She Dared to Be First is a popular children’s book that tells the story of the life and career of Genois Wilson Brabson, the first woman firefighter in the city of Fort Wayne, Ind. She is also one of […]

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Palm oil plantations devouring forests in West Africa

Palm oil plantations devouring forests in West Africa

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—A newly released study has found that trees covering an area twice the size of Maine were cut down worldwide in 2014. But, the biggest threat to forests is looming over West Africa. Governments there have been buckling to pressure to convert “vacant” land and sell off forests for more profitable uses, namely palm oil […]

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U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

(GIN)—Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire. The Missouri-born artist has become a rising star in the movement to bring electricity from the sun to rural communities. Launched in February 2014, “Akon Lighting Africa” (ALA) describes its aims […]

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Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund drive

Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund drive

| March 10, 2015

(GIN)–The somber face of a young man from Sierra Leone has become the emblem of Ebola’s living survivors, suffering in silence without families, papers, or homes. A photo of Jimmy Thoronka appeared this week in local British papers. An undeclared refugee he went missing after competing in last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 20 […]

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Sierra Leone promises probe into missing Ebola funds

Sierra Leone promises probe into missing Ebola funds

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)—A full investigation will be conducted into multiple failures of accountability regarding the use of $5 million in funds sent for the fight against Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has pledged. An internal audit found that nearly one-third of the money received to fight Ebola was spent without providing receipts and invoices to justify […]

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As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—For the first time since the end of June 2014, there have been fewer than 100 new cases of Ebola reported in a week in the three most affected countries. That was the positive news from the World Health Organization in a new report which cited 99 confirmed cases in the week ending Jan. 25, […]

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Experimental ‘ZMapp’ drugs fails to save Ebola doctor from Sierra Leone

Experimental ‘ZMapp’ drugs fails to save Ebola doctor from Sierra Leone

| November 20, 2014

(GIN)–One of the promising new drugs being tested against the deadly Ebola virus failed this week to save a surgeon from Sierra Leone, flown in for treatment at a Nebraska hospital. Dr. Martin Salia, a permanent US resident, died on Monday, according to the hospital. He arrived in Omaha on Saturday, having left Freetown on […]

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‘We don’t need an Ebola czar’ insists famed Columbia professor

‘We don’t need an Ebola czar’ insists famed Columbia professor

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)–With media stoking fears of a spreading Ebola crisis, medical professionals and other experts have been taking pains to keep cool heads above the super-heated news frenzy. They forced a retreat this week to plans by Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie of New York and New Jersey, who threatened to quarantine all arrivals from […]

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