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Almost five years have passed since the Eséka railway accident in Cameroon that took 79 lives and left around 600 people injured, Thursday saw this same previously suspended express train between Douala and Yaoundé back on the rails via a safety test run overseen by transport authorities.

The train has since been doubled in size with sixteen cars instead of the usual nine.

Cameroonian Minister Jean Ernest Ngale Bihehe, shared a few words about the success of the relaunch with the media.

"The Transcam 1 Douala Yaounde is in the process of being completely rehabilitated. The same is true for Transcam 2 between Yaoundé and Ngaoundéré. When you have recently installed equipment, the speed per kilometre must be reduced. This is what we have done today.

Following Thursday's successful test run, the first departures of the express train have been scheduled for the upcoming days.

The result of the investigation of the October 21, 2016, accident, revealed not only speeding but also a dilapidated fleet of equipment and rolling stock of Camrail -- the company in charge of rail transport management in Cameroon.

Camril -- along with the Cameroonian government which announced the rehabilitation of a dozen cars from the old fleet and the purchase of 4 locomotives, has since invested around 335 million euros to upgrade the railway network.

Among the railways to be completely rehabilitated is the one linking Douala-Yaoundé and Yaoundé-Ngaoundéré. Work on the Transcamerounaise 1 (Douala-Yaoundé) is being completed.

According to Michel Ossock, the deputy director of Camrail, 330km of railways have already been renewed, 15 metal bridges have been rehabilitated and 300 hydraulic works have also been rehabilitated.

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45-year-old Glover is the pilot and lone space rookie among his three SpaceX Crew-1 members.

On Crew-1, Glover became the 15th Black astronaut in space and the first Black astronaut to stay for an extended period on the ISS, after spending nearly six months in orbit as part of Expedition 64.

He's from the Los Angeles area and is the first African-American astronaut to move into the space station for a long stay.

He wrestled and played football at California Polytechnic State University.

When picked as a NASA astronaut in 2013, he was working as a legislative fellow for the late Sen. John McCain.

Glover and his three cremates began their journey to the International Space Station on November 16.

It's been a busy few months for Glover, conducting experiments onboard, and performing several spacewalks to install support frames for new, high-efficiency solar panels, and rearrange space station plumbing.

Glover shared best wishes on Thanksgiving, holiday greetings, and an inauguration message with his crew mates on January 6.

On February 24, Glover had a virtual chat with US Vice President Kamala Harris in celebration of Black History Month.

Glover and his three crew mates are planning to return to Earth this weekend after they began their journey November 16.

They're expected to splashdown at 11:36 a.m. EDT Saturday, May 1, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida.

The trip home for the four astronauts was delayed from Wednesday because of high winds forecast for the area.

But this likely won't be Glover's last spaceflight, in December 2020, he was announced as one of 18 astronauts who will train for NASA's Artemis moon-landing program.

 

 

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Four astronauts left the International Space Station on Saturday aboard a SpaceX vessel, after more than 160 days in space which will culminate in a splash landing off the Florida coast.

The Crew Dragon capsule undocked from the ISS as scheduled at 8:35 pm (0035 Sunday GMT). With the flight back to Earth expected to take six-and-a-half hours, the crew was scheduled to splash down in the dark off Panama City, Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:57 am (0657 GMT).

"Dragon separation visually confirmed," a NASA commentator said after two sets of six hooks tying the capsule to the ISS retracted.

The capsule then fired a series of short bursts with its thrusters to gently ease away from the ISS.

NASA livestream footage showed the Crew Dragon capsule moving off into the dark as it began its journey back to Earth, its rear engines lighting up in small flashes.

Seven astronauts remained on the ISS including a new crew of four who arrived on a different SpaceX craft last week.

"Thanks for your hospitality," Michael Hopkins, one of the departing US astronauts, said as the capsule moved away. "We'll see you back on Earth."

NASA and SpaceX have alternative splash down sites ready, aside from Panama City, if need be.

"We have been practicing to recover the crews day or night," Steve Stich, NASA's Commercial Crew program manager, said shortly before the capsule's departure.

"The ships have lots of lighting," helped by "good moonlight," he said, adding that weather conditions were excellent, with calm seas.

SpaceX boats are expected to reach the capsule about 10 minutes after splashdown.

Astronauts Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan's Soichi Noguchi went to space last November as the crew on the first fully operational mission to the ISS aboard a vehicle made by Elon Musk's SpaceX, which has become NASA's favored commercial transportation partner.

 
 

 

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1 Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Is 22 Years On The Golden Stool | General News/1 Osei Tutu II born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah is 22 years on the Golden stool. Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene who was enstooled on 26 April 1999. He is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana and the Sword Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England. Between 1981 and 1985, he was a senior consultant at the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company in Toronto, Canada. He returned to London in 1985 and became the Personnel Officer at the HPCC Stonebridge Bus Garage Project, in the London Borough of Brent

Osei Tutu II born Nana Barima Kwaku Duah is 22 years on the Golden stool.

Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene who was enstooled on 26 April 1999.

He is also the Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana and the Sword Bearer of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Between 1981 and 1985, he was a senior consultant at the Mutual of Omaha He returned to London in 1985 and became the Personnel Officer at the HPCC Stonebridge Bus Garage Project, in the London Borough of Brent.


He then founded his own mortgage finance firm, Primoda Financial Services Limited, located on Kilburn High Road, North West London.

Insurance Company in Toronto, Canada.

 

He returned to Ghana in 1989 to start a transport business, the Transpomech International (Ghana) Limited.

The Asantehene is highly revered in the Ashanti Region and other parts of the country.

He headed the Committee of Eminent Chiefs that helped to end the over two-decade Dagbon chieftaincy crisis.

In 2009 he launched the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation to serve his people in two of his main focus areas: education and health.

In February 2020, he became the first person to receive the 'Pillar of Peace Award'. This was in recognition of the effort that he put into restoring peace to the kingdom of Dagbon.

He is also a recipient of the CIMG President's Special Award in 2019.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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The political appeasement gestures multiplied on Friday in Côte d'Ivoire where exiled supporters of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo returned after ten years of exile, at the same time as the release of a hundred prisoners accused of violence related to the 2020 presidential election was announced.

Six supporters of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, including former party officials, landed in Abidjan from Ghana under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in agreement with the Ivorian government, in the name of "national reconciliation".

The exiles, who include former budget minister Justin Katinan Kone and Laurent Gbagbo's younger sister Jeannette Koudou, were greeted at the airport by dozens of activists, kept at a safe distance by police, as well as journalists.

"I am serene, I have a happy heart," Ms Koudou said at a press conference, saying she was "full of gratitude" for her "comrades" of the Ivorian People's Front (FPI) created by her brother.

Among the returning exiles is Damana Pikass, who made a name for himself by snatching from a member of the electoral commission the results by region that he was reading on live television, which would have given Alassane Ouattara the victory over Laurent Gbagbo in the 2010 presidential election

Gbagbo's refusal to admit defeat led to a serious post-election crisis that left some 3,000 people dead.

The return of the exiles precedes the expected return of Laurent Gbagbo himself, after his acquittal on March 31 by international justice for crimes against humanity committed during the crisis.

Saying he felt "a sense of joy after ten years away from the motherland, ten years away from family affection", Damana Pikass said he returned to prepare, at his request, the return of the former president, "to mobilize around the discourse of reconciliation and the gathering of the people of Côte d'Ivoire.

In early April, President Ouattara announced that Gbagbo was free to return to Côte d'Ivoire - from Brussels where he currently lives - whenever he wished, but no date has yet been set.

Discussions are underway between the government and the FPI to determine the modalities and date of his return.

 

 

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Kenya wants two refugee camps that host hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn countries closed by June 30 next year, the government said Thursday.

The announcement followed a meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi about the status of the two refugee camps where 433,765 refugees and asylum-seekers live. Most of the people at the two camps are from Somalia and South Sudan.

“A joint team comprising officials from the Kenyan government and the (U.N. Refugee) agency will therefore be formed to finalize and implement a road map on the next steps towards a humane management of refugees in both camps,” a joint statement said.

Earlier this month, UNHCR presented Kenya with what it said were “sustainable rights-based measures” for finding solutions for the refugees' long-standing displacement.

This followed a two-week ultimatum given by Kenya's interior minister for the agency to come up with a road map to close the decades-old camps.

The push by Kenya's government to shut down the camps sooner has been blocked after the High Court issued the temporary order, which will run for 30 days after former presidential aspirant Peter Gichira filed a legal challenge seeking to block the closure of the two camps.

UNHCR's “sustainable and rights-based measures" to find a solution for the displacement of the refugees include a voluntary return for refugees in safety and dignity, departures to third countries under various arrangements, and alternative stay options in Kenya for certain refugees from East African Community, or EAC, countries.

“We are serious about completing the repatriation program which we starte“I believe that the government and people of Kenya will continue to show their generous hospitality towards refugees as they have done for nearly three decades, while we carry on discussions on a strategy to find the most durable, appropriate and rights-based solutions for refugees and asylum-seekers residing in the refugee camps in Dadaab and Kakuma,” Grandi said.

Refugees from East African countries will be given the option of being issued a work permit for free so that they can integrate into Kenyan communities or return to their country of origin, Matiang’i said.

Kenya has said the Dadaab refugee camp near the Somalia border is a source of insecurity. Some officials have argued that it has been used as a recruiting ground for the jihadi rebels of al-Shabab and a base for launching violent attacks inside Kenya, but officials haven't provided conclusive proof.

A Kenyan court in 2017 blocked the closure of Dadaab camp, saying it wasn't safe for refugees to return to Somalia.

Kenya has been saying for years that it would like to close Daadab, near Kenya’s eastern border with Somalia and which hosts nearly 200,000 mostly Somali refugees.

The Kenyan government’s latest demand is seen as retaliation against Somalia for insisting on pursuing a case at the International Court of Justice over a disputed maritime border between the two countries. Kenya wants the case settled out of court.

Kakuma camp in Kenya’s northeast has nearly 200,000 refugees, mostly South Sudanese nationals escaping civil war

 

 

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doctor staunchly against the Covid vaccine has succumbed to the virus after testing positive. 

Dr Stephen Karanja died on April 29 after being admitted to hospital in Kenya's capital Nairobi when he started suffering symptoms. 

Dr Karanja, the lead of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, had been criticised before his death for "misguiding" Kenyans not to take the coronavirus vaccine. 

In a letter to citizens shared to Twitter, Dr Karanja acknowledged Covid-19 brought with it unprecedented new challenges for the health industry but urged people to rethink the vaccine. 

"It's also becoming clear that there are partisan interests that seem bent on keeping some important truths from coming to the fore at the expense of human life," he wrote in the letter dated March 3, a day after more than a million AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Kenya. 

"We know for a fact that there are drugs that have been re-purposed and used effectively to treat Covid-19. We also know that vaccination for this disease is totally unnecessary making the motivation suspect.

Dr Karanja added in the letter the Covid vaccine "should not be given".

"We appeal to all people of Kenya to avoid taking this vaccine," he said.

The doctor instead advised Kenyans to visit a hospital at the onset of symptoms for early intervention to prevent mortality. 

He endorsed treatments like hydroxychloroquine, which is used to treat malaria, and Ivermectin, which is used to treat parasite infestations. 

 

 

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Remarkable photos show thousands of people flocking to an iconic tourist hotspot in the country where Covid-19 was first reported

The stunning images show people walking along the top of the Great Wall at Badaling, as people celebrate Labour Day, also known as May Day, in China.

In the photos, only some people were wearing masks and little social distancing was being observed.

According to the Global Times, a notice was released regarding the Badaling Great Wall, saying online reservations for Saturday through to Monday topped the limit of 48,750.

People in awe of China's crowds

People online expressed how envious they were of those walking along the Great Wall of China.

"So jealous," one person said in response to a video shared by Leo Ramírez, a video journalist for AFP based in Beijing.

"The passenger flow during the May Day holiday this year is enough to prove China's remarkable effectiveness in fighting the epidemic," another person tweeted.

The world's second largest economy is expecting some 265 million journeys by road, train or boat during the five-day holiday, a transport ministry official said this week — numbers last seen in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Key cities such as capital city Beijing, as well as Shanghai and Guangzhou, are expected to see greater demand this Labour Day holiday, said transport official Li Huaqiang.

 

"The number of people would have basically returned to levels seen in the same period in 2019," he added.

But Chinese authorities sounded a cautious note ahead of the break, warning that tourist attractions should impose restrictions on visitor numbers and have ticketing systems to control the flow of people.

 
 

 

 

 

 

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Yahoo News Australia and agencies
·3-min read
 
 

Remarkable photos show thousands of people flocking to an iconic tourist hotspot in the country where Covid-19 was first reported

The stunning images show people walking along the top of the Great Wall at Badaling, as people celebrate Labour Day, also known as May Day, in China.

In the photos, only some people were wearing masks and little social distancing was being observed.

According to the Global Times, a notice was released regarding the Badaling Great Wall, saying online reservations for Saturday through to Monday topped the limit of 48,750.

People in awe of China's crowds

People online expressed how envious they were of those walking along the Great Wall of China.

"So jealous," one person said in response to a video shared by Leo Ramírez, a video journalist for AFP based in Beijing.

"The passenger flow during the May Day holiday this year is enough to prove China's remarkable effectiveness in fighting the epidemic," another person tweeted.

The world's second largest economy is expecting some 265 million journeys by road, train or boat during the five-day holiday, a transport ministry official said this week — numbers last seen in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Key cities such as capital city Beijing, as well as Shanghai and Guangzhou, are expected to see greater demand this Labour Day holiday, said transport official Li Huaqiang.

 

"The number of people would have basically returned to levels seen in the same period in 2019," he added.

But Chinese authorities sounded a cautious note ahead of the break, warning that tourist attractions should impose restrictions on visitor numbers and have ticketing systems to control the flow of people.

 
 

 

 

 

 

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SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea lashed out at the United States and its allies in South Korea on Sunday in a series of statements saying recent comments from Washington are proof of a hostile policy that requires a corresponding response from Pyongyang.

 The statements, carried on state news agency KCNA, come after the White House on Friday said U.S. officials had completed a months-long review of North Korean policy, and underscore the challenges U.S. President Joe Biden faces as he seeks to distance his approach from the failures of his predecessors.

In one statement, a Foreign Ministry spokesman accused Washington of insulting the dignity of the country’s supreme leadership by criticizing North Korea’s human rights situation.

The human rights criticism is a provocation that shows the United States is “girding itself up for an all-out showdown” with North Korea, and will be answered accordingly, the unnamed spokesman said.

 

In a separate statement, Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, cited Biden’s first policy speech to Congress on Wednesday, where the new president said nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran posed threats that would be addressed through “diplomacy and stern deterrence.”

Kwon said it is illogical and an encroachment upon North Korea’s right to self-defence for the United States to call its defensive deterrence a threat.

“His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the U.S. for over half a century,” he said, using the initials for North Korea’s official name.

Kwon said U.S. talk of diplomacy is aimed at covering up its hostile acts, and its deterrence is just a means for posing nuclear threats to North Korea.

Now that Biden’s policy has become clear, North Korea “will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the U.S. will find itself in a very grave situation,” he concluded.

 

 

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