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    British government puts Madeira “under surveillance” and at risk of descending

    UK Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps British Transport Minister Grant Shapps warned this Friday of the "risk of things changing" and destinations such as Madeira being demoted from the "green list" to the "yellow list" of British international travel. The British government announced on Thursday that Madeira, Malta, the Spanish and Caribbean Balearic Islands, including Barbados, and other British Overseas Territories will be...

    UNESCO wants to include Venice in the endangered world heritage list

    UNESCO published these recommendations one month before the next session of its world heritage committee, which will be held in China, from 16 to 31 July. In Venice, the impact of mass tourism was one of the criteria that led the Paris-based institution to request the inclusion of the Italian city in the list of endangered heritage. The report includes “Venice and its lagoon (Italy) on...

    Tanzania’s opposition leader jets into the country ahead of his book launch

    Embattled Tanzania's opposition leader has arrived in the country from Belgium ahead of his book launch on Friday. Lissu fled Tanzania ahead of mounting tension between him and former President Magufuli after the October 2020 general elections. The outspoken politician will launch his book Remaining in the Shadows – Parliament and Accountability in East Africa at Nairobi's Windsor Hotel. Prof George Wajackoya, Lissu's lawyer, confirmed his arrival...

    The WHO announces plans to set up hub in South Africa for vaccine manufacturing

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that it is setting up a tech transfer hub in South Africa to sort out vaccine problems in low-income countries. During the historic deal announced on Monday, the hub would make it possible for African companies to manufacture mRNA vaccines – the technology used to make Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – in as little as 9-12 months. WHO said...

    Olympic Games will be able to have up to 10,000 Japanese in the stands

    Tokyo 2020, Olympic Games medals in Japan Japanese authorities have decided to allow up to 10,000 spectators to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games events from the stands, even though they reserve the right to reverse the decision. According to the announcement by the organizers, the Japanese authorities will retain the right to hold the competitions, spread over several locations in the capital, behind closed doors...

    There is a new recruit of giant rats that detect mines in Cambodia

    Cambodia has recruited a new team of mine-sniffing rats to replace those already “retired” in an effort to boost demining operations in the country. The country, plagued for decades by unexploded ordnance, has recruited the next generation of sniffer mice of land mines, writes the Manila Times. The team is made up of 20 giant African rats, imported from Tanzania, and they all went...

    Africa set to miss COVID vaccination target as cases surge upwards

    The World Health Organization, Africa region has said that the continent won't meet its vaccine objectives by September 2021. Speaking during the weekly address on the COVID situation in the continent, WHO Africa Regional Director, Dr. Moeti Tshidi, said that the most vulnerable people in the continent's population remained exposed to the virus. 90% of countries set to miss target Reports say that 47 of Africa's 54...

    President Museveni announces school closure, other measures as COVID cases rise in Uganda

    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday declared the closure of schools for 42 days following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. Announcing on Sunday evening, President Yoweri Museveni also banned public gatherings, including meetings in places of worship and social events, effective June 7. Highest single-day rise “On June 4, the country registered the highest number of cases in a single day; 1,259 cases from...

    Magawa, the giant mouse that detects land mines in Cambodia, will retire

    Magawa, a giant African rat, is about to retire after working for five years detecting landmines in Cambodia — an experience that helped save many lives and even earned him a prize. "He's already a little tired," he told AFP Michael Heiman, director of Cambodia's demining program for Apopo, a Belgian NGO specializing in training animals for mine detection and tuberculosis symptom detection operations. ...

    It is possible to fall into an active volcano and survive

    Ol Doinyo Lengai, the “Mountain of God in Maasai dialect, active volcano in northern Tanzania There is no doubt possible, the strangest volcano in the world is in Tanzania. It's called Ol Doinyo Lengai, which means “Mountain of God” in the Maasai language. When it erupts, its lava is so cold that it is possible to fall inside and survive. The lava of the...
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