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  •  The International Monetary Fund IMF says it is ready to sign a final agreement with Lebanon at the earliest possible to unlock aid for the crisis hit country The managing director of IMF Kristalina Georgieva said this during her meeting with Lebanese Prime Ministe Najib Mikati on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly We also want to complete the required steps from Lebanon including the approval of reform projects in the parliament and addressing the exchange rate issue she said She added that the international interest in Lebanon is still there but the required steps should be exp NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IMF calls for faster reforms before inking aid deal with Lebanon
     The International Monetary Fund IMF says it is ready to sign a final agreement with Lebanon at the earliest possible to unlock aid for the crisis hit country The managing director of IMF Kristalina Georgieva said this during her meeting with Lebanese Prime Ministe Najib Mikati on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly We also want to complete the required steps from Lebanon including the approval of reform projects in the parliament and addressing the exchange rate issue she said She added that the international interest in Lebanon is still there but the required steps should be exp NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IMF calls for faster reforms before inking aid deal with Lebanon
    Foreign1 week ago

    IMF calls for faster reforms before inking aid deal with Lebanon

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is ready to sign a final agreement with Lebanon at the earliest possible to unlock aid for the crisis-hit country.

    The managing director of IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, said this during her meeting with Lebanese Prime Ministe,  Najib Mikati, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    “We also want to complete the required steps from Lebanon, including the approval of reform projects in the parliament and addressing the exchange rate issue,” she said.

    She added that the international interest in Lebanon is still there, but the required steps should be exp
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Cypriot coastguard picked up 137 migrants on board a boat east of the island on Tuesday the second such operation in as many days The coastguard also said that some 300 migrants in distress were rescued 110 nautical miles 204 kilometres south east of the Mediterranean island on Monday The people had set out from Lebanon and were to be sent back there soon state radio RIK reported citing the coastguard There was a repatriation agreement between Lebanon and Cyprus They were in a major joint operation with a freighter travelling in the area According to the coastguard all of the passengers were brought to the freighter by helicopters and boats from the coastguard and taken in They were also said to have started their journey from Lebanon Which nationalities they belonged to was initially unclear as was where the rescued people were to be taken Smuggling gangs are increasingly trying to bring migrants from states in the east of the Mediterranean such as Lebanon or Syria to southern Italy The route is long and dangerous running south from Cyprus past Crete and southern Greece On long journeys the eldest and worn out boats often suffer engine failures or other accidents According to migrants the smugglers charge between 3 000 euros and 5 000 euros 3 000 to 5 000 dollars per head per trip According to EU statistics Cyprus has received by far the most asylum applications per year in recent years measured against the size of its population NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cyprus coastguard apprehends hundreds of migrants in past two days
     The Cypriot coastguard picked up 137 migrants on board a boat east of the island on Tuesday the second such operation in as many days The coastguard also said that some 300 migrants in distress were rescued 110 nautical miles 204 kilometres south east of the Mediterranean island on Monday The people had set out from Lebanon and were to be sent back there soon state radio RIK reported citing the coastguard There was a repatriation agreement between Lebanon and Cyprus They were in a major joint operation with a freighter travelling in the area According to the coastguard all of the passengers were brought to the freighter by helicopters and boats from the coastguard and taken in They were also said to have started their journey from Lebanon Which nationalities they belonged to was initially unclear as was where the rescued people were to be taken Smuggling gangs are increasingly trying to bring migrants from states in the east of the Mediterranean such as Lebanon or Syria to southern Italy The route is long and dangerous running south from Cyprus past Crete and southern Greece On long journeys the eldest and worn out boats often suffer engine failures or other accidents According to migrants the smugglers charge between 3 000 euros and 5 000 euros 3 000 to 5 000 dollars per head per trip According to EU statistics Cyprus has received by far the most asylum applications per year in recent years measured against the size of its population NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cyprus coastguard apprehends hundreds of migrants in past two days
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Cyprus coastguard apprehends hundreds of migrants in past two days

    The Cypriot coastguard picked up 137 migrants on board a boat east of the island on Tuesday, the second such operation in as many days.

    The coastguard also said that some 300 migrants in distress were rescued 110 nautical miles (204 kilometres) south-east of the Mediterranean island on Monday.

    The people had set out from Lebanon and were to be sent back there soon, state radio RIK reported, citing the coastguard.

    There was a repatriation agreement between Lebanon and Cyprus.

    They were in a major joint operation with a freighter travelling in the area.

    According to the coastguard, all of the passengers were brought to the freighter by helicopters and boats from the coastguard and taken in.

    They were also said to have started their journey from Lebanon.

    Which nationalities they belonged to was initially unclear, as was where the rescued people were to be taken.

    Smuggling gangs are increasingly trying to bring migrants from states in the east of the Mediterranean such as Lebanon or Syria to southern Italy.

    The route is long and dangerous, running south from Cyprus past Crete and southern Greece.

    On long journeys, the eldest and worn-out boats often suffer engine failures or other accidents.

    According to migrants, the smugglers charge between 3,000 euros and 5,000 euros (3,000 to 5,000 dollars) per head per trip.

    According to EU statistics, Cyprus has received by far the most asylum applications per year in recent years, measured against the size of its population.

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  •  The Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by hundreds of fish jellyfish shrimp and other marine species from outside the region More than 1 000 non native species have been identified in the Mediterranean and Black Seas More than half have established permanent populations and are spreading raising concerns about the threat they pose to marine ecosystems and local fishing communities Climate change and human activities have had a profound impact on the Mediterranean and the Black Sea says Stefano Lelli an eastern Mediterranean fisheries expert who works for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean GFCM This regional fisheries management body established by the FAO is leading efforts to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Seas It works with fishermen conservationists scientists and government authorities to better understand the increase in non native species and help countries improve their mitigation and management measures We have witnessed a rapid and significant alteration of marine ecosystems and this has caused various impacts on the livelihoods of local communities In the coming years we hope that the number of non native species will continue to increase adds Lelli The Mediterranean Sea is undergoing a process of tropicalization as water temperatures rise largely due to climate change In addition many species have migrated through busy shipping routes such as the Strait of Gibraltar or the Suez Canal often attached to the hull of ships or inside them in ballast water Other species such as the Pacific cup oyster and the Japanese carpet shell were introduced for aquaculture during the 1960s and 1970s and have since escaped and colonized Mediterranean ecosystems Once established non native species can outcompete native ones and disrupt surrounding ecosystems with potential economic implications for fisheries and tourism or even human health For example six species of poisonous and venomous non indigenous fish such as puffer fish lion fish and various species of jellyfish are now present in the eastern Mediterranean and can be toxic to humans if touched or ingested The FAO GFCM is supporting Cyprus Egypt Greece Lebanon Israel Syria and Turkey in the complex task of mapping monitoring and managing these invasive species This Commission also serves as a forum for affected countries to share information and strategies The results and lessons learned from this process should generate knowledge about non native species so that they can be managed effectively says Elisabetta Morello GFCM fisheries officer Turning a threat into an opportunity Fishermen throughout the region have been affected by this trend However with the support of the CGPM they are finding new ways to turn these invasions into opportunities In southwestern Turkey where invasive species can account for 80 percent of the catch in some areas fishermen are gradually creating new consumer and export markets for species such as lionfish sea urchins and Randall s bream Lebanon is also training fishermen to catch non indigenous species encouraging consumers to try them Rabbitfish Red Sea goatfish and lionfish are some examples of non native species that are becoming a source of income in Lebanon says Manal Nader Associate Professor and Director of the Environment Institute of Lebanon Balamand University in Lebanon In Tunisia two non indigenous species of blue crabs which threatened traditional fisheries became a lucrative business when FAO and the Tunisian government helped connect fishermen to new markets The same is happening in Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean which has triggered a specific GFCM research program to manage these species Monitoring and mitigating the impacts of non native species on marine ecosystems is costly and in most cases eradication is impossible says Miguel Bernal GFCM Senior Fisheries Officer Where commercialization and harvesting are possible whether as a source of food pharmaceuticals or otherwise commercial fishing has proven to be the most effective tool to address this problem Protection of native species To safeguard native species the GFCM supports the creation of restricted fishing zones Well preserved areas have been shown to be more resistant to the impact of non native species International and regional cooperation as well as concerted action is needed to address non native species in the Mediterranean and Black Sea says Bayram zt rk author of the GFCM study on non native species in the Mediterranean It goes without saying that the impacts of non native species must be monitored by all countries in the region Once a species is introduced it may be too late to eradicate it With the GFCM study Non native Species in the Mediterranean and Black Sea as a first step the Commission is now working with countries in the region to adapt fishing techniques connect with new markets and help fishermen to create new livelihoods from these catches while also maintaining their crucial work of preserving marine ecosystems through protected areas
    Invasive species are changing the nature of the Mediterranean Sea
     The Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by hundreds of fish jellyfish shrimp and other marine species from outside the region More than 1 000 non native species have been identified in the Mediterranean and Black Seas More than half have established permanent populations and are spreading raising concerns about the threat they pose to marine ecosystems and local fishing communities Climate change and human activities have had a profound impact on the Mediterranean and the Black Sea says Stefano Lelli an eastern Mediterranean fisheries expert who works for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean GFCM This regional fisheries management body established by the FAO is leading efforts to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Seas It works with fishermen conservationists scientists and government authorities to better understand the increase in non native species and help countries improve their mitigation and management measures We have witnessed a rapid and significant alteration of marine ecosystems and this has caused various impacts on the livelihoods of local communities In the coming years we hope that the number of non native species will continue to increase adds Lelli The Mediterranean Sea is undergoing a process of tropicalization as water temperatures rise largely due to climate change In addition many species have migrated through busy shipping routes such as the Strait of Gibraltar or the Suez Canal often attached to the hull of ships or inside them in ballast water Other species such as the Pacific cup oyster and the Japanese carpet shell were introduced for aquaculture during the 1960s and 1970s and have since escaped and colonized Mediterranean ecosystems Once established non native species can outcompete native ones and disrupt surrounding ecosystems with potential economic implications for fisheries and tourism or even human health For example six species of poisonous and venomous non indigenous fish such as puffer fish lion fish and various species of jellyfish are now present in the eastern Mediterranean and can be toxic to humans if touched or ingested The FAO GFCM is supporting Cyprus Egypt Greece Lebanon Israel Syria and Turkey in the complex task of mapping monitoring and managing these invasive species This Commission also serves as a forum for affected countries to share information and strategies The results and lessons learned from this process should generate knowledge about non native species so that they can be managed effectively says Elisabetta Morello GFCM fisheries officer Turning a threat into an opportunity Fishermen throughout the region have been affected by this trend However with the support of the CGPM they are finding new ways to turn these invasions into opportunities In southwestern Turkey where invasive species can account for 80 percent of the catch in some areas fishermen are gradually creating new consumer and export markets for species such as lionfish sea urchins and Randall s bream Lebanon is also training fishermen to catch non indigenous species encouraging consumers to try them Rabbitfish Red Sea goatfish and lionfish are some examples of non native species that are becoming a source of income in Lebanon says Manal Nader Associate Professor and Director of the Environment Institute of Lebanon Balamand University in Lebanon In Tunisia two non indigenous species of blue crabs which threatened traditional fisheries became a lucrative business when FAO and the Tunisian government helped connect fishermen to new markets The same is happening in Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean which has triggered a specific GFCM research program to manage these species Monitoring and mitigating the impacts of non native species on marine ecosystems is costly and in most cases eradication is impossible says Miguel Bernal GFCM Senior Fisheries Officer Where commercialization and harvesting are possible whether as a source of food pharmaceuticals or otherwise commercial fishing has proven to be the most effective tool to address this problem Protection of native species To safeguard native species the GFCM supports the creation of restricted fishing zones Well preserved areas have been shown to be more resistant to the impact of non native species International and regional cooperation as well as concerted action is needed to address non native species in the Mediterranean and Black Sea says Bayram zt rk author of the GFCM study on non native species in the Mediterranean It goes without saying that the impacts of non native species must be monitored by all countries in the region Once a species is introduced it may be too late to eradicate it With the GFCM study Non native Species in the Mediterranean and Black Sea as a first step the Commission is now working with countries in the region to adapt fishing techniques connect with new markets and help fishermen to create new livelihoods from these catches while also maintaining their crucial work of preserving marine ecosystems through protected areas
    Invasive species are changing the nature of the Mediterranean Sea
    Africa4 weeks ago

    Invasive species are changing the nature of the Mediterranean Sea

    The Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by hundreds of fish, jellyfish, shrimp and other marine species from outside the region.More than 1,000 non-native species have been identified in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. More than half have established permanent populations and are spreading, raising concerns about the threat they pose to marine ecosystems and local fishing communities."Climate change and human activities have had a profound impact on the Mediterranean and the Black Sea," says Stefano Lelli, an eastern Mediterranean fisheries expert who works for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).This regional fisheries management body, established by the FAO, is leading efforts to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. It works with fishermen, conservationists, scientists and government authorities to better understand the increase in non-native species and help countries improve their mitigation and management measures.“We have witnessed a rapid and significant alteration of marine ecosystems, and this has caused various impacts on the livelihoods of local communities.In the coming years, we hope that the number of non-native species will continue to increase”, adds Lelli.The Mediterranean Sea is undergoing a process of "tropicalization" as water temperatures rise, largely due to climate change.In addition, many species have migrated through busy shipping routes, such as the Strait of Gibraltar or the Suez Canal, often attached to the hull of ships or inside them in ballast water.Other species, such as the Pacific cup oyster and the Japanese carpet shell, were introduced for aquaculture during the 1960s and 1970s and have since escaped and colonized Mediterranean ecosystems.Once established, non-native species can outcompete native ones and disrupt surrounding ecosystems, with potential economic implications for fisheries and tourism or even human health.For example, six species of poisonous and venomous non-indigenous fish, such as puffer fish, lion fish, and various species of jellyfish, are now present in the eastern Mediterranean and can be toxic to humans if touched or ingested.The FAO GFCM is supporting Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Syria and Turkey in the complex task of mapping, monitoring and managing these invasive species.This Commission also serves as a forum for affected countries to share information and strategies.“The results and lessons learned from this process should generate knowledge about non-native species so that they can be managed effectively,” says Elisabetta Morello, GFCM fisheries officer.Turning a threat into an opportunity Fishermen throughout the region have been affected by this trend.However, with the support of the CGPM, they are finding new ways to turn these invasions into opportunities.In southwestern Turkey, where invasive species can account for 80 percent of the catch in some areas, fishermen are gradually creating new consumer and export markets for species such as lionfish, sea urchins and Randall's bream.Lebanon is also training fishermen to catch non-indigenous species, encouraging consumers to try them."Rabbitfish, Red Sea goatfish and lionfish are some examples of non-native species that are becoming a source of income in Lebanon," says Manal Nader, Associate Professor and Director of the Environment Institute of Lebanon.Balamand University in Lebanon.In Tunisia, two non-indigenous species of blue crabs, which threatened traditional fisheries, became a lucrative business when FAO and the Tunisian government helped connect fishermen to new markets.The same is happening in Spain and other parts of the Mediterranean, which has triggered a specific GFCM research program to manage these species.“Monitoring and mitigating the impacts of non-native species on marine ecosystems is costly and, in most cases, eradication is impossible,” says Miguel Bernal, GFCM Senior Fisheries Officer."Where commercialization and harvesting are possible, whether as a source of food, pharmaceuticals or otherwise, commercial fishing has proven to be the most effective tool to address this problem."Protection of native species To safeguard native species, the GFCM supports the creation of restricted fishing zones.Well-preserved areas have been shown to be more resistant to the impact of non-native species.“International and regional cooperation, as well as concerted action, is needed to address non-native species in the Mediterranean and Black Sea,” says Bayram Öztürk, author of the GFCM study on non-native species in the Mediterranean.“It goes without saying that the impacts of non-native species must be monitored by all countries in the region.Once a species is introduced, it may be too late to eradicate it."With the GFCM study, Non-native Species in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, as a first step, the Commission is now working with countries in the region to adapt fishing techniques, connect with new markets and help fishermen to create new livelihoods from these catches, while also maintaining their crucial work of preserving marine ecosystems through protected areas.

  •   The Vice Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini has successfully concluded her visit to the Middle East region Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini began her visit in Ramallah Palestine where she co chaired the launch of the Strategic Dialogue with her Palestinian counterpart Deputy Minister Dr Malki At the beginning of the meeting Dr Malki also expressed Palestine s gratitude to South Africa for her strong stance towards the Palestinian cause For her part Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini praised the efforts and steadfastness of the Palestinian people in defending her just cause The two sides stressed the need to maintain the strong relationship connecting the two countries and seek means of cooperation at various levels including advocating more vigorously for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini headed to Amman Jordan where she met with her counterpart Ambassador Hazem Issam Al Khatib Formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and Jordan were established in September 1993 The two delegations reaffirmed the warm and cordial bilateral and multilateral relations that exist between South Africa and Jordan Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini and Ambassador Al Khatib also exchanged views and views on political developments on the African continent and the Middle East During her visit to Beirut Lebanon Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Najib Mikati and the Speaker of Parliament HE Nabih Berri South Africa and Lebanon enjoy cordial bilateral relations Formal diplomatic ties were established in June 1994 During their deliberations the South African and Lebanese delegations agreed on the urgent need to seek greater opportunities for cooperation in the areas of trade and investment among other areas In Damascus Syria Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini paid a courtesy visit to President Bashar Al Assad South Africa and Syria enjoy cordial bilateral relations Formal diplomatic ties were established in June 1994 Both countries have common positions on issues affecting the Middle East region During her visit to Syria the deputy minister also held meetings with various NGOs and multilateral organizations
    Vice Minister Mashigo-Dlamini concludes successful visit to the Middle East Region
      The Vice Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini has successfully concluded her visit to the Middle East region Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini began her visit in Ramallah Palestine where she co chaired the launch of the Strategic Dialogue with her Palestinian counterpart Deputy Minister Dr Malki At the beginning of the meeting Dr Malki also expressed Palestine s gratitude to South Africa for her strong stance towards the Palestinian cause For her part Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini praised the efforts and steadfastness of the Palestinian people in defending her just cause The two sides stressed the need to maintain the strong relationship connecting the two countries and seek means of cooperation at various levels including advocating more vigorously for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini headed to Amman Jordan where she met with her counterpart Ambassador Hazem Issam Al Khatib Formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and Jordan were established in September 1993 The two delegations reaffirmed the warm and cordial bilateral and multilateral relations that exist between South Africa and Jordan Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini and Ambassador Al Khatib also exchanged views and views on political developments on the African continent and the Middle East During her visit to Beirut Lebanon Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Najib Mikati and the Speaker of Parliament HE Nabih Berri South Africa and Lebanon enjoy cordial bilateral relations Formal diplomatic ties were established in June 1994 During their deliberations the South African and Lebanese delegations agreed on the urgent need to seek greater opportunities for cooperation in the areas of trade and investment among other areas In Damascus Syria Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini paid a courtesy visit to President Bashar Al Assad South Africa and Syria enjoy cordial bilateral relations Formal diplomatic ties were established in June 1994 Both countries have common positions on issues affecting the Middle East region During her visit to Syria the deputy minister also held meetings with various NGOs and multilateral organizations
    Vice Minister Mashigo-Dlamini concludes successful visit to the Middle East Region
    Africa1 month ago

    Vice Minister Mashigo-Dlamini concludes successful visit to the Middle East Region

    The Vice Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Candith Mashego-Dlamini, has successfully concluded her visit to the Middle East region.

    Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini began her visit in Ramallah, Palestine, where she co-chaired the launch of the Strategic Dialogue with her Palestinian counterpart, Deputy Minister Dr. Malki.

    At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Malki also expressed Palestine's gratitude to South Africa for her strong stance towards the Palestinian cause.

    For her part, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini praised the efforts and steadfastness of the Palestinian people in defending her just cause.

    The two sides stressed the need to maintain the strong relationship connecting the two countries and seek means of cooperation at various levels, including advocating more vigorously for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

    Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini headed to Amman, Jordan, where she met with her counterpart, Ambassador Hazem Issam Al Khatib.

    Formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and Jordan were established in September 1993.

    The two delegations reaffirmed the warm and cordial bilateral and multilateral relations that exist between South Africa and Jordan.

    Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini and Ambassador Al Khatib also exchanged views and views on political developments on the African continent and the Middle East. During her visit to Beirut, Lebanon, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Najib Mikati and the Speaker of Parliament, HE Nabih Berri.

    South Africa and Lebanon enjoy cordial bilateral relations.

    Formal diplomatic ties were established in June 1994.

    During their deliberations, the South African and Lebanese delegations agreed on the urgent need to seek greater opportunities for cooperation in the areas of trade and investment, among other areas.

    In Damascus, Syria, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini paid a courtesy visit to President Bashar Al-Assad.

    South Africa and Syria enjoy cordial bilateral relations.

    Formal diplomatic ties were established in June 1994.

    Both countries have common positions on issues affecting the Middle East region.

    During her visit to Syria, the deputy minister also held meetings with various NGOs and multilateral organizations.

  •  The northern part of Beirut s iconic grain silos fully collapsed on Tuesday sending a dense cloud of white smoke into the air and surrounding areas Parts of the northern section of the silos had already collapsed in recent weeks after a fire burned through the structures for several weeks scattering tonnes of grains amid hot weather People living around the port said they were staying indoors to keep away from the heavy smoke caused by the collapse For many the damage recalled the fire that triggered the explosion of tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate in 2020 More than 190 people were killed and 6 000 others were injured in the explosion on Aug 4 2020 that destroyed large parts of Beirut and displaced some 300 000 people Experts have said that the silos in the area absorbed much of the impact of the blast two years ago sparing the city even worse damage The families of the victims and activists have called on the government to preserve the silos to remind people of Lebanon s worst peacetime tragedy Their pleas followed a decision by the Lebanese authorities in April to tear down the silos We are sad but the southern part is still standing to keep reminding all the Lebanese of the catalyst explosion that killed my brother and others William Noun brother to a firefighter who lost his life in the port blast told dpa Even if one of the columns remains standing this will always remind us to keep working for justice Noun who is also the spokesman of the port victims families added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Northern sector of Beirut’s iconic grain silos fully collapses
     The northern part of Beirut s iconic grain silos fully collapsed on Tuesday sending a dense cloud of white smoke into the air and surrounding areas Parts of the northern section of the silos had already collapsed in recent weeks after a fire burned through the structures for several weeks scattering tonnes of grains amid hot weather People living around the port said they were staying indoors to keep away from the heavy smoke caused by the collapse For many the damage recalled the fire that triggered the explosion of tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate in 2020 More than 190 people were killed and 6 000 others were injured in the explosion on Aug 4 2020 that destroyed large parts of Beirut and displaced some 300 000 people Experts have said that the silos in the area absorbed much of the impact of the blast two years ago sparing the city even worse damage The families of the victims and activists have called on the government to preserve the silos to remind people of Lebanon s worst peacetime tragedy Their pleas followed a decision by the Lebanese authorities in April to tear down the silos We are sad but the southern part is still standing to keep reminding all the Lebanese of the catalyst explosion that killed my brother and others William Noun brother to a firefighter who lost his life in the port blast told dpa Even if one of the columns remains standing this will always remind us to keep working for justice Noun who is also the spokesman of the port victims families added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Northern sector of Beirut’s iconic grain silos fully collapses
    Foreign1 month ago

    Northern sector of Beirut’s iconic grain silos fully collapses

    The northern part of Beirut’s iconic grain silos fully collapsed on Tuesday, sending a dense cloud of white smoke into the air and surrounding areas.

    Parts of the northern section of the silos had already collapsed in recent weeks after a fire burned through the structures for several weeks, scattering tonnes of grains amid hot weather.

    People living around the port said they were staying indoors to keep away from the heavy smoke caused by the collapse.

    For many, the damage recalled the fire that triggered the explosion of tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate in 2020. More than 190 people were killed and 6,000 others were injured in the explosion on Aug. 4, 2020, that destroyed large parts of Beirut and displaced some 300,000 people.

    Experts have said that the silos in the area absorbed much of the impact of the blast two years ago, sparing the city even worse damage.

    The families of the victims and activists have called on the government to preserve the silos to remind people of Lebanon’s worst peacetime tragedy.

    Their pleas followed a decision by the Lebanese authorities in April to tear down the silos.

    “We are sad, but the southern part is still standing to keep reminding all the Lebanese of the catalyst explosion that killed my brother and others.

    ’’ William Noun, brother to a firefighter who lost his life in the port blast told dpa.

    “Even if one of the columns remains standing this will always remind us to keep working for justice,’’ Noun, who is also the spokesman of the port victims’ families, added.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Lebanese pound on Monday sank to a new historic low on the parallel market amid the country s protracted financial crisis local media reported The report said the exchange rate of the Lebanese pound declined to 34 250 against the U S dollar down from the previous record low of 30 000 against the dollar earlier this month Mounir Younes an economist attributed the latest collapse of the currency to Lebanon s central bank s failure to provide oil importers with U S dollars which compelled them to buy the greenback on the black market Younes also attributed the local currency s depreciation to the absence of a functioning government and the uncertainty of the presidential election in Lebanon Lebanon had been facing an unprecedented financial crisis and the country had so far failed to implement structural reform measures to reach a deal with the International Monetary Fund and unlock billions of dollars in aid from the international community The Lebanese pound which for the last 30 years had been pegged to the U S dollar has lost 95 per cent of its value since the beginning of the country s financial crisis in 2019 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanese currency sinks to all-time low
     The Lebanese pound on Monday sank to a new historic low on the parallel market amid the country s protracted financial crisis local media reported The report said the exchange rate of the Lebanese pound declined to 34 250 against the U S dollar down from the previous record low of 30 000 against the dollar earlier this month Mounir Younes an economist attributed the latest collapse of the currency to Lebanon s central bank s failure to provide oil importers with U S dollars which compelled them to buy the greenback on the black market Younes also attributed the local currency s depreciation to the absence of a functioning government and the uncertainty of the presidential election in Lebanon Lebanon had been facing an unprecedented financial crisis and the country had so far failed to implement structural reform measures to reach a deal with the International Monetary Fund and unlock billions of dollars in aid from the international community The Lebanese pound which for the last 30 years had been pegged to the U S dollar has lost 95 per cent of its value since the beginning of the country s financial crisis in 2019 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lebanese currency sinks to all-time low
    Foreign1 month ago

    Lebanese currency sinks to all-time low

    The Lebanese pound on Monday sank to a new historic low on the parallel market amid the country’s protracted financial crisis, local media reported.

    The report said the exchange rate of the Lebanese pound declined to 34,250 against the U.

    S. dollar, down from the previous record low of 30,000 against the dollar earlier this month.

    Mounir Younes, an economist, attributed the latest collapse of the currency to Lebanon’s central bank’s failure to provide oil importers with U.

    S. dollars, which compelled them to buy the greenback on the black market.

    Younes also attributed the local currency’s depreciation to the absence of a functioning government and the uncertainty of the presidential election in Lebanon.

    Lebanon had been facing an unprecedented financial crisis, and the country had so far failed to implement structural reform measures to reach a deal with the International Monetary Fund and unlock billions of dollars in aid from the international community.

    The Lebanese pound, which for the last 30 years had been pegged to the U.

    S. dollar, has lost 95 per cent of its value since the beginning of the country’s financial crisis in 2019. 
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Ogun known as the gateway state has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday with the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years in 2021 and now 2022 The state was also rated the best in pavilion design products design in textiles and fashion metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor Lagos state got the second position while Katsina Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position Mr Olusegun Olaotan Permanent Secretary Ogun Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years Today is the happiest day of my life it is something that we dreamt of our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year We worked for it we were expecting it and it has come we are very happy as a people government and citizens of Nigeria This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development not only locally but internationally he said Indian pavilion NAN reports that China Burkina Faso and Katsina state got the best merchandising pavilion awards The best product design awards in textile and fashion went to India Mali Ogun and Lagos states while Ogun Anambra and Kogi got the best in metal works Venezuela Akwa Ibom and Lagos states won the best product design in wood works and Bauchi state got the best in calabash design The best product design in pottery and ceramics awards went to Iran Bulgaria and the Federal Capital Territory while Bauchi and Akwa Ibom won the best in raffia works Malaysia Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago got the best product design in gastronomy For the best product design in ornaments beads and jewelry designs Sudan Republic of Benin and Lagos emerged winners Handmade Genius Limited won the best exhibiting non governmental organisation For the best product design awards in new innovation waste to wealth Lebanon and South Korea emerged winners while China Federal Capital Territory and Lubcon Limited won most attractive packaging Tanzania Spain and Syria won best exhibitors in e marketing and for the best exhibitors in networking strategy Philippines Bangladesh and Lubcon limited won NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Ogun clinches 1st position at international arts and crafts expo
     Ogun known as the gateway state has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo INAC This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday with the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years in 2021 and now 2022 The state was also rated the best in pavilion design products design in textiles and fashion metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor Lagos state got the second position while Katsina Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position Mr Olusegun Olaotan Permanent Secretary Ogun Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years Today is the happiest day of my life it is something that we dreamt of our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year We worked for it we were expecting it and it has come we are very happy as a people government and citizens of Nigeria This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development not only locally but internationally he said Indian pavilion NAN reports that China Burkina Faso and Katsina state got the best merchandising pavilion awards The best product design awards in textile and fashion went to India Mali Ogun and Lagos states while Ogun Anambra and Kogi got the best in metal works Venezuela Akwa Ibom and Lagos states won the best product design in wood works and Bauchi state got the best in calabash design The best product design in pottery and ceramics awards went to Iran Bulgaria and the Federal Capital Territory while Bauchi and Akwa Ibom won the best in raffia works Malaysia Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago got the best product design in gastronomy For the best product design in ornaments beads and jewelry designs Sudan Republic of Benin and Lagos emerged winners Handmade Genius Limited won the best exhibiting non governmental organisation For the best product design awards in new innovation waste to wealth Lebanon and South Korea emerged winners while China Federal Capital Territory and Lubcon Limited won most attractive packaging Tanzania Spain and Syria won best exhibitors in e marketing and for the best exhibitors in networking strategy Philippines Bangladesh and Lubcon limited won NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Ogun clinches 1st position at international arts and crafts expo
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     Ogun clinches 1st position at international arts and crafts expo

    Ogun, known as the ‘gateway state’ has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just-concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC). 

    This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday, with the theme “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years, in 2021 and now 2022.The state was also rated the best in pavilion design, products design in textiles and fashion; metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor.

    Lagos state got the second position while Katsina, Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position.

    Mr Olusegun Olaotan, Permanent Secretary, Ogun Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory.

    Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years.

    ” Today is the happiest day of my life, it is something that we dreamt of, our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year.

    “We worked for it, we were expecting it and it has come, we are very happy as a people, government and citizens of Nigeria.

    ” This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development, not only locally, but internationally,” he said.

    Indian pavilionNAN reports that China, Burkina Faso and Katsina state got the best merchandising pavilion awards.

    The best product design awards in textile and fashion went to India, Mali, Ogun and Lagos states, while Ogun, Anambra and Kogi got the best in metal works.

    Venezuela, Akwa Ibom and Lagos states won the best product design in wood works and Bauchi state got the best in calabash design.

    The best product design in pottery and ceramics awards went to Iran, Bulgaria and the Federal Capital Territory, while Bauchi and Akwa Ibom won the best in raffia works.

    Malaysia, Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago got the best product design in gastronomy.

    For the best product design in ornaments, beads and jewelry designs, Sudan, Republic of Benin and Lagos emerged winners.

    Handmade Genius Limited won the best exhibiting non-governmental organisation.

    For the best product design awards in new innovation, waste to wealth, Lebanon and South Korea emerged winners,  while China, Federal Capital Territory and Lubcon Limited won most attractive packaging.

    Tanzania, Spain and Syria won best exhibitors in e-marketing and for the best exhibitors in networking strategy, Philippines, Bangladesh and Lubcon limited won.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini will embark on a working visit to the Levant region from August 21 to 26 2022 The Deputy Minister will visit Palestine Jordan Lebanon and Syria The working visit aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and the countries of the Levant This will include the formation of a Strategic Dialogue between Palestine and South Africa aimed at furthering the Palestinians desire to establish a sovereign and independent state The visit is expected to provide the Deputy Minister with an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in South Africa the SADC region and the African continent During her stay in Jordan Lebanon and Syria the Deputy Minister will hold meetings with her counterparts The meetings will aim to deepen relations between South Africa and these countries Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini will be accompanied by the Director General of the Department Mr Zane Dangor and other officials The Director General will co chair the second round of the South Africa Palestinian Political Consultations to be held in Ramallah on 21 August 2022
    Vice Minister Mashego-Dlamini makes a Working Visit to the Levante region
      The Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini will embark on a working visit to the Levant region from August 21 to 26 2022 The Deputy Minister will visit Palestine Jordan Lebanon and Syria The working visit aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and the countries of the Levant This will include the formation of a Strategic Dialogue between Palestine and South Africa aimed at furthering the Palestinians desire to establish a sovereign and independent state The visit is expected to provide the Deputy Minister with an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in South Africa the SADC region and the African continent During her stay in Jordan Lebanon and Syria the Deputy Minister will hold meetings with her counterparts The meetings will aim to deepen relations between South Africa and these countries Deputy Minister Mashego Dlamini will be accompanied by the Director General of the Department Mr Zane Dangor and other officials The Director General will co chair the second round of the South Africa Palestinian Political Consultations to be held in Ramallah on 21 August 2022
    Vice Minister Mashego-Dlamini makes a Working Visit to the Levante region
    Africa1 month ago

    Vice Minister Mashego-Dlamini makes a Working Visit to the Levante region

    The Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Candith Mashego-Dlamini, will embark on a working visit to the Levant region from August 21 to 26, 2022.

    The Deputy Minister will visit Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

    The working visit aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and the countries of the Levant.

    This will include the formation of a Strategic Dialogue between Palestine and South Africa aimed at furthering the Palestinians' desire to establish a sovereign and independent state.

    The visit is expected to provide the Deputy Minister with an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in South Africa, the SADC region and the African continent.

    During her stay in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, the Deputy Minister will hold meetings with her counterparts.

    The meetings will aim to deepen relations between South Africa and these countries.

    Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini will be accompanied by the Director General of the Department, Mr. Zane Dangor, and other officials.

    The Director General will co-chair the second round of the South Africa-Palestinian Political Consultations, to be held in Ramallah on 21 August 2022.

  •  The 15th edition of the International Arts and Craft Expo INAC began on Thursday in Abuja with no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in attendance The expo which is to hold from Aug 18 to Aug 20 has the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World Some of the countries in attendance include China Cuba Spain Mali Tanzania Iran Phillipines Trinidad and Tobago Malaysia India Syria Venezuela Burkina Faso Bangledesh Soth Korea Lebanon Benin Republic Sudan and Libya among others Participants from Kaduna Lagos Ogun Katsina Akwa Ibom states and the FCT were also in attendance Chief Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC convener of INAC said that the essence of the expo was to ensure Nigerian crafts are better projected to various countries of the world Runsewe said that it was also meant to promote cultural exchange programmes improve inter country collaborations in music arts drama and all According to him the expo will feature skill acquisition training for the youth free medical examination and care display of countries art documemtaries exhibitions of countries arts crafts and all This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youth in our crafts for revenue generation he said Some of the exhibitors who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers of the expo and revealed their expectations Mrs Yadavi Ritu Martin an exhibitor from India said the main aim of participating in the expo was to learn from Nigerian culture and other countries Ritu Martin said that fabrics from the 31 states that make up India were exhibited as well as household handmade utensils made with copper brass and silver Another exhibitor from India Reena Saini said she had come to showcase and create awareness on the efficacy of Indian traditional medicines known as Ayurveda Mr Adeeb Al bodi Cultural Officer Syrian Embassy said Syrian handcrafts ranging from home decoratives kitchen utensils and body ornaments were on display Albodi commended organisers of the expo for a well organised environment He said some of the country s crafts displayed were Ibri Shayi a cup specially made for tea consumption Samawar material for home decoration Dhawulat Zahan an imitation of chess games and many other items Mr Mishaal Khadr Economic Attach Lebanon Embassy said he had always been intrigued with countries and states participation in the expo Khadr noted that Lebanon was participating to showcase the country s old history in arts and crafts He said the country was also out to market its organic olive oil soap which had lots of benefits to the skin acting as antioxidant and more We have our handmade aluminium plates home decoratives modern boxes organic soap made with 100 per cent olive oil we intend to make sales and create awareness for most of the products displayed Lebanon and Nigeria have some similarities in culture we have experienced lots of inter marriages we are looking forward to strengthening our relations I love Nigeria and what I will be taking away from here is Nigerian good food and beautiful music he said The delegates and exhibitors were thrilled as local artistes performed to their delight nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abuja agog as 15th INAC begins with 25 countries in attendance
     The 15th edition of the International Arts and Craft Expo INAC began on Thursday in Abuja with no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in attendance The expo which is to hold from Aug 18 to Aug 20 has the theme Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World Some of the countries in attendance include China Cuba Spain Mali Tanzania Iran Phillipines Trinidad and Tobago Malaysia India Syria Venezuela Burkina Faso Bangledesh Soth Korea Lebanon Benin Republic Sudan and Libya among others Participants from Kaduna Lagos Ogun Katsina Akwa Ibom states and the FCT were also in attendance Chief Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC convener of INAC said that the essence of the expo was to ensure Nigerian crafts are better projected to various countries of the world Runsewe said that it was also meant to promote cultural exchange programmes improve inter country collaborations in music arts drama and all According to him the expo will feature skill acquisition training for the youth free medical examination and care display of countries art documemtaries exhibitions of countries arts crafts and all This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youth in our crafts for revenue generation he said Some of the exhibitors who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers of the expo and revealed their expectations Mrs Yadavi Ritu Martin an exhibitor from India said the main aim of participating in the expo was to learn from Nigerian culture and other countries Ritu Martin said that fabrics from the 31 states that make up India were exhibited as well as household handmade utensils made with copper brass and silver Another exhibitor from India Reena Saini said she had come to showcase and create awareness on the efficacy of Indian traditional medicines known as Ayurveda Mr Adeeb Al bodi Cultural Officer Syrian Embassy said Syrian handcrafts ranging from home decoratives kitchen utensils and body ornaments were on display Albodi commended organisers of the expo for a well organised environment He said some of the country s crafts displayed were Ibri Shayi a cup specially made for tea consumption Samawar material for home decoration Dhawulat Zahan an imitation of chess games and many other items Mr Mishaal Khadr Economic Attach Lebanon Embassy said he had always been intrigued with countries and states participation in the expo Khadr noted that Lebanon was participating to showcase the country s old history in arts and crafts He said the country was also out to market its organic olive oil soap which had lots of benefits to the skin acting as antioxidant and more We have our handmade aluminium plates home decoratives modern boxes organic soap made with 100 per cent olive oil we intend to make sales and create awareness for most of the products displayed Lebanon and Nigeria have some similarities in culture we have experienced lots of inter marriages we are looking forward to strengthening our relations I love Nigeria and what I will be taking away from here is Nigerian good food and beautiful music he said The delegates and exhibitors were thrilled as local artistes performed to their delight nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abuja agog as 15th INAC begins with 25 countries in attendance
    Entertainment1 month ago

    Abuja agog as 15th INAC begins with 25 countries in attendance

    The 15th edition of the International Arts and Craft Expo (INAC) began on Thursday in Abuja with no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in attendance.

    The expo which is to hold from Aug.18 to Aug. 20, has the theme: “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.

    Some of the countries in attendance include: China, Cuba, Spain, Mali, Tanzania, Iran, Phillipines, Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia, India, Syria, Venezuela, Burkina Faso, Bangledesh, Soth Korea, Lebanon, Benin Republic, Sudan and Libya among others.

    Participants from Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Katsina, Akwa Ibom states and the FCT were also in attendance.

    Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), convener of INAC, said that the essence of the expo was to ensure Nigerian crafts are better projected to various countries of the world.

    Runsewe said that it was also meant to promote cultural exchange programmes, improve inter-country collaborations in music, arts, drama and all.

    According to him, the expo will feature skill acquisition training for the youth, free medical examination and care, display of countries art documemtaries, exhibitions of countries’ arts, crafts and all.

    “This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be.

    “We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youth in our crafts for revenue generation,” he said.

    Some of the exhibitors who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers of the expo and revealed their expectations.

    Mrs Yadavi Ritu-Martin, an exhibitor from India, said the main aim of participating in the expo was to learn from Nigerian culture and other countries.

    Ritu-Martin said that fabrics from the 31 states that make up India were exhibited as well as household handmade utensils made with copper, brass and silver.

    Another exhibitor from India, Reena Saini, said she had come to showcase and create awareness on the efficacy of Indian traditional medicines known as “Ayurveda”.

    Mr Adeeb Al-bodi, Cultural Officer, Syrian Embassy, said Syrian handcrafts ranging from home decoratives, kitchen utensils and body ornaments were on display.

    Albodi commended organisers of the expo for a well organised environment.

    He said some of the country’s crafts displayed were: Ibri Shayi- a cup specially made for tea consumption; Samawar- material for home decoration; Dhawulat Zahan – an imitation of chess games and many other items.

    Mr Mishaal Khadr, Economic Attachė, Lebanon Embassy, said he had always been intrigued with countries and states’ participation in the expo.

    Khadr noted that Lebanon was participating to showcase the country’s old history in arts and crafts.

    He said the country was also out to market its  organic olive oil soap which had lots of benefits to the skin, acting as antioxidant and more.

    “We have our handmade aluminium plates, home decoratives, modern boxes, organic soap made with 100 per cent olive oil, we intend to make sales and create awareness for most of the products displayed.

    “Lebanon and Nigeria have some similarities in culture, we have experienced lots of inter-marriages, we are looking forward to strengthening our relations.

    “I love Nigeria and what I will be taking away from here is Nigerian good food and beautiful music,” he said.

    The delegates and exhibitors were thrilled as local artistes performed to their delight.

    (nannews.

    ng)
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The spread of the monkeypox outbreak has been sporadic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region with 33 laboratory confirmed cases in 6 countries and no associated deaths reported Most cases have no history of travel to areas where the outbreak circulates widely The average age among reported cases is 31 years old but the age ranges from 8 to 59 Among the reported cases was an 8 year old boy in Lebanon The monkeypox outbreak is not exclusive to one group of people and anyone can get the disease by coming into direct skin to skin contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching infected objects said Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean All of us are at risk So even if we have only a few cases in our Region let s take the risk seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect people especially vulnerable groups The response to the monkeypox outbreak involves a comprehensive approach that engages and protects affected communities intensifies surveillance and public health measures strengthens clinical management and infection prevention and control in hospitals and clinics and accelerates research on the efficacy of vaccines therapies and other instruments The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is supporting Member States and partners in all these areas with a special focus on vulnerable groups New information about modes of transmission severity of illness therapy and vaccine efficacy is being revealed as more research is done Building on the lessons from COVID 19 the research is being integrated into overall monkeypox response efforts Although most people with monkeypox will recover without specific treatment within a few weeks the disease has the potential to cause serious complications that in some circumstances can lead to death During the current global outbreak there have been only 12 deaths out of more than 34 000 cases with none occurring in our Region But in previous outbreaks death rates have been much higher therefore we must take this new public health threat very seriously Monkeypox can also cause a variety of signs and symptoms including rash fever swollen lymph nodes fatigue headache and muscle aches Only a small percentage of patients will require hospital treatment and those at higher risk of serious illness or complications including pregnant people children and people who are immunocompromised It is still important to note that monkeypox is completely preventable and simple measures can reduce the risk of infection Currently the best of these is to avoid close contact with someone who has monkeypox Vaccine supplies are limited in quantity When these vaccines become available WHO recommends targeted vaccination for people exposed to someone with monkeypox and people at high risk of exposure including health care workers some laboratory workers and those with multiple sexual partners Unlike COVID 19 mass vaccination against monkeypox is not recommended due to the different mechanisms by which the disease is transmitted and because more targeted vaccination approaches may be effective in protecting people most at risk However data on the efficacy of these vaccines in preventing monkeypox in clinical practice and in field settings are still limited Many unknowns remain about its clinical effects and its most appropriate use in different contexts Furthermore to minimize the unnecessary negative impact of the disease on trade travel tourism or animal welfare and to avoid offending cultural social national regional professional or ethnic groups the WHO convened an ad hoc meeting with a group of scientists last week about considering changing the name of monkeypox After extensive review the group agreed to hold an open public consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox
    Update on the monkeypox outbreak in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
      The spread of the monkeypox outbreak has been sporadic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region with 33 laboratory confirmed cases in 6 countries and no associated deaths reported Most cases have no history of travel to areas where the outbreak circulates widely The average age among reported cases is 31 years old but the age ranges from 8 to 59 Among the reported cases was an 8 year old boy in Lebanon The monkeypox outbreak is not exclusive to one group of people and anyone can get the disease by coming into direct skin to skin contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching infected objects said Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean All of us are at risk So even if we have only a few cases in our Region let s take the risk seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect people especially vulnerable groups The response to the monkeypox outbreak involves a comprehensive approach that engages and protects affected communities intensifies surveillance and public health measures strengthens clinical management and infection prevention and control in hospitals and clinics and accelerates research on the efficacy of vaccines therapies and other instruments The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is supporting Member States and partners in all these areas with a special focus on vulnerable groups New information about modes of transmission severity of illness therapy and vaccine efficacy is being revealed as more research is done Building on the lessons from COVID 19 the research is being integrated into overall monkeypox response efforts Although most people with monkeypox will recover without specific treatment within a few weeks the disease has the potential to cause serious complications that in some circumstances can lead to death During the current global outbreak there have been only 12 deaths out of more than 34 000 cases with none occurring in our Region But in previous outbreaks death rates have been much higher therefore we must take this new public health threat very seriously Monkeypox can also cause a variety of signs and symptoms including rash fever swollen lymph nodes fatigue headache and muscle aches Only a small percentage of patients will require hospital treatment and those at higher risk of serious illness or complications including pregnant people children and people who are immunocompromised It is still important to note that monkeypox is completely preventable and simple measures can reduce the risk of infection Currently the best of these is to avoid close contact with someone who has monkeypox Vaccine supplies are limited in quantity When these vaccines become available WHO recommends targeted vaccination for people exposed to someone with monkeypox and people at high risk of exposure including health care workers some laboratory workers and those with multiple sexual partners Unlike COVID 19 mass vaccination against monkeypox is not recommended due to the different mechanisms by which the disease is transmitted and because more targeted vaccination approaches may be effective in protecting people most at risk However data on the efficacy of these vaccines in preventing monkeypox in clinical practice and in field settings are still limited Many unknowns remain about its clinical effects and its most appropriate use in different contexts Furthermore to minimize the unnecessary negative impact of the disease on trade travel tourism or animal welfare and to avoid offending cultural social national regional professional or ethnic groups the WHO convened an ad hoc meeting with a group of scientists last week about considering changing the name of monkeypox After extensive review the group agreed to hold an open public consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox
    Update on the monkeypox outbreak in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
    Africa1 month ago

    Update on the monkeypox outbreak in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

    The spread of the monkeypox outbreak has been sporadic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, with 33 laboratory-confirmed cases in 6 countries and no associated deaths reported.

    Most cases have no history of travel to areas where the outbreak circulates widely.

    The average age among reported cases is 31 years old, but the age ranges from 8 to 59.

    Among the reported cases was an 8-year-old boy in Lebanon.

    “The monkeypox outbreak is not exclusive to one group of people, and anyone can get the disease by coming into direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has symptoms or by touching infected objects,” said Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari.

    , WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.

    “All of us are at risk.

    So even if we have only a few cases in our Region, let's take the risk seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect people, especially vulnerable groups."

    The response to the monkeypox outbreak involves a comprehensive approach that engages and protects affected communities, intensifies surveillance and public health measures, strengthens clinical management and infection prevention and control in hospitals and clinics, and accelerates research on the efficacy of vaccines, therapies and other instruments.

    The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is supporting Member States and partners in all these areas, with a special focus on vulnerable groups.

    New information about modes of transmission, severity of illness, therapy, and vaccine efficacy is being revealed as more research is done.

    Building on the lessons from COVID-19, the research is being integrated into overall monkeypox response efforts.

    Although most people with monkeypox will recover without specific treatment within a few weeks, the disease has the potential to cause serious complications that, in some circumstances, can lead to death.

    During the current global outbreak, there have been only 12 deaths out of more than 34,000 cases, with none occurring in our Region.

    But in previous outbreaks, death rates have been much higher; therefore, we must take this new public health threat very seriously.

    Monkeypox can also cause a variety of signs and symptoms, including rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, headache, and muscle aches.

    Only a small percentage of patients will require hospital treatment, and those at higher risk of serious illness or complications, including pregnant people, children, and people who are immunocompromised.

    It is still important to note that monkeypox is completely preventable and simple measures can reduce the risk of infection.

    Currently, the best of these is to avoid close contact with someone who has monkeypox.

    Vaccine supplies are limited in quantity.

    When these vaccines become available, WHO recommends targeted vaccination for people exposed to someone with monkeypox and people at high risk of exposure, including health care workers, some laboratory workers, and those with multiple sexual partners.

    Unlike COVID-19, mass vaccination against monkeypox is not recommended due to the different mechanisms by which the disease is transmitted and because more targeted vaccination approaches may be effective in protecting people most at risk .

    However, data on the efficacy of these vaccines in preventing monkeypox in clinical practice and in field settings are still limited.

    Many unknowns remain about its clinical effects and its most appropriate use in different contexts.

    Furthermore, to minimize the unnecessary negative impact of the disease on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare and to avoid offending cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups, the WHO convened an ad hoc meeting with a group of scientists last week about considering changing the name of monkeypox.

    After extensive review, the group agreed to hold an open public consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox.