‘Unprecedented’ interest in Africa news

first_img23 May 2008There is currently unprecedented interest in news from Africa, especially from investors who watch for both good news and bad, Reuters Africa editor Barry Moody told delegates at the International Media Forum South Africa (IMFSA) conference in Johannesburg this week.“Africa is no longer a distant curiosity, now it’s a place of expanding potential,” Moody told local and international media and government communicators at the two-day forum that was held to discuss South Africa and Africa’s media coverage abroad.Reuters covers stories related to investment opportunities such as Nigeria’s oil, Kenya’s coffee market, Malawi’s tea farms and Mauritius’ fishing industry.Africa was also a fascinating place to work because of its volatility, he said, adding that Kenya was a good example of this, following the post-election violence.The ‘next big deal’Wall Street Journal Africa Africa bureau chief Chip Cummins said it was his responsibility to find out what sort of news from Africa the publication’s two million print and one million online subscribers were interested in.“There is an insatiable appetite for African stories. Africa is fascinating with many political moving parts. A lot of our readers are looking for what stocks they can invest in,” he said.Africa was seen as the new exploration frontier, he said, where one could find investment opportunities and the “next big deal”.The Journal did not have a sub Saharan Africa-based reporter until late last year when a correspondent was sent to Nigeria and Cummins added that he would like to have a correspondent based in Johannesburg soon.Eyewitness accountBBC News Africa editor Joseph Warungu said the rest of the world was watching South Africa with a keen eye due to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “It will be a big story and we will be putting a lot of resources into covering it,” he said.The BBC has 250 reporters and 70 bureaus in Africa. “There is nothing that can replace an eyewitness account of an event,” he said, adding that the BBC stood by the principles of evidence and transparency.South Africa The Good News editor Ian MacDonald said there were only a handful of correspondents reporting on a complex continent, which could result in superficial stories, and reporters not covering Africa the best they could.He said South African journalists had a social obligation to report on positive stories. “It can be a harrowing experience to read through a newspaper. There are vast stories that are positive that can be covered,” he said.Tackling major topicsReuters Africa website editor John Chiahemen said they had tried to break new ground when they launched the Africa website because of the growing demand for news from Africa, with the site currently attractive over two million visitors per day.Reuters readers, who are mostly the top 10% of influential people in the world, had been particularly interested in the site’s investing pages. At the click of a button, visitors to the site can find information on mining, oil, agriculture as well as get updates on key African markets and stock listings.Reuters had also recently introduced blogging on all its sites. “It has seen massive success with numerous comments flooding in,” he said.Also attending the IMFSA, was CNN Africa bureau chief Kim Norgaard, who said there was no better feeling than telling successful stories from Africa and changing peoples perceptions.“However, we have to report on the big negative stories too, we can’t ignore them. Our audience expects that of us,” he said, adding that it was important not to squeeze coverage of Africa into one small programme.“We tackle major topics and themes from all over the world to show people how similar we all are.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

India vs Australia: MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgRohit Sharma said MS Dhoni’s presence in the Indian dressing room is very important as India geared up to take on Australia in a three-match ODI series starting at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 12. India enjoyed a great run in limited-overs cricket in 2018 but MS Dhoni’s form was a major concern.India won a historic bilateral series in South Africa, won the Asia Cup and a series against the West Indies at home but MS Dhoni managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. More significantly, Dhoni did not score a single half-century – not great returns for one of the greatest finishers in the shorter formats of the game.However, Dhoni will get the opportunity to get back into form as India head into the first of 13 ODIs they will play before the World Cup in England later in the year. Rohit said India were lucky to have Dhoni around the group.Over the years, we have seen what sort of presence MS Dhoni has in the dressing room and on the field. With him around, there’s a sense of calmness in the group which is very important and also a bit of help to the captain because he stands behind the stumps and he has captained India for so many years.. he has been a successful captain for India.”So him being around for India is always helpful. He is a like a guiding light around the group, I would say. Also with the bat.. down the order, getting through that finishing line is very, very important,” Rohit told the media on Thursday.advertisementThe influence that is @msdhoni in vice-captain @ImRo45’s words #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/uRHnelREeR BCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2019Rohit said India have found a settled squad for the World Cup with the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik seizing their opportunities.Rishabh Pant, who scored 350 runs in India’s Test series victory over Australia, has been left out of the limited-overs matches in Australia and New Zealand but chief selector MSK Prasad and Ravi Shastri have made it abundantly clear that Pant will be a part of India’s World Cup squad.Rohit said there could be one or two changes to the squad for the World Cup but insisted India have their core in place ahead of the showpiece event.”These 13 ODIs that we are going to play before the World Cup.. you will see more or less the same squad for the World Cup.. There will be one or two changes keeping in mind form or injury concerns over the next few months.”We played a lot of cricket throughout the year so injuries are bound to happen and there will be some concerns over form and fitness but I don’t see any drastic changes in this squad.”Honestly, looking at the slots.. the slots are pretty much taken by the individuals. Having said that, I still feel everything will depend on the form of each player. Nobody is guaranteed to be on that flight to England as yet. You got to be in prime form to be able to take part in the World Cup,” he said.Over the last three years, India have been heavily dependent on the top-three to score the bulk of the runs. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the top two run scorers in ODIs in 2018, scored 2232 runs between them. Shikhar Dhawan scored 897 runs from 19 ODIs. Overall, India’s top three scored 14 hundreds among them.Rohit said it was time for the entire batting group to stand up and deliver.”It’s important (to score runs) not just for the top three but for all the batsmen who will be playing in the World Cup because I always believe that it is not about one or two individuals but about all 11 of us going and contribute there.. Individuals will win you or one two games but if you want to win the championship, all the batsmen need to put their hands up and take up the challenge.”Our middle order believes in taking the challenge.. it’s about the whole batting group. Come whatever situation, we need to put our hands up and need to get through the finishing line. Rayudu, Karthik.. MS is a key factor going forward. Kedar brings a lot to the table. Hardik and Jadeja will also play important roles in the finishing stages,” he said.Also Read | Mitchell Marsh ruled out of 1st ODI, Ashton Turner comes in as coverAlso Read | Sydney weather forces Team India to practice indoors ahead of 1st ODIAlso Read | Imran Khan holds Virat Kohli in high regard for his approach to the game: Ramiz Rajaadvertisementlast_img read more

Better Weather today for TCI

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 –  Small craft can venture out today but should remain close to port says the Bahamas Department of Meteorology forecast and that means weather conditions are improving.There is still caution due to high and rough seas and there are still rip current and rough surf condition warnings in effect for beach-goers, but today should be warmer and winds are considerably weaker, though still brisk, at 15 to 20 knots over open seas.There is a slight chance for passing showers in this surface high pressure which remains over The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedialast_img read more

West Ham considering move for Jonjo Shelvey

first_imgWest Ham United are reportedly considering a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to Sports Mole.The former Liverpool midfielder is currently nursing a thigh injury and has featured only 10 times for the Magpies this season.Despite the lack of match opportunities at the St James’ Park this season, reports in the English press claims that the 26-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League rivals West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be a keen admirer of Shelvey and would relish the opportunity to bring the England international to the London Stadium this month.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will not sanction Shelvey’s sale unless a suitable replacement is acquired by the club.West Ham have already completed the signing of free agent Samir Nasri on a short-term deal, with the former Manchester City playmaker impressing during an hour display against Birmingham City in the FA Cup last season.last_img read more

OBITUARY Eddie A Sanchez 70

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Eddie A. Sanchez, age 70, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Guam, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 9, 2019.Eddie proudly worked as a Civil Engineer for the United States Air Force for over 30 years.Eddie was the beloved husband of Bertha (Dungca) Sanchez of Wilmington, devoted father of Junior Salas & wife Patricia of Colorado, Peter Sanchez & wife Sharon of Hawaii, Franklin Salas & wife Cassandra of Texas, Shirley DeLucia & husband Chris of Wilmington, Ricky Sanchez of Guam and John Mark Sanchez & wife Marquesa of Wilmington. Cherished son of Maria (Agoun) Sanchez and the late Joaquin Sanchez of Guam, Loving “Papa” of Jonathan and Tricia Salas, Aisha Salas, Adam and Keri Palanca, Paulina, Elijah and Richard Sanchez, Natasha and Ashley Igros, Edward, Amanda, Michael and Christopher DeLucia, Kekoa Narcis and great-grandchildren Aison, Christopher and Leinani. Dear brother of Chong Engle, Frank Sanchez, Evelyn SanNicolas, Albert Sanchez, Kathy San chez and Jeffrey Sanchez. Eddie is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Eddie was also very special to his “adopted” DeLucia grandchildren that fondly knew him as “Papa”.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, February 16th for Visitation from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.Eddie A. Sanchez(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more