29 May 2009

Good news from Africa

While most of the news from Africa seems to center on nations torn apart by violence and mired in poverty, there's a lot of good news to be found as well.

"The Takeaway" talks with former U.S. Ambassador Charles Stith, who describes the current state of many of the countries in Africa: "The continent is on a real growth trajectory at this point. We track 16 countries on the continent, and they are all serious about democratization, they're serious about reforming their economies along free market lines; and though it's only 16 countries out of the 53 in the continent ... over all it's about two-thirds of the population of the continent ... so the good news is the vast majority of folks on the African continent wake up every morning in a country where they can participate and decide in who runs the country ... where the leadership is really trying to reform the economies in a way that they can maximize their opportunities and improve the quality of life for them and their families."

Women's World Banking, Ghana wins award

Women's World Banking, Ghana, (IWWBG) arguably the most innova¬tive microfinance institution in Ghana has won an award at the recent Women's World Banking Global Network and Capital Markets meeting held in New York from April 27 to May 5. The meetings are held every two years to promote interaction and learn¬ing among network...

Welcome to the 2009 Edition of "Challenge Camerounais" in Cologne Back to the Roots

You are welcome to the Challenge Camerounais 2009, the biggest cultural, sportive and economic Event of the Cameroonian Diaspora of Europe. The celebration of this 18th edition will take place from the 29th to the 31st of May in Cologne, the major city of the North Rhine- Westphalia and will hopefully be patroned by H.E Chantal Biya, first Lady of Cameroon and President and founder of CERAC.

About 8000 People are expected in Cologne on the week-end of Pentecost. A festival of culture as a symbol of the diversity of the Cameroonian Culture will presented to the guests. There will be many other sportive activities besides the traditional Football challenge. The Business and Social Forum will be focused on the "agenda of the contractor in Cameroon" and the course of economic relations between Cameroon and Germany. The Gala Evening and the election of Miss Challenge will close the festivities.

13 May 2009

World Cup ticket sales thrive

The second phase of ticket sales for the 2010 World Cup has attracted more than 297,000 applications within a week, according to Fifa.

There are 100,000 tickets on offer in the latest batch, which excludes the two semi-finals and the final.

The tickets will be on sale until November and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

More than 112,600 of the requests so far came from South Africa, world football's governing body said.

Applications can be made either through a South African bank or on Fifa's website.

The demand is matching the popularity of the first phase of ticket sales between 20 February and 31 March, which attracted more than 1.8 million ticket requests.

Nearly 556,000 tickets for that phase were distributed by a random computerised draw last month, 44 percent of them to South Africans.

Fifa also said on Wednesday that 351,121 tickets for the Confederations Cup have been sold, with just over a month to go until the tournament kicks off in South Africa.

A total of 640,000 were available for the event.

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