ETB1’s Christmas Eve specials, dominated by Basques

The special sessions on ETB1 and ETB2 were well received by the audience on Christmas Eve. On the one hand, ETB1’s’ Fair Saturday. Up Hearts ‘show and’ Christmas! We are going to sing ‘session was dominated by Basques. ‘Fair Saturday. Gora Bihotzak ‘, for example, had an audience share of 7.4% and a Basque share of 14.3%. 112,000 viewers followed the show at some point during the show.

Also, ‘Christmas! We are going to sing ‘special session also had very good data: it achieved an audience share of 6.9% and a share of 15.1% among Basques. The session also had an accumulated audience of 132,000 viewers in the Basque Country and its area of ​​influence. The session, presented by Maddalen Arzallus and Julen Telleria, invited them to sing the most famous faces of politics, sport, culture and Basque society.

On ETB2, the special program ‘El Club del Tupper’ had an audience share of 8.2% and a cumulative audience of 212,000 viewers in the Basque Country and its area of ​​influence. Sara Gandara, Iñaki Urrutia and Ainhoa ​​Sanchez competed for the gold tupperware.

Also noteworthy are the data obtained from the special ‘Olentzero Magikoa’ program on ETB1; in fact, it had an audience share of 3.7% and a share of 6.1% among Basques. Also, 74,000 viewers followed the session at some point during the show.


Made in Gabon storming Central Africa

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The Gulf of Guinea oil producer is in the process of diversifying its economy, and to do this, it has decided to tackle the Central African Economic Community (CEMAC) market, which has nearly 50 million of consumers. Six Gabonese industrial companies have received approval at the general preferential tariff from CEMAC. In the coming days, 70 “Made in Gabon” products will be free to circulate duty-free in CEMAC countries.

In this factory that manufactures reinforcing bars, points and sheet metal, the workers are extremely motivated. Soferga is one of the 6 Gabonese companies that have obtained Cemac approval. Mohamed Reislan, the general manager is happy to find a new market for his production.

” OWe are going to start with a market of ten million, then we will ramp up and if we have sales volumes, we will be able to lower costs and develop other products. »

Chimie Gabon, specialized in the manufacture of paints, has existed for 40 years. While the management was preparing its approval file, it invested in the modernization of the production tool.

Stéphane Prato Nzé Ekomie is the commercial director. ” Chimie Gabon has invested in new manufacturing equipment. For example for 300 or 500 touques (canister lot of 20 liters of paint, editor’s note) that we made in three to four days, we will do it in an hour. The yield will be more important. So opening up to markets in the sub-region is a good thing for us. »

In addition to building materials, Gabon wants to flood the Cemac market with motor oils, drinks, plastic and even cookies. All companies have received their approval from the Minister of Commerce, Hugues Mbadinga Madiya.

« These six companies are pioneers for exporting at the level of CEMAC and later of ECCAS. We are talking about seventy Gabonese products. for us it is a cocorico for the “made in Gabon”. »

Present at the ceremony, Rwandan François Kanimba. He is the commissioner for the development of the common market of the ECCAS which has 160 million consumers.

« It is very interesting and important to honor the entrepreneurs who do everything to bring products from our region to the Central African market. I hope that this kind of event will multiply in the future. »

Gabon, which faces the decline in its oil production, hopes that opening up to the African market is a lifeline for its faltering economy.


FilGoal | News | Kaf denounces what happened to the Gabon national team at Banjul airport … and refers the matter to the disciplinary committee

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) called for an emergency meeting, Monday afternoon, with representatives of the Gabon and Gambia federations, due to what happened at Banjul airport.

The Gabon national team was detained for several hours at Banjul Airport in the Gambia before being allowed to enter the Gambia.

Gabon lost 2-0 to Gambia in the fourth round of the African Nations Cup qualifiers.

The Secretary General of KAF expressed his deep regret for this regrettable situation, and then informed the two parties of his decision to summon the disciplinary committee in order to examine the causes of this incident, to determine the responsibilities and apply the resulting penalties.

The Secretary General of the Confederation of African Football Association “CAF” welcomed the state of mind of the two parties, who exchanged views respectfully.

The Gambia national team leads the group with 7 points, on goal difference from Gabon, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo is third with 3 points, and Angola is bottom of the standings with one point.

Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will play tomorrow, Tuesday, at the end of the fourth round of African Nations Cup qualifiers.


After the players slept at the airport, Aubameyang criticized KAF (p

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Monday 16 November 2020

I wrote – Menna Omar:

Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Arsenal player, criticized the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the unfortunate incident that the Gabonese national team was exposed to at Banjul International Airport.

The Gabonese team arrived at Banjul airport last night in preparation for the Gambia team match at 6 pm today, Monday, in the fourth round of the African qualifiers for the African Nations Cup in Cameroon.

The Gabonese team was exposed to a critical situation that lasted until the early hours of the team match, as the Gambian authorities prevented them from going to the residence hotel and they were detained at the airport for more than 5 hours due to the Corona virus (Covid-19) tests.

Gabonese captain and Arsenal player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang resorted to social networking sites to express his anger and criticism of the tragic situation in the mission.

Aubameyang wrote on his official account on the social networking site “Twitter”: “This will not discourage us, but (sufficient) they need to know that they have to assume these responsibilities.”

The Arsenal player added: “In 2020, we want Africa to grow and this is not how we will get there.”

For his part, Dennis Bwanga, the Gabonese national team player, and the French team, Saint-Etienne, also commented, and published a (story) via Instagram, saying: “It is inconceivable that there is so much evil and cruelty like this.”

He added: “They made us wait five hours at the airport for the Coronavirus tests that we did, 48 hours before we arrived at the airport.”

He continued, “We are at an airport without air conditioning, without a seat, and some players even slept on the ground … all this on the eve of the match.”

A while ago, Aubameyang came back and wrote a tweet on Twitter, in which he confirmed that the team had taken its bus to go to the residence.

It is worth noting that Gabon tops the Group D table with 7 points, followed by Gambia (4 points), then the Republic of the Congo in third place (3 points), while Angola is bottom of the group table with one point.


The Togolese have eliminated sleeping sickness

Rodrigue Apénou, 22, is a student in 2th year of IT management, in Lomé. He doesn’t know anything about sleeping sickness. “I don’t know about sleeping sickness. I never heard of it”, he tells VOA Africa.

Rodrigue Apénou was not born when Togo experienced its last case of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). It’s the same for his comrade Joël Atohoun, aged 21, who had to use his previous knowledge to remember.

It is a disease thought to be caused by a fly called a tsetse fly. We were taught that in elementary school “, he said proudly as if to taunt Rodrigue. Playing the experts, Joël continues, “as a sign, it can be noted that the person who is bitten will sleep a lot. It’s a bit like that “.

It was in 1996 that Togo recorded its last case of HAT, commonly known as sleeping sickness. The latter is characterized by sleep disorders as confirmed by Dr Kossi Badziklou, former coordinator of the HAT control program in Togo.

Dr Kossi Badziklou, former coordinator of the HAT control program in Togo, Lomé, September 2, 2020 (VOA / Kayi Lawson)

What we see in patients at a given level is a little messy sleep. That is, people who can spend the whole day sleeping and in really abnormal conditions. Someone to whom we serve a dish, who is at the table and who begins by sleeping without eating for example. Someone who goes to the field, who takes his hoe to work, he sits and sleeps all day “, explained this doctor. “Without proper treatment death is inevitable “, added Dr Badziklou.

Eliminating sleeping sickness as a public health problem should not lead to slackening, warns the former coordinator of the disease control program.

What we should not forget is that the disease can come back. Already in the 1960s many countries were at this stage “, he said. “But there was a relaxation and we were surprised by the resurgence of this disease”, recalled Dr Kossi Badziklou.

By eliminating sleeping sickness as a public health problem, Togo becomes the first in Africa to achieve this feat. WHO has acknowledged that the country has met all the criteria.

To eliminate human African trypanosomiasis, it must be proven that there have been no indigenous cases at least during the last 10 years. Beyond that, it was necessary to follow up and then present a file. A very good file because it is necessary to document the entire history of the disease since it started in the country “, detailed Dr Fatoumata Binta Diallo, WHO resident representative in Togo.

After the elimination of sleeping sickness, Togo will work to verify that its transmission has stopped. The last level, which is its total eradication, concerns all endemic countries, as was the case on August 25 for wild polio in Africa.

According to a WHO file, the disease is present in 36 African countries.


Covid-19 jobs: Jean-Marc, employee of the mortuary of the University Hospital of Libreville

Our series on valued occupations during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic takes us to Gabon to meet Jean-Marc, an employee of the mortuary of the Libreville Hospital and University Center (CHUL). How did he live during this period, how did he participate in the treatment of deaths linked to the coronavirus? Meet. .

Portrait: Gaël Darren Maganga, virus hunter

Virologist Gaël Darren Maganga frequents the fiercest viruses on a daily basis, those that become a deadly threat when they are transmitted from animals to humans, such as Ebola or Covid-19. This virus hunter co-directs the “Emergence of viral diseases” unit of the Franceville Interdisciplinary Center for Medical Research (CIRMF) in Gabon, one of the two “P4” laboratories, highly secure, in Africa.

A taste for research

Gaël Darren Maganga, now a professor and researcher in virology, thought of becoming an agronomist; his mother would have seen him as a doctor, but through a grant from the Gabonese state, he went to study veterinarian in Senegal, then in France, in Toulouse, with a specialization in animal epidemiology. The attendance of scientists during his studies gave him a taste for research, after a master’s degree in microbial parasitology, Gaël Maganga arrived directly at the laboratory in Franceville, Gabon, in 2009, to do his thesis on RNA viruses – acid ribonucleic – bats from Central Africa, such as Ebola or Marburg. The virus had entered his life.

From the forest to the laboratory

Going into the forest, looking for bats that are the reservoirs of the Ebola virus, returning to the laboratory to use the data, then setting out again in the forest, this is the daily, sometimes dangerous, of the researcher. « C‘was extreme, we found ourselves in caves where we could not see anything, submerged in water, he says. Once there were snakes above our heads », And this to capture bats possibly carrying deadly viruses. But for the researcher, ” it was risky but exciting ».

Back at the P4 laboratory, research on these viruses is carried out under maximum security conditions. Then you have to go back into the forest, again and again. However, ” fieldwork brings knowledge of the context essential to laboratory work », Estimates Professor Maganga.

Ambivalent feelings

The CIRMF laboratory is a center of the World Health Organization (WHO), equipped to diagnose viral diseases and arboviruses.
But when he finds, the feeling of the seeker is ambivalent: ” I carried out the Ebola diagnoses, and seeing the positive results on a PCR machine, there was on the one hand the drama of a fatal disease in the region, and on the other, the satisfaction of the positive diagnosis and the publications that arise ».

And the reward comes when Gaël Maganga discovers, by PCR test, the Marburg virus in a bat, a discovery that will allow him to publish in listed scientific journals and to forge numerous international collaborations.

The coronavirus? Half a surprise

When the information of a new epidemic that started in China reached Gaël Maganga’s ears, ” it was a half-surprise, often we wonder when the next one will arrive “. This new coronavirus was close to another, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus, which appeared in the early 2000s. But why was it happening again today?

In response, the researcher draws our attention to practices that take place in certain regions of the world, such as live animal markets where there is both a mix of species and proximity to humans, and which “shave real biological bombs : all the conditions are in place to promote the emergence of diseases ».

Treat the disease at the source

« 70 to 75% of diseases today are of animal origin », Explains Gaël Maganga. In Africa, there is a lot of proximity between humans and wildlife: hunting, intensive logging, rural activities.

For Professor Maganga, the best way to fight an epidemic is to identify the reservoir animal as quickly as possible to isolate it and cut the transmission chain before the virus has jumped the species barrier, animals to humans, because then, human-to-human transmission sets off very quickly and vaccines and treatments remain to be discovered.

Work in perspective

Following the publication of an article showing the presence of a great diversity of coronaviruses in bats in Gabon, a busy program awaits the Franceville laboratory: ” We have just obtained two funds that will allow us to work on the coronavirus, on the animal reservoir and the potential involvement of domestic animals in the transmission cycle. ».

The laboratory continues to work on Ebola, dengue viruses, chikungunya and Zika. ” As soon as epidemics appear in our region, we are immediately called upon, continues Gaël Darren Maganga. We carry out research programs and in parallel, we assist response teams in the field ».

Having become a virologist in Gabon, Professor Gaël Darren Maganga finally brought together animal and human medicine. But between research and teaching ” it never stops ».

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The Franceville laboratory, CIRMF


progress compromised by the Covid-19 epidemic

Thousands of Muslims took part in Istanbul on Friday in the first prayer organized at the former Hagia Sophia since its conversion into a mosque.

It was the first prayer organized at the former Hagia Sophia since its controversial conversion into a mosque; a ceremony in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited a passage from the Koran.

During this prayer broadcast live, Mr. Erdogan, who wore the Muslim Djellabah for the occasion, read the first sura of the Koran. Then the four minarets of Hagia Sophia issued the call to prayer on Friday. Then the four minarets of Hagia Sophia issued the call to prayer signaling the beginning of the rite.

“We are witnessing a historic moment (…) A long separation comes to an end,” said Religious Authority leader Ali Erbas who, during his preaching, held a scimitar symbolizing the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453.

This is the first collective prayer organized in 86 years at Hagia Sophia, a major architectural work built in the 6th century which has successively been a Byzantine basilica, an Ottoman mosque and a museum.

On July 10, Erdogan decided to return the building to Muslim worship after a court ruling revoking its museum status obtained in 1934.

This measure has aroused the anger of certain countries, notably Greece, which closely follows the fate of Byzantine heritage in Turkey. Pope Francis also said he was “very distressed” by this reconversion.

Despite the epidemic of new coronavirus, compact crowds formed in the morning around Hagia Sophia, AFP journalists noted. Several faithful even spent the night there.

“This is historic. May Allah bless Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is doing such beautiful things. I am very moved,” Aynur Saatçi, a 49-year-old housewife who cut short her vacation to come, told AFP. pray in Hagia Sophia.

– “Breaking the chains” –

For many observers, the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque aims to galvanize the conservative and nationalist electoral base of Mr. Erdogan, in a context of economic difficulties aggravated by the pandemic.

By making this decision, the Head of State, often accused of Islamist drift, is also attacking the legacy of the founder of the Republic, Mustafa Kemal, who had transformed Hagia Sophia into a museum to make it the emblem of the Republic. ‘a secular Turkey.

As a symbol, Mr. Erdogan chose for the first prayer the day of the 97th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne which fixes the borders of modern Turkey and which the president, nostalgic for the Ottoman Empire, often calls for revision.

Hagia Sophia remains in Turkey closely associated with the capture of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmet II, said the Conqueror. An Ottoman brass band was also present on the forecourt of the building on Friday.

“This is the moment when Turkey breaks its chains. From now on it will be able to do what it wishes, without being subject to the West,” said Selahattin Aydas, a trader who came to pray in Hagia Sophia.

“No one other than our president could have turned it back into a mosque,” he adds.

The Friday prayer also comes against a backdrop of strong tensions between Ankara and Athens, particularly related to Turkish hydrocarbon exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

Greece strongly denounced the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, seeing it as a “provocation against the civilized world”.

– “Political show” –

In protest in Greece, Orthodox churches were to ring their bells on Friday. “It is a day of mourning for (…) all of Christendom,” said the head of the Greek Church, Archbishop Iéronymos.

Israfil, a kilim seller near Hagia Sophia, is also unhappy with the conversion of Hagia Sophia, fearing a “negative impact on tourism” which has already suffered greatly from the epidemic.

“This whole show is for political reasons,” he grumbles.

But Ankara rejected all criticism in the name of “sovereignty”, stressing that tourists will be able to continue to visit this building classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

In any case, the authorities’ haste to organize a first prayer there raises concerns.

“The measures taken in haste (…) can have disastrous consequences and cause irreversible damage” to the 15-century-old building, underlines Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, researcher at the University of Pittsburgh.

The fate of the Byzantine mosaics found inside Hagia Sophia is of particular concern to historians.

The Religious Affairs Authority (Diyanet) claimed that they would be covered by curtains only during prayers, as Islam prohibited figurative representations, and would remain visible the rest of the time.


Jean-Baptiste Boussougou, from Gabon to the double bass

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Jean-Baptiste Boussougou comes from afar and he often returns there. In music, with little touches and improvisation. Boussougou was born in a corner of the forest, in a corner of the river, in Gabon …

And in a way, he returns there with his double bass and his approach as a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. At each meeting, at each concert, the music makes him cross the river of otherness, since his conversation is between African heritage, jazz codes and oriental inspiration. This is what teases his inner pirogue. On the menu of this musician discreetly installed in France for decades, a highly colorful show entitled Sufi my love ….

Jean-Baptiste Boussougou’s musical choices

Sufi my love (trio version)

Pierre AkendengueAfrika obota

Marvin Gaye What’s going on


Animal welfare: endangered pangolin is being researched – knowledge

The pangolin is one of the world’s most frequently poached and smuggled mammals. And now it is also considered a possible intermediate host for the corona virus. In search of an ancient phantom.

Catching a pangolin is a feat. For almost two weeks, David Lehmann and his team of six are in Gabon’s Lopé-Okanda National Park, through a mosaic of rivers, impenetrable forests, grassland savannas and swamps. The undergrowth in the rainforest is so dense that only a few rays of sunshine reach the muddy ground. The researchers climb steep paths and make their way through thickets, thorny scrub and creepers. In between, there are pythons, chimpanzees and forest elephants. The expedition is on the heels of the pangolin, but it keeps losing track of the shy anteater.