Source: World Rugby |

World Rugby announces joint men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup host selection process

Approach supports key objectives of World Rugby's Women in Rugby Plan

For the first time two men’s and women’s RWCs will be awarded at the same time; Integrated process enables a strategic roadmap for hosting of showcase 15s events; Collaborative process aims to identify and develop partnerships that will optimise host nation and World Rugby delivery, financial and legacy objectives; Joint…

Source: South African Rugby Union |

Blitzboks regroup with an eye on the Olympics

Powell said the Tokyo Games, penciled in from 23 July to 8 August, 2021, remains an important date in the team’s calendar

The Springbok Sevens squad regrouped in Stellenbosch this week after their season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and according to coach Neil Powell, they have placed the Tokyo Olympics as their ultimate goal. Powell said the Tokyo Games, penciled in from 23 July to 8 August, 2021, remains an…

Source: Government of Liberia |

Coronavirus: Liberia and Japan hold Ceremony for Co-Signing Grant

Assistance will make a valuable contribution to complementing the efforts of the people and the Government of Liberia in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and food insecurity

The co-signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes for two separate grant aids from Japan, totalling ¥350,000,000 Japanese Yen (approximately 3.3 million US Dollars) was held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, in Accra, Ghana. The Exchange of Notes between Her Excellency Genevieve A. Kennedy, Ambassador Extraordinary, and Plenipotentiary of the…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Coronavirus: Mauritius - MW Wakashio Oil Spill

The country’s approximately 1.3 million inhabitants rely heavily on tourism, which has already been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

HIGHLIGHTS Mauritius’ Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, declared a “state of environmental emergency” on 7 August, after a ship that ran aground off the coast of the island nation began spilling oil. The bulk carrier vessel, MW Wakashio, was carrying nearly 4,200 metric tons of fuel when it ran aground on…

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Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - South Sudan: From exposure to protection

Strengthening Infection Prevention and Control among COVID-19 frontliners

The entire hospital is much cleaner. It used to be smelly, but not anymore,” says Akuol Deng Kur (40). She has done her best keeping the Military Hospital in Renk as spotless as possible since 2013, not an easy feat when your tools are limited. “Before, I only had local…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Coronavirus - Tunisia: Lifting of travel restrictions - Council reviews the list of third countries

As from 8 August member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as…

Source: World Trade Organization (WTO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) members discuss cotton development assistance, impact of COVID-19 on cotton trade

The Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) noted the importance of supporting cotton development assistance projects designed locally, including the "Cotton Roadmap Project"

t a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff reiterated the forum’s mandate to ensure transparency of development assistance programmes for cotton and to improve the effectiveness of cotton projects. The WTO Secretariat presented a report and video…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Coronavirus – Africa: Emergency Grant Aid in response to the humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger

The grant is to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons in the areas of WASH, health, local integration, and provision of shelters

On August 7, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of four million and eight hundred thousand US dollars for the people who became refugees or internally displaced persons due to the deteriorated security conditions and the host communities in Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger. 1. The…

Source: South African Rugby Union |

Physical and mental boost as Blitzboks prepare to return to training

The players will undergo COVID-19 testing on Thursday as part of the return to play protocols and will report for duty next Tuesday

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell believes his squad’s return to training will not only boost the Blitzbok players on a physical level, but will also give the players a mental boost as they prepare for their return to their Stellenbosch Academy of Sport base next week. The players will undergo…

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)
Source: Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) |

Canon and Climatepartner Celebrate Ten Year Partnership

Canon and ClimatePartner help customers reduce greenhouse gases and make an important contribution to fighting global warming

Canon Europe ( is celebrating its successful ten-year long partnership with international climate protection solutions provider, ClimatePartner, enabling Canon to offer carbon-neutral papers to its office and cut-sheet customers. As part of its global responsibility to provide the highest quality products and to conduct business in an environmentally-friendly and socially…