Monthly Archives: January 2018

Radiant.Earth and OpenAQ Partner to Fight Air Pollution in Africa

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Radiant.Earth today announced its partnership with OpenAQ to bring together a diverse group of individuals in Ghana and Kenya who are deeply concerned about poor air quality in their community and are looking for solutions.

Radiant.Earth, a non-profit advocating for open geospatial data for positive impact and improved decision-making, will provide OpenAQ with institutional support to organize two workshops focusing on air inequality.

Air pollution, one of the biggest global health threats of our time, kills more people in Africa each year than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition. However, despite the fact that it is a stealthy killer, the development of public policy to address this problem remains complicated. OpenAQ, established specifically to fight air inequality worldwide, approaches this policy problem by opening up air quality data and convening around it a diverse global grassroots community of people from multiple sectors.

“This collaborative community approach is impactful,” says Dr. Christa Hasenkopf, Co-founder of OpenAQ. “To date, we have opened up more than 150 million air quality measurements from 8,174 locations in 64 countries. We worked with community members across the world, who have launched policy-relevant field studies and petitioned their parliaments for action. Members of our community have collaborated on articles for the general media, written a joint science and policy commentary, developed apps and bots, conducted research, and built open-source tools.”

The workshops in Ghana and Kenya will focus on identifying overarching goals and strategies shared among participants to fight air inequality—zeroing in on tangible, attainable, and specific actions that participants can take. The plan is also to connect workshop participants with the larger OpenAQ Community, so as to exchange ‘community wins’ and open-source resources to have a larger impact.

This project is funded in part by The Godley Family Foundation, which backs innovative solutions that address health and environmental issues. “We are pleased to partner with Radiant.Earth, OpenAQ, and local communities in finding creative ways to address the global air inequality problem,” says Frederick Godley, MD, President of the Godley Family Foundation.

“Help from The Godley Family Foundation and Radiant.Earth will allow us to expand the OpenAQ community, and to learn and share with the communities in Ghana and Kenya,” says Dr. Hasenkopf. “We are enormously grateful.”

“Open data are essential to unmasking problems and finding solutions to global challenges,” says Ms. Anne Hale Miglarese, CEO of Radiant.Earth. “We are pleased to support OpenAQ with this project as they work to empower the public to fight air pollution through open data, open-source tools, and cooperation.”

Scheduled to take place in the second quarter of 2018, the OpenAQ workshops in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya are an opportunity for local tech, science, policy, government, media, open data, software, art, and other air inequality-related sectors to interact with each other and the global OpenAQ Community and Platform.

ABOUT OpenAQ

OpenAQ is a non-profit that fights air inequality by opening up air quality data and connecting a diverse global, grassroots, multi-sectoral community.

ABOUT Radiant.Earth

Radiant.Earth is a non-profit organization committed to aggregating the world’s open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community.

Media Contact

Christa Hasenkopf
Co-Founder
OpenAQ
Info@openaq.org

Kenya cuts TV transmissions over live coverage of opposition’s Odinga

Authorities in Kenya should immediately allow four privately owned television stations to resume broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today (January 30, 2018). Officials from the broadcast regulator the Communications Authority, accompanied by police,switched off transmitters today while the stations were broadcasting live coverage of an opposition party event in the capital, Nairobi, according to news reports.

The order affects four national stations: Citizen TV and Inooro TV, owned by the Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group#39;s NTV, and the Standard Group#39;s KTN News, according to reports and three senior managers from the stations who spoke with CPJ. All stations were still unable to broadcast as of late today (January 30, 2018).

The order came after President Uhuru Kenyatta and other senior government officialssummoned media managers and editorson January 26 and threatened to shut their stations down and revoke their licenses if they broadcast live an event in which Kenya#39;s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, took an oath as the people#39;s president in protest of the disputed elections last year, according to astatementfrom the Kenya Editors Guild. Kenya#39;s attorney general said that the swearing in ceremony could be treasonous and may lead to criminal charges against Odinga, according to reports.

Joseph Odindo, editorial director of the Standard Group, told CPJ the government gave no indication of how long the order would remain in effect. After the shutdown, the stations continued streaming their content online, according to Odindo, Wachira Waruru, managing director of Royal Media Services, and Linus Kaikai, who heads the Nation Media broadcast division.

Kenya should be a beacon on the continent for media freedom and the public#39;s right to access information, yet government censorship continues to erode Kenya#39;s status as a leader on African press freedom, said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator, Angela Quintal, from New York. Kenyans deserve diverse media and these stations should be allowed back on air immediately.

A letter from the state media regulator, the Communications Authority of Kenya, sent to Lancia Digital Broadcast, which owns the signal distribution platform used by KTN News, cited the station#39;s defiance of a government ban on live coverage of the events related to the opposition swearing in, as reason for the cut in transmission, according toa report byprivately owned newspaperThe Star. The letter was sent an hour after KTN News was shut down, according to the report.

The Communications Authority#39;s acting director general, Christopher Kemei, confirmed to CPJ the authenticity of the letter and that it had been sent after Lancia asked for an explanation for the shutdown. Kemei said that it had not been the state regulator#39;s decision to shut down the stations and referred CPJ to the government for further comment.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, Mwenda Njoka, said that the stations#39; transmissions were cut due to security concerns, which he said, the government was not obliged to explain. There is no responsible government that would allow media to broadcast anything, more so live, which might incite people to violence. It would become an unmanageable situation, said Njoka, adding that freedom of the press was not absolute.

The government in November last year warned the media not to provide live coverage of events by Odinga#39;s National Super Alliance (NASA) political group, according tomedia reports.

Odinga challenged the results of Kenya#39;s presidential elections in August 2017 elections. His political coalition boycotted a repeat election, ordered by Kenya#39;s courts, in October 2017, and instead said it would establish a people#39;s assembly to carry out protests and boycotts while seekingchanges to the constitution, according to reports.

Kenya has experienced unrest and violence in previous elections. Violence after a disputed result in 2007 left about 1,400 people dead, according tonews reports.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The Ambassadors of Italy and of Iran Present Credentials to IGAD ES

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, received credential letters from the Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia, H.E. Arturo Luzzi, and the Ambassador of Iran to Ethiopia, H.E. Behzad Khakpour, yesterday in Addis Ababa.

The Executive Secretary thanked Amb Luzzi for the enhanced support provided by the government of Italy to the regional organisation and also for the innovative collaboration between the IGAD Centre of Excellence to Prevent/Combat Violent Extremism (CVE) and the Italian Carabinieri both based in Djibouti. The Italian Ambassador is set to come to visit IGAD Secretariat and staff in Djibouti mid February as part of a broader mission to that country.

The Ambassador of Iran was received at IGAD premises in Addis Ababa by the Executive Secretary and Senior staff members. Amb Khakpour was briefed on the growing relations between IGAD and his country. The two parties discussed ways and means to operationalise a Memorundum of Understanding signed in Iran. Amb Maalim and Amb Khakpour committed themselves and their respective teams to identify areas of cooperation, and foresaw peace and security, trade, capacity building, education as entry points.

The Executive Secretary also received the Ambassador of Israel to Ethiopia, H.E. Raphael Morav, at the IGAD premises in Addis Ababa the same day. The discussions evolved around potential collaboration between the two parties since Israel had good bilateral relations with some IGAD Member States.

Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development

Komet Reports 185 and 149.6 g/t Au from Grab Samples within the Guiro Mine

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Komet Resources Inc. (“Komet” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce a gold discovery 4km from the Guiro mine and the development of a new unmined shoot at the mine.

New Gold Zone

Komet geologists’ verification of three 40m deep gold diggers’ shafts, located about 4km northeast of the Guiro mine, revealed a quartz vein with a true width of 1.5m, oriented east-west, with a northward dip of 60 degrees. The vein has the same mineralogical composition and the same host rock limonitic alteration from weathering as the Guiro mine vein.

Sampling was carried out by Komet geologists in sealed bags directly from grab samples brought to surface by the gold diggers. The samples are random samples (3 grabs takes per composite sample). These grab samples are indicative but not representative of the grade of the gold structure.

Table of results of the grab samples:

Samples Description Au g/t
201 806 870 White quartz vein with black minerals bands, bearing limonite, hematite and pyrite 47.0
201 806 871 White quartz vein with black minerals bands, bearing limonite, hematite and pyrite 7.08
201 806 872 White quartz vein with black minerals bands, bearing limonite, hematite and pyrite with rare banded hematite 13.9
201 806 873 White quartz vein with hematitic alteration and disseminated hematite and pyrite 12.4
201 806 874 White quartz vein with hematite stringers with disseminated limonite and pyrite 9.89

New underground zone at the Guiro mine.

During the development in the western sector of the mine (see the October 23, 2017 press release), the Level 3 west gallery intercepted the junction where the 210/80 oriented shear cuts the Guiro vein (270/60).

In this sector the Guiro vein is hardly perceptible due to the shear that displaced the main structure. However, the operators noted the presence of thin centimetric quartz veins with gold mineralization, grading up to 120 g/t over 1.2m obtained from jackleg drill holes.

Table of the best results over 1.2m (true width) from jackleg drill holes:

Samples Au g/t
201 706 564 120.0
201 706 574 10.1
201 706 575 31.8
201 706 581 110.0

In order to better characterize this zone, several grab samples were taken from the roof, the wall and the sludge surrounding these thin chloritized white-pink quartz veins.

Summary of the best results of the grab samples:

Samples Au g/t
201 706 611 72.5
201 706 612 47.0
201 706 614 17.0
201 706 615 22.7
201 706 616 11.7
201 706 617 14.7
201 706 618 149.6
201 706 621 17.6
201 706 646 13.4
201 706 647 82.7
201 706 650 63.1
201 706 651 60.3
201 706 635 12.6
201 706 641 27.7
201 706 642 26.8
Samples Au g/t
201 706 655 26.9
201 706 658 185.0
201 706 661 13.5
201 706 667 10.5
201 706 668 11.6
201 706 669 52.3
201 706 670 12.5
201 706 672 67.4
201 706 677 12.6
201 706 680 50.6
201 706 684 16.5
201 706 687 13.9
201 706 692 16.5
201 706 693 14.5

The chimney to which the current development of level 3 is oriented, theoretically lies 25m farther west and has already been intercepted by the Gu2015dd04, 06, 32 and 35 diamond drill holes who show metric grades reaching 31.1g/t Au (see the September 10, 2015, press release for more details).

Table of the survey intercepting the chimney:

Survey From (m) To (m) g/t Au Span (m) True width (m)
Gu2015dd04 125.33 127.28 5.81 1.95 1.69
Gu2015dd06 80.60 83.40 2.05 2.80 2.42
Gu2015dd32 149.00 149.66 8.73 0.66 0.57
Gu2015dd35 105.45 106.80 31.1 1.35 1.17

This chimney is at least 50m wide at level 3 and continues to level 2 and 4 and should have, between these levels, a 60x50x2m size.

Guiro Mine Exploration

The sinistral offset of the Guiro structure, along the 210-degree shear in the west section of the mine, implies that this type of displacement might be present in the eastern sector, involving the displacement of the Guiro vein to the north and thus opening up new exploration targets northeast of the Guiro mine.

Mr André Gagné, president and CEO declare: “After a discovery south to the Guiro vein (see the may 25, 2017 press release), we now have a new vein to the north which is also similar to the Guiro vein. The exploration activities will hence be intensified in the next few weeks; it appears that the historical exploration data is getting confirmed.”

The grab samples assays reported were obtained by standard 30 grams fire-assaying-AA finish or gravimetric finish at the Company’s mine site laboratory. Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43–101 and industry best practices, including the introduction of standards or blanks with every batch of 3 samples analyzed.

The diamond drill holes samples from 2015 were analyzed by the SGS Lab in Ouagadougou using fire assay followed by atomic absorption spectrometry.

More information about the corporation is available at: http://kometgold.com.

Investors relations and information: André Gagné, President and CEO 581-300-1666 / a.gagne@kometgold.com  / Skype: andregagne11

Jacques Marchand, P.Eng. P.Geo., is the Qualified Person who has reviewed this news release and is responsible for the geological information presented herein.

Forward-Looking Statements

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking information” or “forward-looking statements” as set out within the context of security law. This forward-looking information is subject to many risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Komet’s control. The actual results or conclusions may differ considerably from those that have been set out, or intimated, in this forward-looking information. There are many factors which may cause such disparity, especially the instability of metal market prices, the results of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates or in interest rates, poorly estimated resources, environmental risks (stricter regulations), unforeseen geological situations, unfavorable extraction conditions, political risks brought on by mining in developing countries, regulatory and governmental policy changes (laws and policies), failure to obtain the requisite permits and approvals from government bodies, or any other risk relating to mining and development. There is no guarantee that the circumstances anticipated in this forward-looking information will occur, or if they do occur, how they will benefit Komet. The forward-looking information is based on the estimates and opinions of Komet’s management at the time of the publication of the information and Komet does not assume any obligation to make public updates or modifications to any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or any other cause, except if it is required by securities laws.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/ccdd8280-c01e-4a86-a03b-ce1c316c11b1

KENYAN PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH DJIBOUTI LEADER IN ADDIS

ADDIS ABABA, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya held discussions here Monday with Djibouti President IsmaA�l Omar Guelleh and agreed on greater trade and security co-operation between their countries.

During the meeting which was held on the margins of the African Union (AU) summit here, President Kenyatta told the Djibouti leader he was keen on greater co-operation in the livestock sector, in which the Horn of Africa state is a leader.

We want to explore an agreement to work closely with Djibouti in the livestock sector. Using the window offered by Djibouti, we can improve our access to Middle East markets, President Kenyatta told the media after the meeting.

President Guelleh saw collaboration in the livestock area also helping Kenya to accelerate development of its leather industry, which is in line with the manufacturing segment of president Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda focusing on affordable housing, affordable healthcare for all, food and nutrition security, and increased manufacturing.

The two leaders also discussed intelligence sharing and closer security ties in order to effectively combat terrorism.

President Kenyatta invited President Guelleh ti make a State visit to Kenya, during which the two countries could sign agreements in the identified areas of co-operation. They also discussed the candidature of their two countries for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, and the possibility of Djbouti standing down for Kenya.

President Kenyatta also had an informal meeting with Mozambique President Felipe Nyusi on Monday and discussed initiatives to improve trade relations between Kenya and Mozambique.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK