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  • South African pilot prepares for space odyssey
    29 september 2004 15:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African pilot was set to make history Wednesday by flying the world's first privately manned spacecraft into space in a voyage that could net his team 10 million dollars. Full text...

  • Nigerian seeks audience with AU, Commonwealth leaders
    25 september 2004 19:29:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Buoyed by increasing encouragement from his home country, the US-based Nigerian scientist, Gabriel Oyibo has appealed to President Olusegun Obsanjo to woo other world leaders to appreciate his efforts. Full text...

  • South African boy discovers cellphone charger on bicycle
    23 september 2004 20:52:00
    Grahamstown- South Africa (PANA) -- Sivuziwe Mzamo, a 17-year-old schoolboy from backwater town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province, has discovered by chance a bicycle battery charger for cellphone. Full text...

  • International workshop on NICTs ends in Senegal
    21 september 2004 21:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 50 participants from West and Central African countries Tuesday ended a two-day capacity building workshop in Senegal in international negotiations on New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs), organisers said. Full text...

  • Swiss medics in DRC study African sleeping sickness
    15 september 2004 10:02:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Swiss Medical Institute at the Vanga hospital in the DR Congo province of Bandundu is currently researching on the DB 289 molecule as part of ongoing scientific efforts to revive the fight against African sleeping sickness. Full text...

  • Algeria plans to build satellites
    14 september 2004 17:07:00
    Algiers Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria plans to set up a micro-satellite plant in the Oran locality of Bir El Djir, according to National Space Agency Director M. Full text...

  • Bouteflika urges international solidarity on patents
    13 september 2004 21:35:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika urged industrialised countries Monday to stand by the developing world, noting that the former "have virtual monopoly on patents". Full text...

  • Oyibo lines up again for Nobel Prize in Maths, Physics
    13 september 2004 19:30:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Ahead of next month's selection of this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, African leaders and intellectuals are hoping Nigerian scientist Gabriel Oyibo gets the honour yet to be landed by a scholar from the continent. Full text...

  • Nigeria woos US-based scientist
    10 september 2004 18:24:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Barely two months after US-based Nigerian scientist Gabriel Oyibo called for support from African countries to help transform his discovery into development, his home government has invited him to head a new initiative, the Nigerian Experts and Academics in the Diaspora Scheme (NEADS). Full text...

  • Archaeologists find prehistoric city in Western Sahara
    20 august 2004 20:19:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The vestiges of a 15,000-year old ancient city traced to the Amazighe (Berber) civilisation have been discovered in Western Sahara, local press reports affirmed Friday. Full text...

  • International Bioethics Committee meets Monday
    19 august 2004 17:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will hold its 11th session from 23-24 August at UN educational agency's headquarters in Paris. Full text...

  • Call for African prize for Nigerian scientist, others
    18 august 2004 17:57:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A senior Nigerian official Wednesday called on African leaders to urgently create an international prize with financial value higher than the Nobel prize, in which a Nigerian scientist, Gabriel Oyibo, should be its first winner. Full text...

  • Cape Town Student Wins National Award for Women in Science
    16 august 2004 13:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Dr Janet Kelso, a post-doctoral student at the University of the Western Cape, has been awarded the prestigious "L'Oreal/UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science, media reports said here Monday. Full text...

  • Libyan scientists meet in Tripoli
    10 august 2004 14:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The second meeting of young Libyan scientists will meet from 23 to 25 August in Muserata, 220 km east of Tripoli, the Libyan Union of Young Scientists decided in Tripoli Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian scientist says his discovery a boost to Africa
    09 august 2004 16:17:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigerian scientist and Nobel Prize nominee, Gabriel Oyibo, said in New York Monday his new science formula could be a platform for Africa to reassert itself in world leadership. Full text...

  • FAO official urges national policy on GMOs
    05 august 2004 10:25:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged governments to devise policy on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the face of international debate on the issue. Full text...

  • West African Ministers resolve to integrate ICT in education
    01 august 2004 12:21:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African Ministers of Education and other stakeholders from outside the region have pledged a "massive and systematic" application of information and communication technology (ICT) in the education sector in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Tunisian Broadcasting Office to get digital microwave soon
    31 july 2004 17:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Alcatel on Saturday announced that it has been awarded a contract of 12 million Euro to provide the Tunisian broadcasting offices (ONT) with a national digital microwave network. Full text...

  • S. African firm unveils customised education computers
    30 july 2004 18:07:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Cashing in on the ongoing sub-regional ministerial conference on the integration of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in Nigeria's capital Abuja, a South Africa-based firm is exhibiting a "low-cost, all-in-one personal computer" designed for education in Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to integrate ICTs in education sector
    28 july 2004 19:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has put in place necessary measures to facilitate the integration of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in education, Education Minister Fabian Osuji said in Abuja Wednesday. Full text...

  • Conference on integration of ICTs in education opens in Abuja
    28 july 2004 19:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar Wednesday in Abuja opened the sub-regional ministerial conference on the integration of ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies) in education, with a call on participants to examine the use and the relevance of appropriate ICTs in Africa. Full text...

  • Nigerian scientist appeals for US$10 million subvention
    26 july 2004 17:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- US-based Nigerian scientist and Nobel Prize nominee Gabriel Oyibo Monday appealed to the African Union (AU) for a 10 million-dollar annual subvention for his Ofappit Institute of Technology whose work, he said would boost Africa's development. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts science camp for West African girls
    25 july 2004 09:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Thirty-seven girls from nine West African countries are currently in Senegal attending the fifth camp for excellence in science and mathematics co-organised by the Malian intellectual, Cheikh Modibo Diarra and his Pathfinder Foundarion. Full text...

  • Ghana Telecom launches new Internet product
    20 july 2004 21:14:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited (Ghana Telecom) Tuesday launched a new Internet project the "Broadband 4U," which officials said would enable customers access some of the fastest Internet connections available. Full text...

  • Internet providers to establish "exchange" in Ghana
    14 july 2004 16:18:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) will in October establish the "Ghana Internet Exchange" (GIX), to make Internet reliable and affordable. Full text...

  • Scientists excavate new fossils in northern Kenya
    12 july 2004 19:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Palaeontologists from the National Museum of Kenya on Sunday excavated a Homo sapiens fossil in the northern Samburu National Reserve estimated to be over 200,000 years old. Full text...

  • Kiswahili for Microsoft Windows in six months
    24 june 2004 09:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Several months after the African Union decided to include Kiswahili among its official languages, the software giant has announced plans to translate its Office software into Kiswahili to cater for the growing number of computer users in Africa. Full text...

  • First black South African joins nuclear medicine body
    25 may 2004 15:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The head of nuclear medicine at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Pretoria, Professor Mike Sathekge, has been appointed advisor to the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine, becoming the first black South African to join the Federation. Full text...

  • Mobile growth in Africa roots in fixed line services
    21 may 2004 22:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Despite the expected stunning growth of mobile communications in Africa, wireless and copper or fibre-optic backbone installations will continue to be a major part of extending telephony services to sub-Saharan Africa's population. Full text...

  • Young Malian inventor springs vote-processing ballot box
    21 may 2004 09:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- An automatic ballot box dubbed New Electoral Device (NOPEL), which instantly processes and registers the voter's choice has been invented by Alpha Alpha Sidiki Cissé, the young Malian inventor who hit the limelight in 1991 with a device for treating sickle cell sufferers. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host 6th edition of FRSIT
    19 may 2004 13:50:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The sixth edition of the National Forum of Scientific Research and Technological Innovations (FRSIT) convenes here 29 May to 5 June, organisers announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Govt reviews telecommunication policy in Ghana
    17 may 2004 20:47:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ministry of Communications in Ghana said on Monday that it has begun reviewing policy implications and impacts of liberalisation and the marketing structure of the telecommunication industry to create competitive avenues for the industry to thrive and expand. Full text...

  • 29,000 targeted in Ghana for anti-retroviral therapy
    07 may 2004 07:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has indicated plans to place 29,000 Ghanaians living with HIV/AIDS on anti-retroviral therapy by 2005, under its global "three by five" initiative. Full text...

  • Nigeria budgets billions of naira for second satellite
    05 may 2004 16:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has budgeted three billion naira for the take-off of its communication satellite project called "NigeriaSat-II," according to Science and Technology Minister Turner Isoun (136 naira = 1 USD). Full text...

  • Niger journalists, students drill in millet farming
    27 april 2004 12:19:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A group of 25 Niger journalists and students of the ICT Training Institute (IFTIC) Tuesday entered day two of a training workshop on "scientific extension for sustainable development" focusing on millet farming. Full text...

  • Microsoft launches Kiswahili programme
    22 april 2004 14:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Microsoft Corporation Thursday launched a new initiative which will, for the first time, give computer users in Eastern Africa the opportunity to adapt their copies of Microsoft software products to display commonly used features in Kiswahili, the region's vernacular. Full text...

  • Africa appoints ministerial committee on NICTs
    20 april 2004 21:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African ministers in charge of New information and communication technologies (NICTs) ended a two- day meeting here Tuesday with the establishment of an eight- member ministerial committee to harmonise African initiatives, programmes and projects regarding the information society. Full text...

  • Ghana promises to meet USI target by 2005
    20 april 2004 19:32:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As part of the Universal Salt Iodisation (USI) Programme, Ghana has promised to make the consumption of iodised salt by both humans and animals the norm by 2005. Full text...

  • Wade urges African nations to fully embrace NICTs
    19 april 2004 20:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal on Monday urged African countries to join the Numerical Solidarity Fund meant to mobilise resources to equip the continent with requisite modern technology. Full text...

  • Ethiopia steps up science, technology partnerships
    13 april 2004 07:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In its efforts to integrate with the global economy, Ethiopia is entering into partnership with several advanced countries to raise its capacity in science and technology, a senior government official disclosed here. Full text...

  • Chissano appeals for Chinese transfer technology
    09 april 2004 16:01:00
    Shanghai- China (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano declared on Friday that he is convinced China will transfer the modern technologies it possesses to Mozambique and other African countries to accelerate their development. Full text...

  • Benin govt urged to devote 1% of GDP to R&D
    09 april 2004 09:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Teachers and researchers at Benin's public and private universities have requested the government to devote at least one percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to the country's research and development activities. Full text...

  • Madagascar seeks Mauritian aid in ICTs development
    06 april 2004 14:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Madagascar has appealed to Mauritius to help the island develop its information and communication technologies (ICTs), an official source revealed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopian agro-research unit posts 1,500 projects
    30 march 2004 21:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organisation (EARO) said Tuesday that research projects since the beginning of the current fiscal year number 1,529 with an outlay of 34. Full text...

  • DR Congo to organise conference on scientific research
    29 march 2004 18:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Top-flight scientists from UNESCO are due here soon to lay the grounds for a national conference on scientific research billed for May, organising sources confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian govt pledges support for research bodies
    15 march 2004 19:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Amidst a hue and cry by Ghana's research institutions about neglect, President John Kufuor Monday pledged government's full support to initiatives by public and private sector organisations aimed at mobilising resources for research bodies. Full text...

  • Netmark brings durable insecticide net to Africa
    04 march 2004 13:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- NetMark, a public-private venture working to build commercial markets for insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in Africa, is teaming with Vestergaard to bring long- lasting insecticide nets (LLINs) to six African countries. Full text...

  • Aggressive virus invades South African computers
    19 february 2004 08:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A new and aggressive e-mail worm titled Bagle. Full text...

  • Cape Town student to represent Africa at NASA expedition
    13 february 2004 09:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Cape Town student Nomathemba Kontyo, is to represent Africa at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) expedition, for winning an essay competition on space, South African officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Eutelsat satellite covering Africa by 16 March
    10 february 2004 18:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A polyvalent satellite expected to cover the entire Africa south of the Sahara has left the French town of Toulouse ahead of its launch on 16 March 2004 from the Baikonour space station in Kazakhstan, its operator Eutelsat revealed Tuesday. Full text...

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