: News from Africa and the Caribbean

Daily news headlines from Africa and the Caribbean aggregated from various news sources worldwide, and organized by countries and topics.

African Headlines

Nigeria defender Ebuehi joins Benfica on five-year deal
Portuguese giants Benfica complete the signing of Nigeria international defender Tyronne Ebuehi from Dutch club ADO Den Haag. | 5/19/18 4:35 PM
Ivory Coast seeks CAS intervention in Fifa 'relentless' demands
The Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) asks the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) to review Fifa's latest decision to audit the football body. | 5/19/18 2:47 PM
Why is no-one talking about Nigeria's Zamfara conflict?
The brewing crisis in Nigeria's Zamfara State has the potential to become as deadly as the Boko Haram conflict. | 5/18/18 11:35 PM
Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on fighting corruption
Nigeria's former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala wants people to speak out about corruption. | 5/18/18 1:05 PM
'I know all about AK-47s - and now apples!'
Errol April is a soldier-turned-apple farmer who believes in redistributing land in South Africa. | 5/18/18 11:07 AM
Italian side AS Roma adopts Nigeria for World Cup
With Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup Serie A side AS Roma adopt Nigeria as their team at the World Cup in Russia | 5/18/18 10:56 AM
'We do custom artwork on our skateboards'
Former professional skateboarder Kent Lingeveldt has turned his sport into a business. | 5/18/18 10:49 AM
DR Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO holds crisis talk as cases spread
The World Health Organization will decide whether the disease is likely to spread internationally. | 5/18/18 10:48 AM

Caribbean Headlines

Antigua to stage referendum on joining Caribbean Court of Justice this year

ST JOHN’S  – The Antigua and Barbuda government Wednesday said that it intends to hold a referendum within the next four months on whether or not the island will adopt the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court... | 5/17/18 4:00 PM
Hurricane hit Caribbean lost almost $700million in tourism revenue
A report, by the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council found that the Caribbean also attracted one million fewer visitors to island resorts which were battered by the hurricanes. | 5/15/18 5:06 PM
Chefs hungry for success

Practice makes perfect. With six more weeks to go before the annual Taste Of The Caribbean in Miami, Florida, the reigning Caribbean Team Of the Year, Barbados, have made the kitchens at Divi Southwinds... | 5/15/18 5:00 PM
Hygge happiness on board the Vikings' Caribbean conquest
For a dose of Caribbean sun, The Mail on Sunday's Caroline Hendrie hopped on a cruise aboard Viking Sea which started in Puerto Rico and continued sailing down to Barbados. | 5/14/18 9:44 AM
IMF says prospects for Caribbean economic growth are improving

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday said that the prospects for economic growth in the Caribbean region are improving, with growth in both tourism-dependent economies and commodity exporters projected... | 5/11/18 5:00 PM
Prince's luxurious Caribbean hideaway set to be auctioned off
The stunning Caribbean hideaway, which boasts a purple driveway and was previously listed two years ago for $12 million, will now be auctioned off on July 12. Prince passed away in 2016. | 5/7/18 6:35 PM
ARIN and Antigua & Barbuda Government to Hold Workshop on Internet Resilience

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is collaborating with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to strengthen the technical capacity of local network operators.

ARIN is one of five registries responsible for coordinating Internet number resources worldwide. Its service area includes Canada, the United States, and several Caribbean countries. The collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda government comes as part of a broader thrust by ARIN to support the development of the Internet across the region.

Among the factors that prompted ARIN to enhance its support for the development of stronger networks in the Caribbean is the growing number of reports of cyber-attacks and the increasing threat of climate-related weather events on communications infrastructure and Internet connectivity. Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Tortola and other Caribbean islands are still reeling from the devastation of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

With less than a month to go before the 2018 season begins, the ARIN initiative in the region takes on an added significance, as Antigua, Barbuda and the rest of the region are once again bracing for a potentially major threat to their already weakened Internet infrastructure.

Bevil Wooding, Caribbean Outreach Liaison at ARIN, confirmed that the registry has stepped up outreach activities in its Caribbean service area.

"Through partnerships with the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, and the Caribbean Network Operators Group, ARIN has been working to ensure that the region's internet infrastructure is strengthened, and the needs of the community of network operators are effectively met, particularly as it relates to Internet number resources and network resilience," Wooding said.

Dozens of Caribbean and international delegates gathered in Miami on April 19 for the launch of ARIN's Caribbean Forum, an umbrella initiative covering several of the registry's outreach projects across the region. Among the participants was Melford Nicholas, Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology for Antigua and Barbuda, who is also the current President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

The Antigua and Barbuda workshop will take place on May 8 at the Runway 10 Conference Centre in St John's. The one-day meeting agenda includes sessions on best practices for building resilient Caribbean networks, IPv6 deployment and an overview of ARIN's technical services.

Written by Gerard Best, Development Journalist | 5/5/18 5:50 PM
Two RBPF members cop regional awards

Barbadian police officers, Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler and detective Sergeant Mitchell Roach have copped the Awards of Top Caribbean Community Policing Officer and Top Caribbean Crime Fighter, respectively.... | 5/5/18 1:15 PM