Daily Archives: August 17, 2017

L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals Establishes its First Subsidiary in Rwanda

L.E.A.F. Rwanda Ltd. to focus on establishing Kigali as a biotechnology hub in Africa

VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals LLC, a global pharmaceutical company located in the historic area of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA, with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize innovative and safe therapies for cancer, today announced the establishment of L.E.A.F. Rwanda Ltd. (L.E.A.F. Rwanda), a biotechnology company, headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda.

L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals

L.E.A.F. Rwanda, a fully owned subsidiary of L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals, will focus on establishing Rwanda as a hub for biotechnology Research and Development (R&D) as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa. This Kigali headquartered company will work to attract and retain highly skilled biotechnology scientists and clinical researchers from Africa and beyond, in a quest to discover and develop innovative medicines against diseases that predominantly afflict the health of the African population. L.E.A.F. Rwanda will partner with L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals to facilitate advanced skills transfer to the continent, for long term sustainability of a robust biotechnology industry in Africa.

“Historically, innovative lifesaving medicines have taken too long to reach the African population, if at all. A key component of L.E.A.F. Rwanda’s mission is to focus on expeditiously making available such medicines to the African population,” says Founder, President, and CEO of L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Clet Niyikiza.

Since L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals began operations in August 2014, the company has filed nearly a dozen patent applications to protect its intellectual property. L.E.A.F. Rwanda, in partnership with L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals, anticipates making available its first anticancer medicine in Africa starting in 2019.

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About L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals

L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals is a global pharmaceutical company with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize innovative and safe therapies for cancer. L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals also harnesses scientific advances and breakthroughs in molecular biology and biochemistry, and re-engineers failed or non-effective yet promising molecules, with the goal to discover new, safer and more effective medicines.

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Minister Edna Molewa delivers closing address at Global Youth in Biodiversity Network Workshop, 19 Aug

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, to deliver closing address at Global Youth in Biodiversity Network Workshop on 19 August 2017

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, will deliver the closing remarks at the Global Youth in Biodiversity Network in Africa workshop in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, on Saturday, 19 August 2017.

Youth from a number of Africa countries working in the field of conservation and protection of biodiversity have been attending the first Global Youth in Biodiversity Network in Africa workshop to exchange ideas and find possible solutions to preventing biodiversity loss.

The workshop is taking place from 14 to 19 August 2017 at Misty Hills in Muldersdrift.

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of youth organizations and individuals from all over the world. Established in 2010, the network is the official youth coordination platform in the negotiations under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Its aim is to raise awareness amongst young people on the values of biodiversity, and connect individuals and youth organisations in order to build a global coalition to halt the effects of climate change on the environment. GYBN represents 343 000 members from 107 countries worldwide.

Media are invited to attend the closing ceremony and handover of certificates to participants by Dr Molewa and the Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Ms Ella Bella Constantinides.

Source: Government of South Africa

Police Kill 5 ‘Terrorists’ in Resort Near Barcelona Hours After Van Attack

Police early Friday shot and killed five suspected terrorists in Cambrils, a Spanish resort city south of Barcelona, where a terrorist drove a van into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring 100.

Four of the suspects were killed at the scene of the operation police said was a response to a terrorist attack. Officials said six civilians were also injured.

Police in Spain’s Catalonia region, of which Barcelona is the capital, have not said whether those killed in Cambrils were tied to the Barcelona attack, but they described the Cambrils incident as a possible terrorist attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack. Catalan police say two people are in custody � one from Morocco and the other from the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which shares a border with Morocco on the northern coast of Africa.

But the van driver is apparently still at large and it’s unclear exactly how the two in custody are connected with the attack.

Catalonia house blast

Police also said Thursday’s van attack is tied to an explosion in a house in Catalonia Wednesday that killed one person. Authorities believe those in the house were building an explosive device that went off, leading to speculation that a larger terror plot may have been in the works.

Also Thursday, a car ran down two policemen at a Barcelona checkpoint, but it is unclear if there is any connection to the earlier attack.

Witnesses said the driver deliberately drove into a pedestrian area that runs down the center of Las Ramblas, a Barcelona street with shops and cafes, popular with locals and tourists.

They said the van was traveling at high speed and swerved from side to side, leaving a trail of blood and bodies with twisted, broken legs.

Some witness said two armed men jumped out and disappeared into a restaurant.

Police arrived almost instantly and immediately shut down the area.

Catalan police say the driver was trying to kill as many people as possible.

But Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said the terrorists have failed.

Barcelona has always been and still is a city of peace, a city of dialogue, a brave city, a city open to the world, a city that’s proud of its diversity. … To the cowards who tried to spread terror, hatred and fear today: you won’t get it, she said.

‘Jihadist terrorism’

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy calls the van attack jihadist terrorism.

Today, the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global, Rajoy told reporters.

U.S. President Donald Trump turned to Twitter to say, The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough and strong. We love you.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned, Terrorists around the world should know, the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice.

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and sent condolences to the victims, saying the U.N. stands in solidarity with Spain.

The yellow and red colors of the Spanish flag lit up Tel Aviv’s City Hall Thursday night while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the civilized world must fight terrorism together and defeat it.

European leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, are also condemning the attack.

Source: Voice of America

Don’t turn a blind eye to domestic abuse

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday called on all South Africans to report any suspicion of domestic abuse.

I am calling on all of us to report any suspicion of domestic abuse and remember always that each domestic beating is a potential murder, each domestic sexual abuse of a child is a potential … infanticide, the Minister said.

Speaking at the two-day Action on Gender Based Violence and Protection of Vulnerable Groups Indaba in Tshwane, Minister Mbalula said violence against women and girls is an extreme manifestation of gender inequality and systemic gender-based discrimination.

The right of women and children to live free of violence depends on the protection of their human rights and a strong wire of justice, Minister Mbalula said.

Minister Mbalula said a rape survivor must have access to counselling in a health clinic that can administer emergency medical care, including treatment to prevent HIV and unintended pregnancy.

A woman who is beaten by her husband or boyfriend must have someplace to go with her children to have safety, sanity and shelter. Government must make that available. I am instructing police management to make this a priority in our budgetary matters, Minister Mbalula said.

The Minister said a victim of violence must have confidence that when she or he files a police report that they will receive justice and the perpetrator will be punished.

According to the Minister, statistics show that for the period April 2016 to September 2016, a total of 60 003 domestic violence related cases were registered on the SAPS Crime Administration System.

Minister Mbalula said the protection of human rights, prosecution of offenders, prevention of violence and provision of services to survivors is a legal obligation.

To end femicide, we need to end impunity, bring perpetrators to justice, and every individual has to change his or her attitude towards this being ‘just a private domestic issue’, the minister said.

From April 2016 to December 2016, there were 37 630 reported cases of sexual offences. Of these, 30 069 (80%) were reported cases of rape, which showed a decrease of 6.5% from the previous year’s trimester.

Minister Mbalula called on police officers not to humiliate and victimise victims at the police stations when reporting cases of violations.

We must make sure each police station has a victim friendly room. We encourage business to adopt their local police stations and assist their communities with these facilities, the Minister said.

The Indaba was prompted by the recent spate of violence and murder of women by men.

The Indaba bring together various stakeholders, community leaders and the media under one roof to create opportunities for robust engagements in the fight against gender based violence.

Source: South African Government News Agency


JOHANNESBURG, The new red Springbok jersey has attracted criticism from South African rugby fans and activists as then national rugby team prepare for their opening match of the 2017 southern hemisphere Rugby Championship against Argentina in Salta in northwestern Argentina on Aug 26.

The South African Ruby Union (Saru) decided to use a red jersey, which they say resembles unity within the team and the country as a whole. Saru senior manager Khaya Mayedwa says there is nothing sinister about the colour of the jersey as it is symbolic.

This year marks 25 years since we signed the unity agreement in 1992. Therefore, we chose the flag colours of the country. The flag signifies the unity. Therefore, if you notice that all standing jerseys have got all these colours — green, red, yellow, white and so on… we chose the red colour because it’s a bold colour, where we say we know where we come from, and we know where we are going.

However, former Springbok and journalist Thando Manana says the colour red is nothing but a marketing tool as it cannot be associated with unity.

In terms of unity, I don’t think unity comes in red in any space. There are quite a lot of reasons they will always give you, but I’m of the firm belief that Saru will use that technique of saying that it’s for unity. It’s not for unity at all. Take it from me, as I put it bluntly, the public is being lied to. There is no unity since 1992. We struggle to see a team that is continuously transformed.