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Montserrado County in Liberia, which includes the capital, Monrovia, recorded over 300 new cases in the week ended Oct 21. One of the country’s challenges has been the lack of laboratories to test for Ebola. The United States Navy opened a new mobile laboratory in Monrovia earlier this month.

Note: Data is incomplete for certain time periods and locations because of the difficulties in collecting data in outbreak areas. Many officials believe that the number of cases and deaths are undercounted, but by how much is unknown. Read more



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Arriving some months after its initial introduction, Google Fit aims to track a variety of Android users activities.

First announced at Google I/O 2014, Google Fit is finally available for Android users everywhere.

Offered as an Android app, the client tracks a host of user activities, including walking, running, and cycling. Designed to harness the potential of those fancy sensors hidden inside your Android phones, Google Fit can help with setting fitness goals. As Google puts it, as long as you’re taking your handset with you they’ll be able to track your progress.

In keeping with Google’s open spirit, Google Fit plays nicely with apps such as Runtastic, Runkeeper and Strava. Further, it can also integrate with hardware and accessories such as heart rate monitors and Android Wear smartwatches. Read more

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Mr. Ibrahima Cisse Bio


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Senior VP Promotions, Chief Protocol Officer and Secretary, Go Africa Network Inc. (Non-profit) and ASG Global Trade Inc.

Mr. Ibrahima Cisse has with over 25 years of experience in Health, Human Services and Wellness in the New York Metro area which entities such as African Services Committee, Harlem Hospital and Columbia University.  Previously, Mr. Cisse spent over 8 years in the Côte d’Ivoire Military with a distinguished service record.

Mr. Cisse is fluent in over 4 African languages and French. Mr. Cisse has a long and tenured history with the African Diaspora community in the New York Metro Area

In his free time, Mr. Cisse serves a board member of the Go Africa Network, and enjoys sports, cooking, exercising, and traveling.

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The New York Police Department will begin equipping all of its officers with smartphones and outfitting many police cars with tablet computers in an effort to modernize the nation’s largest police force, the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced on Thursday.

The program, the N.Y.P.D. Mobility Initiative, will distribute 41,000 devices across the department; each of its 35,000 officers will receive a hand-held device, and 6,000 “ruggedized” tablets will be installed in police cars, a statement from the district attorney’s office said.

Jessica Tisch, deputy commissioner for information and technology, showed one of the new Police Department tablets on Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio looked on the background. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

“We must have 21st-century tools to deal with 21st-century threats,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “and this infusion of new resources will arm our officers with the technology and information they need to fight crime and protect the city against terrorism more efficiently and more effectively.”

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Public health authorities said Friday they hoped to begin trials of Ebola vaccines in disease-ravaged West Africa as early as December and could know around April whether they were effective, clearing the way for possible mass inoculations to stem the epidemic.

“Vaccine is not the magic bullet,” Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the World Health Organization said at a news conference in Geneva. “But when ready, they may be a good part of the effort to turn the tide of this epidemic.”

Dr. Kieny, assistant director-general for health systems and innovation for the Geneva-based organization, spoke Friday about the conclusions of a meeting the day before at which government officials, drug companies and others discussed how best to test and possibly deploy vaccines. Read more

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Five men in dark business suits gathered before Maria Kiwanuka in a semicircle. They were international bankers and they had a pitch to make.

Ms. Kiwanuka, the finance minister of Uganda, was sitting up on a small riser, her bright pink and gold dress a sharp contrast to the men’s suits.

Bankers are jockeying for the next sovereign debt deal in Africa, a continent that foreign investors have long been wary of for its economic woes, rampant poverty and political instability. Now that narrative is changing, and one sub-Saharan nation after another is jumping into the debt market. Read more

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GALVESTON, Tex. — Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results were published in a respected journal, and health officials called them exciting. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011.

It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now, with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa, is the vaccine undergoing the most basic safety tests in humans. Read more

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The new tool, developed by France’s Atomic Energy Commission, could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes.

France’s Atomic Energy Commission said that the device, which has undergone trials at a high-security for validating the technique and prototype, would be available in Ebola-hit countries by the end of October for a clinical trial.

It further added that the tool, not yet approved by regulators, works by monoclonal antibodies reacting to the presence of virus in a tiny sample, which can be a drop of blood, plasma or urine. Read more


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Designed for iPhone and iPad users, the new Switch website explains everything from transferring photos and music to setting up email and messaging.

Google has launched a website called Switch that has one goal in mind: educate Apple iPhone and iPad users on how they can easily move their data to Android-based devices.

Essentially a manual, it describes how owners of Apple devices, which run the iOS mobile operating system, can take photos and music and bring them to devices running Google’s Android, as well as transfer contacts, set-up email and find apps that they were using on their iOS-based devices.

While the site is somewhat small in its scope, it’s an obvious shot at Apple. The site provides detailed instructions on getting content from one device to another and touts how “simple” it is to transfer that information. Read more

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GENEVA — The World Health Organization declaredNigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, officially free ofEbola infections on Monday, calling the outcome the triumphal result of “world class epidemiological detective work.”

The announcement came 42 days after the last reported infection in Nigeria’s outbreak, twice the maximum incubation period for the Ebola virus.

The Nigerian response was upheld by the W.H.O. as an example of the measures other countries can take to halt the spread of the epidemic, which is concentrated in the three West African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Read more