Seven African nations have joined the call to stop ‘killer robots’

Seven nations on the African continent have something in common that the others don’t. They’re all signatories calling for a ban on “killer robots” and related fully autonomous weapons currently being developed in advanced nations. That’s according to the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which lists Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Uganda and Zimbabwe among the 29 states now calling for a treaty to stop their use so that humans will always remain in control of the use of force. They’re joined by the United Nations, the European Parliament, some…

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Why is climate change’s 2°C of warming limit so important?

If you read or listen to almost any article about climate change, it’s likely the story refers in some way to the “2°C limit.” The story often mentions greatly increased risks if the climate exceeds 2°C and even “catastrophic” impacts to our world if we warm more than the target.  Recently a series of scientific papers have come out and stated that we have a 5% chance of limiting warming to 2°C, and only one chance in a hundred of keeping man-made global warming to 1.5°C, the aspirational goal of the…

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Another bomb attack threatens Malawi opposition group

In Malawi, plans for a meeting between security officials and opposition leaders with the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) were disrupted Friday by yet another firebomb threat outside the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. Witnesses say an unidentified suspect was seen running toward an HRDC vehicle with the firebomb before escaping. No explosion occurred and no injuries were reported, according to a Malawi24 report. The HRDC said police are investigating the incident. “We need to be assured of our security,” said HRDC leader Timothy Mtambo, speaking with reporters about the meeting,…

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Future to Give Away College Scholarships via FreeWishes Foundation at Each Stop of New Tour

Future (photo via commons.wikipedia.org) Good Black News just learned from Hip Hop Wired that rapper Future is working to support students trying to advance their education with college scholarships via his FreeWishes Foundation. Last week the Atlanta hip hop artist visited his alma mater, Columbia High School, in Atlanta, GA. He and his artist Guap Tarantino surprised undergraduates with an unscheduled performance, specially designed merchandise and a check for $10,000 in the school’s name. Future will continue to pay it forward with a new initiative coinciding with his new “Legendary Nights”…

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Year of Return: What You Need To Know To Plan Your Ghana Travel

Ghana has long been a preferred African travel destination for many visiting the continent for the first time. With the Year of Return, Ghana 2019 invitation, it is becoming even more popular. A year-long initiative by the Ghanaian government, Year of Return commemorates 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. It is primarily geared at African descendants in the Diaspora who want to (re)discover their African roots in a  meaningful way. With about 500,000 African Diasporans expected to visit Ghana, the Year of Return…

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[OPINION] TheGrio.com Blasts Trump’s DOJ and Comcast for Treatment of Entertainment Studios

With permission from theGrio.com, we are republishing this provocative op-ed by author Wallace Ford that explores the history of bias in the development of Black-owned business and Comcast’s treatment of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. source: https://www.ebony.com/news/opinion-thegrio-com-blasts-trumps-doj-and-comcast-for-treatment-of-entertainment-studios/

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 30th August 2019

Workers protest kidnap of Irrua Hospital CMD, threaten strike. Nigeria reviews guidelines for disease surveillance. EU supports recovery and resilience in Nigeria with additional €50 million. Meningitis: 2m Katsina people at risk – UNICEF. UNICEF, IHS partner to address child issues in rural communities. Ekiti, UNICEF partner on maternal health care. Healthcare: NASS Assures MDCAN Of Residency Training, Workable NHIS. NMA outlines agenda for new health ministers. Kwara commits N232m to maternal, child health, others – Governor. How Nigerian female entrepreneurs are bridging healthcare gaps through innovation. READ ALL STORIES…

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South Africa: Toyota Leads the Way in Vehicle Technology Innovation

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says collaboration with key industry players will play an important role in enabling South Africa to become globally competitive and relevant in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era. Ndabeni-Abrahams made the remarks at the media launch of Toyota Connect in Sandton on Thursday. Positioned as a global first, Toyota Connect is a collaboration between three of South Africa’s leading brands – Toyota, Altron and Vodacom – which will see future Toyota vehicles enabled with Wi-Fi and telematics solution capabilities. Through its subsidiary, Netstar,…

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South African arms firm Denel says gets 1.8 bln rand bailout

Denel company logo is seen at the entrance of their business divisions in Pretoria, South Africa, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African state arms firm Denel said on Friday it had received a 1.8 billion rand ($118.13 million) bailout and that government would consider its request for a further 1 billion rand cash injection in budget planning for 2020/21. Denel, which has been struggling to emerge from a financial crisis, added in a statement it would dispose of non-core assets urgently and establish strategic equity partnerships…

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