Scientists from Ghana, Kenya to serve on new ‘Earth Commission’

Scientists from Ghana and Kenya are among 19 members from a host of nations who are launching the new “Earth Commission,” a project that draws from both the natural and social sciences to combat climate change. The group will begin immediately, with plans to complete by 2021 what they describe as “a high-level synthesis of scientific knowledge on the biophysical processes that regulate Earth’s stability and targets to ensure this stability,” along with studies of the social change needed to deliver on sustainable development. From Kenya is David Obura, right,…

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Trump wants immigrants to pay more to appeal their deportations, proposes $1K fee in place of current $110

Immigrants flee their countries to seek better opportunities for their families but most of them struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis. The U.S. allows immigrants who feel their deportation cases did not get a fair trial or those who want their claims reconsidered to appeal the decision of the judges at a fee. In a Buzzfeed report, the Trump administration is in talks with the Department of Justice to increase the fee by almost 700%. This new fee, when implemented, will largely deter immigrants from appealing their…

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The Book of Exodus Seen as a Freedom Cry.

Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry 1 (ThyBlackMan.com) The book of Exodus is one of the most known books of the Bible because it is a book steeped in the concept of freedom from oppression. The Bible is, arguably, one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written. The power of literature is it can speak to the struggles of humanity over time; those troubles can transcend historical periods, nationality, and ethnicity. It has the power to bring various groups of people together to understand universal themes. In every…

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Burkinabe lab to use sterile mosquitoes to fight malaria

In a laboratory in Burkina Faso, a team of researchers alter mosquitoes. Five thousand genetically sterilized insects will be released in July. The aim is to help prevent the spread of malaria. “The ultimate goal for Target Malaria is to develop a genetic fighting tool which is durable in the long term and affordable – that is cost efficient. So with this specific product, the goal is to release it in the field in the long term and to see the gene of specific interest spread across different mosquito populations…

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Nigeria: Xenophobic Attacks – Why the Official Outrage From Nigeria This Time?

In response to repeated xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the Nigerian government has typically been muted. Why was this time different? A march against xenophobia following attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa back in 2015. Credit: GCIS. Earlier this month, a wave of violent xenophobic attacks occurred in South Africa. Businesses owned by black Africans were looted and destroyed, while several lives were lost. The police seemed impotent to stop the violence and some South African commentators appeared to place part of the blame for the violence on “criminal…

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Wolf At Night, An Afro-Pop Anthem

A long history & recent acceleration in violence against women and children in Cape Town has erupted into a mass march across the Mother City. #EnoughisEnough is continuing to intensify as womxn and allies ban together to hold elected officials and the police force accountable and complicit in the perpetual inaction taken to combat male rape culture.  The march comes amidst national anger over the killing of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old student, who was allegedly bludgeoned to death after going to pick up a parcel from a post office in…

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Kenya rolls out landmark malaria vaccine introduction

HOMA BAY, Kenya, September 16, 2019/ — The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the Government of Kenya for launching the world’s first malaria vaccine today in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. The malaria vaccine pilot programme is now fully underway in Africa, as Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to introduce the landmark vaccine as a tool against a disease that continues to affect millions of children in Africa. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, will be available to children from 6 months of age in selected areas of the country in…

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