Afro-Colombian bands keeping deep connection to African roots

Afro-Colombian music is highly influenced by beats and rhythms from Africa.  This does not come as a surprise because Colombia has the largest population of people with African descent after USA and Brazil. Slaves were brought to the country in large ships during the trans-Atlantic Slave trade. Palenque de San Basilio is said to be the first free African Slave town in the Americas and music from here is highly influenced by African beats. More about this It makes Palenque de San Basilio a musical hub that still has a…

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Africa: African Grey Parrots Help Each Other in Times of Need

People readily help each other. We donate blood and food or help old people across the street. Among non-human animals this propensity to help is very rare. There are a few observations of helping behaviours in non-human animals. For example, vampire bats provide food to other group members and save them from starvation. In more experimental settings, in which scientists can better control the environment, chimpanzees helped each other get a tool that is out of reach, while bonobos even provided help to strangers. But some animals, like monkeys, don’t.…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Last Ebola Patient Discharged

Brazzaville/Goma — The last Ebola patient in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was discharged today from a treatment centre in the north-eastern town of Beni. With no more confirmed cases, a 42-day countdown to declaring the end of the world’s second-deadliest Ebola epidemic began on 2 March. Although the patient has been allowed to leave, 46 people who had come in contact with her are still being monitored. All the aspects of the Ebola response remain in place to ensure that any new cases are detected quickly and…

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World Bank Group Announces Up to $12 Billion Immediate Support for COVID-19 Country Response

World Bank Group President David Malpass Photo: World Bank / Simone D. McCourtie WASHINGTON, March 3, 2020 — As COVID-19 reaches more than 60 countries, the World Bank Group is making available an initial package of up to $12 billion in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the global outbreak. This financing is designed to help member countries take effective action to respond to and, where possible, lessen the tragic impacts posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus).  Through this new fast track package, the World…

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