Kenya: From Keiyo to Barcelona – the Humble Village Boy Creating Healthcare Solutions

By James Kahongeh Titus Kipruto considers himself very privileged to have landed a career in medicine, which was his childhood dream. But what pleases him even more, is the fact that he is able to positively change lives on a global scale through his work as an expatriate based in Spain. LONG DISTANCE Titus, a 27-year-old graduate of Informatics from Moi University, is a software developer and trainer at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). However, his journey has not been the pleasure cruise it might sound like. It has…

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Ghana: Disbursement of Zongo Development Fund to Start Soon – – President Akufo-Addo

press releaseBy Rex Mainoo Yeboah The Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development will soon disburse funds from the Zongo Development Fund (ZDF) captured in the 2019 Budget, for the commencement of infrastructural developments at the Zongo communities in the country. This follows the signing of the 2019 Commencement Warrant for the Zongo Development Ministry, to officially draw funds from the Zongo Development Fund for the provision of some infrastructure projects at the country’s Zongos. The fund will be used to provide water, rehabilitate school blocks and build new ones,…

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Facebook moves to enforce Trump’s anti-Huawei orders

Facebook said Friday it would cut off Huawei from its popular social networking apps to comply with US sanctions, further isolating the Chinese tech giant considered a national security threat by Washington. The social media giant said it took the step after President Donald Trump’s order barring Huawei from US technology exports over concerns that it works with Chinese intelligence. “We are reviewing the Commerce Department’s final rule and the more recently issued temporary general license and taking steps to ensure compliance,” a Facebook spokesperson told AFP. The California company…

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New app will help to reunite families in South Sudan

In April, partner agencies Save the Children and UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, marked a milestone in South Sudan as they reached 6,000 children reunited with their families – families torn apart for years by the ongoing civil war and displacement. Now, they have a new digital tool to continue the work. The agencies rolled out on Friday a new online database and mobile app to manage child protection cases in real time. It’s expected to reduce the time committed to paperwork under challenging conditions, and adds the capacity to…

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Nigeria: 10-Year-Old Boy Wins Tech Contest With Plastic Roads Prototype

A ten-year boy, Oluwafayokunmi Olurinola has won a kid tech competition with a plastic road prototype he designed to solve problem of bad roads. Olurinola, a Junior Secondary School (JSS) One of Rosarium Model College, Ijebu – Ode, Ogun State emerged overall winner of competition organized by Exquitec Education Technology tagged “Ijebu – Ode City Future Challenge.” He polled 157 points to emerge winner, Babasola Al – meen of Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta came second with 154 points, while Lawal Ekundayo of Tai Solarin University Secondary School, clinched third…

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Ethiopia: Ethiopia to Get U.S.$ 550 Million World Bank Loan

Photo: The Guardian opinion The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Wednesday approved a total of USD 550 million for Ethiopa in a bid to improve the livelihoods of pastoralists and the nation’s ongoing power sector reforms. USD 350 million (USD 70 million grant USD 280 million credit) was secured from the International Development Association (IDA) will be used to improve the livelihoods and resilience of 2.5 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in low land areas, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday, according to APA news. The Low…

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Burkina Faso research may prove a malaria breakthrough

Researchers in Burkina Faso and the United States say they’ve taken a big step forward in potentially reducing Africa’s malaria risk, by successfully killing off mosquitoes using a technique that relies on genetic manipulation to make an existing fungus threat more lethal to them. The researchers tested their theory in a screened-in village simulation set up in Soumousso in Burkina Faso, and found that 99 percent of the treated mosquitoes were quickly and safely eradicated. They published their results Friday in the journal Science. The scientists built the 6,550-square-foot space…

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Africa: Digital Colonialism – Cheap Internet Access for Africa, but At What Cost?

Photo: Ray Mwareya/GroundUp Children in one of the many internet cafés in Espungabeira on the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border (file photo). The African continent is developing its digital infrastructure with the support of know-how and technology from Silicon Valley. But is it giving the tech giants too much power? Yellow is the color of South African telecommunication giant MTN. The market slogan Y’ello is plastered on billboards along South African highways, promising bargain offers. As one of Africa’s frontrunners on the digital scene, MTN has also embarked into the Arab market. But…

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South Africa signs Carbon Tax Act into law

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa According to the National Treasury, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Carbon Tax Act into law to take effect effect from June 1. “Climate change represents one of the biggest challenges facing humankind, and the primary objective of the carbon tax is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a sustainable, cost effective, and affordable manner. Government has outlined its strong commitment to play its part in global efforts to mitigate GHG emissions as outlined in the National Climate Change Response Policy (NCCRP) of 2011…

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Ethiopian map of Africa wipes off Somalia, merges Congos: Twitter reacts

An African map posted on the official website of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs generated a lot of backlash over the weekend after it was pointed out that it had co-opted Somalia as part of Ethiopian territory. One of the first persons to note the anomaly was Somali journalist with Voice of America, VOA; Harun Maruf whose post of the photo on Twitter attracted widespread condemnation from Somalis. Can you spot Somalia on this map? https://t.co/qHO1HQXlQm pic.twitter.com/KVZs9A9iD0 — Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) May 26, 2019 It wasn’t long before the said…

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