Zimbabwe: New Model Predicts El Nino One Year Ahead

An international team of researchers has developed a model that can predict El Nino a year in advance, and their latest forecast points to an 80 percent chance of the disruptive weather pattern occurring late 2020. “Conventional methods are unable to make a reliable ‘El Nino’ forecast more than six months in advance,” physicist Armin Bunde of Germany’s Justus Liebig University Giessen, was quoted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) as saying. “With our method, we have roughly doubled the previous warning time,” said Bunde, who co-developed the model. “The…

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Tshisekedi to deliver opening remarks at Paris Peace Forum

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi will deliver opening ceremony remarks Tuesday as the Paris Peace Forum kicks off, but he is one of many African heads of state traveling to discuss global issues ranging from climate change to security, and stolen art to good governance principles. Tshisekedi will join host President Emmanuel Macron in jumpstarting an event that France describes as “an incubator to drive projects and launch new initiatives.” Participants will hear about 120 initiatives – selected from nearly 700 in 115 countries – designed to foster peace and security,…

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Twitter CEO Jack ‘grateful to finally be in Nigeria’

Chief Executive Officer of social media platform Twitter arrived in Nigeria on Thursday evening for a working visit. “So grateful to finally be in Nigeria,” he posted on his Twitter handle. He arrived with other Twitter executives to Lagos and had dinner with “some new friends” on his arrival. A tech based news outlet said speculations remained rife over Jack’s itinerary whiles in Nigeria. “According to a reliable source, Dorsey may meet with some well-known Nigerian entrepreneurs behind closed doors in the coming days… “One of the many speculations is…

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Kenya: Stakeholders Launch a U.S.$ 950m Dollar Initiative to Boost the Coffee Industry

Nairobi — Africa produces some of the highest-quality and much-loved coffee in the world but its contribution to the global coffee trade has declined significantly since the 1970s when nearly a third of all coffee was produced on the continent. It is against this backdrop the The Inter African Coffee Organisation (IACO) has joined forces with the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) and the International Coffee Organization (ICO) to launch the US$950 million ‘Africa Coffee Facility’ (ACF) to boost Africa’s coffee industry and achieve a 40 percent increase…

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Africa: Climate Change Could Put Development Goals Beyond Reach – UN Official

London — As global warming brings wilder weather, more harvest failures and the risk of growing migration and poverty, “sustainable development as we think of it today may be out of reach”, a top U.N. specialist in climate change losses warned on Wednesday. Nations around the world in 2015 agreed to pursue a set of “sustainable development goals” (SDGs) aiming to end poverty and hunger, and provide safe drinking water and affordable clean energy to all, among other targets, by 2030. But with the planet heating up fast, serious threats…

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Twitter, Facebook announce new moves to limit political abuses

Both Twitter and Facebook made big announcements on Wednesday, as the social media companies seek to curb fake accounts, abuse in political ads, and the potential to spread fake news or incite violence through hate speech. Facebook announced it removed three Russia-linked networks of accounts, pages and groups that targeted eight nations on the African continent. Those nations – Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya – were on the receiving end of dozens of attempts by bad actors to manipulate public…

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Zimbabwe: Let’s Shift Focus to Home-Grown Innovations

Zimbabweans should come up with home-grown innovative solutions to the challenges facing the nation and mitigate the anguish caused by the illegal economic sanctions imposed by the West. Instead of extending begging bowls for aid to our Western development partners, the nation should come up with domestic remedies through technological innovation to spur growth and prosperity. Examples are too numerous to mention of countries that are reaping benefits of home grown solutions, as part of a raft of initiatives they are employing to move their nations forward. It is heartening…

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Africa: Kenyan Juliana Rotich Receives German Africa Prize

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has awarded the 2019 prize to Juliana Rotich, founder of software project Ushahidi, which was introduced to monitor violence in Kenya following the 2007 general elections. Juliana Rotich became known in professional circles in 2007 as the co-founder of the open source platform Ushahidi (a Swahili word meaning “testimony”). It began in Kenya as an internet platform developed to map reports of post-election violence and went on to revolutionize the international flow of data and information. “Your success also encourages many other women,” Merkel said in…

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Africa: Mo Ibrahim Urges African Govts to Close Data Gaps for Sustainable Development

Data gaps will threaten Africa’s achievement of the sustainable development goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, a Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s governance report has warned. The analysis published in the foundation’s African Governance Report 2019 was released last week. The report, “Agenda 2063 & 2030: Is Africa on Track?” is the first from the Foundation on governance in Africa. The comprehensive survey found that since the adoption of both agenda, the availability of public data in Africa has declined. It also said the quality of education provided by African countries…

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Double harvest: Maasai women keep bees and get to conserve their environment

At night the women on the Maasai Steppe are busy with their harvest. One by one hives stored in the branches of the trees are lowered to the ground and the honeycomb carefully removed. The hives are then again restored high up in the canopy. The Steppe itself is massive stretching from the Usambara to the Great Rift Valley across the borders of Kenya to Ethiopia. This bee keeping initiative is focussed in the area outside the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Most of the people who live here are…

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