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Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize

Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize | African News | Scoop.it

An organisation that uses surplus energy from mobile phone masts to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas was named as the Best Mobile Health Product or Service at the Global Mobile Awards this week (25 February).

 

Judges called the idea "simple, extraordinarily clever and truly innovative" at the awards, which took place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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A marvelous piece of lateral thinking.

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Ahead of Zero Discrimination Day, UN Agency Appeals for Tolerance, Dignity for All

Ahead of Zero Discrimination Day, UN Agency Appeals for Tolerance, Dignity for All | African News | Scoop.it

"Zero Discrimination Day," to be marked on 1 March, is a worldwide call to promote and celebrate everyone's right to a full life with dignity - no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love, declared the United Nations agency leading the world's HIV/AIDS response, as it kicked off celebrations with a major event in Beijing.

 

With strong calls for tolerance, unity and compassion, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), launched Zero Discrimination Day at an event supported by the China Red Ribbon Foundation, Hanergy Holding Group, Chinese Government, civil society and celebrities.

earthdog58's insight:

"Tolerance" and "compassion" ... hmm, has anyone mentioned these concepts to Museveni?

 

Mind you, I am in Beijing, and heard nothing about this event until just now.

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Video: Learning to Succeed in South Africa

Students at the Centre of Science and Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, have high hopes: to become doctors and engineers, win top awards, and lift their families out of poverty. This video introduces a year-long series chronicling the struggles of these exceptional students from Khayelitsha, one of South Africa's most densely populated, low-income areas.

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We rise

 

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▶ Nigerian Bio-Gas

In West Africa, a Nigerian community has cooking gas and electricity for the first time, thanks to a company that devised a way to use garbage for producing bio-gas.

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Can CSI-style tactics help save Africa's rhinos? (+video)

Can CSI-style tactics help save Africa's rhinos? (+video) | African News | Scoop.it
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/opinion/a-trophy-hunt-thats-good-for-rhinos.html?_r=0Britain's politicians and royals lend support to a wildlife conservation conference starting Feb. 13. A rhino DNA database may offer a way to tackle illegal trade.
earthdog58's insight:

Sounds more logical than American millionaires "shooting them to save them"



http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/us/black-rhino-hunting-permit/


http://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/thorny_issues/trophy_hunting

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/opinion/a-trophy-hunt-thats-good-for-rhinos.html?_r=0

 

But, I freely admit that I don't know enough about this issue.

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Aerial photo of Inke refugee camp

Aerial photo of Inke refugee camp | African News | Scoop.it
Aerial photo of Inke refugee camp hosting more than 11,000 refugees from #CARcrisis in #DRC @Refugees pic.twitter.com/JUELKokvlk
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Two cheers for gay rights in Uganda

Two cheers for gay rights in Uganda | African News | Scoop.it
The emphasis on gay activism obscures Museveni's human rights abuses
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Museveni is a clear example of a leader who has been in power too long.

 

I could keep on and on about how I don't understand homophobia.

 

Can someone please explain it to me? Why do so a many Christians spend so much time thinking about it?

 

The guy in the picture above is WATCHING gay porn on his laptop! OK, I don't fall into the "all homophobes are secretly gay" camp* - but there has to be something seriously non-Sydneyed up in the mind of a homophobe who goes out of his way to watch gay porn.

 

 

 

 

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earthdog58's curator insight, March 1, 2014 8:32 PM

 

Museveni is a clear example of a leader who has been in power too long.

 

I could keep on and on about how I don't understand homophobia.

 

Can someone please explain it to me? Why do so a many Christians spend so much time thinking about it?

 

The guy in the picture above is WATCHING gay porn on his laptop! OK, I don't fall into the "all homophobes are secretly gay" camp* - but there has to be something seriously non-Sydneyed up in the mind of a homophobe who goes out of his way to watch gay porn.

 

 

 

 

*hehe - see what I did there?

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Sudanese diva on her desert songs

Sudanese diva on her desert songs | African News | Scoop.it

Amira Kheir has been hailed as the Diva of the Sudanese Desert and is one of the most popular folk musicians to emerge from Sudan in the last decade.

 

She burst onto the scene in 2011 with her critically acclaimed album View From Somewhere.

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An incredible voice  - do yourself (and anyone within earshot) and buy the albums

 

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Six Signs That The White House's Susan Rice Is Clueless About Africa

Six Signs That The White House's Susan Rice Is Clueless About Africa | African News | Scoop.it

Susan Rice said this Sunday she had “no regrets” about trotting out her flawed Benghazi talking points last year, touching off a predictable storm of controversy. 

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Experts Link Hunger to Aids in Africa

Experts Link Hunger to Aids in Africa | African News | Scoop.it

Experts have warned that poor nutrition may be a factor in accelerating the spread of HIV in Africa and could slow treatment and care for people living with AIDS.

 

According to Professor Onesmo Ole Moiyoi from Kenya's Aga Khan University, malnutrition leads to suppression of the immune system, which can increase the risk of catching infections including HIV.

 

http://www.allafrica.com  - African news and information for a global audience

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World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law

World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law | African News | Scoop.it
Loan worth £54m withheld after Ugandan president signed law that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality
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The vacant  and bewildered stare of a man who simply cannot  understand that the world has changed around him.

 

This is why leaders need to leave office before they lose their connection with reality.

 

What else can we do to a man with such backward thinking? Maybe losing his personal percentage of that money will give him pause for thought.

 

Then again, when someone is THAT stupid ...

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earthdog58's curator insight, February 28, 2014 5:55 AM

 

The vacant  and bewildered stare of a man who simply cannot  understand that the world has changed around him.

 

This is why leaders need to leave office before they lose their connection with reality.

 

What else can we do to a man with such backward thinking? Maybe losing his personal percentage of that money will give him pause for thought.

 

Then again, when someone is THAT stupid ...

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New tech incubator launches in Cape Town

New tech incubator launches in Cape Town | African News | Scoop.it
A new technology incubator- Springlab - has launched in Cape Town, looking to take advantage of market opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Radio Amina and Aisha’s Song: Short Films Giving a Voice to Nigerian Girls

Radio Amina and Aisha’s Song: Short Films Giving a Voice to Nigerian Girls | African News | Scoop.it

Radio Amina and Aisha’s Song are two documentary-style short films produced by Grain Media, a London-based production company, as part of the Girl Effect campaign, a movement that states that the 250 million adolescent girls who live poverty are the most powerful force for change on the planet. Following that theme, Radio Amina and Aisha’s Songfocus on two young girls in Kano, the bustling metropolitan Northern Nigerian city. Both films give us glimpses into the lives of underprivileged girls living in the second largest city in Nigeria.

 

earthdog58's insight:

 

Girls need to be heard.

 

And listened to.

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Mozambique: Filipe Nyussi Elected Presidential Candidate

Mozambique: Filipe Nyussi Elected Presidential Candidate | African News | Scoop.it
[AIM]Maputo -The Central Committee of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party on Saturday night elected Defence Minister Filipe Nyussi as the party's candidate for the 15 October presidential election.
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Kindles replace textbooks in Kisumu school

Kindles replace textbooks in Kisumu school | African News | Scoop.it
Kindle e-readers have replaced heavy textbooks in a school in Muhoroni, Kisumu County, which teachers say have made learning easier and saved parents thousand of shillings used to buy books.

Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Only just found this article - rather cool, I think

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Kenya: Safaricom Beats Google, Facebook in Innovation

Kenya: Safaricom Beats Google, Facebook in Innovation | African News | Scoop.it

Kenya's mobile network operator Safaricom has been rated number 9 in innovation globally by Fast Company magazine due to its role in bridging the healthcare gap with telecoms services.

 

The magazine noted that Safaricom's Daktari 1525 which helps connect the doctor and patient had improved the lives of millions of Kenyans by making them healthy.

earthdog58's insight:

 

Leading the way (Again? Still?) - necessity is indeed the mother of innovation.

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Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System

Kenya: We Should Devolve Education System | African News | Scoop.it

 

Over the past couple of months, there has been a national debate on whether or not to devolve education. Predictably, Governors have been leading the campaign for devolution of education, arguing it will result in better educational outcomes than the current centralised system.

 

The National government on the other hand has flatly rejected this proposal, arguing that education is a first of all a national function according to the Constitution.

 

Secondly, counties lack the capacity to be involved in education management. Amidst this debate, it is possible to lose sight of the bigger issue; the Kenyan education system is simply not living up to its goals.

earthdog58's insight:

With the management of education this is, and only ever should be, ONE question: what best benefits the students?

 

Turning education into a political football for point-scoring against your opposition will only ever do more harm than good - just look at the harm done the British state education system since Thatcher (enthusiastically followed by Blair) made it a political football.

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Aid to Africa: Better to bypass NGOs and give directly?

Aid to Africa: Better to bypass NGOs and give directly? | African News | Scoop.it
In one study, money given directly to households helped, and with no rise in alcohol or tobacco. An era of 'effective altruism' is upon us. Donors want to know their benevolence works.
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This is an interesting idea - and links with schemes like Kiva - but how manageable is this as a wide-spread, long-term strategy?

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Harvard African Development Conference

Harvard African Development Conference | African News | Scoop.it

Africa is at a decisive moment in its history. The continent boasts macroeconomic resilience that was aptly sustained during and after the global financial crisis. As the continent with the youngest population and a growing middle class, Africa promises to be a competitive emerging market and a powerhouse for the world’s sustainable growth. Africa has been charting a path of structural transformation that has unleashed visible benefits of growth. However, in order to quickly converge with the world’s rate of human and economic development, the continent urgently needs to consolidate past successes and embark on a smarter and more sustainable development path.

The 5th Annual Harvard African Development Conference (ADC) takes place at an auspicious moment, shortly after and before the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), respectively. The Golden Jubilee of Africa’s premier development and governance institutions is therefore a unique chance to reflect on the journey thus far and take stock of trends, challenges, and opportunities as well as forecast prospects for the future.

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Africans negative about Chinese business impact - Ethics News - Globethics.net

Africans are generally negative about the impact of Chinese business on the continent. This is the key finding from a long-awaited survey conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA).. Keep yourself informed about what is happening in the world of ethics! Read now all Globethics.net news
earthdog58's insight:

 

There is a definite feeling that there is a new kind of colonialism happening in Africa.

 

Certainly watching Chinese hawkers along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi is ... odd.

 

I've not seen it yet, but I've heard that there are even Chinese guys hawking roasted maize.

 

I'm all for individual enterprise, but ... what?

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An Open Letter to Africa's Leaders - Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique | Soapbox

An Open Letter to Africa's Leaders - Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique | Soapbox | African News | Scoop.it
This is a transformative moment for Africa – and indeed, for the world.
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Chissano speaks in a voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us.

 

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Chissano speaks in a voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us

earthdog58's curator insight, March 1, 2014 5:23 AM

 

Chissano speaks in a  voice of decent humanity amid the ignorant barbarity rising around us

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President Mugabe Is a True Patriot - Koffi Olomide

President Mugabe Is a True Patriot - Koffi Olomide | African News | Scoop.it

President Mugabe is a real patriot who wants to see Zimbabwe and Africa freed from any form of bondage, iconic Congolese rhumba musician Koffi Olomide has said.

 

Koffi, arguably one of Africa's biggest artistes, is in the country to perform at the wedding of Miss Bona Mugabe and Mr Simba Chikore in Harare tomorrow.


Via Nevermore Sithole
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I really like Koffi's music - but I have zero respect for his  political opinions.

 

 

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10 Positive Developments in Africa in 2013 | Freedom House

10 Positive Developments in Africa in 2013 | Freedom House | African News | Scoop.it

Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.

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We rise

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British govt gives Zimbabwe $10 million for school fees - SW Radio Africa

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The UK government has provided an extra $10 million to enable thousands of poor children across Zimbabwe to access basic education.
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Africa: Why Do We Continually Misunderstand Conflict in Africa?

Violence in Africa seems particularly prone to the scourge of one-dimensional descriptions. Often described as ethnic or tribal, and sometimes as sectarian, the media prescribes an adjective that quickly becomes accepted as gospel and this explanation is then hard to shift.

Thus we are told that the recent outbreak of violence in South Sudan is ethnic (Nuer against Dinka); and fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) is sectarian (Christians against Muslims). It is seldom described in political terms.

 

The problem here is not just semantics or the irritation caused by inadequate descriptions of complex issues.

 

The real problem lies in the fact that misdiagnosis is a dangerous business.


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