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Lessing donates 3 000 books to city library - The Herald

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Lessing donates 3 000 books to city library
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She was the only Nobel Prize winner with Zimbabwean connections and her left-wing and anti-settler sentiments saw her being banned from the then Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and South Africa.
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US to give Tunisia $60m in military aid - Aljazeera.com

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US to give Tunisia $60m in military aid
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The US is to give Tunisia $60m of military aid to help it fight armed groups who threaten to destabilise the country's democracy, a senior US official has said.
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How Poor Are America's Poorest? US $2 A Day Poverty In A Global Context - Brookings Institution

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How Poor Are America's Poorest? US $2 A Day Poverty In A Global Context
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Many of these countries are recipients of American foreign aid.
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UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes - ABC NEWS 4

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UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes
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Bob McDonnell on Tuesday faced the most pointed questions yet about his dealings with a businessman whose gifts are at the heart of the ex-governor's corruption trial.More >>.
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'Women Empowerment Key To Achieving MDG Goal' - Leadership Newspapers

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Leadership Newspapers 'Women Empowerment Key To Achieving MDG Goal' Leadership Newspapers According to her, prior to the advent of the present administration, women were not benefiting much from the Nigerian financial institutions because the...
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Mugabe and Cabinet visit China - Eyewitness News

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Mugabe and Cabinet visit China
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Significantly, the official Sunday Mail is carrying an article today headlined “China is not Father Christmas”.
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Food security alarm for east, central Africa

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Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.

The affected countries include Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania.

“The overall nutrition situation in the region has deteriorated precipitously and, according to survey results, the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) levels are higher than 20 percent, exceeding the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of 15 percent, especially in parts of South Sudan, CAR, Somalia and northern Kenya,” said the East and Central Africa Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG), a multi-stakeholder regional forum chaired by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)....


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Ghana ranked 138th on 2014 Human Development Report - Citifmonline

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Ghana ranked 138th on 2014 Human Development Report
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The rankings are based on a country's development of its people in the areas of Education, Health and livelihood.
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A Paradigm Shift for Student Engagement

Even more interesting is that, according to research, children will play video games for several hours, yet fail as much as 80% of the time at those games, all the while continuing to persevere with an almost irrational determination.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 14, 1:02 AM

Interesting article about making learning into a kind of computer game.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 7:40 AM

Un buen artículo.

 

Tiene razón: Los niños y jóvenes pueden pasar horas con un vídeo-juego a pesar de que fallarán el 80% de las ocasiones y "perseverarán con  una determinación casi irracional", algo de esta perseverancia y determinación sería útil en el salón de clases.

 

Sin embargo, las críticas a su propuesta de usar juegos en la clase también tienen sentido:

"¿Qué pasará el próximo año cuando asistan a una nueva clase y se den cuenta que la escuela es trabajo y no 'juego y diversión'? Los estás preparando para una decepción."

 

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Putin addresses Russia's parliament in Crimea - Aljazeera.com

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Putin addresses Russia's parliament in Crimea
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... are seeing as a sign to the people of the recently annexed region that they have not been forgotten.
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Sadc bows to Zimbabwe pressure on tribunal - Bulawayo24

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Sadc bows to Zimbabwe pressure on tribunal
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Regional socio-political and economic grouping Sadc has buckled under pressure from President Robert Mugabe's government to come up with a tribunal based on a new protocol.
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Why USA-Africa Business Strengthens Africa’s Bargain With China

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Rusizi: Local leaders urged to promote peace - News Of Rwanda Group

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News Of Rwanda Group Rusizi: Local leaders urged to promote peace News Of Rwanda Group The call was made by the vice mayor for social affairs in Rusizi district Basile Bayihiki during a training organized by Rwanda Peace Education Program (RPEP), a...
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Peace agreement in Mozambique sets the stage for elections - Financial Times

Peace agreement in Mozambique sets the stage for elections - Financial Times | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Peace agreement in Mozambique sets the stage for elections Financial Times Renamo, which had initially been backed by white-ruled Rhodesia and South Africa's apartheid government as part of efforts to destabilise the newly independent government,...
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A New Reason to Question the Official Unemployment Rate - New York Times

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A New Reason to Question the Official Unemployment Rate
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The declining response rate to surveys of almost all kinds is among the biggest problems in the social sciences.
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Elite colleges still admit few needy students, surveys find - Columbus Dispatch

Elite colleges still admit few needy students, surveys find - Columbus Dispatch | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
New York Times Elite colleges still admit few needy students, surveys find Columbus Dispatch A series of federal surveys of selective colleges found virtually no change from the 1990s to 2012 in enrollment of students who are less well off despite...
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Interpol warn of security threats by organized gangs in East Africa - Coastweek

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"All crimes have become transnational, so fighting crime without a regional approach will not assist us.
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Ukraine accuses Russian aid convoy of stealing factory equipment - euronews

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Job done, one hundred and eighty-four Russian trucks from an aid convoy that entered Ukraine yesterday have re-crossed the border back into Russia.
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Study warns that digital media stunts childrens' social development - Big News Network.com

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The Raw Food World News Study warns that digital media stunts childrens' social development Big News Network.com CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles A new study by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that children's ability to develop...
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Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans - Alabama's News Leader

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Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans
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Here's a look at experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments: EXPERIMENTAL VACCINES.
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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Technical issues with devices can be a headache, so setting some ground rules for device management helps mitigate some hiccups. Mills recommends making it clear that it is students’ responsibility to bring their device to school charged and ready to go. Designating a spot on student desks or tables where devices go when they aren’t being used for a specific assignment is also a great way to deter students from succumbing to distraction.


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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 7:27 AM

So many teachers shy away from tech, here are some great tips for making the most of what's available to you.

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Glad to see that some of the recommendations that we have already discussed with teachers are stated in here.  

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A Paradigm Shift for Student Engagement

Even more interesting is that, according to research, children will play video games for several hours, yet fail as much as 80% of the time at those games, all the while continuing to persevere with an almost irrational determination.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 14, 1:02 AM

Interesting article about making learning into a kind of computer game.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 7:40 AM

Un buen artículo.

 

Tiene razón: Los niños y jóvenes pueden pasar horas con un vídeo-juego a pesar de que fallarán el 80% de las ocasiones y "perseverarán con  una determinación casi irracional", algo de esta perseverancia y determinación sería útil en el salón de clases.

 

Sin embargo, las críticas a su propuesta de usar juegos en la clase también tienen sentido:

"¿Qué pasará el próximo año cuando asistan a una nueva clase y se den cuenta que la escuela es trabajo y no 'juego y diversión'? Los estás preparando para una decepción."

 

Un interesante debate. 

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SADC Council of Ministers meeting kicks off in Zimbabwe - StarAfrica.com

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SADC Council of Ministers meeting kicks off in Zimbabwe StarAfrica.com Malawian Foreign Minister George Chaponda on Thursday officially handed over the chairpersonship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers to his...
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Why partnering with the private sector is key to inclusive growth

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By Lakshmi Venkatachalam, Vice-President of Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations, Asian Development Bank   Over the past couple of decades, no one can deny that the Asia and the Pacific r...

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Over the past couple of decades, no one can deny that the Asia and the Pacific region has represented a remarkable success story. Absolute poverty levels have fallen significantly and the region is on course to achieve a number of Millennium Development Goals(MDGs).


But more than 1.6 billion people in the region continue to live on less than USD 2 a day and remain vulnerable to shocks — whether economic or environmental. The region is also confronting widening inequalities and the challenge of enabling a decent quality of life.

A strong need remains for both dedicated knowledge support and for financing to address the region’s social and infrastructure gaps, including urgent measures to address climate change.


Over the past few years, policymakers and development finance institutions (DFIs) have increasingly looked to the private sector to help meet these financing needs. In the right investment climate, the private sector can support the inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth that is at the heart of the global development agenda.


A key contribution of the private sector is in promoting economic growth, which it does through investments, knowledge transfer, and enhanced productivity. By creating new markets, fostering competition, and making investments, the private sector helps allocate resources productively and efficiently, improving prospects for economic growth. Economic growth generates resources that can be used for future investment as well as social development.

According to the World Bank, the private sector is the source of nearly 90% of the world’s jobs. So by providing direct employment, as well as finance to the sectors and geographic regions where it is most needed, the private sector promotes not just growth — it promotes inclusive growth.


The private sector also helps to boost living standards. This extends beyond extreme poverty as captured in the MDGs to areas such as the availability and quality of goods and services such as housing, infrastructure, health, and education. In this context, the private sector also plays a critical role in improving service delivery through public-private partnerships. These are particularly relevant in the case of infrastructure, as they allow for risk sharing, and are benefitting from improved institutional capacity and clearer legal and regulatory frameworks.


The private sector can also promote the adoption and/or retrofitting of environment-friendly technologies. This is valuable in the face of climate change, which can adversely impact many critical development goals such as food security, health, and water. The largest mitigation opportunities, especially for energy efficiency, remain in middle income countries.

Lastly, the private sector is a reliable source of revenue for government operations through its contributions to taxes and duties.


Given these advantages, it is not surprising that DFIs have come together relatively quickly to agree on a core set of principles that would guide support for private sector initiatives. These include commercial sustainability, promotion of high standards and additionality – that is, the extent to which a new input or action can add to already existing ones. More importantly, the private sector itself, not least due to the fall-out from the global financial crisis, has begun to reexamine its role in promoting economic growth as well as its responsibility to society. It is therefore increasingly open to engagement on these issues, particularly with DFIs.

Asia and the Pacific’s financing needs are indeed daunting. We, the multilateral development banks, need to engage the private sector on all fronts to an even greater extent than we currently do, to leverage both finance and knowledge.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has long recognised the private sector as a key driver of change in attaining its three long-term strategic agendas of inclusive growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. In line with our commitment to transparency, ADB publishes the annual Development Effectiveness Review, with 89 performance indicators to assess progress in implementing these priorities. The dedicated 2013 private sector operations Development Effectiveness Report was published on July 25th.


With $1.8 billion approved in 2013, our Private Sector Operations Department provides comprehensive financial assistance including loans, equity investments, guarantees, cofinancing and technical assistance. Our clients are private companies, banks and financial institutions, investment funds and state-owned enterprises. All our private sector interventions are aimed at maximising development impact. In doing so, our aim is to supplement or complement commercial finance, particularly in areas where perceived or persistent market gaps are inhibiting private investments.

What can ADB contribute to effective development co-operation with the private sector? Firstly, we are an Asian institution with a long and stable relationship with developing countries in the region. Based on the foundation of our strong infrastructure and financial sector exposure, we are increasingly entering sectors where we see promising potential for sustainable inclusive business models, such as agribusiness, education and health. Our strength lies in the synergies we derive from our sovereign operations in the core areas of policy and regulatory support.


Our private sector portfolio has more than doubled since 2006, totaling $6,219 million in 2013, comprising 155 accounts and 140 projects in 20 countries. Aligned with ADB’s core specialisations and sector priorities across individual member countries, 96% of the portfolio supports infrastructure, environment, and finance sector development.

Asia and the Pacific’s financing needs are indeed daunting. We, the multilateral development banks, need to engage the private sector on all fronts to an even greater extent than we currently do, to leverage both finance and knowledge.

Lakshmi Venkatachalam is the Vice-President (Private Sector and Cofinancing Operations) of Asian Development Bank since June 2010, leading ADB’s private sector initiatives and cofinancing activities. Based on the Midterm Review of its Strategy 2020, ADB’s activities in private sector development and private sector operations are targeted to reach 50% of its annual operations by 2020.

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Kony's LRA still holding on in Central Africa

Kony's LRA still holding on in Central Africa | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

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