Date Archives for October 2014
Karen Elowitt, 6:00 pm
There’s no denying that Cape Town has beautiful beaches, jaw-dropping scenery, and an enviable laid-back lifestyle. There’s also no denying that if you ask any Capetonian about what they think of Johannesburg, they’ll go on and on about the crime, the grime, and, most importantly, that it lacks a mountain. And don’t get them started on the inhabitants of Jozi, as they’ll tell you all about how obnoxious, money-obsessed, and generally crass they are. But I’m here to tell you that Capetonians are horribly wrong, and that while their city is beautiful, they’re not telling you everything.
Mark Rausch, 5:47 pm AFKI Original
Joan Didion, author of “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” and “The Year of Magical Thinking,” reassured us that it’s OK to write about someone you hate. “Writers are always selling somebody out,” she said. Here’s some wisdom by people who excel at putting ideas and feelings into words: 10 quotes about the writing process by nine writers and Bruce Jenner.
Becca Blond, 5:17 pm AFKI Original
Chickens have excellent face recognition skills and can distinguish between family members’ faces on a farm. They also have a grasp of object permanence — understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be observed — from as young as two days old, something human babies don’t develop until at least six months of age. You’ve probably pondered which came first, the chicken or the egg. Here are 10 more things you didn’t know about chickens. Who knew they rule the Earth?
Dana Sanchez, 4:53 pm
A U.K. Royal Navy ship — one of the largest in the fleet — arrived Thursday in Sierra Leone to provide support for ebola treatment centers, BBC reports. It will act as an offshore base for the aid effort, and represents an “important moment” signalling the “beginnings of hope” in Freetown that a massive international aid effort is beginning to get under way, according to BBC.
Keren Mikva, 3:53 pm
Al-Masry Al-Youm, or the Egypt Independent, is the most popular Egyptian online newspaper in Africa. Though it formerly published a weekly 24-page English-language newspaper, it has turned its focus to its online platform, where it reports on a variety of news topics, covering both Egyptian and international affairs. Hard work paid off. It’s the second most-popular website in Africa.
Makula Dunbar, 3:39 pm
The first-ever delegation of businesswomen from Turkey visited and held business meetings for three days in the capital, starting on Thursday. The meetings have been organized by the first lady, Roman Tesfaye, who in June, had led Ethiopian delegates to Turkey. The business-to-business meetings with Ethiopian counterparts were held at the Ethiopian National Archives and Library Agency, where 25 businesswomen were represented from the confederation of businessmen.
Makula Dunbar, 3:20 pm
Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso, has been forced to leave power after days of protests by tens of thousands of people calling for his ousting. It appeared that the chief of the country’s armed forces took power after the president’s resignation. Compaore announced his resignation in a statement on Friday and called for a 90-day transition to
Paul Adepoju, 3:10 pm AFKI Original
Blue String Ventures is known for squatting on domain names and selling them to the highest bidder. Last week it sold Ebola.com for US$200,000 to Weed Growth Fund. This is one of the numerous ways in which some companies and individuals are making returns from the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and some other parts of the world. From the 15th to 17th of October 2014, Medic West Africa, the largest medical exhibition event in West Africa was held at Eko Hotels and Towers in Lagos, Nigeria
Keren Mikva, 3:01 pm AFKI Original
South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, says she does not relish her role in exposing the wrongdoings of others. Despite her integral role as an investigator of wrongdoing and corruption, Madonsela has expressed how difficult it is for her to expose people in their offenses. She said in an interview, “No normal person can celebrate the pain of other people. I’d like to believe I am not bitter and twisted…It saddens me to be the one who will come with the bad news that someone has not done things right.” Here are 10 things you didn’t know about South Africa’s public protector.
Makula Dunbar, 2:05 pm
President Uhuru Kenyatta has outlined his security agenda for the country when he opened a high level seminar on national security in Nairobi. In a 10-point statement that defines his vision for the country’s security, President Kenyatta laid down the steps towards guarding against security threats.
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