Date Archives for 2014
Staff, 6:08 pm
An outbreak of Ebola cases in a western Liberia county threatens the country’s goal of recording no new cases of the disease by the end of the year. From Dec. 1 to 25, some 49 cases of Ebola were reported in Grand Cape Mount County. This included 27 confirmed cases, nine probable and 13 suspected, said Tolbert Nyensuwah, assistant minister for preventive services and the head of Liberia’s Ebola response.
Makula Dunbar, 5:46 pm
It’s been almost 13 years since Nigeria rebased its economy and many expected the country to come out of top once official figures came in. According to CCTV Africa, Nigeria’s newest GDP figure hit an impressive $510 billion — a figure that can unexpectedly slow down growth for the nation. “The bigger the economy…the more difficult it is to move at a high speed,” economist Biodun Adedipe told CCTV Africa. “We should in fact as policy makers look very closely at China. China is one big economy that has been able to perform that miracle of growing fast in spite of the size.”
Dana Sanchez, 5:13 pm
Tanzania-based LLC fastjet brought low airfares to consumers in African markets that traditionally saw some of highest airfares in the world. It has been a pioneer in establishing the LCC model in East Africa but fastjet has seen numerous regulatory setbacks and financial struggles. It couldn’t expand quickly and therefore was unable to exploit its first-mover advantage. Other African LCCs will benefit from fastjet’s groundbreaking work and could end up expanding faster, overtaking the pioneer, according to an analysis by the Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.
Keren Mikva, 3:29 pm AFKI Original
Karijini is one of the national parks to visit in Australia. Natural freshwater pools are commonplace throughout the park, and sparkling waterfalls, rugged gorges, and fun opportunities for off-roading draw thousands of visitors each year. Tracks of varying difficulty wind through Australia’s second largest national park, providing suitable hikes for people of all levels. These 15 can’t-miss places in Australia are some of its most impressive and beautiful spots, and should be on your list the next time you travel down under.
Dana Sanchez, 2:57 pm
Russian researchers have developed an Ebola vaccine that will first undergo testing on animals before human clinical trials begin in Africa, according to an ItarTASS video. Researchers from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S. reported that the first trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine in an African population has shown it is safe for use. Researchers in China have also developed a vaccine to combat the spread of Ebola and will test the drug on humans.
Julia Austin, 1:59 pm
Black can signify exclusivity and glamour, so it’s often used by high-end brands such as Bloom Fine Jewelry and Chanel. The color is also meant to give the impression of authority. You might notice car commercials often feature a black model. Brands use color to override rational thought, and appeal to our emotions, memory and sense of self. Here are 15 colors that brands use to make you buy stuff.
Erica Shelley, 1:25 pm AFKI Original
Every Friday evening for the past four months, I have found myself taking a boda along the bumpy roads of Nsambya Kevina, a suburb of Kampala. I have climbed a thin metal staircase, brushed past a purple curtain flapping in the breeze, and stepped into the humming office of YARID, Young African Refugees for Integral Development.
Ann Brown, 11:46 am AFKI Original
U.K.-Nigerian artist Wunmi released her second CD with the help of crowdfunding. In the first of a two-part series, she talks to AFKInsider about how she got inspired — and made it — in Africa. “I actually found myself writing a few of my melodies and lyrics while riding up and down on Accra’s tro-tro buses,” Wunmi said. “The passengers’ conversation, jokes and sights were inspiring…men and women who always find a way to get through their daily struggles with a smile and an unwavering faith.”
Karen Elowitt, 11:00 am
South Africa can be wild. Wide open grassy plains where cheetah lie in wait, thorny bushveld home to the Big Five, and dramatic rocky outcrops perfect for savouring an African sunset. There’s certainly no shortage of wilderness in the northern and eastern regions, and yet in-between the Big Five country you’ll find long stretches of clipped kikuyu, oval depressions of bent-grass and manicured squares of lawn. But no, these aren’t the work of hungry zebra or wide-lipped rhino. Rather the fairways and greens of the remarkable wilderness golf courses on offer in South Africa.
Mark Rausch, 10:00 am AFKI Original
Everything’s OK in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea — there are free elections every five years. Thing is, the ballot has had only one candidate: Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un — whichever dictator is dictating. Casting a vote is mandatory too, so not surprisingly, in 2011, Kim Jong-un got 100 percent of the votes. These 15 crazy facts about North Korea are an opportunity to shine light on a dark place and its horrifying human rights record.
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