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Date Archives for 2014

  • New Film Highlights Ex-Mich. Rep. Wolpe’s Work In Burundi

    By Ann Brown, 12:00 pm

    From Detroit News When Howard Wolpe reached retirement, he had one last goal. He already had quite the resume — seven-term congressman, international expert on Africa and author of anti-apartheid legislation against the government of South Africa. But Wolpe, a Democrat who represented Kalamazoo in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1978 to 1992, wanted […]

  • Singapore Establishes Itself As A Major Financial Platform For Investors In Angola

    By Ann Brown, 11:00 am

    From Macau Hub Singapore is establishing itself as a major financial platform for Angolan private and public investors, including state oil company Sonangol, and replacing Dubai. According to Africa Monitor Intelligence newsletter, Singapore was already, at least since 2008, one of the preferred international financial markets for depositing Angolan state reserves and Sonangol funds, but […]

  • German Gunmaker Rheinmetall AG Looks To South African Exports

    By Ann Brown, 10:00 am

    From Wall Street Journal German government restrictions on arms exports are squeezing the country’s defense industry. But weapons maker Rheinmetall AG is sidestepping politicians in Berlin by investing in a new munitions development center in South Africa. Germany’s biggest defense company by revenue last month confirmed earlier reports it plans to establish through its majority-owned […]

  • $100 Million Fund To Aid Next Generation Of African Businesses

    By Ann Brown, 9:00 am

    From The Guardian Down a scratchy phone line from Nairobi, 21-year-old Joel Mwale says he has spent the past year seeking funds to take his online educational and mentorship platform to the next level. His frustration cuts through the static. Mwale might have expected better. He won a degree of fame in his teens for […]

  • Root Training To Boost Crop Yields In Ghana

    By Makula Dunbar, 2:52 pm

    The Crops Research Institute (CRI) in Kumasi has organized a workshop on the production of roots and tubers for farmers in the Techiman Municipality, at Techiman. It was sponsored by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP), to educate the participants on the challenges in the production of roots and tubers to increase production.

  • Why Kenya Is Ahead Of The Digital TV Curve

    By Makula Dunbar, 2:04 pm

    Nairobi has a sufficient number of digital set boxes ahead of the digital switchover deadline of 31 December, according to Kenya’s ICT cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i. In a report by The Star Matiang’i is quoted as stipulating there are over 1,5 million set top boxes which would fulfil the requirements of approximately 1.26 million households. The stats have emerged from a consumer awareness campaign

  • Democracy Wins The Race In Tunisia

    By Makula Dunbar, 1:33 pm

    Determined and courageous, the Tunisians have done it again. Defying the cynics, the bottom-up transition to democracy continues apace in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The latest milestone came on Sunday, Dec. 21, when Tunisians held their run-off presidential election. It was a peaceful event, conducted in a free, fair, and transparent fashion. Once again, Tunisia proved to be “unfashionably democratic,” a beacon of freedom and hope in the turbulent Middle East. As such, it deserves concrete U.S. support.

  • Food Trends To Expect In 2015 That Will Grow On You

    By Julia Austin, 12:39 pm

    What’s old is new again, like going kosher. For some time, Jewish youth saw kashrut as an antiquated, unnecessary tradition. Today millennial Jews are seeing the clean-eating benefits of kashrut as a perk of their religion that adds value. Expect to see more kosher markets, and farm-to-table kosher restaurants.

  • It’s A New Day, It’s A New Year (Almost): First Thoughts Upon Waking

    By Keren Mikva, 12:17 pm AFKI Original

    I don’t really need breakfast, right? Not if it means I can do another snooze interval! Breakfast is overrated. All it does is give you energy for the day, boost your metabolism, and start things off on the right note. Nobody wants that. Keep on snoozing, friends. Here are some of our first thoughts upon waking. They have a common theme: get more sleep. Come to think of it, that’s not a bad New Year’s resolution.

  • 15 Creepy Marketing Tactics You Didn’t Know Were Being Used On You

    By Julia Austin, 11:46 am AFKI Original

    Confusing layouts — Ikea is notorious for this, but shopping malls do it too. They purposely organize their property in a way that slows you down and distracts you from your purpose. There are some places where it seems no matter how hard you try to stay on task, you can never leave with just the item you went in for. This is called the Gruen transfer, named for architect Victor Gruen who designed disorienting malls. Companies have come up with some creepy ways to separate you from your money. Here are some creepy marketing tactics you didn’t know were being used on you.

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