Date Archives for 2014
Makula Dunbar, 2:23 pm
The Ebola crisis in West Africa that claimed its first victim exactly a year ago is likely to last until the end of 2015, according to a scientist who helped to discover the virus. Two-year-old Emile Ouamouno died in the remote village of Meliandou in southern Guinea on Dec. 28 last year after suffering from a fever, headache and diarrhoea. His 3-year-old sister, mother and grandmother died days later.
Makula Dunbar, 1:18 pm
STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In the last two years in Africa it has been used gloomily by a few organisations as part of their ICT programmes, either as their way of investment in education, or as a way of promoting technology and innovation.
Makula Dunbar, 12:41 pm
Almost 60 years ago, Egypt became the first African nation to move forward with establishing diplomatic ties with China. According to CCTV Africa, following a hands off approach, China was one of the few nations that welcomed its new president — who is now implementing a research project to identify areas in which the two partners can strengthen bilateral ties.
Keren Mikva, 10:42 am AFKI Original
The moment they realize they know you from somewhere…you couldn’t place where you knew dad from, but now you’ve just remembered that you were both at the bar last week. The bar where you ended up shirtless in a puddle of your own pee. And the look he’s giving you across the table makes you completely sure he saw the whole thing. You want to make a good impression, but they’re wired to think you may not be good enough. Here are the 15 worst moments when meeting the parents.
Julia Austin, 10:08 am
A naturally preserved corpse was discovered in 1950 in a bog in Denmark. The elements of the bog preserved the body so well that when he was discovered, some thought he was a recent murder victim. The man died by hanging in the fourth century, and has visible rope marks on his head and neck. The Bog Body can be seen at the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark. The preservation techniques of mummification leave bodies eerily intact. Visiting these famous mummies can feel like visiting the living dead.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:06 am
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has hinted he may be ready to take a fifth wife to accompany him through old age, the daily newspaper The Star said Wednesday. During a visit to a Durban township Tuesday in KwaZulu-Natal, the 72-year-old said in Zulu “Angakayakhi indlu yokugugela… laba ngisabathathile nje” (I do have wives but I’m yet to marry my last one).
Julia Austin, 9:36 am AFKI Original
An Iowa teacher ate only from McDonald’s for six months and lost 56 pounds, lowering his bad cholesterol and taking 21 inches off his chest. He said during his “diet” he was looking forward to eating asparagus, rice and seafood. For his diet, the McDonalds loyalist ate 2,000 calories per day, and fell out of the “obese” category. These are 15 terrifying eating habits of real people. Some have been fatal. Others fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Don’t try them at home.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:08 am
According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, Africa’s collective GDP was $1.6 trillion in 2008, with a combined consumer spending of $860 billion that year, and was home to 20 companies with revenues of above $3 billion. This GDP is expected to nearly double by 2020 as the continent experience significant growth in people entering the middle class. But are companies operating on the continent ready ride this growth?
Keren Mikva, 8:19 am AFKI Original
Election observers say the voting trend seems to suggest a protest vote against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The success of new challengers and opposition parties in the Senate vote suggest the dissatisfaction with Sirleaf’s administration related to the Ebola outbreak. “All of the candidates the president supported are on the verge of losing their seats,” said Rodney Sieh, publisher of “FrontPage Africa.” Liberian election results haven’t been announced, but some say the results are predictable.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:53 am
Foreign investors in Nigeria are concerned that measures taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to prevent speculation against the falling naira will hinder their ability to sell investments in the country. The CBN in a continued attempt to maintain the stability of the exchange rate reviewed downwards the daily foreign exchange trading position of individual authorized dealers to zero per cent of shareholders’ funds (unimpaired by losses) from one per cent.
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