Date Archives for 2015
Joe Kennedy, 6:00 pm
There’s far more to do in Cairo than just seeing the pyramids or taking a felluca down the Nile. In fact, the city has long been one of the most prominent centers of culture in the Arab World and North Africa, with plenty of large festivals and events to prove it. Whether you want to see the latest indie documentary or celebrate ancient traditions, here are 10 Egyptian festivals you should know about (and attend) if you’re visiting Cairo.
Julia Austin, 2:31 pm AFKI Original
At first, Egyptian consumers thought the government blocked access to voice calls on social media because telecoms were losing money. There has since been speculation that the government banned these types of services because they are hard to monitor for terrorist activity. Freedom of speech isn’t guaranteed, and in times of war, even less so. Check out 12 apps and websites that have been blocked and censored in Africa. They’ll surprise you.
Ann Brown, 11:23 am AFKI Original
African women often struggle to find beauty products that cater to their skin tone and hair texture. Many are desperate for high quality, natural and organic skincare products, says the Kenyan-Australian CEO of skincare line Afya Organics. Highly wired and open to change, Africans are also very vocal about what they do and don’t like. This has created a bold and aggressive marketplace. Neva Mwiti-Read saw an opportunity to create a global cosmetic firm that capitalizes on the beauty secrets of Africa. Check out her AFKInsider interview.
Dana Sanchez, 10:09 am
China and India make 80% of the main active ingredients in the world’s drugs and Indian companies say China is hurting exports to Africa. China lacks technical know-how for drugs in regulated markets, but it secures big orders for drugs in undeveloped African countries where it helps build infrastructure projects, Indian stakeholders say. The drugs meet standards of some African countries but the quality is low compared to others. The U.S. worked for years to increase its scrutiny of Indian drug makers. Now China is a focus.
Roxanne Reid, 9:03 am
Crunch, crunch, crunch. A dozen eager tourists walking up a stony hillside, making more noise than 100 elephants. A few feet from the top our guide tapped the side of his shoe, the sign for us to engage super-silent mode. We were tracking desert rhino in Namibia, and one of them was just over the hill. We needed stealth mode because although a rhino’s eyesight is poor, its hearing is sharp. We were trying not to disturb it. And given that black rhinos can have a short fuse, we obviously didn’t want to trigger a charge.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:37 am
Ghana’s Power Minister declared that a three-year long power rationing program, that had left many businesses and city dwellers without electricity for as long as 48-hours, had ended. Kwabena Donkor, who has come under a lot of pressure to resign if the loadshedding doesn’t end this year, said on Wednesday that the electricity load shedding programme in the West African nation had “been brought to an end”,
Staff, 5:22 am
Right of the bat, the headline ‘caution on Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin’ is not well thought out. Virtual currencies is a broad term encompassing reward schemes we use in Kenya today – Bonga, Nakumatt, Uchumi points and Kenya Airways (KQ frequent flyer) points. According to the European Central bank, they are ‘digital representations of value not issued by government that can be used for payments.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:02 am
Africa is the second-fastest urbanizing continent, second to Asia, but experts warn this will not translate to economic growth if the demographic shift is not accompanied by key infrastructure and policy changes to accommodate more people in cities. Rapid urbanization is affecting many cities in Africa, where the working population is young, increasingly affluent, educated and career-focused
Joe Kennedy, 6:00 pm
If you want to know what life was like in Morocco hundreds of years ago, you could read a history book, go to a museum — or better yet, visit Fes. One of the most popular tourist spots in Morocco, life has stayed the same for centuries in this medieval city. For example its tanneries still produce leather the way they did 1000 years ago, and it has the second-oldest university in the world. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Fes, Morocco.
Dana Sanchez, 3:53 pm
Government support alone is not enough for Chinese companies to go big abroad, says a Chinese IT expert. They also need a tech advantage. A China-UK joint venture beat out France’s Alcatel-Lucent and Japan’s NEC Corp. to win a 6,000km cable project connecting Cameroon and Brazil. The company says it’s using “a self-developed technique” that can reduce construction costs, although it hasn’t disclosed the cost of the project. Analysts say it could exceed $200,000 per kilometer.
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