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Date Archives for September 2013

  • Permanent Egyptian Government to be Established by Spring 2014

    By Makula Dunbar, 4:35 pm

    By spring of 2014, citizens in Egypt are promised to be on a better path to fairness, democracy and government order as the interim government period is expected to end, Reuters reported. A new political roadmap that better outlines equal opportunities and progression for all people is being drafted to amend the constitution which was supported and created largely by ousted president Mohammed Morsi’s Islamist assembly, the report said.

  • Mozambique-India Bilateral Trade Expected to Double by 2016

    By Makula Dunbar, 2:41 pm

    The union minister of commerce & industry Anand Sharma visited Mozambique on a two-day visit from Sept. 27-28, 2013. On September 27, Sharma met the prime minister of Mozambique, Alberto Vaquina and discussed the bilateral historical relations between the two countries. Later, Sharma met Armando Inroga, minister of industry and trade of Mozambique, where they discussed bilateral cooperation and agreed on the need for further diversifying trade and investments.

  • Creative Ways to Get Your Kids to Do What You Want

    By Keren Mikva, 1:00 pm

    Superman gets hit with Kryptonite every time you refuse to go to sleep.
    Make them responsible for the pain and suffering of one of the world’s most beloved superheroes, and they’ll listen up right quick. Alternatively, for non-Superman fans, let them know that their actions can also impact the likes of Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, or all of the Teletubbies.

  • Civil Society Organizations Encourange Budget, Economic Transparency in Tanzania

    By Makula Dunbar, 12:16 pm

    In the Ileje district of southern Tanzania, expectant mothers about to give birth had to cross a crocodile-infested river into Malawi because a local medical centre did not have enough money to pay for a midwife. It took a campaign by civil society organizations and citizens to uncover that there was money available, but that it had somehow been diverted. Once it became clear there was a staff budget, remedial action was taken. Now the women of Ileje receive pregnancy and birth delivery services without risking their lives on a needless, long and hazardous journey.

  • Locals in Liberia Feel Negative Effects of Mine Extraction, Underdevelopment

    By Makula Dunbar, 12:01 pm

    The road to the China Union iron-ore mine, Liberia’s largest natural resource concession of the postwar era, is a bumpy dirt track running nearly 20 miles due north from this junction town, at a point where rolling plateaus gradually transition to hills and low mountains. The company, owned by Wuhan Iron and Steel, one of China’s largest steel makers, says it has spent nearly $20 million improving the road.

  • Q&A With Wendy Luhabe: Empowering African Businesswomen

    By Ann Brown, 11:00 am AFKI Original

    South African social entrepreneur Wendy Luhabe founded the first fund providing capital to women-owned businesses in South Africa. She focused on women, she said, “because at the dawn of our democracy men were organizing themselves and leaving women behind. I felt a sense of responsibility to use the new opportunities we were being granted by our new democracy to find out what we were capable of as women and what is possible when women come together.”

  • 10 Weird But Real College Majors

    By Julia Austin, 11:00 am

    Students who enjoyed their summertime jobs as nannies so much that they want to make a career out of it can earn a degree in professional nannying. The 12-month intensive program trains students in professional child care and includes classes in CPR and first aid. Ideally, nannies with this degree could charge higher fees than those without.

  • Al-Shabaab Money Funneled From U.S. Slows Following Indictments

    By Makula Dunbar, 10:41 am

    After the attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, substantial attention was given to the some 40 Americans who have traveled to fight for Al-Shabaab in Somalia during the past several years. But much less attention has focused on Al-Shabaab’s supporters in the United States who have helped to fund the terrorist group. Those supporters have funneled tens of thousands of dollars via money transfer businesses to the terrorist organization and have often maintained direct contact with Al-Shabaab leaders and fighters in Somalia.

  • AFKI Market Journal: 6 Fast-Growing, Reasonably-Priced African Bank Stocks

    Invest in Nigeria By Ryan Hoover, 9:00 am

    Banks are fantastic ways to invest in Africa’s growth. Lending as they do to a broad spectrum of borrowers from government agencies to taxi cab owners, they give you exposure to nearly every facet of what makes an economy tick. African banks have generally been much more conservative lenders than their heavily leveraged American and European peers. You won’t find many exotic debt securities buried in their balance sheets. Instead, they keep it simple. They focus on taking in low-cost deposits and lending them out at big margins.

  • 10 Hacks To Deal With Things That Go Wrong With Your Body

    By Julia Austin, 9:00 am

    Next time you give in and drink something really hot or eat something really cold, letting that one sensitive tooth take a hit, try this: rub ice on the back of your hand and on the skin between your thumb and pointer finger. This area contains nerve pathways that block pain signals from the face and hands.

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