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Date Archives for March 2014

  • IPCC Expects Climate Change to Put Africa Risk of Crop Failure, Disease

    By Makula Dunbar, 6:05 pm

    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that like most parts of the world, increases in temperatures will lead to a shortage of crop yields in Africa. According to a CCTV Africa — and under the recommendation of the IPCC —governmenta can contribute to “insuring” the environment by better managing fossil fuels and renewable energy.

  • Microsoft, Ministry of Labour Launch Youth Jobs Program in Botswana

    By Makula Dunbar, 3:53 pm

    In partnership with NGOs, Microsoft, The National Internship Programme and other donor agencies, Botswana’s Ministry of Labour has created a youth jobs and business initiative. According to a Biz Tech Africa report, the employment scheme targets youth and recent college graduates. The portal, or “one stop shop,” as Botswana Innovation Hub CEO Allan Boshwaen says, will offer youth job seekers a central destination to find career opportunities and employment.

  • News Media Plan To Use Drones To Monitor Joburg Traffic

    By Dana Sanchez, 3:09 pm

    Two South African media groups have partnered to see if unmanned drones are a viable way of delivering the news to Johannesburg Web and radio customers. They’ll use unmanned aerial vehicles to bring real-time news of highway traffic conditions on Johannesburg’s congested N1 highway. If it works, they could use drones more extensively to provide aerial live footage on the scene of major news events as they unfold.

  • Nigerian Company Launches Afro Emoticons, Claims To Be No. 1

    By Dana Sanchez, 2:12 pm

    Oju Africa today launched ahead of schedule what it claims are the first Afro emoticons, made for use on all Android platforms, and soon, IOS. “We had a dream of digitally uniting Africa, liberating Africans from digital exclusion,” said Oju’s CEO. “With the launch of the Oju Africa Afro Emoticons we are sharing African soul, funk and unparalleled smiles with the world.”

  • Guinea Ebola Death Toll Reaches 78

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:28 pm

    The ebola outbreak in Guinea poses new challenges unseen in previous outbreaks that involved “more remote locations as opposed to urban areas,” said Doctors Without Borders. “The vast geographic spread of the Guinea outbreak is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organizations working to control the epidemic.”

  • How Not To Leave A Buffet Totally Stuffed

    By Julia Austin, 12:55 pm AFKI Original

    If you forego the tray, you have to make several trips to the buffet, getting up each time you want a new plate. This makes you extra conscious of how much food you’re getting. Laziness might save you some calories and you could get too tired to go back again.

  • Heightened Imports Price Tag Expands Namibia’s Trade Deficit

    By Makula Dunbar, 12:52 pm

    Namibia continued to be a net importer of goods and services over the period 2008 to 2013, a matter that led to trade deficits. “The increase in our country’s trade deficit is worrying, as such dependence on imports hurts Namibia’s economic independence,” Statistician General John Steytler said in the 2013 National Accounts Report.

  • Surefire Icebreakers For Your Next Awkward Silence

    By Keren Mikva, 12:46 pm AFKI Original

    Yell “watch out!” It does not matter if there’s nothing to watch for. You’ve got things moving again, adrenaline is pumping, and you can brush the nonsense off with an easy, “Oh, sorry, I thought that was a rattle snakenext to your foot. Don’t worry, it’s just a straw.” You’ve got their gratitude, since you were looking out for them so readily, and now you can easily move on to your next topic of conversation with ease.

  • 280MW of Green Energy to Boost Kenya’s Power Grid

    By Makula Dunbar, 12:33 pm

    Kenya will progressively get another 280 MW to feed the electricity starved country, as the latest of the geo thermal plants at Olkaria, located at the foot of Mt. Longonot in the Great African Rift Valley, started coming on line over the weekend.

  • Q & A: Turning Cow Dung Into Cooking Fuel In Kenya

    By Frank Mutulu, 12:13 pm AFKI Original

    Kyle Schutter didn’t always dream of working with cow dung, but he knew that he wanted to work with renewable energy. His company, Takamoto Biogas, is delivering modern energy to people in Kenya who don’t have it by turning cow dung into cooking fuel. The interesting thing about being an entrepreneur in Africa is that you are not a minority, Schutter said. Almost everyone is an entrepreneur. “Here you can relate to everyone on their ‘side hustle’ and the challenges of getting a business started,” he told AFKI.

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