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Date Archives for April 2014

  • South Africa Wants EU to Dismiss Citrus Fruit Ban

    By Makula Dunbar, 6:16 pm

    Late last year, the European Union put a ban on citrus fruit coming from South Africa, after the discovery of black spot fungus, a CCTV Africa video report said. Earning $400 million from the European market, South Africa’s agriculture department says such bans are no longer necessary as the disease is not harmful to consumers.

  • S. Africa Results Center Aims For Free, Fair, Transparent Elections

    By Dana Sanchez, 6:00 pm

    South Africans go to the polls May 7 for national elections. The country’s Electoral Commission launched a state-of-the-art results center in Pretoria. The technology was installed to make sure the election process is free, fair and transparent. All systems are in place, officials said.

  • Africa’s Emerging Markets Teach MBAs How To Thrive In Tough Conditions

    By Dana Sanchez, 5:18 pm

    You won’t find any Starbucks coffee houses in South Africa’s Khayelitsha township. It’s a low income area yet entrepreneurs are drumming up business there. MBA students from France’s ESSEC Global MBA program traveled to South Africa to learn how entrepreneurs thrive in the toughest of conditions in emerging markets — and how they can apply those lessons to their own careers.

  • Rumors, Government Inaction Surround Nigeria’s Stolen Girls

    By Dana Sanchez, 3:59 pm

    Every home in Chibok, Nigeria, has been affected by the kidnappings. The only information families have about the kidnapped girls is from the girls who escaped, NewYorker reports. “Nobody rescued them,” a government official in Chibok said of the girls who made it back. “I want you to stress this point. Nobody rescued them. They escaped on their accord. This is painful.”

  • American Sugar Refining Eyes African Markets

    By Dana Sanchez, 2:59 pm

    American Sugar Refining Inc., which says it’s the world’s largest sugar-cane refiner, sees potential for increased production in Africa and seeks partners there, Bloomberg reports. “Africa is an area where they can produce sugar, in certain areas, at very low cost” competitive with Brazil and Europe, said the company’s head of global commodity trading. “With sufficient time and patience, there will be opportunities that we as a group will be interested in pursuing.”

  • Oil Pulling And 10 Reasons Why It’s So Great

    By Mark Rausch, 2:07 pm AFKI Original

    Many people think the recent popularity of oil pulling is a trend or fad that will be discarded like the Atkins diet. Naturally, there is skepticism. After all, what method of living is ever fully correct in this world? Nomi Gallo, a practitioner at the Ayurvedic Institute, said, “Oil pulling on its own is a bit sensational, and it removes how really wonderful and impactful it can be…but, it’s not a cure.” In style but hardly new, oil pulling is reportedly beneficial in many ways. Here’s 10 reasons why it’s so great.

  • Celebrities Who Married Normal People

    By Carri Wilbanks, 1:34 pm AFKI Original

    Celebrities do find the time for romance, and some of them end up with normal people like you and me. Sticking by someone’s side as you watch them become famous must be a tough thing to do, and even tougher if you marry someone as funny as Tina Fey. That’s just what Jeff Richmond did. He was also an aspiring comedian when they met. Fey’s career skyrocketed and his did not. They’ve been married since 2001. Here are 17 celebrities who married normal people.

  • Mauritius No Longer Top Foreign Institutional Investor Provider to India

    By Makula Dunbar, 12:04 pm

    The US is currently the largest provider of Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) to India, with a net total of $10 billion having flowed into India already in 2014. America’s ascension to the top spot means that India’s top FII source, Mauritius, has been knocked down to number two. The information comes from the Securities and Exchange Board of India

  • Business In A Beehive Bringing Extra Income To African Farmers

    By Adrian Brune, 11:57 am AFKI Original

    In 2001, Farouk Jiwa and a team of agricultural investors arrived in Nairobi, Kenya with a mission: to start a direct buying program for locally produced honey. Word started to spread among local farmers. One-by-one or in small families, beekeepers started arriving carrying tins of honey to sell. “One man said he had walked for more than six miles carrying a bag of four-liter tins of honey just so he could sell them,” said Alexei Bezborodov with Honey Care Africa.

  • 10 Staples For A Vegetarian Diet

    By Keren Mikva, 11:11 am

    Thinking about becoming vegetarian? Know what nutrients you’ll be sacrificing and how to get them elsewhere. A giant bag of beans costs you about $2, so you can get your legume on without breaking the bank. Fermented soybeans definitely don’t sound good, but trust me — they are when they’re tempeh. Don’t mock the tempeh burger until you’ve had one, my friend. Milk also made this list. Here are 10 staples for a vegetarian diet.

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