Akoin For Africa? Hope, Cynicism Collide As Singer Announces Coin

Akoin For Africa? Hope, Cynicism Collide As Singer Announces Coin

It’s an undertaking that can’t be exaggerated: Akon – the American-Senegalese R&B singer, songwriter and producer – is creating a new cryptocurrency called “Akoin.” Yes, you heard that right. As Akon tells it, the forthcoming coin will serve as the currency for a yet-to-be-developed city in the country of Senegal. The “Akon Crypto City” will occupy […]

Hazy dust from Africa could affect Dallas-Fort Worth skies | Weather

Hazy dust from Africa could affect Dallas-Fort Worth skies | Weather

Eventually, the dust could hover over large portions of the state, possibly reaching Wichita Falls and affecting Austin, Lubbock, San Antonio, the Tyler-Longview and Waco-Killeen areas. Any hazy skies over North Texas should be visible by Friday and linger into the weekend, the TCEQ reported. The dust crops up from time to time, particularly in summer […]

Almost a quarter of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could be prevented by improving air quality, study finds

Almost a quarter of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could be prevented by improving air quality, study finds

Small improvements in air quality in countries in sub-Saharan Africa could prevent up to 22 per cent of infant deaths, a major study has suggested.  Researchers investigated the link between breathable air pollutants and premature deaths in 30 countries across the continent.  Although few pollution monitoring systems exist in Africa, they were able to combine satellite-based data estimating the concentration of air pollutant […]

Africa must unite in fight against drugs: UN

Africa must unite in fight against drugs: UN

NAIROBI – African law enforcement agencies should work closer together to stop the heroin and other hard drugs passing through their territories, a senior UN official said. African governments seized just 1 percent of the 658 tonnes of opium, 91 tonnes of heroin and 65 tonnes of morphine confiscated globally in 2016, Amado de […]

South Africa starts tax service inquiry after revenue shortfall

South Africa starts tax service inquiry after revenue shortfall

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa began an inquiry into tax administration and governance on Tuesday after allegations of misconduct by the suspended head of the South African Revenue Service and its failure to collect as much tax as expected in recent years. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Jacob Zuma as head of state in February […]

Stop the Rise of Smoking in Africa and the Middle East

Stop the Rise of Smoking in Africa and the Middle East

As tobacco use has steadily declined in most of the world, two large regions are bucking the trend: In the Middle East and Africa, 180 million men are predicted to be smoking by 2025 — twice as many as in 2000. Smoking rates are rising fastest in low- and middle-income countries in these regions, where […]

IAEA Organizes Second Coordination Meeting to Combat Malnutrition in Africa

IAEA Organizes Second Coordination Meeting to Combat Malnutrition in Africa

Shaukat Abdulrazak, Director of the Division for Africa, opens the meeting. (Photo: IAEA) Good nutrition is linked to good health and the attainment of maximum human capital: investing one dollar in addressing malnutrition results in a return of 16 dollars. The role of stable isotope techniques in nutrition assessments has become even more relevant in […]

Prince Harry makes emotional, ‘private visit’ to charity in South Africa

Prince Harry makes emotional, ‘private visit’ to charity in South Africa

Prince Harry has returned to Lesotho — without his new wife, American Meghan Markle — for an emotional trip to his charity. Interested in Royal Family? Add Royal Family as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Royal Family news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The journey to the charity, Sentebale, […]

Non-invasive malaria test wins Africa engineering prize

Non-invasive malaria test wins Africa engineering prize

Languishing with fever and frustrated by delays in diagnosing his illness, Brian Gitta came up with a bright idea: a malaria test that would not need blood samples or specialized laboratory technicians. That inspiration has won the 25-year-old Ugandan computer scientist a prestigious engineering prize for a non-invasive malaria test kit that he hopes will […]

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