Daily Archives: May 13, 2016

Curtains close on World Economic Forum on Africa


CCTV Africa

Published on May 13, 2016

The closing ceremony at this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali Rwanda is underway. The event which begun Wednesday was conducted under the theme Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation. The focus at the event this time around was on how to diversify economies, tackle inequality and strengthen collaborations among countries.

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At least 1.3 million internally displaced in Syria


Al Jazeera English

Published on May 13, 2016

A new monitoring report shows Middle East conflicts accounted for more than half of the 8.6 million people displaced by fighting in 2015.

More than 1.3 million Syrians were internally displaced by war last year.

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reports from Gaziantep.

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Connecting Africa to the world using technology


Al Jazeera English

Published on May 13, 2016

Government and business leaders from around the world are in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for the World Economic Forum.

The focus of the meeting is how to use technology to overcome the gap in development between Africa and the rest of the world.

Al Jazeera’s Tania Page reports.

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UN says 32 million at risk of starvation


CCTV Africa

Published on May 13, 2016

Over 30 million people in southern Africa are at risk of starvation, according to the United Nations. It follows a crippling drought worsened by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which devastated crops across the region. Countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique have all issued drought alerts in recent months. South Africa on the other hand describes the drought as its worst in more than 100 years.

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Africa 2016 – Rethinking Agriculture


World Economic Forum   Published on May 13, 2016
http://www.weforum.org/

How can innovative approaches drive sustainable and climate-smart food systems?

Dimensions to be addressed:
– Enabling environment for trade and value chain efficiency
– Boosting resilience and productivity through technology
– Enhancing value-chain innovation in food production, processing and distribution

· Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva

See further statements about Africa:

Africa 2016 – What If All Education Were Digital?

Africa – 2016 Realizing Africa as One Market

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Drone monitors construction site activity-NSF Science Now 43


National Science Foundation

Published on May 13, 2016

In this week’s episode we follow a construction site drone, examine tunable window technology, learn how words are represented in the brain and finally we examine 240-million-year-old fossils.

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2 Years of Modi Regime; Education Under Attack


NewsClickin

Published on May 13, 2016

India’s education sector is under constant attack from the NDA government, which is trying to convert the centers of learning to a saffron bastion. In addition, the current government is also following the same neo-liberal agenda of the UPA in the education sector. The government is also pushing very hard to corporatize India’s education sector and is also trying to bring in foreign direct investment in education. This is aimed at closing the avenue of learning to the marginalized sections of the society. Apart from this the current regime is also rabidly pushing the agenda of saffronisation of education. The change in curriculum, scrapping of important figures like Jawaharlal Nehru and motivated appointments in educational institutions have been done systematically to kill intellectual rationality. The current regime doesn’t want people to think logically, and wants to push its agenda of homogenous society with the dominance of the upper-class. The removal of freedom struggle from the curriculum has been done because they themselves have a very dubious role in the struggle for independence. Newsclick interviewed Nandita Narain, President DUTA and FEDCUTA on two years of the NDA regime and it’s impact on education sector.

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100 Years to Master the Solar System


GreshamCollege

Published on May 13, 2016

What can we achieve in space exploration over the next hundred years? Where will we be in 2120? – Professor Impey offers his bold predictions for the future of space exploration between now and 2120.

This is an extract from the full-length lecture by Professor Christopher Impey, “Our Future Off Earth”: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and…

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 1,900 lectures free to access or download from the website.

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Decent Rural Employment


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on May 13, 2016

http://www.fao.org/rural-employment/en/

Over three quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas. Most depend on agriculture to earn a living. However, rural employment opportunities are often informal, poorly paid and even hazardous. Peter Wobst, Senior Programme Officer of the FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction together with Ileana Grandelis, Rural Employment Officer of the FAO Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division explain how promoting full employment and decent work in rural areas can contribute to food security and poverty reduction. They describe the FAO policy work, including key policy messages. This video forms part of a series of policy and governance videos being produced by FAO in 2016.

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In search of miracle cure in Mali


Al Jazeera English

Published on May 13, 2016

A desert village in Mali is receiving a lot of visitors from home and abroad seeking miracle cures. Villagers say the water from a local well heals all sorts of skin diseases. Al Jazeera’s Hashim Ahelbarra has more. –

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