Daily Archives: April 14, 2022

Gold frenzy employs 20,000 children

Journeyman Pictures – May 27, 2021
Burkina Faso Gold Rush: At nearly 50,000 euros per kilo, gold remains a symbol of wealth. But in Burkina Faso, where children as young as 11 work in artisanal gold mines, there is a dark side to this global business.

Burkina Faso’s new gold rush has lured many children to the gold mines. ‘I was going to school, but I had to give up. … To make more money [my father] asked me to come and work here’, says 14-year old Martial. Working conditions in the dark, waterlogged mines are dangerous, meaning accidents are frequent. ‘We’re scared but we have to find something to eat’, explains one miner. Now, NGOs such as Terres de Hommes are trying to help child labourers by travelling to mines and offering those who are under 18 new opportunities, helping them to develop new skills. ‘I take the children to school … [to] vocational training’, explains one Terres de Hommes worker. Since 2017, they have helped 400 children leave mining.

WSDEVELOPMENT – Boston Seaport Development

Climate Boston– Mar 12, 2018

See: “WSDevelopment – Who Are We?” http://goo.gl/8yhMJ5
and: https://www.wsdevelopment.com/our-pro…

Life at 50°C: Nigeria

Journeyman Pictures– Feb 3, 2022

In Nigeria, Farouk and Joy both work in extreme heat. Farouk, a well-digger from a rural community in a decertified area, has to dig deeper every year to find water; when it’s 43C on the surface, temperatures down the well-shaft are even hotter. In the Niger Delta, Joy makes a living by braving

More Than 340 Dead In South African Flood

NBC News– Apr 14 2022

Officials in South Africa have declared a disaster after catastrophic flooding ravaged entire communities near Durban. More than 340 people have been killed and surviving residents are without water, food, and electricity.

Remembering the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: 10 Years On | Nuclear

Life at 50°C: The Devastating Impact of Climate Change

’Somalia is facing a very real risk of famine’ – UN Humanitarian Coordinator Press Conferen ce

Apr 14 2022

Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, briefing reporters virtually on the situation in Somalia.


The International Institute for the Advanced Study of Cultures, Institutions and Economic Enterprise (IIAS) has been established in Accra, Ghana,to pursue multi-disciplinary research into African cultures, institutions (legal, social, cultural, political, economic, health), enterprise and everyday life as a platform for institutional reform and the creation of more supple structures to meet new challenges. Its quest is to develop African solutions to African problems, informed by current international scholarship, best policy practices, and emerging out of dialogue between academic researchers, policy makers, and government officials. The Institute believes the desirable goals of democracy and economic development can be pursued within the framework of indigenous cultures, as has been demonstrated by Japan and the Asian Tigers. Cultural alienation should not be the price of a better standard of living, and culture is not an albatross in the quest for development. Though located in Ghana, IIAS views itself as a sub-regional, continental and international body. IIAS is organized around ten core fellows with established careers in history, economics, traditional governance, gender and policy studies, cultural and literary studies, law, genocide and human rights. Its offices and spacious conference room at the International House, at the University of Ghana campus, enables close relations with the University of Ghana though IIAS is autonomous. The Institute will affiliate scholars from outside of Ghana in the category of visiting fellows, who might work independently or collaboratively with the Institute’s core fellows, and provide internships for Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians.

Objectives of the Institute

Initiating and facilitating original research and conducting collaborative research with Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian scholars and institutions.

Consultancies for both government and non-government bodies.

Academic publishing: The institute will sponsor a monograph series on Economy and Society in West Africa with the senior fellows of the Institute serving as editors. Monographs will be solicited from within the West African sub-region to be co-published in Ghana, the United Kingdom and the United States in association with established academic presses. The goal is to uncover solid academic work that would otherwise go unpublished and to give West African scholarship international attention.

The Institute will create and maintain a research and reference library that will be open to the public.

The Institute will use its convening power to assist in the reform and strengthening of tertiary institutions.

Dissemination: The institute will sponsor public lectures, workshops, symposia, round-table and panel discussions on relevant topical issues for the information of the general public. These will be hosted at the Institute’s facilities or elsewhere when necessary and in conjunction with the Ghanaian media. Occasional papers will be published by the Institute, which will also maintain an electronic newsletter and a website listing the Institute’s activities.

Truckers say long queues leading to illegal sewage dumping

Gulf News– Aug 6, 2008
Truckers say waiting in long queues is leading to the illegal dumping of sewage around Dubai.

What Happens When You Poop in A Burj Khalifa’s Toilet

Tech Space – Sep 4 2021

There are several articles and videos on the net claiming that the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai is not connected to a wastewater treatment plant by a sewer system, but that instead, the sewage is transported away using trucks. You might be surprised that the tallest building in the world, which is a spectacle in every other way, does not cater to this serious dilemma. Continue watching the video to know how the Emirati icon manages the wastewaters from the building and click the bell icon for more updates in the future if you haven’t yet.