Archive for the ‘Development’ Category

10 reasons why we Appreciate Steve Harvey

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Steve Harvey has been a boxer, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mailman.  There are many reasons to appreciate the rise and rise of this man.  Not just for his Comedy Career which started the ball rolling, but for his books,  his philanthropy, his relevance on  radio and TV and his business endeavours.

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Black Twitterati

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Twitter has become more powerful than the inventors imagined.  It has created new stars and given a voice to the everyday man or woman in the street. It has also caused people to lose jobs, lose endorsements, and brought down Governments.   According to a 2013 report, 26 percent of African Americans who use the Internet use Twitter, compared to 14 percent of online white, non-Hispanic Americans. In addition, 11 percent of African-American Twitter users say they use Twitter at least once a day, compared to 3 percent of white users.  Of course, these figures could have doubled by now in 2015, but one this is for sure, there is powerful movement online formed of mostly black people who use Twitter.

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BET Programming Schedule

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I  have very high hopes for BET. Yesterday (4 Feb 2015), I saw a clip from an interview with Debra Lee, CEO of BET. She said the channel was now trying to get a balance between education, information and entertainment. She is doing a sterling job.

A wide range of people have protested in the past about elements of BET’s programming and actions. As a result, BET heavily censors suggestive content from the videos that it airs, often with entire verses and scenes removed from certain rap videos.  So that is sorted.  But I want more.  This is what I want.

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Change Your Mind and You Change Everything

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Change Your Mind and You Change Everything

Throughout my career, I have interviewed many blacks who have created healthy financial lives and many who have not. A major difference in the two groups is how they view money and how they view themselves.

A common view, but look at two responses to this.

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African coffee champion takes on Uganda challenge

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Although the stimulating properties of coffee are thought to have been discovered in Africa – according to legend, by an Ethiopian goatherd – the consumption of the beverage is not as widespread in the continent as it is elsewhere in the world.

That has been a major problem for Africa’s champion barista Roberts Mbabazi from Uganda, a nation of tea-drinkers, which is one of the world’s biggest producers of Robusta beans. ”Ugandans don’t really drink coffee. That has been my biggest challenge. Someone will ask you: ‘Why coffee? Why can’t I take tea? Why can’t I take a soda or a mineral water,” he told the BBC’s series African Dream.

A Kenyan eye clinic with a long vision

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Kenya’s Hurlingham Eye Care Services – a company founded in 2007 by three female doctors – started with small steps but with a long vision.

In the last six years the firm, which opened with just a few patients, has become East Africa’s leading eye clinic and offers a wide range of services, from eye tests to laser surgery.

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A programmable audio computer that shares locally-relevant knowledge and improves literacy

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Literacy Bridge saves lives and improves the livelihoods of impoverished families through comprehensive programs that provide on-demand access to locally relevant knowledge. At the heart of the programs is the Talking Book – an innovative low-cost audio computer designed for the learning needs of illiterate populations living in the poorest areas in the world.

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Democratic Governance progress in Africa

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Over the last two decades, as a result of intense national and regional efforts to institutionalize democracy in Africa, the continent has seen a virtual sea of change in governance, creating opportunities for citizens’ engagement in public affairs, increasing government accountability, and improving macro-economic policy-making.

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Foreign demand for beef, soybeans adds pressure on Amazon forest

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Rising foreign demand for beef and soybeans will tempt Brazil to clear more of the Amazon rainforest, in a reversal of recent success in slowing forest losses, a study said on Thursday.

About 30 percent of deforestation in Brazil in the decade to 2010 was due to farmers and ranchers seeking land to expand export production of beef and soybeans, against about 20 percent in the 1990s, the report said.

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HAITI – PROGRESS IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING

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On January 12th 2010 Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. The magnitude of the quake measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale, and it killed more than 200.000 people and left 300.000 wounded.
Two million people lost their homes, and many of them continue to live in temporary camps.

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