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Africa General 

Scientists Hope New Varieties can Start Africa Rice Revolution

NAIROBI – The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say scientists, who are using web-based tools to identify the right climate conditions to maximise harvests. The 15 hybrids, bred in Kenya and Tanzania, are also tolerant to diseases and the high temperatures found in Kenya’s western Lake Region and coastal areas. Local farmers have always depended on imported hybrid rice varieties, particularly from Asia, which sometimes do not adapt well to conditions in sub-Saharan Africa. As the…

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Africa Entrepreneurship 

2016 Finalists for Africa’s Leading Youth Entrepreneurship Award – the Anzisha Prize – Break New Ground in Innovation, Representation

The Anzisha Prize applauds outstanding youth entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 for effecting change through innovative, people-centred solutions across Africa August 26, 2016/African Leadership Academy African Leadership Academy (http://AfricanLeadershipAcademy.org), in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation (www.MasterCardFDN.org), is proud to announce Africa’s top youth entrepreneur finalists for the sixth annual Anzisha Prize (www.AnzishaPrize.org). This year, the Prize celebrates increased presence in Northern African markets such as Morocco and Egypt, and francophone countries such as Madagascar and Niger, and increased diversity in the business ventures represented. The increased reach…

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Technology 

YahClick unveils Virtual Network Operator Service

VNO offering developed in collaboration with VT iDirect, and will be available across YahClick’s expansive coverage area LUANDA, Angola, August 29, 2016/ — YahClick (www.YahClick.com), the broadband satellite solutions provider for home and business, announces its partnership with VT iDirect (www.iDirect.net) for the introduction of Virtual Network Operator (VNO) services across YahClick’s existing footprint. YahClick’s VNO offering is based on the industry changing capability in the VT iDirect Evolution® platform and allows service partners to purchase their own bulk capacity, which they can fully manage and configure themselves to offer differentiated services. VT…

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Business Economy Technology 

Facebook Moves to Monetize WhatsApp With Business Messaging

New privacy policy opens up service for texts from businesses WhatsApp begins sharing more user data with Facebook Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork for the free messaging service WhatsApp to begin making money, allowing businesses to message its more than one billion users. It’s the first step toward monetizing the platform since Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg agreed to pay $19 billion for the popular app in 2014. WhatsApp announced a change to its privacy policy today that allows businesses to communicate with users. The messages could include…

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Africa Economy 

“Merck More Than A Mother” High Level Panel Calls for Action to Improve Access to Regulated Fertility Care and Empower Infertile Women in Africa

Supporting governments in defining policies to regulate fertility care in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria “Empowering Berna” Project to support infertile women in Africa Supporting governments in defining policies to regulate fertility care in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria Providing comprehensive training for African embryologists “Merck More than a Mother’s” (MerckGroup.com) efforts received big support in Finland from a high level panel of ministers, parliamentarians, academia, International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), African Fertility Society and global fertility experts who called for action to improve access to regulated fertility care and empower…

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Africa Economy 

Mergers and Acquisition to Drive InvestmentS in sub-Sahara Africa, Says TMT Finance

Converging technologies, expanding connectivity and telecom mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are predicted to be the main drivers of investment and deal activity in Sub Saharan Africa in 2016 and 2017, according to global news and events company, TMT Finance. The topics will top the bill at the inaugural TMT Finance Africa in Lagos 2016 conference on Sept 20, which will gather over 60 international and regional CEOs, CFOs, strategy heads, private equity chiefs, and senior investment bankers, consultants and lawyers to discuss the latest investment strategies for telecoms, media &…

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Africa 

How women can investment to sustain their lifetime

Albert Einstein declared compound interest to be the eighth wonder of the world. “He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it,” the renowned physicist once said. With research showing that women live longer than men in developed and emerging economies, and that they are the most risk-averse group when it comes to investments, educating them on available options can be beneficial. When we consider the impact of time on investing, even on relatively humble amounts, it is necessary for any woman to start at a…

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Entertainment 

Cost of data holding back adoption of internet TV

In a recent consumer survey commissioned by ShowMax, the most common reason cited for not signing up to internet TV services is the cost of data. The amount of data needed to stream TV shows and movies can be one gigabyte (GB) per hour or more. To help manage this, ShowMax has introduced bandwidth capping functionality that can reduce data consumption by as much as 75%. ShowMax has also introduced a bandwidth calculator to help customers estimate how much data they need. “We knew anecdotally that people were worried about…

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General 

Pfizer to Buy Cancer Drug Maker in $14 Billion Deal

Medivation, which makes the big-selling drug Xtandi to treat prostate cancer, has finally found its buyer in a fellow American drug maker, Pfizer. Pharmaceutical companies from all over the world placed bids for Medivation in an auction after it rebuffed an offer by the French drug maker Sanofi. On Monday, Pfizer said that it had prevailed, with a $14 billion agreement to acquire Medivation, representing $81.50 a share in cash. The frenzy over Medivation shows what pharmaceutical companies are willing to pay for oncology deals. At one point in February,…

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General Technology 

Telecom M&A and Digital Convergence to lead Deal Activity in Africa

TMT Finance is teaming up with IHS Towers, the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, to bring an international audience to Africa’s technology hub, Lagos, for the first event of its kind in Nigeria Converging technologies, expanding connectivity and telecom mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are predicted to be the main drivers of investment and deal activity in Sub Saharan Africa in 2016 and 2017, according to global news and events company, TMT Finance (TMTFinance.com). The topics will top the bill at the inaugural TMT…

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