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  It’s no secret that we could and should have done more to reduce loss of life and economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic. When there’s an early warning for a cyclone, typhoon or hurricane, action is usually prompt and immediate. Agreed operating procedures are put into effect. Warnings are disseminated. Red Cross or Red […]

Talented South African singer-songwriter Tellaman, released his latest offering CROSS MY HEART featuring Nigerian rising star Alpha P.  The visuals, directed by Naya Effects, was shot in Nigeria.  Naya Effects is definitely one of Naija’s most sought after Video Directors. With videos like Naira Marley’s Mafo and Oxlade’s Sugar among many others.  CROSS MY HEART has over seven thousand views and counting, […]

The needs of informal settlement dwellers are acute. Young women and girls have little to look up to. A better life for them is so close, yet untouchable. Why are there people living in the shacks? How are they surviving and for how long can they survive?” asks Busisiwe Diko. Diko has been active at the […]

On paper, workers can apply directly. But on the system, they are not allowed,” says Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance activist Florence Sekolane, referring to the government’s financial relief scheme for workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. In late March, the government launched a programme to help employers pay workers, called the temporary employer and […]

  Then president Thabo Mbeki scanned the room for a few seconds, took a deep breath and fixed his eyes on his speech. He spoke for exactly nine minutes and 17 seconds, occasionally making eye contact with the Fifa executive members sitting in the front row. It was 14 May 2004 in Zurich, Switzerland. The […]

  The fact that the Paris Agreement on climate change even exists is an incredible feat of French diplomacy. Now, amidst a global pandemic, France is embarking on an equally important diplomatic effort this November, bringing together 450 global development banks that control $2 trillion in public money. The objective? For these public banks to declare that […]

  hanaian pilot Eric Acquah started a drone company in 2017 to spray crops with pesticides, but when coronavirus hit the West African country he found a new mission: saving lives. The company has used 20 drones to disinfect 38 open-air markets in Ghana – spraying a couple of acres in minutes, a job that would […]

  By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, July 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kenya’s president on Monday ordered an investigation into rising reports of violence against women and girls – including rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Lockdowns to curb the spread of the new coronavirus […]

By Rachel Savage July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The world of tournament Scrabble is split over whether to remove racial and anti-LGBT+ slurs from official dictionaries, as governing bodies debate the rules in light of the global Black Lives Matter protests. A decision on removing the “N-word” as well as homophobic and transphobic terms […]

  By Darnell Christie LONDON, July 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling angered the trans community on Monday for comparing hormone treatment for people seeking to transition gender to gay conversion therapy, fuelling a row over transgender rights. “We are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people,” […]

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