So the Harper crowd, never ones to miss an opportunity to cash in on the deaths of better human beings, are launching a series of Masters and PhD scholarships for African students.
Candidates will study in Canada in French or English at the master…
South Africa may no longer have apartheid, but the majority of the population still lives in poverty, the heights of the economy are controlled largely by whites, and rich blacks are concentrated in the upper ranks of the ANC and their families. The rape rate is possibly the highest in the world, with a quarter [...]
Ever since we started this Travel Blog we have sat back each December to reminisce about our adventures from the past 12 months. Every year we are amazed with the opportunities that we’ve had. When we finish each year and do our adventure travel round up, we think to ourselves, we’ll never be able to top this. How can be improve on a year that was so much fun? And yet, we always seem to be lucky enough to try even crazier and more unique adventures than the last. 2013 was one of the most eclectic year’s of travel for us. From diving with Great White Sharks on two continents to taking part in a 10 day adventure circumnavigating an island in Baja California, Mexico and trying our hand a
When I did some work for the United Nations in tiny Lesotho some years ago, one of every three people in the country was infected with HIV or AIDS. It was all quite chilling. One of every three people I met would soon die an appalling yet preven…
When I heard Nelson Mandela was dead I was in my car, just about to leave the grocery-store parking lot. I sat there for a few minutes and watched the news stream on my phone turn solid Madiba. And thought […]
Here’s what some eminent Canadians had to say Thursday on the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela: “There is no more powerful example of the success against racial discrimination as that of Nelson Mandela. With Mr. Mandela now […]
OTTAWA — The UN’s top disarmament chief is encouraging Canada to sign an international arms trade treaty, disputing the gun lobby’s suggestions that the agreement will hurt lawful gun owners. “It does not at all deal with domestic gun ownership,” […]
It’s December 1st. I’ve been home from Tanzania for a week now and I haven’t posted a word about the trip. I could say it’s because I was immediately plunged into catch up at work as I wrestled with my jet lag – and it wouldn’t be a lie – but the truth…
We trundled slowly along the dirt roads, our old bus navigating the pot-holed roads leading to Nakatindi School, just outside of Livingstone in Zambia.
I was volunteering on the Book Bus, a literacy charity that works in Zambia, Malawi, Ecuador and now India, having left my home in England two weeks earlier, on my first ever solo trip.
I’d spent years working in a job that I found unfulfilling and I was at breaking point. So I packed in my job and bought a round the world ticket, starting in Africa. I was terrified.
In that moment, those children taught me more than I could ever hope to teach them. They taught me about humility and taking things for granted. It was then that I realised just how lucky I
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“I am the mascot of an evil corporation.” – Bart Simpson Who doesn’t love a mascot? Even the most ardent and traditional sports fan will, on occasion, catch themselves sneaking a glimpse at that big furry gorilla jumping through a […]
Google is creating a fiber optic network to bring faster connectivity to one of Earth’s biggest, yet somehow most internet-disconnected, continents: Africa. With Project Link, the search giant is offering Uganda’s capital city a reprieve from dial…
Seventy-five per cent of the world’s mining companies are based in Canada. In 2012, 16.5 per cent of the more than 10 billion dollar in equity raised for mining on the Toronto Stock Exchange was for projects in Africa.
But what impact does that have on African communities?
OTTAWA — While the federal government has promised to match donations made by Canadians to registered charities in response to Typhoon Haiyan, there’s no guarantee the money will actually go to a charity. Figures provided by the Department of Foreign […]
|Photo courtesy of Good Hope Facebook page|
Months after signing on for a volunteer trip with Cross Cultural Solutions to Tanzania, and just a few days until I depart, I finally received my assignment. I’ll be spending my days at the Good Hope Support Organization. They provide education, skills, knowledge, support, comfort, safety and love to children infected or affected with HIV/AIDS, orphans, people suffering from illness and the disadvantaged in order to help them create an empowering life of hope. I could be doing any one or more of the following duties:
This is the work assignment I had hoped for. I have so much I want to know and learn, and so many people I want to meet. I loved these words on their website:
The lives of Good Hope co-founders mirror those they service. Therefore, they are able to walk within the community with empathy, outstretched arms and open hearts ready to embrace, lift up and support those who may need comfort, care and/or medical support.
My heart is already full to overflowing and this clinched it.
Then the focus of the Judas countries would shift from the Middle East to the areas of Africa that need our attention. Alas, the poor, unlucky people there were born in the wrong corner of the world.
….The bodies of over 90 migrants, mostly women and children who died of thirst, have been found in the Sahara in northern Niger.
Their vehicles broke down as they tried to cross the desert. The migrants dispersed to seek water. Their bodies were found scattered, some reportedly partly eaten by animals.
The group had left Niger’s northernmost mining town Arlit, headed for Algeria. Around 20 people survived the ordeal, some walking kilometres through no-man’s land to raise the alarm.
The route across the Sahara is used by migrants from Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries, and further afield, many hoping to reach Europe.
Hundreds of those who make it to the Mediterranean have drowned trying to cross in recent months. The tragedies have prompted renewed debate in Europe about large-scale illegal migration from Africa and the dangers of human trafficking.
The last week of October to roughly the second week of February is peak chocolate-buying season, but do you know where your cocoa (and other candy ingredients) comes from? I mean, like, do you really know? I will never look […]
Ethiopia is looking to massively expand their energy infrastructure and renewable sustainable energy is a key part of their strategy. This is great to see new energy installations focus on the long-term effectiveness and viability of projects.
“Various studies have proved that there is potential to harness abundant wind energy resources in every region of Ethiopia. We cannot maintain growth without utilising the energy sector,” Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in a speech at the launch.
Experts put Ethiopia’s hydropower potential at around 45,000 MW and geothermal at 5,000 MW, while its wind power potential is believed to be Africa’s (Read more…)
The Sahara desert is about the driest spot in the world. It wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t always a desert. About 10,000 years ago it looked like the grasslands of other parts of Africa today. Then it changed and new research from the Horn of Africa shows it likely changed in a geological heartbeat. It should be a warning to us all.
What the scientists found was that, far from shifting gradually from wet to dry, the climate in the Horn of Africa changed in perhaps as little as 100 to 200 years, incredibly quickly in geological terms. The reason north Africa warmed up, they believe, was a cyclic change in Earth’s orientation toward the sun (called precession) which caused more sunlight to fall during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. But the precession cycle is slow, taking 23,000 years to complete. So why was the changeover in the Horn of Africa so quick?
“It shows something really surprising,” says [Columbia University geologist Peter] deMenocal. “It’s evidence that climate doesn’t respond gradually to gradual forcing. It would be wonderful in global warming if everything just kept pace with the gradual rise in CO2, then we could plan for this, we would know what is going to happen, there would be some predictability in it.”
But what researchers like Tierney and deMenocal are increasingly finding is that climate doesn’t change in a linear fashion, but suddenly and seemingly unpredictably. That’s because there are positive feedback mechanisms that start to kick in and speed things up. For example, when the Arctic sea ice melts, as it has increasingly in recent years, the area of dark blue heat-absorbing ocean increases, raising temperatures, melting more ice, which in turn raises temperatures still further in an snowballing process.
There are among us plenty of people who think that a few degrees of warming would be just dandy. More golfing in February sort of thing. These types assume we can warm without destabilizing the climate with potentially very dangerous consequences. And, yes, these climatic triggers are measured in parts per million. Anyone who doubts that should read Peter Ward’s “Under a Green Sky” and look at the latest numbers on ocean warming and acidification. That might just jolt you out of your complacency.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Muhammad Ali was back home Thursday night to honour an ex-president, Grammy winners and young adults for their roles in fighting for humanitarian causes. The former heavyweight boxing champion was surrounded by family and friends for the […]
Monday, September 30, 2013
The 2006 U.S./Ethiopia invasion of Somalia has spiraled into ever more foreign intervention/local radicalization, which has cause…
By Adrian Lee A stunning terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya’s capital on Saturday has struck home in Canada with the death of two Canadians, including a 29-year-old diplomat who worked at the Canadian embassy. Annemarie Desloges was […]
According to some reports, there’s a hostage situation which is still ongoing.
Wonder how much of the money the Judeo-Christian Judas countries’ allocation to empower “opposition to Assad” went to al-Shabab. If not actual funds, tak…
The world’s most famous desert isn’t always quite so dry as it is now—thanks to the Earth shifting on its axis, the Sahara’s climate gets gradually greener over tens of thousands of years. But you’d have to go back a long ways to find real, perennial rivers flowing through the Sahara outside of the Nile. But 100,000 years ago, the Sahara was awash with rivers that might well have led humanity’s ancestors to the Mediterranean.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is rising faster than the rest of the world because health care means more babies survive birth complications
All eyes were on Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as she dazzled the London crowds on her second official engagement since the birth of her son, Prince George of Cambridge, in July. Dressed in head-to-toe sparkling silver sequins, Kate was accompanying […]
Before he was turned into the incredible shrinking boy, Jeffrey Baldwin was growing like a weed. An almost 10-pound chunk at birth, he was a 17-pounder at six months, 22 pounds at a year, that last figure putting him just […]
don’t you know we are far too busy and deeply involved in saving brown Muslims from killing other brown Muslims and replacing one set of dictators with a brand new set, the kind we can control who will okay our plans to lay oil and gas pipelines in the countries where the dictators we got rid of, pooh-poohed our plans? So … please stop your pleas for helping black Africa uplift itself. Okay? Message received? Do you capiche?
….The Southern African Development Community has had to revisit its plans to raise funding for its ambitious regional development plan in the wake of a cold-shoulder from western nations and multilateral finance institutions.
“Nobody has come forward to fund any of the projects we have outlined. I have been to Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries,” SADC deputy executive secretary for regional integration Joao Samuel Caholo told IPS.
“What is holding us back as SADC is our inability to fund our own priorities and programmes. Therefore, a sustainable funding mechanism has to be established if we are to show that we are committed and progressing.”
However, development experts have questioned whether SADC is sufficiently mature to handle ambitious projects such as the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP), which is estimated to cost 500 billion dollars.
The RIDMP aims to rebuild the region’s deficit road, rail and ports infrastructure, increase its power-generation capacity, and establish communication and weather systems. Access to water, and providing the infrastructure for its distribution is also a priority.
“SADC has the potential and we are asking for the goodwill of all member states. Let them put in the seed money,” said the outgoing executive secretary.
The long-awaited SADC Development Fund will be modelled on the European Investment Bank and other regional funding ventures. SADC countries will initially contribute 1.2 billion dollars or 51 percent. The private sector and international partners will contribute the remaining 37 and 12 percent respectively.
Contributions will be over a five-year period starting in 2013 based on a country’s affordability, institutional capacity and other criteria, which Caholo was reluctant to divulge.
“If after five years a country fails to pay its contribution, its shares will be recalled and distributed among the complying states so that the 51 percent shareholding by African states is maintained,” Caholo said.
However, a member state will still be able to access funds for its development projects as outlined in the RIDMP…….
Google Africa is asking volunteers to judge the quality of beta translations for African languages Hausa, Igbo, Somali, Yoruba and Zulu. That means it’s likely only a matter of time before they’re added to the 71 current Google Translate lingos. U…
TORONTO — The sister of one of the Canadians being held in an Egyptian prison says her brother is “not in bad shape” considering the circumstances. But Cecelia Greyson says she hopes her brother John is released soon because he’s […]
In 2011, a United Nations commission came to a powerful conclusion: access to broadband internet is a basic human right, matched by the likes of housing, sustenance and healthcare. Arguments can be made that widespread access has transformed entir…
The attacks were the latest in a slew of violence blamed on religious extremists in this West African oil producer
The Mazibuko case against the City of Johannesburg’s installation of prepayment meters (with automatic cut-off valves) went all the way to the South African Constitutional Court in 2009. Although the claimants ultimately lost the case, there is …
NAIROBI, Kenya — A massive fire destroyed the arrivals hall at Kenya’s main international airport early Wednesday, forcing the closure of East Africa’s largest airport and the rerouting of all inbound flights. No injuries were reported, said Michael Kamau, the […]
CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — The deaths of two young boys who police believe were killed by an African rock python while they slept at a friend’s apartment has rattled the northern New Brunswick city of Campbellton where the children were remembered […]
possibly a handful of their journalists have decided to run with “part” of the truth. I wonder why! Of course the reasoning behind American jihadis going to Syria is bullshit. If American Muslims are making a beeline to Syria because they are “motivated by the desire to help the people suffering there” then are we to surmise that American muzzies are so mega dumb that they are totally unaware of the dirt poor Muslims suffering in the heart of Africa who need to be rescued from their own Muslim overlords much more than those “suffering” under Assad? Or are the American Muslims not shedding tears for Muslims in black-skinned Africa for obvious reasons?
Eric Schmitt writing at NYTimes
....A rising number of radicalized young Muslims with Western passports are traveling to Syria to fight with the rebels against the government of Bashar al-Assad, raising fears among American and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home.
More Westerners are now fighting in Syria than fought in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or Yemen, according to the officials. They go to Syria motivated by the desire to help the people suffering there by overthrowing Mr. Assad. But there is growing concern that they will come back with a burst of jihadist zeal, some semblance of military discipline, enhanced weapons and explosives skills, and, in the worst case, orders from affiliates of Al Qaeda to carry out terrorist strikes.
“Syria has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world,” Matthew G. Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a security conference in Aspen, Colo., this month. He added, “The concern going forward from a threat perspective is there are individuals traveling to Syria, becoming further radicalized, becoming trained and then returning as part of really a global jihadist movement to Western Europe and, potentially, to the United States.”
Classified estimates from Western intelligence services and unclassified assessments from government and independent experts put the number of fighters from Europe, North America and Australia who have entered Syria since 2011 at more than 600. That represents about 10 percent of the roughly 6,000 foreign fighters who have poured into Syria by way of the Middle East and North Africa………..
Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.
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I wonder what the people in poor countries think when they see the sheikdoms throw billions of dollars away on frivolous pastimes (in my opinion) when that kind of money could have been used to teach the poor in Africa and elsewhere how to …