Liberia restricts movements in bid to halt Ebola spread
July 29, 2014 – 9:23 am | No Comment

Liberia has closed all but 3 land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.
The country’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the measures after …

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Obama Seeks Closer Africa Ties as China Is First Choice
July 29, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment



China trade with Africa projected to grow. SOURCE/Standard Chartered Research

When the east African nation of Uganda sought bids last month for an US$8 billion contract to expand the country’s rail network, it only invited Chinese companies to apply.

That condition, agreed to by the Ugandan and Chinese governments, illustrates the hurdles that U.S. President Barack Obama must overcome as the United States tries to challenge China’s status as Africa’s No. 1 investor and trading partner. China’s trade with the continent exceeded US$200 billion last year, more than double that of the U.S, which it overtook five years ago.

Obama will step up his efforts to forge closer ties with Africa when he hosts more than 40 of the continent’s leaders at a summit in Washington next week. While the World Bank projects African growth of 4.7 percent this year, the United States is looking beyond securing deals and access to a consumer market of 1 billion people to “promoting democratic principles” and countering Islamist-inspired security threats.

China has got a massive head start – from both a diplomatic and economic point of view, China has made all the running over the last few years so there is quite a catch-up for the United States.

China has held five conferences with ministers and leaders across Africa since 2000 as it fosters ties with a continent that provides both resources and a market for manufactured goods.

Read more: Bloomberg Businessweek

NBA star Carmelo Anthony creates fund to Invest in Tech Startups
July 29, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment
NBA star Carmelo Anthony creates fund to Invest in Tech Startups

Carmelo Anthony. PHOTO/File
New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony has formed a fund to invest in technology startups.
Anthony, who wears jersey No. 7, founded M7 Tech Partners with Stuart Goldfarb, a former executive vice president of …

Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole wins gold in 100m at Commonwealth Games
July 29, 2014 – 9:35 am | No Comment
Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole wins gold in 100m at Commonwealth Games

Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole (c) crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in 100m, Monday July 28, 2014. PHOTO/Getty Images
(Reuters) – Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole won the Commonwealth Games 100 meters gold medal in a …

Obama to rename Young African Leaders Initiative for Nelson Mandela
July 28, 2014 – 2:56 pm | No Comment
Obama to rename Young African Leaders Initiative for Nelson Mandela

U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions at a Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 29, 2013. PHOTO/White House/Pete Souza
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed …

LeBron James to wear No. 23 again with the Cleveland Cavaliers
July 28, 2014 – 10:13 am | No Comment
LeBron James to wear No. 23 again with the Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James in the No. 23 jersey. PHOTO/Getty Images
LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James tweeted “23 it is! It’s only right I go back. …

E. Nigel Harris to step down as Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies
July 27, 2014 – 5:53 pm | No Comment
E. Nigel Harris to step down as Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies

Out-going Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies., Prof. E. Nigel Harris. PHOTO/File
Professor. E. Nigel Harris has announced that he is stepping down as Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) …

Black Girls Code hosts Beta game development workshop
July 27, 2014 – 4:18 pm | No Comment
Black Girls Code hosts Beta game development workshop

Breanna Collins – one of 14 girls who built a video game at the Black Girls Code session in the fall of 2011. PHOTO/Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code – a San Francisco-based startup, that is …

Lewis Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions to allow team-mate Rosberg to pass him
July 27, 2014 – 3:18 pm | No Comment
Lewis Hamilton shocked by Mercedes instructions to allow team-mate Rosberg to pass him

Lewis Hamilton toasts to his winning the British Grand Prix, Sunday July 6, 2014. PHOTO/ Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Lewis Hamilton said he was “very, very shocked” to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and …

Barbados dollar under considerable pressure as foreign reserves deplete – Moody’s
July 24, 2014 – 10:38 am | No Comment
Barbados dollar under considerable pressure as foreign reserves deplete – Moody’s

With Barbados’ foreign reserves standing below the 2013 level, International credit rating agency, Moody’s has warned that strain could be put on the Barbadian dollar.
“Any further erosion in reserves would likely put further pressure on …

Low enrollment and financial problems jeopardizing the future of HBCUs
July 23, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
Low enrollment and financial problems jeopardizing the future of HBCUs

For generations, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played a key role in educating young African Americans.
But facing steep declines in enrollment, HBCUs are struggling to survive. In the last 20 years, five such …

Rwanda on track to commissioning the first Solar Power Plant in East Africa
July 23, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment
Rwanda on track to commissioning the first Solar Power Plant in East Africa

(PRNewswire) Rwanda is preparing to commission in early August 2014 the first utility-scale solar PV power plant in East Africa with a production capacity of 8.5 megawatts. The project has commenced testing phase of up …