Friday, December 4, 2020


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Women Data Scientists Created GPS-Driven App to Help Kenya Keep Covid-19 Numbers Low

By Sharon Kiburi, Zenger News, Africa A group of female data researchers are providing the tech and data muscle behind digital tools the Kenyan government uses to track and contain Covid-19. Women in GIS Kenya (WiGISKe), a geospatial technology non-profit, partnered...

Black-Owned Coffee Brand Gets Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

By Houston, TX via — Golden Made Kafe Intl, LLC, a business specializing in providing exclusive coffee blends inspired by American, French, and African recipes, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the...

Refugee Families Face Unique Struggles With Online School

By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Samuel Lavi knew he'd have to find unique ways to stay connected to refugee families when the coronavirus pandemic shut down Valencia Newcomer School. Parents and students speak more than a dozen...

Rwanda’s President Says ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Hero Must Stand Trial

By Ignatius Ssuuna The Associated Press Rwanda's president says that the man portrayed as a hero in the film "Hotel Rwanda" will stand trial for allegedly supporting rebel violence. President Paul Kagame, appearing on national television Sept. 6, did not explain how...

Kenya Copes With Decades of Police Brutality

Kenyan police aren’t hired to protect the public but the government’s interests,advocates say. By Anne Macharia, Zenger.News In America, one incident of police brutality captured on video in May sparked global protests and may have finally galvanized calls for police reform. In...

Anger After French Magazine Depicts Black Lawmaker as Slave

PARIS (AP) — A French magazine apologized Saturday after portraying a Black lawmaker as a slave, as France's government and officials across the political spectrum decried the publication. The legislator, Danielle Obono from the far-left party Defiant France, said the...

Zimbabwe’s ‘Keyboard Warriors’ Hold Protests off the Streets

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Unable to protest on the streets, some in Zimbabwe are calling themselves "keyboard warriors" as they take to graffiti and social media to pressure a government that promised reform but is...

Jamaican Becomes First Black Woman to Run for Leader of Canada’s Conservative Party

(Black PR Wire) — Jamaican Leslyn Lewis, a Toronto attorney, is the first Black woman to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, and so in one sense, she has already won a significant victory. Lewis was a...

Returning Vacationers Face New Constraints As Virus Spikes

By LORI HINNANT and ANDREW MELDRUM, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Countries that had seen a summer respite from coronavirus outbreaks tracked swiftly rising numbers of new confirmed cases Monday, prompting fears among government leaders and health officials that months...

In Africa, Stigma Surrounding Coronavirus Hinders Response

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda — far longer than required — Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew. It showed a bound prisoner...

South Africa Hits 500,000 Confirmed Cases, Still not at Peak

By ANDREW MELDRUM, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases Saturday night, bringing...

Despite Fewer Virus Cases, Hawaii Hesitant To Open Schools

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The principal of the only school on Lanai thought reopening with full, in-person instruction next month was a no brainer: The Hawaiian island has had no confirmed coronavirus cases, and breezes...


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