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Africa is leading the world in plastic bag bans
18 May 2019 - As of June 1, travelers to Tanzania will have to pack very carefully. The country announced the implementation of the second phase of its plastic bag ban on May 16. Visitors are advised to avoid packing or carrying any plastic bags as they'll have to leave these at a designated desk in the airport. In fact, the African continent is leading the world in plastic bag regulations. (more)

Don't overlook Africa's 'fragile' states for social businesses, urge industry experts
26 February 2019 - 'Fragile states' can still be win-win destinations for those seeking to run profitable businesses that also improve the lives of the needy. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) lists 58 countries as 'fragile states' -- most of which are in Africa -- based on indicators such as insecurity, social inequality, weak governance, and high population vulnerability. But social entrepreneurs and investors said these countries can still be win-win destinations for those seeking to run profitable businesses that also improve the lives of the needy. (more)

Fostering green, made-in-Africa innovations
30 November 2018 - Over 1000 policy makers, experts, investors, and financial specialists from across Africa are gathered this week in Kigali (the capital city of Rwanda), at a week-long Africa Green Growth Forum 2018 to discuss how to foster green, made-in-Africa innovations to meet the needs of the continent. ... The Forum is showcasing a number of other green-friendly initiatives that promote environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic growth. (more)

4th African Organic Conference wraps up in Senegal
27 November 2018 - Over 150 participants from more than 30 countries in Africa have recently completed a four-day forum at the 4th African Organic Conference held in Saly, Senegal, organized by Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa. (more)

Solar mini-grid solutions grow in Africa
27 November 2018 - The number of solar mini-grid projects on the continent of Africa is expected to increase significantly according to a recent report by clean energy consulting company Infinergia. According to the report . . . there are over 2,000 mini-grids in Africa, with 40 percent of those accounted for by solar power. The report further highlights that solar mini-grids are anticipated to scale to 16,000 sites in Africa by 2023. (more)

Crowdfunded solar panels aim to supercharge business in Africa
15 October 2018 - A system gives small investors cash and communities solar panels to launch businesses, without the big up-front costs. According to William Brent of Power for All, an organization that promotes broader access to clean electricity, crowdsourcing has become central in financing energy projects in Africa and Asia, raising millions of dollars. (more)

Solar to account for 9 percent of new energy capacity in Africa in next 2 years
6 September 2018 - An Africa power sector scorecard shows that solar will make inroads into the African energy sector over the next two years, accounting for 9 percent of new capacity additions, as renewables uptake across the continent continues to grow. (more)

Solar power is providing new economic opportunities for East Africans
18 July 2018 - A new report has highlighted the new economic benefits to households in East Africa from off-grid solar power. The report was released this week by GOGLA, the non-profit trade body for off-grid solar power. The researchers collated data from 2,300 solar owners in Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda to work out the impact of new renewable installation on their livelihood. Nearly 60 percent of respondents reported an increase of economic activity within the first three months of using a home solar system. (more)

How the sun's rays can keep food chilled: fighting waste in Africa
28 December 2017 - Two low-tech innovations for storing fruit and vegetables could help save some of the food that goes to waste in a continent where millions are hungry. Entrepreneur Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, 35, is hoping his innovation will address the problem in his country, Nigeria. At the age of 21, he established a smallholders foundation to help farmers improve their yields; later he developed a state-wide radio farming programme that gives advice on topics ... Now he has turned his attention to mobile, solar-powered storage facilities. In Uganda, meanwhile, engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot, 23, is seeking to address food waste in his country. His solution comes in the form of dehydration rather than cold storage. (more)

Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees
23 June 2017 - The health risks in Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania -- home to around 100,000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo --have grown due to an influx of people this year, amid spikes in the political instability afflicting both countries. Sadick Thenest [refugee from Burundi], who works as a technician with international engineering charity Water Mission, said the health situation in the camp is improving as more people get access to clean water from a recently installed solar-powered water treatment facility. 'The plant produces thousands of liters every day -- women no longer go far to fetch water,' he said. From Dadaab in Kenya, to Darfur in western Sudan and Azraq in Jordan, solar power is being deployed to provide affordable and sustainable energy solutions for tens of thousands of displaced people. (more)

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From trauma to tranquility: Gaining inner peace and resilience
25 June 2017 - In African Warrior Magazine, David Shapiro, president of African PTSD Relief, and Krista Noble write about Julienne, who had lived a comfortable life with her family in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her world fell apart after soldiers stormed their home, and as a war refugee she suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 'I thought I could not go on living,' she says. Then Julienne had the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM) through African PTSD Relief. Within 30 days she noticed a profound change. 'Now I can sleep again,' she says. TM 'uplifts me. I am happy to meditate. After I hear of a problem, in my next meditation, right away I feel myself relax and calm down. With TM, things are better. It helped me tremendously.' (more)

Dr David Leffler: An Unthwartable Counter-terrorism Defense
20 October 2016 - Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) is an advanced human resource-based military technology which produces a powerful peace-creating influence, neutralizing the buildup of stress in the national collective consciousness that fuels terrorism, war and crime. Scientific research has documented this effect created by groups practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques. When large assemblies of civilian IDT experts gathered during the years 1983 to 1985, terrorism-related casualties decreased 72 per cent, international conflict decreased 32 per cent, and overall violence was reduced in nations without intrusion by other governments. The current article featuring IDT's evidence-based military application appears in such publications as: African Prime News, African Herald Express, and Ghana Star; The Daily Guardian, Philippines; Vietnam's Asia Defense News; and Hirportal, Hungary. (more)

Africa: Founding member of Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars recognized as Next Einstein Forum Fellow
12 March 2016 - Dr Amanda Weltman has been recognized by the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), Africa's global forum for science, as one of 15 distinguished African scientists selected for this year's inaugural class of NEF Fellows. Known as 'trailblazers' representing the continent's rising class of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) talent, the Fellows were 'rigorously selected for their groundbreaking contributions to science'. In celebration of International Women's Day, the six women NEF Fellows were featured during the first NEF Global Gathering, last week in Dakar, Senegal. Dr Weltman, whose field is Theoretical Physics, holds the South African Research Chair in Physical Cosmology, University of Cape Town. A founding member of the Alliance of Women Scientists and Scholars for a Better World, she has addressed and inspired all of its annual congresses in Holland and Switzerland. (more)

Institute for Excellence in Africa: Consciousness-Based solutions to critical problems
3 September 2015 - The Institute for Excellence in Africa was founded to identify and implement proven, prevention-oriented, forward-looking solutions to critical national, continental and global problems facing Africa. A key to change is the development of individual and collective consciousness so that it displays full creativity, intelligence and harmony. Without this fundamental awakening of human potential, the provision of mere economic assistance, infrastructure, and social systems will not be effective in solving the problems of poverty, sickness, conflict, and suffering found throughout Africa. The initiatives the Institute promotes include not just sustainable organic agriculture; natural prevention-oriented healthcare; balanced and fair economic development; and cultural integrity--but most importantly, Consciousness-Based Education to awaken the full potential of every individual. (more)

Africa: Voice of America TV reports on Transcendental Meditation and African PTSD Relief Now
7 May 2015 - Voice of America's 'Africa 54' TV show featured a live segment on the beneficial effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in providing rapid relief from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among African refugees. Hosted by veteran health reporter Linord Moudou, the 7 May show included an explanation of post-traumatic stress disorder by eminent psychiatrist, researcher, and author Dr Norman Rosenthal, and an interview with David Shapiro, President of African PTSD Relief, about what Transcendental Meditation is, and a review of scientific research on TM and PTSD, including recent studies with African refugees. (more)

Voice of America hosts interview with African PTSD Relief
28 April 2015 - Voice of America 'Health Chat' featured news of the African PTSD Relief project on 28 April. Hosted by veteran reporter Linord Moudou, Health Chat is a live call-in programme that addresses health issues of interest to Africa. Congolese refugee Esperance Ndozi told her story of recovery from PTSD after learning Transcendental Meditation. Experts discussed recent research studies documenting the rapid and cost-effective approach offered by African PTSD Relief--teaching Transcendental Meditation to those suffering from PTSD. (more)

Will Transcendental Meditation become a standard treatment for posttraumatic stress?
2 January 2015 - In the conclusion of her recent article about the African PTSD Relief project, published in New Age Journal, Krista Noble considers the implications for current treatment of PTS (posttraumatic stress) in light of recent scientific research showing the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation in rapidly reducing severe PTS among Congolese refugees. 'If the scientific community pays attention to ongoing research, they cannot help but seriously consider Transcendental Meditation as an intervention to address posttraumatic stress,' commented neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. (more)

Radio series on how Transcendental Meditation helps with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
23 November 2014 - In a special weekly series, 'Getting and Giving Relief from PTSD', Krystalya Marie of African radio, interviews scientists who are researching the effects of Transcendental Meditation on diverse groups suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education in African countries
12 October 2014 - The Album of Events page of Global Good News is currently featuring a two-part series of beautiful photos from African countries, illustrating the visits of international experts in Consciousness-Based Education. Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, headed the tour and travelled through ten countries over six weeks, in regions where Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes for individual and societal health, Consciousness-Based Education, and world peace have been introduced during the last few years. (more)

'Preventing Future Boko Haram Attacks': Article on Invincible Defence Technology finds receptive audience in Africa and worldwide
11 June 2014 - An article titled 'Preventing Future Boko Haram Attacks', by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh and Dr. David Leffler, has appeared in an ever-increasing number of publications since it was first released last month. To date the article has been featured in nearly 100 locations worldwide--43 within Nigeria alone. The authors urge Nigerian leaders to immediately adopt the evidence-based approach of Invincible Defense Technology as an effective, scientifically validated means to reduce social stress, violence, and terrorism, and create lasting peace in their country. IDT requires creating a Prevention Wing of the military--a small portion of the armed forces of a country practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes, which published scientific research has shown to reduce crime and armed conflict and create social coherence. (more)

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WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify
17 July 2019 - The World Health Organization on Wednesday [17 July] declared Congo's Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries. (more)

Violence affects more people than ever before in Africa's Sahel
27 June 2019 - Violence in West Africa's Sahel region has never spread so fast nor affected so many people, the United Nations said on Thursday [27 June], warning of an 'unprecedented' humanitarian crisis. The number of people uprooted in Burkina Faso, Mali, and western Niger has increased five-fold since last year, said the U.N. humanitarian agency (OCHA). ... The countries of the Sahel, a semi-arid strip below the Sahara desert, have been struggling with rapid population growth, extreme climate shifts, and Islamist violence for years. (more)

'We risk losing a whole generation', aid groups warn amid Sahel education crisis
28 February 2019 - Almost 2,000 schools have been closed in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, as heightened security fears and poverty have left more than 400,000 children without education. The number of schools forced to shut in Africa's crisis-hit Sahel has doubled since 2017, depriving almost half a million children of education, the United Nations said on Thursday (28 February). (more)

Lost lives, lost billions: the cost of child marriage in Africa
21 November 2018 - Child marriage is costing African countries at least $60 billion in lost lifetime earnings, more than what the world gives the continent in aid each year, the World Bank said on Wednesday (21 November). Be it high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, or poor health outcomes, the cost of child marriage is far from just monetary, the Bank said in its report. Gender experts say early marriage not only stifles a girl's progress in education, health, and employment, but also hampers the development of her children -- creating a vicious cycle of malnutrition, poor health, and ignorance. (more)

Number of hungry children in Africa's Sahel hits 10-year high - U.N.
16 November 2018 - The number of hungry children in West Africa's Sahel region reached a 10-year high in 2018 due to poor rains, conflict, and high food prices, the United Nations said on Friday (16 November). More than 1.3 million children under the age of five suffered from severe malnutrition this year in the six worst hit countries in the semi-arid belt below the Sahara -- a 50 percent increase on 2017, said the U.N. children's agency UNICEF. ... This year the problem was particularly acute across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal, it added. (more)

African islands call for help as climate change worsens health
8 November 2018 - African island states this week said they need more help to cope with the health impacts of climate change, from worsening nutrition to a resurgence in mosquito-borne disease. At least 23 percent of deaths in Africa are linked to the environment, the highest of any region worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (more)

Africa's iconic baobab trees dying off at alarming rate
12 July 2018 - Africa's ancient baobab, with its distinctive swollen trunk and known as the 'tree of life,' is under a new and mysterious threat, with some of the largest and oldest dying abruptly in recent years. Nine of the 13 oldest baobabs, aged between 1,000 and 2,500 years, have died over the past dozen years, according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature Plants. The sudden collapse is 'an event of unprecedented magnitude,' the study says. (more)

Ebola survivors suffer severe mental and neurological problems
11 July 2018 - eople who survive the deadly Ebola virus can continue to suffer severe psychiatric and neurological problems including depression, debilitating migraines, nerve pain, and stroke, according to a study published on Wednesday (11 July). Researchers who analyzed patients infected during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa found that some survivors had such severe health conditions that they were left unable to care for themselves. (more)

Crop munching pest in Africa raises hunger threat
26 January 2018 - A crop munching worm that can fly up to 100 km (60 miles) at night is spreading rapidly across Africa, threatening food production and the livelihoods of millions of farmers already struggling with conflicts and drought, experts said on Friday (26 January). The larvae form of fall armyworm prefers maize, but can feed on more than 80 plant species including rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops, and cotton, said the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). (more)

Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud
4 November 2017 - Fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted more than $6 million meant to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization confirmed Saturday [4 November]. The revelations follow an internal investigation of how money was handled during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. As much as $2 million disappeared as the result of 'likely collusion between Red Cross staff and employees at a Sierra Leonean bank, the investigation found. In Liberia, investigators found 'evidence of fraud related to inflated prices of relief items, payroll, and payment of volunteer incentives.' IFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross) estimated the loss at $2.7 million. And in Guinea, at least $1 million disappeared because of fraudulent billing practices by a customs clearance service provider. Two other investigations there are pending, IFRC said. (more)


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