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Mike Pence in Jerusalem defends Trump on disparaging comments about Africa

“Pence said he had received no blowback from world leaders after Trump made the immigration comments” writes Ken Thomas for sun-sentinel.com. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump on his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president’s “heart” is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants’ “race or creed.”. “I know the president’s heart and I know that what President Trump wants to do is reform immigration to make our system one that puts the…

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US, African energy groups form alliance amid Trump ‘shithole’ outrage

“The U.S. energy industry had no problem forming a pact with African utilities Friday, despite President Trump’s derogatory remarks aimed at African nations” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. The Edison Electric Institute and the Association of Power Utilities of Africa signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to support “the creation of high-performing African electric companies” that are efficient and support cleaner energy resources, the group announced in Washington.The joint EEI-State Department exchange program promotes electricity sector reform and development in developing nations. “This is a tremendous opportunity to…

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‘Bonds, like men, are in a bear market,’ and other bizarre things Bill Gross has said

“His commentary often starts with strange life stories, tenuous analogies and left-field metaphors before plunging into his prognostications on the bond market” writes Sunny Oh for marketwatch.com. Bill Gross’s recent investment outlook has drew mixed reactions in some quarters after he chose to draw a comparison with the bond bear market to the growing backlash against powerful men who sexually harass women. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Using the sun to chill food

“According to the UN, if food wasted in Africa was saved instead, it could feed about 300 million people” writes Kate Hodal for theguardian.com. Okettayot’s farming family has suffered from heavy economic losses due to food waste over the past few decades, and his solution comes in the form of dehydration rather than cold storage.One in three schoolchildren don’t have enough food to eat during the day, according to the World Food Programme. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Bath fined £60,000 after releasing Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales against South Africa 

“It relates to the Premiership Rugby Board policy around international duty and specifically Taulupe Faletau being released for a fourth international outside the periods specified in World Rugby Regulation 9” writes Sir Ian Mcgeechan for telegraph.co.uk. Bath are the second club to be fined for breaching this Board policy following Northampton Saints in 2013. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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How investing in solar energy can create a brighter future for Africa

“Basically, you are lending money to businesses that sell small solar systems to families throughout sub-Saharan Africa” writes Rupert Jones for theguardian.com. Energise Africa is a new ethical investment scheme which aims to raise £20m to provide a brighter future for more than 110,000 families and small businesses in sub-Saharan Africa over the next three years.It is offering 15% interest a year, with the capital and interest paid at maturity in December 2019.The firm is looking to raise up to £4.375m via a two-year investment available via the ethical investment…

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Twitter Lite app launches in 24 more countries

“Twitter Lite, the space-saving version of Twitter’s main app, is ready for prime time after about two months of ground testing in the Philippines” writes Victoria Ho for mashable.com. The social network announced on Friday it’s releasing Twitter Lite to Android’s Google Play store in 24 countries, mostly in emerging markets across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.Twitter first announced Twitter Lite as a progressive web app in April (at mobile.twitter.com), but this proper roll out to the Google Play store ought to make its app more…

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New Zealand-born centre Hadleigh Parkes handed Wales debut for South Africa clash

“New Zealand-born Hadleigh Parkes will make his Wales debut in Saturday’s Principality Stadium clash against South Africa” writes Telegraph Sport for telegraph.co.uk. The Scarlets centre only completes a three-year Wales residency qualification this week, but head coach Warren Gatland has handed him an immediate opportunity alongside Scott Williams in midfield.Parkes is one of five changes from the team beaten by world champions New Zealand last weekend for Wales’ Under Armour Series finale. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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