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The Kantanka is a car that was conceived, designed and made in Ghana. This brand of cars is probably the most promising of all the cars made in Africa right now. The Kantanka Automobile Company has announced that its cars willhit the streets in January subject to the Ghana Standards Authority giving the green light.

The brains behind the car Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo, the founder and  owner of the Kantanka Group of Companies. Dr Kwakwo  described as being naturally gifted,  a genius,  an inventor and a philanthropist.He has no formal or sophisticated technical background. He imagines, dreams and creates at will. He lives in his own world.

The Kantanka is the car of our choice and we will test drive it in 2015. Check it out. Read more

Ebola

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The pictures of medical dysfunction were devastating — broken hospitals in Africa struggling, and largely failing, to contain the Ebola epidemic. As deaths mounted, the problems seemed intractable: no money, no infrastructure, no hope.

But across the ocean, Haiti — a broken country if there ever was one — now has two new clinics, open-air, modest in size and cost, designed to tackle diseases that can be as insidious and deadly as Ebola, but are also more common: cholera and tuberculosis.

The clinics here are simple, even handsome. Instead of constructing hermetic shields in the form of airtight, inflexible hospital buildings, the architects took advantage of Haiti’s Caribbean environment, exploiting island cross breezes to heal patients and aid caregivers. Read more

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Haiti is currently participating in the 18th International Conference of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with the participation of 2,500 delegates from around the world. Several heads of state from Europe, America and Asia are present as observers.

The Republic of Haiti requested on this occasion the status of Associate Member of the African Union, according to the Chief Cabinet of Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador Ady Jean Gardy which represents our country at this meeting. The request of adhesion of Haiti to the African Union to the Conference of Heads of State was extensively applauded. Read more

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Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has appointed Carlton Masters as Jamaica’s first-ever representative to the African Union.

Masters’ appointment also includes the post of Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, and assumes the rank of Ambassador.

The Office of the Prime Minister said his role would be to “seek to strengthen Jamaica’s relations and partnerships with a range of African countries and organisations and deepen our dialogue on issues of strategic importance.”

He will also work to promote dialogue and explore avenues for trade, investment and cooperation with African partners, the Office of the Prime Minister said. Read more

South Sea Bubble

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LONDON — Share prices went through the roof, speculation ran wild and money poured into ill-fated ventures before the boom turned, inevitably and catastrophically, to bust.

Following that financial crash in 1720, called the South Sea Bubble, the British government was forced to undertake a bailout that eventually left several million pounds of debt on its books. Almost three centuries later Britons are still paying interest on a small part of that obligation.

Now, prompted by record low interest rates, the British government is planning to pay off some of the debts it racked up over hundreds of years, dating as far back as the South Sea Bubble.

George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, said this month that in 2015 Britain would repay part of the country’s debt from World War I, and that he wanted to pay off other bonds for debt incurred in the 18th and 19th centuries. Read more

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A new method for making chemicals that lure tsetse flies to traps has been developed. It uses a cheap by-product from the cashew nut industry as its starting material, so the discovery may mean the flies – which carry sleeping sickness (also known as African trypanosomiasis) – can be trapped at a lower cost.

The method, published in Green Chemistry last month, could offer a sustainable and more-affordable way to make two ‘attractant’ chemicals: 3-ethylphenol and 3-propylphenol.

Many existing odour attractants are prohibitively expensive and not widely available in large quantities. It is possible to use buffalo urine, which naturally contains chemicals that attract the flies, as a substitute – though this has the downside of smelling rather unpleasant. Read more

Midwood High School

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A steady stream of teenagers fidgeting with forms and their backpacks flowed through the Midwood High School college office one day this month, all with lists of questions on their minds.

But one of the school’s two college counselors was nowhere to be found. She had taken refuge in another office, a quieter spot where she tried to pump out as many college recommendation letters as she could.

“We take turns,” said Lorrie Director, the other college counselor at Midwood, in Brooklyn. “I write at home, at night and on weekends, I squeeze them in when I can, but even then it’s not enough.”

“There’s really no other way,” she continued. “I tell the kids, there are 766 of you, and there’s two of us.” Read more

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A “critical milestone” has been reached in South Africa’s plans to build new nuclear power stations, the government has said.

In a statement, the government on Wednesday said the stage was now set for the preparatory stage of the procurement process that would be undertaken in line with the country’s legislation and policies.

The announcement came at a time when the majority of South African households and businesses were experiencing emergency load shedding as a result of the poor maintenance of power utility Eskom’s stations and transmission lines. Read more

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The governments of Kenya and Ethiopia have signed an agreement that aims at creating opportunities for communities at the borders of the two countries, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday adding that the agreement will create stability and security.

Speaking at a farewell ceremony for Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Kenya, Shemsedin Ahmed, President Kenyatta assured the outgoing envoy that his government is determined to implement the special status agreement signed between the two countries.

On the recent terror attacks that took place in Kenya, the president said that his country is committed to winning the war and that his government will continue working with and borrow best practices from Ethiopia, which also neighbors Somalia.

“A busy person will have no time thinking of taking a gun to commit crime, rather he would be so committed to their businesses which he/she knows will ensure they get their daily livelihoods,” the president said.

The Ethiopian envoy condoled with the president and the people of Kenya following the recent terror massacre in Mandera saying the Ethiopian government will work closely with Kenya to ensure they root out the Al-Shabaab menace in the region.

He assured the president that his government is committed to the implementation of the agreement saying it will ensure security and stability within the region. Read more

buying Nest Labs for $3.2 billion back in January

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Nest owners will now be able to adjust their thermostats with simple, spoken commands.

After buying Nest Labs for $3.2 billion back in January, it was only a matter of time before Google introduced deeper integration with the popular smart thermostat. Now, nearly a year later, Nest owners will be able to monitor and control their thermostats in the Chrome browser, or by using Google’s app on Android and iOS devices.

Most notably, that includes “OK, Google”-powered voice controls. You’ll need to authorize Google to access your Nest, but once you do, you’ll be able to tell it to change the temperature from your smartphone, tablet or computer. You’ll also be shown Google Now cards telling you whenever the thermostat is making an adjustment, which seems like a smart, unobtrusive way of keeping tabs on the temperature.

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