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NASSAU, Bahamas — Kenson Timothee was walking down the street when a uniformed officer asked him a question that sends Bahamians of Haitian descent like him into a panic these days: Do you have a passport?

Mr. Timothee, who was born in the Bahamas to illegal Haitian immigrants, wound up jailed in immigration detention for six weeks. He is one of hundreds of people swept up in a fiercely debated new immigration policy in theBahamas requiring everyone to hold a passport, a rule that human rights groups say unfairly targets people of Haitian descent.

Mr. Timothee had proof that he was born in the Bahamas, but because he had trouble obtaining his absentee father’s birth certificate, his application for Bahamian citizenship was never completed. Read more


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MTN Group today announced it would be the first African company to offer Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect to business customers across multiple countries on the continent.

The new service will leverage the extensive footprint of MTN’s Global MPLS network, to provide customers with connectivity between their data centres or businesses and the AWS EU Ireland region. This will give enterprises across Africa a dedicated link with which they can access the flexible, scalable and reliable AWS cloud.

“The relationship with Amazon Web Services is an important step in our plans to address the needs of enterprise customers in emerging markets, particularly Africa,” says MTN Group Chief Enterprise Officer, Mteto Nyati. Read more

The U.S. census

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Immigration from Africa has exploded all over the country. The U.S. census reports that 1.6 million African immigrants live in the U.S.—or 4 percent of the country’s foreign born population–and the influx has exceeded 300 years of the slave trade. In New York City, the African-born population increased about 39 percent, to 128,200, over the past decade, according to the Department of Planning. African groups do not make the city’s top-20 list of the foreign-born, but represent a growing presence among recent entrants to the city, notes the planning agency.

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Federal officials said on Thursday that the first clinical trial to test the effectiveness of Ebola vaccines was expected to begin in Liberia in two weeks.

Volunteers in the trial will be given either a vaccine being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, a vaccine being developed by Merck or a placebo. There are expected to be 9,000 people in each arm of the trial.

GlaxoSmithKline, which is based in Britain, said on Friday that it was shipping the first few hundred doses of its vaccine to Liberia, using a commercial flight from Belgium, where its vaccine division is based. Read more

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Summary:Lenovo will also have to figure out how to differentiate the A6000 from the hugely successful Motorola brand of phones that it also owns.

Lenovo has made its intentions very clear: It wants to dominate the Indian smartphone market, and it wants to do so fast. This Chinese computer maker was always known more for its laptops more than anything else, rising to become the largest computer maker in the world a few years ago. Recently, though, it is garnering attention for the steady inroads that it has been making in attempting to repeat the same feat in the smartphone market. Read more


Located in the Western/Central African nation of Cameroon, Mount Cameroon is the fourth tallest mountain in Africa rising to  about 13,255 ft. It takes tourists between two and four days to climb the mountain depending on the route. Below is what you can see while climbing Mount Cameroon.



Mout Cameroon national park entrance.

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The first part of the journey happens in the forest.


After walking for four hours you can rest at Hut 1.

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The vegetation consists mostly of grass above 2000 meters.

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The summit is covered with volcanic sand.

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Côte d’Ivoire has for centuries been known as a country blessed with abundant natural resources. Today this is reflected in the West African country’s status as the world’s largest exporter of cocoa.

That position should not be underestimated. A coup in 1999, followed by a bloody presidential election and subsequent rebellion, led to the demise of Côte d’Ivoire as West Africa’s economic powerhouse.

Investors, foreign companies and international organizations fled the country, adding to the undoing of decades of development. A decade of political stability, however, has helped Côte d’Ivoire regain some of its lost momentum. Read more


MainOne, a major provider of telecommunications services in West Africa, has opened its US$40 million data center in Lagos.

The Tier III purpose-built facility, the largest of its kind in the region, was originally expected to come online in the third quarter of 2014.

MainOne‘s MDX-i tier III Lekki data center in Lagos, Nigeria is the biggest and best of its kind in West Africa.

The data center cost $38M and has capacity for 600 racks. It is just the first of many planned by MainOne for Nigeria.

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BankMobile says it is the first full-service mobile-only bank.

Taking a trip to your local bank may no longer be necessary.

BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, launched Wednesday, claiming to be the first bank to allow customers to open checking and savings accounts and even get a credit line solely through a mobile app.

BankMobile hopes to cater to wired millennials, who are expected to make up 50% of the workforce by 2020.

Of course an app still can’t dispense cash, the most analog of financial instruments. To solve that problem, BankMobile will offer customers access to 55,000 ATMs nationwide, and reimburse them the cost of ATM surcharges. The ATMs, however, must be part of the STAR network. There are about 5,800 STAR network ATMs in the tristate area, according to the state Department of Labor. Prominent retail banks Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, though, are not part of the STAR network. Read more