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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Africa’

Sierra Leone: The Battle Against Ebola Rages On

More than half of Sierra Leone’s population is under quarantine as the Ebola outbreak continues to cause deaths in the country. The outbreak has claimed more than 1,400 deaths so far, forcing the health ministry to mandate a strict lockdown for hundreds of thousands of citizens in the area. The Tonkolili District was the latest area to be sealed shut, …

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Google Asks for Ebola Donations, Will Match 2:1

If you opened up Google.com today, you may have noticed that Google is now prompting users to donate to the fight against Ebola. And for every dollar you donate through Google, the company plans to donate two until a goal of $7.5 million is met ($2.5 million in user donations and $5 million in matching). Google is making a $10 …

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Google Wants To Watch You While You Work

Google revealed that it wants to start going to people’s places of business, and watch them work. It says it wants to learn about how it can help you manage your sites easier. Google’s Gary Illyes talked about it in a Google+ update (via Search Engine Land). “We are looking for companies, agencies, and website owners willing to let us …

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Ebola Travel Ban May Do More Harm Than Good

Some US lawmakers are calling for a travel ban on people from West African countries most affected by the Ebola virus in the attempt to safeguard Americans from the disease. However, experts are advising against the Ebola travel ban, saying that it would make the disease harder to control in different ways. One proponent of the Ebola travel ban is …

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Chocolate Prices May Soar Due To Ebola Outbreak

The price of chocolate is predicted to rise with the onset of the year’s biggest candy-consuming holidays: Halloween and Christmas. Because most of the world’s cocoa is produced in West African countries, chocolate production is being affected by the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia and Guinea. According to NPR, half of the world’s cocoa, a key ingredient in …

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Ebola And Chocolate: Why Do Americans Care More About Sweets Than People?

On the surface Ebola and chocolate have nothing in common. One causes fear and death while the other brings both happiness and pleasure. However, the two are linked in ways the average American didn’t realize until now. Did you know that more than three quarters of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa? This happens to be the SAME …

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Second Ebola Infected Patient Arrives in Atlanta

A North Carolina missionary who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia was transported to the United States Tuesday to begin treatment, just days after Dr. Kent Brantly was moved in a similar manner. Nancy Writebol, who is affiliated with the North Carolina-based Christian relief groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM, arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in a private jet converted …

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FIFA World Cup: Is Nigeria The Last Hope For Africa?

The African continent has yet to produce a World Cup-winning team. Many nations have tried, but all have failed. Even worse, most that qualify for the event are eliminated within the groups stage of competition. It was a sad fact that even when the games came to South Africa in 2010, the only African nation that made it to the …

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Diamond Embargo On Ivory Coast Lifted By UN Security Council

The UN Security Council lifted the diamond trade ban against the Ivory Coast on Tuesday and reduced its arms embargo. In 2005, the diamond embargo was declared because the stones were being used for funding the rebel group “Forces Nouvelles”. The Ivory Coast government controls the south of the country, while the rebel group controls the north. In 2007, rebel leaders …

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Ebola Outbreak Confirmed to Have Spread to Liberia

The World Health Organization (WHO) this week confirmed that an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhaggic fever in Western Africa has entered Liberia. According to the Liberian Ministry of Health, two cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the country. One of the patients confirmed to have the virus, a 35-year-old woman, has died. News of a rapidly-spreading ebola outbreak …

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Ebola Outbreak In Guinea, At Least 59 Dead

An outbreak of the ebola virus has spread to Guinea. According to UNICEF, at least 59 people in Guinea have died from the virus. Reports indicate that this is the first outbreak detected in humans in the South African nation. Symptoms of the virus were first noticed last month. These symptoms include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Overall, there have been …

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Elephants are Acute Listeners of Human Voices

The 1967 Disney classic, The Jungle Book, provided the American populace (and unfortunately the Republican party) with one of our most favorite adages: “An elephant never forgets.” Despite championing this particular phrase multiple times throughout the movie, the writers also consistently mock the quotation, turning the elephants into cantankerous old fools. If only the writers knew how correct they were …

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