A study conducted at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, found boda-bodas are responsible for 75% of all trauma caused in road traffic collisions."We are aligning the consumer demands with the drivers interest," says Peter Lloyd, the company's co-founder.Safebodas recently raised £160,000 in funding from the London-based Global Innovation Fund."We realized bodas are such a big market," says Maramoja's CEO Jason Eisen "they just need safer practices."The boda-boda community is highly unregulated, compared to conventional taxis, and that makes it difficult to find reliable drivers and build product awareness.Anything that doesn't represent a revolutionary innovation won't survive."
But this year s games are especially troubled, and with the opening ceremonies less than 100 days away, the call to cancel Rio s Summer Olympics has reached a fever pitch.ZikaSending 500,000 people to the center of an outbreak of a yet-to-be-understood disease might create a global pandemic.The displaced Vila Autodromo favela.Russia might be barred completely, and because it didn t comply with an anti-doping agency investigation, Kenya may not be able to compete at all either.And the Olympics—or even worse, a financially unsuccessful Olympics—might plunge it even further downward.2. International sporting events suckNo one wants to host them.
You may notice JPMorgan Chase taking over your Snapchat feed this weekend — that is, if you're anywhere near a college campus.The bank is rolling out a massive campaign to honor college graduates around the country.It's part of a plan to help recruit them as employees."You have to reach people where they are and they're on Snapchat," JPMorgan's chief marketing officer, Kristin Lemkau, said."It's the largest themed ad buy on Snapchat, according to the firm.Starting Sunday, you'll see JPMorgan ads on Snapchat's "Graduation Live Story" as well as on 80 different campus stories and several Discover channels."Investment banks are turning to increasingly creative ways to remain attractive career choices for millennial employees.Citigroup, for example, is giving junior staff the opportunity to take a year off and do charitable work while still earning 60% of their pay.A second initiative will let junior bankers spend four weeks in Kenya running a micro-finance project.The banks are also rewarding top performers by fast-tracking them to promotions, and encouraging mobility between departments and cities.
A prediction that the world s oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 is likely to intensify the push for sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives.Plastics marked as biodegradable do not degrade rapidly in the ocean, says the report, published Monday.The 179-page report on plastic marine debris is one of several documents released in time for the United Nations Environment Assembly, which kicked off Monday in Nairobi, Kenya.Plastics, which can cause serious ecological harm, are now ubiquitous in the ocean, found in every ocean and on every shoreline from the Arctic through the tropics to the Antarctic, the report states.Biodegradable plastics — which have been used for shopping bags, water bottles and food containers — are designed to be less durable and capable of degrading quickly in the environment.The U.N. estimates that global plastic production grew 4 percent from 2013 to 2014, exceeding 311 million metric tons.
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With Free Basics, users have free access to a limited edition of the internet; they can access services and information on selected websites — but cannot access all of the internet.It has become a springboard for entrepreneurship and innovation on the continent, and has proven to be a highly effective tool for deepening literacy, increasing access to information, promoting free speech and defending democracy.In February 2016, Free Basics was sent packing as a result of the TRAI s Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services regulations.But if Facebook s intention is to make internet access more affordable and available to more people on the continent, how come it doesn t have any data centers in Africa?Why must content generated by Facebook users in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya or anywhere else on the continent have to travel through undersea fiber-optic cables to data centers on other continents?Great for the short term, dangerous for the longThe immediate opportunities and rewards from bringing millions of Africans on the internet — albeit on a restrictive basis — far outweigh the potential side effects of initiatives like Mr. Zuckerberg s Free Basics.
And now, as a new paper published in EcoHealth shows, they also like to prey on bats.Image: Felix Angwella / Gombe Hybrid Monkey ProjectA research team from Florida Atlantic University witnessed a total of 13 bat predation events over the course of six-and-a-half years.In two of the events at the Kakamega Forest in Kenya, a monkey snatched a bat from its day-roosting tree before eating it, said Tapanes in a press statement.The researchers say the persistence of these monkeys to capture their prey indicate that the bats are a valuable item in their food repertoire.While effects of habitat change on bats are unknown and merit further study, our observations suggest that Cercopithecus monkeys preying on bats may be habitat specific, and possibly affected by anthropogenic habitat changes, said Tapanes.So there is yet another reason to mitigate habitat loss in these sensitive areas.
And now, as a new paper published in EcoHealth shows, they also like to prey on bats.Image: Felix Angwella / Gombe Hybrid Monkey ProjectA research team from Florida Atlantic University witnessed a total of 13 bat predation events over the course of six-and-a-half years.In two of the events at the Kakamega Forest in Kenya, a monkey snatched a bat from its day-roosting tree before eating it, said Tapanes in a press statement.The researchers say the persistence of these monkeys to capture their prey indicate that the bats are a valuable item in their food repertoire.While effects of habitat change on bats are unknown and merit further study, our observations suggest that Cercopithecus monkeys preying on bats may be habitat specific, and possibly affected by anthropogenic habitat changes, said Tapanes.So there is yet another reason to mitigate habitat loss in these sensitive areas.
In a country with limited data on borrowers credit worthiness, a bank is offering them car loans based on clients assessment of their service.Sidian Bank Ltd., a closely held Kenyan lender, has set aside 10 billion shillings $99 million to lend to taxi drivers buying cars to be part of the world s largest global ride-hailing provider, Chief Executive Officer Titus Karanja told reporters on Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi.The chief qualifying requirement is at least 500 trips and an Uber score of at least 4.6 out of a maximum of five points.Sidian, majority owned by Centum Investment Co. Ltd., Kenya s biggest publicly traded investment firm, is asking for zero down payment for high-scoring drivers and will charge a 10.5 percent interest rate for the debt.In comparison, banks charged an average 18 percent for loans in February, according to central bank data.Drivers with no Uber track record and hoping to join the service will have to raise at least a tenth of the required amount and will be rated using the more traditional credit history.The regulator has licensed three credit information bureaus in the past five years to increase statistics on borrowers.Uber has 10,000 partners in the country, with rides available in the capital and Mombasa, the second-largest city.Drivers can borrow as much as 1.5 million shillings and pay it back within three years.Earlier this year, traditional taxi operators attacked several Uber drivers and burnt down a couple of their cars, demanding the app-based service be shut down because it gave users undue advantage.What happened in January, February sparked a conversation,  Anderson said.
System also came under hacking attacks just like everything else on the internet A report by the US State Department's Office of the Inspector General OIG has found presidential wannabe Hillary Clinton did breach record-keeping laws – by using a personal server for work emails.The 89-page dossier PDF found that three senior State Department figures had broken the rules by using personal email accounts for departmental business: Colin Powell, Hilary Clinton, and Scott Gration, the US ambassador to Kenya.General Powell, who was Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, had a private line installed in his office and used a laptop to exchange emails with colleagues and department staff.When two staff members questioned the security of her email system they were told that the server had been reviewed and approved and that they should "never to speak of the Secretary's personal email system again."Her technical support advisor told operations staff "someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt sic want to let them have the chance to."The OIG report isn't good news for Clinton's presidential campaign, since it contradicts several earlier statements made by the candidate and may have a bearing on whether or not criminal charges are brought.
But where the industry has seen an absolute explosion in innovation for Gender Equality has been set Initiatives to get more kids, girls Specifically, to code. - Coding summer camps for kids in Stockholm. Black Girls Code Launched in 2011, BGC hosts classes and programs for young girls from underrepresented communities to learn coding languages ​​like Scratch and Ruby on Rails. Their goal is to help grow the number of women of color working in technology, and overpriced help solve the digital divide the gap between people with regular access to tech and Those without. This year's finalists are high schoolers age 19 or younger from Kazakhstan, Mexico, the US, and Kenya, and middle schoolers age 14 or below from Cameroon, India, Canada and the US. Their results are amazing - a full 90% of the girls who participated went on to major in Computer Science.
SIMON MAINA via Getty ImagesTo go with story by Herve Bar A group of newly arrived South Sudanese refugee children,walk infront of an adult in the Kakuma refugee camp, North-Western Kenya on September 6, 2010.AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images When a humanitarian crisis hits, there s an inevitable mad scramble to collect data, which is often scattered, limited and fail to offer a big picture of the situation at hand.The goal is to be able to offer up humanitarian aid in an efficient and faster way.The project, which is managed by the U.N. s Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, now covers about 250 locations across the world.Xinhua News Agency via Getty ImagesUsers can access data related to a host of issues, including how child mortality rates and sanitation access have improved or declined over time.When it comes to disaster-specific data, users can see how in Nepal, for example, communities feel about the aid they ve received since last year s earthquake and the areas where they need additional help.
In hospitals in Rwanda, GPS-enabled smartphones are connecting healthcare professionals to fleets of start-up Zipline drones that can deliver vital vaccinations and blood supplies in less than 40 minutes.In Kenya, with the help of an inexpensive adapter and software start-up PEEK , healthcare workers can use smartphone cameras to take high-resolution retinal images that allow them to detect cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes and glaucoma.These start-ups provide just a few examples of the enormous impact and potential of emerging new technologies in solving some of the world s greatest challenges.Startups like Peek and Zipline demonstrate what small teams of product designers and developers can achieve, however, if we re going to tackle the kind of challenges facing the developing world today, we need to replicate and amplify their success on a much larger plane.In order to find actionable, scalable solutions to these global healthcare challenges, we must connect the work of technologists, supply chain experts, data scientists, app developers and leading start-ups.If you d like to blog on our platform around this topic, email [email protected] with a summary of who you are and what you d like to blog about.
Apple Pay was released in the fall of 2014 in the US and has since also come to the UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore. According to a report from Reuters, it has not been particularly fast, despite Apple's attempt to roll out the service to as many iPhone users as possible. In 2015, used apple pay for transactions with a total value of $ 10.9 billion, or about 87 billion - slightly less than the domestic market in Kenya, a country that has been at the forefront of mobile payments. The Chinese market is particularly important for Apple, and the company is alleged to have agreed to a half as high transaction fee there - but then joined three million users in the first weekend. It is dominated by Alibaba and Tencent, and is expected to be 8 trillion per year.
Uber Technologies Inc. started services in the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Thursday, adding a fourth sub-Saharan African market for the rapidly-expanding ride-hailing company.Kampala is the seventh sub-Saharan African city to start the Uber service, following Nigeria s Lagos, Nairobi in Kenya and four South African cities.The U.S. company will start operations in two further countries in the region within a month, Alon Lits, the general manager of Uber Africa, told reporters in the Ugandan capital.We are inspired by the city s rapidly developing infrastructure, Lits said.The company looks forward to giving people in the city an affordable, easy and flexible choice to move around the city safely and reliably.Uber has signed up hundreds  of drivers in Kampala to work with the company, which allows passengers to summon cars using a smartphone app, Lits said.The next two countries will be Ghana and Tanzania, Lits said in an interview earlier this year.
How to join the networkWhile Uber continues its push into Africa the company is making allowances to local markets and testing unique service models users wouldn t see in other parts of the globe.We are a global company but we take into consideration local things.We can t enter new markets with a one size fits all mentality, Uber General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits, told TechCrunch.Given the logistics alternatives in those cities, if drivers can carry a passenger and a car effectively across distances, what else can those drivers carry?, said Lits.Some of the latest pushback to Uber wasn t just from yellow cabbies in NYC or the city of Austin.He noted the Kenyan government is now looking at upgrading addressing systems, and non-Uber car services are updating to GPS systems for picking up passengers.
Kenya yesterday suffered a four-hour nationwide blackout caused by a monkey tripping a transformer at a hydroelectric power plant.'Leccy producer KenGen said: "At 1129 hours this morning, a monkey climbed on the roof of Gitaru Power Station and dropped onto a transformer tripping it.The company posted a snap of the offending animal, and assured that it was alive and well in the custody of the Kenya Wildlife Service.Pic: KenGenKenGen explained that its facilities are "secured by electric fencing which keeps away marauding wild animals", adding: "We regret this isolated incident and the company is looking at ways of further enhancing security at all our power plants."According to this report, Gitaru, which lies some 115km northeast of Nairobi, is "the largest hydropower station in East Africa".Its capacity is 225MW, representing 9.6 per cent of the Kenya's total hydroelectric output of 2,333MW, which in turn provides 35.1 per cent of the country's electricity.
The Halo One fire sensor, developed specifically for the test program, demonstrated how the benefits of Internet of Thing s applications are not limited to modern, fully connected homes and can be adapted for use in the world s most vulnerable communities.Based on the results of the pilot project the Kenya Red Cross has ordered more of the low-cost devices for schools in Nairobi s informal settlements, and the Dadaab refugee camp near the Somali border, and the Red Cross is looking to bring this innovative product to other countries.Halo Smart Labs designed, tested, manufactured and shipped the Halo One , all in less than 60 days.Halo was quick to meet the challenge and make real-time, ongoing adjustments based on user feedback, which is critical to our community-driven innovation process.With the support of local governments, humanitarian organizations and other funding, the Red Cross aims to equip many more vulnerable communities with this technology.Winning awards at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show CES , the 2016 International Builder Show and recognition by Consumer Reports has built excitement for its September launch.
I wish the headline was a metaphor, but it s literally what happened.On Tuesday evening, a monkey scaled the roof of Kenya Electricity Generating Company, KenGen for short, and fell on to a transformer.Once that first transformer stopped, every other one tripped as well, triggering a national blackout for approximately three to four hours.All in all, the company said the incident caused Kenya to lose about 180 megawatts of power.It does promise to look into better solutions to further enhance its security.Maybe it should instead find alternative infrastructure solutions where a 15-pound weight won t bring the whole nation to a halt.
View photosMoreAn employee serves a customer inside a mobile phone care centre operated by Kenyan's telecom operator Safaricom; in the central business district of Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 11, 2016.REUTERS/Thomas MukoyaNAIROBI Reuters - Kenya's biggest telecoms company Safaricom is joining up with a local software firm to launch a ride-hailing company to take on Uber UBER.UL as it seeks new sources of revenue, its chief executive said.But regular taxi drivers have complained about its impact on business.In March, the Kenyan authorities charged six men with attempted murder and malicious damage to property over an attack on an Uber taxi driver in February.Safaricom will help develop the application, offer the network connectivity, put Wi-Fi in vehicles that will be signed up on Littlecabs, and use its mobile-phone based financial service M-Pesa to process payments, Collymore said."The direction of the company is to become a platform," he said, citing partnerships with local banks that use M-pesa to lend money on mobile phones.
The adventurous vervet monkey, sitting on a transformer at Gitaru power station.A monkey fell onto a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station in Kenya and caused a nationwide blackout on Tuesday.KenGen, the operator of Gitaru dam and Kenya's largest electricity producer, posted a photo on Facebook of the dastardly monkey still perched atop the transformer.It isn't clear if the nationwide blackout was caused by a further cascade of transformer trips, or if it was more of a brownout as the grid tried to deal with a rapid reduction in power generation.Power was restored to the nation four hours later—and, yes, the monkey survived and has now been taken in by the Kenya Wildlife Service.KenGen says that its power installations are secured by electric fencing "which keeps away marauding animals," but presumably the little blighter found a way through it.
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