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Moroccan Palace Is A Palm Desert Standout Listed At $17.85 Million

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A palatial, Palm Desert estate finished with authentic and detailed Moroccan elegance has been listed for $17.85 million. Known as Casbah Cove, the sprawling 12,925 square-foot (approx.) home flawlessly captures the essence of Moroccan design by incorporating classic features, such as a 20-seat hookah lounge that doubles as an outdoor theater, rooms that open to a central courtyard and abundant fireplaces.

Key Points: 
  • PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A palatial, Palm Desert estate finished with authentic and detailed Moroccan elegance has been listed for $17.85 million.
  • home flawlessly captures the essence of Moroccan design by incorporating classic features, such as a 20-seat hookah lounge that doubles as an outdoor theater, rooms that open to a central courtyard and abundant fireplaces.
  • Fashioned with a retractable glass ceiling that encases a lush interior courtyard, the home's layout mimics that of premium North African estates that traditionally open to a central space.
  • To balance that opulence, the incorporation of abundant, oversized and retractable glass immerses the home's functional indoor-outdoor spaces within Palm Desert's naturally stunning landscape.

Hundreds of sickle cell patients to benefit from £1.5M technology investment

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Investment in the rollout of this technology could provide an additional 10,000 apheresis procedures annually.

Key Points: 
  • Investment in the rollout of this technology could provide an additional 10,000 apheresis procedures annually.
  • Sickle cell patients often find themselves in and out of hospitals, enduring severe pain and requiring regular "top-up" blood transfusions.
  • I'm very proud of the role the MedTech Funding Mandate has played in the rollout of this technology to ensure we meet the automated red blood cell exchange needs of sickle cell patients."
  • Antoinette Gawin, President and CEO, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies: "This investment helps more patients get treatment with a proven therapy to manage sickle cell disease.

100 years of radio in Africa: from propaganda to people’s power

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Exact figures are difficult to come by because audience research differs across countries.

Key Points: 
  • Exact figures are difficult to come by because audience research differs across countries.
  • But studies estimate radio listenership to be between 60% and 80% of the continent’s 1.4 billion population.
  • Because of poor literacy levels and uneven access to the internet and technological infrastructure, old-fashioned radio remains a reliable and inclusive medium.

Early years

  • European states were quick to realise the part radio could play in realising their desire to swallow up weaker cultures around the globe.
  • Historians note that it also allowed Europeans in the colonies to connect to home, their culture and their languages.
  • In the early 1920s amateur radio enthusiasts had already begun tinkering with the technology.

Propaganda

  • The 1940s were marked by the introduction of indigenous language broadcasts by colonial powers wanting to influence public opinion and garner support for their war effort.
  • While the British broadcast to Africa in some African languages, France broadcast only in French.
  • Academics have argued that despite being designed mainly for propaganda, radio in Africa
    was always far more multifaceted and slippery than was intended by colonial powers.

Resistance radio

  • Radio stations across British, French and Belgian colonies rapidly increased as people under colonial rule increased their efforts to achieve independence.
  • In the mid-1950s the oldest liberation station in Africa, Radio Freedom, was established as an underground station in Zambia by South Africa’s resistance movement.
  • Read more:
    Radio as a form of struggle: scenes from late colonial Angola

    In Angola, radio expanded with the outbreak of war in 1961 between liberation movements and the Portuguese colonial state.

Independence and state control

  • A wave of independence movements birthed new nations as radio technology was becoming more affordable.
  • In many African countries, Angola included, post-colonial state control of radio continues.
  • But state control remains strong, with biased licensing for national radio and restrictive laws for community radio stations.
  • The Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation was established in 1964 and still operates as a state broadcaster.

Private commercial stations

  • By 2022, Ghana boasted 513 radio stations, ranging across public, commercial, community, campus and foreign broadcasts.
  • Private commercial stations now dominate, broadcasting in local languages.
  • In Mauritius, airwaves were liberalised in 2002, introducing private stations.

Radio now

  • Digital convergence is reshaping radio consumption, blurring audience patterns.
  • A 2022 survey across 34 African countries found radio was “overwhelmingly the most common source for news”.
  • Christina Chan-Meetoo receives funding from the Higher Education Commission in Mauritius as part of a research team on Mauritian Creole.
  • Marissa J. Moorman received funding from Fulbright Hays and the American Council of Learned Societies for her research on radio in Angola.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa aims for upbeat tone in annual address, but fails to impress a jaundiced electorate

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

The country goes to the polls any time between May and August and there was no doubt that Cyril Ramaphosa would use the occasion to burnish the governing African National Congress’s reputation.

Key Points: 
  • The country goes to the polls any time between May and August and there was no doubt that Cyril Ramaphosa would use the occasion to burnish the governing African National Congress’s reputation.
  • Numerous opinion polls suggest the ANC will fall below 50% of the vote nationally for the first time, providing opportunities for opposition coalitions.
  • A party needs to win 50% or more of the seats in parliament to form a government on its own.
  • In his 105-minute address Ramaphosa tried to remind his audience of the government’s achievements over the past three decades of democracy.

The contested record

  • Poverty: In 1994 71% of South Africa’s population lived in poverty; today 55% do, he said, citing World Bank figures.
  • Employment: The president devoted paragraphs of his speech to job opportunities created by various government programmes.
  • Real unemployment – the expanded definition – is around 42%, up from 15% in 1994.
  • Energy: On the continuing power cuts Ramaphosa pledged that
    the worst is behind us and an end to load-shedding is in reach.
  • But evidence shows land reform has a mixed record of successes and failures.
  • Health: the president spoke of a new academic hospital under construction in Limpopo province.

What was left unsaid

  • In one ill-advised one in 2019, the president fantasised about bullet trains, when his audience were desperately waiting for the resumption of service on slow train commuting routes.
  • The 2024 speech offers fertile material for opposition parties to score points against the ANC.
  • It will be more of the same from both sides all the way to voting day.


Keith Gottschalk is a member of the African National Congress, but writes this piece in his professional capacity as a political scientist.

FAU AND MAINSTREET RESEARCH NATIONAL POLL REVEALS TIGHT U.S. PRESIDENTIAL RACE

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Friday, February 9, 2024

According to the national survey, 41 percent of registered voters expressed support for Trump, while 37 percent favored Biden.

Key Points: 
  • According to the national survey, 41 percent of registered voters expressed support for Trump, while 37 percent favored Biden.
  • These findings echo recent polls showing Trump consistently leading Biden by margins ranging from 1 to 4 percent.
  • Demographic analysis of the poll data highlights the role of racial and ethnic identity in shaping candidate support.
  • Further examination reveals Trump's strong hold on white non-college graduates, with 52 percent favoring him over Biden.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s aims for upbeat tone in annual address, but fails to impress a jaundiced electorate

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Numerous opinion polls suggest the ANC will fall below 50% of the vote nationally for the first time, providing opportunities for opposition coalitions.

Key Points: 
  • Numerous opinion polls suggest the ANC will fall below 50% of the vote nationally for the first time, providing opportunities for opposition coalitions.
  • A party needs to win 50% or more of the seats in parliament to form a government on its own.
  • Adding to the moment was the fact that this was the last state of the nation address of Ramaphosa’s term.
  • In his 105-minute address Ramaphosa tried to remind his audience of the government’s achievements over the past three decades of democracy.

The contested record

  • Poverty: In 1994 71% of South Africa’s population lived in poverty; today 55% do, he said, citing World Bank figures.
  • Employment: The president devoted paragraphs of his speech to job opportunities created by various government programmes.
  • Real unemployment – the expanded definition – is around 42%, up from 15% in 1994.
  • Energy: On the continuing power cuts Ramaphosa pledged that
    the worst is behind us and an end to load-shedding is in reach.
  • But evidence shows land reform has a mixed record of successes and failures.
  • Health: the president spoke of a new academic hospital under construction in Limpopo province.

What was left unsaid

  • In one ill-advised one in 2019, the president fantasised about bullet trains, when his audience were desperately waiting for the resumption of service on slow train commuting routes.
  • The 2024 speech offers fertile material for opposition parties to score points against the ANC.
  • It will be more of the same from both sides all the way to voting day.


Keith Gottschalk is a member of the African National Congress, but writes this piece in his professional capacity as a political scientist.

ITA GLOBAL Launches Afro-Panamanian Cultural Guide Book Showcasing the Richness and Diversity of Afro-Panamanian heritage

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Friday, February 9, 2024

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Birth of the Afro-Panamanian Cultural Guide Book

Key Points: 
  • ITA Global (ITA), an award-winning Destination Management Company and its Partners wants you to see, feel and experience the Afro-Panamanian traditions, the people, the stories, and the cultural mosaic that make Panama truly special in the new book called "Afro-Panamanian Cultural Guide Book".
  • BEIP was initially a Facebook group created because Charlotte found no other Black Expat Groups representing Panama.
  • For the past three years, ITA GLOBAL has consistently demonstrated exceptional precision and excellence in crafting routes and overseeing all logistics for BEIP Relocation Tours.
  • Through meticulous planning and unwavering commitment, ITA GLOBAL has played a pivotal role showcasing the beautiful influence of the Afro Panamanian Culture.

Oakland-Area High School Seniors Graduate from Racial Equity Financial Education Program with New-Found Knowledge, $8,000 College Scholarships

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Two dozen high school students will receive $8,000 scholarships as they graduate from the Economic Equity and Financial Education Program on Saturday (Feb. 10). The program is a two-semester advanced financial education course taught at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, created and funded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and The PG&E Corporation Foundation (PG&E Foundation).

Key Points: 
  • OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Two dozen high school students will receive $8,000 scholarships as they graduate from the Economic Equity and Financial Education Program on Saturday (Feb. 10).
  • The Economic Equity and Financial Education Program began as a pilot program in fall 2022 to address wealth inequality and the racial wealth gap affecting African Americans in particular.
  • She said she's grateful to have been part the program and wished that financial education was routinely taught in school.
  • The program is designed to provide wealth creation tools through an advanced financial education curriculum for high school students, and also to support post-secondary education achievement through scholarships for participants, funded by PG&E.

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Petromin Express with the 2023 Saudi Arabian Competitive Strategy Leadership Award for Delivering Futuristic and Highly Tailored Automotive Products and Services

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan recently researched the automotive quick services industry and, based on its findings, recognizes Petromin Express with the 2023 Saudi Arabian Competitive Strategy Leadership Award. Petromin is a global leading Saudi Arabian organization that offers innovative, sustainable, and reliable automotive services in over 40 countries.

Key Points: 
  • Petromin Express is revolutionizing the automotive quick services industry through its tailored automotive products and services, pioneering strategies, and sustainable practices with a deeply customer-centric mindset.
  • SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan recently researched the automotive quick services industry and, based on its findings, recognizes Petromin Express with the 2023 Saudi Arabian Competitive Strategy Leadership Award.
  • Petromin is a global leading Saudi Arabian organization that offers innovative, sustainable, and reliable automotive services in over 40 countries.
  • Petromin capitalizes on the tremendous growth opportunities in the automotive quick services industry by leveraging a rich portfolio of services and products.

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Petromin Express with the 2023 Saudi Arabian Competitive Strategy Leadership Award for Delivering Futuristic and Highly Tailored Automotive Products and Services

Retrieved on: 
Thursday, February 8, 2024

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan recently researched the automotive quick services industry and, based on its findings, recognizes Petromin Express with the 2023 Saudi Arabian Competitive Strategy Leadership Award. Petromin is a global leading Saudi Arabian organization that offers innovative, sustainable, and reliable automotive services in over 40 countries.

Key Points: 
  • Petromin Express is revolutionizing the automotive quick services industry through its tailored automotive products and services, pioneering strategies, and sustainable practices with a deeply customer-centric mindset.
  • SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan recently researched the automotive quick services industry and, based on its findings, recognizes Petromin Express with the 2023 Saudi Arabian Competitive Strategy Leadership Award.
  • Petromin is a global leading Saudi Arabian organization that offers innovative, sustainable, and reliable automotive services in over 40 countries.
  • Petromin capitalizes on the tremendous growth opportunities in the automotive quick services industry by leveraging a rich portfolio of services and products.