Special announcement: Mr. Van Freeman, Senior Advisor to the National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency will deliver the keynote address at the African Union Expo 2015 on 11/17/2015

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Van Freeman, Senior Advisor to the National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency

Currently, Van serves as the Senior Advisor to the National Director at Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), where he assists senior management with Agency operation; handles access to capital, access to markets, and innovation through the 44 business centers across the country; as well as facilitatingthe Agency’s strategic partnerships and spearheading Congressional and local government outreach.President Obama appointed Van Freemanto serve as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Secretary at U.S. Department of Commerce in 2013, before transitioning in to his new role withthe MBDA.

Van began his career at General Motors (GM) as a Manufacturing Engineer, eventuallymoving up to Production Supervisor at GM’s parts distribution center in Pontiac, MI.  Leveraging his business and analytical background, Van landed a position UBS Investment Bank in London, UK, as a Business Analyst in the Office of the Global General Counsel.  After time well spent in London, he joined the President Obama’s Campaign staff in Cleveland, OH, for the 2008 and 2012 election cycles, which was a critical launching point for his path into the Administration.

Van holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College and Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.  He currently resides in Washington, DC.

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(NYT): Africa: Alassane Ouattara Is Re-elected President of Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Alassane Ouattara has been re-elected to a second term as the president of Ivory Coast, in the first peaceful presidential election in the country in more than two decades. The provisional results of the Sunday election, announced by the Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday morning, declared Mr. Ouattara the winner, with 83.7 percent of the 3.1 million votes counted.

Mr. Ouattara, 73, an American-trained economist and a former top official at the International Monetary Fund, has managed to guide an economic recovery with growth rates surpassing 8 percent. His challenge will be to sustain such growth, and spread it evenly across all regions, as he tries to reconcile this still-divided nation.

Starting in 2000, civil war and violence tore Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer, into two factions, culminating in bloody clashes that left 3,000 people dead in 2011, after President Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down to let Mr. Ouattara succeed him. It took an international military intervention to remove Mr. Gbagbo, who faces trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges relating to the 2011 violence. Read more

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New York City will begin offering the SAT free to all public school juniors during the school day, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on Monday, part of a push to encourage more students to apply to college.

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Education officials said that by removing barriers to entry — like the required fee, or fee waiver, and the very act of signing up — the hope is that students who might not otherwise have taken the test will do so.

“The opportunity to go to college should never be decided by students’ backgrounds or ZIP codes,” Ms. Fariña said in a statement. “I only became the first person in my family to go to college because a teacher let me know it was an option and supported me through the application and enrollment process so I could follow my dreams of becoming a teacher.”

With this change, which will take effect in the spring of the 2016-17 school year, New York City joins several statewide efforts to increase the number of students taking college entrance exams, like the SAT or ACT. States including Kentucky, South Carolina and Wisconsin already require that students take the ACT to fulfill their high school testing requirements, and earlier this year, Connecticut announced all 11th graders would have to take the SAT. Read more

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The Go Africa® Mimosa or Ginjan® Mimosa

 Mimosa Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice
  • 4 ounces of Brut champagne

Recipe Instructions:

Fill champagne flute with 2 ounces  of Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice and top up with brut champagne.

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Attend the African Union Expo 2015 @Mist Harlem on 11/17/2015 from 11am – 7pm

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To register for the InnovateHER competition

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Microsoft Translator to support Kiswahili

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Microsoft has unveiled the launch of Kiswahili text translation which is, according to the company, the first African language to be supported by the company’s automatic translation service – Microsoft Translator.

Microsoft revealed that the translation system was created in collaboration with Translators without Borders, a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to increase access to knowledge through humanitarian translations.

According to Microsoft, translation to Kiswahili will be available throughout the Microsoft Translator ecosystem of supported products, thus empowering individuals and organisations through fast and cost-effective translation. The translation system aims at increasing access to knowledge as well as encouraging intercultural communication by creating new language systems.

Kiswahili will also be available as an instant messaging language in Skype for Windows Desktop for real-time communication around the world.

Speaking at the launch, Microsoft’s Kenya Country Manager Kunle Awosika said that through the new translation system, governments in the region will be able to make documents and information available at virtually no cost. In addition, both government and non-governmental organisations will be able to quickly communicate with locals, and most importantly, people will be able to communicate back and forth across borders for both business and personal purposes.

“Adding Kiswahili brings us one step closer to our ultimate goal—permanently breaking down the language barriers that separate us by allowing people to translate anything, anywhere, at any time.  Kiswahili speakers in East Africa and around the globe now have access to a wider range of information and culture, and can interact with speakers of the 50 languages supported by Microsoft Translator. What’s more, speakers of these languages now also have direct access to the rich history and culture of Kiswahili speakers far and wide,” Mr. Awosika concluded.

Kiswahili will also be available as an instant messaging language in Skype for Windows Desktop for real-time communication around the world. In addition, developers will be able to integrate Kiswahili translation into their own products and apps through the Microsoft Translator API.

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The African Union Expo 2015 welcomes the support of the New York State Empire )State Development Corporation (ESD) and New York City-Business Solution Centers (Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights

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We are proud to welcome as endorsers and supporters of the African Union Expo 2015 the New York State Empire Development Corporation and New York City-Business Solution Centers (Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights)State Development Corporation and New York City-Business Solution Centers (Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights).

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency.

The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

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Ibrahima S. Souare, Senior Business Development Associate, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development for the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).  we be leading the opening and closing ceremonies as well as interact with all attendees and contribute as needed in any of the sessions. Also a representative from the ESD will serve as one of the Judges for the InnovateHER competition to held at the conclusion of the Expo. 

 

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Also, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Christian Damiba, Director NYC Business Solutions Upper Manhattan Center

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 and his organization will participate in the opening and closing ceremonies as well and will contribute as regard to the sessions as well. also a representative from the NYC Business Solutions will serve as one of the Judges for the InnovateHER competition to held at the conclusion of the Expo. 

 

The details for the Expo are below: WHERE: The Expo will take place at MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026,  between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.

CONTACT: please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/african-union-expo-2015-nyc-harlem/

or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001 to the attend or to request further  information

To register for the InnovateHER competition

Please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/the-sba-innovateher-competition-the-african-union-expo-2015-11172015-mist-harlem-from-530pm-7pm/  or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002 to the attend or to request further  information

Africa’s Top 10 Richest in Tech

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Africa is home to some of the richest individuals in the world. One of the richest, according to Forbes, in Africa is currently Aliko Dangote who hails from Nigeria.

Dangote initially made his money in cement, sugar, and flour; however, Africa’s richest man is now looking to the oil industry to grow his fortune.

While Dangote may be the richest man in Africa, IT News Africa will now introduce you to Africa’s Top 10 Richest in Tech, according to the latest list revealed by Forbes.

Mohamed MansourMohamed Mansour
Source of Wealth: Diversified/Telecoms
Current Net-worth: USD 4 Billion
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Mansour and his brothers Yasseen and Youssef, all billionaires, sat out the Arab spring in London but, with a friendlier Egyptian government now in power, they return frequently to Cairo where they still own extensive real estate.

Over the past three years, their private equity arm has invested more than $500 million outside of Egypt in various businesses including telecoms, education, and real estate. Read more

Finalists revealed for 2015 Appsafrica Innovation Awards

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The Appsafrica Innovation Awards 2015, according to the organiser, has attracted over 200 entries from 21 countries, across 3 continents in Africa.

With over 200 entries in hand, Appsafrica has now revealed the finalists selected for the Cape Town awards final, which will be held on the 16th of November 2015.

With over 200 entries in hand, Appsafrica has now revealed the finalists. (Image Source: theminorityeye.com).

By Staff Writer: IT News Africa

Appsafrica revealed that the awards have been supported by Mobile Monday SouthAfrica, Uber and AppsWorld and celebrate the enormous growth in mobile, technology and entrepreneurship in Africa.

The finalists for the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2015 are as follows;

1. Best disruptive innovation
– MicroEnsure (UK)
– Esoko (Ghana)
– Talking Bookz (Nigeria)
– Picup (South Africa)
– Opera’s Sponsored Web Pass (Nigeria)

2. Best mobile innovation
– Mobu – (Kenya)
– Chura – (Kenya)
– bookly – (South Africa)
– Ninayo – (Tanzania)
– M-vendr – (UK)
– ShoOwer – Cameroon

3. Best non data mobile innovation 
– TTC Mobile – (Uganda and Tanzania)
– Unotify (Rwanda)
– Totohealth (Kenya)
– GeoPoll (US and Kenya)
– SaferMom (Nigeria)

4. Best African app
– Cross Dakar City (Senegal)
– bookly – (South Africa)
– Truppr (Nigeria)
– mPaper (Tanzania)
– Tuluntulu (South Africa)

5. Best fintech innovation
– Mergims (Rwanda)
– LipaPlus (Kenya)
– SimbaPay (UK)
– VCpay (South Africa)
–  Mastercard/Standard Bank MasterPass app (South Africa)
– Verifone Mobile Money (Kenya)

6. Best health innovation
– MOBicure (Nigeria)
– GiftedMom (Cameroon)
– Telemedicine Africa (South Africa)
– Emocha Mobile Health (USA)
– The Medical Concierge Group (Uganda)

7. Best educational innovation
mPaper (Tanzania)
Flippy Campus (Ghana/Nigeria)
bookly – (South Africa)
SYNA (Nigeria)
Xander Apps (South Africa)
Bambisa (South Africa)

8. Social impact award
– codeX (South Africa)
– bookly – (South Africa)
– 1task1job (Cameroon)
– UjuziKilimo (Kenya)
– Afrikstart (UK)

9. Best entertainment innovation
– Bozza Mobile (South Africa)
– GAMSOLE – Nigeria, MyMusic (Nigeria)
– Guumzo (Tanzania)
– Media24 HYD 3D (South Africa)

10. Women in tech award  
– Emefa Kpegba (MobileFunding – Togo)
– Anike Lawal (Mamalette -Nigeria)
– Linet Kwamboka (DataScience – Kenya)
– Zimba Women (Uganda) and Kelechi Anyadiegwu (Zuvaa -USA/Nigeria)

The Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards will take place in Cape Town on Monday 16th of November 2015 with an audience of industry players celebrating the best of African innovation. The awards have pan-African support from leaders in mobile, tech and innovation including Mobile Monday South Africa, iHub Kenya, CcHub Nigeria, Think Rwanda, MEST, Women In Tech Africa and the Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa.

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(NYT) Echoing Calls for Justice of Million Man March, but Widening Audience

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WASHINGTON — Thousands gathered on the National Mall on Saturday to demand justice for the black men and women who have been killed at the hands of the police, echoing many of the cries that rang out in the same spot 20 years ago during the Million Man March.

The anniversary event took “Justice or Else” as its theme. The air of a family reunion — young children ran about waving red, black and green Pan-African flags that their parents bought from vendors lining the Mall — mixed with one of political protest, along with anger and frustration from some participants.

“Begging and pleading and marching and singing Negro spirituals hasn’t made the white man treat us any better,” said Art Scott, 59, a salesman who lives in the area. “There comes a time, after being pushed for so long, to push back. I think that’s the feeling in the black community right now.”

Taylor Hunt, a Howard University freshman, said that she had been stirred to action after the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell in July after she was arrested on a traffic violation. Others recalled the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., as the impetus to demand changes in the justice system.

People gathered in Washington on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, which was held on Oct. 16, 1995. A crowd spread from the Capitol down the National Mall, listening to speeches and carrying placards. Credit Evan Vucci/Associated Press

That feeling was expressed in the day’s keynote speech, delivered by Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam and leader of both Saturday’s rally and the original one in 1995. When he came to the podium, people sitting on the grass jumped to their feet. Camera phones were raised and the crowd quieted.

He spoke about politicians who did not act in the best interest of the people, hypocrisy when it comes to human rights and other “hard truths” that he says are necessary to acknowledge in order to keep the movement alive.

“The demand for justice demands integrity,” Mr. Farrakhan said. “The demand for justice demands selflessness. The demand for justice is bigger than all our lives, so the demand for justice must give us the will to wish to sacrifice our lives, because the many are greater than the one.”

In his wide-ranging speech, which lasted two hours, Mr. Farrakhan also called on the African-American community to take more responsibility for black-on-black crime and killings, and for the federal government to take a closer look at the recent string of police killings of unarmed black men and women.

“There must come a time when we say enough is enough,” he said.

Other speakers included relatives of victims of police violence, Christian clergy members, Islamic ministers, Native American activists and Latinos who spoke against the demonization of unauthorized immigrants. Their involvement in the program underscored a decidedly broader theme for the event, which was to engage and acknowledge more than black men.

Throngs filled the green-and-gravel spaces between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. The National Park Service stopped issuing crowd estimates after the original march in 1995, after a dispute arose between organizers and the agency over estimates of the turnout. The park service said that there were around 400,000 attendees, while other estimates put the number around 800,000.

 

Either way, millions watched on television, and organizers called it a success. They said that 1.7 million black men registered to vote, and the event prompted other civil involvement and raised awareness of racial issues.

Organizers of Saturday’s march were adamant that the struggle of one oppressed group is intrinsically linked to the struggles of other such groups, and that they should unite to fight against systemic oppression. Some speeches were delivered, for example, in Spanish.

Extending invitations beyond black men helped illustrate the influence of new fighters against social injustice, many of whom are part of the Black Lives Matter movement. They have taken a different and more inclusive route toward justice, choosing to eschew centralized leadership and to amplify the voices of women, gays and transgendered people.

But many of the attendees were ready to move beyond marches in general. People both young and old spoke of building self-sufficient communities in which African-Americans direct buying power toward their own businesses. The next phase of the revolution, they say, is going to be economic.

Justin Cotton and his friends, who call themselves the Society of Young Re-Evolutionaries, set up a table at the march, where they passed out a 24-page pamphlet called “The Black Book,” which was filled with names and contact information of black businesses in the Washington area.

“It has to stop being about awareness and it has to be about action,” Mr. Cotton said. “Time and time again we see people come and take something that’s unique to us and add it to the commodities market. If we took the time to look upon ourselves and the power we actually have and used it, we’d be able to move ourselves forward.”

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A major breakthrough has given these Australian engineers everything they need to build a new generation of super-fast computers that would jeopardize the way we store personal information

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Humankind is hot on the trail to designing and building the next-generation of super computers, called quantum computers.

Capable of easily cracking encryptions that would be impossible with the average classical computer, a quantum computer will not only revolutionize computing speed but also render most common-day encryption methods obsolete.

Now, a team of scientists at the The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia and Keio University in Japan have just made a significant breakthrough in the field using a special material: Silicon.

By modifying a standard silicon transistor — the backbone of all modern-day electronic devices — the scientists have performed the world’s first calculation with what are called quantum bits, instead of classical bits, with a silicon-based material. Read more