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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018


FACEBOOK: Cambridge Analytica shuts down

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Cambridge Analytica is shutting down THE VERGE – After the far-reaching scandal over mishandled Facebook user data, Cambridge Analytica is shutting down. The data analytics company’s United Kingdom-based parent organization, SCL Group, will also be shuttered, PARENT COMPANY SCL GROUP IS ALSO SHUTTING DOWN The news was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal. The company soon confirmed the report in a press release, which said SCL Group has filed for insolvency, and that bankruptcy proceedings will begin soon for Cambridge Analytica asRead More

GIRL CHILD: Boy Scouts of America changes name to Scouts Club

As girls arrive, Boy Scouts change name of flagship program NEW YORK (AP) — For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America’s flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change. The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its Boy Scouts program: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect in February. Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many possibilities were considered during lengthy and “incredibly fun” deliberations before the new name was chosen.Read More

SOUTH AFRICA: Sandile Mantsoe guilty of Karabo Mokoena murder

Image copyrightKAYFAB_27Image captionKarabo Mokoena’s killing was used as a symbol of the wider violence faced by women in South Africa BBC- A South African man has been found guilty of killing his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend in a case that shocked the country last year. The High Court in Johannesburg concluded that Sandile Mantsoe stabbed Karabo Mokoena, and tried to conceal the crime by burning her remains. Her killing sparked outrage with women using the hashtag #MenAreTrash. South Africa has one of the world’s highest rates of rape and murder of women.Read More


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KENYA: Kilifi officials dispatch condoms to flood victims

Some of the flood victims at Garashi Secondary School where they have camped since April 28, 2018 after their homes were swept away by water. PHOTO CHARLES LWANGA | NATION MEDIA  DAILY NATION – Kilifi County government on Wednesday dispatched more than 3,000 condoms to flood victims camping at Garashi Secondary school. County Health Minister Anisa Omar in a statement said her department had also set a clinic in one of the buildings at the school to address health issues resulting from congestion witnessed at the moment. “Treatment of allRead More

ZIMBABWE: Opposition says they will expel Chinese — yeah. Goodluck with that one

Zimbabwe opposition MDC ‘will expel Chinese investors’ Image copyrightAFPImage captionNelson Chamisa, 40, said the new government did not care about ordinary workers BBC – A Zimbabwean opposition leader has vowed to expel Chinese investors if he wins elections due in July. “They are busy asset-stripping the resources of the country,” Nelson Chamisa said at a May Day rally in the capital, Harare. The presidential polls will be the first since the resignation of long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe last year. China is Zimbabwe’s fourth largest trading partner and its largest sourceRead More

AFRICA: A snapshot of some of the worst countries for journalists in Africa

The state of media freedom in Africa is a mixed bag of improvement in some countries and an escalation of violations in others. We take a look at some of the worst places on the continent to be a journalist. Ghana is the top African country in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, while Eritrea ranks at the very bottom on a worldwide scale. DW takes a look at the African media landscape and casts a spotlight on some of its worst press freedom violators.Read More

NIGERIA: Mosque blast killed 60 on Tuesday, not 11 as initially reported

Twin Bomb Blasts Hit Nigeria: Over 60 Reportedly Killed (PHOTOS)© AP Photo / Sunday Alamba SPUTNIK – Twin suicide bombings took place at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State, northeast Nigeria, on Tuesday, according to the local media. The number of victims varies widely in controversial reports, from 24 up to 70 people killed. “As I am talking to you now, 24 persons are confirmed dead and the scene is cordoned off by anti-bomb squads and other security personnel,” said Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar. A medical source atRead More

MALAWI: Govt pushes for biometric voter registration despite doubts

FILE – A woman casts her vote in a Malawian general election in Machinga district, north of the commercial capital, Blantyre. BLANTYRE, MALAWI (VOA) — Malawi has always relied on paper registration for voters, but electoral authorities say that hasn’t worked so well. “We used to have a lot of problems in the past” with the passports and driver’s licenses used for registration “because photographs may fall off” or names may get misspelled, said Yahya Mmadi, a member of the Malawi Electoral Commission. But the southeast African country’s recently unveiledRead More

FRAUD: Canadian fraud victims could get some of $586mln US Western Union settlement

Western Union has been ordered to pay a total of $586 million US to fraud victims after the American Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice ruled the company failed to properly protect its customers against fraudsters. (Mark Lennihan/Canadian Press) CBC NEWS – Police departments across Canada are informing fraud victims who sent funds through Western Union that they may be eligible to get some of their money back. Western Union has been ordered to pay back $586 million after the American Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice ruled theRead More