Covid19 North America 

Costa Rica will be the next hub for a space-junk hunting radar

Carlos Alvarado Quesada was elected president of Costa Rica in 2018, putting efforts to decarbonize his country’s economy at the center of his administration but his concern for the environment also extends to orbit. When Alvarado was five years old, he recalls watching the first Costa Rican astronaut, Franklin Chang Diaz (pdf), speak to the then-president of Costa Rica on a call from orbit in the Space Shuttle Columbia. That moment of international space diplomacy led to this week’s announcement that Costa Rica has been chosen to host a space…

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Covid19 Europe 

How Russia’s Shadowy Wagner Mercenary Group Is Using Coronavirus Aid to Clean Up Its Image

The so-called Wagner Group, a quasi-private Russian military security contractor, has long been deft at finding opportunity amid chaos. Since the group first appeared on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine in 2014, it has become the Swiss Army knife of Russia’s overseas interference efforts and has been linked to activities including election meddling, gold mining, and front-line combat.  Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Wagner affiliates have found a new way to burnish their tarnished reputations: delivering coronavirus-related aid. Much as other violent groups have done before them, including Hezbollah, providing…

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Oil and Gas 

Nigerian govt ends subsidy on petrol

The federal government has actually halted aid on Premium Motor Spirit aka fuel. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, announced this on Thursday. He stated the choice was in line with the deregulation of the downstream oil sector. Sylva, in a declaration, kept in mind that the move would boost the economic development and development of Nigeria. The minister said that the federal government can not continue to subsidise fuel because it had no economic value. He stated after a thorough evaluation of the economics, “the government concluded…

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Startups 

South Africa’s fintech start-up Ukheshe picked for Mastercard Start Course program

Mastercard Start Course is a special startup engagement program that enables later-stage startups to quickly scale through access to Mastercard’s technology, solutions & & partners around the globe. Concentrated on financial addition, Ukheshe’s technology platform helps banks and telcos provide budget friendly digital banking and payment services (BaaS). With client acquisition, onboarding and circulation costs that are a portion of standard merchant accounts, informal banking is now an accessible, untapped and rewarding growth market for banking partners. Sub-Saharan Africa is among the fastest-growing investment zones for monetary technology business and…

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Africa Agriculture Government 

Is Technological Innovation in Agriculture Enough to Secure Food Security in Ghana?

Innovation in agricultural technology is instrumental in achieving broad-based social and economic growth in developing countries. In Ghana and the wider region, the sector employs more people than any other industry. It is, however, much more than a source of employment and economic growth. Ghana’s agriculture sector has proven to be the nation’s route towards achieving food security. For a country to be self-sufficient and able to feed itself is a basic requirement – and, it is the only feasibly sustainable way to realise the United Nation’s 2nd Sustainable Development…

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