Australasia Covid19 

Australia is defeating coronavirus but remains at risk of losing through an ‘economic own goal’

If handling pandemics was a sport, Australia has made it into the knockout stages of the coronavirus world cup. Despite the current localised outbreaks in Melbourne, half of Australia’s states and both territories are effectively coronavirus free, while there’s only a smattering of cases elsewhere. Economically too, Australia is among the world leaders, thanks to continued demand for our major commodity exports plus large and rapid economic stimulus that has buttressed consumer spending and kept at least 3 million workers attached to their employers, even if those businesses were shut…

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Advertising Africa 

How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

Rwanda is renowned as a leader of gender equality. In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Online forum’s International Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the leading four in the Report’s political empowerment classification, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers. The nation therefore appeared a natural suitable for a 2018 pilot program of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Work initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. The Coding for Employment flagship program…

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Covid19 North America 

Former Harper government House leader becomes interim leader of Wexit Canada

A veteran politician who once served as House leader in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was named the interim leader of a political party seeking for Western Canada to secede from the rest of the country. Late Tuesday afternoon, Wexit Canada posted on its Facebook page that Peter Downing had resigned as leader and that Jay Hill would take over in the interim. “[He] will assume these responsibilities until the party is able to hold a founding convention and the grassroots members elect a new leader,” the party said. Wexit Canada…

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Australasia Covid19 

Why New Zealand decided to go for full elimination of the coronavirus

New Zealand has been widely praised for its aggressive response to covid-19. At the time of writing, the country had just 10 active cases. But Michael Baker, the doctor who formulated New Zealand’s elimination strategy, says that even some of his colleagues initially thought it was too radical a plan and resisted its implementation. “Some likened it to using a sledgehammer to kill a flea,” he says. The first case of covid-19 in New Zealand was recorded on 28 February. Like most countries, it initially planned to gradually tighten its…

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Africa Information Services 

How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

Rwanda is renowned as a pioneer of gender equality. In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the top four in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers. The country therefore seemed a natural fit for a 2018 pilot program of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. The Coding for Employment flagship program is…

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