Covid19 Europe 

Ukraine’s booming IT sector defies the coronavirus crisis

Ukraine’s IT industry saw annual export volumes rise by over 20% during 2020 to top USD 5 billion for the first time despite a global economic downturn due to the COVID-19 crisis. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via REUTERS) While businesses around the world are counting the cost of a year disrupted by the unprecedented challenges of the COVID crisis, Ukraine’s IT sector continues to go from strength to strength. Recently released annual figures for the Ukrainian IT industry underline its world-beating performance. Ukrainian IT exports grew by 20.4% in 2020, according…

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Covid19 South America 

Colombia’s response to Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis

More than five million Venezuelans have fled their country – and almost half of them are in Colombia. Nearly two million people are living in the neighbouring country without stability or visas. Now, the Colombian government is offering an alternative for Venezuelans living there. Colombian President Iván Duque hopes this measure will get the country international help for one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. We hear about this possible path to legal residency from an Al Jazeera correspondent and from Venezuelans currently in Colombia. In this episode:…

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Africa Agriculture Government Healthcare 

Niger Govt. To Assist Ladies Farmer’s Company

The Niger State federal government on Thursday said that it would support the Smallholder Women Farmers Company of Nigeria (SWOFON) in the state with inputs and executes for 2020 farming season. Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Federal government, mentioned this while answering questions from farming reporters in Minna. “The focus of Niger state government this year is to mobilise ladies, farmer groups. “Any ladies group into farming will be supported to get the readily available inputs and carries out to participate in farming activities,” Matane stated. He stated…

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Covid19 Europe 

How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus

On the morning of Friday, February 28th, Ævar Pálmi Pálmason, a detective with the Reykjavík police department, was summoned by his boss. Iceland did not yet have a confirmed case of COVID-19, but the country’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management wanted to be prepared. Suppose somebody tested positive? A team would be needed to track down everyone with whom that person had been in contact. Pálmason’s supervisor told him he was going to lead that team. “We were just talking: ‘If and when the first case happens—it could…

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