Africa

Parents to now track children’s activities via a GPS device in Gabon

Gabonaise parents are about to be offered the rare privilege of being able to track their children’s activities. With the help of the device, they can virtually know the exact location and activities of their kids. Literally, this is every parent’s dream. However, according to the telecommunication operator – Gabon Telecom, the GPS device called “Smart Kids” which will soon be launched, is to improve the safety of children.

WorldRemit on a mission to drive next phase of global growth

Digital money transfer service, WorldRemit raises $40m, aiming to serve 10 million customers connected to the emerging market. This action will help drive them to their next phase of global growth. But most importantly, the new service will make sending money within Africa faster, easier and cheaper.

According to the World Bank, inter-Africa transfers are amongst the most expensive in the world and fortunately, half of WorldRemit’s customers are in Africa. WorldRemit is the Global leader in Mobile-to-Mobile international money transfer.

Hundreds of Egyptians deny U.S. decision on Jerusalem

Hundreds of protesters on Thursday gathered in downtown Cairo, Egypt to demonstrate against Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Protesters shouted slogans against the decision, joining Arab and European leaders in their rejection of the move. Egypt, which forged the first Arab peace deal with Israel in 1979, brushed off Trump’s decision and said it did not change Jerusalem’s disputed legal status. A makeshift Israeli flag was burned during the demonstration as well as a picture of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netenyahu.

Cameroon

About FCFA 10 billion penalties issued to telecommunication operators

Cameroon prestigious telecommunications operators (MTN, Orange, Nexttel and CAMTEL) suffer from sanctions by its regulatory agency following their violation of the legislation governing subscriber’s identification and the required radio frequency. The three operators were fined at a minimum of FCFA 3 billion with a reduction of their license by a year. CAMTEL’s fine was lesser of FCFA 300 million. However, they pleaded for a reduction of the fines.

Mamfe denizens on a mission to wipe out Cameroon’s military

After the October 1 manslaughter, one would have thought all was well again. Rather, things seem to be getting worse and the civilian population of Mamfe in the Southwest Region of Cameroon seems to have retaliated. This revenge cost the lives of four soldiers after the country’s president “officially declared war” on the city.

The bloodshed is the latest episode in an escalating crisis in the Southwest and Northwest Regions, home to a large minority of English-speakers in the francophone-majority nation, Cameroon. Eight members of the security forces have been killed this month alone.

World

Brexit talks resurface after momentarily dying

We haven’t talked about Brexit in a long time, probably because the negotiations have been a lot less interesting than last year’s historic vote. But the UK’s divorce from the European Union has crossed a major hurdle with a deal reached on the issue of the Irish border.

Ireland is staying in the EU, and there were fears that border checkpoints between Ireland (which remains in the EU) and Northern Ireland (part of the UK) would hurt both economies and lead to unrest in the North. But two days ago, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May, announced there would be no ‘hard’ border controls between the two. Now, Brexit talks move on to the truly hard work – hammering out a trade agreement.

Someone just hit the snooze button. In the US, Congress needs to agree on a budget to keep the federal trains running and the due date. But on Thursday, the House and Senate voted to give themselves an extension. Now, they have two weeks to resolve a few key issues.

Will Bitcoin come crashing down?

Bitcoin has soared about 70% this week, with its dramatic rise being likened to a charging train without brakes. While Bitcoin has become more mainstream in recent weeks, many observers warn the market could be a bubble waiting to pop. According to Coindesk.com, the digital currency slid as low as $13.963 before rallying again to trade at about $15.600 by Friday afternoon.

The digital crypto-currency continued its roller-coaster ride on Friday, hitting a new high above $17,00 before falling. It is expected to continue even hiking even faster. But the business world worries that this could turn out bad for Bitcoin.

Ford recruits Alibaba to help break into China’s electric vehicle industry

Ford has put a lot of focus on China’s electric vehicle market – with a local joint venture expected to lead to 15 electric or hybrid models on sale in the country by 2025. On Friday, the automotive giant announced a tie-in with Alibaba to fulfill its ambitious goals.

The scope of the alliance is fairly broad and vague at this point, but a large chunk of the”strategic collaboration” appears to be based around developing a direct sales channel to reach consumers in China.

Silicon Times

Events

  • EVAW/G stakeholders conference 2018 is already around the corner. It runs from February 18, 2018, 9:00 AM –February 21, 2018, 5:00 PM WAT at the University of Buea Molyko, South West Region.
  • Be a part of the DevFest Douala 2017. The event starts on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM at HIB (Higher Institute of Business) in Douala, Littoral region.
  • Pycon Cameroon will be hosting a science tech conference on Jan 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM – Jan 28, 2018, 4:30 PM at  Hotel Scandinavia Limbe, South West 00237.
  • Info Session: Moringa School Courses at MEST Accra is a gathering not to give excuses of absence which will be running from December 11, 2017 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the GMT Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology 20 Aluguntugui Street Accra, Greater Accra Region Ghana.
  • Get ready to have innovative ideas on Time with Dangote from December 15, 2017 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT at the Accra International Conference Centre Castle Road Accra, Greater Accra Region.
  • The glorious season is around. Magical Lantern Festival London is an event you would love to be part of on December 16, 2017, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT at Chiswick House & Gardens London W4 2QN United Kingdom.
  • In Conversation: Thelma Golden and Gary Simmons will be throwing an event on December 13, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST California African American Museum 600 State Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States.

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