Tanzania’s President John Magufuli dies at 61

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country’s vice-president has announced.

He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television.

Mr Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about his health.

Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed.

“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today… we lost our brave leader, the president of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli,” Vice-President Hassan said in the announcement.

She said there would be 14 days of national mourning and flags would fly at half mast.

Mr Magufuli was declared president on his 56th birthday in October 2015. He was elected for a second term following a disputed poll last year.

He was one of Africa’s most prominent coronavirus sceptics, and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus.

Tanzania has not published details of its coronavirus cases since May, and the government has refused to purchase vaccines.

Mr Magufuli was last seen in public on 27 February, but Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa insisted last week that the president was “healthy and working hard”.

On Monday, police said they had arrested four people on suspicion of spreading rumours on social media that the president was ill.

Source: BBC

Nigerian Man Thrown Out By His White Lover For Not Cooking

A Nigerian man living abroad has no choice than to sleep on the cold streets simply because he was thrown out by his white lover.

According to him, he has been staying with the lady for the past 5 months and does everything possible to satisfy her.

He noted that he doesn’t have the right papers as a permanent citizen — for that matter, he has been enduring the pain so that the White lady in question can help him get the papers.

The young man said he has been the one who takes care of cooking among other things.

But on the very day that he got thrown out, he got back from work but because of how tired he was, he couldn’t cook on time.

There and then his White lover came back and when she asked if he cooked, he told her he was tired so he’ll cook later.

His White lover got pissed and threw him outside.

Because he has nowhere to go, this young man had no choice than to sleep on the cold streets.

Watch the video below:

15-year-old American Scientist to Speak on STEM in Ghana

The Transformation Ghana Leadership Initiative (TGLI) is hosting a 15-year-old American Scientist, Ms. Gitanjali Rao to speak on creativity and innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The workshop is scheduled for March 16th at 4:30 PM GMT.

Ms. Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device “Tethys”—an early lead detection tool.

Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and “Kindly”—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.

She was honoured as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and “Kid of the Year” for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 38,000 students in the last two years across four continents.

In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world.

She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.

Gitanjali is a partner for Forbes Ignite Network where she has piloted a concept called Empathy Sharktank that helps in employee-employer engagement and staff development for start-ups and schools.

Click here to register to join the workshop.

Burna Boy Wins Best Global Music Album at 2021 Grammys

Nigerian star Burna Boy has won Best Global Music Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. His album Twice as Tall won the award over records by Antibalas (FU Chronicles), Bebel Gilberto (Agora), Anoushka Shankar (Love Letters), and Tinariwen (Amadjar). The win marks Burna Boy’s first Grammy Award after being nominated last year.

In November, the Recording Academy announced plans to change the name of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music Album, saying it’s a step toward “a more relevant, modern, and inclusive term.” The statement added: “The change symbolizes a departure from the connotations of colonialism, folk, and ‘non-American’ that the former term embodied while adapting to current listening trends and cultural evolution among the diverse communities it may represent.”

GES to allegedly sanction the teacher who feed her pupils with her salary because it’s against the rules to do so

For the past few days, one Abenah Serwaah Mankosa who’s a teacher at Aninkrom D/A Primary one in Adankwame District in the Ashanti Region has been trending on social media for her kind deeds.

The young female teacher has decided to use her salary to give a well-balanced diet to her pupils.

Her act of kindness has caught the heart of Ghanaians with a lot of people pledging to support her in many ways.

News of her kind deed has also been well publicised in the media.

Well, as it stands, we all might think Ms Abena Serwaah was doing good but it appears the Ghana Education Service is not happy with what she’ doing.

She has taken to her Facebook handle to reveal that she was invited to report herself at the GES district office for questioning.

According to her, GES claims feeding, taking pictures of pupils and sharing them on social media is against its codes and ethics.

I just don’t know any GES rules that is against taking pictures of children,so we can’t reach out to the less privileged in the society in peace.

Can the community turn against me that they don’t like how I treat my children under influence of any power.

Ghana is sweet😂 . Daddy said am stronger than this. Final verdict at my district education office. I love my country Have just lost appetite .So will Ghana ever develop”, Abenah Serwaa Mankosa posted on Facebook.

Opening an Embassy in Ghana Would Increase Ukraine’s Influence in Africa- Ukraine Foreign Minister (Dmytro Kuleba)

Ukraine to open new embassies and consulates this year

“Ukraine will set up three diplomatic missions and open three consulates this year to strengthen the country’s position in the international arena, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said during an online briefing on March 5.

According to the official, the missions in Ghana, the Philippines and Chile, which are currently branches of other countries’ embassies, will be transformed into fully-fledged stand-alone embassies in the near future. 

“Ukraine has already begun work on opening new embassies and consulates in the world,” the Foreign Minister stated during the briefing. 

Opening an embassy in the Republic of Ghana would increase Ukraine’s influence in Africa, Kuleba explained. This goes with the ministry’s last year statement about Ukraine’s interest to “develop new dynamic cooperation” with African states. The Foreign Affairs Ministry had prioritized greater focus on Africa in 2021.

The minister also explained that the Philippines is a “very difficult” country and it will be important to bring it around towards closer support of Ukraine’s initiatives in international organizations. Ukrainian businesses have a rising interest in closer trade relations with the archipelagic nation. 

Ukraine also plans to open new consulates in Poland, Romania and India. 

Millions of people from Ukraine work in Poland. Kuleba believes that opening a consular office in Wroclaw, a city in western Poland with a population close to 640,000, would help Ukrainian migrants more effectively.

In addition, Ukraine plans to open a consulate in Sighetu Marmatiei, a city of 40,000 in northwest Romania, to support the Ukrainian community there and create access to quality services that would strengthen Ukrainian-Romanian relations. 

India’s densely-populated financial center, Mumbai, was also chosen for a new Ukrainian consulate. The minister sees it as a huge business opportunity for Ukrainians, as well as an excellent way to attract foreign investment. 

“I promise, as a minister, that these embassies and consulates will be established quickly, that we will appoint professional people there,” Kuleba said.”


iPhone 13: Release Date, Specs, Design & Everything You Need To Know

The first iPhone 13 rumours came out right before Apple CEO Tim Cook had revealed the iPhone 12. As of now, there is no set date for the iPhone 13 release but the rumours suggest that it could be in September 2021.

Along with this, there could be four new iPhone 13 handsets, new ProMotion 120Hz displays, a new quad camera with 10x zoom, a new A15 chipset and a Price from £699 ($799).

Above is an iPhone 13 trailer that showcases the probable features and below mentioned are the upcoming 4 iPhone 13 phones:

  • iPhone 13 mini – 5.4-inches
  • iPhone 13 – 6.1-inches
  • iPhone 13 Pro – 6.1-inches
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max – 6.7-inches

Apple has been rumoured to make an iPhone with no external ports for some time, to make a more singular and cohesive design.

Since the launch of MagSafe on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, there are more chances that the upcoming iPhone 13 will remove the Lightning Connector and the iPhone 13 charging port is not going to exist.

Apple iPhone 13 Specifications

  • Summary
    • Processor – Apple A14 Bionic
    • Display – 6.2 inches (15.75 cms)
    • Storage – 64 GB
    • Front Camera – Single (13 MP Camera)
    • Rear Camera – Dual (13 MP Camera + 13 MP, Wide Angle, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera)
    • Battery – 3285 mAh
    • RAM – 4 GB
  • General
    • Launch Date – March 25, 2021
    • Face unlock – Yes
    • Water Resistant – Yes, Water-resistant
    • Chipset – Apple A14 Bionic
    • No of Cores – 6 (Hexa Core)
    • CPU – 3.1GHz, Dual-core, Firestorm + 1.8GHz, Quad-core, Icestorm
    • Architecture – 64-bit
    • Graphics – Apple GPU (four-core graphics)
    • Operating System – iOS v14
    • Internal Memory – 64 GB
  • RAM4 GB
    • Expandable Memory – No
    • Size – 6.2 inches (15.75 cms)
    • Display Type – OLED, HDR Display, Oleophobic coating, Super Retina XDR display
    • Resolution – 1170 x 2532 pixels
    • Aspect ratio – 19.5:9
    • Protection – Yes
    • TouchScreen – Yes, Capacitive, Multi-touch
    • Color Reproduction – 16M Colors
    • Pixel Density – 450 pixels per inch (PPI)
    • Flash – Rear (Dual LED Flash), Front (Retina Flash)
    • Rear – Dual (13 MP Camera + 13 MP, Wide Angle, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera)
    • Front – Single (13 MP Camera)
    • Camera Features – Auto Focus, Face detection, Touch to focus
    • Shooting Modes – Continuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
    • Image Stabilization – Yes, Optical Image Stabilization(OIS)
    • Type – Li-ion
    • Capacity – 3285 mAh
    • Removable – No
    • Fast Charging – Yes
    • Wireless Charging – Yes
    • SIM Configuration – Dual SIM (SIM1: Nano) (SIM2: eSIM)
    • Bluetooth – Bluetooth v5.1
    • Wi-Fi – Yes with a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO
    • Network5G: – Supported by the device (network not rolled-out in India), 4G: Available (supports Indian bands), 3G: – Available, 2G: Available
    • Voice over LTE – (VoLTE)Yes
    • Wi-fi features – Mobile Hotspot
    • GPS – Yes with A-GPS, GLONASS
    • Infrared – Yes
    • USB – A mass storage device, USB charging
    • NFC Chipset – Yes
    • Fingerprint sensor – No
    • Other Sensor – Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope
    • Speaker – Yes
    • Audio Jack – Yes, Lightning

Sumy State University, Ukraine To Take Part in Emory Global Health Case Competitions 2021 in USA.

Sumy State University, Ukraine has been selected to take part in the Emory Global Health Case Competitions 2021 in the United State. This was announced by Rebecca Baggett director of student programs Emory Global Health Institute during World Youth International Model United Nations-Ukraine Virtual Conference 2021.

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President Trump blocked on Facebook and Instagram until transition is over

The block of President Trump’s accounts on Facebook and instagram follows his supporters storming the US Capitol to protest, when Congress sat to affirm the president-elect of the united states of America.

Facebook and Instagram took the decision following a video President Trump uploaded on his facebook page  asking the protesters to go home, yet continue to make false claims the election was rigged in favour of President-elect Joe Biden.

The announcement concerning his accounts blocked, was made by CEO of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, on facebook.

He wrote;

The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.

His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.

Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.

Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.

We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.