Health fears as killer DR Congo volcano spouts ash

Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) July 25, 2021 The DR Congo’s Nyirangongo volcano has released large amounts of ash some two months after its eruption, sparking concerns for local residents’ health, experts said on Sunday. The volcano in the far east of the vast central African country first erupted on May 22, claiming 32 lives and destroying hundreds of homes. “The ash is the result of … Continue reading Health fears as killer DR Congo volcano spouts ash

Eight killed in army offensive on DR Congo gorilla park

Bukavu, Dr Congo (AFP) July 24, 2021 Two Pygmies and six militiamen were killed in a DR Congo army offensive to dislodge them from a national park which houses the world’s largest gorilla species, officials said Saturday. Friday’s operation in the Kahozi-Biega park, the only place in the world where the Grauer’s gorilla roam in the wild, also saw around 90 huts torched. Congloese authorities … Continue reading Eight killed in army offensive on DR Congo gorilla park

DR Congo army says 150 hostages freed from Islamist militia

Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) July 25, 2021 The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday its troops have freed over 150 people taken hostage by the ADF Islamist militia, blamed for thousands of deaths in the country’s east. “The army was able to release more than 150 civilians: women, elderly people, children and young people,” said Jules Ngongo, spokesman for the army in … Continue reading DR Congo army says 150 hostages freed from Islamist militia

German floods death toll hits 180, with 150 still missing

Berlin (AFP) July 23, 2021 The latest death toll from floods that hit western Germany this month stands at 180, with about 150 still missing, authorities said on Friday. With more rain forecast this weekend, German meteorological services called for vigilance. In the Rhineland-Palatinate region, which was the worst hit by the storms, 132 are now confirmed dead and 766 injured, according to police. While … Continue reading German floods death toll hits 180, with 150 still missing

Morocco’s navy rescues 368 migrants bound for Spain

Rabat (AFP) July 23, 2021 The Moroccan navy this week rescued 368 migrants including three children as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Spain, the official MAP news agency said Friday. It said the migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, were rescued between Tuesday and Friday when their makeshift boats, including rubber dinghies and kayaks, ran into difficulty. Last week Morocco’s navy reporhttp://dlvr.it/S4NwhY Continue reading Morocco’s navy rescues 368 migrants bound for Spain

West African nature reserve escapes endangered listing

Abidjan (AFP) July 23, 2021 A west African nature reserve spanning Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger on Friday escaped a UNESCO listing as under threat despite the jihadist conflict harrowing the Sahel region. South Africa convinced the UN body’s World Heritage Committee to back an amendment – also supported by other African states – to keep the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) complex off the list. Backers argued … Continue reading West African nature reserve escapes endangered listing

Key Factors When Selecting and Setting Up an E-Commerce Platform

One of the fundamental choices that an e-commerce retailer must make is the platform they use to sell their goods and services, because it’s not just a store — it’s a place to connect with customers and create a sense of the brand. We spoke with several e-commerce experts to get their take on how retailers can choose and customize platforms to get the right … Continue reading Key Factors When Selecting and Setting Up an E-Commerce Platform

Villagers flee fresh floods in central China as typhoon approaches

Zhengzhou, China (AFP) July 23, 2021 Villagers were evacuated over makeshift bridges Friday as floods submerged swathes of central China following a historic deluge which claimed at least 51 lives – while an approaching typhoon threatened to dump more rain on the stricken area. Millions have been affected by the floods in Henan province, which have trapped people for days without fresh food or water, … Continue reading Villagers flee fresh floods in central China as typhoon approaches

Myanmar news anchors told to mind their language as Covid spikes

Yangon (AFP) July 22, 2021 News anchors in junta-ruled Myanmar have been told to stop using the English pronunciation for Covid-19, with speculation swirling the word has been culled to ensure more positive coverage amid a deadly spike of cases. For the previous 18 months, anchors on state-backed news programmes had used the English “Covid-19” in their reports on the virus that has rampaged across … Continue reading Myanmar news anchors told to mind their language as Covid spikes

Deal Hunters Spending Time on Gamified Commerce

A new e-commerce trend catching on as the pandemic stranglehold on consumer access to brick-and-mortar stores loosens is converging shopping with playing games as a source of entertainment. One good example is Tophatter. This retail discovery marketplace where shoppers go to spend time, rather than to save time, is what its CEO calls the “anti-Amazon.”http://dlvr.it/S4HMFg Continue reading Deal Hunters Spending Time on Gamified Commerce