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BUSINESS: Apple agrees to pay $500m over claims it slowed down old iPhones

BUSINESS: Apple agrees to pay $500m over claims it slowed down old iPhones

Business, WORLD
iPhone owners could get up to $25 (£19.56) per handset if a California judge approves the settlement. The smartphone maker and lawyers representing consumers agreed to a deal stemming from Apple's admission in 2017 that it was slowing down the performance of older devices in order to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue. The admission saw Apple offering discounted battery replacements at $29 (£22.69). But customers claimed they had already spent hundreds of dollars on replacing their handsets because Apple did not reveal why their phones were slowing down. Some consumers in the case said they may not have bought new phones if they had known they could just buy new batteries. Apple did not admit wrongdoing. However, as part of the settlement it ha...
BUSINESS: How to pitch your startup effectively.

BUSINESS: How to pitch your startup effectively.

Business, WORLD
This is extremely important because of the very nature of what a startup is. All startups rely on angel investors to succeed. And if you can’t attract investors to put money into your idea, you rather start thinking about doing something else. If you are not that good at business pitch, you can always learn and train yourself. Here is a set of best practices that will help you improve. Everyone loves a good story A good pitch is made both of cold hard facts, numbers, and graphs as well as emotions. Your investors will react better if you get closer to their human side by making your pitch tell your startup story. Make sure its a story about constant developing, learning and moving forward. If you talk about failure, do it from the point of view that values the insight obta...
Kampala,Uganda:President Museveni congratulates Uganda’s new COU Archbishop Kaziimba

Kampala,Uganda:President Museveni congratulates Uganda’s new COU Archbishop Kaziimba

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, WORLD
President Yoweri with the new Archbishop of Uganda Dr Kaziimba President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated His Grace Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu on his elevation as the new Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda. President Yoweri addressing the COngregation with the new Archbishop of Uganda Dr Kaziima The President, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Janet Museveni, was today speaking at St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe in Kampala during the ceremony of the enthronement and installation of Dr. Kaziimba as the 9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. He has replaced his immediate predecessor, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali who, after reaching the mandatory of age of 65 years for a Church of Uganda Archbishop, has had to retire. President Yoweri with the his the...
SPORTS: “I have huge respect for him… he is one of the greatest players in history” Sergio Ramos reveals admiration for Lionel Messi as Real Madrid captain looks to put red card nightmare behind him in huge El Clasico clash

SPORTS: “I have huge respect for him… he is one of the greatest players in history” Sergio Ramos reveals admiration for Lionel Messi as Real Madrid captain looks to put red card nightmare behind him in huge El Clasico clash

Soccer, Sports, WORLD
Sergio Ramos has revealed his 'huge respect' for Lionel Messi as the Real Madrid captain prepares his side for a mammoth clash against arch rivals Barcelona in La Liga.  The Spaniard had a game to forget in midweek as he saw red during his side's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie at the Bernebeu.  Wednesday night's dismissal was Ramos' 26th of his illustrious career and he will miss the return leg at the Etihad Stadium next month. Domestically, the centre half has a big part to play in a nip-and-tuck title race in La Liga.
BUSINESS: Coronavirus spread forces Amazon to ban one million products.

BUSINESS: Coronavirus spread forces Amazon to ban one million products.

Business, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Amazon has pulled more than 1 million items from its digital shelves due to claims that the products could either cure or help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. The move comes during the same week that Facebook said it would ban advertisements on its platform for products purporting to cure or curtail the spread of the virus that has so far infected more than 80,000 people, and results in almost 3,000 deaths, mostly in China. According to a report from CNBC, Amazon has been taking the products in question down throughout the month. The company has also suspended or banned the accounts of thousands of merchants accused of charging exorbitant prices for face masks, disinfectants and other products used to defend against the spread of coronavirus. Amazon has also ad...
BUSINESS: A smart approach to short-term saving.

BUSINESS: A smart approach to short-term saving.

Business, WORLD
There was good news during the week when two banks announced mortgage rate cuts. Borrowers are now the happy victims of a price war between lenders which, if they are in the market, is great. But in the swings and roundabouts world of personal finance, what's good for the goose definitely misses out the gander. Savers, who haven't had much luck in the past decade or so, find themselves once again at a loss. You'd imagine, in an environment of not only zero returns but negative growth (once you take inflation into account, it's costing savers to keep their money on deposit), they'd be withdrawing cash in droves and sending it elsewhere. In actual fact, we're increasing our savings, with around €100bn in banks, post offices and prize bonds. Household net worth now exceeds t...
BUSINESS:  Luno introduces Ripple.

BUSINESS: Luno introduces Ripple.

Business, WORLD
In 2019 Luno promised that more coins would be available and close on the heels of Bitcoin Cash being introduced, Ripple XRP will now be launched, expanding the Lunoverse for all customers. Ripple (XRP) the third-largest digital asset with a current market value of US$12.5 billion will soon be able to be traded on the Luno platform, which is a top-ten rated global cryptocurrency exchange and has already handled US$8 billion in transactions. Luno provides investors, traders and businesses the ability to buy, store and learn about digital currencies, in a secure and safe environment. Luno’s 3.5 million plus users, across 40 plus countries, can already access Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) but the demand for Ripple has grown, so it will now be available i...
HEALTH: Novartis and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) to collaborate on the development of a new oral drug to treat Visceral Leishmaniasis

HEALTH: Novartis and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) to collaborate on the development of a new oral drug to treat Visceral Leishmaniasis

FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, WORLD
BASEL, Switzerland, February 25, 2020/ -- LXE408 is a first-in-class compound, discovered at Novartis (https://www.Novartis.com/) with financial support from the Wellcome Trust; Novartis is responsible for completing Phase I clinical trials and has committed to maximizing access in endemic countries, once approved; DNDi (https://www.DNDi.org/) will lead Phase II and III clinical development, starting in India with additional trials planned in East Africa; Leishmaniasis, which is transmitted by the sand fly, affects over one billion people; visceral leishmaniasis, the most serious form of the disease, affects an estimated 50 000 to 90 000 people per year. Novartis and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organi...
BUSINESS: How to invest for high income and avoid dividend traps.

BUSINESS: How to invest for high income and avoid dividend traps.

Business, WORLD
Investing for income is not just about picking the shares with the biggest yields. A glance down the FTSE 100’s list of big payers is enough to reveal that there are some hefty payouts on offer from its corporate giants, but plenty of risks that may be lying in wait too. So how can you combine investing for high income with dodging the dividend traps? David Smith, of Henderson High Income, joins us on this episode of the Investing Show to explain how his investment trust aims to do that for investors. It predominantly invests in shares, but the trust also has about a fifth in corporate bonds and currently yields 5.3 per cent. Some of the Footsie’s big hitters are in Henderson High Income’s portfolio, but it also holds a number of FTSE 250 firms, including National E...
WORLD: Bryant’s widow throws  helicopter company to Court over fatal crash.

WORLD: Bryant’s widow throws helicopter company to Court over fatal crash.

BASKETBALL, FEATURE STORIES, Sports, WORLD
The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on the same day that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the other seven crash victims were memorialized in a public ceremony at the Staples Center. The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters, Island Express Holding Corp and the estate of the helicopter's pilot, Ara Zobayan, who was among the victims. Gianna Bryant's basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Altobelli's parents John and Keri, Payton's mother Sarah and basketball coach Christina Mauser were also killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the exact cause of the crash, although preliminary findings showed no sign of mechanical failure. Monday's lawsuit faults the company for allowing the helicopter t...
BUSINESS: Euro hit as Coronavirus spread widens, investors opt for Dollars.

BUSINESS: Euro hit as Coronavirus spread widens, investors opt for Dollars.

Business, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Asian currencies slid on Monday as the rapid spread of the coronavirus outside China drove fears of a pandemic and sent investors to the safety of gold, dollars and the Swiss franc. Italy, South Korea and Iran posted sharp rises in infections over the weekend. South Korea now has more than 760 cases, Italy more than 150 and Iran 43 cases. The World Health Organization is now worried about the growing number of cases that have no clear link to the epicentre of the outbreak in China. “The omens are not particularly good today,” said Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney. “The presumption was that we would see intermediate supply chains quickly reconnected and I think the market’s had to go through a period of questioning that logic.” ...
HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Concerns are mounting about how long the novel coronavirus may survive on surfaces -- so much so that China's central bank has taken measures to deep clean and destroy its cash, which changes hands multiple times a day, in an effort to contain the virus.It is unknown exactly how long the novel coronavirus can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Officials do not know what animal may have caused the ...
BUSINESS: Uganda to Host this years G77 summit in April.

BUSINESS: Uganda to Host this years G77 summit in April.

Business, UGANDA, WORLD
Uganda has been confirmed as the host country for G77 Summit to be held in Aprl 2020. The South Summit is the supreme decision-making body of the Group of 77. The First and the Second South Summit were held in Havana, Cuba, on 10 – 14 April 2000 and in Doha, Qatar, on 12 – 16 June 2005, respectively. In accordance with the principle of geographical rotation, the Third South Summit is due to be held in Uganda. About G77 The Group of 77 (G-77) was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries signatories of the “Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Developing Countries” issued at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. Beginning with the first “Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 in...
BUSINESS: Standard Chartered commits USD75bn towards Sustainable Development Goals.

BUSINESS: Standard Chartered commits USD75bn towards Sustainable Development Goals.

Business, WORLD
Bank also commits to net zero carbon emissions from its operations by 2030DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2020/ -- Standard Chartered (www.SC.com) has today announced new business targets for supporting its clients as they transition to a low carbon economy as part of its Sustainability Aspirations. By the end of 2024, the Bank commits to:providing USD40 billion of project financing services for infrastructure that promotes sustainable developmentproviding USD35 billion of project financing services, M&A advisory and debt structuring services for renewables and clean tech projects (solar and wind) Underpinning the aspirations, Standard Chartered also intends to reduce its emissions across its global properties by 2030. With an office footprint spanning 60 countries,...
HEALTH: Scientists criticise conspiracy theories about artificial origin of the coronavirus.

HEALTH: Scientists criticise conspiracy theories about artificial origin of the coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
A group of 27 scientists from nine countries have strongly condemned rumours and conspiracy theories stipulating that the novel coronavirus outbreak was triggered artificially. The scientists are from the U.S., the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. “We stand together to strongly condemn the conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 (coronavirus) does not have a natural origin. “Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). “They overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, as have so many other emerging pathogens,’’ a statement read, as quoted by The Lancet medical journal. The scientists added that the U.S. National Academies of Sci...
BREAKING: Computer scientist Larry Tesler inventor of  ‘cut, copy and paste’ dies at 74.

BREAKING: Computer scientist Larry Tesler inventor of ‘cut, copy and paste’ dies at 74.

FEATURE STORIES, TECHNOLOGY, WORLD
Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people. It was thanks to his innovations - which included the "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands - that the personal computer became simple to learn and use. Xerox, where Mr Tesler spent part of his career, paid tribute to him. "The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler," the company tweeted. "Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas." Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California. After graduating, he specialised in user interface design - that is, making computer systems more user-friendly. He wor...
BUSINESS: Global Modernisation of Land Administration: Making Your Land Information System (LIS) a Success.

BUSINESS: Global Modernisation of Land Administration: Making Your Land Information System (LIS) a Success.

Business, WORLD
In 2015 the World Bank selected IGN FI to roll out an efficient, reliable and transparent Land Information System nationallyPARIS, France, February 19, 2020/ -- Between 2010 and 2014 IGN FI (www.IGNFI.com) carried out the design, supply and installation of a Land Information System (LIS) for 6 decentralised offices of the Ugandan ministry responsible for land administration affairs, and at the same time created a National Land Information Centre.In 2015 the World Bank selected IGN FI to roll out an efficient, reliable and transparent Land Information System nationally. The two phases involved in total:Roll-out in 22 districts,More than 800,000 property titles scanned and then indexed,More than 90,000 existing paper maps restored, scanned and then geo-referenced,Approximate...
CYBER CRIME: Head’s up Africa. You’ve Been Phished.

CYBER CRIME: Head’s up Africa. You’ve Been Phished.

AFRICA, Business, CRIME, WORLD
Of all the countries surveyed, Kenyans (75%) and South Africans (74%) were the most concerned about the risk of cyber crimeJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 19, 2020/ -- Key findings:53% of Africans surveyed think that trusting emails from people they know is good enough; 28% have fallen for a phishing email and 50% have had a malware infection; 64% don’t know what ransomware is and yet believe they can easily identify a security threat; 52% don’t know what multi-factor authentication is.The 2019 KnowBe4 (http://www.KnowBe4.com) African Report across South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritius and Botswana has found that people living on the continent are not prepared for the cyber threat. 65% of respondents across all eight countries are concerned about cyb...

WORLD: ‘2020 Commonwealth youth awards’ – Galabuzi Kakembo from Uganda among 16 finalists for prestigious.

Business, EDUCATION, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Four Africans are among sixteen innovators, activists and entrepreneurs from 12 countries that have been shortlisted for this year’s Commonwealth youth awards, organisers said. The awards recognise young people whose innovative projects have made a real impact in helping their countries achieve the United Nations' sustainable development goals and received more than 500 entries from 40 countries. All 16 finalists will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1 000 to expand the scope of their projects. The winners in each of the award’s four regional categories will earn a trip to London to attend a ceremony on March 11 and receive another £3 000. The overall pan-Commonwealth winner will take home a total of £5 000. “With now only 10 years remaining to implement the ...
HEALTH: WHO urges calm as China virus death toll reaches 2,000

HEALTH: WHO urges calm as China virus death toll reaches 2,000

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged to 2,000 on Wednesday, as Chinese and international health officials warned against excessive measures to contain the epidemic. More than 74,000 people have now been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries. The situation remains serious at the epicentre, with the director of a hospital in the central city of Wuhan becoming the seventh medical worker to succumb to the COVID-19 illness. But Chinese officials released a study showing most patients have mild cases of the infection, and World Health Organization officials said the mortality rate was relatively low. The outbreak is threatening to put a dent in the global economy, with China paralysed by vast quarantine measures and...