Wednesday , February 21st , 2024  

Small Island “Digital” States: Charting the Course for Transformation

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are using digital tools and technologies for real and positive impact on their countries and communities. Credit: Ministry of Digital Transformation, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago By Marcos Neto and Robert OppUNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 2024 – Small Island Developing States, or SIDS, have long been pioneers in international development, often compelled by...

New Anti-Rape Crisis Centre Brings Hope for Sexual Abuse Survivors in Pakistan

Women and experts attend a seminar on rape and justice organized by Blue Veins in Peshawar, Pakistan. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS By Ashfaq YusufzaiPESHAWAR, Pakistan , Feb 21 2024 – Medical experts and women’s rights activists are pinning hopes on the establishment of an anti-rape crisis centre for the provision of medical and legal aid to victims of sexual assaults in a timely manner...

Fortrea Increases Patient Access Capabilities and Cold Chain Expertise with FortreaRx™ Expansion

DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fortrea (Nasdaq: FTRE) (the “Company”), a leading global contract research organization (CRO), today announced the opening of its expanded non–commercial specialty pharmacy, FortreaRx™, located in Lake Mary, Florida, which offers advanced patient access solutions across the United States, including ambient and cold–chain...

Axi Select hailed as the future of prop trading as multiple demo account firms close doors due to pressures from regulators, brokers, and tech providers

SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bucking the trend of recent negative developments in the prop firm industry, leading global CFD and FX broker Axi, which launched Axi Select – their unique capital allocation programme for talented traders – has been hailed by many industry experts as the future of the industry. Recent issues experienced in the prop trading industry...

Phasing out from Fossil Fuels: An Imperative for Climate Justice

Africa has huge renewable energy potential – it has 60% of the world’s best solar resources, but the continent receives less than 3% of global energy investment. Credit: Aimable Twahirwa/IPS By Sylvie Djacbou DeugoueYAOUNDE, Feb 20 2024 – Climate change made 2023 the warmest year on record. As urgency mounts to address this worldwide crisis, phasing out the use of fossil fuels...

Snowless Winter and a Climate Crisis: Kashmir’s ‘Unprecedented’ Weather

Local Muslims held special prayer ceremonies in January for snowfall. Credit: Umar Manzoor Shah/IPS By Umar Manzoor ShahSRINAGAR, India, Feb 20 2024 – Abdul Gani Malik, a 75-year-old goldsmith living in Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar, has witnessed eras of tranquility and turbulence in the Himalayan region. What he has not seen, however, is a snowless Kashmir during the winter. Malik still works...

INTERVIEW: AI Expert Warns of ‘Digital Colonization’ in Africa

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed interacts with Sophia the robot at the “The Future of Everything – Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change” meeting. Credit: United Nations/Kensuke Matsue By UN NewsUNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2024 – Artificial intelligence (AI) is ripe to help resolve certain major problems in Africa, from farming to the health sector, but...

MCI enters Cape Town South Africa with the Acquisition of Cloud CX QA and BPO Provider BYC Aqua

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MCI BPO (MCI), a globally recognized leader in business process outsourcing (BPO) and customer experience (CX) solutions, today announces the acquisition of, BYC Aqua (BYC), a preeminent South African BPO and Call Center CX Quality Assurance (QA) technology and as–a–Service solution. The MCI acquisition furthers MCI's strategic...

Women Biomass Producers: Energy’s Largest and Largely Invisible Workforce

Almost 400 million women are household biomass producers.  They constitute the largest, and largely invisible, workforce in our global energy system. Credit: Joyce Chimbi/IPS By Philippe BenoitPARIS, Feb 19 2024 – The International Energy Agency (IEA) held its annual ministers meeting last week in Paris, marking the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading energy organization. Critical topics...

Smallholder Farmers Are Key to CGIAR Response to Hunger Crisis

Dr Ismahane Elouafi looks at cassava plantlets “grown in boxes” in a mass propagation facility in IITA, Ibadan. Credit: IITA By Guy DinmoreBANGKOK , Feb 19 2024 – Dr Ismahane Elouafi has her work cut out. As the new executive managing director of CGIAR, a global network of agricultural research centers, her mandate, simply put, is to tackle the world’s most severe hunger crisis in modern...