Sunday , February 23rd , 2020  

The Hammer of Justice for Sexual Assault Victims Must Be Swift, Loud and Consistent

By Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 2020 – Every year Valentines Day is celebrated with great relish & celebration. People show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love. But there is a tragic dark side which stays in the shadows, when considering violence against women, one is confronted with an apparent contradiction. “If...

Why Paraguay Can Be a “Beacon State” for Forest Management

Credit: UNDP, Paraguay By Achim Steiner, Inger Andersen and Qu DongyuASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb 14 2020 – Imagine a forest that covered half of your entire country. A biodiverse forest which supports thousands of species from giant anteaters to armadillos to jaguars. A forest that is home to one the world’s last uncontacted tribes.1 That forest is in fact a reality in Paraguay, a South American...

Amplifying Voices of Climate Activists of Color

Ranton Anjain, 17, from the Marshall Islands, speaks at a press conference announcing a collective action being taken on behalf of young people facing the impacts of the climate crisis. UNICEF/Radhika Chalasani By Esther NgumbiILLINOIS, United States, Feb 14 2020 – Recently, the Associated Press cropped out Ugandan climate change activist Vanessa Nakate from a photo at the World Economic Forum....

Desert Locusts Invade East Africa

Credit: Harald Matern from Pixabay. By Nelson Mandela OgemaNAIROBI, Feb 14 2020 – Widespread hatching and movement of destructive desert locusts will turn into a full-blown crisis in the coming weeks in East Africa and neighbouring countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns. “Breeding continues in the Horn of Africa, which will cause locusts to increase further in Ethiopia,...

From Cocoa to Chocolate, Made With Love in Africa

Diogo Vaz, a company in the idyllic island of Sao Tome and Principe in West Africa, is producing organic luxury chocolate from rare cocoa varieties. Courtesy: Diogo Vaz By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Feb 14 2020 (IPS) A premium chocolate maker in São Tomé and Príncipe is on a drive to promote the taste for “made in Africa” chocolate, and tap into a $100 billion global indulgence associated...

Flywire Acquires Simplee to Transform Healthcare Payments Experience

Acquisition accelerates Flywire's multi–vertical strategy, broadens healthcare client base $120 million Series E investment round led by Goldman Sachs fuels acquisition and provides additional capital for strategic growth Flywire to accelerate investment in its payments network, platform and verticals to capture increased share of trillion–dollar global payments TAM BOSTON and PALO...

Nyxoah raises €25 million in private funding round

Nyxoah raises 25 million in private funding round Mont–Saint–Guibert, Belgium "" 12 February 2020, Nyxoah S.A., a healthtech company developing neuromodulation–based therapeutic solutions for sleep disordered breathing conditions, today announced that it has raised 25 million in a private financing round. Completion of the financing round is subject to customary closing...

Jacada Broadens Hyperautomation and Actionable Intelligence with Interact 12 Release

ATLANTA, Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jacada Inc., a global leader in customer service automation software, announces the recent release of Interact 12.0 "" the customer service automation platform that delivers hyperautomation, powers conversational AI, personalizes multimodal experiences, and is built on a low–code, no–code robot factory. This latest release unleashes...

Restoring Competition in ”Winner-took-All” Digital Platform Markets

By Ebru Gokce DessemondGENEVA, Feb 13 2020 – Digital platforms are at the centre of the global economy and daily lives of consumers. A handful of these platforms have become dominant in specific markets without facing meaningful competition. They include Amazon as a marketplace, Facebook in social networking, Google in search engines and Apple and Google in application stores. Digital platforms...

Internet Needs New Global Regulations Against Online Sexual Exploitation

By Tsitsi MatekaireLONDON, Feb 13 2020 – Online sexual exploitation is a global epidemic that is increasing at an alarming rate. At any one time, 750,000 individuals across the world are looking to connect with children and young people online for sexual exploitation. The expansion of the Internet, advances in information and communications technologies (ICTs), and the development of increasingly...