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Priceless Timbuktu Manuscripts Saved By Librarians

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Mali’s cultural heritage, including its ancient manuscripts, was severely damaged. In Timbuktu, many valuable manuscripts were burned or stolen, forcing their owners, communities and local NGOs to send them to Bamako, the capital of the country. Timbuktu was the cultural, economic and intellectual capital of Mali and also the home of the first university. The scholars that visited Timbuktu studied astronomy, medicine, poetry, and music and debated the details of Islamic law.

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Trends Across The Continents

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1.Capetown South Africa-They have an app there called Washr , a laundry service that promises to collect dirty clothes and return them clean within 24 hours. The online app allows users in Cape Town (and soon Johannesburg) to enter a convenient date and time to get their laundry cleaned, and was launched to compete with the high proportion of local domestic workers in South Africa

2.Transportation provider app Easy Taxi and hygiene brand Dettol, offered Nigerian taxi drivers training sessions on how to diagnose and prevent the spread of Ebola.

The Internet Of Things: A New & Upcoming Trend

According to industry research firm IDC, the IoT market is expected to hit $7.1 trillion by 2020,” said John Maddison, vice president of marketing at Fortinet.

Completed in June 2014, the survey asked 1,801 tech-savvy homeowners questions relating to the Internet of Things as it pertains to the connected home. These were the top findings:

The Connected Home is a reality – A majority (61 percent) of all respondents believe that the connected home (a home in which household appliances and home electronics are seamlessly connected to the Internet) is “extremely likely” to become a reality in the next five years. China led the world in this category with more than 84 percent affirming support.

  • In the U.S., 61 percent said that the connected home is extremely likely to happen in the next five years.

Homeowners are concerned about data breaches – A majority of all respondents voiced their concern that a connected appliance could result in a data breach or exposure of sensitive, personal information. Globally, 69 percent said that they were either “extremely concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about this issue.

  • Sixty-eight percent of U.S. respondents said that they were “extremely concerned” or “somewhat concerned.”

Privacy and trust are concerns – When asked about the privacy of collected data, a majority of global respondents stated, “privacy is important to me, and I do not trust how this type of data may be used.” India led the world with this response at 63 percent.

  • Fifty-seven percent in the U.S. agreed with this statement.
  • Data privacy is an extremely sensitive issue – Respondents were also asked how they would feel if a connected home device was secretly or anonymously collecting information about them and sharing it with others. Most (62 percent) answered “completely violated and extremely angry to the point where I would take action.” The strongest responses came from South Africa, Malaysia and the United States.

Darkar’s Fashion Week Takes A Stand Against Skin Bleaching

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Many women and some fashion models have bleached their skin seeking to achieve a “café au lait” color  due to low self esteem. This year, however, Senegal’s marquee fashion event is taking a stand against the damaging practice. Ndiaye announced at the opening of Dakar Fashion Week that she had banned any models using skin depigmentation cream from participating in the six-day event. Women of all classes and education levels use these often unregulated skin creams. High-heeled and barefoot women across Senegal show the tell-tale signs of long-term bleaching – resulting in blotches of discolored skin on their arms and faces. The women often use prescription-strength corticosteroid creams to lighten their skin. When absorbed into the blood stream, corticosteroids  pose serious risks for the heart and  can cause skin cancer.

 

 

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