Genomic models can reduce the time it takes to breed bananas

Scientists have shown that it is possible to speed up banana breeding through genomic prediction models, giving potential hope to banana breeders and smallholders in East Afrika. Banana, according to Moses Nyine, a research scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Uganda, and a co-author of the study, is…

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Social media users in Uganda to be taxed starting July 2018

A few months never go by without authorities in Uganda coming up with something bombastic to declare, the latest is a social media tax. The social media tax is expected to be implemented in July 2018 according to Uganda's government. In making the announcement, Uganda's government said that the soon…

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MMM's Russian founder has passed away

Sergei Mavrodi, the Russian founder of the popular and infamous Ponzi scheme that bears his name, MMM, has suffered a fatal heart attack. Mavrodi is reported, by Russian media publications, to have been rushed to hospital on 25 March 2018 after complaining about chest pains only to pass away some…

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Mastercard and USAID are looking to transform refugee settlements into digital communities

Mastercard and USAID, the United States' Agency for International Development, have announced their public-private coalition that is looking to transform refugee settlements in Afrika into digital communities. They hope to achieve this by bringing together technology, solutions, and experience from multiple sectors to transform refugee settlements into digitally-connected communities. The…

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