Ghana Hosts NFL’s First African Development Camp

https://gdb.voanews.com/10060000-0aff-0242-c533-08da5887b7ce_w800_h450.jpg Accra, Ghana —  It was all fun and euphoria at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, where fans of the National Football League, the NFL, assembled to meet with football athletes, stars and legends of the game. This is the first time the NFL has held an event in Africa as part of its goal…

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Central African Republic president launches crypto initiative following Bitcoin adoption

Faustin-Archange Touadéra, president of the Central African Republic, has announced the government will be backing an initiative centered around developing the country’s blockchain infrastructure.In a Monday announcement on Twitter, Touadéra said the CAR government would be launching Sango, a crypto initiative proposed following the country’s adoption of Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender in April. According to Sango’s website, the government intends to launch the program during a July 3 event in which the president, members of his cabinet and industry experts will discuss the physical and digital infrastructure needed for the CAR to enter the crypto space, as well as the legal framework for the country. The Sango project’s plans include building a “legal crypto hub” aimed at attracting businesses and global crypto-enthusiasts, expanding the adoption of Bitcoin in the country, and creating a virtual “crypto island” — a special economic zone in the metaverse that will seemingly have an equivalent space in the physical world. According to Sando, the CAR plans to have a dedicated legal framework for crypto in place by the end of 2022.“The ambitious strategy to quickly build a successful economy can only rely on new technologies that have taken the world by storm and taken money to another level, with Bitcoin as a watchword,” said Touadéra. With #Bitcoin as #legaltender & inspiration, our country opens a new chapter in its inspiring journey towards a brighter future via #blockchain #tech. Everyone is welcome to witness the Sango Genesis Event that will be broadcast on the 3rd of July, on https://t.co/LIQiKGhcBS. pic.twitter.com/7u6knv5f6w— Faustin-Archange Touadéra (@FA_Touadera) June 27, 2022Related: Crypto users in Africa grew by 2,500% in 2021: ReportTouadéra’s and the CAR’s plans to adopt crypto seem to be emulating those of El Salvador, whose Bitcoin Law declaring the digital currency legal tender went into effect in September 2021. The Latin American nation also announced plans to create its town Bitcoin City funded by $1 billion worth of BTC bonds, placed on hold as of June amid the bear market.

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Billionaires Can Arm Ukraine

https://foreignpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/BEZOS-UKRAINE-BILLIONAIRES-GettyImages-1341554748.png Dear Jeff Bezos, I know these are troubling times for you and the 2,667 other members of the world’s billionaire club. According to Forbes, there used to be 2,755 of you, but the world’s current turbulence has relegated 87 of you to the mere ranks of multimillionaires and shaved your collective worth by $400…

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Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?

https://foreignpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/1-COVID-britain-book-review-preventable-GettyImages-1209024037.jpg A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear on a wall on Bath Street in Glasgow, England, in April 2020. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images During a recent trip to London, I saw almost no one wearing a mask—except for American tourists, who were easily identifiable because they wore…

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Commonwealth’s Fissures Exposed at Week of Meetings

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2022/06/25/world/25commonwealth-01/25commonwealth-01-moth.jpg This year’s summit for the group of nations came as they grappled with the place of the monarchy, and as many were forging connections with powers like China and Russia. KIGALI, Rwanda — As the leaders of the Commonwealth wrapped up a week of closed-door meetings, panel discussions and formal dinners on Saturday in…

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Mandela Fellows Receive Training at Denver’s Posner Center

DENVER (Africa News Matters) —Since its inception in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship program has seen participation from more than 5000 young African leaders from all countries on the continent. That’s according to the Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) program website.   The fellowship program, a significant part of YALI, works in…

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Commonwealth Meeting in Rwanda Has a Long Agenda. Human Rights Isn’t on It.

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2022/06/24/world/24Rwanda-Commonwealth3/24Rwanda-Commonwealth3-moth.jpg A summit of the organization that was born out of the embers of the British Empire is being held for the first time in the African country, but discussion of the host’s alleged abuses is conspicuously missing. KIGALI, Rwanda — Presidents, princes and prime ministers from across the world gathered on Friday in Kigali,…

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