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Love, tech and online abuse of women

Love, tech and online abuse of women

WHEN Priya's boyfriend posted a nude photo of her online, he told her it would give her a confidence boost by making her an object of desire for other men. Instead she felt powerless knowing that someone she loved had shared an intimate photo without her consent. "He said all these people dream of having you but only I get to have you," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Mumbai, not wanting to reveal her real name. Priya's story is all too common. There has been a global rise in online harassment of women and girls in the past…
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Kenya police arrest prison warden over rape of patient in COVID-19 quarantine

Kenya police arrest prison warden over rape of patient in COVID-19 quarantine

KENYAN police arrested a prison warden accused of raping a female patient in a COVID-19 isolation facility he was meant to be guarding, a police report said on Friday. It was the latest in a string of incidents highlighting substandard conditions at some government-run coronavirus treatment centre in the East African country. The attack may add to fears overtreatment in government facilities that health experts have warned may deter Kenyans from coming forward to be tested for the new coronavirus. Earlier this year there were several breakouts from quarantine centre amid bitter complaints about inadequate food, water and hygiene from…
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Armed with social media, Zimbabwean youth fight coronavirus ‘infodemic’

Armed with social media, Zimbabwean youth fight coronavirus ‘infodemic’

KIM HARRISBERG and LUNGELO NDHLOVU  “DRINKING alcohol will kill the coronavirus”. “It is OK to share face masks”. “Africans cannot get COVID-19”. “The pandemic is not even real”. These are some of the coronavirus myths that a team of 20 Zimbabwean youth have been busting online since the country's lockdown began in late March, using social media and radio shows to reach an estimated 100,000 people to date. "There is a common saying that 'ignorance is bliss'. Well, in this instance, ignorance is not bliss, if anything ignorance is death," said Bridget Mutsinze, 25, a volunteer based in the capital,…
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South African restaurants plead for end to ‘job-killing’ restrictions

South African restaurants plead for end to ‘job-killing’ restrictions

NQOBILE DLUDLA THOUSANDS of South African restaurant and bar owners placed tables and chairs on the streets outside their premises on Wednesday in a nationwide protest against lockdown restrictions that prevent them from selling alcohol or trading after 9 p.m. The nation's hospitality sector is one of the hardest-hit by government restrictions imposed at the end of March to curb the spread of the coronavirus. At the end of June, restaurants were allowed to offer sit-down services again, but at limited capacity and without serving alcohol. But that is not enough for Llewy Mateza, owner of The Local Grill in…
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COVID-19 vaccine developer cautious on 2020 roll-out

COVID-19 vaccine developer cautious on 2020 roll-out

ALISTAIR SMOUT  THE University of Oxford's possible COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out by the end of the year but there is no certainty, the lead developer of the vaccine has announced. The experimental vaccine, which has been licensed to AstraZeneca, produced an immune response in early-stage clinical trials, data showed on Monday, preserving hopes it could be in use by the end of 2020. "The end of the year target for getting vaccine roll-out, it's a possibility but there's absolutely no certainty about that because we need three things to happen," Sarah Gilbert told BBC Radio. She said it…
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Caught flouting curfew in bar, Kenyan official quits COVID committee

Caught flouting curfew in bar, Kenyan official quits COVID committee

THE chairman of Kenya's senate committee overseeing the government's response to the coronavirus crisis has quit the post after police said he flouted an overnight curfew to enjoy drinks with others in a Nairobi bar. "I will bear responsibility ... I apologise to Kenyans and I will face the full consequences of the law," Johnson Sakaja, who represents Nairobi county and is a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, told reporters. Police said Sakaja was caught in the early hours of Saturday morning drinking with about 10 others, long after a 9 p.m.-4 a.m. curfew had set in. He is…
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Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama tests positive for COVID-19

Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama tests positive for COVID-19

NIGERIAN Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and became the first member of President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet to contract the new coronavirus. Onyeama, 64, said on Twitter he had taken a COVID-19 test because of a throat irritation. "Did my fourth Covid-19 test yesterday at the first sign of a throat irritation and unfortunately this time it came back positive," he tweeted. "Heading for isolation in a health facility and praying for the best." Buhari's cabinet has been conducting executive council meetings virtually as part of measures to keep the government working while…
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Russia expects to make COVID-19 vaccine being developed in Britain

Russia expects to make COVID-19 vaccine being developed in Britain

RUSSIA expects a deal with AstraZeneca for it to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the pharmaceuticals giant and Oxford University to go ahead despite allegations it has been trying to steal vaccine data, its wealth fund head said. Britain's National Cyber Security Centre said on Thursday that hackers backed by the Russian state were trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, allegations the Kremlin denied. Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said in an interview on Friday that the allegations were false and that Moscow did…
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Coronavirus fans flames of love in Nigeria’s online dating scene

Coronavirus fans flames of love in Nigeria’s online dating scene

NNEKA CHILE and ANGELA UKOMADU OREULUWA Akinnawo is in his element. Lagos's bars and restaurants are shut and Nigerians are struggling to socialise. The pandemic is his perfect time to find a soul mate online. "The dating thing during this restriction works perfectly for me because I'm really an indoors person," said Akinnawo, a 25-year-old digital marketer. Sparked by coronavirus, Akinnawo and others like him are part of a boom in internet dating tailored for Nigerian professionals. In Lagos, pre-outbreak courtship often revolved around social functions, as well as couples meeting through church or their mosque's social networks. Vybe, an…
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After losing jobs, many Sudanese struggle to make ends meet in Egypt

After losing jobs, many Sudanese struggle to make ends meet in Egypt

ULF LAESSING AFTER  losing his job as house cleaner in Cairo, Sudanese refugee Abdel-Nasser Khamis has been struggling to pay his bills. It's a fate shared by tens of thousands of migrants in Egypt, where the fallout from the coronavirus has hit the economy hard, U.N. officials and aid workers say. Coronavirus lockdowns also cost many Egyptians their jobs. More than a quarter of those who had a job have not been working since the government brought in measures to fight the pandemic, while more than half have been put on shorter hours, the statistics office says. In turn Egyptians…
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