The true identity of Ludwig van Beethoven, long considered Europe’s greatest classical music composer. Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making…
“Piracy’s preserving effect, while little known, is actually nothing new. Through the centuries, the tablets, scrolls, and books that people copied most often and distributed most widely survived to the present. Libraries everywhere would be devoid of Homer, Beowulf, and even The Bible without unauthorized duplication.”—Provocative read on why history needs software piracy. Reminiscent of the story of how the widely pirated first edition of Arabian Nightsmade it one of the most influential pieces of storytelling in history. (via curiositycounts)
Trade between African countries would reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth, President Jacob Zuma said in Ethiopia on Saturday.
“Intra and inter-regional trade is not an option, it is an imperative,” Zuma said in a speech planned for delivery at the 26th New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) heads of state and government orientation committee meeting in Addis Ababa.
The Nepad meeting was a forerunner to the 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, which takes place on Sunday and Monday in the Ethiopian capital.
Zuma said Africa was poised for economic growth that could rival Asia, especially as the global economic balance of power shifted from north to south.
The International Monetary Fund said recently the economy of the African continent would grow by over five percent, on average, in the next two years.
“We have to take important steps to benefit from the opportunities that have become open,” Zuma said. Weak infrastructure was a threat to the development of the entire continent and was a priority of the African Union.
South Africa was leading the AU’s presidential infrastructure championing initiative and had been tasked with ensuring the north-south rail and road corridor was working. The corridor was the main trade route between Durban and Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania.
The initiative included physical and procedural improvements at border crossings, energy as well as information and communications technologies.
Excluding South Africa’s road network, the corridor measured 8600 kilometres - some of which needed immediate attention.
The assessment estimated that US6.9bn was needed for capital investment and recurrent costs. Some work on improving roads was already underway. The president said that Africa lent itself to railway infrastructure but much existing infrastructure was inadequate and in poor repair.
“There is work to be done. But we must proceed, all of us, with a greater sense of urgency, with greater cohesion and more collaboration.”
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As early as 2000, women were found to have surpassed men in Internet usage
78% of women in the US use the Internet for product information before making a purchase
33% research products and services on-line before buying offline Women account for 58% of all total online spending
22% shop online at least once a day
92% pass along information about deals or finds to others
The average number of contacts in their e-mail or mobile lists is 171
76% want to be part of a special or select panel
58% would toss a TV if they had to get rid of one digital device (only 11% would ditch their laptops)”—The Top 30 Stats You Need to Know When Marketing to Women (via thenextweb)