Media

Ebola infected people in the urban area of ​​Congo, trial vaccination (MSF)

Mu Bandaka of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a city where river trading is popular with more than 1 million people facing the Congo River. The infected person was confirmed in Mu Bandaka, the situation became even more serious. It is located 120 kilometers north from Bikoro Equator, the place where the Ebola epidemic of this time occurred. According to the Ministry of Health of the Congo, there are 35 cases of Evola confirmed as of May 28, 25 of whom have died. Currently, 514 people have been notified by the health authorities as being possibly in contact with infected persons, and are under medical supervision. In the equatorial state where the epidemic began, May 28, Medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF) started Ebola trial vaccination. Healthcare workers and staff who care for patients in the field, and those who touched the infected persons are eligible. Mu Bandaka had been inoculated for medical staff one week before this vaccination. The Ebola vaccine "rVSVDG - ZEBOV" to be inoculated is used as part of the Ebola epidemic containment strategy. Since the vaccine is in the trial phase and unauthorized, it is administered according to the research protocol approved by the Congolese authorities and the ethics review committee of the capital Kinshasa and MSF's ethical review board. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement in the pandemic that occurred in 2014, 28,512 people were infected including suspected cases of infection and 11,313 people died (death rate 40%). Merck (Merck), a pharmaceutical leader in the production of rVSV-ZEBOV, donated 7,500 vaccines to the Congo. Meanwhile, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which promotes the spread of vaccination for children, supports 1 million dollars (about 109 million yen) for the administration of the vaccination program. MSF's medical director Mr. Mikaela Cerfini has six basic pillars for Ebola countermeasures: (1) treatment and isolation of infected people (2) early detection of infected persons (3) persons who have contacted the infected person (4) Enlightenment of local residents concerning prevention and treatment (5) Support of local medical institutions (6) It is a safe burial for the prevention of spread of infection, continuation of such measures for preventing Ebola from spreading I emphasize that it is indispensable. Ebola hemorrhagic fever: Trial vaccine started in endemic areas - Democratic Republic of Congo (5/30 MSF: Medical Doctors Without Borders) West Africa Ebola Hemorrhagic Epidemic in 2014 (Wikipedia) The world's first vaccination in Ebola outbreaks outbreaks in Africa Will you bring "the victory of mankind" (Wired.jp)

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France

Welcome refugees from Africa at village tourism (UNHCR)

One snowy day, 56 refugees from Africa arrived in a small village in the eastern part of France (about 800 people). Four months from now refugees will live in monasteries with the support of French NGO "France Horizon" and will build a foundation for living in this village. People from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and Nigeria escaped to the Thal-Marmoutier village. Some people have arrived via Libya and Niger. The refugee acceptance of this village is supported by the warm heart of many people. Will these days be in the village in Japan? It is Abdul that will oversee the NGO 'France Horizon'. We are running all day in various tasks, from accepting procedures, arranging for housing, hospital reservations, soap distribution. Silvian Anne, an elementary school teacher, is responsible for preparatory classes before refugee children enter the local school in the monastery. I say that it is a day that is stimulated by the children who are willing to work and always try hard. Teacher Muhammad is in charge of the classes of adults who are studying French. In order to blend in with French society, I teach about self-introduction and how to convey family situation, as well as about cultural differences such as election and split of powers. Nicolas who escaped from the Democratic Republic of Congo and gained French citizenship in 2009 has become a reliable counselor in social and educational aspects. It is his role to be able to understand refugee's feelings better than anyone else. Pierre and Dennis living opposite the monastery say that there was anxiety about accepting refugees at the village at the beginning. But the idea changed by touching refugees. I am sincerely welcoming them and I want to get familiarized with the village life as soon as possible. Mr. Distel is told that "I am happy that I have contributed even a little to the refugees' new life." Welcome refugees from Africa in Eastern France, Village Gurumi (UNHCR Japanese version) French village opens its doors and its heart to African refugees (4/27, 2018 UNHCR)

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Media

Gravity Light (GravityLight) to Nauright (NowLight)

Innovative GravityLight (gravity light) that generates light from gravity has won the 2013 Best Innovation Award. Through the spreading activity of gravity light, I also understood the situation that the kerosene lamp which is hazardous, many accidents and fuel cost can be used due to the danger of developing countries. The British non-profit organization GravityLight Foundation has also worked on improving the safe, pollution-free gravity light, but now the charging function of mobile phones and smartphones, which have been rapidly spreading in developing countries, is indispensable. We utilize the usefulness of gravity light to accumulate capacity that is not influenced by the weather, and we are developing Naurite (NowLight) which is much brighter and more operable, which further increases power generation efficiency. Nauright (NowLight) generates more than one hour of light by pulling the code for 1 minute. Power can be supplied from the USB port to the device. On sunny days you can fully charge from the solar panel in 5 hours. You can toggle five brightness from 10 lumen night lighting to 160 lumens super bright lighting. For purchasing tools to manufacture NowLight, we are implementing a fixed fund raising campaign at Cloud Funding (Indiegogo). The target amount is 75,000 dollars, the remaining 17 days. (If you do not reach it, funds are zero) <Reached target amount on 5/24 postscript! > We can start production by supporting the campaign and can also give power to the refugee camp family in Rwanda through cooperation with IFRC (International Red Cross Red Crescent Federation). I am supporting you as well. (Caroline Angus) The world's most attractive "African nation" ICT nation "Rwanda's wonders (02/27 Forbes Japan) Manufactured in Africa Gravity light (GravityLight: GL 02)

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Movie

Marvel's new hero movie "Black Panther"

Black Panther (Black Panther) is a US Superhero movie produced by Marvel Studio and distributed by Disney. It is a live-action filmized work of "Marvan Comic" 's "Black Panther", but it has become a work with many topics. First of all, Marvel's first black superhero alone work, including director Ryan Koogler, who starring, Chadwick Bozeman, Michael B. Jordan, Rupita Nyongo, Angela Basset and others are all blacks. Rolling Stone magazine says, "For many years, diversity has not been accepted, but changes the situation." A group called "Defeat the Disney's franchise and its fans" started exercising on the Facebook site to criticize "Black Panther" at Rotten Tomatoes, a major criticism site. The group claimed that Disney manipulated critics to write a bad review on DC comic movies and calls for a retribution to make the audience review criticized. Rotten tomato announces the statement "We can quickly delete their comments as we can not tolerate hate speech." Facebook also deleted the page of the group and commented that "we are against the hate speech and bullying and neither can do on our platform." Many movie people cast doubts on simplifying and quantifying film criticism, and Martin Scorsese said: "For serious film makers, these sites are full of hostilities, which is called rotten tomato (rotten tomato) It is humiliating from the name. " The new hero is a young king Ti Chala, another name is a jet black hero "Black Panther". His mission with two faces is to protect the secret of the homeland super civilized nation Wakanda "the virginium with the power to destroy the world". It seems that it is becoming a high-speed action entertainment where a mysterious new hero moves. Box earnings are also drawing attention from previous reputation. Black Panther (2018) (2018) Rating: 6.7 BLACK PANTHER (2018) TOMATOMETER 98% Rotten Tomato Marvel Studios' Black Panther (YouTube) 10 videos Criminal calls ... Anti "Black Panther" Organization's page is deleted (2/5 Cinema Today) "Movie related information on" Black Panther "(Cinema Today))

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Media

Kenya's first girls alpine skier challenges Pyeongchang Olympics

The opening ceremony was held at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium from 8 pm on February 9, and it opens gorgeously. At the Winter Olympics to be held until 25th, Mr. Sabrina Wanjiku Simader (19 years old) from Africa / Kenya will participate as the first women's alpine skier in Kenya. Although Kenya produces the world's top level athletes on land long distances, the vast land of Africa is free of snow and cold climates, with little experience in winter sports. In addition, it will be the only girls player in Africa. In Austria, Sima del plays a training base in Austria, won the Winter Olympic Games qualification in the winter Olympics at the Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 in Switzerland in February 2017, and in the Pyeongchang Olympics, I will challenge you. I want you to work hard (^ ^) Sima dele wants to take the mother who supported the dream of participating in the Olympics from the time of childhood (father dies in 2012) to Pyeongchang Olympics. Then challenge Crowd Funding (I believe in you) about the funds for making their own participation expenses (including team travel expenses and stay expenses) and alpine racing suit (designing favorite snow leopard) was doing. Earn 11,411 EUR (about 1.53 million yen) exceeding the target amount and challenge the dream Pyeongchang Olympics alpine skiing. PyeongChang2018 (Website) PyeongChang 2018 - 2018 평창 동계 올림픽 대화 및 동계 패럴림픽 대화 (Facebook) Sabrina Simader (en: Website) Simonel's official website 19-year-old Simonel in Kenya, to the Pyeongchang Olympics as the first national women's alpine skier (AFPBB News)

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Media

Fun roots of music and African single origin theory

The African single origin theory is the theory of natural anthropology that human ancestry on the earth was born in Africa and then propagated all over the world. With the progress of molecular phylogenetic analysis (so-called mitochondria · Eve, Y chromosome Adam, etc.), human beings were found to have common ancestry 14 to 200 thousand years ago, but here, "Russian folk songs" Composer Yoshimatsu Takashi's blog post was fun and I will introduce it. Takashi Yoshimatsu says, "People in Europe (Europe and the Americas) who is the origin of classical music have African memories in genetic information, so blood is stirring on beat music like rock originating in Africa, Even Japanese people are the same) but they are not "traveling east". So, of course, there are no memories of the Middle East or Asia, and I do not feel nostalgia for those music. " And, "We Japanese are living at the end of the great trip unexplored (Far East), so we feel nostalgia (even if deep shallow but there is a difference) in the music of all cultures spanned by their ancestors" I said. According to the African single origin theory, there is no genetic information in North America or South America in Japanese. Even in light of oneself, I can feel convinced that feeling nostalgia for classical music and Russian folk songs about music and feeling that African beat music is pleasant (lol) YouTube is one that represents Russian folk songs that a pretty girl sings It's a song "Kuchuchasha (with Japanese subtitles)" (^^) Journey to follow the roots of music ... over Russian folk songs (2009/4 Takashi Yoshimatsu: composer)

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Movie

A beautiful and charming short piece "MOROCCO"

It is an impressive picture that occupies nearly one-third of the continent of Africa, staring at the dawn of the world's largest Sahara Desert (The Sahara). While making a world trip with her husband and wife, we are making short movie works. The short piece "MOROCCO" is attractive with images capturing lively facial expressions such as craftsmen working in the beautiful nature and cluttered markets of Morocco, children, traditional musicians. It attracts loose slow motion video and people who can watch peculiar rhythm performance. I created Nathaniel Connella, freelance visual director / editor. I was engaged in CM production for 6 years in Los Angeles, now I am traveling the world as a tipsy gypsy with an interior designer's wife (^^) TheTipsyGypsies (Website) Country, blog, self-introduction TheTipsyGypsies ( Facebook) Have fun traveling photos MOROCCO from Nathaniel Connella on Vimeo.

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Innovation

Measures against drought using fruits (Google Science Fair 2016)

Congratulations to all the winners of "Google Science Fair 2016". Grappuri in 2016 was awarded "Fruit-based drought countermeasure" by Mr. Kiara Nirghin (16 years old). (Third person from the left) Mr. Chiara is living in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. South Africa is currently suffering from the worst drought in the past 20 years as well as neighboring countries. Mr. Chiara thinks that special materials that can hold hundreds of times the moisture content when mixed in the soil will be a definitive solution to meet the water demand over the long term. Normally these materials are synthetic materials containing large amounts of harmful chemical substances, they are nonbiodegradable and too expensive for farmers. So, Mr. Chiara found an ideal material that is inexpensively available in the skin of "Orange" and developed a method of storing soil moisture combining this material with "avocado" through research. Mr. Chiara wishes that this low cost material will lead to farmer cost reduction and agricultural crop drought countermeasures while reducing waste in the juice manufacturing industry. Explanation of the project In the future, Mr. Chiara will be invited from Google to SAP from the Google Mentors will be attached to support research and development. It is thought that the research towards commercialization of SAP will progress further. Google Science Fair 2016 (Official site) Project of each award Google Science Read more

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Media

The first National African American Historical and Cultural Museum in the United States

On September 24, the celebration of the opening of the "National Museum of African American History and Culture" was held in Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America. This museum is close to the White House and the Washington Commemorative Tower, the 19th as a museum and research facility developed by the Smithsonian museum. It is the first national museum to record and display the historical truth of African Americans who have been discriminated in the United States, their achievements and culture. Buildings inspired by traditional art and architecture in West Africa and Yoruba are covered with bronze walls. Design is from the hands of Tanzania and architect David Adjaye who is based in London. About half of the products in the hall are donated products and more than 36,000 items are stored. The museum, which was initially conceived about 100 years ago, opened a ceremony in which the black men were shot dead by police officers in various parts of the United States, and racial tension increased. President Obama at the opening ceremony including the definition / history / popular celebrities such as African American (Google search) President Obama said, "This museum is not only a coexistence of protest action and love for the country but also existence that gives each other knowledge "It is a place to understand something" and "The history of African Americans is not separated from the history of the United States itself, it is not the back of the history of the United States, it is the story of the United States itself "I added. Full movie distribution of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Official Website) commemoration ceremony given (UST) givenmaahc.org (Website) Construction time lapse and appearance / internal design CG video The African American Museum opened, history of suffering and glory (AFPBB News)

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Innovation

SpaceX "Falcon 9" Explosion, Facebook's Satellite Destruction

On September 1, the SpaceX unmanned rocket "Falcon 9", which was scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida on September 3, exploded while preparing for launch. This mission was to launch Facebook satellite "AMOS-6". SpaceX announced that this explosion damaged Falcon 9 and cargo "AMOS - 6". As for AMOS-6, Facebook was equipped with Israel's communication satellite "AMOS-6" as part of the Internet.org project. If the launch was successful, we should be able to build a network connection environment that can be used cheaply in existing terminals in Africa. Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Africa during her stay at the beginning of the online connection environment, said on our own Facebook, "Our satellite, which was supposed to provide an Internet connection environment for the people of Africa with the failure of SpaceX launch, Fortunately, we are also developing other technologies like Aquila, everyone enjoyed the services that satellites that were destroyed should have provided in the future I will continue my efforts until I can do it. " Eleon Mask CEO of SpaceX said on Twitter on its own that "an explosion that caused Falcon loss occurred near the top of the oxygen tank during filling of the propellant, details are under investigation." According to SpaceX, there is no injured person. Operator of AMOS-6 is AMOS Spacecom of Israel, but the company was bought by Xinwei Group in China at the end of last month and was entering Chinese companies. According to Spaceflight Now of the U.S. space related media, corrupted satellites are equivalent to $ 200 million. Loss of Falcon vehicle today during propellant fill operation. Originated around upper stage oxygen tank. Cause still unknown. More soon. - Elon Read more

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Media

Supporting more than 1.2 million women entrepreneurs by "5 by 20" (Coca-Cola)

On 15th April, the Coca-Cola Company has made steady progress towards the goal of realizing the economic strength of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020 throughout the Coca-Cola value chain Announced that it is. As of the end of 2015, the "5 by 20" initiative has supported women entrepreneurs of more than 1.2 million people in 60 countries in total since the start of 2010. Mr. Noko who runs the restaurant while raising five children at Dipslut in South Africa learn bookkeeping, marketing and other business skills at Coca-Cola's 5 by 20 program and workshop provided by UN Women It flew. Mr. Noko says he gained confidence thanks to the program and earnings have nearly doubled. "As I occasionally look back on my business and realize how much I've grown, I feel like crying with the proud feelings overflowing and now I do not feel uneasy about the future, how much can we achieve from now I am excited about the idea. " The 5 by 20 initiative overcomes the challenges of female entrepreneurs involved in the entire value chain of Coca-Cola, such as agricultural producers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, recyclers, handicraft writers, We are doing support for doing. By providing support by business skills, financial services, assets, peers and leaders' networks, 5 by 20 supports women's entrepreneurial success and at the same time to create a sustainable community. 5 by 20 (Website) About 5 by 20 The Coca-Cola Company Supporting More than 1.2 Million Women Entrepreneurs by "5 By 20" Initiative (Businesswire) According to survey results, sales of women who received business skills and training average 44% Improvement The origin of the name of Coca-Cola was that it used coca leaves (including cocaine as ingredients) and cola fruit (almost then African at that time) as raw materials. Until banned by law, cocaine ingredients were actually present, although in trace amounts. Frank Robinson, accounting manager and a friend of Dr. John Pemberton, named it. Delivering Happiness Through the Years (coca - colacompany.com) Vintage photos of Coca - Cola delivery trucks from the Coca - Cola Archives

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Media

African-born hero cartoon culture bloomed (Comic Republic)

The superheroes born in Africa are attracting attention. Unlike the American comic hero like X - Men 's storm, which is the princess of a fictitious country, the heroes created by Nigeria' s manga studio, Comic Republic, is the continent of Africa where both births and battles fight . Jide Martins (37), who founded Comic Republic, said that when he was a college student, he said, "When Superman came to Nigeria, he began thinking about what to do," the capital Lagos Lagos) 's home apartment, I am producing super heroes from Africa, lined up by Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman. Martin's says, "People are searching for a new yearning that is out of norms," ​​"You can save the world even if you are not a white man." The local superhero industry, which incorporated the tradition of voodoo and occult faith rooted in the continent of Africa, is rapidly growing. Although Comic Republic is one of the few startup companies, "Zeus and other Gods gods are known, but no one knows about Yoruba's thunder shank (Shango)," 23 years old Illustrator talks. Even if it is not a white man can save the world ─ Africa hero manga culture flowering (AFPBB News) Comic Republic (Website) Comic Republic (Facebook) Comic Republic (Twitter)

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