Viettel’s latest rebranding matches the group’s mission of pioneering the creation of digital societies

HANOI, Vietnam, Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Viettel Group has unveiled a new logo and new slogan as part of an extensive rebranding initiative, 16 years after the introduction of the last branding in 2004. The rebranding reflects Viettel’s strategic diversification in recent years. Having realized its mission of “Popularizing telecommunication services” in Vietnam, in 2018, Viettel announced its mission […]

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SweeGen Announces Successful Scale-up of Bestevia® Reb N

Further expands the sweet taste solution toolbox for tackling sugar reduction. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Jan. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SweeGen is making possible a healthier, more guilt-free, and sweeter world with the commercialization of Bestevia® Rebaudioside N (Reb N), a special zero-calorie, highly sought-after natural stevia sweetener. Reb N is a naturally occurring […]

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West and Central Africa – Food Security Highlights, December 2020

Introduction At the close of 2020, the food security situation in Central and Western Africa is a mixed picture. Although COVID-19 infection rates remained low compared to global figures, the impact of the pandemic led to reduced economic growth stemming from national restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [1] is expected to enter recession in 2020, with an expected contraction of 3.6 percent of the regional economy.[2] The restrictions on movement of people and closure of workplaces…

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Save the Children: 5 urgent investments to get all children back to school and learning

As we enter 2021, the world continues to grapple with containing the deadly spread of the COVID-19 virus. And education continues to be the silent victim of this pandemic. Over a billion children’s education came to a standstill in the early months of 2020, and most were out of school for 6 months or more. Around 200 million children who were in school before the pandemic remain out of school. This number continues to fluctuate up and down as schools have to close and reopen again, either on an individual,…

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WHO, Partners Announce Ebola Vaccine Stockpile

Parts of the world ravaged by outbreaks of Ebola can now heave a small sigh of relief thanks to the stockpile of vaccine, the International Coordinating Group (ICG) announced Monday. The single-dose vaccine will allow affected countries, particularly those in Africa, to better contain the deadly virus during future outbreaks. “This new stockpile is an excellent example of solidarity, science and cooperation between international organizations and the private sector to save lives,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said in a Tuesday press release on the UNICEF website. The vaccine…

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Starvation Looms in Southern Madagascar, WFP Warns

GENEVA – The U.N. World Food Program warns five years of recurrent drought and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought southern Madagascar to its knees, with hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants struggling to find enough food to eat. Lack of rain and poor harvests have left more than one-third of southern Madagascar’s population short of food, not knowing from where their next meal will come. The World Food Program says 1.3 million people are going hungry, nearly double what it was in the same period last year. Lola Castro is…

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COVID-19 Kills Two Malawian Cabinet Members; President Declares State of National Disaster

BLANTRYE, MALAWI – Two ministers in the cabinet of Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera died Tuesday from COVID-19. The southern African country is dealing with a steep rise in cases, and in a televised address the president urged Malawians to take protective measures. Speaking on state media from his residence in the capital, Lilongwe, Chakwera ordered that national flags fly at half-staff, and called for three days of national mourning. Lingison Belekanyama was minister of local government and Muhammad Sidik Mia was minister of transport. Their deaths come as Malawi deals…

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