Africa: Heads of State Meet About Novel Coronavirus [African Union] President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a second and follow-up teleconference meeting of the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Government, on 3 April 2020, to discuss the African response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The following members of the Bureau […]

Mozambique: Isaltina Lucas Becomes Advisor to Prime Minister [AIM] Maputo -The Budget Monitoring Forum (FMO), a Mozambican civil society body at the forefront of denouncing the scandal of the country’s “hidden debts”, has protested at the appointment of one of the architects of those debts, Maria Isaltina Lucas, as an adviser to Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario. Vía AllAfrica News: Latest […]

South Africa: COVID-19 – SA’s Looming Ventilator Shortage [spotlight] A key concern in the fight against the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) pandemic internationally has been a shortage of medical equipment, particularly ventilators. As the number of confirmed cases increases in South Africa, the private and public sectors are planning for the anticipated need, but it is still unclear whether we will have […]

Stress-Relieving ASMR Channels – Gibi ASMR is a YouTube Channel That Focuses on Role-play and Makeup (

( YouTube has always been an excellent source of content for those looking to relax and Gibi ASMR is one such channel that provides the widely sought after ‘Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response&#… More:

Trend Micro Honored as 2019 Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for Security

DALLAS — Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced that it has been awarded as the 2019 Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for Security. This award recognizes accomplishments on Google Cloud and further confirms Trend Micro’s leadership in cloud security. Read More More:

RollWorks Becomes a LaunchPoint Accelerate Partner, Adding Additional Data and Machine Learning Capabilities for Account-Based Marketing

The two-way connection between RollWorks and Marketo Engage provides an enhanced view of potential buyers, mapping individuals to roles and accounts in order to show the impact and ROI of marketing campaigns through complex buying-committee-based sales cycles. A joint customer in the HR technology industry who has begun using the RollWorks-Marketo Engage data sync has […]

Africa: Four Ways Nigeria Can Reduce Importing COVID-19 Via Its Border [allAfrica] As the COVID-19 pandemic rages globally, the African continent has not been severely affected. Overall, Africa — a continent of 1.2 billion people — has reported 9,310 cases. Looking at Nigeria, despite being the most populated country in Africa, it has just reported 232 cases, 5 deaths and discharged 32. As encouraging as Nigeria’s COVID-19 situation is, […]

‘This is a matter of food security for our country’: Farms facing crop losses due to foreign worker delays

WINNIPEG — Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country’s fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual. Read More More:

Some Canadian firms seeing a ‘sharp’ decline in demand amid coronavirus outbreak – Bank of Canada survey

OTTAWA — Some Canadian firms are seeing a sharp decline in demand from an outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak, while others are still bracing for a potential economic hit, a special Bank of Canada survey showed on Monday. Read More More:

Real Matters to Announce Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results on May 6, 2020

TORONTO — Real Matters Inc. (“Real Matters”), a leading network management services provider for the mortgage lending and insurance industries, will announce its second quarter financial results for 2020 via news release on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, before market open. Read More More:

Japanese social media celebrity Pikotaro returns with hand-washing video

Japanese social media celebrity Pikotaro returned as a leading Twitter trend in Japan with a hand-washing song rebranded from his viral Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen jingle. The ‘Pray-for-People-and-Peace’ video was among the top five in a Twitter trend ranking in Japan on Monday (April 6). More:

‘All bets are off’: M&A in Canada derailed by novel coronavirus outbreak

Canada’s mergers and acquisitions activity slumped almost 57 per cent in the first quarter from a year ago, to its lowest level since 2015, as dealmakers grappled with the fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak while bracing for a massive slowdown over the coming months. Read More More:

Domtar Announces Temporary Idling of Paper Capacity to Address COVID-19 Related Business Impact

FORT MILL, S.C. — Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced that it will temporarily idle the operations of its Kingsport, Tennessee mill and the A62 paper machine at its Ashdown, Arkansas mill for three months in response to the unforeseeable business conditions driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More More:

Dedicated Messenger App Releases – Facebook Launched a Desktop App Due to Increased Traffic (

( Facebook released a dedicated Messenger app for desktops, and the app will be available to both Mac and PC computers. The dedicated Messenger app will be able to sync with the user’s mobile app,… More:

Compass Minerals Provides First-Quarter Snow Data, Segment Sales and COVID-19 Impact Updates

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP), a leading global provider of essential minerals, reported today that first-quarter 2020 winter weather activity in both its North American and U.K.-served markets was below average, resulting in lower-than-expected highway deicing salt sales volumes. Read More More:

Brightcove Launches New Mobile App to Streamline Employee Communications via Video

BOSTON — Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ:BCOV), the leading provider of cloud services for video, today announced Brightcove Engage™, a purpose-built application developed for internal communications professionals to inform employees using the most powerful and effective means of communication ever created: mobile video. With templates for quickly organizing content, analytics for monitoring engagement, and enterprise-grade security and […]

Aptum Appoints Alberto Da Anunciacao as Chief Infrastructure Officer

TORONTO — Aptum, a global hybrid cloud and managed services provider, today announced Alberto Da Anunciacao has been appointed to the role of Chief Infrastructure Officer. In his new role, Da Anunciacao will be responsible for building out and overseeing Aptum’s global IT infrastructure and managed IT capabilities, while supporting Aptum’s customers in 77 countries. […]

OutBack Power Announces Rapid Shutdown Solution With Tigo for Solar Charge Controllers

CAMPBELL, Calif. — Tigo Energy, Inc., pioneer of the smart Flex MLPE & TS4 Platform, together with OutBack Power, a design leader in battery-based renewable energy systems, have announced the compatibility of their respective Fire Safety solution and FLEXmax charge controllers for rapid shutdown. Read More More:

Morocco: Can Morocco Effectively Handle the COVID-19 Crisis? [Chatham House] The Moroccan government is capitalizing on a burst of unity, social solidarity and public support in the face of a crisis. However, if it fails to effectively mitigate the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this spirit of solidarity and cooperation will not last long. Vía AllAfrica News: Latest […]

A Weird Thing I Did: I Challenged Myself To Watch As Many Instagram Lives As Possible

Since its inception, I have had a natural resistance to Instagram Live. On principle, I don’t like a genre of entertainment that preys on my passivity. While I’m already-quite-passively scrolling on the app, a notification pops up to tell me “@jigsawpuzzle86 is live,” appealing to my curiosity and prompting a knee-jerk reaction to join. I […]

Six-week wait for wage subsidy may be too long for some businesses and their employees caught in coronavirus crisis

Canada’s tight-knit group of large banks can be a well-oiled machine in times of crisis, and may have been the logical choice to administer the federal government’s $71-billion program to pay a 75-per-cent wage subsidy to help small and medium-sized businesses weather the coronavirus crisis. Read More More:

European Commission Approves Takeda’s ALUNBRIG® (brigatinib) as a First-Line Treatment for ALK+ NSCLC

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & OSAKA, Japan — Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that the European Commission (EC) extended the current marketing authorization of ALUNBRIG (brigatinib) to include use as a monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) previously not treated with an ALK […]

Sherritt Announces Extension of the Early Consent Date to April 7 and Update on Noteholder Votes in Connection with its Transaction

TORONTO — Sherritt International Corporation (“Sherritt” or the “Corporation”) (TSX:S) announced today that, in order to provide holders (“Noteholders”) of the Corporation’s outstanding (i) 8.00% senior unsecured debentures due 2021, (ii) 7.50% senior unsecured debentures due 2023, and (iii) 7.875% senior unsecured notes due 2025 (collectively, the “Existing Notes”) with additional time to become entitled […]

Wine Harvest Is Happening in the Southern Hemisphere — Producers From 5 Countries Weigh In

Covid-19 is having a major and possibly devastating effect on the wine industry as a whole — tasting rooms across the globe are closed and many depend on visitation for sales — but it’s been especially difficult for wineries in the Southern Hemisphere, which also happen to be in the throes of wine’s most demanding […]

Liberia: Jangalojuba – a Coronavirus Song That May Just Save So Many Lives [FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Close to a dozen of songs by superstar Liberian artists have been produced in the last two weeks to raise awareness in the fight against Coronavirus. The songs, including the one by Liberian president George Weah, have been keeping the nation on its heels. Vía AllAfrica News: Latest