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A betting man Would note all the hype And make plans here To sleep well at night @coloradotravis
World Of Finance

A betting man

Would be long the dollar

A betting man

Would have his stocks collared

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04-JAN-2021 :: What Will Happen In 2021
World Of Finance

Robert Frank Children with Sparklers in Provincetown Massachusetts, 1958 @deryainciderya

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Echoes By Stanley Onjezani Kenani @thecontinent_

The sun has vanished again Our skies are overcast. 

Above us Fly carrion birds, their sounds Bounce off our mountains 

Caw, caw, caw, caw, Echoing.

The sea parted once, and we Started crossing it barefoot But now angry waters Are closing in again Above us, 

the sound of birds Caw, caw, caw, caw, Echoing.

Every day the air is filled with nothing But the heady scent of stargazer lilies 

The children ask: where is mother? 

Only the sound of birds answers them Caw, caw, caw, caw,


When will the clouds clear again? When shall we again hear

The happy chatter of house sparrows? We don’t know, no one does.

For now day and night

The same sound fills the air: Caw, caw, caw, caw, Echoing.

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The Kaskazi monsoon whirls through the house and white horses roar on the reef. Soon after dusk the memories appear more vivid than in daylight and these parade through my fitful sleeps @spectator @TheHorseCure

When the children were small we lived with Mum for five years in Malindi and I loved seeing her every day

One evening I sat with her in this whirlpool of memories, frangipani scents flooding the room, jade geckos throwing long shadows across lamplit walls. 

It’s hard to imagine what the world will be like in 2046, or who will be here As a boy I remember hearing lion roaring in the bush behind the house. 

I used to go fishing with a man whose grandparents had been emancipated from an Arab slaving dhow. Today Malindi is a very big town

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Data from #Covid19 worldwide on February 13: + 346,764 cases in 24 hours, i.e. 108,536,515 in total @CovidTracker_fr

Data from #Covid19 worldwide on February 13: + 346,764 cases in 24 hours, i.e. 108,536,515 in total + 10,705 deaths in 24 hours, i.e. 2,394,479 in total

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08-FEB-2021 :: We are at peak vaccine euphoria

We are at peak vaccine euphoria

Global covid19 cases [are] falling at just under 2%/day @video4me

No one wants to think that

If you have a "normal" pandemic that is fading, but a "British variant" that is surging, the combined total can look like a flat, manageable situation. @spignal

They fancied themselves free, wrote Camus, ―and no one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences.

We've updated our preprint on the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01, aka B.1.1.7, with new statistical and modelling methods. 

Headline: we estimate VOC is 43–82% more transmissible than preexisting variants.

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Currency Markets at a Glance WSJ
World Currencies

Euro 1.2134

Dollar Index 90.34

Japan Yen 105.10

Swiss Franc 0.8913

Pound 1.3888

Aussie 0.7779

India Rupee 72.6115

South Korea Won 1102.12

Brazil Real 5.3701

Egypt Pound 15.601

South Africa Rand 14.469

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Prevalence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among blood donors in Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, and Free State provinces of South Africa in January 2021.

The estimated seroprevalence ranges from 31.8% in NC to 62.5% in the EC and is at least 8 fold higher than the official case count

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Africa is currently reporting a million new infections about every 44 days and has reported more than 3,765,000 since the pandemic began @ReutersGraphics

6 countries are still at the peak of their infection curve. Seychelles Mayotte South Sudan [at peak] Senegal ivory Coast 95% Ghana 93% 

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Countries w/ high COVID-19 avg case/day increase past 2wks @jmlukens

Somalia: 553%

Antigua and Barbuda: 517%

South Sudan: 452%

Congo (Brazzaville): 286%

Seychelles: 170%

Benin: 157%

Jamaica: 150%

Gabon: 138%

Mongolia: 132%

Iraq: 126%

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Five brigadier-generals have reportedly died in Tanzania in the past two weeks after developing Covid-like symptoms @thecontinent_

Doctors are forbidden to list Covid-19 as a cause of death, encouraged instead to write “acute pneumonia” on death certificates.

“Let the government avoid stammering about this while people are vanishing in my constituency. I’m tired of funerals and even today, they are burying a child of a ward councillor. Sometimes I go there without notifying you Mr Speaker,” said Issay, according to The Citizen newspaper.

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Merkel pronounced “You cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation...the limits of Populism are being laid bare.”
Law & Politics

Merkel pronounced “You cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation...the limits of Populism are being laid bare.”

The African @jairbolsonaro is of course @MagufuliJP

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The seven patients fell ill with diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding after attending a burial in Goueke sub-prefecture.

Those still alive have been isolated in treatment centres, the health ministry said.

But on Sunday, DRC reported a fourth new case of Ebola in North Kivu province where a resurgence of the virus was announced on Feb. 7.

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The first known emergence of Ebola Zaire—the hottest subtype of Ebola virus— happened in September, 1976, when the virus erupted simultaneously in fifty-five villages near the Ebola River.

Ebola Zaire is a slate-wiper in humans. It killed eighty- eight per cent of the people it infected. Apart from rabies and the human immunodeficiency virus, H.I.V., which causes aids, this was the highest rate of mortality that has been recorded for a human virus. 

Ebola was spread mainly among family members, through contact with bodily fluids and blood. Many of the people in Africa who came down with Ebola had handled Ebola-infected cadavers. It seems that one of Ebola’s paths wends to the living from the dead.

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Equinor ASA of Norway is writing off its $982million on liquified natural gas project in Tanzania (TLNG) @moneyacademyKE

State-Owned Equinor ASA of Norway is writing off its $982million (Kshs100b) on liquified natural gas project in Tanzania (TLNG), as overall economics have not improved and Tanzania has delayed approval of building onshore gas processing plant and export facility. 

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Horticultural exports in the 10 months to Oct 2020 v. a similar period in 2019: @MihrThakar
Kenyan Economy

Cut flowers +9.7% to Kshs. 91.8 billion

Fruits +48% to Kshs. 17.1 billion

Vegetables -11.4% to Kshs. 19.9 billion

During the period, the Shilling depreciated by slightly over 7%.

Source: KNBS

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by Aly Khan Satchu (www.rich.co.ke)
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