‘Afro-optimism’ on the rise among continent’s youth, finds survey

Young people found to be overwhelmingly keen to tackle Africas challenges head on, challenging negative stereotypes Young people across Africa are confident that the continent is heading for an era of success fuelled by technology and entrepreneurship, according to a new survey. The Africa Youth survey, which claims to be the largest of its kind,…

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‘I reinvented the hair tie from my uni halls’

To combat this “numb” feeling, Sophie, then 18, went to an “anything but clothes” night at the students’ union, where partygoers wear costumes they’ve made out of random items. Image copyright Invisibobble Image caption Invisibobble hair ties are now sold in more than 70 countries Sales grew quickly, and Invisibobble went international in 2013. Pairing…

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Andrew Yang ends 2020 presidential campaign

(CNN)Andrew Yang suspended his political campaign on Tuesday in New Hampshire, ending the upstart run that vaulted the businessman from complete obscurity to a Democratic contender backed by a devoted following known as the Yang Gang. Yang said he did not make the decision lightly, and that he had every intention of staying in the…

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Jim Brown Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of activist, actor and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown. He played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns. Birth name: James Nathaniel Brown Father: Swinton Brown, a professional boxer Mother: Theresa Brown, a housekeeper Marriages: Monique Gunthrop (1997-present); Sue Jones (1958-1972, divorced) Children: with Monique Gunthrop: Aris…

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Casper is about to go public. It’s not looking good

New York (CNN Business)Casper has priced its initial public offering at $12 per share. That was the low end of its already drastically reduced target price. “The clear lack of enthusiasm among IPO investors stands in contrast to the continued interest in [consumer] companies,” said Gary Dushnitsky, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at London Business…

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From Ariana Grande to Donald Glover: the celebrities endorsing Democrats for president

Famous faces have thrown support and in some cases money behind their favourite candidates in the 2020 primary race Celebrity endorsements can be a powerful tool to reach voters, even if their impact can be mixed. But with less than a week to go before the caucuses in Iowa the crucial first voting state in…

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Meet the social media master who could win Trump a second term

Brad Parscale was the outsider who fashioned Trumps digital campaign in 2016. Now his workaholic campaign manager, is he a creative thinker or an over-promoted troll Made my night, tweeted Brad Parscale, approvingly. He was referring to a doctored video in which his head was superimposed on a professional basketball player, leaping up and swatting…

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Town of the Year push falls flat after failure to realise site is a city

Wolverhampton, chosen as launch location for contest, has not been a town since 2000 A new government Town of the Year competition has backfired spectacularly after officials failed to realise that it was being launched in a place that has been a city for 19 years. Civic leaders in Wolverhampton expressed incredulity after the communities…

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‘Extreme privilege’: Ivanka Trump faces backlash over keynote speech at CES

Decision to have presidents daughter deliver keynote invited scathing criticism, especially from women in the tech industry Ivanka Trump faced a backlash for her lack of tech qualifications from industry figures ahead of her speech at a big annual technology industry show in Las Vegas. Trump was set to deliver the keynote speech on Tuesday…

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After Julin Castros departure, Latinx voters wonder: when will it be ‘our time’? | Ed Morales

It is difficult not to see the mostly white presidential field as partly a product of the medias lack of interest in Hispanics and candidates of color About a year ago, Julin Castro announced he was running for president in front of an adoring hometown West San Antonio crowd. He was bursting with optimism that…

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