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September 21, 2017 11:27 AM Liberian Female Journalist Wins Regional Award in Nigeria

Lagos — Ms. Martina Brooks, a Liberian female journalist, has been officially awarded as 'The West Africa On-Air Personality 2017 Award'. A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria says Brooks was crowned at an event held at a hotel in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, September 17, 2017. According to the organizers, the Liberian won as a result of her "immense 2

September 14, 2017 11:06 AM DRC foes agree to probe Kinshasa violence

Kinshasa - Congo's presidential candidates have launched an inquiry into how their private armies came to fight battles in the capital last week and are working to ensure a run-off vote is peaceful, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Representatives for President Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel leader and Kabila's challenger in a second 1

September 11, 2017 11:48 AM Botswana: Of BFA, Bolting Chief Exercutives

Gaborone — Thuso Dikgaka, Keith Masters, Kitso Kemoeng, Duncan Kgame, Mooketsi Kgotlele and Judge Mookodi are some of the Botswana Football Association (BFA)chief executive officers (CEO) who have not completed their term. In fact no CEO or executive secretary has ever completed his term in office with the BFA except for Ashford Mamelodi. BOPA reporter 3

September 7, 2017 9:36 PM Democracy By Sneeze: When Wild Dogs Must Decide, They Vote With Their Noses

Look deeply into those soulful eyes ... but watch out for that nose. When it comes time to decide whether to leave, this African wild dog may be trying to say more to its pack with the latter. Humans the world over have devised varied ways to note the opinions of a group. Want to cast a vote? Take your pick between ballots, raised hands or inked fingers 3

September 6, 2017 8:15 PM Wild dogs "vote" with their noses: African packs "sneeze" to make decisions

A group of wild dogs in Africa uses sneezes as a kind of voting system over whether or not to move onto the next place, a new study has found. The African wild dogs in Botswana flit between rest periods and energetic social greetings, called rallies, before moving to the next place. A group of researchers involving Swansea University, the University 17

September 6, 2017 7:39 AM Democratic dogs sneeze for their supper

An international team of researchers has uncovered an interesting technique packs of wild African dogs use to make collective decisions. Observing these creatures in the wild, the team found that they use their sneezes to vote on whether or not the pack should move off and start hunting its next target. The work stems from observations of African wild dogs taking 6

September 5, 2017 11:06 PM How African Wild Dogs Sneeze at Each Other to Communicate

Co-author Andrew King of Swansea University added that the sneezes act as a type of quorum, where the sneezes have to reach a certain threshold before the pack changes its activity. “Quorum-like responses occur in lots of different species,” King said. “For example, ants or bees use quorums when moving to new nest sites. In the case of bees, which dance 10

September 5, 2017 11:00 PM Something to sneeze about: Democratic voting in African wild dog packs

Scientists studying African wild dogs in Botswana have found members of this endangered species use sneezes to vote on when the pack will move off and start hunting. The research, by an international team working at the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Study senior author Dr Neil Jordan, a research 6

September 4, 2017 7:12 AM Breaking: Pro-Ivory Trade Country’s Change of Heart Upends Elephant Debate

In a surprising about-face, Botswana—the country with the largest remaining number of wild elephants—has thrown its weight behind a proposal to end trading elephant ivory for good. The move, announced at a major international wildlife conference, puts Botswana at odds with its southern African counterparts, which continue to support limited legal ivory 13

August 28, 2017 4:00 AM AG unaware of 2019 voter registration dates

Recently, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) made an early announcement of the registration dates for the 2019 general elections. The IEC announced that it would conduct registration from September 3 to November 11, 2018 for those eligible to vote in the 2019 general elections. The commission said the decision was largely due to the amendment 3