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2013-10-17 23:19:07

Worldreader receives grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover if e-readers and local books in Africa’s libraries help eradicate illiteracy in the developing world. San Francisco, California (PRWEB) October 17, 2013 Worldreader (worldreader.org), the nonprofit aiming to end illiteracy by providing digital books to children and families throughout the developing world, today announced a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to test what could be a...

2013-08-29 11:27:41

A malaria control method that targets mosquito larvae and pupae as they mature in standing water could be an important supplementary measure in the fight against the disease, according to a new report. The Cochrane review -- led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Durham University and other researchers in the UK and US -- is the first systematic review looking at using larval source management (LSM) to control malaria, which causes an estimated...

2013-08-24 23:00:06

President McRobbie will visit groundbreaking IU-Moi University AMPATH partnership in Kenya, one of the largest, most comprehensive public health efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. Bloomington, IN (PRWEB) August 25, 2013 Indiana University President Michael McRobbie will leave Saturday for a two-week trip to Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, the first trip to Africa by a sitting IU president in more than two decades. The trip will further IU's educational reach internationally; increase...


Latest sub-Saharan Africa Reference Libraries

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2013-07-16 10:56:07

The inspector (Chalcostephia flavifrons), also known as the yellowface, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia, among many other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers a habit in tropical and subtropical areas near lakes, marshes, wetlands, swamps, and springs. The total population number and population trends of this species are unknown and it is threatened by habitat loss due to...

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2009-02-27 15:34:28

The African Wattled Lapwing or Senegal Wattled Plover (Vanellus senegallus) is a species of wading bird of the family Charadriidae. It is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests. Although it is mostly a resident species, it does show seasonal movements. Its thrives in wet lowlands and damp grassland. It is a readily noticeable and unmistakable bird. It is brown with a black crown, white forehead and large yellow facial wattles. The tail is white and tipped black. The...

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2009-01-17 15:45:21

The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers more wooded country than most bee-eaters. It is somewhat migratory depending on rainfall patterns. This is a richly colored, slender bird, like other bee-eater species. Its colors and easily seen forked tail make this species unique. It is mostly green with a yellow throat and black eye stripe and beak. It is about...

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2008-11-29 19:27:30

The White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer), is a species of swift that is similar to a house martin, but is completely unrelated to that species. They are native to sub-Saharan Africa, and have expanded into Morocco and southern Spain. The wintering grounds of those that migrate is not well known. Only the tropical African populations are year-round residents. The White-rumped Swift is 5.5 to 6 inches long and has a short forked tail and long swept-back wings that resemble a boomerang or...

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2008-10-18 12:34:12

The Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris) also known as the Fiscal Shrike, or "Jacky Hanger", is a member of the shrike family found through most of Sub-Saharan Africa. It has a wide range of habitats from grassland to acacia or woodland. It avoids very dense areas where it is impaired by hunting. This is a unique 8.25 to 9 inch passerine with white underparts and black upperparts that extend from the top of the head down to the tail. It has a white V-shape on its back and a long black tail with...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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