Update: US, UK teams share $10M XPRIZE award

U.S. 05/15/19, 22:03

The Latest on the competition for the XPrize For Global Learning (all times local):8 p.m.A US company founded by game-developer parents who wanted to help their special-needs son and a London-based educational nonprofit have won a $10 million award for software they developed to teach illiterate children to teach themselves ...

$10M XPRIZE for software that teaches illiterate to read

Tech 05/15/19, 00:22

The challenge was to develop software that could easily be downloaded onto tablets that poor children around the world could use to teach themselves to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The incentive was $10 million for the winner.Nearly 200 teams from 40 countries around the world jumped at the ...

A groundbreaking beauty pageant for those with albinism

Africa 12/01/18, 04:03

A groundbreaking beauty pageant for people with albinism has encouraged confidence and inclusion for people who remain the target of sometimes deadly stigma in Africa.The first Mr. and Miss Albinism East Africa pageant on Friday night in Kenya's capital saw participants from Tanzania and Uganda as well.Elizabeth James of Tanzania ...

Prince William visits Africa ahead of UK wildlife conference

Africa 09/25/18, 05:47

Britain's Prince William is in Africa this week to discuss threats to conservation ahead of a London conference on the illegal wildlife trade.The Duke of Cambridge was in Namibia on Tuesday and will visit Tanzania and Kenya. On Monday he met Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba. The prince's weeklong trip ...

Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed 227

Africa 09/24/18, 08:09

Tanzania's government has launched an inquest into the cause of the ferry disaster, in which 227 people died when a boat capsized in Lake Victoria last week. The government is also taking steps to build a bigger ferry.Coffins of some of the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry capsizing ...

Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Africa 09/23/18, 12:10

Burials started Sunday of the 224 people who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania's State broadcaster said Sunday.Coffins for the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry are transported by another ferry to Ukara Island, Tanzania Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The death toll soared past 200 on ...

Update: Survivor found after 2 days in Tanzania capsized ferry

Africa 09/22/18, 07:11

The Latest on capsized Tanzanian ferry (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A Tanzanian official says a survivor has been found in a capsized ferry two days after the deadly disaster on Lake Victoria. Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella tells reporters that the engineer was found near the engine of the vessel. After hearing knocking ...

Death toll rises to 167 in Tanzania ferry disaster

Africa 09/22/18, 06:46

A Tanzanian official says the death toll from a capsized ferry on Lake Victoria has risen to 167 while wooden coffins have arrived at the scene.The government's Chief Secretary John Kijazi spoke to reporters after the country's president ordered the arrests of those responsible for the disaster.The badly overloaded ferry ...

Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

Africa 09/20/18, 22:56

The death toll rose above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun.The toll was likely to go up, John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, told The Associated Press after dozens ...

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