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AFRO-NETS> The MEDIA BEAT - 24 - September 18, 2000
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The MEDIA BEAT - 24 - September 18, 2000
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A. COMMUNICATION TRENDS
1. Connectivity - Brazil
TBT - September 13, 2000 - by Gustavbo Brasileiro The number of web-
surfers has reached to 8,6 million people in Brazil. According to the
research, 17,9% of the homes with telephone (about 50 million homes
in Brazil) have access to the Internet, which results in an estimate
of 3,1 million users in rural areas. The study also reveals that
56,72% of the web-surfers are men, 22% are students, and housewives
represent 4,9% of the total.
2. Literacy - Bangladesh
Daily Star - September 11, 2000 Gazipur awaits to be declared an "il-
literacy free" district after two years of silent revolution here
with enlistment of the last of the illiterate man as a literate per-
son. Of the total literate people, 1,74,890 are women and the remain-
ing 150,757 are men including children and juvenile. 14,000 teachers
gave basic education to all the 325,647 persons detected as illiter-
3. Radio Licence - Belize
Amandala News - September 7, 2000 Reliable reports to Amandala are
that KREM Radio has been granted a television licence at a meeting at
offices of the Broadcasting Authority inBelize City. The idea of
"KREM TV" has been in existence from as early as 1990/91.
4. Online - Somalia
Africa Online - August 25, 2000 The Somali capital, Mogadishu, is en-
joying a week-long free "Internet Party", as the country's first
Internet Service Provider starts operations. Somalia is the latest -
and last - African country to enjoy an in-country Internet service.
The new service will cost $20 per month, plus an hourly charge of $6.
5. Dots - South Pacific
Far Eastern Economic Review - September 14, 2000 - by Suh-kyung Yoon
The tiny island nations of the Pacific have found a unique way to
cash in on the New Economy. Niue is an atoll the size of downtown
Singapore, it has a population of just 1,750, no regular electricity
supply and 100 telephones--almost all of them the antiquated crank
kind. But the South Pacific island, 2,400 kilometres from New Zea-
land, also has a top-of-the-line computer server, a satellite Web
connection, and a thriving New Economy business.
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6. Reality - Chile
MipInteractive - September, 2000 Thanks to strong ratings and a surg-
ing crime rate in Chile, the two leading terrestrial broadcasters are
planning to increase the amount of reality programming. The consis-
tently high ratings for Aqui en Vivo demonstrate that Chilean audi-
ences are eager to see reenactments.
7. Phone Rate - Thailand
The Bangkok Post - September 13, 2000 - by Karnjana Karnjanatawe The
Telephone Organisation of Thailand (TOT) is quietly offering free do-
mestic calls as part of testing for its Y-Tel 1234 Internet phone
service. The service is based on an Internet protocol (IP) network
running over the public switched telephone network. The IP network
will provide domestic long-distance calls for a cost of between 0.5
and 8 baht per minute-up to 70% lower than current rates. It will
also provide access to ISPs for a fixed rate of three baht per call
from anywhere in the country.
B. REPORTING DEVELOPMENT
8. World Development Report - World Bank
Business Day 1st Edition - September 13, 2000 - by Jonathan Katzenel-
lenbogen In a reply to critics of globalisation and its policies, the
World Bank has released what it describes as the "most detailed ever"
study of global poverty. The study says the poor have benefited from
globalisation, but the uneven distribution of political power and so-
cial restrictions remain among the most important impediments to al-
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9. Condoms - Cambodia
Health-E News Service - September 14, 2000 - by Jo Stein Developing
countries like Cambodia are following the Thai example and starting
to implement a countrywide 100% condom use policy for commercial sex
workers. Local authorities, politicians, municipalities, police, and
health departments throughout the country are all responsible for im-
plementing the policy...
10. AIDS - India
Times of India - September 14, 2000 The Prevention of AIDS through
Care and Education (PACE) project has been screening its film on
AIDS, 'Mein Jeena Chahata Hoon -- A Reason to Live'...The film is in-
tended to educate people about the illness and the problems that pa-
11. HIV/AIDS - Barbados
CANA - September 12, 2000 A Caribbean Conference on HIV/AIDS began in
Barbados on Monday, with calls for governments to offer more support
and funding to help combat the killer epidemic, which is threatening
to derail the region's social and economic development.
12. Web Surfers Saving The Rain Forest - Global
Earth Times News Service - August, 2000 - by Sacha Shivdasani With
just a click of the mouse hundreds of thousands of people are helping
to save what remains of the world's rain forests. And they aren't
spending any money to do it. Individual web surfers can save 12.4
square feet of rain forest each day by clicking on the "Save the Rain
Forest" button on rainforest.care2.com site. So far more than 600,000
people have over 4,000 acres to benefit TNC's Adopt-an-Acre program.
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13. Farms - Turkey
Turkish Daily News - September 13, 2000 A crowded delegation from the
World Bank Agriculture Reform Department arrived in Turkey yesterday.
The Anatolia news agency reported that the delegation will stay in
Turkey for three weeks, examining developments on farm reform.
14. Responsible Sex - Papua New Guinea
The National Online - September 11, 2000 - by Lucy Kapi AS HIV/AIDS
stays on the increase in Papua New Guinea, people have been told to
change their sexual behaviour. AusAID officer Greg Law told a one-day
seminar at the UPNG last Thursday that HIV/AIDS is fourth leading
cause of death today.
15. Poverty - South Africa
Cape Business News - September 13, 2000 "Innovative entrepreneurs are
vitally important to the growth of the tourism industry, and growth
in tourism will create jobs, wealth and export income that is vital
if the poverty in the Western Cape is to alleviated." A study on pov-
erty last week revealed that 28.5% of households in the country are
living in poverty...
16. Business Bridge - Global
China Daily News - September 14, 2000 The Zambia Investment Centre (
ZIC) has welcomed the establishment of the Chinese Centre for Invest-
ment Promotion and Trade (CCIPT) in Lusaka, saying it would act as a
bridge between businessmen of the two countries The center, which is
under construction, will bring in more Chinese investors to Zambia
and help facilitate joint ventures between the two countries.
17. Ante-Natal Services - Seychelles
Seychelles Nation - September 13, 2000 Nearly 40% of the expectant
mothers who receive ante-natal care at Victoria Hospital will be at-
tended to at English River Health Centre with effect from next month.
The move will reduce the load at Victoria Hospital which currently
sees about 1,000 pregnant mothers every year.
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