Pads from sugarcane

A UGANDAN START-UP IS PRODUCING AFFORDABLE SANITARY PADS FROM SUGARCANE

First, I don't exactly sugarcane, but after reading this story up and now writing it, i'm sure I've had my last taste of it.

Many girls cannot afford the sanitary pads on the market. When you go to schools you will be surprised to know that some will miss school because they are going through their menstrual periods, the four days of their menstrual periods, they do not have the right materials to use, they are so embarrassed in public because they will stain their dressed and everyone will laugh at them so they choose to stay at home.
— CO-FOUNDER, ECO SMART PADS

Following the recent price hike, one thing that no female took kindly to, was the increased purchase value attached to sanitary pads. Like it is not hard enough that I have to bleed for about week because once again I chose to not get pregnant, but now i'd pay a lot more money to go through unwanted pain. Fix it mother-nature. Fortunately for me I can still grudgingly pay for it, but what of the million other teenage girls with barely enough money to get by, having this one extra worry added  to their cart? It is on this premise that a Ugandan start-up company opted for a cheaper method of production for sanitary pads. 

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 Eco Smart pads is a startup working to create a more affordable alternative brand of pads from sugarcane to help girls stay in school. Sugarcane fibers, are a low-cost, absorbent alternative. They boil the sugarcane residue to remove the sugar content and to soften it, the dried fiber is then used to fashion out sanitary pads. Eco Smart pads are reusable for up to 12 months, and they last up to 9 hours before they need changing. These pads are biodegradable, and hence safe for the environment. 

Team ECO Smart Pad are trying to keep girls in school by producing cheap Pads made from recycling sugarcane residues. #UpAccelerate

The UN estimates that one in ten girls in sub-Saharan Africa do not attend school during menstruation. This causes them to lag behind in their education, and even drop out of school entirely, creating negative long-term consequences. In the advent of this innovation, the Eco Smart company recently won a grant of 10,000 US dollars in a competition that supports entrepreneurs seeking to address sexual reproductive health challenges.

 

Cooking fuel from faeces

Cooking fuel from faeces

NAWASCO is turning an underrated resource into an energy giving fuel material that is scalable and could very well replace fossil fuels like charcoal and coal, while also reducing the amount of dumped sewage in local areas and generally, deforestation on the planet. It is a good alternative or substitute if you may, as they last longer than traditional charcoal. The briquettes are not only efficient, but their processing has improved sanitation in poor parts of town.

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Skype me the money!

"SKYPE, THE WEB CALLING SERVICE WILL SOON BEGIN TO ENABLE USERS SEND MONEY TO OTHER SKYPE USERS VIA THE PAYPAL ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM." - NIKLAS ZENNSTROM, SKYPE CO-FOUNDER

Skype.. gIFS TINK Africa

This revelation was made at a technology conference in Silicon Valley when Zennstrom said the company is working with PayPal. Microsoft and PayPal are enabling the support in Skype today and all that is needed to have access this service is to upgrade to the latest version of the Android and iOS app to send money. 

According to the Chief Executive, "You can now send money over Skype. This is basically connecting the Skype community over PayPal."

This new PayPal integration is coming on the heels of Microsoft's recently tweaked version of Skype mobile which has features like a universal search and a simple user interface that is only accessible to mobile at first, with Desktop and then iOS, Windows, and Mac. This new interface they say is to "better improve messaging" although it has been met with criticism from users.

Keep in mind that PayPal is already the most popular way that Skype users pay for long-distance Skype phone calls to other phones and this might make the entire process successful because as at 2016, Skype recorded over 560 million registered users worldwide.

Skype-PayPal can function as a money transfer service for transactions which can range from sending money to a friend to split a restaurant bill among others. 

 Although there is no exact information on when the service would be made available to Skype's users, the partnership will begin in 22 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and a number of European markets.

We await with hope the inclusion of Africa in this marriage of Skype and PayPal.

Grand prize at Le Monde’s 'Smart Cities Innovation Awards' comes to Nigeria

Grand prize at Le Monde’s 'Smart Cities Innovation Awards' comes to Nigeria

Bilikiss Adebiyi’s WeCyclers, a startup recycling outlet in Lagos got rewarded at this year’s “Smart Cities Innovation Award” for being innovative. WeCyclers which started operation in Lagos, last four years has been noticed by many for their great work. Bilikiss, a Trained Computer Programmer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thought up an idea that would save her city back at Home. Growing up in Lagos, she was fully aware of the horror that comes with rain in the city. After every rain, streets are flooded and cars may have to park and wait out the floor. This was mainly due to clogged up drainage and poor waste management.

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It goes down in the DMs

SHARING LINKS ON INSTRAGRAM HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STRUGGLE. INSTAGRAM IS ANNOUNCING THE END OF THAT STRUGGLE LIFE IN THEIR NEW UPGRADE. FIND OUT HOW. 

The gods of Instagram have finally heard our prayers. You can now share links on Instagram but via Direct Message only. So your days of “Link in Bio” will soon be over. Instagram has been quite rigid on including this feature as the major focus of the app remains photo sharing and editing, so adding links to posts may make it lose this unique feature as many users will turn the app into a mini-blogging platform. In addition to this progressive upgrade, Instagram also is adding automatic highlights to phone numbers and addresses sent via Direct Messages making them clickable.

This upgrade will also bring another interesting feature, being the disabling of the weird cropping of pictures into a rigid box when sent via DM. This means a support for both landscape and portrait pictures sent through Direct

According to Instagram, the links was to be made available for both iOS and Android users yesterday. Also the portrait/landscape