One of the resounding themes at the 10th edition of Kwita Izina, the annual gorilla naming ceremony was the aspect of community conservation — giving back to the communities that live around protected areas. 

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ARGENTINA AND GERMANY face each other in a World Cup final for the third time at the Maracana tonight, with the Barcelona star Lionel Messi on the brink of joining the pantheon of all-time greats.

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About two years back I lamented on this page about the disturbing trend by media houses in East Africa of ignoring news in neighbouring countries something that I argued made integration a much slower process. 

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It’s Friday afternoon and a smartly dressed young man and his beautiful female companion are eagerly ascending to the third floor of the elegant Kigali City Towers when a sad thing happens; midway between the first and second floors, the elevator abruptly comes to a grinding halt and for a full hour, they are stuck!

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Kigali’s downtown business district, popularly known as Quartier Mateus, is regarded as the nerve centre of trading in the country.

Billions exchange hands every day and it always resembles a beehive; the narrow crowded streets are swarmed by trucks loading and unloading their wares. The fact that Mateus is one of the oldest parts of the city means that most shops have seen better days and their installations haphazard and a menace.

It is not surprising that whenever a fire breaks out, it spreads quickly and access becomes problematic, and in a short while, hundreds of millions are lost in the infernos.

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