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Elvis Avenyo

Elvis Avenyo

Researcher, United Nations University, University of Johannesburg
Elvis Korku Avenyo is an affiliated researcher at UNU-MERIT (Maastricht University) in the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in Economics of Innovation and Governance from Maastricht University, and a collaborative Master of Philosophy (M Phil.) in Economics from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC, Nairobi). His doctoral thesis focused on innovations and the performance of formal and informal enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa.

South Africa is failing to ride the digital revolution wave. What it needs to do

Dec 04, 2021 01:57 am UTC| Economy

Workplaces are adopting new forms of advanced automation at a rate that suggests a digital revolution in the making. Digital technologies such as sensorisation, networked data analytics, and artificial intelligence make...

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Economy

Dow Jones axes Tesla from S&P 500 ESG index over racial discrimination, handling of EV autopilot crashes

Tesla has been removed from the widely-followed SP 500 ESG Index by SP Dow Jones Indices this week. The price-weighted measurement stock market index of 30 prominent companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States...

Hyundai, Kia investing ₩21T for local EV business

Hyundai Motor Group announced it will be putting in ₩21 trillion or around $16.5 billion by 2030. The funds are set to be used for the expansion of its domestic electric vehicle business, which includes production and...

Netflix terminates 150 employees as it deals with huge subscriber losses

Netflix is cutting jobs, and about 150 staff are affected by the decision that was confirmed on Tuesday, May 17. The company is getting rid of positions that are equivalent to less than two percent of its 11,000...

NATO branded beer launched by Finnish brewery as Finland seeks to join the treaty organization

A Finnish brewery called Olaf Brewing launched a NATO branded beer, and this comes at a time when Finland is seeking to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Over the weekend, the Savonlinna-based brewery decided to...

Allianz admits to defrauding teachers, clergy, bus drivers; Ordered to pay $6B

Allianz SE, a German multinational financial services company headquartered in Munich, has agreed to pay around $6 billion to resolve its securities fraud charges in the United States. Also included in the charge sheet...

Politics

UN calls on Iran to stop execution of Swedish-Iranian national

Iran is set to execute a Swedish-Iranian national who is being charged with espionage against the country. The United Nations Human Rights office is now calling on Tehran to stop the execution from taking place. Reuters...

Myanmar coup: Shadow government defense chief urges West to provide arms to resistance in fight against junta

It has been more than a year since the Myanmar military seized control of the country and ousted its democratically-elected government. The defense chief of the countrys shadow government has now urged the West to provide...

North Korea: UN warns COVID outbreak may lead to 'devastating' consequences for human rights

The isolated nation of North Korea is tackling an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in the country, resulting in a nationwide lockdown. With the measures in place, the United Nations warned that the consequences of the...

Kevin McCarthy has 'nowhere to run' following subpoena from Jan. 6 committee, says former federal prosecutor

The congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has moved towards issuing subpoenas to several sitting Republican members of Congress in recent weeks. According to a former federal prosecutor, House...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

‘Fall Guys’ shifts to a free-to-play model next month

Fall Guys will be the next multiplayer game that will shift to a free-to-play model. The change will take place along with its launch on other consoles, along with its move from Steam to Epic Games Store next month. The...

Spotify tests in-app NFT previews on some artist pages

Spotify is exploring NFT opportunities, starting with providing in-app previews of digital media on select artist pages. But the company might have more in store as it recently asked subscribers to answer a survey that...

‘Cyberpunk Edgerunners’ trailer to be revealed at Netflix’s ‘Geeked Week’ event in June

Fans of Cyberpunk 2077 will finally see the first trailer for the animated series Cyberpunk Edgerunners. Nearly two years after the project was announced, the show is confirmed to be one of the titles to be featured in the...

Pixel Watch is reportedly powered by the 4-year-old Exynos 9110

While Google has officially announced its first Pixel Watch, the wearable device is not slated to arrive in stores until later this year. But new details have emerged in the rumor mill regarding its technical...

‘GTA V’ sales surpass 165 million after the next-gen version’s launch

The nearly decade-old GTA V continues to prove as one of the best-selling IPs for publisher Take-Two Interactive. The company confirmed that the game has sold another five million copies in the last quarter. During...
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