World Bank Appoints New Vice President for Africa

first_imgMr. Hafez Ghanem, WB new Vice president for Africa. The World Bank (WB) has appointed Hafez Ghanem as the bank’s new vice president for Africa, effective July 1, a release has said. Ghanem succeeds Makhtar Diop, who has been appointed as the bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure.According to the release, Ghanem, a development expert with over 30 years of experience, will lead an active regional portfolio consisting of over 600 projects, totaling more than US$71 billion.Under Ghanem’s leadership, WB will continue to support inclusive growth and poverty reduction by financing projects that boost human capital, support private sector development, raise agricultural productivity, improve access to infrastructure, build resilience to climate change and promote regional integration.“Priority will be given to projects and programs that provide economic opportunities for youth and that promotes gender equality,” the release said. The bank will also intensify its work in fragile and conflict-affected states.Ghanem brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked in more than 30 countries in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and Southeast Asia. Previously, the bank’s Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Ghanem led engagement in the region through a portfolio of ongoing projects, technical assistance and grants worth more than US$13 billion.As Sub-Saharan African countries strive to accelerate growth, eradicate extreme poverty and better integrate into the global economy, the World Bank Group remains a committed partner that can be relied upon to bring innovative approaches to development and financing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Podcast: Kids Geek Out at Family Science Days

first_imgCHICAGO, ILLINOIS—The AAAS Annual Meeting isn’t just for adults. Every year, AAAS, which publishes Science, opens its exhibit halls to the public for Family Science Days. The weekend features hands-on experiments, interactive exhibits, and a “Meet the Scientist” series with local innovators. Listen in as organizer Linda Hosler shares some of this year’s highlights and we catch some curious kids on tape.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Sony shuts down Motorstorm and Driveclub developer Evolution Studios

first_imgSony Interactive Entertainment confirmed that it has decided to close down Evolution Studios. The developer was responsible for the World Rally Championship, MotorStorm, and most recently, DriveClub franchises.In a statement released this morning, Sony explained that it is always in the process of reviewing all of its studios to ensure that resources are being used so that it can “create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects.” After reviewing all current projects, it was decided that Evolution Studios will be closed down.“It is regrettable that this decision will lead to compulsory redundancies,” said Sony. “We accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high caliber staff but by focusing on other Studios that already have exciting new projects in development we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality for our consumers.”Paul Rustchynsky, who is Game Director at Evolution Studios, had this to say on Twitter:I’ve had an incredible time working for #EvolutionStudios, here’s short statement from me: pic.twitter.com/9eITjpbddy— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) March 22, 2016Sony plans to help those affected relocate to other projects within the company. If this isn’t possible, Sony will help them in other ways, such as speaking with local employers and with other development studios. It’s always a sad day when a game development studio is closed down. Just recently, Microsoft closed down several of its game development houses, most notably, Lionhead Studios, who was responsible for the Fable franchise.last_img read more