Its another edition of Global News Day with Harrison Ocholor, and the topics discussed on the day:
Argentina becomes the world’s capital of psychotherapy: With more psychoanalysts per person than any other country, Argentina is said to be the world capital of psychotherapy. An estimated one of every three Argentines has attended a therapy session. But the country is also exporting psychotherapy to other places like China.
Global unemployment still high among the young: The world is still recovering from the economic meltdown of a few years ago. In many places, unemployment rates have recovered. Jobs are coming back and economies are growing once again. The youth unemployment rate is stabilising too. Yet, it remains above pre-crisis levels. In the mid-1990s, the global youth unemployment rate was just over 12 percent. Now it is over 13 percent. So why does it remain stubbornly high?
Tech4Africa showcases latest technology in Johannesburg: Well as we look for solutions to tackle unemployment, some people already have the solution. Tech4Africa, the largest tech innovation startup and entrepreneur platform in Africa, kicked off in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference showcases the very latest technology the continent has to offer. Tech4Africa is an annual event that’s said to be the premier mobile, web & emerging technology conference, bringing global perspective to the African context. The event aims to introduce, inform and inspire attendees by focusing on topics ranging from mobile, tech startups and other innovative tech.
Panama Canal set off fierce debate in Jacksonville: Now to the United States. A number of port cities on the East Coast are taking steps to deepen their harbours, in an effort to attract bigger-than-ever cargo container ships expected to arrive as early as next year with the expansion of the Panama Canal. It has sparked fierce debate in Jacksonville, Florida, as port officials’ fight to remain competitive.
Small ships are falling out of favour on some shipping routes at the moment. And when an expansion of the Panama Canal is finished, possibly next year, a new generation of colossal, super-efficient container ships from Asia will be squeezing through, delivering goods directly to East Coast ports. Those massive vessels, known as post-Panamax ships, require deeper harbours — and that has the ports of Jacksonville, Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, in a three-way competition to deepen their harbours, but Jacksonville is split over whether to stay in the game. City officials are debating whether to go all in on a $700 million dredging project to accommodate the ships.
Hunter-gatherer tribes sleep less and sleep better: How well do you sleep and do you have enough sleep? Well by studying the habits of three hunter-gatherer groups who live the way humans have for thousands of years, a team of scientists is challenging conventional wisdom about how much sleep we need.
During the research period, researchers found that three ancient groups of hunter-gatherers, the Hazda Tanzania, the San of Namibia, and the Tsimane of Bolivia, used to take very less sleep. Jerome Siegel, UCLA psychiatry professor, said that ancient people were deprived of modern life, but still they used to sleep average of 6.5 hours a night. Despite the fact that the three ancient groups were from different parts of the world, all the three groups showed similar sleep organisations. The hunter-gatherers lack electric lights, none of them used to sleep with the sun. Surprisingly, they stayed up a little over three hours after the sun went down and woke up before sunrise. Their sleeping habits were almost similar to those of modern life humans, probably the modern-era Homo Sapiens.
A growing number of studies blame artificial light, particularly those from smartphones and other modern-day devices, for people’s inability to get sufficient amount of sleep at night.
Ghana: Designer shoes from Accra: Finally to an innovative news from mother Africa. Exclusive fashion and luxurious handcrafted shoes have long been regarded as the preserve of European designers and craftsmen. But now a young man in Ghana, shoe designer Fred Deegbe, could be about to change that perception.