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Well... It's been a while. Crazy busy + a world economic crisis , felt like it’s a good time to go back to think. Here are some #AfricaTech #reflections given the many 'we're all gonna day' recent hype from all over. Might be long, so bare with me… 👇🧵
1/ Everyone shared views. From @ycombinator (too generic and unexciting to me), to @sequoia (worth the 52 pgs…). Lot’s of reading later, one point is clear > it’s all super US centric. The center of the world for many, but what does it entail for us? for tech in #Africa?
@ycombinator @sequoia 2/ Starting from the end, we’re not all gonna die. Tech + startups & innovation will make it through as a sector, and like in every other financial crisis in history, economy will recover. Those who manage this period well, can become much more meaningful (see '00 and '08).
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1. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19? #Brexit?

#Dogma!

I've had some very clear views since the beginning of the year on the challenges facing Travel and the difficulties ahead. I've taken a cautionary approach based on research

theguardian.com/politics/2012/…
2. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19? #Brexit?

#Dogma!

I also happen to believe that if @GOVUK & #TravelIndustry go into a huddle with each other, on issues that directly affect #Consumers, then we should read/hear what they have discussed & have decided

theguardian.com/politics/2012/…
3. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19? #Brexit?

#Dogma!

For many years I have passionately advocated #ConsumerRights & believe that @GOVUK should advocate those rights incl taking unilateral action to enforce provisions where they think the law's been broken

theguardian.com/politics/2012/…
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1. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19?

So, the finger-jabbing continues

Meantime, I've spoken to #Consumers abt positive experiences @STN_Airport - plenty of staff & well org they tell me, so why is it so different elsewhere?

Then there's other issues....

theguardian.com/world/2022/jun…
2. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19?

We hear of the remarkable pleading to allow foreign workers to come in under special visas which was refused; a free-movement #Brexit issue; an own goal!

But clearly the discussion has been going on for months

theguardian.com/world/2022/jun…
3. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19?

In this discussion abt foreign workers & other matters, we discover @GOVUK & #TravelIndustry have had regular meetings w/warnings given

So, @grantshapps release minutes of the meetings & let's see discussions & warnings

theguardian.com/world/2022/jun…
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Finally, the #GoldacreReview is published! (During Parliamentary Easter holidays, mid-ping-pong on the #HealthAndCareBill...)

It's 221 pages - each PDF page is a double page spread - so this could be a lo-o-o-ong [Thread].

Here goes...
First point to note, in the Terms of Reference (p5), is that this is about "access to #NHSdata by #researchers, #commissioners, and #innovators" - i.e. #Planning and #CommercialReUse - so it is directly relevant to the operation of millions of people's #NationalDataOptOuts... Terms of reference for the review  1. How do we facilitate a
"185 wide-ranging recommendations for us to explore", says @sajidjavid (p6). Gulp! Time for some coffee...

"systems that ensure #underrepresented groups are well represented" may (partly) refer to this "landmark review", which got off to a slow start:

gov.uk/government/new… The far-reaching independent review into potential ethnic bi
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September witnessed a somewhat disappointing nonfarm #payroll gain of 194,000 jobs, which was weaker than the upwardly revised August gain of 365,000 and was well below #economists’ consensus estimates of nearly 490,000 jobs.
Clearly, there are significant #labor supply issues limiting the pace of recovery. Further, the #unemployment rate declined meaningfully, from 5.2% to 4.8% in Sept, and average hourly #earnings saw gains of 0.62% m-o-m, which brings the measure to 4.58% greater on a y-o-y basis.
The most interesting part of today’s #JobsReport, and much of the other recent #economic/corporate data, is that it’s the supply of resources that’s creating systemic pricing pressure, as well as consequently dulling growth of an #economy not lacking demand in virtually any area.
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On #PetroleumPrice hike:
#Fuel prices r giving headaches both to ppl & govt of #Pakistan. Former are finding it difficult to cope with #food & #fuel inflation; the later despite losing PDL & GST #revenue, finding it difficult to reduce the impact of expensive #fuel import
2/9) Quicker than expected increased demand for #energy amidst #Covid19 has triggered 🌎energy prices. coal 🇿🇦, Brent crude, & gas prices increased by 150%, 102% & 500% since Aug 2020.
3/9) Depreciation of value of #rupee against #US$ is also turning imported #fuel more expensive for us. But then artificially stabilising (thru SBP intervention) value of rupee has its own implications
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1. #Travel #Holidays #ClimateChange #Sustainability

Over the years I have tweeted about various aspects about how we travel and its affect on the #environment and the world around us. Through those years I've become more conscious of the travel decisions I make and it hasn't... Image
2. #Travel #Holidays #ClimateChange #Sustainability

...always been easy. In my small way I'd travel for business by train rather than car, using rail to travel to #Brussels #Paris, offsetting my #CarbonFootprint when travelling by air. Now I'm looking to #EV, 2replace my car... Image
3. #Travel #Holidays #ClimateChange #Sustainability

A couple of years ago whilst I was in #London, I decided to visit the #ExtinctionRebellion protest in #Whitehall where I managed to speak with one of its members, talking about the #Climate and Travel:
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1. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19?

During this #COVID I am going to create a rolling thread about key issues and articles of interest, just so as you can see the evolution toward a return to normality in 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025; according to predictions by #Aviation!
2. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19?

Interesting article about #staycations and their price!!

The attitude of some UK h/makers, is I'm afraid, a common feature found in holidays abroad. I've heard many a tale about the Master vs Serf behaviour of some Brits! independent.co.uk/voices/holiday…
3. #Travel? #Holidays? #COVID19?

It's not done with us yet:

"...hard to anticipate what the timeline will be for the expected shift of COVID-19 to endemicity..."

weforum.org/agenda/2021/08…
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1. #Travel #Holidays #CabinAirQuality #Flights

For many years I have been commenting abt the air we breathe on #aircraft and have been and continue to be politically active on this very important issue for #Passengers & #Aircrew. Image
2. #Travel #Holidays #CabinAirQuality #Flights

This continuous thread will be added to as & when I discover new issues that #Consumers should be aware of. At this stage I will simply point you to my new book: Gaspers; a potential source of information! amazon.co.uk/Gaspers-passen…
3. #Travel #Holidays #CabinAirQuality #Flights

To give you a flavour of the issues at stake, read this #BBC report of a diverted transatlantic flight and its affect on the occupants of the aircraft, their findings and the #airline's response

bbc.co.uk/news/business-…
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3 Steps of Growth Hacking strategy when you're building #startups or #business brand from scratch without any #digital online presence before
P.S. If you have own tips or tricks of #growth #hacking experience or #distribution, please share it into the comments
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1/ Create Twitter account for your #startup or #business brand and make some tweets with your #brand #content to start activity and show #twitter alive status. Also it would add your brand on top of #Google search as its #algorithms crawling very active twitters activity
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2/ Make some threads in your twitter account with links on your website (could be up to 10 or more per thread) and unroll it with bots like
@threader_app DR 59
@threadreaderapp DR 75
It would provide good quality #backlinks on your #website to improve your domain ranking
Next 👇
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Yesterday, the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform published a report outlining their vision to “refresh the #UK’s approach to regulation now that we have left the EU”. A thread on the life of #privacy post-#Brexit. (Trigger warning: it doesn't look good). 👇 1/
The report emphasises "#consumer #data" as "highly profitable." Something to note: the report mentions "#consumers" 52 times while mentioning "#citizens" 11 times. 2/
gov.uk/government/pub…
It then describes the #GDPR as inflexible and onerous: "In a survey by DataGrail 49% of business decision makers reported spending over 10 working days a year just to sustain GDPR compliance, with 12% spending over 30 working days a year" 3/
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Let's demystify @graphprotocol and understand #what does this do? #Why developers use it? What problems it solves, #how it works and how to get started!

A #thread 🧵 👇 Image
1/ The #web 🌐 of today has a client-server architecture that grants tremendous power to whoever runs the server. This favors #centralization! But we may have reached the peak of centralization & the power is now slowly getting distributed!
2/ Web3 is the new layer that will enable #decentralization on a mass scale! Blockchains like #ethereum will be the north star of this new movement. 🚀
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Aims of the #GreatReset #American #Bankers #Oligarchy ... "We will promote social justice policies to reduce inequalities including through support to tax redistributive & domestic resource optimization approaches social safety nets & or insurance schemes"
Newly Unsealed Docs in 2018 showed top #FDIC Officials Running Operation #ChokePoint* under 2013 #ObamaAdministration to form public/private oligarchy

* to freeze politically disfavored #businesses deemed not PC / high risk out of the financial system
forbes.com/sites/norbertm…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 09/12/2020 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2020/09/12/dai…
Biodiversity scientists must fight the creeping rise of extinction denial | Nature Ecology & Evolution

nature.com/articles/s4155…

#biodiversity #extinction #denial #ecology
COVID vaccine, treatment trials create monkey shortage for science

usatoday.com/story/news/hea…

#trials #COVID19 #vaccine #monkey #shortage #consequence
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.#ConsumerPriceIndex data for the month of August revealed further recovery - like a lot of #macro data in recent months: core #CPI (excluding volatile food and #energy components) came in at 0.4% month-over-month and 1.7% year-over-year.
Overall, we think 2020’s broadly #deflationary influences may well lead to somewhat higher rates of #inflation by mid-2021, yet importantly, we do not expect this to reach excessive levels.
Those fearing increasingly greater risks of high #inflation stemming from #crisis rescue measures are misguided, in our view, and underestimate the continued secular headwinds to excessive #price increases…
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I’ve spent the summer mostly offline w/ my newborn, but I’ve still been immersed in & moved by the momentous challenges our country has been confronting. So, as I come back online, I want to share some thoughts & questions about the @FTC’s role & how we can be #antiracist. 1/14
I’ve advocated for stronger #enforcement of our #ConsumerProtection laws to address racial inequities affecting Black communities— some examples include predatory lending and sales practices; 2/14 ftc.gov/public-stateme…
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The #WE scandal surrounding Cnd. PM Justin Trudeau (& Finance Minister Bill Morneau) broke at the end of June. June 26 2020: "Trudeau accused of cronyism over giving #WE Charity a contract to run $912-million student #volunteer program".

theglobeandmail.com/politics/artic…
"#WE Day events for young people [] frequently feature Mr. Trudeau & his wife, Sophie Grégoire #Trudeau, as #keynote speakers. Ms. Grégoire Trudeau is a volunteer "#ambassador and ally” of the WE Well-being initiative."

Grégoire Trudeau's daughter, Ella-Grace, & her mother-in-law, Margaret #Trudeau – spoke at an indoor WE Day event in March 2020, attended by 13,000 people. Margaret Trudeau received $250k for 28 event appearances (since 2016) from sister co. #MetoWe.

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1/ If a founder is building #consumer business like #gaming #mobile #media or others and wants to raise from investors, it's crucial to find and talk to the right investor who understands the market and has good connections, especially now when many funds are leaning towards B2B
2/ yes, consumer biz is risky, hit driven, and all the tech giants like Facebook or Google would acquire you before it really gets big, but there are some investors who really like BtoC and consistently invest in the space.
3/ funds like @Maveron @davewu @betaworksVC @PereraThisara are good examples. Big funds like @a16z @BessemerVP @sparkcapital @benchmark do invest in consumer but need to know the right partner there and these partners at a big fund is always fighting for an internal allocation
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Red carpet for #Taiwan companies is the best pro-India policy available to Govt. Far superior to knee jerk, protectionist policies. But #consumers should build natural resistance to goods exported from #Communist #China & search for alternatives.
2/ccp #BoycottCCP #Genocide If you make a little effort, you will be surprised at what a difference you can make 👍 https://t.co/Efwvq6aUtQ
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A very interesting @WSJ article over the weekend regarding how #European governments that have railed against U.S. big #tech companies over privacy concerns are now embracing these same companies’ #coronavirus contact tracing #technologies.
This gets to a longtime argument we’ve made about @ecb policy and the role of #innovation in spurring greater #growth in the region: blackrockblog.com/2019/07/25/bol…
Essentially, it has long been our view that negative interest rates (#NIRP) are counterproductive and what’s needed is #equity investment in innovation, #technology, and 21st century #infrastructure.
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Insightful read from @trevornoren on how "the #Covid19usa is set to expose America's greatest economic vulnerability: #Inequality." medium.com/@13DResearch/w… #GlobalTrends #Macro #US #Risks #gigeconomy #RE #Consumers Some takeaways...(1/5) Image
2/5 "...roughly 40 mln ppl in the #US - 1/3rd of the private labor workforce - work in industries directly affected by #COVID2019" #GlobalTrends #US #Macro #Risks Image
3/5 The #gigeconomy - "85% of ride sharing drivers would struggle to cover basic costs if they were unable to drive due to illness, 70% would run our of money within a month..." #GlobalTrends #US #Macro #Risks Image
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Live now in #Brussels, IPES-Food's Olivier De Schutter (@DeSchutterO) joins the @EURACTIV panel debate on sustainable #food systems:

"Does the EU's #FarmToFork strategy have all the answers?"

For the latest from Olivier, follow us @IPESfood + #SustainableFoodEU #EUdebates 🇪🇺🌍 Image
@DeSchutterO @EURACTIV @eaAgriFood @SciFoodHealth @ClubofRomeEU @BarillaCFN @EU_EESC @chantalwclement @_RajPatel @fr_ajena Olivier De Schutter spoke to us earlier ahead of tonight's #SustainableFoodEU debate @EURACTIV.

On the EU's #FarmToFork strategy, it is clear that for one thing, we need to "gradually move towards a 'real costs' approach to prices". What does this mean? 👇
@DeSchutterO @EURACTIV @eaAgriFood @SciFoodHealth @ClubofRomeEU @BarillaCFN @EU_EESC @chantalwclement @_RajPatel @fr_ajena "You cannot hope for #consumers to shift diets - towards #plants-based diets, to buying fresh, local, seasonal foods & less processed foods - without ensuring we get the prices right... ensurin good practices are rewarded, and negative externalities penalised!" - @DeSchutterO
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Lets talk about the upcoming 1st meeting of the #FED #FOMC (28-29 January 2020). Specifically, lets talk about the #DOTS...
The #FED #FOMC developed the so called #DotPlot in 2011 as a chart to record each FED's official forecast for the FED's key short-term interest rate (federal funds rate - #FFR). Currently, the FFR, following the December 2019 meeting is in the target range between 1.5% and 1.75%
The most recent #DotPlot is attached below. Each dot represents one #FED official, from the Chairman to fellow Governors. It is anonymous & as such, no one knows which official is responsible for what dot...
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#ZeroMDR 1/ Since 2006 I have been the bigget believer and proponent of in digitizing payments - ideally via mobile payments - lord knows I've preached this more than anyone else has! Even my 83-year-old mother is a convert, and I literally refuse to pay anyone in cash!
#ZeroMDR 2/ The benefits of #digitalpayments are spread across a large ecosystem - notably the government, merchants, consumers, banks & Payment Systems Providers (PSPs).

The costs of digital payments are today borne by the banks & PSPs - who pass them on to merchants!
#ZeroMDR 3/
Indirectly merchants pass these on to consumers & have a blended cost. Some explicitly pass these costs to the consumer as a "surcharge".

Today's incentive alignment ensures that cash will continue to be the most (financially) attractive for face2face payments!
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