Madagascar’s internet outpaces UK, France, and Canada

An impoverished island off the coast of Africa demonstrates the fastest broadband internet speed, superseding more advances countries by 24.9 megabits per second.

Madagascar, marked as one of the world’s poorest nations, has the fastest broadband internet speed in Africa and has average speeds much faster than some of the world’s wealthiest nations, according to a broadband speed league table from UK analytics firm Cable, which collects data from 200 countries.

The country’s broadband speed is more than twice the global average, touting 24.9 megabits per second.

The African island nation has the fastest internet speed on the continent, placing it 22nd in the world, out-pacing Canada, France, and the UK.

Based on the Cable report analysis, the broadband speed in Madagascar is due to the 10,000km-long East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), an undersea fiber-optic cable that extends from Sudan to South Africa.

In 2014, the country’s largest internet provider Telecom Malagasy signed an agreement with the international operating division of Hong Kong Telecom to make this happen.

Contrariwise, Madagascar’s high-speed internet scarcely serves its population. According to the broadband report, 13% of its 25 million population has access to electricity and only 2.1% of the population has access to the internet. There are only 2.75 IP addresses per 1,000 people compared to a global average of 558 per person.

The report reveals how internet connectivity is not always stable in Madagascar. In February 2017, the EASSy cable failed. Complete cable repairs took much longer than expected, a total of 15 days. In the meantime, clients were compromised and it caused significant disruption to the economy.

Madagascar is not the only country that is connected to the East African Submarine Cable System.

The fiber optic cable is to be linked to countries running from South Africa to Sudan.

Kylian Mbappe donates World Cup earnings to charity

Mbappe showed out on the world’s largest soccer stage, exhibiting a display of charity through a massive winnings giveaway of more than $500K.

French soccer star Kylian Mbappé, who earns around $23,000 per game, announced that he will be donating his World Cup winnings to a “charity that gives free sports instruction to hospitalized and disabled children in sports, Premiers de Cordee,” USA Today reports.

At age 19, Mbappé has scored four goals during the World Cup on his way to becoming one of the youngest stars on a global soccer stage.

The young soccer player also demonstrates his philanthropy initiatives, appearing as one of the most charitable and distinguished people to play the game of soccer.

After speaking with his family, Mbappé decided to place his achievements to work by donating his entire winnings to the youth organization that he has supported since 2017, according to the French news outlet, L’Equipe.

“Kylian, he’s a great person,” Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of Premiers de Cordee, told Le Parisien. “When his schedule allows it, he [practices with] us with pleasure. He has a very good [relationship] with children, he always finds the right [words] to encourage them. I sometimes even feel that [he] takes more pleasure to play with the kids than the kids themselves.”

Mbappé reportedly received a bonus of some $350,000 after France won the tournament and donated his entire winnings of some $500,000 to the organization.

Mbappé, who joined PSG for a fee of around £166m from Monaco after a season-long loan, was one of the French success stories from this World Cup. He celebrated with the World Cup Trophy following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Russian lawmaker: refuse sex with foreigners during World Cup

Tamara Pletnyova also warned women that if they do have sex with foreigners to make sure they are of the same race.

A senior Russian lawmaker is advising fellow Russian women not to have sex with foreign men during the country’s month-long hosting of the World Cup tournament. She also warned women if they must, make sure that partner is “of the same race.”

Tamara Pletnyova, chairwoman of the Family, Women, and Children Affairs Committee in the lower house of parliament, told Moscow radio station Govorit Moskva that the tournament, which kicks off Friday in several Russian cities, has the potential to give rise to the number of single mothers in the country, as hundreds of thousands of foreign fans are expected to attend.

“These children suffer and have suffered, even since Soviet times,” she said, according to Newsweek, also suggesting that if a Russian woman were to get pregnant by a foreigner it would be better if the father was of the same race. “If it’s another race, then it’s even worse. We should give birth to our own children. I’m not a nationalist, but nonetheless. I know that the children suffer as well, and then they are abandoned and stay here with the mother.”

Pletnyova has a history of making controversial statements. Several months ago in March after a female journalist claimed she was sexually harassed by senior Russian lawmaker Leonid Slutsk, she suggested that female journalists covering the legislature should find different jobs if they are sexually harassed by lawmakers.

“I would like to say that these girl journalists should look more decent, put clothes on themselves when entering a state building, instead of having their belly buttons naked,” Pletnyova said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio. “Volodin is right and I fully support him. If they are scared and are offended, they should not come here.”

 

 

France’s Kylian Mbappe to donate World Cup salary to charity

The 19-year-old phenom was France’s most valuable payer in the tournament.

Kylian Mbappe, France’s most valuable player in its World Cup victory, is planning to donate his salary from the event to a children’s charity.

French news outlet Le Parisien reports that the 19-year-old striker, who scored four goals in the tournament and was easily the French side’s most dynamic player, is pledging all of his World Cup earnings, a reported $500,000, to Premiers de Cordee, an organization that offers free sports programs to disabled and hospitalized children.

Sebastien Ruffin, general manager of Premiers de Cordée, called Mbappe’s a great person.

“Kylian, he’s a great person,” he told Le Parisien. “He always finds the right [words] to encourage them. I sometimes even feel that [he] takes more pleasure to play with the kids than the kids themselves. We were made aware [of the donation] by the entourage of the player and his family a few days ago. We do not want to come forward, because the bonus would be paid only in case of qualification of the Blues in the quarterfinals, but we are very touched by the approach of Kylian. This is a very personal approach made by the player: We never ask for financial help from our sponsors.”

Mbappe, who’s been supporting the organization since June of 2017, reportedly earned about $22,500 per game with a $350,000 bonus if France won the tournament, which they did in topping Croatia 4-2 Sunday for the country’s second World Cup.

Russia eliminates Spain from World Cup 2018

The 2018 World Cup host Russia defeats Spain, leaving dismayed supporters in the last 16 penalty shootout.

Spain was defeated and removed from an opportunity towards the quarterfinals at the 2018 World Cup, despite dominating plays against the 2018 World Cup host, Russia.

Sunday night’s loss displayed Spain falling 4-3 on penalty kicks after fighting out 120 minutes of a 1-1 draw.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made two stops in penalty kicks, diving the right way to save the third kick from Koke and then clinched the play on an incredible stop with his outstretched left cleat to knock away Iago Aspas’ final kick.

Spain’s footballer and captain Sergio Ramos insists Spain leave the World Cup with their “heads held high” after being eliminated by Russia on Sunday.

Igor Akinfeev was Russia’s champion after saving penalties from players Koke and Iago Aspas, who dominated possession without creating clear chances.

Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest scorer in World Cup history when the 38-year-old gave Spain an early lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.

An own goal from Ignashevich positioned Spain ahead on 12 minutes, however, Russia was able to level before half-time when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty after Gerard Pique clumsily handled in the box.

Russia will now challenge the winner of Croatia’s second round showdown with Denmark in the quarterfinal, having accomplished a monumental shock against one of the tournament favorites.

Croatia faces France in FIFA World Cup 2018

England’s World Cup dreams are dashed as Croatia wins the semi-finals in extra-time.

Croatia advanced to their first-ever World Cup final subsequent to defeating England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday evening.

Gareth Southgate named unchanged Three Lions side from the one that defeated Sweden in the quarter-finals, while Sime Vrsaljko passed a late fitness test for Croatia after picking up a knock in their last-eight win over host nation Russia.

England began the week strong when Trippier curled home a superb free-kick from the edge of the box to hand his side the lead after five minutes.

Croatian struggled to manage their attacking game, with the trio of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, and Ivan Perisic failing to make an impact early on.

Southgate’s men benefited most of the possession for the remainder of the half, although they were unable to carve another clear opening, despite the threat of Raheem Sterling.

The pressure eventually paid off for the Croatians in the 68th minute as Ivan Perisic nipped in ahead of Kyle Walker to flick home from just six yards out, leaving Jordan Pickford no chance.

Perisic almost sent Croatia ahead three minutes later as he raced in a winding path into the box, but his left-footed strike crashed against the upright, while Rebic scuffed the rebound straight to a grateful Pickford.

With neither side able to find another breakthrough before full-time, the clash was forced into extra-time, for a third successive game for Croatia.

John Stones nearly gave the English a lead eight minutes into extra time with a header inside the box but his effort was cleared off the line by Sime Vrsaljiko.

However, Pickford could do nothing to keep out Mandzukicclose-range strike 11 minutes before time, which ultimately handed Croatia the win, resulting in Croatia booking their first-ever in a World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday.

North Korea increases nuclear production in secret, U.S. officials say

U.S. officials believe that North Korea is increasing nuclear production at hidden sites.

U.S. agencies now believe that North Korea is increasing the production of fuel for nuclear weapons in secret at multiple hidden sites. Not only that, they believe that Kim Jong Un might try to hide these facilities as he tries to seek more concessions through nuclear talks with the Trump administration.

The intelligence assessment conflicts with President Donald Trump’s sentiments that “there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

“This is why people want North Korea to declare all its facilities up front,” said Joel Wit, a former Clinton administration official who negotiated a 1994 nuclear agreement with North Korea.

“The observed activity appears inconsistent with a North Korean intent to abandon its nuclear weapons programs,” said Bruce Klingner, a former CIA analyst who acts as North Korea expert for the Heritage Foundation. “There seems little reason to continue expansion plans if the regime intended to dismantle them as would be required under a denuclearization agreement.”

“Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles,” said a U.S. senior intelligence official. “We are watching closely.”

Samsung opens world’s largest phone factory in India

India’s strategy to lure technology manufacturers succeeds, as demonstrated in procuring Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Electronics, alongside Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and South Korean president Moon Jae-in, commenced the ribbon-cutting opening ceremony towards the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturing plant.

Situated in Noida, a satellite city of the Indian capital Delhi, the Samsung technology plant is reported to be capable of manufacturing up to 120 million smartphones annually.

According to Bloomberg, Samsung will utilize the plant to make entry-level phones that sell for less than $100, as well as flagship devices such as the Galaxy S9.

Modi’s “Make in India” initiative has increased tariffs on imported products in categories including communications devices; mobile phones from outside India will incur a customs fee of 20 percent. Companies such as Samsung and Xiaomi, which build their Indian-market phones in India, will be less affected. Apple, which competes exclusively at the high end of the market, has started to build phones in India — the SE has been assembled there for a while, and the company recently started local 6S production as well.

While touting a huge market of opportunity, India remains price-sensitive with extremely tight margins. There’s perhaps no stronger illustration of that than Samsung — the world’s biggest phone maker — deciding to open the world’s biggest phone factory there.

India is known as a huge smartphone market with over 400 million users, however, the country’s population of 1.3 billion reflects untapped potentials. 2017 smartphone shipments reached 124 million, according to figures from IDC, creating a substantial influence for the Samsung plant to account for a huge segment of the market.

Samsung has recently been overtaken by Xiaomi as the biggest smartphone vendor in India, however, expanding production within the country is going to be essential for anyone to compete.