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Programmer who invented email and made the @ sign popular dies aged 74

Ray TomlinsonRay TomlinsonThe programmer who invented the email and made the @ sign popular has died. Ray Tomlinson, 74 , passed away on Saturday March 5 after suffering a heart attack, according to reports.

He came up with the idea that electronic messages could be sent between computers. In 1971, he sent the first ever email.

At the time he was working in Boston as an engineer for research company Bolt, Beranek and Newman.

 The official Gmail Twitter account was one of the first to pay tribute to Tomlinson.

Christine Lagarde re- appointed

Christine Lagarde was appointed for a secondThe International Monetary Fund has appointed Christine Lagarde for a second term as managing director. Lagarde, who was the only candidate, was backed by the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and her home country, France, to stay on for another five years.

Christine Lagarde was appointed for a second term as managing director of  the  International Monetary Fund. Photo by: Stephen Jaffe / IMF

Ex-Rentokil Initial director Peter Slator becomes OCS Group CEO

Peter SlatorPeter SlatorPeter Slator is the new chief executive officer of OCS Group, having joined in December 2015 from Rentokil Initial where he was European & Pacific divisional managing director responsible for hygiene, pest and textile services.

He was previously a senior executive at Unilever for 28 years where he held a variety offunctional and operational roles, in both the UK and Asia Pacific.

Forest Whitaker appointed as SDGs Advocate by Ban ki-moon

Forest WhitakerForest WhitakerUNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker is one of 17 high profile individuals who will assist in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leadersunanimously adopted last September in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment today.

The SDG Advocates will have the task of promoting the universal sustainable development agenda, raising awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and fostering the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of the SDGs. The 17 SDGs aim to end poverty,fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while leaving no one behind.

Kevin Urama and Maria Mulindi appointed Senior Advisors to AfDB President

 Kevin UramaKevin UramaThe African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the appointments of Kevin Chika Urama and Maria Mulindi as advisors to the Bank’s President, Akinwumi Adesina.
In announcements released on February 14, 2016, the Bank’s Human Resources Department said that Urama has been Appointed Senior Policy Advisor to the President on Inclusive and Green Growth, while Mulindi will serve as Senior Advisor, Civil Society and Community Based Organizations.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2