BOG BLOG : 24 – 31 AUGUST 2012



readers . . .


Did you take your Aspirin today? / David A Gabel

The amazing medicine discovered at the turn of the 20th Century by German chemists working at Bayer Pharmaceutical, aspirin, has become synonymous with the treatment of aches and pains, fevers, and inflammation.
. . .  They found that daily intake of aspirin, regardless of whether or not one is sick, is associated with lower overall cancer mortality. 


Global Economic Prospects / WB

 …  The increase in tensions so far can be expected to subtract about 0.2 percentage points from Euro Area growth in 2012. The direct effect on developing country growth will be smaller (in part because there has  been less contagion), but increased market jitters, reduced capital inflows, high-income fiscal  and banking-sector consolidation are all expected to keep growth weak in 2012.

  • GDP in developing countries is projected to expand 5.3 percent in 2012. Weak high-income
    demand, high oil prices, weak capital flows, rising capital costs and capacity constraints in
    several large middle-income countries will conspire to keep growth from exceeding 6 percent in each of 2013 and 2014.
  • High-income GDP is expected to expand only 1.4 percent this year, weighed down by market jitters, banking-sector deleveraging and ongoing fiscal consolidation. As these pressures ease, growth is projected to firm to what will be a still modest 1.9 and 2.3 percent pace in each of 2013 and 2014. The Euro zone is projected to contract by 0.3 percent this year, returning to positive territory with a weak 0.7 percent growth in 2013 and 1.4 percent in 2014.
  • Overall, global GDP is projected to increase 2.5 percent in 2012, with growth accelerating to 3.0 and 3.3 percent in 2013 and 2014.


Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.

*** Anthony de Mello (1931 – 1987) Jesuit Priest ***


How I finally went cold turkey from working on vacation  /   Cali Williams Yost

. . .      I used three simple vacation tactics–day blocking, email bankruptcy, and social media fasting. I explain each tactic below. But first, you might be interested in finding out what finally motivated me, after countless failed attempts, to figure out how to truly separate from work for a few days.


The Cheetah Code  /   Jon Gosier  

The Cheetah Code is a film and book that explores Africa’s new creative class and rapidly evolving technology sector.

Africa’s youth population (aged between 15 and 30) make up over 20% of the continent’s population and around 40% of the continent’s workforce. The usual story we hear is how this explosion of youth is tied to unemployment, civil unrest, and crime. But there is another side to this story.  Whether it’s a Ugandan engineer teaching robotics to youth in remote villages, or a Malawian who taught himself to build windmills which now power his entire community, or the Kenyans racing to offer the continent’s first pan-Africa mobile banking solution – left to their own devices they are coming up with disruptive innovations, creating new business models that not only employ themselves, but their peers, and creating new ecosystems for trade that boost the continent’s productivity.

Economist and writer George Ayittey refers to such millennial go-getters as being hungry for success and as nimble as Cheetah’s (in contrast to the stagnant ‘Hippos’ of previous generations). The  Cheetah Code explores this emerging African creative class and the mindset of these young cheetahs and entrepreneurs who are changing the future of business in the continent


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