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Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures


Cultures currently consists of two buildings: a one-storey house, U Halánků, with a long and rich history; and a three-storey exhibition building, which acquired its current form in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. U Halánků was created in the 16th century by joining three Gothic houses, which Václav Kronín of Drahobejle had rebuilt in the current shape of a burgher’s house. It is named after Jan Halánek, who became its owner in 1676. In the 15th century brewing rights were awarded to the house, and in the 18th century the right to distil wine. The owners brewed beer and made liquors here. In 1826 the house and its trade privileges were bought by the Fingerhuts, who moved here with their children.

Vojta Náprstek, or Adalbert Fingerhut by his real name, was a famous Prague…

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African, Asian fashion meet at #AFIJFW


Under the Afro-Asia theme, local and international designers showcased their latest collections at African Fashion International Joburg Fashion Week (AFIJFW) in Melrose Arch, which started on October 4 and runs until October 7.

On day 1, menswear took all the shine when AERO opened the show with a stunning street style collection featuring Nao Serati, D.O.P.E, and Mahone.

All the way from China, AntiArch also presented a menswear collection of flared shorts and oversized shirts.

Irmgard Mkhabela wowed the crowd with his athleisure wear of tights and cropped tops in neon colours such as pink and lime green.

Representing Tanzania, Sheria Ngowi lived up to his high expectations and presented clean cut formal suits and ankle grazer bottoms, matched with satin shirts.

Day 2 started on a high…

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UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees | Politics


The UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees.

Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee.

During a visit to ZSL London Zoo, Penny Mordaunt pledged to contribute £2.1m to tackle the underlying causes of the illegal wildlife trade and protect critically endangered species.

“Nobody wants to see extraordinary species become extinct, or the communities living near their habitats struggle for jobs and livelihoods, which is why UK aid has a unique role to play in tackling the underlying causes driving these problems – namely poverty and rapid, unmanaged deforestation,”…

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African and Asian researchers are hampered by visa problems


Researchers in Africa are least likely to relocate to another country for work.Credit: Nicolas Remene/Anadolu Agency/Getty

Going to a conference? Good luck getting a visa.

Researchers from Africa and Asia still encounter much greater obstacles in getting visas to visit other countries for work than do those from Europe or North America. They are also less likely to visit another country for research, according to a global survey of academics’ movements.

Asian researchers were more than four times, and African ones more than three times, as likely as European or North American researchers to report visa-related obstacles to travelling for work, according to a survey of 2,465 researchers from 109 countries (see ‘Visa troubles’).

The poll included 494…

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‘Yo! MTV Raps’ Goes International With European, Asian and African Editions – Rolling Stone


Yo! MTV Raps will go international in 2019 as the network announced plans to bring a “special, limited edition” version of the groundbreaking hip-hop show to MTV’s offshoots in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

A U.K. edition of Yo! MTV Raps will debut on September 25th, with versions centered on the rap scene in Germany, Southeast Asia and Africa to follow in 2019. Each edition will enjoy a 20-episode run, with the potential for a longer series order, Variety reports.

“Our reimagined Yo! MTV Raps series will celebrate all aspects of hip hop culture and the global force it has become.  Music will of course be at the heart of each episode,” MTV International’s global head of music and talent Bruce Gillmer said in a statement. “Relaunching this legendary franchise with local…

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How African-born stars helped Bahrain top Asian athletics


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The tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain finished joint-top of the Asian Games athletics table with 12 golds — but not everyone is rushing to congratulate them.

That is because not a single track win at Asia’s regional Olympics would have been achieved without “naturalised” athletes who were born in Africa.

Bahrain’s policy of scouting and offering nationality to talented foreign athletes — which is entirely legal — has stoked controversy for years, but the results have been particularly stark at this Games in Indonesia.

All 10 individual athletics gold won by Bahrain were earned by runners born on the African continent — Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco.

Of the two gold-winning relays teams, all but two athletes were also of African origin.

For the athletes themselves,…

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