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Construction begins on Langston renovation


In August, crews began demolition work on the first floor, according to a Thursday press release from the Langston Education & Arts Development organization, a group of Langston alumni and community members who spearheaded the restoration project. 

Since the school most recently was used as a maintenance facility by Johnson City Schools, the release said the project will require extensive rehab, including the installation of new water and electric lines. 

Once completed, the gymnasium and former shop area will be transformed into a multicultural, multigenerational education center focused on STEM education and mentorship programs. The city also plans to move the programming and materials at the Princeton Arts Center into the building once its…

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The Day – A new season begins onStage at Connecticut College


Connecticut College’s onstage series begins Saturday, and with it comes another season of eclectic and thought-provoking programming. We talked with Robert A. Richter, Conn’s director of arts programming, about the 2018-2019 season.

Dance Theater of Harlem, 8 p.m. Saturday, Palmer Auditorium; $28, $25 seniors, $14 students; Conn College box office is at (860) 439-ARTS

Dance Theatre of Harlem, the first all-African American dance group of its kind, will be making its second visit to Connecticut College after having last performed there in 1973 as part of the American Dance Festival. Founded in 1969 by New York City Ballet’s first African-American principal dancer, Arthur Mitchell, who died just last week, the Dance Theater of Harlem’s visit also comes in combination with its 50th…

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Restoration Work Begins On Jacksonville’s African-American Cemeteries


Mayor Lenny Curry and two City Council members were at Pinehurst Cemetery on Friday to help Public Works crews start clearing trees and brush as part of a 5-year multi-million dollar plan to clean up and restore historical African-American cemeteries in Jacksonville.

Pinehurst, which is off of Moncrief Rd. on the Northside, is one of six historical African-American cemeteries that are set to be cleaned up and restored if the City Council approves the $10.8 million project. The other cemeteries are Hillside (Potter’s Field) Cemetery, Old City Cemetery, Sunset Cemetery, Memorial Cemetery, and Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Friday’s work was about prepping Pinehurst Cemetery for future work under the assumption that…

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St Lucia minister admits border agency consultation process ‘flawed’ as Customs sick-out begins to bite


Minister for the Public Service in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Ubaldus Raymond

By Melanius Alphonse
Caribbean News Now associate editor
melanius@caribbeannewsnow.com

CASTRIES, St Lucia — In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, minister for the public service in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Ubaldus Raymond, has not only admitted that the consultation process for the establishment of the proposed new border control agency in Saint Lucia was flawed but also tried to deny the explicit wording of the relevant Cabinet conclusion that it would be created as a statutory corporation.

In the meantime, a ‘sick-out’ by Customs officers that started on Thursday has begun to bite, with customs brokerage companies stating that they are losing money. According to local…

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China-Africa summit begins amid debt, trade deficit concerns — Quartz Africa


The third summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opens today (Sept. 3) in Beijing. Over 40 African heads of states and governments—save for eSwatini which still holds out in recognizing Taiwan over Mainland China—are already in the city with a coterie of advisors and brokers eager to lobby for a share of the Chinese largesse in prospect.

When the summit was first announced earlier this year, the intention was for it to be co-chaired by presidents Xi Jinping of China and Jacob Zuma of South Africa. But with the latter resigning from office in February, the former will open the conference alone and reaffirm the commitments made in 2015 in Johannesburg.

Over the years, commentators have focused on only one key message amidst the effusions of goodwill: the financial pledges…

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Merkel begins West African tour in Senegal


German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Senegal on Wednesday, at the start of a west African tour, with Berlin hoping that development of the continent will help stem migration and boost the fight against jihadism.

Signalling that Germany means business, Merkel was accompanied by around a dozen German business leaders.

In Ghana, Merkel plans to visit a start-up hub and in Nigeria she will meet with Ecowas head Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.

On her arrival in Dakar late Wednesday the German leader was greeted by Senegalese president Macky Sall and a guard of honour by dozens of Senegalese marines.

After the playing of the national anthems, the military orchestra belted out two popular German songs, including “Schoene Maid, hast Du heut’ fur mich Zeit”, which roughly translates to “Beautiful maiden, do…

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