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The Sun Is Shining on African Electrification


In the effort to achieve resilience to the consequences of climate change in Africa, the adoption of renewable sources of energy are key. The United Nations Environment Program lists Africa as the most vulnerable continent to climate change due to its geographic location and limited adaptive capacity. Africa has the smallest greenhouse emissions of all continents, despite hosting 16% of world’s population, proving that it can lead the world in sustainability initiatives. Solar energy is the cleanest source of power and Africa has the highest amount of sunshine hours of any continent. Investing in solar energy is the obvious thing to do, and it would lead to Africa becoming a champion of the technology.

Africa’s Natural Gifts

Sunshine is not the only natural resource which gives Africa an…

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Restaurant news: Copper Monkey, Caribbean Spice find new sites – News – Gainesville Sun


Mancini’s Tuscan Grill closed March 31, Caribbean Spice returns and a new restaurant will find its way to Ameraucana’s spot off 43rd Street.

Here’s a roundup of restaurant news around Gainesville.

Copper Monkey

After being open about five months, Mancini’s Tuscan Grill closed March 31 after a business decision was made to bring back a restaurant to Gainesville that would likely appeal to the crowds drawn to University of Florida athletic games, said Ashlea Zeller, part owner.

Zeller said she, her husband, Rob, and T.J. Brown, partners in Mancini’s, will reopen former Gainesville staple The Copper Monkey at 3501 SW 2nd Ave. on Monday at 11 a.m.

Zeller said Mancini’s is being flipped into a college sports-themed restaurant with UF…

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Water From the Sun: Solar-Powered Water Pumps Offer African Farmers a Way Out of Poverty


Joshua Okundi’s five-acre farm is his classroom. A longtime schoolteacher who left his job to become a farmer in 2013, Okundi is an instructor to the constant stream of visitors who arrive at his home in Kendu, a small rural village in the western reaches of Kenya.

Visitors come seeking advice, seedlings, and a glimpse at technologies that can help them succeed.

Over the past two years, Okundi has exposed locals to the potential ofsolar-powered water pumps. Okundi was first introduced to the technology in 2015, when a representative from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Kenya Smallholder Solar Irrigation (KSSI) project brought a pump to show to a group of farmers.

Okundi instantly grasped why it was better than the diesel-powered pumps he had tried to use in…

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Nkwanda Jah: Rebuild our neighborhoods from within – Opinion – Gainesville Sun


Gentrification is not just coming but is here. I have worked in this community for more than 40 years and to say the complexion of the neighborhoods and businesses has changed would be an understatement. Those who once lived here can no longer afford to live in neighborhoods they were born into.

According to the first Census report for Gainesville, there were 46 African Americans and 223 Caucasians living here in 1860. Ten years later, African Americans outnumbered Caucasians 765 to 679. African Americans moved to Gainesville after being released from local plantations like Haile Plantation, the Stringfellow Plantation, Major Bailey Plantation and others.

African Americans built self-sustaining communities in the Porters, Seminary Street…

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Entertainment: “A Raisin in the Sun” to make history again, this time as a River Campus production. (4/16/18)


In 1957, “A Raisin in the Sun” became the first play in history written by an African American to appear on Broadway.

More than fifty years later, it will break ground again as the first play written by an African American to be performed at Southeast.

Additionally, it will be the first River Campus performance ever to employ a predominantly black cast.

Bedell Performance Hall will be transported back in time to the south side of 1950s Chicago to tell a story of family, racism and hard-living.

The significance of the performance lies in its being the first River Campus production of a play written by an African American person, as well as the first performance with a predominantly black cast.

“A Raisin in the Sun” was written by Lorraine Hansberry in 1957. She gained the inspiration from…

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African American Men 1000 – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun


ABOVE PHOTO:  Marvin “Mandela” Smith with his cousin Rosalyn Smith Rahman at his birthday party.  (Photo courtesty: Marvin Smith)

 

How the iconic South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela inspired Marvin Smith to help the young Black men of his community

 

By Arlene Edmonds

Correspondent

The nonprofit African American Men 1000 is mentoring a new generation of boys thanks to the vision of its founder, Marvin “Mandela” Smith. While many may know Smith by his uncanny resemblance to former South African president, Nelson Mandela, others recognize him for his organizational abilities for bringing positive men together as well as hosting social dance parties that enable mature adults to gather for a night out.

Smith, a South Carolina native who has spent the bulk of…

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