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James F. Lawrence: Board adopted equity plan without sufficient buy-in – Opinion – Gainesville Sun


I’ve just finished reading “Uncensored,” the memoirs of a 21-year-old African-American with a troubled upbringing who overcame his circumstances with a first-class education. As I flipped through the pages of Zachary R. Wood’s compelling story, I couldn’t help but think of the importance of the new equity plan for Alachua County Public Schools and how the School Board acted prematurely in adopting it without sufficient community buy-in.

Because the plan is meant to strategically close the huge achievement gap between black and white students in the county, it ought to have been a board priority to gain strong support from the African-American community. After all, it’s black students who are struggling.

Yet with insufficient public notice, the board adopted the plan earlier…

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Hurricane Center: TS Kirk likely to dissipate in Caribbean – News – Gainesville Sun


Forecasters say the storm will likely lose its organization and be downgraded to a tropical depression by early Saturday.

MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Kirk is likely to dissipate after dropping heavy rain and causing flooding in the eastern Caribbean.

At 8 a.m. EDT Friday, the center of Kirk was about 140 miles southwest of Lt. Lucia with maximum winds of 50 mph. It was moving forward at 12 mph with tropical storm-force winds extending 115 miles to the north and east.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for St. Lucia.

Forecasters say the storm will likely lose its organization and be…

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Sales tax plan could net $22 million for schools – News – Gainesville Sun


Plans to refurbish Alachua County schools through a tax increase and to narrow a racial achievement gap that is one of the worst in Florida were explained at a community forum Saturday.

The forum — Making our Public Schools Everyone’s Priority — was held in the Gainesville High School auditorium. School district Superintendent Karen Clarke attended GHS and said some things have not changed.

“I can see the balcony. I think those are the original chairs from when this school was built in 1955. Those chairs would be 63 years old,” Clarke said. “That’s just one small piece of what is going on in our schools.”

The school facility referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot will ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax to be in place for 12 years. It would bring in about $22 million…

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‘I thought it was African sun – meaning you’re cursed’


For six months, Augustine has scrutinised Beatrice from his isolation ward window. Ensconced on the same wooden bench every day, she cradles their newborn, while pining for her husband just metres away.

Augustine (26) has multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB), a growing problem as the world’s deadliest infectious disease morphs into increasingly resistant strains

“Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged,” is written in scripted lettering on a wooden door he can’t exit, five metres from his…

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Sun Country Airlines announces new nonstop service to Belize and St Kitts-Nevis


MINNEAPOLIS, USA — Sun Country Airlines has announced the addition of two new Caribbean destinations – Belize and St Kitts and Nevis – to its growing network. Sun Country will offer the first ever seasonal nonstop service between Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) and Belize, and between MSP and St Kitts and Nevis.

“At Sun Country, we pride ourselves on delivering fantastic value to our guests, connecting them to their favorite people, places and memories. Belize and St Kitts and Nevis are amazing beach destinations that we have no doubt Minnesotans will be excited to flock to in the winter,” said Ben Brookman, the vice president, network and pricing of Sun Country Airlines. “We are pleased to be the first airline to offer scheduled nonstop service from MSP to these two…

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SUN: FOCAC an opportunity to usher in new Sino-African cooperation


By SUN BAOHONG
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After three years, leaders of African countries and China converge on the Chinese capital Monday and Tuesday for the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), whose theme is ‘China and Africa: Toward an even stronger community with a shared future through win-win cooperation’.

At the turn of the Millennium, on the proposal of African countries, a ministerial meeting of FOCAC was held in Beijing. Over the past 18 years, FOCAC has become a significant platform for collective dialogue between China and African countries and a leading mechanism for international ties with Africa and also South-South cooperation.

In the recent five years, China-Africa relations have gained practical results, bringing tangible benefits to both…

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