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Woman who harassed two black women in a North Carolina parking lot turns herself in

(SUNSET BEACH, N.C.) — A woman who was caught on camera berating two African-American women in a parking lot lost her job and has turned herself in to police in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, according to authorities.

Susan Jane Westwood, 51, turned herself in on Saturday. She was served with an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for the misuse of the 911 system and four criminal summons for simple assault and communicating threats, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. She was transferred to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department and her bond was set at $500.

Westwood was caught on video on Oct. 19 berating sisters Leisa Meria Garris, 52, and Mary Michelle Garris, 49, while they were waiting for AAA to arrive in the parking lot for the Camden Fairview Apartments…

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African airport turns to solar power as it aims to cut emissions

An airport in Kenya is set to have a ground-mounted, 500-kilowatt solar system installed.

In an announcement earlier this week solar business Solarcentury said it had signed a contract with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to undertake the work at Moi International Airport, in Mombasa.

Solarcentury said the photovoltaic system would produce 820,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year and offset 1,300 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

The firm added that the installation would make Moi International Airport the first in East Africa to have a solar photovoltaic system installed. Photovoltaic cells directly convert the light of the sun into electricity.

Construction is expected to take 10 months, with…

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EU Turns Attention to Morocco in Bid to Slow African Migrant Flow

As migration patterns from Africa into Europe shift westward, European leaders are turning their attention, and their money, toward efforts to stem the …
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Jazz composer turns Catlett sculptures into five-piece suite, coming to Hancher

Rufus Reid’s five-movement jazz suite, “Quiet Pride,” not only reflects the artistry of Elizabeth Catlett, but her life, as well.

“As quiet as it’s been kept, I think she’s a national treasure,” Reid, 74, said by phone from his home in Teaneck, N.J., across the river from Manhattan. “She’s got more of a reputation now than she did when she was alive, but her works are all over the country.”

Catlett, who died in 2012 at age 96, was a civil rights activist, printmaker, sculptor and educator in the United States and Mexico, who used her art to…

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EU turns to Africa to help tackle migration

Divisions continue to run deep in the EU over migration. Sharing out refugees and plans to strengthen the bloc’s border force, Frontex, continue to hit hurdles.

But, coming together in Salzburg, EU leaders did agree on one thing – to strengthen cooperation with Africa.

“The North-African countries are important partners for us in preventing ships heading to Europe and after the rescue [of such ships] there being brought back, in other words to the countries of transit,” commented Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor.

“Only in this way can we reduce illegal migration, can we destroy the business of human traffickers, can we stop the drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.”

Egypt could play a major role. The EU sees Cairo as a point of support for this new cooperation between the two shores of the…

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African Development Bank turns to hedge fund to offset risk

The African Development Bank is paying a New York hedge fund to take on some of the risk of losses on its loans in a pioneering deal which illustrates the growing financial sophistication of supranational institutions. 

The AfDB has bought insurance on a $1bn portfolio of loans from a group of investors led by Mariner Investment Group through a so-called synthetic securitisation, in which the hedge fund does not acquire the assets but will take on $152m of default risk in exchange for returns in the low double digits. 

Supranational organisations, which are backed by groups of nations and so enjoy the world’s highest credit ratings, are under pressure from the governments that fund them to seek new ways of bolstering their lending capacity.

By turning to Wall Street to take on some of…

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