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South Africa: ‘Never Give Up’ Says First Black African Woman to Scale Everest

By Gopal Sharma Kathmandu — The first black African woman to conquer Mount Everest urged fellow Africans to “never give up” on their dreams on Thursday as she set herself a new challenge to scale the highest peaks on seven continents. South African Saray N’kusi Khumalo stood on top of the world’s highest mountain on her fourth attempt last week after earlier expeditions were foiled by frostbite, an avalanche and a deadly earthquake. Now she has set her sights on becoming the first black African woman to complete the so-called…

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Netflix Celebrates Clarence Avant in ‘The Black Godfather’ Documentary

Netflix will pay homage the contributions of entertainment and political mentor Clarence Avant in a new documentary, The Black Godfather. Known as the “original influencer,” Avant was born into the Jim Crow South and fought to combat racism. Led by Academy Award-nominated director Reginald Hudlin, The Black Godfather features interviews from Presidents Barack Obama and […] source: https://www.ebony.com/news/netflix-celebrates-clarence-avant-in-the-black-godfather-documentary/

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KIRIGI – a flash fiction story

As soon as he hung up the phone, Kirigi knew that he had to get moving, there wasn’t much time before people began to hear the news. The Head of State had just died. They were going to announce that he died of internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a condition he had struggled with for years. Kirigi knew that was all hogwash. The entire doctor’s report that would be publicized about the Head of State having surgery several years ago to prevent a grapefruit-sized…

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Malawi: Chakwera Takes Early Lead As 35% Official Results Emerge in Presidential Race

Photo: Nyasa Times Malawi Congress Party president Lazarous Chakwera. By Owen Khamula Former leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera has taken an early lead in the presidential race as official results rolled in on Wednesday, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said. Chakwera: Takes early lead With results received so far: 1,748 out of 5,002 centres MEC commissioner Jane Ansah says Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is leading with 533 217 votes representing 37.56 percent. President Peter Mutharika has polled 524 247 votes representing 37.01 per cent and in a distant third…

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PART III: The right-sized Cabinet — what academics say

As central policymaking and policy implementation entities, the departments of the Cabinet have huge importance for public policy. Logically, the size of the Cabinet will have an influence on how, why and how well policy is implemented. The academic literature suggests that the socioeconomic issues that face contemporary South Africa are largely not solvable without “horizontal co-ordination” — the co-operation of two or more (hierarchically equal) units of state to achieve outcomes that these units could not achieve individually. But, one of the most prevalent issues in Cabinet systems of…

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Nigeria: 47 Million People Still Practise Open Defecation – Unicef

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said not less than 47 million Nigerians still indulge in open defecation in the country. Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) specialist of UNICEF, Bioye Ogunjobi, said this in Kano on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day media dialogue organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF. The dialogue which is entitled: “Clean Nigeria”, will be engaging and enlightening people on the implications of open defecation and WASH related issues. “Forty-seven million people in Nigeria are still practising open…

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UN majority votes against UK, calls for Chagos-Mauritius reunification

The United Nations General Assembly has voted in support of a motion to censure the decades-long UK occupation of the Chagos Islands, and it called Wednesday for a reunification of the Indian Ocean archipelago with the island nation of Mauritius within six months. There were 116 votes for the motion, with more than 50 abstentions, the UN said. Five nations voted against the motion, including the UK, United States, Australia and Hungary.  The vote followed a nonbinding ruling by the International Court of Justice, the principal court of the United Nations,…

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Black Staff Matters: Behind the scenes with the Biden 2020 team

WASHINGTON — Before declaring Philadelphia as ground zero for his campaign operations, former Vice President Joe Biden was taking another important step in launching his presidential bid – enlisting seasoned Black Democratic strategists. “I’m very proud to have a diverse and experienced staff. It’s important that this campaign has a wide range of perspectives, voices, […] source: https://www.ebony.com/news/black-staff-matters-behind-the-scenes-biden-2020-team/

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