Date Archives for June 2015
Becca Blond, 5:00 pm
The Drakensberg region of South Africa is a dramatic land of sheer cliffs and jagged mountains, of green moss-like hills that seem to roll on forever, and giant skies full of puffy clouds. It’s also one of the best places in South Africa to stretch your limbs and relax. Here are 15 things to experience in the Drakensberg region.
Staff, 4:50 pm
Some of Africa’s poorest people are paying some of the highest prices for energy. While the minority of Africans connected to national grids benefit from cheap, heavily subsidized electricity, the unconnected majority pays about $10 per kilowatt-hour in the form of charcoal, batteries, candles, and kerosene. An effective solution to this problem exists: solar-power technology. So why hasn’t solar taken off?
Dana Sanchez, 3:36 pm
Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates said there’s an urgent need for high-risk investments in renewable energy technology to avoid a climate-change catastrophe so he’s doubling his current investments in green energy to $2 billion. But Gates rejected the call to divest from fossil fuels, saying it would have little impact. Gates told FinancialTimes he has already invested in next-generation nuclear, battery storage and free air carbon capture.
Keren Mikva, 11:07 am AFKI Original
Remi Sonaiya knew her chances of winning the 2015 Nigerian presidential election were slim. Most voters going to the polling stations March 28 had just two names in mind: Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari. As Nigeria’s first-ever female presidential candidate, Sonaiya’s goal was to change the conversation in a country where politics have long been considered a man’s game. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Remi Sonaiya and her Nigerian presidential bid.
Keren Mikva, 10:23 am AFKI Original
Stigmatized but alive, life may never be the same for African Ebola victims who beat the odds. Some communities and volunteers are opening clinics to help those stigmatized by the virus. U.S. missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol returned to Liberia eight months after contracting the virus. She is working to establish an Ebola survivors’ clinic. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Ebola survivors.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:34 am
City of Cape Town officials will soon be present at a formal presentation from the Cape Town Grand Prix South Africa group regarding the possibility of hosting a Formula One race in the Mother City. Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone admitted in an interview a few months ago that he would be interested in seeing an F1 race return to South African shores.
Alexis Borochoff, 5:00 am
Dubbed the “Little Paris of North Africa,” Oran is a beautiful Algerian city with rich French and Spanish history. Very little is known about Oran outside of Algeria, but it’s slowly growing into a desirable tourist destination. From exploring ancient Ottoman ruins to admiring French Baroque architecture, here are 15 things to do in Oran.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:09 am AFKI Original
South African Kevin Anderson began his Wimbledon tournament in the best possible manner, defeating Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the first round. The 21-year-old Pouille was no match for the 2-metre tall South African, who has been in scintillating form of late. Anderson earned his 200th match win with a 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory over his French opponent.
Dana Sanchez, 5:35 pm
Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of one of the world’s most famous heavy metal bands, just signed a deal to help relaunch the defunct Air Djibouti. Dickinson spent the past 16 years recording and touring with the band Iron Maiden and maintaining a second career in aviation. He set up Cardiff Aviation in 2012 providing maintenance, training and support to a number of airlines. The company will source aircraft and help operate Air Djibouti.
M Thomson, 5:00 pm
Known as “the door to the desert,” Ouarzazate was traditionally a crossroads for traders, and in modern times has been used to film numerous movies and TV series, including Game of Thrones and Gladiator. Many tourists are unaware of what the city has to offer, but we assure you that it is a great place to visit if you’re in Morocco.
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