Central African Republic: Christian and Muslim factions sign ceasefire agreement
July 23, 2014 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a ceasefire agreement on Wednesday in neighboring Republic of Congo.
The ceremony was carried live on the Republic of Congo’s state television.
The signing …

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Low enrollment and financial problems jeopardizing the future of HBCUs
July 23, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

For generations, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played a key role in educating young African Americans.

But facing steep declines in enrollment, HBCUs are struggling to survive. In the last 20 years, five such institutions have shut down and about a dozen have dealt with accreditation issues.

South Carolina State University, that state’s only public HBCU, had its accreditation placed on probation last month after the institution was cited for financial problems.

HBCUs once were the only option for most African American students, who made up almost 100 percent of their enrollment in 1950. That began to change in the 1960s, as many doors that once were shut to African Americans were opened. Now that black students have a much wider choice of schools, only 11 percent of African American college students choose an HBCU.

Read more: The Clarion-Ledger

Rwanda on track to commissioning the first Solar Power Plant in East Africa
July 23, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment
Rwanda on track to commissioning the first Solar Power Plant in East Africa

(PRNewswire) Rwanda is preparing to commission in early August 2014 the first utility-scale solar PV power plant in East Africa with a production capacity of 8.5 megawatts. The project has commenced testing phase of up …

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake out for season after hamstring surgery
July 23, 2014 – 9:21 am | No Comment
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake out for season after hamstring surgery

Yohan Blake in action during his 200m semi-final at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. PHOTO/Ben Curtis/AP
Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint silver medallist Yohan Blake has been ruled out for the rest of the 2014 season after …

Obama announces expansion of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative
July 22, 2014 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
Obama announces expansion of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers an address during the launch of the “My Brother’s Keeper initiative”., February 27, 2014. PHOTO/White House
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve …

Jamaica hit by severe drought
July 21, 2014 – 10:57 am | No Comment
Jamaica hit by severe drought

A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the country’s environment minister said Sunday night.
In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to …

Jamaicans for Justice director Kay Osborne resigns
July 20, 2014 – 5:29 pm | No Comment
Jamaicans for Justice director Kay Osborne resigns

Kay Osborne
The head of Jamaica’s most prominent human rights group has resigned over a sex education program implemented in children’s group homes.

Tiger Woods bounces back from shaky start at British Open
July 17, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment
Tiger Woods bounces back from shaky start at British Open

Tiger Woods watches his shot off the 2nd tee during the first day of the British Open Golf championship, Thursday July 17, 2014. PHOTO/Peter Morrison/AP
Tiger Woods is back at the majors.
Seems like he was never …

Ghana on track to commissioning Africa’s largest solar power plant – Nzema Solar Plant
July 16, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment
Ghana on track to commissioning Africa’s largest solar power plant – Nzema Solar Plant

Conceptual rendering of the Nzema solar power plant in Ghana. PHOTO/File
Ghana is on track to completing the construction of Africa’s largest solar power plant, and by extension, one of the largest in the world.
The Nzema …

Obama administration to join voting rights cases in Ohio, Wisconsin
July 16, 2014 – 12:35 pm | No Comment
Obama administration to join voting rights cases in Ohio, Wisconsin

African American voters
The Obama administration plans to join lawsuits in Ohio and Wisconsin over Republican-backed changes to state voting laws that plaintiffs say violate the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act.
“We have already filed suit …

The Caribbean: A Clean Energy Revolution on the Front Lines of Climate Change
July 15, 2014 – 1:09 pm | No Comment
The Caribbean: A Clean Energy Revolution on the Front Lines of Climate Change

By Richard Schiffman

Wigton wind farm in Manchester, Jamaica. PHOTO/Jamaica Gleaner
Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados’ signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island-nation to be fitted with a …

Rwanda is one of the best places to have a baby
July 15, 2014 – 12:06 pm | No Comment
Rwanda is one of the best places to have a baby

(PRNewswire) – In Nyamata, a rural town of Bugesera district, a 30 minutes’ drive south of Rwanda’s Capital – Kigali, Jeanne Musabende’s husband is hanging out with neighbors when labor pains start grinding her. She …