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Senegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new “Solar Academy” for the continent.Akon, 42, made the announcement at the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York.The project is one of the many under the Senegalese-American’s Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which was launched in 2014 to bring solar electricity power to 600 million Africans that currently live off the grid.The “Solar Academy,” will open this summer in Bamako, the capital of Mali. The academy will aim to teach people how to instal and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro grids, “which are really taking off in rural Africa”, Akon Lighting Africa said.The academy will teach solar engineers how to install and maintain solar panels and “micro-grids,” small electrical grids that provide power to a very limited region , harnessing the 320 days of sunshine that most parts of Africa receive annually.“Micro-grids” are increasingly popular in rural Africa, where conventional, large-scale power infrastructure is unavailable.When Akon is not singing or producing music, he is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it.The Senegalese-American celebrity is the latest participant in what some have deemed a “solar revolution” that’s bringing the alternative energy source to the impoverished but sun-rich continent.Akon Lighting Africa is now present in 14 African countries and has provided solar power to more than 1 million households by subsidizing the cost of installation for consumers keen on replacing kerosene with solar energy.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqoIQFfuvYE
The SLS 5th Grade Boys Basketball team opened their season on Tuesday, October 24th with a 33-17 loss to St. Mary’s – Vernon.The Cardinals were lead in scoring by Ben Miller with 10 points. Henry Wanstrath finished with 5 points, and Sam Laloge rounded out the scoring with 2 points.‘All the boys gave great effort, didn’t give up, and supported each other throughout the game!’ Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.
The 20-lap IMCA Modified main was the nightcap of the evening’s racing. Only four points separated Tim Ward and Joel Rust for the track title. Rust led all of those 20 laps on his way to the win. Ward trailed as distant runner-up. Ward is the 2019 track champion. A slight bobble in turn four nearly cost Meyer the win, but he regained control and flew under the checkers first. Damon Murty, who uncharacteristically lost control on lap 10 and went over the top of turn four, rejoined the field at the tail, and recovered to finish in second place. Jeff Wollam, whose late father was honored earlier, finished third. Steve Meyer was crowned the 2019 track champion in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car class. Meyer had a 22-point lead over Todd Reitzler going into the night. Meyer led the field to green and shot to the lead in the 18-lap main event. Reitzler gained the top spot on lap two and then set sail on a quest for the checkers. Leah Wroten had the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock track title wrapped up before the race began, leading by 40 points. It also appeared that she won the 15-lap feature race, but that was not the case. Wroten led all laps but when she got into Kaden Reynolds as they approached the checkers, spinning him out, she was penalized for the contact and the victory was awarded to Jacob Floyd. This was Floyd’s first time ever to win at the Marshalltown Speedway. Jake McBirnie kept his point lead in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature, winning the track crown and also added to his quest in the hunt for the national title in the division with a feature win. McBirnie spanked the field, leading all 18 laps and winning by more than half a lap. Reitzler’s vision of a victory evaporated on lap 12 when he found himself in spin mode, bringing out a yellow, and sending him to tag the field. This returned Meyer as captain of the ship which he held to the checkers. MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Aug. 23) – It was the Larry Wollam Season Championship night on Friday at the Marshalltown Speedway where family, friends, and fans celebrated the man who was such an inspiration to the track and racing in general. It was the 20th anniversary of the passing of Wollam, who had been a racer, promoter, and big supporter of the speedway. By Joyce Eisele
The BMS 7th Grade improved to 2-0 with a 46-14 victory over Jac-cen-del. The Bulldogs put on a crippling press from the opening tip that forced the eagles into a lot of turnovers! Batesville’s physicality remained too much for the opponent. Scoring for Batesville was Jacob Stenger with 12, Gage Pohlman with 10, Cade Kaiser with 8, JJ Holcomb and Will Jaisle both added 5 points. 3 points for Carson Laker. 2 points for Jake Chapman and John Meyer. 1 point for Grant Goldsmith. The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday home, against South Decatur. The 8th Grade won a close battle 39-35 at Jac-Cen-Del. The Bulldogs had another hot start leading 11-0 early in the first quarter. Batesville struggled all night with turnovers and foul trouble which lead to a tie game with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. Gus Prickel, Jack Grunkemeyer, and Sam Johnson had some big points in the 4th to ice the game. Chris Lewis lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 13, followed by Jack Grunkemeyer (12), Gus Prickel (8), Sam Johnson (4), and Conner Drake (2). 8th grade moves to 2-0 on the season. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tyler Burcham.
highlights Steyn did not play in the game against Kings XI Punjab as Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 17 runs. The pacers injury will also put pressure on South Africa, who will be sweating on his fitness ahead of the tournament opener against England which will begin on May 30. The injury-prone pacer had returned to the IPL after a gap of two years and straight away contributed to the team’s winning cause by picking up four wickets in two games.A groin injury that he sustained in the India series in 2015 curtailed his participation and he was ruled out for a couple of months. He returned for the series against England and put in a magnificent performance in the Boxing Day Test in Durban when he picked up 4/70 but in the second innings, he suffered a shoulder injury which prolonged his time on the sidelines. A fractured shoulder led to surgery and he was sidelined for 14 months. It seemed that the record would be out of Steyn’s reach. When he returned for the India series in 2018 in Cape Town, he got two wickets but in the second innings, an injured heel resulted in him missing the series and also the four Tests against Australia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Dale Steyn’s arrival for the Royal Challengers Bangalore has boosted the franchise’s playoff chances. He picked up 2/40 and 2/29 against Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings respectively and his breakthroughs during the powerplay helped the side immensely. Steyn’s arrival has seen a resurgence in Royal Challengers Bangalore, with Virat Kohli’s side winning four out of the five games. However, Kohli’s team have been dealt a massive blow ahead for the remainder of the games as Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to an ‘inflammed shoulder’. The news was confirmed in a statement by Royal Challengers Bangalore chairman Sanjeev Churiwala.“Steyn has been prescribed with ample rest due to inflammation in his shoulder. On account of the state of his health, Dale will not be available to take part further in the ongoing season of IPL. His presence has helped the team immensely and we are very thankful for the inspiration and passion that he brought to the squad. The team will deeply miss his energy and presence around. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the luck for all future endeavours,” Churiwala said. Royal Challengers Bangalore are still in the hunt for the playoffs.Dale Steyn has been plagued by injuries for the last four years.Steyn first featured for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008.
Written By While speaking to Vice, Malaviya revealed how people thought they had “lost their minds” when they started out while studying at Manipal University. She had to sell her sewing machine, Ab Pro King exercise machine, while Tushar would help her by buying selling shoes in Manipal. They ended up buying a secondhand surfboard, which they shared.While Malaviya has faced countless hurdles like having to strengthen her weak upper body and parents who thought she would “too dark to be beautiful”, she maintains that surfing has made it worth the wait. They set up their business at the Kodi Bengre beach in Karnataka in 2011, where even the fishermen could not swim. “The ocean was just a source of income for them; I wanted to make it a source of joy,” she explained.Her focus was never on competitive surfing, which did not give her good vibes. She spoke about the increasing competition among people, which she feels came too early. Whenever she participated anywhere, she would find it difficult to make new friends, as everyone only saw her as competition. She maintained that surfing should remain something positive which “overcomes class and gender”. The ocean is for everyone, be it the small village girl or kids from different religions who have never talked to each other. “It’s about getting more people to reconnect with nature and naturally develop an appreciation for it,” Malaviya added. (Image source: Ishita Malaviya Instagram – @surfishita) Devika Pawar Ishita Malaviya has slowly worked towards revolutionizing Indian surfing by establishing a name for herself as the only Indian professional female surfer. From teaching local children how to swim to promoting surfing, Malaviya has created her own identity by breaking down social stigmas and encouraging more female involvement. Also read | Video of a man doing yoga while surfing leaves netizens stunned | WatchIshita Malaviya is set to take Indian surfing to new heightsStarting out as a broke college student in 2007, Malaviya struggled to popularize surfing in a region where no one had done so before. Over a decade later, Mavaliya now runs the Shaka Surf Club in the small village of Udupi, Karnataka with her partner, Tushar Pathiyan. She has been the brand ambassador for Roxy swimwear and has made it to the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list in 2019.Also read | Mark Zuckerberg triggers meme fest after applying ‘too much’ sunscreen while surfing WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 12th August, 2020 18:54 IST LIVE TV Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 18:54 IST Ishita Malaviya Works To Revolutionize Indian Surfing From Small Village In Karnataka Ishita Malaviya is creating an example for all Indian surfer as she makes it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list as India’s first and only professional surfer. Malaviya was first introduced to surfing by a German exchange student, who helped her meet surfers from California. “They were surfing at a spot that was only an hour away from us. A small chat and we found ourselves amid the waves,” the 29-year-old told Financial Express. Malaviya has always known she was an “outdoors person” who wanted to be around nature as much as she could. Surfing, according to Malaviya, enables to do that and has changed her life. Now, she only wants to surf and teach anyone else who wants to do the same. Also read | International surfing day 2020: Read more about its history, significance, celebrationWhat does Ishita Malaviya aim to do?In 2019, Malaviya (who is a Journalism graduate) co-founded The Shaka Surf Club. Initially, Malaviya’s parents were against her taking up surfing full-time. However, her constant persuasion made them give up their resistance. While she loves to teach, she is focused on transcending borders through sports, increasing gender equality and raising awareness about sea safety.The Mumbai-native spoke about her time in the cosmopolitan city, positive that if she still lived in the city, she would never have had the opportunity to hang out with fishermen and their kids.”But the beautiful thing about surfing is that it equalises,” she told Vice. She spoke about kids who had an “inferiority complex” for living away from the city, cursed to be so close to the ocean. But Malaviya wanted to work towards showing them the beauty of their own place, which they should be proud of. “We wanted to overcome any class divide and make it the coolest village ever.” Malaviya also teaches children breakdancing, yoga, skateboarding and organizes multiple beach clean-up programmes in co-ordination with the local government school.Also read | ‘Doomsurfing’, ‘Doomscrolling’ are new words that may enter our dictionaries soonIshita Malaviya Forbes honour FOLLOW US
DOUBLE DUTY—Manasseh Garner of Brashear finds a hole in the Westinghouse defense. Garner scored two touchdowns for the Bulls and was also called on to play quarterback after starter Henri Chatman injured his ankle in the first quarter. Perry (3-2) was a part of the four-way tie of first place in the City League that also included its opponent on Friday, Oliver (4-1). They did not prevail as the Bears had one of their best defensive showings of the season, winning a 12-6 thriller at Cupples Stadium. “I had to answer a question to myself in the fourth quarter,” Oliver coach Tim Keefer said. “Do I want to be aggressive playing defense, or do I want to play it safe? We decided to be aggressive.” Their aggression was on display whenever Perry had a final drive in which they had advanced to the Oliver 25-yard line in an attempt to win in the last minutes of the game. Perry’s quarterback Greg McGhee was sacked twice in six plays and hurried once. This led to a final heave to the end zone with 27 seconds remaining that was incomplete and sealed the victory for Oliver.“The next step is getting our kids to do their parts in the classroom,” said Keefer. “We want to keep our kids striving so that they can (stay out here on the field).”The winning points for Oliver were scored in the third quarter whenever quarterback Dante Jeter flipped the ball to Martise Smith who then fired it to David Marshall for the 10-yard score. They also scored on a 60- yard fumble recovery by Ed Mathis late in the second quarter.Perry jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Richard Lowry scored on a 10- yard run. He finished with 27 carries for 117 yards. The Perry offense had 181 yards total offense—123 more than Oliver.OTHER GAMESBrashear 17, Westinghouse 0Brashear (4-1) kept Westinghouse winless as they stayed in a first place tie with Schenley. Manasseh Garner scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He added on another 5-yarder in the third quarter.Brashear’s kicker Cody Magliocca hit a rare (for the City League) 19-yard field goal, also in the third quarter, which helped his team get past the Bulldogs.Peabody 16, Allderdice 0This game was scoreless into the final quarter until Peabody scored on an 81-yard pass from Ronell Moses to Shannon Binion on a fake punt. They added an 18-yard touchdown run by Daniel Burrell with the game winding down.Allderdice’s losing streak extends to 20 games (0-5 on the season). They were held to only 30 yards total offense in the game.This Saturday, Peabody (3-2) will take on Schenley (4-1) in its Homecoming game at 12 p.m. at Cupples Stadium as the Highlanders continue to take part in the post-season.
…as EPA’s role highlighted during public outreachThe EPA, as part of its 23rd anniversary celebrations, hosted a public outreach on Thursday at Water Street, Georgetown, in an effort to increase its visibility and inform the public of the agency’s mandate and its work being done in environmental protection and management.EPA’s public outreach at Water Street gave the public an opportunity to play games and share information on environmental issuesThe event saw a number of persons visiting the booth to learn about the work and mission of the agency, apply for environmental authorisation, get assistance with filling out applications, report environmental pollution, learn about environmental issues, solutions and more.According to the EPA’s Environmental Officer, Dillon Charles, who was present at the event, it was noted that members of the public are not aware of the role the agency plays in the protection of the environment and as a result, the outreach served to enlighten the public and share information on environmental issues.Charles pointed out that as part of the EPA’s continuous efforts in the sustenance of the environment, the agency launched a magazine in February of this year “The Grey Note” and a television programme “The Environment Matters” during the latter part of last year.These initiatives, he said, seek to foster awareness on environmental issues and build the capacity of the EPA. In observance of its 23rd anniversary, the agency had a number of events planned. On World Environment Day, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a tree planting and beautification exercise in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.The event saw a number of staffers participating in planting 23 trees around the building, while others cleaned the compound and painted bins and other materials to beautify the area.Executive Director of EPA, Dr Vincent Adams explained, “This here is a major milestone for us of course, the 23 years of anniversary, which is today, so it’s a nice kind of coincidence that we have both celebrations on the same day”.In terms of environmental protection, he said most people are concerned about oil and gas, however, mining still plays a crucial part when it comes to the environment. Against this backdrop, the Director said he was glad that Guyana has countries to look at as examples, and hopefully not make the same mistakes.The planting of trees, he said, plays an important role in ensuring proper air quality. “Trees absorb, through their leaves, toxins from the environment and they give off oxygen and oxygen is really important … it provides shade that cools the temperature that helps mitigate against global warming or climate change,” the EPA Executive Director reminded.Dr Adams urged Guyanese to not take the environment for granted and to keep it clean since “if you don’t pay now, you will pay later”.World Environment Day is the United Nations (UN) day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
A shopkeeper was on Saturday morning stabbed to death by his brother during an argument at theirDead: Dexter Julesresidence.Dead is Dexter Jules, 23, of Lot 634 D Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown.He was reportedly stabbed several times by his brother Orin Jules, 32, who tried to escape but was apprehended by public-spirited citizens. He is in Police custody assisting with investigations.According to information, the stabbing stemmed from an argument among three brothers at about 09:30h at the shop operated by the now dead man.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, Police were conducting their investigation but soon after another brother Wayne Jules, explained that the brother who lives in the same yard is always in the habit of threatening him and his other siblings, including the now dead man.He related that his eldest brother started with his threats since Friday evening and reportedly threatened to set the house and shop on fire and more so, to stab his young brother. However, they retired to bed and as they awoke on Saturday morning, they opened the shop as normal.Wayne, who was still trying to come to grips with what occurred, stated that the dead brother was leaving for the city to purchase stocks for the shop when Dexter and the elder brother crossed paths.“Orin was standing in the shop so Dexter ask he to leave, that that he can’t be in the shop… he tell he this because of the treats he make… anyhow, Dexter come and tell me that Orin in the shop so I went out and also tell he to get out but he de lil stubborn,” the man recalled.After sometime, they managed to get Orin out of the shop. While on the roadway, an argument ensued and it was at this time that Orin whipped out a knife and dealt Dexter several stabs to the abdomen.“I tell Dexter run, but he run and collapse not far away… when I see that I loose Orin and run and collect Dexter and take him to the hospital. By the time we reach the hospital, he dead,” Wayne stated. The distressed man noted that he later learnt that Orin was arrested while hiding in a clump of bushes.Andre Blake, a resident who went in search of the suspect after the incident, recalled being at home when he heard people in the area saying “is kill Orin go kill he.” By the time he rushed out, he saw the injured man lying on the roadway and the suspect running from the scene.Several other men in the area give chase but the man disappeared. After sometime, he was found hiding in a clump of bushes, Blake stated. He was brought to the scene, and was handed over to Police. Blake also confirmed that the man was nuisance in the community and would always threaten to harm residents.Meanwhile a knife suspected to be the murder weapon was found lying in the grass a short distance from where the stabbing took place.Guyana Times understands that the suspect recently served a prison sentence for threatening his relatives, among other offenses.The dead man leaves to mourn his mother, and four siblings. (Bhisham Mohamed)