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Banking Beyond Borders

The United Bank for Africa Group is not only progressively increasing its geographic footprint, but is positioning itself to continue to tap from the swelling flow of trade between Africa and other continents, writes Obinna Chima.

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SECOND SA TEST: Sri Lanka with chance to make history

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: South Africa and Sri Lanka were locked in a tense, low-scoring battle at the end of the second day of the second Test at St George’s Park on Friday.
Needing 197 runs to achieve an historic series win, Sri Lanka were 60 for two at the close.It was an extraordinary day’s play during which 18 wickets fell and 282 runs were scored, leaving both teams with a chance of victory.South Africa seemed set to take control when Sri Lanka collapsed in a flurry of strokes to be bowled out for 154 before lunch, giving South Africa a first innings lead of 68 runs.
But Sri Lanka’s bowlers hit back, bowling out the hosts for a paltry 128 by 40 runs their lowest total in a home Test against the islanders.Suranga Lakmal, Sri Lanka’s most experienced bowler, took four for 39, while part-time off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva took a Test-best three for 36.
With only 10 wickets in 24 previous Tests, De Silva had match figures of five for 51. He was forced into a front-line role when left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya suffered a badly dislocated left thumb, an injury which required surgery and prevented him from batting or taking the field on Friday.De Silva seemed to have claimed a fourth wicket and wrapped up the South African innings when Faf du Plessis charged down the wicket and was stumped with the total on 117 for nine. But a check by the umpires revealed it had been a no-ball and 11 more runs were added before Lakmal trapped last batsman Duanne Olivier leg before wicket.
Du Plessis was left unbeaten on 50. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 32 for the first wicket at the start of their chase but both were dismissed in the space of six balls.Thirimanne was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada for the second time in the day after making ten to be followed in the next over by Karunaratne for 19, caught behind off Duanne Olivier’s first ball of the innings.Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis saw out the day, with Fernando striking two boundaries in the last over, bowled by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
In a frenetic start to the day, Sri Lanka scored 94 runs but lost six wickets in 17.4 overs.
Overnight batsmen Thirimanne and nightwatchman Kasun Rajitha were dismissed in the first four overs of the morning after Sri Lanka resumed on 60 for three. They were followed by a succession of batsmen who played extravagant shots before perishing.Kusal Perera, the hero of Sri Lanka’s surprise win in the first Test in Durban, thrashed two fours and an audacious six over extra cover in one over from Rabada before being caught behind in the fast bowler’s next over. He made 20 off 15 balls.
De Silva struck four fours in making 19 off 24 balls and Niroshan Dickwella hit six fours and a six before he was last man out for 42 off 36 deliveries. Rabada took four for 38.South African opening batsman Dean Elgar fell cheaply for the third time in the series to Vishwa Fernando before lunch and there was a steady stream of wickets during the afternoon, culminating in the dismissal of Hashim Amla for 32 and in-form Quinton de Kock for one in the last two overs before tea. The remaining five wickets added only 37 runs after tea, with none of the lower-order batsmen able to provide significant support to Du Plessis.

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China Plans To Build Space Solar Station

Chinese scientists have revealed plans to build and launch in orbit a space solar station that could capture the Sun’s rays 24/7, Chinese media report.
China has already started to build an early experimental space power plant in the city of Chongqing, The Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing an article in China’s Science and Technology Daily.The space solar station, planned to orbit the Earth at 36,000 kilometers (22,370 miles) could provide an inexhaustible source of clean energy for humans, according to Pang Zhihao, a researcher at the China Academy of Space Technology Corporation.Such solar power technology could supply reliable energy 99 percent of the time and have six times the intensity of the solar farms that work on the earth, the scientist says.China will start by launching small solar stations between 2021 and 2025, while a possible next step would be a Megawatt-level station planned to be built in 2030.The energy from the space solar station would be converted into a microwave or laser beam that would be sent to the earth.
However, the project has two major hurdles to overcome in order to become a practical solution. One is the weight of a space solar station, expected to be more than two times the weight of the International Space Station.The other is the safety impact of laser or microwave beams sent to the earth.Related: 2 Reasons Why Big Oil.Isn’t Rushing Into Renewables China is not the only country studying the potential of harnessing the power of the Sun in space.Caltech for example has its Space Solar Power Project, which has researched the use of ultralight, foldable, 2D integrated elements, Caltech has developed a prototype which collects sunlight, converts it to RF electrical power, then wirelessly transmit that power in a steerable beam.According to Caltech’s research, Collecting solar power in space and transmitting the energy wirelessly to Earth through microwaves enables terrestrial power availability unaffected by weather or time of day.

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Vogue Brazil fashion director resigns after ‘slave colony’ themed birthday party

The fashion director of Vogue Brazil has resigned after she was accused of racism because her birthday party appeared to resemble depictions of …
Pictures taken at Donata Meirelles’ 50th birthday show her sat on a throne, surrounded by black women in white dresses, at a party in Bahia, the state with the biggest black population.Ms Meirelles later posted a now-deleted apology before reposting Vogue Brazil’s statement and saying she wanted to learn from her mistakes.Critics claimed the party was inspired by Brazilian slave colonies, and used the black women as “photo props.
”Author Ale Santos tweeted: “Donata Meirelles is a perverse woman who wished to revive one of the biggest torments of Black people to satisfy her sordid fantasy of white hegemony.Shelby Ivey Christie said: “Vogue Brazil’s Style Director Donata Meirelles had a very disgusting 50th birthday party theme last night“There appears to be a Brazilian slave + master theme.Mucamas (house slaves), who were very clearly darker complexioned, were posed as props alongside guests #DoShow50
Critics claimed the party was inspired by “Brazil slavery colonies” (Gabriel Cappelletti/Getty Images for amfAR)“The uniform of the Mucamas, house slaves, was usually a white linen or cotton dress. “Sinhá” is a remnant from Brazilian slave language.Slaves couldn’t properly pronounce senorita so they shorted into “Sinhá” when addressing their female master.“The white dresses headwraps are not coincidental.Here are images of female Brazilian slaves smh.“Brazil did not outlaw slavery until 1888, almost the 20th century.“Brazil, not America, has the largest population of people of African decent living outside of Africa – By 1888 Brazil had 40% of the total slave population in the Americas.”In a comment on Instagram, Ms Meirelles said: “At age 50, the hour is action.I’ve heard a lot, I need to hear more. “I want to act together with the women who have to teach me and with whom else is willing to be a link in a transformation that is necessary.“My commitment is to put me in (re)construction! In action!”A statement by Vogue Brazil added: “Vogue Brasil deeply regrets what happened and hopes that the debate generated will serve as a learning experience.“We believe in affirmative and purposeful actions and also that empathy is the best alternative for the construction of a more just society, in which the historical inequalities of the Country are debated and faced.“In pursuit of the constant evolution that has always guided us, we take the reflection generated to broaden the voices within the team and create, on a permanent basis, a forum formed by activists and scholars who will help define contents and images that combat these inequalities

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