A diver has discovered what appears to be an ancient sunken city off Mafia Island in Tanzania. Diver Alan Sutton, from Seaunseen, had originally been looking for the remains of an old fort rumoured to have been washed away to sea, but instead he came across the remains of a wall stretching almost 4km.
The discovery is detailed in a blog post by Sutton, with images showing remnants of the wall. Mafia Island is a small sand island. After flying over in a helicopter, he noticed an "unusually shaped formation in the water".
They found a series of what looked like foundations circling a large area. Large oblong blocks up to 5m by 5m stretched along the foundation. The northern and southern foundations run around 3.7km in length – although they think more could be lying undiscovered, covered by sand. It was around 1km at the widest point, while the foundations were up to 10 to 20 metres in depth.
As the site is yet to be visited by scientists or archaeologists, its age is not known. However, Sutton points out coral growth near blocks would indicate they have been underwater for at least 550 years. "The site is very large, certainly the size of a city and is definitely man-made and very old," he wrote. "It seems very old and to have been extremely well-constructed, in a fashion unlike the architecture of other ruins in Tanzania and doubtless the site will keep archaeologists busy for many years. Without a large amount of research it is impossible to say exactly what the site is. It however appears to be a very old harbour city."
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Zoologists have documented an incredible relationship between wild birds in Mozambique and the local Yao people, who team up together to hunt for honey.
Using a series of special hails and chirps the humans and birds are able to communicate - honeyguide birds lead the way to hidden beehives, where the Yao people share the spoils with their avian friends.
It's a beautiful mutualistic relationship that's been known for more than 500 years - but now, for the first time, a team of researchers from the UK and South Africa have shown that the honeyguide birds and humans are actually communicating both ways in order to get the most benefit out of their collaboration.
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Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2400 kilometres off the South East Coast of Africa. The island, which is of volcanic origin, covers an area of 1,865 square kilometres or 720 square miles. Coral reefs surround most of the coast except the south.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer by revenue, is in advanced talks to open big box stores in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.
The retailer’s top executive for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada, Shelley Broader, met this week with Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode. After fruitful talks, it appears the iconic Walmart signage will soon be sighted in Lagos.
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A Nassau County whiz kid was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools — a year after another Long Island teen hit the rare academic jackpot.
Elmont Memorial High School senior Harold Ekeh boasts a grade-point average of 100.5 percent, an SAT score of 2270 and was a semifinalist for the national Intel Science Talent Search.
“My parents’ hard work and my hard work finally paid off,” Ekeh, 17, told The Post.
Ekeh now has his pick of the nation’s elite institutions of higher learning: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania — none of which accepts more than 14 percent of applicants.
He’s leaning toward Yale, where Kwasi Enin, 18, the son of Ghanaian immigrants from Mastic Beach, LI, who achieved the Ivy sweep last year, now attends.
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Ubongo Kids is an interactive edu-cartooon that teaches math through fun animated stories and catchy original songs, and broadcasts on TV across East Africa. It's watched by over 900,000 weekly viewers in Tanzania. Students can interact live via SMS, answering questions while they watch and getting personalized feedback from their favorite cartoon characters. We want to transform learning for the 440 million under 16’s in Africa by bringing them a fun new way to learn, that opens the door to a future of digital learning.
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Approximately three percent of Africa’s population have migrated internationally, many to Europe, North America and Australia. One health issue immigrants from Africa face is a stark decrease in the amount of vitamin D they get.
Much of Africa sits very close to the equator, getting intense year-round sun exposure, intense enough to stimulate vitamin D production in dark-skinned Africans. Because of this intense year-round sun exposure, Africans evolved to have dark skin to protect their bodies to a certain extent. Their skin color evolved in the African environment likely to strike a balance between fulfilling their vitamin D needs and protecting themselves from over-exposure.
When Africans emigrate away from Africa, suddenly their skin type no longer fits their environment. Their skin is designed to handle much more sun exposure, much more intense and frequent UV rays. The result is their skin-type overprotecting their skin and not allowing it to produce enough vitamin D. This is why the majority of immigrants and people of African descent are vitamin D deficient.
Recently, researchers in Australia wanted to get a sense of how aware immigrants were of vitamin D deficiency, if they knew they were at risk and what would entice them to actually correct their deficiency.
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Ancient Words Ra,Re,Ptah, Ta,Pa,Se largely resonate in Bantu languages for word FATHER and sometimes used to endow respect to men of dignity and Deities. The word for father in the Southern-Soto-Tswana-Bantu language is given as Ra, re, rarae and even rara. Thus Re kglo means the great father or the great chief. In ancient Egyptian’s polytheistic beliefs, Ra was worshiped as the creator God by most blacks at Heliopolis and along the Nile valley. These followers believed that Ra was self-created, while other followers of Ptah or Ta believed that Ra was created by Ptah. In a passage of the Book of the Dead, Ra cuts himself, and his blood transforms into two intellectual personifications: Hu, or authority, and Sia/se, or mind. Ra is also accredited with the creation of the seasons, months, plants, and animals.In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Re-Horakhty (“Ra, who is Horus of the Two Horizons”) term vaguely remain in southern Africa as Re kglo. He was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the earth, and the underworld. The Sotho,Xhosa and Tswana people use terms Ra, and Re to confer ultimate respect to male figures and leaders.
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How the world’s third fastest growing economy is attracting U.S. investors and creating jobs The United States is the world’s third largest exporter shipping capital goods, industrial supplies and consumer goods such as cars, foods and beverages around the world every year. Yet exports account for only a small fraction of its GDP—13 percent in 2014—and exports to traditional customers such as Canada and Europe are falling. In addition, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, America’s trade deficit widened by 7.6 percent in September 2014 to $43 billion, largely due to a slump in exports to Europe, Latin America and Japan.
Slowing exports to the developed economies and a widening trade gap are bad news for American businesses and jobs and American manufacturing firms. Beneath the headlines, however, is a glimmer of hope, which comes in the form of sub-Saharan Africa. For several years the United States has been nurturing its diplomatic and economic ties with countries on the continent, particularly Kenya which has seen its economy grow at around 5 percent annually over the recent years.
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Born a slave in the waning months of the Civil War, Anthony Overton became the first African American to own a major conglomerate. His vast business empire included the Overton Hygienic Manufacturing Company, The Half-Century Magazine, Douglass National Bank, The Victory Life Insurance Company, The Great Northern Realty Company, and the Chicago Bee.
Overton was born on March 21, 1865 in Monroe, Louisiana to Anthony Overton and Martha Deberry Overton. During Reconstruction, Overton attended public school in Monroe before the family moved to Kansas in the 1870s. In 1881, Overton graduated from South Side High School in Topeka. Shortly afterwards he opened his first business venture, a fruit and grocery store in Topeka. Money earned from the business allowed Overton to graduate with a Bachelor of Law degree from Washburn College in Topeka in 1888. The same year, he married Clara Gregg. The couple had four children: Eva, Mabel, Frances, and Everett.
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African-American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, a new study reveals.
The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report released this week found that the number of women-owned businesses grew by 74 percent between 1997 and 2015. That’s 1.5 times the national average of business growth to be exact.
Meanwhile, the growth in the number of businesses specifically owned by black women is outpacing that of all women-owned firms, the report says. The number of black women-owned businesses has grown by a whopping 322 percent since 1997. Today, black women own roughly 14 percent of all businesses in the country owned by women, which tallies to around 1.3 million businesses, according to the report.
“While nationally African American women comprise 14% of all women-owned firms, African American women comprise a greater than average share of all women-owned firms in Georgia (35%), Maryland (33%), and Illinois (22%),” the report says.
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