Did You Know solar power is saving lives in Africa?

Electricity remains to be a difficulty in many parts of Africa. Even where there is a access to a grid, there are problems with reliability. Many African cities run to the song of generators firing up during times of blackout and even then it is not everyone that is fortunate to have a generator, or the money for the fuel to run it. According to the IEA, World Energy Outlook 2016, sub-Saharan Africa had an urban electrification rate of 63% and a rural rate of just 19%! It is not only households that struggle when access to electricity is limited. Local businesses are in some cases impossible. Coldstores, internet cafes and even bars and restaurants are all either impossible to set up in some areas, or very challenging and costly to run.

There are many schemes and innovations that have been set up to offer renewable solutions. The Solar…

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Solving the Energy Access Problem with Renewable Mini-Grids


IRENA newsroom

Until recently, renewable-powered mini-grids were viewed as capable of delivering only basic energy services – for single houses or small communities – but recent technological innovations are changing that perception. Increasingly, renewable energy mini-grids offer a means to meet much larger power needs, including for industry.

Since 1990 energy access has improved and nearly two billion more people have gained access. However, more than a billion people still lack electricity access and another billion have only an unreliable supply. To achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the pace of expansion needs to at least double, and estimates suggest that off-grid solutions will provide roughly 60 per cent of the additional generation needed.

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Speak out #Depression

Mind Conversations

When I was growing up I knew I was going to be successful. I loved school and my grades were in line with my dreams.I imagined having a family, a beautiful house, a nice car, gorgeous kids and taking family vacations, everything looked so real.I just couldn’t wait to grow up.

Last year, as the year was coming to an end, I almost lost my job and things didn’t get better after that, so I decided to quit my job and figure my life out. Everything wasn’t going according to plan. I finished school, got good grades in campus, got a job then another then another and now I was tired of looking. So I decided to start my business. It seemed like a great idea. Now all my childhood fantasies were on the way to becoming a reality. I had a few friends to back me up on the…

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Jurassic World (2015)


Without a shadow of a doubt, Jurassic Worldwas probably one of the highly anticipated films of the year (After Star Wars of course) and of course, for people it’s a nostalgia trip back to Isla Nublar.

In any case, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months,Jurassic Worldmakes the journey back to Isla Nublar after 22 years, but this time with the island becoming the fully operational park that John Hammond once dreamt. His dream now passed down to Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan) who seems to care more about the animals and guests happiness, rather than the money that it’ll cost him.


Zach and Gray (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, respectively) are the vessels that transport us to the theme park Jurassic World to meet their aunt, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) the chief operator of the theme park. Shortly after, Claire mentions a…

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7 Days in Hell (2015)


I’ve seen a few sports documentaries before, mainly ESPN’s 30 for 30’s and I’ve seen a few mockumentaries. 7 Days in Hell showcases both sides of the coin, directed by Jake Szymanski and featuring Kit Harrington and Andy Samberg as the two subjects of the ‘documentary’.

This mockumentary is based on a fictional seven day marathon match between Aaron Williams and Charles Poole, that occurred during the 2001 Wimbledon Championships. The two characters aren’t cut from the same cloth either, Charles coming from privileged background, whereas Aaron coming from the streets and ending up in the care of the Williams family. Serena explains that they reversed The Blind Side and took this white kid and made him a tennis star. Aaron is the bad-boy of tennis, sporting an outrageous haircut whilst storming out of interviews is all familiar ground for Aaron Williams.

Charles Poole’s (Kit Harrington) story is different. At…

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The Running Woman

Great read

Put On Your Happy Face

In this post I share some details of the eating disorder that I had when I was a teenager. If you’re experiencing or recovering from an ED, please be aware that this may be a difficult post to read and proceed with caution. Thank you. 

At this very second, I feel joyful. I’m in the sort of mood that makes me want to run out into the street and start foxtrotting with the nearest lampost, hugging the local Big Issue vendor, and dashing into the M&S under our flat and scattering sheaths of tenners, while yellling “Percy Pigs are on me!”

This is because I have just been for a run.

I am not one of nature’s runners. I come from a long and perversely proud line of exercise refuseniks. My parents may have piled on the academic pressure, but I think it was a point of pride that I…

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