Africa 

Sport24.co.za | Jantjies says Boks have ‘right system’ ahead of RWC

Cape Town – Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies revealed that the side have developed the “right systems” in order to be successful at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. South Africa are in Pool B at the showcase tournament with defending champions New Zealand, Canada, Italy and Namibia. Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will name his 31-man World Cup squad on Monday, August 26 with Jantjies expected to make the team. “I know we have had different coaches, but we as individuals have come a long way,” Jantjies told Reuters. “From…

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Africa 

Rwanda’s Kagame rejects FT report on ‘cooked poverty figures’

For the second time in a week, Rwandan president Paul Kagame has responded to a recent report by the Financial Times, FT, that poverty figures were manipulated in 2015. The president’s latest response was at a press briefing in Namibia where he is on an official state visit. Whiles addressing the issue of poverty in a joint press briefing with his host Hage Geingob, Kagame praised the Rwandan people and their resolve in bettering their lives post the 1994 genocide. If we cooked numbers we would be cheating ourselves not…

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Africa 

Cameroon separatist leaders condemned to life in prison

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – A Cameroonian court handed life sentences to 10 separatist leaders on Tuesday after finding them guilty of charges including terrorism in their fight to break away from the Francophone-dominated central government, their lawyers said. They included Julius Ayuk Tabe, a key figure in the Anglophone movement in western Cameroon, whose followers have made his release since he was arrested 18 months ago a condition for talks with the authorities. An insurgency broke out in late 2017 following a government crackdown on peaceful protests in the English-speaking Northwest…

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Africa 

Man United slam racist attack on Pogba after penalty miss

Manchester United are working on identifying individuals who racially abused Paul Pogba online after the midfielder missed a penalty in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Pogba won a late penalty but had his effort from the spot was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The draw cost United top spot in the Premier League standings, leading to a handful of supporters racially abusing the Frenchman. “The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it…

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Africa East Africa World 

The Kenyan chef that cooked for record 75 hours non-stop

A Kenyan chef, Maliha Mohammed has set a new world record for the longest time spent cooking. She spent 75 hours non-stop cooking at a local restaurant in the coastal city of Mombasa. Maliha Mohammed began cooking on Thursday at 10:00 local time and ended her marathon cooking on Sunday at 13:03 local time. The Guinness World Record was set by a US cook, Rickey Lumpkin who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes and one second in April 2018. If Mohammed’s exploit is verified, she would have beaten Lumpkin’s record.…

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Africa Cameroon Central Africa World 

Cameroon military court jails separatists for life

A military court in Cameroon has jailed ten separatist leaders from the English-speaking region for life. A leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe is among the ten people jailed for life. He and nine of his followers were given life sentences by the military court in the capital, Yaoundé. They were convicted of rebellion, complicity in terrorism, financing terrorism, revolution, insurrection, hostility against the state, propagation of fake news and lack of identification. Their lawyers accused the judge of bias and withdrew from the proceedings. The defendants were…

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Africa 

Sport24.co.za | Bok squad riddle: Is it Kwagga v Rynhardt now?

Cape Town – Their playing styles are almost light years apart. But there appears to be a rising chance now that only one of loose forwards Kwagga Smith and Rynhardt Elstadt will make the cut among the 31-strong Springbok party for RWC 2019. Unless he has a curveball or two in store at Monday’s keenly-awaited announcement, head coach Rassie Erasmus seems to have made it increasingly easier for pundits to narrow down his list of names for the tournament. Having taken a squad of 36 to Bloemfontein for a further…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Man fakes suicide attempt to create awareness

A man in Ghana on Tuesday staged a fake suicide attempt creating panic in the capital Accra. The unidentified man was seen sitting on top of 20-foot statue of Obetsebi Lamptey, one of Ghana’s Independence heroes. He was supported by some residents to climb on top of the statue with the help of a ladder, according to local media reporting. The man only known as Dr. Think Twice then shouted he will jump to his death because “My wife has left me”. He had claimed it wasn’t worth living any…

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Africa 

Robotic tail for humans? [Sci Tech]

Our ancestors had tails several million years ago. And according to paleo-anthropologists, specialists in human evolution, this tail would have disappeared because man has become bipedal. Engineers from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, attempt to come up with their robotic tail for the elderly. They decided to call it “Arque”, a one-metre-long appendix that attaches to the waist with a harness to help maintain balance, according to the researchers. If the Arque,project turns out successful and applicable,it will certainly be able to help the elderly in their daily lives and…

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Africa 

Cameroon secessionist leaders jailed for life by military court

Ten Cameroonian separatists have been handed life sentences by a military court sitting in the capital, Yaounde. The convicts included the leader of the most known separatist group, the Southern Cameroon National Council, SCNC, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe. They were arrested in January 2018 at a hotel in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and were subsequently deported to Cameroon. Yaounde had in November 2017 issued international arrest warrants for Tabe and over a dozen others. On their deportation to Cameroon which decision was sharply criticized by the United Nations refugee agency, they…

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