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Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away


The importance of religion to Africans is well known among those who study and follow the continent. Of particular interest has been the explosive and relatively recent growth of Christianity there. For example, the conventional wisdom is that in 1900, Christians in what is now Nigeria were perhaps 2 percent of the population. Now, they are said to comprise roughly half of a population of over 200 million. (Nobody really knows how large Nigeria’s population is or what proportion of it is Christian, but this conventional wisdom is widely accepted by Nigerians themselves.) Explanations for Christianity’s success have included its association with the colonial masters and the modern world. Others, perhaps derisively, have observed that Christianity in Africa is “a mile wide but an inch…

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South African football ‘giant’ Masinga dies | Sports


Marcel Desailly of France tackles Philemon Masinga (left) of South Africa during a 1998 World Cup group match in Marseille. — AFP pic

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 13 — Former South Africa star Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga died today aged 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national football association said in a statement.

“We have lost a giant of South African football,” said football association president Danny Jordaan. “This is a sad day and I am gutted.

“I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar (for Confederation of African Football activities) and although Phil was not feeling well, he was in good spirits.

“Before saying goodbye, I promised ‘Chippa’ that I would visit him again sometime this week and now our hero is gone.”

A physically formidable forward, he…

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Football: South African football ‘giant’ Masinga dies


JOHANNESBURG: Former South Africa star Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga died on Sunday (Jan 13) aged 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national football association said in a statement.

“We have lost a giant of South African football,” said football association president Danny Jordaan. “This is a sad day and I am gutted.

“I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar (for Confederation of African Football activities) and although Phil was not feeling well, he was in good spirits.

“Before saying goodbye, I promised ‘Chippa’ that I would visit him again sometime this week and now our hero is gone.”

A physically formidable forward, he scored the goal that beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in Soweto and took Bafana Bafana (The Boys) to the 1998 World Cup in…

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A giant on the Caribbean legal landscape – Stabroek News


Dear Editor,

Fenton Harcourt William Ramsahoye passed away on or about the 27th December, 2018 in Barbados at the age of 89. Being out of the jurisdiction at the time, one was not able to pay tribute to a man who was a giant on the Caribbean legal landscape and was held by the writer in awe and reverence over a period of 45 years.

The following words of tribute are now being proffered.

I always initiated our conversations whether on the phone or face to face by referring to him as “The Doctor, what surgery are you performing now?”. Those words were uttered out of a sense of respect for my elders and seniors; I could never bring myself to call him to his face Fenton.

My first encounter with the “Doctor” was in 1974 in a Courtroom in Guyana when I was a rookie Junior on the other side in a…

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Giant African insect found inside suitcase at Atlanta airport – Story


– A strange stowaway was discovered at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this week.

Airport officials say they discovered an African millipede inside a traveler’s suitcase Tuesday morning.

Regal, a member of the CBP’s Beagle Brigade, alerted his handler to a checked bag at baggage claim.

The nearly 6-inch bug was collected and secured while officials find a place to house the insect.

The couple who owned the suitcase were on a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa and were heading to South Carolina.

They said they had no idea the giant bug was in their suitcase.


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The African giant cursed by deadly violence



Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila&nbsp

Kinshasa: Africa’s second largest country, Democratic Republic of Congo, is rich in raw materials and minerals but cursed by deadly violence, insurgencies, graft and poverty. Ahead of presidential elections on December 23, here are some facts about the country.

Vast country

Eighty times the size of its former colonial master Belgium, the DRC covers 2.3 million square kilometres (919,595 square miles) in the middle of Africa, behind only Algeria in area on the continent. The majority of its population of 81.3 million people (World Bank, 2017) is Catholic. As well as having access to the Atlantic Ocean it shares its borders with nine other countries: Angola, Burundi,…

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