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Senegal, Nigeria end Africa's drought at Women's World Cup



SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — It was a historic day for African teams in the Women's Basketball World Cup. Senegal became the first …
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Senegal, Nigeria end Africa’s drought at Women’s World Cup


SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — It was a historic day for African teams in the Women’s Basketball World Cup.

Senegal became the first African country to win a pool game, beating Latvia 70-69 on Sunday. Hours later, Nigeria followed suit, getting its first win ever in the tournament.

“It’s a historic win and we’ve broken the curse,” Senegal coach Cheikh Sarr said. “I’m very proud because we did it. We wanted it and the girls did everything.”

Coming into Sunday, African teams had gone 7-89 in the tournament since first qualifying in 1971. All of those victories had come in the consolation rounds, but never in pool play.

Nigeria almost blew a 17-point lead before holding off Turkey 74-68. This was Nigeria’s second appearance in the World Cup, going 0-5 in 2006.

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How Drought Turned an African Savanna Into a Lush Wildlife Paradise


Drought killed off inedible plants in Kruger National Park, making room for other plants that animals like to eat.

(Inside Science) — In 2015, disaster struck South Africa’s Kruger National Park — or so it seemed. It was the worst drought on record, lasting 28 months and reducing the once-verdant grassland in the park’s south-central region to bare dirt.

“It was really shocking to see,” said Sally Koerner, a community ecologist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “There were a lot of bones.”

But when the rains returned, the region made a remarkable recovery, transforming into what may be an even better wildlife habitat than before the drought. Koerner presented her findings on Tuesday at the Ecological Society of America meeting in New Orleans.

Koerner and her…

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Good news for wine lovers as drought betters South African brands | CGTN Africa


Winemakers in South Africa’s Western Cape have been toasting to some good news.

This year’s, the grape farms not only came out unscathed from the harsh drought that hit the country, but also produced some of the finest wines in many years.

This has been an industry-wide phenomenon and winemakers are pointing to a number of reasons for their success including a stressed growing process and resilient hardy vines.

The farmers went through a phase of water stress during the drought, resulting in smaller berries with more concentrated flavors, something that was seen across the spectrum of white and red wines.

Unlike fruit farmers who lost around 80% in production due to scarce water resources, wine farmers lost around 15% as the vineyards require lesser water.

They were also…

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Cape Drought Makes South African Wine Pricier But Tastier


The drought in South Africa’s Northern and Western Cape provinces is billed as the worst on record, with Cape Town residents forsaking baths in favor of 90-second showers. At least the wine is getting better.

Drier weather meant fewer pests damaging vine leaves in the world’s eighth-biggest wine producer and the warm temperatures helped boost the quality of the 2018 vintage, according to Vinpro, which represents 2,500 wine producers and cellars in the local industry of 36 billion rand ($2.9 billion) annually. Varietals ranging from sauvignon blanc to pinotage, a local hybrid of pinot noir and cinsaut, have benefited.

“Greater variation between night and day temperatures during the ripening stage gave the color and flavor formation a further boost, which are indicative of…

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Rebels’ South African drought continues


Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels will look to address his team’s disciplinary issues after their tour of South Africa came to a frustrating end in Cape Town on Friday night.

A string of first-half penalties saw the Rebels fall behind early against the Stormers at Newlands, eventually going down 34-18 for a fourth successive Super Rugby loss.

Having lost to the Bulls in Pretoria the previous week, the result extended the Melbourne franchise’s winless record in the Republic to 15 matches.

Wessels pinpointed discipline and poor set-piece execution as the key areas of the game where the Rebels faltered against the Stormers.

“It’s been a perpetual problem right through the whole season,” he said about his team’s lack of discipline.

“And it’s not skill errors…it’s just lazy stuff like not getting…

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