Boxer, war hero and sailorby Ron Jackson 25 June 2017, 16:07TweetAs a seventeen-year-old Mickey MacKay joined the Artillery and went up to North Africa to help stem the advance of Field Marshall Rommel’s Afrika Korps. As a professional he won the South African heavyweight title. He only had seven fights in South Africa in his entire career, scoring wins over Herby Andre and South African flyweight champion Nick Swart on two occasions on points over eight rounds. MacKay also scored points victories over Johnny Holt, a former South African bantamweight champion, and South African bantamweight champion Jimmy Webster in a non-title fight. He subsequently returned to South Africa and became well known for his control as a dressing room steward at tournaments in Johannesburg.
June 25, 2017 14:03 UTC
183 people have been rescued from off the Libyan coast by the Irish Naval Vessel the LÉ Eithne. The Naval service ship was involved in two rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea this morning approximately 40km off the north west coast of the Libyan capital Tripoli. LÉ Eithne Rescues 183 Migrants 40KM North West of Tripoli During Two Separate Operations pic.twitter.com/IJOmREZNoo — Irish Defence Forces (@defenceforces) June 25, 2017AdvertisementThe migrants on board are currently receiving food, water and medical treatment where required. The Irish vessel is enroute to assist in another rescue operation in the region. The Naval Service flagship has been assigned to begin the rotation of three ships in the Mediterranean on rescue operations for migrants attempting to reach Europe from North Africa.
June 25, 2017 13:41 UTC
Shotokan Karate International South Africa (SKISA) Proteas Riasha Singh, Osman Ghoor and Daena Naidoo all achieved hard fought podium finishes at the last weekend’s All Africa championships in Cameroon. Top ranked national fighter Riasha Singh was grouped among the best senior female fighters in Africa but after a bruising encounter came away with a bronze medal. “All three number one ranked Karate South Africa (KSA) national fighters fought among the ‘best of the best’ in Africa and made our Rainbow Nation proud with their podium finishes,” said their mentor and Protea head coach Brando Pillay. All three local tournament karate fighters Singh, Ghoor and Naidoo regularly attend coaching workshops at the Tongaat sports centre under Brando Pillay. Send us a WhatsApp message (not an sms) with your name and surname to 061 718 4438.
June 25, 2017 12:11 UTC
More than 200 migrants were rescued by the Spanish coastguards on Saturday. They attempted crossing the Mediteranean from north Africa to Spain. Most of them from sub Saharan Africa and the Maghreb, were rescued from from five vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea, which separate Spain from Morocco. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 3,314 people reached Spain by sea between 1 January and 30 April . On Thursday more than 400 migrants were reported rescued by the Spanish sea rescue service.
June 25, 2017 09:33 UTC
Niagara Falls, NY (14302)TodayA few showers this morning with numerous thunderstorms developing during the afternoon hours. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%..TonightIsolated thunderstorms early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
June 25, 2017 06:22 UTC
In this week’s column I call attention to both international and Nigerian geographic genteelisms. “Sub-Saharan Africa” is merely a geographic gentilism for “Black Africa,” that is, the part of Africa demographicallydominated by and under the majority rule of black people. It’s a less racist-sounding way to distinguish “white” North Africa from the rest of Africa.Interestingly, South Africa wasn’t considered a part of “sub-Saharan Africa” until white minority ruleended in the early 1990s. But Berbers who are in North Africa are easily identified as Middle Easterners. In other words, just like “core north” is a geographic genteelism for “Hausa Muslim North,” “Middle Belt” is a geographic genteelism for a Christian ethnic minority from what colonial cartographers designated as the “north” since the early 1900s.
June 25, 2017 03:56 UTC
Over the past decade, more 30 African countries have witnessed a direct or indirect presidential election that resulted in change of leaders. Obiang was re-elected in 2009 with 95% of the vote in presidential elections. Republic of CongoDenis Sassou Nguesso, 74, extended his 32 years in power, after he won the 2016 presidential elections. The internal troubles led to political discord, which eventually resulted in the two main opposition groups boycotting the 2005 presidential election. TogoFaure Gnassingbe’s family has ruled the small West African country for half a century.
June 25, 2017 03:11 UTC
Morocco and its allies in the UN Special Committee on Decolonization succeeded in averting a plot by Algeria and Venezuela to confer the Polisario separatist entity the status of representative of the Sahara. Thanks to the vigilance of Morocco and its African, Caribbean, Asian and Pacific allies within the UN Committee, Algeria and Venezuela failed in their scheme to impose the representativeness of the separatist Polisario entity at the Committee. Earlier this month, The Fourth Committee elected Yasser Halfouni of Morocco as the Vice-Chair by 88 votes to 58 for the Algerian candidate Zaina Benhabouche. Morocco has on multiple occasions protested against maintaining the Sahara issue on the decolonization agenda of the Fourth Committee on grounds that it violates the UN charter and the mandate of the Security Council. The Security Council uses accurate terms calling the Sahara issue a “regional conflict.”
June 25, 2017 01:52 UTC
ECOWAS has since its establishment been central to Nigeria’s foreign policy, because of the importance of the sub-region in Africa and the world. At what stage did Nigeria know that the Prime Minister of Israel was invited to address the ECOWAS Heads of States? It is easy to see Morocco is also attracted by the huge ECOWAS market, 70% of which is Nigeria. ECOWAS membership would provide tariff-free access for Morocco’s products in the whole of the Community, including Nigeria. The notice we should serve to other ECOWAS Heads of State is, Morocco’s membership is unacceptable to Nigeria.
June 25, 2017 00:34 UTC
Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Budapest next month for a meeting with the heads of the four central European countries that make up the Visegrad group, as Israel continues to try to build relationships with various regional subgroupings around the world. Netanyahu is expected to meet with the heads of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the summit on July 18-19. This visit will come less than a month after Netanyahu met with the heads of Cyprus and Greece in Thessaloniki, with Israel having developed a close alliance with those EU countries. He is expected to hold both bilateral talks with the leaders of each of the Visegrad countries, as well as a joint meeting as well.Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto was in Israel in May. If extraction begins according to schedule in 2019-20, Hungary will have an interest in purchasing gas [either via a pipeline or in the form of liquefied natural gas] in view of the fact that we would like to purchase natural gas form as many sources as possible.”
June 24, 2017 22:30 UTC
Today many parts of the world are in turmoil fueled by Islamic extremism. What has been most astounding is that radicalization has been taking place in places of worship, by respected religious leaders. But that would not have been possible without the help it received and continues to receive from the country’s Islamic leadership. Their teachings mirror the true teachings of Islam that should be the guiding principles of the faith. Let us wish the Muslim brotherhood continue on this peaceful path as we continue to build our country.
June 24, 2017 19:51 UTC
Umnia Bank will have 10 branches in Morocco by July-end, said Abdulbasit Ahmad al-Shaibei, chief executive officer of QIIB, which is the key joint venture partner in the pioneering Islamic bank in the North African kingdom. “Umnia has already opened three branches in Morocco; in Casablanca and Rabat,” al-Shaibei said. “We see Morocco as our gateway to North Africa. In an earlier interview, al-Shaibei had also said with the entry of Islamic banks, more channels would be opened in Morocco. Al-Shaibei also emphasised that the new JV bank in Morocco was not in competition with conventional banks.
June 24, 2017 18:00 UTC
MADRID: Spanish coast guards rescued more than 200 migrants on Saturday as they attempted to make the perilous sea crossing from north Africa to Europe. The first rescues occurred in the early hours, the spokesman said, with dozens rescued south of Gibraltar from three boats. Spain’s sea rescue service said Thursday that it had saved more than 400 migrants this week alone. MADRID: Spanish coast guards rescued more than 200 migrants on Saturday as they attempted to make the perilous sea crossing from north Africa to Europe. Spain’s sea rescue service said Thursday that it had saved more than 400 migrants this week alone.
June 24, 2017 18:00 UTC
Amid Calls to Kick out Sub-Saharan Migrants, Algerian PM Says Algeria is...Rabat – Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmajid Tebboune has responded to anti-Sub-Saharan migrants sentiments shared by some Algerians on social media this week, by saying his country is “not racist”. “On social media there are some calls to expel Sub-Saharan refugees,as if we [Algerians] were racist,” he said. — This.is.the.1 (@radmou30) June 20, 2017In December 2016, the Algerian government was criticized after a massive wave of arrests and deportations of Sub-Saharan migrants. Some Algerian media outlets started spreading conspiracy theories about a ”secret French and Zionist plot” to undermine Algeria’ security through pushing a large number of Sub-Saharan migrants into the country. In another shocking accusation, Farid Ksentini, head of a state body in charge of promoting human rights, said Sub-Saharan migrants are responsible for the spread of HIV in Algeria.
June 24, 2017 17:48 UTC
News Pests, diseases put North Rift’s food basket status under threatA farm infected with the Maize Lethal Necrosis disease. They are classified as high maize growing areas, forming the country’s food basket. Trans-Nzoia County, a high maize producing region, harvested 4.7 million bags of maize, down from 5 million bags last season. “Wheat production is highly mechanical. Limited availability of breeder and certified seed and instability in producer prices following limited government intervention in wheat marketing are yet other factors contributing to low wheat production.
June 24, 2017 16:07 UTC