Month: December 2016

Edwin Gyimah
Soccer Sports

Orlando Pirates defender Gyimah trains with Ghana after car crash

Orlando Pirates defender Edwin Gyimah has reportedly began training with his Ghana teammates ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals. The 25-year-old was involved a serious car accident on Monday when his vehicle collided with a taxi in his hometown of Obuasi, Ghana. According to Ghana’s leading football website, […]

Isaac Dogboe arriving with WBO belt
Boxing Sports

Isaac Dogboe arrives in Ghana with WBO belt

The newly crowned WBO international super bantamweight champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (16-0, 10 KO’s) on Thursday,   landed in Ghana from U.K. and has promised fireworks in 2017. Isaac Dogboe who was in the company of his father/trainer Paul Dogboe received  hero’s welcome as hundred of onlookers at the airport […]

Incumbent Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, leader of the APRC (The Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction) greets his suporters in Bikama on November 24, 2016 during an electoral rally.
As electoral favorite Jammeh seeks his fifth term in power, a two-week campaign period will come to an end next week ahead of the December 1st presidential election with political leaders canvassing in rural areas. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI
Homeland News

Ghana & Gambia: A tale of two elections

For a few days following the elections in Gambia and Ghana at the beginning of December, it seemed that the political landscape in West Africa would change in an unexpected way. On 1st December, Gambia’s strongman, Yahya Jammeh, who took power in a military coup in 1994, surprisingly conceded the […]

Westbrook shot over Eric Gordon and Clint Capela of the Rockets this month. Credit Alonzo Adams/Associated Press
Basketball Sports

Russell Westbrook: The Triple-Double Machine

Westbrook, the Thunder guard, is dominating opponents thisseason with double-digit averages in points, rebounds and assists. Russell Westbrook needed one more assist for another triple-double in his ruthless campaign across the N.B.A., so he drove the lane and tried to thread a pass to Joffrey Lauvergne, his teammate with the […]

Francesco Totti, 40, at the team’s training fields in Trigoria, Italy. Credit Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Time
Soccer Sports

A Roman to the Core, and the Core of Roma

Francesco Totti, a native Roman, has spent his entire career with A.S. Roma:23 years and counting. He hopes to end his playing days in a Roma jersey. ROME — Armed with spray cans, the vandals last descended on Via della Madonna dei Monti, a dead-end alley not far from the […]

Serena Williams Announces Engagement to Alexis Ohanian, Reddit’s Co-Founder
Sports Tennis

Serena Williams Announces Engagement to Alexis Ohanian, Reddit’s Co-Founder

“Who the Heck Is Alexis Ohanian, and Why Would Serena Williams Want to Date Him?” Slate magazine asked in a headline last year. Mr. Ohanian is a co-founder of Reddit, and, as of Thursday, Ms. Williams not only wants to date him, but plans to marry him. Ms. Williams, the […]

A cheetah cub with its mother in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Researchers called for the International Union for Conservation of Nature to change the cheetah’s status from vulnerable to endangered. Credit Dai Kurokawa/European Pressphoto Agency
Science & Tech

Cheetahs in Danger of Extinction, Researchers Say

The cheetah, as swift as it is in the hunt, will not be able to outrun the threats to its survival without new conservation efforts, according to an international team of researchers who reported their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They found that the threat […]

A dock at a recreational compound owned by the Russian government near Centreville, Md., on Thursday. Credit Jim Watson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Two Russian Compounds, Caught Up in History’s Echoes

WASHINGTON — A pair of luxurious waterfront compounds outside New York and Washington have for decades been a retreat for Russian diplomats, places to frolic in the water, play tennis and take lengthy steam baths. On Thursday, Obama administration officials described the compounds differently: as beachside spy nests sometimes used […]

A funeral procession in Capaya, Venezuela, for men killed after raids by the security forces. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

In a Brutal Year in Venezuela, Even Crime Fighters Are Killers

CARACAS, Venezuela — The soldiers barged into Rafael González’s home as his mother and girlfriend looked on. It would be a routine questioning, they assured him and others arrested that night, before hauling them off to a dark military barracks. What happened next was anything but normal, Mr. González recalled. […]

Members of a group called Jews United Against Zionism protested this week in New York in support of the Security Council resolution that condemned the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Credit Kena Betancur/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

American Jews Divided Over Strain in U.S.-Israel Relations

For Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-El on Staten Island, the Obama administration’s recent confrontation with Israel was a stunning turn for a president who had enjoyed support from many members of his congregation. “The word ‘betrayed’ would not be too strong a word,” he said. But in Los Angeles, […]