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NBA to launch 12-team basketball league in Africa

NBA to launch 12-team basketball league in Africa

Sports
Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The NBA announced plans Saturday for its first professional league outside North America -- a 12-team basketball league in Africa -- in conjunction with FIBA The new league, which will be called the Basketball Africa League, or BAL, is scheduled to begin play in January 2020, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in Charlotte, N.C, the site of the All-Star Game.. Silver, speaking at the NBA Africa luncheon, also said the former President Barack Obama, whose father was born in Africa, will be involved in an as-of-yet unknown capacity with the league. "The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa," Silver said in a statement. "Combined with our other programs on the continent, we are committed to using b...
Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Science
A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa. Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing cows, pigs and chickens that are resistant to diseases and more productive.Among them are cattle that have been gene edited to be heat-resistant.Details of the project were given at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC.Prof Djikeng is the director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health. He believes that gene editing along with more targeted traditional cross-breeding will lead to healthy, productive livestock that will transform the lives of some of the very poorest people in the world."We can drive out poverty in some of ...
Special airlift for baby flamingos in peril in South Africa

Special airlift for baby flamingos in peril in South Africa

Technology
A reservoir that hosts one of southern Africa's largest flamingo populations is drying up. The flamingo eggs are losing their cool, moist protective cover and their inner membranes are hardening, making it difficult for chicks to peck their way out. Predators such as meerkats, dogs and hawks are nearby, waiting for the exhausted chicks to emerge. The site is littered with the bodies of hundreds of dead chicks. The cheeps of chicks trapped inside overheating eggs can be heard. Local and national groups, along with environmental authorities, have stepped in for the rescue operation swiftly organized online and by word of mouth. Bird experts and veterinarians have pitched in. Local diamond mines paid for an emergency flight to carry the first batch of 900 chicks to the capital, Pret...
Bolton outlines shift in Africa strategy for military, civilian aid

Bolton outlines shift in Africa strategy for military, civilian aid

Business
Dec. 14 (UPI) -- National Security Advisor John Bolton said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation that the U.S. has to readjust it's strategy for Africa regarding military and civilian aid with Chinese and Russian encroachment on the continent. "ISIS, al-Qaida, and their affiliates all operate and recruit on the African continent, plotting attacks against American citizens and targets. Any sound U.S. strategy toward Africa must address this serious threat in a comprehensive way," Bolton said during the speech on Thursday. "In 2017, China established a military base in Djibouti that is only miles from our U.S. base, Camp Lemonnier, which supports critical U.S. operations to counter violent terrorist organizations in East Africa," Bolton warned. Camp Lemonnier is the primary U.S. bases...
Pentagon: Africa command to pursue drawdown, realignment

Pentagon: Africa command to pursue drawdown, realignment

Business
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense announced Thursday the withdrawal and realignment of some U.S. Africa Command Counter Violent Extremist Organization, in accordance with priorities outlined in this years National Defense Strategy. The realignment projects a reduction of under 10 percent of the 7,200 troops assigned to Africa Command over the next several years. "Optimization preserves the majority of U.S. security cooperation partnerships and programs in Africa to strengthen partner networks, enhance partner capability and support ongoing programs," the Pentagon said in a press release. C-VEO missions in Somalia, Djibouti and Libya will be mostly unaffected, while in West Africa the operations will shift from direct tactical assistance to an advisory, assistance and intelligence...