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Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID’d on Alabama coast

World
Alabama historical officials say researchers have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States. A statement issued Wednesday by the Alabama Historical Commission says remains of the Gulf schooner Clotilda have been identified and verified after months of assessment. The commission's executive director, Lisa Demetropoulos Jones, calls the discovery "an extraordinary archaeological find." In 1860 the wooden ship illegally transported 110 people from what is now the west African nation of Benin to Mobile, Alabama. The Clotilda was then taken into delta waters north of the port and burned. The captives were later freed and settled a community that's still called Africatown.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists Golden Boot race is ‘victory for Africa’ as Arsenal striker ends level with Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists Golden Boot race is ‘victory for Africa’ as Arsenal striker ends level with Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah

Sports
top trio The three finished tied on 22 goals at the end of the season with both Aubameyang and Mane netting twice on the final day This season’s Golden Boot race was a good sign for African football, according to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international netted twice on the final day of the season to end with 22 goals in his first full season with the Gunners. Getty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the Golden Boot Senegal star Sadio Mane also scored twice on the final day to end on 22 while Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, and Liverpool team-mate, was at the top of the list as well. Aubameyang told The Sun: “It means a lot. I am really happy and proud of it. “I am sharing this trophy with Mane and Salah – and I li
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...