Historic moment as first ever African rides Tour de France

Daniel Teklehainot from Eritrea becomes the first ever African to take part in the famous Tour de France

The sweltering conditions would have been familiar to Daniel Teklehaimanot as he rolled down the start ramp on Saturday but not the wall of noise that hit him seconds later. The first black African to ride the Tour de France was given the honour of being the first of the 198 riders to set off in the medieval Dutch city of Utrecht where crowds estimated at 700,000 gathered to watch a 14-kilometre individual time trial. The 26-year-old is part of debut-making team MTN Qhubeka, the first African pro-cycling outfit to line up in the world’s greatest race. “(The organisers) phoned me last night and said ‘do you want to kick … Continue reading

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Sad facts about host of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations

Teodoro Nguema Mbasogo, the Equatorial guinea leader for the last 35 years. Poverty, corruption, political crackdowns and lack of freedom of the press make him one of the worst African leaders now living.

Equatorial Guinea has been chosen to host the next Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, to be held from 17 January to 8 February 2015, although its president figures prominently on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo continues to appear at international events without ever being challenged over the appalling way he has crushed freedom of information in his country. During the tournament you will see the football stadium turf, the players and the excited public and you will hear the cheers, the scores and interviews but you will not hear anything about the poverty, corruption or political crackdowns because freedom … Continue reading

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Tourists defy Ebola threat to spend time with chimps in Uganda

Oblivious of what else is happening around it, this chimpanzee feeds on a banana as tourists defy Ebola threats to visit Uganda.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa on Ngamba Island In spite of the effect the Ebola pandemic has had on the tourism sector in Africa, Uganda continues to have scores of tourists flocking into the country to enjoy this year’s festive season aligning with government’s position that there is no Ebola in Uganda. There have been reports from Western media saying the African tourism sector has greatly been affected since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Ebola hit the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, killing over 4,500 people in the first quarter of the year. African Adventure Travellers, a tourist company in Uganda, organized a guided tour for … Continue reading

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14th Asian Achievers Awards 2014:
Acknowledging the incredible achievements of British Asians

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (middle) together with Mr CB Patel, Publisher/Editor of the ADBP Group(left) and the Indian High Commissioner to Mr Ranjan Mathai (right) during the Asian Achievers award ceremony last Friday.

By Tilusha Vyas – Asia Correspondent One of the most prestigious events in the British Asian Community is the star-studded gala affair where notable personalities and individuals from all walks of life gather every year for the Asian Achievers Awards. Last Friday, there was a lot of glitz and glamour at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane where the men attired in their finest evening suits and women wearing the latest designer outfits and the most glamorous sarees gathered for the 14th Asian Achievers Awards 2014.  Some 700 guests mingled in the vast reception hall before the main awards ceremony in the gigantic opulent ballroom below. Mr CB … Continue reading

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The moment a Lamborghini came flying through cars in London

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Michael Schumacher may never wake up from induced coma

F1 superstar Michael Schumacher who doctors are still trying to wake up from an induced coma they put him under last December.

Doctors are still trying to wake up Formula One legend Michael Schumacher from his coma, three months after he suffered a devastating brain injury in a skiing accident in the French resort of Meribel. The process of trying to bring him out of his medically-induced coma is now in its eighth week, and the duration of the process is leading to fears that Schumacher will never recover. However, Schumacher’s wife Corrina hopes that by spending a fraction of the family’s £500m fortune, it will at least allow him to continue his treatment at their £25m estate on Lake Geneva. A friend of the family for 25 years told the Sun: … Continue reading

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Lord Windermere wins Cheltenham God Cup

Winning jockey Dave Russell acknowledges spectators after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup Saturday.

Winning jockey Davy Russell insists Lord Windermere deserved to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup despite a controversial stewards’ inquiry. Stewards admitted the runner-up was impeded, but after a 15-minute hearing they ruled it was “minor interference” that did not affect the result. On His Own was beaten a short head, with The Giant Bolster third. On His Own’s trainer Willie Mullins had initially indicated an appeal might be considered, although the horse’s owners have now decided against doing so. Russell, 34, said he was in no doubt the result was correct, although On His Own’s rider David Casey believed the places should have been reversed. The winning rider said Lord … Continue reading

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A guide to the upcoming Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham racecourse, Prestwick Park, England.

In just a couple of weeks’ time, spectators from all over the UK will be gearing up for what has become one of the London area’s very best annual events. The Cheltenham Festival, located just a few hours outside of town, will take place from March 11-14, and will once again showcase some of the best horse jumping and racing talent in Europe, as well as an schedule full of engaging themes and events. Here’s our preview of the 2014 festival, with a few words on the favourite horses for major races. Day 1 The first day, known as “Champion Day,” kicks off with the ROR (Retraining of Racehorses) parade, … Continue reading

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China’s Li Na wins Australia’s Women’s Tennis Open

Tennis player Li Na become the first ever Chinese woman to win the Australian Women

China’s Li Na won her second Grand Slam title with victory over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open. Li, seeded fourth, came through an edgy first set from both women to dominate the second and win 7-6 (7-3) 6-0. It was the 31-year-old’s third Australian Open final and brings her a second major title after the 2011 French Open. Already a popular figure at Melbourne Park, thanks to her previous success – and entertaining on-court interviews – Li was urged on by a large contingent of Chinese supporters on Rod Laver Arena. “Finally I got her [the Australian Open trophy],” said Li. “The last two finals were very close.  … Continue reading

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18-year old marathon debutant breaks world record

18-year old Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa of Ethiopia wins the Dubai Marathon

A debutant won the Standard   Chartered Dubai title for the third consecutive occasion in this   IAAF Gold Label Race as marathon novices   maintained their domination in Dubai. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen continued this   impressive sequence as the 18 year-old sprang a surprise,   running 2:04:32 in his first marathon. This achievement improved the   unofficial World Junior Record by almost two minutes; also unprecedented was   a sub-2:06 performance by an 18-year-old, let alone breaking 2:05.    There was much pre-race talk about the possibility of another debutant winner.   But the athlete in this context was not Tsegaye Mekonnen. It was Atsedu   Tsegay, who had recently impressed with a half marathon victory in New … Continue reading

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