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Posts Tagged ‘Africa.’

Little League World Series to welcome first team from Africa

 

Uganda Flag (from Open Clipart website via wikipedia commons)

A Uganda youth baseball team will be the first from the continent of Africa to play in the Little League World Series.

The Reverand John Foundation Little League team from Kampala won the Middle East and Africa region this past Saturday, defeating Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia, 6-4.

The Saudi team had won the region the past 11 years in a row.

(courtesy of Little League Baseball)

Kampala will play the Canadian champion on August 19 in the first round in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Little League News

 

clipart courtesy of OpenClipart.com

ENTERTAINMENT FOR TUESDAY JULY 13, 2010: Almanac and Celebrity Birthdays

compiled from staff, wire and Entertainment news

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, July 13, the 194th day of 2010. There are 171 remaining in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 13, 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles, outdrawing rivals, including Lyndon B. Johnson, Stuart Symington and Adlai Stevenson.

* In 1787, Congress enacted am ordinance governing the Northwest Territory.

* In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Company by Chairman Henry Ford II.

* In 1985, “Live Aid”, an international rock concert in Philadelphia, London, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

* Ten years ago on July 13, 2000, Fellow Democrat Bill Bradley endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president, four months after conceding their fight for the White House.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

70 Patrick Stewart, actor.

68 Harrison Ford, actor.

68 Roger McGuinn, rock singer and guitarist of the group, The Byrds.

64 Cheech Marin, actor-comedian.

48 Rhonda Vincent, bluegrass singer

37 Deborah Cox, singer

Manute Bol, shot-blocker, humanitarian dies at 47

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

Manute Bol, an very slender and wiry 7-foot-7 shot blocker from the Sudan who played 10 years in the NBA and dedicated his life to humanitarian work in his native Africa, died over the weekend at age 47 while being treated for severe kidney problems and a painful skin condition in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bol played in the NBA  with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami, averaging 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. He led the league in blocks in 1985-86 with Washington (5.0 per game) and in 1988-89 with Golden State (4.3 a game).

Manute Bol (nba)

After his NBA career, Bol worked closely as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation across Sudan.

Tom Pritchard, a friend of Bol’s and executive director  for the Sudan Sunrise group said the Bol was hospitalized in mid-May during a stopover in Washington after returning to the U.S. from Sudan. Bol had undergone three dialysis treatments in Sudan  and had developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a condition that caused him to lose patches of skin. Pritchard said the skin around Bol’s mouth was so sore that he went 11 days without eating and could barely talk. It is believed that Bol contracted the skin disease as a reaction to kidney medication he took in Africa.