MOVE denounces museum’s desecration of children’s remains

first_imgPhiladelphiaAt an emotion filled press conference April 26, MOVE members strongly denounced the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Princeton University for holding the remains of family members killed in the 1985 police bombing of their home. From left: Carlos Africa, Janet Africa, Pam Africa (standing), Janine Africa, Consuela Africa and Eddie Africa. Credit: Joe PietteNews that Penn Museum was in possession of the remains first aired in an opinion piece by Abdul-Aliy Muhammad in the Philadelphia Inquirer April 21. The bones were given to UPenn forensic anthropologist Alan Mann by the Philadelphia Medical Office for analysis. Mann subsequently transferred to Princeton University, taking the bones with him.The bones, which are the remains of Katricia (Tree) Africa, 14, and Delisha Africa, 12, were bounced back and forth between the two Ivy League institutions over decades. UPenn issued a hasty apology to MOVE just as the press conference was starting.Janet Africa, whose daughter died in the fire, stated: “They took their bodies, desecrated and defiled them, lied about it, and we were never told that they had the remains. They used the remains in classes called ‘Adventures of Anthropology’ like some amusement park ride. You can’t go any lower.”Janine Africa said: “We’ve had our babies beat, pregnant women beat, men beat, and they put us in jail for 41 years. In 1985, Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor said the children were as much of a threat as the adults. Police shot at our children, forcing them back into the burning house.“When we were finally released, the politicians apologized and said they are sorry.  We don’t trust them. They can’t give us our children. Our children are gone. We don’t want their apologies — we want our brother Mumia Abu-Jamal released.”Tree Africa’s mother Consuela Africa was in jail during the 1985 bombing. During the press conference, she broke down in tears and had to leave for a moment. But upon returning she stated: “We just want you to see the behavior of these officials, these notable professors — they are not honorable or respectful. We are in pain, but we are not weak. We are strong people — we are revolutionaries!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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National Junior Honor Society Induction Recognizes Ocean City Students

first_imgThe 7th and 8th grade classes face their parents to thank them for their support. Some of the best and brightest students of the Ocean City Intermediate School were honored Monday night with their induction into the school’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.The induction took place before a large audience of students, faculty, staff, and parents, family and friends of the new NHS members.The induction ceremony opened with a flag salute led by Chad Callahan, speeches by Carlee Parker, Nya Gilchrist, Luke Gallagher, Katie Bowman, Mark Faverzani, Viva Hulhall, and Sarah Huber.A candle lighting was conducted by Joni Dice, Max Fisher, Sofia Kier, Skye Carlin, and Paige Panico.All of the new inductees recited the NHS Pledge. Mrs. Morris received a special recognition award.8th Grade MembersCaroline Adair           Gabriel DoughtyRobin Altman                Milica DukovaAlexandra Antonov                Jake ElkoNicholas Bell               Mark FaverzaniJordan Berry              Nicholas FerzettiKatie Bowman               Maxwell FisherChad Callahan              Luke GallagherSkye Carlin                  Sophie GartnerGiovanna Dattilo               Nya GilchristMorgan Decosta              Grace GleasonJoni Dice                  Jenevieva MulhallPaige Dooley                 Katelyn MullerSadie Godfrey                Isabella PadulaJohn Horner                     Paige PanicoSarah Huber                   Carlee ParkerMichael Jacobsen             Jacob PatellaConnor James                   Lauren RoopSofia Keir                    Sydney RossiterHannah Martin                   Sophia RuhHannah McDowell        Jacob SchneiderAllie McEntee                 Dominic SessaJulia McKeon                  Chelsea StackMadison MorganErik WagnerGrace Wiley7th Grade MembersAndrew Allegretto        Alexis Hart              Chanon StyerNatalie Argento            Kiera Janto              Allie SutterCaeli Barbour               Olivia Kemenosh      Lilly TeoffanovaMorgan Beckman          Kierstyn Kuhnele     Grace ThompsonZoe Bourgeois              Katie Laursen          Sophia TuckerNigel Collins                 Abby Laursen         Olivia VaneskoDillon Conner               Aria Lindberg          Sarah VaralloJames Craver               Riley Madden          Brian WangLiam Cupit                  Madison Majors        Samuel WilliamsEdward D’Amico           Ella Marinucci          Marietta YoungZachary DeGennaro      Maria Mastrando      Cole YoungShea DeMarco                                               Brett OvesElizabeth Drain                                            Julia QuintinDaniel Givens                                     Summerlee ReimetSarah Gleason                                            Jack RodgersNoelle Graham                                       Sarah RodriguezSpecial Thanks to…Dr. Taylor, Mr. Haines,Mrs. Dubs & Mrs. BrownOCIS Custodial StaffAdvisors: Mrs. Morris & Mrs. LantermanTeachers who volunteered to sponsor our 7th gradersMrs. Duffey        Mrs. SkulskyMr. Lane             Mr. ButterickMr. Nunan           Ms. TribulskiMrs. Tornblom         Ms. BrownMrs. Kriegner        Mr. BarbatoMs. Weaver            Mrs. RoweOC Parent Teacher AssociationIce Cream Social VolunteersKohr Bros. Frozen Custard– 8th Grade AwardsDenise Callahan & Ocean Treasures -ShirtsGoofy Golf, Pisa Pizza, Chickey & Pete’s, Kohr Bros—Field trip sponsorslast_img read more

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Indonesian manufacturers not out of the woods despite improvement

first_imgDespite improvement in July, Indonesia’s manufacturing industry has yet to recover from the deep downturn earlier this year, as domestic consumption remains weak, economists and businesspeople have said.IHS Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for Indonesia, a gauge of the country’s manufacturing activities, climbed by almost eight points from 39.1 in June to 46.9 in July, the highest reading since February.A value above 50 indicates an expansion against the previous month, while a reading below 50 indicates a contraction. The country also recorded a slower drop in new orders and output amid the gradual reopening of the economy.“PMI data showed another marked easing in the downturn across Indonesia’s manufacturing sector in July, adding to hopes that the worst impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt in the second quarter,” IHS Markit head economist Bernard Aw said in a statement on Monday. Earlier this year, the index recorded its worst decline in the survey’s nine-year history and the steepest drop recorded in Asia when it fell to 27.7 in April from 45.3 in March. Analysts said the government’s COVID-19 containment measures were the cause behind the downfall, as they forced factories to shut and caused unemployment to grow. The country has since taken steps to kickstart the economy. In June, the central government and local administrations were seen gradually easing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). “Output, orders and employment indices all lifted from the lows seen in the second quarter, helped by a relaxation of the COVID-19 containment measures. Companies also remained optimistic about their output in a year’s time,” Aw said.The IHS Markit report states that almost two-thirds of its survey respondents expected a rise in output over the next 12 months. However, a sustained gain in the country’s PMI is still in question, economists have noted.  Aw explained that the need for ongoing social distancing at workplaces and public gatherings, as well as any potential surge in new infections, could further delay output and sales from recovering to prepandemic levels. On Tuesday, Indonesia confirmed 1,922 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the number of infections to 115,056 nationwide, with more than 5,300 deaths, official data show. The country surpassed the 100,000 figure on July 27 following the gradual reopening of the economy. The recovery in the country’s PMI has also been slower than in neighboring countries that have recorded an expansion in recent months. Malaysia booked 50 in its July’s PMI and 51.0 in June. Vietnam booked 47.6 in July, following 51.1 in June. Even as Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin projected an expansion in the manufacturing activity in this year’s third quarter, he was of the view that it could still be followed by a contraction in September and onwards, indicating high volatility.He concluded from first-hand observation that purchasing power among middle-to-low-income earners had yet to return, sustaining the pressure on the manufacturing industry.“The middle-low income segment accounts for more than 50 percent of Indonesia’s economy, and they have a higher marginal propensity to consume, making them indispensable to economic recovery,” he said on Monday. The slow disbursement of the government’s social safety aid had prevented a strengthening of purchasing power, he added. “In conclusion so far, looking at the latest IHS Markit survey, there is a chance that our full-year gross domestic product (GDP) will contract,” Anthony said. The government projects the country’s economy to grow by 1 percent this year at best or contract by 0.4 percent at worst as the outbreak paralyzes economic activity.The economy only grew by 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the slowest rate in 19 years, while household spending growth fell to 2.84 percent from around 5 percent a year earlier. It is projected to contract by 3.8 percent to 5.1 percent in the second quarter and possibly enter a recession in the third quarter. Shinta Kamdani, the deputy chairwoman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), said many manufacturers continued to operate at a loss, albeit at a smaller margin, as overhead costs still exceeded revenue. Consumption growth was far too slow, Shinta said, sustaining depressed domestic and international markets while making manufacturers reluctant to increase productivity. “If under these conditions the national manufacturing industry produces with a higher level of productivity than the rate of the increase in market demand or market consumption, the price of manufactured products will fall further and the losses on the manufacturers’ side could rise,” she wrote in a text message on Monday. “Therefore, the PMI is also held back until there is a more significant increase in consumption or market demand”.Topics :last_img read more

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Judge drops case against student who planned mass shooting due to loophole

first_imgThis story was written with the help of our news partners at CBS12Read more here. A Florida judge has dismissed a case against a 15-year-old Florida student who planned to commit a mass shooting due to a legal loophole.The student who was not named in the report due to his age, was arrested in early September after he showed a notebook detailing plans to commit a mass shooting to another student and that student told a teacher.Authorities say the student mapped out the school, how to get past the gatekeeper and school security with the weapon, and how much time they would have to shoot people before police arrived:“kill officers and then the gate keeper — then go one by one” and that he would have nine minutes to gun down as many people as possible, considering the distance between the sheriff’s office and the school, according to Maj. Randy Crews of the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.The student also admitted to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office that he constructed several ways to commit mass shootings in different areas of the school campus.Despite the evidence against the student, a judge said prosecutors did not prove the threat was “transmitted” under state law.According to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission who was told about the case on Tuesday, the charges were dropped because the student did not send the notebook to anyone:Under state law,  if the person writes and sends threats to kill or do bodily injury to “the person” or “to any member of the family of the person to whom such letter or communication is sent,” it is considered a second-degree felony.Several members of the Commission along with the community of Baker County expressed their concerns about the judge’s ruling especially because the ruling means the student will be released from state custody:“The judge falls outside the scope of reasonableness. I just hope they can live with themselves if something happens,” said Commissioner Ryan Petty.“If these judges make these rulings, we are moving backwards,” Maj. Randy Crews of the Baker County Sheriff’s Office said.While others are outraged about the decision, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says though the situation is disturbing, it is the law:“The question is, does the statute need to be changed? I don’t see anything in statute that needs to be changed.”Commissioner Bruce Bartlett stated that while the decision was lawfully made, it was made by “one court,” seeming to indicate that the decision may be been made differently in another court or county:“This seems to be a situation that happened in one place and a decision made by one court,” the Pinellas sheriff said. “It’s unfortunate and extremely troubling, and all we can do is hope this kid, who is out on the street does not execute his plan.”last_img read more

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Hazard Not Feeling Like a ‘Galactico’

first_img“I’m not a Galactico yet. I have to show that I can be one,” said Hazard.“We all know the history of the number seven shirt at this club and I want to show I can be the best in the world. I want to give my all, not just in matches but in training too.”Hazard, who cost an initial £89m, could start Real Madrid’s Champions League group-stage clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday having played 70 minutes in their 3-0 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain.That defeat leaves Real bottom of Group A and they are looking to avoid three successive Champions League defeats for the first time in their history.“I can do better, I’m critical of myself as well, but working every day we will change things,” said Hazard.“Not everything is perfect but we’re first in La Liga, we lost in Paris, maybe I was set back because of the injury but now I’m at 100% and hope to give my all in the coming games.”Hazard’s debut for the club was delayed after he picked up a thigh injury the day before the start of the season but the ex-Chelsea star says he “just needs to score goals” now.“When I start to score and get some good performances, everything will be easier. I’m missing a goal or assist to start to turn things around,” he added.Manager Zinedine Zidane backed Hazard to improve, saying: “I know he will triumph here but the important thing is to be calm and back him. I know how it works, I was worse when I arrived in Italy. There, I took three months (to hit form), at Madrid a bit less.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eden Hazard has said that he does not feel like a ‘Galactico’ yet following a summer move from Chelsea which could exceed £150m in value.The Real Madrid forward, 28, has started three games in La Liga but is yet to record a goal or an assist.The Belgian has inherited all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo’s number seven shirt and is widely regarded as his replacement for the 2019-20 season.last_img read more

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Thursday July 30th Local Sports

first_imgTODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Class 1A state baseball semifinal — Newman vs. St. Mary’s of Remsen — first pitch 1:30, pre-game at about 1:10AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland — pre-game 5:30, first pitch 6:07 == 2A semifinals today4:30 — Van Meter vs. West Lyon7:30 — North Linn vs. Des Moines Christian FORT DODGE — The semifinal round in all five classes of the state softball tournament took place in Fort Dodge yesterday:== Class 1ACollins-Maxwell 7, Lynnville-Sully 0Clarksville 4, Lisbon 0== Class 2ANorth Linn 10, Northeast Goose Lake 1Ogden 4, Louisa-Muscatine 2== Class 3AAlbia 2, Mount Vernon 1Williamsburg 5, Davenport Assumption 4== Class 4ACarlisle 8, North Scott 3Winterset 2, Dallas Center-Grimes 1== Class 5AFort Dodge 5, Ankeny Centennial 3Cedar Rapids Kennedy 9, Muscatine 0Class 5A and 4A championship and third place games take place today, while the other three classes have their championship and third place games tomorrow. == 4A quarterfinals last nightUrbandale 2, Waukee 0Johnston 11, Cedar Falls 7Dubuque Hempstead 7, Iowa City City High 6Ankeny 5, Pleasant Valley 4 DES MOINES — Newman faces St. Mary’s of Remsen in the semifinal round of the Class 1A state baseball tournament today. The Knights are 18-5 after beating St. Albert of Council Bluffs 6-5 in the quarterfinals on Saturday, while St. Mary’s only needed five innings to beat Burlington Notre Dame 11-1 in the quarterfinal round. You can hear the Newman-St. Mary’s game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game about 1:10 with the first pitch scheduled for 1:30. Today’s other 1A semifinal has Kingsley-Pierson facing Don Bosco. CEDAR FALLS — AJ Green is returning to the Northern Iowa basketball team. Green officially withdrew his name from the NBA Draft on Wednesday after declaring as an early entrant in late April. Green was the Missouri Valley Conference’s Player of the Year after averaging 19.7 points per game and leading UNI to a 25-6 record and the Valley’s regular season title. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rich Hill pitched five scoreless innings in a smooth Minnesota debut and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0. Eddie Rosario homered, Nelson Cruz had an RBI double and Alex Avila had an RBI single for the Twins. Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect ninth for his first save, and the Twins finished a two-game sweep to improve to 4-1. The 40-year-old Hill is currently the second-oldest player in the majors. He needed 68 pitches to pick up his first victory for the Twins. Minnesota signed him this winter with the assumption he’d be ready around midsummer after his recovery from elbow surgery. CEDAR RAPIDS — While most Division III conferences have canceled fall sports the American Rivers Conference is planning to move ahead with reduced schedules for fall sports. Chuck Yrigoyen is commissioner of the league.KGLO News · 7 – 30 – Cyarc – 1Yrigoyen says school presidents felt it was worth the effort to give fall sports a shot.KGLO News · 7 – 30 – Cyarc – 2He says the next step is to develop a schedule for fall sports.KGLO News · 7 – 30 – Cyarc – 3The American Rivers Conference features eight Iowa schools — Buena Vista, Central, Coe, Dubuque, Loras, Luther, Simpson and Wartburg — as well as Nebraska Wesleyan. UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, linebacker Cameron Smith and offensive tackle Oli Udoh on their reserve list for COVID-19. That brings the team’s total on the list to seven players. Smith and Udoh were 2019 draft picks. Odenigbo is in line to take over as a starter, with the departure of 10-year veteran Everson Griffen. The reserve list was created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons.last_img read more

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Cabela’s Hosts Local Experts To Talk About Fishing

first_imgSubmitted by Cabela’sCabela’s Lacey celebrates the beginning of the 2013 spring fishing season with our Fishing Classic event, April 13 & 14 from 10:00am-4:00pm. In collaboration with local fishing professionals and conservation partners, Cabela’s is hosting a variety of fun activities for the whole family, free seminar presentations, and much more. While you are here, enter for a chance to win a $5000 Cabela’s Shopping Spree.Cabela’s will offer a full schedule of free workshops and in-store demonstrations on a variety of topics during Fishing Classic. Highlights include:Find Fish with LowranceFillet 101 with Scott & Tiffany HaugenOn the Rocks: Ling Cod 101Targeting Early Season Kings with Scott HaugenGet Prepared for Summer Steelhead with Bruce HewittTuna Fishing for the Advanced Angler with Captain Mark ColemanPlank Cooking with Tiffany HaugenAnd much more!Classes are free of charge and are taught by local experts.For a full schedule of Fishing Classic events, visit us on the web at www.cabelas.com/lacey or call 360-252-3500. Cabela’s Lacey is located at 1600 Gateway Blvd. NE Lacey, WA 98516. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Saints gain split against UVic, Wong, Wood power the Selkirk engine to victory

first_imgThe Sekirk Saints split a pair of home game to the University of Victoria Vikings in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action during the weekend in Castlegar.The Saints, unveiling new jerseys during the opener of the two-game tilt, rode the outstanding netminder of Calgary native Andrew Wong to double the Vikes 4-2 during the opener Friday.Selkirk came close to completing the sweep before UVIC skated to a 6-3 victory Saturday.Andrew Green of Penticton snapped a 1-1 tie to power the Saints to the victory. Jordan Wood of Cloverdale scored three times in the win.Devon Nazaroff of Crescent Valley, Adam Makaroff of South Slocan, Green and Castlegar’s Scott Jago, with a pair, all registered assists.Wong was sensational in goal stopping 35 of 37 shots.Saturday, the Vikes, down 2-1, took advantage of Selkirk penalty troubles during the second period to score three quick goals.Facing a large deficit in the third the Saints had a power play chance of their own but failed to score during the man advantage.Jago did net a spectacular power play goal in the third to make the score respectable.Wood and Nick Cecconi of Powell River also scored for Selkirk.The weekend split leaves the Saints with a 1-2 record and tied for fourth in BCIHL standings with UVic and Okanagan College Coyotes.Simon Fraser tops the standings with a 3-0 mark. Eastern Washington near Spokane sits in a second-place tie with Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops.The Coyotes make a trek to Castlegar for the Saints next home game, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the [email protected]last_img read more

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SA woman surfer shines in Peru

first_imgSouth Africa’s Bianca Buitendag clinched the biggest victory of her professional surfing career on Sunday when she defeated Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard in the final of the ASP six-star rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru. DominantBuitendag, who has based herself in France, where she has already won three consecutive ASP Women’s Pro Junior (under-20) events since matriculating last year, was dominant throughout the event in Peru. The victory moved Buitendag, the 2011 ASP World Junior Surfing champion, up to fifth place on the ASP World Star women’s rankings, which makes her the highest ranked surfer not on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). SAinfo reporter Semi-finals Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 16.25 to 15.50 Alana Blanchard (Haw) def. Sarah Baum (RSA) 13.95 to 11.40 ‘An incredible feeling’“I never thought that I would make it past the quarter-finals, let alone past Sofia (Mulanovich) in the semi-finals. So to make it to the finals and win the contest is such an incredible feeling. 30 July 2012 Final Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Alan Blanchard (Haw) 15.00 to 12.90 Baum up to number 12 in the ASP World Star women’s rankings with her third place finish. She overcame ASP number eight ranked Paige Hareb of New Zealand and ASP number 10 Rebecca Woods twice on her way to the semis where she was narrowly beaten by Blanchard. “This was such a fun contest and I’m thankful for making it to the finals,” said Blanchard. “It’s a shame I never got a good second wave to back up my score, but Bianca was unstoppable throughout the entire event and she deserved the victory.” ThirdCompatriot Sarah Baum, the only other South African in Peru, placed third to record her best result in an ASP six-star event. She won her opening encounter and then placed second behind local heroine and 2004 ASP women’s world champion, Sofia Mulanovich to move into the round of 24, where she again won to reach the quarter-finals. ASP WOMEN’S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9 730 pointsMalia Manuel (Haw) 8 280Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Sage Erickson (USA) 6 750Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 6 663Rebecca Woods (Aus) 6 530Pauline Ado (Fra) 5 980Paige Hareb (NZ) 5 910Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 5 640Alana Blanchard (Haw) 5 400 In the final day one-on-one heats, Buitendag defeated Port Elizabeth-born Australian Philippa Anderson before getting revenge over Mulanovich in their semi-final match-up. “I feel really emotional and very happy with my victory,” said Buitendag on the podium. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material With eight of women ahead of her in the rankings currently competing on the ASP Women’s WCT – five of whom will probably re-qualify – Baum is now firmly in contention for a spot on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT, with five ASP Star Series events still to be run this year. Competing in excellent one-metre waves at the left hand point break of Lobitos, Buitendag used her powerful forehand attack to post a heat total of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20), earning scores of 7.0 and 8.0 on her two best rides, to Blanchard’s 12.90 (7.9 and 5.0). “Alana surfed really well, the waves were excellent throughout the whole week, and this is the most important moment for me in my early career.” RESULTSlast_img read more

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Africans on Time magazine’s 2016 100 Most Influential list

first_img29 April 2016The Time magazine 100 Most Influential List – also known as the Time 100 – selects prominent movers in the global political and social landscape. As the magazine explains, those chosen for the list every year are recognised for changing the world, no matter the consequences, good or bad.The list is divided into various fields, encompassing a wide range of professions and impact, namely: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.In 2016, the list includes, among others, British singer Adele, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Apple’s Tim Cook. Also on the list are a number of African figures.South Africans have featured prominently on the list over the years since it began in 1998, among them Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.This year, there are four Africans on the list: actress Charlize Theron, for her philanthropy; gender activist Jaha Dukureh; Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai, known for highlighting the plight of refugees; and gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege.US born Professor Lee Berger, lead paleoanthropologist behind the research and discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng in 2015, is also on the list. Berger is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In his citation of Berger in the 100 issue, Time science editor Jeffery Kluger calls the Homo Naledi discovery a controversial but important one not only for the science world, but also for the world. The discovery offers another piece of the evolutionary puzzle. If anything, Kluger argues, Berger, his team and their discovery has got ordinary people talking about anthropology again.Wits paleoanthropologist Lee Berger among Time’s 100 most influential people in world https://t.co/ybkPu1917A pic.twitter.com/BWY1EkHjkb— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) April 21, 2016As founder and chief of the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege specialises in corrective surgery for women and girls who have been gang raped. He has treated thousands of women in the region following the brutal second Congo War that ravaged the country and its people for 10 years.In his profile, the wife of current US Vice-president Joe Biden, Jill, writes that Mukwege is “a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair during a forgotten war”. Mukwege has won numerous international awards for his important work, including the UN Human Rights prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom from the European Parliament. Biden says Mukwege is “beyond healer to these women and girls, (he) is hope”.Un article a (re)lire de Denis Mukwege dit l’homme qui repare les femmes : https://t.co/H8jYv3YHKu #FI pic.twitter.com/8LAcBaPvIx— Femme d’Influence (@femmedinfluence) April 15, 2016Ethiopian born Zerai is a Roman Catholic priest who highlights the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. Father Moses, as he is known, advocates vocally for resolutions to the problems that drive people from their homes – namely war, persecution and environmental catastrophes – while tirelessly calling for more humane policies that will help refugees to travel more safely.Chinese artist and refugee activist Ai Weiwei calls the priest’s view that “no one in the world is illegal” a brave and determined stand against xenophobia and political handwringing.Per Time tra i 100 piu influenti c’e Mussie Zerai: «padre per i rifugiati» #TIME100 https://t.co/iLVUSawi7G pic.twitter.com/Zyl73Fmgn9— Avvenire (@Avvenire_NEI) April 22, 2016Since leaving Gambia when she was 10 years old, a victim of genital mutilation, activist Dukureh has made it her life goal to bring the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the attention of the world.Settling in the United States, Dukureh soon began to petition her local government to highlight the issue in the country’s highest office, and effect a change in the US foreign policies with countries that still practice FGM. She has not only addressed the US Congress and the United Nations’ General Assembly, Dukureh has spoken to communities across her adopted country, as well returned to her native Gambia to educate women and girls on the dangers of FGM.Author Peggy Orenstein says of Dukureh, “she has refused to let horror be silenced”, and has helped to draw attention to something so unspeakable in such a personal way that it has got people talking about it more openly and acting on it. Dukureh’s organisation, Safe Hands for Girls, has recently found support in American gender activist Caitlyn Jenner and cosmetics company L’Oreal to bring the issue to the attention of a wider audience.#Time100 Jaha Dukureh @JahaENDFGM, Gambian activist fought to end female genital mutilation https://t.co/k5DV1z0QL4 pic.twitter.com/5LF3T4FVR8— WomensFundingNetwork (@womensfunding) April 26, 2016Actress Theron’s Africa Outreach Project is more than just a vanity affair, says US entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie in Theron’s Time 100 profile. The project, now in its tenth year, is involved in grassroots support for HIV/Aids awareness and poverty eradication across Africa. Theron is in the thick of things, whether it is campaigning for support in the US – Mycoskie admires her results-orientated tenacity and her determination to never take no for an answer – or on the ground with the people of Africa, including her place of birth, South Africa.“I’ve never met anyone who holds less back,” writes Mycoskie, adding that the work Theron is doing “is important, but the way she goes about it. is just as valuable”.An amazing organisation changing lives through HIV Awareness – Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project pic.twitter.com/0mZV2UKByp— Give IT Back CC (@giveITback_cc) January 28, 2016Source: Time magazinelast_img read more

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