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Angola Loses a Legend “Pepino” – Minister of Sports

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The Minister of Youth and Sports, Ana Paula do Sacramento Neto, has said that he was appalled by the death of veteran cyclist Alberto da Silva “Pepino”. He stated that throughout his life he was a man committed to ideas of nationalism, solidarity causes and to Angolan sport.

In a note of condolences that Angop had access related to Pepino’s death on Saturday night in Benguela, the official considered that Angola has lost one of its main citizens, a legend whose legacy will be perpetuated, so that generations know the odd trajectory of this excellent sportsman, who in his lifetime practiced athletics, football and finally cycling.

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“It was with deep regret that I learned of the death of Alberto da Silva” Pepino “, the” Gladiator of the Asphalt “, says the minister in the document, noting that his department will give all support for the funeral services.

At the age of 95, Pepino was honored on July 1st this year in Benguela by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the achievements in favor of the nation.

The Angolan Cycling Federation considered institutionalizing an annual national race with the designation “Pepino trophy”. Benguela’s governor, Rui Falcão, praised the veteran rider as “a man who projected himself in the country and radiated his image in countless parts of the world.” Alberto da Silva “Pepino” made several tours of the country on bicycle in homage to the heroes of the country, former combatants and poor children. He participated in 2009, for the first time, in the Olympic games of the third age, in California, the United States of America. In 2013 returned to compete having won two gold medals.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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