Today, adventurer Tomás Mac an tSaoir advances into Tanzania on his epic charity cycle down through continental Africa. A journey that began in Cairo will finish in South Africa later this spring. He’s run the gauntlet of street gangs and escalating ethnic conflict, he’s suffered at the business end of Kenya’s crazy drivers, he’s endured the Sudanese desert, and had a few tough personal moments along the way. But the west Kerry man is still pedalling. Stephen Barry spoke to him this week.“I can remember the day I looked at a world map to have a gander at where I could do my next cycle trip. No sooner had my eyes made contact with the map than Africa sprung out. Literally punched me in the face and said, ‘Hey Tomás, bet you won’t cycle here’. Challenge accepted!”– Ballyferriter, Kerry, September 26, 2018When he comes home from this epic adventure, Tomás Mac an tSaoir will tell the locals some of the most … [Read more...] about One Kerryman’s extraordinary cycle from Cairo to Cape Town
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Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY QUALCOMM Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser Dubious record: Northern Ireland has now surpassed Belgium’s 589-day record for the longest period of time without a government. (H/t David Blevins) ITALIAN BLACKMAIL: Ordinary EU business resumes today with a meeting of defense ministers in Vienna. Italy’s obsession with keeping migrants away from its shores will land on top of yet another table on Thursday: After dining on a Western Balkan menu, ministers will discuss Rome’s demands for altering the mandate of the EU’s Sophia naval mission in the Mediterranean. EU diplomats told Playbook that High Representative Federica Mogherini is expected to address the issue. Addressing it won’t help: What Italy actually wants is not only a change in Sophia’s orders (it currently … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Qualcomm: Italian blackmail — Macron’s new enemies — McCain’s last laugh
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Tuesday morning from Cumbria. The Playbook summer tour is on its last leg. HEAD FOR THE HILLS: Playbook rolled into Cumbria last night for what will be the final stop on an 18-day summer tour. The drive up from Manchester was terrific, with the bank holiday traffic all flowing in the opposite direction and Playbook’s fabulous other half Emily along for the ride. We got a brew at the best service station in England (check out the view from the picnic bench) and found a bed for the night in Keswick, a market town tucked away among the craggy peaks of the North Lakes. Today on tour: Playbook will be spending the day with Westmorland and Lonsdale MP (and former Lib Dem leader) Tim Farron as he travels round his rural constituency, holding surgeries for voters in post offices and outside villages shops. I’ll be listening in to see … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Good morning from Cumbria — May in Cape Town — Barnier vs. Chequers
Europe By James Reynolds BBC News, Rome 5 August 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44921974 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Standing smoking in his green puffer jacket, Matteo Salvini blended in with his bodyguards and aides. … [Read more...] about Can Italy trust this man?
Marina Pitofsky USA TODAY Published 3:32 p.m. UTC Jul 17, 2018 Nelson Mandela, whose successful struggle against South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation and discrimination made him a global symbol for the cause of human rights and earned him the Nobel Prize, would have turned 100 years old on Wednesday. On the anniversary of his birth, here are 100 facts about the historic peacemaker who died in 2013. 1. Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa from 1994-1999 and the first president elected after the end of apartheid, an extensive system of segregation and discrimination based on race. 2. Mandela’s real first name is Rolihlahla, meaning "pulling the branch of a tree" or "troublemaker." He was given the name Nelson by a teacher because, in the early 20th century, South African children were often given English names due to the colonial presence in the country. 3. For over 20 years, Mandela worked for the … [Read more...] about 100 facts about Nelson Mandela for his 100th birthday