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Sep 30, 2021
Good morning! Nelson Mandela used sports to unite a post-apartheid South Africa. Today you’ll meet a sports-preneur who is leading a female soccer revolution in the Rainbow Nation. Read about why dams are sparking tensions between a host of nations. And taste a unique stew that’s all about the alcohol that goes into it. Don’t miss this week’s spot the difference contest.
Democrats are scrambling to salvage President Joe Biden’s signature domestic project, the $1 trillion infrastructure deal, amid niggling divides within their party ahead of today’s deadline for the passage of the bill in Congress. They’re also trying to get Congress to approve one-time funding that would allow the government to continue functioning beyond Friday. (Sources: WSJ, NYT)
2 - (No Longer) a Slave 4 U
A Los Angeles judge has suspended singer Britney Spears’ father from her guardianship, effectively freeing her from his control. The conservatorship — as the legal arrangement is called — allowed Jamie Spears, the singer’s father, authority over Spears’ finances and near-total say over her life. (Sources: BBC, Al Jazeera)
3 - Female First
Tunisian President Kais Saied, who grabbed all political power in the North African nation after suspending parliament and dismissing the government, has appointed university professor Najla Bouden as the country’s first female prime minister. But critics are questioning whether she’ll have any real political authority. (Sources: Guardian, NPR)
4 - Prison Massacre
At least 116 people were killed in a brutal battle between rival gangs at an Ecuador jail on Tuesday. That includes five people who were beheaded. Another 80 people were injured. (Sources: AP, CNN)
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She first built a team of Black female soccer players while her country, South Africa, was still under apartheid rule in 1990. So the setbacks that are a sad truism for women in the higher echelons of professional sports were never going to deter Sokhela, whoselove for soccer dates back to the age of 5, when she would listen to matches on the radio with her father. Today, the pioneer of women’s soccer owns and leads the Durban Ladies, one of the top female clubs in the sport.
2 - Nita Ambani
She’s married to Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, but she’s the unquestioned champion of the two in the sporting world. When she took charge of the cricket club Mumbai Indians in 2009,she didn’t know much about the sport and the team was struggling after a year of dismal performances. Today it’s the world’s most successful cricket franchise, and won itsfifth Indian Premier League title last November. She’s apermanent presence in the team dugout, cheering and high-fiving players. Ambani’s also a teacher by profession. And on the field, her teams usually ace their tests.
3 - Kim Pegula
Abandoned on a street corner by her birth parents in South Korea, she grew up in an orphanage until the age of 5 when she was adopted by an American couple. Today she’s one of the most powerful women in American sports, as co-owner — with her husband entrepreneur Terry Pegula — of the Buffalo Bills in the NFL and the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL. She stays closely involved with both teams, and the Bills in particular have grown into a major force in professional football.
Dammed If You Do
Dams control water flow. They can also spark geopolitical tensions.
It’s a dam with potentially damning consequences. TheGrand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is Africa’s largest hydropower project and has fueled regional tensions between water-scarce neighbors Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia over who gets to control the power generated from the initiative. Arid Egypt in particular relies on the Nile River for nearly all of its household and commercial uses and sees the dam’s construction as an existential threat to its water supply.
3 - Ethiopia-Kenya
Yes, Ethiopia’s at the heart of more than one dam dispute. The country’s plans to supplement an existing dam with two more on the Omo River might force the displacement of 300,000 Kenyans who live downstream and depend on Lake Turkana, which draws its water from the river. Lake Turkana is the world’s biggest desert lake. It won’t stay that way if the dams are built, activists fear.
It’s all about the type of Guinness that goes into this stew. Canned or draft stout just won’t do to get the best version of this popular dish of goodness. For optimal flavor, it’s the Guinness “Extra Stout” variety — the one that comes in a bottle — that is the secret ingredient. Add a full bottle to a stew of diced carrots, turnips, onions and cuts of beef, topped with lots of salt and pepper, and transport yourself to a snug pub in rainy Dublin.
2 - Fava Beans in Yogurt (Ful bel-laban)
A standard and hearty affair consumed for breakfast in the Levant, this dish is available in roadside cantinas across Syria and Lebanon. The beans are boiled for hours in huge vats. Once softened, they're added to yogurt, freshly crushed garlic, Italian parsley, salt and a swirl of olive oil. Add your favorite flatbread to scoop the dish up.
3 - Lentil Soup
Lentils are one of our more unspectacular legumes, but this dish is all about what goes with them. Once boiled and blitzed, add salt, pepper and lots of cumin (trust us, your stomach will thank you later). Tear the flatbread into small pieces and shallow-fry them for a few seconds. Then add the fried flatbread pieces to the soup, along with lots of lemon juice, and you have a meal that’s as tasty as it is filling.
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