August 18, 2016 |
His mother, a chemical scientist at McNeil in Fort Washington, grew up in Uganda. His father is an economist in his native Ivory Coast. So what exactly was their 6-7, 290-pound son doing Tuesday morning in Villanova Stadium at football practice, being watched by several NFL scouts on another steamy day? It was the summer of sixth grade when he went to visit a friend in North Carolina, where he lived before moving to Ambler. He saw his friend playing football and, "I was, like, 'Mom, I want to play football.' " Certainly, Villanova senior defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon looked very much like a football player even then.
May 13, 2015 |
INTO THE UNKNOWN the stowaway from West Africa fled, into the dark recesses of a ship where his name was not on the roster. For days on end he lay hidden in a shipment of cocoa beans destined for Philadelphia. Perhaps he, too, felt destined for our city. But whatever hopes and dreams the stowaway carried on his voyage won't be fulfilled. Yesterday, the stowaway was found dead on board the SIAN C, a merchant ship sailing under the British flag that had been docked in South Philadelphia since Friday, said Stephen Sapp, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
May 13, 2015 |
He wore size 12 boots. He liked milk and cookies. And he hoped to survive a sea journey of more than 5,000 miles from Africa to Philadelphia, hidden inside a cargo-ship container filled with bags of cocoa beans. He didn't make it. The man's name remains unknown, but the discovery of his body, beside a backpack that contained small provisions, provoked a multiagency response Monday at Pier 84 in the 2400 block of Columbus Boulevard, just south of the moored and rusting SS United States.
October 8, 2013
YOU KNOW how some teenagers clam up and go mum around adults? Often, it's because they're told to be quiet - that their feelings don't matter. That wasn't the case for Overbrook's Sojourner Ahebee. She lives in a home that prizes self-expression. Her mother, Octavia McBride, is a poet. So, when Sojourner, who was born in West Africa's Ivory Coast, was homesick for her native country, McBride would tell her daughter, again and again, "Put it in a poem. " Last month, Sojourner was among five students named 2013 National Student Poets.
September 30, 2013 |
Rob Moore's instructions fell on deaf ears. His Ben Franklin boys' soccer team was ahead by five goals, and it would win by seven, but the coach needed one of his defenders to stay disciplined. The player didn't, and Moore was exasperated. He turned and asked his assistant, Moussa Fane, why no one listens. One reason is that, like the Nigerian defender, some of his players have trouble understanding him. And most have never actually played organized soccer before. Moore coaches a team of 17 immigrants.
August 14, 2013 |
MOSCOW - English Gardner led the field out of the starting blocks in the women's 100-meter final on Monday night, as she had done in Sunday's preliminaries and Sunday night's semifinals. But the South Jersey sprint star faded to a fourth-place finish in 10.97 seconds at the 14th World Track and Field Championships. Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce blasted to victory in 10.71, while Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure (10.93) and U.S. teammate Carmelita Jeter (10.94) edged past Gardner in the final strides at Luzhniki Stadium.
January 3, 2013 |
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Survivors of a stampede in Ivory Coast that killed 61 people, most of them children and teenagers, after a New Year's Eve fireworks display said Wednesday that makeshift barricades stopped them from moving along a main boulevard, causing the crush of people. Ivory Coast police said that unknown people put tree trunks across the Boulevard de la Republique where the trampling took place. "For security, because there were so many important people at the event, we closed certain main streets," said a police officer who was overheard briefing Ivory Coast President Alassane Outtara on the incident.
January 2, 2013 |
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year's fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coast's main city, killing 61 people - many of them children and teenagers - and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said. Thousands had gathered at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan's Plateau district to see the fireworks. It was only the second New Year's Eve fireworks display since peace returned to this West African nation after a bloody upheaval over presidential elections put the nation on the brink of civil war and turned this city into a battle zone.
November 20, 2012 |
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - The victims were rounded up at their homes, at work or while out having drinks. Taken without explanation to military camps overflowing with prisoners, they were deprived of food and beaten routinely with belts, clubs and guns and released only after their families paid substantial sums of money. A report issued Monday by New York-based Human Rights Watch accuses Ivory Coast's military of undertaking a swift, brutal, and illegal campaign of arbitrary arrest and detention in response to some of the most significant violence since last year's election crisis.
October 27, 2012
Iranian activists win EU award TEHRAN, Iran - The European Union gave its most prestigious human-rights award on Friday to two convicted Iranian activists, the imprisoned lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and the formerly imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi. The award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which has previously gone to international figures such as Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, comes at a time of deepening tensions between Iran and the West.