EXCLUSIVE He's a living legend in Africa -- he was born there, he does a ton of charity work there ... but when it comes to the World Cup, Dikembe Mutombo says his #1 team is from ANOTHER continent. "My #1 team is still Brazil," Mutombo told TMZ Sports on his way out of Catch in West Hollywood. "If I have to pick a #2, I think I would go with Senegal & Nigeria. I got to cheer for my homeboys." Mutombo was born in the Congo -- and has been a huge force in bringing his sport to Africa with "Basketball without Borders" and even built a hospital in Kinshasa through his foundation. But, despite all that, he likes Brazil -- and says he's rooting for the boys in green and yellow to take home the trophy. Everyone loves Neymar. … [Read more...] about Dikembe Mutombo is Rooting for Brazil Over African Nations In World Cup
Saleh Mwanamilongo Associated Press Published 4:19 p.m. UTC May 27, 2018 Kinshasa, Congo – Another person has died in Congo of a confirmed case of Ebola, bringing the number of fatalities to 12, said the country’s health ministry. The new death happened in Iboko, a rural area in northwestern Equateur province, said the health ministry statement released Sunday. There are also four new suspected cases in the province, said the statement. Congo now has 35 confirmed Ebola cases. Health workers have identified people who have been in contact with confirmed Ebola cases in three areas in Equateur province, the rural areas of Bikoro and Iboko and Mdbandaka, the provincial capital of 1.2 million that is a transport hub on the Congo River. Congo’s health minister Saturday flew by helicopter to Bikoro and Iboko to see the deployment of health workers who will be tracing those who have been in contact with Ebola cases and inoculating them with a new experimental vaccine. … [Read more...] about 1 new Ebola death confirmed in Congo
Saleh Mwanamilongo Associated Press Published 5:16 p.m. UTC May 26, 2018 Kinshasa, Congo – Ebola vaccinations will begin Monday in the two rural areas of Congo where the latest deadly outbreak was declared this month, the health ministry said Saturday, as the number of confirmed Ebola cases rose to 35, including 10 deaths. A vaccination campaign is already under way in Mbandaka, the city of 1.2 million on the Congo River where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. About 100 health workers have been vaccinated there as front-line workers face high risk from the virus, which is spread via contact with the bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead. The vaccination campaign will begin Monday in the rural areas of Bikoro and Iboko in the country’s northwest, health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga told The Associated Press. “The health minister can be found at this moment in Bikoro for assessing the preparations for the vaccination campaign,” … [Read more...] about Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday
Bodys Isek Kingelez’s “Stars Palme Bouygues,” from 1989. (Van Lierde collection/Vincent Everarts Photography Brussels) NEW YORK — A poignant utopian impulse informs the art of Bodys Isek Kingelez, the great African artist whom I suspect all of New York will be talking about this summer. Kingelez died in 2015 at 66. He made models of buildings, which he sometimes extended into elaborate cityscapes, both fantastical and familiar, with stadiums, train stations, hotels, banks and embassies — but never homes. Both the models and the cityscapes take up a lot of real estate. But they’re basically works on paper. That explains why the Museum of Modern Art’s marvelous Kingelez exhibition — an overview of his work that opens Saturday — was assembled by Sarah Suzuki, a curator in the museum’s department of drawings and prints, with Hillary Reder, a curatorial assistant. With strenuous precision and an almost dandyish finesse, Kingelez … [Read more...] about Everyone in New York will be talking about this artist soon
As the tax filing deadline approached last week, Nkiambi Jean Lema sat in his high-ceilinged office in a Charles Village rowhouse surrounded by tax documents stacked on his desk and in boxes nearby. But unlike years past, thanks to electronic filing, no lines stretched out the door.“You are super busy, but nobody sees that you are super busy,” said Lema, who opened his accounting and tax business, N.J. Lema & Co., in the Baltimore neighborhood in 1989.The most recent tax season brought the usual procrastinators, who added to the last-minute pressure to file by midnight Tuesday. Lema and assistant accountant Claudia Utria were fielding calls Tuesday morning from people requesting last-minute help, none of whom could be squeezed into an already full day of previously scheduled appointments. (The IRS ended up giving electronic filers an extra day, through midnight Wednesday, after the agency’s website crashed.)But the late-filers only added to a time crunch that this … [Read more...] about Five Minutes with Nkiambi Jean Lema of N.J. Lema & Co.