More sex during South Africa’s World Cup meant more boys nine months on

Gwinyai Masukume, University of the Witwatersrand and Victor Grech, University of Malta Nine months after South Africa hosted the 2010 football World Cup a disproportionately higher number of male babies were born compared with the previous eight years. There are two reasons for this: people were having more sex and they were happy. In our …

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What South Africa will be sacrificing by hosting the Commonwealth Games

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg As a sports fan, I was disappointed to find myself thinking more about economics than track-and-field events after hearing that the South African city of Durban had been named as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This turn towards money and its management is to be expected. After all, …

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Africa News Headlines for 19 August 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Is South Africa Headed Toward Legalized Marijuana? Source: AFK Insider US Says AGOA Much More Than Simple Economic Agreement Source: Voice of America Nigeria to raise tertiary education tax to 4% Source: Premium Times Gabon opens new palm oil plant …

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Why Africa’s sports industry needs to step up to the plate

Simon Chadwick, Coventry University The Egyptian government recently took steps that have lead to football fans being labelled as terrorists. The arrest and detention of alleged members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK), a highly politicised supporters group associated with Cairo club Al Zamalek SC, has marked renewed attempts by the government to curb the …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 March 2015

Open-Data Project Adds Transparency to African Elections Source: ICFJ Money Rules Nigeria Elections as Lawmakers Out-Earn Obama Source: Bloomberg Frenchman fights to make Gabon a gorilla haven Source: The Nation/AFP Assessing Africa’s tech boom Source: Ventures Africa Strengthening Women in Africa through Sports Source: Super Sport China Is Besting the U.S. in Africa Source: U.S. …

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