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  • Addis hosts CAF’s Presidency combat

    (by Andegna) CAF’s (Confederation of African Football) 39th Ordinary Congress is expected to open on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Addis Ababa. This year, CAF seems to have a vigorous session at the African Union Headquarters as its long-standing president will face a challenge from Madagascar.  

    Despite Issa Hayatou, who is seeking another four-year term as the Confederation of African Football's president to extend his grip on a position, the head of Madagascar’s Football Association, Ahmad Ahmad is ready to challenge long-standing Hayatou in the presidential election to be held this Thursday.

    The 70 year old Cameroonian Hayatou has held the presidency since 1988 after one of CAF’s founders, Ethiopia’s Yidnekachew Tessema.

    CAF last year brought in new rules limiting the presidency to just three four-year terms. The ruling, however, only applies since it was passed in September, meaning Hayatou who is now seeking an eighth term could extend his tenure by 12 years.

    Hayatou’s contender, Ahmad Ahmad is a member of the CAF executive committee and has called on other federation presidents to support his bid. “A good candidate… I can’t say, but I am a candidate for change and the majority wants change. I am the only one who could dare present a candidacy for the change. And I am vying to bring this change,” the president of Madagascar’s Football Association, Ahmad Ahmad said.

    Issa Hayatou now CAF’s longest serving ruler has led the organization for 30 years.

    Nigeria has backed Ahmad’s decisions to challenge Hayatou as courageous. “What makes my programme different is its uniqueness, I want to reform the administration, I can’t work with the current administration,” Ahmad Ahmad added. The president of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick says CAF needs a new generation of leadership following the change at the helm of FIFA. The Head of the NFF says even if Hayatou wins, he will need to to be open to pay more attention to other influences.

    In related news Ethiopia might be lobbying for relocation of Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters from Cairo, Egypt, to its capital Addis Ababa. The upcoming CAF Congress is assumed to present an opportunity to pitch for the “popular” idea at the highest level.

    “Ethiopia is seeking support from many CAF members who feel Cairo is far from them, and it’s difficult to get direct flights to the North African country,” a source close to Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) told soka25east.com in November last year.

    56-member CAF was formed 59-years ago and was first hosted in Khartoum, Sudan for months until fire consumed its offices and was then relocated to Cairo.

    Image: Ahmed V Hayatou

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  • S Korean President arriving to Ethiopia

    (by Andegna.com) South Korean President, Park Geun-hye is expected to arrive Addis Ababa ‘tonight’ in an official visit.

    Park, daughter of the most influential South Korean president to date, Park Chung-hee, is scheduled to visit Ethiopia as part of her East African tour of three-countries including Kenya and Uganda.

    Park will be holding bilateral talk with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in Ethiopia and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, according to Cheong Wa Dae, head of the Korean presidential office in statement.

    During her visit scheduled from May 25 to June 1, the president will be presiding over the initiation of new Korean International Cooperation Agency (KoICA) program called the Korean Aid in the three countries.      

    She will be the first Korean President to visit the African Union headquarter in Addis Ababa and also expected to deliver a speech regarding Korea’s policy towards Africa.

    Park assumed office in February 2013 becoming the eleventh president of the Korea. In 2013 and 2014, the president was named the World’s 11th most powerful woman and the most powerful woman in East Asia by Forbs Magazine’s list. Park was also named 46th most powerful person by the same magazine in 2014.   


    Image: South Korean President Park Geun-hye


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  • Young man jumps into lions in desperate 'suicide bid'

    A naked young man who jumped into the lion enclosure zoo in Chile has survived but only after the lions attacking him were shot dead.

    Santiago authorities confirmed the two beasts were killed as they mauled the 20-year-old man who had broken into their compound early on Saturday, says The Sun and then he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was said to be in a grave condition.

    Director of the city's Metropolitan Zoo Alejandra Montalba said the park was crowded with visitors at the time of the incident. She said that there were no fast-acting tranquilizers available to stop the lions quickly and she was 'deeply affected' by the deaths of the two lions, a male and a female.

    The young man broke into the enclosure, took off his clothes and jumped into the middle shocking families who witnessed the attack. "The zoo has an established protocol because people's lives are very important to us," said Montalba.

    A suicide note was reportedly later found in the man's clothing. Witness reported he shouted religious statements as he was mauled.

    Image: Zoo keepers shoot down the two lions to save the 'suicidal' man, who was gravely injured in the incident @NOTICIAS Chelmevision  



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  • New research discovery hopes to “finish-off” diabetes

    (by Andegna.com) Diabetes, one of the world’s most rapidly growing non-communicable diseases, seems to be arrested after researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and Oxford University said they have discovered an appetite-reducing hormone, which they hope can be used in the fight against type 2 diabetes.

    The sensational discovery came about because of the after effects of the operations of morbidly obese people, TV 2 writes, reports NorwayToday, which many of the patients experienced a decline of diabetes after operations, and scientists have now proven that this effect is caused by the appetite-reducing hormone PYY.

    However the drug is not yet tested on humans, the researchers conducted experiments on rats, and these experiments have shown that the medicine that stimulates the production of Peptide YY (PYY), can stop type 2 diabetes.

    “The discovery is quite revolutionary, because the number of people who have type 2 diabetes is believed to reach 600 million worldwide in 15 year time,” Magnus Kringstadbukta Olsen, PhD student at the Institute of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at NTNU, says.

    In 2014; 422 million people worldwide had diabetes, according to the research site Gemini.

    Image: pixabay.com@NorwayToday


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  • Man who’ve taken steroids for 27 yrs is now 310 lbs muscly

    (by Andegna.com) Rich Piana, 45, is a 310lbs body-builder, who has been reported for his ten gut-busting meals per day and who admit taking steroids since he was a teenager. He began competing at the age of 15 and is open about drug usage, even posting drug-taking schedules online.

    Piana and his insanely massive physique, has been reported for being familiar for anyone who has ever picked up a body building magazine. Therefore, achieving a body like Piana’s is far from easy and takes an immense amount of determination, self-control, and discipline, it also takes steroids, according to Piana himself.

    In a latest interview the body-builder has explained about his steroid usage that from the tender age of 18, he has spent the last 27 years of his life on and off the juice. Piana says he wouldn’t “change a thing” and is happy with the life steroids have brought him.

    It all started for Piana when he was 11 years old and would go to the gym to watch his body-building mother train. From that point on Piana got addicted to weightlifting, and by 15 he was attempting to enter competitions, wrote independent journal.

    However, Piana failed to qualify in most competitions, and when he did make the cut, he got swept away by the competition. That’s when Piana decided to take his training to the next level.

    To become the body-builder he is today, Piana would begin eating 8 to 12 meals a day, not to mention spending over USD 2,500 on human growth hormone per month, without even taking steroids into account. By the time steroids had become an integral part of his lifestyle, Piana had gone beyond the point of no return. While Piana says he does not regret his choices, he doesn’t advise his lifestyle.

    Despite this fascinating physique story of Piana, here’s what doctors and scientists have to say about the reality behind steroid use, reports independent journal. On a physicality level, while steroids can give an advantage when it comes to gaining size, they can cause:

    • acne
    • breast development in men
    • low sperm count
    • painful erections
    • decreased testicle size
    • ingrown hair
    • impotency
    • menstrual irregularities
    • enlarged clitoris
    • reduced breast size for women
    • masculinized female fetus
    • However the dangers do not simply end there.

    Steroids are also associated with:

    • liver cancer
    • heart attacks
    • blood clots

    However, this seems a matter of choice for Piana. He says “but if you want to become a professional bodybuilder…you’re not going to have a choice. That’s the boat I was in.”

    Image: Rich Piana and his wife Sara





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