Wednesday, February 21, 2018

North Korea ends Pyeongchang 2018 without medal

North Korean cheerleaders cheer during the Ladies' Slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 16 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI| License Photo

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- North Korea has ended its ninth Winter Olympics appearance without a medal.

Short track speed skater Jong Kwang-bom crashed out of heats in the men's 500 meters on Tuesday as the final athlete among 22 from the North to compete during the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Director Ryan Coogler thanks fans for 'Black Panther' success

Filmmaker Ryan Coogler (R) pictured here with his wife Zinzi Evans. Coogler thanked fans on social media for the success of his film "Black Panther." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI| License Photo

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Director Ryan Coogler thanked fans on Twitter for coming out to the movie theater and making his latest film, the Marvel epic Black Panther, a box office success.

Black Panther, which stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright, grossed $242 million in North America during its opening weekend making it the second-highest four-day weekend haul behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Billy Graham, world renowned evangelist, dead at 99

Evangelist Billy Graham addresses a crowd in Trafalgar Square on April 5, 1954, during an extended preaching visit in Britain. UPI Photo/File| License Photo


Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Rev. Billy Graham, a well-known evangelist for decades and often referred to as "America's pastor," died Wednesday morning at the age of 99.

Born in 1918 and raised on a dairy farm in North Carolina, Graham said that as a boy he preferred baseball to religion and even "detested going to church." When he turned 15, he became inspired by traveling evangelist Mordecai Fowler Ham and committed then to live his life serving Jesus Christ.

Graham was ordained in Florida in 1943 and later received a solid foundation in the Scriptures at Florida Bible Institute, now named Trinity College of Florida. That same year, 25-year-old Graham graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, where he met his wife, Ruth McCue Bell.

'Black Panther' Movie Was Inspired By A Real Life All-Woman Army In Africa (See Photos)

 New details have emerged to show that the rave-making Black Panther movie was inspired by a real all-woman army in Africa.

The Ahosi of Dahomey, or the ‘Dahomey Amazons’, are said to have inspired Black Panther writers
Black Panther has been dubbed the superhero blockbuster of the year - and it's got fans talking about what could have inspired the captivating script.
 Many are convinced the film's Dora Milaje warriors are based on a real life all-woman army in Africa, known as the Ahosi of Dahomey, or the "Dahomey Amazons."

Things You Need to Know About Nigeria's Richest Pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo is one of the most beloved clerics in Nigeria and was ranked Nigeria’s richest pastor, according to the recent 2018 Forbes list. But, there is still so much that people do not know about him.

Here are 10 things you need to know about Bishop Oyedepo.

1. He comes from a mixed-faith background
 The beloved Man of God was born on September 27, 1954, to a Muslim healer father while his mother reportedly went to Cherubim and Seraphim.
 His parents were named Ibrahim and Dorcas.

Didier Drogba's Son Signs for French Side, Guingamp

Isaac Drogba

Isaac Drogba has followed in his legendary father's footsteps by agreeing a deal to sign for Ligue 1 outfit Guingamp, 16 years after the french club signed Didier Drogba.
Isaac Drogba, the 17-year-old son of legendary footballer, Didier Drogba, has followed in his famous father's footsteps by agreeing a deal to sign for Ligue 1 outfit Guingamp.
 According to Dailymail Sports, the teen star who has also spent time in the Chelsea academy, was unveiled by the French club on Monday, 16 years after the club signed his father in an £80,000 deal from Le Mans.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What You Need To Know About Little Comedienne, Emanuella's New Role In Hollywood

Young comedienne, Emmanuella who hit Nigerians with the 'this is not my real face' joke that got her famous overnight, is set to star in a Hollywood movie.
Seven-year old Nigerian child comedienne, Emanuella Samuel, who is the winner of 2016’s Best New Comedienne and Princess of Comedy at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards, is set to feature in a Disney Hollywood film. 
 Little Emmanuella is grateful for the opportunity Sharing the new with her fans, Emmanuella also expressed joy for the huge opportunity to show her uniqueness to the word.

Nigerian Child Comedienne, Emmanuella To Feature In Hollywood Disney Movie

Things seem to be going remarkable great for Nigerian child comedienne, Emmanuella, as she has indicated her intent to feature in a Hollywood production.

Nigeria’s child comedienne, Emmanuella Samuel, aka Emmanuella, appears set to feature in a Hollywood Disney movie.
An unverified Instagram account bearing her photographs quotes her as saying that she never dreamed of “getting here so soon,” while also thanking those who have given her support since she debuted her comedy career.
She had posted on Saturday, “Thanks @disneystudios God bless everyone whose support has added to bringing us here. I never dreamed of being here so soon. I miss Success. I love you all.”
In her characteristic hilarious manner, Emmanuella also appeals to the officials in Disney’s costume department to “please package me well.”
It, however, appears that she doesn’t know the Disney character she will be playing yet, as she notes in the IG post, “Worris dis? What character am I playing today? Ngkbeke in America?”

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Monday, February 19, 2018

As Ngarum Proclaims the Disappearance of Fon Nganji III, Nganji IV Appears

HRH Nganji IV
Fon Nganji III
The Ngarum people of Ndu sub Division in Donga Mantung Division have a new fon. As it is customary in the (Wi)Mbum HRH Fon Nganji IV was enthroned after the entire (Wi)Mbum people on February 16, joined the people of  Ngarum in proclaiming the disappearance (bfu bfu) of HRH Fon Nganji III.
There as euphoria at the Ngarum palace court yard as thousands gathered to celebrate the life of the departed hero, HRH Fon Nganji III and to welcome the newly enthroned fon. For three weeks, the entire village will be transformed into a cultural fiesta, masquerades display, singing and dancing will take central stage.
Friend villages and ancestral lineages will be trooping into the village to celebrate the life of a people leader who has left his footprint in the sand of time as a developer and result-oriented peace crusader. Before his disappearance, HRH Fon Nganji III was a very influential member of the North West Fons Union where he held several positions since insertion. He was one of the frontliners who fought for leadership of the North West Fons Union to come to Donga Mantung Division. But unfortunately, he did not live to see it happened. However, he would be remembered as someone who was never absent in a meeting when the main agenda was about the development of Ngarum, Wimbum land, Ndu Sub Division and or Donga Mantung Division. He would e remembered for his attachment to peace, education of the girl child, and development of the village

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Godlove Gabsibuin , Tata Carine Win Big at Mount Cameroon Race

Winners of the 23rd Edition of Mt. Cameroon
The winner big time winners of the 23rd edition of the Mt, Cameroon Race are Godlove Gabsibuin and Tata Carine, all from the North West Region. Of the over 500 athletes that took part in Saturday's race of February 17, 2018 Godlove Gabsibuin won in the men category while Tata Carine won in the female category. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Who Succeeds Fru Ndi's as SDF Presidential Candidate?

Next weekend, the Social Democratic Front (leading opposition political party in Cameron) will hold its national convention in Bamenda to elect a new Presidential candidate. The primaries would be decisive; given that it would be the first time since the creation of that party that SDF Chieftain, Ni John Fru Ndi will twirl over the position of Presidential aspirant to another person.

Three contenders have declared their ambitions to succeed Ni John Fru Ndi. There are Hon. Osih Joshua, Hon. Joseph Mbah Ndam and Hon. Fobi Simon Nchinda. They are all members of parliament. Public opinion holds that this exercise is a crucial and important one not only for the SDF, but also for the ongoing democratic process in the county.
However some political pundits think that Osih Joshua is a sure bet because he has the support of the youths while others say Fobi Simon may emerge victorious given that he nursed the ambitions long ago. So, this is the opportunity for him to excel. Another school of thought holds that though Joseph Mbah seems an outsider in the race, he is the most astute politician and has a lot of experience. Therefore he could spring surprises.
Speculations as to who is Ni John fru Ndi’s own candidate abound high. This is so because some observers think if Ni John Fru Ndi declares for a candidate, he may influence the delegates. Notwithstanding, next weekend SDF militants will be looking to this elections for a better future. Cameroonians will be watching. One thing is clear that Cameroonians are tired of having the same candidates for several years.

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's Christ Embassy Church Declared Insolvent

The Charity Commission United Kingdom which regulates charity organisations in the country, has declared Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's church insolvent.
Pastor Chris
The United Kingdom branch of Christ Embassy, owned by popular Nigerian televangelist, Chris Oyakhilome, is broke and has been declared insolvent by the Charity Commission, the agency that regulates charity organisations in the country.
The ministry also admitted in its belated 2015 financial Statement (the church’s last annual return, which it published in 2017) that its subsidiary, Christ Embassy Limited, valued with a net asset of more than N1 billion (£2 million) entered into liquidation from November 1, 2016.
On its website, the Charity Commission flagged Christ Embassy as “charity insolvent”. According to the commission, a charity is considered as being insolvent when it is “unable to pay its debts.”
“In practice there are two separate tests for insolvency and failure of either might be an indication of insolvency: The charity cannot pay its debts as they fall due for payment; The value of its liabilities exceeds its assets.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Senatorial 2018: Four Lists from North West to CPDM Central Committee

 28 contenders are said to have finalized their documents and submitted to the Regional Coordination of the CPDM in the North West Region. The 28 aspiring CPDM contenders according to what we gathered have formed four lists. Sources say the Rt. Hon. Simon Achidi Achu(himself senator) is heading a list of mostly former senators. On the other hand Regina Mundi (member of the CPDM political bureau is also head of another list while JB Ndeh (General Manager of MIDENO) is also leading the third list. In this mad rush, the youths have not been left out. Acting as leaders of today and not tomorrow, Dr. Ndonwie Peter is also finalizing a list of young men and woman who have vowed to flush out the old guards from the senate. The list by the CPDM youths according to a hint is being encouraged by Dr. Nick Ngwanyam and others.

It should be recalled that in 2013 senatorial, the Central Committee of the CPDM selected former Prime Minister Simon Achidi Achu to be the list leader for CPDM candidates of the North West Region. The Central Committee it is worth mentioning selected late Jikong from Nwa (Donga Mantung), Wallang Akwo David from Wum (Menchum), Wanlo John from Bum (Boyo), Awanga Zacharia from Oshie-Ngie (Momo), Eno Emma Lafon from Kumbo (Bui) and Dingha Ignatius from Balikumbat (Ngoketunjia).
What happened in 2013 was that the Central Committee just to removed Fon Chafah’s name from the list he compiled to replace with Simon Achidi Achu while Dingha Ignatius who was in JB Ndeh’s list was brought in to replace Dr. Doh Anderson. The maneuvers sparked a lot of controversy among North West CPDM politicians. With "Old Fox" (Achidi Achu) Pa politics na njangi heading the list, the CPDM finally crushed the SDF to win all the seven seats in the region.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

How Jacob Zuma Took The Exit Door From Power

Zuma's reign as the number one citizen of South Africa has finally come to an end after being pressured by his party.
Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has resigned after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office and on the eve of a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Germany's Savchenko, Massot win gold in mixed pairs figure skating

Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany collapse to the ice after a nearly flawless performance in the Pairs Figure Skating Free Skating Program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Thursday at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI| License Photo
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- German figure skaters Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot claimed the mixed pairs event title Thursday at the Pyeongchang Olympics with a personal best 235.90 points.
Savchenko and Massot won the gold medal in front of more than 5,000 spectators in the sold-out Gangneung Ice Arena. They did so with a flawless routine, featuring a combination of airy triple Salchow plus two double toeloop jumps.

Ramaphosa to Replace Zuma as South Africa's new President

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (C) will be nominated Thursday to succeed Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa. Zuma resigned Wednesday. File Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA-EFE 
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's new president Thursday after the departure of embattled leader Jacob Zuma.
The announcement of Ramaphosa, the only candidate nominated in South African Parliament Thursday, was met with singing in the National Assembly.
In December, Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress. Zuma resigned Wednesday following pressure from the ANC, which said if Zuma didn't resign by the end of the day, proceedings would begin to force him out.

Jacob Zuma Resigns after Pressure from Party

Jacob Zuma
South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party.
In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party's decision.
The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.
The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader.
Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.
Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Mr Zuma has close ties.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe opposition leader is no More

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has died aged 65. He had been suffering from colon cancer for at least two years, but his condition deteriorated rapidly in recent days despite treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

His death will be an enormous blow to the opposition in Zimbabwe, coming only months before the first elections were due to be held in the former British colony since the end of Robert Mugabe’s near four-decade rule last year.
Tsvangirai’s illness, revealed in 2016, has divided his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, with three deputy leaders and other officials publicly manoeuvring to succeed the former trade union leader.

The Real Story Of Saint Valentine

Many people celebrated Valentine's Day every year with a lot of gusto, but not many know the the real story of Saint Valentine.
Nowadays, the premise of Valentine’s Day is simple to understand: Feb. 14 is a time to show appreciation for friends, families, significant others and anyone else you might love. Pinpointing the story of its namesake Saint Valentine, however, is more difficult.

Checkout The Places Around The World Where Celebrating Valentine's Day Is Banned

 The places around the world where celebrating Valentine's Day is banned, have been revealed in this piece.

Pakistani men protest against Valentine’s Day celebrations in Karachi on February 12, 2017 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

What You Need to Know about Valentine's Day

 Valentine's day indicate a season of love and people have been urged to show affection and care for their neighbours.

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.

Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.
From February 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.

South Korea to pay nearly $3M for North Korea's Olympic delegation

Cheerleaders from North Korea are receiving South Korean financial support during their stay. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI
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Shaun White wins USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Games history

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White celebrates Wednesday after winning the gold medal in the Men's Halfpipe at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Shaun White delivered Team USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Games history Wednesday on his final run in the men's snowboarding halfpipe final.
He did it in walk-off fashion, as White had the last run overall at the event, due to his high score in qualifying. The win gave the 31-year-old his third career gold medal at the Winter Games.
"You know honestly, I just felt it inside. I had it," White told NBC after the run. "I knew I had to put it down and it's so hard to describe. I knew I had it, but I had to still do it. I was working my way through the run, trick after trick, and it's going well...better and better and I'm riding away and I can't tell you how amazing it felt."
Japan's Ayumu Hirano sat in first place going into the final run, with a score of 95.25. White was in second, using his score of 94.25 from his first run. Australia's Scott James was in third place with a score of 92.
By the time the decorated trio were set to hit the halfpipe, it was determined that they would be guaranteed a spot on the podium. But the order of where they would stand was unknown. Hirano and James both fell on their final runs, meaning White was guaranteed at least a silver medal.
White knew that if he could eclipse Hirano's score, he could climb to the highest point on the podium.
The Flying Tomato began his run flying down the left side of the halfpipe. He pulled off back-to-back 1440s, before going into a Sky Hook. White then went for a double McTwist 1260, which includes a 1260 with two flips and three half-twists before landing.
"I was just hoping and praying that they [judges] gave it to me," White told NBC. "I was standing there and I I'm like 'I'm pretty sure I put it down.' They were taking a while and I'm trying not to make eye contact with the judges booth."
White was given a 97.75. He shed a shower of happy tears after finding out he won another gold medal.
The four-time Olympian won his first gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games when he was 18 years old. He won again at the 2010 Winter Games at 22. White did not reach the podium at the 2014 Winter Games.
He was the oldest competitor in the halfpipe event in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"My family just says I like to show off," White said. "They are like, 'you do this every time. You wait until the last run.' And I'm like, 'it's what I do, I'm sorry.' I need the pressure. I need the build and the energy and it helps me get it done."
"The spirit of competition helps me get my runs accomplished and gets me motivated and I'm just so thankful for today."
Team USA swept snowboarding events at the Winter Games, with Chloe Kim winning the women's halfpipe, Jamie Anderson winning the women's slopestyle, Red Gerard winning the men's slopestyle and White winning the men's halfpipe.

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North Korean figure skaters advance in Olympic debut

Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim of North Korea compete in the Pairs Figure Skating Short Program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea, on February 14, 2018. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI| License Photo
Feb. 13 (UPI) -- North Korea's figure-skating pair Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik skated a clean short program in their first Olympics Wednesday morning in Pyeongchang -- and earned enough points to advance to the free skate.
"They sell it," NBC commentator Tara Lipinski during the pair's energetic step sequence set to "A Day in the Life" by The Beatles.
Every element in the program was performed cleanly, including a big throw triple loop and successful side-by-side jumps. Ryom's arms were not above her head in the routine's triple twist, so it earned a level 3 rather than 4, but the score -- 69.40 -- is one of their best.
Ryom, 19, and Kim, 25, are the only North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on their own, having earned their spot at the Nebelhorn Trophy in 2017.
"I think they could be contenders in Beijing," Lipinski said of the 2022 Winter Games.
The podium will likely be out of reach for the North Koreans, with many powerhouse pair skaters to come, including Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Evgenia Tarasova and VladimirMorozov of Russia.
The pairs free skate event is Thursday morning in South Korea, 8 p.m. Wednesday Eastern time.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Japanese speed skater suspended after testing positive for doping agent

The Olympic rings are seen illuminated at the Alpensia Olympic Park prior to the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 4. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPILicense Photo
Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Kei Saito, a member of the Japanese short track speed skating team at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, has tested positive for acetazolamide and been provisionally suspended, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.
It is the first registered case to CAS by the International Olympic Committee at these games. As reported by Kyodo News earlier, the 21-year-old Saito, a reserve on the men's 5,000-meter relay team, failed an out-of-competition test in the lead-up to the games, CAS said in a statement.
In a hastily arranged press conference, the Japanese Olympic Committee said Saito was tested after training, just before he was about to go to bed at the athletes' village in Gangneung on Feb. 4 -- the day the short track team arrived in Pyeongchang. Three days later, the IOC notified them that the results came out positive for an A sample.
On Friday, CAS notified Saito of his ban and tested his B sample. The following evening, the IOC notified the JOC the B sample also came back positive.
Saito denied intentionally doping to CAS, which heard the athlete on Monday. He agreed to leave the Olympic village -- the JOC would not disclose his whereabouts -- and will also be indefinitely suspended from all International Skating Union competitions.
Saito emphatically denied in a statement he knowingly taking acetazolamide, which is a drug used to treat conditions like glaucoma, altitude sickness and epilepsy but works as a masking agent for steroids. It cannot be purchased in Japan without a prescription.
"I am extremely shocked by the test results that have come back," the Kanagawa University senior said. "I have never once considered doping. I have never used anabolic steroids so I have never needed to try to hide it. I have no motive to use this substance nor do I have anything to gain by using this substance."
"When I was tested on Jan. 29 during training camp, the results did not turn out any banned substances. The only way this substance could have entered my system is that I took it unknowingly and happened by accident."
"The findings are beyond me and I plan to fight to prove my innocence. But right now, I do not want to be a disturbance to my team competing at the Olympic Games, so I have decided to accept the provisional suspension and will leave the team and the athletes' village voluntarily."
Yasuo Saito, head of the Japanese delegation, said the skater was "extremely shocked" and "could not comprehend" the test results. The delegation chief said once the Olympics are done, it will move to clear the athlete's name.
"This will be deliberated after the games," he said. "Right now, we simply do not have the time to come up with the evidence to challenge the results of the A and B samples, which is why we accepted the provisional suspension and it's the only reason why we did so."
"We want to make it clear we have not admitted to a violation. I want to stress the 'provisional' part of this decision. We will offer him full support through this."
Japan's short track coach Tsutomu Kawasaki said he has a hard time believing Saito tried to cheat.
"I feel the same way as my athletes do -- that I am shocked," Kawasaki said. "He showed a lot of promise at a young age and has been well educated on doping. I still cannot fathom how his test results came back positive."
"I have not been able to digest the situation. I just have to accept it for now. 'Why?' is all that I have been asking myself."
In a revelation that has rocked the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, the positive test is the first ever returned by a Japanese athlete at a Winter Olympics.
CAS' statement read: "For the second time in the history of the Olympic Games after Rio 2016, the CAS is in charge of doping-related matters arising on the occasion of the games as a first-instance authority."
"Final decisions rendered by the CAS (Anti-Doping Division) may be appealed before the CAS ad hoc Division in Pyeongchang or before the CAS in Lausanne after the end of the Olympic Winter Games."
"For the first time, the international federations concerned may also intervene in the CAS ADD procedures in order that the same case be heard only once."
IOC Director of Communications Mark Adams said in a daily briefing that "all sanctioning and testing is now completely independent of the IOC" and the case is "a matter of CAS."
Saito, whose sister Hitomi is also competing in Pyeongchang, was a member of Japan's 3,000-meter relay team that finished third at the 2013 and 2014 world juniors.
While Japan has had a relatively clean image and record with respect to doping, the nation, which is also putting its hand up for the 2026 Winter Games with Sapporo, has been hit with a recent spate of infringements.
In January, Yasuhiro Suzuki, a Tokyo Olympic hopeful in kayaking, spiked a fellow competitor's drink with an anabolic steroid and now faces a lifetime ban.
In October, a university wrestler tested positive for a banned substance, drawing a two-year ban and the month before that, a collegiate swimmer also tested positive and was hit a seven-month suspension.
The most notable case of Japanese athletes violating anti-doping rules came at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where members of the Japanese men's volleyball team tested positive for a stimulant.

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South African ruling party: Zuma must leave office by end of Tuesday

The African National Congress on Tuesday ordered South African President Jacob Zuma to leave office by the end of Tuesday -- or risk being removed by Parliament. File Photo by Peter Foley/UPI| License Photo
Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The African National Congress party on Tuesday ordered South African President Jacob Zuma to leave office by the end of the day, or risk being removed by force.
During a 13-hour marathon in Pretoria on Monday, the ANC's executive committee tried to end a prolonged standoff with Zuma, who has proposed to resign within three to six months.
Under South Africa's national constitution, Zuma cannot be forced out of office.
After being the subject of several "no-confidence" votes in recent years, Zuma has as resisted pressure to resign and has remained as president after repeated corruption allegations.
In 2016, Zuma was ordered by South Africa's top court to repay part of $15 million in public funds it said he misappropriated to upgrade his private home. The president also faces nearly 800 corruption allegations stemming from an arms deal during the 1990s.
The ANC could "recall" Zuma, which would pressure him to resign before his term ends next year. Opposition parties are calling for another vote of no confidence against Zuma next week.
Zuma, 75, has denied any wrongdoing. Unless he's removed from office, he will remain South Africa's president until at least 2019.
If Zuma resigns, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will fill the vacancy until he is elected and sworn in by South African Parliament.
Zuma became South Africa's fourth president when he assumed office in May 2009.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land triple axel at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu of the USA jubilates after her performance in the ladies single team figure skating competition during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Monday at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung, South Korea. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI| License Photo
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics on Monday in Gangneung, South Korea.
The 24-year-old pulled off the move during her free skate at the Gangnueung Ice Arena. She was the first of five women to perform the skate on the final day of competition for an Olympics team medal. It was her first jump in a 4.5 minute program.
Her skate helped put Team USA on the podium for a bronze medal in the mixed team final. Canada won the event and the Olympic Athletes from Russia finished with a silver medal.
Nagasu began her routine with the U.S. team sitting in third place. She completed the triple axel and several other rotations, wrapping up a smooth skate with an explosion of emotion.
Nagasu pumped her firsts before her final score of 137.53 was revealed.

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Pyeongchang medal count: Norway leads Netherlands, Canada, Germany

Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Norway has claimed an Olympic-leading nine medals after three days of competition in the 2018 Winter Games.
But the Netherlands, Canada and Germany are closing in, as each country has seven medals for second place in the overall medal count. The United States has the third-most medals, with four total.
Skier Laura Dahlmeier won two of those medals for the Germans. She is the only athlete that has claimed a gold medal more than once at these Winter Games.
Women's ski jumping wrapped up Monday's slate in Pyeongchang.
Here's where the medal count stands:
Norway - 9
Marin Lundby - Ski Jumping - Women's Individual - Normal Hill - Gold
Simen Hegstad Krüger - Cross-Country - Men's 2 x 15km Skiathlon - Gold
Johann André Forfang - Ski Jumping - Men's Individual - Normal Hill - Silver
Marit Bjørgen - Cross-Country - Women's 2 x 7.5km Skiathlon - Silver
Marte Olsbu - Biathlon - Women's 7.5km Sprint - Silver
Martin Johnsrud Sundby - Cross-Country - Men's 2 x 15km Skiathlon - Silver
Robert Johansson - Ski Jumping - Men's Individual - Normal Hill - Bronze
Hans Christer Holund - Cross-Country - Men's 2 x 15km Skiathlon - Bronze
Sverre Lunde Pederson - Speedskating - Men's 5000m - Bronze
Netherlands - 7
Carlijn Achtereekte - Speedskating - Women's 3000m - Gold
Sven Kramer - Speedskating - Men's 5000m - Gold
Ireen Wüst - Speedskating - Women's 1500m - Gold
Ireen Wüst - Speedskating - Women's 3000m - Silver
Sjinkie Knegt - Short-Track Speedskating - Men's 1500m - Silver
Antoinette De Jong - Speedskating - Women's 3000m - Bronze
Marrit Leenstra - Speedskating - Women's 1500m - Bronze
Canada - 7
Meagan Duhamel, Kaetlyn Osmund, Patrick Chan, Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue, Gabrielle Daleman, Eric Radford - Figure Skating - Mixed Team - Gold
Mikael Kingsbury - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls - Gold
Max Parrot - Snowboarding - Men's Slopestyle - Silver
Ted-Jan Bloemen - Speedskating - Men's 5000m - Silver
Justine Dufour-Lapointe - Freestyle Skiing - Women's Moguls - Silver
Laurie Blouin - Snowboarding - Women's Slopestyle - Silver
Mark McMorris - Snowboarding - Men's Slopestyle - Bronze
Germany - 7
Laura Dahlmeier - Biathlon - Women's 7.5km Sprint - Gold
Laura Dahlmeier - Biathlon - Women's 10km Pursuit - Gold
Andreas Wellinger - Ski Jumping - Men's Individual - Gold
Arnd Peiffer - Biathlon - Men's 10km Sprint - Gold
Katharina Althaus - Ski Jumping - Women's Individual - Normal Hill - Silver
Johannes Ludwig - Luge - Men's Single - Bronze
Jamie Anderson of the United States poses for a photo with an American flag after winning gold in the ladies' snowboard slopestyle finals on day three of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Monday at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI
Benedikt Doll - Biathlon - Men's 12.5km Pursuit - Bronze
USA - 4
Red Gerard - Snowboarding - Men's Slopestyle - Gold
Jamie Anderson - Snowboarding - Women's Slopestyle - Gold
Chris Mazdzer - Luge - Men's Single - Silver
Chris Knierim, Alex Shibutani, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, Bradie Tennell, Maia Shibutani, Alexa Scimeca Knierim - Figure Skating - Mixed Team - Bronze
France - 3
Perrine Laffont - Freestyle Skiing - Women's Moguls - Gold
Martin Fourcade - Biathlon - Men's 12.5km Pursuit - Gold
Anais Bescond - Biathlon - Women's 10km Pursuit - Bronze
Japan - 3
Miho Takagi - Speedskating - Women's 1500m - Silver
Daichi Hara - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls - Bronze
Sara Takanashi - Ski Jumping - Women's Individual - Normal Hill - Bronze
Sweden - 2
Charlotte Kalla - Cross-Country - Women's 2 x 7.5km Skiathlon - Gold
Members of the Olympic Athletes from Russia Figure Skating Ice Dance Team celebrate as they win silver during their medal ceremony at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Monday at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Sebastian Samuelsson - Biathlon - Men's 12.5km Pursuit - Silver
Olympic Athletes from Russia - 2
Alina Zagitova, Ekaterina Bobrova, Mikhail Kolyada, Vladimir Morozov, Evgeniya Medvedeva, Natalya Zabiyako, Aleksandr Enbert, Evgeniya Tarasova, Dmitriy Soloviev - Figure Skating - Mixed Team - Silver
Semion Elistratov - Short-Track Speedskating - Men's 1500m - Bronze
Czech Republic - 2
Michal Krcmár - Biathlon - Men's 10km Sprint - Silver
Veronika Vítková - Biathlon - Women's 7.5km Sprint - Bronze
Finland - 2
Krista Pärmäkoski - Cross-Country - Women's 2 x 7.5km Skiathlon - Bronze
Enni Rukajärvi - Snowboarding - Women's Slopestyle - Bronze
Austria - 1
David Gleirscher - Luge - Men's Single - Gold
Slovakia - 1
Anastasia Kuzmina - Biathlon - Women's 10km Pursuit - Silver
Kazakhstan - 1
Yulia Galysheva - Freestyle Skiing - Women's Moguls - Bronze
Italy - 1
Dominik Windisch - Biathlon - Men's 10km Sprint - Bronze
Australia - 1
Matt Graham - Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls - Silver
South Korea - 1
Hyo-Jun Lim - Short-Track Speedskating - Men's 1500m - Gold

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52nd National Youth Day in Nkambe: Youth Multiculturalism, Peace and National Unity

As early as 9am, on February 11, 2018, youths especially students and pupils as well as youths of some political parties and associations could be seen in their uniforms moving towards the Nkambe grandstand. When the Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division, Nkwenti Simon Doh  arrived the ceremonial ground, he was received by the Divisional Officer for Nkambe, flanked by Mayor  of Nkambe, Ngabir Paul Bantar, and four Divisional delegates as well as the Divisional President of the Cameroon National Youth Council. Activities to commemorate the 52nd National Youth Day began with the singing of the National Anthem and youth anthem. After the anthems, there was a replay of the Head of State’s message to enable youths who could not listen last night to get the message.
The marching began with the Special Opening Dip which was immediately followed by Dip for Youths with Special needs, Boys Scouts and Girls Guide. Then the nursery and primary schools, secondary and high schools, professional schools and some recognized socio-cultural, economic groups and the youth wing of the CPDM party. The most interesting thing was that pupils and students had the opportunity to express themselves in relation to the theme in songs while marching. In songs, the main theme that flowed to the hearing of everyone was the notion of peace and the act of living in peace.
The euphoria was at its peak as activities of the tilted to choral singing and cultural animation. However, the ecstasy that generally characterized youth day celebrations was retiring given that youths did not enjoy chewing as much sugarcane as it was the case before. It should be noted that in the past, Youth day was considered as a sugar cane festival because everyone who went for march-past came back home with sugarcane.

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