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  • Bekele left off Ethiopia's Olympic team

     

    Kenenisa Bekele won't compete at next month's Olympics, perhaps the distance running great's last chance at the games, after he was left off Ethiopia's final team for failing to meet the country's qualifying criteria in both the marathon and the 10,000 meters.

    Bekele, the world-record holder in the 5,000 and 10,000, had appealed his exclusion in the marathon but the Ethiopian Athletics Federation released its final list for the Rio de Janeiro Games over the weekend, confirming Bekele's absence.

    Bekele was first denied a place in the marathon when the federation said he hadn't run enough big races over the last year to meet the selection criteria, which have been criticized by Bekele.

    Bekele then made a late attempt to get on the team in the 10,000. He failed to finish the race at a trials event in Hengelo, Netherlands, last month.

    Almaz Ayana, Ethiopia's rising star, was selected to run in the women's 5,000 and 10,000 in Rio. She'll come up against compatriot and double Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba in the 10,000. Dibaba was only named as a reserve for the 5,000, an event in which she is a former Olympic champion, two-time world champion and the world-record holder.

    The 24-year-old Ayana is the current world champion in the 5,000 and ran the second-fastest time in history over the distance last month in Rome, just missing Dibaba's record by a little over a second.

    Ethiopia's other strong medal contender is Tirunesh's sister, Genzebe Dibaba, the world champion and world-record holder in the 1,500. Former world champion Mohammed Aman is Ethiopia's lone hope in the men's 800.

    Bekele didn't even make it as a reserve for the marathon or the 10,000, meaning at the age of 34 the four-time Olympic and five-time world champion could be unlikely to compete at a future games.

    Bekele had targeted the marathon as his next challenge but an injury prevented him competing last year and limited his preparations. Still, he finished third at the London Marathon in April after a long layoff and he won the 10K Great Manchester Run in Britain in May.

    Source:-usatoday.com

     

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  • Teddy Afro received a star of the Generation Award Canada

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Teddy Afro received a star of the Generation Award from the city of Winnipeg. Teddy was awarded for his contribution in the promotion of peace, love, unity as well as his anti hatred messages .

    The singer received his award from the mayor of the city Winnipeg and he is thanlful about it .

    “I am glad to receive this year’s a star of the Generation Award from the mayor of Winnipeg and I would like to share my heartfelt gratitude to the Mayor and residents of Winnipeg” he said.

    Teddy Afro is currently on a Canada tour. His latest concerts happened in the cities pf Toronto and Winnipeg.

    The Ethiopian music writer and singer has recently announced that he will release his new album 

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  • Padded Panties: How Women in Ivory Coast Boost Bottoms

     

     

    Despite being an item of ridicule in the past, today, many women are rushing to have larger behinds in the name of wealth, health and a means to build self-confidence as well as attract the opposite sex.


    In Ivory Coast, a woman’s beauty is defined by how big her bottom is. In order to acquire the ‘bootylicious’ bottom, some squirt creams onto their behinds, others pop pills while others adorn padded panties.

    Women who have a ‘botcho’ the Ivorian slang for ‘vast rear end’ are seen as wealthy and healthy hence, some have to do everything possible to achieve the curvaceous look. For the emerging middle class in the nation, this has become routine and has contributed to the growth of businesses dealing with such products.

    In a country like Ivory Coast, the skinny catwalk queens are no role model to a community of women whose desire to enhance their bottoms is overtaken by the risks that come with growth enhancer pills and creams.

    "You need to have good hips to be dubbed a beauty in Ivory Coast," said a saleswoman named Sarah. "Men like women with a bit of bottom best."

    A report from Agence France said that infused Press, pills, creams, and broth- infused suppositories, are big business in the country. At Treichville, Abidjan's biggest market, shop owners do a steady trade in ‘grossifesse’ (butt boosters).

    The side effects of the pursuit are also so real as the pills are made from corticoids, which can cause high blood pressure and diabetes, Fatima Ly, a venereologist in Dakar told the news agency. 

    There are creams made with shea butter or cod-liver oil and don’t have the same health risks. However, they are expensive for a country where the average person makes only a little over $100 a month. According to sellers, despite the cream enhancers going for between 15,000 to 25,000 CFA francs ($25 to $45), the products do not last long on the shelves. Women on lower budgets prefer ingesting broth cubes because they are greasy in hope that it will enhance their rears.

    The safer and cheaper option is using padded pants to give an illusion of a larger bottom according to local reports. Despite its safety, it has its own set of problems. Nigerian men are not so happy with the pads which are sold in stores and sometimes by hawkers in the street. Men have expressed their disgust and feelings of being misled by their women who adorn the cloth.

    One Nigerian man, Adelani Makinde filed for divorce just hours after his expensive wedding, after discovering that his bride’s bottom was not as ‘big and round’ as it had appeared during their courtship. On the grounds of false pretense, Makinde promptly filed for divorce.

    For women who have a financial footing, they opt for booty-boosting surgeries abroad or get plastic surgeons flying in to perform the ‘booty miracle’. Parisian plastic surgeon Robin Mookherjee is one doctor who flies to Dakar every month and claims to have treated "hundreds of women patients" from west Africa, notably from Ivory Coast.

    History shows that black women with larger breasts, hips, thighs and bottoms have been items of ridicule, hyper-sexuality, and denigration. But since the legendary butts of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, it has become an essential part of beauty coveted by many women from different races, who would do anything in their power to have such booties.

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  • Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, Spanish media say.

    Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud

    His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.
    They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay used to conceal earnings from image rights.

    However, they are likely to avoid jail.

    Under the Spanish system, prison terms under two years can be served under probation.

    The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday's ruling by the court in Barcelona.

    During the trial, Lionel Messi claimed he "knew nothing" about the management of his financial affairs, saying he was "playing football".

    Source:-BBC

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