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Three More Para Athletes Qualify For Tokyo

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 –Three more national paralympic athletes have made it to the Tokyo Paralympic Games which is scheduled to take place from Aug 24 to Sept 5.

The National Sports Council via a post on Facebook and Twitter today informed that para badminton ace Cheah Like Hou has confirmed his ticket to Tokyo when he qualified on merit based on his latest ranking.

The six-time world champion who will compete in the SU5 (upper limb disability) category qualified after the end of the qualifying period, which saw him ranked second in the world.

Another para badminton player, Didin Taresoh also followed in Cheah’s footsteps when he managed to book a slot to Tokyo and will compete in the SS6 (dwarf) category.

Didin qualified on merit after the end of the qualifying period following being ranked seventh in the world.

Meanwhile, wheelchair tennis player Abu Samah Borhan also confirmed his ticket to the Paralympic Games on merit.

Ranked 40th in the world, he managed to collect 608 points in nine of the top he participated in before.

For the record, Abu Samah participated in the Rio Paralympics in Brazil in 2016 but was eliminated in the first round.

Before this, 10 para athletes from five sports had qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics namely Muhd ​​Nursaiful Zulfikri and Brenda Anelia in the swimming; S. Suresh and Wiro Julin (archery); Mohd Ziyad Zolkefli, Wong Kar Gee, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi and Abdul Latif Romli (athletics); Chew Wei Lun (boccia) and Bonnie Bunyau Gustin (powerlifting).

Meanwhile, the success of the three athletes attracted the attention of Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

Through a post on his Facebook page, Reezal Merican congratulated the three of them and described the success as another good news for the country’s sports.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Uganda Gets First Woman Prime Minister

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KAMPALA, June 15 — Uganda on Monday named the country’s first woman prime minister, reported Anadolu Agency.

Robinah Nabbanja, 52, has been officially approved by parliament to work as prime minister for the next five years.

Nabbanja was appointed by President Yoweri Museveni.

In her acceptance speech, Nabbanja said: “I thank God for what he has done for me. I thank fellow members of Parliament (MPs) for accepting me to become an MP without even debating on me.”

She vowed to ensure that all ministers and members of parliament attend parliament sessions.

She also urged the public to adopt measures against COVID-19 as she wants to work with healthy people.

Sources: BERNAMA

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The Father of The Largest Family In The World Passed Away At The Age of 76

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Ziona Chana, a man who was believed to be the father of the biggest family in the world, has died at the age of 76 years old.

Chana was the leader of a Christian religious sect named Chana Pawl that allowed polyamory for men. It was formed in 1942 by Chana’s grandfather and approximately, it has 2,000 followers.

He was reported to have at least 89 children, 36 grandchildren, and 38 wives. He married his first and oldest wife when he was 17.

The sorrowful news was confirmed by the chief minister of Mirozam, Zoramthanga in his tweet on Monday.

“With heavy heart, #Mizoram bid farewell to Mr. Zion-a (76), believed to head the world’s largest family, with 38 wives and 89 children,” Zoramthanga wrote. “Mizoram and his village at Baktawng Tlangnuam has become a major tourist attraction in the state because of the family.”

“Rest in Peace Sir,” Zoramthanga added.

Chana fell sick in his home in his village of Baktawng Tlangnuam and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The causes of his death were hypertension and diabetes.

Chana’s family has become a global tourist attraction. People from all around the world travelled to their village to see the spacious four-story house with over 100 rooms inside.

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Chana’s unique and massive family has been featured twice in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”.

Sources: The Federal, Insider

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Parents Seek Help For 11-Month-Old Baby With Heart Disease

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IPOH, June 15  — It has been a struggle for survival for a married couple here, who currently has no source of income due to the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Julia Mohd Ali, 34, who suffers from spinal cord disease, said she used to work as a security guard, but was forced to quit her job in last March as her health deteriorated.

The mother of five said life gets hard for her family after her husband Mohamad Syamrezlan Misak, 22, a contract labourer, could not go to work due to the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Manjoi, from June 6 to 19.

To make matters worse for the couple, they have to take care of their two children who have health conditions and require help as well as treatment.

“I have four children from my previous marriage. Three of them live with my ex-husband, while my eldest son Nor Aiman ​​Fitri, 16, who has Dyslexia and learning disabilities is currently under my care,” she said when met by Bernama at his rented house in Kampung Tengku Hussein, Manjoi.

Julia said her child from the current marriage, Raisha Aleeya, 11 months, was diagnosed with clogged arteries three months ago.

“Every six weeks, I have to take my baby who also suffers from epilepsy to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for examination. She is also scheduled to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan this August,” she said.

Despite the hardship, Julia said she was very grateful for the concern demonstrated by a non-governmental organisation which has agreed to help her in paying the house rental which costs her RM300 a month for three months.

Meanwhile, Kinta district Social Welfare officer Shamsudin Osman said the Social Welfare Department (JKM) would look at the suitable assistance that could be channelled to the family.

“We will visit them to provide the food box aid. We will provide the necessary assistance to the family accoding to their needs,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Sources: BERNAMA

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