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He’s Had Heart Surgery Four Times, He’s 80, Now He Wants To Climb Mount Everest A Third Time

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Yuichiro Miura

Yuichiro Miura

Talk about self-belief and never giving up, talk about Yuichiro Miura. Climbing the highest mountain in the world despite multiple heat surgeries and aging bones; now, that’s greatness.

The 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had heart surgery four times is heading to Mount Everest to try for a third ascent of the world’s highest peak and will become the oldest person to reach the top if he succeeds.

Miura climbed to the summit of the 29,035 ft (8,850 metres) mountain in 2003 and 2008. He skied down Everest from an altitude of 26,246 ft (8,000 metres) in 1970.

Miura will climb up the standard southeast ridge route, pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they became the first people to reach the summit in May 1953, with a nine-person team.

“The record is not so important for me,” the octogenarian told Reuters in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, before setting out for the mountain.

“It is important to get to the top.”

The record for the oldest person to climb the mountain is held by Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, who reached the summit at the age of 76, in 2008.

Miura’s team will include a doctor specialising in heart ailments, who will keep an eye on his health. The group hopes to summit in May.

Miura who is from a family of brave men has skied down the highest mountains on each of the seven continents is merely following family tradition. His late father, Keizo Miura, skied down Europe’s Mont Blanc at the age of 99.

“If you wish strongly, have courage and endurance, then you can get to the summit of your dream,” said Miura.

For Miura, getting to the summit of Mt. Everest is done and dusted; he’s got a new dream already. He wants to ski down Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain at 8,201 metres (26,906 ft), also in the Himalayas.

“Maybe, when I become 85 years old, and if I stay alive, I want to climb and ski down Cho Oyu,” Miura said. “It is my next dream.”

About 4,000 climbers have been to the top of Everest and about 240 people have died on its slopes.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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