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WELLINGTON: The New Zealand Defence Force identified climate change as one of its biggest security challenges Thursday (Dec 6), warning that responding to global warming will increasingly stretch its resources.
The NZDF said the impact of climate change in the neighbouring Pacific islands promised to be so extreme that providing humanitarian assistance could limit its ability to perform its traditional defence roles.
"With the intensifying impacts of climate change ... New Zealand may be faced with concurrent operational commitments, which could stretch resources and reduce readiness for other requirements," it said in a report examining climate's impact on the military.
The NZDF has already played a major part in helping Pacific island nations such as Vanuatu and Fiji following devastating cyclones blamed on man-made global warming.
The report said problems in the Pacific would only worsen, bringing the potential for food and water shortages, land disputes arising from climate migration and more violent storm disasters.
"When the effects of climate change intersect with a complex array of environmental and social issues, they can be a significant contributor to both low-level and more violent conflict," it said.
"The security implications of climate change are further magnified in areas dealing with weak governance or corruption."
Climate Change Minister James Shaw said the military's role was changing.
"More and more, their battles seem to be about fighting the aftermath of extreme weather events, which fewer and fewer people these days are trying to argue are not part of the impact of climate change," he said.
New Zealand has lifted its presence in the Pacific this year, partly in response to China's growing role in the region, which Wellington sees as falling within its sphere of influence.
The NZDF report did not mention China directly but warned "some states could look to use assistance in climate change disaster adaptation ... as a way to increase influence".
It said the NZDF's operations in the Pacific arising from climate change could enhance New Zealand's reputation in the region.
"Working with Pacific island countries on climate change, including in the security sphere, is an opportunity to learn lessons from each other while further strengthening strategic partnerships," it said.
SAN JOSE: A man was arrested in Costa Rica Tuesday (Dec 4) over the suspected murder of a US tourist who has been missing for a week, police said.
Carla Stefaniak, a Venezuelan-born resident of Florida, had traveled to the Central American country to celebrate her birthday with a relative.
A Nicaraguan national, Bismarck Espinoza Martinez, 36, was arrested in the case, according to police.
The suspect was a security guard at the hotel Les Mas de Provence, in the mountainous area of San Antonio de Escazu, southwest of the capital, where the tourist was staying, authorities said.
Stefaniak, 36, was reported missing Nov 28 after she failed to return home from her vacation.
Police on Monday found the remains of a woman near the hotel. Fingerprints were being compared with those of Stefaniak.
The person whose body was found was stabbed multiple times and also received a blow to the head, police said.
The suspected murder is a nightmare for Costa Rica's tourism industry - its main source of income. The country, famous for its beaches, surfing and wildlife-rich jungles, welcomes between two million and three million tourists every year.
PARIS: French leader Emmanuel Macron faced growing pressure on Monday (Dec 3) to find a way out of the deepest crisis of his presidency after protests over taxes sparked Paris' worst rioting in decades.
As dozens of people were brought to court over Saturday's clashes, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with ministers and with the heads of the main opposition parties to discuss ways of resolving the tension.
A meeting was planned on Tuesday with moderate members of the movement, which has waged two weeks of nationwide demonstrations over fuel tax and the rising cost of living.
But on Monday, "yellow vest" representatives who had extended a hand of dialogue after the Paris riots said they had decided against attending the talks with Philippe for "security reasons".
Jacline Mouraud and Benjamin Cauchy, two of the leaders of the protests, told reporters they had received threats from hardline protesters who warned them against entering into negotiations with the government.
Macron has vowed not to back down on the anti-pollution fuel taxes that sparked a revolt in small-town and rural France, but on Monday the government indicated that it might make concessions.
Philippe's office said he would announce "measures" in favour of the protesters.
Culture Minister Franck Riester told reporters the premier would announce "a strong conciliatory gesture in the coming days", without giving details.
Macron postponed a planned visit to Belgrade due to the "problems" at home, his Serbian counterpart President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Monday.
Macron has not spoken publicly about Saturday's destruction in Paris since his return from a G20 summit in Argentina at the weekend.
On Monday, he had lunch with police from a Paris barracks that was involved in trying to quell the riots.
The 40-year-old centrist was elected in May 2017 on a pro-business platform that included measures to encourage companies to invest to create jobs.
Immediately after coming to power, he pushed through tax cuts for entrepreneurs and high-earners.
Those measures stirred anger among the "yellow vests" who have blocked highways around the country over the past two weeks.
Some of the protesters are demanding that a fuel tax increase planned for January be suspended.
But many are holding out for more, including a rise in the minimum wage and pensions.
Mass street protests have repeatedly forced previous presidents into U-turns.
"The longer this goes on, the higher the political price," Bruno Cautres of the Cevipof political research institute told reporters.
TRUCKERS COUNT LOSSES
Paris police said 412 people were arrested during the clashes in the capital on Saturday and 363 remained in custody, according to the latest figures.
Some of those who appeared in court Monday had long criminal records for violent crime and clashing with police, but others included a 21-year-old with a master's degree in finance, sources said.
The unrest degenerated into arson and looting around the Champs-Elysees avenue and other tourist attractions on Saturday.
Business leaders warned it could cause shoppers to flee during the busy end-of-year holiday period.
Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday that hotel reservations had fallen by "around 15 to 20 per cent" since the start of the protests.
On Monday, the protests spread to around a hundred schools nationwide, which were partially or totally blocked by teenagers voicing frustration over university entrance reforms.
At the Spanish border, thousands of trucks were caught in tailbacks stretching nearly 20 kilometres as the protesters blocked roads.
Far-right National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen, who has been cheering on the protests, tweeted that she had asked Philippe during their meeting to "end the strategy of confrontation chosen by Emmanuel Macron for the past three weeks."
SOLUTION: LOWER TAXES?
A state of emergency had been mooted after rioters ran amok in Paris, attacking the police, torching cars, vandalising shops and setting six buildings alight.
But on Monday deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez said that was "not on the table for now".
Le Maire, the economy minister, said the solution for tackling low purchasing power for struggling families lay in reducing the overall tax burden in France, which is among the highest in Europe.
"We must speed up the reduction of taxes," he said. "But for that we must speed up the decrease in public spending."
KATOWICE, Poland: The World Bank on Monday (Dec 3) unveiled US$200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.
The World Bank said the move, coinciding with a UN climate summit meeting of some 200 nations in Poland, represented a "significantly ramped up ambition" to tackle climate change, "sending an important signal to the wider global community to do the same."
Developed countries are committed to lifting combined annual public and private spending to $100 billion in developing countries by 2020 to fight the impact of climate change - up from 48.5 billion in 2016 and 56.7 billion last year, according to latest OECD data.
Southern hemisphere countries fighting the impact of warming temperatures are nonetheless pushing northern counterparts for firmer commitments.
In a statement, the World Bank said the breakdown of the $200 billion would comprise "approximately $100 billion in direct finance from the World Bank."
Around one third of the remaining funding will come from two World Bank Group agencies with the rest private capital "mobilised by the World Bank Group."
"If we don't reduce emissions and build adaptation now, we'll have 100 million more people living in poverty by 2030," John Roome, World Bank senior director for climate change, warned.
"And we also know that the less we address this issue proactively just in three regions - Africa, South Asia and Latin America - we'll have 133 million climate migrants," Roome told reporters.
'FIGHT THE CAUSES'
The bank's financing package amounts to "about 40 billion a year, but the direct (finance) is 27 billion per year on average," Roome said.
He added that in the 2018 fiscal year, running from July 2017 to June this year, the World Bank had committed $20.5 billion to climate action, compared with an annual average of $13.5 billion for the 2014-2018 period.
Roome said the money now being earmarked amounted to "about 35 percent" of the World Bank Group's total financing.
Much of the climate action financing is being set aside for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, notably through development of renewable energy strategies.
However, the World Bank stated that "a key priority is boosting support for climate adaptation," given the millions of people already battling the consequences of extreme weather.
"By ramping up direct adaptation finance to reach around $50 billion over (fiscal) 21-25, the World Bank will, for the first time, give this equal emphasis alongside investments that reduce emissions," the bank stated.
Given the urgency to act in the face of sea level rise, flooding and drought "we must fight the causes, but also adapt to the consequences that are often most dramatic for the world's poorest people," said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.
By stepping up financial aid to developing countries worst affected, Georgieva said the bank was committed to adapting infrastructure while investing in "climate smart agriculture, sustainable water management and responsive social safety nets" as well as early response networks.
"Even if we can keep global warming down to 2 degrees Celsius we know you're gonna need a significant amount of adaptation in places like Chad, Mozambique or Bangladesh," said Roome.
The countries whose representatives are meeting at the UN climate summit which opened Sunday in the Polish city of Katowice are seeking to make good on commitments made in the 2015 Paris climate accord.
That agreement saw countries commit to limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and to the safer cap of 1.5C if at all possible.
BERLIN: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia's Vladimir Putin of seeking to annex his entire country and called in interviews with German media for Chancellor Angela Merkel to come to Kiev's aid in the crisis.
Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on Sunday near the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, over what it said was their illegal entry into Russian waters - a charge Ukraine strongly refutes.
In interviews with Germany's Bild newspaper and the Funke newspaper group on Thursday, Poroshenko rejected Russia's charge that the vessels' entry into the Azov Sea - a body of water shared by Ukraine and Russia on which the Ukrainian ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk sit - was a provocation.
"Don't believe Putin's lies," he told Bild, Germany's biggest-selling paper, comparing Russia's protestations of innocence in the affair to Moscow's 2014 denial that it had soldiers in Crimea even as they moved to annex it.
"Putin wants the old Russian empire back," he said. "Crimea, Donbass, the whole country. As Russian Tsar, as he sees himself, his empire can't function without Ukraine. He sees us as his colony."
The seizure of the navy vessels drove tensions to their highest since 2015, when Moscow-backed rebels rose against the Kiev government in the eastern Donbass region, sparking a war that has killed tens of thousands.
Poroshenko called on Germany, the largest and wealthiest buyer of Moscow's gas exports, to halt the building of an undersea gas pipeline that would allow Russia to supply Germany directly, cutting out Ukraine.
"We need a strong, resolute and clear reaction to Russia's aggressive behaviour," he told Funke. "That also means stopping the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project."
Germany regards the pipeline, which is being built by Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom, as a private investment. But Merkel recently acknowledged its "political dimensions" and said Ukraine must continue to be a conduit for Russian gas sold to western Europe.
German officials said on Wednesday that their position on the pipeline remained unchanged and that talk of tighter sanctions against Moscow, demanded by the United States and many European politicians, was "premature".
Poroshenko also called for the stationing of NATO vessels in the Sea of Azov.
KIEV: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday (Nov 27) warned of the threat of "full-scale war" and said Russia had sharply increased its military presence on their shared border as tensions escalate between the ex-Soviet neighbours.
The crisis also threatened growing diplomatic fallout with US President Donald Trump warning that he may cancel a long-awaited summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.
Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but he told reporters that it would depend on the results of a report about the incident being prepared by his national security advisers.
"Maybe I won't have the meeting. Maybe I won't even have the meeting," he said.
In Ukraine, Poroshenko warned that the clash at sea could herald more drastic developments in the simmering Ukraine-Russia military standoff.
"I don't want anyone to think this is fun and games. Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russia," the president said in an interview with national television.
The number of Russian units deployed along the Ukraine-Russian border has "grown dramatically" while the number of Russian tanks has tripled, Poroshenko said, citing intelligence reports but giving no precise timescale for the buildup.
He spoke after Russian forces seized three of Kiev's ships off the coast of Crimea on Sunday and captured 24 Ukrainian sailors.
On Tuesday, a court in Simferopol, the main city in Russian-annexed Crimea, ordered 12 of the sailors to be held in pre-trial detention for two months. Three hospitalised sailors were also formally detained for two months. The rest are to appear in court on Wednesday.
The move stoked already high tensions between Moscow and Kiev, as Russia continues to accuse the sailors of crossing illegally into Russian waters and of ignoring warnings from its border guards.
Kiev has demanded the release of the sailors and urged Western allies to impose further sanctions on Moscow.
The US State Department on Tuesday termed Russia's actions "a dangerous escalation" and said Washington wants to see "our European allies doing more to assist Ukraine."
PUTIN WARNS OF 'RECKLESS ACTS'
The incident was the first major confrontation at sea in the long-running conflict pitting Ukraine against Moscow and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east.
It has raised fears of a wider escalation - in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014 - and prompted international calls for restraint.
Putin on Tuesday warned Ukraine against any "reckless acts" after Kiev declared martial law in response to Moscow's seizure of the navy vessels.
The Ukrainian parliament late on Monday voted in favour of Poroshenko's request for the introduction of martial law in border areas for 30 days.
This gives Ukrainian authorities the power to mobilise citizens with military experience, regulate the media and restrict public rallies in affected areas.
In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday, Putin expressed "serious concern" over its introduction.
He said he hoped Berlin could intervene with Ukrainian authorities "to dissuade them from further reckless acts".
Moscow has accused Kiev of planning Sunday's confrontation as a provocation aimed at drumming up support for Poroshenko ahead of elections next year and convincing Western governments to impose further sanctions on Russia.
Putin said Kiev's actions were "clearly taken in view of the election campaign in Ukraine".
Sunday's incident has been playing out on Russian and Ukrainian television screens, with dramatic footage of Russian ships chasing down a Ukrainian tugboat that was trying to pass through the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov.
SAILORS ON RUSSIAN TV
Russian state television late on Monday aired footage of some of the captured sailors being questioned by Moscow's security services.
One of them is heard saying "the actions of the Ukrainian armed vessels in the Kerch Strait had a provocatory character" - parroting the version of events put forward by Russian authorities.
Ukraine's naval commander, Igor Voronchenko, said the sailors were pressured into giving false evidence.
"I know these sailors, they were always professional. What they are saying now is not true," he told Ukrainian media.
Western governments have rallied behind Kiev in the dispute, accusing Russia of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov and of taking military action without justification.
The European Union, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and others expressed support for Kiev on Monday, in statements pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia denounced as "predictably anti-Russian".
The foreign minister of Austria, which holds the rotating EU presidency, said on Tuesday that the bloc will next month consider further sanctions against Moscow over the flare-up.
"Everything depends on the accounts of events and the actions of both sides. But it will need to be reviewed," Karin Kneissl told reporters.
UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for "maximum restraint," urging both sides "to take steps without delay to contain this incident and reduce tensions".
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, designers and founders of Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana, made an apology in a short video posted on its official Sina Weibo account regarding recent outrage over a racist ad and subsequent remarks.
The duo expressed hope that China could forgive them for their poor understanding of culture.
The apology was made in Italian, and the pair said "sorry" in Chinese, duibuqi, together at the end.
Here is the full transcript:
Dolce: Over the past few days we have thought long and hard with great sadness about everything that has happened and what we have caused in your country and we are very sorry. Our families have always taught us to respect the various cultures in all the world and this is why we want to ask for your forgiveness if we have made mistakes in interpreting yours.
Gabbana: We also want to apologize to all of the many Chinese people throughout the world. We take this apology very seriously as well as this message.
Dolce: We have always been in love with China. We've visited it and seen many of its cities. We love your culture and we certainly have much to learn. That is why we are sorry if we made mistakes in the way we expressed ourselves.
Gabbana: We will never forget this experience and it will certainly never happen again. In fact we will work to do things better. We will respect the Chinese culture in every way possible. From the bottom of our hearts, we ask for forgiveness.
As of 3:30 pm Beijing time, the apology video has not yet been posted on the official Instagram and Twitter accounts of Dolce and Gabbana.
The controversial clip, originally posted by D&G on its Instagram and Sina Weibo accounts, shows a female Asian model in a glitzy red Dolce & Gabbana dress using chopsticks to eat pizza and other Italian foods.
It was intended to promote the Shanghai show, but sparked outcry in China for its insensitivity, in part because of the model awkwardly attempting to eat Western food with chopsticks.
Early Wednesday morning, in a chat on Instagram between a netizen named "michaelatranova" and someone using the personal account of Gabbana, the latter appeared to make insulting references toward China and Chinese people.
Dolce & Gabbana posted an announcement on its Weibo account saying: "Our Instagram account has been hacked. So has the account of Stefano Gabbana. Our legal office is urgently investigating. We are sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China."
Indignation arose among Chinese netizens, with many calling on Wednesday for the show to be canceled. A-list celebrities such as Chen Kun, Huang Xiaoming and Li Bingbing said they would not attend.
Dolce & Gabbana canceled "The Great Show", originally scheduled to be held last night in Shanghai, hours before it was scheduled to begin.
KUALA LUMPUR - Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has filed an application to transfer her 17 charges of money laundering case involving more than RM7 million (S$2.3 million) to the High Court.
Rosmah's counsel Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent said the matter was brought before High Court deputy registrar Nur Ain Mustapa in chambers on Monday (Nov 26).
He said Deputy Public Prosecutor Datin Nurshuhaida Zainal Azahar, who was present, has no objection to the move, and that the prosecution would reply to their affidavit.
"The application will be heard before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali this coming Thursday (Nov 29)," he said after meeting Nur Ain.
Meanwhile, another counsel Datuk K. Kumaraendran said they filed the application to the transfer the case to the High Court last week.
"The application involves points of law and the High Court is the best place to decide on the issue," he said.
Rosmah, who is the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was not present.
On Oct 4, Rosmah was charged with 12 counts of engaging directly in transactions involving proceeds of unlawful activity by causing RM7,097,750 to be deposited into her bank account.
The offences were allegedly committed at the Affin Bank Bhd branch at Bangunan Getah Asli, 148, Jalan Ampang here between Dec 4, 2013, and June 8, 2017.
For the five remaining charges (between 13th and 17th charges), Rosmah, 66, was allegedly engaged in money laundering by failing to furnish a return on the RM7,097,750 income deposited into her bank account, which she was required to do under the Income Tax Act 1967.
The offences were allegedly committed at the Inland Revenue Board, Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim here on May 1 of each year between 2014 and this year.
Eight charges were framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 while the rest of the charges were under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
During bondage sex with her boyfriend of two years, a woman who was bound and blindfolded found out that a male stranger was taking part in their tryst.
He turned out to be a stranger her boyfriend had met online and invited to take part in a threesome without her knowledge or consent. And it had happened once before, with her oblivious to what was going on.
The boyfriend, a 27-year-old auxiliary police officer, was sentenced to 23 years and 11 months in jail and given 24 strokes of the cane yesterday. He admitted to abetting the rape of his girlfriend, now 28, first in April 2016, and a second time in August 2016.
He cannot be named to protect the woman's identity.
The High Court heard that the couple started dating in November 2014, and the woman allowed herself to be physically bound during sex after he cajoled her to try new things.
She also relented when he insisted on recording videos of their sexual encounters. But she drew the line at a threesome.
In 2015, the accused contacted Srihari Mahendran, now 23, whom he had met online.
The accused told Srihari about his sexual fantasy of watching another man having sex with his girlfriend, and came up with a plan for a threesome without her knowledge.
In a hotel room on the night of April 29, 2016, the accused tied the woman's hands and blindfolded her. She thought it was part of their usual soft-bondage play.
The accused then let Srihari into the room. The accused had sex with the woman before gesturing for Srihari to take over.
In August 2016, the woman arranged for a staycation at a hotel to celebrate the accused's birthday.
In the early hours of Aug 7 that year, while the victim was sleeping, the accused went to the lobby and took Srihari to the room. The accused then tied the woman's hands and blindfolded her.
The woman realised that something was amiss: Someone was holding her waist and having sex with her, but at the same time, her blindfold was being adjusted.
When she removed her blindfold, she was shocked that there was another person in the room.
She realised her boyfriend had recorded the episode on his laptop.
After viewing the videos of a stranger having sex with her, she told the accused: "This is clearly rape, do you know what you have done?"
He begged her not to alert the police, but she demanded that he call Srihari, who had already left, back to the hotel.
At the lobby, the victim told the receptionist she could have been raped. Srihari was detained by hotel staff after the victim pointed him out as the rapist.
Meanwhile, the accused, who was still in the room, deleted the videos. He and Srihari were later arrested by the police at the hotel.
Yesterday, the accused pleaded guilty to two charges of abetment of rape and one charge of abetment of sexual assault by penetration.
Another 54 charges, including unrelated offences for making obscene films and insulting the modesty of two other women, were taken into consideration.
Srihari's trial is scheduled for next January.
The accused's lawyer, Mr Mohamed Baiross, said his client was willing to testify as a prosecution witness.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Eunice Lau said he "selfishly prioritised his sexual gratification at the victim's expense, and flagrantly breached the trust she had reposed in him".
The accused was allowed to start his sentence on Jan 3. Bail was increased from $50,000 to $80,000.
BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso: Children once bullied Iron Biby because of his size. Now when he walks down the street in his native Burkina Faso, they run up and feel his muscly arms.
The contender for the World's Strongest Man competition is happy to oblige - after all, his biceps have a circumference of 63 centimetres.
But youngsters have not always been so kind.
"I was always overweight compared to my friends and brothers. It's rare here, so people made fun of me," says Biby, whose real name is Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou.
"I lacked confidence and was afraid to make decisions."
Today, however, the 26-year-old's mountainous dimensions - he weighs 180 kilogrammes and is 1.9 metres tall - have brought him fame as one of the strongest men in the world.
And he wants to use his stature to help his country, one of the world's poorest.
He has always been big - when he was born in Burkina Faso in 1992 he weighed nearly five kilogrammes.
As a child, he says he "tried every sport but was discouraged every time" because of his size.
"It was my dream to be a great athlete so I persevered."
He didn't discover bodybuilding until 2009, when, at the age of 17, he moved to Canada to join his older brother and finish high school.
"I had a complex. People were mocking me and I wanted to transform my body, so I started to train slowly," he says.
As fat turned to muscle, he quickly gained attention in the local gym scene.
In 2013, the amateur was invited to his first powerlifting competition - which he won.
Biby then swiftly rose to become a top 10 strength athlete and a regular contender for the title of "World's Strongest Man".
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
Instead of normal weightlifting, these competitions test behemoths in a variety of feats of strength, including pulling trucks with a rope and lifting logs over their heads.
Biby, a fan favourite at the events, is the 2018 world champion in the log lift category and he has won the world axle championships too.
His proudest achievement is having gotten his name - and that of his country - in the Guinness Book of Records in September.
"The test was to see how many times you can lift a person weighing about 60 kilogrammes in a minute," Biby says.
"The former record was 45 reps. I smashed it with 69 reps."
HELPING OTHER ATHLETES
After finishing his studies in Canada, Biby returned to his hometown Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina's second city, where he has become a popular figure.
When he comes back after international competitions he is welcomed home like a conquering hero, fans gathering around him to touch his huge arms and take selfies.
But the impoverished West African country does not have all the equipment he needs for training so he either has what he needs made or imported.
Biby trains four to five hours every day and has a 46-metre runway in his yard for dragging trucks.
To keep the weight on, he eats "up to eight chickens" during his four meals a day.
He makes his living by entering the competitions and from sponsorship, and now has plans for several projects in Burkina Faso, including a chain of sports centres across the country "for all athletes, not just in my field".
He also wants to launch a line of dietary supplements - "there is a lack of protein here" - and create a federation for fellow Burkina strongmen.
In the meantime, he is training for his next goal: beating the log lift world record.