Assad’s son takes part in maths competition in Romania

Hafez al-Assad, son of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attends the International Maths Olympics in Cluj Napoca city July 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Assad’s son takes part in maths competition in Romania

  • Hafez Assad, 16, is one of 615 students participating in the annual competition

BUCHAREST: The teenage son of Syrian president Bashar Assad is competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania, where he has asked to be treated like any normal student, an education official said Tuesday.
Hafez Assad, 16, is one of 615 students participating in the annual competition, which this year is being held in the central town of Cluj-Napoca until Saturday.
He already took part in last year’s competition in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where he finished in 528th place out of a total of 615.
“He wants to be treated like a normal student and he acts like one. He checked into a hotel alongside students from 18 countries,” Valentin Cuibus, head of the town’s schools inspectorate, told AFP.
Each country represented has a team of six students.
According to Romanian media reports, security has been stepped up for the event.
Romania is one of the few European countries that still has an embassy in Syria, which has been battered by more than seven years of conflict that has left more than 350,000 people dead, millions more displaced and the country in ruins.
Romania is a popular destination for Syrian students, with thousands graduating from its universities in the last two years.


102-year-old great-granny becomes ‘oldest’ skydiver

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102-year-old great-granny becomes ‘oldest’ skydiver

  • 102-year-old says she "felt normal" during the jump
  • She made the jump to raise awareness for motor neuron disease

SYDNEY, Australia: A 102-year-old great-grandmother is believed to have become the world’s oldest skydiver after plunging 14,000 feet (4,300 meters) through the South Australian sky.
Centenarian adrenaline junkie Irene O’Shea said she “felt normal” after a 220 kilometer per hour (140 mph) dive that sent her cheeks flapping wildly.
She completed her first skydive to mark her 100th birthday in 2016, but organizers claimed it was Sunday’s successful tandem dive at the age of 102 years and 194 days that earned her a place in the history books.
“It was very clear up there, and the weather was good but it was very cold,” said O’Shea, according to Australian media.
O’Shea took the plunge to raise funds for a motor neurone disease charity, after her daughter died from the illness.