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  • Woman given lifetime bus pass as 103rd birthday gift

    A frequent bus rider in Florida was given a lifetime bus pass in celebration of her 103rd birthday.

    Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority shared a photo of Barbara Rygiel receiving the special bus pass from CEO Brad Miller and Board Chair Darden Rice on Tuesday.

    Rygiel takes the bus to church about four times a week and said the lifetime bus pass would help her avoid the fees that tend to pile up over time.

    "It means everything to me. Look at how much I can save," she told Bay News 9.

    Miller said that PSTA was proud to award the centenarian with a gift that will help make her regular commute easier.

    "We are very proud to serve everyone in Pinellas County and certainly folks that are seniors, many who can't drive or have limited availability to drive, rely on public transportation," he said.

    Rygiel said the bus pass will remind her of the kindness of those who have helped her get around.

    "With this, it helps me greatly, so I appreciate you and you are in my prayers eternally," she said.

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  • 63 percent of Ethiopian Women Believes Husbands Can Beat a Wife: Survey





    The result of the latest study is somewhat surprising. Sixty-three percent of women Ethiopia believes that a husband punch is right if necessary, a survey pointed out.

    “Wife’s failure to take care of children, offers argument with her husband, refuses to have sex with husband, and going anywhere without husband’s knowledge are some of the reason that makes a husband’s beating Valid,” the survey indicated.

    Twelve thousand sixth hundred and eighty-eight females and fifteen thousand six hundred eight three male interviewees from 15-49 ages have included in the study, which has conducted for six months.

    From the male sides, 28 percent of the respondents opined that “if the above reasons are there, a beating is acceptable.”

    The study finally recommends that the government and other pertaining organs should design and implement a strategy to reduce such harmful traditional outlooks and practices.

    Violence against Women and Girls is a global pandemic that has or will affect 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. Violence is not only a personal struggle for the victims but also has severe consequences on social and economic outcomes.

    The World Bank is uniquely positioned to address violence against women and girls around the world and currently supports 128 million USD in development projects aimed at resolving the issue.

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  • Barack Obama’s tweet just became the most ‘liked’ and the 4th most retweeted in Twitter’s history

    According to Twitter, Obama’s post-Charlottesville tweet has drawn 3.8 million likes, 1.47 million retweets, and 59,000 replies

    Former President Barack Obama has made history again, it appears. This time his mark has been made in the Twitter universe, on the back of a message and photo that he posted Sunday in response to the weekend’s violent and racially charged protests in Charlottesville, Va.

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” was Obama’s message, partially quoting remarks from former South African President and activist Nelson Mandela’s 1994 biography “Long Walk to Freedom.” It is accompanied by a picture (see below) of him greeting a diverse group of children at a day-care center’s window.

    Twitter Inc. TWTR, +1.32% declared the tweet the most liked in history at 10:07 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 15, according to a Twitter spokeswoman. As of late Wednesday in New York, the tweet had garnered 3.8 million likes, 1.47 million retweets and 59,000 replies.

    Previously, as MarketWatch’s Need to Know column reported, the most liked tweet in Twitter’s history was from pop star Ariana Grande with more than 2.7 million likes.

    Wednesday afternoon, the tweet also eclipsed Grande’s retweets of 1.14 million, also making it the 4th most retweeted message ever.

    A Tuesday evening news conference in an elevator lobby at Trump Tower in Manhattan, intended to discuss Trump’s plans to ramp up infrastructure spending, devolved into a combative tête-à-tête between Trump and reporters, where the 45th president doubled down on weekend remarks placing blame on “both sides” for violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left one woman dead. “There is blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it,” Trump said Tuesday.

    “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now,” he said, adding that there were also in attendance “very fine people, on both sides.”

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  • President Lungu: HIV, Aids testing now compulsory in Zambia

    Lusaka – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has reportedly announced that HIV and Aids testing is now compulsory in the southern African country, as his government tries to eradicate the diseases by 2030.

    According to Lusaka Times, Lungu made the announcement during the inaugural HIV Testing Counselling and Treatment Day commemoration under the theme "Test and Treat: Towards Ending Aids" held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.

    Lungu said that compulsory HIV and Aids testing was a government policy that was non-negotiable.

    "I must admit that there were some colleagues who felt that this policy would infringe on human rights but there [is] no one [who] has the right to take away somebody’s life. Just the same way we don’t consult you for consent when we are testing for Malaria, we will go ahead and test you for HIV and we will counsel you and if you are positive, we will commence you on treatment," Lungu was quoted as saying.

    The newly introduced government policy was reportedly against the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unaids that promoted voluntary counselling and testing.

    Several studies have shown that as much as compulsory testing increased treatment outcomes, it also promoted stigma towards HIV.

    Unaids, the UN agency battling the disease, estimated that 2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV in 2013, 80% of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • Loyal Dog in Argentina Has Been Waiting By His Owner’s Grave for 10 Years

    It’s been five years since we featured the touching story of Capitan, a loyal German shepherd who refused to leave the side of his owner, even though he had been dead for nearly six years. Well, believe it or not, the old dog still spends his days waiting by his deceased owner’s grave, 10 years after he passed.

    Capitan’s undying loyalty for his master first made headlines in 2012, when local papers in the Argentinian town of Villa Carlos Paz reported that the dog spent every day waiting by the grave of his owner, Miguel Guzmán, who had died in 2006. The dog disappeared from the family home a few months later, and Guzmán’s widow, Veronica, was shocked to find him by her late husband’s grave, when she went to visit him at the cemetery. She and her son, Damian, tried taking him home several times, but he always ran back to be by Miguel’s side. Eventually, they understood that nothing they did could ever fill the void in Capitan’s heart, so they let him be with his beloved master.

    Over the years, Capitan won the affection and respect of cemetery caretakers, who made sure that he was well-fed and vaccinated every year, but time has taken a toll on the aging canine. He is 15-year-old now, has lost his sight almost completely and can barely walk, but he still stands by his owner’s grave, as if waiting for the day when they will finally be reunited. He is still being taken care of, and receives medical attention when he needs it, but there is no antidote for time.

    “We have no idea how he found the tomb because his owner did not die in Carlos Paz, but in Cordoba,” Héctor Banegas, a retired caretaker at Carlos Paz Cemetery, recently told La Opinion. “From there he was transferred to the village for the wake and from there directly to the cemetery, he did not return to his house and he did not see the dog again.”

    “The big mystery is how Capitan didn’t forget the scent of his master’s scent for months after his death,” Banegas added. “I think he just sensed his spirit, that there was some communication between them that led him to the grave.”

    Aldo Cecchi, a canine trainer for more than 25 years, recently told Cadena 3 that Capitan’s story is proof that dogs are linked to their owner’s energy. “Dogs detect electormagnetic changes and sound waves. If Captain intertwined his morphic field with that of his master, he was able to find the place he was buried in.”

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  • A 107-year-old Ethiopian man marries woman in her 30s


    An Ethiopian man who claims himself to be 107 years old with 108 children and grandchildren has married a 33 years old woman.

    Hajji Abdulkadir Dekema, wed his bride Furo Guyo in a wedding ceremony during the weekend in Shashemenie area of central Ethiopia, 250 km south of capital city Addis Ababa, state affiliated media outlet Radio Fana reported on Tuesday.

    Dekema says despite his fathering 108 children and grandchildren and advanced age, he plans to have more children from his latest wife. He already has two wives.

    Polygamy is common among the rural areas of the Muslim dominated central and eastern areas of Ethiopia despite recent moves by the Ethiopian government to discourage the practice.

    Ethiopia has a population composed of two thirds Christian and the rest being mainly Muslims, while a tiny minority located in parts of southern and western Ethiopia still profess traditional religions.

    The population of Ethiopia is growing and close to reaching the 100 million mark.

    With lower mortality rates than a few years ago, the number is bound to increase in the country. This coupled with the age-old culture of bearing a lot of children, usually more than two, has led the country to grapple with overpopulation.

    Overpopulation can be a breeding ground for conflict, when resources, especially in African countries become strained. Conflicts over issues such as water become a source of contention between countries, which could result in the outbreak of wars. It causes diseases to spread and makes them harder to control. Starvation will also be a plaguing issue for the government to deal with. Poverty will be extensive, this is the downfall of a country facing overpopulation.

    All of this will only become worse if solutions are not sought out for the factors affecting our population. We can no longer prevent it, but there are ways to control it from having a pro fund effect on the economy. 



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