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  • One of the World's Biggest Babies Born

      One of the world's largest children has been born - weighing the same as a pygmy hippo calf. Colin Austin Keisler was born at a whopping 14.4lbs and is about the size of a five-month-old toddler. His proud parents Cindy and Arthur knew they were going to have a big baby, but they weren't expected him to be so large he barely fit on the hospital scales. Arthur, 38, "When he was born all the nurses and doctors were just stunned. "They were all trying to guess how big he was and they were googling big babies. "As they were sewing my wife back up, they pulled a scale into the operating room, but he could barely fit on it. "We knew we were going to have a big baby from the start because Cindy's belly was huge. Everyone thought we were having twins. "But we never thought he would be this big. I was shocked."
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  • Strangers buy car for 20-year-old Texas man who walks 3 miles to work every day

    When Andy Mitchell spotted a young man in a fast food uniform walking along the side of a road on a 95-degree summer day in Rockwall, Texas, he felt compelled to pull over. He rolled down his window and offered the man, a 20-year-old named Justin Korva, a ride -- not knowing how much that small gesture would impact the man's life. While driving the Korva to work at Taco Casa, Mitchell discovered the young man normally walked 3 miles to work and home again every day. Korva said he was determined to save up money and someday, he hoped, he would be able to afford a car. After dropping off Korva, Mitchell posted about the man's determination on Facebook. "To all the people that say they want to work but can't find a job or don't have a vehicle all I can say is you don't want it bad enough," Mitchell wrote. Hundreds of people in the community saw his post, including Samee Dowlatshahi, owner of Samee's Pizza Getti Italian Bistro & Lounge in Rockwell. Dowlatshahi offered to put a donation box inside his pizza joint to aid Korva in his quest to buy a car. In less than 48 hours, with some help from Mitchell, they'd raised more than $5,500. That's when Danny Rawls, general sales manager at Toyota of Rockwall and a friend of Dowlatshahi, heard Korva's inspiring story. "I presented it to my general manager and said, 'Hey, let's help the kid. It seems like a great story,'" Rawls told CBS News. Read more

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  • Filipino Citizens Jails If Not Sing National Anthem According to the Law

      Filipino citizens could be fined or jailed for refusing to sing their national anthem with appropriate gusto under a new bill proposed by the country’s parliament. The law, approved by the House of Representatives on Monday, requires that singing along when the anthem, the Lupang Hinirang, is played a public gatherings “shall be mandatory and must be done with fervor”. If signed off by the Senate, violators would be punished with fines of £780-£1,560 or up to one year in prison. A second offense would include both a fine and jail time and offenders may also be publicly “named and shamed” in a national newspaper. “Any act which casts contempt, dishonor or ridicule upon the national anthem shall be penalized,” the bill says. According to the Philippine Inquirer, all citizens must stand to attention facing the Philippine flag, if displayed, or the band or conductor. The bill also provides precise official music for the tune, which was composed by Julian Felipe and adopted as the anthem in 1938. A 2/4 beat is mandated when the music is played and 4/4 when it is sung.
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  • Saudi Arabia Extends Deadline for Illegal Migrants to Leave: MoFA

    ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua)―A 90-day amnesty issued by Saudi Arabia for illegal migrants to voluntarily leave the Middle Eastern nation that was to expire on June 28 has been extended by a month, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The statement was made on Thursday by Meles Alem spokesperson for MoFA who said the extension will give relief for thousands of stranded undocumented Ethiopians to return back home. The MoFA spokesperson says so far an estimated 110,000 undocumented Ethiopians have taken Ethiopian travel documents with around 45,000 of them returning back to Ethiopia up to now. Both figures are still a minority of the estimated 400,000 undocumented Ethiopians living in Middle East’s largest economy in jobs ranging from maids to construction sites.

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  • Travel ban 2.0 set to begin Thursday

    CNN)After months of winding through the courts, the so-called "watered down," revised version of President Donald Trump's fiercely litigated travel ban will finally go in effect at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. Here's what to expect for version 2.0: Who can't enter the US? The test for foreign nationals under the Supreme Court's ruling is whether one has a "credible claim of bona fide relationship" with either an entity (like a school or a job) or a person living in the US (such as a spouse). If you can't sufficiently establish such a close relationship, you are banned for 90 days if you are from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan, and 120 days if you are a refugee from any country. The new guidelines, sent to overseas posts on Wednesday, say that applicants must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the US, according to a senior administration official. They have not yet been posted by the State Department or the Department of Homeland Security and could be subject to change. Advocacy groups such as Amnesty International plan to send researchers to US airports, such as Dulles International Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport on Thursday, to monitor developments and observe implementation of the ban in case any disputes arise. Read more

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  • Ethiopia asks for extension of Saudi amnesty deadline -BBC NEWS

    Thousands of Ethiopians are still stuck in Saudi Arabia after a 90-day amnesty for undocumented migrants expired on Tuesday without all of them leaving , the Ethiopian government has said. Communications Minister Negeri Lencho told the BBC that the government has asked for the amnesty to be extended. He said more than 45,000 citizens had so far returned but there were many more waiting to go back home. Ethiopians have been employed in Saudi Arabia in building and domestic work. Mr Negeri said that the government was expecting “a positive response” from the Saudi authorities for its request to extend the amnesty. Africa Live: BBC news updatesIn March 2017 the Saudi interior minister, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, announced the amnesty under a campaign called “A nation with no legal violator”. During this period any one in breach of the country’s residency and labour rules or regulations would be free to leave without facing any penalties. In 2013 a similar amnesty was announced, however any illegal migrant who did not leave Saudi Arabia had to face punishment by way of fines, prison or being deported. During that time a number of Ethiopians were killed in clashes with the Saudi police as they were being rounded up for deportation. Illegal migrants sit on the roof of a police bus with their belongings on November 13, 2013 before being transferred to a center in the capital Riyadh ahead of their deportatioImage copyrightAFP Image caption Illegal migrants were deported from Saudi Arabia in 2013 Mr Negeri says that there was a slow uptake during the amnesty period because some people were sceptical the Saudi authorities would take action during the just ended period of Ramadan. Minister Negeri added that a taskforce and money has been set aside to receive and resettle the Ethiopian returnees.

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  • UAE ambassador threatens further sanctions against Qatar

    Ambassador to Russia says Gulf states imposing demands are willing to be subjected to same monitoring regime The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have said they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial links with states that continue to trade with Doha. The warning, the latest escalation in the three-week dispute, was made by Omar Ghobash, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Moscow and one of the most articulate figures in the row that has racked the region. Speaking to the Guardian, he said the coalition would be willing to make themselves subject to the same western monitoring regime as Qatar to ensure key figures were not privately funding extremist groups. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have imposed an economic and diplomatic embargo on Qatar, claiming its ruling family has been harbouring terrorists and funding extremism for years. They have tabled 13 demands, and said Qatar must comply by next week or face further as yet unspecified consequences. The demands include cutting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, closing the broadcaster al-Jazeera and reducing ties with Iran. The US and most European capitals have been trying to push the two sides into talks in an effort to de-escalate the row, fearing that if the dispute continues indefinitely Qatar will be forced into the arms of Iran – the country that is doing most to undermine the impact of the embargo by sending food supplies to Doha. Speaking in London, Ghobash said expulsion of Qatar from the Gulf Cooperation Council – often raised as a possible sanction – was not the only sanction available. He added: “Their position today anyway is inconsistent with being members of the GCC because it is a common security and defence organisation. There are certain economic sanctions that we can take which are being considered right now. “One possibility would be to impose conditions on our own trading partners and say you want to work with us then you have got to make a commercial choice. Read more

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  • Philippines May Get New Law: Sing National Anthem With Spirit or Face Prison Time

    Filipinos would be required to sing the national anthem when it is played in public — and to do so with enthusiasm — under a bill that the House of Representatives of the Philippines approved on Monday. If the bill, which will be considered by the Senate, is approved and signed into law, a failure to sing the anthem, “Lupang Hinirang,” with sufficient energy would be punishable by up to year in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 pesos, or about $1,000 to $2,000. A second offense would include both a fine and prison time, and violators would be penalized by “public censure” in a newspaper. “The singing shall be mandatory and must be done with fervor,” the bill states. The law would also mandate the tempo of any public performance of the anthem — it must fall between 100 and 120 beats per minute. Schools would be required to ensure all students have memorized the song. It’s not unusual for a nation to value its national anthem — see the uproar over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the anthem before N.F.L. games — but it is rare for respect to be legally required. The Supreme Court in India ruled in November that movie theaters would be required to play the national anthem before screenings, and that moviegoers would be required to stand. Nineteen people were arrested in December after failing to stand in two separate incidents, according to The Los Angeles Times. Read more  

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  • China is building first 'forest city' of 40,000 trees to fight air pollution

    In the wake of President Trump's decision to remove America from the Paris Climate agreement, you'd be forgiven for feeling a little negative about the future of the planet. With reports of huge cracks appearing in the Antarctic ice, fears that preventing the two degree heating of the planet might be a pipe dream, and the world's food supplies at risk - everything looks and sounds grim. Fortunately though, there are some good news stories on the horizon; with many of them coming from China. The country has been leading the way when it comes to 'green living' in recent years, with the government announcing it had completed construction of the world's largest floating solar farm. Now, in an attempt to curb the production of toxic gasses, the country is continuing to pave the way (so to speak) with the construction of one of the world's first 'forest cities'. Designed by Stefano Boeri, who you might remember also designed two vertical skyscraper 'forests', the city is currently under construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. Once completed, the new city will reportedly host 30,000 people and - thanks to the abundance of trees and plants - will absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2, 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen annually. The city will achieve these rather impressive figures thanks to roughly a million plants from over 100 species, as well as 40,000 trees being planted in facades over almost every surface imaginable. The new Liuzhou Forest City will connect to the existing Liuzhou via a series of fast rail services and electric cars; it will also reportedly house a number of schools and two hospitals. There are also plans to make the city self-sustainable with regards to power, thanks to geothermal and solar energy resources. Read more

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  • Five Health Mistakes You’re Probably Making

    When it comes to maintaining our health, most of what we need to do is pretty straightforward and stuff we all know we should do but often, for one reason or another, just don’t. You would have to have had your head buried in the sand for the past 30 years not to know that eating more vegetables and fewer processed foods as well as engaging in regular movement is good for our health. It would also be uncommon for someone not to know that we need to keep our water intake up to maintain good hydration and that good quality sleep is essential for our body to repair and restore. However, there is an inordinate amount of information out there on how we need to be taking care of ourselves and sometimes it can be conflicting and confusing. How do we know what’s healthy for us? So with that in mind, here are some health mistakes that are commonly made and very easily rectified. Advertisement - ADVERTISEMENT - 1. THINKING YOU CAN BURN OFF POOR FOOD CHOICES You cannot eat like a piglet and expect everything to fall into place. That’s just common sense. Yet I have met thousands of people who exercise frequently (and with intensity), especially after making poor food choices with the intention of “burning off” the calories they consumed the day before. But the calorie equation we are taught to follow of “calories in versus calories burned” is outdated and doesn’t adequately take into account all the aspects that can impact on how our body metabolises the fuel we put into it. There is nothing in the world that can replace a highly nutritious way of eating. No amount of exercise can burn off the effects of a poor-quality way of eating. Opt for low human intervention foods and increase your vegetable consumption for optimal health. 2. THINKING IF IT’S GLUTEN FREE IT MUST BE A NOURISHING FOOD CHOICE Go you! You’ve decided to cut out gluten because you have listened to your gut, which has been giving you the message that it doesn’t digest it well for some time now (think bloating, constipation and a whole gamut of other digestive and/or immune complaints). But then you went to the supermarket and found all kinds of gluten free packaged goods and you now have a pantry full of gluten free chips, biscuits, muesli bars and other snacks. Just because it’s gluten free (or sugar free or dairy free for that matter) doesn’t mean it offers much in the way of nutrition. We still need to keep our processed and packaged food intake to a minimum. Be wary of the word ‘healthy’ on a label and always check the ingredients list to look for sneaky health detracting additives. 3. NOT TREATING YOUR LIVER LIKE THE SUPERSTAR ORGAN IT IS When it comes to all aspects of our health, the liver packs a mighty punch. Yet, we often make lifestyle choices that load our liver with all kinds of substances that it needs to change (detoxify) before we can eliminate them. Think relying on coffee and sugary food choices as energy choices to get us through the day and a glass of wine to calm us down of an evening... oh, and not eating enough vegetables! If our liver becomes overloaded, it has a flow on effect on our energy, sleep quality, hormone balance and much more. We need to be honest with ourselves about our intake level of the substances I lovingly call ‘liver loaders’ and reduce our exposure to them as much as possible. These liver loaders include alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, trans fats and other synthetic substances such as those found in many conventional skincare and household products. 4. IGNORING YOUR BODY’S MESSAGES Too many people put up with symptoms that could so easily be eradicated because they think they are “normal”. I like to say that things such as PMS, constipation, bloating, reflux and headaches are common but not normal. If you think about the symptoms you experience that impact you on a regular basis as your body trying to communicate with you that something needs to change - such as how you eat, drink, move, think, breathe, believe or perceive - you begin to look at them in an entirely different light. Pay attention to your body’s communication - it has the power to change how you experience health and vitality on a daily basis. 5. NEVER SWITCHING OFF Our body needs to rest—and I don’t just mean when we’re sleeping. If you’re someone who is on the go all day long, every day of the week, constantly attached to your phone or some other kind of device, it’s going to catch up with you. Try scheduling in a couple of hours a week where you don’t have to ‘do’ anything—amp that up to a whole day if you can manage it! Read more

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