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Hen gives birth to a chick without an egg in Sri Lanka

Posted by Administrator on April 19, 2012

The "eggless" chick has survived, but the mother has died

The "eggless" chick has survived, but the mother has died

A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first.

Instead of passing out of the hen’s body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen.

The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died.

The government veterinary officer in the area said he had never seen anything like it before.

PR Yapa, the chief veterinary officer of Welimada, where it took place, examined the hen’s carcass.

He found that the fertilised egg had developed within the hen’s reproductive system, but stayed inside the hen’s body until it hatched.

A post-mortem conducted on the hen’s body concluded that it died of internal wounds.

The BBC’s Charles Haviland in Colombo says that the story has made headlines in Sri Lanka, with the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror’s concluding: “The chicken came first; not the egg.”

Source: BBC

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Colombian girl, 10, gives birth to baby girl

Posted by Administrator on April 9, 2012

Women at the Wayuu tribe

Women at the Wayuu tribe

Doctors delivered the baby by caesarean section after the girl, a member of   the indigenous Wayuu tribe, arrived at a hospital in Manaure in floods of   tears.

The girl, who has not been named, was 39 weeks pregnant when she appeared at   the hospital in pain from contractions and bleeding. It was the first time   doctors had seen the girl during her pregnancy.

After the operation, the mother and baby – a healthy daughter weighing just   5lbs – were said to be “doing well”.

Despite the girl being under age, Colombian laws allow indigenous tribes such   as the Wayuu a degree of self-governance. The tribes maintain their own   sovereignty and cultural traditions.

Giving birth at a young age is said to be typical of Wayuu customs.

The identity of the father has not been revealed, but local media have   suggested it could be a 15-year-old boy, others have claimed it is a   30-year-old man.

The birth has led to fierce debate in the country, with some calling the   practice “shocking”.

Efrain Pacheco Casadiego, director at the hospital where the baby was born,   said: “We’ve already seen similar cases of Wayuu girls. At a time when [the   girls] should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a   baby.”

Others said the tribe’s culture needs to be respected.

“Since it’s a Wayuu girl we are trying to respect all of their rights since   they have autonomy and their own juriostiction,” Alejandro Samplayo,   director of parental organisation Colombiano Bienestar Familiar, said.

The youngest mother in the world was a five-year-old girl called Lina Medina   from Peru in 1933.

Ms Medina, who is now 78, had a son called Gerado by caesarean section.

Gerado died in 1979 aged 40 from bone marrow disease.


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Passengers in Kenya Airways flight were ‘unaware plane was nosediving before Cameroon crash’

Posted by Administrator on March 7, 2012

A Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800, similar to the one involved in the 2007 crash

A Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800, similar to the one involved in the 2007 crash

A group of passengers travelling on an ill-fated plane may not have been aware it had entered a fatal nose-dive.

A total of 114 passengers were killed when the Kenya Airways flight crashed into a swamp in Cameroon in May 2007, with four Britons among the victims.

The inquest into the deaths of Anthony Mitchell, 39; Adam Stewart, 43; his wife Sarah Stewart, 50; and 45-year-old Stuart Claisse heard that there was a ‘strong possibility’ their relatives may not have been aware when the plane went into a ‘spiral dive’.

The Boeing 737-800, which was only six months old, crashed in the mangrove swamp at midnight on May 5, just three miles from the end of the Douala runway from which it had taken off.

Lincoln Coroner’s Court heard today from Marcus Cook, an inspector at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and himself a pilot.

He told the inquest: ‘You’re sitting at the back. It’s dark. You can’t see anything. You’ve no cockpit instruments.’

But he added: ‘They may have felt the roll.’

Mr Cook told the inquest the plane crashed shortly after take-off when it banked, or rolled, too far to the right. He said that just after the plane was airborne it appears the captain was not controlling it.

‘About 15 seconds later, for no real reason, it appears that all input into the flight control by the captain ceases, and it ceases for about 55 seconds,’ he said.

‘At this point the airplane is about 1,000ft above the ground.’

Aftermath: Rescue workers prepare body bags during the rescue mission following the crash in Mbanga Pongo, Cameroon

Aftermath: Rescue workers prepare body bags during the rescue mission following the crash in Mbanga Pongo, Cameroon

Mr Cook said there was no record of the autopilot being engaged at this point and there was a chance that it had been selected but not successfully engaged.

Coroner Stuart Fisher asked him: ‘So for clarity: the plane is in flight at 1,000ft, pilots are not flying the aircraft and it’s not being flown on autopilot?’

Mr Cook answered: ‘Not at this point.’

He told the inquest the plane continued to bank to the right – aircraft tend to drift to the right after take-off but can be corrected simply by the captain steering it back on track – until a ‘bank angle’ warning sounded once it had gone over a 40 degree angle.

The autopilot was then successfully engaged, he said, and the pilot, who has not yet been named in the inquest, took action to try to counter the roll.

However, all of his attempts such as steering and using the plane’s rudders simply increased the roll to the right.

Mr Cook went on: ‘At this point bank angle is 50 degrees and increasing. In my eyes that was still recoverable.

‘The bank angle then increases and the nose drops below the horizon. The airplane then enters a spiral dive.’

At this point the pilot says ‘we’re crashing’, Mr Cook told the inquest.

He told families he believed that the pilots may have become spatially disorientated and distracted if they were focusing on weather reports or discussing matters between themselves, and may not have believed what the plane’s instruments were telling them if they had not been monitoring them.

The inquest also heard that post-mortem examination reports in all four cases recorded a cause of death as multiple injuries sustained from an aircraft crash.

The wreckage of the plane was located after more than 40 hours of searching dense rainforest in drenching rain and thick fog.

The pronouncement that there were no survivors was made after the water-filled crater left by the plane was examined.

Kenya Airways confirmed it was found 12 miles south-east of the Cameroon coastal city of Douala, along the planned flight path.

Mr Mitchell was a journalist with the Associated Press news agency, based in Nairobi. He had been on assignment in the region and had contacted his family before boarding the flight to tell them he was heading home.

Mr Mitchell, who was originally from London, lived in Nairobi with his wife, Catherine, and their children, Tom and Rose.

Mrs Stewart was chief financial officer for South African mobile phone giant MTN’s Cameroon operations and was travelling to a business meeting in South Africa.

The hearing continues.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2111620/Four-Britons-killed-Cameroon-swamp-plane-crash-realised-plane-fatal-nosedive.html?ITO=1490


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Airline Drama: Stop Racism (FICTION)

Posted by Administrator on January 30, 2012

This  actually never happened but the story goes….

A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man. Visibly furious, she called the air hostess.

“What’s the problem, ma?” the hostess asked her
“Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t seat here next to him. You have to change my seat”

– “Please, calm down, ma” – said the hostess
“Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I’m still going to check if we have any.”

The hostess left and returned some minutes later.

“Madam, as I told you, there isn’t any empty seat in this class- economy class.
But I spoke to the captain and he confirmed that there isn’t any empty seats in the economy class. We only have seats in the first class.”

And before the woman said anything, the hostess continued

“Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class.
However, given the circumstances, the commandant thinks that it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel sat next to an unpleasant person.”

And turning to the black man, the hostess said:

“Which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the first class…”

And all the passengers nearby, who were shocked to see the scene started applauding, some standing on their feet.”


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Birth in Nepal

Posted by Administrator on October 14, 2011

Nepal has some of the worst maternal death statistics in the world, with some six women dying in childbirth every day.

Despite the political instability of the past ten years of civil war, the Nepalese government is introducing measures to improve safety for mothers but so far little seems to be working.

Subina Shrestha, a Nepalese filmmaker who is herself five months pregnant, sets out to find out why so many mothers are dying in childbirth. In the following account she looks at the human stories behind these statistics.

Ten years of civil war in Nepal took over 15,000 lives. Within the same period, childbirth took the lives of over 22,000 women.

The war led to a revolution and there was an overhaul of the Nepali political system. The maternal deaths, however, hardly even featured in the newspapers.

When I realised that I was pregnant, I thought there would be no better time then now to look into this situation. And there was no better place than Accham.

Accham to me is one of the darkest corners of Nepal. I had been to the district ten years ago and had been shocked by the total lack of services. Ten years on, I believed myself to be a jaded journalist and a filmmaker. Accham proved me wrong once again.

Our destination, Sanfe Bagar, a dirt track flanked by shops of corrugated iron sheets, was as dusty as before. The mules had been replaced by motorcycles and people ran around scared every time young men drove spewing out dust and exhaust.

Nepalese women have to stay in a chaupadi during menstruation

Nepalese women have to stay in a chaupadi during menstruation

Deadly traditions

We did not have to go far to see that things had hardly changed.

Just around Sanfe, each house still had a chaupadi – an outhouse hardly big enough for two goats to crouch inside.

For five days every month during menstruation women have to live there.

I was shocked to hear a story about a woman who had to stand out in the rain all night with an umbrella because her family was too poor to build a chaupadi. She died of a snakebite.

And women are still dying. A few weeks before I reached Accham there was a story in the newspapers about a young woman who died in a chaupadi.

Toya Raj Giri, a health consultant from Unicef who accompanied us, explained that women light small fires in the hut to keep the cold away. With terrible ventilation, some get asphyxiated.

Within a day, I found myself getting angry. But I was preoccupied with finding a woman due to give birth that week. I heard there was a village where there were eight such women.

A five hour walk later we were told that all the babies were already born – a week premature. With multiple pregnancies and hard labour, women hardly ever make it to their due date.

By the time we found Basanti a few days later, I was convinced that I would fall into the category of village women who pop a baby out with considerable ease.

And women had been giving birth! There were children everywhere, running around with their big malnourished bellies and naked feet and flies stuck to their snotty noses and infected eyes. No woman in their late 20s had less then four children.

The narrow trails were full of defecation. None of the villages had toilets. Every monsoon, Accham suffers from diarrhoea and a few people die.

Stuck in the first floor of a house without improvised stairs, made of cement sacks on a cold rainy night, Toya started to vomit. I started to fear that the film would never be made.

The next day, when some men objected to us filming Basanti, I was certain that our time in Accham was up. I realised later that it was just envy, and that all the men wanted was attention and hopefully some money.

What struck me the most was the open mindedness and yet the helplessness of the women.

Accham has hardly any men – most men migrate to India for work. The handful that remain appear to do nothing but play cards and drink.

The women told me that many men bring “bad blood” from India – they return infected with HIV and infect their wives.

Thirty-one year old Basanti got married when she was 14 and is expecting her sixth child

Thirty-one year old Basanti got married when she was 14 and is expecting her sixth child

Lack of medical service

Laxmi, a nurse, told me that it is a nightmare; not only to change the attitudes of the people but also to get doctors and specialists to visit.

Women, including Basanti, wanted to get a permanent family planning operation done but the service was not available.

To Laxmi’s knowledge, there has been one mini laprotomy camp, a permanent family planning procedure for women. Only one woman was operated on before the doctor packed up.

The government has sent many vasectomy camps, but with all the men in India it was a futile gesture.

Doctors occasionally visit to correct a prolapsed uterus in a woman. Malnourished and overworked, Laxmi believes that almost half the women in Accham have a prolapsed uterus. Nationwide, one in ten women suffer from uterine prolapse.

Laxmi had tales of women dying while giving birth. She talked about women who begged to be saved but their family refused to take them to a hospital, and of women whose vaginas were hacked by village “healers” after their baby died inside them.

No wonder Basanti was so keen to have us around. It meant that we would not let her die.

Tales of women suffering in Accham could make any sane person’s blood boil. Even if women survive one childbirth, they might die in the next one.

If they have daughters, they are obliged to keep trying until they have several sons. Those who live through it all might have prolapsed uterus. When I think of the fate of 13-year-old Sunita, it breaks my heart.

Accham is like a black hole where women’s dignity is destroyed. Even before the filming ended, all I wanted was to get out of there.

Source: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/witness/2010/05/20105372154435803.html

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Russia protects itself from refugees and African immigration

Posted by Administrator on September 27, 2011

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Viral Video of Four Year Old Girl Driving Causes Uproar

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith ‘separate after 13 years of marriage’

Posted by Administrator on August 23, 2011

Over? Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are said to have separated

Over? Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are said to have separated

Just last month they opened the doors of their luxury Malibu home and happily posed for an intimate family photo shoot.

But Hollywood power couple Will Smith, 42, and wife Jade Pinkett-Smith’s seemingly picture perfect marriage has now come to a shock end, according to a new report.

The pair, who have been married for 13 years, are said to have decided to call it quits, according to America’s In Touch Weekly magazine.

 They have two children together – Jaden, 13, and Willow, ten.

They certainly gave no hint of trouble during their interview with Architectural Digest magazine only weeks ago.

When describing the layout of the 25,000sq ft house, Smith gushed that it had been designed with no ‘dead ends… to create an infinite cycle that represented what Jada and I hoped for our love’.

Jada, 39, also told the magazine: ‘For Will and me this home was always a spiritual endeavour.

‘We’re very earthy, organic people. We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land.’

She continued: ‘Whatever it becomes, the craftsmanship will always represent our union and the love of our family.’

This will be the second marriage to end for Smith, who divorced former fashion design student Sheree Zampino in 1995 after
three years together.

They have a son, Willard Christopher Smith, also known as Trey, who is now 18.

He famously dedicated his 1998 single, Just the Two of Us, to Trey. Lyrics included: ‘It didn’t work out with me and your mom/But yo, push come to shove/You was conceived in love.’

After his first divorce, Smith found comfort in Jada, whom he had first met in 1990 when she auditioned and was rejected for the role of his girlfriend on his hit TV show, The Fresh Prince.

In 1997, they married in a lavish ceremony at a mansion near her hometown of Baltimore in front 100 friends and family.

Famous family: Will and Jada have two children together Jaden, 13 and Willow, ten

Famous family: Will and Jada have two children together Jaden, 13 and Willow, ten

Smith is one of the biggest film stars in Hollywood, with his blockbuster hits including Independence Day, I, Robot, Hitch, I Am Legend, The Pursuit of Happyness and I Am Legend.

He recently began filming the third instalment of his hit franchise, Men In Black.

Jada, who enjoyed success with her acting career early on, recently spoke of her decision to sacrifice her singing aspirations for the sake of her family.

In an interview with the August issue of Redbook magazine she claimed she even turned down a chance to perform with Guns & Roses to support her children’s budding careers.

‘It was excruciating, completely excruciating,’ Jada said of her decision.

‘When Jaden was auditioning for The Pursuit of Happyness, my band had just gotten an offer to open for Guns N’ Roses in Europe.’

‘For me, that was unbelievable. But the choice was: I could be a rock star, or I could be on the set with my son to make sure he was healthy and happy. We all know how that story ended!’

Jada admitted she would rather be performing but she knows that her duty is to her children.

‘I had to make choices. Believe me, I would still be on the road with my band, Wicked Wisdom, and making as many movies as I can a year, and doing all sorts of other things if I didn’t have the responsibility of a family.’

‘But I have children with their own talents and dreams, and I know I have to be standing next to them for that journey.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2029206/Will-Smith-Jada-Pinkett-separate-13-years-marriage.html#

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Mother-in-law sends worst email ever to bride: forgivable?

Posted by Administrator on June 30, 2011

Heidi Withers and Freddie Bourne in happier days, before the great mother-in-law email debacle. (photo courtesy of The Telegraph)

Heidi Withers and Freddie Bourne in happier days, before the great mother-in-law email debacle. (photo courtesy of The Telegraph)

New term: mom-zilla. We know all about temporary bridal insanity, and theunderreported groom version, but in some families, it’s the parents who are seized by irrational wedding meltdowns.

Last month, 60-year-old British florist and total mom-zilla, Carolyn Bourne attacked. After her stepson’s bride-to-be, Heidi Withers, was a guest in her house she had a thing or two to teach her before she entered the Bourne family.

So Bourne sent the 29-year-old a soul-crushing email. The subject line: “Your lack of manners.” The bullet points for the bride, in paraphrase: her wedding is going to be tacky, she’s too picky of an eater, her sense of humor sucks, and her stepson is making a dreadful choice in marrying her. And one more thing: her out-of-work parents are cheap.

When Withers received the email (Bourne sent it three times to be sure) she did what anyone would do: she forwarded it to a few friends to share in the shock. What was the alternative —respond with a ‘frowny’ face? But instead of simply offering advice, some anonymous friend got pro-active and forwarded Bourne’s e-attack, launching a viral sensation in a matter of hours. Now everyone in the Western Hemisphere has laid eyes on Bourne’s email.

In a way, it’s the ultimate revenge on a mother-in-law who needed to be put in her place after such power-mongering. But it’s not going to make for smooth wedding. Bourne has been labeled the mother-in-law from hell by media outlets and Withers’ father Alan has fueled the fire  by publicly calling Bourne “Miss fancy pants.” Now parents on both sides of the couple are fueding and nobody’s manners are in check. Suggestion for Heidi and Freddie, her groom: elope.

Bourne has told London’s Telegraph she still plans to attend the wedding, but will maintain a “dignified silence.” She may know about English etiquette but she’s clueless about the cardinal rule of the Internet: never send an email you don’t want the world to see.  You almost have to feel bad for the lady, mom-zilla or not. That is, until you read the actual email she sent Withers. Here’s an excerpt:

from: Carolyn Bourne
to: heidi withers
subject: your lack of manners

Here are a few examples of your lack of manners:

When you are a guest in another’s house, you do not declare what you will and will not eat – unless you are positively allergic to something.

You do not remark that you do not have enough food.

You do not start before everyone else.

You do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host.

When a guest in another’s house, you do not lie in bed until late morning in households that rise early – you fall in line with house norms.

You should never ever insult the family you are about to join at any time and most definitely not in public. I gather you passed this off as a joke but the reaction in the pub was one of shock, not laughter.

You regularly draw attention to yourself. Perhaps you should ask yourself why. No one gets married in a castle unless they own it. It is brash, celebrity style behaviour.

I understand your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding. (There is nothing wrong with that except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters’ marriages.)

If this is the case, it would be most ladylike and gracious to lower your sights and have a modest wedding as befits both your incomes.

One could be accused of thinking that Heidi Withers must be patting herself on the back for having caught a most eligible young man. I pity Freddie.

Ouch. There’s no denying it’s harsh, but if you’ve ever been in the line of fire in a wedding party, you know marriage anxieties strike darkness in the hearts of man. What do you think: Is this mom’s email forgivable?

Source: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/sex/mother-in-law-sends-worst-email-ever-to-bride-forgivable-2504517

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Stop the sterotype…unlock the potential

Posted by Administrator on February 22, 2011

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