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  • Ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato gets 4.5 years for embezzlement

    Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for embezzling money from two Spanish banks he used to run.

    A court in Madrid found him and more than 60 other former bankers guilty of using undeclared corporate credit cards to finance lavish lifestyles.

    About €12m (£10.1m; $12.7m) was spent from Caja Madrid and Bankia in 2003-12. Rato, 67, had denied any wrongdoing.

    Bankia was rescued in 2012 at huge public expense.

    About 200,000 small-scale savers - who had been persuaded to convert their savings into shares before Bankia's flotation in 2011 - lost their money.

    During the trial, Rato argued that the corporate credit cards were part of his pay package.

    All the card purchases during that period were not declared to the tax authorities.

    Rato resigned as head of Bankia shortly before its near-collapse in 2012.

    He led the International Monetary Fund in 2004-07. Before that he served as Spain's economy minister.

    Source:BBC

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  • Gambia dog that killed President Barrow's son put down

     

    The dog that killed the eight-year-old son of Gambian President Adama Barrow has been put down, the agriculture ministry has said.

    Habibu Barrow died in hospital after being bitten by the dog last month at his aunt's house in a coastal resort near Banjul.

    The attack happened before Mr Barrow was inaugurated and while he was still in Senegal for his safety.

    The president, who recently returned to the Gambia, missed his son's funeral.

    Reports say that Habibu - one of the president's five children - was mauled by the dog and sustained a head injury.

    The animal, which was not infected with rabies, was put down on Tuesday, according to officials.

    "We concluded that it was not wise to allow this dog to continue roaming in the streets," a source in the veterinary unit of the department of agriculture said.

    Many homes in the upmarket area of Fajara, where Habibu was staying along with his mother and other siblings, have security dogs to ward off intruders.

    Mr Barrow, who won elections in December, was living in neighbouring Senegal at the time after the previous Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step down.

    He returned to the Gambia last week after Mr Jammeh agreed to leave the country.

    Source: BBC.com

     

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  • Hundreds of Deportees from US Stuck at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

     Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Hundreds of deportees from several airports across the United States have stuck at Ethiopia’s Bole International Airport, media reports disclosed. The deportees were sent back to Ethiopia after the newly elected U.S President Donald Trump banned entry to the United States from seven countries.

    It is not yet clear why those passengers said to be of Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni origins preferred Ethiopia to be their destination and staying at the departure terminal of Bole Airport.

    Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Workineh Gebyehu refused to comment on the matter saying “I have no information on the matter” Ethio-News flash, an online media outlet allegedly funded by the ministry of foreign affairs, on its part reported that some of the deportees are about to file lawsuits against the Trump administration.

    Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, is filing charges against the U.S government, representing two Yemeni brothers who were deported from Dulles International Airport and forced to sign a document relinquishing their green cards.

    “I am informed that there are a ton of returnees from airports all over the US, at Addis Ababa Intl, and the Ethiopian government is telling them they have only one more day to stay before it kicks them all out back to the countries they originally came from,” Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg was quoted as saying by ethio-news flash.

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  • Eritrea’s First Four People Injured And Transferred To The Hospital

     

    An Eritrean party ended in a fight and stabbing, with four injured.

    On Sunday morning January 29, 2017, shortly before 04:00 Oclock, the Kapo was reported a dispute in the community center Telli. The injured patrols found several injured persons as well as several, partially drunken, Eritrean. The first investigations revealed that there was a fight at a party. At least one knife was used. Four people were injured and transferred to the hospital.

    A suspected perpetrator could be arrested. The public prosecutor’s office Lenzburg-Aarau has opened a procedure and the further investigations are running.

     

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  • 10 EXTREMELY STRANGE WEDDING TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

    A wedding may be a universal celebration, but for some it is an incredible crazy adventure. Throwing the bouquet, scandalously removing the garter, the couple’s first dance, the cutting of the cake, and the life-affirming moment that the Electric Slide begins – these are all wedding traditions that most of us know and love.

    Every single culture has some sort of a wedding tradition. Wedding traditions are a little bit different: Some of them are romantic, and some of them are a little strange, and some of them might make you a little bit uncomfortable. Check out these marriage customs from around the globe.

    There are also traditions that can be gross and terrifying to those who are not used to them.

    THE BLACKENING OF THE BRIDE

    In Scotland, the bride-to-be, and sometimes even her groom, are pelted with all manner of disgusting things from rotten eggs to treacle and fish. It is believed that if you can withstand this you can withstand anything, including marriage.

    THE BRIDESMAID BLOCKADE

    In China, when a groom comes to get his bride, he must first break through an aggressive wall of her angry bridesmaids. They request money from him, and put him through a series of silly performances and tasks. In this way he will prove just how strong his love really is.

    THE COURTING HUT

    In some African tribes, fathers have not allowed suitors to visit their daughter at home. Daughters got their own “courting huts” in which they could entertain suitors away from the watchful eyes of their parents.

    THE BRIDAL KIDNAPPING

    In Krygyzstan, it is believed that the tears on a wedding day will make for a happy marriage. In 1991, many parents would give permission for the marriage of a kidnapped young girl, especially if she was crying.

    THE GRAVESIDE WEDDING
     
    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow is the top destination for wedding parties.
     
    THE LOVE WITHOUT BATHROOM BREAKS

    It is a very strange tradition. In Borneo, one tribe does not allow the female marriage partners to leave their homes during their wedding day. They are not even allowed to go to the bathroom. It is believed that this will bring the couple good luck.

    THE GEREWOL FESTIVAL FOR THE LADIES

    The men in Niger, dress up in elaborate costumes, put on make-up and dance for their potential mates. At the end of the performance, the women get to choose the man they like best.

    BEATING THE GROOM’S FEET: KOREA

    In Korea it is ordinary for the groom to have his feet beaten with fish and canes the night before his wedding.  This is supposed to make sure the groom does not disappoint on his wedding night.

     THE QUESTIONABLE MATE-GRABBING

    In some gypsy groups, there is a controversial custom, where male suitors grab a girl and start forcefully kissing her. This might be love, or it can be an unwanted assault.

    SPITTING ON THE BRIDE: MASSAI NATION, KENYA

    At the wedding ceremony held by the Masai (Maasai) nation of Kenya the father of the bride blesses her by spitting on her head and breasts. Then she leaves with her husband. While walking to her new home, she never looks back as she believes that she will turn to stone.

    source:  www.healthtipsportal.com

     
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