Thursday, 20 August 2015

Meet the nun on a bicycle who is changing the world

    A humble Catholic nun on a bicycle is single-handedly changing the lives of former sex slaves and rape survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

You don't need much to change the world - just a bicycle, loaves of bread and a huge smile.
For more than a decade, Catholic nun Sister Angelique Namaika has helped thousands of women and girls who have been kidnapped, raped and kept as sex slaves by the Lords Resistance Army in the north east region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The winner of the UN refugee agency's top humanitarian award is on a two week tour of Australia to thank donors for supporting her healing and rehabilitation work and raise awareness about gender violence.
Between 2009-2014 she helped 2,000 women on her own, with the aid of her trusty bicycle and meagre resources, but last year with UNHCR fundraising she was able to expand her activities and assisted almost 3000 women.
"Very often as a human I am overwhelmed (by the women's stories) but I pray to God to help me to continue," Sister Angelique told a UNHCR lunch in Canberra this week through a French interpreter.
One of the women she helped was just 13-years-old when she was abducted, raped and then gave birth two children while rebels kept her in captivity for five years.
"Very often as a human I am overwhelmed by the women's stories, but I pray to God to help me to continue."
Sister Angelique refuses to allow the women to be passive victims and helps them develop livelihood skills.
Sewing groups, farm training and bakery businesses have given the women a way to earn money and overcome community stigma about rape, she said.
Literacy classes are helping some of the women to get an education to go on to train as teachers, nurses and midwives.

38 year old amateur weight lifter strips to impress judges

    Display: The weightlifter had only a gold star to preserve his modesty

Britain's Got Talent has had performing dogs and belly-dancing drag queens - but so far nothing has been stranger than this offering from the Norwegian version.
An amateur weightlifter left the hosts of Norway's leading TV talent show gasping in shock, after he attempted a 'world record' completely naked.
The 38-year-old man, known simply as 'Einar', is shown clad in a black dressing gown while bantering with the judges.
He then whips it off to reveal his ample physique in all its naked glory, with only a gold star to hide his talents.
His face puffing out with exertion, he then attempts to lift a giant red dumbell.
Einar gives the judges only the briefest warning of what he had in mind. Before attempting the lift, he was asked if he felt nervous. "Not about this," he replied. "I am a bit nervous about my clothes."
The blushes of female judges, who quickly covered their eyes, suggested none of them had been expecting the display they were given.
Wonders shall never end. LOL!!!

Unveiling the first world's first sky pool.......Would you dare swim in the sky? Stunning 90ft transparent swimming pool 10 storeys up

    Sky's the limit: This pair of luxury apartment blocks will be linked at 115-foot up by a suspended swimming pool

The world's first "sky pool" has been unveiled - and it's high enough to give anyone a touch of vertigo.
Towering far above the street balanced between two residential buildings in Nine Elms in London like a precarious nest, the sky pool isn't for everyone.
But the newly-built swimming experience looks like it has to be tried if you're not bothered by heights.
Situated in the capital's new riverside district beside Battersea Power Station, the 90ft long glass encased pool is suspended 10 storeys, or 110ft up.
The pool is entirely transparent and structure free, 25m long, 5m wide and 3m deep with a water depth of 1.2m.

   All mod cons: The breathtaking suspended swimming pool named ‘Sky Pool’ will be at Embassy Gardens
The world's first "sky pool" has been unveiled - and it's high enough to give anyone a touch of vertigo.
Towering far above the street balanced between two residential buildings in Nine Elms in London like a precarious nest, the sky pool isn't for everyone.
But the newly-built swimming experience looks like it has to be tried if you're not bothered by heights.
Situated in the capital's new riverside district beside Battersea Power Station, the 90ft long glass encased pool is suspended 10 storeys, or 110ft up.
The pool is entirely transparent and structure free, 25m long, 5m wide and 3m deep with a water depth of 1.2m.
Acting as a bridge between two apartment buildings, swimmers are afforded a view right through the bottom of the pool down to the street below, and it's even got a bar, loungers, a spa and an orangery.
It's in Embassy Gardens, and is a part of a new development which will have 2,000 homes beside the new American Embassy in the capital.
Embassy Gardens takes design inspiration from the Meatpacking District of New York with floor to ceiling windows and brick facades.
Developers Ballymore and Eco World, headed by Sean Mulryan, used glass that measures 20cm thick to build the pool in the £1 billion development to give an experience more akin to an aquarium than a pool,
He explained: My vision for the Sky Pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering, I wanted to do something that had never been done before.
"At Ballymore we like to push the boundaries on all aspects of design, the Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade.
"The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”
Sadly, the pool will only be open to residents of the building who front up £602,000 for an apartment.
But those people lucky enough to live there will have a flawless panorama of the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye when the second phase of the development is released to market in September.