New Female Village Chief Annuls 850 Child Marriages And Puts Girls Back In School

Most people have never heard of a hero quite like Theresa Kachindamoto. She was the youngest of 12 kids who were descendants of village chiefs who presided over Monkey Bay in Malawi, Africa. When she found out that it was her turn to serve as the new senior village chief, Kachindamoto had been working at a city college for the past 27 years. Once she came into power, she immediately set about bringing an end to the practice of child marriage within her jurisdiction. At first, Kachindamoto did not expect that she would ever have a chance to become chief. After all, she resided in a different town, had many older siblings in front of her, plus she was raising five children.

But, thanks to her reputation as someone who was “good with people,” Kachindamoto came into power thanks to a surprise election. And her people told her that the job was hers “whether I like it or not,” she recalled. And although child marriage is considered culturally acceptable in her area, mainly because of the high levels of poverty, it has also been illegal in her country since 2015. However, this did not put an end to child marriages since young girls could still be married so long as they have parental consent. However, Kachindamoto made up her mind to put an end to the long-standing tradition of robbing young girls of their childhoods by forcing them to marry older men and become mothers before they turn 18.

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While traveling around Monkey Bay to meet with the people she was to govern, Kachindamoto met with girls as young as 12-years-old with older husbands and children they were raising.

“I told them: ‘Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.’”

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Kachindamoto’s story may seem small; after all, she’s only a village chief. However, she’s chief to over 900,000 people, which definitely takes her out of the “small-town mayor” category. So far, she has annulled over 850 marriages and sent those girls back to school.

Mawlawi is classified as one of the poorest countries in the world. And, according to a 2012 survey by the United Nations, over half of the country’s girls were married before turning 18.

Also, there are organizations working within the country to warn parents about the dangers associated with early marriage and childbirth.

Sadly, parents are typically so poor that they cannot afford to house and feed their daughters, so they often feel they have no choice but to marry them off to older men.

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The reality of child marriage is that it often leads to complications in childbirth, primarily because the girls’ bodies are too small to handle the stress of giving birth safely.

Perhaps even worse, these girls are often sent off to despicable camps for “kusasa fumbi,” a word that translates as “cleansing.” However, the practice is really a sexual initiation.

These camps instruct girls as young as seven-years-old on how to perform sexual acts to appease their future husbands.

Kachindamoto was the first chief to impose a hard-line stance against anybody involved in these practices, threatening to fire any sub-chief who sanctioned it.

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When parents started to protest Kachindamoto’s law, she did not back down. She knew that she could not change the minds of those parents, but she could change the law.

So, she brought together her 50 sub-chiefs and made them sign an agreement that officially abolished child marriage and annulled existing child marriages in her area.

Of course, there were those folks who decided to continue the practice anyway.

However, Kachindamoto demonstrated that she wasn’t messing around by firing four male chiefs who presided over areas where the practice was still taking place. They were only able to get their jobs back once they agreed to enforce the new law by annulling the marriages and sending the girls back to school.

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Despite facing numerous death threats, Kachindamoto remained steadfast.

“I don’t care, I don’t mind. I’ve said whatever, we can talk, but these girls will go back to school,” she said.

The new chief also came up with ways to pay for the girls’ schooling, considering that their parents could not afford the fees.

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However, Kachindamoto isn’t satisfied just to sit back and think she’s done enough. The chief also hired a network of “secret mothers and secret fathers” in the villages to ensure that parents are not taking their girls out of school.

And as for those who still complain about their chief’s new law? She says that they are the least of her concerns.

“I’m chief until I die,” she said, laughing.

What an incredible story of courage in the face of a long-standing inhumane tradition. Please be sure to share Kachindamoto’s story with your friends and family.

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A New Study Suggests Boyfriends Who Cheat Are The Most Loyal And Faithful Boyfriends

Why do men cheat? And why do they sometimes continue cheating after they’re caught, even in the face of profoundly unwanted consequences like divorce, loss of parental contact, loss of social standing?

A new study by Dr. Lethat Mango suggests a man who cheats and on his girlfriend or wife are more loyal and faithful than men who don’t cheat. Many dynamics can play into a man’s decision to engage in infidelity. In his study he found that men who cheat have so much love they can’t control themselves, and sometimes this leads to cheating, but he cheats because he can’t control his overwhelming love.

He also found that most men don’t cheat intentionally sometimes it is accidental forgiving your man for accidentally cheating can help you build a better relationship with your partner.

Dr. Lethat Mango also found in his study that men aren’t driven to cheat by lust or temptation but are pushed by their spouse to cheat. This means that sometimes the problem isn’t the man but the woman.

The conclusion of this study is that men who cheat are the men you need around you if your husband or boyfriend is too honest he’s hiding something from you a man who cheats is open, and you know his faults and could help him grow as a person.

Experts say this test is impossible but those with OCD scored 100%

In today’s society there is no problem to pass the time.

In the good old days you could twiddle your thumbs, but nowadays many will play on their smartphone.

Still, some of us wants to pick up a classic puzzle book and try to figure out something that is next to impossible.

Today, you could find many different types of puzzles – anything from Sudoku and word-finds to the crossword puzzle in the New York Times.

Personally, I think it’s a fantastic way to kill a few minutes on the Metro, if you also want to exercise your brain.

But some of my friends say that this test is impossible to figure out.

Apparently, you need to have OCD to complete this test. According to Playbuzz, even a mild form of OCD should allow you to fill in the blanks enough that you can read through it without any problem. This is a test that could sharpen the mind, as well as your eye.

According to the experts behind the test, people with OCD could score 15/15 on the entire test.

I’ve heard a lot of people saying that they have OCD, many of whom feel that they have it for personal reasons.

Are you curious? Give this a shot and you may have your suspicions confirmed. I’ve got 15 out of 15… Take the Quiz below..

Only People with OCD Scored 15/15 In This Impossible Spelling Test

 

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Malawian Teen Taught Himself How To Build A Windmill From Junk, Brought Power To His Village, ALL Learned From Library Books!

Get this boy in a prominent position, make him famous, let him inspire!

We are joining a call from Anonymous who posted a very simple message, they say the media is blacking out the importance of Malawian Teen William Kamkwamba. He taught himself how to build a windmill from junk, brought power to his village, learned from books he read in the library!

He was a simple farmer, he hadn’t seen a computer and certainly not many white people in his life. But his mind prevailed and his inventions made lives better.

TED Wrote of him “At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.”

See his TED speech below, learn more about him and SPREAD THE WORD!

William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987, in Dowa, Malawi, and grew up on his family farm in Masitala Village, Wimbe, two and half hours northeast of Malawi’s capital city. The second eldest of Trywell and Agnes Kamkwamba’s seven children, William has six sisters, Annie, Dorris, Rose, Aisha, Mayless, and Tiyamike.

William was educated at Wimbe Primary School, completing 8th grade and was then accepted to Kachokolo secondary school. Due to severe famine in 2001, his family lacked the funds to pay the $80 in annual school fees and William was forced to drop out of school a few months into his freshman year. For five years he was unable to go to school.

Starting at 14, rather than accept his fate, William started borrowing books from a small community lending library located at his former primary school. He borrowed an 8th-grade American textbook, Using Energy, which depicted wind turbines on its cover. He decided to build a windmill to power his family’s home and obviate the need for kerosene, which provided only smoky, flickering, distant and expensive light after dark. First, he built a prototype using a radio motor, then his initial 5-meter windmill out of a broken bicycle, tractor fan blade, old shock absorber, and blue gum trees. After hooking the windmill to a car battery for storage, William was able to power four light bulbs and charge neighbors’ mobile phones. This system was even equipped with homemade light switches and a circuit breaker made from nails, wire, and magnets. The windmill was later extended to 12 meters to better catch the wind above the trees. A third windmill pumped greywater for irrigation.

Subsequent projects have included clean water, malaria prevention, solar power and lighting for the six homes in his family compound; a deep water well with a solar-powered pump for clean water, a drip irrigation system, and the outfitting of the village team Wimbe United with their first-ever uniforms and shoes. Since receiving their sun and wind-themed uniforms, the team has been on a winning streak that has brought the village together with pride.

The windmill project drew many visitors from kilometers around, including Dr. Hartford Mchazime, Ph.D., the deputy director of the MTTA, the Malawian NGO responsible for the community library. Mchazime brought press, including The Malawi Daily Times, who wrote a long story. Soyapi Mumba and Mike McKay, engineers at Baobab Health Partnership in Malawi blogged about the article, and news of William’s inventions reached Emeka Okafor, program director for TEDGlobal, a prestigious gathering of thinkers and innovators. Okafor searched quite diligently to find William and invite him to the conference as a fellow. William’s presentation led to additional mentors, donors, and companies supporting his education and further projects.

William graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 and started his tenure at Ideo.org as a Global Fellow. William’s time at Ideo focused on Human-Centered Design and sent him around the world working on projects ranging from sanitation in India to gender-based violence prevention in Kenya. He is now working with WiderNet to develop appropriate technology curriculum that will allow people to bridge the gap between “knowing” and “doing”. WiderNet will distribute the content through eGranaries around Malawi and across the continent.

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From Beirut to Hong Kong, the face of the Joker is appearing in demonstrations

Days after the global cinema release of the film ‘Joker’, the distinctive face of the titular comic-book villain began appearing in political demonstrations all over the world. It’s still an underground phenomenon, but does this represent a new form of protest like the wearing of the ‘V for Vendetta’ mask?

From Chile to Lebanon, via Hong Kong and Iraq, a number of people have taken to wearing the recognisable exaggerated smile of the Joker currently portrayed in the cinema by Joaquin Phoenix in the international hit film by Todd Philipps. The face of the Joker, Batman’s ultimate nemesis, has now been seen in masks, face paint and graffiti tags in global demonstrations protesting against governments.

“Todd Philipps’ film about the Joker has a real evocative power,” explained William Blanc, historian and author of the book ‘Super Heroes: A Political History’, to FRANCE24. “It echoes a form of protest against a political system that people believe is inflexible and not listening to the people.”

In the weeks since this film came out in the cinema, this Joker symbol of protest has already been visible on the streets, particularly in Lebanon, where a group of graffiti artists called Ashekm has painted a mural of the grimacing clown holding a Molotov cocktail. Other inscriptions elsewhere also allude to Todd Philipps’ film, such as in the Chilean city of Los Angeles, where someone has written at the foot of a statue “We are all clowns”.

Political references to comic strip characters are numerous and the Joker is not the only mask being worn in processions at the moment. In Hong Kong, for example, demonstrators are challenging an emergency law that prohibits the wearing of masks by wearing those of Winnie the Pooh or Pepe the Frog, as noted by the Associated Press.

We are all Guy Fawkes

However, the most commonly used mask globally in protest marches remains the singular face of Guy Fawkes. In the 17th century, Fawkes was the instigator of a failed coup when he attempted to blow up the English Parliament on November 5, 1605. A mask of his face was worn by the character V, an anarchist revolutionary hero in the 2006 cult film ‘V for Vendetta’.

The faceless hacking collective Anonymous (which was established in 2003) adopted Fawkes’ mask as their distinctive signature look and it has since appeared all over the world. This representation has more in common than you might think with the Joker.

“The central theme of these two films is social fragmentation, the fact of finding yourself alone to cope with your own misery,” explains Blanc. “At the end of Todd Philipps’ film, a bit like at the end of ‘V for Vendetta’, everyone putting on the same mask is their way of coming together as a group, to create a collective, to not feel alone with your struggle.”

There is another key link between the two characters: Alan Moore.

‘V for Vendetta’, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, began in 1982 as a strip in British comic monthly ‘Warrior’ before gaining a far larger audience when it was compiled as a graphic novel by DC Comics in 1988.

The Joker first appeared in the debut issue of DC’s ‘Batman’ comic in 1940. However, the version of the character that Todd Philipps has directly credited as his inspiration is actually from a 1988 graphic novel, ‘The Killing Joke’, written by the very same Alan Moore.

In ‘V for Vendetta’, “Moore targets fascism and he wrote this at a time of the emergence of a hard and ultraliberal right – Margaret Thatcher in England, Ronald Reagan in the United States. This ideology continues with the Joker,” explains Blanc.

In ‘The Killing Joke’, the character of the Joker takes on a social dimension that is reflected in the film released in 2019. According to the historian, the clown then becomes “a product of a systemic social neglect”.

Deformed by social violence

The parallels between the two characters do not stop there. These masks adopted by today’s protestors display a twisted smile that Blanc describes as “mocking” and “terrifying”.

V and the Joker “are both victims of power and are determined to get their revenge,” he explains. “They share the fact that their bodies have been deformed by social violence. They smile while in so much pain as their way of saying ‘You may have hurt me, but I am strong enough to respond with a smile, I am in control’.

“It’s also a morbid smile. These characters want to terrify powerful people, to make them feel helpless in front of someone for whom exacting revenge is all that matters and they will do whatever it takes to achieve it.”

The question remains, though, as to whether the Joker is intended to embody a political stance. According to Blanc, “the Joker is a plastic character and is not representative of the right or the left”.

He believes that Todd Philipps’ film has inspired demonstrators because “it speaks mainly of being alone, separated from any sense of a collective. This isolation is a real contemporary evil.”

This article was translated from the original, which is in French.

Mercury Goes Retrograde On Halloween And Here Is How It Will Affect You

Mercury will be going retrograde on Halloween and as you have most likely realized that is very soon. On the 31st of this month, things are going to be getting pretty hectic.

As this celestial event gets closer so does the peak of fun for those who enjoy all things spooky. While Mercury’s retrograde might throw some signs off regarding Halloween festivities, it’s not going to be enough to make everyone out of whack. This retrograde will be much more forgiving than most of the Mercury retrogrades we’ve seen in recent times which is a seriously good thing for all involved.

Below I am going to go over each zodiac sign and what should be expected as this interesting ordeal comes forth. Whether you’re going out and having fun this Halloween or staying in and watching scary movies, this retrograde is going to hit you in one way or another. I for one think this will be a much more positive experience overall than any other retrograde I’ve seen in the past few years and is going to be affecting for most of November.

Aries

Mercury retrograde is going to bring Aries people to feel a bit uncomfortable in the weeks to come. While they might not usually be as quick to express their disposition, things are changing right now. The Aries is going to be a lot more outspoken during this time but in some of the most unexpected ways.

Taurus

Mercury retrograde is going to remind you that sometimes you need to keep secrets. The people around you are going to be making their intentions clear and with that, you’re going to realize a lot more than you might have imagined in your mind. Things are not always what they seem.

Gemini

It’s time for you to get what you deserve. You’re going to be reaching out more and working to allow others more room in your life. Mercury retrograde is going to have you finally making the time you need to have your own fun.

Cancer

This retrograde is going to bring you to a place in your life where you realize that just because things seem fine doesn’t mean they are. You are often overlooking the deepest feelings of those around you and this needs to change. As things unfold you might begin to see that you are not as close with the people you love as you want to be.

Leo

Sure, you might not be as much of a ‘douche’ as people make you out to be but you do come off as one. You have got to work on this and try to allow others to see the good in you. This is something that the retrograde of Mercury is going to force you to really highlight within your own life.

Virgo

Do not waste your time trying to get more or do more during this retrograde. Mercury wants you to take a break and if you don’t things are not going to play out well. Just sit back and relax, the time to move forth will come once this planet goes direct.

Libra

You’re always trying too hard to keep up with everyone else. This retrograde is going to be a clear reminder to you that just because you’re different doesn’t mean you’re ‘less important.’ Sure, you want to fit in but as a Libra fitting in isn’t always possible.

Scorpio

You’re going to finally stop comparing your situation to the situations of others as this retrograde unfolds. You’re about to really see the struggles others are facing and realize that you’re not the only one in pain. Life is a lot more complicated than you’ve ever stopped to realize.

Sagittarius

As a Sagittarius, you normally find it hard to stay in one place but this retrograde will provide you with a nice place to plant your feet for a while. Do not get too close to the people before you, while things are great you know it’s not going to last. Once this retrograde is over your wanderlust will set back in.

Capricorn

The truth is going to come out whether you want it to or not and now is time for you to think about how to make things happen. You need to own up to your past and address the future once Mercury goes direct. All of the tension and pain you’re about to deal with is going to be worth it once all is said and done.

Aquarius

This retrograde is not going to do you any favors. You’re going to realize just how obsessive and controlling you can be which is quite scary. As the days pass you might decide that letting go of the people you care about might be your best option in finally letting them live their own lives.

Pisces

Mercury retrograde is going to offer you more creativity than you’re ready for. It is going to have you diving into projects you have not touched in weeks and really spark your fire of excitement. You’re going to be getting a lot done while this transit is present.

Florida passed a bill making daylight saving time permanent, so why are we turning our clocks back?

Remember back in 2018 when Florida lawmakers approved a bill that would keep Florida on daylight saving time permanently?

This weekend we’ll still be setting our clocks back an hour along with most of the rest of the country, so what gives?

The problem is that even though the Florida legislature voted to stay on daylight saving time, it can’t be enacted without congressional approval of the Sunshine Protection Act.

Seven states have passed bills to eliminate the time change, but Arizona and Hawaii actually don’t observe daylight saving time at all.

“We need to end this antiquated practice,” FL Congressman Vern Buchanan said. “There are enormous health and economic benefits to making daylight saving time permanent.”

5 things to know about the end of daylight saving time 2019

President Trump has indicated that he would sign the bill in the past.

“Last year, Florida lawmakers voted to make daylight saving time permanent in my home state,” Buchanan said. “Congress should pass my bill to move Florida and the rest of the country to year-round daylight saving time.”

Senator Marco Rubio has a companion bill currently in a Senate committee.

At the end of the day, Florida legislators are ready to stay on daylight saving time year round, as is the president. But we will continue to change the clocks twice a year until Congress approves the change.

President Trump nominates Marine to be first-ever black female general. Let’s congratulate her!

In April of 2018, President Donald Trump nominated the first African-American female to become a general in the U.S. Marine Corps.

President trump nominated Col. Lorna M. Mahlock, a soldier who served in Germany, operated in the Office of Legislative Affairs, and served in Okinawa, Japan.

Col. Lorna M. Mahlock was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Brooklyn.

She holds a Masters Degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma at Norman, a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies with distinction for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Masters in Information Operations from the Naval postgraduate school.

Throughout her storied career Col. Mahlock was designated as an air traffic control officer, earning certifications as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tower Local Controller.

Ask anyone in the airline industry, and they will tell you that a tower control officer is one of the toughest jobs in the world. The mental stress and pressure associated with this job are tremendous.

Nonetheless, Col. Mahlock excelled in her numerous roles. As a commander, she led various combat operations at multiple levels globally, which included theaters such as Iraq and Afganistan.

She was also director of the Marine Corps Instructional Management School.

But, don’t be mistaken. This Marine wasn’t just a highly-competent administrator.

As a Marine, she’s also tough as nails, serving as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor.

On April 26, 2018, Col. Mahlock was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and promoted the rank of brigadier general.

Currently, women make up just 8 percent of the Marine Corps, but that percentage is likely to continue to increase according to Gen. Glenn Walters, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.

We proudly salute General Lorna M. Mahlock for blazing a path and serving our great nation with honor.

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Horse Pretends To Be Dead Every Time Someone Tries To Ride It

Frasisco Zalasar, a horse trainer from Durango City, recently posted videos to his Facebook page showing a horse named Jingang attempting to play dead every time someone attempts to ride him.

It is not clear whether Frasisco was actually one of the trainers in the video, or if he was simply resharing a video that was sent to him.

The video showed numerous encounters where the animal threw itself to the ground when it was approached or mounted by a human.

One of the trainers in the video can be heard saying that the behavior is “cute but naughty.”

The video presented the scenes as the silly antics of defiant animal, and many of the comments on the video seemed to show amusement at what was happening.

However, when looked at from an animal rights perspective, it seems obvious that the horse is not just playing around, but legitimately wants to be left alone.

Animals are a part of our lives, sometimes as pets and others as co-workers, but there has to be a point where an animal can refuse service and exercise its own free will. Watch the video and decide for yourself. Is this animal abuse, or is it just horsing around?

El caballo que se hace el muerto para que no le montén 😂😂😂😂😂😂

Posted by Frasisco Zalasar on Friday, 4 October 2019

Photos and video courtesy of Frasisco Zalasar

Ia shkaktoi humbjen e parë Interit, Sarri tregon pikën e fortë të ekipit

Juve mbrëmë arriti të ia shkaktoi humbjen e parë Interit.

“Zonja e Vjetër” e ka mposhtur 2-1 Interin në “Giuseppe Meazza”, duke i shkaktuar skuadrës së Contes humbjen e parë këtë sezon në Serie A.

Paulo Dybala në minutën e 4’ dhe Gonzalo Higuain në minutën e 80’ shënuan për fitoren e Juventusit, ndërsa për Interin realizoi Lautaro Martinez 18’.

“Parakalimi në krye të renditjes nuk ka shumë rëndësi tani. Gjëja më e rëndësishme është që luajtëm mirë, me karakter ndaj një skuadre që ka fituar çdo ndeshje deri më tani”, tha Sarri.

Goli i Higuain u finalizua pas 24 pasimeve të sakta, tipike të një loje të Sarrit.

“Ishim duke dominuar ndeshjen (kur Juve po luante me Dybala, Higuain e Ronaldo) dhe do të ishte e padrejtë të mos shënonim. Megjithatë, kisha frikë dhe vendosa të bëja tjetër zëvendësim”.

“Kjo skuadër është mësuar të mbrojë shumë thellë, por lojtarët po adaptohen dhe kemi parë përmirësime të mëdha”, tha Sarri pas ndeshjes.

Juventusi tashmë ka marrë renditjen në Serie A me 19 pikë të grumbulluara, 1 më shumë se Interi.