Gambia Passes Bill to Imprison Gays for Life


This is actually unfair! Where is human rights? The fact ITSELF of being GAY is no easy as you all think.

TIME

Life for LGBT men and women in the West African county of Gambia just got significantly more difficult, as lawmakers passed a piece of legislation Monday that would impose terms of life in prison on people convicted of “aggravated homosexuality.”

The bill defines aggravated homosexuality as “repeat offenders,” people with HIV/AIDS, and instances in which one of the parties is under 18, disabled, drugged or an authority figure over the other party, the Associated Press reports.

The bill, which was passed by the National Assembly last month, amends a criminal code that already included a harsh penalty—up to 14 years in prison—for homosexual acts, applicable to both men and women.

The bill now awaits the signature of autocratic ruler Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994 and made headlines in 2008 when he publicly instructed gays to leave Gambia or face decapitation.

[AP]

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You’ll Never Guess Which Country is the Most Obsessed with The Fault In Our Stars


And the obsession for “The Fault In Our Stars” among Filipinos has grown more than ever. This just proves it! 😘

TIME

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It’s not America—home of John Green, the superstar author behind the young adult love story, whose film adaptation premieres today. It’s not Spain—apparently home of the most romantic nationality. And it’s not India, either—which has the world’s most voracious readers.

According to Google data, it’s actually the Philippines, whose search volume index (normalized as a score of 100, the highest) for the term “The Fault In Our Stars” is more than double that of the U.S. (44, the second highest). The three next most starry-eyed countries are Singapore (38), Australia (37) and New Zealand (36).

In fact, there’s even a John Green shirt company run by his Filipino fans. On Twitter, Filipino fans popularized the hashtag #ICanSeeTheStarsFromThePhilippines in anticipation of the film, which premiered in the Philippines on June 5.

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Moms For Life


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Personally speaking, who doesn’t love our mothers? Even if we get to hate them there is still space in our hearts that tells us to always understand them. To always remember every single thing they do just to make us happy, satisfied and as if there’s nothing that we could ever ask for more. Moms are always right there beside us. When we get to walk while remembering how they guided us in our first baby steps. When we are looking at the bathroom mirror thinking of how patient they demonstrated the proper tooth brushing. When we wake up every morning reading the first word that catches our eyes while reminiscing the moments they became our “first teacher”. Indeed, our moms are willing to do anything for we are their children and they have to take care of us until the end.

We show our love to our moms differently. In fact I am not the type who always tell “I love you, Mom!” when I’m about to leave home. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love her literally. I can still express my love but, let’s say, in a more different way than the usual.

I admit I have this big fear of losing my mom physically. That one day will come, I suppose, and no one could ever stop it. That is why if we still have the time to hang out, have the longest chitchat and sell the most exclusive joke with our moms, then let’s take that as an opportunity for we will thank time someday for allowing us to do it.

Moms aren’t there for ever but all the good things they do for us will always stay forever.

My name is Laurence and I heart and salute all the moms in the universe! 😘

imagePHOTO: Me and my mom during my toddler days! 😉

Me, Myself and I


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PHOTOSTORY:
What does the fox say?

The fox says:

Sometimes you are not the person you think you are.

How much do you know yourself?
How much do you believe in yourself?
How much do you trust yourself?
How much do you love yourself?

Do you know anyone who trust you?
Do you know anyone who believes in you?
Do you know anyone who always protects you?
Do you know anyone who loves you?

Do you want to know what others think of you?
Have you noticed if there is someone who hates you!
Do you have a friend (who you think is your best friend) who backstabs you?
Have you ever hurt someone you love?

These are just some of the questions that your brain is asking you everyday.
The questions are more likely to ask how you accept yourself, how you accept others and how other people accept you. Indeed, you are the only one who can really answer these questions. It is ONLY you who can manage your relationships to others. It is your life.

Apple Will Now Recycle Any Product You Give Back—and Give You Credit for It


Wow! How cool that Apple would be finally doing that. This is both a good and a must-read! 👍📱😊

TIME

Starting today, Apple Stores will begin accepting any of the company’s products for recycling at no charge.

Even better, if the items look resalable, you might even get a store credit, a.k.a. an Apple gift card. CEO Tim Cook last month told shareholders the company wants to “leave the world better than we found it,” and this initiative is part of that.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives (and a former EPA administrator) told the AP Apple aims to “use all our innovation and all of our expertise to make the planet more secure and make the environment better.”

The move caps off an evolution from a few years ago when the company was criticized by some groups as contributing to electronic waste. Since then, Apple has unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at cutting its environmental impact.

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Happy Earth Day


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I dedicated this, one of my paintings, to our Mother Earth. In my own ways, I would like to show respect, sincerity and love to Her. I actually painted this one just today. The whole symbolizes Mother Earth. It is a “she”. The eye colors are green and blue. And the hair strands are dominant blue and green too. I covered the lower face with the hair. I wanted to emphasize here that the planet stays silent without any complaining into the harmful things people are doing unto it.

I admit I also happen to do harmful things to Mother Earth. But also like other people we learn from our mistakes and we know what is right and what is wrong. Let us remember that we get older and so does she. We have to take care of everything to protect our planet. Even in our simple ways like spreading the good news to our friends. It wouldn’t cost you to help sustain the beauty of the environment. So I ask you, what do you do to help protect our Mother Earth?

April 22, 2014. Today we are celebrating a global awareness of taking good care of the planet. But the awareness doesn’t only last for a day. It should last forever. HAPPY EARTH DAY, world!