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Pakistan Kidney Sellers Association Chairman, 25-year-old Pakistani Iqbal Zafar and three other villagers, show their scars after they each sold a kidney to pay off debts in Sultan Pur, Pakistan. As the illegal kidney trade gets rampant in Pakistan, the country’s legal experts are giving final touches to a draft law that will curb the dirty business. The money earned by the poor donors is used for a variety of purposes including marriages, house building, loan repayments, drug abuse or simply to have a good time. Many Pakistani hospitals, which provide transplant facilities, have hundreds of donors listed with them, offering a transplant to anyone who can pay 5,000 to 6,000 dollars.
This remarkable photograph shows the then oldest living ex-slave, Mrs. Sally Fickland, viewing the Emancipation Proclamation in the Freedom Train at Philadelphia, on September 17, 1947. This moving image reminds us of the importance of exhibition lighting policies to control both the intensity and duration of light exposure. The National Archives carefully limits the light exposure of this landmark document to ensure that it survives for future generations to see. Emancipation Proclamation, RG 11, ARC # 299998.
Meet Motala, a 50 year old elephant from Thailand who lost her front left leg in 1999 after stepping on a land mine left over from ongoing conflicts along the Thai-Myanmar border. When the accident occurred Motala was a working elephant who moved trees for a living. She was simply foraging for food in the forest when she stepped on the mine. Although her owners tried to save poor Motala’s leg, the limb was so badly damaged that it eventually had to be amputated below the knee. It wasn’t until 2006 that she was able to receive her first artificial leg. It was only a temporary solution, but she successfully learned to walk on it. In 2009 Motala received her first permanent prosthesis, made for her at the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) elephant hospital in the Mae Yao National Reserve in Thailand. Because prosthetic legs must be changed according to weight, Motala has been given other legs accordingly and received a new one last year, her third. A documentary entitled The Eyes of Thailand shows the amazing moment when Motala took her first few steps on her first prosthetic leg. Check out incredibly moving video of that awesome moment here. - - (CLICK continue to See Motala with her new Leg)
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Veterans Day 2012
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. To the one’s that are still here and the one’ at Rest (R.I.P.) …We ALL Celebrate and Honor You Today for your Courage and Dedication to Protecting Us All…Much Blessings.
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Looks like we’re not the only ones getting older!
|PRESIDENTE DE LA ASAMBLEA: Sergio Gálvez, in the discussion of the second debate of the draft law that seeks to repeal the 72 Photo: Joshua Garcia / The Star
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– President of the National Assembly, Sergio “Chello” Galvez said on Saturday, October 27, at the exit of the second debate of the project 541, which repeals Act 72, allowing the sale of land in the Colon Free Zone, that by which the country returned to calm after riots that occurred since last October 19 in Columbus and later in Panama
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Calm Sets in After Panama Riots
©ourtesy of ThePanamaDigest :: By mid-afternoon Friday, Panama City was quieter than usual following the morning’s violent protests and looting. Streets were much emptier as people retreated to their homes. No construction could be heard, businesses were closed and soccer games postponed. Over 200 people had been arrested, and police began to search out looted goods. Although reports circulated that a curfew had been imposed, the government announced that it had not. Although continued violence is not expected, Saúl Méndez, head of the Suntracs, said that leaders of the workers union would meet at the Soloy Hotel at 9 a.m. to ensure that the National Assembly repeals Colon land sale Law 72.
Protesters refuse to negotiate with the government as long as a law authorizing the sale of land in the free zone of Colón is in effect.
:: Demonstrations, roadblocks and clashes between residents opposed to the project and police have occurred in Colón since last week. Police and protesters clashed Tuesday in the Panamanian city of Colón on the second day of strike against a bill authorizing the sale of state-owned land in the free zone. No injuries or arrests were reported. Demonstrators, most of them young, closed streets with barricades and threw rocks and sticks at police, who responded with tear gas, according to local TV news broadcasts. Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds of people protested in various parts of Panama, but most demonstrations took place in Colón, on the Caribbean coast, where protests ended in a violent battle. Riots broke out last Friday after President Ricardo Martinelli signed the bill into law
, and have resulted in the death of a child and dozens of injuries and arrests. Government officials on Tuesday attempted to negotiate with opponents of the new law, but protesters rejected any dialogue while the legislation is in force. The mayor of Colón, Damaso García, said that economic losses generated by the strike are “incalculable,” as most stores, supermarkets and other businesses have not been able to open. The controversial law allows the sale of land in the Colón Free Zone, which would generate some $2 billion in government revenue in the next 20 years. With more than 3,000 companies in operation, the Panamanian free zone generated more than $29 billion in 2011.