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The rejected flight attendant who started an airline. Sibongile Sambo wanted to be a flight attendant with South African Airways, but she did not meet the minimum height requirement to become one.

The rejected flight attendant who started an airline

So she decided to star her own business, and had to sell her car and use her mother's pension money to set it up. Today, she is the founder of SRS Aviation, Africa's first female aviation company. In 2004, Sambo was commissioned with her first flight for the South African government. Why do we value gold? Mankind's attitude to gold is bizarre.

Why do we value gold?

Chemically, it is uninteresting - it barely reacts with any other element. Yet, of all the 118 elements in the periodic table, gold is the one we humans have always tended to choose to use as currency. German Teen Risks Jail To Climb To The Top Of The Great Pyramid Of Giza. Two lion cubs 'adopted' by Palestinian family. A cash-starved zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, sold the cubs to Saadi Jamal, a Palestinian Authority security employee who has taken them home - to the delight of his four children and their neighbours.

Two lion cubs 'adopted' by Palestinian family

For the past 10 weeks, "they've been living in the house like members of the family", he said. The children in the three-room apartment and their local friends "play all day long with the cubs". But this extended family comes at a price. They gobble up half a kilo (one pound) of meat a day, a tall order in Israeli-blockaded Gaza where prices have soared since a devastating war last July-August against the Jewish state. "Once they turn five months," Jamal plans to make some money by leasing the cubs out to lunar parks, seaside resorts and restaurants. Uk.businessinsider. Michelle Obama: Girls, Don't Hold Back in School.

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for teenage girls: Don't shy from being the smartest kid in the class.

Michelle Obama: Girls, Don't Hold Back in School

And never mind what the boys think. "Compete with the boys. Beat the boys," she told about 1,000 schoolgirls and young women Tuesday at an event aimed at publicizing her "Let Girls Learn" campaign to expand girls' access to education in developing countries and encourage American girls to take advantage of their opportunities. The Women of Hollywood Speak Out. Saudi Arabia’s Art Scene Is Horrified by the Death Sentence Given to Poet Ashraf Fayadh. A portrait of Ashraf Fayadh, taken in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2013 Ashraf Fayadh, a poet recently sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia by beheading, relayed a simple but grim message to the world from his prison cell.

Saudi Arabia’s Art Scene Is Horrified by the Death Sentence Given to Poet Ashraf Fayadh

"I'm an artist and I want my freedom," Fayadh, 35, said over the telephone last week as he spoke with colleagues from the art collective Edge of Arabia, who have been advocating for his release along with a number of other artistic and human rights groups. Fayadh is charged with blasphemy for penning a book of love poems allegedly containing atheistic writings and uttering religiously blasphemous comments in an Abha café in 2013.

On VICE News: Why the Paris Climate Summit Is a Really Big Deal An avant-garde painter and celebrated curator whose family is of Palestinian origin and is not a citizen of any country, Fayadh is also accused of having illicit relationships with women. VICE Talks Film with Gaspar Noe: This group wants to banish Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. Youtube/Women on 20s.

This group wants to banish Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill

It Was Never A Dress: This Campaign Will Change The Way You See Women’s Bathroom Signs Forever. Tania Katan, an activist, author and programmer, created a fun new concept for bathroom signs that she hopes will “shift perceptions and assumptions about women and the audacious, sensitive, and powerful gestures they make every single day.”

It Was Never A Dress: This Campaign Will Change The Way You See Women’s Bathroom Signs Forever

Instead of the dress-wearing bathroom-sign figure we’re used to, her sign features a woman in a superhero-style cape with the slogan, “It was never a dress.” Katan, the Curator of Code at software developer Axosoft, created the #ItWasNeverADress campaign to encourage more women to enter the tech industry – one that many people do not associate with women. More info: itwasneveradress.com | Facebook | Twitter. A blind man and his armless friend are the most unlikely pair of environmentalists. "I am his hands.

A blind man and his armless friend are the most unlikely pair of environmentalists

He is my eyes. " Jia Haixa talks of his symbiotic relationship with his friend Jia Wenqi - a double amputee. The pair work together to plant trees in Yeli village, just outside of Shijiazhuang city, northern China. Losing his sight in one eye to congenital cataracts, and later his right eye in a work-related accident, Jia Haixa is completely blind. The friends approached the local government and leased a 7.5 acre stretch of land along the riverbank. Planting the trees helps them to earn money, having both struggled to find work individually due to their handicaps.

Fortunately, the local authorities allow them to live rent-free, which is a great gesture given their poor living conditions. A language family tree - in pictures. A Single Chinese Town Makes Most of the World's Christmas Decorations. These Teens Are Begging You Not To Vote For Trump.