What happens when thousands of physically fit people in peak condition from all over the world who look like they walked out of a United Colors of Benetton ad are holed up in a venue together for two weeks with curfews that prevent them from going outside and where many will go home medal-less, which means they have a lot of free time on their hands and now interactions are facilitated by Tinder? Enter this guy, identified as Eric at the Rio 2016 Olympics: Meet Eric, the guy whose job it is to walk around the Olympics with a big sack of condoms pic.twitter.com/wieV9kW0N8 — Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) August 7, 2016 Pictures have been circulating on social media of him. Eric’s job is to walk around the Olympics with a big sack of condoms for athletes. The International Olympic Committee for Rio 2016 has provided more than 450,000 condoms for the two-week games, way more than previous Olympics. This works out to 42 per athlete or nearly three a day across ... » Learn More about Eric’s job is to walk around Olympic Village with big sack of condoms: Rio 2016 moments
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June 2020: To my previous owner, the phrase “put to sleep” suggests a quiet and peaceful death, though in my case, it had a cruel sting. What did I do wrong? I loved you. You were my everything, you were my world for over seven years. Is my sin in my skin? I have atopic dermatitis and I stink like unwashed socks. A problem you no longer see fit to treat – or have I become a burden, being old and blind in one eye? Whatever the excuse, you had decided: I was to die. It was the worst of times, what with the raging Covid-19 pandemic, imposed social distancing and nationwide movement restrictions. How and where to get help? It looked like I was doomed but fortunately my Maker had other plans. A Greek philosopher once quoted that everything happens for a reason but then I was too emotionally confused and frightened to see it. To all my saviours, my undying gratitude and thanks. From the ladies in JB who raised the alarm, negotiated my release and kept me safe. A shout-out to ... » Learn More about My Pet Story: Mei’s narrative of her life, then and now
– CHIANG RAI -Ethnic minorities on Mount Doi Tung in northern Thailand have seen their lives transformed after replacing illicit opium poppy fields with profitable coffee plantations. From the sky, Mount Doi Tung looks like a thick carpet of dark green forest. Huge trees sprawl across its misty hills, towering over coffee plantations and brilliantly colourful flowers. Thirty years ago, perhaps no one could have imagined such a stunning landscape on Doi Tung. Its old residents would have described it as bleak and barren – a hopeless place atop the Doi Nang Non mountain range inhabited by poor ethnic minorities and forgotten by the rest of Thailand. Generations of tribes-people with no citizenship or basic rights had struggled to survive from slash-and-burn agriculture. The result was decades of widespread deforestation that in turn deprived them of food resources. Grinding poverty and lack of career opportunities also drove countless minorities into illicit opium poppy ... » Learn More about Chiang Rai’s Ethnic Minorities Quit Opium Poppies for Coffee
MANILA, Philippines – He’s either a shameless, well-trained prevaricator, a repentant truth-teller, or someone caught in between. 57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators who grilled him and tried to assert that his shocking revelations about the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) and President Rodrigo Duterte were too incredible to be true. Practically illiterate after completing only Grade 1 many decades ago, he was made to look stupid and inconsistent in his narration of what he knew. The son of a forest ranger who planted coffee and corn to support his family, the short, stocky Edgar with streaks of silver hair showed little traces of a man who had witnessed and even participated in the killing of hundreds of people – many of them criminals who were a menace to Davao. They were drug pushers, snatchers, hold-uppers, land-grabbers, and they all deserved to die, he thought. Edgar took pride in his job. He says his was among ... » Learn More about Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?
SINGAPORE: There are nine types of vadai (deep-fried lentil fritters) on sale at Gina Rajan’s stall at Dunman Food Centre, such as dhal, prawn, vegetable and ikan bilis vadai . They all have one thing in common, according to her. “My vadai is very crispy on the outside, soft on the inside — when you have one bite, you feel like eating more,” the 63-year-old said about the Indian snack made to her late husband’s secret recipe. She has been selling vadai since 1985. Her stall, Gina’s Vadai, has moved multiple times, from its original premises in Geylang Bahru to Simpang Bedok and other locations before it settled in Dunman Food Centre in 2017. It has not been easy to survive this long, she tells the programme On The Red Dot . The couple had even contemplated suicide once, then a phone call changed everything. But with the COVID-19 pandemic now, business is only getting worse for one of Singapore’s oldest vadai brands. IT STARTED AT HOME Gina got ... » Learn More about A ‘miracle’ once saved these hawkers’ lives. Their stall is now battling to survive again
TOKYO: American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks said on Friday he was looking forward to elevate his game and challenge world record holder Sweden's Armand "Mondo" Duplantis for medals at the Olympics in Tokyo, which officially kick-off later on Friday. Kendricks, 28, who beat Duplantis in 2019 in Doha to retain his world title and won bronze at the Rio Olympics five years ago, told reporters that he used events in Europe following the U.S. Olympic trials in June to hone his jump and will rest before flying to Tokyo for the games. "When I go to Tokyo, I want to be well-competed and well rested," he said. "So, hopefully will give Mondo Duplantis, the world record holder, a run for his money." Kendricks and Duplantis have battled for years and are heading to the tournament as contenders for medals. Duplantis, 21, has been in terrific form over the last year, clocking the world record after he cleared 6.17 metres at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meet in Poland in February of 2020 ... » Learn More about USA pole vaulter Kendricks hopes to raise game to beat rival Duplantis