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Melinda Gates leads contraception battle

By Joanna Moorhead


Melinda Gates takes aim at the Catholic Church in her fight to improve access to contraception worldwide.

BILLIONAIRE Melinda Gates has thrown down the gauntlet to the Vatican with a vow to dedicate the rest of her life to improving access to contraception around the globe.

Mrs Gates – who with her husband, Bill, the founder of Microsoft, is one of the world’s leading philanthropic figures in development issues – predicted that women in Africa and Asia would soon be ”voting with their feet”, as women in the West had done, and would ignore the church’s ban on artificial birth control.

Mrs Gates, a Catholic, was a speaker at the London Summit on Family Planning organised by her foundation in conjunction with the British government and the United Nations Population Fund.

She said she had been inundated with messages of support from Catholic women, including nuns.

”A church is made up of its members, and one of the things this campaign might do is help women speak out,” she said.

Mrs Gates said that in the West the bishops said one thing but ordinary Catholics did another. ”In my country 82 per cent of Catholics say contraception is morally acceptable. So let the women in Africa decide. The choice is up to them.”

She admitted she had agonised over whether to speak out in defiance of the church hierarchy.

”As a Catholic I believe in this religion … But I also have to think about how we keep women alive.

”I believe in not letting women die, I believe in not letting babies die, and to me that’s more important than arguing about what method of contraception [is right].”

Being a woman and a mother were at the heart of her decision to focus on family planning, said Mrs Gates, who has three children, aged 16, 13 and 10.

”It would have been nice to stay as a private citizen but part of the reason why I’m so public is that it does take a woman to speak out about these issues.

”Why have women not been at the heart of the global health agenda? It’s because we’ve not had enough women speaking out. We need to give a voice to women all over the planet. This will be my life’s work.”

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Florida woman set on fire outside 7-Eleven: Police

Roosevelt Mondesir will head to jail for dousing his ex wife in gasoline and igniting her

 	Roosevelt Mondesir allegedly doused his ex-girlfriend on fire at a 7-Eleven in West Palm Beach, Fla.

A woman was severely burned Monday after being doused in gasoline and lit on fire outside a 7-Eleven store in South Florida in a dispute with the father of her child, police said.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A woman was severely burned Monday after being doused in gasoline and lit on fire outside a 7-Eleven store in South Florida in a dispute with the father of her child, police said.

The 34-year-old woman was waiting in her silver Mercedes at the store shortly before 3 a.m., Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. She was meeting her ex to pick up her 4-year-old son for whom they share custody.

Roosevelt Mondesir, 52, arrived in his white Jaguar without the boy and began throwing gasoline on the unidentified woman’s car and body, according to a police affidavit. She tried to run away, but police said the man chased her with a knife and then ignited her.

In graphic surveillance video, a man can be seen threatening a woman with a large knife, struggling in the doorway of the store. “Get away from me!” she can be heard shouting.

They disappear from view until she returns in a massive fireball, screaming and running around the parking lot.


Roosevelt Mondesir allegedly doused his ex-girlfriend on fire at a 7-Eleven in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Officers searched by foot, with a police dog, and by helicopter before finding Mondesir several hours later in bushes near the 7-Eleven. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was being treated for burns at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach before being transferred to jail.

It was not known if he had yet obtained an attorney.


The woman, seen flailing on fire in the parking lot, suffered severe burns from the attack.

The victim was not identified, but she is expected to survive. She was being treated at Delray Medical Center.

Police haven’t said what led to the attack.
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Cops: Woman shoplifted and cooked meth inside Walmart

By Yamiche Alcindor

A woman in St. Louis, Mo. was arrested this week after police said she was caught shoplifting and cooking a small amount of methamphetamine inside a Walmart, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The chemical concoction was found inside a soda bottle in the woman’s purse after a Walmart employee confronted her about stealing cosmetics from the store.

Later the store’s security and police discovered a 20-ounce bottle containing the drug. The Walmart was then evacuated. No one was injured.

The trend of cooking small quantities of meth for personal use–referred to as “one-pot” batches– is on the rise, the paper reports.

There are lots of one-pot cooks,” St. Louis County police Lt. Mark Cox told the paper. “But taking it into Walmart is very unusual.”

Cops: Woman shoplifted and cooked meth inside Walmart

Being Nice Doesn’t Mean That He Want’s A Relationship


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By UntouchableGary

I hate being the bearer of bad news but I do have to clear the air on an issue that I’ve had to deal with my whole life. I imagine I’m not the only guy on the planet who has had this experience as well. What I’m referring to is the misinterpretation of my “nice guy actions”.

Ladies, I know it’s hard to believe, but all guys are not raised to be as@holes. Granted some choose to be, because after all you are what you are, so don’t automatically assume that he wants a relationship with you just because he is being nice to you.

Often times a guy being nice will make a woman run in the opposite direction. I guess it’s because they are so used to running into idiots that when a good situation does come along they aren’t mentally prepared for it.

On the other hand, when a guy is just being nice because he is supposed to, he gets the label of ‘boyfriend material’. And there is nothing wrong with seeing the quality in a man that does the little things, but where some go wrong is ASSUMING that he is mutually feeling the same way. Sometimes it’s just a matter of treating a lady the way she is supposed to be treated, nothing more and nothing less.

So there you have it! Don’t jump to conclusions because he’s nice to you. Just enjoy it and appreciate a true gentleman.

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Woman, 80, lands plane after husband collapses: ‘Gas gauge shows nothing’

Cessna landed by 80-year-old Helen Collins.

Helen Collins knew her 81-year-old husband slumped next to her in the small Cessna was dead.

She also knew the plane was fast running out of fuel, and even someone who knew how to fly would be in trouble. She last flew 30 years ago, a few take-offs and landings at her husband’s urging just in case she ever had to take the controls.

“Hell of a place to be,” she radioed one of two pilots talking her through what would be a hard landing near Sturgeon Bay in Door County — but one she would walk away from with just a cracked rib.

Collins, 80 and her husband John had been flying back from their second home in Marco Island, Fla. Monday evening when John Collins suffered a heart attack as they neared Cherryland Airport.

Tapes of the radio transmissions show Collins keeping her cool throughout the ordeal, her voice calm as she told pilot Robert Vuksanovic, “I’ve got to land pretty quick, my gas gauge shows nothing.”

“Okay, we’re going to get it on the next time around,” replied Vuksanovic, flying alongside her. “You’ve got to be lined up pretty much with the runway though.”

Collins even managed some humor.

As they made their final approach, Vuksanovic radioed the controller on the ground, “Go ahead and have them close the road. Over.”

“What do you mean by close the road?” Collins asked.

“I’m talking to the people on the ground, Helen.”

“Don’t you have faith in me?” Collins asked.

“I do, I don’t trust the drivers on the road,” Vuksanovic shot back.

By the time Collins touched down, one engine had run out of gas and the other was close to empty and sputtering. The nose-wheel collapsed and the plane skidded down the runway about 1,000 feet as Collins worked the rudders to keep the plane straight.

“The amazing thing is she landed that plane on one engine,” said her son, James Collins. “I don’t know if there are a lot of trained pilots that could do that.”

James Collins said his father was able to call from the cockpit before becoming unconscious. Then Helen Collins called 911, sending everyone at the small airport scrambling.

Keith Kasbohm, director of Cherryland Airport, called Vuksanovic who lived just a mile from the airport. Vuksanovic jumped in another plane owned by the Collins and flew up to meet the Cessna while giving instructions on the radio.

“He felt it would be easier,” Kasbohm said. “With him alongside of her, he could control her speed and altitude.”

During their radio conversations, Vuksanovic said Helen Collins “wanted to know if I was confident in her confidence. I said if you’re confident then I’m confident, I think we can do this.”

James Collins said his mother was hospitalized with an injury to her vertebrae and a cracked rib but was doing well.

“Everybody is proud of her,” he said. “I think she is a local hero for sure.”

Woman, 80, lands plane after husband collapses: ‘Gas gauge shows nothing’

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