8 Places Around the World Where Taking Photos Is Against the Law

Vacations are a long-awaited time of travel and leisure that should only leave warm memories and bright impressions. However, in some countries, obscure rules and weird restrictions can get unwitting tourists in trouble with the law.

8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Red Light District in Amsterdam is famous for its brothels, picturesque canals, and coffee shops. In this part of the city, the local proprietors hate it when tourists take photos of the prostitutes standing in the windows. If you venture to this place carrying a camera, at best, someone might wrench it away. At worst, you risk being beaten up.

A Letter to my Future Wife: Why I will always wash Your Panties

Dear Serwaa,

I am writing to respond to the question you asked in your last letter. In that letter, you asked me to be sincere with you and tell you the truth. And what is this truth you wanted to hear?

You said there would be a day in our marriage that you may fall very ill and cannot do anything. Your question was, on such a day, if your pants or underwear are dirty and you plead with me to wash them, would I do it?

Serwaa, my answer is yes. I will wash your pants any day. You don’t need to fall sick. I will gladly wash your pants anytime there’s the need to do so. I will wash them any day of the month. That is my answer. And it is the truth you wanted to hear from me.

If you are still doubting, then this is my explanation: You have washed and helped me wash my clothes and underwear a number of times. If there is nothing wrong with you washing my pants then there should be nothing wrong with me washing yours.

I know any man who will chance on this letter will read it with a face contorted in distaste. For some men, this is an unimaginable absurdity. In our part of the world, it is not normal for a man to do this. Even if any man washes his wife’s undies, he will be too shy to mention it in public for fear of being ridiculed and called names. In Akan, they will call you “Barima kotobonku” and other derogatory names. But it is something I will do with pride. Men who do this prove that they are the real men. As for potent manhood, even the mad men on the streets have it, sometimes bigger and better.

Washing my partner’s clothes will not shrink the size of my manhood. It will not make me less intelligent. It doesn’t take anything away from me. So don’t be worried that if you fall ill in our marriage, I will pile up everything you have to do until you recover. I am a real man, Serwaa. Trust me!

A man who cannot wash your pant is not worthy of taking that pant off you.

There is a problem about how we have been socialized and continue to be indoctrinated about what makes us real men in our part of the world. One day I ate lunch with a colleague worker at Multimedia. She was the one who had gone to buy the food and after eating, I volunteered to wash the plate. She protested. But I insisted. So I did wash the plate.

While this was going on, there was a head of department who was also eating lunch in our kitchen. He did not take it lightly that I, instead of the lady, washed the dishes.

“This is wrong and you should never allow it to happen,” she told the lady. “When you do this, you bring to question the kind of training your mother gave you at home,” he said. The look on his face and the sound of his voice were a proportionate mixture of anger and disappointment at the lady.

“I said I would wash the plates but he insisted,” the lady explained to him but he would not take it.

“You should also have insisted. That is not how you were brought up,” the man said. I tried to explain but he would not listen.

“Manasseh, do you see what you have caused?” the lady asked me when the man had left.

“What have I done wrong?” I asked.

“This is Ghana and you know not every man thinks like you,” she said feeling worried.

Serwaa, not every man thinks like me but it’s about time we forced them to think that way. I was brought up in a family and in a society where the man has no place in the kitchen. In the northern part of the Ghana, a lot of the men go down south to do menial jobs. Some of those odd jobs include pounding fufu at chop bars and restaurants. But when such men go back home, they will never help their wives in the kitchen. When they are hungry and their wives are not at home, they will starve until the women return.

Growing up, if I went to the kitchen and my sister slapped me for no reason, my father would side with her without enquiring of the reason. “You are a man. What do you want in the kitchen?” he would ask. But I have grown to realize such terrible mentality is wrong and I have trained myself to be real.

Now that I am single, I cook and wash and do everything on my own. Why in the godforsaken name of masculinity must I fold my arms and watch my wife do everything in the house when I marry? Is it not madness?

Don’t worry about the man you are about to marry, my sweetheart. I will be with you in the kitchen and outside the kitchen. I am deficient in the preparation of some meals but there are components of the cooking I can still help with. When I prepare okro soup, I often lose the slimy wires that make swallowing fun. But that does not mean I should stay out of the kitchen if you are preparing okro soup.

Serwaa, I want to marry you as a wife, and not as a house help. We are equal partners and there is not going to be a master-servant relationship in our marriage. You can count on me as a helper and so can I.

The only warning I will have to issue is that you should not take me for granted. Some women have the tendency to take such men for granted and ride on them like impotent donkeys. I am your husband and you are my wife. We have to understand what we are going into. We must understand the realities of how two distinct individuals with different potentials can complement each other to make a happy home, bring out the best in us and fulfill the purpose of God for our existent on this planet.

On this reality shall we build our marriage and the gates of divorce shall never prevail against it.

Your love,

UAE celebrates 46 years of great achievements

The United Arab Emirates commemorates its 46th National Day on December 2nd, a day that embodies the very Spirit of the Union and inspires the nation to celebrate 46 years of great achievements since the federation of the seven emirates was established in 1971.

The pattern of celebrating the country’s National Day was initiated by the founding President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his fellow founding fathers of the UAE Federation. That course is now followed by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who continues to lead the nation’s march to progress and prosperity.

The achievements of the UAE over the years since the passing of Sheikh Zayed in 2004 have been made possible due to the directives and encouragement of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, along with their fellow Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, who have consistently contributed to promoting and developing the country through knowledge and innovation.

The UAE today ranks among the world’s leading countries across many key indicators, and is continuing to serve as a true role model for countries around the world.

The country has earned a leading place in the Arab world, and beyond, due to its significant achievements in various fields and its activities in the political, diplomatic, economic and humanitarian arenas at regional and international levels.

To mark the occasion of the 2017 National Day, the Emirates News Agency, WAM, will be transmitting over the next three days a series of reports looking at the UAE’s achievement and progress in various fields.

I’m an Arsenal fan; I’m used to ‘broken heart’ – Kofi Kinaata tells Story

The musician who dropped the new track recently, appears to be addressing issues surrounding relationships and all the heartache that comes with it. The new song, produced by Willie Beatz presents an authentic high-life melody fused with good sound quality.

Kinataa who claims to have suffered multiple ‘broken hearts’, in the song explains how relationships don’t matter to him anymore. The ‘Susuka’ hit-maker in the song, alludes to how he’s no longer afraid of heartbreaks since he’s a die-hard fan of the Arsenal Football Club.

The Takoradi-based singer in some part of the song encouraged that, under no circumstance should one end his/her life since it’s not the end of the world when one gets dumped by a lover.

Since his entry into Ghana’s music industry, Kinaata secured himself some recognition in songwriting and has also earned a place among trusted lyricists in Ghana. The Fante rapper exhibits this genius via carefully crafted lyrics which make all his songs unique in the ears of his audience.

Kofi Kinaata is signed onto Samini’s High Grade Family, and he is scheduled to headline the maiden “Made in Taadi Concert” slated for December 23, at the Jubilee Park in Takoradi.

Listen to the song:

President grants UAE citizenship to 309 Children of Emirati Mothers

The UAE has granted citizenship to 309 children of Emirati mothers.

In its latest meeting, under the chairmanship of Ahmed Juma Al Za’abi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs, the committee tasked with implementing the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, reviewed and approved the list of applicants submitted by the Ministry of Interior.

Al Za’abi said that the committee’s decision coincides with the 46th National Day celebrations and reflects President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed’s vision to ensure the stability of the nation’s citizens.

The decision is also in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to include the children of Emirati mothers in society and ensure their stability, Al Za’abi added.

The Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs also commended the continued efforts of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, in guiding the committee’s work, creating a significant impact on the implementation of the tasks entrusted to it.

Al Za’abi called on the new citizens to abide by the principles of the state and its constitution, and to play a sincere and dedicated role in the country’s journey of progress and prosperity.

Video: Inside the Luxury Prison where the Saudi Princes who were Arrested are Kept

Dozens of prominent Saudi figures are being held in the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. Many names are still secret, but the list is said to comprise at least 11 princes. It is part of an anti-corruption drive by the young Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia announced the arrest on Saturday night of the prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, plus at least 10 other princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers.

The announcement of the arrests was made over Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned satellite network whose broadcasts are officially approved. Prince Alwaleed’s arrest is sure to send shock waves both through the kingdom and the world’s major financial centers.

He controls the investment firm Kingdom Holding and is one of the world’s richest men, owning or having owned major stakes in News Corp, Citigroup, Twitter and many other well-known companies. The prince also controls satellite television networks watched across the Arab world.

The sweeping campaign of arrests appears to be the latest move to consolidate the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son and top adviser of King Salman.

At 32, the crown prince is already the dominant voice in Saudi military, foreign, economic and social policies, stirring murmurs of discontent in the royal family that he has amassed too much personal power, and at a remarkably young age.

The king had decreed the creation of a powerful new anti-corruption committee, headed by the crown prince, only hours before the committee ordered the arrests.

Al Arabiya said that the anticorruption committee has the right to investigate, arrest, ban from travel, or freeze the assets of anyone it deems corrupt.

The Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh, the de facto royal hotel, was evacuated on Saturday, stirring rumors that it would be used to house detained royals. The airport for private planes was closed, arousing speculation that the crown prince was seeking to block rich businessmen from fleeing before more arrests.

No one is granted entrance. No one in there likes to be called an accused.

Watch the video:

Man Marries own mother after Impregnating her with Twins

A woman married her own son yesterday. The woman and her son claim to be in love with each other and they decided take their relationship to the next level and get married considering that the mother, Betty Mbereko (from Mwenezi in Masvingo) is now six months pregnant and expecting her son’s twin boys.

 Mbereko, 40, has been a widow for the past 12 years and has been living with her 23-years-old son Farai Mbereko.

She confirmed that she is six months pregnant and that she has decided it is better to “marry” her son because she does not want to marry her late husband’s young brothers, whom she says are coveting her.

Betty stunned a village court last week when she said the affair with her son had begun three years earlier.

She said after spending a lot of money sending Farai to school following the death of her husband, she felt she had a right to his money and no other woman was entitled to it.

“Look, I struggled alone to send my son to school and no one helped me. Now you see that my son is working and you accuse me of doing something wrong.

“Let me enjoy the products of my sweat,” she told the village court council.

Farai said he was more than prepared to marry his mother and would pay off the lobola balance his father had left unpaid to his grandparents.

“I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off,” he said.

“It is better to publicise what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant.Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity.”

But local headman Nathan Muputirwa says: “We cannot allow this to happen in our village, mashura chaiwo aya, (This is a bad omen indeed). In the past they would have to be killed but today we cannot do it because we are afraid of the police.”

He warned them to immediately break off their marriage or leave his village. They chose the latter and have since left the village for an undisclosed destination.

Sheikh Mohammed mourns with Abdullah Ahmed Al Ghurair on the Death of his Wife

The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has offered his condolences on the death of Sheikha Saeed bin Sulaiman, wife of Abdullah Ahmed Al Ghurair.

While visiting the mourning majlis in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased. He also prayed to Allah the Almighty to rest her soul in peace.

Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai was also present on the occasion.

VP, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince attend Mass Wedding

The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attended the fifth mass wedding, organised by Al Bateen Council, on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

Present at the wedding reception were H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and a number of Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials.

The event saw performances of traditional folklore dances and songs.

20 Interesting Facts About Robert Mugabe

1. His full name is Robert Gabriel Mugabe. He was born on 21st February 1924 in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe. The place came under the British rule at that point of time and the region was under too much political stress because of this reason.

2. Gabriel Matibili was his father. He was a carpenter. His mother, Bona, was from the Shona ethnic group.

3. It was Ghana, where he met his wife Sally Hayfron for the first time and got married to her. However, he got married to Grace Marufu, who is his present wife, after Sally’s death.

4. He had one son with Sally Hayfron, but he died at the age of 4. He has two sons and one daughter with Grace Marufu.

5. Some sources also report that Mugabe’s father went to South Africa to work at a Jesuit mission when Mugabe was still a little boy, but he never came back home.

6. His mother was left alone to raise Mugabe and his three other siblings on her own.

7. Mugabe tried to help his mother by tending cows and doing odd jobs in his childhood.

8. Mugabe had a special interest in education. He had his schooling under the guidance of the school director Father O’Hea.

9. Mugabe luckily had a good influence in his childhood as he was under the supervision of O’Hea, who taught him to treat all people equally and directed toward education fulfilment. His teachers used to often call him “a clever child”.

10. He diligently finished his college education from the Katuma’s St. Francis Xavier College in the year 1945.  He didn’t lose his touch with the education sector as he chose the profession of a teacher and taught in Rhodesia and Ghana.

11. He also pursued higher education at Fort Hare University in South Africa at the same time. In 1951, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from there.

12. After that, he returned to his place to help locals with education. He decided to continue his education and earned the degree of Bachelors of Education through the correspondence course in 1953, when he was in his hometown.

13. When he was in the hometown, he noticed the residents of Southern Rhodesia were pretty oppressed about the new rules and restrictions placed on their daily lives.

14. Robert Mugabe has been the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Since 1980.

15. He also served his nation as a President.

16. When Mugabe went to his hometown in 1960 to introduce his fiancée, he discovered a drastic change in the place which left him quite disappointed.

17. Mugabe was selected Public Secretary of the National Democratic Party in 1960.

18. He co-founded Zimbabwe African National Union in 1963.

19. He was arrested for his aggressive protests against the British colonial Government and imprisoned for ten years.

20. While he was in the prison, he continued his education and earned university degrees in economics, education, administration and law.