Lizzie Velasquez is dubbed the 'World's Ugliest Woman'. It is very heart breaking to have such a feeling and even worse when people you expect to encourage and motivate you, instead insult and give advice of taking your own life. This happened to a lady named Lizzie Velasquez.
Lizzie Velasquez - author of Lizzie Beautiful
Lizzie Velasquez is a Texan born in San Antonio. She has a rare medical condition. Doctors had told her mother that she would not survive when she was born. "They told us they had no idea how she could have survived," she said. Her body does not have adipose tissue hence neither can she store energy, create muscle nor gain weight. Her weight is 60 pounds. This is because she has zero percent of body fat.
That's nature. She never wished to be born that way just the way we never requested to be born the way we are. But people cannot stop talking. When she was in high school, she post a 8 sec video on Youtube. The repercussions were immense, she couldn't take it. She had to delete the video but not before reading the comments.
The comments were life demeaning. They ranged from insults to being urged to commit suicide. Some viewers called her "it" while others refer to her as "monster". She though managed to live through those trying times, and now she is a motivational speaker. She has graduated from college and written two books, "Lizzie Beautiful" was released in 2010 while "Be Beautiful, Be You," was published this month.
She is an achiever by all standards. She is only disappointed by one thing, "The stares are what I'm really dealing with in public right now," she told Dr. Drew Pinsky. "But I think I'm getting to the point where… instead of sitting by and watching people judge me, I'm starting to want to go up to these people and introduce myself or give them my card and say, 'Hi, I'm Lizzie. Maybe you should stop staring and start learning'."
Lizzie Velaquez urges people not to stare but learn
Despite man-made setbacks, Lizzie Velasquez is positive with life. "I feel really glad that I don't look like the celebrities out there that are so beautiful," she said to Dr. Drew. "There's a lot of stereotypes attached to that." Not looking like models on front covers of magazines "gives people the opportunity to know you personally," she explains. "If they're willing to take that extra step they'll get to know the person you really are."
"I'm human, and of course these things are going to hurt," Lizzie said. "Their judgements of me isn't who I am, and I'm not going to let these things define me."
Instead of focusing on negative attitude of some people, Lizzie has decided to accomplish her goals in life. "I didn't sink down to their level," she wrote in a follow-up video on Youtube the previous year. "Instead, I got my revenge through my accomplishments and determination. In the battle between the 'World's Ugliest Woman' video vs. me, I think I won."
This is a very touching story. I hope you have also been touched in a positive way. [...]
Beba card was introduced by Google in Kenya and issued by Citi Hoppa for free. Beba card replaces cash for e-mode of payment. Kenya's transport sector is undergoing transformation. Citi Hoppa (transportation company) is leading the way in revolutionizing the industry. Transport problems in Kenya are many; hiking fare is a common phenomena especially during raining seasons.
Citi Hoppa and Google's beba card
There are peak hours and off-peak hours. Mornings and evenings are peak hours (rush hour) while midday lies in the off-peak hour. Many commuters suffer as a result of the hikes. They are forced to budget for uncertainties that sometimes go beyond reasonable amounts.
Owners of commuter transport vehicles have also been suffering from extortion by their workers. Because fare is not constant, it is very difficult to calculate the exact figure collected from the business. They only resort to relying on the honesty of their employees.
Not all employees are trust worthy. If that is held constant, then failure in business looms. It is not surprising to meet fare-collectors who boast of huge amounts they take home (by declaring a lesser amount from what they collected), in some cases more than what the vehicle owners pocket.
Photo of Citi Hoppa in the street of Nairobi, Kenya
A solution had to be found. With new high technology in the market, an optimal answer has been achieved. Google has introduced "beba card" that is used to pay fare on Citi Hoppa buses.
This card is easy to use. This is how it works: You just have to tap your card on a card reader to pay. The card is issued for free. And there are no charges for using it, just absolutely FREE! The card is loaded with money and function just like the way an ATM works.
E-money will substitute the burden of carrying solid cash which in most cases is not safe. In Nairobi where a chance of being mugged is 1/10, this card would probably be very beneficial.
Don't ask yourself too many questions. It is safe, a 100% like your credit top-up card. Grab your beba card and enjoy the luxury of paying your fare with e-money. Say bye to the old way of paying commuter fee using cash and enjoy technology in the comfort of your seat!! [...]