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A female singer in Saudi Arabia has recorded a hilarious rap song from the seat of her car to celebrate the end of the country's driving ban for women. The rap song, entitled We Are Driving, has gone viral and shows singer Leesa A rapping while she takes the steering wheel, sits on the bonnet and pokes her head through the sun roof. In the video, she says she has 'no need for taxis' with the driving ban lifted and says she can drive herself for the first time. It came after a Saudi TV presenter fled the country when an investigation was launched into claims she had violated the kingdom's dress code for women.
The longstanding ban on women driving in the conservative Muslim kingdom was lifted this month in a move announced last September which finally took effect on Sunday. In the rap video the singer offers advice to other female motorists, stressing the importance of wearing a seatbelt, Gulf News reported. She sings: Don't forget that today is the tenth day [in the Islamic calendar] and this means no need for taxis. 'I am not kidding, today I can [drive] myself.' According to the BBC, she went on: 'I don't need anyone to take me... Drivers' licence with me.
'The steering wheel in my hands, the pedal under my foot... I put the seat belt over my abaya [robe].' The video has been watched almost half a million times on her YouTube channel and over a million times on Instagram. One Twitter user wrote in support, saying: 'Saudi Arabia gave women permission to drive and this is the first thing they do.' It came after Shereen Al-Rifaie was accused of recording a segment on women finally being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia in an outfit deemed 'indecent' by the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media. The presenter wore a white abaya - a traditional Muslim robe-like dress - which opened to reveal white trousers and a top underneath in the TV segment. Her hair was somewhat covered by a loose white scarf, but her dark locks could be seen by her hairline and flowing down her back.
In a Twitter post, the Commission said they had launched an investigation after the video clip of Ms Al-Rifaie had been shared on social media. They said the clip of her news report had shown her 'wearing indecent clothes, in violation of regulations and instructions. As the news of the investigation broke, Ms Al-Rifaie posted a photo of a plane ticket and her passport on Snapchat, local news website ajel.sa reports, indicating that she had left the country. Saudi Arabia has a legally imposed dress code, and all women, foreign and local, are required wear an abaya in public. Muslim women must also wear a headscarf – or hijab – to cover their hair, but foreigners are not legally required to do so. While it is not ordered by the state, many Saudi women also choose to cover their face with a burqa or niqab.
When teenager Seb Cheer started university this year there was one extra thing he had to plan for – without medication he risks wetting the bed. Mr Cheer, 18, from Cardiff took medication until last year to control his overactive bladder and still takes it when he's not at home. His condition means his bladder muscle contracts spontaneously and without his control – leading to a sudden urge to go to the toilet. Although the problem is manageable at home and he is beginning to cope without medicine, Mr Cheer says finding the toilet is the first thing he has to do when he goes somewhere new. He has suffered from an overactive bladder for his whole life, wearing nappies until he was seven, but says he is confident at dealing with it and was not bullied as a child. Mr Cheer, a student at Leeds University, is sharing his story in the hope other young people with the condition will be encouraged to be open about it.
Mr Cheer's case is not unique – an estimated one in 10 school-aged children wet the bed and, according to Bladder Health UK, one in six adults have symptoms of it. 'Without my tablets, I'm taking a risk that I'll wet the bed,' the first year Leeds University student says. 'I can take that risk at home because my bed is fitted with special absorbent sheets. I can't take that risk if I'm staying with friends or if I'm camping.'And even with the medication Mr Cheer has to navigate the dosage, which means he cannot drink for an hour before taking it or eight hours after – timing which doesn't always work well with university social life. But Mr Cheer's overactive bladder does not just affect him during the night. The journalism student also has to avoid wetting himself during the day – something he says was harder at school than it is at the university. At university, there are fewer classes and he doesn't have to ask permission to go to the toilet like he did at school at Bishop of Llandaff High in Cardiff. But he still needs to know where the nearest toilet is at all times. Mr Cheer's mother, Brenda, agrees: 'Wetting isn't seen by society as a medical condition, it's just something everyone does as a toddler and then they grow out of it. 'But for many, it's a symptom of a bladder or bowel condition which needs treating.'A Parliamentary report – It Happens To Me Too – published in March this year, confirms what Brenda says, showing one in four people believe that bladder and bowel problems only affect the elderly.Mr Cheer's sister Alice, 20, is doing a charity skydive on July 7 to raise money for ERIC but says it is not an easy condition to raise money for because of the stigma.To donate to Alice's fundraising visit her Just Giving page.
kiddiespost:Father's heartwarming report card for his autistic daughter, 10, after she got straight Ds at school .
A father who wrote his own report card for his autistic daughter after she received straight Ds is being praised online. Sophie Jackson, 10, became very upset after receiving low grades on her year four report card this week.'She cried and said "I've let everyone down",' her father, Shane Jackson, posted on Twitter on Wednesday. In an effort to cheer up the Tasmanian schoolgirl, Mr Jackson crafted his own report card for his daughter, giving her straight As for her sense of humour, imagination and drawing skills.
Mr Jackson said he was away when his wife sent him a copy of their daughter's report card and told him how devastated Sophie was. 'I was away in Melbourne and my daughter and my wife were upset,' he said.'I felt so powerless. I wanted to hug Sophie and make her feel better, so I thought I should take this to Twitter.' His inspiring parenting has gained a huge amount of attention on Twitter, with people from across the world praising his adorable gesture.One of the thousand responses to Mr Jackson's tweet awarded him with a 'Master of Dad' degree.
Mr Jackson told Daily Mail Australia he was extremely happy to see such a positive response on Twitter.'The best impact has been on Sophie. Next day she bumped out of the house, beaming, ready for school.''As a parent of an autistic child I'd like to tell other parents that they are not alone as I understand it can get challenging,' he said. Mr Jackson also said Sophie has a very supportive academic staff at her school.'This is in no way against her or any other teacher. Sophie has a fantastic teacher.''There's a marking process, according to which Sophie did well,' he said.
Xuewei, Mr Fu’s granddaughter, was the apple of his eye. Her life had taken a sharp turn at a very young age when her parents separated. She was sent to live with Mr Fu and his wife in Chengdu, China. Luckily, they were loving people and raised her with all the care and attention they could offer. She developed a bond with them so strong that she now considered them her mother and father. But there are downsides to having elderly parents.
Always Close To Her Heart
When Xuewei was 18, she left the country to study in Switzerland and then Singapore. But she made a point to keep a close relationship with her grandparents. She talked to them frequently, telling them about her travels, her studies, and even her relationship problems. Eventually, she moved back to China to start her career and continued to keep her grandparents close. It turned out to be a wise decision because time was catching up with them.
A Model Granddaughter
After she graduated from university, Xuewei became a successful entrepreneur. The fruits of her work allowed her to live a good life, in which she tried to include her grandparents as much as possible. She took them on holidays abroad and has even brought them to nightclubs. But soon, the reality of the couple’s age started catching up with the family. And Xuewei didn’t know if she’d be able to handle what was to come.
Confronting A Hard Truth
Late last year, when Xuewei was 25 years old, she had to grapple with some heartbreaking news. Her grandfather, Fu Qiquan, fell seriously ill. Doctors told Xuewei they didn’t know if he would live for much longer. This was not Mr Fu’s first health scare, but it truly made Xuewei realize that she would not have much more time to spend with the couple who raised her so lovingly. She became determined to make the most of it.
Age Was Catching Up To Him
Mr Fu was 87 years old. He had had heart problems for a long time, and two years prior he suffered a cerebral stroke that paralyzed his body and kept him in the hospital for three months. Xuewei knew her grandfather was becoming frailer with every passing day. So she decided not to leave his side. But something inside was telling her that it was not enough. She had to show him just how much she loved him before it was too late.
Trying To Make Him Happy
Xuewei would be at her grandfather’s side every day, feeding him and taking care of his every need. But she wanted to do more than that — she wanted to help him fulfil his life’s dreams. She knew that what he always wanted was to see her walk down the aisle. There was one problem, though: she didn’t have a boyfriend and wasn’t planning on getting married anytime soon. But she wasn't about to let that get in the way of making her grandpa happy.
A Secret Plan
For Xuewei, the primary focus for her personal life at the moment was her career. Still, she wasn’t sure her grandfather would live long enough to see her find "the one" and get married. Unwilling to let that stop her from realizing his wish, she decided to give him a surprise that would make Mr Fu happier than he had been in a long time. But she had to keep it all a secret.
Much More Than A Photo Shoot
Earlier that month, Xuewei took her grandfather to the hospital for a checkup. Once they were there, she casually told him, “we’re actually going to take some pictures today.” Mr Fu nodded and said ok. As they arrived at the photography studio, IV drip in tow, Xuewei’s grandfather started to realize this wasn’t just a normal photo shoot.
His Wish Come True
Xuewei handed her grandfather a dapper suit to wear, while she put on a beautiful white bridal gown. The photo shoot, it turned out, was wedding-themed. “My grandfather would be the one to give me away at my wedding,” Xuewei explained. “Because I don't know if he could live long enough to see that, I wanted to make sure he could do that now.” It was truly a magical day, and the pictures were there to prove it.
The Best Gift Ever
Aside from the studio photos, Xuewei and Mr Fu took pictures in a small church, for which they each wore a different outfit. The whole affair costs her 3000 yuan ($476), but to her, it was worth every penny. Seeing her grandfather’s smile when he looked at her meant everything to Xuewei. It was a smile worth immortalizing, so she did.
A Permanent Reminder
Xuewei also decided to get a tattoo of Mr Fu’s image on her arm. “I had my grandfather's portrait tattooed on my arm in January because I want my new friends and my children to be able to know what he looks like in the future,” she said. Images from the photo shoot went viral in China, where the topic of young women and marriage is a hot-button issue.
China's Marriage Conundrum
While Xuewei went above and beyond to give her grandfather a small glimpse of his dream, other young women in China don’t take so kindly to the pressure to get married. As the country’s middle class grows and the population becomes more educated, young women have started to prioritize career over marriage and family. But traditional values persist in the older generations, leading to a clash.
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