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Man uses washed-up debris on the beach to build a public gym

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Trash never looks right on a beach. Rather than throwing it away, though, this man found a way to make it useful to others.

When someone litters, often it ends up being washed away by the rain into the waterways and carried by the ocean, before landing on a beach. It’s a problem that many beaches have to deal with in their effort to keep clean. One man, Alcindo Soares, has taken it upon himself to make sure the beaches of Santa Maria remain clean.

“I feel proud when I see Santa Maria’s clean beach,” Soares says in a video by Great Big Story. “It’s important to keep it clean. You shouldn’t just throw trash on the sand.”

Rather than tossing this trash into a landfill, this construction worker from Cape Verde saw a way to solve two problems at one. Since Santa Maria lacked a place where the local community could exercise, Soares used what he found on the beaches to build a public gym.

Normal gyms can be expensive. The cost of the equipment alone quickly adds up. Instead, this gym is made from discarded wooden posts, metal pipes, and sand. The final result is a gym that resembles a standard gym that can support all the usual forms of exercise and training, but with a unique identity. Now people in the area have a place to work out free of charge for as long as they like.

“There’s nature, sun, the beach, fresh air,” Soares continues. “I think it’s much better.”

Moreover, with all the trash he finds on the beaches, the gym is able to grow and expand. “My dream is to try and make the gym just a bit better,” says Soares. “For as long as I live I’ll continue to use it. Train, then go swim in the ocean, and the day is complete.”

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Ebola: Death toll rises to 44 in DR Congo.

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Seventy-eight cases of Ebola have been reported in an outbreak in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, claiming 44 lives, DRC officials and the World Health Organization said Friday.

The latest outbreak of the viral disease, which is highly contagious and frequently fatal if untreated it will spread all over.



It has prompted a visit by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the health ministry said in a statement.

“In all, 78 cases of haemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, of which 51 are confirmed and 27 probable” while “24 suspect cases are under investigation”, according to reports.

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Confirmed cases are verified by way of laboratory tests on samples taken from patients. The cases treated as probable often concern diseased people who had a close epidemiological link with confirmed cases, but have not been tested.

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Celebrating Aretha Franklin in 7 iconic songs

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Tributes continue to pour in for music legend, powerful global leaders and adoring fans for record Grammy winner Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday aged 76.

Franklin earned her title “the Queen of Soul” with a voice could be both powerful and plaintive.



Her music became part of the American soundtrack from the 1960s through to her death on Thursday.

We look back at some of the iconic songs that cemented Franklin’s status as a timeless music icon.

Aretha Franklin’s signature anthem is a commanding cover of Otis Redding’s 1965 rave-up that captured the spirit of the country on multiple levels particularly the civil rights movement and the feminist movement.

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It hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1967 and stayed there for two weeks and wound up leading the magazine’s Hot Rhythm & Blues chart for two months.

It earn Aretha her first of 18 Grammys.

I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) (1967)

You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1967

Amazing Grace (1972)

Freeway of Love (1985)

Rolling in the Deep: The Aretha version (2014)

Think (1968)

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