‘South Africa’s Schwarzenegger’ aims to lift poor with township gyms

Striding around the gym he built in his grandmother’s backyard, South African bodybuilding champion Tumi Masite recalls the day Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former trainer paid him a visit. Reg Park had heard about Masite during a trip to South Africa a decade ago and offered him advice that helped the bodybuilder win national championships. Now Masite … Read more ‘South Africa’s Schwarzenegger’ aims to lift poor with township gyms

Move over Mao: Beijing tomb sweepers preen pampered pets’ graves

China celebrates the Qingming tomb-sweeping festival on Monday, with much of the ceremonial ritual of honouring the dead these days not geared towards beloved relatives, but beloved pets. Once banned by Communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong as a bourgeois pastime, having a pet has now become a symbol of financial success in China, which has … Read more Move over Mao: Beijing tomb sweepers preen pampered pets’ graves

Vatican investigates claim hospital funds used to refurbish cardinal’s flat

The Vatican said on Thursday it is investigating two former officials over claims money meant for a children’s hospital was used to refurbish a cardinal’s luxury apartment. Costly work at former Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s flat — seeming to clash with Pope Francis’s recommendations that church officials live as modestly as he … Read more Vatican investigates claim hospital funds used to refurbish cardinal’s flat

German train operator: women-only compartments not reaction to New Year attacks

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A German railway company which has introduced women-only compartments on one line said on Thursday the move was not a reaction to the New Year sex attacks in Cologne and other cities but a response to customer requests made earlier in December. Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn set aside compartments for women, children … Read more German train operator: women-only compartments not reaction to New Year attacks