Mom-to-be casts US vote en route to delivery room

Updated 07 November 2012
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Mom-to-be casts US vote en route to delivery room

CHICAGO: Nothing was going to stop first-time voter Galicia Malone from casting her ballot in Tuesday’s US elections — not even the imminent birth of her first child. The 21-year-old from Dolton, Illinois, a suburb of President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown Chicago, had been in labor since the middle of the night, with contractions five minutes apart.
But she insisted en route to hospital on stopping at her local polling station — the aptly named New Life Celebration Church — to cast her ballot, Cook County clerk David Orr said in a news release. “I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life,” Malone told Chicago’s WBBM all-news radio station.
“And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter.” “I was just trying to read (the ballot paper) and breathe, read and breathe,” she added. “That’s what I kept telling myself: ‘Read and breathe, read and breathe’.”
Orr, whose office is in charge of setting up local polling stations, said: “My hat goes off to Galicia for not letting anything get in the way of voting. What a terrific example she is showing for the next generation.”


Historic day for Saudi women: #Have you chosen your car?

Granting women the right to drive is part of a wider blueprint for the future.
Updated 24 June 2018
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Historic day for Saudi women: #Have you chosen your car?

The Arabic hashtag for “Have you chosen your car?” was linguistically directed to females and was one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter in Saudi Arabia yesterday as locals anticipated this historic day, June 24, the first day when women could drive on the roads of Saudi Arabia.
@GhadeerDk said: “Mercedes S Class 2018 Or Genesis G90.”
@ba_11_ba posted a picture of a Lexus LX570 and tweeted: “My dream car.”
From the region, @medianeminence said: “Seeing Saudi girls contemplate which cars should they get is truly heartwarming.”
@i1i___G said: “Dodge charger 2014.”
Tweeting in Arabic, @Abdullah_Ali_f said: “Legal adviser: Photographing women while they are driving and using this material as a means of mockery, humor and taunting is a violation of the anti-cybercrime law. Whoever commits such acts is subject to no longer than 5 years in prison and a fine that does not exceed SR3 million, or one of the two punishments.”