Visually impaired Yemeni groom’s message draws thousands to his wedding in Aden

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After news quickly spread, local businessmen, companies and shops sent gifts to Abdullah, including financial support to the costs of his wedding, local press reported. (Twitter user)
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After news quickly spread, local businessmen, companies and shops sent gifts to Abdullah, including financial support to the costs of his wedding, local press reported. (Twitter user)
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Updated 20 July 2020

Visually impaired Yemeni groom’s message draws thousands to his wedding in Aden

  • The crowd responded to calls from Mohammed Ali Abdullah requesting them to attend his wedding
  • Videos shared on social media showed thousands gathering at the wedding hall to greet the newlyweds

DUBAI: The story of a visually impaired Yemeni groom went viral across the Arab world on social media platforms, as thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate his wedding in Aden over the weekend.
The crowd responded to calls from Mohammed Ali Abdullah requesting them to attend his wedding.

“Hello, my name is Mohammed Ali Abdullah, or as they call me, ‘Mohammed the blind’. I'm so happy that my life has become tinted in rose, although I don’t know what that looks like, but I hear roses are beautiful. I have finally found my life partner,” Abdullah wrote on Facebook.
“I have few friends and wish you can all be my friends and join me in my celebrations, as I want to prove to the world that I also have the right to be happy like other normal person. I will not see you at the wedding, but I will feel your presence," Abdullah said.

The hashtags “We are your friends” and “The blind is a groom” in the Arabic language started trending after his message circulated on social media.
After news quickly spread, local businessmen, companies and shops sent gifts to Abdullah, including financial support to the costs of his wedding, local press reported.
Videos shared on social media showed thousands gathering at the wedding hall to greet the newlyweds. Streets were packed with about 400 cars beeping in celebration, according to local reports.

A local activist said the wedding turned into a joyous and delightful picture of social solidarity in Yemen.

 


Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

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Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

  • The snafu has prompted former president Felipe Calderón to write in his Twitter account: “Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!”
  • Local media reports say the errors may have been introduced by a web services supplier angry about not being paid

MEXICO CITY: It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations.
Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.”
Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
The snafu came one day after the US State Department cited the high number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico for issuing a “do not travel” advisory for the country, its highest level of warning. Hours earlier, the resort of Acapulco was forced to pull “anything goes” tourism ads that showed people partying without masks and the words “there are no rules.”
But the problems at VisitMexico.com drew howls of hilarity — and anger. The Pacific coast resort of Puerto Escondido became “Hidden Port,” a literal translation, and the northern city of Torreon became “Turret,” which is kind of close.
Some name changes were just inexplicable and appeared to have as much to do with invention as simple translation. The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”
“Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!” former President Felipe Calderón wrote in his Twitter account.
Mexico’s Tourism Department issued a statement apologizing for the apparently out-sourced errors, but then made it sound like something sinister had been involved.
“The Tourism Department expresses its most sincere apologies to the public and users for the effects that have occurred on the website VisitMexico,” the statement said. “Moreover, we make it known that these acts aim to damage the image of the website and the department, and so therefore a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible.”
The department did not explain that claim, but local media reported the dispute might involve a web services supplier angry about not being paid.
On Thursday, officials took down a pair of Acapulco video ads touting the faded resort’s reputation as a nightclubbing spot — despite the fact nightclubs are currently closed to enforce social distancing. They said the ads weren’t appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have stopped being a postcard from the past, today we have changed the rules,” says a narration in one of the videos. “In fact, there are no rules,” says another voice, as people can be seen eating bizarre meals and going out to night clubs. “Eat whatever you want, have fun day and night and into the early morning hours ... find new friends and new loves.”