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Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s Founder, Has Made the Biggest Fortune in the History of Business

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If you are into shopping online, you are surely very familiar with Amazon. Amazon sells everything from A to Z: from children’s toys to books, to movies and even salt and pepper shakers.

Amazon is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jeff Bezos. Just last year, the founder surpassed the world’s richest man, the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates.

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The Richest Men in the World

Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates as the richest man in the world in July 2017. However, he stayed as the richest person for seven hours only since the 77 percent decline in the Q2 profits of Amazon sent the stock plunging, eroding his wealth by $4 billion.

From his peak fortune of $90.6 billion, he fell to $86.9 billion. After that week, he fell further as Amancio Ortega, the founder of Zara, grabbed the second spot.

After half a year and several billion later, Bezos is the richest man in the world. He did not only lead the list of billionaires, he also now owns more wealth than Bill Gates ever did.

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The Top of the List

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Amazon’s founder is now worth $105.1 billion, thanks to the superheat festival season sales of Amazon. His net worth increased by $1.4 billion in just a single day as the company’s stocks, 79 million owned by Bezos, rose to 1.4 percent on the New York Stocks Exchange.

Bezos is also the owner of the media company The Washington Post and the private space travel firm Blue Origin.

Bezos crossed the $100 billion mark for the first time last November because of the holiday season in the US. The sales were over the top with the Cyber Monday 2017 as the biggest shopping day in history.

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Other than the founder of Amazon, other billionaires from the US who made impressive gains for the year are:

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: $4.7 billion (total net worth of $77.5 billion)
  • Google co-founder Larry Paige: $2.6 billion (total net worth of $54.9 billion)
  • Google co-founder Sergey Brin: $2.4 billion (total net worth of $53.5 billion)
  • Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warrant Buffet: $1.8 billion (total net worth of $87.2 billion)

How cool is it to be on the billionaire’s list, right?

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Two Policemen Aided A Stranded Family In The Middle Of The Heavy Rain

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The police force is meant to serve and protect all the citizens of the country. They are bringing the balance to the welfare of the people. Policemen respond to the citizens’ call for help.

Whenever they spot someone who needed help, they are expected to take the first step and do their best to help these people.

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Just recently, a family who got stranded in the middle of the road because of a flat tire was aided immediately by two policemen.

A Facebook post went viral showing a family who got stuck in the middle of the road. According to the netizen named Kevin G Pacelo, his family was on their way to a wedding when suddenly, one for car’s tires went flat. To make things worse, it’s the middle of the heavy rains and one of their family members is sick.

But luck is still on their side. Two policemen found them and immediately provided assistance. One of them used to work in a vulcanizing shop and helped fix the flat tire. The other policeman tends to the traffic.

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One of the passersby was amazed at how the policemen helped the family and decided to give them P500 pesos. However, instead of accepting the money, the police officers politely rejected it. According to them, they are just trying to help.

Because of the situation, the family cannot help but say that there are still good hearted policemen in the country. When before they are afraid to see policemen who will catch them because of traffic regulations, they are now happy to see them because of their great experience dealing with two.

Meron parin palang mabubuting pulis dahil…

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The next time you see policemen, don’t be afraid and think about the worse. If you think there are corrupt officers in the country, there are still many good-hearted souls who are only doing their job to serve us.

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Amazing Facts About Metro Manila That You Should Know

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Metro Manila is the key city of the Philippines. It is also the country’s center of economy and business.

Because of it, there are countless Pinoys living in Metro Manila. However, some of them might not really know the story and the truth behind the country’s capital city.

Here are some amazing facts about Metro Manila that you might not really know. These items might even surprise you!

Random Facts About Metro Manila

1. There is a Secret Tunnel

In January 2011, the people from Manila Water (MAYNILAD) Discovered a hidden passage while digging at a site in the EDSA-Guadalupe area. The tunnel has a length of 2.24 kilometers and width of 4 meters.

Some people believe that General Douglas MacArthur has ordered the construction of the said tunnel in 1042.

2. General Douglas MacArthur Became the General Manager of Manila Hotel

In 1935 to 1941, MacArthur, together with his wife Jean and son Arthur lived in Manila Hotel while serving the country as ordered by President Quezon.

MacArthur became the General Manager of the hotel due to his lavish lifestyle and spent most of the Manila Hotel’s allotted budget.

3. Same Length of the Three Pylons in Quezon Memorial Shrine with the Late President Quezon’s Age

The height of the Quezon Memorial Shrine’s pylons, reaching about 66 meters, symbolizes Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It also has the same age as the late President Manuel L. Quezon who died due to Tuberculosis.

4. Harrison Plaza and Other Establishments in Metro Manila Were Cemeteries Before

The big shopping mall near Manila Zoo, along with other establishments surrounding Metro Manila, were known to be cemeteries before they became commercialized.

5. The Tomas Claudio Boulevard in Malate is Named After the Only Filipino Who Died During World War I

Tomas Claudio, born on May 7, 1892, served the US Army. He is a Fil-Am soldier who died on June 29, 1918, making him the only Filipino to die during the First World War.

6. Felix R. Hidalgo Street Was Once the Most Beautiful Street in Manila

The Felix R. Hidalgo Street, which is now known as an electronics and camera street in Quiapo connects the San Sebastian Basilica and Basilica of Quiapo. It is also known as the most beautiful street in Manila back in 1817 due to the grandiose mansion surrounding the street.

7. This Might Surprise You: British People Governed Manila For Two Years

Back in 1756 to 1763, the British soldier conquered and governed Manila for almost two years.

8. The Manila City Hall Looks Like a Coffin From The Top View

Because of its shape, many Filipinos living in Metro Manila believe that the City Hall is one of the most haunted government establishments in the area.

 

What can you feel about these facts? Do you think we missed something?

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The World War II Hero: Fearless Medic Desmond Doss Who Saved 75 Soldiers While Risking His Life

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The World War II left many unknown stories in the generation today, one of which is Desmond Doss. Desmond is a World War II medic who saved 75 lives while risking his own.

The young World War II medic singlehandedly saved the lives of more than 75 American soldiers on the Maeda Escarpment of Okinawa in 1945. He never carried any weapon of any kind since he was in the business of saving other people’s lives.

The Academy Award-winning film entitled Hacksaw Ridge brought Desmond Doss to the attention of many people who had never heard of the man’s name nor the incredible story he ever did.

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[Image Credit: Wikipedia]

From a young age, Desmond Doss, born in February 7, 1919, showed the kind of empathy he displayed as a solider later in his life. When he was a child, he once walked more than six miles to donate blood to an accident victim, a complete stranger and never in his life he met. After hearing about the need of a blood donor while listening to a local radio station, he decided to travel and lend his blood to the person in need. A few days after learning about the incident, Desmond traveled down the same long stretch of road to give more than what he can give.

At a young age, Desmond developed a hatred of using weapons, a belief that he persisted throughout his life, even during his time in combat during the war. His hatred of weapons started from watching his drunken father pulling a gun on his uncle during an argument as well as his beliefs as a Seventh-Day Adventist. His mother managed to confiscate her husband’s .45 pistol and asked the young Doss to run and hide it. He was visibly shaken and vowed that it’s the last time he would ever hold a weapon.

Desmond spent his childhood doing thinks such as flattening pennies on the railway near his home in Lynchburg, Virginia and wrestling with his young brother named Harold. Harold said that his brother wasn’t much fun to wrestle with because you could never win. Not because he is skilled or strong — but because he would never surrender and didn’t know the word “give up.”

His physical resilience is what helped him to earn a Medal of Honour.

At the age of 18, Desmond dutifully registered for the draft and worked at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. When the World War II broke out, he jumped at the opportunity to help the cause.

However, he refused to carry a weapon or to kill anyone, earning him the widely unflattering label “conscientious objector,” a label that even him hated. He did not refuse to perform military service but insisted to work as a medic. In the hopes that he would just leave, the military assigned him to the rifle company.

According to filmmaker Terry Benedict, who made The Conscientious Objector, a 2004 documentary about Desmond:

He just didn’t fit into the Army’s model of what a good soldier would be.

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[Image Credit: Wikipedia]

Desmond appealed the Army’s decision up through the ranks until they unwillingly made him a medic. Still, his fellow soldiers in the training camp could not understand why Doss was still there. They mercilessly teased him to man up and carry a rifle. They also launch their boots at him while he’s praying by his bunk at night.

Soldiers hated him getting a pass on the Sabbath because to work on a holy day was against his religion. Officers gave him all the worst work to complete by himself on Sundays. Nobody even wants to be friends with him, friends who have each other’s back. Without any defense weapon, other soldiers think that he is just useless to them.

Desmond did not only dismiss their cruel behavior, they also rose above it. He believed that his purpose in life is to serve God and the country. He wanted to prove that these two tasks were not mutually exclusive.

Then came the battle at the Okinawa Made Escarpment also known as the Hacksaw Ridge. It fell on May 5, 1945, a Saturday, the day of Sabbath. It was a grueling onslaught, with artillery coming too fast and too furious that the men’s number was cut in half. The Japanese army’s plan is to wait until all of the Americans reach the plateau to open fire, creating a huge amount of wounded soldiers. However, the Japanese didn’t know that the American troops had Desmond Doss.

In an act that still astounds the surviving members of Desmond’s company today, he fearlessly held his ground at the plateau. In the middle of never-ending gunfire and mortar shells, he treated the wounded American soldiers that many people have left for dead.

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[Image Credit: Wikipedia]

Hours after hours, as the explosions rang in his ears, he tied tourniquets. Covered from head to toe in blood, he crawled and dragged each hurt member of his company to the edge of the ridge and carefully lowered them down to facilitate medical help. For more than 12 hours, he labored under fire and saved human lives.

Knowing that some Japanese soldiers sometimes torture wounded soldiers, he refused to leave a single man on top of the ridge.

Desmond did not only left a man behind. He also miraculously escaped with his own life and avoided serious injury. He always claimed that God spared his life. According to The Conscientious Objector, the Japanese soldiers repeatedly claim that they had Doss in their sights but their guns always jam.

Two weeks later, he was in battle again a few miles away from the escarpment. A Japanese grenade landed in a foxhole containing him and his patients. He attempted to kick the grenade to save their lives but it detonated. Desmond ended up with deep shrapnel lacerations all down his leg.

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[Image Credit: Wikipedia]

Rather than having another medic emerge from safety to help, he treated himself and dressed his own wounds. Five hours later, someone arrived with a stretcher. But as soon as he saw a soldier in need, he rolled off, surrendered his own stretcher, and patched up his comrade.

While waiting for help, a sniper shot and shattered all the bones in the fearless medic’s left arm. He crawled 300 yards to the aid station without any accompaniment. However, he didn’t realize that he’d lost his Bible on the battlefield.

Due to his amazing display of heroism and bravery, he finally won the respect of his fellow soldiers. His commanding officer visited him at the hospital and informed him that he will earn the Medal of Honour for his service, making him the very first conscientious objector to earn it. After awarding Desmond his Medal of Honour, President Harry Truman reportedly said:

You really deserve this. I consider this a greater honor than being president.

[Image Credit: Wikipedia]

[Image Credit: Wikipedia]

The commanding officer also brought him a surprising gift: a slightly burned Bible. After the US force captured the area from the Japanese, every soldier from his company combed through the rubble to find his bible.

His service during the World War II earned him two Bronze Star Medal for his actions in Guam and in the Philippines. Desmond Doss lived to be 87 years old but until today, he will continue to be remembered as the man who saved 75 lives while risking his own.

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