Construction projects across the U.S. receive a fresh source of funds from Chinese eager for a green card in exchange. Jane Lanhee Lee looks at the rising popularity of a once-obscure visa scheme.
NINE-YEAR-OLD Keat Rhodes looks just like any other little girl – but she was actually born male. The schoolgirl was only seven years old when she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder and began her transition from boy to girl. Since then she has undergone an incredible transformation with the support of her adoptive parents Emily, 36, and Clint, 41, LeVan, from Ohio, America. And over the next few years Keat, who has a younger brother, Blaine, seven, will undergo treatment to complete her transition from male to female.Today Keat is the picture of happiness but it hasn’t been easy and the family has endured a huge backlash from parents in their community. Made the subject of a Facebook hate campaign, they were accused of child abuse. Some even suggested Emily was turning Keat in to a Barbie doll. But they have fought the bullies and are striving to give their daughter a normal life.
Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan, Producer: Hannah Mouland, Editor: Ian Phillips / Joshua Douglas
AN INDONESIAN man has formed an unbreakable bond - with a 27 stone tiger. Abdullah Sholeh, 31, regularly sleeps with his tiger, plays with his tiger and even FIGHTS with four-year-old tiger Mulan. The tiger and man pair are so inseparable, Abdullah often shuns his own bed to sleep alongside the big tiger in a rickety outhouse. And Bengal Tiger Mulan is even known to 'mock attack', hug and kiss her companion when they play in the garden behind their home.
Videographer / Director: Matt Tabaccos
Producer: James Tegerdine
Editor: Joshua Douglas
Michael Jamison, 37, and his girlfriend of 11 years, Jackie Smit, 29, share their home with one-year-old Bengal tiger, Enzo. Michael, from Brakpan, South Africa, snuggles up to Enzo the Tiger in bed, and the tiger is seen relaxing on a sofa. Enzo the tiger also eats alongside some of the couple's 14 dogs and stands on the kitchen worktop while being fed from a bottle. At almost 27 stone, the tiger has become quite a handful for his owners.