"THAT’S DEFINITELY WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO,” HAKAMIE STEVENSON SAID. “IT’S WHAT SHE HAD STARTED TO DO THE DAY SHE WAS DECEASED.”
According to authorities, Thompson was standing between two sets of tracks Friday in Navasota when a BNSF Railway train approached. She moved out of the way, but was unaware that a Union Pacific train was coming in the opposite direction and got struck by the train.
The teen passed away from her injuries on her way to the hospital, the photographer was not injured at all.
Fredzania could be seen smiling in a photo taken on the tracks just before the fatal accident.
“ZANIE HAD THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SMILE,” FIANCÉ EARL CHATMAN, 25, TOLD THE EAGLE. “I BELIEVE SHE WOULD WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW WHAT A KIND AND CARING PERSON SHE IS.”
Her fiancé, Chatman, who is already the father of a 7-year-old son, found out in recent weeks that Fredzania was going to give him another child.
“SHE SAID, ‘YOU’RE GOING TO BE A DAD AGAIN.'”
Fredzania graduated from Navasota High School in 2015 where she had scholarships for being a star volleyball player. She was also a hair and makeup expert.
Shedding light on how the accident had occurred, Union Pacific spokesman Jeff De Graff, told the Navasota Examiner that the train crew had alerted them with the horn as they approached them and began the emergency stop process.
“BASICALLY, YOU HAVE TWO RAILROAD TRACKS THERE, ONE IS BURLINGTON NORTHERN TO THE WEST AND ONE IS UNION PACIFIC TO THE EAST, AND SHE WAS IN BETWEEN THE TWO TRACKS,” NAVASOTA ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER SHAWN MYATT SAID.
“BURLINGTON NORTHERN HAD A TRAIN ON THEIR TRACK COMING AND SHE TURNED BACK TO THE EAST TO WALK ACROSS THE UNION PACIFIC TRACK AND WALKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE UNION PACIFIC TRAIN THAT WAS HEADING SOUTH.”
The funeral service for Fredzania will be held on Saturday in Brosig Auditorium in Navasota. A graveside service will take place at Oakland Cemetery.
She would have turned 20 this past Monday.
By Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy
Teachers are responsible for six percent of the 13,355 cases of teenage pregnancies in the Central region in 2016, a study has found.
The 13,355 figure is a slight drop from the previous year's figure of over 14,000 cases of teenage pregnancy.
This came up during the Central regional health performance review at the University of Cape Coast.
According to Joy News Central regional correspondent Richard Kwadwo Nyarko, the Ghana Health Service did not understand why the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy is so persistent over the years.
The Service, therefore, sought to find out the professions of those behind the teething problem in the region so as to help tackle it from the source.
It came to light in their study that in the top five categories of the profession of those who were responsible 996 cases which represent 19.3 percent of the population sampled, small-scale farmers were responsible for the pregnancies, with drivers impregnating 676 girls representing 13 .3 percent of the total number of reported cases.
Also, the study found that 397 cases [7.8 percent] were attributed to small-scale miners while 353 cases [6.9 percent] blamed on unemployed residents of the region.
The concern, however, was that in 301 cases [5.9 percent] primary and secondary school teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the future leaders were responsible for the pregnancies.
It significant to note that more than 837 of the respondents [16.4 percent] of the teenagers said they did not know the profession of those who made them pregnant.
Regarding the marital status of the pregnant teenagers sampled, 70 percent of them [3,576] said they were single, while 23.8 percent  were co-habitating with their partners.
Some 283 of the teenagers [5.5 percent] were married while 27 persons were divorced [0.5 percent] with 7 widowed [0.1 percent].
According to the study, "the early teen (14 years and below) pregnancy trend also showed a decline from 371 pregnancies in 2014 to 292 in 2015 and to 231 in 2016."
MoveHub, an international relocation company has rated Ghana as the most expensive country to live in on the African continent.
MoveHub based its assessment on a range of costs, such as the price of groceries, transport, bills, restaurants and rents.
These figures are then compiled into an index, using the notoriously expensive city of New York as a benchmark.
According to the report published by the Independent.co.uk website, Ghana is ranked among 20 other nations that are deemed expensive to reside in world over.
It said: “Ghana is one of Africa’s more prosperous nations, and this is reflected in the cost of living, which is higher than any other African nation”.
New York was given an index score of 100, and countries were then ranked based on this. So a country with a score higher than 100 is more expensive than New York, while below signals that it is cheaper.
Below is the list of the 21 most expensive countries in the world.
21. Ghana — 53.89: Ghana is one of Africa’s more prosperous nations, and this is reflected in the cost of living, which is higher than any other African nation, according to MoveHub.
20. Italy — 53.89: The cost of living in Italy is higher than in the eurozone’s two largest economies, Germany and France.
19. Israel — 54.11: Israel is, comparatively speaking, pretty inexpensive compared to other states in the region like Kuwait and the UAE.
18. Kuwait — 57.31: Kuwait’s currency, the Kuwaiti dinar, is one of the strongest currency units in the world, with a single dinar worth £2.63.
17. Japan — 57.62: Japan’s economy may have stagnated somewhat in recent years, but it still remains one of the world’s powerhouses, and that is reflected in the cost of living.
7. Bahamas — 73.63: The Caribbean state of the Bahamas faces the same problem as many island nations, that imports far outstrip exports, pushing up the price of goods.
6. Norway — 74.47: Scandinavian countries are notoriously expensive, and Norway is no exception. According to Numbeo, the average 1 bedroom apartment in the country costs around £925 per month to rent.
5. Singapore — 76.57: According to the blog Singapore Life News, the average cost of a pint of beer in the city-state is around £8.50.
4. Iceland — 80.47: Cut off from the rest of Europe and with very little fertile ground, Iceland is forced to import much of its food, pushing up costs.
3. Hong Kong — 81.93: Hong Kong is notoriously expensive, and with space at a premium in the incredibly crowded city, apartments are usually both tiny and pricey.
2. Switzerland — 90.68: Switzerland frequently tops lists of the best places on earth to live thanks to great infrastructure, healthcare and a clean environment. However, all this comes at a price and it is the most expensive place in Europe to live.
1. Bermuda — 126.34: The Atlantic Ocean tax haven of Bermuda is officially the most expensive nation on earth, with the country’s capital Hamilton also the most expensive individual city on the planet.