Saturday, October 28

2,363 Pound Gourd Sets New American Record At Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest.

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October is pumpkin month in the US. For most people, this means devouring the various pumpkin-filled treats or visiting pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect gourd to carve for Halloween.However, for some, it means the chance to showcase their giant produce at pumpkin weigh-offs.Though there are numerous such contests held across the country, the “Super Bowl” takes place annually at Half Moon Bay, CA, aka “The World Pumpkin Capital.”The contest, which recently celebrated its 44th year, has always been extremely popular with master pumpkin growers. However, since 2015, it has become even more so, because contestants now have the potential to take home as much as $30,000 in prize money. To claim the “World Record Prize,” competitors have to submit a “World Record Pumpkin.”This year, that meant one heavier than the gargantuan 2,624-pound pumpkin, which broke the world record at the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in 2016. If the winning entry was unable to surpass the record, the owner would still receive a generous $7 per pound.This year’s competition,which took place on October 9,attracted over 20 beautiful pumpkins from across the country.The owners,as well as thousands of spectators, watched with bated breath as the fruits were carefully picked up by forklifts and placed on the digital weighing scale. While nine of the entries came in at over 1,100 pounds each, they were no match for seven-time winner Joel Holland’s massive 2,363-pound masterpiece.Though the retired firefighter from Sumner, WA did not break the world record, he did set a new American record with his giant gourd, which is also the second heaviest pumpkin ever grown! Holland was handsomely rewarded for his efforts, with Half Moon Bay’s coveted “Mel Mello Sr. Grand Champion Green Jacket” and a cash prize of $16,541 ($7 per pound).

Disney Channel gets first gay storyline on Andi Mack.

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Disney Channel's teen series Andi Mack is set to make network history as the first show to get a gay storyline in its upcoming season 2. According to a spokesperson for the channel, the story arc will focus on 13-year-old Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush) and his journey towards self-understanding and make a choice to come out to his friends."Andi Mack is a story about 'tweens' figuring out who they are," Disney Channel said in a statement. "(Creator) Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show take great care in ensuring that it's appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity. "The storyline has been based on research and input from child development experts along with consultancy from organisations like Common Sense  Media, GLAAD and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)."Sharing one's innermost self can be challenging, and to do so as an adolescent can be particularly so, especially when in the midst of figuring it out for yourself," Dr Jaime M Grant, executive director of PFLAG National said in a statement. "Coming out requires honest self-reflection, no small amount of bravery, and a safe place with at least one trusted person, a friend, a parent, a teacher who can hold your confidence... and your heart. Andi Mack's creative team captures this moment of revelation with such thought, care, and authenticity; it will be a memorable moment for some, and a teachable moment for many."
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In season 2, which premiere's on 27 October, 13-year-old Andi Mack (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) will continue to have a crush on Jonah Beck (Asher Angel). However, her best friend Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush) will soon realise that he also has feelings for Jonah and will confide in Buffy (Sofia Wylie). The rest of the season is expected to shed light on Cyrus' struggles and efforts to understand his feelings as he continues his journey of self-discovery.

Thursday, October 26

Mom sues after bi-racial daughter's hair shaved without permission.

Seven-year-old Tru Robinson had natural brown ringlets that swept the middle of her back. At daycare, she’d wear them up in pigtails until staff decided to shave them off entirely.The girl’s mother, Denise Robinson, says carers at Little Heroes Group Home, Conn.,“violated” her daughter by shearing her locks without parental consent. Worse yet, Robinson claims, the staff at the school told the child her hair would “grow back straight.”The distraught mom opened up about the incident on Facebook.“Tru was assaulted yesterday at school and anyone who knows me knows that I never claim racism.But why was my daughter’s head shaved?”“There are three other girls in her class, two white girls, one black, none of these girls got scaled. Why Tru??” she wrote.Ik“My child is mixed race and her hair WAS FULL and curly… She DID NOT AND I REPEAT [NOT] HAVE HEAD LICE OR BUGS!! SO WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?”
The behavioural school, where Tru stays part-time, said the haircut was necessary for hygienic reasons.“The program employs a diverse staff that is attentive to the needs of all children. Decisions regarding grooming are based on a variety of factors, including hygiene,” it stated.“A review of the circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.”But Robinson strongly disagrees, arguing that she should have at least received a phone call to ask her permission.“There was no hygienic reason for them to shave my child’s head. There were no head lice, there were no bed bugs. There was no what I refer to as rasta locks going on.Her hair was two ponytails on the side on Saturday and it was braided in the ponytails and there was nothing wrong.”Robinson is taking legal action against the children’s home and plans move her daughter out of the facility.I was told a clinician gave permission to Tru to have this haircut done,” she said.I am very upset. And I’m not going to stop being upset because I feel like my child was assaulted and violated.”The family’s lawyer, Richard Kendall, said it was “appalling” that Tru was told her hair would grow back straight after it was shaved off.Officials at Little Heroes Group Home have said privacy laws prevent them from further commenting but confirmed a review was being conducted.“For them to do this, it’s very upsetting, not just to me but to her.

Tuesday, October 24

the opera singer whose voice wasn’t stilled by 2 lung transplants.

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Operatic soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick received a devastating diagnosis: a rare lung ailment could end her life if sang another note. But she opted for two double lung transplants, and she joins Megyn Kelly TODAY to demonstrate the results with a live performance. “The human spirit is an amazing thing,” she tells Kelly, and urges viewers to join an organ donor registry. More on this story here.

Hospice Patient Cheered by Shout Out From Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

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Beloved Hollywood hunk Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson doesn’t just look good he can also make time to send love and support to his fans. Johnson received an email from a woman earlier this week asking the former WWE star to say some nice things about her 76-year-old grandmother Judy Rosenberg. Judy, who is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 17, is currently in hospice care for her stage four pancreatic cancer. But she is not alone in the hospital bed she brought her life-sized cardboard cutout of the Rock to keep her company. Since Rosenberg is (obviously) a huge fan of Johnson, her daughter wrote an email to the actor asking if he could call her and blow her some air kisses. Johnson then got on Instagram and made a video shoutout for the sweet senior.“Stay strong Judy” says the Moana star. “We’re all sending you and your family love and light during this time and I’m an extremely grateful man this email reached my eyes. This kind of stuff will always be the best part of fame.”

White Cop Stops a Black Teen – the Amazing Events that Followed.

What could have been yet another negative encounter between a black teenager and a white police officer actually blossomed into a lasting friendship instead.Jourdan Duncan was making his 7-mile trek home from work in Benicia, California one night when he was stopped by officer Kirk Keffer.After affirming that Jourdan didn’t want any trouble and only wanted to get home, Kirk decided to give him a ride.During the drive, the 18-year-old explained that since his car broke down in May, he had been making the 2 and a half hour walk to and from his work at Pro-Line Laboratories every day. Though people sometimes offered to give him a ride, he said he wanted to put in the work himself.The cop was so impressed by the youth’s ambition, he made plans to visit Jourdan again in the future.When the two reunited, Kirk presented the young adult with a bicycle bought and paid for by the police association. He also gave him $20,000 for a new car.The dynamic duo both inspired by the other have kept in contact since the sweet surprise, and they hope to stay friends in the future.

Cops Pay Restaurant Bill For Couple Who Refused To Sit Next To Them.

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When a couple refused to sit near police officers at a restaurant, the cops picked up their tab and even threw in a 35% tip.The officers, from Homestead and Whitaker, which is three miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were having dinner Saturday when the couple was to be seated near them. The man insisted on sitting on the opposite side of the restaurant.The men in blue said it as obvious the guy wanted nothing to do with them.That’s when the officers decided to do something that would show they were not bad guys and asked their waiter to bring the couple’s bill.he officers paid the $28.50 check and left a message on it:“Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers that you didn’t want to sit next to.Thank you for your support.I left a $10.00 tip too.” Cops Pay Bill screenshot WTAE cc geralt
“Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you, we’re not here for that,” Homestead Officer Chuck Thomas told WTAE News. “We’re here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.”

Woman Changes Homeless Man’s Life After He Stood on Same Street Corner for 3 Years.

Victor Hubbard had been standing on the same street corner waiting for his mother to return for the last three years that is until Ginger Jones Sprouse finally decided to step in and lend a hand.Victor, who is a mentally ill 38-year-old homeless man, was dropped off at the corner by his mother and told to wait for her to return. Three years later, he was still waiting for his mother to return.“He stands and looks, taps the pole, squints, dances, waves and sometimes just stares,” wrote Ginger in December. “He is a sweet, gentleman that happens to be mentally ill. If you have ever heard the term ‘falling through the cracks’ he is the definition.”Ginger drove by Victor’s street corner in Clear Lake, Texas four different times a day on her way to work at the Art of the Meal. As winter approached, Ginger started to worry about how Victor would handle the cold. Whenever her lunch break would roll around, she would visit her homeless neighbour and chat about their lives.The two eventually struck up a friendship and Ginger invited her new acquaintance to stay at her place whenever the weather got too bad. As a way of drawing awareness to his situation, she created a Facebook page titled “This is Victor”.“I drive by Victor’s corner at least 4 times a day. I listen to people talking around town and keep hearing ‘someone needs to do something about that guy’.” Ginger wrote on the crowdfunding page. “So, I will be the organizer and I hope that we as a community can be ‘someone’ together.”Since they became close, Ms Sprouse has brought Victor into several mental health clinics, doctors appointments, gotten him a job at her restaurant, and helped him off the street. A GoFundMe page for Victor’s living costs has raised $17,500 in just two months.The Facebook page has given regular updates on Victor’s life  and he has reportedly been doing fabulously.“Tonight Victor laughed. I mean really laughed. The kind where you fall back on the couch kind of laugh. Where you have tears streaming down your face and you can’t catch your breath. It wasn’t really even that funny. But as he laughed I could almost see the tension leave his body, the years of stress and worry and the anxiety that was clinging to him slowly melting away,” wrote Ginger.“I wondered when was the last time he laughed that way? And how sad and lost he was on the corner. And how all of our hearts hurt to see him that way. And how thankful we can be that now he’s not just smiling, but laughing. A deep belly laughs, the kind that comes from a joyful heart. And now we can smile too.”

7yr old With Rare Form of Cancer Receives 1,000 Halloween Cards From Around the World.

Brock Hardwick may be struggling with a rare form of cancer, but over 1,000 people are helping to keep his spirits up.Back in February, the 7-year-old from Portland, Maine was diagnosed with glioblastoma a high-grade cancer of the spine and brain. The youngster currently spends his days fighting the disease at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.So as a means of cheering up her son, Brock’s mother, Brittney Horton, came up with a special celebration: Brocktoberfest.Because Brock loves Halloween, his family is celebrating the spooky holiday every day of the month. Additionally, they started asking people on social media to send Brock Halloween cards.While the Hardwick family was only expecting to receive maybe a couple dozen cards, their postal box has become flooded with cards, packages, sweets, toys, and well wishes from people all over the world.Since Horton first put the word out on social media, Brock has received over 1,000 pieces of mail.“It’s definitely very exciting and he’s happy,” Horton told ABC News. “It’s made him smile a whole lot more.”Brock plans on being either Captain America or the Hulk for Halloween. If you want to keep up with his goings-on, you can follow his Team Brock Facebook page.

Bear Literally Can’t Stop Jumping For Joy After Being Rescued.

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We can’t bear how cute this frolicking animal looks after being rescued.Saved from a bile farm in Vietnam, Tuffy the Bear was offered a swim in his new pool to celebrate.His rescuers, Hong Kong-based animal rights organization Animals Asia, said that Tuffy may have a long way to go until total recovery, but getting out of from behind bars is an excellent start.

Owl Can’t Stop Hugging The Man Who Rescued Her

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This owl couldn’t stop hugging her favourite human when he finally returned after a trip.Doug Pojeky nursed GiGi back to health after the bird suffered a head injury when it ran into a car. No one thought the bird could recover, but Pojeky, president of the Wild at Heart Rescue centre in Mississippi, never gave up hope.During GiGi’s extended recovery period, Doug had to leave for a few days. The depressed owl moped around the centre until he returned then gave him a big hug.GiGi rested her head right on his shoulder and wrapped her wings around him. It’s another example of why Doug is known as the “bird of prey whisperer” by rehabilitators in the area.
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It literally brings tears to my eyes to watch him interact with these birds,” center director and founder Missy Dubuisson told The Dodo. “They absolutely know him and trust him. It’s the trust that you see in her face.”

Grumpy Toddler Suddenly Stops Crying the Second She Sees Her Sister: “I love her so much''.


Esther Anderson was having a rough night caring for her crying newborn daughter, Tessa.Then when her second child Ellia came downstairs with tears in her eyes as well, the mom started to feel a bit overwhelmed.Esther pulled out her phone so she could record the chaos as an eye roll to her husband, but after she started filming, Ellia walked up to the baby sister and was instantly calmed by the sight of her slumbering sibling.The toddler began tenderly hugging her sister’s face adopting a Zen-like appearance.“I just love her so much!” she twice exclaimed to her mother. 

Birthday Boy Makes Wish For Parents to Wed Reaction Is Priceless.

7-year-old Dominic could not contain his excitement when his birthday wish finally came true for his parents to finally get married.Dominic’s father, Eamon Hall, knew about his son’s wish in advance. Assuming it would be the perfect time to propose, he had an engagement ring at the ready for when Dominic blew out the candles.When Hall asked his son what he wished for, Dominic said: “For mommy and daddy to get married!”The proud New Jersey father then immediately dropped to one knee and popped the question to Dominic’s mother, Samantha Panetta.Though Panetta was initially stunned, she finally said yes and nothing could beat Dominic’s reaction.The 7-year-old jumped onto his chair, whooping and hollering until he threw his arms back and yelled: “I’m gonna be a son!”

Grandparents do something truly amazing every morning for their granddaughter.

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These adorable grandparents waving their granddaughter off as she heads to work have been melting people's hearts online.Rio Smith shared the beautiful moment yesterday, explaining that her grandparents stand outside their home every morning so they can wave to her as she passes on the bus.And everyone has been gushing about it online as the video clip of them saying goodbye each day has gone viral.People's hearts all over Twitter melted at the sight of the clip, which has already gained more than 100,000 likes and 22,000 re-tweets.
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Sunday, October 22

Indian boy born with 8 limbs.

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Karam Sarmed, from Baghdad, in Iraq, was admitted to Jaypee Hospital, in Noida, northern India, with Polymelia disease. Polymelia is a birth defect which means that Karam was born with more than the normal number of limbs. Karam had four extra limbs  - two hands and two legs. However, one limb was much shorter than a usually sized leg and the other one was divided into two separate limbs. In addition, both a leg and a hand were protruding from Karam's stomach. While the hospital in Iraq was unable to perform the operation, the boy’s father Dr Sarmed Ahmed, 28, an emergency doctor, had heard of previous successful surgeries done in India. As a result, he and his wife Gulfran Ali, 28, decided to fly Karam to India when he was just 17 days old, hoping for a miracle. He said: "He’s my first child and it was heartbreaking to see his condition. We were devastated."We went to several doctors and hospitals in my country, but due to a lack of facilities, they refused to do surgery. They said they cannot operate. Dr Abhishek, a consultant in the paediatrics department, at Jaypee Hospital, said: "When the baby was brought to the hospital, his limbs and intestines were distorted, and he only had one kidney."A team of doctors from multiple departments discussed his condition and we mutually agreed to correct the limbs and distorted intestines in three stages."Dr Gaurav Rathore, a senior consultant, from the orthopaedics department, at Jaypee Hospital, said: "In the first stage, Karam’s clubfeet were treated and the two limbs which were protruding out of his stomach were removed."After surgery, Karam went back to Iraq and we were in contact with the parents by phone and email for important advice.""Recently, we performed the third stage of the surgery in which we removed the other two limbs. Like any other normal kid, Karam now has two legs."However, the boy's left leg was not developed completely, meaning that doctors transplanted the muscles of the removed limbs into it. Along with this, Karam’s crooked back was also treated with pelvic osteotomy surgery.
 Dr Abhishek and Dr Gaurav Rathore led the complex surgery at the hospital in India
Karam also had one normal testicle on the right side but on the left side, he had two testicles. During surgery, one testicle was removed and the other was corrected. The family will remain in hospital until Karam is strong enough to travel back to Iraq.
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Dr Sarmed added: "My son is alright now. His condition is really stable."I’m glad to say he’s responded well to treatment. We’re looking forward to going home now."The family's story comes as a boy is desperate for surgery after his head has swollen to twice its normal size.

Inspirational 11-year-old with Down’s Syndrome stars in the new River Island ad.

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The Grimsby lad is one of eight children chosen for the new campaign in his first official modelling job, after being snapped by Zebedee Management.Parents Andrew and Karen Hale told the Grimsby Telegraph Joseph has dyspraxia and global development delay, as well as Down’s syndrome.Karen said: "Disability should not define them."Joseph is a person. His Down's is a small part of him. There is a lot more to see than the face value."They have a physical disability, yes, but people have preconceived ideas - you need to see the person beneath."There is a lot they can teach others about not taking things for granted and they don't judge anybody."They still have the same thoughts and feelings and dreams."
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Joseph, who wears a “traditionalist” green collared shirt and black trousers in the ad, is already lapping up his new-found fame.He said: “It was nice to show the video to friends at school. People can take selfies with me now.“River Island made it comfortable for me and I really enjoyed it. I was trying to get everyone to dance to the music. It is good to be able to champion disabilities."In fact, he already has his eye on the next prize.He added: “It would be great to do a shoot with Jaffa Cakes or Batman or with Smyths toys.”Although it’s his first modelling job, Joseph has had a stab at stardom already.Last month, he joined fellow members of the Zedebee Performing Arts Group when they auditioned for Britain's Got Talent.Zebedee director, Zoe Proctor told the Grimsby Telegraph: “He has done extremely well and we are very proud of him. This is a great way to celebrate diversity in the fashion world.“We have a lot of talented models on our books and we work with a lot of models nationally.
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“But it is great to have the first jobs for local children. It is really special.”River Island’s Ashleigh Skinner said: “Joseph is a very special and sweet boy.”She added: “From Batman to Jaffa Cakes, Joseph is a big fan of the classics and this comes through in his style too. Smart with a relaxed feel, he likes to keep things traditional.“The film shows off Joseph’s fun personality and love of his shiny disco dancing shoes. His favourite thing to do is to visit his grandparents and he loves Jaffa Cakes.”The campaign, for the Kids and Mini collections, features children aged three to 11 years, including YouTube stars and celebrity children and youngsters with mixed abilities.

Saturday, October 21

mothers organize photoshoot children hope marry future.

Mothers organize photoshoots for their little children, hope they'll marry each other in future
Growing up, most people had that one friend they spent almost all their time with, hanging out together and sharing playdates and basically enjoying each moment spent in the person's company.Often times, the children themselves or their relatives tease them by calling them 'husband and wife', due to the fact that where you see one child, the other is not far from the scene.Two mothers decided to take their children's closeness to another level by organising a 'couple photoshoot' for them because they looked good together also to preserve their memory for the future.According to, the women who are both photographers told their children they were getting married and allowed them to play 'dress up'.5-year-old Sullivan and 3-year-old Ella reportedly got themselves camera-ready for their shoot. Ella's mother, Breana Marie, said: We told them they were getting married and found a little baby-sized ring box.I told her she got to dress like a princess for her wedding.I braided her hair and then they saw each other and they said, ‘We’re getting married today!’ They did pretty much everything themselves, then they’d look at each other and they would giggle.” Sullivan's mother, Bria, had worked with Breana a couple of times before and knew their children would get along as friends. Breana had this to say about the children's future: “I would die of happiness if they got married in the future.

Schoolchildren scoop top BizWorld prize for Kool Kiddie Packs concept.

Sasha Griffin (front left) and Aisling McCauliffe (front right) with (Back left to right) Lauren Shine with Ella Louise Glynn, Niamh Horgan and Kimberly McCarthy, 6th class pupils from Presentation Primary School from Listowel, Co. Kerry who were crowned overall winners of the Bank of Ireland BIZWORLD GRAND FINAL with their “Kool Kiddies Pack” at the grand final held in Athlone Institute of Technology. Photo: Robbie Reynolds

Sasha Griffin (front left) and Aisling McCauliffe (front right) with (Back left to right) Lauren Shine with Ella Louise Glynn, Niamh Horgan and Kimberly McCarthy, 6th class pupils from Presentation Primary School from Listowel, Co. Kerry who were crowned overall winners of the Bank of Ireland BIZWORLD GRAND FINAL with their “Kool Kiddies Pack” at the grand final held in Athlone Institute of Technology.A primary school from Co Kerry has been crowned overall winners for their most original business idea in a Bank of Ireland competition for children.Presentation Primary in Listowel scooped the top prize in the BizWorld grand finale in which more than 40 primary school children from 10 schools nationwide took part.Their idea of a children’s activity pack to keep young children occupied called Kool Kiddie Packs first won 'Most Original Business Idea' category.Over 8,300 children have participated in 277 workshops run by Bank of Ireland since September 2016.BizWorld by Bank of Ireland has seen over 1,385 new businesses created and started by primary school children over the past 9 months.The ten ideas that have reached the grand finale range from a farm clothing to a games app for children which encourages children to exercise."In addition to sowing the seeds of enterprise, creativity and money management, our Bank of Ireland BizWorld tutors facilitate primary school children learning important skills such as critical thinking, decision making, risk analysis, teamwork, active learning, entrepreneurship and leadership, whilst also having fun," Rory Carty, Head of Youth Banking, Bank of Ireland said.Fiona McKeon CEO of BizWorld said: "I never cease to be amazed by the quality of ideas from children, generated over only two days in a Primary classroom."
The 2017 Grand Finalists category winners were:
•Scoil Fhursa from Taylors Hill in Galway who won the award for Most Innovative Business idea for their project Safety Lines, reflective strips on cars to avoid.
•Knocktemple National School from Oldcastle in Meath who were crowned winners in the Best PowerPoint Presentation category for their business idea, Padded Power, A padded overcoat for farmers to provide protection against kicks to prevent injuries.
•St. Michael’s National School from Castlepollard in Westmeath who won the award for Best Business Jingle for their battery business idea, Pro Glow, a Battery and wire operated visual indicator located in the back of a high viz vest and gloves for cyclists to indicate whether they are turning left or right.
•Kil O’ The Grange Primary School from Blackrock in Dublin who were crowned winners in the Most Customer Focussed Business category for their cinema idea, CINE Tray, a tray with compartments for your cinema food that you can pre-order online and get your deposit back on return.
•Craughwell National School from Galway who won the Best Business TV ad category for their board game idea called Planet Protectors - a board game to raise awareness of global warming.
•Sacred Heart National School from Huntstown in Dublin who were crowned winners in the Most Socially Conscious Business category for their Bits 'N' Books idea, a cost-effective way of equipping your child for school with 'just' the essentials they need rather than wasting money on unnecessary items that appear in usual packs.
•Scoil Iosaf from Newcastle West in Limerick who won Best Marketing Plan for their idea, Doggie Pause, a retractable lead that incorporates a treat, reflector, litter bags and container for water.
•Presentation Primary School from Listowel in Kerry who were crowned overall winners and winners in the Most Original Business Idea category for their idea of a children’s activity pack to keep young children occupied called Kool Kiddie Packs.
•Sacred Heart National School from Granard in Longford who won the Best Financial Plan award for their idea for a ball to promote the learning of Irish.
•Scoil Mhuire National School from Shankill in Dublin who were crowned winners of the Most Informative Q&A Session for their idea of a gaming app for children which incorporates exercise called Gecko Games.

Storm Brian sweeps across the country bringing rain and flooding.

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The centre of Storm Brian which brought flooding to parts of the country  on the 21st of october 2017  has passed the east of the country and moved over Britain.The storm brought heavy downpours and powerful winds, including strong northwesterly winds to the west coast, with gusts of 110 and 130km/h.These winds were expected to move northwards and eastwards as the evening progressed.Parts of Limerick city along O’Callaghan Strand were flooded this morning due to a combination of high tides and heavy rain, but a clean-up is under way, with Limerick Council reporting that water levels are now falling on the river Shannon.The council said there was also flooding in front of Sarsfield House,Merchant’s Quay plaza and Limerick Courthouse Potato Market.Met Éireann has a status yellow wind warning in place for Leinster and counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford until 11.59pm on Saturday night. Winds with mean speeds of 55 to 65 km/h are expected, with gusts of up to 110 km/h.The winds will gradually moderate and showers will become more scattered, but it will remain very windy in the north and east of the country, the forecaster said.In a statement on Saturday afternoon, the chairman of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, Seán Hogan, said: “The rainfall is not finished but the extent of damage, flooding and disruption has been limited and in line with expectations for this type of Atlantic storm.The National Emergency Co-ordination Group warned Storm Brian is likely to impact on ESB work following Storm Ophelia and may increase the current number of customers without power.ESB Networks crews have restored power to a further 10,500 homes, farms and businesses, bringing the total reconnected to more than 356,000 customers. Work continues to restore power to the remaining 19,500 customers. 

Children rescued from small boats during sailing lesson as Storm Brian hits.

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A children's sailing lesson was cut short as Storm Brian moved on to the east coast this afternoon.The group of around 15 children were rescued from the sea as weather conditions deteriorated. understands that the sailing class was organised on the water this morning, but they ran into difficulties due to the strong storm winds at around noon.Storm Brian swept over the country this morning, with Met Éireann warning people to expect heavy downpours and strong winds for the rest of the day."There were a number of children involved, up to 15 or 16 I believe," a spokesperson for the Irish Coast Guard said."The sailing club assisted them back in. We just assisted the helpers of the last few from the sailing club."It is understood four children had to be rescued from the boats, which were subsequently abandoned.The boats were later seen crashing against the east pier in Dun Laoghaire.All children were reported to be safe and well.The Irish Coast Guard issued a warning last night to the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbour walls and promenades along the coast during storm conditions.

Rescuers Race to Save Animals From Bali Volcano.

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Volunteers are risking their lives to save tens of thousands of animals left at the mercy of a rumbling volcano on the tourist island of Bali, making perilous trips into the red zone to relocate them. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, causing some 144,000 people to evacuate their homes over the past week as experts warn an eruption could be imminent. As evacuees have streamed into temporary shelters or moved in with relatives, animals including wild monkeys as well as dogs and farm animals such as pigs, chickens and cows have been left in the danger zone close to the volcano that is most at risk of cascading ash, rocks and hot gas.I'm really worried because all of us that work together to rescue the animals don't know when the eruption will be," Vio Verandhini, from Jakarta Animal Aid Network, told AFP."Earthquakes happen every day, maybe every hour."There are hundreds of tremors each day triggered by the volcano, a handful of which are magnitude 2-3 and are strong enough to rattle windows and rock furniture.Verandhini's organisation and several others have formed a 12-person emergency response unit that has been making dangerous trips into the red zone, which extends between nine and 12 kilometres from the mountain's summit. 
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The animals are relocated to shelters where they are fed and cared for and the owners are encouraged to visit as often as possible to ensure their upkeep. The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said Friday that remote satellite sensing had picked up new steam emissions and thermal areas within the crater. White steam clouds above the summit have been observed with greater frequency over the past three days, increasing the probability of an eruption, the centre said. The slopes of Mount Agung are a hub for cattle farming in the region, providing an important source of income for local communities. Around 10,000 cows have been shifted so far in an evacuation aided by the government, Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said, but there are 20,000 more to relocate. Another evacuee, Nyoman Suwarta, tearfully recounted how he was separated from his two pet zebra doves amid the frantic rush to flee the volcano.
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"When I was evacuating that night, I forgot to bring them with me," said 52-year-old Suwarta, who was able to retrieve his birds nearly a week later."I feel very sorry for my birds because they have not been eating for six days."Faced with uncertainty about when or if the mountain will erupt, animal welfare groups are calling for feed, cages, water tanks and other supplies.Verandhini said space to house the animals were becoming one of the most pressing issues."At the moment we have enough (room) but if a lot of people contact us, we should need more space for cows and dogs. We are still preparing for that," she said.

Scared 4-Year-Old Girl Calls Police to Check Her House for Monsters

When a little girl was scared of finding monsters in her new home, she knew just who to call: the local police.4-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch had just moved into a house in Longmont,Colorado two weeks ago when she started hearing spooky noises from around the building.As a means of ensuring that her house was safe,she then called Officer David Bonday and asked if he could come over and help make sure that there weren’t monsters hiding under the furniture.She asked Bonday to be her police partner specifically after meeting him at a community fundraiser a month earlier.Considering that Fahrenbruch is aspiring to be a police officer when she grows up, it is not surprising that she opted to call the boys in blue,rather than the Ghostbusters.It was probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever been involved with as a police officer,” Officer Bonday said.

Abused Shelter Dog a Hero for Finding Naked Girl Shivering in Cold.

On Friday morning, Peanut’s owner in Delta County said that her pup started going nuts for seemingly no reason at all.She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping,” writes Peanut’s owner. “She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn’t understand why.”After letting her outside, the dog went charging into the fields surrounding the couple’s house.When Peanut’s dad chased after her, however, he found that she had stopped in front of a small naked girl who was curled up and shivering in the cold. The husband scooped up the child, wrapped her in his sweatshirt and brought her back to the house.“He called 911 and reported the incident,” says his wife.“By the time the ambulance and police arrived,the little girl could only say one thing ‘doggie’.”Police then contacted Child Protective Services who took the girl and her sister into custody after their home was deemed “unsafe and unsanitary”.Peanut’s inspiring actions aren’t the first time she’s encountered cruelty either the pup was admitted to the Delta Animal Shelter in April with two broken legs and a stomach full of carpeting, according to the shelter’s Facebook page.The owners responsible were arrested and convicted with charges of animal cruelty.But now almost one year after her adoption, the pup has been living in the lap of luxury and is happily accepting praise for coming to the rescue of a young girl in need.

Brave Kid Risks His Life To Save A Toddler Trapped In A Well.

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A brave kid volunteered to enter a very narrow well in order to save the life of a small child trapped at the bottom.The incredible rescue below.

Woman Escapes Wildfires On Bike Carrying Her 70-Pound Pit Bull

Natasha Wallace will go through hell and high water or in this case, wildfires  in order to rescue her 4year-old pit bull, Bentley.The Santa Rosa Junior College student had just finished up studying for school across town from her house last Monday when she started driving home and saw that there was a wildfire heading straight for her house where Bentley was waiting for her.Instead of fleeing the scene, Wallace sped home and picked up the Pittie in her car. As she tried to leave, however, traffic was moving too slowly for them to safely evacuate.Wallace then went back to her house and picked up her bike and a duffel bag.[The fire] was coming faster than I could leave in traffic, so I went back and got my bike,” Wallace told WTVR. “So I grabbed my dog and I told him, ‘Hey man, this is serious,you need to just sit in the bag.’ And he, he hopped right in.”With the 70-pound pit bull curled up in his makeshift sidecar, Wallace then biked for several miles until a man named Paul Johnson spotted the college student and pulled his truck over on the side of the road to offer them a ride to safety.Since Wallace lost everything in the fire, she has since started a GoFundMe page to help her get back on her feet. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, the campaign has already raised $18,000.“I kept thinking I could get my life back to normal alone because asking for help isn’t easy but without the proper insurance that is seemingly difficult,” says Wallace. “Finding a place to live with a bigger dog isn’t cheap but that’s the top priority next to new underwear and soccer cleats.”

Quarterback Gives First NFL Game Check to Cafeteria Workers Affected by Hurricane.

In the midst of NFL controversy, a football player is trying to do some good for the fans who have been affected off of the field.Deshaun Watson, the rookie quarterback of the Houston Texans, gave his first season’s paycheck to three NRG Stadium cafeteria workers who had lost everything during Hurricane Harvey.Since the QB’s salary is $465,000,the paycheck is estimated to be a little over $29,000.In a video released by the football team’s Twitter page, the women can be seen tearing up at the compassionate gesture.Hopefully, that helps,” says Watson.“Anything else y’all need,I am always here to help.”Watson is just one of many celebrities who have put forth time, resources, and finances to help hurricane victims. Hollywood stars, such as the Kardashians and Sandra Bullock, have already donated a few million dollars to Harvey and Irma relief charities.J.J. Watts,another player for the Houston Texans,raised over $37 million alone through his hurricane relief fundraiser.A couple dozen other musicians and actors took part in a star-studded telethon two weeks ago that was broadcasted live on several television and social media networks. The event, which was viewed by over 16 million people, reportedly raised over $55 million.Finally,all five living former U.S. presidents have teamed up to create a relief campaign for Hurricane Irma and Harvey victims.

Texas Inmates Pool Funds to Donate $53,000 For Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Some people might just write off these 6,600 inmates as criminals  but they are still trying to help their hurting home state of Texas.Convicts from several jails and rehabilitation centers across Texas collectively donated $53,000 of their commissary funds to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief.Commissary funds are small allowances that are given to prisoners for them to buy hygiene products and toiletries in jail.Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark told Dallas News that the average prisoner donated roughly $8 of their commissary funds to hurricane relief. Other inmates donated hundreds of dollars.Regardless of the amount, however,choosing to donate a portion of their meager allowances was no small gesture for the inmates and yet they still wanted to do it anyway.“They were requesting to donate money,” Clark told Dallas News. “It’s just something they chose to do.”

How an Apple Watch Saved a Man’s Life.

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The Brooklyn reporter and podcast host got a notification last week from his Heart Watch app saying that his heart rate was higher than usual. Despite sitting at his desk for several hours, his heart never fell below his usual resting rate of 54.The notification, along with a few other symptoms that Green had noticed during the week, prompted him to visit a doctor.A CT scan then showed that the 28-year-old New Yorker had a pulmonary embolism in his lungs, which  if ignored for any longer would have been fatal.A pulmonary embolism occurs when arteries within the lungs are blocked by blood clots.Thanks to Green’s early notice of the condition, he was treated with blood thinners to break up the clots.The notification, along with a few other symptoms that Green had noticed during the week, prompted him to visit a doctor.A CT scan then showed that the 28-year-old New Yorker had a pulmonary embolism in his lungs,which if ignored for any longer would have been fatal.A pulmonary embolism occurs when arteries within the lungs are blocked by blood clots.Thanks to Green’s early notice of the condition,he was treated with blood thinners to break up the clots.

Gucci to Go Fur-Free and Auction the Remaining Products to Benefit Animal Rights.

Italian fashion company Gucci has just announced this week that they will no longer be using animal fur in their products, effective starting with its spring-summer 2018 collection.Furthermore, all their remaining fur products including mink, coyote,raccoon dog,fox,rabbit,and karakul will be sold at a charity auction to benefit the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and LAV,the Italian animal protection organization.Marco Bizzarri,Gucci’s President and CEO, said: “Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals. With the help of HSUS and LAV, Gucci is excited to take this next step and hopes it will help inspire innovation and raise awareness, changing the luxury fashion industry for the better.”The announcement is part of Gucci’s new partnership with the Fur Free Alliance  a group of 40 organizations and designers that have sworn off fur products,including Armani,Hugo Boss,Yoox Net-a-Porter,and Stella McCartney.PJ Smith,the senior manager of fashion policy for HSUS,said:“With this announcement,Gucci will help to change the way the luxury fashion industry considers animals.”There is a growing segment of new,ethically-minded consumers who care about innovation and social responsibility and want nothing to do with outdated and inherently cruel products, like fur.Gucci understands this and will likely reap the benefits as a result.”This is just one of the animal rights victory that the Fur Free Alliance has recently celebrated,too the organization succeeded in helping to persuade the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman,to sign an amendment on an animal protection law that will bring an end to fur farming.The legislation is due to go into effect on the first day of the second calendar month following its publication.Simone Pavesi, the manager of animal free fashion for LAV,said:“Respect for animals is becoming more entrenched in people’s values and the great names of fashion are gradually implementing social responsibility policies to reflect that.As fashion becomes more and more ethical,supply chains that revolve around animals will be a thing of the past.”
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NFL Player to Donate All His 2017 Game Checks To City Kids.

Chris Long, the Philadelphia Eagle’s defensive end player, just announced that he would be donating the rest of his year’s salary for the rest of the game year to increase educational equality.According to ESPN, Long has a 2017 base salary of $1 million.As you may already know, I have committed my first 6 game checks to fund scholarships in my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia,” says Long. “Now, I’m pledging my last 10 game checks to organizations supporting educational equity and opportunity in St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia the three cities that I’ve called home throughout my NFL career.”“I’m playing the entire 2017 NFL season without collecting income because I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America,” he added.“I’m encouraging fans, businesses and every person with a desire to join in my pursuit of equal education opportunities for all students to make their own pledge. My goal is that through this campaign my donation will be doubled by those inspired to join the effort because together we can accomplish more.”

Son Hides All Over Airport Dressed As Waldo To Surprise Mom.

After spending the last three years in Australia, 31-year-old Ali wanted to fly home to London to surprise his mother for her birthday. But he didn’t want to just show up at his parent’s front door he wanted to do something more memorable.With the help of his dad and his brother Steve, Ali dressed up as Waldo from Where’s Waldo? and hid in the airport terminal while Steve picked up their parents.In the video, Ali can be seen running all around the airport in his red and white striped outfit while his parents search for their surprise.Finally, his Mom spots a red and white hat in a cafe and is positive she’s found Waldo but what she doesn’t expect is to see her son Ali under the hat! Ali jumps up and gives his mom a huge hug as she asks, in complete shock: “What are you doing here?!”

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