Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Unfortunately her attempt didn’t make it into the record books because someone forgot to invite a rep of the Guiness World Records.
Shauna was in her final year of a special needs teaching degree at Hope University when she died aged 19 of natural causes on January 29. The teenager, from Bessbrook, in Newry, Northern Ireland, had rented a house with three girls in Carsdale Road, Mossley Hill.
Despite the tragedy, Bpm is demanding her father Kevin pay monthly amounts of £216.67 until June as he “agreed to guarantee his daughter’s rent payments in full for the whole of the period of the tenancy.”
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that legal action will be taken to recover any unpaid rent, as agreed by both Miss McCann and Mr McCann (as guarantor) on the tenancy agreement.”
Bpm denied being unsympathetic and said it had “offered Mr McCann the opportunity to spread the burden of the payments over as many months as his budget permits.” Shauna’s family said: “We are trying to the best of our ability to come to terms with the loss of our precious daughter. This whole issue has caused us undue stress and worry.”
"(The bear) was out looking for a place to live and got startled and took refuge in the tree," Florida Fish and Wildlife worker Tom Shupe said.
"(The kittens) had the bear just cornered at the fence and it saw the tree and just ran up the tree and has been there ever since," homeowner Jason Daniels said.
Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been called to the scene to determine what to do with the bear, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. — A 10-year-old Nebraska girl with terminal brain cancer had a simple last wish: to have her dad by her side as she lay on her death bed.
On Wednesday, seemingly against all odds, Jayci Yaeger's wish came true.
Her father, Jason Yaeger, who has been locked up in a South Dakota federal prison on methamphetamine charges, was allowed to see his daughter for what may be the last time.
He was furloughed after a barrage of letters and phone calls from around the country convinced officials to let him visit the hospital.
Jayci, who cannot speak, move or eat, could sense that her father was next to her and feel his touch, because she began breathing more heavily during his visit.
But to their disappointment, the visit lasted only about 30 minutes.
"She wants her dad. She goes to her room crying because she wants her dad," Jayci's mom, Vonda Yaeger, told the prison warden and then he agreed to permit Jason to see his daughter.
The girl's condition has been described as minute-to-minute, and she recently suffered a stroke.
Vonda Yaeger said Jayci went into respiratory distress three times on Thursday.
Jason Yaeger has been behind bars for almost five years, and has battled drug addiction. He is scheduled to be released to a halfway house in August.
Click here to read more on this story from KETV.com.
Cancer-Stricken Girl Whose Last Wish Was to See Inmate Dad Has Died
This Saturday, a global "lights out" event called Earth Hour is being held to call for immediate action on climate change. Nearly 200 cities and millions of people worldwide are expected to participate by turning off home and building lights from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm local time.
Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and Phoenix are hosting city-wide events, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Niagara Falls, the Sears Tower and Wrigley Field will turn off nonessential lights for the hour. Our friends at the World Wildlife Fund, who are organizing this event, expect it to be "among the largest global calls for climate change action ever."
Friday, March 28, 2008
* Was this man made?
* Do you light it up at night?
* Is the mule train air conditioned?
* So where are the faces of the presidents?
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK:
* Are the alligators real?
* Are the baby alligators for sale?
* Where are all the rides?
* What time does the 2 o’clock bus leave?
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK:
* Did people build this, or did Indians?
* Why did they build the ruins so close to the road?
* Do you know of any undiscovered ruins?
* What did they worship in the kivas - their own made up religion?
* Why did the Indians decide to live in Colorado?
CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK:
* How much of the cave is underground?
* So what’s in the unexplored part of the cave?
* So what is this - just a hole in the ground?
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK:
* Where are the cages for the animals?
* What time of year do they turn on Yosemite Falls?
* What happened to the other half of Half Dome?
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK:
* Does Old Faithful erupt at night?
* How do you turn it on?
* When does the guy who turns it on get to sleep?
* We had no trouble finding the park entrance but where are the exits?
DENALI NATIONAL PARK:
* What’s so wonderful about Wonder Lake?
* How much does Mount McKinley weigh?
* What time do you feed the bears?
* How often do you mow the tundra?
This is really neat, but make sure you put it on full screen so you can see the words
THIS IS WAY TOO COOL!!!
Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song, "We Didn't Start The Fire." Here it is, set to pictures... very, very cool.
Sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes! Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with a lot of spare time and Google.
The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize. But it's great at any age.
The robot can then identify the children by their names and ages and chat with them, even though its vocabulary remains limited. With Japan's population in decline, companies have put humanoids to use as security guards, receptionists and in other functions.
NO? I didn't think so.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan may lay claim to having the world's most enthusiastic voter - a 65-year-old woman who walked 600 kilometers (380 miles) to cast her ballot.
Tshewang Dema said she preferred to walk because she suffered motion sickness after her first and only car journey four years ago. "I didn't want to lose my vote just because I couldn't travel in a car," Dema said.
The old man said, "Sir, could you address this post card for me?"
The man gladly did so, agreeing also to write a short message and sign the card for the man.
Finally, the younger man asked, "Now, is there anything else I can do for you?"
The old fellow thought about it for a moment and said, "Yes, at the end could you just put, 'PS Please excuse the sloppy handwriting'"
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Who do you guess will win?
Your answer will reflect your personality.
Got your answer?
Click and drag your mouse thru the next few lines to see how you did.
Orangutan = you’re dull & normal
Ape = you’re a moron
Monkey = worse, you’re an idiot
King Kong = you’re hopelessly stupid
A Coconut tree doesn’t have bananas!
Parents are Top Influence on Soft-Drink Consumption Among Kids
Flavored, carbonated drinks have been around for about two hundred years. And their popularity continues to grow - overtaking more nutritious beverages among some age groups, especially children and adolescents.
In a recent study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from the University of Minnesota surveyed 560 children ages 8 to 13 years old on how often they drank soft drinks and the factors that influence soft drink consumption.Among other findings, researchers found:
1. Parental soft drink intake has a stronger influence than children's peers
2. Approximately 30 percent of children reported drinking soft drinks daily and 85 percent reported they usually drink regular, not diet soft drinks
3. The odds of drinking soft drinks almost daily was twice as likely for those who watched television 3.5 hours or more a day than those who watched less television
4. The availability of soft drinks at home and the availability of soft drink vending machines in school were both strongly associated with children's soft drink consumption.
Research has shown that parents are primary role models for kids and that includes their eating habits too. Parents need to be aware of what their kids are consuming and encourage foods and beverages that are packed with nutrients. As your best guideline, be sure soft drinks are not crowding out water and other nutritious beverages like fruit juices.
Top Ten Reasons to Juice
Liquids - We need liquids to remain healthy, and juicing is a good source of liquids.
Specific vitamins and minerals - When you juice raw fruits and vegetables, you get specific vitamins and minerals in a natural, easily absorbable form. Looking for beta carotene? Drink carrot juice. Looking for potassium? Try a green juice, or blackberry juice.
Phytochemicals - Heard of them? They are substances in plants that are linked to good health and to prevention of specific diseases. They are found only in fruits and vegetables, and juicing is a great way to get them.
Protein from non-meat sources - Although fruits and vegetables do not contain large quantities of protein, their juice can be a convenient carrier. Simply add some brewer's yeast, wheat germ, or whole grains to whatever you're juicing. These give you protein without the fat that meat contains, and protein that is quickly and easily absorbed by the body.
Quick absorption - When you drink juice, the nutrients get to you quickly.
Less digestive work - When you drink juice, you save your body energy; it doesn't have to do as much digesting. It also helps maintain your supply of digestive enzymes; you do not use as many.
Healthy sugar - No, this is not an oxymoron. Juices contain simple sugars that we need for energy; however, because they are combined with other healthful nutrients, they are not harmful, as are refined sugars.
The complete package - When you juice, you get the whole package - all the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. This means natural nutrients in natural proportions, not added sugars, like those found in juices on supermarket shelves.
Juicing prevents disease - Many studies point out that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can prevent disease.
Enzymes! - Fruit and vegetable juices provide a convenient source of enzymes. Although people don't think of them much, enzymes are extremely important to health. They spark the essential chemical reactions we need to live. They are necessary for digesting food, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairing all tissue.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
On Jan. 15, Sarah Reddick-Redman, a grandmother of two, was making a trip to the chiropractor. As she walked in to the office at the corner of Fifth and Vermont streets, she noticed she wasn't alone. There sat a red-tailed hawk on the railing.
She went back to her car to grab a camera. With the lens focused on its body, she looked at the hawk, and the hawk looked away. After a moment, it turned its head again and looked her square in the eye. She told the hawk how beautiful it was to calm its nerves, but it didn't seem nervous. "It was so thrilling I can't really explain it. We were just looking at each other, no fear or nothing between us," she said. "It's like she came there for help."
After her appointment, she saw the hawk still perched on the railing, sitting still. Then just before driving away, she noticed a droop in the bird's wing when it flew.
After a call to the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project, staff took in the hawk and diagnosed it with a broken wing. For more than two months, they nursed it back to health.
On Saturday, Reddick-Redman showed up to say goodbye to the hawk before its release into the wild. Terese Evans, director of the nonprofit, said the bird was freed just in time for nest-building season."That's the part we look forward to: To be able to release them back into the wild as 100 percent whole as we could get them," Evans said.
Terese Evans, left, and husband Jim Evans, right, work to remove a red tailed hawk in preparations for its release into the wild Saturday, March 22, 2008 in Waterloo, Iowa. Terese is the director of the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project a group providing care to injured wildlife.