India Prisons Inject Culture to Reform Inmates

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePrison authorities in southern India are planning to introduce thousands of inmates to poetry, literature and music in a novel rehabilitation program that also sheds some light into their lives… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Volunteers Take Over Rural Newspaper After it Folds

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore They’ll just publish the newspaper themselves! When a rural CO weekly folds, volunteers step up to fill void, forming a non-profit and doing anything they can so they don’t lose their paper. (Read more in the LA Times)  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

How Our Golden Retriever Lost Her Sight — But Kept Her Love of Life

first_imgSARDS I hoped her blindness might be an immune mediated inflammation of the optic nerve, which could have been treated and might have been cured. But in the back of my mind, I feared that it was something called SARDS, or Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome. SARDS strikes female dogs more frequently than males and is more commonly diagnosed in the winter, although no one really knows why in either case. What we do know is that there is no treatment for SARDS and the condition is permanent.Our Shakira is now, and will always be, blind.I’ve treated many blind dogs over the 31 years I’ve been a veterinarian, dogs who’ve lost eyesight from causes ranging from diabetes (common) to progressive retinal atrophy (very common in some breeds like Miniature Schnauzers and Shelties) to shotgun blasts (fortunately, less common). When Teresa and I were first married, our first “child,” a Miniature Schnauzer named Bode, also went blind in just a couple of days during a bout of pancreatitis. But Bode was an indoor dog who knew the paths of our home very well; unless we moved the furniture, he got around just the same as when he could see.Shakira’s life is very different. She lives on a 150-acre horse ranch, and for her there’s nothing as important as our twice-daily routine of my throwing the tennis ball for her down our lane, across our lawn and into the woods until she’s panting tired. Without her eyesight, I worried that the thing that made her happiest would be something she could no longer do.Overcoming a DisabilityI am happy to report that I was wrong. And I should have known better – I can’t tell you how many times in this veteran veterinarian’s career that I’ve seen someone’s beloved pet adapt to a challenge and live just as fully as before.So it is with our Shakira. She can no longer see the tennis ball, but she still finds it every time – and on a dead run! When I throw it, she waits and listens for the “whoosh” in the direction my arm is moving, stands still until the ball hits and then runs for it. She knows our ranch so well that she runs along well-worn paths and ducks under the fence with ease. She then uses her keen sense of smell to find the ball.I’ve thrown for her at least 200 times now, and she has retrieved her ball every single one of them. I do throw the ball in areas that are safer for her (not in heavy brush or in piles of rocks), and I talk to her more so she knows where I am, but that makes her adaptation no less amazing. If you didn’t know she was blind, you’d never notice it as she makes her way around our ranch.My whole life I’ve been aware of the power of what I call “The Bond,” that special connection we have with our animals, and the many ways they help us live our own lives. Seeing our Golden Girl take in stride what would send many of us into mourning is just another reminder of how many ways our animals help us.Her message is clear: Enjoy what you have, and don’t worry about what you don’t have. There’s joy in every day, if you just look for it. Or smell for it, in the case of Shakira, who will not let her handicap slow her down for a minute.Vetstreet.com is a pet website written by top veterinarians, pet health experts and professional journalists dedicated to giving you the most accurate information possible, so you can keep your dogs and cats healthy. The key is a well-informed owner and an expert veterinary care team.RELATED– Are Tennis Balls a Dangerous Toy for Dogs? – Yes And No (by Dr. Marty Becker)MORE FROM VETSTREET–  Most Unique New Pet Products That We LoveMinistry Pups: A Different Kind of Service Dog__________________________AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor years, our Golden Retriever, Shakira, had the ability to track an incoming missile – a yellow tennis ball, I mean – better than the air defenses of most of the world’s countries. Her ability to lock on to a target and pull in the prize, coupled with her speed in the 100-yard dash, would have made NFL scouts drool like a Bloodhound, sure they’d found the next hall of fame wide receiver.Shakira is an athlete, a hard-bodied, golden phenom who never has an off day. If you threw it, she would retrieve it. And beg you to throw it again. And again. My arm would fall off long before my tail-wagging retriever would allow me to put down the ball.These days, though, she wouldn’t notice if I stopped throwing the ball because she can’t see what I’m doing anymore. In just two days, 12-year-old Shakira went from being able to track an airborne tennis ball at a dead run to not being able to see a spoonful of canned dog food held two feet in front of her nose. (Read more of the article by By Dr. Marty Becker, below)last_img read more

The Amazings: Join a UK Website to Teach Your Skills and Get Paid

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEveryone has a skill. Now retirees and other talented individuals in London are invited to share their passions by joining “The Amazings”, a new social enterprise that helps people with skills to teach others by way of group classes and activities.The website explains, “We handle the advertising and payments – all the Amazing has to do is decide when they want to run their experience, turn up, be amazing, and then collect the cash.”Upcoming scheduled classes include “Introduction to Crochet,” “Steel Pan Drumming” and “Cooking Hungarian Food”.The website, run by a trio of young entrepreneurs, offers gift vouchers for classes, which start at just £10. They see it as a way for people to make a bit of extra cash, and in the process enrich the lives of others.“She gave great advice,” one pupil said of the teacher in her “Alterations Workshop” in February. “In the process we also transformed three items of clothing.” Co-founder Katie Harris told the website HowToHome, “We initially were just going to work with the retired but when we started doing the on-street research what we found was a variety of amazing people who wanted to share their skills.”Katie says it’s all about community, and there are more ideas planned for branching out. “The thing is we want it to be a real social thing, and we’re going to try running a social evening for the current Amazings, where we meet in a different pub each time – the Amazings can come together, people that might want to go on the course can come and chat to the Amazings, new Amazings can come and learn about the experience of other Amazings.”Interested Londoners should check the website often for more classes in foraging, dancing, Thai Chi and more, at TheAmazings.org.Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEsther 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.WATCH: Irish Dancer Finds A Partner in This Adorable Toddler Passing ByEsther 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.(WATCH the video below)Don’t Cry About Negativity: Click To Share This Sweet One With Your Friends    Optometrist Stunned: New Discovery Fixes Your Vision Naturally (Watch) HealthScore x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >79,024AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Watch Students Go Nuts When Classmate is Accepted into Cornell

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNo man is an island – especially not Brendon Gauthier when he found out that he was accepted into his dream college. Click To Share The Sweet News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Brendon is a senior at TM Landry College Prep in Louisiana. It has always been the student’s dream to go to Cornell University – so when he and his fellow classmates finally viewed his acceptance letter together, their excitement was immeasurable.WATCH: Boy Throws Opening Pitch at Baseball Game 1 Year After Double Hand Transplant In a video that has been viewed millions of times on the school’s Facebook page since December, the teacher can be seen hoisting Brendon onto his shoulder while the other students scream their congratulations.The school reportedly only plays host to about 100 students grades 1 through 12, but every graduate is set to go to a 4-year university.(WATCH the video below)last_img read more

Couple Claims Lotto Ticket With Two Weeks to Spare Thanks to Last-Minute Thanksgiving Cleaning

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA couple from Louisiana has over a million more reasons to be thankful this year thanks to a little last-minute holiday cleaning.Harold and Tina Ehrenberg from Mandeville were tidying up their house in preparation for Thanksgiving guests when they found a few unchecked lottery tickets among some papers on their bedside table.“We [had] family coming into town for Thanksgiving, so I was cleaning up the house and found a few lottery tickets on my nightstand that we hadn’t checked,” Tina recalled.Upon checking the numbers on the lottery website, they found that they had a $1.8 million winning ticket from June.RELATED: 87-Year-old Walking to Buy Mega Millions Ticket Breaks His Hip, Then Wins Hospital Lottery PoolIt’s a good thing that they checked the numbers, too – since the prize needs to be claimed within 180 days of the drawing, the Ehrenbergs only had two weeks left to climb their prize.Despite winning the staggering amount of money, the couple won’t be blowing all their cash on fancy cars. Instead, they will be putting the money into a retirement fund.“We don’t have any plans to buy anything crazy or go on any big trips,” Tina explained. “The most fun is going to be depositing that check!” Harold added.Inspire Your Friends With This Lucky Story By Sharing It To Social Media – Photo by Louisiana LotteryAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Racist Incident Inspires Dads Club to Launch Surprise Fundraiser to Make Immigrant Family Feel Welcome

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe roots of racial prejudice run deep, but when an ugly incident recently cropped up in Ontario, a local social club didn’t just nip it the bud, they planted seeds of hope in its place.Jamaican immigrants Maurice (Mo) Ellis and his wife Caroline Leslie-Ellis settled in Canada with their daughter determined to make the most of their adopted homeland. Ellis, who was working two jobs to support his family and help pay his wife’s college tuition, joined Dad Club London to network and feel more closely connected to his new community.“Like many other local fathers, he found us on our Facebook group, came out to an event, and fell in love with what we do,” club member Ryan Blake told GNN. Blake also noted the club is proud of its diverse membership. “[Mo] isn’t the first Black dad in the club. We have members from all races and backgrounds, including gay dads.” After Dad Club London founder and president, Jeremy McCall, posted a Black Lives Matter message on the group’s Facebook page, Ellis was touched and reached out in gratitude. He told Jeremy that he’d been the target of racial slurs while working a shift at his second job. “It’s not just me that it happens to,” Ellis was quoted as saying in The London Free Press. “If you’re not mentally strong it can take a toll.”Galvanized by a “not in my town” attitude, rather than simply offering sympathy, McCall was energized to take action. He organized a secret fundraiser to show Ellis and his family how much the community supported them.Contributions came in from the local police union, 70 families, and numerous businesses. The group was able to raise nearly $7,000, and McCall arranged a get-together last month to surprise Mo. “I thought it was a Dad Club meeting,” his wife exclaimed.POPULAR: When Black Man Was Afraid to Walk in His Upscale Community, 75 Neighbors Walked With HimIn a hushed parking lot, with members standing six feet apart, Ryan’s neighbor Brent Lively recorded the touching presentation—as tears began streaming down faces both black and white.First, their daughter Amara was given a gift—the biggest LEGO set the club could find, and then Mo was given a prepaid Mastercard to help with family living expenses. Finally, smiles turned to disbelief when Caroline unfolded the check for her college tuition.“What happened to you doesn’t represent this community,” McCall said in a heartfelt speech during the ceremony. “We don’t stand for that. When you said, ‘I guess that’s the way the world is,’ it broke our hearts because it can’t be that way, and we won’t let it . . . We, together, stand as a community against racism.”RELATED: ‘The Dad Gang’ is Celebrating Black Fatherhood and Breaking Stereotypes – From NY to DCWe salute Dad Club London for taking a stand and showing us all how to make a difference.WATCH the beautiful video below…SHOW Your ‘Family Values’ By Sharing This on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

McCormick discusses social concerns with council

first_imgContinuing with the Council of Representatives’ recent focus on inclusivity at Notre Dame, student body president Pat McCormick offered members a preview of upcoming events and projects relating to social concerns. Following Monday’s talk by Sr. Helen Prejean on the immorality of the death penalty, McCormick said a pending execution presented the opportunity for interested students to get more involved with the issue. “There’s someone who has been sentenced to death right now, and it could be carried out in a few weeks,” he said. “So for those interested in some advocacy, there may be some going on at Notre Dame.” McCormick said a tentative upcoming campus visit by a high-profile name in the immigration debate could also relate to the issue of inclusion at the University. “This upcoming October there’s an historic opportunity for Notre Dame with Cardinal Mahony, the former Archbishop of Los Angeles,” McCormick said. “He’s interested in coming to Notre Dame to discuss the issue of human dignity at the center of immigration reform.” McCormick said Notre Dame’s history as an educational institution for the children of Irish immigrants makes it an ideal place for such debate. “Notre Dame is the perfect place to start this conversation since it was a place Irish immigrants could come to become part of the U.S. society,” he said. “For Mexican immigrants, but really just immigrants in general, it’s about expanding inclusion.” McCormick emphasized the need for campus debate to focus on the ethical rather the political aspect of the issue. “We’re doing our best to steer clear of politics, [and move] toward the dignity at the center of the issue for those involved not only immigrants but also law enforcement,” he said. “This could be a controversial issue, but if we focus as a student union on human dignity I think there’s a chance to do some really cool work.”last_img read more

Game day operations run smoothly despite storm

first_imgFor the second time this season, intense storms changed the course of game day activities. But this time, Saturday’s severe weather was brief and almost completely unpredicted. Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations and associate vice president of Campus Safety, said officials had been tracking the weather going into the weekend and that all information pointed to “cool and clear” until about 10:30 a.m. on game day. “[It] kind of popped out of nowhere, was intense [and] short in duration,” Seamon said. “As quickly as it came, it left.” He said Notre Dame issued the first campus-wide announcement of the day around noon, warning people that a storm was approaching and advising them to find shelter. “About 12:30 p.m. or so [the storm] hit campus and covered the ground in hail and snow and sleet,” Seamon said. “People who were tailgating had to seek shelter. It was really, really unusual.” The storm passed campus by 1 p.m., Seamon said, and the University issued an all-clear message over the loudspeakers at 1:10 p.m. He said soon after the announcement, fans resumed tailgating, and the sky was clear for the rest of the day during the Notre Dame victory over Navy. Phil Johnson, director of Notre Dame Security Police, said police made only one arrest inside Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. Outside the stadium, police issued four citations for underage drinking. One man was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and his case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, Johnson said. Despite the brief storms Saturday, Seamon said the Game Day weekend was a success overall. “It was a really good weekend, minus the little weather incident we had,” he said. “Everything worked really well. It was a great victory.” Seamon said 8,000 people attended the pep rally Friday. Over 3,300 visitors walked through the tunnel, and 1,000 attended the football luncheon. The LaBar practice field had 1,035 visitors on game day. “[There was] a lot of excitement [with the] Halloween weekend and home game. People were ready to go, which I thought (was) great,” Seamon said. Seamon said that as usual, Notre Dame fans showed great support for the team and a high level of respect for Navy. “I thought it was a great atmosphere. There was a lot of respect for the rivalry with Navy,” Seamon said. “People were fired up to get back to winning.”last_img read more