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Inspiring Stories Vacation

Beaches Resorts Embraces Everyone on the Autism Spectrum

Autism has become more common than ever before. Year in and year out, more and more children are being diagnosed with it. Some of the symptoms that make autism so distinguishable are sensory overloads, random outbursts, and overwhelming bouts of anxiety.

These symptoms can come out of nowhere, making family vacations quite stressful, which defeats the point of taking a vacation in the first place.

The good news is that many industry giants have taken the time to learn how to accommodate people on the autism spectrum, and Beaches Resorts is a great example of that.

In fact, the family-friendly resort is no stranger to autism, being the fist resort to complete the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) Autism Certificate (AC) training, thus becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC) in April of 2017.

Remarkable Company

In April of 2019, Beaches Resorts continues working for more. Two years after becoming a CAC, the company has taken their commitment even further by becoming an Advanced Certified Autism Center (ACAC).

This is the very first company to obtain this designation, so it’s quite remarkable how seriously they’ve taken the issue.

However, at the end of the day, these are just credentials. What matters is what they’ve done with the knowledge they’ve acquired to ensure that families who choose their resort can receive the level of compassion and care it’s difficult to find in other places.

When you’re on vacation, you don’t want your family fun to be limited by concerns about safety or the ability of the staff to respond and interact with your children.

At Beaches Resorts, you don’t have to worry about this, which means your vacation will truly be exactly that: a vacation you can all enjoy together.

The moment you step foot in the resort, you’ll receive personalized care. This is possible because families can fill out a questionnaire with a Special Services team before traveling so they can be aware of specific preferences and requests.

If you need a private check-in or a sensory toy to keep your child busy and happy while you check-in, Beaches Resorts will provide exactly that.

Friends on Sesame Street

Beaches Resort have also partnered with Sesame Street to create an environment specifically designed for kids, which characters such as Cookie Monster, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, and more, walking around the resort.

What this means is that your family will have fun the second they arrive at the resort, which is not something you can say of every resort out there. They have even introduced a new muppet named Julia, who’s on the autism spectrum herself.

This muppet is of course exclusive to the resort and with activities such as Amazing Art with Julia, children will enjoy their time thoroughly.

Children on the autism spectrum often have trouble communicating with words, that’s why Julia encourages self-expression through art. Through this activity, your children will be able to explore themselves in an easier, better, more exciting way.

Because Julia is on the spectrum as well, some things must be noted. For example, taking pictures without her permission is a no-no. This is meant to encourage both the understanding and acceptance of autism.

Another wonderful thing about Beaches Resorts is that they’re not limited to activities for children. This year, they were allowed to include their water sports operations in their ACAC certification.

Children on the spectrum will be handled by dive team staff that has been trained on accommodating, interacting, and keeping them safe during these activities. Thus providing the opportunity for them to enjoy diving in the Caribbean, something that no other result can offer.

If you have a child on the spectrum, it’s never easy to plan a vacation. Not knowing what your options are is crippling and limiting, so knowing about the one Caribbean resort where you will absolutely have the safest, most exciting and fun experience is a joy.

Beaches Resorts will help you show your child that there’s nothing they can’t do, provided they have the support they need to explore new things and be comfortable doing what they like.

For parents, it’s a relief to know you’re child is in good hands, so your vacation will be amazing for everyone involved.

Autism has become more common than ever before. Year in and year out, more and more children are being diagnosed with it. Some of the symptoms that make autism so distinguishable are sensory overloads, random outbursts, and overwhelming bouts of...

Fashion Inspiring Stories

High School Junior Makes Dream Prom Dress for Date

When it comes to our High School prom, we all know how big and important it makes us feel. For a lot of kids, it’s one of those nights that they look back on with lifelong affection. Sadly, like most events we go to as teens and kids, our proms are often places where a lot of judgments about people are made.

How expensive your suit/dress is becoming a major part of the argument for a lot of people. Sadly, we live in a society where we rate how ‘cool’ someone is based on how much their parents can afford to spend on a dress.

However, Parker Smith wasn’t one for putting up with such nonsense. This kid, who must go down as one of the most awesome kids in his generation, decided that he wanted to do something special.

Despite having no sewing skills whatsoever, he learned the art and created the dream prom dress for his prom date. She and her family couldn’t afford to buy her the dream gown she wanted, and so Mr. Smith stepped up to the plate – and then some.

His partner for the evening, Addi Rust, couldn’t afford the dream gown that she wanted. So when she asked Parker to make the dress for her – mostly as a joke – he decided to set about doing so. Judging by the photos, he has done an absolutely amazing job on the sewing job.

He would make parts of the dress more than once in a bid to perfect the style and shape of the design. Of course, Mr. Smith didn’t do this all on his own: like any smart boy, he got help from his beloved grandmother to help him make sure it was just right!

A prom dream come true

A beautiful blue ball gown came into being, then, and Addi was able to head off to prom looking absolutely fantastic – while being at prom date with one of the best up-and-coming young sewers in the community, from the looks of things!

He kept adding more and more to it, eventually creating an endearing and creative dress that perfectly achieved the aim: making Addi very happy on her big evening. Addi knew what it was going to look like throughout the process, as Parker kept her up-to-date on the entire process.

She even praised him on social media for his amazing attention to detail, and for creating a wonderful prom dress that, clearly, made her very happy indeed. Remember girls, if you’re going to get a prom date, make sure it’s a guy who has the skills and the self-belief to create an outfit for you!

Playing right up to his role as Prince Charing, he even played the role of slipping on a white heel onto her fool – a proper Cinderella story that we can all enjoy!

When it comes to our High School prom, we all know how big and important it makes us feel. For a lot of kids, it’s one of those nights that they look back on with lifelong affection. Sadly, like most events we go to as teens and kids, our proms are often...

Science

Awesome 3D Printing With Light

For years, 3D printing has become a hugely important part of the tech world. Offering people the chance to print objects that would previously have taken ages to manufacture, it’s been a technology with many pros and very few cons. However, 3D printing looks set to take another jump into the unknown with the production of a light-powered 3D printer system.

This new platform by UC Berkeley is likely to change the way that 3D printing takes place, as this is capable of building every layer of the required object at once, instead of layer-by-layer. While other 3D printers need to do everything on a piece-by-piece basis, this goes on a totally different route.

Thanks to the device which is being developed, we could see a huge jump forward in how this industry works.

Speaking about this was Hayden Taylor, the research lead at UC Berkeley on this project, who said: “Basically, you’ve got an off-the-shelf video projector, which I literally brought in from home, and then you plug it into a laptop and use it to project a series of computed images, while a motor turns a cylinder that has a 3D-printing resin in it.

“Obviously there are a lot of subtleties to it — how you formulate the resin, and, above all, how you compute the images that are going to be projected, but the barrier to creating a very simple version of this tool is not that high.”

While using light-based techniques to create patterns is not new in itself, doing it in this manner almost certainly is. This manages to also break the mold as it allows the whole system to do it all at once, instead of the layer-by-layer approach mentioned above: that’s a massive step forward.

Smooth, Safe And Simple

One of the biggest reasons why this is such a huge progression, though, is the fact that the objects tend to come out very smooth. Yes, they will obviously need some more work and tend to come out looking like a prototype, but they can often include features that other 3D printers would probably struggle to create.

It can even be used to help cure the resin around an already present product, which is something other printers would not be able to manage. All uncured resin used within can be re-used, too, which makes this a touch more eco-friendly than other 3D printers.

While it’s unlikely that we’ll see this kind of 3D printer on the market anytime soon, it’s made more than enough of a positive first impression to ensure that it should become the focus of 3D printing for a long time to come. One thing is for sure: the already advanced 3D printing industry might be about to take another vital step forward.

For years, 3D printing has become a hugely important part of the tech world. Offering people the chance to print objects that would previously have taken ages to manufacture, it’s been a technology with many pros and very few cons. However, 3D printing...

Entertainment News

Justin Trudeau’s Afghan Doppelganger

An Afghan talent show contestant, who gained viral fame for his striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has said that he hopes to meet his doppelganger in person.


Abdul Salam Maftoon, a bricklayer and a wedding singer in the remote province of Badakhshan, said that he had never heard of his Canadian counterpart until people began to point out their resemblance following his appearance on the talent show Afghan Star.

Speaking to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Maftoon said that he thought Trudeau could be his younger brother. “I looked it up on social media, and I was surprised. I looked at him, I looked at myself. I found out we have the same face. And I felt strange. I thought he could be my younger brother.” Maftoon said that he was just a “poor boy” from the remote borderlands of Afghanistan, but would be thrilled to meet Trudeau. “I would love to meet him. I hope my message reaches him, and I meet him face to face.” Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful

An Afghan talent show contestant, who gained viral fame for his striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has said that he hopes to meet his doppelganger in person.

Abdul Salam Maftoon, a bricklayer and a wedding singer in the remote...

Animals

Watch: Cop Rescues Tied Dog

What a perfect example of the countless times our brave police officers save lives! So many times in our modern society, thanks to the evolution of social media, we are so quick to find ways to judge others and find something to be offended by. Even though the topic of police officers is a valid topic to discuss, because there does need to be reform in that department, it is also very important not to forget that at the end of the day, they are our everyday heroes.

So many times people are so quick to pull out their phones when they find something negative or violent that they can document; however, this video shows that so many of our men and women in blue are always looking for lives to save. Even sweeter, this time, it is the life of a dog.

This sweet dog is the loyal companion to a truck driver. He obviously loves his dog and cares for his safety because he was letting the dog get some fresh air. The thought of how horribly wrong this series of events could have gone gives me chills down my spine. Had that driver gotten up to a speed higher than the dog could keep up with, it would have been a tragic situation. This, however, was not the case.

In this situation, this police officer who can also be described as a hero, acted quickly to stop the driver before the situation turned grave. The sweet little dog was trotting along, trying to keep up with the driver who had leashed him to the back of his truck. I can imagine what that dog was thinking. I’m sure he was beyond happy to see the police officer stop the truck. I’m sure the police department in Yavapai, Arizona is very proud to have their officer recognized for such an easy, but a life-saving decision.

I’m sure the driver felt so bad that this happened. We are all human. We make mistakes. I’m sure he would have never done this on purpose. I can only imagine the “What if?” thoughts that went through his mind after unleashing his dog from the truck. I bet he was even close to tears himself. Those of us who are dog owners treat our dogs like family, and I am sure truck drivers, especially, take good care of their pets. They are, at times, the only companions and company they keep.

The best part of this video is that it’s not just a video about a cop saving the life of a dog. It is so much more than that. It is a reminder to us all. It is a reminder to not focus on the negative of our men in blue. Are there police officers who have acted in haste and let their narrow minds take the life of an individual due to unnecessary fear? Yes, it is a sad truth, and it is an example of the state of so many in our nation. This video, however, is a reminder that at the end of the day these men have done way more good than bad. It’s a reminder to focus on the good our men in blue do and to remember they too, just like us, are human.

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What a perfect example of the countless times our brave police officers save lives! So many times in our modern society, thanks to the evolution of social media, we are so quick to find ways to judge others and find something to be offended by. Even though...

Tech News

Bets Future Ever: IBM Unveils Coffee Drones

IBM seems to have wasted no time in patenting this idea. It is a coffee delivery drone that can detect when you are tired or in need of a drink. It has been designed to recognize signs such as blood pressure, facial expressions, and dilated pupils who are possible signs of exhaustion.

The drone proceeds to deliver a nice cup of coffee to you, such a relief. The drone is designed to be used in offices and enclosed spaces where dozens of employees sit for hours studying the screen of their computers while working. Now you don’t have to go through the hassles of fixing a cup of coffee because it will be delivered to you at the right time. This is a technology many businesses will be interested in adopting to improve the productivity of their employees.

The drone is enhanced with superior intelligence to identify the “cognitive state” of the employees in a workspace and deliver cups of coffee with the use of an unspooling string which the drone has been fitted with, and to avoid spills the cup of coffee is delivered in zip bags. Alternatively, the coffee can be dispensed from the drone directly into the coffee mug of the employees.

It is apparent that IBM has big plans for this idea. If it chooses not to sell the patent, it can proceed to develop the drone. Asides from the cognitive detection functions, the drone can also be ‘summoned’ whenever you need a cup of coffee while working on your projects. This can be done with a wave of the hands, a gesture that is recognized by the drone.

IBM filed the patent for its drone in the United States, a process that costs a lot of money. In the long run, the deal can become very profitable. Tech companies such as IBM have been keeping closely guarded secrets about special projects that are expected to become the next big inventions in the technology industry.

 

It is a good thing a tech company such as IBM are now considering the development of inventions based on artificial intelligence. We hope to hear more news about other patents for products targeted at making our lives better.

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IBM seems to have wasted no time in patenting this idea. It is a coffee delivery drone that can detect when you are tired or in need of a drink. It has been designed to recognize signs such as blood pressure, facial expressions, and dilated pupils who are...

Celebs Entertainment

The Rock Surprises His Stunt Double With An Amazing Gift

It’s not easy to be a stunt double, you get to do all the hard work while the movie stars take all the fame. This fact was not lost on  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who decided to reward his stunt double with a huge gift.

Skyscraper star rewarded his stunt double and cousin, Tanoai Reed, for all his hard work and physical suffering, surprising Reed with a new custom truck in an exchange that was shared in a video on Johnson’s Instagram page.

“Surprise” He wrote, “I love handing over keys I love you brother and enjoy your new truck!
Over the course of my career, my stunt double (and cousin) Tanoai Reed @samoanstuntman has broken multiple bones, severed tendons, torn ligaments & just been an overall dominating bad ass achieving several “Stuntman of the Year” honors.
All done with one goal in mind – deliver the best movie possible to the world. I had this custom pick up truck delivered just in time to surprise him (he’s still recovering from a stunt injury) while we give what he thought was going to be an interview about our careers together.”

He continued by saying ” As you’ll see the moment I put my hands on my hips, that’s the drivers cue to pull away and reveal the big surprise.
Not only does Tanoai represent our family and my career with relentless commitment and passion. He also represents an entire Hollywood stunt community that is truly the backbone of our business.
Love you uso and thank you for the blood, sweat, tears and years.
We’re just getting started. Enjoy your new truck!”

Reed also posted the video on his own account, writing that he was “still in complete shock” over the gift.

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Nature & Tech

5 Photos We Will Never Forget from WWII

As we all know, today marks the 73rd anniversary of raising the flag on the Iwo Jima photo (and battle). Iwo Jima was an Island between Japan and the Mariana Islands. The taking over of Iwo Jima was not planned but still, Americans made history, defeating the Japanese in the jungles and taking over the island.

The iconic photograph of raising the flag on Iwo Jima was taken during the battle of Iwo Jima in the chaotic World War II. The photograph was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945.

By the way, this iconic photo is the second time they raised the flag. The first time was not photographed so the soldiers were asked to do it again.

The photograph shows six United States Marines raising the American flag on top of Volcanic shaped Mount Suribachi. 3 out of 6 marines in the photograph were killed a few days after this photograph was taken. The photograph first made its appearance in the Sunday newspaper on 25th February from where it gained its fame. Later it was reprinted in a number of magazines. The photo was also used by Felix de Weldon as a memorial statue of the marines who died for their country.

The raising of the flag on Iwo Jima continues to be recognized, but there were more photos from world war two that are equally iconic and renowned. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Raising a Flag over the Reichstag

The raising of flag over Reichstag was a patriotic photograph taken by the red army soldier called Yevgeny Khaldei in 1945. He made smoke and took the picture from an angle that darkened the sky.

The photograph shows a soldier raising a flag. It is a soviet flag, designed by Khaldei’s uncle using three red table cloths. There are also two more soldiers visible behind that are posing for the photo. Soon after the photograph helped in creating the propaganda of communist regime that was going to be headed by Joseph Stalin.

 

Mushroom Cloud Over Nagasaki

During the world war two, United States dropped nuclear bomb dubbed little boy on Hiroshima. Soon after they bombed Nagasaki with even more power using “Fat man” after which Japan surrendered from the world war two. The photos of the bombings were all censored however, a photo of Mushroom cloud taken by Lieutenant Charles Levy was circulated widely.

Originally Lieutenant Charles Levy shot 16 photos, but one of it captured the full scale of mushroom cloud with all the drama and effects. The officer summarized the scene in a few words “It was purple, red, white, all colors—something like boiling coffee. It looked alive.”

 

V-J Day in Times Square

People tell me that when I’m in heaven,” Eisenstaedt said, “they will remember this picture.” After world war two ended, there was joy everywhere and United States was celebrating. Love was in the air and so visible in this picture as well. Eisenstaedt was a photographer of LIFE magazine, he was roaming the streets of Times Square when he witnessed and captured this magical moment.

The picture shows a sailor who grabbed a nurse, leaned her back and kissed him, making the moment freeze for a few seconds. People at the back can also be seen enjoying the moment. This lovely image became famous and it was published a number of times.

 

 

D-Day

This photograph was taken by Robert Capa who remained under fire for an hour and a half at Omaha Beach during D-Day landing where several people died around him yet he kept taking photographs. The photograph shows a soldier First Class Huston Riley, who jumped into the water and helped himself walk under until he could hold his breath It took him 30minutes to flee and reach the Normandy shore.

When Riley saw Capa taking photographs, he uttered “What the hell is this guy doing here? I can’t believe it. Here’s a cameraman on the shore.” The photograph gives a blurry look and gave the viewers an American soldier’s view of the dangers of war.

As we all know, today marks the 73rd anniversary of raising the flag on Iwo Jima photo. Iwo Jima was an Island between Japan and Mariana Islands. The taking over of Iwo Jima was not planned but still, Americans made a history, defeated them and took over the island.

The iconic photograph of raising the flag on Iwo Jima was taken during the battle of Iwo Jima in the chaotic World War Two. The photograph was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. The photograph shows six United States Marines raising the American flag on top of Volcanic shaped Mount Suribachi. 3 out of 6 marines in the photograph were killed a few days after this photograph was taken.

The photograph first made its appearance in the Sunday newspaper on 25th February from where it gained its fame. Later it was reprinted in a number of magazines. The photo was also used by Felix de Weldon as a memorial of the marines who died for their country.

The raising of flag on Iwo Jima continues to be recognized, but there were more photos from world war two that are equally iconic and renowned. Let’s have a look at some of them.

 

 

Wendy the Welder

This photograph was taken when women were working along with men to construct shipyards. The women first took welding classes and then they were recruited by Kaiser to work in building the shipyards and lined ships. Everyone celebrated when women threw off their kitchen aprons and wore welding marks.

They stepped into the work where they were actually recognized for doing the work. This marked history as it showed women are no less than men and they can carry out all types of tasks.

As we all know, today marks the 73rd anniversary of raising the flag on the Iwo Jima photo (and battle). Iwo Jima was an Island between Japan and the Mariana Islands. The taking over of Iwo Jima was not planned but still, Americans made history, defeating the...

editorial

Celebrities Who Live by Yoga

Being in the spotlight 24/7 is a stressful way to live, and what better way to relax and get in touch with yourself than practicing yoga? These celebs know as much and are therefore major yoga enthusiasts. From Britney Spears to Sting, these guys have found their zen!

Gal Gadot

She is the ultimate superwoman both on and off-screen. Winning over the world with her performance as the first woman superhero in Wonder Woman and showing off her genuine personality, she is also a life-long yoga fanatic!

Super Woman’s Super-Yoga

Gadot claimed that her yoga practices were upped in preparation for her role as superwoman, but she added weightlifting into the mix to bulk up her muscles before playing the Amazon warrior princess!

 

Don’t stop flexing, there’s more!

Being in the spotlight 24/7 is a stressful way to live, and what better way to relax and get in touch with yourself than practicing yoga? These celebs know as much and are therefore major yoga enthusiasts. From Britney Spears to Sting, these guys have found...

Entertainment

You Will Never Believe What This Dog Brought Home From The Dumpsters

When our dogs go our hunting, most of the time they come back with absolute garbage. We give them a little applause and a cuddle – it’s their way of trying, and it’s good enough. However, sometimes when a dog fires out the door and it comes home triumphantly carrying something, you’ll get a shock at what it has picked up along the way. When we take on a dog, anyway, we expect them to always have that little bit of a wild streak – and that ability to bring home items that are as likely to make us laugh as they are cry!

When Gumnerd Thongmak took on a beautiful little Thai Bangkaew – known as Pui – he was beginning a story that would quite literally become a life-changing moment. When getting a dog, Gumnerd just wanted someone to hang around with and to have a bit of extra companionship in his life. He never expected his dog to get him into a crazy story like this!

Pui Begins to Explore

Little Pui spent most of his time cutting around Bangkok and having a great time. A typically adventurous and open-minded little dog, he would stick his nose in where it probably shouldn’t and just loved to roam around and few crazy stuff. One of his most beloved places, you might have guessed, was the local dump. Dogs love dumps for the reason it’s like a big maze for them – fun to be had and treasures to be found!

When he was running around the dump one day, though, Pui came back with a plastic back in his mouth. Gumnerd and his family were a little unsure as to what he could have fun, so they decided to check out what the little man had brought back home with him. They sincerely hoped it wasn’t going to be something dangerous!

A Crazy Surprize

Inside the bag, then, was a baby girl. That’s right – SOMEONE LEFT A BABY AT THE DUMP.

The barbarity of that aside, the amazing little dog immediately shot into hero mode and brought her home to the family. They took her to the nearest hospital, where they found that the baby was just a mere seven months old. She wasn’t in the best condition, but the smart thinking from Pui meant she had a better chance than she did beforehand.

Pui Is Honored

The Red Cross decided to honor the awesome little dog for all of his good work and his bravery. Along with a leather collar, a medal, and a commemorative plaque, he was given an award of $300 as thanks for helping the little one have a life.

While there was no information about the mother of the baby or anything else about the baby, they were happy to know that the little one was – hopefully – safe and sound. “It’s lucky that Little Pui found the baby. It was a surprise to us, since Little Pui never brought anything home, only barking at strangers when he’s out and about,” Poomrat Thongmak, Gunmerd’ wife, said.

Interestingly, the family then decided that they should make a claim to adopt the baby. Fate had brought them together like this – why not make sure that when the baby grows up, the wonderful story of how Little Pui saved them can be told again and again

When our dogs go our hunting, most of the time they come back with absolute garbage. We give them a little applause and a cuddle – it’s their way of trying, and it’s good enough. However, sometimes when a dog fires out the door and it comes home...

Animals Entertainment

Firefighters Return ‘Dead Dog’ to Delighted Victim

When we are the victims of a disaster, we can be left with nothing material. No house, no items, nothing; all gone, and full dependent on an insurance claim paying out. While some items are more or less irreplaceable, others truly are unable to be replaced: like a pet, for example. When Adel Conley of Louisville, Kentucky, was going out to enjoy a New Year party, he was psyched.

However, his neighbours garage went up in flames and it spread to his home, forcing him to have to get out of dodge. He had to escape fast, and unfortunately both of his beloved dogs stayed behind. Despite trying to get back to save them, the fire was too severe and the fire team would not let him back on-site. A fireman soon emerged from the debris and the mess carrying one of his dogs.

While one of the dogs was saved, the other sadly perished in the flames, leaving poor Adel heartbroken. They told him that the chances of a dog surviving such an inferno was very unlikely – it left Adel not only distraught about losing everything, but devastated at the loss of a friend and a family member.

“I wanted to get my dogs out, but they wouldn’t let me go in there,” he explained in an interview afterward. “I love my dogs.”

Working through the remains of his house, though, the signs were very much not looking good. There was nothing that looked like it could have survived; large chunks of the property had been burnt to a crisp. As such, the debris was so excessive that the idea his other dog was inside and alive felt preposterous.

Lt Col Jim Fredrick of the Louisville FD, though, was quite clear about what this meant: “With the amount of fire we had and the amount you can see, just the amount of materials in that garage, it’s not really easily accessible for us.”

Miracles, though, do occur. The fire team could then hear small but audible noises coming from the debris, and they thought it might be the other dog.

As the firefighters kept rummaging through the debris, though, they came across something very much alive – it was the other dog! And not only was it him, but he was completely fine. A little shook-up and scared, but by no means hurt or otherwise adversely affected!

Without the hard work of the fireman, though, we would never have known that the little dog had survived. Well done to the Louisville FD; when you do a job as hard as this, survival is enough. Extra stories like this, though, shows you the work that they put in on a regular basis to help the public.

When we are the victims of a disaster, we can be left with nothing material. No house, no items, nothing; all gone, and full dependent on an insurance claim paying out. While some items are more or less irreplaceable, others truly are unable to be replaced:...

Health

Blind Man Finally Gets Vision with Miraculous Equipment

In life, we frequently take the power of vision for granted – if you are reading this now and not appreciating the fact you can read it, you are making that same mistake. However, being able to wake up and see the world around us is a truly massive privilege; one that leaves the rest of us unaware how hard it is to not be able to see. For Anthony Andreotolla from Medford, MA, he suffered from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that meant, as a teen, his vision became increasingly blurred until, by his 30s, he was totally blind.

However, the doctors and medical experts at the John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and the Second Sight group, Anthony can now see once again. With the help of a bionic eye implant, he now has a fair amount of vision back – more than he had enjoyed for years. While he’ll never be able to see as ‘normal’, he can navigate through life without the same issues he once did.

With a tiny wearable computer connected to the glasses, they process images and then send them to the eye implant – meaning he can see things in flashes, shapes and general lights. For example, he can tell if a vehicle is a truck or a car, but not the make.

Working as a substance abuse counsellor in Boston, though, his 6-mile trip just became a whole easier. Clearly delighted, he added: “I have my hope back. Once I lost my sight, I was resigned to be blind for the rest of my life. I’m not resigned to that anymore. I believe if I can live long enough, I’ll be able to see a lot of beautiful things.”

The hope is that Second Sight will have a second bionic eye out shortly with better image processing and sharper, clearer imagery again. However, who thought that we would be at this stage already? It’s incredible what can be achieved with technology, isn’t it?

In life, we frequently take the power of vision for granted – if you are reading this now and not appreciating the fact you can read it, you are making that same mistake. However, being able to wake up and see the world around us is a truly massive...