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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...

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Sleep in a Legend: Bauhaus School Opens to Guests

It was the early 1900s when Walter Gropius pioneered a new form of functionalism and minimalism that continues even now to shape architecture, graphic industrial, furniture, and interior design.

One of the most iconic parts of this movement was Bauhaus, a school in Germany that combined an arts-and-crafts ethos with an industrial aesthetic. The institution attracted potential artists and architects from all over Europe, molding and influencing their minds.

Teachers like Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee taught around 200 students creative ways to form ideas from all sorts of disciplines, such as construction, advertising, manufacturing, and, of course, art. The building feels like some of today’s Modernist designs, but, at the time, it was the beginning of a movement, especially its innovative curtain wall system.

Form Follows Function

While the institution moved from Weimar to Dessau and Berlin then back again, it has been renovated in Dessau to look and feel the way it did in 1926. The school is complete with student rooms available to rent that are small and minimally appointed with private balconies.

The rooms were designed to be spaces not only for sleeping and hanging one’s clothes, but also to be a workspace with a chair and desk. They’re formed, mainly, to draw people into collaborative studio spaces.

Studios and sleeping spaces are now open to the public for around $50 a night, so now both fans and designers have the ability to revel in this iconic space designed by both teachers and students and enjoy the proto-Modernist architecture that so influenced what we have today.

It was the early 1900s when Walter Gropius pioneered a new form of functionalism and minimalism that continues even now to shape architecture...

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New Alan Turing Banknote

Earlier this year, Alan Turing was named the most iconic figure of the 20th Century.  He is now the new image on the Bank of England’s £50 Note. What’s interesting, this is the last banknote to move from paper to polymer.  People will be able to use this note at the end of 2021.

Alan Turing worked for the British Government’s Code and Cipher School before WW II, He was a brilliant mathematician who cracked codes during World War Two. It is believed that he and other code breakers shortened the war by several years.

In 1939, he worked at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. He was involved in top-secret work and was able to crack Germany’s military codes. Turing’s main job was to crack a code known as the Enigma Code. The code got its name from the machine called the Enigma used by the Germans to send secret messages.

Turing and Gordon Welchman, another code breaker, invented the machine called the Bombe.  This machine helped to significantly reduce the work of the code-breakers.

Because he spent the majority of his life working in secret, it was not until many years after his death that his legacy, life, and work came to light.  Due to his efforts during the war,  he had an enormous influence on the development of computer science and artificial intelligence.  There is no wonder why Alan Turing has been honored on the £ 50 note!

Decriminalization

Because being homosexual was illegal in Britain back then, in 1952 Turing was arrested for being gay. In 2013, he was posthumously pardoned which is the term for being pardoned after one’s death.  Turing died on June 7, 1954. In 2017, the government agreed to officially pardon men accused of similar crimes and expunged their criminal records.

This pardon is known as the Alan Turing Law.

Earlier this year, Alan Turing was named the most iconic figure of the 20th Century.  He is now the new image on the Bank of England’s £50...

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Billionaire Pays Off Student Loans in Act of Kindness

In a world that is as rampantly unequal as the world we live in, it’s easy to feel disdain for the haves and the have-nots. It’s a world that can feel really unfair at times, as we watch people earning millions of pounds per year take control of every industry.

We sit back and watch the become increasingly unequal, and it creates a natural and understandable bitterness towards the ‘billionaire class’ – but, from time to time, we get some solid proof that not all billionaires are the loveless, empathy-free caricatures they are often made out to be.

Take the story of Robert F. Smith, a popular billionaire. He went down to Morehouse College to see the graduating class of 2019 and congratulate them for their success. More importantly, he gave them a wonderful parting gift: he paid of all of their student loans.

During his commencement speech, the billionaire started and said: “Men of Morehouse, you are surrounded by a community of people who have helped you arrive at this sacred place on this sacred day,

“On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”

Lifting the Burden

Now, for those who think that might be a small gesture, estimates reckon this covers as many as 400 graduates – and could be as much as $40m in total to cover the costs. That’s a truly incredible sum of money to donate to people who he has never met before in his life.

We’re often told we should be thankful because some super-rich individual has donated a relatively small portion of money to a good cause. To spend $40m of your own money lifting one of the biggest burdens on the next generation of successful students, though, is nothing short of incredible.

Robert F. Smith is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Business School. He made his money as a smart investor when he was CEO at Vista Equity Partners. He managed to become the wealthiest African American, with a net worth of over $4bn. While that’s an eye-watering sum of money, it’s nice to see such an act of kindness carried out with that money, helping those who really need the support.

When asked to comment on the act of generosity, President of Morehouse College David Thomas remarked: “Robert Smith has set an example that others will follow, not just for Morehouse but for other historically black colleges and universities.”

In a world that is as rampantly unequal as the world we live in, it’s easy to feel disdain for the haves and the have-nots. It’s a world that can feel really unfair at times, as we watch people earning millions of pounds per year take control of every...

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NASA Finds Beresheet Impact Location on Moon

When NASA carried out a large chunk of its unmanned missions away from our planet, we are often waiting a long time to find out the results of the study.

One particular conclusion that we often hear is that there has been some form of crash, or that the particular probe or unit has been left to its own devices. A fine example of this was on the 11th April mission when SpaceIL sent up the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft.

This first-ever private spacecraft made it to the moon but had problems in the final phase of landing and crashed. Therefore, it was left on the moon with no real way of being able to save it.

NASA used its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to look out for the Beresheet and has now found it on the Moon. They took a snap of the point of impact, with the LROC taking a shot around 56 miles from the surface. They found a 10-meter wide smudge on the ground which, according to the experts, is the point of crash for the Beresheet.

It’s uncertain if it left a crater, or if it just dented the surface. More investigation and close-up imagery would be needed to help confirm that particular information. According to NASA, though, it’s possible that the crater the little spacecraft left behind could be ‘too small’ to have left a full crater, saying: “It’s possible the crater is just too small to show up in photos,

“Another possibility is that Beresheet formed a small indent instead of a crater, given its low angle of approach, light mass (compared to a dense meteoroid of the same size), and low velocity (again, relative to a meteoroid of the same size; Beresheet’s speed was still faster than most speeding bullets).”

Good Shot

The LRO camera which managed to get the shot has been circling the moon for around a decade. It passes a part of the Earth satellite on a twice-per-month basis, once during the lunar day and once during the lunar evening. By using a series of wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras, this manages to capture some pretty spectacular shots.

This latest find, though, could be a quite important one for making sure that in the future we know exactly where important tools sent up to the Moon have vanished.

According to NASA, though, it’s important to note that the landing site is not yet conclusive. As they mentioned, the fine soil particles which came up during descent could have created a highly reflective surface.

Others suggest that it would be gas that has come from the crash. Either way, NASA noted: “There are many clues that we’re actually looking at a man-made crater instead of a meteoroid-caused one,

“This is an important consideration, since the Moon, having no atmosphere, is constantly bombarded by space rocks that leave craters.”

So, while we might not get a definitive answer until it passes again in late May, at the moment it looks like we know where the Beresheet has landed.

When NASA carried out a large chunk of its unmanned missions away from our planet, we are often waiting a long time to find out the results of the study.

One particular conclusion that we often hear is that there has been some form of crash, or that the...

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Instruction Manual For Sale

This is going to head up for auction in the near future. The instruction manual that was used by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to get to the moon in 1969 is going up for auction. It’s expected to fetch around $9m and will go on sale at an auction at Christie’s.

In life, the modern demand for money means that we often see items we would class as priceless being sold for cheap sums of money. People selling off prized sporting medals, celebrities selling off old guitars, that kind of thing. Poverty, and rising from poverty to fame, can see people make decisions that are based on their immediate needs.

It’s easy to see how it happens, too; what use is memorabilia if you cannot eat tonight? Sometimes, though, you see something go up for auction that simply shocks you. Like the instruction manual for the Apollo 11 moon landing.

This space-themed auction is going to have some amazing things up for sale, with some of it going for millions, all in the name of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

The book, named The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book, was part of the reason why those two men got to the moon and back. We have to admit, though, it’s funny, the concept of two men reading an instruction manual to work it out the same way you would with a new washing machine or chainsaw.

It’s got all of the sales pitch that you need, too, such as the fact that it seemingly sat between the two fellas when Armstrong said those famous words: ‘The Eagle has landed.’

A huge piece of human history

Going to the Moon, then, was one of the major moments of the previous century. In a century dominated by war and bloodlust, it was a rare moment of human achievement that would make you cheer rather than cry. This book, then, seemingly played a key role in helping such an amazing achievement take place to begin with.

Indeed, there is even a section within the book that speaks about whether or not the astronauts should just stay on the Moon. According to the Head of Books and Manuscripts at Christie’ America, Christina Geiger, it’s ‘almost like a choose your own adventure,’

With around 150 annotations included within the book, too, many people find it quite exciting to be able to see the mind of these men at work.

Traces of what is seemingly ‘lunar dust’ has been found on the pages, too, as well as all manner of other interesting pieces of information and minor factoids that we are sure will be of huge interest to those who grew up watching this momentous moment in history take place.

Without doubt, this is going to be one of the most in-demand items to have ever been put up for auction from this most incredible feat of human achievement: a reminder of what we can do when we aren’t all bickering.

This is going to head up for auction in the near future. The instruction manual that was used by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to get to the moon in 1969 is going up for auction. It’s expected to fetch around $9m and will go on sale at an auction at...

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Emotional Reunion as Irish Woman, 81, Finally Meets Her Mother, 103

81-year-old Eileen Macken from Dublin has finally found her birth mother.  Eileen was raised in an orphanage in Dublin and started her search for her mother over 60 years ago, when she was just 19.

Sadly Eileen had not been successful until one day she was contacted by a genealogist after appearing on RTÉ Radio 1′s Liveline.  The genealogist had tracked Eileen’s mother and found her living in Scotland.

Last month Eileen traveled to Scotland accompanied by her husband, daughter, and son-in-law and finally met up with her mother, now 103.

Macken revisited the radio show and spoke to the host, Joe Duffy, in a follow-up show after meeting her mother, Elizabeth.  She said she had been given a warm welcome both from Elizabeth herself and her family.

Despite having never met the two women had a bond and spent some time chatting.  Elizabeth is due to celebrate her 104th birthday this weekend.  Eileen did not stay too long because of Elizabeth’s advanced age but said that she was really kind and a fantastic woman.

She went on to thank the Liveline team and the genealogist for making their reunion happen, saying that she still felt like she was floating on a cloud and wondered if she would ever come down.

81-year-old Eileen Macken from Dublin has finally found her birth mother.  Eileen was raised in an orphanage in Dublin and started her search for her mother over 60 years ago, when she was just 19.

Sadly Eileen had not been successful until one day she was...

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Celebrated SF Sculptor Ruth Asawa Honored with Google Doodle

On Tuesday, April 30, Ruth Asawa was memorialized with the online tribute of a Google Doodle. Asawa is a celebrated San Francisco sculptor who already has a public high school named after her and a day each year in her honor.

The Google Doodle appeared on 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 and ended the following night at 9 p.m, also the first day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For those 24 hours, anyone doing a Google search would see Asawa threading one of her trademark wire baskets. The search box was also illustrated in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Israel.

The logo shows Asawa kneeling on a carpet applying overhead stitching to a crochet wire basket with four more completed ones hanging alongside it, a bit like Chinese lanterns or Christmas ornaments. The unsigned color drawing was designed by Google staff artist Alyssa Winans.

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page began the Google Doodle in 1998 when they first played around with their corporate logo to suggest they attended Burning Man. Since they began this fun and meaningful tradition, 2,000 or so doodles have been chosen and created by the Google Doodle Team.

Graduated in an Internment cap

When she was a teenager, Asawa was included in the internment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during World War II and began her artistic training from other internees. She graduated high school in 1943 while in an internment camp in Arkansas, which then allowed her to leave and go to college. Asawa studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina but eventually moved to San Francisco, where she and her husband, architect Albert Lanier, raised six children.

It was Asawa’s doing that produced a public arts high school in San Francisco, founded in 1982. She was a faithful advocate of the study of the arts. Since its founding, the San Francisco School of the Arts was renamed the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in 2010. Feb. 12 has been Ruth Asawa Day in San Francisco since 1982.

However, Asawa died at 87 in 2013. Her work continues to be represented through permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, plus several works of public art throughout San Francisco. The Doodle itself provides a biography of her life.

The Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture in San Jose and the Garden of Remembrance, which includes boulders representative of 10 internment camps, at San Francisco State University are just a couple of the permanent installations that memorialize her and her work.

“She was most proud of what she did in the public schools,” said her son, Paul Lanier, “and having so many people see the Google banner will draw their attention to learn more about her.”

On Tuesday, April 30, Ruth Asawa was memorialized with the online tribute of a Google Doodle. Asawa is a celebrated San Francisco sculptor who already has a public high school named after her and a day each year in her honor.

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Utah Non-profit DNA Testing Lab to ‘Revolutionize Cold Cases’

The Utah Cold Case Coalition, a non-profit in Utah, just signed a lease for lab space in an office building in the city of Murray where they plan to build a DNA testing lab that will completely transform how cold cases are handled. The non-profit was first formed to bring attention to the cold case murder of six-year-old Rose Tapia in 1995, and it wholly relies on volunteer staff.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, its co-founder Karra Porter, a defense attorney, said, “This is going to revolutionize cold cases across the United States. We saw this need and it was too big to ignore.”

An estimated 103,780 of the murders that have occurred in America between 1996 and 2016 remain unsolved, said a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. In the state of Utah, The Utah Department of Public Safety website has recorded about 400 cold cases that run the gamut from missing persons to murders to unidentified bodies.

Crowd Funding

Porter hopes to begin by helping solve Utah’s cold case and moving from there to help police all over the country. The coalition launched a GoFundMe page with a beginning goal of $81,000 and hopes to raise a total of $200,000 for DNA lab equipment.

The GoFundMe page says: “Despite being staffed by volunteers, we’re one of the most creative and aggressive cold case organizations in the U.S. We began in Utah, but are now contacted by families and law enforcement throughout the country.  Early on, we learned how much evidence has not undergone DNA testing due to its high cost.  We’re doing something about it.”

Francine Bardole pointed out to the Tribune that the department has an enormous backlog of untested DNA, rape kids, and more and that DNA testing could take anywhere from 8 to 18 months. According to a police investigator in the Utah city of West Jordan, a DNA lab would help immensely to lessen the time and cost it takes to deal with cold cases.

“The price can be overwhelming,” Bardole said, adding that going to a private lab can cost about $6,000.

She asked, “How many departments can afford to pay, on one case, $6,000?”

The Utah legislature passed a law last year that required law enforcement agencies to enter cold cases or any cases that go unsolved for at least three years into the database.

The Utah Cold Case Coalition, a non-profit in Utah, just signed a lease for lab space in an office building in the city of Murray where they plan to build a DNA testing lab that will completely transform how cold cases are handled. The non-profit was first...

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How Tinder Had A Hand in The New Diverse Couple Emoji Selection

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and inclusive.

Tinder has been a force behind the creation of new interracial couples emojis. They formed a petition with over 50,000 supporters which pushed Unicode to make these emojis a reality this year.

In the Name of Love

Emojis representing people of color and people with disabilities were first released to the public in 2015. In later years, Unicode responded to the call for emojis representing non-heterosexual couples.

It was interesting that this hadn’t been done before, considering how excellent a form of communication and what a statement emojis had come to be.

Making the First Move

Tinder conducted a study that connected online dating with the increase of interracial couples and saw the necessity for improved visibility for its users. They first attempted to make a change in February 2018 when they kicked off the #represent campaign, which successfully petitioned the Unicode Consortium to be more inclusive.

 Tinder’s CMO, Jenny Campbell made a statement, “Tinder advocates for the freedom of people to live how they want to live and love who they want to love.” People from all over the world joined Tinder in their petition, resulting in over 50,000 signatures in order to have all loves represented.

Coupling Celebrated

We’ve had a small taste of what to expect once all 230 emojis are released for public use. They display a wide range of skin tone and gender. The release showed all sorts of couples smiling and holding hands, of all sorts of gender and color combinations. The new emojis are full of happy diversity.

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and...

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The Unpredictable Story of Ted Williams, Homeless Man with ‘Golden Voice’

With social media’s current popularity, it’s easy to become accidentally famous with a video or post gone viral. Internet fame has become more and more common in the last decade, and Ted “Golden Voice” Williams is one of those who has benefitted in such a way from social media.

Years ago, a video of this homeless man’s voice went viral, and he was no longer a nobody. But what has come of him since then?

Ted Williams: “The Man with the Golden Voice”

With such a deep, rich voice, Ted Williams quickly received the reputation as “The Man with the Golden Voice” after a video of him spread. At the time, however, he didn’t have the best luck. He was homeless and struggling with addictions in Columbus, Ohio, and because of his addictions, he couldn’t get a job.

So, rags to riches, right? Well, for Williams, it wasn’t quite so simple.

Williams’ Burst of Success: Rushed for Work

After he went virally famous, Williams was bombarded with all sorts of job offers. William jumped at the opportunity for employment and accepted several advertisement gigs with companies like Kraft Mac & Cheese, Pepsi, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, even signing a book deal for over $100,000! But William’s problems went deeper than just surface level.

Roadblocks: Battling Brutal Addiction

The reason William had found himself homeless in the first place was because of his drug and alcohol addictions, and those didn’t just go away overnight. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the same struggles as before and found himself in rehab.

Following two stints of rehab, Williams has been on an upward climb, but that hasn’t been the end of his struggles. He also had to deal with manipulative individuals who tried to take advantage of his naivete in the business.

Fighting for His Finances: Escaping Manipulative Colleagues

People were eager to sign him on and hire him to do this or that for them, but they cared little for his actual welfare. He even found himself almost as broke as he was before, at one point. What’s more, his former manager, Alfred Battle, allegedly tried to involve him in a heroin smuggling ring, but Williams was fortunately smart enough to stay out of it.

Refocusing on The Future: Reclaiming His Radio Voice

At this point in time, Williams is settling into his own radio show entitled, “The Golden Voice Show,” and he’s making use of his success to do more than just support himself; he is faithful to support the homeless shelter where he once received meals.

There was even some mention of Williams running for president! His story is a shining encouragement to all of us that anything is possible if you persist.

With social media’s current popularity, it’s easy to become accidentally famous with a video or post gone viral. Internet fame has become more and more common in the last decade, and Ted “Golden Voice” Williams is one of those who has benefitted in...

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Children Have Water Fight With Vancouver Police for Charity

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

Being right on the Pacific Coast there are many boating enthusiasts around the Vancouver area and this special day brings out huge numbers of volunteers. Boat owners volunteer their time and boats to give these children that would normally not be able to enjoy boating due to financial, mobility or other challenges a day of pirate-themed fun in Vancouver.

On June 9, 2018, over 500 kids with special needs participated in the annual Boat for Hope fundraiser hosted by Variety – The Children’s Charity and outboard motor company Evinrude.

Brent who did most of the video recording this day had the opportunity to be involved as a “good“ pirate aboard his buddy GOLDTOOTH’s family yacht. Everyone boarded at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club near downtown Vancouver.

Goldtooth’s parents Harvey and Maggy have been involved with and donating the use of their boat for this incredible event for more than 20 years. Goldtooth aka Andy is also on the board of directors of the Boat for Hope. Goldtooth also makes appearances on television during the TV telethon which shows his great commitment to these kids year after year.

After getting all the kids and family on board, Goldtooth gave his boating safety speech and highlighted this was going to be FUN! “Protect my treasure“ he stated and the crew of pirates was given their ammunition of water guns and water buckets.

Brent and his wife Elsa made sure the pirate’s water guns were always full so they could fend off the bad pirates with their best efforts. Fending off the Vancouver Police Force, Coast Guard and Search & Rescue made for a great effort by the good pirates.

Boat for Hope had already raised over $40,000 this year at the time of the event, by holding fundraising events across the province. Boat for Hope not only creates an incredible and interactive experience for children with special needs but also raises funds to provide health care support directly to children throughout British Columbia.

Brent and Elsa mentioned, “ this day was so much fun, we surely hope to be back next year”. What an amazing and fun event for everyone, not just the kids!

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

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Stranded for 28 Days, EMT Keeps Hope Alive for Missing Dog

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can be utterly mind-numbing. However, for some of us, being stranded is so challenging due to the isolation from those that we love.

Take the story of one man who adopted a ‘therapy dog’ which pulled him out of a deep, lasting depression. On a camping trip, though, an incident took place that separated man from his best friend – 28 days later, the dog was still missing.

Justin Scott had a pretty impressive job, working as an EMT. Through that job, he became used to stepping up to the plate and save others. Such a job, though, takes an obvious toll on our well-being and our happiness. Sadly, Justin lost a very close friend when he was called in to try to save him.

Unable to snap out of the depression, he was introduced to a new friend: Shelby. He was brought in to help Justin try and find a bit of emotional peace.

Camping Trip Fright

On a camping trip together, everything was going good: lots of fun to be had. However, just as can happen when going on a camping trip, something went wrong that separated the inseparable duo.

Alongside his wife and his two children on a trip to the Sierra Mountains, a noise from the forest spooked poor Shelby. Freaked out, she made for the forest and vanished. As the hours turned into days, things looked bleak: but not for Justin.

Justin, after all, is an expert in surviving and getting through tough and challenging moments in life. He wasn’t about to give up on someone so important to him. Reaching out to A Way Home For Animals, a non-profit that helps with finding lost dogs, they began to work together to try and find poor Shelby.

Posters, interviews with locals and looking around the woods led to little information. However, they did find something interesting: camera footage that showed Shelby at camp!

By setting up a series of humane traps to capture Shelby safely, Shelby soon walked into one of the cages set up by AWHFA expert Babs Fry. 28 days later, the dog was finally home, reunited with her family and her beloved Justin. The shots of Justin emotionally hugging away with his dog, with his family visibly emotional alongside him, is one that will live us for a long time.

An expert in saving others, now our brave EMT can enjoy being saved by someone else for a change. Welcome back home, Shelby!

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

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Are Women Actually Higher Risk Takers Than Men?

Research has shown that men, in general, are higher risk-takers than women.  It’s believed that women’s behavior is taught, not inherited.

To decide if women are more reluctant to risk than men, researchers studied over 500 children from 2 different ethnic groups in Yunnan Province in China.

Children from the Han community are brought up in a traditional patriarchal community while the Mosuo are the only matrilineal ethnic minority group that is raised with opposing normalities from the Han.

In Mosuo, the grandmothers are the head of the household with women making all decisions.  They are on a much higher level or equal to men.  Children are raised in their homes with their mothers, her brothers,  sisters, and their maternal granduncles, while fathers are excluded.

Studies have shown that when children mingle in school, they are exposed to someone else’s culture. At first, each group showed opposing gender norms.  Girls from Mosuo were greater risk-takers than the boys.  The longer Mosuo children mingled with Han students, the more Mosuo girls became reluctant in taking chances.  Over time, they fell behind boys in the same group by the age of 11.

Brave Girls!

Another study was conducted in Yongning Township involving four elementary schools consisting of grade one to grade five with 10 to 30 students in each class and each grade.  Mosuo students made up 40% of the group.  185 students were studied in 2015 and 167 in 2016.

Participants took part in a lottery to test their level of risk-taking.  In general, Han girls were more risk reluctant than the boys but Mosuo girls were less risk reluctant than the boys.  The study further showed that in the first grade, Mosuo girls were quite brave at taking risks over boys, but this changed as they started getting older.  However, this same pattern did not exist in the Han girls because the girls, through all levels of school, were more risk reluctant than Han boys.

The study suggests that becoming more risk reluctant at one given age is not due to their genetics.

The associate professor at the University of Houston’s Department of Economics, Elaine M. Liu, said that many studies will find women are more risk reluctant than men but this study shows that the gender gap in attitudes toward risks among children is influenced by culture and social environments and may not be an inherited trait.

While, in the beginning, children’s risk behaviors usually follow those of their parents, when they enter school, their behaviors seem to reflect that of their fellow classmates.  Therefore, their social environment seems to be an important factor for affecting children’s risk levels.

Exploring risk reluctance could provide valuable information about why men and women opt for different careers, and why women end up with a gender pay gap.

Professor Liu said the study was limited because researchers did not know if behavioral changes were permanent or if children would revert back to their parents’ normal state once they finished school and moved back to their villages.  That said, other studies did not address other behaviors that are associated with gender norms including competitiveness.

Professor Cordelia Fine at the University of Melbourn was not involved in these studies but believed the given studies should be regarded as provisional until replicated including age, grade, and peers.  She further said, the common assumption is the tasks tap into some kind of stable property of risk reluctance in some,  but research finds different tasks are supposed to be eliciting risk preferences which yield different results.

Research has shown that men, in general, are higher risk-takers than women.  It’s believed that women’s behavior is taught, not inherited.

To decide if women are more reluctant to risk than men, researchers studied over 500 children from 2...

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Man “Leaves” the World a Better Place

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned from a near-wasteland to a tropical paradise.

A Teen’s Observation

At age 16, Jadav decided that he needed to plant a new tree every day along the coast of Majuli Island. His decision was based on a sad observation.

Jadav witnessed a group of snakes who had been killed after being swept along the Brahmaputra River. It wasn’t the journey that had killed the reptiles, it was the fact that they had no shade once they washed ashore. The snakes had died in the scorching sun. It didn’t take long for Payeng to realize that the snakes’ fate could easily be shared by humans on the island.  He vowed to plant a tree every day.

His accomplishment is amazing.  The coast is now home to a lush, thriving forest.

Tropical Paradise

A Payeng grew, he became a vegetable farmer with the same unwavering dedication to plant his trees daily.  His desire was to keep the island healthy and safe for everyone, and everything, on it. His dream soon became a lush forest.

His mission has never wavered during the past 40 years and his accomplishment spread farther than he dreamed.  China’s sandy landscape took root with seeds carried along the river.  Closer to home, Majuli’s forested area grew larger than Central Park.

Grateful Ecosystem

By the year 2000, Payeng’s Mulay Forest was home to many of Majuli Island’s native species, including Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and the snakes that were behind the entire project.

Paying continues to plant his trees in the forest, unconcerned with his safety now that the wildlife has claimed the forest as their own.  He claims he never feels threatened because the forest is his biggest home, and he still wakes early every day to visit his forest.

Majuli’s native islanders have reaped the benefits of Payeng’s lofty vision.  Because of his forest, the inner island has been kept safe from floods.  The forest provides herbs and foods to feed the island’s population. And through it all, the Mulay Forest is a beautiful reminder of how even one man can make a difference in his own world.

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned...