Three Members of A California Family Drown in Ocean Trying to Save Dog

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A California mother and father and their 16-year-old son were swept out to sea over the weekend after a deadly chain of events set off when the teenager jumped into frigid waters to save the family dog from turbulent Pacific Ocean waves.

The dog escaped on his own from the water off the Northern California coast. But Howard Kuljian, 50, and Mary Scott, 54, of Eureka died while their 16-year-old son, Gregory Kuljian, remained lost at sea, said Deputy Ariel Gruenthal of the Humboldt County Coroner’s office.

“The dog was able to get out somehow,” said Dana Jones, a state parks and recreation district superintendent. “It’s very sad, and we just always have to be aware when we’re around the ocean that nature is sometimes out of control.”

The tragedy began on Saturday afternoon while the family, including an 18-year-old daughter who was unharmed, was walking with Gregory’s girlfriend along a steep beach at Big Lagoon, about 270 miles north of San Francisco, Jones said.

Howard Kuljian threw the dog a stick, she said, and a wave, possibly as high as 10 feet, pulled the animal into the water. The son went in first to try to rescue his dog, Jones said.

“Then the father went in to save the son. The mother was swept in at that point,” she said. “The waves are big and powerful, and that’s a very steep beach. The waves pound the beach. When the waves are pounding like that, you don’t have a chance to breathe.”

A bystander summoned help while Olivia Kuljian, 18, and Gregory’s girlfriend, Lily Loncar, 16, watched in horror, Gruenthal said.

Rescuers found the bodies of Howard Kuljian and Scott close to the shore, Jones said. The U.S. Coast Guard searched by air and sea for Gregory, but fog, darkness and the impossibility of survival prompted them to quit on Saturday evening, said Lieutenant Bernie Carrigan of the Coast Guard.

He estimated the water temperature at between 55 and 57 degrees, so cold that hypothermia would rapidly set in, though a dog’s coat would protect against it.

“It’s kind of a reminder to never turn your back on the ocean,” Carrigan said. “It’s neat to see that kind of power. It’s also dangerous.”


World’s First Toilet-shaped Museum Flush With Success in Korea

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Toilet House Suwon South-Korea

A toilet has been dubbed the world’s first theme park, dedicated to the humble restroom – a monument to one South Korean man’s vision.

The park, located about an hour outside of Seoul in the city of Suwon – otherwise known as the home of Samsung Electronics – centers around a toilet-shaped museum building that was once the home of Sim Jae-duck, founder and first president of the World Toilet Association.

Legend has it that Sim, a former Suwon mayor who made his fortune with a metal products business and was dubbed “Mr Toilet,” was born in his impoverished grandmother’s outhouse.

“He is a man whose life literally began in a toilet and ended at a commode-shaped house,” said Lee Yeun-sook, manager of planning at the “Mr Toilet Sim Jae-duck Foundation”.

Sim, who died in 2009 at the age of 70, shot to fame in South Korea when he provided loos for soccer fans when the country hosted the 2002 World Cup.

The organization he founded has as its mission spreading the benefits of hygienic toilets around the world, joining the like-minded World Toilet Organization based in Singapore.

Before Mr.Toilet’s house was donated to Suwon city, visitors could book it for an overnight stay, but at the cost of $50,000 a night – the charge to raise money for a toilet building charity. There were no takers.

Other exhibits at the park include Korean traditional squat toilets, European bedpans, and Marcel Duchamp’s sculpture “Fountain,” a porcelain urinal.

Suwon has since dubbed itself the mecca of toilet culture and has pushed to get toilets recognized as a central part of everyday life. It has funded toilet building programs in developing countries such as the Philippines.

At home, toilet conditions have rapidly improved as South Korean living standards shot from poverty to riches in a generation.

“For our generation, a toilet was a very dirty and smelly place where you never wanted to go,” said Kim Gye-soon, a 52-year-old tourist at the theme park. “But now it is totally different.”

Suwon will continue the life-work of one of its most famous sons by constructing a toilet culture center in 2014 near the current park, which has attracted about 40,000 visitors since it opened in July.

Like many of the best things in life, the toilet museum is free.

“Going to the restroom is as vital as eating. In a sense, nations and governments should work to make sure everyone has an equal access to toilets and feels happiness in there,” said Lee.


UK Circus Owner Found Guilty of Elephant Cruelty

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A British circus owner was given a conditional discharge on Friday for
causing unnecessary suffering to an Asian elephant by keeping her chained up
and allowing a handler to beat her.

Bobby Roberts, 69, was convicted of three counts of causing unnecessary
suffering to an animal.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Anne, an arthritic, 58-year-old elephant was
kept tethered to the ground by one front leg and one back leg at all times.

Roberts failed to give Anne her arthritis medicine and to prevent a handler
from repeatedly beating the animal. Roberts told the court he would never have
condoned the beatings.

Secret film of the beatings taken by rights group Animal Defenders
International (ADI) formed a key part of the prosecution case.

Roberts’s wife Moira, 75, was cleared of the same three charges following a
five-day trial. Both she and her husband had denied the charges.

The Press Association reported that District Judge David Chinnery told Bobby
Roberts he recognized that he had not directly inflicted the suffering, adding
that he had cared for animals “for the greater part of your 70 years
without criticism from any quarter.

“No cruelty was administered by your own hand. The chaining I regard as
serious but the real cruelty it seems to me was inflicted by your groom, a man
whom you had entrusted with the care of Anne, behind your back and without your

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issued a statement after the verdict.

“Today should serve as a warning that those who mistreat animals can
expect to face prosecution,” it said.

But ADI was disappointed with the sentence.

“Despite the considerable suffering caused to Anne the elephant, the
sentencing meted out to Mr Roberts is derisory and provides no faith that the
Animal Welfare Act can protect animals in circuses,” ADI Chief Executive
Jan Creamer said in a statement.

In April 2011, as a result of the secret filming, Anne was taken away from the
Super Circus in Polebrook, Northamptonshire owned by Roberts, and re-homed at a
safari park.

She was born in the wild in Sri Lanka in 1954, the ADI website said. In 2001
her offspring Janie and Beverly died suddenly, leaving Anne alone, the website
added. [Reuters]

For Men: The Shoe Ethics You Must Know To Look Appealing

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Shoes are very integral to a man’s dressing. Your good shoe creates a good image for you, especially when you are in the midst of those who know good shoes.

Well, they say your shoes are the first thing a lady notices on you. I used to think they just check for quality, but ladies say it’s more than just that; a man’s shoe size gives them an insight into what the size of the man’s male organ could be, they say. All the same, they definitely notice the shoe and can tell its quality.

Here are some shoes a young man shouldn’t be caught dead wearing, plus some shoe ethics we all should know.

– When shopping for a shoe, try shoes on later in the day, because your feet tend to expand as the day goes on. Don’t listen to the salesgirl who tells you, “Don’t worry if they’re not comfortable now! They’ll break in.” She just wants to sell. The truth is shoes should feel comfortable when you try them on. If they are not comfortable when you buy them, magic won’t change them to be later.

– Thick chunky sandals: They don’t look good on anyone. Please, run from them.

– Wearing socks with flip-flops, or slippers as you may call them. Come on! That’s way too off. Never wear socks with flip-flops.

– Anything Orthopedic-looking. Now, if your shoe make it seem as if you have polio, it’s probably not the right look, unless you actually do have polio. Beware of those shoes.

– Backless Shoes, Half-shoes, or Man mule. Always the wrong answer. A young man wearing those can’t help looking like a jackass.

– Shoes in Bright colours. Imagine putting on orange shoes… yes, you are right; you’ll look like an ass. Or an elf. Save the coloured shoes for the clowns, except you are planning on being a Christmas pageant.

Finally, never go sockless. Of course there are times when you can on casual outings wearing loafers, but it is totally unacceptable to wear shoes without socks for any official outing. If I may say, NEVER go sockless if you’re wearing a suit.

However, if you need to go sockless use powder in your shoes to avoid your sweaty feet smelling like a cheese factory. You know it’s not appealing.

4D Scan Show Foetuses Yawn In The Womb

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Growing into a fully formed human being is a long process, and scientists have found that unborn babies not only hiccup, swallow and stretch in the womb, they yawn too.

Researchers who studied 4D scans of 15 healthy foetuses also said they think yawning is a developmental process which could potentially give doctors a new way to check on a baby’s health.

While some scientists have previously suggested that foetuses yawn, others disagree and say it is nothing more than a developing baby opening and stretching its mouth.

But writing in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday, British researchers said their study was able to clearly distinguish yawning from “non-yawn mouth opening” based on how long the mouth was open.

The researchers did this by using 4D video footage to examine all the times when fetuses opened their mouths.

Nadja Reissland of Durham University’s department of Psychology, who led the study, said the function and importance of yawning in foetuses is still unknown, but the findings suggest it may be linked to foetal development and could provide a further indication of the health of the unborn baby.

“Unlike us, foetuses do not yawn contagiously, nor do they yawn because they are sleepy,” she said. “Instead, the frequency of yawning in the womb may be linked to the maturing of the brain early in gestation.”

The study was carried out on eight female and seven male foetuses from 24 to 36 weeks gestation. The researchers found that yawning declined from 28 weeks and that there was no significant difference in how often boys and girls yawned. [Reuters]

Weird But Helpful Inventions… Check Here

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A suitcase that follows you around; a fishing net with built-in escape routes and a drone that delivers first aid are just some of the inventions shortlisted for this year’s International James Dyson Award.


More than 500 students and recent graduates entered, from 18 countries around the world. The overall winner will be announced on Thursday. The Independent on Sunday got a preview of the shortlist of 15 finalists and has chosen 10 of the best.

Sir James Dyson said: “The inventions that stand out most each year are the ones that solve big problems in the simplest ways. Last year’s winner developed a device that extracts water from air to relieve drought. It works by simply condensing water but has the potential to save lives.

“I am worried that we are focusing too much on digital technology rather than practical, tangible technology. We need hardware to export as well as software – it is profitable and exciting.”

The listening wristwatch (Singapore)

Parents with hearing problems can struggle to realise if their child requires attention. The Fil’o wristwatch connects with a baby toy that is actually a listening device. The watch lights up and vibrates if a child is shouting.

First aid by flying drone (Austria)

Bringing first aid to dangerous locations can be slow – and sometimes impossible. Smart Aid is a drone that carries a defibrillator and first-aid kit. Controlled by a smartphone, it also offers advice to those in trouble.

Humane fishing net (UK)

Smaller fish are often needlessly caught in deep-sea fishing nets that are only after much bigger ones. The Safety Net has built-in rings that give young, and unmarketable small fry escape routes lit up with LED lights.

Magic prosthesis (USA)

More than 30 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America require prosthetic limbs, but they can be very expensive and uncomfortable. The Beth Project is an affordable limb that self-adjusts painlessly to changes in a patient’s weight and height.

Moving light (Holland)

Ever wished your ceiling light could be right above you at exactly the right brightness? ReWired uses a pulley system synchronised with a mobile phone so you can move your light around the room.

Easy sewing machine (UK)

Many sewing machines are cumbersome, fiddly and intimidating to beginners. The Alto has been designed to make it easier for novices – speed is controlled by pressing with your fingers as you sew, and threading the needle is easy.

The friendly suitcase (Spain)

Dragging a big old suitcase around an airport is enough to give anyone backache. The Hop suitcase follows obediently behind its owner by detecting signals sent from your mobile phone, staying at a fixed distance from the traveller.

Bucketless water (USA)

Some 3.4 million people die every year as a result of unclean water. The Balde a Balde is an affordable portable tap that helps prevent contamination by avoiding the need to transfer water from bucket to bucket.

Blind play mat (Australia)

Fifty years ago more than half of blind children used Braille to read. Last year this fell to fewer than one in 10. The Reach and Match is a toy designed for blind and visually impaired children to learn Braille, introducing them to symbols.

Air fuel (Australia)

As oil becomes more scarce and global warming continues, inventors have come up with a way of replacing petrol with air. The 02 Pursuit is a motorbike that is powered by air which is compressed using solar and wind energy.

About the Award

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.

The brief was simple; “Design something that solves a problem”.

Just by doing that, contestants stand the chance of winning fantastic prizes.

International Winner: – £10,000 the student or student team (of up to four members) – £10,000 for their university department – James Dyson Award trophy and Certificate

Two International Runners-up: – £2,000 each – James Dyson Award Certificate

Fifteen International Finalists: – James Dyson Award Certificate

National Winners: – £1,000 each – James Dyson Award Certificate

The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA.

The award is juddged in three stages before the winner is finally selected.

Stage 1: A panel of leading designers, engineers and design critics in each of the 18 participating countries shortlist the top ten entries and name the national winners.

Stage 2: A panel of Dyson design engineers scrutinise all national projects selecting the top 50.

Stage 3: An international judging panel of high-profile designers, engineers, academics and journalists pick 15 international finalists. Informed by the international judges, James Dyson will name the winner and two runners-up.

Projects like this give youths opportunity to explore their creativity since according to Alfred North Whitehead; “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.”

Also, “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

The countries that are eligible to be part should regard themselves blessed for having an opportunity to let their youths pass their ideas across, improve on them and make something that solves problems.

Fela Durotoye Signs 10,000 Books In Less Than 9 hrs, Sets New Record

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Fela With Some Gemstone Group Members

Nigeria’s Foremost Motivational Speaker- Fela Durotoye has set a new world record by signing a massive 10,000 books in 8 hours 48 minutes at the Book Signing Event of the Gemstone Global Reading Festival 2012 on November 19, 2012.

Fela Durotoye had earlier informed his Twitter followers about the history making event where he signed 10,000 copies of his new book, 17 Secrets of High Flying Students.

“Morning family, I’m going 2 be signing 10,000 copies of my book, 17 Secrets of High flying Students at my office today from noon to 10pm,” he tweeted.

Further tweet about the event read; “I’m on a quest to set a new world record of the highest nos. of books signed by a single author…join us now.”

He started at 12 noon, and 8 hours 48 minutes later, he had set a world record of the most number of books signed in the time he used.

The record setting is not going to end there as a new Guinness World Record will be set on Saturday November 24, 2012, when history would be made as the Gemstone Group launches the first-ever simultaneous global reading of a book – ’17 secrets of High Flying Students’ in 17 cities in Nigeria and 17 countries across the world at the same time (via live streaming).

The Gemstone Reading Festival is an annual event that has been designed by the Gemstone Leadership Institute to encourage people to pursue academic excellence and Global peace.

The festival includes a 17-day reading activity where the book, ’17 Secrets of High Flying Students’ will be read, each chapter/secrets as each day passes. This will be done across the globe, involving the entire community of schools, homes, religious houses, corporate organizations, etc. It is the first and the biggest literacy campaign in the world, also set out to make a Guinness World Record Attempt of having the largest number of students reading the same book (17 Secrets of High Flying Students) at the same time (simultaneously). This according to the organisers will amount to having over millions of students and adults across the nation, reading simultaneously.

The organisers intend to use the festival to improve the literacy level in the country, drive and instill the reading culture in students, and teach the Principles of Success. The book will also sharpen students reading and listening skills, as well as provide a yearly platform for stakeholders of the industry to get involved in eradicating illiteracy in the country.

The festival according to the organisers will feature Sign – Ups, Press Conference, Prayer for Global peace by a representative from each continent, World record attempt and Display of medallion indicating proud participation in the world record attempt. It will also feature Special Interviews, Photo Sessions, Book Reading (each chapter of the 17 Secrets of High Flying Students).

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