Soft Toy Chemo Duck Helps Young Kids Fight Their Battle Against Cancer
This article was written by the guys at Brony Costumes. Apparently, a soft toy has been developed and released to help out young patients in their battle against cancer. Chemo Duck, a yellow and blue soft toy duck that comes with its very own line coming out of its chest, has been making waves as it helps and inspires young children in their fight against cancer.
Cancer is truly a horrific disease and a person’s journey through it is often hope-exhausting. Now imagine a child going through the process. Gut-wrenching isn’t it? But thankfully, there are those who wish to help out young cancer patients and ease their battle if not only for a little.
Mum of a two-year old cancer patient, Susan Brown, said that the soft toy had definitely ignited a change in his son, Ceejay, who is battling Leukemia. She says that Ceejay never lets go of Chemo Duck and that the toy even joins in during chemotherapy sessions. She believes that in her son’s eyes, the soft toy is undergoing chemo too.
Ceejay was first diagnosed with cancer last September and doctors had first thought that he had a virus. After blood tests were conducted in Cavan General Hospital, he was immediately diagnosed with Leukemia and transferred to Crumlin in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.
Ceejay’s dad, Marcus Brown, said that with the soft toy, his son is now able to speak and act out on his own fears but during his first hospital experience, the young cancer patient was traumatized and that he would always scream, cry and get very upset. Ever since he got the toy, he has become a totally different child.
The toy was brought to Ireland by Aoibheann’s Pink Tie (APT), a children’s cancer charity group and Ceejay was among the first children who was able to receive Chemo Duck.
Alan Keane of APT describes the toy as a teaching tool and companion for children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
He has worked with many different teenagers in APT’s youth committee so that they would be able to bring the toy to Ireland from America.
Chemo Duck also comes with two books, a CD and an app.
Lydia McLaughlin Went To Hawaii With Newborn
Lydia McLaughlin, former star of the controversial Real Housewives of Orange County show, has not appeared with other cast for over a season already. By the looks of her though, she has no regrets despite not being part of the successful TV show. Before leaving the show, Lydia hinted how she wanted to spend more time with her family and to try for another baby. Not long after leaving Real Housewives of Orange County behind, she confirmed that she is pregnant and judging by the timing, she must have known all along.
It was December last year when Lydia McLaughlin gave birth to her third son whom they named Roman. The newborn’s progress is shared by the proud mom through her pages in various social media accounts. Before giving birth, she even shared to her fans the baby’s future nursery room. Despite having a newborn and being a nursing mom, Lydia together with her husband, planned a vacation along with their boys.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star shared some of the details of their vacation. The family went to Hawaii for 12 days and Lydia revealed how magical the trip was for the family.
Despite having the baby just three months ago, their vacation plan and decision to go away to Hawaii for 12 days was memorable. Lydia shared how challenging it was to travel with three kids, all under the age of six and the 6-hour flight they took.
The star’s advice to her fans is that if they want to do or go somewhere then they should follow their heart’s desire. She also hinted about not making any excuses and stepping out of the comfort zone. Though people might suggest that staying at home is much convenient, Lydia believes that travelling is worth it all.
Lydia also shared about how she walked away from The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion and felt like it was God’s plan for her all along and the show was not really meant for her. The star is still open for other opportunities that may come knocking.
Lydia is still deciding what to do next after their third child since she is not in the show for money because they are doing well financially. She reveals how the kids are keeping her busy together with her blog focused on fashion and lifestyle.
Yemeni Officials Quit Their Post
This piece was influenced by an interview we did with the owners of Paper Mart. The leaders of Yemen resigned from their post in protest with the Houthi rebellion. This was a move made by President Abdu Mansour Hadi, prime minister Khaled Bhaha along with the members of the cabinet in view of what could become a hostile takeover by the rebels.
The government officials announced their resignation after giving in to the demand of the rebel group. This act by the Yemeni government caught the rebels off guard. The demands that they made to the government are now in jeopardy.
The supporters of the militant group in parliament said that they would not be accepting the resignation of the leaders. Transitioning to another political group will slow down Houthi’s plot of gaining power and control of the region.
Why did the president agree to the rebels’ demand?
It could be recalled that last September, Hadi was under brutal attack by the militia. The president’s palace was overrun by the rebels and the president’s chief aide was taken as a hostage. Hadi was said to be besieged in his own home for almost a day before giving in to the demand of the rebels. He was left with no other option since the rebels did not show any signs of slowing down the attack and in harming his allies and family.
After Hadi gave his word that he would honor the demands of the rebel, the group left the brutally terrorized city.
Who are the Houthis?
In the English language, Houthi can be translated as Partisans of God or the Believing youth. They are a group of radical Shia Muslim operating in the Yemen territory.
The Houthi’s history dates back to 1992, the year it was founded. Radicalization of the group started in the year 2003 when the Americans invaded Iraq. The members are often heard shouting anti Jewish and anti American insults. Since then, the group evolved into a paramilitary group enforcing its rights forcefully on Yemenis.
Effect of insurgency to Yemen’s Economy
Yemen’s economy took a big blow due to the uprising of the Houthi. Different business industries including the packaging industry were expected to underperform when the tension between the government and the rebels escalated.
Heavy Rainfall In US’ West Coast Region
The West Coast of the United States continues to experience widespread heavy down pour. This will continue for the upcoming days. The hardest hit regions were in Northern California and southern Oregon. Rainfall in these areas is predicted to be as much as 10 inches.
The winds and rain of the storm that hit US west coast was so strong that trees were uprooted and sent power lines down on the streets. Hundreds of flights were delayed. People were stranded in airports, bus terminal stations and in the subways. There were also flash floods in the affected area. Busy metropolises were submerged underwater. The leaders in the flooded region ensured that blocked drains were cleaned up so water would not stagnate in the heavily populated cities.
Rainfall beneficial to California
Before the heavy rains poured the state of California and some region in the west coast experienced drought. Rain is beneficial for these areas. However, experts believe that the rain experienced in this part of the country will have little to no effect to bring back what was once lush and green environment.
The water officials in the region added that it would take at least 150 percent of the average rainfall in California to experience recovery from the dry season. They further commented that snow is more important to people in the area than rain water. Huge packs of snow could easily supply water to a third of residents, businesses and agriculture in California.
What has happened in California is just a part of a series of effects of the so called climate change. Not long before, scientists have already predicted that the temperature on Earth will rise because of the harmful greenhouse gases produced by activities of mankind.
The effect of climate change will be felt across the globe with its effect varying from one region to another.
In the Northeast region of the planet, it is expected to experience heat waves, heavy downpours, and the steady rise of sea level. In the southeastern places, sea levels will continue to rise causing extreme heat and decrease supply of water. The Midwest of the globe will also experience extreme hotness and heavy rains. In the Southwest, it is expected that long drought periods will occur and insect outbreaks are likely to happen.
Painting And Decorating Firm R Davidson Begins Year In A New And Larger Premises
A painting and decorating firm from Aberdeenshire starts the year with a blast as it expands into larger premises.
R Davidson is one of the longest running home improvement firms in the North-east. They have just recently moved into a new location in the Banchory Business Centre 2 (BBC2) and they have taken up residence in the ground floor of the energy efficient office building.
The office space is about 2,500 ft. and will accommodate the 85 painters, decorators and various workers that the firm employs as well as 16 apprentices. The space is only a part of the second phase of the Banchory Business Park Hill in the eastern side of Deeside Town.
Trevor Mutch, owner and managing director of R Davidson, said that the relocation had given them the opportunity to expand in their business in both commercial and private sectors. It was very timely since over the years, the company has been enjoying a great rise in demand. Mutch also said that the state-of-the-art facilities of the business centre will allow them to develop more business opportunities and a room to increase their workforce.
The location of the new office also comes with great local presence and the relocation is a testament to their commitment to the North-east. In fact, their move was to strengthen their position in the area.
R Davidson was founded in the 1930s and ever since its conception; it has grown significantly and has been involved in many of the most prestigious developments in their area. R Davidson has gathered a broad range of commercial and private clients.
The painting and decorating firm’s specialty is the delivery of bespoke painting as well as taping services to many different market types. R Davidson is not only planning to further expand their business but also provide more job openings in the future. They are also planning to add more apprentice to their 16 person lineup next spring.
R Davidson is the first tenant to have relocated to the business park.
Truly, the painting and decorating industry is growing beautifully and R Davidson’s expansion can prove that.
6,000 ISIS Fighters Died In Battles
Washington DC- United States officials reported that at least 6,000 members of ISIS were killed in battle. The numbers were only revealed today because the officers wanted first to be sure.
The figure included half of the top leaders of the jihadist group. The military efforts in the Middle East particularly that of the US brought the group to a devastating point. The United States marines were successful in their campaign against the terrorists. However, officials of the Pentagon say that they should not let their guards down since there are still a staggering number of ISIS members and there is also a growing number of sympathizers from Europe and the Americas.
The United States Central Command gave the estimated number of dead ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. ISIS fighters are mostly young radical people from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. They wage war to cause havoc in Iraq and Syria in hopes of taking over the government in the region.
Most of those reportedly dead fighters were killed during military airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. There is also a fierce exchange of gunshots in the dead zone. According to US intelligence, ISIS has an estimated 18,000 strong, young fighters. However, with much campaign and propaganda, the group could muster a force totaling to at least 31,000 able fighters.
It has been America’s campaign to fight terrorism. There is no bargaining to terrorists. The Americans learned the hard way during the 9/11 attack. Since then, rigid campaigns against terrorism were launched.
When will terrorism end? As long as hatred exists, the war on terrorism continues. In some extremist schools in the Middle East, young boys are indoctrinated that the Americans are their enemies. At a young age, they are already brain washed.
Terrorism’s impact on economy
Terrorism brings about an atmosphere of fear. Businesses are affected. In the Middle East region, you cannot see businesses thriving. Even online businesses are in the brink of extinction in that part of the world. If you have an online business, say for example you are the owner of Babandoo.com, gaining a market in that part of the world is difficult. Accessibility is paralyzed by the fierce and unforgiving battle between terrorists and the military.
The Effect Of Falling Oil Prices To Clothing Retailers
Over supply and the reduced demand for oil has resulted into a significant drop from the previous $110 per barrel to about $49. This has boosted consumer spending because they have lots of leftover from the money that should have been spent on fuel. After the big couple of reductions another 50 cents is expected come February.
After the big 5.5% drop in December, domestic petrol prices fell by 9.9% in January. The continued growth in US fracking has substantially raised supply levels and OPEC or Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has not reduced their output in spite of the glut. The demand from China has softened as well as the European countries that are more involved in exploring renewable energy.
The biggest benefits accrue to consumers because they now have more money in their pockets while the biggest beneficiaries will be clothing retailers like TV Store online. Clothing retailers are set to benefit because over the past three years they have absorbed the effects of the weaker rand on imported goods and they have not passed the cost to their customers. It is expected that this unanticipated bonanza resulting from the drop in oil prices will allow the clothing retailers to replenish their margins. During the economic downturn, there was a protracted period of margin squeeze in the retail sector and the low transport costs that consumers are now enjoying will allow the retailers to replenish their margins to a certain extent.
Sharp declines in the prices of petrol are not unheard of because between July 2008 and early 2009, the local prices for fuel have fallen by 55% after a reduction in international oil prices. If the money spent for fuel is about 5% of total household spending, it will certainly provide a welcome relief for consumers. On the other hand, lower income groups will not exactly feel the low prices of fuel. Prices usually rise very quickly when there is an oil price hike but prices do not go down as quickly when fuel prices go down. Another additional advantage that can be expected is the very little chance for interest rates to go up for a long time.