Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • Give me a sign: 10-year-old girl honoured for helping deaf accident victim

    On Monday, 10-year-old Yesenia Diosdado was honoured for saving the day with her knowledge of sign language. 

    Earlier this month, Yesenia was outside playing with her friends when she heard a car crash. 

    She went to check it out, and saw paramedics struggling to communicate with a woman trapped in her car.

    When Yesenia saw that the woman was trying to sign to the crew, she ran over to offer her assistance to the medics. 

    “She looked really hurt. Her face was bleeding and I didn’t want her to die or something. She was really hurt,” she recalled.

    "I saw that she was signing, so I decided to go help," Yesenia, whose mother taught her to sign, told KMBC. “I was really nervous.”

    The woman was able to tell Yesenia about her injuries and what hospital she wanted to go to. Yesenia then relayed the information to the paramedics. 

    Without Yesenia’s translation, paramedics would have taken longer to get the woman the help she needed, said Johnson County Med-Act Captain Chris Winger. 

    “She said,

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  • Village gets its first-ever refrigerator

    Santosh Chowdhury had been saving for a fridge for 10 years. 

    The Calcutta tailor finally made the much-awaited purchase earlier this month, making him the first person in the village of Rameshwarpur to do so. 

    "Ours is the first generation to own a fridge in my family," Chowdhury told BBC News. “No one in my father’s and grandfather’s time had ever seen one.”

    Saving for a fridge was no easy task. Chowdhury makes only three to four dollars a day as a tailor and part-time factory worker. A refrigerator costs more than a month’s wages. 

    While 99 percent of households in developed countries have refrigerators, only one in four of India’s home have them, BBC News’ Sanjoy Majumder reported

    Chowdhury’s wife, especially, longed for the appliance that would ease her daily workload. With no ability to store leftovers, Sushoma had to cook rice on a wood fire every day. Likewise, she and her husband would have to shop for vegetables daily. 

    "We’ve dreamt of this moment for so long," said

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  • 90-year-old Kenyan woman attends primary school with her great-great-grandchildren

    Priscilla Sitienei might be the oldest primary-school pupil in the world

    Five years ago, the now-90-year-old midwife enrolled at Leaders Vision Preparatory School in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

    Affectionately called “Gogo,” translated as “grandmother,” by her much younger classmates — some of whom she helped deliver — Sitienei told BBC News why she was determined to learn to read and write alongside six of her great-great-grandchildren. 

    "I’d like to be able to read the Bible; I also want to inspire children to get an education,” she said in her native Kalenjin. “Too many older children are not in school. They even have children themselves.”

    When she encounters children who are not in school, she challenges them to rethink enrollment, using herself as an example. 

    "They tell me they are too old," she said. “I tell them, ‘Well I am at school and so should you.’

    "I see children who are lost, children who are without fathers, just going round and round, hopeless. I want to inspire them to go

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  • When no one’s looking, Tanya the tigress makes giant snowballs

    Keepers at Kaliningrad Zoo were stumped: who was heaving giant snowballs into the tiger enclosure after hours?

    Turns out, the impressive snowballs were the work of Tanya the tiger herself. 

    Security cameras caught the cat in the act

    "One morning, zoologists came to work and found snowballs in Tanya’s cage. Naturally, no one thought that the tigress was able to make them by herself. Zoologists decided that someone joked and threw large snowballs into the cage, but one evening she was caught," zoo spokesperson Ekaterina Mikhailova told the Siberian Times. 

    "Our staff noticed it three years ago. They say that she doesn’t like making snowballs in the daylight, prefers doing this at night," added zoo director Svetlana Sokolova.

    When no one is around, the tigress diligently goes to work gathering snow, rolling it from one side of her enclosure to another until it forms a large ball. She then starts work on another. 

    If only she knew how to pile her snowballs into a snowman. 

    Earlier this

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  • News anchor heartbreakingly announces ALS diagnosis, retires on live TV

    Last summer, ABC11 news anchor Larry Stogner participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge.

    “Little did I know it was about to change my life,” he said

    On January 23, Stogner told his faithful Eyewitness News viewers that he had been diagnosed with the incurable neurological disease

    "I am sure that in recent months, you’ve noticed a change in my voice, my speech [is] slower," he said. “Many of you were kind enough to email me ideas about what it might be, or just to show concern, and I truly appreciate that.”

    "As it turns out, I have ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

    Holding back tears, Stogner thanked his viewers for his decades-long career, and revealed that the diagnosis also meant he would be retiring immediately after 38 years on the job. 

    “There is no cure. My career in broadcast journalism is coming to an end.”

    He said he would be taking some vacation time with his wife, Bobbi, then returning on-air in two weeks to offer a more personal goodbye.

    Stogner’s friends and colleagues at

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  • Rabbit delivers beer to owner on custom delivery cart

    Why pull a rabbit out of a hat when you can teach one to bring you a beer?

    Wallace the rabbit — known as “Wallace the Mad King” on YouTube — has been working on this trick with his Brooklyn, New York, owner’s boyfriend for some time now. 

    In a video posted online this weekend, Wallace pushes a custom cardboard beer cart toward the man. Mission: Accomplished.

    “This event marks the release of an epic accomplishment,” wrote the video’s uploader. “I have been collaborating for the past year with my girlfriend’s pet rabbit to create performance art and ‘happenings’ that capture this rabbit’s capabilities and worldly passions. In a million years, neither Wallace nor I would have guessed that our creative endeavours would take this route but after such a long journey we arrive at this significant moment.”

    Before the rabbit dethrones the dog as man’s new best friend, we’re looking back at some pretty great tricks we’re hoping Wallace masters next:

    Bringing in the groceries:

    Greeting hotel

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  • Man buys 'rare' watch from Goodwill for $5.99, sells it for $35,000

    Zach Norris bought this watch for $5.99 from Goodwill, and made thousands more when he sold it. (Hodinkee)Zach Norris bought this watch for $5.99 from Goodwill, and made thousands more when he sold it. (Hodinkee)

    Earlier this month, Zachary Norris was scouring a Phoenix Goodwill for a used push golf cart when he spotted a collection of old watches. Among them was a watch with a dial that read “Le Coultre Deep Sea Alarm.”

    Norris, a vintage watch collector, knew the watch had to be worth significantly more than the $5.99 price tag, so he purchased it and immediately brought it to an authorized Jaeger-LeCoultre retailer in Scottsdale, Ariz.. 

    Sure enough, the watch was an extremely valuable one: It was a rare 1959 LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm, one of the brand’s most desired design — less than 1,000 were made for the American market — and one of the first watches to feature an alarm for divers. 

    Norris posted a video of the watch with its still-functioning alarm on YouTube.

    Armed with this information, Norris posted his watched on a “Vintage Watches” Facebook page, where offers started pouring in from collectors around the world. 

    Norris eventually accepted an irresistible offer from Rolex dealer

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  • Weatherman gets #Blizzardof2015 forecast wrong, apologizes

    A man walks in the cold weather along the Atlantic City boardwalk on Jan. 27, 2015 (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)A man walks in the cold weather along the Atlantic City boardwalk on Jan. 27, 2015 (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    It’s not always easy to say you’re sorry. 

    But this New Jersey weatherman took a page from the Canadian handbook and did just that, acknowledging that his blizzard forecast completely missed the mark. 

    On Monday morning, forecasts warned of a “crippling” and “historic” storm due to blanket New York City and northern New Jersey with up to 36 inches (91cm) of snow. 

    By early Tuesday morning, just 6.3 inches (16cm) of snow covered Central Park, with only about 2 more inches on the way, the National Weather Service reported. In New Jersey, where meteorologists predicted an 18-inch (45cm) dump of snow, only 3 inches (7.5cm) of snow had fallen. 

    Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service’s office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, was quick to apologize for the “big forecast miss” on Twitter. 

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  • World's first airport terminal for animals to open in 2016

    Concept photo of The ARKConcept photo of The ARK

    Your pets are about to start having a better airport experience than you.

    Starting in 2016, beloved pets travelling in and out of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York will be doing so in style, in the world’s first airport terminal designed just for animals

    Dubbed ARK, the $48-million, 178,000 square-foot terminal will operate as a comfortable waiting area for all animals — domestic, farm, zoo and exotic — that includes “an overnight pet resort Paradise 4 Paws kennels, ample state-of-the-art cargo holding facilities, vets, an aviary and even climate-controlled stalls to ensure total relaxation prior to departure,” the BarkPost reported

    According to a press release, ARK will be housed in the previously vacant Building 78, and should create 190 jobs and bring in $108 million in rent for the Port Authority over the next 20 years. 

    “The Port Authority is proud to partner with ARK to make air travel at JFK more humane for animals and convenient for pet owners,” said

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  • ’Humans of New York’ project raises over $700K to send students to Harvard

    Last week, the popular photo series Humans of New York posted the picture and story of Vidal Chastanet, a Grade 8 student from Brownsville who, when asked who has most influenced his life, praised his Mott Hall Bridges Academy principal, Ms. Lopez. 

    "When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter,” he told photographer and blog creator Brandon Stanton. 

    Stanton was so moved by the boy’s respect for his principal — and by the viral response to the story — that he met with the famous Ms. Lopez.

    "I ask people all the time about the most influential person in their life, and he was the first person who ever told me his principal," Stanton wrote in an email to CNN. “Then when I met Ms. Lopez, I could not have been

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