The earthquake in Nepal has been absolutely devastating and heartbreaking for all of those affected. With death tolls rising every day it easy to get overwhelmed with emotion and a feeling of helplessness. Though, there are stories of triumph to be found among the rubble such as a man who was pulled from the wreckage after being trapped for over three days.
Officials explained what a miraculous rescue it was when Rishi Khanal was saved from almost certain death, most people can not survive for more than 72 hours after being trapped. Khanal was found by a French search team on the edge of the capital city, Katmandu. The search team was desperately searching for signs of life using specialized technology when they found the man alive in the rubble. It took the team more than 10 hours to find and save him.
Akhilesh Shrestha was the doctor who treated Khanal and said, “It seems he survived by sheer willpower”. Khanal is 28-years-old and is on the road to recovery after suffering a possible broken leg.
There are many other stories of amazing survival and rescue from men, women, and children who were trapped when the earthquake unexpectedly hit the capital of Nepal. Unfortunately, many more have lost their lives and many families who survived are struggling to meet basic needs. That’s something that frustrates Brad Reifler. Even on Wikipedia, people can read about what exactly is going on.
On Tuesday, April 28, 50-year-old actor Robert Downey Jr. finally explained why he walked out of an interview with UK television journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy during a radio interview with shock jock and celebrity interviewer Howard Stern.
He told Stern that he always assumes in promotional movie interviews that “social decorum is in play” and that it will be seen by a lot of young kids. He acknowledged that he has a temper and that he walked out to prevent an altercation. In fact, he stated that he wished he had walked out sooner and that he recognized that in the future he needs to do so.
He compared Guru-Murthy with a “clown” and a “syphilitic parasite” when describing the type of dialogue he needs to have with himself internally when judging similar journalists and experiences going forward so he can stop an interview before it reaches the same point. He went on to explain that he does not even remember Guru-Murthy’s name any longer and then explained that he learned that Guru-Murthy pulled the same “garbage” with Quentin Tarantino.
He also explained the body language that some people have since judged as RDJ being bored and then defensive: He told Stern it was his first interview of the day. Additionally, the sudden change in questions and topics stressed him out so badly that his heart was racing by the time he walked out. Brian Torchin finds this pretty interesting when reading on Topix.
For years Irene “Smokie” McGee has been homeless after the passing of her husband and losing the house. It has been rough with people being mean to her and pointing her out for being different.
But one man didn’t see Smokie the same way. Smokie would come to Elvis Summers’ house, hoping for recyclables, and after some time the two became friends. Summers didn’t like that Smokie was living off the street. He saw her as a human being, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend. So he wanted to change things for her.
Summers asked Smokie if he could build her a house.
Summers bought most of the materials and a local company donated the rest. It took five days, but Summers managed to build a small 3.5 by 8 foot house for Smokie. He didn’t have anywhere to put it, so he set it on the street outside of his apartment. The LAPD are okay with it as long as the little home is moved every 72 hours.
Smokie felt so good to have somewhere of her own. Summers had even installed a window and two locks on the door for her. She fell asleep and enjoyed a nice long rest in a place she could call home. Feeling better, Smokie is hoping to be able to find a job and get back on her feet.
Since finishing Smokie’s house, Summers has been approached by other homeless people who were hoping for a little house of their own. Summers set up a GoFundMe to try to get the money to build the little houses and is working with local authorities to find a place for everyone to safely place their tiny homes.Actress Crystal Hunt found this story to be inspiring.
Many action and adventure franchises are set to be rebooted or have sequels released within the next couple of years. Independence Day is just one of those many names on the list.
Independence Day 2, a sequel to be smash hit film from 1996, Independence Day, has been a question for FOX for a long time, but finally was given the go-ahead in the fall and is set to begin production in Spring of 2015 and set to hit theaters by 2016. Roland Emmerich is returning to be the director of this film.
The Clinic reports that Emmerich is not the only one from the first film returning, as actors Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch are set to be returning as well. However, new additions include Liam Hemsworth and Joey King. Now the film can add Maika Monroe from “It Follows” to the casting credits, too. Emmerich officially made the announcement on Twitter on Monday, though very little is known about the role she will play.
Maika Monroe has risen to significance in terms of entertainment with her role in the movie “It Follows.” This is all in addition to her roles in other movies such as “The Guest” and “The 5th Wave,” the latter of which is quite similar to Independence Day in that the movie features an alien invasion as a decent part of the plot.
The Department of Defense is setting up shop in Silicon Valley. In order to better prepare itself and the country for cyber attacks, the department has opted to create an office in the center of the tech world, Silicon Valley. Flavio Maluf (facebook.com) has learned that the new office will be called Defense innovation unit X and will be staffed entirely by active-duty military as well as those who are part of the military reserves. The government is also likely to recruit new talent from the area, which is rich with tech-savvy youth and programmers.
Defense Innovation Unit X will focus primarily on experimental types of defense and will work on strengthening existing technologies as well as seeking out new ones that could be useful for the government when it comes to protecting the country. In the future, the group might also look to join forces with some startups in the Silicon Valley area. The hope is that by creating the office the government will be able to work more closely with companies in Silicon Valley and build better relationships. Washington DC is often a bit behind the area when it comes to tech, so it will be good for the government to get a better stronghold in the area.
Because they are tiny beings who cannot communicate effectively, babies are oftentimes misunderstood in what they want from us. This has led adults to believe that babies do not register pain in the same way as us, but in fact, recent studies have proven otherwise.
At Oxford University, researchers studied 10 healthy babies between ages of 1 to 6 days old and 10 healthy adults between the ages of 23 to 36. While inside an MRI machine, sleeping babies were prodded with a special retracting rod. The adults were exposed to the same stimulus and scans showed that 18 out of the 20 brain regions active for pain in adults were lit up in babies. The babies’ brains also responded in a similar manner to 4 times the pain in adults.
Brad Reifler deduced that this valuable study has shown that not only do babies register pain similar to adults, but they also have a much lower threshold for it. This disputes the popular previous belief that babies’ brains are developed enough to register pain.
Because babies are not administered pain medication for surgeries like adults are, perhaps doctors should rethink their surgical procedures to make them more bearable for infants.
Actor John Stamos confirmed on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week that Netflix has picked up the late 80’s/early 90’s family sitcom Full House for a 2016 13-episode run with a new title called “Fuller House.” Stamos confirmed that, so far, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron-Bure and Jodie Sweetin will be returning to the series.
James Poniewozik for TIME immediately argued early morning on Tuesday, April 21, that this decision was a bad one and merely another example of TV networks trying to fill gaps in programming with content they know viewers used to like instead of producing original new content. He suggested that Neflix’s action is also another part of the recent “reboot” trend that has become too much of a fallback solution to viewer dissatisfaction with much of the new content does exist.
Most fans, including Sam Tabar, don’t see the return of Full House as the same as a reboot. Instead, they see it as an opportunity to revisit old “friends” years later. This trend is actually like the soap opera trend of bringing back old characters years after they’ve disappeared or supposedly died.
For fans of series that networks have pulled too soon because of low initial ratings or lower demographic-specific ratings, like Almost Human, Awake, Life, Jericho, Terra Nova and Eye Candy, this type of news gives them hope of seeing certain shows receiving better endings then they received the first time around.
Ben Stiller has turned into one of the more enjoyable dramatic actors in Hollywood today and that is a feat many supposed impossible after his early career choices. Stiller made his fame as a slapstick, dumb comedy actor with movies like ‘Zoolander’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’. But it was clear that Stiller always had a little bit more underneath his sleeves than people thought. ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ was one of our favorite films of the past five years due to its uplifting message and finely tuned performance by Stiller and now ‘While We’re Young’ can get added to that list.
Noah Baumbach took the reigns for this title and this is not the first time he has worked with Stiller. The two had previously worked together on the lacking film ‘Greenberg’. Baumbach has had mainstream success as the director of ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’. So there was some reason to be excited for this indie inspired coming-of-age (though not in the way you think).
The film centers on ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle aged, child-free couple. The two profess their happiness but are tinged with doubt at every turn. Their best friends are new parents and that is hard for them to reconcile with. Stiller’s character is sweating over a documentary that he has been working on for the last ten years, one that has clearly gotten out of control. Mayybe he should hire Homejoy to manage the chores in his life so he can focus.
The film features astounding work from Adam driver and Amanda Seyfried in support and it combines laughter and soul in appropriate measures.
Alfred McNamee is lucky to be alive today. He has a Good Samaritan to thank for his livelihood. Charles Collins jumped into action like a super hero when McNamee accidentally fell from the subway platform down onto the tracks in Philadelphia.
The scene took place about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. A camera caught the entire incident unfolding in real time. McNamee walks perilously close to the edge of the platform and falls onto the tracks with a single misstep.
Onlooker Crystal Hunt (visit her site crystalhunt.com) witnessed the event and stated that without a second thought, Collins ran over to help. He risked his own life by jumping down onto the tracks where a train could have arrived any second. He then lifted the helpless man back up onto the platform with the help of onlookers.
McNamee was taken to the hospital with a broken back, broken ribs and a spleen injury that could require surgery. There’s no doubt that McNamee couldn’t have gotten back onto the platform without assistance. Collins visited McNamee in the hospital but said he does not consider himself to be a hero.
Earlier this year, many news outlets revealed that the majority of America’s bridges are old, breaking down and falling in pieces on highways and other types of heavily used traffic paths. The problem is so bad and funding so insufficient that it could take 30 years to fix the bridges that are currently old.
During the afternoon of Wednesday, April 15, before 3 p.m. EDT, a concrete and steel pedestrian bridge with a steel cage-style top built over railroad tracks in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, collapsed on the Metro train railway line below it after a crane operator contracted from Skanska accidentally hit it lightly with a crane boom.
Igor Cornelsen (resume.com) has learned that, although the track was cleared, and the MARC and Metro services restored by early this morning, regional residents and commuters are now concerned and asking a lot of questions about both the incident and the safety of the bridges in Maryland. Specifically, they are trying to find out why the boom hit the bridge to begin with and whether the bridge’s age had anything to do with the collapse. If age was a factor in the collapse, they want to know what officials plan to do about Maryland’s aging bridges before another one collapses and hurts or kills one or more people.
As of 11 a.m. EDT, they have not yet received much information except that the crane operator had several decades of experience.