101-Year-Old Brings Home Four Gold Medals At The World Masters Games

The week began in a very good way for Man Kaur. She won the gold medal in the 100 metres at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand. She did this in 1:14. While this may not seem that fast, you should remember that she is 101 years old! Over the week of events she also took the gold in the 200 meters, shot put and javelin!

“I enjoyed it and am very, very happy,” she said. “I’m going to run again: I’m not going to give up. I will participate, there’s no full stop.”

It isn’t even the winning that is so important to Man, it is the feeling that she is able to participate. Her running career started at the age of 93, when son Gurdev Singh suggested that Man join him in running. Since then, there has been no holding her back. Man says that without any health problems, there was no reason at all why she could not start to run with her son.

Training in their hometown of Chandigarh, in India, Man’s routine is to run the 50 meter print 5 fives, interspersed with 100 and 200 meter sprints every other day. If you don’t find her running, you will find her in the gym, working out.

Nutrition plays a very important part of Man’s day, with wheat grass juice and kefir being a part of her everyday diet. This was part of her mother’s strict diet also.

Man says that she was really pleased at winning the medals, even though she was the only participant in the race. She intends to come back and compete at the Master’s Games in Japan in 2020.

“I feel really good winning all four gold medals, and this is not it, I will come back and compete again at the Master Games 2020 in Japan,” Man shared.

Source: Runner’s World

Single Mom Arrested And Kids Were Taken After She Began Homeschooling Them

Kiarre Harris felt that the district was failing her kids in their education, and decided to homeschool them. Kiarre thought that she had done all the right paperwork, and that her kids had been officially un-enrolled from school. The school acknowledged that they had received Kiarre’s intention in writing. Kiarre thought that she had done everything correctly.

“I felt that the district was failing my children,” she said, “and that’s when I made the decision to homeschool.”

“I spoke directly to the homeschool coordinator and she told me from this point on my children were officially un-enrolled from school,” Harris said.

Soon after that Kiarre received a very disturbing call from Child Protection Services asking why her kids were not in school. She offered to show them the official letter from the school.

“I told them that my kids were homeschooled now and that I could furnish the documents if they need to see them,” Harris shared.

Image source: WKBW-TV video screen cap

Less than one month later the Police and CPS confronted Kiarre with a court order to take her children away from her and place them in foster care. Not only that, when Kiarre refused to give them up, she was arrested on charges of neglect. Kiarre refused to give up her kids because no court order was shown to her after she asked to see one.

Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo Sr made it known to the Family Court that her children should be returned immediately , adding that it was totally unacceptable for anyone to be arrested for ‘educational neglect’. Someone had messed up very badly, and that person should be made to face the music.

“Someone, somewhere messed up,” Wingo said at a Buffalo Common Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, “and that someone needs to face the music.”

Image source: WKBW-TV video screen cap

The councilman made a strong point of saying that a family had been broken up, entirely due to someone’s negligence. Somewhere the correct paperwork had been misplaced and as a result, the family was pulled apart. The school had nor reached out to Kiarre to communicate with her and make sure she was doing things correctly.

“Did anyone from the school reach out to the mother? We don’t know,” he added.

“A family was broken up because of someone’s negligence … somewhere along the line paperwork was not submitted which resulted in trauma for a family in the City of Buffalo,” Wingo said.

For homeschooling to be accepted, the parent must have full custody of the children, which Kiarre claims she had until she was arrested. Individual education plans must also have been submitted, which Kiarre says she did. In a video which she posted on a social media platform, Kiarre says that she submitted the plans. The video clip contains some graphic language.


The case has now been forwarded to the Common Council’s Education Committee who will decide what happens next. Kiarre is hoping to be released very soon and reunited with her kids, where she plans to continue homeschooling them.

Source: The Blaze

Cambridge Student Sets £20 On Fire In Front Of Freezing Homeless Person In Harsh Stunt

A University of Cambridge student was captured on film as he set hire to a £20 note in order to taunt a homeless man. Dressed in an outfit that included tails and a bow tie, the top Tory student tried to light the money on fire in front of the freezing man. A surprised bystander recorded the video and posted it online via social media site Snapchat.

The passerby filming the video alternated between recording the student and the man, as the student attempted to burn the banknote. In the clip, the student said, “Some homeless shelter” just before the filming ended. Reportedly, the incident occurred on February 2nd, sometime in the early morning.

Ronald Coyne was named as the student in the video by the Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA). Coyne had been their communications officer, but was asked to step down and leave the group after the release of the video.

Ronald Coyne (pictured) a first-year law student at Pembroke College, was dressed in a bow tie and tails when he taunted a rough sleeper
Ronald Coyne (pictured) a first-year law student at Pembroke College, was dressed in a bow tie and tails when he taunted a rough sleeper

A spokesman for CUCA called the actions of Coyne “disgusting and abhorrent”.

The spokesman also said, “The CUCA committee became aware of serious allegations against Ronald Coyne late last week concerning his private behavior.

“There is no room for people who behave like that in our Association, any other University Association, or frankly our University.

“This disgusting and abhorrent behavior occurred completely independently of CUCA, and did not take place before or after any CUCA event.”

“His resignation was immediately demanded and we determined the appropriate response to be to permanently revoke his membership and bar him from all future events, which we did on Saturday.”

The video shows a homeless man (pictured) standing in Bridge Street in Cambridge city centre clutching what appears to be a sleeping bag
The video shows a homeless man (pictured) standing in Bridge Street in Cambridge city centre clutching what appears to be a sleeping bag
Ronald Coyne, wearing a white bow tie and tails, appears to attempt to burn a £20 note in front of the homeless man
Ronald Coyne, wearing a white bow tie and tails, appears to attempt to burn a £20 note in front of the homeless man

Ken Clarke, the former cabinet minister, has previously been chairman of the CUCA. The group’s Honorary Vice Presidents include Andrew Mitchell, the former chief whip, and Lord Speaker Lord Fowler.

Historian Andrew Roberts, who wrote ‘Napoleon the Great’, is the current Honorary President of CUCA.

Burning a £50 banknote to taunt the homeless is an act that some suspect may be an intuition ritual of the infamous Bullingdon club in Oxford.

A Cambridge University spokesman said: ‘The University is committed to respecting the rights and dignity of all members of our community.

‘We expect our students to treat others with respect, courtesy and consideration at all times, and the University takes allegations of unacceptable behaviour very seriously.

‘We do not comment on individual cases.’

Ross Kemp In 12-Hour Kidnap Stand Off With Armed Gang In Libya

An armed clan temporarily held Ross Kemp hostage as the former EastEnders hardman was attempting to film his newest documentary in Libya.

For 12 hours, a heavily-armed group surrounded the building Kemp was in, brandishing weapons and threatening to kidnap him.

At the time of the attack, he was filming in Sabha, a city south of Tripoli. Kemp’s documentary focuses on the vast human trafficking and smuggling networks within the country.

Kemp called the filming the “best” and “most dangerous” that he has ever completed, and added, “At one point, we were asked to leave the south.

“We had a number of people outside the building we were in with weapons. And the tribe that we were with had to defend us because this other clan wanted to take us. There was a stand-off for about 12 hours.

“We nearly had to be lifted out.”

During his travels, Kemp interacted with migrants in detention camps who were being illegally held by various militias.

He observed, “In the camps people are getting three pieces of cheese a day, one piece of bread and half a litre of dirty water. They are dying.

“We met a woman who had given birth three days before we arrived. Her baby had died six hours after she had gone into labour in the toilet. She was still bleeding and dying but no one was doing anything about it.

“There are three governments out there who say they are in control. But no one is in control in the country. It is on the verge of becoming a non-state.”

This is hardly only brush with death that Kemp has had. In 2016, he filmed a documentary on Syria that featured startling shots in which he barely avoided being shot and killed by an ISIS sniper.

The BAFA-winning filmmaker has also previously risked his life in Mozambique, where he recorded ivory poachers on hidden cameras.

He adds: “This was far more dangerous than being somewhere like Iraq. At least there, we were embedded with the Kurds. We knew the barriers of where we were safe at any one time. But in Libya you are not safe at all.

“It’s a country where there are three guns to every one person.”

The documentary airs on Sky on February 21st as part of Ross Kemp: Extreme World.

Nearly 14-Pound Bass Landed In Tournament Is A Texas Lake Record

Every fisherman dreams of setting a new record, and Kurt Luker of Cleveland, is no different. Luker did in fact, get to set a new record with his catch. Kurt landed a Largemouth Bass at Belton Lake, weighing in at a staggering 13.97 pounds!

It was during the Texas Team Trail Tournament that Kurt landed the monster. It is the largest Largemouth Bass to ever be submitted for a record . Not only that, it is also the first bass from the lake to participate in the Toyota Sharelunker Program. The program encourages anglers who have landed fish weighing more than 13 pounds, to lend their fish to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for collection and spawning.

To date 68 water bodies have produced fish for the program, with Belton Lake being the latest lake to be added. John Tibbs, supervisor of TPWD, who has lived in Waco for some 18 years says that even he is impressed with the huge fish. He was very surprised to hear of a fish that size being caught there, although given climatic events over the years, he thought it may become more regular now.

“Belton Lake is the best smallmouth bass fishery in Central Texas – nothing else even comes close,” John Tibbs said. “But it’s not typically known as a big bass lake or a trophy lake like Lake Fork. So it’s impressive and somewhat unusual to see a fish of this quality come out of there.”

It seems that Belton Lake is more commonly known as a smallmouth bass lake, with very few large fish in it. The lake was stocked with fingerlings back in 1995 and had not been stocked since so it is somewhat unusual to see a fish of that size there.

“We had a huge amount of water in 2007 – it reached 630 feet and sustained that from June to the end of summer,” he adds. “So that year we had a tremendous amount of habitat improvement, we probably had a great spawn and we had a fantastic amount of prey. That fish may have gotten a really good jump-start on growth, and if that’s the case there may be some others out there.”

Tibbs says that drought, followed by heavy rainfall with lots of water may have contributed to the amount of fish there now. With all the forage which would have followed, the fish may have had a head start on growth. If there is one Largemouth Bass there, then it is entirely possible that there are more of them.

“Any lake could have a ShareLunker,” he said. “If Belton Lake is any indication you don’t have to go to Lake Fork for a 13 pound bass – you can still catch one just about anywhere you go.”

It remains to be seen just how many other large fish are out there now. One thing is certain, there is definitely one of them, because Kurt released his fish, now named as Sharelunker 570, back into the lake after biologists verified the fish and took a fin clip.

Source: Patch

The Cheating ‘SECRET’ To Bigger Fish

If you’re one of those fisherman who loves to exaggerate the size of their catch, then you just can’t miss this ingenious “tiny hands” gadget that lets you exaggerate the size of your catch in photographs!

You’re likely to be hardpressed to find any fisherman who hasn’t ever exaggerated about the size of a fish they’ve caught. We all do it. Which is exactly why so many people refuse to believe fishermen’s tales. But now there’s an outstandingly clever little gadget that can help you exaggerate the size of your catch in photos too!

This amazing little gadget is called Fishyhands and it is a cunning depth-perception tool that uses tiny hands to make the fish look even bigger. So, next time you tell someone how big your catch was, you can use photos taken with Fishyhands to prove just how big the fish was!

Source: Mirror

Get Inside This Mysterious Abandoned 18th Century Home With A Cannon In The Living Room

If you love the idea of time capsules, you can’t miss this exciting post by Sean Morrison on the Mirror about a mysterious abandoned house that has practically been frozen in time. It even has an 18th century-style cannon in its living room!

There’s an abandoned home in France that’s filled with some of the most amazing things. Nobody seems to know how long the home has been abandoned, but it’s like a time capsule. At some point the home belonged to an unknown war fanatic, so it has lots of fantastic war memorabilia, such as a Union Jack flag, the United States flag and even an 18th century-style cannon in the living room.

Recently, amateur Parisian photographer, Florian Michaud, entered the derelict home and took some beautiful photographs. They include a dusty billiards table, a mural of people in French renaissance dress and a luxury bedroom. The house is an absolutely fantastic find.

Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
Eerie images reveal the time capsule home that has been left completely untouched since it was abandoned (Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
A huge cannon is the centre piece in the grand living room (Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
A mural on a wall depicts people in French renaissance dress (Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)

The amateur Parisian photographer, who took these photos, shares:

“The images radiate with an aura of unusual and magic that are brought about the vision of nature taking over decomposition.”

“This battle between life and death is what I’m aiming to capture in my photo shoots.”

“I fell in love with this kind of scenery and wanted to keep forever what I saw and felt.”

“I am especially fascinated by places where everything’s still standing, as if inhabitants simply vanished.”

Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
(Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
(Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
(Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
(Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
(Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
(Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)
Mystery abandoned home boasts a huge cannon as a centre piece in the living room that once belonged to a now unknown war fanatic
(Photo: Florian Michaud/Mediadrumworld)

“There’s a long stage of investigation in my urban explorations before I can take pictures.”

“Most of the time, field survey and spotting yield nothing because the location has turned out to be uninteresting.”

“Eventually, as I am very persistent, I end up finding a place that’s been forgotten yet became magical and off-beat.”

“It vibrates with something powerful and out of the ordinary that triggers in me an overwhelming flow of creative ideas and awakens an urge to simply catch the moment.”

Source: Mirror

12 Brilliant PVC Projects For Homesteaders

PVC pipe is one construction material that is easy to work with, readily available in hardware stores and cheap to buy. That’s why aside from its common use in plumbing, a PVC pipe can be utilized for a variety of other home projects.

Below are 12 DIY projects that show the amazing and versatile uses of PVC pipes.

1. PVC Hoop House For Raised Beds

A PVC hoop house is a great and inexpensive way to make sure that your vegetable garden will be protected from the harsh elements , pests, or garden-loving pets when needed. It can become a framework for removable plastic sheets, nets, or crop blankets. This will require a bit of construction but the result will be worth the trouble.

2. PVC Chicken Feeder

All you need are some PVC drain pipes and elbows to create this affordable feeding system for your chickens. Not only do these wall-mounted feeders save space, they also make feeding less messy. They are also very easy to clean. Don’t forget to cover the top of the pipes to keep the chicken feed dry.

3. PVC Deep Garden Irrigation

If you have trees and large plants in your garden, you can use a PVC pipe to make sure that it gets water down to the deep roots. Just poke some holes on it, stick it deep onto the ground, and pour water on it. This simple tool will make sure that your trees get enough water during droughts.

4. PVC Hose Caddy

Here’s a nice way to store your garden hose. A constructed PVC hose caddy will keep your hose hanging neatly so you won’t have any trouble when you need to use it. This caddy can even be made with wheels so that you can bring your hose anywhere in your garden. Everybody loves a portable storage solution.

5. Handheld Corn And Bean Planter

Planting beans and corn can be a pain especially for old farmers. Unless you have an automatic seeder, you will have to bend your back for some amount of time planting every seed by hand. That’s why you need to a PVC seed planter. This simple tool will let you plant seeds while you are standing up.

6. PVC Toy Storage Rack

If you have kids in your home, you know how dangerous it can be to have small toys lying around. This PVC toy rack can be mounted on a wall to keep your children’s toys away from the floor. It can also serve as a display case for the small toys. Just make sure to paint each PVC pipe to make it look more fun and interesting.

7. PVC Tomato Cages

Do you love planting tomatoes but you’re afraid that strong winds will damage your plant? This durable and sturdy PVC tomato cage will keep your delicate plant from bending and toppling down. You tomatoes will also be able to grow taller. This cage is also reusable. Just dismantle and store it away for the next planting season.

8. PVC Aquaponics System

If you have fish tank in your home, you can create an aquaponic system that will also let you plant some vegetables and fruits. This aquaponic system uses PVC pipes to hold the cup planters and bring water to the plants. This is an inexpensive project that you can expand if you want to add more plants.

9. PVC Bird Feeder

Finally, you can build a squirrel-proof bird feeder using PVC pipes. This PVC bird feeder can be hang on a tree branch and has bendable perches for the birds. It also has feeding station openings that are small enough for birds to comfortably put their heads into to pick their choice of feed. It can also be refilled without any trouble.

10. PVC Pipe Shelf

If you are feeling creative and you want to design your home with something nice but unusual, then you could create a PVC pipe shelf. Not only does a PVC shelf look good, its shelves can also be rearranged according to your preference. This shelf can also be dismantled and transported easily in case you move.

11. PVC Survival Cache

Doomsday preppers will love this simple-looking but effective storage tool. But this PVC survival cache can also be used for something more than just a doomsday event. You can stock it with precious things and then stash it away. No one will ever suspect that this PVC pipe is actually keeping something very important inside.

12. PVC Summer Camp Chairs

If you have spare time this summer, try to create a PVC camping chair for your kids. These chairs are light, portable, easy to make and cost cheap. Let your kids bring them anywhere in your yard. These chairs are also foldable for easy storage. Your kids will thank you for this cute PVC project.

Is Running The Best Type Of Exercise?

The question is often asked as to what is the best exercise for a person? The answers vary from person to person, depending on who you speak to. One thing is certain – running factors into this equation.

Taken from the Journal of Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, we find that runners live on average three years longer than non runners. Even if you drink, smoke and are overweight, if you run you will reduce the risk of dying early by up to 40{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949}. An hour of running will therefore increase your life expectancy by seven hours.

While running may not be the fountain of youth, so to speak, it has been shown to be more effective than walking, cycling or swimming. Even 5 – 10 minutes a day running will reduce the risk of heart disease, and early deaths in general. This is a whole lot less than the government recommendations which are about 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. Most people – it was found – ignore this as they feel that it is too much.

Another point of view- as far as the best exercise goes – is that the exercise you actually do, is the best one! If you hate an exercise, and never do it, it makes no different whether it is good or bad. Running, however, is thought to be the best for a number of reasons.

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You can’t cheat at running! You have to do it, you can’t rely on machinery to help you. It is cheap, and it is easy. Simply put on a decent pair of running shoes and head out of the door.

Even jogging counts as ‘moderate exercise’ so even if you are just starting and can’t go much faster, that’s okay, it all counts.

According to Angelique Brellenthin of Iowa State University, it would take 105 minutes of walking to achieve the same benefits as a 25 minute run. Non runners are also twice as likely to die from strokes and sudden heart attacks.

One argument that is often brought up is that people who suffer from knee pain cannot run. It is possible to reduce knee pain by running on soft surfaces, avoiding hills, doing exercises to strengthen the knee muscles, and wearing good quality running shoes. There is no evidence, says Brellenthin, that running increases the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee.

As with any exercise, running should be built up slowly so as not to injure yourself. Do not be tempted to try a marathon before you are ready! Brellenthin goes on to say that you only need 30 – 60 minutes a week to start to see the results, and for it to be beneficial for your body.

Source: The Guardian

Siamese Fighting Fish With The Colors Of Thailand National Flag Sold For Over $1.5K

A Siamese fighting fish with the colors of the Thai national flag has been bought for a whopping 53,500 baht ($1,530) at an online auction, possibly making it the most expensive Betta fish ever sold.

Despite their relatively small size, Siamese fighting fish are well-known for their extremely territorial behaviour. And they certainly live up to their name. But they’re popular aquarium fish because they’re beautiful, with ornate fins and vibrant colors. Siamese fighting fish are usually one or more colors, such as red and blue.

However, a very special Siamese fighting fish was recently sold in Bangkok for 53,500 baht ($1,530). This fish fetched such an enormous sum because it’s got red, blue and white stripes, just like the Thai national flag. The 40-year-old man who sold the fish, Kachen Worachai, is a convenience store owner who breeds Siamese fighting fish as a hobby. He never thought he’d end up making such an enormous sum from selling one fish!  

In this Nov. 17, 2016, photo, a Siamese fighting fish with colors resembling the Thai national flag swims in a fish tank in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Pictures...
(Chuchat Lekdeangyu/Shutter Prince via AP)

Pictures of the fish went viral after Kachen posted them on a private Betta fish auction group on Facebook. Kachen had expected someone to purchase the Siamese fighting fish for a few thousand baht (1000 baht = $28) but was surprised when the bid hit 10, 000 baht ($285) on the next day.

“I never expected my fish to go for this price.”

He posted the pictures on Nov. 6 with a starting bid of 99 baht ($2.82) and closed the auction on Nov. 8.

Betta fish have been bred previously to reproduce the colors of the Thai flag but Kachen said none have come close. He said the highest previous price for a Betta was for a half-moon Betta fish that sold for 23,500 baht ($671).

“The chance of getting a fish with the flag’s exact color is like one in 100,000,” said Kachen. “So many people have tried to breed the Thai flag colors. Luck was really on my side.”

In this Nov. 17, 2016, photo, a Siamese fighting fish with colors resembling the Thai national flag swims in a fish tank in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Pictures...
(Chuchat Lekdeangyu/Shutter Prince via AP)
In this Nov. 17, 2016, photo, a Siamese fighting fish with colors resembling the Thai national flag swims in a fish tank in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Pictures...
(Chuchat Lekdeangyu/Shutter Prince via AP)

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