Mayor with terminally ill dog captures hearts on cross-country road trip: ‘I tried to give you the best life I could’

first_imgCourtesy Paul Heroux(NEW YORK) — Mayor Paul Heroux of Attleboro, Massachusetts held his dog Mura for the first time when she was just 8 weeks old.“We looked at each other when she was in a crate. I was like, this is my little girl,” Heroux told ABC News about the moment he decided to give her a home.It’s a moment that Heroux described with heavy emotion knowing on his first day with Mura that one day it would be his last. In September Mura was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma: an aggressive terminal blood cancer.Mura’s illness came swiftly. On a Friday morning, Heroux and Mura visited a local senior home, a monthly ritual for the pair. But this time, after arriving back at the mayor’s office, Mura walked over to Heroux with her back hunched over, visibly in pain. Heroux would later find out that Mura’s spleen had ruptured and she was bleeding internally.Mura needed emergency surgery and veterinarians said there was 50 percent chance she wouldn’t make it through the night. She survived.Then, merely a week later, she received the tragic diagnosis.“It was heartbreaking. I picked her up and said, you’re going to die little girl and you don’t even know it,” Heroux said.Mura isn’t an average dog. She has lived a mayoral life, spending her days collecting signatures when Heroux ran for state representative, knocking on doors during his campaign for mayor, reading to school children and being the star in hometown parades.She is a member of the community, Heroux said, so when he received her cancer diagnosis, he posted about it on his public Facebook page.There was an outpouring of love with community members sharing their personal stories and sending words of hope, Heroux said. But it was the cross-country road trip that he took with his best friend that would inspire the country.“She is the most precious thing in the world. She is my family. She’s a little person trapped in an animal body. We have a bond. We’re partners,” Heroux said.Mura only has months to live, yet they could be among the most adventurous months any dog-and-human duo could ask for. It began as a trip to Vancouver Island, Canada, to meet the Mura’s breeder, but it turned into an epic journey.Each day, Heroux published a series of pictures and Facebook posts. The two-week ride started on Oct. 28 with the first stop at Niagara Falls, New York. From there they went to Michigan, Chicago, Wisconsin and all the way to California. topping to take a photo to commemorate each moment. Mura posed in front of landmark locations such as Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and the Golden Gate Bridge, capturing the attention of friends and making new ones along the way.“It wasn’t goodbye,” Heroux said. “We went for a ride. A 8,500-mile ride.”When asked if there was one last thing he’d tell her, Heroux said, “Mura, I tried to give you the best life I could.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Grassroots help for homeless, drug addicts thrives in lockdown S. Africa

first_imgTopics : There are between 100,000 to 200,000 homeless people in South Africa, according to the Human Sciences Research Council, a research agency.While some of the nation’s homeless shelters have made headlines for harsh living conditions and police brutality, others have become unexpected havens for some residents.”I found paradise here,” said Matthew Nxumalo, 35, a mechanic who is also on the methadone program, which has helped some 200 people in different shelters since the beginning of the lockdown.”Nobody else thought about us until we arrived here, but I feel like I’ve been given a second chance,” Nxumalo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation before he gathered firewood in the bushes next to the bowling green to light an evening fire.South African charity Participate Empower Navigate (PEN), which has been working to tackle homelessness in Tshwane since 1992, started collaborating with 23 existing and new shelters during the lockdown.”We work to help people realize: I can do this by myself and I am good enough,” said Chief Executive Officer Marinda van Niekerk from their offices in Tshwane.Before the pandemic, the charity ran two drop-in centers for the homeless where they could come to lock up valuables, have a shower and speak with a social worker or counselor.One of the centers has a recycling buy-back facility, allowing clients to bring cardboard, glass bottles and cans for a daily rate of 150 rand ($9) to help get them back on their feet.Finding ways to aid homeless people to get off the streets and into jobs was always a priority for the charity, but the coronavirus pandemic forced it to change tack, van Niekerk said.Drop-in centers became shelters when the charity realized the lockdown would make even informal work impossible for many of its beneficiaries.”A positive about the coronavirus pandemic is that it spotlighted the need for long-term homelessness solutions,” van Niekerk said.’They empowered me’Malcolm, a Zimbabwean migrant who asked not to give his real name, ended up sleeping in a Tshwane park with his life’s belongings in a suitcase in April 2019 when he ran out of money trying to repair the car he used for a driving job.”This center was a blessing to me,” said Malcolm, who now works as a manager at the shelter that became his home after a PEN employee told him about it in the park.”They took me out of a hopeless situation and empowered me. I was treated like a human being,” he said, sitting in his office.The bowling green shelter in the working-class suburb of Capital Park – where Steyn and Nxumalo are staying – has partnered with PEN to meet the needs of its residents, but it was set up thanks to a grassroots community initiative.When the lockdown was announced, the local residents’ association decided the old bowling green rented from the city as a community center had to be put to better use.”We told the city we had to be a part of the solution,” said Michael Burt, chairman of the association, who helped establish the impromptu shelter with other members.Burt has been living in his caravan on the bowling field with the association’s spokesman, Sam Moimane, to help monitor and mediate the needs of the recovering addicts.They plan to launch a charity called Tshimologo Care Centre, meaning “beginnings” in Setswana, a local language, to replicate the model of methadone rehabilitation, group counseling and skills development for homeless people elsewhere.”We just need open land,” Burt said. “We want to help get them jobs and make this progress sustainable.”Of the 22 addicts that started the shelter’s opioid substitution program – in which doctors and nurses administer declining doses of methadone – 14 are completely clean and eight are on track, Moimane said.”COVID-19 forced us to look at our community, and to change the way things were,” he said.On the field next to the tents, Burt fashioned a heart shape made out of wood, hanging it between two poles that face the street opposite the old bowling green.”Hey Sam! Turn on the lights,” Burt shouted, and the red fairy lights he had pinned around the heart lit up the evening.”I built this for anyone who needs to see this during lockdown,” he said with a smile. He is one of at least 2,000 homeless people living in shelters in the city variously run by community members, charities and the government as part of measures aimed at keeping them off the streets long after the lockdown eases.Governments worldwide have been racing to assist the estimated 1.8 billion people who are homeless or live in inadequate housing, putting them at a heightened risk of infection and of infecting others with the virus.As many countries start lifting emergency measures, housing activists say they must turn efforts to aid homeless people during the crisis into longer-term solutions.’I found paradise’center_img When Michael Steyn heard South Africa was imposing a strict lockdown to fight the coronavirus in late March, he rushed out to buy enough heroin to keep him supplied for weeks.By May, to his surprise, he was off drugs for the first time in 25 years, living in a community-run homeless shelter in the city of Tshwane, where medical staff are helping addicts access opioid substitution therapy to get clean.”I used to look for happiness in drugs… but now I feel stronger and want to help others feel this way,” said Steyn, 40, in the office of a former bowling green where about 50 people have been living on the lawns in U.N.-donated tents during lockdown.last_img read more

Athletics can’t complete four-game sweep, fall to Astros in finale

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The A’s couldn’t complete the four-game sweep against a tough division rival, losing 4-1 to the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon.Alex Bregman was churning out hard contact against Brett Anderson, first with a single and a 102 mph double. His third time up, Anderson went 0-2 early with a first-pitch fastball followed up with a slider. He’d go back to that same slider again, and Bregman met it with barrel …last_img read more

Did Fallout from the Solyndra Debacle Lead to Canceled Loan Guarantees?

first_imgOnly a few weeks ago, it appeared as if photovoltaic specialist SolarCity was well on its way to launching Project SolarStrong, a $1 billion plan to install PV systems on 160,000 military residences. The project would double the number of residential rooftop systems in the U.S., according to its backers.Then came solar company Solyndra’s filing for bankruptcy protection on September 6. And on September 23, SolarCity, based in Foster City, California, announced that it did not have enough time to comply with a newly announced request by the Department of Energy for additional documentation the DOE said it needed before it would guarantee $275 million of a $344 million loan for a major segment of SolarStrong, whose estimated total cost is $1 billion. The loan guarantee was needed to make the first segment of the project profitable for SolarCity.The DOE technically has until September 30 to finalize its approval of the guarantee, but that deadline will be missed. An affiliate of investment firm US Renewables Group and Bank of America were lined up to make the loan.Solyndra syndromeSolarCity’s CEO, Lyndon Rive, told Bloomberg news that the Solyndra meltdown prompted the DOE request for additional information. “Because of the Solyndra bankruptcy, additional documentation and reviews were required that we couldn’t get done in the next five days,” Rive said. “Everyone has been very supportive of this project and if we had a little more time we could get it done.”But a DOE spokesman, Damien LaVera, said Solyndra’s troubles had nothing to do with the snag in SolarCity’s quest for the loan guarantee. “All of the extensive due diligence and legal documentation simply cannot be completed by September 30,” LaVera said. “The questions surrounding the Solyndra application had no impact on other applications, including this one.”In fact, SolarCity is not the only solar firm to stumble in pursuit of a DOE loan guarantee. Thin-film specialist First Solar announced on September 22 that it wouldn’t receive a $1.9 billion guarantee because it could meet the September 30 deadline. On the other hand, First Solar did land a $967 million guarantee in August for a project in Arizona, the Bloomberg story notes. And in recent weeks at least three other projects – one focused on ethanol production and two on renewable-energy installations – have secured DOE loan guarantees totaling $623 million.last_img read more

Shazam Gets New CEO: Music-ID App Maker Has Big Plans

first_imgOriginally founded in 1999 and based out of London after a failed attempt to gain investment in Silicon Valley, Shazam launched its service in the UK in 2002. It required you to dial in and play the song into the phone receiver – you’d then receive a text message identifying the artist and track name.  After the smartphone boom and its successful multiplatform app – alongside a slew of partnerships with international companies like Entertainment UK and the Indian streaming service Saavn – Shazam was able to branch out and secure further funding. In 2011, it launched its TV app, the backbone of which is its advertising arm generating revenue in the “double-digit millions” for the company.  Image courtesy of Shazam.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Shazam, a company mostly known for its music identification app, has hired Rich Riley as its new CEO. Riley comes from high up on the corporate ladder (formerly Executive Vice President Americas at Yahoo), but he’s only one piece in the company’s larger roadmap, which includes going plans to go public. With a successful second-screen television app and its accompanying advertising platform, Shazam is no longer just that neat app that helps you identify the song that you happen to be listening to. Switching from CEO to Exectuive Chairman, Andrew Fisher, who has helmed the company since 2005, makes it clear that Shazam has “ambitions to deliver a successful IPO,” he writes in the company’s press release. Shazam, which now has more than 300 million users in 200+ countries, became known to U.S. consumers in the early days of iOS as the go-to music discovery and identification app. However, the technology behind the function was in fact far older. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#IPO#mobile advertising#music apps Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement nick statt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Alibaba co-founder to buy 49 percent of Brooklyn Nets —reports

first_imgESPN reported that it obtained NBA financial documents that show the Nets lost $144 million on basketball-related activities in the 2013-14 season, a figure more than $100 million higher than any other franchise. The Nets’ operating loss of $23.5 million last season was higher than any other team except the Detroit Pistons.This season the outlook is brighter for the team thanks to an increase in television revenues of nearly $50 million, in part the result of increases in the NBA’s national television contract. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Although the Nets had the worst record in the NBA last season, a source told Newsday that the deal values the franchise at $2.3 billion.That tops the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets earlier this year in a deal that included their Toyota Center arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnder terms of the Nets sale first reported by ESPN, Tsai can choose to purchase a controlling interest in the Nets after four years, but not necessarily 100 percent ownership.Prokhorov, who retains full ownership of Barclays Center arena, could retain a minority stake in the team in the future and remain in control of team operations and the management team he installed more than a year ago headed by general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson. Read Nextcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Brooklyn Nets huddle on the court prior to their first home game against the Toronto Raptors at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images/AFPJoseph Tsai, one of the founders of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is set to buy 49 percent of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, reports said Friday.ESPN and Newsday both reported that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who purchased controlling interest in the cub in 2009, has agreed to the sale.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Danny Seigle named as Alab team consultant

first_imgAlab welcomes Jay R Alabanza, asst coaches Mac Cuan, Danny Seigle and trainer Chappy Callanta! #AlabNatinTo #AlabPilipinas 🏀🔥 pic.twitter.com/xjvsSSVFec— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) November 7, 2017Jimmy Alapag will have a familiar face in his coaching staff as Tanduay Alab Pilipinas welcomes PBA legend Danny Seigle as a team consultant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 41-year-old forward was announced as the newest addition to the Philippine-based ASEAN Basketball League squad as the eight-time PBA champion embarks on a new challenge in his career.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoining Seigle in Alapag’s coaching staff are former head coach Mcc Cuan and conditioning coach Chappy Callanta.Alab has also finalized its roster for the 2017-2018 ABL season, with reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and powerhouse import Ivan Johnson leading the fight.Also in the roster are veterans Dondon Hontiveros, Josh Urbiztondo, Rico Maierhofer, and Robby Celiz, Fil-Am swingman Lawrence Domingo, new recruits Pamboy Raymundo, Oping Sumalinog, Pao Javelona, and JR Alabanza, and reinforcement Reggie Okosa.Alab opens its campaign on November 19 against defending champion Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Seigle last played for TNT KaTropa, where he first paired up with Alapag since arriving to the team in 2013. He also had stints in Barako Bull and in his longtime home San Miguel in his 18-year PBA career. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: We don’t miss Ronaldo

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos: We don’t miss Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists they do not miss former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Real in August for Juventus.Preparing for their Club World Cup defence, Ramos insists they don’t miss the Portuguese.”I think that on the field there will not be much difference, despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a decisive player for us, but we are going to compete with the same philosophy as always in the club: to win,” explained Ramos.”We have good memories of this competition, because we have been successful on previous occasions, it is a short competition and there is no margin for error, there is a semifinal and then a final, and we want to take the cup back home.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Young

first_imgInter Milan prepare two-year deal for Man Utd veteran Youngby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are prepared to sign Manchester United veteran Ashley Young on a two-year deal.Young, 33, is out of contract with United at the end of the season and negotiations over an extension have stalled.The Englishman is holding out for a longer contract than the one-year deal put on the table by United.He could get that longer deal from Inter Milan, according to The Sun.Inter’s Serie A rivals Roma are also interested in the fullback, with Young free to negotiate with foreign clubs this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more