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A Bank and Non-Profit Company Help Girls Enter Tech and Other STEM Fields

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The technology field has undergone a lot of changes over the past few decades. One of the biggest changes has been the growing interest that women are taking. In secondary schools across the country, there has been an increased focus on STEM fields. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Because of the increased focus, children of all backgrounds are beaming with a desire to learn more about these fields. This includes girls. Sadly, these are fields that have been historically dominated by men. This causes young women to be hesitant about joining these fields, knowing the societal pressure they might face. Fortunately, there is a nonprofit organization that exists to help women get into this field. This comes in the form of Girls, Inc.

The focus of this field is to help girls between the ages of six and 18 learn more about themselves and these fields as they strive to discover what it takes to build a successful career in these fields. This organization helps girls find mentoring relationships in a pro-girl environment and pushes them to conduct research that will help them build their resumes as they look to learn more about STEM fields. In this organization, girls learn about the various characteristics that are necessary to navigate social, gender, and economic barriers as they try to gain confidence and independence while also receiving a top-notch education. 

Thie program also gives girls the chance to partner with one of the largest banks in the world. This comes in the form of CApital One, a well-respected financial institution that has a program known as Capital One Program. This program places girls in a position to work with volunteer coders, who are professionals in the tech field. This gives girls the chance to learn more about coding and computer design. In some situations, the girls might even be able to build their own applications. This gives participants a unique experience with app-building tools. They learn about algorithms and get to ask questions of some of the most successful and generous professionals in the field. The mentors play a critical role in helping girls enter this field. The goal of this program is to help people acquire the skills and resources they are going to need in order to survive in an economy that is largely driven by the tech field.

There are numerous locations throughout the country that Capital One has set up programs like this, including Texas and the Bay Area out in California. Given the tremendous success that this program has already seen, the program is likely to expand to other parts of the country. Capital One desires to partner with other nonprofit organizations that work to break down barriers in the STEM fields of all types. This organization is always trying to find ways to increase the amount of diversity in this field, including encouraging women to get more involved. In the eyes of many, the STEM fields are the future. These fields are going to produce novel products and services in fields such as engineering, computers, healthcare, and more. 

It is incumbent on all of these organizations to push everyone, including girls and young women, to push people to think outside the box. Only when people start to step outside of their comfort zone will they discover what they are truly capable of accomplishing. This is true for young girls who would like to learn more about STEM fields and how they can turn a hobby into a long and rewarding career.

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Deer tries to join school for a day

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School is meant to be a fun place to learn, where children of all ages can enjoy a day full of new and exciting information. For one school in Wisconsin, that day was about to become a lot more fun. In a small school outside of Madison, a deer broke into a middle school and began running around the hallways of the school. In the video captured by school security camera’s around December 17th, the deer is seen running through the hallways. However, due to the type of material the floor is made out of, the deer begins to slip and slide all around the floor and can barely control itself. In the video, the deer can then be seen trying to leave the school, but it cannot find a way out. Although the deer keeps slipping and sliding, he never seems to quite lose his balance all the way. Instead, the poor deer continues to struggle and run around. The kids in the school must have been scared but also amused since a deer was running around the school’s hallways. The teachers quickly told all the students to stay inside the classrooms and locked the doors. Although the doors were closed, students could still hear the deer running through the hallways trying to escape the school. 

Teachers reported the incident to the school administration who placed the school on lockdown. After the school was placed on lockdown the deer can be seen running through the hallways and still trying to escape. Eventually, the school administration called animal control who quickly came to help the deer out. Upon entering the school, the animal control found that the deer did not calm down and was very frightened. Rather than trying to capture the deer, the animal control decided the best course of action was to corner the deer and get it to run out of an open door. So, they asked a school teacher to open a door at the end of a hallway. Then, several people including teachers, school administration, and animal control cornered the deer and got him to enter the hallway with the open door. Eventually, the deer saw the open door and ran towards it as fast as it could. The deer was still slipping and sliding all around the floor. He was so close! Finally, the deer jumped out of the door and began to run. However, animal control had someone waiting and captured the deer. The deer was then driven far away from the school and released in the wilderness. Animal control then later said animals sometimes get confused about certain buildings and accidentally enter or try to find food in schools.

This deer wasn’t the only animal who broke into a school either. Several other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and birds also commonly get into schools on accident. 

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When This Little Boy Vanished, The Police Followed Paw Prints To Track Him Down

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Any parent can relate to that sinking feeling in the back of their mind that something is wrong. It is a hard feeling to shake once it arrives. Chelsea Nobel is a parent who recently experienced this exact emotion. She woke up one October morning with the distinct feeling that something was wrong.

Call it a mother’s intuition. As we all know, a mother’s intuition is never wrong. A mother knows when her children are upset and she knows when they are in peril. Her son William was not in his usual spot. When she went to check for the boy that morning, he was gone. Her blood ran cold and she knew that she had to do everything in her power to find him.

At first, she had hoped that he was somewhere in the home. It took a frantic search before she realized that this was not the case. Once it became apparent that he was nowhere near by, she knew that she had to contact the police. The officers arrived soon after the call and were prepared to do everything in their power to help her bring her little boy back home.

William was somewhere out there in the world, lost and scared. Who knows what was going through this little boy’s mind at this exact moment? The search for the little boy was extensive. The Mississippi community where Chelsea and William reside rallied around the family during their time of need.

Everyone wanted to make sure that the little boy was safe. Volunteers assisted the police officers, helicopters and K-9 units with their search but they were not having any luck. Chelsea was distraught. No mother ever wants to lose their child, especially not under these sorts of circumstances. She would never be able to forgive herself if she was unable to locate him.

Parents of all ages can understand where she is coming from here. We would not be able to sleep or eat for weeks if our children went missing. The idea of a small child lost and alone in the world is enough to bring anyone to tears. Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, the authorities made a crucial discovery that cracked open the case.

They found a set of small footprints out in the woods. As they followed William’s footprints, they realized that there was a second set next to them. As it turns out, William was not alone during this harrowing search. He had a dog beside him the whole time! 

Meanwhile, an older boy named Blake Carroll had just gotten home from school when he heard his uncle’s truck beeping at him. However, his uncle was not inside. The aforementioned dog was circling the truck, trying their best to get inside. You will never guess who was inside of the truck.

It was William! Blake and his uncle pulled the little boy to safety and at long last, this mother’s nightmare was over. Best of all, William was no worse for the wear. He had a few scratches and some bug bites but was otherwise fine. This young man had taken quite the late-night journey. 

Since William is a nonverbal child who is currently being tested for signs of being autistic, it is entirely possible that he did not respond when the officers tried to call out to him. Luckily, he had this heroic dog by his side to make sure he was okay. Jezebel is the dog’s name and she was hailed for keeping him safe during this disappearance. All’s well that ends well! Please be sure to share this story with your friends and loved ones on Facebook. 

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Experts Warn Pet Owners About The Dangers Of Himalayan Salt Lamps

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Pet owners are always looking to make sure that their four legged friends are safe and sound. It only makes sense, right? Our pets look to us for food, shelter and care. If we are not going to look out for them, who will? Now that Himalayan salt lamps are steadily rising in popularity, pet owners have been looking into the potential benefits that they have to offer.

These benefits are numerous to the owner but are these salt lamps truly safe for the pet? It is a question that certainly deserves answering. They might be a great addition to the home but these advantages could come at a cost to your pet. In a best case scenario, the lamps clean the air in the home and allow us to get a good night’s sleep. 

They are also said to offer a marked improvement to our serotonin levels. One woman has a horror story to offer about her cat and it is disconcerting, to say the least. The hidden dangers of these lamps need to be exposed, so that no other pets are forced to suffer from a similar fate. That’s what makes this story such an important one to pass along and share with fellow pet owners.

After all, there are no shortage of people out there who are probably blissfully unaware of the issues that these lamps present. They reside at the intersection between home decoration and vital self care. It is easy to see why so many pet owners have already fallen under their spell. Maddie Smith was forced to wake up to a pet owner’s worst nightmare recently.

Her cat was not behaving in her usual manner. Something was wrong with poor Ruby but Maddie was not sure what it was. Initially, she believed that the cat was simply feeling chilly. She tried her best to warm up Ruby and left for work. Unfortunately, the cat’s condition slowly started to worsen. By the time Maddie was able to come back home, she could tell that something was seriously wrong with the cat.

When she took the animal to the vet’s office, the connection between her condition and the Himalayan salt lamp that was being used had been revealed. Humans must avoid excessive exposure to salt and pets experience the same risk factors. These lamps release a sizable amount of salt into the air, causing pets to go through all sorts of harmful side effects.

If Maddie had not brought her pet to the vet’s office when she had, we shudder to think of what may have happened next. Lamp owners need to take the proper precautions going forward. It all starts with proper lamp storage. The lamp cannot and should not be kept in an area that pets have easy access to. The owner should be storing the salt lamp far away from their animal.

Maddie’s Facebook post about the matter was shared far and wide. She wanted to make sure that other pet owners did not make the same mistake as she did. It is easy to see how these errors happen, though. We mean well and we try our best to keep our homes looking and feeling nice. The last thing that any pet owner wants is to hurt their best friend.

Please do your part to assist other pet owners who might be experiencing similar issues by sharing this story. If you know someone who owns a pet and a Himalyan salt lamp, this is your chance to set things right. Ruby may have been licking this lamp excessively but she is going to be OK now! Let’s do our part to make sure that other pet owners do not have to learn this lesson the hard way. 

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Why More People Are Finding Snakes Hiding in Their Toilet

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Sitting down on the toilet and then realizing there is a snake in there. It’s a scene from a horror movie and can be anyone’s worst fear. Snakes hiding in toilets are becoming more and more common.

The latest story making the headlines is from Mike Green in North Carolina, who says he has pulled six snakes out of his toilet in the past four years. This is not the only example. Country singer Brett Eldredge recently shared that he walked in the bathroom where he was staying on vacation in the Bahamas and found a snake in the toilet bowl. There are plenty of stories of pythons hiding out in toilets in Australia.

There is a reason why this is happening. A former plumber and curator of reptiles at the Los Angeles Zoo is sharing the reason. He says that snakes are sleek animals and it’s easy for them to fit into tight spaces in their current environment. Snakes feel more at home when they are in a dark, tight space. When they get into a pipe, they feel good about it and it’s easy to navigate through the sewer system and then find their way up the pipes into someone’s toilet. Snakes get in through the ventilation pipes on the roof. Since the bathroom plumbing is usually connected through the ventilation pipes the snake slithers its way through the system and into the bathroom. It’s easy for snakes to slither up anything that will lead them to the roof, such as a tree. If you have a tree that is close to your roof and the ventilation pipe then it can increase your chances of having a snake in the bathroom

If you are wondering what to do if a snake gets in your toilet, know that flushing it away won’t work. If you do find a snake in your toilet then call animal control. Animal control can help you get rid of the snake but can also identify the snake. While the good news is that most snakes are harmless, there is a chance you could have a dangerous one. Don’t be a hero and handle it yourself, just in case it is dangerous.

If you want to avoid snakes in your toilet, there are simple things you can do. Find a way to make sure the ventilation is covered but that it is still able to do the job it is intended to do. By having some sort of block, such as wire covering and mesh, it not only prevents snakes from getting in but also other pests, like rats. You can also install a roof vent hood. These hoods help protect the venting and keep any creepy pests out. Who would have thought that you actually needed to take care of issues on the roof in order to prevent snakes from slithering through the pipes? If you are truly worried then you can invest in a multi-flap that fits over the toilet pipe and allows waste and water to exit but keeps critters out.

Keep in mind if you live in an area that is prone to snakes then this issue may be more common and you may already know how to deal with it. Many snakes that find their way into a toilet are not native to the area where they were found. It’s likely they escaped or were let free by their owners that no longer wanted them and they choose your pipes as a nest. Many snakes aren’t able to survive in the main sewer pipe for very long since there can be relatively low temperatures below the ground where pipes are located, making it unlikely that they actually set up their home in a main sewer line.

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Ways to Get Rid of a Mouse to Avoid the Dreaded Snap Trap

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Occasionally, even if you don’t live in the country, you may have a mouse in your house. While the best answer to getting rid of a mouse would be to have a cat, there are other ways to get rid of mice without having to buy the dreaded snap traps and killing the little visitor. It’s best to take care of the problem sooner rather than later so you don’t have to worry about more mice popping up. Just with a quick Internet search, there are tons of different ways and anecdotes to get rid of mice the humane way. It seems the problem is harder to solve than you would think it is. Take a look at some of the popular suggestions and see if they will actually work to get rid of the mouse problem.

Dryer Sheets

This seems like a pretty simple solution. Mice don’t like the smell of dryer sheets and so it deters them from hanging out. Dryer sheets get mixed responses and some even notice droppings right next to the dryer sheet the next day.

Peppermint Oil

This is also a pretty easy suggestion and essential oils seem to be a cure-all for just about everything else. This doesn’t seem to work either but will make the home smell good. Mice also hate spicy scents and garlic so you can use this too instead of peppermint, but peppermint can be a better scent in the house.

No-Kill Trap

While there are plenty of suggestions to just kill the mouse, many people want to do the humane thing. There are no-kill traps where you can add some peanut butter to lure the mouse in. These can sometimes work but if the mouse never goes in, you are just out of luck.

Block Holes with Steel Wool

While this is a popular suggestion, it’s not always feasible. If you fill the holes where the mouse is getting in then the mouse has to leave since there is no way to get in. If you live in an old house then this is just not be possible.

Glue Traps

There are some horror stories about glue traps, including rats getting stuck to one. Many people think it’s a bad idea to try these but while the traps may be prebaited, there is no guarantee that your mouse will set foot on it. People were once able to just put peanut butter on the glue trap and that was enough to lure the mouse in.

Once you have the mouse humanely trapped the key is getting the little guy free. Using oil can help lure him off the trap first. After you get him free, you can send him off to an area far away from your house. It can be a lot of effort to humanely trap the mouse and set him free. While you can use regular traps and kill the mouse, you can also use sticky glue traps with some added peanut butter if you want to put in the effort.

When releasing the mouse, be sure to release it far away from the house. If you don’t then the mouse is going to find its way back to your home. If you see one mouse then there may be others still around. Be sure to set your trap again to catch any after the first mouse. If the trap is empty for a week or two then it may be worth it to seal up the holes to prevent any new ones from getting in and having to go through this process more than once.

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