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A Diplomat Becomes a Village Hero By Saving A Drowning Man

Becoming a Chinese hero is typically rooted in culture and long stories of details over time. However, once in a while something amazing happens, and it crosses boundaries.

Stationed in China as the consul-general for the city of Chongqing, Stephen Ellison liked to take walks when he could get the chance away from work and the professional life. On one of those particular walks by the water, however, he saw in an instant a need.

The edge of the water was a rock area but went into deep water. As he was walking Ellison saw a younger woman fall into the water and entirely get taken by the fast-moving current. She barely had time to orient before the woman was sucked under the water near a footbridge. By the time she came up, the water was too much and the woman was unconscious. Ellison knew in a split second he had to make a choice. Do something or continue to watch. He kicked off his shoes and jumped into the water.

Ellison knew how to swim but he wasn’t a young man in full youth. At 61, he was taking an immense risk himself with the water temperature, current and trying to save a woman already unconscious. That said, Ellison may have been placed by fate. He was a regular attendee and participant in triathlons and well-accustomed to being in cold water. He reached the woman in record time, got to the woman and flipped her face over to the air. Then he began to pull her and swim back to the side of the river.

Back on land there was already a commotion. Local people tried to help Ellison, pulling the woman from the water. She was completely out and unconscious, not responding. Ellison feared the worst while swimming with her back to shore. He got help from the people on land throwing him a flotation device and rope.

Fortunately, the woman was able to recover. Ellison himself was a soaking fish coming out of the water, but the local helped him immediately too. They provided him dry clothes to get rid of the chill and warmed up drinks. The woman did ultimately recover. She turned out to be a student at the Chonging University and was originally from Wuhan. And, she was quite grateful for Mr. Ellison’s charity and help. She even took him out to dinner with her family as an extended thank you.

As the head of the British mission to the Chongqing area, Ellison’s role is far more formal and definitely doesn’t involve swimming. His function is focused on developing trade relationships between the two countries. As far as the villagers are concerned in Chongding, however, Ellison might as well been sent from heaven. Ellison will always be welcome in the village as well as considered a community family member, or “uncle.” It’s a great honor and one that enmeshed well into Chinese culture. And it’s there way of giving Ellison the title of hero, colloquially.

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Military Officer Just Wanted To Get Home, When Man Confronted Her On Plane

Kelly Taylor

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Packed plane rides tend to be the worst because if you’re not lucky enough to get on early, you get stuck with whatever is left. And that usually means being cramped in a middle seat squished between two others. It might be livable on a short flight, but a long flight can be torture sitting like that. For Jessica’s case, it was obvious to her when boarding that her flight was going to be a miserable experience. Everything was taken, and the only seat left was a middle seat in a cramped can of a ride. However, things got weird before she could even get her bag in the storage and sit down. Instead of sitting down, a man walked up and told her she couldn’t sit in the seat she finally found. The reason why just about knocked her off her feet.

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Long Lost Family Comes Together During Christmas Miracle: Sisters Find Father and Each Other after 24 Years!

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There are times in life when we see a Hollywood movie and think, “There’s no way that is realistic.” Like in Hollywood, sometimes life can be so strange as to seem unbelievable. This past Christmas saw one family come together after being fractured and lost for more than 24 years. Sisters Lisa McLean (33) and Rebecca Parton (24) would run into each other on social media while simultaneously looking for their lost father. In doing so, the three people would set in motion a family reunion that was 24 years in the making.

Lisa McLean and Rebecca Parton would say that they had far from the conventional family upbringing. Life and all the things that go with it caused their family to fracture while they were young, splitting the sisters apart before they could ever chance the opportunity to get to know one another. Growing up apart, Rebecca and Lisa would both yearn for the father that they had been separated from for more than two decades. This would lead the sisters to each individually begin searching for their father on social media.

Then they found one another.

On the hunt for their father, David Riggs, Lisa and Rebecca would end up crossing wires. The two would form a bond and after verifying that, yes, they were indeed sisters, they would join their search together. After years of hunting for their father, the two sisters would manage to wrangle David in just in time for Christmas. While 2020 was a tough year for everyone basically everywhere, Lisa and Rebecca probably felt like they had finally regained something near and dear to their heart.

The actual discovery occurred by chance on David’s side of the screen. David had been living in Blackpool, England, when he caught wind of Lisa looking for him. The 53-year-old father of two would immediately attempt to reunite with his daughters, traveling to the other side of England to meet them for the first time in twenty-plus years. Lisa said of the reunion, “It was just lovely, there’s a lot of catching up to do!”

Lisa and Rebecca would become fast friends with Lisa asking Rebecca to be her bridesmaid. The gesture was touching to Rebecca who was more than happy to be apart of the festivities. In doing so, Rebecca and Lisa got to introduce the five nieces and nephews that are shared between them to their father. David was able to verify that he was their father through old family photographs and various childhood mementos.

Now set to spend their first holidays together in decades, David and his daughters are looking forward to making up for the lost time. Lisa said of the whole event, “The only way I can describe it… but I suppose it’s a Christmas miracle!”

Do you believe in Holiday miracles? Who knows, one might be closer around the corner than you might think!

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AI-Based Facial Recognition Can Now Identify Bears

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are advanced technologies and the future of the world. There are hundreds of AI and ML applications, and scientists have projected hundreds of thousands of AI-based products in the near future. Various industries are using AI to solve complex problems easily, efficiently, and quickly. 

Scientists are using AI to protect the ecosystem and conserve wildlife. Canadian researchers have created an AI-based software that can monitor bears and identify them in the wild. Many researchers say that the world is undergoing severe climate change, and the crisis is turning into a complete disaster. 

It has already affected thousands of species, and hundreds of them are on the verge of extinction. Many wildlife species, including Grizzly bears, have lost their habitats and food source. Grizzly bears need at least 40 Kg of food daily. However, the rapid deforestation and reduced population of salmon in streams, ponds, and rivers are causing problems for their existence. 

BearID – A Great Tool for Researchers 

AI-based facial recognition software has been hailed successful in identifying humans for some years. The technology is now used to identify bears. Melanie Clapham, a bear biologist and post-doc fellow at Victoria University, collaborated with the IT developers from the Silicon Valley has created BearID. It is a software application that recognizes grizzly bears. 

The project run by Clapham and Silicon Valley tech workers can recognize 132 animals, including Grizzly Bears. Clapham said that scientists monitor wildlife species using RFIF tags or chips attached to their collars. However, this is short-lived and more expensive. At the same time, the RFID tags are invasive that can cause harm to the animals’ cells and tissues. 

Monitoring Grizzly bears is very important because it helps researchers to extend their research on animals and help conserve them. The software can support researchers in dealing with several problems, including the eating behavior of bears. It can help them protect bears from attacking farm animals and eating from garbage cans. 

Progress with the BearID 

Clapham works with Mary Nguyen and Ed Miller, the tech workers from Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. The biologists said that the team has gathered approximately 5,000 photos of Grizzly bears in Alaska and Canada to create data sets and train the software to recognize their faces. 

BearID has shown incredible results so far, and the team is looking forward to further train the software algorithms for more accurate results. Joe Hoagland, a cattle rancher in Kansas, is using the same technique for his cows. He has developed an application called “Cattle-Tracs.” 

The application will allow anyone to take photos of a cow and store it an online database with the photo’s data and GPS coordinates. According to Hoagland, his AI-based app will be helpful in disease management. 

Final Words 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allow computer systems to work with intelligent and intellectual human processes. However, these software apps and machines can work more efficiently than humans. 

For instance, they can enter environments that require deep-sea diving or make certain processes safer. The BearID is an AI-based software designed to recognize Grizzly bears. The primary objective of the software is to conserve the nearly-extinct bears’ population. 

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A Rapper makes efforts to change Cat Rescue Perceptions

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Sterling Davis is an ex-rapper and a cat lover. Davis decided to take a break from his rap career. He was searching for a job to stay busy and make some money. He found the county shelter where he applied for a job that involves scooping cats’ litter. 

Davis said that he had a poor interview because he was playing with the little kitties. Although Davis did not answer the interviewer’s questions due to cat distraction, he was hired by the company because of his love for felines. 

Sterling Davis is a 40 years old black man who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a rapper but gave up his rap career and started rescuing cats. He worked in a team that would bring cats to the shelter for vaccination or neutering, and then they would return them to their owners or the outdoor environment. 

According to David, the county shelter had neither male employees nor black people working in the feline department. Davis said he was trained by female employees who worked in the cat department. 

Women taught him how to carry out the Trap-Neuter-Return task. So, he finally asked the challenging question: Where are all the men and why there are no black people in the department?

A Full-time Devotion to Cats 

Sterling Davis was getting calls from his band to join them for new a tour. However, he refused to go with the band. Davis said to the band members that he would devote all his time to his cat rescuing job. 

In 2017, Davis founded Trap-King Humane Cat Solutions, a nonprofit organization that deals with all kind of cat rescue operations. He founded the organization after working for five years at the Shelter operated by the Life-Line Animal Project. He has also received professional cat training at the Best Friends Animal Society. 

The primary goal of Davis is to change men’s stereotypes about cat rescues. He also focuses on erasing misconceptions between the African American community and primarily caucasian Animal Welfare organizations. 

According to Davis, most people think that rescuing cats is a challenging and tedious job, but they are wrong. Cats are beautiful animals, and everyone loves them. Although Davis was making some money, it wasn’t enough or equivalent to the money he would earn from his music job. 

So, he sold his assets and bought a conversion van for living and paying for cat surgeries. He also uses the money to support his nonprofit organization. His van is plastered with Trap-King Logos so that people can notice and support his cause. Davis is hosting contests for children to let them watch his humane cat traps. Sterling Davis said he would continue making efforts to break stereotypes and educate people about cats. 

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Dad Woos Auditorium with Impromptu Rendition of Star Spangled Banner

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Singing the national anthem is an honor for just about anyone, though the pressure can become overwhelming. You have to sit in front of hundreds or sometimes thousands of people and put on your best performance. While this is a difficult thing to do, some people simply handle pressure than others and this story will amaze you.

Dads are known for working hard, watching Sunday night football with friends, and partying, but on a more serious note, Dads are undoubtedly heroes in one way or another. They generally provide for their families, provide security, and are there for their children emotionally. However, some dads take that extra step in ways you wouldn’t even imagine.

Imagine the awkward silence after standing up for the national anthem and the sound system decides not to work in that very moment. Personally, I know I wouldn’t have the courage to say or do anything, so I would just stand around and not do much. This, however, was not the case with this Ohio father.

After the sound system failed, this dad courageously got up to sing the national anthem, turning the awkward silence in the basketball gym into a spectacular moment. Everyone stood for the national anthem per usual before the game, then it quickly turned to silence as they awaited the playing of the national anthem. So, the dad turned out to be the hero in this situation.

Brown sang the national anthem with no preparation or the backup of an audio system. This made the moment that much better because it was beautiful and unexpected. His wife, who sat next to him, happily encouraged her husband on as he sang away.

The moment was captured on video by another dad watching the game in the stands. He shared it to his Facebook page, where to his surprise, it went viral. This isn’t unusual in a world dominated by the use of social media. So many random things can go viral, whether deserved or not, but this iconic moment was well deserved for the Brown family.

Brown’s performance was said to bring tears to the eyes of some onlookers. Brown has been singing most of his life, but he’s never had the opportunity to perform the national anthem as a solo act. He was sure to take this opportunity to unite the quiet gym and he came with his A-game that day.

After his performance came to an end, Brown sat down with his wife as the crowd cheered on the moment. We have to give him so much credit for having the guts to stand up and perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” in front of an audience without the aid of a microphone, audio system, or preparation. While it may have been a small gesture for him at this time, this could be a story he tells his grandkids in the future.

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