10 Awesome Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Free on Your Birthday

Apparently there is such a thing as a free lunch, as long as it’s your birthday.

If you fancy a delicious treat on your special day but without the anti-climax of having to pick up the bill, then look no further than these 10 awesome eateries. They are so happy that you made it through the last year alive and kicking that they’re willing to feed you for free!

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Pick your favorite, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, organize an epic restaurant road trip on your next birthday and eat for free all day long (just don’t tell them we told you to do that).

1. Denny’s

En Denny’s agradecemos los clientes fabulosos que tenemos y al chef que hizo este tremendo platillo, el Turkey & Dressing Dinner. #HappyThanksGiving

Denny’s Latino စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၆၊ နိုဝင်ဘာ ၂၄၊ ကြာသပတေးနေ့

Do you believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, so does Denny’s. Start your birthday off right with a free Grand Slam breakfast at this classic American diner. It’s easy; just prove you’re one year older than you were yesterday by showing the wait staff your identification.

2. IHOP

Sign up for MyHop and get free pancakes. And with the money you save, you can buy candles that say “free pancakes.” That’s economics, baby! http://bit.ly/2LFSs54

IHOP စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ ဇူလိုင် ၁၀၊ ဗုဒ္ဓဟူးနေ့

If eggs over-easy isn’t your thing, then head to IHOP (the International House of Pancakes, to do justice to their full name), for a delicious, buttery pancake breakfast instead! Sign up on the IHOP website first to redeem the coupon.

And as if a birthday freebie wasn’t enough, you’ll even get a complementary stack of pancakes when you sign up and another free stack one year later. Call it an “IHOP birthday” if you will.

3. Waffle House

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Waffle House စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ မတ် ၂၂၊ သောကြာနေ့

Perhaps you’re Team Waffle, instead? Well, you’re in luck! Waffle House offers free birthday waffles to its Regulars Club members. To benefit from this tasty perk, sign up on the Waffle House website.

4. Starbucks

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Where would we be without our daily caffeine injection? Well, birthdays are no different! But now you can enjoy your daily mug of joe on the house, courtesy of America’s favorite coffee chain, Starbucks. If you join their rewards club, you’re entitled to a free beverage of any size on your birthday.

You might even be tempted to upgrade after you learn that Gold members can choose between a drink or a delicious food item.

5. Qdoba Mexican Grill

Our shrimp is roasted with mucho fuego and mucho flavor. Try it on our Shrimp and Guac burrito.

Qdoba စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၈၊ မတ် ၉၊ သောကြာနေ့

Qdoba Mexican Grill loves that it’s your birthday! So much so that they want to infuse your day with as much flavor as possible by gifting you a free burrito. You know the drill by now; join their rewards club so that you can redeem the coupon before your special day.

6. Red Robin

Is it even a cheeseburger if it doesn’t come with Bottomless Fries? | 📸: @melodylovepublicaccount

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ ဇွန် ၃၀၊ တနင်္ဂနွေနေ့

The great thing about birthdays is that you get a free pass to indulge your guiltiest food pleasures. If you love burgers (and are fully fledged Red Robin Royalty, of course), then you can cash in on their kindness and claim a free burger of your choice on your birthday.

With Red Robin, you don’t just have to pig out on your special day, either; their offer is valid once throughout the entire month of your birthday, and no coupons are needed.

7. Moe’s Southwest Grill

A Sunday dinner we can all get behind.

Moe’s Southwest Grill စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၈၊ နိုဝင်ဘာ ၄၊ တနင်္ဂနွေနေ့

Moe’s Southwest Grill’s Moe Rewards program is all about making your birthday as rockin’ as can be. How do they do it? With a free burrito! However, there is a catch. “Just please don’t wear your birthday suit when trying to redeem,” they plead.

That seems like a fair compromise.

8. Olive Garden

Let us handle the food so you can focus on more important details… like enjoying the moment.

Olive Garden စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ ဇွန် ၃၀၊ တနင်္ဂနွေနေ့

We’re entering dessert territory now. Love Italian food? Love it enough to be a member of the Olive Garden eClub? Then you’re in luck! Olive Garden generously offers a free dessert up to the value of $10 on your birthday.

Remember: enter your birth date and a valid email address when you become a member to be eligible for the coupon.

9. Baskin Robbins

BRB! Get a scoop of the Flavor of the Month, Bobsled BrownieⓇ before it’s too late!

Baskin-Robbins စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၈၊ ဇန်နဝါရီ ၁၊ တနင်္လာနေ့

It’s ice-cream time! Sign up for the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club and, well, it does what it says on the tin. When your birthday rolls around, you will be entitled to a free 2.5 ounce scoop and $3.00 off an ice-cream cake. The club also offers members regular coupons and sneaky peeks at new flavors. Irresistible!

10. Krispy Kreme

No Sunday scaries with this delicious treat. 👍

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ ဇူလိုင် ၇၊ တနင်္ဂနွေနေ့

Okay, one last dessert option. After all, what’s a birthday without a cake? Or, in this case, a donut? A Krispy Kreme donut is free of charge and waiting for you on your birthday if you sign up for Krispy Kreme’s rewards program. Bonus gift: a free, original glazed donut, just for signing up.

Birthdays never tasted so good!

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Author: Louise Bevan

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Teens Instructed to Text During Driver’s Test, What Happens Next Is Plain Dangerous

We all know what happens when you a tell a teenager not to do something. They’re going to go straight out and do it! For years, the federal and state governments have been telling American drivers that texting while driving is really, really dangerous.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,000 people died due to distracted driving in 2017. That works out to more than eight deaths every day because someone was too busy calling, texting, or looking at pictures or videos.

But despite the knowledge that using your phone while driving is dangerous, people just keep doing it.

Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year in America (Illustration – Shutterstock | Dmitry Kalinovsky)

What’s worse still, many young drivers don’t even seem to think that these statistics, and the dangers they represent, apply to them. Almost 30 percent of young adult drivers (aged 21–34) said that texting didn’t impair their driving at all, according to NHTSA.

While many safety agencies in the United States are at their wit’s end with the problem, an organization in Belgium found a brilliant solution to the problem that they’ve shared online.

Called Responsible Young Drivers (RYD), the organization decided that telling new drivers not to use their phones just wasn’t working. So instead, they got some drivers who were taking tests to get their license and gave them an unusual exam at the driving center test course. They videoed the results and shared them on their YouTube channel.

Except rather than making the drivers put their phones away, the instructor demands that they not only get them out but use them!

“You must prove you’re able to use your mobile phone while driving,” he says to a series of shocked teen drivers. While they seem confused, he presents them with authentic-looking “government” documents claiming that this is a new traffic policy.

While one of the drivers let’s out an expletive and promises “plenty of people are going to crash, I tell you,” most of the drivers follow the instructions they are given, sending a series of basic texts while avoiding traffic cones that have been set up on the course.

Some of the texts that the instructor dictates word by word are just plain hilarious, such as “I’m going to get some fries,” whereas others are quite realistic: “we’ll be a bit late tonight.” As he dictates, the drivers are looking down and swerving all over the road, sometimes knocking the cones down.

To make things even funnier, the instructor warns them: “be careful, I’ll correct your spelling.” To one of the students who’s in the middle of driving, he points at the screen, “look how you wrote ‘scool.’”

The drivers had to avoid obstacles while texting in order to pass their test (Illustration – Shutterstock | Tero Vesalainen)

Meanwhile, the drivers become increasingly flustered and exasperated as the test car flies around the course, often sending the instructor headfirst into the dashboard. “I don’t even know what I’m writing,” one student complained. Another one says: “I feel like I’m an idiot who can’t drive!”

Without missing a beat, the instructor responds: “Exactly!”

Finally, the young drivers, many of whom probably thought that texting and driving were just fine before the test, are complaining to the instructor about how dangerous the test is. “People will die!” one student complains. The instructor, of course, agrees.

By the end of the video, not a single student has been able to “pass the test” of successfully going through a simple obstacle course while sending very basic messages on their phone. The RYD ends the video with a straightforward message: “Texting while driving is dangerous.”

For these student drivers and the 16 million YouTube viewers who watched and shared the video, the message has finally been received!

Texting while driving is dangerous (Illustration – Shutterstock | Kekyalyaynen)

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Author: Robert Jay Watson

5-Foot Tapeworm ‘Wiggles’ Out of Man’s Body, Doctor Suspects Sushi Habit Is to Blame

An aching stomach turned into a real-life horror show for one Fresno, California, man after he ended up pulling a 5-foot-long stowaway out of his body. He headed straight for the emergency room, but he didn’t go alone.

He took the offending article with him in a plastic bag.

Illustration – Pixabay | HansMartinPaul

The patient went to the emergency room at Community Regional Medical Center in San Francisco to report abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea. He was tended to by emergency medicine physician Dr. Kenny Banh, who later shared what turned out to be an incredible (and stomach-churning) story on the podcast “This Won’t Hurt A Bit.”

“I see this young gentleman,” the doctor recalled. “He’s a 30-year-old Asian gentleman, and I said ‘What brings you in here today?’”

Illustration – Pixabay | sasint

Banh recalled his mysterious patient asking to be treated for worms. Dr. Banh, skeptical at first, then looked into the plastic bag that the young man was carrying and couldn’t believe what he saw.

The patient had pulled a 5-foot-long tapeworm out of his behind. There it was, in all of its glory; over 5 feet of worm, neatly coiled around a toilet paper roll.

The doctor was a bit skeptical until the man showed him what was in the plastic grocery bag he was holding.

USA TODAY စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၈၊ ဇန်နဝါရီ ၂၁၊ တနင်္ဂနွေနေ့

“That came out of your bottom?” Banh recalled asking, speaking to Inside Edition. The patient replied, quite simply, “Yes.” The young man then explained that he had been sitting on the toilet, felt a “wiggling” sensation, and was struck by an intense panic; he thought that his intestines were coming out of his body.

He took hold of the sinewy material, gave it a tug, and ended up reeling over 5 feet of tapeworm out of his behind. Strangely relieved but not knowing what else to do, he coiled the tapeworm around a toilet paper roll and headed for the nearest hospital.

Thank you CA Surgeon General Dr. Burke Harris for spending the day with us at UCSF Fresno.

Kenny Banh စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ မေ ၇၊ အင်္ဂါနေ့

The patient asked Dr. Banh, “How big’s the worm?” The doctor had no idea but was game to find out. In the lobby of the emergency department, the two men unrolled the tapeworm on the ground and Dr. Banh used his foot-long clipboard as a size guide.

The pair drew their jaw-dropping conclusion; this worm was five-and-a-half feet long. “Oh, that’s about my size!” the doctor exclaimed.

Dr. Banh asked all the right questions and quickly ascertained the probable root cause of the parasite. The culprit? “Almost certainly” raw salmon, he said. The patient had a penchant for sushi; in particular, salmon sashimi.

It’s a known source of tapeworm. In 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified contaminated Alaskan salmon and sounded the alarm; the salmon was found to be infected by the Japanese broad tapeworm parasite.

The doctor couldn’t accurately pinpoint the age of the tapeworm, however. Worms can grow at different rates, he said. His patient was treated with medication to break down and eliminate any remaining parasites.

Dr. Banh, keen to keep things in perspective, advised people that the risk of parasites is present in all foods, even vegetables. A blanket sushi ban was not necessary. NPR additionally assured readers that tapeworm infection remains uncommon in humans.

Illustration – Pixabay | rawpixel

After his shudder-inducing ordeal, however, nobody would have blamed Dr. Banh’s patient from rethinking his daily lunch order. He did exactly that.

According to Fox News, the California resident said he “won’t be eating salmon anytime soon.”

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Author: Louise Bevan

X Factor Audience Mocks Farm Lady. But When She Starts Singing, They Fall Into Silence

All things are created equal on TV talent shows. Regardless of where you come from, what you do, and even how old you are, the stage can be yours for a few precious minutes to showcase what you do best.

However, sometimes it’s hard for the audience (and even the judges!) to leave discrimination at the door. That’s what happened to singer Jacqueline Faye when she auditioned for the X Factor in September of 2018. But boy, did she have a surprise in store.

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Faye traded her humble life on an Oxfordshire farm for a chance to share her love for singing. According to The Sun, Faye had 25 years of experience, has performed all over the world, and was even a resident vocalist aboard ‘The London Showboat’ for much of that time. But nobody knew that when Faye walked onto the X Factor stage.

Let’s revisit her extraordinary experience.

The X Factor စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၃၊ ဇွန် ၄၊ အင်္ဂါနေ့

“I’m nervous,” the 53-year-old admits to judge Louis Tomlinson when he asks her how she is. “Do you want to introduce yourself?” the young judge encourages. “My name is Jackie,” she says, addressing the substantial crowd. “I live on a farm. We have chickens, ducks, horses, and Dave, my peacock,” she goes on, while the audience laughs in disbelief.

Simon Cowell, ever the tough nut to crack, can be seen rolling his eyes, but an undeterred Jackie continues. “He’s got a friend called Chaz,” the jolly farmer explains. “Chaz and Dave! Chaz is a white peacock,” says Jackie, adding the giggle-inducing fact that “they like to attack their own reflections.”

Illustration – Pixabay | Pexels

Robbie Williams seems increasingly charmed by Jackie’s list of animal companions, but an incredulous Simon takes over asking the questions. “Are you married?” he asks, bluntly. “Yes,” Jackie replies. “Bobby; he’s at home minding the animals.” The audience continues laughing, unsure of what to make of the sweet, nervous farmer with the never-ending menagerie.

Little do they know what Jackie has in store for them.

(L-R) Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson, and Simon Cowell at the X Factor’s 2018 launch in London (©Getty Images | John Phillips)

The singing farmer informs the audience and the judges’ panel that she is going to sing a classic Cilla Black song, the 1960s hit “You’re My World.” As the first few notes of the song fill the auditorium and Jackie lifts the microphone to her lips, everything changes. Gone is the nervous country girl from the Oxfordshire farm; a diva stands in her place.

Jackie’s rendition starts out amazing and goes from strength to strength. With a heart-rending vibrato, perfect pitch, and a moving, timeless tone to her voice, there’s not a single person in the room who isn’t paying attention. Even Simon Cowell is sporting a warm grin by the end of Jackie’s track.

Simon Cowell speaks at the X Factor launch in London’s Somerset House on July 17, 2018 (©Getty Images | John Phillips)

As the audience leaps to their feet in applause, Jackie is overcome with emotion and clasps her hand over her mouth in shock. Jackie’s secret is out; she’s amazing!

Jackie received four yeses from the panel and Robbie Williams became her immediate champion. After a performance of “Bring Him Home” from the musical Les Miserables later in the competition, Robbie even told the singer: “You’re all that’s great about Great Britain,” Wales Online reported.

The talented farmer sadly lost out to 35-year-old singer Antonino Spadaccino shortly after this show-stopping first audition. However, we will always have a place in our hearts for the peacock-loving Welsh diva with a heart of gold.

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Author: Louise Bevan

Heartbreaking Video Shows Groom Surprising Paralyzed, Dying Bride for Their First Dance

Not all love stories go quite according to plan, and sometimes setbacks and hard times only cause that love to stand out and appear even more beautiful. Here is a love story of a couple from the United Kingdom that will have you reaching for a tissue.

A beautician named Martine Kilminster had been suffering from back pain for several months, which at first, was thought to have been caused by a pinched nerve.

“When I lost the feeling in my legs last month, we all thought it was a trapped nerve at first,” Martine had told Daily Mail UK. “I’d been battling with severe back pain for a few months but doctors just thought it was muscular spasms.”

Martine Milner စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၃၊ ဇွန် ၂၄၊ တနင်္လာနေ့

“It wasn’t until I flew to Benidorm at the end of August that things took a turn for the worst. I ended up coming home early as I suddenly lost the feeling in my legs. As soon as I had scans on my spine it was revealed that there was a huge tumor crushing my spinal cord.”

Doctors diagnosed her with a stage 4 spinal glioblastoma, a type of deadly cancer.

Less than a month later, Martine lost all feeling in her legs and was paralyzed from the waist down, and she was told she had less than two years to live. As devastating as the news was, she and her fiance Christopher decided to focus on something positive and began planning their wedding.

Martin Milner စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ စက်တင်ဘာ ၂၅၊ တနင်္လာနေ့

The couple from Bradford, West Yorkshire, had been together for 10 years and had had two beautiful sons together, but somehow they had never gotten around to getting married. Now, things had changed.

“We’d been engaged for years, but when we heard about my diagnosis, we knew we needed to plan our big day fast … It was hectic planning it all in such a short amount of time, but I’ve always wanted to marry Christopher,” said Martine via Shareably.

After the ceremony, on Oct. 28, 2017, it came time for that traditional first dance, and Christopher had a surprise in store for his new bride. “I had no idea that Christopher was going to pick up out of my wheelchair, but it was an amazing surprise,” said Martine.

The couple had chosen the Aerosmith song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

Martin Milner စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၈၊ ဇန်နဝါရီ ၁၅၊ တနင်္လာနေ့

“Christopher struggled to get me out of my wheelchair at first, but once he’d picked me up properly we were able to enjoy our first dance. Everyone around us was crying and despite it being an emotional day, I loved every second,” she said.

Christopher was determined to make his bride’s day special and it would become a lasting memory for them.

“I’m paralyzed from the waist down but Christopher still managed to ensure we had our first dance in each other’s arms,” said Martine.

“I never imagined I’d spend my wedding day in a wheelchair but it was perfect. I have the most amazing sons, husband, friends and family and to me, that’s all that matters.”

The young couple made the internet collectively shed tears as the bittersweet love scene unfolded to the words of the song:

Don’t want to close my eyes 

I don’t want to fall asleep 

‘Cause I’d miss you, baby, 

And I don’t want to miss a thing.

Despite her condition, Martine maintained a cheerful spirit.

“I try to take each day as it comes and daren’t think too much about how long I’ve got to live. I try not to feel sad. I’m just pleased I haven’t lost my hair after all the chemo. It’s so long and I love it,” she said via Daily Mail.

Sadly, Martine passed away on Feb. 13, 2019, at just 29 years of age.

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Author: Chris Ford

Boy With Autism Fails Exam, Teacher Sends Him Home With Letter That Leaves Mom Crying

A teacher went to great lengths to show a child with autism how he is still appreciated after his poor standardized test. She left an uplifting letter listing all his unique talents and abilities that make him the special person he is.

A few years ago in 2016, Brit mom Gail Twist was moved to tears when her 11-year-old son with autism, Ben, received a letter of encouragement from his teacher, Ruth Clarkson. Twist was so impressed that she uploaded a photo of this heartwarming letter on Twitter.

“A letter to my 11-year-old autistic son from his school: ‘These tests only measure a little bit of you,’” Twist, a mother of three from St. Helens, United Kingdom, tweeted.

Ben, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 5, was given the letter along with his failed standardized test (SATs) results. He was then a sixth-grader at Lansbury Bridge School & Sports College—a school for special-needs students in St. Helens.

“Ben worked so hard and sitting the tests was a massive achievement. We knew the results were coming but to get a letter like that—I got part-way through it and I burst into tears,” Twist told Liverpool Echo.

In the letter, Clarkson congratulated Ben for completing the key stage SATs and stressed the tests “only measure a little bit of you and your abilities.”

“They are important and you have done so well but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways,” Clarkson wrote.

She went on to list Ben’s 10 other skills and talents that school exams could not measure, including his artistic talents, kindness, and sport and musical ability, among others.

Clarkson reminded Ben that these special talents and abilities are what “make you the special person you are.” She continued: “And these are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely bright young man.”

“Well done Ben, we are very proud of you,” the teacher wrote.

Twist didn’t expect to receive such a beautiful letter from the teacher at all. Speaking to ABC News, the mom said: “For someone to take the time to think about it and write that, it shocked me. It just broke me. It’s great when there’s something positive to share about such a wonderful teacher.”

Ben switched from a mainstream school to Lansbury Bridge in 2015 as it “is a lovely environment where people really do have each individual’s best interests at heart.”

“Ben is sensitive and he does worry about things, and I wish more schools did things like this,” Twist added.

“I think more schools should recognize the arts and music alongside maths and English,” she told Daily Mirror. “There’s definitely more to a child than just answering exam questions and these qualities should be recognized more.”

Gail Twist စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ နိုဝင်ဘာ ၈၊ ဗုဒ္ဓဟူးနေ့

As for Ben, he thinks the letter is “awesome.”

“Wow, do they really think all those things about me?” Ben said.

Clarkson is an absolutely caring and supportive teacher! Truly, every child deserves this kind of uplifting letter to remind them about their unique qualities, as Twist said: “It’s just a beautiful thing to do.”

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Author: Li Yen

National Weather Service Bakes Biscuits in Parked Car, Issues Warning Ahead of Heatwave

Two-thirds of the United States is going to face a major heatwave in the coming days. Officials in affected areas are issuing warnings to the public as the Northeast and Midwest gear up to be hit the hardest.

The heat index is expected to likely reach 115 degrees in certain regions, reported the CNN.

To reach out to the public with its “stay cool’ message, the National Weather Service (NWS) demonstrated the dangers of the surging heatwave by baking biscuits in a car in a parking lot.

“If you are wondering if it’s going to be hot today, we are attempting to bake biscuits using only the sun and a car in our parking lot. We will keep you posted with the progress. Stay cool!” said Nebraska’s National Weather Service on Twitter.

While there are many cookie recipes on YouTube that use solar energy to bake, the NWS’s experiment with four cookies turned on the real heat.

“Biscuit update: had to turn the car around to adjust for the sun angle,” NWS Nebraska said in its next heat safety tweet. “Top of the biscuits are baked but the bottom remains doughy. But more interestingly, the temperature of the back seat in the shade is 144 degrees!”

After eight hours in the sun, the biscuits were somewhat ready and the NWS staff topped it with some DIY festive hats.

“And after nearly 8 hours in the sun, the outside of the biscuit is actually edible. The middle is still pretty doughy though. The max temp on the pan was 185! Also, we made festive biscuit hats.  Stay cool out there,” NWS Nebraska said in the last tweet in its creative heat safety campaign.

What to Do During a Heat Wave

The NWS provides various heat safety resources on its website. Here are the heat safety tips it gives:

  • Stay hydrated at open job sites. Take breaks in the shade whenever possible.
  • Those elderly should check on those without AC, particularly the elderly and the sick.
  • Don’t leave children and pets unattended in the cars. “Look before you lock.”
  • “Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.”

The NWS says parents with small children should always lock their cars because, while playing around, children can get inside and get locked in.

“If you have a toddler in your household, lock your cars, even in your own driveway,” said NWS. According to the weather agency, 21 young children died in hot cars in 2019.

National Safety Council says every year 38 children die after being left in hot cars.

Some Heat Safety Apps!

The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released a heat safety app for Android and iPhone.

“When you’re working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it—right on your mobile phone,” said the Department of Labor on its website.

The tool is available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded here.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has also released many resources on heat safety.

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Author: Venus Upadhayaya

‘Largest Mafia Bust in Ontario History’ Results in 9 Arrests, $35 Million Seized

The York Regional Police have announced the conclusion of a large-scale, 18-month-long mafia investigation targeting the infamous Figliomeni crime family that has been called the largest organized crime bust in the history of Ontario.

Involving over 500 police officers and 48 executed warrants, the lengthy investigation was dubbed “Project Sindicato” and was aimed at a crime group with close ties to Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta mafia clan. A parallel investigation also took place in Calabria, Italy, and on the same day, the Italian State Police arrested 12 people in connection to the case.

Most prominent among the nine arrests was Angelo Figliomeni, a 56-year-old man who the YRP said was the alleged head of the crime family. The eight others arrested were “key players” of the organization, Det. Sgt. Carl Mattinen said at a press conference on Thursday, July 18.

Describing the activities of the crime family, Mattinen said that under the leadership of Figliomeni, the organization developed an enormous money-laundering system to hide their illegal profits from gaming and gambling. These activities were reportedly carried out for nearly three decades between Italy, Vaughan, and the Greater Toronto Area, and were believed to have netted $70 million in profits in the last several years alone.

The “Project Sindicato” raid officially took place on July 12, but the formal investigation into the Figliomeni crime group began in the early months of 2018, according to the York Regional Police website. Police had taken notice of a pattern of violent crimes around Vaughan in 2017—including attempted murders, shootings, and arson—and managed to successfully trace it back to the mafia family.

That first investigation led to last week’s massive crime bust where a total of $35 million in assets was seized across Vaughan and the GTA. Some of the property now under the possession of the YRP include 27 mafia-owned homes, 23 luxury vehicles, high-end Rolex watches and jewellery, astronomically expensive bottles of alcohol, and more than $1 million in cash.

A portion of the Figliomeni crime family’s seized possessions are displayed at a media conference organized by the York Regional Police on July 18, 2019. (York Regional Police)

“These arrests signify the fall of power for the most significant ‘Ndrangheta crime family operating in the York Region,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said at the press conference.

“Over the past 18 months, we have invested heavily, using our finest and most highly trained investigators to bring an end to this family’s international illegal gaming and money-laundering activities. We know that violence has occurred as a result of their activities and that our community is a safer place following these arrests and charges.”

Fausto Lamparelli, an officer working with the Italian State Police, was present in Vaughan for the announcement and gave comments through the help of a translator. He said the investigation behind “Project Sindicato” allowed police to learn something new: the wing of the ‘Ndrangheta clan in Canada is “able to operate autonomously, without asking permission or seeking direction from Italy (where the roots of the mafia clan are located).”

“It suggests the power and influence the Canadian-based clans have built,” Lamparelli said. “This is something we have never seen before.”

The investigation focusing on the larger network behind the Figliomeni crime family is still ongoing. Some of the major forces working together to bring the ‘Ndrangheta down include the York Regional Police Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Peel Regional Police, Canada Border Services, and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).

According to CBC News, the nine alleged crime family members were brought before the courts and charged with money laundering, tax evasion, firearms offences, and a range of criminal organization-related activities, among other crimes.

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Author: Lily Liu

4 Lessons From 40 Years of Marriage

On July 12, 1979, I married Janke Alida Holtland in Kampen, the Netherlands. I was 24. We had known each other less than a year. But we were baby boomers. Our generation got married in our 20s.

Staying married, however, became the baby boomer problem. All of my best friends married young, but then divorced. Janke and I have made it 40 years and we’re quite jubilant.

Over those 40 years, I have learned a thing or two about how to keep a marriage intact and happy. Here are four of them:

1. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

This principle comes in handy, because—shockingly—a spouse will inevitably do things to irritate and anger you. It is critically important to deal with those irritations right away: before the sun goes down. If you don’t, these irritations will begin to fester. If a root bitterness gets a foothold, then talking things out becomes harder and harder. Deal with your relationship issues on a daily basis.

2. Discuss All Major Decisions With Each Other

Early in our marriage, Janke’s sound advice saved me from a bad decision. I was tackling graduate school at Columbia University, but had a very unhappy first semester. However, I thought my fortunes had changed when I spoke to a prominent professor at a West Coast university who encouraged me to apply to his graduate program. “This is the answer to all my problems!” I thought.

But when I excitedly told Janke about this prospect, she reacted coolly. If I applied to this graduate program, she noted, the second semester at Columbia would be a waste since I would spend the next three months waiting for news from the California school. Better to complete the second semester and then decide whether to continue graduate school at all, Janke advised.

Her advice deflated me. But I knew she was right. As it turned out, my second semester at Columbia was great, we stayed in New York, and that was the start of my journalism career.

A decade later, I faced another major decision with two job offers, either of which would take us in dramatically different career directions. Thirty years later, that decision had unexpected consequences, some good and others not. But we made the decision together.

Happy couple. (Shutterstock)

3. Listen to Your Spouse

I am particularly talking to husbands with this point. You need to spend time listening to your wife. She needs to talk. I typically react by trying to think up a solution to the problem in question. But that is generally the wrong response.

My wife just needs to talk, and it isn’t just about problems. Janke has always loved to garden. She loves to talk about her flowers. I cannot say that I am gripped by the question of the right combination of compost and potting soil. But Janke is, and therefore, I try to listen.

4. Fight for Your Marriage. It’s Worth It.

Two sets of close friends married about the same time as Janke and I did. Both divorced after 30 years of marriage.

I’ve heard all the reasons why. But I know that the cost has been very high. The divorce divided family and friends. Both couples had grown children who took sides in the battle. Birthdays, family gatherings, and especially weddings of the children became the scenes of tension for the family and awkwardness for everyone else.

I have three grown children—all married—and six grandchildren. If anything is worth fighting to save the marriage over, then it is to have a good relationship with them.

John Elliott is a senior fellow at Intellectual Takeout. This article was originally published on Intellectual Takeout.

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Author: John Elliott

RCMP Divers Heading to Labrador Lake to Investigate Plane Crash

RCMP are heading to a remote lake in northern Labrador to investigate a plane crash that occurred there on Monday, July 15.

There were seven people on the plane when it crashed—three Canadians and four passengers from the United States. According to the RCMP, the plane left a fishing lodge in Quebec on Monday morning for a remote fishing camp on Mistastin Lake in northern Labrador. It was reported overdue when it failed to return in the evening.

It is currently unknown what caused the floatplane to crash into Mistastin Lake and whether it crashed on its way to the fishing camp or on the way back.

The aircraft was owned by Air Sanguenay, a regional airline from Northern Quebec. The company’s chief executive Jean Tremblay told CBC that the pilot, Gilles Morin, 66, had been flying to and from Mistastin Lake for at least six years.

The bodies of three of the seven men were recovered by the Maritime Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, which handed over the investigation to the RCMP late Tuesday.

The tail and other debris from the plane were spotted in the lake on Tuesday, according to the Canadian Press, and the Maritimes Forces Atlantic scanned the lake and surroundings for survivors.

The RCMP underwater recovery team, Labrador’s general investigation unit, and air services are headed to the area today to investigate the crash and search for the remaining four missing people, according to the RCMP. The teams and their equipment were supposed to move to the remote crash site Thursday, but high winds and heavy rain prevented them from reaching the site, said an RCMP Facebook statement.

Because the area where the plane crashed is in a remote region of Labrador, it is only accessibly by air. It is approximately 100 kilometres southwest of Nain, the nearest place with an airport.

The RCMP said a “team of expert police divers, investigators, and search and rescue personnel” will be involved. Some of the equipment they will be using include side scan sonar and boats, all of which need to be transported by air.

The Mounties provided the following general information on the seven people in the plane:

  1. Pilot: a 66-year-old Quebec man who is still missing;
  2. Fishing Guide: A 50-year-old man from Newfoundland acting as a guide who is still missing;
  3. Fishing Guide: A 47-year-old man from Newfoundland acting as a guide who’s body was recovered;
  4. Passenger:a 67-year-old man from New Jersey whose body was recovered;
  5. Passenger: a 66-year-old man from Illinois whose body was recovered;
  6. Passenger: a 40-year-old man from Indiana who is still missing;
  7. Passenger: a 38-year-old man from Illinois who is still missing.

Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) will be investigating the cause of the crash. According to CBC, TSB investigators will travel to the area after the plane is recovered.

“The investigators will look at the aircraft, document what they see, take pictures; they may decide to take a part of the aircraft back to our lab here in Ottawa,” TSB spokesperson Alex Fournier told CBC.

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Author: Margaret Wollensak