NAD 2018 Conference Briefing; Thailand Cave Rescue; Three YouTube stars Die; Japan Flooding; Justin Bieber Engaged
Hi there! My name is Renca Dunn. I will be taking Alex’s place for today. Today is Monday, July 9. Ready for some top news?
NAD 2018 Conference Briefing
Last week, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) conference took place. It was their 54th biennial conference. This was hosted in Hartford, Connecticut. It was not just a conference, but also a big celebration! A big celebration for American School for the Deaf and New York School for the Deaf Fanwood 200th year anniversary since their establishment and also a 200th year celebration since American Sign Language started! Approximately 1,200 people came. The entire week was filled with a variety kind of workshops with many amazing topics. There were also trainings such as Racial training and pro-tactile training. Events took place such as Pulse That, it is a game show like Family Feud, National Deaf Education Conference gala, Live auction, Family day, etc. There were two different kinds of competitions that happened during NAD conference. One was College Bowl (CoBo) which 5 teams participated: Lamar University, California State University Northridge, Rochester Institute of Technology, Gallaudet University, and University of Minnesota. For the final night of Cobo, three teams played against each other. They were RIT, CSUN, and Gallaudet. Who won? Gallaudet University took home the trophy with the score of 92 while RIT followed behind with 91. CSUN had 30. It was a close game! The other competition was called the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) which 5 contestants were involved. The winner of 2018-2020 is Domonic Gordino from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were many amazing performers that came such as Dack Virnig, Melissa Elmira Yingst, Harold Foxx, Rosa Lee, and more. Melissa Draganac-Hawk will continue being the president for NAD. The new vice president for NAD is Richard McCowin. You can look at NAD’s website, Facebook page and Instagram for the full names of the current NAD Board for 2018-2020 and for other performers, other events that happened. Overall it was a great week and I had a great time. It was inspiring for me to see the Deaf community come together! The next conference will be 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. You can keep that in mind!
Thailand Cave Rescue
This is a big world news related with the Thailand cave rescue. I will explain what happened. On June 23, a group of young football players, (note: in the USA it means soccer), there were 12 players plus their coach went to explore the Tham Luang Caves in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand after their practice. The boys age range is from 11 to 17 and the coach is 25 years old. So, when they entered the caves, what they did not expect was a rainstorm happened that caused the caves to be flooded. They could not get out. A staff from the national park noticed their bicycles but the people were missing so the staff alerted an emergency. Nine days later (July 2) two British divers came and found the team on a small dry land very deep inside the cave. The divers gave some oxygen supply. It is very dangerous because the caves have some areas where there are large spaces and some tight spaces called crawlspaces, which you have to crawl out. Those tight spaces are flooded with water which makes the exit very difficult. When the divers reach to the tight spaces, they have to take their oxygen tanks off of their backs and slide them in individually so that makes it challenging for the rescue mission. One volunteer diver who happened to be a retired Thai Navy SEAL diver, Saman Gunan, died during the rescue mission. He did not have enough oxygen for himself during his return after he dropped off the oxygen supply for the team. He lost consciousness and died. Even with the heartbreaking death of that diver, the people are very optimistic about the rescue mission. Originally the decision was to leave the team for a while until the water drains out, but the decision was changed because it would take months for that to happen. Also, there might be another rainstorm that will happen which means the water will rise up again and make it even more difficult for the rescue mission to happen. So, the decision is to rescue the team now regardless of what happens. It will take approximately 6 hours to get to where the team is and 5 hours back. So the total is an 11 hours round trip. It is 6 hours to get to the dry land and 5 hours back. There will be two divers per teammate, one diver in the front holding the oxygen tank for the teammate and one diver in the back holding the ropes. There are approximately 90 rescue divers involved. 40 divers are from Thailand and 50 divers are from different countries in the world. So far, 7 boys have been rescued and 6 are still waiting inside the cave. The Thailand government is really thankful that many people in the world want to help this rescue mission. One tweet mentioned that not every superhero wear capes, but some wear wetsuits. We are all watching this news as this continues to unfold.
Three YouTube stars Die
Last Tuesday, three young adult travelers died after falling down Shannon Falls in British Columbia, Canada.Two of them, Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lykah, are well-known for their social media postings of their travel adventures. The third is Megan Scraper, long-time girlfriend of Alexey. All three are Canadians.On Tuesday morning, the three went up to the falls and swam in one of their pools. Megan slipped after she was standing at the edge of the falls. The other two rushed to help her, but slipped as well. People witnessed that and called the police. Canadian police said the three fell about 100 feet. Their bodies were recovered after a search. The name of their social media posts is under “High on Life.” They usually post on YouTube and Instagram. There are other members of the group, who made a tearful video announcement on Friday to confirm their deaths. There is some controversy over the group’s videos, because they have people taking risks, doing dangerous stunts and ignoring fences or going over barriers, resulting in criminal charges. Now authorities at Shannon Falls are using this as an opportunity to remind people about the dangers of the waterfall and saying people need to be prepared when they go up there.
Recently Japan was hit with major flooding. The western parts of Japan, eight regions including Hiroshima and Kyoto got heavy rainfall as never before. 85 people have died so far and many are still missing. There were some landslides that happened and some people were buried alive. The Japanese government mentioned that the death toll is expected to increase. More than hundreds of homes are damaged. Two million people have been forced to evacuate already. The heavy rainfall caused the river banks to burst. More rainfall is expected to come so the Japanese rescue mission is doing the best they can to get more people out of these regions.
Justin Bieber Engaged
Last weekend Justin Bieber, 24 years old, a famous singer proposed to Hailey Baldwin, 21 years old American model. Guess what Baldwin said? Yes! Baldwin is the daughter of an actor Stephen Baldwin. These two did date in 2016, but broke up. This year they seemed to get back together and rumors spread that they were dating again. Last month it became official that they were dating and then last week Bieber proposed to Baldwin. These two went to the Bahamas with the Bieber family and on Saturday, they went dancing at the Bahamas resort and then Bieber asked the security to have everyone put their phones away. He got on his knee and proposed to her in front of everyone at the resort. Bieber’s parents and Baldwin’s parents seem to be thrilled as all of them tweeted their love for this engagement.
That’s all for today! See you tomorrow! Stay with the light.