Indonesian Teenager Rescued After 49 Days At Sea; Rumors of Rod Rosenstein Resignation; Meeting with Trump Scheduled for Thursday; Good Samaritan Arrested For Helping Animals Survive Florence; 3-D Gun Company Owner Cody Wilson Arrested For Sex With Minor; Tiger Woods Wins First Golf Tournament Since 2013; Kavanaugh Updates: Christine Blasey Ford To Testify on Thursday; Second Woman Claims Sexual Misconduct; School Bus With CSD Fremont Students Burns on Bridge; No Injuries; First Official “International Day of Sign Languages” Kicks Off International Week of the Deaf
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Indonesian Teenager Rescued After 49 Days At Sea
A person from Indonesia, Aldi Adilang (19) was lost at sea for 49 days and was just finally rescued.
Since he was 16 years old, Aldi worked as a lamp lighter on a wooden fishing raft with a hut on top. His job was to turn on the light at night, so it would attract fish.
The raft Aldi was working on was about 78 miles off the coast, very isolated. On July 14, Aldi’s raft broke off from its ropes and floated away. He said high winds and strong friction caused the ropes to break.
He said he was on the raft for one month and 18 days. He said he lost count how many ships passed him and didn’t see his lamp as he tried to get their attention.
Inside the raft, he had a walkie talkie, a small stove and a generator. Aldi said he ran out of food within a week but he survived by catching fish. He burned wood from the raft when he ran out of fuel. When it didn’t rain for days, he soaked his clothes in the ocean, and then squeezed it and drank the water.
A freighter ship from Panama picked up Aldi near Guam, about 1,200 miles from his original location. The ship brought him to Japan on September 6th. He was brought back to Indonesia on September 8th.
Aldi’s father said the family is thrilled that he is home with them safely, but they are angry with his employers.
Rumors of Rod Rosenstein Resignation; Meeting with Trump Scheduled for Thursday
Today there were news reports saying Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, had offered to resign from his position as the second highest official in the Justice Department.
This is after the New York Times published an article on Friday saying Rod last year discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump and talked about wearing a wire to record meetings with Trump in the White House.
Some news reports say he offered to resign because he was expecting to be fired, but there were conflicting reports that said Rod was not willing to resign. So it is confusing.
He went to the White House today to meet with Chief of Staff John Kelly.
The White House said President Trump and Rod had an extended phone conversation to discuss the recent news stories, and that the two will meet on Thursday because Trump is in New York City for the UN General Assembly.
Rod is an important person becuase he oversees the Special Counsel Mueller and his investigation. The Attorney General Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation.
If Rod is removed from his position on Thursday, the Solicitor General Noel Francisco would take oversight of the Russia investigation.
Good Samaritan Arrested For Helping Animals Survive Florence
A North Carolina person, Tammie Hedges, who owns a donation based animal rescue center, was arrested last Friday for practicing medicine without a veterinary license.
When Hurricane Florence was coming, Tammie decided to offer a safe place for pets, and posted on Facebook that the center would be open.
Tammie was in the process of converting a warehouse into an animal shelter, and had decided to use the warehouse to keep pets dry during the hurricane. It was not legally registered as a shelter.
Tammie said their mission was to save as many animals as they could. They had gone through Hurricane Matthew of 2016, and there were many pet deaths.
Altogether, she cared for 27 cats and dogs for owners who had to evacuate. She said an elderly couple dropped off 18 of those animals, some were sick and injured already.
On Monday, after Florence passed, Tammie got a call from Animal Control. They told Tammie to give up the animals voluntarily or they’d get a warrant.
Tammie willingly surrendered the animals.
A few days later, she was called in for questioning. On Friday she was arrested for 12 counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license.
Several of those counts are from administering amoxicillin to cats to treat infections. This drug requires a prescription. There was one count of administering a topical antibiotic ointment to a cat.
Several other animal rescue volunteers have come to Tammie’s defense. They said it happened during a natural disaster, when all the veterinary offices were closed and many of the roads were blocked. They said she was only doing what many of them would have also done.
All the animals that were surrendered have been checked out by a licensed veterinarian and officials are working to reunite the pets with their owners. Some are concerned that the animals will be killed if they are not reunited with their owners.
A person who supported Tammie started a GoFundMe to raise money for Tammie’s legal defense. It’s already raised over $24,000.
3-D Gun Company Owner Cody Wilson Arrested For Sex With Minor
Cody Wilson, the owner of a website that sells “blueprints” to create 3-D printed guns, was charged with having sex with an underage girl in Austin, TX.
He was in Taiwan, arrested there by local police, and was extradited to Houston, TX yesterday. He is now out on a $150,000 bond.
Austin police say he met a girl through a website, “SugarDaddyMeet” and paid her $500 after they had sex at a hotel.
Cody was recently in national news after being in a court battle with the federal government about releasing the blueprints for the 3-D printed guns.
Now he is in big legal trouble.
Tiger Woods Wins First Golf Tournament Since 2013
Yesterday professional golfer Tiger Woods (42) won his 80th PGA Tour tournament and the first since 2013.
Many thought Tiger’s career was done, because he had back issues that required several surgeries and his personal issues that includes a DUI arrest and previous drama with his relationships with various women.
But yesterday at the Tour Championship tournament in Atlanta, he looked like the “old Tiger,” with his red shirt and his fists pumped up, with swarms of people following him and filming him with their phones.
Tiger is the second in the list of golfers with the most major championships, having 14 total to Jack Nicklaus’s 18.
He will play next in the Ryder Cup this weekend in Europe, then play one-on-one with Phil Mickelson in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving weekend.
Kavanaugh Updates: Christine Blasey Ford To Testify on Thursday; Second Woman Claims Sexual Misconduct
Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to accuse Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct/assault, has officially agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
Her lawyers said that despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her.
Ford is going forward with her testimony even though she requested in negotiations for the Senate to subpoena Mark Judge, who she claimed was a witness when Kavanaugh assaulted her 36 years ago. Although the Senate will not subpoena him, she is going forward on Thursday.
Judge Kavanaugh will also testify on Thursday.
On Sunday, a second woman came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The story was published in the New Yorker magazine.
Deborah Ramirez (53) claims that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her at a party at Yale University. Both were freshmen at the time, during the 1983-84 academic school year.
Ramirez said they were with a small group of students playing a drinking game in a dorm room. She said she was intoxicated and that there are gaps in her memories, but she remembers being on the floor when a male student exposed himself and shoved his penis in her face. She said she pushed him away and remembers seeing Kavanaugh pull up his pants and laugh.
Kavanaugh stated that it did not happen, and that it was a smear, she was trying to ruin his name.
A White House spokesperson said the White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.
President Trump also continued with his support for Kavanaugh, even though there was a second accuser.
Trump said, in his opinion, when people come out after 30 or 36 years after never mentioning it, it’s totally political.
Trump said Kavanaugh is a fine, outstanding man and that he is with Kavanaugh all the way.
School Bus With CSD Fremont Students Burns on Bridge; No Injuries
On Friday, a charter school bus that carried at least 8 deaf middle and high school students from California School for the Deaf, Fremont caught fire as it was crossing a bridge.
Fortunately, all the students, the chaperone, and the driver evacuated in time, nobody was injured.
Local news KTVU covered this in a video and article. They said the fire department got a call that there was an overturned bus on fire with students trapped inside but that when first responders arrived, they saw the bus upright and the students out and safe.
The rear of the bus was in flames. Firefighters broke windows to let the smoke out, looked inside to check, and then doused the flames.
The fire caused a major traffic jam. A person with a pickup truck gave all the kids a ride to an area off the bridge.
The bus driver is Erin Smith (26, hearing), who works with TransMetro Charter. A new bus came two hours later to bring the students to their homes.
I reached out to the CSD Fremont Superintendent, Clark Brooke to ask about this. He said he doesn’t have information on why the fire started from the bus contractor. He said he’s sure the company will do an investigation and share information with them.
He said when he found out about the fire, he was worried about injuries because he knew students liked to sit in the back, and was relieved that everybody was safe, but didn’t take a deep breath until all the students got home to their families.
Brooke said CSD Fremont’s Transportation Office and staff does bus evacuation training with all staff and students in the beginning and during the school year and applauded them for the trainings. He emphasized that all schools should consider doing this on a regular basis.
First Official “International Day of Sign Languages” Kicks Off International Week of the Deaf
Yesterday, September 23, was the first official “International Day of Sign Languages,” which as been recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.
The date of September 23 is to mark the day the World Federation of the Deaf was established in 1951, also on September 23, which is 67 years ago.
The day kicks off the annual “International Week of the Deaf,” in which various people and organizations around the world celebrate and advocate for the 72 million deaf people all over the world and over 300 sign languages.
This week’s topic is “With Sign Language, Everybody is Included!” The WFD website has a toolkit and information videos.
I did an interview with WFD President Colin Allen in December about this, just after the UN made it official with a resolution for the September 23 date.
At that time WFD was the organization that led this effort. When they had the support of Antigua and Barbuda, they were able to get 97 countries to be co-sponsors to have the resolution passed to recognize the day.
The UN has a webpage that is all about sign languages with several videos. You can look at it at the link in the transcript. The link to my interview with Colin is there as well for more information.
So, happy belated International Day of Sign Languages and happy International Week of the Deaf!
Interview with Colin Allen: https://www.facebook.com/TheDailyMoth/videos/un-declares-september-23-as-international-day-of-sign-languages-interview-with-w/789077764627459/
UN Website: http://www.un.org/en/events/signlanguagesday/
UN Videos: http://www.un.org/en/events/signlanguagesday/videos.shtml
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!