Archive for January, 2015

Budi the Baby OrangUtan who is Critically Ill at IAR’s Orangutan Rescue Centre


Budi the Baby OrangUtan who is Critically Ill at IAR’s Orangutan Rescue Centre


 Our team in Indonesia is providing intensive care for a baby orangutan that is seriously ill after suffering months of neglect. For the first year of his life little Budi was kept as a pet in a chicken cage and fed entirely on condensed milk.

Budi arrived at IAR’s Orangutan Rescue Centre in Ketapang in December. A local from Kubing in Ketapang had informed the authorities that she was willing to hand over a small baby orangutan that she had been keeping as a pet. She also admitted that the baby was very sick. The rescue team, Rudi from the Agency for Natural Resources Conservation in Ketapang (BKSDA), Andi from the Gunung Palung National Park, and Dr Ayu Handayani and Riyan from IAR, responded to the call immediately. After a journey of more than 10 hours by boat and by road, Budi arrived safely at the centre.

Budi’s condition was extremely critical during the journey and on arrival at the centre. “Budi had spent more than 10 months in a chicken cage, drinking only condensed milk,” said Dr Ayu Handayani. Ever since Budi was captured while still a small baby, until he was rescued by IAR and BKSDA, this infant had been given no solid food. “The owner said that she was afraid to give Budi any fruits and thought that giving condensed milk would be sufficient.”

Inevitably Budi presented signs of severe malnutrition. His body was swollen up with fluid owing to the lack of protein. Initial reports from Dr Ayu state that Budi was extremely weak, unable to move and also suffering from severe anaemia. Budi is being monitored and observed round the clock by IAR’s team of vets.

“We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered”, says Dr Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Programme Director in Indonesia. “His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.”

Budi is now making a slow recovery in the International Animal Rescue clinic. At first he didn’t have the strength even to sit up on his own but can now sit unsupported for short periods of time. He is also being treated for a severe metabolic disease affecting his bones. His limbs are malformed because malnutrition has prevented them from developing properly. Budi has a very long way to go on the road to recovery and it is still too early to know whether he has sustained any permanent damage.

Karmele adds:”At the moment we are still worried for his life and trying to minimise his pain. But Budi is a very strong little baby and he is fighting very hard to survive.”

Video – Crying Budi receives loving care after a year of neglect








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Thom Collegiate honours teen homicide victim Hannah Leflar


Global News

REGINA – Students and staff at the high school homicide victim Hannah Leflar attended gave a standing ovation at an assembly on Friday honouring her accomplishments.

“She was loyal, generous, caring. She couldn’t pass you in the hallway without saying, ‘Good morning,’ or flashing that wonderful smile of hers. She was just a wonderful student,” said Thom Collegiate principal Rick Steciuk.

Hannah won the “Top Trojan” award, which recognizes exemplary academic and leadership skills.

Among other accomplishments, Hannah had near-perfect attendance and “outstanding” grades, he added.

A certificate, coloured purple (her favourite colour), was presented to her homeroom teacher. Hannah’s parents, who did not attend the event, will be mailed the award.

“[tweetable text=”‘She touched everyone she met'”]She touched everyone she met[/tweetable],” Steciuk told a crowd…

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Public School Abuse: Drop Your Pants So We Can Check for Poop

Public School Abuse: Drop Your Pants So We Can Check for Poop


Heather Callaghan
Activist Post http://www.activistpost.com/2015/01/public-school-abuse-drop-your-pants-so.htmlIncredibly, for all this talk of “Bullying Culture,” some abuse is more equal than others. Rarely does the media focus on activities of police, the TSA, school administration and other authorities when the most abhorrent physical, sexual, emotional or mental abuse is right in front of our eyes.

Apparently, if it’s a sanctioned sexual violation of children by an adult stranger in a government institution – no biggie! These would be the same people sanctioned to teach sex ed, with some of the topics being protection from just such an event.

That’s what happened on Monday in Gustine, Texas. In an incident that would make B.F. Skinner giddy, two dozen elementary students from Gustine Independent School District were rounded up, separated into groups of boys and girls in separate rooms and ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.” The teachers claimed they had been finding fecal matter on the gym floor.

Such a disregard for dignity and privacy did not go unnoticed…

One mom, Maria Medina, said:

I was furious… I mean, I was furious. If you can’t do your job or you don’t know what you’re doing, you need to be fired. You shouldn’t be here….Wrong is Wrong.

She didn’t think feces on the floor justified a partial strip search. Her daughter Eliza tried to protest but was told she had to, “because all the kids had to.” At least one was age 11 – 11! Like Eliza who said, “I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it.” “I felt like they violated my privacy,” she said with a maturity and vocal ability that doesn’t implicate dropping dookies on the floor.

The Superintendent gives the obligatory “that’s not appropriate” and “we don’t condone that” and says “So you would take disciplinary action.” No, you would.

Then, just like that, he minimizes by saying his understanding is that they were told to lower their pants “just a little.” To check their underwear! Eliza, who has a functioning intellect, knows what happened to her and clarified the situation. How far did they have to pull their pants down. “Like…to where your butt is,” she said. Her mom doesn’t believe the school and finds it all unacceptable.

Part of me wonders if schools are pushing the envelope, with the media glorifying it to get people used to the idea. I mean, what made it sound like an appealing idea to the teachers involved? Now it’s a national conversation to see if “maybe we can find a much better way to solve this,” as the Superintendent said. While an internal investigation is ongoing, parents are attending the school board meeting Thursday night to demand accountability.

What I really want to point out with this story is the insanity of abuse and blame toward students to aggressively deflect from what is actually not WWIII. Not many common sense people would think of this route first. And what would happen if they discovered poopy underwear in front of everyone? What were they going to do the “culprit”? Rub his nose in it? BLAME will solve it. Why is it ever acceptable for school systems to treat children with such degradation that is not acceptable anywhere else?

But that’s actually what they did to irrationally pretend to solve a problem. On a twisted power trip, they senselessly shamed them all, violated them and did not solve the problem. Schools that allow this madness are further proving that kids in public school are objects of the state, to be treated poorly.

Some damage isn’t easily undone. How can they wonder at growing homeschooling rates if parents never know what their child might be subjected to next?

‘I want to liberate the children’: Man draped in Quebec flag tries to free children from Jewish school in Montreal

Children’s TV and current affairs unlikely to be involved in BBC competition revolution

Children’s TV and current affairs unlikely to be involved in BBC competition revolution

News comes as a relief to programme makers who will avoid the biggest upheaval in BBC production for a generation

14-year-old Marcus Larabie fatally struck by off-duty Abbotsford police officer

Global News

WATCH: Friends and family of Marcus Larabie are grieving after he was struck and killed while crossing the road on Boxing Day. Jeremy Hunka reports.

A 14-year-old pedestrian has died after being struck by a car driven by an off-duty Abbotsford police officer.

It happened at 6:15 p.m. Friday near Mill Lake Road and Bourquin Crescent West in Abbotsford, directly adjacent to the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre bus loop.

Friends of the victim have identified him as Marcus Larabie. One friend told Global News he was longboarding across the street when he was struck by the vehicle.

He was airlifted to hospital, where he died from his injuries just before midnight.

The driver has been identified as an off-duty member of the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) driving a Mazda 3 sedan.

As with all serious incidents involving police, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has been called in to review what took place. Investigators…

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Gas truck explodes at Mexico City children’s hospital, dozens injured

Global News

MEXICO CITY — A gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City on Thursday, collapsing much of it. At least one person was reported dead and dozens injured.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told MVS radio that the body of a woman was found inside the hospital. He earlier told the Televisa network that at least 54 people were injured, 22 of them children.

The explosion sent a column of smoke billowing over the area in western Mexico City and television images showed much of the hospital in ruins.

Borough chief Adrian Rubalcava said the injured were being taken to a nearby hospital, but the area had insufficient ambulances.

Rubalcaba said, “the most worrisome is the collapse of a large part of the hospital.”

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Mexico City children’s hospital explosion leaves dozens injured, building partially collapsed

Video of 17-Yr Old Kristiana Coignard In Police Station

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Hat tip to Glenn Robinson.

There’s no sound to either video.  It starts before Kristiana arrives. Since there is no sound, there is no way of knowing why the first officer restrained, but not handcuff her, even though it is now reported that she told the officer she had a gun.

Suicide, even by cop, is not a desire to die but a desire to stop the pain.  Kristiana was hurting inside.  May she rest in peace.

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