This Is What I Can Promise You1 hour ago
How a teen inventor designed an incredible stroller for a mom who uses a wheelchair1 hour ago
Trips to the park or the library are outings many new moms dream about. Sharina Jones is no exception.
While the Michigan resident has plenty in common with most new moms, there’s something that sets her apart: Jones lost the use of her legs in a shooting incident when she was just 5 years old. She’s relied on a wheelchair ever since.
Jones never lets her wheelchair hold her back.
She is a woman on the go, energetic and cheerful with a bubbly personality so much so that she decided to share her optimism with the world.
“I felt like taking that energy and just making it positive for everyone else,” Jones told Upworthy. “I wanted everybody to wake up like I wake up in the morning.”
She started designing motivational apparel, published an autobiography, and launched a group called Think Beyond the Chair, which provides resources, support, and social events for people with disabilities. She was even crowned Ms. Wheelchair Michigan in 2011.
But as a new mom, one task eluded her: She couldn’t use a conventional stroller while pushing her own wheelchair.
When she discovered she was pregnant, Jones reached out to Kelsey Kleimola, a mother of two and fellow former Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, for advice on finding a stroller.
Kleimola referred Jones to Dr. Darrell Kleinke, a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy who works with high school students to conduct engineering research projects, some of which are designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
Jones was paired with Alden Kane, a high school senior with a passion for problem-solving.
The two met and discussed Jones’ needs. “Talking to her was a big help,” Kane told The Michigan Catholic, as Jones was able to explain what kind of workability she needed, where a diaper bag should go so she could reach it, how to unhook the stroller from the chair, and how she would move around in the chair.
Kane began with 15 designs. After six months of prototyping, research, and experiments after school, he hoed in on one made of stainless steel piping.
The stroller attaches to the wheelchair using quick-release valves, similar to the mechanism used on a bicycle.
The wheelchair guides the stroller forward, with the carrier held tight up top:
Kane completed the device right on time: just four weeks after Jones’ son, Grover, arrived.
And Jones is overjoyed with the finished product.
“I do love my stroller,” Jones said. “It’s definitely made life easier for our family.”
The device is the first of its kind. Jones and Kane are already working together on the next generation of the stroller, which Grover can use as he gets bigger. Jones is also working on some inventions of her own, which she hopes to share with the public soon.
For now, Jones is as busy as ever and enjoying her new title: Mom.
“I love waking up and seeing his little face,” she said. “There’s just nothing like it.”
Photo by Sharina Jones, used with permission.
Watch Alden Kane demonstrate his life-changing stroller design in this short clip:
Read more: www.upworthy.com
Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Scores Another Baby-On-The-Way After Twins’ BirthYesterday
Even as the Portuguese star cuddles his newborn twins, Mateo and Eva, born to an unidentified surrogate mother, reports have surfaced that he’s looking forward to the arrival of his next baby, with model girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez. Portuguese media outlets and Hollywood Life are reporting that the rumors are true, which may confirm what began with photos that appeared to show his girlfriend’s growing baby bump.
“I can confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo has been blessed with twins and his current girlfriend is pregnant with his child,” said a representative of the player, according to a Hollywood Life article Thursday.
The couple’s baby is reportedly due in October. (The soccer sensation also has a 7-year-old son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.)
‘The Little Prince’ is coming to the U.S. after all—thanks to NetflixYesterday
The filmwhich is based on the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and has an all-star cast including Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, and James Francowas originally slated to be released in theaters March 18 by Paramount Pictures. Since its debut at Cannes last year, it has received mostly positive reviews from critics and currently holds a 94 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Internationally, The Little Prince has made $100 million through various distributors and won Best Animated Film at Frances Cesar Awards last month.
But just before it was supposed to start showing in U.S. theaters, Paramount Pictures quietly dropped the film from its schedule. Director Mark Osborne addressed the new development and said that it would be released by another distributor later this year.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix will now be handling distribution of The Little Prince in the U.S., which is set to debut on its services later this year. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Here’s Why Twitter Is Raging Against Steve BannonYesterday
The internet (including a top foreign policy official) isnt happy thatSteve Bannonwaspromoted to a role on the National Security Council on Saturday.
The hashtag #StopPresidentBannonbegan trending on Twitter and blew up over the weekend as thousands rallied to protest President Donald Trumps chief strategist.
Bannons new position, one that exists to advise the president on national security and foreign affairs, downgraded the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence. They will only attend the council when considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities.
This notion was only reinforced on Friday after Trumpscontroversial executive orderto refuse refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries entry to the U.S.
Heres what Twitter had to say:
For more #StopPresidentBannon tweets, clickhere.
Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com
This Is What A Healthy Change Really Means Because It Isn’t All Smoothies, Meal Prep, and DetoxesYesterday
With those changes come relationships that are going to end and a certain lifestyle that no longer fits for you. People aren’t going to understand it. People might even resent you for making necessary changes in your life. When you stop living the life someone else wants you to, that makes them feel better about their own, you lose people along the way.
But wanting to make any change is huge. A lot of people talk about choosing a different life yet they keep living the same mediocre one that makes them feel unsatisfied. Overcome with fear of what they’ll find, they settle.
It’s looking at your bank account or credit card bill and saying I’m not going to spend carelessly. It’s setting a goal for saving and making a point to reach that.
It’s looking at what you do in your free time and if it’s drinking and partying, you have to say to yourself, ‘this won’t get me where I want to be.’ So you pull away. You say no when people invite you out. You don’t fall into peer pressure when someone temps you. You set a plan for how you are going to tackle everything.
It’s realizing the days do matter and to make the most of the 24 hours ahead. Not the time you lost or what hasn’t happened yet or how far you are from where you want to be. It’s looking only at the next step.
It’s ending certain relationships not because you don’t love and care about the person but because they aren’t good for you and they aren’t helping you. And when you cut ties with those people who have always been there, it’s not going to be easy. But some relationships are better at a distance.
It’s taking a hard look at yourself in the mirror and when you play the comparing game it isn’t going to be, ‘do I measure up to someone I follow on Instagram?’ But ‘Am I better than the person I was yesterday?’ Being the best version of yourself will come without jealousy or envy of others because you are so focused on you and your goals and the person you want to become.
It’s taking the time to answer the question, ‘what do I like?’ and not just following the latest trend of what everyone else pretends to like. It’s realizing you don’t have to do that anymore.
It’s not about creating this filtered life you have on Instagram and wanting to make everyone else and feel FOMO. It’s living such a good life you forget you even have a phone.
You take a step back and focus on what makes you happy and if the thing you are doing every day isn’t fulfilling you, you change it. Because you should look forward to waking up every day.
It’s not getting lost in searching for cheap flights and a vacation you need, it’s finding your purpose that you don’t want to leave and you want to work every day because it doesn’t feel like a job.
It’s taking time out of your day for yourself. Where silence doesn’t make you uncomfortable. And being alone doesn’t mean you are lonely. And in those few moments, you simply meditate or count your blessings. Because when you are leading a negative life the first you lose is realizing how lucky you are. It’s a positive shift where you realize everything around you is a blessing.
It doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time but you do have to be grateful for what you have and not focus on the things you don’t.
When you wake up and there’s something you don’t want to do like for a run or go to the gym but you wake up and do it anyway, that changes you. It’s choosing to fill your body with something healthy because pizza might taste good but you realize you’ll feel guilty after eating it later. It’s about the small choices you make that add up to something greater.
It’s not about smoothies and meal prep and detoxes. It’s about learning to detox the negative things in your life whether that’d people or hobbies or parts of yourself.
It’s realizing exercise isn’t a punishment but rather a celebration of the things your body can do.
It’s following that plan and not winging something last minute because yes, that’s impressive you can but what’s more impressive is sticking to a plan and following through and not letting yourself down.
It’s being your number one cheerleader even if you are the only one. It’s looking at yourself in the mirror and realizing you are taking steps towards being a better you. And you’re doing it for you and no one else.
It’s looking at your story and everything that has made you who you are and taking ownership of it. It’s no longer blaming others and being the victim. It’s no longer playing on repeat the things that have happened that might have hurt or the thing you wish you could change. It’s forgiving yourself. It’s looking ahead now.
It’s looking at relationships and even if there are endings you might not understand and heartbreak you might be dealing with, its understanding that happened for a reason even if you don’t know what that reason is.
It’s putting your phone down when you want to text that person because in your heart you know you shouldn’t push send even if you want to.
It’s respecting the things you feel instead of repressing it even if those emotions are ugly. It’s facing these things head on.
Sale of $521M Mega Millions ticket ‘like Christmas coming in Easter,’ retailer says2 days ago
A Mega Millions lottery ticket for Friday’s drawing, worth more than $500 million, was reportedly bought in New Jersey. But the identity of the winner remained a mystery Saturday.
“The last couple of days we sold a lot of tickets … so I don’t know if it’s a guy, a woman, or who it is,” gas station manager Nash Riad todl the Associated Press. “We sell tickets all the time, all day.”
Ameer Karass, who has owned the Lukoil location for five years, said he was thrilled when he heard that his business in Riverdale, Morris County, sold the winning ticket. Since then, he said, people have been calling and stopping by to share their congratulations.
“I woke up to that news and it’s great,” Karass said. “I’m really happy for the winners.”
“It’s a celebration. It’s Christmas coming in Easter,” he added.
Only one ticket with the right numbers was purchased, Mega Millions said. The winning numbers were 11, 28, 31, 46, 59 and Mega Ball 1.
The recipient could choose the $521 million annuity payment option, doled out over the course of 29 years. Or the cash option would value at $317 million.
New Jersey Lottery confirmed on Twitter Saturday that the jackpot ticket was purchased at the Lukoil station in Riverdale. The area is in the northeastern part of New Jersey, about 30 miles outside of New York City.
No one has matched all six numbers in the nation’s 10th largest lottery jackpot since January.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Read more: www.foxnews.com
Pound Seen Losing the Most If U.K. Vote Delivers No Winner2 days ago
The pound could plunge to as low as $1.20 on Friday, a level last seen in January, should the U.K. snap election lead to a hung parliament, according to a Bloomberg poll of analysts.
Such an outcome, though seen as unlikely, would be marginally more negative than even an electoral upset that sees the Labour Party defying odds to emerge the winner, according to the survey of 11 banks and brokerages. That suggests investors don’t share Prime Minister Theresa May’s view that when it comes to Brexit, not having a deal is better than a bad one. A victory for May’s Conservative Party would be supportive of the pound, and this outcome is more or less already priced in, the analysts say.
Analysts also highlighted that the shorter- and longer-term effects on the currency could be different. While a strong Tory win lends markets near-term certainty and helps sterling, over a longer period it could “increase the odds of a harder Brexit, which would probably be consistent with the pound being lower,” Andrew Sheets, chief cross-asset strategist, said at a press conference in London on Monday.
The pound was at $1.2948 as of 3:27 p.m. in London. The currency had earlier reached $1.2958, the highest in almost two weeks.
Below is a compilation of analyst views on the election outcomes and potential pound reactions in the spot market:
Conservative Win (Large Majority)
- As a Tory win seems already priced in, there’s limited scope for sterling to rally on the news; still, this outcome is seen as the most positive for the pound immediately after the vote
- Sterling is seen reaching $1.3100, according to the median of analyst estimates, with one predicting it to reach $1.3300, a level last seen in September 2016
- “In the markets there is a very simple rule of thumb: the larger the Conservative majority becomes, the more positive it is for sterling,” says Adam Cole, London-based head of global foreign-exchange strategy at RBC
Conservative Win (Small Majority)
- This outcome, which was once seen as a tail risk, is now very much on the market’s radar as Labour is slowly chipping away at the Tory lead in polls
- Yet, the pound isn’t expected to slide as a Conservative victory will still likely mean investors would wait for the Brexit negotiations to start for a better sense of how to trade the currency
- The definition of what a small majority is also differs from analyst to analyst
- The pound is seen at $1.3025, not far from current levels
- This could be particularly damaging for the pound as it throws not only the future of the government in question but could also complicate and possibly delay the start of Brexit negotiations
- The range of forecasts is the widest under this scenario with RBC’s Cole seeing the pound falling to as low as $1.20. The median signaled a drop to $1.2350
- With all the risks of a hung parliament, “being underweight the pound makes sense,” says Andrew Balls, chief investment officer at Pimco
Labour Party Win
- A Labour win will hurt the pound in the short term, but could boost it further down the line as markets welcome the prospect of a softer Brexit and a boost to fiscal spending
- “I think once the dust settles, the market will not see Labour as such a bad result,” said Jordan Rochester, a foreign-exchange strategist in London at Nomura Holdings Plc
- While an outright Labour win seems unlikely, a coalition with the Scottish National Party or the Liberal Democrats is considered possible
- The median projection was $1.2484, which is slightly higher than the prediction for a hung-parliament scenario
- The forecasts ranged from $1.33 to $1.23, with analysts divided on whether the prospect of a soft Brexit under a Labour government will support the pound or the ensuing uncertainty weigh on it
The following banks’ forecasts were included in the survey: ABN Amro, BNY Mellon, CBA, CIBC, Mizuho Bank, MUFG, Nomura, Rabobank, Royal Bank of Canada, Saxo Bank and SEB AB
Read more: www.bloomberg.com