Taco Bell Unveils Plans To Open A High-End Eatery On The Vegas Strip

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(PCM) Fast food retailer Taco Bell has announced plans to open a high-end restaurant location on the Las Vegas strip. The restaurant will feature the same Taco Bell menu favorites that you know and love, but will have the addition of several other higher end items such as tapas and of course booze.

The restaurant will be called Taco Bell Cantina and will feature two stories and be open 24 hours a day for all your taco needs, especially after a long night in Vegas. This is genius! The decor inside the eatery will be Vegas themed and they will be offering beer and frozen drinks called “twisted freezes” which will feature vodka, rum or tequila with fruit juice.

The location will also feature some absolutely fantastic views of the Las Vegas Strip!

There is another Taco Bell Cantina location in Chicago and the chain reveals that they have plans to open this style of restaurant in additional cities over the next few years. Rest assured that what happens in Vegas, at least when it comes to Taco Bell, doesn’t necessary have to stay in Vegas.

 

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Nivea Creates A Seagull Drone That Poops Out Sunscreen … Seriously!

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(PCM) Skincare manufacturer Nivea recently created quite a character for their commercial about the importance of putting sunscreen on young children when spending the day on the beach. The only problem is that the commercial was meant to be taken seriously and it ended up bring more laughs that anything else during the recent Cannes Lions Festival where it was competing.

Nivea came up with the idea to build a rather large remote-controlled drone in the shape of a seagull which literally poops out globs of sunscreen on unsuspecting children as they are frolicking along on the beach. Yes, it looks as ridiculous as it sounds!

The company felt the sunscreen pooping seagull drone was the perfect answer to the on-going issue of parents attempting to put sunscreen on squirming children who refuse to sit still at the beach. It’s actually kind of creepy and the fact that the drone is being controlled by two creeper Nivea representatives who are watching your children while hiding in a sand dune does not make this whole scenario play out any better at all.

We could only imagine seeing this thing swooping around during a day at the beach! Too weird!

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Caring Author Changes The World One Child At A Time

MoreHeavenbookcover(PCM) When a young, determined special education teacher takes on the impossible task of teaching six so-called “unteachable” children, she not only transforms their lives; she also opens the doors for all future exceptional students who followed.

This is the premise of “More Heaven: Because Every Child Is Special,” the riveting new book, by International Bestselling Author, Dr. Jo Anne White, a noted motivational speaker, TV & radio executive producer and host of “Power Your Life.”

The book, published by Outskirts Press, has won numerous honors, including the Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence and the Best Ever You Books Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence. It’s also an Amazon top 10 International Bestseller in three categories.

In 1975, the federal government mandated that all children, regardless of disability, be given the right to a public education.As a result of this historic mandate, this young pioneering teacher – with heaping doses of pluck and perseverance – stepped into a Philadelphia classroom of exceptional learners and transformed their world.

This “true life” experiment took place when Dr. White was hired by the Philadelphia Board of Education as the first teacher and program coordinator for children who were either expelled or had never entered the hallways or classrooms of a public school.

The cutting-edge program, which initially was not embraced by the typical education teachers, parents or by the administrators,began slowly. Its success paved the way for more special education classes to open in the public arena. “Not only did we persevere,” Dr. White explained, “we conquered skepticism and won victories for these children to live and thrive in society.”

Dr. White says that she fought hard, alongside the children and their tireless parents, “to restore dignity in their lives. This dignity, the birthright of every human being, had been denied them. The time had come to make things right.”

This pioneer has crucial lessons for all of us today: to learn that despite tremendous obstacles, each of us can use our compassion to bring out the best in our children. By using her common sense, imagination,sheer will, and a caring heart, she truly changed the lives of these formerly“unteachable” students in her class.

Dr. White still vividly recalls the first day of school when a little girl named Eva, who had autism, arrived for the new program.“There was great skepticism on the part of the faculty and the administration,of the notion of educating Eva. The girl’s driver echoed those sentiments to the young teacher, ‘Believe me,’ he confides, ‘I wouldn’t want your job for nothin’ in the world.’”

Q: How will your book, “More Heaven: Because Every Child is Special,” positively impact parents, teachers and the greater community?

DR. JO ANNE WHITE: I’d like people to understand how wonderful these children are, instead of seeing them as strange or approaching them with great apprehension. We need to be able to co-exist and embrace our differences when it comes to everything: ethnicity, culture, learning,and neurological differences. So, it has always been very important for me that everyone understand the richness and beauty of each child. That is the way to truly embrace humanity.

Q: Please tell me a little bit about your history as a teacher.

JW: I was planning to go to school for English literature and writing, until I became involved in an inclusive camp program. When this visionary director of the program created a division for children with special needs, it opened my eyes and I changed my plan to study education and special education.

Q: That sounds like a life-changing moment.

JW: Yes. When I walked into that camp program I completely fell in love with the children there.

Q: What do you recall from that experience?

JW: I remember working with one little girl who would bite her arms and bite the insides of her cheeks with sores that wouldn’t heal. She hummed and had ritualistic behavior. I immediately took her under wing, and sang to her, and massaged her cheeks, when no one else wanted to go near her. She blossomed under my care. This was such a beautiful life-altering experience and it shaped my future. I thought to myself ‘this is important.’

Q: Did the text books prepare you for that first special education classroom?

JW: No, not with these children. What I learned in school was important and served me; but I also had to bring something else to these kids. I had to reach them with unconventional methods, by getting into each of their worlds and being extremely resourceful, imaginative and creative.

Q: Please talk about being a young special education teacher, what was that like?

JW: I didn’t know what to expect. There were so many unknowns; and the truth be told, not everybody, including the faculty and many parents, wanted this to happen. It was new territory; people were afraid and misinformed. This was a case of sink or swim; I didn’t know what to expect.These children were labeled as more disabled than some of the previous groups of children I had taught. The first girl, who had autism, came to school in a taxi because it was thought ‘how could she function on a bus or relate to other kids.’

Q: But you say you never considered giving up even on the toughest days. So what about you personally made you stick with it, no matter how overwhelming this was?

JW: Something that has served me well over the course of my life is perseverance. I have patience, perseverance and an understanding that the time has to be right for everything. I also know that in life you need to take chances.

Dr.JoAnneWhiteQ: What is the most important life lesson for each of us who work with and care for children?

JW: My book gives you a front row seat where you get to know these six children up close and personal. It’s important to understand that despite the many challenges and mannerisms each child faces and family,each child has special gifts we need to nurture and celebrate every single day.

Q: How is all of this relevant today – some 40 years later?

JW: There are many reasons. One major reason is about bullying, and the way children with special needs are still judged, as opposed to being accepted by their communities. My book, “Bully Free,” which also won awards, ties into “More Heaven.” It focuses on my interviews with parents about their children with autism and special needs who were victims of bullying at school and in the community, and the deep emotional scars left on these families.

Q: How did you know how to teach these so-called“unteachable” children?

JW: I knew that I had to reach these kids, so I did whatever I could do, as long as it was ethical. With the first child, I used play, movement and dance since she was never still for long. Much of this was not a part of typical classroom lessons. I was literally utilizing whatever I could to make that connection, and for each child it was different. I knew I had to reach them and had to figure out how to enter their different worlds so they would eventually embrace and accept the world of learning and socialization.

Q: What was the result?

JW: Each of my students slowly started to accept their surroundings and felt ‘wow, this is okay. My teacher is not telling me I am crazy or ridiculous.’ I was able to get them to trust me, open up to their individual worlds and join our world.

Q: Why are you so proud of this book?

JW: I am repeatedly told that “More Heaven,” captures people’s hearts. It allows the reader to see what went on back then, and to understand that despite the strides we have made we are not there yet. Many parents at that time were told that their children could never learn or would best be served by an institution.

Q: What are the vital life lessons for all of us?

JW: People need to recognize the struggles, the passion and determination from families who have done so much to create change. We need to say to the world ‘stop putting blinders on and let’s teach these kids and not hide from it or ignore it.’ All these years’ parents have fought and pushed for change, and there are parents today who are continuing to fight for acceptance, inclusion and dignity for their children.

Q: What makes you believe we need to keep pushing for acceptance?

JW: As an example, in 2014 there was a lawsuit in California involving an autistic boy who was considered to be a trouble maker. Neighbors sued and were also worried about their reduced property values. This action eventually drove the family from their home of seven years.

Q: So is your message that history will keep repeating itself if people don’t step up and make the change?

JW: Absolutely. It’s happening on the playgrounds, in the schools and the communities. There was bullying, judgment and disapproval at the time I taught these children. Unfortunately, it still happens a great deal to children who act or appear different in social or educational settings today.

Q: Ultimately, what do you want your book to accomplish?

JW: I’d like professionals to be open to work with these children even if at times the techniques seem unconventional. I wish for all families and parents to learn to accept their children and guide them to express their talents. And I’d like families, neighbors and the general public to see these children in a warmer light after reading my book and interface with the special needs community. I frequently say that ‘this book reaches in from the heart outward to all children – they will be heard!’

For further information, please go to: http://www.drjoannewhite.com/more-heaven/

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Researchers Take The First Steps To Creating An Artificial Womb

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(PCM) There is already controversy brewing surrounding the news that researchers are well on their way to creating the world’s first artificial womb. The news sparks many debates over the issue of science and technology taking over for human life and the interaction between mothers and their newborn babies.

For many years little was known about the first few weeks of an embryo’s development inside of a woman’s uterus, however researchers have now discovered a way to watch fertilized eggs begin to grow and develop. Recently, researchers at Rockefeller University were able to watch and raise human embryos for a period of thirteen days.

Thus far, thirteen days is the only amount of time that is ethically allowed for human embryo growth and development for research purposes. That small amount of time, however, provided researchers with a plethora of knowledge and information and they learned that an embryo does indeed contain it’s own genetic instruction manual to aid in the development process. They found this information is not shared with the mother until much further along in the pregnancy.

This new information opens the door for researchers to explore various options for human growth and development that would no longer be dependent on a human womb. While it does raise quite a few ethical questions about the bond between a mother and child, it also opens doors for women who are unable to carry out pregnancies due to certain physical ailments.

The way it would work is that a woman’s fertilized egg would be implanted into a lab-created womb which would contain all the vital nutrients needed for the developing fetus, including an artificial placenta and amniotic fluid. Parents to be would also have the ability to control their child’s gender and physical appearance, as well as, certain desirable genetic traits.

This all certainly sounds like something straight out a science fiction novel and brings up the age old question of whether or not is okay for researchers to play God in the name of science.

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Get Paid To Relocate To New Zealand? Offer Circulating May Just Be Too Good To Be True

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(PCM) The news has been circulating that the small New Zealand town of Kaitangata is offering individuals nearly $170,000 to relocate to the region to assist with filling it’s surplus of job opportunities.

There are only about 800 inhabitants of Kaitangata, which is located near the coastline on the South Island. The area is heavily involved in both the dairy processing and freezing industries and are hoping to jump start their economy by filling nearly 1,000 open job positions within these industries.

The town has been busing in workers from larger cities to the region and hopes that many will decide to make Kaitangata their permanent home. It was originally stated that the town was making an offer of nearly $170,000 to individuals who were looking to relocate, however, much as we suspected this offer turned out to be too good to be true.

Instead, the town is offering up gorgeous plots of land for the price of $170,000. They pride themselves on being an old-fashioned community where the doors remained unlocked, kids are free to play without fear of dangers and there is a steady and stable way of life. There is plenty of work and room for home, however the only thing the town is lacking in more residents.

This story went viral after it was misreported that the mayor of Kaitangata was offering up money for relocation which prompted many calls to the mayor’s office with hopefuls looking to make some quick cash and move to New Zealand. Hey, who isn’t up for a little adventure?  Sadly, this is not the case and they have posted the following statement via Facebook to address the issue and misinformation:

There is a story that has been published by overseas media that we are paying people $160,000 to move to Kaitangata and people should ring the Mayor about it. This is NOT TRUE. People are not being paid to move to Kaitangata and you should not contact the Mayor about it. If you are genuinely interested in the house and land packages in Kaitangata, which are on sale for $230,000 or want to know more about working and living in our district, please visit www.cluthadc.govt.nz for more information. Please feel free to share this post to try and combat the misinformation and stop creating false hope for the hundreds of people around the world that are busy contacting Council! Thanks, Clutha District Council.

Better luck next time, guys!!

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Actor Ian Ziering Opens Up About A Childhood Secret And How He Copes With Stressful Summers As A Parent

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(PCM) We recently had a chance to catch up with actor Ian Ziering where he opened up to us about his own childhood secret and how he copes with stressful summers as a parent. Ziering revealed to us that he suffered from the issue of bedwetting as a child and currently his own daughter is suffering from the same ordeal. However, thanks to GoodNites and some clever parenting techniques the issue of bedwetting has truly become a non-issue at all! For more information, please visit GoodNites.com.

Ziering also spoke to us about how he balances both his acting career and life as a parent with two young daughters as well as his upcoming role in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens and looking back on the days of 90210 after all these years.

One of the challenges that Ian and thousands of other parents deal with is bedwetting. Ian is a former bed wetter, so he knows how embarrassing or shameful it can feel, and now his children are experiencing nighttime wetting as well. Bedwetting can be hereditary, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Experts say bedwetting is not your child’s fault, and there are ways you can help your child through the problem. Ian is working to break the stigma associated with nighttime wetting, and to help parents and their children rest easy tonight.

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