Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 19th 2014 Contents The daily commute can be quite
the grind. Maybe you deal with
bumper-to-bumper highway traf-
fic or crowded subway cars. Per-
haps your route is so unpre-
dictable that sometimes a
15-minute drive can turn into a
But at least your daily commute
isn't a quack ... literally.
Jack Sarathat lives in Thailand
and was driving through Nakhon
Pathom, about an hour west of
Bangkok. Suddenly he was forced
to bring his car to a halt. About
100,000 ducks were on the loose
and taking over the rural road in
the Bang Len district.
"I'm not sure why these ducks
are in revolt," Saranthat says to a
passenger, as translated by the
Bangkok Post. "You can see the
great mass of ducks swarming on
the road. They have now occupied
the area entirely."
Saranthat was en route to work
and worried that he would be late
due to the sea of ducks flooding
the road. Impressively, the birds
move in sync, not breaking for-
mation as they move past the cars
stuck at a standstill. At one point
they even collectively stop, as if
for a traffic light.
Video of the duck march was
published to both LiveLeak and
YouTube, with the various uploads
collectively gaining hundreds of
thousands of views. Comments
include gems like "Duckapocalypse
Now" and "Amazing how orderly
they are, staying together, pausing,
and so on." Fortunately for the
ducks, it appears their disregard
for the motorists did not lead to
any avian casualties.
floods Thailand road
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 19, 2014
(Liquor Licences Act 84:10)
NOTICE is hereby given that
by lawful authority under the
Provisions of the Liquor
Licences Act 84:10, the Liquor
Licensing Committee for the
Magisterial District of Caroni
has appointed THURSDAY
the 26th day of JUNE, 2014 at
9.00 o'clock in the forenoon at
the CHAGUANAS MAGIS-
TRATES' COURT as the day,
hour and place at which a
Session will be held to hear
and determine the application
of RAJENDRA RAGOO-
NANANSINGH of 8 Prizgar
Road, San Juan for a
Certificate authorising him to
carry on the business of a
LICENCE in respect of prem-
ises situate at #35 Laing &
Chaguanas Main Road.
Dated this 17th day of June,
2014 at the Chaguanas
Liquor Licensing Committee
Magisterial District of Caroni
A 49-year-old Canadian who took
a selfie video as she was experiencing
a ministroke is being credited by doc-
tors for helping them diagnose her.
In April, Stacey Yepes of Thornhill,
Ontario, went to the emergency room
after she felt numbness in her face and
had trouble speaking, the CBC reports.
But when the symptoms subsided and
tests for a stroke came up negative,
doctors told her it was likely stress.
Two days later while Yepes was driv-
ing, she felt numbness on the left side
of her body. She pulled over and began
recording the symptoms on her phone.
"The sensation is happening again,"
Yepes says in the video, posted to
YouTube by Toronto's University Health
Network. "It's all tingling on left side."
Yepes then tries, unsuccessfully, to
smile and lift her hand.
"I don't know why this is happening
to me," she says.
The video helped doctors diagnosis
the episode as a transient ischemic
attack (TIA) or ministroke. Further tests
revealed the strokes were caused by
atherosclerosis---a buildup of plaque in
her arteries. Yepes is now being treated
for the condition and is expected to
make a full recovery.
"In all my years treating stroke
patients, we've never seen anyone tape
themselves before," Dr Cheryl Jaigobin,
stroke neurologist at the Toronto West-
ern Hospital's Krembil Neuroscience
Centre, told the CBC.
"Her symptoms were compelling,
and the fact she stopped and found a
way to portray them in such a visual
fashion, we were all touched by it."
Yepes said she made the video to
prove her attacks were not stress-relat-
Stroke selfie: Woman
films herself having one
SAO PAULO---Forget the French man-
icure. It s Brazil during World Cup, and
women here want to flaunt their love
of the national team with wacky nail
It's not only the Brazilian flag on the
hands of many women here. It's jerseys,
footballs, pitches, the World Cup official
mascot, and even the face of striker
"We like to make our nails look pretty,
and we are also big fans of Brazil," said
Luciana Costa, the nail designer at the
Loar Beauty salon, in central Sao Paulo.
Using a thin brush, Costa painted half
the Brazilian flag on one nail of a cos-
tumer. She decorated another nail with
The client, 31-year-old Mara Campos,
said it's the second time she is getting
a Brazilian design on her nails. Last
week, she painted them the three colors
of the flag: green, yellow and blue.
"I like not having to worry about what
I wear in order to support Brazil," she
said. "My nails will be consistent."
After decorating two of her fingers
on each hand, she wanted the rest of
the nails a royal blue, the favorite color
of the moment, not only because of the
country's flag but because it's worn by
one of the prime-time soap opera's main
characters. It's the show starring Ney-
mar's girlfriend, Bruna Marquezine. (AP)
Fernanda Cavalcanti shows off her freshly painted nails at the Loar Beauty Salon
in central, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday. AP PHOTO
the home team
Impressively, the birds move in sync, not breaking formation as they
move past the cars stuck at a standstill.
Spreading happiness is wel-
comed in any corner of the coun-
try, but especially in Newtown,
Connecticut, where residents still
cope with the traumatic Sandy
Hook shootings of 2012.
Kathy Holick is a lifelong resident
of Sandy Hook. As a traffic guard,
the woman known affectionately
as Kat helps protect kids and direct
cars in front of Newtown High
But in addition to keeping safety
and order, the 47-year-old grand-
mother is known to break out a
dance move or three while on the
"We've had our tragedy but that
is not why I'm here," Holick told
the Courant. "I'm doing this
because this is who I am. I've always
been a goofball. Nothing any dif-
And so Kat stands in the middle
of Berkshire Road, directing traffic
while grooving along to tunes.
She said she added dancing to
her repertoire because "it brought
more laughter and smiles to people's
"I will dance to just about any
kind of music there is," she said.
Holick is a local celebrity in the
New England town. Passers-by
sometimes drive out of their way
just to see the traffic guard.
The happiness may start in the
street, but it does not end there.
Holick also spreads joy online, post-
ing funny quotes and photos on
Today is the last day of school
at Newtown High, and the traffic
agent wanted to leave the kids with
a few words before summer break.
Dancing traffic guard spreads
cheer through Connecticut
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