Heroes Wall

The Biddeford Heroes Wall honors veterans from all times and places. It displays images and stories of living and deceased heroes who were involved in the military. Although this type of memorial would be meaningful to almost anyone who visited it, there are a few people who are affected more than anyone else. The memorial would be the most meaningful for people who see themselves on the wall and family members of those people. 

The men and women who are able to see themselves on the wall must feel honored to be represented. These people see their name, picture, and story among other great people and realize how important their service really was. Their stories are being shared with anyone who is willing to read them. They might think that their story isn’t anything special, but that is far from true. These people have been through so much that other people couldn’t even begin to comprehend. If they are able to see their own plaque, they might realize how important they actually are.

Another group of people who would be greatly affected is the families of those who are shown on the wall. I think it would be especially meaningful to the families of deceased heroes. On the wall, a man named Captain Paul T. Hayes has a plaque. His plaque explains that he graduated from Bowdoin and Tufts Medical School, and then became a surgeon who served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  Hayes was killed in action on Oct 1, 1945, three months after the war in the Pacific officially ended. When Hayes was killed he had a wife and 4 children back at home. I can only imagine that when his family visited the wall, they were touched. They got to see that all of his hard work is being appreciated by everyone in the community. And even though his children weren’t able to know his father for too long, they are able to know what he did. 

The New Grinch Might Just Be The Best One Yet

The Grinch is the third movie based on Dr. Seuss’ children’s book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. This version takes a new look at the Grinch, his dog Max, and Cindy-Lou Who. It also includes new characters who have never been seen before. 

The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, is still a “mean one” who hates Christmas and all of The Whos. But now, he has even more reasons to hate Christmas. He even meets a new reindeer who will guide his sleigh. 

While the Grinch is plotting how to ruin the holiday season, Cindy-Lou has plans of her own. While her mother, voiced by Rashida Jones, is busy at work, Cindy-Lou makes a plan with her friends to meet Santa Clause and ask him for a special wish.

The original Grinch aired in 1967 and ran for only 26 minutes. This version was an animated “made for TV” movie and followed Dr. Seuss’ book almost exactly. This version has since become a Christmas classic, watched by millions every year.  

The Grinch was also remade in 2000 and featured Jim Carrey. This Version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas was widely popular, mainly because it was a live action remake. This movie gave us a look at an unanimated Grinch, as well as all the crazy looking Whos.

the newest version has gone back to the original animated look. Although it is animated, it is much different than the original. This version is almost more similar to the 2000 version, than the 1967 version. It gives the Grinch and Cindy Loo Who back stories, adds more characters, and goes much more into detail. Although it isn’t a classic yet, this version could very well become one. 

The Grinch is directed by Scott Mosier and Produced by Illumination studios. It features Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams, Keenan Thompson, and more. It also features a new song by Tyler The creator. The Film can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube. The film is rated PG, has a 59% on rotten tomato, and 6.3 on IMDb.

Borneo Pygmy Elephant

Malaysian locals discovered the body of an endangered Borneo pygmy elephant on Monday, September 30, which was tied to a rope, attached to a tree, and floating in a river with 70 bullet wounds, and its tusks brutally hacked off. 

This is just the latest attack on the Borneo pygmy elephant, which is one of the many animals on the endangered species list. According to the international conservation group (WWF), there are less than 1,500 of these creatures left in the world.  They also state that 20,000 African elephants are killed each year.

Their population has been steadily declining for years because of the loss of their natural habitat for industrial palm oil plantations. Although, poachers are still a large concern for the elephants.

Poachers primary reason for attacking these elephants is for their ivory tusks. Ivory is used for jewelry, piano keys, and much more, and can be sold for a very high price. WWF states that 90% of ivory tusks are sold to Chinese customers.

According to the Malaysian police, four men were arrested in connection with the killing by Malaysian police. A shotgun, two home-made rifles, and bullets were seized. 

“Identifying and bringing those responsible for the killings to justice is key to tackling this threat,” said Elizabeth John, a spokesman for the wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic. 

Rihanna

Rihanna was named an “Ambassador Extraordinaire” to the island of Barbados on September 21st of 2018. She was appointed this position because of her philanthropic ties with the country. 

The government of Barbados was honored “to be able to confer the title on this outstanding Barbadian who has contributed significantly to raising the island’s profile across the world,” said Mia Amor Mottley, The Prime Minister of Barbados.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty, also known as Rihanna, is a famous singer, actress, businesswomen, and so much more. She was born on the Caribbean island of Barbados on February 20, 1988. Rihanna soared into stardom due to her singing career when her first song “Pon de Replay” hit the billboards top 100 list. Ever since, she has sung multiple top chart songs, acted in award winning movies, and sold millions worth of clothes and makeup in her brand “Fenty”. Although all these accomplishments are notable, her situation with Barbados is one that you may not know about. 

Rihanna has been an active spokesperson for her home country of Barbados ever since she was young. She was given the title of cultural ambassador for the island in 2008.  Ever since,  she has done so much to assist the island. She has helped the country improve their health and education. She also spreads awareness of the countries needs to her fans and anyone else who will listen. Her fame and influence has had a part in aiding her home. She is able to donate large sums of money, get others on board with her programs, and be trusted by several people. 

Recently, Rihanna has been granted the title of “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary”.  The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, was delighted to bestow this title to the well known philanthropist. According to the Barbados government, her job mainly entails “specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism, and investment for the island.”  She is able to speak on behalf of Barbados and help the citizens who live there. 

Rihanna and Mia Mottley

So far, Rihanna’s life has been a very interesting one. Many celebrities contribute little of their time to charities or people in need. Rihanna made Supporting Barbados one of her primary goals. She put her music career on hold in order to focus more on what was important to her. Without people like Rihanna, this world could be a very disappointing place.