Saturday, July 30, 2016

Just When You Thought You Heard It All News (7-30-2016)

He better pony up for all of those drinks.

A Shetland pony named Mocha was horsing around a little too much earlier this week when it snuck into a British pub and starting drinking out of stray pint glasses, according to South West News Service.

The “unsaddling” incident happened Monday afternoon at the Ascot Arms, a pub in Kent, U.K., run by Mocha’s owner, Mihaly Herczeg.

Mocha lives in a paddock near the pub, but decided he’d rather sow his oats inside the pub.

This isn’t Mocha’s first rodeo inside his owner’s bar.

“He’s only managed to sneak into the pub twice,” Herczeg told SWNS. “Everyone loves him and the other animals here.”

That didn’t stop some patrons from making jokes like “Perhaps it was only looking for a little ‘horse-pitality’” or “I think it has a sore throat. It’s a little hoarse.” 

A man in need got a helping hand washing his feet.

Sgt. Steve Wick of the Houston Police Department cleaned the feet and clipped the toenails of a man named Quintus, who is homeless, nearly blind and sells newspapers to get by. 

The sweet moment was caught in a photo and posted to the Houston Police Officers Officers' union Facebook page earlier this month, where it has received over a thousand likes and almost 900 shares.

Wick is part of an outreach team that assists homeless people and their efforts are documented in order to keep track of their progress.

“It’s just helping your fellow man. Reaching out to your community. I think this is how we serve the community best,” Colin Mansfield, the officer who took the picture, said

Quintus is about 95 percent blind due to glaucoma.

The day the photo was taken, Wick and Mansfield saw that Quintus was having a difficult time getting around. When the pair approached Quintus, they noticed that the 75-year-old man had soiled himself. The officers took Quintus to afacility to take a shower.

When Wick noticed that Quintus’ feet could use a little TLC, he cleaned them and clipped the man’s nails.

The officers took Quintus to a shelter and are working to set him up with an eye doctor and social services.

“We are men and women of service, we took an oath to protect you and we will lay down our lives for you,” the Houston Police Officers Union wrote on Facebook. "This is who we are, this is what we stand for!”

Compton teen has become the youngest black pilot to fly around the country.

Isaiah Cooper, 16, made history when he landed in his hometown on Monday, July 18 after a 8,000-mile flight flying from California to Maine, Washington, Florida and back to Compton-Woodley Airport.

Just two days into his roughly two-week journey, however, Cooper called his flight instructor and mentor Robin Petgrave to tell him he was ready to give up.

“It was terrifying. I was really scared, I wanted to give up and go home,” Cooper is quoted as saying. “But having conversations with Robin and other people, it calmed my nerves and I continued on with the trip.”

He encountered bad weather while in Wyoming which damaged his original plane and forced him to make an emergency landing and switch planes. 

Petgrove praised Cooper for overcoming and finishing his flight.

“It’s kinda cool when you see a kid that comes to you with this idea and this dream and then you help them to realize it,” Petgrave told Mic. “Especially when you have your setbacks like he did when Mother Nature challenged him and he had to execute emergency procedures.” 

Cooper’s recent voyage is just the start for the record-breaking teen. Next year after his 18th birthday, Cooper said he plans on becoming the youngest pilot to make a solo flight around the world, a record currently held by Matt Guthmiller who made the trip when he was 19.

The teen started a GoFundme page to help fund his around-the-world trip. His goal is to raise $45,000.

He also notes, on his fundraising page, that he enrolled in an aviation youth program at Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, an organization that gives at-risk youth the opportunity to become pilots, when he was 5 years old. He admitted that he dropped out and fell into the wrong crowd during his early years of adolescence, but returned thanks to the help of Petgrave. 

He wrote that his goal is “to become a productive young man with a future in aviation, and not a statistic.”

Cooper also offered some motivational words to others, especially young people who aren’t usually afforded these kind of opportunities.

“There’s a higher power that’s always there trying to have you focused so whatever you want to do, you can do it,” he said, "Just put your mind to it.”


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