2014/12/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 31, 2014

— Hong Kong cruel to a deaf father

A 14-year old Coda girl was arrested for drawing
grafitti on a pro-democracy wall, as part of
youth protest demonstrations. For that reason,
the Hong Kong police is asking the court to have
her removed from the deaf father’s custody.
Yes, the father is very upset about it.

 

— Titanic’s deaf connection

For years we have been fascinated by the Titanic
ship tragedy in 1912. This new ship sank on its
first trip when it hit the iceberg, causing
many deaths. Was there a deaf connection? Well,
one of these passengers was William Stead, not
deaf and a well known British writer. Before
the tragedy, he traveled to Russia and met
Anastasia Romanovna, a deaf member of the
Russian royal family. They both liked each
other and promised to stay in touch. Anastastia
then realized he was one of passengers that died.
She was heartbroken and it stayed with her until
her death!

 
— a Wells Fargo deaf commercial as the year’s best

Jose Costa, not deaf, is a marketer, and wrote a
newspaper article selecting the best commercials in
2014. He selected the commercial that showed a
deaf woman Sarah Churman as a deaf customer in a
Wells Fargo bank.

 

 

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2014/12/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 30, 2014

— a deaf film rated as one of the year’s best

The Tribe, a film by a group of deaf Ukrainian
producers, has been considered one of the best
films by The Palm Springs International Film Festival.
This film is unique, not because of the deafness
theme but because the deaf plot shows no subtitles,
no voice dialogue, no nothing! It won praises everywhere.

 
— year 2014’s unluckiest deaf person

who is the Year 2014’s unluckiest deaf person?
It is Derrick Coleman, a member of the Seattle
Seahawks NFL team that will be playing in the
playoffs. Derrick was hurt and declared out of
season. He was not hurt playing football but
broke a bone in his foot – during the pre-game
warm ups! A freak injury? Yes.

 

 

— a prison school for deaf children?

There was a short newspaper story about a new
correctional school for deaf children in
Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic.
It is in Russia. Deaf children attending
classes in prison? In English language,
correctional means jail or prison. Seems
that in translation from either the Russian
language or the Chechen language the word
– school – meant the same as – correctional.
Whew!

 

 

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2014/12/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 29, 2014

— an amazing deaf vendor in a small town

Wolfville, Nova Scotia is a small town of just
4,000 people. Luke Sanford, who is deaf, is
the town’s #1 vendor, selling bags of popcorns
while operating his own Kernel Sanford business.
What is amazing about him is not that he is deaf,
but also uses a wheel chair. Yet he is able to
get around to sell popcorns out of his kiosk.
He’s quite popular among the town residents.

 

— a deaf dancer that nearly 18,000 fans watch

The Brooklyn Nets play at the Barclays Center.
This popular pro basketball team has a dancing
group called Brooklyn Nets Kids, which perform
dance routines to entertain the fans. One of the
dancers is Vako Gvelesiani. He is deaf. How hard
is it to make the dancing group? Every year 500
dancers, ages 9 to 14, tryout and only 15 makes it.
This is Vako’s second year with the dancing group.
He hopes for a professional dancing career after
high school.

 
— A fake-deaf picture among 2014 Top 10 Fake Pictures

A web site listed the Top 10 Wrong and Fake
Pictures for the year of 2014. One such fake
picture was a Deaf Picture, sort of! Cuba’s
long time dictator Fidel Castro wears a
hearing aid, but does not want people to
know it. His picture was photoshopped to
remove the hearing aid from his ear. Sharp
eyes said it was a fake picture!

 

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