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In 2013, a man who gives his name as only Bryan was involved in a six-foot fall from a ladder which resulted in him crash landing on the back of his head. The man immediately went unconscious, where he believes he entered another, heavenly realm.
According to Bryan, the realm was a colourful dome where he was shown snippets of his life and the accident.
Bryan said he felt so overcome with love and emotion that he did not want to return to the real world following his near death experience.
Writing for the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), Bryan said: “At first, it was quiet and completely dark.
“I do not know how long I was unconscious, but, during the period of my unconsciousness, I had an experience. I was greeted by a kind and loving voice.
Life after death: Man saw snippets of his life as he passed to ‘colourful’ other side
A stairway to heaven
“Then I went into a brightly lit area, where I was allowed to see the fall which I had experienced. I saw several video-like snippets of past events in my life.
“Next, I was in a circular dome of colours. It was like being in a a soap bubble, with people sitting around the outside of the bubble.
“Although I could not see the people clearly enough to recognise any faces, I did have a feeling of great love coming from them.”
Bryan said many of his experiences were normal, and that he now understands where other NDE-experiencers are coming from.
Bryan explained a colourful realm
He continued: “I agree with many reports that describe peace, body separation, entering darkness, seeing the light, entering the light, being surrounded by people who I could not recognise while feeling so loved, and viewing past experiences in my recent past.
“I also agree that I definitely did not want to return to my earthly life.”
Some researchers believe visions of an afterlife are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of life after death.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“I went into a brightly lit area, where I was allowed to see the fall which I had experienced”
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
The statement, penned by a team of 27 health experts from outside of China, warned against the spread of fear, rumours and prejudice.
The scientists published their statement in The Lancet, a journal that has seen an influx of coronavirus studies since December last year.
The statement reads: “The rapid, open, and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumours and misinformation around its origins.
“We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.
“Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, as have so many other emerging pathogens.
Nostradamus also wrote of a plague in Century II, Quatrain 19: “Newcomers, place built without defence,
“Place occupied then uninhabitable:
“Meadows, houses, fields, towns to take at pleasure,
“Famine, plague, war, extensive land arable.”
Plague is also mentioned in Century II, Quatrain 46: “After great trouble for humanity, a greater one is prepared
“The Great Mover renews the ages:
“Rain, blood, milk, famine, steel and plague,
“Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running.”
You don’t have to walk a mile in Brian Mills’ shoes to know he has a big problem: a giant big toe on his left foot.
Mills was born with the enlarged toe, which grew so big that the toe next to it had to be removed when he was 2 years old.
“After they took that one off, my big toe started growing significantly bigger,” he recalls in Thursday’s upcoming episode of the TLC series “My Feet Are Killing Me.”
Mills told podiatrist Dr. Ebonie Vincent that walking is a challenge.
“It feels like I’m walking on sandpaper and a lot of times, I start to tend to walk on the side of my foot and that causes a lot of pain on the other foot,” he said before taking off his shoe and displaying his giant toe.
Mills admitted that he fears his toe could be cancerous, which is why he hasn’t seen a doctor about it since he was a kid.
“The last time I saw a doctor about my toe I was 9 or 10 and they mentioned cutting off my big toe,” he said. “My mom was really opposed to that option so after that, we never pursued anything else for it.”
You can see how Vincent reacts to Mills’ gigantic toe in the clip above.
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A plague of locusts has made its way through Africa along the Red Sea coast and towards Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The swarm of billions of crop-devouring grasshoppers arrived after a period of heavy rain in October 2018 and wreaked devastation on countries in the Horn of Africa, with experts predicting the outbreak to grow 400 times the current size by June 2020. Yesterday, they were spotted close to Eastern Equatoria on the South Sudanese border with Kenya and Ethiopia, suggesting they are heading northbound towards Egypt.
In the Plagues of Egypt – a story depicted in the Book of Exodus – God inflicts 10 disasters, or plagues, on the Egyptian people as the Pharaoh refuses to accept Moses’ demands for the Israelites to be freed from their chains of slavery.
Exodus 10:12-15 reads: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail’.
“So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night.
“By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers.
The locust plague is heading towards Egypt
Locusts have been causing havoc in East Africa
Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields
“Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.
“They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail – everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees.
“Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.”
The story is hugely significant in a religious context but also in popular folklore.
Locusts have come to be seen by many as a symbol of doom or even the coming of the end of the world.
Crops have been devastated in Uganda
Save the Children’s Country Director in South Sudan, Rama Hansraj, said today that he fears the locusts could be “the straw that breaks the camel’s back”.
He said: “Our team in South Sudan has been watching the devastating progress of the desert locusts across the Horn in despair.
“We fear that the situation in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, which is already serious, will be magnified if the locusts reach South Sudan.
“Last year we had a prolonged, damaging drought, followed by floods, which displaced thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of homes, and the country is still reeling from years of conflict.
“A swarm of locusts could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
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The Book of Exodus talks about the plagues of Egypt
The swarm could head towards Egypt next
Biblical preachers have already claimed that the plague could be a sign of the end times, too.
Melvin Sandelin said on his “Christian Life” YouTube channel it is just part of the process for the return of Jesus Christ.
He also pointed out the recent tensions with Iran and the outbreak of the coronavirus were further examples that the apocalypse is near.
Yesterday, claims even surfaced that Seventh Seal of the Book of Revelations had been “broken” after the swarm reached China.
Paranormal investigator Ciaran Aughey, questioned on his YouTube channel: “Is this the biblical end of times?
“During a press conference in Nairobi, attendees had to reassure the public that this was not the case, but what are the signs we are seeing?
“Seven angels will sound the trumpets of God, which heralds the coming of Christ, or the end of days.
“The fifth trumpet prompts a personified star to fall from heaven, giving a key to a bottomless pit.
“Then the smoke will rise and block the Sun, unleashing a swarm of locusts.
“Number six, 200million mounted troops whose horses exude plagues of fire, smoke and brimstone, killing a third of mankind.”
Waring added: “This is 100 percent real and the video shows the UFOs flying in triangle formation, before shooting off in different directions.
“In one instant the UFOs burst forward while they are later seen slowly moving to the right.
“This is awesome and important footage because it shows so much in just two minutes.”
Waring also provides what he claims is a statement from eyewitness, with one alleged to have said: “Three bright lights were moving in formation.
“But what about the lead up to it? Jesus talked of this in Matthew 24.
“Revelation 6 talks about the Seven Seals. The first four of those Seals are called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
“They represent religious deception, war, famine and disease. This is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
“That pale horse in verse eight. ‘Behold the pale horse.’ it says ‘and his name that sat upon him was Death and Hell followed him and power was given unto them over the fourth part of the world to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the Earth.’
“And so this is prophesied to get to worse, much worse. A fourth part of the Earth?
“Why this is just a drop in the bucket. A handful of people that contracted the virus here in the UK or tens of thousands in Wuhan?
It’s almost 6 p.m. on a Thursday night in February, and Bas Timmer is walking around a park in New York City looking for people who might be homeless.
He finds a 24-year-old woman sitting on the ground with her two dogs, one constantly licking the other in a nurturing way. Timmer is a 29-year-old fashion designer from the Netherlands who created a warm, water- and windproof jacket for people experiencing homelessness. The jacket, called the Sheltersuit, also doubles as a sleeping bag and comes with a backpack that makes it easy to carry it around.
It turns out that the woman, who preferred not to give her last name to protect her identity, owned a Sheltersuit previously. But she gave it away to a homeless man whose clothes were wet. Timmer buys a coffee for the woman and leaves another suit with her.
For the past three weeks, Timmer has been in America in an effort to expand his organization (called Sheltersuit Foundation in the Netherlands) here. He wants the fashion industry to take notice and intentionally handed out suits in New York City to homeless people during New York’s Fashion Week from Feb. 6 to 13. Timmer hopes this will push clothing companies to donate their materials waste to Sheltersuit and other like-minded organizations, given that about 30 percent of clothes are never sold and end up in landfills.
Since Sheltersuit started in 2014, companies have been donating Timmer materials, like sleeping bags and tent fabrics that would have been thrown away because of production mistakes like a misplaced logo. Some companies reached out to Sheltersuit after seeing the organization in the media. The suit is made entirely out of these upcycled materials, from the belts that act as the backpack’s straps to the large hood that can block out glaring lights homeless people often have to contend with while sleeping on the street.
Timmer has been designing clothes since he was 16, attending a vocational school in the Netherlands to pursue his passion. He even turned his bedroom into a sewing room.
“I became completely obsessed [with making clothes,]” Timmer says.
He designed a hoodie with a scarf, which he says became famous in the Netherlands. Then, when he was doing a fashion internship in Copenhagen, Denmark, he started to notice a lot of homeless people.
“I was making these warm hoodies, and I thought, maybe I can give these hoodies away to them,” Timmer says.
His mother worried that people would stop buying his hoodies if he gave them away for free. He pushed the idea aside, but almost two years later, his friend’s father died of hypothermia while waiting in front of a homeless shelter that was closed for the night. After hearing about the death, Timmer knew he finally had to do something.
Since its founding, Sheltersuit Foundation has given away 10,000 jackets in Europe, says Timmer. Its goal is to produce and distribute 100,000 jackets globally in 2020. Each Sheltersuit has a unique look, since the donated materials come from multiple companies; the sizes range from XXXS to XXXL. The organization currently has one facility in the Netherlands that produces the suits. Sheltersuit hires Syrian refugees to sew the suits and also helps them integrate into the country, such as with Dutch language lessons.
You wouldn’t know from looking at the Sheltersuit on Timmer’s back that it’s basically a portable shelter for homeless people. It looks like a chic and durable backpack with a coat.
The organization’s idea to expand to America is recent. Timmer first visited the U.S. in March 2019, when he was invited to the annual South by Southwest conference to demonstrate an urban safety kit (which is like a backpack with solar panels that can charge a phone) he developed. This was the first time he saw what homelessness looks like in America.
“Here, you’re kind of left on your own,” Timmer says. In the Netherlands, he says, people don’t usually walk by homeless people without offering to help. The homeless population among people ages 18 to 64 in the Netherlands more than doubled from 2009 to 2018, increasing from almost 18,000 homeless people to about 39,000. Comparatively, in 2018, almost 92,000 New Yorkers experienced homelessness. (The Netherlands’ population in 2018 was about 17 million, and New York’s was 19.5 million.)
The suits won’t solve the problem, Sheltersuit acknowledges; its ultimate mission is to end homelessness entirely. By partnering with shelters, which the organization does in the Netherlands and is looking to continue in the U.S., they can give out suits, which is “the first step to creating a solid bond between the social worker and the client,” Noelani Reyes, Sheltersuit’s first full-time project manager in the U.S., said in an email. This way, the company believes, homeless people will feel comfortable returning to get services.
Shelters in the Netherlands and the U.S. have social workers that provide services to help people off the streets, says Reyes. But the organization hopes the jackets will fill in any gaps, helping homeless people protect themselves against dangerous weather conditions. “We want to create something that empowers people so that they don’t have to feel unsafe or unseen anymore. We want to start it here in New York, because there is a lot of opportunity in America in general. We want to be able to turn humanity back on again,” says Reyes.
It costs 300 euros (about $325) to make one suit in the Netherlands. But Timmer thinks they can produce the jackets cheaper in the U.S. They’ll still need companies to donate the needed materials, and have been in talks with some about materials donations. Individuals can help, too: You can make tax-deductible donations to Sheltersuit on their website.
Since April 2019, Sheltersuit has given away 200 jackets in America and and 75 in New York City, according to Reyes. Like many people, Timmer initially had misconceptions about people who are homeless. He thought the majority were addicted to substances or alcohol. But Timmer has learned a lot since launching Sheltersuit and engaging in hours of conversations with people he’s given jackets. Hearing their stories has opened his mind, and he’s realized there’s a multitude of reasons why people become homeless.
“…at the end of the day you cannot profile homelessness into one category, which is why a lot of the social programs actually seclude people,” Reyes wrote in an email. “Homelessness has many faces and many journeys.”
Take the woman who’d given her first Sheltersuit to help another homeless person. Her mother died when she was 15, and her father wasn’t around. Her grandmother wasn’t able to adopt her but was successful in adopting her younger sister. She decided against being put in foster care because she didn’t want to be separated from her sister. Today, her days are spent hanging out with her boyfriend, her dogs, and dealing with the sometimes unpredictable New York weather. She seemed happy to have another Sheltersuit and even a little surprised to be given a second one.
The move isn’t so unexpected, given Timmer’s outlook. There was no question that she would receive another jacket.
“I want to keep all the homeless warm in the world, that would be my end goal,” says Timmer.