Thursday, December 20, 2012

UNSC Approves Troops to Mali

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a plan to send troops into Mali.

A force of thirty-three hundred, African troops, was approved under the plan.

Their mission will be to stabilize the country and remove Al Qaeda linked groups, who've taken over most of the country.

They will also seek to establish peace talks with other rebel groups, who are not linked to the terrorist group.

The troops are not expected to be ready until September of 2013, bringing doubt to whether or not the mission will have any success, as by then the entire nation may have fallen.

5 Year Old Goes Through Experimental Surgery

Rosie Davies was born with spinal segmental dysgenesis.

About four inches of her spine and backbone were missing leading to paralysis in her legs, which had been curled up against her chest, since birth.

It is a life threatening disorder as it causes the upper body to crush down on the vital organs, since the support is missing.

Doctors knew it was just a matter of time until she died from the growing pressure.

In a thirteen hour surgery, doctors at Birmingham Children's Hospital amputated her legs, and used bone from them to create a bone graft replacing her missing spine and back bone.

Such an operation had never been done before.

Since the surgery, the five year old has begun feeling the tops of her legs, for the first time ever.

That is a great sign for her, as it means prosthetic legs will one day be possible for her, and she could eventually walk.

Building The Mlillennium Falcon

Star Wars fans from around the world are uniting to build the Millennium Falcon.

The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project was begun by Chris Lee, from Nashville, Tennessee.

His goal was to build a life size 1:1 scale of the famous star ship from Star Wars.

Since beginning the project he has been joined by others, from around the world, who are contributing pieces, parts, and money.

Already some of the contributors have put together the main console from the cockpit, as well as one of the quad lasers.

Lee says his eventual goal is to turn the Falcon into a workshop for students who wish to learn to weld, paint, or build.

Jackie Chan Reveals The Expendables 3 Role and Other Projects

Jackie Chan shared some bits of news about his current projects.

He confirmed that he accepted a small part in The Expendables 3, adding when asked to be in The Expendables 2 he was just too busy.

Producer Avi Learner had previously revealed that Jackie Chan, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, and Nicolas Cage were his wish list to add to The Expendables 3.

Chan divulged that he is trying to get Chris Tucker to agree to a Rush Hour 4 movie.

If Tucker doesn't agree to do it, Jackie plans to change the script just enough to start a new buddy movie series, with another actor.

Jackie also mentioned that he is working on creating a musical about his life.

He will not be playing in it and is currently looking for someone to play the younger version of himself.

Seven Schools Leaving Big East

The Big East Conference is going to be losing more members, this time in bulk.

Seven of it's members have announced that they will be leaving to found their own, brand new conference.

All seven of them wish the new conference to be a basketball only organization, as none of them have football teams.

The seven schools are: Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall, and Providence.

No timetable has yet been set for when they will depart, nor have they announced what their new conference will be called.

It is unclear what this will mean for the future of the Big East.