Singing janitor puts smiles on the faces at Mountain View. He’ll do the same for you.

On any given day, Leo Zaverukha’s booming voice echoes through the Mountain View High School halls that he mops and across the fields that he mows.

Some days it’s Russian folk songs. On others, he serenades students with American classics or Christian hymns. Either way, he’s tough to miss.

A Ukrainian, Zaverukha came to the United States in 1996 after his parents fled from Russia as refugees. He first settled in California before getting the job at Mountain View in Meridian in 2005. He’s been a fixture ever since.

Know of any other Treasure Valley residents who are worth meeting? Let Joe know: like everything. I like people around me. I like school. I like positive things. And I like flowers — there are plenty of flowers here because I am the groundskeeper, and my little hobby is to plant the bushes and flowers, too, that you can see outside.”

In Sacramento, he sang to nursing home residents. In Meridian, high school students get serenaded on their birthdays or other random times throughout the day.

“He’s just a roving superstar. … He is as pure as the driven snow,” said John Rollins, Leo’s friend, occasional singing partner and history teacher. “There probably isn’t a teacher or administrator here who wouldn’t have him and his wife over for dinner.”

Leo is universally loved by students, teachers and administrators for his buoyant spirit and relentless positivity, Rollins said.

“Leo is the epitome of all the good qualities you can have in a man,” he said. “He’s one of those people who, no matter how your day is going, he can lift you.”

Pope opens free laundromat for Rome’s poor

Six washing machines, six dryers and a number of irons have been donated by the Whirlpool Corporation, while Proctor and Gamble are furnishing laundry detergent and softener.

The Vatican said the Pope’s laundromat is a service to “restore dignity to many people who are our brothers and sisters.”

In the next few months, the Vatican plans to add showers, a barbershop and medical services at the location.

The laundromat is in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere, not far from the Vatican, in an old hospital complex now run by the Community of St. Egidio.

This is the second facility the Pope has opened in Rome for assisting the poor. Two years ago, he opened a shower and barber service next to St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and a dormitory nearby.

Venezuela frees Pepsi workers it arrested for not making enough Pepsi

Employees at a Pepsi-Cola Venezuela plant have been freed after being detained by the government for halting operations, Empresas Polar, the owner of the local Pepsi division, said late on Sunday.

The company blamed the production pause on a lack of raw materials but the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has routinely accused Polar, the country’s largest food and beverage producer, of slowing production or hoarding goods to spur product shortages in the Opec nation’s struggling economy.

“Pepsi-Cola Venezuela managed to obtain full freedom for its Caucagua plant workers, who were arbitrarily detained on Friday,” tweeted Polar, which has denied Maduro’s claims.

Polar said labor ministry inspectors arrested several workers on Friday and ordered the reactivation of its plant in the town of Caucagua in the central state of Miranda.

Reuters was unable to immediately obtain comment from the government.

Polar said production lines were halted because of delays due to the country’s currency control system that left it unable to import the necessary raw materials.

Venezuelan media reported that labor ministry inspectors, along with local police, ordered the arrest of the manager, two human resources workers and a lawyer at the plant.

Maduro has described the country’s chronic product shortages as the product of an “economic war” led by opposition leaders and private companies.

His critics say currency controls have left companies unable to obtain imported machine parts and raw materials while price controls have made it unprofitable to produce many basic consumer goods.

The decaying state-led model created by the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez has also suffered heavily from the collapse in 2014 in the price of oil, which provides nearly all of the country’s export revenue.

The ruling Socialist party lost control of Congress for the first time in 16 years in a sweeping opposition victory in December that was driven largely by anger over the economic crisis.

Insane Clown Posse Accused of Plagiarizing ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’

A young man smiles to his father.  He drew a picture and waited each day for him.  The young man also found some worms to go fishing with his old man.  Each day, the child would do something new to impress his dad.  One day, the young child, now a man, went off to war.  His father asked him to return safely.  But, he didn’t.

In But You Didn’t, a son speaks to his father.  Written by Ohio poet Stanley Gerbhardt, the poem shows a boy who grew up into adulthood neglected by his father.  He dies after going off to war.  But You Didn’t appeared in A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Now, Gerbhardt claims that Detroit hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse stole the lyrics.

According to the lawsuit, Insane Clown Posse member Violent J (Joseph Bruce) used the poem without permission.  In 2007, Violent J uploaded a video on YouTube reading the lyrics, pretending it was his.  One commenter caught the copyright and wrote,

The term ‘Juggalos’ refer to Insane Clown Posse fans.  ICP fans had previously posted comments praising the poem as well as Violent J.  Some fans said that the poem made them cry, and others called it “deep.”

“this makes me strait up cry evry time i litsen to it and it makes me think of what could happen all my juggalo familie and what could happen to my GF cause i could never stand to lose her she is the love of my life.”

[email protected] man this touched my heart and it makes me think about the bad things ive done and how i wanna get ridnof them and start over and fix evrything and show my fammile that  i love them.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, Stanley Gerbhardt copyrighted the poem in 1993.  In the lawsuit, he asked a federal judge to have the video pulled down immediately.  The poem can be freely found online.

You can watch the video Violent J’s Poem below, still available on YouTube.

Friends take stranger on holiday after friend can’t make it

A group of friends decided to invite a random Joe to go on holiday, just to replace their friend Joe, who pulled out at the last minute.Joe McGrath from Manchester received a Facebook message in March, asking if he “would consider coming on holiday with a group of nine strangers if they had already arranged flights and an all inclusive hotel?”The group from Bristol had arranged a holiday in Spain for April, but later found out their friend Joe McGrath couldn’t go, so decided to contact others with the same name.”I first read the message and I was at a gig in Manchester. I ignored it straight away,” Joe told Sky News.”It wasn’t until the following day that I went back to the message and soon realised this offer might be legit,” he said. Joe ended up driving to Bristol and flying to Majorca, with a Ryanair ticket which had only a name associated with it.”The holiday was mint because the people were so good and welcoming, the weather was lovely and we drank a lot,” Joe told Sky.”Imagine a bar full of old expats singing karaoke, we crashed the bar and stole the show! The old folks didn’t know how to take us at first but by the end, we were all dancing together,” added the 21-year-old. The nine friends got in touch with 15 other people named Joe McGrath before one decided to call back.”I was the only mad enough Joe to say yes!,” he wrote on Twitter.”What a legend for coming away with strangers. We had a ace time,” one of Joe’s travel companions replied.Asked about how they got along and if there were any trips planned with his new friends, Joe said he just wants “to bring them to Manchester and show them a big night out”.

Canadian Police Search for 20 Metre Cell Tower Stolen From Northern Manitoba

EGG LAKE – Cranberry-Portage RCMP are asking the public to be on the lookout for an unusually large stolen item, a 20 metre cell tower.

That’s about the height of a six storey building.

The tower, which was used to support a cell phone booster and wireless internet, was stolen on April 2nd from Egg Lake, Manitoba.

It was disassembled and loaded on to a trailer pulled by a red Dodge truck, according to a post on the RCMP’s Facebook page.

Cash-strapped Brazilian football team use shirt numbers to advertise special offers at the local supermarket

Brazilian fourth-tier side Fluminense de Feira have taken shirt sponsorship to a whole new level.

Not content with simply featuring sponsor’s logos on their shorts as well as their shirts, the Brasileiro Série D side have started using their shirt numbers to advertise special offers in the local supermarket.

Players now have a product written where their name would usually be printed on the back of their shirts, with conventional numbers replaced with the prices of bargain deals.

So their star striker Fernando Sobral, for example, no longer wars the number 10. Instead he is 10,98 – which is coincidentally the price of a pizza at the local superstore.

Another player wears 20,38 to advertise the cost of shaving cream, while a team-mates shirt displays the price of a bottle of shampoo.

By way of explanation the team’s marketing director, Xiko Melo, said the move was made necessary because the Brazilian Football Confederation does little to support football clubs further down the league pyramid.

“Football is very ungrateful to small teams on this sponsorship issue,” he told local media. “You cannot put together a good team without conditions and having a good team requires resources.

“We had a few sponsors in the beginning, so we decided to have sponsors per game.”

However the shirts haven’t exactly helped matters on the pitch.

Fluminense de Feira lost their first match wearing their new shirts 6-0, to bitter local rivals Vitoria de Bahia.

Science breakthrough will let milk cartons send text messages

Ever wished your milk could warn you by text message that it was about to go off? It may soon be possible thanks to Dublin researchers who have found a way to turn everyday products into smart devices that can communicate with you.

Researchers at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Amber Centre, based in Trinity College, have fabricated printed transistors, a breakthrough which is expected to unlock the possibility of turning common products into intelligent devices.

Among the possibilities are wine labels that alert you when a bottle is at its optimum temperature, food packaging that warns of sell-by-dates, and window panes that provide the day’s weather forecast.

Prof Jonathan Coleman, principal investigator at Amber, led the team of researchers whose findings have been published in the latest issue of the leading international journal Science.

The aim of Prof Coleman’s research is to take liquid dispersions of nanosheets and, by carefully tuning the liquid properties, optimise them for use as inks.

Everyday surfaces These nano-structured inks can then be printed on to everyday surfaces using standard printers to form patterned networks of nanosheets
“Electronics has been around for donkey’s years and Intel out in Leixlip are among those making high-end, high performing transistors. However, unlike them we are trying to make transistors so cheaply that they could be used in pretty much anything,” Prof Coleman told The Irish Times.

He said that as a result of his team’s latest research, printed devices could soon be incorporated into even the most mundane objects allowing products to gather, process, display and transmit information that could be of benefit to consumers.

“All of this is a long way off in the future, but it is imaginable that at some point milk cartons could send messages to your phone warning that the milk is about to reach its sell-by-date,” said Prof Coleman.

A number of Prof Coleman’s patents have already been licensed to well-known companies, including Samsung.

“We were able to print the initial transistors from a standard inkjet printer . . . we now intend to try to make more sophisticated printed transistors,” he added.

India’s solar capacity expands by record 5,525.98 MW, doubling growth

In the last year, 2016-17, the country’s solar energy capacity expanded by a record 5,525.98 MW. According to reports released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India had added 3,010 MW in the previous year, thus translating to an almost doubling of growth in the past year.

Cumulative solar capacity currently stands at 12,288.83 MW, against 6,762.85 MW at the end of March 2016, says an ET report. Renewable Energy and Mines Minister Piyush Goyal was visibly satisfied that the growth is impressive, even if it falls short of the target.

Santosh Vaidya, Joint Secretary at the MNRE, said,

By the end of next year, our minister has committed to a cumulative target of 20,000 MW. This would mean adding another 7,750 MW in 2017-18. Once we do so, we will have reached the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) target two years in advance.

The cumulative target the MNRE had set earlier was 17,000 MW by the end of 2016-17. The JNNSM, which initially set up a target of 20,000 MW, was later increased to 100,000 MW after PM Modi came to power in 2014. Last year, of the 5,526 MW added, only 2,803 MW of solar power was generated by March 2017.

Andhra Pradesh has been the highest contributor of solar capacity in 2016-17 with an annual generation of 1,294.26 MW. Karnataka stood second (882.38 MW), and was followed by Telangana (759.13 MW). The other states that were in the league were Rajasthan (543 MW), Tamil Nadu (630.01 MW), Punjab (388 MW), Uttar Pradesh (193.24 MW), and Uttarakhand (192.35 MW).

Rajasthan, which was the top state in producing solar energy for the last three years, lost its tag to Karnataka. Very recently, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had unveiled a mission named ‘Mission 41k’ as an attempt to revitalise the Indian Railways over the next ten years. This mission aims at saving electrical energy and spending on electricity by shifting to solar energy. This has been proved possible before, saving Rs 4,000 crore on energy in the past. Through the ‘Mission 41k’ initiative, Indian Railways plans to save Rs 41,000 crore on the energy expenditure budget.

Do you have an interesting story to share? Please write to us at To stay updated with more positive news, please connect with us on Facebook and Twitter