Brothers Ayaan and Mickey Naqvi, who live in Shelton, Connecticut, were decorating their family Christmas tree last year when one of their favorite ornaments succumbed to the forces of gravity. (The beloved family dog, Zara, whose tail Ayaan describes as an “ornament missile,” may have played a part as well.)While the tree decoration in question was beyond repair, from its broken shards sprung a bright idea: What if there was a better way to hang ornaments so they’d be truly secure?From that epiphany, the Ornament Anchor was born.Amanda NaqviUsing a loop and toggle system, Ayaan created the prototype and presented it for a school project. The reception was overwhelmingly favorable—so favorable in fact, the boys quickly decided to turn their invention into a potential money-making proposition.“My brother and I worked together to design the product, patent it, create an awesome website, calculate profit margins and did our own market analysis,” Ayaan told CNN. “We did everything to the point where every month was Christmas.”This wasn’t the boys’ first commercial invention rodeo: A previous gadget landed the pair and their family on an episode of Shark Tank. While they didn’t cut a deal, it was a true learning experience.RELATED: Selfless Teen is Local Hero After Daily Trips During Lockdown To Clean Dirty Road Signs And Cut Back Town’s HedgesFrom $1,000 in sales in six hours at a local Christmas trade show, the Ornament anchor went on to be showcased on Good Morning America and featured on QVC. In one year, the brothers’ brainchild has raked in more than $250,000.Flush with success, Ayaan and Mickey are determined to pay their good fortune forward by donating 10% of their profits to local animal shelters. “Ever since I was super young, I’ve had a fascination with all of life’s creatures,” Ayaan explained. “My goal is to help as many animals in need as I can.”The boys admit that starting a new business in 2020 has had its challenges. While they’re enjoying their well-earned windfall, adjusting to distance learning and other constraints of the coronavirus lockdown wasn’t easy.MORE: Tennessee Teen Raises Thousands of Dollars For Food Banks By Making and Selling His Own Vanilla – WATCHThrough the turbulent times, they say they’ve just tried to take things one step at a time and keep a positive attitude because that—along with the love and support of their family—are what keeps them anchored.SHARE The Boys’ Story and Their Festive Invention With Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAccording to tradition, January 6th (a.k.a. The Twelfth Day of Christmas) is when you’re supposed to take down your Christmas tree. Sadly, many folks, as they wrap up precious ornaments until next holiday season may find themselves a few keepsakes short.Ornaments are fragile things. All it takes is curious cat, a running toddler, or even the misguided sweep of a vacuum cleaner sucking up stray needles to destroy a cherished family memento.And that’s just what inspired a pair of 12-year-old entrepreneurs to take action.
EUROPE: We hear that broad-gauge trains are running again on the 1 520 mm-gauge cross-border line between Uzhgorod and Matovce, which carries iron ore and coal from Russia and Ukraine to the US Steel plant at Kosice. Up to 12 trains each way cross the border per day, but Ukrainian Railways had threatened to stop all services to Slovakia, alleging the irradiation of locomotive drivers.Slovakia had promised to impose strict security on its eastern border with Ukraine before entering the Schengen area in December 2007, in order to support the fight against organised crime, illegal migration and smuggling. A Chinese-built stationary X-ray scanner was installed to inspect freight trains arriving from the east. After several drivers began reporting health problems, UZ lodged an objection to the scanner, claiming that the radiation entering the locomotive cabs was up to six times the permitted level. It requested that the X-ray checks be stopped or protection be provided for the train crews. The Slovak authorities strongly denied the accusations, pointing out that the X-ray scanner had been fully certified by EU authorities. Nevertheless, the scanner was reportedly turned off on the evening of August 20 so that cross-border traffic could resume.There are suspicions that the affair may have been provoked by Ukrainian tobacco interests, who would like the border controls to be loosened in order to facilitate the smuggling of cigarettes into the EU.
The Black Satellites open their campaign in the three-nation U-20 friendly tournament on Sunday against Namibia.Orlando Wellington’s all-local side will be seeking to put in a good performance at the Accra Sports Stadium as Ghana as plays host.The coach insists his focus is to see his side give a good account of themselves after a difficult run of form lately.“We have to start winning matches to regain confidence and that’s where my attention lie,” the Ghana coach said.The Black Satellites are also joined by Egypt for the competition which will see each side playing two matches with the team with most points winning the competition.The three countries are preparing for their Africa Youth Championship qualifiers which start later this month. Opening day fixture:Ghana v Namibia – July 8