Double Amputee Conquers Mt. Everest

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMark Inglis, 47, a New Zealand mountain climber who lost both his legs to frostbite on Mount Cook in 1982 has become the first double amputee to conquer Mount Everest.  “He’s dreamed of this all his life, probably. He’s over the moon,” said his wife according to the New Zealand Herald. (MSNBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Ethical Journalism

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) launched a new website today (www.ethicaljournalisminitiative.org) to promote its Ethical Journalism Initiative (EJI) Campaign. In and of itself this is good news. In fact, this is great news, this Campaign is about making the core values of journalism an integral part in today’s media worldwide. Its focus is on telling the truth and being independent and fair, as well as placing a focus on humanity and solidarity. A very noble cause, that if managed to be upheld deserves the utmost respect and admiration. The IFJ claims that in troubled times of political tension, social conflict and economic turbulence people yearn even more for reliable and quality information. This may be true, although I am of the opinion that people always want reliable and quality information, no matter what the circumstances might be. The IFJ also believe journalists are the ones who are able to provide the in-depth analysis, relevant context and reliable commentary that keeps citizens informed. That is exactly what journalists are supposed to do and they are to report their findings as objectively, independently and fairly as they possibly can.Unfortunately in the past this has been shown to be difficult to achieve, see for example Bernard Goldberg’s book on ‘Bias’. In his book Goldberg reveals how the media distorts the news, preferring entertainment over hard news and the failure time and time again to report objectively. However the intent of this new campaign is very good, so let’s hope this new IFJ Campaign lives up to its promises and expectations and brings on some real changes!Source: www.ethicaljournalisminitiative.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Orphan-Designed T-shirts Feed Kids in Africa

first_img “The Orphan Collection is inspiring because the children in Obanjenie are taking an active role in rebuilding their lives and community,” said Zac Folk, founder of CommonThreadz, which is currently working in Obanjenie to build an orphanage and health clinic for vulnerable children. “The Orphan Collection is unique because the children have a great time with their art projects and receive the benefits of their creativity. At the same time, our supporters pick up a hip, limited-edition t-shirt and are able to watch the progress of these children as they receive the nutrition and education that their purchase helped provide. It’s a true win-win situation,” Folk said. To learn more about The Orphan Collection or to make a purchase, visit the website at www.OrphanCollection.com. 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 MoreAddThisMoreHow many t-shirts in your closet are feeding malnourished children? A non-profit group has set out to change that with their launch of The Orphan Collection, a new series of t-shirts designed by African orphans. Each t-shirt sold from The Orphan Collection provides the financial support needed to feed an orphan or vulnerable child for one month and provide the child with a new school uniform, school supplies and meals for the school year. The Orphan Collection t-shirts are all limited editions, printed with eco-friendly water-based inks, and are available in women, men and kids sizes. The designs are derived from artwork by orphans in Obanjenie, South Africa and other developing nations. With each t-shirt, supporters receive a tag with the name of an orphan that CommonThreadz is able to feed for a month with that purchase. Supporters are also immortalized on the CommonThreadz Honor Wall in Africa. last_img read more

Spontaneous Jackson Dance Tribute Draws Cheers from Crowd

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A tribute to Michael Jackson broke out in a public square in Stockholm when a flash mob gathered to mimic dance moves from his hit video, “Beat It”. As the song continues, more and more people converge to dance as the crowd cheers them on. Watch the video below, from YouTube… last_img read more

Crossing Guard Jumps in Front of SUV to Save Child

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA substitute crossing guard helping elementary kids stay safe at a San Anselmo school dove in front of a moving car to save a young boy from being hit.Jeff James, with his stop sign waving, “hit the ground in a tuck-and-roll move, landing his 6-foot, 3-inch, 265-pound body directly in front of the SUV’s tires.”Now, a grateful community has launched a fund raising effort to help pay for physical therapy.(READ the story in Patch)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

$800,000 in Donations Flow to Cleveland Women Who Were Held Captive

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDonations have poured in from around the world to help the three women found a month ago, held captive for a decade in a Cleveland house.The Cleveland Courage Fund, a tax-free trust, was set up to collect the donations and, so far, $825,000 has come from across the country and overseas.Cleveland area businesses and community groups are donating and holding fundraisers — from youth soccer teams to the Corned Beef Company, from pro football players to local news outlets.The women have started using the money and lawyers for all three women say they are happy, safe and healing, according to the TODAY show.(READ the story in the Toronto Sun)Photo by Adeclerk via Morguefile – Thanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the link on our Facebook Page.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Zero Poaching of Rhinos and Tigers in Nepal Last Year

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn March 3, the Himalayan country of Nepal celebrated 365 days without a single case of rhino, elephant or tiger poaching. This is the second time that the country marked such a milestone after 2011.“Nepal’s year of zero poaching is an example of what can be achieved when an entire nation makes stopping wildlife crime a priority in order to protect its natural heritage,” said Shubash Lohani, Deputy Director for WWF’s Eastern Himalaya Ecoregion program.According to the BBC, about 37 rhinos were killed by poachers in Nepal in 2002, triggering grave concern worldwide. Their population dropped from an estimated 612 in 2000 to less than 375 in 2005.Numbers have increased to more than 500 in the last eight years, since the series of anti-poaching measures were put in place by authorities.The success represents integrated and sustained efforts, including intensive patrolling by rangers and the Nepal Army within protected areas; support from local community-based anti-poaching units; and enforcement agencies like the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police pooling information and resources, all in an effort to reduce wildlife crime.(SOURCE: WWF – Photo by Michael Gunther for WWF)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Mystery Donor Gives Money To Vandalized Stores In Ferguson, Keeps Town ‘Hopeful’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNeighbors are helping neighbors in the riot-weary town of Ferguson.An unidentified man delivered encouraging words last week along with envelopes of cash to businesses cleaning up after the Missouri neighborhood protests left shops vandalized.“He reached out and he gave me an envelope, and in the envelope, it was two $50 bills,” said one shop owner whose windows were broken. “He said I’m sorry for your losses, and he turned around and he walked out the door.”Residents have seen other displays of community spirit, like the day dozens of teachers and students cleaned up litter following the demonstrations.(WATCH the inspiring video or read the story at Huffpost (NOTE: the video starts playing when you land on the webpage)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Workers Get Holiday Bonuses After Striking to Support Their Boss

first_imgYet, Holiday bonuses for workers has been a tradition started decades ago by Arthur’s father, Mike Demoulas. And “Artie T.” wanted to thank his “associates” for their loyalty and for being one of the key reasons people shopped in the New England stores.On Tuesday, store managers handed out checks in more than 70 stores, equal to or more than the bonuses last year, sharing approximately $44 million of profit with workers.(WATCH the video from WBZ or READ the full story in the Lowell Sun)Photo via Jen Gelvez, Market BasketAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAn inter-family struggle earlier this year to wrest control of a grocery store chain from longtime boss, Arthur T. Demoulas, caused an uprising among workers who led a six-week employee walkout and customer boycott.Market Basket loyalists won the fight and Demoulas, with his team, were back at the helm following an agreement in August to sell him the company.But, after the fight, most employees gave up hope of receiving any Christmas bonus this year, especially because during the unrest the company appeared to be on the brink of insolvency.last_img read more

Brazil’s New Zika Strategy: Billboards Smell Like Humans to Attract and Kill Mosquitoes

first_imgThe billboards emit a lactic acid and carbon dioxide (CO2) solution that smells to mosquitoes like human sweat or an exhaled breath. Lights added at night keep attracting the biting bugs with the promise of warmth.CHECK OUT:  Woman Tracks Down Sperm Donor, Falls In Love With Him, And Marries HimMosquitoes that are within a one-and-a-half mile radius can be lured into traps at the base, then live out their natural lives inside the sign, unable to bite anyone.The billboards were designed under a Creative Commons license, meaning they can’t be patented and their plans are available for other cities and countries to duplicate and build free of charge.CHECK OUT: Monarch Butterfly Population More Than Triples Over Last YearThis isn’t the first time a billboard has wowed us with brilliant innovation to help solve human problems. The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru has wowed us again. Their first billboard to get worldwide attention provides drinking water to a parched and arid region of Peru. Another creation, built on  a construction site with massive amounts of swirling dirt, is actually cleaning the air for workers and neighbors alike .(WATCH the video below from NBS or READ more at PRI News) — Photo: NBS videoSpread The Buzz, Share It 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 MoreAddThisMoreThis billboard may remind us of a giant fly swatter, and it actually kills mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus —by smelling like humans.The signs are going up around Brazil in an effort to wipe out the bugs and their virus, which is linked to birth defects in newborns and nervous system disorders in adults.last_img read more