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29 Year-Old Single-Handedly Raises Relief Supplies for Hurricane Victims

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEsther Stevens’ dining table in Colorado Springs, CO, has become a makeshift operations center for getting aid to the victims of Hurricane Mitch.“I’ve never done anything like this,” said Stevens, whose whirlwind flurry of phone calls in the days following the storm produced volunteers, medical personnel, supplies and even a plane for the devastated region. Stevens, 29, was daunted by the magnitude of the disaster, but was prompted to action by her personal ties to Honduras, where she spent her early childhood. She called an old college roommate in Honduras who works with World Vision, the Christian relief and development agency.“Everyone is desperate,” her friend said. They needed a brigade of workers, supplies, and could Stevens come up with some airplanes?Stevens, who is studying to be a physician’s assistant, started calling people who might have contacts. As she made the calls, the web grew wider. Donations were coming in — to World Vision as well as to Stevens’ house. And an amateur pilot from Chicago was on standby to fly down, carrying extra fuel for trips to isolated villages.“I feel for the country I was born in, where people give all that they have,” she said. “If you’re a stranded stranger and you need five dollars to take a bus to the airport, they will sacrifice their monthly wage to put you on the bus. That’s just the way people are down there.”Once Stevens got going on the phone, help started coming from unexpected places. A call to Emma Gribble, a Colorado acquaintance, mushroomed. Soon after enlisting Gribble, Stevens started getting calls from Gribble’s home state of Kansas. One doctor told her, “Send me a list of whatever medical supplies you need. I’ll send it to any location you want.”Stevens called her parents in North Carolina, and they put her in touch with David Frost, a friend who happened to have jungle flight training. He is accustomed to flying without the benefit of air traffic controllers and landing on airstrips the size of driveways. Frost, 51, was ready to spend two weeks shuttling food, water and other emergency items from regional cities that now act as supply depots to villages that can’t be reached by road.“The desire (to help) was there, but it took Esther’s phone call to get us involved,” Frost said.Stevens called Transtainer Corp. in New Orleans about shipping rates. “I happened to find a very generous man who said he didn’t care how long things went on, he’d take supplies down there and do it for free.”She is paying for the shipping to Louisiana, and she’ll have a huge phone bill this month, but that is part of her donation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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UN Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman Calls for Millions to Reduce Violence Against Women

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUN Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman called for millions of people to add their name to an online petition for opposing violence against women. “I know that there are millions around the world who care deeply about the issue — and I urge all of them to come on board,” said the Academy Award–winning actress referring to the Say NO to Violence Against Women campaign. (UN Photo of Nicole Kidman at press conference in NY, by Jenny Rockett) “Every voice counts, and every amount counts,” Ms. Kidman told reporters at an April 22 press conference in New York, urging people to add their names to the campaign and donors to step up funding for the cause. “Let survivors of violence around the world know that they can count on us.” Nicole Kidman is the campaign’s spokesperson. “I have been UNIFEM’s Goodwill Ambassador for more than two years now and I have seen how being born a woman puts you at risk of the most appalling and widespread human rights violation of our time,” said Ms. Kidman. “The Say NO to Violence campaign provides people all over the world with an opportunity to add their names to an ever-growing movement of people demanding that ending violence against women be made a top priority for governments around the world,” she added. UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro welcomed UNIFEM’s Internet initiative as an important contribution to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s multi-year campaign on violence against women. “We need more of this and other initiatives throughout the UN system in the next years as we join together around the UN Secretary-General’s campaign,” she said. “By raising awareness, [the Say NO campaign] helps to make visible the hidden pandemic of our time. Joanne Sandler, UNIFEM Executive Director a.i., stressed the progress made and underscored the need to translate that progress into fully funded concrete programs and services. “At least 89 countries have specific laws on domestic violence and more than 100 countries have made rape a crime. Yet, the violent crimes committed against women far too often go unpunished and the perpetrators walk free,” she said. Sandler emphasized the need to scale up funding for the UNIFEM-managed United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which provides financial support globally to innovative efforts that work. “Through the Trust Fund we have learned that strategic investments can protect women and prevent gender-based violence. Public spaces are being made safer for women in Argentina and Peru and in Rwanda, police have received training and motorbikes so that they can respond quickly to incidents of domestic violence,” she said. The Trust Fund receives requests well in excess of $100 million annually, and while contributions are increasing — reaching a record high of $15 million for grants in 2008 — there is much more good work to be funded. UNIFEM’s Say NO campaign seeks additional resources for the Trust Fund as it builds public support and political will on the issue. Corporations, charities and foundations are joining forces with UNIFEM and supporting the UN Trust Fund, at times through the Say NO campaign. Tim Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation, presented to UNIFEM a $100,000 contribution saying, “The UN Foundation issued a challenge grant that donated $1 to each of the first 100,000 signatures. We are very pleased to cut our check to the UN Trust Fund.” The Say NO initiative continues until November 25 2008, the internationally recognized day to eliminate violence against women, when UNIFEM will hand over the signatures to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in support of his global campaign. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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101 year-old Man Trains for Marathon While Tipping a Pint (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore101-year-old Buster Martin is aiming to become world’s oldest marathon runner.He still has a job in a plumbing shop, but in his spare time the 101-year-old is training for the London Marathon while tipping back a pint of beer. This inspiring YouTube video gives you a look at the training centenarian and his beer breaks. He has quite a twinkle in his eye for life. (Thanks to Judy in Australia for submitting the story!)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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New North American Rescue Plan for Endangered Porpoise

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOfficials from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have pledged to support a plan to save an endangered porpoise found in one area of Mexico but considered of concern to the entire continent. The vaquita marina species found in the upper Gulf of California is considered to be “critically endangered”. We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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MIT Reports Significant Solar Energy Breakthrough

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a way to concentrate solar energy so that each photovoltaic cell produces 100 times the power of a conventional solar panel, which could have major implications for homeowners hoping to save money while helping the environment.Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers can now funnel solar energy into antennas that capture and focus light energy, potentially allowing for much smaller and more powerful solar arrays.“Instead of having your whole roof be a photovoltaic cell, you could have little spots that were tiny photovoltaic cells, with antennas that would drive photons into them,” says Michael Strano, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and leader of the research team. Strano and his students describe their new carbon nanotube antenna, or “solar funnel,” in the Sept. 12 online edition of the journal Nature Materials. The antenna consists of a thin fibrous rope (about four millionths of a meter thick), containing about 30 million carbon nanotubes. Strano and his team have not yet built a photovoltaic device using the antenna, but they plan to. In such a device, the antenna would concentrate photons before the photovoltaic cell converts them to an electrical current. This could be done by constructing the antenna around a core of semiconducting material. While the cost of carbon nanotubes was once prohibitive, it has been coming down in recent years as chemical companies build up their manufacturing capacity. “At some point in the near future, carbon nanotubes will likely be sold for pennies per pound, as polymers are sold,” says Strano. Strano’s team is now working on ways to minimize the energy lost as energized electrons flow through the fiber, and on ways to generate more energy per photon. The nanotube bundles described in the Nature Materials paper lose about 13 percent of the energy they absorb, but the team is working on new antennas that would lose only 1 percent. (Read more in MIT News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Six Keys to Changing Almost Anything

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreChange is hard. New Year’s resolutions almost always fail. But at The Energy Project, we have developed a way of making changes that has proved remarkably powerful and enduring, both in my own life and for the corporate clients to whom we teach it.Our method is grounded in the recognition that human being are creatures of habit. Fully 95 percent of our behaviors are habitual, or occur in response to a strong external stimulus. Only 5 percent of our choices are consciously self-selected.In 1911, the mathematician Alfred North Whitehead intuited what researchers would confirm nearly a century later. “It is a profoundly erroneous truism,” he wrote, “that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.”Most of us wildly overvalue our will and discipline. Ingenious research by Roy Baumeister and others has demonstrated that our self-control is a severely limited resource that gets progressively depleted by every act of conscious self-regulation.CHECK Out: 4 Quick Tips to Find—and Keep—HappinessIn order to make change that lasts, we must rely less on our prefrontal cortex, and more on co-opting the primitive parts of our brain in which habits are formed.Put simply, the more behaviors are ritualized and routinized — in the form of a deliberate practice — the less energy they require to launch, and the more they recur automaticallyWhat follows are our six key steps to making change that lasts:1. Be Highly Precise and Specific. Imagine a typical New Year’s resolution to “exercise regularly.” It’s a prescription for failure. You have a vastly higher chance for success if you decide in advance the days and times, and precisely what you’re going to do on each of them.Say instead that you commit to do a cardiovascular work out Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m., for 30 minutes. If something beyond your control forces you to miss one of those days, you automatically default to doing that workout instead on Saturday at 9 a.m.Researchers call those “implementation intentions” and they dramatically increase your odds of success.2. Take on one new challenge at a time. Over the years, I’ve established a broad range of routines and practices, ranging from ones for weight training and running, to doing the most important thing first every morning without interruption for 90 minutes and then taking a break to spending 90 minutes talking with my wife about the previous week on Saturday mornings.In each case, I gave the new practice I was launching my sole focus. Even then, in some cases, it’s taken several tries before I was able to stay at the behavior long enough for it to become essentially automatic.Computers can run several programs simultaneously. Human beings operate best when we take on one thing at a time, sequentially.3. Not too much, not too little. The most obvious mistake we make when we try to change something in our lives is that we bite off more than it turns out we can chew. Imagine that after doing no exercise at all for the past year, for example, you get inspired and launch a regimen of jogging for 30 minutes, five days a week. Chances are high that you’ll find exercising that much so painful you’ll quit after a few sessions.It’s also easy to go to the other extreme, and take on too little. So you launch a 10-minute walk at lunchtime three days a week and stay at it. The problem is that you don’t feel any better for it after several weeks, and your motivation fades.The only way to truly grow is to challenge your current comfort zone. The trick is finding a middle ground — pushing yourself hard enough that you get some real gain, but not too much that you find yourself unwilling to stay at it.4. What we resist persists. Think about sitting in front of a plate of fragrant chocolate chip cookies over an extended period of time. Diets fail the vast majority of time because they’re typically built around regularly resisting food we enjoy eating. Eventually, we run up against our limited reservoir of self control.The same is true of trying to ignore the Pavlovian ping of incoming emails while you’re working on an important project that deserves your full attention.The only reasonable answer is to avoid the temptation. With email, the more effective practice is turn it off entirely at designated times, and then answer it in chunks at others. For dieters, it’s to keep food you don’t want to eat out of sight, and focus your diet instead on what you are going to eat, at which times, and in what portion sizes. The less you have to think about what to do, the more successful you’re likely to be.5. Competing Commitments. We all derive a sense of comfort and safety from doing what we’ve always done, even if it isn’t ultimately serving us well. Researchers Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey call this “immunity to change.” Even the most passionate commitment to change, they’ve shown, is invariably counterbalanced by an equally powerful but often unseen “competing” commitment not to change.Here’s a very simple way to surface your competing commitment. Think about a change you really want to make. Now ask yourself what you’re currently doing or not doing to undermine that primary commitment. If you are trying to get more focused on important priorities, for example, your competing commitment might be the desire to be highly responsive and available to those emailing you.For any change effort you launch, it’s key to surface your competing commitment and then ask yourself “How can I design this practice so I get the desired benefits but also minimize the costs I fear it will prompt?”6. Keep the faith. Change is hard. It is painful. And you will experience failure at times. The average person launches a change effort six separate times before it finally takes. But follow the steps above, and I can tell you from my own experience and that of thousands of clients that you will succeed, and probably without multiple failures.Tony Schwartz is the president and CEO of The Energy Project and the author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working. Become a fan of The Energy Project on Facebook and connect with Tony at Twitter.com/TonySchwartz and Twitter.com/Energy_Project.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Forest Policies in Rwanda, US and Gambia Win UN-backed Awards

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRwanda won a United Nations-backed gold award for its forest promotion policies, an event that former US track and field star Carl Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold winner, called more important than any athletic medals he garnered.Policies from the US and Gambia were runners-up, beating out entries from 20 countries to win joint silvers in the Future Policy Awards for forestry, announced this week by the World Future Council.Despite continuing population and land pressures, Rwanda has achieved a major reversal of its trend of declining forest cover and is on course to reach its goal of increasing forests to 30% of total land area.Forest cover has already increased by 37% since 1990. Massive reforestation and planting activities to promote indigenous species and involve the local population were undertaken, along with new agro-forestry and forest management education.“Exemplary policy solutions do exist. The Future Policy Award celebrates the best of them,” says Alexandra Wandel, Director of the World Future Council. “Rwanda has sought not only to make its forests a national priority, but has also used them as a platform to revolutionise its stances on women’s rights and creating a healthy environment,” says Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Honorary World Future member and Founder of the Green Belt Movement.Rwanda has also taken a lead in bio-diversity conservation, ecotourism and green jobs. The country of 11.4 million people has also been a pioneer in banning plastic bags: in 2008 a bill was introduced to prohibit the manufacture, import, use and sale of polythene bags in the country.The first Silver Award went to The Gambia’s Community Forest Policy, which has achieved sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation by handing control of forests to the communities that use them.“The success of the Gambia’s Community Forest Policy proves that even in the world’s poorest countries, with the right policies and legal framework in place, rural populations can benefit economically from forests and significantly improve their food security and environment,” said an official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.The second Silver Award went to the US Lacey Act amendment of 2008 which prohibits all trade in wood and plant products that are knowingly illegally sourced from a US state or any foreign country.The World Future Council is a group of 50 respected leaders from all five continents representing governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, science and business world.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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One Million People Pack D.C. With Energy, Optimism

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEnthusiastic spectators flocked to Washington for Monday’s inauguration, where they braved chilly temperatures and heavy security to witness the ceremonial start of President Obama’s second term.Spirits were high among the approximately one million revelers, as they took in a day of pageantry and patriotic music. “America’s possibilities are limitless,” President Obama said in his second inaugural address. “We possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together.”The speech  was 2,137 words long and took 15 minutes to deliver. You can read the official transcript here.(READ the story from the Washingon Times – WATCH some of the highlights below, after an ad from ABC)Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.Notable historians were asked about the significance of second inaugurals for an impressive video presented by the White House.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Hero Uses Own Money to Buy Groceries for Those Who Can’t Afford to Shop

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNamed an everyday Hero, Don Hanlon achieves that with a simple, but generous gesture.He walks in the doors and says, “What do you need?”Once each month for ten years Don has been talking trips to Sam’s Club with people who are dealing with domestic violence and homelessness.He spends $300 on each family from his monthly Social Security check.(WATCH the video below or READ the story at the Denver Channel)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Gardeners Team Up to Grow 60,000 Pounds of Produce for New Mexico Food Pantries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn 2008 Leslie Davis suggested to her mother, a Master Gardener in New Mexico, that in addition to cultivating flowers for worthy causes, she might try growing fresh produce for the community, especially since the recent recession had left so many people unemployed and so many food pantries overburdened.That discussion five years ago grew like a seed into a thriving bounty of volunteers who harvest thousands of pounds of produce, sometimes in a singe weekend, for people in need.Led by Penny Davis and dozens of Sandoval County Master Gardeners, the happy band of do-gooders labor to feed their neighbors under the non-profit banner Seed2Need. (Watch a video at the bottom) 80 of them recently gave up their Saturday in the town of Corrales, near Albuquerque, to sit in the dirt planting the seedlings that would grow to fill two lush acres with tomatoes, green chiles, cucumbers, melons, green beans, carrots and zucchini. The project originally started with a small plot of land donated in the nieghbor’s horse corral but now the group works in a large irrigated field where boy scouts, families and retired folks together can plant and cover 2000 tomato plants in just over two hours. Two weeks later 3500 green chile plants were also dug in.“It was a demonstration of the power of teamwork,” said Penny, who last year saw their labor of love generate a whopping 65,200 pounds of fruit and vegetables, with an estimated market value of $82,000. All of it was was donated fresh off the vine to fifteen food assistance programs in Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties.“It’s so fresh that dirt is still clinging to the tomatoes,” says Leslie Davis who moved back to the state after leaving her old job. The social camaraderie and sense of helping others has sparked a passion in the younger Davis.She recounted with pride the story of a local man who owned an orchard. Last fall he offered 80 pristine trees to Seed2Need for the picking. A group of high school students had to go back three times to finish collecting the 11,000 pounds of flawless apples. Participating food pantries were overwhelmed with apples in the first week. There were so many that the central food bank of New Mexico was called in to distribute to other regional pantries.“Two to three hours and all of a sudden you have 4000 pounds,” Leslie Davis told the Good News Network. “They had to send a huge truck.”To keep down the costs and control quality the Master Gardeners grow their own seedlings in a greenhouse that, of course, was built and assembled by volunteers. With the tending of their skilled hands, the healthy organic plants thrive.“Little cub scouts are hidden by these bushes picking from tomato plants that are 5-and-a-half-feet tall,” recalls Leslie, who has noticed over the years of volunteering, the little boys growing up, too.Seed2Need also provides an easy drop point for residents and farmers in late summer looking to unload their excess harvest. Tons of produce were collected this way last year both at the Corrales farmers market and from individual donations.With the ongoing drought in the Southwest, the cost of produce is likely to climb, making projects like these crucial to those facing food insecurity.If you would like more information, or would like to help, please visit their website at www.Seed2Need.us or visit the Seed2Need Facebook page.Photo credits: Seed2NeedAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Living on the Land, Eco-Friendly Circus Tour Inspired by Tolkien

first_imgTheir juggling and puppet shows prove that entertainment doesn’t have to involve a whole bunch of Hollywood technology. But they do need horses and a second cart, so they are crowd-funding their tour.Kenn Musso, the Director and Cofounder of Elsewhere Events believes that a more sustainable society will be better equipped to find creative solutions for problems, and hopes to inspire children to look toward nature for solutions and fun.If you’re able to catch the performance, please let us know if the Hobbit drives a Prius.(WATCH their enchanting video below) – Story tip from Antti JalkanenAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIs old-fashioned storytelling and merriment a thing of the past?Nay! The fantasy lives, and it’s eco-friendly.Inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkein, ancient mythology and Victorian romanticism, The Travelers of Elsewhere circus troupe will be enchanting Scottish audiences this summer by performing in forests across the country–and sleeping under the stars while they do it.The small group will travel to local woodlands in a horse drawn carriage to perform in green spaces within walking distance of towns. Promoting love of the environment and sustainable lifestyles, the caravan will entertain with a mix of interactive theater, improvisation and storytelling in the midst of their encampment.Tiny Library in Dr. Who Box Restored for Neighbors by Random Kindnesslast_img read more

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(WATCH) 100 People Work Together to Rescue a Great White Shark

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDozens of people literally pulled together trying to rescue a 14-foot great white shark that washed up on a Massachusetts beach.The video shows about 100 people — police, lifeguards, wildlife experts, and vacationing beachgoers — working frantically to save the shark on Cape Cod’s Whitecrest Beach.They created a pool around the shark and showered him with buckets of water to help him breath. Others dug a trench leading dozens of yards to the ocean.With Fins Off the Menu, A Glimmer of Hope for SharksWhen the trench was finished, they tied a rope around the shark’s tail and together dragged the 2,000 pound great-white back into the sea.Unfortunately, the heroic effort ended with the shark eventually dying in the water, but it was a dramatic show of humanity nonetheless.Shark experts say it’s very difficult to save large sharks when they beach themselves, although an effort in July did save a 7-foot great white in Cape Cod.Teen Drags Hammerhead Shark on Beach to Pull Hooks From its Mouth (WATCH)That younger shark was tagged and has been spotted several times this summer off the coast.(WATCH the video below) — Image from Robyn Schnaible on VimeoCape Cod Great White Shark Rescue – Whitecrest Beach, Wellfleet from Robyn Schnaible on Vimeo.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Seinfeld Cast Makes Dying Man’s 67th Birthday One To Remember (WATCH)

first_img SHARE This Festivus Moment…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 MoreAddThisMoreFor a television show about nothing, the cast members sure know how to give a little something to a dying man in celebration of his 67th birthday.Jim Calder had been battling lung cancer for two years leading up to this November birthday. His son, James Calder, felt inspired to throw a virtual party and began asking his dad’s favorite people to send in videos. Then he reached out to the actors of Jim’s favorite show–Seinfeld–asking for happy birthday wishes.Responses from the sitcom’s actors poured in, including Larry Thomas, ‘The Soup Nazi’, exclaiming “No cake for you!” and Wayne Knight, the actor who played Seinfeld’s neighbor Newman, saying a snide “Hello Jim!” in classic character.WATCH: Star Wars Director Grants Dying Man’s Wish, Just In TimeMichael Richards, who played the eccentric Cosmo Kramer, said he wanted to make a phone call instead, while Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, sent a video but requested it only be kept private within the Calder family.Jim’s health suddenly took a turn for the worse, while the family was keeping their secret surprise–and waiting for more videos to arrive. They decided it was time for the big reveal. At the last minute, a special delivery arrived, from the one and only Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine. In the video below, she congratulates Jim on doing such a good job raising his son. “He clearly adores you,” she said within a very touching message.WANT MORE CELEBRITY KINDNESS?….GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOS“He was shocked and mystified about how we were able to reach the Seinfeld cast members,” James wrote in a blog post on the Huffington Post.  “He really felt the love and support.”Jim died the next day, on November 7th, three days before his birthday. His wife said she took it as ‘a sign’ that one of his favorite Seinfeld episode was on television that day.…Or, it could be a Festivus miracle. (Watch the funny messages below)last_img read more

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Former Politician Surprises Wisconsin Teachers by Funding All Classroom Requests for Entire State

first_imgAs a result of his generosity, approximately 600 Wisconsin teachers will receive materials for their 43,000 students — ranging from health and hygiene items to paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes.MORE: Wife of Maine’s Governor Takes Waitress Job“We owe a lot to our teachers and hold enormous hope for our students,” said Kohl, a successful businessman from the state who founded Kohl’s department stores. “They are both a constant source of inspiration.”On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and anyone across the country can support the projects that inspire them.LOOK: Stranger Waiting in Line Behind Teacher Pays For Her School SuppliesAmong the projects funded were robotics kits for Ms. Heard’s 3rd–5th grade students to explore modes of transportation throughout Wisconsin’s history, and materials to take learning outside for Ms. Mortensen’s first grade students at Midvale Elementary School in Madison.Nearly 700 projects were funded in 140 Wisconsin school districts. Sen. Kohl posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.CHECK OUT: Lawyer Gives Full Backpacks To Every Elementary School Kid in Detroit“I would like to personally thank Herb Kohl for his recognition of the importance of our work and for his willingness to help turn the dreams of those educators and students into realities,” said Dr. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.Herb Kohl Philanthropies has long supported Wisconsin’s teachers and their schools through a Scholarship and Fellowship award program. He also sponsors the state’s Teacher of the Year program and has added a new category to his award program that recognizes Principals for outstanding school leadership. In addition, they support literacy, pathways to college and experiential learning.SHARE Some Good News!… (Photo via Whitney Achievement Elementary School) 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 MoreAddThisMoreYesterday, as thousands of Wisconsin classrooms kick off the school year, Herb Kohl Philanthropies announced they are fully funding the requests of every Wisconsin teacher posted on the education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org. That means that if you went to the website at 12:01am on Tuesday and searched projects in the state, you would have found absolutely none because former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl had funded all of them.last_img read more

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New Drug Could Offer First Treatment For Irreversible Huntington’s Disease

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA groundbreaking new drug is offering hope for Huntington’s disease: an inherited neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure.While the average person’s DNA produces healthy huntingtin proteins that nourish brain development, Huntington’s disease is caused by a faulty gene that makes toxic proteins instead. These deadly proteins then poison the nervous system and cause loss of motor control, memory, and speech.While there are therapies that exist to help Huntington’s patient cope with the degenerative symptoms, patients typically die about 10 years after diagnosis.RELATED: Scientists Activate Stem Cells to Make Hair GrowIn a new study released by the University College London, however, 46 patients with Huntington’s Disease were enrolled in the first human trial for an experimental drug called IONIS-HTTRx.The drug, which was administered through the patients’ spinal fluid, was not only shown to be safe and well-tolerated, but it also successfully lowered the level of harmful huntingtin protein in the brain’s nervous system.Professor Tabrizi, Director of the UCL Huntington’s Disease Centre said: “The results of this trial are of ground-breaking importance for Huntington’s disease patients and families. For the first time, a drug has lowered the level of the toxic disease-causing protein in the nervous system, and the drug was safe and well-tolerated.MORE: Two Breakthrough Drugs to Treat Migraines May Soon Hit the Market“The key now is to move quickly to a larger trial to test whether the drug slows disease progression,” she added.Moving forward, the research team will conduct further testing on how drastically the drug can alter the progression of the disease. While they are not yet calling this drug a cure, they say that it is the most groundbreaking development in the disease’s treatment in over 50 years.Patients who have already received the drug will be able to continue taking it as a treatment for their disease in the coming years.Click To Share The Exciting Breakthrough With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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News Anchor Announces On-Air That He is Helping to Forgive Over $1 Million in Medical Debt

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Washington state news anchor – along with the local station that he works for – is paying off over $1 million in medical debt for their viewers.Jesse Jones, who is a cancer survivor and reporter for KIRO 7 News, went on-air earlier this week and said that – for just $12,000 – he and the station had bought up the medical debt of 1,000 viewers.The randomly selected viewers will be receiving yellow envelopes from KIRO during the coming week – and none of them know that it’s coming.MORE: Occupy Wall Street Activists Pay Off $15mil of Americans’ Personal Debt“Medical debt is a subject near and dear to my heart and my wallet,” said Jones. “I’m a cancer survivor who has survived medical debt. I have been on payment plans, and I also have a job and insurance – but there are others out there who are not as fortunate as I am.”All of the finances were processed through the New York-based charity “RIP Medical Debt”: a nonprofit that locates, buys and forgives unpaid and unpayable medical debt for Americans, no strings attached.If you feel spurred to also help the news station pay off more debt, you can visit their donation web page.Click To Share The Compassionate Gesture With Your Friends – Photo by Kenteegardin, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more