AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreChildren shed tears of joy in Zambia as they received gifts of 100 bicycles from a Chicago charity this week. With the goal of making it easier for thousands of children in Africa to get to school, World Bicycle Relief plans to give away 50,000 bicycles in Zambia, where long distances and a lack of transportation keeps many children from going to school. “Before getting a bicycle, I used to walk to school. It would take me 45 minutes. Now I can ride and reach the school within 15 minutes. I now get to school on time and have been appointed special status leader,” said Harsha Dias, Grade 9, from Kaluara (photo, right, by Leah Missbach Day)Get involved in the World Bicycle Relief on their website.(Read the AP Story on Huff Post)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 MoreAddThisMoreChristmas in Alaska came early this week to nearly 300 students attending school in an Eskimo village, thanks to the volunteer program coordinated by the Alaska National Guard.Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children in the western Alaska community and took pictures with them before helper elves handed out gifts.“It’s all to make the kids’ Christmas and bring a little joy to them,” Banez said. Photo credit: Foter-CC-Ennor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore (READ the AP story via CTV)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Thanks to Andrew N. for sending the link from EnglandAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The USB flash drive is one of the most simple, everyday pieces of technology that many people take for granted.Now it’s being eyed as a possible solution to bridging the digital divide, by two colorful entrepreneurs behind the start-up Keepod.Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi aim to combat the lack of access to computers by providing what amounts to an operating-system-on-a-stick.In six weeks, their idea managed to raise more than $40,000 (£23,750) on fundraising site Indiegogo.(READ the full story in the BBC – WATCH the fundraising video below)
“This decision is vital to the survival of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna, as is evidenced by the current catch being 90 percent composed of young juveniles yet to breed and the breeding stock estimated to be down to just four percent of original levels,” said Pablo Guerrero, Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Coordinator for WWF’s Smart Fishing Initiative.In June 2012, the group of nations set a tuna quota in the eastern Pacific for the first time ever. Last year the quota was reduced to 5000 metric tons for all of 2014. This new significant cut could lead to a Pacific bluefin tuna recovery.The hope is that these same countries, especially the US, Mexico and Japan, will also agree to similar cuts to Pacific Bluefin Tuna elsewhere, when the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meets in Samoa in December.SOURCE: WWF – Photo by Tom Puchner via CC licenseAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCountries fishing the Eastern Pacific Ocean for bluefin tuna have heeded scientific advice agreeing to almost halve their fishing quotas for the prized but beleaguered fish.The European Union, US, Mexico, China, and Japan, along with 16 other nations belonging to the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission agreed to establish a catch quota of 6600 tons of Pacific Bluefin tuna for commercial catches spread over the next two years. That achieves a 45 percent reduction, almost meeting the reduction of 50 percent recommended by the International Scientific Committee for tuna.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePop quiz: who’s the coolest teacher around? Answer: Ms. Atwell.Today, for World Teacher Day, we’re shining a spotlight on Nancie Atwell, the “World’s Best Teacher” who doesn’t give her students tests or quizzes.Atwell received the first “Global Teacher Prize” earlier this year–but she’s been changing the profession for 25 years. She created “The Center for Teaching and Learning” in Edgecomb, Maine, to let students and teachers learn alongside each other. Her philosophy boils down to a simple motto: “Give kids choices.”Billionaire Fed Up With Low Salaries Raises Math Teachers’ Pay By $15K“Anybody’s achievement is driven by interest,” Atwell told PBS News Hour (watch the excellent video below).She believes the students will invest in their learning if there is a “real curiosity and passion.” The classrooms in the school are designed to promote collaboration, with students and teachers freely moving to work with one another on projects.SEE All the Stories About Education at Good News NetworkThe 75 students in her Kindergarten-through-8th Grade school take the standard school curriculum, but they approach it much differently than most schools. Each student is encouraged to research what he or she finds interesting in each course.The baseline $8,000 tuition is set up on a sliding scale based on parental income — the less parents earn in their jobs, the less they have to pay. That allows kids of doctors and lawyers to share the same classes as kids of farmers and lobstermen.Girl Wins Top Prize Inventing Ebola Test That’s Cheaper, Better, FasterTeachers from around the world are offered four-day internships to learn alongside the students. They see her ideas in action and look for ways to improve their skills while incorporating some of her ideas into their classrooms when they return.It is true that Atwell’s school really doesn’t allow tests or quizzes. Instead, teachers are required to assess each student’s daily progress and the students keep portfolios of their work through the year.She’s using her global award to call attention to the profession of teaching as an intellectual opportunity and is investing the one million dollar prize money back into her school — including new scholarships for students.(WATCH the video below from the NewsHour) — Photo: PBS NewsHour video Make Sure Your Friends Learn About This, Share It…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 MoreAddThisMoreA Spix’s Macaw, the bird that inspired the character in the movie Rio, has reappeared in Brazil 15 years after it was thought to be extinct in the wild.On June 18th the blue macaw was identified by at least six people on various occasions near the city of Curaçá, in Bahia. One of them actually made a video of the bird flying and making sounds. The director of Bird Life International (Sociedade para Conservacao das Aves do Brasil, SAVE-Brasil), confirmed the information, saying the bird has a very characteristic type of singing.RELATED: Manatee Population Has Rebounded 500 Percent, No Longer EndangeredIn the Organization’s official announcement, Pedro Develey says, “The first person to see the Spix’s Macaw was Nauto Sergio Oliveira, a subsistence farmer… who told his neighbors.”The following day, Lourdes Oliveira and her daughther Damylis saw the endangered bird at 6:20 in the morning and managed to record on Damyli’s mobile (see below). The excitement among Curaçá’s residents was palpable because the bird had not been seen in Brazil since 2000, in that same region. The species is now maintained through a captive breeding program at several conservation organizations under the aegis of the Brazilian government.CHECK OUT: Gorillas Decide They Can Dismantle Poacher’s TrapsFor the next week residents will be helping researchers from another important organization, the Chico Mendes Institute (ICMBio), with the efforts to locate the bird and gather more information.Develey believes the bird was kept as a captive pet and recently released to avoid punishment or fines, because environmental laws are being more vigorously enforced.“Besides, if this bird was around for longer our video traps would have registered it already,” the director told Brazilian media outlet, O Estado de S. Paulo. “The fact is the bird is flying in his natural habitat and that’s amazing.”(WATCH the video re-posted on YouTube)SEE MORE Good News About Birds, Here — SEND This Good News Flying— Share it.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 MoreAddThisMoreNow getting tested for cancer at the doctor’s could be as simple as a little prick of the finger – and it could save your life up to ten years in advance, before symptoms even start to show. A team of researchers at the Swansea University in Wales have discovered that they can now recognize when a patient will develop cancer because of a mutation that occurs in blood cells.Using a simple test that tracks down the mutated cells, doctors can now detect the illness in someone’s blood stream even if won’t develop for years.RELATED: ‘Lost’ Memories in Alzheimer Sufferers May Be Recoverable, Says StudyProfessor Gareth Jenkins, who led the study, said: “The test can be likened to a cancer smoke detector because a smoke detector does not detect the presence of fire in our homes but it’s by-product – smoke. This test detects cancer by detecting the ‘smoke’, the mutated blood cells. The old adage of no smoke without fire also applies to ‘no cancer without mutation’ as mutation is the driving force for cancer development.”The figurative ‘smoke detector’ has so far only been used to look for cancer in the oesophagus, due to victims’ low survival rates from not recognizing symptoms in time for treatment, but researchers are confident that the test will work just as efficiently with other forms of the disease.MORE: Geneticists Uncover Major Clue To Understanding SchizophreniaThe $46 test is currently undergoing trials of detecting pancreatic cancer, and researchers are predicting that the life-saving procedure could be available to the public in just 5 years.Though the test is simple, cancer treatment is always more effective when initiated as soon as possible, making this easy procedure a discovery that could save thousands of lives.Spread The New: Click To Share – Photo by AldenChadwick, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Cadence then wrote to Boots For Troops, a nonprofit care package program for soldiers around the world, and explained her situation.RELATED: After Random Meeting With Homeless Man, Youth Surprises Him With Ticket HomeWithout hesitating, the program’s members rented a van for Cadence and sent her gas cards for the trip.“We are so incredibly thankful for BFT for helping us so much… during such a hard time,” says Cadence. “They were also caring and compassionate the entire time we spoke to them; they often checked in on my family during our travels; they genuinely cared about me and my family, and we are so blessed to have found them and received help from them.”Cadence Davie is the 53rd service member who has received travel assistance since the organization was founded in 2015. The organization aims to continue bringing military families together and proving to U.S. troops that they will always stand behind those who stand in front for them.Send This Story To Your Friends: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreU.S. Army service member Cadence Davies was stationed overseas in Iraq when she received a heartbreaking message from the Red Cross: her mother had just passed away and was being laid to rest in Rhode Island.Cadence could only reportedly make it as far as North Carolina, but then she would have to make a 950-mile drive to Rhode Island. Since her family was already struggling with funeral costs, none of them could afford to pay for a gas or a rental car.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen this college student was waiting to start a job interview, he had no idea that he was in the right place at the right time – that is, until someone in the coffeehouse started choking.The wildest coincidence was that the Sacramento State student was about to interview for a paramedic internship at San Luis Ambulance in Sacramento, California.SkipAds byWil Stewart was waiting around for the interview with some of the other prospective interns when a nearby man started to choke.RELATED: Ex-prisoner En Route to Job Interview Takes Shirt Off Back to Save Man’s LifeStewart immediately realized what was problem was and started giving the man the Heimlich maneuver. After a few pushes, the patron recovered.Even though he saved the man’s life, Stewart did not even mention it to the interviewer, Fred Motlo.“We didn’t know! No one told us until after the fact,” Motlo told the Tribune. “He was very humble about the event and he didn’t mention it to us.”Needless to say, Stewart got the job.(WATCH the video below)Save A Life: Click To Share With Your Friends – Image from KTXL Fox-40 News videoAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMost of us love to be connected and surrounded by friends, but sometimes being pulled in a hundred different directions makes you forget about the interests you would pursue if you were by yourself. If you feel this way, you are not alone – but you may need to be.There are far more interactions and distractions in our daily lives than ever before, causing our brains to be on sensory overload. If meaningful, the interactions can make us feel connected. Being in a distracted state, however, can make us feel disconnected, which can lead to loneliness.Learning howto rejuvenate by enjoying your own company is a great first step to reducing loneliness. Spending quality alone time can fuel your creativity, help you focus, de-clutter your mind, decrease anxiety, improve your social interactions and actually make you feel less lonely.Here are a 10 tips to help you love, and long for, your alone time.1) Know the Difference between Loneliness, Being Alone and Quality Alone TimeThe ability to feel lonely is innate in all of us. As described in a study published in the Perspectives on Psychological Science and reported by Big Think exploring the origins of loneliness, we have physiological and psychological reactions pushing us to seek human interaction in order to survive. Because of this instinctive need to connect, we tend to measure our social success by how many friends we have online and offline and like to socialize with an entourage.RELATED: Learn How to Spend Time Alone So You Can Unlock Your CreativityThe volume of interactions we face today, however, means that even if we are not socializing and are physically alone, we are not necessarily getting the quality alone time our body and mind need in order to best function. Not turning “off” means we are still “on.”2) Take Space to “Space Out”Being “on” can be exhilarating but also exhausting. We need eight hours of sleep every night so our bodies can revitalize but when do our minds get refreshed? For every action, there is a reaction. While we are at work, in a conversation with friends, running errands, our mind and body are constantly reacting. If we allowed ourselves not to react, we would space out a lot more than is probably socially acceptable. Sometimes, it is good to be in full solitude to have the space to just space out.3) Make it a Want Even if it is a NeedIf you are an introvert or suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), quality alone time is not only something you seek but it is also essential to your health and happiness. Social interactions for introverts deplete energy whereas for extroverts, they boost energy. People with ADD tend to get overwhelmed by too many distractions and need more time alone than others do to give their busy brains a rest.POPULAR: Tearful Man Sees Bald Lady Alone in Car Returns to Buy Her Flowers (Watch)With ADD prevalence rising and the emergence of “introverted extroverts” who require a certain amount of solitude to offset social activities, the majority of us could benefit from making quality alone time a necessity.4) Stop Judging YourselfSociety tells us that there are situations that are acceptable to be alone, such as in a library, and there are those where a lack of companion by your side means a lack of companionship in your life, such as a concert or weekend getaway.Research shows that an important reason for people’s inhibitions from partaking in public, enjoyable activities alone is their concern that others will judge them if they do. Yet, we overestimate how many people will notice or care and anticipate significantly more negative reactions from others than we will actually receive.So stop judging yourself and go see that movie that you’ve been dying to see that your partner has no interest in and all of your friends have already seen.5) Focus on your Own ExperienceYou may be setting the bar too high to find friends or a partner that share every single same interest as you. Can’t find anyone to take a cooking lesson, join a volleyball league or take a dance class with you? Do it alone and you may enjoy it even more than doing it with someone who doesn’t share your same enthusiasm. Doing an activity you enjoy alone allows you to focus on your own experience instead of ensuring someone else is also having a good time.ALSO: Dog Hailed as Hero After Refusing to Leave Goats Alone in Wildfires6) Trust that Others May also be AloneChances are if you had the courage to go alone, someone else may have too. This is a great way to meet like-minded people that share a similar interest. We are more likely to meet new people when we are alone as we are more approachable and it seems more natural to strike up a conversation with a stranger. So in getting to know yourself you may, in the process, make a new friend that shares a similar interest.7) Create Mini Vacations in Mundane ActivitiesIn the same way that an employer encourages you to take your vacation days so that you come back to work refreshed, your family and friends need you to create mini vacations for yourself in your every day life. Turn your long commute home into a joy ride by using this built-in time alone. Allow yourself to reflect on your day without talking, emailing or texting anyone about it. “Taking time in solitude to reflect [on activities] is just as important as the activities themselves,” says Joseph Murray, an associate professor of education at Bucknell University who has studied development for more than 20 years. Your loved ones may miss you but they will be thankful for the state you are in once you reconnect.8) Talk to YourselfDon’t try this with others around, but we can get so lost in our thoughts that sometimes, it helps to say them out loud. Do this while driving and pretend like you’re on the phone. The good thoughts sound better and the bad ones sound worse. Just talk it out with yourself. Creativity flourishes in solitude so who knows, during this “self-therapy” you may actually come up with a few pretty great ideas.FAVORITES: Woman Reads to Shelter Dogs to Ease Their Loneliness—And Her Own9) Don’t Expect Too Much and Stick With ItHave you ever noticed how you need a few days into a vacation to unwind? We may need a few tries to actually enjoy alone time and to get its benefits. Expectations are a heavy thing. What I “should” be doing, what I “should” be thinking. It might take some time to remember what it is that you enjoy doing when no one is watching, when no one is expecting anything of you. Do that thing. It can be as little as catching up on your favorite show, getting your hair done or going for a bike ride.10) Become More SociableSometimes making social plans feels like an obligation if we’re running around from one thing to the next. Instead of wanting to be left alone, we start to long for social interaction if we’ve set quality time aside for ourselves. Social outings become something we choose, not something we have to do.Nurturing your independence can also give you more self-worth, make you feel more capable and less needy in a relationship. Once you have found satisfaction on your own and allowed time to explore your interests and your partner has done the same, it is fun to re-unite. You’ll have more to talk about and will have allowed space to miss each other.Once you have re-connected with yourself, you can connect with others in a more meaningful way.Share to Help a Friend… Or, (Photo by Hernán Piñera, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore