Documentary Spotlights West African ‘Sisters In Law’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo women in the West African nation of Cameroon are delivering justice and breaking gender barriers in the courtroom. Their work is the subject of the documentary Sisters-in-Law. (audio at NPR)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Cupcake Dream: Lawyer Leaves Job to Start Booming Cupcake Biz

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA pair of Washington, DC power brokers came up with a dream of delivering cupcakes curbside. They quit their jobs in favor of delivering happiness in a big pink van. And their sweet business is booming. Although they work harder and feel more stress, they are much happier having followed their dream. WATCH the video below, or at CNN… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Green Tea Cuts Dementia Risk Says Study

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRegularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, according to scientists at Newcastle University.The study showed chemicals created when the tea is digested help prevent the degeneration of brain cells.Similar research has hinted the beverage could also help protect against some forms of cancer.(READ the story in the BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Teen’s Video About Death Inspires Millions One Week After he Succumbs to Heart Condition

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMillions now know his name. After cheating death three times, Ben Breedlove, 18, finally lost his life on Christmas day, but not before leaving a touching last message recorded for YouTube telling of his near-death experiences and how at peace he finally felt with his fatal heart condition.The Austin teenager lived an active life and in his video message, recorded just a week before his final heart attack, he said he had lived a life he was proud of. His parents feel blessed by the secret video left behind and say it has helped them be strong knowing how fulfilled he was.WATCH the video report from MSNBC (top)See the final video from Ben.) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Winner of Boat Hands Over Keys to Less Fortunate Fisherman

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGive a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but give a man a new bass boat you’ve just won, and everyone will give you a standing ovation.Fred McMahon became the ultimate good Samaritan at a fishing competition in Jasper, Texas right after he won a tricked-out Triton bass boat in a drawing at the event’s finale.Like most of the other fishermen in the Big Bass Splash tournament, McMahon had fished from a boat in Lake Sam Rayburn. But he’d learned that one man, Albert Jenkins, had competed all three days in the tournament fishing from the dock because he had no boat. McMahon decided to turn the keys over to his fellow fisherman, on the spot.Orphans Win Fishing Tournament, Decide to Share $250,000 With Orphanage “I thought I would never do this,” McMahon wrote in a Facebook post after giving the boat to Jenkins. “I feel blessed.”The announcement brought people to their feet cheering.“Fred McMahon, you truly are an inspiration to others and an angel in my eyes,” Nicole Sealy of Sealy Outdoors, the tournament’s creator, wrote on the Big Bass Facebook page the next day. “Thank you for making Dreams Come True! Congratulations Mr. Albert Jenkins and hope you enjoy your new boat.”(SEE pics of the giveaway moment from KJAS News) – Photo credit: Fred McMahon’s Facebook PageAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Mealworms Love Eating Styrofoam! Breakthrough Discovery Best In 10 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWho would have thought that the container used to transport your take-out food could be a meal itself?For the right consumer, it is.Mealworms, scientists have learned, will indeed eat styrofoam, which could spell glorious progress in the fight to eliminate plastic waste.Researchers at Beihang University in China and Stanford University in California arrived at this conclusion after putting the worms—larvae of the common American beetle—on a diet of nothing but styrofoam. Not only dud the bugs digest the plastic into biodegradable compounds, but they were just as healthy afterwards as worms that ate their normal diet.Teen’s Device to Clear Plastic Garbage from Oceans is Almost ReadyThe secret is the microorganisms in the worms’ digestive system. These “bugs-within-the-bugs” produce an enzyme that breaks down the foam into organic compounds. What the mealworms don’t digest, they expel as biodegradable substances that return to nature.“The findings are revolutionary,” Stanford University engineer Wei-Min Wu, told CNN. “This is one of the biggest breakthroughs in environmental science in the past ten years.”The Robotic Baby Penguin That Spies For Scientists On the heels of this awesome revelation, scientists will pursue a theory that these enzymes could potentially also be used to break down other forms of plastic, like microbeads polluting the world’s oceans.“Sometimes, science surprises us,” Stanford professor of environmental engineering, and co-author of the study, Craig Criddle said. “This is a shock.”The study was published in the journal Environmental Technology.(Photo: solo estonia, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

7-Year-old Applies For Job at Google, Gets Letter Back From CEO

first_imgWhen he mentioned that employees also have special access to recreational slides and go-karts, Chloe was sold.RELATED: 7-yo Star Wars Fan Asks George Lucas If Jedis Can Marry, Gets Great AnswerThe daughter wrote a heartfelt letter from her home in Hereford, England to Google CEO Sundar Pichai in California, ending the note by saying she has “only ever sent one other and that was to Father Christmas”.She was delighted to find that she had received a response from Sundar earlier this week.“Thank you so much for your letter. I’m glad that you like computer and robots, and hope that you will continue to learn about technology,” wrote Sundar. “I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to – from working at Google to swimming in the Olympics.MORE: Late Daughter Unknowingly Left Priceless Gift for Grieving Mom“I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! 🙂 ”The letter has apparently invigorated Chloe to work even harder at one day working for the tech company, despite the years of primary school she has yet to complete.Click To Share The Sweet Story With Your Friends (Photos by Andy Bridgewater)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 MoreAddThisMoreChloe Bridgewater might only be 7 years old, but her letter to the CEO of Google demonstrates she already has adult-sized ambition.Entranced by the magic of her Kindle Fire, Chloe recently became interested in technology and robotics. Her father Andy suggested that she apply for a job at the beloved Silicon-valley company.last_img read more

Mom is Moved to Tears When Older Boys Approach Her Adopted Son at the Park

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis mom’s testimony of kindness is just another example of why kids have the purest hearts.It was a quiet morning when Christy Lee Rowden of Oologah, Oklahoma took her two kids Asher and Mercy to the park this week. Since it was still early in the day, the youngsters spent the first part of their trip playing by themselves.Then, a group of 5th grade boys from Oologah Upper Elementary showed up and started playing basketball. Rowden says that since she adopted 7-year-old Asher from Uganda, he can be shy around other kids as a result. But this time, as he quietly stepped back to watch the boys play, they approached him instead.RELATED: When Elderly Woman Fell Ill, Her 7-Year-old Bestie Began Checking Up On Her 5 Times a Day“All the boys came over and shook Asher’s hand and introduced themselves. Then they asked him to play with them,” Rowden wrote on Facebook, adding that the gesture “melted her heart.”“They were so kind – they included him by letting him catch and throw the ball and they cheered him on and high-fived him,” says Rowden.“It seriously brought tears to my eyes – especially being the mom of a black boy in a mostly white community,” she added.LOOK: Photo of Young Athletes Paying Respect to a Funeral is Restoring People’s Faith in HumanityThe video of the youngsters all hugging and encouraging Asher has been shared on Facebook hundreds of times  – and it’s not hard to see why.Clayton Brown, who says that he knows the kids in the video, wrote: “We teach our kids to be color blind because at the end of the day we’re all humans just getting through life. So seeing this makes me –and I’m sure the other parents– feel like we’re doing the right thing.”(WATCH the sweet video below)Share The Sweet Story Of Compassion With Your Friends – Photo by Christy Lee RowdenAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

After Learning From Deadly Mistakes in the Past, 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Resulted in Zero Casualties in the City

first_imgBe Sure And Share This Story With Your Friends On Social Media – Feature photo by Senator Lisa MurkowskiAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The city was founded on a geological fault line, one capable of producing immense, and dangerous earthquakes. If they didn’t want to relocate the entire population, they needed to respond to the problems at hand, and quickly.RELATED: 30,000 Bees Rescued From NZ Town After EarthquakeIn lieu of displacing a significant portion of the town citizens, civil engineers and seismologists joined forces to create a city that could withstand the forces of future seismic events. They enacted proposals and regulations that limited the height of their buildings, delineated safe and unsafe areas for development, and systematically educated the populace as to the importance of these regulations, so that their measures would not become undone.In truth, their foresight and efforts are to thank for the survival of the people of Anchorage. The fact that an earthquake of such magnitude can occur and result in zero casualties is a testament to the city designs they proposed, and according to an op-ed that was published by Charles Wohlforth in the Anchorage Daily News, the people who implemented these changes are true heroes.“The 1964 Good Friday earthquake and the quake Friday had many differences, starting with the wonderful fact that no one died this time,” wrote Wohlforth. “But one thing is the same. Like every big earthquake, they taught us who is really in charge. To the extent we listen to that lesson, we can protect ourselves and those who come after us.”MORE: Major Earthquake May Have Saved Island From Coastal ErosionToday, Anchorage is rebuilding its damaged infrastructure and their progress is impressive: roads that were almost completely destroyed are now fully operational after just a matter of days.Senator Lisa Murkowski photo from TwitterPerhaps their speedy recovery is because the Alaskans have been through this sort of natural disaster before, or maybe it’s because they have the helping hands of an unscathed population. Whatever the reason for their resilience may be, people are celebrating their literal ground-breaking response to the incident.“Extraordinary that we had 0 casualties in this earthquake and only a few injuries,” Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote in a Twitter post. “The resilience of Alaskans and our buildings is a testament to lessons learned from the ’64 quake and speaks to our level of preparedness.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore1964 Anchorage earthquake – US ArmyThe Alaskan city of Anchorage suffered a 7.0 magnitude earthquake last month. It could have resulted in terrible devastation. It could have caused the premature deaths of families, friends, and co-workers—like the disastrous outcomes in 1964.Yet Anchorage emerged from the potential tragedy with zero casualties and an immense appreciation for proper city planning.After the 9.2 magnitude earthquake in March, 1964 that killed 131 people, the residents and leaders of Anchorage knew a change was necessary.last_img read more

Here’s How Families and Groups Are Pitching in to Maintain National Parks During Government Shutdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThough the partial US government shutdown has left some national parks scrambling to maintain their lands and facilities, hundreds of civilians are stepping up to care for the public lands of their own accord.In Tennessee, a father-daughter duo has been tackling the litter left behind on the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.With park services lacking funding to keep parks clean, Marc Newland and his 10-year-old daughter Erica have spent their days hiking the mountain trails with trash bags in hand so they can pick up litter along the way. The group recently made headlines for their early morning clean-up of the trash left behind by New Year’s Eve festivities. According to a press release from Dr. Madeel Abdullah, the president of youth group, “service to our nation and cleanliness are important parts of Islam.“We could not sit idly by as our national parks collected trash,” he added. “We will lead by example and dispose of this garbage appropriately and invite all Americans to join us in these parks and others across the nation.”LOOK: This Simple Solution for Pollution Kept 815 Pounds of Trash Out of the Water–Make Sure Your City Does itThis is not the first time that the group has volunteered their services, either. With over 5,000 members of various ages, the organization has reportedly logged over 200,000 hours of public service since 2016.In addition to individuals lending a hand, dozens of small businesses located in proximity to Yellowstone National Park have all chipped in thousands of dollars to keep the park open and tidy during the winter tourist season.MORE: Couple Takes It Upon Themselves to Turn Ocean Trash into Prosthetic Limbs for Kids That Cost Only $45With the breathtaking scenery blanketed in snow, the park is visited by over 20,000 tourists every month. Since many of these travelers had already planned their wintery expeditions months in advance, local tour guide services, snow mobile rentals, and park resorts volunteered to split the costs of paying park rangers to keep bathrooms and park lands clean.“I mean it’s not cheap [for these families],” one snowmobile guide told NPR. “They had to plan and budget for this, and to all of a sudden get the carpet ripped out from underneath them, I think is not fair.“[The park] should be open, and services should be there, because it is the people’s park,” he added, saying that he was happy to help keep the park open until the park received funding once more.LOOK: When School Places Ad For Male Mentors, They’re Overwhelmed by ‘Volunteer Dad’ ResponsesThere are other smaller efforts underway to help keep the parks clean as well. According to the Washington Post, a team of 40 volunteers have been cleaning toilets, restocking toilet paper, and recovering trash throughout Joshua Tree National Park. Another group of civilians is maintaining Yosemite National Park.While none of these efforts can replace the full force of the National Parks services, the volunteer-led initiatives show that Americans will always be willing to take care of its lands and communities when adversity arises.Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good news With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Marc NewlandAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The Newlands have always been avid hikers, but when Marc told his daughter about how the shutdown would affect the mountain park, she suggested that they take it upon themselves to keep the trails tidy.RELATED: Swiss Businessman is Contributing $1 Billion Towards Protecting 30% of the Planet“Erica says that she would like to challenge other hikers to take one day off from getting in miles and impressive vista pics and instead, give back by grabbing a trash bag, heading to the park and collecting some litter!!” Mark wrote in a post to the Hike the Smokies Facebook page. “These mountains give so much to so many people. Imagine if only a fraction of those people decided to give back to the mountains.”Meanwhile, hundreds of Muslim men volunteering with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association have been picking up trash in parks and public spaces across the nation – from the Everglades in Florida to the National Mall in Washington DC.last_img read more