Help for Hot Spots

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA $150 million global fund has been launched to provide protection for environmental “hot spots” that contain the most dense array of plant and animal biodiversity around the planet.The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), spearheaded by the World Bank, Conservation International, and the Global Environment Facility, will fund new national parks and also secure mining and timber rights in rain forests in Africa, Asia, and South America.“Hot spots” where projects are targeted in the next two years include the Andes, Madagascar, West Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Guinea and the Philippines. *UPDATES*June 12, 2001- With a grant of $25 million, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has joined the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, a major effort to preserve the most critically endangered and biologically richest areas on Earth.June 6, 2002- The Japanese government announced today its most significant contribution ever to support private conservation groups by joining the CEPF. Each organization member has pledged to commit $5 million annually over five years to the fund. Since the Fund was launched in August 2000, the CEPF Donor Council has approved more than $69 million in grant resources, divided among the nine priority areas in Asia, Africa and Latin America.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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VH1 Saves School Music Programs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStudies show kids involved in music programs have improved reading abilities, higher self-esteem, score higher on standardized tests, and are more likely to stay in school and go to college.Concerned with the growing number of public schools that have canceled music programs, cable channel VH1 initiated a rescue mission called Save the Music.Save The Music focuses on rebuilding programs that have been eliminated, or boosting programs that are at imminent risk of being canceled.Since the program was created in 1997, more than $17 million worth of musical instruments were donated to 750 public schools in 70 cities, enhancing the lives of more than 250,000 children.For info, or to donate an instrument visit Save the Music, or call toll free 1-888-VH1-4MUSIC.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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In Papua New Guinea, Mothers Take Charge

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA group of women villagers on a remote island off Papua New Guinea have funded and built their own medical aid station. They decided to do something after government infrastructures like schools, road and clinics had deteriorated or been completely closed due to lack of funds for maintenance. (OneCountry.org)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Multiple Sclerosis Patient Finishes 50th Marathon in 50th State

first_imgHe doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon…(READ the story from Reuters)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 MoreAddThisMoreSince being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 13 years ago, Patrick Finney of Dallas, Texas has remained unwilling to endure a life of infirmity. With therapy, medication and strong will power, he has followed his dream to run marathons in every state, finishing his 50th on Sunday.“I am the first person with multiple sclerosis to complete a marathon in all 50 states,” he said triumphantly, in a phone interview with Reuters moments after finishing. “It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m on top of the world.”last_img read more

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Hero Air Controller Guides Couple to Safety After Pilot Passes Out

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 MoreAddThisMoreWhen one of the nation’s 15,000 air traffic controllers does something wrong, you always hear about it. When one of them does something right, averting disaster, it’s called a save, and many times we don’t hear about these stories.Charlie Rohrer, a controller for 22 years, had just finished a class on how to recognize the symptoms of hypoxia. A week later, while working his shift at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center, Rohrer diagnosed the condition, which occurs when a pilot flying at high altitude is deprived of oxygen.After talking with the pilot of a small-engine plane, he noted the slurred speech and began taking action to avoid imminent disaster.Soon after, the man had passed out and his wife was left to control the plane until it could be guided to a lower altitude.Rohrer and 14 of his fellow controllers will be honored for their saves at an annual awards ceremony by their union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.Read about Rohrer’s save, and hear the air traffic control tower recording, at CBS News.Read about another recent save, Controllers Guide Pilot Though Clouds Just in Time, in the Seatle Post-Intelligencer.last_img read more

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Artist Plows Giant Tribute to Pope Francis in Italian Field

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn the province of Verona, an artist, who says he uses his plough as a painter would a brush, created a giant portrait of the pope with just a tractor and farmland belonging to his parents.The crop-art took six hours to complete with no prior planning. He simply has an innate sense of proportion when carving the land with his tractor. The Italian artist, Mr Gambarin, had previously produced giant images of President Barack Obama and Edvard Munch’s The Scream.(READ the full story from the Telegraph) 你需要安装能够查看此内容的 Adobe Flash Player。Please click here to continue. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Canadian Speedskater Who Gave Oympic Dream to Teammate Thanked with Crowdfunded Medal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSpeedskater Gilmore Junio made worldwide headlines when he stepped aside from the men’s 1000 meters at the 2014 Sochi Olympics so that Canadian teammate Denny Morrison could compete, a selfless act for which Junio today received a special commemorative, crowdfunded medal.Morrison, who’s from B.C., fell during an earlier qualifying round. But after Junio stepped aside, Morrison got another chance, and went on to win a silver medal.The “Thanks Gilmore” campaign to give Junio his own medal started with Toronto design agency Jacknife calling for fundraising on social media — and earning enough to get the medal made of gold, silver and maplewood.(READ the story w/ photos  from CBC – also WATCH video news clips of his Olympic gesture)Story tip from Scott WalkerAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Why America is Naturally Made For Success

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMany believe the American economy has some inherent advantages over its major competitors – a more flexible structure, stronger entrepreneurial traditions, a more demographically dynamic society.“Well, along comes a fascinating new book,” writes Farred Zakaria, that points out, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”“Peter Zeihan’s The Accidental Superpower begins with geography, pointing out that America is the world’s largest consumer market for a reason – rivers. Transporting goods by water, he points out, is 12 times cheaper than by land, which is why civilizations have always flourished around rivers.” ”And America, Zeihan calculates, has more navigable waterways – 17,600 miles worth – than the rest of the world put together. By comparison, he notes, China and Germany have about 2,000 miles each and ALL of the Arab world has just 120 miles of river.” (The Chesapeake Bay alone “boasts longer stretches of deep-water ports than the entire continental coast of Asia from Vladivostok to Lahore.”)But that’s just the beginning.(WATCH the CNN video below or READ the column in the Washington Post)Photo credit: US rivers in the contiguous 48, by Nelson Minar (CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Veteran and His Service Dog Struggling to Find Work Are Finally Hired

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreClay Luthy is an Air Force veteran who can’t go anywhere without his 10-year-old service dog Charlotte – even to work.That’s why the dynamic duo is especially overjoyed that they finally landed a job at the Lowe’s in Abilene, Texas. Up until Clay’s wife gave him the idea to apply at Lowe’s, the vet had had a hard time finding a business that would be okay with his sidekick following him around in the work zone.MORE: Retired Senior Gets Job After Posting Ad About ‘Dying from Boredom’“They were the best person for the job,” Jay Fellers, the Lowe’s human resources manager told USA Today. “So, we went through the interview process and Clay and his own merit won the job. And we knew he was gonna make a great employee – we just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him.”Clay says having a service dog has been the best therapy he’s received since leaving the Air Force – and now he can take his therapy with him when he puts on the work uniform.Click To Share The Pawesome Story With Your Friends – Photo by Judy Dechert RoseAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Women Encircle a Crying Mom Whose Toddler Was Having a Meltdown at the Airport

first_imgDunnington wrote on Facebook: “A toddler who looked to be eighteen or so months old was having a total meltdown, running between the seats, kicking and screaming, then lying on the ground, refusing to board the plane.”CHECK OUT: With Kids in Meltdown Mode, Mom’s Day is Saved When Officer Appears“His young mom, who was clearly pregnant and traveling alone with her son, became completely overwhelmed… she couldn’t pick him up because he was so upset, he kept running away from her, then lying down on the ground, kicking and screaming again.”“The mother finally sat down on the floor and put her head in her hands, with her kid next to her still having a meltdown, and started crying.”Dunnington was then heartened by what happened next.WATCH: Girl Stops Mid-Tantrum When She Spins Around and Sees Brother Back From the NavySix or seven women from around the boarding area convened on the young mother, formed a little circle around her and her toddler, and each woman did something to help calm down the distressed duo.“I sang ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’ to the little boy… one woman had an orange that she peeled; one woman had a little toy in her bag that she let the toddler play with; another woman gave the mom a bottle of water.“Someone else helped the mom get the kid’s sippy cup out of her bag and give it to him.”LOOK: Thrilled Toddler Yells ‘Dad!’ After Adoption Decree is AnnouncedThough the women did not exchange words over their common goal, they were able to calm down the mother and her toddler until they were successfully able to get on the plane.“After they went through the door we all went back to our separate seats and didn’t talk about it… we were strangers, gathering to solve something.“It occurred to me that a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world. I will never forget that moment,” she added.Click To Share The Inspiring Story With Your Friends (Representational photo by Bidgee, CC)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 MoreAddThisMoreWhile airports might typically act as a spark plug for stress, they can also be places where strangers assist during the worst moments of travel anxiety.One such incident happened to Beth Bornstein Dunnington when she was flying out of Los Angeles earlier this month.The mom from Waimea, Hawaii was at LAX waiting to board her flight to Portland. As she was in the departure area alongside a crowd of other travelers waiting for their own flights, she saw a mother who was having some problems with her son.last_img read more

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