Millionaire Gives Mansions to Homeless

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJapanese billionaire, Genshiro Kawamoto, cried as he presented the keys to a multimillion-dollar home to a low-income single mom with 5 kids. “Her family will live there rent-free, but must pay utility bills. He plans to open eight of his 22 Hawaiian homes to poor families for ten years.” (By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press – with photo) UPDATE: An alert GNN reader pointed to this same billionaire’s eviction of 420 California families five years ago on 30 days notice… perhaps he is repenting for his sins. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Britain’s Oldest Man at 112 Years Has Great Memory (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBritain’s oldest man, thought to be one of three surviving UK World War I veterans, is celebrating his 112th birthday. He has a great memory and can fill in the details of 100 years of history. As the last surviving original member of the Royal Air Force – formed 90 years ago – Henry Allingham visits school children to bring history alive. (Video and story at the BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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The Good News About Body Image

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Mental Health Minute by Cristina FrickOne day I was in the library, working on my thesis and feeling tired. I made a stop in the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and remember thinking that I looked pretty weary. Then as I was getting ready to leave the bathroom, I noticed a small Post-It note on the mirror. It said simply, “You are beautiful just the way you are.” I remember thinking that it was so refreshing to see encouragment from other women in a place where so many women look in the mirror and think critical thoughts of themselves.Suddenly, everywhere I looked, I noticed campaigns for positive body image- in my Glamour Magazine, in commercials on TV, even on TV shows. It suddenly hit me that women have made a lot of progress in seeing their bodies in a positive light in the last several years. Listed below are a few great examples of forward movement in this area that will inspire you to see yourself as already naturally beautiful.1. Operation Beautiful: As it turns out, the Post-It note I saw on the bathroom mirror at school was part of a project called Operation Beautiful. This genius idea by Caitlin Boyle encourages women to write uplifting, anonymous messages like “You’re beautiful,” “You’re perfect just the way you are,” and “You are beautiful because you are God’s masterpiece” on Post-It notes and post them in public places. Some of the most creative ones I noticed on Caitlin’s website were a note on a scale that said, “This number does not change who you are” and a note on a box of Slim-Fast in the grocery store that said, “You’re beautiful just the way you are.” I was so inspired by this website that I’m going to do my own Post-It note. There’s this incorrect perception of women in our society that we are hard on each other and want to tear each other down, but Caitlin’s website proves that this is a complete myth. In reality, most women want to support each other and spread the love.2. The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty: If you are a role model in a young girl’s life, take note: Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty hosts self-esteem workshops for girls ages 8-12 to help protect them from the pressures of idealized body image in the media. Girls attend with a mother, teacher, or other mentor in their life (fathers and male mentors can also attend) to explore self-esteem issues faced by young women. The workshops are interactive, and participants will discuss self-esteem, body image, and diversity of beauty. A portion of the proceeds from Dove products go toward these self-esteem workshops. The $10 donation required for workshop registration goes directly to the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. There is also a Dove self-esteem program available for both boys and girls called the Real Beauty School Program. 3. Glamour Magazine– In Glamour’s September 2009 issue, Akiba Solomon wrote an article entitled “What Everyone But You Sees About Your Body,” highlighting all the beautiful aspects of women’s bodies. Perhaps the most empowering thing about this article was the beautiful woman pictured on Page 194, model Lizzie Miller. This beautiful woman is a size 12-14, the size of an average American woman, and appears in the picture showing off what magazine editors called “a belly roll,” which is something I have never seen in a magazine before. It is so nice to see an average, *real* woman’s body in a magazine. This is such good news for women, especially me, because I have a little bit of a belly myself! And it’s not just me that was struck by the beauty and realness of this picture- people became so fascinated with Lizzie that she was featured on CNN, The Today Show, and Access Hollywood.  I always felt that Glamour was one of the classier women’s magazines, and now it is proven.Even “America’s Next Top Model” is making strides toward a more diverse definition of beauty. Whitney Thompson, a plus-sized model, won Cycle 10 of the show, and the current season features only models under 5’7″ (unusually short for “typical” models). Although I watch and love “America’s Next Top Model,” I would not recommend it for young women still developing their body image, but at least Tyra Banks and the show are making some strides toward a more diverse definition of beauty.I could not write a column about body image without mentioning anorexia and bulimia and where to find help if you feel that you or someone you care about is suffering from either of these disorders. According to the DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000), anorexia nervosa refers to a refusal to eat due to an intense fear of gaining weight. Purging, or throwing up/expelling what one has eaten, can also be a part of anorexia (the person may cycle back and forth between refusal to eat and binge-eating/purging). Bulimia nervosa refers to the tendency to binge, or eat much more food than most people would within a 2-hour period, and purge, or throw up or expel what has been eaten because of an intense fear of gaining weight. If you feel that you or someone you care about is suffering from anorexia or bulimia, the APA website offers a listing of therapists in every state.All in all, I think women have finally said “enough is enough” to the unrealistic images of beauty portrayed in the media. Women already have a lot to be proud of. Check out the above websites, magazines, etc. for inspiration, and remember: you are beautiful inside and out._____________________________Cristina Frick is a contributing writer and volunteer editor at the Good News Network since 2006. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and plans to graduate in December.  “Thank you to my mom, dad, family, friends, and boyfriend for helping me develop a healthy body image!”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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5 Young Social Entrepreneurs Win Rolex Laureate Awards

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFive visionaries between the ages of 18-30 from the U.S., Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and the Philippines have been selected to receive the Rolex Award for Enterprise in the new Young Laureates Program. Chosen from among 200 candidates worldwide, these social entrepreneurs impressed the judging panel with their passion and conviction to overcome challenges in the areas of science and health, applied technology, exploration, the environment and cultural preservation.Each Young Laureate will receive a $50,000 grant along with mentoring and the international publicity that comes through media coverage.The winners are:Reese Fernandez, 25, from the Philippines (pictured above), for establishing an innovation center in order to assist impoverished women to earn a decent wage by creating ‘eco-ethical, elegant’ products. Since cofounding Rags2Riches in 2007 to help hundreds of families living in a Manila waste dump who recycled scrap material to make rugs but who only earning pennies on the dollar, Fernandez has assisted 300 women in transforming their business into a high-value coop.Jacob Colker, 26 from the US, for his smartphone application that allows users to become volunteers by donating spare minutes to charitable, scientific and community organizations. Since co-founding The Extraordinaries in July 2008. Nearly 30,000 volunteers have now signed up for “micro-volunteering”, carrying out a wide range of tasks, from helping Nasa identify galaxies to translating the resumes of newly arrived immigrants who are looking for work.Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, 27, from Nigeria, for developing an interactive, rural radio service to improve the lives of farmers in Nigeria. In 2003, he founded the Smallholders Foundation to provide the rural community a radio show delivering information on how to improve agricultural methods and conserve the environment, helping the 90% of Nigeria’s population that exist on less than $2.00 a day as small farmers. His 250,000 daily listeners also receive advice on HIV/Aids and opening and running a bank account. They will also be able to contribute information, thanks to interactive mobile radios — small, solar-powered machines allowing listeners to send voice messages, free of charge, to radio stations, which can, in turn, broadcast them.Piyush Tewari, 29, from India, for training a network of police officers and volunteers to provide rapid medical care to road accident victims in Delhi. After his 17-year-old cousin died following a road accident, Tewari investigated the length of time it took to provide basic life support on the congested streets of Delhi and found that 80 percent of the injured receive no emergency care within the first vital hour after the accident. He set up the SaveLife Foundation to prevent thousands of unnecessary roadside deaths and has already provided  training sessions in basic life support to almost 1,200 police officers, as well as 100 ordinary citizens.Bruktawit Tigabu, 28, from Ethiopia, for developing a health-education television program for preschool children to help reduce the staggering number of children under age 5 who die each year, many from preventable illness. In 2005, she began producing “Tsehai Loves Learning” from her living room, using sock puppets, computer graphics and her own voice. Twenty-six episodes of this highly successful program have now been created, each one seen by an estimated 2.6 million children.Visit the Rolex Young Laureates website for more information.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Strong Spending on Black Friday Breaks Records, Cyber Monday Better Still

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUS shoppers hungry for Black Friday deals came out in droves, spending at record levels.“We were expecting Black Friday openings to be very strong, (but no one) expected that they were going to be this strong,” a National Retail Federation analyst told ABC.This is welcome news for the nation’s overall economy and for Wall Street, where stocks soared on Monday Morning.226 million people shopped during the 4-day weekend pumping $52 billion into the coffers of retailers — an increase of 14 million shoppers over last year. The average amount spent also increased by about ten percent to almost $400 per shopper. One interesting note: 44% of those shoppers surveyed said they were buying for themselves over the weekend. The rest of the gifts have yet to be purchased.(READ the story from ABC News)Photo by cohdra via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Blogger’s Search for Stranger Who Saved His Life

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA video-blogger who was stopped by a stranger from jumping into a river six years ago has launched a campaign to find the man who saved his life.Jonny Benjamin, 26, was on a ledge of London’s Waterloo Bridge in January 2008 after being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, when the man intervened.Now as an ambassador of the Rethink Mental Illness UK charity he has helped many.“The empathy, belief and determination that passerby showed me, gave me hope.”(READ the full story at the BBC – HEAR Jonny’s appeal below)Thanks to Andrew N. for submitting the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Mosque Welcomes Stray Cats and Kittens for the Winter (LOOK)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt’s a game of cat and mosque as a Turkish house of worship welcomes some unexpected guests for the winter — whole families of stray cats.The Iman at the historic Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in Istanbul opened its doors to the strays — to the apparent delight of visitors and many of its members.WANT MORE ANIMAL GOOD NEWS? … GET OUR NEW APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSWorshipers are seen in pictures cuddling and playing with the mosque’s ”Friday guests,” thanks to the welcoming decision of Imam Mustafa Efe.There’s even a video of one mother cat completing the move of an entire litter of kittens into the mosque.After all, what cat could resist those Turkish carpets.(WATCH the video below and see more photos on Mustafa Efe’s Facebook page)Curl Up With the Warmth and Share This…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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South Korea is Shutting Down Their Largest Dog Slaughterhouse and Turning It into a Public Park

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAnimal rights activists are rejoicing over South Korean officials closing down the largest dog meat slaughterhouse in the country.The Taepyeong-dong complex in Seongnam previously hosted six slaughterhouses that supplied much of the country’s demand. This week, however, officials started tearing down the facilities and turning the grounds into a public park.The closure of the complex comes at a time when dog meat consumption is declining rapidly in South Korea, particularly among younger generations. A survey from June shows that 70% of South Koreans say they will not eat dog meat in future, and a series of recent moves to curb the dog meat trade reflects a society increasingly ill at ease with the practice. In April this year, a district court in Bucheon fined a farmer under the Animal Protection Act for unlawful animal slaughter, ruling that meat consumption was not a legal justification to kill dogs. In August, Seoul City announced there will be no more dog slaughterhouses at Kyungdong Market in Dongdaemun. In that same month operators of an illegal dog slaughterhouse were prosecuted for water pollution, and President Moon Jae-In’s Blue House pledged to consider removing dogs and cats from the legal definition of livestock.RELATED: Simon Cowell Donates Over $32,000 to Close Down South Korean Dog Meat Farm“Both as a Korean citizen and an animal campaigner, it was incredibly moving for me to a part of the historic closure of this notorious dog slaughterhouse,” said Nara Kim of Humane Society International in a statement.By Michael Bernard, Humane Society International“This really feels like a landmark moment in the demise of the dog meat industry in South Korea, and sends the clear message that the dog meat industry is increasingly unwelcome in Korean society.”Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Deaf Puppy Gets Sign Language Lessons After Being Adopted By Man Who is Also Deaf

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEmerson the puppy was only 6 weeks old when he was dumped at an animal shelter and left to fight for his life against a host of health issues.Staffers at the NFR Maine animal shelter in North Monmouth, Maine say that in addition to being deaf, the puppy suffered from seizures and canine parvovirus, a highly contagious viral illness.Despite his struggles, Emerson underwent treatment for the disease and pulled through. The shelter made a Facebook post about the black Labrador mix in hopes of finding him the perfect home. Several people contacted the shelter to express their interest in adopting Emerson, but when they were eventually contacted by Nick Abbott, staffers knew it was a match made in heaven.WATCH: This 2-Year-Old Deaf Girl Loves People – So Her Whole Neighborhood is Learning Sign Language31-year-old Abbott says that he was particularly moved by Emerson’s story on social media because he too is deaf.“Nick said he was interested in meeting Emerson because they would understand each other, being that they both share the same hearing difficulties,” the shelter wrote on Facebook. “When Nick and his mom walked into the house to meet Emerson, Emerson made a direct line for Nick and sat at his feet.“That’s all it took. I was sold that this was fate, and these two belonged to each other.”Abbott and Emerson have now been living with each other for three months, and their relationship is melting hearts across social media. Abbott says that he has been teaching sign language to his canine companion so they can communicate with each other. Just one week after Emerson moved into his new home, Abbott said he already knew the sign for “sit”.LOOK: 15-Year-old Melts the Hearts of Airline Passengers When She Befriends Blind and Deaf Passenger“Emerson learned sign language very quickly and it did not take long for him to understand. Good training is the key to a good dog,” Abbott told Pretty52. “So far Emerson knows how to sit, lay down, stay, come and we are currently working on shake.”Needless to say, the shelter has been delighted by the duo’s success.“This boy deserved nothing short of a fairy tale ending and that is EXACTLY what he got!!” wrote the shelter. “This will go down in history as one of my all time favorite adoptions stories.”Be Sure And Share The Pawsome Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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London rioting causes concern

first_imgStudy abroad students departing for London tomorrow will need to be conscious of safety in a way that past students of Notre Dame’s 29-year-old program have not. Weeks before Notre Dame students were scheduled to leave for their semesters abroad, violent riots spread through parts of London and Birmingham, raising questions about students’ safety traveling both to and within the city. The rioting did not affect the Waterloo or Trafalgar Square areas, where the Notre Dame student residence and classroom building are located, but staffs of the London Program and Office of International Studies (OIS) are still taking the necessary safety precautions. “The safety of the students and the assurance of a rich academic and cultural experience during their study abroad session are our top priorities,” J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, said in a statement. London Program staff will also discuss emergency protocols with students when they arrive in London for orientation, Entrikin said. He said students set to spend fall semester in London were “fully advised” about added security measures, and that members of the London Program staff were in contact with the students as they made their preparations to go abroad. “Students were informed that University of Notre Dame officials were closely monitoring the situation, which remained stable in the vicinity of the London Centre and Conway Hall,” London Program Director Greg Kucich said. Junior Meredith Kugar, who will study abroad in London this semester, said her first reaction to the riots was one of concern. “I just was kind of … hoping that it wasn’t too close to the ND flats or school buildings in London and that it wouldn’t seriously affect the program at all,” she said. But junior Maria Ricaurte, who is also headed to London, said the immediate contact from Notre Dame was reassuring. “We got an email from the school saying our location wasn’t near the majority of [the riots],” she said. “They really emphasized that the security in the flats we’d be staying at is really reliable.” Kucich said emergency protocols will be developed as needed to keep London Program students safe. “We are also prepared to transmit police updates on any developing civil disturbance rapidly to students, providing security advice through text messages and emails,” he said. Conway Hall, the student residence in the Waterloo area, is currently staffed by security personnel 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Security personnel will also man the London Program’s classroom building in Trafalgar Square at all hours for the foreseeable feature, Entrikin said. “The London Program has an excellent system for monitoring developments throughout the greater London area,” he said. Kucich said the riots will also be discussed in an academic setting. “The complex social, economic, and political forces behind the unrest will become an important area of cultural study,” he said. Junior Ben Foley said he is not very concerned about safety, since the program’s classroom building and residence building are both in safe areas of Central London. “As we explore more of London we should be a little more careful, I think,” Foley said. Ricaurte agreed that as students begin to venture out of Central London, they should be more cautious and aware of their surroundings. “As we start traveling the suburbs of London, we’re definitely going to take more precautions,” she said. The London Program and OIS staffs will continue to monitor circumstances in London, as well as any U.S. State Department information about travel to and within the United Kingdom, Entrikin said. As staffs monitor the situation in London, Kucich said any appropriate changes will be made, if necessary, to the London Program. “The University of Notre Dame is committed to providing a rich educational experience for students in London while taking all appropriate measures to provide a safe living and learning environment,” he said.last_img read more

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