Month: February 2021

African Nations Boost Gorilla Protection

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA new agreement endorsed in Paris last week by nine African countries ensures better protection for gorillas and is being hailed as a major conservation achievement. This is the first time that countries agreed to be legally obligated to act in a coordinated manner against threats to great ape species in the wild. The agreement, which will function like a mini-convention or protection treaty for great apes, specifies efforts on which the governments need to collaborate. These include combating poaching, supporting law enforcement and building capacity in the legal and judicial areas. The agreement will be legally binding, unlike previous declarations from the range countries, such as the GrASP Kinshasa Declaration in 2005. “This new agreement is a powerful tool because it has the potential to reshape the way gorilla conservation is conducted,” said Dr Susan Lieberman, Director of WWF’s Global Species Program. “It will promote collaboration and political will to secure habitat, and stop escalating threats such as poaching and Ebola outbreaks, all threats to the future of the world’s gorillas.” Central African Republic, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Cameroon and Gabon participated in the talks, while Rwanda was unable to attend. (WWF) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Community Pulls Together to Build Home for Cancer Patient

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter a cancer patient’s plea to Extreme Home Makeover to help her build a new house for her family of six, was turned down, her community pulled together to grant the wish that the show couldn’t.(WATCH the inspiring video below, by Steve Hartman or Read full text at CBSNews)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Four People, 4 Reasons Why “ObamaCare” Works

first_img3) As the owner of a small business, Chris Crigler wanted to offer his employees health care coverage. Without it, he couldn’t hire the qualified managers he needs. But he couldn’t afford it when small businesses are paying 18 percent more than large businesses for the same coverage: He is thrilled with new federal small-business tax credits that are helping him to pay half of his employee’s premiums with a 25-35% credit through 2013 — and after 2014, 50 percent.4) Thanks to federal health reform David Taft’s parents were allowed to keep the graduate student on their family’s policy until he turns 26. He can now receive preventive care and peace of mind while he finishes his masters degree, volunteers for AmeriCorps, and concentrating on his future.(READ the column in the Denver 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 MoreAddThisMoreThe Denver Post demonstrated how the Affordable Care Act of 2010 is helping people and businesses save money and stay healthy in a column that features four powerful testimonials showcasing specific reforms that are working.1) Preventive care saves lives. Kathy Leinz is proof. She felt perfectly fine, but a routine checkup found aggressive colon cancer: “Obamacare” is making preventive care available with no co-pays or cost-sharing, to halt a serious disease at an early stage.2) Shockingly, Sonji Wilkes was advised to get a divorce so her 8-year-old son could qualify for Medicaid after treatment for his severe hemophilia had brought the family to the brink of its “lifetime cap” in several different insurance policies: Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on care, and as of 2014 annual caps will also be a thing of the past.last_img read more

Man Has Great Reason for Plotting a Krispy Kreme Donut Heist

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen 42-year-old Chris Rosati was diagnosed with ALS, he came up with an unusual plan to spread cheer: steal a Krispy Kreme truck and give away all the donuts.When Krispy Kreme heard about the plot after it was posted on social media, not only did they support Rosati’s plan, they helped him pull it off. (WATCH the story below – READ the article from CBS)http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nc-man-bakes-up-krispy-kreme-caper/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Postal Worker Battles House Cat to Use Mail Slot

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA good-natured postal worker shot a video of his encounter with a cat who meets him at the door every day.On the other side of the front door, this black and white cat was ready to do battle for control of the mail slot.This video was featured on the television show, America’s Funniest Home Videos, so you can hear the laughter in the audio track. If you haven’t seen it yet, you will get a big smile over this. (WATCH the video below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Trapped Cat Survives Month-long Journey in Family’s Moving Box

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA family’s cat from Suffolk, Virginia survived a month-long trip across the country, without food or water, stuck inside a moving box.When movers went to pack up the Barth family’s home in September, Mee Moowe went missing.“I was really worried and starting to think the worst,” Barth told WAVY News. “Maybe she ran away, maybe the movers scared her and she decided it was too much noise and she took off.”The family delayed their move to Hawaii, staying three more nights in their empty house, hoping Mee Moowe would show up. Eventually, they couldn’t wait any longer.(WATCH the video or READ it from WAVY News10)SHARE the Story with Animal Loving Friends Below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Baby Boom Surprise For World’s Most Endangered Orcas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere’s a baby boom going on among a clan of the world’s most endangered killer whales.Whale watchers off the British Columbia coast have sighted a fourth calf born since December to the group of Southern Resident Killer Whales that also frequent Washington State waters.Naturalist Jeanne Hyde first spotted the latest addition while aboard a whale watching cruise. At first, she thought it was another orca born earlier in the year. Then she saw the dorsal fins of both calves break the surface at the same time. “It was so exciting, because this calf has the heavy-duty, deep fetal folds,” Hyde, the avid whale photographer, was quoted as saying in an online magazine. “I’d never seen one so fresh. That’s an indicator that it was born just within a couple days.”The birth of ‘J52’, as the newest arrival is called, increases the estimated number of wild mammals in the community of Southern Resident Killer Whales by three percent, to a total of 81.It’s been almost three years for the clan since a calf has survived to its first birthday, according to the Center for Whale Research. The survival rate is normally about 50 percent for any young orca. The latest string of births have allowed for cautious optimism, however, and even a bit of excitement.The research community and whale watchers in the Pacific Northwest are keeping their collective fingers crossed that the endangered community has “finally turned the corner.”Photo Credit: Jeanne Hyde courtesy of Center for Whale Research (shows both calves’ dorsal fins breaking the surface)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Little Girl With Leukemia Surprised With Princess Room Makeover

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen four-year-old Peyton arrived at her home, she wasn’t expecting to see rows of cheerleaders chanting her name or a mini-prince charming placing a crown upon her head.And she really wasn’t expecting to see her bedroom turned into a vision from a fairy tale.RELATED: One Surprise After Another for Cute Kid Overcoming Illness in IndianapolisThanks to the Atlanta-based organization Sunshine for a Ranney Day, which donates room makeovers to children living with life-threatening illnesses, she now had a “princess” room to call her own.“When she’s not feeling well, and she’s not able to go out, she’s going to be able to play princess dress-up in fun dresses and really escape everything she’s going through,” said the organization’s founder, Holly Ranney.(WATCH the unveiling below) Image via IFrame Media LLCShare This Royally Inspiring Story With Your Friends:AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

With Newborn in NICU, Parents’ Car Was Stolen But Local Celebrity Steps In

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A stolen car led to an amazing act of kindness for a struggling pair of new parents.Jessica Daniels was visiting her premature baby at a Renton hospital outside Seattle, Washington when her car was stolen from the parking lot.She and her boyfriend, Ben, had just lost their other car in an accident — and they live 25 miles from the hospital where baby Genevieve is being treated.FOR MORE GOOD NEWS: GET OUR NEW APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSBoth parents are Iraq War veterans and aren’t able to afford another car. They were having to ask friends and neighbors to give them rides to the hospital and weren’t able to spend enough time with their new baby.When KIRO reporter Jesse Jones heard their story, he started making phone calls. A local Ford/Hyundai car dealer donated a blue set of wheels. The local fire department even installed a car seat.The cameras were rolling as Ben and Jessica walked out of the hospital to the shiny, blue surprise parked in their path.WATCH: When 83-yo Landscaper Needed New Truck, Donations Grew Like Weeds“I have restored faith in people again,” Jessica said.“It was a two tissue day,” Jones wrote on his Facebook page.(WATCH the video from KIRO News below) — Photo: Jesse Jones, Facebook AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Planning a Lovely Wedding? Now You Can Save a Family Farm at the Same Time

first_img“Traditional, professional event venues are built to more or less mass produce events,” says McElhinney. “I was away one weekend with friends at a farm and they were all talking about how generic weddings felt at these commercial event venues and I said why not just get married somewhere like this and create the entire thing to be the way you want?”RELATED: Girl’s Lemonade Recipe to Saves Bees Turned Into Million Dollar Whole Foods DealSome couples do get married on a farm owned by a family member or friend — but unless you know someone willing to do this as a one-time favor, getting a stranger to transform an old estate into a wedding venue poses many problems. McElhinney saw the opportunity in solving those problems: If he figured out the logistics, he could give small farms a low-time impact but high-value solution to getting the money they need all while giving couples a unique, customizable space for their wedding. McElhinney started Mayflower Venues, which touts an automated, intelligent technology system that enables these non-traditional spaces to use modern systems and tools to host a small number of weddings a year.“A number of the venues on our website had couples pulling up their driveway knocking on their barn door asking if they could have a wedding in their yard,” says McElhinney. “They always turned them away because they had no idea how to figure out insurance, what price to charge, how to tell them what caterers would need. With a full-time job as a farmer, they couldn’t handle it.”So, Mayflower Venues is doing all that work for them. Since officially launching the company last fall, McElhinney and his team — and the platform — have hosted one event, gotten more than 40 venues on board, and booked dozens of events for 2018 and 2019.CHECK OUT: Newlyweds Track Down Wedding Crashers Who Were Life of the PartyMayflower’s role, says McElhinney, really becomes that of the venue coordinator. “We identify these spaces and digitize them. We built this entire proprietary on-boarding app by working with a variety of expert wedding planners, caterers, and vendors to figure out what are the inputs couples will need and we collect all that info and create a comprehensive set of wedding planning tools specific to each venue’s eccentricities. We know how many feet of hose a caterer would need to reach the potable water spout at a historic family estate, for example, and the platform presents that information to the couple and their vendor at the right time.”McElhinney is focused on the unique, sustainable nature of the properties. “We only allow one wedding a weekend at each venue. We don’t want a wedding factory, we don’t want three weddings going into a small town in the Berkshires in 72 hours; but we do want one wedding going into a small town in the Berkshires because that’s great revenue, for catering and accommodations. We’re really excited about bringing this millennial revenue into rural America and that is a very sustainable action.”Reprinted with permission from MIT NewsSay ‘I Do’ To Sharing This Great News: Click To Share With Your Friends – Photo by Mayflower VenuesAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePlan a wedding, save a farmSam McElhinney MBA ’17 found a way to help New England small farms, family estates, and orchards by creating a system that enables them to host events easily.Written by Julie BarrMIT NewsDespite conservation efforts and a resurgence in local farming, New England is still losing about 100 agricultural acres to development every day. For many small farms, family estates, orchards, and other largely undeveloped properties, the cost of taxes and maintenance alone can make keeping their land too expensive.Sam McElhinney, born and raised in Massachusetts and an avid lover of the outdoors, always wanted to find a way to conserve the open lands he so loved. It wasn’t until McElhinney, who was on the lumberjack team and president of the fishing club at Dartmouth College, reached his late 20s and he and many of his friends began planning their own weddings that the idea hit him.last_img read more