Clean Up the World Weekend Mobilizes Millions

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome 35 million volunteers from 122 countries are expected take part this weekend in rubbish-clearing efforts along coastlines and waterways across the globe as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. Volunteers will pick up trash on beaches, in villages and at various other sites around the world, among them Australia’s Sydney Harbour, the Nile River in Egypt, and Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. Last year, more than 450,000 volunteers removed 8.2 million pounds of debris (3.7m kg) from 18,000 miles (29,000 km) of coastline and waterways in 74 countries during the daylong cleanup. It all started in 1989 when an Australian solo-yachtsman and builder, Ian Kiernan, appalled by the amount of rubbish he came across while sailing, organized a cleanup of the Sydney Harbour, during which some 40,000 volunteers removed rusted car bodies, plastics, glass bottles and cigarette butts from the water. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Since the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) took up the campaign 14 years ago, Clean Up the World has collected an estimated 3.5 million tons of rubbish, enough to fill 5,710 Olympic-size swimming pools. Developing countries in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, including some of the world’s most troubled nations, have become enthusiastic participants. Africa has the highest participation in both the number of countries (28) and organisations (171) that have joined the Clean Up the World campaign so far, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, and Nigeria leading the way, the UNEP said. The United States had the most participants last year with 174,000 people cleaning some 3.9 million pounds of trash from nearly 14,000 miles of coastlines. The Philippines provided the second best participation with around 123,000 people, followed by Canada where slightly more than 21,000 volunteers helped out. The campaign has also registered record participation by groups from Argentina, India, Mexico, and Spain. The Florida coordinator said Florida’s long coastline inhabited by dozens of endangered or threatened species makes it especially vulnerable to litter. Plastic bags are one of the most common items and they resemble jelly fish, which is one of the favorite foods of sea turtles. Get involved this weekend by visiting Clean Up the World. Separately, the UNEP announced in August that Afghanistan’s leaders recently approved regulations to protect the ozone layer, which will allow the authorities to control the transboundary trade in ozone depleting substances. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


‘Astonishing Richness’ in Polar Sea Species

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The polar oceans are not biological deserts after all. A marine census released Monday documented 7,500 species in the Antarctic and 5,500 in the Arctic, including several hundred that researchers believe could be new to science. This photo, released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Census of Marine Life, shows a chionodraco hamatus, one of the Antarctic’s ice fish, which can withstand temperatures that freeze the blood of all other types of fish. (Read more from AP via CBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Pixar to Release ‘Up’ Funniest Animated Film Yet (Video)

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 MoreAddThisMore Catch a sneak peek of Pixar’s latest animated sensation, ‘Up’, about a grouchy old man who tries finally to achieve his most longed-for adventure. He ties thousands of balloons to his house and “Up” he goes. What he didn’t realize was the arrival of a pesky boy scout once again at his doorstep as the building was launched. Watch the Pixar sneak peek below, or at Clip Syndicate… last_img read more


‘Playgrounds’ Designed for Seniors Help Keep Them Active, Sharp

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith an aging population in Spain, health professionals are looking for ways to keep its elderly citizens active and healthy.No longer resigned to a park bench while they watch grandchildren have all the fun, ‘playgrounds’ for seniors are popping up all over the country.The activities were designed to help keep motor skills sharp and mental abilities keen, while offering the added benefit of keeping seniors socializing. Therapies include exercising with hand pedals, crossing plank bridges, and navigating brain teasers.Seniors Get a Lift Whenever Farm Animals Come to Visit “Kids can also have fun here,” physical therapist Paz Vidal told Public Radio International. “The parks help create family cohesion. And it’s intergenerational.”Across the ocean, the health care company Humana and the non-profit group KaBOOM! have joined forces to build 50 similar playgrounds in the U.S. to offer the same benefits to Americans.(WATCH the PRI video) – Photo: PRI videoInspire Someone to Build it Locally… (Share below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


258 Trucks Deliver Hay To Farmers Suffering From Drought (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver 800 drought afflicted farmers in the Queensland area of Australia rejoiced at the site of a truck convoy carrying salvation this week.Thanks to an overwhelming wave of cash donations, 14,000 hay bales worth $6 million were delivered to the struggling community by The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.WATCH: Disabled Veteran Converts Wheelchair into Snow Plow to Help Town258 trucks, 406 trailers and 500 volunteers completed the 1800 kilometer journey, drawing cheering families and farmers out to the road in celebration of the newly-delivered resources.“All keeping the dream alive for our Aussie Farmers,” a post to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Facebook page read.RELATED: Tesco to Give All Unsold Food to Charity in its 800 UK SupermarketsThe delivery even broke the volunteer’s January record of 120 volunteers delivering 4,500 bales of hay, but the organization says they have no plans of stopping and their next stop will be Thargomindah in the southwest Queensland area.(WATCH the trucks pulling in below…) Photo by Thomas HinterdorferDeliver This Story of Community To Your Friends: Click to Share…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Toddler Takes Care Of 3-Day-Old Baby Cow When Calf’s Mother Dies

first_imgA few weeks ago, Lacey Gray of Delta Rose Photography in Olive Branch, Mississippi asked her uncle if she could borrow his newborn calf for a photoshoot. Her uncle, saying that the mother wasn’t ready to be separated from her child just yet, politely declined.RELATED: Owl Can’t Stop Hugging The Man Who Rescued Her After Bad AccidentThe next day, however, Lacey’s uncle called back and said that the mother had fallen and passed away from the impact.Lacey brought the calf home to live with her and her daughter Kinley, who immediately fell in love with the orphaned cow.(WATCH the video below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis little girl may only be 2 years old, but she’s already the proud mamma and best friend of an orphaned baby calf. Moooove This Story To Your Friends: Click To Share – Photo by Delta Rose PhotographyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Dad Completes the Circle By Walking His Daughter to Last Day of High School

first_imgBrittany, who is a senior at Alvord High School in Alvord, Texas, says that it was a “bittersweet” moment that she’ll “remember forever.”RELATED: Dad Has the Perfect Plan to Cheer 6-Year-old Who Wet Her PantsHer father, 38-year-old Jason Gayler, says that he was pretty choked up over the emotional flashback and the amount of praise that he received for his parenting skills on social media.“It has been a bit shocking with a mix of happiness,’” Jason told TODAY about the overwhelming online response to the photo comparison. “It brings me great joy if we were able to help people think back to that time, even if just for a brief moment, and smile. I can hope one day when I’m old I can look back at this and smile!”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This Dad-tastic Story With Your Friends (Photo by Brittany Gayler)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 MoreAddThisMoreIf this photo proves anything, it’s that this teenager and her dad are just as close as they were 13 years ago.The photos depict a 5-year-old Brittany Gayler being walked to her first day of kindergarten by her father – and then again as an 18-year-old going to her last day of high school.last_img read more


‘Look what the cat dragged in’: Police Praise Cat for Cleaning Up Streets By Bringing Home Bag of Drugs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTypical house cats might surprise their humans with dead birds or mice – but this feline’s owner was shocked when he found what his cat dragged into his home earlier this week.A British resident of Bristol woke up on Monday morning to find that his furry companion had discovered a plastic bag full of Class A substances during the night.The cat apparently did its civic duty by bringing the bag back to the house and stashing it in its bed for the owner to find the following day. Though he was stunned by the discovery, the owner immediately called the Ashley Police Team.RELATED: Watch the Heroic Pup Who’s Been Trained to Perform CPR on Police OfficersThe officers later posted a photo of the bag to Twitter with praise for the feline crime fighter.“Look what the cat dragged in,” authorities tweeted alongside the photo. “Great result in St Paul’s when a resident’s cat brought this in during the night! The owner got a bit of a shock but called us straight away!”MORE: Watch Police Officer Handle a Crisis With Toddler Wandering On the Side of HighwayThe Avon and Somerset Police Department jokingly remarked on the photo, saying: “Forget police dogs, we should start training up cats.”Law enforcement officials are still unsure as to where the bag had come from, but they’re simply happy that the cat and owner are safe. On top of that, they’re glad that the drugs were not allowed to be used for more cat-astrophic purposes on the streets.Look what the cat dragged in ?Great result in St Paul’s when a resident’s cat brought this in during the night! The owner got a bit of a shock but called us straight away!If you are worried about drugs or crime in your area you can report anonymously @CrimestoppersUK pic.twitter.com/l8aEHsf8oa— ASPolice Ashley (@ASPAshley) September 17, 2018 Be Sure And Share The Pawesome Story With Your Friends – Photo of drugs: ASPolice Ashley; cat: public domain, Foter.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Notre Dame names Laetare Medal recipient

first_imgThe University will award Grammy-winning singer Aaron Neville the Laetare Medal at its 2015 Commencement, Director of Media Relations Sue Lister announced Sunday.The Laetare Medal is the oldest award given to American Catholics, having originated in 1883, according to the press release. The University awards the medal each year to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”University President Fr. John Jenkins described Neville as a man who uses his own strengths to express his faith.“Aaron Neville proudly embraces and honors his faith through his God-given musical talents,” Jenkins said in the press release. “Through tumultuous times in his life, Aaron turned to God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Jude for strength, forgiveness and salvation.“His example of repentance and devotion shine bright for all who see him perform.”In his prolific career as a musician, Neville released four albums that achieved platinum status, created four top 20 hits in the United States, won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and was named a 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Recording Inductee.The 74-year-old attended Catholic school in New Orleans as a child and dedicated each of his albums to the apostle St. Jude, patron saint of hope and impossible causes, the press release stated.In winning the Laetare Medal, Neville joins the ranks of other American Catholics including President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, Martin Sheen and many others.The University’s 170th Commencement Ceremony will be held May 17 in Notre Dame Stadium.Tags: Aaron Neville, Commencement, Laetare Medallast_img read more


SMC construction to continue throughout year

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Gwen O’Brien Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects at Saint Mary’s, stands with Ben Bowman, director of facilities.Stahly said when construction is completed, there will be new soccer, lacrosse and softball fields, as well as new lighting, scoreboards and press boxes for each field. Interconnecting sidewalks will lead from entry gates to various buildings and bleachers.“[Students should expect] an increase in the competitive nature and livelihood for all of our athletes with a positively correlated experience for the fans and spectators,” Stahly said. “This will also allow for multiple practices and games to occur simultaneously.”The construction directly impacts the Saint Mary’s soccer team this season. According to the the team’s website, all home games in 2015 will be played at the Jr. Irish Soccer Club’s Airport field six, near South Bend Regional AirportIn communication to College staff, director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said fourteen maple trees were removed during construction. The timber will be used in a future Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex, for which fundraising is still in progress, O’Brien wrote.Construction is also being done on campus to update Science Hall. According to Saint Mary’s website, the renovation for Science Hall was funded by Jennifer Mathile Prikkel, a member of the class of 1995, and her parents Clayton and MaryAnn Mathile.Plans for Science Hall have been in the works since 2010, with construction beginning in spring 2015. Stahly said the College plans to have the renovations completed by fall 2016.“This carefully planned phased renovation to the Science Hall will create new learning and study spaces that encourage collaboration between peers, not only in their own department but across disciplines as well,” Stahly said.Science Hall was originally built in 1956 and was renovated in 1985. Today, the two-story building houses undergraduate classrooms and research activities for 10 science departments, Stahly said.“In both professional and academic settings, scientific inquiry increasingly relies on active collaboration among colleagues who offer different skill sets and perspectives,” Stahly said. “Yet the majority of science students still learn in traditional classrooms built for isolated, passive student learning.”Stahly said collaborative learning will be encouraged with the installment of shared teaching and research areas on the first and second floors. Science Hall will also include multiple classrooms that seat more than 20 students, two research labs and four new faculty offices, in addition to more renovations.In the renovated basement of Science Hall, students will experience two new physics labs, a 48-seat classroom, new bathroom facilities, three offices, a lab prep room and a research lab. A three-zone automated controls greenhouse is already completed, he said.“We anticipate this design will reflect a highly adaptive facility which will support interactive, collaborative and experimental learning, enhancing the development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning,” Stahly said.“This project, with the right kind of classrooms, will allow students to begin thinking in ways that break down the walls between disciplines and help them understand the integrated nature of what they are studying,” he said.Tags: Austin Stahly, Construction, Faith Always Action Now, Patrica Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields, Saint Mary’s Science Hall This fall, construction continues on the Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields and Science Hall at Saint Mary’s.According to the College’s website, both projects are funded through the completed $105 million Faith Always, Action Now campaign. According to the Saint Mary’s Facebook page, Patricia Wiedner Purcell and her husband Paul are significant benefactors of the new athletic complex. Purcell is a 1969 Saint Mary’s graduate and a member of the Board of Trustees.After initial planning in 2008-2009, the construction team broke ground on the fields in spring 2015 and plans to have them completed by late October 2015, Austin Stahly, manager of energy and facilities projects, said.“The concept for this project arose out of an inherent need to continue to make significant improvements to our athletic complexes while enhancing the experience for our student-athletes and fans,” Stahly said.last_img read more