Family of 10 Homeless No Longer After Husband’s Death, Thanks to Businessman

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNine children and their mother in Fairfield, Maine were saved from homelessness by a local business owner Brent Burger.He says he doesn’t know why he was so moved by the story in a newspaper, but decided he had to help, “paying out more than $70,000 and donating countless hours of labor and planning” to a project he devised for returning their house.Karen Champagne and her children, ages 4 to 15, were facing eviction earlier this summer, unable to pay the mortgage after her mentally ill husband, Richard, accumulated about $145,000 in debt before committing suicide four years ago.Not only did Mr. Burger return the deed and key to the family , he set up a Nine Days for Nine Children, a home-makeover challenge. ”I am overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people who have come forward to offer their time, and their money to support Nine Days for Nine Children, said Burger, the owner of Agway True Value in Winslow and four other stores across central Maine. “This will forever impact the lives of these terrific, deserving children. In spite of the difficulties these children have faced, they are bright, sociable, well-adjusted youngsters who have embraced life and hold their heads high. They play team sports, are honor roll students and maintain summer jobs.”“It is my privilege to lend a helping hand to the Champagne family and set them on a course for self-sufficiency. It will clearly be up to them to use this opportunity as a launching pad for financial stability.”(READ the Kennebec Morning Sentinel article here)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Plasticity Conference Showcases a Green Future for Plastics at Rio+20

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis week, 50,000 leaders in government, business and the environment gather for the Rio+20 Earth Summit UN conference. What is new this year is a one-day creative break-out session focused entirely on the future of plastics — how to use bio-waste instead of oil to make them, and how to get more of it recycled.Called, Plasticity Rio ’12, the forum will showcase pioneering efforts related to plastic, including new initiatives in design, packaging, recovery, and reuse. Heavyweights from both the business and non-profit sectors organized the forum, including the Ocean Recovery Alliance, the United Nations Environment Program, Google, the Clinton Foundation, and Business for the Environment (B4E).“With the world’s plastic production growing at over 8 percent per year the world’s waste management, and recycling infrastructure must keep up,” explains Doug Woodring, founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance. “We believe that it’s vital to reassess where plastics come from, and where plastics go when we’re done with the them, and that’s why Plasticity Rio ’12 is a critical event coming at an important time.” Plasticity launched a contest looking for the best new ideas for capturing PET plastics for re-use, and what to do with them once they are collected. Prizes for the top innovations will be awarded tomorrow during the all-day event.Innovative companies in the bioplastics arena will also take the stage to showcase their progress. For instance, NatureWorks, which is owned by Cargill, a huge US private conglomerate and the largest chemical company in Thailand, will share its vision of the future from its ten years of experience manufacturing petroleum-free products like bottles, packaging, gift cards and iPhone cases, replacing oil in the process with a biopolymer made from plants called Ingeo. In the future, Ingeo will be made from cellulosic raw materials, agricultural wastes and non-food plants, enlarging its positive footprint on the environment.Learn more at www.plasticityforum.com.Related GNN story: Plastic Bio Bottle is Composted into Plant FoodAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Feminist Hero Dad Hacks Donkey Kong for Daughter

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMike Mika is a gamer dad, so it’s only natural that he would try to pass on his deep, nerdy love for all things videogame to his offspring. But while the allure of Atari didn’t fully take with his young son, Mika says his daughter “jumps at the chance to play games with her old man.”The 3-year-old has a particular affection for Donkey Kong, but wasn’t so wild about always playing the Mario character. In fact, she wanted Pauline to save the plumber for a change. She wanted to “play as the girl,” Mika wrote in Wired Magazine. Because their household is a “bonafide feminist geek kingdom,” ignoring this problem was not an option.(READ the story from Salon)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

ARTS as Free Treatment for Grieving, Homeless Youth (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhether a teen is struggling with grief after a family death, or a life-changing diagnosis or homelessness, the ARTS program gives them a world of their own to adjust and grow through trouble. ARTS stands for A Reason To Survive, and those reasons include dance, music, painting, poetry, knitting, sculpting or anything creative.It was started by a man, Matt D’Arrigo, whose mother and sister were both diagnosed with cancer when he was a young man. Painting in his room brought positive transformation and he later found his calling — helping others to get the same sort of therapy when they need it most. By providing direct service free of charge to youth across San Diego county, including arts education, and college & career preparation, the ARTS program has transformed more than 2500 young people in California.(WATCH the video below from TODAY)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Wolves in Washington State Are Finally Rebounding

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis new report says that the wolf population of Washington has rebounded by 28%, marking the seventh straight year of improvement.At the end of 2016, there were 115 wolves in 20 different packs roaming the north western state, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The animals had reportedly disappeared from the west coast during the 1900s, but have since started returning over the course of the last decade.WATCH: Therapy Wolves Become Guides for Troubled TeensWolves are a federally protected species in two thirds of the state and protected everywhere else by the state. Despite it being illegal to kill a wolf, many famers in the area still experience conflict with the animals because of them posing a danger to livestock.“It’s great news that wolves have continued to recover in Washington, but they still have a long way to go,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Strong state and federal protections are still needed to ensure these beautiful, ecologically important animals can recover fully in Washington.”Click To Share The News With Your Friends (Photo by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

German Parliament Votes to Legalize Same-sex Marriage

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGermany has finally joined the ranks of Western countries that have legalized same-sex marriage.In an overwhelming vote, German Parliament voted 393 in favor, 226 against, while four lawmakers abstained. The new legislation will also give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including adoption. German chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure “for personal reasons – however, she sparked controversy amongst conservatives when she announced that her personal stance on same-sex marriage had become less aggressive following a “life-changing event” in which she was openly welcomed to the happy home of a lesbian couple and their eight foster children.RELATED: First Asian Country Rules in Favor of Same-sex MarriageThe legislation is expected to take full effect by the end of 2017.“It was a long, intensive, and for many also emotional discussion, that goes for me personally too, and I’m hopeful not only that there will be respect for either side’s opinions, but that it will also bring about more peace and cohesion in society,” said Merkel.The vote comes just a week after German Parliament wiped the slate clean for over 50,000 gay men who were imprisoned under Nazi-enforced laws in the last century. They were also offered compensation for every year that they spent in jail.(WATCH the video below)Stay Proud: Click To Share With Your Friends (Photo by Tolka Rover, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Cop Surprised – and Delighted – When He Finds the Car He is About to Ticket is Made of Snow

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWe’ve all seen some ‘cool’ cars in our day, but this is ridiculous.Last week, Montréal-based artist and prankster Simon Laprise decided to confound his community by sculpting a parked car entirely out of snow.The wintery automobile was so convincing, local police officers were about to ticket it when they realized that they had been bamboozled.Instead, the cops left a note reading “You made our night!!!” to which Laprise responded on social media by saying: “No, no, you made my night!”Check out his collection of photos below…Click To Share The Cool Story With Your Friends – Photos by Simon Laprise DesignsRELATED: Sympathetic Cops Cut Some Slack For Overzealous Family Toting Massive Christmas TreeAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Here’s How Thousands of Birds Are Being Saved From Flying into Toronto Buildings

first_imgSome windows are recessed into the buildings in order to reduce reflections. Other windows are simply equipped with blinds or sun shades.LOOK: Endangered Parrots Won’t Stop Messing With Traffic Cones So the Cheeky Birds Have Been Given Their Own Roadside GymsSince birds can also be drawn to bright spots in the sky, city buildings turn off their lights at night.In addition to mandating that all new Toronto buildings are constructed with these avian-friendly guidelines, older buildings have also been given slight upgrades to accommodate the migrating species.According to the BBC video below, bird deaths were almost completely eliminated after patterns were added to several pre-existing building windows.WATCH: Mesmerizing Video of 10,000 Snow Geese Taking Flight Will Soothe Your SoulThese groundbreaking initiatives are thanks to the work of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) – a charity dedicated to saving birds from the dangers of reflective city glass.Michael Mesure, FLAP’s Executive Director, said in a statement: “FLAP’s years of tireless work in bird conservation has finally produced one of our most desired results, which up to now could only be dreamed of. Let us not forget: Toronto could never have become a champion in bird-friendliness without the pinnacle roles played by the stakeholders of Lights Out! Toronto, Toronto City Council, and City of Toronto Planning Department staff. For this, FLAP and the birds are eternally grateful.”(WATCH the BBC video below)Fly This Story Over To Your Friends: Click To Share 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 glass buildings may seem like a harmless feature of modern architecture, this is not the case for the millions of birds who fly into windows every year – but this Canadian city is quickly becoming a leading example on how to protect birds from the dangers of glass.Toronto made history in 2009 when they became the first city in the world to mandate bird-friendly buildings. This means that any structure that is built within Toronto city limits must incorporate several features that prevent birds from accidentally flying into the glass.For starters, Toronto buildings are no longer built with excessive glass paneling so birds are not tricked by the surface’s reflections. Much of the glass that is on the exterior of the building features some kind of pattern that makes it recognizable to avian eyes.last_img read more

Starbucks to Open Their First Ever American Sign Language Store

first_img“The National Association of the Deaf applauds Starbucks for opening a Signing Store that employs feaf and hard-of-hearing people,” said Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf. “Starbucks has taken an innovative approach to incorporating deaf culture that will increase employment opportunities as well as accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people, while at the same time educating and enlightening society.”RELATED: Mom Develops New App That Alerts Deaf Parents to When and Why Their Babies Are CryingThough this is the first deaf-friendly Starbucks store in America, the company’s first ever Signing Store in the world opened up in Malaysia back in 2016.“This is a historic moment in Starbucks ongoing journey to connect with the Deaf and hard of hearing community, hire and engage Deaf and hard of hearing partners, and continue to find ways to be more inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all,” said Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive vice president of U.S. Retail.Help Your Friends Hear About The Good News: Share To Social MediaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStarbucks has just announced that they will be opening their first American Signing Store that specifically accommodates and welcomes deaf workers and customers.Not only that, the store, which is set to open in Washington D.C. in October, will be entirely run by employees who are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), whether they be deaf, hard-of-hearing, or an ally.According to a press release from the store, the café will be designed with deaf-friendly aspects, such as an open environment for communication and low glare reflective surfaces. Visual communication options will be available for ordering and receiving beverages at the hand-off counter. Additionally, artwork and merchandise, including a custom mug, designed by deaf artistslast_img read more

SMC students share conference experience

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s students shared the insights they gained from attending an international women’s issues conference this summer at a presentation held at the Student Center on Wednesday. “Global Women’s World Congress: SMC Student Reflections and Experiences” offered Abby Henning, Alayne Riege and Gen Spittler a platform to discuss their experience at the Global Women’s World Congress in Ottawa, Canada, this July. Sonalini Sapra, professor of political science and women’s studies, said the women ventured to Canada to get a closer look at the field of women’s studies and activism in a global context. “I really wanted students to be exposed to global women’s issues,” Sapra said. “Thanks to the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), I was able to take the three students with me to experience these issues firsthand. CWIL provided the funding for them to join me at the conference.” The 30th annual conference welcomed 2,000 attendees and 800 presenters from 92 countries, focusing on a variety of women’s issues, including militarism, fundamentalism and neo-liberalism. “The conference did a great job of addressing some of the issues women’s conferences leave off the table normally,” Sapra said. “Issues like inclusivity, the creation of Young Women’s Leadership Teams and panels about aboriginal women’s rights were discussed that are not usually brought up.” Riege, a senior Psychology and Women’s Studies double major, said she was especially intrigued by the discussion of aboriginal women in Canada and the resemblance they bore to Native Americans in the United States. “We participated in a solidarity march in support of the 582 missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls in Canada,” Riege said. “This topic was a focal point of the conference.” Spittler, a junior Nursing and Women’s Studies major, said being in the presence of such influential figures and activists had an immense impact on the students. “In the morning we would go to the main conference and listen to some amazing feminists,” Spittler said. “Listening to some of their experiences was definitely inspiring.” Spittler said the conference highlighted the need for young women to continue the work of the women’s rights movement. “I realized that there are definitely not enough young feminists in the world after attending this conference,” she said.last_img read more