Arabic and Jewish Children Sing, Imagine (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA chorus of 40 arabic and 40 jewish children sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” led by 16-year-old Israeli singing sensation, Liel. The venue was a 2004 gala celebration for Shimon Peres’ 80th birthday and Liel invited a famous guest on stage to sing along.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

UN Agencies Continue to Rush Aid to Georgia

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe United Nations is continuing to send much-needed assistance to the Georgian city of Gori, most of whose population has fled since the start of the conflict. Since the opening of a humanitarian corridor for the UN and other aid agencies, the UN Children’s Fund and the UN World Food Program have sent 15 tons of food, bottled water and hygiene kids for 400 families. Sheldon Yett, who heads UNICEF’s team rushing supplies to Gori, described the city as a ghost town. Most of those remaining are the elderly who could not or were unwilling to leave their homes. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs noted that humanitarian access has improved in recent days, with aid convoys passing though roadblocks and allowing assistance to reach previously inaccessible areas. WFP said that it has supplied wheat flour, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, high-energy biscuits and bread to over 120,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). UNHCR today delivered its first batch of supplies to western Georgia, with food for thousands of people being flown into the area while the agency will tomorrow distribute jerry cans, kitchen sets and blankets for more than 3,000 people. For the first time, WFP aid has been delivered to western Georgia, to the Kaspi district and the town of Senaki, but delivery to the Akhalgori district adjacent to South Ossetia was called off because of people moving out of the area. “I am impressed by the number of volunteers – young Georgians who show their deep solidarity with the displaced,” the High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said. He appealed to the international community to contribute to the humanitarian aid effort under way in Georgia, given that UNHCR – which has six offices in the country – is in urgent need of funds to ensure that the newly displaced in the region receive help. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Teenage Girl Hailed for Helping Fallen Runner

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Dominique Lincoln was running up a hill during a cross-country race when the ground beneath her seemed to vanish. Dominique didn’t know it then, but that runner, Helena Page, was disqualified because she stayed with her until help arrived. “I’m happy that somebody stopped running for me … I don’t know what would have happened if she wasn’t there.” (Continue reading in Philadelphia Inquirer) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Barry Bonds to Pay College Costs for Kids of Beaten Baseball Fan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBaseball great Barry Bonds has quietly pledged to pay the college costs for two children whose father was attacked on opening day of the baseball season outside LA’s Dodgers stadium.“It was extraordinary of Barry Bonds, I thought. He didn’t say anything about it to the press. This was just a gift he gave the family.” The 42-year-old San Francisco Giants fan was hospitalized in April but remains under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by the traumatic brain injury.Bonds is not the only member of the Giant organization who has reached out to the single father and his two small children. Several members of the current team have visited the man’s family and donated to a fund created to help cover medical expenses.(READ the article at NBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Online Petitions Are Changing the World

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA battle between a class of fourth graders and a major movie studio would seem an unequal fight. But new Internet tools are allowing very ordinary people to defeat powerful corporate and political interests— by threatening the titans with online petitions that sometimes gather hundred of thousands of signatures.In the case of the fourth-grade class, they used the popular activism website Change.org to start a petition that demanded change— and got it. Many success stories have come out of Change.org, including campaigns that won the cancellation of fees from Bank of America and Verizon. (READ the column by Nicholas Kristof in the NY Times; VIEW more successes at Change.org/Victories)Thanks to Bill Fithern for sending the link! – Photo by Xenia, via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Tiger Population in Nepal Doubles in 2 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome good news was celebrated Sunday on Global Tiger Day by the 13 countries where big cats still live.In Nepal’s Bardia National Park, the wild tiger population doubled, from 18 to 37, in the two years before 2011. Camera traps in the park showed the marked increase, according to the conservation group World Wildlife Fund. The increase is credited to the Nepalese government which has vowed to protect the endangered cats and crack down on illegal poaching.Better training and resources were funneled to park rangers, while cooperation by local communities and improvements in grassland habitat were also contributing factors.“The growth of the endangered Bengal (or Indian) tiger populations in this region shows that the animals can rebound quickly if given the opportunity,” according to OurAmazingPlanet.(READ the story in the Huffington Post)PHOTO from Explore.org, a philanthropic media organization and multimedia arm of the Annenberg FoundationThanks to Sarah Willard for submitting the link on our Facebook PageAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Do-Gooder Leaves Note on Car Directing Driver to Get Free Tires

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLast week a photograph was posted to a social media website showing a typed note left anonymously on a truck.The Good Samaritan wrote, “You do not know me but I saw that you needed some tires for your truck and I wanted to do something nice for a stranger because one day a stranger did something nice for me. The receipt is in the envelope and all you have to do is go by Warehouse Tire on 3rd Street and ask for Steven Hodges and they will be put on for free.”The note ended: “All I ask is that one day you do something nice for a complete stranger.” Some Reddit users did not believe the note to be genuine, so a Huffington Post writer telephoned Warehouse Tire & Battery Sales in Washington, North Carolina. Steven Hodges confirmed the payment for a new set of tires.Acts of kindness happen every day, especially amid natural disasters. But such random acts are special too, and such a delightful surprise. Asking the recipient to choose a stranger and ‘pay it forward’ might lead to more delightful stories.Please share your own ideas or examples in the comments below…Thanks to Chris Cloud for sending the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Phone Uses a Radar App to Help Locate Keys, Kids, or Dogs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAre you tired of misplacing your keys, remote control or iPad? A clever invention called Stick-N-Find can help you find anything within 100 feet using your smart phone and Bluetooth. The application uses small tokens that you can affix to anything — a device, a child or an animal — for instant location using your Apple or Android phone.The Stick-N-Find is small and thin, the size of a quarter and looks like a black Necco Wafer. The stickers have a buzzer and light, so that you can also find stuff in the dark. More than 4,500 people on the internet were impressed enough with the device that they’ve funded the project to the tune of $340,000. The inventor, Jon Mitts needed funding for the project so he posted the idea in a video, along with the company’s manufacturing plans, on the crowd sourcing site, Indiegogo. In just a little over two weeks, they have raised more than $346,000 from individuals who are interested in using the product.Mitts’ electronic product development company, Live Easy Technologies, already specializing in RF and very small Bluetooth designs. Located in Davie, Florida, it has been designing and managing the production of a variety of Bluetooth products for large companies ranging from automotive solutions to health and fitness products.(WATCH the video below or learn more at their fundraising page)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Caught on Dashcam: A Cop’s Hilarious Lip Sync to “Shake it Off”

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHow many of us dramatically sing along with our favorite songs while undercover in our cars? Now we know that cops do the same thing, as shown in this dashcam video lifted from the patrol car of a 20-year veteran.The Dover, Delaware Police decided to release a series of dashcam “confessionals,” to help humanize the public image of their officers.“While reviewing dashcam footage, we come across some interesting sights to say the least,” reads the introduction to the video posted on YouTube. “We decided we would share some with you in a new web series called ‘Dash Cam Confessionals.’”Their debut video features Cpl. Jeff Davis lip syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” While driving his car, Davis gyrates his head and punctuates the song with girly gestures like eye rolls and hand gestures.(WATCH the video above)Story tip from JürgenAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Calling All Volunteers: Elvis is Hosting a “Tiny House-Building” Event in L.A.

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo months ago, Good News Network broke the story about Elvis Summers building a tiny home on wheels for a woman named Smokie who had been sleeping in the dirt near his home. The publicity generated around the world brought in $80,000 for his GoFundMe page, set up so he could build more shelters.Now that Elvis has had time to get organized, he is calling for volunteers to join him in a marathon shelter-building event in July.He has officially incorporated and successfully filed for 501(c)3 nonprofit status to launch My Tiny House Project L.A.“This rocket ship is about to blast off!” he happily told Good News Network.Old City Buses Get New Life as Homeless Shelters in Hawaii Now, who’s going with him?Sign up here, if you’re interested.Watch Elvis’s new video below and keep track of his progress at his MTHPLA Facebook page. You can also donate to his GoFundMe page.MULTIPLY the Good by Sharing….AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more