Fast Food Operator Kicks In $80 Million to Help Feed Schoolchildren

first_img WFP has made a commitment to provide meals for an additional one million children for an entire academic year. Daily meals offer an enormous incentive for poor families in the developing world to send their children to school and commonly lead to drastically improved attendance rates. The push comes as part of a multi-pronged effort by WFP to help nations manage the impact of high food prices that have driven millions more into hunger and poverty.   President Clinton has also announced a partnership with WFP to combat intestinal worm infections among children, a huge and debilitating health problem in developing countries.  WFP hopes to reach more than 2 million schoolchildren a year with de-worming tablets. 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 MoreAddThisMoreLunches for over 200 million hungry schoolchildren in the developing world will be delivered, thanks to a commitment of $80 million by leading restaurant company YUM! Brands. The pledge to the UN World Food Program was made during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York, which coincides with the UN high-level event on the Millennium Development Goals– the eight targets for slashing poverty, hunger, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015. Josette Sheeran, the chief of YUM! Brands, the parent firm of TACO Bell, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken, said, “This incredible expression of generosity shows what can be done when the private sector joins with a major humanitarian agency to help meet the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.” Set up in 2005 by former United States president Bill Clinton, the CGI – rather than giving away money – creates an opportunity for people with ideas to connect with people with resources. Its members have made commitments designed to, among others, reduce poverty and hunger, work toward education for all and combat disease.last_img read more

Swedish Energy Company Offers Light Therapy in Bus Shelters

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTo help combat the mild depression commuters may experience when the sun only rises for five hours per day in one northern Swedish town, a local energy company has installed ultra-violet lamps at about 30 bus stops.“This is so people can get a little energy kick as they are waiting,” said a spokesperson for Umea Energi. Light therapy lamps provide certain wavelengths that are a proven benefit for seasonal affective disorder, which is caused by lost sunlight exposure. The lamps are designed to filter out most UV light, which can cause skin damage.Because of the northern latitude, daylight hours in the company’s home town of Umea dwindle in December, when the sun comes up at about 10 a.m. and disappears again at about 2:30.(Source: Reuters via Engineering and Technology Magazine)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Town Surprises Man by Replacing Truck He’s Used to Transport Veterans for 20 Years

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the last 40 years, Ron Elliott has been using a special pick-up truck to transport the bodies of dead Vietnam veterans to their final resting places free of charge – so when his faithful automobile finally started to break down, the community stepped up to help.Elliott, who is a Vietnam veteran himself, had been driving the same 2000 Ford F150 for about two decades. It was the second vehicle that he had used for his labor of love, and it had wracked up roughly 150,000 miles before it started to die.The side of the truck was emblazoned with the names of Vietnam veterans from Delaware who lost their lives in combat. Elliott has been using the specially-decorated trucks to transport the remains of his brothers in arms since the 1960s. Though he is based out of New Castle County, Delaware, he says that he has offered his free services to veterans and their families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and even Kentucky.WATCH: 48 Years After Reading the Christmas Card That Got Him Through the Vietnam War, He Finally Got to Meet the SenderHe guesses that he has made roughly 500 trips to cemeteries up and down the east coast.“From losing so many brothers over there, I said ‘I’ve got to do something where they won’t be forgotten,’” Elliott told WDEL. “It’s not hard to me. I’m glad to do it for them.”So when his truck started to show signs of wear and tear in August, he was worried that he would have to stop offering up his services.LOOK: When Helicopter Upsets Tennis Player With PTSD, His Teammate Abandons Game to Comfort Him Using a SongInstead, community firefighters and veterans raised money to buy Elliott a lightly-used 2013 Ford truck that will soon be outfitted with modifications for carrying the veterans’ caskets and repainted to feature the names of the deceased veterans.The truck was presented to Elliott earlier this week with the help of Mitchel Gauge, a retired Air Force veteran who led the fundraising effort.“It’s all about Ron and what he does for veterans,” Gauge told WDEL. “Transporting deceased veterans at no cost to the cemeteries [or the veteran’s families] including Arlington Cemetery, and he’s been doing that for years. We just wanted him to keep that mission going.”(WATCH the news coverage below)Be Sure And Share This Heartwarming Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Ron’s Brigade GoFundMeAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

With iconoclastic 1960s design of Bruce Goff, Hyde home in Prairie Village remains architectural gem

first_imgThe Hyde family home in Prairie Village. Photo by Emily Park.Yesterday, we took a look at an iconic example of mid-century architecture in northern Overland Park, the Campbell family’s “Dome Home.” Today, we’re looking at another unique mid-century domicile in Prairie Village.Built with green bricks, lined with forest green siding and adorned with diamond-shaped designs, the Lawrence Hyde house on 67th Street in Prairie Village stood out when it was built more than 50 years ago. And it’s still an eye-grabber today.Dr. Lawrence Hyde and his wife had always admired the work of architect Bruce Goff. When Goff came to the Kansas City area in 1964, they jumped on the opportunity to have him design their home.A renowned, iconoclastic architect of the 20th century, Goff was known for his organic, one-of-a-kind designs. His work is primarily seen in homes and buildings across the Midwest.Images from a self-published book by Leslie Jester show the original lay out of the living room.The Goff-designed, Hyde house was built in 1966 by Michael Rothstein Construction.Leslie Jester, an interior designer who worked with the Hydes, wrote and photographed a self-published book in 1979 detailing the home’s history. She presented the book, signed by Bruce Goff, to the Hydes. The book was handed down to Edward and Sara Williams, the current and fourth couple to own the property.Besides making changes to the kitchen and pulling out carpet, the Williamses have left house mostly as it was since they moved to the house in 2006.After the Hydes commissioned Goff to design the home, they gave the architect almost free rein with the designs. Their only stipulations were an open-concept plan and to mostly stay away from circular designs.One of Jester’s photos of a bedroom in the home.The house is built on one level, with a finished basement. The rooms of the four-bedroom home flow into one another around a central living space, with the designated master-bedroom open to the living room.Goff filled the home with unique elements, referring to the design of it, “organic-prairie style.” Much of the outside and inside of the home is covered in different shades of green, with a flat roof.A skylight in the home’s central living space floods the home with natural light. A chimney vent hangs from the skylight over a fireplace hearth.Photo by Emily Park.From diamond-shaped door panels to triangular cut-outs in the walls and diamond-shaped lanterns on main house beams, diamonds and triangles are also a common theme in the design.“It’s a pretty good house,” said Edward Williams, saying when he first saw the home he thought it was, “Interesting. I really liked it.”One of three houses in the Kansas City area designed by Goff, it’s not uncommon for people to stop by to take pictures.“It’s even in magazines from time-to-time,” said Williams. “It’s very unique.”last_img read more

Airtame Announces Partnership with AirServer

first_imgAirtame announced a partnership with AirServer that includes Airtame 2. Customers now have the option to activate AirServer and can mirror or cast their screen from any device to any screen via AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast. This was previously a significant weakness of Airtime in commercial applications and makes them a contender with ScreenBeam now.The feature is available for Airtame’s desktop app for Windows, macOS, Chromebook and Linux and is free. Using Airtame Cloud, IT admins can enable AirServer support for all Airtame 2 devices. It’s possible to allow one, two or three screen-mirroring options, and limit access to specific screens, depending on the use case, location and/or network configuration.AirServer support for Google Cast is already available in public beta. Support for Miracast and AirPlay will follow in early 2020. Here is more information on Airtame.See a video we shot about AirServer at InfoComm 2019 here:last_img read more

10th Circuit young lawyers throw BBQ for shelter kinds

first_img THE 10TH CIRCUIT YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION held a Summer BBQ at the George Harris Youth Shelter in Bartow. The shelter provides temporary housing and resources for children, ages 10 to 17, who are runaway, homeless, or in need of emergency shelter due to abuse and/or neglect, as well as for youth in foster care who have experienced disruption in their foster placement. The 10th Circuit YLS provided grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, chips, soft-drinks, dessert, a piñata filled with treats, and goody bags containing toiletries to all of the children. The 10th Circuit YLS also provided footballs, basketballs, and soccer balls to the shelter for all of the children to use. Pictured from left are Carson Bassett, YLS President Nicholas T. Zbrzeznj, Vice President Saray Noda, Joseph A. Ravelo, Treasurer John Kessenich, Mikaela Perry, Secretary Jennifer A. Swenson, and R. Ben Swearingen. August 15, 2015 Regular News 10th Circuit young lawyers throw BBQ for shelter kindslast_img read more

New research provides ‘robust evidence’ that bisexual men exist

first_imgA new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has uncovered genital responses in men that are consistent with a bisexual orientation. The research is the most “extensive assessment of bisexual men’s arousal patterns to date,” according to its authors.“There has long been a controversy whether men who identify as bisexual are actually bisexual. The bisexual men and many others believe that they are. However, some others — including some scientists and lay persons — have doubted this,” said study author J. Michael Bailey, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University.“The latter believe that men who identify as bisexual are actually either heterosexual or homosexual, and that their claim to be bisexual is based on self-misunderstanding, perhaps due to social pressure not to admit exclusive homosexuality.” Email Pinterest Share on Facebook “For reasons I won’t address here (I’d have to speculate), female bisexuality has not elicited nearly as much skepticism as male bisexuality,” Bailey added.For their study, the researchers combined data from eight previous studies that included objective measures of genital response in men who also reported their Kinsey scores — a measure of self-reported sexual orientation. The data allowed Bailey and his colleagues to examine the sexual orientation of 606 men, who were around 29 years of age on average.In the studies, the men reported their sexual orientation on the Kinsey scale and viewed erotic video clips while a device measured changes in the circumference of the penis.The researchers found that 178 participants self-identified as exclusively heterosexual, 102 identified as mostly heterosexual, 46 as bisexual leaning heterosexual, 34 as bisexual, 37 as bisexual leaning homosexual, 70 as mostly homosexual, and 139 as exclusively homosexual.Importantly, men who identified as bisexual displayed genital responses to female and male stimuli that were consistent with their self-reported orientation. Men in the middle of the Kinsey spectrum showed smaller differences in genital arousal to male versus female erotic stimuli, compared with exclusively heterosexual and homosexual men.“Men who identify as bisexual tend actually to be more sexually aroused by both sexes compared with heterosexual and homosexual men. The idea that ‘all bisexual men are lying’ is false,” Bailey told PsyPost.“However, even bisexual men tend not to be equally aroused by both male and female erotic stimuli. They still tend to show preferences, just smaller ones than heterosexual and homosexual men show.”There are still some men who identify as bisexual who do not have a bisexual orientation, such as so-called “transitional bisexuals,” Bailey said.“Skepticism does not only reflect prejudice. Many men who identify as homosexual (‘gay’) as adults go through a stage during their youth in which they identify as bisexual. Asked later, they usually say they were not actually bisexual during this time,” he explained.“There are other reasons for identifying as bisexual that do not require bisexual orientation (by which I mean sexual arousal and attraction to both sexes to the degree that arousal/attraction to women exceed that of homosexual men and arousal/attraction to men exceed that of heterosexual men). This can include sexual experience with both sexes (which is not uncommon but does not require bisexual orientation) and atypical sexual interests (example: men attracted to she-males — natal males who have acquired breasts surgically while retaining their penises).”The study, “Robust evidence for bisexual orientation among men“, was authored by Jeremy Jabbour, Luke Holmes, David Sylva, Kevin J. Hsu, Theodore L. Semon, A. M. Rosenthal, Adam Safron, Erlend Slettevold, Tuesday M. Watts-Overall, Ritch C. Savin-Williams, John Syllah, Gerulf Rieger, and J. Michael Bailey.(Image by Chickenonline from Pixabay)center_img Share LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Local hero’s telephone bid nets Orkneys’ hotel

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Three Die in Oceania Cruise Ship Fire

first_imgThree people died, one crewmember and two contractors, in an engine room fire that broke out Thursday, December 11 on board the luxury cruise ship Insignia.The ship, owned by Oceania Cruises, was docked in Port Castries, St. Lucia when the fire broke out.As reported by the Cruise Critic quoting Oceania officials, three members of the crew and two contractors were working in the engine room when the fire started. All of them were rushed to the hospital for treatment of sustained burns and smoke inhalation, however, for three of them the injuries proved fatal. A 42-year-old male is also under observation at hospital for mild respiratory depression caused by smoke inhalation, as informed by St. Lucia News Online.According to the cruise liner’s statement, the fire was contained to the engine room and all 600 passengers are safe and have been evacuated.The remainder of the ten-day cruise was canceled and the passengers have been taken to temporary accommodation before they head home.According to Oceania’s statement, all guests will receive “a 100 percent refund and a 50 percent credit towards a future Oceania Cruises voyage”. The cruise ship will be docked in Port Castries, until the engine is repaired, St. Lucia News Online writes. Investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.The cruise ship left San Juan, Puerto Rico, on December 7 and was scheduled to arrive in Miami on Dec. 17.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more