AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResearchers studying coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf have found encouraging signs that corals in Abu Dhabi and Qatar are regenerating and the entire range species may be re-established within a decade…According to the World Wildlife Fund-sponsored coral reef study, at least 18 out of an original 36 species of coral found in the region have recovered from damage suffered due to past climatic events. In particular, Halul in Qatar and Ras Ghanda in Abu Dhabi are two areas where the most vigorous coral regeneration is taking place. Yasat and Dalma islands in Abu Dhabi also recorded good coral growth and high coral cover.“We are encouraged by the results of the coral reef project,” said Razan Al Mubarak, Director of the World Wildlife Fund office in the United Arab Emirates.“Assuming no further disturbances to their reef habitat occur, the rate of regeneration suggests that the entire range of the region’s coral species would be re-established within a decade.”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 Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 — remarkable individuals nominated by viewers for their sacrifices and accomplishments — are being announced today on CNN.CNN’s Anderson Cooper will reveal one Top 10 CNN Hero each hour starting at 1 p.m. ET, with the final honoree to be revealed at 10 p.m. The announcements will be made at the top of each hour on CNN, CNN.com and CNN.com Live.The daylong event culminates with a special edition of “AC360,” profiling this year’s honorees and their causes. “Change the World, You Vote, CNN Heroes” will air at 11 p.m. ET Thursday on CNN and CNN International.The year 2009 marks CNN’s third annual global search for everyday individuals changing the world. Since February, the network has aired weekly profiles of CNN Heroes, chosen from more than 9,000 nominations submitted by viewers in 100 countries.A panel comprised of luminaries recognized for their own dedication to public service selected this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes. The blue ribbon panel includes humanitarians such as retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell, philanthropist Wallis Annenberg and Sir Elton John.Each of this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive $25,000 and will be honored at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” airing from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Thanksgiving night.The global broadcast, with Cooper as the host, will culminate with the announcement of the CNN Hero of the Year, selected by the public in an online poll that begins at 11 p.m. ET Thursday.Viewers can go to CNN.com/Heroes to participate in the poll, which continues through November 19 at 6 a.m. ET. The individual receiving the most votes will receive an additional $100,000.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 old adage “Nice guys finish last” may not be true anymore.New research suggests that the opposite could be true in the workplace.The more honest and humble an employee is, the more likely he or she is to receive a higher job performance appraisal by their boss, according to researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. (READ the story at the Toronto Star)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
(READ more of the good news for consumers from the Boston Globe)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 MoreAddThisMoreWhen it comes to personal finance, there was a number of positive advancements for US consumers this year that should help people make better choices and avoid becoming a victims of fine print legalese.One of the good things was the opening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will promote financial education and write federal rules to combat unfair, deceptive, and abusive financial practices and products.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGiving is not about riches. Many people, who are wealthy with millions, if not billions, of dollars in bank accounts, use their money for themselves only.Reaching out to the needy in society, whether within our boundaries or assisting in far fledged countries, is a special calling but also one that ordinary people can get behind.As a leading authority on philanthropy and social innovation, it has been an honor to help many and to work with some wonderful people in the field. As an orator, I use my persuasion skills to pull in celebrities for fundraising events that seek to tackle societal problems around the world. Inspired by personalities like former NFL Player Michael Strahanur, our annual philanthropy summits have engaged thousands of attendees each year to donate to worthy causes.Although Strahanur (left) did not make the top 10 list this year, he is a celebrity television personality to watch. With his generous heart and likeability, he uses his growing platform in entertainment and sports to raise money to help youth in foster care and group homes on his website, The Compound Foundation.Top Ten Philanthropic CelebritiesMatt DamonThis actor, writer, producer has been recognized for his tireless efforts in the campaign aimed at stopping the Darfur war. He is also the co-founder of water.org to address the water crisis in Africa. Damon is also a board member of Tonic Mailstopper whose work is to try and stop the flow of junk mail and reduce the cutting of trees. He has supported the One Campaign in the fight against AIDS and poverty and became an ambassador of ONEXONE to improve the lives of children in Canada, the United States and around the world. Most recently, Damon has co-founded Industrial Revolution II, now operating its first business in Haiti offering employment and community support with its new socially-responsible garment factory.Oprah WinfreyRated as the most philanthropic African-American personality, Oprah’s successful life has been an inspiration and help to many. She has given millions of dollars in her philanthropic work. Oprah’s Angel Network has encouraged ordinary people to help make a huge difference for people in need, including hurricane victims. Oprah is currently involved in supporting the Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg in South Africa. In setting up the academy she invested $40 million.Brad Pitt and Angelina JolieThis superstar couple has been involved in building new homes for residents of New Orleans who were displaced by hurricane Katrina. Through Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation they have immensely contributed towards the reconstruction of New Orleans (GNN story here). Angelina has also been involved in assisting and advocating for the needy in society as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The couple donated two million dollars to a Namibia Charity in 2011.Ben AffleckAffleck has put his best foot forward by tackling the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was involved with the United Nations in the release of a film that highlighted the refugees problems in DRC.Alicia KeysAs a spokesperson for Frum Tha Ground Up, this singer songwriter has inspired American youth to achieve success. Keys is also the ambassador for Keep A Child Alive and has traveled to countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa, speaking to teens and young adults who have lost their parents to AIDS and are now the heads of their households.MadonnaThe pop icon is well known for adopting a Malawian child, but her Raising Malawi foundation also provides water, food, schooling amenities and medical care in Malawi for hundreds of the country’s orphans.Michael J. FoxFox has vigorously supported research for Parkinson’s disease. Through the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research he has raised over $100 million to date.Sir Elton JohnElton John’s vast wealth has been used to support the fight against AIDS in the world. Through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which he founded in 1992, he has raised more than $125 million to support programs in the world.BonoBono’s RED campaign and charity concerts have advanced the alleviation of poverty and debt in third world countries. His calls for debt relief and AIDS awareness campaigns have benefitted millions and boosted groups such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International.Jackie ChanChan has been actively involved in helping youngsters who are at risk in Hong Kong. He also made a huge donation to UNICEF for tsunami relief in 2004. He also donates money to the Chrysalis, a non-profit in Los Angeles assisting the homeless.Michael Chatman helps celebrities raise funds for charitable causes. He is one of the most listened-to voices in philanthropy and social innovation with 270,000 followers on Twitter; provides market strategy for America’s leading thought leaders in philanthropy and social innovation, and positions their message to achieve greater social impact. Mr. Chatman, founder of Philanthropy Speakers Agency and host of #WHYiGIVE, is credited with building one of the most popular brands in the philanthropic sector. Follow Michael’s Twitter feed at @michaelchatman.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 MoreAddThisMoreThis year’s Medal of Freedom Ceremony continued to honor some of the nation’s greatest thinkers, artists, innovators, and athletes with the highest civilian award of the United States Feel Free To Share This Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The recipients included Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Ellen Degeneres, Elouise Cobell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Garwin, Bill and Melinda Gates, Frank Gehry, Margaret H. Hamilton, Tom Hanks, Grace Hopper, Michael Jordan, Maya Lin, Lorne Michaels, Newt Minow, Eduardo Padrón, Diana Ross, Robert Redford, Vin Scully, and Cicely Tyson.Introductory comments were as cheeky as calling Jordan “that guy from Space Jam” to remarks as inspiring as “there is a place for everyone in Bruce Springsteen’s America.”WATCH: George Clooney And Julia Roberts on Carpool Karaoke w/ Gwen Stefani“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” said President Barack Obama. “From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”(WATCH the video below)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the Tesco supermarket branches in Scotland has just launched a “relaxed lane” for vulnerable customers who would prefer to take their time at the till. The store, located in Forres, Moray, hopes that the lane will make grocery shopping easier for guests with dementia, autism, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, or just a mother with several kids under her arm.RELATED: Toys R Us Open Stores For ‘Quiet Hour’ to Accommodate Kids With AutismThe project, developed with the assistance of Alzheimer Scotland, will hopefully encourage shoppers to comfortably move at their own pace without feeling rushed.Though it is currently only a trial program, the lane – open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – has already received an outpouring of approval and support.“It was highlighted to me that people living with dementia can feel under pressure when they reach the checkout, and it struck me that this could be true for others as well,” the store’s Kerry Speed told BBC. “Early feedback from customers has been very positive. Although it’s a simple gesture, we hope this will make a difference.”Take It Easy: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore8-year-old Daeyrs has spent much of his young life living in homeless shelters with other families after his mom lost her job.All he wanted for Christmas in 2017, when the pair was finally accepted into a Michigan housing program, was a bed, and a kitchen table where he and his mother Dionna could eat together.But, while they were finally in a home, Daeyrs slept and ate on the floor as there was no money to pay for furniture. That’s when the Detroit based non-profit Humble Design stepped in to decorate their home for free.When Daeyrs was told to cover his eyes before seeing his bedroom, he was overcome with emotion when he saw his very own bed and dresser inside the fully furnished home.The boy can be seen in the video below looking around his new room in awe before breaking down in sobs.“Seeing how much having a bed and his own room meant to Daeyrs, it really made me realize what’s important in life and grateful for everything I have,” Humble Design founder Tregar Strasberg said.“He was so excited to have his own room, but also so overwhelmed by what having this really means for him after all he’s been through.”In 2017, the organization aided more than 150 families in their transition out of homelessness and abuse shelters.(WATCH the moment, and an interview on CNN, below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
After just four sessions, patients started seeing positive results.RELATED: Alzheimer’s Gene is Neutralized in Human Brain Cells for the First Time“About midway through the sessions, I could open my bedroom door with my left hand for the first time since my injury and could open new water bottles, when previously someone else had to do this for me,” said Cecilia Villarruel, one of the participants, whose injury resulted from a car accident 13 years earlier.“Most people with a spinal cord injury say they just want to go to the bathroom like a normal person again,” she Villarruel. “Small accomplishments like opening jars, bottles and doors enable a level of independence and self-reliance that is quite satisfying, and have a profound effect on people’s lives.”60 days after undergoing the treatment, two of the patients returned to the laboratory and displayed their maintained grip strength, from opening doorknobs to managing cell phones. The treatment had also improved their bladder function, blood pressure, and cardiovascular function. Not only that, but they were able to dress and feed themselves without the help of a caregiver.MORE: Drug With 93% Success Rate for Pediatric Cancers Gets FDA Breakthrough StatusThe research team has conducted the treatment on two dozen other patients outside of the study participants and all of them showed improved motor function after the therapy.“Improved hand function can mean the difference between needing around-the-clock care and living more independently,” said Peter Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “These findings bring great hope to those who were told recovery following paralysis would be impossible. As new discoveries and breakthroughs are uncovered, it is clear the word ‘impossible’ no longer applies to spinal cord injury.”The research team is currently seeking FDA approval for the inexpensive therapy so that the equipment can be given to rehabilitation clinics in poor communities that cannot afford advanced medical treatments.CHECK OUT: Lung Cancer Patient Given a Year to Live is in Remission Thanks to Cuban Vaccine“I get criticized a lot for giving ‘false hope’ but we follow where the science tells us to go and just give the research results,” Edgerton said. “Everything is telling us the nervous system is much more adaptable than we’ve given it credit for, and can relearn and recover from severe injury.”“Nearly everyone thought the only people who would benefit from treatment were those who had been injured for less than a year; that was the dogma. Now we know the dogma is dead,” said V. Reggie Edgerton, senior author of the research. “All of our subjects have been paralyzed for more than a year. We know that in a high percentage of subjects who are severely injured, we can improve their quality of life.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Exciting News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore6 people with severe spinal injuries have regained motor function in their hands and fingers for the first time in years thanks to an inexpensive, noninvasive, nonsurgical spinal treatment.At the beginning of the UCLA-led study, 3 of the patients were unable to move their hands at all, and none of the participants could perform simple tasks such as opening a water bottle, turning a doorknob, or operating a cell phone. Some of the patients had been paralyzed for over 10 years – others had been without motor function for as little as one year.Over the course of eight therapy sessions in four weeks, researchers attached electrodes to the patients’ skin that applied electrical currents at varying frequencies and intensities to stimulate the spine’s circuitry. The researchers called the treatment “transcutaneous enabling motor control,” or tEmc.
So in order to raise money for the children’s future, the seniors decided to auction the 1973 Pontiac Parisienne that their son had been working on before he died. Though they had hoped to hold onto the car, they knew that caring for Liam and Arielle was more important.RELATED: Woman Pays for Stranger’s Coffee Only to Receive Heartfelt Letter in the Mail the Very Same DayA GoFundMe page for the family has already raised over $80,000 since it was created back in May – but thanks to the kindness of car enthusiasts, the Kerylukes now have more than double that amount.The Pontiac went onto the buyer’s block at Electric Garage Auctions (EGA) in Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday. The auctioneer explained that the car was being sold to benefit the Keryluke family before kicking off the bidding.EGA posted a video of the auction to their Facebook page this weekend. At 4 minutes and 30 seconds, the choked-up auctioneer has trouble keeping his voice in check because of the sheer emotion behind the children’s story.MORE: When Woman Can’t Afford Her Grocery Bill, She is Stunned When Her Favorite Rapper Picks Up the TabAt 7 minutes and 15 seconds, the car is finally sold for $29,000 – but then, the buyer donates the car back so that it can be donated a second time. At 8 minutes and 30 seconds, it is bought for $30,000 and then it is donated back again. At 9 minutes, the car is sold for a third time for $20,000.The kindness doesn’t stop there, either – several people made individual donations to the family, bringing the total to roughly $100,000. The final buyer then ended up donating the car back to the Keryluke family so that Arielle and Luke could inherit it when they’re older.CHECK OUT: When Strangers on a Plane Hear Teacher Talk About Her Students, Everyone Opens Their Wallets“People were overwhelmed with just the generosity of people of central Alberta and the support that this family has,” Lyndsay Payne, co-owner of EG Auctions, told Global News.“It was incredible. People were cheering, I was crying. Our auctioneer Rod had a hard time getting through it because he was crying. He was emotional.“It was unreal. I’ve never been a part of anything like that before in my life,” Payne added.(WATCH the video below)Faith In Humanity Restored: Pass On The Incredible Story To Your Friends 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 MoreAddThisMoreWhen a classic car was up for auction earlier this week, the auctioneer made sure to explain why the car was being auctioned – and it resulted in an emotional bidding war.3-year-old Liam and 6-year-old Arielle Keryluke have been living with their grandparents since their parents died in a motorcycle accident four months ago.Since grandparents Ben and Marilyn have been caring for the children, they are anticipating an influx of medical bills as a means of treating the kids for their hearing impairments.