AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDo you have way too much cookie dough in your freezer? Do you have magazine subscriptions that go unread month after month? A Seattle company has created an new way for private schools and church groups to raise money quickly. Seattle based Affirmagy recently launched a fundraising division called Positively Fundraising. Positively Fundraising allows groups to raise thousands of dollars within weeks. The turnkey set-up of Positively Fundraising was created so that small groups could raise needed funds in a short time. Parents across the nation who are tired of stocking up on cookie dough, candy and popcorn to help youth group and school projects love Positively Fundraising. “Instead of filling cupboards with sugary snacks, folks can help an organization they love and have a cuddly blanket to signify their support for years to come. People buy our blankets for themselves and for those they love. And they appreciate them even more knowing that the dollars spent to acquire them fuel projects close to their hearts,” says Founder and CEO, Kristen Marie Schuerlein. And with Mothers Day coming up, buyers would be fulfilling a need for giving. Raise Thousands of Dollars in a Few Weeks The average group is able to raise from $1,000 to $3,000 in a matter of weeks by selling blankets with positive messages on Positively Fundraising. Positively Fundraising offers its customers downloadable catalogs, forms, tips sheets and economical sample packs so even those new to fundraising can find success quickly. Kids love holding up the vibrantly colored blankets while people can read the inspiring affirmations. “The kids take orders and buy only the blankets they’ve sold from Positively Fundraising” says Schuerlein. “Youth group leaders love that they can raise money and don’t have to buy a bunch of inventory in advance.” Affirmagy’s blankets come in a variety of themes and colors to literally wrap people in Love, Courage, Abundance and gratitude. Michael Tozzi, youth fundraiser team leader for the Church of Today West in Pontiac Michigan, said he spent over a year looking for the right fundraiser to help rebuild their youth program. “Affirmagy’s support and great energy made our fundraiser the most successful one ever,” he said. Visit www.affirmagy.com and www.positivelyfundraising.com or call 888.624.6018 to learn more. (Yellow Image shows one of the blanket designs) 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 MoreAddThisMoreOver a thousand new species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong Region of Southeast Asia in just the last decade, according to a new report launched by WWF. Discoveries include 519 plants, 279 fish, 88 frogs, 88 spiders, 46 lizards, 22 snakes, 15 mammals, 4 birds, 4 turtles, 2 salamanders and a toad. The region comprises the six countries through which the Mekong River flows including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. It is estimated thousands of new invertebrate species were also discovered during this period, further highlighting the region’s immense biodiversity. Among the 1,068 species newly identified by science, between 1997 and 2007, were the world’s largest huntsman spider, with a leg span of 30 centimetres, and the startlingly hot pink coloured cyanide-producing “dragon millipede”. While most species were discovered in the largely unexplored jungles and wetlands, some were first found in the most surprising places. The Laotian rock rat, for example, thought to be extinct 11 million years ago, was first encountered by scientists in a local food market, while the Siamese Peninsula pitviper was found slithering through the rafters of a restaurant in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. “This region is like what I read about as a child in the stories of Charles Darwin,” said Dr Thomas Ziegler, Curator at the Cologne Zoo. “It is a great feeling being in an unexplored area and to document its biodiversity for the first time… both enigmatic and beautiful,” he said. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Stuart Chapman, Director of WWF’s Greater Mekong Programme. “We thought discoveries of this scale were confined to the history books. This reaffirms the Greater Mekong’s place on the world map of conservation priorities.”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 MoreAddThisMoreImpassable roads following New York City’s near record snowfall shut down many businesses. Fortunately, the owners of FreshDirect, a grocery delivery service, took action to donate the 72,000 pounds that would otherwise have gone to waste.The food rescue organization City Harvest posted photos showing 1,000 pounds being dropped off at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea, where 1,250 hungry New Yorkers eat lunch every day.(From the Village Voice)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 MoreAddThisMore A Syrian refugee couple had more to celebrate at this reception than just a wedding. They were feting new friendships with sympathetic strangers in Saskatchewan, a place they now call home.A CBC reporter had interviewed the couple about a story on mental health and refugees. Chatting after the interview, Eman Bare learned Mohamad Al-Noury and Athar Farroukh fled bombings in their hometown just days after their wedding and spent their honeymoon in a refugee camp, before making the journey to Canada.GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSAthar had mentioned she didn’t even get the chance to have wedding pictures taken, so Bare offered to snap some of the bride in a few days. Once the story hit social media, people in Saskatoon decided to set things right.One woman baked a wedding cake, another donated a wedding dress and suit for the groom, and a hotel gave the party a banquet room.CHECK Out: $700 Tip Leads to Rehab Support For Humble Pizza Delivery Man (WATCH)The couple thought they were on their way to their impromptu wedding photo shoot when Bare surprised them with the news, as they opened the door.“We’re blessed that we’re in Saskatoon and we’ve seen a lot of great things and met a lot of great people and it’s a dream come true for us,” Farroukh told CBC News.Photo: Eman Bare, TwitterInvite Your Friends To The Party, Share This…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 MoreAddThisMore Crusoe sometimes shares the spotlight with a few of his dachshund friends… or dachshund girlfriends. Is this the world’s first celebrity dachshund? Not sure, but Crusoe is definitely winning hearts with adorable outfits and a cool canine attitude.The wiener dog has collected over 150,000 followers on Instagram by doing things as unique as donning a Canadian hockey jersey and slapping around a puck (watch the video above). He also surprised children on Easter by turning into a bunny rabbit canine hybrid, below. He even did an extremely convincing Heinz commercial of his own featuring his hot dog costume. If you’d like to watch the rest of Crusoe’s cute superstar videos, check out the pup’s Instagram and Facebook.This Is Too Cute to Keep… Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Brown adipose tissue (BAT), also known as brown fat, is one of two types of fat found in humans and other mammals. Initially only attributed to babies and hibernating mammals, it was discovered in recent years that adults can have brown fat too. Its main function is to generate body heat by burning calories (as opposed to white fat, which is a result of storing excess calories).CHECK OUT: Managing Your Gut Bacteria Shown to Alleviate Anxiety, Says New ResearchPeople with a lower body mass index (BMI) therefore have a higher amount of brown fat.“Brown fat works in a different way to other fat in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often in response to cold,” said Professor Michael Symonds, from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham who co-directed the study.“Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid levels and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss. However, until now, no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its activity in humans.MORE: Broccoli Isn’t Just Good For You; Scientists Find It Holds Molecule That Could Be the ‘Achilles’s Heel’ of Cancer“This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions. The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them.”The team started with a series of stem cell studies to see if caffeine would stimulate brown fat. Once they had found the right dose, they then moved on to humans to see if the results were similar.The team used a thermal imaging technique, which they’d previously pioneered, to trace the body’s brown fat reserves. The non-invasive technique helps the team to locate brown fat and assess its capacity to produce heat.CHECK OUT: What You Never Learned About Fiber and Why It May Be Exactly What You Need for Stubborn Ailments“From our previous work, we knew that brown fat is mainly located in the neck region, so we were able to image someone straight after they had a drink to see if the brown fat got hotter,” said Professor Symonds.“The results were positive and we now need to ascertain that caffeine as one of the ingredients in the coffee is acting as the stimulus or if there’s another component helping with the activation of brown fat. We are currently looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar.“Once we have confirmed which component is responsible for this, it could potentially be used as part of a weight management regime or as part of glucose regulation program to help prevent diabetes.”Reprinted from the University of NottinghamPower Up With Positivity By Sharing This Intriguing News With Your Friends On Social Media…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 MoreAddThisMoreScientists have published an intriguing new study on how coffee may be relied upon to do much more than just wake us up in the morning.Researchers from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate “brown fat”, the body’s own fat-fighting defenses, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes.The study, published earlier this week in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to be carried out in humans to find components which could have a direct effect on “brown fat” functions, an important part of the human body which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories as energy.
But Realtor.com agrees that buyers deserve to know everything, risks included, about a home before making a purchase, and now all 110 million listed properties on their website contain either publicly or privately assembled flooding data.MORE: A Poor State in India Learned From Its Mistakes: How It Saved a Million People From the Devastating Cyclone“They can elevate their home on stilts. They can add a sump pump into the basement. They can install a rain garden outside,” Realtor.com executive Leslie Jordan told NPR. “But they must know their risk first.”HELP Your Friends Prepare And Share The News On Social Media…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 MoreAddThisMoreSince buying a home will be the most significant financial decision of most people’s lives, prospective buyers deserve to understand the full cost of their investment. That’s why a nonprofit, First Street Foundation, is compiling an updated list of the flood-insurance risks for millions more properties nationwide and publishing their findings online for all to see.Credit: TBEP/UnsplashAs changing climatic conditions have resulted in storms of greater strength and in greater numbers, the nonprofit group is filling in the massive gaps in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood zone designations.“Unfortunately, inaccurate FEMA flood maps and nonexistent or weak real estate disclosure laws make it extremely difficult for home buyers to learn of a property’s flood risk or even its flood history,” Joel Scata who studies flood risk at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told NPR. RELATED: Mangrove Trees Can Save Americans Tens of Billions in Flood Damages– So New Alliance Gets PlantingFEMA has around nine million properties in flooding zones, wherein homeowners would be required or advised to buy flood insurance, however First Street Foundation’s clever combination of data has produced a more accurate flood risk map that takes into account climate change, sea level rise, and altered rainfall patterns and storm paths, and that will continue to update faster and more efficiently than FEMA’s flooding maps.Through the unprecedented partnership of more than 80 world-renowned scientists, technologists, and analysts working together, First Street was able to identify an additional 14.5 million homes that are in potential flood areas.Their tool, Flood Factor, allows you to enter a zip code and bring up anything that’s available on homes in that area.Realtor.comHowever, the effort has been looked at glumly by major real estate companies and homeowners alike who are worried that flood risk designations would diminish the property value of their homes.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCarla Bales chats on Facebook Portal – Dreamweaver FoundationSeniors who are social distancing to stay healthy during the pandemic are now gaining much-needed companionship, thanks to ultra-loud, easy-to-use devices that connect them directly to loved ones.The Dreamweaver Foundation has provided 300 free Facebook Portals to seniors in nursing care homes in Nebraska and Iowa—and the grateful reactions have ranged from “tears of joy” to an overwhelming sense of relief.Most seniors who received a Portal were connected to loved ones with a clear picture and sound for the first time in months. The eight-year-old Omaha-based nonprofit usually grants wishes to seniors, like hot-air balloon rides or race car driving, but all that stopped when COVID-19 hit.“We still wanted to serve seniors in a special way” said Cheri Mastny, Dreamweaver Foundation executive director. “Many families had been resorting to window visits or calls on smartphones which can be both expensive and difficult for seniors to operate.”RELATED: Send A Birthday Greeting To The Oldest Living World War II Vet In The U.S. As He Turns 111With a Portal, the buttons are super large, so it’s very easy to touch and use. It has a big subwoofer speaker in the back, so the sound is much better for someone who is hard of hearing. Calls can be made seamlessly to and from smartphones and tablets.Warren Taylor – Dreamweaver Foundation“My grandma was a lucky recipient of a Portal and I could Facebook chat with her. It was the first time I had seen her in months,” said Jill Sauser Hamilton. “I can’t tell you how happy this gift has made her. Her daily video chats with our family give her something to look forward to.”RELATED: Senior Home in Brazil Creates ‘Hug Tunnel’ So Visitors Can Embrace Their Loved Ones“Residents are definitely missing their families,” said Teala Ward, a certified nursing assistant at Lincoln’s Sumner Place. “I set them up and add every family member possible.”Since seniors began using them, Dreamweaver has been overwhelmed with requests for more, so they launched a fundraising campaign to purchase more of the Portals. Help them deliver family connections at DreamWeaver.org, and watch the local news coverage below…MULTIPLY The Good By Sharing the News On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Now the company is transitioning from these temporary programs to invest in permanent wage increases for frontline employees—both full and part time—totaling $1 billion in raises for their workers annually.RELATED: Jeff Bezos Creates $10 Billion ‘Earth Fund’ to Meet Climate Crisis, First Grants of $800M Go to Iconic Environmental Groups“I am proud of the resilience and strength our associates have continued to demonstrate, and I would like to thank them,” the chairman and CEO Craig Menear, said in a statement.“We believe that our associates are a competitive advantage to the Home Depot, and they’re critical to the overall customer experience.”MORE: UK Companies Have Given Back £215 Million of Government COVID-Relief MoneySpread the Wealth by Sharing This Corporate Responsibility News on Social Media…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 MoreAddThisMoreWith everyone staying in their houses and getting around to doing those home improvements and DIY projects, U.S. hardware giant Home Depot’s earnings for the third quarter rose 23 percent from the same period in 2019.By Ben Allen, CC licenseThe company announced this week that it is investing a billion dollars of that profit into its employees—and making it permanent.Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, The Home Depot has been supporting its associates with expanded paid time off for all hourly workers and implementing temporary weekly bonuses for everyone.
Saint Mary’s students will cast their ballots Thursday to decide on the next team of student leaders for the 2012-2013 school year, as elections for class councils and school boards begin. Voting starts at 8 a.m. Thursday and ends at 8 a.m. Friday. Students can vote electronically, or they can cast their ballots at Student Government Association’s (SGA) booths set up in the Student Center, Spes Unica atriums and the Dining Hall. Senior Emma Brink, SGA executive secretary, said SGA is hopeful these elections demonstrate a high voter turnout. “SGA is so excited about last week’s Student Body election turnout that we hope to replicate the same enthusiasm for the class and big board elections this week,” Brink said. CLASS OF 2013 PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT Three tickets are running for class of 2013 president and vice president: Emily Caltrider and Megan Hogan, Meg Brown and Christina Bueno, and Silvia Cuevas and Ambreen Ahmad. Though each ticket has expressed plans to unify the senior class and host a variety of events, the candidates have expressed different means to achieve their platform goals. Caltrider and Hogan, members of the class of 2013 board, are running on a platform focused on offering diverse events, including a barn dance, wine tours and various service activities. Hogan said these events would build on the traditions of the College. “If elected, we plan to incorporate Saint Mary’s rich history and traditions while introducing new ideas,” she said. “I would love to have the opportunity to represent the Class of 2013 and make our senior year memorable.” Caltrider said the pair would look to foster an environment where members of their class could express their thoughts and concerns. “We hope to create a welcoming environment in which our peers can voice their concerns and be heard,” she said. “We also want to focus on better communication and collaboration among the four classes at [Saint Mary’s].” Ahmad said she and Cuevas want to build on Saint Mary’s traditions, while introducing new and exciting experiences to the Class of 2013. “Our slogan is ‘New perspectives on old challenges,’ as Silvia and I hope to bring new ideas on how to have a great senior year, while also requesting feedback from everyone in the class,” she said. “I think it is important that we continuously strive to create a bond, and that should definitely not stop, especially in our last year.” Cuevas, who serves as SGA commissioner, said her ticket is focused on listening to the needs of their classmates. “As seniors, many of us will be taking different paths after Saint Mary’s, so we want to stress to our class that we are here to listen to their ideas and try our ultimate best to put those ideas into action,” she said. Ahmad said her and Cuevas’ involvement with other campus groups makes them qualified to serve the needs and interests of their class. “Silvia and I are involved in many different extracurriculars, making us more well-rounded and representative of the many interests of class,” she said. “We both have experience in leadership and organizing for events through our various endeavors.” Cuevas said their experience in campus activities would benefit their leadership skills if elected to office. “We want our class to know that we know how to get things done and get them done right, since we are both involved in various parts of the College,” she said. Brown and Bueno are running a platform focused on establishing strong alumnae connections after graduation. Brown, who serves as the LeMans Hall treasurer, said relationships with fellow alumnae are crucial. “The senior year is an important year for building connections and preparing for life after graduation,” she said. “We will increase networking opportunities not only within the class, but also with the alumnae network by working to get graduating Belles in touch with their successful predecessors already tasting success in the ‘real world.’” Bueno said she and Brown are also focused on ensuring students have a say in the planning of events. “The opinions and contributions of my fellow classmates is a real focal point for me,” she said. “I really want my fellow class members to be a part of the planning process for senior year events such as Senior Dad’s Weekend, Senior Formal and Senior Week. I want these well known events to be new and exciting, and more attractive to the majority of the class.” Class of 2014 President and Vice President Susie Larson and Carolyn Backes will run unopposed for class of 2014 president and vice president. The ticket’s platform is focused on unifying their class and involving students in more campus activities. The pair is also looking to provide more community outreach programs in the South Bend area. In addition to hosting a memorable Junior Mom’s Weekend, the Larson and Backes are planning a class trip to Chicago and mixers with Notre Dame students. Larson said her ticket also envisions implementing a ring ceremony for the junior class. “Receiving your class ring calls for time to reflect upon who you are as a Saint Mary’s woman and what you will represent to the world when you leave this unique and empowering campus experience,” she said. The ticket also looks to foster a sense of community through the event, as they plan on inviting current students and previous alumnae who were not given this opportunity to participate. Backes said through her and Larson’s varied experiences, students can expect the pair to bring their class together in the next year. “People should vote for [us] because we come from different backgrounds including our majors and our hometowns. I think as a team we would be able to bring lots of different people together and unite our class like it should be,” Backes said. Class of 2015 President and Vice President Two tickets, composed of Anna Fanelli and Amy Trahan, and Kelly Gutrich and Maddie Sampson, will run for class of 2015 president and vice president. Both tickets emphasize a passion for student government and staying involved in the Saint Mary’s community. Each woman on the ballot has said she is focused on unifying the class of 2015 and planning a memorable Sophomore Parents Weekend. Fanelli said her ticket is focused on planning fun events for their classmates. “Amy and I are just really stressing what the class wants and needs and (we) want to serve them the best we can,” she said. “We think through these fun activities and hearing their opinions and voice we could do just that.” Trahan said one of the focal points of her ticket’s platform is planning a retreat for their classmates. “Another big idea we have is a sophomore retreat that focuses on empowering one another as a class. The retreat will be a way for all the sophomores to touch base with one another and reflect on how we have all grown academically, socially and spiritually,” she said. “It will also give us a weekend where we can develop stronger friendships within the class.” In addition to developing on-campus volunteer opportunities, Fanelli said she and Trahan would like to facilitate community service for students in the South Bend community. “We thought becoming more active in South Bend missions and food shelters by providing transportation to such volunteering opportunities would give more incentive and accessibility for those without means of transportation,” she said. Gutrich said she and Sampson are focused on planning events that will foster relationships between members of their class. “If elected, some of the first tasks Maddie and I hope to accomplish are the class bonding activities,” she said. “We want to use our ice cream socials, community service and t-shirts to give our class lots of quality time together and to really build on the sisterhood we have here at Saint Mary’s.” With her current position as class treasurer and Sampson’s role as the class of 2015 vice president, Gutrich said she and Sampson are prepared for the job. “[These roles have] prepared me to take on the role of president. I know how the class board operates, and can use the knowledge gained from experiences this year to make next year even more of a success for our class and school,” she said. “We are an awesome pair and have already gained a lot of experience working together.” Sampson said the pair will build off their leadership experience in the coming year if their peers elect them. “I know what can be done, and how to go about getting them done,” she said. “[Kelly and I] have knowledge about how the system works, and genuinely want to make our sophomore year as exciting and worthwhile as possible.”