New All-organic Carpets Could Have Multiple Lives

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn our increasingly recycling-aware society, a carpet is one of those things that usually does not get re-used – it is simply thrown away, and later, burned.That could soon change, says an international team of scientists who have come up with a method to make wool carpets with all-natural backing that can be re-processed after a life cycle.They replaced all synthetic substances and chemicals with organic materials. The new project, called Erutan – or “nature” spelled backwards – is financed by the Dutch government.Once a ERUTAN carpet has reached its end of life, it can become a substrate for the agricultural industry (for mushrooms as replacement for peat, countering desertification, landscaping). Development of the carpet will take place between 2010 and 2012, in co-operation with biochemists, chemists, textile engineers, environmental technicians, material engineers and economists.(READ the story from the BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

A Coffee Angel for Cancer Patients Inspires Detroit

first_img(WATCH the video below from Fox-2 Detroit)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 MoreAddThisMoreEvery Thursday morning around 10:30 Dan walks into a Starbucks in Metro Detroit, takes out a list and proceeds to order dozens of drinks. The number depends on who is in the Michigan Cancer Center getting chemotherapy treatments.Does Dan work there? Nope. So why would this man spend his own money every week to buy cappuccinos for strangers?In 2007, he accompanied his father to the MCI for Thursday chemo treatments. One afternoon as Dan looked around he got the idea to go and buy everyone who was enduring treatment a drink of their choice from Starbucks. Dan’s father has since passed away, but one of his dying wishes was for Dan to keep the tradition going. Now, Starbucks fans far and wide are donating to the cause via a website and Dan’s Coffee Run Facebook page.The local baristas look forward to filling his Thursday orders and seeing his smiling face. For years, customers asked why the man buys so many drinks, and upon hearing the story they are inspired to donate.In response, the baristas set up a custom Starbucks card with “Dan’s Coffee Run” on it for anyone who would like to help purchase the drinks — from espressos to strawberry smoothies — for the cancer patients up the road.last_img read more

Canada’s Stalled Jobs Market Roars Back in March

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCanada’s stagnant job market bounced back in March with a stunning 82,300 net new jobs, the biggest jump since September 2008.The job gains, reported by Statistics Canada on Thursday, were spread fairly evenly across several sectors and were mainly in the private sector and in full-time positions. (READ the story from Reuters)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Photo of the Day- Medics Give Free Advice in Mali

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMalians wait in line before seeing medics with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali who give free daily medical consultations at a clinic in Gao, in northern Mali.UN Photo by MINUSMA Peacekeeping forceAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Wedding Ring Lost 5 Years Ago Found in Dog’s Vomit

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA dog helped solve a five-year-old-mystery after it got sick eating a Popsicle — stick and all.It was a surprise two days later when Tucker threw up. But the even bigger surprise was found within the mess he made on the carpet.“I look in the paper towel and here is my wedding ring,” Tucker’s owner Lois Matykowski said. “I kid you not.”(WATCH the video below or READ the story from WTVR) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

U.K. to Ban Fishing Harvests in Vast Swath of Its Seas

first_imgA no-take fishing zone starts this week for a 320,000-square-mile area around Pitcairn, and a roughly 172,000-square-mile area in St. Helena, which is home to humpbacks and whale sharks, will also be a designated protected space.Two more areas around two South Atlantic islands will be designated protected by 2019 and 2020.MORE: Manatee Population Has Rebounded 500 Percent, No Longer Endangered“Protecting 4 million square kilometers of ocean is a fantastic achievement, converting our historic legacy into modern environmental success,” said Sir Alan Duncan, minister of state for Europe and the Americas.Although commercial fishing will only be banned in two of the areas, the other zones will still be protected from activities like oil drilling.POPULAR: Baby Tortoises Survive on Galapagos Island for First Time in 100 YearsThe announcement was made at the Our Ocean conference currently ongoing in Washington, D.C., and comes on the heels of President Obama’s designation of a marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.(READ more from The Guardian—Reprinted with permission from E&E Publishing)You Should Dolphinately Click To Share This Good News – Photo by VladUK, CCAddThis 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 United Kingdom plans to ban commercial fishing in roughly 385,000 square miles of ocean around British territories.Four islands in the Pacific and Atlantic will now have protected marine areas, the government said today.last_img read more

Meet The Woman Inspiring a Community of ‘Kindness Warriors’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWe’ve seen examples of kind pedestrians paying good deeds forward, but Cate Cook is trying to inspire an entire community to follow in her footsteps.Cate has been the secret orchestrator of hundreds of secret sweet gestures all over Adelaide, South Australia since January. Her Yours Kindly Facebook page documents all of her anonymous gifts – from leaving bubble wands on park benches, to leaving change taped to parking meters, to leaving flower bouquets in public spaces. The page has over 2,800 self-identified ‘Kindness Warriors’ who have been inspired by Cook’s gestures and imitated the generosity in their own communities.MORE: Man’s Cancer is Healed After Doing Random Acts of Kindness for a Year“We are a kindness community and people are often sharing kind deeds that they have done – leaving chocolates, opening doors, buying care packs for homeless people, writing inspirational notes, paying for someone’s coffee, etc.,” Cate told the Good News Network. “Recently after a TV interview, the cameraman and sound technician both said that what I am doing is inspiring and such a great thing that they were going to go and do acts of kindness too. It truly is a ripple effect.”As further evidence of her compassionate nature, Cate celebrated her 62nd birthday in August with 62 different acts of kindness around the city.WATCH: Simple Act of Kindness Marks His Third Day on the Job The mission supposedly took seven and a half hours to complete, but she says it was well worth it.“It was a long, but incredible day. The smiles and genuine appreciation on the faces of people were so uplifting. It truly was a magical day, and I would say the best way to spread happy cheer and enjoy my birthday.”Get Inspired With Your Friends: Click To Share   After Rescuing Them, Firemen Realized They Weren’t Puppies viralsharks.net x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >73,790AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

12-Year-old Girl Outsmarts Carjacker and Saves Little Sister

first_imgMaddie’s mother Brandie Weiler pulled over and got out of the car in order to help the victims. After she dialed 911, however, she saw the man who caused the accident unlock the door to her car and climb into the driver’s seat.RELATED: Teens Are Instant Heroes For Saving a Boy Who Fell Off a CliffThe perpetrator, 21-year-old Paul Salsman, wasn’t expecting the beatdown that followed.Maddie sprung into action by putting the van into drive, knowing full well that it prevented the car from starting. She then started punching Salsman as hard as she could and screaming at the top of her lungs – all to give her sister Molly enough time to get out of the car and away from the danger.Salsman reportedly tried to steal two more cars before being arrested by police. He is currently being charged with three counts of felony carjacking, felony hit and run, and driving under the influence of drugs.MORE: Abused Shelter Dog a Hero for Finding Naked Girl Shivering in ColdAccording to Fox News, Maddie is an talented horseback rider. After the incident, she told her mother: “Mama, if I can control a 1,500-pound animal, then I was sure going to try to take care of him.”Maddie’s parents have always told the kids to resist kidnapping by lashing out and making as much noise and possible. Though she suffered a fractured growth plate in her wrist, the young hero believes that it’s a small price to pay for the safety of her family – and she encourages other girls to follow her example.“I just went for it,” Maddie told WTKR. “Nothing passed my mind except, ‘He is a psycho and he needs to get out of the car’.”Click To Share This Inspiring 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 MoreAddThisMoreA 12-year-old girl may not seem like much of a match for an adult carjacker – but that wasn’t the case for Maddie Weiler.Maddie and her 7-year-old sister Molly were on the way to the Busch Gardens theme park in Virginia on Saturday when they witnessed a car accident happen right in front of their eyes.last_img read more

‘Back from the dead’: Dog Returns Home 10 Years After Going Missing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEver since Abby the black Labrador mix had wandered away from their home ten years ago, Debra Suierveld thought that the beloved pup had passed away – until, one decade later, she rejoined the family almost like magic.Abby had been playing with Suierveld’s kids in the front yard of their Washington Township, Pennsylvania home when she went missing in 2008. When she never returned, the vet who microchipped her had her listed as deceased.Then last weekend, the hound reappeared on a woman’s front porch in Lower Burrell. When the lady called the police about the mysterious stray dog, they proceeded to call the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley. The shelter workers checked the dog’s microchip and found that her name was Abby and she belonged to the Suierveld family.LOOK: Man Finds Puppies Abandoned in the Middle of the Desert and Takes Them on Epic Cross Country Road TripUpon calling the Suiervelds about the recovery of their long lost companion, Debra was speechless. Her 22-year-old daughter, Carly, broke down into tears when she heard the news.“I didn’t even know what to say. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Debra told the Tribune Review. “She kind of came back from the dead.”Despite now being 13 years old, Abby still responds to her name. She does have slight fat deposits and some graying around her muzzle, but this is pretty typical for elderly dogs. Otherwise, her good health suggests that another family has been taking care of her for the last decade.Regardless of her history, however, the Suiervelds are simply happy to be reunited with their old friend. Click To Share The Pawesome Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Expert discusses impact of 1960s bombing

first_imgTo commemorate the 50th anniversary this month of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., Notre Dame’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services launched its “Martin Luther King, Jr. Series for the Study of Race,” with a presentation by Dr. Wilson Fallin, Jr. Ph.D. to speak Monday night.     Fallin, a professor of history at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala., is the author of two books and the president of Birmingham-Easonian Baptist Bible College. He began his work in the Civil Rights movement at Moorehouse College while Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a part-time professor at the College. In Monday’s lecture, titled “Spirituality, the Birmingham Bombing, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement,” Fallin focused on the Birmingham Civil Rights movement, which began in 1956. “The Civil Rights movement was one of the most significant movements for social and racial justice in the history of the [United States],” he said. “And no campaign was more important than that in Birmingham.”   Fallin said the 1963 bombing was prompted by segregation from the 1950s and on. “Birmingham, Ala., was founded in 1871 during the reconstruction era by former plantation owners determined to uphold racial segregation,” he said. “By the 1950s, Birmingham was “one of the most segregated and racially polarized cities in the U.S.” Between 1945 and 1962, bombings of African-American businesses and homes were not infrequent, he said. Although the numbers have been disputed, Fallin said historians generally agree there were between 20 and 80 racially motivated bombings in Birmingham during that time period, earning the city the name “Bombingham.” Most, if not all, incidents were never investigated. Fallin said the most interesting aspect was the role of the African-American churches in the Birmingham Civil Rights movement because in 1956, the state government effectively outlawed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from Alabama. As a result, a group of black ministers came forward to create the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. “It was a movement of churches,” he said. “The church made it possible. The black church had a strong dose of liberation theology – and that united them.”Religion, when it is believed and practiced, is a powerful element in one’s life and in one’s society.” The prominence of the church in the Civil Rights movement, Fallin said, was the reason that on the night of Sept. 14th, 1963, four members of the Ku Klux Klan broke into the 16th Street Baptist Church and planted a time bomb, scheduled to detonate at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning. “Ten-thirty Sunday morning. They knew. They knew there would be people there – they knew people would die,” Fallin said. “It was a crime committed out of sheer revenge and hate.” But, Fallin said, Birmingham had a lasting significance for the civil rights movement nationwide. The tragedy of losing four young girls to an act of hatred drew national attention to the city and to the issue of institutionalized racism in the United States. “It took people off the fence, and galvanized more sympathy for the cause,” he said. “Birmingham, in my view, saved the movement.” Contact Maragaret Hynds  at  [email protected]last_img read more