George and Amal Clooney announced on February 20th that they will donate $500,000 in support of stricter gun control. They donated in the name of their 8-month-old twins, Ella and Alexander. Clooney told ABC News, "Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School. Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country." After the Clooney’s announcement Oprah tweeted, “George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.” #news#gun#florida#violence#school#shooting#march#guncontrol#celebrity#donation#bestof
February 18th marked the grand opening of the St. Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square in Denver, Colorado. These apartments will be occupied solely by the homeless in the local area. There are an estimated 5,000 people who are currently homeless in the Denver metro area and finding affordable housing can be an impossible task. In the St. Francis Apartments, there are about 50 studio apartments that are each about 500 square feet and come completely furnished. The building was funded mostly through tax credits along with some help from the city and the state. #news#homeless#taxes#city#funding#colorado#housing#bestof
In the UK, oxygen masks are now being carried on all Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue engines. The equipment was provided by Smokey Paws, a charity that assists pets that have been victims of a house fire. These life saving masks come in all different sizes and the smallest one is tiny enough to fit onto a hamster! Now Rover, Tom and Jerry will always be safe in any fire emergency. #news#fire#safety#emergency#pet#protect#UK#smokeypaws#bestof
Buckingham Palace has outlined new plans for plastic and waste and say they have a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ at the highest levels of the Royal household. They plan to gradually phase out plastic straws in public cafes and ban them in staff dining areas altogether. Caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will now only be able to use china plates and glasses or recyclable paper cups. To-go items from the Royal Collection cafes must be made of compostable or biodegradable packaging.
“Across the organisation, the Royal Household is committed to reducing its environmental impact,” said a spokesman for Buckingham Palace. “As part of that, we have taken a number of practical steps to cut back on the use of plastics. At all levels, there's a strong desire to tackle this issue.” #news#plastic#waste#environment#save#planet#recycle#queen#bestof
Shanthi Viswanathan, also known as “Mrs. V”, was teaching Algebra II when a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas and began firing at students and teachers on February 14th. A parent of one of Mrs. V’s students told The Sun Sentinel that she did everything that she could to make sure that her students were safe. She instructed her kids to hide in a corner and she locked the door and covered the window with paper so that the shooter couldn't see in. "She was quick on her feet. She used her knowledge. She saved a lot of kids," Dawn Jarboe, whose son Brian was in her class, told The Sentinel. When the SWAT team arrived, she wouldn’t even let them inside. "She said, 'Knock it down or open it with a key. I'm not opening the door,'" Jarboe said.
She is one of the many heroes who saved lives that day. Another teacher, Scott Beigel was killed while protecting his students and football coach Aaron Feis threw himself into the line of fire in order to shield his students. A 17-year-old student named Colton Haab saved up to 70 people by ushering them into a classroom and protected them by using bulletproof Kevlar sheets to secure them inside. Our hearts go out to all the victims of this horrific tragedy. #news#msd#shooter#tragic#gunviolence#heroes#praise#prayers#bestof
Tanner Broadwell, Nikki Walsh and their 2-year-old pug Remy of Madeira Beach, Florida left their jobs and sold most of their belongings so they could buy a boat and sail the Caribbean. On day two of their adventure they hit something, the boat flooded and they were forced to abandon ship. They watched as their dream boat sunk to the bottom of John’s Pass. The couple set up a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of the damage. Their campaign, titled Couple’s Sunken Dreams, surpassed its $10,000 goal in only three days thanks to hundreds of online donations ranging from $5 to $400. #news#sunk#ocean#sail#boat#fail#florida#couple#pug#bestof
Retired engineer Bill Watkins created the classic Disney roller coaster, Space Mountain and he was the first person to ride it when it debuted at Disneyland back in 1977. Watkins, now 87 years old, took his final ride on the coaster February 7th. It had been 13 years since he last took a thrill ride. #news#disney#rollercoaster#thrillride#engineer#inventor#bestof
This 9-year-old changed the Girl Scout cookie game when she set up her booth outside of The Urbn Leaf marijuana dispensary last weekend in San Diego. She sold 312 boxes of cookies in just six hours. The Urbn Leaf dispensary even gave the Girl Scout a shoutout on Instagram in an effort to help her sell even more boxes of cookies. They wrote, "Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4pm. Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with — shopping is more fun with friends anyways."
It’s clear that this Girl Scout is one smart cookie. See what I did there? #news#girlscout#tagalong#weed#dispensary#urbnleaf#marijuana#cookies#munchies#bestof
China is re-assigning 60,000 troops for a new mission: planting trees. China plans to plant 84,000 square kilometers of new forest by the end of the decade. In order to do so, they are using troops from the People’s Liberation Army as well as the nation’s armed police force. Head of the State Forestry Administration, Zhang Jianlong, said in a meeting last week that China plans to grow at least 6.66 million hectares of new forest this year alone. #news#growth#forest#trees#troops#china#acres#mission#bestof
Tesla signed a deal with the government of South Australia to install 50,000 solar-power systems on homes at no cost to residents. South Australia has suffered from blackouts in recent years due to an energy crisis and Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks that he can solve the problem by building a giant battery farm in 100 days or less. This plan involves installing a 5kW solar panel system and a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery on public housing properties all across the state over the next four years. When the project is completed, he will have created the world's largest "virtual power plant." Is there anything this guy can’t do? #news#tesla#elonmusk#energy#crisis#blackout#australia#bestof
"Bucky’s Tuition Promise” is a new program that was designed to make higher education more accessible and affordable for students. Currently, in-state students at UW-Madison pay $10,533 a year in tuition and fees. "Many low and middle-income families in Wisconsin simply don't know whether they can afford to come to UW-Madison," Chancellor Rebecca Blank said when she announced the program. "Indeed, if they just read the popular press about student debt and sky-rocketing tuition their assumption will be that they can't. We want to make it very clear to low and moderate-income families in Wisconsin that we're going to do everything we can to make this an affordable school." #news#tuition#affordable#education#income#University#bestof
Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that in an effort to “serve the planet responsibly,"" they will eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018 and they plan to eliminate all foam cups by 2020. In the U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup. The majority of Dunkin’ Donuts’ international markets are already using paper cups. The brand will work with its franchisees in order to eliminate foam cups from the remaining international markets by the 2020 goal. #news#foam#dunkindonuts#waste#envoronment#paper#recycle#bestof
This adorable baby, 18-month-old Lucas Warren, is the new "Spokesbaby of the Year" for Gerber. He is the first child with Down syndrome to do so in its 91-year history. "Every year, since the beginning of the Gerber Baby Photo Search, we choose the baby who exemplifies Gerber's longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, and Lucas is a perfect fit," Bill Partyka, Gerber's President and CEO, told CNN. Gerber picked Lucas from more than 140,000 entries and the title means that Lucas' parents will get a $50,000 prize and Lucas will appear on Gerber's social media channels and in their ads throughout the year. "We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the potential to change the world -- just like our Lucas," his mom said. #news#baby#gerber#downsyndrome#specialneeds#spokesbaby#bestof
With the growing homeless crisis in Los Angeles, Angelinos can now donate to the homeless by feeding a meter. Six meters will be located in downtown LA and all the money collected will go towards the Skid Row-based C3 program, a cooperation between the city, county, and local service providers that provides outreach to the homeless and helps them find housing. Not only can pedestrians give cash donations, the meters will also collect contributions through sponsorships that cost $3,500 a year. Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis have both sponsored a meter in Grand Park, and four other meters at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument will be sponsored by the Hayward Manor Apartments, the Alexandria Hotel, the St. Vincent Jewelry Center, and the city department that maintains the monument. #news#homeless#outreach#donate#contribution#meter#losangeles#downtown#support#bestof
Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital of Ankara have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for landfills. For several months, the garbage men gathered discarded books. As word of the collection spread, residents also began donating books directly. Initially, the books were only for employees and their families to borrow. But as the collection grew and interest spread throughout the community, a library was eventually opened to the public in September of 2017. The library is actually housed in a former brick factory at the sanitation department headquarters, and is often filled with children of municipal employees and students from nearby schools. (There is even a lounge area for readers and chess boards for visitors.) The collection grew so large that the library now loans the salvaged books to schools, educational programs, and even prisons. #news#turkey#books#reading#libraries#repurposing#garbage#recycling#community#awesome#goodnews
France’s parliament approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its territories. Under the law, existing drilling permits will not be renewed and no new exploration licenses will be granted. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot says the law shows "current generations can take care of future generations." The ban is part of a much larger plan to wean the French economy from fossil fuels, fulfilling France’s commitments under the Paris climate agreement in order to help curb global warming. #news#gas#oil#france#paris#agreement#act#ban#economy#fossilfuels#bestof
Known under the scientific name 'Victoria cruziana,' the giant Lily pads of Paraguay were once thought to be on their way to extinction due to dredging and visitors collecting the plants. Recently though, the plants have appeared in a tributary of the Paraguay river just north of the capital of Asunción. Water lilies in the area are known for their immense size and exceptional shape,and their return has drawn a mass of tourists to Piquete Cue in central Paraguay, where they take pictures and pay for boat rides to see the lilies up close. Said Antonio Benítez, a local resident, "I have lived in the area since I was a child. The neighbours and I thought the plant had already become extinct, but it has returned" #news#paraguay#enviroment#nature#aquaticlife#travel#lilies#plants#vegetation#awesome
For people on the autism spectrum, processing sensory information can be difficult and they can find sounds, light, smell, touch and taste extremely overwhelming. Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) partnered with Coles Supermarkets to introduce "Quiet Hour." For this “Quiet Hour," participating stores will dim the lights by 50 percent, they will turn off the radios, turn down the register and scanner volumes and avoid PA announcements and cart collections. Aspect community engagement and operations officer Linzi Coyle explains: "With autism affecting one in 100 Australians, expanding this low-sensory shopping experience … will have a significant improvement on the lives of many children, young people and adults on the spectrum, as well as their family members." The program will take place between 10:30am and 11:30am every Tuesday at 68 stores and all customers are invited to participate. #news#autism#australia#shopping#experience#aspect#spectrum#bestof
The American luxury brand announced that they will no longer use animal fur in its products and will be phased out by the end of December 2018. This policy will also apply to Jimmy Choo which Kors acquired in July 2017. “This decision marks a new chapter as our company continues to evolve its use of innovative materials,” said John D. Idol, Michael Kors’ chairman and chief executive, in a statement. “Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur.” added designer Michael Kors. “We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.” #news#fashion#fur#michael#kors#jimmy#choo#materials#bestof
Thanks @tech for sharing this amazing story. After a driving accident in 2010, Ian Burkhart was left paralyzed from the neck down. Six years later, doctors implanted a chip in his brain that allows him to grasp objects. The chip works so well that he was even able to play his favorite video game, "Guitar Hero.” Burkhart said, “And now, it’s just something that’s so fluid it’s just kind of like it was before I had my injury, where I just think about what I want to do and now I can do it.” According to Nick Anetta, an engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute, “This is possible, you can take someone, a human being who is paralyzed and give them the ability to use that paralyzed limb again in a functional way.” Two more patients are scheduled to receive brain chips as part of the study. #news#tech#future#progress#medicine#health#awesome#bestof