A project to deal with the serious heritage and conservation issues around bats in churches has set off to a flying start.
Most churches have resident bats, which often go unnoticed, but serious problems do occur in some churches – and can be exceptionally difficult to resolve.
Natural England and the Church of England have joined forces to raise awareness of the issues. The project aims to provide those responsible for church buildings with guidance and advice on how best to manage resident bats, including how to deal with legal obligations.
Two of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are in New Delhi and have taken the initiative to convince Indian billionaires to join in their philanthropic efforts. Through the Giving Pledge campaign launched by them last year, the two have called upon other rich people to make a conscious commitment and have also gone public with their pledges in an effort to motivate others.
If billionaires around the world pledge to contribute what is being dubbed by the duo as ‘moral commitment’, about USD 600 billion could be generated for philanthropic causes.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Mattel announced plans to create a bald doll for children suffering from hair loss in response to an ongoing campaign on Facebook. Southern California resident Rebecca Sypin was one of the people behind the Facebook campaign, urging Mattel to create a bald Barbie that children battling cancer and other diseases that cause hair loss can relate to. The Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook page now has more than 150,000 “likes.” Mattel initially told Sypin that they do not take unsolicited Barbie doll suggestions from outside sources, but it appears their persistence paid off.
The toymaker says the new doll will be a friend of Barbie. She’ll come with wigs, hats, scarves and other accessories. Production is set to begin next year.
From working in their own communities on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction to supporting global causes of peace, justice and development, the millions of volunteers around the world play a vital role in building a better future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
“Together, let us strengthen the institutional frameworks that support volunteerism,” he added, citing the strong growth in recent years of online volunteering connecting people – professionals, students, homemakers and people with disabilities around the globe – and providing them with opportunities to contribute to development and the work of the United Nations.
The U.S. federal government has designated 108,556 square kilometers (41,914 square miles) as critical habitat for the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), the largest of the world’s marine turtles and one of the most endangered. The protected area, around the size of Guatemala, spans coastal sea waters from California to Washington state, but does not protect the migration routes environmentalists hoped for.
“Habitat protections are vital to the survival of leatherbacks. We urgently need migration safeguards for these ancient animals as they make the longest, most epic journey of any creature on the planet to get to our West Coast every year,” said Catherine Kilduff with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) in a press release. The CBD along with Turtle Island Restoration Network and Oceana filed a lawsuit in 2009 to push the government to designate critical habitat for the leatherback sea turtle.
A technique helping stroke victims regain their mobility has won the 2010 Danish Research Result of the Year award and is now attracting attention from investors keen to see the research move from the lab and into rehabilitation centers. Professor Ole Kaeseler Andersen of the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction at Aalborg University, Denmark, has developed method that uses the nervous system’s natural reflex reaction to pain to aid stroke patient rehabilitation.
Andersen’s research is based on the way a person pulls the foot back as a reflex to sudden pain – known as nociceptive withdrawal reflex. A better understanding of this reflex has lead to it being used as a tool in rehabilitation.
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When there are natural or manmade disasters — even if they are half a world away — most of us are glued to the television or our favorite news source on the Web, checking frequently for the latest update. We can become completely obsessed with what’s happening.
This obsession is actually there for most of us all the time. That’s why news sources are as popular as they are. When the event becomes big enough, however, this obsession can become painfully obvious. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with keeping informed about current events and responding appropriately. It’s just that, at times like this, many of us have a hard time disconnecting from what is unfolding.
One young Michigan boy’s simple hobby has turned into a charity effort, fueled by his giving heart.
Glenn Dixon, 7, cleans and paints faces on rocks that he collects, and then sells them for a dollar apiece to raise money for domestic violence victims, according to Advisor & Source Newspapers.
“I like rocks, I like painting and I like to see people smiling,” he said. “It makes me feel good to make people happy.”
On October 10 of this year, known commonly as 10/10/10, people around the world rallied for the environment. In Afghanistan they planted trees, and in China university students engaged in a clean energy competition.
In Washington environmental activists, scientists and everyday citizens rallied outside the White House for climate action. They want the president to do more than just talk about environmental policy.
“Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks,” Mr. Obama said.
Burmese state media have offered rare praise of longtime democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in an editorial that would have been unthinkable just months ago under the reforming country’s strict censorship laws.
In an article entitled, “To the leaders who are the hope of Myanmar,” the New Light of Myanmar said Tuesday that the future of the country “depends completely” on the cooperation of Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein.
The paper, owned by the government and published by the ministry of information, has given little coverage to the newly elected opposition lawmaker since she was released from house arrest in 2010.
Autumn Peltier already has years of advocacy behind her. She’s met the prime minister, she’s attended the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly and she’s marched on the highway in the name of water protection. At just 13 years old, Peltier is now a nominee for the International Children’s Peace Prize.
The 151 nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize were recently announced and the only Canadian candidate is this Anishinaabe teen from Wikwemikong First Nation.
Peltier has been advocating for clean drinking water since she was about 8 years old and is already considered a water protector — just like her aunt Josephine Mandamin, who received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation in 2016.