A pioneering programme in Scotland is encouraging young offenders to train rescued dogs, ready for rehoming. from Polmont training rescue dogs from the nearby Dogs Trust West Calder rehoming centre.
Paws for Progress runs in eight week cycles and each one sees a small group of prisoners from HM Young Offender Institute (HMYOI) Polmont take part in three training sessions each week, two of these with rescue dogs.
As well as working with the dogs, the participants learn team working and social skills, while some become volunteer assistants and peer mentors for the programme. The aim is to help offenders address their behaviour and develop employment skills in preparation for release.
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — A woman who called the wrong number when she suffered a stroke still found help a couple of time zones away.
Loretta Smith, of Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, felt her right side go numb and fell to the floor at her home last weekend.
The 70-year-old Smith said she was able to grab the phone with her left hand and thought she was calling her son. Instead, she was one digit off and reached a man in the Denver area who was originally from northeast Ohio and had kept the same number after he moved.
Students in the US have been given a Children’s Courage of Conscience Award for their on-going work creating a giant book about peace.
With 500 double-sided pages measuring 10 feet by 12 feet, and weighing in at one tonne, once completed Pages for Peace will be the world’s biggest book.
Behind the project is a group of children from Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School, in Groton, Massachusetts. They were presented with the prize by the Peace Abbey, in recognition of their services to peace. Previous recipients of the Courage of Conscience Award include civil rights activist Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa.
Two Vancouver Island women, one with multiple sclerosis, have swum the length of Cowichan Lake, the same distance as the English Channel.
Alex Cape and Susan Simmons set off early Saturday morning, and took 11 hours to complete the 34-kilometre distance.
Simmons, who has MS, says she wants to inspire others with the disease to stay healthy.
Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.
He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.
The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.
The changes will occur after municipal polls on Thursday, the king said.
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Founder of the world’s first positive newspaper passes away
It is with great regret that we announce that our founder, Shauna Crockett-Burrows, has passed away.
A month short of her 82nd birthday – and having been invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May – Shauna died on 3 May in Shropshire, where she had been living during the past 17 years.
A Kenyan man who uses a wheelchair went to great lengths to bring support for disabled people to East Africa.
Zackary Kimotho, a 43-year-old who suffered a spinal injury after falling victim to a car-jacking in 2004, recently returned home after he successfully raised almost $900,000 while pushing himself across Africa in his wheelchair, The Star reports.
His effort raised sufficient funds to build the first ever Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Nairobi.
Wealthy Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett say they are encouraged to see that China”s super-rich have enthusiasm for philanthropy.
Philanthropy was at the top of the agenda for America”s richest man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who met with about 50 of China”s wealthiest people at a highly publicized banquet in Beijing.
On Thursday, he compared the United States and China, and said wealthy donors in both countries have similar concerns, such as how to make an impact and how family members should be involved. But he says there are important differences.
A Pew Research survey released in August of 2011 showed 59 percent of adult Muslims in the United States are between the ages of 18 and 39, compared to 40 percent of adults in the general public. This large number of young adults means more opportunities for American Muslims.
The involvement of two young Muslim men in the Boston Marathon bombing was a stark reminder to American Muslims that young kids in their community could be used to spread terror and violence. Many analysts believe community leaders need to play a role in keeping kids off the violent path. Imam Johari of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in suburban Washington said he and leaders like him are spreading the message of non-violence.
Up to 3.6 million lives could be saved every year if midwifery services were upgraded in 58 developing countries by 2015, according to a major new report.
The findings have been released by the United Nations Population Fund, in partnership with the University of Southampton and 28 other organisations worldwide.
The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 report reveals new data confirming there is a significant gap between the numbers of midwives practising and those needed to save lives.
Pioneering research by the University of Reading has developed a new way to test the adhesive qualities of drugs under laboratory development which could replace the current practice of using animal tissue.
The study by University of Reading has produced a synthetic tissue, a hydrogel, which mimics the properties of mucosal tissues, such as that found in the mouth and stomach, to assess how medicines will react in the body.