Burundi Signs Ceasefire Deal With Rebels

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBurundi’s government and last active rebel group, the National Liberation Forces (FNL), have signed a ceasefire.In the deal signed on Monday morning, both parties agreed to stop the fighting — which has killed 100 people since April. (Full Story at BBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Burger King Announces Shift to Cage-free Pork and Eggs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBurger King’s baby steps toward more humane treatment for animals in its supply chain took a whopper of a leap forward today when the fast food chain announced that all of its eggs and pork will soon come from non-caged sources.According to The Humane Society of the United States, Burger King’s new policy will transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs for all U.S. locations within five years, and only purchase pork from suppliers that have documented plans to end their use of gestation crates for breeding pigs.“Burger King Corp. has demonstrated when it comes to America’s largest fast food chains, it continues to set the standard,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the animal welfare group. “These changes will improve life for countless farm animals and encourage other companies to abide by animal welfare principles up and down their supply chain.” In the past five years Burger King has leveraged its purchasing power to push for more cruelty-free treatment of animals, already converting 9% of its eggs to cage-free sources and 20% of its pork, according to the Associated Press.The fast food company has also committed globally, through its Corporate Responsibility statement, to purchase beef from suppliers that source only animals that have been raised in environmentally responsible ways. As a result, none of their beef — or palm oil — comes from known sources involved in the deforestation of tropical rainforests.In 2007, following discussions with the Humane Society, Burger King became the nation’s first major restaurant chain to begin phasing in cage-free products.Burger King Corp. operates more than 12,500 locations worldwide.Photo by Kakisky, via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Maine Girl Returns Lost Money, Gains Awesome Reward

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA young stay-at-home mom in Maine admits that she had to think about it a for a minute when her eight-year-old discovered $4000 on the sidewalk by a Sam’s Club.As for her daughter Abbie? “It never crossed her mind to keep it.”The Cambodian immigrant who lost it said, “I felt like there was no hope I would ever get it back.” The two families are now fast friends. But, after the original story ran in the local newspaper, a bank CEO stepped in to make it an even happier ending for Abbie.Yahoo News reports he scored Justin Bieber tickets for the family to attend a sold-out show, after reading about the one thing Abbie would have bought with the money.(READ the article from Portland Press Herald)Thanks to Craig Withers for submitting the link! – Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

San Antonio Marathon Had Sweet Finish for Surprised Wife

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJonathan Gillis likes surprises, the bigger and more elaborate, the better.A Texas Army National Guard sergeant, he was supposed to be in Afghanistan on Sunday but instead was at the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon waiting for his wife with flowers in hand.Giselle Gillis, stunned after running the half-marathon, ran straight into his arms. They hadn’t seen each other in 11 months. They embraced in a long kiss, Giselle sweaty and out of breath. She then began to sob.(READ the story from the Houston Chronicle)Thanks to Chris Cloud for submitting the storyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Woman Recovers Savings From Discarded Refrigerator

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA woman in Queens discovered the honesty of blue-collar workers from a recycling center this week after she accidentally left $5,000 in an old refrigerator her husband dropped off there.She returned to Atlantic Recycling in South Ozone Park in a panic early Thursday and explained to a worker what happened.“Tow truck driver Fred Alsterberg hunted for the fridge, but couldn’t find it amid the piles of scrap metal and car parts,” explained the New York Daily News.But he didn’t give up and found the bags of cash. He even contacted the local media to help find her — and was rewarded when Magda Castillo was found and reunited with her savings.(READ the story, w/ photo, from the NY Daily News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Women Activists Clean Up and Revitalize Libyan City

first_imgAyadina uses such community improvement projects — and the media attention they attract — as a platform to promote civic engagement and political involvement. During the cleanup campaigns, for example, flyers were handed out with basic information on constitutional principles and processes prior to the election of a Constitution Drafting Assembly that will write Libya’s first new constitution in 40 years.“We have received a lot of positive feedback from community residents,” said Haneia Muftah Gamatti, chairperson of Ayadina. “I see the activity at the park and know that we have done something good that will contribute to improving Benghazi.”Photo: Libya Transition Initiative 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 MoreAddThisMoreIn downtown Benghazi, a dark and deserted park is now bustling with life. Fathers and mothers bring their children to play on the new playground and enjoy the safe space. With four schools in the surrounding area, teachers now bring their students to the park for physical education classes.The project was implemented by Ayadina, a women-led civil society organization that seeks to support and engage youth in Benghazi. The park and other projects to spark positive change are supported by the USAID.Ayadina also spearheaded campaigns to clean up Benghazi’s littered beachfront, raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection, and distribute information on the development of Libya’s new constitution.Last September, the group led a series of beach cleanups at four locations with help from dozens of Boy Scouts. Local businesspeople donated 40 metal garbage bins that were placed along the shorefront. The campaign spread to the sea as four scuba divers volunteered to collect waste underwater.last_img read more

Global Terrorist Attacks Down 13 Percent in 2015

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe State Department reported Thursday the number of terror-related attacks around the world dropped by 13 percent in 2015.Additionally, the annual report measured a 14 percent drop in fatalities from terror attacks. This represents the first decline in total attacks and resulting fatalities worldwide since 2012.RELATED: Nigerian Army Rescues More Than 800 Boko Haram HostagesThe reduction in attacks was mostly attributed to fewer attacks in Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria. Also significant was the sizeable reduction in the amount of territory held by the Islamic State in Iraq, as well as the finances and foreign terrorist fighters available to it.The statistics, which are compiled by the University of Maryland and independent of the U.S. government, showed that 55 percent of all attacks took place in five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nigeria.CHECK OUT: Muslim Passengers Shield Christians from Terrorist Attack In Bus AmbushThere was also an increase in 2015 of international cooperation to act against terrorist threats, including the U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State and task forces created to counter Boko Haram and al-Shabab on the African continent.(READ the more from UPI) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

In Bid to Cut Food Waste, Kellogg’s is Using Their Rejected Cornflakes to Make Beer

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreInstead of letting misfit cereal go to waste, Kellogg’s is turning their rejected cereal flakes into beer.The food company’s new “Throw Away IPA” is being brewed with 70% wheat and 30% corn flakes that were too small, big, or undercooked to make it onto supermarket shelves from their UK manufacturing locations.Additionally, 10 pence from every can sold will be donated to Fareshare, a food poverty charity. The English beer is being made by Seven Bro7hers Brewery, which has locations in Salford and Manchester. According to the beer experts, the brew tastes sweeter than the usual IPA – and it maintains the iconic golden color of its breakfast cereal ingredients.RELATED: Instead of Burying Their Competition, Fellow Brewers Rush to Save Batch for Injured Beer MakerEach Throw Away IPA brew uses roughly 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of rejected cornflakes. Since the craft brewery first teamed up with the food company to make the beer earlier in the year, Kellogg’s says that it has reduced their UK-based food waste by 12.5%.Corporate social responsibility manager for Kellogg’s UK, Kate Prince, said: “Kellogg’s is always exploring different and sustainable ways to reduce food waste in its factories. So it is great to be involved in such a fun initiative with a local supplier.“Kellogg’s is working hard to eliminate food waste in our manufacturing processes and give our consumers the wholesome products they love with minimum impact on the planet,” she added.We’ll Cheers To This! Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Mates On Social Media – Photo by Kellogg’sAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Dying Man Fulfills Final Wish of Having a Beer With His Sons—And the Photo is Comforting Thousands

first_imgNorbert, who was from Appleton, Wisconsin, had been suffering from stage IV colon cancer when doctors knew that he would not survive the night. He then asked his wife to rally his immediate family members so they could share one last drink.LOOK: For 3 Hours, Firefighters Carry Park Ranger’s Gurney Through a Forest So He Could Be in Nature One Last TimeThey spent the evening laughing, chatting, and reminiscing about times past. Norbert then passed away the following day.Adam had been hesitant to share the photo because of its context, but he later told BBC that posting the picture to Twitter has helped his family to recover.“It’s actually helped us with our grief,” said Adam. “It’s comforting to see that my grandparents and their children were all together in his final moments.”RELATED: After 4 Years of Sending Messages to Her Late Father’s Phone Number, She Suddenly Gets a Reassuring Text Back“It seems to have tapped into a sense of community and clearly is a moment lots of people relate to. The comments have been so kind and we’ve seen pictures of people toasting bottles of beer in his honor. I thought people I knew might want to see it and respond but had no idea just how many people it seems to have helped.”If you want to read some of the comforting social media comments left on the photo, you can check out Adam’s original Twitter post.We’ll Cheers To That—Be Sure And Share The Heartwarming Story With Your Own Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore This photo captures the tender moment that 87-year-old Norbert Schemm was able to fulfill his dying wish of having one last beer with his son, wife, and three grandsons.The picture isn’t just meaningful to the Schemm family, either; since Norbert’s grandson Adam shared it to Twitter last week, it has been shared more than 300,000 times—and many people are using it as a way to talk about their own meaningful experiences with late family members. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore last_img read more

Senate passes resolution to amend constitution

first_imgStudent Senate unanimously approved a resolution to amend the Student Union constitution by adding instructions to fill vacant student government positions Wednesday. Oversight committee chair Ben Noe said the subcommittee for constitutional reforms recommended several changes that he and his committee wrote into a resolution. The first addition inserted a clause detailing the procedures to remove a committee chair. Previously, the constitution did not contain a way to remove a chair if necessary. “This is kind of a problem because if committee chairs are slacking and not doing their jobs right, they may need to be removed,” Noe said. The resolution also modified the instructions for the selection of the Student Union treasure. “In the constitution the way the Student Union treasurer is replaced is that they appoint one of the assistant Student Union treasurers,” Noe said. “What if neither of the assistants are available to take the role of the Student Union treasurer?” Following the amendment, if this scenario were to occur, the Student Union treasurer would have two options. If he or she was available to serve another term, the treasurer could reappoint himself or herself. Otherwise, the treasurer can open the position up to applications from the student body. “We thought this increased the transparency and openness of student government so we can get some people who have not been involved in student government for years at a time into the top positions,” he said. Similarly, another clause opened up the positions of judicial council vice presidents to the entire student body. While the judicial council president has the final say over who is selected as vice presidents, Noe said this step encourages students who have not previously been involved with the council to apply. “Once again, this is with the intent of increasing the openness of student government,” he said. “We’re trying to make positions of some authority open to everyone.” The last modification to the constitution eased the process of replacing officer positions. “These changes are being made to make student government more open to the student body as a whole, and also to just make some technical changes that needed to be made,” Noe said.last_img read more