NIKE Donates Shoes to Every Teen in New Orleans

first_img New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister, was on hand to inspire local teens to get active over summer break. “People are caring about you,” said McAllister, wearing a black T-shirt designed with the word ‘Rebuild.’ “You just have to do your part by hitting the books and staying out of trouble.” The Nike program is set to distribute athletic shoes to kids in 21 cities nationwide over the summer, through a partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association. More than 60,000 shoes, worth about $6 million, will be donated to kids encouraging them to get outside and play. Other cities include: Los Angeles, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Baltimore and Prince George’s County, Md.; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Orlando, Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Boston, Mass.; Milwaukee County, Wis.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; and Portland, Ore. “The NikeSummerShoes program is an expression of our collective belief in the power of sport to change the lives of young people,” said Kathy Spangler, director or National Partnerships for NRPA. “With this incredible donation from Nike, we will supply every teen in New Orleans with inspiration and opportunity. It is amazing what one pair of shoes can do for a child. Now, think of the benefits of that, multiplied by all of the cities involved in this program over the summer.”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 MoreAddThisMoreThe Nike Summer Shoes program kicked off in New Orleans, La., yesterday with a free pair of shoes for every middle and high school student in the city, a donation of more than 13,000 pairs of trainers and high tops. At a gymnasium ceremony, piles of shoe boxes coaxed excitement from teens, many of whom had lost everything in the hurricane two years ago… last_img read more

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International Year of Astronomy Kicks Off, Bringing the Universe Down to Earth

first_img Related Story:  The Philadelphia Inquirer outlined upcoming developments in the world of big telescopes, 400 years after Galileo’s first observation, called, 2009 will be a big year for titanic telescopes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The National Science Foundation (NSF) has devoted millions of dollars to underwrite IYA 2009 activities and initiatives, such as the Galileoscope Project, an official cornerstone and perhaps the most visible project of IYA 2009, will enable children to experience observation via a sophisticated yet affordable ($10/each) telescope. Working with two of the best optical designers in the world, the Galileoscope creates a true-color corrected view through a high quality eyepiece in a telescope with a baffle design optimized for looking at bright objects like the Moon and planets. “Hands-On Optics” teaching kits are part of a 4-year NSF-sponsored project used by over 20,000 students nationwide, mainly in after-school settings. “400 Years of the Telescope” is an interactive, multimedia project that will enable the public to participate in real and virtual telescope experiences and understand the practical advances that the telescope has made possible. A partnership between PBS, NSF, leading astronomers, and two U.S. planetariums, culminated in a two-hour, high-definition documentary that will air twice on PBS in 2009. And, a full-dome and traditional 30-minute planetarium program will be made available in 12 foreign languages, with free national and international distribution to 750 planetariums throughout the United States. The Great World Wide Star Count, in conjunction with planetariums and scientific societies, will map tens of thousands of observations taken from all seven continents and 60 countries around the world. Watch the IYA 2009 trailer below: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA large cluster of astronomers were sighted in Paris last week at the official launch of the International Year of Astronomy. Planned to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations of the heavens with a telescope, the year, also known as IYA 2009, will commence under the theme ‘The Universe, Yours to Discover.’ The celebration is meant to reignite the wonder that the starry skies have always provoked in humankind and promote astronomy’s contribution to society, culture and development. “People have always looked to the sky for answers to the questions ‘How did we get here?’ and ‘Why are we here?’” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,  the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The gala opening at the agency’s headquarters gathered astronauts, artists, diplomats, industrialists and astronomy undergraduates from over 100 countries. “The sky belongs to everybody,” Mr. Matsuura said. “Astronomy is an instrument to promote peace and understanding among nations.” The two-day launch ceremony featured presentations by Nobel prize winners Bob Wilson and Baruch Blumberg, reports of the latest discoveries, discussions on the role of astronomy in culture and public engagement, real-time astronomical observation and a closing performance by the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet. (See the video trailer announcing IYA2009 at the bottom of this article.) Hundreds of events on the global, national and regional levels have also been planned for the first weeks of the Year in conjunction with the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The website www.astronomy2009.org has all the latest news and activities, along with an email newsletter to keep you up to date with the celebration.last_img read more

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Sierra Club List of Successes in 2009

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Sierra Club, its volunteers, supporters, and petitions, helped demand progress in conservation policies across the U.S. in 2009. Here are some of the big successes by the numbers:     * 26 coal-fired power plants were abandoned or defeated     * Congress protected two million acres of new parks, wilderness areas, and wild rivers     * The grizzly bear earned greater protection     * Tens of thousands of actions were taken leading to key climate-change rulings in DC, like tougher auto efficiency standards.     * The Obama administration ruled that greenhouse gases threaten public health and should be regulated     * The Sierra Club held nearly 1,000 house parties for the Coal Country documentary, and called for an end to mountaintop-removal coal mining.     * The Sierra Club took 90,000 kids fishing, thanks to partnerships with the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited. Watch the Sierra Club celebrate the 2009 successes in this video via YouTube… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Mural Project Changes Face of Blight in DC

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore What do you get when you put together high energy teenagers, aerosol cans, and empty walls in blighted neighborhoods? In Washington DC now, the answer is art – highly professional murals painted on some of the city’s most rundown real estate. (SEE all the murals in this news report from BBC News ) Thanks to Priscilla W. in France for submitting the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe current educational system in the US was constructed almost two centuries ago to meet the needs of the industrial age. Now that our society and economy have evolved beyond that era, our schools must also be reinvented.We can see what the future looks like in places like Mexico where one teacher fueled his low-income students to rise to the top of the nation by letting go of the reigns of teaching, to allow for child-led natural learning.Or we can look to Finland, where they adopted this new philosophy nationwide—with outsize results. In the 1990s, Finland pared the country’s elementary math curriculum from about 25 pages to four, reduced the school day by an hour, and focused on independence and self-directed learning based on their innate curiosity. By 2003, Finnish students had climbed from the lower rungs of international performance rankings to first place among developed nations.(READ the featured story in Wired)Photo credit: One Laptop Per Child projectAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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New Fund for Asia to Protect Poor From Climate Extremes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA new $140 million fund to boost climate resilience in cities in six Asian countries was launched on Friday by the Rockefeller Foundation, the UK government, and the Asian Development Bank.The Urban Climate Change Resilience Partnership aims to protect 2.2 million poor and vulnerable people from climate and disaster risks by 2021.The money will be spent on physical infrastructure such as drainage, safer housing, flood protection and wastewater systems, as well as “soft investments”, including improved surveillance and early warning, updated building codes, and water and land-use planning. The fund, which is also expected to leverage at least $1 billion in additional public and private investment, will be available to local governments and non-profits in 25 medium-sized cities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam.(READ the REUTERS story from Trust.org)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Wishing Mega Star Barbra Streisand a Happy Birthday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHappy Birthday wishes, and a collective Mazel Tov, to Barbra Streisand, who turns 73 on Friday.The rare EGOT winner – someone who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony –  began her week donning a beret at the “Women In The World” summit where she spoke about the importance of being valued.Known as an “unconventional” beauty who refused to alter her image for Hollywood, Babs is a hero to many fans. But she simply calls herself an “actress who sings.”Born Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn in 1942, she got her big break at age 20 in the Broadway show, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, before staring on stage– and screen– in Funny Girl. She is best known as a mega-selling vocalist and for other roles in A Star Is Born and The Way We Were. With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand established herself as one of the film industry’s most notable figures by becoming the first woman to write, produce, direct and act in a major film.Streisand posted on Facebook today that she was taken to a pre-birthday dinner by husband James Brolin and friends where she enjoyed all her “childhood comfort foods” at the Ralph Lauren Polo Bar in New York.SHARE the Birthday Wishes Below / Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Filmmaker’s Drone Accidentally Snaps Striking Image of Newlyweds on Rooftop

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis mysterious wedding couple has been the subject of an internet search ever since a drone accidentally took their picture.Brandon Li was trying to capture the sunset with his Phantom 3 drone in Hong Kong on September 28th.When he was reviewing the footage later, however, he saw a pair of newlyweds sprawled out on a rooftop garden.LOOK: Hawaiian Volcano Erupts Into Smiley Face Just as its Flow Reaches the SeaHoping his friends might know who the anonymous duo was, Brandon posted the photo to Facebook.Though the couple’s identity hasn’t yet been discovered, people all over social media have fallen in love with the striking image.Fly This Story Over To Your Friends: Click To Share – Photo by Brandon Li   Clint Eastwood’s Incredible Net Worth at Age 88 popcornews.com x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >80,586AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Instead of Firing Illiterate Employees, Company Teaches Them How to Read

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a company in Brazil was keen on solving some issues with cleaning the office workspace, the manager asked the janitors how much time they were spending in each room – and this simple question changed their lives.Nataly Bonato, who is one of the managers at the Sao Paulo branch of the WeWork company, requested a daily report from the custodians with some very simple information. All she wanted to know was the name of the janitor, which room they cleaned, why a particular room wasn’t cleaned (if any), and how much time was spent in each room.When the first report took a week to be turned in and the answers weren’t even accurate, Bonato confronted the janitors.WATCH: Guy Shows How You Can Now Use Amazon Prime to Instantly Help the Homeless“I requested a meeting and to my surprise the reason was because over 50% of the cleaning team was illiterate,” Bonato said in a Facebook post.Instead of requesting new staff to get the job done, however, Bonato decided to help them out.“We have a school that uses our workspace, so we challenged them to help the staff with the problem, and they got organized to make it happen,” says Bonato.RELATED: Guy Shows How You Can Now Use Amazon Prime to Instantly Help the HomelessEvery Tuesday and Thursday, the janitorial team would have a longer lunch break so they could take literacy lessons. Five months later, the best students were already writing letters and every custodian could read simple texts.To celebrate the accomplishments, WeWork had a graduation party with the full outfit that the occasion requires.Give Your Friends A Good Read: Click to Share The Sweet Story (Photo by WeWork)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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New 24-Hour Vending Machine Dispenses Clothing and Blankets to the Homeless for Free

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs winter approaches, this new vending machine is being stocked with warm blankets and clothing for the homeless – and all of it can be accessed for free.The vending machine is readily available to the 200 homeless people who are currently living in Muncie, Indiana. All they have to do to access the supplies is register with local community services.Once registered, they are given vending machine tokens that can be used to take the goods for free. RELATED: Simple Solution Provides the Homeless With Housing and Jobs in One Fell SwoopAll the machine’s contents were donated by local residents who want to offer their support to the needy.“We know that they are out there. Some are in shelters, some are in different living situations,” Karee Buffin with the Bridges Community Services Fund told RTV6.“We really want to use something like this to reach out to people. It does demonstrate that our community cares.”(WATCH the news coverage below) – Photo by RTV6Help Your Friends Warm Up With This Wonderful News By Sharing It To Social MediaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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