Archive for May, 2008

Malaysian Man Saves 100 From Sinkhole

May 27, 2008

A Malaysian man paying a late-night visit to the toilet has saved about 100 people from being buried in the rubble of their homes, reports say.

Renjis Empati was visiting an outside lavatory when he noticed part of his communal longhouse collapsing.

He shouted to alert his sleeping neighbours to the danger. Shortly after, the entire building gave way.

Longhouses are large communal buildings used by indigenous groups in the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.


The Power of Hope

May 24, 2008

Youth Empowerment through the Arts – The Power of Hope unleashes the positive potential of youth through arts-centered, multicultural learning programs. A non-religious, non-profit organization, it offers young people multi-day workshops and courses in the summer break and during the school year.

The programs are aimed at 14 to 18 year olds but they also run professional development courses for youth workers, artists, teachers and other adults. The schemes have been running in America, Canada and Uganda since 1996 but LIFEbeat, inspired by its US parent, is now running summer programs for young people in the UK too.


Las Vegas to Build World’s First 30 Story Vertical Farm

May 22, 2008

Las Vegas the tourist mecca of the World is set to begin development of the World’s first vertical farm. The $200 million dollar project is designed to be a functional and profitable working farm growing enough food to feed 72,000 people for a year and provide another tourist attraction to the city that does everything in a larger than life way.

The World currently uses about 80% of the available farm land and 60% of the earth’s population lives near or in an urban environment so the logical choice for farming is to go up for land where the environment can be controlled and where distribution is local. Las Vegas is seen as the perfect location for this project by Nevada State officials who would like to demonstrate their sustainability and environmental awareness instead of projecting an image of waste and excess.

Although the project initial cost is high at $200 million, with annual revenue of $25 million from produce and another $15 million from tourists the 30 story vertical farm would be about as profitable as a casino with operating expenses only being about $6 million a year.

There would be about 100 different crops grown ranging from strawberries to lettuce even miniature banana trees could be grown from each floors specially controlled environment. The products would go straight to the casinos and hotel properties and be a very visible and desirable addition to the overall Las Vegas experience. Design details should be worked out in 2008 and the project could open its doors by the middle of 2010.

Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation

May 20, 2008

Have you ever had something taken away from you only to realize how much you appreciated it after it was gone?

I often ask this question when I start one of my talks or seminars on appreciation. As I pause and wait for people to respond, many hands go up.

Most of us have taken someone or something for granted. We only truly realized how much that person or situation meant to us after the fact.

For example, at the age of twenty three my professional baseball career ended abruptly when I blew out my pitching arm. I was in my third season in the minor leagues with the Kansas City Royals, and just like that my childhood dream was over.

I realized looking back on my eighteen years in competitive baseball that I had only one major regret; I pushed myself so hard that I’d forgotten to enjoy the game. I was so focused on “making it” and on overcoming my weaknesses, I had not taken much time to appreciate what I was doing along the way.


Mail carrier catches baby under window

May 14, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. — A postal worker is credited with saving a 1-year-old girl by catching her after she fell out of a second-story window in Albany, N.Y.

Lisa Harrell was delivering mail to a home yesterday morning when she noticed a baby in an open window above the front door. Harrell says the next thing she knew, the baby fell into her arms.

When the baby’s mother realized what happened, she ran outside and grabbed the girl. The woman thanked Harrell and then ran to her mother’s house.

Paramedics checked the baby and found no injuries.

No charges are being filed against the mother, who says she had placed her daughter on a bed that was up against the window. The mother says her back was turned when her daughter crawled out

Associated Press

Does the Boss’s Attitude Determine the Employee’s Attitude?

May 8, 2008

Once upon a time in my working life I had a boss who had a bad attitude. And his attitude affected everyone in the building. What should be the relationship between a boss’s attitude and an employee’s reaction? What is the ultimate effect on the bottom line?When any employee called in sick, my boss would hang up the phone before the conversation ended. To all of us employees it seemed that this was his way of punishing anyone who had a notion of missing a day of work.

This boss also used other intimidation tactics to control his workforce. When someone approached him with a complaint, he made no bones about expressing his irritation: In a raised voice he would say, “That’s just the way it is.” In most cases his tactics worked. His employees learned not to express their grievances because it was a no-win situation.


Clicks to get food donated to abused & neglected animals

May 8, 2008

This is pretty simple. Please tell your friends to tell their friends today! The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on the purple box ‘fund food for animals’ for free. This doesn’t cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here’s the web site…please pass it along to people you know.

Again, Please Send to All People Who Care About Animals!
P.S. The above can be verified by clicking on this snopes link:

Wounded Bald Eagle May Get Bionic Beak

May 8, 2008

An American Bald Eagle was found with it’s top beak shot off, tragically leaving it unable to tear its prey or feed itself. The Raptor Chapter of Idaho and a team of volunteer research engineers are looking at giving the eagle, named Beauty, a bionic beak.

Read about the mechanical engineers with real heart — and read news about them.


May 8, 2008

It seems all we ever hear is everything wrong with the world. Well its time for that to change. Today we start. All the good, all day long