What Businesses are Faring Well in this Economy?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome businesses are doing well despite the unsure economy, helping families find a cheap thrill, find drivers a less-painful commute and helping the unemployed improve their stock. The LA Times lists the services and shops that are thriving, including used auto parts, bike shops, recycling centers and community colleges AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Estimated TARP Cost Is Cut by $200 Billion, as US Banks Repay With Interest

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The Treasury now estimates that over the next 10 years TARP will cost $141 billion at most, down from the $341 billion the White House projected in August. The reduction stems in large part from faster-than-expected repayments by some of the nation’s largest banks. The government’s efforts appear to have helped stabilize the financial sector, and banks have already repaid the Treasury about $70 billion. Bank of America Corp. has said it will return its $45 billion investment this week, and the government now expects total repayments to reach as much as $175 billion by the end of next year. Altogether, it invested $204 billion in 690 firms. The Treasury has also collected more than $10 billion in interest and dividend payments from firms in which it has invested. (Read more at the Wall Street Journal) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Lotto Winners Give Back To Calif. Community With College Scholarships

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA couple who won millions last year from a lottery ticket are giving back to the community where their blue collar families have lived for generations.After being fortunate enough to receive a scholarship that allowed him to get a college education, Gilbert Cisneros said he and his wife are donating some of their winnings to give college scholarships to Latino students in Pico Rivera who need them.(WATCH the video below, or at MSNBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

In the Company of Animals, Healing Happens for Humans

first_img(READ the story from the New York Times)Thanks to Nancy Peske for submitting the linkAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA six-acre ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif. is a facility that heals and rehabilitates abused farm animals and invites visitors with emotional and physical challenges to interact with them.Bonding with Sophie the goat was “a life-changing experience” for Miss Mejia-Schnaufer, whose battle with depression and eating disorders led to a suicide attempt this year. She credits Sophie, a rescue from an abusive petting zoo, with making her recovery possible.last_img read more

Utah Hiker Survives With Broken Leg and No Food

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe hunger and pain weren’t the worst of Victoria Grover’s ordeal as she shivered alone for four days with a broken leg and no food in Utah’s rugged wilderness.The toughest challenge the 59-year-old faced was the severe cold which left her suffering with hypothermia as nighttime temperatures dropped to the low 30s in the high desert.(WATCH the video below)ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Street Dogs No More

first_imgShe recently gave birth to 4 puppies while living as a stray at the train station. Staff at the station cared for them, but none offered loving homes.After a story in the Daily Mail, animal lovers around the world wanted to help.The mother, Si Bao, and her surviving puppy have now been adopted by Animals Asia, an animal welfare group in China.(READ the story with more photos at AnimalsAsia) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAn abandoned street dog in China who lost her 2 back legs after being hit by a train still manages to get around on her front legs, balancing expertly. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Thousands of Women Protest for Peace in Jerusalem Today

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of women joined a grassroots organization called Women Wage Peace and marched on the Israeli Knesset today, chanting and carrying signs urging a peace agreement with the Palestinians. They listened to “alternative” speeches that decried the message of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress.The group, which formed last year after the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, includes Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians, secular and religious women alike.“We’ve suffered through enough wars,” said Irit Keinan in one speech. “Two weeks ahead of the elections, we’ve heard no word on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”One of the rally coordinators, Lily Weisberger, told the Jerusalem Post that the women, who arrived on dozens of chartered buses from as far as Sderot and the Golan Heights, are exasperated by the ongoing conflict.“We want to bring peace,” she said. “We are tired of war; we are tired of despair.”Women Wage Peace organizes through a Facebook page that has more than 10,000 likes. (They also host a Page in English)(WATCH the video below from i24news, or READ the story – scroll down – in the Jerusalem Post)Photo credit: Women Wage PeaceAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

UN to Launch Space Mission for Countries That Can’t Afford Their Own

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe final frontier is no cheap endeavor for countries lacking the funding.But in 2021, those nations will finally be given the chance to conduct their own experiments in space with the Dream Chaser: a reusable aircraft that can take off and land at an ordinary airport.The 14-day space mission will hang in low Earth orbit with up to 25 different laboratory stations for different countries to experiment in less gravity.MORE: UN Passes Declaration to Finally Address Refugee Human RightsNations will still have to pay a fee in order to get the project off the ground, however that payment should be manageable enough for participation.The Sierra Nevada Corporation, creators of the Dream Chaser, announced their partnership with the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs during the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico last week.RELATED: NASA Responds on Facebook to Climate Change Deniers Who Dissed Bill Nye‘s Science“At SNC our goal is to pay it forward,” said SNC’s owner and President, Eren Ozmen. “That means leveraging the creation and success of our Dream Chaser spacecraft to benefit future generations of innovators like us all around the world.”Even though UNOOSA started in 1958, this will be the organization’s first ever space mission.This Story Is Out Of This World: Click To Share   Born Before 1965? Claim These 11 Senior Rebates Now! SeniorDiscountHub x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >80,987AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

This Photo of an Old Man and His Kitten is Making Everyone’s Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWe have no idea who this man is, where he is going, or why he is carrying a kitten in his arms – all we know from this image is that he may be the most content man ever to ride a bus.A Reddit user by the name of “Cagedragehere” posted a photo of a Turkish senior sitting happily in transit with a black cat cradled in his arms.The picture, which was taken in Istanbul, shows the man beaming at the feline in such a way that can only be described as pure happiness.RELATED: Refugee Cat From Istanbul Earns Adorable Safe Haven in New JerseyWhile the details behind the photo are unknown, many other Reddit users say that they aren’t surprised that the picture originated from Istanbul; a city famous for its stray animals.One commenter remarked on how the city doesn’t just extend its kindness to animals, either.“The people of Istanbul are just really wonderful,” says the user. “I was there for a bit in 2015 and I once watched four lanes of traffic stop to help a girl who’s balloon had gotten loose.”SHARE The Purrrrfect Moment With Friends (Photo by Cagedragehere)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Fellowship honors Zhang

first_imgLast fall, the 2013 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) was dedicated to Saint Mary’s sophomore Ziqi Zhang, who died when she was struck by a car near the College’s entrance in October 2012. This spring, Saint Mary’s junior Rachael Bridgman received the fellowship in Zhang’s memory. Zhang participated in the NURF program during the summer of 2012, and Bridgman said she “[hopes] to do her name justice.”  “It is a true honor to be able to continue down the path that Ziqi loved, which was research,” Bridgman said. “I am happy to do this summer job in part on her behalf because this is what she would have done this summer. I have heard only wonderful things about her.”  Bridgman she said she didn’t know she was under consideration for the fellowship until recipients were announced on April 12.  “I think I was chosen because I am from Saint Mary›s and also have a great deal of passion for the research I am doing,” she said. “I have also shown a lot of dedication to the lab. I have been working there all year and have put in many hours and come in on the weekends as well to do work.”  This grant, offered by the University of Notre Dame Center for Nano Science and Technology, provides Bridgman, a molecular cell biology major, with an opportunity to experience her first paid research position this summer.  “It covers a 10-week research opportunity with [Notre Dame biochemistry professor] Dr. Zach Schultz in his biochemistry lab and weekly seminars with other undergraduate researchers,” Bridgman said.  The 28 recipients of the award will receive a total of $5,250 for their participation in research this upcoming summer, but Bridgman said she looks forward to benefits beyond the paycheck.  “I get the chance to explore research as a career and participate in high caliber research,” Bridgman said.  Bridgman’s unpaid research was driven by a genuine desire to gain a deeper understand of proteins, she said.  “To be honest I have always been very interested in proteins because they are the building blocks for life after the nucleotides that create them,” Bridgman said. “Single protein detection using probes is useful for a wide range of applications. It has been used to sequence DNA, differentiate between strains of the influenza and analyze movement of molecules across cell membranes in real time. All these applications can lead to medical therapeutic and diagnostic research as well.”  The undergraduate researchers will present the results of their research at the end of the 10 weeks, she said.  “I have to do a presentation at a poster session on my work at the end of the summer,” Bridgman said.  Haley Gordon, a sophomore chemistry and chemical engineering major at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, respectively, said Bridgman’s fellowship was well-deserved, and notable because it was given to a Saint Mary’s senior. “She’s one of the most hardworking students I know,” Gordon said. “She’s incredibly diligent.” Bridgman said she plans to pursue a career in cancer research and oncology. Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected]last_img read more