ID 133214720 © Denys Yelmanov | Dreamstime.com By Mike Wackett 13/02/2020 The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) claims the SOLAS [safety of life at sea] regulations for fighting a fire onboard a modern ULCV are inadequate.It calls for amendments to SOLAS Chapter 11-2 regulations regarding enhanced provisions for early fire detection and effective control of fires in containerised cargo stowed under and on deck, in a paper submitted on 10 February to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee by IUMI and its co-sponsors, including the German Flag State and BIMCO.“It is clear that the current SOLAS regulations are not adequate in considering the size of the modern ultra-large ships and the complexities of fighting a fire aboard these vessels,” said IUMI.It warned that the growth, and larger average size, of container vessels would “inevitably lead to a further danger to crew and the environment and increased costs of damage to cargo and vessels in the event of a fire”.IUMI noted that between 2000 and 2015, there were 56 reported container fires in vessels, resulting in damage to over 8,000 teu and a total loss to insurers of over $1trn.More recent data covering hull damage from 2000 to 2019 has led to claims of some $189m.IUMI has called on IMO member states to endorse its proposal at the Maritime Safety Committee meeting in May.Elsewhere, classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), has published a guide, aimed at designers, builders, owners and operators, addressing safety issues in the wake of a number of high-profile fires on containerships, entitled Guide for Fire-fighting Systems for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers.It said the development of the guide reflected “the fact that container vessels have grown ever larger in recent years and the volume – and nature – of the cargo they carry has expanded significantly”.The guide goes beyond the current SOLAS regulations and seeks to address early fire detection, more efficient fire suppression, better protection of crew and the safety considerations associated with cargo hold flooding as a means of fire-fighting.Meanwhile, supply chain insurer TT Club is continuing its quest to educate shippers and other supply chain stakeholders on cargo integrity in an endeavour to prevent container fires from happening.The first boxship fire of the year, on board the 10,062 teu Cosco Pacific on 4 January, originated in a container loaded with lithium batteries that were falsely declared as spare parts, evidencing how much work still needs to be done to mitigate risk in the industry.Speaking to Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, TT Club risk management director Peregrine Storrs-Fox outlined some of the initiatives that the insurer had taken in collaboration with others to promote the good practice cargo integrity message of the IMO-agreed CTU (cargo transport units) Code.“We’re looking to promote the CTU Code and help people not just to be aware of it but to learn how to comply with the elements that are appropriate to the commodity or packing that they are undertaking in order to give a good outcome to the supply chain,” said Mr Storrs-Fox.
Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSBMWSedanElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesInstagram advertisement See More Videos BMW Concept i4 hints at next year’s production sedan Postmedia Driving received a sneak peek of the Concept i4 earlier this year at BMW Designworks studio in Southern California, with none other than the head of i brand design Kai Langer on hand to explain the design philosophy behind the vehicle. He began by acknowledging the challenge of satisfying those aforementioned traditionalists’ tastes while forging ahead into zero-emission territory.“We have a huge amount of customers and fans, and they are hard, they watch closely to what we are doing,” Langer said. “So with i brand we have the possibility to be what I call ‘brave progressive.’”That concept seems to jibe with both the i3 and i8 designs, but how does it translate to the Concept i4?“This is our idea of how we bring in our core customers to the progressive, new mobility world of our vision of a grand coupe,” explained Langer. “The grand coupe is really the core heritage of what BMW is, but we see the need for the future that we have to provide sustainable mobility.“That is the reason for this car; why we did it.”In other words, this is the i brand interpretation of a classic, “old-world’ proportion BMW sport sedan, and one that when turned into a production car — slated for the next year or so — will be a volume proposition, unlike the first two models for the young sub-brand. To that end, the Concept i4 is built on BMW’s existing Flex platform, which is used on a number of current gas-powered models. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The BMW i Vision Dynamics, pictured here at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, served as a design influence for the Concept i4.Getty Images Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Andrew McCredie Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Andrew McCredie PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” So what exactly was the direction of i brand, given that these two models were at either end of the design spectrum?That vision became a little more in focus with the recent unveiling of the Concept i4, a four-door GT that those aforementioned traditionalists can get behind (though with quibbles with the kidney grille and logo treatment, but we’ll get to that in a moment). Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Langer and his design team’s interpretation of an all-electric performance sports sedan’s rear end includes elements that mimic exhaust ports.BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The cockpit of the Concept i4 includes a large curved display screen.BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Progressive BMW i brand takes on BMW heritage icons include the new designs of the logo and the kidney grille.BMW Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Concept i4’s interior mimics its exterior, according to Langer, in that it is a study in “efficiency, cleanness and boldness.”BMW Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. “We have very cleverly integrated the electric drivetrain into a car that can also use a combustion engine,” Langer noted, adding, “We’ve treated this car, from a design perspective, the typical i way. So, it is not over-complex. It is clean, it is bold, it is focused but it is not brutal.”Langer said he and his team knew there would be critics of the Concept i4’s design, and all but admitted the new interpretation of the BMW logo and the iconic kidney grille would raise hackles. And they have, as a quick peruse of a BMW forum or gearhead website reveals.We have to risk things. Without questioning things we won’t be progressive.BMW i brand design head Kai LangerHowever, the head of design comes well armed in his team’s defense.“Back in the day the kidney grille was a functional part to get air into the engine,” he said. “(On the Concept i4) it is a functional part for all the high-tech sensors to be stored, so again, we are drawing on the heritage of the kidney grille with a new i brand interpretation.“It’s hard to be compared to designs that are so established for ages, but we believe we can while still stay close to the heritage.”As to the new logo—which lies flat on the surface and has a transparent outer ring— Langer reverts back to the sub-brand’s “brave progressive” philosophy.“It is a reduced logo to the minimum with see-through rings that generates a more visual integration into the product,” he said. “We have to risk things. Without questioning things we won’t be progressive, and the new logo compliments the idea of the car itself.” An idea is based on a very simple concept: a design for the future with a nod to the past. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Head of BMW i design Kai Langer with the Concept i4, the latest all-electric vision from the automaker that will provide the template for a production vehicle soon. BMW Think of it as Rolex making a digital watch. That’s one way to look at BMW’s i brand, a think-outside-the-box offshoot focused on imagining the storied automaker’s new journey along the electric and autonomous highways. For Bavarian Motor Works traditionalists, the very idea of tinkering with its century old heritage is indeed akin to the storied Swiss watchmaker producing a Submariner with no hands, dial or bezel. Simply put: heresy.Those Bimmer-philes’ greatest fears seemed to manifest themselves with the release of the i brand’s first model in 2013, the odd-looking-by-any-measure i3. This five-door “abomination” was from the same design minds that gave us the sublime Z8 and the magnificent M5?RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Here’s what’s in store for BMW’s electrified futureThat confusion was only compounded the following year with the release of the i8, a design that screamed supercar, from its scissor doors to its low-slung stance, and one that could have easily worn a traditional BMW badge if not for it’s battery-aided drivetrain. ‹ Previous Next ›
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 27, 1998 A University of Colorado at Boulder chemical engineering team has developed new techniques and materials that show promise for faster healing of severe bone fractures and the regeneration of cartilage in ailing joints.The process involves the use of ultraviolet light to create repeating chains of complex molecules called polymers into putty-like, three-dimensional “scaffolds” that can be implanted into areas of bone or cartilage injury, said Assistant Professor Kristi Anseth of chemical engineering. Although the process has been used in fields like fiber optics, this is the first application of photopolymerization for medical bone and joint problems.In the case of bone, a new class of polymer developed by Anseth and her team of graduate students acts as scaffolding as it is placed inside a severe fracture or in the cavity where a bone tumor was removed. As the bone heals, the customized substance — which degrades over time like a bar of soap — can be engineered to time-release medications and human-growth factors to aid in the healing process, said Anseth, the project director.The new bone-healing process, patented by Anseth several years ago through CU and licensed by a major Midwest biotechnology company, has shown promise in animal studies, she said. The advantages to making polymers with UV light are that they can be created at any temperature, the reactions occur quickly, the process can be easily turned on and off, and the polymer material can be applied in small, targeted areas using laser beams.”A common procedure to treat severe fractures is the use of screws and plates,” said Anseth. “But our degradable polymers form a bone-like material that maintains its strength as it degrades, eliminating the problem of weaker and more porous bones and the necessity for second surgeries.”Research results “have been encouraging,” she said. “But we will have to wait at least a year to see how effective this method is.”The creation of new polymers to treat cartilage damage in joints is a more difficult problem because cartilage does not have the capacity to heal itself like bone, said Anseth. As a result, she and her team have developed a liquid solution to make polymer scaffolds by using light to form gels that are more elastic than bone polymer material.They first suspend cartilage-forming cells, called chondrocytes, in a liquid solution, then use a UV light laser beam to convert the liquid to a gel. The resulting polymer, based on polyethylene glycol, has been modified by the CU team to make it degradable over time as the chondrocytes multiply.”Cartilage is a tissue easier to engineer than organs and other tissues,” she said. “Our method makes an elastic “hydrogel” that allows cartilage to form, then subsequently degrades. But the problem still remains that tissue-engineered cartilage is not as strong as natural cartilage in the human body.”Plastic surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have used Anseth’s technique on animal models, but have not yet been able to create strong enough cartilage polymers to withstand joint stresses.While the bone-polymer scaffolding resembles a small, tight mesh of repeating chemical sequences, the cartilage polymer scaffolding made of the same repeating sequences has larger pores to let in more water and sustain the cartilage’s pliability, she said.”The days of using off-the-shelf polymers for processes like these are gone,” said Anseth. “We now have the ability to design material so that it behaves exactly as we intend it to.”Anseth’s recent research has been promising enough to earn her a prestigious David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for $500,000 over five years, a National Institutes of Health FIRST Award for $500,000 over five years and a $210,000 Career Award from the National Science Foundation.
Home Fitbit Pay lands in the UK Tags Previous ArticleQualcomm: Content will be king in unified networksNext ArticleInterview: VHA Related FitbitMobile payment Author Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Google activa el seguimiento de la condición física mediante la cámara del móvil ByteDance steps into mobile payments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 OCT 2017 Following initial launch in the US earlier this month, Fitbit’s payment service is also live in the UK as the company looks to do battle with rival platforms from Apple, Samsung and Android.Fitbit announced in August it would launch the service, dubbed Fitbit Pay, on its new Ionic smartwatch, after striking deals with Visa, Mastercard and Amex.The device includes an NFC chip, allowing transactions to be processed in a similar way to wearable payment services already available through Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay.In the UK, availability of Fitbit Pay is initially limited to customers from Starling Bank, a relatively new financial outfit in the country which operates without branches.Fitbit is expected to partner with more banks and bigger institutions in the UK in the future, according to Engadget.Sales of the Ionic smartwatch began on 1 October in the US, with the payment service launching at the same time. Kavit Majithia China mobile payment gains fuelled by pandemic Apps
Editor’s note: The profoundest mystery and thus the deepest inspiration is life itself. Discovery Institute Press has just published a greatly expanded edition of the 1984 classic of intelligent design science literature, The Mystery of Life’s Origin. Below is an excerpt adapted from a brand new chapter. Dr. Wells, the author of the chapter, is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Science & Culture. He holds PhDs in Molecular and Cell Biology (U.C. Berkeley) and Religious Studies (Yale University).The Miller-Urey experiment may well be called the poster child for origin-of-life research. Most modern biology students have seen some version of the drawing below, which represents an experimental apparatus used in 1952 by University of Chicago graduate student Stanley L. Miller. Because Miller performed his experiment under the supervision of Nobel laureate Harold C. Urey, and the results were published in 1953, it became known as the “1953 Miller-Urey experiment.” In 2000, I published a book titled Icons of Evolution: Why Much of What we Teach About Evolution is Wrong. I described and analyzed ten images (“icons of evolution”) commonly used in biology textbooks to teach high school and college students about evolutionary theory. I showed that all ten icons misrepresent the evidence — and that some scientists had known this for decades.After 2000, some textbooks were corrected, but in many cases the corrections were minor and the books continued to perpetuate the misrepresentations. This prompted me to publish another book in 2017, titled Zombie Science, which included six more icons of evolution that I didn’t have room to include in my 2000 book. All sixteen icons misrepresented the evidence, but many were still being used in 2017. I called this “zombie science,” because although the icons were empirically dead they continued to stalk our classrooms and research institutions.I argued that this was not due simply to laziness or a reluctance to give up an attractive theory. It revealed something much deeper: a dogmatic commitment to materialistic philosophy. Biology courses were being misused to indoctrinate students in materialism, the view that only material objects and the forces among them are real. In this view free will, spirit, intelligent design, and God are mere illusions. One of the icons of evolution was the Miller-Urey experiment. Read the rest in The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy, from Discovery Institute Press.Photo credit: In the Miller-Urey apparatus, a spark from two electrodes simulated lightning, shown above, by Griffinstorm / CC BY-SA. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jonathan WellsSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. A Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, he has previously worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California. He also taught biology at California State University in Hayward and continues to lecture on the subject.Follow JonathanProfileWebsite Share TagsCenter for Science & Cultureevolutionfree willHarold C. Ureyillusionsintelligent designmaterialismMiller-Urey experimentorigin of lifespiritStanley L. MillerstudentstextbooksThe Mystery of Life’s OriginU.C. BerkeleyUniversity of ChicagoYale UniversityZombie Science,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution Textbooks Still Misrepresent the Origin of Life Jonathan WellsMarch 31, 2020, 5:35 AM
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Veronica Buch and Mario Juarez believe an old bike can change the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center agrees.Buch and Juarez are the president and director, respectively, of Maya Pedal, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that converts discarded bicycles into pedal-powered machines used by Indigenous people in Guatemala who often live without electricity. The pedal-powered machines can be used as water pumps for communities or to perform other critical tasks that are otherwise laborious and time-consuming, perhaps impossible, without electricity or access to prohibitively expensive machinery.Among those tasks performed by the different types of converted bikes are milling grain, cobbing and grinding corn, blending shampoos, grinding coffee, separating jute fibers to make burlap, manufacturing concrete roof tiles, washing clothes, and more.Nearly 400 of Maya Pedal’s bikes were donated by Montanans last year, many from the Flathead Valley, thanks to a Treasure State connection that runs through Columbia Falls resident Dave Renfrow, who is heavily involved with the organization as the volunteer coordinator for the support group Maya Pedal USA.Renfrow is bringing Buch to Whitefish on Sept. 7 for an event at the O’Shaughnessy Center that will showcase the machines, including demonstrations of grinding coffee and corn for tortillas, and also offer freshly prepared traditional Mayan cuisine, activities and a silent auction to benefit Maya Pedal families.“We’ll make coffee and tortillas with the Mayans,” Renfrow said. “I think it will be a lot of fun.”The Whitefish event is one of two upcoming presentations by Buch, the other in Seattle for an exhibit at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center from Sept. 13 to May 11, 2019 showcasing “the important role that design and innovative approaches can play in solving some of the world’s most critical challenges,” according to Charlotte Beall, deputy director for the center.The Maya Pedal organization says over 100,000 families live without clean water in Guatemala, a reality shared by other Latin American countries. Furthermore, many Mayans in Guatemala depend on manual subsistence farming and average less than $6 each day in income per family, with 30 percent of children experiencing malnutrition.“A large income gap exists between advanced industrial societies and rural areas of developing countries,” Maya Pedal states. “Pedal powered machines are an appropriate technology to help bridge the gap.”The bike machines provide a mechanism not only to pump water from up to 95 feet below the earth’s surface, but also to complete tasks five to 20 times as efficiently as by hand, offer micro-business opportunities and raise income. Bike-powered pumps provide water for humans and animals, as well as irrigation, and Maya Pedal also sets up low-cost filtration systems to ensure clean water.“Our machines provide opportunity,” Buch said.Two women use a blender bike provided by Maya Pedal. Courtesy Dave RenfrowIf a family generates more income thanks to the bike machines, or “bicimaquinas,” children can stay in school rather than working on the farm, and intact families with greater financial stability are less likely to attempt the often dangerous trek north into the U.S. A poster for the Sept. 7 event in Whitefish features the tagline: “easing the migrant crisis through empowerment and self-sufficiency.”The machines are a relatively inexpensive solution to major real-world problems, Renfrow said, and they last for decades, can be user maintained and repaired, and emit no pollution.“It’s a simple solution for complex times,” Renfrow said. “That’s why I love Maya Pedal.”Renfrow is a bicycle tourist who, after reading about the organization and while on a bike tour in Central America, stopped by the Maya Pedal shop where the machines are built, at the home of Buch and Juarez in San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala, and has been involved with the organization ever since. The workshop hosts volunteers who help manufacture the machines onsite.The organization partners with local Mayans to assess community needs in remote areas of Guatemala. Once the needs are identified, Maya Pedal seeks donations to fund the appropriate machines, builds them, and then delivers and installs them, typically within four months of funding.One of the organization’s goals is empowering Mayan women and kids, particularly girls, who learn not only to construct and work on the bicimaquinas but also about promoting and maintaining clean water in their communities. Mayan men often work long days in the field, so it’s the women who are most likely to use a machine to either complete domestic tasks or start up a side business.Buch is also Guatemala’s representative for the organization Rise Up’s “Let Girls Lead” initiative, which works to “build a global movement of leaders to ensure that girls can finish school, stay healthy, escape poverty, and overcome violence,” impacting 40 million girls in Africa and Central America, according to the program’s website.Among the business ventures Mayans have taken on thanks to bike machines are shampoo production using aloe grown at their homes and mixed by a pedal-powered blender; milling organic animal feed; and making burlap from jute plants to be used in crafts sold at markets, among others.The machines have the dual effect of opening up new opportunities for Mayans while allowing them to preserve ancient traditions, albeit more efficiently.“The Maya people may be the last best chance to preserve indigenous culture in the world,” Maya Pedal’s website states. “The Maya culture, its archeology, arts, crafts, agriculture and customs have survived 500 years of colonial rule and 36 years of civil war, yet today, adapting to the 21st century is the greatest challenge in the Mayans’ long history.”Tickets for the Sept. 7 “Power the Pedal” Whitefish event, for which doors open at 6 p.m., are available at www.eventbrite.com and in limited quantities at the door. For more information, contact Dave Renfrow at (406) 250-9882 or [email protected] To learn more about Maya Pedal, including how to volunteer or donate, visit www.maya-pedal.org. Email
The Resilience Journalism Fellowship Program 2017 Reddit Pocket Tweet Similar Stories Share 0 EASL Research Fellowship for International Students, 2017 → Deadline: 31 August 2017Open to: mid-career journalists with background on environmental issuesVenue: New York City, NY, USA, October 22-27, 2017DescriptionThis fall, up to 15 journalists will gather in New York City for six days of study and discussion as part of the new Resilience Journalism Fellowship at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.The program, scheduled for Oct. 22-27, will focus on the science of climate change and resilience — defined as a system’s capacity to absorb disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure.EligibilityThe Resilience Fellowship is designed for mid-career journalists who have some background reporting on environmental issues as a staff reporter, producer, editor, or freelancer. Applicants should have at least five years of full-time professional experience. In special cases, we will consider less experienced applicants who have demonstrated outstanding journalistic achievement.We are looking for journalists interested in improving both the quality and quantity of their coverage of climate resilience issues. We want journalists who will be active throughout the Fellowship, willing to take on the challenges we present.We will consider applicants who fall into either of the following categories:Journalists who are employed by a news organization or freelance full-time as writers, producers, editors, photographers, or multimedia reporters;Journalism innovators whose ideas have potential to alter the journalism landscape in a fundamental way.We encourage applications from international journalists who are proficient in speaking and writing English.BenefitsOur Fellows won’t just spend the week sitting in a classroom. We’ll be kayaking in Jamaica Bay, riding bicycles on city streets, and searching across New York for solutions to some of the world’s most difficult environmental problems.The Fellowship grant covers lodging, tuition and reasonable travel costs, along with most meals;Fellows will be required to complete readings before arriving in New York and will be expected to be active participants in all discussions during the program;Financial support for the Resilience Fellowship program is provided by The Rockefeller Foundation.How to apply?Interested candidates can apply via the online application form.If you have any questions, email Program Director Dale Willman or call him at 518-583-7247.For more information please visit the official website. LinkedIn 0 August 2, 2017 Published by Verce Arsovska ← Call for Applications: Actors of Urban Change 2017-2019 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. +1
1 Take action to strengthen your confidence in your fellow humans. Try to be more confident and less demanding of society. Apply Gandhi’s famous words to “be the architect of the change you hope to see in the world.” When you conceive of the change you want to spread around you, your virtuous ideas, even if their impact will not be immediate on yourselves, will comfort your fellow citizens and thus contribute to improving the community of which you are apart. In the end, faith in humanity is not based on the benefits you get. In fact, it is about improving and facilitating the lives of the people you meet.Trust others more. For example, you may believe a person who promises to reimburse you for the use or purchase of equipment. You can also lend a neighbor or a friend your tools or a series of DVDs for an indefinite period, with the assurance that your property will be returned to you in good time. You may have been worried in the past about where your charitable donations go. Likewise, you have probably feared that the homeless person to whom you gave money preferred to buy beer rather than finding a place to rest at night. However, your fears should not prevent you from being generous. Instead of trying to impose your will, just give,Sometimes people don’t act right, but overall, you will be pleasantly surprised by the constructive way they use your confidence and the gratitude they will show you. At first, you will probably be reluctant to place as much trust in others, especially if you are very attached to the money (or things) that you have offered, but later, you will find that your confidence and your faith in it humanity have not been in vain.2 Practice random acts of generosity. Remember to recharge your neighbor’s parking meter when his parking period is almost over. You can also offer coffee to a stranger when you wait in a queue or clean a public shower at the pool after use instead of leaving it dirty. For more ideas, find out how to do random acts of kindness.Transfer your benefits to someone else. Instead of demanding compensation for your good deeds at all costs, cede rather to a needy person, the advantages obtained in exchange for these actions. For example, you could help a student take a course that he cannot afford. In compensation, consider asking him to do the same in the future for another student who will be in a similar situation.3 Be compassionate. The goodness of every human being may not be perceptible continuously. However, it is compassion that allows you to overcome the misfortunes, the wounds, and the evils which overwhelm the human race. Going to the bottom of it, you will often discover the reasons for wickedness, cruelty, and violence. And it is by seeking to better understand the confusing behavior of individuals that you will succeed in showing them sympathy and learning tolerance. To avoid harm, forgive people for their misconduct and give them the choice of escaping the pain and fear on their own.Strive to collaborate and cooperate with your fellow human beings. To get things done, try to reduce conflict and rivalry and facilitate collaboration at work, home, school, college, local park, etc.Leave room for others, even if you don’t know them. When traffic is heavy, or the queue is long, give priority to others. They are human beings who think like you and have feelings like yours. They will be amazed to learn that someone else is thinking of them. Your kindness will touch your companions so much that they will feel the need to imitate you.4 Tell stories to others to encourage them to recognize the goodness of human nature. Once you have found commendable stories about humanity, share them with others to inspire them to improve their actions and thoughts. If you run a blog or post on social media, consider sharing constructive and encouraging stories. What can you do immediately to publish articles that show the goodwill of people, their acts of heroism, and their virtues?Highlight these grand moments when people act in incredible ways, such as giving up a victorious race to help an injured athlete, rescuing an animal from a burning house, greetings to an enemy during a truce, etc. By sharing stories, images, and works which, through heroic and altruistic acts, highlight the depth of human love, you will participate in the propagation and strengthening of actions of love and beneficence.5 Regain confidence in yourself. Remember that you, too, are part of humanity. Your vision of the world will not come true if you isolate yourself or if you are content to constantly rail against your fellow human beings. If you think that the efforts of humanity are useless or doomed to failure, your attitude is probably a problem in itself. Henry Miller said, “A man is constantly troubled by the human condition either because he has no problems or is unable to cope with them. Learn to forgive yourself and build self-confidence. Be bold. The world needs your talents.If you prefer despair to hope or complaints to action, then you will only see devastating things where you go. You can choose to trust men by applying the suggestions described above. Specifically, choose to be kind to oppose injustice, violence, waste, and hunger in the world.Sometimes you are overwhelmed by helplessness in the face of difficulties, but in reality, you have a lot of means to act and correct mistakes. Kindness is a quiet and discreet power within reach of each individual. It allows you to affirm the vision of the world that you are seeking to achieve.More wellness
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — Education officials in Texas launched an investigation into the possible discrimination of an African-American student after a white lecturer was recorded on a cellphone video having police remove her from a classroom — allegedly, according to witnesses, for having her feet on the seat in front of her days earlier.Many are saying this is the latest in a string of incidents in the United States of white people calling the police on black people who are seemingly going about their normal lives. Many of the incidents have been recorded on cellphone videos — and have exploded on social media.The new incident occurred on Monday in a biology class at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Taylor Eighmy, the school’s president said in a statement.“While the facts aren’t fully known regarding [the] incident, our Office of Equal Opportunity Services is already conducting an investigation into possible discrimination,” Eighmy said.Eighmy said a second “inquiry regarding the academic management of the classroom” is being conducted by the university’s interim dean of the College of Sciences.“Beyond this particular incident, I am very much aware that the circumstance represents another example of the work we need to do as an institution around issues of inclusivity and supporting our students of color,” Eighmy said in his statement. “This concerns me greatly, and it’s incumbent upon us as an institution to face this head-on. It’s something that we need to address immediately as a university community.”The lecturer was identified by students to ABC News, but attempts to reach her for comment Wednesday were not successful.After a classmate’s video of her went viral on social media, the student who was removed from the class addressed the controversy on Twitter.“Upon entering class I was told I needed to leave or would be escorted out by officers, I never disobeyed the student code of conduct. Not once,” wrote the student, tweeting under the handle @FavoritePaigeee. “A police report is being filed atm [at this moment], this is just the beginning. Thanks for your support!”Apurva Rawal recorded video of the incident with his cellphone and posted it on Twitter, writing, “So this happened today in class, a girl had her feet up and the professor called the police after calling our class uncivil.”The video showed the lecturer at the back of the class talking to three police officers, who then walked to where the student was seated and asked her to leave. Without objecting, the student gathered her belongings and walked out of the classroom.Another student from the biology class told ABC News the incident apparently stemmed from a run-in the classmate had with the lecturer on Friday.“The girl who was escorted out had her feet up on a chair in front of her, there was no one around her and she wasn’t disturbing anyone,” the student, who asked not to be identified, told ABC News.“However, the professor went up to her and told her to please place her feet down and she did. A few minutes later [the student] had her feet in her own chair now, so the professor once again went up to her and told her to stop and she did. A few minutes before class ended [the] professor gave a speech about civility and told us that we were the most disruptive class and we never paid attention,” the student said.On Monday, the lecturer began the class by handing out a paper on civility and walked up to the African-American student she had scolded before about having her feet on a seat and spoke to her prior to calling the university police, the student told ABC News. She said her African-American classmate didn’t have her feet on the seat Monday before police were summoned, but had just walked in and sat down.“I did not believe she was calling them [police] but, sure enough, they came a few minutes after she had stopped talking on the phone,” the student said. “They escorted [her] out and once the police had left out of the classroom, a lot of students started telling [the lecturer] she had done wrong, she was being disruptive of class time and she had taken matters out of control.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.