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Kiva Loans to the Working Poor, People Helping People!

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 24 July 2009 15:07.

The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need. http://www.kiva.org/

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The 'Flat' World Is 'Open': How Technology Is Changing Education

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 24 July 2009 15:00.

A new book by an Indiana University School of Education professor takes a comprehensive look at how Web technology is changing worldwide education. "The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education," published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley, was written by Curt Bonk, professor of instructional systems technology. It documents the many ways in which he says innovations have made it possible so that "anyone can learn anything from anyone else at any time."
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International Journalists Hone Multimedia Skills at Ithaca College Workshop

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 17 July 2009 15:32.

Matt MogekwuAmong the topics covered in workshop sessions will be mobile journalism using portable audio and video equipment; free or cheap alternatives to audio, photo and video editing software; the myth and reality of the “Twitter revolution”; distributing video online via YouTube and Vimeo; search engine optimization; best practices for online interviews and podcasts; and writing for the Web.

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Study Finds Links Between Obesity and Adolescents’ Social Networks

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 17 July 2009 15:31.

Researchers from the Institute of Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) found in a recent study that overweight youth were twice as likely to have overweight friends. “Although this link between obesity and social networks was expected, it was surprising how strong the peer effect is and how early in life it starts,” says lead author Thomas Valente, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine.
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Widening Racial Gap Exists in Key Factors for Economic Well-Being

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 17 July 2009 15:30.

"With President Obama now approaching six months in office, some have suggested that we have gone beyond race as a major dividing line in society. Yet nothing could be further from the truth," says Mark R. Rank, Ph.D., professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. "One of the fundamental fault lines in American society continues to be the ongoing racial disparities in economic well-being." Using 30 years of data, Rank examined three key factors in attaining economic well-being: owning a home and building equity; attaining affluence and avoiding poverty; and possessing enough assets to survive economic turmoil."
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Positive Emotions Increase Life Satisfaction by Building Resilience

Written by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday, 10 July 2009 15:38.

People who seed their life with frequent moments of positive emotions increase their resilience against challenges, according to a new study by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist and colleagues. The study, “Happiness Unpacked: Positive Emotions Increase Life Satisfaction by Building Resilience,” appears in the June issue of the bimonthly journal Emotion.
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Obama's Visit to Ghana: Indiana University Experts Comment

Written by Yvette Alex-Assensoh on Friday, 10 July 2009 15:33.

Yvette Alex-Assensoh After hard-nosed discussions in Russia and economic talks in Italy, President Barack Obama's visit to Ghana may seem largely a celebration -- the first trip to sub-Saharan Africa by a U.S. president of African descent. But it would be a mistake to think that strategic discussions won't be engaged in Ghana, say Indiana University Africa and African-American studies experts A.B. Assensoh and Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh.
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All That’s Left Now is His Music

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 12:21.

Michael JacksonWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Michael Jackson. The name itself is synonymous with music legend. That is why reports of his death from cardiac arrest June 23 continue to stun fans around the world this week. As details of this surreal story continue to unfold, the one thing that remains clear is that the revolutionary music of this dazzling icon called the “king of pop” will live forever.
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Black Press of America Elects New Chairman: Danny Bakewell Aims to Harness the Power

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 12:15.

Danny BakewellMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (NNPA) – Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell, the new chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers, says he aims to fortify the power of the Black Press of America by unifying its ranks while also uniting with other civil rights organizations.
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Children Living With Hunger in North Carolina

Written by Yasmine Regester on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 12:24.

(NNPA) - One in four children live on the brink of hunger in North Carolina. Three and a half million children in America, ages five and under, are food insecure. These are just some of the statistics recently released in a report by Feeding America, a network of churches and organizations striving to change this problem.