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I am really connecting with your sound and message. Great to see you Spotlighted on One World Blue.

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Aug 17, 2018 @ 04:19pm

Come on out tonight to Mr Smalls for the CD release party of Social Justice Disco premiere!! 6 pm doors open. Come on out, get down, let your voice be heard and boogie!!

in

Jul 8, 2018 @ 02:28pm

Lion Adventure Travels will surpass all your expectations!!

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Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:21pm

As a former travel agent for many years we are looking forward to working on creating travel adventures for many people to special, unforgettable and life changing destinations.

in

Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:20pm

Hey folks send me a request on Facebook and I'll be streaming my gig live from Sparta, NC this Friday evening. Much love to tall! #RAWK #williammasseymusic

in

Apr 25, 2018 @ 02:00pm

Very enlightening, so many accomplishments for the world! Mazal Tov. I am extremely proud of you and One World Blue. May One World Blue reach the hearts and minds of people around the world. May you continue your holy endeavors one good deed at a time.

in

Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:28am

One World Blue would like to acknowledge JDO Designs and Consulting for their exemplary work in computer maintenance and repair. They work with honesty and fair prices and they are the choice of our network for computer maintenance. They also work on computers remotely so you do not need to be in their area for them to access your laptop for many diagnostic and scanning services.

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Mar 5, 2018 @ 11:19am

This is a wonderful service to have available. Definitely will keep in mind as soon as I have a need.

in

Mar 4, 2018 @ 10:54am

Happy Birthday my friend Sholom. When Hashem creates goodness He does it with Sholom. You have been a guiding Light in my life. May Hashem honor you for that.

in

Mar 2, 2018 @ 04:44am

Thanks for all of the love everyone! Can't wait to contribute more!

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Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:59pm

Thanks!

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Feb 26, 2018 @ 07:59pm

Inspiring sound! Keep playing and lifting people up with your music. It is great to see you here

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Feb 25, 2018 @ 01:21pm

SO AWSOME THEO. YOU ARE AN AMAZING TALENTED ARTIST‼️EACH PAINTING IS SO INSPIRING😀😊😘

in

Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:46am

your story really touches me! What dedication and strength.

in

Feb 13, 2018 @ 09:47am

We need lots of motivation in today's world to do good.

in

Feb 13, 2018 @ 09:45am

I like what you are doing.

in

Feb 11, 2018 @ 10:34pm

interesting to many of us who care.

in

Feb 5, 2018 @ 07:45am

Like how you relate to people with love.

in

Feb 4, 2018 @ 10:18am

This is interesting how technology is being used to make the world smaller in some ways. Great!

in

Jan 7, 2018 @ 05:56pm

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May 18, 2018 @ 03:06pm

Hey folks I'll be debuting a few new songs this evening on WKSK's "Live After 5" segment out of West Jefferson, NC. The show will be streamed live here: http://580wksk.com

Hope yall can tune in!

William #RAWK #williammasseymusic

Apr 29, 2018 @ 04:03pm

Hey folks check out my updated Spotlight page for a brand spankin new song! Hope yall enjoy!

William

Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:05am

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
The Best is Yet to Come is Progressive New Faith Fellowship Baptist Church book. With Overseer Davis and many of the outreach ministries as well as the look inside of our church and church family.
The book is on sale for $140.00 it has 132 pages of full color. Please order your book now and click fund to pay. Remember we are all trying to make a difference in this world by putting God first and being able to help someone along the way. Thank you in advance.

Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Massey will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, March 4th,as part of their songwriter round, web-link: https://www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com

Nov 19, 2017 @ 04:10pm

Tickets will be released tomorrow for the StarQuest Finals Night at Sunny Jims right here on Blupela. $20 General Admission. $30 VIP. Stay Tuned for the Ticket release tomorrow. Seats are limited. Finals will be held at Sunny Jims on December 16th, 2017.

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:39pm

Check out my daily video on Face Book at Online Community Church -- it's called "Convertible Conversations" and is a 4-7 minute discussion about encouraging spiritual topics!

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:37pm

My latest novel "Convertible Conversations" will be out the end of this month. Stay tuned for more information! Paul Gray

Nov 13, 2017 @ 02:33pm

The Project Ambassador Program is now available with One World Blue. Contact our office to find out how you may benefit from this program. Ambassador brochures are also available to order thru the Blupela campaign page. Join this winning team and start making a difference in the world today!!

Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:45pm

Only 25 hours left to see our documentary just released of Chiropractic now for Free. So now it's time to open your last present, our latest documentary! It took Jim Chester and I two long years to bring it to completion and it's free to watch until New Year's Eve! So please give it a view and share it with your friends, especially to those who may not be in the best of health. Click the link on our Spotlight here on Blupela.com. Please also share with the media buttons on Facebook, Twitter and others and please spread the word. Only 25 hours left to see it now for Free.

Nov 9, 2015 @ 10:46pm

Join us for a joyful Welcome Back Party with Tempa Lama!

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Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.

Please join us for a joyful Welcome Back Party with our resident teacher Tempa Lama. Food and beverages will be served. Please bring your family and friends – children are warmly welcome!

At the Welcome Back Party our executive director Susan Stringfellow will also share about exciting capacity-building efforts that are now underway.

In 2016, we are poised to develop dynamic efforts to disseminate the Bon wisdom teachings to an even wider audience by offering live streaming of retreats, empowerments and dharma talks; ecourses that provide an in-depth opportunity to study the ancient wisdom teachings at any pace, and more of the popular continuing education classes for professionals.

Nov 9, 2015 @ 04:58pm

You are cordially invited to an acoustic evening with:
Mike Stout and the Human Union
Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm
Point Breezeway Café, 7113 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA
Featuring:
Laura Daniels – Keyboard
Kevin McDonald – Guitar
Dave McLaughlin – Violin/Fiddle
Dan Schlegel – Bass

PRICE: Whatever you can afford /or feel like contributing

Come hear original songs spanning 16 CDs, of Pittsburgh History
And the men and women who made our world a little better

Aug 24, 2015 @ 04:28pm

The Project to End Human Trafficking:
Women and Children of Uganda Gallery Exhibition
Photography by Maranie Rae
Curated by Natalie Grandinetti
SEPTEMBER 10
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6:00-9:00PM
Opening Reception
Square Café
1137 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition Duration:
August 29th - September 30th, 2015
The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) has been working in Uganda for the past 5 years and will be returning in November 2015. Attendees of the Exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation and purchase prints. All proceeds of this event will directly support ongoing projects and initiatives.

Jul 6, 2015 @ 04:16pm

On Sunday July 12 from 2-5 p.m., Glimpses of Humla, a fundraiser for the Humla Nursing Education Project, will be held at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in Shadyside. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, and One World Blue LLC. The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh is located at 605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.

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A Honest Family Man being Accused of a Crime he did Not Commit

One World Blue, LLC
Zeev Guenniche
A caring man and loving father, Zeev Guenniche lives in San Diego, California. With very little knowledge of English,he began working at a local retail store and within 3 months became manager of three of their stores. He began night school, taking classes in English, plumbing, general construction and management. !
In 2002, Zeev purchased his first house in the area of San Diego State University and opened and became CEO of ZR Construction Company. He began with a small clientele building and remodeling their homes. In 2004, he continued to purchase and invest in properties in the SDSU area. Zeev became involved in property management and began renting homes to students.
His linguistic skills allowed him to establish strong relationships with exchange students, making him a heavily involved contact for exchange students from Europe.
In 2004, Omega Realty Management, inc in San Diego was born. It is a full service real estate company, managing investment property, providing professional construction management services for remodeling and preparing property to sell or rent and serving all real estate needs. Zeev was in real estate investment for the company and served as its CEO. In July 2013 he became the Regional Coordinator of Property Preservation & Repairs NREOS.com. In October 2016 Zeev became a senior partner at Movie Match. He was owner of GS PROPERTY MANG, inc of the Greater San Diego Area. He was also CEO of it from 2000-2009.

On the 6 of July 2018 the fire department of San Diego had Zeev arrested for arson because his ex-wife told them he set fire to his home. On the 9 of July at 8.00 am she went to the court house and filed a restraining order against him to stay away from his 5 children. Zeev's ex-wife told the court he was with the kids at the house when the fire happened. The children said their father did not do it and he was in their presence the entire time.


Zeev's ex was trying to stay at the property. She said he wanted her to leave the property. She believes he is the owner but the owner has a lease that started on 8/1/18. Zeev was trustee of the property and it was an investment property.

Zeev was picking up his things since he gave up his trusteeship. No one was able to remain at the house because he had to give the keys to the owner.
On the 23rd of July the judge asked Zeev's ex if she would like to extend the restraining order till September 3. She was surprised and said yes. Zeev was walking out of the courthouse and came to the parking lot. He saw his ex and three girlfriends of her's celebrating. This is when he realized that he believes he was framed by his ex-wife. He had to pay $15,000 for bail because of her false accusation.
Zeev has helped out many people with charity and assisted his community in many ways. People are supportive of him and stand behind him knowing he is not capable of doing what he is accused of. He is a true family man and he loves his children more than anything.

Zeev and his children are very attached to each other. It is very difficult for the children not to see their father. It is the kids who are being denied access to their father and are being punished the most because of the dysfunctional relationship between their parents. Zeev is not a dangerous criminal and it’s only because of her request to remove him from the children’s lives that he and his children are apart. They have lived with him all the time. Zeev does not have good attorney representation and he needs good legal help. Please help him get good legal help for his sake and his children.

Votes2 DateAug 12, 2018

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Wizdom World Beat Reggae Band

Errol Wizdom World Beat Reggae Band
Booking and Press contact/inquiry:
412-951-3598
Wizdom World Beat Reggae Band is the BRAINCHILD of Errol Williams, aka The Wizard, for the MAGICAL way he captivates his audience.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he came to the US in 1991. Already an established artist in his home country of Jamaica, with hits such as: "If You Should Leave Me" (1980) and "Diamond Queen." Errol formed Wizdom soon after arriving in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wizdom has been voted Best Reggae Band by former radio station WAMO four years in a row.
"Conscious lyrics bring a message to the people. We each have a mission in life lead by divine providence." - Errol Wizdom Williams
Errol built his first guitar out of bamboo at ten years of age. Similar to his elder musical influence of worldwide acclaim, Bob Marley, who sought the musical and spiritual guidance of Joe Higgs as a youth in Kingston, Jamaica; Williams sought out a mentor named Levy Palmer who helped him hone his musical craft, and shape his spiritual outlook.
Much of the time spent with Palmer was a period of spiritual awakening for Errol, he adopted the teachings , tenants and practices of the Rastafarian faith. Errol developed his singing, songwriting, and guitar playing with Palmer as well.
Conceptually, the Wizdom World Beat Reggae Band was born from a vivid dream of Errol's. A man with a long white beard came to Errol in the dream and showed him a coin with words written on it that read:
"WISDOM IS THE WORD TO BE. "
Errol went on to form several groups in Jamaica, one of those being "The Potentials" with whom he recorded in the studio of legendary Jamaican producer and artist Joe Gibbs. The Potentials were produced by Prince Tony, and the record they made was "If You Should Leave Me" in 1980. Williams would record several more hits on the Island, including "Diamond Queen," as well as get a real inside look at the Jamaican recording industry and got to meet and work with some of those most active and influential in the business.
Errol left Jamaica in 1991 for the USA, specifically Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following his soon to be wife back to her hometown. Around this time, a kindred spirit and fellow musician, North Carolina native, Greg Hampton, visited Pittsburgh on break from touring the world with funk bands on numerous well known international cruise lines, for famous acts like "Percy Sledge." In his downtime, Greg also met a woman, fell in love, and stayed in Pittsburgh. Errol and Greg would meet that summer and have been working together on music ever since.
"Looking back on it, I see the destiny in it all; you're brought places for a reason. Many times the reason you come somewhere personally ends up being a pull to that place for broader soon to be discovered reasons. As I look back and put the pieces together there is a sense to it all, it all works out, like "ahh this is what I was meant to be doing and with these people." There was a natural chemistry with Errol and me right off the bat, and we've been working together and good friends since then."
Over the years, the band has changed form and shape many times, and many various performers have worked with and alongside Wizdom. Old members of SWAMP band and THIRD WORLD had been part of Wizdom for a good part of the band's history, and real musicianship was growing. Their first L.P. "Innocent Blood" (released in 1991) was twice nominated for a Grammy, and the band got real hot, real fast!
Their second record, "Rivers of Love" (released 2001,) was featured in 'Billboard Magazine" twice. The band opened for the late, great Bob Marley's band "The Wailers" at the Pittsburgh Arts Fest at Point State Park, downtown in June of 2009. After a few years hiatus and some personnel changes, several original or long-time veteran Wizdom members returned to their old positions in the band in 2016, as the band celebrated its 25th Anniversary. In early 2018, they released their third album called, "Cherry of the Vine."

Though for the majority of the band's career Greg was the group's bassist, after the hiatus that included various side musical ventures, the band would re-form with Greg on guitar and vocals and Jerome Anderson JR. on bass. Musical prodigy/piano virtuoso Mike Randolph is back on the keyboards as a long time returning veteran of Wizdom, and side musical projects including a duo with Greg. Veteran and longtime band member and friend Macasea Bey on drums. Extended family like Tony Melow, and Lloyd (Cookie) Willacy, a fantastic Pittsburgh based (Jamaican native) guitarist have joined the band frequently for live shows and recordings.
WIZDOM IS THE WORD TO BE!
"I know what Jah want me to be doing, He gives me the gift and I must use it for the good and positive, for what's right."- Errol "Wizdom" Williams
"I'm human of course, I know i'm not ALWAYS doing exactly what Jah want, but I try my best to serve him and get the right messages out in my music. Conscious lyrics bring a message to the people. We each have a mission in life lead by divine providence".

Votes4 DateAug 10, 2018

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Cantor Victor Roth

Cantor Victor Roth
Cantor Roth
Heartfelt Experiences Through Prayer and Song
Call (720) 435-6460 to discuss your congregation'splans for the upcoming High Holydays.
I'm Cantor Roth, and this Spotlight is here to let you know a little bit more about me, and to give you the opportunity to listen to some of my music samples.
I invite you to please give me a call now, to find out more, and to check my availability for your shul's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
Thank You,
Cantor Victor Roth
Quick Facts:
Experienced Professional Chazan
Excellent Trained Voice
Traditional Nusach (Either Ashkenaz or Sephard)
Modern Orthodox or Conservative Davening
Quality References Available Upon Request
Some of the places I have worked over the years are listed below. Please contact me for additional information.
Cantorial Services - Kohelet, Denver, CO
Led High Holy Days services during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Holidays, including chanting in Hebrew, and utilized knowledge of rituals and traditions.
Cantorial Services - Adas Israel, Duluth, MN
Led High Holy Days services during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Holidays, including chanting in Hebrew, and utilized knowledge of rituals and traditions.
References from Rabbis, community leaders, employers, and other Cantors are available upon request.
The best and fastest way to get a hold of me is by phone.
So please leave me a voice mail message, if I'm not home...
Cantor Roth
P.O. Box 48087
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 435-6460
Email: VictorRoth59@gmail .com

Votes4 DateJul 31, 2018

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I seek to create a climate where good people are not afraid to do the right thing and do not risk starvation homelessness and poverty because they have moral courage.I seek to crowdfund this story and employ anyone who donates for any contribution of talent that they may desire to give to this project. Example:If you can assist with the screen play you will be in the film , I am seeking talent.

The Fine Art Of Walking PointAug 3, 2018 @ 06:39pmMore

Help each other love one another and to also teach one another to be honest in their relationships.

Cantor Victor RothJul 31, 2018 @ 03:01pmMore

Our HOPE and COPE Wellness Initiative brings healing and wellness to all persons who wish to improve the quality of their lives in 6 primary areas of wellness: Attitudinal, Interpersonal,Financial, Physical, Emotional, and of course, Spiritual. We do this by focusing on working on the external wellness of the person toward healing their internal well-being. Our unique project: FREEDOM BIKES - Wheelin' and Healin' is one of our flagship programs, helping encourage, educate and find financial partners to get the "right bike for the right price" so that people can feel better, save money and be more effective in their professional and personal lives.

HOPE and COPE InitiativeJul 13, 2018 @ 01:39pmMore

I change the world around me with the light of Christ through stories, songs, and smiles.

msannegirlJun 27, 2018 @ 12:11pmMore

Make clean water available to all citizens of all nation's Globally.

Spring AquaHJun 1, 2018 @ 08:47pmMore

The world itself doesn’t need healed/changed, we the people can make a difference. Gratitude and intention go a long way.

True Blue Healing ArtsMay 17, 2018 @ 10:29pmMore

Let people know that what ever hurt they have is not forever and they have help available to them, they just need to know where to look. And look no farther than your own back yard because there are many people and organizations making a difference in the world!

Lollipops@PicklesMay 1, 2018 @ 05:41pmMore

Spread joy, smiles, and positivity.

Motivation ChampsApr 26, 2018 @ 06:10pmMore

Transforming the world through Community, Social Action and Awareness, Lionheart brings projects that Lift humanity and elevate the World.

Lionheart EnterprisesApr 10, 2018 @ 04:43amMore

Help people find a way out of the 'Financial Matrix' is the main thing that we do. Our company was also founded on Leadership principles that offer Continuing Education for CPA's. Corporate Training for individuals to use personally or to help train the staff they have in their businesses.

Financial FitnessApr 9, 2018 @ 06:57pmMore

To elevate the Physical to the Spiritual

Advisory Fund 138Mar 18, 2018 @ 11:55pmMore

To find treasures in antiquity and to treat them as such.

Crown AntiquesMar 18, 2018 @ 11:35pmMore

We have to focus on the most underprivileged human beings. Being Jewish we are focused on our Holy Land the land of Israel which G-d bestowed to the Jewish people and we come to the aid of the most vulnerable people in the Holy Land. These are the orphans and children at risk that we are taking under our wings at a young age and by the time they are adults they serve in the army and get married to build a beautiful home in Israel.

American Friends of Ohr SimchaMar 18, 2018 @ 12:10pmMore

Information and the Internet would be freely available 24/7/365 regardless of your age, race, location, or income (or lack thereof).

Jeremiah D. Ostrosky Sr.Mar 3, 2018 @ 11:08amMore

Since I began playing music and working as a teacher in 2009 all I've tried to do my best. My best at reaching kids. My best at writing and playing. If you twisted my arm for a more specific answer I'd say that by being a good person, friend, son, brother, colleague, and fellow musician is how I can contribute my little line to the story of the world. I feel like if more people focused on the positives in their lives (despite even experiencing or living in adverse conditions...easier said than done I know) then the world would begin to heal itself. When you think positively, and seek that out in your every day life, you will find it. We're surrounded by goodness; it's just a matter of knowing how to see it. It is my hope that through my music I'm able to offer people out there just a few minutes of goodness and happiness for their day or their evening. There are dozens of songs that when I first heard them I instantly knew they'd become part of my regular listening because of the way they made me feel. If I do a good enough job, maybe one day my music can serve that same purpose for someone else.

William Massey MusicMar 2, 2018 @ 05:40pmMore

Recycle and reuse as many products as possible without any waste and help to keep our Earth eco-friendly and clean.

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As we look at the world today, healing starts with self. God created everything, therefore God is our healer and provider. It is in that where we create healing and change. We all have the fundamental desire to create an ideal world, where everyone is healthy, happy, and free of suffering. We have to educate more on healing and forgiving which gives the tools to help people move forward, learning the word of God and being able to create change among Christian's as walk more upright in to bring about positive change. The habitual tendency we all have is to look around us, find out what’s wrong with the world, and then try to “fix” it. This is what I consider to be a miracle. Every time I forgive myself, I create more space for love, happiness, and world change. While forgiving ourselves, on its own, won’t end global suffering or create world peace, creating peace within will better enable us to find and enact solutions to the larger problems we all face. Healing myself creates a ripple affect across the universe, allowing me to help others heal, creating a changed and healed world. I love outreach ministry, in that ministry I teach that we all have to work together to become one to bring about a change in our community, but we just cannot stop there. We have to learn to allow God to be God, spreading the gospel around the world as well as in our own neighborhood's. Are we our brothers and sisters keeper? YES WE ARE.

Overseer Dwight DavisJan 31, 2018 @ 06:04pmMore

I would tell people that you don’t have to follow the crowd. Do what makes you happy, and don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing. I believe too many people are stuck in a life they hate and regret not listening to their inner self.

Theo CaloyerDec 18, 2017 @ 03:38pmMore

We are working to create a soundtrack to uplift those who are already engaged in the pursuit of justice, as well as inspire those who have yet to commit themselves to the cause of equity for the Earth and all it's people. It is better to use words as our swords and music as our shield.

Social Justice DiscoNov 26, 2017 @ 07:37pmMore

Al-iksir E-Consulting can help individuals and businesses reach their full potential. We believe we can help change the world by supporting organizations and individuals who have social impact goals. Our grant writing skills can help your organization or initiative gain substantial funding. Let us write your story. Let us tell your story!

Al-iksir E-ConsultingNov 6, 2017 @ 01:14pmMore

Reaching out to orphans and widows to help provide a better life in Mwatate, Kenya.

Hope for a Kenya IncNov 1, 2017 @ 07:58amMore

I use my music to highlight that while we come from many backgrounds, we can still sing and dance together. Music is a healing energetic force and when we use it to celebrate our differences then all the Gods and Goddesses are pleased with the combined sounds of our earthly choirs.

Phat Man DeeOct 31, 2017 @ 02:13pmMore

In order to heal and affect change in the world, I want to expend my talents of expression through writing and performing inspirational music that touches the lives of others and create a community of healing for those experiencing life's challenges.

LaDaria RichardsonOct 24, 2017 @ 10:02pmMore

Help everyone know that God is not mad at them...He's MADLY IN LOVE WITH THEM! Help everyone know that God loves them unconditionally, included them, accepts them, has forgiven them and keeps NO RECORD OF WRONGS! Help everyone know that GOD IS FOR THEM!

Grace with Paul GrayOct 24, 2017 @ 02:35pmMore

To see a secure Israel where children can play and friends can meet without any threat to security. This will also help to hasten overall peace in our world and reveal G-dliness on all levels.

Hatzolah DaromOct 15, 2017 @ 02:31pmMore

What defines us is how well we rise after falling. Getting Up is the Key to Life: Down but Not Out - Slowed but Not Stopped - Bent but Not Broken: Strategy of success, CIA: Commitment, Integrity, and Attitude: There comes a time in your life when you finally get it ... When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out "ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on." Then, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside and you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. This is your awakening. Your Quickening, the receiving of all the power and knowledge another immortal has obtained throughout his/her life. It is like the receiving of a sacrament.

Brian P SwiftOct 14, 2017 @ 06:43pmMore

To see a world where Health Consciousness and Healthy Eating and Exercise are a way of life for All.

Jill Roxanne RogowskiOct 9, 2017 @ 12:58amMore

My vision to heal or change the world is to inform and inspire that having joy is more than happiness. Also, I would like to utilize my gift of encouragement to help people intentional;y focus on what can only really bring joy in one's life.

Donna TaylorOct 3, 2017 @ 09:39amMore

Make this world a dwelling for Hashem and bring His Shechina to full revelation on our Earth bringing G-dliness to all corners of the world.

Yaacov KleinSep 8, 2017 @ 02:43amMore

Our vision is to work diligently and hard with steadfast faith to bring alleviation of hunger and food scarcity for families and communities which will ultimately bring more peace and harmony in our world.

Federation of Jewish Communties of Central and Western UkraineSep 3, 2017 @ 12:42pmMore

Most Recent Ending Soon Up & ComingActive Initiatives

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*Infrastructure

Miracles of Love

Bridges for Peace, Inc.
Every day at Bridges for Peace we see miracles, small and great. This year we are celebrating the miracle of Israel on her 70th birthday. For more than fifty years, we have been a part of that miracle! Through our projects, Christians from around the world have participated in God’s miraculous ingathering of the Jewish people, helping in many ways to show them that Christians are indeed their friends.
Bridges for Peace In Action
Miracles of Love
As one amazing example, the mayor of Karmiel came to see the bomb shelters that our Home Repair team had renovated. He was visibly moved to see the quality of work our skilled volunteers were doing. “I expected to see a little bit of paint splashed on the walls,” he commented. Instead he saw new plumbing, including toilets and showers, new tile, and––of course––new paint.
We have now totally renovated eight bomb shelters out of twenty-two. It was an urgent need, as the specter of war on the northern border is a real and present threat. The shelters were full of trash, in total disrepair and largely unusable.
Now, they are ready to be part of the life-saving effort for the city of Karmiel, who didn’t have the money to make these repairs. Our labors are saving the city of Karmiel one million shekels (US $288,000). That is a miracle for the city and her inhabitants.

Will You Be Part of the Miracle?
We do all this and more to serve the Lord by supporting His people in their time of need. We don’t expect a reward, doing it because of our love for the Lord and His people. When we see the gratitude on the faces of the people whose lives we impact, it is so precious.
PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING SUPPORT TODAY. ONLY TWO SIMPLE STEPS REQUIRED. FIRST, REGISTER YOUR NAME ON THIS NETWORK BY CLICKING THE REGISTER BUTTON IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER, AND SECOND MAKE YOUR PLEDGE THROUGH THE SPONSOR TAB ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE. PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING TODAY. IT WILL BENEFIT MANY TO BRING SAFETY AND SECURITY WHERE IT IS NEEDED IN ISRAEL. MAY THE ALMIGHTY BLESS YOU IN KIND
We are honored that you trust Bridges for Peace to be your hands to bless the people of Israel. Your gifts make it possible for us to bring “miracles” for those in need in Zion. We need your financial partnership to renovate the bomb shelters, do home repairs for the wounded, the elderly, and the needy, and to feed new immigrants, children and the elderly. Thank you for sending a generous gift today.
Blessings from Israel,
Rebecca J. Brimmer, International President and CEO
Mission Statement
Bridges for Peace: Christians supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.
Expanded Vision
It is our desire to see Christians and Jews working side by side for better understanding and a more secure Israel.
Founded in 1976, Bridges for Peace seeks to be a ministry of hope and reconciliation. Through programs both in Israel and worldwide, we are giving Christians the opportunity to actively express their biblical responsibility before God to be faithful to Israel and the Jewish community.
For too long, Christians have been silent. For too long, the Jewish community has had to fight its battles alone. It is time Christian individuals and congregations speak up for the people who gave us the Bible.
To Learn more about Bridges for Peace and the work we are doing please visit:
https://www.bridgesforpeace.com/

Votes1 DateMay 23, 2018

Funded: 1 $54.00

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*Empowerment

Hope and Happiness Initiative

HOPE and COPE Initiative
THE HOPE AND HAPPINESS TRANSFORMATION PROCESS REALLY WORKS IN 6 SESSIONS OR LESS
Learn how to navigate and overcome your unique challenges, in both your personal and professional lives.
Your level of hope and happiness is not dependent upon others or your situation, rather how you perceive and interpret your situation.
Yaakov Rosenstein, CPC,
412-779-1661
Why we do what we do:
Because we really care about people and about God.
Because we really want to achieve our greatest potential and fulfillment of purpose.
We believe to work to heal, repair and complete this world made by God for the purpose of man and to prepare ourselves and others for its ultimate purpose and completion.
Our Values and Beliefs:
H: Health, Healing and Happiness
O: Optimism, Open-Minded, Organization
P: Purpose, Potential, Passion
E: Education, Energetic, Ethical
and
C: Creativity, Consideration, Collaboration
O: Overcoming Challenge, Opportunity, Optimal Living
P: Peace of Mind, Prioritization, Persistence
E: Empowerment, Empathy, Elevated Values
The Energy Leadership Development System
To thrive in our ever-changing world, while securing all you've worked for, we have created the Energy Leadership™ Development System.
Energy Leadership is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.
Leadership can be defined as how you interact with everyone, including yourself. We tend to think of them as business owners and CEO's and managers at various levels. However, EVERYONE is a leader - either by choice or by default. Leading is the way we help move people, including ourselves, into action. The question is not whether or not we are leaders, but how well we lead.
Therefore, the Energy Leadership Development System will help you to become your ideal leader and a happier, more accomplished person.
The Energy Leadership Development System is based upon the 7 Levels of Leadership, which will raise your energy and awareness to new levels of performance, which positively impacts all you encounter.
The Energy Leadership Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables individuals to recognize how they "show up" in the world by understanding their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. This unique assessment allows for a complete, clear, customized coaching program associated with it, called the Energy Leadership Development System. Each person, along with their coach, creates their personalized developmental roadmap to becoming more empowered in leading your life and affecting the life of others.
We offer attorneys (or other service professionals) a 90 day, money-back guarantee program, to measurably live with more success and less stress. This is based upon the CPA (Clarify, Prioritize and Actualize) Coaching Method and Energy Leadership Development System.
The Energy Leadership™ Development System
It consists of the foundational segments that help you know where you are, realize where you want to be, and recognize and break through any of the blocks that are in the way of your success.
The 8 Building Blocks of the Energetic Leader
The next 8 segments in your program provide the accelerated training needed to master the areas necessary to become an ideal leader.
• Emotional Intelligence
• Dynamic Communication
• Influencing and Engaging Others
• Problem Solving
• Productivity and Decision Making
• High Energy Relationships
• Health and Wellness
• Time Management and Balance
The Result of Energy Leadership? Less effort and stress, with more success and fulfillment!

My hiking Rocky Mtn Natl Park in end of June.
The Benefits:
Emotional Health: (comfort, peace of mind, emotional relief, hope, engagement)
Spiritual Wealth: (meaning, fulfillment, happiness, clarity from confusion, sense of purpose, motivation, faith)
Now is the time to find hope, joy and the courage to make a change and move your life forward toward new achievements and or simply learn how to deal with your struggles.
You can have more peace of mind, more personal freedom, more personal - professional balance, and simply, live a life that you will love.
The work we do is 100% private and confidential. It is enjoyable and leaves you feeling invigorated. It is something that you probably have never experienced, and is not like working with a psychologist, a consultant, a colleague or a friend.
It all starts with a strategic session, to explore and clarify your problems and desires. We create a customized action plan that will work for you, so that you can see clear, measurable results in only 30 days or less.
And best of all, if you don't feel happier and less stressed in 30 days of working together, we will gladly return your personal investment. So why wait, 'til it's too late?
Our CPA coaching process can work for you!
Clarify ◦Your Goals, Your Values, Your Stresses
Prioritize ◦Your Goals, Your Values, Your Priorities
Actualize​ ◦Your Goals, Your Priorities, Your Accomplishments
You don't need to remain stuck or overwhelmed. You can find hope, joy and personal freedom, at last!
No matter who or where you are in life, you can benefit from sound advice and practical strategies to reach your dreams. Our expertise and experience will help you turn potential problems into opportunities. You deserve to move forward and live with hope, happiness and fulfillment.
Meet Yaakov Rosenstein, CPC Certified Personal Coach
Hope and Happiness Hotline - Yaakov Rosenstein, PCP 412-779-1661
See front page Post Gazette article:
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/uncategorized/rabbi-makes-house-calls-with-lessons-486971/
We also have a Hope and Happiness Blog where we delve into various issues to help you.
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES...
In order to achieve your goals and dreams, you need to be free from the negative, annoying, limiting emotional blocks, such as: stress, overwhelm, overload, self-doubt, fear, worry, guilt, frustration and anger.
IMAGINE YOURSELF FREE FROM EMOTIONAL BLOCKS...
If you could go beyond your limitations, to have more engagement with less emotional resistance, how interested would you be to learn a different way? This is what great coaching is all about.
IN CONCLUSION
This is what our institute is all about - to help people, to have more freedom, success, joy and passion.

Votes1 DateMay 18, 2018

Funded: 1 $500.00

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*Freedom

Peace in the World Campaign

One World Blue, LLC
I have a dream that the world would be better and a safe place to live.
Children should not be afraid to be without their parents. They should not be worried about being kidnapped. People should realize that they should not hurt anyone and try to understand what they are doing.
I think it is very meaningless to have war. It is senseless to fight and kill one another. God did not put people on Earth to fight, argue, or hurt each other.
Poverty is very harmful and cruel to people. It can sometimes kill a person. It would be nice if poor people did not have to go to bed hungry.
Robbery scares me a whole lot, and I am sure it scares alot of other people too. People are sometimes shot and killed because they protect their belongings. Probably if people had the things they needed, there would be no more robberies.
It is a shame people are so terrified about highjacks on a plane that they don't even go on them. I hope in the future people will be able to go on a plane without worrying about a highjack.
If people try and work together they can make this world a better one. I am willing to try, are you?
The Peace in the World Essay written by the founder and CEO of One World Blue when he was in elementary school may be ordered here online (Place order on Left Side of this Page under 'From the Heart').
Order comes with the Essay mounted on Filmboard with Photopaper Glaze (Size is 10" x 10 ") Shipping Included

Votes7 DateApr 23, 2018

Funded: 10 $780.00

Most Recent Up & ComingActive Culture Spotlights

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Asia

Iranian Zoroastrians

Bernard Asper

The history of Zoroastrianism began with the Prophet Zarathushtra teaching what was called “the Good Religion,” to ancient Persia and Central Asia. His teachings taught obedience to one god; while he drew a small group of dedicated men and women, he also met with great resistance from local priests and princes. According to legend, Zarathushtra was invited to present his teachings before King Vishtasp, who became one of the first of many rulers in Central Asia to embrace this new and revolutionary faith. The religion continued to evolve into its present form from the belief in a supreme god representing what became the state religion of the Persians. Its present monotheistic and at least what some would call dualistic varieties all involve worship of one god, the good one who will triumph over the evil forces. This represents the dualism in all forms of the faith that goes back to its founder Zarathushtra.
Zoroastrianism gradually gained wider acceptance, becoming the religion of the Achaemenian Empire (550–330 BCE) founded by Cyrus the Great. The Achaemenians established the first “universal empire” across linguistic and cultural frontiers, practicing religious and ethnic tolerance for their subjects. The Achaemenians were defeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE, and the city of Persepolis, along with its library of religious texts, was destroyed by fire. After nearly a century of Greek rule under the Seleucids, the Parthians (256 BCE–226 CE) came to power and ruled in ancient Iran for many centuries. The Sassanian Empire (226–652 CE) succeeded that of the Parthians and during the next four hundred years, the Sassanian kings established Zoroastrianism as the state religion of Iran. This was the “golden age” of Zoroastrianism, with as many as thirty million people practicing the faith. The liturgy of the Avesta was collected into a cohesive unit, and new literature in the Pahlavi language flourished.
In 652 CE, the Sassanian Empire was defeated by Arab Muslims. The majority of Zoroastrians accepted Islam. Those who did not and were not fleeing the country fled to other areas within Iran. The Zoroastrian refugees developed their own language, Zoroastrian Dari, as well as a separate culture.
The Zoroastrians faced considerable adversity and religious persecution, which varied under different dynasties. Under the Umayyad dynasty, personal rights could be obtained with the payment of jizya, a special tax for non-Muslims, while during the Qajar dynasty, repression of the Zoroastrian religion took on cruel and violent forms. The life of Zoroastrians in Iran was often characterized by humiliation—with rules preventing them from riding on horseback, building places of worship, receiving an inheritance, or even from carrying umbrellas or wearing eyeglasses. With greater freedoms in the 20th century, Zoroastrians were able to establish themselves in business, industry, the educational field, and philanthropy. Many of today's Iranians are Zoroastrians who pretend to be Muslims.
Taken and edited from:
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/zoroastrians-in-iran-06
http://pluralism.org/religions/zoroastrianism/the-zoroastrian-tradition/zoroastrians-in-india-and-iran/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/zoroastrian/beliefs/god.shtml
http://www.zoroastrian.org/other/faq.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19959

Votes1 DateJul 25, 2018

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Europe

Gypsies

Bernard Asper

The Roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across Europe for a thousand years. The Roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family. Often portrayed as exotic and strange, the Roma have faced discrimination and persecution for centuries.
Today, they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe — about 12 million to 15 million people, according to UNICEF, with 70 percent of them living in Eastern Europe. About a million Roma live in the United States, according to Time.
Roma is the word that many Roma use to describe themselves. They are also known as Rom or Romany.
The Roma are also sometimes called Gypsies. However, some people consider that a derogatory term, a holdover from when it was thought these people came from Egypt. It is now thought that the Roma people migrated to Europe from India about 1,500 years ago.
They originated in northern India and by the second half of the 20th century they had spread to every inhabited continent.
Because of their migratory nature, their absence in official census returns, and their popular classification with other nomadic groups, estimates of the total world Roma population range from two million to five million. No significant statistical picture can be gained from the sporadic reporting in different countries. Most Roma were still in Europe in the early 21st century, especially in the Slavic-speaking lands of central Europe and the Balkans. Large numbers live in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Czech and Slovak republics, and Hungary.
All nomadic Roma migrate at least seasonally along patterned routes that ignore national boundaries. They also follow along a chain, as it were, of kin or tribal links. The Roma’s own supposed disposition to wander has been forcibly furthered by exile or deportation. Only 80 years after their first appearance in western Europe in the 15th century, they fell under the penalty of banishment in almost all the nations of western Europe. Despite their systematic exile, or transportation abroad, however, they continued to reappear in one guise or another back in the countries they had left.
All unsettled confederations who live among settled peoples seem to become convenient scapegoats. So it is with the Roma, who have regularly been accused by the local populace of many evils as a prelude to later official and legal persecution. Their relations with the authorities in the host country have been marked by consistent contradiction. Official decrees were often aimed at settling or assimilating them, yet local authorities systematically refused them the bare hospitality of a campsite. During the Holocaust the Nazis murdered an estimated 400,000 Roma. French laws in modern times forbade them campsites and subjected them to police supervision, yet they were taxed and drafted for military service like ordinary citizens. Spain and Wales are two countries often cited as examples where Roma have become settled, if not wholly assimilated. In modern times the socialist countries of eastern Europe attempted programs of enforced settlement to end Roma migration.
Traditionally the Roma have pursued occupations that allowed them to maintain an itinerant life on the perimeters of settled society. The men were livestock traders, animal trainers and exhibitors, tinkers (metalsmiths and utensil repairmen), and musicians; the women told fortunes, sold potions, begged, and worked as entertainers. Before the advent of veterinary medicine, many farmers looked to Roma livestock dealers for advice on herd health and husbandry.
The archetypal Roma family consists of a married couple, their unmarried children, and at least one married son, his wife, and their children. Upon marriage, a young couple typically lives with the husband’s parents while the young wife learns the ways of her husband’s group. Ideally, by the time an older son is ready to move away with his family, a younger son will have married and joined the household with his new wife. Although the practice had declined significantly by the late 20th century, marriages traditionally were arranged by the elders in the family or band (vitsa) to strengthen political and kinship ties to other families, bands, or, occasionally, confederations. A central feature of Roma marriages was the payment of a bride-price to the parents of the bride by the parents of the groom.
Gypsy chieftains (voivodes) are elected for life from among outstanding families of the group, and the office is not heritable. Their power and authority vary according to the size of the band, its traditions, and its relationships with other bands within a confederation.
It was the voivode who acted as treasurer for the whole band, decided the pattern of its migration, and became its spokesman to local municipal authorities. He governed through a council of elders that also consulted with the phuri dai, a senior woman in the band. The phuri dai’s influence was strong, particularly in regard to the fate of the women and children, and seemed to rest much on the evident earning power and organization of the women as a group within the band.
Strongest among Roma institutions of social control was the kris, connoting both the body of customary law and values of justice as well as the ritual and formation of the tribunal of the band. Basic to the Roma code were the all-embracing concepts of fidelity, cohesiveness, and reciprocity within the recognized political unit. The ultimate negative sanction of the kris tribunal, which dealt with all disputes and breaches of the code, was excommunication from the band. A sentence of ostracism, however, might exclude the individual from participation in certain band activities and punish him with menial tasks. In some cases rehabilitation was granted by the elders and followed by a feast of reconciliation.
Bands are made up of vitsas, which are name groups of extended families with common descent either patrilineal or matrilineal, as many as 200 strong.
Spiritual beliefs
The Roma do not follow a single faith; rather, they often adopt the predominant religion of the country where they are living, according to Open Society, and describe themselves as "many stars scattered in the sight of God." Some Roma groups are Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal, Protestant, Anglican or Baptist.
The Roma live by a complex set of rules that govern things such as cleanliness, purity, respect, honor and justice. These rules are referred to as what is "Rromano." Rromano means to behave with dignity and respect as a Roma person, according to Open Society. "Rromanipé" is what the Roma refer to as their worldview.
Language
Though the groups of Roma are varied, they all do speak one language, called Rromanës. Rromanës has roots in Sanskritic languages, and is related to Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali. Some Romani words have been borrowed by English speakers, including "pal" (brother) and "lollipop" (from lolo-phabai-cosh, red apple on a stick).
The Roma today
While there are still traveling bands, most use cars and RVs to move from place to place rather than the horses and wagons of the past.
Today, most Roma have settled into houses and apartments and are not readily distinguishable. Because of continued discrimination, many do not publicly acknowledge their roots and only reveal themselves to other Roma.
While there is not a physical country affiliated with the Romani people, the International Romani Union was officially established in 1977. In 2000, The 5th World Romany Congress in 2000 officially declared Romani a non-territorial nation.
During the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015), 12 European countries made a commitment to eliminate discrimination against the Roma. The effort focused on education, employment, health and housing, as well as core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming. However, according to the RSG, despite the initiative, Roma continue to face widespread discrimination.
According to a report by the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, "there is a shameful lack of implementation concerning the human rights of Roma … In many countries hate speech, harassment and violence against Roma are commonplace."
Edited from the Encyclopedia Brittanica Roma article online as well as from https://amp.livescience.com/44512-gypsy-culture.html

Votes1 DateJul 24, 2018

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Asia

Bene Israel of India

Bernard Asper

Bene Israel traditions varies on it's origin. Some claim descent from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Others believe that their ancestors fled by sea the persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes of the Hanukkah story. The Bene Israel adopted Hindu names, and took up the profession of oil production. They were known in Marathi as shaniwar teli (“Saturday oil pressers”), because they abstained from work on the Jewish Sabbath.
A Jew named David Rahabi, appeared and discovering them taught them the practices of Judaism which they had previously mostly forgotten. The Jews of Cochin Indian origin acted as cantors, ritual slaughterers, and teachers for the Bene Israel. Many Bene Israel migrated toward Bombay (now Mumbai) during this period. The first of numerous Bene Israel synagogues, all following the Sefardic (Spanish) liturgy, was built in Bombay in 1796. Till this day the Bene Israel follow Sefardic Jewish practice adopted after having been instructed in it by the Cochin Jews.
When, in 1948, the state of Israel was established, many Bene Israel began to emigrate.
In 1964 the chief rabbinate of Israel after learning of the conditions of Bene Istael practises through the centuries declared the Bene Israel “full Jews in every respect” although instructing to investigate whether their marriages were in all cases legitimately performed in India due to their isolation from other Jews throughout the world.
Edited a lot from the article in them in the Encyclopedia Brittanica online.

Votes4 DateFeb 9, 2018

Most Recent Up & ComingActive Planet Spotlights

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Wildlife

Animal Adapt to Cold Weather

Betty Smythe
As the days shorten and the weather gets colder, it’s easy for most of us humans to adapt. Simply break out the long underwear, dust off the winter coat and we’re pretty much ready to go, at least here in the Midwest. Now what about those animals out in the wild? While we’re all familiar with bears hibernating through the winter, birds migrating to warmer settings and other animals living off stored food that they’ve been saving up since the summer, how the heck do those animals who remain active not only brave the elements but function in these conditions, especially in the coldest regions of the world? Understanding the answer to this question requires an appreciation for the adaptability, resiliency and creativity of leatherback turtles, penguins, arctic foxes, golden-crowned kinglets and many other animals.
Around for more than 100 million years, the leatherback turtle has certainly evolved as a deep sea diver capable of surviving in the coldest, deepest waters. For these unique reptiles, it’s good to be big. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, leatherbacks remain warm in cold water in large part to their mass and natural abilities to slow heat loss. Outgoing blood warms cool blood in the leatherback flippers before it reaches the body core, and a sphincter in these turtle’s throats shuts off blood flow to the lungs when diving, allowing these amazing creatures to conserve energy when needed. In the deepest waters, leatherbacks get plenty of sustenance from jellyfish, their favorite meal.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
For other warm-blooded mammals like whales, seals and walruses, it certainly helps to be big, as the larger the mammal, the lesser the surface area to lose heat. With that said, fur seals benefit not only from weighing roughly 600 pounds as adults but having thick under and overcoats that they shed once a year, and blubber under the skin that can range from one to six inches. For Beluga whales, five inches of blubber certainly helps, as do unique adaptations like a dorsal fin that can break through ice for attaining fresh air, a flexible neck that allows for more maneuverability while navigating cold waters during migration, and amazing endurance (these whales can cover 100 miles in one day). Eat your heart out, Michael Phelps.
Outside the water, land-based animals must be as adaptive to the perils of the Arctic tundra in order to ensure survival. What blubber is to keeping penguins, seals, whales and walruses warm, fur is to caribou, musk oxen and arctic wolves, with the last two examples having thick, long hair overcoats and supplemental undercoats of fleece and fur, respectively. In comparison to other wolves, arctic wolves have smaller, rounder ears and shorter muzzles and legs that help them reduce heat loss. For some animals like the arctic fox, snowshoe hare, collared lemming, and ermine (least weasel), their fur actually changes colors from brownish-gray to white during the winter, offering them not only a needed blanket but an advantageous form of camouflage that makes them hard to identify in the snow. Lemmings, which look like fat furry hamsters, and arctic ground squirrels (the only arctic animal to hibernate) also keep themselves warm by staying in tunnels under the snow (as Ben Folds Five once sang, “you can be happy underground”), while hundreds of arctic hare display another crafty way of generating heat by congregating and packing themselves close to each other.
Last but not least is the cool story of the golden-crowned kinglet, a tiny bird that resides in Canada and various parts of the United States, Central America and Mexico. Weighing less than a fifth of an ounce, this bird species is able to survive cold weathers via several intriguing adaptations. Researchers have found that the kinglets subsist on hibernating inchworms that reside in their stomachs, keep warm via their plentiful feathers that insulate their small bodies, provide further insulation by puffing out thier bodies (similar to many other birds), and huddle together at night for even more warmth.
Read more at http://www.momtastic.com/webecoist/2009/10/16/natures-cold-weather-warriors-14-resilient-adaptive-animals/#iIKJZAFBJjZphPJe.99

Votes4 DateDec 25, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Rat Assist Feline Recovery

Betty Smythe
A café in Brooklyn has become an unexpected center of diplomacy for two of nature's most adversarial animals: cats and rats.
In partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, the Brooklyn Cat Café in New York City typically houses about 20 cats that are up for adoption. Visitors can stop by for treats and to interact with the animals, some of which may end up finding new homes.
In one case, though, a kitten housed at the café was diagnosed with feline leukemia and had to be isolated from other cats to prevent the disease from spreading. Feline leukemia is one of the most common infectious diseases seen in cats. An estimated two to three percent of cats in the U.S. have the virus, which is contained in bodily fluids and is spread by close contact, like mating or bite wounds. After being diagnosed with the condition, cats live for only about two and a half years.
The situation prompted the café owners to seek out a different kind of companion animal for the black kitten, named Ebony. That's how they came to adopt a white rat from a nearby rescue center, which they named Ivory. Rats cannot contract the feline leukemia virus, making Ivory an ideal companion for the small kitten.
Ebony died after five months, but the café owners believe her life was "immeasurably enriched" by having a companion. After two years Ivory died (rat lifespans average around two years), and the café decided to continue bringing in companion rats from a nearby animal rescue center, starting with a pair named Remy and Emile.
According to the café's website, rats are unafraid of kittens because they're relatively similar in size. The kittens often chase and pounce on the rats' tails, which the café says is OK as long as the kittens are gentle.
Domestic cats evolved to be solitary hunters, and kittens learn hunting behaviors from their mothers. When separated early from their mothers or the rest of their litter, some kittens can show too much or too little aggression, according the Humane Society. And when they become adults, their potential relationship with rats gets more complicated.
Katie Lisnik is the director of cat protection at the Humane Society International. She notes that regardless of anecdotal stories about interspecies relationships, cats still act on instinct, and rats are their natural prey.
"Even though bonds are formed, rats can move in a certain way that triggers the cat's [hunting] response," she says.
Sarah Gibbens, the reporter, is an associate digital producer at National Geographic

Votes1 DateSep 3, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Horses Saved in "Harvey" Flooding

Richard Margolis
Floodwaters in Houston, Texas, continue to rise as people scramble to higher ground. However, humans are not the only ones in danger of the flooding waters. Over 70 horses were saved in Northeast Harris County. One of the volunteers who helped save the horses was Mongol winner Justin Nelzen who rescued 15 horses from floodwaters in Houston, Texas. Justin didn’t travel by boat to save the horses; he bravely jumped in the water, and swam them to safety.
The owners of the Cypress Trails Equestrian Center did not believe that the water would rise so much in their area to be a threat, but they were wrong.
Darolyn Butler, the owner of Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Humble, said, “They have an evacuation plan and they practice several times a year.” However, even with all their practicing, they waited until it was too late and the barn was already flooding.
She said that she watched the weather news until 2 a.m. and saw the cells were splitting, that the storm was about over. They went to bed and woke up an hour later to discover the stables were filling up with water.
“We woke up around 3 and it was already too high to get the trailers out.”
Over 100 deputies, constables, firefighters, and good Samaritans volunteered to help save the horses. Some used boats while others swam in the water as they tried to reach the frantic horses. Reports vary, but it’s estimated that 70 to 100 horses were involved. However, how many horses were actually saved and may still be missing remains unknown.
Videos showed horses treading as they tried to keep their heads above water. Some horses became tangled in fences as they were “seen trying to get over what appeared to be a flood-inundated fence in the area near Cypress Creek.”
Some horses were exhausted and needed help in holding their heads up when they came near the edge of the road. Rescuers jumped in the cold water to assist the horses as they led them to an area where they could finally stand on the ground.
Veterinarian Dr. Dori Hertel checked over the horses, amazed that after all they went through the horse calmly allowed themselves to be checked over. Dr. Dori Hertel said that so far, she had not seen any serious injuries.
Horses are like people and they tend to panic in certain situations. Sometimes they make bad decisions. However, they tend to follow each other and if the volunteers can get the more “levelheaded” horses going in the right direction, the others tend to follow.
Judge Ed Emmett posted an update on his Facebook page, “For those of you that may have seen the news reports of horses trapped in the water at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center, all but a few of the horses have been rescued or have been seen on higher ground. 3 or 4 are still loose but don’t appear to be in grave danger.”
Judge Ed Emmett also reported on his Facebook page, “We’ve heard that most of the 80 horses at Cypress Trails have been rescued. A few still loose but not grave danger. Will update when we hear.”
In another heartwarming story of a horse being saved from the raging waters is an almost blind horse. Devon Horn bravely rescued a frightened horse named Boomer. It was a struggle for a while as the frightened horse could not see well enough to know where to go or what to do, but somehow, Devon managed to lead Boomer back onto the higher ground. Devon said at one point they tried to get out at one location, but they were swept down the river about 300 feet. Sheriff’s deputies assisted Devon and Boomer to dryer ground.
Videos capturing the dramatic horse rescue flooded Facebook, and many of the comments were unkind to the owners of the stables. Many posts claimed that some of the horses were tied so they could not escape, and those were the ones that drowned. One wrote, “I have lived by this stables for 20 years. They move the horses EVERY TIME there is a flood.” While another wrote, “They didn’t move them because we were only expecting 8 inches of rain which wouldn’t flood the property but we got 16 inches last night that they didn’t expect.”
However, it’s not only the horses who need rescuing. The video below shows the wildlife that’s been displaced out of their homes because of the flood waters.
There is one story that stands out, and this is about a horse that was presumed dead. Mac Stanford posted, “There were many prayers being said aloud, and there was no doubt that God was present today in all of His glory. There are going to be some EXHAUSTED Guardian Angels in Heaven’s beds tonight!
Suddenly, at 2:02 p.m., without warning, this glorious beast burst through the surface of the water beneath the bridge and pulled himself up the concrete embankment with no help from any human. The crowd above was absolutely stunned into silence…then ERUPTED with cheering and applause. The horse was so exhausted that he could barely walk. He wandered towards the crowd, and gave a loud neigh when the woman that owns him and was boarding him there, broke through the crowd and grabbed his bridle. I got the whole thing on video!”
Read Mac Stanford’s entire account of the event here.
[Photo by David J. Phillip/AP Images]

Votes3 DateAug 29, 2017

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