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Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Two Pilots Spent Their Savings on a Plane to Rescue Migrants at Sea...

Two pilots have spent their combined life savings for the sole purpose of saving refugees from the perils of sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.

 

José Benavente and Benoit Micolon are the French altruists behind the volunteer rescue group Pilotes Volontaires. The two men launched the effort after they pooled their hard-earned money to purchase a $150,000 plane to be used for rescuing migrants at sea.

 

“José and I bought the plane with our own personal money because otherwise we would have wasted too much time searching for financing,” Micolon told NBC News.

Benavente is no stranger to humanitarian efforts – for 25 years, he’s worked for the Red Cross and witnessed the challenges faced by Syrian migrants. Micolon, who first met Benavente in 2006 when they were earning their pilots’ licenses, became interested in the cause after his friend described firsthand the refugee crisis.

Every year, thousands of refugees pile into boats as a means of reaching safety in Europe. Unfortunately, many of those vessels don’t make it to dry land.

“It is very difficult to locate these small boats, sometimes carrying hundreds of people, and often the vessels ready to help them arrive too late,” says the pilots’ website. “We refuse to accept this fact as a fatality and we want to act to save more lives. Our mission is to provide air support, thanks to our aircraft adapted to search at sea.”

After buying the plane in January, Benavente and Micolon launched their maiden flight over the Mediterranean to search for boats earlier this month. By partnering with several regional nonprofits and charities to coordinate rescue efforts, the dynamic duo is now able to spot lifeboats from the air and direct rescue ships towards their location.

The industrious little plane is named “Hummingbird” after a Native American story about a hummingbird that attempts to stop a forest fire by scooping up drops of water with its beak and dropping it on the flames. When the other animals ask what the hummingbird is doing, it says: “I’m doing what I can.”

 

If you would like to donate to the Pilotes Volontaires, you can visit their website

 

Source: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/two-pilots-spent-their-savings-on-a-plane-to-rescue-migrants-at-sea/

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Tue, 10 Jul 2018
HERO’S WELCOME FOR BET AWARD-WINNER SJAVA!

Fans showed up at OR Tambo International Airport to welcome Sjava home.

The BET award-winning South African musician Jabulani “Sjava” Hadebe received a hero’s welcome when he touched down at the OR Tambo International Aiport from the United States on Wednesday.

Friends, fans and family members came out in numbers to welcome Sjava following his win at the BET awards, Sjava walked away with the BET Viewers Choice ‘Best International Act’ award in Los Angeles over the weekend.

@Sjava_ATM’s supporters are ready to welcome him back home #WelcomeHomeSjava #SjavaBET

On his arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport, Sjava addressed the media with Ambitiouz Enternatinment and BET Africa management where he thanked his fans, record label and family for support.

@Sjava_ATM thanks @Ambitiouz_Ent & @BET for the opportunity, and gives special mention to @FathimaBeckmann & @MondeTwala of @ViacomAfrica & his partner amongst others for their support. #SjavaWins #SjavaBET #BETAwards2018

He could not interact with a lot of international stars at the BET awards but claimed they listen to his music. “I didn’t get time to interact with a lot of artists, but many are listening to the music; especially after ‘Seasons’” – @Sjava_ATM

The musician was nominated alongside Nigeria’s Niniola and Kwesi Arthur from Ghana.

 

Source: https://www.enca.com/life/heros-welcome-for-bet-award-winner-sjava

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Mon, 09 Jul 2018
SHELL HELPS SA’s TEACHERS AND STUDENTS EXCEL IN MATHS AND SCIENCE...

In South Africa, there is still a shortage of qualified graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which has led to a huge need in these industries for talented people with relevant knowledge and skills.

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world,” said former US president Barack Obama at a White House Science Fair in March 2015.

Aiming to inspire young people to pursue careers in these fields, multinational oil and gas company Shell offers STEM-related programmes and works with learning institutions in South Africa such as the Maths Centre and the READ Educational Trust. It has also created education platforms where teachers are trained to teach maths and science to primary and high school pupils.

The goal is to ensure 50% of current STEM pupils in South Africa graduate with qualifications in these subjects by 2020.

Shell supports STEM-related programmes from primary school to tertiary education. These programmes focus on building teacher and pupil capacity to increase skills in these areas and create a talent pipeline for the company, which also provides bursaries for further studies at institutions of higher learning.

Rally to numeracy

Shell’s flagship education programme, which was introduced in 2011 and has now been rolled out in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape, the Northern Cape and the Free State, has helped increase teachers’ understanding and teaching of the maths syllabus and improved numeracy levels in beneficiary schools.

Scholarships for maths and science learners

Shell has adopted five schools in Ekurhuleni where pupils and teachers are supported broadly with maths and science, and high-performing pupils are provided with bursaries to pursue STEM-related studies.

Bursary programme

The company provides annual bursaries for tertiary education based on students’ financial need and academic performance.

Shell contributes skills and resources to create lasting benefits within the communities where it operates.

The company believes young people need to be taught to think deeply and learn how to tackle real-world problems within STEM disciplines. This will allow them to become the innovators, researchers and leaders who can solve the challenges facing South Africa now and in the future.

 

Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-06-18-shell-helps-sas-teachers-and-pupils-get-to-grips-with-maths-and-science/

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Mon, 09 Jul 2018
MAN IS HAILED AS HERO IN CHINA AFTER RARE ORGAN DONATION CHANGES FIVE LIVES...

Phillip Hancock was only 27 years-old when he passed away two months ago – but the compassionate young man’s death made history in Chongqing, China.

Hancock had been working as an English teacher there for four years until he fell ill from complications with type 1 diabetes.

When he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, his heart had temporarily stopped beating. By the time his family arrived, he had fallen into a coma and died.

While this may seem like a fairly common tragedy, there was something remarkable about the Australian man’s passing because he was an organ donor.

 

Source: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/man-is-hailed-as-hero-in-china-after-rare-organ-donation-changes-five-lives/

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