How Taiwan, Once Nicknamed Garbage Island, Cut Waste By 30%

Five nights a week across Beethoven’s Für Elise Taiwan had one of the world’s worst urban waste problems. Its landfills overflowed and mountains of rubbish clogged street corners, earning it the unflattering moniker “Garbage Island.” Fed up with the accumulation of waste, people across the country demanded action. They burned trash in the streets and rallied at dumping sites. Over the next two decades, the government overhauled the waste management infrastructure of the island from root to branch, investing in waste trucks and recycling plants and switching from landfills to incineration. New regulations compelled companies and consumers to share the physical and financial burden of recycling and garbage collection, establishing personal accountability and incentivizing people to produce less waste in …

Dad Teaches Transgender Son How To Shave In Emotional Gillette Ad

transgender son in an emotional new Gillette ad. “Shaving is about being confident.” Samson Bonkeabantu Brown’s “first shave.” The Toronto-based artist and activist is seen with a razor in his hand and shaving cream on his face as his father stands nearby, gently encouraging him. As Brown explains in the clip, his first shave marked a particularly meaningful milestone in his transition journey.  explained in a Facebook post why it had been important to him to include his dad in the spot. He said he hoped his story would uplift others in the transgender and non-binary community.  Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Alesha’s father unveils tribute on Bute

Image caption Colin and Fiona Gillespie helped organise the tribute The volunteers raised almost £2,000 to have the bench specially made in Alesha’s favourite pink colour with her name and featuring two unicorns. A blessing ceremony was held when the bench was handed over on the seafront on Saturday, featuring a piper, bubble machines and balloons to celebrate the six-year-old’s life. Alesha’s grandparents Calum MacPhail and Angela King watched as the bench was uncovered. Image caption The bench plaque read: “Donated by caring people far and wide” A local minister, the Reverend Owen Jones, led a short service in which he said: “We come to remember Alesha and to support and uphold her family, and all those who have been …

Warning over ‘severe’ dog lead injuries

‘Like a filleting knife’ She had just finished walking one of her dogs when it became distracted by another dog and ran off excitedly on the lead. The lead ended up wrapped tightly around Jillian’s middle fingers on her right hand, causing severe damage, including the “degloving” of her finger – when the skin and some of the soft tissue are ripped off. She said the retractable lead she used acted like a “filleting knife”, causing “terrible pain”. She also suffered severe cuts and dislocated her index finger, after the incident several months ago. Jillian needed surgery to remove the top part of her middle finger and a skin graft. She has been left with a shorter middle finger, as …

Pete Buttigieg Tells 11-Year-Old Girl How To Stand Up To A Bully

Pete Buttigieg reached into his own childhood experience to offer an 11-year-old in Iowa some advice on how to handle a bully. Donald Trump next year.  “ Buttigieg said many bullies were bullied themselves and most have “something a little broken in them.” He suggested a way to “pop the balloon” and take the air out of the bully.  ″[R]emember that you’re bigger than they are, that you have a bigger heart, and to try to find a way to show that. And to remember that there’s a person in there, too, probably a person who’s been hurt in some way which is why they’re turning around and hurting you.” “Sometimes you just want to give it right back,” Buttigieg …

Kris Kobach Is Demanding Some Insane Perks To Be Trumps Immigration Czar: Report

The outlet, citing multiple people familiar with Kobach’s list, said his conditions include 24-hour access to a government jet, walk-in privileges with the president, a staff of seven people, and a security detail, should it be deemed necessary. He also wants to be able to take weekends off to go home to Kansas. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters A frustrated President Donald Trump has replaced his top immigration officials and contemplated naming an “immigration czar” to be the new face of his administration’s efforts to rein in immigration — possibly Kris Kobach (left). The Associated Press reported last month that White House aides hoped an immigration czar could become the new face of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, effectively unifying the …

Holidaymakers hit as pound slides

Buying money Sterling had gained some ground in recent months, but in recent days rates have fallen back to the kind of levels seen during the Christmas holidays. It is a very different picture from March 2008, when the pound was briefly worth more than $2. Live updates: The pound and today’s other business stories Holidaymakers heading off for an early summer break in Europe or the US may be saving money by avoiding the even higher costs of travelling in July and August. However, they are finding that their money will not go as far as it did a few years ago. Anyone leaving it to the last minute and changing money at the airport will always get the …

Grumpy Cat is dead, but will live on through AI

San Francisco (CNN Business)Grumpy Cat the angry-looking celebrity feline who launched countless internet memes died on Tuesday. The beloved cat leaves behind her owner Tabatha Bundesen, a small empire of books and merchandise bearing her unique face, movie and TV appearances, and millions of Google hits. Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, had feline dwarfism; she became Internet famous in September 2012, when her owner’s brother posted images of her on Reddit. People on the platform immediately reacted by posting countless Photoshopped variations of the original. The photo’s Imgur page reached 1,030,000 views in its first 48 hours, and a video of the cat posted on YouTube quickly snagged millions of views. These days, searching Google for “Grumpy …

How America Is Sabotaging The Global War On Plastic Waste

When President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan he declared. “This waste, trash and debris harms not only marine life, but also fishermen and coastal economies along America’s vast stretches.” ocean plastic crisis and has repeatedly tried to stymie international efforts to tackle the problem, while boosting the plastic industry at home. said last year, adding that the U.S. is then “charged with removing it, which is a very unfair situation.” 80% of marine plastic pollution, what Trump failed to mention was that most of it doesn’t actually originate there. No. 1 exporter of plastic scrap.  For decades, it sent bar most of these imports. As a result, China’s Southeast Asian neighbors have been deluged with American plastic waste. Unlike China, however, …

Trump Says Fox News Is Moving To ‘Losing’ Side By Covering Democrats

Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against Pete Buttigieg. The scrutiny from the president is noteworthy given his in public. Unlike some Democrats, Buttigieg has expressed an openness to Fox News appearances and held a town hall discussion with Wallace on the channel Sunday.  appear on the channel, pointing out that elections “are supposed to be about our whole country” and “we can’t just concentrate on those areas where people, for the most part, already agree with us.” In April, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) However, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reportedly opted out as well. plans to bar from hosting or televising its party’s primary debates. Tom Perez declined, Download

‘SNL’s’ White House Crew Belts Out ‘Don’t Stop Us Now’ In Scary Finale

Saturday Night Live’s” hit parade of White House character clones led by Donald Trump gleefully pounded out a parody of Queen’s “ “Fire keeps you warm or burns your house down,” Baldwin said ominously as the president. He boasted he’s on “cruise control to a second term and there’s nothing the Democrats in Congress can do about it.” So, “sit back and enjoy the ride, America.” Aidy Bryant’s Even Chris Redd’s But Robert Mueller never got a chance to say “something very important American needs to hear,” because Badwin jumped in to blab: “No collusion, no obstruction.” Beck Bennett’s Clarence Thomas, meanwhile, popped up to warn: “Women are screwed.” Check out the video up top. Download

Tati Westbrook drops new video in James Charles drama

(CNN)Tati Westbrook has been trying to take some time away from the James Charles drama, but she shared a video because she “wants the hate to stop.” The saga started in April when Charles posted an ad for Sugar Bear Hair supplements to his Instagram Story during Coachella. That proved to be problematic since Sugar Bear Hair is a huge competitor of Halo Beauty, the brand belonging to Westbrook. Westbrook has been a mentor and close friend to Charles, and she accused the teen of being unsupportive. Nikita Dragun tried to defend James Charles in his feud with Tati Westbrook. It didn’t help He tried to make amends by apologizing to Westbrook in a statement posted to his Instagram Story. …

White House Counsel Tells Congress To ‘Discontinue’ Probes Into Trump

The Trump White House told the House Judiciary Committee to “discontinue” its investigations into the president’s alleged abuses of power, labeling them “an unauthorized ‘do-over’” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized ‘do-over’ of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to the committee on Wednesday. The letter went on to state that President Donald Trump and his White House will not comply with requests from the committee for its investigations. It further directed the massive resistance to congressional investigations. Trump publicly announced an unprecedented blanket stonewalling of Congress …

Hopscotch chalk ban overturned after outcry

‘Mean-spirited’ Parents were angry that their children were being discouraged from playing outside and that such a harsh stance was being taken over a seemingly harmless game. Donald Macdonald, chairman of the local Woodhill Residents Group, told the BBC Scotland news website: “It seemed to be a bit mean-spirited. “We want children to be outdoors not stuck in front of a screen. This would have just been another reason not to be outdoors.” Speirs Gumley is a sponsor of Glasgow-based charity Peek (Play for Each and Every Kid) whose mission it is to improve the lives of children and young people by unlocking their potential through play and by being creative. On Monday, following a meeting at the Glasgow HQ …