English Village set an example by Quietly Cleaning up Its Own Patch

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. But a small village of England, Ashton Hayes teaches the lesson to the rest of country by becoming “Britain’s first carbon-neutral village.”

Frustrated by the lack of strong environmental action by political leaders, 10 years ago, residents of the village decide to take matters into their own hands. Hundreds of residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions — they use clotheslines instead of dryers, take fewer flights, install solar panels and glaze windows to better insulate their homes.

The project was started by Garry Charnock, a former journalist who trained as a hydrologist and has lived in the village for about 30 years. He got the idea a little more than a decade ago after attending a lecture about climate change at the Hay Festival, an annual literary gathering in Wales.

“We want to show our children, grandchildren and future generations that we have done our best to stop Ashton Hayes contributing to Global Warming.

So Far, the village has reduced its carbon emissions by 40% but beyond the statistics, the measures have captured the world’s attention. More than 200 towns, from those in Norway to places in Taiwan, have visited or been in touch to find lessons worth taking home.

The effort which started in 2006, reaching its 10th anniversary this year, has led to a 24 percent cut in emissions, according to surveys by a professor of environmental sustainability who lives here.

No politician has been allowed to address the group since. The village has kept the effort separate from party politics, which residents thought would only divide them along ideological lines.

As climate science has become more accepted, and the effects of a warming planet are becoming increasingly clear, Ashton Hayes is a case study for the next phase of battling climate change: getting people to change their habits.

A Slum Resident finds $1,400, return the money to owner rather than keeping it

“Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. “This is what a poverty-stricken man named Joao Rodrigues teaches you.

The Slum Resident named Joao Rodrigues one night was looking for recyclables in the trash, where he found an envelope filled with cash and personal details of the owner onto the envelope. Despite his living conditions, he never thought to keep the money rather he find a payphone to reach the owner and return the envelope.

The Envelope belongs to Bruno Temistocles, who withdrew $1,400 in cash for an upcoming trip to Europe. The money was in Envelope with his personal information written on the front. But 7 year old brother-in-law of the Bruno put the envelope in the trash by mistake.

Since he was on a budget for his trip, Bruno couldn’t afford to give a reward – but he managed to do something better.

“I told a few friends about it and I got Joao a job in a construction field in the neighborhood.”

The slum resident said this was a better reward than cash itself.

But Joao’s fortune didn’t stop with the new job. Today, Gabriel o Pensador, a famous Brazilian singer, had a concert in a nearby city and was touched when he saw the story on TV. So he decided to make a quick fundraiser with his friends and local producers and gathered $3,000. With the cash in hands, he visited the slum and gave Joao the money.

“This man’s character is amazing and I wanted to tell him while looking in his eyes that he deserves this cash”, said the singer.

Pusha T and Meek Mill’s New Song “Black Moses”

Pusha T and Meek Mill have just unveiled a new song from the forthcoming ‘The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired by Album compilation’ featuring Priscilla Renea.

The new song called “Black Moses.”, opens with Ranea soulfully singing about the perils of being a runaway slave as the rhythmic sounds of chains echo, mimicking that of a chain gang in the background.

The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired by Album compilation’ film, which is releasing on Friday, October 7th via Atlantic, tells the story of the 1831 Nat Turner-led Slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia. T “Black Moses” allows both Pusha T and Meek Mill to shine as they deliver their fiery verses over a gospel-influenced

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Boards Hot Wheels

Fast and Furious Director Justin Lin has closed a deal to direct Legendary‘s Hot Wheels, a film based on the car toyline from Mattel. The film still needs a writer.

Lin will develop, produce and direct the movie via his Perfect Storm Entertainment. He and his Perfect Storm Entertainment also have an option to co-finance the film.

Hot Wheels is one of the world’s biggest toy brands, with Mattel claiming that it’s the best-selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion tiny cars produced since 1968. According to Mattel, the company creates nine million cars every week and sells 10 every second.

Most recently, Lin directed the new Star Trek Beyond movie. So it’s safe to say that he knows how to make a kickass action movie. Whereas Perfect Storm is developing Space Jam 2 on the film side and at least four television projects it is developing, including a new take on the police drama S.W.A.T.  

Random House announces the release of “A Game of Thrones” on iBooks

On the eve of 20th anniversary of George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book, A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition is available exclusively on iBooks. This enhanced eBook-available exclusively on iBooks for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

With A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition, readers can delve deeper into the history of some of the great houses of Westeros and stay on top of the epic storylines through interactive character maps, detailed annotations, glossary terms, house summaries and more.

In a statement, Martin called digital books “an amazing next step in the world of books.” He said, “Anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, it’s right there at your fingertips.”

Each of the five titles in the series has a new watercolor cover, and includes more illustrations embedded in the text. Interactive character-specific maps start each chapter, detailing the surroundings of that section of the book. In addition, readers will also get an excerpt of The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth book in the series.

Book One of the Enhanced Edition of Game of Thrones is available for purchase today for $8.99 in English.  The Enhanced Edition will allow die-hard Game of Thrones fans to have an interactive experience, one that aims to make the notoriously complex stories a little easier to follow.

Nissan’s autonomous chairs commence a public trial in Japan 2017

Tired of standing in the queues. So Nissan’s self-driving Chair is just perfect for you. For the tired legs of Britain and elsewhere, however, queuing could soon be a thing of the past.

Nissan unveiled the chair on Tuesday which is named after the company’s flagship autonomous driving technology, the ProPilot. It uses the same technology in the Nissan Serena minivan, a semi-autonomous vehicle that zhelps the car stay in the middle of a lane and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front

“The ProPilot chair appeals to anyone who has ever spent hours standing in line. It automatically queues on behalf of the occupant, sparing them the hassle of standing in line.” Said Nissan

The company hasn’t yet announced plans to launch the chairs elsewhere, so for now London restaurant-goers will have to put up with standing in hour-long queues. Self-Driving technology has also been applied to robots for food delivery.

Nissan will commence a public trial of its robochair in Japan in 2017, installing sets of them at select restaurants where queuing is the norm. Restaurants in Japan that would like a fleet of the chairs for their customers to apply to Nissan before December 27.