World Lupus Observation Day: Fashions for Lupus

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World Lupus Observation Day is today and  in honor of those suffering from Lupus, LiveCivil has created a collage of  stylish and springy  PURPLE  fashions. Purple represents Lupus Awareness.

May is Lupus Awareness Month — a time for everyone to come together to raise awareness of lupus, an unpredictable and sometimes fatal disease, and show support for the estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide affected by the disease. As part of Lupus Awareness Month activities, World Lupus Day is observed on May 10 — a day when the global lupus community rallies to bring greater attention to this terrible disease.LUPUS FOUNDATION

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The items featured in LiveCivil’s Lupus Fashion Collage is as follows:

Leaf Print Blouse

Vila Tank Body- Conscious Dress

 

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[Video]Spanish Company Develops New Ads With Hidden Messages About Child Abuse

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The Spanish organization, Aid to Children and Adolescents At Risk, or ANAR, have created a new way to reach victims of child abuse while going unnoticed by adults that could potentially be their aggressors.

The technology in the ad isn’t new, but is innovative in this particular type of use. The lenticular top layer focuses multiple images at different angles to make different things visible depending on the perspective of the viewer, similar to the way sunglasses are polarized, or those bookmarks with the moving images we used to get as kids. So here, if you’re abouve 4′ 5″ you see one image, and children who are shorter see a different image. Check the video out below to see just how it works!

Angelina Jolie Opens Afghan Girls’ School Funded by Her Jewelry Line

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Ever the philanthropist, Angelina Jolie has opened an all-girls primary school in Afghanistan that’s entirely funded by her new jewelry collection, Style of Jolie.

The actress told E! News that the school, located just outside of Kabul, will be the first of many girls’ schools that will be built around the world and funded through proceeds from her eponymous line.

“Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need,” Jolie said.

The UNHCR Goodwill ambassador picked the area due to its high refugee population, and because the region has generally favored male education over female education. Between 200-300 girls have been attending the school, and the school has already left a huge impact on the community.

The expanded collection will go on sale this week and 100 percent of the profits will go to towards Jolie’s new foundation, The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.

Jolie’s longtime collaborator and jewelry designer Robert Procop told E!, “We launched this collaborative collection with the intent that 100 percent of the profits will go to charity. The intention was to create something beautiful but more importantly to provide children an opportunity to have an education.”

 

Taken from: NYPOST

Yoko Ono Uses Graphic Pictures To Send a Strong Messag

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In what some would call a bold move for twitter, activist and widow of the international superstar John Lennon, Yoko Ono took to her personal account to take a very solid stance against gun violence in the US.

In a series of tweets that were emblazoned against the backdrop of a photo of her husbands bloodied glasses (pictured below) Yoko tweeted facts and a very heartfelt message to her followers.

Lennon Glass

Following that she wrote, “31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year. We are turning this beautiful country into a war zone.” And, more personally, “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him.”

The pictures alone send a very stern message, having something that graphic to be able to attach a feeling to undoubtedly caught a few people off guard, making us consider the current state of affairs. These tweets also come with a greater weight, sharing the date of what would have been Yoko and John’s 44th wedding anniversary. A wedding they embarked upon dedicating to peace.

While the climate in America, and the world for that matter, was very different from how things are currently, it goes without saying, especially given recent events, the importance of getting a handle on where YOU stand on these particular issues. Yoko and John dedicated their daily lives to fighting for peace. The same is not required of you but don’t wait until tragedy strikes home to take a stand.

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Pakistani Girl Shot in Head by Taliban Resumes School

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Malala Yousafzai

 

Just five months after she was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, apparently for defying a ban on girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai returned to school, this time in the safer confines of central England.

On her first day in Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, the teen, who has attracted international attention for her quiet defiance, issued a statement celebrating her accomplishment and expressing concern for others.

“I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school,” she said. “I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity. I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham.”

The 15-year-old was placed into ninth grade, and school spokeswoman Annelle Rowlands said her first full day in class included lessons on home economics and a double math session.

Malala, wearing a dark head scarf and clutching her school case, told reporters as she walked to school with her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, “I want to learn about politics and about social rights, about law, about how to bring change in this world and to work for the happiness and education of all girls.”

She said she was proud of her uniform. “It proves that I am a student.… I’m going to school. I’m learning,” Malala said.

The school’s headmistress, Ruth Weekes, told the BBC, “She wants to be a normal teenage girl and to have the support of other girls around.”

“Talking to her, I know that’s something she missed during her time in hospital.”

In October, she was flown for emergency treatment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after she was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen targeting her in revenge for a blog she began at the age of 11. Relayed worldwide by the BBC, it mused on life as a schoolgirl banned from education under Taliban rule.

Surgeons removed a bullet from her head and inserted a titanium plate and a cochlear implant to restore her damaged hearing. Malala left the hospital last month.

Her family now lives in Birmingham, where her father has been appointed education attache at the Pakistani Consulate.

Is The City of New York Taking it Too Far With This Pregnancy Ad?!

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Earlier this week the New York Human Resources Human Resource Administration released a very controversial ad campaign titled “The Real Cost of Teenage Pregnancy“. In an effort to make real the sincere challenges of being a teen parent, many feel as though the ad takes it far over the point of being acceptable, and crossing into “scare tactics” territory.

The ad features images of sad and crying children, with captions such as “Honestly mom…chances are he WON’T stay with you, what happens to ME?” no doubt evoking very specific emotions, not only from those SEEING the ads but also those that are teen parents. Outraged, Planned Parenthood has issued an official statement speaking out against the ads stating they perpetuate gender stereotypes and present fear-based messages that have proven ineffective in preventing teen pregnancies. More importantly they lack information about how to access appropriate healthcare or affordable and effective birth control resources.

Planned Parenthood set a fine example with their press release (which you can read in its entirety here) by not only outlining the folly of the NY Human Resource Administrations campaign but by stating the contributions they’ve made to the city’s declining teen pregnancy rate and other measure that are being set in place to keep it on the decline.

“Teenage parenthood is simply not the disastrous and life-compromising event these ads portray. It’s time we focus on the root causes rather than point fingers at teen parents and their children.” – Haydee Morales, Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of NYC.

Teen Pregnancy is definitely one of our nations more influencable issues, we just have to address it with an appropriate type of energy and “scaring” teenagers into protected sex is no more effective than scaring them into abstinence. What do you think would be some more effective ways to reach teenagers who could potentially end up in these types of situations? Sound off in the comments!

 

College Kids: How to Rent out Your Textbooks to Make Some Extra Cash

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There’s something sinister about paying three figures for a hunk of dead trees, only to see its value plummet 70% in a matter of weeks. College students selling textbooks know the feeling well. Turning in tomes to the campus bookstore is an exercise in giving up assets for pennies on the dollar. “There’s a general disgust,” says Alan Martin, CEO of CampusBookRentals, a company that rents out textbooks to college students. “It’s not just that they cost so much, but they get so little back in return.”

Of course, there are options. Amazon, eBay and other online channels offer decent prospects for scraping back face value, but there’s risk if the books don’t sell. And since online consumers expect to buy used titles at a steep discount, students still leave cash on the table.

 

One proven way to squeeze value–and even a nice profit–out of textbooks: rent them. Companies like CampusBookRentals and Chegg have built multimillion-dollar businesses on the model. Rent out a $120 book for $40 four times, say, then sell it for $30. Multiply that scenario tens of thousands of times and the math adds up nicely.

CampusBookRentals now wants to insert the student into that equation. With a program called Rentback, the Utah-based company encourages students to send in their used textbooks, which CBR then rents out per the usual process. Students, who continue to legally own the books throughout, collect the proceeds of each rental minus a $19 transaction fee that covers shipping, marketing, logistics and a small profit for the company.

For a textbook like Physics, for example, published by Wiley & Sons, CBR expects to rent the book for $54 initially, and for smaller amounts three additional times. Even if the price declines by $5 for each subsequent rental, students sending in the title still stand to make $110 over the course of two years. At any point in between rentals they can take the book back and sell it on their own if they think the economics don’t make sense. A new edition of the same title sells for $172 on Amazon.

The tradeoff is simple: CBR gets a cheap inventory of textbooks while promoting goodwill among its customers. Martin admits that the program isn’t designed to serve as an additive revenue stream, but to deepen customer loyalty and strengthen the company’s brand cachet. To avoid getting stuck with bad inventory, the company only accepts books that have proven demand. Don’t send in this title for example.

Though best known as a consumer brand, CBR is increasingly focused on introducing its technology into university bookstores. The company powers the textbook rental services of 250 campus bookstores through white-label partnerships, running touchscreen kiosks, iPhone apps and inventory management software. “Those stores are going to be the primary partners and drivers of Rentback,” Martin explains. Each one advertises the money-making opportunity to its student body. Martin says that 1.2 million students attend colleges with a CBR-partnered bookstore.

A reflection of its shifting focus, CBR is differentiating its consumer business from bookstore efforts, rebranding the latter as Sidewalk. One reason for the increased attention on bookstores: the digital threat. Printed textbooks still dominate today’s landscape, but what about ten years from now? “We need to occupy the industry endpoints,” Martin stresses. “That’s going to give us the opportunity to be the primary digital distributors as well.”

Though still dwarfed by Chegg’s reported $200 million in 2011 sales, CBR has grown at a rapid clip since Martin founded the company with $250,000 in credit card debt in 2007. The company posted sales of $28 million last year, triple its 2010 take of $9 million. Martin expects to rent out one million books in 2013 and top 2012 revenues by 20% while refining the company’s bookstore technology. Unlike Chegg, CBR has been profitable since 2009.

Martin points out that CBR also partners with “frenemies” like Amazon and eBay to fulfill order for their book rental programs. “Publishers,” on the other hand, “are always going to wish we were nonexistent.”

 

Taken from Forbes.com