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Louisiana Flood Victim Enjoys Change in Fortune After Winning $1Mil Lottery

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“Sometimes the blessings are not in what god gives, but in what he takes away. Blessings In disguise.”

A 72-year-old Louisiana Victim, James Lapeze from the city of central recently won a $1 million Powerball Prize. The fortuitous win comes after Lapeze’s house was damaged in August’s floods that left at least 13 dead and damaged about 40,000 homes.

Shocked over his good fortune Lapeze said “I checked my numbers over and over again,” said Lapeze when he realized he possessed a winning ticket. “I even had my wife check them because I really couldn’t believe that I won!”

He plays lottery every year and won from an Oct 1 lottery drawing. He’ll end up with a total of $700,000 in winnings after taxes to pay off his home and retire

 

Romero’s Food Mart, a small corner store that sold the ticket in Central, Louisiana, even got to share in the good fortune by receiving a 1% cut of the prize equal to $10,000.

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27-year-old World traveler assures mom that he’s fine in a very unique way

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The bond between mother and son is a special one. It remains unchanged by the time or distance. So no matter how busy are you in your daily schedule or how old you get, it’s safe to say your mom will always worry about you.

A man named Jonathan Quinonez , who was working as a consultant in Brussels, Belgium. He decided to quit his job and travel the world. For this he dropped everything, sold his car and jetted off on an adventure.

So First he visited Cuba, since internet and phone service is somewhat limited there, he had to find another way to let his worried Mexican mother to tell her he is fine.

“It was almost impossible to connect with my mom, so I came up with the idea to take a photo at every stop because a picture speaks a thousand words,” Quiñonez said.

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He shared “Mom, I’m fine” photo series on his Instagram to let his mom know about his well-being .The post attracted more than 176,000 followers. So he shared this message, while he went on sky-dive in Mexico, Hike Mountains in Bolivia, Surfed in Brazil and scuba diving in Panama.

“She really cares and wants to know where I am,” Quiñonez said. “I’m not really a guy who likes to message a lot, so this was a good solution.”

Recently touched down in Morocco, where he plans to work with the Belgian Development Agency to support agricultural development.  He hopes his photos will inspire others to volunteer their time as well.

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

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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.

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Giant panda put in the Endangered list after decades of efforts

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Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Finally after decades of work by Conservationists they successful in saving the endangered species of Panda.

The official status of the giant panda has been changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” because of the population rebound in china. The change was announced as part of an update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Giant panda which claims as the china’s national animal have brought its number back to brick. As per latest estimates its number reaches to 1864 adults. There are no exact figures for the numbers of cubs, but estimates bring the total number of giant pandas to 2,060.

IUCN’S updated report said,” “Evidence from a series of range-wide national surveys indicate that the previous population decline has been arrested, and the population has started to increase. The improved status confirms that the Chinese government’s efforts to conserve this species are effective,”

But the rebound could be short-lived, the IUCN warned. Climate change is predicted to wipe out more than one-third of the panda’s bamboo habitat in the next 80 years.

But this update also brought bad news. The eastern gorilla, the world’s largest primate, is now endangered. The number of eastern gorillas has declined more than 70% in the past two decades.

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