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7 hours ago | Goalcast
At 19, He Weighed 340 Pounds And Hated Himself – Today, He’s A Firefighter And Model
Prepare for your mind to be blown when you see how one weight-loss warrior is winning over 10 years later. We can debate it all day but the fact remains that for many when it comes to self-esteem, appearances matter. It’s our cover letter to the world, and we want to like what we see in the mirror. Battling weight gain and insecurities from a young age, Sam Rouen of Sydney Australia was constantly unhappy with his.His tipping point came when, at 19-years-old, he tipped the scales at 340 pounds. It motivated him to enlist to compete in The Biggest Loser, a show where overweight contestants compete to lose the highest percentage of body weight for a cash prize.While the show’s methods aren’t without their controversies, for Rouen it was the challenge he needed to turn his life around — and he was up to the task.
7 hours ago | Goalcast
Antonio Banderas Didn’t Give Up On Love Despite Being In A Disastrous First Marriage
Antonio Banderas is universally endeared as a charming, romantic Latin Lover, but in reality, he has been unlucky in love more often than not. In his forty years as an actor, he’s been married and divorced twice, with both of his marriages ending on drastically different outcomes. Everyone’s well-acquainted with his love for Melanie Griffith — their marital union lasted for nearly twenty years and produced a daughter, actress Stella del Carmen Banderas — but not many are aware of Antonio’s personal life prior to his move to the United States, namely, his ill-advised wedding with Ana Leza. The way their marriage panned out isn’t just a cautionary tale for anyone acting on their impulses and pinning their hopes on a whirlwind romance; it’s a lesson in not giving up on your heart, come hell or high water. Against all odds, Antonio’s failures don’t dissuade him from searching for The One; he continues to persevere in his quest to find love, even if it culminates in a great deal of pain, distrust, and heartbreak.
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7 hours ago | Goalcast
Mom Finally Reunites With Missing Daughter After 14 Long Years Apart
In 2007, a 6-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by her father. Fourteen years later, she finally came home.Angelica Vences-Salgado hadn’t seen her daughter since December 22, 2007 when the girl’s father allegedly abducted her, according to BBC News.At the time, police issued a felony warrant for the father, Pablo Hernandez, but couldn’t come up with much except that the pair may have traveled to Mexico.Police eventually dropped their search for the girl, Jacqueline Hernandez, and the case went cold.A long awaired reunionFast forward to September 2 of this year and police cracked open the case again. According to a press release from the Clermont Police Department that was shared on Facebook, Vences-Salgado told police she was contacted on social media by a girl claiming to be her daughter.
12 hours ago | Positive News
Meet the friends who are finding joy in the age gap
Claire and Chrissie (main picture, above) met through South London Cares, a charity that tackles loneliness and isolation by bringing older and younger neighbours together. They speak on the phone and go for walks in the local park. Within only a few months of knowing each other, they say they felt like old friends, regularly ‘crying with laughter’ over the same jokes. What have you learned from Chrissie? She uses a mobility scooter to get around a lot and it’s made me much more aware of my able-bodied privilege. What’s the secret to your friendship?She just has no respect for authority and refuses to conform to any stereotype – I love that.What’s her funniest habit?She has the filthiest mouth on her. But she’s also a member of the Salvation Army. I just find she’s this beautiful contradiction.
13 hours ago | TED
Amir Nizar Zuabi: A theatrical journey celebrating the refugee experience | TED
In a staggering display of creativity and community, theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi introduces "The Walk": a theatrical journey following a nine-year-old refugee girl named Amal (represented by a giant, lifelike puppet) as she makes her way from Turkey to England. Zuabi shares the bold vision behind this cultural odyssey aimed at spreading hope and celebrating the refugee experience -- and joins us live from Turkey as Amal passes through a village. Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
22 hours ago | Goalcast
How to Be Happy: 10 Simple but Profound Daily Habits to Increase Happiness
No one would turn down the offer for more happiness, am I right? Happiness is one thing we cannot get enough of. We want happiness in all magnitudes and in all areas of our lives, including physical well being, emotional connections, financial abundance, steamy romance, loving and supportive family and friends — all leading to the overarching ideal of what we picture as Happiness with a capital H. However, the question of how exactly to gain a happy life for yourself doesn’t have a clear cut answer. Although it has led to the production of innumerable books, poems, documentations, scientific research and psychological studies throughout human history. In the end, the key to personal happiness remains somewhat of a mystery, leaving us wondering if there is a magical formula to a semi-permanent and lasting positive mood for us mere mortals here on earth.
Sep 21, 2021 | Goalcast
Man Defends Couple Who Got Viciously Body-Shamed By Rude Plane Passenger
One rude plane passenger found out the hard way that cruel fat-shaming wouldn’t get off the ground during her flight. It’s no secret that traveling can be less than pleasant. Between delays, layovers, flavorless food and cramped quarters, it’s often a test of will. Though we mostly manage to keep things civil, at times it gets unacceptably ugly. One United Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Newark was an example of it. The events were captured by passenger Norma Rogers, a nurse who once appeared on the ‘Dr Oz’ show. It showed a blond woman sitting in the middle seat who’s visibly uncomfortable and isn’t shy to express it as she talks on her cellphone. Her ire is directed at the passengers sitting next to her.
Sep 21, 2021 | Goalcast
Aaliyah’s Tragic Love Story With Damon Dash Will Teach You To Take Chances
Aaliyah’s been gone twenty years, but the footprint she’s left behind is unmistakable. The Princess of R&B, along with eight others, tragically passed away in an airplane crash over the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. It’s the kind of death that’s capable of decimating and devastating an entire culture, where no one recovers from the sudden loss of potential; where no one can process how a universally beloved figure, with countless media appearances to her name, can just cease to exist in a matter of few minutes. There’s something eerily personal about a celebrity’s passing. They might be dead, but their artistry still shines through, their work is still available to be cherished and adapted and celebrated an infinite number of times over. Similarly, Aaliyah’s death continues to draw out heartfelt tributes and nostalgic reactions, revealing bit by bit the woman who lived beneath the glamor and the chaos.
Sep 21, 2021 | Positive News
Beavers are back: here’s what this might mean for the UK’s wild spaces
The Eurasian beaver, once a common sight across Europe, had disappeared almost entirely by the end of the 16th century thanks to hunting and river modification for agriculture and engineering.But beavers are making a comeback across the UK and several other countries. They have already been released into the wild in Scotland and within enclosed river sections in England. Now expanding the wild release of beavers across England is on the cards.Ecosystem recovery, increased biodiversity, flood protection and improved water quality are some of the upsides of having beavers around. But reintroducing wild animals to the landscape is always going to involve trial and error, and it’s vital to understand the possible consequences – both good and bad.
Sep 21, 2021 | Positive News
The photographs helping female Afghan journalists tell their stories
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, hard-won freedoms have come under threat, no more so than women’s rights, freedom of speech, and press freedom.The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) got in touch with female journalists in Afghanistan to find out how they could help their colleagues continue their work against the odds. One of the most urgent needs they identified was money.In response, the NWMI organised a print sale in collaboration with the Associated Press (AP), which has donated a selection of images to the cause. The collection brings together photographs by some of AP’s bravest and most talented visual journalists, who offer glimpses into daily life in Afghanistan over the last two decades.
Sep 20, 2021 | Goalcast
Difficult Conversations: Tips on How to Handle Tough Talks
No matter how much we wish we were able to avoid them, having difficult conversations is a part of our universal experience. Even the strongest, most in-sync relationships will require a tough talk at some point down the line.However, sometimes the toughest conversations, whether in our professional or personal relationships, are indications that you value the other person’s feelings enough to solve various minor or major clashes we see in everyday life. Having strong, meaningful relationships sometimes requires have these difficult but crucial conversations, because working through things in such a manner can enrich our lives, and make our time on this earth even more meaningful. But in order to keep these relationships strong, we need to understand not only the other person’s feelings, but also our own emotions if we are to come to a mutual understanding. When it comes to achieving positive interaction dynamics when dealing with tough subjects, there are actually quite a few practical skills that can be learned.
Sep 20, 2021 | Goalcast
How Cameron Diaz And Drew Barrymore Are Breaking Stereotypes On Aging In Hollywood
Aging literally means living. The process of growing older quite directly means that you have survived life up until a given point in time. And yet, the process of demonstrating survival through ageing is somehow marked as an undesirable trait. Particularly for women.On September 15th, 2021, Drew Barrymore posted a photo of herself and bestie Cameron Diaz to Instagram. Drew is regularly in the spotlight these days with her self-titled show The Drew Barrymore Show, however Cameron is notoriously more removed from the public eye.When I look at the photograph, I see a crisp and clear closeup of the two best friends with a caption that reads, “Bestie hour with my bestie poo poo!! @camerondiaz @thedrewbarrymoreshow.” In the photo, Cameron’s signature piercing blue eyes pop as she sports a fun bright red lip and Drew is clad in a gorgeous ensemble with a flower at the neck and her inviting smiling face is resting on Cameron’s shoulder.
Sep 20, 2021 | Goalcast
Active Shooter Opens Fire Into Crowd, Man Acts On Instinct And Shields Girlfriend To Save Her Life
It was a hellish 32 seconds that the residents in Dayton Ohio will never forget. 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire into the crowded Oregon District with an AR-15-style assault rifle, killing 9 and wounding 27 more. In the mix was Camryn Crowder and his girlfriend Brittany Dungey. They became new parents just three weeks prior, and it was their first night out since the birth of their baby. They were walking down the street when shots rang out. Recalling the carnage, Crowder told CBS news that he feared the worst. “I saw people getting hit. I literally saw them fall…” Crowder said. “I was certain that I was going to be next in line, really, at some point,” he said. He sacrificed himself for her
Sep 20, 2021 | Goalcast
‘Have Him Die Somewhere Else!’ – Lawn Worker Saves Man Having Seizure As Residents Refuse To Help
This is a story of a true hero — and some truly awful neighbors.According to the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office, residents of the county often see a man named Tony rolling his lawnmower down the street. But in a Facebook post that has since gone viral, police explained how Tony saw something on his way to work one day that made him stop in his tracks.Tony looked into a car and saw a man having a serious seizure.One helpful neighbor, and another not so muchSo Tony jumped into action, running up to the rolling car and grabbing its fender to stop it from moving down the street anymore. While he was doing this, the tire rolled on his foot and it would have been crushed if not for the steel toe boots he was wearing.
Sep 20, 2021 | TED
Steven Sharp Nelson: How to find peace with loss through music | TED
Music can act as a guide, says cellist Steven Sharp Nelson. It has the power to unlock the mind, tap into the heart and bring light in the darkest times. Take a deep breath as Nelson takes you on a melodic, meditative journey that could reconnect you with your closest loved ones -- no matter how near or far they may be. Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Sep 17, 2021 | Goalcast
Psychological Trauma: Symptoms, Signs, and Life Impact
Our experiences mold us into the people that we are, and when we go through something traumatic, we can be impacted for the rest of our lives. And this impact is not limited to experiencing physical symptoms, but psychological symptoms as well. You may have found yourself asking why you feel triggered at specific situations or traumatic memories, and searching for answers in your past. It is easy to brush this off and to say, “I’m sure I’ll be fine”, but it is important to understand the root causes in order to help you move on. Posttraumatic stress disorder is no joke , and traumatic experiences must be taken seriously in order to escape their negative effects over the long-term.Psychological trauma is the impact of a previous event in your life that has resulted in a feeling of being overwhelmed, in danger or isolated. It can have a long-lasting impact on us and may reappear later in life in different forms.
Sep 17, 2021 | Goalcast
Are You in a Trauma Bonding Relationship?
Relationships are largely regarded as positive aspects of people’s lives. As humans, we’re social creatures who crave love, friendship and general bonding with other people. Many of us seek out ideas and guidance for finding a great partner, making our relationships stronger and working through tough times with those we love so we can really make the most of these bonds. But for some people, relationships aren’t fun, happy or fulfilling. Those stuck in toxic, abusive relationships endure cycles of extreme highs and lows that make them feel loved, and then completely worthless. Known as trauma bonds, these relationships are unhealthy and difficult to break, for a number of psychological reasons. If you feel like you’re trapped in an abusive relationship, or you think you might know someone who is, keep reading to understand how you (or your loved one) can break free of a trauma bonding safely.
Sep 17, 2021 | Goalcast
The Touching Reason Why Mila Kunis Refuses To Spoil Her Children Will Change The Way You See Her
Mila Kunis is the envy of the entire planet. There isn’t a single box the 38-year-old actress doesn’t check — she’s gorgeous, funny, charismatic, beloved by her audiences, flush with cash, and has one of the most wholesome, well-adjusted marriages in the industry. Naturally, as she’s a person of privilege and immense wealth, everybody automatically assumes she doesn’t have to worry about a single thing and can coast through her day-to-day without any fear of consequence. Of course, this is accurate to a large extent, but it doesn’t mean her celebrity doesn’t come with its own share of troubles and room for error. For example, how do you intend to raise your children amid ceaseless scrutiny? How can you ensure they’re able to lead an ‘ordinary’ but meaningful life? How do you guarantee they can become self-sufficient in their own right? How do you share your success with them without indulging them with all the riches?
Sep 17, 2021 | Goalcast
Single Mom Fat-Shamed By Gym Receptionist Has Best Response
Anyone who’s been in a rut knows how difficult it is to get momentum. So when our efforts are met with ignorance and fat-shaming, it can be disheartening. 26-year-old Shelby Rodriguez of Alberta, Canada can vouch for that. The single mother of one was on her third trip to the gym since starting her health journey, which she captured on TikTok. It was a trip to forget. In a video taken in her car, a sobbing Rodriguez recounted what happened. She said that arriving at the front desk, she was immediately stopped by the receptionist. She was told that they “have a policy that you’re not allowed to wear sports bras to the gym. Then, when Rodriguez asked for clarity, the receptionist replied “Well we can’t just have our bellies hanging out.”
Sep 17, 2021 | TED
Kevin J. Krizek: How COVID-19 reshaped US cities | TED
Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The pandemic spurred an unprecedented reclamation of urban space, ushering in a seemingly bygone era of pedestrian pastimes, as cars were sidelined in favor of citizens. Highlighting examples from across the United States, environmental designer Kevin J. Krizek reflects on how temporary shifts -- like transforming streets into places for dining, recreation and community -- can become permanent fixtures that make for more livable and sustainable cities. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Sep 17, 2021 | Positive News
‘Being different is good’: the teenage model making fashion more inclusive
Finding a baby abandoned on the ground outside, staff at the orphanage in China called her Xue Li. ‘Xue’ means snow, and ‘Li’ means beautiful.Adopted at the age of three by a family in the Netherlands, her mother kept the name, thinking it a poignant reference to her daughter’s pale skin and Chinese roots.Now, 16-year-old Xueli Abbing’s name is becoming known around the world, as a model who has appeared in the likes of Vogue – but also as an inspiring representative of the albino community.Abbing may never know for sure why she was left at the orphanage, but many in China view albinism – a rare genetic condition causing a lack of pigment in eyes, skin and hair – as a curse.
Sep 17, 2021 | Positive News
Tackling the climate crisis: the football clubs making net zero competitive
This weekend, Tottenham Hotspur versus Chelsea has been billed as the world’s first major net-zero carbon football match and broadcasters Sky have hyped the London derby with the usual big game pizzazz.There are bombastic graphics and behind-the-scenes interviews – except with more talk of biofuel buses and bicycle lockups. So can the game kick off a conversation about sustainability in the sport?“I think it’s fab that it’s happening,” says Forest Green Rovers chairman, Dale Vince. Since taking over the Gloucestershire-based team in 2010, Vince has become something of a pioneer in the sport – the Pep Guardiola of sustainable football.As well as being entire vegan – including all food sold at the stadium – Rovers is run exclusively on green energy and carbon-neutral gas. Even the pitch is organic. Fifa heralded the League Two side as the greenest in the world. The UN certified them as carbon-neutral. When it comes to sustainability, Rovers are way out in front.
Sep 16, 2021 | Goalcast
Influencer CEO Defies All Expectations By Sharing Profits With Employees Instead Of Paying Herself
We always hear pushback about raising the minimum wage, but the story of this store owner in Los Angeles proves how unfair the current system really is.Madeline Pendleton is a popular Gen Z influencer who owns a clothing line that focuses on size inclusivity, sustainability, and economic equality, explains God Daily Dot. She also owns a vintage shop in Los Angeles called Tunnel Vision and hosts a podcast, Pick Me Up, I’m Scared, which often talks about labor exploitation.In a recent TikTok post, Pendleton proved that she practices what she preaches.She makes as much as her employeesIn the post, Pendleton explained that she has a total payroll of close to $600,000 per year filled by 7 full-time employees and 4 part-time employees. She also revealed her own wage, $70,200 per year, the exact same as the other full-time employees.
Sep 16, 2021 | Goalcast
How Diane Kruger Learned To Make the Right Relationship Decisions — Not the Easy Ones
Diane Kruger did not have an easy 2016. First, she and longtime boyfriend Joshua Jacksonbroke up that July after a decade together. Then, in November, she found herself mourning the death of her stepfather. What’s more, she was dealt another blow when she lost her grandmother — and it all happened in the span of eight months. As she told Vulture in December 2017, “I felt like I was drowning.” Opening up about her breakup, the “Inglourious Basterds” star told the outlet it left her feeling sad, rather than angry. Noting that it “was a long time coming,” she shared, “You don’t break up overnight after ten years, you know what I mean?” And while the actress didn’t get into too many details, she did admit that it was her choice and that she knew it was the right one. If not the easy one.
Sep 16, 2021 | Goalcast
Toddler Walks Into Traffic, Food Delivery Worker Saves His Life And Delivers Lesson To All Parents
One brave food-delivering father of four risked it all to save a child running into dire danger. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: Their child running across a wide busy street, with traffic whizzing by in both directions.That was the danger one two-year-old child was in on one California night in Van Nuys. The only difference here: His parents were nowhere in sight. He was in the right place, right timeMeanwhile, delivery driver Gerson Tavares happened to be completing his last food delivery when he drove by. He spotted the tot running across lanes — in just a shirt and diaper — on Burbank Boulevard. The child was headed towards oncoming traffic, which included a pickup truck. The boy was distracted by a game tablet he was holding and wasn’t looking.
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