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Bank With A Conscience: The Aspiration Debit Card Helped Customers Finance 1Mil Trees Planted, and Get Cash Back

By on February 27, 2021

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat if there were a company that made helping to remove CO2 from the atmosphere as easy as paying the extra 1 cent on top of your $2.99 cup of coffee?In April, as the economic and social portents of the COVID-19 pandemic became ever clearer, an eco-conscious American “neobank” called Aspiration launched a program to see if customers would be willing to contribute a small something to fund a mass tree planting.The results, merely 3 months later, were more than anyone with the gift of foresight might have imagined. Even though some of Aspiration’s customers may be temporarily jobless due to lockdowns, their rounding-up of various purchases funded the planting of 1 million carbon-capturing trees. So far Aspiration has used their AIM to score thousands of merchants and businesses on how they treat the planet in their operations. The more often one uses their Aspiration debit card, the more they’ll be able to see the impact of their spending, track it over time, and compare it to friends.RELATED: Trillions of Dollars Now Being Leveraged to Protect the Earth, Thanks to World’s Largest Asset ManagerPurchases at many of the businesses and brands with the highest of these scores come with a 10% cash back bonus for responsible shopping.“When I think of Aspiration, it reminds me of the phrase “money doesn’t grow on trees,” begins Aspiration client Miguel Garcia, “but now my money helps to grow them! I love that I can sign in and keep track of my progress. In the last few months alone, I’ve planted 169 trees alone.” Using an Aspiration debit card comes with a feature called “Plant Your Change” which rounds up every purchase to the nearest dollar, with the extra few cents going to Aspiration’s tree planting operations that span the globe, from North America to Africa.The idea was based on a widely-publicized theory of climate mitigation that said our planet had experienced a lot of deforestation since the advent of the industrial age, and that returning some of those billions of acres back into forest would draw a significant amount of CO2 out of the atmosphere.“Planting one million trees is a big achievement, but it is just the beginning,” said Andrei Cherny, Aspiration CEO and co-founder. “What we’ve seen during the COVID-19 crisis is that our customers want to do more, not less, to take action to save our planet.”And, the neobank—which is a ‘B Corporation,’ having adopted social good as its top priority—is also paying customers up to 10% cash back for doing business with the most eco-friendly companies.RELATED: The Search Engine That Plants Trees With Every Search Has Just Planted its 100-Millionth TreeA financial firm with a conscience?Aspiration wants its customers to be able to actively see the costs of the modern global economy in terms of carbon as well as currency, and while they offer 1.00% APY on savings, which is far above the industry standard, their accounts also come with features like Aspiration Impact Measurement (AIM).AIM allows card holders to accumulate a personal sustainability score, and to see and examine the scores of various businesses before they make a purchasing decision.center_img “I also know far more about being eco friendly with my spending thanks to Aspiration. I am really excited I can easily contribute, even during the hard times we are all going through.”Aspiration reminds us that throughout history—from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the Conflict Diamond trade—consumer spending decisions wield tremendous power when consumers are resolved, and studies demonstrate that more and more people are making consumer decisions based on things like ethics towards the land, ethics towards the climate, and ethics towards people.Another feature is the Planet Protection, which when activated calculates the cost of carbon offsets when you use your Aspiration debit card at the pump. Transportation is the world’s largest producer of CO2, and Plant Protection allows you to ensure there are carbon offsets being funded to cover the environmental cost of your driving.ALSO: Canadian Credit Card Holders Are ‘Over the Moon’ With Chase Bank’s Decision to Forgive Outstanding DebtAspiration ensures the 3rd parties handling the carbon offsets purchases are reputable and the carbon offsets are accurately calculated. You can check out their FAQ page to learn more—and maybe start saving the planet with every purchase.SEND This Green Opportunity to Tree-Hugging Friends on Social Media…Editor’s note: This story has been altered, replacing the work bank with “neobank,”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Two arrested following hit-and-run accident at Shawnee Mission Park

By on December 20, 2020

first_imgPolice arrested a man and a woman Saturday evening after the two allegedly caused two crashes in Shawnee Mission Park.Johnson County Park Police were called to the area of the marina on a report that a dark-colored SUV had forced another vehicle off the road and continued driving shortly before 7 p.m.Lenexa Fire Department personnel tended to the woman after she fell from the tree. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.Sgt. Matt Gillespie of Johnson County Park Police says officers responded to the call for the vehicle off the road and then began receiving reports of a second crash near the south end of the dam. No one was injured inside the vehicle near the marina.Officers arrived at the second crash scene to find a Ford Escape had run off the road and damaged several tree branches. No one was inside the SUV.Three officers and a K-9 unit from the Shawnee Police Department responded to assist Park Police in searching for the occupants of the crashed SUV.Recorded radio traffic indicates that a witness captured cell phone video of the man, who was a passenger in the SUV, running away towards a trailhead.An arriving Shawnee officer immediately spotted the man, shirtless and barefoot, running down the trail towards the woods.Sgt. Gillespie says the Shawnee officer tased the man and detained him. The man was treated on scene for minor injuries.The Shawnee K-9 located the woman, who was the driver of the SUV, hiding approximately 15 feet up a tree, not far from where the man was found. After arguing with officers briefly, she slipped and fell to the ground. Like the man, she was also barefoot and only wearing a bathing suit.Paramedics from the Lenexa Fire Department were still on scene, finishing up treating the man’s injuries, and were immediately called over to treat the woman after her fall.Johnson County Med-Act responded and transported the woman to an area trauma center with non-life threatening injuries.Gillespie says both of the suspects will face charges. He wasn’t able to comment on what those charges may be, saying that they were still investigating.Mike Frizzell is a freelance crime and fire reporter who runs Operation 100 News.last_img read more

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Schedule patent

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgREAL-TIME information management from the mining industry has been adapted by Modular Mining Systems to improve the planning, supervision and dispatching of trains on mine-to-port freight railways.In January Modular Mining Systems obtained a US patent for its Integrated Railroad System, which is combined with GPS tracking of trains to form the core of its SmarTrain rail management package.Train locations obtained from differential GPS are transmitted by radio to the control centre, along with real-time performance information. This feeds into the IRS database of schedules for all trains on the network. If a train exceeds a preset deviation from the plan, the software will use stored information on the line’s operational constraints to calculate a new schedule for each train on the network, aiming to minimise disruption while meeting the operator’s specified performance objectives. Updated schedules are then sent to each train.The use of radio data communication links between trains and a control centre has been proven in service on CVRD’s Carajas Railroad in Brazil, where running information is displayed on touch-screen monitors in the cabs of over 80 locos on a 900 km route (RG 12.03 p802). Modular Mining Systems, USAlast_img read more

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Universal Open Rocket League to be broadcast on Twitch, YouTube

By on August 29, 2020

first_imgYouTube and Twitch are set to livestream the Universal Open Rocket League, an annual tournament ran by NBC Sports Group and FACEIT.The tournament has a $100,000 prize pool and will see Rocket League players of varying skill levels compete in a two-versus-two format.It’s said that almost 100 hours of content from the Universal Open Rocket League will be broadcast live on both YouTube and Twitch – two platforms that are typically considered competitors. A new YouTube channel has been made specifically for the event, while the event will be streamed on FACEIT’s Twitch channel.Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures said the following in a statement: “Our goal with Universal Open Rocket League is to reach as many fans in the Rocket League and esports communities as possible. Our live streams on Twitch and YouTube, aligned with streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, plus linear coverage on NBCSN, allow us to super-serve the esports ecosystem with comprehensive coverage of Universal Open Rocket League.”Following a bunch of qualifiers that take place throughout July and the early parts of August, the Universal Open Rocket League will wrap up with a three-day grand final on August 24-26th. Iced tea brand Brisk will act as the presenting sponsor of the tournament. The two aforementioned platforms aren’t the only place coverage will be held for the Universal Open; NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will also broadcast the regional finals and the grand final.Esports Insider says: This is quite a unique event – considering it has two-man teams and all skill levels being involved – so having coverage on the two big video and livestream platforms is a good move for exposure.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

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Guardiola: I’m sorry, Messi has to stay at Barça for the rest of his career

By on August 6, 2020

first_img “[Lionel Messi] This player… he’s not a bad player! But I’m sorry, Messi has to stay in Barcelona for the rest of his career.” Upd. at 16:37 CEST “I’ve proved myself in the Spanish league and the German league. Now I want to do the same in England.”  “One of my dreams was to play here as a player. It was not possible. but now my dream has come true. The atmosphere here, wow, it is amazing. I want to live that in life. I have come here to learn about the way people live here, for my family and my kids, and I want to be a good manager in England’ “First, I have to meet my players. I have to know them. I know them from the television, but I have to speak them. I need time, I have an idea…” Around 11,000 fans turned up to watch Manchester City unveil Pep Guardiola officially as the club’s new manager.  Pol Ballus, Sport ENcenter_img “My main objective is to make people feel proud of what we practice. At the end of the season titles aren’t worth anything if the fans aren’t proud. Every game, every weekend, the fans can be proud and in the end, what I want is that the people and supporters can enjoy and be proud of what we did.” 03/07/2016 “The most important thing is football. People don’t come to see how good the manager is. There is Jose [Mourinho], Jurgen Klopp, Ronald Koeman, Antonio Conte, [Mauricio] Pochettino. The reason we are here is to help the players.” Here is what the Catalan coach had to say as he fielded questions about his move to the Premier League:  “We are here, we make our job for the people. If there is nobody in the stadium then there is no reason why we are here. Sometimes you realise, wow, these kind of people, we made them happy. If we enjoy our time together and people go home and say ‘ I enjoyed myself’ it is enough. If we win, better.” “Many thanks to City for giving me the chance to come to England and to be in the Premier League. I’m sure we will enjoy ourselves.” last_img read more

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Galway Boxers Aim For National U22 Titles This Evening

By on August 3, 2020

first_imgThe National U22 Mens and Womens Championship Finals takes place at the National stadium in Dublin tonight with three Galway Boxers all looking to add U22 Titles to the National Senior Titles they won before Christmas. Monivea’s Adam Hession faces Mark Corcoran from Corinthians in the 52 Kg Final followed by Gabriel Dossen in the 75Kg Final where he faces John Joe Nevin from Crumlin. The final fight of the night is the 91+ Kg Final between Gytis Lisinskas from Celtic Eagles and Luke Hall from Crumlin. Gabriel Dossen, Adam Hession and Gytis Lisinskas who all fight for Irish U22 Titles this evening at the National Stadium.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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A&M-Corpus Christi’s Shaw Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

By on August 2, 2020

first_imgShaw helped guide the Islanders to two road wins over UIW and Abilene Christian by scoring 28 points against the Cardinals and 26 against the Wildcats. The senior from Cincinnati, Ohio (Winston Woods H.S.), scored 20 of her 26 points against ACU in the second half in only 23 minutes of action. Shaw was very efficient against the Wildcats, shooting 6-for-7 from 3-point range and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. On the week, Shaw averaged 27 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal. She was an impressive 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from the field, 60.0 percent (9-for-15) from behind the arc and 87.5 percent (7-for-8) from the line. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. Honorable mention this week goes to Oral Roberts freshman guard Kaylan Mayberry, Nicholls sophomore guard Emani White and Lamar freshman post player Kiandra Bowers. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior guard Jasmine Shaw has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.last_img read more

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Sevens team delayed by faulty plane

By on January 12, 2020

first_img“We can only pray for the team because this is not good and could affect their performance. They were treated well in South Africa and booked to the Sun and Sand resort where they trained. These things can happen to any airline and we are happy with KQ.“There is only one flight from Johannesburg to Australia and after delaying here on Friday, they missed it and the one for the next day was fully booked. They have now left and we expect them to arrive in New Zealand,” Muthee told. Mike Friday’s outfit are expected to reach their final destination on Monday night ahead of the weekend Wellington Sevens.“All our competitors have prepared properly and been in New Zealand for at least 36 hours including Argentina and France. Tonga are in camp in Auckland,” the disappointed coach said.The travelling nightmare began on Friday when team sponsors and official airline Kenya Airways cancelled their flight twice on what was explained as ‘technical problems’ forcing the team to leave at 4pm before they were put up in a hotel.Capital Sport’s effort to contact the airline’s communication officials did not bear fruit by the time of posting this article.Friday’s side are the only squad with jet lag protocol not to have arrived in the country on schedule raising fears that the long delay could hamper their charge.“I can’t say the level of jetlag that will affect them but we need to get them here first. However, the jet lag is far greater with New Zealand being three hours further ahead, yet the squad arrives a day later and the tournament being a day earlier,” Friday added.Kenya play France in the opening match on Friday before taking on Argentina and Tonga to wrap their Group B pool fixtures.Friday’s squad are sixth in the IRB World Series standings on 37 points having failed to match their Gold Coast and Dubai Main Cup semi runs in the last leg at Port Elizabeth.“They are physically at a real disadvantage at kick off. With most matches having just a score in it it’s the little margins that make the difference. This is more than a little margin and not in our favour,” the coach explained while remaining optimistic they would achieve positive results despite the travelling hiccups.The team’s travelling plans were also marred in the opening leg of the series in Australia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 28- The national rugby sevens team was holed up in South Africa for almost 48 hours after missing their connecting flight from Johannesburg.Kenya Rugby Union chairman, Mwangi Muthee, explained to Capital Sport that a technical problem with the aircraft that was to fly the team from Nairobi to Johannesburg saw them fail to make it in time to catch their onward journey to Australia with the plane being brought back to Nairobi for repairs.last_img read more

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From the Very Bowels of Human Excess: Jennifer Aniston Owns a Couch That Costs More Than Your House

By on December 21, 2019

first_img“Architectural Digest” recently visited JENNIFER ANISTON’s house, and one of the pictures shows a Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa.  Only about 150 of these were made in 1947, so they’re pretty rare. There’s no word how much Jennifer paid for hers, but two of them were sold at auction in 2016.  One went for $358,000, and the other sold for $754,000.  For a FRICKIN’ COUCH.  ELLEN and KANYE WEST apparently have them too. Celebrities like expensive things.  And hey, they can afford them, right?  But there just seems to be something morally wrong with buying a sofa that costs more than what most of us paid for our HOMES.last_img read more

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Inner city kids learn about film

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgFilm + School is a film awareness and appreciation initiative run by The Bioscope Independent Cinema and the Goethe-Institut South Africa to introduce youngsters to the art of filmmaking. (Image: The Bioscope) MEDIA CONTACTS • Russell Grant   Co-owner, The Bioscope  +27 11 039 7306 RELATED ARTICLES • Education at the movies • A winning open education system • A taste of the film club experience • Macufe film week returnsTiisetso TlelimaPonte City is still the tallest residential building in Africa, a position it’s occupied since 1975. The unusual round, hollow-centre block of flats in Berea, in Joburg’s inner city, is home to 4 000 people, many of them migrants from across the continent.Their perspectives on how they are viewed in post-apartheid South Africa are explored in a poignant documentary, Africa Shafted: Under One Roof, which begins this year’s Bioscope Film + School cinema education series for inner city schoolchildren. The programme begins on February 6.Now in its third year, Film + School is a film awareness and appreciation initiative run by The Bioscope Independent Cinema and the Goethe-Institut South Africa to introduce youngsters to the art of filmmaking. The programme targets primary and secondary schoolchildren from under-resourced schools in the inner city such as Mahlasedi High School, New Model Private College and Metropolitan College.It has been designed to be as broad as possible to give the children an opportunity to engage in a wide range of film genres and structures, including fiction, documentary and animated film. This allows them to become familiar with the different modes of storytelling of the medium.“In the past, we looked at all the different kinds of animation and then we tried to make it interactive by bringing industry experts to talk to the kids,” explained The Bioscope co-owner, Russell Grant.“We had a guy who did a demonstration on animation and explained to the kids exactly how it works. How you take one photo and you move an object. Then you take another photo, and when you put the photos together you can see the object move.”Using the film as a starting point, the screenings involve discussions with the children. These are intended to encourage them to interrogate the subject matter of the film and the way in which it has been made. Discussions are on a wide variety of topics, including HIV and Aids, race, sexuality, gender, and migration. They are facilitated by Puleng Plessie, who approaches the schools and manages the relationship between the project and the schools.This year’s programme, which runs from February 6 to March 20, will introduce the children to the world of documentary filmmaking through five South African documentaries: Africa Shafted: Under One Roof (2011), Cradock Four (2011), Taking Back The Waves (2005), The Creators (2011) and Afrikaaps (2010). The topics they cover range from exploring life in the inner city and a history of the struggle against apartheid, to surf culture and an exploration of South African youth culture.Each screening is to a full house, with about 62 children attending each session. The screenings take place every Wednesday at 11am. “We are looking to do a season for every school term. Since we started in February 2011, the seasons have run across a few months,” said Grant.Making their own filmsIn 2011, the Bioscope worked with Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso to make a film together with the children on migration. “We got them to [each] bring an object which they felt represented their belonging in any shape or form,” he explained.They were filmed presenting their objects to the rest of the class. These presentations were then cut into a film, which was later shown to the children. “They loved it because they got to be a part of a filmmaking process, which was fun … The film never had a formal name, other than The Belonging Film. We hoped to have them learn about what it means to belong to something as well as how one prepares and acts in front of a camera.”In November last year, The Bioscope and the French Season South Africa ran a project called the Home Movie Factory. It allowed members of the public, including the Film + School students, to make their own movies. Conceptualised by French filmmaker Michel Gondry, the Home Movie Factory was a collection of 12 film sets that each reflected an aspect of Joburg life, ranging from a downtown street to a Highveld campsite to a mine-shaft.Participants drove cars that didn’t move; flipped switches to change the time of day and played with other interactive elements to tell their stories. The idea was that any member of the public, for free and for fun, could come into the factory and make his or her own movie.“So there’s a range of sets and props and you make a movie. So the kids came and made their own films,” said Grant. “We wanted everyone to take part and it was very important that the same inner city school kids also made use of the Home Movie Factory.”The films made at the Home Movie Factory were not necessarily for the public, but the children themselves left with a copy of the movie they had made, he added.last_img read more

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