🇨🇦 Johnny Orlando – Singer, Songwriter, B.P Artist of the Month

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“I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy. Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing.” – Rod Stewart

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2017 was the start of some big moves for Johnny Orlando. After a few years of regional buzz, the Canadian 15-year-old made a true breakthrough, with “Missing You,”“The Most” and “Everything” turning lots of heads. The singer, who got his start at the age of eight by posting covers on YouTube and has amassed an impressive social media following, exploded into a pro with almost 3.5 Million YouTube subscribers. 2018 has marked another leap. The Ontario native is trying his hand at acting in the witchy Web series ‘Total Eclipse,’ which also features his pal Mackenzie Ziegler and sister Lauren Orlando. He’s put his spin on songs by everyone from Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, but we had him into Vevo to do a pair of tunes of his own, “Last Summer” and “What If.” The dude who fell in love with music as a child when his parents played Counting Crows nonstop sounds great in both of his performances. Be sure to share ’em with other Orlando zealots.

The Canadian teen started with covers of everyone from to Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, and now fans are loving his own music. Share our exclusive live performances of “What If” and “Last Summer” with other Johnny fans! check’em Johnny Orlando – Official Performances

“Last Summer” by Johnny Orlando available now!

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Exclusive: Johnny Orlando Spills Why ‘Last Summer’ Is His Favorite Song He’s Written

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Johnny Orlando performs What If live at the 2018 WE Day in Toronto, Canada.
What If is Johnny’s own song released earlier this year as a duet with Mackenzie Ziegler.
Here he performs a special live solo version for the Toronto WE Day audience.

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Aug 22 Brno 
Aug 23 Budapest 
Aug 24 Bratislava 
Aug 26 Warsaw 

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Liverpool United Kingdom August 3 – 5, 2018

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Johnny Orlando did an amazing acoustic live performance of What If backstage at the CBBC Summer Social for Saturday Mash-Up!
Canadian Johnny Orlando posted his first music video on YouTube at the age of 8, as a one-off for family and friends, but such were the views and response from a much wider audience that he continued to post and quickly started building a fan base.
Johnny has since gone on to release singles which have charted on iTunes and has performed live to thousands of fans on tour. His YouTube subscribers now, at the age of just 15, have grown to over 3 million.
Watch Johnny Orlando on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/JohnnyOsings
Find out more on Johnny’s website: https://www.johnnyorlandomusic.com/

Day #1 – Johnny Orlando performs live on the main stage at the CBBC Summer Social in Croxteth Park, Liverpool, UK.
Johnny performs Shawn Mendes’ In My Blood and his own songs Missing You, Thinking About You, Everything, and The Most.

Click here or Watch Johnny’s live performance or watch it below

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Day #3 – Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler perform together at the CBBC Summer Social.

Johnny and Kenzie perform two duets, What If and Day & Night, in front a young crowd in Liverpool, and broadcast live across the UK on the CBBC TV channel.

Click here or Watch Johnny and Mackenzie’s live performance or watch it below

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Johnny Orlando on stage at the CBBC Summer Social.

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 Johnny Orlando Nominated at iHeart Radio Music Video Awards for:

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“Best New Canadian Artist”

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Johnny Orlando @johnnyorlando – my MMVA category is not fan voted, it is chosen by Much Music / iHeart Radio. but thank u guys for always being ready to support.

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Big things to come for the 15 year old

Born in Mississauga, Ontario in 2003, Johnny Orlando created his YouTube channel at the age of eight with the help of his sister where he began posting covers of pop songs. Fast Welcome Johnnyforward seven years and his channel now boasts over 3 million subscribers. His Twitter is edging in on the million mark and his Instagram is followed by over 5 million loyal fans.

While anything Johnny does is pretty much swoon-worthy in the eyes of his fans, it’s his covers that are guaranteed to convert you into one of those fans. The proof is in the numbers – some videos have seen nearly 40 million views. He’s covered many artists, such as Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Drake, Justin Bieber and more.

His latest cover of Shawn Mendes’ new song “In My Blood” is SO good. Check it out:

In 2017, Johnny co-headlined a sold-out tour with none other than Dance Moms alum, and one of his best friends, Mackenzie Ziegler, and the pair have since rosesannounced European dates for this summer. But it’s not all about covers, following the announcement of his signing to Umusic, Johnny released his new single “What If” with Mackenzie.

We’re going ahead and saying this just may be your song of the summer. It’s not only super catchy, but totally relatable. It’s about what it’s like to be crushing on a close friend and wondering what it would be like if the friendship became something more. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

Watch “What If” now:

This is just the beginning for 15 year old Johnny Orlando and there’s so much more to come. Loving Johnny and his new song? Let us know over on Twitter @umusic.

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🇨🇦 Honourable Dwight Ball

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”Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” —Bill Clinton

Dwight Ball is the 13th premier of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

From a young age, Dwight Ball was taught the value of hard work and community, and that if you can contribute, you should. He has consistently demonstrated these values in his professional life and in public service, having been recognized with a number of awards for his community leadership and involvement.

Having spent decades as a healthcare professional and an entrepreneur in Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball understands the needs and challenges of communities in the province – and he has dedicated himself to public service in order to make a difference in people’s lives.

Dwight defines his leadership philosophy in the following terms:
“We are forming government not because of what I or my party has done, but because of what we as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have done together – and what we will do. Every day I will consider the input of the more than 500,000 advisors across our province. Every day I’ll work tirelessly to put their advice into action that will result in a stronger tomorrow and a brighter future for us all.”

Dwight Ball, leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been involved in provincial politics since 2007, when he was first elected to represent the district of Humber Valley. Dwight was re-elected in 2011 and began serving as Leader of the Official Opposition in January 2012 until November 30, 2015 when his party won government.

31958848_1632665876829591_6794133586434850816_nBefore entering politics, Dwight Ball had a successful career in business and as a community leader. He attended the School of Pharmacy in St. John’s at the age of 17 and moved back to Deer Lake upon completion. Beginning with the franchising of the Deer Lake Pharmacy, Dwight’s business operations expanded to include personal care homes, real estate development, and venture capital investments. He has also been recognized as an entrepreneur and an employer of several hundred people across his businesses.

Dwight Ball has also been heavily involved in community and professional organizations. He’s a past president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a past president of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, a former director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority, a board member of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation, the chair of the Fundraising Committee for the 2006 Humber Valley Winter Games, a board member for the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank, and the west coast director for Senior Hockey in NL.

Dwight was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia, the highest honour for a community pharmacist. He was given the Pride of the Town Award from the Town of Deer Lake in recognition of his commitment to community service. He was awarded Employer of the Year in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his contributions to supportive employment programs.

Dwight and his wife Sharon reside in Deer Lake. He has one daughter, Jade. In his spare time, Dwight enjoys salmon fishing, snowshoeing, and hockey.

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🇨🇦 The Story of Orange Shirt Day

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I support the indigenous people everywhere on the planet. ~ Edward James Olmos

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Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself.  It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc  Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region.

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The events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.  Chief Justice Murray Sinclair challenged all of the participants to keep the reconciliation process alive, and as a result of the realization that every former student had similar stories.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of this project.  As spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from 2013-09-30-09-19-18_2their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

It all started right here in the Cariboo, and as a result, School District No. 27 has been chosen by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to pilot curriculum changes for all Grade 5 and Grade 10 students reflecting the residential school experience, to be implemented province-wide.

Resolutions have been passed in support of Orange Shirt Day by local governments, school districts, and First Nations in the Cariboo and beyond.  Most recently the AFN Chiefs-in-Council passed a resolution declaring Orange Shirt Day “a first step in reconciliation”, and pledging to bring the message home as well as to the government of Canada and the churches responsible.

On this day of September 30th, we call upon humanity to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families, and to remember those that didn’t make it.

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🏳️‍🌈 LGBT History Month 2018

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“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–President Barack Obama

October is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. LGBT History Month content and videos can now be viewed easily on any device: phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

Visit the website and be sure to return on OCTOBER 1. A new LGBT Icon is introduced each day of the month with a video, bio and downloadable resources. Embed the video player in your own website or blog and share the celebration with your visitors.

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Search the entire LGBT History Month database of over 400 Icons since 2006, by name, year, alphabetically or from a cloud of more than 150 tags, such as Academy Award, African-American, Author, Composer, Politics and Transgender.

About LGBT History Month

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How It Works

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.

Background

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

Celebrate Our Heritage

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

About Equality Forum

Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. For more information, visit www.equalityforum.com.

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🇨🇦 2018 MMVAs – Full Nominations List

Header“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein

The 2018 Much Music Video Awards are just around the corner and adding to the excitement is the official release of the MMVAs nominations list. There’s a whole lotta love for some of our fave artists like Drake, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande & Johnny Orlando to name a few!

Let us know who you think will take home the trophies by tweeting us @umusic.

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Check out the full MMVAs nominations list below.

BEST ROCK/ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP

Arcade Fire
Arkells
Chvrches
Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Portugal. The Manshawn

BEST POP ARTIST OR GROUP

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Halsey
Meghan Trainor
Shawn Mendes

BEST EDM/DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP

Calvin Harris
Kygo
Loud Luxury
Marshmello
Sofi Tukker
Zedd

BEST HIP HOP ARTIST OR GROUP

Cardi B
Childish Gambino
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
The Carters

BEST DIRECTOR

Director: Arturo Perez Jr.
Title: Say Something
Artist: Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton

Director: Hiro Murai
Title: This Is America
Artist: Childish Gambino

Director: Jay Martin
Title: In My Blood
Artist: Shawn Mendes

Director: Karena Evans
Title: God’s Plan
Artist: Drake

Director: Karena Evans
Title: Nice For What
Artist: Drake

Director: Ricky Saiz
Title: Apes**t
Artist: The Carters

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: no tears left to cry

Artist: Childish Gambino
Title: This Is America

Artist: Drake
Title: God’s Plan

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Artist: Halsey
Title: Bad At Love

 

Artist: Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Title: 1-800-273-8255

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Artist: Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
Title: Meant To Be

Artist: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Title: I Like It

Artist: Drake
Title: Nice For What

Artist: Loud Luxury ft. brando
Title: Body

Artist: Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie
Title: FRIENDS

Artist: Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey
Title: The Middle

BEST COLLABORATION

Artist: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Title: Meant To Be

Artist: Kendrick Lamar & SZA
Title: All The Stars

Artist: Marshmello & Anne-Marie
Title: FRIENDS

Artist: Shawn Mendes & Khalid
Title: Youth

Artist: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
Title: Pray For Me

Artist: Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey
Title: The Middle

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FAN FAVE ARTIST

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Halsey
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

FAN FAVE DUO OR GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer
BTS
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Sofi Tukker
The Chainsmokers

FAN FAVE VIDEO

Artist: Alessia Cara
Title: Growing Pains

Artist: Childish Gambino
Title: This Is America

Artist: Drake
Title: God’s Plan

Artist: Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Title: 1-800-273-8255

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

Artist: The Carters
Title: Apes**t

FAN FAVE SINGLE

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: no tears left to cry

Artist: Camila Cabello
Title: Havana

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Title: Perfect

Artist: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
Title: rockstar

Artist: Selena Gomez ft. Marshmello
Title: Wolves

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

FAN FAVE NEW ARTIST

Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Hayley Kiyoko
Kris Wu
Why Don’t We

FAN FAVE MUCH CREATOR

Candace Leca
Christian Cantelon / Sneakertalk
Dan Rodo / The Danocracy
Jaclyn Forbes
Mike On Much Podcast
The Baker Twins

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🇨🇦 Honorable Brian Gallant

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“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.” ~ George Washington

The Honorable Brian Gallant (Shediac Bay-Dieppe)  Premier

  • President of the Executive Council
  • Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board
  • Minister responsible for Innovation
  • Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister responsible for Women’s Equality
  • Minister responsible for Rural Affairs

Brian Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on Oct. 27, 2012, at a leadership convention that saw a record number of convention voters cast a ballot. He was first elected to the legislative assembly in a by-election for the riding of Kent in April 2013, and was sworn-in as Leader of the Official Opposition. He was re-elected in the general elections in Sept. 2014 and now represents the riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe.

Gallant was sworn in as Premier, President of the Executive Council, Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, Minister responsible for Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, Women’s Equality and Rural Affairs on Oct. 7, 2014.

During his early years, Gallant received his education at various schools throughout the province and graduated from Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, Shediac. Determined to pursue a postsecondary education, he started and operated two small companies, through which he was able to pay for his university education. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Moncton. He also received a Master of Laws degree from McGill University.

Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner.

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LGBT people discriminating against LGBT people. What?!

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As a survivor I endorse Stonewall’s statement as I have experienced the same faith, over the course of a lifetime of bystanders and as recent as 2017! leaving me broken, abused, disabled and alone, the silence was the loudest word I ever heard! ~ Terry.K

We knew discrimination within the LGBT community was a problem. Now we know how widespread of an issue it really is.

lgbt_in_britain_communities_web_graphics51 per cent of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people have faced discrimination or poor treatment from the wider LGBT community. For black LGBT people in particular, the situation is even worse: 61 per cent have experienced discrimination from other LGBT people.

And that barely scratches the surface. Bi and trans people, as well as LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith, experience significant rates of discrimination from within the LGBT community.

LGBT in Britain: Home and Communities investigates the experiences of LGBT people at home, in LGBT communities and in their faith communities, and makes recommendations on how we can all come out for all LGBT people.

Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain – Home and Communities research report highlights deep challenges for the LGBT community, with alarming levels of racism experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people, and a significant proportion of trans people, bi people, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith feeling excluded within the LGBT community.

The research also shows persistent challenges for LGBT people feeling comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their friends and family:

  • Half of BAME LGBT people (51 per cent) face discrimination within the LGBT community.
  • More than a third of trans people (36 per cent), one in eight LGBT disabled people whose activities are ‘limited a lot’ (13 per cent), and one in five LGBT people of non-Christian faith (21 per cent) say they’ve experienced discrimination from within the community because of different parts of their identities.
  • Only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46 per cent) and trans people (47 per cent) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to their whole family.
  • A third of bi people (32 per cent) say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with anyone in their family.  

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Read our latest blog post about why preventing different-sex couples from having civil partnerships is not compatible with equality laws. Abolishing civil partnerships is not an option.

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🇺🇸 Reflections on Ethics

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The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.  ~ Albert Schweitzer

How to Achieve Happiness and Meaning in Life

Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology, identifies five endeavors crucial to human flourishing – positive emotion, engagement, good relationships, meaning and purpose in life, and accomplishment.
These elements, which we choose for their own sake in our efforts to flourish, are the foundation of human well-being.
headerSubjective well-being is the scientific term for happiness and life satisfaction – thinking and feeling that your life is going well, not badly. The science of well-being suggests that as well as experiencing good feelings, people need to undertake activities which are meaningful, engaging, and which make them feel competent and autonomous.
Research in Positive Psychology suggests that happiness and meaning are, in fact, essential elements of well-being. Happiness and meaning are strongly correlated with each other, and often feed off each other.
The more meaning we find in life, the happier we typically feel, and the happier we feel, the more we feel encouraged to pursue even greater meaning and purpose. One way to think about well-being is through the formula:
Happiness + Meaning = Well-being.

Why Do We Use Ethics?

We use ethics in our daily lives to improve the quality of our relationships. High quality close relationships contribute to mental and physical well-being. They fulfill our psychological need for intimacy and belongingness.
How we deal with others is based on what we value in relationships.
What we value in relationships should be the motivation for our actions. Ideally, we should strive to turn those values into virtues, or positive traits of character, by applying them to those relationships and, over time, building a strong character.
The ancient Greeks thought of virtue as a trait or quality that is deemed morally good. The Greek term arete, in its basic sense, means excellence of any kind. The term may also mean moral virtue. The presence of moral virtues, then, can direct a person’s behavior to achieve moral excellence and, according to the ancient Greeks, a state ofeudaimonia, the Greek word for happiness or welfare.
However, the Greeks thought of happiness in broader terms linking it to moral excellence and the end state of “human flourishing.” Human flourishing is characterized by a life worth living, the good life, and a state of well-being.

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🇺🇳 World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought

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“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” – Einstein 

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A wise investment in land supports you and your future. Your choices determine future scenarios for sustainable growth. The 2018 World Day to Combat Desertification (#2018WDCD) urges you to move away from unsustainable land use and make a difference by investing in the future of land under the slogan, “Land has true value – invest in it.”

We often use land as if it were a limitless resource, ignoring its role in our everyday lives. This negligence threatens food and water supply, biodiversity and even human security itself. Short-sighted economic gains such as land grabbing, unplanned urban sprawl, 2018WDCD_posterunsustainable agriculture and over-consumption lead to unsustainable land use, which eventually causes degradation and loss of critical ecosystem services. As a result, consumption of the Earth´s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of the planet´s land already severely degraded.

By turning land degradation into land restoration, we can realize the land´s full potential. Healthy and productive land can bring not only environmental, but also significant economic gains. For example, case studies from the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (2015) indicate that:

The annual loss of 75 billon tons of soil from arable land leads a missing opportunity for economic benefits of USD 400 billion per year globally
Taking action against soil erosion over 105 million hectares would save up to USD 62.4 billion in net present value over the next 15 years
Enhancing carbon stocks through agricultural soils alone can create potential value on the carbon market from USD 96-480 billion annually
Sustainable land management (SLM) is a wise investment for economic growth that does not compromise resilient livelihoods. It is key to safeguarding and managing the quality of the land by balancing its biological and economic potential. Moreover, land can play a vital role in linking multiple Sustainable Development Goals by harnessing synergies while minimizing potential conflicts and trade-offs. SLM can give tremendous momentum to positive change. By safeguarding life on land, we deliver for all life on Earth.

This is the true value of land.

Every one of us has a role to play. Farmers can invest in smart agriculture that leads to higher yields despite a reduction in inputs like pesticides. Policy makers and land managers can support bio-economy by investing in new SLM technologies and processes. Consumers can spend their money on organic and fairly traded products to avoid land degradation. There are many more ways to invest in land wisely.

We can all contribute to and benefit from investing in SLM – whether we act as consumers, producers, corporations, or governments. Changes in behavior and adoption of more efficient planning and practices can guarantee that sufficient land resources are available long-term to meet our ambitions for and to provide sustainable livelihoods.

The choice is ours. Know the true value of land and invest in it. Read more Here

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2018

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyways. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List 

I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss “The Americans” – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer:

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, by Alex Wagner
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.

women15 cworkingThe New Geography of Jobs, by Enrico Moretti
It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.

Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick Deneen
In a time of growing inequality, accelerating change, and increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order we’ve known for the past few centuries, I found this book thought-provoking. I don’t agree with most of the author’s conclusions, but the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.

“The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy,” by Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic
Another thought-provoking analysis, this one about how economic inequality in America isn’t just growing, but self-reinforcing – and what that means for education, health, happiness, even the strength of our democracy.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu
A few years ago, I eulogized the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was slain by a white supremacist in his church in Charleston, South Carolina. And I’ll never forget something Clem said while he was alive: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history. We haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” That’s something Mitch takes to heart in this book, while grappling with some of the most painful parts of our history and how they still live in the present. It’s an ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it.

“Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life,” by Jennifer Kavanagh and Michael D. Rich, RAND Corporation
The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting. A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive.

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