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Give Old Clothes to Beat Children’s Cancer

The Guardian has recently published an article about a praiseworthy initiative,Give up Clothes for Good. Clothing retailer TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK are urging people to clear out their wardrobes and take any unwanted quality clothes to TK Maxx, between 1 and 30 April, to raise money for research into children’s cancer.

The clothes will be sold in Cancer Research UK's 550 UK branches, or recycled. Retailers and charity organisations underline that this initiative is a good way of making use of unwanted clothes. According to the Defra Sustainable Clothing Roadmap Progress Report 2011, UK consumers throw away 2m tonnes of clothing every year, of which 1m goes straight to landfill.

Cancer Research UK last year generated as much as £5m from this activity. Every day, 4 children in the UK are told they have cancer. In the 1960s, only 1 in 4 survived, but today, almost 3 children in 4 survive. This is a great improvement, but there’s still more work to do and every little helps.

By | April 19th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Five Apps to Communicate for FREE

1) Viber

This app enables free calls and texts between its users worldwide using Wi-Fi and 3G. While the app works internationally, if you are personally abroad you could be asked to pay roaming charges, so check your calling plan’s conditions. Viber works on iPhone and the latest generations of iPod touch and iPad are partially supported.

2) Vonage Mobile

It offers free calls and texts to anyone who has the app worldwide, using Wi-Fi. It offers savings on international calls to users that don’t have the app. It claims to be 70 percent cheaper than most standard calling plans. Currently, Vonage supports iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.

3) Fring

This app, besides free calls and texts to other Fring users worldwide, offers free group video and two-way video chat. It supports the major smartphones and tablets on any mobile operator and with any mobile internet connection.

4) WhatsApp

This app is to send free text and multimedia messages by using the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing. WhatsApp costs 62p and is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.

5) Skype

The worldwide famous Skype started its service using computers, but it has now created many mobile apps which allow you to call almost any computer and any phone worldwide.Skype supports iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Android, some Nokia and some Sony Ericsson handsets.

By | April 18th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Laughter Clubs for Stressed Hong Kongers

Hong Kong is an Asian financial hub with 7 million residents or, to be precise, with 7 million stressed residents due to the soaring property prices, tiny living spaces and stressful work places. It is no wonder that the number of people in Hong Kong asking for psychiatric treatment increased 20 percent between 2007 and 2011.

In such a place, laughter clubs seem to be a promising business. Dick Yu, a 35-year-old trained hypnotherapist, set up Hong Kong’s first laughter club in 2007, after he discovered the concept of laughter yoga, which originated in India by the physician Madan Kataria in 1995.

Since then hundreds of Hong Kongers have signed up for free classes. “Ho ho, ha ha ha” is their mantra. They breathe deeply, give each other high-fives and move like penguins!

These clubs may be funny, but laughter is a real panacea: it helps expand blood vessel linings to increase blood flow, reduces stress hormones, boosts the immune system and triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s naturally produced pain killers. Laugh out loud, then!

By | April 18th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments
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