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- Celebrating George Peabody: US Google doodle honours 'father of modern philanthropy' and namesake of famous awards
George Foster Peabody, the namesake of the famous awards, is today being honoured with a Google doodle in some parts of the world, including the US, Japan and Indonesia.
In fact, the doodle is based on a mural showing the American philanthropist surrounded by children that exists at the George Peabody Elementary School in San Francisco.
Peabody, who was born in July 1852 had his own education cut short by the American Civil War and instead went to New York to work at a general store. He spend his evenings at the YMCA Library, in what he described as his "alma mater".
Soon enough he became a partner in a successful investment firm and started making money.
Once he started to be successful, Peabody became a prominent philanthropist.
"During his life, Peabody immersed himself in social and political activism, with special focus on the promotion of education in the South," explained Google.
"In fact, it was on this day in 1867 that he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal after donating $2,000,000 (roughly $36,000,000 today!) for the advancement of education, an act of generosity made all the more impressive by the fact that he left school at the age of 11."
Perhaps his most famous legacy is the George Foster Peabody Awards, which have been presented every year since 1941 to radio, television and web content that tells enlightening and powerful stories.
Originally described as the "Pulitzer Prize for radio", the awards have gone on to encompass all of broadcasting.
"By recognizing specific programming, the Peabody Awards spotlight instances of how electronic media can teach, expand our horizons, defend the public interest, or encourage empathy with others. Such excellent stories exist across genres and media types, and across regions and borders," said Dr Jeffrey P. Jones, the director of the awards.
- Russia’s string of warning tweets after telling Britain not to threaten a ‘nuclear power’
Russia has warned Britain not to threaten a ‘nuclear armed country’ as the row between the countries continues to escalate.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin, was quoted as saying ‘one should not threaten a nuclear armed country’.
And in a string of extraordinary tweets on Tuesday, the Russian Embassy hit back at the British Government.
It came after Theresa May said it was ‘highly likely’ Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
One tweet read: ‘It was stated that the actions of the UK authorities are a clear provocation and that the Russian Federation was not involved in the incident that took place in Salisbury on 4 March, 2018.’4 peoples like this. 0 Comments 0 Shares
- Desperate search for vulnerable woman, 95, missing in London
Eileen Playforth, 95, is described as ‘high risk’ and went missing in London on Friday (Picture: Met Police)
Police are desperately searching for a vulnerable 95-year-old woman after she went missing in London.
Officers say they are ‘extremely concerned’ over Eileen Playforth’s welfare.
She is partially sighted and deaf and has been missing from her home in Harrow, north London, since 10.30am on Friday.
Eileen had spoken to family over the phone and gave them no cause for concern.
But a tracking device she wears so family can monitor her has since shown Eileen going to places she is not familiar with.
These include Kingsbury, Grosvenor Road and Buckingham Palace Road.
She was last tracked at Vauxhall Bridge Road just after 5pm before the device ran out of battery.
Eileen has an Oyster card that shows her last travelling on a 183 bus towards Pinner at 11:35am.
It is possible that she could be anywhere in London.
Eileen is around 5ft, slim, with shoulder length grey hair. She may be wearing a maroon coloured dress, a black coat, and beige cardigan.
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- #SLAPCHAT Kerry and Kurtan had a proper go at snapchat filters.... #thiscountry Really Funny
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- PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A United flight that popped a tire upon takeoff from Newark, New Jersey landed safely at Portland International Airport on Sunday night.
The flight landed just before 10:30 p.m.
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- Weinstein Co. to File for Bankruptcy After Deal Collapses
The Weinstein Co. is set to turn to bankruptcy to try and save its entertainment assets from the financial problems that erupted as dozens of actresses came forward to accuse co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, and in some cases, rape.
The board failed to sell the film studio to investors led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the Small Business Administration from 2014 to 2017, according to a copy of a letter provided by Weinstein Co. Sunday. The company blamed the investor group for the collapse of a $500 million bid backed by billionaire Ron Burkle.
“While we deeply regret that your actions have led to this unfortunate outcome for our employees, our creditors and any victims, we will now pursue the Board’s only viable option to maximize the Company’s remaining value: an orderly bankruptcy process,” Weinstein Co. said in the emailed letter addressed to Contreras-Sweet and Burkle.
Read about the N.Y. Attorney General’s suit against Harvey Weinstein here.
Emails seeking comment from Contreras-Sweet and Burkle outside business hours were not immediately returned.
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