‘Giving Through Glass’ Puts Google Glass in the Hands of 5 Nonprofits

Google Glass

Google Glass

Google Glass became available to the general public on Tuesday, April 15th, but for that day only. Before that, Google Glass was only available through a limited beta-testing program. Google has now extended this purchase period for nonprofits. “Giving Through Glass” was launched in October and puts its device in the hands of nonprofit organizations.

Giving Through Glass will select five nonprofits from a pool of applicants to receive the device and a trip to a Google Glass training center to learn how to use it. In addition, they will also give each nonprofit a $25,000 grant.

At $1,500 a piece, Google Glass is not something every nonprofit can afford to buy hundreds of. Sabita Malla, a senior research officer at the World Wildlife Fund posted a video using the device’s Field Notes app. This app allowed her to track and record the movements of rhinos in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. This is just one example showing how this new technology can benefit nonprofit.

Using a Glassware app called Field Notes, which records images and notes and shares that data via the cloud, Malla narrates a video of her traveling through the park’s terrain to conduct her research.

Google’s move to profile the device as a benefit to the nonprofit community — as well as its decision to take advantage the attention surrounding Earth Day — is a good idea. There has been some negative feedback coming from new users of Google Glass recently.

Some of the organizations who will help decide which organization wins include Charity:Water, Do Something Inc., the WWF, Samasource, GiveDirectly and Google. The deadline for entries is May 20, and winners will be announced around June 17.

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Death Toll of South Korean Ferry Crash Rises to 64

South Korean Ferry

Rescue members search for the missing passengers of the sunken South Korean ferry ‘Sewol’ at sea off Jindo on April 20, 2014. IMG: Globovisión via Flickr.

Six days after the South Korean ferry disaster, 64 bodies have been found, according to the South Korean Ministry of Security and Public Administration.

The Sewol ferry, which was carrying 476 passengers, still has 238 people missing. 174 were rescued shortly after the vessel sunk Wednesday, but the death toll is expected to rise as the days go on.

This news follows the release of a new radio transcript earlier today, which revealed that the ferry crew did not know how to properly handle the evacuation.

The cities of Jindo and Ansan were declared special disaster zones by the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, according to CNN. This means that these two cities will now be able to receive assistance from national disaster assistance programs.

Capt. Lee Joon Seok was not in the steering room at the time of the accident. He defended his order to delay the evacuation of his sinking ferry, CNN affiliate YTN reported Saturday. However, he was charged with abandoning his boat, negligence, causing bodily injury, not seeking rescue from other ships and violating “seamen’s law,” state media reported.

“Mr. Lee is charged with causing the Sewol ship to sink by failing to slow down while sailing the narrow route and making (a) turn excessively,” prosecutor Lee Bong-chang told the semiofficial Yonhap news agency.

“Pretty much every law, rule, regulation and standard throughout the world says that yes, the captain must stay with the ship until all personnel are safely off of the ship, certainly passengers.”

If convicted, Lee could serve anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.

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Jennifer Ruger Joins Council on Foreign Relations

Jennifer Prah Ruger

Jennifer Prah Ruger. IMG: via Yale Law School.

In March, Perelman School of Medicine’s Jennifer Ruger joined the Council on Foreign Relations. A professor focused on global health governance, Ruger says she’s been “doing theoretical and empirical work in global health policy and health equity.”

“We want to develop normative frameworks to guide global health policy such that it will be more equitable, fair, and efficient,” she said. Ruger has been involved with the CFR for several years and says she always learns “an enormous amount” at CFR events.

She also expressed her delight at being asked to join the organization, whose extensive membership list includes the likes of private equity mogul Henry Kravis and economist wife Marie-Josee Kravis (nee Marie-Josee Drouin), CEO of Ruder Finn Kathy Bloomgarden, Harald B. Malmgren of Malmgren-O’Donnell, and about 4,500 others. To become a member, hopefuls must complete an extensive application process, which includes finding nominations and seconding letters from existing CFR members.

“I feel very privileged… it’s an enormous honor to become a member of the CFR because it has tremendous convening powers around major issues in international relations,” she said.

According to CRF Senior Fellow for Global Health, Yanzhong Huang, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan organization that “serves three functions: It’s a membership organization, a think tank and a publisher.”

Huang also noted that Ruger is more than qualified for membership within the organization, as “[s]he is a leading scholar in global health and her research on health and social justice informs our debate. In the past, they have invited her to speak three times at the council, and they find her articulate, smart and friendly.”

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Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson to Play Graduating Seniors in ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

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Anna Kendrick at the Pitch Perfect premiere in LA. DFree / Shutterstock.com

Pitch Perfect fans rejoice – Pitch Perfect 2 will be released in May 2015, and will again star Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson to Play Graduating Seniors in ‘Pitch Perfect 2′Elizabeth Banks, who produced and co-starred in Pitch Perfect, will be directing the second installment. The second script will be written by Kay Cannon, who wrote the first one as well.

“Elizabeth originated the idea for ‘Pitch Perfect’ and was instrumental in making the first film such a huge success,” said Universal Picture chairman Donna Langley. “She brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on and we’re thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on ‘Pitch Perfect 2.’”

Banks recently revealed that Kendrick and Wilson will be reprising their rolls as Becca and Fat Amy, this time as seniors at Barden University. “They’re all graduating seniors,” Banks says of the film’s stars. Both played freshmen who join the Barden Bellas and eventually take the all-female a cappella group to national championship.

Banks also confirmed that John Michael Higgins will be returning. Higgins played one of the ICCAs commentators alongside Banks’ Gail Abernathy-McKadden. “We will see a little more of Gail and John and delve into their dynamic. You’re going to learn more about why she has three last names.”

Earlier this year, Banks spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about the sequel: “The whole project speaks so much to me and to women and to making women funny in really fun and interesting ways and that’s what I’m most looking forward to,” she said. “I’m looking forward to letting the girls let loose.”

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Teen Arrested for Tweeting American Airline Threat is Released

American Airlines

American Airlines

Although it should be pretty common knowledge – don’t tweet fake terrorist threats. Police arrested a 14-year-old Dutch girl on Monday after she tweeted a terror threat to American Airlines.

A Twitter user calling herself Sarah with the handle @QueenDemetriax_ tweeted. “@AmiercanAir hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”

American Airlines responded from their official Twitter account saying “@QueenDemetriax_ Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

Right after this, the girl pleaded with the airline, saying things like she is only a 14-year-old girl and she was just kidding.

The girl turned herself in at a police station in Rotterdam on Monday afternoon after authorities launched an investigation to find her.

“The assumption made by her tweets was taken seriously, and I may add that it is a rather alarming threat,” Wessel Stolle, a Rotterdam police department spokesman, told CNN.

The girl has been charged with “posting a false or alarming announcement” under Dutch law, but the consequences of the accusation remain unclear.

American Airlines stands by their actions, regardless of that fact that she was “joking.”

“At American, the safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case-by-case basis,” American spokesman Matt Miller told CNN. “American’s response was taken down per our standard procedures. In this type of situation, we flag the conversation with the proper authorities and then take down the message(s).”

Stolle told Business Insider that, “We’re not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point, we just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the Internet.”

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