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‘I don’t deserve it’: Homeless man’s astonishment after donors pledge him $150,000 for returning diamond engagement ring


 

‘I don’t deserve it’: Homeless man’s astonishment after donors pledge him $150,000 for returning diamond engagement ring

Sarah Darling lost her ring on the streets of Kansas City when she it unknowingly dropped it into a cup belonging to Billy Ray Harris.

  • Homeless: Billy Ray Harris's good deed has earned him over $150,000 (KCTV 5)

    KCTV 5 – Homeless: Billy Ray Harris’s good deed has earned him over $150,000 (KCTV 5)

A homeless man has become the centre of a global fundraising campaign – after returning a diamond engagement ring to a bride-to-be who dropped it in his coffee cup.
Sarah Darling lost her ring on the streets of Kansas City when she it unknowingly dropped it into a cup belonging to Billy Ray Harris.
She desperately dashed back to the scene the next day after realising it was missing, and was overjoyed when Harris returned the valuable jewellery straight back to her.
The feel-good story has touched so many people that an online fundraising page for homeless Harris has since pulled $150,000 in less than a fortnight.
The act of selflessness by Harris, who sleeps under a bridge and spends his days in a square in Kansas City, has since been described as a ‘miracle’ by Ms Darling’s fiance, Bill Krejci.
Mr Krejci, who set up the online donations page himself, said the act of generosity ‘makes you realise that there are good people out there’.
The donations, which on Tuesday afternoon stood at $151,000, are currently enough for Harris to get himself off the streets and buy a three-bedroom house in Kansas City.

Valuable: The diamond engagement ring which Harris selflessly returned (KCTV 5)

Harris told a local television station he ‘had that little devil on my shoulder saying, "Keep the money",’ but he decided against pawning the ring for cash.
When a distraught Ms Darling returned to the square hoping to retrieve the ring, she told Harris: "I don’t know if you remember me, but I think I gave you something that’s very precious."
Harris asked her, "Was it a ring?", before adding, "Yeah I have it, I kept it for you," and pulling it from a pocket.
Ms Darling and her fiance set up the fundraising page to thank Harris for returning the ring, hoping it would pull in $1,000.
Instead, over 6,000 pledges have flooded in from Asia, Europe and America, all wishing Harris well for his good deed.

Distraught: Sarah Darling was overjoyed when she recovered the ring (KCTV 5)

One donor left a message on the page saying: "An amazing man who deserves amazing things.. I hope things go well for you 🙂 You are a true inspiration around the world!!"
Another pledge, from Pat Gowen, read: "Thank you Mr. Harris for your honesty. You have restored my faith in people. God Bless you."
Harris himself said he didn’t think he deserves all the attention he has been getting.
He told local television station KCTV: "What I actually feel is, "What is the world coming to when a person returns something that dosn’t belong to him and all this happens?".’
He added: "My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was six months old and, thank the good Lord, it’s a blessing, but I do still have some character."
Harris said he may attempt to find somewhere to live in Texas, where he has family, but is currently staying with a friend.
In a statement on the Give Forward online page, Bill Krejci said after meeting Harris: "We talked about what he plans to do.
"He has a very solid plan and a very solid way of making it happen."

 

Yahoo! NewsBy Chris Parsons |

‘I don’t deserve it’: Homeless man’s astonishment after donors pledge him $150,000 for returning diamond engagement ring – Yahoo! News UK

February 26, 2013 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Business, CELEBRITY, Charity, Entertainement, Food, Health, Internet, Money, nature, People | , | 2 Comments

Experts tell flatulent flyers: let rip


 

Experts tell flatulent flyers: let rip

AFPBy Neil Sands

  • A cabin crew member of budget Philippine airline Cebu Pacific performs a dance as part of the inflight safety demonstration, on October 8, 2010. A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 -- is it okay to fart mid-flight?

     

    AFP/AFP/File – A cabin crew member of budget Philippine airline Cebu Pacific performs a dance as part of the inflight safety demonstration, on October 8, 2010. A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 — is it okay to fart mid-flight? 

A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 — is it okay to fart mid-flight?

The experts’ recommendation is an emphatic yes to airline passengers — but a warning to cockpit crews that breaking wind could distract the pilot and pose a safety risk.

The study concluded that anecdotal evidence that flying increases flatulence is not hot air, finding that changes in air pressure at altitude result in the gut producing more gas.

When Danish gastroenterologist Jacob Rosenberg encountered the malodorous problem first-hand on a flight from Copenhagen to Tokyo, he enlisted some of the finest minds in his field to address the issue.

The result was an in-depth review of scientific literature on flatulence, looking at issues such as whether women’s farts smell worse than men’s (yes), what causes the odour (sulphur) and how often the average person passes wind every day (10).

The bottom line, according to the 3,000-word study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, is that airline passengers should ignore the social embarrassment of breaking wind and "just let it go".

"(Holding back) holds significant drawbacks for the individual, such as discomfort and even pain, bloating, dyspepsia (indigestion), pyrosis (heartburn) just to name but a few resulting abdominal symptoms," the study found.

"Moreover, problems resulting from the required concentration to maintain such control may even result in subsequent stress symptoms."

The authors — five gastroenterologists from Denmark and Britain — said that while passengers may experience poor service from the cabin crew as a result of their decision, the health benefits outweighed any negative impacts.

However, they said the cockpit crew faced a lose-lose situation.

"On the one hand, if the pilot restrains a fart, all the drawbacks previously mentioned, including impaired concentration, may affect his abilities to control the plane," the researchers said.

"On the other hand, if he lets go of the fart, his co-pilot may be affected by its odour, which again reduces safety onboard the flight."

The authors canvassed a number of solutions to the issue of flight-induced flatulence, including using methane breath tests to screen wind-prone passengers from flights, but rejected them as impractical.

They did, however, note that the textile covers used on seats in economy class absorbed up to 50 percent of odours because they are gas permeable, unlike the leather seats in first class.

They suggested airlines could improve the odour-eating properties of the seats and issue special blankets and trousers to passengers to minimise mid-air flatulence.

"We humbly propose that active charcoal should be embedded in the seat cushion, since this material is able to neutralise the odour," they said.

"Moreover active charcoal may be used in trousers and blankets to emphasise this effect."

Air New Zealand declined to comment when asked if it would adopt such measures.

Experts tell flatulent flyers: let rip – Yahoo! News UK

February 15, 2013 Posted by | Blogroll, Business, Disgusting, Entertainement, Flying, Funny, Health, nature, People, Space, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

BREAKING NEWS: Water companies to charge 3.5% more next year pushing average bill up £13 to £388


 

Water companies to charge 3.5% more from April pushing average bill up by £13 to £388 a year

  • Households in south-east will pay the most – Yorkshire the least
  • Companies say £250bn to be invested in improvements
  • Number of people in debt over water bills up 250% in five years

The average household water and sewerage bill will go up by 3.5 per cent next year, it was revealed today.

This above-inflation increase means most people in England and Wales will pay at least £13 more in the 12 months from April, taking the total annual cost to around £388.

Homes in the south-east will pay the most, £23 more in the next year, while Yorkshire residents will pay the least at £12 extra.

Companies have raised their prices to the highest levels allowed by the regulator Ofwat to pay for £25billion of improvements.

The 3.5 per cent increase will be tough for many to take as the average salary in the UK has only gone up by less than two per cent in 2012.

Up: The average household water bill in England and Wales will go up by 3.5% next year

Up: The average household water bill in England and Wales will go up by 3.5% next year – around £13

National Debtline said it took a record 19,667 calls for help with water debts last year, up from 12,226 in 2010 and 597 in 2003. The figure is also an increase of 251% since 2007.

The number of water bill-related calls last year was higher than those regarding rent or mortgage difficulties.

A spokesman said: “It’s one of the fastest-growing debt problems we’re dealing with.’

Regulator Ofwat insists they have got a good deal for consumers.

 

Chief executive Regina Finn said: ‘Back in 2009, companies wanted bills rises of 10 per cent above inflation. That didn’t chime with what customers told us they wanted, so we said they could only increase bills in line with inflation.

‘We understand that there is huge pressure on household incomes, and any rise is unwelcome. Inflation is driving these increases.’

‘We will make sure customers get value for money and if companies fall short in delivering their investment promises, we will take action,’ Ms Finn added.

‘In the past seven years, we have made companies pay out around £550 million where they have underperformed.’

The new charges will vary for households depending on their supplier and whether they have a water meter, Ofwat said.

The increased bills will help pay for an investment programme worth about £25billion between 2010 and 2015, the regulator added.

Thames Water will see the biggest percentage rise in water and sewerage bills with an increase of 5.5 per cent, leaving households with an average bill of £354, according to Ofwat.

Southern Water bills will rise by 5.3 per cent with an average payment of £449 while households supplied by Wessex Water will face an average bill of £478 – an increase of 4.9 per cent.

Those supplied by South West Water will see bills fall by 7.3% after the Government pledged contributions to reduce each household’s bill by £50.

However, water and sewerage bills in the region remain the highest in the country, with households paying an average of £499.

Last week Ofwat announced proposals to change the way it regulates the water and sewerage sectors to ensure more sustainable water use.

The regulator also welcomed a report on the Draft Water Bill, which has identified potential benefits of £2 billion by changing the way water is managed.

The price comparison website uSwitch.com said the increase came just months after energy bills soared to a record high of an average £1,352 a year, with households now needing to find an extra £107 a year to pay the two bills.

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USwitch director of consumer policy Ann Robinson said: ‘Ofwat’s announcement follows a wave of energy price hikes and will leave many households struggling to stay afloat.

‘Households now face forking out £1,740 a year on energy, water and sewerage alone.

‘With incomes remaining stagnant, this will be another squeeze on family finances and will no doubt cause sacrifice and hardship for many.

‘There really is no need to pay over the odds for any household bills and there are a couple of simple but effective steps to help protect yourself from rising prices.

‘While consumers might not have the choice of switching to a cheaper water supplier, they do have the option of moving to a water meter which could save them £54 a year.

‘As a rule of thumb, if there are more bedrooms than people in a household then a water meter could be more cost effective.’

BREAKING NEWS: Water companies to charge 3.5% more next year pushing average bill up £13 to £388 | Mail Online

February 5, 2013 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Business, Disgusting, Health, Money, People, Politics | | Leave a comment

Kelly Brook confirms split from Thom Evans but claims it has nothing to do with ex-boyfriend Danny Cipriani


 

‘It was a mutual decision’: Kelly Brook confirms split from Thom Evans… but says it has nothing to do with ex Danny Cipriani

 

Kelly Brook has confirmed that she has split with boyfriend Thom Evans via her Twitter account, but has denied that it had anything to do with her meetings with ex-boyfriend Danny Cipriani.

Former rugby star Thom is said to have questioned the stunning brunette repeatedly about her frequent outings with her ex – who she was seen meeting alongside her best friend Preeya Kalidas in London on Saturday night.

But Kelly has claimed that ending the two-year relationship was mutual, writing: ‘Thom and I mutually agreed to go our separate ways some time ago. It had absolutely nothing to do with a third party.’

'Mutual' split: Kelly Brook has confirmed her split with Thom Evans, denying that it had anything to do with her recent meetings with Danny Cipriani

‘Mutual’ split: Kelly Brook has confirmed her split with Thom Evans, denying that it had anything to do with her recent meetings with Danny Cipriani

According to The Sun, Thom, 27, decided to end his two-year relationship with Kelly, 33, last week because he was growing increasingly unhappy about her friendship with Cipriani, also a rugby player.

A source said: ‘Even though there was nothing going on while she and Thom were together, Thom hated the fact she was seeing him and Kelly refused to end their meetings.

‘After one row too many the pair decided to end things. She’s been leaning on Danny since the break-up and, while she’s devastated, she knows it’s for the best.’

Kelly is said to have been unwilling to stop meeting up with her 25-year-old ex, with the source adding that she ‘never stopped loving Danny’.

Happy landings: Kelly landed in Miami, Florida on Thursday following the reports of the split

Happy landings: Kelly landed in Miami, Florida on Thursday following the reports of the split

Old acquaintances: Kelly and Danny Cipriani were pictured leaving the Rose club last week after partying together

Old acquaintances: Kelly and Danny Cipriani were pictured leaving the Rose club last week after partying together

Old acquaintances: Kelly and Danny Cipriani were pictured leaving the Rose club last week after partying together

One-time Scottish international player Thom has reportedly already moved out of the home he and Kelly shared and is planning a short-term move to Los Angeles to focus on his acting career.

The source added to the Sun: ‘Thom told Kelly that he’s always wanted to live in LA but never made the leap because she was so against it.’

Following the news of the split breaking, Kelly has flown to Miami, Florida, for some winter sunshine.

Happier times: One of the last times Kelly and Thom were pictured together, during a night out on 4th January

Happier times: One of the last times Kelly and Thom were pictured together, during a night out on 4th January

She tweeted: ‘Arrived in Miami!! Lovely to be back! X’.

Kelly and Thom first met in a nightclub and began dating in December 2010. In March 2011 she announced via Twitter that she and Evans were expecting a baby girl, but she later tragically suffered a miscarriage.

The Kent-born beauty has been less than successful in her relationship history.

Love lost: Danny and Kelly, pictured in 2009, dated briefly but split up before she met Thom

Love lost: Danny and Kelly, pictured in 2009, dated briefly but split up before she met Thom

Unlucky in love: Kelly has also had long-term relationships with Jason Statham and Billy Zane

Unlucky in love: Kelly has also had long-term relationships with Jason Statham and Billy Zane

Unlucky in love: Kelly has also had long-term relationships with Jason Statham and Billy Zane

Kelly was formerly engaged to Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Jason Statham, who she dated for eight years before the pair split in 2004.

She was also engaged Titanic actor Billy Zane, but the pair ended the relationship in 2008.

Since then, Kelly has also been romantically linked to stars including Glee actor Matthew Morrison.

New beginnings: Kelly has reportedly never stopped loving Danny and was unwilling to stop seeing the 25-year-old Sale Sharks player

New beginnings: Kelly has reportedly never stopped loving Danny and was unwilling to stop seeing the 25-year-old Sale Sharks player

Is that Danny on the phone? Kelly looked cute for the trip to Miami in a checked skirt, black tights and fringed boots

Is that Danny on the phone? Kelly looked cute for the trip to Miami in a checked skirt, black tights and fringed boots

Is that Danny on the phone? Kelly looked cute for the trip to Miami in a checked skirt, black tights and fringed boots

Kelly Brook confirms split from Thom Evans but claims it has nothing to do with ex-boyfriend Danny Cipriani | Mail Online

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Awards, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Entertainement, Film, Internet, nature, People, Star | | 1 Comment