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"Life just doesn't hand you things. You have to get out there and make things happen. That's the exciting part." -- Emeril Lagasse
 
Hello everyone! So many people are making such wonderful things happen! Included in our stories this week are acts of courage and courageous kindness: vending machines in Dubai that offer free bread; a town that votes to keep a much needed grocery store; and an auto mechanic who, with great dedication, fulfills a life-long dream to become a medical doctor. May these stories uplift and inspire. Wishing you and yours well!

EVERYDAY HEROES

Mechanic-Turned-Doctor: It's Never Too Late To Follow Your Dreams

Mechanic-Turned-Doctor: It's Never Too Late To Follow Your Dreams

At 19, Carl Allamby opened his own auto body shop in Ohio, US, after three years of working at an auto parts store. He dreamed of being a doctor, but "the schools that we went to just weren't made for putting out lawyers or other professionals," he reflected. After 20 years of running a successful auto body shop that grew into two locations, he felt a need for a change. Enrolling in business school, a prerequisite class in biology brought back his childhood passion for medicine, and he enrolled in medical school full time in 2015. As a full time student, he auctioned off his business, after thoughtful planning and the loving support of his wife, Kim, a physical therapist, and four children. "I liquidated my whole life that I had worked at for 25 years -- in about 10 hours," he reflected. The planning and hard work paid off. In August 2022, started his first big job in medicine, as an attending physician in emergency medicine at Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. "Not all of us are going to be able to fulfill everything that we had in mind. But trying hard and working towards it is something you should always do," he said. "As long as you give it your all, and do what you can with the hand you were dealt, you'll never blame yourself for falling short of your dreams." Read Full Story.

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RESOURCES

Free Bread For All: Dubai Initiative Gives Bread Through Vending Machines

Free Bread For All: Dubai Initiative Gives Bread Through Vending Machines

In Dubai, a new 'Bread for All' initiative has begun providing hot bread to anyone around the city who would like it. People have the option to select from two options, Arabic bread and finger rolls, from a vending machine, which heats up the bread in about a minute after a user clicks to order it. The initiative is a vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, who stressed at the start of the pandemic that "in UAE, no one should sleep hungry." The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC) officially launched the campaign under the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, to help underprivileged families and laborers. The general public can donate to the project, which according to Zainab Juma Al Tamimi, Director of MBRGCEC, has plans to increase the number of vending machines across Dubai and other emirates after six months. She remarked, "This initiative aims to enhance the principle of sustainability in humanitarian work and spread social solidarity in society." Read Full Story.

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COMMUNITY

This Small Town Saved Its Only Grocery Store By Buying It

This Small Town Saved Its Only Grocery Store By Buying It

Julie Kent

In May 2020, when city government asked residents of Erie, Kansas, if they supported buying Stub's Market, most of the 311 households who responded said yes. If the city's only grocery store closed for good, residents would be left with only a chain store. The city's approach -- to turn the store into a publicly funded enterprise -- is an uncommon solution. Neighboring St. Paul, Kansas, population 543, is one of the few towns in the US that had done so; its St. Paul Supermarket employs about 15 people and turns a profit of 3%. Erie spent about $500,000 to buy Stub's, and hired a manager with retail experience. And now the city is thriving. Erie just opened a new day care center, restaurant, and coffee shop. The city regards the store as a utility like electricity and water. If operating costs go up, Erie would add less than $5 per month to each resident's utility bill. And when it comes to inflation, the city is looking into reducing its markup on groceries. Read Full Story.

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TECHNOLOGY

Iceland Celebrates Its 1st Passenger Flight Of An Electric Aircraft

Iceland Celebrates Its 1st Passenger Flight Of An Electric Aircraft

Pipistrel

The president and prime minister of Iceland were the first passengers on the country's first commercial flight of an electric airplane. The company Rafmagnsflug ehf. (Electric Flight) brought the first electric plane to Iceland with the aim of taking the initiative towards the energy exchange of aviation, training staff in this new technology, and introducing it to the nation, Icelandair said in a press release. The two-seater Pipistrel was manufactured in Slovenia in 2021 and will be used for flight training, although it is expected that the public will be able to purchase sightseeing flights. Icelandair said the commercial service was the first step "in an important journey towards more environmentally friendly aviation. The opportunities for Iceland are great due to short domestic flight routes, access to green energy, and Iceland's location between Europe and North America." Read Full Story.

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ARTS

Palestinian Farmer Discovers Centuries-Old Mosaic In Gaza

Palestinian Farmer Discovers Centuries-Old Mosaic In Gaza

Fatima Shbair | AP Photo

In the Gaza Strip and less than a kilometer from the Israeli border, a farmer recently discovered stunning, rare, ancient mosaic tiles while tending to the olive trees in his orchard. The mosaic floor tiles -- featuring images of animals and complex geometric designs -- date back to the Byzantine era (313-1453 AD) and are very well-preserved. In recent years, other Byzantine antiquities have also been unearthed in this culturally-rich region, prompting urgent calls for protection of ancient archaeological finds in the Gaza Strip from potential damage caused by military bombings, city development projects, and improper care of the archaeological sites. Read Full Story.

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