Fierce boxer Marlen Esparza was featured in Vogue recently.
By PRISCILLA RODRIGUEZ
The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kick off tomorrow in London. We’re rooting for Team USA, and these seven Latinas are on the team representing for all of us. Check out this list of athletes you should be watching for over the next few weeks.
Looking back on high school, I’m often surprised that I graduated with even a modicum of science literacy — let’s just say that my projects usually seemed a bit rushed, which is to say they were entirely completed the night before the due date. But for the teens who competed in this year’s Google Science Fair, an annual competition that invites teenagers from around the world to digitally submit their science projects, I think it’s safe to say that science is a blessing and an opportunity, and not a curse. Among this year’s amazing contestants, grand prize winner Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old girl from Florida, seems to be stealing the show — and with her amazing project, a neural network that can diagnose breast cancer with 99.11% accuracy, can you really blame her?
Animal Rescue League’s Happy Tails benefit a success
A boundlessly brave and loving pit bull who lost her leg while saving her owner from an oncoming train and a cat who, as a tiny kitten, survived last year’s tornadoes in central Massachusetts were A List celebrities at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Happy Tails benefit and gathering on Sunday, July 15 at the ARL’s Chandler Street headquarters. The ARL auditorium was packed from 11:00-3:00 with adoptive pet parents, dogs waiting to be photographed for their own pet portraits, and admirers who wanted to meet the two very special animal guests. Guests were served a buffet of salads, sandwiches and desserts, some of which were vegetarian or vegan, and there were silent and on-line auction items such as autographed guitars and baseballs on display. There was a suggested donation of $10, and a book signing to benefit the ARL as well.
Toto, called the littlest survivor of the Brimfield tornadoes, is now a happy, healthy, friendly and exceptionally poised one-year old cat who enjoys riding in cars, walks on a leash, and remains calm and contented even when surrounded by throngs of fans. Toto sat on a table near his owner, Jonahthan Hall, who was autographing copies of his children’s book about his cat’s rescue and first year with Hall, entitled Toto the Tornado Kitten. All proceeds from the charming and sensitively written book will benefit the ARL. To date, the book ahs raised over $24,000 for the ARL. In addition to his signature, purchasers of the book got a stamped “signature” by Toto himself, the stamp being a reproduction of Toto’s paw print.
Lilly the pit bull and her owner, Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne of East Boston, sat on the floor surrounded by admirers who had read media reports of Lilly’s heroic actions. Lanteigne’s mother, Christine Spain, was walking home from a friend’s house one night in early May when she lost consciousness and fell on railroad tracks as a train approached. The stunned driver of the freight train tried to stop the train before hitting them, and Lilly got Spain off the tracks unharmed. Lilly herself did not escape injury, as her right front leg and pelvis were severely damaged and the leg had to be amputated at Angell Memorial Medical Center. Lilly was the subject of many television, newspaper and on-line reports, prompting the public to donate over $70,000 to Angell for her care, which will include ongoing physical therapy. Lilly appeared happy and greeted her many well-wishers affectionately.
With blood spurting from her wound, 19-year-old Allie Young urged her friend, Stephanie Davies, 21, to flee. “Stephanie refused,” the president recounted, and even as bullets continued to fly she applied pressure to Young’s wound with one hand, and called 911 with the other. Davies helped…
Lenovo’s chief executive has given a $3m bonus he received for bumper results to thousands of the computer manufacturer’s lower-paid workers, reports say.
Yang Yuanqing had been given the extra cash on top of his usual bonus in May, following record results that accompanied Lenovo’s ascension to the number-two PC-maker spot, just behind HP. On Thursday, a Chinese report stated that Yang had distributed the money among 10,000 workers, such as those in Lenovo’s call centres and on its production lines.
The ‘Yuanqing rewards’ averaged out at 2,000 yuan, or $314 (£200), which is slightly less than a month’s salary for many workers in China’s technology manufacturing plants.