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WHY ARTHUR ZANG IS EXTRAORDINARY

The treatment of heart conditions is one of the major issues in many countries today, especially in Africa where there is a great shortage of cardiologists when compared to the overall population. In such places, people experience great risks in having their heart issues addressed, and some even die while waiting for help to come. Fortunately, there are people, who even in their young are already genuinely passionate about solving their community’s problems – people like Arthur Zang.

Arthur Zang is a young engineer and inventor who is most known for the “Cardiopad”, the first ever touch screen medical tablet in Africa that helps connect patients and cardiologists who are vastly distanced from each other by utilizing two of today’s greatest technological wonders – the internet and the digital tablet.

THE CARDIOPAD AND WHY IT IS REMARKABLE AS AN INVENTION

Simply put, the Cardiopad works as a medical examination device like the ECG and transmits the results to various heart surgeons throughout the country through the internet. As a result, the appropriate surgeon can then give his professional advice on the proper procedures and thus save time and resources in treating the heart condition before it gets worse.

While Arthur’s invention may not be the first of its kind in the world, it is very unique given the fact that it was designed and developed in a place where research and technology is often unnoticed because of bigger problems like poverty and rebellion. Arthur’s invention of the cardiopad not only revolutionized the way heart treatment is done in Cameroon, but it also showed the people in the country that their economic state is not a hindrance for them to be able to advance in technology.

WHAT TRULY MATTERS: A HEART FOR YOUR COUNTRYMEN

Arthur’s natural aptitude and talent for engineering may seem to be the main reason behind the success of his invention, but if you look deeper, it is because of his genuine desire to help his fellow countrymen that enables him to do what he does. Having gone through a difficult life when he was still young, Arthur developed a desire to see change happen in his country, and this is what caused him to devote his time, effort and resources to come up with a great invention like the cardiopad.

HAVING A PERSISTENT ATTITUDE

But it is not just his passion – Arthur is also determined and persistent, not letting disappointments get in the way of him achieving his goal. When Arthur started promoting his invention, his funding efforts at several times ended in disappointment because the banks turned him away – but this did not for once discourage him from continuing. Because of Arthur’s perseverance, he was able to get the government to help and fund his invention, thus saving the lives of millions of people through the advantages brought in by the cardiopad.

RECOGNITIONS

A truly extraordinary person by right, Arthur has indeed earned his way to becoming one of the youngest successful inventors today. He has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s “30 under 30 People Who are Changing the World” and was included by Forbes Magazine in their “30 under 30” list. He is also a recipient of the African Mobile Award, which simply proves just how significant his work has been in revolutionizing the medical industry.

Arthur Zang’s life and career is a true testament to what it means to use science for the betterment of mankind. He serves as an amazing inspiration to many young people to not only be interested in science and engineering, but to also use what they know so that they could be a great asset to their community.

10 REASONS WHY ARTHUR ZANG IS EXTRAORDINARY

  1. Arthur Zang is the inventor of the Cardiopad, the first ever fully touch screen medical tablet in Africa.
  2. His invention also revolutionized heart treatment in his country by bridging the vast gap between the 20 million Cameroonians and the 30 cardiologists in the country.
  3. Through his persistence and perseverance, the Cameroonian government gave over 300 thousand Euros for the development and construction of Cardiopads.
  4. He was named as one of the most successful young inventors in the world today.
  5. He was included in the “30 under 30: World Changers” list by TIME Magazine.
  6. Forbes Magazine named him as one of their “30 under 30” celebrities.
  7. He founded his own company, the Himore Medical Equipments.
  8. He is a recipient of the African Mobile Award.
  9. His life and career proves that poverty is never a hindrance to achieving great things.
  10. He is among the few young scientists and engineers in Cameroon.

The Biography of Jackie Chan

Posted: December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Long before he became an international household name, Chinese superstar Jackie Chan had smashed box office records throughout Asia with his trademark mixture of action, humour and precisely choreographed stunts all performed by Jackie himself.

And in 1987, already a millionaire, the martial arts expert was ready to take America by storm with what turned out to be his breakthrough film in the West, Police Story. “After a few similar movies, the US audience will begin to know me,” he predicted. “Then it will be Jackie, Jackie, Jackie all the way.”

And the Rush Hour star born Chan Kwong Sang in Hong Kong on April 7, 1954 was right. But the path to global stardom proved a long one for the former stunt man, who, as legend has it, was nearly sold to the doctor who brought him into the world by his parents, who were desperate for food money. His mum and dad, however, eventually got back on their feet after finding jobs cooking and cleaning at the French consulate. “I actually have the French government to thank for my present-day physique,” Jackie once said. “My father, as head cook, would always save the best cut of steak for me, his only child.”

Aged six, Jackie moved with his family to the Australian capital of Canberra to work for the US consulate, but Chan junior was soon sent back to Hong Kong to study at the Chinese Opera Research Institute in Hong Kong. There, he faced gruelling days which started at 5am and ended at midnight, while undergoing rigorous training in singing, martial arts and acrobatics. 

By the late Sixties, after a visiting filmmaker offered him a job as stunt man in a Chinese action film, Jackie was taking on largely uncredited roles in films such as Bruce Lee’sEnter The Dragon and Fists Of Fury. After Lee’s sudden death in 1973, one of his former directors, Lo Wei, cast Jackie in several films, aiming to promote him as the next incarnation of the icon. 

Jackie, however, had other ideas. “I wanted to be like a Chaplin or Buster Keaton, but all the martial arts directors wanted me to copy Bruce Lee. So after I got famous I started to change a lot of things… I decided, when Bruce Lee kicked high, I’d kick low. When Bruce Lee yowled, I’d punch doing a funny face like it hurt. Whatever Bruce Lee did, I’d do the opposite.”

This blend of slapstick and action and the fact he performed all his own stunts helped him strike box office gold with his breakthrough hit Drunken Master in 1977. After briefly working Stateside in 1980 (he had a bit part in Burt Reynolds’ road comedy Cannonball Run), Jackie spent the Eighties mining his winning streak in Asia, where his big-budget stints as both actor and director earned him the title “a local Steven Spielberg“. 

He also became a major sex symbol; and many a female heart was broken when he married Taiwanese actress Len Feng-Chiao in 1983. The couple, who were briefly estranged in 1998 after Jackie had a child with former Miss Asia, Elaine Ng, has one son, aspiring singer Chan Cho-ming, also known as JC. 

Jackie’s risky on-set stunt work which is featured in out takes at the end of his films has not been without consequences. He is said to have broken nearly every bone in his body at one time or another, and permanently lodged a piece of skull in his brain after a 45-foot fall in Yugoslavia while filming Armour Of God, an accident which also caused him to lose some hearing in one ear. 

Now in his late 40s Jackie admits he may be slowing down – but he’s definitely not stopping. “Fights and stunts take me longer to do, but I have no choice,” he says. “My life is the movies.”

 

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Our planet has a lot of things to offer us, than when you look at history, countless developments and improvements have been made to make life more convenient for mankind. However, there are some times when developments slow down because of stagnation and the fear of change. Fortunately, there are those, who even in their young age continues to build upon what others have started and never stops looking for ways to make things better, people like Danielle Fong.

BEING DANIELLE FONG: HER CAREER AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Danielle Fong is a young entrepreneur and scientist who is most popular for being one of the founders of LightSail Energy, Inc., an organization focused on improving technology for the betterment of people’s lives. Since she started her work, Danielle has greatly inspired many budding young scientists to stand up and not let the obstacles keep them from making their mark in changing the world.

Because of her determination and courage to face disappointments for the sake of advancing science, Danielle has been recognized and awarded by many publications and institutions. Among these are being included in Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” list, being named as one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by the MIT Technology Review, and honored among the “30 People Under 30 Who are Changing the World” by TIME Magazine, to name a few.

THE LIFE OF AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF DEVELOPMENT

Danielle’s story is unique and extraordinary – she dropped from school when she was twelve years old, but not because of normal reasons like lack of finances or interest – rather, she was so ready for advanced studies that she entered her college studies at twelve, earning her degree five years later. She also dropped out of her doctorate studies, but later on went to become one of the most popular figures in the world of science and technology for her work.

Danielle says this in an interview when she was asked about her greatest accomplishment:

“Honestly, the two proudest moments in my life were dropping out of junior high and dropping out of graduate school. I’ll always remember to listen to myself if something’s just not feeling right – and I’ll always remember to strive to find something that does. I don’t know if that qualifies as an achievement, in the common idiom, but it’s something I’m proud of.”

All of this, because of her unyielding determination to improve the lives of others and her courage to stand against even the biggest of disappointments in her career. Danielle’s attitude towards failure is very remarkable – for her, failures do not keep you from succeeding – rather, they are there so you can figure out how to become more successful. Because of this, Danielle was able to stand back up and move nearer to the success that she has always been hoping for, in spite of all the disappointments that she faced along the way.

DANIELLE’S LEGACY: A BETTER WORLD

Danielle’s work may not seem that huge now, but in ten years or more, people would look back and say, ‘look at the things we enjoy today because someone like Danielle Fong stood up and not let her disappointments keep her from fighting for her dream of improving technology.’ Her story is an inspiration for everyone that if you keep on believing, there is nothing that will ever hold you back from achieving your goal.

“In five years, I hope to have caused the replacement of fossil fuels sufficient to power ten thousand people. In ten, I hope to have made renewables the economical choice for almost everywhere on our planet. And I hope to have helped hundreds of young entrepreneurs follow their dreams, and strike out, toward the unknown.”

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WHY DANIELLE FONG IS EXTRAORDINARY
Our planet has a lot of things to offer us, than when you look at history, countless developments and improvements have been made to make life more convenient for mankind. However, there are some times when developments slow down because of stagnation and the fear of change. Fortunately, there are those, who even in their young age continues to build upon what others have started and never stops looking for ways to make things better, people like Danielle Fong.

BEING DANIELLE FONG: HER CAREER AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Danielle Fong is a young entrepreneur and scientist who is most popular for being one of the founders of LightSail Energy, Inc., an organization focused on improving technology for the betterment of people’s lives. Since she started her work, Danielle has greatly inspired many budding young scientists to stand up and not let the obstacles keep them from making their mark in changing the world.

Because of her determination and courage to face disappointments for the sake of advancing science, Danielle has been recognized and awarded by many publications and institutions. Among these are being included in Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” list, being named as one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” by the MIT Technology Review, and honored among the “30 People Under 30 Who are Changing the World” by TIME Magazine, to name a few.

THE LIFE OF AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE OF DEVELOPMENT
Danielle’s story is unique and extraordinary – she dropped from school when she was twelve years old, but not because of normal reasons like lack of finances or interest – rather, she was so ready for advanced studies that she entered her college studies at twelve, earning her degree five years later. She also dropped out of her doctorate studies, but later on went to become one of the most popular figures in the world of science and technology for her work.

Danielle says this in an interview when she was asked about her greatest accomplishment:

“Honestly, the two proudest moments in my life were dropping out of junior high and dropping out of graduate school. I’ll always remember to listen to myself if something’s just not feeling right – and I’ll always remember to strive to find something that does. I don’t know if that qualifies as an achievement, in the common idiom, but it’s something I’m proud of.”

All of this, because of her unyielding determination to improve the lives of others and her courage to stand against even the biggest of disappointments in her career. Danielle’s attitude towards failure is very remarkable – for her, failures do not keep you from succeeding – rather, they are there so you can figure out how to become more successful. Because of this, Danielle was able to stand back up and move nearer to the success that she has always been hoping for, in spite of all the disappointments that she faced along the way.

DANIELLE’S LEGACY: A BETTER WORLD
Danielle’s work may not seem that huge now, but in ten years or more, people would look back and say, ‘look at the things we enjoy today because someone like Danielle Fong stood up and not let her disappointments keep her from fighting for her dream of improving technology.’ Her story is an inspiration for everyone that if you keep on believing, there is nothing that will ever hold you back from achieving your goal.

“In five years, I hope to have caused the replacement of fossil fuels sufficient to power ten thousand people. In ten, I hope to have made renewables the economical choice for almost everywhere on our planet. And I hope to have helped hundreds of young entrepreneurs follow their dreams, and strike out, toward the unknown.”

10 REASONS WHY DANIELLE FONG IS EXTRAORDINARY

  1. Danielle Fong is a co-founder and chief scientist of LightSail Energy, a highly successful organization that aims to improve technologies, more particularly the energy area, for the benefit of mankind.
  2. She entered college at age 12 and graduated with honors at only age 17.
  3. She left school twice, but emerged to become one of the most successful young scientists today.
  4. She was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35 of 2012”.
  5. Her idea of using Compressed Air Energy Storage, once shunned by many experts, is now being widely accepted in the energy field.
  6. She was included in the “30 People Under 30 Who are Changing the World” by TIME Magazine.
  7. She was named as one of the “Sexiest Scientists Alive” by the Business Insider.
  8. Her remarkable resilience, determination and courage has enabled her to move forward in spite of the disappointments and criticisms she faced.
  9. She was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” energy standouts.
  10. She became a member of the Thiel Fellowship.

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Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18th June 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at The Liverpool Institute.

Since writing his first song at the age of 14, Paul McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. In the sixties, as the writer and co-author of their greatest songs, he changed the world of music with The Beatles. Legendary albums include: Please Please MeRevolverHelp!, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album. Through the following three decades, first with Wings and then as a solo artist, he has continued to break boundaries and to influence the sound of music around the globe.

In 1990 he was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to write The Liverpool Oratorio, which has received more than 100 performances in 20 countries since its premiere in 1991, a performance recorded live by EMI Classics. The double-CD album topped the charts in both the UK and USA and was released on VHS and laserdisc.

In 1995 – the 30th anniversary of Paul McCartney’s most-acclaimed song Yesterday – his second classical work, A leaf – for solo piano, was premiered at St James’ Palace in the presence of the Prince of Wales. Since then, Paul McCartney has taken other steps into the classical form, composing Stately HornInebriationSpiral and his major challenge, Standing Stone.

Paul McCartney was commissioned by EMI Records in 1996 to compose a major orchestral work to mark EMI’s 100th anniversary in the autumn of 1997. The symphonic poem Standing Stone was recorded in the legendary Abbey Road studios, conducted by Lawrence Foster and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere was held at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1997, with a 10-minute standing ovation given to its composer by the capacity audience, and has been released by EMI Classics on both VHS and DVD-Video. Standing Stone then proceeded to go to No.1 in both classical charts in the UK and USA and McCartney later won the USA’s National Public Radio New Horizon Award for Standing Stone, in recognition of his work in broadening the appeal of classical music.

 Paul McCartney’s third album on EMI Classics Working Classical was released in October 1999 and features three new short orchestral works, A Leaf, Spiral and Tuesday in addition to string quartet arrangements of songs written for his late wife, Linda. The launch of this album was a performance of the complete works of Working Classical on October 16th in Liverpool, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrea Quinn and the Loma Mar String Quartet. Paul McCartney himself attended this historic concert.

His latest album is A Garland for Linda – an album to commemorate the life of Linda McCartney, while also raising funds for cancer research, with original music from Sir Paul himself and other contemporary composers. The launch of this album took place in January 2000, with a special performance of all the works on A Garland for Linda, at St Andrew’s Church in Holborn, London.

A freeman of The City of Liverpool and Lead Patron of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Paul McCartney was appointed Fellow of The Royal College of Music in 1995 by The Prince of Wales. In 1996 Paul McCartney was knighted by H.M. The Queen for his services to music.

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What a great story I have from this site: http://isextraordinary.blurpalicious.com/post/franz-weber

Franz Weber is an environmental activist, author, and animal rights activist who is most-known for his conservation work in the seventies and eighties, as well founding Fondation Franz Weber, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the environment and the wild life. Throughout his career, Franz has established a reputation for being one of the most significant names in the field of environmental activism, having spearheaded successful environmental campaigns around the world.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

A true champion of animal welfare and environmental conservation, Franz has received numerous accolades and recognitions for his work. Among these include being named as Delphi’s “Citoyen d’Honneur,” the City of Austin’s “Weber Honorary Citizen;” receiving the German Medal of Environment and the German Prize for Conservation of Nature; as well as winning the Hans Adalbert Schweigart Medal from the World Union for the Protection of Life. These, among all the other awards that Franz has received all throughout his career prove just how significant he has been in advancing the causes of environmental protection and animal welfare.

A SURVIVOR OF WORLD WAR 2 TURNED ACTIVIST

“No one can deny that the history of mankind since time immemorial is a story of indescribable horror. But at the same time, no one can also deny that since time immemorial men have appeared again and again to try to bring humanity out of the labyrinth of horrors.”

Since he was young, Franz has seen the different problems that have plagued mankind all throughout history. Being a survivor of the Second World War gave Franz the desire to help his fellow man by making sure that there is a world for the future generations to enjoy. This is why Franz greatly emphasizes taking care of the environment. For him, nature is one of the greatest treasures that we can leave the next generation with—a treasure that would sustain mankind for years and years to come.

Even though the issue of environmental protection and animal welfare seems too huge for Franz to resolve in his lifetime, he does not allow these factors to prevent him from doing his part. Franz understands just how important each person’s role is—that no matter how small your efforts are, as long as you act, you can make a great impact. This is why Franz believes that in spite of the numerous horrors that humanity has faced throughout history, they are still able to overcome the challenges because there are those who stand up and do their part in pulling everyone up from the ditch.

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WHY FRANZ WEBER IS EXTRAORDINARY

Franz Weber is an environmental activist, author, and animal rights activist who is most-known for his conservation work in the seventies and eighties, as well founding Fondation Franz Weber, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the environment and the wild life. Throughout his career, Franz has established a reputation for being one of the most significant names in the field of environmental activism, having spearheaded successful environmental campaigns around the world.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

A true champion of animal welfare and environmental conservation, Franz has received numerous accolades and recognitions for his work. Among these include being named as Delphi’s “Citoyen d’Honneur”, the City of Austin’s “Weber Honorary Citizen”; receiving the German Medal of Environment and the German Prize for Conservation of Nature; as well as winning the Hans Adalbert Schweigart Medal from the World Union for the Protection of Life. These, among all the other awards that Franz has received all throughout his career prove just how significant he has been in advancing the causes of environmental protection and animal welfare.

RISING UP TO HELP MANKIND: FRANZ’S LIFELONG PASSION

“No one can deny that the history of mankind since time immemorial is a story of indescribable horror. But at the same time, no one can also deny that since time immemorial men have appeared again and again to try to bring humanity out of the labyrinth of horrors.”

Since he was young, Franz has seen the different problems that have plagued mankind all throughout history. Being a survivor of the Second World War gave Franz the desire to help his fellow man by making sure that there is a world for the future generations to enjoy. This is why Franz greatly emphasizes in taking care of the environment. For him, nature is one of the greatest treasures that we can leave the next generation with – a treasure that would sustain mankind for years and years to come.

Even though the issue of environmental protection and animal welfare seems too huge for Franz to resolve in his lifetime, he does not allow these factors to prevent him from doing his part. Franz understands just how important each person’s role is – that no matter how small your efforts are, as long as you act, you can make a great impact. This is why Franz believes that in spite of the numerous horrors that humanity has faced throughout history, they are still able to overcome the challenges because there are those who stand up and do their part in pulling everyone up from the ditch.

FRANZ WEBER’S IMPACT TO THE WORLD OF ACTIVISM

The world owes much to Franz Weber for his undying efforts to ensure the protection and preservation of many of nature’s greatest wonders. His work has not only impacted the places that he fought to protect, but it has also brought forth a new generation of environmentalists who are being inspired by his actions. And while Franz knows that there is still much to be done, he does not relent – for the sake of the future generations, he continues to fight, as long as he has life in him.

“We do not want to live in darkness. That’s why we fight ahead until the decent morning dawns. And it will dawn, sooner or later. I wish for us all that it dawns sooner, not later. Much to the salvation of our children. And especially also for the salvation of our fellow creatures.”

10 REASONS WHY FRANZ WEBER IS EXTRAORDINARY

  1. Franz Weber is the founder of Fondation Franz Weber, one of the largest environmental conservation and animal welfare groups in the world today.
  2. He is one of the greatest environmentalists of all time, with his work significantly impacting many natural landmarks around the world.
  3. He was key to the preservation of Ancient Delphi, to which he was named the Citizen of Honor in 1997.
  4. His work in protecting the seals of Labrador, Canada resulted in the banning of baby seal pelts by the European Economic Community, thus preventing the hunting of seals in the area.
  5. He was also significant in the preservation of the Danube forests, which later on became the first Austrian National Park.
  6. He is a recipient of the German Prize for Conservation of Nature.
  7. He was named as a Weber Honorary Citizen by the State of Texas and the City of Austin for his work in preserving the environment.
  8. He was honored by Count Bernadette of Sweden by giving him the European Prize for Land Conservation.
  9. He is a winner of the Hans Adalbert Schweigart Medal.
  10. He played a vital role in the protection of the Lavaux region.