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IDENTIFIED: Mysterious couple who crashed a wedding, sat next to the best man and gave one dollar bill as a gift – as it’s revealed they were on a FIRST DATE

IDENTIFIED: Mysterious couple who crashed a wedding, sat next to the best man and gave one dollar bill as a gift – as it’s revealed they were on a FIRST DATE

The wedding crashers showed up at Karen Fox and Michael Tufo’s wedding in New Jersey on Saturday  Fox said she noticed them throughout the night but assumed they had been invited by her husband Every time she went to speak to them, she got distracted […]

Shocking Incident at Toronto High School

Shocking Incident at Toronto High School

TORONTO — An east Toronto high school has sent hundreds of students home out of concern for their safety after a suspected graduation prank that left the building smeared with cooking oil and peanut butter. The Toronto Catholic District School Board says about two-thirds of […]

Wall Street is betting big on this sector

Wall Street is betting big on this sector


Washington watchers who see a gloomy future for environmental issues may be missing something Wall Street already sees: an $8.7 trillion boom in sustainable investments.

All of this investment activity may seem counterintuitive. After all, the incoming Trump administration has vowed to reverse environmental regulations, and his Cabinet is being packed with old-school fans of fossil fuels. Despite this, big global trends like climate change are hastening investment in technology solutions to environmental problems.

Many investors recognize this opportunity and are thinking “green” – as in the color of money. Investments targeting companies that are addressing environmental challenges with products or services have been shown to outperform the overall stock market. Academic studies have shown that companies with high environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) standards have outperformed companies with low or no standards.

Likewise, many cities, states, major corporations, and utilities have vowed to continue to reduce their carbon emissions, regardless of any changes in federal policy. The push? Their stakeholders – including consumers who are demanding more sustainable business practices, but also investors who are beginning to recognize the risks that climate change poses within their portfolios. There is strong support for renewable energy at the state level, too. California and New York are leading 17 other states with aggressive renewable energy targets (requiring that up to 50 percent of energy come from renewables by 2030).

At the federal level, tax credits for wind and solar were extended just 12 months ago, with significant Republican support. Perhaps most importantly, the increasingly attractive economics of wind and solar energy means that they now compete head to head with coal and natural gas sourced electricity. Indeed, well over 50 percent of new electricity generation capacity globally now comes from new wind and solar projects.

So where can investors find growth?

Investors everywhere wonder where they can find long term opportunities to grow their nest eggs in a low growth world. Based on many macroeconomic trends, sustainable investments may be one of the best places to find strong growth. Based on current consumption, we are using the production equivalent of 1.6 planet earths to meet our economic needs.

If we continue on this unsustainable path, by 2050, we will likely need more than three planet earths. To meet growing demand in a more sustainable fashion, the world economy will need to undergo huge structural changes in the energy, manufacturing, transportation, food production, and waste management sectors.

Companies providing solutions to these sustainability challenges are poised to benefit the most from this economic transition now underway around the world. Long term investors recognize these global sustainability trends go beyond the next four years and are positioning their portfolios accordingly.

While some politicians remain dubious, there is no doubt that investors are awakening to the opportunity. My firm, Impax Asset Management, saw record inflows from U.S. and Canadian investors this year. Our own results and numerous studies have shown that sustainable investment strategies reward investors.

Adding to the momentum, a 2015 Labor Department ruling about fiduciary duty stated that financial managers can prudently consider environmental, social, and governance information when making investment decisions. Going even further, the European Union announced in November that all pension funds must incorporate environmental risks into their portfolio management. Pension funds there hold more than $3.1 trillion and represent 75 million people. That’s a clear indication of the global nature of this movement.

Sustainable investment is a good strategy whether you are concerned about the environment or not. No matter how charged environmental and climate risks become in public discourse, businesses know that they have to deal with the physical reality of a changing climate by sourcing cheaper and cleaner sources of electricity, building infrastructure solutions for cities dealing with rising tides, and constantly innovating to address resource scarcity.

Recognizing this opportunity, World Resources Institute recently committed to integrating sustainability as a core part of the investment decision-making for its own endowment. They researched over 100 asset owners and managers with over $1 trillion in holdings to identify best practices and offerings, and repositioned their entire portfolio towards sustainable investments.

The early results are very encouraging. Even the difficulties asset owners described are easily reframed as opportunities. Sustainable investing is challenged by non-standardized reporting and metrics, and few actionable frameworks. But with demand for sustainable investment surging, firms will be rewarded for solving these issues, and we see more institutional quality investment products available in all asset classes almost daily.

Political vacuums create market opportunities. The financial markets are now paying attention to this new reality. Investors and firms who don’t get on the sustainability train will miss out on the ride of their life.

Commentary by David W. Richardson, CFA, a managing director at Impax Asset Management and a member of the Global Advisory Council of World Resources Institute.

Bus Driver stops bus to tie elderly mans shoelaces.

Bus Driver stops bus to tie elderly mans shoelaces.

A bus driver has been praised by passengers after he stopped to tie the shoelaces of an elderly man he spotted walking in an Edinburgh street. Jackie Downie parked his Lothian Bus before helping the man, who was using a walking stick, whom he feared […]

[UPDATE] 8 Year old cancer patient that just wanted birthday cards has received over 6000 so far!

[UPDATE] 8 Year old cancer patient that just wanted birthday cards has received over 6000 so far!

Olivia Enderle is up to a whopping 6,000 birthday cards — and the mail keeps coming. Two weeks before the Michigan girl celebrated her eighth birthday on March 26, her mother, Emily Enderle, posted a plea on Facebook asking friends, family and strangers to send cards to […]

Foreigner buys new shoes for barefooted street kid

Foreigner buys new shoes for barefooted street kid

Photo courtesy of Mara Karmela

MANILA — The mall was about to close, and its staff were all set to go home after a day’s work when a tall, tattooed guy entered the Nike store. He was looking for a pair of shoes for a barefooted street kid in tattered clothes. 

The tattooed guy, a foreigner, immediately approached Ahyan Yerro, the store’s assistant supervisor, to ask for assistance. 

“Nagulat ako,” Yerro told ABS-CBN News. “First time kong makakita ng foreigner na may kasamang street kid.” 

According to Yerro, she and her staff made sure their customers would get the assistance they needed. “Talagang VIP treatment po kami, we made sure na talagang makakapili sila,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Ahyan Yerro

The tattooed man let the boy choose the shoes he wanted. There were many options displayed before his eyes. But he chose running shoes, which they got for 40% off.

“Tuwang-tuwa kami para sa bata,” Yerro quipped. She said the foreigner even bought food for the child, and asked where they could buy new clothes. 

Photo courtesy of Ahyan Yerro

According to Yerra’s staff, Raymond Seneca, he often sees the boy selling Sampaguita and asking for some change outside the mall. 

Perhaps, he’s only waiting for a good heart. That person came that night, and even bought the Sampaguita he was selling. 

Spreading good vibes

Photo courtesy of Ahyan Yerro

Seeing that this act of kindness could inspire many people, Yerro decided to share good vibes by posting the story on Facebook.  

“Sabi ko pa sa bata habang suot nya ang sapatos na napili nya, ingatan mo yan at magpasalamat kay sir kase hindi lahat nabibigyang ng pagkakataon na mabigyan ng shoes na ganyan. Sagot nya, ‘Opo ate.’ Napangiti ako at natuwa para sa kanya,” Yerro wrote in the post. 

Apart from Yerro and her staff, another person was able to capture the rare moment of kindness. Mara Karmela, a government employee, was also inside the store. 

According to Karmela, a lot of people were staring at the boy when they came in. “The child was very shy and did not speak much while inside the store,” she told ABS-CBN News.

Photo courtesy of Ahyan Yerro

His face seemed to brighten up when he started wearing his new pair of kicks, which at first he refused to wear because other kids might get jealous and steal them. 

Karmela, who was touched with the foreigner’s kindness, said she almost cried after seeing the big smile on the kid’s face. “I was having a bad day at work. And all the crazy things going on. It was really a good reminder to not give up,” she added. 

Staying anonymous 

Photo courtesy of Ahyan Yerro

In a Facebook message sent to Yerro, the foreigner thanked her for writing about his good deed. “I was shown your post today and saw a lot of people liked and shared it. Thank you for writing what you did, it was very nice,” he wrote. 

According to him, the boy’s name is Warren. He is 14 years old, and he lives in Pasig City. 

He also shared to Yerro their experience buying clothes at the department store. “There were 8 people that helped Warren find clothes. He looked amazing when he walked out and had a smile from ear to ear,” he said. 

Photo courtesy of Ahyan Yerro

ABS-CBN News tried to interview the foreigner, but he refused to entertain questions due to “his work schedule and limited time.” He also said that his deed has already received enough publicity, encouraging others to do the same.

“This is how we can make the world a better place,” he said.

Charity rescues 55 animals from dog meat farm in South Korea

Charity rescues 55 animals from dog meat farm in South Korea

Over 50 dogs have been rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea, where the animals were kept in conditions akin to a “dungeon”, a charity has said. The Humane Society International rescued 55 dogs from the South Korean farm, flying them to America […]


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The wedding crashers showed up at Karen Fox and Michael Tufo’s wedding in New Jersey on Saturday 

  • Fox said she noticed them throughout the night but assumed they had been invited by her husband
  • Every time she went to speak to them, she got distracted by the festivities
  • They were even captured by the wedding photographer posing for photos
  • Fox only realized they were strangers when she found a wedding card from them
  • They left a Polaroid photo of them and a card apologizing for crashing
  • After pleas from the bride the uninvited guests have come forward
  • Carly Wolfson and Ritchie Barry say the crash was their idea for their first date  

The couple that crashed a New Jersey wedding and left a one dollar bill as a gift have come forward after plea’s from the bride on Facebook.

Carly Wolfson and Ritchie Barry turned up uninvited to the wedding of Karen and Mike Tufo in Sparta after ‘playing chicken’.

Their aim was to organize the most memorable first date possible – so they decided turning up at the nuptials was the way to go.

They completed their mission.

The pair would have gotten away with it, but they left behind some clues for their hosts, who were eager to meet their uninvited guests.

Bride Karen Tufo was trying to track down this couple after they attended her wedding in New Jersey on Saturday and left behind this Polaroid and a card apologizing for crashing the event

Bride Karen Tufo was trying to track down this couple after they attended her wedding in New Jersey on Saturday and left behind this Polaroid and a card apologizing for crashing the event

Carly Wolfson (pictured) and her date, Ritchie Barry, hatched a real life wedding crasher plan 

Barry, when not decked out in wedding attire

Carly Wolfson (left) and her date, Ritchie Barry, (right) hatched a real life wedding crasher plan

The bride only realized they were wedding crashers when she opened up this card the following morning that contained the photo of the couple and a  wedding present

The bride only realized they were wedding crashers when she opened up this card the following morning that contained the photo of the couple and a $1 wedding present

The pair wore wedding attire, created backstories and even sat at the best man’s table when their seats were ‘strangely’ taken at the wedding on August 5.

‘I messaged her on Facebook apologizing. I was like I’m so sorry,’ 19-year-old Wolfson told CBS New York. ‘She was like, don’t be sorry. Best gift ever.’

Karen, the more than gracious bride, really wanted to find the rogue couple and posted to Facebook in her effort to get them to come forward.

Cheers! Karen and Mike Tufo wanted to find the wedding crashers so they could buy them a legitimate drink 

Cheers! Karen and Mike Tufo wanted to find the wedding crashers so they could buy them a legitimate drink

The newlyweds wanted to meet their mysterious wedding crashers 

The newlyweds wanted to meet their mysterious wedding crashers

The bride didn’t want to scold them for ruining her special day, she just wanted to buy them a drink.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who shared our special day with us… especially these 2!’ she wrote on Facebook, alongside a photo of the wedding crashers and their card.

‘Well played my friends… well played!!! I need to meet these people and buy them a drink.’

Wolfson explains how the daring duo implemented their plan, but at first she didn’t think her date would brave it.

‘I was just like, I’m picking you up at this time, what’s your address? Get ready!’ Wolfson said to CBS New York. ‘And he came out all dressed up. So I was like, alright I guess we’re doing this.’

Once they got to the wedding, they of course had no place cards for where they were seating.

The Tufo's wanted to find their uninvited guests posting: 'Well played my friends... well played!!!'

The Tufo’s wanted to find their uninvited guests posting: ‘Well played my friends… well played!!!’

Date two idea: Crash a wedding party (pictured the Tufo's party)

Date two idea: Crash a wedding party (pictured the Tufo’s party)

‘I walked in and was like, oh there’s no place for us at our table. So they put a seat down for us at the best man’s table,’ she said.

Once they were in and blending as they hoped, it was time to make date of it.

‘I was like, OK what would I do at a wedding? How do I fit in? Pulled up everybody at the table to come dancing,’ she said.

While they thoroughly enjoyed the wedding, they left behind a hint; a card with a poloraid picture of themselves enjoying the wedding, and a buck.

‘We always do a buck for good luck,’ Wolfson said. ‘And in case they remembered us, I put the Polaroid picture in there.’

Karen told Bauman if all goes well for Wolfson and Barry, she’ll have to crash their wedding.

While the bride did notice them tearing up the dance floor with their families, she just assumed they had been invited by her new husband.

Every time she went to speak to the pair, Fox got distracted by the wedding festivities.

They were even captured by the wedding photographer posing for photos and dancing throughout the night.

It wasn’t until Fox found a strange wedding card the following morning that she was able to piece it all together.

In the card the crashers wrote: ‘Dear Fox’s, 1) Congratulations! 2) Sorry for crashing your wedding 3) Best of luck!’

They also left a $1 note inside the card for good luck and a Polaroid photo of the pair at the wedding.

The newlyweds are currently honeymooning in the Florida Keys.

The couple were even pictured dancing throughout the wedding in other guest's photos. They are pictured above behind the bride and her friends