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Bend, Not Break: 9 Powerful Traits of Resilient People

The noun resilience stems from the Latin resiliens “to rebound, recoil.” As a character trait, resilience is a person’s mental ability to recover quickly from misfortune, illness or depression. For most, life eventually throws us a major curve ball. Like millions, I have had my share of adversity. Growing up in Bangladesh, I have seen war, famine, and inhumane poverty. As an entrepreneur, technologist, and author, I have faced many professional and personal failures and rejections. I had to learn the art of resiliency to survive and then thrive…

home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean near Sendai

home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean near Sendai


Volunteers needed for disaster training in La Verne

LA VERNE — Volunteers from the Inland and San Gabriel valleys are needed to help children traumatized by natural disasters. Kathy Benson, coordinator of the training sessions for Children’s Disaster Services training at La Verne Church of the Brethren, said too often children are lost in the confusion and chaos following families victimized by earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, major fires and other traumatic disasters negatively impacting humanity…


10 Tips to Build Resilience

1. Make connections.

Good relationships with close family members, friends, or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience. Some people find that being active in civic groups, faith-based organizations, or other local groups provides social support and can help with reclaiming hope. Assisting others in their time of need also can benefit the helper…


Tackling calamities: Lack of awareness and limited government efforts

Saudi Arabia witnesses natural calamities, including heavy rains, flash floods and sandstorms at regular intervals. Whenever any region of the Kingdom is hit by a natural calamity, it immediately becomes clear that many government departments are ill-prepared to handle the emergency situation, according to a report in Alsharq Arabic daily.  The heavy rain that lashed various regions of the Kingdom a few weeks ago revealed the lack of awareness among the general public about tackling such situations and their failure to extend any voluntary services…


Quake-vulnerable concrete buildings in Los Angeles area identified

Researchers have identified nonductile concrete buildings constructed before roughly 1980 in the Los Angeles area. This category of buildings is known from experience in previous earthquakes to have the potential for catastrophic collapse during strong earthquakes. Nonductile concrete buildings were a prevalent construction type in seismically active zones of the United States before the enforcement of codes for ductile concrete which were introduced in the mid-1970s…

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