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Daily Scoop: New York's Finest, Success of #GivingTuesday & More

November 29, 2012

Here are the headlines that caught our eye today:

The New York City Police Department have only recently entered into the forays of social media, but this week they've realized the power of the medium for good. The department posted an image on their Facebook page of a New York City police officer helping a homeless man in Times Square. As of Thursday morning, the post had generated 346,000 "likes" and 22,000 comments. More here. Also, on Monday, not a single report of a violent crime was filed in New York City.

 

#GivingTuesday was a huge hit this week. Initial reports show online fundraising was up more than 50% compared to the same time last year.

    
What's the best country to be born in these days? According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, it's not the United States. The research group ranked countries based on the greatest possibility of having a "healthy, safe and prosperous life."

"America, where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place. Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) scores impressively. Among the 80 countries covered, Nigeria comes last: it is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013."

 

Photo credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Frederic Courbet

 
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