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How A Snack Bar Inspired 1 Million Acts Of Kindness

Who knew a company that makes snack bars would spur so many
people to kindness?
For the past decade, Kind - yup, we're talking about the snack bar
company with the happy name - has encouraged people to perform
small acts of kindness in something it calls the "Kind Movement." In
2011, the company began tracking the acts inspired by its mission, a
representative from Kind told The Huffington Post in an email. The
company just hit 1 million acts of kindness - appropriately a day
before March 20, the International Day of Happiness - according to a
press release.
The company's team members have been taking note of kind acts
performed, facilitated or celebrated as part of the movement.
They also track the people involved in their "Kind Causes" program.
As part of the program, every month, people submit causes they're
passionate about to the company's website, while others vote for the
cause that resonates with them. The cause with the most votes then
gets a $10,000 grant from Kind.
The acts tracked by Kind have included things like delivering coats to
homeless people, shovelling strangers driveways during snowstorms
and creating care packages for soldiers overseas.
Hitting the 1 million mark is a milestone for the company, but Kind
Founder Daniel Lubetzky wrote in his book, "Do The Kind Thing,"
that the idea started small.
In the beginning, we would do unexpected kind acts for people, like
carrying their groceries or holding umbrellas over them as they
walked in the rain," Lubetzky wrote. "But the light bulb came on
when we realized that our community could be challenged to join us
in our journey ... Soon after, we made them the protagonists and
started seeking more creative ways to energize people to do good.
Find the definitions of the following expressions.
1

seek, decade, grant, track sg, care package, protagonist, press release,
unexpected, milestone, appropriately
1. ten years
2. one of the main characters of a story, or a supporter of an idea
3. a box of goodies
4. a public statement
5. an amount of money given for a special purpose
6. an important event in someone or somethings life
7. something sudden and surprising
8. to look for sg
9. to follow sg
10. in a suitable way
Key:
1. decade
2. protagonist
3. care package
4. press release
5. grant
6. milestone
7. unexpected
8. seek sg
9. track sg
10. appropriately

to spur sy to sg

valamire sarkall
valakit

decade

vtized

to encourage sy bztatni valakit


to do sg
valamire
to track sg

lenyomozni
valamit, nyomon
kvetni valamit
2

representative

kpvisel

appropriately

megfelelen

press release

sajtkzlemny

to facilitate

megknnyt,
elsegt

movement

mozgalom

to submit

javasol, bead,
benyjt

szenvedlyesnek
to be passionate
lenni valamivel
about
kapcsolatban
to resonate with itt: passzol
sy
valakihez
grant

adomny, segly

care package

egy csomag, ami


tele van
finomsgokkal,
vagy valaki
szmra hasznos
dolgokkal

to shovel sys
driveway

eltakartani valaki
kocsibejrjt

milestone

mrfldk

unexpected

hirtelen, vratlan

the light bulb


comes on

felgyullad a
villanykrte
(amikor valami j
tlet eszbe jut
valakinek)

protagonist

fhs, bajnok,
fszerepl,
tmogat

to seek sg

keresni valamit

The 28-year-old co-pilot of the Germanwings flight which


crashed in the Alps appears to havebrought down the plane
deliberately.
The cockpit voice recorder recovered from the Germanwings
flight from Barcelona bound for Dsseldorf, Germany, indicates
that the co-pilotintentionally started adescent while the pilot
was locked out of the cockpit.
Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of the Germanwings plane activated
the descent button and refused to open the cockpit door to the
pilot.
On the basis of the data recovered from the cockpit voice
recorder Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says the co-pilot
was alone at the controls of the flight and "intentionally" sent the
plane into the doomed descent. He was the one who pressed
the button that allowed the plane to begin descending and lose
altitude."
He said that the crew member - who won a Federal Aviation
Authority award in 2013 - wanted to "destroy the plane".

"We assume the captain went to the loo or something. The copilot was on his own in charge of the plane, and it was while he
was alone that he used the flight monitoring system which starts
the descent of the plane. The flight monitoring system cannot
be accidentally triggered - he added.
"We heard several cries from the captain asking to get in.
Through the intercom system he identified himself - but there
was no answer. He knocked on the door and asked for it to be
opened - but there was no answer. The co-pilot refused to open
the cabin door in order to let the pilot back in. I repeat. He
refused to let the pilot back in.
The Airbus A320 plane is designed with safeguards to allow
emergency entry to the cockpit if a pilot inside is
unresponsive, but the override code known to the crew does
not go into effect and goes into a five-minute lockdown if the
person inside the cockpit specifically denies entry, according to
an Airbus training video and a pilot who spoke to the Associated
Press. Airlines in Europe are not required to have two people in
the cockpit at all times though it is a requirement in the US.
The plane ploughed into the side of a mountain at around
430mph (700 kmh), killing all of those on board instantly.
"I think the victims only realised what was going to happen at
the last moment because on the recording you could only hear
the screams literally on the last moments of the recording."
Mr Robin said Mr Lubitz was a German national but does not
know his ethnicity or religion. The young co-pilot joined the
airline in 2013 straight after training.
The prosecutor said there is nothing to indicate that this was a
terrorism-related event and he would not speculate on whether
the co-pilot had committed suicide.

Breathing could be heard from the cockpit and was normal,


which has led investigators to believe the co-pilot was
conscious at the time. Other than that, the cockpit was "silent".
There was no contact made with air traffic control in the final
eight minutes of the flight.
The families of the victims are in a "state of shock" and "can't
believe what has happened".

Some 500 people are now working on the investigation, which


is hampered by the remote location of the crash.
Each body must be removed by helicopter as the mountainside
is very steep. The recovery process is expected to take a week.
The data recorder for the flight has not yet been found.
Carsten Spohr, the chief executive of Germanwings parent
company Lufthansa said: "Not in our worst nightmare could
we imagine something like this happening."
He added that cockpit personnel are selected carefully and go
through rigorous checks.
Aviation security expert Chris Parratt told Sky News: "When you
become a pilot, it's not a job you choose overnight. It takes a
lot of time and a lot of money. What happened here is an
extraordinary occurrence."

A member of the flight club in the co-pilots home town of


Montabaur who knew him said: "He was happy he had the job
with Germanwings and he was doing well. He was very happy,
he gave off a good feeling."
The principal of Joseph Koenig High School in Haltern,
Germany, which lost 16 students and two teachers in the crash,
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says the state governor called him to say the cause "was
without a doubt suicide."
Ulrich Wessel said: "I gave this information to my colleagues
immediately, and they were just as stunned as I was.
"I told them it is much, much worse than we had thought. It
doesn't make the number of dead any worse, but if it had been
a technical defect then measures could have been taken so
that it would never happen again."
Relatives of the co-pilot are in France and being kept away
from grieving relatives, who are also in France near the scene.
Find words or expressions from the text that mean the
same.
1. a faraway place
2. very strict
3. the head of a school
4. to make something difficult
5. on purpose
6. the act of killing oneself
7. arare event
8. surely
9. the people who work on a plane
10. the part of a plane where the pilots sit
Key:
1. aremote location
2 rigorous
3. principal
4. to hamper
5. deliberately / intentionally
6. suicide
7. an extraordinary occurrence
8. without a doubt
9. crew
10. cockpit
7

co-pilot

msodpilta

to bring down the plane

replgpet fldre tenni

deliberately

szndkosan

cockpitvoice recorder

piltaflke fekete doboza

cockpit

piltaflke

intentionally

szndkosan

descent

sllyeds

to lock out

kizrni

prosecutor

gysz

doomed

vgzetes

to lose altitude

veszteni a replsi magassgbl

crew

szemlyzet

loo

vc

to be in charge of something

irnytani, vezetni valamit

to trigger

mkdsbe hozni

accidentally

vletlenl

to identify

azonostani

safeguard

biztonsgi berendezs

emergency entry

belps vszhelyzet esetn


8

unresponsive

nem reagl

to go into effect

mkdsbe lpni

lockdown

lezrs

to deny entry

megtagadni a belpst

at all times

minden idben

requirement

kvetelmny

to plough into

belevgdni, belehastani

victim

ldozat

literally

sz szerint

ethnicity

szrmazs

religion

valls

to commit suicide

ngyilkossgot elkvetni

to be conscious

eszmletnl van

air traffic control

lgi irnyts

investigation

nyomozs, vizsglat

to hamper

nehezteni, akadlyozni

remote location

eldugott, tvoli hely

steep

meredek

parent company

anyavllalat
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nightmare

rmlom

rigorous

szigor, mindenre kiterjed

overnight

egyik naprl a msikra

extraordinary occurrence

rendkvli esemny

principal

igazgat

without a doubt

ktsgen kvl

stunned

megdbbent

technical defect

technikai hiba

measures

intzkedsek

to keep away

tvol tartani

grieving

gyszol

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