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Good News Tuesday: Safety for Children and Animals, Ending Chronic Homelessness, London Air Quality, and Hidden Figures Recognized


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Sensor Detects Children and Animals Left in Vehicles

A small, inexpensive device, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, can detect unattended children or animals in a car. The device is 100% accurate and uses a combination of radar and artificial intelligence. It’s designed to be attached to the rear view mirror or mounted on the ceiling. I know we shouldn’t have to depend on sensor. We all need to be mindful of safety for those who depend on us to take care of them. But this sensor can help the ones who are vulnerable.

Here are the details:

Ending Chronic Homelessness

Three US cities have ended chronic homelessness and nine have ended chronic homelessness for veterans.

“By ending homelessness, we mean getting to a place where it’s rare, brief, and it gets solved correctly and quickly when it does happen.”

Rosanne Haggerty,  Community Solutions,


The following article explains a program, Built for Zero, a program that uses systemic data to track homeless community members in real time to identify and coordinate services.  The success appears to be related to focus, monitoring, and commitment.

You can click here for the details.

Central London Air Quality Has Improved with New Rules

the Ultra Low Emissions Zone was established in central London, toxic emissions have fallen by 36%.  The city created a toxicity charge for older vehicles that don’t meet standards in the zone.  A big motivator for creating the ULEZ was an increase in children suffering chronic illness and lung damage as a result of air pollution.

“I am determined to stop Londoners breathing air so filthy it is damaging our children’s lungs and causing thousands of premature deaths,” Khan says. “The ULEZ shows what we can achieve if we are brave enough to implement such ambitious policies.”     ___London Mayor Sadiq Khan

For more information, visit this article from NPR.


Women Who Inspired “Hidden Figures” to Get Congressional Gold Medals

In October, the US Congress passed the The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act to award Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and posthumously  to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.  The women are being nationally recognized for their significant contributions to NASA during the “Space Race” of the 1960s. The US Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian recognition in the United States.

You can  read more about these courageous pioneers in   this CNN article, 

and in this article from Black Voice News

Below are two great scenes from the movie, Hidden Figures, based on the book, Hidden Figures, The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly.  The women who were once hidden figures had to overcome both entrenched sexism and racial prejudice.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

29 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday: Safety for Children and Animals, Ending Chronic Homelessness, London Air Quality, and Hidden Figures Recognized

  1. Leonhard Euler may have been the greatest mathematician ever and he was able to see patterns that nobody else could.

  2. Jo-Anna, again you are giving us stories that lift the spirit.
    I have read the book ‘Hidden figures……’ and was deeply touched and awed.


  3. All great news, JoAnna! Homelessness has reached critical levels in Los Angeles. Thanks for sharing the link to Community Solutions.

  4. All good news – I hadn’t realised my home city had improved.

  5. Lovely articles and especially the one about homelessness. I had no idea that Abilene, Texas had been working on the problem. If only more cities would follow suit.

    I got lost in your blog with all of the adds and stuff that I encountered. I wonder if you could rectify the problem? I had to scroll and scroll to find my way back to get back to the beginning so that I could comment.

    • Oh my gosh! I’m sorry you got lost. I didn’t think there were any ads on my blog since I pay WP for my site. I just double checked from my husband’s computer and didn’t see any ads. Do you think the ads came up when you clicked on a link to one of the news articles or are they popping on on your computer when you look at other sites? I hope it works out. Thanks for sharing this and for appreciating the good news!

  6. Many thanks for these uplifting and encouraging stories! And a thumbs up to the city of London and Mayor Sadiq Khan for their efforts to address environmental issues that we in the U.S. are largely ignoring.

  7. i’m happy children will
    not be left alone in a vehicle as i was!
    that hidden figures is quite an inspiration 🙂

    • I’m sorry you were left in a vehicle and very thankful you are safe, David. Yes, the hidden figures continue to inspire me. I am not able to comment on your posts and guessing that’s an intentional change and not something I’m missing.

  8. Your passing forward the good news is always uplifting! I like these sensors being in every car by 2020 or at least getting into the market. We are doing a fundraising 5K this year as a family on Thanksgiving, so excited for it, to spend our day this way. Homelessness, I always think – I was once in such a situation, and I believe it could be anyone among us.

  9. Lots of wonderful news! This has been a strange week. Good news needed. The other bit of good news came just today–Rodney Reed. Texas court blocks the execution. PTL!

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