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Good News Tuesday: Warm Rooms, Free MH Crisis Clinic, A Law for Animals, and Solar Batteries

A Warm Place in Chicago

Volunteer, Candice Payne used her personal credit card to get hotel rooms for homeless people during a record-setting freeze in Chicago. Then, other volunteers joined in and followed her lead.

 

 

Nashville Opens Free 24 Hour Mental Health Clinic

Designed to streamline assessments of mental health patients in crisis, this clinic is open to the public who can come in any time. You can read the Nashville Public Radio post or watch the video below of the grand opening.

Having worked in the mental health and crisis fields, I know how important it is for people in crisis to have easier access to services. The Nashville program sounds to be compassionate and well thought out.  If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, at least listen to the first few minutes.

 

 

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Lawmakers Aim to make Animal Abuse a Felony in US

Representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan — a democrat and a republican, respectively — are introducing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act  a new bill that will make animal cruelty a felony in the United States. Let’s hope it passes. Click here for details in Green Matters.

 

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Solar Batteries on the Way

A research group in Sweden has developed a storage system that uses a special molecule in liquid form to store solar power.  They hope the system will be available for commercial use within the next ten years. Here’s how it works:

“First, the liquid captures energy from sunlight in a solar thermal collector on the roof of a building. Then it is stored at room temperature, leading to minimal energy losses. When the energy is needed, it can be drawn through the catalyst so that the liquid heats up. The warmth could then be utilized in, for example, domestic heating systems, after which the liquid can be sent back up to the roof to collect more energy – all completely free of emissions, and without damaging the molecule.”

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Click here for the article from The Good News Network.

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Good News Tuesday: Lost and Found, Way to Go Germany, Fox Rescue, and The Gift of Shoes

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Rescuers Found 3 Year Old Casey Alive and Well

Young Casey Hathaway wandered into the woods a couple of counties north of where I’m living. He was missing for almost three days through wet freezing nights until rescuers found him tangled in thorny bushes. I’d been following this story on the local news, but hadn’t heard about the bear. The Good News Network reports Casey said he spent some of his time in the woods with a friendly bear who kept him safe.  There’s no other confirmation about the bear besides Casey’s words, but thank goodness for friendly bears! You can read more about Casey’s rescue here.

 

 

 

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Rakotzbrücke Bridge in Germany. Photo from Pixabay

Germany to Close its Coal Fired Plants

The Los Angeles Times reports that Germany plans to close all 84 of its coal fired plants over the next 19 years with the goal to rely mostly on renewable energy.  Here’s the story.  

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Foxes Rescued from Fur Farm

174 foxes were rescued from a fur farm in China and given sanctuary at a Buddhist monastery. The fur farm planned to close and “dispose” of the foxes, but animal activists took them to the monastery at where the foxes were were released from cages.

The residents of Buddhist Jilin Nursing Garden in Mudanjiang, China said that they were happy to welcome the critters onto their property.   (Good News Network)

The foxes will reportedly be staying at the monastery until volunteers are able to construct a permanent shelter.  You can read and get links to video in this GNN story.

He Gave his Shoes

Nine year old Cheikh Faizal was walking with his father in in Malaysia noticed a boy with no shoes. He stopped and took off his shoes and socks and lovingly put them on his new friend.  You can read the story from The Good News Network.

 

 

 

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WATWB: Teenage Diver Fights Golf Ball Pollution

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At age 16, free diver Alex Weber found an astounding number of golf balls in the ocean near her home in California. Five golf courses – two near the ocean and three along the Carmel River- were the source. Golf balls degrade in water releasing toxic chemicals and microplastic harmful to marine life. Alex has  brought over 50,000 golf balls up from the ocean.

“She and her father would haul hundreds of pounds of them up, and then of course more golfers would hit more into the ocean.” NPR (source below)

The following video is from Alex’s website: https://www.theplasticpick-up.org/

 

With help from Matt Savoca and Stanford University, Alex published an article about the golf ball pollution in the journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin. Now 18, Alex plans to study marine science at a university. She is still collecting golf balls.

You can read more of Alex’s story in this article from NPR

Here’s a video from Alex and Jack’s gofundme page.

 

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Good News Tuesday: Free Meals, Pet Friendly Shelter, Solar Progress, and Help for Chimp Haven

Syrian Refugee’s “Nicest Place in America” Gives Free Meals to Government Workers

Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville, Tennessee was voted the “Nicest Place in America” by Reader’s Digest. Now they’re  giving away free meals to government workers and their family members affected by the shutdown. If ever I go to Knoxville, I hope to stop in.  (The commercial is short.)

 

 

Pet Friendly Shelter at Old Montreal Hospital

Patient rooms at the Royal Victoria Hospital have been converted to provide  80 Beds for homeless people and their animal friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Progress Around the World

A Navajo Nations Solar Project is producing electricity for 13,000 homes. “The contractor hired and trained about 200 Navajos to build the plant,…” Here’s the story:

http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2017/09/navajo-nations-first-solar-project-now.html

While in India new solar installations planned for 2019 will reach nearly 14 gigawatts (GW), which is about 50% more than the capacity added last year.

Egypt is making significant progress in solar energy.  This hopeful 2018 video reports that Egypt owns the largest solar power plant in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous Donation for Chimps

This article from The Good News Network reports that an anonymous $2 million donation made at the end of 2018  will provide sanctuary for chimpanzees who have been living in research facilities.  In the following video,  Jane Goodall shares her observations of Chimp Haven and the importance of choice for these intelligent beings. Fewer Chimps are being used in research today. Maybe some day they will all have a choice.

 

 

 

 

12 Year Old Gives Out Free Lunches with Love

Liam Hammond of Cambridge, Massachusetts has fed more than  2000 homeless people. Each lunch bag has a positive handwritten message.

 

 

 

 

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Good News Tuesday: Teen Victories in Progress

Jayme Closs is Alive and Safe!

After being held captive for 88 days Jayme Closs, escaped. Jeanne Nutter was out walking her dog when she found Jayme crying, asking for help. They rushed to a neighbor’s house and called 911. The police soon arrested the man who held her captive and who is charged with murdering Jayme’s parents. Now, Jayme is surrounded by love from her extended family.

 

 

 

Teens Meet Veteran after Returning His Lost Wallet

The Vincent twins, 14 year old girls from Detroit, found a wallet on their way to school. They saw that it belonged to a veteran and thought of their grandfather. They returned the wallet and later got to meet the grateful veteran. For the story and video, click here  

 

Wolf Therapy

“Wolves are the first animal humans partnered with.”

Teo Alfero, founder of Wolf Connection

This recent NPR story tells how wolves help troubled teens in California. The wolves and wolf-dogs have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. The teens can relate.

In researching the Wolf Connection Program, I found this video. It’s from an older news story, but fit’s well with the NPR story above.

 

 

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Tidbits

Here are three more pieces of good news I found this week at Good Morning America.

  • In Arizona, elementary schools must give students recess two times per day
  • In New York all new public rest rooms must have changing tables. All means all.
  • In California only rescued animals can be sold in pet stores.

Click here for the source.

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Good News Tuesday: Wake Up Miracle, Pool Rescue, Kidney Donor, and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics, Plus 10 Kindness Stories from 2018

There’s a lot of good news happening in the world, and I’m grateful to have found these examples. Thank you to professionals in media who cover and share these stories. Now if we could just have more balance for healthier minds and a healthier world.

Scott Came Back!

Scott Marr was in a coma, completely unresponsive, and was not expected to live. His family made the difficult decision to have his breathing tube removed. They started making funeral plans and prepared to say their goodbyes. Then, a miracle happened.

11 Year old Boy Saves Grown Man from Drowning

Advaik Nandikotkur was the only one at the apartment pool who knew how to swim. When they saw the man at the bottom of the pool with arms raised and eyes wide, his mother knew her son had taken swimming lessons and urged Adviaik to help.

Grocery Store Cashier Offers to Donate her Kidney

Cashier Leilani Aguirre asked her customer Mr. Drummond why he was looking so sad. He told her his wife Donnie needed a kidney transplant. Leilani offered her kidney which turned out to be a perfect match. This newscast does a good job  showing their heartwarming story.

California Banned the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

With alternatives readily available it’s time to phase out testing on animals, particularly with cosmetics.  I know this is a process that will take time, but kudos to California and other places where progress is happening.

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10 Stories of Good News and Kindness from 2018

These highlights are quick and easy to read, and you can click on each story for details, compliments of The Good News Network. Click the link below and enjoy!

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/most-popular-stories-of-kindness-from-2018/

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Good News Tuesday: Happy New Year!

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Yes, I’m a little late this Tuesday, but it’s still New Year’s Day and it’s not too late to bring a little balance to the media.

Good News for Wild and Exotic Animals

The state of New Jersey has voted to ban the use of wild and exotic animals from circuses and other forms of “entertainment.” New Jersey’s  Governor Murphy signed was is known as “Nosey’s Law,” and Nosey is now living happily at a sanctuary in Tennessee. The following video identifies other states and countries that have banned the exploitation of wild and exotic animals for “entertainment.” It also contains a few photos of animal abuse in case you just want to listen.

Mom Gets College Diploma While in Labor

Anshonaria Greenhouse wanted to show her daughter the power of determination and education. She had taken her final exams from the hospital when she was in premature labor. Apparently her son was willing to wait a little longer. Anshonaria walked across the stage to get her diploma while in labor.  You can read more here.

Good News About Good News:

According to Google, the world is searching for “good” more than ever before. At least that’s what happened in 2018.  Here are are a few good news items that got the attention they deserved last year:

 

 

Making 2019 an Extraordinary Year:

It’s a good time to imagine all the wonderful possibilities ahead. What do you want to experience in 2019? What will that experience feel like? The experience idea comes from an article I found at the Good News Network. Author Cameron Brown’s first step in making 2019 extraordinary is similar to what brought my soul mate into my life in 2011. The other steps in the article make a lot of sense too. I especially like the one about recognizing your progress. After reading this, I feel motivated and ready! Have a look!

“Four Steps to Making 2019 an Extraordinary Year.

May the new year bring you many marvelous experiences and moments of peace and joy!

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