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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 10, 2023: Brazil’s First Indigenous Woman Chief in Key Position, Pledges for Pakistan, Miraculous Survival, and Two Bird Rescues

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Brazil to Have First Indigenous Woman Chief in Key Position

Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will appoint Sônia Guajajara to head a new Ministry of Indigenous Peoples. She was elected to congress in October and included in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Read more from AP.

Over Nine Billion Dollars Pledged for Pakistan

Dozens of countries and international institutions pledged more than $9 billion to help Pakistan recover from devastating floods. The pledges came at a recent UN conference. AP has details here.

Four Survive Plunge Off 250 Foot Cliff

Last week, I mentioned an emerging story about a family of four who survived going over a 250-foot cliff in their car. In a disturbing twist, police took the driver into custody after determining he intentionally drove off the cliff. Still, it’s miraculous that all four passengers, including two children, survived. Here’s more from NBC News.

Kayaker Rescues Bald Eagle

Volunteer Jim Tibensky used his kayak to rescue a young bald eagle from the ice near Chicago

New York Residents Rescue Birds Stuck in the Ice

Buffalo residents Seamus Gallivan and Alex McArthur helped free 16 birds stuck in ice after the recent winter storm. They used a hammer, chisels, and screwdrivers. One had ice stuck to it, so they took it home in a box to warm up by their fireplace. “After a few hours … the bird looked more alert, so they took the bird outside and it flew away. That inspired them to keep looking for more birds to save.” ABC News has the details.

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Good News Tuesday for August 30, 2022: Tasmanian Rainforest Victory, Erasing US Student Loan Debt, The World’s Largest Community Garden, and a Cat Wakes Up Woman Having a Heart Attack

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Environmental Activists Halt Work on Toxic Waste Dump

A Federal court justice upheld environmentalist’s objections to a toxic waste dump in the Tasmanian rainforest “on the grounds that the endangered Tasmanian masked owl was not properly considered.” A new assessment will have to take place. Here’s more from EuroNews.Green.

Erasing US Student Loan Debt for Lower Income Households

US President Biden is eliminating $10,000 in federal student loan debt for citizens with incomes below $125,000 a year, or households that earn less than $250,000. Here are details from AP.

Rio de Janeiro is Creating the World’s Largest Community Garden

The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is growing what is likely to become the world’s largest community garden. Created in 2006, the project currently has 56 active neighborhood gardens with about 50,000 families involved. When completed, the urban garden will connect several neighborhoods with a green strip of land and be as large as 15 soccer fields. Mayor Eduardo Paes made it a goal of his administration to have the garden fully operational by 2024. You can read all about it here in Bloomberg.

Cat Wakes Up Woman who was Having a Heart Attack

Sam says Billy is more her mom’s cat, but Billy woke her up by jumping on Sam’s chest and wouldn’t leave her alone. It turns out, Sam was having a heart attack and credits Billy for saving her life. Read more from the Good News Network. Plus, here’s a video of Sam and Billy:

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