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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 14, 2021: College for 9/11 Children, Education Reforms in China, Mexico Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals, A Boy and his Dog, and a Special Chandelier

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Bank Pays Tuition for Children of 9/11

In the aftermath of 9/11/01, the banking firm of Sandler O’Neill that was on the 104th floor in the World Trade Center started a foundation to pay the college tutition for the children of employees who died in the attack. So far, 54 young men and women have had their college tuition paid, with 22 still eligible. The ones who’ve attended or are attending college have gone to many different schools “from Stanford to Notre Dame to community colleges and technical institutes.” The Good News Network has details.

China’s Educational Reforms Aim to Reduce Unhealthy Pressure

China’s Ministry of Education’s published sweeping reforms on Monday such as banning end-of-year exams for 6 and 7 year old children.  It is hoped that the reforms will close educational and finanacial gaps between schools which have led to social distortions and financial burdens for parents. This article includes insights from a reporter who worked in the Chinese private tutoring industry.

Mexico Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Mexico had become the first North American country, and the 41st country worldwide, to ban consmetic testing on animals. Here’s more from Tree Hugger.

13 Year Old Boy Saves Sisters from House Fire (and the Dog Saves the Boy)

When his parents were at the grocery store, Briar saw that the house had caught on fire. He got his four sisters outside to safety, then Mandy, the family dog, led Briar out. Here’s the video:

Nurse Creates Beautiful Chandelier from Vaccine Vials

After working for seven months as part of a Covid vaccinating team, retired nurse Laura Weiss repurposed 300 vaccine vials into a beautiful chandelier. See the best photos of her creation, “Light of Appreciation” in this article from NPR. Here’s a preview:

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Good News Tuesday: Gratitude, Himalayan View, Privacy for Pandas, Compassionate Landlords, and a Grateful Recovery from COVID 19

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Thank You to Neighbors Around the World

China is donating 1000 ventilators to New York.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared (earlier this month) that China is facilitating the shipment of 1,000 ventilators to his state, as he continues to shop for more of the lifesaving devices ahead of a growing number of coronavirus patients who will need them.  (PBS)

Here’ the China story from PBS

(Thank you also to the US state of Oregon for donating 140 ventilators to New York.)

Vietnam is shipping 450,000 protective suits to the US for health care workers and has donated 550,000 masks to five European countries.

Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, and so many others are donating money to help fight COVID-19. George Clooney and his wife are donating $1 million. Hilton and American Express are donating up to on million rooms to front line medical professionals.

The list goes on and on. THANK YOU!

 

Himalayan mountains from India via pixababy

Image of Himalayan Mountains from Pixabay

Himalayan Mountains Visible for the First Time in 30 Years

From as far away as 200 kilometers (124 miles) photographers are taking beautiful pictures of the Himalayas. All over the world pollution is decreasing dramatically. The earth can breathe easier. Are we learning yet? I say, “we,” because I’ve contributed to air pollution. At the very least, I can still make fewer trips to the store when restrictions are eased. You can read more about how the air is getting cleaner in the following article from The Good News Network.

 

Giant Pandas Appreciate Privacy

In another story from the Good News Network: After 13 years, Giant Pandas in the Hong Kong Zoo, have finally mated during the zoo closing.

Landlords of Compassion

The following article reports on landlords who have cancelled rent. David Placek of New Jersey cancelled rent on his 12 properties for the months of April, May, and June. A landlord in Brooklyn, New York cancelled April rent across his 18 residential buildings, and a landlord in Maine said he’d cancel rent for April. I bet there are more. Feel free to give a shout out if you know a landlord or other business owner cancelling rent or fees. Click here for details. 

 

A Message of Gratitude and Hope

Christina Paz is a mother of five. After 15 days in a New York hospital she recovered from COVID 19 to be reunited with her husband and children. The viral video of her leaving the hospital is at the end of this post. Please listen to her message of gratitude and hope which you can find in first video in this story from Good Morning America:

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/story/woman-viral-hospital-video-doctors-nurses-shares-important-70080822

 

 

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