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Good News Tuesday: Rain in Australia, A Heroic Rescue Dog, Environmental Progress, and Double Amputee Completes Ironman Triathlon

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Rain in Australia

The downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales alone as the number of fires fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday.  __Bored Panda

Even with flooding and other risks, the rain is welcome. But the crisis is not over. Fires are still burning in Australia, though they’re not spreading like they were. Let’s keep praying and sending good energy to help put out the fires.

Here’s more from Bored Panda.

Brave Dog Saves More than 200 Sheep from Bushfire

Patsy the brave border collie saved more than 200 sheep from a bush fire in Australia. Please click the link below for the story from The Good News Network including a sweet video of praise for Patsy.   Thanks to Sparky Jen for finding this news after I lost it in last week’s technical difficulties.

Here’s the link:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dog-saves-220-sheep-from-australian-bushfires/

Environmental Progress

 New Mexico: A Win for Water Quality

In response to a lawsuit filed by clean water advocates …… the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …. will require new water pollution controls in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Report from the Western Environmental Law Center

North Carolina:  The LARGEST COAL ASH CLEAN UP IN U.S. HISTORY!

On December 31st, Duke Energy agreed to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash and move it to dry, lined storage facilities away from drinking water supplies. Here’s more from PBS.

China Proposes to Ban Single Use Plastics

A joint proposal from China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment  seeks to ban single use plastics. The plan includes banning single use bags and straws in major cities by the end of 2020 and all single use plastics across the country by 2025.  Here’s the report from Forbes.

 

First Above the Knee Double Amputee to Complete Ironman Triathlon

Roderick Sewell was homeless as a child. His mother gave up her job so he would be eligible for prosthetic legs. On October 12, Roderick became the first above the knee double amputee to complete the Ironman triathlon world championship.  I bet you’ll enjoy watching this video.

I first found this story in my Good Morning America email.

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Good News Tuesday: Changing Course, Homicide Declines, Styrofoam Update, and a Food Drop in Australia

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Sorry I’m so late today. I was late to begin with, then I clicked to caption something and my whole post disappeared! I fiddled with the history, then decided to start rebuilding.

The first item came to me this morning in my Good Newsletter. I want to acknowledge that it’s normal to feel frustrated, sad, angry, or scared with all that’s going on in the world. We can’t deny the bad news, but the lopsided perspective of bad news dominance does not have to be normal. Good news is happening, too.

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We Can Change Course

Its okay to feel sadness but opportunites to change course

Homicide Rates Are Falling Since 1990

This article from the Good News Network reports and overall drop in homicide rates in places such as Asia, Europe and even some US cities.

Styrofoam Ban Update

In an earlier post, I reported that the US state of Maine will be banning styrofoam this month.  That was incorrect. The Maine ban goes into effect one year from now. Also, Costa Rica has decided to ban Styrofoam in 2021. The product is not impossible to recycle, but it’s complicated and rarely done. It takes a very long time to decompose and when it does, it just turns into little pieces of plastic. Who needs that? We don’t. Good job, Costa Rica!

Food Drop in Australia

Thank you again all the helpers in Australia. Please join me with continuing prayers for an end to the fires, and safety and healing for Australia.

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Good News Tuesday: Safety at the Mosque, Kindness Homework, Overcoming Cancer, and Person of the Year

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Today’s Good News Tuesday stories all happen to be about young people – children and teenagers – who are the future of humanity.

Students Find Safety at the Mosque

17 year old Duaa Ahmad led about 100 students fleeing from a school shooting in Wisconsin to safety across the street at the mosque where her family worships.  Click here for the video and  the story from CNN.

Acts of Kindness Replace Homework

An elementary school in Ireland has eliminated homework for the month of December and instead assigned acts of kindness.

“We are encouraging our pupils to think of the real spirit of Christmas, the spirit of kindness and giving. With such an emphasis on the materialistic and commercial aspect of Christmas, we often tend to overlook what it’s really all about…. Good will!

Vice Principal Íde Ní Mhuirí

Here’s the story.

14 Year Old Chloe Beats Stage 4 Cancer in Time to Go Home for Christmas

“On Tuesday, the doctors told the family the good news: The cancer was in remission. Though they’ll have to return for follow-up appointments every three months, the family can finally head home on December 21.”

Read the story here.

Person of the Year

Finally, we have Time Magazine naming 16 year old Greta Thunberg their youngest person of the year. It’s good news that Time is taking Greta’s message seriously and honoring her courage. In this recent video she talks about balance.

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Good News Tuesday: Free Groceries, Pit Bull Hero,Winter Coats, Radiation Armor, and Adoption Cheers

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Free Groceries

Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly, have opened a grocery store in Nashville, Tennessee where the food is free. “The Store allows families who are referred by nonprofit and government agencies to shop at the grocery free of charge for one year so that they can get back on their feet, Today reported.” The Paisleys got the idea while visiting Unity Shoppe in California with their sons.

Here’s more: https://thebl.com/us-news/brad-paisley-and-and-kimberly-williams-paisley-open-free-grocery-store-to-help-people-in-need.html

Pit Bull Hero Changes Attitudes about his Breed

Simba, a pitbull in Sweden, was negatively judged by his neighbors until he saved the life of and elderly woman in the apartment building where he lives.

“Mehana and Simba had recently been returning to their apartment from a walk when the pup suddenly started barking and pawing at the elderly woman’s door—and he refused to leave.”    Good News Network

To read more of the story  click here. 

Free Winter Coats in Dublin

 “If you need one, please take one. If you want to help, please hang one up.”

That’s the sign on the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin where those in need can help  themselves to coats.   Click here for the picture and the story.

Copper Amour Reduces Excess Radiation During Cancer Treatment

Teenager Macinley Butson of Australia has invented scaled armour that protects patients from excess radiation during breast cancer treatment. She discovered that copper was more effective than lead at the skin’s surface. When tested, her armour reduced unwanted radiation up to 80%. It’s interesting how she came up with the idea.

Cheers for Michael

Michael Invited his Whole Kindergarten Class to Court for his Adoption.

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Good News Tuesday: Donating Profits, Kidney Stone Treatment, Education for Girls, Compassion for Animals, and A Reunion

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Scientist Donates Her Profits for Anti-Cancer Drug to Charity

On this “Giving Tuesday,” I honor Professor Nicola Curtin of Newcastle University, part of a team who worked for 30 years to produce Rubraca, an anti-cancer drug. Professor Curtin used her £865,000 share of the profits from her work to create a community organization to help people overcome barriers in education and employment. Independent provides details in this article. Check out Professor Curtin’s blue/purple hair.

New Treatment to Help with Kidney Stones

Researchers MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered that two medications could help relax the ureter walls to allow kidney stones to pass quicker and with less pain.  For details, click the link below:

https://news.mit.edu/2019/treatment-kidney-stone-passing-easier-1202

Free Education for Girls in Punjab

paraphrase this: “The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab has announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD.” free textbooks will be provided to all students in government schools from the next academic session. He also said that Nursery and LKG classes will be reintroduced in government schools from next year. Fulfilling another election promise Singh also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges. According to the census of India 2011, the literacy rate in Punjab is 75.84% which is better than the national average of 73.0%. The total number of literates in Punjab is 1,87,07,137. The male literacy rate is 80.44% and female literacy rate is 70.73%.

Source: India Times Lifestyle Network

Cruelty to Animals Becomes a Federal Crime in the US

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) passed both houses of the US congress and was signed into law by the US President. The law makes it a federal crime to intentionally cause serious harm to “living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians, as reported by NPR.  The law also criminalizes videos depicting serious harm to animals. While there are exceptions, it will be interesting to see how this new law could help animals on factory farms and in research. Lawmakers, human service workers, and criminal justice officials recognize the link between animal cruelty and violence toward people. More people are beginning to understand that all beings deserve compassion.

92 Year Old Meets Descendants of the Holocaust Survivors She Saved

Today’s Video shares the reunion Melpomeni Dina with members of the Mordechai  family she saved over 75 years ago when Nazis occupied Greece.

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Good News Tuesday: Redirecting Unused Food, Dissection Alternatives, Helping Koalas, and New Zealand’s Legislation for the Planet

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Italian Law Directs Wasted Food to the Hungry

Global Citizen reports that Italy has passed a law to send unsold food to charities.  It’s shameful how much food is thrown away when so many people are hungry. The article gives example of how much of the food thrown away is edible:

“….if white rice is mis-labeled basmati rice, it’s food waste. If a vegetable is misshapen it’s food waste. If a cereal box has a tear, food waste. A can with a ripped label also food waste. A bruised fruit, yup, food waste.”

While some countries impose penalties for wasted food, Italy is providing incentives.

You can read more about Italy’s initiative here.

 

Frog, Green, Green Frog, Pond, High, Water, Frog Pond

Realistic Replica Can Save Frogs from Dissection

SynDaver—the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal surgical trainers has created a realistic enough non-living frog model for dissection. Despite the replica being more expensive than a real frog, its synthetic tissues are reusable and free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde. At least 3 million frogs are killed annually in the name of educational dissection. Isn’t it time we moved toward more humane educational pursuits?

If you’d like to read more about this innovation, click here for the Good News Network article.

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Helping Koalas and Kangaroos in Australia

A group of Dutch quilters making mittens for koalas and pouches for kangaroos suffering from fires in Australia. The mittens and pouches must be made entirely of cotton. Here’s the story from SBS  Dutch.

Other good news within this terrible fire, is that $1,705,390 has been raised to help animals in Australia. Here’s a link to the fundraiserfor the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.  THANK YOU to all the helpers!

New Zealand Commits to Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050

“In a historic show of bipartisan agreement” New Zealand passed a new law that will require the nation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.  The Good News Network provides details, and Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, inspires:

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Good News Tuesday: Hostage Release, Orangutan Sanctuary, Altruistic Service, and a Rescue

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Hostage Release

The Taliban released two hostages who were kidnapped in 2016. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks who were both professors at the American University of Afghanistan were released in a prisoner exchange.

I appreciate finding this story in my email homepage headlines which rarely include good news.  For details, you can check out this NBC article.

Sanctuary for Sandra

An orangutan named Sandra was born in a Germany zoo in 1986. In 1994, she was moved to a zoo in Buenos Ares, Argentina where “she lived alone in a small and barren enclosure.” In 2015, Argentina’s high court Judge, Elena Liberatori, ruled that a zoo orangutan was a “non-human person” who had a right to a life with dignity. This ruling led to the zoo’s decision to close and find sanctuaries for all remaining animals. After   research and a period of quarantine in a Kansas zoo, Sandra finally arrived at the Center for Great Apes in Florida last month. Here’s the story from The Good News Network.

Altruistic Service

This article from The Guardian tells about a hairdresser, a plumber, and a beautician in the UK who provide free services to people in need.

Salem is Home Safe

Finally, here’s a story about the rescue of an 8 year old girl from a kidnapper. I watched a few different videos of this incident and picked the least scary video I could find, one that did not show the  perpetrator who was tearful and in custody.

The good news: Thanks to tips from regular citizens that helped police find her, Salem is home safe. 

 

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