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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 8, 2020: It Takes a Village, From Homeless to Law School, Wild Birds, and Tech for Good

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Alaska Residents Used Car Headlights to Land a Medevac Plane

In the remote village of Igiugig, Alaska, a Medevac team was attempting to land to transport a child to a hospital in Anchorage. Normally in Igiugig, a pilot can turn on the runway lights from the aircraft. But on this night night that system failed, and so did trying to turn the lights from the ground. Working together, the people of the village made phone calls and coordinated with the medevac team in the air. Within 20 minutes, 20 vehicles showed up to light the runway. Read more on how it happened from CNN.

From Homeless to Law School

Kevin Lee always wanted to go to college. Now he’s made it to law school and wants to be a judge.
“After losing their house in Pittsburgh in a flood, Lee and his mom spent a year bouncing from shelter to shelter. Soon after, his uncle, who was his biggest role model, was murdered.” Sean Giggy WCNC

Here’s more on the story.

Farmer in India Provides Half an Acre for Wild Birds

“I love this atmosphere where such a large number of birds come from long distances to eat the food I have grown for them. We take so much from nature and I believe it is our duty to give back as much as we can. Every farmer must save a small piece of land to grow food for birds.” Muthu Murugan

 Muthu Murugan, a 62-year-old farmer in has provided half an acre of his land to grow food for hundreds of wild birds some of which are on the verge of extinction. Here’s more on the story.

Tech For Good: Blind Runner Competes in Ultramarathons

Simon Wheatcroft has shown how the wrist device that helps him run marathons can also help with everyday movement of people experiencing blindness.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept 1, 2020: Eradicating Polio in Africa, Wind Turbines, Baby Elephants, and Trumpets for Guns

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Africa is Declared Free of Wild Polio

I still remember being scared as a 4 year old when my mother told me I had to take a nap so I didn’t get polio. Now, wild polio, a virus that has caused paralysis and death in children, has been eradicated in Africa. Hopefully it will be eliminated in Afghanistan and Pakistan soon. Here’s an informative article from BBC about polio and how it has been fought with vaccines.

Painting Wind Turbine Blades Black Saves Birds

Painting one blade of a wind turbine black can reduce bird deaths by 70%. I wondered why just one blade was painted. The answer is, the motion smear effect. You can read more in this interesting article from Fast Company which I found in my GoodNewsletter. .

Elephant Baby Boom in Kenya

With heavy rainfall and a decrease in international travel, 140 elephants were born in a single calving season–a record in In Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Additionally, the Kenya Wildlife Service reported that elephant population in that country has doubled over the past 30 years due in part to reduced poaching. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Trumpets for Guns

New Orleans jazz musician Shamarr Allen says music saved him as a kid. Now he’s started a program where kids can give him a gun and get a trumpet. No questions asked. Here’s the story:

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Good News Tuesday for Aug. 25, 2020: Beluga Sanctuary, Statues Honoring Women, “Solidarity Batman,” and Young Heroes

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Beluga Sanctuary

Little White and Little Grey are two beluga whales who were captured at a very young age off the coast of Russia. After spending years in a Chinese aquarium, they are currently transitioning to an 8-acre sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay in Iceland. Your can read more about the journey of Little White, Little Grey, and the Beluga Sanctuary Project at this link.

Central Park Gets its First Statue Honoring Real-Life Women

New York’s Central Park is finally getting a statue honoring real-life women. The statue of Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Caty Stanton will be unveiled tomorrow, Aug. 26. There are statues of animals, authors, scientists, and historical figures, but for 160 years, the only female statues in Central Park depict fictional characters like Alice in Wonderland. Here’s more on this story from ABC News.

Anonymous Caped Crusader Delivers Food and More

“Solidarity Batman” takes food, kind words, and a sense of humor to homeless people in Santiago Chili. There’s a short video with cool music near the end of this article from The Good News Network.

Young Heroes

Marcus Harvey and Tre Jones from Marion, Indiana risked their lives to save a stranger from a burning house. Here’s the story:

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Good News Tuesday for Aug 18, 2020: Donation Only Restaurant, Saved from an Oncoming Train, and Nigerian Ballet

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A Donation Only Restaurant Where All are Welcome

Drexell and Honeybees is a little restaurant in Alabama. There are no prices but there’s a private area where people can go in and put their donation in a box, or not. Take a look at their website and be sure to scroll down and watch the video. https://www.drexellandhoneybees.com/

In the Nick of Time

On August 8th, California police officer Erica Urrea pulled a 66 year old man from his wheelchair which was stuck on the railroad tracks right before the train came. Here’s good news from the officer’s body camera:

Dancing in the Rain

Anthony Mmesoma Madu, an 11 year old from Nigeria, recently received a scholarship after the video of him dancing in the rain outside his ballet school went viral. He has studied at The Leap of Dance Academy in Lagos, Nigeria where his ballet teacher, Daniel Ajala, offers free classes to children who cannot afford to pay.

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Good News Tuesday for Aug. 11, 2020: Dolphin Sanctuary, Green University, Free Access to WiFi, New Zealand, and Baby Turtles

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Dolphin Sanctuary

The world’s first permanent dolphin sanctuary and retirement center has opened in Bali with three residents rescued from a hotel where they lived in shallow, concrete pools. They are now receiving rehabilitation at the center and live in large, fifty foot deep pools of ocean water. You can read more about the center in this article, and learn about the three dolphins, Rocky, Rambo, and Johnny, on the website for the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release, and Retirement Center.

First Major University Goes 100% Green

The University of Queensland in Australia is the first major university to run on 100% green energy! Here’s more from Global Citizen.

Cities Working to Make Free Internet More Accessible

I first came across the possibility of free internet sufficient for students when I read Dan’s WATWB post at No Facilities. Dan shared that a public-private partnership will be providing free WiFi for the city of Hartford, Connecticut.

Then, I read that the city of Philadelphia is working on a similar arrangement planning to “connect eligible student households with two years of high-speed internet, without any out-of-pocket expenses or installation fees.” Here’s that story from The Good News Network.

New Zealand Goes 100 Days With No New Cases of COVID 19

After a swift and serious work to stop the coronavirus, New Zealand, a country of five million people, has seen no new cases in 100 days! Here’s more from MSN.

Baby Sea Turtles Released in Bali

Today, we’re starting and ending with Bali, where volunteers released 10,000 Olive Ridley turtles into the ocean on Friday. The conservation initiative has concentrated way of collecting the eggs and keeping the baby turtles safe until released shown in this video.

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Good News Tuesday (Early Edition): Drop in Premature Births, Regaining Native Land, Through Sickness and Health, and Finding Mama Bear

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Since my area is currently under a hurricane warning, I’ve decided to post GNT early in case we lose electricity overnight. Notice I use the word electricity. If we lose electricity, we will still have power, just no lights, TV, internet, or AC, maybe for a while since my neighborhood seems to be low priority on the reconnect list. Maybe I’ll finally get back to playing my guitar. Or maybe Isaias will calm down and we will keep electricity. That would be good news.

Anyway, here’s some good news that’s already happened:

Recent Drop in Premature Births

Since Lockdown, many countries have noticed a significant decrease in premature births. This has been particularly dramatic in Ireland and Denmark where doctors independently noticed the change and started crunching the numbers. Here are some interesting details from The New York Times.

Regaining Native Land

I’ve found a new source for good news: “The Good Stuff” from CNN. Here’s one of their stories about the Esselen Tribe of northern California who, after 250 years, have finally regained their ancestral land.

Through Sickness and Health

Between the two of them, Janice and Robert Beecham have recovered from strokes, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and COVID-19. They were recently able to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary. Here’s their inspiring story from The Good News Network.

Keepsake Teddy Bear Recovered

Mara Soriano was in the process of moving when someone stole her very special teddy bear containing a recording of her late mother’s voice. After reaching out to her community in British Columbia, a good Samaritan found “Mama Bear,” and returned her to Mara.


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Good News Tuesday for July 28, 2020: COVID-19 Treatment, Girls Invent, Planting Trees in India, A Rescue in France, and Turning Graffiti into a Mural

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A Promising Treatment for COVID 19

Interferon beta, a protein inhalant, has been shown to reduce the risk of death from COVID 19 and to reduce the chance of developing serious symptoms by 79%. compared to patients given a placebo in trials. The Good News Network has details.

All-Girl High School Team in Afghanistan Invents Mobile Ventilators

An all-girl high school robotics team in Afghanistan invented an inexpensive mobile ventilator model that will help thousands of Covid-19 patients in their country where ventilators are scarce. The new, lightweight ventilator costs as little as $700—compared to the $20,000 needed to purchase a traditional model and can be powered by batteries. You can read more from the Good News Network.

Planting Trees in India

“More than two million people gathered in northern India last week while practicing social distancing, and planted 250 million trees as part of a government plan to tackle climate change.”

“India has pledged to increase its forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, and it starts now,” Yogi Adityanath

Read more from Associated Press

Two Boys Rescued from Apartment Fire

Two brothers, aged ten and three, were safe after falling 10 meters (33 feet) into the arms of the crowd below when their apartment was on fire in Grenoble, France. Here’s the story and a video from The Guardian.

Church Turns Graffiti into a Mural

Photo by Justin Zoradi on Facebook

When a church in Portland, Oregon found Black Lives Matter graffiti on their property, they decided to turn it into a mural. I think it turned out great! Here’s their Instagram story I discovered at Good Good Good

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Good News Tuesday for 7/21/20: New Zealand Success, Honoring Civil Rights Hero John Lewis, Sudan Takes a Stand, a New Statue, and Knighthood

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New Zealand Reports Zero Active Cases of COVID 19

The country of New Zealand has lifted most restrictions reporting zero active cases. This BBC article includes a video of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who told reporters she did “a little dance” when she heard the news. Great job, New Zealand! And Great job, Prime Minister Ardern!

Honoring the Legacy of a Life Well Lived

“You never become bitter,” Lewis said. “You never become hostile. You never try to demean your opposition.”

In 1965, Congressman John Lewis was almost killed in a peaceful protest crossing a bridge in Alabama. But he lived on, persevering for many years, working for justice. He died on July 17 at the age of 80. In March of this year, he was able to attend the annual re-enactment of the bridge crossing, saying, “I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to give in.”

That bridge is currently named after a confederate general. One way to honor the legacy of Congressman John Lewis will be to rename it the John Lewis Memorial Bridge. You can read more about the legacy of this man of justice in this article from NPR.

Sudan Criminalizes Female Genital Mutilation

A law drafted last year by Sudan’s transitional government was ratified last week banning female genital mutilation with up to three years in prison for anyone who performs the procedure.  Another amendment allows Sudanese mothers to travel with their children outside the country without permission from their spouses. Last fall, authorities overturned laws controlling dress and prohibiting women from drinking alcohol. For background and details on these changes, please read this article from PBS

A New Statue

In Bristol, England, a new monument depicting Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid has replaced the statue of slave trader Edward Colston. You can read more in this NPR article.

A Knight to Remember

Congratulations to Captain Sir Tom Moore who was knighted on Friday!

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Good News Tuesday for July 14, 2020: Food in the Frig, Grizzly Bears, Renewable Energy, and Girl Power X 2!

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Food in the Frig

“Take what you need, leave what you can.” Fully Stocked Refrigerators are Popping Up Around NYC. Read more about it in this article from Good Morning America.

US Court Maintains Protections for Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears in the US Yellowstone region will remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act thanks to a July 8th court decision which rejected the current administration’s attempt to remove protection. The court decision maintains protective status and halted planned trophy hunts for grizzly bears in Wyoming. The Western Environmental Law Center provides details in this article. 

100% Renewable Energy for Sydney

Downtown Sydney, Australia is now powered by 100% renewable energy. The energy is coming from two solar farms and a wind farm. Read more about this historic achievement in the Good News Network.

Olivia Helps the Homeless

In Chicago, 7-year-old Olivia Tyler has started a non-profit to help the homeless. She gives out masks to homeless people and has a solid financial plan for her goal to buy a homeless hotel. This link from the Today Show includes an inspiring video with Olivia and her parents.

This 12 Year Old’s Invention Detects Lead Levels in Water

Our closing video comes from Theresa at Culture Shocks who shared the link in last week’s GNT comments. It’s about 12-year-old scientist Gitanjali Rao who invented “Tethys,” a portable device that detects lead in water. Gitanjali started working on her invention after she heard about the toxic water crisis in Flint Michigan.

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Good News Tuesday for July 7, 2020: Free Tattoo Do Overs, Environmental Justice, Indonesian Locals Rescue Refugees, and Safe Hugs

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“Tattoo Shop Offers Free Cover Ups of Hate and Gang Symbols, ‘No Questions Asked'”

A tattoo shop in Kentucky offers to cover up hate or gang symbols for free. Artists Jeremiah and Ryun King consider ideas offered by the client, but the artists have the final say in the design. I can only imagine the imaginative creativity that goes into some cover ups. You can read more about the shop and some of their clients here. 

 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled

After six years of opposition from environmental advocates and landowners, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been cancelled. The 600 mile natural gas line would have crossed under the Appalachian Trail and run through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced the project is being cancelled due to “increasing legal uncertainty.”  You can read more from msn.com.

In a related story, a US federal judge has ordered a shut down and environmental review of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline running just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Standing Rock Tribe and advocates have been protesting and taking legal action against the oil pipeline which is located near their homes and water source. Read more from CBS News. 

 

Indonesian Fishermen Rescue Stranded  Refugees

Rohingya refugees escaping atrocities in Myanmar were rescued from their sinking boat by fishermen this week before being intercepted by maritime officials. Officials in the Indonesian province of Aceh initially refused to allow the 94 refugees, including 30 children, to come ashore “citing coronavirus concerns.” But locals “took matters into their own hands”  by using their own boats to bring the group to shore. Due to local protests, authorities ended up letting the refugees receive temporary shelter in private residences and medical checks.

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Hug Tunnels and Cuddle Curtains

This article from the Good News Network is about a hug tunnel created in senior care facility in Brazil. The plastic tunnel allows people in the facility to hug their loved ones while being protected. The article  includes beautiful hug photos and the following sweet video. The video that came up after the great grandma hugs showed a man who used a shower curtain to create a safe hug zone.

 

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