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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 10, 2020: Vaccine Progress, Hope for Whales, Solar Success, and Political Civility

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Progress on COVID -19 Vaccine

Though more safety data is still needed, Pfizer reports the COVID 19 vaccine they’ve been working on has shown to be 90% effective in early phase 3 tests. Proving safety and going through FDA approvals could take up to four weeks. Here’s more from Good Morning America

Good News for Whales from Iceland

“…..commercial whaling may be one step closer to a permanent end in Iceland and possibly the world. For the second year in a row, Iceland, one of three remaining whaling nations, will not hunt any whales.” Source: National Geographic

Solar Energy Success

In October, South Australia met 100% of its electricity demands with solar energy with most of it coming from rooftop panels. This article from the Good News Network has details including that “Solar is now the cheapest electricity in history.”

Political Civility

NBC’s Today Show reports on two candidates who ran for governor of Utah. Together they released a short video about civility and working together. The good news within the good news is that their video has gone viral. I believe that’s because people are getting tired of rudeness and hungry for civility and cooperation.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 15, 2020: Firefighters, Canada’s Progress, Dog Rescue, Water from Air, and Music for Plants

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California Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Ex-Inmates to Become Firefighters


California lawmakers passed a bill last month that would allow former inmates to pursue careers as firefighters after their incarcerations…….The bill gives nonviolent offenders who have spent time fighting fires the opportunity to have their records expunged so they can become firefighters….inmates are only paid between $2 – $5 a day, and an additional $1 per hour while fighting fires. (Source)

 The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom to be signed. 

Here’s more from Spectrum News.

Canada Reported No New Covid Deaths

In Canada, deaths from COVID started to plateau after July. This article from CBS reports on a day of no new deaths and Canada’s progress in fighting the coronavirus. Good job, Canada!

Oil Rig Worker Rescues Dog from Ocean

Vitisak Payalaw was first to spot a dog swimming 135 miles off the coast of Thailand. He and his coworkers rescued the exhausted dog who was later transported to a shelter. Vitiskak had to work ten more days on the rig, then went back to adopt the dog they named Boonrod. The Good News Network has the story with a sweet video.

Water From Air

In Arizona, solar-powered hydropanels are getting water from the air for 15 Navajo households who previously had no basic access to water. According Zero Mass Water CEO who manages the demonstration project with Navajo Power and Public Benefit Corporation, “A standard, two-panel array, produces 4-10 liters of water each day…” Read more from The Good News Network.

Music for Plants

When Spain lifted it’s state of emergency, they still weren’t ready for large gatherings, so a Barcelona opera house opened with a concert for plants. Over 2000 plants were brought in with each plant having its own seat to listen to a string quartet. After the concert, the plants were given in gratitude to health care workers.

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Good News Tuesday: Grandma Prevents Shooting, Solar Powered Airport, A Frugal Carpenter, and Seesaws at the Border

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Grandmother Prevents Mass Shooting

The recent mass killings in Texas and Ohio make me feel sick, almost overwhelmed, and asking, what can we do to prevent this?  Joanne Corey at Top of JC’s Mind hopes we can  replace hateful rhetoric with “respectful conversation where people of differing viewpoints actually listen to one another.” She asks us to renew our commitment to respectful dialog.  I renew my commitment to seek respectful dialog and will ask others to speak with respect. It is within our power to ask and to work on own own behavior.

In the midst of fighting off despair, I found the following story about William and his grandmother. William who is 19, called his grandma from a hotel room in Texas where he had an AK47 and ammunition ready for a mass shooting. His grandmother convinced him to go to the hospital instead. What caused William to call his grandmother? Did they have a good relationship? Did it help that he was receiving treatment for depression. I don’t know. There are some things we cannot control, but we can work on keeping communication lines open. We don’t have to accept hateful behavior from toxic people, but we can offer a way back. We can move away from hate and toward love. We can speak with respect and ask for respectful dialog.

You can read more in the Washington Post story about William and his grandmother below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/05/texan-planned-mass-shooting-his-grandmother-stopped-it/?noredirect=on

America’s First Solar Powered Airport

Last month, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Tennessee became the first American airport entirely powered by solar energy. Read more in this article from Forbes.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dandao/2019/07/30/chattanooga-first-solar-powered-american-airport/?fbclid=IwAR12Yo2khFc6FTaHn8gxrL9l4msd5c8yeoOGsq1s1EKtd9iVP-Kzb86izCA#34e3723f7957

Leaving a Legacy

Thank you to Theresa for this link about the “frugal carpenter” who left millions of dollars to pay for 33 strangers to go to college. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/frugal-carpenters-3-million-gift-has-sent-33-kids-to-college/968225075

Positive Energy at the Border

Two California professors designed pink seesaws so that children and adults on opposite sides of the US/Mexico border could play together. It gives me hope that they were given permission to do this and to build these opportunities for positive connections.

“The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” he added.  Ronald Rael via Good News Network

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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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