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US studies show how fruits and vegetables reduce cancer
A growing body of research that shows fruits and vegetables,
especially richly colored varieties, can reduce the risk of cancer.
Just three servings a month of raw broccoli or cabbage can
reduce the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 40 percent,
researchers reported this week.
Researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo,
New York, surveyed 275 people who had bladder cancer and
825 people without cancer.
They asked especially about cruciferous vegetables such as
broccoli and cabbage. These foods are rich in compounds called
isothiocyanates, which are known to lower cancer risk.
The effects were most striking in nonsmokers, the researchers
told a meeting being held this week of the American Association
of Cancer Research in Philadelphia.US: Solid job gains, wage growth in November
Employers added a solid 94,000 jobs to their payrolls in
November, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 per cent,
and wages grew briskly, encouraging signs the nation's
employment climate is holding up in the face of turbulence in
the housing and credit markets.US President Bush celebrates peace with Northern Ireland leaders
Northern Ireland leaders Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness,
bitter enemies turned partners in government, concluded their
first joint visit to Washington with a celebration of peace with
President Bush at the White House.
Paisley and McGuinness, who formed an alliance in May after
decades of turmoil in Northern Ireland, smiled and chuckled
with Bush during their meeting in the Oval Office.
``I congratulate you for seizing the moment and writing a
hopeful chapter,'' Bush told them.INTERNATIONAL NEWSUK: All homes could be wind powered by 2020
Every home in the country could be supplied by wind power alone
in 2020 by making full use of the wind-swept seas around the
country, Energy Secretary John Hutton said on Monday. Britain
has some of the best wind conditions for generating electricity
in the world.Iran, IAEA in new talks to clear nuclear doubts
Iran and a team from the UN nuclear watchdog started a fresh
round of talks on Monday in Tehran to resolve doubts about the
Islamic Republic's nuclear work. The International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) delegation arrived in Iran's capital on Sunday,
less than a week after a US intelligence report said Iran halted its
nuclear weapons program in 2003.
Iran denies ever having had such a military program but
welcomed the report that contradicted the US
administration's assertions that Tehran was actively
working on a nuclear bomb.European Union, Africa open first summit in seven years
Leaders from the European Union and Africa met on Saturday to
forge a new strategic partnership at their first summit in seven
years. The call for a fresh start comes at a time when many African
countries' economies are growing more rapidly than in several
decades, thanks to a commodities-fuelled boom.
Pressured by China's growing investment and influence in Africa,
the Europeans aim to agree an ambitious action plan with the
world's poorest continent to revitalise trade—but also to improve
cooperation in areas like immigration and peacekeeping.
These are all signs of Positive progress that we are making
toward health, peace and sustainability!
Positive Financial News
US:Dow Jones passes 14,000 for record high
Wall Street began the fourth quarter with a huge rally Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a record close. Stocks were buoyed by a growing belief that the worst of the credit crisis has passed. The Dow rose to 14,087.55, surpassing its closing record set in mid-July. Broader market indexes also rose sharply with the Standard and Poor's 500 index nearing its all-time trading high.Brazil stocks, currency soar as Wall Street rallies
Brazil's stock market surged to a record on Monday and the national currency rallied past a seven-year high, boosted by US financial markets and increased investor appetite for riskier assets.Canada: Broad rally sees Toronto stocks jump 100 points
The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index kicked off the fourth quarter with a 100-point gain on Monday, as strength in resource and financial issues led a broad-based rally.European shares at two-month high, banks lead gains
European shares rose for the second straight session on Tuesday as global stocks hit record highs with shares of financial institutions leading the rally. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose to its highest level since 26 July. Around Europe, London's FTSE 100 index, Frankfurt's DAX, and Paris's CAC-40 all gained. MSCI's main world equity index and many Asian markets also hit records.Hong Kong shares set life high
Hong Kong blue chips jumped 3.9 per cent on Tuesday and China plays leapt 5.6 per cent amid a broad-based rally, as investors cheered a record high on Wall Street. The benchmark Hang Seng Index cleared the 28,000-mark for the first time to end up 1,057.28 points at a fresh record of 28,199.75. Trading volume was unprecedented.Indian shares hit record, post 10th straight gain
Indian shares hit a ninth successive record high and posted a 10th straight rise on Monday -- their longest winning streak in two years.Korean leaders meet at historic summit
The second summit between the divided Koreas since World War II began Tuesday in Pyongyang, North Korea. Formal talks between leaders of the two countries begin Wednesday. During the 125-mile journey by road from Seoul, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun stepped out of his vehicle to walk across the border that divides the Koreas in the center of the Demilitarized Zone -- the first time any Korean leader has crossed the land border.
Positive News Update
INTERNATIONAL NEWSPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister to meet
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet
next week, and efforts to halt the latest
convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence
are sure to dominate the agenda.
On Monday, Abbas appealed to militant groups
to take the first step in forging a new ceasefire
with Israel, saying the alternative would be the
collapse of the Palestinian coalition government.Diplomats begin work on climate accord
More than 1,000 diplomats from 166 countries
and organizations began work Monday on a new
accord to control greenhouse gases, as they
negotiated the key elements of a treaty to
succeed the 10-year-old Kyoto Protocol,
which expires in 2012.Democratic Republic of Congo: More rebels hand in arms in Ituri
Another group of militias from one of the last
active rebel movements in the troubled Ituri
district of eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) has handed in its weapons under
an ongoing demobilization, disarmament,
and reintegration (DDR) process, United
Nations sources said.LEDs emerge to fight fluorescents
As lightbulbs are being banned worldwide
due to their contribution to global warming,
light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are stepping
into the void by being more energy efficent,
bright, and long-lasting.
Consumers haven't warmed to compact
fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) which take less
energy than traditional bulbs but the
quality of light has not been satisfactory.Solar power heads mainstream
as costs drop
Advances in solar technology should make
the renewable energy more cost-effective
and allow its use to spread more quickly
to the public -- making it mainstream in
three or four years -- says an environmental
research group report.
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US - Positive News 3-3-07
US, EU reach open skies agreement
The US and European Union have reached a tentative
agreement that would give airlines greater freedom
to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially
lead to lower fares, the government announced Friday.Environmental Protection Agency proposes
cuts in diesel exhaust
The US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing
to reduce diesel exhaust from trains and ships, a
move supported by some environmentalists. Manufacturing report calms markets
A better than expected performance from the US
manufacturing sector in February helped calm
investors on Thursday.
February's reading of 52.3, though the index was well
above the January reading of 49.3 and Wall Street's
expectation of 50. A reading above 50 indicates
growth for the sector. Number one milk company says 'No' to clones
Milk from cloned cows is not welcome at the nation's
biggest milk company. Dean Foods Company of Dallas,
Texas said Thursday that its customers and consumers
don't want milk from cloned animals.
'Numerous surveys have shown that Americans are not
interested in buying dairy products that contain milk
from cloned cows and Dean Foods is responding to the
needs of our consumers,' the company said in a statement.Whole Foods to buy Wild Oats for $565 million
Whole Foods Market Inc said Wednesday it will pay $565 million
for Wild Oats Markets Inc, a chain of natural and organic food
markets in the United States and Canada.
Wild Oats has annual sales of about $1.2 billion, and
operates 110 stores in 24 states, and British Columbia,
International Positive News Update - 3-3-07
Argentine leader lauds economic recovery
Argentine President Nestor Kirchner spoke
of his government's performance on the
economy and human rights during his
state-of-the-nation address Thursday.
In his main speech of the year, President
Kirchner said that Argentina's economy grew
8.5 per cent in 2006 as it continues its
strong recovery from a 2002 financial collapse. French government wants food warnings
Less fat, less sugar, less salt: Even the
mostly svelte French are cracking down.
Beginning Thursday, the government ordered
food ads to carry cautions telling the French
to stop snacking, exercise, and eat more fruits
Other European countries have already taken
measures along the lines of France.Koreas agree to resume family reunions
North and South Korea, holding their first
high-level talks since Pyongyang conducted
a nuclear test, agreed Friday to resume
reunions of families that have been separated
by their divided border.Peru launches campaign to promote punctuality
Sirens wailed, church bells rang, and a sea of
confetti fluttered through Lima's historical
central plaza at the stroke of noon Thursday,
alerting Peruvians to synchronize their watches
at the start of a nationwide campaign to
promote punctuality. South Africa and Iceland to enhance trade cooperation
Following the opening of Iceland's South African Embassy
in Pretoria, South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met with his Icelandic counterpart
on Tuesday 27 February to determine ways of increasing
trade between their countries.
International Positive News Update 1-28-07
POSITIVE PROGRESS TOWARDS PEACESinn Fein votes to back police - a 1stby Shawn PogatchnikThe Associated Press 28 January 2007DUBLIN, Ireland (AP)- Sinn Fein members overwhelmingly voted Sunday to begin cooperating with the Northern Ireland police, a long-unthinkable commitment that could spur the return of a Catholic-Protestant administration for the British territory. The result—confirmed by a sea of raised hands but no formally recorded vote—meant Sinn Fein, once a hard-left party committed to a socialist revolution, has abandoned its decades-old hostility to law and order. The vote, taken after daylong debate among 2,000 Sinn Fein stalwarts, represented a stunning triumph for Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams, the former Irish Republican Army commander who has spent 24 years edging his IRA-linked party away from terror and toward compromise. It strongly improved the chances of reviving power-sharing, the long-elusive goal of the 1998 Good Friday peace pact, by Britain's deadline of March 26. ``Today you have created the potential to change the political landscape on this island forever,'' Adams told the conference. Earlier, many speakers said for decades they had dreamed of defeating the province's mostly Protestant police force and forcing Northern Ireland into the Irish Republic. Some IRA veterans recalled beatings inflicted on them by detectives during interrogations. Others noted they had served long prison sentences for attacks on police, more than 300 of whom were killed during the IRA's failed 1970-1997 campaign. But nearly all speakers said they were voting to dump their party's anti-police position for the sake of peace. ``This shows that the war is over. And if the war is over, we have to build the peace,'' Adams said in an interview during an earlier break in debate. Positive News is pleased with this important step towards peace in Northern IrelandReport: Koreas' nuclear talks to resumeThe Associated Press28 January 2007SEOUL (AP) - South Korea's foreign minister says the next round of international talks on North Korea's nuclear program should resume by early next month, a news report said Friday. Foreign Minister Song Min-soon made the comments to South Korean correspondents in Beijing, according to Yonhap news agency, a day after he met with his Chinese counterpart, Li Zhaoxing, and State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan. The nuclear disarmament talks—which consist of the United States, China, the two Koreas, Japan and Russia—should be held before Feb. 10, Song said without elaborating. In Tokyo, the Kyodo news agency reported that the participants are considering resuming their next meeting in Beijing beginning Feb. 8, citing unidentified officials. The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Russia's nuclear envoy, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov, as saying the most likely dates for resumption of the talks are Feb. 5-8, but the participants must still reach agreement on 'concrete details of the agenda.' A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said he was aware of the reports but denied the date has been decided. Positive News is pleased to see these talks resume and we view this as progress towards a peaceful solution.POSITIVE ENVIROMENTAL TRENDSGerman renewable energy sector shows impressive growthGreenPrices On 28 January 2007 GreenPrices reported: 2006 was a year of impressive growth for the German renewable energy sector. German wind power installations grew by 23.5 per cent in 2006, while renewable energy use grew by 11.6 per cent, leaving the country just 12 per cent short of its renewable energy target for the year 2010. The country overall decreased its CO2 emission by an impressive 10 million tonnes. This, together with the above-mentioned results has made Germany one of the undisputed leaders of the green energy sector. Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel stated that his ministry would focus next on formulating a plan to for the develop[...]
US Positive News Update
US News UpdateAnti-smoking milestone reached in U.S.Thirty years after it began as just another quirkymovement in Berkeley, Calif., the push to bansmoking in restaurants, bars and other publicplaces has reached a national milestone.For the first time in the nation's history, morethan half of Americans live in a city or state withlaws mandating that workplaces, restaurants orbars be smoke-free, according to Americans forNonsmokers' Rights.``The movement for smoke-free air has gone frombeing a California oddity to the nationwide norm,''said Bronson Frick, the group's associate director. ``We think 100 percent of Americans will live insmoke-free jurisdictions within a few years.''New Housing Starts RiseThe Commerce Department reported Thursdaythat housing construction rose 4.5 percent inDecember to a seasonally adjusted annual rateof 1.642 million units.Analysts cautioned that the December figure couldbe overstating the extent of the rebound since itwas probably influenced by warmer-than-normalweather last month.Employment Numbers ImproveThe Labor Department reported Thursday thatapplications for jobless benefits totaled a seasonallyadjusted 290,000, down 8,000 from the previousweek when claims had fallen below 300,000 forthe first time in six months.The back-to-back improvements pushed claims tothe lowest level since the week of Feb. 18, 2006.NY Subway Hero Saves StrangerWesley Autrey from Harlem dove in front of a subwaytrain earlier this month to save a man who had fallen onthe tracks.The January 2nd incident, when he saved CameronHollopeter by pinning him down between the rails,allowing the train to pass over both of them.Now, he is encouraging all people to find the hero withinthemselves. "There's a hero in all of us, you just have toact on the moment, you know,” said Autrey.“Don't be afraid, go for it. That's it.”“This angel has dropped down from heaven onto theplatform of 137th Street and he has gotten his wings,”added Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright. “Andhis job is to make sure the rest of us get our wings as well."Wesley Autrey was applauded by Governor Eliot Spitzerand the state assembly in Albany. He has received numerousacknowledgements and awards and even appeared onthe tonight show with Jay Leno.Autrey says he remains in contact with Hollopeter,and their families plan to get together soon.[...]
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Positive News Update
After 26 Years Secret Santa Introduces Himself!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The answer to one of the happiest
mysteries in the Kansas City area is being revealed this year.
A man who has given away millions of dollars and become
known as Secret Santa for handing out Christmas cash to
the needy is allowing his name to be publicized after 26 years.
But the reason for the revelation is an unhappy one. Secret
Santa has cancer. He wants to start speaking to community
groups about his belief in random acts of kindness, but he
can't do that without telling people who he is.
The man who has spread cheer for 26 years is Larry Stewart,
58, of Lee's Summit, who made his millions in cable television
and long-distance telephone service.
Stewart told The Kansas City Star that he was the man who
would walk up to complete strangers, hand them $100 bills,
wish them "Merry Christmas" and walk away, leaving
astonished and grateful people in his wake.
He handed out money throughout the year, but he said it was
the Christmas giving that gave him the most joy.
Now, he wants to inspire others to do the same. He said
he thinks that people should know that he was born poor,
was briefly homeless, dropped out of college, has been fired
from jobs, and once even considered robbery.
But he said every time he hit a low point in his life, someone
gave him money, food and hope, and that's why he has devoted
his life to returning the favors.
A Positive News subscribe shared this story and we support,
the promotion of "Random Acts of Kindness" at the holidays
and all year long.
Think About This: Even a small gift to a stranger can give you the
same benefits - you don't need to be wealthy to participate - a gift
of your time is always appreciated too!
Positive News Update 10-18-06
Sorry it's been so long between updatesbut here are just a few of the Positive News headlines from around the world.PNN views these developments as proofpositive that there are many Positive developments in our world.First woman wins Bahrain parliament seat
AP - Tue Oct 17, 5:22 PM ET
MANAMA, Bahrain - A British-educated civil
servant has become the first-ever female to
serve as an elected member of Bahrain's
parliament, the Gulf kingdom said Tuesday.U.N. peacekeepers relish calm in Lebanon
AP - Tue Oct 17, 7:10 AM ET
NAQOURA, Lebanon - The Italian soldier newly
assigned to patrol south Lebanon was confident
he was welcome in one of the world's tensest regions.Kidnappers free U.S. missionary in Haiti
AP - Wed Oct 18, 1:17 AM ET
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A U.S. missionary
was kidnapped as he left his church in northern
Haiti and later freed unharmed, his family said
early Wednesday.Landmines cleared from strategic Mozambique railway line
AFP - Tue Oct 17, 8:00 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The last landmines and
unexploded ordnance blocking Mozambique's vital
Sena Railway line have been removed, thanks
largely to some 13 million dollars (10 million euros)
in US aid, the US State Department said.PM says Japan won't build atomic weapons
TOKYO - Japan's prime minister struggled
Wednesday to stifle talk of a move to build a
nuclear bomb, a concept once considered
unthinkable in the only nation ever attacked
with atomic weapons. "The debate is finished,"
Shinzo Abe said.
And just for fun did you know about this...Clown convention opens in Mexico
AP - Mon Oct 16, 11:33 PM ET
MEXICO CITY - There was hardly room for all
the big feet and rubber noses as hundreds of
clowns from across Latin America opened a
four-day convention in a Mexico City theater
Positive News Update 9-12-06
Blogs help with government oversight
When watchdog groups that monitor federal
spending wanted more information on 1,800
"pork barrel" projects buried in a House
appropriations bill, they listed them on the
Internet and asked readers to dig deeper.
Within days, details began pouring in. "It's
probably the biggest expansion of government
oversight that we'll ever have," says Thomas
Schatz of Citizens Against Government Waste,
one of the groups pioneering the effort.
"It will turn every American into a watchdog."Burundi says last rebel group to disarm
It will take several weeks to disarm Burundi's
last rebel group, the FNL, after it signed a
ceasefire deal solidifying the end of a 12-year
civil war, but this move signifies a vital
development toward long-term peace in Burundi.Haitian gang members surrender guns
Haitan gang members surrendered their guns
Monday in the first handover of weapons in a
UN-led effort to disarm hundreds of Haitian
criminals, while onlookers cheered in an impromptu
ceremony. The men handing in guns said they
were tired of fighting.Microbes can clean up toxic waste dumps - scientist
On 11 September 2006 Reuters reported: An
Australian scientist has discovered toxic waste
loving microbes, which may help clean up the
Megha Mallavarapu, from a government-backed
environmental research centre based in South
Australia state, told Reuters that microbes, which
were found in old waste sites in Australia, can break
down industrial contamination such as waste petroleum
and chlorine, making the soil safe for humans.
Not only is the soil safe but the ground water becomes safe too.Ozone layer on the mend but recovery delayed - UN
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP),
the earth's ozone layer, which filters dangerous solar radiation,
is on the mend after decades of damage.
The two agencies noted, however, that the recovery process
is going more slowly than expected, with revised projections
of partial recovery over parts of the earth by 2049—five years
later than originally predicted, Reuters reported.Attack on U.S. Embassy fails in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria — Attackers tried to blow up the U.S.
Embassy in Damascus on Tuesday but were thwarted by
Syrian guards in a fierce gunbattle. Three of the four
attackers and a Syrian guard were killed. No Americans
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Imad
Moustapha, Syria's ambassador to the United States, said
it was "logically possible" that an offshoot of al-Qaeda
called Jund al-Sham was responsible.
Positive News Network views these news stories as a
reminder of the rising positivity in our world.
Positive News Update 8-30-06
Here's a few of the 'Positive News" Headlines from around the world.These stories show amazing trends toward enviromental improvement,prosperity and peace...enjoy!Argentina moves to clean up its dirtiest river
After years of neglect, Argentina's Supreme Court
is demanding the cleanup of the Matanza-Riachuelo
river basin, which is home to more than 10 per cent
of the country's total population.Bumper crop of US wind farms boosts turbine makers
Electricity generating, clean energy wind farms are going
up at record-breaking speeds across the United States.Hungary: Biofuel production to increase tenfold
The Hungarian Minister of Agriculture has announced
that the country plans to increase biofuel production,
currently at 70,000 tonnes, to ten times that amount
by the year 2010.Japan makes plans for greener cars, batteries
Japan, the world's third-largest oil consumer, has
announced a plan to help reduce its reliance on oil
in the transportation sector by introducing
state-of-the-art environmentally friendly
vehicles in stages.Japan's unemployment rate continues to fall
Japan's unemployment rate continues to fall for
the eighth consecutive month, which indicates
that the labour market is continuing to improve.Somali Islamists and the interim government prepare for peace talks
The interim government of Somalia and leaders of
the Islamist faction that currently controls the
capital, Mogadishu, have agreed to meet for
peace talks.India, China can sustain stability in the region, says official Chinese People's Liberation Army
India and China are moving in the direction of
sustaining peace and stability in their neighbourhood
and not just on their frontiers, a top official of the
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) said.Oil prices lift stocks higher
Wall Street rebounded Monday as energy prices
fell on signs that Tropical Storm Ernesto won't
hit the Gulf of Mexico and as investors grew
optimistic about a series of major economic
reports on tap this week.
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Positive News Update 7-25-06
Homeless man rewarded for returning bondsDetroit: A homeless Detroit man who returned$20,738.88 in savings bonds he found in a dumpsterto their rightful owner has been rewarded withcash and a job.Charles Moore, who found the bonds while siftingthrough clothing in a dumpster outside a local church,was given $100 by the family of Ernest Lehto, whobought the bonds in the 1980's, The Detroit Newsreported.But the rewards did not stop there. Two suburbanbusinessmen, inspired by Moore's actions, awardedthe man $1,200 for his honesty and found him a job,WXYZ-TV, Detroit, reported Tuesday.The 31 savings bonds, with a total face value of $8,900,had matured to $20,738.88 after being purchased for$4,450 about 20 years ago, the Detroit News reported."The lesson of it all is; best policy is honestyand honesty pays off," Moore said.DiCaprio turns hero in Madonna concertNew York: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, helped twowheelchair-bound fans at a Madonna concert,and became a real hero for them.According to pagesix.com, Francesco Clark, whoworked at Harper's Bazaar until a car accidentleft him a quadriplegic, had front row seats atone of the Madonna's concerts.However, when the pop diva came onstage thecrowd rushed forward his wheelchair wasalmost knocked over.Clark's friend said, "He couldn't see anythingbecause people were all standing around him.He tried to move to the front, but no one wouldbudge, and nobody cared. Then the securityguard came over and was being rude and toldhim to move."At that point DiCaprio came over and said,"Why don't you come sit with me and I'lljust move over?"A few moments later he moved anotherwheelchair-bound person next to Clark.Alaska crews rescue 23 from listing shipANCHORAGE, Alaska — Helicopters hoisted 23crew members from a listing cargo ship to safetyovernight, ending a daylong rescue effort as10-foot waves slapped the ship’s tilting deckhundreds of miles off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.The morning of July 25, with the crew safe onAdak Island, the Coast Guard and the shipoperators turned their attention to tryingto salvage the massive car carrier.The 654-foot Cougar Ace cargo holds nearly5,000 cars that were being shipped fromJapan to Canada when it began tilting to itsport side late Sunday night.Clinton Calling For Preassure on SudanFormer U.S. President Bill Clinton called onSunday for pressure to be exerted on Sudan'sgovernment to accept a larger and strongerpeacekeeping force to restore peace in thecountry's western Darfur region.The conflict, which began in early 2003,has killed 200,000 people, forced another2 million to flee their homes and spilledover into neighboring Chad.'Manatee girl' named young eco-heroA 17-year-old's dedication to education aboutmanatees earns her the title of 2006 InternationalYoung Eco-Hero.When Dara Shore talks to people in her hometownof Long Island, N.Y., about manatee protection,they usually respond with: "What's a manatee?""And that's one more person that gets educated,"Shore said.Shore, 17, became interested in manatee protectionwhen, as a second-grader, she saw manatees duringa visit to Sea World.The plight of the water mammals, scarred by boatpropellers, touched her heart. "I was just infuriated"that they were injured so frequently, she said.Shore acted on her feelings and soon afterwardstarted her own organization, Mission Manatee."I give talks to schools and raise money for theSave the Manatee Club," she said. "It's aboutinvolvement. We all need to do our part."She remembers raising $300 in one afternoon.Shore was recently named 2006 InternationalYoung Eco-Hero for her continuing efforts toeducate young children about the plight of themanatee."Educating people is important, no matter wh[...]
Message from Mr. Positive!
A combination of things have kep me from posting to this blog
the past couple of months. I appreciate your patience and will
now be resuming my weekly updates.
In times like these everyone can use a little good news, in digging
around I found some interesting stories that didn't make the
headlines this month.
I hope you enjoy them and will share your positive news
with us here at PNN.
Positive News Update 7/14/06
I bet these stories didn't make the front page of your newspaper.Iraq: Restrained Ramadi offensivesuggests US charmIRIN News reprorted on 7 July 2006 that hundredsof families returned to the city of Ramadi, some 110kmwest of the capital, Baghdad, two weeks after theUS military launched an unusually restrainedoffensive there.'Residents began returning to Ramadi after beinginformed by those who had remained behind thatUS troops were not targeting civilians,' said AhmedBarak, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Aid Association(IAA).On 19 June, thousands of US and Iraqi troopsdescended on Ramadi in the restive westernAnbar governorate with the ostensible aim ofrestoring stability.Insurgents had reportedly been in control of muchof the densely populated city, in which street battlesremain common.According to Barak, while about 1,500 families fledRamadi in advance of the attack, more than 1,000families have since returned. 'Returnees receivedsome assistance while they were displaced, but thiswas only for a short period,' said Barak.'And those that have returned say they're beingwell-treated by the US and Iraqi militaries in Ramadi.'Local doctors, meanwhile, say there were no civiliancausalities during the course of the offensive, whileresidents say that US and Iraqi troops—unlike inprevious episodes—behaved respectfully.'We didn't flee our home because US troops didn't tellus to leave,' said Ramadi resident Muhammad Gazi, 55. 'They knocked at our door and politely askedpermission to enter—we were absolutelyastonished.'US military sources say that this approach is partof a strategy of adopting more culturally sensitivetactics when dealing with local populations.As part of the new charm offensive, US marineshave also begun repairing some of Ramadi'swater-purification and power plants.'For the first time, US troops have startedgetting the Iraqi people on their side,' said Barak.'Locals are generally afraid of them, but a kindword can do a lot to end violence.' Residents,meanwhile, hope that the restraint shown bythe US military will become the rule ratherthan the exception.Positive News Network News comments:PNN recognises that real problems remainin the region, but views this as a step in amore positive direction.Indonesia approves law cementing peace deal7/11/06JAKARTA, Indonesia the Associated Pressreported that Indonesia passed a law Tuesdaygranting tsunami-ravaged Aceh province greaterautonomy and paving the way for elections,cementing the terms of a landmark 2005 peaceaccord with separatist rebels.The 2004 tsunami that killed more than 131,000in the province speeded up efforts to end the29-year civil war that killed 15,000 people.The rebels handed in all of their self-declared840 weapons and gave up their long-helddemand for independence, and the governmentpulled nearly half of its 50,000 troops from the region.The 116-page law, rushed through Indonesia'snotoriously slow parliament, gives Aceh controlover 70 percent of its mineral wealth—includingsignificant oil and gas reserves.It also allows the former rebels to run in electionsexpected later this year for the governor's post andother senior positions either as independents oras representatives of their party—both of whichwould have been illegal under old laws.Positive News Network News comments: PNNrecognises that real problems remain in the region,but views support for national reconciliation as astep in a positive direction.Sunni bloc in parliament to end boycott11 July 2006BAGHDAD, Iraq: Various wire services reportedthat the largest Sunni bloc in parliament will endits legislative boycott following a call for calm andunity by radical[...]
Positive News May 23, 2006
US NEWSHospital purchasing group signs deal with major organic food distributor
More than 2,000 hospitals in the U.S. now have
access to natural and organic foods, thanks to a
deal announced last week between MedAssets,
a leading group purchasing organization for the
health care industry, and United Natural Food
Incorporated (UNFI), the largest publicly traded
wholesale distributor to the natural and organic
The deal, which is the first contract between a
major health care buyer and organic food distributor,
reflects the growing demand in the health care
industry for healthy food options.
MedAssets purchased more than $200 million
worth of food and supplies for 2,400 hospitals
in the U.S. in 2005.ADM to build new ethanol plant in Iowa
Archer Daniels Midland Co. plans to build a new
dry-mill ethanol plant that will allow the company
to produce 275 million gallons of the corn-based
fuel each year.
The new plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is expected
to be finished in the second half of 2008, subject to
approval by federal regulators, the company said.
It is the second new dry-milling ethanol plant
announced by Decatur-based ADM this year.INTERNATIONAL NEWSColombia's homicide rate is the lowest in nearly two decades
Colombia's peace process with demobilized
paramilitaries was back on track Monday,
following misunderstandings that arose
after a court overturned a law dealing
with peace talks.
Since the demobilization in 2003, Colombia's
homicide rate is the lowest in nearly two
decades.Bolivia's new President vows to give unfarmed land to indigenous peoples
Bolivia's President Morales announced that his
government plans to redistribute as much as
54,000 square miles of unfarmed land to the
poor: 'We are defending the right of our
indigenous peoples to their own resources.'
Morales, a former protest leader whose ruling
Movement Toward Socialism party grew out
of the land reform movement, seems
determined to use Bolivia's natural resources
for the benefit of the poor Indian majority.Chile announces big spending plans
President Michelle Bachelet said Sunday that
Chile will use some of the billions of dollars
from its booming copper exports to advance
her social agenda, creating 130,000 jobs while
investing in health, housing and education.
In her first state-of-the nation address,
Chile's first female president said the big
spending plans did not mean the government
will abandon its fiscal discipline.
She vowed to maintain annual budget surpluses
of at least 1 percent of gross domestic product.
Positive News Update 4-26-06
China shows positive signs of maintaining peace in AsiaDuring a recent speech, New Zealand's NationalParty leader Don Brash discussed the importanceof China as a peacekeeper in the Asian Pacific.He stated that signs are very encouraging thatChina is fulfilling it role in a positive way.Mr Brash made these statements while addressingthe US New Zealand Partnership Forum, inWashington DC. According to him, the only twopotential security issues in the areas are the nuclearambitions of North Korea and the China-Taiwan relations.In both cases, the speaker said, China's role inmaintaining the peace is of primary importance.As reported by Radio New Zealand, Mr Brash saidsigns are very encouraging that China is adopting avery responsible stance on both matters.Energy, environment top World Bank economic meetingWorld Bank economic policymakers are turningtheir attention to how wealthy nations can helpdeveloping countries meet their energy needswhile protecting the environment.They (are) also assessing a report examining howdevelopment agencies can reinforce good governmentpractices and fight corruption.These matters topped the agenda of the World Bank'ssteering committee, whose meeting on Sunday windsup the spring session of the bank and its sisterinstitution, the International Monetary Fund.Nepal reinstates lower House of ParliamentNepal's King Gyanendra defused weeks of protestsby reinstating the lower House of Parliament, whichhe said would 'bear the responsibility of taking thenation on the path of national unity and prosperity'.US NEWSFirst Lady announces global literacy conferenceUnited States First Lady Laura Bush announcedan initiative Monday to combat global illiteracy,saying that more than 800 million people aroundthe world can't read.The first lady said a conference on global literacywill be held in New York in September during theopening of the 61st session of the U.N. GeneralAssembly.The conference will be held in conjunction with thedepartments of Education and State, USAIDand UNESCO.``Across the globe, more than 800 million peopleare illiterate,'' said Mrs. Bush, honorary ambassadorfor the United Nation's Decade of Literacy.``Eighty-five percent of them live in just34 countries, concentrated in regions affectedby poverty. And more than two-thirds of the771 million adults who cannot read a simple book,or write a basic sentence, are women.''She spoke at luncheon attended by 35 ambassadorsfrom six continents.Power plant waste eyed for green buildingHenry Liu, a retired civil engineering professorat the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA,wants to make eco-friendly construction materialout of fly-ash, a waste product of coal-burningpower plants.He quickly found a willing partner in utilitycompanies such as Associated ElectricCooperative Inc. in Clifton Hill, whichprovided fly ash for his first phase ofresearch; and Ameren UE, which isdoing likewise for Liu's latest roundof tests.``It's absolutely pure stewardship, the beneficialuse of what otherwise might be considered waste,''said Mark Bryant, an Ameren official who overseesits coal combustion byproducts.Cement manufacturers and brick makers alreadyuse fly ash—which has strong adhesive properties—as an additive. But unlike those efforts, Liu's bricksare made almost entirely of the powder.Clay-fired bricks are heated in kilns to temperaturesof 2,000 degrees, burning fossil fuels that produceair pollution and green house gases.The limestone used to make Portland cement foundin concrete bricks also must be burned at hightemperatures, emitting similar pollutants intothe atmosphere.No s[...]
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Positive News Update 4-12-06
US NEWSProminent US company to invest
in 'green technology'
As a prominent North American venture capitalist
and one of Silicon Valley's most respected investors,
John Doerr's decision to champion green technology
as the next big thing is generating attention in the
United States venture capital community.
MrP: This trend has been growing and renewable,
'green-energy' will be the hot business for the next
several years (that's what I feel!)$30,000 in Cash Discovered by Volunteer
Some more positive news – One Hurricane
Katrina volunteer in New Orleans was helping
to gut a storm-damaged house and came
across the unexpected.
Trista Wright picked up something green from
the rubble and discovered it was a $100 bill.
After digging deeper, Wright gathered more
than $30-thousand dollars in cash which she
turned over to the authorities.
The homeowner was contacted and figured
her father had stashed the money as hard
Was it a miracle? Indeed the homeowner
and a local pastor agree that it was.Prescription drug prices – are dropping thanks to healthy competition.
The Food and Drug Administration says an
analysis shows that when just two generic
versions of a brand-name medicine arrive
in the marketplace, there is a dramatic
discount of about 52 percent of the price
of the generic drug compared to the
brand-name version’s cost per dose.Smoking Ban Working? YES, it appears so...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
researchers say there’s a connection between
the decline of heart attack rates and the banning
of smoking in public places.
One example cited is the nearly 30 percent
drop in heart attacks in Pueblo, Colorado
after smoking was prohibited in places
such as restaurants and bars.INTERNATIONAL NEWSKuwaiti women go to the polls for the first time.
In a history-making election, Kuwaiti women
went to the polls for the first time. Not only
did they vote, but some ran as candidates to
fill a seat in Kuwait’s Municipal Council.
One 28-year-old woman says her gender is
now getting some attention and, in her words,
“we became equal.”
Still, Islamic tradition prevailed. Men and
women had to vote separately in different
locations at the polling station.Israel boosts renewable energy incentives
The Public Utilities Authority of Israel has
moved to increase its support of businesses
using renewable energy.Peace talks bring the Ivory Coast closer to disarmament
After high-level peace talks, Ivorian and regional
officials have called for a single programme to
tackle disarmament and national identification.
Even More Positive News
Ginger, pepper treat difficult cancers
Ginger can kill ovarian cancer cells while the
compound that makes peppers hot can shrink
pancreatic tumors, researchers told a conference
Their studies add to a growing body of evidence
that at least some popular spices might slow or
prevent the growth of cancer.WALMART is now offering organic food!
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is throwing its weight behind
organic products, a move that experts say could
have the same lasting effect on environmental
practices that Wal-Mart has had on prices by
forcing suppliers and competitors to keep up.
Putting new items on the shelf this year, from
organic cotton baby clothes to ocean fish caught
in ways that don't harm the environment, is part
of a broader green policy launched last year to
meet consumer demand, cut costs for things like
energy and packaging.
Wal-Mart plans to double its organic grocery
offerings in the next month and continue looking
for more products to offer in areas such as grocery,
apparel, paper and electronics.
Stephen Quinn, vice president of marketing, told
an analysts' conference this month that Wal-Mart
would have 400 organic food items in stores this
summer "at the Wal-Mart price."
Now Walmart is often bashed in the media,
I thought this was a very positive for
everyone involved in organic foods.
Just think if the biggest retailer in the world
goes "green" ANYTHING can HAPPEN!
Positive News Update
A Family's Prayers Answered
For 10 years, Tanya Nicole Kach says she was
told that her parents didn't want her, that she
was stupid and no one cared about her but the
middle school security guard who was keeping
her in his home.
It took her a decade to build the confidence to
come forward, but on Wednesday she finally
learned the truth as she hugged her father,
Jerry Kach, in a tearful reunion.
Kach's father, Jerry, said, "I just say thank you,
there is a God and he brought my little girl
back home."Hawaii Boasts Lowest Jobless Rate in U.S.
At 2.4 percent, Hawaii's unemployment rate for
January, the most recent figure available, is the
lowest in the country.
The national average, which was 4.7 percent in
January, rose to 4.8 percent in February,
according to the Labor Department.
In other words, it's a great environment for those
seeking work on the islands, said Beth Busch,
president of Success Advertising Hawaii, which
organizes several job fairs each year.Afghan Christian Released Given Asylum in Italy
ROME -- The Afghan man who faced the death
penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity
received asylum Wednesday in Italy, despite
requests by lawmakers in Afghanistan that he be
barred from fleeing the conservative Muslim country.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai defended the
release of a Christian convert on Tuesday, saying
the judiciary had acted properly and had not been
swayed by the international outcry over the case.
This Just in...
ETA Announces Permanent Cease-Fire
MADRID, Spain - The Basque separatist group
ETA on Wednesday announced a permanent
cease-fire, bringing a dramatic end to a
decades-long campaign of violence and closing
the door on one of Western Europe's last active
armed separatist movements.
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The amazing positive part of the story in addition
to the obvious benefits of a cease fire the wire report
goes on to say "that many Spaniards believed that
after the 2004, terror attacks in Madrid, ETA had
effectively been stymied.The belief was that popular revulsion over terrorism made deadly violence politically unthinkable for the group.Peace is possible!