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Confirmed: Microbes are Eating BP Oil Without Using Up Oxygen

Posted by Corey Kaster on September 14, 2010

Written by Geri via GNN

NOAA government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: Microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating “dead zones” where fish cannot survive.

Outside scientists said this so far vindicates the difficult and much-debated decision by BP and the government to use massive amounts of chemical dispersants deep underwater to break up the oil before it reached the surface.

Larry McKinney, director of a Gulf of Mexico research center at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, said the new federal data showed that it was a “nearly perfect” outcome.

(READ the AP story in WTOP News)

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Being Positive and Optimistic Could Prevent Heart Attacks, Study Finds

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 19, 2010

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Friday, 19 February 2010

Being happy and naturally optimistic cuts the risk of developing heart problems, say researchers.

They found that those who are enthusiastic, contented and believe the glass is half full rather than half empty have a better chance of keeping their heart healthy.

It is the first study to find such a strong link between positive emotions and a lower risk of heart disease.

Findings published in the European Heart Journal reveal the potentially damaging effects of pessimistic thoughts and long-term negativity.

“This is the first study to show an independent relationship” between heart disease and a positive attitude that was spelled out through clear data, as opposed to just being based on a person’s own report of their attitude.

(Contine reading in the Daily Mail)

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L.A. Plans World’s Biggest Solar Farm in California Desert

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 18, 2010

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

An old battleground of California’s water wars could turn into one of the largest solar farms in the world, with thousands of shiny black and blue panels mounted across the desiccated, salty white crust of Owens Lake.

That’s the plan by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest public utility in the U.S.

The project may eventually generate three to five gigawatts of power — enough for 10 per cent of California’s power supply — and include other utilities like PG&E and Southern California Edison and independent power producers.

(Continue reading in the Edmonton Journal)

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Bob’s Red Mill CEO Gives 20 Million Dollar Company to Employees

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 18, 2010

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

A CEO this week gave his entire company to the workers who’ve made his natural food company the success that generates revenues exceeding $20 million a year.

Founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Bob Moore, turned 81 on Monday, Feb. 15 and announced the news to his employees in Milwaukie, Oregon.

With everyone at his birthday celebration and on behalf of his partners in the business, Bob announced that through the creation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Bob’s Red Mill is now an employee-owned company.

“We believe our employees are the finest people in the natural foods business, and by offering our current and future employees an ownership in the company we will continue to retain and attract the best.”

“It’s been my dream all along to turn this company over to the employees,” said Mr. Moore. “I get to spend every day with our many loyal and long-time employees who will now share in ownership, and it just thrills me to know they will be joined by many new faces over the years.”

“The partners could have sold this company many times for a lot more money, but to them this company is about so much more than the money,” said Operations VP Dennis Vaughn. “I’m just proud to wear the Bob’s Red Mill logo because anywhere I go in this country people say nice things about the company.”

“Bob is basically passing the entrepreneurial torch on to his employees and is instilling in us that hard work provides rewards,” said Roger Farnen, a Quality Assurance Manager.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products.

(Read more at OregonLive.com)

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What’s right with the world…

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 16, 2010

Great Article from American Funds about some positive statistics/info

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Gay Guardsman Back With Unit as Military Ponders Repeal

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 15, 2010

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

Last week, amid news that senior military officials supported ending the policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a National Guardsman was contacted by his commanding officer with an invitation to rejoin his unit. Months earlier, Dan Choi had been recommended for discharge after his announcement on television that he was gay.

Choi is back with his unit now to receive training on critical infantry skills for a possible upcoming deployment. “It’s Good to be back,” he wrote in an email.

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More Good News on the Economy, And This Time, Jobs

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 8, 2010

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Friday, 05 February 2010

Economists are reacting to the new jobs report saying the fall in the unemployment rate is legitimate good news, while President Obama calls it a “cause for hope.”

“It was not driven, as it sometimes is, by labor force dropouts,” wrote Stephen Stanley, of RBS. “The labor force grew by 360,000 in January while household employment surged by 784,000, more than reversing the big December decline.”

(Read more economists’ opinions on the Jobs report at the Wall Street Journal)

Sales Growth is Back

Make no mistake. The economy does appear to be improving at long last — albeit slowly. Here’s how you can tell. Corporations are finally reporting sales growth, not just better profits juiced by pink slips and other cost cuts. Honest-to-God revenue growth.

On Tuesday, for example, companies in a variety of industries reported that revenues were up at least 10% from a year ago, including Whirlpool, Dow Chemical and Fortune 500 homebuilder, D.R. Horton.

(Read more in CNN-Money)

New GE Renewable Energy Facility Brings 650 New Jobs

650 new jobs were brought to life a year ahead of schedule in Schenectady, NY at the “green ribbon” cutting on General Electric ‘s global headquarters for Renewable Energy. Doors opened on Monday at the state of the art facility, housed in a newly renovated 100 year-old warehouse on GE’s main campus.

Congressman Paul Tonko said, “This is a day of celebration. The winds of change are upon us, whereby we utilize our wind, our soil, our sun and our earth to make a difference to supply the energy needs of this nation and this world.” (CBS, Albany)

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Wind Power Grew 39 Percent Last Year

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 3, 2010

Posted by geri via Good News Network

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Despite a crippling recession and tight credit markets, the American wind power industry grew at a blistering pace in 2009, adding 39 percent more capacity. The country is close to the point where 2 percent of its electricity will come from wind turbines.

While that is still a small share, it is up from virtually nothing a few years ago. Continued growth at such a fast pace could help the nation lower its emissions of the gases that cause global warming, The New York Times’s Jad Mouawad writes.

Continue reading the article in the New York Times.

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Global Manufacturing Surges Back, Key US Index at Highest Since 2004

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 2, 2010

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Tuesday, 02 February 2010

Manufacturing activity soared around the world in January, according to surveys released yesterday that will bolster the hopes of a strong global recovery.

In the US, the Institute for Supply Management index – a key measure of industrial activity – rose from 54.9 to 58.4, its highest level since August 2004 and well ahead of economists’ expectations.

The key components of the index – production, employment and new orders – all increased, offering significant assurance that the manufacturing sector is in recovery.

(Continue reading in the Financial Times)

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Top Ten Good News Stories of 2009

Posted by Corey Kaster on December 30, 2009


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Friday, 25 December 2009
earth-from-Apollo_17.jpgDespite what may be your immediate impression of 2009, overall it was a great year. Looking back, one can be grateful that the economy has begun to turn around, at least for businesses, real estate and the stock market. Looking ahead, it is easy to be hopeful about 2010. With the New Year upon us, this Top 10 list of Good News is just what we need to kick off a new decade.

Here, then, is my annual countdown of the Top Ten Good News Stories for 2009. Happy Holidays to everyone!

10) Humpback Whales to Leap off Endangered Species List

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Even more heartening than the 6,000 rare dolphins discovered in South Asia (prior to this, the largest known populations of Irrawaddy dolphins numbered in the low hundreds or less), or the discovery this year of a new population of orangutans in a remote, mountainous corner of Indonesia – perhaps as many as 2,000, or the “spectacular” finding that rare mountain gorilla populations have grown by 13 percent over the last 16 months in the Congo, is the news that humpback whales may soon be graduating from the endangered species list. Despite almost hunting these beautiful creatures to extinction, conservation efforts have led to steady population growth of 4-7 percent annually, to an estimated 19,000 animals, from fewer than 1,400 before the 1960’s ban on whaling. (physorg.com)
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9) Researcher’s Love for Wife Leads to MS Breakthrough

Dr. Zamboni’s studies began when his beloved wife developed MS in 1995 at the age of 37. He undertook a massive in-depth review of the literature, and modern imaging techniques such as ultrasound and MRI. His findings led him to believe that Multiple Sclerosis is not an autoimmune issue, but a vascular disease, a radical departure from current thinking. He performed experimental surgery on his wife using a simple catheter / angioplasty / balloon operation, getting blood flowing normally again. Many of her MS symptoms disappeared. She had the surgery three years ago and has not had an attack since. In Italy where the doctor works, 65 patients have since had the MS surgery, and in the two years since the operation, 73 percent of subjects are symptom-free. (Good News Network)

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8) Child Mortality Down 27 percent Worldwide Since 1990

Child mortality rates have dropped 28% worldwide since 1990, UNICEF reported Friday. Death rates of children aged five and under have even dropped by 60% since 1960. “UNICEF cited “particularly good progress” in reducing child mortality in Laos, Bangladesh, Bolivia and Nepal. These countries are on target to reach the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of reducing the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015, UNICEF said.”  (USA Today)

7) Lay-offs Stopped as Co-Workers Rally to Save Jobs at Boston Hospital

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When a hospital CEO was faced with having to lay-off hundreds of people from their jobs, he walked through the corridors and saw that no one deserved it. When he reported his feelings to the auditorium filled with 6,300 employees, he received thunderous, sustained applause. The staff at Beth Israel Medical Center didn’t want any of the 8,000 workers to get laid off — and were willing to give up their pay and benefits to make sure no one does. The 13 department heads took pay cuts  totaling $350,000, doctors donated money, 401-K matching funds were turned down. Now, most of the cooks, janitors and cashiers have been rescued, thanks to the compassionate CEO who wanted to do the right thing and the workers who agreed with him. (Boston.com;  Follow-up from CBS)

1stwisconsinbldg.jpg6) 12 Banks Have Repayed $113B in Bailout Money- With Interest

Top financial institutions, like Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs,Capital One, Citi, Wells Fargo, American Express and Morgan-Stanley, have repaid more than $113 billion of the $199 billion in taxpayer money, loaned to financial institutions last year. TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, was introduced when a financial crisis put the economy at risk of falling into a depression. Now the nation’s four largest banks have paid back their loans — with billions of dollars in interest going to the US treasury — as have several large regional banks.

5) Passenger Spots Leaking Jet Fuel, Averts Mid-Ocean Crash

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Staff Sgt. Bartek Bachleda spotted a fuel leak during take-off and possibly saved the lives of more than 300 airline passengers in route to Japan last week.  After alerting the aircrew, the ranking pilot made a decision to divert the flight to San Francisco. The captain said they would have never made it to Japan if it wasn’t for the passenger’s insistence that an emergency situation was developing. (Japan Today)

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4) Crime is Plummeting Across N. America, Despite Recession

From Oregon to Vermont, states across the country are tallying lower crime rates over the past few years, but even in 2009, amidst economic downturn, cities like Los Angeles, Dallas and New York have seen a dramatic reduction in violent crime. Even Chicago and Detroit are seeing murder rates dropping and property crime decreasing, mystifying sociologists and criminologists. (Good News Network)

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3) Worldwide Hopes Soar as First African-American President Inaugurated

The arrival of a new American president triggered joy and jubilation in a world made weary by warfare, recession and fear. Even for Republicans, whether you agree or disagree with Obama’s policies, the ascendance of the first African-American to the presidency of the United States marked a new era of tolerance and possibility.

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2) Miami Banker Gives $60 Million in Bonuses to Employees

After selling a majority stake in his Miami bank, Leonard Abess Jr. took $60 million of the proceeds — $60 million out of his own pocket — and gave it to his tellers, bookkeepers, clerks, everyone on the payroll. All 399 workers on the staff received bonuses, and he even tracked down 72 former employees so they could share in the windfall. For longtime employees, the bonus — based on years of service — amounted to tens of thousands of dollars, and in some cases, more than $100,000. (The Guardian – photo, copyright 2008, Daniel Portnoy)

1) Miracle on the Hudson

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The passengers of Flight 1549 were soaked and freezing, but they were still alive. With both engines out, a cool-headed pilot maneuvered his crowded jetliner over New York City, avoiding buildings, landing it safely into the frigid Hudson River. All 155 on board were pulled to safety as the plane slowly sank.

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger was surprised by all the accolades that he received, but, he wrote, “I realize how this event had touched people’s lives, how ready they were for good news, how much they wanted to feel hopeful again…  We’ve had a worldwide economic downturn, and people are confused, fearful and just so ready for good news. They want to feel reassured that all the things we value, all our ideals, still exist.”

If you are a regular viewer of the Good News Network, you are already assured, every day, that good DOES still exist — even through all the troubles witnessed over the last decade.

Happy New Year and may Good bless!

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