Steve Irwin’s Daughter Launches Eco-Friendly Fashion Line

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA year after Steve Irwin’s death, daughter Bindi Irwin is launching a new eco-friendly fashion line for kids. The clothing, hats, bags and shoes carry the environmental messages of her father while an amazing 100 percent of profits will be used to fund the Australia Zoo’s conservation programs. “The tags are made from recycled cardboard, the soles on the shoes are made with recycled rubber. They are clothes with a message,” said nine-year-old Bindi. Also see: Australia News report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Gates Donates $20M to Help Rice Farmers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBill Gates, the world’s richest man, is to donate nearly 20 million dollars for research into helping rice farmers deal with global warming, the International Rice Research Institute said last week, specifically to harness scientific advances that address major unsolved problems in agriculture. We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Paris Digs Deep to Harness Earth’s Energy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Paris is digging deep — nearly two kilometres deep — to tap into hot water that will provide ecologically clean heating for the city. (Read more at AFP)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Tennessee Christians Lay Out Welcome Mat for New Mosque

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Heartsong Church in Cordoba, Tennessee, has opened its doors to its new neighbors from the Memphis Islamic center while they are still building their own place of worship next door.It is the sense of community that Pastor Steve Stone and Dr. Bashar Shala, chairman of the Islamic center, have built among the faithful that serves to remind us of our American ideals, in stark contrast to the ignorance of a Florida preacher who has threatened to burn the Qur’an tomorrow, on the anniversary of 9/11.To begin their friendship, Pastor Steve erected a 6-foot red sign outdoors reading, “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” WATCH the interviews below, and READ the AP Story at USA Today last_img read more

Two New Studies Show Acupuncture Relieves Hot Flashes

first_imgFor Leslie, acupuncture has allowed her to resume her life. “Not only am I getting relief from hot flashes and the overwhelming fatigue and exhaustion, but I’m so glad to have the option of a safe, effective treatment for my menopause symptoms that actually improves my overall health.”Terje Alraek of the University of Tromsø says in a press statement: “After menopause, 10% – 20% of all women have nearly intolerable hot flushes. The promising results of the Acuflash study suggest that acupuncture can help.”The 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition has already become popular in the West for the reduction of symptoms related to arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, and even infertility.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWomen suffering from hot flashes associated with menopause may have another alternative to hormone replacement therapy.Leslie, a busy businesswoman in Vancouver, found her hot flashes and sleep deprivation debilitating until she finally tried acupuncture.“I knew I didn’t want to take hormone therapy, but hot flashes and night sweats were waking me up almost every night, and I was finding it really hard to function during the day.” “After my treatment with acupuncture I started feeling better, and after a few weeks of acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal therapy, I noticed major relief. The number of hot flashes decreased dramatically, and I was actually sleeping through the night.”One study, conducted by the Ankara Training and Research Hospital in Ankara, Turkey, documented similar outcomes with acupuncture. It included 53 postmenopausal women. Twenty-seven of the women received traditional Chinese acupuncture for 20 minutes, twice a week for 10 weeks. The rest believed they were given acupuncture treatment, but the needles didn’t actually penetrate their skin. The women who received real acupuncture showed significant drops in the severity of their hot flashes.The result of another study, presented by the National Research Center in Alternative and Complementary Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway, showed “significant reduction in the severity and frequency of hot flushes in postmenopausal women undergoing a 12 week course of acupuncture.”Researchers are still trying to understand how this 2000-year-old treatment affects menopausal symptoms.According to Lorne Brown, clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre in Vancouver, “Studies have shown that acupuncture appears to bring hormones into balance and reduce anxiety through a process called homeostatic regulation: buffering hormonal disturbance and stimulating feel-good endorphins.”Dr. Jerilynn Prior, UBC professor of endocrinology, author and world expert on women’s hormones, states: “This research supports a large body of anecdotal evidence that acupuncture can safely relieve hot flushes and night sweats–it may ‘work’ by decreasing the stress responses that we know make hot flushes worse.”last_img read more

State Will Pay You to Take Up Beekeeping

first_imgThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its own program on June 20 for boosting honey bee populations.$8 million in incentives were designated for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for bees. More than half of the commercially managed honey bees are in these five states during the summer. The allocation comes in addition to $3 million designated to the Midwest states to support bee populations earlier this year.USDA says the program encourages the management or replacing of existing vegetation, known as ‘cover’ or forage, with high nutrition seed mixes that can support distinct blooming cycles of plants that benefit pollinators. Honey bees, the pollinator workhorse of U.S. fruit and vegetable agriculture, will have more blooms from which to collect nectar and pollen to sustain and promote colony growth and honey production throughout the growing season.With more than 130 fruits and vegetable crops depending on the health and well-being of honey bees, President Obama issued a memorandum on June 20 directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic pollinators. A new Pollinator Health Task Force was established to focus federal efforts, conduct research and take action to help pollinators recover from population losses.You can apply for a Virginia grant at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant&pest/hivegrant and learn more about the USDA efforts here.WATCH the video below…Top Photo by Christian Guthier – CC licenseAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDemonstrating the value of honey bees, Virginia’s state government has allocated $125,000 for another year of grants to encourage new beehive construction.The annual grants have come since 2012 in response to the alarming trend of bees dying from colony collapse, parasites, pesticides, and disease. Bees and other pollinators are vitally important to the agricultural industry and our food supply.Residents of Virginia, at least 18 years of age, who either purchase a new hive or purchase materials or supplies to construct a new hive may apply for a grant from the Beehive Grant Fund. Each grant shall be in the amount of actual expenses incurred for the purchase of items to establish a new hive up to $200 per hive, not to exceed $2,400 per individual per year. (Watch the video below)last_img read more

Maasai Women & Donkeys Bring Solar Power to Those Who Need it Most

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUsing donkeys to haul their equipment, groups of women in Kenya are going door to door, hoping villagers will see the light–and benefits–of adding renewable solar energy in their homes.The solar house-calls are courtesy of a program launched by Green Energy Africa that is putting income into the pockets of women from the Maasai tribe, a semi-nomadic people of East Africa.The company provides the women with solar products — energy efficient lights, panels and rechargeable batteries—and teaches them how to install the equipment in homes and villages.There is a great need for solar energy in Kenya where more than half the population is living too remotely to connect to the country’s power grid.Installing solar power means people no longer have to burn firewood or kerosene to light their homes and children can read or do homework without inhaling smoke. Solar lamps also can light up livestock pens, scaring away the hyenas and wild cats that threatened their cattle and goats.It also saves money and time for Kenyan households that may spend 40 cents a day on kerosene or hours in the wilderness gathering or cutting firewood. Some already pay a dollar every week to charge cell phones at the nearest charging station miles away.Aussie College Grad Builds First Night School in East AfricaBut the initiative provides more than clean, renewable energy. Green Energy Africa sells the equipment to the women at a discount, and the women in turn sell it for a profit.A path to economic freedom for both the women–who don’t have the right to own property in their Maasai culture–and for those whose lives are changed by a clean, cheap energy source.So far, about 200 tribal women have installed solar power units in more than 2,000 homes.(WATCH the video below or READ more at Reuters) Photos: CCTV Africa, YouTube, and Facebook Turn Your Friends On to the Story… (click below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Remarkable Dresden Church Rises From Ashes of WWII Bombing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt’s been ten years since the glorious Frauenkirche church in Dresden, Germany, became the city’s jewel again, after being destroyed in firebombing during World War II and left in a heap of memorial ruins for almost 50 years.The rebirth was only possible thanks to scores of archaeological volunteers and dedicated enthusiasts who raised $100 million in donations from around the world.The Lutheran “Church of Our Lady” was two centuries old, a stunning example of architectural skill, when bombs in 1945 caused the huge stone dome to topple, leaving only small sections of two walls and an alter, amid a pile of rubble 55-feet high (17m).Rebuilding the Baroque masterpiece was out of the question following the devastating war. Officials in East Germany left it as a memorial to the fallen in war. The blackened stones would lie in wait in the center of the city for the next 45 years.Martin Luther statue in foreground of ruinsIt was not until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany in the 1990s that people began to dream of resurrecting the old skyline of Dresden, with its crown, the bell-shaped dome that rose higher than a football field over the city. A citizens’ initiative founded by Dresden musician Ludwig Güttler began raising the $200 million needed to rebuild the church. Thousands of watches containing tiny fragments of Frauenkirche stone were sold, and people from other nations got involved. In the end, half of the money was collected from individuals.POPULAR: Listen To This Concrete Organ Played By The Ocean (VIDEO)One of those people was Günter Blobel, a German-born American who had seen the original church as a boy when his refugee family took shelter in a nearby town in the days before the city was bombed. He heard about efforts to reconstruct the church, and became a major backer, creating the US nonprofit Friends of Dresden. In 1999, he won the Nobel Prize for medicine and donated the award money, nearly $1 million, and became the single largest individual contributor to the project.Meanwhile, hundreds of architects, art historians, and engineers sorted the thousands of stones, identifying and labeling each for reuse in the new structure.RELATED: Profits From Sales of “Mein Kampf” Will Now Go to Holocaust SurvivorsSome large chunks of statues, like the one depicting Moses, and two thousand pieces of the original altar were cleaned and incorporated into the new structure. Nearly 80 percent of the altar (see photo at bottom) was reconstructed using the original materials.About 46 percent of the original stones in the rubble heap were reused in the new structure. A computer imaging program that could move the stones three dimensionally around the screen in various configurations was used to help architects find where the original stones sat and how they fit together. The older blackened stones are easy to identify within the walls of the rebuilt church.The new golden cross that tops the dome was funded by the British people and the House of Windsor and was made, using the original 18th-century techniques, by a British silversmith whose father was on one of the airplanes that dropped bombs on the city. The cross that once topped the dome, now twisted and charred, stands to the right of the new altar.Most striking of all the church features was the towering dome. Dresden architect George Bähr had built a structure that critics of the day ridiculed. There was no way the eight slender church pillars and walls would withstand the weight of the colossal stone dome.MORE: Historians Fight to Save Ancient Castle With 100-year-old Antiwar GraffitiAn engineering feat comparable to Michelangelo’s dome of St. Peter’s Basillica in Rome, the church’s 12,000-ton sandstone dome framed in wood proved to be exceptionally stable. So strong, witnesses during the Seven Years’ War in 1760 said that while the dome had been hit by more than 100 cannonballs, the projectiles bounced right off.Today, the Frauenkirche can hold 1,800 people in the light-flooded interior, with a glowing painted ceiling applied in the same techniques of old. Not only church services, but concerts are held there, a tradition that goes as far back as 1843, when the famous composer Richard Wagner premiered the only piece he ever composed for choirs, involving some 1,200 singers.The historical cobblestone streets and buildings surrounding the church were also restored to their former glory. With nearly 20 million visitors in the past 10 years, Dresden’s Frauenkirche has become not only a tourist magnet, but a landmark symbol of reconciliation between former warring enemies.Photo credits: (top) David Müller; Bundesarchiv, Bild; (aerial) Wolfgang Pehlemann (interior) In Digo Photography and Gryffindor – CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Girls Hang Sweaters Around Florida Lamp Posts For Homeless to Find

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome of Florida’s homeless are going to be toasty this week following a cold spell in the state, thanks to a group of young girls who tied warm clothing around lamp posts for the less fortunate to find.Inspired by a story posted to Good News Network back in November that featured Canadian children leaving jackets around Halifax, kids from the Annunciation Catholic Church collected 100 donated sweaters and coats and left them on lamp posts in downtown Apopka, Florida.NEED A SMILE?….GET OUR FANTASTIC GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSThe young volunteers noticed more than one homeless person gratefully claiming the clothing, which had tags attached that said: “I am not lost. If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to stay warm.”“The timing was beautiful,” the organizer, Jenny Tarr LeMieux, told Good News Network. “The girls got to watch from a short distance as strangers found the coats, read the note and then tried on the jackets to see which one fit them best. It made us all smile from ear to ear. We knew immediately that we had made someone warmer that day.”MORE: Kids Wrap Lamp Poles With Free Coats to Keep Homeless People WarmThe event kicked off with Jenny asking the mothers of her daughter’s friends if they wanted to reach out to the community and collect donations for the project.“One of my favorite parts of the whole event was actually collecting the coats from friends and family and then getting the girls involved in writing the tags,” says Jenny. “It was a great way to get the kids actively participating in a service project while also teaching about ‘random acts of kindness’ at the same time.”MULTIPLY the Good One More Time… Share on Your Networks.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Senate Passes Biggest Public Lands Package of the Decade With Sweeping Bipartisan Approval

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLegislators from both sides of the aisle are rejoicing in the sweeping bipartisan approval of the biggest public lands package of the decade.Earlier this week, the Senate passed a 662-page measure that will designate over 1.3 million acres as nationally-protected wilderness and create four new national monuments honoring Civil Rights and Union heroes.The bill was passed in a 92-8 vote, and White House officials have divulged that the president has agreed to sign it, according to The Washington Post. The S. 47 legislation includes a provision that will ensure the federal government fulfills its decades-old promise to provide allotments to Alaska Natives who served in the Vietnam War. Another provision will ban mining practices on more than 370,000 acres of land surrounding two national parks.RELATED: Swiss Businessman is Contributing $1 Billion Towards Protecting 30% of the PlanetThe bill also expands the boundaries of six national parks, including Death Valley and the Mojave; it will allow elementary schoolers in fourth grade or below to visit parks with their families for free; and it will offer various protections against damming and pollution for roughly 620 miles of rivers.“We have worked for months on a bipartisan, bicameral basis to truly negotiate every single word in this bill — literally down to one one-tenth of a mile for [a] certain designation,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who is also the Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman and co-author of the bill.Additionally, the legislation includes a notable provision that will permanently reauthorize a program that finances these conservation efforts by diverting money generated from off-shore drilling projects, which is expected to save taxpayers over $9 million.LOOK: 700 Acres of Massive 1,000-Year-old Redwoods Are Being Turned into a Public ParkIn the past, the program – known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, has been “described as one of the country’s most important conservation programs.” Over the course of the last five decades since its creation, it has supported more than 42,000 state and local projects throughout the United States.The LWCF has also been described as a key component of the nation’s booming outdoor recreational economy, which generates over $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million American jobs.MORE: Park Rangers Delighted to Find Elephant Seals Reclaimed Beach During Government ShutdownCongress failed to reauthorize the program in September, which was the second described as one of the country’s most important conservation programs – but thanks to S.47, the fund is now permanently authorized so that it can continue to support public parks and recreation spaces.“Today marks an overdue but critical victory for America’s most important conservation funding program and for protecting our wild lands,” said Jamie Williams, President of the Wilderness Society. “It’s encouraging to see the new Congress immediately moving bipartisan legislation that conserves our land and water for today and for future generations.”Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media; And On The Other Side Of The Aisle – File photo by Phaedra, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more