AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIs the Media Unbalanced? One Network Asserts Public Health is Served by its Positive News Tilt, Readers Attest to Medicinal Effects Visit the Good News Network website and you’ll find global success stories from the worlds of government, science, and society. Instead of balance, you’ll hear just one side – the positive side. The newly launched website boasts that viewers actually accrue health benefits while reading its menu of positive news. According to letters written by visitors to the site, the Good News Network relieved depression and anxiety symptoms brought on by the overdose of depressing news that saturates the Media.The value of the site also has impressed leaders in the fields of psychology and politics.Tal Ben-Shahar is a lecturer at Harvard University whose positive psychology course is the most popular class on campus with 850 students enrolled. He believes the Good News Network can benefit everyone. “It’s an extremely important initiative. I recommend that each person makes it a habit to visit the website at least once a day — to counter the barrage of negativity in the media. Being exposed to positive information benefits us emotionally, physically, and mentally. It can contribute in a meaningful way to a happier and healthier life.”Former Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote to the Good News Network, “I enjoyed reading the positive stories… (and) am heartened by the goodness and generosity that I see. Keep up your good work.”The barrage of negativity to which Ben-Shahar referred is steadily intensifying: Despite the fact that the U.S. homicide rate dropped in the 1990’s by 42%, television news coverage of murders skyrocketed up 721% (Center for Media and Public Affairs). During that time, TV network news audiences and newspaper circulation continued to fall, which may be related to the mad increase in crime coverage.More and more people are looking for news on the internet. With her newly redesigned site, and regular content updates, Good News Network publisher, Geri Weis-Corbley, hopes to make daily readers of the 10,000 people who search every month for ‘good news’ on internet search engines.Weis-Corbley is a pioneer in the positive news arena founding the Good News Network nine years ago as the first website to offer original and compelling positive news programming. She says that with the advent of new technologies today like RSS and software for content management and blogging, it is much easier for a small company to publish and link to news content from around the world on a daily basis. “Now it is possible for the Good News Network to amass a large and loyal audience that could rival traditional news networks online. The bonus for our readers is that our content benefits their health and well being. For those suffering from the depression that permeates so much of society, instead of popping a pill, we suggest A Daily Dose of News to Enthuse.”Weis-Corbley calls on people around the world to download a free copy of the September 11 Commemorative Edition newsletter entitled, “Some Good News!” It is a testament to the power of positive thinking in the midst of tragedy and a reminder of how good it feels to be reading encouraging news.For additional information on the Good News Network, contact Geri Weis-Corbley or visit the Good News Network online.The Good News Network is a media company based in Northern Virginia that has published an online website of positive news and inspiration since 1997 at www.goodnewsnetwork.org.Contact us: 1 (866) Good News (466-3639)www.goodnewsnetwork.org###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 MoreAddThisMore Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) made history for farm animals June 8 by introducing landmark legislation that would greatly improve the welfare of millions of animals on factory farms. The Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act would establish basic animal welfare standards for the meat, egg and dairy industries, and it would require producers supplying animal products to the federal government to comply with these standards. (Factory Farming Campaign ) ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Congressman Shays said, “The way a society treats its animals speaks to the core values and priorities of its citizens.” One of the seven core values determining the selection of news here at the Good News Network is compassion. You can express your compassion by supporting this legislation at the Factory Farming Campaign’s Web site. 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 MoreAddThisMoreLeading the nation in volunteerism, Minneapolis has a large pool of experienced volunteers who helped aid recovery after the bridge collapse last week, from grief counseling to food preparation, crowd control, and even diving. (CS Monitor)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 MoreAddThisMore A single woman of 53 wearing faded bluejeans and a pink blouse, with her late father’s spirit and wisdom, is Egypt’s first woman to hold the office of mayor. Eva Habil Kyrolos knows she is part of history and wears the distinction lightly as she tends to law and order and social matters in Komboha, the village her great-great-grandfather was granted in the 19th century. (Read about her in the LA Times) Photo courtesy of Sun Star 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 MoreAddThisMoreA digital advertising agency in Delray Beach surprised one of its longest and most deserving employees with a new 2013 Ford Escape for his birthday on Thursday.Chris Ninos, a resident of Boca Raton, has been the chief financial officer at BMI Elite for the last two years. According to CEO Brandon Rosen, Ninos is one of his most loyal, honest, trustworthy and hardworking employees.“Chris will call me up at midnight, at 5:00 a.m., and on holidays just to talk about business,” said Rosen. “He’s one of the hardest workers I know.” Ninos’ old car, a 1998 Ford Escort with 100,000 miles on the odometer, had been giving him lots of trouble in recent months. Rosen tried convincing him to get a new one multiple times before taking matters into his own hands. He and the company’s president, Dan Lansman, decided to surprise Ninos with the new Escape on his birthday as a way to thank him for all that he does for BMI.“Chris is truly an extraordinary person and I believe that this will change his life more than we all can imagine,” said Rosen.Ninos was told by co-workers that they were taking him out to lunch to celebrate his 52nd birthday. They said they needed to make a stop at the Maroone Ford dealership, and when they arrived at the showroom, Ninos was surprised with a new 2013 Ford Escape filled with balloons.“I, along with the rest of the BMI team, am very excited to be giving Chris this gift,” said Lansman. “I can’t think of a more deserving person.”(WATCH the video below – w/ short advertisement – from WPBF)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 MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere is a gleaming white artificial tree house floating over Linton, New Zealand. It’s called the SkySphere, and its designer, Jono Williams, put it together over the course of three years for only $75000.The club house is perched securely atop a 10 meter high steel tower, providing a wide view of the New Zealand countryside. Williams initially planned to build the structure in the trees, but a steel “tree” support makes it much more versatile–it can be placed almost anywhere..NEED A SMILE?….GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSThe walls are completely transparent: the living space is surrounded by 360 degrees of two-meter high polycarbonate windows, custom built for the SkySphere. The electronics and color-changing LED lighting are completely powered by the custom-built solar panels installed on the thin arches of the roof.There’s only one room inside, but it’s spacious enough for a queen-sized bed, custom couch, and entertainment system. Everything inside the SkySphere, including lights, movie projector, and beer refrigerator, can be controlled by a smartphone application. The home’s entrance is also app-controlled, and the motorized front door opens with a fingerprint security system.There are some improvements that Williams is considering as he designs the next version of the SkySphere. For one thing, there’s currently no bathroom on board. He built a small bathroom on the ground outside, but a toilet and shower weren’t feasible inside the SkySphere itself due to a lack of plumbing. Another drawback of the current design is the narrow entryway.MORE: Solar-Powered Pod Allows You to Live Anywhere Off the Grid, Now For SaleThe steel column supporting the home is also its front door, and visitors must climb the ladder inside to access the living space. Because of the restricted size, Williams had to furnish the SkySphere from outside, lifting furniture in through the open windows before the polycarbonate was installed. There’s a pulley system in the column for lifting heavier supplies, but future SkySpheres may come with an elevator.Focus on Energy IndependenceJono Williams is no stranger to minimalist green design. His previous project, the TreeBach, began as a simple bachelor’s tree house in the forest, built out of leftover materials from construction sites. By the end, it evolved into a small and comfortable getaway home running off of solar power, completely isolated from the world. There’s no plumbing in the house, because that would have made the home “permanent” and therefore illegal where it was built, but the outdoor propane-heated bathtub is easy to fill with collected rain water and has a lovely view.MORE: When a Solar Plant Becomes a Sculpture Garden, Tulip Power BloomsWilliams’ designs take energy independence and our environmental footprint very seriously. With the SkySphere, he’s built a beautiful modern living space with high-tech amenities that can exist in complete isolation from the rest of the world. Living “off-grid” doesn’t have to mean a tiny hut in the woods (although Williams’ TreeBach demonstrates that’s not necessarily as bad as it sounds) when the green technology exists to power all the necessities of modern life without needing to plug into a municipal power grid.Jen MacCormack is a medical laboratory scientist and freelance writer with an interest in science communication and renewable, sustainable technologies. (Photos used with permission)This article was brought to you by UnderstandSolar.com. How much money can a solar roof save you in California? Profit from your roof space: find local deals on solar in your area, eliminate your power bill, and join the solar revolution. Calculate My Savings!
RELATED: Grandma Bursts into Happy Tears After the Family Finally Surprises Her With New PuppyThe students then pooled their money in order to surprise their teacher with a brand new pair of replacement shoes—and Payne could hardly contain his emotions.In a video which has since been shared thousands of times across social media, Payne can be seen opening the shoebox and then promptly bursting into tears.“It’s more than a pair of shoes, it’s about doing things to build everyone up around you,” said Payne. “I try to show my kids this and I think the lesson has sunk in for many, in turn, reaffirming my purpose and my ideals.”(WATCH the tear-jerking video below)Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story With Your Friends On Social Media…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 MoreAddThisMoreA group of middle schoolers from Bellevue, Nebraska is being praised across social media after they rallied together to surprise their teacher with a new pair of shoes.Earlier this month, Logan Fontenelle Middle School teacher Trey Payne was heartbroken to discover that his favorite pair of sneakers had been stolen out of his classroom.Since the shoes were also rather expensive, Payne’s students were particularly upset over the theft.
Composer Steve Warner said it is exciting to watch different communities adapt and work with his song “Cross of Our Hope” in a lecture at Saint Mary’s Wednesday evening. “Once you write a piece, it belongs to the Church. They take the insight and wrap it around their own flavors,” he said. “That’s the Holy Spirit at work.” Warner, the founder and director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, composed the piece in honor of the beatification of Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau, who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross. “When I was asked to write a song to honor Blessed Moreau, I had to fulfill several things,” Warner said. “First, I was asked not to use his name in the piece, but rather look to his writing to find and write his message. I was also asked to write it in as many languages as possible.” Warner said that “Cross of Our Hope” exists in English, Spanish and French. “The Holy Cross family embraces several continents and many cultures,” Warner said. “Linguistically, the text had to be spot on. The liturgical and musical parameters had to be respected.” Warner said that one of the hardest parts about writing the song was finding texts of Moreau’s to work with. “I finally stumbled upon a letter about the glory of the cross and sufferings of the world,” Warner said. “Reading his letters, there is an unabashed zeal that he constantly shared with his community. It was my goal to create a piece that reflected that zeal.” Warner said that the refrain of the piece reflects that sense of unbridled joy found in Moreau’s writing. “From the first note of the song, it tells you that we are moving forward. It is gospel-oriented and evangelical,” Warner said. “We are spreading the gospel.” The writing process behind “Cross of Our Hope” took three and a half months, Warner said. “Writing a song is not just writing music. You are rearranging people’s spiritual furniture,” he said. “You put prayer on their list. It’s very humbling.”
Members of the women’s boxing program, Baraka Bouts, directed their physical and mental toughness toward raising funds for East African Holy Cross Missions this past weekend in their signature event, the Power 24 Hour. With the hope of raising more funds and increasing awareness of the club and charity, the team changed and intensified the structure of this year’s event, senior captain Jen Coe said. “For a few years now, we’ve had a ‘power-hour’ where the boxers are split into two teams and try to beat each other in the number of pushups, sit-ups and jumping jacks that could be completed in the hours,” she said. “We wanted to double the amount of money raised, so we spread it over an entire day in the hopes of garnering more funds and raising more awareness about our club, the tournament and the Holy Cross missions.” The longer time period allowed the boxers to test their creativity and come up with unique approaches to their workout, senior captain Carleigh Moore said. “At one point we were doing push-ups for every dollar raised,” Moore said. “It was a great way to get in shape for the Bouts all in the name of a great cause.” Coe said there was an advantage to working out in one-hour shifts over the previous structure of one 24-hour period. “Since everyone had a one-hour shift, the energy was kept high as people were rotating in and out, then coming back later to visit and cheer their fellow team-members on,” she said. “We were working out for a good cause, so it wasn’t hard to keep up the spirit.” While the team has not yet totaled the funds raised from the Power 24 Hour, both Coe and Moore said they are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support. “The response was incredible. Students, faculty, alumni and fans were so generous and receptive to our cause,” Moore said. “Thank you to everyone who donated to help us support the efforts of the Holy Cross Missions in Uganda.” The women’s boxing team will fight in the Baraka Bouts tournament in the beginning of November to raise additional funds, which will benefit two secondary schools in Kasese and Jinja, Uganda. The women’s boxing team is changing the structure of the Baraka Bouts tournament this year as well, Moore said. “For the first time, women’s boxing will be holding a two-day tournament,” she said. “Our vision for this year’s season has been double the bouts, double the donations.” This year’s Baraka Bouts event will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets for entry on both nights can be pre-purchased from any Baraka Bouts participant for $10 until the night of the tournament.
Notre Dame students are circulating a petition opposing the University’s decision to file a religious liberty lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The mandate, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, requires employers to provide contraceptive services in their minimum health insurance plans. The University filed its religious liberty lawsuit against the mandate in May. The suit states that the federal mandate is irreconcilable with the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other laws protecting religious freedom. The petition, which includes signatures from approximately 140 students as of this week, faculty, staff and alumni, originated as a personal letter to University President Fr. John Jenkins from philosophy graduate student Kathryn Pogin. It argues for the University’s compliance with the mandate based on philosophical and legal principles. The petition organizers plan to submit the document to University administration at the end of the summer to allow students who return to campus to consider the petition’s ideas before it is submitted, Pogin said. The group did notify Jenkins of the petition’s circulation. “We want it to be a starting point for dialogue and discussion,” she said. “We didn’t want it to be antagonistic toward the administration or Fr. Jenkins.” Pogin said the petition focuses on three main issues arising from the University’s lawsuit, which states that the federal mandate is irreconcilable with the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other laws protecting religious freedom. “First of all, it’s not clear to us that the University couldn’t comply with the mandate without remaining within Catholic practice,” she said. “In addition, even if there is a genuine conflict with freedom of religion, which we’re not convinced there is, at least with respect to contraceptives, we think the legal argument favors compliance with the mandate.” Another point of concern for signatories of the petition is the current level of campus services available to families, Pogin said. “Further, we believe Notre Dame would better serve its Catholic mission by focusing on improving campus services for families rather than embroiling itself in a legal challenge,” the petition states. The petition points out that “many, if not all, graduate students at Notre Dame who have children insure them through the state of Indiana because they cannot afford the university-provided healthcare,” which Pogin said is a serious issue that deserves greater attention from Notre Dame. “[The lack of affordable health coverage] is actually more of a problem than we outlined in the petition because state health programs are not available to international students, so some international students’ dependents go uninsured,” she said. “We think that’s a moral issue and an issue of Catholic identity.” Pogin said such issues of Catholic identity outside of the use of contraceptives have been inadequately addressed in the University’s lawsuit. “We think there are other issues of Catholic identity on campus that haven’t been addressed yet,” she said. “There’s nothing totally inconsistent about pursuing the suit and addressing the other things, but our point is that the University hasn’t addressed the other things in an adequate way yet and [Notre Dame] would better focus its energy on paying attention to those things.” University Spokesman Dennis Brown said the federal government is expected to respond to Notre Dame’s lawsuit next week. “The Department of Justice is expected to file a motion Aug. 6 to dismiss our lawsuit on the contention that the issue isn’t ‘ripe’ for adjudication until the regulations are finalized,” Brown said in an email. “Our response will be due 28 days later.” Brown also said Jenkins responded to a letter from students about the lawsuit with his own letter July 27. Managing Editor Megan Doyle contributed to this report.