Congo Militiamen Disarm Ahead of Deadline

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA “massive disarmament” took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week, days before a deadline. Hundreds of militiamen who were fighting in the bush, including at least 18 children surrendered, one explaining it was for the good of his country. They were given some supplies, money and a certificate for rejoining a community of their choice. “I have surrendered my weapons at last, to help rebuild my country,” Ngajole Lipri, one of the disarmed militia leaders, said on Wednesday at a disarmament site it Bunia, the main town in Ituri District, Orientale Province… At least 1,100 former militias have arrived at transit sites in Ituri, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in the past three days, ahead of a 30 June ultimatum by the Congolese army for them to disarm, an official said. Another ex-combatant, Sylvie Mave, 20, urged others still in the bush to disarm. “We have left the suffering in the bush,” she said. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ The number of militiamen surrendering their guns at the 12 transit sites across the district is overwhelming, an official of the National Disarmament Commission, known by its French acronym CONADER, said. The officer in charge of CONADER’s community office in Ituri, François Nguz, said one of the sites that had initially planned to accommodate 100 ex-combatants per day had received 280 in two days. The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) identified 18 children, including one girl, among the disarmed militiamen. Those who surrendered weapons included 600 in Nizi, Fataki and Dele sites, Stany Kituma, a site manager said. “These are the real militiamen – those who were fighting in the bush – who are surrendering. This was not the case in the past,” a disarmament official, who requested anonymity, said. On arrival in Bunia, the militias are received by the Moroccan contingent of UN peacekeepers. Then, the former militiamen receive a kit comprising pans, toothbrushes, clothes and shoes for their two-day stay at the site. CONADER then conducts identification of the ex-combatants to determine those who had returned to the bush a second time. So far, none have been detected, Diyongo, the CONADER official, said. Those disarmed are then taken through an orientation process and then choose either to enlist into the army or the community of their choice. As yet, none has chosen the army. “The ex-combatants opt to stay,” Diyongo said. “They gain more by being reintegrated into the community.” Before they leave the disarmament sites, each is paid US $110 and given two pans, a radio and tarpaulin sheets for shelter. They also get a disarmament certificate. (IRIN News) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Ford to Invest $773 Million Across Southeast Michigan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFord Motor Company is spending more than $773 million on new equipment and capacity expansions across six manufacturing facilities in southeast Michigan. The investments will create 2,350 new hourly jobs.Ford is delivering on a commitment made to the United Auto Workers in the recent contract negotiations to invest $6.2 billion in U.S. plants by 2015. Expansion work at several plants has already begun, increasing Ford’s capacity to support growing demand for fuel efficient vehicles and F-Series pickup trucks.Over the next six months, Ford will upgrade stamping operations at Michigan Assembly Plant and Dearborn Stamping Plant, as well as finalize work at Flat Rock Assembly Plant to produce the new Fusion.The 2,350 new positions are part of the 12,000 hourly jobs that Ford is adding across the U.S. by 2015.(READ more in a Ford media release)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Happy ‘Gotcha’ Day! Celebrates Adopted Pets With Unknown Birthdays

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhenever anyone asks me how old my little Wiley is, I always say, “The rescue folks told us they think he’s between two and four years old.”That being said, I definitely remember the exact day and time we picked him up, the day he became our baby.I didn’t know that “Gotcha Day” was a thing until PetSmart charities sent our Chihuahua mix a care package that included a toy that says “Adopt,” a festive glittery bowl, some streamers, and a “Pup-Pie” (here on Amazon) that looks like a doggy cake.Snow the Shepherd InstagramSince many rescue dog owners never find out the actual day of their dog’s birth or their exact age, “Gotcha” day is intended to celebrate the day your pup was adopted.The first official Happy Gotcha Day celebration will kick off this weekend, Sept. 11-13, at 1,400 PetSmart stores hosting events throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.Check Out These Inspiring Stories About Hero Pets!Every day, 1,000 pets find a new home through PetSmart adoption centers nationwide.“For adopted pets, confirming a birthday is tough, so we wanted to call out to these new pet parents with a special day, ‘Gotcha Day,’ to celebrate the moment they brought home their newest family member,” said Eran Cohen, executive vice president of customer experience at PetSmart.With the weekend festivities, and Facebook outreach, they hope to find families to take in 15,000 homeless pets across the country–dogs and cats that may have no known birthdays but finally have a day to call their own.Photos by Richard W. Rodriguez/AP Images for PetSmartCelebrate By Sharing the Story ….AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Be a Star at Thanksgiving: 8 Awe-Inspiring Stories to Bring to the Party

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNeed some conversation starters to steer away from politics or Aunt Millie’s surgery during your family gatherings? Here are eight compelling and funny stories from Good News Network to engage any audience.14 Yrs After Receiving a Shoebox Gift, Filipino Girl Marries Idaho Boy Who Sent itWhen a young Filipino girl received a gift-filled shoebox for Christmas in 2000, she couldn’t have imagined that she would one day meet the 7-year-old boy from Idaho who packed the inspirational box 7000 miles away—and, she certainly never dreamed she would marry that American 14 years later.We learned about their remarkable story following their wedding last year, when Joana and her new husband Tyrel Wolfe requested that all their guests fill up their own shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. They personally delivered those boxes to the charity that was the catalyst of their love story. (READ more of their story, here)Cute Russian 5-yr-olds Escape From Kindergarten To Buy A Sports CarA pair of 5-year-olds in Russia made a mad dash for freedom after digging under their kindergarten fence from a sandbox with toy spades. Finally, after a week of planning, the youngsters took a mile-long stroll through the town to the nearest luxury car showroom where the boys politely informed the salesperson that they were looking to purchase a Jaguar and tactfully started their haggling with, “We don’t have any money.” (THIS hilarious story is great to read out loud)Sick of Banks, One Man Opened His Own: The Wild Success of “Bank On Dave”A small businessman was so frustrated when his upstanding customers could not get loans from the big banks than he decided to start his own. David Fishwick, a short, balding powder-keg of a man, decided to call it “Bank of Dave.” When it finally opened, it was an instant success, with hundreds of people in Burnley, England lining up down the block to give him $1.8 million worth of business on the first day. But it took a lot of scrappy fighting with bank regulators to get there. . .  Learn more about the man who cusses like a sailor, and ends up helping the entire community. (READ the story or Watch a video clip)Using the Force: Yoda Levitates Cake at International Baking Show–How Does She Do It? (VIDEO)Every cook has a secret recipe, but this one takes the cake.The baker, Christine Jenson is not giving away the secret to how this Star Wars cake appears to levitate. She insists that it’s “The Force”–and you may seriously believe her after watching it yourself. Check out this video and see if you can figure it out.Dapper Young Boy Gets Bionic Arm From ‘Tony Stark’ Himself (Robert Downey Jr.)Once upon a time, a little boy with just one arm needed a champion. Sometimes, the heroic knight in shining armor turns out to be the man beneath the red Iron Man suit. “Tony Stark” himself showed up, not under the celebrity spotlights but in a quiet room to, well, give the boy a hand. (Watch what happens in this video and you will love RDJ even more.)66 Hollywood Dance Scenes Timed Perfectly to Uptown Funk HitFred and Ginger, meet Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. This video mashup of classic Hollywood dance moves cut to the “Uptown Funk” groove shows dancers from the 30s and 40s have all of today’s best moves.Hilarious Cat-astrophe Ruins Christmas, Until Neighbors Save itThis amazing animated video shows how a cat can create a real world disaster, but the mischief wrought at Christmas can remind us what the season is all about.Lewd Joke Doll Proves 98-Year-old Grandma With Dementia is Still a CharmerEven though this great-grandmother had Alzheimer’s at age 98, she can still make fantastic memories with her family – like the laughter that came from a pair of lewd “flasher” dolls she crafted for her granddaughters 40 years before. This video shows her laughing just as hard when reintroduced to the dolls at 98, as when she first gave them to the teenage girls in the 1970s. What memories will your family hold on to?BONUS Round:Give Your Family a Thanksgiving Quiz With These 13 Trivia Questions About Turkey DayFrom the Macy’s Parade to the traditional Thanksgiving meal, you may think you know all there is to know about the American holiday. Test your family’s knowledge with these 13 bits of trivia about Thanksgiving.HAVE a Happy Holiday… And get our new FREE APP that keeps you uplifted with a Daily Dose of Good News!(Photo credits: (top) Didriks; (tots on playground) GoombayAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Man Helps Amputee Up the Stairs, Then Returns to Build Ramp

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJennifer Austin had long awaited the day that her husband would finally return from the hospital – but after weeks of time spent in the ICU, Don Austin arrived home on Friday only to find a frustrating obstacle standing in his way: the stairs to his front door.Due to a host of health issues, Don had had his leg amputated below the knee. Though he had crutches handy, he still wasn’t strong enough to make it up the stairs to their house in Creston, Florida. “There was no way I could get him up [the stairs] with the wheelchair,” said Jennifer. “There became a critical point where he ended up down on the concrete steps, and even with his mother’s help, there was not enough strength to lift him up.”RELATED: Mailman Builds Ramp for Elderly Dog Struggling With StairsIt was then that Steve Smith drove by in his car and saw the family struggling with the steps. He circled back and pulled into the driveway, asking if they needed help.Steve then scooped Don up into his arms, carried him into the house, and put the man down on the couch.“We were pretty emotional at that time and so grateful for this angel that took the time to help. But it didn’t end there.”MORE: Stranger Buys $750 Plane Ticket for Distraught Father’s ChildSteve, who happened to also be a welder, then returned the next day with his father so they could build a wheelchair ramp for Don.“This stranger saved the day for us twice within 24 hours. He also brightened our spirits that had become increasingly dimmed over the difficult months,” added Jennifer. “Like a breath of fresh air he is, and there is a sense of optimism back in our home because of his kindness. This stranger is now a friend.”Click To Share This Sweet News With Your Friends (Photo by Jennifer Austin)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Teacher Brings Clippers to School So He Can Offer Free Haircuts to Fifth Graders Before ‘Graduation’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by Dionyah RandolphA fifth grade teacher went above and beyond the call of duty earlier this week in order to make his students feel confident as they started the next chapter of their young lives.Robert Dunham, who is a teacher at Carver Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, was getting ready to attend the school’s “Moving On Ceremony” when he felt compelled to grab a pair of his hair clippers before he left his house.Every year, the school hosts the ceremony as a means of congratulating all the fifth grade students on finishing elementary school – and Dunham had an inkling that some of his students would want to spiffy up before the send-off ceremony. “I had a gut feeling some of my boys were going to come today and they were not going to be prepared,” Dunham told WTVR in the interview below. “I remember my fifth grade Moving On Ceremony [so] something just said ‘take your clippers and put them in your bag.’LOOK: ‘Turn your mess up into a dress up’ – Teacher Goes Viral for Proudly Turning Student Doodles into a DressSure enough, Dunham’s instincts turned out to be correct. After several of his shaggy-haired students accepted his offer for a free haircut, other teachers took notice of his makeshift barbershop and sent their own students in for haircuts.Dunham says that he learned to cut hair as a child growing up in Brooklyn because his father owned a chain of barbershops. He has also managed to hone his skills over the years by watching YouTube videos.WATCH: Video of Teacher Goes Viral After He’s Admired For Putting Young Student’s Hair in a PonytailDespite how Dunham is now garnering plenty of social media praise for his labor of love, he says that he is simply happy to take care of his students.“When I go to the barbershop, when I get a haircut, you feel good, you look good, you’ve got that confidence starting to come out of you,” he added. “I want every one of my students to be confident today. This is their special day.”(WATCH the interview below)Cut Out Negativity By Sharing This Sweet Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

These Israelis Are Forging Peace on the Beach, Bringing Palestinians to the Ocean for Their Very First Visits

first_imgLOOK: When Fire Leaves 500 Muslims Without Place of Worship, Synagogue Opens Their DoorsThat’s why Berman recruits Israeli volunteers to cross the border, pick up the families in their villages, and bring them back to the beach for a day of fun which many of them will never forget.Rabbi Jonathan Feldman, who is one of the volunteers for the initiative, says that he believes it is his religious duty to facilitate these connections in order to encourage peaceful connections between the two religious groups.“I think Jewish values are to reach out to other people and have peace with our neighbors—and that’s what we’re striving for,” he told VOA News in the video below. “We say prayers for peace many times every day and the first peace we need is with our neighbors.”(WATCH the heartwarming news coverage below)It’s Not Hard To Sea That You Should 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 MoreAddThisMoreThis determined group of Israeli volunteers has been forging bonds of friendship and peace with their Palestinian neighbors—and they have been doing it with a little help from the ocean.For the last four years, Robby Berman has been rallying his fellow Israelis to bring Palestinian families to the beach.Despite how these Palestinians live only an hour away from the seaside, most of them have never even seen the ocean because they are unable to travel across the Israeli military border without a permit.last_img read more

Impelled by Reactor Meltdown, Fukushima Japan Vows to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy Use in 20 Years

first_imgNorth-Rhine Westphalia has doubled their renewable energy infrastructure over the last 15 years—growing it to deliver 9% of total energy production.LOOK: New Power Plant Turns Waste into Energy—and Doubles as a Ski Slope and Climbing WallSince 2012, however, Fukushima has tripled its renewable energy production, with solar, wind, water, thermal, and biofuel resources totaling 1,500 megawatts of electricity, delivering a contribution of nearly 18% of Japan’s total yearly energy consumption.Additionally, 300 billion yen ($2.75 billion) for the project has already been fronted by sponsors such as the state-owned Japan Development Bank and Mizuho Bank. The funding will be used to construct 11 solar farms and 10 wind farms over the next 4 years. The new projects also include biomass plants, geothermal stations, even fleets of sea-going windmills.The proposed new grid, spanning 80 kilometers, would reach the Tokyo metropolitan area and contribute 600 megawatts of electricity, replacing much of the power which, up until recently, the city had received from the pair of Fukushima atomic energy plants.MORE: This Revolutionary Blast Furnace Vaporizes Trash and Turns It into Clean Energy (Without Any Emissions)Beyond moving away from its robust infrastructure and dependence on atomic energy, Japan is also the third largest importer of coal and natural gas, and a massive change in energy independence would help Japan reach its ambitious goals set forth in the recent UN climate change panel in Madrid last month.The country’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, irrespective of the Fukushima Prefecture’s own energy objectives, is targeting 24% total energy from renewables nationally by 2030.Power Up With Positivity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media — File photo by Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNine years ago, an earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan caused one of the most significant nuclear disasters in human history in the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where the resulting reactor meltdown led to the evacuation of 150,000 individuals.Now, the local government has vowed to restructure the grid of the north western prefecture to use entirely renewable energy sources by 2040. Fukushima is the third largest administrative district in the country, and uniquely includes a variety of energy resources like prime spots for solar and wind farms, and also opportunities for geothermal power as well.Working to achieve these ambitious goals, Fukushima Prefecture signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of renewables with the Ministry of Environment for the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, the largest energy-producing state in Germany—and Europe as well—in August of 2017.last_img read more

Strangers Give Performing Elephants New Life at a Thailand Jungle Sanctuary

first_imgRy Emmerson of Elephant Nature Park says, “We believe in the healing, beautiful bond these two share and we can’t wait to see them enjoy the rest of their lives together as they remember what it feels like to be an elephant.”The news of this relocation is a real bright spot in a difficult year.RELATED: Denmark Buys Country’s Last Remaining Circus Elephants for $1.6 Million So They Can RetireIf you’d like to donate to Elephant Nature Park, which is currently supporting almost 2,000 elephants with their daily needs as so many of Thailand’s zoos struggle without tourists during the pandemic, just head here. TRUMPET This Good News For All To Hear 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 MoreAddThisMoreWorld Animal Day just passed, and to celebrate we’re sharing the good news that two elephants who spent decades having to perform in miserable zoo conditions have finally found a new home together in a beautiful 250-acre jungle sanctuary.Paul Heaney, Elephant Nature ParkThe pandemic has been hard on lots of businesses around the world, but animal fans say it’s no bad thing that Phuket Zoo faces closure because of a lack of visitors during COVID-19.Many groups and individuals have been celebrating, with Thailand non-profit Save Elephant Foundation taking the charge to find a new home for the zoo’s sweet elephant pair.  Initially, it looked like they wouldn’t have the money to save both Tang Mo–the older of the elephants, she’s been at the zoo since she was two years old–and teenager San Mueang, who was taken from his mother when he was only three. After news of their potential rescue traveled on social media, though, enough funds were raised by strangers around the globe to rescue both of these close friends. READ: ‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Finally Headed For Sanctuary After Pakistan Ordered Him Released From ZooTang Mo and San Mueang are now able to spend the rest of their lives together, in comfort, roaming the Elephant Nature Park reserve in Chiang Mai. These days, the sweet pair no longer have to perform or do anything against their will.MORE GOOD NEWS: African Elephant Poaching Has Fallen By More Than 50% Over the Course of the Last 6 Yearslast_img read more

Revue receives rave reviews

first_imgAfter three nights of risqué comedy and envelope-pushing musical numbers, the 37th annual Keenan Revue came to a successful close, director Brian Bettonville said. “We’ve received entirely positive feedback so far,” he said. “We love that people loved [the Revue,] and we’re happy to provide that for them.” Producer Raymo Gallagher said “The Revue Strikes Back” was a consistent success throughout all three shows. “All the staff and actors are very proud of the show they put on all three nights because it was a great product,” he said. “We could tell by reactions throughout the show that people were enjoying it, and we got positive reviews from students and even some parents in the audience.” Though the two-hour Revue included parodies of pop culture and skits focused on the quirks and traditions of Notre Dame, but Bettonville said a few acts stood out to audience members. “The performers of the final song, ‘December 1963,’ did a phenomenal job every single night,” Bettonville said. “A short called ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ also got a good crowd response.” Junior Mike Butler said the “SAOPA” skit, which put a unique Notre Dame twist on the recent Internet censorship debate, was the highlight of his first Revue experience. “My favorite skit was the censorship one for sure,” he said. “I thought it was really cool how they incorporated all the stuff that happened to [the Revue] last year and just bounced back and used it all to make the show even better.” While last year’s Revue was altered throughout the weekend in response to criticism about its coarse humor, Bettonville said this year’s Revue remained relatively constant throughout the weekend. “One skit was cut, and there were many more tweaks than full changes,” he said. “All these decisions are left up to us, so nothing was explicitly cut and we made alterations ourselves with suggestions.” Junior Dallas Bunsa said issues with last year’s Revue didn’t affect his expectations for his first time attending the Revue this year. “I heard some people complaining about the lack of original material in the Revue, but for me, everything was new,” he said. “I was pretty impressed with all of the choreography throughout the show.” Though the Revue is sometimes cited as an outlet for taking campus stereotypes too far, Bunsa said he thinks the show’s jabs at different groups were all in good fun. “A night full of poking fun at just about every different group of people … is great,” Bunsa said. “I think it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself or have fun poked at you.” Senior Lauren Metayer said she enjoyed the Revue overall, even if some of the humor “seemed forced.” “I thought the Revue was pretty good, and the Pokemon skit in particular was really witty and creative,” Metayer said. “Some of the jokes about Saint Mary’s girls seemed forced and predictable at times, but I may just have a soft spot for Saint Mary’s since I transferred from there to Notre Dame.” With another year of the Revue under their belts, seniors Gallagher and Bettonville are optimistic about the future of the campus tradition. “I think this year sets it up to be a good Revue next year, and I don’t foresee any issues that would prevent them from putting on a show next year,” Gallagher said. “A lot of actors and guys on staff are coming back next year, and they know what it’s about, so it should be good.” Looking forward to next year, Bettonville did not give specifics, but guaranteed the event will aim to please. “We haven’t picked our successors yet, but the Keenan Revue will always move forward,” Bettonville said.last_img read more