Share the Good News June 14-20

Share the Good News (June 21-27)

With all the negative news out there, I thought it would be a great time to share some good news. Share the Good News will be a weekly thing, so I hope you enjoy it! And if you have good news you’d like us to share, send us a message.

The endangered Indus River dolphin is making a comeback. This dolphin is one of only four freshwater dolphins left on Earth. Dams, water pollution, and industrial waste have posed a threat to these creatures. Fortunately, a government conservation program has educated local communities and rescued stranded dolphins, and their population is steadily increasing, yay! In 1972, there were only 132 Indus River dolphins. Today, there are almost 2,000!!

I am about to start my journey to medical school, so this story was uplifting to see! A mother and daughter graduated from medical school this past year and found out they were matched at the same hospital for their residency programs. Cynthia, the mother, had dreams of being a physician but became pregnant with Jasmine, the daughter, and had to put her plans on the back-burner. She didn’t stop chasing her dreams and inspired her daughter to follow the path of medicine as well. Although they went to different medical schools, they have been reunited for the next few years as they finish up their training. How cool!

With COVID-19 putting a halt to all things sports, MLB has finally announced their return. They announced spring training will begin July 1 with an anticipated opening day of July 24. There will be 60 games full of social distancing and Cracker Jacks. Let’s play ball!
A Tanzanian miner has become an overnight millionaire! He sold two tanzanite stones to the country’s mining industry for a total of $3.4 million. Tanzanite is one of the rarest gemstones on Earth. What’s he going to do with all that cash? Invest it in his community! He stated, “I want to build a shopping mall and a school. I want to build this school near my home. There are many poor people around here who can’t afford to take their children to school.”
Do you remember skipping school? Once a year, I would fake being sick so I could stay home. That wasn’t the case for a graduating senior in New York. Ashanti Palmer never missed a day of school since Pre-K! She has had perfect attendance, and it has paid off. Ashanti has received over $430,000 in scholarships and will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall to study biomedical engineering and medicine.

We already talked about river dolphins, now let’s take a look at what is going on with dolphins in the ocean. I am sure you’ve heard bottlenose dolphins are fascinating and intelligent creatures; they help injured dolphins resurface for air, have their own language, and are one of the few creatures that have sex for pleasure. Anywho, dolphins can also engage in social learning with peers in a practice called shelling. Researchers have only seen such social learning with humans and other great apes. How neat is that? They are like the humans of the sea.

I have a big fear of being infertile as I am sure many other couples do. However, there are other alternatives when it comes to having children with at least some of your DNA. A woman in Chicago had been trying to have children for some time, but ultimately had to resort to surrogacy. And guess who is the surrogate? Her incredible mother! The daughter and her husband have provided the ingredients, and the mother is baking the cake, if you know what I mean 😉
Augie was recognized as the oldest golden retriever in history! She turned 20 earlier this year, which is an incredible feat as a golden’s average lifespan is 10-12 years. For her birthday, she enjoyed a dog-friendly carrot cake with her other golden retriever siblings and of course her humans. In dog years, Augie would be 140 years old!!!
NASA has made the decision to name their Washington, D.C. headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, their first Black woman engineer in 1958. Jackson served as an engineering for over 20 years and is an inspiration for not only women, but women of color. The movie Hidden Figures celebrates her role and contributions – check it out when you have the chance!
Just like the Indus River dolphins, dams have altered river ecosystems. (Actually, the ecological costs outweighed the benefit the dams provided.) However, as dams in the northeastern US age, they are being removed from rivers each year. And guess what? Nature is making a comeback. Along central Maine’s Sebasticook River, birds and fish are returning. Alewives, a herring fish, have been virtually absent since the dams went up, but with the removal of dams, the alewife population has exploded!

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back with some more good news next week 🙂 Feel free to download and share the condensed version.

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