- Nadine Bells | Good News – Sat, 14 Jan, 2012
- Nadine Kalinauskas | Good News – Fri, 13 Jan, 2012
, 16, is mere days away from completing Laura Dekkerher solo voyage around the world. When the Dutch teen reaches St. Maarten in less than two weeks, she'll be named the youngest person to sail around the globe.
She's currently on day 510 of her adventure.
"I am looking forward to my arrival and officially end my journey even though I feel like I already accomplished what I had set out to do a long time ago," Dekker wrote on her blog. "I have learned very much about myself along the way and I also have learned very much from all the different places and the many different people that I came in contact with in so many different countries."
Dekker calls her trip "a dream come true" and anticipates the "media limelight" that will come with the completion of her journey. Yet, it's not something she's necessarily looking forward to experience. "I am so glad that I still have 12 more days on the Atlantic Ocean before that time comes," she wrote two days ago.
When Dekker first announced herRead More »from Laura Dekker, 16, days away from completing around-the-world solo sail
- Nadine Bells | Good News – Fri, 13 Jan, 2012
It's the size of an Aspirin. Several could fit on a fingernail.
Discovered by American researchers in wet leaf litter on the forest floors of Papua New Guinea, the 7.7-millimetres-long Paedophryne amauensis is the smallest frog on record, and is likely the world's tiniest vertebrate.
"We realized these frogs were probably doing something incredibly different from what normal frogs do—invading this open niche of wet leaf litter that is full of really tiny insects that other frogs and possibly other creatures weren't eating," environmental biologist Christopher Austin said.
This discovery follows the discovery of a slightly larger frog living in the same habitat, the Paedophryne swiftorum.
"This discovery highlights intriguing ecological similarities among the numerous independent origins of diminutive anurans [frogs], suggesting that minute frogs are not mere oddities, but represent a previously unrecognized ecological guild," the researchers said in a PLoS One journal article.
"SuchRead More »from World’s smallest frog discovered in Papua New Guinea
- Nadine Kalinauskas | Good News – Thu, 12 Jan, 2012
Canada Post sold out of its Year of the Rabbit stamps.Last year,
Yesterday, Year of the Dragon stamps went on sale — the fourth in the Chinese Lunar New Year series. The stamps, each featuring a gold-embossed dragon against a red background, are expected to sell out within two weeks.
"Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, in countries and territories with significant Chinese communities. Canada Post is proud to celebrate the occasion by issuing these popular stamps," Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post, said in a press release.
Collectors and members of the Chinese community lined up at the Toronto Canada Post outlet at the Atrium on Bay to meet the Toronto-based designer of the stamps. Artist Louis Fishauf, who autographed postmarked first-day envelopes for fans of his work, spent two years working on the design. Calligrapher James Tan also signed stamps for collectors.
In total, 5.25 million domestic stamps and 500,000 international stamps are beingRead More »from Canada Post issues dragon stamps for Chinese Lunar New Year
Haiti. As part of an ongoing commitment to help restore the nation, the Canadian federal government committed $20 million to resettling 5,000 displaced Haitian families — half a million Haitians are still living in crime- and disease-filled temporary camps — and to restoring a major public part of Port-au-Prince.Today marks the second anniversary of the earthquake that devastated
"You've been here for two years, suffering without talking, with the kids," Haitian president Michel Martelly told about 1,000 residents from the Champ de Mars plaza yesterday. They applauded when they heard the news of their upcoming relocation to north of Port-au-Prince.
"We are going to remove everyone from under the tents," he continued.
"The lives of many are changing," Martelly said, thanking Prime Minister Stephen Harper,Read More »from Haitian president Michel Martelly thanks Canada for leading in post-quake help
- Nadine Bells | Good News – Thu, 12 Jan, 2012
Maxwell Hinton, 7, is a MythBusters fan. He's also a cancer survivor.
When the Make-a-Wish Foundation offered to grant Maxwell one wish, he looked to his favourite show for inspiration — and asked to blow up a building.
"I got cancer, Neuroblastoma, and I went through treatment and they made a wish for me," Maxwell explained.
Maxwell, despite having been given just a 20-percent chance of survival, is now cancer-free.
"It's miraculous stuff," Maxwell's grandfather, Phil Hinton, said of the recovery.
On Sunday, Maxwell pushed a button that triggered the implosion of a massive ConAgra grain silo in Erie County in front of an audience of 30,000 local residents.
"I watch MythBusters and they inspired me to blow a building up," the young Fresno, California, native told Fox Toledo News.
After the epic dream-fulfilling event, Maxwell added, "I had a great time."
That's how to make a wish, folks.Read More »from Make a Wish Foundation grants little boy his wish to blow up a building
- Nadine Kalinauskas | Good News – Wed, 11 Jan, 2012
If a dog is man's best friend, shouldn't he be able to join his owner for a pint?
The Branding Villa in South Gosforth, Newcastle, thinks so.
The pub offers non-alcoholic beer — flavoured with meat extract — designed just for canine customers, along with a just-for-dogs special menu that includes a Sunday roast served with cat-flavoured gravy.
It might sound odd, but the dog beer is already a hit. The pub sold out of the first 48 bottles of doggy beer in less than two weeks.
"We have some regulars: she'll have a Sauvignon Blanc, he has a pint of Budvar, and Charlie the dog has a dog beer. That's his regular drink. People seem to think it's a bit mental — we keep it in the fridge along with other beers and they ask what it is. People think it's just a normal beer with a ridiculous name. I scoped the internet looking for ridiculous stuff, and we became dog-friendly. There aren't many pubs you can go to with your dog. The dogs were drinking water and eating biscuits, so we also created aRead More »from British pub offers meat-flavoured beer to canine customers
- Nadine Bells | Good News – Wed, 11 Jan, 2012
Two years ago, a customer at Bluffton, South Carolina coffee shop The Corner Perk paid for her order, then left an additional $100. She told the staff she wanted to pay for everyone who came after her in line until the money ran out.
Every two or three months since, the anonymous woman has returned to Corner Perk to leave other generous donations.
"People will come in and say, 'What do you mean? I don't understand. Are you trying to buy me a coffee today?'" Corner Perk's owner, Josh Cooke, told WSAV TV. "And I say, 'No, somebody came in half an hour ago and left money to pay for drinks until it runs out.'"
The simple act of kindness has started to spread in the town of 12,000. Cooke says that more and more customers have been leaving money to pay for the orders of strangers — some visit the shop solely to donate money and leave again.Read More »from At a South Carolina coffee shop, patrons pay for strangers’ drinks
- Nadine Bells | Good News – Tue, 10 Jan, 2012
A grateful dog owner got her "Mojo" back last Wednesday.
Firefighters were called to a mobile home in El Cajon, California at 11 a.m. While the owner escaped the flames, her dog, a Chihuahua named Mojo, was trapped inside her burning mobile home.
By the time firefighter Brendan Saffer found Mojo, the little dog was unconscious.
El Cajon spokeswoman Monica Zech said that Heartland Fire and Rescue paramedic Travis Timmins used a paediatric oxygen mask to resuscitate the tiny dog.
"After 10 minutes the dog suddenly started breathing on her own, and upon hearing the owner's voice calling its name the dog started moving even more," Zech said. "The dog was handed to its owner and she became overwhelmed since she thought her dog could not be saved and had died."
A revived Mojo was then transported to an animal medical centre to be treated for smoke inhalation.
While the mobile home is considered a total loss — the damage was estimated at $40,000 — Mojo is expected to make a full recovery.Read More »from Firefighter revives Chihuahua with child-sized oxygen mask
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