Finally Good News http://finallygoodnews.net Your dosage of good news and positive perspectives from the frontline Mon, 15 May 2017 10:37:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://finallygoodnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-finallygoodnews-logo1-32x32.png Finally Good News http://finallygoodnews.net 32 32 48449532 A Young Man Responds to His Mother’s Breast Cancer Ordeal http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/05/15/young-man-responds-mothers-breast-cancer-ordeal/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/05/15/young-man-responds-mothers-breast-cancer-ordeal/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 08:48:08 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2929 A Bra That Detects Breast Cancer According to BreastCancer.org, 12% of American women will develop a life-threatening case of breast cancer during the course of their […]

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A Bra That Detects Breast Cancer
Julian Rios Cantu

Julian Rios Cantu

According to BreastCancer.org, 12% of American women will develop a life-threatening case of breast cancer during the course of their lives. Approximately 40,610 women are expected to die from breast cancer this year alone. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, surpassed only by skin cancer. The evidence shows that around 85% of breast cancers appear in women who have no family history, but rather are because of genetic mutations that occur sporadically due to physiological changes in the body. The only weapon a woman has at her disposal is early detection, which is critical to her ability to beat the disease.

Early Detection is Key to Breast Cancer Survival

Following a massive global public education campaign, women are now in the habit of engaging in self-examination on a regular basis and having annual mammograms. If she is at high-risk, due to genetic predisposition, her examinations must be even more frequent. Some women make the radical decision to undergo mastectomies when the prevalence of breast cancer is high in their family. Knowing that early detection is the key to survival, how can a woman possibly be more proactive?

An 18 year-old young man from Mexico has the answer—a bra. Julian Rios Cantu, whose mother almost died from breast cancer channeled the passion of his experience into a brilliant invention that combines one of the oldest items in a woman’s wardrobe with today’s cutting-edge digital technology. The bra is about to become an early detection device that the woman can use in her home and potentially save her life. And, this is amazingly good news for millions of women around the world.

The Eva Bra

Cantu’s design, named the “Eva Bra” is designed with biosensors stitched into the lining. These biosensors detect the color, blood flow, temperature and texture of a woman’s breasts. Once a week for two hours is sufficient for the biosensors to obtain all the data necessary, which is then downloaded to a special app, via Bluetooth. The app will alert the user about any changes in breast composition that might indicate the beginnings of cancer.

Inspired by His Mother

Cantu’s inspiration came from his mother’s experience with a misdiagnosed mammogram. Tumors were detected, but her doctor thought they were benign. In fact, they were cancerous, and six months later she had to endure a double mastectomy. This saved her life, but if the diagnosis had been correct, she could have avoided the surgery. Cantu began to research breast cancer and he discovered that there are often detectable changes in a woman’s breast prior to the onset of cancer, such as a change in temperature resulting from increased blood flow to the tissue. Following this, he opened a company and began to design the Eva Bra. His company, Higia Technologies was the winner of a $20,000 grant from the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in the summer of 2016.

The Eva Bra is still in testing stage and has a few more phases through which to pass before it moves from prototype to on-the-market product. But, Cantu is very optimistic that the bra will be on the shelf by December, 2018. Finally good news for women who face the real potential of developing breast cancer.

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Africa is Reaching for the Stars http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/04/26/radio-astronomy-africa/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/04/26/radio-astronomy-africa/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:49:36 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2921 Exciting News About Radio Astronomy in Africa South Africa and the United Kingdom have joined hands in an interesting project of astronomical proportions. The newly funded […]

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Exciting News About Radio Astronomy in Africa

South Africa and the United Kingdom have joined hands in an interesting project of astronomical proportions. The newly funded initiative involves bringing radio astronomy to Africa with incredible benefits. Led by Professor Melvin Hoare, the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project aims to provide training to a new group of sub-Saharan African radio astronomers. The project involves 10 scientists from each country undergoing basic radio astronomy education every year. The trainees will then be given the opportunity to earn bursaries for further research at participating universities as well as further training and prospects for entrepreneurship.

DARA belongs to an international scientific group named Square Kilometre Array. The group’s goal is to build the biggest radio telescope in the world.

How the Project Started

Professor Hoare, an astrophysicist, started working with trainees in Ghana with funding received from the Royal Society. In 2015 he was awarded a more substantial grant by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Newton Fund. Professor Hoare and DARA started training scientists in Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. After an additional £2.7 million from the fund, the initiative is being expanded to include Mozambique, Madagascar, Ghana and Mauritius.

Is Radio Astronomy Really Necessary in Developing Countries?

According to Professor Hoare it is incorrect to assume that developing countries should rather have programs that promote education in agriculture and business, instead of scientific programs involving subjects like radio astronomy. After all, one of the major differences between developing and already developed countries is on-going science. Furthermore Professor Hoare states that the training provided by DARA plays a vital role in a ‘bigger picture’, because it provides students with highly valuable and transferable skills that ultimately benefit developing countries by driving economic growth. The program has been well received by participants and by local governments.

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One Teenager’s Passion Builds Libraries in Rural India http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/04/10/one-teenagers-passion-builds-libraries-rural-india/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/04/10/one-teenagers-passion-builds-libraries-rural-india/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:42:33 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2916 Building Libraries and Lives in Rural India Most teens spend their vacations hanging out with friends at the mall, cinema or beach. Not 17-year old Ananya […]

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Building Libraries and Lives in Rural India

Most teens spend their vacations hanging out with friends at the mall, cinema or beach. Not 17-year old Ananya Saluja. She has dedicated her free time, and her heart to uplifting the spirits of children in the remote villages of India. Using the amazing power of Crowdfunding, Ananya has raised enough money to fund 19 libraries, and she is still going strong. This is great news for the many children who reside in areas so remote that technology does not even exist in their lexicon and where books and other teaching tools are pretty much nonexistent. For Ananya, the connections she makes with her students and the smiles she sees on their faces is more than enough to keep her coming back during every school break and to pursue the challenging work of raising money to bring valuable educational and social resources to children largely forgotten.

How did it All Begin?

Ananya Saluja is a student at Shri Ram School, located in Gurugram, in the Haryana Moulsari area, a little southwest of New Delhi in northern India. Two years ago, Ananya’s school added a community service block to the curriculum that required students to teach underprivileged kids. The community service requirement ended, but Ananya continued, spending three of her summer breaks teaching, bonding and raising more than Rs 10 lakh to cover the cost of building playgrounds and libraries.

In an interview with Times of India, Ananya said that the experience transformed her and she found it so enriching that she has continued even though it requires traveling many miles to reach “her kids.” Ananya said that she and the young girls she was teaching in Leh grew to become very close and the happiness they displayed was worth more than anything in the world to her. For this reason, she knew she could not stop.

Why Leh?

Ananya’s former teacher was running a charity called 17000 ft Foundation. Ananya heard about it from friends at school. She got in touch with the Foundation to apply for a volunteer opportunity. After discussing the Foundation’s programs she chose Ladakh as her first assignment. Now, each summer Ananya treks to the remote villages of Ladakh and Leh. In 2015, she taught children in Turtuk, Liktsey and Tialing. The following summer she returned to Leh and taught children in the village of Matho. Ananya did not stop at teaching, she also helped to put up a playground for the children. Her plans for this summer are to travel to Kargil where she will teach, establish a library and also conduct a workshop. Her energy and enthusiasm seem boundless.

Leaving an Indelible Footprint

The regions where Ananya is working are home to more than 600 small villages, with roughly 1,000 government-run schools. Facilities are primitive and supplies are extremely limited. It took some time for her to build rapport and trust with the children, but once they moved past the barriers of their cultural differences, an unbreakable bond was formed. Ananya would love to spend more time in these villages, but she is limited to her breaks from school. Her fundraising for educational and recreational projects keeps the work going even when she is not there.

Shining Bright in Ladakh from Ananya Saluja on Vimeo.

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SCiO: You Will Never Buy Tasteless or Stale Groceries Again http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/30/scio-technology/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/30/scio-technology/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:04:34 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2894 With SCiO in Hand, Your Groceries Will No Longer be a Disappointment Grocery store shelves are overflowing with gorgeous products that look like they taste amazing. […]

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With SCiO in Hand, Your Groceries Will No Longer be a Disappointment

Grocery store shelves are overflowing with gorgeous products that look like they taste amazing. Unfortunately, more often than not, once you get home and take the first bite, you discover that the taste did not match the appearance. What if you could scan those apples or tomatoes before you purchase them to assess the sugar content, which would be an indicator of their taste? Or if you could scan cheeses to discover their fat and protein content? You would no longer be disappointed with your choices. The good news is that now you can do exactly that with SCiO – a miniature spectrometer that fits into the palm of your hand It’s roughly the size of a TicTac box and with its accompanying mobile app, it gives you an instant analysis of the content of any food product.

How Does It Work?

Scio Technology

Scio sensor ‘translates’ the initial data to information that anyone can understand and use

SCiO is like a small mobile laboratory. It uses advanced NIR (near infrared) scanning technology to produce accurate information about the consistency of a wide variety of objects. In combination with the SCiO cloud, the sensor ‘translates’ the initial data to information that anyone can understand and use. It is interactive and user-friendly. The user prompts the process to begin by asking if, let’s say, an apple is good. The SCiO cloud then searches the database and determines that an apple is good depending upon its sweetness. The SCiO sensor then shines an infrared light on the apple, awakening the molecules inside. The returning light exposes the chemical composition of the apple, measuring the sugar content and other molecular information. All of this is sent back to the cloud database, where the results are compared with a range of sweetness based upon thousands of previous scans. The analysis is done immediately and a report is transmitted to the consumer’s smartphone within only a few seconds. The database covers a wide range of materials such as fruits and vegetables, dairy products, chocolate, meat, fish and even an ability to determine your own body fat.

A complex team of chemists, physicists, computer specialists, mathematicians, pharmacists, and food scientists are involved in the development of the SCiO sensor and cloud, and it seems that many interesting developments are yet to come. You can already order and receive the hand-held spectrometer and accompanying app, but in the near future you’ll actually be able to purchase a smartphone with a SCiO chip embedded into it! It’s called the H2 and it will be available first in China and then, hopefully, in the rest of the world.

Seemingly Endless Applications

In addition to food product, SCiO has applications in a number of other industries, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and agriculture. It can differentiate between genuine pharmaceuticals and fake products. In the case of an overdose, the sensor can identify the drugs involved. SCiO can play a significant role in the manufacturing process, performing critical tasks such as identifying and validating raw materials as they arrive at the facility. Its ability to perform real time testing on finished products greatly simplifies the quality-control process. SCiO enables spectroscopic analysis to be performed straight from agricultural fields. It can be used to verify and optimize feed and fertilizer delivery to plants to ensure correct measurement and guard against waste.

See How Scio Technology Works:

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Good News: Your Nappies Will Soon be a new BioFuel http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/23/nappies-biofuel/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/23/nappies-biofuel/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:29:29 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2873 Finally a Way to Use all Those Nappies Nappies—disposable diapers will soon be environmentally friendly There are lots of babies in the world which means lots […]

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Finally a Way to Use all Those Nappies

Nappies—disposable diapers will soon be environmentally friendly

There are lots of babies in the world which means lots of diapers. The shift from cloth to nappies began in earnest with the introduction of Pampers in the early 1960s. Over the years, the percentage of disposable diapers in municipal landfills has grown. Their use has become a dilemma for environmentally conscious parents who love the convenience and efficiency of disposable diapers, yet at the same time do not want to contribute to huge pileups in landfills. In the most recent years, there have been a number of proposals to ban disposable diapers from the market.

Statistics of Diaper usage & disposal in the US

Statistics of Diaper usage & disposal in the US
Source: http://www.afromum.com

Now you can use Nappies in Good Conscience

Andrew Simecock, CEO of Eneform

Andrew Simecock, CEO of Eneform
Photo: Linkedin

The good news is that EnviroComp, a New Zealand nappy disposal service is partnering with Eneform, a technology company to turn these nappies into oil and gas product. Eneform is already in the business of biofuels, creating oil and gas product from tires and industrial plastics. EnviroComp first attempted to decompose the nappies, supplying customers with special composting bags. But, the composting bags themselves blocked the decomposition. It will take until 2018 before the process is fully online, but EnviroCamp and environmentalists will soon be able to celebrate their dream of making nappies green.

Andrew Simecock, CEO of Eneform explained that each of the three waste products will be processed using a unique method known as pyrolysis (See Video), whereby the waste passes through three different heated tubes that are under the pressure of a vacuum. The result is the production of oil, char and gas that is similar in property to liquefied petroleum gas. The production facility itself will be fueled by the oil and gas that comes from the product, making the entire project green. Karen Ashby initiated EnviroComp in 2009. They have facilities throughout New Zealand and also in the UK.

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Global Corporations are Going for Local CSR and It’s Making a Difference http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/13/nip-global-ltd-well-being-of-developing-nations/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/13/nip-global-ltd-well-being-of-developing-nations/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:02:25 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2847 To the casual observer, it appears that multinational corporations (MNCs) are focused solely on the bottom line. The enormous benefits they bring to local economies and […]

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To the casual observer, it appears that multinational corporations (MNCs) are focused solely on the bottom line. The enormous benefits they bring to local economies and populations are often overlooked. Microsoft, Nokia, Google, McDonald’s, and BP, make significant long-term investments in the countries where they operate, and they are not alone. Many MNCs are choosing this philanthropic approach.

Multinational Corporations Create Jobs and Revenue

First and foremost multinational corporations produce jobs, but they also elevate the local levels of knowledge and skill in their field of operation. MNCs create pathways for education and training that lead to long-term socio-economic improvements

By paying taxes MNCs strengthen the revenue base of developing nations. This infusion of funds can be used to improve infrastructures, such as roads, schools, utilities, and hospitals. The multinational companies, as well as their employees, purchase local goods and services, boosting the profits of small local businesses and giving hope to others who dream of being entrepreneurs.

Bringing High-Tech Diagnostics to MadagascarNip Global Ltd.

An impressive example of the positive legacy of MNC involvement in developing nations is Madagascar’s new imaging center. Opening its doors in 2016 at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital in Antananarivo, the advanced imaging center, a collaborative effort of NIP Global, Ltd., the local government, and the Hospital, is the first of its kind in the country. It is finally providing doctors and patients with imaging equipment like MRI, mammography equipment, scanners, and echo-Dopplers. These advanced diagnostic tools, together with the professional training that is also being provided, will vastly improve the ability of health professionals to detect medical issues and design timely treatment protocols.

Among the treatments that will now be available in Madagascar is lithotripsy which is a procedure that employs sound waves to shatter kidney stones, eliminating the need for surgery. Until the opening of the Center, residents of Madagascar had to travel abroad to receive this treatment, which is very expensive and thereby was limited to only those with financial means. Aside from providing equipment and training, the involved parties are also working on raising public awareness to the benefits of early detection and improving access to mammograms throughout the country.

This joint initiative comes to show just how accurately and significantly a cooperation can contribute to the developing countries it operates in. Once the company becomes acquainted with the local society, business sector, and influencers, it can provide sustainable help exactly where it is needed.

 

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A Dog is More Than a Man’s Best Friend http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/02/dog-mans-best-friend/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/03/02/dog-mans-best-friend/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:26:22 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2796 Sadly, canine cancer rates are on the rise. In fact, cancer has become the leading cause of canine death, slowly rising in levels of incidence over […]

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Sadly, canine cancer rates are on the rise. In fact, cancer has become the leading cause of canine death, slowly rising in levels of incidence over the last ten years. Incidences of cancer in humans is also increasing. This convergence of data events is giving oncology researchers new tools for understanding and treating cancer in humans.

Comparative Oncology

Comparative oncology is a new field of study that has emerged wherein oncology researchers study the parallels between cancers in pets and cancers in humans for the purpose of developing more effective treatment methodologies. Currently 22 laboratories across America are engaged in stage 1 and 2 clinical trials based upon the comparative oncology research model. Cancer specialists, research scientists, veterinarians, and physicians, are working collaboratively to discover and bring to market the most effective cancer treatment therapies in the shortest time possible.

Dogs are Like Us

The Human Genome Mapping project was completed in 2003. At the same time, scientists also mapped the genetic code of dogs. It was discovered that 80 percent of canine genes are similar to human genes. This makes an enormous difference when it comes to research. Typically, studies are performed on mice, in a laboratory setting. Their cancers do not occur naturally, rather they are injected with the disease. Their gene similarity to humans is only 67%. The opportunity to observe naturally occurring cancer and how it behaves in the body is not possible with mice. Therefore cancer research on mice is limited in its efficacy.

Canine cancer of the bladder, lymphoma, and bone cancer are identical on the molecular and microscopic level to these cancers in humans. Canine genes also mutate in similar ways. Scientists say that when looking at a tumor under a microscope it is impossible to know if the host is a human or dog. These similarities open the doors to endless research endeavors that will speed the process of delivering life-saving cancer treatments.

Dogs and Human are Individuals

Canine populations are very diverse, living in a wide variety of conditions, consuming different diets and reacting to a multitude of environmental triggers, similar to people. Fortunately for researchers, there are a lot of dogs to observe, as more and more pet owners are willing to invest the financial resources in treating their pets. The good news is that cancer treatments that produce good results in dogs have a high probability of producing similar results in humans. The benefits work both ways, as dog owners have more access to novel drug therapies and researchers have a vastly improved mechanism to understand how the drug will behave in human cancer patients.

Canine Cancer Research is Saving Kids’ Lives

Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, behaves almost identically in dogs and humans. The consequence is that researchers working with canine osteosarcoma patients are developing novel drug therapies for children with this cancer. The same techniques that are being used to reconstruct the bone following tumor surgery in dogs is being applied to bone tumor surgery in children, including all follow-up care. A new immunotherapy recently introduced in canine treatment of bone cancer that slows down or even prevents the cancer from reaching the lungs was so successful that the FDA approved a fast-track request to make the drug available for humans.

Indeed, a dog truly is a man’s best friend.

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Changing the Lives of Nigeria’s Special Needs Community http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/02/23/hope-house-in-nigeria-eyal-mesika/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/02/23/hope-house-in-nigeria-eyal-mesika/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:23:54 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2758 The Hope House: Empowering Nigeria’s Special Needs Community The Abuja Hope House is literally bringing hope to Nigerians with special needs, opening the door for them […]

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The Hope House: Empowering Nigeria’s Special Needs Community

The Abuja Hope House is literally bringing hope to Nigerians with special needs, opening the door for them to live a fully assimilated life. This is very good news not only for Nigeria’s special needs population, but for the local communities in general.

Erasing Prejudice and StigmasEyal Mesika -Finally good news

The mission of the Hope House is to provide a safe educational and social environment for youngsters with special needs. It envisions a world where discrimination and prejudice against special needs individuals do not exist. The Hope House brings love and patience to the task of equipping special needs children and adults with the education, training and self-confidence they require to become fully-integrated and contributing members of society, appreciated by all and shunned by none.

Filling a Void

The Hope House was born out of a substantial need for special-care facilities for children and teenagers with different levels of learning disabilities and developmental problems. It has a learning resource center and also provides lodging when needed. Due to the initiative’s ongoing growth and development, in recent years new challenges have arisen. The house’s boarding facilities required infrastructural improvements and expansion, and as the attendants were growing up, vocational solutions for youth and adults with special needs were also necessary.

Eyal Mesika and Chabad Partner with Hope House

Renovations and improvements demand funding. As with all NGOs, the incredible work of the Hope House would not be possible without the support of individual and corporate donors. Eyal Mesika, founder of EMI Systems Limited, a security firm working in Nigeria and Ghana, has invested considerable personal resources to help the Hope House answer these needs and achieve its mission and objectives. In coordination with Chabad House Nigeria, a Jewish community center for Israeli residents and tourists, Mesika has enabled the organization to improve its lodging facilities and open employment centers that provide experiential training, vocational guidance and actual work opportunities for Hope House graduates. This is a significant step towards healthy social assimilation and community awareness for the special needs population in Nigeria and it was made possible by this touching collaboration between people who may not share the same beliefs but share the same core values of inclusion and tolerance.

The Mesika Brothers Foundation

Mesika’s contribution to Nigerian society doesn’t end at the Hope House. He has also established the Mesika Brothers Foundation which is empowered by his Company, EMI Systems.

The foundation provides funding and services to two orphanages in Abuja – Rachel’s Home for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Talitha Cumi.

It also supports empowerment programs for youth and young adults. Among these programs are Future Lab, an intense leadership seminar for young adults, and IT Structure, a technology oriented program for teens that provides free tech education during school hours and promotes entrepreneurship through experiential learning.

It’s always heartwarming to witness initiatives and projects like these that bring people and organizations together in order to support a society from within. By providing basic facilities, essential tools, and life lessons to different sectors of Nigerian Society these programs are strengthening Nigerian society and contributing to the safety, wellbeing and proliferation of its members.Eyal Mesika - Finally good news

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Joining Forces Environmentalists Work to Save Mangrove Forests http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/02/15/joining-forces-environmentalists-work-save-mangrove-forests/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/02/15/joining-forces-environmentalists-work-save-mangrove-forests/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:13:02 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2749 Don’t Give up on the Mangrove Forests, There Is Hope for them Yet! Mangrove forests are groups of trees and shrubs that grow along waterways, primarily […]

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Don’t Give up on the Mangrove Forests, There Is Hope for them Yet!

Mangrove forests are groups of trees and shrubs that grow along waterways, primarily in brackish or saline waters, and they are slowly dying out or being destroyed. There are approximately 80 different species of mangrove trees, serving as a buffer between the sea and land. Mangroves play a vital role in protecting coastlines from erosion, a problem that has increased in recent years due to rising water levels and severe storms.

However, in spite of the critical contributions that mangrove forests make to the ecosystem, they are facing extinction. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and other environmental groups and activists around the world mangrove forests are the most endangered of all tropical ecosystems. They estimate that in excess of 35% of the total mangrove forests in the world have already been destroyed, and in certain regions, such as Vietnam, the Philippines and India, up to 50% of mangroves have been cleared away or have died due to environmentally insensitive practices.

No part of the world is immune. Even in the US, mangrove trees are being torn down to make way for other priorities such shrimp farms, or commercial, tourism, and industrial projects. The active destruction of mangrove forests is not the only problem, pollution is also killing them off indirectly. Overuse of fertilizers, pesticides and other toxic chemicals dumped in seas, rivers and streams, are suffocating the trees and killing the animal inhabitants of the groves.

Saving Florida’s Mangroves

Let us take Florida as a case study, the trees of Florida’s mangroves are all native to the state. They are able to survive in the salty water of the southern coastal zones because they block the salt as it comes up through the roots or, alternatively, they secrete the salt out through their leaves. It is estimated that south Florida has roughly 469,000 acres of mangrove forests. The vital role they play in protecting the south Florida ecosystem cannot be overstated. Mangrove trees protect a number of shellfish, crustaceans and fish, they provide food for dozens of marine creatures and their roots offer safe shelter to various land animals and birds. If mangroves are destroyed or die out, these species also face extinction.

The good news for mangroves and wetlands preservation and restoration projects is that the call to action has been heard and environmental activists are responding. Wang Wenliang, for example, is an international businessman and entrepreneur who has been working to protect wetlands in his home country of China, and supporting the restoration of a mangrove plantation in Naples, Florida. Thanks to his funding and involvement the Florida project is expected to grow and the system used to restore the plantation will be implemented on additional distressed mangrove trees. Wang is not alone, there are several environmental activists and philanthropists who are racing against the clock and working together to save the world’s mangrove plantations from extinction. On this specific project he worked with Robin Lewis, who designed the restoration plan and is leading its implementation, and Ted Venners of China Green who connected between the two.

Coming Together to Protect our Protectors

Creative and determined environmentalists are key to the success of preservation strategies. These projects rely upon funding, environmental and social awareness, knowledge and initiative. Government agencies, nonprofits and private individuals are united in an appreciation for the invaluable role that mangrove forests play in the ecosystem and are proactively engaged in restoring and protecting them. Sri Lanka has launched a national mangrove preservation project aiming to protect and restore more than 10,000 hectares of mangrove forests across the country. Environmental Foundations like the Global Green Grant Fund and Seacology offer financial support and guidance for international mangrove preservation initiatives. And their are many more who are joining forces to fight the depletion of mangroves, they are among the main protectors of our delicate world after all.

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Google Classroom’s New Chromebooks http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/02/14/google-classrooms-new-chromebooks/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/02/14/google-classrooms-new-chromebooks/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:34:41 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2740 Google Classroom Launches the Next Generation of Educational Technology A 21st Century Approach to Raising Student Achievement Educators know that raising student achievements has much to […]

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Google Classroom Launches the Next Generation of Educational Technology

A 21st Century Approach to Raising Student Achievement

Educators know that raising student achievements has much to do with getting them truly invested in learning. They also know that student engagement is significantly aided by personalized learning. But when teaching a heterogeneous class of 25 students at best, this proves to be a major challenge. Google Classroom makes it easier for teachers to provide individualized class work that takes differentiated learning styles into account.

What is Google Classroom?Google Classroom

Launched in August 2015, Google Classroom, is a free teaching platform used by more than 20 million educators and students worldwide. For teachers, it acts as a user-friendly dashboard that helps them keep track of their students’ progress, offer tailored assignments and learning resources, and provide personal and group feedback. For students, Google Classroom is an opportunity to share ideas, collaborate on projects and communicate freely and safely with their peers and teachers. It is a part of the broader Google Apps for Education suite which is changing the face of education and bringing teaching, learning and the general school experience into the 21st century.

Reaching Each Student

Recent Google Classroom updates open up even more opportunities for students to personalize their educational experience and engage in a two-way learning paradigm. Educators are now able to offer assignments specifically to an individual student or group of students, based on previous choices the students have made about how they want to access information or conduct their class work. The new technology also enables teachers to reach students who are struggling with the material.

By creating teaching materials that fit each individual’s pace of learning, teachers can diminish boredom and frustration, two key factors in student failure. If a student needs more help, he or she can receive it discreetly. The teacher can provide an easy remedial project, the student quickly regains footing with the class and there is no embarrassment or fear in asking for help. The same goes for students who are ahead of the class, they can easily receive more advanced materials without disrupting the learning rhythm of the rest of the class. Students can also work together by sharing screens and documents whether they are in the same physical space or not. Interactive and collaborative learning are know to increase learning engagement and improve the quality of learning.

How Does It Work?

It’s very simple. Students receive in-school email accounts and with them gain access to the Google Classroom system through which they get various assignments from their teacher using the Google suite apps. Student work and responses to assignments are posted online, thereby providing an open environment for teachers to monitor, assess and provide feedback. One of the Google Classroom perks that is proving to be very valuable to teachers is the ability to observe their students’ work patterns and gain insight on their learning habits. Parents can also follow their children’s Google Classroom activity, stay regularly informed about their progress and understand how they can best help at home.

In Google Classroom, there is no command to turn off digital devices. Instead, the very technology that today’s kids love has become the tool to create equal opportunity for educational success.

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