Finally Good News http://finallygoodnews.net Your dosage of good news and positive perspectives from the frontline Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:06:00 +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 Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles Come with an Infinity Warranty http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/06/14/teslas-solar-roof/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/06/14/teslas-solar-roof/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:05:02 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2984 Elon Musk Wants Every House to Power its Own Electricity Elon Musk, a man on a mission to redefine the paradigm of transportation on earth and […]

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Elon Musk Wants Every House to Power its Own Electricity
Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Elon Musk, a man on a mission to redefine the paradigm of transportation on earth and in outer space, may have just about the best name recognition of any corporate executive today. He and his company, Tesla Motors, where he serves as CEO and Chairman is involved in pushing the envelope on everything from space travel and colonization of Mars to solar energy and artificial intelligence. Musk’s eclectic mix of visioning and strategic pursuit is good news for global efforts to neutralize the impact of climate change through the use of sophisticated and easily deployable green technologies. Musk’s most recent announcement is the Tesla solar roof.

Cheaper Than a Regular Roof

In a series of Tweets, Elon Musk announced that orders for Tesla’s revolutionary solar roof hardware is ready to hit the marketplace. The solar roof tiles will be available around the world, with deliveries anticipated in the US by the end of 2017 and to international markets in early 2018. And, on top of everything Musk promises an “infinity warranty.” Infinity—a warranty that lasts forever. Now this is definitely good news for everyone ready to make an investment in green technology, but not able to afford continuous upgrades and repairs. According the company’s site, the “glass tiles are so durable they are warrantied for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.” If so, then the solar tile roof will definitely be cheaper than a conventional roof which has to be repaired and replaced over time.

Efficient and Stylish

Tesla’s initial solar tiles will cost approximately $21.85 per square foot, which is great news because an earlier Consumer Reports article had predicted a price of $24.50 per square foot, making it much less competitive against traditional roofing tiles. The initial style offerings will be a smooth and textured black glass and a curved and reddish, Tuscan style, meant to mimic slate. The tiles will be constructed of three layers of solar capturing material, meant to maximize the amount of capture. The top layer will be made of tempered glass, inside is a “highly efficient” solar cell and the bottom layer is a specially designed film, which will make the tiles invisible from the ground. Much effort has been spent to design the tiles so they are transparent from above, allowing maximum amount of solar energy to enter, yet opaque from below or when walking to the side of the house, so that the panels blend in, maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the home.

Calculate Your Costs vs Savings

According to Consumer Reports the total price tag for installing the new Tesla solar panel roof would be around $73,500, including the costs of installation. Tesla suggests the solar tiles will generate enough electricity to power your house. Some studies will have to be conducted once the solar tiles are actually in use, but if this proves to be true, it will be good news for consumers and the environment. Before purchasing, Tesla provides customers with a solar roof calculator to determine if their investment is going to reap a good return.

Initial sales will be conducted only online, with plans to introduce to bricks and mortar retailers later. Much depends upon consumer reaction, but it is already good news.

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Good News for Dagestan’s Gifted and Talented Students http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/05/29/good-news-dagestans-gifted-talented-students/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/05/29/good-news-dagestans-gifted-talented-students/#respond Mon, 29 May 2017 11:33:24 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2975 Nurturing the Young Minds of Gifted and Talented Children in Dagestan Dagestan is well known for its civil unrest and lack of physical security. Located in […]

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Nurturing the Young Minds of Gifted and Talented Children in DagestanDagestan Map

Dagestan is well known for its civil unrest and lack of physical security. Located in the North Caucuses, with Chechnya, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as neighbors, the Dagestan population is intimately familiar with terrorist attacks and living in fear. The Center for Gifted Children is a radical and refreshing departure from this narrative which is good news for the future generations of this war-torn country.
An impressive delegation of dignitaries, businessmen, academics, and philanthropists assembled at Dagestan State Technical University, for the center’s opening event. Among the VIPS in attendance were the Chairman of the Republic of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov and Deputy Chairman, Ekaterina Tolstikova, the Minister of Education and Science for Dagestan, Shahabas Shakhov, Representative of the Russian Federation Council, Suleyman Kerimov, and the President of Dagestan State Technical University, Tagir Ismailov. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a tour of the center and a brief introduction to the first group of children to attend and enjoy the center’s facilities.

Nurturing Young Gifted Minds

If you wish to imagine the center and its potential, just think of a junior tech hub full of bright, curious and playful minds. The Center for Gifted Children will closely resemble a startup incubator that nurtures and encourages young entrepreneurial thinkers to become the innovators of tomorrow. The Head of Dagestan State Technical University, Tagir Ismailov, said it is important to identify and support young gifted and talented children, especially in the critical areas of science and mathematics. “We are pleased that we have such a beautiful center in the republic,” he told the group of supporters.

For the children, the center will be a place to stimulate and celebrate creativity, reach for higher and higher goals, bravely face the challenges they meet, and realize their full potential. Equally important to the educational mission of the center is its promise that no gifted child will be denied the opportunity to achieve because of geographic distance, transportation difficulties or financial condition.

Currently, there are 352 educational institutions across the republic of Dagestan, with a total enrollment of approximately 210,000 students. However, to identify gifted young minds hidden in such a large student body is an arduous task. Ramazan Abdulatipov applauded the hard work of the center’s organizers in creating such an enriching educational environment in a very short period of time. He thanked the founding team for their tireless and focused efforts to build such a special place to nourish the minds of Russia’s next generation of scientists, mathematicians, artists and athletes.

Ensuring Diversity

The President of Dagestan State Technical University emphasized a different and no less important benefit the center will offer the attending children, who will come from all parts of Dagestan to learn together. They will not only be developing their intellectual talent but also learning how to move past differences, listen to their peers and engage in respectful communication. And diversity is not restricted to the students. Teachers, mentors, and specialists were purposefully recruited from throughout the Dagestan republic.

Looking Forward

The Center for Gifted Children was the brainchild of Suleyman Kerimov and Ramazan Abdulatipov. They involved major local universities in the project, both academically and financially in order to promise the stability required for the center’s continuous development and growth. The initial body of 75 students, who were chosen based on their aptitude in a variety of disciplines, will be divided into five learning groups of 15 students each. A summer session is in the planning stage and next year the center will be on full schedule.

It was a day with much good news for the students, parents, community and political leaders of Dagestan, and for the future of this stormy region.

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Congo’s Sea Turtles at Risk, Gertler Family Foundation Steps In http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/05/24/congos-sea-turtles-risk-gertler-family-foundation-steps/ http://finallygoodnews.net/2017/05/24/congos-sea-turtles-risk-gertler-family-foundation-steps/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 07:42:11 +0000 http://finallygoodnews.net/?p=2968 Saving the Congo’s Sea Turtles Probably when you think of the Congo, an image of sea turtles is not the first thing that comes to mind. […]

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Saving the Congo’s Sea Turtles

Probably when you think of the Congo, an image of sea turtles is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, these large creatures of the sea have been swimming along the Congo’s 23-mile long coastline for millions of years. Almost on the verge of extinction, the Congolese government, environmental groups, and passionate advocates launched a targeted program to save the Congo’s sea turtles.

Sea Turtles Face Constant Threats

Until 1992, it was legal for Congolese to catch sea turtles. They were such a favorite dish of the locals, that the species almost become extinct. In 1992 a law that prohibits catching and killing sea turtles in the Congo was passed and a turtle conservation project began, as a part of the establishment of the 187,000 acre Mangrove Marine Park. however, word was slow to filter down to the general public, and the sea turtles continued to be poached by hunters. Lacking sufficient funds, the Congolese government was unable to implement a comprehensive public education campaign, the absence of which meant that many well-meaning Congolese were not even aware that it was illegal to catch the sea turtles.

But, poaching is not the only threat the Congo’s sea turtles face. Thousands drown after becoming caught in fishing nets. Pollution from garbage and effluents poisons their water. Rising sea levels due to beach erosion and coastal development mean that female sea turtles have less and less safe places in which to build nests for their eggs. And, there is a high mortality rate among sea turtle hatchlings and younglings. Out of the seven species of sea turtles native to the Congo, six are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s endangered or critically endangered list.

In Defense of the Sea Turtles

The dangers to the life of the Congo’s sea turtles persisted until 2012 when Marcel Collett came on board to manage Congo’s Mangrove Marine Park. Collett, who was hired by the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature, made it a priority to re-educate the local population regarding the sea turtles and their protected species status, as well as to implement meaningful enforcement policies that would bring about a change in behavior. It hasn’t been easy because the sea turtles have been a long standing staple of the Congolese diet. Furthermore, their trade provides a source of income for poor Congolese who have no employment opportunities and suffer from poverty. A large sea turtle can net quite a healthy return for a poacher.

Giving Life to the Sea Turtles

In addition, in order to protect the fragile turtle eggs, Collet’s team conducts a very delicate operation every season. They patrol the beaches and carefully dig up nests in order to collect the eggs and bring them to special hatcheries. Once hatched the baby sea turtles are returned to the ocean surf. The program has been very effective. Since 2012, the Park has been able to save more than 60,000 baby turtles.

While Collett’s combined approach of proactive protection, raising awareness and law enforcement are clearly having a positive effect, the Mangrove Marine Park turtle project is also expensive. The government offers scarce resources and additional funding is received from public entities like the UN Development Programme and private donors like businessman Dan Gertler, of the Gertler Family Foundation, making it possible to continue this important activity despite the minimal state support. There are also new challenges like the rising tides along the Congo coastline, but the Park manager, his devoted staff, and financial backers are not the types to give up in face of a challenge, they are already drawing up potential plans and contemplating various solutions to keep the sea turtles safe.

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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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