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Monday September 22nd 2014

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British soldier completes marathon on crutches

majorphilpackerA British soldier, who lost his legs in a rocket attack in Iraq last year, completed the London marathon after walking on crutches for two weeks. Major Phil Packer was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers as he touched the finishing line on Saturday.

“There are others who are coming back injured (from Iraq and Afghanistan) and my thoughts are really with their families at the moment,” Major Packer said.

The 36-year-old former soldier was told that he would never be able to walk again after he was injured in an attack in the southern Iraqi city of Basara in February 2008.

He completed 2 miles a day over two weeks.

Solar Lanterns to light up developing World

solar_radio_e4b508About 2 billion people in developing countries worldwide lack electricity, which in turn impacts the health, ecology and safety of rural households. Many are forced to rely on inefficient and environmentally damaging kerosene lamps.

Developing nations alone burn 470 million barrels of oil and release about 400 billion pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as a result of using kerosene. Other sources of light fuel include cow dung, precious forest firewood or crop residue.

But in a massive new study carried out in Gujarat, one of Western India’s poorest states, hit hard by drought in recent years, researchers have proposed that solar photovoltaic lanterns could represent a solution for rural communities with insufficient lighting.

This is particularly true in India, where the average number of sunny days ranges from 250 to 300 per year, generating a solar energy equivalent greater than the country’s total energy consumption. With India’s large and growing population, solar lanterns, using the country’s abundant sunlight, could be the cleanest and most practical energy alternative available.

Prostrate cancer risk cut by masturbation

prostate awareness

Researchers from Australia have suggested men could reduce their risk of developing cancer of the prostrate through regular masturbation. Cancer causing chemicals could build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly.

Australian researchers questioned over a thousand men who had developed prostate cancer and 1,250 who had not about their sexual habits.

They found those who had ejaculated the most between the ages of 20 and 50 were the least likely to develop the cancer.

The protective effect was greatest while the men were in their 20s.

The silver lining of climate change

polar-bearFrom GoodNewsStories.org

Believe it or not, climate change could be the best thing that ever happened to the amazing array of animal and plant species that make up the Earth’s biodiversity.

Climate change is still the most serious environmental threat we have ever encountered, and it is already taking a terrible toll on species, as well as people, all over the world.

However, there is a silver lining to this rather acidic cloud. Climate change has triggered an international wake up call and never before have so many sectors of society been equally concerned and motivated to combat an environmental threat.

Some pessimists say it’s too late, but consider the positive results of the latest meeting of the WCC in Spain that brought together representatives from governments, indigenous peoples, industry and environmental groups are meeting to present innovations and create partnerships. The fact this type of meeting took place is a big positive stride for protecting the world and it’s inhabitants.

Regardless of whether you believe in climate change or not, it cannot be denied that the whole subject has highlighted many global issues and brought about a and positive change in attitude and to the environment and our rich biodiversity.

UK heading for Mediterranean-style summer

cornish beach

Widespread reports in the press are suggesting that the next few summers in the UK will be some of the longest, hottest and sunniest on record. This is mainly attributed to the harsh winter and the oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon known as El Niño which occurs in the Pacific Ocean.

The pattern of El Nino is suggesting that Britain and much of Northern Europe will be in for a number of long and sunny summers which will come as welcome news after the recent ones.

Rainfall throughout Europe is predicted to be lower this summer too meaning BBQs will be enjoying plenty of use throughout the UK.

The Met office in the UK is usually pretty accurate with these long range forecasts and have predicted many hot days above 30C .

Sri Lankan army to protect civilians

From Good News Stories….

The Sri Lankan Government has announced an end to combat operations against the Tamil Tiger rebels and instructed the army to stop using heavy weapons and aerial bombardment that could harm civilians caught in the conflict zone.

A statement issued by the office of the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, last night said security forces would now “confine their attempts to rescuing civilians who are held hostage and give foremost priority to saving civilians”.

There was no explanation for the about-face but Mr Rajapaksa’s Government has been under huge pressure from overseas to halt fighting to protect civilians caught up in the conflict.

Olympic 2012 preparations going well

From Channel News Asia

The International Olympic Committee’s chief inspector said Thursday preparations for the 2012 London Olympics were “on the right track” after his team spent three days visiting the construction sites.

“We can confirm that London 2012 is on the right track,” Denis Oswald, the chair of the IOC’s coordination commission, told journalists.

“We had an opportunity to see the (Olympic) Park and for many of us it was the first time since May last year and we were deeply impressed by the progress made.

“The stadium is impressive, also the Olympic Village,” he added.

Earth Day celebrated by one billion

From CNN…

earthMore than one billion people celebrated  Earth Day Wednesday.

Since its creation by United States senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day’s reach has spread around the world and is now marked in about 175 countries.

Earth Day Network, the organizers of Earth Day, are launching the “Green Generation” campaign.

The campaign will last two years and Earth Day’s organizers hope it will raise awareness on how to reverse dangerous environmental trends.

Palestinian graffiti spreads message of peace

(From CNN)

Emblazoned on a long, tall, concrete barrier in the midst of a rocky Middle Eastern landsc

ape is this spray-painted message: “Mirror, mirror on the wall. When will this senseless object fall?”

It’s one of more than 900 graffiti messages that have been spray-painted by Palestinians on the controversial wall that separates Israel and the West Bank.

The painters take orders through a Web site that lets customers get a message on the wall. For the equivalent of $40, a Palestinian will spray paint the message and send three digital photos of it.

Anything goes — marriage proposals, jokes, notes to friends — as long as it isn’t extremist, hate-filled, or pornographic, said Faris Arouri, one of the founders of the site.

“Trying to imagine a clear view between Palestine and Israel,” one reads.

“If all humans are equal, why do they have to live separated?” says another.

And another simply shouts: “Get along with each other!”

Indonesian orangutan population discovered

From the UK Guardian

Conservationists have discovered a new population of orang-utans in a remote area of Indonesia, giving a rare boost to one of the world’s most endangered great apes.

A team surveying mountainous forests in eastern Borneo counted 219 orang-utan nests, indicating a “substantial” number of the animals, said Erik Meijaard, of the US-based charity The Nature Conservancy.

“We can’t say for sure how many,” he said, but even the most cautious estimate would indicate “several hundred at least, maybe 1,000 or 2,000 even”.

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