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Just Good News Monday

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

Mood boosting collection of good news nuggets to get the week off to a sunny start.


66,000 Free Meals

When someone wins a Powerball lottery jackpot, they aren't the only ones who get a cash prize. The store that sells the winning ticket also receives a cash bonus for selling the winning ticket. A Fred Meyer store in Auburn, Washington, sold the winning ticket for the $754.6 million Powerball jackpot to a Boeing lifer - the fifth largest Powerball amount ever seen. As a bonus for selling the ticket, the Fred Meyer store received a check for $50,000. But instead of pocketing the cash, the store turned around and gave it to the Auburn Food Bank - providing approximately 66,000 meals in the area.


Centurion Fitness

At 102 years old, Jean Bailey is not slowing down. Bailey, an independent living resident at Elk Ridge Village, a senior living community in Omaha, Nebraska, has been leading fitness sessions for her neighbors since the pandemic first started in 2020. “We couldn't get out and so we just get out on our floor and started and it just got to be a habit,” Bailey explained in an interview with Good Morning America, adding that she’s been fitness instructing for at least 15 years now. So, since the age of 75 or so she's been a fitness instructor!


Bye Bye Malaria

Did you know that the world malaria map is shrinking? Since the turn of this century, 25 countries, home to more than a billion people, have eradicated the disease, says the World Health Organisation. Six of those countries (China, El Salvador, Malaysia, Iran, Belize and Cabo Verde) have achieved the feat since 2019, and the next three to join the list will be Nepal, Bhutan and Saudi Arabia.


Seaweed's Moment

A recent study found that substituting 10 percent of diets with seaweed by 2050 would free up 110 million hectares of agricultural land, while only using 0.03 percent of the ocean’s surface, reports the New York Times. Seaweed farms, which have a long history in Asia, also eliminate the need for fresh water, pesticides, and fertilizers.


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Domino Effect

As predicted, following Eli Lilly's cut to insulin prices last week, the two other biggest manufacturers in the world, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi, have cut their prices by 75% and 78% respectively. Before this, insulin prices were five to ten times higher in the United States than in other high-income countries.


Singular Success

India conducted the largest and most effective vaccination campaign by a single country during the Covid-19 pandemic. A new report by Stanford University estimates it saved 3.4 million lives and prevented $18.3 billion of economic losses - a timely reminder that the news tells us about what goes wrong, and hardly ever tells us about what goes right.

 

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"The wiser you get, the more experience you have, and the more you see people for who they are as human beings, as opposed to figures you have to fight against." Vanessa Williams

 
On this Day

20 March 1999: As they floated past longitude 9°27′ W above Mauretania, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first aviators to circumnavigate the globe non-stop by balloon; they landed the following day in Egypt.

 






 
Mood Booster

Original Dancing Queen Video Remastered: Flash back to 1976.



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