Your Chance to #OwnTheMedia @positivenewsuk

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Positive News is launching a Community Share Offer. This is your chance to become one of its owners and help change the news for good.

For the last 22 years Positive News has pioneered global journalism that shines a light on kindness, cooperation, creativity and innovation. They’ve brought stories of positive change to hundreds of thousands of people and increasingly, they are inspiring other media as well.

But, like every news organisation, they have to adapt. They need to innovate to become sustainable and to meet the growing demand for their journalism. And just like they have pioneered a more positive form of journalism, they are now pioneering a new way to run a media business.

They’re becoming the first crowdfunded global media cooperative; owned by their readers and journalists. And they want you to be part of it!

Wherever you are in the world you can buy shares from as little as £50 if you invest before 8th July 2015. In the first 10 days they have already achieved 45% of their £200,000 target! I’ve invested, will you?

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Florist Re-Kindles Romance in Mogadishu

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For the last 20 years the Somali capital of Mogadishu has been synonymous with war and suffering – and yet this year, 25 year-old Mohamed Mohamoud Sheik opened the country’s first florist!

Sheik’s aim is to bring back romance to the city and enable young couples to rekindle the courtship rituals of their parents. He also plans to beautify the city with trees, green spaces and children’s playgrounds, and has already set up a dry cleaning company that donates a percentage of its profits to charity.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/01/somalia-first-florist-romance-mogadishu

photo by: Steve Larkinson

My New ‘Baby’

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A children’s picture book! After 6 years I’ve finally published the book that I created from a series of awesome photos taken by my husband of a family of baby swallows in their nest. This is very exciting news for us, but unfortunately it means that I’m going to be very busy over the next few months and am not going to have time to post many updates on this blog.

If you’d like a chance to win one of the copies of Little Bird Lost that we’re giving away then please visit https://www.facebook.com/LittleBirdLost or http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/68060-little-bird-lost

I hope to resume weekly updates on It’s Good News Week as soon as possible. Keep well 🙂

64-Year-Old Woman Completes 103 Mile Swim

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After almost 53 hours, 64-year-old Diana Nyad successfully completed her fifth attempt in 35 years and became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

She was 8 years old when she first dreamed about swimming across the Straits of Florida, and 29 when she first tried the swim. She demonstrates now that “you can dream at any age”.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/02/world/americas/diana-nyad-cuba-florida-swim/index.html

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/sep/11/diana-nyad-defends-swim-from-skeptics

image by: Jacques Descloitres

Clean Up The World Weekend

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This weekend (20th-22nd Sep), now in its 21st year, CUTW 2013 will include such activities as planting trees, cleaning parks or beaches, conserving water or running environmental awareness-raising and education initiatives – whatever the local need might be.

It began in 1987 when Ian Kiernan, having seen the devastating effects of rubbish and pollution, decided it was time to take action. In 1990 the first national, community-based clean up day was organised in his home country of Australia. In 1993 Clean Up the World was launched with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and 30 million people in 80 countries were mobilised.

http://www.cleanuptheworld.org/en

image by: Marvel (based upon a NASA image)

Peace Day 2013

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A week from today, on Saturday 21st September, live stream of the 24-hour global transmission (including a historic concert in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague) will be available here on It’s Good News Week.

Founded in 1999 by Jeremy Gilley, Peace One Day is a non-profit organisation which aims to make 21 September, an annual day of global unity. He figured that “When you build a house, you start with one brick. If we want to build peace, we should start with one day”.

In 2001 the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day. On Peace Day in Afghanistan there was a 70% recorded reduction in violent incidents (source: United Nations Department of Safety and Security).

http://peaceoneday.org/welcome

Dogs Help Save Crash Victim

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Two Dobermans used their keen sense of hearing to locate a car that had crashed more than a mile away. They dragged their owners to the secluded country road in Shropshire where the driver was trapped in her over-turned car.

Proud owner, trainee army officer Sam Lewis remarked “They might not look as cute as Lassie but they are just as heroic in our eyes.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2398918/Dog-owner-discovers-car-crash-pet-Dobermans-hear-accident-MILE-away-super-sensitive-ears.html

drawing by: Pearson Scott Foresman