A Cup of Positivitea: The Weekly Good News Spotlight

Updated: May 28



In a sea of negative media coverage, good news can be hard to find. Which is why, here at QuaranTEEN, we have decided to begin a weekly good news spotlight to lend some visibility to all the good that is happening in the world! So without further ado, we present to you: the first of many cups of Positivitea.


1. STRANGERS THROW IMPROMPTU BABY SHOWER ABOARD A PLANE FOR NEWLY ADOPTED INFANT.

“... [the flight attendant] came on the intercom and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a very special guest on the flight today. She’s only 8 days old and she’s traveling home with her mom and dad,’ Moore said in an interview with The Washington Post...

“The cabin erupted in cheers and applause. A steady stream of people came by to coo and congratulate the couple”.

For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/02/13/couple-flew-home-with-their-adopted-infant-strangers-threw-an-impromptu-baby-shower-plane/


2. BALLERINAS OF COLOR SHIFT BALLET’S REGIMEN OF DISCRIMINATION TO DIVERSITY.

“Founded in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, visionary choreographer Arther Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) broke a 300-year-old rule by outfitting dancers in tone-true tights and pointe shoes that remain a hallmark of the company’s productions to this day. DTH’s reimagination of classics Firebird (1982) and Giselle (1984) are watershed moments in modern ballet history- the former relocated Stravinsky’s 1910 masterpiece to the Caribbean and the latter swapped its original landscape, the Rhineland, for the antebellum South”.

For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ballet-dancers-of-color_l_5e14b343c5b66361cb5b6b5f


3. ALL-FEMALE AFGHAN ROBOTICS TEAM WORKING ON AN AFFORDABLE, HAND-OPERATED VENTILATOR PROTOTYPE USING CAR PARTS.

“... amid a global demand, officials also worry that impoverished Afghanistan could not compete with wealthy countries to buy fully automated ventilators typically used in ICU rooms.

“A ventilator typically costs around $50,000, says Douglas Chin, a Harvard-educated surgeon who has been helping the Afghan Dreamers with their prototype. By comparison, he says, producing a mechanized hand-operated ventilator could cost around $500”.

For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/05/21/858087604/all-girl-robotics-team-in-afghanistan-works-on-low-cost-ventilator-with-car-part


4. 71 YEAR OLD RETIREE SAVES CALIFORNIA’S OLDEST WEEKLY NEWSPAPER FROM EXTINCTION.

“At 71, Mr. Butz is trim, with wire rimmed glasses and a close-cropped silver beard, and he dresses in flannel shirts and cargo pants. Since his retirement and his wife’s death in 2017, he considered traveling- to England or Latvia, or riding the Trans-Siberian Railway. But here he was, a freshly minted newspaper proprietor, having stepped in at the beginning of the year to save The Mountain Messenger, California’s oldest weekly newspaper, from extinction”.

For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/us/california-newspaper-sierra-messenger.html


5. WILDLIFE FLOURISHES AS US NATIONAL PARKS REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR COVID-19.

“In Yosemite national park, closed since 20 March, wildlife have flocked in large numbers to a virtually abandoned Yosemite Valley.

“...Deer, bobcats and black bears have congregated around buildings, along roadways and other parts of the park typically teeming with visitors. One coyote, photographed by park staff lounging in an empty parking lot under a rushing Yosemite Falls, seemed to best capture the momentary state of repose”.

For more on this story, read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/21/wildlife-national-parks-covid-19-shutdown-death-valley?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1&fbclid=IwAR3P9PPdflQL3f4H6CzOIpDOti23SnsNJIzXO2i7AIMOHx3ycgJVLZ3XVck





Disclaimer: QuaranTEEN does not claim ownership of any of the above articles; they are merely posted here with the intent of spreading good news in a difficult time.

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