So this week, the news report that warmed me was the care that was taken of turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
You probably saw the news that temperatures plummeted in Texas with rare snow storms that resulted in many being cut off from electricity and water for days.
At the same time the freezing temperatures were a shock for the turtles in that region. They were cold stunned, and unable to swim when the temperature dropped. They could not swim, but even though they floated up to the top of the sea, they could not lift their necks to be able to draw breath.
That would have resulted in those little guys drowning. So wildlife agencies launched a rescue mission to save thousands of turtles. This week there was a video on the BBC website showing the return of the turtles to the now much warmer Gulf of Mexico waters:
When I watched it, I actually felt tears of joy welling up, and it told me that we humans – we are working in all sorts of crazy industries that are harming our planet and it’s creatures. We need to switch to working on looking after our planet and making it as special as it is obviously supposed to be.
I had a lot of good news to choose from for this week’s Tuesday News. There were so many reports on animals frolicking in the snow and coming to the rescue in various lands. But in the end I chose an article more local to these shores.
This news is from up in Scotland. It is about the relocation of Golden Eagles chicks from the Scottish Highlands over to Dumfries and Galloway:
The highlight of news broadcasts last week was of course the amazing Rod Ponton who turned up at a zoom court hearing with whiskers! Apparently he was using his secretary’s computer, and his secretary has a young daughter, who must have installed filters:
In a world that is full of anxiety and sadness, nature just keeps on producing reasons to smile. One of the most cheerful news reports during the past week was the videos from Washington’s Smithsonian National Zoo.
It’s not just us that go wild when it snows – pandas do too!
It’s hard to explain my headspace over the weekend. I came home from work on Friday night to hear news reports suggesting that the new vaccines had become a startling political issue.
It was one of the most demoralising phases of this pandemic for me. The idea that nations could virtually “go to war” over a vaccine designed to help keep people healthy and safe, was truly discouraging.
The whole world needs to be offered the vaccine and that will take time, but we will get there. We have to, if we want to feel safe. There should not be a mad scramble to get in there first. Everyone will need the offer of a vaccine for the world to be safe.
I believe most people feel that it it is right to offer the vaccination to everyone. So governments should not let us down by sparring politically in a time we are trying to heal the world.
News reports are claiming that around 75% of people over the age of eighty have now been vaccinated. When I went along for my jab. there were a lot of young people. I heard them explaining they were NHS staff, care assistants, pharmacy staff (like myself). We actually had an email on Friday afternoon asking us to make an appointment and to go along and get ourselves immunised.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have had no choice but to work closely with people, only reliant on PPE and good hygiene to protect us. So after seeing how many of our colleagues have tested positive with the virus and how many of them have been very ill, we were jumping at the chance.
So far, the government say that over 6.3 million have been immised, meaning they are on track to reach their goal of vaccinating 15 million people by mid-February.
The good news I found this week was a BBC article about Mike Hind from Teeside, who donated three thousand meals to children in his areas. There was a lot of attention on the poor standards of food parcels issued to children entitled to free school dinners. But the story on the BBC website shows you just how far Mke Hind went:
My 2021 goal is to look for good news, positive reports in the media that warm the soul. Well, this past week has had the craziest news, with US politics dominating newspaper headlines and television news bulletins , but I still managed to find a great report to make the world feel better:
…but the bullet points are that when two women were caught shoplifting, a police officer named Matt Lima was called to arrest them. The women explained they wanted to provide festive food for their families but were suffering adverse economic conditions.
What did the cop do? He used his own money to buy them gift cards worth $250. The story was a gem in a miserable week. But it was the last line that brought a smile to me. He is quoted as saying that he just wanted to put himself in that family’s shoes and show a little bit of empathy.
There has been a lot of criticism of the police officers for mistreating people – but Officer Matt Lima gets the GOOD COP award this week.