Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Good News Round-up- April 2018

by Nomad

This month's good news round-up includes stories about technology making life better, health breakthroughs and remarkable people going out of their way to help others.

Green Tech Kept the Lights on In Puerto Rico

Last year, Puerto Rico was once again plunged into darkness when the power grid crashed. It was the first island-wide blackout since Hurricane Maria ravaged the U.S. territory in September. In the latest incident, almost 1 million ratepayers of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority were without power.

However, thanks to Tesla Energy, a few hundred locations with Tesla Energy storage systems were able to keep the lights on.
Tesla ramped up its effort to help Puerto Rico get a more robust grid after it was destroyed by hurricanes. They quickly started shipping Powerwalls, their home energy storage solution, and we reported that they started shipping Powerpacks, their bigger commercial and utility-scale battery packs.


Meet Mohamed Bzeek

Azusa, California-resident Mohamed Bzeek is described as a quiet, devout Libyan-born Muslim. In 1978, Bzeek, then a former marathon runner, came to the U.S. from Libya to study engineering. He met his wife here in the U.S., and became a citizen in 1997.That's not what makes him special.

For over two decades, he has been as a foster father for the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County. There is a dire need for foster parents to care for such children and, according to the report, he is the only foster parent in the county known to take in terminally-ill children who have do-not-resuscitate orders.

So, what motivates Bzeek to take on these particular children? He says that he just wants these children to know they are not alone in this life.
I am not an angel. I am not a hero. It’s just what we are supposed to do as a human being.
Check out the video in the link below.

Relief on the Way for Migraine Sufferers?

Those of us who are afflicted know that calling a migraine a headache is really a huge understatement. This acutely-painful affliction can make normal life all but impossible. During a migraine, the sufferers will generally have symptoms beyond the head pain and will be unable to carry out everyday tasks.
More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine attacks, according to the American Headache Society. Of these, about 4 million have chronic migraine and suffer headaches for 10 to 14 days a month.
It looks like such people might just find relief in the form of a new drug, according to a study released this week.


While You Were Sleeping

Finally, take a look at this photo from early this morning.

With the help of 13 semi-truck drivers, the state police in Michigan came up with an imaginative way to help a Detriot man who had threatened to kill himself.

Patrol officers closed all lanes of Highway 696 in both directions and called upon volunteer semi drivers to park under the overpass to shorten the man's fall. In this way, they were able to buy time and talk the suicidal man off the bridge.
The man was taken by Huntington Woods Police to Beaumont hospital for evaluation and the highway was reopened.

That's about all the cheery news you can stand, I bet. Keep strong and try to stay as positive as you can.