This month’s Grateful News focuses on diversity in the US Justice system, some unexpected beauty of shoe shine workers, medical and conservation promise, and help for refugees.
Diane Humetewa was confirmed 96-0 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. She is a former U.S. attorney in Arizona and a member of the Hopi tribe. She is now the first active member of a Native American tribe to serve on the federal bench and only the third Native American in history to do so.
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A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest. Marie-Paule Kieny, an assistant director general at the WHO said, “It is certainly promising. We have seen that where rings have been vaccinated, the transmission has stopped.
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More than 2 million people living in dry areas in Central America face hunger. Food security is starting to improve in some communities as farmers adopt alternative crops and more efficient water usage. » Full Story
Find unexpected beauty in the hands of shoe shiners who describe their work. Photographer Christopher Griffith tried to use “the texture of the skin, the crevices and the lines” to convey a sense of physical and personal history in the photos of these workers. » See and Hear This Story
In the midst of an asylum housing crisis in Austria, a new initiative invites refugees to stay in people’s spare rooms. Founded in Germany nine months ago, Refugees Welcome was introduced in Austria this year, and says it seeks to improve living conditions for asylum seekers and refugees. » Full Story
According to Raphael and Aisa Mijeno, unlike kerosene lanterns, the salt water lamps are not a fire hazard and can safely be set up inside the home.The lanterns are also versatile. People living in inland villages can use homemade saline solution to power the lamps. Those in coastal communities can simply use ocean water. » Full Story
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