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“Two Maritime women are encouraging people who may be feeling stressed amid the pandemic to consider starting a gratitude journal.

Every morning without fail, Shelley Butler of Riverview, N.B., said that she wakes up reminding herself what she is grateful for and then jots it down in her journal,

“People say to me, ‘What do you write? I don’t know what to write.’ So, I start my day with, ‘It is beautiful, it is sunny, maybe it is raining,’ and I put the date down,” Butler said.

Keeping a gratitude journal amid the pandemic has helped her…

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“The Tarrant Area Food Bank had just one simple request: a huge, vacant parking lot.

It was a task the Cotton Bowl and the Dallas Cowboys could easily provide.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank held their “Meals for Moms Mega Mobile Market” on Tuesday, distributing food to almost 4,000 families that drove through Silver Lot 4 outside AT&T Stadium.

“This is a huge parking lot,” Tarrant Area Food Bank President Julie Butner said.

“There aren’t very many parking lots of this size that can accommodate a Mega Mobile Market. So, having their support at this location, which…

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“Chinese scientists say they have identified a blend of marine bacteria that appears capable of breaking down polythene, one of the most ubiquitous plastics on the planet and source of much of the pollution in the world’s oceans.

While the plastic-eating qualities of bacteria are already well known to the scientific community, the research by the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province, is the first to establish a direct link to polythene (PE).

In the study, which was published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials on April 23, a team…

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“In four months, the city and Salvation Army of Dane County have transformed a vacated former nursing home on the East Side to a shelter that will better serve 35 of the area’s neediest homeless families.

The city in January acquired the 36,192-square-foot former Karmenta Center, set on 3.3 acres at 4502 Milwaukee St., for $2.75 million. Since then, it’s been refurbishing the facility so the Salvation Army, which has long provided shelter to homeless single women and families at 630 E. Washington Ave., can relocate families there from hotels being used during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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“Humans have a long history of digging wells, but we’re not the only species to tap the earth for water: New research reveals wild horses and donkeys, also known as burros, can as well.

As described in a paper published April 29 in the journal Science, the animals use their hooves to dig more than six feet deep to reach groundwater for themselves, in turn creating oases that serve as a boon to wildlife — American badgers, black bears, and an array of birds, including some declining species such as elf owls.

Horses and burros, introduced into…

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“Organicell Regenerative Medicine has announced that all ten hospitalised COVID-19 patients treated with Zofin™ have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

These patients are the first to be treated with the acellular biologic therapeutic derived from perinatal sources in a Phase I/II randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. The study is evaluating the safety and potential efficacy of intravenous infusion of Zofin™ for the treatment of moderate to severe COVID-19 infection in India. The trial is being conducted in conjunction with Organicell’s Indian partner, CWI India.

The first ten trial participants were hospitalised patients treated at Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital…

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“Barcelona city council has installed Spain’s first photovoltaic pavement as part of the city’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The 50 sq metres of non-slip solar panels, installed in a small park in the Glòries area of the city, will generate 7,560kW a year, enough to supply three households.

The city has contributed €30,000 (£26,000) towards the cost, the remainder being met by the manufacturer. The viability of the scheme will be assessed after six months. …

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“Across our hometowns, it’s estimated three to four percent of children ages three through 17 do not have beds to sleep in each night. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an international nonprofit dedicated to filling that need, and Saturday, one of its newer chapters was hard at work building beds for children in the New River Valley.

The rain didn’t keep spirits down at Saturday’s bed build and that’s because of the hard work of 40 volunteers. Now, 20 children in the New River Valley will have beds to sleep in.

In an assembly line fashion —…

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“Twin sisters received a late Christmas gift from a stranger almost 650 miles away after he found a holiday wish list tied to a balloon.

In December, Leticia Flores-Gonzalez had her 4-year-olds, Luna and Gianella Gonzalez, tie their lists to balloons and release them into the sky above their home in Liberal, Kansas. It was their way of reaching Santa Claus.

“It was important doing something special for my girls because of the hard year we had during the coronavirus pandemic. …

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