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CNN’s 2018 report lifts spirits

CNN’s 2018 report lifts spirits CNN’s 2018 report lifts spirits

Don’t get me wrong. I love the holiday season but, with all we try to cram into a few weeks in preparation and celebration of Christmas and the start of a new year, sometimes it is hard to get a good night’s sleep.
When I can’t sleep, I get up and read the news on my cell phone. Most of the time it isn’t the kind of information that lulls one into slumber. However, I ran into the following CNN report and it sure did lift my spirits. Take a look. I think you too will feel more hopeful for 2019 after reading of the good things that happened in 2018, as reported by Andrea Diaz and Christina Maxouris:
THE WORLD
‘ North and South Korea vowed to formally end the Korean War.
‘ Cuba announced a new president, ending the 59-year Castro leadership.
‘ Iraq had its first parliamentary elections since the defeat of ISIS in the country.
‘ Canada became the second nation in the world, after Uruguay, to legalize marijuana.
‘ Mexico is selling its $218.7 million presidential plane to use funds for poor communities.
‘ South Korea closed its largest dog meat slaughterhouse.
‘Meghan Markle became the first woman of color to join the British royal family.
THE U.S.
‘ The unemployment rate is the lowest since 1969.
‘ The first Muslim and Native American women were elected into Congress.
‘ Texas elected the first openly LGBTQ African-American woman judge.
‘ Colorado elected the first openly gay governor in the U.S.
‘ For the first time in Marine Corps history, a woman was in charge of an infantry platoon.
‘ New York and Virginia became the first two states to require mental health education in schools.
‘ A city in Georgia became the first to have its criminal justice system led entirely by black women.
HUMAN RIGHTS
‘ In Saudi Arabia, women are finally able to drive.
‘ Ireland voted and repealed its abortion ban.
‘ India’s Supreme Court decriminalized consensual gay sex.
‘ Scotland became the first country to back teaching LGBTI issues in schools.
‘ The ‘Year of the Woman’ went global.
‘ Africa saw a huge and significant decline in female genital mutilation.
‘ For the first time in Iran, women were allowed to attend men’s sporting events.
HEALTH AND SCIENCE
‘ A woman gave birth to a baby after she received a uterus transplant from a dead person.
‘ The UK has exceeded UN targets for HIV diagnosis and treatment, proving efforts to control the epidemic can work.
‘ Researchers developed a 10-minute cancer test.
‘ A new Ebola treatment trial began.
‘ A new peanut allergy drug has provided fresh hope.
‘ A study found dogs can be a powerful tool in diagnosing malaria.
‘ Researchers found a way to lower your cancer risk.
‘ We learned new tips to help us live a decade longer.
ENVIRONMENT
‘ We discovered 157 new species in Southeast Asia.
‘ New Zealand may have killed its oil industry to combat climate change.
‘ Major fashion brands united against climate change.
‘ A growing number of Americans now believe climate change is happening.
‘ Scientists came up with an idea to stop glaciers from melting.
‘ British fashion house Burberry says it’ll stop destroying unsold goods and using fur.
‘ Scientists developed a plastic-eating enzyme.
SPORTS
‘ North and South Korea marched under one flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
‘ The Philadelphia Eagles finally won a Super Bowl.
‘ USA women’s gymnastics won the team title at the world championships in Doha, Qatar.
‘ For the first time, a woman interviewed for an NBA head coaching position.
‘ A record number of minority and openly gay athletes competed in the Olympics.
‘ It took them over 40 years, but the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup.
‘ Atlanta celebrated its first title in 23 years.
SPACE
‘ SpaceX broke records by launching 64 satellites into orbit.
‘ NASA’s InSight touched down, and captured the first sounds of wind on Mars.
‘ For the second time in history, a human-made object reached interstellar space.
‘ A ‘Ghost particle’ that traveled 3.7 billion light-years was found on Earth.
‘ For the first time, we were able to hear the sounds the sun makes.
‘ NASA’s Mars lander used its robotic arm to take a selfie.
‘ Virgin Galactic’s supersonic space plane soared into the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere, meaning the company isn’t far off from sending tourists to space.
ELSEWHERE
‘ African-American films showed up strong in Golden Globe nominations.
‘ ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘Black Panther’ led the way in diversity and inclusion at the box office.
‘ Princess Charlotte made history because her line of succession to the British throne won’t change based on her gender.
‘ In case you were not keeping up, the Kardashian/Jenner clan grew by three.
‘ Boeing launched a business jet capable of completing the world’s longest flight.

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