• The Coronavirus-Proof Nation

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    A very interesting look at democracy that delivers.

    From Reasons To Be Cheerful By Will Doig

    Taiwan has built a pragmatic, solutions-oriented society where democracy is expected to deliver results. Amid the pandemic, it’s paying off.

    At a cafe in Taipei, a surgical-masked waitress brought a young man a menu and a glass of water, then took a no-contact thermometer from her apron and scanned his forehead. With no fever detected, he settled in and she gave him time to consider his order.

    This is everyday life in Taiwan now, a country that has been priming itself for this kind of scenario for years. Read the ARTICLE HERE. 

    As COVID-19 has traversed the globe, each afflicted country has formulated…

  • Coronavirus and the Sun: a Lesson from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

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    Good Morning Backyard Bend. This week of March 16, we all face the continued unfolding Coronavirus outbreak. This serious situation is something we all face together and will get through together. Staying positive while being realistic and doing the right thing for each other is something we know our community will do.

    From Medium.com By Richard Hobday

    Fresh air, sunlight and improvised face masks seemed to work a century ago; and they might help us now.

    When new, virulent diseases emerge, such SARS and Covid-19, the race begins to find new vaccines and treatments for those affected. As the current crisis unfolds, governments are enforcing quarantine and isolation, and public gatherings are being discouraged. Health officials took the same approach…

  • Amazing stories of dogs that rescued their humans

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    Backyard Bend is a community of Dog lovers and we know the friendship, loyalty and support they provide for us. These stories will give you lift today.

    From The Adventure Lifestyle Network

    Mankind has always had a close affinity with its canine friends, one that goes back thousands of years. While we all enjoy the companionship and unquestioning loyalty that our dogs give, there are some that are genuine heroes in every sense of the word.

    From the mountain rescue efforts of St Bernards, to Labradors helping the blind. To celebrate these awesome pooches, ADAPT’s guest blogger Sally Writes has discovered some of the most famous canine heroes who’ve risked their own lives for others.

    As Warm as Velvet

    When three climbers…

  • Pacific Power Won’t Disconnect Non-Paying Customers During COVID-19 Emergency

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    From KTVZ News

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Pacific Power said Thursday it is temporarily suspending disconnections and late fees for non-payment for customers in Oregon, Washington and California to support the state of emergency declared in all three states in response to the COVID-19 virus.

    The company said it “will continue to evaluate other ways to support our customers for the duration of this quickly evolving public health emergency.”

    “Pacific Power wants customers to know we are ready around the clock to answer any questions about your electrical service and help any customers who are having difficulty paying their electrical bills,” the statement said. “The company’s focus continues to be on maintaining the reliability of our service and the safety of…

  • 100-Year-Old Chinese Man Recovers From Coronavirus, The Oldest Patient to Beat Illness

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    From the New York Post By Jackie Salo

    A 100-year-old Chinese man has fully recovered from the coronavirus, making him the oldest known patient to pull through the deadly illness, state media reported.

    The centenarian patient, who marked his milestone birthday last month, was discharged Saturday from a hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

    He was admitted to Hubei’s Maternity and Child Health Care hospital on Feb. 24 with the coronavirus infection, the report said.

    The man suffered from underlying health issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension and heart failure, the outlet said.

    He was treated using antiviral medication, convalescent plasma therapy and traditional Chinese medicine, according to the report. The elderly man was then cleared along with…

  • Researchers in Canada Announce They've Isolated COVID-19 Virus

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    Collaboration from these Canadian teams has led to a “Positive” development. And thanks for the Canadian humor, Joe Roche, in the Twitter post.

    From Complex.com By Trace William Cowen

    A research team in Canada says it has successfully isolated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2), i.e. the agent responsible for worldwide COVID-19 concerns.

    The team includes researchers from Sunnybrook Research Institute, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto. Per a news release shared on Thursday, the isolation is the result of a “nimble collaboration” between the institutions, who were able to culture the virus in question from two clinical specimens in a Level 3-categorized containment facility.

    “Researchers from these world-class institutions came together in a grassroots way to successfully isolate…

  • A Woman's Great Pyrenees Helped Track Down a Rare Black Coyote After They Became Backyard Buds

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    From CNN By Francisco Guzman and Brian Ries

    Every day for a week, the strange, happy visitor would drop to play with her Great Pyrenees. She thought Ruth Bader, the dog, had made a new dog companion. Nope, it was a coyote. And the animal was on the lam.

    Researchers with the Atlanta Coyote Project told Vanessa Prior, Ruth Bader’s human, that they had been trying to track down the rare, black coyote for over a month. It had been spotted around the Smyrna and Vinings, Georgia, areas playing with neighborhood dogs. Read the ARTICLE and SEE THE VIDEO HERE. “It was very friendly,” co-founder of the Atlanta Coyote Project Christopher Mowry told CNN. “It was following…
  • Redmond Couple’s Leap Day Proposal Echoes Irish Folklore

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    Here is your “Positive News” to start the week off.  Nothing more positive than a good love story – right?

    From KTVZ

    A Redmond couple took part in an interesting bit of Irish folklore on Leap Day, known in that country also as ‘Bachelor’s Day’ — the one day a year women are expected to propose marriage to men. Katie Brown decided to pop the question to Corey Spurlock, with some help from Saxon’s Fine Jewelers in Bend’s Old Mill. Click HERE to WATCH THE VIDEO. 

  • 5 Ways Coronavirus Could Help Humanity Survive The Ecological Crisis

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    An interesting and positive way to look forward and learn from the current situation from EcoHustler By Matt Mellen.

    The human tragedy of the coronavirus is immense. So far over 3,000 have died and more than 90,000 have been infected globally and millions have been affected. Whilst infectious disease has always been a part of the human experience, the expansion of industrial civilisation has inexorably amplified the risk of new diseases. Read the ARTICLE and see several VIDEOS HERE.

    Uncontrolled industrial expansion also dangerously heats the planet and drives the collapse of ecosystems worldwide. Experts like Professor Jem Bendell and philosopher Rupert Read have argued that societal collapse is near inevitable and that up to 6 billion people could…

  • Goldman Sachs’ CEO Takes The Subway, Gets His Own Coffee and Has a Side Hustle as a DJ

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    From CNBC By Jade Scipioni

    Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon isn’t your average C-suite executive. Yes, he made $23 million last year, but since taking the helm at the investment bank from Lloyd Blankfein in October 2018, he’s been eschewing Wall Street’s stuffy ways.

    Fifty-seven-year-old Solomon, for instance, is known as “D-Sol” on weekends, when he performs his side gig as a classic rock DJ at nightclubs in New York City, Miami and the Bahamas (think Guns N’ Roses and The White Stripes).

    Solomon also rides the New York City subway to work and prefers to fetch his own coffee at the office. Read the ARTICLE HERE.

    “I mean, why wouldn’t you take the subway?” Solomon told Fortune recently.…

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