Category Archives: Positive News

Wakaliwood: New Wave of Ultra-Violent Ugandan DIY Action Cinema

‘In the Ugandan slum of Wakaliga, a thriving action film industry called Wakaliwood has emerged. Mixing elements of Western action films and Chinese Kung Fu movies with Ugandan culture, Wakaliwood’s films have garnered a cult following not just in in Uganda, but all over the world. We spend a day on the set of the next Wakaliwood hit.’ (VICE)


CEO Raises Workers’ Minimum Salary To $70,000, Takes 90% Pay Cut

‘Money can’t buy happiness, but Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price doesn’t believe in that philosophy. The boss announced a big raise for many of his employees and took a big pay cut. Anthony Mason reports.’ (CBS This Morning)

Breaking The Set’s Top 5 Most Positive Stories of 2014

Barber spends his Sundays cutting the hair of the homeless for free, because ‘every human life is worth the same’

Christopher Hooton reports for The Independent:

‘Hair stylist Mark Bustos works in an high-end salon in New York City during the week, but on Sundays gives back to the city by walking the streets in search of anyone who would appreciate a haircut.

Bustos approaches each person with the same introduction – “I want to do something nice for you today” – and if they’re interested sits down to give them a trim or a new style, cutting up to six people’s hair every Sunday and documenting them on his Instagram account.

This is no stunt though, Mark has been giving free haircuts since May 2012.’


When You Let Your Kid Play Ball in the House

Farmer builds a house for just £150 using only natural or recycled materials

Cob house: Michael Buck built this house at the bottom of his garden for just £150 using natural or unwanted materials he found in skips

85% of UK citizens have more positive than negative daily experiences

Tea Dance, Spitalfields 28/09/12From Positive News:

The How’s Life? report, published in November by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), found that 85% of British people claim they have more positive experiences in a normal day than negative ones. The average for all countries surveyed was 80%.

The report also highlights a strong sense of community in the UK, with 95% of those surveyed stating that they know someone they could rely on in time of need – higher than the OECD average of 90%.

The How’s Life? report is a biannual assessment of wellbeing in the 34 OECD countries and selected emerging economies. The report measures 11 aspects of wellbeing including jobs, health, education and overall satisfaction with life.

The report ranks the UK as above average in several areas including earnings, housing and environmental quality.

‘Robin Hoods’ who feed parking meters are hit with lawsuit in Keene, New Hampshire

The Mexican village ignored by mobile companies built its own network

From BBC News:

The Mexican village of Talea de Castro has long been ignored by Mexico’s mobile phone companies as too remote to put on their networks, but as the BBC’s Will Grant reports, they have responded by building their own.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world, has a lot of customers.

In Latin America, Carlos Slim’s telecommunications giant, America Movil, has around 262 million subscribers, and in Mexico alone handles more than 70% of the country’s mobile phone users.

But the residents of the tiny coffee-producing village of Talea de Castro are not among them.

For years, the locals have asked the main networks in Mexico to install a mobile phone antenna in the village.

They kept getting the same answer: it was not worth sending an engineer into the remote mountains of Oaxaca for fewer than 10,000 customers.


Cop buys groceries for mother who shoplifted food

A police officer who caught a Florida mother shoplifting at a grocery store did something unusual rather than taking her to jail.From ABC Local:

A police officer who caught a Florida mother shoplifting at a grocery store did something unusual rather than taking her to jail.

According to police, Jessica Robles walked out of a supermarket pushing a shopping cart filled with $300 of groceries which she didn’t pay for.

When a Miami-Dade police officer stopped her, Robles told her she did it out of desperation to feed her three young children. When her story checked out, and she found Robles had no criminal record, Officer Vicki Thomas took an extra step.

“I made the decision to buy her some groceries, because arresting her wasn’t going to solve the problem with her children being hungry,” Thomas said.

Thomas cited Robles for just a misdemeanor and also asked her to help someone else.

Robles didn’t have a car, so Thomas loaded the $100 worth of groceries into the police car and the gave her a ride home.

Once Robles’ story went public, a man who heard about it hired her on the spot for a customer service position.

Katherine’s debut book inspired by her children

Katherine CroweFrom IOM Today:

It’s amazing what you can achieve in a few months if you put your mind to it.

That’s the view of Katherine Crowe, the terminally ill but perennially positive mother of two, who was written and published her own children’s book.

Denzil the Mouse is based on a character she created for her children years earlier. She was inspired to take it further when daughter Becky, now 10, sketched out a storyboard featuring her childhood favourite.

Katherine formed a publishing company – ‘Rabbit is Strong’, named by son Jack, eight – and tapped into the talent of heavily-pregnant neighbour and gifted illustrator Jacqui Mulvagh to elaborate on Becky’s original sketches.


The Pixel Painter

‘Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired.

Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a collision of pointillism and 8-Bit art.’

Spine-tingling response to homeless man who returned backpack with £26,000 inside

From Yahoo!:

A good deed has paid off for a homeless man who found a backpack with £26,000 inside and handed it in to the police.

One online fundraiser who had never met Glen James before has raised £62,000 ($100,500) after the noble act landed the Good Samaritan in the spotlight.

Glen, who is said to be in his mid-fifties, found the bag with $42,000 inside – $2,400 in cash and $39,500 in travelers checks – in front of a TJ Maxx store in his native city Boston on Saturday evening.

He immediately took it to police officers patrolling the area and gave them his name and location of the homeless shelter where he lives. The bag was returned to its owner.

When Ethan Whittington, 27, from Virginia, heard the story he was so moved by Glen’s act of honesty he decided to set up a fundraiser on the online donation site GoFundMe to help him.


Selfless paralysed man gives up chance to walk again – by donating £20,000 to disabled five-year-old

From Yahoo!:

A selfless paralysed man who raised £20,000 has sacrificed his dream of walking again – by giving all the cash to a disabled child.

Dan Black, 25, was left wheelchair-bound following an horrific cycling accident in 2009.

He and his family have spent the last four years fundraising to pay for pioneering stem cell treatment that could help him walk again.

But Dan has now given up his hope of getting back on his feet after he read about the plight of five-year-old Brecon Vaughan.

Brecon was born with rare spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which causes stiffness in his legs, poor balance and coordination.

He uses a walking frame to get about and his family need £60,000 for an operation in America to help him walk unaided for the first time.

They have now been given a massive boost after Dan sacrificed his dream – and gave them the £20,000 generous locals and given to help him.

Dan, of Llanvair Discoed, near Chepstow, Monmouthshire, said he helped Brecon because he had a better chance of walking than him.


Pakistan’s Malala, US leaker Snowden among nominees for EU’s top human rights prize

From The Associated Press:

European lawmakers have nominated several candidates for the bloc’s top human rights prize, including Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

The European Parliament said in a statement late Monday they were among seven nominees for this year’s Sakharov prize. The finalist for the prestigious 50,000 euro ($65,000) award will be chosen next month.


Richie Parker: Drive

Staff walk out of clothes store and pin damning resignation note to ‘abusive’ boss on shutters for everyone to see


Burglars return stolen goods to group that helps sexual assault survivors

From Salon:

[…] Less than 24 hours after having her nonprofit ransacked, San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services executive director Candy Stallings received a phone call from police, alerting her to more “suspicious activity” going down around her office. But when she arrived on the scene, “All my stuff was in front of the door,” Stallings told NBC News. “There was a shopping cart, and there were the PCs that were taken, there was the laptop — everything was there.”

Tucked inside one of the returned laptops was the note.

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library

From Web Urbanist:

There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.