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Hello friends. Around the globe, donations are flooding in, people are sewing masks, making solidarity baskets, volunteering en masse. Countries are sharing science (and ventilators!), grocery workers are getting wage increases, air quality is improving. And the good is continuing on. Below is a round-up of this week's stories.

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EVERYDAY HEROES

San Francisco Man Serves Free Coffee From Home Window

San Francisco Man Serves Free Coffee From Home Window

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An aspiring coffee house owner in San Francisco is handing out free cups of coffee to essential workers, all while maintaining physical distancing guidelines. "I've always wanted to do something out of this window," he says. "You know, we have this nice small street where everyone knows each other." Read Full Story.

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INSPIRATION

Miss England Hangs Up Her Crown To Return To Work As A Doctor

Miss England Hangs Up Her Crown To Return To Work As A Doctor

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England welcomed home Miss England last Wednesday. She returned home early from her humanitarian work abroad to take up her scrubs and serve her country in her former profession as a doctor. In December 2019, Bhasha Mukherjee took a career break as a junior doctor after competing in the Miss World pageant. Invited to be an ambassador for several charities, she planned to focus on humanitarian work until summer. She told CNN that it felt wrong to be wearing her Miss England crown, even for humanitarian work, while people around the world were suffering from the coronavirus and her colleagues were working so hard. Read Full Story.

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BUSINESS

Vietnam's 'Rice ATMs': A Way To Get Food In A Time Of Physical Distancing

Vietnam's 'Rice ATMs':  A Way To Get Food In A Time Of Physical Distancing

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A Vietnamese company developed a machine with an active button and a pipe connected to a rice container. The user just presses the button to notify the staff, and 1.5 kilograms of rice are dispensed through the pipe. Nobody needs to show personal ID or any proof of need to use the machine, according to TheSmartLocal.com. It works on a trust system... but just to keep people safe, it is monitored remotely 24/7 by the company's staff. Read Full Story.

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COMMUNITY

In Naples, 'Solidarity Baskets' Feed The Homeless. They're Catching On.

In Naples, 'Solidarity Baskets' Feed The Homeless. They're Catching On.

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The city's soup kitchens are closed and street musicians could no longer play. "So we relied on an old Neapolitan custom -- lowering food baskets from our balcony," said street musician Angelo Piconea, who's doing this with his partner Pina Andelora. In their baskets is a card with the century-old of Dr. Guiseppe Moscati: "Chi pu metta, chi non pu prenda." Translated, it means, "Those who can, put something in, those who can't, help yourself." The message has triggered an explosion of solidarity. Read Full Story.

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PLANET

The Gentle Hush Being 'Heard' Across The Globe

The Gentle Hush Being 'Heard' Across The Globe

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Vibrations from human activity have drastically decreased during the lock-down, and pollution levels have fallen. The effect is a quieter, cleaner world. Busy city rumblings have softened, the oceans have less noise pollution. Seismologists, marine biologists and other scientists have noticed, The Atlantic reports. Read Full Story.

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