Around the World (4/15/13)

Some of you probably remember back when I mentioned that in America, news headlines from around the world tend to be terrifying, making it sound like if you take two steps outside of America, you'll get shot, stabbed, or thrown in jail.

So, being Moi, I'm going to try to post good news every Monday from around the world...you know, all the positive stuff which doesn't reach American headlines.

So here goes:

The Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization (SMIDO) has formally unveiled a prototype car at a ceremony in Kumasi, in its quest to harness the engineering potential in vehicle manufacture at the light industrial area.

The model car named “SMATI Turtle 1” was built by the local artisans in partnership with a Netherlands based NGO, AARDSCHAP Foundation using simple tools from a cluster of engineering workshops at Suame Magazine.

...The bold attempt by SMIDO is to attract national and international recognition and support to put artisanal engineering at the forefront of the national quest for industrialization.

The doors of the SMATI Turtle can be opened from all the four corners of the vehicle and purposefully built for farming and police patrol purposes.

~ Ghana’s model vehicle unveiled by Suame Magazine artisans

The reigning Miss Universe Ghana, Gifty Oforon on Friday, April 12 embarked on a reading and colouring exercise at the Adamorebe Anglican Basic School, off the Oyibi Road in the Greater Accra Region.

As part of the exercise, the beauty queen donated books, pencils, erasers and sharpeners to the KG 1 and KG 2 pupils.

Miss Ofori, a nurse at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, took the children through a reading and spelling lesson before engaging them in the book coloring activities.

~ Miss Universe Ghana embarkes on reading campaign


BALI, Indonesia — All 108 passengers and crew survived after a new Lion Air jet crashed into the ocean and snapped into two while attempting to land Saturday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, injuring up to 45 people.

The injured were taken to several different hospitals for treatment, but there appeared to be no serious injuries, said airport spokesman Alfasyah, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

There were three foreigners on board — two Singaporeans and a French national — all of whom suffered slight injuries.

~ Miraculously, all 108 on board survive Indonesian plane crash into ocean


It is a truism that the survival and success of our nation depends upon our ability to sustain and enhance our inter-ethnic harmony.

This is why the question of how the Barisan Nasional (BN) or the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will manage ethnic relations in the country in the coming years is of critical importance to the voter in the May 5 general election.

For a society whose multi-religious and multi-cultural texture is one of the most complex in the world, Malaysia has done remarkably well in preserving a degree of inter-ethnic harmony which is the envy of the rest of the human family.

An objective criterion testifies to this. Over 55 years there has been a minimum of communal violence. There has been only one major riot with communal overtones that resulted in the loss of lives.

That the riot of 13 May 1969 was contained within a specific city, that law and order was restored within weeks and democratic rule reinstated in 21 months, is incontrovertible proof of the government’s ability to deal with an ethnic challenge.

~ Voting for Harmony


AFTER a decade-long wait, the Angolan stock exchange is due for lift-off in 2015, with trading in government paper from the second half of this year and corporate paper from next year.

Analysts said the oil-rich country — which ended its bloody 27-year civil war in 2002 — could boast the third-biggest market in Africa in three to five years as a number of banks came to market and "the rest follow soon after".

...Analysts warned trading on the new market might initially be slow. Imara SP Reid, however, which set up its Angolan office in anticipation of an exchange in 2009, on Friday said that exciting potential still existed and the banking sector was expected to enter the listed ranks quite quickly as they had a number of the required standards, such as auditing, in place.

South African companies have already noticed the potential. Standard Bank was granted a banking licence in 2009 and plans to vastly increase its branch network despite stiff competition from 21 other banks in the country. Nedbank Capital has made some successful moves on the investment side, while Investec has been eyeing the stock-market launch since 2010 as its seeks more African-listed stocks for its funds to invest in.

~ Oil-rich Angola to launch stock exchange in 2015
Narrators, feel free to suggest positive news topics and recommended countries of color we almost never hear about in mainstream (usually because they're doing something right).


  1. Oh, gosh, thank you for this. I really need to hear good news... it seems as I get older, bad news affects me much more strongly. I definitely need to hear something inclusive and uplifting!

  2. I wish that you would have had this posting two weeks ago during the final four games.

    First, I was happy to hear about Kevin Ware's recovery. Although that broken bone in his leg looks like he don't stand a chance of playing basketball, doctors seems to be cautiously optimistic about it.

    Secondly, there was another player on the UNL team that caught my attention and that was Peyton Siva. While this Samoan guy is mad cute ,I like reading about his "rags to riches" like story:His mom worked three jobs to support her family, while the rest of her family ,including Peyton, stayed in trouble. At the end, he decided to end this part of his life and became a good guy. Not only that but the whole family changed for the better.

    This may sound like a repitious story.I can read it all over and over and still enjoy it because its inspirational. Some teacher could have told and at risk kid that they're weren't going to make it because of their background. Somebody could have told Peyton those same lies, but he defied those odds.. with his family in tow. I hope that he and Kevin make it big.

  3. Patrick Awuah, Jr., the Founder and Director of Ashesi University, a private, secular, liberal arts college in Berekuso, a town near Aburi, an hour’s drive from Ghana's capital, Accra.

    I know Patrick because he was my brother's roommate and friend when they attended Swarthmore college together. Patrick would come home with my brother and stay during the school breaks when he was unable to travel back to Ghana. Just a guy. One of my brother's buddies from school. And look what he did. I am happy and proud to share his accomplishments with you :)


    "Awuah's mission was to create a new kind of liberal arts university that focuses on quality, ethics, and personal empowerment to be the spark of a revitalized Africa and a catalyst for new enterprises, new solutions, and a model for other universities in Africa".

    I also have ties to East Africa, having spent my formative years in Tanzania and Kenya. Nice to see stuff like this happening: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21567972-schools-africa-are-going-digitalwith-encouraging-results-tablet-teachers

  4. This isn't important news, but the President of South Korea comes next month to meet President Obama. Some guy named Rain is supposedly coming also to do a concert as part of the Korean War celebration.

  5. Thank you thank you for this post. Looking forward to reading more great news.


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