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123-year-old Carmelo Flores, a Bolivian indigenous farmer, attributes his longevity to quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves.   He lives in Frasquia, a 4,000-meter high hamlet, and takes daily walks in shoes made of recycled tires, but spends most of his time laying on a blanket outside his straw-roofed hut, watching village life go by.  There are plans to award him the title of "Living Heritage of Humanity" on August 26.

 

Marty,

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Many people dream of traveling the world and Graham Hughes has made those dreams come true.  By world, we mean the whole world - Graham visited all 201 countries in the world within 4 years!  To make things even more incredible, he did his entire adventure without a single flight! 



Guinness World Records has him down as visiting the most countries within a single year without flying.  At the end of his journey, he received the world record for the only individual to visit every single country without flying.

A few items helped him along the way.  First, he's from the UK, and his British passport allowed him access to all countries.  He set a budget for $100 a week.  He used CouchSurfing.org which allowed him to spend the night for free.  Graham always traveled very light.





'I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger.', Graham says.

And that's what's good,

Jon

References:
Graham's website - http://www.theodysseyexpedition.com
MailOnline - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239087/Graham-Hughes-British-man-person-visit-201-countries-WITHOUT-using-plane.html


Full country list in order:

SOUTH AMERICA

1. Uruguay
2. Argentina
3. Paraguay
4. Bolivia
5. Chile
6. Peru
7. Ecuador
8. Colombia
9. Venezuela
10. Brazil
11. Guyana
12.Suriname

THE CARIBBEAN

13. Trinidad & Tobago
14. Grenada
15. St. Vincent & The Grenadines
16. Barbados
17. St. Lucia - Martinique**
18. Dominica
19. St. Kitts & Nevis
20. Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua: He visited palm fringed beaches in The Caribbean
St. Martin/Sint Maarten
British Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
21. Dominican Republic
22. Haiti
23. Jamaica

CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA

24 Mexico
25 Guatemala
26 El Salvador
27 Nicaragua
28 Honduras
29 Costa Rica
30 Panama
31 Belize
32 The United States of America
33 The Bahamas - The Conch Republic**
34 Cuba
35 Canada


EUROPE

36 Iceland - The Faroe Islands**
37 The Netherlands
38 Belgium
Cape Verde: He spent four days on a 'leaky fishing boat' getting to this Atlantic isle
39 France
40 England*
41 Wales*
42 Ireland
43 Northern Ireland*
44 Scotland*
45 Luxembourg
46 Germany
47 Denmark
48 Sweden
49 Norway
50 Finland
51 Estonia
52 Russia
53 Latvia
54 Lithuania
55 Belarus
56 Poland
57 The Czech Republic
58 Slovakia
59 Hungary
60 Romania
61 Moldova
62 Ukraine
63 Bulgaria
USA: He saw a space shuttle take off in America
64 Greece
65 Macedonia
66 Kosovo*
67 Montenegro
68 Serbia
69 Albania
70 Croatia
71 Bosnia & Herzegovina
72 Slovenia
73 Austria
74 Liechtenstein
75 Switzerland
76 Italy
77 Vatican City*
78 Malta
79 Tunisia (Africa)
80 San Marino
81 Monaco
82 Andorra
83 Spain
84 Portugal

AFRICA

85 Morocco
Estonia: Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, the most northern of the Baltic states
86 Western Sahara*
87 Mauritania
88 Senegal
89 Cape Verde
90 The Gambia
91 Guinea-Bissau
92 Mali
93 Guinea
94 Sierra Leone
95 Liberia
96 Côte D’Ivoire
97 Ghana
98 Togo
99 Benin
100 Burkina Faso
101 Niger
102 Nigeria
103 Cameroon
104 Chad
105 Central African Republic
106 Equatorial Guinea
107 Gabon
108 Saõ Tomé & Principé
109 Congo
110 Democratic Republic of Congo
Kenya: Masai Warrior in red standing near Acacia tree
111 Angola
112 Namibia
113 South Africa
114 Botswana
115 Lesotho
116 Swaziland
117 Mozambique
118 Zimbabwe
119 Malawi
120 Zambia
121 Tanzania
122 Comoros
123 Madagascar - Reunion**
124 Mauritius
125 Rwanda
126 Burundi
127 Uganda
128 Kenya
129 Ethiopia - Somaliland**
130 Somalia
131 Djibouti

MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA

132 Saudi Arabia
133 Egypt (Africa)
134 Sudan (Africa)
135 Jordan
136 Palestine*
137 Israel
138 Syria
139 Lebanon
140 Turkey
Iraqi Kurdistan**
141 Iraq
142 Cyprus (Europe)
Northern Cyprus**
143 Libya (Africa)
144 Algeria (Africa)
145 Georgia
146 Armenia
147 Azerbaijan
148 Kazakhstan
Karakalpakstan**
149 Uzbekistan
150 Kyrgyzstan
151 Tajikistan
152 Turkmenistan
Papua New Guinea: He danced with highlanders from Papua New Guinea
153 Afghanistan
154 Iran
155 Kuwait
156 Bahrain
157 Qatar
158 United Arab Emirates
159 Oman
160 Yemen
161 Eritrea (Africa)
162 Pakistan
163 India
164 Bangladesh
165 Bhutan
166 Nepal
Tibet**
167 China
168 Mongolia
169 South Korea
170 North Korea
171 Japan
172 Taiwan*
173 Vietnam
174 Cambodia
Borneo: He befriended orangutans in the jungle
175 Thailand
176 Laos
177 Burma
178 Malaysia
179 Singapore
180 Indonesia
181 Brunei
182 The Philippines
183 East Timor
West Papua**

OCEANIA

184 Papua New Guinea
185 Solomon Islands
186 Australia
New Caledonia**
187 Vanuatu
188 Fiji
Wallis & Futuna**
189 Tuvalu
190 Kiribati
191 Marshall Islands
192 Samoa
Hong Kong: He also saw some of the world's biggest and brightest cities
American Samoa**
193 Tonga
194 New Zealand
195 Nauru
Northern Mariana Islands**
Guam**
196 Micronesia
197 Palau
Hong Kong**
Macau**


THE FINAL FRONTIER

198 Sri Lanka
199 The Maldives
200 The Seychelles
201 South Sudan

* Not a member of the UN, but still counts towards The Odyssey 201.

** Dependency, Territory, Semi-Autonomous Region or Largely Unrecognised De-Facto State. Does not count towards The Odyssey 201.

(Source: Hughes' website The Odyssey Expedition)

Published in Lifestyle

Now this is an amazing story!!  Favio Chavez, an ecological technician has discovered a brilliant use of the trash in a small impoverished community.  The town is Cateura, Paraguay and it is a village built on a landfill. 

Many families in the community recycle trash and sell it to make a living.  Favio once found a violin in the trash and decided that he could build many instruments out of recycled trash and teach the kids how to play.  He has made cellos, flutes, and violins out of old wood, oil drums, and metal.

"People realize we shouldn't throw away trash carelessly…well we shouldn't throw away people either." Favio states.

Favio's idea picked up and now the kids are learning the instruments…and they sound amazing!!  They are the stars in a new documentary titled:
Landfill Harmonic, "a film about people transforming trash into music; about love, courage and creativity."

Watch the trailer - it is incredibly heartwarming :)




Peace & Love,
Jon
The Good World News

Published in Random Good News

Why would you want to leap out of a perfectly good aircraft? To fly a winged jetpack over the city of Rio de Janeiro, of course. It sounds nuts, but it's just a day in the life for Yves Rossy, the self proclaimed "Jetman" who flew over the Grand Canyon last year. Since soaring over the Rio Grande, Rossy has pitted his carbon-fiber wings against a rally car on Top Gear, taken to the skies over Abu Dhabi and, most recently, buzzed Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Jetman rocketed past the monument on an 11 minute flight earlier this week, beginning his journey by dropping out of a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas. Rossy pulled his Rocketeer trick and eventually parachuted to safety on Copacabana beach. Sound fun? Head past the break to see the man in action. Us? We'll keep our feet planted on terra firma, thanks.


 

Buckley, Sean.  "Jetman soars over Rio, flies circles around historical landmarks ". Engadget. 4 May 2012. Web.  

View original good news story at engadget.com:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/04/jetman-soars-over-rio-flies-circles-around-historical-landmarks/

Published in Random Good News

Environment officials from Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday proposed protections for scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

“The time has come to regulate international trade of endangered hammerhead sharks,” said Ana Lorena Guevara, Costa Rica’s environment vice minister, while participating at a minister’s council of the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in Honduras from May 9-11.

Scalloped hammerheads are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are in high demand for shark fin soup and account for about 4 percent of all shark fins in international trade.

Government delegates from the 175 CITES member countries will vote on the hammerhead and other possible shark protection proposals at next year’s meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which will take place March 3-15 in Thailand.

 

 

 

"Costa Rica and Honduras propose better protection for hammerhead sharks". Tico Times . 14 May 2012. Web. 

View original article at ticotimes.net:

http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Costa-Rica-and-Honduras-propose-better-protection-for-hammerhead-sharks_Monday-May-14-2012

Published in Environment

The golden poison dart frog, which is arguably the world's most poisonous animal, is now residing in the first ever sanctuary established to save the deadly, yet endangered, amphibian.

The poison of this frog is so toxic that even coming into contact with a paper towel that has touched the frog can be fatal. A single 2-inch-long frog has enough poison to kill 10 adult people within minutes.

"Death by frog," in this case, is pretty horrific too. Its bright orange skin is covered by a secretion of deadly alkaloid poison (batrachotoxins). The toxin prevents nerves from transmitting impulses, leaving muscles in a constant state of contraction, leading to heart failure. Death comes within minutes.

So why save it, you might ask.

The frog has its place in the ecosystem. Our ancestors somehow managed to use the poison for hunting, maybe permitting their own survival. It just uses the poison for defense. And, you have to admit, the frog is pretty cool, in a James Bond-weapon kind of way.

As journalist Simon Barnes wrote in The Times of London newspaper in September 2011: "Astonishing: we are on the edge of wiping out one of the most extraordinary and thrilling creatures on the planet. No matter how well a creature is protected by nature and by evolution, it is always vulnerable to humans. There's nothing we can't do when we put our minds to it. Still, at least we are now beginning to put our minds to saving the golden poison frog: we would all be much poorer without such a creature to give us nightmares."

The new sanctuary for the frog, located along the Pacific coast of western Colombia, will also provide refuge for several key bird species, including the endangered baudó guan, a medium-sized game fowl whose worldwide population is estimated at 10,000-20,000 individuals; the vulnerable brown wood-rail, a medium-sized, mostly rufous-brown rail whose population is estimated to be between only 1,000 and 2,500 individuals; and the vulnerable great curassow, a large, pheasant-like bird whose population is estimated to be between 10,000 and 60,000 individuals.

The new sanctuary, consisting of 124 areas of threatened Chocó forest, is named the Rana Terribilis Amphibian Reserve. That comes from the Spanish word for frog -- rana -- and the frog's Latin name,Phyllobates terribilis.

The land, in one of the planet's wettest tropical rainforests, was purchased with the help of the World Land TrustAmerican Bird Conservancy and Global Wildlife Conservation. The reserve is owned and managed by Fundación ProAves, Colombia’s leading conservation organization. This is the second amphibian reserve owned by ProAves in Colombia; the first is the Ranita Dorada Reserve.

"The support from our partners made the creation of this critical new reserve possible, and one of the world's most amazing creatures, the beautiful and deadly golden poison frog, is now protected," Lina Daza, executive director of Fundación ProAves, said in a press release.

George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy, concluded, "We need to halt the continued, rapid disappearance of rainforests and the resultant loss of wildlife that depend on them."

 

 

Viegas, Jennifer. "DEADLY FROG GETS NEW SANCTUARY". Discovery News. 11 May 2012. Web. 

View original article at discovery.com:

http://news.discovery.com/animals/sanctuary-deadliest-animals-120511.html

Published in Environment

 


Shakira Summit

As The Huffington Post reported, Latin American pop superstar Shakira joined over 30 world leaders at the 6th annual Summit of the Americas held over the weekend in Cartagena, Colombia, to advocate for children.

At the summit focused on regional integration, poverty reduction and drugs, the Colombian singer -- the most recent addition to President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics -- was there to promote universal early childhood development and the eradication of poverty.

Taking the stage alongside President Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday, Shakira, 35, reflected over the successes of the summit, stating that she felt "optimistic" about the "commitment of the presidents to work on education and early childhood development".

She added that this was the first time in history that the issue of early education had been treated so directly in a Summit of the Americas.

This was after President Obama had pledged $133 million to early childhood development initiatives and President Santos had emphasized his commitment to making early childhood education a national priority.

With 35 million children in Latin America who have no access to quality education and nutrition, Shakira stressed that this is an effort that must continue -- in a big way.

"Early attention given to our children is the most efficient formula for eradicating poverty and for economic growth," Shakira said.

Shakira has recently helped to start a $36 million education project for 6,000 Colombian children -- which has both the Columbian government and private institutions donating millions to the cause, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

"I believe that every single one of us, celebrity or not, has a responsibility to get involved in trying to make a difference in the world," she told Forbes in an interview last week.

A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the Grammy award-winning singer is also the founder of the Barefoot Foundation and ALAS -- both dedicated to children's education and the eradication of poverty.

Watch Shakira's speech at the Summit of the Americas here (or below).

 

 

 

"Shakira Advocates For Children And Universal Education At The Summit Of The Americas In Colombia" Huff Post. 16 April 2012. Web. 

View original article at huffingtonpost.com:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/shakira-advocates-for-chi_n_1429786.html

 

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