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What Went Right - 7 FEB 2017

Another three stories from my mainstream news feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Farmers and pastoralists celebrate as Gascoyne River reaches Carnarvon by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The Gascoyne River, the longest in WA, doesn't always flow all the way to the coast. This year, it is, and farmers in Carnarvon are hoping it'll flow for long enough to refresh aquifers in the region.

Indonesia 'deradicalising' 75 people deported from Turkey over Islamic State links by Adam Harvey (ABC Indonesia correspondent)

A group of 75 people who were deported from Turkey for attempting to join the Islamic State group are currently being counselled and helped with the process of re-integration into their communities by the Indonesian government.

SA merit award students include Blessing Nyoni, who plans to become a doctor by Tom Fedorowytsch (ABC South Australia)

Among the recipients of the SA Merit Award (awarded to the highest achievers in the SA Certificate of Education) is Blessing Nyoni, an immigrant from Zimbabwe.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" in your newsfeed, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 6 FEB 2017

Another three articles from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Vintage tractor collection helps keep retired farmer mentally fit by Tyne Logan (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Mal Beeck of Katanning, Western Australia, has the unusual hobby of collecting and restoring vintage tractors. He says it keeps him mentally healthy during his retirement.

How the Sound of Music’s von Trapp family ended up teaching music in PNG by Jo Chandler (Earshot, ABC Australia)

This one is a deliberate "not bad news" story written by a journalist who has been doing stories about Papua New Guinea for a few years, and wanted to share some of the good things about the region as well as all the "newsworthy" stuff. So she's written about the history of the choir on Fergusson Island, in Milne Bay.

AFL Women's: 'Inspiring' opening round in the words of those who matter by ABC Grandstand (uncredited)

This article is a series of short interviews regarding the first round of the AFLW competition. Most of the interviews are with players, who appear to be overwhelmingly happy they're now able to play this sport on a semi-professional basis; the final interview is with a fan and amateur footballer.

So, there's the three for today. If you've found stories about "what went right" in your media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 5 FEB 2017

Another three stories about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong" from my mainstream media feeds.

Counting whales from space: Researchers monitor migration movements by Erin Parke (ABC Western Australia)

Researchers in Perth are using satellite photos in order to try and get an accurate head-count of the number of humpback whales.

Probiotics in salads probed as solution to Salmonella outbreaks in bagged mixes by Melanie Vujkovic (ABC Queensland)

The University of Queensland, in concert with Horticulture Innovation Australia, have begun a two year investigation into the viability of adding probiotic bacteria to bagged salad mixes as a way of combatting the risk of salmonella from these mixes.

Coffin demand as sure as death and taxes, but size and look of resting place is a different matter by Simon Royal (ABC South Australia)

Coffin making is a relatively recession-proof industry, but there's a surprising amount of variety and interest in the matter. This article is basically a profile of a firm in South Australia which makes coffins from scratch, rather than assembling them from pre-cut components.

So there's your three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 4 FEB 2017

Sorry this is up so late - unfortunately the "what went right" is being slightly delayed by something going wrong at my end. However, despite that, have three articles from my mainstream media feeds about what went right in the world.

Nigerian 'witch boy' Hope 'happy', 'healthy' a year after being rescued from streets by ABC Australia (uncredited)

A boy who had been abandoned by his family in Nigeria because he was thought to be a "witch" is now attending school and appears to be happy and healthy.

Wheelchair users get first taste of ocean waves with help of special mats by Tom Fedorowytsch (ABC South Australia)

Special mats for making beaches wheelchair-accessible have been rolled out at Adelaide's Henley Beach, allowing wheelchair users to take their chairs down to the water. The mats are currently used at about 10 other patrolled beaches in Australia, but organisers from Accessible Beaches Australia hope to make them a regular sight around the country.

AFL Women's: Carlton, Collingwood deliver excitement in first match as Blues win by ABC Grandstand (uncredited)

The first AFL Women's match was a stand-out success, with lock-out crowds (the gates had to be locked midway through the first quarter for safety reasons, with about 2000 people still outside), and a deafening level of enthusiasm for the players.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" (rather than "what went wrong") in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 3 FEB 2017

Another day, another three things from the mainstream media about what went right, rather than what went wrong.

NASA's humanoid Robonaught set for work on Woodside Petroleum's WA projects by Tom Wildie (ABC Western Australia)

Woodside Petroleum is being loaned the Robonaut anthropomorphic machine for a period of five years deployment in Western Australia. They plan to use it to "explore how the technology could be used to improve safety, reliability and efficiency in high-risk and remote environments".

Top Indigenous players descend on Broome for much more than 'just footy' by Leah McLennan, Vanessa Mills and Jacqueline Wright (ABC Kimberley, Western Australia)

The AFL Indigenous All-Stars group is in Broome for a four-day camp, which will provide the players with options for networking with each other, connecting with their communities (and with other Indigenous communities), and help the players to help the AFL to help them with their journeys.

Feasibility of reopening Kimberley nickel mine looking good for Panoramic Resources by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Panoramic Resources says if the nickel price keeps going up, they're definitely going to be re-starting operations on their Savannah nickel mine, north of Halls Creek.

So there's my three stories for the day. If you've found stories in your news feeds about things going right, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 2 FEB 2017

Once more, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Prince Leonard of Hutt River Principality abdicates to son Graeme by Sarah Tallier (ABC Western Australia)

The monarch of the Hutt River Principality, Prince Leonard, has decided to hand over power in the micro-nation to his son, Prince Graeme, in a peaceful transition.

Heavy rains bring stunning changes to Western Australia's remote desert landscapes by Sam Tomlin (ABC Goldfields, Western Australia)

The rain which has been falling in the North of the state has also penetrated to the interior and the goldfields, making the country greener than it has been in decades. The article is full of photos from Warburton photographer, Jody Brown, showing the transformed landscape.

Flooding rains bring optimism as barramundi season starts in northern Australia by Eric Barker, Mark Jeffery, and Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia)

Barramundi fishermen are optimistic that the heavy monsoon rains this year will spell a good barramundi season, and will also lead to a good season in a couple of years.

So there's the three for today. If you've found any articles in your mainstream news feeds about "what went right", why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 1 FEB 2017

Another month begins, and to start the month off right, here's another three articles from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Wet season turning into one of the biggest on record for northern WA by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The wet season this year is turning into one of the best on record for a lot of places in Western Australia's far north and North-West.

West Australians embrace solar panels at record rate by Kathryn Diss (ABC Western Australia)

In the face of falling costs for installation, and rising power prices, Western Australians are turning to solar power at a record rate, with installations up 33 percent last year.

Full-time commercial work a step up for the Aboriginal rangers in WA Goldfields by Sam Tomlin (ABC Goldfields, Western Australia)

The Goldfields Land and Sea Council's ranger team has been expanded, and will now have 12 staff in full-time work, with the potential to take on commercial contracts as well as the work they've been doing on Credo Station.

So there's today's three. If you've found stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 31 JAN 2017

Another set of three things from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

WA Government grant to kick start irrigation project on Roebuck Plains cattle station by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The Nyamba Buru Yawuru organisation (an Indigenous group) has won a $250,000 grant through the WA Government's "Royalties for Regions" program to irrigate land on Roebuck Plains station, near Broome. The irrigated land will be used to grow fodder for cattle, rather than shipping up fodder from Narrogin in the south-west of the state.

Meet the kids who spend their summer holidays learning Latin by Belinda Sommer (Saturday Extra on ABC RN)

The annual Sydney Latin Summer School attracted 230 people this year. The school is open to people aged 13 and over, giving an opportunity to learn and practice the language. While not actually a preparation course for the HSC or VCE, it can give students for either of those courses a bit of a boost.

Toddler reunited with family after being found alone in Melbourne's west by ABC Victoria (uncredited)

"A three-year-old boy found alone in the front yard of a home at Melton, west of Melbourne, late last night has been reunited with his family."

So there's my three for today. If you've found stories in your news feeds which are about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong", why not share a link to them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 30 JAN 2017

Another three articles from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

WA film industry: Australian outback adventure and Tim Winton adaptation set for state by Tim Wildie (ABC Western Australia)

The Western Australian film industry is getting a bit of a boost this year, with two films (one by a Hollywood producer) and a television series to be filmed in the state.

Back Roads in Harrow: How Johnny Mullagh led Australia's first international and Indigenous team by Brigid Donovan (Back Roads, ABC)

(Warning: The video and the pictures in this article contain images of deceased people). A brief profile of the town of Harrow in Western Victoria, which is home to a museum commemorating the first ever Australian cricket team to tour internationally. An all-Aboriginal team toured England in 1868, more than a decade before the match which gave birth to the Ashes cricketing rivalry.

Miracle milestone: premature triplets start first day of school by Margaret Burin (ABC Queensland)

A group of triplets who were born after 26 weeks of pregnancy (3 and a half months early) are having their first day of school this year.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found some stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 29 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

WA leads nation with free meningococcal vaccination for teenagers by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

Following an increase in the number of meningococcal disease infections in WA over the past year, the decision has been taken to provide a vaccination against the disease to teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 free of charge. Year 10, 11 and 12 students will receive the single dose vaccination at school, while 18 and 19 year olds can visit community health clinics to receive their dose of the vaccine.

Card gamers turn passion into round-the-world ticket to play by Alkira Reinfrank (ABC Australian Capital Territory)

This article is a profile of Jim Frank, who plays the collectable card game "Magic: The Gathering" at a professional level; and Andrew Haidon, who plays the wargames "Warmachine" and "Hordes" at the professional level as well. Sometimes you can make a living out of your hobby!

MND inspires Tasmanian to complete epic kayak circumnavigation of island state by Rhiannon Shine (ABC Tasmania)

Craig Machen has raised more than $43,000 for Motor Neurone Disease Tasmania through sponsorship for completing a circumnavigation of Tasmania in a kayak.

So there's today's stories. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?.

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What Went Right - 28 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Blue Mountains rescue: Woman freed six hours after becoming trapped in canyon by ABC New South Wales (uncredited)

"Emergency services have rescued a woman who spent six hours trapped in a canyon in the New South Wales Blue Mountains."

Maritime museum push for Lady Barron to showcase Furneaux Islands' shipwreck 'graveyard' by Rosemary Grant (ABC Tasmania)

The Furneaux Maritime History Association is trying to pull together funding and facilities for a maritime museum focussed on the shipwrecks in the Furneaux islands.

Australia leads international push to protect far eastern curlew from extinction by Felicity James (PM, ABC Radio)

Australian researchers are leading an international research effort (including countries such as Japan, China, Russia and South Korea) to discover more about the life cycle of the Far Eastern Curlew, a threatened shore bird. At present, it's hard to tell where to direct efforts at preservation, because not enough is known about the bird.

And there's the three for today. If you've found stories about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 27 JAN 2017

Another three articles about "what went right" from the mainstream media, rather than "what went wrong".

Australia Day Fremantle: Mayor claims victory despite citizenship ceremony backdown by Rebecca Turner (ABC Western Australia)

The City of Fremantle controversially decided not to celebrate Australia Day this year with the "traditional" fireworks and public celebrations on the 26th of Australia, out of sympathy with the Indigenous peoples of the area. Instead, their big celebration is going to be on the 28th - an alternative "One Day" event.

Western Australia's first mechanical cabbage harvester put to work by Tyne Logan (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The first mechanical cabbage harvester in use in WA has been put to work harvesting cabbages on a farm in Manjimup.

Lunar New Year: Five cultures, five different dishes cooked to celebrate the year of the rooster by Amanda Hoh (ABC Radio Sydney)

A look at the sorts of food served to celebrate the Lunar New Year by people of a number of different Asian cultures living in Australia.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any articles about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 26 JAN 2017

What Went Right - 26 JAN 2017

Once again, three things from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Australia Day honours: West Australians hailing from diverse backgrounds recognised by Charlotte Hamlyn (ABC Western Australia)

With the Australia Day honours coming out, it's a recognition of people who have been doing things right, or doing the right thing for a while now. This article is a brief profile of a few of them.

Lake Argyle set to overflow as monsoonal rains soak the north by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The Lake Argyle dam on the Ord River is set to overflow if current rainfall levels keep up, for the first time since the 2013 - 2014 wet season.

Apex predators flock to WA biodiversity hotspot for annual feeding frenzy by Lisa Morrison (ABC Great Southern)

Every year around late January, marine species, such as orcas, sperm whales, giant squid, sharks, dolphins, sunfish and many others congregate to the Bremer Canyon for about six weeks. Lately, this has been attracting scientists wanting to understand the phenomenon.

So, there's the three for the day. However, I've found lots more in my trawl through the headlines, so I'll be putting them into the comments for people who are interested. If you've found anything in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right" in the world, why not share a link in the comments yourself?

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What Went Right - 25 JAN 2017

Three stories about "what went right" (rather than "what went wrong") from the mainstream media.

From flowers to law: how a career in floristry prepared the 2017 National Indigenous Law Student of the Year by Carla Mascarenhas (ABC Coffs Coast)

A profile of Johanna Byrne, winner of the National Indigenous Law Student of the Year award from the Attorney-General's Department.

Perth Zoo stalwart Tricia turns 60, 'doing well' despite slowing down by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

Tricia, the elephant matriarch of the Perth zoo herd, has turned sixty, making her one of the oldest elephants under care in an Australian zoo.

Australian of the Year awards 2017: Who are the nominees? by ABC Australia (uncredited)

Brief profiles of each state's nominee for Australian of the Year for 2017.

So, there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 24 JAN 2017

Another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" (plus one from yesterday I bobbled).

First up, the one I made the mistake on was the second story on yesterday's batch, about the Women's March, where I forgot to put the URL into the link. Here's the link today:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-22/what-drove-women-to-join-marches-around-the-world-this-weekend/8201372.

Sorry about that one, folks. Must've been a braino.

Now here's today's three:

Golden pearls: An elusive gem of the sea for Australia's pearl industry by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, ABC Western Australia)

Every now and then (about 1% of the time) the pearl farms of northern Australia produce a golden pearl in amongst the white ones. These rare golden pearls are on trend lately.

Feline good: Record number of cat adoptions for WA shelter by Courtney Bembridge (ABC Western Australia)

The WA Cat Haven has managed to re-house a record number of cats in the last year - over 6,500 came into the shelter during the course of the year, and about 80 percent of that number were re-homed. (Article comes with cat picture, of course!).

West Australian manta rays thriving as worldwide numbers dwindle, research finds by Tangiora Hinaki (ABC North West WA)

The population of manta rays in Western Australia's North-West (around Exmouth and Coral Bay) is increasing, against an international decline due to over-fishing.

So there's our three for the day. If you've found anything about "what went right" in your daily news feed, why not drop a link in the comments.

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What Went Right - 23 JAN 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Indigenous suicide: Struggling communities get $10 million funding boost by Neda Vanovac (ABC Australia)

"A community-based support service to prevent Indigenous suicides is getting a $10 million boost as the Government begins to roll it out across Australia."

Women's March: What drove people to join protests around the world this weekend? (uncredited, ABC Australia)

This article is largely quotes from various women at various marches around the world, citing the reasons they marched.

Coorong weir proposal aims to improve wetlands, as Murray-Darling plan not enough: ecologist by Nicola Gage (ABC South Australia)

"A prominent ecologist has suggested building a weir in South Australia's Coorong to ensure flows do not drop below critical levels."

So, there's your three for the day. (It was a tricky day today. But there were still three stories about "what went right", none the less). If you've found stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 22 JAN 2017

Another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right".

WA university students pay tribute to WWII heroines in Fringe Festival jazz cabaret by Laura Gartry (ABC Western Australia)

Students from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Curtin University performance studies program are collaborating on a cabaret performance about a group of fictional female assassins who pose as show girls to kill Nazis during World War 2. The show will run during the WA Fringe Festival.

Natural solution restores critical wetlands in Queensland's cane country by Ben Millington (ABC Queensland)

"Critical wetlands on farms in north Queensland's Burdekin region are being revived by drying them out and allowing nature to once again take its course."

Beehives airlifted to Tasmania's leatherwood trees to bypass flood-damaged bridge by Sallese Gibson (ABC Tasmania)

Beehives have been airlifted by helicopter into an inaccessible stand of leatherwood trees in order to gain access to the leatherwood nectar needed to create leatherwood honey. It's hoped this method may be useful in being able to expand the leatherwood nectar collection into other stands of leatherwood which are inaccessible by road, and thus increase the bee population of Tasmania, which will benefit a number of other industries.

There's today's three. If you've found anything in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right", why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 21 JAN 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Kimberley cattle country soaked by January rains in great start to season by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Monsoon rains, but no cyclones so far, have spelled a great beginning to the year for cattle farmers in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, with above average rainfall recorded in several locations.

WA's South West a 'canary in the coalmine' for climate change by Bill Bunbury for the Science Show (Radio National, ABC Western Australia)

The south-west corner of Western Australia has been undergoing significant climate change since approximately the early 1970s, and can act as a microcosm of what might occur in other Australian regions as a result of ongoing climate change.

'Hope, wishes, dreams': The elusive search for treasure inside old locked safes by Emilia Terzon (ABC Radio Darwin)

A profile of Darwin locksmith Ben Simmons, who specialises in opening discarded safes brought in by scavengers and treasure hunters.

So there's the three for today. If you've found something in your mainstream media feeds about something that's "gone right" rather than "going wrong", why not share it in the comments?

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What Went Right - 20 JAN 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Northern WA rains a good sign for 2017 prawn season by Eliza Wood (WA Country Hour, ABC Western Australia)

Good wet season rains are hoped to boost the 2017 catch in northern Western Australian prawn fisheries, after a poor year last year.

Charities, restaurants team up to offer dishes that make a difference by Laura Gartry (ABC Western Australia)

With a continuing economic downturn biting into both restaurant and charity revenue streams, there have been efforts made to address the problems through some food providers offering charitable donations if certain items are purchased.

Australian-first cycling studio puts riders to the test through virtual reality software by Rebecca Opie (ABC South Australia)

David Parsons has set up a unique training centre in Adelaide, where bikes linked to virtual reality software are able to be used as an indoor training facility for professional cyclists.

There's my three for the day. If you've found any items in your mainstream media feeds about things "going right" rather than "going wrong", why not share a link in the comments? (Incidentally, I checked back yesterday, and discovered I've been doing this for over a month now. So there's one milestone gone without my noticing it *grin*).

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What Went Right - 19 JAN 2017

Another three articles about "what went right" (rather than "what went wrong") from the mainstream media.

New snail species discovered on Kimberley islands showcase 'amazing diversity', scientist says by Matthew Bamford (ABC Western Australia)

A group of scientists have been performing a survey of some remote islands off the Kimberley coast, and have found a number of new and unique snail species. The article includes some pictures of three of them.

Genetically modified fruit flies show promise in eradicating expensive Medfly by Michelle Stanley and Joanna Prendergast (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

A group of researchers in the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia have been experimenting with a genetically modified fruit fly imported from the United Kingdom, to determine whether it would be effective in reducing pest numbers of the Mediterranean fruit fly here in Western Australia.

Construction of powerful ASKAP telescope on 'home stretch' by Sebastian Neuweiler (ABC Western Australia)

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope is nearly finished construction, with one third of the antennas already functioning and the other two-thirds coming online over the next twelve months.

So there's my three stories for the day. If you've found any stories in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right", why not share them in the comments?

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