ICYMI: Positive Stories So Far This Year


Composite image; screenshots from ABC News and CNN.

Superfan Murtaza Ahmadi gets a special jersey from soccer superstar Lionel Messi.

DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

Are you tired of the same old navigation voices? If so fear no more, you can now get Morgan Freeman’s voice on the Waze Navigation App. Who doesn’t want Morgan Freeman to tell you where you need to go? [He actually, no joke, played God in “Bruce Almighty,” remember? -Ed. ] Some of the commands that he says according to Mobipicker are, “Accident reported ahead. I’ll get a line to emergency command.” “The time has arrived, President Wazer. The world awaits your commands.” “The American people are counting on you… to drive. Let’s go.” “You’ve arrived. It’s been my honor and duty to see you through this mission.” Morgan Freeman drove “Miss Daisy” once and now he can be your co-pilot.

Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan boy, has made a Lionel Messi jersey out of a plastic bag. According to CNN, the boy’s father told his son that they lived in a poor village and that the chances of getting the jersey was not there. After the story went viral, Murtaza received two autographed jerseys and a signed soccer ball from Lionel Messi’s management team. His dad said that he has been wearing the jerseys nonstop and that he’s been playing with the soccer ball ever since. Dreams can come true.

In the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, dogs who have been homeless running on the streets are now being sheltered and trained to get balls for tennis. That was just the little goal of the story, but the main focus was to make people realize that the dogs need someone in their lives according to the website Sunnyskyz. Marli Scaramella,  the organizer of this movement said, quoted on Fox News, “The idea is to show people that a well-fed and well-treated animal can be very happy. We have more than 1,000 dogs in our care.”

A man’s best friend will always be a dog. James Isaac, a young nine-year-old boy with autism, doesn’t speak, and flinches from human contact. His dog Mahe is the only one he trusts and is always with him. The dog was there when James Isaac got his MRIs and when he was put under anaesthetic. Mahe the dog never leaves Isaac’s side. The dog was also trained to sense a seizure before it actually starts to happen and would give out a bark to alarm the parents that the kid is having a seizure according to Wendy Isaacs of The Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust (which trained Mahe for 6 months).

So far, so good!