Meanwhile in ... Greenland, dog sleds were used to rush ballots to remote polling areas

And in Freetown, Sierra Leone, they are seeing fewer abused chimps in need of help.

Sverbor Kranjc/Reuters/FILE
Sled dogs in Greenland.

Greenland, dog sleds were used to rush ballots to remote polling areas in the country’s May 15 elections. A lack of infrastructure makes it difficult to reach some cities on the Arctic island. So a local fisherman ferried ballots by dog sleds to Savissivik, one of the island’s most remote towns, reported Reuters. Although many of the country’s 56,000 Greenlanders are eager to move toward independence from Denmark, the island’s weak infrastructure, along with other social problems, remains a significant obstacle. 

Freetown, Sierra Leone, the good news at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary is that they are seeing fewer abused chimps in need of help. Sanctuary director Willie Tucker told Voice of America that while his group once took in at least five or six abused chimps each year, most years now there’s only one new arrival. Mr. Tucker says the trade in pet chimpanzees has declined considerably, perhaps because of education campaigns persuading people that chimps do not make good pets and that the animals are most often harmed by attempts to domesticate them. 

Curaçao, entrepreneurs are working to turn the invasive lionfish into a sustainable industry. Nonindigenous lionfish have caused significant ecological damage in Florida and the Caribbean. But the island country of Curaçao hopes to be working toward a solution, reported online diving site deeperblue.com. Chefs in Curaçao have developed recipes featuring the omega 3-rich lionfish, and one local business is using the fish to create artisanal jewelry. The aim is to reduce the lionfish population to the point at which it will no longer do damage to the island’s coral reef.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

QR Code to Meanwhile in ... Greenland, dog sleds were used to rush ballots to remote polling areas
Read this article in
https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/The-Home-Forum/2018/0531/Meanwhile-in-Greenland-dog-sleds-were-used-to-rush-ballots-to-remote-polling-areas
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today
https://www.csmonitor.com/subscribe